Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dunwich sewerage extensions get underway


Almost 200 Dunwich properties will soon be sewered, as part of a $2.26 million Council project beginning next week (4 Aug).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the project would be a ‘big tick’ on the community’s wish list for infrastructure.

“Council is committed to providing essential infrastructure for our island communities, so it is wonderful to see this project underway,” Cr Williams said.

“Dunwich residents have been calling for the upgrades for quite some time, culminating in them lobbying strongly during township meetings I attended last year.  I am happy Council is able to deliver.

“During these meetings residents made it clear the upgrade of the Dunwich sewerage infrastructure was a priority, and Council has listened.

“It will make a huge difference to the township, not only solving current drainage issues, but also giving residents greater access to areas of their land they previously had to dedicate to trenches or septic systems.

“Dunwich residents have received a letter about the project and our officers are also door-knocking to ensure all affected landowners have the opportunity to discuss plans and access requirements for their property.”

Division 2 Councillor Craig Ogilivie said the sewerage works will be carried out over four stages with work to commence next week and be completed by December weather permitting.

“Area one and two works begin in early August and we expect to move quickly, with all four areas complete by the end of the year,” Cr Ogilvie said.

The four stages are:

  • Area One includes Mitchell Crescent and sections of Pamphlet Street, Finnegan Street, Guy Crescent, Mermaid Street and Parsons Street.
  • Area two includes Shephards Lane and sections of Bingle road, Sally Street, Welsby Street, Pamphlet Street and Finnegan Street.
  • Area three includes Fraser Street, Oxley Parade and sections of Cunningham Street
  • Area four includes sections of Guy Crescent, Mallon Street and Barton Street 

View the project map here Dunwich Sewerage project map

For more information call Council’s Project Team on 3829 8189, or view the Dunwich Sewerage Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Council commitment provides lifesaving services on Straddie


North Stradbroke Island beachgoers are in safe hands with Council today signing a contract with Surf Lifesaving Queensland to provide lifesaving services on Straddie beaches for the next three years.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s commitment meant professional lifesaving services would be provided year round at Main and Cylinder Beaches as well as at Adder Rock during key holiday periods.

“Straddie is a very popular destination for tourists, particularly during school holidays and this agreement shows Council’s commitment to keeping all visitors and residents safe,” she said.

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“Straddie has some remote and hazardous beaches all of which host a large number of tourists each year, many of whom have little to no local knowledge about Straddie beaches.

“As such it is important lifesaving services are provided by professionals with the necessary knowledge to protect beachgoers.

“Surf Lifesaving Queensland has been contracted by Council to patrol Straddie beaches since 2000 and has been providing an excellent service.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Craig Ogilvie said SLSQ not only provided critical lifesaving services, but also helped in up skilling local volunteer lifesavers.

“Local volunteer lifesavers from Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club also help to patrol beaches and this agreement will enable the volunteer lifesavers to work alongside the professionals,” he said.

“This means they can learn from the professionals, expanding their surf lifesaving knowledge and ultimately providing a better service to beachgoers.”

New swing to bring liberty


Children with a disability will benefit from a new Liberty Swing to be unveiled at Raby Bay Foreshore Park in August.

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The swing, which is specially designed to accommodate children with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs, was made possible thanks to the joint fundraising efforts of Council, Variety Queensland, Variety Bash Car ‘Aussie Rock’ and Ormiston College.

A special event to officially open the new swing will be held from 2pm on Thursday 7 August and will include a procession of Variety Bash cars taking part in this year’s XXXX Gold Variety Bash.

All welcome, see Council’s website for more information.

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Koalas on the move


Keep your eye out for our koalas, because they are on the move!

This time of year heralds the beginning of key movement activity for our koalas from now until December.

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Last year’s youngsters are packing up and leaving home to find a place of their own and during their travels they are often reported turning up in unexpected places.  As well as this, August is the beginning of breeding season for the adults.

One young male on the move fascinated passersby in Doig Street, Cleveland recently when he was spotted relaxing in a tree in the Council car park. The trees in Doig Street are part of a traditional route often travelled by koala youngsters.

