Redlands Coast Priorities for 2020 State Election - Candidate Responses

Redland City Council State Election Advocacy Plan

Redland City Council has developed a State Election Advocacy Plan that outlines priority projects and initiatives required for Redlands Coast.

We’ve asked election candidates in the upcoming Queensland state election who are running in any of the four seats across Redlands Coast to identify which priorities they support. Candidates have been asked to provide their responses by 16 October 2020.

The Queensland state election will be held on 31 October 2020.

We will publish below the summarised responses from each of the candidates in the seats of Capalaba, Oodgeroo (formerly Cleveland), Redlands and Springwood as soon as we receive them.

If you are unsure of which electorate you are in use the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) website.

Council does not endorse any candidates. Some candidates have not responded.

Overview of Council's State Election Advocacy Plan priorities and projects

  • duplication of the Cleveland rail line
  • full upgrade of Cleveland-Redland Bay Road corridor
  • delivery of Eastern Busway to Capalaba
  • the adoption of innovative transport solutions such as Autonomous Transport
  • upgrade of Rickertt/Green Camp Road between the Redlands and Brisbane
  • active transport infrastructure and end of trip facilities.
  • Better Internet connectivity
  • connecting key businesses in the region with internet fibre in Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point.
  • a clearer, more prescriptive planning framework
  • a longer-term state infrastructure plan
  • removing the cap on how much Councils can charge developers for infrastructure so it is funded by industry, not ratepayers.
  • Redlands Coast Adventure Sport Precinct (Olympic standard canoe-kayak venue)
  • regional sports and recreation precinct
  • increased funding for social services – particularly homelessness, DFV and ageing services
  • electricity and water security for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands
  • support for Redlands Koala Conservation Strategy and local koala sanctuary/health facility
  • support for the Mosquito Management Action Plan 2019-2024 including financial support for annual monitoring and management.
  • more planning and funding for North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) as it undergoes significant economic transition from sandmining
  • funding of critical upgrades to ferry terminals at Dunwich and One Mile
  • classification of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands as eligible for regional funding due to isolation and socio-economic challenges
  • support for a local hydrogen industry
  • funding for Redlands Coast tourism, including funding a marketing campaign and facilities
  • locating State Government offices on Redlands Coast
  • funding for a Redlands Coast Health and Wellness Precinct
  • State Government reimbursement of bulk water costs for concealed water leaks.

Read the full State Election Advocacy Plan.

Queensland state election (Redland seats) candidates' commitments

ECQ Capalaba State District Map
ECQ Capalaba State District Map (PDF, 804 KB)

Member for Capalaba, Donald (Don) Brown – ALP

On behalf of myself, Don Brown Member for Capalaba and Mick de Brenni Member for Springwood, thank you for the request to respond to the Redlands Coast State Election Advocacy Plan.

We are pleased to have been able to support Redland City Council over the past term of Government and we look forward to the opportunity of continuing to deliver important projects and services for our Redlands Coast community in the next term of Government.

For nearly 3 years, working together we have achieved great outcomes with projects completed and projects underway for our roads and infrastructure, for our hospital and for our schools.  A number of the initiatives in the Advocacy Plan are already underway like the funding for internet connectivity, commencement of duplicating Cleveland Redland Bay Road and many projects well underway on Minjerribah.

We have also been pleased to support new initiatives like our Regional Jobs Committee that will assist in jobs growth and economic development. Redlands is also playing an important role within our State Government’s Hydrogen Strategy with the new Hydrogen Pilot Facility nearing completion.

We have seen strong support in service provision particularly in health, community services and domestic violence prevention.  The new accommodation at Maybanke, a project supported by Redland City Council and additional support workers has also been a wonderful outcome of this term of Government.  In health we are delivering the most significant economic investment in our hospital seen since its first establishment with the new $50M carpark out to tender, $62M in funding secured for a new ICU and 32 ward beds.  This builds on the emergency and maternity department expansions completed this year.  Further it was exciting to announce that Redlands will be the home to a new $40M satellite hospital in an Australian first for healthcare delivery. It will provide the opportunity to tailor service to meet community needs, important with a large aging community.

