Monthly Archives: November 2013

Development options to revitalise Cleveland city-heart


Redland City Council is investigating potential development options for sites within the Cleveland city centre as part of its mission to revitalise the CBD.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said a preliminary report tabled at today’s (20 Nov) Council meeting looked at potential options for Council owned land, but did not make any guarantees regarding the options.

“This report is part of Council’s vision of breathing new life into the Cleveland CBD and investigates several options including development of the current Council administration site and near-by land,” she said.

“The options presented have the potential to deliver millions of dollars in cost savings to Council, which in turn would deliver considerable benefits for ratepayers.

“The aim is to identify opportunities to support investment and business within the CBD and to implement a range of strategies in the Cleveland Centre Master plan.”

CBD activation spokesperson Cr Craig Ogilvie said the report provided the information needed to progress with further options analysis.

“This report does not make any commitments; although it does provide some food for thought and allow Council to investigate potential investors that could facilitate the options in the future,” he said.

“Options include construction of a new building on Council owned land with a variety of scenarios including residential and commercial use within the new building.”

“All options present benefits for the community including improved commercial and residential opportunities.”

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.

 

Economic Development eNews – November 2013


 

Mayor’s Message

Buy local for Christmas supports Redland Small Business

Redland City Council has kicked of its support for ‘buy local’ this Christmas by supporting the growing international concept of ‘Shop Small’.

‘Shop Small’ began as a one-day event in the United States in 2010 and has now spread to three continents.

Despite its international origins, the idea of ‘Shop Small’ is strongly parochial and designed to encourage support for local retailers and businesses and strengthen consumer confidence in locally sourced products.

The reality is that small businesses have demonstrated a commitment to service in support of their local communities that cannot be easily replicated by international shopping websites or shopping destinations outside the city.

Aside from their role in providing local jobs, these businesses are a vital ingredient in our Redlands’ economy.

The Redlands Chamber of Commerce’s 100% Redlands Christmas Challenge is a “buy local” campaign designed to increase patronage of Redlands businesses in the lead up to Christmas.

It is a challenge we want all Redlanders to take-up.

Before launching yourself into the stressful frenzy of shopping malls or internet sites outside the Redlands, why not stop and look for the local alternative?

No matter if you are after inspiring art, beauty treatments, the latest kitchen gadgets or a fun T–shirt there are many local retailers who are happy to serve you and look after your Christmas shopping needs.

I would encourage everyone in the Redlands to put a gift from the Redlands under their Christmas tree this year.

Shopping locally is bound to be a more relaxing experience and you will also be helping to support local jobs.

 

Senior Japanese diplomats visit the Redlands

The interest of international investors in the Redlands continues to grow with two more VIP groups hosted by Council this week as part of the city’s aim to strengthen economic, education and cultural ties with Japan and China.

Japan’s Consul-General to Australia, Ms Yoko Yanagisawa and Deputy Consul-General, Mr Shinya Machida were honoured guests of Redland City Council during the week for a familiarization tour of the Redlands.

As part of her trade relations role, Consul-General Ms Yanagisawa explored opportunities in the Redlands with the aim of communicating the Redlands unique investment opportunities back to the Japanese market.

L to R: Mr Tetsuo Mizuno, CEO Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation and Education Foundation, Mr Shinya Machida, Deputy Consul-General, CDSHS Principal Paul Bancroft, the Consul-General, Redland City Mayor, Karen Wiliams.

L to R: Mr Tetsuo Mizuno, CEO Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation
and Education Foundation, Mr Shinya Machida, Deputy Consul-General,
CDSHS Principal Paul Bancroft, the Consul-General, Ms Yoko Yanagisawa, Redland City Mayor, Karen Wiliams.

This visit included a tour of local education facility, Cleveland District State High School; discussions around investment opportunities in the Redlands and visits to the city’s two Priority Development Areas.

Building on the international and national interest, the draft plans for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas will be available for public comment and interest from potential investors from mid January 2014.

