Monthly Archives: January 2013

Council transfer of school-age care services a success


Redland City Council has successfully transferred operation of school-age care services to several community-based not-for-profit organisations.

Mayor of Redland City Karen Williams said the transfer of its school-age care services following a Queensland Government tender process and negotiation with the Catholic and independent schools sectors was a win-win situation for Council and the Redlands community.

“Five highly experienced providers will now deliver this important service to families from 19 local schools across Redland City,” Cr Williams said.
“The organisations that will deliver these services are Ormiston College Early Learning Centre; Centacare; Jabiru Kids; Helping hands Network; and Redlands PCYC.

“All of the new providers have expressed interest in recruiting current school-age care staff for positions at their services.”

Cr Williams said Council used a phased approach during the Christmas holidays to ensure a smooth transition out of school-age care services in time for the start of the 2013 school year.

“There have been no disruptions to services at the 19 schools that had Council-operated school-age care in place in the lead up to the transfer on Friday 25 January,” she said.

Redlands PCYC Branch Manager Sergeant Graham Pearse said he was proud of the quality outside school hours care services the club has offered since 2004 and he looked forward to welcoming new parents and children from Tuesday 29 January.

“Our new families will have the opportunity to join the many varied activities at PCYC while the schools will benefit directly from a number of value-added services including access to funding, our
buses and our expertise in the industry,” Sgt Pearse said.

“We have re-employed approximately 15 Council staff as well as additional new qualified staff members to help run the services.

“We are really excited about the future and our families will notice the difference as we introduce new programs and renovate each space over the coming months.”

As Council has exited school-age care services, current enrolments have ceased and families will need to complete an enrolment with the new provider for their service.

Council has provided details to all current clients of school-age care service to assist in re-enrolment for 2013. A full list of the 19 school-age care services transferred from Council to other providers is below.

Ormiston College

The service will now be operated by the school. Information packs will be sent to families by the school.

Please direct all inquires to the Ormiston College Early Learning Centre on 3495 6001 or email ocoshc@ormistoncollege.com

St Mary Mackillop, St Anthony’s, St Rita’s And St Luke’s

These services will now be operated by Centacare.

Please direct all enquires to Michelle Densmore on 0409 802 452 or email michelle.densmore@bne.centacare.net.au

Alexandra Hills, Birkdale South, Cleveland, Coolnwynpin And Hilliard State Schools

These services will now be operated by Jabiru Kids.
Jabiru has mailed enrolment packs to families currently using the services. The pack can also be accessed online at www.jabiru.org.au/kids. Please direct all inquires to 3269 0044.

Mt Cotton, Redland Bay, Victoria Point, Thornlands State Schools

These services will now be operated by the Helping Hands Network.
Helping Hands will be mailing enrolment packs to families currently using the services. Please direct all inquires to 5438 9549.

Birkdale, Capalaba, Ormiston State, Vienna Woods and Wellington Point State Schools

These services will be operated by Redlands PCYC.
For all enrolment forms and contact details visit the website at www.redlandspcyc.org.au or call to request hard copies.
Please direct all inquires to Leanne Jays on 3245 4639.

Predicted big wet brings dangers to the Redlands


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has urged residents to take care during the predicted Australia Day weekend “big wet”.

Councillor Williams said residents should be prepared for localised flash flooding, storm surge causing higher than usual tides and winds up to 90km/hour.

“The Bureau of Meteorology predicts damaging winds, heavy rain, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf conditions across the Redlands and south-east Queensland,” she said.

“As we will be subjected to monsoonal-like conditions, creeks, waterways and stormwater drains are likely to be carrying torrents of water.

“These conditions can be tempting, especially for adventurous young people, but they are very dangerous.

“I urge all parents to remind their children of these dangers and encourage all to stay away from flooded drains and creeks.

“Those using the beaches on NSI – whether four-wheel-driving or camping – need to be extra careful due to predicted tidal surges and possible beach erosion.”

Cr Williams said all Redlands’ residents should take additional precautions by ensuring their stormwater drains are not blocked, so the likelihood of floodwaters backing up is reduced.

“There have been too many tragedies during this type of weather and floods in the past, so please act with caution during such weather events,” she said.

“Coming out of a dry period, it is also timely to remind drivers to change their driving habits to suit wet conditions.”

Cr Williams also recommended that boat-owners take precautions.

“Predictions are for winds of up to 90km/hour, so ensure your boat is secure, and that anything on deck is tightly secured,” she said.

