Monthly Archives: June 2019

Council commences master planning for Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct


The future of sport and recreation on Redlands Coast has received a boost, with the commencement of master planning for Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct, at 277 – 293 Heinemann Road, Mount Cotton.

Mayor Karen Williams said the site, acquired by Council in 2017, would provide the city with new sport, recreational and environmental opportunities.

“The recreational potential and environmental benefits of this site will provide our residents with more sporting fields and community amenities to enjoy, while also protecting a significant area of natural habitat close to existing Council-owned conservation land,” she said.

“We know Redlanders love their sport and the master planning process will ensure this unique parcel of land will complement our existing sports and recreation space and provide more opportunity for locals to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Cr Williams thanked the State Government for its Get Planning Spaces grant of up to $100,000 to assist with the master planning, which will include consultation with property neighbours, the wider community, sports groups and other stakeholders.

“Council will be consulting with the community and sports groups about this project; and feedback from the consultation will help inform the master plan, and ensure that our community’s future sport and recreation needs are planned for,” she said.

“Once complete, implementing the master plan will include ongoing collaboration and partnership between Council, the Queensland Government and community organisations.”

Minister for Sport and Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said this process was the first step in delivering sport and active recreation facilities for the people of Mount Cotton.

“Families in the Mount Cotton area shouldn’t have to leave their own community to participate in organised sporting fixtures or weeknight training. Everyone wants the chance to get active, so having recreation spaces and accessible facilities close to where you live and learn is essential to delivering that,” he said.

“We look forward to working through this process in partnership with our community to make sure this project balances the need for more sporting facilities and the need for preservation of the beautiful Mount Cotton natural bushland. This consultation process will be an excellent opportunity for the community to be in involved with the future of Mount Cotton.

“I congratulate the Redland City Council for taking this important step in the long term planning for the region.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said Council had appointed Ross Planning Pty Ltd to deliver the master plan, with the company specialising in recreation, open space and sport planning, and having completed similar projects in the commercial and Local and State government sectors.

“This site is ideal for sports and recreational activities,” she said.

“There is scope to connect this area with existing multiuse tracks and trails in nearby conservation areas, such as Bayview Conservation Park.

“It will also link surrounding residential communities and expand on the list of natural attractions at the southern end of our city.”

Cr Williams said the master planning study was expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
For more information, visit Council’s Your Say website.

Boost for Redlands Coast conservation


Redland City Council has boosted its commitment to conservation in its 2019-20 budget adopted today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s Budget would invest $8.7 million into protecting and expanding the almost 9800 hectares of conservation land in community ownership.

“Redland City Council owns and manages more land on the community’s behalf than many of our neighbouring councils and this year’s Budget will see us continue to invest in growing and maintaining this vital asset,” Cr Williams said.

“This year our stocks of community–owned land were significantly boosted after we were able to finally secure the strategically important 61 hectares of Commonwealth-owned land at Birkdale.

“To be able to bring this land into Council-ownership after fighting to save it from housing for five years is a win for the community.”

Cr Williams said the stocks of local conservation land of environmental and ecological value had grown by 210ha since 2012.

“With the areas secured by Council in recent years, we now have almost 9800ha of conservation land, or about 18 percent of the Redlands Coast, owned by the community,” Cr Williams said.

“When you take in other green space managed by Council, the area grows to more than 10,340ha or just over 19 percent of our total land area. And that’s not including state-managed national parks and privately owned bushland.”

Cr Williams said this year’s Budget included a commitment to maintaining this land and managing the fire risks associated with owning this much land.

“Maintaining land on behalf of the community brings with it significant responsibility and it is one Council takes very seriously,” Cr Williams said.

“This responsibility has seen Council redirect funding from our landfill remediation separate charge to the environmental separate charge, helping to protect both our conservation land and our residents through fire mitigation.”

Cr Williams said the Budget would also continue to invest in Council’s 1 million plants initiative, which had so far seen 250,000 plants put in the ground by Council and local volunteers since 2016.

“Redlands Coast is blessed with an abundance of natural habitat and open space where people can connect with nature and enjoy an active and healthy Redlands Coast lifestyle,” she said.

“This budget invests in keeping this land in public ownership and maintaining it for future generations of Redlanders to enjoy.”

Go to redland.qld.gov.au/budget for full Budget information

Redlands invests in the future


Redland City Council will use its strong balance sheet and borrowing power to invest in the future of the Redlands Coast under the 2019-20 Budget adopted today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s budget included a small operating surplus and a $58.4 million capital works program targeted at growing and sustaining community infrastructure vital to the Redlands Coast’s future, especially roads and parks.

“By balancing our budget and maintaining a healthy bank balance, we are able to fund vital big-ticket intergenerational projects, such as the Weinam Creek transport hub and IndigiScapes Environmental Centre upgrades,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said Council’s prudent economic management allowed it to move quickly to secure community assets, including strategic land at Birkdale and Cleveland Point.

