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A Smart New Future for Redlands Coast


Redlands Coast businesses and residents have a chance to shape the future of the city with the launch of Redland City Council’s public engagement on the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy.

Mayor Karen Williams said with technology and data rapidly changing the way governments delivered vital services, Council was developing a Smart and Connected City Strategy that would put Redlands Coast at the forefront of intelligence, productivity and sustainability.

“The Smart and Connected City Strategy will help make Redlands Coast more liveable, more efficient and a more vibrant place to live, do business and enjoy life,” she said.

“We already know Redlands Coast is the best city in the best state in the best country but we are determined to make it even better.

“By embracing technology and using readily available data more effectively we can transform the way we deliver services and strengthen our position as the jewel in the south-east Queensland crown.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy would explore how to embrace the digital revolution and would look at how Council could better use data to deliver more and improved services.

“The strategy will seek new ideas on how we can collaborate with innovators, investors, researchers and local businesses to grow the digital economy and build its innovation capacity,” she said.

“We want to hear from business and the community on how we can use innovations like wireless networks, the Internet of Things, real time information, crowd-sourced solutions and new mobile apps to improve the way we do things for local residents and businesses.

“By taking part in our Smart and Connected City community engagement, everyone can have a say in the Redlands Coast of the future.”

For more information and to have your say on the Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy and help shape the future of our city visit redland.qld.gov.au/SmartConnectedCityStrategy

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National Tree Day planting targets 2000


Redland City Council is calling on all willing hands to help plant 2000 native plants this Sunday 28 July as part of National Tree Day celebrations.

The family tree planting day, from 9am – 11am at Orana Street Park, Victoria Point, will offer the added incentives of a barbeque and a free native plant at the end of the day for volunteers to plant in their own backyards.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual National Tree Day plantings were a crucial component of Council’s city-wide conservation program and made a lasting difference to the natural habitats of Redlands Coast.

“The National Tree Day event is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by people power and combined community effort,” Cr Williams said.

“Not only will people be helping local wildlife, but a great time can be had being in the outdoors, working with other green thumbs of all ages.

“This will be our Bushcare program’s 19th National Tree Day event, with more than 100 volunteers joining us for the planting each year.”

Division 4 Councillor, Deputy Mayor Lance Hewlett said the Orana Street Park planting would improve and expand wildlife habitat and assist to improve the water quality of the local waterway.

“National Tree Day 2019 will be another great family event and people can come back in the years ahead and enjoy seeing the positive impact of their efforts,” he said.

National Tree Day planting details:

When: Sunday 28 July 2019, 9am–11am

Where: Orana Street Park, Victoria Point (off street parking available at Point Halloran Reserve).

What to bring: enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water

Council supplies: Plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves.

FREE kids’ activities, sausage sizzle, displays, certificates for kids, and a take home native plant.

For details on this and other environmental initiatives and activities on Redlands Coast, visit the IndigiScapes website.

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Water supply notice – Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands


Seqwater will be undertaking essential maintenance work on Russell Island between Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June 2019.  Timing is subject to weather conditions and other unexpected delays.

No full loss of supply is expected during works.

Scheduled work 

Thursday 27 June, between 9pm – 5am Friday 28 June:  no loss of supply expected but residents on Russell, Lamb, Karragarra and Macleay Islands may experience low water pressure during works and discoloured water as pipelines are reopened.

When works are complete

You may see open hydrants with flowing water – this is necessary to flush pipelines. Please do not approach the hydrants or attempt to turn them off.

In your own home:

  • If you experience discoloured water, run a cold water tap until it clears – this may take a few minutes
  • Check the cleanliness of water before operating washing machines or filling kettles
  • You may need to run each tap is run for a short time to remove any trapped air

Stay informed

For enquiries about the night work contact Seqwater: seqwater.com.au/works or 1300 SEQWATER (1300 737 928)

For enquiries about water pressure or discoloured water contact Redland City Council: 3829 8999.

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Council repeats calls for State to implement concealed leaks policy


Redland City Council today voted to repeat its continued requests for the State Government to introduce a concealed leaks policy to refund residents for the costs of the State’s bulk water lost through a concealed leak.

