Monthly Archives: September 2014

ANZAC Centenary Memorial proposed re-design released for comment

Redland City Council and the Redland RSL have released new designs for the proposed ANZAC centenary memorial for public comment.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the memorial, to be located in Kinsail Court Park Cleveland, would be a fitting tribute to servicemen and women, particularly in the centenary year of the First World War.

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“The Redlands has a proud military history and this memorial will provide a permanent and poignant reminder to the community of the debt we owe to those who served to ensure our freedom and give us hope for a bright future,” Cr Williams said.

“This revised design has been prepared by Council after local residents voiced concerns about the size of a preliminary design released by the RSL earlier in the year.

“We took on board those concerns and the new design is a stunning compromise that honours the ANZAC memory without impacting on surrounding residents.”


Cr Williams said the wider community and nearby residents would be invited to provide their comments on the new designs prior to the project progressing to detailed design and construction.

“From 29 September to 27 October Council will be inviting comments on the new designs that have achieved a much more appropriate scale than the initial designs previously circulated.

“The design works with the existing contours of the park and limits the use of walls to low impact sloping retaining walls to provide a visually unobtrusive reminder of the battles in which so many Australians have made the ultimate sacrifice.


“The memorial will enhance the existing RSL cenotaph which will remain in its current location, creating a precinct to honour our servicemen and women and become an asset the community will be proud of.

“Commemorative events such as ANZAC Day are always very well attended in the Redlands and these commemorations are a vital link with our past.

“I have no doubt this new memorial will be a key focus of these future commemorations for current and future generations of Redlanders.

“Council and the RSL have also been mindful of the potential traffic issues surrounding these events and this will be a key part of the ongoing discussion and engagement with nearby residents on the new memorial proposals.”

High school students find their ‘voice’ in new exhibition

A new exhibition at Redland Art Gallery celebrates the artistic talent of Redland high schools students.

High Schools in Focus I, on display at Redland Art Gallery Capalaba from Monday 22 September until Saturday 15 November, combines artworks from Alexandra Hills State School, Capalaba State Senior College, Wellington Point State High School and Redlands College students.

Redland City Council Community and Cultural Services Spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the exhibition was a collaboration between Redland Art Gallery, local high schools and their students.

“The first of a two part exhibition, High Schools In Focus I is a great example of the outstanding results that can be achieved when different organisations and individuals work in partnership towards a common goal,” Cr Hewlett said.

“As part of this project, school students were given the opportunity to collaborate within a gallery environment, harnessing new skills and giving them added confidence to follow artistic pursuits.

“As part of High Schools in Focus I students were encouraged to use a range of medium including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, textiles and new media to create a piece to the theme of  ‘voice’.

“The end result is a diverse, inspiring and thought-provoking collection of artworks that give us a rare insight into issues driving young people in our community.

“This exhibition is a wonderful celebration of young talent in Redland City and I encourage everyone to come and learn what students have had to say with their artistic ‘voice’.”

The exhibition will be officially opened at 10.30am on Saturday 20 September, with floor talks
by Curator, Dominique Macedo and selected art teachers.

To attend the opening RSVP acceptances by Thursday 18 September 2014 to
(07) 3030 4163 or email:
For more information on High Schools In Focus I and II and other Redland Art Gallery exhibitions and events, visit

Celebrating 60 years of new Redland City citizens

Sixty years after a handful of new citizens were welcomed to Redland City at the first ever citizenship ceremony; 168 people from 26 countries are preparing to take the ‘pledge’ at a ceremony tomorrow.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said tomorrow’s event would not only commemorate 60 years since that modest ceremony was held in the Redlands Memorial Hall, but appropriately it would also be held on National Citizenship Day.

“Each citizenship ceremony held in the Redlands is special, but this ceremony will have added meaning with it being the 60th anniversary of citizenship ceremonies in the Redlands as well as the national day when we recognise the contribution of new citizens across Australia.

“Citizenship ceremonies are not only special for the new citizens, but the whole city that is all the richer for those who choose the Redlands as their new Australian home.”