The development schemes for both sites will be finalised by June next year (2014). Visit www.redland.qld.gov.au

 

China’s internationally listed real estate developer looks over Redlands

Three senior company officials for one of China’s top 10 overseas-listed real estate developers, the Beijing-based Chengdu Xingyuan Real Estate Development Co. Ltd, also visited the Redlands this week.

Established in 1997 by Mr. Lin Zhenxing, the company has already invested in the development of approximately three million square meters of land across China and has expressed interest in exploring development opportunities here in Australia.

The company is particularly interested in purchasing land over 5000 square metres in size to develop medium density residential property close to the city and with easy access to shops, schools, hospitals etc.

The very substantial capital backing behind Chengdu Xingyuan Real Estate Development Co, Ltd. means it is an ideal investment ready partner for new opportunities being identified in Redland City.

L to R: From left to right: Vice general Manager Sales & Marketing Jinxiang Lin, Secretary of the Chairman Wensheng Lin, Mayor Karen Williams, General Manager Yuan Hu, PDA Project Director, Peter Kelley.

L to R: From left to right: Vice general Manager Sales & Marketing Jinxiang Lin, Secretary of the Chairman Wensheng Lin, Mayor Karen Williams, General Manager Yuan Hu, PDA Project Director, Peter Kelley.

The visitors included Cheng Du Real Estate Development Company’s General Manager Hu Yua, Secretary of the Chairman Lin Wensheng and Lin Jinxiang – Vice General Manager (Sales and Marketing Management).

Employing over 300 staff, the company’s principle interest is in residential real estate development and property management services.

The visit is the latest of several that have flowed from Mayor Karen Williams’ recent South East Asian Trade Mission, indicating a real interest by foreign investors in the potential of the city. Main interest has focussed on the city’s two Priority Development Areas –Toondah Harbour at Cleveland and Weinam Creek, Redland Bay, but there has also been strong interest in the Cleveland CBD.

 

Forum points way to growing the education economy

A round table this month with Trade and Investment Queensland, Redland City Council and five of the leading education institutions in the Redlands, has given further support for the city’s developing education economy.

The forum considered how the city’s businesses, Council and the State Government could support and market both short stay and long stay opportunities as part of an education economy.

The group noted there were strong benefits from working as a city and region while cementing already established sister school and sister city relationships in the Redlands.

Redland City Council already has sister city agreements with Qinhuangdao, China and a friendship city relationship with Yong In, South Korea as well as an emerging relationship with Kani City in Japan.

Cleveland District State High School has been hosting international students for over 10 years and is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). Alexandra Hills State High has an international education unit and hosts international students while other schools are involved in cultural and educational exchanges in other countries.

School

While acknowledging international education market challenges such the high Australian dollar and visa processing times, there was strong agreement that the Redlands was a safe place to study with high quality education institutions already attracting overseas students.

Adding to the growing opportunity is Mater Health’s investment in a tertiary level nurse education facility in Cleveland.

Participants acknowledged that this provided a lead for other tertiary level education service specialisations such as age care education.

The meeting called on Redland City Council to help develop a “Study Redlands” prospectus and video to support international inquiry and marketing.

The prospectus and video will be made available online for both short term and long term education opportunities and provided as support for Trade and Investment Queensland’s already established network of offices with close links to trade commissioners and education agents.

 

‘Red Tape to Red Carpet’ to smooth the way for SMBI business

Southern Moreton Bay Islands community members are continuing to explore opportunities for economic growth on the islands following two island economic development forums and a major survey of island business this year.

A SMBI Draft Economic Development Strategy 2013 document has since been developed by Council. It provides a summary of the views and opportunities identified by islanders during these forums. It can be found by searching on Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au.

A common area of interest was the impact of red tape on the island economies.

Redland City Council has responded to what was aptly described as the ‘Red tape to Red Carpet’ initiative by organising a forum between city planners and some key island business to discuss the perceived impediments to establishing and running island businesses.

Tourism and tourism infrastructure, retirement living and on island transport were other areas of opportunity and focus identified in the report for future economic development.

