Monthly Archives: April 2013

Congratulations to Thornlands local Reid Anderton for completing the fastest solo assisted ride around Australia!

Congratulations to Thornlands local Reid Anderton for completing the fastest solo assisted ride around Australia in 37 days, 1 hour, 18 mins!

Mayor Karen Williams presented Reid with an honourary ‘Swipe card to Redland City’ at Victoria Point this morning. Pictured with them are Reid’s wife Chantelle and his daughter Sierra.

The ride has raised approximately $50,000 for Reid’s charity Eagles Wings Australia to build a science block in a school in Zambia.

For more information, please visit


Snapshot: 16 April

Meet author Dick Lee

Come and talk to author Dick Lee about his novel Skipper, a tale of coming-of-age at sea. As a former commanding officer of a number of surplus hand-me-down vessels, Lee knows his topic well. When: 11am -12pm Tuesday 23 April
Where: Capalaba Library

Mother’s Day at IndigiScapes

Treat your Mum at the IndigiScapes Tea Garden Cafe.
Bookings are now being taken for Mother’s Day on Sunday 12 May.
Morning Tea 10am
Lunch 11.30am
Afternoon Tea 2.45pm.
Bookings 3824 8611.

Free mobile marketing workshop

Discover the secrets of mobile marketing and learn how to better communicate with current customers and build relationships with new ones. Find out about new trends in mobile usage and how they affect you.
When: 2 May 2013
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba
Time: 7–9am
RSVP: by 26 April or 3829 8507 (places are limited).
A light breakfast will be served.

Redlands 2030 Community Plan – Have your say

From now until 7 June you can have your say on the progress of implementing Council’s Redlands 2030 Community Plan by completing our online survey. The plan is a blueprint for residents, businesses, community organisations, Council and other levels of government and outlines the community’s vision for Redlands in 2030.
Adopted by Council in 2010, the plan will be regularly reviewed to make sure it meets the needs of the

Rates Notices have now been issued

Residents are reminded rates are due Wednesday 8 May 2013. After this date, compound interest at the rate of 11% per annum is calculated on overdue daily balances. A full list of payment options is on the front of your rates notice. If you did not receive your rates notice, moved address or you would like to discuss your payment options please call 3829 8446.

Redland Home Assist Secure

Only working smoke alarms save lives…
Residents are reminded to check and change their smoke alarm batteries. If you are a Redland resident over 60 years of age or living with a disability, you may be eligible for financial assistance toward the labour cost of repairs and maintenance around your home under the Redland Home Assist Secure program. More information: 3383 7075.

2013 Redlands Koala Fun Run – Register now!

Enjoy a range of entertainment, fun activities and great prizes for the whole family.
When: Sunday 26 May
Where: Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, Cleveland
Details: Three circuit lengths are available, catering for all ages – 3.5km, 5km and 10km. To register visit or Registration forms are also available at Council’s Customer Service Centres or 3829 8288.

Glossy Black Cockatoo survey

Council is calling for volunteers to help with our annual survey on Sunday 19 May 2013. The Glossy Black Cockatoo is one of the more threatened cockatoo species in Australia and is listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland. To find out how to get involved visit or 3824 8611.

Council meetings

Wednesday 17 April
General Meeting (incorporates Coordination Committee Meeting) – 10.30am

Thursday 18 April
Cleveland CBD Revitalisation Special Committee – 9.00am

Council witnesses erosion control in action

Redland City Councillors yesterday (Wednesday 10 April) saw firsthand how erosion and sediment control help to maintain the region’s pristine waterways during a visit to the national Erosion and Sediment Control Demonstration Facility.

Mayor Cr Karen Williams said the Redlands’ location meant erosion and sediment control was an important topic.

“Being situated among some of the most beautiful and sensitive coastal areas in Queensland, Redland City Council has to remain vigilant of the constant erosion threat to our coastline,” Cr Williams said.

“We are a coastal community with an increasing population, so we have to be mindful of how our actions and the controls we have in place can impact our waterways.”

Councillor Paul Gleeson, Council spokesperson for Environment, Waterways and Foreshores, said the facility offered some great insights into sediment control in the Redlands, which was timely given the recent wet weather.

