Russell Island residents are a step closer to having their own botanical garden after Redland City Council today resolved to enter into a three-year trustee lease with the State Government over about three hectares of Kings Road land.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was progressing the arrangement after receiving advice from the State Government that there were no plans for a high school on the site, which is owned by the Department of Education.
“In December 2019, I wrote to the Education Minister on behalf of the community to ask if the State Government had any plans to use the site for a school,” Cr Williams said.
“The Minister confirmed they had no plans for a school on the site.
“So Council will now lease the land from the Department of Education and sign a three year licence to occupy with Bay Islands Conservation Inc (BICI), which will manage the botanic gardens.
“BICI first raised the idea of a botanical garden on the site in 2018 and has since worked hard to progress the plan, including engaging with the community to ensure it would deliver significant benefit.
“The BICI vision is to create a central community hub alongside the Bay Island Sport and Resilience Hub.
“BICI will partner with other local organisations to manage the botanical gardens and provide free access to the community.
“The additional native plantings and weeding planned by BICI will enhance the property’s existing vegetation and benefit local wildlife.”