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Landmark Toondah Harbour project master plan unveiled

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has welcomed the decision by Walker Group Holdings to release its proposed master plan for Toondah Harbour.

Walker today referred the $1.3 billion Priority Development Area project to Commonwealth Environment Minister Greg Hunt, kick-starting the environmental impact assessment and approval process for the project that will deliver:

• A new ferry terminal and tourism precinct with no net loss of public car parking spaces
• New marina, marina plaza and waterfront boulevards
• Greater public open space and access to the waterfront, including a new public foreshore parkland
• A range of residential options
• More than 1000 construction jobs per year and 500 jobs per year on completion of the project
• An estimated $2.3 billion in economic activity in the region.

View the proposed Toondah Harbour master plan

Toondah Harbour_marina plaza (5)


“This is a key and exciting milestone as it is the start of a robust and lengthy process to ensure this long-awaited project maintains the Redlands’ environmental character and meets community expectations,” Cr Williams said.

“As the master plan includes reclamation it will have to meet stringent environmental conditions and all the protections afforded under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

“It is important this project respects the special environment of Moreton Bay and Toondah Harbour and it is now up to Walker to conduct an environmental impact assessment process and the Federal and State governments to evaluate the proposal and condition it to ensure it does.

“Starting environmental assessments and sharing the proposed master plan are major steps towards transforming Toondah Harbour into the world-class destination we know it can become.”

Cr Williams said today’s referral by Walker brought the waterfront revitalisation a step closer to reality.

“This is great news for the Redlands community which has been calling for Toondah Harbour to be upgraded for 50 years,” she said.

“Community feedback sought by Council and the State in 2013 and 2014 has guided the project’s parameters to date and has ensured GJ Walter Park will be enhanced and building heights are capped at 10 storeys.

“In this next phase, the Federal Government will examine closely the proposed project’s potential impact on environmental matters of national significance like the RAMSAR wetland.

“I encourage all residents to have a look at the proposal and provide their feedback. I certainly will be and I will also be speaking with the Minister about the proposal on Monday when I am in Canberra.”

Today’s referral of the Toondah Harbour priority development area project to the Commonwealth Government will initiate a 10-day public consultation period in which the community can contact the Federal Government and outline any matters of national environmental significance they think should be taken into consideration in assessing the project under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

If the project is declared a controlled action by the Commonwealth Environment Minister, the State Coordinator-General will then consider whether to make the project a coordinated project for which an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required.

“Should the EIS process kick off in 2016 it will provide numerous further opportunities for the community to have its say on the project,” Cr Williams said.

Council financial spokesman Cr Mark Edwards welcomed Walker today quantifying more of the expected financial benefits of the project, including that Toondah Harbour is expected to deliver an extra $96.5 million a year to the local economy.

“It’s great to see quantified the massive financial gains we knew would result from a development of this calibre,” he said.

“Walker has today said they expect the project to stimulate $2.33 billion in economic activity in the region – more than $1 billion on top of the $1.3 billion construction costs.

“They have also said they expect the redevelopment will inject $78.1 million in retail expenditure into surrounding businesses in Cleveland and the broader region.

“This will buoy our local businesses as well as provide jobs for our tradies, retailers and hospitality workers. The whole community will benefit from the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project, should it receive the necessary Federal, State and Local Government approvals to go ahead.”

You can find out more about the federal environmental assessment on the Department of Environment website or by phoning 1800 803 772.

Final board directors appointed to Redland Investment Corporation

The two remaining external board directors have been appointed to Redland Investment Corporation (RIC), Council’s new investment arm established to generate new revenue streams and minimise rate increases.

Council financial services spokesman Cr Mark Edwards said now the board directors had been appointed, the company wholly-owned by Council could get on with spurring on investment in the Redlands.

“I welcome the appointment of Greg Kempton and Mitch Nielsen to RIC’s board as both men have 30-plus years’ experience in the development and construction industry and will provide steady direction to RIC,” Cr Edwards said.

“Mr Kempton has been a senior executive of some of Australia’s largest construction and property development companies and has demonstrated the ability to make businesses more profitable.

“When he recently retired from Watpac’s Managing Director position, the publicly listed contracting business had grown from $120 million to $1.5 billion in revenue under his stewardship.

