Redland Art Gallery exhibition part of a broader story


Redland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition has connections far beyond Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said artist Carol McGregor’s Response exhibition was part of a combined regional gallery program celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

“Through the rest of May and June, regional art galleries across South East Queensland North (SEQN) will come together for the first time with a series of First Nations exhibitions, experiences and events, under the title Connecting Stories,” Cr Williams said.

Redland Art Gallery director Emma Bain said McGregor’s exhibition Response, which opens Sunday (16 May, 2021), reflects on what was here, looked after and used as a resource before colonisation of the country, drawing on research she conducted with Quandamooka and other Aboriginal communities.

Response is anchored by a possum skin cloak specific to Quandamooka Country and also includes a new series of sculptural works by McGregor,” she said.

Clay installation silent sounds (wurrgarrabil) (detail), 2021, by Carol McGregor part of the artists’s Response exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 16 May. Image courtesy of the artist.

Aboriginal possum skin cloaks were a significant ancestral item: the inside of the skins were marked and ochred with personal and cultural designs, and maps of Country. Contemporary possum skin cloak making is a recent continuation of this practice. McGregor is of Wathaurung and Scottish descent and she is currently the Program Director, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Response continues at RAG, Cleveland until 18 July.

Connecting Stories is delivered by Creative Arts Alliance (CAA); as part of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) an initiative of the Queensland Government; in partnership with independent First Nations creative organisation Blaklash and members of the SEQN Galleries Network – Redland Art Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery, Caloundra Regional Gallery, USC Art Gallery, Moreton Bay Regional Galleries and The Condensery (Somerset Regional Art Gallery).

Keisha Leon, Connecting Stories, 2020.
Image courtesy of the artist.

CAA manager Katie Edmiston encouraged locals and visitors to embrace the opportunity to get back out into the SEQN region and immerse themselves in the First Nations Connecting Stories program.

As well as boasting stunning and diverse natural landscapes, our region is home to some of the best regional galleries in the state, all within a few hours drive from each other and Brisbane,” she said.

“Through Connecting Stories, audiences can experience exhibitions programs across nine gallery venues, visit public art sites, participate in arts tours, workshops and events as part of the program.”

For more details about Connecting Stories go to: connectingstories.net

For more details about Response at Redland Art Gallery go to: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

 

 

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Businesses secure their spot at Redlands Coast Careers Expo


A broad range of businesses and organisations have already committed to attend Redland City Council’s inaugural Redlands Coast Careers Expo in June.

Mayor Karen Williams said the free expo at Alexandra Hills Hotel would provide people of all ages with a one-stop shop to explore education and employment pathways.

“The event is intended to help residents who are pondering their career options, so having the right exhibitors and sponsors is important,” she said.

“The expo also provides a perfect opportunity for education and career specialists and other organisations to promote their products and services in a meaningful and engaging way.

“There is still time for businesses and organisations to secure a spot at the expo.

“Already we have commitments from universities and training organisations, Defence Force recruiting, career coaching, and businesses focusing on innovative technology such as robots, solar technology and an electric bus.

“We hope to offer ideas and incentives for people who might be returning to the workforce after an absence, as well as inspiration for tradespeople looking to upskill.

“Council is also collaborating with local schools and we anticipate the expo will be especially helpful for senior students exploring further study or career and work opportunities.

“For the wider community, it’s a fun way to find out about new and popular pathways now available.”

Cr Williams said the expo was being organised to a COVID-safe plan and would also be available as a digital tour in case of lockdown.

“An innovative aspect of the expo is that people can explore it through augmented reality on their smartphones, as well as in person,” she said.

All attendees, either in person or virtual mode, will have access to a “digital goodie bag” offering a range of discounts, vouchers and information.

Attendees who explore the event through augmented reality will go in the draw to win an Apple iPad.

The Redlands Coast Careers Expo is sponsored by Regional Development Australia Logan & Redlands and Redland City Bulletin.

Businesses and organisations interested in exhibiting can register online until 14 May 2021 through the Redlands Coast website.

EVENT DETAILS

What: Redlands Coast Careers Expo

When: Friday 4 June 2021 from 9am-6pm

Where: Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre

To attend: register online through Eventbrite

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Council lights up suburban street


Redland City Council is spending up to $85,000 to light up a residential street in Alexandra Hills.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would install four street lights along the footpath between 1 and 31 St Anthony Drive.

“These lights will increase safety for both pedestrians and road-users in the area,” she said.

“It is important for our residents to have safe and well-lit pathways so they can walk and cycle in their neighbourhoods in the evening.

“This new lighting will also make it easier for vehicles to navigate along the street.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said she had been advocating for the street lights and was very pleased they were now being installed.

