Monthly Archives: January 2015

It’s a lawn way to the top: mowing progress across Redland City

Council teams and contractors are working hard to mow as many parks as possible throughout the Redlands following recent wet weather. This week we’ve been focusing on foreshore and high-use parks so residents and visitors can enjoy these areas over the Australia Day long weekend.

While we are working hard to mow as many places as possible, some parks may only have main sections and dog off-leash areas mowed, with other areas to be completed on our next visit. Cut grass will remain on the ground in some locations and be mowed in at a later date.


Grass is growing very quickly and with more wet weather on the way, it may be several weeks before we’ve caught up. Other councils in south east Queensland are facing the same issues with mowing, thanks for your patience!

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Sign up for free business workshops

Redland City Council has launched its first series of free business workshops for 2015.

The workshops are designed to give busy local business owners easy, free access to new skills and knowledge to improve their business operations.

Redland City Council’s economic development spokesperson Cr Julie Talty said that the workshops covered a range of important business fundamentals.

“Our workshops are targeted to address current business issues and trends including digital marketing, social media, tips for starting a new business, attracting investment and how to network,” Cr Talty said.

“We engage highly-experienced, professional presenters to facilitate the training to ensure all of our local businesses get the most out of the experience.

“Most workshops are also run outside standard business hours so people who have to work during the day don’t miss out.”

The first workshop for 2015 is a digital marketing session from 5 – 7pm on Tuesday 3 February 2015.

Other upcoming workshops include:

• Social media (Thursday 26 February and Thursday 21 May)
• Tips for starting a new business (Wednesday 3 March)
• Attracting investment for your business (Thursday 16 April)
• Digital marketing (Wednesday 6 May)
• The road to marketing success (Tuesday 2 June)
• People Matters and How to Network (Tuesday 23 June)

Bookings are essential for all workshops as numbers are limited.

For workshop details and how to book visit or call 3829 8507.


Exhibition paints the history of Queensland in watercolour

More than 50 exquisite watercolours from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Collection will be on display when Transparent: Watercolour in Queensland 1850s–1980s visits Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 8 February – Sunday 22 March 2015.

Works include watercolours from Conrad Martens, Harriet Jane Neville-Rolfe, J.J. Hilder, Kenneth Macqueen, WG Grant, Isaac Walter Jenner and other prominent artists.

Redland City Council’s Cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the exhibition would be a highlight of the gallery’s calendar of events.

Transparent: Watercolour in Queensland 1850s–1980s is only stopping at 12 locations throughout Queensland, so it is a rare opportunity for people to come and view 130 years of evolution in watercolours, including some works inspired by local influences,” Cr Hewlett said.

“It is a testament to Redland Art Gallery that it has been able to secure a place on the touring schedule of this high-calibre exhibition.” 

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the exhibition, drawn from the State Collection, celebrated the important role of watercolour in Queensland’s art history.

‘The tour of Transparent includes paintings of places and people from across the state, and we’re very pleased to share these important works with regional audiences,’ he said.

The regional tour has been drawn from the popular exhibition curated by Michael Hawker, Associate Curator, Australian Art, QAGOMA and explores over a century of art in Queensland.

Visiting the Redlands will be Saltwater lagoon 1911 by German born painter LWK Wirth who upon his arrival to Brisbane in 1883 made frequent weekend visits to sites along the State’s coast, panting quintessential bayside landscapes and outlooks synonymous with the Cleveland area.

There will be a free exhibition opening and floor talk for the general public on Friday 6 February 2015, commencing at 6pm.

RSVP acceptances by Wednesday 4 February 2015, phone (07) 3030 4163 or email:

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland is located at Cnr of Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland. For more information on this and other Redland Art Gallery exhibitions visit

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Image: LWK Wirth / Germany/England/Australia (1858-1950) / Saltwater lagoon 1911 / Watercolour on paper / Gift of Doug Ritchie through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2013 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.

Council plans set to help residents enjoy Australia Day

Redland City Council will implement special parking and traffic arrangements to help everyone enjoy this Australia Day in the Redlands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said with its beautiful coastline and parks, the Redlands was always a popular location for people celebrating Australia Day.

“Redlands’ beaches, parks and reserves are always popular over Australia Day and Council has taken steps to help everyone enjoy the day safely,” she said.

“This will include putting additional traffic and litter patrols on to ensure people remain safe and the city stays tidy.

