Birkdale Land

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Understanding values and identifying suitable community uses

Council has purchased the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale for the Redlands Coast community.

Approximately 44.78 hectares of the total 61.78 hectares are bushland zoned Conservation, and the remaining 17 hectares are cleared land zoned Community Facilities for community purposes.

The land has known-ecological values and features a number of cultural heritage sites, including a scar tree, as well as historic infrastructure associated with the former World War II wireless signal station and Australian Communications and Media Authority facility.

Council has committed to consulting with the community and commissioning additional reports and studies to gain a complete understanding of the site’s environmental, cultural heritage and historical values.

This understanding will inform the community consultation on future potential uses.

Tell us your stories about the land

To help with that understanding we invite you to tell us your story of the land and its history, share your knowledge or simply register for future updates. See information below.

Understanding values and identifying suitable community uses

Council has purchased the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale for the Redlands Coast community.

Approximately 44.78 hectares of the total 61.78 hectares are bushland zoned Conservation, and the remaining 17 hectares are cleared land zoned Community Facilities for community purposes.

The land has known-ecological values and features a number of cultural heritage sites, including a scar tree, as well as historic infrastructure associated with the former World War II wireless signal station and Australian Communications and Media Authority facility.

Council has committed to consulting with the community and commissioning additional reports and studies to gain a complete understanding of the site’s environmental, cultural heritage and historical values.

This understanding will inform the community consultation on future potential uses.

Tell us your stories about the land

To help with that understanding we invite you to tell us your story of the land and its history, share your knowledge or simply register for future updates. See information below.

  • Fencing work planned

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    20 August, 2020
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    August 20, 2020

    Council will soon be constructing a fence along the Old Cleveland Road boundary of the Birkdale land.

    The work is expected to commence in early September, and is necessary to restrict unauthorised access for public safety and to ensure the environmental and heritage values of the site are protected.

    The scope of the upcoming work has been assessed by Council’s heritage consultant, who will also be onsite to supervise the work as it is done.

    Importantly, the work will not result in the removal of protected vegetation.

  • Birkdale’s WW11 radio receiving station listed on Queensland Heritage Register

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    13 July, 2020

    The former United States Army radio receiving station, at Birkdale, has been entered into the Queensland Heritage Register by the Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) at its meeting on 26 June 2020.

    The receiving station is located on a portion of the 61.78 hectares site in Birkdale, acquired by Council in 2019.

    Council will now progress with finalising a heritage management plan, in addition to other studies and assessments for the property. This work will help to inform planning, and public consultation on the future uses of the site.

  • Council backs heritage listing recommendation for Birkdale community land

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    19 June, 2020

    June 10, 2020

    Redland City Council has today backed a State Government recommendation for heritage protection of a former US Army Radio Receiving Station used in World War II.

    Mayor Karen Williams said key heritage features located on the Council-owned land – including the main radio receiving building, surrounding yard and access road to Old Cleveland Road East – were included in the preferred boundary proposed for a State heritage listing.

    “Council finalised purchase of the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale in December 2019, knowing of the Commonwealth’s intention to apply to the State Government for a heritage listing over part of the site,” Cr Williams said.

    “The Australian Government has since applied to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science to have a portion of the historical site listed on the Queensland State Heritage Register.

    “As part of this process, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) has prepared three possible options for the extent of the heritage listing and has asked Council for comments on these.

    “Council supported the DES recommended boundary. “This feedback will be passed onto the Queensland Heritage Council, which is expected to consider the matter on 26 June 2020.

    “I worked hard over several years to purchase this land for the Redlands Coast community and Council has an obligation to manage the various heritage values on the site, irrespective of any State listing.

    “Council engaged a consultant to undertake a site review and prepare a heritage management plan, the report for which will be finalised once the decision of the Queensland Heritage Council is known.

    “Council’s review also includes heritage values of the property that don’t necessarily meet the criteria for listing on the State Government heritage register. This will include identifying heritage values that can be included on the local heritage register.

