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Koala trees at Ormiston


Council would like to assure residents that it has done everything reasonably possible to protect koala trees on private property at 223-231 Wellington Street, Ormiston and will create a publicly owned koala corridor along the foreshore of the block.

The property owner is subdividing the vacant land and plans to clear large koala trees that, if left on the block, the developer believes are a safety risk or will be affected by construction.

Zoning of this land to allow the subdivision is not new – the area has been zoned for residential development for the past eight years – and Council had no planning grounds to reject the development application.

The development application is consistent with the State Government’s Sustainable Planning Act, which Council is obliged to adhere to. If Council did not approve the application, the matter would likely go to the courts resulting in costly legal action funded by Redland ratepayers, and a likely decision that supports the subdivision.

While the trees may be removed, the 4900 square metres of land that fronts the water as part of this block, will be transferred to the community and revegetated. This will create a more effective koala corridor, which is protected by its new status as public land.

Koala trees as well as other flora will be planted in the foreshore area. A foreshore bike path will also be constructed to complete a missing link in our cycleway network around the city.

Council is committed to a green city, while meeting our obligations for community safety and a growing population.

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8999 or visit the details through Council’s PD Online website tool

The following points are intended to help further clarify information surrounding this approval:

  • Council decisions are bound by the State Government’s Sustainable Planning Act.  This application is consistent with the Act and as such Council was obliged to approve it.
  • Refusing the application may have resulted in legal action, which would have been costly to defend.  A cost paid by ratepayers.
  • This land has been suitable for residential development for more than 8 years, so the development is in line with the existing use of the land and the surrounding area.
  • Now that the application has been approved Council has no legal rights to change the approval.
  • An amendment to Council’s planning scheme was not made in response to this application.  An amendment was made separate to this application that had no bearing on the removal of any vegetation and it is unlikely it would have had any bearing on the outcome of the application.
  • Existing private land will be transferred to Council, providing 4,900 square metres of public use land for the community.
  • This public use land will be revegetated, completing and enhancing an existing environmental corridor, increasing wildlife habitat.
  • Recreational infrastructure including bike paths will also be constructed as part of the project.
  • Some properties included in the development will be nearly 1,000 square metres, maintaining the area’s amenity and character.
  • As the city grows, more land will be needed to provide housing and other community infrastructure. Building in already developed areas such as this is called ‘in-fill’ development and reduces the need for urban sprawl, protecting currently undeveloped areas.

While planning approvals can sometimes be complex, all planning approvals are granted in line with the relevant legislation and State Government Acts.

Mulching and tree works along main roads in Redland City


The Department of Transport and Main Roads have asked us to coordinate mulching, tree removal and tree pruning along main roads in Redland City from now until 28 June.

These works will be carried out during the hours of 7am-4pm. If road lane closures are required, on-site traffic control will manage the movement of vehicles.

Mulching along the median strip:

* Bloomfield Street, Cleveland from Russell Street to South Street.
* Shore Street West / Finucane Road / Old Cleveland Road from Wynyard Street, Cleveland through Alexandra Hills to the Capalaba boundary.
* Redland Bay Road, Capalaba from Moreton Bay Road to Andrew Street.
* Moreton Bay Road, Capalaba from Mt Cotton Road to Redland Bay Road.
* Birkdale Road / Old Cleveland East, Birkdale from Quarry Road roundabout to Finucane Road, Capalaba.

Tree removal and pruning:

* Along Bloomfield Street / Cleveland-Redland Bay Road from Cleveland to Redland Bay.
* Along Mt Cotton Road from Sheldon to Mt Cotton.
* Birkdale Road / Old Cleveland East, Birkdale from Quarry Road roundabout to Finucane Road, Capalaba.
* East Coast Road, North Stradbroke Island from Dunwich to Tramican Street, Point Lookout.

Help plant a koala habitat


Redland residents are being asked to roll up their sleeves to help our koalas at this year’s Koala Community Planting, where 2000 trees will be planted to create a future home for our furry friends.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said events such as these were important to the ecological sustainability of the Redlands.

“With the most significant urban koala population in Australia, the Redlands plays an important role in koala survival nationally,” she said.

“Events such as our community planting days not only provide habitat to sustain future koala populations but also raise the profile of our much-loved, iconic species and encourage the community to do their part to save our local koalas.”

Redland City Division 9 Councillor and environmental spokesperson Paul Gleeson said Council’s Koala Community Planting event was now in its sixth year and had helped plant more than 10,000 trees for Redlands’ koala population.

“This event is part of Council’s broader Bushcare program, which planted 20,000 native plants last financial year,” Cr Gleeson said.

“These community plantings make a huge difference with past community planting locations now home to large trees that provide shelter for local koalas.”

