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Macleay Island industrial land development opportunity open for EOI

A formal Expression of Interest (EOI) process has opened to test the market for low impact industry development opportunities on Macleay Island land currently owned by Redland City Council.

The EOI, opened on 11 March, is inviting written submissions by 8 May 2020 from developers interested in the overall development (including purchase or lease) of approximately 6500m2 of land at 20-24 Kate Street, Macleay Island.

Zoned in the Redland City Plan 2018 for Low Impact Industrial uses, the rare land use opportunity allows potential developers to present their proposals for the development and tenure of the developable part of the land.

Currently used by Council as a works stockpile site, the available land has been identified as surplus to operational needs and is considered the most suitable island location for low impact industry offering both good access and appropriate buffers from other island properties.

The Council initiated land development opportunity is designed to supply functional industrial land for Macleay Island and support the development of economic activity and new local business opportunities.

With 2,679 residents and 1,724 properties at the 2016 census, Macleay Island is the second-largest of the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI).

Like its neighbours, the island has experienced strong population growth in recent years with some of Australia’s best value coastal land located near to the major population centre of South East Queensland.

The long-term calls for more opportunity to develop light industry options for the island’s economy has helped drive Council’s decision to offer the site for low impact industry use.

In evaluating EOI submissions, Council will consider the perceived benefits the development proposals will offer in terms of the ability to meet the short term industrial needs of the Island and financial viability to Council.

The EOI evaluation process may also shortlist preferred development partner applications for future submission of Tenders under the provisions s228 of the Local Government Regulation 2012.

Council has appointed Ray White Commercial Bayside to manage the Expression of Interest on behalf of Council.

EOI documentation is available by contacting the agency on 07 3245 7199 or email to

Project background information is also located on the Your Say Redlands Coast website.

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Council agrees next step in plans to revitalise the Capalaba Town Centre

Redland City Council has announced that Shayher Group is the preferred expression of interest (EOI) proponent for the revitalisation of the Capalaba Town Centre.

The next step in developing the Capalaba CBD proposal is for Redland Investment Corporation (RIC), Council and the proponent to progress concept details and expectations before a future decision and agreement by the next Council.

Shayher Group has extensive national experience delivering quality mixed-use developments. Examples include the W Hotel in the Brisbane Quarter precinct, the former CSIRO site in Indooroopilly and former Government landholdings in Northshore Hamilton.

The Capalaba Centre Master Plan, adopted by Council in 2010, identified key areas of need at Capalaba including an active town square, a need to improve pedestrian movement, and repositioning Capalaba and activating it as a primary employment, transit and mixed-use development centre with an after-hours economy.

In 2019 Council engaged RIC to implement a crucial part of Council’s Master Plan and vision for a vibrant Town Centre acting as the heart of Capalaba.

The project will incorporate a new library and community centre.

Once the draft Capalaba Town Centre master plan has been finalised, community engagement will be conducted to ensure all Redlands Coast community members, business and stakeholder groups have opportunity to view the proposals and provide their feedback.

The next step of the process is for a detailed design to be developed that matches the Council planning scheme and for commercial agreements to be negotiated.

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Redland City Council to sponsor major business expo

Redland City Council will sponsor a major business expo in April to provide free advice and opportunities to local enterprises.

The 2020 Redlands Coast Business Expo will be run by Small Business Expos at Sheldon College on Thursday 16 April.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams encouraged local businesses to get behind the free event.

“Small Business Expos has a proven track record of helping boost businesses through providing access to new skills and established know-how while opening the door to lucrative relationships,” Cr Williams said.

“This expo, which ties in closely with Council’s economic strategy, will be a great opportunity for local business operators to connect and market their products and services to hundreds of other business owners.

“It is being backed by a host of local business industry groups and sponsors and is set to be the biggest business-to-business marketplace ever held in our region.”

In a first, the expo will cover the Redlands Coast, Logan and northern Gold Coast regions.

“This expo has been held successfully in Logan for the last three years and to get it to Redlands Coast, where it will cover a greatly expanded region, is a golden opportunity for our local business community,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has been very active in helping local businesses to thrive through organising workshops, providing access to information on export opportunities and training, supporting research and development, attracting investment and this expo, but it is up to business owners to take advantage them.”

When: 10am-4pm Thursday 16 April 2020.
Where: Sheldon College Events Centre, Taylor Road, Sheldon.
Cost: Attendance is free but there is a cost to exhibit.

