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Post-COVID recovery discussion during economic round table


Laying the foundations for a local post-COVID economy was a key point of discussion during a meeting of the Redlands Coast Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) this week.

EDAB Chair Sam Kennedy said this week’s round table discussions showed a large amount of work had already been done to lay the foundations for how the Redlands economy could rebound from the current pandemic.

“The meeting was a real eye-opener and shows the importance of collaboration in responding to the current economic challenges being faced through the COVID pandemic,” Ms Kennedy said.

“It is clear Council has already done a great deal of work on the city’s social and economic response and on behalf of the Board I congratulate them for moving so rapidly to respond.

“We heard about a number of success stories that have come out of Council’s $2 million stimulus package, including businesses that have used Council’s repurposed grants program to pivot and access professional services so they can continue serving the community.

“The Board also built on that work with some exciting discussions including internet connectivity across the city and how we can use the current situation to keep Redlanders in the Redlands through better connectivity, delivering an economic boost to local businesses. 

“We also discussed some exciting projects that are taking shape and have the potential to be a real game changer for the city.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said having some of the nation’s leading economic minds focussed on the Redlands would ensure we were well placed to not only recover from COVID-19 but to grow the local economy beyond the current pandemic.

“We know recovering from the current situation will be a marathon not a sprint, so having the foundations and collaboration is going to be critical,” Cr Williams said.

“The Board this week was able to provide decades of economic experience and suggest a number of key partners who can support Council in helping our initiatives and projects become a reality, ultimately delivering benefits for the broader community.

“This week’s EDAB meeting follows a round table I hosted with local shopping centres recently and a second meeting I convened to discuss how to ensure any projects built in our city deliver jobs for locals.

“It is critical this work gets done now so the plans are in place and ready for when restrictions are lifted so our local economy can benefit.”

Details of Council’s COVID-19 Support for businesses and the community are available at redland.qld.gov.au/info/20166/support

 

Redlands Coast experiences named among state’s best


An extraordinary 16 Redlands Coast enterprises have been listed on Tourism and Events Queensland’s 2019 Best of Queensland Experiences.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the result was exceptional and underscored the benefits of Council’s tourism strategy and the growing value of the city’s new brand: Redlands Coast – naturally wonderful.

“Being named among the Best of Queensland Experiences is quite a feather in the caps of those businesses which make it on to the list, and to have 16 of them in Redlands Coast is a great achievement,” Cr Williams said.

“These businesses have shown they can deliver exceptional customer experiences up there with the best in the state, which will help attract more visitors to Redlands Coast, boost our economy and ultimately create more local jobs.

“We now have a clear identity which local residents and businesses helped to create and it is paying dividends in a number of ways – more potential visitors now know what we stand for and the naturally wonderful things we have to offer, while businesses are embracing it with enthusiasm to promote themselves and our city.

“To now have such great representation on Tourism and Events Queensland’s Best of Queensland Experiences list, which recognises the high-quality experiences that best bring the Queensland story to life, is icing on the cake.

“With so many little local treasures now getting the exposure they deserve – from the great spots to visit to top-class eco, adventure and culinary experiences – we hope Redlands Coast’s representations on the list will continue to develop.”

Inclusion on the annual Best of Queensland Experiences is based on independent criteria that incorporates online customer reviews, responses to consumer expectations and reflects industry best practice.

The Redlands Coast businesses named are:
• Allure Resort, North Stradbroke Island
• Alexandra Hills Hotel Suites and Conference Centre
• Aria Cruises
• Bacchus Brewing Co
• Cleveland Motor Inn
• Colour My Pot
• Mt Cotton Retreat
• Redland Performing Arts Centre
• Redland Museum
• Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
• Redlands Kayak Tours
• Samarinda Jewel by the Sea, North Stradbroke Island
• Sanctuary by Sirromet
• The Lighthouse Restaurant
• Stradbroke Ferries
• Straddie Adventures

All operators in the program receive a personalised bench-marking report, allowing them to celebrate their successes and continually deliver exceptional experiences.

Redlands Snapshot – Tuesday 19 August 2014


Doing business with Council

Do you own a business in the Redlands area? Come along to this free information session and find out about procurement and business opportunities with council and tips for submitting tenders and quotes.

When: Thursday 28 August 2014, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Capalaba Place Hall, Capalaba Library, 14 –16 Noeleen Street
RSVP: 3829 8414 or email your name, business name and contact details to Beverley.bancroft@redland.qld.gov.au by 3pm, Wednesday 27 August.

