Monthly Archives: May 2015

New corporate plan responds to community needs


Council today adopted a new Corporate Plan that will ensure the needs of the community continue to be met.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Corporate Plan 2015-2020 would provide Council’s strategic direction and was adopted following feedback from the community.

“This plan is the blueprint that guides how Council prioritises and delivers quality services to our community,” she said.

“While it is an internal organisational document, our Corporate Plan 2015-2020 builds on the Redlands 2030 Community Plan, aligning Council’s corporate objectives with the aspirations of the community.”

Cr Williams said the new Corporate Plan 2015-2020 included the existing Community Plan outcomes:
– Healthy natural environment
– Green living
– Embracing the bay
– Quandamooka Country
– Wise planning and design
– Supportive vibrant economy
– Strong and connected communities and
– Inclusive and ethical governance.

“These eight outcomes were identified as priorities by residents and provide a benchmark to ensure Council continues to meet the needs of the community,” she said.

“The process of developing our new corporate plan included extensive consultation with the community and Council officers to ensure it reflected the needs of the community.

“We released a draft plan in March following consultation with the community, which included a community survey and meetings with representatives from environmental and community groups, and members of the community.

“The community was then asked to comment on this draft with 54 responses received along with face-to-face engagement with Council officers.

“Feedback included a desire to see the city’s environment protected and for increased opportunity for tourism development.

“I thank the community for its input in the development of our Corporate Plan. The final plan includes our continued commitment to managing, maintaining and monitoring the environment and new commitments to showcase the city’s tourism potential, particularly the natural assets.

“Sustainable planning was also a consistent theme throughout the consultation and Council has responded by reflecting this in the plan’s outcomes, commitments and performance indicators.”

The final Corporate Plan 2015-2020 can be accessed on Council’s website.

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Standing Together project goes straight to the art of reconciliation


Redland City Council is inviting residents to take part in free art sessions with local Aboriginal artists to celebrate National Reconciliation Week from Wednesday 27 May – Wednesday 3 June.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the ‘Standing Together: The Art of Reconciliation’ Project would see artists and community members work together to create a canvas that symbolised respect, recognition and reconciliation each week day of National Reconciliation Week.

“Each year Council aims to create community-based events to mark Reconciliation Week as an opportunity to show how important this subject is in our City,” Cr Williams said.

“This year we are delighted to have engaged local Aboriginal artists to work at Capalaba and Cleveland libraries for the week to share their art with the community.

“Quandamooka artists Craig Tapp, Josh Walker and Shara Delaney will be looking for input into their canvases from 10.30am – 2.30pm – no artistic experience is required, people can just turn up and work with the artists.

“The aim of the project is to create art that symbolises reconciliation in the Redlands, with finished pieces to be unveiled during NAIDOC Week in July.”

An artist will be working from 10.30am to 2.30pm at Capalaba and Cleveland libraries Wednesday 27 May – Friday 29 May and again on Monday 1 June – Tuesday 2 June.

Redland City Council’s Cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the project would also visit North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah.

“Dunwich State School is always very supportive of our Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week activities and we are delighted that they will be creating two special canvases as part of this project,” Cr Hewlett said.

“On Wednesday 3 June, the year two and year six classes will be working with Aboriginal artist Mandy Blivett to create their own artwork to add to the final collection.”

National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration held from 27 May – 3 June each year working towards the goal of building respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

The schedule of artists for each day and further event details can be found on Council’s online ‘What’s On’ calendar.

‘Game on’ for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents


The Southern Moreton Bay community will soon have a new $1 million sport and resilience centre with work beginning on the joint Council and Commonwealth Government project.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams joined Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards and Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming in turning the first sod on the Bay Islands Sports and Resilience Hub today.

“This project will deliver a community sports and resilience centre for the whole of the Southern Moreton Bay community” she said.

“The project will include the construction of a clubhouse and amenities block, which will also function as a resilience training centre and evacuation and recovery facility for the islands in the event of a disaster.

“When complete this facility will be the perfect complement to the $2 million joint Council and State Government sports fields that were opened right next door in October 2013.

“Together these community facilities will create a social hub that encourages healthy activity and fosters community networks by providing for a wide range of interests.”

The project is jointly funded by Council and the Commonwealth Government who both provided $500,000.

Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming said the opening of the community sports and resilience centre was an important milestone for the Bay Islands.

