Monthly Archives: November 2013

Public Notice: Adoption of an administrative amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme


Notice is given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that Redland City Council under delegated authority by its Chief Executive Officer, resolved to make and administrative amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme on 30 October 2013.

The administrative amendment involves removing Domestic Additions and Private Swimming Pools from the Habitat Protection Overlay. These types of building work were inadvertently reintroduced into the table of assessment of the Habitat Protection Overlay as part of Minor Amendment Package 02/2013, which took effect on 28 October 2013.

The administrative amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme comes into effect on 11 November 2013.

The amendment can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres and on our website. For further information on the planning scheme amendment, please contact Redland City Council’s City Planning and Assessment Group on (07) 3829 8654.

 

 

Take care of vulnerable residents


The Queensland Department of Community Safety is reminding residents that some people in our community may need extra help during an emergency.  They have issued the below media release with some helpful information.

Natural disasters affect everyone, but for vulnerable residents an emergency event is particularly challenging.

The State Emergency Service (SES) is encouraging residents to get to know their neighbours and assist other residents who may have difficulties during natural disasters.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Lee Johnson said residents who spoke English as a second language, were new to the area, had a disability, or were elderly or isolated may appreciate help from their neighbours.

“Get together with your community and make a plan for floods, storms, cyclones and fires, including how you will assist vulnerable residents,” Mr Johnson said.

“For example, if one of your neighbours has hearing difficulties, ensure that someone in the community makes contact with them when a weather warning is issued or cancelled.

“Offer to help residents who are physically unable to secure loose items and keep them in mind if a flood is predicted. They may need help evacuating or shifting belongings above the water line.

“A community that works together is a stronger, more resilient community and more likely to recover quickly following a natural disaster.”

Mr Johnson said there were also resources available online to help vulnerable community members.

“Emergency services and the Red Cross have developed the Emergency REDiPlan, designed to assist people with a disability to prepare for an emergency,” he said.

“Fact sheets on topics like, floods, cyclones and emergency evacuations are available in 20 languages for residents who don’t use English as their primary language.”

For further information and tips on how to Get Ready and to register for your own personalised step-by-step plan visit www.qld.gov.au/getready

Redland City Council’s Disaster Hub also has more information.

Redland City welcomes record intake of new citizens


A record 184 people will take the Australian Citizenship Pledge at Redland City’s biggest ever citizenship ceremony on Wednesday, 13 November.

It will bring the number of Redlanders awarded citizenship this year to 763 and surpasses the previous record for a single ceremony (180) set in September.

Mayor Karen Williams, who will preside over the ceremony at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, said the increasing numbers of people who wanted to make the Redlands their home was a positive sign for the City.

“People come from throughout the world to settle in Redland City, drawn by our beautiful bush, beach and bay environment, relaxed village atmosphere and great amenities,” Cr Williams said.

“We welcome them all and the contribution they make in ensuring our city truly is the best place to live, play and do business.

“This ceremony will bring the number of new residents awarded citizenship at ceremonies in the Redlands this year to 763 and we are expecting many more on Australia Day in January.’’

The new citizens come from 28 countries across the globe, predominantly the United Kingdom (82), South Africa (36), Philippines (13) and New Zealand (11).

Other nations represented include: Bangladesh, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Macedonia, India, Ireland, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Zimbabwe.

The ceremony, from 5.45pm–7pm, will open with a Cuban and Brazilian dance performance and a traditional Welcome to Country by Aunty Joan Hendriks.

Last year, Redland City welcomed 677 new citizens.
The citizenship test has 20 general knowledge questions. A practice test is available at http://www.citizenship.gov.au/learn/cit_test/practice/

New ‘Caring for Straddie’ campaign begins


Redland City Council, Island businesses, holiday letting agents, police and community members are getting behind the new “Caring for Straddie” summer holiday campaign.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said a key focus of the campaign is to encourage North Stradbroke Island holiday makers to think of the island environment and community when holidaying on ‘Straddie’.

“Council has been working with the police and island businesses to help produce a range of promotional materials based around the successful ‘Caring for Straddie’ theme adopted several years ago.