“This event complements a number of other Council initiatives that care for koalas.  These events include an annual koala survey and the Koala Fun Run which is being held Sunday 26 May at Norm Price Park, Redland Showgrounds.”

This year the event is being sponsored by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

People wanting to help with the planting should bring their own drinking water and wear appropriate sun protection and fully-enclosed shoes. All equipment will be provided.  To reward volunteer efforts, a free take-home native plant and sausage sizzle will be on offer for all who attend.

Event details:

When: Saturday 18 May 2013, 8.30am – 10.30am

Where: Creek Road Park, Parkridge Place, Birkdale; UBD Reference: Map 184 D5

For more information contact Bushcare 3824 8611

12,000 new trees for the Redlands


Redland Mayor Karen Williams this week joined SEQ catchments and Energex to plant new trees at Homestead Park, Mount Cotton, which will restore wildlife habitat.

And on Saturday 23 March the community is invited to pitch in and help to plant trees at a community planting event, hosted by SEQ Catchments and Energex, and including a sausage sizzle.

Cr Williams said the tree planting project highlighted the benefits of working in partnership with other organisations to deliver on-ground results for the Redlands, at no cost to Council.

“It is an important partnership that will deliver value for the community, protect and restore habitats and improve water quality, all of which contribute to keeping our city green and beautiful,” Cr Williams said.

SEQ Catchments Chief Executive Officer Simon Warner said the project aims to provide wildlife corridors between existing bushland areas.

“A total of 12,000 trees, including koala food trees, are being planted over 12 hectares at the site.

“A range of native trees are being planted to replicate what once would have been the natural environment of the area.”

The 23 March planting event is perfect for all ages of the community, with volunteers only needing to spend a couple of hours to restore habitat in the Redlands.

People wanting to help with the planting should bring their own drinking water and wear appropriate sun protection and fully-enclosed shoes. All equipment will be provided.

This project is being delivered by SEQ Catchments in partnership with Redland City Council on behalf of Energex, to meet environmental offset commitments for upgrades to energy distribution networks in the Redland City. This project is one example of Energex’s commitment to meaningful environmental outcomes in south-east Queensland.

Community Planting
When: Saturday 23 May, 9 am – 11.30am
Where: Homestead Park, Mt Cotton.
Parking is off Bohemia Ct, just off Valley Way. From the car park follow the signs 400m to the planting site.

From left to right: Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right:
Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right: Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right:
Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

 

 

Redlands Wiping out Weeds


The Redlands community is helping to wipe out weeds with over 800 bags of weeds swapped for native plants at Trees for Weeds Days held in four locations across the city last month.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Trees for Weeds Days received enormous community support this year and helped residents learn more about weeds including how to identify and manage them.

“The event was held at IndigiScapes, North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and Macleay islands,” she said.

“Residents collected 40 bags of weeds at Coochiemudlo, another 40 on North Stradbroke Island and 248 bags on Macleay Island, while a massive 501 bags of weeds were handed in at IndigiScapes.

“Residents have made their backyards wildlife friendly and reduced their future garden maintenance as they replanted with their free native plants.

“Council was especially encouraging residents to look out for Climbing Nightshade, Coral Berry, Dutchman’s Pipe and Duranta sp. on the mainland and Fishbone Fern and Mother of Millions on the Islands.

“I would like to thank the community for removing so many weeds.”

Weeds’ guides are available from IndigiScapes to learn more about local weeds. To make gardening easier and save you a trip to the waste transfer station order your green waste bin from RedWaste on 1300 362 036. The green bins are a great way to manage your home green waste.

Woody Weed mascot at IndigiScapes

Woody Weed mascot at IndigiScapes

Trees for Weeds at Macleay Island

Trees for Weeds at Macleay Island

Weed weaving workshop at IndigiScapes

Weed weaving workshop at IndigiScapes

Redland residents Jenny & Steve Anthony picking up a free tree

Redland residents Jenny & Steve Anthony picking up a free tree

Swap weeds for free trees in October


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is inviting residents to swap shopping bags of weeds for native plants at Trees for Weeds Days held in three locations across the city in October.

“Now in its 12th year, Trees for Weeds is a fantastic community initiative that has attracted more than 300 residents each year and has swapped more than 10,000 bags of weeds in the last decade,” Cr Williams said.

“Trees for Weeds Days are an opportunity for residents to replant their gardens with up to five free local native plants that are available per person. The events are being held at IndigiScapes, Coochiemudlo and Macleay Islands.

“Using native plants in your own backyard offers lower maintenance gardening, water saving and helps expand habitat for our wildlife.

“Weed experts will be on hand to help residents learn more about weeds including how to identify and manage them and to help find suitable native plants as replacements.