“In the lead up to the Australia Day long weekend Council has also been working with the local police who will be patrolling key areas in the interest of public safety.

“While Council is doing our part, we also need residents to assist by not littering, following the direction of authorities, remaining patient and respecting others during the busy period.

“People should also remember that facilities such as barbecues are there for everybody, so be considerate of others.’’ 

One of the key areas that will see additional Council officers on Australia Day will be the popular Wellington Point recreation reserve.

Councillor for the area Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said arrangements included a free Council shuttle bus operating along Main Road between the reserve and Wellington Point shops.

“Wellington Point is a wonderful spot to spend Australia Day but its popularity means it gets very busy, so these special measures will help everyone have a great time while also staying safe,’’ Cr Boglary said.

“Council officers and police will be there to assist, including directing drivers to available parking spaces in and outside the reserve.

“Council has also reopened the swimming areas that had been closed because of the recent Morbakka Jellyfish threat and Surf Lifesaving Queensland will be on hand throughout the day as a precaution.

“A free shuttle bus will run from 7am to 6pm between the reserve and Wellington Point shops, as well as picking up from the Wellington Point Community Hall car park on Birkdale Road.”

Over the Australia Day long weekend the existing dog-walking regulations will remain in place, including being able to walk dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on the day.

Dogs are also allowed on-leash on the sandbar (that is exposed at low tide) between the reserve and King Island during these times, but between 9am and 4pm dogs are prohibited.

The popular Wellington Point boat ramp will be available throughout the day, but it is expected to be busy and once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve.

Cars without trailers are not permitted to park in boat trailer parking spaces and everyone is asked to remain patient and respect others.  Police officers will be on patrol to ensure public safety.

Lifesavers check stinger numbers at Wellington Point

Redland City Council and Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) have today conducted a marine net drag at Wellington Point to check for stingers at the popular swimming spot following recent reports of Morbakka Jellyfish.

Redland City Council General Manager Organisational Services Nick Clarke said the net drag did not find any marine stingers.

“While there were no marine stingers found in the net drag, everyone still needs to be mindful that marine stingers are a natural part of living in coastal Queensland so I would encourage everyone to understand the risks and not be complacent,” he said.

“There have already been two recent reports of people stung at Wellington Point and obviously the potential remains across all coastal areas of the city.

“Following advice from SLSQ, Council re-opened the Wellington Point swimming areas yesterday.

“SLSQ has also generously agreed to provide Surf Life Saving ‘Ambassadors’ at Wellington Point for the next two weeks to alert and educate visitors on marine stingers and hazards.

“Warning signs will also remain in place, along with information on Council’s website including a fact sheet on the Morbakka Jellyfish in conjunction with marine stinger expert, Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin.

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SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill said, while marine stingers are a normal part of the marine ecosystem, recent weather conditions had brought an increased number to the shores of South East Queensland.

“While the swimming areas may have reopened, it’s still really important for people to not only be aware of their surroundings but also put their safety first at all times, particularly given the recent incidents of painful stings” Mr Hill said.

“We’d like people to be aware of the risks, seek medical advice immediately if they are stung, and ensure that children do not play with stingers that may have washed up on the shore.

“If you do go swimming, you can reduce the risk of a sting by wearing protective clothing such as a wetsuit or stinger suit and, when you enter the water, move slowly as jellyfish and other marine stingers will often swim away from people if given the time and opportunity.

“If you are in a patrolled swimming area and are stung or see a marine stinger, notify the lifesavers on duty so they can assist with first aid if necessary and ensure the safety of others in the water.”

View the Morbakka Jellyfish Fact Sheet >>

Get the facts: A response to a letter to the editor about Toondah Harbour artist’s impression

Council would like to respond to a letter to the editor entitled ‘Artist’s bad view’ that appeared in last week’s Redland City Bulletin (14 January).
In the letter, the author quite understandably expressed concern about the artist’s impression of what the Toondah Harbour development could look like.  The artist’s impression published in the RCB on 24th December was in fact an early drawing of the Weinam Creek development proposal that Council provided to the newspaper several months ago.  The drawing has nothing to do with Toondah Harbour and is unrelated to the article that accompanied it. 
It is very disappointing that such errors occurred in the RCB, especially when the article was about an issue of such importance to the community.
Residents can be reassured that the detailed plans currently being prepared for Toondah Harbour will lead to a net increase in public open space, including the retention of GJ Walter Park.   Those detailed plans will be published upon submission of a development application and prior to the plan’s final approval.

