Monthly Archives: April 2015

Planned burns – 6 – 7 May, Mt Cotton

Weather permitting, our team will be conducting planned burns:

  • Wednesday 5 May
    Sandy Creek Conservation Area, 2 – 80 Warren St, Mt Cotton
  • Thursday 6 May, 7pm – midnight
    Orchid Drive Urban Park, Mt Cotton

Planned burns assist in reducing fire danger and provide conditions essential for native plant species regeneration. They are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel and assist with hazard reduction.

Burns within each conservation area are dictated by that area’s fire management plan.

It is appreciated that these burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts are made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

If you require further details of planned burns, phone Council on 3829 8999.

Council takes on animal adoptions

Dozens of Redlanders have already contacted Council offering to help with animal adoption and re-housing services following the news that the RSPCA was unable to continue accepting animals from Council’s shelter.

The end of the long-standing arrangement means Council will now take responsibility for re-homing unclaimed and abandoned animals. 

When a lost animal is found Council will undertake a process to try to locate the animal’s owner; if the owner cannot be located the animal will be assessed to determine its suitability for adoption.

The plan is for all animals available for adoption to then be advertised on Council’s website and a dedicated Facebook page.   Because we have had to move quickly to take on this role, these pages are still to be set up so everyone is asked to be patient while things are finalised.

In the meantime Council is offering a registration page for people wanting to volunteer to help with the new animal shelter arrangements.

City Plan interest grows

A growing number of Redlanders have been reading background information on city planning being published by Council.  The regular weekly Wise Planning & Design columns in the Redland City Bulletin have been helping to demystify the planning process and planning requirements and provide information on City wide issues while Council awaits the State Government’s approval to release the Draft City Plan for public consultation.

Planning schemes by their nature contain detail and terms that are not always easilyunderstood by non planners.

While Council’s planners have been committed to simplifying the new City Plan to make it easier for people to use, the weekly columns, website information and fact sheets are also designed to help the community better understand and respond to the Draft Redland City Plan 2015 once it becomes publicly available.

Council is encouraging the community to visit the City Plan website to explore the information already available and to register their interest.

Mayor’s Pulse message – May 2015

The Anzac spirit is alive and well in Redland City. Redlanders turned out in their many thousands for the Centenary of Anzac in ceremonies across the city.

An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the new Anzac Centenary Memorial adjacent to the RSL in Cleveland for the city’s signature dawn service. Thousands more turned up at Redland Bay before dawn broke and for well-attended ceremonies on the mainland and islands.

Anzac Day ceremonies have taken on new meaning for so many people. The fact so many younger people are embracing the Anzac legend and understanding what the Anzac spirit really means for Australians ensures it will never die.

Anzac Day does not glorify war; quite the opposite. What it does do is remind us all of the sacrifices made by so many people so Australians can enjoy the country we have today.

Redland City now has a permanent reminder of the Anzac spirit in the Anzac Centenary Memorial, which was the centre point of the Cleveland services.

The memorial is a wonderful new asset for our city and is the perfect example of what can be achieved when people work together to deliver community projects.

Redland City Council is proud to have been involved in this great community project, that would not have been possible without Federal Government funding secured through Member for Bowman Dr Andrew Laming.

Council was pleased to be able to partner with the Federal Government, the Redlands RSL and National Servicemen’s Association in delivering the project. I am very proud of the design and construction of the memorial which had oversight from Council’s Public Places team.

Many people were involved in planning for and ensuring the success of Anzac Day ceremonies. All deserve our thanks.

Anzac Day 2015 will remain in our memories for many years.

Park renaming commemorates the Gallipoli centenary

Redland City Council will apply for permission to rename a Cleveland park in honour of the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

At today’s General Meeting Councillors supported a Mayoral Minute from Redland City Mayor Karen Williams requesting Kinsail Court Park be renamed ANZAC Centenary Park.

“Each year on ANZAC Day we remember those who have sacrificed so much for our country and this year’s ANZAC Day holds even greater significance with it marking 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli,” Cr Williams said.

“By renaming this park ANZAC Centenary Park, it will ensure the significance of this milestone will be cemented in the minds of residents and visitors to the Redlands for generations to come.”

Cr Williams said renaming the park would strengthen the ties it already had with the ANZAC tradition.

“Not only is the park across the road from the Cleveland RSL and Cenotaph, it is also the location of a new ANZAC Centenary Memorial, providing a poignant reminder of the personal sacrifices and service by our troops over the past 100 years,” she said.

“The memorial will host this year’s ANZAC commemorations and includes the names of every major battle that Australia has been in from the Boer War to Afghanistan, highlighting the great debt we owe to those men and women who have served our country.

“This park is so much more than a place where ANZAC Day celebrations are held, it is also a place where people relax with friends, so I couldn’t think of a better place to be named in honour of our ANZACs than a community space where people can enjoy the freedom our servicemen fought so hard to protect.”

Cr Williams said the park renaming had the support of the local Returned Services League, with Council to now apply for the necessary approvals.

