Monthly Archives: November 2012

Parking trials begin in Cleveland and Wellington Point

Trials have begun for extended three hour parking in Cleveland CBD and 12 shared car and boat parking bays at Wellington Point Reserve.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said 367 two-hour spaces in Cleveland will be extended to three-hours for the six month trial.

“New signage is currently being installed that will bring the available three-hour onstreet parking sites in the Cleveland CBD to 427 from a total of 790 on-street parking sites.

“I am committed to finding the right balance of CBD parking options in response to calls from business and residents for longer CBD parking options.

“We want to revitalise the Cleveland CBD and one way we can help do this, is to encourage people to shop there.

“I hope these changes will be a positive outcome for those visiting Cleveland and help them to spend more time and money in this attractive city centre and provide sufficient time for people to go about their business.

“The important three-month trial at Wellington Point Reserve will allow cars to park in 12 of the cars-with-trailers parking bays between the hours of 1pm-10pm each day.

“The shared parking bays are in the first row of car trailer parking adjacent to the toilet block and will be clearly signed.

“The Wellington Point trial also includes two 15-minute drop-off zones, one located near the western playground, and one near the southern boat ramp.

“I am hoping all users will give these trials a fair go and park within the parking requirements.”

Both trials will be monitored through regular patrols by Council’s local laws officers and through customer feedback and compliance and infringement results.

Council grants support broad range of community projects

Rooftop solar panels for Cleveland Bowls Club, a custom built native animal release trailer for the Wildlife Action Group and $70,000 in support for emergency services first responders are among the 32 projects funded in Redland City Council’s latest round of community grants..

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had contributed $360,252 to support organisations and individuals under round one of the 2012-13 Community Grants Program.

”I am delighted that Council can help make so many innovative and well-deserving community projects a reality,” Councillor Williams said.

“We are proud to partner with local community organisations and individuals to deliver benefits within the Redlands.

It’s all part of empowering organisations to respond to local and emerging issues.

I’m particularly pleased that we have been able to help three first-response emergency services organisations that collectively received more than $70,000 through five separate grants.”

Councillor Williams said Council received a broad range of grant scheme applications under the categories of organisation support, project support, conservation and capital infrastructure.

Successful recipients include:

  • Cleveland Bowls Club – $28,582 to install solar panels and an inverter on the clubhouse roof (capital infrastructure category);
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue Raby Bay – $10,000 for search and rescue major incident training event on Moreton Bay (project support category); and
  • Wildlife Action Group Inc.- $6,712 to construct a custom built possum/glider (and other native animals) release trailer and buy rehabilitation equipment.

Information on other successful recipients is available from Council’s website under ‘Grants and Sponsorship’ at

Councillor Williams invited community organisations to apply for round two funding.

“The next funding opportunity for the Community Grants Program will open on 29 January and close on 1 March 2013,” she said.

“Grant application writing workshops will be held from late January to early February 2013 to provide information on the program and categories and how best to write an application for funds. Check Council’s website for more information including dates and venues. Bookings will be essential.

Organisations and individuals can apply for grants twice a year. For more information on the Community Grants and Sponsorship Program, phone 3829 8911 or visit Community Grant applications can also be submitted online.

Redland artists receive RADF grants

Projects covering visual arts, writing, music and heritage are among seven projects to receive funding in the latest Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant round from Redland City Council, announced Mayor Karen Williams.

“In this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a Queensland Government and Council partnership, the Redlands will see innovative and creative local projects receive $45,753 of funding,” Cr Williams said.