Wellington Point beach re-opened but warnings remain

Redland City Council has reopened Wellington Point swimming areas that had been closed because of a Morbakka Jellyfish threat.

Redland City Council Chief Executive Officer Bill Lyon said the decision to reopen the area followed an onsite inspection by Council officers and Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) and was on the advice of SLSQ.

“While the swimming areas are open again, our first consideration remains the safety of residents and they need to be aware of the risks and take care,” he said

”We are continuing to work with SLSQ and if they advise that the area is not safe we will not hesitate to close the swimming area again.


“SLSQ has also generously agreed to provide Surf Life Saving ‘Ambassadors’ at Wellington Point over the next two weekends to alert and educate visitors on marine stingers and hazards.

“This includes a presence over the popular Australia Day weekend.

“A Council officer will also help monitor the area, including trawling the foreshore for stinger specimens at the weekend.

“While people are free to enter the water, given the recent incidents of painful stings, Council recommends people not swim at the area or take extra precautions by using a stinger suit.

“This is particularly important for children, the elderly and women who are pregnant

“Marine stingers are part of living in a coastal community and SLSQ has advised that conditions are currently ideal for a range of marine stingers, including the local species of Morbakka Jellyfish. 

“The recent beach closure was a short-term measure until we could reasonably identify the numbers of stingers and educate our residents and visitors alike on their identification and treatment.

“Council has erected extensive warning signage across the City and bay islands over the past two weeks, with more permanent signage now planned to inform people of the potential presence of marine stingers in all local waters.

“Council also developed a fact sheet on the Morbakka Jelly fish in conjunction with marine stinger expert, Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, which can be found on our website.

“Information has been made available on Council’s website and social media pages with almost 90,000 Facebook views.
“Although marine stingers are a normal, common and seasonal feature of our marine waters, people are reminded of the need to be aware of the risks, including ensuring children do not play with stingers that are washed ashore.

“It is also important that anyone stung seek medical advice immediately and contact 000 in an emergency.”

Exhibition offers art enthusiasts a Passage into the tidal zone

The movement, drama and fragility of the tidal flows and debris that impact our coastal areas are the focus of a new exhibition opening at Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba from Saturday 31 January.

Passage, featuring Moreton Bay artists Pattie Murray and Sandra Pearce, takes a journey through the intertidal zone, exploring the past and present through the mediums of paper, porcelain and natural fibres.

Council’s cultural services spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said with a focus on the relationship between land and sea, Passage was a fitting exhibition to be featured in the Redlands.

“With the Redlands being a city of islands with long stretches of coastline, this exhibition is sure to speak to all Redlands’ locals and visitors,” he said.

“In Passage, the artists explore the tidal flows and debris that impact on our coastline through both individual and collaborative interpretations.

“Together their artworks express the emotion and memories evoked by the passage of water between land and sea, mirroring the textures, shapes and interwoven nature of the materials washed up on our beaches.”

Cr Hewlett said the exhibition includes art installations that use a variety of mediums to showcase the natural expression that existed in coastal communities.

“Both artists use their own unique styles to illustrate the movement and frailty of the coast,” he said.

“Murray works with traditionally thrown porcelain vessels and hand built sculptures, incorporating drawing, etching and painting techniques, while Pearce creates sculptural works with natural materials using papermaking and printmaking processes.

“In addition to the exhibition, which runs until Saturday 14 March, both artists will also be holding workshops in February where participants can learn their techniques.”

Exhibition details:
Passage: Pattie Murray and Sandra Pearce
Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba
Saturday 31 January – Saturday 14 March 2015

Workshop details

Etching porcelain workshop with Pattie Murray

When: 10am – 12noon, Saturday 14 February 2015

Where: Artspace, Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba

Details: Learn the etching process with artist Pattie Murray, and then create your own etched porcelain vessel. Completed pieces will be fired and returned to Redland Art Gallery for collection within two weeks of the session. The workshop is suitable for adults (16 years +). No previous skills required.

Cost: $20 non refundable fee

Bookings: To reserve a place telephone (07) 3829 8463 or email:


Monoprinting workshop with sandra pearce

When: 10am – 2pm, Saturday 28 February 2015

Where: Artspace, Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba

Details: Explore the printmaking technique of monoprinting using plants, stencils and other found materials to create unique images. This is a spontaneous and creative art form without the lengthy and technical processes of other printmaking techniques. No previous art or printmaking experience required. The workshop is suitable for adults (16 years +).

