Monthly Archives: November 2015

Landmark Toondah Harbour project master plan unveiled


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has welcomed the decision by Walker Group Holdings to release its proposed master plan for Toondah Harbour.

Walker today referred the $1.3 billion Priority Development Area project to Commonwealth Environment Minister Greg Hunt, kick-starting the environmental impact assessment and approval process for the project that will deliver:

• A new ferry terminal and tourism precinct with no net loss of public car parking spaces
• New marina, marina plaza and waterfront boulevards
• Greater public open space and access to the waterfront, including a new public foreshore parkland
• A range of residential options
• More than 1000 construction jobs per year and 500 jobs per year on completion of the project
• An estimated $2.3 billion in economic activity in the region.

View the proposed Toondah Harbour master plan

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“This is a key and exciting milestone as it is the start of a robust and lengthy process to ensure this long-awaited project maintains the Redlands’ environmental character and meets community expectations,” Cr Williams said.

“As the master plan includes reclamation it will have to meet stringent environmental conditions and all the protections afforded under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

“It is important this project respects the special environment of Moreton Bay and Toondah Harbour and it is now up to Walker to conduct an environmental impact assessment process and the Federal and State governments to evaluate the proposal and condition it to ensure it does.

“Starting environmental assessments and sharing the proposed master plan are major steps towards transforming Toondah Harbour into the world-class destination we know it can become.”

Cr Williams said today’s referral by Walker brought the waterfront revitalisation a step closer to reality.

“This is great news for the Redlands community which has been calling for Toondah Harbour to be upgraded for 50 years,” she said.

“Community feedback sought by Council and the State in 2013 and 2014 has guided the project’s parameters to date and has ensured GJ Walter Park will be enhanced and building heights are capped at 10 storeys.

“In this next phase, the Federal Government will examine closely the proposed project’s potential impact on environmental matters of national significance like the RAMSAR wetland.

“I encourage all residents to have a look at the proposal and provide their feedback. I certainly will be and I will also be speaking with the Minister about the proposal on Monday when I am in Canberra.”

Today’s referral of the Toondah Harbour priority development area project to the Commonwealth Government will initiate a 10-day public consultation period in which the community can contact the Federal Government and outline any matters of national environmental significance they think should be taken into consideration in assessing the project under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

If the project is declared a controlled action by the Commonwealth Environment Minister, the State Coordinator-General will then consider whether to make the project a coordinated project for which an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required.

“Should the EIS process kick off in 2016 it will provide numerous further opportunities for the community to have its say on the project,” Cr Williams said.

Council financial spokesman Cr Mark Edwards welcomed Walker today quantifying more of the expected financial benefits of the project, including that Toondah Harbour is expected to deliver an extra $96.5 million a year to the local economy.

“It’s great to see quantified the massive financial gains we knew would result from a development of this calibre,” he said.

“Walker has today said they expect the project to stimulate $2.33 billion in economic activity in the region – more than $1 billion on top of the $1.3 billion construction costs.

“They have also said they expect the redevelopment will inject $78.1 million in retail expenditure into surrounding businesses in Cleveland and the broader region.

“This will buoy our local businesses as well as provide jobs for our tradies, retailers and hospitality workers. The whole community will benefit from the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project, should it receive the necessary Federal, State and Local Government approvals to go ahead.”

You can find out more about the federal environmental assessment on the Department of Environment website or by phoning 1800 803 772.

North Stradbroke Island To Host Surf Dive n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles


Below is a media release from the 2015 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles organisers about the upcoming event at Straddie.

Queensland’s picturesque North Stradbroke Island and its many quality breaks will play host to the 2015 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles between November 28th – December 5th.

Six states will be represented at the titles across Under 14, 16 and 18 age groups in both boys and girls divisions at the event that is considered the benchmark of junior surfing in the country. The Australian School Surfing Association Titles will be part of the event again in 2015.

“We here at SDS love supporting grassroots surfing events and especially love investing in our future. We’re really proud to be a major sponsor of the 2015 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Titles,” said Surf Dive ‘n Ski Marketing Manager Matt Owens.

A win at the national level is regarded as a major step in a surfer’s competitive career with the list of past winners featuring some of the greatest names in world surfing including World Surf League (WSL) Men’s World Champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, fellow Gold Coasters Dean Morrison and Bede Durbidge, plus former World Champions Mark Richards, Tom Carroll and Damian Hardman.