Mayor Karen Williams said today’s decision would also investigate allowing local charities and not for profit organisations that use higher quantities of water to access Council’s concealed leaks policy.

“Council has had a concealed leaks policy in place for a number of years that refunds the Council paid component of a water bill when there has been a concealed leak,” Cr Williams said.

“However, the majority of residents’ water bills are made up of State Government bulk water costs, so it makes sense for the State to have a policy that would allow a portion of the money paid to the State for bulk water to also be refunded to residents.

“Council has already paid the State for the bulk water so it makes sense for this money to go back to residents if there has been a proven concealed leak.

“In January last year Council wrote to the State to request they implement such a policy, but they elected not to.

“Today we have repeated that request and I will be writing to the State Government on behalf of the community.”

Cr Williams said Councillors also moved an amendment in today’s General Meeting asking officers to investigate extending the concealed leaks policy to larger charities and not for profit organisations.

“Currently our concealed leaks policy only applies to non-residential users that use less than 100 kilolitres a year,” Cr Williams said.

“This means local charities using more water because they are helping more people are unable to access the policy.

“Councillors today asked officers to explore options to expand the policy to assist those charities in our community helping those most vulnerable, with a report to come to a future General Meeting for decision.”

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Thompson’s Beach re-opens for swimming


Redland City Council has today re-opened Thompson’s Beach, Victoria Point, which was temporarily closed after routine monitoring showed elevated levels of enterococci bacteria.

Thompson’s Beach is again suitable for swimming and other recreational water activities, in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

Recent sampling has confirmed that the bacteria – which is often found in waterways and can cause mild illnesses such as stomach upsets and infections – is no longer at high levels.

The beach will continue to be monitored though routine sampling as part of Council’s recreational water quality monitoring program.

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Burst water main – Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island rolling blog: latest update 24 October at 9.30pm


9.30pm Wednesday 24 October 2018

Boil water alert lifted for Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay islands

Residents on Karragarra Island, Lamb Island and Macleay Island do not need to boil their drinking water as of 9:00pm Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Seqwater and Redland City Council have confirmed multiple treated water samples of the network over the past two days indicate the water is safe to drink.

Water to the three islands is safe to drink and the boil water alert is now lifted.

Redland City Council will now stop the supply of bottled water on the three islands and the bottled water pickup points will be gradually closing.

Water supply to the islands was impacted following a burst water main on Karragarra Island on Sunday night. Efforts to inspect the pipeline and restore water supply were hindered after an artificial lake was created from the burst. The time required to drain the lake took longer than first estimated.

Water supply was fully restored Tuesday to Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb islands after the successful repair of the burst water main.

Island residents should now have full water supply pressure available through their household taps. If this is not the case, please report your situation to Council on 3829 8999.

Seqwater and Redland City Council thank the island communities for their patience while the repair work was completed and the volunteers who operated the bottled water pickup points and delivered water to those unable to access those points. Our Community Champions and members of the Lamb Island Residents Association, the SES and Rural Fire Service where among the volunteers to support the island communities.

A boil water alert was issued Monday 22 October as a precautionary measure due to the possibility groundwater may have infiltrated the treated drinking water supply when the pipe burst.

4.00pm Wednesday 24 October 2018

Boiled water alert continues for Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands

Water has been restored on all of the islands however the boil water alert remains current. This is to allow time for the pipe will be sufficiently flushed and water tested to ensure it is safe for consumption.

More information about boiling water is available on the Queensland Health website.

Bottled water is available to residents at our three island pick-up points:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Residents who need help accessing water are encouraged to contact us on 3829 8999 for assistance.

7.08pm 23 October 2018 

Boiled water alert continues for Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands

The State Government’s Seqwater has advised water supply has now been restored to Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island today, with repairs completed to the bulk water pipe which burst on Karragarra Island.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that most island residents will now have full water supply pressure available through their household taps.

Despite this, it is important for residents to continue to boil water coming through their taps while the Boil Water Alert is current,” Cr Williams said.

“The alert is expected to be remain in place until Thursday to allow time for the system to be sufficiently flushed and water tested to ensure it is safe for consumption.

“Residents must continue to boil tap water for drinking until further notice.

