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Redlands Coast set to again shine on screen


Redlands Coast is once again set to star on screen, with filming of Australian production Great White, wrapping up its local location shoots last week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the cast and crew of Great White, produced by Thrills & Spills along with Silver Wings Films and Piccadilly Pictures, filmed on location at Raby Bay, Redland Bay and Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra National Park).

“Redlands Coast is fast gaining a reputation as a location of choice for films and I am proud we have again been for Australian movie Great White,” Cr Williams said.

“More than 85 cast and crew including lead actors Katrina Bowden and Aaron Jakubenko filmed on location at Redlands Coast from October through to November 2019, providing an economic boost for the local community.”

Great White Producer Pam Collis said the production was drawn to Redlands Coast for filming because of its pristine natural attractions that are accessible and support a film crew.

“The producers’ impressions of Redlands Coast are that it has such a scenic vista on the doorstep of Brisbane and opens up ‘a whole new’ film scape yet to be fully realised.

“Redland City Council has proven to be extremely film-friendly and have made it a smooth working relationship in explaining the submission process for permits.

“The film crew have found the locals interested but not intrusive and enjoyed their experience of being able to work close to their home base without being away from home, which is often the case.

“The experience filming here has been so good that the producers are happy to not only film in the area again but are more than happy to recommend the area to their counterparts,” Ms Collis said.

The film, slated for release in 2021, follows the story of seaplane operators and lovers, Kaz Fellows (Katrina Bowden) and Charlie Brody (Aaron Jakubenko), along with their passengers, Joji Minase (Tim Kano), his wife Michelle (Kimie Tsukakoshi) and cook Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who take a flight to the picturesque Hell’s Reef.

It isn’t long though before their idyllic trip turns into a living hell when they become abandoned miles from shore and in grave danger from what lurks just below the surface.

Great White is the latest in a line of productions that have chosen to do business on Redlands Coast, with the region’s film-friendly reputation continuing to grow.

Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on Redlands Coast include Reef Break, Aquaman, Tidelands, Harrow (Seasons 1 & 2), Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

This week Safe Harbour won an International Emmy for Best TV Movie/Miniseries.

Great White film’s Michael Robertson (Producer), Martin Wilston (Director), Pam Collis (Producer) and Neal Kingston (Producer) on location at Peel Island.

Great White lead actors Aaron Jakubenko and Katrina Bowden experience Redlands Coast.

 

 

 

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Update – Water restored to Benfer Road, Victoria Point


Update: 12pm Thursday 28 November 2019

Water has been restored to the Benfer Road area, Victoria Point following emergency repairs to a burst water main this morning.

Council crews are flushing the repaired main. You may see open hydrants with flowing water – this is necessary to flush pipelines. Please do not approach the hydrants or attempt to turn them off.

As water supply returns, there may be some air in residential pipes or some discoloured water when residents first turn on their tap. Residents are advised to let the water run for 2-3 minutes to clear.

Earlier: 9am Thursday 28 November 2019 – Unplanned disruption to water supply – Benfer Road, Victoria Point

Residents around Benfer Road, Victoria Point, are experiencing a water shut down as a result of a burst water main outside St Rita’s Catholic Primary School.

Council crews are on site excavating to locate the break. Reconnection of water supply is expected to be around lunchtime. Council apologises for this inconvenience.

 

 

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Straddie fire rolling blog latest update: Thursday 13 December at 11am


Thursday 13 December at 11am

Storms, strong winds and rainfall expected from Friday.

Residents are urged to be prepared for a severe weather event expected to begin on Friday, with storms, strong winds and rainfall continuing over the weekend.

By late Sunday it is expected that the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Owen, currently a Category 3 system in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, will reach Redlands Coast where it will likely be an east coast low.

It is expected to bring continued strong winds and rainfall across Redlands Coast through to Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

The North Stradbroke Island fire continues to burn lightly within containment lines at the far southern end of the island and there is no immediate threat to properties on Russell Island or North Stradbroke Island.

Smoke is moving to the south.