“As patron of the Russell Island Stingrays Junior Rugby League club I know firsthand just how much this centre is going to benefit kids on the Bay Islands,” Mr Laming said.

“This is the kind of infrastructure that can be a hub for islanders and create opportunity through the expansion of social programs.

“We can use an amazing facility like the Bay Island Sports and Resilience Hub to provide better connection for island youth looking for work, and expand projects like work experience in small business.”

Division 5 Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Mark Edwards said community facilities such as this generated a real sense of pride for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ community.

“This facility will service all Southern Moreton Bay islands and will support the sports fields opened in 2013, as well as other community infrastructure including the public swimming pool, community garden and local schools,” he said.

“Already there have been regional sports events hosted on these fields and the new clubhouse will make the facilities even more attractive for staging sports competitions and carnivals.

“The fact that the clubhouse will also double as a disaster resilience centre is fantastic news for the community.

“With the potential for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands to become isolated during a disaster this capability could prove invaluable in keeping the community safe and getting it back on its feet after the event.”

Work is expected to be completed on the new Bay Islands Sports and Resilience Hub by October weather permitting.

Program to bring artistic flair to city centre


Under-utilised CBD businesses will be transformed into creative spaces under a new Council program officially launched yesterday.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Renew Cleveland program would bring the Redlands artistic flair to the city’s commercial district.

“This program is a real win-win; it will see currently under-utilised CBD space brought to life by local artists who can lease the commercial space on a short-term basis for minimal cost,” she said.

“It celebrates and rewards local artists and community projects by giving them the chance to display their work, while at the same time reinvigorating local business and the CBD by bringing a cultural and artistic mix to our city centre.

“The vision is for an attractive, vibrant and lively city centre showcasing the city’s greatest asset – its people.”

Speaking at the opening of Art Unlimited – the first premises to be opened under the Renew Cleveland auspice – Cr Williams said the program continued Council’s open for business strategy.

“This program celebrates art as a form of commerce – recognising that business isn’t always collared shirts and brief-cases; sometimes it is canvases and easels,” she said.

“The idea is that those who come to see the art on display as part of the Renew Cleveland program will visit our cafes, restaurants and shops, bringing a new wave of commercial potential for local businesses.

“It follows the success of other Renew programs in areas such as Newcastle and recognises the artistic talent that exists in the Redlands.”

Cr Williams said Leo Herreygers of Art Unlimited was a renowned artist in his own right and this would further boost the program’s credentials.

“Leo is well known for his paintings, particularly after painting a number of pieces for last year’s G20 event, so having his name associated with Renew Cleveland will serve to further support its success,” she said.

“The potential of this program stretches across the city and I look forward to the excitement it will generate.”

Leo Herreygers said he was excited to be the first local artist to open a gallery as part of Renew Cleveland.

“It is quite an honour to be chosen to be part of this program,” Leo said.

“Council should be congratulated for thinking outside the box and encouraging the local art community, which will no doubt benefit from the interest this program will help generate.”

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Photo: Redland City Mayor Karen Williams with Leo Herreygers of Art Unlimited

Forecast: Redland Weather Station on its way


Real-time local weather information is a step closer following today’s sod turning for the Redland Weather Station.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Karen Williams, who formally wrote to the State Government to secure funding for the project, said the weather station would be an important resource in the City’s disaster management efforts.

“The Redland Weather Station will be built at the Cleveland Wastewater Treatment Plant with the express purpose of allowing us to monitor local weather more accurately,” Cr Williams said.

“The station will measure regular and real time weather observations of temperature, humidity, rainfall and wind speed and direction.

“This information will be useful to all residents, but a particularly important tool for our Local Disaster Management Group and emergency services.

“At the moment, we rely on approximate information gathered from the Brisbane Airport 40km away, but as any resident can tell you, there can be great variances in regional weather.

“This station will provide a local forecast, allowing emergency services to have timely, accurate information in weather events.

“LDMG and Redland City Council have been working with  the Bureau of Meteorology and State Government to ensure this weather station quickly becomes a reality.

“I would like to thank the State Government for showing their strong commitment to the project in providing a $150,000 grant through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.”

Member for Capalaba Don Brown said the Redland Weather Station would also supply accurate information to other neighbouring local government areas.

“Southern Brisbane, Logan City and Ipswich City will also benefit from the data, making Redlands an important regional weather station,” Mr Brown said.

