Top local talent headlines Christmas on the Coast


Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline the home-grown talent at Redlands Coast’s five-day community Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Coast, from 15-19 December 2021 at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled that some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent would be home for the big event.

Christmas on the Coast is all the more special because it is a showcase of the incredible talent that we have in Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“Mirusia and Craig are enormously talented and popular entertainers and we are so fortunate that they’ll be home for Christmas to sing for us.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Internationally acclaimed soprano and Redlands Coast local Mirusia will headline this year’s Christmas on the Coast at Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland.

The family friendly event will also include an array of free Christmas activities and children’s rides, including:

  • Photographs with Santa
  • Toboggan slide
  • Flying carousel
  • Inflatable jumping castles
  • Animal petting zoo.
  • Roving performers
  • Christmas movie in the park (program available on the website)
  • Food trucks and market stalls.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event with a maximum of 2000 people each day. Bookings are essential. Council will follow Queensland Health directions in relation to the vaccination requirements for events.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event.

“Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services, which desperately need assistance,” Cr Williams said.

Keep an eye on Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas for the latest details of how to be part of the big celebration.

DETAILS

What: Community Christmas event featuring live stage entertainment, Santa, the lighting of the Christmas tree, food trucks, children’s rides and activities and Christmas movies in the park.

When: 4.30pm-9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.

Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas. For further information about Queensland restrictions at 80% double-dose vaccination, please visit the Queensland Health website.

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New Straddie coastal walk unlocks spectacular experiences for the whole community


Another ‘Straddie’ walk experience offering spectacular views in naturally wonderful surroundings is ready for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk project at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has been completed, providing a scenic and safe walkway between Snapper Street and Frenchmans Stairs.

Mayor Karen Williams said the project was a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government, which provided $1 million under the Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.

“This fabulous coastal walk, with its viewing platforms and pathway between the trees and foreshore foliage, captures and celebrates the essence of what makes Minjerribah so special,” Cr Williams said.

Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk has been completed. Photo: Alder Constructions and Rezolution Photography

“The walkway project creates a remarkable coastline experience while providing protection for ecosystems, vegetation and cultural heritage, and helping ensure the safety of users.

“It also represents an investment that will bring benefits to the Minjerribah community for years to come.

“The pandemic has been tough on our island businesses and, with people now returning for day trips and longer holidays, investment in infrastructure projects like this is vital.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the result, and am looking forward to seeing residents and visitors enjoying the newest Straddie walk.”

Assistant Minister for Local Government Nikki Boyd said the Coastal Walk project supported 91 jobs.

“Minjerribah is one of the jewels in the crown of Queensland’s tourism industry and one of the most beautiful locations in the world,” Ms Boyd said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to have contributed $1 million to the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk project, from our successful Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.

“The coastal walkway will further enhance the experience for locals and visitors to the island.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the Stage 1 works were a strong step towards addressing local concerns about the ‘missing link’ between Point Lookout Village and Cylinder Beach.

“Residents told us during community consultation that they wanted Council to connect these two popular spots, and the coastal walkway has provided a great starting point,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Accessible and safe, more people can now enjoy the glorious views available from this stretch of Redlands Coast.

“Built to an environmentally-sensitive design, the walkway has also provided additional protection for our local environment and cultural heritage.

“It is fauna friendly and follows a route that minimises impacts on vegetation and the surrounding bushland.

“The idea for this project came from the community, and it feels great seeing residents already using the walkway, while knowing the longer-term benefits it will bring for local business and tourism.

“The Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk is something we can all enjoy and feel pride in.”

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Severe Storms predicted to include Redlands Coast


The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall over the next several hours.

The storms are predicted to include areas of the Redlands Coast.

Pitt & Nelson Rd at Wellington Point are now closed due to flooding. Please drive carefully and remember, if it’s flooded, forget it!

Follow Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES and Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather warnings and updates.

Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.
Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others

Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches and debris on public spaces across the city.

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Community backs plans for popular Thorneside sports park


Consultation about the upgrade of William Taylor Memorial Sports Field at Thorneside has revealed strong community backing for the draft concept plan.

Mayor Karen Williams said the plan was developed by Redland City Council in collaboration with the primary tenant sporting clubs that call the sports field home – Mooroondu Sport and Recreation Club, Mooroondu Football Club, Wellington Point Cricket, Thorneside Community Tennis and Raiders Netball Club.

“It was reassuring to see club members, park users and locals felt confidence in the benefits the plan would provide, Cr Williams said.

“Nearly 300 survey responses, including written submissions, were received during the consultation period, and nearly three-quarters of those indicated support for the plan.

“Knowing the plan is on the right track, making the most of the space for the clubs and the wider community, is a strong step towards progressing the project.