“We want holiday makers to enjoy their stay and to take away wonderful memories.

“Intending island visitors are encouraged to start by booking their holiday home with Island letting agents who have agreed to the Holiday Letting Agent (HLA) Voluntary Code of Practice (VCOP).

“Three of the islands four major letting agencies have already agreed to the Voluntary Code of Practice (VCOP).

“This is helping to manage holiday behaviour and support well managed properties for both holiday property owners and holiday makers,” she said.

Division 2 Councillor, Craig Ogilvie said the key message for holiday makers is to have a wonderful time while staying on the island, but to also remember that their holiday spot is someone else’s home.

“Noise disturbance is one of the leading problems during the holiday period and I am sure nobody wants their holiday spoilt by a call from the police or eviction from their accommodation,” he said.

“The campaign will encourage visitors to think of their neighbours and the environment, with helpful information on websites, Facebook, print advertisements and “Tips for a top stay” flyers for holidaymakers.

“A fridge magnet and other information will be available for distribution by agents to the island’s lettable properties, including key police contacts for reporting excessive noise and behavioural incidents.

“The Caring for Straddie messages also cover responsible dog ownership, taking care while driving on the Island roads, parking information, and environmental and waste disposal reminders.

More information can be found at www.redland.qld.gov.au/straddieholidayhouses.

TransLink information sessions for bus and train network changes


Since the start of the year, TransLink has been working with the local community and operators to deliver an improved public transport network for the entire Redlands region and surrounds.

From early 2014, the local bus network will be restructured and a new train timetable will be introduced on the Cleveland line.

Some of the features of the TransLink changes include:

  • more peak train services on the Cleveland line
  • better bus, train and ferry connections
  • improved access to key locations and transport interchanges
  • more reliable services
  • consistent departure and journey times on bus and train.

Information sessions

Come and talk to TransLink at their information sessions in November. You’ll be able to view route maps and find out what your new services will look like.

Cleveland Shopping Centre – Thursday 14 November 8.30am – 7pm
Capalaba Central Shopping Centre – Friday 15 November 9am – 5.30pm
Capalaba Central Shopping Centre – Saturday 16 November 9am – 4pm
Cleveland station – Tuesday 19 November 6am – 9am
Cleveland station – Thursday 21 November 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Cleveland station – Monday 25 November 6am – 9am
Victoria Point Shopping Centre – Friday 22 November 9am – 5.30pm
Victoria Point Shopping Centre – Saturday 23 November 9am – 4.30pm

Re-think your rubbish – small changes can make a big difference


Residents are being encouraged to “re-think their rubbish” with next week (November 11-17) being National Recycling Week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the week’s increased focus on recycling was a timely reminder that small changes could make a big difference to the environmental health of the city.

“People need to be aware that what they do at home can impact the sustainability of our city,” she said.

“For example last financial year approximately 950 truckloads of waste that could have been recycled went to landfill, primarily because it was placed in the wrong bin.

“Another issue is contamination being placed into recycling bins, with an average of 10 per cent of material in recycling bins ending up going to landfill because of contamination from everyday rubbish such as bagged garbage, garden and food waste.”

Cr Williams urged householders not to package recyclables in plastic bags but, rather, to use cardboard boxes or place them loose into the recycling bin.

“Soft plastics (plastic bags, chip packets, bread bags, cling film etc), garden waste, items of clothing and non-recyclable glass are commonly placed in recycling bins, contaminating the recyclable items,” she said.

“People may be unaware that these items are unable to be recycled in the yellow top recycling bin.

“But then there other items such as soiled nappies, food and everyday bagged household waste also being sent for recycling, this is an obvious case of laziness, and incredibly frustrating for those doing the right thing.”

Redland City Division 9 Councillor and environmental spokesperson Paul Gleeson believed some residents may not be aware of the impact of not recycling correctly.

“There may be some residents who didn’t realise that recycling and general waste actually get taken to two completely separate places,” he said.

“The general waste gets transported to a landfill in Brisbane, while the recycling is taken to a separate recycling facility. This means contamination cannot be easily removed from recycling and put in the landfill and vice versa.”