Projects that have received RADF funding in this round include:

1. Treena Christie The Light Haus: To design and develop the concept and guidelines of an architectural limited life pavilion competition. $9,500
2. Josephine Ellis Wild Life Stories Project: To plan and design a program to capture wild life and flora from the Redlands through a multi seasonal calendar. $3,120
3. Tania Davidson Residency Mentorship Program: Emerging Artist in Residence program working with professional artist to develop new media installation. $5,238
4. Tricia Dobson Cleveland BUZZ: working with artists, community and traders to establish a program for Bloomfield St Cleveland. $11,810
5. Donna Cameron Mosquito Woman: Employing an editor and indigenous cultural consultant to develop a novel based on North Stradbroke Island. $3,285
6. Carl Saffigna Italian Immigrants in the Redlands: Collection, preparation of transcripts, writing and editing of a series of oral histories into a book format. $8,300
7. Michael Bulloch Fin Monumental Ephemeral Sculpture: Workshops leading to a construction of a Sculptural work on North Stradbroke Island. $4,500

In addition, local artist Dianne Little has had her RADF project Russell Island Jetty Mosaic selected as one of the key promotional images for the statewide RADF program.

Postcards and posters featuring Dianne Little’s work can be found on both the Redland City Council and Arts Queensland websites.

Cr Williams said Dianne Little’s mosaic project was highly successful, drawing together dozens of island residents in a celebration of local community through a unique artwork.

Postcards and posters featuring Dianne Little’s work can be found on both the Redland City Council and Arts Queensland websites.

Cr Williams said Dianne Little’s mosaic project was highly successful, drawing together dozens of island residents in a celebration of local community through a unique artwork.
“We are very proud to have one of our local artists representing Redland City for the RADF program,” Cr Williams said.

The Russell Island Jetty Mosaic can be viewed at the ferry terminal at Russell Island.
Arts Minister Ros Bates said the Regional Arts Development Fund supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across the state.

“The Newman Government allocation in 2012-2013 is $2.083 million on top of another
$1.5 million from Queensland councils. This means more than $3.5 million is available for
arts projects across the state,” Ms Bates said

“The Regional Arts Development Fund is a statewide partnership between the Queensland
Government and local councils, and shows our support for local arts and culture.
“Regional Arts Development Fund projects are local projects selected by communities in line
with their cultural priorities.”

Ms Bates said the Regional Arts Development Funding delivered on the Newman
Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders election promise to ensure that all Queenslanders
have access to arts by bringing it to the regions.

For more information on RADF go to

Say thanks to a volunteer in SES Week

This week’s national SES Week celebrations are a great chance to say thanks to the SES volunteers who help keep us safe and secure all year round, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

“Our 220-strong Redland City SES unit has a proud history of selfless contribution by ordinary people doing extraordinary things with several this week celebrating 10 and 20 years’ service,” Cr Williams said.

“These highly trained Redland SES members have contributed to most of the state’s major disaster, rescue and clean-up operations in recent years.

“Their vital contributions to the Brisbane floods and storms, cyclone Yasi and even international air-sea rescue operations in the Solomons, have been well recognised and acknowledged.

“But almost every week, they are also contributing in less visible but important ways, whether removing a fallen tree from someone’s house, helping in road accidents or supporting community events.

“SES week is an ideal chance to let them know they are appreciated, by saying thanks to a volunteer you may know or by joining the nation ‘Wear orange to work’ celebrations on Wednesday, 14 November.

“You can also press the special ‘thank you’ button at Capalaba Park Shopping Centre or simply visit the Redland SES Facebook page, and leave them a personal thank you note.

“Our Redland SES volunteers have been acknowledged as the best in the Brisbane region for the past three years and were recognised as the best in Queensland in 2009.

“Their efforts have helped raise money for innovative bespoke emergency response vehicles and trailers and helped win Australian Government funding for an important Disaster Resilience Facility soon to be opened on North Stradbroke Island.

“Volunteers are the vital connecting thread that binds our Redlands community and we are very proud of them all.”

Mayor Williams and Councillors are a hosting a Volunteer Christmas Barbecue Lunch next month to thank volunteer organisations who worked tirelessly for the Redland community in 2012.

Vote online for your favourite Child & Youth Friendly Redlands logo design

Redland City Council is using fun ways to engage young people, the latest being a logo drawing competition for primary school children in the Redlands.

