Monthly Archives: October 2014

Announcement of prize winners ─ Redland Art Awards 2014

A cocktail evening on Friday 10 October marked the official opening of Redland Art Awards 2014.

Three prize winners were nominated by judges Maud Page (Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery │ Gallery of Modern Art), Joe Furlonger (Award-winning Australian artist and former recipient of Moet & Chandon Fellowship) and Stephanie Lindquist (Director, Redland Art Gallery) from the exhibition of 49 shortlisted works.

Redland Art Awards 2014 judge Maud Page spoke about the overall impressions of the exhibition and Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard officially opened the exhibition and announced major prize winners.

All commented on the high standard of works, congratulating all shortlisted entrants on their achievement during the official opening proceedings.

Representatives from Redland City Council attended, as did some of the sponsors: Lisa McLaren (Stark Creations), and Gloria Dietz-Kiebron (Redland Yurara Art Society).

Prize winners were:  
1st prize – acquisitive ($15,000) – Northern Territory artist Margaret Loy Pula for Anatye (Bush Potato)
2nd prize ($4,000) – Victorian artist Kevin Chin for Pass by
Local Environment prize ($2,500) – Queensland artist Jun Chen for Brisbane suburb

This popular free exhibition is open to the public and continues at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, until Sunday 23 November 2014.

Exhibition visitors are invited to cast their vote for the $500 Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, proudly sponsored by Redland Yurara Art Society, which will be announced Thursday 13 November 2014 on the Redland Art Awards website.

Visit to view images.

Redland Art Awards is presented by Redland Art Gallery with generous support for event sponsors Stark Creations, Redland Yurara Art Society, Sirromet and Redland City Bulletin.

 Image: First prize Margaret Loy Pula, Northern Territory Anatye (Bush Potato) 2013 Synthetic polymer paint on linen Courtesy of the artist


Local laws consultation gets extended

Redland City residents will have more time to have their say on the City’s proposed new local laws after Council voted to extend the public notification period by a month to 5 November.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams asked Council to extend the consultation period beyond the original 8 October deadline to give residents greater opportunity to understand and provide feedback on the current draft local laws.

“This is an important process and we owe it to our residents to get it right. If that means giving them more time to have their say, then that’s what we will do,” she said.

“I’m also concerned that residents don’t fully understand or appreciate the effects of some of the proposed changes, including a proposal to significantly increase parking fines in line with State penalty units.

“In theory linking parking fines to State Government penalties seems to make sense and is line with other councils but, as a local resident, mother and former business owner, I’m not comfortable with this proposed change and I’m sure there will be plenty of residents who share my concerns.

“As yet the submissions we have received do not reflect this assumption, which would suggest residents may not fully understand all proposed changes.”

Cr Williams said the nature of local laws as a legal framework meant they could be quite confusing.

“We need to make sure everyone is aware of this and other significant changes proposed under the current draft local laws and give them time to provide feedback,” she said.

“This extension to the public notification period will allow residents to better understand the proposed changes and for Council officers to review how these changes are being communicated to ensure they are crystal clear.”

Proposed changes to the laws include amending animal management provisions relating to enclosing dogs, keeping birds caged on certain-sized properties and feeding native birds.

Cr Williams said the drafting of the proposed new local laws began in 2013 and community consultation had already been open for eight weeks, rather than the required three.

“This is the first time we have reviewed all of our local laws so we need to get it right. This is not a process we need to rush,” she said.

“I emphasise that none of the proposals have been accepted by Council and we can amend the draft local laws to reflect community feedback. The best way for us to achieve that is for as many people as possible to tell us what they think.
“The draft local laws have been endorsed by the State Government but ultimately it is Council that approves them.

“Before we do I want us to be confident that residents have had every opportunity to have their say.”

For more information visit Council’s website. The local laws consultation phase will now close on 5 November 2014.

Redland City launches local online disaster plans

 Redland residents now have easy access to suburb-specific emergency planning information thanks to an online service launched by Redland City Council.

 Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams said the website, launched as part of ‘Get Ready Queensland Week’ from 13 – 19 October 2014, gives all the information people need to be prepared for potential local disasters and emergencies.

“We expect the website to be officially endorsed by the Redland Local Disaster Management Group this Wednesday 15 October, following feedback and consultation from Redland residents,” Cr Williams said.

 “The Redland online disaster plans have a wealth of information about how to prepare and how to get information should an emergency threaten.

“More than that, local knowledge gathered through our community consultation has been incorporated into the disaster plans.

“This website has specific details for every area of Redlands including safe evacuation routes, local places to go in an emergency, natural hazards and critical infrastructure in each suburb.

“It also has contact details for emergency agencies and links to the Bureau of Meteorology for weather information.”

Redland City Council’s Disaster Prevention spokesperson Cr Alan Beard urged everyone to take the time to prepare for the coming storm and bushfire season now.

“The site is and I urge everyone to check it out and save it to favourites on their computers and mobile phones.

“Having the knowledge of how to prepare and what to do at a local level could be lifesaving.

 “As we have seen in the last few years with the North Stradbroke Island bushfires and other weather events, our City is not immune to disasters and every household has a role to play in preparing.”

