Redlands Coast galleries, libraries, IndigiScapes and Visitor Information Centre to close until further notice

Redland City Council’s libraries, art galleries, Visitor Information Centre and the IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre and café will close from midday today, Monday 23 March 2020.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said public access to all these venues would be closed until further notice under Council measures to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the community.

“This is to encourage social distancing,” Cr Williams said.

“To assist our residents, the libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

“All loans have currently been extended until 11 May 2020 but book return chutes will be open until further notice so you do not need to enter the library to return items.

“Library Wi-Fi facilities will remain free and accessible around library buildings.

“There will be no fees for people who cannot return their books.

“The IndigiScapes centre and café will close but the nursery will remain open for the time being.

“While the Visitor Information Centre will be closed, information will still be available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

“We thank residents for their understanding and for working with us as we do all we can to limit the spread of the virus in our community.”

Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said the closures followed the earlier closure of the Redland Performing Arts Centre currently until 30 April 2020.

“Council has also implemented social distancing measures in our Customer Service Centres and encourages residents to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible to help slow the spread of the virus on Redlands Coast,” he said.

“Council will continue with its critical services and will keep the community updated on the availability of programs and services as the situation develops.”

Watch Council’s social media for updates.

For the latest health advice, visit Queensland Health

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New food business requirements

As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22 March 2020, there are new restrictions on social gatherings. Council is contacting Redlands Coast’s licenced food businesses to advise that as of midday local time 23 March 2020 until further notice:

  • All pubs, registered and licenced clubs and hotels will be restricted from opening (excluding accommodation and bottle shops);
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues, cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs will also be restricted from opening; and
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery.

For health information on COVID-19, please visit the Queensland Health

Redland City Council is continuing to assist food business to ensure everyone is aware of the new requirements, as we all adapt to the progressive nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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New requirements for indoor gatherings

Council is committed to working with businesses, community groups and individuals to ensure adherence to new social distancing and hygiene requirements for indoor gatherings to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of today there is a requirement of 4 square metres of floor space for every person at an indoor gathering and a requirement for hand sanitiser, bins, and waste disposal taking place.

It means that if we had a 100 square metre space only 25 people could occupy it at any one time, keeping a distance of 1.5m away from each other.

This includes venues such as community halls, libraries, galleries, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

The 4 square metre and hygiene measures were announced by the Australian Government for outdoor events last week by the Australian Government.

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Redland gallery and library cancellations

A range of public programs at Redlands Coast art galleries and libraries have been cancelled or postponed under Redland City Council measures to limit the transmission of the COVID19 virus in the community.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Karen Williams said the programs had been suspended until further notice as a precaution.

“Based on the social distancing and hygiene requirements for COVID 19, the difficult decision was made to suspend public programs at the Cleveland and Capalaba galleries and the Cleveland, Capalaba and Victioria Point libraries in the interest of public health and safety,” Cr Williams said.

“The galleries and libraries will remain open, however activities where social distancing would be difficult to maintain, including a range of school holiday activities, have been suspended.

“You will still be able to go to your local gallery, while the public computers, printing, wifi and borrowing will still be available at your local libraries.

“The libraries’ online services include e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories for people who don’t want to visit a branch.”

The cancellations follows the suspension of performances at the Redland Performing Art Centre announced by Council yesterday.

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said: “Council thanks residents for their understanding during this difficult time as we prioritise the wellbeing of our customers, employees, volunteers and visitors and act to limit the spread of the virus in our community.

“Council will continue to keep residents updated on the availability of programs and services as the situation develops.”

Cancelled gallery programs include:

  • Floor talks and morning teas;
  • Family Sundays at the Gallery;
  • Parents and Prams;
  • Adult workshops;
  • School holiday kids’ and teens’ workshops;

Cancelled library programs include:

  • Children’s programs;
  • Technology programs;
  • Adult literacy;
  • Pop-up libraries;
  • Author talks; and
  • School holiday activities.

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates. For the latest health advice, visit

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Update 17 March 2020: Redlands Coast Youth Week Backtrack Boys screening postponed

The Redlands Coast Youth Week event, screening Backtrack Boys and celebrating youth organisations, and has been postponed until late 2020.

Redland City Council has activated plans to mitigate adverse impacts of the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, ensuring continuation of critical business and the health and safety of its customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community.

Council’s Redland Performing Arts Centre is closed until Thursday 30 April, with all performances during this time cancelled or postponed. Read more

Earlier – March 11 2020

Free Backtrack Boys screening at RPAC shines a light on the importance of youth services

Acclaimed documentary Backtrack Boys will be shown as part of the annual Redlands Coast Youth Week celebrations on Thursday, 2 April 2020.

Redland City Council has partnered with Redlands PCYC & Redlands Youth Justice to host a free screening of the film at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), with a digital story about the work of eight Redlands Coast youth organisations wrapping up the evening.