“The SDS Australian Junior Surfing Titles will be held on the wave rich North Stradbroke Island which is a breeding ground of Aussie surfing champions including current world number 11 Bede Durbidge. It’s a known quality surf location that we hope will deliver some excellent waves for the country’s very best junior surfers,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark.

Six-time WSL Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, former World Champion Chelsea Hedges, and current WSL Tour surfers Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons are also included on the prestigious honour roll.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands was looking forward to showcasing the region’s spectacular scenery and world-class waves when it hosts the SDS Australian Junior Surfing Titles this year.

“With its crystal clear waters, breathtaking beaches and abundant wildlife just 30 minutes from the mainland, North Stradbroke Island is a unique location to host the titles and we look forward to welcoming competitors from across Australia,” she said.

North Stradbroke Island local councillor Craig Ogilvie said the event was a major coup for the island’s burgeoning tourism industry.

“Straddie is an idyllic holiday destination and one of Australia’s best kept secrets,” he said.

The 2015 Surf Dive ‘n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles is proudly supported by naming rights sponsor Surf Dive ‘n Ski, Redlands City Council, Stradbroke Island Holidays, Stradbroke Ferries, School Sport Australia, Nikon, Subway, Surfing Australia, Surfing Queensland and the Australian Institute of Sport.

For more information on the prestigious event, please visit www.australianjuniorsurfingtitles.com

Free Christmas concert at Sirromet


Mark your calendar for Christmas by Starlight and enjoy a star-studded line-up of local and international entertainment during the Redlands’ largest free community event on Sunday 20 December at Sirromet Winery.

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Darren Percival

The annual Christmas by Starlight concert, presented by Redland City Council, is the city’s largest free community event of the year.

Hosted by Redland City Council, the festivities will blend Yuletide traditions with the spirit of summer to perfectly capture the essence of an Aussie Christmas.

Sing along with a host of national and local talent including Darren

Percival, powerhouse singing trio Tenori and Redlands’ own internationally acclaimed Mirusia Louwerse, Peta Evans-Taylor, winner of The Voice Kids Alexa Curtis, singing sensations Riley and Chenaya Aston, Leah Lever, Kym Hebblewhite, Scott Muller, Kiara Rodrigues, Vocal Manoeuvres and Redland City Choir as well as Quandamooka dancers.

Set against a backdrop of spectacular views across Moreton Bay, this year’s concert will be staged for the first time amongst the gum trees and grapevines of Sirromet at Mount Cotton.

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Redlands own Mirusia

 

This year’s joyous event will begin at 4pm with free children’s activities, including an animal zoo, jumping castles, rock climbing and face painting, as well as a variety of delicious food available from stalls hosted by local not-for-profit community groups and licensed commercial operators.

Children’s entertainment featuring kids band Animals Rock will begin at 5.30pm ahead of a spectacular carols concert featuring budding Redlands talent performing alongside some of Australia’s finest artists before a colourful fireworks display around 8.30pm.

With Shelley Craft from The Block and televisiton personality Brett Annable as compères, Christmas by Starlight is set to be a joyous prelude to a merry week so pack a picnic basket, deck chair or blanket and prepare for a splendid night of festive entertainment.

Christmas by Starlight is proudly presented by Redland City Council with the generous support of Sirromet, Redland City Bulletin, Alex Gow Funeral Directors, Darwalla Group, and Fruition Tuiton Cleveland. Ample parking will be available. No alcohol to be brought onto the grounds.

More information and sponsorship opportunities here.

Council approves application for Shoreline master planned community


Redland City Council last night conditionally approved the Shoreline master planned urban community in the southern Redlands.

The $2.3 billion project will provide a mix of lot sizes, new town centre, employment, recreational and sporting facilities, cycle way and footpath networks, bus accessible internal road structure and a network of open space corridors, conservation land and parks.

There will be 75ha of community and public open space, including a 2.2km, 29ha people’s foreshore park, underpasses and overpasses for safe passage of fauna, pedestrians and cyclists.  Fauna and flora corridors will link isolated pockets of habitat and there will be a significantly increased koala habitat with rehabilitation of significant areas and planting of 350,000 trees over the life of the project.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Shoreline, which had been planned over more than a decade, will deliver thousands of jobs and a massive continuing boost to the local economy.