Get Ready Queensland Week is a Queensland Government initiative encouraging all Queenslanders to consider their own emergency plans and preparedness. 


The Happiness Cycle rides in to Redlands

More than 200 Redland teenagers now have a new bike thanks to the Happiness Cycle, a community event held today at Redlands PCYC.

The Happiness Cycle is a national program initiated by Coca-Cola and Bicycle Network who partnered with Redland City Council to deliver the event in Redlands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the initiative was a great way to engage young people in the community.

“It sounds too good to be true, but the Happiness Cycle event held today saw around 200 local high school students construct a bike and then get to take it home to keep,” Cr Williams said.

“It was wonderful to see such a positive outcome for our community, with Council working with Bicycle Network, the Smith Family, PCYC and local schools to ensure the day was a great success.

“It was a chance for students from all around our City to come together, make new friends, and of course, receive a new bike for their hard efforts on the day.”

Cr Craig Ogilvie, Chair of the Redlands Bicycle Advisory Committee said “our City is a wonderful place for cycling and the more we can encourage people to enjoy this healthy activity the better”.

Gemma McCrohan from Bicycle Network said all Happiness Cycle participants also received safety and maintenance training at the event and were given a new helmet, lights and a lock to go with their bike.

“The happiness cycle is all about encouraging teens to be physically active, and bike riding is a great way for teens to not only be active, but to also have some independence.” 

Redland City Council gave in-kind support for staff to promote, organise and work at the local event partnering with Bicycle Network, Coca-Cola, the Smith Family and Redlands PCYC who provided the venue.

For more information on this and other Happiness Cycle events, visit

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Happiness Cycle Redlands Mayor

Be prepared: heightened fire conditions in the Redlands

A reminder that the precautionary Wildfire Alert 2 status is still active in Redland City: everyone should take steps now to ensure they are prepared.

The Bureau of Meteorology have predicted higher temperatures and low rainfall over the coming months which will contribute to a higher than average risk of bushfire this summer. 

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Facelift for Bloomfield Street Park

Bloomfield Street Park will become a vibrant centre of community events and activities under upgrades proposed by Council.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the concept design, available for the public to review from 7-21 October, echoed community feedback received during recent consultation with key stakeholders.

“We have listened to the community and the concept design includes improved seating and lighting, free WiFi, new trees, a performance stage, power in key locations for events, open grass spaces and refurbished toilets,” Cr Williams said.

“There will also be opportunities for outdoor dining and an enhanced natural amphitheatre.

“The park has been designed to create a flexible, family-friendly, multifunctional meeting space that will attract new people and events to Cleveland Central Business District (CBD), supporting Council’s open for business initiatives.

“Construction is expected to begin early 2015 and Council will work to minimise disruptions for residents, businesses and shoppers.”

Divisional 2 Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said the plans include new artistic play equipment to replace the existing play sculpture.

“The sculpture has been a much-loved part of Cleveland but unfortunately it has become unsafe so we will be calling for expressions of interest from local artists for new functional art work,” Cr Ogilvie said.

“It may be that a very similar sculpture is constructed as a result of this process but what we do know is that the artwork will need to also act as play equipment for children. 

“The expressions of interest phase provides the opportunity to engage with the Redlands’ dynamic arts community and this process will be happening parallel to the other scheduled park works.

“The end result will be an attractive multi-use park that will play a key role in our ongoing commitment to activate businesses and events in Cleveland.”

The concept design can be viewed at Council’s Cleveland Customer Service Centre and Library or at Council’s website.

For more information, or to provide feedback, people can also call Council on 3829 8746.

Construction on the new Bloomfield Street Park is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government.

Big name acts to bring Christmas to the Redlands

Redland City Council has announced a program of big name entertainment to headline this year’s Christmas by Starlight on 6 December.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the list of performers would feature The Voice 2013 runner up Luke Kennedy and this year’s The Voice Kids winner, Redland’s own Alexa Curtis.“Securing Luke and Alexa is a real coup for us and we are very excited,” she said.

“Luke embraces the Christmas spirit, having performed at Australia’s best known Christmas concert Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne. A former Ten Tenor, his repertoire includes Christmas classics such as O Holy Night, released as a single last year, which are sure to add a great festive feel to the event.

“Since being named as runner-up on The Voice Australia last year Luke has released his first album A Time for Us and toured nationally as a special guest of Ricky Martin, as well as headlining his own national tour.”

Cr Williams said entertainment taking the stage at this year’s Christmas by Starlight would include Naomi Price, fresh off performances at this year’s Brisbane Festival.

“Naomi is such a versatile performer, who is best known for her cabaret and music theatre performances,” Cr Williams said.

“She also has a great sense of humour entertaining audiences with her cabaret tribute of soul singer Adele in hit show Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele, and as Miley Cyrus in stage show Wrecking Ball.

“Luke and Naomi have performed together on a number of occasions and have great stage presence, so I am looking forward to them bringing Christmas to the Redlands.

“This year’s list of performers also includes local performer and winner of The Voice Kids Australia Alexa Curtis, who wowed audiences during this year’s competition with a voice and stage presence that far exceeds her tender age of 10.

