Monthly Archives: March 2014

Council to engage with community on city planning


Redland City Council will embark on a public consultation process around key aspects of city planning prior to a draft of the Redland Planning Scheme (RPS) becoming available for formal public comment later this year or early next year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while there was no revised RPS document currently available for public comment, Council intended to involve the community through pre-consultation on key studies and policy areas that will feed into the drafting of the RPS.

“Prior to the widespread community engagement already planned for when the RPS draft becomes available, Council will be encouraging the community to view and review key areas of policies that are supporting the drafting process.

“It is important for the community to know that the current review of the Redland Planning Scheme is already underpinned by extensive community engagement that has occurred on a wide range of policies and strategies in recent years.

“Additional pre-engagement on upcoming strategies and studies will involve community and stakeholder forums on important issues such as population and employment growth strategies and options for how to deal with this growth.

“A key focus for this engagement across the Redland community will be the study into Redlands land availability commissioned by Council and expected for release in May this year.

The proposed engagement strategy will inform both drafting of the planning scheme and also Council’s input into the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan 2014-2041 expected for release in the second half of year.

“Community and stakeholder forums will also be held around Council’s upcoming Economic Development Strategy and the current community-wide engagement under way on disaster management planning.

“Engagement activities in the lead-up to the draft RPS release will also provide ‘neighbourhood kitchen table talks’ where residents and organisations can talk with planners about the current planning scheme and how to feed into the review.”

Other planned activities include establishment of an interest register so interested residents can receive updated information; a mail-out to all residents involved in previous community engagements around aspects of the planning scheme; availability of fact sheets, e-newsletters, magazine stories, website and display materials, social media and videos.

Over the coming months Council will be making information available through its websites, publications and community forums so that the community has the opportunity to understand and comment on future planning for our city.

This will be followed by extensive consultation activities planned once the draft planning scheme becomes available in late 2014 early 2015. These engagements will include interactive online engagement tools, ‘Talk to the planner’ community forums, stakeholder briefings, shopping centre and library displays, online submission forms, survey activities, web and social media updates and roving meet the planner sessions.

Cleveland gallery’s photographic coup


Take a walk on photography’s wild side at Photographic Abstractions, a Monash Gallery of Art travelling exhibition showing at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, from Sunday 30 March.

The exhibition, which continues to Sunday 11 May, draws on the Monash gallery’s collection of works by 33 Australian artists who use photography for the abstract rather than to simply document the world.

Redland City Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Paul Bishop said the event was a coup for the Cleveland gallery, capturing a rich history of abstract Australian art photography.

“Photography is recognised for its ability to show the world as it is but this exhibition sets out to challenge these assumptions,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“As co-curator of the exhibition and the Monash gallery curator Stephen Zagala says, the artists represented here are less concerned with documenting the world and more interested in engaging the senses, exciting the imagination and making the ordinary appear extraordinary.”

A highlight is a selection of works by the iconic Australian photographer David Moore, who experimented with abstract photography alongside his more well-known figurative work.
All of the works in the exhibition are held in the Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. A nationally significant collection of Australian photography, the Collection comprises over 2000 works illustrating the development and evolution of the photographic medium in Australia.
“This is part of a highly significant cultural asset held by Monash, a cultural institution of national importance, so it is a feather in our cap that we can be bring it to the Redlands’’ Cr Bishop said.

Artists represented will also include: Andrew Browne, John Cato, Jo Daniell, John Delacour, Peter Elliston, Joyce Evans, Chantel Faust, Susan Fereday, Anthony Figallo, George Gittoes, John Gollings, Graeme Hare, Melinda Harper, Paul Knight, Peter Lambropoulos, Bruno Leti, Anne MacDonald, Grant Mudford, Harry Nankin, Ewa Narkiewicz, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Jozef Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski, Robert Owen, Wes Placek, Susan Purdy, Scott Redford, Jacky Redgate, Wolfgang Sievers, David Stephenson, Mark Strizic and Rick Wood.

WHAT: Photographic Abstractions (A Monash Gallery of Art travelling exhibition)
WHERE: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
WHEN: Sunday 30 March – Sunday 11 May 2014. Floor talk and morning tea from 11.30am on Sunday, 13 April 2014.
OPENING EVENT: 6pm Friday 28 March 2014, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. RSVP by Wednesday 26 March 2014 on (07) 3030 4163 or email gallery@redland.qld.gov.au

Online services outage: Friday 21 March – Monday 24 March


The following  online services will be unavailable from 6pm Friday 21 March until 8am Monday 24 March due to planned maintenance.

