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Council signs deed for Birkdale Commonwealth land

Redland City Council has signed a heads of agreement with the Australian Government to buy 61.78 hectares of Commonwealth land at Birkdale for environmental and community purposes.

Mayor Karen Williams said the $4.1m purchase provided great value for the community.

“The land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East is the latest significant strategic purchase of land by Council that will benefit generations of Redlands Coast residents,” Cr Williams said.

“The heads of agreement is binding on both parties and is a major step towards the land purchase and ensuring it is retained and used for conservation and community purposes.

“We will now complete due diligence and settle the purchase before consulting widely with the community on what they believe to be the best use or uses for the site.

“This land has been on our hit list for a long time, because of its size and the broad opportunities it provides for our community.

“Council resolved four years ago to seek to acquire the land.

“This is a strategic purchase, as the site is large, ideally located and suitable for community purposes. It also contains a number of European Heritage and Indigenous Cultural Heritage sites that Council will ensure are protected.

“Discussions over many years have included using the land for education, a university, recreation, sporting facilities and environmental reserves.”

The property has been in Council’s sights since 2009, when the owner, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approached Council to gauge its interest in the site.

Council indicated a preliminary interest in acquiring the property for environmental protection and community uses.

In December 2014 ACMA announced the land was surplus to requirements and indicated its willingness to dispose of the property.

Cr Williams said Council wrote to the Commonwealth requesting it immediately rescind its decision to divest the land in 2019-20 for 400 houses, as outlined in the Federal Government 2018-19 Budget Papers.

“Council also requested the Commonwealth enter into urgent negotiations with Council to acquire the land with the intention of retaining it for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, to protect the property’s environmental overlays and significance.

“I have lobbied the Prime Minister, presented a petition to the PM and spoken many times to Coalition and Labor politicians and bureaucrats in Canberra, telling them just how important it is that Council acquire the land and for it to be used for conservation and community purposes,” Cr Williams said.

“The years of constant lobbying, more recently to acquire the property off-market, has finally reaped huge dividends.

“We are now just a step away from settling the sale and I would like to sincerely thank the Federal Government on behalf of our Redlands Coast community for agreeing to sell to us.”

About the land:

The land falls away from its Old Cleveland Road frontage towards a tidal section of Tingalpa Creek along the southern western property boundary.

The site is predominantly covered by dense woodland with some cleared areas in the centre of the site.

The 61.78ha site comprises 72.48 per cent protected conservation area and a cleared area of 17ha of useable land available for community purposes. Most recently it was used by the Federal Government’s Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for radio communications infrastructure.

The site contains European Heritage and Indigenous Cultural Heritage sites that Council will ensure are protected.

This includes a building constructed by the American Army Corp and used to house a US Army Radio Receiving Station during WWII. The radio station is believed to have received the first message in Australia in August 1945 that the Japanese had surrendered and was used by General MacArthur while he was in Australia.

The land also includes known Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

The land is being sold to Council for the purpose of conservation and community use.

It was an off-market sale that includes a Security of Purpose condition and a Conservation Agreement in line with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Cwlth) Act 1999. The conservation agreement is for the conservation and management of the flora and fauna within the existing zoned conservation areas and for heritage assets (Aboriginal and European) on the land.

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Council invites State to consult with Redlands Coast community on its transport plan

Redland City Council will extend community consultation on the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy to 1 March 2019, giving the State Government the chance to join them in on the ground engagement to seek community feedback on its own Draft Regional Transport Plan.

Mayor Karen Williams said extending the closing date for community engagement would give the community the opportunity to ask questions and receive face to face feedback on Council and the State’s draft transport strategies together.

“Transport is one of the most important issues for Redlands Coast, and delivering Council’s transport strategy is highly dependent on the State’s transport network,” Cr Williams said.

“As such, it is vital the community has the chance to comment on much-needed State projects, such as upgrades to State-controlled roads, the Eastern Busway and duplication of the Cleveland rail line and see how these yet to be delivered State projects would alleviate local transport issues.

“Council has been out on the ground engaging with residents on our draft transport strategy, speaking with more than 3,000 people already through pop up sessions and intercept surveys, which we know are a great way to get genuine feedback.

“Council officers have indicated that much of the feedback received during this time relates to State Government transport responsibilities, such as State-controlled roads and public transport.

“Council would love to see the State Government adopt a similar on the ground style of engagement so residents can speak with them face to face and ask about the projects we desperately need on Redlands Coast.

“Today’s decision gives them that opportunity and I have written to the Minister to request that he and State officers stand shoulder to shoulder with Council at these engagement opportunities to speak with residents.”

Cr Williams said there remained a deficit in State transport infrastructure on Redlands Coast, making it even more critical for the community to have their say on the Draft Regional Transport Plan.

“The State’s draft transport plan does not make any firm commitments with respect to upgrading State transport infrastructure, so people need to be able to speak directly with the State Government to explain why this infrastructure is important to our community,” she said.

“The best way to do that is on the ground, here in the city, with Council on hand to answer questions about our draft transport strategy.

“One action that is included in the State’s Draft Regional Transport Plan is a commitment to working with Council to deliver a multi-modal local transport strategy for the city.

“The best and quickest way to achieve this action is to take up our invitation to join us in on the ground engagement during the extended consultation period.”

Cr Williams said Council would also make a formal submission to the State Government’s Draft Regional Transport Plan by 1 March, 2019.

“This extended consultation period also gives the Redlands Coast community a chance to have a say on what should be included in that submission,” she said.

Visit Council’s website for information on the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy.

For details of the State’s Draft Regional Transport Plan, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

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New structure plan for Victoria Point emerging community

Redland City Council has resolved to prepare a structure plan for a new emerging community south of Victoria Point.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the structure plan would cover land to the south-west of Victoria Point that is currently included within emerging community zone of the adopted Redlands Coast City Plan.

