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Have your say on the number of dogs allowed on Redlands Coast properties: 31 May to 8 July 2021


Redland City Council will consult with the community about a proposed change to animal management local laws covering the number of dogs able to be kept on residential properties.

Mayor Karen Williams said a local law amendment to allow up to four dogs in special circumstances would be the appropriate vehicle to bring Council in line with pet regulations in neighbouring local government areas.

“Council’s Local Laws undergo a continual process of review to provide the best outcomes for both the community and for Council,” she said.

“This local law impacts many residents and community consultation will allow everyone to have their say on the number of dogs able to be kept under special circumstances.

“Today’s decision acknowledges the fact that Redlands Coast residents have dogs for a whole range of reasons, including companionship, showing and fostering.”

Under current laws, all properties are able to keep two dogs, or three with a permit.

Should the changes go ahead, up to four dogs could be kept on a single dwelling property if they were show dogs, agility dogs or dogs in foster care.

Based on property size alone, an extra dog would be able to be kept on properties from 2,001 to 10,000 m2 without a permit, and a fourth with a permit.

For properties more than 10,000 m2, four dogs could be kept without a permit.

Deputy Mayor Julie Talty – who tabled a notice of motion last December requesting that officers consider options available to change the number of dogs allowed – said she had acted on specific representations made to her by residents.

“People have called for an increase to the number of dogs able to be kept on a property, based on property size and other special circumstances,” Cr Talty said.

“Community consultation will give Redlands Coast residents the opportunity to consider their position and make a submission on the proposed changes.

“I encourage everyone to have their say during the 35-day period.

“All properly-made submissions will be considered following community consultation.”

All dogs kept on Redlands Coast properties must be registered with Council and have their registration renewed annually.

Any changes resulting from the upcoming review and consultation process will be reflected in amendments to Subordinate Local Law no. 2 (Animal Management) 2015 and Subordinate Local Law No. 1.5 (Keeping of Animals) 2015.

To have your say on this issue, go to yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au during the consultation period, 31 May 2021 to 8 July 2021.

Written submissions can be delivered to Council’s mainland customer service centres or posted to City Council, PO Box 21, Cleveland Qld 4163. They must be received by 8 July 2021 to be considered.

The proposed amendment will also be available for viewing at Council’s mainland customer service centres and on the Your Say page.

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Music and musings at Birkdale Community Precinct open days


Redlands Coast performers will provide music to muse by as the community ponders future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct during community open days on April 16 and 17.

Hosted by Redland City Council, the open days offer a rare opportunity for people to tour the 62-hectare precinct and learn more about its history, ecology and cultural importance.

Performing at various time throughout the days will be singer/songwriter Joe Geia and the quirky all-female band, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Expect an eclectic mix of songs and styles from the quirky Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Geia, left, is a renowned guitarist, didgeridoo player and songwriter, and is an influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music.

Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts are a four-piece band who play a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. Their music is an eclectic mix of old and new, original and re-envisioned songs with jazz, folk, country and rock influences

Free activities at the community open days include: displays about the history of the site, a guided tour of the land on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, and weaving workshops. Food and drinks, including Devonshire tea, will be available for purchase.

There will also be the opportunity to have your say on what the future holds for this important precinct while taking a look around historic Willards Farm and the fascinating World War II radio receiving station. Redland City Council is committed to engaging with the local and regional community to understand what they would like to see this land used for.

The community open days will run from 10am to 4pm on both days, Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17, COVID-safety requirements and weather permitting. Parking and access will be available via the Birkdale Baptist Church grounds, 1 Jones Road, Birkdale, turning off Old Cleveland Road East. Please follow parking signs on the day.

Bookings are required.

Visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au for more details and to register for your free tickets

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Council seeks input on draft Age-friendly Action Plan


Redland City Council is inviting the community to have its say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026.

Mayor Karen Williams said the draft plan was based on the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly Cities model that was developed in 2004 as a planning response to population ageing.

“It explores how a city’s landscape, buildings, transport system and housing contribute to mobility, health behaviours, social participation and self-determination of older people,” she said.

“Consultation is an important element of creating an age-friendly community and the next step in Council’s commitment to the creation of environments that enable older Redlands Coast residents to live active and healthy lives.

“We know we have an ageing community and Council is committed to supporting their needs by planning for an age-friendly city.

“In 2016, 17.2 per cent of Redland City’s population was aged 65 years and, by 2041, this is expected to increase to 28.3 per cent.”

Cr Williams said the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan, which was presented at this week’s Council meeting, had its genesis in 2006 when Council’s Ageing Well in the Redlands Strategy 2006-2016 was developed in consultation with the local aged community.