Mayor Karen Williams said it was all part of ensuring that Council’s Child & Youth Friendly City policy, guidelines and planning tools were being promoted.

“To really get kids involved, we have asked primary school children to help us design a Child & Youth Friendly Redlands logo, through a drawing competition,” Councillor Williams said.

“All the entries are now in, and I must say, we have some very talented artists in the Redlands. We received over 250 entries and it was hard to choose just four finalists.”

Now it’s time to have your say. Vote for your favourite logo design online at from 19 November.

The child whose artwork receives the most votes (maximum of one vote per person and five votes per email address) by 30 November 2012 will be named the winner.

Their artwork will be incorporated into a logo used to promote and identify Council’s child and youth friendly activities and initiatives.

Mayor Williams said it was important for every generation to feel valued in our community.

“A drawing competition is a bit of fun and that’s a great way to connect with children”.

Certificates of participation will be sent out for schools to present to their students, and the school with the most entries will receive a prize.


Mayor Karen William displays shortlisted entries that the public can vote on from 19 November.

Redlands’ Christmas by Starlight to be unstoppable night of fun – 1 Dec

Christmas by Starlight, Redlands’ annual free Christmas concert, will be an unstoppable night of fun on Saturday 1 December 2012.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s event, to be held at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds in Long Street, Cleveland, had been designed to go ahead rain or shine.

“Christmas by Starlight will go head in the event of rain, so nothing will dampen the spirits of our performers, community groups and residents this year,” Cr Williams said.

“While the concert is an open-air event, provisions have been made to ensure that the stage and equipment are weatherproof.

“We have an outstanding concert line-up with our headlining act Mirusia coming home to Redlands to perform, fresh from her worldwide tour with André Rieu.

“There will be something for everyone at this year’s Christmas by Starlight.”

From 3pm there will be food stalls, children’s activities including an animal zoo and jumping castles, display stands, roving entertainers and a visit from Santa.

The concert begins at 5.15pm with a special children’s performance featuring entertainers Christmas in Wonderland.

The twilight carols begin at 5.45pm, with Mirusia being supported by a host of talented local performers including Redland Rhapsody Chorus, world champion beat-boxer Matt Gibbs, Craig Martin, Kiara Rodrigues, Dakota Striplin, Alayna McAulay, Oliver Samson, Courtney Heaton, Inah Moe, Jal Joshua, Breanna Fielding, Chloe Makiol, Katie Green and Strictly Dance.

The finale will be a fireworks display at 8pm lighting up the Redlands sky.

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of generous sponsors: Bayside Bulletin, Gold Cats Stradbroke Flyer, J.J. Richards, Koala Graphix, SkyBoard Australasia, Stockland Cleveland and Veolia Transport.

Cr Williams said the generous support of these sponsors helped Council to provide the largest free event in the Redlands to herald in the Christmas season.

“Christmas by Starlight is a great way to get into the festive spirit, so I hope everyone comes along.”

Sponsor Veolia Transport will be running free buses to and from the event, departing at different Redlands locations including ferry terminals at Toondah Harbour, Cleveland and Redland Bay Marina.

A special free ferry service – courtesy of event sponsor Gold Cats Stradbroke Flyer – will run from Toondah Harbour, Cleveland to One Mile Jetty, Dunwich after the concert.

For more information about Christmas by Starlight, including the free bus timetable, visit
the Redland City Council website at or call
3829 8580.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

Christmas by Starlight – Free bus timetable

People are encouraged to take free buses to and from Christmas by Starlight 2012.

Thank you to sponsor, Veolia Transport, for providing free buses that will depart from around Redland City.

