Monthly Archives: July 2015

Allegations are wrong

Clarification in response to letter to the Redland City Bulletin, Friday 17 July 2015

As Redland City Council General Manager responsible for Council’s Planning and Assessments responsibilities, I want to challenge the alleged concerns about development compliance within the Redlands expressed by your letters correspondent Lorraine Winchester of Point Lookout.

Sadly, Ms Winchester‘s claim that some developments do not comply with the Redlands Planning Scheme (Council Election on Development – July 15) is a repeat of your paper’s own misleading editorial comment on 3 June 2015 that “what has become most concerning are suggestions that some developments are winning Redland City Council approval in spite of being outside the Planning Scheme guidelines”.

Such comments are not only wrong, they are a slur on Council officers, who work within the strict planning framework and attendant legal obligations set by multiple layers of legislation and state planning instruments.

What is not often understood is that the planning system in Queensland is a performance-based, rather than a prescriptive system. Under such a system ‘concessions’ are not given, as suggested by Ms Winchester. Rest assured, however, that the Planning and Environment Court is acutely aware of how the planning system is intended to operate and is established to ensure that this occurs.

There are strict decision-making rules under the State Government’s Sustainable Planning Act that establishes how applications are determined by local governments.

I can assure you and your paper’s Opinion readers that Council assesses all applications as required by the Act and is accountable for its planning decisions. The planning decisions of Council have to withstand scrutiny through the Courts, based upon expert evidence, rather than unfounded opinions.

Unlike vague allegations of non-compliance, Council’s planning and assessment processes are fair and transparent and legally required to balance the permissible interests of the community with those of individual applicants as provided for within the planning scheme and state legislation.

Yours sincerely

Louise Rusan

General Manager
Community and Customer Services

Pacific Tides Festival comes to the Redlands

A festival of Indigenous and Pacific Islander culture will light up the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) next month when the inaugural Pacific Tides Festival comes to the Redlands on Saturday 8 August.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the festival would include a huge range of activities to celebrate the Redlands’ strong connections with Indigenous and Pacific Islander culture.

“The Pacific Tides Festival will be a great family-friendly way to celebrate diverse Indigenous and Pacific Islander cultures, all in central Cleveland,” Cr Williams said.

“There’ll be dancing and singing, lots of FREE family activities, an eco-fair, digital media space, plus displays of Islander heritage and visual art.

“The beauty of RPAC hosting the festival is that anyone can come and enjoy a free day of outdoor entertainment before heading inside to enjoy the headline ‘Pacific Sounds’ concert for just $35 a ticket later in the evening.

Redland City Council’s cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the Pacific Tides Festival would be a ‘coming together’ of saltwater people and regional Pacific Island neighbours’ cultures.

“Audiences will be able to enjoy traditional and contemporary Indigenous and Pacific Islander entertainment on the outdoor Island stage, feast from selected food vendors and browse the many stalls in the craft market,” Cr Hewlett said.

“The Saturday night ticketed event Pacific Sound is outstanding value as it features a great line-up of international, national and local profile musicians from the Indigenous and Pacific Islander musical community.”

Headlining the concert will be one of the region’s hottest young Pacific  artists SWISS and The Voice semi-finalist Fatai, plus Dubmarine, CKNU, Mark Lowndes and JSQZE.

To book tickets for the Pacific Sound concert or for further information about the festival which runs from 10am to 10pm visit or call the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131.

The Pacific Tides Festival is part of the Quandamooka Festival’s three month program of events, running until the end of September. For details on the Quandamooka Festival, visit

Free trees if you ditch your weeds

Redlands residents can exchange worrisome weeds for native plants on Saturday 1 August by taking their garden’s weeds in to IndigiScapes at Capalaba and participating in Trees for Weeds Day.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council is offering up to five local native plants per person in an effort to rid the Redlands of unruly, invasive weeds that threaten native wildlife and habitats.

“Winter may not be your garden’s most productive time, but it’s a great opportunity for preparation before spring,” Cr Williams said.

“Some of the most common garden plants in our region are actually invasive and prolific weeds. When they escape into surrounding bushland they cause damage by outcompeting native habitat.

“You’ll be doing our natural environment a favour by removing weeds and replacing them with easy to keep native plants. Council will provide five local native plants per person for five bags of weeds.

