Monthly Archives: November 2013

True survivor June is “Craven for a cure”


Having beaten cancer three times, there’s absolutely no doubt that 88-year-old June Craven is one tough lady. But the Wellington Point local freely admits there’s one Christmas Carol that can quickly reduce her to tears – Mary’s Boy Child.

“There’s lots of reasons but after three beautiful girls I was lucky enough to have a boy child of my own,” she says. “It denotes Christmas … at least for me it does.”

Sadly, June’s cherished boy child, Jonathan, died in 2001 at the age of 37 … a victim of cancer.

This is part of what drives this 30-year veteran of the CancerFREE cause, who is widely respected throughout Redland City for her efforts to help find a cure for a disease which devastates the lives of so many.

Local media oft describes her as a “fundraising dynamo”. Having endured three radical surgeries since the 1970s, she describes herself as “a true survivor” and even has her own catchcry: Craven for a cure .

“I’m still here … and I feel I am still here for a reason,” says June. “I’ve got to do something and even if it’s just a little, every little bit helps in the search for a cure – my hope is that one day cancer will just be a sign of the zodiac.”

June will again be at the helm for the CancerFREE Challenge stalls when the carol that means so much to her is played at the huge Christmas by Starlight community concert at Cleveland on December 7.

The stalls will be selling a huge range of “glow products” throughout the free event, which starts at 3pm and is designed to be fun for the entire family.

“The glow products we will be selling are well beyond little bracelets and necklaces,” says June. “There is now such as variety – head-boppers, butterfly wands, spinning balls, flashing balls, Santa hats and moulded glow candles which replace the traditional candles we used to have at carols events.”

Unfortunately, carols events in recent years have been targeted by “pirate” glow product sellers, who effectively hijack the event and rob charities such as the CancerFREE Challenge of much-needed dollars.

“We need this money, this year more than ever,” says June. “So many people are in dire straits because of the economy and charities are really feeling the impacts.”

Up to 15,000 people are expected at Christmas by Starlight and organisers are urging them to only buy glow products inside the gates. Security will be employed to warn off any rogue traders.

CancerFree volunteers Dell Boyd, Cr Wendy Boglary, June Craven and Del Roeton get set to light up the Redlands with glow products for Christmas by Starlight on December 7.

CancerFree volunteers Dell Boyd, Cr Wendy Boglary, June Craven and Del Roeton get set to light up the Redlands with glow products for Christmas by Starlight on December 7.

The free Christmas by Starlight concert at Cleveland on December 7 is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to enjoy an evening of family festive fun.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says: “Christmas is a very special time of year for families so we are making sure we have something for everyone.

“There will be children’s entertainment from 3pm, a special children’s concert from 5.30pm, and traditional twilight carols from 6pm as well as a spectacular fireworks finale about 8pm.”

Christmas by Starlight will be held at Norm Price Park-Redland Showgrounds on December 7 and will feature a cavalcade of local talent, headlined by former Sheldon College student Connor Crawford, who performed to rave reviews as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.

Also in the line-up are Kiara Rodrigues, Breanna Fielding, beat-boxer Matt Gibbs, Oliver Samson, Gina Limpus and Indea Sekula, Jacqui McLaren, Katie Green, Sarah Przybysz, Courtney Heaton, Meg McGuiness, the Sheldon College Choir and Orchestra … and even more!

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of confirmed supporters Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, Viking Rentals, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.

Check www.redland.qld.gov.au for a full program and details of free transport.

 

Celebration of Redlands art


The Redlands annual celebration of its local arts groups, In Focus 2013, kicks off in December at the Cleveland and Capalaba galleries.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event, which coincided with the key exhibition My Island: Textile designs by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), highlighted the Redlands’ status as a vibrant regional cultural centre.

“In Focus 2013 is an exciting opportunity for a vivid insight into the outstanding contributions of talented local artists,’’ Cr Williams said. 

“The Redland Yurara Art Society, Coochie Art Group, Hilary Wakeling Art Group, Macleay Island Arts Complex, Russell Island Community Arts and The Old School House Gallery will be represented in this collective look at the Redlands’ thriving arts world.’’

Redland City Council Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said In Focus 2013 would be presented simultaneously at both galleries.

