Message from the Mayor
The Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Area projects are potentially the two most important projects we have seen in the past 50 years.
They will provide a massive shot of confidence for our local economy, delivering hundreds of jobs and countless new opportunities along the way, including our progression away from mining to other industries such as tourism on North Stradbroke Island.
Such visionary projects are rarely delivered without some opposition from concerned members of our community.
The Government and Council will take on board these concerns in bringing forward a plan that balances community expectation and commercial reality.
We want to know what type of developments people prefer. We are doing this through an exhaustive consultation phase. Council officers have been engaging with the community since the two projects were announced by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney in May last year. So far more than 2000 have had their say.
We want to make sure we get the balance right to allow development, better access and improvements in this critical area funded by investors rather than ratepayers, but we also want to ensure it remains first and foremost an effective gateway to North Stradbroke Island.
Community input is vital to the success of these projects and even though consultation has been going for months, there is still have time to have your say. Visit Council’s website to see how.
This week Council voted to ask the State Government for a one-month extension to the community consultation period for the Toondah PDA, the deadline for which was 24 February. The decision reflects the high level of interest and the need to allow more time for the community to have their say on the draft planning scheme that will help guide the revitalisation of this area.
This level of interest from the community is very positive and Council feels it is important people get a chance to be involved.
More than 2,000 people so far have had their say on the transformation of the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek waterfront precincts.
The number of residents who have attended the ten engagement sessions has been overwhelming, with valueable feedback on these exciting and important projects.
The engagement has been supported by ground-breaking technology that uses 3D imagery to show the potential for the development sites.
The 3D imagery can be viewed either at the PDA sites or from the comfort of home using an app that can be downloaded to phones, Ipads and PCs.
The plans viewed at the engagement sessions are only drafts, with the final plans to be informed by community feedback.
The proposed development schemes for both Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are on public display until 24 February and can be found via Council’s website and are on display at Cleveland and Capalaba customer service centres, the Cleveland, Capalaba, Victoria Point, Russell Island, Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout libraries, Dunwich and Point Lookout Foodworks and the Amity Point General Store.
The draft plans will also be on display at the Cleveland Stockland Shopping Centre, the Victoria Point Shopping Centre and the Capalaba Shopping Centre.
Virtual PDA Tour app
You can take a mobile walking tour or view a virtual 3D glimpse of what the potential PDA development could look like by downloading the free Toondah Harbour phone Apps from either GooglePlay (android) or the Apple App Store (iPhone).
1. Print the Toondah Harbour PDF [2.4MB]
2. Place on a flat surface
3. Activate the phone app
4. Point your phone within 20 cm range of the image
5. Adjust the range in your viewfinder until the 3D image appears on screen
Have your say:
You can make a submission by completing the online submission form below. Alternatively you can send a written submission (including your full name and a valid email or postal address) by:
- Post: Economic Development Queensland
Reply paid PO Box 2202
Brisbane Qld 4001
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: (07) 3024 4199
- Online submission form
Redlands to host unique island forum
The notion that no man is an island will be discussed at a unique forum being hosted in the Redlands this month.
The inaugural South East Queensland Island Forum will see locals and representatives from other island communities converge on the Redlands for three days of discussions about issues specific to island communities.
Discussion at the event will centre around tourism, transport and local economies; with the forum to be held across North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay Islands.
Guest speakers will include representatives from Kangaroo Island and Magnetic Island as well as tourism and cultural specialists from the Redlands who will highlight our own unique character as a city of islands.
Date: Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 February 2014
More information visit: www.sicri-network.org/seqif1/
Registration: To register email your contact details and the days you will be attending to email@example.com or phone (07) 3829 8775. Registrations close on Monday 17 February 2014
Community groups and events can benefit from the latest round of Council’s sponsorship program that opens later this month.
The program provides financial and in kind support for eligible events, projects, services or activities that benefit the Redlands.
More space for dogs
An extension to a dog off-leash area at Raby Bay Foreshore Park will be made permanent following a three-month trial extension last year.
The trial was sparked by concerns the original dog off-leash beach area was underwater at high tide and inaccessible.
The extended off-leash area includes the parkland between the beach and closest pedestrian pathway (as seen on the map).
Dog owners must still keep their dogs under control including keeping them on a leash outside the off-leash area and not allowing them to run free from the roadside.
The extended area has been chosen to ensure pedestrian safety, especially as the off-leash area will remain unfenced. The drinking tap and dog bowl will be moved within the new boundary, with signs to be erected soon.
Local landscapes inspire exhibitions
Two exhibitions inspired by the Redlands’ beauty are currently on show at the Redlands Art Gallery.
Leigh Camilleri’s Impermanence: the case of Chinese whispers and Ian Smith’s Bay Pastels – City Paintings – on show until Sunday 23 March and showcase the work of two highly talented local artists.
Visit the Redland Art Gallery website for more information.
Nominate a mate
2014 Queesland Greats Awards
Do you know a great Queenslander or organisation that play a significant role in making Queensland great?
If so this is your chance to recognise their achievements through the 2014 Queensland Greats Awards.
A State Government initiative the awards are open for organisations or individuals whose remarkable long-term or lifetime achievements have made a significant contribution to the history and development of Queensland.
Nominations close 14 March with winners to be announced during Queensland Week, 31 May–8 June 2014.
For more information visit the Queensland Government website.
2014 Reconciliation Awards
As part of the 2014 Queensland Reconciliation Awards the Queensland Government is looking for organisations and communities promoting reconciliation and honouring the history and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The awards will recognise recipients in the categories of business, community, education and partnership, with each category winner to receive $5000 in prize money.
Nominations close 3 March 2014. For more information visit Queensland Reconciliation Awards.
Bubz n Kidz Market
16 February 2014 8.30am – 11am
Venue: Redlands Multi-sports Club
bubz’n’kidz market – everything you could need for bubz and kidz! (and mumz). For more information contact Karryn Neal on 0422 402 208, via email or visit their website.
Story Time Fun
18, 19 and 20 February 2014
10am – 10.45am
Venue: Capalaba Library (18 Feb), Cleveland Library (19 Feb) and Victoria Point Library (20 Feb)
Stories and action rhymes are combined with craft, appealing to the imagination of children and parents. Suitable for ages 2 – 5 years. No bookings required.
For more information contact Capalaba Library.
For a full list of What’s On in the Redlands, visit our website.