Monthly Archives: October 2013

“Get Ready” social media competition

How ready is your family for emergencies?

Show us how ready you are and you could win one of five emergency kits valued at $80 each!

3 different ways to enter

1) Tell us what you’ve done to Get Ready by commenting on our Facebook page
2) Show us what you’ve done to Get Ready by sharing a photo on our Facebook page
3) Follow and share a photo with us on Twitter or Instagram using the words “We’re ready in [your suburb]” and the hashtag #getreadyqld

For ideas on how to Get Ready, visit the Get Ready Queensland website.

Competition closes Friday 25 October, entrants must live in the Redlands. Full terms and conditions are below.

Get Ready Queensland – If you do a little, we all accomplish a lot.

26445679 winter puppy raincoat
1. The Promoter of the Get Ready social media win an emergency kit competition (“the Competition”) is ABN 86 058 929 428 (“RCC”) of 91-93 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, Queensland.
2. The Terms and Conditions of the Competition must be accepted in order to be eligible to win the Prize.
3. Entry is open to Redland City Council residents who comply with these Terms and Conditions.
4. The Competition will commence on Thursday 17 October, 2013 at 4pm and conclude on, Friday 25 October, 2013 at 4pm (“the Competition Period”).
5. To be eligible entrants must submit their photo using Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on the official Redland City Council pages using the hashtag #getreadyqld. Entrants will be subject to the terms and conditions of use of the above mentioned social media channels and will need to hold their own social media account/s.
6. Entrants must be 12 years of age or older to enter the competition.
7. Entrants over the age of 12 and under the age of 18 must obtain the prior permission of a parent or guardian over the age of 18 to enter.
8. Entrants must be residents of Redland City Council area and must provide a valid residential address at time of entry.
9. All registrations must be received by Friday 25 October, 2013 at 3:59pm. RCC accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected registrations including details registered but not received by RCC or delays in the delivery of the information due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.
10. All entrants who are eligible under the terms and conditions of the competition will be automatically entered into the competition draw.
11. The 5 individuals that have completed the registration process as specified in clause 5 and who are selected through skill at the end of the Competition Period will be the winners of the Competition (“the Winners”).
12. The selection of the Winners from eligible entrants will take place at Redland City Council, 91-93 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, Queensland at 10am on Monday 28 October 2013.
13. RCC will provide the following prize to each Winners:
a. 1 x emergency kit valued at $80 each
14. The Prize is not redeemable for cash.
15. Eligible entrants may enter the competition more than once; however they cannot win more than one prize.
16. RCC reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of RCC, includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Competition Terms and Conditions or who has, in the opinion of RCC, engaged in conduct in entering the Competition which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the Competition and/or RCC. RCC reserves the right to disqualify a Winner if RCC becomes aware that the Winner and/or the Winner’s entry is of a type described in this clause.
17. The cost of accessing the promotional website and social media channels will be dependent on the participant’s individual Internet Service Provider.
18. The Winners will be notified by the email or social media account provided in their entry by 5pm Monday 28 October, 2013.
19. The Winners only will be notified.
20. Photo entries posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may be shared across other social media and digital platforms by Redland City Council.
21. RCC’s decision is final and it will not enter into correspondence regarding the Competition results.
22. Should an entrant’s contact details change during the Competition Period, it is the entrant’s responsibility to notify RCC. A request to access or modify any information provided in an entry should be directed to RCC at
23. RCC shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any prize/s except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. RCC is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, either for any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in this competition, or for any technical error, or any combination thereof that may occur in the course of the administration of this competition including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, network failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to or alteration of entries.
24. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any causes beyond the control of RCC, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, RCC reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, subject to any direction given under State Regulation.
25. Applicants’ personal information (if any) will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the RCC Privacy Policy (a copy of which is available at to enable RCC to administer and promote this Competition . Entrants may contact RCC at to request access to any of the collected personal information that is held. If an Applicant does not truthfully provide all requested personal information, RCC may determine that they are not eligible to receive the prizes in this Competition.

‘MP to raise quarry issue with Seeney’ – Bayside Bulletin, 15 October

Redland City Council has rejected comments reported in today’s Bayside Bulletin regarding its Barro quarry decision.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would have welcomed a right of reply to the article which makes a number of wrong assertions about Council’s position.

“Despite assertions that Council rejected the proposal to ‘avoid the political heat’; Council has clearly rejected the quarry proposal based on assessment of the impacts.

