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Celebrate Australia Day on Redlands Coast


Redland City Council has organised special Australia Day parking and safety arrangements so everyone can enjoy a relaxing celebration on Redlands Coast.

Additional parking will be open at Toondah Harbour over the Australia Day long weekend for those travelling to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

At Wellington Point, motorists will be able to avoid parking concerns by parking at the Wellington Point Community Hall car park and catching a free shuttle bus that will run along Main Road between the shops and Wellington Point Recreation Reserve from 7am to 6pm on both Sunday 26 and Monday 27 January.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted to ensure everyone could enjoy Redlands Coast’s beautiful coastline, beaches and parks on Australia Day, so Council had extra traffic and litter patrols in place for the comfort and amenity of all.

“In the lead up to the Australia Day long weekend, Council also works with local police, who in the interests of public safety will be patrolling key areas, including the Wellington Point Reserve and other popular places,” she said.

“It would be appreciated if everyone celebrating outdoors could assist by being patient and respectful of others and following the direction of authorities.

“We also urge people to be mindful of helping to keep Redlands Coast the naturally wonderful place it is by not littering and taking their waste home where possible and disposing of it there.”

Over the Australia Day long weekend existing dog-walking and car parking regulations will remain in place and residents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these regulations to ensure they enjoy the day.

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Redland City Council Holiday Closures 2019


All non-essential Redland City Council services will be closed from close of business on Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and reopen on Thursday, January 2 2020.

This includes Customer Service Centres, Redland Art Gallery (Cleveland and Capalaba) and mainland libraries.

After hours emergency number: 3829 8999

Waste transfer stations and collection services
Kerbside waste collections will continue as normal, with Christmas Day kerbside bin collections beginning at 5am.

Waste transfer stations will be closed on Christmas Day.
Online bin requests submitted after Monday, 23 December 2019 will be actioned from Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Recycle World’s last day of trading is Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Saturday, 4 January 2020.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre
Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre will be closed Christmas Day.
Open 7 days a week, 9am – 4pm
1300 667 386

Redland Animal Shelter
The animal shelter will be closed on Christmas Day only.
Limited hours apply (9am to 12pm) from Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until Friday, January 3 2020.

Library Services
Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point libraries
: closed from 5pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until 9am Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Amity Point Library: closed from 11.30am Saturday, 21 December 2019 until 1.30pm Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Dunwich Library: closed from 12pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until 1pm Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Point Lookout Library: closed from 4.30pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until 1pm Friday, 3 January 2020.
Russell Island Library: closed from 1pm Saturday, 21 December 2019 until 9.30am Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Mobile Library: last stop will be Wellington Point Village Green at 3pm Thursday, 19 December 2019 until 9am Thursday, 2 January 2020.
During closures, no items will be due and return chutes will be closed.

Redland Performing Arts Centre
Closed from 4pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 to 10am Monday, 6 January 2020. Tickets can be purchased through the RPAC website during this time.

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland and Capalaba
Closed from 24 December 2019 to 1 January 2020. Both galleries will reopen on 2 January 2020.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery
IndigiScapes Native Botanic Gardens will be open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 10am to 4pm. The nursery will be closed on these days.

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Christmas by Starlight to shine a helping hand on Queensland farmers


Queensland farmers doing it tough as a result of the drought will benefit from donations collected at Redland City Council’s annual Christmas by Starlight event in Cleveland later this month.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would partner with the Rotary Club of Cleveland to collect donations at the event for the Rotary Australia drought appeal.

“The national appeal is raising money to help farmers who are suffering from drought conditions and Redland City Council wants to help,” she said.

“The Redlands Coast community is a generous one, and I know residents attending Christmas by Starlight will dig deep and donate what they can to the appeal.

“Community clubs such as Rotary are the life blood of local communities, working to provide vouchers, food and animal fodder to those communities that are being heavily challenged by these harsh conditions.

“As well as assisting rural families, money spent in these communities has a flow-on effect to local businesses, which are also struggling.”

Cr Williams also advised that due to the recent fire disasters in neighbouring regions and current fire ban for Redlands Coast, Council had made the difficult decision to cancel the planned fireworks finale at Christmas by Starlight.

“Given current dry weather conditions and the plight of others around Australia, we have made the decision to not have a fireworks display this year and offer a new surprise finale.

“We are working with our fireworks provider, a local family-run business and loyal sponsor of Christmas by Starlight, to create an exciting and magical Christmas moment for families to enjoy.”

Cr Williams said Council employees and community volunteers would also collect eligible cans and plastic containers used by event goers to recycle through the Containers for Change scheme.

“These containers will be exchanged for cash, with the funds collected also going to the Rotary appeal,” she said.

Christmas by Starlight – Redlands Coast’s largest free community event – will be held at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds from 4pm on Saturday, 14 December.

For more information, visit Council’s Christmas by Starlight web page.

Mayor Karen Williams with Rotary Club of Cleveland’s Luis Filardi and Jon Womersley

 

 

 

 

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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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Christmas tree aglow on Redlands Coast


The festive season on Redlands Coast was ushered in on Friday, 29 November when crowds turned out at Cleveland’s library square to see the city’s Christmas tree light up.

