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Snapshot – 4 February


‘Bujang Jarah Bulkari Taco Jahjum Nu’

‘Mother Earth Coming Together for All Children’ Exhibition

Visit Cleveland Library from Monday 10 – Friday 21 February 2014 to view a unique photographic exhibition and video presentation by local artist and Quandamooka Traditional Owner Craig Tapp.
This exhibition highlights a partnership project with cultural exchange ephemeral sand art by Craig and students from Cleveland District State High School and Carinity Education – Southside High School. An official opening will be held Monday 10 February at 11.30am. If you would like to
attend please call 3829 8770 to book.

 

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:

  • 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 forum:

  • Thursday 6 February, 5–8pm at Macleay Island Progress Hall, Macleay Island.

 

Recycling near you

Public place recycling is here!

Did you know Council has installed 34 recycling wheelie bin enclosures in public places around
our city, with funding support from the National Packaging Covenant and Department of
Environment and Heritage Protection? This adds up to more than 461,000L of recyclables being
saved from landfill each year. Another six bins will be installed soon, bringing the total capture of
recyclables to 499,000L per annum. So when you’re out and about, look for the recycling signs around you and recycle what you would at home – aluminium, steel, paper and cardboard, glass and plastics with symbols numbering 1-6.

 

Rates due Monday 10 February 2014

Residents are reminded rates are due Monday 10 February 2014. A full list of payment
options is on the front of your rates notice. For all rating enquiries please call 3829 8999.

 

Water meter readings

Prune back your pointy pine trees! We are reading water meters in Wellington Point and on
Coochiemudlo, Karragarra and Lamb islands this week. Please make sure meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 12 February – General Meeting – 9.30am

Redland City budget leads the way – again


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has today delivered the lowest headline rates increase in South East Queensland … for the second year in a row.

Cr Williams said the $238 million budget for 2013-14 provided cost of living relief while delivering the high quality services people expected from their Council.

“I was proud of Council’s first budget last year, but I am even more proud of our second, which delivers the surplus I predicted a year ago and a headline rates increase of 1.43 per cent,” she said.

“We have absorbed millions of dollars in external costs imposed on us by other levels of government, providing a reprieve for our ratepayers who otherwise would have been forced to foot the huge bill through significant rate increases.

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“Without these external factors, we could have seen a rates freeze.

“Even with these extra costs, this budget places Redland City in an enviable financial position, while still being able to cope with any unforeseen circumstances which may arise.

“This is a budget for today – and for tomorrow. It is responsive, realistic and responsible.

“We are again delivering ratepayers great value for their money.”

Budget highlights

  • Headline rates increase of 1.43 per cent – lowest in SEQ
  • The average residential owner occupied mainland property with a value of $282,000 and using the average amount of water (200kl), will see a rates increase of just 1.1 per cent, including all utilities and levies,
  • In dollar terms this equate to an increase of 66 cents per week or about equivalent to the cost of a postage stamp
  • Predicts first operating surplus for many years
  • Capital program $56.9 million
  • Council water charges up 4.5 per cent – compared with State Government bulk water price hike of 16 per cent
  • Average domestic waste water costs down 13.2 per cent – saving $96 a year to average household
  • Environmental levy reduced by $34.80 per year
  • Rating categories reduced from 45 to 22
  • Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) residents get access to TransLink network
  • Maintains existing assets
  • Maintains a manageable level of debt

Cr Williams said the 2013-14 Budget would deliver a surplus of $317,000.
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“This is the first Redland City Budget in many years to deliver a surplus. It may be relatively small but our solid financial position will make us the envy of many other Councils,” she said.

”The average headline rate increase of just 1.43 per cent balances the needs of the Redlands community with the capacity of residents to pay.

“The average residential owner occupied mainland property, which has a value of $282,000 and using the average amount of water (200kl), will see a rates increase of just 1.1 per cent, including all utilities and levies, or in dollar terms a rate increase of 66 cents per week or about equivalent to the cost of a postage stamp.

“This modest increase fulfills the promise I made during the mayoralty campaign to keep rates to at or below CPI which this year is 2.5 per cent according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

“Residents have been hit by massive increases in State Government bulk water prices (up 16 per cent) and electricity charges (up 22.6 per cent), as well as rising grocery and fuel costs.

