Monthly Archives: June 2013

Redlands Business Expo 2013

Do you own or operate a business in the Redlands? Get involved with the upcoming Redlands Business Expo 2013 – organised by Redland City Council in conjunction with local Redland and Straddie Chambers of Commerce.

Scheduled for 12 and 13 July at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre in Cleveland,
the expo presents great opportunities to increase your business’ public exposure, make connections in the business community and acquire valuable ideas and insights from successful local business operators.

It costs just $325 to become an exhibitor at the Redlands Business Expo 2013 and the benefits are many.

With registration you gain automatic access to the breakfast launch, where Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will officially open the expo, and a seat at the four business forums, presented by cutting edge professionals.

  • Mobile Marketing Business Forum – presenter Mark Jones has over 10 years digital business experience with News Limited and Fox Sports Australia and has developed his own award winning mobile products.
  • Managing for High Performance Business Forum – present Claire Harrison has twenty odd years human resources, workplace relations and workplace health and safety experience and these days works with SME’s to review and improve their businesses.
  • Social Media – Friend or Foe Business Forum – presenter Robyn Gunnis is locally recognized for creating the ‘Pink Pages’ business directory, and has held senior roles in the digital space of two media companies.
  • Managing Cash Flow Business Forum – as owner and operator of CPD Accountants, presenter Carmine DeCorso helps clients with strategic planning, business management, business succession, estate planning and self managed superannuation funds.

A family fun day on Saturday 13 July – complete with a food court, bouncy castle and rides, face painting, computer games and Old MacDonald’s Farm – is sure to bring the crowds and exposure to your business.

For information and to register for an exhibition booth visit, email or phone 3829 8507.

Council offers great school holiday activities

Redland City Council has a great range of holiday activities to keep school aged children busy over their winter break.

From enviro-adventures, to art, craft and dress-up days – our no or low cost activities for young children up to teenagers are very popular.

The Redlands IndigiScapes Centre hosts a number of exciting programs (mainly at the Capalaba centre) including:

  • Earth explorer – 25 June & 4 July
  • Bats at the Black Swamp – 26 June
  • Magpie Magic – 27 June
  • Bushwalking buddies – Pt Halloran Conservation Area on 28 June; Greater Glider Conservation Area on 3 July
  • Bushtucker tour and taste – 2 July
  • Creatures of the dark spotlight – 4 July
  • Weaving with weeds – 5 July

For IndigiScapes activities, bookings are essential and can be made at Redland City Council Cleveland or Capalaba Customer Service Centres, at IndigiScapes or by phoning 3824 8611. Children less than eight years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Redland Library activities on offer include:

  • School holiday story corner – 24 June at Capalaba Library
  • Fairy tale friends day out – 25 June at Victoria Point; 27 June at Capalaba Library
  • So you think you know books?(scavenger hunt) – 25 June at Cleveland; 27 June at Capalaba Library
  • Book worm softies (craft) – 26 June at Cleveland and Capalaba Library (booking required)
  • Beading – 28 June at Capalaba Library
  • Play clay morning – 1 July at Capalaba Library
  • Crafty stories – 2 July at Cleveland; 3 July at Victoria Point; 4 July at Capalaba Library
  • Ancient artifacts – 2 July at Victoria Point; 4 July at Capalaba Library (booking required).

Phone Young People’s Services on 3843 8031 or email for more information or to book. Note – bookings are only required for some library activities. Parents/guardians must remain with children for the duration of the activity.

Redland Art Gallery will host Cartoon Connections – a children’s exhibition showcasing artworks by local children (open until 14 August) and including a family morning tea event on 26 June.

Visit ‘Holiday activities’ for full details of all IndigiScapes, Redland Library and Redland Art Gallery activities.

Bookings are required for some activities with limited spaces – book now to avoid disappointment.

Last chance for free go cards for SMBI residents

A final round of free go cards will be available for pick up by Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) residents next week.

To help SMBI residents get ready for the 1 July switchover to the TransLink go card ticketing system, complimentary cards with a $10 travel credit can be picked up from Bay Island Community Services (BICS) premises on Macleay and Russell Islands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that there were still cards left over from the two Countdown to TransLink community events held on the islands last week.

“This is a great opportunity for residents who are yet to have a go card to head along and get a free card,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has worked with Bay Island Community Services (BICS) to arrange a final distribution of the free cards for island residents who could not make it to the community events last week.