Some inspiration has also reached back into the islands’ history with a community event at 11 am on Saturday 23 November at the Lemon Farm, Macleay Island planned to discuss agritourism and opportunities to re-establish some farming on the islands.

Areal Image McDonalds Farm Macleay Island

The idea of returning to shortened supply chains and producing food from paddock to plate will also be part of a presentation at The Red Place Cleveland on 9 December by visiting United Kingdom speaker Chris Walsh from the UK non-profit organisation ‘The Kindling Trust’.

Redland City Councillor Paul Bishop, who has helped arrange Mr Walsh’s visit, said grassroots food movements are changing revenue streams for local farmers, increasing the viability for farming entrepreneurs and customers who are seeking fresh, healthy, local and often organic food.

Highlighting local produce for tourists is already part of the very popular Redlands IndigiScape Centre which already includes locally grown produce and bush tucker on its café menu and gift shop.

 

Redlands Business Expo 2014 – Booth bookings now available

As 2013 draws to a close, planning is well under way for next year’s Redlands Business Expo.

As a showcase of businesses in the Redlands, next year’s event will aim to build on the success of this year and be bigger and better.

In line with feedback we received, the format has changed slightly on the first day, to allow for more business-to-business networking opportunities.

Find out more or to reserve your booth >>

Get our tourists ready for the inevitable


Summer in Queensland means an increase in tourists as well as an increase in storm activity.  The Queensland Department of Community Safety has issued the following media release urging locals to assist visitors by imparting their local knowledge to ensure they’re not caught off-guard.

Queensland is renowned for being a hot spot at this time of year for both international and interstate tourists and it is important they’re aware of the extreme weather mother nature can throw our way.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Lee Johnson is asking locals to do their part by imparting their local knowledge to visitors to help ensure they’re not caught off-guard.

“Many tourists may never have experienced a bushfire, severe storm, flood or tropical cyclone and might be unsure what actions they will need to take,” Mr Johnson said.

“Whether you are a local accommodation or tourist provider, work in a local café or convenience store or are even chatting to a tourist on your morning stroll, you are in a great position to pass on valuable information.

“You can tell them how they can stay up to date with warnings, ensure they know to remain indoors during a cyclone or severe storm and to be aware of the dangers associated with flash flooding.

“If you live on the coast, particularly in north Queensland, understanding what happens during a cyclone, particularly the dangers associated with the eye of the cyclone, could potentially save a life or prevent serious injury.”

Mr Johnson said many visitors may not speak English as their first language and are unaware of the resources available to them.

“There are disaster fact sheets available online in 22 different languages which outline the basic steps on how to prepare for natural disasters.  Additional rescources may also be available through your local council,” he said.

“Queenslanders are renowned for helping one another in times of need and this is a chance for them to take it that one step further and help visitors also be prepared.

“If you do a little, we’ll all accomplish a lot.”

For further information and tips on how to Get Ready and to register for your own personalised step-by-step plan visit http://www.getready.qld.gov.au/ .

For more information contact Community Safety Media on 3635 3310

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.

Pulse eNewsletter: November 2013


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Mayor’s Message

Residents of the Redlands’ island communities are now covered by their own specific disaster management plans.

Compiled into a booklet available free online and at Council Customer Service Centres and libraries, it offers detailed hazard assessments, safety information and potentially life-saving tips for each of the islands.

As Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, I commend this latest phase of the City’s Local Disaster Management Plan, recently adopted by Council, as an especially valuable emergency blueprint for our City’s most isolated residents.

Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald showed us this year how a severe weather event can have a massive impact on our island communities and we have all learnt from that.

Each of our islands has specific needs in an emergency situation, whether it’s a severe weather event, fire or an oil spill, and we have responded to that.

Should an emergency threaten, Council and its partners such as the police, fire service, SES and Energex, will swiftly swing into action.

But it cannot be stressed strongly enough that any emergency plan is reliant on residents also being prepared.