“Mr Nielsen has qualifications in engineering, project management and finance and has been involved in delivering property projects across a wide range of formats, which will serve the corporation equally as well.”

The appointment of these two experienced directors follows Philip Hennessy being appointed chairman of the board.

Mr Hennessy has a track record of driving good governance for boards and maximising returns from non-performing assets. He has worked as Queensland chairman of international accounting firm KPMG and sits on the board of the University of Queensland, Metro Mining Limited and Mater Hospital Foundation, among others.

Since commencing a non-executive career three years ago, Mr Kempton has held directorships in the education, mining services, power, construction and transport industries.

He was Baulderstone Director for Queensland from 1993-2001 and Watpac Group Managing Director from 2001-2012, where he successfully managed large property portfolios.

While at Baulderstone, Mr Kempton managed delivery of the iconic Teneriffe woolstore apartments in Brisbane, teaching him best practice principles for developing waterfront precincts.

“The Teneriffe woolstores was a hugely successful project that became the catalyst for developing the rest of Teneriffe,” Mr Kempton said.

“Managing the conversion of the old, historic woolstores and new apartments into a stylish precinct along 800 metres of Brisbane River frontage showed all stakeholders how well the old and new could be integrated to achieve results.

“This experience will be invaluable as Redland Investment Corporation moves into managing the development of Redlands’ Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas on behalf of Council.”

Mr Nielsen is Managing Director of Indigo, a privately owned development group with diversified experience in all property sectors.

“I have worked with construction and property development companies since completing a Bachelor of Engineering in the mid 1980s,” Mr Nielsen said.

“My skills run across the whole gamut of land development and upvaluing, so I will be able to help analyse the underutilised land parcels RIC is managing and suggest ways to realise maximise value for the benefit of the Redlands’ community.”

Mr Kempton and Mr Nielsen were appointed as directors at RIC board meetings held on 30 July and 27 August respectively.

RIC’s charter is to identify alternative revenue sources for Council and uplift some underutilised land.

Establishing RIC follows in the footsteps of neighbouring Councils, like Brisbane City, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich, that established investment arms years ago to keep the financial benefit resulting from uplifting land for the community, rather than handing it on to private developers.

For more information on RIC visit http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/AboutCouncil/RedlandInvestmentCorporation/Pages/default.aspx

More award recognition for PDA projects

Redland City Council has received its fourth commendation in less than six months for work on its two Priority Development Area projects.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the team was thrilled to receive the 2015 Excellence in Collaboration gong at the Local Government Managers Australia Awards in Brisbane last night.

“This is yet another major coup for these two exciting projects, at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, and highlights Council’s commitment to engaging the community during every phase of these billion-dollar developments,” Cr Williams said.

“The award also recognises our extensive collaboration with the State Government to address the future needs of the Redlands’ community, and ensure these projects supercharge the local economy within designated timeframes.

”This collaboration has been integral in advancing what are the most exciting projects in this city for half a century.”

Cr Williams said this latest achievement followed a win at the Urban Development Institute of Australia awards, a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia and a highly commended in collaboration with Economic Development Queensland from the Premier’s Awards for Excellence.

“This is a project for the community, by the community, which is why our team has gone to incredible lengths to make this process as transparent and collaborative as possible,” Cr Williams said.

“During the community consultation process, over 2000 people provided feedback which shaped the final planning schemes for the projects.

“Council also spearheaded Australian-first community engagement exercises, including the use of 3D visualization technology through a downloadable app to give locals an insight into the scale, design and overall vision for both waterfront precincts.

“These projects are about creating a world-class legacy for our community to enjoy for generations to come.

“To be recognised again on a state-wide arena is a real buzz that I’m sure will only be surpassed by the completion of the project itself.”

Walker Group working on PDA vision detail

The highly respected Walker Group has been selected to provide its vision for the future of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek marine hubs after winning the expression of interest process as preferred partner for the two declared Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

Artists concept for PDA consultation only - not a Walker Group design

Artists concept for PDA consultation only – not a Walker Group design

The timetable set for the two PDAs managed by Economic Development Queensland and Redland City Council aims to see the first sods turned in 2015.

