Monthly Archives: December 2012

Redland Art Gallery: visit three exhibitions over the festive season

Redland residents and visitors are invited to Redland Art Gallery to view three diverse and thought provoking exhibitions that are sure to appeal to a wide audience.

If ceramics, photography or mixed media is your cup of tea, or you’re just curious, pay us a visit by the end of January 2013 (specific exhibition dates below).

Exhibitions at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

The Still Point by Sarah Manser
Sunday 9 December 2012 – Sunday 27 January 2013
Floor talk by exhibiting artist 12 noon, Tuesday 11 December

Sarah Manser uses this exhibition to represent her ‘still point’ through a series of works on paper and related objects. The mud and shadows of the mangrove forests provide inspiration for the Wynnum-based artist, as well as the scraps of nature alongside railway lines and sprouting from the cracks in our urban environments.

Hyperclay – Contemporary ceramics
Sunday 9 December 2012 – Sunday 27 January 2013

Hyperclay profiles eight artists who take ceramics into bold new territories. Whether printing with clay, transforming rejected ceramic objects or playing at the intersection of the digital and the handmade, the artists in Hyperclay are forging new pathways in Australian ceramics. This Object Gallery touring exhibition features the work of Walter Auer, Roderick Bamford, Stephen Bird, Jacqueline Clayton, Andrea Hylands, Addison Marshall, Pip McManus and Paul Wood.

Exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba

More seeing is not understanding by Ponch Hawkes
Open until 24 January 2013

Acclaimed Melbourne photographer Ponch Hawkes presents a series of photographs that draw on her memories of chance encounters and ordinary yet arresting moments. Hawkes reconstructed seventeen mysterious, nocturnal scenes and photographed them in a way that encourages us to try and make sense of them.


Image from Still Point exhibition: The tide reveals…2011, ink, wax, charcoal and monoprint on Kozo paper. Courtesy of the artist, Sarah Manser.


Image from Hyperclay exhibition: Rilke and the autoclave 2011, face powder, porcelain, glass funnels and test tubes, measuring scales, antique steriliser unit. Courtesy of the artist, Jacqueline Clayton.


Image from More seeing is not understanding exhibition: Untitled IV from the series Seeing is not understanding 2009 (detail), archival pigment print on cotton paper. Courtesy of the artist, Ponch Hawkes, and Chrysalis Gallery.

Free accessible film screenings at RPAC

Redland City Council is helping to bring free accessible film screenings to the Redlands, with open captions and audio descriptions that cater for people with hearing and vision impairments.

Popular Australian film, The Sapphires, and a series of new Australian family-friendly short films will screen at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 15 December. With limited general, wheelchair and hearing loop seating available, it’s best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Accessible screening details:
When: Saturday 15 December, 2pm (short films) and 4pm (The Sapphires).
Venue: Redland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall, Middle Street, Cleveland
To book: RPAC Box Office ph 3829 8131

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted that Council was partnering with a national tour of the Access All Areas Film festival to host their only Queensland community event.

“It is easy to forget the barriers that exist in every facet of life for those with a disability,” she said.

“We look forward to the day when a wider range of technologies is available so that people with a hearing or vision impairment may have access to a broader range of experiences and entertainment,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams stressed that this was a free event for the whole community.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and I’m looking forward to seeing many community members there.”

These film screenings are among a number of events Council has hosted in recognition of International Day of People with Disability (3 December). Other activities included workshops addressing access in the built environment.

More recycling options for Straddie

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams invites businesses on North Stradbroke Island to embrace recycling with a new bulk bin service on offer.

Councillor Williams urged businesses to sign up before the end of the year and save $60.

“The new fortnightly pick-up service is being offered to North Stradbroke Island businesses for the first time and is available as a 1.5 or 3 cubic metre bin,” she said.

“To help bring great recycling habits from home to work, the new recycling bins are an affordable way to recycle many different items including plastic, aluminium, cardboard, glass, steel and paper.”

“The service is available for a minimum two-year period and the $60 establishment fee is being waived for businesses that register with Council by 31 December 2012.

“For the service to proceed, a minimum of 10 commercial contracts are required.”