“Today’s vote is just the first step. We now have to apply for the necessary approvals, including seeking support from the Federal Government to use the term ANZAC in the park’s name,” she said.

How much is that doggy from Council?

Council today voted to take responsibility for re-homing unclaimed and abandoned animals after the RSPCA advised it was unable to continue a long-standing agreement to accept our animals.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been preparing to take on the task from July but had to move quickly after the RSPCA advised last week they weren’t able to take any more animals effective immediately.

“Council has had a long-standing arrangement with the RSPCA who has always done fantastic work in re-homing our animals,” Cr Williams said.

“Unfortunately they no longer have the resources to continue with this agreement, so Council has quickly stepped up to fill the void to ensure these animals can find new homes.

“As with everything, we will also continue to look at other options for re-homing the animals such as community groups taking over the service in the interests of these animals’ welfare.”

Cr Williams said that when officers found a lost animal, it would be initially scanned for a microchip or checked for a registration tag in an attempt to identify an owner.

“Our priority will be to locate the animal’s owner,’’ she said.

“In the event the animal has no identification, the details of the animal will be placed onto Council’s webpage.

“If after a period of time no owner can be located, the animal will be assessed to determine its suitability for adoption – taking into consideration its age, health and temperament before it is made available for sale.”

Council’s animal management spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said Council was hoping to have a dedicated Facebook page and website page running soon to allow the animals to be advertised.

“The aim is for the animals to be listed on Council’s website, including a photo, and information on the breed, age, price and other details people require when choosing a pet,” he said.

“If a person is interested in any of the listed animals, they can visit the animal shelter for a meet and greet and purchase their new pet.

“Because we have had to move so quickly to find an alternative method of re-homing animals there is still some work to be done and we are asking for everyone’s patience while things are finalised.”

Council adopts new set of Redland Local Laws

Redland City Council has agreed to adopt a new set of local laws following two rounds of stakeholder and public consultation.

The current local laws will remain in force until 1 July 2015 when the new set of Redland City local laws are formally gazette by the government.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had listened to the wishes of the community and stakeholder groups with a number of proposed law changes revised from earlier drafts.

“We have revised proposals ranging from roadside memorials and parking fines to the denning of dogs at night on acreage properties in koala areas.

“A total of 255 submissions were received over two rounds of consultation from August to November in 2014 (Round 1) and during February in 2015 (Round 2).

“Local laws play an important role in Council’s day-to-day operations by helping set rules and regulations for a range of important activities in the City,” Cr Williams said.

“While these laws are based on the framework of model local laws drafted by the Queensland Government as a guide for all Councils, our new laws were also an opportunity to address specific local issues and red tape.

“Most of the existing local law provisions have been carried over into the new laws but there are also new provisions that are sensible and pragmatic changes to our existing laws.

“This includes allowing Council to enforce the clean-up of unsightly properties, clearer requirements for temporary signs and provisions making it easier to run events.

“The reinstatement of provisions in the Local Law and Subordinate Local Law requiring dog owners, if their property is 2000m2 or more, to tether or confine their dog between sunset and sunrise, has been a direct response to strong community feedback.

“In support of this, Council will begin a review of koala areas to determine the appropriate approach to mapping areas where these provisions apply.

“The realignment of parking infringement penalties with the current Queensland penalty unit of $113.85 will only mean the current $50 Redland City fine for overstaying the limit will rise to $79.70.”

“Other amendments relating to the feeding of birds, keeping of pigs and the riding of horses in public areas have all been drafted to strike a sensible balance between community interests and needs.”

“The law governing riding of horses in public areas is consistent with those applying to dogs in public areas with clear signposting to be provided in parks, reserves and trails to indicate those areas where horses are prohibited.

“A project to clearly map horse friendly areas of the city will also be undertaken by Council.”

Council has reminded permit holders that all permits issued under the current local laws will remain valid until the permit expires or a new application is made after 1 July 2015.

Boost for Redlands’ project delivery

Redland City Council has modernised the way it funds projects to ensure ratepayers get best value for their dollar.

Under the move, endorsed by Council’s general meeting on Wednesday, senior managers can now approve adjustments to project costs to ensure the work is delivered in line with community expectations.

Redland City Council finance spokesman Mark Edwards said the change was in keeping with modern practice and ensured projects would not be delayed while requests for cost adjustments awaited approval at Council general meetings.

“It is prudent to have a system that allows for maximum flexibility within a suitable framework of transparency and accountability,’’ Cr Edwards said. “This ensures that more projects can be delivered each year and leads to increased community satisfaction.’’

Cr Edwards said Redland City Council delivered hundreds of capital and operational projects each financial year costing about $50 million.

“It is inevitable that in any year circumstances will arise with some projects which mean the original budget provided is either too high or too low,’’ he said.

“Abnormal weather or unforseen cultural heritage needs, for example, can significantly affect costs.

“While Council rightly expects managers to consider these matters during project planning and take all necessary measures to mitigate risks, it is simply not possible to predict all issues that may arise and therefore it is inevitable that decisions will need to be made to amend the project’s scope, increase or reduce budget for projects or to reallocate funds from one project to another.’’

