Monthly Archives: March 2014

Kids on Tour to deliver artistic treat in the Redlands

Local youngsters are in for an exciting and creative treat with a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) artistic tour set to create a buzz in the Redlands from 9 April.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesperson Cr Paul Bishop said the Kids on Tour program would deliver an interactive and exciting experience for young art lovers.

“Developed in collaboration with Chinese-born, New York-based artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, whose landmark exhibition ‘Falling Back to Earth’ is currently showing at GOMA in Brisbane, Kids on Tour is not to be missed,” he said.

“Created by a leading international artist and the QAGOMA Kids on Tour includes hands-on making activities and multimedia interactive activities.”

The Kids on Tour program will visit North Stradbroke Island, Point Lookout Community Hall on Wednesday 9 April 2014 and Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland on Monday 14 April 2014, with a drop in session from 10am – 2pm.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the popularity of the exhibition and the accompanying Children’s Art Centre project Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai had been overwhelming, with 60,000 children visiting GOMA since it opened in November.

“Kids on Tour’ and Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai are proudly supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. The Children’s Art Centre at GOMA is sponsored by Santos,” Mr Saines said.

‘‘Kids on Tour’ reinterprets Cai Guo-Qiang’s popular Bridge Crossing activity, first staged for the Kids’ APT program at the ‘Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ in 1999, in which children use bamboo and masking tape to create their own small bridges inspired by the artist’s work.

“It also features activities from Let’s Create an Exhibition with a Boy Named Cai, inviting children to participate in Cai’s working methods and create their own miniature exhibitions.

“Visitors can make their own small-scale installations using templates designed by the artist, and create spectacular multimedia ‘gunpowder drawings.

“A short animated film about the art and globe-trotting adventures of Cai Guo-Qiang will also screen.”

Cleveland – tree removal and pruning – 6am Saturday 29 March

Redland  City Council  will be undertaking tree removal and pruning at the intersection of Shore Street and Waterloo Streets, Cleveland (in front of the CWA building) on Saturday 29/03/2014 with work beginning at 7am.

Traffic control measures will be in place from 6am.

From 7.00 am, three  of the four  lanes of Waterloo street will be closed for approximately one hour with detours in place.

After this period,  only the southern lane of the West bound traffic along Shore Street West, into Waterloo Street eastern lane (lane closest to CWA building) finishing at Kyling Lane will remain closed until the site is fully cleaned up.

The work is necessary to remove  a dead gum tree and allow pruning of other trees at  the location.

Council requests that all road users drive safely and obey traffic control and police instruction during this period. 


Residents urged to prepare for heavy rain

Redland City residents are being urged to prepare for heavy rainfall and possible flash-flooding today with the Bureau of Meteorology expecting large volumes of rain to hit South-East Queensland.

Redland City Local Disaster Coordinator Nick Clarke said Council and Emergency Services organisations had begun preparing for the expected heavy rain.

“The Redland City Local Disaster Management Group has moved to alert status, which means we have begun preparations for today’s heavy rainfall and residents are urged to make their own preparations” he said.

“People should avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters, keep clear of creeks and storm drains and if they require assistance contact the SES on 132 500, for life-threatening emergencies dial Triple Zero (000).”

“Residents should also stay up to date with the latest information through local media channels as well as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Bureau of Meteorology and Council website and social media channels (addresses below).

“If they have not already done so, residents should also familiarise themselves with the Red Cross REDiPlan and Council’s Disaster Management Plan, which can be found on Council’s website.”

For more information:
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Bureau of Meteorology

Redland City Council
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Economic Development eNewsletter – March 2014

Simplified regulation makes providing outdoor dining easier
Local buy policy undergoing further review
Business networking and workshop opportunities
Expression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek
Freedom of Entry to the City
Council to engage with community on city planning


Simplified regulation makes providing outdoor dining easier

Local cafes and restaurants will benefit from a Council decision to make it easier to obtain an outdoor dining license.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the decision supported Council’s ‘Open for Business’ objectives.

“This decision removes red tape for businesses, supports the local economy and makes it easier to do business in the Redlands,” she said.

The decision will remove the current duplication of outdoor dining regulation in both local law and the Redland planning scheme and the cost of outdoor dining applications.