Ground crews are monitoring and strengthening containment lines. Ground crews from Russell, Macleay and Lamb islands are keeping watch.

Storm safety:

  • Stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary for you to travel.
  • Be careful of traffic signals that aren’t working if you are on the roads and give way to your right at intersections.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines.
  • Do not cross flooded roads or swim in open water courses.
  • Check on your neighbour if you know they are elderly or infirm.
  • Avoid food spoilage. If you are without power avoid opening your freezer and if your food has thawed, do not refreeze it again later.

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Wednesday 12 December at 1pm

Wednesday 12 December at 10am

Ember patrols on Russell Island. Firefighters are patrolling Sandy Point at the southern end of Russell Island for possible embers from the fire at nearby North Stradbroke Island.

There is no immediate threat to properties on Russell Island or North Stradbroke Island.

Russell Island residents are asked to remain vigilant and report embers immediately to Triple 0.

The Rural Fire Service has been closely monitoring the island.

Thick smoke has been reported across the southern end of Russell Island.

This is likely to continue and may increase across the day.

Those in smoke-affected should take steps to protect themselves, including reducing physical activity outside, shutting windows and doors when inside, keeping medication close and consider moving temporarily to another location if sensitive to smoke.

The fire is continuing to burn within containment lines at the far southern end of North Stradbroke Island.

Back burning continued yesterday and overnight to contain the fire, and was successful. Water bombing also continued.

Ground crews are monitoring the fire and strengthening the containment lines on North Stradbroke Island.

Back burning will continue today. Water bombing is also likely to continue.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and QYAC are jointly managing the fire operations with support from QFES and Redland City Council.

Protect yourself in smoky conditions:

  • minimise your physical activity outdoors. People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, in particular, should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke
  • when indoors, keep the windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and switch it to ‘recycle or re-circulate’
  • if your home gets too hot for comfort or is letting in a lot of smoky air, try to visit an air-conditioned community library or shopping centre (if it is safe to do so)
  • when indoors, avoid other sources of air pollution including smoke from cigarettes and woodstoves
  • if there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to ventilate your home to improve indoor air quality
  • anyone with a lung or heart condition should keep at least seven days’ worth of medication on hand. Those with asthma should follow their personal asthma treatment plan
  • anyone experiencing breathing problems or chest  should seek medical advice immediately
  • individuals who are particularly sensitive to smoky conditions should consider temporarily moving away from the smoke-affected area and staying with a friend or relative.

For more information on how to say safe in smoky conditions, see this Queensland Health Fact Sheet.

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Tuesday 11 December at 4.35pm

Heavy smoke from the fire on the southern end of North Stradbroke Island continues to move towards the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, and in particular across Russell Island at Sandy Point. Residents of the southern end of Russell Island should be aware of the ways to be safe in smoky conditions, including staying indoors, shutting doors and windows, keeping medications close and, if sensitive to smoke, consider leaving the smoke-affected area. Check out the Queensland Health information to stay safe in smoky conditions.

Tuesday 11 December at 9.30am

A fire is currently burning at the far southern end of North Stradbroke Island.

There are no immediate threats to townships and the fire is within containment lines.

The fire is the result of continued smouldering and hot spots in inaccessible areas of 18 Mile Swamp, where the fire was burning last week.

Back burning overnight to contain the fire was successful.

Back burning will continue today. Water bombing is also likely to continue.

A light wind is currently blowing smoke towards the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, particularly Russell Island.

Russell Island residents should remain vigilant and report any embers moving to that island to Triple 000.

QFES has three fire appliances on Russell Island monitoring the situation. Additional police are also on Russell Island.

With wind changes throughout the day, smoke may also impact North Stradbroke Island communities.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and QYAC are jointly managing the fire operations with support from QFES and Redland City Council.

