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Retrieved from July 25, 2018

Call to Action March 7


TAG - Call to ACTION

To all Members (and friends) of the Toondah Action Group (TAG)

This Wednesday morning our Council will consider the community petition to stop the Toondah PDA. That is the time to rally (from 9am) and exercise our democratic rights to inform Council what we think about their stance on Toondah.

This action was foreshadowed last week and we asked TAG members to "pencil in the date, place and time so we can show Councillors the level of community anxiety and opposition to the Toondah scheme.

The council is considering what can only be described as a feeble report on the petition.  The Report has been complied by the Redlands Investment Corporation and does no justice to the matters at hand or for the Councillors supposedly considering a community petition, a petition signed by over 1400 people.

The stop Toondah rally will be on Wednesday....7th March 2018.
When: 9- 9:30 am (in advance of the actual meeting)
Where: In front of the Redland City Council Chambers, in Bloomfield Street Cleveland
What to bring: a pair of Gum boots or walking boots (or even old shoes) to wave  and show we want to give Walker's the BOOT (a good photo shoot).

Who should attend:  Any one concerned about the 3600 apartments planned for Toondah Harbour, the delayed upgrade of the port facilities, the impacts on the Ramsar area and other environmental values, the traffic and congestion in Cleveland and impacts on the existing CBD and so much more. 

Further the deceitful consultation and the poor planning that underpins the current development scheme should be dealt with now to re-start the planning process in a modern and transparent way.
The Toondah Development has been poorly planned since its inception but the Report to Council clearly shows the secrecy and commercial commercial-in-confidence arrangements have been used to keep the community in the dark on so many aspects of the scheme.

Color, noise and movement is the order of the day from 9am until 9:30am.  Those wanting to witness the performance of Councillors should then proceed to the Council Chambers.  Other members of TAG may adjourn to Bloomfield Park for a debrief, conversation and a coffee.

Help stop the rort, and fix the port! 

Come along Wednesday for 30 minutes or so! Make a stand our Councillors can't ignore. 

Steve MacDonald
President Redlands2030

JOURNEYING: Kangaroo Island, Reflecting on Islands of the World Conference July 2017

The 15th Islands of the World Conference was a gathering of peoples at Kangaroo Island Australia, July 2-7 2017 organised by the ISISA the International Small Islands Studies Association. Conference themes were considered, determined and decided before island visitors arrived. How else to organise a rabble of renegade and retired academics, active senior citizens, young minds and hearts, smart people and passionate locals?

Kangaroo Island as host is beset with a near and imminent drive for tourism, looming branding and stamped packaging. Not for the faint hearted. Internationals and interstate visitors were rendered effete by it, despite the size of their heart. A conversation back in February 2014 with Delvene Cockatoo-Collins concerning Kangaroo Island at the 1st South East Queensland Island Forum ‘Tourism, Transport and Local Economies’ on Canaipa (Russell Island) questioned how any Kangaroo Island initiative could succeed with the Aboriginal understanding of it as place of the dead.

Of most interest at the 2017 conference were models of diplomatic activism and active citizenship.  Notions of island-ness and their jurisdictions were shared. Understandings of islands as incubators of ideas for global survival, ecological restoration and celebration were aired. 

The poetic academic writing about island as metaphor by Alice Teasdale in her paper On inhabited islands: Shakespeare, Stevenson, magic, colonisation and the public imagination, Professor Elizabeth McMahon sharing of poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner performance at the United Nations Climate Leaders Summit in 2014 and Amy Kerr Allen speaking about the sinking islands of Kiribati in her presentation An island out of water: challenges created by centralisation of population and services in Kiribati were engaging presentations and speakers.

Post conference conversation with Jackie Cooper back home at Minjerribah was of island as haven and a  character profiling of islanders as miscreants, misfits, buccaneers, pirates and voyagers.

Happy snaps follow by and of, we delegates and tourists of Kangaroo Island who are three generations of matrilineal descent from aetipical ancestor Matilda Brown who now reside on Quandamooka Country.

2014 1st South East Queensland Island Forum ‘Tourism, Transport and Local Economies’ program can be found at this link

Islands of the World Conference July 2017, Kangaroo Island program link can be found at


There are 500 000 migrating birds leaving Australian shores every year. The Australasian Flyway encompaces 22 countries, and is a 25 000 km round trip. But many birds spend most of their time here. There are 35 different species and their survival is dependent on habitat preservation. Moreton Bay shore lines are under threat from the Toondah Harbour redevelopment and critical bird habitats will be built on or polluted.