Manager of Redlands Youth Justice Centre, Chris Trigger, will MC the event, with staff from Redlands PCYC, Redlands Centre for Women, Redlands Community Centre, COOEE Indigenous Family and Community Education Centre, The Cage Youth Foundation, BIMSARA – Bay Islands Multi Sport And Recreation Association, Traction and Running Wild will be invited to represent their organisations on the evening.

Lauded by critics as an inspiring coming-of-age film, Backtrack Boys follows boys in a youth program as they strive to turn their lives around.

The documentary, set in Armidale in rural New South Wales and filmed over two years, follows the boys and their saviour Bernie Shakeshaft, a free-wheeling jackaroo who runs a dog jumping team.

Since premiering at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2018, Backtrack Boys has won five prestigious Audience Awards in film festivals across the country.

The Backtrack Boys screening is open to the whole community and refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Guests need to register their attendance through the event listing on Redlands Coast Youth Facebook page  with names and ages of attendees by 4.30pm Monday 30 March 2020.

Please note that Backtrack Boys is rated MA15+ and young people unaccompanied by an adult will need to provide proof of age to view the film.

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COVID-19 information resources

Redland City Council is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and is following all advisories from the Australian Government and Queensland Health – the lead health agency in the state.

Council’s priority is the health of our customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community.

For  a comprehensive range of reliable information resources for the home or workplace, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

This extensive collection of resources includes fact sheets and posters with information for the general public and industry.

Topics include:

The material can be downloaded and printed for display.

Visit the Redland City Council website for information from Council about COVID-19, including further links to reliable information, a list of cancelled local events and more.

Visit the page often, as the site is updated when new information comes to hand.

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Council activates plans for COVID-19, closes Redland Performing Arts Centre

Redland City Council has activated plans to mitigate adverse impacts of the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, ensuring continuation of critical business and the health and safety of its customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, Mayor Karen Williams, moved the group to “lean forward” last week to ensure heightened vigilance and preparedness.

“Both myself and Cr Wendy Boglary, as Deputy Chair of the LDMG, have been working with Council’s CEO and the group,” she said.

“Teams are working and planning across Council to ensure continuation of essential services should COVID-19 impact heavily on the community.

“The LDMG is also receiving regular briefs from Federal and State health authorities to assist with planning, while work is also being undertaken by Council on its Business Continuity and Pandemic plans.

“This means community members will start to see advisory posters and health messaging consistent with that of the Australian and Queensland governments, which are leading the health communications on COVID-19.

“Our priority at Council is the health and safety of our community and employees; and other necessary actions may be taken as the situation evolves and more information comes to hand.”

Council is working with local event organisers to assist them in preparing for changes in line with the Australian Government’s direction to cancel static, non-essential mass gatherings of more than 500 people after today, Monday 16 March.

Council’s Redland Performing Arts Centre will be closed from today until Thursday 30 April, with all performances during this time cancelled or postponed.

Cr Williams said: “We have many performances at RPAC in the coming weeks that have more than 500 people due to attend or are close to this number.

“As always, the safety of our audience, employees and artists is our highest priority.

“A large proportion of our regular audience members are elderly and therefore more at risk should they become infected with the virus.

“Due to the vulnerability of our regular theatre audience and the need for many of our performing artists to travel interstate, Council has made the difficult decision to temporarily close RPAC to protect the health of our audience members and artists, and to help reduce the risk of this virus spreading further.”

The list of performances affected include Charmaine Wilson, The Sapphires, Gravity & Other Myths – Backbone, The Australian Tenors – Spirit of Australia Tour, and Redland Sinfonia – Passion Play, #FirstWorldWhiteGirls – Spirit Animal, Prada’s Priscillas, Flipside Circus School Holiday Workshops, The Wiggles – Fun and Games Tour!, Beautiful Noise – The Life & the Music of Neil Diamond, Three Legends in Concert, The One Day of the Year, The Owl and the Pussycat and Orava Quartet.

RPAC box office staff will contact patrons who are currently booked into these shows to offer a rescheduled date and/or a refund as appropriate.

It will take some time to contact all patrons impacted by these postponements or cancellations and Council asks for your patience while RPAC works its way through the list of patrons booked into shows.

Performances from May 2020 onwards will be reviewed regularly and updates will be available on the RPAC website ( and on the RPAC Facebook page (

The annual Easter Festival committee has also advised Council they will be cancelling the event in 2020 to help reduce the spread of the virus, with other community events also cancelled. (List at end of this release).

Cr Williams stressed the need for all community members to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by following the recommendations of health authorities:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay at home if you are unwell
  • Practise social distance, keeping 1.5m away from others
  • Cover your mouth or nose with your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Use disposable tissues and, immediately after use, dispose of them in an appropriate waste bin, ideally with a lid
  • Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant
  • Avoid contact with anyone showing adverse respiratory symptoms
  • Adhere to the Australian Government’s 14-day self-isolation requirement if returning from overseas

“Importantly, we all have a vital role to play in protecting the most vulnerable people in our community while averting overload on our health system,” she said.