  • PD Online (Planning and development online system)
  • MyServices
    • Animal management: registering animals and paying animal charges
    • Rating services: checking rates payments, printing rates notices, paying rates
    • Property services: accessing property details and property searches
    • Checking household water consumption
    • Submitting customer requests
  • Development Assessment Fee Calculator

We apologise for any inconvenience. Please bear the outage in mind when planning these activities.

New lease of life for Koala Fun Run


Get training because the Koala Fun Run is on in just a couple of months!

Redland City Council is pleased to announce a partnership with a local community group to ensure the fun run continues.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Run for Redlands – 48-hour Charity Festival Inc was successful in securing sponsorship of $10,000 toward holding 5km and 10km fun runs as part of the festival through Council’s Sponsorship Program.

“Partnering with an existing local event by sponsoring specific categories allows the run to continue without the same level of financial commitment from Council, who until this year has run the event,” she said.

Cr Williams congratulated Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett, Nigel Hyland and the executive committee of Run for Redlands as well as Bayside Runners and Walkers group for recognising the opportunity to incorporate elements of the Koala Fun Run into the 48-hour charity festival.

Cr Hewlett said the koala preservation message would now be spread across a whole weekend rather than be limited to just 1.5 hours under the existing fun run format.

“This is an example of how we can be more effective and efficient in the way Council spends ratepayers’ money,” Cr Hewlett said.

The Run for Redlands – 48-hour Charity Festival is scheduled to be held at the Victoria Point Sporting Club from May 23–25. Proceeds will go the Redlands Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and the Redlands Centre for Women.

Major sponsor is the Victoria Point branch of the Bendigo Bank

Council listens to community on waterfront projects


Redland City Council has listened to the community and will ask the State Government to amend the plans for the two waterfront development projects in line with community feedback.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the amendments Council would recommend to the State Government included reducing building heights at Toondah Harbour by a third.

“The community has been very clear on a number of key points and Council has listened and will now recommend the State Government amend the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek proposed development schemes in line with the wishes of the community,” she said.

Key amendments Council will recommend the State Government make to the PDA proposed development schemes include:

  • The maximum height at Toondah Harbour being reduced by a third from 15 storeys to 10 storeys, an increase of just three storeys to the seven storeys currently allowed at the site
  • The maximum occupancy of any marina at Toondah Harbour being halved from 800 berths to 400 berths
  •  As originally planned a commitment that public open space will not be reduced as a result of the PDAs, including GJ Walter Park
  • A technical working group be formed to ensure key issues will be considered during the planning process, including car parking, development height and density and traffic.

In today’s Council meeting Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson moved an amendment to the Toondah Harbour motion to cap building heights at ten storeys and protect GJ Walter Park.

“The clear majority of people have told us they want something done at Toondah Harbour but they were concerned about losing public open space.  So Council has responded and will recommend to the State Government that GJ Walter Park be protected,” he said.

“Another key issue for the community is the height of buildings and I think 10 storeys is a good compromise with it only being three storeys higher than what is currently allowed at Toondah Harbour.”

Cr Williams said today’s Council decision was a win for community feedback and showed the public notification process has worked.

“The community has asked for change and Council has listened and responded,” Cr Williams said.

“The community told us they don’t want 15 storeys at Toondah Harbour – so we have recommended 10. 

“They want public space protected at both Weinam Creek and Toondah Harbour, particularly GJ Walter Park, so we have recommended no net loss of public open space  as a result of the PDAs

“They don’t want an 800 berth marina at Toondah Harbour – so we have recommended a maximum of 400.

“They told us car parking is important, and we agree; so a technical working group will be formed to ensure this is a major consideration in the planning of the project.

“They told us the environment is important, and we agree.  We have already undertaken technical studies that will be released to the public to show this will continue to be a major consideration.”

Cr Wiliams said the amendments recommended to the State Government strived for a balance that would allow much-needed community infrastructure to be funded through private enterprises rather than by ratepayers.

“A community survey showed that 90 per cent of respondents agree that something needs to be done at Weinam Creek and Toondah Harbour,” she said.

“Respondents also said they want to see infrastructure at the PDA sites funded by developers and not ratepayers and these proposed development schemes make that possible with developers to fund community infrastructure while realising a commercial return.

“For example, approximately $80 million in community infrastructure is needed at Toondah Harbour, including upgrades to ferry terminals and passenger facilities, better transport interchange and parking, enhancements to parkland and improved pedestrian and cycle links to the bay.

“In order to keep rates low and have investors fund and improve the existing key infrastructure at Toondah Harbour, including establishing a maritime approved navigation channel, we know we need 800 residential and commercial units to pay for it.