“It celebrates the wealth of artists living and working in the Redlands and the important role art groups play in the cultural life of the region,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“It also brings together diverse art groups, facilitating networking and collaboration between members across a range of media.

“Community connections are a vital part of creative arts events like this and it demonstrates our historic, present and future depth of talent is growing each day.‘’
 
The small scale art works are also ideal Christmas gifts.

In Focus 2013 opens at the Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba, on Monday 9 December and at the Cleveland gallery on Sunday 15 December.

My Island will go on show at the Cleveland gallery on December 15, with an opening by Cr Williams at 6pm on Friday 13 December.

The opening event will include a “welcome to country” by Aunty Joan Hendriks and a performance by Oodgeroo’s great grand-daughter Kaleenah Edwards. You can RSVP by calling (07) 3030 4163 or emailing gallery@redland.qld.gov.au by Thursday 12 December.

There will be floor talks and morning tea with the curator artists from 11.30am on Sunday 15 December at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, for both exhibitions.

“My Island, a study of the textile designs of the late celebrated local author Oodgeroo Noonnuccal will be a feature,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“In the late 1970s Melbourne designers Robert and Ivana Perkins met with Oodgeroo on North Stradbroke Island to discuss plans for a range of textile designs for furnishing fabrics.

“Oodergoo infused the natural environment of Stradbroke Island in her creations.

“While the designs were further developed by the Perkins, Oodgeroo had final input and the resulting textiles hark back to funky Australian-flavoured 1950s interior design.’’

A large collection of fabric samples, pattern swatches, preliminary designs, photographs, correspondence and ephemera was recently donated to Redland Art Gallery by the Perkins through the Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program.

 

Diva’s maiden duet


Redland singer-songwriter Breanna Fielding will mark a major career milestone when she takes the stage at the free Christmas by Starlight community concert at Cleveland on December 7.

“I’ll be doing my first live duet,” declares the 16-year-old excitedly. “And it will be with Connor Crawford!”

Former Sheldon College student Connor headlines a host of local talent for the night of festive family fun – it’s a homecoming and his first Redland performance since receiving critical acclaim while touring with Jersey Boys.

Ormiston College student Breanna, meantime, defies her years when speaking of her commitment to realising her “big dream” to be a worldwide performer, like Beyonce whom she recently caught in concert.

The R&B/Pop devotee is in the process of a hectic audition schedule for Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols in Brisbane and, outside of school, is rarely seen without her “little black book” which carries “pages and pages” of lyrics she has penned whenever she feels the urge.

“My friends don’t know about it,” says Breanna. “But I carry my book everywhere with me and I will just grab it and start writing stuff down – it can be about people I know or people I just have met … even just little things that grab my attention.”

Breanna also practices singing every day – more on weekends and ahead of performances – and is taking piano lessons as well as teaching herself “basic” guitar.

“I still do all the stuff normal teenagers do,” she says. “I go to Straddie, I go to the movies … and I love sushi!”

Having started dancing at the age of 3, singing at 6 and acting at 8, Breanna has already compiled an impressive CV of achievements, including a lengthy list of community and competitive performances.

When asked of her immediate goal she replies: “to sing the national anthem in front of a huge crowd at a major sporting event”.

The free Christmas by Starlight concert at Cleveland on December 7 is expected to draw up to 15,000 people to enjoy an evening of family festive fun.

There will be children’s entertainment from 3pm, a special children’s concert from 5.30pm, and traditional twilight carols from 6pm as well as a spectacular fireworks finale at about 8pm.

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of confirmed supporters Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, Viking Rentals, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.

Check www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs for a full program and details of free transport.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event

 

Christmas by Starlight
Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds
Long Street, Cleveland
Saturday – December 7
3pm to about 8pm

Kiara’s “gonna be fine”


Country sensation Kiara Rodrigues admits her head is still spinning after the huge success of her debut single on iTunes almost a month ago. Her original track “I’m Gonna Be Fine” peaked at No.5 in the Australian Country charts, at the time out-ranking even international star Taylor Swift.

Despite this soaring success, 17-year-old Kiara has her feet planted firmly on the ground. She’s just finished high school but declined to join the Schoolies antics in favour of attending musical workshops and preparing for the FREE Christmas by Starlight community concert at Cleveland on December 7.

“I will now be taking a gap year and trying to break into the industry,” says the girl industry insiders have described as a “petite package of dynamite”.