“Council has surveyed older residents who live on both the mainland and island communities to identify their perceptions of living and ageing in Redland City, what they value and barriers to healthy and active ageing,” she said.

“Council also consulted with key community organisations who work with older adults in Redland City.

“The next step is for Council to formally engage the wider community on the draft plan between 22 January and 2 March 2021.”

The draft plan includes eight key themes and highlights actions and key initiatives that Council will undertake over the next five years.

Initiatives proposed in the draft plan include:

  • Cooperative Research Centre Longevity – to attract investment, testing and trialing of products and services that serve an ageing population
  • Centre of Excellence in Education for the Ageing
  • Investment in health services
  • Multi-purpose community centre
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Community transport solutions
  • Ageing in Place Project – to identify and advance opportunities for older residents on the SMBI to age in place
  • Increase the amount of shaded seating

For more information and to have your say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026, visit Council’s Your Say webpage.

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Have your say on Council’s draft coastal hazard adaptation strategy


Redland City Council is inviting community members to have their say on its draft Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) after the project’s consultation phase was endorsed at today’s Council meeting.

The CHAS is a city-wide strategy for the city’s coastline and islands that will assess the vulnerability of infrastructure, assets, and property to coastal hazards such as coastal erosion, storm tide inundation, and sea level rise.

The strategy also recommends actions for Council and property owners to adapt to the challenges up to the years 2070 and 2100.

Mayor Karen Williams, who also chairs the project’s steering committee, said this consultation period was an essential step in finalising Council’s long-term, comprehensive, climate adaptation plan.

“After years of extensive coastal studies and investigations to determine the risk of existing and future coastal hazard impacts on Redlands Coast, Council’s draft CHAS is ready to be reviewed by our community,” she said.

“As a city of islands with approximately 335km of coastline, it is vital that we do this work to assess the vulnerabilities and risks posed by potential changes to our coastline, and determine the best ways to manage our public areas and assets.

“The draft strategy considers land and assets that may be impacted by coastal hazards.”

Cr Williams said the draft CHAS had been developed in line with the Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland’s QCoast2100 program, with Redland City Council being one of more than 30 coastal councils in Queensland doing this planning.

“Ultimately, the CHAS will help us implement cost-effective mitigation measures, plan for development and growth, budget for higher costs, collaborate regionally, and seek investment opportunities,” she said.

“Now we want to receive the community’s feedback about the draft strategy.”

Cr Williams said that due to COVID-safe requirements, community workshops on the draft strategy would not be held, with community consultation to take place online via the project’s page on Council’s Your Say website.

“It is important that we all work together to help keep everyone safe during these times, and people can visit Council’s Your Say page for a copy of the draft strategy and make a submission on it,” she said.

“I urge all community members to participate in this important project to help protect the future of Redlands Coast.”

The CHAS is scheduled for completion in April 2021 following a review of community feedback and Council’s adoption of the strategy.

For more information about the project and to have your say, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/CHAS  

Consultation starts on Thursday 19 November 2020 and closes on Friday 18 December 2020.

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Council calls for comment on future use of foreshore wetlands reserve


Redland City Council is seeking community comment on long term access options for the Bligh Street road reserve at Wellington Point.

The road reserve separates sections of the environmentally significant Geoff Skinner Wetlands Reserve, which Council acquired in 2018 with funds collected through its Environmental Levy.

The end of the Bligh Street road reserve has also been used as an unofficial launch point at high tide for canoes and small vessels, but it is not a legal boat ramp and the State Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads has confirmed it has no plans to install a boat ramp.

In support of the area’s conservation values, Council has been trialling the temporary closure of Bligh Street, prioritising pedestrian access and allowing Council and conservation groups to safely undertake land restoration work.

The trial has helped Council understand the effects of the road closure on both the environment and recreational users of the area.

The reserve features salt pans, shorebird wetlands and habitat for koalas, birds and other wildlife.

Now is the time for the community to have a say about the future of this important area and how it could be managed.

For more information and to have your say, visit Council’s Your Say Redlands Coast website.

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Community to be consulted on proposed changes to Animals in Public Places register


Redland City Council will ask the community for feedback on a proposal to reduce the number of locations where dogs on lead are prohibited or restricted.

Mayor Karen Williams said the proposed changes to the Register of Animals in Public Places, under Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2015, followed a city wide review.

“This register hasn’t been looked at for a long time and we wanted to make sure it was still current and still appropriate,” she said.

“Council assessed each of the areas and looked at why the prohibition or restriction was there and if there was still a reason for it to remain, and now we want to hear from the community.”

