Listing shores up Coochie's credentials
Coochiemudlo Island’s “Emerald Fringe’’ has been added to Redland City Council’s schedule of local heritage places.
The move recognises the significance of the fringe – the natural green zone which encircles the island - to Redlands Coast’s heritage.
Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the listing, which took effect in July, was a significant step for the island and its community, which took great pride in their Emerald Fringe.
“The Emerald Fringe links diverse eco systems and sandy beaches, along with the distinctive red rocks from which Coochiemudlo derives its name, making it a place of considerable cultural and environmental significance,” he said.
“It is what makes Coochie unique and so loved by locals and visitors. It also gives it the distinction of being the only populated island in Queensland surrounded by public reserve.
“Local Coastcare and Bushcare volunteers take great care and are very proud of it and it also makes the island a great place to visit as waterfront access is not compromised by private properties.”
The listing, which was supported by the Coochiemudlo Island Heritage Society, includes the Council-managed public space between the island’s interior property boundaries and the high-water mark. The land is zoned for conservation.
The island’s traditional heritage has also been recognised with the installation of a welcome sign which includes a message in both English and the traditional Jandai language of the Quandamooka people.
Problem road being sealed
The dusty road along Victoria Point’s Cascade Gardens will soon be sealed. Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said full design works had been approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads following vigorous lobbying by Council, with work now under way.
“It has always frustrated me, as I’ve driven down Colburn Avenue, to see wedding parties and guests of other events and celebrations getting covered in plumes of dust as people drive down the dusty gravel road beside Cascade Gardens,” Cr Hewlett said. “That’s about to end, with the reconstruction and sealing of the existing road and the installation of street lighting, expected to be completed by the end of September, weather permitting.”