“Bay Island Community Services has kindly agreed to distribute the rest of the go cards – available for adults, children, seniors and concession card holders – on Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June from 10am to 2pm.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said those interested in securing a complimentary go card should take advantage of next week’s give-away, as there would be no more free cards available after this time.

“It is important people take up the offer between 10am and 2pm on the nominated days,” Cr Edwards said.

As part of the giveaway it is a requirement that all cards are registered and those who’ve previously received a free card – or who already own a pre-registered card – will be ineligible to get another go card.

SMBI Island residents can pick up their free go cards from:
Bay Island Community Services
55 Jackson Road
Russell Island

Bay Island Community Services
Cnr Southsea Terrace and High Central Road
(co-located with Council’s community hall)
Macleay Island

Go cards are also available for purchase from the Redland Bay Ticket Office at Weinam Creek Marina, Russell Island News, Macleay Island Post Office and Redland Bay News.

Cartoons connect kids with their community

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will host a ‘gallery-grown’ exhibition of local children’s artworks from Tuesday 11 June – Wednesday 14 August 2013.

Cartoon Connection: Art by Kids 4 Kids showcases comics created by children at the Redland Art Gallery during recent school holiday workshops.

Under the guidance of professional artists, local children took part in Kids’ APT7 on Tour, a program of activities developed by contemporary Australian, Asian and Pacific artists in conjunction with The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Redland City Council spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Innovation Cr Paul Bishop said the exhibition connected local children to their creativity and how art can communicate their thoughts and dreams.

“It was wonderful to see families and children visiting Redland Art Gallery, taking part in the Kids’ APT7 on Tour cartoon workshops and having a great time last school holidays,” Cr Bishop said.

“The artwork from those workshops will now be proudly displayed at our Capalaba Gallery, allowing local kids to share their stories with the community in a new way with the new art styles and techniques they have learned.”

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will also host a free morning tea 11am Wednesday 26 June 2013 for families to view Cartoon Connection, take part in exhibition drop-in activities and enjoy some refreshments.

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba is located at Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba.

Opening hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8.30am-5pm
  • Wednesday 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 8.30am-7.30pm
  • Saturday 9am-4pm.

For more information, contact Redland Art Gallery on 3829 8899.

Sarah Armstrong, aged 9, The Crazy One 2013, felt pen on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Sarah Armstrong, aged 9, The Crazy One 2013, felt pen on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Countdown to TransLink is go

Please note the address for the Russell Island Translink Information session is the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island and will be held again on Saturday, June 15, from 2pm- 4pm.


The countdown is well and truly on, with the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) passenger ferry services set to join TransLink’s integrated public transport network on July 1.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams and Member for Redlands for Peter Dowling encouraged island residents to get themselves ready for the upcoming integration by attending the ‘Countdown to TransLink’ community events being held on the islands this Friday and Saturday (June 14-15).

“We want to make sure SMBI residents are onboard and ready to reap the benefits of go card from July 1,” Councillor Williams said.

“go card will enable islanders to make substantial weekly and yearly savings on their transport costs, and we’ve invited TransLink to come out this Friday (June 14) on Macleay Island and Saturday (June 15) on Russell Island and explain more of the features of their system to residents.

“To help make sure SMBI is go ready on July 1, TransLink has donated 3,750 adult, child, senior and concession go cards for distribution to island residents at the community events.

”I would like to thank TransLink for responding to my request for this concession. This generous offer will directly benefit so many islanders.

“So islanders can receive a go card that is correct for them, they will need to show the necessary identification with proof address and valid concession cards (if applicable). A limit of one card person will apply.”

TransLink Deputy Director-General Matt Longland said the SMBI integration was the first major extension of TransLink’s network since it was formed in 2008.

“Our move into the Southern Moreton Bay islands is a major milestone for TransLink and for the local community,” Mr Longland said.

“For some time now SMBI residents have been asking about becoming part of the TransLink network, and we’ve been busy doing all the behind-the-scenes work to make it happen on July 1.”

Mr Dowling said he encouraged everyone to take the opportunity to attend the community events.

“The community events will be an opportunity for islanders to get more information about using go card, find out which bus routes is right for them and to learn where SMBI sits in TransLink’s broader public transport network throughout South East Queensland,” Mr Dowling said.

“Once SMBI is on our network, islanders will be able to enjoy the convenience and ease of go card which removes the need for carrying around cash.

“Not only are fares on go card cheaper than current ticketing products, customers with go card are also entitled to free travel initiatives such as ‘9+Free’ and ‘1,2, Free.’”

