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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.

Toondah Harbour Boat Ramp – temporary closure from 26 June 2014

Toondah Harbour Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed to recreational and commercial vessels while Council undertakes dredging activities nearby. Works will start from Thursday 26 June and take approximately 25 days, weather permitting.

You’ll need to use an alternative public boat ramp during this period. The nearest ramp is located at William Street, Raby Bay, Cleveland.

For more information, phone 3829 8267.

Start planned for vital Toondah Harbour dredging

Equipment is expected to be moved into place at Toondah Harbour next week in preparation for the commencement of dredging work.

Mayor Karen Williams said the work, due for completion by 30 August (weather permitting), involved maintenance and capital dredging of a section of the Fison Channel and widening of the ‘swing basin’, allowing vessels to more easily manoeuvre and pass in the harbour and channel.

“The dredging will benefit public and commercial users of Toondah Harbour,” Cr Williams said.

“Toondah Harbour is a vital access point for residents and visitors to North Stradbroke Island and an important part of our city’s economy.

“I am delighted that these long-awaited dredging projects are finally happening. In the past we have had times when ferries grounded and could not use Toondah at low tide and had to operate from Raby Bay. The dredge will remove this problem.

“Council has worked closely with the Queensland Transport and Main Roads, Brisbane Harbourmaster, commercial ferry operators, and the dredging contractor to ensure the work is managed to minimise disruption and achieves the best outcome for the community.”

The State Government provided $6 million in 2011 for three dredging projects across the city.

Funding included dredging at Coochiemudlo Island, completed in 2013, and at both Victoria Point and Toondah Harbour, scheduled for completion this year.

“The State Government’s assistance has been invaluable to ensuring both the necessary funding and permits are available for this work to begin,” Cr Williams said.

“Dredging equipment is in high demand up and down the east coast of Australia so we are very pleased that we are now able to make a start on this important work.

“Once the Toondah Harbour dredging is complete, the contractor will return to complete work already begun at Victoria Point in preparation for the planned improvements to the Victoria Point jetty and the construction of the new Coochiemudlo Island jetty.”

Redland City Council is managing the contract for both the Victoria Point and Toondah Harbour dredging work

Priority projects to go to market

Investors will soon be invited to submit their plans for two of the city’s key transit hubs at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

Council’s changes to the two proposed development schemes, recommended as a result of community feedback, will be reflected in the final planning framework now being finalised by Economic Development Queensland.

The final schemes are due for approval by the Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney at the end of May. Following the formal adoption of the final schemes, the Expressions of Interest (EoI) will be released in June and the final development plans for the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDAs will be marketed both nationally and internationally.

For more information visit our website.

Artists impressions of Weinam Creek

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Artists impressions of Toondah Harbour

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Economic Development eNewsletter – March 2014

Simplified regulation makes providing outdoor dining easier
Local buy policy undergoing further review
Business networking and workshop opportunities
Expression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek
Freedom of Entry to the City
Council to engage with community on city planning


Simplified regulation makes providing outdoor dining easier

Local cafes and restaurants will benefit from a Council decision to make it easier to obtain an outdoor dining license.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the decision supported Council’s ‘Open for Business’ objectives.

“This decision removes red tape for businesses, supports the local economy and makes it easier to do business in the Redlands,” she said.

The decision will remove the current duplication of outdoor dining regulation in both local law and the Redland planning scheme and the cost of outdoor dining applications.

When the changes take effect at the end of the financial year, outdoor dining applications by food businesses will no longer need development approval and annual fees for outdoor dining will be removed from the Local Law covering outdoor dining.

The changes could mean savings between $400 and nearly $1500 for local food businesses.

Council compliance and regulatory services spokesperson Cr Wendy Boglary said the decision would complement the city’s open spaces.

“The Redlands has fantastic open spaces and a great climate, so making it easier for businesses to take advantage of this fact makes perfect sense.”

“Over the years Council has made a significant investment in public places and this decision is terrific win for small business and the entire community.”


