Monthly Archives: April 2015

Redland City ANZAC Day events


Redlanders have the opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by attending one of the local ANZAC Day events on Saturday 25 April.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said six events were being held by local RSL clubs, providing plenty of opportunity for residents to show their gratitude to past and present troops.

“ANZAC Day is a chance to remember those who sacrificed so much for our nation so it is important that as a community we take the time to pause and pay our respects,” she said.

“This year’s ANZAC Day will be particularly poignant with it marking 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.”

 

Local ANZAC Day events:

Cleveland Qld 4163

Organiser: Redland RSL

Contact:  3488 1199

Event Time Location
Dawn Service March to New Memorial 5.15am From – Shore Street West, (West of Cleveland Bowls Club)    To – New Memorial, Kinsail Court Park, Cleveland (directly opposite the west side of the club)
Dawn Service Commemorations 5.30am Shore Street West, (West of Cleveland Bowls Club)
Assembly of Main March 10.00am Shore Street West, (West of Cleveland Bowls Club)
Main March Off 10.30am Shore Street West,(West of Cleveland Bowls Club)
Main Commemorative Service 11.00am At New Memorial, Kinsail Court Park, Cleveland

Redland Bay Qld 4165

Organiser: Redland Bay South RSL

Contact: John – 3206 9524

Event Time Location
Gunfire breakfast – Gold Coin donation 3.30am Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay
Dawn Service March to Cenotaph 4.45am Weinam Street, Redland Bay
Dawn Service 5.00am Cenotaph – Neville Stafford Park, Banana Street, Redland Bay

Stradbroke Island Qld 4183

Organiser: Stradbroke Island RSL

Contact: 3409 9318

Event Time Location
Assembly and March to Cenotaph 4.45am Butcher Shop to Cenotaph on Welsby Street, Dunwich
Dawn Service 5.00am Cenotaph, Welsby Street, Dunwich
Assembly of Main March to Cenotaph 10.30am Little Ships Club, Yabby Street, Dunwich
Main March steps off 10.45am Little Ships Club, Yabby Street, Dunwich to Cenotaph
Main Commemorative Service 11.00am Cenotaph, Welsby Street, Dunwich

 

Macleay Island Qld 4184

Organiser: Macleay Island RSL

Sandy – 3409 5924

Event Time Location
Assembly for March 5.00am Kate Street, Macleay Island
March Off 5.15am Kate Street, Macleay Island
Dawn Service 5.30am Cenotaph at Pat’s Park, Macleay Island

Lamb Island Qld 4184

Organiser: Lamb Island Recreation Club

Contact: 3409 5832

Event Time Location
Dawn Service 4.45am Cenotaph adjacent to Lamb Island Recreation Club
Gunfire Breakfast Cenotaph adjacent to Lamb Island Recreation Club

Karragarra Island Qld 4184

Organiser: Karragarra Island Ratepayers and Residents Association

Contact: 3409 1652

Event Time Location
Dusk Anzac Day Community Remembrance Dusk Karragarra Island Barge Ramp

Coochiemudlo Island Qld 4184

Organiser: Russell Jackson

Contact: 0410 328 066

Event Time Location
Dawn Service and Gunfire breakfast 5am Memorial at Foreshore Park Victoria Parade, Coochiemudlo Island
Main Commemorative Service 10am Memorial at Foreshore Park Victoria Parade, Coochiemudlo Island

Russell Island Qld 4184

Organiser: Russell Island RSL Sub-Branch

Contact: 3409 1372

Event Time Location
Dawn Service 5.40am 9-15 Cuphea Street, Russell Island
Gunfire Breakfast 7am 9-15 Cuphea Street, Russell Island
Assembly for March 10am Cnr  Cerstrum Street & Canaipa Road, Russell Island
March Off 10.40am Cnr  Cerstrum Street & Canaipa Road  to 9-15 Cuphea Street, Russell Island
Main Commemorative Service 11am 9-15 Cuphea Street, Russell Island

 

Road Closure information:

The following roads will be closed from midnight Friday 24 April to 1pm Saturday 25 April:

  • Shore Street West, from Wynyard St to Wharf St;
  • Passge Street, from Middle Street to the Kinsail Court turn-off.
  • Kinsail Court, in its entirity.
  • Banana Street Redland Bay, between Weinam Street and Outridge Street.  Access to the Redland Bay Marina and boat ramp is via Meissner Street onto Banana Street.

 

 

Decayed tree to be replaced at Bloomfield Park


The upgrade of Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland has uncovered a decayed tree that will need to be replaced to ensure the safety of park users.

Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said an arborist report showed the tree on the southern side of the park was structurally unsound.

“The Poinciana was first transplanted from Birkdale Road back in 1992 as part of the original Bloomfield Street upgrade, and has remained a much-loved part of the Bloomfield Street Park,” he said.

Bloomfield-Street-Park-side-elevation

 

“The arborist report indicates that the decay at the base of the tree is likely to have been caused by a combination of fungal, bacterial and insect attack and cannot be successfully treated.”

Cr Ogilvie said the removal of the tree is an unfortunate, but necessary step.

“It’s sad that the tree has to be removed, but it’s important we ensure the safety and comfort of those enjoying the park once it is reopened,” Cr Ogilvie said.

“The tree will be replaced with another Poinciana, to maintain the natural beauty of this popular green space.

“When planted, the new tree will continue to grow from its current height of 2.5 metres and will provide shade and protection to families for many years to come.”

The restoration of Bloomfield Park is an important step in the revitalisation of Cleveland’s CBD and will include improved seating and lighting, along with a performance area for community events and refurbished public amenities. It is due for completion mid-year.

For more information and regular updates on the Bloomfield Park transformation, phone Council on 3829 8999.

A call for local birders to help our Glossy Black-Cockatoos


Redland City Council is calling on residents to help our threatened Glossy Black-Cockatoos, by taking part in the annual survey to track their population.

Redland City Council Environmental Spokesperson Councillor Lance Hewlett said Council was again teaming with the Glossy Black Conservancy for the annual survey to assist with the conservation of these magnificent birds.

“These birds are listed as vulnerable in Queensland so we need people to help with the annual count on Sunday 3 May so we can track their numbers,” he said.

“With previous bird sightings on the mainland and bay islands, volunteers are needed from throughout the Redlands for the count.”

To join in the survey day, residents are asked to attend a volunteer workshop to hone their bird identification skills and be assigned a survey area before the survey.

Glossy Black-Cockatoos workshops:

22 April, 2015 6.30 – 8.30pm, IndigiScapes Centre 17 Runnymede Road
Capalaba

26 April, 2015 10am- 12pm IndigiScapes Centre 17 Runnymede Road
Capalaba

To learn more or register your attendance at a Glossy Black-Cockatoo workshop contact Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611.

Snapshot – Wednesday 15 April


Check out Council’s What’s On calendar!

A great way to find out about upcoming events and activities in the Redlands

From markets and festivals to exhibitions and school holiday fun, What’s On showcases lots of new and interesting Council-run and community events to liven up your social calendar.

Organising something in the Redlands?

Advertise your event on What’s On! Go to our What’s On and click on Submit a new
event. Council can also assist you with your community event in the Redlands, including application procedures and providing expert advice on producing your event in the City.

For more information email communityevents@redland.qld.gov.au or phone 3829 8999.

 

ANZAC Day holiday closures

Unless otherwise indicated below, normal operating hours apply:

  • Redland Libraries and Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba: Closed ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April.
  • IndigiScapes Centre and Visitor information Centre: Open ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April from 1pm onwards with limited staff and service.
  • Animal Shelter: Open ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April from 9am to 12pm.
  • RecycleWorld: Closed Anzac Day Saturday 25 April, reopening Thursday 30 April.

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8999.

 

Minor home modifications

Redland Home Assist Secure can help people with disabilities improve their safety and access at home.

  • Are you under 65 years of age?
  • Do you own or rent your home?
  • Do you need assistance with daily living activities?

You may be  eligible for financial assistance for minor home modifications that improve your safety and access in and around your home. Extra funding is available but only until June 2015 so phone now 3383 3030.

 

Help save the glossy black-cockatoo

Council is calling for volunteers to help with the annual survey of the glossy black-cockatoo on Sunday 3 May 2015.

The glossy black-cockatoo is one of the more threatened cockatoo species in Australia and listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland. To find out how to get involved,visit www.indigiscapes.com.au or phone 3824 8611.

 

Birkdale Landfill Rehabilitation works update

Works are progressing well with the recent purchase of high quality clay material to be used for soil capping prior to adding a grass cover. This treatment will improve water and storm water quality on the site.

Expect delays at the Birkdale Waste Transfer Station.
Trucks are now bringing in this clay, to be transported on week days until the end of May (weather permitting).

To avoid delays during these works:

  • Minimise visits to Birkdale tip
  • Use the Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station at 761-789 German Church Rd (Redland Bay accepts all residential waste, however can only accept commercial greenwaste.)