“Financial sustainability has been a driving factor of budgets during this council term, allowing us to secure the 61ha Birkdale Commonwealth land and the site adjacent the council reserve at Cleveland Point for the community,” Cr Williams said.

“This was something we could only do that because our debt was low and we had money in the bank.”

Cr Williams said the 2019-20 Budget included modest borrowings for key intergenerational projects, helping deliver the important projects that will be enjoyed by generations of Redlanders.

“At the end of the day, responsible financial management has allowed us to borrow sensibly and sustainably to fund long-life projects – the non-negotiable intergenerational assets needed now to service this city into the future,” Cr Williams said.

“The fact that we can do this and still record no net debt shows the sound financial position the city is in and the benefit of continuing to find efficiencies and look for initiatives to insulate our community against external cost pressures.”

Cr Williams said Council had monitored interest rates and was proposing to borrow now while the cost of borrowing was at record low levels.

“Council is mindful of finding the balance between holding cash in the bank when interest rates are low and borrowing when it is the right time so we can deliver the capital projects our community needs,” she said.

Cr Williams said Councillors had worked together to ensure the capital works program was focused, achievable and delivered residents the best value for money.

“Our priority has been squarely with essentials and long-life, intergenerational assets,” Cr Williams said.

“The works program includes more than $21 million for roads projects, including $11 million for our road resurfacing program, helping residents get around the city safer and faster.

“Almost $9.5 million will go towards the naturally wonderful playgrounds, parks and sports fields, our community loves, including $2 million for Stage 2A of Thornlands Community Park.

“Our environmental education centre at IndigiScapes will also receive a boost through a $2.2 million upgrade, adding to its reputation as a regionally significant environmental education centre.

“With more coastline than both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and six beautiful island communities, the cost of being a coastal city is not insignificant and this year we will invest $6.4 million into maintaining marine assets, including canal and breakwater works.”

Major individual projects for 2019-20 include:

  • Collins Street and School of Arts Road upgrade, Redland Bay, $4.5 million.
  • Aquatic Paradise canal trench blocks, Birkdale $2.5 million.
  • Weinam Creek parking and development project, Redland Bay $2.3 million.
  • Stage 2A of Thornlands Community Park, Thornlands $2 million.
  • William Street breakwater, Cleveland $1.9 million.
  • Redlands IndigiScapes Centre visitor centre upgrade, Capalaba $2.2 million.

Go to our website at redland.qld.gov.au/budget for full budget information.

Redland City delivers affordable 2019-20 budget


“Affordability” is the focus of Redland City Council’s balanced budget for 2019-20 which was adopted today.

The budget delivers a small projected operational surplus while keeping the average rates and charges increase to 2.66 percent – or about 62 cents a week – for a typical category 1a, owner-occupied household, excluding utilities and State Government charges.

It also delivers a $58.4 million capital works program targeted at growing and sustaining community infrastructure vital to the Redlands Coast’s future, especially roads and parks.

Mayor Karen Williams said the preservation of the Redlands Coast’s lifestyle and need to offset external cost pressures and the effects of a State Government land revaluation had been at the heart of budget considerations.

“The result is a balanced and affordable budget that supports the lifestyle that we love here,” Cr Williams said.

“Residents tell us they do not want the livability of Redlands Coast compromised, and we can only achieve that if we manage our finances responsibly.

“This reflects the need to continue to invest in the infrastructure that the community tells us that it wants prioritized, while also working hard to bring the budget back into surplus by tightening our organisational belts and finding savings.

“We have been able to achieve this despite a State land revaluation pushing up the values on which rates are based by more than 10 percent on average.”

Cr Williams said Council was investing significantly in the city’s intergenerational assets such as road, sewerage, canal and community projects while maintaining its no net debt position.

“By balancing the budget and ensuring there is no net debt through borrowing only for vital intergenerational assets we have guaranteed this city’s good financial health,” she said.

“Our strong financial stewardship means we can secure the 61 hectares of Birkdale Commonwealth land and the site adjacent the council reserve at Cleveland Point for the community.

“These areas will add significantly to our community estate, which now boasts almost 9,800 hectares of community-owned land. Under this Budget a further $8.7 million will be invested in protecting this land and potentially buying other strategic land that benefits the community and local environment.”

Cr Williams said that while Council had kept its water-associated increases to less than 2 percent, the first increase since the 2015-16 budget, the State had raised its bulk water charges by
6.8 percent, which added $37.40 to ratepayers’ average annual bills.

“To put it into perspective, this year’s State rise will take this city’s total bulk water bill to almost
$40 million and nearly $172 million over five years,” Cr Williams said.

“We are also affected by the State Government’s new levy on all waste sent to landfill, including waste generated from households, businesses and the construction industry.