When the changes take effect at the end of the financial year, outdoor dining applications by food businesses will no longer need development approval and annual fees for outdoor dining will be removed from the Local Law covering outdoor dining.

The changes could mean savings between $400 and nearly $1500 for local food businesses.

Council compliance and regulatory services spokesperson Cr Wendy Boglary said the decision would complement the city’s open spaces.

“The Redlands has fantastic open spaces and a great climate, so making it easier for businesses to take advantage of this fact makes perfect sense.”

“Over the years Council has made a significant investment in public places and this decision is terrific win for small business and the entire community.”


Local Buy Policy undergoing further review

Council is looking to further strengthen its procurement and purchasing commitment to enhance local businesses and social procurement opportunities.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council has supported her call for the further strengthening of the local buy policy through the development of the Strategic Procurement Framework and broader initiatives to enhance local businesses opportunities.

Last financial year, Council spent $43 million of its total budget expenditure on local businesses with a registered address in the Redlands, or roughly twenty five percent of all payments.

The figures to January show that Council has already increased this to twenty percent in the first six months of this financial year.

While Council’s procurement policy must consider ‘sound contracting principles’ under legislation, Council has committed to a further review to clearly identify how a local preference can be delivered in certain contracting arrangements.

This may may include a percentage preference or weightings for local business or those employing local residents.

Other initiatives include the option of sharing Council’s own local buy panel of suppliers with other Councils and promoting awareness of local supply opportunities.

The the legislated ‘sound contracting principles’ Councils must consider under s104 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 LGR and s198 (LGR) when purchasing goods and services, include:
(a) Value for money; and
(b) open and effective competition; and
(c) the development of competitive local business and industry; and
(d) environmental protection; and
(e) ethical behaviour and fair dealing.


Business networking and workshop opportunities

Redland Businesses wanting to showcase their products and services are reminded of Redlands Business Expo 2014 – 13/14 June 2014 at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Being run in partnership between Redland City Council and the Redland Chamber of Commerce, the website has more information on the second Business Expo for the Redlands and on how to register.

Another business workshop in April will ask if growing your company so it is sustainable and able to meet future challenges is important to you and if your business is reliant on one customer, one product or service offering?

If so, the How to Create More Growth Workshop 2 April 2014 will be of interest to you.

The workshop will discuss the tools and techniques that will grow your business for sustainability, not only for your own success,  but that of your staff. Key outcomes include:

  • Measure your Customers Value
  • Maximise Your Value
  • Innovate your offer to create more valueExpression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek

When : 7am – 9am,  2 April 2014
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: or phone 07 3829 8507

A light buffet and refreshments will be served (places are limited).


Expression of interest closer for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek


Artist’s impression of what could be at Toondah Harbour

The redevelopment of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are a step closer after Council voted to accept officer recommendations for the two Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

The recommendations that have since gone to the State Government are part of the PDA planning process and reflect a range of community and commercial views expressed through the public engagement process conducted for the two areas.

After strong community debate and over 500 formal submissions to Economic Development Queensland, Council has recommended  the following changes to the planninmg vision for the two areas.

Toondah Harbour

  • Building height reduced by one-third, now capped to 10 storeys (down from up to 15 storeys in the original draft scheme and an increase of 3 storeys to the 7 storeys currently allowed at the site)
  • No net loss of public open space (including GJ Walter Park which remains as public open space)
  • Marina berths halved to 400 (down from possible 800 berth in the original draft scheme).

Weinam Creek

  • No net loss of public open space, including Sel Outridge Park
  • Passenger ferry and bus terminal and car-parking will be co-located
  • Provision made for future growth in car-park requirements
  • Access to car-parking for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents will be maintained during construction at the site.

Council and the State Government will now draw up criteria to assess Expressions of Interest from investors who will be invited to fund the key infrastructure needed in both areas in exchange for commercial returns on their investment.

Council has estimated that the funding of foreshore and transport infrastructure improvements at Toondah Harbour, including improved ferry ramps and passenger facilities, better transport interchange and parking, as well as enhancements to parkland and improved pedestrian and cycle links to the bay, could cost up to $80 million.