“I will be performing at Tamworth for the eighth time in January and I might go to Melbourne for a while to pursue some opportunities down there – I will be doing everything I can to break into the industry.”

Her comments defy her success since she began singing as a seven-year-old: Kiara was crowned the Junior Country Entertainer of the Year in Tamworth in 2011. More recently she wowed the audience and the judges on Young Talent Time, and her song “I Don’t Love You Anymore” won the Open section at Mildura CMF song-writing competition. In May she won Voice of Urban Country, which came with the recording contract for “I’m Gonna Be Fine”.

And then there’s the international stage. In 2010 Kiara represented Australia at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, claiming three Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals. She was crowned the Triple Junior World Champ in “country, rock and gospel”.

She plays guitar, keyboard, ukelele and mandolin.

So, how much practice does it take to position yourself for a career in Country? “I guess I’m always singing,” says Kiara. “I really enjoy it – in fact sometimes Mum and Dad have to tell me to shut up!”
Kiara will join a cavalcade of local talent entertaining up to 15,000 people at Christmas by Starlight, including former Sheldon College student Connor Crawford who performed to critical acclaim in the Australian tour of Jersey Boys.
This free Christmas by Starlight concert at Cleveland on December 7 is expected to draw up to 15,000 people to enjoy an evening of family festive fun.

There will be children’s entertainment from 3pm, a special children’s concert from 5.30pm, and traditional twilight carols from 6pm as well as a spectacular fireworks finale at about 8pm.

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of confirmed supporters Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, Viking Rentals, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.

Check www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs for a full program and details of free transport.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event

 

Christmas by Starlight
Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds
Long Street, Cleveland
Saturday – December 7
3pm to about 8pm

Dunwich Hall centenary celebrations


Help celebrate the centenary and colourful history of Dunwich’s popular community hall at a special event on Tuesday 10 December.

The day, which will kick off at 10am, will feature an exhibition presented by North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, including a talk and historical slideshow on the hall presented by former Queensland Heritage Council member Howard Guille.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was fitting that the community should gather to mark the 100th anniversary of such a significant Redlands landmark.

“Dunwich Public Hall is listed on the Queensland, Redland City and National Trust’s heritage registers and boasts a very colourful history as well as continuing to play a vital community role,’’ Cr Williams said.

“The building was once the men’s mess hall at the former Benevolent Asylum on Stradbroke Island, which cared for the aged, infirm and destitute from 1865 until the 1940s.

“Most of the buildings associated with the asylum were relocated or demolished when the facility closed in 1947 but the current building has remained remarkably intact.

“Now, in its 100th year, it continues to be used as a hall to serve the community.’’

Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland and Stradbroke Island Cr Craig Ogilvie extended an open invitation to the event.

“Everyone is welcome to bring their photos and memories of the hall to share and join with us for morning tea,’’ Cr Ogilvie said.

Redland City Council was recently highly commended by the Queensland Heritage Council for its sensitive conservation work at Dunwich Public Hall.

“The hall is quite a treasure, telling a great story of how European and Aboriginal heritage came together,” Cr Ogilvie said.

“The careful and timely conservation work will make sure it will continue to serve the local community into the future and retain its heritage significance.

“It’s big enough for 150 people, making this lovely old brick and timber building an important gathering place for social and cultural events and meetings – and what better event than its centenary.”

 

Give the Bay a helping hand


Redland City Council is getting on board with Clubs Queensland to help keep Moreton Bay beautiful.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was delighted to support the “Cleaning Up the Bay’’ campaign on 1 December, which targets a massive area from Redland Bay to the southern tip of Bribie Island and across to North Stradbroke and Moreton islands.

“I urge Redlanders to spare a few hours, bring a pair a gloves, water and sunscreen, and join a growing army of volunteers to clean up the local shores and waterways of our greatest asset,’’ Cr Williams said.

“The Bay is a huge part of the Redlands lifestyle and economy but its popularity means it can do with a helping hand.

“By simply visiting one of six collection points between 6am and 11am on 1 December and grabbing a bag to fill with rubbish, you will be making a huge contribution to keeping our Bay clean.’’

Council environment, waterways and foreshores spokesman Cr Paul Gleeson said the “Cleaning Up the Bay’’ campaign would significantly support Council’s efforts to improve the health of the Bay and its waterways.

