Monthly Archives: January 2014

Celebration of women’s art


Redland Art Gallery will celebrate International Women’s Day with a special exhibition of work by some of the City’s leading female artists.

The International Women’s Day project titled Her inspiration: Female artists from the Redland Art Gallery Collection, opens at Redland Art Gallery Capalaba, at Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, on Monday 3 February and continues to Saturday 15 March.

This free event is designed to bring women and girls from the Redlands and Moreton Bay region together to appreciate the diversity of artistic women who reside and are inspired by this region.

Redland City Council Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said Her inspiration explored the Redlands through the eyes of local female artists.

“These artists include Melva Moore, Sheelah Mee, Lisa Iselin, Kathryn Blumke, Kay Faulkner, Carolyn Dodds and Eva-May Monaghan,’’ Cr Bishop said.
 
“The floor talk with curator Dominique Macedo and high tea to mark International Women’s Day from 1.30pm on Saturday 8 March promises to be very insightful.

“The high tea also welcomes anyone with personal stories about the region or stories about the iconic women who helped shape this area into what it is today.’’

Melva Moore was a member of the Coochie Art Group and was praised for her naive yet perfect depiction of the rural atmosphere in Redlands.

The late Sheelah Mee, who was not only an iconic local artist but a teacher at Flying Arts and one of the founding members of Redland Yurara Art Society, had renowned ability to capture the beauty of her life in both painting and pastels.

Mixed media artist Lisa Iselin, of North Stradbroke Island, draws her inspiration directly from the environment and the elements around her.

Kathryn Blumke captures the landscape colours of the Redlands to produce geometric abstract work, reflecting the colour and properties of the Bay’s water.

Kay Faulkner is a talented professional weaver whose designs are inspired by the places she visits, with each work telling a story, while Macleay Island’s Carolyn Dodds is a printmaker inspired by a fascination with local flora and fauna.

Indigenous artist Eva-May Monaghan’s work reflects a deep understanding of the changing seasons and the environment that sustained the traditional people of Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island).

Cr Bishop said the exhibition would also feature historical women’s objects on loan from the Redland Museum.

“These items were owned by significant Redlands women whose families helped establish the region. These include the Sherrin Family, the Ziegenfusz family, Pauline Elliott, Dorothy Templeton and Grace James,’’ he said.

To reserve a place telephone (07) 3829 8635 or email gallery@redland.qld.gov.au.

Snapshot – 28 January


Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDA draft plans

View plans until Monday 24 February 2014

Draft plans for the transformation of Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas are available for public viewing and written submissions until Monday 24 February. To view the plans or make a submission online, visit our website or visit Council’s Customer Service Centres, libraries and key community services on the bay islands.

Come to an information forum
Toondah Harbour forums:
• Saturday 1 February, 1–3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
• Friday 7 February, 3.30–5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
• Saturday 8 February, 1–3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Weinam Creek forums:
• Thursday 30 January, 5–8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay
• Thursday 6 February, 5–8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island.

 

Council Grants and Sponsorships

Grants Round 2 now open

Council’s latest round of community grants funding is now open. We will be accepting applications until Friday 28 February 2014. Grant categories include Organisation Support, Project Support, Conservation Grants, and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). The RADF is an Arts Queensland and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
Other funding: Applications for Council’s next sponsorship round will be open from Monday 17 February until Friday 28 March 2014. For more information or to obtain an application form visit our website or call 3829 8911.

 

Surfing the New Business Pipeline

Free business workshop

Join us for an interactive workshop about basic low-cost marketing for your business and creating
a simple, targeted approach to new business development.

When: Wednesday 5 February 2014, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or 3829 8507 (places are limited)

A light snack and refreshments will be served.

 

Water meter readings

Get wielding the whipper snipper! This week we are reading water meters in Capalaba Central Business District, Ormiston and on Macleay and Perulpa islands. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 29 January – General Meeting, 9.30am

Wednesday 12 February – General Meeting, 9.30am

Local heroes recognised at Redland City Australia Day Awards


As the nation pauses to celebrate all that is great about Australia, the community spirit of the Redlands has been recognised with the naming of this year’s Australia Day award recipients.

