Category Archives: Get the facts

Something for everyone at Redlands Coast Seniors Week celebrations

Redlands Coast seniors are in for a treat with a full and diverse program of activities and events on offer again for Seniors Week, this year set for 18 to 26 August.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Seniors Week was an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contribution seniors made to our community.

“I am hugely impressed by the quality of the program put together to celebrate Seniors Week, the result of a truly collaborative community effort that Redland City Council was proud to support.

“I particularly thank Redlands District Committee on the Ageing’s (RDCOTA) Paul Barnes, for his dedication as Chairman of the Seniors Week Committee.

“From Latin dancing and musical theatre to information sessions and the popular Seniors Week Walk, there is something for everyone so I urge everyone to check out the program of events and start planning their week.

“This year’s free Seniors Week Variety Concert at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is sure to be a crowd pleaser with talent of all ages, including Here’s to Life, the Donald Simpson Centre Theatrical Group and Dunwich State School prep kids performing songs in language with Aunty Maree Goebel.

“Council is proud to supply this wonderful venue, RPAC – as well as our production staff – free of charge for this event,” Cr Williams said.

The variety concert will start at 10.30am, Tuesday 21 August. Although entry is free, due to high demand tickets must be pre-purchased through the RPAC box office in person or by phoning 3829 8131.

Redland Libraries are offering the following free events:

Grandparents Story time

  • 10am, Tuesday 14 August @ Victoria Point Library
  • 10am, Friday 17 August @ Capalaba Library
  • 9.30am, Wednesday 22 August @ Redland Museum

No bookings needed.

Tea and Trivia

10am, Tuesday 21 August @ Victoria Point Library

Bookings essential: 3884 4000

Chit Chat Special Event

9.30am, Friday 24 August @ Victoria Point Library. No bookings needed.

Visit the What’s on at your Library page on our website for details of library events.

Visit the RD COTA website for a full Seniors Week program.

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Planned Burn Tramican Street Conservation Area – North Stradbroke Island

Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation Crews are intending to undertake a hazard reduction burn within the Tramican Street Conservation Area on Tuesday 14 August 2018, if weather conditions remain suitable at the time.

The location of the burn area is George Nothling Drive (rear of Donahue Street, Point Lookout- highlighted in yellow on the map. The purpose of the burn will be for hazard reduction as well as for ecological outcomes.

Preparation of the site was undertaken in the days leading up to the date of the burn, including  clearing around significant logs and habitat trees. It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

The planned burn is necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction. Planned burns assist to reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

If you require details of the planned burn, please visit or contact Council on 3829 8999.

NSI Planned Burn Tramican Street

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No Council plans to change domestic animal laws – Straddie

Redland City Council is keen to debunk the myth that it plans to ban domestic dogs and cats on North Stradbroke Island (Straddie).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said rumours that Council plans to change the local laws to ban dogs on the island were false.

“Council has no current plans to ban dogs on North Stradbroke Island (Straddie),” Cr Williams said.

“The recent discussions about banning dogs on Straddie were not initiated by Council and Council has not commenced any work to enact such a ban.

“Redland City Council has been actively working with key agencies on a coordinated response to domestic dog attacks on North Stradbroke Island (Straddie) wildlife.

“As part of that response, Council officers were invited to a meeting at which they were asked to hypothetically outline the process that would need to be undertaken to ban dogs on North Stradbroke Island.

“There are no Council plans to ban dogs on Straddie and any move to do so would require community support and a local law amendment following robust community engagement.

“Judging by recent feedback I doubt the broader community would support banning dogs on Straddie, but if other community groups believe there is community support for banning domestic pets on the island they are encouraged to engage the community and then present their findings.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Peter Mitchell said while the misinformation around the proposed dog ban was unfortunate, it had created an opportunity to discuss an important topic.

“Council is participating in a cross-agency solution to protect the natural and cultural values of the island, with our priority being community education and awareness to encourage and promote responsible pet ownership,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Changes to local laws are only one option within a bigger strategy in helping protect people and wildlife on both the island and the mainland, and Council is focused on other actions to deal with the issue.

