Monthly Archives: October 2014

Star vocalists to feature at Christmas by Starlight

A stellar line-up of talent will headline the Christmas by Starlight concert on Saturday 6 December 2014. Acts include The Voice 2013 runner up Luke Kennedy, cabaret leading light Naomi Price and this year’s The Voice Kids winner, Redlands own Alexa Curtis.

Luke, a former Ten Tenor, has performed at Australia’s best known Christmas concert Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne and his repertoire includes Christmas classics such as O Holy Night, which he released as a single last year.

Alexa wowed audiences during this year’s The Voice Kids competition with a voice and stage presence that far exceeds her tender age of 10.

Other names on the bill include locals Jal Joshua, Kiara Rodrigues, and Leah Lever accompanied by the Redlands Sinfonia Orchestra and the Redland City Choir.

Christmas by Starlight will be held from 4pm in Capalaba Regional Park and will feature fantastic food, kids activities, Santa and fireworks.

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Dinner to raise funds for people affected by domestic violence

Tickets are now on sale for a major fundraising event hosted by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams to support Redlanders affected by domestic and family violence.

‘Dîner en Rouge,’ on Saturday 29 November, will be an outdoor formal dining experience with a red and white theme – red symbolising our City and white in recognition of White Ribbon Day on 25 November, a national campaign to stop violence against women.

612 ABC Brisbane’s Spencer Howson will be Master of Ceremonies and guests will meet at Cleveland Library Square before moving to a secret location for a locally produced banquet, beverages, entertainment and auctions.

All proceeds from the evening will go to event partners, Redlands Domestic and Family Violence Action Group and Zonta clubs, with the ultimate goal of having a coordinated regional domestic and family violence service in the Redlands.

Ticket prices for Diner en Rouge are $170 each or $1600 for a table of 10 and are available through Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) ticketing:

  • Online:
  • Telephone: 3829 8131
  • In person: RPAC Box Office, 2-16 middle Street, Cleveland

Indigenous cultural tourism gets the vote

A tourism industry that partnered with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share their stories and culture with the world was the most strongly supported priority at last month’s two-day statewide tourism forum.

Creatively presented by Quandaomooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation CEO Cameron Costello and supported by Redland City Council and tourism operators, it was one of six priorities endorsed by the 300-plus forum delegates of tourism operators who attended the State Government’s DestinationQ at Noosa last month.

Forum delegates worked in groups to identify and then present ideas to grow the tourism industry and increase overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion per year by 2020.

It was also an opportunity to discuss future opportunities or issues with Premier Campbell Newman, Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, all of whom were in attendance, along with other state government ministers and government representatives. Straddie Chamber of Commerce’s Col Battersby joined Cameron Costello and Redland City Council to fly the flag for Redlands at the forum.

After working together for two days, the following six priorities received the highest votes by delegates and now form an agreement signed by the Premier, Tourism Minister and QTIC on the last day of the forum:

Enhancing the visitor experience
1. we will educate the community to understand the positive social and economic impact of the visitor dollar;
2. we will advocate that tourism is not just a job, it is a ‘world’ of opportunity.

Working together to exceed expectations
3. we will convince Queeenslanders that tourism matters
4. we will partner with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share their stories and culture.

Driving new ideas and investment
5. we will create a centre for tourism entrepreneurship to incubate innovations in each region
6. We will be open for business and forge a new tourism structure that implements best practice in the world that overcomes the political cycle.

DestinationQ delegates have agreed to support these collective efforts by growing their own products and helping others to grow theirs. Further work on delivering the priorities will also take place between industry and government.

The Redlands is well placed to capitalise on Indigenous cultural tourism, particularly on North Stradbroke Island.

For more info, visit the Destination Q website >>