Redland City Council and TransLink’s ‘Countdown to TransLink’ community events will be held at the Macleay Island Community Hall on Friday, June 14 from 11am-1pm and the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island, on Saturday, June 15, from 2pm-4pm.

For information on the community events phone Redland City Council on 3829 8726.

For public transport and go card information visit the TransLink website,, or phone 13 12 30, anytime.

Message from the Mayor – June 2013

The people of Australia go to the polls on September 14 to elect the Australian Government. They will also vote the same day in a referendum that will have lasting impacts for councils across the nation.

The referendum – the 45th since Federation – seeks to amend the Australian Constitution to formally recognise Local Government. Australia’s system of government has three levels – National, State and Local Government, but the Constitution does not acknowledge this fact.

The referendum will ask Australians to agree to amend Section 96 of the Constitution. A majority “yes’ vote from the people and the states would be a rightful acknowledgement that Local Government is a fundamental part of governmental structure.

Local Government is the level of government closest to the people. It is certainly the level of government that delivers the amenity of our suburbs and in many ways the lifestyle of our city.

It delivers essential services such as garbage collection through to festivals, to delivering on the life and colour of our city.

For many years the Federal Government has been making direct grants to Councils. These funding programs are now under threat.

During the Howard years the Federal Government established the `Roads to Recovery Program’, which gave direct grants to Councils for road projects.

The Federal Government also provides funding to Councils for `blackspot’ road safety upgrades.

Over the years, Federal grants have either wholly or partly funded dozens of infrastructure upgrades in the Redlands to the tune of millions of dollars. These projects include:

•           Smith Street Cleveland upgrade

•           Finucane Road upgrade

•           Upgrade of Wellington Point Reserve

•           Upgrade of Capalaba Regional Park

•           Upgrade of Victoria Point Reserve

•           Upgrade of Cleveland Point Reserve

•           Fitness Activity Stations in multiple Redlands parks

•           Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park

•           Point Lookout Hall

•           North Stradbroke Island Gorge Walk

These projects provide not just much-needed infrastructure for our community but also generate local jobs.

If we do not have funding certainty many programs could be lost, or have to be funded from other sources – such as council rates.

This referendum is about one simple thing – certainty of funding for local government.

It will not change the relationship that Councils have with State Governments.

Councils will still be accountable to the State Government in terms of reporting.

The State Government retains the powers to sack a Council that is not being financially responsible. The State also has the power to undertake the amalgamation of Councils and will review and give final approval to Council laws.

The Referendum is supported by the Australian Government, the Coalition, the Greens and the Independents. It is supported by councils across Australia

I urge you to support the recognition of Local Government in the Constitution by voting YES.

Horizon Foundation to provide programs for people with disabilities

The Capalaba-based Horizon Foundation Inc. will take over the delivery of Redland City Council’s Step Forward and Choices programs for people with a disability from July 1, 2013.

Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Tracy Davis has advised approval of Community Care funding for the Horizon Foundation Inc  to deliver programs  that support people 18 years and older with a disability.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted that the highly respected Redlands- based Horizon Foundation would take over the services.

“These important Step Forward and Choices programs provide an extremely high level of care and support for participants, including opportunities for social interaction as well as valuable respite and quality time for their parents and carers,” Cr Williams said.

Horizon Foundation Chief Executive Officer Joe Gamblin said Horizon was very proud to take up the delivery of the Step Forward and Choices Program from 1, July 2013.

“It is an excellent fit for us to provide quality services for people with disabilities and their carers’ and a natural extension of our current services and long term goals,” Mr Gamblin said.

“We especially appreciate the opportunity to work alongside Council, ensuring a smooth transition and continuing the excellent service they have provided.”

Horizon Manager Hilary Maloney said she was looking forward to working with the existing staff of the service to deliver great programs for clients.

“Horizon has been progressively increasing the range of services it provides not only in the Redlands, but throughout Queensland, through a unique partnership model with other organisations,” Ms Maloney said.

“Each year over 1,700 people receive a service from Horizon and these numbers are expected to grow significantly as a result of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)”.

All Council-funded staff currently employed under the Step Forward and Choices programs have been advised of the transition. The majority of staff have taken up offers of employment with Horizon.

The Horizon Foundation was established over 30 years ago. It has received an Australia Day Award for Community Service and has been listed in BRW’s ‘Top 50 Great places to work’.

