Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Cleveland’s CBD is set to undergo a dramatic community-powered transformation to encourage people to linger longer when they come to town.

In early May internationally renowned place maker David Engwicht, creator of the 7 Day Makeover, will challenge the people of Cleveland to work together with a shoe-string budget but a wealth of enthusiasm to turn the CBD into a vibrant social epicentre.

David has worked with communities worldwide to create public spaces that feel like home and is looking forward to helping Cleveland’s CBD to reinvent itself.

“If the CBD is to compete with the regional shopping centres, it has to offer more than just convenience shopping. It has to offer an experience that you can’t get at the regional shopping centres”, said David, who has been brought in by Redland City Council as part of its Cleveland What’s Next initiative.

“What we would like to achieve is a more vibrant and prosperous CBD that feels like it’s the civic heart of the community.

It needs to be a place where people want to hang out and relax because it’s welcoming and interesting. This will only happen if the community feels an emotional attachment to the town centre, and if traders band together to offer a unique visitor experience.”

“That’s why we’re going to get volunteers from the community to do the audit of the town centre. They will then form project teams to implement the most appealing ideas.”

To make it easier for businesses to benefit from active use of the footpath, Redland City Council will establish a ‘YES! Zone’ in the Cleveland CBD, trialling a more flexible approach to the use of space beyond local shopfronts.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that improved place making was a key strategy identified by the business community at last October’s inaugural Cleveland What’s Next workshop, together with attracting more events and providing better tourism information.

“We are delivering on our promise to work with local businesses to drive economic growth in Cleveland’s CBD,” she said.

“We recognise that taking a step back and reviewing whether some of our rules and regulations are impediments to creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, will be a critical part of the 7 Day Makeover process.

“We are committed to providing as much latitude as possible to facilitate a great result for local businesses and the wider Redlands community.

Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland Peter Mitchell said the 7 Day Makeover would be followed by other initiatives as part of Council’s Cleveland What’s Next program.

“Making Cleveland’s CBD a more interesting place to visit will in turn encourage event organisers to consider Cleveland as a location of choice,” he said.

“Council will also be working hand-in-hand with traders through the Till Boosters program, which will run in parallel with the 7 Day Makeover. Two lucky traders will be chosen as Demo Pods to work with David Engwicht to showcase how footpath activation can boost their turnover.”

The 7 Day Makeover will take place from 6-12 May. David will introduce it at a community information session from 6.30pm to 8.00pm on Tuesday 11 April at Binary Music Studio, Shop 11, Cleveland Plaza, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information about the 7 Day Makeover or to register for the community information session, visit the program’s Facebook page for more information.

Till Boosters will be launched to traders at 7.00am on Wednesday 12 April at the above venue. For more information about Till Boosters or to register to attend the launch, visit the Facebook page.

Council asks State Government to put transport on the agenda

Redland City Council has asked the State Government to prioritise key transport infrastructure as part of a submission to the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while the Council submission congratulated the State Government for including a number of transport projects for Redland City, it failed to provide expected timings for this infrastructure and left out other key transport upgrades.

“Our residents have told us that upgraded roads and public transport are critical and we have reflected this in our submission to the State Government by asking them to prioritise this infrastructure,” Cr Williams said.

“While the draft SEQRP includes extending the Eastern Busway to Capalaba and high frequency public transport to Capalaba, Cleveland, Victoria Point and southern Redland Bay, it fails to provide timeframes for these projects to be delivered, leaving residents in the dark.

“The Draft SEQRP also doesn’t include the much needed duplication of the Cleveland rail line or improved road links between Redland City and the Port of Brisbane and Gateway Motorway corridor.

“These projects have been included in past State Government Infrastructure plans but have now dropped off the radar and I want to make sure they are part of the State Government’s agenda and all future planning documents.”

“The Draft SEQRP also says there needs to be more growth in the Cleveland Rail corridor to justify duplication of the rail line, but it fails to identify a growth target, meaning again we are in the dark as to when or if to expect this vital infrastructure.”

