Redland City Council has agreed to note community consultation reports ahead of further deliberations on the future management and funding of the revetment wall and maintenance activities at Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Sovereign Waters estates.
Council says those considerations will include the work undertaken by Citizens’ Advisory Panel, and independently run Council appointed body headed by leading community engagement experts Articulous Communications and Max Hardy Consulting.
The Citizens’ Advisory Panel comprised up to 40 Redland ratepayers, including residents from our islands, inland areas, coastal areas and canal and lakefront property owners.
The group met three times between December 2017 and February 2018 for full day sessions to hear presentations from experts, canal and lake representatives and Council officers, visited the canals and lake and were able to ask questions and gain access to detailed information to assist them in their deliberations.
Mayor Karen Williams says the issues surrounding canal and lake funding in the city are complex and the establishment of the Citizens’ Advisory Panel gave an opportunity for a group of Redlanders to gain an in-depth understanding the issues.
While those who own canal and lakefront property also pay a special charge, Mayor Williams says the wider community was engaged as all ratepayers currently contribute through their general rates to the maintenance activities at these estates.
“The appropriate level of funding contributed by the city and those who live on the canals and lake has been an ongoing issue for Council and canal and lakefront property owners for many years.”
Currently, at these estates, Council dredges the waterways, so they remain navigable and repairs revetment walls that protect both public and private land from erosion.
In addition to the Citizens’ Advisory Panel, the citywide community consultation included a series of meetings with representatives of canal and lake ratepayer associations and other ratepayer representatives, conducted by independent community engagement experts, market research as well as Online and face-to-face surveys conducted by Council.
Mayor Williams says Council will be considering all the reports ahead of further deliberations on the matter.