The Redlands Local Disaster Management Group has this morning moved to ‘Stage 1 – Alert’ in preparation for this weekend’s heavy rain and the possibility of flash flooding and road closures.

This means council and emergency services staff are prepared and on standby.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

  • Move their car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Additionally, Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

Residents are encouraged to listen to 612 ABC Radio and monitor Council’s website (www.redland.qld.gov.au), Facebook and Twitter.

Redland Art Gallery celebrates 10 years with two stellar exhibitions


Be part of Redland Art Gallery’s 10th birthday celebrations by attending two stellar exhibitions at its Cleveland and Capalaba locations.

The two exhibitions Collection and Place: A Decade On – Redland Art Gallery celebrates 10 years and Island Glide: An exhibition of Surf, Sound and Image from Stradbroke Island will both run throughout February and March.

Exhibition Details

Collection and Place: A Decade On – Redland Art Gallery celebrates 10 years
Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba 29 January – 26 March 2013
Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland 7 February – 28 March 2013

Island Glide: An exhibition of Surf, Sound and Image from Stradbroke Island
Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland 7 February – 28 March 2013

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard encouraged Redland residents, visitors, and all art lovers to visit these exhibitions which profile the Redland Art Gallery’s collection and the unique collaborative work of local Stradbroke Island artists.

“Redland Art Gallery is a vibrant award-winning regional gallery we can all be proud of. Since opening on 14 February 2003, the gallery has hosted over 220 innovative and culturally diverse exhibitions and featured works by more than 2100 artists,” Cr Beard said.

Collection and Place: A Decade On – Redland Art Gallery celebrates 10 years will show at the gallery’s Cleveland and Capalaba locations. Floor talks and workshops will be held throughout the exhibition, starting with a curator’s floor talk at Cleveland on 19 February. For more detail, visit www.more2redlands.com.au/ArtGallery.

It will showcase the works of 10 prominent artists featured in the Redland Art Gallery Collection and includes additional recent loan works by these artists.

Guest curator Ross Searle, who has an intimate knowledge of the gallery collection, has included artwork by Leigh Camilleri, Belinda Close, Lawrence Daws, Fiona Foley, Noel McKenna, Nicola Moss, Luke Roberts, Julie Shepherd, Carl Warner and Judy Watson in the exhibition. All have practised as artists in Queensland.

Covering a diverse range of media, these artists are recognised for their contribution to the visual arts within a regional, state, national or, in some cases, international context.

Island Glide: An exhibition of Surf, Sound and Image from Stradbroke Island, will show at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

Island Glide draws together two of Stradbroke Island’s intrinsic subcultures – creativity and surfing.

Featuring the works of Jess (Allom) Scott, Adrian Scott, Marty Smith, and Clara Durbidge and Chris Hutton (as the Salt Lick’n Hicks), this multimedia installation includes hand-painted and sculpted surfboards, photographs of island locals and landscapes, and music written on and about Stradbroke Island. Driftwood and sand add ambience to the sights, sounds and stories portrayed.

Cr Beard said that it was important to nurture local talent, and that the Island Glide project received funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a Queensland Government and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

“Our island communities are an intrinsic part of the Redlands and we acknowledge the creative energy that seems to flow from them. After its Redland Art Gallery exhibition, Island Glide will also show at Point Lookout over the Easter long weekend,” Cr Beard said.

Image: Luke Roberts, Paradise painting (Cylinder Beach) 2005, Oil over synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2005 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds. Courtesy of the artist. Photographed by Carl Warner.

Image: Luke Roberts, Paradise painting (Cylinder Beach) 2005, Oil over synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2005 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds. Courtesy of the artist. Photographed by Carl Warner.

Image: Jess (Allom) Scott, Squid, Glide Surfboard 5’10 twin fin. Courtesy of the artist.

Image: Jess (Allom) Scott, Squid, Glide Surfboard 5’10 twin fin. Courtesy of the artist.

Image: Marty Smith, Adder 2010, type c photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Image: Marty Smith, Adder 2010, type c photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Stopping the spread of weeds


Redland City Council is managing the spread of weeds with the removal of a known problem weed, Cabomba caroliniana, from Tarradarrapin Creek, Birkdale.

Deputy Mayor Alan Beard said managing weeds is an important environmental issue and Council is tackling the challenge through its pest management plan.