“The residents of St Anthony Drive have been keenly anticipating these lights so I am very happy that this project is now a priority and works have started,” Cr Huges said.

“It can sometimes take a while for identified projects to make their way into Council’s annual operational budget.

“The future is now looking much brighter for residents in St Anthony Drive.”

The lights are expected to be installed by 1 June 2021, weather permitting.

Disruption to residents is expected to be minimal.

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Council reopens public participation at general meetings


Redland City Council is set to re-open its doors for public participation at general meetings, allowing community members to once again address Council regarding community matters.

Mayor Karen Williams said public participation would restart from 19 May 2021 following its COVID-19-related suspension last year.

“This is in line with Council’s commitment to providing wider public access to Council decision-making, including the ability to address Council about community matters,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redlands Coast community, and Queensland more broadly, has coped well with the pandemic, so it is time to reassess the viability of transitioning back to business-as-usual for general meetings.

“From 19 May, Council will dedicate 15 minutes to public participation, with five-minute sessions being allocated to three separate speakers.

“The sessions still need to be time limited so we can adhere to Queensland Health directives.

“At this stage the public gallery still remains closed due to current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

“Meeting audio and video will continue to be made available on Council’s website as soon as is practical after each general meeting.

“Once more restrictions start to lift, we can then consider opening back up fully.”

Cr Williams said access to the booking system for general meetings could be found on Council’s website.

“Confirmations will be provided by close of business on the Monday preceding the general meeting,” she said.

“The booking will also detail the COVID-19 requirements.”

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Workshops to benefit small businesses on Redlands Coast


Redland City Council is encouraging Redlands Coast small businesses to take advantage of a series of workshops and events being held throughout May as part of Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM).

Mayor Karen Williams said QSBM, supported by the State Government, was a celebration of the vital contribution that small businesses made to the economy.

“Locally, it’s also a great opportunity to support our local Redlands Coast businesses with these educational workshops,” Cr Williams said.

“Council, in partnership with TAFE Queensland, will run free workshops at two locations during QSBM to explore online platforms and help businesses enhance their digital capacity.

“During the COVID-19 lock-downs, many small businesses have had to move online or increase their online presence. These workshops are aimed at helping businesses determine what platforms and online campaigns will best reach customers and generate the best result in sales.”

The Demystify the Digital Landscape and Grow Your Business workshops will be held at the Macleay Island Community Centre on 20 May, from 5.30pm-7pm; and at Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre on 26 May, from 5pm-6.30pm.

Council is also supporting a full-day event at Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre based around digital solutions and organised by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Brisbane and Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS). It will be held on 19 May from 9am-3.30pm. There is a registration fee for this event.

“You will be able to choose from 10 face-to-face workshops and there will be trade stands and Q&A sessions. All designed to help boost business competitiveness and digital skills,” Cr Williams said.

“Council also supported a very successful Investment Readiness Workshop earlier this month at Redland Bay that was hosted by Trade & Investment Queensland and Deloitte Australia.”

More information about the QSBM Redlands Coast events and links for registering can be found at redland.qld.gov.au

Event details:

CLICK! Digital Solutions (RDA Brisbane & ASBAS)
When: 9am-3.30pm, 19 May, 2021
Where: Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre
RSVP: Register online at
redland.qld.gov.au

Workshop 1: Demystify the Digital Landscape and Grow Your Business
When: 5.30pm-7pm, 20 May, 2021
Where: Macleay Island Community Centre
RSVP: Register online at
redland.qld.gov.au

Workshop 2: Demystify the Digital Landscape and Grow Your Business
When: 5pm-6.30pm, 26 May, 2021
Where: Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre
RSVP: Register online at
redland.qld.gov.au

 

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Redland Library kits help residents start own book clubs


Redland Libraries are so pleased with the success of their first book club that they are making it easy for residents to start one of their own.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Book Club sets were now available through Council’s libraries.

“The sets have been prepared so we can share the literary love and encourage residents to form their own book clubs which they can host in their homes,” Cr Williams said.

“Each set contains 10 copies of a book and a laminated sheet of questions to kickstart the discussion.

“There are already 19 sets ready to go, which can be reserved online and sent to your nearest Redland City Library for collection.”

The launch of the Book Club sets follows the success of the Redland Reads Book Club, which held its first meeting in August last year.

“The book club was formed in response to COVID-19 as a means of bringing our community back to our libraries, to get people talking and sharing experiences while focusing on the core library business – the reading of books,” Cr Williams said.

“It has proved to be a great way for people to meet, with people coming together and having a conversation and then leaving as friends.

“It fulfills a really strong need in our community. We talk about resilience and capacity building all the time and what is that if not helping people to help each other.”