The bus timetable is as follows:

Bus 1
3.45pm Bailey Rd, Birkdale
3.55pm Randall Rd, Birkdale
4.05pm Old Cleveland Rd East, Birkdale
4.15pm Birkdale Fair, Birkdale Rd
4.25pm Wellington Point Jetty
4.35pm Wellington Point Shops
4.50pm Sturgeon St, Ormiston
5.00pm Redland Showgrounds
Bus 2
4.15pm Valley Way Bus Stop, Mount Cotton
4.30pm Redland Bay Marina
4.35pm Redland Bay Shops
4.45pm Victoria Point Interchange (Stop D)
4.55pm Thornlands Dance Hall, C’land-Red Bay Rd
5.00pm Redland Showgrounds
Bus 3
4.00pm Capalaba Interchange (Stop A)
4.10pm Vienna Rd Shops
4.15pm Alexandra Circuit Bus Stop
4.20pm Hanover Dve Bus Stop
4.30pm Opposite Alex Hills Shops, Finucane Rd
4.45pm Cleveland Shops
4.50pm Passage St Bus Stop
4.55pm Princess St Bus Stop
5.00pm Redland Showgrounds

Buses will also drop back to these points after the concert.

Capture the great outdoors and win

Mayor Karen Williams has invited amateur photographers to Capture the Redlands on camera and win cash prizes in the annual Redlands digital photographic competition.

Councillor Williams said the Redlands offered a spectacular backdrop for nature photography with its unique and diverse environment.

“By capturing the Redlands through a lens we can look at our beautiful city through fresh eyes and see why it is so important to protect its natural beauty and wonder,” she said.

“The Redland City Council competition, now in its eighth year, offers amateur photographers a great incentive to fine tune their happy snap skills.”

The competition categories and prizes include:

$100 cash prize for wildlife in Redlands parks and reserves in each of the four categories:
– Koalas
– Other mammals
– Birds
– Other (e.g. frogs, reptiles)

$100 cash prize for wildlife in the suburbs for each of the three categories:
– Mammals
– Birds
– Other (e.g. frogs, reptiles)

$100 cash prize for native plants in the Redlands

$200 cash prize for best junior entry photo (14 years and under)

$500 cash prize for best overall photo.

All the images will be displayed at IndigiScapes from Saturday 1 December with winners announced the following week.

For more information about how to enter and for the competition terms and conditions visit Entries close 4pm, Sunday 25 November 2012.

Redlands Wiping out Weeds

The Redlands community is helping to wipe out weeds with over 800 bags of weeds swapped for native plants at Trees for Weeds Days held in four locations across the city last month.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Trees for Weeds Days received enormous community support this year and helped residents learn more about weeds including how to identify and manage them.

“The event was held at IndigiScapes, North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and Macleay islands,” she said.

“Residents collected 40 bags of weeds at Coochiemudlo, another 40 on North Stradbroke Island and 248 bags on Macleay Island, while a massive 501 bags of weeds were handed in at IndigiScapes.

“Residents have made their backyards wildlife friendly and reduced their future garden maintenance as they replanted with their free native plants.

“Council was especially encouraging residents to look out for Climbing Nightshade, Coral Berry, Dutchman’s Pipe and Duranta sp. on the mainland and Fishbone Fern and Mother of Millions on the Islands.

“I would like to thank the community for removing so many weeds.”

Weeds’ guides are available from IndigiScapes to learn more about local weeds. To make gardening easier and save you a trip to the waste transfer station order your green waste bin from RedWaste on 1300 362 036. The green bins are a great way to manage your home green waste.

Woody Weed mascot at IndigiScapes

Woody Weed mascot at IndigiScapes

Trees for Weeds at Macleay Island

Trees for Weeds at Macleay Island

Weed weaving workshop at IndigiScapes

Weed weaving workshop at IndigiScapes

Redland residents Jenny & Steve Anthony picking up a free tree

Redland residents Jenny & Steve Anthony picking up a free tree

Redland Residents Honoured in Awards

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams today congratulated two local residents, Aunty Joan Hendriks and Paul Stanley, for their finalist nominations in the 2013 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards.