“All weeds are welcome however this year’s main focus will be on Wild Tobacco, Chinese Burr, Morning Glory and Green Cestrum.

“Council’s Bushcare officers will be there on the day to provide advice on how to identify and remove weeds and suggest suitable natives to replace them.”

Environmental spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett encouraged residents to bring as many weeds as possible to IndigiScapes, saying every little bit helped to prevent their spread.

“Trees for Weeds Day is as much about education as keeping your backyard pleasant,” Cr Hewlett said.

“Don’t be shy to ask Council officers about some of your garden’s plants if you suspect they might be weeds. To help with plant identification, consider bringing a plant cutting or photo with you.”

The weeds Council is urging residents to target this year are:

Wild Tobacco: a woody shrub with a greyish-green trunk and yellowish-green leaves covered in hairs. It has lavender/blue flowers and small, round fruits that are greenish-yellow when ripe.

Chinese Burr: an erect shrub with one to two metre hairy stems. Chinese Burr has a strong odour when crushed and has small yellow flowers normally in clusters of three.

Morning Glory: a vigorous persistent climber with long twining stems. Morning Glory can grow to 15 metres and flowers in blue, purple and violet. Its leaves are egg shaped, smooth or with three lobed edge.

Green Cestrum: an erect shrub that grows to three metres with long leaves and an unpleasant smell when crushed. It has yellow tubular flowers and egg-shaped black fruit.

This Trees for Weeds Day event will take place at the IndigiScapes Nursery on Runnymede Road, Capalaba, from 9am-2pm on Saturday 1 August.

The Bay Island Trees for Weeds event will take place two weeks later in five island locations: North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo, Karragarra, Macleay and Russell islands on Saturday 15 August. The weeds Council is urging island residents to target this year are Mile a Minute and Mother of Millions.

For more information contact 3824 8611 or visit http://

Get in early for Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

Redlands residents are encouraged to get in quick for this year’s Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast with tickets for the popular event going on sale from Monday 20 July.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual event would be held Friday 28 August 2015 at Redlands Sporting Club from 6.45am to raise funds for local school chaplains.

“This event has helped support school chaplaincy programs in the Redlands since 2003 and is now a popular event for locals looking to give back to the community,” Cr Williams said.

“Last year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast raised more than $13,000 to support the local community and with Wez Hone as this year’s guest speaker I am confident tickets will sell out well in advance of the event.

“Wez is one of one of Australia’s leading ‘faith in business’ thinkers, applying his strong faith to his own success in business.

“While religion is not always considered in business sectors, Wez is an example of how maintaining a solid faith can apply across both.

“Having run several successful businesses in retail, software development and trades and licensing, Wez understands the importance of combining business and religious strategies to achieve success.

“This event is always popular with a cross-section of local businesses and Wez’s presence is sure to attract even more interest from business, government and community leaders.”

Cr Williams said she had seen first-hand how the event changed the lives of local youth.

“Support for students through school chaplaincy programs has the potential to change lives, providing guidance and helping local students fulfil their potential,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity for us to make a positive difference in the lives of students, schools and our community.”

Event details:

Date: Friday 28 August 2015

Time: 6:45am arrival for a 7am start until 8:45am

Location: Upstairs at the Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Rd, Wellington Point

Tickets are on sale from Monday 20 July until sold out for $55 each or $500 for a table of 10. They are available online at, by calling 3829 8131 or you can pick them up in person from the RPAC box office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland.


Get growing this National Tree Day

Redland City Council is encouraging residents to get out and get growing this National Tree Day, by helping plant 3000 native plants on Sunday 26 July.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event would be a great opportunity for the community to support the Council’s objective of helping green the Redlands.

“Celebrating 20 years this year, Planet Ark’s National Tree Day is all about providing a green community for future generations, an objective that fits perfectly with Council’s goal of planting 60,000 trees this financial year,” she said.

“This event is the perfect opportunity for residents to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while at the same time providing future habitat for local wildlife.”


Council’s environmental spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said National Tree Day was just one of the regular community planting events run through Council’s Bushcare program which was also celebrating 20 years this year.

“This planting will improve and expand important habitat along Tingalpa Creek, improving water quality and providing homes for wildlife,” he said.