“Redland City Council regularly carries out patrols and responds to domestic dog-related reports on the mainland and areas of North Stradbroke and other islands in the City that are under Council jurisdiction.

“We also have a feral animal eradication program which protects the local environment by managing the population of feral animals across the island.

“Despite Council being a minority landowner on Straddie, our officers have been actively working with key agencies on a coordinated response to domestic dog attacks on wildlife on the island, and have ‘upped the ante’ recently in response to heightening community concerns.

“Our priority is to focus on the people who own the domestic animals and educate and build awareness of their obligations and responsibilities in keeping both people and wildlife safe.

“Council plans include developing and distributing educational material directly to households on North Stradbroke Island which sets out their obligations and responsibilities, as well as the impacts that straying dogs to have on human safety and wildlife.

Council is committed to working with all agencies to address this issue, and acknowledges the importance of our natural and cultural values of North Stradbroke Island and other areas in the City.

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Get the facts: Media reports citing $100 million loan for essential roadwork

A story appeared in the Redland City Bulletin on Wednesday 9 March citing a $100 million loan from Redland City Council to the State Government to fix traffic congestion on Cleveland Redland Bay Road, which is a State Government road.

The figure of $100 million quoted by the media was not provided by Council and the cost of undertaking this work will not be known until a feasibility study is undertaken.

The story follows a decision on 9 December 2015 for Council to consider options for market-led proposals to fast-track the delivery of road and transport infrastructure that is the State Government’s responsibility within Redland City. Options could include partnering with the State Government and the private sector.

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Get the facts – no decision has been made to sell land

In relation to the article “Save our swings” (Redland City Bulletin, 30/9/15), Council would like to reinforce that no decision has been made as to what to do with the land at 7 John Street and intends to discuss options with St James Lutheran Church.

Council owns the park at 7 John Street, Cleveland, which the St James Lutheran Church has a permit from Council to occupy free of charge. The church then leases the land to the childcare centre through a commercial agreement where it gains rent for the council-owned site.

Even if the land at 7 John St is rezoned, it is premature to speculate on what will happen to it. It is quite possible Council could continue the current use of the land. If Council does decide to sell the land, Council will offer St James Lutheran Church first option to buy it if ministerial approval is given. This way the church can continue to lease it to the childcare centre under their current commercial arrangement.

Currently the draft City Plan 2015 is out for public consultation and it has proposed to change the zone of this land from Open Space to Principal Centre to better reflect its current use and to be consistent with the zoning of the surrounding area. You can have your say on the potential zone change by making a submission by 27 November 2015. Visit Council’s website for details.

Council would like to advise that Redland Investment Corporation CEO Peter Kelley did not advise the childcare centre that Council was assessing its surplus land or suggest they could buy the land or pay commercial rates and lease it, as stated in the article. Mr Kelley had discussions with the Lutheran Church who has the permit to occupy the land.

Redland Investment Corporation has been established to deliver a range of activities including entering into partnerships with community groups or the private sector to deliver projects that could provide jobs and a boost to the economy or delivering a higher and better use for land determined as surplus. The sale of land is only one of many options which will be considered. The properties that have been transferred for RiC to investigate potential uses can be found here.

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Get the facts: Response to City Plan availability

The Redland City Bulletin has today wrongly stated in headline that the City Plan Due Out This Week and further stated that the City Plan 2015 ‘are (sic) expected to be released this week’. (Note the Draft City Plan 2015 was also submitted for State approval for public release in November 2014 not February 2015 as stated).

• Council has yet to formally meet and consider the release of the plan and the period for public consultation. A Special Meeting of Council on Thursday 3 September is expected to decide on both issues.

• The Public display of the Draft City Plan 2015 will depend on the date Council decides to begin public consultation.

• The full plan will be made publicly available on the date when formal consultation begins.

• Once the City Plan 2015 consultation period is agreed, there will be community wide advertising of public consultation opportunities including extensive City Plan website details and supporting information and advertised City Plan public consultation activities at venues across the city.