"FLYWAY investigates the enchanting nature of migratory birds and the annual epic, threatened journeys they make across a shifting globe in search of rest, food and a nest. Wearing headphones and binoculars audiences are enveloped in a lush soundscape and led on a birdwatching tour through urban spaces to encounter special moments dotted along the path - birds framed by screens, lenses and the city itself. Using video, sound and performance FLYWAY merges foreground and background and points to our mediated experience of ‘nature’.

The richly layered audiovisual work is drawn from a partnership with Birdlife Australia and their volunteer networks. Elizabeth Dunn undertook an extensive, month-long field research trip along the coast between Melbourne and Maryborough (QLD) to meet with local birders, visit bird sites and collect field recordings. Inspired by colossal migrations, Flyway’s sonic character suggests thick clusters of bird flocks and dense clouds of sound, shifting up and down along the coasts of nations as it creates an auditory envelope around its participants".

Retrieved from June 11, 2017

Local Council Mapping the Quandamooka

Released today by the Queensland Redistribution Commission were the new state electoral boundaries for the Redlands. These four electorates: Oodgeroo (formerly Cleveland), Capalaba, Redlands or Springwood which will include people living in Sheldon and Mt Cotton.

Oodgeroo was the traditional name of the Aboriginal poet and activist Aunty Kath Walker. Oodgeroo Noonuccal mans paper bark of the tribe Nunuccal (spelling variations include Nunuccal, Noonuckle and Nunukul).

Retrieved from…/the-final-determination

Flood and Storm Tide Hazard and and Environmental Significance Island Map Overlay retrieved from

May 26, 2017

54 years of Coral Dredging Mud, St Helena and Green Islands

"Prior to coral dredging Mud Island was a 1200 ha coral reef island. Air photo analysis shows that coral dredging for cement manufacture has removed about 74% of the open reef flat which is 50% of the island's total area" extract from article The supratidal deposits and effects of coral dredging on Mud Island, Moreton Bay, southeast Queensland by D.P. Allingham and D.T. Neil


Exerts follow from A Managed Approach to Exiting Coral Dredging Operations in Moreton Bay taken from the River Mouth Action website.

"Historical Background

QCL commenced coral extraction in Moreton Bay in 1937. In 1956, a 50-year exclusive licence was granted by the Queensland Government for the extraction of coral from the shallow shelf and off-shore areas of Mud Island (see Figure 1). Following this, a 25-year licence was granted in 1966 for the whole of the shelf surrounding St Helena and Green Islands as well as offshore deposits near Empire Point. An inshore licence for Cleveland Point, Raby Bay and Wellington Point was granted in 1974 for a 25-year period"


"Over the past decade or so, there had been growing community concern over QCL’s dredging activities in Moreton Bay. This concern had been adopted by a number of local environmental groups whose interests lay with issues variously attributed to QCL’s coral dredging activities. Identified issues include coral reef flat protection and rehabilitation, commercial and recreational fishing values, and water quality and boating safety.

With assistance from local media sources and platforms provided by such events as the Sixth International Ramsar Convention on the Preservation of Wetlands held in Brisbane, community pressure had enabled a significant degree of influence to be placed on the decision-makers of Queensland. This pressure culminated in 1995, when the Goss Labor Government made an election promise to the people of Queensland that QCL Darra would be closed as soon as practicable. This led to the eventual cessation of dredging in November 1997, the closure of three existing kilns (two wet kilns at Darra and one semi-wet kiln at Gladstone) and the $200M expansion of the existing clinker manufacturing facility at Fisherman’s Landing in Gladstone, incorporating state-of-the-art technology".

Fallen Trees - A Colossal Vandalism

If this were just unique to Peel Island one might say, it is just about erosion and over use. The same scenario can be seen at Coochiemudlo Island, Flinders Beach and Blakesley's, Minjerriba. Rising sea levels are real and palpable. Perhaps the loss of residential and resort seaside property to the ocean and depreciating land values will spur government and corporations to cap pollutant emissions into the environment.

Quandamooka Festival, Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island)

Now in it's third year the Quandamooka Festival is an important celebration of culture and country. 2011 was the year Native Title was recognised for the Quandamooka people under Anna Bligh's government. The LNP and Campbell Newman extended the allowed period for mining until 2035. Anna Bligh was invited to speak at the welcome ceremony on Sunday, and talked about Quandamooka's High Court challenge to reinstate labour policy to end Sibelco's large Enterprise mine in 2019, with rehabilitation to continue beyond that. 

This from the Redland City Bulletin shows Anne Walker former Queensland Government minister, Deputy Premier Jackie Tradd, former State Premier Anna Bligh and Minister for Housing Leeanne Enoch, 

Image retrieved July 4, 2016, from

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