Monthly Archives: August 2018

Three Paddocks ready for play


The exciting new play space at Wellington Point’s Three Paddocks Park will open on Friday, 31 August 2018.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the coastal park was among a number of parks across Redlands Coast that had been recently transformed or were scheduled for work.

“Council has set aside more than $4.1 million for renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields across the Coast this year alone,” Cr Williams said.

“Three Paddocks Park is among parks in every division to get new equipment, features or amenities.

“These are priorities, as parks such as this are vital to the wellbeing of locals, help to attract visitors and help to foster the strong sense of community we enjoy on Redlands Coast.”

Local Councillor Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said Three Paddocks Park’s new play space would provide activities for toddlers, primary school-age children and teenagers, while complementing recent upgrades to the dog off-leash area and installation of new exercise equipment.

New playground at Three Paddocks Park

“The new play space includes a basketball half court, climbing fort with net, nature play elements, flying fox, slide, swing, seating and shelters,” Cr Boglary said.

“Council received a great deal of local support for these upgrades and I know they will be popular.”

Prayer breakfast raises record amount for chaplaincy programs


More than $20,000 was raised for state school chaplaincy programs across Redlands Coast at the annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 24 August 2018 – an increase of more than $4,000 over the funds raised at last year’s event.

Almost 280 people, including school chaplains, church and school leaders, government representatives, business people and community members attended the breakfast, which was held at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.

RCC Mayor Karen Williams with school chaplains

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said the annual event had played an important role since its inception in 2003.

“Our schools’ chaplaincy programs deliver vital support and guidance for Redlands Coast students,” she said.

“The chaplains help our young people in important ways as students work to realise their academic potential in a world of social media that never stops and constant connection.”

Cr Williams said the funds raised at the breakfast would assist Redlands Coast state school chaplains in their work.

“There are six state schools across the Coast that are still searching for chaplains,” she said.

“The programs run by chaplains make a positive contribution to our state schools and these funds will help that work continue.”

Cr Williams thanked the speakers and people who attended the event, and the individuals, businesses and organisations that sponsored and supported the breakfast:

  • Lee’s Environmental
  • Renaissance Retirement Living
  • Alex Gow Funerals
  • Certified Roofing
  • Frederiks Accountants
  • REMAX Bayside Properties
  • Cleveland Baptist Church
  • Villawood Properties
  • Faith Lutheran College, Redlands
  • Elevated Photos
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • McGuire’s Alexandra Hills
  • Vision Christian Media
  • CPC Productions Services

Finding treasure on Redlands Coast


The treasures of Redlands Coast have been charted to provide adventure seekers, nature lovers and those who simply want to relax with a detailed map of one of Queensland’s most diverse and exciting regions.

Now known as Redlands Coast, the amazing contrast of the area from stunning North Stradbroke Island, across the southern archipelago and mainland villages to the wild bush of the hinterland, is being celebrated through two new websites launched by Redland City Council.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the new Redlands Coast tourism website at www.visitredlandscoast.com.au and an accompanying microsite told the story behind the Redlands Coast brand and provided brand information for locals, businesses and visitors.

“We have created what really is a treasure map marking the many ancient and contemporary troves that make Redlands Coast such a special place to explore, whether you are a local or visitor,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Working closely with the traditional owners of the area, we have also included on the websites Quandamooka names for many areas.

“We are right next door to a busy capital city and just up the road from the Gold Coast, yet here you can find an expanse of beach to have to yourself, walk in the steps of the Quandamooka peoples, get that adrenaline rush and then go browsing or uncover some real dining gems.

“On Redlands Coast, you can be as adventurous or as laid back as you like – it’s vibrant, inclusive, connected, full of natural beauty and attractions but still with enough space to really relax.”

redlandscoast.com.au

The new websites coincide with a campaign to entice visitors from south-east Queensland to visit for day trips and short stays, as well as encourage locals to rediscover all that is naturally wonderful about their own backyard, which includes about 335km of beautiful coastline.

“Check out the sites and you will see what really has been quite a well-kept secret for far too long – even for some locals,” Cr Williams said.