“We have acknowledged it is not an easy matter with competing views, but certainly Council has encouraged a decision made on its merits – as opposed to a political vote winning decision,” Cr Williams said.

‘‘The merits of the Council decision is evidenced by the Minister calling in the decision and acknowledging the State interest and competing Regulatory State controls for protecting the State resources and preserving the environment.

“In view of the clear rejection of the proposal by Council, there is little relevance in the reported comment that ‘the conditions in the council officer recommendation to grant the extension were odd, very light weight and very ordinary.’

“The proposed conditions put forward by Council officers were limited to matters under Council’s jurisdiction, which principally adopted the State referral agencies conditions as the regulatory authority for environmental impacts; environmental authorities (ERA 8, 16 & 21) and the State controlled road.

Council has made its unconditional concerns known through its formal decision and in separate correspondence to the Deputy Premier.

“The grounds for rejection included planning scheme conflicts, conflicts with existing residential and commercial activities and environmental concerns such as noise impacts.

“The concerns raised by Council reflected those raised in over 1,200 properly made submissions and the relative significance of the proposed Quarry.

“This is not reflected in the paper’s article.

“The proposed quarry as a State regulated resource, would be over four times the size of the Cleveland showgrounds constructed within approximately 150 metres of residential properties, involving up to 280 truck movements per day and operating 6 days per week between at least 6:30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

“The specific concerns raised by Council included the following:

  • The proposed extension is actually a new quarry, extracting new material from a different location on the site, with a significantly greater scale than the existing quarry.
  • The proposed development is not consistent with the reasonable expectations of the local community, because the proposal is for a completely separate quarry which is of a significant scale and will operate in close proximity to adjoining rural residential properties.
  •  The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the new quarry can be constructed and operated in such a manner as to protect the amenity of the surrounding sensitive receptors.
  • The applicant has failed to adequately define and apply suitable noise criteria to assess protection of amenity for the surrounding sensitive receptors.
  • The proposal will not maintain or enhance the rural residential amenity of the surrounding area through the minimisation of environmental nuisance occurring through the operation and construction of the quarry.
  • The proposal adversely impacts on and limits the future enhancement of the surrounding economic tourism opportunities.
  • A large number of submissions have been received objecting to the proposal, which raise valid planning grounds.
  • The proposed development is in conflict with the following provisions of the Redlands Planning Scheme:
    • Part 3.1.4, Desired Environmental Outcome No. 3 – Community Health and Wellbeing;
    • Part 3.1.7, Desired Environmental Outcome No. 6 – Economic Development;
    • Overall Outcomes 2(a)(i) and 2(c) for the Rural Non-Urban Zone;
    • Overall Outcome 2(a)(iv) for the Extractive Industry Code; and
    • Specific Outcomes S2.1 to S2.4 of the Extractive Industry Code.
  • There are not sufficient grounds to warrant approval of the proposed development having regarding to the nature and extent of the conflict with the Redlands Planning Scheme.

“The article also quotes comment that the proposed Council infrastructure charges on Barro ‘were only $400,000 to maintain the roads’.

“In fact, Council did not require a contribution of $400,000 to maintain the roads. This contribution was regulated and imposed by the State Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“The article further quotes comments that the rejected Council officer report failed to mention conditions to contain fire ants to the area and glossed over air quality reports.

“This is incorrect. Fire ant provisions were part of the Council report of June 5, 2013.

“While noise and air quality regulation is a matter for the State Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, noise impacts were specifically mentioned in Council’s resolution rejecting the Barro application.”

This could save your life

Two information booklets which could save your life will be distributed in the Redlands by volunteers on Saturday 26 October.

On the back of Get Ready Queensland Week (Oct 14-18) the booklets are being circulated as part of Redland City Council’s efforts to ensure residents are ready for bushfire and storm season.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who is Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, urged Redlanders to get a copy of the guides and follow the recommendations.

“In partnership with Council, the Australian Red Cross’s emergency REDiPlan and state Department of Community Safety’s Bushfire Survival Plan will be distributed to homeowners in high-risk areas and available at mainland and Moreton Bay island shopping precincts and dropped-off,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Red Cross is coordinating the distribution with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which will have 100 teams handing out copies as part of their annual Helping  Hands volunteer community service day on 26 October.’’

The distribution follows Get Ready Day on October 20, when all Queenslanders will be urged to ensure they are ready for storm season.

Cr Williams said the community could be confident that Council and emergency services were taking all the necessary precautionary steps to deal with potential disasters such as severe storms and bushfires.