“It is important to note that with higher storey buildings, we can retain more parkland as the footprint is smaller.  With lower storey buildings a greater area is needed to deliver the same number of units.

“Council is committed to retaining public open space and this plan allows current green space to remain by building up rather than out across the PDA footprint as the case would be if the height limit was lower.
 
“It is important to remember that there have been plans for redevelopment at Toondah Harbour in particular since the 1960s and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to realise this vision and bring jobs, tourism and economic development to our city.”

Applications open for Multicultural Business Scholarships


Applications are being called for the Redland City Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarships.

The scholarships, a Redland City Council initiative, aim to develop local business management and entrepreneurial skills by providing a Certificate IV in Business Management.

They are open to Redland City residents from diverse cultural backgrounds, with applications closing at 5pm on Friday, 28 April.

Mayor Karen Williams, who will launch the program on Wednesday, 19 March, said the program recognised that forward-thinking and innovative businesses would play a leading role in the Redlands’ economic future and jobs growth.

“Council is creating a climate for business success in the City but it is up to businesses to embrace the opportunities and make it happen,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This program is designed to help local entrepreneurs with diverse cultural backgrounds, or those who want to relocate businesses here, to access the tools they need for business success.

“I am particularly excited about these scholarships having come from a multicultural background myself and knowing first-hand the positive contribution of those whose parents  have come from  overseas to call the Redlands home.’’

The program will be delivered by Small Business Solutions, part of the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.

Forms can be found at www.redland.qld.gov.au and at Council Customer Service Centres.

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8507 or Small Business Solutions on 1300 40 60 80.

To be eligible, applicants need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, aged over 18 years, have at least one parent born overseas and live in Redland City.

Snapshot – 18 March


Disaster Resilience Forums

Help us plan for future emergencies

Come along to a disaster resilience forum in March and help Council and other emergency agencies prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster events. Community feedback will inform Council’s Disaster Management Plans. Local knowledge is invaluable in this process.

Forums

  • Wednesday 19 March, 3pm – 5.30pm:
    Mount Cotton State School, Mt Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton
  • Thursday 20 March, 10am – 1pm:
    Victoria Point Shopping Centre, cnr Cleveland-Redland Bay & Bunker Roads, Victoria Point
  • Thursday 20 March, 6pm – 8.30pm:
    Capalaba Sports Club, 113 Ney Rd, Capalaba
  • Saturday 22 March, 9am – 12pm:
    Wellington Point Village, Main Rd, Wellington Point
  • Monday 24 March, 6pm – 8.30pm:
    Redlands RSL, 8 Passage St, Cleveland
  • Wednesday 26 March, 11.30am – 2pm:
    Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield St, Cleveland (Disability access)
  • Thursday 27 March, 5pm – 8pm:
    Capalaba Park Shopping Centre, cnr Redland Bay & Mt Cotton Roads, Capalaba

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8584. RSVPs are not necessary.

 

Asbestos safety

Be safe with your renovation waste

Just a reminder that to protect the health and safety of our customers and workers, all waste loads of cement sheeting, fibro, renovation waste and tiles are being routinely inspected at our mainland waste transfer stations for materials that could contain asbestos. If in any doubt, our gate staff will treat renovation/building materials as containing asbestos.

Asbestos can be found in lots of old building materials, and can be very hard to identify. You can only dispose of material containing asbestos at Birkdale Waste Transfer Station – not Redland
Bay, and only under strict conditions. It needs to be less than 10m2, double-wrapped and sealed in
durable, thick plastic sheeting (builders’ plastic). Commercial operators will also need to pay the
asbestos disposal fee.

For more information about asbestos and its safe removal and disposal, visit our website.

 

Save the date

Redlands Good Gardening Expo

Enjoy a free fun and informative day out at the second annual Redlands Good Gardening Expo on Sunday 13 April 2014 from 9am to 3pm.

Set in the picturesque surrounds of IndigiScapes, this popular event is perfect for the home
gardener. Learn about composting, worm farming, mulching and how to grow organic food. There’ll also be plants and seeds for sale, kids’ activities and great workshops.

Visit IndigiScapes at 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba or check out the program on the IndigiScapes website.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 19 March – General Meeting, 9.30am
Wednesday 2 April – General Meeting, 9.30am

Exhibition focuses on the power of influence


Re-enter the real world at Amy Carkeek’s The End of Aesthetic Illusion exhibition at the Redland Art Gallery Capalaba from Monday 24 March.

