Monthly Archives: April 2014

Light a candle for victims of domestic violence


Redland City will pause to remember those affected by domestic and family violence at a special ceremony on Wednesday 7 May.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who will address the crowd at the Redlands Domestic and Family Violence Action Group event said it was a chance to acknowledge how domestic violence affected families across the community.

“Each year in Australia more than 100 women, children and men die because of domestic and family violence,” she said. 

“This is an issue that impacts families everywhere and the Redlands is not immune to the effects.  In fact in 2010-11 the Cleveland and Wynnum magistrates courts together issued four per cent of Queensland’s domestic violence orders – more than the Caboolture, Cairns, Maroochydore, Toowoomba, Mackay, Roma and Emerald magistrates courts.

“This shows domestic violence is an issue locally, so it is important we pause as a community and remember not only those who have been lost because of this issue but also those who have been left behind.

“Domestic and family violence has long lasting effects on those impacted and it is time that as a community we said enough is enough it has to stop.

“This event will be hosted by the recently formed Redlands Domestic and Family Violence Action Group.

“This group does great work in drawing attention to and advocating for grater services for domestic violence in the Redlands with the ultimate goal to see a local domestic and family violence service established.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary has been a long time advocate for local domestic violence support and will speak at the event.

“Domestic and family violence is not faceless, the victims have names; they are our friends, co-workers and family members,” she said.

“Often it is not spoken about, but this event is a chance to show that as a community we say no to domestic violence and I encourage everyone to attend.

Symbolism at the event will include red roses to represent that often domestic violence occurs in intimate relationships, while the lighting of candles will represent the women, men and children who have died as a result of domestic and family violence.

This event part of Australia wide remembrance ceremony and marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Prevention Month.

Event details:

Wednesday 7 May, 5.30pm
Raby Bay Harbour Park (near Cleveland Train Station)

Snapshot – Tuesday 29 April


Free Household Hazardous Waste Surrender

When: 9am – 1pm Sunday 4 May 2014
Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre car park, 2 – 16 Middle St, Cleveland
What to bring: household hazardous waste

For the full list of accepted hazardous waste, volume limits and other conditions visit our website.

This event is available to Redland residents only and proof of residency is required. For more information contact RedWaste on 3829 8999.

 

Koala Community Planting

Sunday 4 May 2014

Join us for our annual Koala Community Planting, as we put 1000 plants in the ground to expand a creek corridor in Redland Bay. Stay afterwards for a sausage sizzle and take home a free native plant.

When: Sunday 4 May 2014, 9 – 11am
Where: Moogurrapum Creek Corridor, Main Street, Redland Bay
Bring: Enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water
Provided: Plants, equipment, sunscreen, gloves and a sausage sizzle

For more information phone 3824 8611.
Supported by Fund for National Parks & Wildlife

 

Council hosts free business workshop

ecoBiz Wednesday 7 May

Book now for this free workshop to find out how your business can save money by reducing water, waste and power costs.

When: Wednesday 7 May 2014, 5 – 7pm
Where: Redlands RSL Club, Passage Street, Cleveland
RSVP: 2 May 2014 to karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or phone: 3829 8507, places are limited

A light buffet and refreshments will be served.

EcoBiz is a free program funded by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, delivered by Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland and supported by the University of Southern Queensland and Australian Business Training Solutions.

 

Straddie Township Meeting

Saturday 3 May

North Stradbroke Island residents are invited to attend a Township Meeting with Council this weekend.

When: Saturday 3 May from 1pm
Where: Amity Point Community Hall, 16 Ballow Road, Amity Point. No need to RSVP
Inquiries: 3829 8623

 

 

Water meter readings

Time to pare back your pointy trees! We are reading water meters in Wellington Point, North Stradbroke, Perulpa, Lamb and Karragarra islands this week. Please make sure meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 7 May, General Meeting – 9.30am

Residents urged to surrender hazardous waste


Residents are urged to bring unused chemicals and other hazardous wastes to Council’s free Household Hazardous Waste Surrender day on Sunday 4 May.

Redland City Council spokesperson for waste operations Cr Kim-Maree Hardman said common household items and chemicals carried potential serious health and environmental consequences if not stored and disposed of correctly.

“Some of these materials lying around your home could potentially endanger you and your loved ones – so if you aren’t using them, now is the time to dispose of them safely,” Cr Hardman said.
 
“Hazardous wastes can’t be placed in kerbside collection bins because they may be flammable, corrosive or toxic and may cause  serious environmental and health risks, so Council offers regular free surrender day for residents during the year.”
 