Cr Williams said restrictions would remain in areas where they were still necessary due to the presence of sensitive wildlife.

“Here on Redlands Coast we have many naturally wonderful public spaces and we want our community to be able to share these with their four-legged friends, where appropriate.”

Councillors voted at today’s general meeting to engage with the community about the proposed changes.

Consultation opens through Council’s Your Say webpage on 9 November 2020 and closes on 6 December 2020.

Cr Williams said if the proposed changes were adopted, dogs would need to be on a lead and under effective control at all times.

“Our Animal Management Team will also ensure there is appropriate signage in all the areas.”

Proposed changes to the Register of Animals in Public Places:

  • Remove prohibition on dogs in the park area on Beth Boyd Park, Thorneside but retain prohibition on the foreshore/seashore.
  • Remove prohibition on dogs on the foreshore/seashore at Redland Bay Esplanade, Redland Bay (where Grey and Bay streets intersect).
  • Remove prohibition and allow dogs at any time on lead – Swamp Box, Capalaba.
  • Remove restriction and allow dogs at any time on lead – Yeo Park, Victoria Point; Wellington Point Reserve; and foreshore and seashore at the end of Wilson Street Victoria Point.
  • Include the foreshore/seashore in front of swimming enclosures in Redlands Coast as prohibited areas for horses, camels and donkeys.

Visit Council’s website for information on current places where dogs are prohibited or restricted on Redlands Coast.

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Get filming ‘Get Ready’ for great prizes


An Apple iPad Pro or a GoPro HERO6 are up for grabs as part of Redland City Council’s new ‘Get Ready’ youth video competition.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the competition aimed to involve young people of Redlands Coast with community messaging around storm and bushfire season preparedness.

“Each year, we run an extensive campaign to remind residents about the need to be prepared for natural emergencies, which, as recent years have shown, present real risks to our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This year for the first time, we are getting our young people involved and running a competition calling for 90-second videos promoting key disaster preparedness messages.

“Our hope is that we will be able to work with winning entries to create a final video for release in ‘Get Ready’ week in October.

“While it is a youth-focused competition, we encourage team efforts and the help of parents, teachers and other budding filmmakers in creating entries.

“We’d love to see some family and school entries, again giving the wider community an opportunity to devise new and engaging ways to share the ‘Get Ready’ message.

“There are great prizes on offer for the winning entries, so I encourage people to head to Council’s Your Say Redlands website to find out how to get involved.”

Videos must include four key disaster management messages: preparing your home, the need for a household emergency plan and emergency kit, getting to know your neighbours and how to be informed.

Entry is open to Redlands Coast residents of all ages, but at least one person under 18 years and a local landmark or icon should feature in the video.

The winning video may be used to promote ‘Get Ready’ community messages through a range of channels during storm and bushfire season.

Entries close 30 September 2018.  For details, including full terms and conditions, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/getreadycompetition

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Council sets out on Redlands Coast transport journey


How residents travel around the Redlands Coast was at the centre of two decisions made by Redland City Council in today’s General Meeting.

The first decision saw Councillors endorse the Draft Redlands Coast Transport strategy for community engagement, while councillors also unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute for Council to make a submission to a State Government inquiry into the future of transport technology.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the endorsement of the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy would give residents the opportunity to have their say on the future direction of transport planning on Redlands Coast.

“Transport, both road and public transport infrastructure, is undoubtedly one of the most consistent topics of conversation in our community, which is why Council identified an updated transport strategy as one of our key priorities,” she said.

“In 2015 we held a series of transport forums across the city and this draft strategy is informed by those forums, as well as engagement with key transport organisations and providers.

“Our community has told us they want to be able to get around the city faster and safer and want to see the major roads in and out of the city upgraded along with key public transport infrastructure such as the Cleveland Rail line.”

Cr Williams said an important next step of the strategy was hearing from residents, businesses, schools and transport partners on what transport issues were important to them.

“As part of the consultation process we will ask residents what they think our priorities should be to help guide delivery of Council’s transport initiatives and advocacy to state and federal governments, transport providers and neighbouring local governments.

“State and federal MPs will also be engaged directly, and information will be provided to raise community awareness about the transport network and which level of government was responsible for which transport corridor and service.

“Our journey to a more effective and efficient transport network is just starting. This won’t be completed overnight, nor can Council take this journey alone.

“The State Government is responsible for many of the major transport opportunities across Redlands Coast, including the majority of roads in and out of the Coast, public transport and rail.

“This is why a key part of this strategy will be to advocate to other levels of government and encourage them to prioritise the projects, road upgrades and public transport services our community needs.”

