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Mayor achieves stop work order on demolition of historic homestead


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has won a reprieve for a local heritage building after Acting Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch agreed to a Stop Work Order on the proposed demolition of a 136-year-old Wellington Point homestead.

Cr Williams wrote to Minister Enoch earlier in the week after being alerted to the potential demolition of the privately-owned building.

“Council had already identified this property as having local heritage value and we are undertaking a City Plan amendment to add it, along with 48 other local properties, to our local heritage register to protect them,” Cr Williams said.

“This process is governed by State legislation and takes time, meaning there is the potential for the property to be demolished in the meantime without any approval being needed from Council.

“Earlier this week I discovered the owners were proposing to demolish the property, prompting me to write to the Minister, asking her to intervene through a stop work order to allow time for other options to be explored.

“I am pleased the Minister has listened to my request, which will now prevent any work which could be detrimental to the property for 60 days.

“Council officers have also contacted the owners to discuss options.”

Cr Williams said Council’s move to list the property on its local heritage register followed a city-wide heritage assessment.

“Council is committed to protecting local heritage and as part of the City Plan we have a local heritage register that protects locally significant heritage places,” she said.

“Recognising local heritage values may exist on properties that are not currently listed, Council recently engaged a heritage consultant to identify and document local heritage values across the city, with this property being one that was identified.

“We will now continue this process to help protect our local heritage.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said adding these properties to Council’s heritage register would help protect the city’s European heritage places.

“Redlands Coast has a rich history and many of these valued heritage places represent the historical themes and periods of Redlands Coast’s post-European history,” she said.

“It is important that we strive to protect them.”

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Setting the record straight – SMBI land


Please be aware of incorrect media reports recently that Council is selling more than 4200 blocks of surplus land on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island.

This is inaccurate.

You won’t find more than 4200 blocks of Council land for sale for $15,000 on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and you won’t find any Council land for sale on North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Council on 10 June made a procedural change to put a policy around sale of surplus land on the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra islands. North Stradbroke Island is not included.

Council is not proactively selling off land, but has put in place a process for adjoining neighbours to go through at their cost and at market value should they wish to purchase an adjoining piece of land owned by Council and which is surplus to Council needs.

When people have asked before to buy this land next to them, Council has not had a streamlined process.

Previously a report needed to go to Council for each sale, which made it time consuming and resource intensive.

The number of properties that could be eligible for application by an adjoining property owner is about 345 – not the more than 4200 referred to in The Courier-Mail and which Council owns overall on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Any property owners wishing to purchase the land would need to amalgamate it with their current land to obtain a larger yard.

It cannot be subdivided.

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Whale Interpretive Facility – North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy


All parties involved in the Queensland Government’s North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (NSI ETS) are approaching the transition in good faith.

Council has been encouraging the State Government to increase communication with residents and is pleased to see this message is being heard.

The Whale Interpretive Facility planned for Point Lookout is project 22 under the ETS. While it is to be built within Redlands Coast, Redland City Council is not leading the initiative.

Council was requested by the State Government to consider transferring a portion of State land under Council’s trusteeship back to the State Government for the Whale Interpretive Facility. The State also requested Council maintain confidentiality.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) is the lead agency for project 22. Council is the lead for only one initiative, project 13 – location signage (entry statements) for the island’s townships.

The NSI ETS was developed and funded by the State Government following its decision to end sandmining on the island by 2019.

For more information on the NSI ETS, visit the State Government website.

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Get filming ‘Get Ready’ for great prizes


An Apple iPad Pro or a GoPro HERO6 are up for grabs as part of Redland City Council’s new ‘Get Ready’ youth video competition.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the competition aimed to involve young people of Redlands Coast with community messaging around storm and bushfire season preparedness.

“Each year, we run an extensive campaign to remind residents about the need to be prepared for natural emergencies, which, as recent years have shown, present real risks to our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This year for the first time, we are getting our young people involved and running a competition calling for 90-second videos promoting key disaster preparedness messages.

