Free buses add to Christmas cheer


Four courtesy buses will be available to ferry Redland revellers to the festive fun at Christmas by Starlight on December 7.

The buses, provided by Redland City Council, will operate across four routes servicing major stops throughout the city and will make a return run from Norm Price Park – Redland Showground in Cleveland at the end of the event.

Also at the end of the night, the Stradbroke Flyer will run a late ferry to North Stradbroke Island, leaving at 8.40pm.

Mayor Karen Williams said the free buses were to ensure as many people as possible could enjoy what was shaping up to be a huge night of FREE family fun.

“We want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy this special event at this special time of year,” she said. “This supplements the public transport which already services the City.”

Timetables for the courtesy buses will be advertised extensively and are also available on Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au.

Cr Williams said volunteers from Redland Museum would be helping to control on-site parking for 500 vehicles at Christmas by Starlight, for a gold coin donation.

Christmas by Starlight kicks off at 3pm with a host of family fun, including children’s activities, face painting, a petting zoo as well as a large variety of food, drinks, information and merchandise stalls. A special children’s concert – Christmas at Bunyip Creek – starts at 5.30pm and then the Christmas concert begins at 6pm.

“The traditional Christmas Carols will be led by Connor Crawford, who left the Redlands in 2009 to pursue his on-stage career in Melbourne, the highlight of which was the rave reviews he received starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys,” Cr Williams said.

A host of other home-grown talent will also perform throughout the evening, which finishes with a spectacular fireworks display about 8pm.

Christmas by Starlight – a no-alcohol event – is brought to you by Redland City Council with the generous support of Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, Viking Rentals, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.

 Christmas by Starlight – transport

 FREE buses will service the Christmas by Starlight community concert on 7 December. There will be four bus routes, and one run per route:

 Bus 1: Birkdale and Ormiston

3.45pm                  Bailey Road, Birkdale
3.55pm                  Randall Road, Birkdale
4.05pm                  Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale
4.15pm                  Birkdale Fair, Birkdale Road
4.25pm                  Wellington Point Jetty
4.35pm                  Wellington Point Shops
4.50pm                  Sturgeon Street, Ormiston
5.00pm                  Redland Showground

8.30 pm – return run leaving Redland Showground.

 Bus 2: Mt Cotton, Redland Bay and Victoria Point

4.15pm                  Valley Way Bus Stop, Mount Cotton
4.30pm                  Redland Bay Marina
4.35pm                  Redland Bay Shops
4.45pm                  Victoria Point Interchange (Stop D)
4.55pm                  Thornlands Dance Hall, Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd
5.00pm                  Redland Showground

8.30 pm – return run leaving Redland Showground.

 Bus 3: Capalaba, Alexandra Hills and Cleveland

4.00pm                  Capalaba Interchange (Stop A)
4.10pm                  Vienna Road Shops
4.15pm                  Alexandra Circuit Bus Stop
4.20pm                  Hanover Drive Bus Stop
4.30pm                  Opposite Alex Hills Shops, Finucane Road
4.45pm                  Cleveland Shops
4.50pm                  Passage Street Bus Stop
4.55pm                  Princess Street Bus Stop
5.00pm                  Redland Showground

8.30 pm – return run leaving Redland Showground.

 Bus 4: Redland Bay, Victoria Point, Thornlands and Cleveland

4.20pm                  Redland Bay Marina (ferry arrives)                             
4.30pm                  Redland Bay Marina (bus departs)                              
4.34pm                  Redland Bay shops                                                             
4.43pm                  Victoria Point interchange stop A                                
4.52pm                  Bloomfield Street at South Street                               
4.57pm                  Toondah Harbour, Cleveland  (*)                                        5.05pm                  Redland Showgrounds     

8.30 pm – return run leaving Redland Showground.

* The Stradbroke Flyer will run a late ferry to NSI, leaving at 8.40pm, once the bus has arrived.