Monthly Archives: October 2016

Launch of support services for SMBI


Residents of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) will soon have local access to a range of support services with the launch of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub on Macleay Island.

A partnership initiative between Redland City Council and 10 community organisations, the service will be officially launched on Thursday 17 November.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the outreach service would improve the well-being of residents living on the Bay Islands, with plenty available for all ages and stages of life.

“The new SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub will offer a raft of services and activities both during times of crisis and for everyday life, including counselling, mental health support, activities for seniors, and emergency relief,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to attend the official opening to learn more about the range of services, programs and activities available – and enjoy the free sausage sizzle too.”

Organisations who will be part of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub include:

  • Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
  • Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
  • Redland Community Centre (RCC)
  • Open Minds
  • FSG (Freedom, Social Justice, Growth)
  • Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
  • Wellbeing Hub (Relationships Australia)
  • Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
  • YFS
  • Group 61

Bay Islands Councillor Mark Edwards said he was pleased island residents would soon have access to the same level of support as those on the mainland.

“This is fantastic for those who call our beautiful Bay Islands home,” he said.

Event details

SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub
When: Thursday 17 November 2016, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Macleay Island Community Hall, Cnr Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island.
Contact: 3409 4222.

More information about organisations and services provided by SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub:

Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
Individual and family counselling for women and their children who have previously witnessed or lived with domestic violence. Also provides crisis response  to women experiencing domestic violence , court assistance at both Cleveland and Wynnum Courts, and  free community information and training. Contact: 3286 7766

Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
Provide a comprehensive range of innovative and quality programs, services and activities to support the aspirations of individuals within the community of the Southern Morton Bay Islands. Contact: 3409 4222

Redland Community Centre (RCC)
Supports the community with valuable ‘one stop shop’ community-focused services including emergency relief, family support and parenting programs/workshops, crisis and generalist counselling, plus events and courses.
Contact: 3245 2117 or info@redlandcommunitycentre.org

Open Minds
Works to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options focused on the individual needs of each person. A registered NDIS provider.
Contact: 3896 4222

Freedom, Social Justice, Growth (FSG)
Providing a range of innovative, person-led mental health services to SMBI, including Partners in Recovery (PIR), Purposeful Peer Engagement (PPE) and Mental Health Carer Support.
Contact: 3213 7100

Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
A community organisation which promotes the rights, interests and well-being of those over the age of 50 in Redland City. Provides information and referral service to seniors, their families and their carers, as well as one-on-one computer training.
Contact: 3488 0680

Well-being Hub
Through sharing and developing awareness, knowledge and skills for well-being, the Hub aims to support everyone in the community to experience positive mental health and well-being and to flourish. Run by Relationships Australia Qld.
Contact: Jan Elston 0447 002 408

Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
A peer-operated mental health service providing outreach on the islands through the Bay Islands Well-being Group, a lifestyle and social support group helping people to learn new coping strategies and reconnect to their communities.
Contact: 3390 1116 or 0499 747 000 or big.inc@bigpond.com

YFS
Delivers a range of services to those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. YFS champions rights and responsibilities of clients taking up social, cultural and economic opportunities.
Contact: 3826 1500

Group 61
A voluntary organisation devoted to mental health that enables fullness of life through friendship with people affected by mental health issues.
Contact: 0421 129 253

New user feedback group for shared trails


A new user group of mountain bikers and horse riders has been formed to provide feedback on shared recreational trails in the Redlands.

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the community representatives would contribute their ideas and experiences towards improving the network of shared, multiuse trails across the Redlands.

“Our city has a wealth of natural attractions, including great recreational trails that are popular with horse riders, mountain bikers and bush walkers, and Council is committed to ensuring multiuse trails are suitable for the needs of the entire community,” she said.

“Regular visitors to the trails will have noticed Council has been mulching the shoulders of fire trails to provide a softer surface for horses and mountain bikers, which was undertaken following user feedback.

“This new user group has been formed to facilitate community feedback and to ultimately improve the recreational experience for all those who use shared trails, irrespective of whether they visit by foot, bike or horseback.”

Cr Talty said recent improvements at the Bayview Conservation Park, a 970 hectare public conservation estate at Redland Bay, had created an additional route for horse riders, mountain bikers and bush walkers to explore.

“Following feedback from the community, an additional 2.5km of multiuse track linking Kidd Street to Mudlark has recently been completed at Bayview, providing a total of 28km of wide, shared tracks in the park,” she said.

“Called ‘Kidds Corner’, the new track is a serene trail with sweeping views across the rolling open plains to the east and provides extra loops for users to explore. This is particularly exciting for the horse riding community.