More information is available at Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au or at www.recyclingweek.planetark.org.

Green light for $6.5m Macleay Island boat ramp and car parking


Redland City Council has given the green light to finalise approvals for the construction of a new recreational boat ramp, sea wall and car parking facilities on Macleay Island.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the estimated $6.5 million project would resolve long-term conflicts over the shared use of limited space at the Macleay Island ferry area.

“Today’s decision means Council can proceed to finalise necessary State Government development permits, expected by mid 2014, to allow for project construction.”

Division 5 Cr Mark Edwards said the development would substantially increase available commuter, disabled and recreational parking spaces, provide a new recreational boat ramp facility for islanders and visitors and provide a better design for the area.

“Council will contribute the funds for capping and the car park, while $800,000 in State Government funding will deliver the boat ramp.

“Works will commence in 2014-15 and subject to final design, will provide up to 89 new parking spaces, comprising 68 car spaces, two disabled spaces and 11 car and trailer spaces.”

Cr Edwards said Council’s plans for the construction of a sea wall to the Mean High Water Springs (MHWS) and capping of the land at 14-22 Russell Terrace Macleay Island for parking would provide a permanent asbestos treatment solution in the area.

“The capping of the land for parking is consistent with the recommendations of independent asbestos management reports to Council,” he said.

Council has left the door open to extend the development in future years to the Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT) point, conditional on funding from the state and federal governments.

Freedom of the City honour for Air Force


The Redlands will celebrate its proud military past and build stronger links with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) by granting Freedom of Entry to the City to an RAAF unit.

The major community event was approved by Council at its general meeting yesterday (6 November) and will see approximately 100 personnel from RAAF Base Amberley, supported by local Defence Force cadets march into the City on Saturday April 12, 2014.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the celebration would take on greater significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day and next year’s centenary of the start of World War I.

“This will be a wonderful way for Redlanders to show their high regard for the role of the Australian Defence Force in defending our way of life and promoting peace and stability around the world,’’ Cr Williams said.

“We want to make the parade and ceremony a big community event open to all Redlanders and I encourage residents to put April 12 in their diaries so they can show their support and cheer on the contingent along the route.

“While granting Freedom of the City bestows no legal right or privilege these days, it has deep historical significance and is accepted as the most honourable distinction a City can bestow on a contingent of the Australian Defence Forces.’’

During the ceremony, the 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing will march in Cleveland where they will be challenged by the police officer in charge.

Cr Williams thanked Cr Julie Talty who she said had championed the cause to bring the honour of this event to Redland City.

Cr Talty said Freedom of Entry to the City would be a great event that would strengthen our relationship with the RAAF.

“This event will be a great asset for our city and being planned for April next year it will make for an especially significant Anzac commemoration,’’ Cr Talty said.

“A greater partnership also develops between the units granted Freedom of Entry and the city’s cadets, so I am confident that Redland cadets will benefit.

“Granting Freedom of Entry to the City recognises the Redlands’ proud connection with the Defence Forces, particularly with the RAAF during World War II.

“The RAAF’s No 40 Squadron operated Sunderland flying boats from Redland Bay and the local hotel was commandeered as officers’ quarters.

“The US Army Signal Corps also had radio transmitter sites at Redland Bay and Capalaba, with Australian and US Army radar units based at the aptly named Point Lookout.

“Meanwhile the Australian Women’s Land Army established camps at Redland Bay, Birkdale and Victoria Point.

“Coochiemudlo Island also played a role as a training base for two divisions of Royal Australian Engineers bound for New Guinea.’’

One of the great travesties of World War II occurred off North Stradbroke Island in 1943, when 268 lives were lost after the Australian hospital ship Centaur was torpedoed. It rests today 30 nautical miles off the southern tip of Moreton Island.

Group Captain Peter Davis Officer Commanding 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing attended yesterday’s Council meeting, describing Council’s announcement as an honour.

“We feel privileged to be welcomed by the people of Redland City,” he said.

“Over our 93 years of Air Force history, a number of Air Force members have come from the Redland community and we are very much looking forward to being part of such an important civil-military ceremony that reinforces the pride the local community have in their airmen and airwomen”.