“Council is especially encouraging residents to look out for Climbing Nightshade, Coral Berry, Dutchman’s Pipe and Duranta sp. on the mainland and Fishbone Fern and Mother of Millions on Coochiemudlo and Macleay Islands.

Residents will also be able to participate in a ‘weed weaving’ workshop to be held at IndigiScapes Trees for Weeds Day on 6 October, between 10am and 4pm.

Cr Williams said the Redlands’ subtropical weather conditions provided an ideal environment for the rapid spread of weeds.

“We hope to equip residents with information to prevent new weeds from establishing and stop the spread of those already in existence,” Cr Williams said.

“Managing weeds is an important environmental issue and Trees for Weeds Days complement Council’s own weed management program.”

Weeds can have a number of negative impacts including:

  • damage to our natural, agricultural, water and coastal systems;
  • impact on agriculture and the poisoning of animals;
  • changing our biodiversity by out-competing native plants and degrading wildlife habitat;
  • impact on recreational activities and our gardens; and
  • promote fire in bushland areas.

Trees for Weeds Days will be held on the following dates and locations across the city:

Mainland Event
When: 10am to 4 pm, Saturday 6 October 2012
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

Bay Island Events
When: 8.30am – 10.30am, Saturday 20 October 2012
Where: Coochiemudlo Island Jetty, Coochiemudlo Island; and
Macleay Island Progress Hall, 2 Russell Terrace, Macleay Island

For further information about Trees for Weeds contact 3824 8611 or visit www.indigiscapes.com.au.

Mother of Millions

Mother of Millions

Climbing Nightshade

Climbing Nightshade

Coral Berry

Coral Berry

Duranta sp.

Duranta sp.

Dutchman's Pipe

Dutchman’s Pipe

Fishbone Fern

Fishbone Fern

Ailing trees to be removed in Cleveland


Two diseased trees will be removed in the Cleveland CBD over the next few days to ensure public safety.

The trees, a Norfolk Pine and a Jacaranda, have been monitored closely over the last 12 months and have been found to be suffering from fungal diseases, rot and decay.

Redland City Council Mayor, Karen Williams, said it was always heartbreaking to lose established trees from the streetscape.

“We have had to make the tough decision to remove these trees as they are becoming a public danger in the high-traffic CBD area.

“Our priority is to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors and these trees will be replaced with more suitable varieties.”

The Norfolk Pine is situated in the raised garden bed on the corner of Middle and Bloomfield Streets, in front of the Westpac bank. The Jacaranda is situated in the park between Bloomfield Street and the Woolworths carpark.

The Norfolk Pine will be replaced with a fig tree while the Jacaranda will be replaced with a Poinciana.

It is currently planned for the Norfolk Pine to be removed early Saturday Morning (18 August), while the Jacaranda should be removed early Tuesday morning (21 August).

“With expert care from our officers, the newly planted trees will quickly establish themselves and add to the beauty of our CBD,” the Mayor said.

Celebrate National Tree Day and benefit from ‘green time’


Redland City Council is urging residents to support National Tree Day by coming along to a community tree planting on Sunday 29 July from 9am – 11am at Doug Tiller Reserve, Montgomery Drive, Wellington Point.

National Tree Day is Australia’s biggest community tree-planting event coordinated nationally by Planet Ark.

The event aims to plant one million trees across Australia and is designed to encourage schools, community groups and individuals to actively care for our unique land and improve the environment in which they live.

The Redlands local event is hosted by Council’s Community Bushcare Program. It aims to plant over 4,000 plants, including 200 koala food tress, to improve habitat along Hilliard’s Creek wildlife corridor.

National Tree Day is perfect for all ages of the community, with volunteers only needing to spend a couple of hours to expand green areas in the Redlands.

Mayor Karen Williams said, “Council is encouraging residents to connect with the community and get involved in National Tree Day. It’s easy, fun and is only a small investment of time for great environmental, community and health benefits.”

“We can help make a difference within our community by understanding the benefits of tree planting to address important environmental issues such as the loss of habitat for native wildlife, especially our vulnerable koala population, and climate change.

“Council is proud to be hosting an active community event where residents can get outside amongst trees and nature and enjoy our great outdoors,” Mayor Karen Williams said.

Participants are asked to wear closed-in shoes and sun-protective clothing and bring their own drinking water. Council will provide all other requirements including plants, equipment, gardening gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent.

After the planting, a free sausage sizzle will be on offer for all who participate, as well as certificates for children who help plant on the day.

Wildlife and environment displays and a lucky door prize draw will also add to the festivities of the morning.

Celebrating its 17th year in 2012, National Tree Day has resulted in the planting of more than 17 million native trees and shrubs since its inception.

For more information about the National Tree Day community planting, contact Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611 or visit www.indigiscapes.com.au.