Monthly Archives: October 2013

Island residents encouraged to swap weeds for native plants


It’s time to dig out those weeds, and exchange them for native plants that love the islands as much as we do.

Redland City Council’s IndigiScapes environmental education centre is running its popular Bay Islands ‘Trees for Weeds’ Day on Saturday 19 October between 8.30am and 10.30am at Coochiemudlo Island jetty and Macleay Island Progress Hall.

Environment spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said people could swap shopping bags of weeds for up to five plants at the two island events.

“This is a good time to help rid the islands of invasive weeds that are bad for the environment, and learn more about native plants that nurture local habitats and wildlife,” he said.

“All weeds are welcome but this year we are targeting two particularly bad plants, Crab’s Eye Vine and Singapore Daisy. You’re probably familiar with them both because they’re all over the place.”

Divisional Councillor for Coochiemudlo Island (Division 4) Cr Lance Hewlett said Singapore Daisy was a declared Class 3 plant pest that even smothered plants growing in sand.

“This weed gives new meaning to the term ‘ground cover’. It spreads rapidly and is difficult to control. It’s easy to spot with its bright yellow daisy flowers and glossy green leaves,” he said.

“Crab’s Eye Vine also started out as a garden ornamental. It’s a climber with small red poisonous berries that scrambles over everything in its path.”

Division 5 Councillor for Macleay Island Cr Mark Edwards, said people transporting weeds needed to take precautions to prevent them spreading.

“Residents are encouraged to ensure all weeds are well contained within bags to prevent spreading between islands during the ‘Trees for Weeds’ event,” he said.

 

Council projects improve safety at local schools


School drop-offs and pick-ups will be made safer at four local schools thanks to more than $210,000 in Redland City Council projects.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard said the projects were part of Council’s commitment to community safety and were jointly funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“Schools are often a scene of a high amount of traffic, particularly during morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups; so these projects are great news as they will improve safety for students, parents, staff and the wider community,” he said.

Council community wellbeing spokesperson Cr Wendy Boglary said the first of the School Safe projects was currently under construction at Star of the Sea School in Cleveland, with three other projects to be completed by the end of the year.

“During the current school holidays Council is constructing 270 metres of new path on Passage Street and Queen Street to improve accessibility for children and parents at the Star of the Sea School. Work is expected to be completed by mid October.

“Three more projects will then be constructed at other schools during the Christmas school holidays as part of a program of works.”

The future projects are a new 220 metre path along Vintage Drive and crossing point for Bayview State School, a 330 metre path along Syracuse Street and Caswell Street near Redland Bay State School and an upgrade of signage and road/path markings for Birkdale South State School.

Cr Boglary said works had been timed to lessen the impact on schools and the community.

“By undertaking construction during school holidays Council is avoiding major disruptions and safety concerns related to school traffic,” Cr Boglary said.

Recycling nature to beautiful effect


Fibre artist Mary Elizabeth Barron draws her creativity from objects found in nature.

What might be trash to other people is treasure to the Ormeau artist in her exhibition Under Foot at the Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba from Tuesday 8 October to Wednesday 4 December.

Redland City Council arts, culture and innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said Baron’s work was a fascinating example of turning everyday plant materials found in her yard and neighbourhood into art.

“This body of work has been inspired by the beauty beneath our feet on nature’s floor,” he said.

“Mary Elizabeth Barron uses the shape and texture of dying leaves, fallen bark, twigs and other plant matter and translates it into wonderful bowls and other forms that honour the essential part that natural debris and organic matter plays in the cycle of life.”

Mary Elizabeth Barron Under Foot art

Cr Bishop said the artist used papermaking and basketry techniques to create 71 intricately recycled works for the exhibition.

“This is a new departure for Mary Elizabeth as a fibre artist. Until recently she has been using old clothes in coiled basketry, and exhibiting and teaching widely in this medium,” he said.

Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist and hear about her new work at a floor talk for the Under Foot exhibition at 11am on Wednesday 23 October.

In conjunction with the Under Foot exhibition Mary Elizabeth Barron will conduct fibre art workshops for children and teens on Friday 27 September 2013 at Victoria Point Library. To reserve a place please call Redland Art Gallery 07) 3829 8463 or email gallery@redland.qld.gov.au.