    ” Councillor for Division 10 Paul Bishop said it was a site with many stories, from the Quandamooka people through to early pioneers and the US-army radio receiving station technology that was used during World War II and was the radio headquarters for all in-coming communications in the fight against the Japanese Imperial Army.

    “They were able to receive messages from across the world using encrypted technology that was the basis of the modern internet,” Cr Bishop said.

    “I look forward to this site being protected and many more stories being told about this remarkable place.”

  • Studies into former Commonwealth land progressing well

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    12 March, 2020


    March 11, 2020

    Council’s land assessment studies into the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale are underway, with Council this week noting a status update report.

    Land activities include the following:

    Council has engaged an ecologist to report on the ecological values of the property and prepare a management plan for the land’s conservation area, to meet contractual arrangements for long-term protection and conservation of koalas and koala habitat, a subtropical and temperate coastal saltmarsh ecological community and other ecological values within the land’s conservation area.

    A heritage consultant has also been engaged to conduct a review of Indigenous, historic and natural heritage values, and to prepare a Heritage Management Plan that Council will be required to implement.

    A planning consultant has commenced work on a planning investigation that will give Council a clear understanding of the statutory framework and physical attributes associated with the land, an assessment of opportunities and constraints and details of any information gaps.

    Since Council took ownership of the property late last year, assessments have also been carried out relating to site safety and security, general land maintenance, including mowing, and weed and fire management.

    The first phase of Council’s community engagement on the land is still underway, with members of the public asked to share their stories and knowledge of the land to help Council understand its values to the community.

    For more information on the consultation, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site.

    A further report following completion of all relevant studies and management plans will be presented to Council later this year.


  • Bring out your stories about Birkdale land

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    06 December, 2019

    6 December 2019

    Bring out your stories about Birkdale land

    Redland City Council has put out the call for residents to share any historic or cultural information they may have about land at Birkdale which has now been purchased by Council from the Commonwealth Government.

    Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was inviting personal stories about the 61 hectares of land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale while a suite of additional heritage, environment and land studies were carried out.

    “To support the work of the experts who will be completing gap analysis and further information gathering, Council is inviting the community to also share their knowledge of the land, its history and values.

    “This is the first stage of speaking with the community about this property, with formal public consultation to occur next year after all heritage and environmental studies have been completed.

    “The Redlands Coast community has had a long and strong relationship and interest in the Birkdale site over many decades, including its Quandamooka cultural significance and historic role in World War II.

    “While much is already known about the land, a great deal of its history is locked in the memories and experiences of residents, with many having childhood stories of the land and the creek.

    Cr Williams said that securing the property had been a long journey across a number of years and many Federal Government Ministers.

    “We have been trying to secure this land for years and for it to now be owned by the community is exciting news,” she said.

    “We want to thank the Federal Government for agreeing to sell the land to the Redlands Coast community so its significance will be protected and the land can be retained for community benefit.

    Federal Member for Bowman, Mr Andrew Laming MP said the transfer of ownership was a project he initiated with then Mayor Don Seccombe shortly after being elected in 2005.

    “It took 5270 days and navigating dozens of Ministers and advisors but we got there. The greatest victory being a sale to Redland City Council rather than into private hands which the law would usually require. There isn’t a deal like this anywhere nationwide.

    “Council has been a model purchaser and tolerated plenty of ups and downs from Canberra, including last year’s federal Budget which incorrectly listed the purpose of sale for development.”

    Cr Williams said over seventy two percent of the 61.78 hectare site is already principally zoned conservation within the City Plan, with the remaining 17 hectares of the site zoned for community purpose.

    “This land purchase is a major and strategic opportunity to secure a lasting legacy for future Redlands Coast generations.

    “This includes the opportunity for community recreation, sport and tourism uses on the small portion of the site that is zoned for community purposes.

    “Council’s commitment today is to ensure that the future for the land is part of well-informed conversation with the Redlands Coast community.”

    Visit the yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au to tell your story.