Many people are unaware that the Cleveland area is home to a surprising number of koalas, some of which are often seen in the CBD area at this time of year. Residents are urged to leave them be and let them continue on their way of their own accord. It is when we step in and try and ‘help’ that the koalas can become confused leading to unexpected dangers.

To help them travel safely, residents are encouraged to keep their dogs confined or inside at night and motorists are urged to slow down and be alert for koala movement.

If people are concerned about the safety of a koala, they are asked to contact the Redlands Wildlife Rescue Service on 38334031.

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It’s time to talk free trees!


Redland IndigiScapes Centre has a number of ‘trees for weeds’ events happening soon to help make Redlands home to more native trees.

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A mainland event will be held Saturday 2 August, where for every bag of weeds you bring to IndigiScapes between 10am – 4pm, you will receive a free native seedling (up to five plants per person).

This year’s target weed species are Madeira Vine, Purple Succulent, Indian Hawthorn and Mexican Petunia, but all declared and environmental weeds are accepted.

Island Trees for Weeds swaps will also be happening at the following locations on Saturday 16 August from 8.30am – 10.30am; Coochiemudlo Jetty, Macleay Island Progress Hall, Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Karragarra Island Foreshore Park and Russell Island Public Pool car park.

For details on all these events and more visit www.indigiscapes.com.au

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Kids get coding at Cleveland Library


It’s now a given that kids need to be tech-savvy, and in an exciting pilot project at Cleveland Library they can go one step further and get code-savvy too.

Thanks to a partnership between Redland Libraries, the State Library of Queensland and Cleveland State School, a project allowing school children to gain experience writing computer codes begins this school term.

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This project will see about 20 Cleveland State students work with teachers, a State Library facilitator and Redland librarians to put pieces of code together like a jigsaw puzzle to create their own programs. The students, aged 9 – 11 years, will use Scratch software to program animations, games and interactive stories.

The project is thanks to an Online Public Access in Libraries (OPAL) Technology Trendsetters grant. If the pilot is successful it may be expanded to other libraries and include other coding such as websites and electronics.

To find out more about other great activities Redland Libraries has to offer visit Redland Libraries.

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Our Redlands – out this week


The latest edition of Council’s free Our Redlands magazine is loaded with stories about philanthropic and talented Redlanders, community news and events, and what’s happening in our City’s arts world.

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You will be inspired by one local’s work to help the “poorest of the poor”, find out why international stars such as Mirusia Louwerse still call the Redlands home and how you can help trace lost heroes.

There’s also the annual budget report as well as news about significant local projects and Council works.

You will find it in the Redland City Bulletin on Wednesday 30 July, as well as at Council Service Centres, libraries and major shopping centres.

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Grants and sponsorship available for community projects


Do you have a great community event or project that needs some extra help? You may be able to access funding through one of three programs that help support exciting local initiatives.

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Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants support arts projects with eight categories of funding available. They are now open, accepting applications until Friday 15 August.

Council’s Sponsorship Program supports events and projects that provide measurable benefits to Council and the community. Applications for round one funding are open now until Friday 29 August 2014.

Council’s Community Grants Program offers organisations support, project support, conservation and capital infrastructure funding. Applications for round one are open from Monday 11 August until Friday 12 September.

For all the details on grant categories and how to apply, visit Council’s website

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Get Engaged on City Plan


  • What is needed to make the Redlands prosper?
  • What sort of housing would you like to see in the Redlands and where?
  • How easy or hard is it to make changes to your property?
  • What is already working well and what can we do better to assist our local economy?

Council wants to get you involved in our future through a number of community engagement activities taking place around the city throughout July and early August. This engagement will focus on three key strategies designed to help guide the future of the city. These strategies are: City Plan 2015, Economic Development Plan and Land Supply Availability Study (link to info on each strategy).

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The engagements will focus on:

  • topics to assist development of City Plan 2015,
  • getting feedback on the draft Economic Development Plan; and
  • looking at housing possibilities as part of an upcoming Land Supply Availability Study.

How to get involved:

It’s a hub of information designed to educate, inform and engage with our community.