But she said it was imperative residents were also well prepared for dealing with an emergency.

“I strongly encourage residents to read these emergency plans and then share them with their family and neighbours,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This is a first not only for the Redlands but for Queensland. This is the Redlands leading the way in helping residents prepare for such events.

“It is not simply about ticking boxes but providing tangible help backed by a pro-active Council disaster management team which, in conjunction with emergency services, has developed specialised plans for all communities within the Redlands.’’

Cr Williams said the volunteers, who would be wearing Get Ready identification tags, were available to help explain how to use the guides.

“Homes in suburbs of greater risk from severe storms or bushfires, such as those along the bay and fringing bush land, will be particularly targeted,’’ Cr Williams said.
Red Cross Queensland Emergency Services Manager Carolyn Parsons said that making or updating an emergency plan not only enabled people to look after themselves during a disaster but also helped them get back on their feet more quickly.

“Don’t forget to include items of personal value in your emergency plan,’’ Ms Parsons said.

“Our experience is that people who lose items precious to them can often take longer to recover from a disaster. The loss of these objects can be as traumatic as coping with the disaster.

“Basic things such as understanding the hazards that might affect you, having an emergency plan which identifies irreplaceable and precious items, knowing who lives nearby and getting your insurance up to date can make all the difference and minimise the disruption caused by emergencies.’’

Find out more by logging on to Redland City Council’s Disaster Hub by going to, clicking on “About Redlands”, then “Disaster Management”; or by going to the Get Ready Queensland website

Join the bargain hunt

Redlanders who sign up for the national Garage Sale Trail on 26 October may spot a familiar face among the bargain hunters.

Logie-nominated screen and stage actor Paul Bishop, aka Sergeant Ben Stewart of the long-running hit police drama Blue Heelers and now Redland City Council’s Division 10 representative, can’t wait to hit the trail.

“I will certainly be garage ‘sale-ing’ on the day … it’s like a local version of eBay except you get to meet the buyers and sellers and check the quality of the stuff in advance,’’ the self-confessed  bargain lover said.

“Every garage sale is like a home shop full of second-hand goodies and the best part is that local people meet one another, share ideas, share stories and share their stuff.

“It can make money for some, save money for others and really make a difference to our waste stream by recycling unwanted clutter that others may prize. And it’s also great for the local economy. Money flows but value stays in our own area.

“I found this red lounge at a local garage sale and it was only $200 … bargain!’’ 


As Redland City Council’s Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesperson, Cr Bishop has urged residents to dust the cobwebs off unwanted, pre-loved items and be part of the Garage Sale Trail.

He said the community event with a difference, which was open to anyone from individuals to community groups, was also a great opportunity to reduce waste while raising money either for themselves or a good cause.

“Residents can make some cash from unwanted possessions, while community groups, schools and charities can join the event to raise much-needed funds,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“All you need to do is log onto the Garage Sale Trail website and register, so potential buyers know where to find the bargains.

“Buyers can also use the website to create their own treasure trail to follow.”

This is the first year Redland City Council has signed up for the event, which is now backed by 110 other councils across Australia.

 “Council has already registered a number of garage sales and registrations are completely free,’’ Cr Bishop said.

For more information, go to

Game on for the opening of the Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park

The Southern Moreton Bay Community will be home to a multi-million-dollar sporting facility with the Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park opening on Thursday (17 October).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who will officially open the $2 million first stage of the facility, said the site boasts a number of sporting fields for the community.

“This much needed community resource is fantastic news for the whole Southern Moreton Bay Island community,” she said.

“It will create a social hub that encourages healthy activity and fosters community networks by providing for a wide range of interests.

“It boasts a number of sporting fields catering for a range of football codes, four multipurpose tennis courts with markings to accommodate two netball and two basketball courts and lighting to allow night time use.

“Thanks to the free inter-island transport available to all SMBI residents through TransLink services, all bay island residents will be able to enjoy this fantastic facility.”

Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (Division 5) Mark Edwards said the sport and recreation park would enrich the whole community and complement existing community infrastructure.

“This facility services all SMBI islands and supports existing community infrastructure including the public swimming pool, community garden, multipurpose hall and local schools,” he said.

“The site will become a home for local sport, recreation and community groups to train and compete, as well as being the central venue for community events and gatherings.

“This will help enhance the already strong sense of community of the SMBIs and promote positive behaviour and a safe environment for all.”