“Our hope is that we will be able to work with winning entries to create a final video for release in ‘Get Ready’ week in October.

“While it is a youth-focused competition, we encourage team efforts and the help of parents, teachers and other budding filmmakers in creating entries.

“We’d love to see some family and school entries, again giving the wider community an opportunity to devise new and engaging ways to share the ‘Get Ready’ message.

“There are great prizes on offer for the winning entries, so I encourage people to head to Council’s Your Say Redlands website to find out how to get involved.”

Videos must include four key disaster management messages: preparing your home, the need for a household emergency plan and emergency kit, getting to know your neighbours and how to be informed.

Entry is open to Redlands Coast residents of all ages, but at least one person under 18 years and a local landmark or icon should feature in the video.

The winning video may be used to promote ‘Get Ready’ community messages through a range of channels during storm and bushfire season.

Entries close 30 September 2018.  For details, including full terms and conditions, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/getreadycompetition

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Council sets out on Redlands Coast transport journey


How residents travel around the Redlands Coast was at the centre of two decisions made by Redland City Council in today’s General Meeting.

The first decision saw Councillors endorse the Draft Redlands Coast Transport strategy for community engagement, while councillors also unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute for Council to make a submission to a State Government inquiry into the future of transport technology.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the endorsement of the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy would give residents the opportunity to have their say on the future direction of transport planning on Redlands Coast.

“Transport, both road and public transport infrastructure, is undoubtedly one of the most consistent topics of conversation in our community, which is why Council identified an updated transport strategy as one of our key priorities,” she said.

“In 2015 we held a series of transport forums across the city and this draft strategy is informed by those forums, as well as engagement with key transport organisations and providers.

“Our community has told us they want to be able to get around the city faster and safer and want to see the major roads in and out of the city upgraded along with key public transport infrastructure such as the Cleveland Rail line.”

Cr Williams said an important next step of the strategy was hearing from residents, businesses, schools and transport partners on what transport issues were important to them.

“As part of the consultation process we will ask residents what they think our priorities should be to help guide delivery of Council’s transport initiatives and advocacy to state and federal governments, transport providers and neighbouring local governments.

“State and federal MPs will also be engaged directly, and information will be provided to raise community awareness about the transport network and which level of government was responsible for which transport corridor and service.

“Our journey to a more effective and efficient transport network is just starting. This won’t be completed overnight, nor can Council take this journey alone.

“The State Government is responsible for many of the major transport opportunities across Redlands Coast, including the majority of roads in and out of the Coast, public transport and rail.

“This is why a key part of this strategy will be to advocate to other levels of government and encourage them to prioritise the projects, road upgrades and public transport services our community needs.”

“The Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will be followed by a series of implementation plans, which is where the rubber hits the road through the identification of on the ground priorities and projects our residents will see in their neighborhoods and along their daily commute.”

Cr Williams said Council would make the case for better transport technology to meet local challenges as part of their submission to the State Government Transport and Public Works Committee inquiry into Transport Technology.

“The Redlands Coast has some unique transport challenges and our submission will encourage the State Government to remove some of the existing barriers to the technology that may meet these challenges,” she said.

“An example of these technologies is Autonomous Vehicles, and we have been trying to encourage the State Government to trial these vehicles on our island communities.

“We will also use our submission to highlight the transport challenges and increased transport costs for our island communities, as well as the challenges our island based residents face in accessing employment and social services.”

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Council endorsed Education and Training Industry Sector Plan for Redlands Coast


Council today endorsed its Education and Training Industry Sector Plan 2018-2023, which supports the delivery of Council’s Economic Development Framework 2014-2041(EDF).

