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Redland Economic Development Advisory Board appointments

Two more highly credentialled business leaders have been appointed to Redland City’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today the latest appointments – young achiever Jordan Duffy and national publishing executive Jerry Harris – added to a very deep and diverse pool of experience on which the board could draw.

“Their knowledge and expertise will assist the board greatly in driving the development of Redland City’s key industry and employment growth sectors,’’ Cr Williams said.

“These are people who know what it takes to be successful and, most importantly, how local enterprises can harness changes in technology and become part of the digital future.’’

Board chair Samantha Kennedy said Mr Duffy brought technological savvy, entrepreneurial flair and enthusiasm to the board.

“At age 21, Jordan is an extraordinarily high achiever who brings plenty of creative energy to the board, with extensive knowledge in the start-up and small businesses, ’’ she said.

“Jordan also has been recognised nationally for his innovative programs to manage technological change and is a champion of emerging technology at corporate level.

“This Inspirational Redlander award winner and Young Australian of the Year finalist has been forging ahead in business since starting his first enterprise at just 14.’’

Mr Duffy  has also been involved in collaborations with the G20, United Nations Development Program, International Labour Organisation and the Australian Information Industry Association.

Ms Kennedy said Mr Harris, the former managing director of Newscorp Australia’s publishing business, added extensive experience in the media, particularly the creation of digital businesses.

“Jerry has built a strong resume from 30 years of strategic and operational decision-making with one of the world’s largest companies,’’ Ms Kennedy said.

“His financial skills have been honed managing a nationwide network of print and digital assets and he brings considerable expertise in dealing with complex, high-end risk and compliance issues.’’

Mr Harris was a member of the News Limited, Queensland Newspapers, The Herald and Weekly Times, Advertiser Newspapers and Community Newspapers boards until last year.

They join noted business leader Dr John O’Donnell, the former CEO of the Mater Misericordiae Health Service Brisbane, and education specialist Catherine O’Sullivan, the Pro Vice Chancellor Partnerships and Pathways at Bond University.

The board reports to Council and includes representatives from industry and employment growth sectors identified in the Redland Economic Development Framework adopted by Council last year.

Momentum building for local economy and jobs growth

Signs of strengthening growth in the local economy and jobs are evident right across the Redlands as infrastructure and investment projects start to take shape. Council’s promotion of the City as the best place in South-East Queensland to live, play and do business is also bearing fruit.

The involvement of the Walker Group in the exciting redevelopment of the Redlands’ most important coastal hubs, at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, has brought the skill and expertise of one of Australia and the region’s most respected and award-winning developers.

Walkers’ interest in these billion-dollar developments sends a strong message that the Redlands has truly arrived as an exciting tourism and investment destination.

Council’s $1.5 million Cleveland CBD revitalisation and tourism accommodation incentives scheme is also attracting new investor attention. Two applications are now in the pipeline for 7,767 square metres of vacant land that would be transformed into a vibrant inner-city accommodation and commercial precinct totalling 94 tourist accommodation rooms and 243 apartments.

After extensive public consultation (see the story below) State Government and Council plans for a major revamp of the Bloomfield Street Park are also beginning to take shape. This newly designed precinct is at the heart of other planning that will bring activities and creative ideas to the city centre supported by an additional focus on helping attract and manage events in the city.

This year the Redlands has seen close to 20 per cent increase in development applications compared to last year. Almost 2,500 dwellings are currently approved across the city, a further 6,000 are at the lodgement stage and many more are in pre-lodgement discussions. In October more than $30 million worth of building and civil works were approved by Council, which does not include the value of the developments themselves!

While Council’s presence at the recent G20 business cafe was a chance to wave the flag for the Redlands to thousands of G20 delegates, North Stradbroke Island experienced one of its busiest weekends on record as G20 holiday makers escaped the city to this perfect island getaway right on Brisbane’s doorstep.

Council has been conducting a series of workshops with tourism industry representatives and industry consultants across the city to help refine tourism planning and support within the Redlands

With a City budget now in surplus for the first time in 15 years and the drafting of the new City Plan 2015 expected to provide clear direction and simpler access to planning decisions and process, the conditions seem right for a strong Redlands future.

Mayor Karen Williams
Redland City

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.”