With storm season upon us, residents should be making sure they have prepared their homes, yards and themselves for the possibility of an emergency.

If an emergency looms, everyone needs to keep themselves informed via ABC Radio, Bay FM and social media and have a properly prepared plan to deal with it.

Quick and easy to use, Island residents can use the new booklet to check the potential risks on their islands and get potentially life-saving information on evacuation routes and assembly areas, with up-to-date contact numbers for getting information and help.

It completes the second phase of the City’s four-part emergency management blueprint, with the final phase – parts 3 and 4 for mainland coastal areas and the mainland hinterland – due by next March.
Council’s Disaster Hub also contains relevant information on “Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery’’, together with the first two parts of the new plan.

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City honour for RAAF

The Redlands will celebrate its proud military past and build stronger links with the Royal Australian Air Force by granting Freedom of Entry to the City to an RAAF unit.

During the major community event, about 100 personnel from RAAF Base Amberley, supported by local Defence Force cadets, will march into the City on Saturday April 12, 2014.

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The celebration will take on added significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day and next year’s centenary of the start of World War I.

“We want to make the parade and ceremony a big community event open to all Redlanders and I encourage residents to put April 12 in their diaries so they can show their support and cheer on the contingent along the route,’’ said Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

“This will be a wonderful way for Redlanders to show their high regard for the role of the Australian Defence Force in defending our way of life and promoting peace and stability around the world.’’

Granting Freedom of the City is accepted as the most honourable distinction a City can bestow on a Defence Force contingent.

During the event, the 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing will march into Cleveland where they will be challenged by the police officer in charge.

Councillor for Division 6 Julie Talty, who championed the cause, said Freedom of Entry to the City would be a great asset for Redland City.

“And being planned for April next year it will make for an especially significant Anzac commemoration,’’ Cr Talty said. “A greater partnership also develops between the units granted Freedom of Entry and the city’s cadets, so I am confident that Redland cadets will benefit.’’

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Five in a row for Redland SES

Redlanders are supported by one of the best State Emergency Service units in the State.
The local unit was recently awarded its fifth consecutive accolade for excellence, named the 2013 Regional Unit of the Year. It has won the award every year since being named State Unit of the Year in 2009.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard, who represented the City at the awards, said the unit exemplified the selfless spirit of the SES in times of adversity.

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“This is a record which speaks volumes of the professionalism and excellence of the dedicated members of Redland SES Unit,’’ Cr Beard said.

“Our SES volunteers are often out in the elements, working in tough and dangerous conditions when most of the community are sheltering. And they keep going when disasters end, helping communities to recover and rebuild.

“The Redland SES Unit continues to show it is an exceptional team.’’

Mayor Karen Williams, who is also Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, said the award was fitting recognition.

“I have seen first-hand how the members of this unit have responded selflessly to local emergencies, for which I again extend Redland City’s heartfelt thanks,’’ Cr Williams said.

“The residents of the Redlands can be justifiably proud.’’

Redland SES Acting Local Controller Peter Gould, who also is Redland City Council’s service manager of workplace health, safety and wellbeing, said the unit grew more capable every year.

He paid tribute to former local controller Tom Short, who led the unit for most of the past five years.

“The special thing is they were the five years we won this award,’’ he said.

During the ceremony, individual awards were presented to:

Outstanding Service Award: Tristan Hardwick and Jane Cook in recognition of their dedication and commitment.
Meritorious Service Medal (with 15-year clasp): Gesualdo Lo Presti, Cleveland SES Group; Anne-Marie Bennett, Stradbroke Island SES Group; and Wayne Whitrod, Redland Bay SES Group.
National Medal: Anne-Marie Bennett, Stradbroke Island SES Group; Gesualdo Lo Presti, Cleveland SES Group; Anthony Daniel (with 35 year Clasp), Redland Bay SES Group.
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Green light for Macleay’s marine project

Construction of a new recreational boat ramp, sea wall and car parking facilities on Macleay Island has been given the green light by Redland City Council.