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Redlands Coast set to again shine on screen

Redlands Coast is once again set to star on screen, with filming of Australian production Great White, wrapping up its local location shoots last week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the cast and crew of Great White, produced by Thrills & Spills along with Silver Wings Films and Piccadilly Pictures, filmed on location at Raby Bay, Redland Bay and Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra National Park).

“Redlands Coast is fast gaining a reputation as a location of choice for films and I am proud we have again been for Australian movie Great White,” Cr Williams said.

“More than 85 cast and crew including lead actors Katrina Bowden and Aaron Jakubenko filmed on location at Redlands Coast from October through to November 2019, providing an economic boost for the local community.”

Great White Producer Pam Collis said the production was drawn to Redlands Coast for filming because of its pristine natural attractions that are accessible and support a film crew.

“The producers’ impressions of Redlands Coast are that it has such a scenic vista on the doorstep of Brisbane and opens up ‘a whole new’ film scape yet to be fully realised.

“Redland City Council has proven to be extremely film-friendly and have made it a smooth working relationship in explaining the submission process for permits.

“The film crew have found the locals interested but not intrusive and enjoyed their experience of being able to work close to their home base without being away from home, which is often the case.

“The experience filming here has been so good that the producers are happy to not only film in the area again but are more than happy to recommend the area to their counterparts,” Ms Collis said.

The film, slated for release in 2021, follows the story of seaplane operators and lovers, Kaz Fellows (Katrina Bowden) and Charlie Brody (Aaron Jakubenko), along with their passengers, Joji Minase (Tim Kano), his wife Michelle (Kimie Tsukakoshi) and cook Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who take a flight to the picturesque Hell’s Reef.

It isn’t long though before their idyllic trip turns into a living hell when they become abandoned miles from shore and in grave danger from what lurks just below the surface.

Great White is the latest in a line of productions that have chosen to do business on Redlands Coast, with the region’s film-friendly reputation continuing to grow.

Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on Redlands Coast include Reef Break, Aquaman, Tidelands, Harrow (Seasons 1 & 2), Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

This week Safe Harbour won an International Emmy for Best TV Movie/Miniseries.

Great White film’s Michael Robertson (Producer), Martin Wilston (Director), Pam Collis (Producer) and Neal Kingston (Producer) on location at Peel Island.

Great White lead actors Aaron Jakubenko and Katrina Bowden experience Redlands Coast.




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Council powers on towards green energy solutions

A local green hydrogen economy on Redlands Coast is one step closer following a gathering of experts in Cleveland this week.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council facilitated the roundtable of scientists, government researchers and representatives from private enterprise at the State Government’s Redlands Research Centre in Cleveland on Thursday, 21 November.

“Council brought this group of people together to look at the local benefits of green hydrogen across business, industry and community,” she said.

“Redlands Coast is in the enviable position of having Queensland University of Technology’s pilot plant already located here, led by  Professor Ian McKinnon, who was also recently appointed to the position of strategic hydrogen advisor for the Queensland Government, so it makes sense to explore local opportunities.

“Green hydrogen is produced through a process that electrifies water with renewable energy to provide a safe, green power solution.

“Council is always seeking innovative ways of saving money while helping both the environment and local economy; and green hydrogen offers great potential for both.”

Cr Williams said green hydrogen technology was already used to power satellite electronics and hydrogen had been used to fuel buses in the London CBD for almost a decade.

“The most immediate use of green hydrogen is an emissions-free mobility solution, and some car and bus manufacturers are delivering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the Australian market,” she said.

“This clean, safe technology could also ultimately be used to supply renewable energy to electricity grids, power ferries on Moreton Bay and convert waste products into green power.”

Cr Williams said the roundtable at Cleveland helped showcase Council’s interest in this emerging technology.

“The gathering demonstrated how Redlands Coast can help other areas understand the role they could play,” she said.

“Having these experts confirm the importance of developing a local green hydrogen economy provides the confidence that Council’s investigations should continue to progress and will assist in taking the next steps towards activating this green energy solution.”

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Redland City Council Annual Report tells of positive performance

Redland City Council today endorsed its Annual Report 2018 – 2019, highlighting positive financial and operational results and Council’s significant activities for the year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the report showed Council’s continued financial sustainability and also outlined where the money goes, with a 100 per cent delivery of its Operational Plan 2018 – 2019.