Unboiled tap water can be used for showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth), washing dishes (provided dishes are air-dried) and flushing toilets.

If water remains discoloured it is best not to use it in washing machines and dishwashers.

While Seqwater and Redland City Council officers have been purging the mains water system today to clear sediment and gas from the mains pipes, it is important that households do the same in their home.

Residents wanting to turn on their system are advised that they should turn on the tap closest to their water main and run the water for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

While there may be air and sediment coming from the pipes initially, if the water does not clear after a reasonable time, residents should call Redland City Council 3829 8999 and report their problem and location.

Residents are also advised that they can vent their hot water system if they have access to it, by using the pressure release valve marked on the holding tank.

This is the same process of venting air and letting the water run for a few moments to clear the tank.

More information about water and system flushing is available on council’s website:redlnd.cc/2EC797e .

While the boiled water alert remains in place Council will be continuing to make bottled water available to residents at island pick-up points, with at least 28,000 extra bottles already delivered today on top of the 13,000 yesterday and further supplies on standby if needed tomorrow.

Council has advised that residents can collect what bottled water reasonably need from the three bottled water pick-up points at:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards praised the ongoing  efforts of Community Champions and SES and other volunteer agencies who have been delivering bottled water to residents who were unable to access the island pick-up points.

“These amazing people are continuing to help with the distribution of water and more than 70 deliveries of bottled water to residents who still need help accessing water.

“Residents needing help to access water should contact Council on 3829 8999 for assistance,” Cr Edwards  said.

“The community have again shown great resilience, understanding and patience throughout this water outage and the continuing Boil Water Alert.

“There has been substantial progress made today to restoring the system and if people follow the advice, they should now be able to resume most of their normal household routines.”

Further Advice on boiling water

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health website: redlnd.cc/2NZcAfQ.

11.15am 23 October 2018 

Water being restored  to Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands throughout today

The State Government’s Seqwater has advised water supply is progressively being restored to Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb islands throughout  today, following an outage caused by a bulk water pipe which burst on Karragarra Island on Sunday.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said some island residents had already reported having some water coming through the taps and pressure and supply would progressively increase throughout the day.

“Even so, it is still important for residents to boil water coming through their taps while the Boil Water Alert is current, which could be for a couple more days yet,” Cr Williams said.

“This is to allow time for the pipe to be sufficiently flushed and water tested to ensure it is safe for consumption.

“People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.

“The good news is that unboiled tap water can now be used for showering and bathing, other than infants, (but minimise water in the mouth), washing dishes (provided dishes are air-dried) and flushing toilets.

“Council is continuing to make bottled water available to residents at island pick-up points, with approximately 28,000 extra bottles being delivered today, on top of the 13,000 delivered yesterday.”

The three bottled water pick-up points are:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Road
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Local Councillor for Division 5 Mark Edwards said the Community Champions and SES were delivering bottled water to residents unable to access the pick-up points yesterday and had resumed doing so today.

“Residents who need help accessing bottled water should contact Council on 3829 8999 for assistance,” he said.

“While the Boil Water Alert is still current, I urge Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island residents who are travelling to the mainland to pick up some bottled water while they are there.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our island residents for their patience and understanding during this water outage and while the Boil Water Alert is current.

“I also acknowledge the great work being done on the ground by our Community Champions, SES, island Rural Fire Brigades, Lamb Island Residents Association and Council staff who have been working tirelessly to support and community.”

Advice on boiling water

People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for:

Drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.

Unboiled stored water can be used for:

  • showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth),
  • washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried and
  • flushing toilets.

People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it.

Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health website.

9.00am Tuesday 23 October 2018

Burst water main SMBI

Seqwater has successfully repaired a burst water main on Karragarra Island overnight. Water has progressively been restored overnight to island residents.
The Boil ]Water Alert remains active until further notice; Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health:

Bottled water stations have been open since 6am this morning.

Pick-up points are:
* Macleay Island Fire Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
* Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
* Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11
Noyes Road.

For showering purposes, Russell Island pool has been open since 6am.

For updates on repair and reconnection of water supply contact Seqwater on 1800 771 497 or visit the Seqwater website.