The Walker Group’s clear commitment to community values was a key part of the decision to select it as the preferred partner to take the two projects to the next phase. The group will now be involved with developing the detail of the projects in consultation with Council, the State Government and a stakeholder advisory group.

The final design will reflect the needs of the community as outlined during the original consultation phase, including public open space, with the Walker Group keen to maintain and enhance community facilities.

The Walker Group’s planners have been analysing every public submission relating to each project which were lodged during the community discussions that preceded the Group being named the preferred developer. This has included the outcomes of the extensive Council engagement which followed the declaration of the Redlands’ Priority Development Areas by the State Government.

The Walker Group has identified community interests as a pivotal first step in creating a detailed master plan that will bring a product mix of open space and amenities, boating facilities and marina, and food and beverage precinct that the community will embrace.


PDA projects win double award recognition

Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland received two major planning awards in November in recognition of the project work for the two Priority Development Area projects at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek.

The two Priority Development Area projects were judged the best for any Queensland-based project by the Planning Institute of Australia (QLD).

The commendation for Excellence in Public Engagement and Community Planning recognised the efforts of Council and Economic Development Queensland in communicating the plans for the billion-dollar waterfront precinct projects to the community.

Council and EDQ have been committed to ensuring the community and industry have been properly and meaningfully involved in helping shape these vital transport hubs.

The community consultation process saw more than 2000 people engaged with their feedback helping to inform the final planning schemes for the projects.

The Priority Development Area projects were also winners of a second major accolade at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Wildcard state awards for innovative projects that contribute to the environment and community.

Both awards acknowledged the team’s use of Australian-first 3D visualisation technology through a downloadable app that allowed users to appreciate the scale, design and overall vision for both precincts.

This cutting edge technology was part of the project team’s comprehensive community engagement strategy that also used traditional engagement methods such as face-to-face meetings and a survey of the Redlands community, so that broad community perceptions and attitudes towards developing these key economic areas could be fully understood.

Second planning gong for Redlands’ waterfront precincts

Redland City’s Priority Development Area projects have received their second major accolade from the Queensland planning industry in as many weeks.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the exciting waterfront projects at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek had won an Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Wildcard Award at the state awards on Friday night.

“This award is fantastic news and shows that these projects are not only exciting for Redland city residents but they are also recognised as leading the way on a state-wide stage,” she said.

“This UDIA award follows a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia only two weeks ago for excellence in public engagement and community planning.

“These awards recognize the effort put into informing and engaging with the community and industry on the Priority Development Areas and show that they will create a positive legacy for the community.”

Cr Williams said the UDIA Wildcard Award category was for innovative projects that contribute to the environment and community.

“This award had a list of very high calibre entrants and recognised the team’s use of Australia-first 3D visualisation technology through a downloadable app that allowed users to appreciate the scale, design and overall vision for both precincts,” she said.

“This cutting edge technology was part of the project team’s engagement strategy that ensured the community and industry could understand the opportunities that both sites offered.

“Council and the Government also used traditional engagement methods such as face-to-face meetings and a survey of the Redlands community, so that broad community perceptions and attitudes towards developing these key economic areas could be fully understood.

“Council and Economic Development Queensland officers involved in this process can be proud that their commitment, professionalism and ingenuity have been recognised by leading industry bodies.

“These projects have achieved Queensland wide recognition twice, and we are yet to start construction, so the real excitement is still to come.

“All this is helping pave the way for the transformation of two run-down transport terminals into vibrant marine precincts which will be drawcards for locals and visitors alike while retaining their primary focus of being community gateways to Moreton Bay.

“The end result will be two magnificent waterfront precincts that we can be proud of.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said he welcomed industry recognition of these two great Priority Development Areas.

“I congratulate Redland City Council for recognising the tourism and development potential of these two sites and working with Economic Development Queensland within my department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to make them happen,” he said.

“Our government promised at the election to deliver better infrastructure and planning and Priority Development Areas such as Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are strong examples of our policies at work in cities, towns and suburbs across Queensland.”