1. Visit the Capalaba, Cleveland or Victoria Point library until Saturday 9 August to learn more about how and when the City Plan project will happen.

2. Register for a community forum and have your say on the draft Economic Development Strategy or learn more about the City Plan and upcoming Land Supply Availability Study. Bookings are essential and can be made on the City Plan website.

 

Date Time Location Theme
Saturday 2 August 2014 2-3pm Capalaba Library City Plan & Land Availability
Thursday 7 August 2014 6-7pm Cleveland Library City Plan & Land Availability
Saturday 9 August 2014 2-3pm Victoria Point Library City Plan & Land Availability
Thursday 14 August 2014 6-7pm Capalaba Library Economic Development Strategy
Thursday 21 August 2014 6-7pm Cleveland Library Economic Development Strategy

3. Come along to a community pop-up information booth in a suburb near you to talk to a Councillor and learn more about the future planning for the city.

Date Time Location
Saturday 2 August 2014 10.30am – 11.30am Russell Island Shops
Sunday 3 August 2014 11am – 12pm Point Lookout Headland Park – North Stradbroke Island
Saturday 9 August 2014 9-11am Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre
Saturday 9 August 2014 11am – 12pm Birkdale Fair Shopping Centre

4. Host a Kitchen Table Talk with a Council planner. Learn more about how Council Planning works in a one hour session for up to ten people. Submit your expression of interest form.

Redland City Plan 2015

The Redland City Plan 2015 will provide a blueprint to guide the future of the city as it grows.  It will help guide planning decisions from where development can occur, right down to how easy or hard it is for residents to do something on their property.

Draft Economic Development Strategy

The draft Economic Development Strategy charts a course for the city over the next 25 years driven by an increase in local employment, increased productivity and value-adding, along with tourism growth.

The draft strategy identifies key local sectors for future growth as construction; education and training; financial and insurance services and professional services; healthcare and social assistance; niche manufacturing; retail; and tourism.

Land Availability Study  

Council’s upcoming land availability study, due for release shortly, will look at the Redlands’ expected population growth and the availability of land to meet that growth.  This includes meeting the needs of our future community and the different types of housing needed to accommodate future residents, both young and old.

Along with the findings of many other studies and reports already completed in the Redlands and available on Council’s City Plan website, the Land Availability Study and Economic Development Strategy will help in the development of City Plan 2015.

More information:www.redland.qld.gov.au/cityplan

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Have your say on Redlands’ local laws


Residents can have their say on the review of Redland City’s local laws, with draft laws to be open for formal public comment from August 13.

The eight week formal public engagement period was endorsed by Council at today’s General Meeting and follows minor amendments based on advice from the State Government.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the new draft laws had been developed in conjunction with the State Government and included updates to a range of areas from improving public safety to making it easier to hold events.

“The next step in the process is for these draft local laws to be opened formally for community discussion. Council wants residents’ feedback to ensure the laws reflect the needs and views of the wider community,” Cr Williams said.

“This is part of Council’s drive to reduce red tape and make it easier for residents to work with Council.

“While the majority of laws remain unchanged, through this process we have streamlined and reduced the number of local laws to provide greater uniformity.

“While based on a set of model local laws developed by the State Government, our draft local laws have been modified for the Redlands.”

Key proposed changes to the current local laws include:
• making it easier to run events in the City;

• making it easier for Council to direct people to clean up unsightly and overgrown properties to keep the City clean and safe;

• aligning parking infringements with State Government penalty criteria.

“While the changes overall are minimal, those laws that have been recommended for review will build on the Redlands’ reputation as the best place to live, work and do business,” Cr Williams said.

“An example is the change recommended to the local law which governs temporary events on private property, such as school fetes.”

“It will strip away much of the cumbersome regulatory process to make it much simpler for schools and charities to run their fundraisers while still ensuring public safety.”

Cr Williams said Council would consider the community’s views and, if necessary, make changes.

“There will be eight weeks for public input after which Council will assess all submissions and if significant amendments are needed, we will take the laws back to residents.

The new laws are expected to come into effect in the new year.