Monthly Archives: June 2015

Chinese influences visit Redland Art Gallery


Two new exhibitions at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, bring to life the close and evolving connections between Australian and Chinese cultures.

Transience: A confluence of Australian and Chinese culture and Ah Xian: Metaphysica will be on display from Sunday 5 July – Sunday 16 August 2015.

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Redland City Council’s cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said it was wonderful to see these two regionally touring exhibitions make their way to Redlands.

“Transience: A confluence of Australian and Chinese culture is a touring exhibition by artists Joe Furlonger, Jun Chen and Pamela See that explores Australian and Chinese cultures coming together through art techniques, subject matter and scale of works,” he said.

“Touring since 2012, Transience, encourages people to consider the fleeting moments in our everyday lives by capturing these in a unique series of works referencing Australian and Chinese art techniques.

“Ah Xian: Metaphysica  is an exhibition of 10 life-size bronze and brass figurative busts by Chinese-Australian artist Ah Xian, from the Collection of the Queensland Art Gallery │ Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

“Ah Xian is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and his Metaphysica exhibition will only tour to fourteen venues across Queensland, so it is a coup for the Redlands to be selected as one of those venues.

 “It is a rare chance to see these exhibitions, which complement and contrast each other perfectly, together and I encourage people to enjoy them while they are in Redlands.”

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To celebrate these exhibitions, an official opening will be held from 6pm Friday 3 July 2015, followed by a morning tea and floor talk with Transience exhibiting artists Joe Furlonger and Pamela See at 11.30am Sunday 5 July 2015. An Ah Xian: Metaphysica floor talk and morning tea will be on Tuesday 7 July from 10.30am with exhibition curator Tarun Nagesh, Associate Curator, Asian Art, QAGOMA.

A paper cutting motif workshop with Transience: A confluence of Australian and Chinese culture exhibiting artist Pamela See will also be held 12noon – 1.30pm Sunday 19 July 2015.  A fee of $10 applied and advance bookings are required.

RSVP acceptances to the official opening (RSVP’s due 1 July 2015) or reserve a workshop place by calling (07) 3829 8463 or emailing: gallery@redland.qld.gov.au

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 http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

Hazard Reduction burns on Russell Island: 1-3 July


As part of Redland City Council’s ongoing fire management program three hazard reduction burns are scheduled to take place this week.

Weather permitting the following planned burns will take place:

Wednesday 01/17/15 9am – 4pm.

Turtle Swamp Wetlands: 9 Kumbari Drive, Russell Island

Turtle Swamp Wetlands: Mereford Rd/Murraba Rd, Russell Island

Thursday 02/07/15 9am – 4pm.

Whistling Kite Conservation Area: 172-216 High Street, Russell Island

Friday 03/07/15 9am – 4pm.

Whistling Kite Conservation Area: 172-216 High Street, Russell Island

The planned burns are necessary to lessen the potential for fire by reducing fuel loads and to allow for the regeneration of native plant species.

The planned burns will only be undertaken if weather conditions are favourable and all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

Anyone suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions is encouraged to keep doors and windows closed and minimise their time outdoors.

For safety reasons residents are asked to stay away from the planned burn area during the works, preferably indoors.

To lessen the impact on pets it is also recommended they are secured prior to the works beginning.

Incorrect Courier Mail story regarding rates increases


Council would like to correct an error in Friday’s Courier Mail story – “Rates rise for Coast, Redlands” (page 19).

The story incorrectly says that under Redland City Council’s 2015-16 Budget Redlands residents would see a $16-a-week rates rise – in fact the weekly rates increase will only be 31 cents a week. This equates to an average rates rise of 0.5 per cent for a typical Redlands household, which is a great result for our residents.

Council has worked hard to absorb external costs to keep rates increases as low as possible, including absorbing a 10 per cent hike in state government bulk water costs by reducing the Council-controlled retail component by almost 30 per cent.