“We get over 200 volunteers joining us for these events, together playing a part in the 21 million native trees, shrubs and grasses that will be planted nationwide as part of National Tree Day.
“These events not only assist locally but help address bigger national and global environmental issues such as climate change and loss of habitat for native wildlife.

“Participants are asked to wear enclosed shoes, sun-smart clothing and bring their own drinking water. Plants and all other equipment including gloves, sunscreen, gardening tools and insect repellent will be provided by Council.”

Divisional Councillor Paul Bishop said the National Tree Day event not only helped green the Redlands, it also generated a sense of community.

“Having attended many of the tree planting events in Redland City, the community goodwill and family feel I have witnessed is inspirational; so I encourage anyone who is committed to the environment to come down and share in this experience with the IndigiScapes crew and I’m sure they will be proud of the great work being done across the Redlands’ community,” he said.

A lucky door prize draw, environmental displays and certificates for children will be available on the day as well as a free sausage sizzle after the planting for all participants.

Event details:

Date:                                 Sunday 26 July 2015

Time:                                 9.00am – 11.00am

 Location:                          Tingalpa Creek Conservation Corridor

                                               Catherine St, Birkdale

                                           Off-street parking available

Bring:                                Enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water.

We Supply:                       Plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening    


For more information contact Indigiscapes on 3824 8611 or visit

Redland Snapshot – Wednesday 15 July

Welcome of the Whales festival

When: Saturday 25 July, 11am-4pm

Where: Mooloomba (Point Lookout), Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)

Each year southern humpback whales journey past Straddie to the warmer breeding grounds in the north. Help welcome the whales as part of the three-month Quandamooka Festival, launched last weekend.

As part of the celebration enjoy whale-watching tours, cultural tours, traditional dance, arts and craft, weaving, workshops, food, music and an opportunity to watch the whales play.

Visit for updates.


Vision Through Mangroves exhibition

When: 10-19 July, open 10am-4pm daily

Where: Mudlo Native Garden, near the jetty on Coochiemudlo Island

There’s still time to learn about island ecosystems with local artist Narelle Renn’s unique Vision Through Mangroves exhibition. Part of the three-month Quandamooka Festival, the exhibition includes daily guided mangrove walks and closes with Music in the Amphitheatre from 2–4pm on 19 July (Flinders Day Celebration).

For more information phone 0488 886 000.

National Tree Day

Come to our community planting.

When: Saturday 26 July, 9-11am

Where: Tingalpa Creek Conservation Corridor, Catherine St Birkdale
Off-street parking available, UBD Ref. Map 184 A3

Join in the fun of National Tree Day and help plant 3000 native habitat plants along Tingalpa Creek. Free sausage sizzle, displays, certificates for kids & prizes.

Bring enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water. We’ll supply the plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves.

For more information call IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Pest Management Forum

When: Tuesday 4 August, 9am-4pm

Where: Moreton Bay Research Station, corner of Flinders Ave and Fraser St, Dunwich

For industry professionals, those involved in feral animal management and other interested community members.

Hosted by Straddie’s Pest Management Group, the forum brings together a number of experts to discuss techniques, opportunities and challenges in pest animal control. Guest speakers include:

  • Stuart Murphy from Philip Island, Victoria, where foxes are on the verge of being successfully eradicated.
  • Michel Dickinson, Australia Wildlife and Feral Animal Management, who has extensive experience in a range of control methods across Australia.
  • Representatives from the State Government to talk about approved methods and regulations. There will also be an opportunity to visit feral animal management sites on the Island.

For more information call 3503 1427 or to RSVP visit

Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 15 July 9.30am

General meeting: Wednesday 29 July 9.30am

Council supports activation of Runnymede site for disability services

Redland City Council has endorsed a National Stronger Regions Funding application partnership with the Capalaba based Horizon Foundation.

The decision follows Council agreement in September last year to grant a 50 year lease to the Foundation for a portion of the Council owned land on the corner of Runnymede Road, Capalaba.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was delighted to partner with the locally based not-for-profit Horizon Foundation which has a 34 year record of providing services for people with disabilities.

“The Horizon Foundation is highly respected for their commitment to a full range of disability services including early intervention, training, employment and social services.

“Council’s decision today to waive the trunk infrastructure charges associated with the Foundation’s application for a proposed multi-purpose disability services facility at the Runnymede site was an important gesture of support for the activation of the site.