A popular annual event, Council’s Lightup Your Christmas decorated Bloomfield Street and Raby Bay Harbour with live entertainment, children’s activities, twilight markets, a visit from Santa and his elves and, of course, the switch was flicked on and the Redlands Coast Christmas tree shone a festive beacon for all to enjoy.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted to have flicked the switch again this year.

“This event brings our city together and sparks the Christmas spirit in us all,” she said.

“To see children posting their letters to Santa, families enjoying photos with the man in red himself, the wonderful entertainment, the fun and festivities at the twilight markets and so many people come to see our beautiful tree light up was testament to the sense of community we share from one end of Redlands Coast to the other.

“The lighting of our tree is fast becoming a Redlands Coast tradition that I hope continues long into the future.”

The Redlands Coast Christmas tree shines a festive beacon.

 

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Lyngbya at Wellington Point Reserve


Redland City Council has installed signs at  Wellington Point Reserve to advise residents and visitors of the presence of Lyngbya (Lyngbya majuscule), a naturally occurring, blue-green algae that can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritations if people come into contact with it.

The presence of Lyngbya is not uncommon for waters around Redlands Coast and Moreton Bay and all beaches and waterways remain open for recreational use.

The signs are precautionary only to inform people of the presence of the material, which often presents as mats floating on the surface of the water or as washed-up clumps on the beach.
Swimming and wading is not recommended where algae is present.

Council has also reinstalled signs advising of Lyngbya at Church Street, Victoria Point and Thompsons Beach, Victoria Point, after the signs there were vandalised and removed.

Council will continue to monitor Wellington Point Reserve and other Redlands Coast beaches, and will erect signs if Lyngbya is found elsewhere.

More information is available from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

 

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New phone app to reward shoppers and boost local business


A free mobile phone app aimed at promoting local businesses and rewarding their customers is on trial on Redlands Coast.

The Redlands Coast Deals and Rewards App is an initiative of Redland City Council to encourage residents and visitors to shop locally and earn rewards in the process.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has urged businesses and residents to get on board and start using the app.

“We know Redlands Coast retailers already offer great value and exceptional services to shoppers but with this app, they can offer even more in return for customer loyalty,” she said.

“Shoppers earn points for each purchase and these can be used to unlock further in-store deals, redeem prizes and enter competitions.

“Using a smartphone to shop is becoming increasingly popular, so this easy to use app is a win for everyone.

“Shoppers can set up notifications to their phone so when they travel past a business they will receive an alert about the deals being done in-store.

“We believe it’s one of the first apps of its type to be delivered by a Council to businesses across an entire local government area.”

The app is easy to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play and will also give shoppers a local business directory and information on how to enter competitions.

Cr Williams said all information collected by the app would remain private.

“All data will be securely stored and only used to offer deals and other services to the user,” she said.

“It’s free for businesses to sign up for the initial three month trial and discover the world of benefits the app will bring them and their business on our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast.”

Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce president Rebecca Young has urged business to support the new initiative.

“The app is a positive addition to our business community, giving the opportunity for retailers  to connect not only to potential customers but to one another,” she said.

“We would encourage all businesses to engage in the app to use it as a useful marketing tool.”

For further details, visit Council’s website.

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Moreton Bay Cycleway extension opens


This week marked a high point for Redlands Coast cyclists and recreational trail users, with the completion of Stage 1 of a multi-million dollar extension to Moreton Bay Cycleway.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Stage 1 was part of a multi-stage cycleway extension jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government, due for completion by mid-2020.

“Today’s opening of Stage 1 of the Moreton Bay Cycleway Extension Project sees an additional 850m of pathways and boardwalk added to this much-loved community asset,” Cr Williams said.

“A 3m wide cycleway now links to existing networks at Cameron Court Park and School Road, Victoria Point.

“Section 2 works, providing a link from School Road through Orana Street Park to Lakefield Drive, will start soon and include a further 350m of boardwalk and 360m concrete footpath, or a total extension of 710m.

“Section 3 is the final link of the network and will see an on-road link via Lakefield Drive and we hope to have the entire project completed and open for public use by mid-2020.

“This newly-opened section, and the stages to follow soon, will provide important linkages between existing bike paths and will greatly improve usability, accessibility and overall visitor experience.”

The $1.83 million Moreton Bay Cycleway Section 1 project is funded equally by Council and State through their 2018-19 Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said a trip along the newly-completed section of the cycleway offered a great recreational experience.

“We now have a new way for people to enjoy natural assets and connect across our City, with residents and visitors soon being able to pedal from Cleveland to Victoria Point along the Moreton Bay Cycleway,” Cr Hewlett said.

“There are some beautiful vantage points along the way, with the Stage 1 winding through Point Halloran Conservation Area.”

State Member for Redlands Kim Richards said Queensland State Government was delighted to partner with Council on this exciting project.

“We want to see people heading outdoors and enjoying recreational and health benefits, and State Government has been proud to support Council in delivering this cycleway,” Ms Richards said.

“Moreton Bay Cycleway provides high quality and safe cycling infrastructure and this project is an example of what can be achieved through collaboration.”