Councillor Williams said Aunty Joan and Paul Stanley were outstanding individuals who had contributed much to the Redlands, Queensland and Australia.

“The Australian of the Year Awards recognise the exceptional commitment of Australians who go to extraordinary lengths to protect our precious Australian way of life,” she said.

“Both Redlands residents are in the running for the Queensland Senior Australian of the Year and are among nine finalists from 427 nominations.

“Aunty Joan is an inspirational community leader and passionate advocate for reconciliation through cultural understanding and education. She is an Elder in the Murri Court at Cleveland, a Doctor of the Australian Catholic University, and for the past 30 years has been a leader in Aboriginal education. She has also been involved in native title recognition on Stradbroke Island.

“Paul is a passionate anti-violence campaigner who inspires our younger community members and raises awareness of the dangers of youth violence. He is responsible for the incredible work of the Party Safe initiative and One Punch Can Kill campaign.

“On behalf of the Redlands, I thank Aunty Joan and Paul for the incredible contribution they have made to our community and I encourage Redlands residents to put their full support behind their activities.

“I wish both Aunty Joan and Paul all the best with the Queensland award announcement on 15 November.”

The Australian of the Year Awards is a National Australia Day Council program. For more information visit

Aunty Joan Hendriks – Reconciliation advocate
Aunty Joan Hendriks, a descendant of the Ngugi people of Moreton Bay Queensland, is an inspiring community leader, an outstanding adult educator and passionate advocate for reconciliation achieved through the understanding of cultural differences. She believes sharing cultures, spiritualities and ways of living with the land can be the stepping stones to a united Australia where justice and equity prevails. Since the 1980s she has worked in Aboriginal education in primary and secondary schools, local church and community organisations, in government and internationally at the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Forum. A former student at Brisbane’s Lourdes Hill College where she is now honoured as Elder in Residence, Aunty Joan was awarded the Australian Catholic University’s highest honour, Doctor of the University in 2012. She is also an Elder in the Murri Court at Cleveland where her wisdom and experience contributes to a greater cultural understanding. A consistent advocate for the rights of Indigenous people, Aunty Joan was actively involved in the campaign which saw traditional owners win native title recognition over their lands on North Stradbroke Island.

Paul Stanley – Anti-violence campaigner
In 2006 Paul Stanley’s son Matthew was a popular 15-year-old when he was killed by a single
punch at a party in the Redlands. Despite their terrible grief, Paul and his wife Kay established the
Matthew Stanley Foundation to make young people aware of the dangers of youth violence and
equipping them to deal with it. The Foundation works with the police and ambulance services,
schools, churches and community groups to spread the message about violence which include
the Party Safe initiative and the One Punch Can Kill campaign. Police cars and ambulances now
carry the stickers urging young people in potentially violent situations to Walk Away Chill Out. In
the years since Matthew’s death Paul has spoken to thousands of students using his own tragic
loss to emphasise that bad things can happen to good people and that one punch can kill. He also
mentors young leaders and has released a documentary telling Matthew’s story called One Punch
Did Kill. Paul’s philosophy is if one life is saved it is all worthwhile.

Mount Cotton Biomass

It is important we correct a report in the Redland Times on Friday 2 November. The paper reported that on Wednesday 31 October Council overturned a previous Council decision to block the Mount Cotton Biomass power station.

At the General Meeting, Council resolved to continue its negotiations with Cleveland Power and seek the best possible outcome for the community with the Mount Cotton Biomass project.

Council’s decision has not approved the biomass facility or resolved the current court proceedings, which have been adjourned by the Planning and Environment Court.

The decision agreed to adjourn the current proceedings so Cleveland Power could make a separate application to the Court to clarify inconsistencies in the approval.

At all times the Court is the decision maker responsible for assessing the biomass facility.

Council’s decision is to ensure the best possible outcome for the community in terms of plant design, air quality and other environmental safeguards, and potentially save ratepayers many thousands of dollars in legal fees.