“It is great news that the Redland Weather Station will be built and operating by the next storm and bushfire peak season.”

Governments, councils pledge to build brighter transport future


Brisbane and Redland City councils yesterday agreed to seek funding for a joint investigation into cross-boundary transport and infrastructure priorities.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams convened the first ever Redlands and Brisbane Transport Working Group meeting to open dialogue between local, state and federal representatives with electorates on the border of the two cities.

“Yesterday was historic in that for the first time we had Federal, State and Local Government representatives agree to work together to prioritise cross boundary transport infrastructure that impacts on both cities,”

Cr Williams said. “Redland City and Brisbane don’t just share boundaries, but also key transport corridors, so it’s important for us to work together so Brisbane and Redland City residents benefit from quality transport infrastructure.

“While city, state and federal representatives do a good job looking after their own patch, the fact is roads don’t stop at city or electoral boundaries so what happens in the Redlands affects Brisbane and vice versa.”

Brisbane City Council Deputy Lord Mayor and Infrastructure Chairman, Cr Adrian Schrinner, said the working group was vital to ensure that the growing public transport and infrastructure needs of the adjoining communities were met in the years to come.

“This is a matter for all levels of government, not just local Councils, so that there can be a plan that prioritises projects that best address congestion and transport needs into the future,” Cr Schrinner said.

“We will look at where significant growth has been and consider all options, so that the most appropriate solutions can be delivered.”

Yesterday’s meeting was attended by Redland City Councillors Julie Talty, Paul Gleeson and Paul Bishop, Brisbane City Council Doboy Ward Councillor Ryan Murphy, State Members of Parliament Don Brown (Capalaba), Mark Robinson (Cleveland), Matt McEachan (Redlands), Steve Minnikin (Chatsworth) and Federal MPs Andrew Laming (Bowman) and Ross Vasta (Bonner).

Cr Williams said discussions centred on what is needed to ensure the major roads and rail routes in and out of the Redlands can manage future growth.

“There are four major roads and one rail line currently servicing the Redlands, with the proposed Eastern Busway also identified as being required to service the two cities in the future,” she said.

“Already there are roads between the Redlands and Brisbane struggling to cope with traffic, so we need to make sure we get on top of it and put the steps in place to ensure roads and public transport can handle the growth of the two cities.

“With different levels of government responsible for these current and future transport routes it made sense to get everyone in a room so we can identify priority areas with a view to planning for the future.

“These six transport links will be the focus of a study to look at how we can all work together to ensure Brisbane and Redlands residents can get around safely and efficiently.

“There is no quick fix to our congestion issues but I see today as the starting point to addressing the problems.

“I am committed to working with Brisbane City Council and State and federal governments to help deliver the transport and roads infrastructure we need and the people of the Redlands deserve.”

“We have also agreed to hold another meeting with technical officers from Brisbane and Redland City councils to help take the vision to the next step of developing a strategic transport plan.”

Council grants extension to Cleveland Power


Redland City Council today granted Cleveland Power an 18 month extension to build a biomass power plant at Mt Cotton.

Council’s infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said while Councillors recognised there was some opposition to the extension, today’s decision had been dictated by Case Law based on a previous Planning and Environment Court decision.

“In 2011 Council tried to refuse a request to extend the original development approval but the applicant immediately appealed the decision in the Planning and Environment Court and won,” he said.

“This court decision creates what is known as Case Law, which essentially means if Council were to refuse the application this time the courts would in all probability reach the same outcome, with ratepayers to bear the court costs.

“While it is impossible to say for sure what it would cost us to defend an extension refusal in court the 2011 refusal cost more than $300,000.

“This money is better used in others ways to benefit the community.

“The extension request is so the applicant can have more time to finance the project and is consistent with the Sustainable Planning Act, so whether it is approved today or following a court challenge the outcome is the same.”

An officer’s report tabled in today’s General Meeting said Council’s 2011 refusal of Cleveland Power’s request for an extension was based on five key points, which were ultimately not accepted by the court.

“This included insufficient evidence of noise and air quality impacts, as well as a claim that new residents to the area were not given the opportunity to assess the original application,” Cr Gleeson said.

“The applicant responded to a number of these matters through a permissible change request, which was lodged and approved by the court, removing these as grounds for refusing the extension this time round.

“The 2013 court decision found that while new residents had moved into Mt Cotton since the original approval, the presence of new residents did not equate to new issues or reasons for the project not to go ahead.”