 

Local law review

Community consultation period now open

Council has completed a review of our local laws. We’ve proposed a set of draft laws to replace our existing ones. They include a number of changes that may interest residents including changes
to animal management, parking and signage. To have your say on any provisions – changed or otherwise – make a submission to Council by 8 October 2014.

Visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/DraftLocalLaws to:

  • view the draft local laws
  • view fact sheets, frequently asked questions and information on the law making process
  • lodge your online submission.

You can also visit our library, customer service centre and shopping centre displays and pick up a submission form to complete and return.

 

Bloomfield Street Park transformation

Have your say on new park features

Council and State Government have dedicated funds to create an exciting new design for Bloomfield Street Park, located in Cleveland central business district.

We need your help! Let us know what you’d like to see at this popular local park.

Meet us for a chat at the park:

  • Friday 22 and Friday 29 August, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Saturday 30 August, 9.00am – 12pm

You can also email your ideas on what would make a great park to rcc@redland.qld.gov.au

For more information, phone 3829 8746 or visit www.redland.qld.gov.au

 

Join us for Dad’s Day Out

Bring Dad along to celebrate Bushcare Major Day Out and enjoy a day of free hands-on activities and bushcare workshops at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

When: 10am – 2pm Sunday 7 September 2014
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
Free: Mini workshops, activities, bus tour, entertainment, prizes and meet a live koala

For more information, phone 3824 8611 or visit www.indigiscapes.com.au

 

Water meter readings

Time to restrain the roses! We are reading water meters in Redland Bay this week. Please make sure our water readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

General Meeting: Wednesday 20 August 9.30am
General Meeting: Wednesday 3 September 9.30am

 

Snapshot – 28 January


Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDA draft plans

View plans until Monday 24 February 2014

Draft plans for the transformation of Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas are available for public viewing and written submissions until Monday 24 February. To view the plans or make a submission online, visit our website or visit Council’s Customer Service Centres, libraries and key community services on the bay islands.

Come to an information forum
Toondah Harbour forums:
• Saturday 1 February, 1–3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
• Friday 7 February, 3.30–5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
• Saturday 8 February, 1–3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Weinam Creek forums:
• Thursday 30 January, 5–8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay
• Thursday 6 February, 5–8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island.

 

Council Grants and Sponsorships

Grants Round 2 now open

Council’s latest round of community grants funding is now open. We will be accepting applications until Friday 28 February 2014. Grant categories include Organisation Support, Project Support, Conservation Grants, and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). The RADF is an Arts Queensland and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
Other funding: Applications for Council’s next sponsorship round will be open from Monday 17 February until Friday 28 March 2014. For more information or to obtain an application form visit our website or call 3829 8911.

 

Surfing the New Business Pipeline

Free business workshop

Join us for an interactive workshop about basic low-cost marketing for your business and creating
a simple, targeted approach to new business development.

When: Wednesday 5 February 2014, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or 3829 8507 (places are limited)

A light snack and refreshments will be served.

 

Water meter readings

Get wielding the whipper snipper! This week we are reading water meters in Capalaba Central Business District, Ormiston and on Macleay and Perulpa islands. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 29 January – General Meeting, 9.30am

Wednesday 12 February – General Meeting, 9.30am

Redlands development projects get green light


Development projects that will move Redland City into an exciting new era have been formally given the green light.

The Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek marine precinct Priority Development Areas (PDAs) have been gazetted following approval by Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley, AC, Governor of Queensland.

“I would like to thank the government for its confidence in Redland City’s potential and for providing councils with this unique tool to accelerate much-needed economic development,” Mayor Karen Williams said.

“I also thank Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney for his support of our submissions and Economic Development Queensland for entering the partnership with Council that will deliver long-term benefits to Redland City, and the State.

“It’s now all systems go after the formal recognition of the PDAs.

“I am very proud that two of the first three PDAs declared in Queensland are in Redland City.

“I am even more happy that we have had a number of approaches from potential investors who are interested in being part of these exciting projects.”

Cr Williams said the PDAs would help fast-track development at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

“I had always hoped the declaration of the PDAs and the removal of much red tape would be the incentive we needed to attract genuine interest in these development projects,” she said.

“There is no doubt that this process can significantly fast track these developments, and save investors time and money.

“The development of Toondah Harbour has been talked about since the 1960s – now the hurdles have been removed and we are entering an exciting new era for our wonderful city.