• Until then, those interested in the City Plan are encouraged to keep an eye out for public notices in the media and on council’s website and to visit the draft plan website to view background details and register this interest in receiving future details on the plan consultation.

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Get the facts: Media reports on Council staff costs inaccurate

A story appeared this week comparing the cost of Council employees across South East Queensland and claimed that Redland City Council staff were the second most expensive in South East Queensland. The story, which originally ran on the Brisbane Times website and was then run on Channel Nine and picked up by the Redland City Bulletin, contained a number of inaccuracies and assumptions that mean the figures reported are unreliable.

The journalist calculated a cost per employee by dividing Council’s budgeted employee cash expenditure by the number Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff reported in our annual report. This calculation is not accurate for two reasons; firstly the two numbers don’t match up in that the budgeted cash expenditure includes agency staff while the total FTE count reported does not and secondly the two numbers are from different financial years.

Also it is impossible to know if the comparison between Redland City Council and other SEQ Councils is accurate because there is no context to ensure Councils are using a consistent baseline to compare. This includes whether the staff numbers include contract or casual staff or if the employee costs are salaries only or include costs such as superannuation, long service leave etc. This makes it impossible to tell if the comparison between Councils is comparing “apples with apples”.

The stories also didn’t take into account the fact that some SEQ Councils operate their own water service while others don’t. Obviously those Councils that operate their own water business, such as the Redlands, will have a higher FTE because they provide a service the other Councils don’t, making the total FTE comparison inaccurate. This may also apply for other services contracted out by Councils, affecting their FTE count.

Redland City Council’s full time equivalent staff numbers have reduced almost 10% over the last six years, while maintaining our core service offering. This has been achieved through a back to basics commitment that focuses on key Council services and included an internal restructure that reduced the number of executive level roles.

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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

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Incorrect Courier Mail story regarding rates increases

Council would like to correct an error in Friday’s Courier Mail story – “Rates rise for Coast, Redlands” (page 19).

The story incorrectly says that under Redland City Council’s 2015-16 Budget Redlands residents would see a $16-a-week rates rise – in fact the weekly rates increase will only be 31 cents a week. This equates to an average rates rise of 0.5 per cent for a typical Redlands household, which is a great result for our residents.

Council has worked hard to absorb external costs to keep rates increases as low as possible, including absorbing a 10 per cent hike in state government bulk water costs by reducing the Council-controlled retail component by almost 30 per cent.

This year’s Budget provides residents with a range of cost-of-living savings while maintaining the services and projects needed to take our city forward. View more details on what our budget means for our residents.

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Get the facts: Reference group claims ‘false’

Redland City Council has refuted claims that that an industry reference group working with Council was “secret” and formed without the knowledge of councillors.

CEO Bill Lyon said the Development Industry Reference Group was established almost three years ago, was approved by councillors and had reported to Council on a number of occasions since 2012.

He said this fact was supported by public Council records.

“Imputations that the reference group was formed without the knowledge of councillors are false, as the records show,’’ Mr Lyon said.

“This reference group was included in the operational plan approved by councillors for 2012-13. All councillors were in attendance. There also have been quarterly updates to Council.

“Councillors were fully informed and had opportunities to raise questions or to amend any items should they have had concerns.

“There were also discussions about the group with councillors at workshops and it has been openly communicated in our ‘Redlands – Open for Business and Investment’ document on our website.’’

Mr Lyon said Council officers had operated with complete professionalism and integrity and any inference to the contrary was offensive.

“As CEO, I cannot stand by and allow the professionalism and integrity of dedicated Council officers to be impugned by suggestions this reference group operated in secret,’’ Mr Lyon said.

“The Development Industry Reference Group is a group of development industry professionals working with Council to improve our processes. Such groups are a means for local government to discuss and address City-wide issues.

“All councils must plan for growth and change, and reference groups are one of the standard mechanisms which help officers better understand and work with their communities.

“Council officers working with these groups operate under a whole-of-council direction.’’

Mr Lyon said the terms of reference for the groups ensured they could not be used as forums to lobby Council officers or councillors on behalf of specific projects.


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