Monthly Archives: August 2015

Council moves to open access to sports and cultural activities


Getting involved in sporting and cultural activities could become easier for low-income and disadvantaged Redlanders thanks to a Redland City Council decision today.

Councillors agreed to investigate how struggling residents can be assisted to get out and active in the community.

At this stage no commitment has been made with Councillors to discuss the matter at Council’s next Community Grants workshop in September before considering options.

follows last month’s decision to investigate a financial assistance program to help battling families get their children into sports.

Division 2 Councillor Craig Ogilvie, who called for the investigation, said disadvantage should not be a barrier to the benefits of playing sport or being involved with arts or other community activities.

“The unfortunate reality is that when you are battling financially, pulling on the footy boots or joining a cultural group can be pushed out of reach by fees and the cost of essential gear or equipment,’’ Cr Ogilvie said.

“As a caring community which supports inclusivity, we need to ensure all residents can be part of a team or group if they choose and not feel that it is simply unaffordable.

“The benefits in terms of mental and physical health for both adults and youngsters will be substantial.”

At its last meeting, Council agreed to look into a program where Council could provide up to $50,000 funding each year and work with sporting organisations, schools and local business sponsors to set up an ongoing fund.

Cr Ogilvie said extending the program to all disadvantaged Redlanders meant the program’s benefits could be maximised.

“We can now look at eligibility criteria, such as holders of Centrelink Health Care Cards or Pensioner Concession Cards, and then come back to Council with a workable program. We want to make sure that mum and dad as well as the kids can join in the fun,” he said.

Redland City celebrates the Ekka Show public holiday


Who wants a public holiday? Your wish has been granted!

This Monday, 10 August, the city of Redlands celebrates the Ekka Show public holiday. Council services will be closed for the day, returning to normal business hours on Tuesday 11 August. All enquiries, including emergency services should contact the after-hours service on (07) 3829 8999.

Then on Wednesday 12 August Cleveland celebrates the Brisbane Ekka public holiday by holding the traditional Crazy Day Market in Bloomfield Street. This year the highlight will be the official opening of the redesigned Bloomfield Street Park. Other activities include live music, fashion parade, dancing and more. Tell your friends living in Brisbane to come and enjoy the fun in Cleveland!

Redlands gets real-time weather reports


Redlanders finally have access to real-time weather information with a national Bureau of Meteorology observation station opened today.

The automatic weather station, funded through a $150,000 grant from the State Government’s Natural Disaster Mitigation Program, was launched by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who had lobbied for its funding.

“Until now real-time weather information hasn’t been available for Redland City, with reports ‘approximated’ for the Redlands from information delivered from the Brisbane Airport around 40km away,’’ Cr Williams said.

“But our population growth and planned expansion of our transport hubs at Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek had highlighted a real need for more accurate local information for both the community and emergency services.

“This station will now provide us with timely and accurate weather information, which will greatly assist us in being prepared for the worst nature can throw at us and, therefore, help to ensure that we can be a more resilient City.

“I thank the State for responding to our requests for this service.’’

Cr Williams, who is also chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, said the station would also provide contemporary information to the broader Southern Moreton Bay area, Southern Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich.

“The Local Disaster Management Group in the Redlands and neighbouring areas will benefit from real-time weather observations of temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction and rainfall,’’ Cr Williams said.

“But while it will be of enormous value when we are threatened by severe weather events, I suspect it will show what locals have long known – that the Redlands has the best weather in Queensland,’’ she said.

Council provided land for the station, which was built by the Bureau of Meteorology, at the Cleveland Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Out with the weeds and in with the trees


Island residents are invited to swap their weeds for a free native plant at Bushcare’s annual ‘Trees for Weeds Day,’ islands event on Saturday 15 August.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said participants could swap a shopping bag of weeds for a native plant between 8.30am and 10.30am on the weed awareness day.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to target the spread of invasive weeds threatening our natural environment and at the same time spruce the garden up with some new native plants,” she said.

“When left unkempt these weeds have the potential to escape backyards and into the surrounding bushland where they smother and damage native plants”.

“By targeting the issue in our own yards, together we can make a great impact and prevent any further spread or damage to our local environment.”

Environmental spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said residents could swap weeds for up to five native plants and while any weeds were welcome this year’s main focus being was the Mother of Millions and Mile a Minute.

“Mother of Millions is a succulent plant with clustering red or orange tube shaped flowers while Mile a Minute is a dense smothering vine with purple to pink round flowers and five loped leaved,” he said.

“Both weeds are durable, rapid growers that cause ongoing damage to our native plants, so if you spot them, dig them out and bring them to one of the five Island locations: North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo, Karragarra, Macleay and Russell Island.”

Local Bushcare Groups will be on hand at the events to help educate attendees and offer advice on weed identification and management.

Island Event Details

When: Saturday 15 August 2015, 8.30-10.30am

Five locations:

Coochiemudlo Island Jetty

Macleay Island Progress Hall, 2 Russell Tce

Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Headland Park North Gorge

Karragarra Island Esplanade, Foreshore Park

Russell Island Public Pool Carpark on High Street

 

Get the facts: Media reports on Council staff costs inaccurate


A story appeared this week comparing the cost of Council employees across South East Queensland and claimed that Redland City Council staff were the second most expensive in South East Queensland. The story, which originally ran on the Brisbane Times website and was then run on Channel Nine and picked up by the Redland City Bulletin, contained a number of inaccuracies and assumptions that mean the figures reported are unreliable.