“Being a master planned community means Shoreline will provide a range of homes, services and facilities for all age groups and stages of life, from young families to the elderly and empty nesters,” she said.

“The project will not only create an attractive urban community with the best of amenity, infrastructure and facilities, but also generate thousands of constructions jobs, as well as an estimated 1800-1900 other new jobs within the Shoreline urban area after construction.

“As a potential future urban area, Council has been able to ensure that all necessary Council infrastructure, such as water, sewer and parks, will be provided to service the development at no cost to the existing Redlands community.

“Shoreline will deliver $100 million in infrastructure – including major upgrades to state roads and tens of millions in other infrastructure – with private money which is not borrowed from Council or ratepayers.

“The state has conditioned multi-million dollar requirements from the developer for eight major intersection upgrades and road works north and south of the development, including the major duplication of Serpentine Creek Road.

“Other conditions applied to the development include strict conditions on foreshore areas and buffer zones, waterway rehabilitation and catchment management, road and water infrastructure, vegetation management and offsets, establishment of wildlife corridors, and planning for bushfire, storm and flood hazards as well as specific conditions such as mosquito management plans.

“The growth of this community over the next 15 years will add to the stock of housing choices in the city and provide both employment and community facilities that would not otherwise be available.”

The proposed master planned community covering up to 279 hectares along Serpentine Creek Road will be developed in stages over 15 years. When complete it will comprise around 4000 lots and be home to up to 10,000 people.

The development application was formally lodged by Shoreline in June 2014 and was required to be decided by 20 November 2015 under statutory timeframes.

City Planning and Assessment spokesperson Cr Julie Talty said the Shoreline area had been earmarked for residential development for many years and by the Redland City Council by being zoned an investigation area for potential urban development.

“There have been plans for this development from as far back as 2004, when an application was made for a 3,500 tenement development in the area,” Cr Talty said.

“The 2014 Redland City Council Land Supply Analysis concludes the Redlands potentially needs up to another 5000 detached dwellings to provide for long term future growth, but that there is a shortfall in available land for this type of housing should this occur. One of the options the report considers is expanding the urban footprint to provide traditional detached housing lots.

“The Shoreline land is largely redundant farmland that does not have significant environmental values that could not be protected through an appropriate development layout.

“Today’s heavily conditioned preliminary approval follows the State Government’s approval, subject to conditions, in February this year, for matters under its jurisdiction.  It paves the way for the staged development of the Redlands’ first master planned urban community.

“This is clearly a major decision for the city and the community and has been extensively workshopped by council officers through seven workshops with councillors.

“The application assessment process has involved significant state and council negotiated conditions and a separate infrastructure agreement with the developer, who will be responsible for providing the necessary infrastructure directly related to the development as well as outside the development to mitigate wider impacts on the city and the region.”

Council steps up to provide a new skate park for Mt Cotton


Mount Cotton will get a new skate park after Council approved funding to replace an existing facility that a will be removed at the request of the owner to make way for an extension to the Mt Cotton Shopping Centre.

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the decision was a positive for local kids with the new skate park to be built just metres from the current facility.

“This is a very popular skate park and Council has committed $500,000 to construct a new facility so local kids still have somewhere to skate,” she said.

“The current skate park was built on privately owned land following negotiations between the developer and Council as part of the original Mt Cotton residential development in 1990s.

“Originally the aim was for the land where the skate park is to be transferred to Council but unfortunately this never happened and the new owner has now advised Council that the skate park needs to be removed to make way for an extension to the Mt Cotton shopping centre.

“Obviously we would prefer the current skate park remain but the land owner has made it clear that it can’t, so Council is stepping up to make sure local kids don’t miss out.”

Council’s infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said Council would consult with skate park users to develop the new skate park’s design.

“The skate park users are best placed to tell us what a new facility should look like so we will be working with them to design it,” he said.

“The timeline for the redevelopment of the shopping centre means the current skate park will close early 2016 with construction on the new one to be complete by the end of next year.

“During construction there are plenty of other facilities available for locals to use including nearby Thornlands Skate Park (William Stewart Park), Victoria Point Skate Park (Cascade Gardens) and Redland Bay Skate Park (Sel Outridge Park).”

Council continues its strong financial performance


Redland City Council’s strong financial performance continues with its second consecutive surplus confirmed thanks to a $6.25 million operating surplus for the 2014-15 financial year.