“People are really hurting. Some South East Queensland councils have passed on their cost increases through rates rises as high as 5 per cent.

“Redland City has crunched the numbers to ensure we can deliver the lowest rates increase possible while delivering all the services people have come to expect.

“This will include a considerable increase in road spending to provide for the future growth of the city.”

Cr Williams said the State-imposed bulk water increase had been offset by a reduction in the cost of Council controlled waste water by 13.23 per cent, or an average $96 a year.

“This saving will mean the average Redland property will actually see a $7.52 fall in utility charges,” she said.

“The fact that we have been able to pass this saving on to residents despite the massive external price increases of water and electricity that Council has opted to absorb is fantastic news for the Redlands community.”

Council has also cut the number of rating categories this year from 45 to 22, providing a more consistent approach and reducing rates for the majority of residents.

“I feel we still have some way to go to achieve reform in rating across the City but this will ensure clear, transparent rationale behind the categories,” Cr Williams said.

The changes to rating categories also reinstates separate canal levies for residents at Raby Bay, Sovereign Waters and Aquatic Paradise, splitting this cost from their general rates to ensure transparency.

“The reinstatement of separate canal levies was requested by the people who live in these areas and they now get greater transparency on how the funds are raised for the expenditure spent on the canals and lake,” Cr Williams said.

“I am proud of the work done in framing this Budget and believe it sets the foundations for the future of the city, especially given the impact of costs which are outside Council’s control.

“We’re certainly heading in the right direction – we have reformed the way we do business and we are putting our City in a position which will leave money in the bank and infrastructure on the ground for generations to come.”

Key areas of capital expenditure

  • Transport: $25 million
  • Waste water: $8.38 million
  • Open space: $4.79 million
  • Marine: $4.34 million
  • Lakes and canals: $3.19 million
  • Water: $1.84 million

Key capital projects

  • Dunwich Sewerage upgrade: $1.6m
  • Point Lookout waste water treatment plant: $15m over three years
  • Capping and rehabilitation of exhausted landfill sites: $3m
  • Macleay Island ramp car park: $3.4m over two years
  • Moreton Bay bikeway
  • Coochiemudlo Island Jetty: $1.85m
  • Headland Park NSI: $500,000

 

Roads key focus in Redland City Budget


Redland City Council will spend $20 million on capital road projects throughout 2013-14 – including an increased focus on resurfacing local roads.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the roads program announced in today’s (June 27) 2013-14 Redland City Council Budget, would lay the foundations for the future of the city.

“An extra 45,000 residents are expected to call the Redlands home over the next 20 years, so it is important our local road network is able to safely and effectively transport people throughout the city,” she said.

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“The 2013-14 Budget significantly increases expenditure for roads resealing and surfacing as well as several safety upgrades to key local roads and intersections.
“Residents have told us roads and road safety are key concerns to them. We have listened, and we have responded, as a good Council should.”

Infrastructure spokesman Cr Murray Elliott, (Division 7), said many of the city’s roads had been built 30-40 years ago and were now nearing the end of their useful lives.
“Council has developed a 10-year program to upgrade roads across the city,” he said.

Cr Elliott said an 82 per cent increase for resurfacing works to $7.5 million and $2 million for pavement rehabilitation were significant, particularly given the external economic challenges the Council faced in framing its Budget.

“Everyone hates potholes,” he said. “Our Budget looks after the assets we have and will keep them in good working order. It delivers a program that will ensure we have a safe, efficient and effective road network and that our city continues to develop.”
The key road projects include a $1.4 million roundabout at the Nelson and Main Road intersection, Wellington Point and a $1.5 million project on King Street, Thornlands.

The island communities will also benefit from the upgrades, particularly given Council’s $2 million commitment to roads on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Coochiemudlo Islanders will benefit from a $400,000 upgrade of Merindah Street.