“The time has come to proudly showcase the truly amazing hidden treasures and little adventures people can experience on Redlands Coast.

“We have world-class surf beaches, calm coastal waters, an award-winning winery and craft breweries, an emerging foodie culture and plenty of coastal adventure with boating, fishing, diving, surfing, along with a rich heritage and captivating Quandamooka culture which dates back tens of thousands of years.”

As part of the campaign, Redlands Coast residents are also being encouraged to send an e-postcard, which can be found on the microsite, to friends and family to entice them to “come see for yourselves”.

“The sites highlight Redlands Coast tourism businesses and operators, along with other naturally wonderful aspects of the region, including things to see and do, an events calendar and places to stay,” Cr Williams said.

You can find more at the new Redlands Coast tourism website www.visitredlandscoast.com.au or the microsite for locals and businesses www.redlandscoast.com.au.

Koala safe neighbourhood precincts part of Council plan


A Redland City Council program, run in conjunction with a number of research institutions, including Griffith University and University of the Sunshine Coast, will see the establishment of koala safe neighbourhood precincts as part of a raft of programs being rolled out under Council’s Koala Conservation Action Plan.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said many of the major activities for 2018/19 under the five-year plan were grounded in science, with Council to partner with research agencies to deliver a multi-layered approach to koala conservation.

“I firmly believe the future of koalas in south-east Queensland needs a collaborative approach led by the science and this plan will help deliver that through collaboration with the likes of Griffith University, ensuring our actions are based on science and research,” Cr Williams said.

“Activities include habitat and conservation planning, koala threat mitigation initiatives, and a koala education campaign that will be rolled out next month.”

Deputy Mayor Cr Lance Hewlett said the plan included working on koala safe neighbourhood precincts, which would include a community koala monitoring program as well as a science-based road signage trial, conducted by Griffith University, that would study the most effective signage to increase driver vigilance and increase awareness of koalas.

“The longer term objective will be to use the results across the rest of the city to ensure that best practice is followed,” he said.

Preliminary research under the Koala Conservation Action Plan showed there was a sufficient level of gene flow between the discreet local koala populations in the Redlands Coast villages of Birkdale, Cleveland, Ormiston and Wellington Point.

There were also mainland areas where koalas had existed for at least three generations.

Assessment of North Stradbroke Island and the rest of the mainland was completed in July 2018, with the delivery of all final reports on the koala surveys due in October 2018.

Council has developed a number of education campaigns as part of the program to raise awareness in the community of the importance of restraining dogs at night, being aware of koalas roaming during their breeding season from July to November, and being vigilant when driving in these months in particular.

In addition to the new work being undertaken, Council will also continue to facilitate koala conservation programs such as koala habitat plantings, Redlands Wildlife Ambulance, One Million Native Plants and the annual North Stradbroke Island koala survey.

Council to speak up on key issues at 122nd LGAQ conference


Redland City Council will use October’s Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference to call on Queensland councils to lobby other levels of government on four key issues:

• Community residences
• National landcare projects
• Park and Ride facilities
• Postal ballots for Local Government elections

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Lance Hewlett, who chaired yesterday’s General Meeting, said the four motions, which were supported unanimously by Councillors, will now be tabled at the LGAQ’s 122nd annual conference in Brisbane, 29 to 31 October 2018.

“Redland City Council has historically used the annual LGAQ conference to lobby other levels of government on behalf of the community and these motions are again aimed at responding to our community’s needs,” he said.

National landcare programs

The first motion, put forward by Mayor Karen Williams, calls on the LGAQ to lobby the Federal Government through the Australian Local Government Association for increased funding for National landcare programs.

“National landcare programs, such as Land for Wildlife, provide invaluable support for community-based landcare projects that deliver both ecological and educational benefits to communities,” Cr Williams said.

“Increased funding for these projects would also provide for increased community involvement in local landcare and vegetation management.

“Additionally, it would provide for increased education about the role the community can play in caring for the environment and open opportunities to partner with other levels of government in delivering environmental programs.”

Community residences

The second motion, from Cr Wendy Boglary (Division 1), calls on the LGAQ to urge the State to include additional planning requirements for community residences to ensure they are located close to public transport and possible employment areas; their impact on existing residential amenity is addressed; and they are not established without consultation with the relevant Local Government to ensure conformity with local planning policies.

