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Council Christmas closure dates 2017-2018


All non-essential Council services will close Friday 22 December 2017 from close of business, and reopen Tuesday 2 January 2018. This includes Customer Service Centres and mainland libraries.

The Community Piano will be located in the Cleveland Library during Council’s Christmas closure.

After hours emergency number: 3829 8999

Specific closures and information:

  • Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will be closed from Sunday 24 December 2017, reopening Tuesday 2 January.
  • Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will be closed from Saturday 23 December 2017, reopening Tuesday 2 January.
  • Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office will be closed from 4pm Friday 22 December, reopening at 10am Monday 8 January 2018. Tickets can be purchased through the RPAC website during this time.
  • Redlands IndigiScapes and Visitor Information Centre (including Tea Garden cafe) will be closed Christmas day only.
  • Waste transfer stations will be closed Christmas day only.
  • Waste collection services will continue as usual, with Christmas day bin collections beginning 5am. Please make sure your bins are out the night before.
  • RecycleWorld will be closed from 26 December 2016, reopening Saturday 6 January 2018.
  • Animal Shelter will be closed Christmas day only. Limited hours apply (9am-12pm) from Saturday 23 December 2017 until Monday 1 January 2018.
  • Home Assist Secure will be closed from 4pm Friday 22 December, reopening at 8am Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Full list of library closures (During closures no items will be due and return chutes will be closed):

Mainland libraries: Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point Libraries will be closed from 5pm Friday 22 December until 9am Tuesday 2 January.

Mobile Library closure: last stop will be Point Talburpin, closing at 10.30am Friday 22 December. The Mobile Library will reopen on Wednesday 3 January 9.30am at Redland Bay.

Island libraries

  • Amity Point Library: closed from 4:30pm Thursday 21 December until 9am Wednesday 3 January
  • Dunwich Library: closed from 5pm Thursday 21 December until 9am Tuesday 2 January
  • Point Lookout Library: closed from 5pm Friday 22 December until 10am Tuesday 2 January
  • Russell Island Library: closed from 5pm Friday 22 December until 9.30am Wednesday 3 January

 

Council Christmas closures 2016-2017


All non-essential Council services will be closed from close of business Friday 23 December 2016, reopening Tuesday 3 January 2017. This includes Council Customer Service Centres and all mainland libraries.

Bin collections during the holiday season will continue as normal.

For emergencies including road repairs, fallen trees and water supply issues please call our after hours emergency number 07 3829 8999.

Specific closures and other information:

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will be closed from Sunday 25 December 2016, reopening Monday 2 January. Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will be closed from Saturday 24 December 2016, reopening Monday 2 January.

Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office will be closed from 4pm Friday 23 December, reopening at midday Monday 9 January. Tickets can be purchased through the RPAC website during this time.

Redlands IndigiScapes and Visitor Information Centre (including Tea Garden cafe) will be closed Christmas Day only.

Waste transfer stations will be closed Christmas Day only. Waste collection services will continue as usual. Please make sure your bins are out the night before.

RecycleWorld will be closed from 23 December 2016, reopening Thursday 5 January 2017.

Animal Shelter will be closed Christmas Day only. Limited hours apply (9am-12pm) from 24 December 2017 until 2 January 2017. Normal hours resume Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Home Assist Secure will be closed from 4pm Friday 23 December 2016, reopening at 8am Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Christmas tree lighting to bring reindeer to Redlands


A special request has been taken straight to Santa in an effort to bring reindeer to Redlands for the official lighting of the City’s new Christmas tree from 6pm on Friday 2 December.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has written directly to the man in the red suit following an anonymous letter from a Redlands youngster delivered to Council’s Customer Service Centre.

“We received a letter asking for a visit from red deer (reindeer), so we set out to see if we could make this wish come true for Christmas,” Cr Williams said.

“We thought the request for a deer visit was timely, and who better to invite than the most famous reindeer team of all?

“While rates, rubbish and roads are more our jurisdiction, we also take reindeer requests very seriously and we are happy to work in partnership with other agencies, even those based in the North Pole, to make this happen.

“I have taken the step of writing directly to the North Pole, inviting Santa and his reindeer to our Christmas tree lighting in Cleveland Library Square next Friday and I have it on good authority some of them will be there.

“We’ve promised Santa that his reindeer will get the chance to meet some of the local children who leave food treats out each Christmas Eve, so it would be great to see people turn out to greet them.

“As a safety precaution, we will also ensure Brisbane Airport is aware there may be extra arctic air traffic that evening.”

Read the Mayor’s full letter to Santa here.

Cr Williams said Council was also on a mission to find the youngster who left the letter.