Protect yourself in smoky conditions

  • minimise your physical activity outdoors. People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, in particular, should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke
  • when indoors, keep the windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and switch it to ‘recycle or re-circulate’
  • if your home gets too hot for comfort or is letting in a lot of smoky air, try to visit an air-conditioned community library or shopping centre (if it is safe to do so)
  • when indoors, avoid other sources of air pollution including smoke from cigarettes and woodstoves
  • if there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to ventilate your home to improve indoor air quality
  • anyone with a lung or heart condition should keep at least seven days’ worth of medication on hand. Those with asthma should follow their personal asthma treatment plan
  • anyone experiencing breathing problems or chest should seek medical advice immediately
  • individuals who are particularly sensitive to smoky conditions should consider temporarily moving away from the smoke-affected area and staying with a friend or relative.

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Tidelands to globally showcase Redlands Coast this December on Netflix


The naturally wonderful locations of film-friendly Redlands Coast are set to be showcased to audiences in more than 190 countries when Tidelands is streamed globally on Netflix on December 14.

Tidelands was brought to the state by the Queensland Government’s Production Attraction Strategy administered by Screen Queensland.

Mayor Karen Williams said the international release of Tidelands – the first Netflix original drama series to be commissioned and made completely in Australia – would put a spotlight on Redlands Coast and could potentially attract more productions and visitors to the area.

Tidelands filmed throughout Redlands Coast for more than 20 days between April and July 2018, providing an economic boost for our local accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes, boating companies and community groups,” Cr Williams said.

“This included 11 nights spent on North Stradbroke Island.

“Redlands Coast locations that will feature in Tidelands include Cleveland, Victoria Point and Redland Bay on the mainland; Dunwich, Amity, Home Beach and Adder Rock on North Stradbroke Island; and the spectacular southern Moreton Bay.

“The trailer for Tidelands looks fantastic and I look forward to watching ‘Orphelin Bay – Queensland’s Best Kept Secret’ come to life on screen.”

Tidelands Executive Producer Nathan Mayfield said Hoodlum Productions – a Brisbane-based Emmy® and BAFTA Award-winning production company – had a fantastic experience filming the eight-part fictional drama series entirely in south-east Queensland.

“Filming in our home region is only made possible with enthusiasm and support at all levels of government, and also at the community level – our coalface,” he said.

“Producing this show would not be the same without welcoming communities and spectacular locations like North Stradbroke Island and Redlands Coast surrounds.”

Screen Queensland’s Board Chair Linda Lavarch said the series was a major boost for the local screen industry and delivered positive outcomes for the community, tourism and the economy.

“The series employed approximately 500 Queenslanders across cast, crew and extras and injected an estimated $12 million into the state’s economy,” Ms Lavarch said.

“There is already huge global interest in Tidelands and anticipation for its release and I’m sure fans around the world will be inspired to come and experience the locations where this unique series was filmed.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council was proud to be part of Screen Queensland’s Film-Friendly Pathways Program and was enjoying a wave of success with a growing number of productions choosing to film on location in the area.

“Film-friendly Redlands Coast – with its naturally wonderful locations – hopes to welcome more productions in the future,” she said.

Tidelands is the latest addition to a growing list of productions that have been attracted to film in the state by the Queensland Government and which have filmed on Redlands Coast.

Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on the Coast include Aquaman, Harrow, Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Tidelands show synopsis
Tidelands 
follows Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best – Home & Away, Puberty Blues), a young woman who after 10 years in juvenile detention then jail returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay, where she’s plunged into a mystery and must uncover the town’s well-hidden secrets. Elsa Pataky (Fast and the Furious), Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock) and Peter O’Brien (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) co-star in the original series written by Stephen M. Irwin and Leigh McGrath (Harrow).

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Redlands Coast celebrates volunteers


The remarkable efforts of Redlands Coast’s volunteers were recognised by Redland City Council at a special Christmas celebration on Saturday, 1 December.

More than 180 volunteers from a range of community organisations – including emergency services and welfare, environmental, sports, arts and cultural groups – attended the event at the Myhorizon Function Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual celebration let the Redlands Coast’s dedicated band of volunteers know that their efforts were much appreciated.

