Monthly Archives: May 2013

Community Grants Program funding

Crime Stoppers volunteers, a youth leadership program and Coochiemuldo Island CoastCare are among 33 local individuals and organisations to benefit from Redland City Council funding under Round 2 of  its 2012/13 Community Grants Program.

Council contributed more than $184,000 during this funding round, to provide the not-for-profit sector with much needed funding to assist community initiatives that will benefit the residents of Redland City.

Mayor Karen Williams said this latest round of grants brought the Council’s total disbursement to $637,451 for 2012/13.

“It’s wonderful to see so many community organisations receiving the support they deserve to continue with their excellent work,” Cr Williams said.

“The vast majority of individuals involved with these groups are volunteers – who are passionate about supporting their communities.

“They often provide programs and services that may otherwise not exist. We cannot underestimate the value they provide.”

Council received 43 applications under the categories Organisation Support, Project Support and Conservation Grants, with 33 applications ultimately successful in receiving funds for their unique and worthwhile projects.

The winning grants were recently approved.  Some of the successful recipients of Round 2 of the Grants include:

  • Crime Stoppers Brisbane Bayside Volunteer Area Committee received $3,000 to support existing volunteers and attract new volunteers to the committee
  • Bayside Outrigger Canoe Club Incorporated received $10,000 to hold a “Come and Try” event in September 2013 to promote this fun social sporting club for the whole family
  • Briswestcare Association Inc received $9,856 to undertake a Sail Away Leadership training program for young people
  • Wildlife Preservation Society Qld Bayside Branch received $9,600 to operate a collaborative project to capture on film the beauty and value of Moreton Bay’s mangrove forests and seagrass meadows.
  •  Coochiemudlo Island Coastcare Incorporated received $10,000 for restoration work to beaches and foreshores.
  • Mangrove Housing Association Incorporated received $10,000 for the Redlands Youth Change Driver Group to formulate a Youth Crisis Accommodation Business Plan.  The plan will bring together the resources of 11 organisations with a common goal of developing a crisis response for youth in Redlands.

Information on other successful recipients is now available online under ‘Grants and Sponsorship’ at

Community Grants Program – Round 1 2013/14 Applications

The next funding opportunity will be Round 1 of 2013/14 which invites applications for the Organisation Support, Project Support, Conservation, Capital Infrastructure and Regional Arts Development Fund categories.  Submissions open on 8 July 2013 and close on 16 August 2013.

Free Grant Application Writing Workshops will be held during July and August 2013. Further details will be available on our website in the near future. Eligible individuals and organisations who wish to apply for funding in Round 1 2013/14 are encouraged to attend the workshops.

Program guidelines and application forms are currently being reviewed and will be available shortly online at or by phoning the Grants Team on 3829 8911.  Please ensure you have the latest versions.

Council hosts renowned expert at Redlands Community Connections Forum

Hear renowned social capitalist and community enthusiast Peter Kenyon speak at the Redlands Community Connections Forum on 14 June.

Hosted by Redland City Council, this not-to-be-missed event is for all community service professionals, board members, community workers and volunteers, government department and agency staff – as well as businesses with an interest in local community solutions.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the theme of the forum, Building Strong Communities in Transformative Times, reflected her own belief that “resilience, perseverance and enterprise are essential ingredients for success in any community-based activity”.

Keynote speaker Peter Kenyon founded the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. and has worked with more than 1500 communities across the globe. Peter has authored 16 publications covering community and economic development, youth policy development and youth enterprise.

Representatives from three social enterprises based in the greater Brisbane area will showcase and discuss their operations and the strategic partnerships that make them work.

Local band Raise the Bar will perform at a networking lunch following the forum.

Whether you work in government or an established community service organisation – or just have some great ideas for positive partnerships in your community – this forum is for you. It is free to attend, but registration is essential (booking details below).

Redlands Community Connections Forum details:

When:   Friday 14 June 2013, 8.30am – 1pm

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Cost:     Free, prior registration essential.