Cr Williams said the SEQRP also failed to recognise the unique challenges facing Redland City’s island communities.

“As a city of islands Redland City faces some unique challenges, which will likely become more obvious over the coming years as North Stradbroke Island transitions away from sandmining,” Cr Williams said.

“Our submission to the Draft SEQRP encourages the State Government to include the North Stradbroke Island transition package as part of the plan to ensure the future of Straddie is considered in their long-term strategic direction.

“The Draft SEQRP also fails to acknowledge the unique circumstances that exist on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, in particular the development potential of the islands and their location within a unique environmental setting.”

The State Government’s draft South East Queensland Regional Plan can be found here.

Council’s full submission to the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan can be found here.

Redland City to welcome Queen’s Baton Relay in lead up to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Redlands’ local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Redland City as it prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay next year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Cleveland on 31 March 2018 as the Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition that celebrates community pride, and that shows us how important a role sport plays to build our great community, which is why we’ve chosen to embrace the Baton’s visit wholeheartedly.

“It also means the Redlands will play an important part in the largest multi-sport event to be staged in Australia in a decade.

“The Redland City Events Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2022 outlines a vision for the Redlands to be known as one of Australia’s most event-friendly destinations, with a key action to leverage tourism and events opportunities for our City through GC2018.

“We are delighted to be a part of an event that will take Redland City to the world and showcase not only our extraordinary city but also some of the incredible people who come from here.”

Division 2 (Cleveland and North Stradbroke Island) Councillor Peter Mitchell said selecting Cleveland as a destination for the  Queen’s Baton Relay was a salute to the picturesque area bordered by Moreton Bay and brimming with warm community spirit.

“I know residents will get behind the Queen’s Baton Relay that starts at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March and includes a leg through Cleveland  on Saturday 31 March,” Cr Mitchell said.

“I for one cannot wait to follow its journey around the world on its way to Cleveland before it makes it way to the Gold Coast for GC2018.

“I encourage you to nominate a local legend who you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished.”

Batonbearers are people of all abilities who inspire others to be great.

Batonbearers will represent a community with pride and showcase to the world the region’s pristine natural assets including Moreton Bay, the Redlands’ rich and diverse culture as well as the sporting achievements and philanthropic spirit of some very special Redlanders.

Across Australia approximately 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

A community nomination program, which opens today, will offer the people of Redlands and the surrounding region with an opportunity to carry the Baton.

Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud.

In just eight days the Baton will start its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March. It will travel through every Commonwealth nation and territory on its way to Australia.

From today until 15 May 2017, anyone can nominate a person who inspires them to be great.

Nominations can be made at

GC2018 are looking for people who:

  • Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
  • Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
  • Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
  • Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
  • Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
  • Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

MoU strengthens Council, industry and community voice for the Redlands

Redland City Council and the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formally provides for ongoing engagement with the Institute’s recently established Redland Advisory Panel.

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams said the UDIA Qld State Council’s invitation to participate through a working group with the Redlands Advisory Panel UDIA Qld provides the Redlands with a voice in one of Australia’s most respected industry groups.

MoU Signing From left to right: Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary; Mayor Cr Karen Williams; Redland City Council CEO Bill Lyon; Chair of UDIA Qld Redland Advisory Panel ,Chris Isles and UDIA Qld CEO, Marina Vit.

“The Redlands Advisory Panel joins the UDIA’s robust branch structure across the state with eleven local Branches spanning 18 local governments and representing the industry perspective on critical issues such as local infrastructure, the economy and the creation of new communities.

“These are all matters of vital community interest as we look to our own new city plan for the next decade and respond to the influence and direction outlined in the State Government’s SEQ regional plan and planning policies,” Karen Williams said.

Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary said that by establishing the working group as a basis for a formal, open and transparent relationship with the UDIA, Council has the opportunity to work with industry knowledge and professionals at the local and state levels.

“Importantly, the combination of access to professional on-the-ground expertise coupled with a powerful and respected industry voice can help strengthen the message and communication to Government on our vital shared interest such as infrastructure.’”

“Through open collaborative communications differing community views can contribute to better Redland results.