Cost: $20 non refundable fee

Bookings: To reserve a place telephone (07) 3829 8463 or email:

Funding to enhance koala habitat in Redlands

A joint media release from Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming MP, Redland City Council and SEQ Catchments.

Critical koala habitat in Redlands will be enhanced this year thanks to almost $77,000 in Federal Government funding.

Federal MP Andrew Laming said the funding would allow SEQ Catchments and Redland City Council to plant 14,200 trees along the Koala Coast, linking and enhancing koala hotspots.

Mr Laming said the $76,900 grant, part of the Federal Government’s first round of 20 Million Trees Programme, would provide a makeover to the homes of Redlands’ much-loved furry residents.


“In Redlands we’re very proud and protective of our koala population,” Mr Laming said.

“This funding means we can enhance existing koala habitat to keep our furry friends healthy and happy.”

SEQ Catchments chief executive officer Simon Warner welcomed the funding.

“We’re pleased that the application under the new 20 Million Trees Programme to enhance koala habitat on the Koala Coast has been approved by Environment Minister Greg Hunt,” Mr Warner said.

“The project will be a partnership involving Redland City Council, private landholders and the local community, and will involve planting trees in strategic areas to enhance critical koala habitat.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams was thrilled the application for funding had been successful, saying it would assist regional efforts to link koala habitats.

“These koala habitat plantings will strengthen local wildlife corridors and will be a significant boost to the 38,000 koala food trees council has planted in the last five years,” Cr Williams said.

“Council will also continue its own schedule of koala tree plantings.

“It is wonderful to see stakeholders working together as the future of koalas and other native animals relies on the collaborative efforts of all levels of government, the community, scientists and businesses.”

Plantings will be located to improve connectivity and buffers between key koala habitats and be delivered over a range of locations, including sites located in Birkdale, Mount Cotton, Redland Bay and Wellington Point.

Beach area closed at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve: Sunday 11 January

Redland City Council advises residents and visitors that the beach bathing area at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve has been closed due to reports of marine stings.

Redland City Council Chief Executive Officer Mr Bill Lyon said Council today ordered the area closed after reports of another child being stung by a marine stinger.

“Council’s decision to today close the beach bathing area at the western side of Wellington Point Recreation Reserve is for the safety of our community,” Mr Lyon said.


“Council officers have erected fencing and signage at the beach area to inform residents about the presence of marine stingers and advise them not to swim or paddle in the water.

“Council officers are also present at the beach to advise visitors of the closure and hand out a fact sheet that Redland City Council produced about the Morbakka Jellyfish with the assistance of marine stinger expert Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin.”

Mr Lyon said a recently reported Irukandji in Moreton Bay Waters stinging a child at Wellington Point was of the type known to inhabit the area.

“The stinger was identified by Dr Gershwin as a Morbakka Jellyfish (Irukandji morbakka fenneri), also known as a Moreton Bay stinger.”

Mr Lyon said since Council was notified of people being stung by marine stingers at Wellington Point over the holiday period, it had acted to ensure extensive signage (101 signs) were in place across popular areas of the city’s coastline warning of the potential presence of marine stingers, as well as making information available on Council’s website and social media.

“As a result of the stings, which Council has never dealt with before, Council has developed its own procedures and fact sheet in conjunction with Dr Gershwin, Australia’s expert in marine stingers and on this particular local species.”

“We will also conduct an audit of marine signage in the Redlands in conjunction with Surf Life Saving Queensland.”

Mr Lyon encouraged people to familiarise themselves with ways to avoid marine stingers as well first aid treatment for marine stings, including the Morbakkah Jellyfish.

There are a number of things that can be done to avoid marine stings:

  • Swim between the red and yellow flags if present, and check with the lifeguards to see if there have been any stings lately.
  • Wear protective clothing such as a full body lycra suit, sun-suit, dive skin, rashie, or pantyhose. These reduce your chances of being stung and also provide sun protection.
  • Carry a bottle of vinegar in the boat or car (white or brown are both effective).
  • If you see a Morbakka or are stung, get out of the water and alert others who may be in the water.

All medical emergency calls should always be made to the 000 emergency number, not to Council.

For more information about the Morbakka Jellyfish, as well as information about the other three types of Irukandji and appropriate first aid, view our Morbakka Jellyfish fact sheet.