This year’s Budget provides residents with a range of cost-of-living savings while maintaining the services and projects needed to take our city forward. View more details on what our budget means for our residents.

Council’s 2015-16 Budget provides residents with cost-of-living reprieve


Redland City Council’s 2015-16 Budget will provide a cost-of-living reprieve for residents, with an average rates increase of just 0.5per cent for a typical household, including all water and utilities charges.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said under this year’s $275 million Budget a typical Redlands’ household with a property value of $280,000 would see a rates increase equating to about 31 cents a week.

“I am very proud to be able to deliver another Budget that truly provides for our residents, retaining the services and projects needed to take our city forward while keeping cost increases down,” she said.

“This is a great result for our community and while some residents’ rates may be  impacted by a change in State Government property valuations, this is outside Council’s control and we have done everything in our power to again keep rates increases low for the fourth straight budget.

“Our modest rates increase is less than half that of some neighbouring councils such as the Gold Coast (1 per cent average rates rise) and Brisbane (2.5 per cent average rates rise).

“Council has achieved this modest rates increase despite facing a 4 per cent rise in operating costs, mainly due to State Government bulk water increases. We have again put residents first by absorbing these external costs rather than passing them onto residents.

“Council has offset the State Government’s 10 per cent bulk water price increase by reducing the Council-controlled retail component by 30 per cent, saving residents from a massive water price hike and resulting in the Redlands continuing to have some of the cheapest water in South East Queensland.

“This Budget also provides the foundations for a strong financial future for the city, predicting a surplus of $106,000.  This continues our strong financial performance over the previous two years, which resulted in the first surplus in more than a decade in 2013-14 and a predicted surplus this financial year.

“And we have not forgotten our pensioners who will benefit from $2.8 million in rebates, with a full discount of $330.”9951 Budget infographic BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
 
Cr Williams said that despite battling external cost pressures and reduced funding from other levels of government; Council had increased its total revenue (headline rate) by just 1.99 per cent.

“What is even more pleasing is that 1.94 per cent – or almost all of Council’s increased revenue – will come from growth in our city, with only 0.05 per cent from existing ratepayers,” she said.

“Obviously there is always a balancing act when it comes to growth and providing the infrastructure to accommodate it, but this is an example of how controlled growth can actually be good for the future of the city.”

Cr Williams said the Budget predicted debt would continue to fall, saving ratepayers money and freeing up funds for projects in local neighbourhoods as part of Council’s $78 million capital program.

“Council debt has been more than halved over the last 10 years, meaning less for residents to pay back in interest repayments and more to be spent on projects to benefit future generations of Redlanders,” she said.

“This year’s capital program includes $21 million for congestion-busting road, transport and pedestrian upgrades; making it safer, smoother and faster for residents to get around the city.

“This includes reconstruction of Banfield Lane, Capalaba, and investing in the future of roads that cross our border into Brisbane by funding a cross-border transport study, which will include planning for the future of Rickertts Rd and State-controlled roads.

“The Redlands environment will get a $20 million boost through wastewater, storm water and the upgrade of the Birkdale transfer station.  As a city of islands our wastewater and water treatment capacity is very important to maintaining water quality in our creeks and the bay.

“This is in addition to $11.5 million in operational funding to strengthen the Redlands’ environment, including planting approximately 60,000 trees across the city, providing homes for our wildlife.

“The Redlands’ reputation as a city of islands will also be enhanced, with $19 million committed to marine and foreshore infrastructure including the long-awaited $5 million Macleay Island car park and foreshore upgrade.

“The open spaces and parks Redlanders love so much will receive $8.5 million for upgrades, including $1 million for the Cleveland Aquatic Centre and $600,000 for the Weinam Creek wetland park.”