Cr Williams said the first Redland City citizenship ceremony was held on 1 October 1954, when citizenship was granted to Miss Antje Boeterhoek and Sr Slvatore d’Amico. 

“The descendants of these two people remain in the Redlands today, showing the Redlands is not just a location for immigrants but it is very much a home,” she said.

Someone who knows this all too well is son of Italian immigrant and local author Carl Saffigna, who will be guest speaker at next week’s citizenship ceremony.

Carl’s father immigrated from east Italy to the Redlands in 1925 and while Carl himself was later born in Australia, the contribution of immigrants to the Redlands has always interested him, so much so that he has written a book on the topic, Half a World Away.

“I interviewed more than 100 people from Italian families over five years to find out about their stories and how they came to be in the Redlands,” he said.

“In those days a lot of people came to the Redlands because of the farming potential. They could afford small farms in the Redlands where the whole family could contribute and work.

“Often the father of the family would come out first and work for a couple of years before then bringing their wife and children out and settling in the area.

“Sometimes they would also tell their siblings or other relatives about the Redlands and they would then also come out.  This is now known as chain migration.

“It’s the same whenever you find something you like, you want others to know about it, like if you find a good camping place or fishing spot you tell your friends.”

New citizens taking part in next week’s citizenship ceremony are from: Afghanistan, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Kenya, Mozambique, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam, Zimbabwe


Redland City Council offers a jam-packed holiday program

Redland City Council is again offering a great range of activities to keep local kids and parents happy these school holidays.

Council’s Community and Cultural Services spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the list included library, art, environmental and skateboarding activities.

“Delivered through Council’s Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery, Redlands IndigiScapes Centre and Strengthening Communities teams, there’s a great range of activities to suit all school ages,” Cr Hewlett said.

“From spotlighting and earth exploring, to art workshops, library craft mornings and authors’ talks, there’s something to keep all kids entertained over the two-week break.

“We are also offering skateboarding workshops at Capalaba, Dunwich and Macleay Island in the second week of school holidays, which will be a great chance for young people to learn some new tricks with Skate Boarding Australia.

“All activities are low-cost or free, though many require bookings, so I encourage parents to enquire early so they don’t miss a spot.”

The school holiday program includes:

• For nature-lovers: earth exploring, creatures of the dark spotlighting and Bats at the Black Swamp activities.

• For art enthusiasts: beading workshops at the library and Redland Art Gallery workshops with artist Colin Offord

• For thrill-seekers: skateboarding workshops

• For bookworms: story corner, crafty stories and jungle story time fun activities.

The full list of activities including dates, times, costs (if applicable) and booking information can be found on Council’s School Holidays What’s On Calendar.

For more information on specific activities, people can also call the relevant teams:
• Redland Libraries activities: 3843 8031
• Redland Art Gallery activities: 3829 8463
• Redlands IndigiScapes Centre activities: 3824 8611
• Skateboarding workshops: 3829 8233

Coochie Music Festival, Saturday 13 September: special parking arrangements

Coochie Music Festival is on this Saturday and features a fantastic lineup including Ed Kuepper. For tickets and more information visit:


SES Volunteers will be assisting with parking on the mainland. Overflow parking will be available in the parkland next to the Victoria Point VMR Base (turn left at the end of Colburn Avenue).

Parking cars in the car and boat trailer bays is NOT permitted on weekends – our parking officers and Queensland Police routinely patrol the area.


The passenger ferry leaves the mainland on the hour and half hour and returns from Coochie a quarter past and a quarter to the hour.

Redland City celebrates its inspiring locals

Some of the Redlands’ best and brightest were honoured at the inaugural ‘Inspiring Redlanders’ reception hosted by Redland City Council last night.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event’s list of invitees showed the depth and calibre of Redlanders and included gold-medal Paralympian Daniel Fox, solo aviator Alex Fisher and winner of The Voice Kids Alexa Curtis.

“The Redlands is full of inspirational and passionate people from all walks of life and it is great to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of Redlanders,” Cr Williams said.

“The event included athletes who recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as well as world BMX champion Bailey Mills and other talented people who are achieving in cultural fields.