“This area has been earmarked for a number of years for growth by the State Government, and they have incorporated it into the urban footprint and directed Council to structure plan the area,” Cr Williams said.

“Now that the city plan has commenced and the area is included in the Emerging Community zone, it is an appropriate time for Council to commence a structure planning process.

“The structure plan will facilitate the delivery of a well-planned urban community by integrating all necessary components of the built and natural environments in an orderly, integrated and coordinated land use pattern.”

Cr Williams said Council had deferred its decision on development applications in the area until the structure plan was in place to ensure growth in the area was managed appropriately.
“Since 2015, Council has received two development applications for the area – the first for 289 lots within a portion of the eastern area of the zone (Clay Gully Road and Brendan Way) and the second in 2017 over land on Bunker Road seeking reconfiguration for 176 lots,” she said.

“Council resolved in March this year that the application lodged for the Clay Gully Road-Brendan Way development be deferred until a Council-led structure plan is completed for the whole emerging community, or the Victoria Point Local Development Area.

“As part of today’s decision, Council will ask the State Government to outline what work they are planning on roads in the area, including Cleveland-Redland Bay Road and the recently announced planning on roads associated with a proposed Victoria Point bypass.”

Cr Williams said the community would be engaged during the development of the structure plan, which would be delivered in nine stages with a target of September 2019 for final approval and incorporation into the Redlands Coast City Plan.

“A critical component of the structure plan is effective and appropriate community engagement,” Cr Williams said.

“Residents need – and expect – to know what is happening on their doorsteps and Council has an obligation to tell them.

“We will be engaging our community following the formulation of the draft land use plan and once we have ministerial approval to commence detailed consultation.

“It is expected that this will occur in the second half of 2019.

“A well-prepared structure plan supported by an appropriate public consultation strategy should minimise risks and ensure the area develops in an appropriate and timely manner.”

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Public notice: Adoption of the Redland City Plan Planning Scheme Policies

Notice [PDF, 0.2MB] is given in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that, on 22 August 2018, Redland City Council adopted the following new Planning Scheme Policies (PSPs):

  • PSP1 – Environmental Significance
  • PSP2 – Infrastructure Works
  • PSP3 – Flood and Storm Tide Hazard
  • PSP4 – Landslide Hazard
  • PSP5 – Structure Plans
  • PSP6 – Environmental Emissions

The Redland City Plan Planning Scheme Policies apply to the Redland City Council local government area and will have effect on and from 8 October 2018. The general purpose of the Planning Scheme Policies is to support the Redland City Plan; the Planning Scheme Policies include information, standards, and guidelines.

The Redland City Plan Planning Scheme Policies can be viewed online at and are available for inspection or purchase at Council’s Customer Service Centre located on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information, contact Council’s customer service centre on (07) 3829 8999.

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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

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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 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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New storm tide maps to help residents

Redland City Council has agreed to the publication and communication of new non–statutory storm tide maps to help the community understand the predicted medium term impacts of future storm tide inundation in affected areas of the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that residents will receive real benefit from the substantial body of work in producing the maps to show the predicted storm tide hazard levels in the year 2070.

“They are in addition to the statutory obligation for storm tide hazard overlay mapping in the Redland City Plan to show the predicted storm tide hazard levels in the year 2100.

“This work was prepared following a request from a representative of the Aquatic Paradise Residents Association and will assist in addressing matters raised in submissions on the draft Redland City Plan when it was released for public consultation back in 2015.

“As early as 18 November 2015, Council agreed to work directly with technical working groups drawn from both Raby Bay and Aquatic Paradise associations to review all storm tide studies, assumptions and methodologies.

“For property owners in the affected areas, the statutory flood and storm tide hazard overlay only references 2016 and 2100 storm tide levels.

“This would have made it difficult for owners to understand how the impacts of storm tide were predicted to change over time,” Cr Williams said.

“While the State Planning Policy requires storm tide hazard mapping in the new Redland City Plan to account for predicted impacts of climate change, which it has done, including a 10% increase in storm intensity and a 0.8m sea level rise by 2100 – the reality for most residents is that their residential assets would have an engineered life of 50 years.

“So Council agreed to engage Water Technology Pty Ltd to complete this new mapping work.

“This non-statutory 2070 mapping assumes a 0.41m rise in the mean sea level by the year 2070.

“The 2070 storm tide hazard mapping will be made available on a new ‘storm tide hazard information’ web page that will go live when the new Redland City Plan commences on 8 October 2018.

“It will also include explanatory information to assist landowners in understanding how the statutory and non-statutory storm tide hazard maps will be used.”

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Three Paddocks ready for play

The exciting new play space at Wellington Point’s Three Paddocks Park will open on Friday, 31 August 2018.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the coastal park was among a number of parks across Redlands Coast that had been recently transformed or were scheduled for work.

“Council has set aside more than $4.1 million for renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields across the Coast this year alone,” Cr Williams said.

“Three Paddocks Park is among parks in every division to get new equipment, features or amenities.

“These are priorities, as parks such as this are vital to the wellbeing of locals, help to attract visitors and help to foster the strong sense of community we enjoy on Redlands Coast.”

Local Councillor Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said Three Paddocks Park’s new play space would provide activities for toddlers, primary school-age children and teenagers, while complementing recent upgrades to the dog off-leash area and installation of new exercise equipment.

New playground at Three Paddocks Park

“The new play space includes a basketball half court, climbing fort with net, nature play elements, flying fox, slide, swing, seating and shelters,” Cr Boglary said.

“Council received a great deal of local support for these upgrades and I know they will be popular.”

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