The estimated $6.5 million project is designed to resolve long-term conflicts over the shared use of limited space at Macleay’s ferry zone.

The decision means Council can now finalise the necessary State Government development permits, expected by mid-2014, to allow for work to start.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the development would substantially increase available commuter, disabled and recreational parking spaces, provide a new recreational boat ramp facility for islanders and visitors and provide a better design for the area.

“Council will contribute the funds for capping and the car park, while $800,000 in State Government funding will deliver the boat ramp,’’ he said.

macleay

“Funding for the works will be assessed each year through the Budget process and allocated as required for each stage of the development.

“Work will start next financial year and, subject to final design, will provide up to 89 new parking spaces, comprising 68 car spaces, two disabled spaces and 11 car and trailer spaces.”

Council’s plans for the construction of a sea wall to the Mean High Water Springs (MHWS) and capping of the land at 14-22 Russell Terrace Macleay Island for parking will provide a permanent asbestos treatment solution in the area.
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Let’s all shop small

Redlanders are being urged to “shop small’’ for the rest of this month. It’s part of a national campaign to support small businesses at a local level.

These are businesses which define the Redlands’ character – family enterprises, start-ups and the independents stores who are invested in their neighbourhoods and usually offer top service.

shopping

Redland City Council is proud to support the campaign as it’s no secret that thriving local shops create thriving local communities.

And that, in turn, creates local jobs. So while you are doing the regular shopping or ticking off your Christmas gift list, join the Shop Small Movement and give local stores an opportunity.
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Warm Redlands welcome

A record 181 people took the Australian Citizenship Pledge at Redland City’s biggest ever citizenship ceremony this month.

It brings the number of Redlanders awarded citizenship this year to 763 and surpasses the previous record for a single ceremony (180) set in October.

Mayor Karen Williams, who presided over the ceremony at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, said the increasing numbers of people who wanted to make the Redlands their home was a positive sign for the City.

“People come from throughout the world to settle in Redland City, drawn by our beautiful bush, beach and bay environment, relaxed village atmosphere and great amenities,” Cr Williams said.

“We welcome them all and the contribution they make in ensuring our city truly is the best place to live, play and do business.’’

TransLink info sessions

There is still time to catch a Translink information session ahead of changes to the public transport network next year which affects Redlanders.

From early 2014, the local bus network will be restructured and a new train timetable will be introduced on the Cleveland line.

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The TransLink changes include more peak train services on the Cleveland line; better bus, train and ferry connections; improved access to key locations and transport interchanges; more reliable services; and consistent departure and journey times on bus and train.

You can talk to TransLink at the following information sessions as well as see route maps and find out what your new services will look like:

  • Capalaba Central Shopping Centre – Friday 15 November 9am – 5.30pm
  • Capalaba Central Shopping Centre – Saturday 16 November 9am – 4pm
  • Cleveland station – Tuesday 19 November 6am – 9am
  • Cleveland station – Thursday 21 November 3.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Cleveland station – Monday 25 November 6am – 9am
  • Victoria Point Shopping Centre – Friday 22 November 9am – 5.30pm
  • Victoria Point Shopping Centre – Saturday 23 November 9am – 4.30pm

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Caring for Straddie

Redland City Council, island businesses, holiday letting agents, police and community members are getting behind the new “Caring for Straddie” summer holiday campaign.

Its key focus is to encourage North Stradbroke Island holiday makers to think of the island environment and community when holidaying on Straddie.

Council has been working with the police and island businesses to produce a range of promotional materials based around the successful ‘Caring for Straddie’ theme adopted several years ago.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted holiday makers to enjoy their stay and to take away wonderful memories.

“Intending island visitors are encouraged to start by booking their holiday home with Island letting agents who have agreed to the Holiday Letting Agent (HLA) Voluntary Code of Practice (VCOP),’’ she said.

“Three of the islands four major letting agencies have already agreed to the Voluntary Code of Practice (VCOP). This is helping to manage holiday behaviour and support well-managed properties for both holiday property owners and holiday makers.”