“Council officers will continue to work with clubs, including smaller clubs like the Petanque Club Brisbane Southside, as the planning and design phases progress.

“Consultation outcomes also revealed that Redlands Coast is fairly evenly split between preferring a natural environment or sports theme for the new play space, with the project team appreciating the suggestion from numerous respondents of combining the two to create a natural/sports theme.

“For the BMX and skate park area, it was not too surprising to hear that the half pipe is a well-loved if ageing feature, with respondents also telling us they liked the range of elements, community-friendly feel, shady position, and co-location with other activities.

“Our skaters and BMX riders are excited about the prospect of better facilities, and we will soon be in touch with respondents who indicated interest in the targeted skate and bike facilities consultation that will be led by an external skate and bike park design consultant.

“Having users involved in the planning will help ensure a great space for people from all sections of the community, now and into the future.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said he appreciated the time that so many community members took to have their say about the upgrade.

“It was really wonderful to hear that nearly 300 engaged local people took time to not only find out about the plans for William Taylor Memorial Sports Field but to let Council know what they think of them.

“Community feedback and input is invaluable when the aim is to create a space for everyone.

“I have been aware for some time that there has been a desire for changes in the area and am pleased that residents have expressed their views to council officers, so they can design for local needs.

“I thank every respondent for this expression of community spirit and participation.

“Consultation outcomes will now play a part in designing the new play space, further developing the site plan and informing the upcoming targeted consultation about the skate and BMX facilities.

“We know that many people really enjoy the relaxed feeling and natural environment within the area, while others like to exercise formally or informally at different times of the day, week and year.

“After feedback from clubs and individuals, I’m looking forward to seeing plans that make the best use of the space, with features that will maintain natural values yet also offer exciting options for skaters, scooters and BMX riders of varying ages and abilities.”

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Sandbagging stations open to community


Redland City Council has opened sandbagging stations for the community following Bureau of Meteorology forecasts for heavy rain this week.

The sandbagging stations will be open at the following times and locations:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

Open today, Monday 29 November: until 6pm

Open Tuesday 30 November and Wednesday 1 December: 7am to 6pm

The following 24-hour self-service sandbagging stations will be open from 5pm Monday 29 November to 6pm Wednesday 1 December:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn at all Council sandbagging stations.

Need assistance?

Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please be mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

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Popular Point Lookout park planned to be upgraded in 2022


Redland City Council is planning an exciting upgrade for the popular Headland Park at Point Lookout (Mulumba).

Mayor Karen Williams said the upgrade would bring a new lease of life to the popular park.

“Next year will see some fabulous improvements in this wonderful park,” she said.

“A new play space with a dual-slide climbing unit, nest swing, spring rocker and shell cubby, themed to reflect local cultural connections and Minjerribah’s spectacular marine environment will be built on the larger clearing, closer to the amenities block.

“In the new play space we’ll also see picnic facilities including a shelter, table, seating and a barbecue, with connecting paths helping ensure this beautiful new community space is accessible for all.”

To make way for another shelter with a table and seating nearer the bus stop, ageing play equipment will soon be removed.

“Importantly, the 2022 upgrade will also include the sealing of the adjacent carpark to provide more formalised parking spaces and additional protection for environmental values,” Cr Williams said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the upgrade would provide a community space for everyone.

“Headland Park is central to many of the activities locals and visitors to Minjerribah enjoy,” he said.

“It provides access to the recently reopened Gorge Walk and pedestrian connectivity to two of the island’s most popular beaches.

“The large, grassy, space has long been a go-to spot for picnickers and people enjoying gelati or fish and chips from the nearby cafes.

“The improvements next year will make the park an even more attractive recreation space now and into the future.”

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Point Lookout Gorge Walk reopens after restoration


The popular Point Lookout Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has fully reopened to visitors ahead of the busy Christmas holiday period.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said restoration work was now complete on a 25 metre section of the boardwalk which was damaged earlier this year following heavy rain.

“Minjerribah is one of Queensland’s most beautiful naturally wonderful attractions and the Gorge Walk has always been a ‘must do’ for visitors to the island,” she said.

“Unfortunately the walk had to be closed earlier this year to ensure the safety of the public after heavy rain washed away some of the footings.

“Now I am pleased to announce that residents and visitors are once again able to complete the full 1.2 kilometre circuit uninterrupted.

“The walk offers multiple vantage points to view local flora and fauna against the stunning backdrop of the headlands and Pacific Ocean.

“The reopening of the entire Gorge Walk will be very welcome news to residents and businesses on Minjerribah, especially with the influx of visitors expected for the upcoming summer holidays.”