“Trail design and improvements have drawn on best practice in recreational parks across Australia, as well as feedback from those who use our local trails, and we look forward to further improvements based on the feedback from the new user group.”

“Council has also recently completed new horse stiles at four sites at Mount Cotton and Redland Bay, including at Kidd Street.”

Horse stile at Kidd St

Horse stile at Kidd St

An additional section of multiuse trail at the southern end of the reserve on the ‘Crinklebush trail’ will also be extended, providing an extra 3km of multiuse trails and providing greater connectivity for horses and other users.

Visit our website for recreational trail maps in the Redlands.

Parking increased at Weinam Creek ferry terminal


Residents parking at the Weinam Creek ferry terminal now have an extra 100 car parks available after Redland City Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads constructed a new $150,000 parking area.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said Council had moved quickly to build the new car park after a State Government project had impacted parking at the popular ferry terminal.

“The Weinam Creek ferry terminal is a busy area at the best of times, but with the Department of Transport and Main Roads building a bus terminal on site it has become even more crowded,” he said.

“While this is not a Council project, we have received quite a few phone calls from residents concerned about the loss of car parking and general pedestrian safety and we have lobbied the department to make the necessary improvements to the site.

“The construction of these new parking bays on an old spoil site is an example of Council and the State Government working together to respond to community concern.”

Cr Edwards said Council had been working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to improve vehicle and pedestrian access at the site of their new bus terminal project.

“The reality is projects do result in a temporary inconvenience, including in this case the temporary removal of a small number of car parks to make way for construction equipment,” he said.

“Despite this, I am pleased to say that this new stage two spoil-pond parking area, combined with stage one installed earlier in the project, means there will now be about 60 more car parks than there were originally.

“I would like to thank the department for responding to our request. Council is also working with them to further improve the site by installing additional shelter, seating and signage.”

Cr Edwards called on the community to think and act safely when using the busy ferry terminal.

“We have received reports of people parking illegally, including in emergency services parking bays, which is very concerning,” he said.

“With this new parking area now available, there is no reason for this sort of behaviour and I ask the community to please be patient and exercise caution during the construction of this State Government project.”

The new multi-million dollar bus terminal is a Department of Transport and Main Roads project and will include a new and improved transport facility to cater for future demand including improved shelter, toilet facilities and space for both a kiosk and coffee shop.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Redlanders encouraged to have their say on draft SEQ Regional Plan


Redlanders are being urged to review the State Government’s draft SEQ Regional Plan that was released for public comment today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was important locals got involved by viewing and commenting on the State Government’s new regional planning framework, ShapingSEQ.

“This State Government’s blueprint will provide 50 year vision and a 25 year plan for the region, identifying where future populations will be housed, where jobs will be and how the region will maintain its unique character,” she said.

“As the region’s overarching plan, the SEQ Regional Plan includes projections on population growth in Redland City and where the State Government anticipates these extra people will live and work.

“Although the Redlands is expected to have rather modest growth when compared to other SEQ Councils, it is vital residents, businesses and community groups view the draft plan and provide feedback so they can be part of our city’s future.

Public notification period of the draft SEQ Regional Plan will occur until 3 March 2017 and until then the State Government will be accepting written submissions on any aspect of the plan.

“One of the areas I will be looking closely at is whether the Draft SEQ Regional Plan matches the State Government’s Infrastructure plan, particularly in relation to transport.

“Redlanders have told me they are concerned State Government population projections are not matched by State Government transport plans, so this is something I will be paying particular attention to in the draft plan.

“It is also why Redland City Council put a motion to the LGAQ Conference today calling for the State Government to take more responsibility for transport planning.”

The State Government will be holding two consultation sessions in the Redlands – Tuesday 29 November, 4pm to 7pm at Pacific Resort, Cleveland and Wednesday 7 December, 10am to 1pm at Capalaba Place Hall.

Copies of the draft SEQ Regional Plan 2016 and its associated mapping are available online here or by calling the State Government Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on 13 74 68.

Get spotting Glossy Black-Cockatoos


Help conserve a vulnerable local species by volunteering for the annual Glossy Black-Cockatoo survey this month.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said sharp eyes were needed in Redlands on Sunday 30 October searching for Glossy Black-Cockatoos or the tell-tale signs they leave behind.

“These magnificent birds are a vulnerable species in Redlands and it can be difficult to spot them, or where they’ve been, without knowing what to look for,” Cr Williams said.

“Unlike some of their noisier counterparts, these cockatoos are quieter and harder to find.