“It’s important that we look out for our older residents and others with underlying health issues, listen to reliable advice from health authorities and take responsible action. Council is also aware of the vulnerabilities of our island communities and I have written to both the State and Federal Health Ministers to highlight these vulnerabilities.

“Council has been liaising with local aged care facilities to advise that their staff should be adequately trained and understand the practises that need to be put in place for the management of disease outbreaks.”

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said operationally Council was focusing on four key areas:

  • Keeping employees and the community safe
  • Business continuity planning to ensure critical services continue
  • Supporting the LDMG at ‘lean forward’
  • Communicating reliable information to employees and the Redlands Coast community

“This is an unprecedented situation and it is important that we as an organisation and community do not panic but are prepared.”

Health advice
For the latest health advice, visit the Queensland Health website.

Redland Performing Arts Centre
To meet social distancing requirements, all performances and shows at Redland Performing Arts Centre have been cancelled until 30 April 2020. Box office staff are contacting patrons with tickets to the relevant shows to offer a rescheduled date and/or a credit/refund as appropriate.

The following events scheduled for March and April have been cancelled:

MARCH 2020

  • Redland City Bands Dance/Concert on Saturday 21 March 2020
  • Redlands Coast Community Garden Grand Opening on Saturday 21 March 2020
  • Community Connections Movie in the Park on Saturday 21 March 2020
  • Redland Museum’s Harmony and Heritage Fiesta on Sunday 22 March 2020

APRIL 2020

  • BIMSARA Billy Cart Race on Sunday 5 April 2020
  • Straddie Sharks Easter Carnival on Saturday 11 April 2020
  • Redlands Easter Family Festival on Monday 13 April 2020
  • Coochiemudlo Easter Markets on Easter Sunday 12 April

As directed by the Australian Government, if you are travelling into Australia from any overseas country, you are required to isolate yourself for a period of 14 days after arrival. For the latest travel and border advice, visit the Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website.

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Advisory on mass gatherings over 500 people

Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised on Friday 13 March 2020 that all non-essential mass gathering of more than 500 people should not be held after Monday 16 March 2020.

This move has been taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), with the Federal Government to provide further information around the details of the change on Monday 16 March 2020.

Council is committed to working with event organisers who are affected by this decision.

If you have an enquiries please contact Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism Group on

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Redlands Coast participates in international City Nature Challenge

Redlands Coast residents are being urged to get involved with the 2020 City Nature Challenge by simply snapping and uploading images of local plants and animals between 23 and 27 April.

The Australian Citizen Science Association has entered Redlands Coast into this international competition – which is akin to a giant game of environmental eye-spy – with support being provided by the newly re-opened Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

What started in 2016 as an intercity competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco has now gone global. All urbanites are being encouraged to document as many plants and animals as possible to better understand urban biodiversity and share their discoveries with the rest of the world.

To encourage community participation, IndigiScapes will host a free community workshop to provide photographic tips and explore the iNaturalist App ahead of the challenge.

The City Nature Challenge Photography and iNaturalist App Workshop will be held at IndigiScapes from 4-6pm, Saturday 21 March 2020.

Alternatively, residents can independently participate in the challenge by downloading the iNaturalist app from AppStore or Google Play, signing in and starting to share observations.

Species submitted will be identified by challenge organisers from 28 April until 3 May 2020 with the results being released on 4 May 2020.

The City Nature Challenge Photography and iNaturalist App Workshop
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
When: Saturday 21 March, 4 to 6pm.
Bring: Workshop attendees will need to bring along a mobile phone, camera or tablet computer and wear enclosed shoes.
RSVP: Phone 3824 8611 or email by Wednesday 18 March to secure your spot at the workshop.

For more information visit the 2020 City Nature Challenge website.

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Studies into former Commonwealth land progressing well

Council’s land assessment studies into the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale are underway, with Council this week noting a status update report.

Land activities include the following:

Council has engaged an ecologist to report on the ecological values of the property and prepare a management plan for the land’s conservation area, to meet contractual arrangements for long-term protection and conservation of koalas and koala habitat, a subtropical and temperate coastal saltmarsh ecological community and other ecological values within the land’s conservation area.

A heritage consultant has also been engaged to conduct a review of Indigenous, historic and natural heritage values, and to prepare a Heritage Management Plan that Council will be required to implement.

A planning consultant has commenced work on a planning investigation that will give Council a clear understanding of the statutory framework and physical attributes associated with the land, an assessment of opportunities and constraints and details of any information gaps.

Since Council took ownership of the property late last year, assessments have also been carried out relating to site safety and security, general land maintenance, including mowing, and weed and fire management.

The first phase of Council’s community engagement on the land is still underway, with members of the public asked to share their stories and knowledge of the land to help Council understand its values to the community.

For more information on the consultation, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site.

A further report following completion of all relevant studies and management plans will be presented to Council later this year.

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