“With no return address, we have not been able to get in touch with this young customer to let him know we are progressing his request,” she said.

“We would love for this young child to be there on the night, not only to see the spectacular display of lights on our Christmas tree, but also his dream of Redlands Reindeer coming to fruition.”

The Redland Christmas Tree is being installed in the coming week at Cleveland Library Square, Middle Street (outside Cleveland Library) and will be officially lit for the first time at a free family-friendly event from 6pm on Friday 2 December.

It will remain on display until Tuesday 10 January 2017.

Twenty good reasons to head to Christmas by Starlight


The line-up of talent for this year’s Christmas by Starlight has been released, with Christine Anu and Thirsty Merc amongst those joining talented local performers to belt out tunes at the free concert at Sirromet Winery on Sunday 18 December.

Christine Anu

Christine Anu

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the star-studded modern line-up, mixed with the traditional carols, would ensure a great night for all ages.

“The calibre of talent we have for this year’s locally-produced free concert will make it one of our best yet, from ‘Twenty Good Reasons’ and ‘Summertime’ hit-makers Thirsty Merc, to multi-Aria award winning urban pop artist and national favourite Christine Anu,” Cr Williams said.

Thirsty Merc

Thirsty Merc

“They are joined by some of Australia’s other finest voices including top musical theatre star Amanda Harrison of Les Miserables and Wicked fame, jazz vocalist Emma Pask, The Voice Australia’s finalist Ellen Reed, opera singer Billy Bourchier, orchestrator and singer Craig Allister Young, souls and blues singer Angela Fabian, The Voice Kids 2014 winner Redlands’ own Alexa Curtis and young Redlands soprano Leah Lever.

“Latin American band Chukale will get everyone on their feet, and bringing it all together is internationally-renowned musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman, known for his work on the Sydney 2000 Opening ceremony, Australian Idol and many other major events.”

Cr Williams said the concert, which last year saw 10,000 people enjoy the festivities, would also feature well-known and emerging local talents.

“Local stars Alexa and Leah will be joined by other Redlands performers including Quandamooka Dancers, Jeremy Saywell, The Queensland Festival Chorus, Vocal Manoeuvres Children’s Chorus and vocalists, Redland City Choir as well as Redland Dance and Strictly Dance, with more still to be confirmed.

Alexa Curtis

Alexa Curtis

“So mark Christmas by Starlight down as a family must-do – come along, spread out a picnic blanket, enjoy the great food and drink stalls and kid’s activities and listen to all of your Christmas favourites.”

Christmas by Starlight gates will open from 3pm on Sunday 18 December at Sirromet Winery, with the concert commencing from 6pm and ending with a fireworks spectacular at about 8:15pm.

Entry is free. People will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to support programs combatting domestic and family violence if they wish to do so.

Ample parking is available however people will be able to leave the car at home and catch one of the free buses leaving from key points around the City. A courtesy ferry service will also be available to North Stradbroke Island from Cleveland after the concert thanks to Stradbroke Ferries. Timetables will be announced in the near future.

Check Council’s website for updates on Christmas by Starlight including the line-up, what to bring and details on free transport options.

Christmas by Starlight is proudly supported by event partners Sirromet Winery and Vocal Manoeuvres Academy and sponsors Viking Rentals, Energex, Fairfax Media, Alex Gow Funeral Directors, Shoreline Redlands Pty Ltd, Gadens, J.J. Richards, Mr Fireworks and Stradbroke Ferries.

Volunteers spread Christmas cheer


The Redlands Community Wildlife Care Network meeting transformed itself into Santa’s workshop to create Christmas hampers for local veterinarians.

Local Santa, Paul Barnes, and four of Santa’s little helpers filled hampers with a range of donated and unused medical supplies, handmade pouches and goodies to say thank you to local vets.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said our volunteers and vets tirelessly care for our local wildlife with a generous Christmas like spirit all year–round.

“The volunteers of the Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue received over 5,300 calls this year and provided rescue and assistance for more than 4,700 animals. One in five rescues are for our local urban koala population,” Cr Williams said.

“Our local veterinarians provide an immense contribution in support of the Redlands Wildlife Rescue service through generous donation of their time and skills to care for our sick and injured native neighbours.

“The work of our community volunteers ensures there is always someone on hand to take calls from concerned residents and protect our wildlife.”

The Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue service is coordinated by Redland City Council and is operated by passionate and dedicated volunteers who make sure that the service runs every day of the year to help our native wildlife, including Christmas day.

If you see a sick, injured or orphaned animal contact the Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue on 3833 4031.