Monthly Archives: August 2014

Council endorses State and community role in coastal erosion responses


Redland City Council today endorsed the establishment of a senior level Coastal Adaptation Steering Committee to help respond to coastal erosion issues across the City, together with individual Reference Groups for specific coastal erosion sites.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Hon Andrew Powell, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection had already offered the support of government officers to attend stakeholder meeting on shoreline erosion issues.

“Council will now be extending the invitation to the State Government to be part of the new Coastal Adaptation Steering Committee designed to provide clear high level policy direction for coastal management across the city’s 220 kilometres of coastline.

“The Redlands has one of Queensland’s highest coastal erosion risk areas at Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island.

“At meetings between Council and Amity Point residents earlier this year, it was agreed that the State Government had a central role in responding to coastal erosion management measures such as the construction of sea walls to defend individual properties.

“It was also very clear that local knowledge had to be part of drafting local solutions,” Cr Williams said.

“That is why we have agreed to establish individual Reference Groups to help develop Shoreline Erosion Management Plans for specific sites, starting with individual Reference Groups at Amity Point on North Stradbroke and Norfolk Beach on Coochiemudlo Island.”

“These individual Reference Groups will include local community representation to ensure the communities experience and perspective is taken into account.”

Divisional Councillor for North Stradbroke Island, Cr Craig Ogilvie said he had been actively lobbying for some time for the easing of approvals necessary for residents to defend their properties through the construction of rock seawalls.

“The residents of North Stradbroke Island have over 100 years of documented shoreline erosion experience and arguably know what works best and what doesn’t.

“I certainly hope that these new structures will provide greater clarity and certainty for both Council and residents and a stronger say for residents in developing local responses to erosion issues.” 

Divisional Councillor for Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island, Cr Lance Hewlett said policies of coastal retreat were often adopted as a realistic response to the erosive power of nature.
 
“It is equally important to identify reasonable measures to defend important coastal habitats and property, including collaboration with all stakeholders on coastal dune management and revegetation.

The coastal foreshores and beaches throughout the Redlands are highly valued by the wider community for their aesthetic and environmental attributes. These coastal areas also attract thousands of tourists to our city every year which represents a significant investment in our local economy.”

 

Redland City ratepayers to receive refund on carbon tax


Redland City Council will pass savings from the repeal of the Carbon Tax on to residents via a rates refund and lower commercial tip fees.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said every rate payer would receive a one off refund of $38.48 in their next rates notice to compensate for the costs of the carbon tax.

“While Council absorbed much of the costs associated with the Carbon Tax
over the past three years we were not able to  absorb  the increase to waste management costs,” she said.

“The repeal of the Carbon Tax last month means the cost to dispose of future waste will no longer include the previous cost of carbon tax, so Council today voted to refund the savings to ratepayers.
 
“We removed domestic tip fees in 2012 and we are now able to reduce commercial and industrial tip fees by more than 10 per cent or $15.85 a tonne. 

“The rates refund and lower commercial tip fees are expected to provide approximately $2 million in savings to residents.

“Residents should note it is still in their best interest to reduce and recycle waste as these costs continue to rise as volume increases and waste disposal sites becomes scarcer.”

Cr Williams said in addition to passing on this immediate saving, Council would also seek to identify other cost savings from the removal of the tax and reinvest them into the City, helping ease cost of living pressures.

“While the full extent of the Carbon Tax repeal will depend on suppliers passing on the savings to Council, we hope it will ease cost pressures for future Council budgets, and ultimately ratepayers,” she said.

“Council has helped cushion ratepayers from rising costs of living by absorbing millions of dollars in extra costs levied on us over the past three financial years rather than pass them on in the form of higher rates.

“Our headline rates increases have been the smallest in South East Queensland since Council’s election in 2012 and we are continuing to drive efficiencies and make more savings that we can pass on to ratepayers.

Public Notice


Redland City Council

Part 1: Adoption of a minor amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme

Minor zone and overlay mapping amendments

Notice is given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that Redland City Council at its General Meeting held 30 July 2014 resolved to adopt minor zone and overlay mapping amendments to the Redlands Planning Scheme (RPS).

The amendments will result in changes to the following:

  • RPS Zone mapping;
  • Bushfire Hazard Overlay;
  • Habitat Protection Overlay;
  • Flood Prone, Storm Tide and Drainage Constrained Land Overlay; and
  • Protection of the Poultry Industry Overlay.