Designated collection points in Redland City are: Wellington Point Recreation Reserve (Main Road), Cleveland Boat Ramp (William Street), Victoria Point (Colburn Avenue), Redland Bay Boat Ramp (Banana Street), Dunwich Boat Ramp (Yabby Street, Stradbroke Island) and Amity Point Boat Ramp (Claytons Road, Stradbroke Island).

Visit www.clubsqld.com.au for more information.

Redlands’ natural attraction a winner


The Redlands’ award-winning natural attraction IndigiScapes has added a major State tourism award to its bulging trophy cabinet.

The Capalaba environmental centre’s Bush Tucker Experience was honoured for Excellence in Food Tourism at Friday night’s prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards at Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the award was yet another boost for the growing tourism credentials of the Redlands.

“The State awards are highly competitive and IndigiScapes should be congratulated for matching it with the best Queensland has to offer,’’ Cr Williams said.

“IndigiScapes has developed into the ‘one-stop shop’ for all things environmental in the Redlands, which prides itself on its natural environment.

“It helps define the Redlands and why it is the best place to live, work, relax and do business.”

It follows its win in the same category at the recent regional awards for the bush-themed cuisine at its Tea Garden Café. Last year, the Redland City Council-owned IndigiScapes also won the regional Eco Tourism category.

Three other award-winning local tourism enterprises were represented at the State awards: Mt Cotton Guesthouse, Stradbroke Island Events and Redlands Kayak Tours.

Council tourism spokesman Cr Craig Ogilvie said all of the local entrants in the State awards were meeting the challenge of reinforcing the Redlands as a world-class destination.

“Again they have shown just how much the Redlands has to offer, matching it with the best when it comes to excellence in customer service and innovation,’’ Cr Ogilvie said.

Council environment spokesman Paul Gleeson said IndigiScapes had become extremely popular for its bush tucker-themed teas and lunches in such a wonderful natural setting.

“Centre co-ordinator Jeanette Adams and her team have put together a wonderful treat for visitors,’’ he said.

“You can sample locally sourced foods to see what the Redlands has to offer, then stroll along walking trails through native botanic gardens, home to a 400-year-old tallowwood tree and many local animals, birds and reptiles.

“Visitors also can take a guided bush foods tour and learn much about the wisdom of the local Indigenous people.’’

Bookings and info:  IndigiScapes is open every day – centre and gardens 10am–4pm, cafe 10am–3pm (it pays to book early),  tracks open dawn to dusk. Book at 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au.

Snapshot – Tuesday 26 November 2013


Free Christmas by Starlight Concert!

Saturday 7 December

Don’t miss the FREE Christmas by Starlight concert at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds in Long Street, Cleveland. There’ll be Santa, food stalls, roving performers, an animal farm, displays and activities from 3pm, followed by a children’s concert at 5.30pm. Traditional twilight carols begin at 6pm and end around 8pm with a fireworks finale! For more information and details on free buses visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs. The event is run by Redland City Council, with the generous support of Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Viking Elite, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities. Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

 

Cleaning up the Bay day

Sunday 1 December

If you would like to help protect beautiful Moreton Bay, why not join in Clubs Queensland’s “Cleaning Up The Bay” day this Sunday 1 December 2013? Visit one of the collection points between 6am and 11am, grab a bag and collect some rubbish to help keep the bay clean!

Local collection points are:

  • Wellington Point Recreation Reserve (Main Road, Wellington Point)
  • Cleveland Boat Ramp (William Street, Cleveland)
  • Victoria Point Boat Ramp (Colburn Avenue, North West Jetty)
  • Redland Bay Boat Ramp (Banana Street, Redland Bay)
  • Dunwich Boat Ramp (Yabby Street, Dunwich, Stradbroke Island)
  • Amity Point Boat Ramp

At Wellington Point some Queensland Reds rugby players and Nova FM’s ‘Sandman’ will also be dropping in to lend a hand. For information, or to register, visit www.clubsqld.com.au.