“To make sure our volunteers have the best chance of finding these secretive glossy-blacks, we are asking people to come along to one of two free Glossy Black-Cockatoo workshops at IndigiScapes before the survey.

“It’s easy to get involved and with just a small time commitment you get the great reward of knowing you are helping to conserve a fascinating bird species.”

Workshops will be held at the Redland IndigiScapes Centre on Sunday 23 October (morning) and Wednesday 26 October (evening).

At the workshops volunteers will hone their bird identification skills and be assigned their survey area for the day.

To get bird spotting, people can register their attendance at a workshop by calling IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or visiting their website.

Glossy Black-Cockatoos are solitary or travel in small groups of two or three birds.  The smallest of the black-cockatoos, they only feed on the cones of two she-oaks, and only from particular trees.

Breeding occurs once every two years, producing only one egg. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo requires trees with large nesting hollows to breed.

The survey is an initiative of the Glossy-Black Conservancy, a partnership between government and industry stakeholders working to conserve the Glossy Black-Cockatoo across south-east Queensland.

Redland Art Awards winner announced


A contemporary monochromatic painting by Sydney artist Pollyxenia Joannou has won first prize in the 2016 Redland Art Awards, announced Friday night at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

Duplicity

Duplicity

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s awards had attracted a very high standard of works, which ensured judging the biennial awards was incredibly difficult.

“Congratulations to Pollyxenia Joannou for her stunning painting ‘Duplicity’, which was awarded first place in the 2016 Redland Art Awards and will now become part of Redland Art Gallery’s permanent collection,” she said.

“Congratulations also to Brisbane artists Monica Rohan, who won second prize for ‘Heads up Shoulders back’, and Carol McGregor, who was awarded the local environment prize for her work ‘Black seeds’.”

Heads up Shoulders back

Heads up Shoulders back

Cr Williams said more than 400 entries had been received from across Australia this year, with judges given an unenviable task of shortlisting to just 50 works before selecting the winners, who shared more than $20,000 in prize money.

“An exhibition of the finalists will be on show from Sunday 16 October to Sunday 27 November 2016 at Redland Art Gallery, and includes works by four Redland-based artists and two Quandamooka artists currently residing outside the City,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and cast their vote for the $500 Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, proudly sponsored by Redland Yurara Art Society, which will be announced Thursday 17 November 2016 on the Redland Art Awards website.”

Black seeds

Black seeds

The 2016 Redland Art Awards were judged by José Da Silva (Senior Curator and Head of Australian Cinémathèque Collections & Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery │ Gallery of Modern Art), Judy Watson (Renowned Queensland Indigenous artist), Emma Bain (Director, Exhibitions & Programs, Redland Art Gallery) and Stephanie Lindquist (Director, Collections & Public Art, Redland Art Gallery).

Redland Art Awards is presented by Redland Art Gallery with generous support for event sponsors Stark Creations and Redland Yurara Art Society. Visit the website to view the Redland Art Awards 2016 finalists.

Queensland-wide financial audit highlights Redlands strengths


A Queensland Audit Office (QAO) report has highlighted the strength of Redland City Council’s long-term financial strategy, in comparison with other councils across the State.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the QAO report – recently tabled in the Queensland Parliament – identified a number of shortcomings for Queensland councils, while highlighting Redland City Council’s approach to financial forecasting.

“The financial security of our city is very important and we are committed to ensuring we have financial management processes in place that manage our finances efficiently and in the best interests of our community,” she said.

“While most councils audited by the QAO were unable to show their long-term approach to providing financial assurances to their communities, I am pleased to say its feedback on Redland City Council was very positive.

“Of the councils examined in depth by QAO, we were the only one with sufficient detail to enable them to be able to form a conclusion on whether our long-term financial strategy is reasonable or not.

“This is because of our thorough approach to financial planning, asset management plans that link to our financial forecast, and evidence to support our assumptions.

“These asset plans guide how we spend and ensure we are able to make good decisions based on accurate assumptions.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council’s strong financial position was the envy of many other councils.

“We continue to deliver budgets that provide solid financial foundations for Council and the city,” she said.

“This year’s budget is the fourth consecutive year we are predicted to deliver a surplus. We also have falling debt and a 10-year financial strategy that predicts no new borrowings.

“This is a far-cry from the deficits and rising debt the city witnessed in previous years.

“This strong financial performance translates to real savings for our residents with Redland City Council delivering the lowest rates increase in South East Queensland for the last three years.”

Cr Williams said Council’s financial plan was reviewed annually to ensure it remained current and relevant to the needs of the city while protecting community assets.

“Our commitment to accountability and transparency is demonstrated by our robust financial plan and documented financial policies, and the QAO report highlighted that RCC is faring well against many of the audit suggestions,” she said.