“As we can see by the response to the Straddie fire, our volunteers make an extraordinary contribution to our society and we simply cannot do without them,’’ Cr Williams said.

“No community can properly function without the help of dedicated and motivated people who are prepared to offer their time and expertise to help others.

“Councils and other levels of government simply do not have the capacity to do what volunteers can on the front line, particularly during times of need and crisis.

“While they do not seek recognition, Council believes it is important that we thank them, on behalf of residents, for their selflessness and let them know that their vital work for our community does not go unnoticed.

“The fact that we have so many community-minded residents who continually put their hands up is something we should be very proud off as a community.”

Cr Williams said almost one in four Redlanders over the age of 15 years reported doing some form of voluntary work, whether helping the elderly or those less fortunate, assisting injured wildlife, caring for our environment or helping out with kids’ sports and community events.

“This is a remarkable number and a great indicator of the cohesiveness of our community and something for which we all should be grateful,” she said.

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Redlands Coast to mark Centenary of Armistice


Remembrance Day this year marks the 100th Anniversary of Armistice – the end of World War I.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams encouraged the Redlands Coast community to take time on Sunday 11 November to remember Australia’s brave servicemen and women who went into battle for the safety of future generations.

“These were real people – mostly young people – who went into horrendous conditions to ensure their loved ones at home, and the generations to follow, could live in peace and safety,” she said.

“Remembrance Day services will be held on Redlands Coast and I encourage people to either attend a service or, at 11am on the day, to spend a minute in silence, remembering our fallen.”

Cr Williams also urged motorists to be mindful of road closures on the day.

“Some roads will be closed in Cleveland for short periods on Remembrance Day as veterans aboard the Troop Train that will run from Brisbane to Cleveland march from Cleveland railway station to Anzac Centenary Park,” she said.

“I urge motorists to be patient while this significant march is underway.”

Road closures

The following Cleveland roads will be closed on 11 November 2018:

  • Shore Street West, Passage Street to Wynyard Street, total closure 9.50am – 10.30am
  • Shore Street West, Harbourview Court to Wynyard Street (eastbound only) 9.55am – 10.05am

 Troop Train

On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018, veterans from Redlands Coast and other servicemen and women from Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane will be carried on a special Troop Train from Brisbane to Cleveland as part of this year’s Centenary of Armistice.

Upon arriving at Cleveland, troops will be joined by the Redland City Brass Band and mounted Australian Light Horse members before marching to the Remembrance Day service at Anzac Memorial Park on Shore Street West, Cleveland.

The service will commence at 10.30am.

A Remembrance Day service will also be held this year by Bayside South RSL Sub Branch at 10.30am at the Redland Bay cenotaph in Banana Street, Redland Bay.

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Capalaba Regional Park vandalism


Following vandalism to the toilet block at Capalaba Regional Park on the evening of Thursday 1 November, eight toilets will be out of order over the weekend. We hope to have new doors installed by mid next week.

Two disabled toilets are still operational, with their doors having been repaired.

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New structure plan for Victoria Point emerging community


Redland City Council has resolved to prepare a structure plan for a new emerging community south of Victoria Point.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the structure plan would cover land to the south-west of Victoria Point that is currently included within emerging community zone of the adopted Redlands Coast City Plan.

“This area has been earmarked for a number of years for growth by the State Government, and they have incorporated it into the urban footprint and directed Council to structure plan the area,” Cr Williams said.

“Now that the city plan has commenced and the area is included in the Emerging Community zone, it is an appropriate time for Council to commence a structure planning process.

“The structure plan will facilitate the delivery of a well-planned urban community by integrating all necessary components of the built and natural environments in an orderly, integrated and coordinated land use pattern.”

Cr Williams said Council had deferred its decision on development applications in the area until the structure plan was in place to ensure growth in the area was managed appropriately.
“Since 2015, Council has received two development applications for the area – the first for 289 lots within a portion of the eastern area of the zone (Clay Gully Road and Brendan Way) and the second in 2017 over land on Bunker Road seeking reconfiguration for 176 lots,” she said.