“While the State has provided a payment to partially cover the cost of its new waste levy, our real-world budgeting shows there will be a shortfall.”

Cr Williams said Council remained unwavering in its commitment to offset cost increases by becoming smarter and more efficient and was continuing to seek greater support through funding from the State and Federal governments.

“Just under 5.7 per cent of this budget is expected to come from State and Federal Government grants, so it is our residents who are doing the heavy lifting,” she said.

“We will continue to advocate for more State and Federal funding for our community, as we did recently when we joined councils across the nation to lobby for an increase in the Federal Assistance Grants.

“We are also investigating a series of innovative solutions aimed at finding savings for our residents. Everything from alternative power options, innovative transport solutions and a collaborative regional approach to reducing waste costs, show our commitment to continuous improvement and insulating our community against these rising costs.”

The 2019-20 budget at a glance:

  • A typical Redlands resident owner-occupied household (category 1a with a property value of about $266,122) will see a 2.66 percent increase on Council rates and charges, excluding utilities and the State Government bulk water charge.
  • A small projected operating surplus, effectively a “balanced budget’’.
  • Capital expenditure of $58.4 million.
  • The State Government’s bulk water charge, over which Council has no control, increases another 6.8 percent this year to almost $40 million.
  • Council’s retail water costs up by about 2 percent, the first increase since 2015.
  • Commercial rate increase for the main category covering small business limited to
    6 percent (excluding separate charges, utility charges and State Government charges).
  • New borrowings for intergenerational capital works of $9.8 million – maintaining Council’s no net debt position.
  • Total pensioner rebates rises to more than $3 million, with $335 a year for a full pensioner or $167.50 for a part-pensioner.
  • $8.7 million will be invested in protecting community-owned land and potentially buying other strategic land that benefits the community and local environment.

Capital expenditure program at a glance:

  • $21 million for roads projects.
  • $6.8 million for infrastructure projects, including footpaths, cycle paths, continued expansion of the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre and bus shelter and seat renewals.
  • $6.4 million for marine and foreshore projects, including canal and breakwater works.
  • $4.8 million for water, waste and wastewater projects.
  • Almost $9.5 million to go towards renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields.
  • $1.5 million for community and cultural development.

Go to our website at redland.qld.gov.au/budget for full budget information.

Water supply notice – Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands


Seqwater will be undertaking essential maintenance work on Russell Island between Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June 2019.  Timing is subject to weather conditions and other unexpected delays.

No full loss of supply is expected during works.

Scheduled work 

Thursday 27 June, between 9pm – 5am Friday 28 June:  no loss of supply expected but residents on Russell, Lamb, Karragarra and Macleay Islands may experience low water pressure during works and discoloured water as pipelines are reopened.

When works are complete

You may see open hydrants with flowing water – this is necessary to flush pipelines. Please do not approach the hydrants or attempt to turn them off.

In your own home:

  • If you experience discoloured water, run a cold water tap until it clears – this may take a few minutes
  • Check the cleanliness of water before operating washing machines or filling kettles
  • You may need to run each tap is run for a short time to remove any trapped air

Stay informed

For enquiries about the night work contact Seqwater: seqwater.com.au/works or 1300 SEQWATER (1300 737 928)

For enquiries about water pressure or discoloured water contact Redland City Council: 3829 8999.

Councils unite to seek new options for waste and recycling solutions


A combined effort by five South-East Queensland councils to find feasible and progressive methods of resource recovery and waste disposal has taken a significant step forward.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council – in collaboration with Ipswich City Council, Logan City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council – was seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for the delivery of resource recovery and waste disposal services.

“The EOI opened recently and already there has been some promising interest, so we are hoping to see innovative solutions from waste industry operators,” Cr Williams said.

“We expect some of these solutions will have been made feasible by combining the collective waste volumes of all five councils.

“Waste collection is a significant cost for councils, so it is hoped this collaboration will find efficiencies that ultimately benefit our residents and the environment by maximising diversion of waste from landfill.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council had being pursuing regional collaboration for a number of years as it offers economies of scale and financial benefits to Redlands Coast ratepayers.

“There are some significant challenges ahead to meet the ambitious resource recovery and landfill avoidance targets in the draft Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy,” she said.

“By collaborating in this way it is hoped that industry can help shape the forward direction for the Redlands Coast community.”

For further information or to lodge an expression of interest, see the LG Tender box advertisement issued by Logan City Council on behalf of the Sub-Regional Alliance.

Council adopts erosion plan for Amity Point


Redland City Council has endorsed the Amity Point Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP), outlining its strategy to manage and respond to current and future erosion issues.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of Redland City Coastal Adaptation Strategy Steering Committee Karen Williams said the formal adoption of the Amity SEMP followed significant research and consultation with key stakeholders.