More information and registration:

Phone 3829 8466, visit our website or email by 10 June.

Reports of attempted dog stealing in the Redlands

Queensland Police have issued a warning about people posing as Council officers conducting dog surveys in an attempt to take dogs on their myPolice Wynnum blog.

Although there have been no reports of stolen dogs in the Wynnum Police District (which covers all of Redland City), we are keen for residents to be alert and to report any incidents of concern to Queensland Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

All Council staff carry identification and people should ask anyone claiming to be a Council officer to identify themselves.

If residents are unsure about the identity of anyone claiming to be a Council officer, they are encouraged to call us during business hours on 3829 8999.



Roadworks on East Coast Road, North Stradbroke Island: 23 May – 28 June

We will be undertaking roadworks along East Coast Road, North Stradbroke Island from Thursday 23 May until Friday 28 June.

From 6.30am-4.00pm, the road will be set up in a stop / go configuration with one lane open
and one lane closed. Expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

The works we are undertaking include the removal of high road shoulders, cleaning table
drains, cleaning the head walls and replacing guide posts as required.

For further information please ring 3829 8179.

$500,000 RDA funding announced for Russell Island Sport Clubhouse and Resilience Centre

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has expressed delight at today’s announcement of $500,000 funding towards the Russell Island Sports Clubhouse and Resilience Centre from the Commonwealth’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

“Our business plan for regional funding highlighted the strong national and regional importance of the Sport and Resilience Hub,” Cr Williams said.

“Estimated to cost $670,000, this facility will not only accommodate sporting and community groups, it will also serve as a disaster resilience centre for the prevention, preparation, response and recovery phases of a disaster event.

“This need was well highlighted to Redland City Council by the Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald storm event that greatly impacted the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) community over the Australia Day long weekend.

“We are extremely grateful for the funding support of the Australian Government and the strong application support provided by RDA Logan and Redlands Inc in supporting our funding bid.”

Mariae Crawshaw, Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands Inc, said that the application was assessed as a high regional priority and was strongly endorsed for consideration for Federal funding.


“We share the Mayor’s delight in celebrating this funding as a wonderful achievement for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and the wider regional community.”

Redland City Council Division 5 Councillor, Mark Edwards said the funding announcement was great news not just for Russell Island but for all the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

“This multi-purpose facility will serve the demonstrated sport, recreation, social and community needs of the Southern Moreton Bay Island communities of Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay and Russell Islands and those of neighbouring communities in Redlands, Logan and Southeast Queensland,” Cr Edwards said

“The SMBI will have a sporting complex they can call their own, their own clubhouse and the added advantage of its use as a resilience centre in times of need.

“The need for such a community centre was driven home to us during recent the resilience forums held on Russell and Macleay islands and, thanks to the stage one and two partnership between the three tiers of government, we will deliver facilities and a multi-purpose centre residents can be proud of.”

Cr Edwards said the proposed 543m² clubhouse would form the hub of the Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park.

“It has been innovatively designed to include a commercial kitchen and first-aid room and for dual use as a resilience training and evacuation centre, which maximises the output of the building,” he said.

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in January next year and be completed by December 2014 offering employment opportunities to local people during construction and through the establishment phases of the project.

The funding is in addition to state government funding commitment of $750,000 announced in 2010 and Council funding commitment of $1,307,554 towards the development of a large sportsfield and multi-purpose courts as part of stage one of the project.

Indigi Day Out – free family fun

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre will come to life next month with a variety of free entertainment as part of the annual Indigi Day Out festival.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual event would be held 1 and 2 June as part of World Environment Day and would incorporate the Folk Redlands Festival of Music.

“This year’s Indigi Day Out event will boast an exciting and entertaining program, including native animal displays, children’s activities and lively music performances in the beautiful setting of the IndigiScapes’ native botanic gardens – all free,” she said.