“After another very wet summer characterised by large volumes of rainfall over lengthy periods the Redlands has been fortunate to fare substantially better than areas such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.”

Cr Gleeson said Council regularly undertook a number of erosion and sediment control measures to maintain the health of local waterways.

“As part of our commitment to the health of our waterways Council has a proactive program of erosion and sediment control,” Cr Gleeson said.

“This includes the Waterways Extension Program through which Council works with private landholders to identify erosion concerns on private land and implement effective sediment control so the health of local waterways is maintained.

“These measures are clearly yielding results with Redlands waterways achieving the best result in eight years in the last SEQ Ecosystems Report Card.”

The visit to the facility was organised by Deputy Mayor Alan Beard after he was impressed during a previous visit.

“I think this site is a great education tool for communicating the results of erosion research conducted in the Redlands,” Cr Beard said.

“Natural turf grass has proven itself to be effective to stop erosion from taking place but also to trap sediment and prevent it from moving into our waterways.

Turf also provides a natural ground cover that allows the water to slow down, dissipating the power of the flow, and lets the water infiltrate into the ground and an added bonus is – it’s natural.”

Project Leader Shane Holborn from BioScience Australia said that in addition to Council’s visit; the facility was also used to showcase sediment and erosion control to representatives from other industries.

“The facility has allowed us to conduct live demonstrations of erosion and sediment control concepts to people from the construction and mining industries as well as different levels of government from around Australia,” Mr Holborn said.

“It is fantastic to see these results in action; they could not be conveyed any better in a thousand written reports or factsheets.”

The demonstration facility, based at the old Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry site at Cleveland, is funded by the national turf industry and is designed to illustrate erosion in action by running water down a slope in a controlled manner highlighting the different available measures and their effectiveness.

A visit to the national Erosion and Sediment Control Demonstration Facility by Redland City Councillors.

A visit to the national Erosion and Sediment Control Demonstration Facility by Redland City Councillors.

A visit to the national Erosion and Sediment Control Demonstration Facility by Redland City Councillors.

A visit to the national Erosion and Sediment Control Demonstration Facility by Redland City Councillors.

Redlands 2030 Community Plan – Have your say

Council is inviting residents to comment on the progress of implementing the Redlands 2030 Community Plan.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Redlands 2030 is the community’s long term plan for creating a better future for Redland City.

“The plan articulates the community’s vision for Redlands in 2030 and is a blueprint for residents, businesses, community organisations, Council and other levels of government to work together for a better city,” Cr Williams said.

“It is a living document that requires ongoing commitment and action to achieve desired outcomes.  It is important that we monitor and review the implementation of the plan to ensure our actions align with the community’s long term vision.

“A recent Council review found we have completed many projects and activities to progress the community plan since it was adopted in 2010.  I encourage residents, businesses and local organisations to share their views on Council’s implementation progress by completing our online survey.


“The survey gives people an opportunity to comment on the plan’s progress, role of community organisations, businesses and other levels of government in implementing the vision and on new priorities that have emerged since 2010.”

People can have their say until 7 June, by completing the online survey on our website.

Topics include:

  • Council’s progress over the past two years in implementing Redlands 2030.
  • Progress on eight vision outcomes, including breakthrough projects, priorities and goals, which are contained in the community plan and considered vital for the future of the Redlands.
  • Activities being undertaken in 2013 to address priority areas which need focussed attention.

Weed of the Week: Ochna

Name: Ochna

Scientific name: Ochna serrulata

How to identify the weed: A small woody shrub growing to around 1.5m in height. It has glossy leaves with serrated margins. Flowers are yellow and have five petals. When the petals fall they leave sepals that turn bright red when the fruit appears which come through green and turn black when ripe.

Why is the weed a problem: Introduced from Africa, it has been readily dispersed by humans because of its visual appeal. It is also spread by birds who can quickly spread the seeds into a disturbed area where the plants form dense colonisations and out-compete native vegetation.

How to manage the weed: Mechanical removal of plants is the most successful method of control. Hand pulling small plants after rain and grubbing larger plants is recommended. The plant has an angled tap root so you must ensure you remove the entire root system, otherwise it will regrow. There are also a number of registered herbicides suitable for controlling this weed and optimum times of the year for treatment. For more information, please contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Any other interesting facts: Ochna is also commonly known as Mickey Mouse plant, due to its bright red, yellow and black colours.