“We are continuously improving how community assets are managed, with our asset plans also reviewed annually to ensure the timing and order of spend on public infrastructure – including roads, bridges and buildings – reflects the needs of our city.

“The timely release of the QAO report aligns with Council’s current annual review of the financial strategy which commenced last month.”

The QAO also acknowledged Council’s commitment to managing its assets with the establishment of a Capital and Operating Advisory Panel, which provides advice on strategic, commercial and financial matters associated with the delivery of community services.

Redland City Council announces CEO succession plan


Redland City Council has agreed to a succession strategy for its Chief Executive Officer.

It follows a decision that CEO Bill Lyon will stand down to allow a new Chief Executive Officer to be appointed.

Under the strategy, Mr Lyon will continue in the role for a short amount of time to ensure stability and an orderly transition.

Mayor Karen Williams said that while Mr Lyon had taken the decision in the best interests of the City, she was disappointed the Redlands would lose a CEO of his calibre.

“Bill’s agreement to move on has been reluctantly accepted and his acceptance of a three-month succession period following the end of his contract,  to allow for a smooth transition, is much appreciated,’’ Cr Williams.

“Under Bill’s corporate leadership this Council has become arguably the best performer in South-East Queensland, with one of the strongest financial positions. He has overseen a positive change in our corporate culture and will leave this organisation in exceptionally good shape.”

“Good CEOs are hard to find and I thank him for continuing in the role in the interests of stability during the recruitment process. I would also like to personally thank him for what has been a significant contribution to this City and for his sound leadership.”

“He was recruited from outside local government and brought a fresh perspective, which has brought much benefit to the Redlands. He had to make difficult decisions which he did professionally and fearlessly. This City is the better for it.”

Mr Lyon, who took up his appointment after the 2012 Council election, said it was appropriate for him to move on now the new council had settled in.

“I thank Mayor Karen Williams for her tremendous support, but I believe it is now prudent for Council to look to a new CEO and be allowed the time to do so in an orderly fashion,’’ Mr Lyon said.

“While I do not live in the Redlands, the future of this City is close to my heart and I believe residents deserve the process of appointing a new CEO to be thorough and well considered.”

“This City has a great future and I will continue to watch its progress with interest.’’

Cr Williams said that under the guidance of Mr Lyon, a former Energex executive, Redland City Council could boast successive surpluses, low debt and a more efficient organisation with further cost-saving programs well advanced.

Applications for CEO will be called soon.

Online services outage 15-16-17 October


We are doing some planned maintenance on our network this weekend.

MyServices and other online services such as Red-e-Map will be unavailable on Saturday 15 October from 5:30pm to 3:30am and Sunday 16 October from 5:30pm to 3:30am.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Asbestos dumping a costly clean-up


Recent illegal asbestos dumping at Redland Bay and Sheldon has raised health and safety concerns and left Redland City Council and local ratepayers bearing a costly $8000 clean-up bill.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said suspected asbestos material had recently been dumped at Double Jump Road, Redland Bay and West Mount Cotton Road, Sheldon.

“Council was made aware of two locations where building debris containing asbestos had been illegally dumped where residents can freely access it, which is very concerning,” she said.

“Council officers moved quickly to secure and clean-up the sites to keep residents safe.

Council officers quickly removed the dumped asbestos

Council officers quickly removed the dumped asbestos

“Since August 2015 there has been 10 reported incidents of asbestos dumping in the Redlands – it beggars belief that these dumpers are willing to put the safety of others at risk.

Cr Williams said Council had taken a tough stance on illegal dumping, installing surveillance cameras that are moved throughout the city to various spots.

“Council officers also undertake spot checks on locations known for illegal dumping.

“Despite this proactive monitoring we can’t be everywhere, so we also rely on public assistance and are calling on the public to dob in these dumpers because ultimately it’s the entire community who is placed at risk and who bears the costs.

“Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity, or has any information on illegal dumping, should contact Council or report it to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection online or by calling 13 74 68.

“Illegal dumping of any material is taken very seriously and can incur fines of up to $121,000.”

Dumped material containing asbestos

Dumped material containing asbestos

In Redlands, asbestos can be properly disposed of at Council’s Birkdale Transfer Station.

For free disposal of domestic asbestos it must be double wrapped in 0.2mm thick (durable) plastic sheeting, fully sealed and must be less than 10m2 or 250kg.

Asbestos disposal charges apply for commercial customers and the amount is also limited to 10m2 or 250kg. More information can be found on Council’s website.

Council is continuing its investigations into the recent asbestos dumping.