During a special awards presentation on Saturday night Redland City Mayor Karen Williams named Meg O’Driscoll as Citizen of the Year, praising her leadership skills and selfless contribution to the development and delivery of community nursing.

“Meg O’Driscoll epitomises the community spirit of the Redlands, having dedicated many years to caring for the sick and elderly,” Cr Williams said.

“This has included establishing a close relationship with the Redlands Hospital to promote integrated public/private hostel care services so that cancer patients don’t have to travel considerable distances to receive medical support.

“In addition to her commitment to nursing, Meg has also dedicated many years of voluntary leadership at the historic Ormiston House, helping to modernise the facility, which is today one of the best tourist attractions in Redland City.”

Cr Williams also awarded the Senior Citizen of the Year Award to Julie Porteous and the Young Citizen of the Year Award to Laura Arnold.

“Julie Porteous exemplifies what seniors in the Redlands can do to keep their minds and bodies active during retirement,” Cr Williams said.

“As President of the Redlands University of the Third Age (U3A) Julie often attends functions to talk with seniors about enjoying an active and stimulating lifestyle.

“At the other end of the age bracket, Young Citizen of the Year Laura Arnold has already dedicated a large part of her life to working with young disabled people in Redland City.

“Inspired by the care given to her younger brother Tom who has cerebral palsy, Laura has been instrumental in organising events such as the Big Night Out, which provide vital social outings for disabled young people to enjoy.”

Other awards presented on the evening included the Sports Award to Bob Corbett; the Local Hero Award to Bert Maynard, with a special commendation to Bob Possingham; the Community Organisation Award to Calisto Park Equestrian Centre, the Cultural Award to Twilight Makers Market (Deanne Caruso), with a special commendation to Salt Water Murris – Quandamooka (Steve Johnson); and the Environment Award to Narelle Renn.

“The dedication of all award winners, special commendation recipients and nominees typifies the strong community spirit that helps make the Redlands the best place to live, work and do business,” Cr Williams said.

“The stories behind these inspirational locals make me proud to be a Redlander and everyone, including those who nominated these worthy winners, should be very proud of themselves.”

Attached is a full list of winners and their bios as well as the list of nominees for each award category.

New round of community grants opens


Individuals and community groups working to make the Redlands a better place are invited to apply for Redland City Council grants from January 27.

This second round of grants, designed to help deliver projects of community benefit, will close on 28 February.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this latest round was a timely expression of Council’s commitment to ensuring the delivery of essential grass-roots initiatives and projects.

“It comes at a crucial time for many in our community, such as those helping to rebuild Straddie after the wildfires which scorched much of the island recently,’’ Cr Williams said.
 
“These grants also help Council tap into the great ideas and considerable knowledge, skills and commitment of Redlands’ residents and groups, and support the work they do on behalf of our community.

“Over the years they have supported initiatives such as restoring wildlife habitats, as well as helping sporting clubs provide much needed opportunities for local youngsters, rebuilding community facilities and supporting cultural events.

“Council encourages anyone doing a worthwhile not-for-profit activity in Redlands to look at accessing this service.’’

This financial year, the program is offering a total $628,000 in funding, with nearly $280,000 available in this final round.

Grant categories this round include Organisation Support, Project Support and Conservation. Grants are also available under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), an Arts Queensland and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
 
For more information or to get an application form, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport or contact the grants team on 3829 8911.

Pulse eNewsletter – January 2014


Mayor’s Message
See the PDA plans
Next round of grants open soon
Save Ziggy’s mates
Fluoride a State responsibility
Sign of the times
Quarry queries
Things to do

 

Mayor’s message

Redland City’s heartfelt thanks go out to all those who helped battle the fires which raged across North Stradbroke Island over the New Year.

Their efforts ensured the safety of residents and their homes as well as the many visitors who had headed to Straddie for their holidays.