Stage one of the sport and recreation park was co-funded by Council and State Government and Cr Williams and Cr Edwards will be joined by Melanie Rodrigues, State Government Sport and Recreation Director of Infrastructure Planning and Development for the official opening.

Cr Edwards said construction on the second stage of the project, to be co-funded by Council and the Federal Government, would commence in early 2014.

“The project will include the construction of a clubhouse and amenities block, which will also function as a resilience training centre and evacuation and recovery facility for the islands in the event of a disaster,” he said.

“In addition to the enormous social and physical benefits, the completion of stage two will provide significant economic and employment benefits to the SMBI and wider Redlands community.”

Event details:
The official opening will commence at 3pm with the Mayor and State Government representatives unveiling a commemorative plaque.

A range of sporting activities will then be held from 3.45 – 5pm including a Tennis Queensland ‘Hot Shots’ clinic and community tennis session, a junior soccer game, netball and rugby league activities. All children and residents are welcome to attend.

Location:         Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park
23 Nicholas Street
Russell Island

International investors eye the Redlands

Redland City is wooing international investors with a delegation of Chinese businessmen visiting this week to discuss potential investment opportunities.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the visit included a Beijing-based investor and came on the back of her recent business mission to Asia.

“While I was in Asia I spoke with a number of people about potential investment opportunities in the Redlands, including our two Priority Development Area projects,” she said.

“It is fantastic to see that these discussions have had an immediate impact with an investor and his business associates I met in Beijing visiting the Redlands less than a week after my return.

“During the visit, which occurred on Wednesday 9 October, the investor explored Cleveland and the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area, Weinam Creek PDA and showed an interest in other potential development sites within our city.

“The group also inspected Redlands’ marine facilities with a view to potential export of marine expertise to China.

“The visitors were very impressed with the potential for investment and further discussions are expected to occur in the near future.”


Cr Williams said a second international investor would also visit Redland City in the next week to investigate potential opportunities, showing the city’s Open for Business policy was on track.

“In addition to our two PDAs at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, there are also a number of residential developments that are attractive to both Australian and international investors,” she said.

“We are also seeing some exciting opportunities in the Cleveland CBD with two key buildings being bought by investors recently, indicating a growing confidence in the city.

“The combination of all of this investment and development activity shows that the Redlands is again punching above its weight in terms of investment activity.”

Cr Williams said the recent interest complemented a number of initiatives launched by Council to generate investment, including a new website designed to woo investors,

Koalas are counting on you!

Helping the Redlands koalas is as easy as reporting sightings during the Koala Action Group’s annual koala count-a-thon on 19-20 October.

During the weekend event, supported by Redland City Council, locals and visitors are urged to report all sightings in a bid to protect our koala population.

Council environment spokesman Paul Gleeson (Division 9) urged families to make the count-a-thon a fun family activity.

“It’s a rewarding way to help us protect these special Redlanders. You can start by looking for them in your own backyard and street trees, or make a day of it and explore our bush land and parks,’’ Cr Gleeson said.

“Kids will really enjoy trying to spot koalas in the trees – and it’s not just eucalypts, check out all the trees, especially if it’s hot as they like to find somewhere nice and shady!
“The more people who join in, the better we will be able to help our koalas.’’
Koala Action Group president Debbie Pointing said the information was critical in helping to protect local koala populations.

“Participants will be asked for the exact location of the koala, whether it looks healthy, the type of tree it is in (eucalypt or other) and whether they can identify the sex,’’ she said.
There is a range of options to log your sightings over the Count-a-thon weekend, including a new Koala Action Group online map. You can:
• Phone 3820 1103 from 8am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 October.
• Post a sighting at;
• Log it on the map at; or
• Email

According  to the Koala Action group, successful koala spotting starts with learning more about a koala’s favourite trees, looking for scratching on tree trunks and noticing droppings on the ground around tree bases.
Koala sightings can be logged on the Koala Action Group’s online map all year round.

Free film fun for the whole family

With the news that Angelina Jolie will film parts of her next blockbuster Unbroken in the Redlands, Redland City Council is hosting a free family movie night featuring another Angelina film.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Shark Tale, an animated film featuring Angelina Jolie as the voice of Lola, would be screened in Raby Bay Harbour Park on Saturday 19 October.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get into the Angelina spirit while at the same time enjoying a great night out with the family,” she said.

“Rated G, the film is ideal for the whole family and in addition to Angelina features stars Will Smith and Renee Zellweger, voicing other characters.