“Already the Redlands largest not-for-profit employer with 180 staff and 1400 clients, the Horizon Foundation is committed to making a substantial investment in their new purpose built facility adjacent to Redland IndigiScapes Centre.

“While Council fully supports the Foundation’s proposed use of the site, which is zoned for community purposes, the project is contingent on Council approving a development application for the site which is currently at the information stage,” Cr Williams said.

“The proposed Horizon facility will provide an important stimulus for community and economic services and as the leading tenant on the site will be a key player in activating and developing potential synergies for other site uses.

“The development of this new facility will also allow the Horizon Foundation to grow their important service offerings following the expected rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland in 2016.”

Mr Joe Gamblin, Horizon Foundation Chief Executive said their project was probably the biggest community services infrastructure project in Redland City and the Foundation was  proud to have the support of Council to make the exciting initiative possible.

“The Horizon Community and Education Centre will deliver strong economic benefits for the community not only in jobs created through the construction period but also the additional staff we will be employing through growth from the NDIS,”  Mr Gamblin said.

“We are also expanding our training services and will be able to deliver certificate level courses in hospitality, horticulture and land conservation, and train staff who would like to obtain qualifications in working with people with disabilities.”

Council will now develop a concept plan for the remainder of the Runnymede site in consultation with other potential partners, the Horizon Foundation and Council’s own IndigiScapes Centre.

Cr Williams said the Foundation, as a growing service provider in the region, is well positioned to win support from the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Funding which provides up to $200 million annual funding for projects to improve local communities.

Council decision increases international business opportunities

Redland City Council today adopted a revised International Relations Policy aimed at taking local businesses to the world and increasing trade and employment opportunities.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the International Relations Policy and Guidelines would cement the city’s growing reputation as a target for international investment by fortifying the city’s existing international ties and forging new ones.

“Redland City already has some very promising business opportunities with predominantly Asian markets and today’s decision shows Council’s commitment to building on these existing relationships and developing new ones,” she said.

“These relationships could take the form of sister city arrangements such as those Redland City already has with Qinhuangdao in China, or more direct opportunities for local businesses looking for international markets.”

Cr Williams said Council had made no secret of its Open for Business focus with initiatives such as the CBD incentives package and economic development and tourism strategies all focused on increasing local business opportunities.

“Today’s decision supports our continued commitment to bringing the world to the Redlands and taking the Redlands to the world,” she said.

“The international door has been opened through the innovation and quality of local businesses and today’s decision will open the door that bit wider and bring real benefits not only to local businesses but the whole community through increased trade and employment.

“A key focus will be on markets where the Redlands has a competitive advantage as identified in our Economic Development Framework, including health care and social assistance industries, education and training and in the professional and scientific services sector.

“The revised policy also provides $20,000 in funding for international relations activities such as hosting delegations or attending international trade conferences.

“Attendance at international trade fairs and sister city arrangements has led to real opportunities for local businesses. 

“For example our sister city relationship with Qinhuangdao in China resulted in an opportunity for an education exchange between Surf Lifesaving Queensland and Qinhuangdao surf lifesavers and an opportunity for a local marine construction company to expand their company to Qinhuangdao.”

“Our relationship with Kani City in Japan continues to deliver positive outcomes in education and wine exports from Sirromet Wines.”

Terry Morris, Owner and Founder of Sirromet Wines, applauded Council’s foresight and said the commitment to build international markets for local businesses was yielding results.

“Any exposure to international customers has the potential to generate increased opportunity for local businesses,” Mr Morris said.

“As an example we have recently launched our Kani City label which builds on the Redlands’ educational and cultural relationship with the Japanese city.

“In business, success can be contagious if businesses work together; one Redlands business gaining international plaudits raises the profile of the entire city and in doing so opens up opportunities for other local businesses.”

Cleveland revitalisation package set to continue

Redland City Council today voted to extend its Cleveland CBD Incentive Scheme for two years.

Mayor Karen Williams said the extension was granted to take advantage of an improving economic climate and renewed investor confidence in the Redlands.

“We have had a number of applications to access the $1.5 million CBD and tourism industry accommodation incentive schemes that seem likely to generate new investment and want to lure more investors to our city,” Cr Williams said.

“The exciting Toondah Harbour development project has provided an injection of confidence into the local economy and our incentive scheme will spread the benefit to the CBD.