Thank you for your patience. For more information phone 3829 8999.

 

Open Meetings

General Meeting – Wednesday 22 April, 9.30am

Planned burn: Days Road Conservation Area, Redland Bay


Weather permitting, our team will be conducting a planned burn on Wednesday 15 April, 2015 at 487 – 503 German Church Road, Redland Bay (Days Road Conservation Area).

Planned burns assist in reducing fire danger and provide conditions essential for native plant species regeneration. They are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel and assist with hazard reduction.

Burns within each conservation area are dictated by that area’s fire management plan.

It is appreciated that these burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts are made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

If you require further details of planned burns, phone Council on 3829 8999.

 

Get the facts: price smoothing is best-practice approach


Council would like to correct a quote printed in the Redland City Bulletin (8 April 2015) that Redland City Council has “overcharged its water users by $14 million over the past two years”.

Using the well accepted practice of price smoothing to guard against price shocks, Council has over-recovered significantly less than $14 million over two years and all of this will be passed back through services or price reductions in future years.

Council’s approach is best-practice and has been vindicated by the Queensland Competition Authority who has recently recommended a smoothing of the bulk water pricing path to the State Government.

Council is committed to keeping its water costs as low as possible and does not control State Government bulk water costs.

Council study maps koala habitat


A Redland City Council study has found there are approximately 10,000 hectares of koala habitat in the Redlands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s Koala Habitat Review and Mapping project was the most comprehensive study ever into the city’s koala habitat.

“This report took two years to complete and details where koala habitat including individual koala food trees in urban areas are present on the mainland and North Stradbroke Island townships, as well as some locations where koalas have been sighted,” she said.

“The information will be used by Council to plan for the future of koalas in the city, ensuring our koala population is as healthy and robust as possible.

“It has been considered in the drafting of our new City Plan so we can look at how best to protect koala habitat from more significant development related risks as the city grows.”

Cr Williams said the project report and mapping was completed by leading environmental consultants Biodiversity Assessment and Management (BAAM) and Council.

“This report used several data sources including Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Moggill Koala Hospital records and Koala Action Group koala sightings from the last 17 years.” she said.

“It shows that approximately 10,000 hectares of Redland City is classified as being highly suitable habitat for koalas.

“The mapping will also guide Council’s day-to-day operations including  the development of habitat protection programs, infrastructure planning such as roads and underpasses and open space planning.

“This information has been fed into Council’s mapping system so these vegetation corridors are visible and informs the development of City Plan.

“The data and revised mapping is expected to be available for residents to browse on Council’s Red-e-map website from May.

“Some of the koala habitat identified in the report has been planted by Council as part of an ongoing program of cultivating koala food trees in strategic locations across the city, which has seen 38,000 koala food trees planted in the last five years.

Cr Williams said the Koala Habitat Review and Mapping project provided a scientific position from which to base future planning.

“I am a firm believer that the science needs to guide planning and this study gives us the data to now move forward with a strategic approach to vegetation management across the city,” she said.

“In addition to being available on our website, Council has sent this data to the State government and will also share the results with the Koala Action Group and Federal Government.

“At the end of the day koala numbers in the Redlands are declining as they are across Australia and we need all levels of government and the community to work together to come up with a solution and this data can inform these conversations.“

 

Bloomfield park transformation begins


Works to revitalise Bloomfield Park in the heart of Cleveland have begun.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the project was an exciting step in the revitalisation of Cleveland’s CBD.

“This project will create a people-friendly showpiece in the middle of Bloomfield Street which builds on the existing park’s popularity with families,’’ Cr Williams said.

“The park will feature a colourful new play sculpture designed by Redlands artist David Renn, who created the original and very popular Bloomfield Street sculpture as well as the turtle sculpture at Cleveland Point.

Artists-Model-Bloomfield-Park-Sculpture

“The design is heavily influenced by the feedback we received from the community.

“When it is completed mid-year, you will find improved seating and lighting, along with a performance area for community events and refurbished public amenities.

“As part of Council’s open for business objectives the new park will also be Wi-Fi enabled, allowing people to sit and have a coffee while either conducting business or staying connected.

“The park will also have trees and inviting open grass spaces, which have helped to make it such a popular lunch spot and play area for kids.’’

Divisional 2 Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said Council would work to ensure disruption was minimal during construction.

“I am looking forward to seeing David’s bright new sculpture delight families visiting the park, just as his whale sculpture has done for years. Unfortunately the old sculpture has been literally loved to bits and parts of it had become unsafe and off-limits,” Cr Ogilvie said.