Cr Williams said the motion followed Council first raising concerns about community residences with the then Newman government in 2013.

“Council is of the view that community residences should not be established without consultation with the relevant local government to ensure conformity with local government planning policies,” she said.

“Unfortunately, we have seen in the Redlands a community residence that housed past offenders who were reintegrating into the community that led to considerable community anxiety and concerns from police.”

Cr Boglary agreed that the mandatory community residence provisions needed review and improvement.

“Council is supportive of the program of reintegrating people back into the community but experience has shown that the current provisions mandating the level of assessment are insufficient,” she said.

“The community has raised a number of concerns regarding these residences, particularly those in residential areas; so we will again be asking the LGAQ to request the State Government conducts a review to provide greater oversight, monitoring and transparency of these services.

“The social and service needs of the residents, the proximity to public transport and employment opportunities, and the likely impact on community amenity must be taken into consideration along with the current requirements of limiting resident numbers, car parking and support worker requirements.”

Park and Ride facilities

Cr Boglary also put forward the third motion, which addressed the need for an overarching Department of Transport Park and Ride Strategy that outlined the process for planning and upgrading these facilities.

“Park and Ride facilities across Redlands Coast and south-east Queensland are in high demand and are generally over capacity during the working week,” she said.

“Commuters’ cars then spill over into surrounding neighbourhoods, which results in high demand for on-street parking.

“With Park and Ride facilities managed by multiple stakeholders, including councils, Translink and Queensland Rail depending on a facility’s location, a clear strategy would provide greater clarity in the planning and upgrading of this important infrastructure.

“Clear policy that outlines the intention of managing these assets into the future is required, especially on how over-capacity facilities will be managed and timed for upgrades.”

Postal ballots for Local Government elections

The final motion, put forward by Cr Murray Elliott (Division 7), calls on the LGAQ to lobby the State Government for an amendment to the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 that would allow local governments to conduct their elections by full postal ballot.

“Postal Ballots will provide cost savings, reduce impacts to the environment and enhance voter convenience,” Cr Elliott said.

“At present this option is available for some regional areas but with our islands and isolated populations in parts of the city, I think it makes sense for this to be an option for the Redlands.”

Cr Williams will be joined by Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett as official delegates at the conference, which will bring together delegates from all tiers of government, external stakeholders and the media to consider challenges facing Local Governments and their communities.

Other Councillors are able to attend as observers.

Wildlife ambulance celebrates 20-year milestone


Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) service has marked 20 years of rescuing injured, sick and orphaned native animals under Redland City Council coordination.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre played host to an anniversary celebration on Saturday 18 August, bringing together original and current volunteers and stakeholders to acknowledge the milestone.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said RAWA, coordinated by Council and serviced by volunteers, continued to be a crucial environmental and community service.

“Council initially began supporting wildlife rescue in 1985, when the then Redland Shire Council donated a vehicle to Eprapah Scout Warden Don Burnett in support of the work he and volunteers were doing rescuing and releasing koalas,” Cr Williams said.

“In 1998, Council resolved to undertake full coordination and operation of the service and RAWA, as it exists today, was born.

“The rescue vehicle has been upgraded five times, with the newest vehicle received in June 2018, but the engine that keeps this service running is our amazing volunteers.

“Each and every day for the past 20 years, there has been a volunteer on call ready to help wildlife in need – about 180 volunteers in all over that time.

“On an annual basis, the RAWA volunteers contribute 5,475 hours of dedicated service to Council and the community, working from 5pm to 8am every day.

“This 20-year milestone would not be possible without the dedication, sacrifice, compassion and tireless work of these volunteers and I thank them on behalf of all of Redlands Coast.”

The RAWA service is highly regarded by wildlife hospitals and organisations in south-east Queensland and also plays a key role in educating the community through volunteer interaction and participation in Council’s schools program and community displays.

It has also provided, and continues to provide, valuable data to help shape environmental policy and guide Council’s decision-making.