“More investment means more jobs for Redlanders and a stronger local economy.”

The Cleveland CBD Development Incentives Program was endorsed by Council in October 2012.

Cr Williams said she was buoyed by Council today voting to continue the scheme to grow investment in Cleveland.

“This initiative started in my first year as Mayor because we needed an incentive to kick-start the revitalisation of Cleveland CBD, and later to attract tourism accommodation investment” she said.

“Almost three years later, four tourism operators and one hotelier have submitted development applications to Council for projects that met the activation parameters of the scheme. 

“The tourism component of the incentives applies across the entire city and the fact that the majority of the applications currently being assessed are for tourism projects shows that including tourism projects in the incentives is yielding results. 

“The two most advanced tourism accommodation projects, both proposed for Waterloo Street, would result in 7,767 square metres of vacant city land being transformed into vibrant, new tourism accommodation (hotel) and commercial precincts.

“So far $128,000 has been provided in development application fee discounts and there is still up to $1.5 million available in infrastructure charges concessions for the first-mover, so I encourage proponents to deliver their projects as quickly as possible.”

Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said the CBD incentives would help generate investment interest in the heart of Cleveland.

“These incentives will help support the role of the Cleveland CBD as a key employment sector that will play an important part in the future of the city,” he said.

The incentives adopted by Council today include:

• Financial incentives such as waivers of fees and infrastructure charges, subject to financial and budget consideration
• Exemption of rates and utility charges for some projects during construction, subject to financial and budget consideration
• Fast-tracking of development applications and material change of use applications
• Car parking concessions by adopting a base maximum consistent with transit oriented development for material change of use applications under the Cleveland Master Plan and Redland Planning Scheme.

Continuing the Cleveland CBD Development Incentive Program and Tourist Accommodation Incentives Package delivers on Council’s Economic Development Framework 2014-2041 and Corporate Plan. The scheme will end on 30 June 2017.

For more information visit

Pacific Sound set to light-up RPAC stage

Pacific Sound

Pacific Sound, headlined by SWISS and Fatai

A festival showcasing all the culture and colour of Indigenous and Pacific Islander entertainment is set to explode onto the stage at the Redland Performing Art Centre (RPAC).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said tickets were now on sale for Pacific Sound as part of the Pacific Tides Festival on Saturday 8th of August.

“Pacific Tides is a free multicultural festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous and Pacific Islander entertainment,” she said.

“A major part of the festival will be Pacific Sound, a showcase of Indigenous and Pacific Islander music from around the world.

“The Redlands is an ethnic melting pot with many live music fans, so this event is the perfect fit for the city – fusing our cultural roots and love of quality entertainment.”

Council’s Community and Cultural Service portfolio spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the Pacific Sound concert would be headlined by New Zealand’s SWISS and Australia’s own Fatai.

“SWISS was born and raised in Wellington New Zealand and has established himself as one of Australia’s hottest young pacific poly-reggae artists,” he said.

“His songs, including Time of the Month, Miss Liquor, Slow Wind, and the remake of classic hit Blue Bayou, have had a huge amount of radio play. He has also been nominated for Best Pacific Male Artist, Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Pacific Song (for Slow Wind) and the People’s Choice Award.

“Fatai is a Melbourne-based soul and pop singer signed to Mercury Records Australia. She began singing professionally with her family from the age of seven and has performed as a soloist from 2009.

“In 2012, Fatai was a semi-finalist on the first season of The Voice and has gone on to tour her own sold-out shows across many cities in New Zealand and Australia.”

Also performing at the concert are the high-powered and energetic nine-piece tour-de-force Dubmarine, TSI band CKNU, fusion artist Mark Lowndes and Reggae/RnB/soul artist JSQZE. This will be a phenomenal line up of international, national and local profile musicians from the Indigenous and Pacific Islander musical community not to be missed! Tickets are $40 – $55 and can be booked via the RPAC website or by calling the RPAC Box Office on (07) 3829 8131.

Make a day of it and enjoy all the FREE activities and entertainment prior to the Pacific Sound concert at Pacific Tides Festival – where there will be all day and night FREE entertainment on the outdoor Island Stage, Pacific Tides Market, eco talks, art, food and lots of family activities.

For more information visit the RPAC website.