“In addition to recently completing a national tour with her fellow The Voice Kids contestants and having a great voice, Alexa has another great attribute, namely that she is a local Redlander and we all know how talented Redlanders are.

”Other spectacular performers include locals Jal Joshua, Kiara Rodrigues, and Leah Lever accompanied by the Redlands Sinfonia Orchestra and the Redland City Choir.”

Cr Williams said in addition to the great entertainment, this year’s Christmas by Starlight would be held in one of Redlands’ most popular parks.

“Planning is in full swing for this year’s concert at Capalaba Regional Park, with Council inviting volunteers, sponsors and community organisations wanting to be part of this year’s festival to contact Council now so they don’t miss out,” she said.

“This year’s event will include the same exciting attractions like fireworks, food and entertainment.”

Thank you to sponsors for the event to date – Shoreline Redlands Pty Ltd.

For more information visit

New SES Depot a boost for Russell Island

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey officially opened the Russell Island State Emergency Service (SES) Depot alongside Redland City Councillor Mark Edwards at a ceremony today.

“It gives me great pleasure to officially open the new Russell Island SES Depot, which will provide a welcome boost to emergency services volunteers on the Island,” Mr Dempsey.

“This $120,000 facility was jointly funded by the State Government and Redland City Council in support of the world class services SES volunteers continue to deliver across the Redland City Council area, particularly on Russell Island.

“The Queensland Government provided $50,000 under the SES Subsidy Program towards the construction of the Depot, which will store SES equipment and vehicles on the Island.”

Mr Dempsey said the SES Depot was the first of its kind to be built on the site of an existing Rural Fire Station, a recommendation of the Keelty Report.

“SES and rural fire volunteers will now work together out of the existing kitchen, dining and training areas on site to facilitate and enhance interoperability between the SES and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) and utilise joint training opportunities, in an all hazards approach,” he said.

“Russell Island’s SES volunteers have had a busy start to the year, deploying to North Stradbroke Island to respond to the significant bushfire in January, to evacuate campers and provide traffic control.

“Russell Island Rural Fire Brigade have also been busy responding to bushfire emergencies, working with council to conduct annual hazard reduction burns and responding to road crash rescues – a unique responsibility of island rural firefighters.

“The local community continues to rely on the valuable services Russell Island SES and RFSQ volunteers provide and we are very proud of their contribution and commitment to keeping their community safe. I look forward to seeing them operate out of this new facility.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams thanked the State Government for their support.

“Council is committed to ensuring residents have everything they need to prepare and battle disasters and this facility will not only help by acting as a base for SES volunteers but it will act as a visual reminder to residents of the importance of being disaster ready,” Councillor Williams said.

“No community is immune to disasters and the Redlands has certainly faced significant events in the last few years, most notably Tropical Cyclone Oswald which resulted in parts of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands being without power and isolated for up to five days. 

“This facility will not only help the community prepare for events such as this, but just as importantly it will help respond to these events, ensuring the community can get back on its feet as soon as possible afterwards.”


Redland library programs inspire new literacy app

A new app to improve children’s literacy that took its inspiration from Redland City library programs was launched at the Cleveland Library today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams was joined by Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek to launch the SPEAK App at the very place it began as a conversation with Redland library staff.

“This new app encourages oral language and literacy in children and has taken its inspiration from the Speaking Promotes Education and Knowledge (SPEAK) program that has helped promote early literacy in the Redlands since 2011,” Cr Williams said.

“The app uses a variety of activities such as games, nursery rhymes and images to engage with children, helping to improve literacy through fun and entertainment.

“We can all be proud that the SPEAK Community Program that provided the inspiration for this app was founded in Redland City.

“This app will be a fabulous addition to existing initiatives available through the SPEAK program and helps extend the reach of the program beyond the Redlands, making it an accessible resource for anyone wanting help with early childhood literacy.

“The SPEAK app has been funded by Department of Education, Training and Employment South East region, with input from a number of people including Redlands library staff and the Cleveland State School.

“It is a great example of what can be achieved when people who share a common passion for student literacy work together.”

The SPEAK app is available for free through Google Play and the App Store.

New online voice for Redlands precious history

Redland Libraries officially launched ‘Redland Voices’ on 30 October 2014, an initiative giving new voice to some of our City’s most treasured recollections.

Redland Voices came about through ‘Playback’, a Qld State Library project designed to digitise, preserve and provide access to un-digitised oral history material throughout the state. As one of the successful applicants, the Redlands Local History and Heritage Library has now has 20 hours of oral history material digitised.

Through Redland Voices, excerpts from the recently digitised material have been combined with photographs and made available online through the social media platform Historypin.

These rare audio excerpts can now be accessed by anyone, allowing them to be shared in the Redlands and beyond. People can also add their own stories to the pinned material.

As part of this project, Redland Libraries has also produced a digital story celebrating the history of Cleveland Railway line.

You can hear the digitised recordings at (just type a suburb into the search box and click on a photo cluster). The audio excerpts can also be found under “Redland Voices” on Youtube.

The railway digital story will eventually be made available via the Redland Libraries catalogue.