Monthly Archives: February 2017

Council calling for community grants applications


The call is out for applications to Redland City Council’s Community Grants Program, an initiative that has contributed more than $500,000 towards community projects the last year alone.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said now was the time for community groups and individuals to put forward projects for which they sought funding support.

“We are proud to be able to partner with our community, with our second round of community grants funding for this financial year taking submissions until Friday 3 March 2017,” Cr Williams said.

“I think many people would be surprised at the range of projects eligible for funding…from on-the-ground environmental projects to building capacity within non-profit community organisations.

“Competition for funding is fierce and we will continue to support projects that deliver clear benefits to the community.

“I really urge anyone working for the Redlands community to go to the Redland City Council website while submissions are open and see if we can help them.”

In the last round of grants awarded, projects ranged from conserving rare native macadamia trees and Richmond Birdwing butterflies, to funding the development of strategic plans for arts, sport and social programs.

“Over the years this highly successful program has focused on projects that support the Redlands lifestyle and environment, and this will continue,” Cr Williams said.

“Up to $10,000 is available for successful applications, depending on the grant category.

“If you have an idea or project that may further enrich our community, we want to hear from you.”

The program is offered in two rounds, with the current round the final opportunity to apply in the 2016-17 financial year.

Running simultaneously with Council’s Community Grants round is the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) round, a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.  RADF submissions are also open until Friday 3 March.

For more information on eligibility or criteria, or to apply for a community or RADF grant, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/grants or call 3829 8999. 

 Redland City Council’s Sponsorship Program, which specifically supports local community events, will also open soon and take applications from Monday 20 February until Friday 24 March 2017.

 

Funding approved for Redlands’ coastal strategy


Funding has been confirmed for the development of Redland City Council’s comprehensive Coastal Adaptation Strategy.

Council will receive $195,650 from the State Government’s QCoast2100 Program for phases 1-5 of the strategy, which will identify and develop management plans for coastal hazard.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the funding, approved by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), would allow Council to get on the front foot in its bid to tackle coastal erosion on the mainland and islands.

“This grant recognises the significant issues that we face as a relatively small council with about 220km of coast,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Officers have worked closely with the LGAQ on our needs and we very much appreciate its backing, and the support of the State Government through its QCoast2100 Program, as we  proactively plan for the future of our coastal areas.’’

Phase 1 of the Redland City Council Coastal Adaptation Strategy was adopted recently, providing a rigorous assessment methodology for identifying current coastal hazards.

When finalised, the overall strategy will provide a consistent and transparent approach to managing existing and emerging coastal hazards, as well as informing future planning.

“With Phase 1 adopted, we are now about to begin community engagement as part of Phase 2, which looks at emerging risks,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This will confirm community values and long-term concerns for areas of our coastline, allowing us to better plan for the long-term sustainable management of coastal and foreshore areas.

“Importantly, it will provide greater clarity on what the best course of action is for identified areas, while confirming areas of known priority such as Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island.’’

Macleay Is foreshore redevelopment a step closer with invitation to tender


Another major milestone has been reached this month with Council advertising for tenders for the multimillion dollar Macleay Island Foreshore redevelopment, one of the largest single infrastructure projects currently planned for Redland City.

The tender invitation calls for civil and marine engineering to construct a new seawall and sealed carpark, associated road works and ancillary marine infrastructure, a queuing beach, and new two lane recreational boat ramp and access stairs

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the estimated $6 million project represented part of the substantial ongoing investment in the City’s unique Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) communities.

“The community has been calling for this project for a number of years and the advertising of this tender signifies a major step towards its delivery,” she said.

“This project has been a particular challenge with significant project design hurdles to overcome over several years, including negotiation and planning approval involving the state government and separate marine authorities and utility providers, in order to reach this important stage.

“Subject to a successful tender process with tenders closing on 2 March, we anticipate work could start as early as this financial year.

The completed work will provide substantial long term improvements to island parking issues, seal asbestos contamination on the foreshore and provide recreational boat access improvements.”

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards said the foreshore project was just part of Council’s ongoing commitments to improving SMBI infrastructure, parks and community facilities and strengthening island economies.

“The Macleay foreshore upgrade dovetails well with the separate ongoing State and Redland City Council joint project work towards future upgrades of the ageing island jetties, new recreational boating facilities and the substantial investment underway by the state government in new public transport facilities at Weinam Creek.

“Council’s own Green seal funding initiative aimed at improving SMBI island roads is also continuing apace with over 26 kilometers of roads already sealed and a further 14 kilometers expected to be sealed this financial year.

‘The SMBI are a unique and vital part of our City and I believe the momentum of these investments will make a strong contribution to the appeal of the islands for business and jobs as well as unique places to live.

A draft outline of planned foreshore improvement work is available for viewing on Council’s website.