Key capital road projects for 2013-14:

  • $7.5 million – Resurfacing works across the City
  • $2 million – Pavement rehabilitation across the City
  • $1.5 million – Roundabout at intersection of King Street and Baythorn Drive (Thornlands)
  • $1.4 million – Roundabout at intersection of Nelson and Main roads (Wellington Point)
  • $2 million – Southern Moreton Bay Islands roads upgrades
  • $600,000 – Salisbury Street (Redland Bay) kerb and channel
  • $600,000 – Fitzroy Street (Cleveland) kerb and channel
  • $550,000 – Queen/Wellington streets (Cleveland) road upgrade
  • $400,000 – Merindah Street (Coochiemudlo Island) road upgrade
  • $389,000 – Wellington/McCartney streets (Ormiston) kerb and channel
  • $312,000 – Four safe school travel (SafeST) initiatives at Birkdale State School, Bayview State School (Thornlands), Redland Bay State School and Star of the Sea School (Cleveland)
  • $60,000 – Weippin Street (Cleveland) pedestrian refuge
  • $50,000 – Bloomfield Street (Cleveland) pedestrian improvements
  • $35,000 – Rosewood Street (Birkdale) intersection upgrade

Council Budget delivers for SMBI residents


Redland City Council will effectively neutralise the financial impact of new TransLink services for the majority Southern Moreton Bay Island residents as part of its 2013-14 Budget.

Mayor Karen Williams said a reduction in the infrastructure component of general rates would offset the cost of extending the transport network from July 1.

“I am happy to announce that the extension of the TransLink network to the SMBI – and its subsequent boost to property values and connectivity – will come without an additional cost impact for the majority of islanders,” Cr Williams said.

“The extension of the TransLink network to the SMBI is the best thing that has happened to the islands, and islanders, for years.

“To make this happen after years of lobbying without success, we had to make a contribution to the Government, via a special charge.

“This is a win-win for islanders – they get the enormous advantages of cheaper travel via TransLink and accessibility to and from the SMBI and we have found a way to absorb the cost.

“The Budget offsets the levy cost of $85.46 on island properties by reducing the infrastructure component of rates by a similar amount.”

Cr Williams made the announcement when handing down Council’s 2013-14 Budget on Thursday 27 June, which included the lowest rates rise in South East Queensland.

“By absorbing many external costs rather than passing them on to ratepayers, we are able to hand down a Budget that includes a modest headline rates increase of only 1.43 per cent increase,” she said.

“For the average Redlands property this equates to 66 cents per week or about the price of a postage stamp.”

Cr Williams said it was a 3Rs Budget:

  • It is responsive to the needs of residents and the cost of living pressures they are facing.
  • It is realistic in its objectives, balancing the needs of the community with the ability to pay for projects to set the foundations for the future
  • It is responsible in its fiscal commitments, planning for the future of the city by keeping debt down.

“We are again focusing on the basics – putting our residents first and delivering the services they want,” she said.

Division Five Councillor Mark Edwards said SMBI residents would benefit from several key projects included in this year’s Budget.

“This includes all-ability access to the Lamb Island public toilets, which will include a new pathway to and around the public toilet, as well as infrastructure upgrades and improved lighting,” he said.

“Temporary pedestrian access will be provided to the jetty terminal and temporary toilets will be provided for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of July, weather permitting.

“Other Budget items for SMBI include almost $760,000 to upgrade the Macleay Island Ramp Park, car park and boat ramp.

“Pontoons on Macleay and Russell islands will also be upgraded and $2 million has been set aside for future SMBI road projects.”

Some of the SMBI projects included in the 2013-14 Budget:

• Russell Island boat ramp upgrade: $370,000
• Russell Island pontoon upgrade: $40,000
• Russell Island Hall redevelopment: $50,000
• Macleay Island boat ramp upgrade: $412,500
• Macleay Island Bowls Club beach access ramp: $7500
• Macleay Island Bowls Club seawall: $20,000
• Macleay Island ramp park: $499,999.50
• Macleay Island ramp car park: $200,000
• Macleay Island boat ramp: $60,000
• Macleay Island pontoon upgrade: $50,000
• Macleay Island barge ramp (facility renewal): $40,000
• Karragarra Island beach access ramp: $7500
• Bay Islands capital Infrastructure Fund: $67,900
• Future SMBI road projects: $1,000,000
• SMBI road upgrade program: $1,000,000

 

Council offers an easier way to pay rates


Redland City Council has now made it easier for residents to pay their rates through its new Direct Debit service introduced this year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Council’s new service is a convenient way for people to pay regular bills.