Local Buy Policy undergoing further review

Council is looking to further strengthen its procurement and purchasing commitment to enhance local businesses and social procurement opportunities.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council has supported her call for the further strengthening of the local buy policy through the development of the Strategic Procurement Framework and broader initiatives to enhance local businesses opportunities.

Last financial year, Council spent $43 million of its total budget expenditure on local businesses with a registered address in the Redlands, or roughly twenty five percent of all payments.

The figures to January show that Council has already increased this to twenty percent in the first six months of this financial year.

While Council’s procurement policy must consider ‘sound contracting principles’ under legislation, Council has committed to a further review to clearly identify how a local preference can be delivered in certain contracting arrangements.

This may may include a percentage preference or weightings for local business or those employing local residents.

Other initiatives include the option of sharing Council’s own local buy panel of suppliers with other Councils and promoting awareness of local supply opportunities.

The the legislated ‘sound contracting principles’ Councils must consider under s104 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 LGR and s198 (LGR) when purchasing goods and services, include:
(a) Value for money; and
(b) open and effective competition; and
(c) the development of competitive local business and industry; and
(d) environmental protection; and
(e) ethical behaviour and fair dealing.


Business networking and workshop opportunities

Redland Businesses wanting to showcase their products and services are reminded of Redlands Business Expo 2014 – 13/14 June 2014 at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Being run in partnership between Redland City Council and the Redland Chamber of Commerce, the website www.redlandsbusinessexpo.com has more information on the second Business Expo for the Redlands and on how to register.

Another business workshop in April will ask if growing your company so it is sustainable and able to meet future challenges is important to you and if your business is reliant on one customer, one product or service offering?

If so, the How to Create More Growth Workshop 2 April 2014 will be of interest to you.

The workshop will discuss the tools and techniques that will grow your business for sustainability, not only for your own success,  but that of your staff. Key outcomes include:

  • Measure your Customers Value
  • Maximise Your Value
  • Innovate your offer to create more valueExpression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek

When : 7am – 9am,  2 April 2014
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or phone 07 3829 8507

A light buffet and refreshments will be served (places are limited).


Expression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek


Artist’s impression of what could be at Toondah Harbour

The redevelopment of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are a step closer after Council voted to accept officer recommendations for the two Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

The recommendations that have since gone to the State Government are part of the PDA planning process and reflect a range of community and commercial views expressed through the public engagement process conducted for the two areas.

After strong community debate and over 500 formal submissions to Economic Development Queensland, Council has recommended  the following changes to the planninmg vision for the two areas.

Toondah Harbour

  • Building height reduced by one-third, now capped to 10 storeys (down from up to 15 storeys in the original draft scheme and an increase of 3 storeys to the 7 storeys currently allowed at the site)
  • No net loss of public open space (including GJ Walter Park which remains as public open space)
  • Marina berths halved to 400 (down from possible 800 berth in the original draft scheme).

Weinam Creek

  • No net loss of public open space, including Sel Outridge Park
  • Passenger ferry and bus terminal and car-parking will be co-located
  • Provision made for future growth in car-park requirements
  • Access to car-parking for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents will be maintained during construction at the site.

Council and the State Government will now draw up criteria to assess Expressions of Interest from investors who will be invited to fund the key infrastructure needed in both areas in exchange for commercial returns on their investment.

Council has estimated that the funding of foreshore and transport infrastructure improvements at Toondah Harbour, including improved ferry ramps and passenger facilities, better transport interchange and parking, as well as enhancements to parkland and improved pedestrian and cycle links to the bay, could cost up to $80 million.


Freedom of Entry to the City

Saturday 12 April 2014, 11am will be a memorable day in the Redland City Calendar when the city bestows the age-old honour of Freedom of Entry to the City to No.95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

This event will include a formal parade with 150 marchers, representing all nine of No.95 Wing’s squadrons, accompanied by a band and air force cadets.

Redland residents are being invited to come and line the parade route on Middle Street, Cleveland (between Waterloo and Wynyard Streets) to watch this historic event.