This event is available to Redland residents only and proof of residency is required. No commercially generated material will be accepted including large quantities of paint. Commercial operators are reminded to comply with relevant waste disposal regulations.

Redlands residents can bring hazardous waste (a general limit of 20L per type of hazardous waste applies) for safe disposal free of charge. All items must remain in their original containers and not be mixed.

Car batteries, electronic waste, empty gas bottles and used engine oil can be taken to Council’s waste transfer station during normal operating times.

For a full list of what can and can’t be disposed of visit Council’s website or call RedWaste 3829 8999

Free household hazardous waste surrender event details
When: 9am-1pm, Sunday 4 May 2014
Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre car park, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland

North Stradbroke Island Township Meeting


Saturday 3 May

North Stradbroke Island residents are invited to attend a Township Meeting with Council this weekend.

When: Saturday 3 May from 1pm
Where: Amity Point Community Hall, 16 Ballow Street, Amity Point.

No need to RSVP.

Inquiries: 3829 8623

Fellowship for Redland indigenous arts curator


The Australia Council has recognised Redland Art Gallery curator Freja Carmichael with a 12- month early career fellowship to explore Indigenous crafts.

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Ms Carmichael, a descendant of the Ngugi people of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), will develop and present an exhibition at the Redland Art Gallery which explores Indigenous weaving practices that are honouring traditions in a contemporary context.

Redland City Council Arts, Innovation and Culture spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said the fellowship would help Ms Carmichael continue to make a significant contribution to Indigenous arts, heritage and culture.

“Having attended a series of related workshops on North Stradbroke Island with indigenous and non- indigenous locals and visitors over several years, I believe this is one of the most exciting skills transfer initiatives I have ever witnessed,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“Supporting Freya will be a tremendously valuable gift to Redland City and our community’s cultural legacy.

“Our art gallery is committed to representing the rich culture and heritage of Quandamooka and the works of local Salt Water Murris artists, and Freja’s fellowship will help develop that further.’’

Ms Carmichael, who also has completed curatorial internships at the Queensland Museum and the Wesfarmers Indigenous arts leadership program at the National Gallery of Australia, said her research would focus on engaging closely with Indigenous artists and their communities to identify practising weavers who are connecting with their traditional practices through contemporary forms.

“This project will bring together collections of their works and seek to provide a real understanding of Quandamooka community traditions,’’ she said.

Ms Carmichael said she would also encourage and support Salt Water Murris Quandamooka artists to participate in Redland Art Gallery’s In Focus 2015 exhibition.

 She will be mentored during her fellowship by Stephanie Lindquist, Director of Redland Art Gallery. Ms Lindquist is an established art curator, researcher and writer with more than 20 years’ experience in the visual arts sector.

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Extra funding approved for Coochiemudlo Jetty


Redland City Council has agreed to increase its share of funding for the Coochiemudlo Island Jetty redevelopment.

It has raised its allocation for the joint project with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) by $560,000 to $2.31 million due to an increase in construction costs since it was first proposed in 2009.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council would also open talks with DTMR about sharing costs of the jetty’s ongoing maintenance.

“This is a much needed project for the Redlands and, on completion, Council will become the legal owner of both the island’s jetty and the upgraded mainland ferry terminal at Victoria Point,’’ Cr Williams said.

“But marine infrastructure is a responsibility of the State Government and Redlands’ ratepayers shouldn’t have to carry the burden of the jetties’ maintenance alone.’’

The cost of building the new Coochiemudlo jetty is being shared equally with DTMR, which will fully fund the $2.66 million required to upgrade the ferry facilities it currently owns at Victoria Point.

The project, for which tenders will now be called, will provide a safe and fully accessible all-weather ferry service between Coochiemudlo Island and Victoria Point.

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett (Victoria Point, Coochiemudlo Island, Thornlands and Redland Bay) said he welcomed the funding increase so the building phase could begin.

“These are upgrades which are vital to the future of both Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island communities, as well as providing improved access for visitors to one of the City’s most beautiful waterfront playgrounds,’’ Cr Hewlett said.

“This is also collectively one of the biggest projects in the Redlands.’’

The estimated cost of the two projects was revised to $7.28 million on the advice of DTMR, which is responsible for the project.

The old Coochiemudlo Island Jetty will be demolished once the new jetty is completed.

Top teamwork accolade for Redland City Council


Redland City Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism team has earned the state’s highest local government teamwork award for its efforts during the North Stradbroke Island bushfires.

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The team was recognised with a Local Government Managers Association Queensland (LGMAQ) Award for Excellence for its 24/7 communication strategy during one of the biggest emergencies to ever confront the Redlands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams congratulated team members for playing a major role in ensuring residents were well prepared for the potentially life-threatening bushfires which raged for almost two weeks in December-January.