The operating surplus was revealed in Council’s Annual Report adopted yesterday, and follows a $14 million surplus recorded last year, which was the first for 15 years.

“While last year’s operating surplus was a real turning point for Council, this year’s is even more impressive because it shows we have reached a consistent balance in our finances and that last year’s result wasn’t a one off,” Mayor Karen Williams said.

“This achievement represents a $17 million turnaround from the start of last financial year when we were budgeting for an $11 million deficit.  This shows how hard we have worked to turn things around for residents.

“This great result was also achieved in a year residents received a carbon tax refund of $2 million following the abolishment of the tax.”

Cr Williams said Council’s strong financial position had been achieved through a back to basics approach and putting residents first.

“In past years this city has seen deficits over $20 million, which has the potential to drive up debt and put pressure on residents through rates increases,” she said.

“Those days are over thanks to a back to basics approach that focuses on core services that deliver for residents.

“The operating surpluses of the last two years have been achieved while handing down some of the lowest rates increases in South East Queensland, showing our strong financial position is translating to savings for residents.

“We are also on track to delivering an operating surplus for the current financial year which would make it three in a row.”

Council’s financial services spokesperson Cr Mark Edwards said the audited financials also showed Council’s debt continued to fall.

“Last year Council provided the services to residents without having to borrow any money,” he said.

“In fact we paid off more than $4 million in debt and increased our cash reserves, providing further financial security for the city.”

“While all of these achievements are great news for the city and needs to be recognised, we cannot relax. We must continue to look for ways to improve the value for money for our residents.”

Redland City to be home to surf lifesaving centre of excellence


The Redlands could become a nursery for Australia’s best lifesavers with a plan for a potential $50-$60 million surf life-saving centre of excellence to be set up locally.

Councillors last night supported a motion from Mayor Karen Williams for Council to explore options to accommodate relocation of Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) state headquarters to the Redlands, with the potential for the facility to also include a new community pool and emergency services precinct.

“This facility would be real coup for the Redlands and last night’s decision is the first step in getting it off the ground,” she said.

“SLSQ has estimated 200 ongoing full time local jobs could be created if their headquarters moved to the Redlands, with hundreds of extra jobs during construction.

“With the State Government phasing out sand mining on North Stradbroke Island these jobs will be vital to our local economy.

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“Beyond the obvious employment opportunities this facility would also provide a new training facility for local swimming and nipper clubs. Who knows, the next Trevor Hendy or Ian Thorpe could be produced right here in the Redlands.

“The community could also get a new pool out of this deal, which will no doubt excite local kids.”

Cr Williams said there was the potential for the facility to also include State Emergency Services, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Redlands Local Disaster Coordination Centre.

“The idea is for this facility to be a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness and response,” she said.

“It would be somewhere for lifesavers, SES volunteers and local emergency agencies to train and ready their disaster response, giving the community the confidence that as a city we are well-equipped to deal with any situation.”

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Cr Williams, who is a vice-patron of Surf Life Saving Queensland, said the Redlands was perfectly placed to be a lifesaving hub.

“What better place than the city of islands for this facility to be based?” she said.

“The Redlands already hosts plenty of surf-based events and triathlons and this facility would enhance our reputation as a location of choice for beach-based events.”

Cr Williams said today’s decision opened the way for Council to explore locations and funding options, including speaking with the State Government.

“Obviously the State Government will be a big part of this facility, but we will also be speaking with other groups, clubs and organisations with an interest,” she said.

“I will also be taking this project to Canberra at the end of the month as part of the Council of Mayors delegation to ask for Commonwealth funding.

“Following these discussions a report on options will be prepared and brought back to Council for consideration.”

SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan OAM expressed his genuine excitement for the proposed development, saying this world first initiative will position Redland City as the new home of lifesaving excellence in Queensland.

“As the state’s peak authority on aquatic safety, we’re really excited to be exploring this truly unique Centre of Excellence facility with the full support of the Redland City Council,” he said.

“Everything we do as an organisation is centred around training our dedicated volunteer lifesavers and professional lifeguards, developing best practices in lifesaving techniques and educating the community in public water safety with the ultimate goal of saving lives.

“Moving forward, the proposed SLSQ Centre of Excellence will provide us with a world class training and education facility purposely built to assist us in achieving our vision of Zero Preventable Deaths in Queensland Public Waters.”