Ochna serrulata

Ochna serrulata

Ochna serrulata

Ochna serrulata




Snapshot: 9 April 2013

NSI Resilience Centre opening – Sat 13 April

Come along to a free community event to celebrate the official opening of the North Stradbroke Island Disaster Resilience Community Education and Resource Centre.

There will be activities for kids and adults, including learning about disaster preparedness, emergency services and how to become a volunteer SES member. There will also be tours of the new community facility.

The centre was funded through a program supported by Redland City Council, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.
When: Saturday 13 April 9am – 12pm (Official Opening by Mayor Karen Williams at 10am)
Where: Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island

Free library activities

Beneficial gardening
Did you know that lady bugs are natural predators of many pests in your backyard, or that paper wasps are friends not foes?

Come along to learn about beneficial gardening and all the tiny critters that make your garden tick at this free event.

When: Wednesday 10 April, 11am – 12pm
Where: Victoria Point Library
Bookings: Phone: 3884 4011

This event is presented in partnership with Angus & Robertson Victoria Point.

Meet local author Charlotte Nash
Charlotte grew up riding horses in the Redlands, but her eclectic life experiences have seen her building rockets, traversing the Pilbara mines and scrambling over ship loaders in Newcastle. These days, she is an editor, writer and researcher. Join Charlotte to discuss her novel RYDERS RIDGE at this free event.
When: Thursday 18 April, 11am – 12pm
Where: Victoria Point Library
Bookings: Phone: 3884 4011

This event is presented in partnership with Angus & Robertson Victoria Point.

Redland Art Gallery exhibition

How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow
The exhibition profiles six past recipients of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship for contemporary Australian artists. Presenting early works alongside more recent projects, the exhibition encourages us to rediscover the past in order to look to the future.

When: Wednesday 10 April – Sunday 19 May 2013
Opening event: 11am Sunday 14 April
RSVP to 3030 4163
Floor Talk: 12pm Sunday 14 April
No bookings required
Where: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
Phone 3829 8899 or visit

Unorthodox Aphorisms
In Unorthodox Aphorisms, emerging Queensland photographic artist Yavuz Erkan invites viewers to distance themselves from their conventional routines. Supporting the voice of minority groups, Erkan’s exhibition encourages viewers to take action against assimilation and prejudice.
When: Wednesday 10 April – Sunday 19 May 2013
Opening event: 11am Sunday 14 April
RSVP to 3030 4163
Floor Talk: 2pm Tuesday 16 April
No bookings required
Where: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
Phone 3829 8899 or visit

Hazard reduction burns

Council will be carrying out hazard reduction burns (weather permitting) over the coming weeks to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel in the following areas.

10 April: Serpentine Creek Cemetery – Redland Bay Road, Redland Bay
11 April: 56-58 Howletts Road Urban Habitat, Howletts Road, Capalaba
16 April: Dinwoodie Road Bushland Refuge, 57-65 Dinwoodie Road, Thornlands

While all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards, there may be partial road closures and minor delays.
Phone 3829 8456 for more information.

Open Meetings

Wednesday 17 April, 10.30am
General Meeting (incorporates Coordination Committee Meeting)

Thursday 18 April, 9.00am
Cleveland CBD Revitalisation Special Committee


Redlands to benefit from planning ‘health check’ pilot

Redland City will be one of three beneficiaries of a Queensland Government plan to deliver Australia’s best planning scheme.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council will join Rockhampton and Mackay Regional Councils in a planning system ‘health check’ pilot program.

“I applaud Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and his department for identifying the need to streamline local government planning processes and launching a pilot aimed at improving the current system,” she said.

“While we have made some ground, there remains an urgent need for council planning processes to be improved, here in Redland City and elsewhere.

“We have to slash planning red tape and the best way to do that is to simplify the process, while retaining the necessary safeguards.

“There are currently no performance measures in Queensland that allow an assessment of the performance of local government planning systems as a whole, or individually.