To have emerged from this crisis without loss of life or homes is testament to the extraordinary efforts of a vast number of people.

Deputy Mayor and Local Disaster Recovery Committee chair Cr Alan Beard echoed the sentiments of many in our community when he said he was “in awe’’ of the way in which fire and emergency services, police, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Energex, Seqwater, National Parks, SES, Red Cross, Council’s Conservation and Fire Management team and other Council staff were prepared to do whatever it took to deal with this potentially life-threatening situation.

He was backed by local Councillor Craig Ogilvie in his praise of the response.

In particular, the efforts of emergency services in evacuating 900 campers from Main Beach undoubtedly saved lives, with three campgrounds destroyed by fire the day after the evacuation.

Special thanks also go to the Straddie community and businesses, particularly the ferry companies, and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation for their considerable and much-appreciated efforts.

The measured response to this emergency and the professionalism and dedication of all involved was truly remarkable.

All Redlanders should now join to promote the message that Straddie is well and truly open for business and welcoming visitors with open arms.

Tell your friends, family and acquaintances to put visiting beautiful Straddie on the top of their “to do” lists. As well as helping fellow Redlanders, it is sure to be a wonderful experience.

I have written to Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey asking the Government to help in the immediate recovery phase by making available funding for an integrated “open for business” marketing campaign.

I pointed out that the fires had a significant impact on the island economy and that the government had stepped in previously to help out in times of need with such campaigns. I hope to have a response soon.

While the effort on the island is now in recovery-mode, services are being fully restored and we are assessing potential risks and working to ensure sick or injured wildlife are cared for. Visitors will barely notice the impact of the fires with Straddie’s beaches as stunning as ever.

These fires, which burned for almost two weeks after being sparked by lightning on the night of December 29, also graphically underscore the importance of Council’s emergency planning and just how vital it is for all residents to have their own disaster plans and kits at the ready.

It was clear that many Straddie residents had heeded the message and were prepared. Well done all.

Council’s Disaster Management Plan: Part II – specifically tailored for islanders, the City’s most isolated residents – proved itself a valuable resource for coordinating the firefighting effort.

A quick and easy guide to preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, I urge anyone who has not read it to do so. You will find it through the Disaster Hub on Council’s website at www.redland.qld.gov.au.

While we reflect on how fortunate we have been to come out of this crisis relatively unscathed, we need to remain vigilant with storm season well upon us.

Keep up to date with potential severe weather events and the fire situation through Council’s and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ websites, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

See the PDA plans

You can now view the draft plans for the Redlands’ two most important and exciting new projects.

The Proposed Development Schemes are a significant step in the transformation of Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas into integrated transport, tourism, residential and business hubs.

The draft plans are the result of extensive consultation with the community and businesses and that process will continue.

The Toondah Harbour draft plan and the Weinam Creek draft plan can be viewed online.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard said the draft plans heralded an exciting new era of growth and promised a massive and much-needed boost for business, jobs and community facilities.

“I encourage all residents to have their say on these plans during the public notification period which continues until 24 February,’’ he said.

“A range of community improvements, such as waterfront walkways and cycle paths, as well as long-standing community concerns about car parking arrangements at Weinam Creek, are among the features being addressed as part of this planning process, so we urge all to be involved.’’

The next round of community information forums on the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area will be held on:

• Saturday, 1 February, 1-3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal.
• Friday, 7 February, 3.30pm-5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal.
• Saturday, 8 February, 1-3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Community information forums on the Weinam Creek plan will be held on:

• Thursday, 30 January, 5-8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay.
• Thursday, 6 February, 5-8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island.

The draft plans can also be viewed at the Cleveland Customer Service Centre, Cleveland Library, Capalaba Customer Service Centre, Capalaba Library or Victoria Point Library, Russell Island Library and Bay Island Community Services on Russell and Macleay islands until 24 February.

 

 

Next round of grants opens soon

The next round of submissions for grants for individuals and community groups working to make the Redlands a better place will open on January 27.