“This event attracts people from all over the south east and offers great day full of exciting activities that the whole family can enjoy. Last year’s event was attended by more than 4000 people.

Cr Williams said the event also delivered important conservation messages.

“This event is not just about fun and entertainment; it also carries a very important message in terms of environmental awareness. This includes being able to see a koala on Saturday from 11.30am to 1.30pm.”

Cr Williams said the Indigi Day Out program also included a number of workshops such as weaving with weeds, butterfly gardening and living with bats.

2013 Indigi Day Out event details:
Free event
When: 1 and 2 June 2013, 10am to 4pm
Where: Redlands Indigiscapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba.

A program is included on the IndigiScapes web site
For more information, phone IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Council warns of dog thieves

Redland City Council is warning residents that local dogs are apparently being targeted by thieves in the Redlands area.

Queensland Police have issued a warning about people posing as Council officers conducting dog surveys in an attempt to take dogs.

Council advises that all Council staff carry identification and people should ask anyone claiming to be a Council officer to identify themselves.

If residents are unsure about the identity of anyone claiming to be a Council officer they are encourage to call Council’s Customer Service during business hours on 3829 8999.

If anyone claiming to be a Council officer is unable to provide identity, residents are entitled to refuse entry.

The Wynnum District Police have reported the most recent incident yesterday of two men in hi-visibility vests posing as Redland City Council officers taking dogs from properties in the Birkdale and Alexandra hills area.

The Queensland Police warning also states that people have been throwing food over fences and whistling to get the dogs attention.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Anyone wanting information regarding Council’s animal management department can contact Council on 3829 8999.

Toondah prioritised for dynamic seaside precinct

Transforming the gateway to North Stradbroke Island from a basic ferry terminal and car park into a dynamic, seaside precinct was fast-tracked today when it was announced as a Priority Development Area (PDA).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams thanked Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney for today’s declaration of Toondah Harbour, Cleveland, as a PDA at a sold-out breakfast for business and investors.

“Redland City is poised to enter a new era of business and economic growth, with Toondah Harbour a key component in our strategy to drive investment and create new jobs,” Cr Williams said.

“Today’s announcement marks the coming of age of our City – creating new jobs for Redlanders, building enviable facilities, showcasing what we have to offer and a building a stronger local economy and community.

“It is one of only a small number of projects to gain the State Government’s support as a PDA in Queensland and is a key milestone in our Redlands – Open for Business and Investment campaign.”


Cr Williams said the development of the main transport link to North Stradbroke Island presented a unique opportunity for tourism, mixed-use development and community facilities at Toondah Harbour that would deliver a sustainable boost to the Redlands economy.

“The area is little more than a basic ferry terminal and car park at the moment but could be a dynamic and thriving area with a range of exciting marine activities, marina, attractive public spaces, boardwalks, cycling paths, parks, apartments, office spaces, restaurants, shops and a boutique hotel with conference facilities,” Cr Williams said.

“With a breath-taking view of the bay and islands, the area is wasted as a car park.

“I look forward to hearing from the community about what they would like and to hearing from potential investors about what they could do to transform this area into one where Redlanders and visitors can live, work and play.”

Cr Williams said Council had reduced red tape and streamlined processes to attract the right potential investors.

“This includes a Cleveland CBD Incentives Package that aims to attract new businesses into the heart of the City, particularly education, healthcare and tourist accommodation as well as commercial offices, apartments and recreational facilities such as cinemas, a convention centre and fitness centre.


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Councillor Craig Ogilvie at Toondah Harbour this morning

“Council is here to work with investors – provided their projects are sustainable and compatible – to make things happen.”

Cr Williams said Redland City had three distinct advantages over its neighbours: position, position, position.

“We are the jewel in the crown of South East Queensland and are expecting a population growth of more than 40,000 residents by 2031.

“This is the best place in Australia to live, work and visit – it is also the perfect place to consider investing.”

Cr Williams said Council also had an application with the State Government for Weinam Creek to become a PDA.

