Monthly Archives: May 2014

Redland Gallery shows the nature of art

Art meets nature in two exhibitions opening at the Cleveland and Capalaba Redland Art Galleries.

The Bird People at the Capalaba gallery showcases the work of Samuel Blanch who uses acrylics to uniquely capture his fascination with birds.


Exhibition details

Samuel Blanch

WHERE: Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba
WHEN: Until Saturday 12 July 2014

A second exhibition entitled Bimblebox: art – science – nature, which looks at western Queensland’s Bimblebox Nature Refuge is on show at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland and is in partnership with Museum and Gallery Services Queensland.

Bimblebox: art – science – nature exhibition is on tour thanks to a $81,254 Visions of Australia grant.

The exhibition looks at western Queensland’s Bimblebox Nature Refuge, its environmental, social and scientific significance and an artist group’s creative response to their experience of this unique but threatened environment.


Exhibition details

TITLE OF EXHIBITION: Bimblebox: art – science – nature

WHERE: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

WHEN: Until Sunday 29 June

Connect with your creek

You can discover the unique flora, fauna and fish of the Redlands’ creeks during a special Healthy Waterways celebration this month.

Connect to your Creek Week from 17-25 May gives Redlanders a chance to learn more about the wonderfully wild diversity of the City’s diverse waterways.

Redland City environment, waterways and foreshores spokesman Cr Paul Gleeson said the week boasted a range of activities to inform and engage residents.

“There are some great activities which encourage kids and families to get out and be active,’’ Cr Gleeson said.

“From helping to check water quality to guided walks and displays, you are sure to find something new and interesting. And best of all, they are mostly free with no need to book.”

On Wednesday 14 May, you can give your local creek a helping hand by joining the Creek Crew community-based water quality monitoring group from 10am–11am. Meet inside the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre at 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba.

“This is a great way to learn about the water quality in your creek and the impact it has on Moreton Bay while making a positive contribution,’’ Cr Gleeson said.

Youngsters will love the dragonflies and water bugs display from Saturday 17 May to Sunday 25 May at IndigiScapes Centre. It will be open from 10am-4pm daily.

Visitors can learn more about the life and habits of dragonflies from the centre’s display wall and see whether they can spot the waterbugs in their enclosure. There will be fun craft activities for kids each day.

A two-hour Eprapah Creek guided walk will head off from the Eprapah Environment Centre at 424 Cleveland Redland Bay Rd, Victoria Point, from 9am on Saturday 17 May.

Guides will take you on an exploration of the trails and natural attractions of lower Eprapah Creek, with walkers learning about the area’s unique flora and fauna. Again, there’s no need to book but a gold coin donation to local Scouts would be appreciated.

As part of Connect to your Creek Week, award-winning Redlands Kayak Tours will host guided kayak tours of the Redlands’ beautiful foreshores and creeks.

Tours will leave from Thompson Beach, Victoria Point, on Saturday 17 May (9.30am-11am and noon-1.30pm) and Sunday 18 May (10.30am-noon, 1pm-2.30pm). Cost: adults $55, children $45/child (BYO kayak or canoe – $45/adult & $35/child). Bookings required by 12 May on 1300 529 258.

For more information on Connect to your Creek Week, call IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Exhibition showcase unique take on bird-life

A fascination with birds has produced unique artworks that will be exhibited at the Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba from Monday 12 May.

The Bird People is an exhibition of paintings by regional Queensland artist Samuel Blanch on display until Saturday 12 July.

Redland City Council art, culture and innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said Blanch’s work showcased a unique take on our feathered friends.

“The Redlands are home to a variety of bird-life so I’m sure many locals and visitors to the area will be interested in this exhibition and the way it portrays the relationship with nature,” he said.

“Influenced by a fascination with birds, Blanch expressively uses bold colours with simple images emerging, leaving a sense of his experience and the comfortable feelings in the presence of the works.”

Blanch said the exhibition brings the imaginary birds to life through unique imagery captured on canvas.

“Birds have always fascinated me and I like the way they sound. Capturing this on canvas is not easy to do. I enjoy the happy mistake of spontaneity,” Blanch said.

“When I paint it is the mood, full immersion in the blank space of the surface of the canvas – the brush has a life of its own, it gives me life, more so space and stimulation.

“Acrylics go well with water, they run, they wash. I begin each piece with willow charcoal stick – soft scraping onto the cotton duck. The end results are indeterminate, but it pleases me that the process gels, with the synthetic image coming to life.

“Through this leap, and the drain, and the exhilaration of unknown space – simple images emerge leaving a sense of the residues of my experience.”