The ceremony is also formal recognition from the RAAF of the important role our city played in the defence of our nation leading up to, and during, World War 2.

The Freedom of Entry ceremony will take on additional significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day this year and the centenary of the start of World War 1 at the end of July.

Freedom of Entry to the City’ dates back to the Middle Ages when cities were fortified by walls to protect residents from invaders. Right of entry to outside armed forces was a privilege rarely granted but came as a sign of respect for the protection and friendship offered.

Please note: there will be changed traffic conditions including temporary closures along Middle and Bloomfield streets, Cleveland during the parade. 

Check our website for more details at (web symbol) www.redland.qld.gov.au/freedom


Council to engage with community on city planning

Redland City Council will embark on a public consultation process around key aspects of city planning in the lead up to the revised draft Redland Planning Scheme (RPS) becoming available for formal public comment later this year or early next year.

The current review of the Redland Planning Scheme is already being underpinned by community engagement on a range of policies and strategies in recent years.

In coming months Council will be encouraging the community to view and review key areas of policy that are supporting the drafting process, including community and stakeholder forums on important issues such as population and employment growth strategies and options for how to deal with this growth.

A key focus for this engagement activity across the city will be the study into Redlands land availability commissioned by Council and expected for release in May this year.

The proposed engagement strategy will also inform Council’s input into the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan 2014-2041 expected for release in the second half of year.

Community and stakeholder forums will be held around Council’s upcoming Economic Development Strategy and the current community-wide engagement underway on disaster management planning.

Planned engagement activities include ‘neighbourhood kitchen table talks’ where residents and organisations can talk with planners about the current planning scheme and how to feed into the review.

Other planned activities include the establishment of an Interest Register so interested residents can receive updated information; a mail-out to all residents involved in previous community engagements around aspects of the planning scheme; availability of fact sheets, e-newsletters, magazine stories, website and display materials, social media and videos.

Over the coming months Council will be making information available through its websites, publications and community forums so that the community has the opportunity to understand and comment on future planning for our city.

Snapshot – 18 February 2014

Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek draft plans

Submissions close next Monday

Council is encouraging residents and stakeholders to have their say on the proposed development schemes for Toondah Harbour at Cleveland and Weinam Creek at Redland Bay.

If you are not one of the 2000 people who have already attended one of 10 community engagement forums on the mainland or islands, or provided comments online, there is still time to have your say.

Draft plans for the transformation on these waterfront locations are available for public viewing and written submissions until Monday 24 February 2014.

To view the plans or make a submission online, visit Council’s website. Plans can also be viewed at
Council’s customer service centres and libraries, shopping centres and key community services on the bay islands.


Council Sponsorship

Applications now open

Council’s latest round of Sponsorship funding is now open. We will be accepting applications until Friday 28 March 2014. The program provides financial and in-kind support for eligible events, projects, services or activities that benefit the Redlands.

Applications will be assessed in two categories:

Category 1: Applications seeking $15,000 or less will be assessed by an internal assessment panel.
Category 2: Applications seeking more than $15,000 will be assessed by an internal assessment panel and recommendations made to Council for approval.
Other funding: Council’s grants program is accepting applications for its current round until Friday 28 February 2012.

For information, or to obtain an application form, visit our website or phone 3829 8911.


Redlands Wildlife Rescue

A wild way to volunteer

Redlands Wildlife Rescue (RWR) needs volunteers to help sick, injured and orphaned native animals in the Redlands. There are two different services:

The Redlands Wildlife Care Network (RWCN) needs phone roster volunteers to provide advice to callers. You work from home 8am – 5pm one week every six to eight weeks.

The Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) needs volunteers to provide emergency
rescue and transport for wildlife. Volunteers work in teams of three 5pm – 8am one week every six weeks.

New volunteers are given training, with the next round of inductions being held in March 2014.

To join, phone Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611.


Water meter readings

Rake up the Rhododendrons! We are reading water meters in Redland Bay this week. Please make sure meter readers have clear access.