Division 2 Councillor Craig Ogilvie said the key message for holiday makers was to remember that their holiday spot was someone else’s home.

“The campaign will encourage visitors to think of their neighbours and the environment, with helpful information on websites, Facebook, print advertisements and ‘Tips for a top stay’ flyers for holidaymakers,’’ he said.

“A fridge magnet and other information will be available for distribution by agents to the island’s lettable properties, including key police contacts for reporting excessive noise and behavioural incidents.’’

The Caring for Straddie messages also cover responsible dog ownership, taking care while driving on island roads, parking information, and environmental and waste disposal reminders.

For more information, go to www.redland.qld.gov.au/straddieholidayhouses.

A very Redland Christmas

The countdown has started to the Redlands’ very popular festive season opener – Christmas by Starlight. So mark down Saturday 7 December in your diary.

Festivities will get underway at 3pm in Norm Price Park, Redland Showground, Long Street, Cleveland, with free children’s activities, a visit from Santa, food, rides, a children’s stage show at 5.30pm, and a fireworks finale at about 8pm.

The main twilight carols concert kicks off at 6pm and will feature Redland’s own musical theatre star Connor Crawford, who has performed all over Australia in professional productions including City of Angels and West Side Story and most recently as a Frankie Valli cover in Jersey Boys. Joining Connor will be a variety of top Redland’s talent.

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the generous assistance of the Bayside Bulletin, GoldCat-Stradbroke Flyer, JJ Richards, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix, Energex, Christmas Festivities and Fetini Homes.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: 4.30pm Thursday 14 November


The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind and large hailstones for south east Queensland including Redland City.

Read the warning on BOM’s website http://bit.ly/VS0RSM

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Connor set to steal the stage


“Local boy made good” Connor Crawford will headline a cavalcade of Redlands talent at the FREE Christmas by Starlight community concert at Cleveland on December 7, 2013.

Connor is still fresh from performing to rave reviews as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, which toured Australia and New Zealand, and has included several of The Four Seasons greatest hits for his homecoming performance.

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He says he is “champing at the bit” for his first Redlands performance since he left the City in 2009 to chase his on-stage career in Melbourne.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Christmas by Starlight – at Norm Price Park-Redland Showgrounds in Long Street, Cleveland – would once again be a huge FREE family event and certainly one to remember.

“Christmas is a very special time of year for families so we are making sure we have something for everyone,” said Cr Williams. “There will be children’s entertainment from 3pm, a special children’s concert from 5.30pm, and traditional twilight carols from 6pm as well as a spectacular fireworks finale about 8pm.

Joining ex-Sheldon College student Connor Crawford will be emerging Redlands country and gospel singer Kiara Rodrigues who, at just 17, already has a long list of achievements up her sleeve.

Kiara wowed the audience and judges on Young Talent Time and this confirmed her potential after her sensational results in 2010 when she was a multi-medallist for Australia at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood.

Cr Williams said the heavy focus on Redlands performers at Christmas by Starlight was no mistake.

“We have a huge pool of talent here and this is a chance to showcase and celebrate that,” she said. “Also in the line-up are Breanna Fielding, beat-boxer Matt Gibbs, Oliver Samson, Gina Limpus and Indea Sekula, Jacqui McLaren, Katie Green, Sarah Przybysz, Courtney Heaton, Meg McGuiness, the Sheldon College Choir and Orchestra … and even more!”

Add food stalls, roving entertainers, children’s rides and static displays as well as a special visit from Santa himself … and Christmas by Starlight will be a highlight of this festive season.

Cr Williams said the event would be open-air but would go ahead rain or shine.

“Nothing will dampen the spirits of our performers, community groups and residents,” she said. “Provisions have been made to ensure that the stage and equipment are weatherproof.”

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of confirmed supporters Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, SS Signs, Koala Graphix and Mr Fireworks, Stradbroke Flyer, Energex, Christmas Festivities and Fetini Homes.