7:45pm Monday 22 October 2018 

Water outage and boil water alert continues on Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands

The State Government’s Seqwater has advised that they have located the break in the burst water main on Karragara Island, are in the process of repairing the damage, and will provide an update in the morning.

At this stage water supply has still not been restored to Karagarra, Macleay and Lamb Islands.

We stress that residents must continue to boil stored water and any water that returns through pipes while the Boil Water Notice is in place.  This could be for several days and is to allow for the mains to be sufficiently flushed to ensure public health.

Residents who leave the islands regularly should consider bringing bottled water supplies back from the mainland or even whether they would prefer to stay on the mainland should the situation continue.

Redland City Council has today arranged the delivery of 13,000 bottles of drinking water to Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island. At least another 28,000 bottles will be delivered tomorrow.

Redland City Council continue to make available bottled water to residents through three pick-up points:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

The pick-up points will be open tonight until 10pm. New pallets will be delivered to these pick up points, which will reopen at 6am tomorrow morning.

Community Champions and SES have been delivering bottled water to residents who were unable to access the pick-up points today and will resume doing so tomorrow morning.

If you need help accessing water please contact Council’s after hours number 3829 8999 any time to assist.

Pool, tank water or seawater can be used to flush toilets (septic water tanks included).

We are asking neighbours to help each other out with the use of their tank water.

For showering purposes, Russell Island pool will be open from 6am tomorrow.

Water Tankers are currently in transit and will be deployed to each of the three affected islands in the event of a fire emergency.

For updates on repair and reconnection of water supply contact Seqwater on 1800 771 497.

Advice on boiling water

People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for:

Drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.

Unboiled stored water can be used for:

  • showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth),
  • washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried and
  • flushing toilets.

People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it or storing it in a clean, closed container for later use.

Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health website: redlnd.cc/2NZcAfQ.

4:45pm Monday 22 October 2018 

The Boil Water Alert is still current for residents of Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island.

Pallets of bottled water are currently being delivered to Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Island due to arrive around 5.30pm, however if you are on the mainland returning to the island this afternoon we would encourage you to stock up on water before getting on the ferry and continue to boil stored water.

Pick-up points are:

*Macleay Island Fire Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
*Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
*Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Healthredlnd.cc/2NZcAfQ

Toilets: Tank water or seawater can be used to flush toilets (septic water tanks included).

We are asking neighbours to help each other out with the use of their tank water.

For updates on repair and reconnection of water supply contact Seqwater on 1800 771 49 or visit: https://www.seqwater.com.au/

10:50am Monday 22 October 2018 

Seqwater and Redland City Council advise all residents of Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island to boil their tap water used for drinking following a burst water main.

This alert applies to all residents of Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island from 22 October 2018.

Bulk water authority Seqwater is working closely with Redland City Council to resolve the situation. The notice is precautionary following a break in the bulk water pipeline between North Stradbroke Island and Karragarra Island. The break means that groundwater may have infiltrated the treated water.

Redland City Council is currently transporting bottled water to the islands. Pick-up points will include:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 276 Central High Road
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road

Contact Council on 3829 8999 if you’re unable to access water pick-up points.

At the stage, Seqwater anticipates it will take at least 12 hours to repair the water infrastructure on Karragarra Island. This infrastructure also supplies Macleay and Lamb Island. For updates on repair and reconnection of supply visit Seqwater.

The boil water alert will stay in effect until SEQwater and Redland City Council are confident there is no longer a public health concern. Regular updates will be provided to affected communities.

Consuming unboiled drinking water could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people (e.g. those who are very young, elderly or immune compromised). If you are concerned about your health contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84), your local doctor or local hospital and advise them of your concerns.

People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for:

  • drinking
  • brushing teeth
  • washing and preparing food or beverages
  • preparing baby formula
  • making ice
  • bathing infants.

Unboiled drinking water can be used for:

  • showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth)
  • washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried
  • flushing toilets.

People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it or storing it in a clean, closed container for later use.

Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

Residents are urged to share this alert with neighbours and friends.

Contact Seqwater on 1800 771 497 for information in regards to the burst water main and water outage.

For more information about health and safety and bottled water during the outage, visit the Redland City Council website , Facebook page , Twitter or phone Redland City Council 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 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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