“The MOU ensures the highest level of openness, transparency and accountability underpins all interactions between our two organisations as reflected in the UDIA’s own Code of Ethics.”

The UDIA Qld State President, Stephen Harrison said that until now the Redlands had been the only SEQ Council not covered by such an arrangement.

“I would like to thank the Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary for introducing this opportunity to Councillors.

“The decision to establish a Redlands Advisory Panel fills an important gap in the services we offer to our members, the communities they serve and to Council.

“Based on our experiences working with other Councils across SEQ and the state, enacting a formal MoU between local government and local branches offers numerous benefits.

“In addition to providing links to open transparent and ethical industry representation, an important benefit is it provides a source of local expertise which Councils may call upon when looking for important policy and project feedback and consultation,” Stephen Harrison said.

“UDIA research on significant national and regional planning issues such as consumer sentiment and housing demand across demographic groups can also help inform future planning and ultimately deliver better outcomes in new communities.

“Under the terms of the MoU and Council policy, we will publish both the text of the agreement and the working group membership as well as the record of future discussions.” Wendy Boglary said.

Draft City Plan submission review outcomes for the SMBIs

The City Plan is a translation of the existing planning scheme into the format now mandated by the State’s planning framework. It carries forward the existing policy intent of the current planning scheme for the SMBI. Draft City Plan and submission review outcomes for the SMBI include.

  • All SMBI development, whether it be a dwelling house, dual occupancy or small-scale non-residential use is subject to meeting the on-site effluent disposal requirements as part of a plumbing and drainage application.
  • Both the current planning scheme and proposed City Plan discourage further subdivision by making it impact assessable and identifying clear and consistent performance outcomes which do not support further subdivision of lots.
  • Due to the separation of the SMBI to mainland goods and services, A new Character Residential zone has been introduced for SMBI, recognising a wider range of land uses envisaged by the SMBI 2030 Plan.
  • Promoting on-island economic growth through broader range of uses and reduced levels of assessment in the Character Residential zone.
  • The Character Residential zone on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, provides flexibility to establish a limited range of additional small scale non-residential commercial uses which provide services to the local community or tourists, provided they do not significantly detract from residential amenity or the role of any centre and which are subject to code, not self-assessment
  • The relevant assessment criteria for these uses specifies that they be small in scale, not adversely impact upon the island’s centres and meet the relevant on-site car parking benchmarks in the planning scheme.
  • In response to submissions regarding preserving residential amenity, Council has increased the level of assessment to impact for three non-residential uses as well as two higher order residential uses.
  • The passenger ferry terminal at 2 Brighton Road, Macleay Island, is zoned Community Facilities (CF9 – passenger ferry terminals) reflecting current use.
  • Land bound by Kate Street, Nunkeri Drive and Wandoo Avenue, Macleay Island, is split zoned Low Impact Industry and Recreation and Open Space. Currently the site has a split zoning for Industry, Open Space and Community Use (infrastructure).
  • A number of Council parks and reserves have changed zone to Conservation, Open Space and Recreation or Community Facilities, to reflect existing uses.
  • A new Environmental Significance overlay incorporates the latest State data as well as locally refined regional ecosystem mapping of remnant and regrowth vegetation providing habitat for native fauna. Together with the Waterway Corridors and Wetlands mapping, these overlays map significant natural values which underpin maintenance of healthy ecosystems.
  • New bushfire hazard mapping shows changes in the level of risk within the division. Land affected by the Bushfire overlay is declared a hazard area for the purposes of section 12 of the Building Regulation which provides siting and design information.
  • New storm-tide hazard mapping which incorporates changes associated with climate change has refined the Flood and Storm Tide Hazard overlay and applies to land with potential to be affected by storm-tide inundation along foreshore areas. Development on land within the overlay must mitigate exposure to risk to an acceptable or tolerable level.
  • New erosion-prone area hazard mapping by the State Government has updated the Coastal Protection (Erosion Prone Areas) overlay. Development for a dwelling house, dual occupancy or community residence on affected land is code assessable.