Applications, designed to help deliver projects of community benefit, will close on 28 February.

The program is an expression of Redland City Council’s commitment to ensuring the delivery of essential initiatives and projects across the arts and cultural heritage, the environment, community development, enterprise development, and sport and recreation.

Over the years these grants have supported initiatives such as helping junior sporting clubs provide much-needed opportunities, restoring wildlife habitats, rebuilding community clubs and supporting cultural exhibitions.

Grant categories this round include Organisation Support, Project Support and Conservation.

Grants are also available under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), an Arts Queensland and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

For more information or to get an application form, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport or contact the grants team on 3829 8911.

 

 

Save Ziggy’s mates

The sad case of Ziggy the koala – which survived the Straddie firestorm only to be mauled by dogs – is a message to all dog owners to ensure they act responsibly and observe the laws.

The family pets which attacked Ziggy were roaming free despite the fact that, by Redland City law, they were supposed to be restrained with a leash or enclosed in a yard.

As North Stradbroke Island continues to recover from the massive bushfire sparked by lightning on December 29, Ziggy’s tragic end underscores the need to ensure dog laws are observed at all times throughout the Redlands.

Redland City councillor Craig Ogilvie – whose Division 2 takes in North Stradbroke – said dog attacks were all-too common on the island and it was now even more critical for owners to ensure native fauna had a fighting chance.

“This is nothing more than what’s required by law but it’s even more crucial right now because a lot of wildlife has moved to new habitat and is highly vulnerable to attack,” Cr Ogilvie said.

Redland City’s Animal Management Committee spokeswoman Cr Wendy Boglary said Council officers would continue their increased presence on the island to reduce risks to wildlife and the public generally.

“It’s important that everyone does what they can to help Straddie heal,” Cr Boglary said.

“People can avoid a fine of $220 by ensuring they exercise their dogs on leads, except in designated off-leash areas.”

Home Beach is the only off-lead beach area. Dogs also can be run at Skatebowl Park at Dunwich between the skatebowl and the fenced area at the eastern end of the park.

Wildcare Straddie spokesman Greg Grimmett said uncontrolled domestic dogs caused horrific and heart-breaking injuries to native animals.

“A significant number of injuries we deal with are a result of domestic dogs not being under control,” Mr Grimmett said.

“People particularly should keep in mind that off-leash areas do not mean people do not have to have their dogs under control.

“If people are camping they need to control their dog 24 hours a day, especially at night – just because it was curled up outside the tent when they went to bed does not mean it didn’t wander around searching for prey.”

Mr Grimmett said visiting pet owners should ensure accommodation providers claiming to be pet-friendly were also “wildlife friendly” and offered enclosures.

“We get too many animals that are torn to bits because of dogs – a bit of common sense would go a long way,” he said.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) chief executive Cameron Costello urged people to “care for country” by respecting Straddie’s flora and fauna.

“We encourage people to come and holiday, to enjoy our beaches and everything else we have to offer … but also to be mindful that we are in recovery-mode,” Mr Costello said.

“We ask people not to wander from established tracks so our plants can regenerate and seeds can germinate, and our cultural sites are not disturbed.’’

Report injured wildlife to Wildcare Straddie on 0407 766 052.

 

Fluoride a State responsibility

The fluoridation of Redland City’s water supply is a State Government responsibilitry, Council has agreed.

Council in late December 2013 resolved unanimously to write to the State Government urging it to amend legislation to protect councils which want to remove fluoride from water supplies from the high costs involved.

Mayor Karen Williams said fluoridation was a health issue and as such was the responsibility of the State Government.

“The cost of removing fluoride is prohibitive to councils – an estimated $32 million in Redland City’s case – so we cannot afford to make the call, even if our community tells us it wants out of fluoride,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This is an expense we are not willing to force on ratepayers.”

Cr Williams said it was important to take into account that fluoridation was forced on councils by the State.