“Cabomba caroliniana, an aquatic weed, is recognised as one of the worst weeds in Australia due to its invasiveness, potential spread and economic and environmental impacts,” Cr Beard said.

“Many people don’t think about aquatic weeds and their presence in waterways but they can smother native species, choke waterways and kill wildlife.

“Removing this weed helps to improve the health of Tarradarrapin Creek, increases aquatic flora and fauna biodiversity and in the long-term reduces waterway maintenance costs.

“Council encourages residents to learn more about weeds including how to identify and manage them in your own backyard.

“I encourage residents to sign up to Council’s Facebook page and follow the ‘Weed a Week’ post over summer. It will provide information on how to spot a Redland’s weed and tips on how to manage it.

“We need the help of residents to stop the spread of weeds as they don’t discriminate between property boundaries. Keeping an eye out for weeds and removing them is important in stopping them from increasing their territory in the Redlands.”

Weeds can have a number of negative impacts including: damage to our natural, agricultural, water and coastal systems; impact on agriculture and the poisoning of animals; changing our biodiversity by out-competing native plants and degrading wildlife habitat; impact on recreational activities and our gardens; and increase of fire hazard in bushland areas.

For further information about Weeds in the Redlands pick up an information booklet, Environmental weeds of the Redlands, from IndigiScapes or contact Council on 3824 8611 or visit www.indigiscapes.com.au.

A copy of Council’s pest management plan can be viewed on Council’s website: wwww.redland.qld.gov.au.

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Cabomba caroliniana – photo courtesy of Abyss Diving.

Bird deaths are not a public health risk to humans or pets


The online Courier Mail article “Residents warned to keep pets out of Capalaba Regional Park as avian botulism kills birds, fish” reported that residents should refrain from taking their dogs to Capalaba Regional Park.

This is not Council’s advice. Council encourages people to continue using all our lovely parkland. When visiting Capalaba Regional Park, as usual keep your dogs on a leash and don’t let them eat wildlife.

The avian botulism that has affected a small number of water birds in Capalaba Regional Park is not a human public health risk and is highly unlikely to affect your pets.

It is the result of a naturally occurring bacteria in ponds and lakes that becomes toxic under favourable environmental conditions.

If you see deceased birdlife, leave it alone and contact Council on 3829 8999 so the bird can be removed by Parks and Conservations officers.

Bird deaths not a public health risk


Redland City Council has recently received advice of cases of what is believed to be avian botulism, often termed limber neck, which has led to the deaths of a small number of water birds at Capalaba Regional Park.

Avian botulism can result from naturally occurring bacteria in ponds and lakes. This bacteria becomes toxic to birds when environmental conditions are favourable.

General Manager, Environment, Planning and Development, Toni Averay said members of the public do not need to be concerned.

“Avian botulism can affect birds and carrion eaters, such as eels and crows if they eat the affected birds, but it is not known to be a human public health risk.

“The likelihood of dogs and other pets contracting botulism through ingesting unwell birds or other animals is extremely low, and people can reduce the risk to their pets by keeping them on-leash and away from birds and other animals.”

Ms Averay said residents should contact Council on 3829 8999 if they see deceased bird life, so that the bird can be removed by Parks and Conservation officers.

“Please do not touch or attempt to remove any birdlife yourself.”

Current weather conditions are encouraging greater than usual amounts of this naturally occurring bacteria (Clostridium botulinum) commonly found in the soil of lakes and ponds.

Wildlife groups have also been alerted to these cases.

General information about botulism can be found on the Queensland Governments Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website at http://www.daff.qld.gov.au

Apply for a grant and help invest in your community tomorrow


Applications are opening for Round 2 of funding under Council’s 2012-13 Community Grants Program and Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

From 29 January until 1 March 2013, grant applications to fund sport and recreation, community development, arts and cultural heritage, festivals and events, enterprise development and environmental projects will be accepted.

Council will also host free grant application writing workshops from 24 January to 7 February 2013, with bookings essential.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard encouraged the Redlands community to apply for funding, saying 39 deserving community and RADF projects had already received more than $406,000 this financial year.

“Council funded some wonderful local initiatives through Round 1of the Community Grants Program this financial year. There was a strong focus on supporting emergency services first responders, as well as help for wildlife rehabilitation,” Cr Beard said.

“Seven community-based projects covering visual arts, music and heritage received funding through the Regional Arts Development Fund.

“This is your final opportunity to secure funding under through the Community Grants Program and RADF this financial year,” Cr Beard said.