“At the centre of their efforts was the harnessing of social and traditional media to ensure residents were kept fully informed and safe,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This included tweeting from community forums, and using real-time information sourced from social media to inform emergency services, right down to pinning written notices at key sites on the island each day.’’

Cr Williams said the award reflected the importance of communication and teamwork in ensuring Redlanders were kept up to date with events during times of potential emergency.

“This ensures residents can make informed choices as they take care of themselves, families and friends. Our Communication team went beyond the call of duty to ensure this during the Straddie fires,’’ Cr Williams said.

Get the facts – Council crew work through night to fix burst water pipe at Point Lookout


A report on www.couriermail.com.au on Tuesday 22 April 2014 regarding Redland City Council’s management of a burst water pipe at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island requires clarification and correction.

Council was notified of a burst pipe at 10.30pm on 21 April 2014.

The person who notified Council of the burst pipe reached a Council on-call officer, not a contractor as reported. The officer immediately set about liaising with appropriate parties – including Council management, SEQWater and the water taxi company – and also sourced resources to attend to the issue.

A Council crew was transported to North Stradbroke Island via an emergency called-out ferry which picked up the crew from the mainland at the earliest opportunity – about 1am. The water mains were shut down at about 2.30am.

Trained personnel are required when shutting down water supply and this issue in particular required specific technical knowledge and equipment as further problems could have been caused by incorrectly isolating valves.

The dedicated Council crew worked through the night to repair the pipe, which was 15cm in diameter, not 2.5 metres as originally reported by www.couriermail.com.au. The Courier-Mail has since fixed this error.

It was also originally incorrectly reported that Redland Water declined to comment. Council’s communication team was contacted just three minutes before the online report was published at 9.37am this morning (22 April)and left messages for the journalist for several hours afterwards.

As stated in the amended published version (1.35pm), water supply was restored to all areas by 8am. This coincided with peak water usage times, so water pressure may have been less than usual as reservoirs were concurrently being refilled.

Council quick to repair Point Lookout water main


Well done to the Council crew which worked through to night to repair a burst water main at Point Lookout.

The burst water main was reported to Council at 10.30pm yesterday (21 April 2014). A crew was transported to North Stradbroke Island via an emergency called-out ferry and worked through the night to repair the pipe by 8.00am this morning. Water supply has been restored to all areas.

 

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Snapshot – Tuesday 22 April 2014


Redlitzer Junior Short Story Competition

Entries now open

Redland Libraries ‘Redlitzer Junior Short Story Competition’ is now open for entries of any genre up to 1000 words. There are two age categories: 10 – 11 years and 12 – 14 years. All shortlisted entrants receive a $50 book voucher and a place at the Redlitzer Writers’ Day to work on their manuscript with award-winning author Angela Sunde. Five shortlisted entries from each category will also be published in a special edition anthology. Entries close Saturday 31 May 2014. For entry conditions and information, visit our website or phone 3829 8779.

 

Free business workshop

ecoBiz Wednesday 7 May

Book now for this free workshop to find out how your business can save money by reducing water, waste and power costs.
When: Wednesday 7 May 2014, 5 – 7pm
Where: Redlands RSL Club, Passage Street, Cleveland
RSVP: 2 May 2014 to karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or phone 3829 8507

Places are limited. A light buffet and refreshments will be served.

EcoBiz is a free program funded by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, delivered by Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland and supported by the University of Southern Queensland and Australian Business Training Solutions.

 

Koala Community Planting

Sunday 4 May 2014

Join us for our annual Koala Community Planting, as we put 1000 plants in the ground to expand a creek corridor in Redland Bay. Stay afterwards for a sausage sizzle and take home a free native plant.
When: Sunday 4 May 2014, 9 – 11am
Where: Moogurrapum Creek Corridor, Main St, Redland Bay
Bring: Enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water
Provided: Plants, equipment, sunscreen, gloves and sausage sizzle

For more information phone 3824 8611. Supported by Fund for National Parks & Wildlife.

 

Redland Home Assist Secure

It’s no joke: change your smoke alarm battery

Around Australia, everyone is reminded to change their smoke alarm in April each year. Only working smoke alarms save lives! 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 3383 3030.

 

Water meter readings

Get wielding the whipper snipper! We are reading water meters in Capalaba CBD, Ormiston, North Stradbroke, Perulpa, Lamb, Karragarra, Macleay and Russell islands this week. Please make sure meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 23 April – General Meeting, 9.30am
Wednesday 7 May – General Meeting, 9.30am