Redland City is the gateway to the magnificent Moreton Bay marine park, North Stradbroke and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Part of the Suncorp Bank Business Breakfast Series, today’s business breakfast at Cleveland was jointly hosted by Redland City Council, Redland City Chamber of Commerce and Straddie Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers Week chance to say ‘thanks a million’

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is asking residents to use Volunteers Week celebrations this week to say thanks to volunteers they know and to think about volunteering themselves.

Cr Williams said the ‘Thanks a Million’ message of this year’s Volunteers Week celebrations reflected the fact that over six million Australians, including thousands of Redlanders, volunteer annually.

“On behalf of the community I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers,” the Mayor said.

“Whether it is our children’s sports club, bush care groups or charity work and fundraising – without the efforts of volunteers, we would be much poorer as a community, both socially and economically.

“In fact, research released last year estimated the value of the work done by volunteers nationally was over $14 billion annually and the economic contribution over $200 billion a year – more than the mining industry!

“As was shown with the January storms this year, our highly awarded Redlands SES volunteers are constant and dedicated supporters of our community whenever disaster threatens.

“Redlands has been recognised twice as Queensland’s Most Sustainable City, in large part thanks to the volunteer contributions of our Redland bush care and IndigiScapes volunteers.

“This month’s ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ and the ‘Relay for Life’ cancer fundraising efforts this weekend at Norm Price Park-Redland Showground, would not happen without the volunteer efforts of dozens of selfless people.

“All these volunteers and the many others who donate their time throughout the year, do so without expectation of reward.

“So even if you don’t have the opportunity to volunteer this week, please take the opportunity to say thank you to someone you know who does.”

‘Going Public’ exhibition shines light on artists’ inner sanctum

A new exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland provides a fascinating insight into artists’ creative spaces.

Going Public, a photographic exhibition by Richard Nolan-Neylan runs from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 30 June, and brings the private space of featured artists’ studios and workshops into the public realm.

Curated by Jacqueline Armitstead, this exhibition plays with concepts of the ‘gaze’ while also broadening our understanding of the artist, their creative spaces and processes. Traditional roles are reversed with the artist becoming the ‘subject’ for the gallery viewer’s contemplation.

Prominent Queensland artists featured include June Tupicoff, Judy Watson, Deborah Porch, Lisa Adams, Richard Bell, Mona Ryder, Ian Smith, Donna Marcus and Laurie Nilson amongst others.

Redland City Council spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Innovation Cr Paul Bishop said the exhibition provided unique insights into the creative process.

“Beautiful art in its own right, this exhibition casts lights on how the creative process is different for every artist,” Cr Bishop said.

“From the paint splattered floors of Richard Bell’s studios to the roof-high collection of pots and pans in Donna Marcus’s studio, we gain a rare glimpse into what inspires them and how they bring their art to life.”

“In an exciting addition to this exhibition, Going Public is complemented by Going Local, new works by Richard Nolan-Neylan profiling Queensland artists with a strong connection to the Redlands and Moreton Bay region.”

Going Local will also be displayed in the Cleveland Gallery with featured artists including Belinda Close, Carl Warner, Julie Shepherd, Jack Oudyn, Lucinda Elliott, Sharon Jewell, Luke Roberts, Lyndal Hargrave and Michael Zavros.

To celebrate Going Public and Going Local, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will hold an official opening 11am Sunday 26 May.

RSVP acceptances by Thursday 23 May 2013 to RSVP line: (07) 3030 4163 or email:

Going Public and Going Local photographer Richard Nolan-Neylan will also hold a floor talk 12 noon on Wednesday 29 May 2013 to speak about works from the exhibition. No bookings required.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland and is open 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm on Sundays.

Richard Nolan-Neylan, Donna Marcus, Studio Portrait 2012, photographic print. Courtesy of the artist.

Richard Nolan-Neylan, Donna Marcus, Studio Portrait 2012, photographic print. Courtesy of the artist.