Freedom of Entry to the City

Saturday 12 April 2014, 11am will be a memorable day in the Redland City Calendar when the city bestows the age-old honour of Freedom of Entry to the City to No.95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

This event will include a formal parade with 150 marchers, representing all nine of No.95 Wing’s squadrons, accompanied by a band and air force cadets.

Redland residents are being invited to come and line the parade route on Middle Street, Cleveland (between Waterloo and Wynyard Streets) to watch this historic event.

The ceremony is also formal recognition from the RAAF of the important role our city played in the defence of our nation leading up to, and during, World War 2.

The Freedom of Entry ceremony will take on additional significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day this year and the centenary of the start of World War 1 at the end of July.

Freedom of Entry to the City’ dates back to the Middle Ages when cities were fortified by walls to protect residents from invaders. Right of entry to outside armed forces was a privilege rarely granted but came as a sign of respect for the protection and friendship offered.

Please note: there will be changed traffic conditions including temporary closures along Middle and Bloomfield streets, Cleveland during the parade. 

Check our website for more details at (web symbol)


Council to engage with community on city planning

Redland City Council will embark on a public consultation process around key aspects of city planning in the lead up to the revised draft Redland Planning Scheme (RPS) becoming available for formal public comment later this year or early next year.

The current review of the Redland Planning Scheme is already being underpinned by community engagement on a range of policies and strategies in recent years.

In coming months Council will be encouraging the community to view and review key areas of policy that are supporting the drafting process, including community and stakeholder forums on important issues such as population and employment growth strategies and options for how to deal with this growth.

A key focus for this engagement activity across the city will be the study into Redlands land availability commissioned by Council and expected for release in May this year.

The proposed engagement strategy will also inform Council’s input into the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan 2014-2041 expected for release in the second half of year.

Community and stakeholder forums will be held around Council’s upcoming Economic Development Strategy and the current community-wide engagement underway on disaster management planning.

Planned engagement activities include ‘neighbourhood kitchen table talks’ where residents and organisations can talk with planners about the current planning scheme and how to feed into the review.

Other planned activities include the establishment of an Interest Register so interested residents can receive updated information; a mail-out to all residents involved in previous community engagements around aspects of the planning scheme; availability of fact sheets, e-newsletters, magazine stories, website and display materials, social media and videos.

Over the coming months Council will be making information available through its websites, publications and community forums so that the community has the opportunity to understand and comment on future planning for our city.

Redlands receives world-wide exposure through Instagrammers

Nearly 400,000 people saw the beauty of the Redlands recently without even stepping foot in the city thanks to a visit from four of Australia’s leading Instagrammers late last week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the initiative saw the four Instagrammers spend two nights in the Redlands as part of the ‘Give Me Brisbane Any Day’ and localised ‘Give Me Redlands Any Day’ campaign, providing fantastic exposure to the local tourism product.

“The group visited local attractions including Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton, Wellington Point, Cleveland Point and North Stradbroke Island, taking beautiful photos and capturing video that showed off some unique and beautiful sites in the Redlands,” she said.

“Together the four Instagrammers have 391,662 followers, showing the reach of social media as a medium in promoting the Redlands to potential visitors.

“Images shared by Instagram influencer Lauren Bath (@laurenepbath) during the day received as many as 14,000 likes, showing the impressive locations that were captured.”

Redland City Council tourism spokesperson and North Stradbroke Island Councillor Cr Craig Ogilvie said this exposure for the region supported the wider Give me Brisbane any day campaign activity including TV, digital, outdoor and print advertising.

“It is no secret the Redlands has some great tourist attractions and it is great to see those locations getting such exposure, including international followers of the four Instagrammers,” he said.

“Social media is a relatively new marketing medium and it is great to see it being used to such great effect.

“We also have some very talented locals who regularly share fantastic photos through Council’s social media platforms.

People can help fly the tourism flag by sharing their photos on social media using the Brisbane Marketing campaign hashtag #Brisbaneanyday or a localised version #Redlandsanyday.”

The Instagrammers travelled to Redlands as guests of Brisbane Marketing and Redland City Council, who assisted them throughout the two days.