Cr Gleeson stressed today’s decision was in relation to the request for an extension and not the original application.

“The fact is this plant has already been approved by the Planning and Environment Court,” he said.

“There has been no change in the approved plans or conditions for the plant with the proponent arguing only that financial delays were behind the need for a further extension.

“The proposal for this green plant that turns a waste product into power has been heavily conditioned by the court.

“According to Cleveland Power the plant would generate enough power for 7,500 homes each year and reduce carbon emissions by up to 125,000 tonnes or the equivalent of taking 30,000 cars off the road per year.”

 

 

Snapshot – Wednesday 6 May 2015


Minor home modifications

Redland Home Assist Secure can help improve your safety and access at home.

  •  Are you under 65 years of age?
  • Do you own or rent your home?
  • Do you have a disability or need assistance with daily living activities?

You may be eligible for financial assistance for minor home modifications that improve your safety and access in and around your home. Extra funding is available but only until the end of June 2015 so phone now 3383 3030.

Redland Home Assist Secure closed for one day on Wednesday 27 May.

To help improve our services to you, all Home Assist staff will be off-site on mandatory training on this day and will be unable to take or return calls. We apologise for any inconvenience and will respond to your enquiries when we re-open the following day on Thursday 28 May.

 

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.

 

Are you wild for wallabies, crazy for koalas or excited about echidnas?

Volunteer for the Redlands Afterhours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) and put your passion of wildlife to good use!

We are urgently seeking volunteers to provide emergency rescue and transport for sick and injured wildlife in the Redlands and adjoining areas of the Koala Coast. You need to live in the Redlands, be 18 years or older and hold an open or probationary driver’s licence.

Hours are from 5pm to 8am daily, with volunteers rostered on for one week in every five to six weeks. Training is provided, with the next full day induction session set for this Saturday 9 May.

For more information or to book in for induction training, phone IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or email
lisa.bailey@redland.qld.gov.au

 

Planned hazard reduction burns

Weather permitting, Council is undertaking planned vegetation burns for hazard reduction and ecological purposes at the following locations in Mount Cotton this month:

  • Sandy Creek Conservation Area, 2-80 Warren Street – Thursday 7 May (7am-4pm)
  • Orchid Drive – Tuesday 26 May (7pm-12am)

 

Water meter readings

We are reading water meters in Wellington Point and North Stradbroke Island this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to to water meter.

 

Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 6 May 9.30am
General meeting: Wednesday 20 May, 9.30am

Planned burn: Sandy Creek Conservation Area, Mt Cotton


Our Conservation Fire Management Team are undertaking a planned burn today in the Sandy Creek Conservation Area, 2-80 Warren Street, Mt Cotton.

The burn is approximately 17 hectares in size and will be for hazard reduction and ecological purposes.

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.

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, please phone 3829 8999.

Council starts $1.4 million water works at Point Lookout


Redland City Council has begun a $1.4 million upgrade of the water supply network and sewerage pumping stations at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

Divisional Councillor Craig Ogilvie said the water works, which are expected to be complete by July 2015, would ensure future supply and increase water pressure in key areas.

“Council is spending $750,000 on works to improve water capacity and pressure, which is important during peak seasons and also ensures the township’s firefighting resilience in emergencies,” Cr Ogilvie said.

“Works will be undertaken by contractors and Council’s Project Delivery Group and there will be some instances where water supply will need to be shut off.

“Council will ensure affected residents receive adequate notice of any water interruptions and we’ll do our best to minimise any short term inconvenience,” he said.

Cr Ogilvie said that in addition to the water mains works, Council was also about to begin a $650,000 upgrade of sewerage pumping stations at Point Lookout.

“In the next couple of months residents may see contractors working on the six pumping stations we have at Point Lookout to install new switchboards and larger pumps,” he said.

“The renewal of these assets provides essential reliability in preparation for the new wastewater treatment plant due to begin construction later this year.

“After the new plant is commissioned in 2016, Council will be looking to extend the sewerage network to capture more properties currently using septic systems and the upgraded pump stations will allow for this future growth.”

Redland City’s Infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the works were part of a significant investment in water infrastructure in Council’s 2014 – 2015 Budget.

“These water and wastewater projects will bring environmental and social benefits to the Point Lookout community,” he said.

“Council’s current budget includes more than $13 million worth of wastewater and water projects throughout the City.”