“Each year, our Operational Plan sets significant activities to help us achieve our community commitments outlined in the Corporate Plan 2018 – 2023,” Cr Williams said.

“Today Council proudly presented an Annual Report that showed delivery of all 70 significant activities across our eight Vision Outcomes.

““Our Community Financial Report and externally-audited Consolidated Financial Statements present good news, with our current position providing stability for long-term financial strategies and meeting our future obligations.

Mayor Williams said the report also shared some business innovations that had resulted in significant operational cost savings in the 2018 – 2019 financial year.

“It is important that the Redlands Coast community has confidence in our performance in managing an asset portfolio with a replacement value of $3.7 billion on their behalf.

“Continuous improvement can be seen in action through Business Transformation Program case studies, with an additional $2 million of infrastructure delivered on top of our budgeted commitments.

“The annual report also includes some of the challenges faced in 2018 – 2019, to give our stakeholders and customers an understanding of current regional and local issues that impact Redlands Coast.

“There are also detailed sections providing transparency in reporting of our governance mechanisms and statutory disclosures.”

View the Redland City Council Annual Report 2018 – 2019 

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Council announces review into investment company

Redland City Council will undertake a review of its investment arm Redland Investment Corporation (RIC) following a decision in today’s General Meeting.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the time was right for a review to ensure RIC continued to deliver benefits for the Redlands Coast community.

“It is now five years since RIC was formed so it makes sense for Council to have a look at it to ensure it is delivering for the community,” she said.

“In that time RIC has delivered $2 million in dividends to the Redlands Coast community and delivered and started some important projects that will support the future of our city.

“This includes work starting this week on the Weinam Creek project which will deliver vital community infrastructure.

“At the same time the expectations of Council and the community have evolved and this review will ensure Council continues to meet these expectations.”

Cr Williams said the review would also respond to changes in the local and State Government landscape.

“There has been a great deal of discussion regarding Council controlled entities in other cities, including detailed reports into their operation and governance.
“This review will consider these learnings, along with what is the best business model to deliver for the future of the community.”

Cr Williams said all current RIC projects would continue, with the report to be delivered in time for an incoming Council to consider.

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A Smart New Future for Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast businesses and residents have a chance to shape the future of the city with the launch of Redland City Council’s public engagement on the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy.

Mayor Karen Williams said with technology and data rapidly changing the way governments delivered vital services, Council was developing a Smart and Connected City Strategy that would put Redlands Coast at the forefront of intelligence, productivity and sustainability.

“The Smart and Connected City Strategy will help make Redlands Coast more liveable, more efficient and a more vibrant place to live, do business and enjoy life,” she said.

“We already know Redlands Coast is the best city in the best state in the best country but we are determined to make it even better.

“By embracing technology and using readily available data more effectively we can transform the way we deliver services and strengthen our position as the jewel in the south-east Queensland crown.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy would explore how to embrace the digital revolution and would look at how Council could better use data to deliver more and improved services.

“The strategy will seek new ideas on how we can collaborate with innovators, investors, researchers and local businesses to grow the digital economy and build its innovation capacity,” she said.

“We want to hear from business and the community on how we can use innovations like wireless networks, the Internet of Things, real time information, crowd-sourced solutions and new mobile apps to improve the way we do things for local residents and businesses.

“By taking part in our Smart and Connected City community engagement, everyone can have a say in the Redlands Coast of the future.”

For more information and to have your say on the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy and help shape the future of our city visit

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Council to speak up at 123rd LGAQ Conference

Redland City Council will use October’s Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) conference to join with Queensland councils to lobby the State Government on several key issues:

  • Allowing Councils to raise more infrastructure funding by reviewing the existing State imposed infrastructure cap.
  • Delivering better managed and coordinated State
  • Providing greater certainty for the community in the Queensland planning framework.
  • Reinvesting the State Government Waste Levy back into the Queensland environment.
  • Transport hub infrastructure.
  • Assistance for drought affected Queensland areas.

Mayor Karen Williams said the motions, which were supported unanimously at today’s general meeting, would now be tabled at the LGAQ’s 123rd annual conference in Cairns, 14 – 16 October 2019.

“Our residents tell us they want infrastructure to keep up with growth and so we will be tabling two motions asking for the State to do just that,” she said.