Economic Development eNews: August 2014

Let the business begin
Have your say
Waterfront watershed
Accommodation incentives
Destination direction
International exposure
Have an event?
Cultural boom
Straddie Chamber marketing
Sands of time
New adventures


Let the business begin

Redlands businesses are well placed to bid for the opportunities set to emerge from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

With the Games to involve one of the most significant State Government procurement programs this decade, a workshop has been organised to help businesses build their capacity to tender competitively for games-related work, as well as for other government business.

During a three-hour interactive session from 8am on Wednesday 20 August at Redlands RSL Club, Passage Street, Cleveland, participants will learn the art of developing and submitting tenders and how to conduct market research to maximise their chances of success.

The workshop is suitable for businesses new to tendering for government business, as well as those which simply want a refresher and to learn the basics about supplying to GC2018.

Register or view other Tendering for Government Business events >>

The workshop costs $50.

For more information, visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website or phone 13 74 68 .


Have your say

Redland City Council has developed a draft Economic Development Strategy that charts a course for the City over the next 25 years driven by an increase in local employment, productivity and tourism growth.

The draft Strategy is open for community comment and you are encouraged to read it and have your say. A research compendium and supporting statistics for the strategy have also been released online. You will find them on the Redland City Council website.

You also can get involved by adding your comments on the website or by making a submission online.

Alternatively you can email responses to cityplan@redland.qld.gov.au or by post to Redland City Council PO Box 21, Cleveland Qld 4163. Comments not made online should be clearly marked ‘Submission to draft Redland City Economic Development Strategy’.

The Economic Development Strategy is not just about attracting business but about retaining and encouraging local business to grow. It will help to identify new business opportunities in key growth sectors and separate action plans are to be developed for each industry sector as the strategy progresses.


Waterfront watershed

With closure of the Expression of Interest period, the Redlands’ two priority development area projects at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek now enter an exciting phase.

Eight strong Expressions of Interest were submitted by firms interested in being part of these exciting projects to create retail, residential and economic hubs for the region. There were also 54 inquiries during the Expression of Interest period.

An expert panel will soon be formed to assess the potential investors, with the Request for Proposals stage to begin in September. Four expressions of interest were lodged for each of the PDAs, with a refined list of potential investors on track for early 2015.

Check Redlands Open for Business for updates.


Accommodation incentives

Tourism accommodation providers now have even more reason to invest in the Redlands with Council adopting a tourism accommodation incentives package at its general meeting on July 30.
It follows a Redland City Council resolution in June to investigate measures to generate tourism accommodation projects that will provide local employment by attracting more visitors to the Redlands.

The incentives adopted by Council include:

  • 100 per cent concession for infrastructure charges and development application fees on a “first come, first served” basis for material change of use development (involving building works).
  • Twenty business day priority assessment of development applications that are well made.
  • Rating and utility charge concession during the construction phase for material change of use development


Destination direction

Brisbane Marketing has been working on the Destination Tourism Plan for the Greater Brisbane Region and sought feedback from Redland City Council and local tourism operators.

The plan, more than six months in the making, aims to provide the definitive direction for the visitor economy in the region towards 2020. It will highlight the resources needed to create sustainable and competitive tourism destinations.

The Redlands’ visitor economy stretches beyond just leisure and holiday visitors and includes events, business travel, visiting friends and family as well as travel for a purpose, such as education and health.

The plan will provide the Redlands – which has unique features and experiences, opportunities and challenges – with a clear strategy for supporting a sustainable tourism industry.


International exposure

The Redlands has had exposure to 38 countries through its representation at the recent Australian Tourism Exchange in Cairns and the Australian Tourism Export Council in Sydney.

The events bring together tourism businesses with international travel industry and media. With international operators looking for new destinations for their customers, the Redlands is in a great position to build on its tourism credentials and get draw more international visitors. During the event, many valuable relationships were formed and will continue to develop over the coming months.


Have an event?

If you haven’t done it already, you should list your events on the new Visit Brisbane website. You can do so by filling out the online form. Once registered, you can access the Submit an Event form via the My Profile button at the top right of website.


Cultural boom

The number of inquiries on cultural tourism is growing, with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) working with Quandamooka organisations to educate and share stories of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and its people to many groups, schools and universities. Opportunities to grow this important tourism sector and develop new experiences are being explored.