With the education and training industry being Redlands Coast’s third largest employer, contributing 4.5 per cent of the Coast’s economic output, the Education and Training Industry Sector Plan focuses on three areas:

  • Fostering collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • Growing higher education and alternative learning pathways and supporting emerging industries
  • Growing international education

Mayor Karen Williams said the plan recognised the strength of the education and training industry sector in the Redlands Coast economy and the potential for further growth, with detailed actions to realise the economic benefits.

She said strategies and recommendations included growing international education and a university sector, establishing a centre of excellence in education for the ageing, developing a health and education precinct, and engaging the community in education and life-long learning.

“Redlands Coast is well placed to benefit from the education and training industry sector,” she said.

“We have an abundance of features that would be attractive to international students, including a beautiful, natural environment and access to Aboriginal culture, and we have significant goodwill from commercial and government organisations in growing international education.

“As our population grows and also ages, ensuring we have education and training facilities here will help retain our students as their needs expand.

“It will also meet the education needs of older people, the training needs for the workforce caring for a rapidly ageing population, and increase demand from outside the Coast.

“Our ageing population also offers significant opportunity to be a national leader in the provision of education and training services for older populations, particularly active and involved ageing in which life-long learning is embraced.”

Chair of the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board Sam Kennedy said that the economic development framework, endorsed by Council in 2015, provided clear direction for business and economic growth and development on Redlands Coast.

“The EDF focuses on the key industry sectors of health care and social assistance, education and training, tourism, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, high value-add services and rural enterprises,” Ms Kennedy said.

Through the EDF, Council is committed to local economic growth, local employment opportunities, and ensuring the Redlands Coast community benefits from any improved local economic capacity.

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Council continues to negotiate over Commonwealth-owned Birkdale land


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will meet with yet another Federal Government MP in Canberra later this month as Council continues to try and secure the Federal Government land in Birkdale for the community.

Cr Williams told today’s Council meeting that the recent Federal Government reshuffle would mean starting from scratch with new Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja who she has asked to meet with in Canberra later this month.

“This is the fifth member of parliament I will have dealt with regarding this land since we started negotiating with the government in 2015,” Cr Williams said.

“While it is frustrating to have to start the conversation again I am committed to ensuring this land is not used for housing as outlined in May’s Federal Budget.”

Cr Williams gave the commitment during today’s General Meeting where Councillors considered establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) to decide the future use of the land.

“Council’s current intention is that the land should be retained for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, with detailed investigations and engagement likely to proceed when Council is able to secure the land.”

Cr Williams said the priority was to ensure the land was retained for the community in a way that protects its environmental and cultural significance.

“As part of their divestment process the Federal Government is undertaking a series of studies on the land, including cultural heritage and environmental significance and we will be able to use this information during our due diligence and community consultation.

“If negotiations progress and Council determines that a CRG should be formed, it is expected that an expression of interest process would also be run to allow community members to nominate to be part of the group.”

In May the land was identified for divestment in the Federal Budget, prompting Cr Williams to lobby the Federal Government to rescind its decision and sell the property to Council off-market.

At the time Cr Williams launched a petition on Change.org which was signed by 6,000 people wanting to save the land from being used for housing.

“In May we made our feelings known when more than 6,000 people signed the petition and told the Federal Government we don’t want this land used for housing,” Cr Williams said.

“Now we have to start the conversation again and so I am urging everyone to again make their feelings known by signing the petition, so we can secure the land and then undertake the necessary consultation and studies to ultimately ensure the land is not lost to the community.”

Cr Williams said during her upcoming visit to Canberra she would also meet with Air Services Australia regarding their parcel of land adjoining the ACMA property.

The properties, currently owned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Air Services Australia, are located at 362-388 and 392 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

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New storm tide maps to help residents


Redland City Council has agreed to the publication and communication of new non–statutory storm tide maps to help the community understand the predicted medium term impacts of future storm tide inundation in affected areas of the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that residents will receive real benefit from the substantial body of work in producing the maps to show the predicted storm tide hazard levels in the year 2070.

