Since its last general meeting on 9 December, Redland City Council held special meetings in closed session on 16 December and 21 December. Here are links to:
Items discussed at these closed session special meetings include:
- Agreements for Walker Corporation’s proposed developments around Toondah Harbour
- Willards Farm in Birkdale
- Appointments to the Redlands’ Economic Development Advisory Board
Protest against Toondah agreements
Councillors have authorised the Chief Executive Officer to sign agreements for Walker Corporation’s proposed Toondah development including a Development Agreement and an Infrastructure Agreement.
Councillors voting in favour of proceeding with these agreements were: Hardman, Edwards*, Talty, Beard, Gleeson and Williams. The motion was not supported by councillors Boglary, Ogilvie, Hewlett and Bishop. Councillor Murray Elliot was absent.
Because the terms of these agreements are being kept confidential, the community has no idea about ratepayers’ obligations and commitments if the project proceeds. It’s understood that Walker Corporation was keen to get the Council ‘on the hook’ before the local government elections, in case a newly elected Council has different views on how Toondah Harbour should be redeveloped.
Community members staged a protest against the proposed Toondah project outside Council chambers on Wednesday morning. Councillors Craig Ogilvie and Wendy Boglary met with the protesters and Cr Ogilvie addressed the rally.
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On 16 December Council adopted a resolution in relation to the Willards Farm property which is widely considered to have heritage value. Because this item was discussed in closed session the details of what Council decided to do are not publicly available. The councillors who voted for this course of action were: Boglary, Ogilvie, Hardman, Hewlett, Elliott, Beard and Bishop.
Councillors Gleeson, Talty and Williams voted against the motion. Cr Mark Edwards was absent.
Redlands’ Economic Development Advisory Board
At its meeting on 21 December the Council voted unanimously to appoint Ms Samantha Kennedy as chair of the Redlands’ Economic Development Advisory Board. The Council also voted to let the CEO appoint the remaining Board members.
The cost of this advisory board has not been made publicly available. In February 2015 a budget of $30,000 was approved by Council but in July councillors were told that this amount was not enough and the “current budget for the establishment and operation of the Board and preparation and implementation of action plans will need to be increased”.
Council’s news release about the appointment of Ms Kennedy shed did not mention the Board’s cost to ratepayers.
No name change for Russell Island
The State Government has announced that a proposal to change the name of Russell Island to Canaipa will not go ahead. The decision was made by Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Anthony Lynham. A public notice advises that “Canaipa” will be recorded in the Queensland Place Names database and on department maps as the “indigenous alternative name” for Russell Island.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Redlands2030.
Whatever you are doing over the holiday season, take care and stay safe.
Redlands2030 – 23 December 2015
Update 24 December
* The minutes appear to contain an error as they show Cr Elliott being absent from the vote and voting for the motion but Ct Edwards is not referred to. It is assumed that the minutes will eventually be corrected with Cr Edwards shown as one of the councillors voting for the motion.