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More award recognition for PDA projects

Redland City Council has received its fourth commendation in less than six months for work on its two Priority Development Area projects.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the team was thrilled to receive the 2015 Excellence in Collaboration gong at the Local Government Managers Australia Awards in Brisbane last night.

“This is yet another major coup for these two exciting projects, at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, and highlights Council’s commitment to engaging the community during every phase of these billion-dollar developments,” Cr Williams said.

“The award also recognises our extensive collaboration with the State Government to address the future needs of the Redlands’ community, and ensure these projects supercharge the local economy within designated timeframes.

”This collaboration has been integral in advancing what are the most exciting projects in this city for half a century.”

Cr Williams said this latest achievement followed a win at the Urban Development Institute of Australia awards, a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia and a highly commended in collaboration with Economic Development Queensland from the Premier’s Awards for Excellence.

“This is a project for the community, by the community, which is why our team has gone to incredible lengths to make this process as transparent and collaborative as possible,” Cr Williams said.

“During the community consultation process, over 2000 people provided feedback which shaped the final planning schemes for the projects.

“Council also spearheaded Australian-first community engagement exercises, including the use of 3D visualization technology through a downloadable app to give locals an insight into the scale, design and overall vision for both waterfront precincts.

“These projects are about creating a world-class legacy for our community to enjoy for generations to come.

“To be recognised again on a state-wide arena is a real buzz that I’m sure will only be surpassed by the completion of the project itself.”

Second planning gong for Redlands’ waterfront precincts

Redland City’s Priority Development Area projects have received their second major accolade from the Queensland planning industry in as many weeks.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the exciting waterfront projects at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek had won an Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Wildcard Award at the state awards on Friday night.

“This award is fantastic news and shows that these projects are not only exciting for Redland city residents but they are also recognised as leading the way on a state-wide stage,” she said.

“This UDIA award follows a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia only two weeks ago for excellence in public engagement and community planning.

“These awards recognize the effort put into informing and engaging with the community and industry on the Priority Development Areas and show that they will create a positive legacy for the community.”

Cr Williams said the UDIA Wildcard Award category was for innovative projects that contribute to the environment and community.

“This award had a list of very high calibre entrants and recognised the team’s use of Australia-first 3D visualisation technology through a downloadable app that allowed users to appreciate the scale, design and overall vision for both precincts,” she said.

“This cutting edge technology was part of the project team’s engagement strategy that ensured the community and industry could understand the opportunities that both sites offered.

“Council and the Government also used traditional engagement methods such as face-to-face meetings and a survey of the Redlands community, so that broad community perceptions and attitudes towards developing these key economic areas could be fully understood.

“Council and Economic Development Queensland officers involved in this process can be proud that their commitment, professionalism and ingenuity have been recognised by leading industry bodies.

“These projects have achieved Queensland wide recognition twice, and we are yet to start construction, so the real excitement is still to come.

“All this is helping pave the way for the transformation of two run-down transport terminals into vibrant marine precincts which will be drawcards for locals and visitors alike while retaining their primary focus of being community gateways to Moreton Bay.

“The end result will be two magnificent waterfront precincts that we can be proud of.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said he welcomed industry recognition of these two great Priority Development Areas.

“I congratulate Redland City Council for recognising the tourism and development potential of these two sites and working with Economic Development Queensland within my department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to make them happen,” he said.

“Our government promised at the election to deliver better infrastructure and planning and Priority Development Areas such as Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are strong examples of our policies at work in cities, towns and suburbs across Queensland.”

Redlands named Queensland’s top sustainable city again

The Redlands has been named Queensland’s most sustainable city for 2012 for the second time in three years by Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland.

Redland City Council won four of the eight award categories in the competition. The top categories included; water conservation, energy innovation, young legends and resource recovery and waste management.

Redlands will now compete nationally for the title of Australia’s most sustainable city in November.
Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams, said the prestigious award is fantastic recognition of the sustainability achievements by Council.

“Council is committed to best practice in sustainability for its operations as well as delivering positive social and environmental outcomes for the community. We are also undertaking many of these projects because it makes financial sense to do so.

“Over the past six years Council has delivered a number of innovative projects across community programs, water and energy efficiency and waste management,” Mayor Williams continued.

“Council has initiated some innovative recycling programs to divert waste from landfill. For example, a mattress recycling program sees on average 45 mattresses per month diverted from landfill,” the Mayor said.

“We are the first council in Queensland to implement a polystyrene recycling program at waste transfer stations, diverting over 14 tonnes of polystyrene material during 2011-12.

“In total 62 per cent of waste is sent from the waste transfer stations for recycling or reuse across the city,” she added.

“Over 5,600 residents have saved over 1230 tonnes of green waste from landfill by using the new kerbside green waste collection program launched in October 2011.

“The bin waste menu options available for residents have also resulted in 2845 households’ upsizing their recycling bin, and a further 6000 downsizing their waste or recycling bin in the last 12 months,” the Mayor said.

“Council itself has not only achieved significant waste management savings but has initiated energy innovation projects that have helped put money back in our ratepayer services.

“These projects have saved 1,326,925kWh of electricity and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 1,167 tonnes; generating an annual saving of approximately $129,000.

“Outside of our energy efficiency program, we have also supported a number of initiatives aimed at engaging the younger members of our community that have been recognised by the award,” she added.

“Water conservation has also been a key priority for Council with water tank installation across a range of Council sites saving approximately 500kL per annum.

The Mayor continued, “All new toilet amenities in the Redlands are also fitted with water tanks that are plumbed to their operation”.

“The Redlands IndigiScapes Centre hosts ‘IndigiKids’, a program with 34 children aged between 8 to 12 years old participating in environmental workshops and fun activities.

“Council also provides a ‘Free Trees for Schools’ program through IndigiScapes that gives away 100 free native plants to each school in the Redlands,” the Mayor said.

“I want to thank the residents of the Redlands for their involvement in Council programs and their enthusiasm in caring and protecting our environment. It is their commitment that has led to our success as a sustainable Council and winning this award,” Mayor Williams said.