Redlands households and businesses send almost 59,191 tonnes of waste to landfill each year.

“This is the equivalent of filling almost 42 Olympic swimming pools every year.

“Redlanders are great recyclers at home with around 25 per cent being diverted from landfill each year. We want Straddie businesses to be able to get in on the act,” she said.

“Workplace recycling is often overlooked and is a great area for improvement.”

“It is estimated that nationally approximately 33 per cent of waste sent to landfill comes from the commercial and industrial sector.”

For more information on pricing or to order bulk recycling bins contact RedWaste on 1300 362 036.


Bulk recycling bin

Be bushfire ready this summer

Redland City Council is urging residents to act now and be ready for bushfire season this summer, particularly at North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said with hot and windy conditions forecast over the coming days, all Redlanders are reminded to be prepared in case bushfires occur in the area.

“North Stradbroke Island residents should be extra vigilant with weather forecasts predicting perfect conditions for bushfires,” Cr Williams said.

“There is no substitute for preparation. This includes preparing your home and property and developing a bushfire survival plan that everyone in the family understands.”

Prepare a bushfire survival plan:

  • Decide whether you will ‘go early’ or ‘stay and defend’
  • If going early, identify a safe place to evacuate to
  • If staying and defending, ensure you receive expert advice to make certain that you are ready Decide how to look after your pets
  • Prepare an emergency and evacuation kit, including a battery powered radio to listen to bushfire updates.

Prepare your home and property:

  • Clear rubbish and vegetation from around your house
  • Clean gutters and roof areas
  • Regularly mow your lawn and remove grass and weeds from around sheds, fences and gates Display a prominent house number
  • Make sure fire services can easily access your property.

Cr Williams said it was difficult to imagine a bushfire in our suburbs, but fires in residential homes or in our native bushland reserves are possible particularly during hot temperatures.

“Council has a Fire Management Plan and manages extensive areas of bushland across the city to minimise risk but extreme weather conditions can cause bushfires.”

For more information on bushfire ready tips visit or If you see fire or smoke contact emergency services on 000.

Beat the heat this summer

Council is warning residents to brace themselves for continuing hot weather, with temperatures tipped to soar to 39 degrees tomorrow.

Mayor Karen Williams urged residents to take special care and recognise the signs of heat-related illness.

“Carers of babies and small children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions or illnesses should especially be aware of hotter than usual weather and take steps to avoid over-heating,” said Cr Williams.

“Tiredness or weakness, dizziness, flushed or pale skin and cramps are some of the less obvious signs of heat-related illness.”

“Residents can prepare by simply drinking water regularly, staying out of the heat and generally keeping cool by wearing lighter clothing and opening windows and doors.”

“Animals can also suffer from heat stress so don’t forget to keep an eye on your pets and make sure they have plenty of water and shelter to keep cool.”

For a full list of signs of heat-related illness and a detailed checklist on what people can do to prepare for summer heatwaves, visit and click on Beat the Heat.

First aid tips:

  • In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.
  • Seek medical advice from your doctor, hospital or health clinic.
  • Sit or lay the person in a cool spot in the shade or under cover.
  • If the person is unconscious, lay them on their side.
  • Remove as much of the person’s clothing as possible and loosen tight clothing.
  • Cover the person with a sheet soaked with tap water (not iced water).
  • Use fans or air-conditioning to help the person cool down.
  • Give the person water to drink, if they can swallow.

Christmas by Starlight continues

The Christmas by Starlight Concert at Redland Showgrounds is continuing after an incident this afternoon involving a Lion’s food vendor van.

Two people were injured. A 67 year old woman has been taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with partial thickness burns to the legs, arms and hands.

A 55 year old man has been taken to Redland Hospital with superficial burns to the lower legs.

The incident took place at about 4pm and all emergency services were contacted immediately and acted quickly.

Trained emergency response personnel were on duty at the event and have assessed the scene to allow the event to continue.

The incident involved a fire within a Lion’s food vendor van.

Redland City Council is working with emergency services and places the safety of our community and workers as its highest priority.

The site area where the incident occurred has been isolated with access restricted.

Further information will be provided by emergency services.