Grants categories available are:

  • Organisation Support – to fund management and planning costs associated with becoming more sustainable and improving capacity to deliver services (up to $3,000). 
  • Project Support – for organisations to provide specific projects or activities that deliver long-term positive outcomes for the community (up to $10,000). 
  • Conservation Grants – to support individuals and organisations to undertake conservation projects for the benefit of the environment and wildlife (up to $10,000) 
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) – to support professional, emerging artists and arts practitioners in the Redlands, with a focus on the development of quality art and arts practices. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Redland City Council partnership to support local art and culture. Go to www.arts.qld.gov.au for more information.

In addition, you can apply for sponsorship and Councillors’ Small Grants (up to $3000) all year round.

Program guidelines and application forms have been recently updated, so ensure you have the latest versions by going to the grants webpage at www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport/Grants.

Details for the grant application writing workshops are also online. These workshops are ideal for those new to application writing or anyone wishing to improve their chances of securing funding under this particular program. Participants will also learn generic skills handy for applying for funding elsewhere.

Bookings are essential so call the Grants Team to reserve your place.

For more information on workshop dates and locations, the funding categories or to request an application kit go to the grants webpage or call the Grants Team on (07) 3829 8911.

Roadside mowing is the State Government’s responsibility


The Redland Times article “Roadside mowing in crisis”, 18 January (page 1), may be misinterpreted by  some residents who may think that it is a Council responsibility to mow roadside grass along state roads in the Redlands. This is not the case.
Council wants to make sure the public is aware that mowing long grass on state-owned roadsides has always been the responsibility of the Queensland Government.

Council did previously maintain these areas on behalf of the State Government who provided funding to Council to do this. This funding arrangement ceased in October last year and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) re-assumed the responsibility for roadside mowing, herbicide treatment, litter collection and pruning of trees for state controlled roads. Council continues to maintain landscaping on median strips.

Council does not believe it is fair for ratepayers to pay for a state government responsibility and is no longer mowing roadside grass along state roads. When the Queensland Government ended the funding arrangement last year Council called on the State to make sure public safety is a priority through their future maintenance program on affected roads.

Enquiries about the State Government’s roadside maintenance program can be directed to the DTMR’s contracted service provider Road Tek on 3347 5204.

Love is in the air at IndigiScapes


Experience a night of romance with a difference at IndigiScapes Valentine’s Day Dinner to be held on Thursday 14 February from 6.30pm at the Redland IndigiScapes Centre.

The Valentine’s event is a unique way to spoil your loved one with a romantic dinner in the open air bushland setting of IndigiScapes.

Indulge in a special Valentine’s sweetheart three-course set meal by candlelight at the IndigiScapes Tea Garden Cafe and Tallowwood Verandah.

The set menu will be served as an alternate drop and will offer succulent chargrilled chicken skewers served with a special satay sauce or fresh local barramundi spring rolls for entrée; baked honey mustard chicken breast or beef wellington served with a seasonal garden salad for main; and for dessert the famous Indigicake – a blend of apples dates and coconut served with fresh cream or baked cheesecake served with raspberry coulis.

The dinner is priced at $40 per person and guests can bring their own alcohol.

For those who simply can’t resist the romance of Valentine’s Day, bookings are essential. To secure your table contact Redland IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611 or email chantel.major@redland.qld.gov.au. Payment is required by 1 February 2013.

Wellington Point Australia Day arrangements


To help ensure Australia Day celebrations are enjoyed by all park users, Redland City Council has once again made special parking and management arrangements for the Wellington Point Recreation Reserve on 26 January.

An increasingly popular Australia Day venue over recent years, the arrangements include controlled entry to parking spaces within the reserve from 7am to 6pm.

Once the available parking spaces are full, Council officers will be directing vehicles to available parking spaces outside the reserve.

Council will run a shuttle bus service along Main Road between the Wellington Point shops, community hall and reserve from 7am to 6pm, to assist with access to the reserve.

The shuttle bus will provide a free pick-up service along the Main Road route to the reserve.

The reserve’s popular boat launching ramp will continue to be available throughout the day, but once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve.

Council enforcement officers will be on duty to ensure parking and other local laws are adhered to. Cars without trailers are not to park in boat trailer parking spaces. Police will also be on patrol to ensure public safety.

Additional Council staff will be on duty across the city’s major parks, including Wellington Point Recreation Reserve and Raby Bay Foreshore, to ensure the grounds and facilities remain clean and tidy.