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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.

Parking trials begin in Cleveland and Wellington Point

Trials have begun for extended three hour parking in Cleveland CBD and 12 shared car and boat parking bays at Wellington Point Reserve.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said 367 two-hour spaces in Cleveland will be extended to three-hours for the six month trial.

“New signage is currently being installed that will bring the available three-hour onstreet parking sites in the Cleveland CBD to 427 from a total of 790 on-street parking sites.

“I am committed to finding the right balance of CBD parking options in response to calls from business and residents for longer CBD parking options.

“We want to revitalise the Cleveland CBD and one way we can help do this, is to encourage people to shop there.

“I hope these changes will be a positive outcome for those visiting Cleveland and help them to spend more time and money in this attractive city centre and provide sufficient time for people to go about their business.

“The important three-month trial at Wellington Point Reserve will allow cars to park in 12 of the cars-with-trailers parking bays between the hours of 1pm-10pm each day.

“The shared parking bays are in the first row of car trailer parking adjacent to the toilet block and will be clearly signed.

“The Wellington Point trial also includes two 15-minute drop-off zones, one located near the western playground, and one near the southern boat ramp.

“I am hoping all users will give these trials a fair go and park within the parking requirements.”

Both trials will be monitored through regular patrols by Council’s local laws officers and through customer feedback and compliance and infringement results.

Council commits to trials to tackle parking issues

Redland City Council resolved to trial new parking arrangements at two of the city’s busiest parking areas today.

The extension of hours for on-street parking in Cleveland Central Business district and limited shared parking at Wellington Point Reserve will both be trialled in coming months.

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams said the trials would begin as soon as the research collection methods and signage had been finalised.

“The Cleveland parking spaces trial will last six months, extending the two hour on-street parking zones to three hours along Bloomfield, Middle and Doig Streets,” Cr Williams said

“The aim of the Cleveland trial was to provide another incentive for people to stop and do their shopping and business in Cleveland.

“Council is committed to supporting business in the Redlands, and we had received feedback that the current two-hour zones were having a negative impact.

“We hope the extended parking hours will encourage people to visit Cleveland and spend more time, and their money, in this central business hub.”

At Wellington Point Reserve there will be a three-month trial, allowing cars to park in 12 of the cars-with-trailers parking bays between the hours of 1pm-10pm each day.

The shared parking bays will be in the first row of car trailer parking adjacent to the toilet block and will be clearly signed.

The Wellington Point trial will also include two 15-minute drop-off zones, one located near the western playground, and one near the southern boat ramp.

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the Wellington Point shared parking trial was a new approach in the ongoing challenge to meet the competing demands of park users.

“This trial is for a three-month period only, after which the merits of the shared parking arrangement and drop-off zones will be reviewed with further consultation,” Cr Boglary said.

Cr Williams said it was important that people did the right thing, followed parking signage and respected other park users so that everyone could make the most of the wonderful reserve.

Council will also increase its patrols of the Wellington Point Reserve and continue to enforce parking regulations.

Council to consider Wellington Point parking compromise

Redland City Council will at its next general meeting consider a compromise aimed at resolving the Wellington Point parking impasse.

Council’s City Services Committee today supported a recommendation that a three-month trial of shared parking be conducted.

Mayor Karen Williams said the proposed trial may offer a potential resolution of the Point parking issue that has been simmering for months.

“The recommendation is that Council undertake a trial of shared parking (cars and cars with trailers) along the first row of car trailer unit parking adjacent to the toilet block between 1pm and 10pm and that we review this after three months,” the Mayor said.

“I would hope that boaties, local businesspeople and others who have made Wellington Point one of the most visited places in the city will give this a chance to work.

“My hope is that they will see the trial as a potential way forward in what is a difficult situation for council as we juggle the rights of the thousands of visitors to the Point.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said she supported more efficient utilisation of a limited number of parking spaces to assist the area to be more user-friendly to the variety of users.

“We are endeavoring to strike a balance between the competing interests,” Cr Boglary said.

“The boaties are entitled to a certain number of car parks per ramp and we must ensure they have access to this number.

