Delivering for the Redlands

After 16 years of serving the Redlands community I have laid the foundations for a bright and exciting future for the city.

I have always fought to put the Redlands first, sowing the seeds for some exciting initiatives and projects that are set to bear fruit in the coming years.

To be part of this exciting future Vote 1 Karen Williams for Mayor.

Karen Williams, Redland City Mayor

Delivered free tips.

Introduced free tips in 2012 and intend on maintaining this benefit for residents, helping keep our community free of illegal dumping and saving our residents money.

Delivered a program to recycle plastics into local roads.

Delivering an innovative road project that saw about 90,000 hard plastics, such as your milk and shampoo bottles recycled to resurface local streets.

Saved important environmental land from becoming 400 houses.

For years I lobbied the Federal Government to sell 61.78 hectares of land at Birkdale to Council instead of selling it for houses. Last year we finally secured this land for future communities.

Secured Queensland’s first on-road driverless bus trial.

I know transport is a challenge and I am committed to innovative solutions like delivering Queensland’s first ever driverless bus trial on Karragarra Island, with plans to roll it out in other locations.

Delivered an innovative trial to treat Chlamydia in Koalas.

Chlamydia is a significant risk to our koala population, which is why I am proud to have worked with my fellow Councillors, Sunshine Coast University and Australia Zoo to trial a state of the art vaccine against Chlamydia in koalas.

Planting 1 million native trees and plants.

In 2016 I launched an initiative to plant 1 million native trees and plants across the Redlands, adding to the 10,000 hectares of conservation land Council maintains. So far we have planted more than 330,000 native plants and trees, greening our city and helping our carbon neutrality.

Negotiating largest City Deal in Australia.

Working with SEQ Mayors for the past 6 years to secure the nations largest City Deal - a long-term three level of government agreement that locks in key infrastructure projects – like the duplication of the Cleveland rail line and the Eastern Busway to Capalaba for the Redlands.

Secured new domestic violence crises housing.

My annual domestic and family violence fundraiser raised more than $330,000. This money, along with support from the State Government helped deliver extra crisis accommodation and a children’s playground for those impacted by domestic violence.

Championing an Olympic standard rescue and white water rafting facility.

As part of a potential SEQ Olympics bid that will deliver important public transport infrastructure, we are planning a white water rafting and adventure sports precinct, that could deliver a swimming lagoon for families and disaster resilience training.”

Secured a new Housing and Homelessness Network.

Working with the State Government and local service providers, I helped secure a new network to support those in our community without a place to call home.

Delivering more sports and recreation land.

With the support of my fellow Councillors and State Government I’m delivering a 100 hectare regional sports and recreation precinct in Mt Cotton, including sports fields, cycling and walking trails and playgrounds.

Connected our Southern Moreton Bay Islands to Translink.

I worked with the State Government to connect our SMBIs to the Translink network, providing greater transport solutions and cost savings.

My vision for the Redlands

In the words of Nelson Mandela –

“Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time….”

As a born and bred Redlander I believe this city has great potential that requires a bold vision to deliver.
When I was growing up the Redlands was considered a dormant suburb of Brisbane and since becoming Mayor I have worked hard to change that through strong leadership and innovation.

A place to do business

A location of choice for businesses and employers.


A city that is connected both across the city and to the greater SEQ region.

Karen Williams, Redland City Mayor

A place to call home

A location of choice for families and visitors.

Naturally wonderful

A naturally wonderful environment, where families and visitors enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.

What I will deliver

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