Monthly Archives: October 2017

Nominate an outstanding Redlander

Redlanders are being urged to recognise the outstanding work of fellow locals by nominating them for the city’s annual Australia Day Awards.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards in categories ranging from citizen, young citizen and senior citizen to “local hero”.

There are also awards for outstanding community organisation, as well as work in the fields of environment and sustainability, culture, sports and reconciliation.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says the awards acknowledge high achieving members of our community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and contribute their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to the community.

There are some incredible people doing special things within our community and we would love to see that celebrated,’’ Cr Williams said.

“So if you know of a community group or person who has been making an outstanding contribution to our city and is worthy of recognition, I encourage you to nominate them.’’

Cr Williams said the Reconciliation Award was a new category for significant achievement by an individual or group actively working on reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people in the Redlands.

“I am thrilled to see this included in what are grass roots community awards which reflect every facet of our community,” Cr Williams said.

Nominations close 4pm, Friday 24 November 2017. The Redland City Australia Day Awards presentation will be held in January 2018.

Visit Your Say Redland City to make a nomination.

“Willkommen” all animal lovers to Paw-Tober Fest 2017!

For the first time ever Redland City Council’s Animal Shelter will host its Paw-Tober Fest event this Saturday 10am-2pm, a fun family day out – including for the furry family members on leads!

With a range of free activities for all ages, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the Paw-Tober Fest event was a celebration of the much loved family pet and all the hard work done by the Shelter to rehome animals.

“Paw-Tober Fest is about the passion held by everyone at the Animal Shelter who tirelessly care for homeless and lost animals, providing them with a safe environment until they are claimed or adopted out to new forever homes,” Cr Williams said.

“With the fantastic new Animal Shelter facility, including its new retail space, now in second year of operations, this is a perfect time to share with animal lovers and pet owners this excellent community service provided by Council and at the same time take the opportunity to provide information and advice, discounted micro-chipping and to simply enjoy some food and music and have a fun day out with the family,” she said.

Mayor Williams also thanked the dedicated volunteers who walk, play with and clean up after the animals on a daily basis.

“The shelter simply would not operate without the wonderful support of its volunteers and I urge anyone interested in volunteering at the Shelter to apply online through Council’s website,’ Cr Williams said.

To further support the ongoing operations of the shelter’s adoption program people can also purchase the new 2018 Redland Animal Shelter calendar, featuring some of the shelter’s adoption success stories. Calendars will be available for sale at the Shelter and Council’s Customer Service Centres.

Paw-Tober Fest details

Where: Redland Animal Shelter, 264 South Street, Thornlands

When: Saturday 14 October, 10am – 2pm

Cost: Free entry and activities

  • Pets welcome – dogs must be on leads
  • $20 Micro-chipping – save $15
  • Pet photo booth, pet advice from vets and trainers and animal rescue groups
  • Cool pet accessories and animal treat stalls
  • Face painting, live music, sausage sizzle and coffee van

RSVP to the Paw-Tober event on Facebook.

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Local laws changes proposed

Council agrees to draft Local laws amendments for public consultation

Residents will have the chance to provide feedback on proposed amendments to 11 local laws, after Council today agreed to proceed with the proposed amended local laws.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said the proposed changes followed requests from the community, with public consultation on the amended local laws expected early next year.

“After a thorough review, Council’s current local laws were all re-drafted based on the State Government’s set of Model Local Laws in July 2015.

“These proposed laws reflect feedback from residents following our major local law review in 2015 and are intended to be flexible and responsive to local requirements and keep pace with changing circumstances.

“The current suggestions for amendments and changes range from keeping an additional dog on acreage to the feeding of native birds.

“Some amendments like removal of RSPCA guidelines are simply administrative in nature and are removing obsolete provisions.

“Other amendments include proposals for managing shopping trolleys, fishing off bridges or culverts and changed parking designation.

Cr Williams said today’s decision meant Council would now proceed to prepare amendments for formal community engagement, with future public feedback to be considered in final decisions on the amended local laws.

“It is important that the community has their say on any of these changes before they are reconsidered by Council,” she said.

“Under the model local law process proposed changes for legal drafting, must be submitted for mandatory State interest checks and anti-competitive checks.

“The Local Law Making Process also requires that the proposed changes then be advertised and placed on public consultation for a minimum of 21 days.

“Council will then review all submissions received and advice on proposed changes before deciding whether to proceed to make, amend or reject the changes to local law.”

“I expect to see the final draft changes put up for public consultation as early as March next year.

“In the meantime, a table of the suggested amendments agreed for drafting will be placed on the local laws page of Council’s website.”

Refund of special canal and lake charges set to begin

Redland City Council has today announced that canal and lake residents will start receiving refunds of special canal and lake charges by early November 2017.

The refund of canal and lake special charges follows a review by Council of the relevant legislation. Following this review Council took the proactive step to refund the unspent charges collected.

Redland City Council Organisational Services General Manager John Oberhardt said affected ratepayers would begin receiving refunds through the post within a month, following a comprehensive independent accounting project undertaken by an external consultant.

“The refund of canal and lake special charges collected for the six years between  2011-12 and 2016-17 will affect owners of canal and lakefront properties at Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Sovereign Waters who owned property throughout that period,” Mr Oberhardt said.