The Bird People is displayed simultaneously with Bimblebox: art – science – nature at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland which also focuses on the habitat of regional Queensland.
Exhibition details

Samuel Blanch

WHERE: Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba
WHEN: Monday 12 May – Saturday 12 July 2014

Redland Gallery shows the nature of art

Art meets nature in Bimblebox, a special touring exhibition which will launch at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, on 18 May in partnership with Museum & Gallery Services Queensland and Bimblebox Nature Refuge.

Bimblebox: art – science – nature will show at the gallery until 29 June before being taken to 10 venues across Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Redland City Council art, culture and innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said launching the exhibition – which will go on tour thanks to a grant of $81,254 from the Australia Council – was a big feather in the gallery’s cap.

“This is further recognition of our gallery’s role as a significant regional arts promoter with the expertise to stage high-quality touring exhibitions,’’ Cr Bishop said.

The exhibition looks at western Queensland’s Bimblebox Nature Refuge, its environmental, social and scientific significance and an artist group’s creative response to their experience of this unique but threatened environment.

Featuring the work of 17 artists from Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania, the exhibition also incorporates aspects of scientific and environmental research and social history of the site.

“This is a very rich and diverse exhibition of works using a variety of mediums which make a statement about this refuge and the threat it faces from mining,’’ Cr Bishop said.

Redland Art Gallery also received funding from the Gordon Darling Foundation to print an exhibition catalogue and to develop a digital application for use on tablets and iPads.

The official opening will be at 6pm on Friday, 16 May, with a performance by exhibiting artists Alison Clouston and Boyd. There will be a panel discussion with curator Beth Jackson and artists Emma Lindsay and Gerald Soworka at the gallery, starting with morning tea at 11.30am on Sunday, 18 May. Information and RSVPs: 3829 8899.

There will also be two art workshops by Bimblebox artists during the exhibition display period, with further information and details for booking on the gallery website.

The Australia Council’s Visions of Australia and Contemporary Touring initiative assists the development and touring of exhibitions of Australian cultural material to regional and remote communities across Australia.

Bimblebox: art – science – nature is a touring exhibition partnered by Museum & Gallery Services Queensland and Redland Art Gallery in association with Bimblebox Nature Refuge. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Speed limit reduced on Karragarra Island

Redland City Council has reduced speed limits to improve safety on Karragarra Island following a request by residents.

Redland City CEO Bill Lyon said the decision recognised the Island’s small size and high levels of shared use and also opened the door to the possibility of golf-buggies to be driven on local roads subject to State Government and Police approval.

“Karragarra Island is a small island with a large amount of vehicle and pedestrian interaction, so Council felt that 40km an hour across the island with 20km an hour at the jetty was appropriate,” Mr Lyon said.

“The recommendation for the reduced speed limits was formally approved at a Speed Management Committee (SMAC) meeting in March which included representatives Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Department of Transport and Main Roads representatives.

“While the SMAC approval is not directly related to the driving of golf buggies on public roads, the local Councillor has also been approached by residents wanting approval to drive these vehicles on roads and this decision allows that discussion to continue. 

“Council will now write to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to shows our in principle support of golf buggies being driven on local roads on the island – subject to the department’s and police final approval.

“We will also provide a letter of support on a case by case basis to residents who will then need to obtain a letter from the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Police and get concessional registration before they can drive these vehicles on the road.

“The Department of Transport and Main Roads and QPS have final approval over anyone driving vehicles on the road, so Council’s decision is only a minor piece of the puzzle.

“At the end of the day public health and safety must be taken into consideration and the State Government and Police are the ultimate decision makers in this regard, so if they decide against allowing golf buggies on the road based on safety concerns, Council will respect and support the decision and we ask residents to do the same.”

More information read the Department of Transport and Main Roads Guideline for Conditionally Registered Vehicles in Queensland Form 17 Version 3.1 February 2014.

Redland Snapshot – 6 May 2014

Bike Week 5 – 10 May 2014

Free activities
Redland City Council is hosting a range of free activities to celebrate Bike Week:

  • Ride the Redlands Track Park
    Wednesday 7 May 2014, 6.30am – 7.30am
    free scenic ride (own mountain bike required)
  • Ride to Work Breakfast
    Friday 9 May, 7.00am – 8.30am
    free community breakfast with cycling information at Cleveland Library Square.
  • Redland Track Park Trail care
    Saturday 10 May, 7.30am – 10.30am
    fun morning helping to repair, maintain and build our bike network. Register for this event on 3829 8760.
  • Free screening of Jour de Fete
    Saturday 10 May, 12.45pm
    Feature length French comedy about a local postman, RSVP essential by 7 May.