Highlights of the 2015-16 Budget include:

  • A typical Redland household (category 1A owner-occupied property with a property value of about $280,000) will see a modest increase of just 0.5% – about 31 cents a week including all water costs, rates and utility charges.
  • A headline rate (Council total revenue) increase of just 1.99 per cent, lower than Brisbane’s CPI (2.60%) and the Redland City Council blended CPI (2.74%) at September 2014.  The majority (1.94%) of this additional revenue will be provided through growth to the city, with only 0.05% as a result of price increases for existing residents.
  • A 0.46 per cent decrease in water costs excluding wastewater for an average water user consuming 200kl of water per year.  This is despite a 10 per cent increase in State Government bulk water costs.
  • More than $30 million boost for the environment, including $20 million in water, waste water and transfer station upgrades and $11.65 million in operational spending.
  • A predicted surplus of $106,000.
  • $2.8 million in rates rebates for pensioners, with part or full pension discounts of up to $330.
  • Capital program of $78 million.

Visit Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au for a full Budget breakdown.

To see what the Budget means for residents go to our Budget Highlights Info graphics

Rates reprieve, new projects for Southern Moreton Bay Islands


Redland City Council’s 2015-16 Budget will deliver a rates reprieve for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents in addition to more than $9 million in capital projects.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s Budget would see the rates for a typical SMBI property with a land valuation of $44,000, with average water consumption and including all rates and utilities, fall by almost 5per cent, saving residents about $113 a year.

“This is great news for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents and has been made possible through Council absorbing external cost increases and the removal of the infrastructure levy previously imposed on bay island properties,” she said.

“Obviously residents’ final rates bill will depend on the State Government’s revaluation, which is out of Council’s control, but Council has worked hard to deliver a budget that provides for the entire community, including the islands.

“This rates reprieve has been achieved while handing down a balanced budget which predicts a surplus of $106,000 and falling debt, providing a secure financial future for the city.

“This continues Council’s strong financial performance over the previous two years, including a surplus in 2013-14, a predicted surplus for 2014-15 and ongoing surpluses in future years.

“The Southern Moreton Bay Islands will also continue to have access to TransLink services under this Budget, providing islanders with fantastic transport options including free intra-island ferry services.”

Division 5 Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Council’s financial services spokesperson Cr Mark Edwards said the Budget also included important community projects as part of the $78 million capital program.

“This includes more than $5 million for the Macleay Island car park and foreshore upgrade.  This project will deliver additional car parking, new recreational boat ramp and improved beach access,” he said.

“The community has been calling for this project for years, so residents will be very pleased to see it included in the Budget.

“We have also committed $1 million for sealing roads on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, taking Council’s total roads commitment to $4 million over the past three years.

“This work will see Council use its new ‘green sealing’ method, which has already seen more than nine kilometres of road across 29 bay island roads during the last year.  Residents have told us they need this work completed faster and we have listened by implementing this green sealing program.

“An $800,000 upgrade of the Macleay Island barge ramp will also be completed, a much-needed project that will provide a safer more reliable barge landing.

“Work will also be completed on the Russell Island sports and resilience centre which began recently.”

Visit Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au for a full Budget breakdown.

To see what the Budget means for residents go to our Budget Highlights Info graphics

Council 2015-16 Budget helps to green the Redlands


The Redlands’ natural environment will be enhanced by more than $30 million in spending in today’s Council budget.

The allocations include a total of $11.65 million for a variety of ongoing environmental operations, as well as $20 million in water, waste water and waste upgrades which will help boost the quality of water which flows into Moreton Bay.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council recognised the community’s strong affinity with the natural environment through a range of important fauna and flora programs.

“These range from revegetation and erosion-control projects to restore areas of the Redlands to their former glory to clean-ups, fire management and the great work of our environmental centre crew at IndigiScapes,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Through these programs we are continuing to protect and manage large tracts of bushland and nurture our local flora and fauna, particularly koalas.

“This financial year we will plant another 60,000 trees, many of them koala favourites, adding to the 38,000 koala food trees we have planted in the past five years.

“Council also recently completed koala corridor mapping to ensure koala trees are planted in the right locations and is actively supporting the work of Professor Peter Timms, who is currently testing a chlamydia vaccine on koalas in the Redlands.