Part 2: Adoption of an administrative amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme

Notice is given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that Redland City Council has resolved to adopt an administrative amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme.

The administrative amendments include:

  • Removing an incorrect reference to the South-East Thornlands Planning Report (2010);
  • Removing the term ‘Centre’ from Division 1 – Uses and reinserting it into Division 2 – Administrative Terms;
  • Clarifying the level of assessment and assessment criteria that apply to Domestic Additions and Secondary Dwellings in multiple zone codes.

Both the minor amendments and administrative amendments to the Redlands Planning Scheme come into effect on 20 August 2014.

The amendments can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres and online at Council’s website.

For further information on the planning scheme amendment, please contact Redland City Council’s City Planning and Assessment Group on (07) 3829 8654.

 

Bill Lyon
Chief Executive Officer

Redlands Snapshot – Tuesday 19 August 2014


Doing business with Council

Do you own a business in the Redlands area? Come along to this free information session and find out about procurement and business opportunities with council and tips for submitting tenders and quotes.

When: Thursday 28 August 2014, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Capalaba Place Hall, Capalaba Library, 14 –16 Noeleen Street
RSVP: 3829 8414 or email your name, business name and contact details to Beverley.bancroft@redland.qld.gov.au by 3pm, Wednesday 27 August.

 

Local law review

Community consultation period now open

Council has completed a review of our local laws. We’ve proposed a set of draft laws to replace our existing ones. They include a number of changes that may interest residents including changes
to animal management, parking and signage. To have your say on any provisions – changed or otherwise – make a submission to Council by 8 October 2014.

Visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/DraftLocalLaws to:

  • view the draft local laws
  • view fact sheets, frequently asked questions and information on the law making process
  • lodge your online submission.

You can also visit our library, customer service centre and shopping centre displays and pick up a submission form to complete and return.

 

Bloomfield Street Park transformation

Have your say on new park features

Council and State Government have dedicated funds to create an exciting new design for Bloomfield Street Park, located in Cleveland central business district.

We need your help! Let us know what you’d like to see at this popular local park.

Meet us for a chat at the park:

  • Friday 22 and Friday 29 August, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Saturday 30 August, 9.00am – 12pm

You can also email your ideas on what would make a great park to rcc@redland.qld.gov.au

For more information, phone 3829 8746 or visit www.redland.qld.gov.au

 

Join us for Dad’s Day Out

Bring Dad along to celebrate Bushcare Major Day Out and enjoy a day of free hands-on activities and bushcare workshops at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

When: 10am – 2pm Sunday 7 September 2014
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
Free: Mini workshops, activities, bus tour, entertainment, prizes and meet a live koala

For more information, phone 3824 8611 or visit www.indigiscapes.com.au

 

Water meter readings

Time to restrain the roses! We are reading water meters in Redland Bay this week. Please make sure our water readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

General Meeting: Wednesday 20 August 9.30am
General Meeting: Wednesday 3 September 9.30am

 

Get the facts – correction on flying foxes and koalas


Council would like to set the record straight in response to two items in the Courier Mail’s Village Green section(Saturday 16 August). 

The story “BATS COP IT” was inaccurate in stating that vegetation was being cleared at Capalaba to get flying foxes to ‘move on’.  This is not the case; the works involved trimming vegetation under storey to increase the buffer between the flying fox roost and nearby houses.   The work was not designed to move the bats from the wetlands, which are large and have plenty of space for the bats.

Also the vegetation cleared was not planted as part of a community project, as stated in the article.

“KOALAS OUTLOOK BLEAK” stated that the State Government and Council had approved the extension of a quarry at Mount Cotton; this is incorrect. Council refused the application to extend the quarry, which was then called in and approved by the State Government. 

Redland City Council takes a proactive approach to environmental protection, including our habitat protection programs, hosting community planting events and working with local bushcare groups to protect local vegetation.

Swooping season set to begin


Redland City residents are reminded that the scent of flowers isn’t the only thing in the air as we approach spring.

Warmer weather also heralds the beginning of nesting season and swooping behavior for birds such as magpies, plovers and butcherbirds.

Redland City Council Environmental spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said that while a magpie or plover attack could be frightening, there were simple measures people could take to protect themselves without harming the birds.

“Magpies and plovers aren’t bad guys, rather highly protective parents looking after their young and they play a crucial role in the local ecosystem,” Cr Gleeson said.

“People should not retaliate with sticks or by waving objects as this can make adult birds even more aggressive.
 