“These people don’t do anything by halves – they epitomise human potential, and they call the Redlands home.

“They are an inspiration to others, young and old alike, because they have shown what can be achieved with determination, integrity and dedication to excellence.

“The reception was an opportunity for Council to thank and congratulate these outstanding Redlanders on behalf of the whole community.”

Those to be honoured at the ‘Inspiring Redlanders’ reception were:

• Daniel Fox: Glasgow Commonwealth Games swimming gold medalist
• Robert Galsworthy:  Glasgow Commonwealth Games Weightlifting competitor
• Tegan Napper: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Weightlifting competitor
• Alexa Curtis: The Voice Kids winner
• Bailey Mills: BMX World Champion in 5-6 year-old age group
• Jordan Duffy: G20 Youth Delegate and young entrepreneur
• Paul Bancroft OAM (honorary Redlander): Medal of the Order of Australia  recipient • Don Seccombe AM: Member of the Order of Australia.
• Alex Fisher: the youngest (17-year-old) person to solo circumnavigate Australia after recently completing the journey to raise awareness and funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Public Notice: Administrative Amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme

Public Notice: Administrative Amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme

Redland City Council

Adoption of an Administrative Amendment (Administrative Amendment 02/2014) to the Redlands Planning Scheme

Notice is given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that Redland City Council resolved to adopt an administrative amendment to the Redlands Planning Scheme on 9 September 2014.

The administrative amendment includes:

  • Clarifying the level of assessment and assessment criteria that apply to Domestic Additions and Secondary Dwellings in the Urban Residential Zone;
  • Renumbering the Acceptable Solutions applicable to Self-Assessable Development in the Excavation and Fill Code and providing an example to assist with the interpretation of the self-assessment provisions.

These administrative amendments to the Redlands Planning Scheme come into effect on 12 September 2014.

Administrative Amendment 02/2014 can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres and online at Council’s website.

For further information on the planning scheme amendment, please contact Redland City Council’s City Planning and Assessment Group on (07) 3829 8654.

Bill Lyon

Chief Executive Officer





Spring brings Tapas Night No.3 to RPAC

Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) proves good things come in threes as it prepares for its Tapas Night No.3 event on Friday 19 September 2014.

Redland City Council’s Community and Cultural Services spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the successful series of Tapas Fridays are becoming a firm favourite in the Redlands.

“Tapas Fridays give a taste of Redlands, showcasing the great arts culture in our City and what the Redland Performing Arts Centre has to offer as a venue,” Cr Hewlett said. 

“Taking advantage of the RPAC Bar and alfesco outdoor piazza, next week’s event will feature music from the Noisy Minors and Vocal Manoeuvres.

“Tapas No.3 will also add a new aroma, with freshly barista-brewed coffee and other hot beverages available from the newly opened Sundial Cafe.

“With a range of public transport options only minutes away as well as ample onsite parking, RPAC allows people to go out, have a great time, relax with friends and family and get home easily.

“There’s no need to book, just come along and enjoy the atmosphere.

The menu will boast individual flatbread pizzas and a choice of tapas plates. Tapas selections are still being finalised, but previous menus included the likes of cheesy garlic bread, falafels with mint yoghurt, chorizo-filled dates with bacon and Cajun-spiced chicken skewers.

Tapas Fridays are presented by RPAC in association with Vocal Manoeuvres.

Event details- Tapas Friday

When: Friday 19 September, 5 – 7pm
Where: RPAC Piazza, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland (Parking available on site)
What: bar, tapas, hot beverages and free music

For more information on upcoming RPAC events, visit

Redland Snapshot – Wednesday 10 September

Glossy Black-Cockatoo annual survey

Volunteer workshops: 20 & 27 September

We’re calling for volunteers to help with the annual survey of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo. One of the more threatened cockatoo species in Australia, it’s listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland.

Although the count isn’t until Sunday 19 October, volunteers need to attend a workshop beforehand. The first ones are 20 and 27 September.

To book into a workshop or find out more 3824 8611 visit


School holiday fun coming us!