“The former Government mandated fluoride in our water without reference to councils, so we believe the current Government should decide whether or not fluoride should stay and bear the cost of removing it should councils make that decision on behalf of their communities,’’ she said.

“We will be asking Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle to give local government the choice of accepting non-fluoridated water without cost to councils.”

 

 

Sign of the times

New signs with digital messages may soon welcome visitors and residents to Redland City.

Council is investigating the installation of eight new signs at key entry points to the City.

The vision is for the signs to carry digital screens supporting the message that Redland City is the best place to live, work and do business, as well as important community service announcements.

These could include the promotion of major events and storm or fire warnings.

It is suggested signs would be installed at six major roads into the city as well as at the two Priority Development Area (PDA) sites at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, which are the major marine transport points for tourists.

The proposed locations for the signs are: Longland, Mount Cotton, Broadwater, Moreton Bay, Old Cleveland and Rickertt roads, Toondah Harbour (Middle Street) and Weinam Creek (Hamilton Street).

The calling of expressions of interest is the first step in the process.

 

Quarry queries

Redland City Council will be closely watching development of Barro Group’s extension of its Mt Cotton quarry operations.

The extension’s approval by the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning follows the Government’s formal decision to “call in’’ the quarry application after its rejection by Council last June.

Local Division 6 councillor and Planning and Development spokesperson Julie Talty said while the Minister had placed conditions on the approval, it was not yet clear how strict or effective they would be.

“Council and residents will be looking very closely at the detail, particularly those areas highlighted by Council as the grounds for rejecting the proposal in its detailed submission to the State Government in August this year,’’ she said.

“But until we can assess the detail, it is not possible to judge the full impact of the Minister’s decision.

“This includes noise, dust and traffic impacts and significant impacts on existing environmental habitats, with close proximity to existing rural residential houses and local businesses such as nurseries, cafés and guest houses, as well as road safety concerns.’’

As the Minister’s decision is final, Council has no choice but to accept the Government’s ruling and work with all parties to ensure the conditions placed on the approval are met by the applicant in the best interests of the residents.

 

Things to do

Redland City Council offers a range of interesting holiday activities for local youngsters. With school set to resume from Tuesday 28 January, head to our website and check out what’s happening.

Economic Development eNews – January 2014


Message from the Mayor

This year is shaping to be a landmark year of growth and prosperity for the Redlands.

Building on the solid foundations laid in 2013, the City is primed to cement its reputation as “the best place to live, work and do business”.

Work continues apace (see below) on the Priority Development Areas of Weinam Creek and Toondah Harbour, the Cleveland CBD and important work towards the review of the Redland Planning Scheme which is expected to help shape the growth and character of the Redlands to 2025 and even beyond.

I would encourage you all to take every opportunity to participate this year and to help us shape a prosperous future for our wonderful city.

 

PDA update

On 10 January, the draft public discussion documents on the Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas were released for public review and comment

Community forums hosted by Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland are also scheduled to help outline the vision and development process for both these strategic waterfront sites.

These forums will be an important opportunity to learn more about the possibilities for these two vital areas of our city and set out proposed land uses, development criteria and associated infrastructure envisaged for the PDAs.

The forum sessions will help outline the early vision for the sites, and give stakeholders another opportunity for input before investors are invited to lodge expressions of interest.

The forums will be held at:

Toondah Harbour

  • 1 February: 1-3pm Island View Café, Toondah Harbour
  • 7 February: 3:30-5:30 Island View Café, Toondah Harbour
  • 8 February: 1-3pm Dunwich Community Hall, North Stradbroke Island

Weinam Creek

  • 30 January: 5-8pm at Redland Bay Communtiy Hall
  • 6 February: 5-8pm at Macleay Island Progress Hall

For more information on the PDA process, visit our website.

 

Investment magnet

The Redlands continues to be a magnet for international delegations exploring potential investment opportunities, with six delegations visiting the City since October.

There has not just been interest in the PDA areas at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek – more than 20 government and investor delegates from China and Japan also visited other key Redlands locations and are impressed with what the City has to offer.