Cr Williams said the generous support from local business helped Council to provide the largest free event in the Redlands to herald in the Christmas season.

“Christmas by Starlight is a great way to get into the festive spirit and a great community event … so I hope everyone marks the date in their diaries to come along,” she said.

A full program and additional details on transport, parking and a complete entertainment program will be revealed in coming weeks.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

Council team raises $1500 for Matthew Stanley Foundation


A team-building exercise by Redland City Council’s Environmental Health crew has raised $1500 to promote non-violence and mutual respect among young people.

The proceeds of the month-long event, which involved selling chocolates, merchandise and raffle tickets and culminated in a big morning tea, will go to the Matthew Stanley Foundation.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was particularly proud of Service Manager Health and Environment Jen Gisler and her team for supporting such a worthy local cause.

“The team selected the Matthew Stanley Foundation, formed in the aftermath of the 15-year-old’s death after being bashed outside a party, in the hope that they can help make a real difference in promoting mutual respect among young people,’’ Cr Williams said.

“What started as a team boosting exercise has resulted in a substantial contribution to our community.

“The team set a goal to raise $1000 for the work of the Matthew Stanley Foundation and was ecstatic to exceed that and make $1500.

“It will go a long way to helping the foundation and I would like to thank staff across Redland City Council for getting involved and making donations.

“The Environmental Health Team would particularly like to thank Paul Stanley (father of Matthew Stanley) for attending the morning tea and sharing part of his story.’’

If you would like any further information on the Matthew Stanley Foundation, make sure you visit their website at http://www.matthewstanleyfoundation.com.au/.

Five in a row for Redland SES


The Redlands SES Unit has been awarded its fifth consecutive accolade for excellence.

On Saturday it was named the 2013 Regional Unit of the Year, an award it has won every year since being named State Unit of the Year in 2009.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard, who represented the City at the awards, said the unit exemplified the selfless spirit of the SES in times of adversity.

“This is a record which speaks volumes of the professionalism and excellence of the dedicated members of Redland SES Unit,’’ Cr Beard said.

“Our SES volunteers are often out in the elements, working in tough and dangerous conditions when most of the community are sheltering.

“And they keep going when disasters end, helping communities to recover and rebuild.

“Through its outstanding performance culminating in Saturday’s award, the Redland SES Unit continues to show it is an exceptional team.’’

Mayor Karen Williams, who is also Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, said the award was fitting recognition.

“I have seen first-hand how the members of this unit have responded selflessly to local emergencies, for which I again extend Redland City’s heartfelt thanks,’’ Cr Williams said.

“They have also shown great willingness to give of their time to support other communities in their times of need.

“The residents of the Redlands can be justifiably proud.’’

Redlands City SES Acting Local Controller Peter Gould, who also is Redland City Council’s service manager of workplace health, safety and wellbeing, said the
Unit grew more capable every year.

“It is a personal honour for me to lead the great group of dedicated volunteers we have in the Redland Unit who are always ready to serve the community in times of need,’’ he said.

“We really appreciate all the support we get from Redland City Council and the broader Redlands community, which allows us to keep functioning each year.’’

Mr Gould paid tribute to former local controller Tom Short, who led the unit for most of the past five years.

“The special thing is they were the five years we won this award,’’ he said.

“Tom continues to be an active operational member and trainer/assessor in the Redland Unit but enjoys more time out in his boat which has been neglected due to a lot of time in orange.’’

During the ceremony, individual awards were presented to:

Outstanding Service Award: Tristan Hardwick and Jane Cook in recognition of their dedication and commitment.

Meritorious Service Medal (with 15-year clasp):
Gesualdo Lo Presti, Cleveland SES Group;
Anne-Marie Bennett, Stradbroke Island SES Group; and
Wayne Whitrod, Redland Bay SES Group.

National Medal:
Anne-Marie Bennett, Stradbroke Island SES Group;
Gesualdo Lo Presti, Cleveland SES Group;
Anthony Daniel (with 35 year Clasp), Redland Bay SES Group.