“The first motion will call on the LGAQ to lobby the State Government to implement longer term infrastructure plans that provide greater certainty for our community.

“Currently the State Infrastructure Plan uses a two tier timeline of 1-4 year projects and 5-15 year opportunities, which aren’t long enough, meaning they don’t align with State Government growth targets nor the State’s  South East Queensland Regional Plan, which spans a 25 year period.

“Our community wants certainty, so it makes sense for the State’s Infrastructure Plan to be longer term so Councils can use them to plan local infrastructure and to give the community certainty in regards to what will be delivered.”

Cr Williams said a second motion would call on the State Government to review their infrastructure caps and introduce their own mechanism to collect infrastructure charges from developers.

“Currently the State Government caps what infrastructure charges Councils can collect from developers, resulting in a funding gap that our community ends up funding.

“If the State Government listens to our motion by removing these caps it will allow Councils to collect infrastructure charges based on the impacts the development will have on local infrastructure, meaning the infrastructure is then funded by the private development industry rather than the community.”

Cr Williams said Council would also ask the State to commit to developing a more prescriptive planning framework to give the community certainty about what will be built.

“The current ‘performance based’ system allows too much flexibility for the development industry, creating confusion for the community,” she said.

“This motion calls on the State to create a black and white system that makes it clear to residents what can and can’t be built in their neighbourhoods.

“Continuing the infrastructure trend, a motion will also be put forward asking the State Government for increased infrastructure, including car parking, at Queensland railway stations.

“We need to encourage people to use public transport, so there must be an increase in infrastructure, such as car parking and station amenities, to encourage people to use trains more and to get parked cars away from what were once quiet, suburban streets.”

Cr Williams said Council would also ask the State to commit to reinvesting the State Government Waste Levy back into the Queensland environment.

“Currently the State expects 70 per cent of the funds raised through the levy will benefit industry programs, environmental initiatives and advanced payments to councils to help offset the costs for Queensland households,” she said.

“This should be 100 per cent.

“There is currently no commitment beyond 2022 and we are asking that local communities be given long term assurance that the environment will continue to benefit from the funds raised and that people will not be left out of pocket by this levy.”

Council will also put forward a motion calling for more assistance for drought affected Queensland areas.

Cr Williams and Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell will be Council’s official delegates at the conference, which will bring together delegates from all tiers of government, external stakeholders and the media to consider the challenges facing local governments and their communities.

Other Councillors are able to attend as observers.


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Help at hand for Redlands Coast startups

Are you an aspiring Redlands Coast innovator or entrepreneur? Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to give your startup the best chance of success.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Logan Startup Onramp was a new offering from Redlands Logan Advancing Regional Innovation Program, of which Redland City Council is a key delivery partner.

“I’m passionate about supporting business development at Redlands Coast, so am thrilled that this pre-accelerator program will be offered locally for the first time, starting this August,” Cr Williams said.

“If you want to learn how to define and improve your market offering, validate your ideas with the help of experts and develop a viable business model with revenue streams, then this is the program for you.”

The 12-week training and mentoring program will be facilitated by Brad and Joanna Apps – founders of telecommunication software and payment gateway solutions ECConnect – and sales-led technology entrepreneur, John Burkett from Advicepoint Business Consulting, Redlands Angel Investors and Startup Redlands.

Joanna Apps said Startup Onramp was launched to give skills and guidance to new and aspiring startups to help them develop their business dreams.

“It is ideal for founders of startups expecting high or rapid growth and would greatly improve their chances of being accepted into any startup accelerator in Australia or overseas,” Ms Apps said.

“We will bring in local entrepreneurs, investors and subject matter experts as guest presenters, with the program culminating in a pitch night and celebratory dinner.

“Startup Onramp graduates will also be invited to take part in a state-wide showcase event at which the state’s best startups will pitch to an audience of successful entrepreneurs, investors and corporates at the annual QODE Conference.

“There are 14 spots available for the first 2019 intake, with the weekly evening sessions starting from 21 August.”

Redland Logan Startup Onramp program
What: 12-week training and mentoring program for aspiring startup founders
When: Weekly evening sessions from 21 August, 2019
Where: Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton
Cost: $1200 for the 12 week program. Also includes free casual membership at Logan Startup Hub and Startup Redlands for the duration of the course.
To book and for more information: Phone Brad on 0413 208 786 or visit

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