Map of Redland City in South East Queensland
|• Density||270.594/km2 (700.84/sq mi)|
|Area||537.1 km2 (207.4 sq mi)|
|Region||South East Queensland|
Redland City is a local government area of South East Queensland, spread along the southern coast of Moreton Bay covering 537.1 square kilometres (207.4 sq mi). Between the cities of Brisbane to the north, Logan to the west, and the Gold Coast to the south, it is part of the fastest growing area in Queensland and one of the fastest growing in Australia.
The City had an estimated population of 127,627 in 2006, four times the number of residents it had as a rural community 25 years earlier. An increasing proportion of these new residents are retirees from the southern states of Australia.
Although most of the population resides on the main urban conglomeration based around the centres of Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point, over 6,000 live on islands in Moreton Bay that are part of the City. These are South Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Karragarra, Lamb, Russell and Macleay.
Redland City consists of the following suburbs and localities:
- Alexandra Hills
- Amity Point
- Coochiemudlo Island
- Karragarra Island
- Lamb Island
- Macleay Island
- Mount Cotton
- North Stradbroke Island
- Point Lookout
- Raby Bay
- Redland Bay
- Russell Island
- Victoria Point
- Wellington Point
Redland City also includes a number of uninhabited or sparsely populated islands in Moreton Bay, including
Redland City has a range of industrieson the mainland including food and beverage processing, white goods and specialist manufacturing.In primary production, the Redlands hosts 30% of Queensland's poultry industry production and produces 18.9% of its sweet potatoes. It has a number of large plant nurseries geared to the export market and a significant cultivation of cut flowers.
With the increasing proportion of retirees, retirement and aged care facilities, professional and general services have become major employment businesses. Tourism is rapidly becoming a key industry. North Stradbroke Island, one of the world's largest sand islands is a major drawcard for visitors despite most of the south of the island being tied up in sand mining leases and water catchments.
Other industries include local government, government department regional offices, and government services such as those associated with health and education.
Redland City Council has a Mayor, and a councillor for each of its 10 divisions. Elections are held every four years and voting is compulsory. The current Mayor is Karen Williams, who was victorious in the 2012 council elections.
On 11 November 1879, under the Divisional Boards Act 1879, the Tingalpa Division was created to govern the area to the east of metropolitan Brisbane. On 30 May 1885, the area around Cleveland split away to form the Cleveland Division. Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, both became Shires on 31 March 1903. The Tingalpa council met at Mount Cotton.
On 1 October 1925, a sizable portion of the Shire of Tingalpa (including the suburbs of Upper Mount Gravatt and Rochedale) became part of the new City of Brisbane along with 20 other local governments.
On 9 December 1948, as part of a major reorganisation of local government in South East Queensland, an Order in Council renamed the Shire of Cleveland to be Shire of Redland and amalgamated part of Shire of Tingalpa into it (the other part of Tingalpa amalgamated to form the Shire of Albert). On 15 March 2008, Redland was granted City status.
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