“Council has also agreed to an immediate review of the requirements for dog owners in koala areas under the provisions of our Local Laws.”

Cr Williams said Council was very appreciative of the involvement of the community in supporting the environment.

“With Council’s commitment, the efforts of our Bushcare volunteers and residents through programs such as our Land for Wildlife, Voluntary Conservation and Koala Conservation agreements, as well as the Waterways Extension and Your Backyard Garden programs are making a real difference,’’ she said.

“We recognise that the demands of a growing city brings with it environmental issues which need to be addressed and we do not shy away from that, and that includes properly resourcing the care and control of our public conservation estate which now covers close to 10,000 hectares.

“We remain committed to protecting pristine bushland and restoring other priority areas, as well as working with our many passionate and enthusiastic landholders to improve land management and conservation.

“That also extends to striving for best practice within our water and waste operations to ensure their impact is minimal.  The budget invests in upgrading waste water treatment operations at Point Lookout and Thorneside, as well as a $1.2 million upgrade at Birkdale transfer station.’’

Cr Williams said Council had also budgeted almost $300,000 for track and trail maintenance across the City’s conservation estate.

“This  includes vehicular tracks, mountain bike tracks, horse trails,  pedestrian tracks and boardwalks  so residents and visitors can enjoy walking and riding in the wild,’’ Cr Williams said.

Visit Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au for a full Budget breakdown.

To see what the Budget means for residents go to our Budget Highlights Info graphics

$21 million for Redlands congestion-busting transport projects


Redland City Council will spend more than $21 million to upgrade roads, transport and pedestrian paths, making it easier, safer and faster for residents to get around the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Council’s 2015-16 Budget included more than
$8 million to resurface local streets.

“Getting around the city safely and quickly is important to residents and Council has responded by adopting a capital program that will see road and transport upgrades provided for future generations,” she said.

“No-one wants potholes, and this year’s budget will include more than $8 million for resurfacing local streets.  This takes our total commitment to resurfacing local roads to almost $17 million over two years.

“There is $900,000 for reconstruction of Banfield Lane, Capalaba, and a further $1 million for Council’s successful green sealing of Southern Moreton Bay Island roads to reduce dust.”

Cr Williams said the Budget also included funding for a cross-border transport strategy to plan for the future of roads between the Redlands and Brisbane.

“Roads don’t just stop when they get to the city boundary so this project will develop a plan for the future of these roads to ensure they can cope with the extra residents who are expected to use them,” she said.

“It will include planning for the future of congested Rickertts Road, as well as the State Government-controlled Old Cleveland Road and Mt Cotton Road.”

Council’s infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the Budget not only committed to upgrading local roads, but also providing improved pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, to encourage alternative forms of transport.

“Almost $5 million will be spent upgrading footpaths, cycle ways and bus stops, encouraging residents to leave their car at home,” he said.

“There will be almost $1 million spent on new bike paths, including $650,000 to construct the missing link in the Moreton Bay Cycle way (MBC).  This 800 metre cycle way along Redland Bay Road in Thornlands will combine with developer contributed works to provide a continuous 12 kilometre cycleway from Cleveland to Victoria Point.

“The Moreton Bay Cycleway is a 150 kilometre multi-million-dollar project that will run from Bribie Island to Redland Bay via the new Gateway Bridge bikeway, and will become the longest cycleway on the east coast of Australia.

“This year’s capital program will also include a new 300 metre footpath along Valley, Way Mt Cotton, completing a missing link in the pedestrian and cycling network and improving access for residents to the only shopping centre in the area and Mount Cotton Community Park.”