“The contractors will move in next week to begin demolishing existing structures, with the new park expected to be completed by mid to late June depending on the weather.

“During construction, there will signs in place to advise people what’s happening, along with David’s impression of his sculpture, so please bear with us over the next few months as Bloomfield Park is transformed.’’

Member for Cleveland, Dr Mark Robinson assisted in securing $200,000 in State Government funding for the upgrade, with Redland City Council contributing another $300,000.

Bloomfield-Street-Park-side-elevation

Redlands Snapshot – Wednesday 8 April


Redlands Good Gardening Expo

This Saturday 11 April 2015

Don’t miss the third annual Redlands Good Gardening Expo this Saturday 11 April from 9am to 3pm. Enjoy a free, fun and informative day out in the picturesque surrounds of IndigiScapes.

This popular event is perfect for the home gardener. Learn about composting, worm farming, mulching and how to grow organic food. There’ll also be plants and seeds for sale, kids’ activities and great workshops.

Visit IndigiScapes at 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba or check out the program online >>

 

Minor home modifications

Redland Home Assist Secure can help people with disabilities improve their safety and access at home.

  • Are you under 65 years of age?
  • Do you own or rent your home?
  • Do you need assistance with daily living activities?

You may be eligible for financial assistance for minor home modifications that improve your safety and access in and around your home. Extra funding is available but only until June 2015 so phone now: 3383 3030.

 

Help save the glossy black-cockatoo

Council is calling for volunteers to help with the annual survey of the glossy black-cockatoo on Sunday 3 May 2015.

The glossy black-cockatoo is one of the more threatened cockatoo species in Australia and listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland. To find out how to get involved, visit www.indigiscapes.com.au or 3824 8611.

 

Free Business Workshop

Attracting Investment for your Business

Thinking about taking your business to the next level? Book in for this free business workshop, presented by capital-raising expert John Burkett.

 

Birkdale Landfill Rehabilitation works update

Works are progressing well with the recent purchase of high quality clay material to be used for soil capping prior to adding a grass cover. This treatment will improve water and storm water quality on the site.

Expect delays at the Birkdale Waste Transfer Station.
Trucks are now bringing in this clay, to be transported on week days up until the end of May (weather permitting).

To avoid delays during these works:

  • Minimise visits to Birkdale tip
  • Use the Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station at 761-789 German Church Rd
    (Redland Bay accepts all residential waste, however can only accept commercial greenwaste.)

Thank you for your patience. For more information phone 3829 8999.

 

Water meter readings

We are reading water meters in Birkdale and Thorneside, and on North Stradbroke and Russell islands this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to the water meter.

 

Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 22 April, 9.30am

New and upgraded ferry terminals for Redland City


Residents and visitors to Coochiemudlo Island over the Easter break will benefit from new and improved ferry terminal facilities following the completion of the new Coochiemudlo terminal and a revamp of the Victoria Point ferry terminal.

Minister for Main Roads, Roads Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government had worked closely with the Redland City Council and the local community to deliver the jointly-funded $6.9 million facilities.

“The new Coochiemudlo Island facilities were shaped by the community for the community. We received feedback from more than 200 Coochiemudlo Island residents during the early design phase for the new terminal and many of their suggestions were incorporated into the final design,” Mr Bailey said.

“The completion of the new $4.2 million terminal couldn’t have come at a better time with the busy Easter break upon us. Visitors to the island will be able to enjoy these new facilities, including the new jetty and pontoon.”

Mr Bailey said the $2.7 million Victoria Point ferry terminal improvements included a new pontoon, hinged gangway, resurfacing of the existing deck and upgrades to the existing covered waiting area.

“This new and upgraded infrastructure is a shining example of what can be achieved when two tiers of government work together.

“These facilities will serve the local community well into the future,” Mr Bailey said.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Coochiemudlo Island works delivered a fixed jetty with a covered lookout area and gangway, along with a floating pontoon to rise with the tide.

“These safety improvements mean the new jetty provides easy access for passengers with mobility issues and parents with prams, in line with disability design standards and suitable for all weather conditions,” Cr Williams said.

“The old jetty with its fixed landing area, which set passengers down at stairs, was out-dated and made access difficult.

“After extensive local input, the final outcome has a real Coochie feel to it and will serve the community well.”

Resurfacing of the existing Victoria Point jetty deck will occur over the coming months, weather permitting, with no disruption to ferry services expected.

Waterway Constructions were engaged by Transport and Main Roads to complete works on both jetties.