Registration is required for all events. For more details or to register, contact Jonathan Lamb on 3829 8734 or visit our website for details.


Koala Fun Run 2014

Sunday 25 May

Get training! Redlands 2014 Koala Fun Run is on from 7am on Sunday 25 May with two
course options – a 6km run/walk and a 12km run.

The Koala Fun Run is being organised by the Bayside Runners and Walkers Group with sponsorship from Redland City Council, as part of the RUN for REDLANDS 48hr Charity Festival, to be held from Friday 23 May to Sunday 25 May 2014 at Main Oval, Sharks Sporting Complex, Victoria Point.

You can register for this year’s Koala Fun Run by visiting the RUN for REDLANDS website.


Redlitzer Junior Short Story Competition

Entries now open

Redland Libraries ‘Redlitzer Junior Short Story Competition’ is open now for entries of any genre
up to 1000 words. There are two age categories: 10–11 years and 12–14 years. Entries close
Saturday 31 May 2014. For entry conditions and information:
or phone 3829 8779


Connect to your Creek Week

17 – 25 May 2014

Join in one of the local activities during ‘Connect to your Creek Week’, and celebrate the beauty and diversity of our waterways. Connect to your Creek Week is a Healthy Waterways initiative, supported by Redland City Council.

Activities include a water monitoring information session, dragonflies and waterbugs display, guided walk along Eprapah Creek and a kayak tour (there is a cost for this activity). For more information visit: or phone: 3824 8611


Dunwich boat ramp

Closed for repairs

The public boat ramp at Yabby Street, Dunwich (One Mile) will be closed for repairs from Monday 12 to Friday 16 May, weather permitting.


Water meter readings

Time to cut back spiky citrus trees! We are reading water meters in Cleveland and on Coochiemudlo Island this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.


Open meetings

Wednesday 7 and 21 May – General Meeting, 9.30am

Hazard reduction burn: Wednesday 7 May 2014

Wednesday 7 May

The Conservation Fire Management Team were unable to undertake the planned burn scheduled for Tuesday 29 April in the Don & Christine Burnett Conservation Area at Sheldon.

This burn has now been rescheduled for Wednesday 7 May 2014 (weather permitting). The burn will take place in the area within the blue boundary in the centre of the map below.


Queensland Fire & Emergency Service (QFES) communication centre has been notified. The burn will be completed by this afternoon with mopping up of the fire site occurring until the area is safe. All residents surrounding the area have been notified via letterbox drop.

Planned burns are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel to assist with hazard reduction and provide conditions essential for native plant species regeneration. It is appreciated that these burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts are made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

For further information, please view the fire management page on our website or phone our fire conservation officer on 3829 8456 or mobile 0419 929 177.

New link for Cycleway

Work is about to start on another crucial Redlands link in the massive Moreton Bay Cycleway project.

The latest section, a shared-use bridge over Raby Bay’s Ross Canal, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the start on the bridge, which coincides with Redlands Bike Week, reaffirmed Council’s commitment to providing safe, connected cycle paths across the City.

“There is already about 38km of this cycleway, which will eventually run from Bribie Island to Redland Bay, completed in the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This includes some stunning rides along our foreshores and through natural bush, as well as a few short on-road sections on quiet streets.’’

Division 2’s Councillor Craig Ogilvie (Cleveland, North Stradbroke Island) said the 2.5m-wide bridge over Ross Canal would link two sections of path into a continuous 1.8km bikeway.

“This completes a $900,000 project in the area,’’ Cr Ogilvie said.

“Cyclists will be able to ride from Cleveland train station, along the Raby Bay foreshore and on to Toondah Harbour and Oyster Point on a shared path without crossing busy roads.

“It will really complement the lifestyle we enjoy in this part of the Redlands as well as help commuters along the way.’’

The City’s next sections of the Moreton Bay Cycleway are scheduled to be through the Pinklands and southeast Thornlands area in the next two to three years.

This will lead to a continuous cycleway from Thorneside to Victoria Point, almost all of it on off-road shared-use paths.

The southern section from Victoria Point to Redland Bay will complete the Redlands’ part of the long-term Moreton Bay Cycleway project.

Save the date

Redlands Bike Week activities include:

Wednesday, 7 May: Ride the Redlands Track Park, a free guided tour from 6.30am-7.30am. For details or to register: call 3829 8734 or

Friday, 9 May: Free Ride to Work Breakfast from 7am-8.30am at Cleveland Library Square. For details or to register: call 3829 8734 or

Saturday, 10 May: Redlands Track Park Trail Care. Meet at Nannette Court Park, Alexandra Hills, for a fun morning working bee. For details or to register: call 3829 8760 or