Freedom of entry to the city background

The granting of the “Freedom of Entry to a city” has very old origins. The early history of Europe shows that walled cities and trained soldiers protected citizens. The right of entry by outside soldiers was rarely granted. When such grants were made, the privilege was accompanied by much ceremony, demonstrating the trust bestowed by citizens. Cities are no longer walled; however, there is long association between the Royal Australian Air Force and Redland City for which strong links have been forged.  This significant military-civilian tradition will include military members parading in ceremonial attire displaying operational medals, carrying ceremonial swords and rifles, military colours and battle honours being flown and a band supporting.

Islands get their own emergency plans


Island communities of the Redlands are now covered by their own tailored disaster management plans.

Compiled into a booklet available free online and at Council Customer Service Centres and libraries, it provides detailed hazard assessments, safety information and potentially life-saving tips for each of the islands.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Karen Williams said this latest phase of the Redland City Local Disaster Management Plan, adopted by Council today, provided a valuable emergency blueprint for the City’s most isolated residents.

“We recognise that our islands are unique and that each will have specific needs in an emergency situation, whether it’s a severe weather event, fire or an oil spill,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald showed us last year how a severe weather event can have a massive impact on island communities and we have all learnt from that.

“In the event of an emergency, Council and its partners such as the police, fire service, SES and Energex, will swiftly swing into action.

“But residents need to keep themselves informed via ABC Radio, Bay FM and social media and have properly prepared for such an eventuality.

“This booklet does not tell you what emergency services are going to do but it does explain in detail what you need to do to ensure the safety of yourself, family and neighbours.

“Island residents will be able to look at the potential risks on their islands and get potentially life-saving information on evacuation routes and assembly areas, with up-to-date contact numbers for getting information and help.

“It’s a quick and easy guide to use but a key part of boosting the Redlands’ capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.’’

The plan covering all Redlands islands plan completes the second phase of the four-part emergency management blueprint and comes as Queensland has been urged to “Get Ready’’ for storm season.

The final phase, parts 3 and 4 for mainland coastal areas and the mainland hinterland, is due by March next year.

“This is an Australian first when it comes to disaster management by recognising that the Redlands is a community of communities, with each needing a specific easy-to-understand plan of how they should prepare and respond,’’ Cr Williams said.

The plan can be accessed through Council’s website.

Council’s ‘Disaster Hub’, which can be accessed at www.redland.qld.gov.au, also contains relevant information on “Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery’’, together with the first two parts of the new plan.

Cr Williams stressed any emergency plan was reliant on residents also being prepared.

“With storm season upon us and having just seen the terrible bushfires which ravaged New South Wales, residents should be making sure they have prepared their homes, yards and themselves for the possibility of an emergency,’’ she said.

“The Redlands is not immune to the potential for disaster, as we saw last January, but by working together we can strengthen our resilience and ability to respond to them.’’

Get the facts: Red or green substance appearing in waterways


Council has recently been contacted by residents regarding a red or green substance in local waterways; which is a naturally occurring substance called Trichodesmium.  There has also been some discussion in local media regarding the material, in particular a story that appeared in the Bayside Bulletin recently entitled “Beachgoers warned to avoid toxic algae’’. This story may mislead readers and as such Council would like to clarify the following points about Trichodesmium:

–       In the concentrations seen in local waterways, Trichodesmium is not considered dangerous to people or animals.  It is a naturally occurring algae that occurs in warmer dry weather conditions such as those that have occurred recently.

–       There is absolutely no connection between Trichodesmium and dead or dying birds that have been found along the coast recently.  The death of the birds is a natural occurrence that has been reported several times in the media and is thought to be due to exhaustion and starvation as a result of their 10,000 kilometre non-stop migration from northern Russia.

 

–       The presence of Trichodesmium also has nothing to do with Redland City’s Health Waterways Report Card.  The outcome of Redland City’s Health Waterways Report Card is due to the presence of nutrients in local waterways from rain events washing soil and other nutrients in the water, not due to the presence of Trichodesmium.

Council has information relating to Trichodesmium blooms on its website. Information is also available from the Department of Natural Resources.