Key transport projects:

  • Resurfacing Program:                                      $8 million
  • Southern Moreton Bay Island road upgrades  $1 million
  • Banfield Lane Reconstruction                          $900,000
  • Lighting Upgrade – Midjimberry Rd, NSI           $102,270
  • James Street Service Turning Facility             $100,000
  • Bus stop upgrades                                          $1.2 million
  • Moreton Bay Cycle way (Cleveland to Victoria Point)  $650,000
  • Cycle way Program Valley Way Trunk Path Link, Mt Cotton  $160,000
  • Footpath  Program Wellington – McCartney Sts,  Ormiston  $140,000

Visit Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au for a full Budget breakdown.

To see what the Budget means for residents go to our Budget Highlights Info graphics

Redland Snapshot – Wednesday 24 June


Winter school holiday fun!

Wondering how to entertain the kids during school holidays?

Redland Art Gallery, IndigiScapes Centre and Redland Libraries have a jam-packed program of activities on offer for all ages.

Make a video game, a music video or a fairy tale film at Redlands Libraries. With technology projects, art, craft, stories and song, their holiday program offers loads of creative and engaging activities for youngsters aged four to 16 years. Activities are free. Bookings required for some activities.

Kids can try their hand at creating jewelry from natural materials, weaving baskets from garden cuttings or learn how to transfer their own design on to a timber block the Redland Art Gallery’s workshops local artists. Bookings essential. Fees apply. 3829 8463

Come along to Seek Unearth Explore at IndigiScapes on Friday 3 July, a free family fun day packed with outdoor, environmentally-focused activities, including water bug discovery, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, plant bingo, face painting, biscuit making, weed weaving and a sausage sizzle.

Visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/SchoolHolidayActivities for further details and booking information.

Watch out for koalas

The mercury may be falling but things are hotting up for our koalas with an early start to the breeding season this year. Not only are the adults on the move, but last year’s young are heading off to find their own space. Keep an eye out for koalas in unexpected places, especially when driving.

Whale survey in progress

Scientists from the University of Queensland are currently on North Stradbroke Island as part of a long-running research project to monitor humpback whale migration. Based at Point Lookout, an internationally recognised site for observing the migration of humpback whales, this year’s survey will run for eight weeks during June and July, which is the peak period for the northward migration of whales to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef where they breed.

One of the two Council viewing platforms at Frenchman’s Beach Foreshore Reserve, off Timbin Road at Point Lookout, will be closed to the public until 9 August for the project. Follow the whales on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/straddiehumpbacks

Water meter reading

We need access to your water meter for quarterly meter readings, ongoing maintenance and replacement. If you are considering building a retaining wall, installing a new fence or adding locked gates to an existing fence, please call us on 3829 8999 to discuss accessibility options.

Open meetings

Special meeting: Thursday 25 June 9.30am
(Adoption of 2015/16 Budget)

General meeting: Wednesday 19 July 9.30am

Council keeps kids happy these school holidays


There’s no reason for winter blues these school holidays thanks to Redland City Council’s kids’ activity program.

Redland City Council’s Cultural and Environmental spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said Council was again offering a great variety of activities for children aged 4 – 16 years to keep school holiday boredom at bay.

“Our Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redland IndigiScapes Centre teams have combined to create a great range of events these school holidays,” Cr Hewlett said.

“While the teams work hard to ensure there’s plenty to do during school breaks, these facilities are fantastic community resources that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
 
“The school holidays are a great opportunity for families to visit their Council facilities and rediscover all they have to offer.”

IndigiScapes are hosting a free ‘Seek Unearth Explore Family Fun Day’ on Friday 3 July with environmental activities, arts and craft, plant bingo, weed weaving, scavenger hunts and more.

Redland Libraries free activities over the two week period include a ‘Wild Things Day Out’, African safari craft and the opportunity to learn how to make a video game and controller or your own music video.

Redland Art Gallery will host workshops including basket weaving with Rosie Harvest, jewellery-making with Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and wood transfer art with artists Chez Beauvardia – a small fee applies for the Redland Art Gallery workshops and bookings are required.

 All activities in the Redland City Council school holiday program are offered at a low cost or free of charge but may require bookings prior to attendance.

For further details and booking information visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/SchoolHolidayActivities.