EC3 Global and Eco Tourism Australia are also working closely with QYAC to develop eco-tourism opportunities in the region. QYAC CEO Cameron Costello has just returned from China a trade mission which explored the development of significant eco-tourism ventures.


Straddie Chamber marketing

Stradbroke Chamber of Commerce’s latest campaign is well underway to draw Queensland and interstate residents to the island.

The Straddie Is Campaign, backed by Redland City Council, aims to educate people through digital media, such as YouTube, on how easy it is to travel and get around the island. The strategy incorporates social media and user-generated content.

“For Straddie locals, we experience the great weather, stunning beaches, and precious wildlife every day but we want to share our island with Australia and, in turn, find out what Straddie is to our visitors,” Stradbroke Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Thomson said. “By encouraging people to share what they think is a signature trait of Straddie, they are becoming advocates for our large tourism community and the island.”

The digital campaign will span three months during the island’s off-season.

To find out more, visit YouTube and Facebook.


Sands of time

A group will soon be set up to help transition North Stradbroke Island’s economy from sand mining to sustainable industries.

Member for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson has announced he has the support of the Government to form a NSI Economic Transition Group to help plan for the island’s economic future. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will share the role of group chair.

“Much work will need to be done if we are to ensure a smooth transition over coming years from mining to an alternative economy,” Dr Robinson said. “To achieve this aim we will need all parties to be working collaboratively towards a common goal – a sustainable future for the island and its people.’’

The group will work in parallel with the well-established Quandamooka round table.

Business and community leaders who have both an existing interest in the island and a vision for its future would be invited to join the NSI Economic Transition Group.

“Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has committed to delegating a senior officer from his Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to be part of the group,’’ Dr Robinson said.

Cr Williams said Redland City Council supported a well-planned approach to the island’s future and was ready to support the Government in driving a successful transition.


New adventures

Wayne Lamb will be launching his new vessel Axis Vitae on 9 August in what is a significant investment by Robinson Cruises. This yacht will offer tailored sailing experiences on Moreton Bay, including sunset and champagne cruises that showcase the wonderful hidden treasures of the Redlands. You will find more information the Robinson Cruises website.

Pulse eNewsletter – March 2013

Mayor’s Message
Council streamlining customer contact services
Council tightens asbestos handling at transfer stations
Litter-bugs beware
PDA Community Survey
Only working smoke alarms save lives
Have your say
Freedom of Entry to the City
Library calendar – hot off the press
What’s on


Mayor’s Message

Redland City is on the move.

Economic activity is hotting up, partly as a result of Redland City Council’s Open for Business mantra.

Our Priority Development Areas at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are approaching the Expression of Interest stage. These projects have enormous potential to transform the two sites into attractive multi-use waterfront precincts that will be destinations in their own right.

But not all the action is at the waterfront. The McKenzie Aged Care Group is investing around $80 million in high-quality facilities at Cleveland and Capalaba that will offer 280 beds and more than 300 new jobs.

The State Government has responded to my invitation to consider “decentralising” from the Brisbane CBD and is reviewing government department accommodation needs in our city.

This news comes hot on the heels of the receipt by Council of our first two applications under the Cleveland CBD Incentive Scheme for major mixed use residential and commercial developments. Recent commercial lease deals within the CBD also indicate a growing level of confidence in our city.

At Capalaba there has been a multi-million-dollar commercial investment and I am advised another major commercial site sale is imminent.

Residential approvals are accelerating and house sales improving as our economy picks up.

It all points to more people looking seriously at the Redlands is the best place to live, work and to do business.


Council streamlining customer contact services

Providing streamlined, efficient one-stop business services is a key focus for Council’s Integrated Customer Contact Centres at Cleveland and Capalaba.

Many customers will have already noticed the difference in the way telephone inquiries are handled at Council and new simplified procedures for many areas of public inquiry.

This work is continuing with Council aiming to bring all key business areas into this service by mid–year (including more complex areas of inquiry such as planning, health and building and plumbing services).

Meanwhile, Council’s telephone number 3829 8999 is the single number to call for all Council inquiries.