It has been wonderful to see Redland City Council funded under the Unite and Recover Covid Works for Queensland program with two rounds and over $7 million delivered over the past 6 months for a range of projects nominated.  It has also been terrific to see the completion of our partnership to upgrade to Indigiscapes come to fruition and to see our Cycle Network continue to grow with stages advanced in the Moreton Bay Cycle Network.

We are so fortunate to live in one of the most desirable regions in Queensland, and that has never been more evident than in this year with a global pandemic.  As members of the Palaszczuk Labor team we will continue to work to ensure our Redlands Coast is the best place to live in the world, just as we have done in Government this term. We are committed to working with all levels of Government to advocate for and deliver on the needs of our Redlands Coast communities.

Candidate for Capalaba, Bev Walters – LNP

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Capalaba, Michael Metzen – Greens

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Capalaba, Marilyn Winters – Informed Medical Options Party (IMOP)

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Capalaba, Paul Branagan – Independent

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Capalaba, Neil Gilmour – Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Capalaba, Peter Calil – Civil Liberties and Motorists Party

No response provided to Council

ECQ Oodgeroo State District Map
ECQ Oodgeroo State District Map (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson – LNP

A Connected Community

The road, rail and public transport infrastructure projects proposed would be lobbied for. Funding commitments made by the Parties during the election campaign would be lobbied for to ensure these do not simply become hollow promises.

Greater use of autonomous vehicles would also be supported, within a framework that provides for greater public transport throughout the electorate, and particularly on North Stradbroke Island. Use of new technologies of this type is fully aligned with my proposals around developing new, high tech industries in Oodgeroo.

Given the changes in working habits as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the proposal for improved active transport solutions is welcomed. Even greater emphasis should be placed on this component of the strategy, as increased adoption of walking and cycling to access work and school in particular has so many benefits. These include health improvements, as well as reducing pressure on existing infrastructure and reducing environmental pollution loads.

Improvements to internet connectivity is an essential component of developing a hub in Oodgeroo for high tech industries, which is one of my key policy elements. The increase in working from home in 2020 has further highlighted the inadequacies of existing internet capacity in the Redlands, and the rollout of the NBN network has only partially addressed these issues. The solution must involve all levels of government and I would work actively to achieve this outcome.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

I applaud the proposal for a move away from performance based planning, as this is an area of reform that I have advocated for some time. A planning framework that provides more clearly defined, enforceable requirements will provide greater transparency and certainty to all parties. Ultimately, this is also likely to result in a more efficient and effective planning process. Review of the appropriateness of subsidiary policies and Codes of Practice that may conflict with Planning Schemes approved under The Planning Act is also warranted.

Regarding provision of infrastructure that matches growth, at present growth in Redland City has occurred at a pace that has not, in all cases, been matched with corresponding infrastructure upgrades. There is a need for expenditure to improve existing infrastructure, however planning mechanisms also need to manage growth in a way that is sustainable and allows infrastructure provision to catch up with current demand. This objective may need to be addressed through adjustment of the planning framework, and development of clear strategic goals and frameworks for the City.

Review of the funding arrangements for infrastructure would be supported, within the overall context of a revised planning framework and strategic infrastructure planning.

The proposed priority lifestyle projects proposed in the advocacy document are not supported. The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports precinct was originally proposed in association with an Olympic bid and a previous proposal to locate a Surf Life Saving QLD training facility at Cleveland. Both of these projects are potentially defunct, so there is now an opportunity to reconsider the most appropriate watersport related facility for Oodgeroo. Moreton Bay provides tremendous opportunities for a wide range of watersports. A multi-watersport facility located on the Bay could support many in our local community that participate in watersports, and provide facilities for competitive events in a range of sports including multi-sport events such as triathlons.