Add to that the fact that two key Cleveland buildings have recently been bought by investors and the recent media focus on the Redlands’ potential property prospects, and there is ample proof that the Redlands is cementing its reputation as “the best place to live, work and do business”.

Council is also considering potential development options for land it owns in Cleveland as part of its mission to breathe new life into the CBD. The options in a report on Cleveland CBD prepared for Council by Jones Lang LaSalle included developing the existing Council administration building as well as nearby land, potentially delivering millions of dollars in savings for ratepayers and presenting improved commercial and residential opportunities within our City’s heart.
The preliminary Commercial Investment Attraction Strategy report prepared for Council was tabled at a General Meeting of Council on 21 August 2013 (available online) and provides food for thought.

 

In the business pipeline

Marketing specialist Anita Beasley will offer Redland business owners an insight into how to boost their enterprises at a free workshop sponsored by Redland City Council on 5 February.

“Surfing the new business pipelines’’, from 4.30pm-6.30pm at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba, will help businesses identify basic low-cost marketing opportunities and develop simple and targeted business plans.

Ms. Beasley has contributed to the success of start-ups through to multinationals in a career spanning 20 years.

In 2011 she started Action Communications with her sister and together they work with national and local clients on branding, marketing, communications and public relations.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

Places are limited so RSVP by 30 January to karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or by calling 3829 8507.

Remember also to mark 13-14 June in your diary for the Redlands Business Expo. This opportunity for business networking includes a family day. The expo, which will showcase more than 70 local businesses, is an initiative of Redland Chamber of Commerce and is held in conjunction with Redland City Council.

For more information, visit The Redlands Business Expo website or contact Karen Brown at karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or on 3829 8507.

 

Spreading the message

Council is pursuing a number of opportunities to highlight the Redlands as an ideal destination for recreation and leisure.

A new Brisbane Marketing initiative aimed at drawing more visitors to Brisbane will be launched soon and it will have exciting flow-on benefits for the Redlands.

Local tourism industry operators have been given an overview of the campaign and most left enthused about the possibility to cast a wider net and bolster visitor spending in our City. Stay tuned for more information.

A key area of Council’s tourism focus this year has been partnership with the North Stradbroke Island community and business to support NSI as a holiday destination after dramatic fires in January disrupted peak season holiday visitors to this beautiful island.

North Stradbroke remains a stunning seaside holiday destination easily accessible to southeast Queensland holiday makers. It is open for tourism business.

Within days, even burnt out bushland areas have shown signs of quickly reshooting and recovery, as is typical of the Australian bush, and the island is expected to return to its full natural beauty within a very short time.

Holiday makers are being asked to help the recovery process by keeping their pets under control and keeping to the marked trails so as not to damage the delicate recovery of the island’s unique flora and fauna.

 

The first South East Queensland Island Forum- ‘Tourism, Transport and Local Economies’

Following the inaugural Australian Small Island Forum held on Lord Howe Island in May 2012, Redland City Council and Southern Cross University are now organising a similar event focussing on the coastal islands of Queensland. The objective of the forum is to provide an opportunity for Islanders and people who are enthusiastic about Islands to come together, learn from each other, discuss common issues and discover ways of working together.

It will be held on North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay Islands from Monday 24 February to Wednesday 26 February 2014 (NB North Stradbroke Island will be the accommodation base, free ferry transport will be provided between NSI and Russell / Macleay on Tuesday 25th for a day session there).

Topics include;

  • Sustainable Islands Tourism
  • Transport – Crossing that crucial gap
  • Cultural Tourism
  • How much buy-in does tourism need from the community beyond those in tourism, and how to get it.
  • The economics of autonomous islands – Can you make it alone?
  • The rents of paradise – What to do with Island economies?
  • Islands and Indigenous Business Opportunities.