“They are in addition to the statutory obligation for storm tide hazard overlay mapping in the Redland City Plan to show the predicted storm tide hazard levels in the year 2100.

“This work was prepared following a request from a representative of the Aquatic Paradise Residents Association and will assist in addressing matters raised in submissions on the draft Redland City Plan when it was released for public consultation back in 2015.

“As early as 18 November 2015, Council agreed to work directly with technical working groups drawn from both Raby Bay and Aquatic Paradise associations to review all storm tide studies, assumptions and methodologies.

“For property owners in the affected areas, the statutory flood and storm tide hazard overlay only references 2016 and 2100 storm tide levels.

“This would have made it difficult for owners to understand how the impacts of storm tide were predicted to change over time,” Cr Williams said.

“While the State Planning Policy requires storm tide hazard mapping in the new Redland City Plan to account for predicted impacts of climate change, which it has done, including a 10% increase in storm intensity and a 0.8m sea level rise by 2100 – the reality for most residents is that their residential assets would have an engineered life of 50 years.

“So Council agreed to engage Water Technology Pty Ltd to complete this new mapping work.

“This non-statutory 2070 mapping assumes a 0.41m rise in the mean sea level by the year 2070.

“The 2070 storm tide hazard mapping will be made available on a new ‘storm tide hazard information’ web page that will go live when the new Redland City Plan commences on 8 October 2018.

“It will also include explanatory information to assist landowners in understanding how the statutory and non-statutory storm tide hazard maps will be used.”

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Three Paddocks ready for play


The exciting new play space at Wellington Point’s Three Paddocks Park will open on Friday, 31 August 2018.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the coastal park was among a number of parks across Redlands Coast that had been recently transformed or were scheduled for work.

“Council has set aside more than $4.1 million for renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields across the Coast this year alone,” Cr Williams said.

“Three Paddocks Park is among parks in every division to get new equipment, features or amenities.

“These are priorities, as parks such as this are vital to the wellbeing of locals, help to attract visitors and help to foster the strong sense of community we enjoy on Redlands Coast.”

Local Councillor Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said Three Paddocks Park’s new play space would provide activities for toddlers, primary school-age children and teenagers, while complementing recent upgrades to the dog off-leash area and installation of new exercise equipment.

New playground at Three Paddocks Park

“The new play space includes a basketball half court, climbing fort with net, nature play elements, flying fox, slide, swing, seating and shelters,” Cr Boglary said.

“Council received a great deal of local support for these upgrades and I know they will be popular.”

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Prayer breakfast raises record amount for chaplaincy programs


More than $20,000 was raised for state school chaplaincy programs across Redlands Coast at the annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 24 August 2018 – an increase of more than $4,000 over the funds raised at last year’s event.

Almost 280 people, including school chaplains, church and school leaders, government representatives, business people and community members attended the breakfast, which was held at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.

RCC Mayor Karen Williams with school chaplains

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said the annual event had played an important role since its inception in 2003.

“Our schools’ chaplaincy programs deliver vital support and guidance for Redlands Coast students,” she said.

“The chaplains help our young people in important ways as students work to realise their academic potential in a world of social media that never stops and constant connection.”

Cr Williams said the funds raised at the breakfast would assist Redlands Coast state school chaplains in their work.

“There are six state schools across the Coast that are still searching for chaplains,” she said.

“The programs run by chaplains make a positive contribution to our state schools and these funds will help that work continue.”

Cr Williams thanked the speakers and people who attended the event, and the individuals, businesses and organisations that sponsored and supported the breakfast:

  • Lee’s Environmental
  • Renaissance Retirement Living
  • Alex Gow Funerals
  • Certified Roofing
  • Frederiks Accountants
  • REMAX Bayside Properties
  • Cleveland Baptist Church
  • Villawood Properties
  • Faith Lutheran College, Redlands
  • Elevated Photos
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • McGuire’s Alexandra Hills
  • Vision Christian Media
  • CPC Productions Services
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