Mayor Karen Williams, Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett and Member for Redlands Kim Richards join community members at stage 1 of the Moreton Bay Cycleway extension

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Koala selfie statue wins art challenge


The popularity of selfies is behind the winning entry in Redland City Council’s Koalas in Design art challenge.

The competition focused on promoting the importance of koala conservation and how students could help protect them, with winners presented with their awards at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) by Mayor Karen Williams.\

The overall winner was an entry from Wellington Point State High School students, who tapped into the digital selfie photo craze to promote the message of koala protection.

It features an oversized koala sculpture with its legs acting as a seat on which people can sit and take a selfie to share on social media to encourage cyberspace conversations about koalas.

Two runners’ up awards went to Cailin Baynton from Victoria Point State High School for a sculpture design titled ‘How much can a koala bare’ and Lili Leaney from Cleveland District State High School for her mural design called ‘The only tree’.

Cr Williams said all the entries were thought provoking.

“Redlands Coast young artists have used this challenge to showcase their talents to promote ways to protect our region’s koalas,” Cr Williams said.

“The conservation of our koalas is a priority for the whole of Council but we also need to tap into the younger generation to get their ideas as well.

“The quality of the entries we received demonstrates not only the wealth of creative talent across Redlands Coast but also that our younger residents share our goals of keeping koalas safe and healthy.

“I know judges had a tough time selecting a winner and I commend all the entrants on their great efforts.”

The winning team will now work with an artist at RPAC to bring the sculpture to life and it will become part of Redland City Council Art Assets for placement in the city at a site yet to be decided.

All entries in the challenge will be on display at RPAC until October 31.

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Minjerribah (Straddie) place markers share Quandamooka storylines


Quandamooka artists Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and Belinda Close have unveiled the concepts for their public art place markers at Mulumba (Point Lookout) and Pulan (Amity Point) at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

The artists’ works share Quandamooka culture and storylines that are thousands of years old and will allow all those who experience them, whether visitor or local, to learn about the ancestral connections between people and place, expressed by the artists who are of the place.

“Redland City Council is working in collaboration with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the artists to create place markers of cultural significance at Point Lookout and Amity Point, as part of the Queensland Government’s economic transition strategy, called Minjerribah Futures, for North Stradbroke Island,” Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said.

“The artists have captured perfectly the timeless links of the eugarie shell (at Mulumba) and sea eagle (at Pulan) to the Quandamooka people.

“Besides being an important acknowledgement of Quandamooka culture, we know that international visitors to Australia – as well as visitors from closer to home – want to experience Aboriginal culture.

“At Redlands Coast we are fortunate to have an ever-increasing range of incredible Quandamooka cultural tourism experiences on offer which are attracting visitors to the area. These place markers will add to the experiences on offer and contribute to valuable cultural learnings.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the place markers were among more than 20 projects being delivered by the Queensland Government as the island moved towards a new future as a globally recognised cultural and eco-tourism destination.

“Over the next two years we are investing $25 million to create jobs on Minjerribah,” Ms Jones said.

“As well as these public artworks, there will be a landmark contemporary arts centre, better walking and recreational tracks, a new education exchange, more aged care beds, Yalingbila Bibula (whale on the hill) and a master plan for Goompi (Dunwich).”

Delvene said of her design: “The eugarie is symbolic of people coming together. They mark places of gathering for Quandamooka people and the new place marker honours those places of gathering, those who gathered and will mark the place of ongoing gatherings.

“Where they are placed allows the viewer to walk through and around – feeling the texture of the weathered shell.”

At Amity Point, artist Belinda Close shares the story of Mirriginpah, the sea eagle.

“The work depicts the eagle soaring above in search of food and is of great cultural significance to the Quandamooka people,” Belinda said.

“Mirriginpah is an important yuri and helper for the community and Quandamooka people recognise its connection with sea country.

“It is a storyline of the sea eagle alerting the Quandamooka people to the start of the mullet season.”

Redland City Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell welcomed the artworks as impressive new attractions for Minjerribah.

“These place markers will have the potential to become iconic statements, bringing together some of the Island’s iconic animals with their Quandamooka spiritual stories – these stunning sculptures will undoubtedly be photographed by visitors and shared around the world,” Cr Mitchell said.

Belinda’s art, which also acts as a weather vane, will be installed at Cabarita Park, Pulan.

The Mulumba (Point Lookout) place marker will be installed at the Gorge Walk trail head, opposite the shops.

The place markers will also include information on the story behind each work of art as well as vertical location signage elements that can easily be seen from the road and include dual Quandamooka naming for Point Lookout (Mulumba) and Amity Point (Pulan).

The place marker project is being funded by the Queensland Government’s Minjerribah Futures program, with Redland City Council leading the project and Quandamooka Yoollooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation contracted to deliver the artworks.

Council is leading community engagement on the designs. This has included engaging with the community at the Point Lookout Markets at the Minjerribah Futures stand, as well as meeting individually with business owners and key groups across the island in July.

The works will be installed later this year.

For more information or to have your say on the designs, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site.

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