“It is important to note that the decision to refund unspent collected monies does not affect activities for other areas of the city, as the charges being refunded were collected from canal and lakefront property owners and reserved specifically for work on canals and the lake, such as dredging, cleaning and repairs to revetment walls.

“The review has involved records for over 1200 properties over a period extending back to 2011-12, and has included many cases where properties have been bought and sold over this period. The final number of cheques is likely to be in the order of 1650.

“Council sourced an independent company to complete the refund analysis and determine the amounts. The pre-printed cheques have been ordered and can take up to three weeks to be delivered.

“Ratepayers can expect their refund cheques to start arriving through the post by early November.”

Mr Oberhardt said Council would continue to roll out the scheduled canal and lake maintenance works for which these special charges had been collected.

City-wide engagement on the best way to manage and fund ongoing maintenance of the canals and lake is set to commence shortly.

If you have owned canal or lakefront property between 2011-12 and 2016-17 and have relocated please provide Council with your new contact details.

If residents or property owners have questions they should contact Council in writing at or to P.O. Box 21 Cleveland 4163 or call 3829 8999.

Redland City acts on Coroner’s findings

Redland City Council will review the speed limits on Russell Island roads and look at improving lighting along its major traffic routes.

It follows acceptance at today’s Council meeting of the Coroner’s recommendations following the inquest into the death of 14-year-old Ethan Stephenson on the Southern Moreton Bay island in 2014.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was committed to doing everything in its power to improve safety on local roads.

“This was a terrible tragedy and it is incumbent on all authorities involved – Council, the Transport and Main Road departments and the police – to look at what can be done better,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Council has ordered a review of speed limits on the island, as well as an assessment of street lighting and shared pathways along the major traffic routes.

“The Coroner also made recommendations in relation to the enforcement of driving rules and road regulations and I wrote to the Premier in August asking the State to act on the Coroner’s recommendations.

“Of particular note is the Coroner’s recommendation for the State Government to introduce a public bus service to the island utilising the TransLink Go-Card system and I have asked the Premier to consider extending this to all Redlands islands.

“The Coroner also asks the State Government to increase police presence and facilities on Russell Island and for the Department of Transport and Main Roads to work with Council and local schools on a safety campaign to promote safe road use by children.

“Again I have asked that this be extended to all our islands and advised that Council stands ready to work with the state on these initiatives.”

Local Councillor Mark Edwards (Division 5) said the Coroner’s report, which was delivered in July, found Council’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety on Russell Island were adequate.

“But recommendations were made in regard to speed limits and lighting which Council is acting on,’’ Cr Edwards said.

“We have instructed our speed management committee to review limits on all Russell Island roads and look at whether the speed limit on sealed roads should be reduced to 50km/h,’’ Cr Edwards said.

“The island’s roads have a 50km/h limit, unless otherwise signed.”

“Council will also work with Russell Island residents to determine whether priority should be given to increasing street lighting on the Island, while we will also assess whether the shared pathway system should be extended to Sandy Beach.

“We want the results by next June so we can fund and implement an action plan for the island.”

Redland Libraries breaks down its walls

Gone are the days of “shooshing at Redland Libraries, with the adoption today of Council’s new Library Services Strategy 2017-2022, which has a strong focus on creating welcoming multi-use spaces and providing innovative services, both on and off-site.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Redland Libraries were increasingly seen as facilitating community connection, not just at its three mainland and four island branches, but also other public venues accessed by the community.

“While the Redland Library branches provide a perfect central destination for the community, Council’s new strategy will also see the libraries become more innovative in how people can access them, with plans to get out and about to more events and festivals, nursing homes and community centres and parks and other public spaces,” Cr Williams said.

“Redland Libraries’ ‘Connecting to you’ early literacy program, which sees the libraries get out to parks and deliver story-telling and book borrowing on picnic blankets under the shade of trees, has been extremely popular to date and we are keen to deliver more of these services that activate spaces that people are already in,” she said.

Mayor Karen Williams said that Redland Libraries is also looking closely at global trends and engaging in urban place making to develop its spaces for people to meet up to better connect, innovate and learn.

“In the same way that public open spaces provide a place to meet, socialise and connect with other parts of the community, Redland Libraries can provide safe and welcoming spaces for its visitors,” Cr Williams said.

“Both the Cleveland and Victoria Point Libraries have cafes, which are inviting spaces for people to meet up, but Redland Libraries are looking at building on this to create more contemporary and flexible meeting spaces that foster innovation and creativity.”

“Innovation is key in this strategy and as well as more quality spaces, we aim to provide technology, information, support and resources to also facilitate the development of new ideas that support positive social and economic outcomes for the community.”

“Part of this is introducing more self-service options, including 24-7 virtual borrowing and automatic check-out as you exit, to get our valuable library staff out and about as a resource within the community who are not tied to their desks.”

“While Redland Libraries is reviewing and modernising all its services and updating many books it will retain a focus on building its existing local history programs to ensure access to the rich heritage of the Redlands,” she said.

The new Library Strategy 2017-2022 will set the direction and establish priorities for Council’s library service for the next five years, which will see Redland Libraries deliver lively community spaces for its 54,350 visitors per month and provide lifelong learning and literacy opportunities for all members of the community.