The Point Lookout Gorge Walk has fully reopened following repairs to a damaged section.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said reconstruction of the damaged section of the walk involved the installation of seven new footings into the underlying rock.

“This was a difficult area in which to undertake works and, at the same time, protect its beautiful surrounds,” he said.

“The contractors worked off the existing decking to bore down 2.8 metres into rock to ensure the stability of the footings.

“They were then harnessed from the walk to add pile caps, using concrete pumped all the way from the main carpark.

“Care was taken at all stages of the restoration to ensure minimal damage to vegetation and the surrounding gorge.

“I am very excited that the boardwalk has reopened so residents and visitors can once again walk the circuit and experience the natural beauty of Minjerribah.”

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Redlands Coast holding steady on environmental health


The water quality in Moreton Bay is excellent and an expansion of seagrass meadows in the bay signifies a healthier ecosystem, according to the 2021 Healthy Land and Water Report Card.

The 2021 Healthy Land and Water Report Card found that water quality in Southern Moreton Bay remained excellent with a rating of B+.

The annual report into the environmental condition of South East Queensland waterways showed that the catchment waterways of Redlands Coast have remained in “fair condition”, consistent with findings in last year’s report.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the consistent Catchment Environmental Condition score of C+ and a Waterway Benefit Rating of 3 stars (out of 5) were positive signs that work being done in the city was continuing to be effective.

Cr Williams said the report, prepared by Healthy Land and Water, showed there had been a slight improvement in the environmental condition of Southern Moreton Bay with a score of B+; with Central Moreton Bay also improving, up to an A from last year’s A-; while Eastern Moreton Bay maintained its A rating and Western Moreton Bay stayed on an A-.

“The report found the water quality in all four sectors of Moreton Bay remained excellent, with an improvement in all indicators in several areas,” she said.

“One of the encouraging findings is the continuing spread of seagrass meadows in various areas of Moreton Bay.

“Expanding seagrass habitat signifies a healthier ecosystem. They are home to dugongs and provide protection for a rich biodiversity of marine life.”

Cr Williams said the report showed Redlands Coast residents highly valued their local waterways and were actively using them.

Kayaking in Tingalpa Creek near Birkdale Community Precinct.

“The report showed residents placed a high value on their local waterways for recreation, with more than half of those surveyed saying they used them for recreational activities at least monthly.”

Cr Williams said encouraging and maintaining the community’s connection with their local creeks and the Bay was important.

“To keep Redlands Coast naturally wonderful for generations to come we all need to continue working together to improve the health of our waterways,” she said.

 

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Council urges residents to shop local this Christmas


Redland City Council is encouraging residents to buy local this Christmas through a festive ‘Making Business Bright’ campaign.

Mayor Karen Williams said buying local would provide a much-needed boost for businesses who had experienced another challenging year due to COVID-19.

“With so many fabulous businesses on Redlands Coast it is very easy to support our locals,” she said.

“It will do much to help ensure a bright start to 2022 for our community by supporting local employment and the economy.

“Our retailers offer great value and exceptional service to shoppers, and not just with a wide range of traditional gift ideas.

“This festive season is also the perfect opportunity to support our tourism operators by giving the gift of travel, which will showcase our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast.

“There are plenty of choices for a special gift which will create long-lasting memories as our backyard encompasses everything from bushland, bay and islands.

“I encourage everyone to buy local wherever possible this festive season and help make Christmas brighter for our businesses.”

Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce president Rebecca Young welcomed the campaign as she said local businesses are still feeling the effects of COVID, particularly in the tourism, retail and hospitality sectors.

“While masks are now not required and the per sqm rule has eased, businesses will be expected to implement the proposed no jab no entry State Government directive from 17 December,” Ms Young said.

“This puts additional strain on them with staffing and a lack of confidence for people to get out and about at a time that businesses really rely on holiday trade.

“I would encourage all locals to book their Christmas parties locally, buy Christmas gifts locally and think about how you can give a gift in a different way like a gift voucher to a local beauty salon or to experience one of our local restaurants.

“Consumers may opt to shop online rather than getting out into our local economy, but you can still choose local as many of our businesses have adapted in a COVID economy and updated their websites to include a virtual store.

“Keeping our money here helps our small businesses grow, meaning more job opportunities so we can all live, work and play here on Redlands Coast.”

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IndigiScapes Centre maintenance closure extended


Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is currently closed for scheduled maintenance. Due to rain, the planned closure has extended to Friday 26 November.

IndigiScapes is now expected to reopen on Saturday 27 November. 

The following facilities are currently closed:

  • the Discovery Centre,
  • café,
  • native botanic garden,
  • playground and
  • walking tracks.

The native nursery will remain open.

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