The Mayor takes a train
On Friday morning the Mayor took a train into the City. This exciting news was posted on Council’s Facebook page.
People were invited to submit questions or comments about transport to and from the Redlands. The Council also advised that forums about transport issues will be held on:
- Sunday 1 November, 2pm – Redlands Performing Arts Centre
- Saturday 7 November, 1pm – Victoria Point Library
- Saturday 14 November, 2pm – Capalaba Sports Club
What has prompted this sudden Mayoral interest in responding to community unhappiness about the area’s transport infrastructure and services? Is it the fact that there’s an election just a few months away?
Council Meeting on 7 October
Some of the matters discussed at the meeting are detailed below.
Koala mapping and changes to local laws
Council decided to defer this matter (Item 11.2.2 Local laws Amendments) to allow further discussion about mapping with the Koala Action Group. It is expected that discussion of this item will resume at the next Council meeting on 21 October.
Redland Investment Corporation
The final item of business included lively discussion about Council’s land sale activities, leaked documents and the role of Redland Investment Corporation (RIC) . The extent to which Council had been transparent about its land sell-off plans was debated vigorously.
CEO Bill Lyon said it was very unfortunate that confidential documents had been leaked and that a very transparent process had been set up. He said that before any block of Council land is transferred to the Redland Investment Corporation it would be discussed at a Council meeting.
It was noted that the sale of 108 Old Cleveland Road, Capalaba had been discussed at a Council Meeting (March 2014). It was not made clear why this land sale had to be executed through RIC.
A touch of farce
Adding a touch of farce to proceedings, the Mayor requested that Councillors resolve to publish the RIC’s Statement of Corporate Intent, seemingly unaware that this document was published on the Council’s website a few months ago.
If you were unable to attend the meeting you can watch discussion of this item (16.1.1) on the video recording.
Further information is available in this Bulletin report.
The information leaked was a list of 35 blocks of Council land considered for disposal at a councillors’ workshop in October 2014. Details of these blocks of land were published in the Redland City Bulletin and in the Redlands2030 post: Secretive plans for rezoning and sale of 16 parks revealed in Draft City Plan.
Council’s plans for rezoning of land in Bunker Road Victoria Point from Conservation to a mix of residential development and open space was the subject of a Bulletin Report on 8 October. This land borders the Eprapah Creek catchment.
Redlands waterways health – reporting and spin
On Friday Council issued a news release about its 2015 Redlands Waterway Recovery report. It is a classic example of Council spin.
The full Waterway Recovery Report (Part B, page 5) states:
Fourteen out of fifteen creek catchments rated poor to fair condition (93.0 %). Seven catchments rated poor: Thornlands, Moogurrapum, Macleay Island, Cleveland, Weinam, Serpentine and Torquay Creeks. and seven rated fair: Tarradarrapin, Hilliards, Native Dog, Coolnwynpin and Eprapah Creeks and Lamb and Russell Islands.
However, Upper Tingalpa Creek remains in good condition and Eprapah Creek improved from poor to fair condition.
But the news release, misleadingly titled “Eprapah responding to waterways remediation”, leads off with six paragraphs about the one creek where an improvement has been measured (from poor to fair). Then twelve not so good results are dealt with in a couple of paragraphs.
It’s time for the CEO to implement some strict protocols about Council’s news reporting to ensure that residents get accurate information instead of spin.
Previous “waterway recovery” reports and other information about Council’s waterways reporting are available here.
City Plan 2015
Consultation is continuing about the Council’s Draft City Plan 2015.
Information can be accessed via the Council’s City Plan 2015 webpage.
This week the Council will hold the following consultation activities:
Capalaba and Victoria Point
Capalaba Central Shopping Centre Wednesday 14 October from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Victoria Point Town Centre Wednesday 14 October from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Macleay Island Community Hall Thursday 15 October from 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Russell Island Recreation Hall Saturday 17 October from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Ney Road closed for water slide on 17 October
On 17 October Council is letting the City Slider water slide operate on Ney Road, Capalaba.
Exact details of road closures have not yet been made available. More information about this event is available here.
Report by Redlands2030 – 11 October 2015