Redlands Wildlife Rescue Ambulance

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Lance Hewlett, who represented the Mayor at the weekend’s 20-year milestone event, said it coincided with breeding season for many animals, and also served as a timely reminder for people to be on the lookout for wildlife.

“Now is the time to be particularly cautious – slowing down and taking caution when driving and keeping pets indoors or contained at night when native animals are at their most active,” Cr Hewlett said.

“If you do see an injured native animal, contact Council’s 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Service on 3833 4031.”

Cr Murray Elliott, who was part of the Council that endorsed the creation of the RAWA service, also attended to thank volunteers and support the celebrations.

For more information, or to enquire about volunteering for RAWA, visit the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre website or call 3829 8611.

Kunjiel comes to Redlands Coast


Kunjiel, the closing Corroboree of the 2018 Quandamooka Festival, is set to bring Redlands Coast to life this Saturday 25 August with Traditional dance, ceremony, song, food and art.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams urged locals and visitors to take advantage of this wonderful cultural experience on Redlands Coast’s beautiful North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

“The Quandamooka Festival has become an important cultural, social and environmental event in our city and the Kunjiel closing ceremony is a highlight,” Cr Williams said.

“Kunjiel is more than a music festival, more than an arts festival and more than a food festival – it brings all these together in a free, family-friendly setting.

“It gives residents and visitors an opportunity to discover something that is naturally and spiritually wonderful about our region – the ongoing, intrinsic connection between the Quandamooka People and the lands and sea we call Redlands Coast.

Quandamooka Festival Kunjiel

Photo courtesy of Quandamooka Festival

“Kunjiel offers an impressive line-up of musical entertainment, including Adam James, Thirdstone and Tamwah.

“There are traditional dance performances, not only from our region, but also other areas of Australia as well as New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Fiji.

“Kunjiel also has art and weaving activities, stalls, crafts and bush-influenced Quandamooka cuisine.

“Redland City Council is proud to continue its support as a founding sponsor of the Quandamooka Festival, recognising the many benefits it brings our community and our region.”

Divisional Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Peter Mitchell said Quandamooka Festival organisers had done an impressive job ensuring Kunjiel had a wide range of experiences.

“Festival organisers and volunteers have gone to a great deal of effort to ensure Kunjiel offers something for everyone,” he said.

“I congratulate them on their commitment to sharing share their culture, and other traditional cultures, with others.”

Kunjiel (Corroborree) is a drug- and alcohol-free event held at 100 East Coast Road, Dunwich (Goompi), North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) from 10am on Saturday 25 August 2018.

For more details on Quandamooka Festival, visit the Quandamooka Festival Facebook page.

Discover more of Redlands Coast’s hidden treasures, attractions, and events on the Visit Redlands Coast website. 

Weinam Creek stage one works set to commence


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams today announced that stage one works for Council’s Weinam Creek redevelopment project, which will ultimately transform the waterfront of Redland Bay, will commence later this year.

Cr Williams said stage one would provide valuable infrastructure for the community, including ground-level car parks and a footbridge connecting the Moores Road site to the Redland Bay Marina.

“Residents have told us they want Weinam Creek upgraded and we are working to help meet the high demand for car parking,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said a footbridge would provide more direct access to the marina, accommodating foot traffic and bicycles as well as mobility scooters.

Artists' impression of the Weinam Creek footbridge

Artists’ impression of the Weinam Creek footbridge

“Once the footbridge has been constructed, it will take, on average, five to ten minutes to walk from the ferry terminal to the car park.”

Lighting and other security measures will be incorporated as part of the design process.

Plans for future stages of the project include additional ground-level car parks, secure car parks and multi-deck car parks within the Redland Bay Marina precinct.

Stage one will also include site preparation for future residential dwellings, including nine house lots fronting Moores Road and a one-hectare lot with potential for medium-density development.

Council-owned subsidiary Redland Investment Corporation will work with Council to develop stage one of the PDA project.

Other features of the plan include improved drop off and storage facilities for Redlands Coast Southern Island residents, more than 21,000sq m of new open space, the rejuvenation of 46,920sq m of existing parkland, new pedestrian and cycle ways and construction of a new boat ramp.