Open meetings

Wednesday 5 March, General Meeting – 9.30am

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

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

Economic Development eNews – January 2014

Message from the Mayor

This year is shaping to be a landmark year of growth and prosperity for the Redlands.

Building on the solid foundations laid in 2013, the City is primed to cement its reputation as “the best place to live, work and do business”.

Work continues apace (see below) on the Priority Development Areas of Weinam Creek and Toondah Harbour, the Cleveland CBD and important work towards the review of the Redland Planning Scheme which is expected to help shape the growth and character of the Redlands to 2025 and even beyond.

I would encourage you all to take every opportunity to participate this year and to help us shape a prosperous future for our wonderful city.


PDA update

On 10 January, the draft public discussion documents on the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas were released for public review and comment

Community forums hosted by Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland are also scheduled to help outline the vision and development process for both these strategic waterfront sites.

These forums will be an important opportunity to learn more about the possibilities for these two vital areas of our city and set out proposed land uses, development criteria and associated infrastructure envisaged for the PDAs.

The forum sessions will help outline the early vision for the sites, and give stakeholders another opportunity for input before investors are invited to lodge expressions of interest.

The forums will be held at:

Toondah Harbour

  • 1 February: 1-3pm Island View Café, Toondah Harbour
  • 7 February: 3:30-5:30 Island View Café, Toondah Harbour
  • 8 February: 1-3pm Dunwich Community Hall, North Stradbroke Island

Weinam Creek

  • 30 January: 5-8pm at Redland Bay Communtiy Hall
  • 6 February: 5-8pm at Macleay Island Progress Hall

For more information on the PDA process, visit our website.


Investment magnet

The Redlands continues to be a magnet for international delegations exploring potential investment opportunities, with six delegations visiting the City since October.

There has not just been interest in the PDA areas at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek – more than 20 government and investor delegates from China and Japan also visited other key Redlands locations and are impressed with what the City has to offer.

Add to that the fact that two key Cleveland buildings have recently been bought by investors and the recent media focus on the Redlands’ potential property prospects, and there is ample proof that the Redlands is cementing its reputation as “the best place to live, work and do business”.

Council is also considering potential development options for land it owns in Cleveland as part of its mission to breathe new life into the CBD. The options in a report on Cleveland CBD prepared for Council by Jones Lang LaSalle included developing the existing Council administration building as well as nearby land, potentially delivering millions of dollars in savings for ratepayers and presenting improved commercial and residential opportunities within our City’s heart.
The preliminary Commercial Investment Attraction Strategy report prepared for Council was tabled at a General Meeting of Council on 21 August 2013 (available online) and provides food for thought.


In the business pipeline

Marketing specialist Anita Beasley will offer Redland business owners an insight into how to boost their enterprises at a free workshop sponsored by Redland City Council on 5 February.

“Surfing the new business pipelines’’, from 4.30pm-6.30pm at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba, will help businesses identify basic low-cost marketing opportunities and develop simple and targeted business plans.

Ms. Beasley has contributed to the success of start-ups through to multinationals in a career spanning 20 years.

In 2011 she started Action Communications with her sister and together they work with national and local clients on branding, marketing, communications and public relations.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

Places are limited so RSVP by 30 January to karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or by calling 3829 8507.

Remember also to mark 13-14 June in your diary for the Redlands Business Expo. This opportunity for business networking includes a family day. The expo, which will showcase more than 70 local businesses, is an initiative of Redland Chamber of Commerce and is held in conjunction with Redland City Council.

For more information, visit The Redlands Business Expo website or contact Karen Brown at karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or on 3829 8507.


Spreading the message

Council is pursuing a number of opportunities to highlight the Redlands as an ideal destination for recreation and leisure.

A new Brisbane Marketing initiative aimed at drawing more visitors to Brisbane will be launched soon and it will have exciting flow-on benefits for the Redlands.

