Building restrictions

I am very excited about Russell Island. If we buy a block of land, is there a time limit as to when and what you have to build? I'm asking because my husband and I are currently living in USA and will be returning home in 4 years. We would like to buy a block of land, now, but wait and build when we return. We think buying an existing home and renting it out could be too troublesome, with not being in the same country to keep an eye on the property. We will retire when we get back, so the peace and tranquility of island living is great for us. Are they many sandflies, or only in the summer months near the waters edge?
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james31 2yrs+
It is a sandfly and mosquitoe mecca in the warm months believe me I live here.
I have built a house here and dealing with Redland Council is a nightmare. The restrictions add tens of thousands of dollars to your build. Considering how little the council does for the islands what they do and don't allow will frustrate you endlessly. Good luck!
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mikev1
mikev1 Hi James,

I just recently bought a block of land also. Planning to build later on.

You mentioned that dealing with the Redland Council was a nightmare due to various restrictions.
Can you elaborate and share what kind of restrictions you're referring to and what you've personally experienced. I think you sharing your personal story will help a lot of people who wants to have a clearer idea of what to expect when they decide to build.

Thanks,
Mike
Mar 10, 2017
Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis My girlfriend is in the process of building a house on Russell Island at the moment and the delaying issue seems to be the power pole to enable her to have electricity! Is there any way at all to speed this process up??
Nov 02, 2017
samc26
samc26 hi mike how much about would a power pole cost to connect
Dec 05, 2017
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veronicau Aug 27, 2018
Hi I’ve bought land there and I’m living in Sydney. I really want to build but I need some help with builders.
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budgie69 2yrs+
seynett there is no time limit to build, however be aware that soil inspection reports (which you have to pay for) do have a limited life before you will need to get another one done. Havn't see too many sandflies however the mossies will carry you away if you don't weight yourself down - even in the centre of the island not just at the waters edge. They seem bigger than mossies on the mainland somehow, and are also active during the day which is also different from the mainland. Just one of the downsides living on a mangrove and mud island.
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Ajones 2yrs+
I have been looking into buying there as well however I have the benefit of being here, there is no building restrictions as far as time goes and you can build what ever you want in accordance with standard QLD building laws. I didnt come across many sand flies and I have been there in the summer, there werer a few mossies just near dark but no more than any other waterfront area of QLD.
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fredj2
fredj2 Hi Ajones where would you be able to get information on queensland building
laws if find the redland city council site to be quite difficult to navigate for that information. frames
Dec 17, 2017
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