“Amity is a declared erosion prone area under the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995, and has a long history of significant erosion resulting in loss of property and assets,” Cr Williams said.

“People are drawn to this popular coastal destination, but there is an ongoing battle with the forces of nature.

“The Amity Point SEMP gives clarity around the complex causes of shoreline erosion and provides management options and recommendations.

“In developing the plan, Council established a project-specific Community Reference Group including the divisional councillor, affected property owners, local residents and community groups.

“The SEMP outlines approaches to three coastal areas of Amity – the southern, central and northern reaches – and is a medium-term management plan.

“It makes recommendations regarding physical works such as beach nourishment and supporting the existing sea wall, as well as areas where further technical studies are required.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the endorsement of the SEMP would be followed by the development of an implementation plan.

“The SEMP makes recommendations regarding shoreline erosion management at Amity, but does not specifically address issues such as costs, land tenure, access and rock supply,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The SEMP gives us a clearer idea of works that may address erosion issues, and will inform the implementation plan in addressing how this could be done.”

Mayor Williams thanked the Community Reference Group members for their commitment and for dedicating their time to the development of the Amity SEMP.

To view the Amity Point SEMP, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

Wellington Point a designated bathing reserve


Redlands Coast’s popular Wellington Point Reserve will be safer for bathers and watercraft users, with Wellington Point beach recently designated as a bathing reserve.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had applied to the State Government in January this year for part of the Wellington Point Reserve to be gazetted as a bathing reserve.

“The State approved the application in May, and the area designated as a bathing reserve now has some new rules to ensure safety for all users,” she said.

“When the bathing area is formally patrolled and supervised by life savers, an area of the beach will be physically marked with buoys and flags for the exclusive use of bathers.

“When there is no lifeguard on duty, this area will not be designated as an active bathing area, and enforceable use and restrictions will not apply.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said she was pleased that the area would have clearer boundaries for swimmers and people who use watercraft.

“This serves the interest of public safety and amenity,” she said.

“When a bathing area is active, motorised equipment must be kept at least 60 metres from all boundaries of the marked swimming area, while non-motorised equipment must be kept at least 10 metres away.

“Because Wellington Point is one of our most popular aquatic activities areas, the seaward boundary of the reserve will be 200 metres from the beach, which is half of that of other beaches.

“This will help avoid interactions between people, boats and other watercraft.

“We will ask the community in the future if this boundary should be brought even closer to better accommodate mixed use of the area but, in the meantime, we encourage everyone to keep the new rules in mind as they continue enjoying our beautiful Redlands Coast bathing areas.”

Cr Williams said the restriction on how close watercraft could come to an active bathing area applied to all bathing reserves across Redlands Coast.

“The rules are the same at Main Beach, Coochiemudlo Island; Thompsons Beach, Victoria Point; Cylinder and Main beaches at Point Lookout and Adder Rock at Amity Point as they are at Wellington Point,” she said.

“This ensures safety for everyone.”

Planned burn notification – IndigiScapes, Runnymede Road, Capalaba


Redland City Council will start a hazard reduction burn at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba at about 10.30 this morning. Burning is expected to take a couple of hours, with mop-up activities continuing throughout the afternoon until the fire is extinguished.

The burn will take place in a two hectare section of bushland with publicly accessible tracks, which will be closed off for the duration. Nearby residents have been advised by letter box drop.

Winds are forecast to blow from the south and west this morning, so smoke may affect areas to the north and east of the burn site.

All attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work. Stay safe during smoky conditions by following these tips from Queensland Health.

This planned burn is necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel – which will assist with hazard reduction – and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

If you require further details of the planned burn, please contact Council on 3829 8999.

Digital literacy boosted on Redlands Coast


Digital literacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Redlands Coast has been bolstered through Council’s delivery of a Deadly Digital Communities literacy program.

The program, which ran from March to May this year at Dunwich on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), saw more than 60 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participate.

Mayor Karen Williams said the program aimed to increase digital literacy in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to better help them unlock new opportunities.

“Digital literacy is an essential skill in this day and age, as more services and daily interactions move online,” Cr Williams said.

“We are all expected to access health, social and financial services online, but without the digital skills required to do so, many remote communities are essentially cut off from these basic services.

“Council received $10,000 in funding from the State Library of Queensland and Telstra, which enabled Redland Libraries to create this incredible digital opportunity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on Redlands Coast.

“Library and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) employees were up-skilled to deliver group training to 43 community members as well as 18 one-on-one sessions.

“The group training sessions focused on topics like email, searching the internet safely, computer basics, cloud storage and Microsoft Word, with specific technology questions addressed in the one-on-one sessions.

“With Council employees at Point Lookout, Dunwich and Amity Point library branches now equipped with the knowledge to provide such digital training, Redland Libraries is working on developing a pilot program on Minjerribah.”