You can see their images and videos at the Instagrammers’ profiles:

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I had the most amazing time on North Stradbroke Island meeting WILD DOLPHINS!!! I've actually got my own underwater gopro footage too, they were beautiful! Hope this makes you happy and visit North Straddy! @visitbrisbane #brisbaneanyday

Some of the Straddie marine life photo courtesy of Instgrammer @laurenepbath

Sunrise chasers on the move!  This morning we headed out to North Gorge on #StradbrokeIsland to catch sunrise over some of the most beautiful coastline I've ever seen! The entire sky turned shades of pink and orange and to top it all off, a pod of dolphins appeared to play in the surf just as the sun was coming up!! Best day ever!! #WeloveStraddie @visitbrisbane #brisbaneanyday @australia #seeaustralia @queensland

North Gorge on Straddie, photo courtesy of Instgrammer @insta_graham23

Cleveland Point, photo courtesy of Instagrammer @jewelszee_

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Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarships

Do you want to grow your existing business or relocate your business to the Redlands?

A new initiative from Redland City, ‘The Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program’ can help you get started. The program aims to develop recipients’ business management and entrepreneurial skills by providing a business scholarship in Certificate IV in Business Management. Eligibility To be eligible for the 2014 scholarship program, applicants need to:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be from a diverse cultural background with at least one natural parent born in a country other than Australia
  • Live in the Redland City Council area
  • Speak a language other than English (preferable)

Program Information Small Business Solutions (SBS) which is an entity within the commercial training arm of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) will deliver the program. Successful scholarship recipients will be expected to attend five training sessions. How to apply Complete an online application form or visit one of our Customer Service Centres. Completed application forms must be received by 5pm Monday 28 April 2014.

For more information contact


Get ready for wet weather across Queensland

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has released the below urging residents to prepare for expected wet weather over the coming days.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging residents to get ready for wet weather this week, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predicting significant rainfall in many areas across the state.

Acting South Eastern Regional Director Steve Waddell said there were steps residents could take now to make sure they were prepared for heavy rainfall.

“Clean up your yard, including your gutters, to ensure there is less chance of flooding or storm damage on your property,” Mr Waddell said.

“Check to see if there are any roads or areas nearby that are likely to flood and make sure you have alternative routes planned.

“If there are elderly or vulnerable residents in your neighbourhood, assist them in preparing their homes and check in on them if the weather deteriorates.”

Central Western Regional Director Wayne Hepple said intense rainfall could result in the flooding of creeks, drains and causeways.

“Residents need to remember, it’s flooded, forget it,” Mr Hepple said.
“If you come across rising floodwaters, turn back and find an alternative route.

By entering flooded waterways or roadways, you are putting your life and the life of the emergency service people that come to your aid at risk.
“Parents, please supervise your children and discourage them from playing or swimming in flooded creeks and drains. Floodwaters are deadly and there are dangers, like debris, lurking beneath the surface.”

For flood and storm assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 or by downloading the SES Assistance App from iTunes or Google Play. For life-threatening emergencies dial Triple Zero (000).  

Further information on weather warnings can be found at the BoM website at  or by tuning into your local radio.

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Snapshot – Tuesday 25 March 2014

Free business workshop

How to Create More Growth

If your business is reliant on only one customer base, one product or one service offering, this free workshop will give tools and techniques to help you grow your business. A light buffet and refreshments will be served.

When: Wednesday 2 April 2014
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
Time: 7am – 9am
RSVP: Thursday 27 March 2014 to or 3829 8507 (places are limited)


School holiday activities

Don’t miss the fun

This Easter school holidays, Redland Libraries and Redland Art Gallery have many activities to keep youngsters entertained. From drop-in art sessions to ‘Where’s Wally’ days, there’s a great range to suit kids of all ages.

There are also arts, skateboarding and music activities and a photography workshop running during the holidays as part of Youth Week 2014.

For dates, details and booking information go to:
• Youth Week, 4 – 13 April 2014, visit
Library and Art Gallery


Redland Home Assist Secure

It’s no joke: change your smoke alarm battery on 1 April

I April marks an annual reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries. Only working smoke
alarms save lives!

Queensland Fire and Rescue Services also recommends that you replace your smoke alarm
after 10 years. A year of manufacture date is displayed on all smoke alarms.