Cr Edwards said the present requirement for Council approval each time project budgets were changed was not required under the Local Government Act.

“There are multiple processes that already exist to provide accountability and transparency. In addition, there are in-built safeguards within the Act to ensure Councillors can always access detailed information on specific projects concerning both the financial and delivery status of projects,’’ Cr Edwards said.

“This move will not only allow the CEO or senior managers to approve adjustments to a particular project but allow them to approve adjustments between projects or bring projects forward to ensure the community gets the infrastructure they need on time.’’

Redlands Snapshot – Wednesday 22 April, 2015

ANZAC Day holiday events and closures

Six events are being held at Redland City RSL clubs to provide us all with plenty of opportunity to remember and show gratitude to past and present troops. View a full list of ANZAC Day events >>

Council Closures

  • Redland Libraries and Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba: Closed ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April.
  • IndigiScapes Centre and Visitor information Centre: Open ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April from 1pm onwards with limited staff and service.
  • Animal Shelter: Open ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April from 9am to 12pm.
  • RecycleWorld: Closed Anzac Day Saturday 25 April, reopening Thursday 30 April.
    For more information, contact Council on 3829 8999.

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8999.


Straddie Seniors Expo

Enjoy the good life North Stradbroke Island has to offer!

  • When: Wednesday 29 April, 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Where: Dunwich Public Hall, Cnr Ballow Road and Junner Street, Dunwich

Free tea, coffee and light refreshments provided.

Find out about local activities and programs available for seniors and enjoy informative speakers and free fun activities. For more information phone 3829 8937 or email


Plant a tree and help local koalas

Free sausage sizzle and plant to take home! Join us for our annual Koala Community Planting as we
put 1500 plants in the ground to expand a creek corridor.

  • When: Sunday 3 May, 9-11am
  • Where: Three Paddocks Park, Thomas St, Birkdale (UBD Ref. Map 164 p19)
  • Bring: Enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water
  • Provided: Plants, equipment, sunscreen and gloves

For more information contact Bushcare on 3824 8611.


Council is in the ‘hearing’ loop!

Council is leading the way with amplification systems installed at its main community facilities to make it easier for hearing impaired people to pick up the speaker’s voice and other important audio.

Facilities with an amplification system include Council Chambers, Customer Service Centres, mainland libraries, Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), the Donald Simpson Centre and community halls at Capalaba,Thorneside, Redland Bay, Point Lookout (North Stradbroke
Island), Macleay Island and Russell Island.

Please let our staff know you’d like to use the amplification system and they will be happy to assist.


Corporate Plan – last chance to have your say!

The draft plan is open for comment until this Friday 24 April. To view copies of the draft plan, which will guide Council’s decision-making for the next five years, and to complete a comment form visit our website, libraries or customer service centres.


Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 22 April, 9.30am
General meeting: Wednesday 6 May, 9.30am

ANZAC Centenary Memorial officially unveiled

In Redlands this year the sun will rise on Anzac Day over a special new memorial to mark 100 years since the Gallipoli landing.

Federal MP Andrew Laming said the highly anticipated new Anzac Centenary Memorial at Kinsail Court Park was completed this week and officially unveiled at a ceremony on Friday morning.

Mr Laming said the memorial, once just an idea, had been realised following the hard work and joint effort of the community and federal and local governments.


He said a $60,000 Federal Government grant and a $50,000 grant from Redland City Council had covered the majority of the costs to construct the memorial.

Mr Laming said the Anzac Centenary Memorial not only offered the community a beautiful place to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, but also a piece of history preserved for generations to come.

“With plenty of parkland surrounding the central statue there is ample space for the thousands of Redlanders who turn out every year for Anzac Day services,” Mr Laming said.

“A wall along the side of the hill is marked with every major battle that Australia has been in from the Boer War to Afghanistan, which is an important reminder for us of the service of our soldiers and a way to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice they made for our country.”


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams convened a round table with local community groups, a meeting she said showed the tremendous support that existed for the commemoration of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli and the memorial and other projects.

“The Federal Government ANZAC Centenary Grant provided the opportunity for the Redlands community to have a permanent and poignant reminder of the personal sacrifices and service by so many Australians in the name of this nation over the past 100 years,” Cr Williams said.

“The community immediately embraced the memorial concept and worked together to bring it to fruition. Today we have a new memorial and a reminder of those who helped build our nation.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the project, in particular Council’s Public Places team led by Meg Warnock who worked with the RSL to come up with a balanced design that won the support of the community.”


Redlands RSL president Alan Harcourt said he was proud and pleased to see the memorial unveiled.

“It’s been 18 months in the making,” Mr Harcourt said.

“We’re calling it the Anzac Centenary Memorial, for all those who haven’t returned over the 100 years since the Gallipoli landing.

“The RSL and the National Servicemen’s Association have really done this for the people of Redlands.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the grants from Redland City Council and from the Federal Government.”