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Internet connectivity in Redland City to be reviewed

A review of internet infrastructure in the Redlands will be conducted after an independent survey tabled in today’s Council meeting showed internet access continued to be a major barrier for local business.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the University of Queensland survey was part of an update on the Redland City Economic Development Advisory Board which identified internet connectivity continued to be an economic impediment across the city.

“Connectivity is critical to business success and anyone who has tried to do business in the Redlands knows that access to fast and reliable internet continues to be an issue,” she said.

“As such Council will commission, as a matter of priority, a review of the existing and proposed  high speed broadband infrastructure in the Redlands, including the Commonwealth Government’s proposed National Broadband Network.”

Cr Williams said the objective of the review was to identify gaps where additional internet infrastructure was needed.

“This review in itself won’t improve internet connectivity in the short term, but what it will do is show where extra internet infrastructure is needed to ensure as a community we are connected from an economic and social perspective.”

Cr Williams said the suggestion had come from Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board, which included considerable expertise in internet connectivity.

“The members of the economic advisory board were selected because they have the experience needed to provide strategic advice to local business and deliver on our economic development framework,” she said.

“This includes Chair Samantha Kennedy who has extensive experience in internet connectivity.”

Cr Williams said the economic advisory board would also undertake development of industry sector action plans, prioritising the health care and social assistance and education and training sectors.

“The board identified these sectors as potential economic and employment generators, so Council has agreed to develop action plans to help the city take advantage of the opportunities they present,” she said.

Momentum building for local economy and jobs growth

Signs of strengthening growth in the local economy and jobs are evident right across the Redlands as infrastructure and investment projects start to take shape. Council’s promotion of the City as the best place in South-East Queensland to live, play and do business is also bearing fruit.

The involvement of the Walker Group in the exciting redevelopment of the Redlands’ most important coastal hubs, at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, has brought the skill and expertise of one of Australia and the region’s most respected and award-winning developers.

Walkers’ interest in these billion-dollar developments sends a strong message that the Redlands has truly arrived as an exciting tourism and investment destination.

Council’s $1.5 million Cleveland CBD revitalisation and tourism accommodation incentives scheme is also attracting new investor attention. Two applications are now in the pipeline for 7,767 square metres of vacant land that would be transformed into a vibrant inner-city accommodation and commercial precinct totalling 94 tourist accommodation rooms and 243 apartments.

After extensive public consultation (see the story below) State Government and Council plans for a major revamp of the Bloomfield Street Park are also beginning to take shape. This newly designed precinct is at the heart of other planning that will bring activities and creative ideas to the city centre supported by an additional focus on helping attract and manage events in the city.

This year the Redlands has seen close to 20 per cent increase in development applications compared to last year. Almost 2,500 dwellings are currently approved across the city, a further 6,000 are at the lodgement stage and many more are in pre-lodgement discussions. In October more than $30 million worth of building and civil works were approved by Council, which does not include the value of the developments themselves!

While Council’s presence at the recent G20 business cafe was a chance to wave the flag for the Redlands to thousands of G20 delegates, North Stradbroke Island experienced one of its busiest weekends on record as G20 holiday makers escaped the city to this perfect island getaway right on Brisbane’s doorstep.

Council has been conducting a series of workshops with tourism industry representatives and industry consultants across the city to help refine tourism planning and support within the Redlands

With a City budget now in surplus for the first time in 15 years and the drafting of the new City Plan 2015 expected to provide clear direction and simpler access to planning decisions and process, the conditions seem right for a strong Redlands future.

Mayor Karen Williams
Redland City