“Council resolved in March this year that the application lodged for the Clay Gully Road-Brendan Way development be deferred until a Council-led structure plan is completed for the whole emerging community, or the Victoria Point Local Development Area.

“As part of today’s decision, Council will ask the State Government to outline what work they are planning on roads in the area, including Cleveland-Redland Bay Road and the recently announced planning on roads associated with a proposed Victoria Point bypass.”

Cr Williams said the community would be engaged during the development of the structure plan, which would be delivered in nine stages with a target of September 2019 for final approval and incorporation into the Redlands Coast City Plan.

“A critical component of the structure plan is effective and appropriate community engagement,” Cr Williams said.

“Residents need – and expect – to know what is happening on their doorsteps and Council has an obligation to tell them.

“We will be engaging our community following the formulation of the draft land use plan and once we have ministerial approval to commence detailed consultation.

“It is expected that this will occur in the second half of 2019.

“A well-prepared structure plan supported by an appropriate public consultation strategy should minimise risks and ensure the area develops in an appropriate and timely manner.”

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Council to consult community on dog bans and restrictions


The community will have its say on whether dogs should be prohibited or restricted from Cleveland Markets after Councillors today backed a call from Mayor Karen Williams.

The Mayor asked Councillors at today’s General Meeting to support her Mayoral Minute calling for a review of dogs being restricted at Cleveland Markets as part of Council’s Local Law 2, Register of Animals in Public Places.

Cr Williams said the move followed recent community debate about dogs being prohibited from Cleveland Markets, which was sparked after complaints from residents about dogs being present in the marketplace.

“Dogs have actually not been allowed at the markets since 1997 but, following recent complaints from residents wanting the local law enforced, Council has erected signs to educate the public about the local law; although no infringement notices have been issued,” Cr Williams said.

“Considering the local law has been in place for more than 20 years, I think it is time to ask the community for feedback and we will ultimately be guided by what they tell us.”

Cr Williams congratulated Cleveland Village Traders and market stall holders for bringing attention to the matter, prompting her call for the community to have its say through public consultation.

“As a dog owner myself, I can understand why people would want to take their furry friends to the markets, but I also understand that not everyone is a dog lover and having them around food and children can cause issues,” she said.

“So the best course of action is to ask the community what they want through formal, public consultation.

“While I appreciate the support of my fellow Councillors today, it is important to remember that this review won’t be immediate.

“Also, in order to respect those residents who have asked for the local law to be enforced, the ban on dogs at the markets will remain until the review is finalised.”

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Council to investigate ways to keep food waste out of landfill


Redland City Council will investigate options to divert food and garden waste from landfill, while at the same time creating a nutrient rich product for local gardens.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams asked today for Council to investigate a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service across the city, helping the environment and residents’ hip-pockets.

“Food Organics and Garden Organics makes up about 23 per cent of all waste collected in kerbside waste collection,” Cr Williams said.

“Based on 2014-15 figures, this means each year almost 25,000 tonnes of food and organics waste goes into landfill.

“That’s not only bad for the environment, it’s like throwing money away; so today I have asked for Council to investigate ways we can divert this potentially valuable product to an alternative use.

“Food waste is also a large contributor to greenhouse gases through the production of methane, so by finding ways to use it on our gardens rather than putting it in the ground we will also be helping the environment.”

Cr Williams, who is the Deputy Chair of the South East Queensland Council of Mayors waste working group, said her Mayoral Minute also asked Council officers to investigate regional options across neighbouring councils, as well as working with community partners.

“As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure; and with FOGO having the potential to be treated and used as nutrient rich compost and soil, this decision could ultimately help local green thumbs, while also creating a new economy for the city,” she said.

“We have some very passionate local gardening groups that we will look to engage in this conversation also.

“The waste sector is changing dramatically and at this stage it is unclear how the introduction of the State Government’s waste levy will impact Redlands Coast, so it makes sense to look at ways to reduce our waste going to landfill.

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