Local tourism industry operators have been given an overview of the campaign and most left enthused about the possibility to cast a wider net and bolster visitor spending in our City. Stay tuned for more information.

A key area of Council’s tourism focus this year has been partnership with the North Stradbroke Island community and business to support NSI as a holiday destination after dramatic fires in January disrupted peak season holiday visitors to this beautiful island.

North Stradbroke remains a stunning seaside holiday destination easily accessible to southeast Queensland holiday makers. It is open for tourism business.

Within days, even burnt out bushland areas have shown signs of quickly reshooting and recovery, as is typical of the Australian bush, and the island is expected to return to its full natural beauty within a very short time.

Holiday makers are being asked to help the recovery process by keeping their pets under control and keeping to the marked trails so as not to damage the delicate recovery of the island’s unique flora and fauna.


The first South East Queensland Island Forum- ‘Tourism, Transport and Local Economies’

Following the inaugural Australian Small Island Forum held on Lord Howe Island in May 2012, Redland City Council and Southern Cross University are now organising a similar event focussing on the coastal islands of Queensland. The objective of the forum is to provide an opportunity for Islanders and people who are enthusiastic about Islands to come together, learn from each other, discuss common issues and discover ways of working together.

It will be held on North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay Islands from Monday 24 February to Wednesday 26 February 2014 (NB North Stradbroke Island will be the accommodation base, free ferry transport will be provided between NSI and Russell / Macleay on Tuesday 25th for a day session there).

Topics include;

  • Sustainable Islands Tourism
  • Transport – Crossing that crucial gap
  • Cultural Tourism
  • How much buy-in does tourism need from the community beyond those in tourism, and how to get it.
  • The economics of autonomous islands – Can you make it alone?
  • The rents of paradise – What to do with Island economies?
  • Islands and Indigenous Business Opportunities.

Speakers confirmed so far;

  • Jayne Bates: Mayor of Kangaroo Island
  • David Thomson: General Manager, Transit Systems and Chairman, Straddie Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Michael Kortt: Southern Cross University Economist specialising in local government economics
  • Karen Williams: Mayor of Redland City Council
  • Cameron Costello: CEO, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
  • Lorna Hempstead: Magnetic Island Community Development Association Inc
  • Dr Howard Guille: Stradbroke Centre for Island Learning.

An optional Straddie Kingfisher 4WD Half Day Tour is available Monday morning. Book directly with Straddie Kingfisher Tours (07) 3409 9502

Cost: $60 (for three days) or $20 and $40 for individual half-day and day attendances – 50% reduction for full time students and unemployed attendees (and Wednesday evening session on Russell – free admission). Registration payable on the day in cash only.

For information on panels and speakers email: philip.hayward@scu.edu.au
For accommodation and other details email: seqif@redland.qld.gov.au, phone (07) 3829 8775
or visit the website.


Sign of the times

Digital message boards may soon welcome visitors to the Redlands after Council initiated an expression of interest process to install eight new signs at key City entry points.

The new signs would provide an attractive entrance to the City and strengthen our reputation as the best place to live, work and do business.

Sites earmarked for the signs are: Longland, Mount Cotton, Broadwater, Moreton Bay, Old Cleveland and Rickertt Roads, Toondah Harbour (Middle Street) and Weinam Creek (Hamilton Street).

The signs would also display community messages such as storm and fire warnings, and help promote key community events.

Priority Development Area community forums

Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland are hosting community forums about the proposed development schemes at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek.

These schemes are the next step in the transformation of both sites into vibrant waterfront destinations.

Toondah Harbour community forums

  • Saturday 1 February 2014
    1pm – 3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • Friday 7 February 2014
    3.30pm – 5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • Saturday 8 February 2014
    1pm – 3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island


Weinam Creek community forums

  • Thursday 30 January 2014
    5pm – 8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay
  • Thursday 6 February 2014
    5pm – 8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island

The proposed development schemes for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas are on public display until 24 February 2014. To view the schemes, make a submission or express your interest in these sites, visit our website.