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Redland City canal and lake charges change

Redland City Council will be opening a community conversation with residents about how it maintains and repairs revetment walls in residential canals.

It follows a Council decision to temporarily end the special charges levied on canal and lake-front homeowners while it develops a new strategy and also to refund unspent money quarantined for canal maintenance and repairs since 2011-12.

The decision affects property owners at Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Sovereign Waters.

Redland City Council CEO Bill Lyon said the decision followed a Council review which raised questions about the way canal special charges had been levied since 2011-12.

“Following this review we believe it is only proper that we take this course of action,’’ Mr Lyon said.

“This is the result of a technical drafting error and once it was detected Council has moved quickly and proactively to rectify it for affected residents.

“Council has received no direction to take this action – we are doing it as a proactive step and to maintain our standard of accountability.

“We recognise property owners will have questions – there is still an important process to go through before we can answer all of these questions.  We have engaged an independent accountant to ensure this work is a priority and we appreciate residents’ patience while this is done.

“Council agreed that it was appropriate to remove these special charges immediately and to return unspent money collected for canal maintenance and revetment wall repairs since 2011-12 so we can speak with the community and review processes and options for the ongoing maintenance of canals and repairs to revetment walls.

“Our action highlights that Council is open and transparent and we are investing a great deal of time to ensure we get this right.

“It is important to note that this decision does not affect services or funding for other areas of the city, as the money being refunded was collected from canal homeowners and quarantined specifically for work on canals, such as dredging, cleaning and, at Raby Bay, repairs to revetment walls.”

Mr Lyon said the process for issuing refunds was now being worked through with independent accountants, with the number of refunds, amounts and method of refunds to be determined.

Currently there is approximately $9 million in the canal reserve, of which 20-30% was contributed by Council and which will not be subject to refunds.

About 1200 properties are affected.

Mr Lyon said Council will be talking with residents about the refund process, as well as future arrangements for canal maintenance and revetment wall repairs.

“But we ask for patience while we work through this important process.  We want to ensure it is done properly and the refunds get to the property owners who paid them and some properties may have had several owners in that time,” he said.

Mr Lyon said that Council would ensure that maintenance of canals and the lake would continue and that a special charge may be introduced in 2017-18 dependent on Council budget deliberations and a Council resolution.

“Council will also complete all revetment wall repair work scheduled to occur in 2016-17 and 2017-18.  A special charge for this may also be introduced dependent on budget deliberations and a future Council resolution.

“Council is committed to ensuring that works go ahead for residents who are expecting scheduled work to be done.

“In the meantime, Council and the community have an opportunity to revisit the issue of canal maintenance and revetment wall repairs and to develop an appropriate strategy. However, Council maintains its position that the maintenance of our canals should be predominantly funded by those who own property on them.’’

Mr Lyon said a review of the city’s other special benefit levies showed they met all requirements.

More information including a fact sheet and questions and answers sheet are available on the Redland City Council website.

If residents or property owners have questions they should contact Council in writing at rcc@redland.qld.gov.au or to P.O. Box 21 Cleveland 4163 or call 3829 8999.

Trial extension to dog off-leash beach

Dogs will have more space and time to run and play during a trial extension to the existing dog off-leash beach at Raby Bay Foreshore Park, Masthead Drive, Cleveland.

The trial starts today (1 August) and runs until 31 October 2013 and is in response to community requests to Redland City Council.

Have your say on the trial extension to dog off-leash beach

The most easterly beach, closest to Sentinel Court, is the current dog off-leash area and has been available to dogs only at certain times of the day, during specified months.

Those restrictions will not apply during the trial.

The extended dog off-leash area into the park will include the drinking tap and dog bowl and give dogs an off-leash area to use at high tide when the entire beach is under water.

The existing dog off-leash beach is unfenced and, with the extension into the park, will remain so.

Division 2 Councillor Craig Ogilvie said feedback from residents and park users would be assessed after the trial.

The extended dog off-leash area will have temporary signage with a map to show the boundaries of the area.

“Depending on community response, decisions will be made to formalise the extended area with permanent signage only, or discontinue the extension into the park and retain the original dog off-leash beach,’’ Cr Ogilvie said.



Wellington Point Australia Day arrangements

To help ensure Australia Day celebrations are enjoyed by all park users, Redland City Council has once again made special parking and management arrangements for the Wellington Point Recreation Reserve on 26 January.

An increasingly popular Australia Day venue over recent years, the arrangements include controlled entry to parking spaces within the reserve from 7am to 6pm.

Once the available parking spaces are full, Council officers will be directing vehicles to available parking spaces outside the reserve.

Council will run a shuttle bus service along Main Road between the Wellington Point shops, community hall and reserve from 7am to 6pm, to assist with access to the reserve.

The shuttle bus will provide a free pick-up service along the Main Road route to the reserve.

The reserve’s popular boat launching ramp will continue to be available throughout the day, but once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve.

Council enforcement officers will be on duty to ensure parking and other local laws are adhered to. Cars without trailers are not to park in boat trailer parking spaces. Police will also be on patrol to ensure public safety.

Additional Council staff will be on duty across the city’s major parks, including Wellington Point Recreation Reserve and Raby Bay Foreshore, to ensure the grounds and facilities remain clean and tidy.

Temporary closure – Raby Bay Pontoon in the Endeavour Canal

The public Raby Bay Pontoon in the Endeavour Canal, accessed from Raby Bay Park, Shore St West, has been temporarily closed by Redland City Council for repairs.

Council inspection has identified cracked hinges at the top of the gangway and it has been deemed unsafe until repairs can be made.

The repair work has been given high priority by Council which expects repairs to be completed in the next two to three weeks.

There are no alternative public pontoon facilities in Raby Bay.

Commercial and recreational users are being advised to find alternative facilities outside the area until the repairs can be completed.

Visitor Centre to relocate to IndigiScapes

Redlands on Moreton Bay Visitor Information Centre is on the move… to IndigiScapes. It’s the perfect place for visitors to find out what they can do in the Redlands.

For the past four years, the centre was located at Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland, but will relocate to Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Capalaba from 12 August 2012.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the change from using an external contractor to manage the centre was all part of Council taking a more direct role in supporting our local tourism industry and servicing visitors to the area.

“With the external provider’s contract about to expire, this is an ideal time for Council to bring the operation of these visitor services in-house, and what better place to deliver them from than our own IndigiScapes?”

“As an established award-winning attraction that saw over 50,000 people through its gates last year, IndigiScapes will be able to offer a fully staffed, cost-effective visitor service.

“Research tells us that 97 per cent of visitors to the Redlands arrive by car. IndigiScapes is located just off Redland Bay Road, with direct access from Brisbane city and airports.

“Finding efficiencies and streamlining Council business is all part of my Back to Basics strategy. Locating the visitor centre at IndigiScapes provides Council with a cost-effective way of servicing the tourism industry and visitors while reviewing our medium and long term arrangements,” Cr Williams said.

Contact details for the Redlands on Moreton Bay Visitor Information Centre will remain the same. Call 1300 667 386 or email explore@more2redlands.com.au for all your visitor inquiries.