 

School holiday activities

This summer school holidays Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redlands IndigiScapes Centre are all hosting exciting activities to keep youngsters entertained! From print-making art workshops to Christmas craft and wildlife activities, there is a lot happening to keep kids happy in December and January. All activities are free or low-cost but many require bookings. For dates, details and booking information (available from Monday 2 December) go to:

 

Water meter readings

Be cottoned on! We are reading water meters in Mount Cotton this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 4 December General Meeting (incorporating Coordination Committee Meeting) – 10.30am

There’s no place like home


Connor returns for Christmas by Starlight

Connor Crawford is a busy bloke – auditions, auditions, auditions!

But doors are opening a lot easier these days for the former Sheldon College student, especially since his starring role as Frankie Valli in the Australian version of the critically acclaimed Jersey Boys.

Connor – now living in Melbourne – has spent the past few months working closely with industry icon Nancy Hayes as an associate director for the Australian musical, Summer Rain.

He arrived “home” in the Redlands last week – he’s been visiting family and friends and rehearsing for his role as headline act at this year’s FREE Christmas by Starlight community concert in Cleveland (December 7).

“It’s great to catch up with everyone,” he said. “I’m pretty busy rehearsing for Christmas by Starlight but I’m lucky to also be able to catch up with family and a couple of close friends.”

Connor, whose commitment to perfection on stage was nurtured at Sheldon College, has been perfecting his routine with the school’s orchestra ahead of the biggest night of free family festive fun in the Redlands.

“I attended school here so I know the commitment the students make … they stay behind, they practice, they learn the fundamentals that set them up for success – it’s a good base for when they enter the workforce.”

Connor will perform several traditional Carols and a few of Frankie Valli’s biggest hits when he takes the stage in front of up to 15,000 people at Christmas by Starlight on December 7. He heads up a cavalcade of local talent for the FREE night of festive family fun at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, Long Street, Cleveland.

Also in the line-up are Kiara Rodrigues, Breanna Fielding, beat-boxer Matt Gibbs, Oliver Samson, Gina Limpus and Indea Sekula, Jacqui McLaren, Katie Green, Sarah Przybysz, Courtney Heaton, Meg McGuiness, the Sheldon College Choir and Orchestra … and even more!

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says: “Christmas is a very special time of year for families so we are making sure we have something for everyone.

“There will be children’s entertainment from 3pm, a special children’s concert from 5.30pm, and traditional twilight carols from 6pm as well as a spectacular fireworks finale at about 8pm.”

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, Viking Rentals, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.

Check www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs for a full program and details of free transport.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

Christmas by Starlight
Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds
Long Street, Cleveland
Saturday 7 December 2013
Gates open 3pm – children’s concert 5.30pm – traditional carols and main concert 6pm – fireworks about 8pm.

Annual report shows Redland City Council is in a strong position


Redland City Council’s strong financial position has been reinforced with the release of its 2012-13 Annual Report.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual report showed that 2012-13 was a strong year for Council.

“All areas of Council have worked hard to improve our financial position and customer service focus and our 2012-13 Annual Report shows the tremendous outcomes of these efforts,” she said.

“It shows we are in an enviable financial position and it is comforting to know that Council is in strong and sustainable financial health.”

Cr Williams said Council’s strong financial position meant it could better deal with unforeseen disasters or changes in circumstances.

“Our cash balance has increased to $82.5 million, which equates to nearly five months of cash reserves, which exceeds our target of three to four months.  This means if anything happened we could continue to operate and continue to serve the community,” she said.

“Much of this improvement can be attributed to the return of Redland Water to our operations, which has resulted in an increase in assets owned and operated by Council and improved Council revenue through water and wastewater.

“Our strong financial position is also down to the hard work and dedication of Council staff who have worked hard to deliver for the community.

Cr Williams said the annual report also recognises other key achievements, including the declaration of two Priority Development Areas for the Redlands.

“The Queensland Government declaring Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek as PDAs was certainly one of the biggest and most exciting achievements for the 2012-13 financial year and one that will see major benefits for the community for years to come,” she said.

“The annual report also highlights a change in culture within Council that has seen an increased focus on customer service and efficiency which has delivered significant financial savings.

“It also shows we have kept rates to a minimum, with the lowest general rate increases of any comparable South East Queensland council, while at the same time delivering significant savings to ratepayers by absorbing a range of costs imposed by other levels of government.

“While these results are great news for Council and the entire community we must be mindful that we cannot drop the ball and must continue to look at ways to deliver better and more efficient services to our community.”