The journalist calculated a cost per employee by dividing Council’s budgeted employee cash expenditure by the number Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff reported in our annual report. This calculation is not accurate for two reasons; firstly the two numbers don’t match up in that the budgeted cash expenditure includes agency staff while the total FTE count reported does not and secondly the two numbers are from different financial years.

Also it is impossible to know if the comparison between Redland City Council and other SEQ Councils is accurate because there is no context to ensure Councils are using a consistent baseline to compare. This includes whether the staff numbers include contract or casual staff or if the employee costs are salaries only or include costs such as superannuation, long service leave etc. This makes it impossible to tell if the comparison between Councils is comparing “apples with apples”.

The stories also didn’t take into account the fact that some SEQ Councils operate their own water service while others don’t. Obviously those Councils that operate their own water business, such as the Redlands, will have a higher FTE because they provide a service the other Councils don’t, making the total FTE comparison inaccurate. This may also apply for other services contracted out by Councils, affecting their FTE count.

Redland City Council’s full time equivalent staff numbers have reduced almost 10% over the last six years, while maintaining our core service offering. This has been achieved through a back to basics commitment that focuses on key Council services and included an internal restructure that reduced the number of executive level roles.

Redland Snapshot – 5 August 2015


Win tickets to RedFest

From 4-6 September, the Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds will come alive with a fantastic line-up of entertainment, fireworks spectacular, sideshow alley and the world famous strawberry-eating competition. We have 100 one-day tickets to RedFest 2015 to give away, valued at $15 each.

Visit www.redfest.com.au for the program. Proudly supported by Redland City Council.

To enter. Email your name, address and daytime telephone number to redfestcomp@redland.qld.gov.au with “RedFest competition” in the subject line. Or write your name, address and contact phone number on the back of an envelope addressed to “RedFest competition”, Redland City Council, PO Box 21, Cleveland QLD 4163.

One entry per person. Entries close Friday 21 August. Winners will be contacted by telephone by Friday 28 August.

Apply for a community grant today

Turn your ideas into reality with funding from Council’s Community Grants Program. Round 1 is now open with applications accepted until Friday 28 August 2015.

Visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/grants for information and application forms.

Trees for Weeds

When: Saturday 15 August 2015, 8.30-10.30am
Where: Southern Moreton Bay Islands

  • Coochiemudlo Island Jetty
  • Macleay Island Progress Hall, 2 Russell Terrace
  • Karragarra Island Foreshore Park, The Esplanade
  • Russell Island Public Pool Carpark, High Street

Exchange unruly, invasive weeds for native plants at the Trees for Weeds Day. Claim a free native plant for every plastic shopping bag of weeds you bring along (up to five per person). While all weeds are accepted, this year’s focus for the islands are Mile-a-Minute and Mother-of-Millions.

Queensland Road Safety Week

17-21 August 2015

Come along to the local road safety week event, supported by the Redland Traffic Advisory Group.

When: Wednesday 19 August, 9am-12pm
Where: Park area adjacent to Capalaba Library (Noeleen Street) and Capalaba Bus Interchange, Capalaba

Make a pledge to improve a single road behaviour. You can hand in your pledge at the event or post on social media using the hashtag #SpeakUpforRoadSafety

Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

The annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast will be held on Friday 28 August 2015 at Redlands Sporting Club. Tickets are now on sale from RPAC.

Visit www.rpac.com.au (Upcoming Events) or call 07 3829 8131.

Rates due next week

Residents are reminded rates are due Tuesday 11 August 2015. After this date, interest will accrue at 11% per annum, compound interest calculated on daily balances. If you did not receive your rates notice or you would like to discuss your payment options, please call 3829 8999.

Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 12 August 9.30am

Missed bin collections on Russell Island


Some streets on Russell Island did not have their waste bin collected today due to mechanical issues with a waste truck.

These streets will be done first thing tomorrow, please leave your bin on the kerb before 6am to ensure it is collected.

Here is the full list of streets affected:

Aquarius Rd
Dempsey St
Roebuck Rd
Fiji St
Zephyr St
Oasis Dr
Borrows St
Reading St
Bunning St
Lowther St
Parish St
Guthrie St
Akebia St
Virginia Pde
Orme Dr
Seaview St
Sabot St
Catamaran St
Tulloch St
Todman St
Gunsynd St
Tails St
Baguette St
Bernborough St
Trimaran St
Titala St
Grevillea St
Dryandra St
Callistemon Dr
Banksia St
Cassia St
Cainaipa Pt Dr
Highland St
Spring St
Breeze St
Mountain View
Koro St
Kao Rd
Leilani Ave
Lau St
West St
Beth St
Tropic Dr
Vista St
Taylor St
Laurel St
Kings Rd
Folwell St
Coyne St
Oaklea St
Satton St
Burge St
Bradman St
Harvey St
High St