Chilly challenge for Mayor and CEO

REDLAND City Mayor Karen Williams and CEO Bill Lyon are set to jump into bed with some of Queensland’s biggest movers and shakers – but the arrangement is nowhere near as cozy as it may seem.

In fact, it’s almost enough to send chills up (and down) your spine!

The pair will be among 180 business and government executives braving the freezing winter elements and “sleeping rough” at Southbank as part of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout on June 20.

But if they think spending the night with a piece of cardboard, a beanie and a cup of soup for just one night will be a breeze, wait until the until the mercury drops into the single figures – on the longest night of the year!

The CEO Sleepout is just a temporary dose of the challenges faced by more than 100,000 Australians on any given night this winter. Just under half of these people will be women, and a quarter will be aged under 18 years.

Cr Williams said exact numbers for Redlands were difficult to gauge but the latest statistics suggested more than 1000 people in the City fitted the “disadvantaged” socio-economic profile.

“Not all of these people sleep rough every night,” she said. “Homelessness covers a broad range of circumstances for people facing difficulties finding shelter.

“Some squat in derelict buildings, some sleep in their cars and others will move from one form of temporary accommodation to another.

“Others commonly ‘couch surf’ at the homes of family and friends.”

Adding to the complexity of estimating accurate homelessness in the Redlands are “housing stress” such as supply, prices, median rents and comparatively lower incomes. Statistics gleaned from the Census and a series of homeless studies suggest this is particularly an issue for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

The research also factors in people living in boarding houses and caravan parks without the security of a long term lease, who are considered to be “at risk of homelessness”.



Council CEO Bill Lyon said that because the CEO Sleepout was for just one night, residents could raise the stakes to help raise the fundraising bar.

“If you don’t think sleeping rough is challenge enough, you can put some skin the game with a pledge or donation that matches your challenge or dare,” he said.

One of the ideas pitched to raise extra funds include daring both the Mayor and CEO to wear matching onesies, the one-piece unisex phenomenon which has quickly secured its place in adult sleepwear’s trend-setting stakes. This has since evolved into the CEO dressing as Simba the Lion King or, alternatively, as Kimba the White Lion.

Others include challenging Cr Williams to sing the chicken dance song, or for both to read children’s bedtime stories to be shared worldwide via Facebook and YouTube.

Visit Council’s website, to see some of the challenges to date, to issue your own creative challenge or to make a donation to such a great cause.

  • The CEO Sleepout aims to both raise to help homeless people and raise awareness of homelessness. The target for 2013 is $1 million. The Sleepout will be held in every Australian capital city on June 20 – in Brisbane at The Courier-Mail Piazza, Southbank.
  • Mayor Karen WIlliams and CEO, Bill Lyon

    Mayor Karen WIlliams and CEO, Bill Lyon

Footbridge replacement works at Capalaba

We are replacing the damaged footbridge located under Moreton Bay Road, Capalaba which links Capalaba Regional Park to Killarney Crescent.

The replacement works will start on Monday 17 June and will take approximately one month, weather permitting.

During this time the area will be closed to the public and there will be no alternative access at this location.

For further information please contact 3829 8352.



Support our Mayor and CEO in the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Support Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Redland City Council CEO Bill Lyon to raise money for the homeless in the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Thursday 20 June

Raise the stakes and give them a dare – put some skin in the game by pledging a donation that matches your dare.


There are more than 100,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night of the year. Just under half of these are women and a quarter are under the age of 18.

The Redlands is not immune from homelessness with people sleeping rough and couch surfing.

Our Mayor and CEO will be donning their pyjamas or perhaps something else you dare them to wear on Thursday 20 June to join other business leaders to raise awareness and important funds in support of essential homeless services across the country.

Donate and support our city leaders

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams

Redland City Council CEO Bill Lyon

If sleeping rough is not challenge enough you can up the stakes and give the Mayor and CEO a dare.

  • Want the Mayor to sing our city a lullaby via youtube?
  • Should they wear matching Onesies?

These are some of the challenges we’ve received so far. The Mayor and CEO will choose your best ideas, which will be filmed and posted on Facebook and Youtube so great creative!

Mayor Karen Williams honoured a "Dare the Mayor" challenge from Redlands OnTrack Running Group as part of the CEO Sleepout campaign.

Mayor Karen Williams honoured a “Dare the Mayor” challenge from Redlands OnTrack Running Group as part of the CEO Sleepout campaign.