From spotlighting and a bush tucker tour to kids’ workshops and crafty stories, there’s a great range of activities to suit kids of all ages this school holidays. All activities are free or low-cost and you need to book for some.

For dates, details and booking information go to:


Birders bushwalk

Join the local Luke Street Bushcare Group as they explore the diversity of birds along Eprapah Creek. You will be amazed by the sounds, colours and sizes of the local birdlife.

When: Saturday 20 September, 2.30pm – 4pm
Where: Luke Street (eastern end), Thornlands
Includes: Bird walk followed by free afternoon tea
Bring: Binoculars, sun-smart clothing, closed-in shoes and drinking water

To book, phone IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or email by 18 September.


Stay safe from swooping birds

Spring signals the beginning of bird nesting season. Magpies and other birds such as plovers and butcherbirds may swoop. Swooping is a warning signal and is their way of protecting their young.

Visit for more information and safety tips during swooping season.


Meet our ‘Wonderful Wildlife’

IndigiScapes celebrates Save the Koala month!

Enjoy a family fun day out and learn about our wonderful wildlife. Come dressed as your favourite animal for our fashion parade at 12.30pm, prizes for best dressed!

When: Friday 26 September, 10am – 2pm
Where: IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba
Free: Meet a koala and wedge tailed eagle, wildlife presentations, art classes, colouring-in competition and craft
Information: Phone 3824 8611 or visit


Check your water meter

Meter reading is almost complete for the October rate notice. Checking your water meter weekly or monthly can help you monitor your usage and detect water leaks early, saving you water and money. It’s easy – turn off all taps around your home and record all numbers from the meter. Do not use any water for at least two hours then check to see if the meter dials have changed since your first reading.


Open meetings

General Meeting – Wednesday 17 September, 9.30am

Redlands is in business thanks to upcoming workshops

A series of free workshops will help support a vibrant local economy by offering local business helpful and practicable information.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the workshops were part of Council’s open for business approach and would provide the opportunity for business owners to hear from experts in various fields.

“These workshops are a way for people who live, work or do business in the Redlands to learn from industry experts and network with other business owners,” she said.

“Local business is the heart of our economy and these workshops will provide information on the latest technology, business succession planning and customer service.”

Council’s Community and Cultural Service spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the workshop information would be invaluable to local businesses.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved,” he said.

“You would normally pay top dollar to access workshops such as these and the knowledge of the experts running them, so to have them on offer free of charge is a huge coup for the local community.”

The business workshop program is outlined below.  Book online through Council’s website. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Power-Up Small Business Digital Workshops: for Beginners
Evening session
Wednesday 24 September 2014, 5 – 7pm
Capalaba Bowls Club (Function Room), 113 Ney Road, Capalaba
RSVP: 18 September 2014
Light refreshments will be served.
Take the very first steps towards getting your business online at this beginner session, which will cover different aspects of digital technology and how you can apply it to your business to help you run it more effectively and efficiently. The sessions include real-life examples and practical advice, delivered by Brisbane Marketing’s digital business advisor Mark Jones. 
Power-Up Small Business Digital Workshop: Intermediate

Wednesday 8 October 2014, 7 – 9am 
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: 2 October 2014
Light refreshments will be served.
Digital technology can help you increase your business efficiencies, saving you time and money. Find out how. If you have a working knowledge of digital and want more information and support on increasing your business efficiencies, then this session is for you. This workshop includes real-life examples and practical advice, delivered by Brisbane Marketing’s digital business advisor Mark Jones.
Business Succession Planning Workshop

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 7 – 9pm
Redlands RSL Club, Passage Street, Cleveland
RSVP: 17 October 2014
Light refreshments will be served.

Business succession planning is an essential but often neglected part of being in business. Workshop present Julie Mayer will help you plan for your businesses’ ongoing success, addressing the topics of long-term goals and objectives, development needs and recognising workforce trends.
Customer Service for Businesses Workshop

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba     
RSVP: 20 November 2014 
Light refreshments will be served.
Do you impress your customers every time you interact with them? Workshop presenter Julie Maher will give you the benefit of her 30 years of professional experience and the tools to go beyond simply ‘delivering’ your product.