There will also be mixed use and medium density residential development and retail and commercial amenities, including cafés and restaurants as well the potential for a health precinct for mainland and island residents.

Cr Williams said the project provides a valuable opportunity to showcase Weinam Creek as a community focal point and a regional gateway to the islands as well as creating jobs and supporting economic development within the region.

The total area of the Weinam Creek PDA is approximately 42 hectares, including 36 hectares over land and nearly six hectares over water.

Inspiring Seniors recognised at Seniors Week event


Redlands Coast’s Inspiring Seniors have been unveiled for 2018 at part of this year’s Seniors Week celebrations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was proud to be able to recognise the inspirational locals as part of the annual Blue Care community initiative, now in its tenth year.

“The Inspiring Seniors initiative shines a light on some exceptional residents whose contributions enrich the Redlands Coast community immeasurably,” Cr Williams said.

“It is indeed a difficult task to select a worthy individual to nominate each year – with such a talent pool from which to choose!

“Many of our seniors contribute significantly to the Redlands community on a regular basis – compassionately giving their time, skills and ideas for the benefit of others.

“With a higher than average population of retirees, the Redlands Coast is blessed with many dedicated volunteers, community champions and philanthropists.  Redland City Council is a proud supporter of this Blue Care initiative, which recognises these generous seniors.”

The 2018 Redlands Inspiring Seniors Honour Roll is:

Blue Care – Mavis Rainey

Mayor- Jan Kempers

Division 1- Doug Reynolds

Division 2- Kobus Kruger

Division 3- Albert Lindsay Boyd

Division 4- Denise Foley

Division 5- Vonnie Vayanos

Division 6- Robert Uhr

Division 7- Shirley Edwards

Division 8- Pamela Boyle

Division 9- Elsie Coulam

Division 10- Carmen Jackson

Awarded recipients were acknowledged by the Redland City Mayor and Councillors and Blue Care representatives at special morning tea at Nandeebee Aged Care and Retirement Village in Alexandra Hills.

It’s never too late to learn to read or write!


You can close the book on any notions of Redland Libraries being stuffy, dark, book depositories, thanks to their increasing range of engaging programs and events that provide a variety of learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said on 3 September, Redland Libraries would launch its new and exciting Adult Literacy Program, to provide free mentoring for adults needing help with reading, writing and basic number skills.

“The program is based on a learner-driven model used successfully in libraries and community organisations across the world,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redland Libraries Adult Literacy Program is an excellent community service that will support lifelong learning and see Redlanders better communicate and participate in society.

“Volunteers received specialist training by Redland Libraries and accredited trainers so they could best help learners achieve their unique literacy goals.

“Education enables people to better participate in life and improve their school and work opportunities, and Redland Libraries strive to run a range of programs to facilitate continued learning.

“Literacy is a fundamental life skill but nearly half the Australian adult population struggles with everyday reading and writing – from reading a newspaper to reading to their children or even following medication instructions.”

Redland Libraries Manager Jo Jones said the libraries received a wonderful response from people in the community eager to volunteer their time to be mentors in the program.

She said the Adult Literacy Program complemented other library initiatives such as the First5Forever (0-5 years) program and author events.

“Author events and the libraries’ First5Forever Program are all about developing literacy in multiple ways – through listening, viewing and reading so children can learn to use language effectively and confidently,” Ms Jones said.

“On 6 September, Redland Libraries and Redlands Performing Arts Centre will be hosting An evening with Morris Gleitzman, in which the Australian Children’s Laureate and award-winning author will share his insights into the importance of stories for both young and old.

“Studies have shown that children who are read to more frequently from an early age enter school with larger vocabularies and more advanced comprehension skills.

“Redland Libraries not only want to provide the books and resources to help children and families but also provide innovative channels to stimulate learning for both the child and parent.”

Key event dates:

Adult Literacy Program Launch (with Mayor Karen Williams and guest speakers)

Monday 3 September, 10am – 11am

Cleveland Library, corner Bloomfield and Middle streets

Book online on the Redland City Council website.

An evening with Morris Gleitzman

Thursday 6 September, 6.30pm

Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Tickets $10 – $20

Book online on the RPAC website.