The suitability of the proposed Redlands Coast Regional sports and recreational ground to service the population in Oodgeroo is considered questionable, although the location would clearly be advantageous for servicing the southern areas of Redland City. Improvements to existing facilities in Oodgeroo would be more advantageous to the existing population. This could include upgrades to the Cleveland Aquatic centre, Cleveland Showground and associated Touch Rugby and other club facilities and the Pinklands sporting complex located just outside the electorate.

Security of essential services and provision of additional funding in relation to homelessness, the aged and victims of domestic violence is considered necessary and I commit to lobbying for this. In particular, additional funding to support organisations working in these sectors is necessary both on the mainland and North Stradbroke Island.

Sustainable Environment

My policy commitments to North Stradbroke Island include development of a Community Renewable Power project, and planning for this has commenced. This project is proposed to provide energy security for the island, as well as providing a return to the local community and lower cost energy. In relation to management of the North Stradbroke Island aquifer, sustainable use of this resource is critical to maintaining the unique hydrogeological and ecological features on the island. It is necessary to determine whether there is a sustainable abstraction rate from the aquifer, and to develop a management plan for the aquifer on that basis. As a long term objective, decoupling of the aquifer from the South-East Queensland water grid would be ideal, and this is likely to require supplementing the water supply perhaps through increasing water recycling and implementing legislative requirements for water tanks in new homes.

Development of a koala sanctuary and health care facility on the mainland, with a satellite facility on North Stradbroke Island, would support the koala population and tourism. I would lobby strongly for funding to support these initiatives.

In relation to mosquito management, a holistic approach that considers planning, development, management solutions and education is advocated. Innovative solutions that can be incorporated into future developments are retro-fitted to existing developed areas should also be considered. On this basis, developing an Integrated Midge and Mosquito Management plan would be supported.

Thriving Economy

The request for greater support for North Stradbroke Island and the SMBIs, recognition as eligible for regional funding and prioritising funding of the ferry terminals at Dunwich and, possibly, One Mile is supported.

Specific support for the hydrogen economy is considered premature, and rather the focus should be on the broader renewable energy sector and in particular more mature renewable energy technologies. Research is already underway into solar and hydrogen energy at the Redlands Research Station, and this could be broadened significantly by provision of additional infrastructure and training services at the facility. One of my key policies is to develop a renewable power station on North Stradbroke Island, and this is consistent with developing skills locally in the renewables sector.

In relation to support for the tourism sector, there are a number of initiatives that should be facilitated by Council to support tourism and to establish Cleveland as a heritage town par-excellence and a regional koala centre. This would necessitate changes to the City Plan in particular around maintaining heritage character precincts and koala habitat, with appropriate protections provided through Local Area Plans or similar mechanisms. Without a firm commitment from Council to address these issues and to manage future development in a way that is consistent with the local character and protection of koala habitat, I would not support additional State government funding for tourism marketing and tourism infrastructure initiatives.

One of my published policy initiatives is to develop a State Government Distributed Work Centre, similar to those already in operation in Logan, Ipswich and on the Sunshine Coast. Ideally, this would be located in the Cleveland CBD. It is noted that a State government department is already located at the former Fisher and Paykel factory, and office space at the Redlands Research Station is being used for local State Government workers that – prior to the pandemic – would have commuted to the Brisbane CBD to work. The current trend away from city based work should be harnessed by provision of State Government work spaces in Oodgeroo, to support the local economy as well as reduce pressure on transport infrastructure.

The proposals for the Redlands Coast Health and Wellness precinct is supported. I will lobby for the funding commitments made by the major parties for upgrades to Redlands Hospital and other medical related facilities to be implemented in the next term of government.The proposal for remissions for concealed water leaks costs is supported in principle, providing appropriate mechanisms are in place for prevention and early detection of leaks.