“We are hoping that in unfavorable boating weather or the quieter times of the day other users can now access these shared car parks. The wind usually increases after lunch, hence the times.

“The proposed trial of the shared use will allow access to more parks by other visitors such as wind surfers who like more blustery conditions for their activities.

“I am not in favor, however, of this access on public holidays and will strive to get support to have this concession included in the motion at the general meeting.

“I will also ensure that compliance action is continued, especially over the weekends and public holidays.

“Boaties are entitled to their car parks and I hope they will be flexible and support the trial so a fair and accurate picture will be achieved at the end of the trial.

“I also hope the proposed new ramp and car/trailer parking area in Williams Street, Cleveland, which will provide approximately 40 new trailer spots, will be an asset to the boating community and relieve some of the pressure at Wellington Point.”

Council calls for respect and fairness in Wellington Pt parking

Redland City Council says it will continue to reinforce parking regulations at the popular Wellington Point Reserve, calling on all users to be fair and respectful of the needs of all users.

Redland City Council’s General Manager Environment, Planning and Development, Toni Averay said the enormous popularity of coastal boating and picnic destinations like Wellington Point was a particular challenge for Council.

“In Council’s recent discussions with stakeholder groups, it was clear that all users were keen to see fair and equitable treatment and the enforcement of the existing parking regulations,” Toni Averay said.

“Council invested almost $2.8 million in major landscape and parking facility improvements at Wellington Point in 2009-2010 to meet the needs of users, including the addition of another 18 regular car spaces.

“There are now 166 regular car parking spaces at Wellington Point, including eight disabled spaces and 75 car and trailer parking spaces.

“Wellington Point is clearly one of the most popular destinations for families and picnickers as well as a vital and very popular public boat ramp facility for ‘boaties’ wanting to access the bay.

“It is important that we respect the rights of all users of this wonderful location and in particular, that cars not park in the spaces set aside to meet the needs of boat users.”

“These boat trailer spaces have been set aside to meet the requirements of recreational boat users who have no alternative, if these spaces are illegally taken by cars only.

“While Council will receive a further report next month on the parking situation, ultimately it is up to all visitors to Wellington Point to do the right thing so that everyone can safely and happily enjoy this wonderful destination.

“Council officers issued 39 Infringement notices to motorists who were illegally parked at Wellington Point last weekend.

“Council will continue to monitor and enforce the Wellington Point parking regulations.”

Toni Averay said boaties could use ramp and parking facilities at Williams St, Cleveland, Raby Bay and other Redlands access points, if Wellington Point was overcrowded.

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.

Community embraces parkland walk and talk days

Redland City Council’s Walk and Talk days, held 16-17 June, were a resounding success. Over 100 residents took part and gave vital feedback, both verbally and by completing over one hundred neighbourhood surveys and eight walkability surveys.

The Walk and Talk days were a community engagement activity for Open Space Strategy, the City’s open space planning blueprint for the next 14 years.

As part of the event, people were invited to checkpoints at Cleveland, Alexandra Hills, Victoria Point and Wellington Point to give their views on our parklands and open spaces, and the strategy recommendations. They could then go for a walk with council officers, complete a Heart Foundation walking checklist and have a chat.

There was also a children’s activity station, where kids could draw what they loved about local parks.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Walk and Talk days were a great example of Council seeking new ways to speak to residents.

“This project highlights Council’s commitment to listening to residents and finding different ways to gather information about our community’s needs and expectations.

“The Walk and Talk Days are a culmination of four months of community engagement on this project, and their success is a clear indication of how deeply people care about our neighbourhood parklands and open spaces.”

The Walk and Talk days were co-funded with the Local Government Association of Queensland, after Redland City Council successfully applied for a grant.

This project is one of only five to receive funding in Queensland, and will be used as a Healthy Communities demonstration project for local councils throughout the state.

Community engagement on the open space strategy is due to close on 30 June. Mayor Karen Williams extended her thanks to all those who have provided feedback.

“Whether you have commented on the strategy, completed a walkability checklist or shared your views at a Walk and Talk day, your feedback is valued and will be taken into consideration when the strategy is finalised for Council approval,” the Mayor said.