Council tightens asbestos handling at transfer stations

Local residents and in particular ‘Do it yourself’ enthusiasts and tradies need to be aware of changes regarding handling material that may contain asbestos at our transfer stations.

The changes have been introduced to protect staff and the community from potential asbestos exposure and mean if there is any doubt material may contain asbestos it will not be allowed past the transfer station gatehouse unless wrapped and sealed.

This includes fibro, cement sheeting, asbestos cement (ac sheeting), Hardiplank, Hardiflex, Super Six roof sheeting, Villaboard, Millboard, insulating board, vinyl sheet flooring, backing material and tiles.

The only way this material will be accepted is if it is double wrapped in durable plastic and fully sealed in loads less than ten square metres.

Read more.


Litter-bugs beware

Anyone planning on illegally dumping in the Redlands should remember to smile because you may be caught on camera.

Council is rolling out security cameras at key illegal dumping sites across the city to stamp out the unsavoury practice.

Signs will be erected to advise residents of potential camera locations, with the cameras to be rotated periodically to ensure greater coverage across the city.

Read more.



PDA Community survey

A community survey on the Redlands’ two waterfront redevelopment projects was conducted recently as an additional layer of engagement during the statutory consultation period.

The telephone survey of 300 residents canvassed community attitudes regarding priority development for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

Read more

Read the full report >>


Only working smoke alarms save lives…

It is almost that time of year when residents are reminded to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Each year on 1 April people are encouraged to change their smoke alarm batteries to ensure they are in working order.

The reminder is particularly important for those who may find it difficult to change smoke alarm batteries due to being elderly or disabled. This includes Redland Home Assist Secure clients who are encouraged to contact Redland Home Assist Secure on 3383 3030.


Have your say

Amity Shoreline Erosion

  • Council has outlined a three-stage consultation and engagement process on Amity Point shoreline erosion management issues in the coming 12 months that includes future engagement with the Amity community and affected property owners, establishment of a reference group with community representation; the conduct of further research into shoreline erosion issues [Stage 2] and the completion of the Shoreline Erosion Plan and a Draft Implementation Plan for formal consideration and adoption by Council [Stage 3].
  • Opportunity is also currently available for the public to make written and verbal comments by 31 March on the draft consultant’s report, titled Draft Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) either by email to rcc@redland.qld,gov.au; posting comments to PO Box 21, Cleveland, Qld 4163, or by phoning 3829 8999. The Report can be viewed on Council’s website or at Council libraries and Customer Service Centres.


Disaster management plan

Have your say on the final two stages of the Redland City Disaster Management Plan from next week.

Local knowledge is invaluable in this process, so residents are encouraged to provide information that will help formulate the detail of the plan.

Forum details:

Wednesday 19 March
3 – 5.30pm: Mount Cotton State School, Mt Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton

Thursday 20 March
10am – 1pm: Victoria Point Shopping Centre, Cnr Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd, Bunker Rd, Victoria Point

Thursday 20 March
6 – 8.30pm: Capalaba Sports Club,
113 Ney Rd, Capalaba

Saturday 22 March
9am – 12pm:  Wellington Point Village, Main Road, Wellington Point

Monday 24 March
6 – 8.30pm: Redlands RSL,
8 Passage St, Cleveland

Wednesday 26 March
11.30am – 2pm: Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield St,
Cleveland (Disability access)

Thursday 27 March
5 – 8pm: Capalaba Park Shopping Centre, Corner Redland Bay &
Mt Cotton Rds, Capalaba

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8754. RSVPs are not necessary.


Freedom of Entry to Redland City for RAAF

Get ready to cheer as the Redlands celebrates the awarding of Freedom of Entry to the City to the No. 95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at 11am on Saturday 12 April 2014.

Around 150 members of No. 95 Wing of the RAAF, supported by local air cadets and a band, will gather outside the Redland Performing Arts Centre for the march along Middle Street, Cleveland.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will inspect the parade and present the official scroll offering Freedom of Entry to Redland City to Group Captain Peter Davis, who will formally request permission to march through Cleveland.

The marchers will then be challenged by police outside the Redland Art Gallery, before passing Library Square, where they will halt to offer traditional salutes to the Mayor and Air Commodore Tim Innes.