“The free film will be screened under the stars on Queensland’s largest LED and highest definition screen.  We are combining a great film with a great location.”

Cr Williams said the free Council event supported Council’s vision of providing fun, family oriented activities for locals and visitors.

“Bring a picnic, blanket and chair and enjoy a night of big screen entertainment,” she said.

“The popular Twilight Makers Market will also be held on the night, providing even more activity for residents to enjoy.

“There are also plenty of fantastic restaurants and eateries at Raby Bay and Cleveland for residents to take their families before or after the movie.”

When: 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Saturday 19 October

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, corner of Harbour View Court and Shore Street West, Cleveland (near Cleveland train station).

Cost: FREE

Movie: Shark Tale, to be screened on a 10.5m x 4.5m (48 square metres), the largest LED and highest definition screen in Queensland.

Film synopsis

Shark Tale is a computer generated animation (rated G) that features Angelina Jolie as the character voice of Lola, a slinky and seductive Dragon Fish who lures the fast-talking Oscar (Will Smith) away from his regular date Angie (Renee Zellweger).

Redlands libraries offer a literary triple treat

Redland libraries are offering a trio of free literary treats next week.

Redland City Council spokesman for Arts, Culture and Innovation Paul Bishop said the three events were part of council’s busy Authors in Action program and highlighted the
Redlands’ status as a vibrant regional cultural centre.

“On October 15, residents can hear inspirational best-selling author Susan Duncan talk about her writing career and latest book Gone Fishing – the sequel to The Briny Café,” Cr Bishop said.

“This is a heart-warming novel about taking a stand against all the odds. Join Susan at the Cleveland library from 11am–12pm. Bookings can be made by calling 3829 8770.

“On 16 October, you can join celebrated Brisbane author Nick Earls and illustrator Terry Whidborne at Victoria Point library from 1pm-2pm for a look at the War of the Word Hunters, the third book in a mysterious, action-packed series for the word nerd in us all.

“Award-winning Earls is the author of 13 books, including five novels with teenage central characters. Whidborne is recognised as one of Brisbane’s leading award-winning art directors. Bookings can be made by calling 3884 4011.

“Then on October 19, you can get a taste of madcap adventure with steam punk authors Lynne Lumsden Green and Ged Maybury from 1.30pm–3pm at Capalaba Library.

“These colourful characters will talk about the history of the genre, the sub-culture, other Australian steam punk authors and their own works. Bookings on 3843 8010.”


Cr Bishop said these were exciting opportunities to get to know the writers behind the stories.

“It is great for the Redlands that local rising stars as well as some big-name authors use our libraries to connect with local readers,’’ he said.

“Events such as this demonstrate how our libraries are continuing to add value to our community.

“Having direct access to best-selling authors is just another reason to visit your local library.”

Cat registrations remain

Redlanders will continue to be required to register their cats after Council recently voted to retain compulsory cat registrations in the interests of the environment and the community.

The Council decision follows the State Government’s announcement it would repeal sections of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, removing mandatory state-wide cat registrations and leaving it up to councils to decide whether to pass local laws requiring cats to be registered.

Animal Management spokesperson Cr Wendy Boglary said the current cat registration requirements would continue to apply for up to 12 months while Council considered the matter as part of its wider Local Laws review.

“While there is little doubt pets contribute to our quality of life, the needs of pet owners need to be balanced with the rights of the whole community,” she said.

“This Council decision is about supporting responsible pet ownership while ensuring the environment is protected from any potential negative impacts cats may bring.

“Stray cats are a significant environmental issue and each year Council has to deal with about 130 complaints relating to cats straying onto neighbouring properties, creating a nuisance and attacking wildlife.”

Cr Boglary said Council worked hard to make sure pet registration was affordable and offered reduced fees for de-sexed and micro-chipped pets as an incentive for pet owners.

“Continuing the need for cat registration and offering reduced fees for de-sexed and micro-chipped pets promotes responsible pet ownership and helps us continue to protect our natural environment,” she said.

“Registration and micro-chipping also means loved pets can swiftly be reunited with their owners should they become lost or have been impounded.

Current Cat Registration in Redlands
Current registration fees are: 3-6 month old cat  $38.10
3-6 month old cat (micro chipped)  $27.80
De-sexed cat  $38.10
De-sexed cat (micro chipped)  $27.80
Entire cat over 6 months  $72.10
Entire cat over 6 months (micro chipped)  $61.80