“Direct debit is a simple and safe way to pay rates directly from your nominated bank account so it is automatically done for you.”

“Because none of us are immune to cost-of-living pressures, Council’s new Direct Debit service will also allow you to contribute to your rates throughout the quarter, making it less of a burden, come the due date.

“You can make a full payment or choose another option that best suits you, whether it is weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Just be sure that your payments are sufficient to cover the full amount on or before the due date.

“Unlike many other organisations, there is no additional fee for multiple payments, although if your bank account has insufficient funds at the time a payment is scheduled, you will need to cover the $2.50 dishonoured bank charge incurred by Council,” Cr Williams said.

“Once it is set up, payment will be deducted from your bank account on your nominated days or the due date, and if you need to make any changes to your arrangements, such as payment options or if you sell your property, it is simply a matter of filling out a form.”

To set up direct debit simply read the Direct Debit Request Service Agreement and complete the Direct Debit Request form available online or from Council’s Customer Service Centres.

Completed forms can be sent to: Redland City Council, Direct Debit, PO Box 21, Cleveland or DirectDebitRates@redland.qld.gov.au

For more information visit our website or phone 3829 8446.

Lowest rates increase in SE Queensland


Redland City Council has announced the lowest rate rise of any comparable Council in South East Queensland and delivered an effective freeze on general rates revenue, once carbon tax is taken into account.

Redland City Council Mayor, Karen Williams, said that the 2012-13 Back to Basics budget delivered on her election promise of reigning in rates rises to CPI levels.

“I am delighted with the result for residential and commercial ratepayers. I want to be able to provide some relief from the increasing cost of living,” the Mayor said.

“The pressures are also increasing for Council, with higher operational costs, and the significant cost of the carbon tax means we will be making sure we are as efficient and streamlined as possible.

“This is why we are getting back to basics and making sure Council’s traditional work is our priority.”
Council’s overall rate revenue is predicted to increase by $1,942,838, with a carbon tax impost of up to $2 million. The revenue rise includes rates collected from normal growth in new properties/ratepayers.

“We have abolished tip fees, reduced the environmental levy, absorbed around $325,000 in lost revenue to reduce extremely high rates bills, and frozen commercial rates,” the Mayor said.

“The result of 1.91% is the best of any comparable South-East Queensland Council, with other headline rate rises of between 3.5% (Gold Coast) – 9.4% (Ipswich) and is well under the predicted rise in the previous Redland Council Financial Strategy,” she said.

“Land valuations, set by the Queensland Government, affect the rates individual residents and businesses pay. This makes predicting the outcome of this budget on individuals difficult.

“While some rate payers will pay slightly more and some slightly less, the average increase in general rates for residential, owner-occupied properties is 0.3% or $3.39 per year. The minimum cost to each ratepayer for the carbon tax on our waste is $17.51 per annum.

Under legislation, RedWaste must recover its costs for all its services. For this reason, the residential tip fees which were abolished on 1 July this year have been added into the Waste Utility Charges – around $10 per resident. The Environmental Levy has been reduced by $10 to balance out these costs.”

The Mayor said the return of Redland Water to Redland City Council on 1 July 2012 would generate around $88 million in gross revenue.

“While we have kept water consumption, waste and waste water utility cost increases to the legislated 1.3%, the State Government has hiked its wholesale water charges by 22% this year. This will be a shock to residents when they get their rates bill in September,” she said.

“This price hike was utterly out of our control, just like the carbon tax, and we call on other levels of government to consider the pressures of rising prices on residents.

“My aim was to put money back in our residents pockets and provide real value for money on Council services. That’s why we are making changes internally and absorbing costs as much as possible, rather than asking ratepayers to keep forking out money.”

Overall Rates Revenue:

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Total Revenue from all Sources for 2012 – 2013:
Total Revenue from all sources including rates, fees, charges, grants, subsidies, interest and sale of property, plant and equipment is $259 million.

Project Highlights for 2012 – 2013 (Top Five):

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