The event will celebrate the Redlands’ proud military past and will build stronger links with the RAAF. It also takes on greater significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day and next year’s centenary of the start of World War I and is a wonderful way for Redlanders to show their regard for the Australian defence forces in defending our way of life and promoting peace and stability around the world.

All Redlanders are encouraged to show their support and cheer on the contingent along the route.

More information

Library calendar – hot off the press

A new calendar showcasing all the great events at our local libraries has just been released.

From learning how to take a great photo to English conversation coffee groups and activities for the kids, our libraries offer plenty and it can all be found in one easy to read location.

See the new events calendar >>

What’s on

Photography: How to photograph architecture
Monday, 17 March 2014 | 7:30 – 9:30pm

Lean how to create stunning architecture photographs with Adelaide’s Robert Dettman (architect and photographer). This master series event is hosted by Redlands Camera Club – Wellington Point. All members and guests are welcome and the event is for photographers of all levels. Subjects covered during the event include photographic gear, technique and post processing for architecture in several parts – Q & A available after each part. Door entry: $3.00 includes supper

Yarnin Time with Matthew Burns
Friday, 21 March 2014 | 10:30 – 11am

Matthew Burns is a Quandamooka traditional owner of North Stradbroke Island (also known as Minjerribah) and has been dancing and sharing the traditional stories for the past 23 years. Matthew has a strong knowledge of his culture which has been passed down through generations and he enjoys sharing these in the hope that future generations will also value their stories and understand the connection that Aboriginal people have with the land and waters surrounding the island.
Bookings on: 3829 8770

Redlands Good Gardening Expo
Sunday 13 April, 9am to 3pm

Find out about growing your own organic food at home. Tastier, healthier food, the way it was meant to be eaten. Learn about native gardening and how you can use natives to create habitats, as well as composting, worm farming, mulching and how to recycle your green waste.
Buy plants and seeds and get some great new ideas for your garden.

For a full list of what’s on in the Redlands, visit our website.

Enhanced park and public spaces for Toondah Harbour: Mayor

toondahRedland City Mayor Karen Williams wants the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project to improve the public amenity of GJ Walter Park.

Cr Williams said GJ Walter Park was a great city asset and she was determined to ensure it became an even better and more popular public space.

 “There has been confusion about the future for GJ Walter Park.  There is no way the park will be lost to the city and the people. Any good destination has improved public open space for the whole community and region to use and enjoy,” she said.

“Our vision is for better open space and any significant destination offers that, just as Toondah Harbour will.

“GJ Walter Park is not only recognised in the Toondah Harbour proposed development scheme, it is also included in Council’s Open Space Plan that was adopted last year, so the message is there will be open space at Toondah Harbour, end of story.

“In fact it is already in the proposed development scheme on page 13, which says that applications will need to allow for an appropriately sized recreation and open space area in GJ Walter Park providing formal and informal recreational activities and a dog park.”

“I want better open space so residents can not only continue to enjoy a dog park but can also make use of boardwalks, cycle ways and maybe even a water park.”

Cr Williams said other concerns associated with the development scheme, such as building heights, would be considered when Council made its recommendations to the State Government on the proposed development scheme.

“We currently have a proposed development scheme, not a plan. This is a draft only and the final scheme will take into account community feedback and commercial reality,” she said.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put Redlands on the map.

“The Toondah Harbour redevelopment gives this city an opportunity to create a sought-after destination – an amazing location nestled right on Moreton Bay and just 30 minutes from Brisbane Airport.

“We want to make sure we get the balance right to allow development, better access and improvements in this critical area funded by investors rather than ratepayers, but we also want to ensure it remains first and foremost an effective gateway to North Stradbroke Island.

“As I walk about the city people tell me they want a brilliant foreshore like Suttons Beach at Redcliffe.

“The Toondah Harbour redevelopment has been mooted since the 1960s. It’s high time we delivered it to the people of the Redlands because they deserve to experience and enjoy what other regions now take for granted.

“Council, who will assess the private sector development applications, is listening to the local community and wants to make sure everyone has a chance to have their say. 

“Currently feedback closes on 24 February 2014, although Council has requested an extension to the Toondah Harbour feedback period, but we are yet to receive a response from the State Government.”

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