Bulky waste collection for Redlands


Bulky waste collections are on their way for Redland City following a decision at this week’s Redland City Council general meeting.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the decision to call for expressions of interest from social enterprises to conduct bulky waste collections on Council’s behalf responded to community desire for the service.

“Residents have told us that a collection for large items such as unwanted white goods and furniture is key on the ‘wish list’ for local waste services,” she said.

“This decision brings this a step closer, with expressions of interest now to be sought for a social enterprise provider to run this on Council’s behalf, creating a new economic opportunity for them.

“We will also call for interest in establishing a Redlands Community Recycling Workshop where the bulky items from collections can be taken and repaired, reused or recycled instead of heading to landfill.

“Beyond the obvious advantages of this initiative for residents it also has enormous potential to be a great community project, with the workshop to be run by a social enterprise, giving disadvantaged members of our community the opportunity to learn new skills.”

Cr Williams said the initiative also provided environmental benefits for the city in reducing waste to landfill.

“Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for people to do the right thing,” she said.

“The removal of gate fees for domestic users at our waste transfer stations aimed to encourage proper disposal of waste and this is another step in reducing the quantity of material heading to landfill.”

Redland City Council’s waste spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the intent was to create an ‘on-demand’ service, rather than a set date for bulk waste collections.

“Having the whole city put their items out on the kerbside once a year would be a huge and expensive logistical task and the suggested system is an innovative way around this,” he said.

“The idea is that the service will give Redlands residents an opportunity to request the collection of a quantity of bulky items each financial year.

“It will be a win-win for the community, with the provision of a new collection service also benefitting a local social enterprise.

“We hope to call for expressions of interest in early 2016 and formalise the tender by mid-2016.

“A provisional budget of $250,000 has been allocated for the first collections to take place in the 2016-17 financial year.”

$3.3 million State boost for Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant


The new $13 million wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout has received a major boost with the State Government contributing more than $3.3 million towards the crucial piece of community infrastructure.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been successful in receiving funding through the 2015-16 Local Government Grants and Support Program.

“Scheduled for commissioning in late 2016, this upgrade is an important community project – coming at a time where the island is transitioning from sand mining,” she said.

“The new plant replaces ageing infrastructure and will provide many social, economic and environmental benefits to the community.

“It will not only provide direct and indirect economic benefits to the community during construction, but allow Council to progress its plans to extend the township’s sewerage network.

“We know there have been issues with the existing plant’s ability to cope with peak holiday times, so it’s wonderful to see this upgrade underway.

“We are grateful for the support the project has received to allow this to happen, particularly from the State Government and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.”

The design of the new wastewater treatment plant allows for seasonal changes in wastewater flow and future growth as more properties are able to move from septic systems.

Using membrane bioreactor technology, the plant will have strict odour controls and capacity to treat 1600 kilolitres of wastewater a day, more than twice the current highest flow of 700 kilolitres a day that the township experiences in its busiest peak holiday season.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the State Government recognised the important place improved infrastructure held in the island’s future.

“Our Government has committed to helping the North Stradbroke Island economy transition successfully to the end of sand mining,” she said.

“This will include a focus on eco-friendly tourism, but we first need to ensure that the island has adequate infrastructure in place to allow this to happen.

“The Point Lookout Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade will see a 30-year-old facility replaced with a state-of-the-art plant that will meet the needs of the community for decades to come.”

The Point Lookout Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade is a joint initiative of the Redland City Council and the State Government. Details of the project are available from wastewater.redland.qld.gov.au/point-lookout, where residents can also subscribe for updates about the project as it progresses.

Redlands’ flags at half-mast


Redland City Council’s flags will fly at half-mast this week in tribute to the lives lost in Friday’s Paris terrorist attack.

Council CEO Bill Lyon said the gesture, while small, would add to the many displays of sympathy and solidarity with the French being shown across the world.

“While we are a small community half a world away, the sheer magnitude of this indiscriminate attack will no doubt have had a profound effect on many Redlanders,’’ Mr Lyon said.

“On behalf of all residents, Council will fly its flags at half-mast from tomorrow (Tuesday) for the rest of the week to show both our sympathy for the victims and their families and our abhorrence of terrorism.’’

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will also represent the city at a special candlelight vigil at 6pm in King George Square at the invitation on the Honorary French Consul Lady Jane Edwards.