Speakers confirmed so far;

  • Jayne Bates: Mayor of Kangaroo Island
  • David Thomson: General Manager, Transit Systems and Chairman, Straddie Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Michael Kortt: Southern Cross University Economist specialising in local government economics
  • Karen Williams: Mayor of Redland City Council
  • Cameron Costello: CEO, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
  • Lorna Hempstead: Magnetic Island Community Development Association Inc
  • Dr Howard Guille: Stradbroke Centre for Island Learning.

An optional Straddie Kingfisher 4WD Half Day Tour is available Monday morning. Book directly with Straddie Kingfisher Tours (07) 3409 9502

Cost: $60 (for three days) or $20 and $40 for individual half-day and day attendances – 50% reduction for full time students and unemployed attendees (and Wednesday evening session on Russell – free admission). Registration payable on the day in cash only.

For information on panels and speakers email: philip.hayward@scu.edu.au
For accommodation and other details email: seqif@redland.qld.gov.au, phone (07) 3829 8775
or visit the website.

 

Sign of the times

Digital message boards may soon welcome visitors to the Redlands after Council initiated an expression of interest process to install eight new signs at key City entry points.

The new signs would provide an attractive entrance to the City and strengthen our reputation as the best place to live, work and do business.

Sites earmarked for the signs are: Longland, Mount Cotton, Broadwater, Moreton Bay, Old Cleveland and Rickertt Roads, Toondah Harbour (Middle Street) and Weinam Creek (Hamilton Street).

The signs would also display community messages such as storm and fire warnings, and help promote key community events.

Priority Development Area community forums


Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland are hosting community forums about the proposed development schemes at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek.

These schemes are the next step in the transformation of both sites into vibrant waterfront destinations.

Toondah Harbour community forums

  • Saturday 1 February 2014
    1pm – 3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • Friday 7 February 2014
    3.30pm – 5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • Saturday 8 February 2014
    1pm – 3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island

 

Weinam Creek community forums

  • Thursday 30 January 2014
    5pm – 8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay
  • Thursday 6 February 2014
    5pm – 8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island

The proposed development schemes for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas are on public display until 24 February 2014. To view the schemes, make a submission or express your interest in these sites, visit our website.

Snapshot – 21 January 2014


Australia Day celebrations in the Redlands

Sunday 26 January

Many locals and visitors like to celebrate Australia Day in Redland City’s beautiful parks. If you plan on heading outdoors, we ask – for everyone’s safety and enjoyment – that you:

  • be respectful of other people in public areas
  • use the bins in our parks to clean up any rubbish
  • celebrate responsibly

Wellington Point: A free shuttle bus will run from 7am to 6pm along Main Road between the reserve and Wellington Point shops. It will also pick up from Wellington Point Community Hall carpark, Birkdale Road. For more information on access to Wellington Point, visit our website or phone 3829 8462.

To make sure everyone can enjoy Australia Day, Council officers and police will be patrolling parks across the city.

 

Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek PDA draft plans

View plans until Monday 24 February

Draft plans for the transformation of Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas are available for public viewing and written submissions until Monday 24 February.

To view the plans or make a submission online, visit our website or visit Council’s Customer Service Centres, Libraries and key community services on the bay islands.

Come to an information forum

Toondah Harbour forums:

  • Saturday 1 February, 1 – 3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • Friday 7 February, 3.30 – 5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • Saturday 8 February, 1 – 3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island

Weinam Creek forums:

  • Thursday 30 January, 5 – 8pm, at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay
  • Thursday 6 February, 5 – 8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island

 

Rates Notices have now been issued

Rates Notices have been issued with payments due by Monday 10 February 2014. A full list of payment options is on the front of your Rates Notice. If you did not receive your Rates Notice, have moved address, would like to discuss your payment options or have any other rating inquiries, please call 3829 8999.

 

Mobile library

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Roaming dogs endanger wildlife


Wildcare Straddie’s Dr Romane Cristescu provides Ziggy with fresh water. Photo: Wildcare Straddie

Wildcare Straddie’s Dr Romane Cristescu provides Ziggy with fresh water. Photo: Wildcare Straddie

Pet-owners urged to Help Straddie Heal

This cute koala was meant to be one of the “lucky ones” … but having escaped the worst of North Stradbroke Island’s firestorm using his natural instinct to seek safer ground, he was mauled by domestic dogs near Dunwich.