“There is enormous potential at both sites for new water transport services and support facilities, mixed use and medium density residential development, possibly a boutique hotel or convention centre at Toondah Harbour, restaurants and other retail outlets and, importantly, communal areas.

“We want to ensure that public access is retained and that the developments are compatible with the unique nature of the Redlands.

“Interim Land Use Plans (ILUPs) setting out the land uses, development criteria and infrastructure envisaged for both areas have been completed by Economic Development Queensland to guide future development.

“There will also be further consultation with developers, investors, Redlands residents and other stakeholders.

“The final development schemes, infrastructure plans and implementation plans for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek will be prepared for statutory approval by the government in early to mid-2014 and then public release.”

Council gives local businesses first preference to supply


In a first for local councils, Redland City Council has entered into an alliance with Local Buy that will reduce Council’s procurement costs and strengthen support for local businesses.

Local Buy is a subsidiary of the Local Government Association of Queensland and will undertake procurement and tendering services on Council’s behalf.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams late last year requested a review of Council’s procurement processes.

“I asked for this because I am passionate about two things – supporting local businesses and providing the best possible value for our ratepayers. The Local Buy agreement ticks both boxes,” Cr Williams said.

“This resulting arrangement will ensure Redlands-based businesses can better compete for Council work, with suppliers being able to register their interest in Council contracts and receive individual notification when those contracts are advertised.

“Work on this new process is still under way, but current Council suppliers can expect to be contacted in the near future. We are committed to retaining relationships with our current local suppliers.”

Cr Williams said Council spent more than $44 million on business services in the Redlands last financial year.

“Council’s new procurement arrangements will provide even greater investment in the community by awarding primary supplier status to Redlands-based businesses. All businesses whose registered address is outside the Redlands go on a secondary supplier list,” she said.

“This is a big win for local businesses, which will provide better opportunities for them to thrive and be more competitive.

“Not only will it put money back into our local economy but it helps to provide local jobs, reduce environmental impacts and promote a stronger sense of community.”

For purchases of up to $15,000, Council will only need to request one quote from the primary supplier list. Suppliers on this list must have their business address registered in the Redlands.
For purchases between $15,000 and $200,000, Council will request three written quotes, two from the primary list and one from the secondary list, which includes businesses from outside the Redlands.

Purchases of over $200,000 will be subject to an open tender process, in accordance with state government legislation.

Local Buy will undertake tendering activities for an initial two-year period on behalf of Council and provide exclusive use of any contracts and panels to Council.

“Value for money will remain a key priority in tender evaluations as we continue to improve Council’s efficiency,” Cr Williams said.

“Studies conducted with other Councils show the true cost of running a tender process internally can range from $15,000 to over $60,000 per tender, depending on the complexity of the arrangement.

“The alliance with Local Buy is expected to provide significant efficiencies to Council’s processes.”
Local Buy will work closely with Council to develop contract conditions which will have regard to Council’s internal policiesand workplace health and safety requirements during any tendering to ensure all statutory and local compliance obligations are met.

For more information, view the Policies page on our website or contact Council on 3829 8999.

Local businesses gain stronger Council support


Redland City Council is expected to ratify a newly revised purchasing policy this week to provide stronger support for local businesses.

It follows the request in October by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams for a review of the policy by the end of the year to maximise local businesses support.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s new policy will award primary status to local businesses operating from a Redland business address, to give them first preference to supply.

“This is a big win for local businesses. It gives local businesses better opportunities and will support investment in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“Not only will it put money back into our local economy but it helps to provide local jobs, reduce environmental impacts and promote a stronger sense of community.

“All contractors who operate outside of the Redlands will be given secondary status when evaluating tender submissions.

“Value for money will remain a key priority in tender evaluations to continue to improve Council’s efficiency.

“Council already supports the procurement of local business services with more than $40 million each year spent in the Redlands.

“We want to help local business thrive and make them more competitive.

“I also encourage residents to support local businesses, especially during the festive season, to dine, shop and experience all the Redlands has to offer.”

For more information on Councils’ policies visit the corporate website http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Policies/Pages/Policies.aspx or contact Council on 3829 8999.

Local buy made easier for Council after change to Act


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has congratulated the Queensland Government for making it easier for Councils to choose local suppliers when competing for Council projects.

“This is great news for Redland businesses and is what I have been pushing for,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands will be a place to do business for even more local organisations as a result of this change.”