“Under the pilot, Redland City Council will assess our own processes against best practice from across Australia, identify areas for improvement and report against meaningful key performance indicators.

“I am very happy to be raising the bar to prove our planning credentials and performance and therefore outcomes for potential investors.”

The pilot project will identify a simple range of data that can be publicly reported and allow council, the state and public to clearly understand the performance of the planning processes in a local authority.

“The health check will provide a snapshot of what a council is doing against identified best practice,” Cr Williams said.

“This is a great way for councils to understand their performance, compare it to others and identify areas for improvement.

“Redland City needs a streamlined and ‘healthy’ planning system to reduce assessment red tape and cost.

“The State Government is determined to deliver the best planning scheme in Australia and Redland City wants to be part of it.”


We often receive positive comments from members of our community. We recently received this lovely feedback from a local resident:

Dear Sirs and Madam,

I wish to formally thank you all for the efforts taken to clear and tidy up the areas along the coastline at Thornlands over the last few weeks, commencing prior to the heavy rains on 11 March 2013. Over that period of time, I have seen those employed by the Council meticulously tidy up and clear a huge amount of the overgrown foliage along the coastline. This was particularly pertinent as it helped minimise storm damage around our area when the storms came a few weeks ago. Our home was continually battered by strong winds and flying leaves over the storm afflicted period. Had Council not cleared up some of the fallen shrubs and branches a couple of weeks prior to the storm, I felt we could have sustained significant damage in our area, where the strong winds could have picked up any of the lose materials and hurled them towards our homes. So, thank you very much for the clean-up – it could not have come at a more appropriate time!!

As a resident I hope that Council will continue to maintain the good work done to date and would appreciate that you communicate this to the Council workers who have done the work and helped make our street a pleasant environment to go home to.

Fast Facts: Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Did you know?
The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is the smallest of all the Black Cockatoos at around 43cm.

Did you know?
The Glossy Black-Cockatoos only eat with their left foot!

Did you know?
That Glossy Black-Cockatoos only have one chick every two years! The chick is dependent on its parents for a year.

Did you know?
After breeding, the female Glossy Black-Cockatoo does not leave the hollow for around 90 days. During that time, the male regurgitates his food to feed her and then she regurgitates to feed the chick.

Did you know?
Glossy Black-Cockatoos only eat the seeds of the Black Sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis) and Forest Oak (A. Torulosa). The more we know about these threatened birds and their habitat the more we can do to help save them.

Don’t confuse me with the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo—we look similar but have a couple of minor differences. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is a quiet, dusty/brown bird with a very small crest on its head and a very large beak. The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is loud and shiny black with a large crest and a small beak.

Join the annual survey in Redlands on 19 May and help save the Glossy Black-Cockatoo—the more we know the more we can do.

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Glossy Black-Cockatoo


Weed of the Week: Cats claw creeper

Name: Cats claw creeper

Scientific name: Macfadyena unguis-cati

How to identify the weed: A long-lived woody climber with fibrous roots and tubers.  Stems become woody with age and adhere to supports via short rootlets.  The leaves are oppositely arranged, consisting of a pair of oval leaflets and a claw-like leaf tendril that enables the plant to grow to heights of over 30m.  The bright yellow flowers are borne singly or in small clusters, consisting of a five-petalled tubular flower 4-10cm long.  The elongated and flattened seed capsules contain numerous papery seeds.

Why is the weed a problem: This very invasive plant grows as a groundcover and climber and quickly outcompetes native vegetation in riparian and rainforest communities.  It can completely smother existing vegetation, including tall canopy trees.  A combination of shading and sheer weight from the climber, leads to an early death for most native plants.  It is spread by dumping of garden waste and the movement of its papery seeds by wind, floods and soil relocation.

How to manage the weed: For minor infestations, manual removal of climber, seeds, roots and tubers is an effective of control.  For large infestations, chemical treatment would be required.  Cut climbers close to the ground and treat with a suitable herbicide.  Regrowth can be retreated using foliar spraying. For more information, please contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Any other interesting facts: This plant was introduced as an ornamental garden plant from tropical America.  It is now listed on the Global Invasive Species Database.

Cats claw

Cats claw

Cats claw

Cats claw

Cats claw

Cats claw