Candidate for Oodgeroo, Ian Mazlin – Greens

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Oodgeroo, Irene Henley – ALP

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Oodgeroo, Kirstyn Marriott – Informed Medical Options Party (IMOP)

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Oodgeroo, Claire Richardson – Independent

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Oodgeroo, Douglas Chapman – Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party

No response provided to Council

ECQ Redlands State District Map
ECQ Redlands State District Map (PDF, 5.0 MB)

Member for Redlands, Kim Richards – ALP

On behalf of myself, Don Brown Member for Capalaba and Mick de Brenni Member for Springwood, thank you for the request to respond to the Redlands Coast State Election Advocacy Plan.

We are pleased to have been able to support Redland City Council over the past term of Government and we look forward to the opportunity of continuing to deliver important projects and services for our Redlands Coast community in the next term of Government.

For nearly 3 years, working together we have achieved great outcomes with projects completed and projects underway for our roads and infrastructure, for our hospital and for our schools.  A number of the initiatives in the Advocacy Plan are already underway like the funding for internet connectivity, commencement of duplicating Cleveland Redland Bay Road and many projects well underway on Minjerribah.

We have also been pleased to support new initiatives like our Regional Jobs Committee that will assist in jobs growth and economic development. Redlands is also playing an important role within our State Government’s Hydrogen Strategy with the new Hydrogen Pilot Facility nearing completion.

We have seen strong support in service provision particularly in health, community services and domestic violence prevention.  The new accommodation at Maybanke, a project supported by Redland City Council and additional support workers has also been a wonderful outcome of this term of Government.  In health we are delivering the most significant economic investment in our hospital seen since its first establishment with the new $50M carpark out to tender, $62M in funding secured for a new ICU and 32 ward beds.  This builds on the emergency and maternity department expansions completed this year.  Further it was exciting to announce that Redlands will be the home to a new $40M satellite hospital in an Australian first for healthcare delivery. It will provide the opportunity to tailor service to meet community needs, important with a large aging community.

It has been wonderful to see Redland City Council funded under the Unite and Recover Covid Works for Queensland program with two rounds and over $7 million delivered over the past 6 months for a range of projects nominated.  It has also been terrific to see the completion of our partnership to upgrade to Indigiscapes come to fruition and to see our Cycle Network continue to grow with stages advanced in the Moreton Bay Cycle Network.

We are so fortunate to live in one of the most desirable regions in Queensland, and that has never been more evident than in this year with a global pandemic.  As members of the Palaszczuk Labor team we will continue to work to ensure our Redlands Coast is the best place to live in the world, just as we have done in Government this term. We are committed to working with all levels of Government to advocate for and deliver on the needs of our Redlands Coast communities.

Candidate for Redlands, Henry Pike – LNP

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Redlands, Carmen McNaught – Greens

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Redlands, Frank Brady – Legalise Cannabis Qld (LCQ)

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Redlands, Michelle Maher – Informed Medical Options Party (IMOP)

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Redlands, Peter Williams – Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Redlands, Andrew Pope – Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Qld

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Redlands, Craig Gunnis – Clive Palmer’s UAP

No response provided to Council

ECQ Springwood State District Map
ECQ Springwood State District Map (PDF, 4.6 MB)

Member for Springwood, Mick de Brenni – ALP

On behalf of myself, Don Brown Member for Capalaba and Mick de Brenni Member for Springwood, thank you for the request to respond to the Redlands Coast State Election Advocacy Plan.

We are pleased to have been able to support Redland City Council over the past term of Government and we look forward to the opportunity of continuing to deliver important projects and services for our Redlands Coast community in the next term of Government.

For nearly 3 years, working together we have achieved great outcomes with projects completed and projects underway for our roads and infrastructure, for our hospital and for our schools.  A number of the initiatives in the Advocacy Plan are already underway like the funding for internet connectivity, commencement of duplicating Cleveland Redland Bay Road and many projects well underway on Minjerribah.

We have also been pleased to support new initiatives like our Regional Jobs Committee that will assist in jobs growth and economic development. Redlands is also playing an important role within our State Government’s Hydrogen Strategy with the new Hydrogen Pilot Facility nearing completion.