In this exhibition, which continues until Saturday 3 May, this emerging Queensland photographic artist strips the veneer from Western society’s façade and poses the question: “How we can continue the visual spectacle to which we have all succumbed?’’.

Part of the Queensland Festival of Photography 5, the award-winning Carkeek seeks to provoke discussion on the capacity of images to shape our social and cultural perceptions.

“Images shape the individual and society to an unprecedented degree,’’ Carkeek argues.

“Mediated representations have come to constitute contemporary identities and lifestyles and are therefore powerful and influential forces in constructing our daily ‘reality’.

“In the modern, hyper-real photographic image-based world, both meaning and value have been reduced to commodities. Individuals may question authenticity, yet are still compelled to surrender to the sparkle of visual artificiality.’’

Redland City Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Paul Bishop says the exhibition is a thought-provoking expose of modern society.

“It is an intriguing insight into the influence of photographic images on our popular culture,’’ Cr Bishop said.  “It also shows the value of leading regional galleries such as the Redlands’ in challenging social norms and promoting debate on our cultural values.’’

Carkeek will be giving a workshop on her pinhole photography techniques for teenagers during National Youth Week 2014 on Friday 11 April.  Further information and bookings can be made on ph: 3829 8463 or email: megan.imber@redland.qld.gov.au

WHAT: The End of Aesthetic Illusion by Amy Carkeek
WHERE: Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba
WHEN: Monday 24 March – Saturday 3 May 2014

Black spot project makes busy intersection safer


Approximately $550,000 is being spent to improve safety at one of the Redlands’ busiest intersections at Government and Moores Road Redland Bay.
 
Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards said the project had commenced recently and was expected to be completed by the end of June.
 
“Located near a local school and being a key transport route, this intersection is very busy with approximately 5000 vehicles a day travelling through it,” he said.
 
“There have also been three accidents reported at the intersection since 2006, including one that unfortunately resulted in a fatality.
 
“The high number of traffic means this project is important not only for the current volume of traffic but also in planning for the future growth of the Redlands.”
 
Cr Edwards said the project was funded through Black Spot funding and would result in a safer intersection for motorists and pedestrians.
 
“The project will include the existing intersection being reshaped, with dedicated vehicle and bike lanes installed to channel traffic through the intersection,” he said.
 
“Traffic islands will also be constructed to make it easier to turn into and out of Moores Road and lighting and signage is also being upgraded.
 
“Some minor traffic disruptions are expected during construction, but one lane will remain open at all times.”

Have your say: Redland City Disaster Management Plan


Residents are encouraged to be part of the next two phases of Redland City Council’s Disaster Management Plan with engagement sessions beginning next week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the next two phases of the plan would be specifically aimed at mainland communities.

“The genesis of Redland City’s four-part Disaster Management Plan is in the understanding that the Redlands is a “community of communities” from islands to mainland suburbs, each with its own particular needs in a disaster,” she said.

“The first two phases provide the legislative and island specific strategies for managing a disaster and have received fantastic feedback from the community.

“The final two strategies will provide a plan for mainland and hinterland communities, which provide their own unique opportunities and challenges in preparing for a disaster.

“Local knowledge is invaluable in providing on the ground experience and knowledge to help plan for disasters.

“The information we are looking to gather during these engagement sessions includes how residents can be prepared for disasters, how emergency services respond and how to recover from a disaster.”

The first engagement session will be at Mt Cotton, and Divisional Councillor Julie Talty encouraged residents to get involved with the suburb considered a highly vulnerable location in terms of bushfires.

“The hinterland geography of Mt Cotton means there is a certain vulnerability to bushfires so I think it is important as many residents come to next week’s engagement session as possible,” she said.

“We need to be prepared as a community and not just within individual suburbs but across the whole city.”

Forum details
Wednesday 19 March
3 – 5.30pm: Mount Cotton State School, Mt Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton

Thursday 20 March
10am – 1pm: Victoria Point Shopping Centre, Cnr Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd, Bunker Rd, Victoria Point  

Thursday 20 March
6 – 8.30pm: Capalaba Sports Club,
113 Ney Rd, Capalaba

Saturday 22 March
9am – 12pm:  Wellington Point Village, Main Road, Wellington Point 

Monday 24 March
6 – 8.30pm: Redlands RSL,
8 Passage St, Cleveland

Wednesday 26 March
11.30am – 2pm: Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield St,
Cleveland (Disability access)

Thursday 27 March
5 – 8pm: Capalaba Park Shopping Centre, Corner Redland Bay &
Mt Cotton Rds, Capalaba

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8584. RSVPs are not necessary.