For Redland Home Assist Secure clients, if it has been 12 months or more since your smoke alarm battery was changed and you require assistance to fit a replacement, please call 3383 3030.


Freedom of Entry to the City

Save the date: Saturday 12 April 2014, 11am

Redland City is bestowing the age-old honour of Freedom of Entry to the City to No.95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on Saturday 12 April 2014. This event will include a formal parade with 150 marchers, representing all nine of No.95 Wing’s squadrons, accompanied by a band and air force cadets.

Redland residents are invited to come and line the parade route on Middle Street, Cleveland (between Waterloo and Wynyard streets) to watch this historic event. The ceremony is also formal recognition from the RAAF of the important role our City played in the defence of our nation leading up to, and during, World War II.

Check our website for more details.

Please note: there will be some traffic delays and closures along Middle Street, Cleveland during the parade.


Open meetings

Wednesday 2 April, General Meeting – 9.30am

Get your skates on for Redlands Youth Week 2014

The youth of the Redlands are being encouraged to take advantage of a host of free activities being held during National Youth Week from 4-13 April.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s theme ‘Our Voice. Our Impact’ held great significance for local youth.

“The youth of the Redlands have a voice and can make a difference, and National Youth Week is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate that fact,” she said.

“Council has partnered with other local youth networks to deliver an exciting and entertaining program of events, including skaters from the Skate Australia Tour who will be at the Thornlands Skate Park on Monday 7 April.

“Another innovative project will be the My One Thing consultation project, which asks young people what they love about the Redlands and how it could be improved.

“This project will use a pop-up photo booth at all youth week events and recognises that the Redlands has plenty to offer local youth, but also that our young people have a voice and are the best people to suggest how to improve our city for our future residents.

“Participants are encouraged to upload their image using the #myonething hashtag to help connect the conversation with other youths.”

Cr Williams said there were a variety of activities available during National Youth Week (NYW), which is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. 

“This includes art activities, an ‘island style’ indigenous youth expo and an epic day out that will include music, dancers, skateboarding and BMX displays,” she said.

“Council is proud to support these activities, many of which have been organised by members of the Redlands Youth Network.”

Free events schedule

• Monday 7 April, Skate Australia Tour, Thornlands Skate Park
• Friday 11 April, 10am-3pm, Pinhole photography workshop
• My One Thing project, run at various locations throughout National Youth Week
• Sunday 13 April, Break Loose, Youth Art Activities as part of the Cleveland Sunday Markets, Cleveland Square
• Friday 11 April, 10am-3pm, Redland Youth Network, Epic Day Out, including music, skateboarding, BMX and scooter riding, dancers, food and heaps more, 144 Old Cleveland Rd, Capalaba (skate park)

For full details contact Council’s Community Development Team on 3829 8233, email or visit

Unless otherwise stated, all activities are free and open to all young people aged 12 to 25 years.

Redlands Youth Week- a partnership between Redland City Council and Redlands Youth Network.

Council may use information shared through the My One Thing Project in the development of its youth strategy.


Get the facts – correction of Courier Mail story Saturday 22 March, 2014

Redland City Council would like to correct a story that appeared on Page 36 of the Courier Mail Saturday 22 March 2014 about Redland City’s two Priority Development Area (PDA) projects at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

The story entitled “Public backlash defeats development” incorrectly states plans to develop the Toondah Harbour precinct as part of the PDA process had been shelved.  This is incorrect; planning of the development is progressing and the draft development scheme is currently with the State Government to gazette.

At its General Meeting of 19 March Redland City Council voted to recommend the State Government make a number of amendments to the draft scheme in line with community feedback.  These amendments included:

  • reducing the maximum height of buildings by a third, with buildings to now be capped at 10 storeys
  • halving the maximum size of any marina to 400 berths
  • protecting open public space at both Weinam Creek and Toondah Harbour, including GJ Walter Park by committing to there being no net loss of public open space as a result of the PDAs.

Council will soon be commencing an Expression of Interest (EOI) phase for these projects through which we will invite investors to provide proposals in line with the final development scheme.  This will provide greater clarity on what could possibly be built at each site.

No development applications have been lodged yet.  Requests for proposals will be called during the Expressions of Interest phase and assessed by Council following the close of the Expressions of Interest campaign (July 2014).