“The IndigiScapes website has a link to a map where you can view known birding swooping sites or add new ones.

“The best thing to do is avoid areas where birds are swooping during the eight-week period that a nest is being defended, which may be as simple as walking on the other side of the road. 

“Other ways that you can be safe from swooping birds include wearing a hat and sunglasses or holding your bag or an open umbrella over your head if entering the nesting area.

“Cyclists should add spikes to their helmets and a flag to their bike. They should also dismount from their bike when in a nesting area as speeding up only increases the intensity of the swooping.”

People should not to pick up young birds if they see them on the ground because even if you can’t see the parents, they will be close by. Parent birds will think that you are kidnapping their baby and become more protective next time they have young.

To access the magpie map, or for more information on magpies and swooping birds, visit indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/Animals/Magpies/Pages.

If you find an injured bird, call the Redlands Wildlife Care Network on 3833 4031.

Curlew Republic connects Gallery and Museum


A new exhibition Artefacts from the Curlew Republic: Painting, video art, sound sculpture and music by Colin Offord and Yilan Yeh, running from Sunday 24 August – Sunday 5 October 2014, connects artwork between two locations.

Artefacts from the Curlew Republic, jointly presented at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland and Redland Museum, is the result of a unique ten-year collaboration between two local Macleay Island artists: musician, instrument inventor-visual artist Colin Offord and video artist-performer Yilan Yeh.

The immersive exhibition overlaps visually and musically across the gallery and museum, linking them through a shared philosophy and aesthetic.

Redland City Art, Culture and Innovation Spokesperson Cr Paul Bishop said Artefacts from the Curlew Republic was an intriguing mix of three large central works and several smaller interrelated pieces.

“This exhibition highlights art in many of its forms with visual arts, recorded soundscape, live music performance, talks and workshops,” Cr Bishop said.

“The three central artworks The Human Map, Photosynthesis and Australasian sound give us the opportunity to use different senses to experience art.”

Redland Art Gallery features two central parts of the exhibition Photosynthesis – video
installation & soundscape and The Human Map – drawings, calligraphy, assemblage & sound sculpture.

Redland Museum hosts the third central work, Australasian Sound – sound sculpture installation.

Colin Offord and Yilan Yeh have collaborated on performance events and exhibitions nationally and internationally, including major projects in Switzerland, Taiwan, and France.

A floor talk will be open to the public from 11.30am Sunday 24 August 2014 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland with a performance by the artists and morning tea.

An opening event will be held at 6pm on Friday 22 August 2014 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. To attend, RSVP by Wednesday 20 August 2014 to 3030 4163 or email: gallery@redland.qld.gov.au.

Artefacts from the Curlew Republic is supported by Arts Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund.  The Regional Arts Development Funds is a Queensland Government partnership to support Local Arts and Culture.

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Redlands Snapshot: Tuesday 12 August


Local law review

Community consultation period now open

Council has completed a review of our local laws. To have your say on any provisions – changed or otherwise – make a submission to Council by 8 October 2014.

Some changes that may interest you relate to:

  • keeping roadside memorials appropriate and safe
  • clearer requirements for temporary signs
  • making it easier to run events in the City
  • making it easier for Council to direct people to clean
  • up unsightly and overgrown properties
  • feeding native birds in a way that does not cause
  • nuisance to neighbours
  • allowing a miniature pig as a pet
  • aligning parking infringements with State
  • Government penalty criteria
  • controlling dogs on properties sized 2000m2 or more in koala management areas.

Visit our website to:

  • view the draft local laws
  • view fact sheets, frequently asked questions and information on the law making process
  • lodge your online submission

You can also visit our library, customer service centre and shopping centre displays and pick up a submission form to complete and return.

Please see our public notice in the classifieds section of this paper for more information, including the full list of laws reviewed.

 

Grants and sponsorships

Did you know you may be able to access funding through one of three programs that help support exciting local initiatives?

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants support arts projects with eight categories of funding available. Applications close this Friday 15 August.

Council’s Sponsorship Program supports events and projects that provide measurable benefits to Council and the community. Applications for round one are open until Friday 29 August 2014.

Council’s Community Grants Program offers organisations support, conservation and capital infrastructure funding. Applications for round one are open until Friday 12 September.

To apply visit our website www.redland.qld.gov.au/grants or phone 3829 8912.

 

Prepare. Act. Survive Day

North Stradbroke Island, 23 August 2014

Come and meet your community emergency services and land management groups and learn about bushfire preparedness and island emergency services. Free sausage sizzle and rides on Flick and Squirt, the mini fire trucks.