The dogs – family pets – were roaming free despite the fact that, by law, they were supposed to be restrained with a leash, or at least enclosed in a yard.

Unfortunately Ziggy – as he was affectionately named – is now a statistic. He had to be euthanised despite the best efforts of wildlife carers to nurse him back to health.

Today, as North Stradbroke continues to recover from the two-week fire sparked by lightning on December 29, wildlife carers have joined with Traditional Owners to tell Ziggy’s story in the hope both residents and visitors will do their bit to help in the healing of Naree Budjong Djara (‘My Mother Earth’) and its beautiful surrounds.

Redland City councillor Craig Ogilvie – whose Division 2 takes in North Stradbroke – said dog attacks were an all-too common problem on the island but it’s now even more critical for owners of domestic pets to ensure native fauna has a fighting chance.

“This is nothing more than what’s required by law but it’s even more crucial right now because a lot of wildlife has moved to new habitat and is highly vulnerable to attack,” said Cr Ogilvie.

Council’s animal management officers will have an increased presence on the island at this critical time to help ensure dogs are kept on leashes. Fines of $220 apply if dogs are off-leash out of designated areas.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) chief executive Cameron Costello urged people to “care for country” by respecting flora and fauna when visiting Straddie.

“We encourage people to come and holiday, to enjoy our beaches and everything else we have to offer … but also to be mindful that we are in recovery mode,” said Mr Costello.

“We ask people not to wander from established tracks so our plants can regenerate and seeds can germinate, and our cultural sites are not disturbed.

Wildcare Straddie spokesman Greg Grimmett said uncontrolled domestic dogs caused horrific and heart-breaking injuries to koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, curlews and lizards, to name just a few.

“A significant number of injuries we deal with are a result of domestic dogs not being under control,” said Mr Grimmett, who is also the convenor of the Stradbroke Wildlife Forum. “People particularly should keep in mind that off-leash areas do not mean people do not have to have their dogs under control.

“If people are camping they need to control their dog 24 hours a day, especially at night – just because it was curled up outside the tent when they went to bed does not mean it didn’t wander around searching for prey.”

Mr Grimmett said pet owners could also ensure accommodation providers claiming to be pet-friendly were also “wildlife friendly”, and offered enclosures to protect native flora and fauna from wandering pets.

“We get too many animals that are torn to bits because of dogs – a bit of common sense would go a long way,” he said.

Redland City’s Acting Mayor and Local Disaster Recovery Committee chairman Alan Beard said most of the public areas on Straddie – including all campgrounds – had now been re-opened although some tracks remained closed for public safety.

“Most of the most popular areas remain just as beautiful as they were before the fire,” he said. “Much of the fire burnt in inaccessible areas.

“There’s a multi-agency effort across all tiers of government to help with the island’s recovery and we are working closely with the Traditional Owners,” he said. “We just ask people to use common sense and do their bit to help in the recovery,” he said.

“We ask that they drive carefully on established tracks though burnt country as much of the landscape is very fragile and highly vulnerable to erosion. We also ask them to drive slowly, as much of the wildlife of the island has relocated to unburnt areas around the townships.”

Redland City’s Animal Management Committee spokeswoman Cr Wendy Boglary said Council officers traditionally stepped up their presence on the island for the holiday period and this would continue to reduce risks to wildlife and the public generally.

“Home Beach is the only off-lead beach area as well as Skatebowl Park at Dunwich between the skatebowl and the fenced area at the eastern end of the park,” she said.

“It’s important that everyone does what they can to help Straddie heal.

“People can avoid a fine of $220 by ensuring they exercise their dogs on leads, except in designated off-leash areas.”

  • Report injured wildlife to Wildcare Straddie on 0407 766 052.