Redland City shines as it grants Freedom of Entry to the City Air Force

Redland City celebrated its proud military history by granting Freedom of Entry to the City to the No. 95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today (Saturday 12 April).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams granted entry to the City to the 150 RAAF personnel who marched up Middle Street, Cleveland cheered on by residents and visitors.

“This unique event not only celebrates Redland City’s proud military history, it has also provided an exciting event for locals and visitors,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redlands has been the scene of many key events in military history and with Anzac Day approaching today’s event is even more significant.

“There was a real sense of excitement generated from the parade today. I spoke with many at the event who have been part of Australia’s military past and the sense of pride was obvious.”

“And into the future, Redland City can look forward to a strong relationship with No. 95 Wing, the largest wing in the Air Force with more than 2600 personnel posted to every Air Force base in Australia.

Cr Williams said today’s event included a range of interesting activities for the community.

“The Protected Mobility Vehicle (an armoured military vehicle) was an obvious favourite with the excited kids, as were the RAAF trained dogs and the Air Force displays at the Cleveland Library Square,” she said.

“We also rolled out the Redlands red carpet for a host of VIPs, including Premier Campbell Newman’s wife Lisa Newman, who were welcomed at a special function at the Redlands RSL following the Freedom of Entry to the City parade.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty, who has been a driving force behind the event, thanked the Air Force, particularly the No.95 Wing, for entering the Redlands in such spectacular ceremonial style.

“I’d also like to thank the Bayside Bulletin who partnered with Council in promoting the event and the rich history between the city and the Air Force, as well as thank Redlands RSL and the Rotary Club of Cleveland who helped to cater for today’s event in association with Redland City Council,” Cr Talty said.

“The Redlands is a fantastic place to live and visit and had a strong sense of community. It was great to be able to showcase the strengths of the city to the visiting RAAF, cadets and many people who came to see the event.”

A commemorative program featuring the proud history of the Redlands and the Air Force as well as today’s ceremony details was handed out at the parade and is available on Council’s website.