When: Saturday 23 August 2014, 9am – 1pm
Venue: Point Lookout Function Centre – East Coast Road, Pt Lookout, North Stradbroke Island

For more information, phone: 3829 8999

 

Trees for Weeds Day

Straddie and Bay Islands events

Swap a shopping bag of weeds for a free native plant* at five island locations.

When: Saturday 16 August, 8.30am – 10.30am
Where: Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Karragarra Island Foreshore Park, Coochiemudlo Island Jetty, Macleay Island Progress Hall, Russell Island Pool Carpark

*limit five plants per person

For more information phone 3824 8611 or  visit the IndigiScapes website.

 

Water meter readings

Time to shear those sharp shrubs! We are reading water meters in Sheldon and Thornlands this week. Please make sure meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

General meetings: Wednesday 20 August, 9.30am

Disaster preparation education for residents of North Stradbroke Island


Below is a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) media release regarding an upcoming information session being held on North Stradbroke Island.

North Stradbroke Island residents are being encouraged to ‘Get Ready’ for bushfires and severe weather events by attending a disaster preparedness information day on Saturday, 23 August.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Brisbane Regional Manager Gary McCormack said residents in the North Stradbroke Island and surrounding areas lived in a high wildfire zone which increases the potential risk of bushfire impacting their home.

“Residents in the area should also be aware of the devastating impact severe weather can have, such as thunderstorms, damaging winds and flash flooding, and make preparations ahead of storm and cyclone season” Mr McCormack said.

“Attending this free information day is extremely valuable for local residents to ensure they have the techniques in place to protect life and property against these natural disasters.”

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) urban and auxiliary firefighters, RFSQ and State Emergency Services (SES) Volunteer Community Educators (VCEs) as well as the Redland City Council (RCC) Fire Management Team, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium and Queensland Police Service (QPS) will host information workshops throughout the day, which will educate residents on the importance of working together to prepare their homes and understand the risks involved in living close to bushland or low lying areas.”

In addition to these information workshops, there will be a full day of activities and entertainment hosted by RCC, government agencies and private organisations for the whole family to enjoy.  

Information Day details:

WHERE: Point Lookout Function Centre, 83 East Coast Road, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island  
WHEN:  Saturday, 23 August 2014 from 9.30am

WHO:    QFES urban and auxiliary firefighters, RFSQ and SES VCEs, RCC Fire Management Team, QPWS, South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, seqwater, QPS, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Straddie Camping, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Queensland Ambulance Service.

Roost management works approved for Capalaba flying fox colony


Redland City Council will undertake roost management works at a flying fox colony at Lawn Terrace, Capalaba following approval from the Federal Department of Environment.

Redland City Deputy Mayor and Division 8 Councillor Alan Beard said Council had responded to concerns from residents by requesting approval from the Federal Department of Environment to undertake the works.

“As required, Council applied to the Federal Government for permission to undertake the works under the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

“The Federal Government responded this week granting permission to undertake the works provided a Species Management Plan is implemented.

“Council will now write to residents in the area to advise of the works, which are expected to be carried out from mid next week weather permitting.

“The work will involve clearing understorey vegetation to increase the break between the colony of more than 30,000 flying foxes and neighbouring residential properties.

“Works will be carried out at night when the roost is empty by Council’s Conservation Team, while spotters will be in place to check for any remaining animals before work begins.

“By using our internal Conservation Team, the work is expected to cost approximately $15,000 – less than half what had been originally estimated.”

Cr Beard said the works were in response to a number of concerns from residents.

“We have had concerns raised by residents in the area over the past 12 months,” he said.

“There have been a small number of flying foxes at the site for some time that the residents have been quite happy living with, but over the past 12 months this has built up and in a survey early July, there were approximately 34,000 flying foxes roosting at the site.”

“The size of the colony and proximity to properties has had substantial impact on residents and it is hoped works will encourage the flying foxes to roost further into bushland.

“The proposed work is designed only to reduce the numbers of flying foxes roosting in bushland adjacent to Lawn Terrace and hopefully lessen their impact on the residents closest to the roost. I wish we could do more for these long suffering residents but the action we are taking is the only course open to us at this time.”

Note: The flying foxes in the roost at Lawn Terrace include grey-headed flying foxes. As such approval is needed from the Federal Government, as this species is listed as vulnerable under the Commonwealth EPBC Act.