The book club now has about 30 regular members who turn up to one of the monthly meetings at either Cleveland or Victoria Point Library and 99 followers on the club’s Facebook page.

“The online presence is an important aspect of the club as it means you can be part of the monthly book discussion from the comfort of your own home and at a time which suits you,” Cr Williams said.

Club member Diana Penson said she joined the club to keep mentally active and to meet new people who share a common interest in literature.

“As a lover of the classics, the books that have been selected for club members to critique are not ones I would normally have chosen to read,” she said.

“For this very reason I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to broaden my outlook and appreciate a range of young authors and their unique and fresh approaches to writing.

“Combined with the diversity of literary themes and styles, the sharing of individual experiences of, and reactions to, the books is what I value the most about being a member of the Redland Reads Book Club.”

For more information on the Book Club sets or Redland Reads Book Club, go to the Redland Libraries website or follow the club on Facebook.

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Council launches new platform for property and development searches


Redland City Council has launched a new online platform which provides easy access to planning and development information for the local government area.

Mayor Karen Williams said the platform, Development.i, replaced Council’s PD Online portal and, in response to community feedback, offered a better user experience and increased functionality.

“Development.i users will be able to search for information on properly-made planning and development applications lodged with Redland City Council,” she said.

“They will be able to access documents and plans related to core development applications including material change of use, operational works, subdivision plans, reconfiguring a lot and concurrent agency referrals.

“Development.i is intuitive, simple and fast and has a modern interface which makes it easier to find application or property details.

“Features include the visualisation of results on a map and the ability to search applications by address, locality or division.

“At this stage, documents relating to building applications and plumbing permits will not be available.

“Future enhancements will include the ability to save searches on favourite properties, and to receive email notifications on new applications or changes to the status of applications.”

Council received $60,000 in funding from the Queensland Government for this project, with an additional Council contribution of more than $25,250.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the new platform would ensure residents had easy and transparent access to information across the Redlands.

“Better access to information for the community is vital for open and transparent decision-making,” Ms Richards said.

“The Palaszczuk Government has invested in Development.i through our $4.5 million Innovation and Improvement Fund as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.”

Development.i can be accessed via any web-enabled device at developmenti.redland.qld.gov.au

The website includes help pages and a tutorial video on how to use the new platform.

The Development.i implementation is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government.

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Victoria Point planning outcomes reflect Court negotiated settlement of planning interests


Redland City Council is continuing its push to secure the best planning outcomes for a new emerging community in Victoria Point while navigating a complex planning and appeal system.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was committed to delivering a well-planned and co-ordinated approach to the development of this significant future growth area.

“This includes Council representing the community in recent Court appeals on planning interests in the area, including the area around Clay Gully.

“Council’s approach is outlined in the draft South West Victoria Point Local Plan (draft local plan) it submitted to State Government in November 2019 for State Interest Review and which is yet to receive Ministerial approval for us to then go on to public consultation.”

The local plan area is approximately 175 hectares and is situated between Bunker Road and Brendan Way in the north, Clay Gully Road and Cleveland-Redland Bay Road in the east, Double Jump Road in the south and Little Eprapah Creek in the west.

“The planning commitment for this area is for a well-planned urban community, integrating all necessary components of the built and natural environments in an orderly, and coordinated land use pattern,” Cr Williams said.

“Council’s planning process undertaken for the area has been a key contributor to these efforts.

“Since 2015, Council has received a number of properly made development applications over sites within the local plan area.

“In early 2018, Council resolved to defer its decision on development applications in the area until the structure plan was in place and the Government gave a clear commitment to funding the vital infrastructure required for the area’s future growth.

“As no decision was made on these deferred development applications within the statutory timeframe, seven of the applicants subsequently lodged an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court arguing for their own plans for the area.

“With the support of the Draft Structure Plan and experts, Council has represented the community’s interests through the appeal proceedings to ensure a co-ordinated approach to development.

“Even though approximately 40 per cent of the local plan area is captured by the three Court judgements that have been handed down in recent months, Council will continue to fight on behalf of the community for better outcomes as there is still much to gain by having an adopted local plan.

“Local area planning ensures a co-ordinated approach to the area’s development is undertaken to achieve the desired vision for the area.

“It will help ensure environmental values and corridors are protected and that infrastructure networks are co-ordinated and effectively delivered within the area.

“On completion of the State Interest Review and Ministerial approval to proceed to public consultation, the draft local plan will be publicly notified on our Redlands Coast Your Say website.”

“In the meantime, Council will continue to represent the community during the appeals that are ongoing but confidentiality provisions mean Council is unable to comment further on those matters still before the courts.”