“The Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will be followed by a series of implementation plans, which is where the rubber hits the road through the identification of on the ground priorities and projects our residents will see in their neighborhoods and along their daily commute.”

Cr Williams said Council would make the case for better transport technology to meet local challenges as part of their submission to the State Government Transport and Public Works Committee inquiry into Transport Technology.

“The Redlands Coast has some unique transport challenges and our submission will encourage the State Government to remove some of the existing barriers to the technology that may meet these challenges,” she said.

“An example of these technologies is Autonomous Vehicles, and we have been trying to encourage the State Government to trial these vehicles on our island communities.

“We will also use our submission to highlight the transport challenges and increased transport costs for our island communities, as well as the challenges our island based residents face in accessing employment and social services.”

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Council endorsed Education and Training Industry Sector Plan for Redlands Coast


Council today endorsed its Education and Training Industry Sector Plan 2018-2023, which supports the delivery of Council’s Economic Development Framework 2014-2041(EDF).

With the education and training industry being Redlands Coast’s third largest employer, contributing 4.5 per cent of the Coast’s economic output, the Education and Training Industry Sector Plan focuses on three areas:

  • Fostering collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • Growing higher education and alternative learning pathways and supporting emerging industries
  • Growing international education

Mayor Karen Williams said the plan recognised the strength of the education and training industry sector in the Redlands Coast economy and the potential for further growth, with detailed actions to realise the economic benefits.

She said strategies and recommendations included growing international education and a university sector, establishing a centre of excellence in education for the ageing, developing a health and education precinct, and engaging the community in education and life-long learning.

“Redlands Coast is well placed to benefit from the education and training industry sector,” she said.

“We have an abundance of features that would be attractive to international students, including a beautiful, natural environment and access to Aboriginal culture, and we have significant goodwill from commercial and government organisations in growing international education.

“As our population grows and also ages, ensuring we have education and training facilities here will help retain our students as their needs expand.

“It will also meet the education needs of older people, the training needs for the workforce caring for a rapidly ageing population, and increase demand from outside the Coast.

“Our ageing population also offers significant opportunity to be a national leader in the provision of education and training services for older populations, particularly active and involved ageing in which life-long learning is embraced.”

Chair of the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board Sam Kennedy said that the economic development framework, endorsed by Council in 2015, provided clear direction for business and economic growth and development on Redlands Coast.

“The EDF focuses on the key industry sectors of health care and social assistance, education and training, tourism, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, high value-add services and rural enterprises,” Ms Kennedy said.

Through the EDF, Council is committed to local economic growth, local employment opportunities, and ensuring the Redlands Coast community benefits from any improved local economic capacity.

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Council continues to negotiate over Commonwealth-owned Birkdale land


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will meet with yet another Federal Government MP in Canberra later this month as Council continues to try and secure the Federal Government land in Birkdale for the community.

Cr Williams told today’s Council meeting that the recent Federal Government reshuffle would mean starting from scratch with new Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja who she has asked to meet with in Canberra later this month.

“This is the fifth member of parliament I will have dealt with regarding this land since we started negotiating with the government in 2015,” Cr Williams said.

“While it is frustrating to have to start the conversation again I am committed to ensuring this land is not used for housing as outlined in May’s Federal Budget.”

Cr Williams gave the commitment during today’s General Meeting where Councillors considered establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) to decide the future use of the land.

“Council’s current intention is that the land should be retained for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, with detailed investigations and engagement likely to proceed when Council is able to secure the land.”

Cr Williams said the priority was to ensure the land was retained for the community in a way that protects its environmental and cultural significance.

“As part of their divestment process the Federal Government is undertaking a series of studies on the land, including cultural heritage and environmental significance and we will be able to use this information during our due diligence and community consultation.

“If negotiations progress and Council determines that a CRG should be formed, it is expected that an expression of interest process would also be run to allow community members to nominate to be part of the group.”

In May the land was identified for divestment in the Federal Budget, prompting Cr Williams to lobby the Federal Government to rescind its decision and sell the property to Council off-market.

At the time Cr Williams launched a petition on Change.org which was signed by 6,000 people wanting to save the land from being used for housing.

“In May we made our feelings known when more than 6,000 people signed the petition and told the Federal Government we don’t want this land used for housing,” Cr Williams said.

“Now we have to start the conversation again and so I am urging everyone to again make their feelings known by signing the petition, so we can secure the land and then undertake the necessary consultation and studies to ultimately ensure the land is not lost to the community.”

Cr Williams said during her upcoming visit to Canberra she would also meet with Air Services Australia regarding their parcel of land adjoining the ACMA property.

The properties, currently owned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Air Services Australia, are located at 362-388 and 392 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

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