We have seen strong support in service provision particularly in health, community services and domestic violence prevention.  The new accommodation at Maybanke, a project supported by Redland City Council and additional support workers has also been a wonderful outcome of this term of Government.  In health we are delivering the most significant economic investment in our hospital seen since its first establishment with the new $50M carpark out to tender, $62M in funding secured for a new ICU and 32 ward beds.  This builds on the emergency and maternity department expansions completed this year.  Further it was exciting to announce that Redlands will be the home to a new $40M satellite hospital in an Australian first for healthcare delivery. It will provide the opportunity to tailor service to meet community needs, important with a large aging community.

It has been wonderful to see Redland City Council funded under the Unite and Recover Covid Works for Queensland program with two rounds and over $7 million delivered over the past 6 months for a range of projects nominated.  It has also been terrific to see the completion of our partnership to upgrade to Indigiscapes come to fruition and to see our Cycle Network continue to grow with stages advanced in the Moreton Bay Cycle Network.

We are so fortunate to live in one of the most desirable regions in Queensland, and that has never been more evident than in this year with a global pandemic.  As members of the Palaszczuk Labor team we will continue to work to ensure our Redlands Coast is the best place to live in the world, just as we have done in Government this term. We are committed to working with all levels of Government to advocate for and deliver on the needs of our Redlands Coast communities.

Candidate for Springwood, Kirrily Boulton – LNP

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Springwood, Glen Cookson – One Nation

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Springwood, Judy Rush – Animal Justice Party (AJP)

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Springwood, Janina Leo – Greens

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Springwood, George Sololov – Clive Palmer’s UAP

No response provided to Council

Candidate for Springwood, Ian Sganzerla – Civil Liberties and Motorists Party

One of the major aims of the Civil Liberties and Motorists Party is the elimination of tolls on roads/bridges without increasing taxes. I see this as particularly important to the people in the Redlands area since they are in some degree “landlocked” in the North East corner of the Southern region of Brisbane, which places a greater need for Redland people to have free access to other districts via roads/bridges which are NOT tolled.

Another area of concern, which impacts on the Redland area, is the soon to be built ‘Eastern side’ duplication of the M1 highway. Currently, we are told that the Northern end of this duplication, will turn towards West just after crossing the Logan River, where it will join into the already busy, sometimes clogged roads to the South of Brisbane.

It must be remembered that an earlier version of this additional carriage way  went through the Daisy Hill forest area, but received strong opposition when it was proposed to go through hilly Koala habitat land on the Western side of Mount Cotton. It is claimed by many that this earlier version Daisy Hill route resulted in the loss of Government by the then political party. Consequently, the original M1 was upgraded to four lanes each way instead of the Daisy Hill version.

The big question many have asked is, why would you build a new Eastern duplication to the M1 if it is going to “stop” just north of the Logan River?  Would it not be logical to assume that there could be a hidden agenda to later extend the duplicated road further North towards Brisbane?  It is not so much a question of needing more roads, but rather, which route or direction will this road take?

It has been suggested to me that if a Northern link was built from the Logan River, then it is essential to  travel on the EASTERN side of Mount Cotton, where it could then at some point turn towards the direction of Brisbane. This Northern link could be a benefit to the Redlands area, to provide better access to both the Gold Coast and to Brisbane, but any route could also  cause some Brisbane or Redland people to get upset if an additional or upgraded carriage ways went near or through their area to the city, or Southwards. So, who do we please if a new East of Mount Cotton Road is built? Either the road stops just north of the Logan River, or goes East of Mount Cotton before heading towards Brisbane?

However, whichever version may or may not be constructed, it is absolutely essential that roads be TOLL FREE, particularly if one is disadvantaged by being “landlocked” in a less accessible location.  Furthermore, if any new or upgraded road results in the resumption of property, then the property owner MUST be adequately compensated with payment ABOVE market value. It surely would NOT be fair to expect someone to vacate or loose property unless sufficiently reimbursed. What would others want if their property was taken for the benefit of others? What would be the fairest way for any representative to address these issues without being seen to be “buying votes”?