Following Court judgment on one of the settled appeals, Council has approved an operational works development permit for earthworks to begin in the Clay Gully area.  Council understands that these works will commence very shortly.

More information on the South West Victoria Point local plan is available on the Redlands Coast Your Say page (link).

 

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Neighbourhood fitness and fun at Chipping Drive Park


There’s something for young and old with the fun changes to Chipping Drive Park at Alexandra Hills.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the improvements, with an estimated budget of about $130,000 out of an annual program of about $13.8 million to improve Redlands Coast’s wonderful parks and sports fields, included some exciting new features to spark neighbourhood activation and wellbeing.

“The park now has small bike and scooter play elements including traffic signs, a zebra crossing, bike humps and traffic obstacles, as well as fitness equipment such as a dexterity bar, shoulder wheel and wobble board,” Cr Williams said.

“We’ve recently seen interest in bike and scooter play elements at other newly-opened Redlands Coast parks, such as Raby Esplanade Park, and I expect locals walking or cycling to Chipping Drive Park will also enjoy the ‘real road’ feel of the play space.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said the revamp would also provide fitness equipment to support locals’ health and wellbeing.

“The fitness equipment at Chipping Drive will appeal to locals who recognise the value in keeping fit and healthy at all ages,” Cr McKenzie said.

“Local community members might enjoy the chance to try out new additions like the wobble board, which engages your whole body to support a healthy posture, improve balance and coordination, and develop core strength.

“I hope residents young and old in this lovely neighbourhood will enjoy the improvements to this well-connected park for years to come.”

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Contract to kickstart work on new Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals


The Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade project has entered the construction phase, with the State Government and Redland City Council announcing a $20 million contract for stage one of the works.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said marine construction company The Jetty Specialist had been awarded the contract to build and install new ferry terminals on the four islands.

“This is good news for the SMBI communities on Russell, Macleay, Karragarra, and Lamb Islands with the all-important pre-site works set to start,” Ms Richards said.

“When the project is completed, ferry customers will benefit from increased seating, drinking fountains, more waiting areas with better weather protection, and improved security with lighting and 24-hour video recording.

“It will also deliver wider jetties and gangways for improved accessibility.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said awarding the tender was a significant project milestone for Redlands Coast creating local jobs and bringing delivery of the new terminals a step closer to fruition.

“This is one of the largest – and possibly the most important – marine infrastructure projects we have seen for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands which will deliver for the community the much-needed ferry terminal upgrades they have been calling for,” Cr Williams said.

“Islanders will finally have modern ferry terminal facilities built for purpose which will serve them for years to come.

“I am particularly pleased that a local company will be part of the contract, with Thornlands-based Aluminium Marine responsible for building significant fit-out work for the ferry terminal pontoons.

“Council and the State Government have worked together to fund and plan this project and islanders played an important role in telling us what they wanted. I know how excited they are now the project has reached this important stage.

“Today’s great news means we are one step closer to helping residents move around our beautiful Redlands Coast faster and safer.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he was thankful for the community’s contribution that has helped bring the project to this exciting phase.

“As the project enters its final phase, I would like to thank the community for their invaluable input and support over the years to help deliver the long-awaited ferry terminals,” Cr Edwards said.

The Jetty Specialist is a Queensland family-owned company based on the Sunshine Coast that has delivered marine facilities throughout the state and in the Redlands area.

The Jetty Specialist General Manager of Operations, Dane Morris said the company was proud to be awarded the contract for the SMBI Ferry Terminal Upgrades.

“This is important infrastructure for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and will benefit the region and support the manufacturing industry in South-East Queensland,” Mr Morris said.

“Our company is looking forward to delivering this high-quality marine infrastructure project in our beautiful backyard.”

Due to the scale of the project with four new terminals, the contract has been split into two packages.

Package one involves sourcing materials and building important components such as pontoons, headstocks, and deck slabs for the fixed jetties and the pontoon piles.

There will also be a new floating walkway for the Macleay Island boat ramp and redesign and construction of existing ferry pontoons for recreational boating and fishing.

The remaining onsite construction of the ferry terminals and all the landside works will be combined into the second contract, due to be awarded late this year.

It is likely works will occur on more than one island at a time.

Locals and visitors will also benefit, with gangways and pontoons repurposed for recreational use.

The project will support an average of 45 direct jobs over the life of the works.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade project is a jointly-funded $37 million project, with the Queensland Government contributing $22 million and Redland City Council contributing $15 million.

For further information, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/upgrade-of-smbi-ferry-terminals

For more information on public transport, including changes to ferry terminals and services during construction, visit the TransLink website www.translink.com.au(External link) or phone 13 12 30.

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