Changes to the Local Government Act in Parliament last week mean Council can give extra weight to local businesses when selecting suppliers.

Cr Williams said that with the changes to the Act, Council could provide greater support to local businesses.

“I am committed to helping our own businesses and earlier this year called on Council to review its own purchasing policy to strengthen support for local businesses,” she said.

“This change to the Act means greater flexibility for Council, the city‟s largest purchaser of goods and services, to buy local.

“While Council must continue to balance the five ‘sound contracting principles’ of value for money, open and effective competition, development of local business and industry, environmental protection and ethical behaviour in making its purchasing decisions, a new clause in the Act confirms that Council does not have to give equal weighting to each of the five principles.”

Cr Williams congratulated the Newman Government on this important clarification that provides certainty for Council in dealing with local business.

“We value all five of the principles, and will continue to strive for best value for money whilst ensuring that we support our local economy, local business and local jobs.

“The message to local companies is that Council is open for business and if you can meet the basic principles of the Local Government Act requirements, please consider us as a possible client.”

Cr Williams said Council also recently amended its policy on payment terms to ensure payment to suppliers was quicker than it had been previously.

Incentive package to revitalise Cleveland CBD


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has announced a financial and regulatory incentives package aimed at kick-starting development of the Cleveland Central Business District.

Speaking at the Redlands Development Forum (Friday 19 October), Councillor Williams said the package, agreed to by Council last week, recognised the future role of the Cleveland CBD as a key regional activity centre.

“Despite an award-winning master plan for Cleveland, a number of obstacles to development remained,” Councillor Williams said.

“Our incentive package clearly states our commitment to support the growth of the master planned Cleveland CBD as a lifestyle, employment and business centre, by addressing frustration with many of the current planning provisions that have seen growth and investment in Cleveland stall.

“Council has a role to play through our planning requirements, facilitation and land management and this package now presents an attractive prospectus for stronger public and private sector investment partnerships from within and outside the city.

“Supporting Redlands business and addressing the issues of the Cleveland CBD are priorities for me as Mayor.”

The incentives package agreed by Council;

  • defines land uses eligible for incentives, ranging from commercial offices and educational facilities, apartment buildings that are part of mixed use, education and health care facilities and shops and tourist accommodation;
  • financial incentives such as waivers of fees and infrastructure charges, subject to financial and budget consideration;
  • fast-track assessment of material change of use applications within 20 days;
  • car parking concessions by adopting a base maximum consistent with transit oriented development for material change of use applications under the Cleveland Master Plan and Redland Planning Scheme; and
  • short-term amendments to the Redland Planning Scheme to ensure changes of tenancies within the major centres are self assessable for eligible uses.

The package will commence in March 2013 and operate until June 2015.

The package was hailed as a positive step by developers attending the forum.

“The message we received loud and clear was that it has been too hard to do business in the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.

” We have heard the industry needs certainty – that can mean saying yes as quickly and openly as saying no – but we need to do that upfront so as not to waste anyone’s time and money.

“I am committed to driving that approach. Our CBD incentive package is part of that strategy.”

Mayor wants more support for local businesses


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has asked Council to review its purchasing policy to strengthen support for local businesses.

Councillor Williams said she had asked for an immediate review of the policy, with an end of year deadline.

“We need to continually review our local purchasing policy and processes to ensure we give maximum support and opportunity to local suppliers, in the short and long terms,” she said.

“Council already has a local purchasing policy but it is in the best interests of local businesses, and the city, for us to look at doing even more business locally.

“It may be that we can award primary status to local contractors who have met certain requirements and to give them first preference to supply.

“We may need to consider running forums for local businesses, so they know what types of business we do, and how they may fit into the picture.

“Council spends more than $40 million each year in the Redlands and we want to support and encourage local businesses, rather than make it harder for them.

”Local businesses provide many of the goods and services used or delivered by Council and it makes good economic sense for Council to buy locally where appropriate.

“This will support local businesses, and local jobs.”

Cr Williams said Council had also shortened its own payment cycle in another benefit for businesses.

“We will now make payments to contractors and suppliers within 30 days of invoice,” she said.

“Under Council’s current policy some supplier payments can be up to 60 days after the invoice date.

“The change to Council’s payment terms was made this week, with the new terms to be included in all new contracts and panels.

“While Council anticipates a small but not significant impact on its interest earnings from funds available for investment, this initiative will help deliver other efficiencies and improvements through our account process and, most importantly, support the business community.”