Monthly Archives: February 2016

Council election – check your division and polling location

Redlanders are reminded to check which division they are in and the location of polling booths prior to next month’s Council elections.

Redland City CEO Bill Lyon said the Electoral Commission of Queensland had altered divisional boundaries last year as part of regular boundary reviews, so all residents were encouraged to check which division they are registered in by visiting the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.

“The new divisional boundaries released by the Electoral Commission last year will mean some residents will be voting in different divisions than they did last election so it is important all residents check their division,” Mr Lyon said.

“The easiest way to do this is to go to the Electoral Commission of Queensland website and click on the Find my local area search option.

“While the election is being run by the Electoral Commission of Queensland, Council wants to ensure residents have all the information they need to vote on the day and all relevant information can be found on our website.”

Mr Lyon said with the city being split into 10 divisions it was important people knew which division they were in and where the relevant polling booth was.

“Polling booth locations in each division are selected by the Electoral Commission of Queensland and can be found by searching for your address on their website,” he said.

“The Electoral Commission has advised of some changes from last election; for example, Wellington Point High School, Amity Point Hall and Alexandra Hills State High School will not have polling booths this year, so it is important people check the website.

“In the event someone does turn up to the incorrect polling location they will be able to do an absentee vote.

“In person pre-polling is available from 9am Monday 7 March at Redland Performing Arts Centre and from 14 March at Redland Bay Community Hall (Weinam St, Redland Bay) or Capalaba Place (14 Noeleen Street, Capalaba). Pre-polling closes at all locations at 6pm Friday 18 March.”

Pre-poll postal vote applications commence from Saturday 6 February and close 7pm Wednesday 16 March. All postal votes must be received by 6pm, Tuesday 29th March.

Questions or more information:
• You can ask questions in person to the Returning officer: Mr Harold Guy, operating out of Redland Performing Arts Centre (Middle Street Cleveland) Monday to Friday (9.00am to 5.00pm).
• Call the Electoral Commission of Queensland on 1300 881 665.
• Visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.

Severe weather warning for abnormally high tides and dangerous surf

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning due to the effects of ex-tropical cyclone Winston, with high tides and dangerous surf expected across the Redlands over the coming days.

Coastal waterways and creeks across the mainlands that are usually calm may be affected and dangerous surf is expected on North Stradbroke Island.

Read the full warning:

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston lies to the northwest of Norfolk Island and will continue tracking in a general westerly direction before most likely shifting northwest into the southern Coral Sea during the weekend.

The system is expected to retain an intense wind structure up until at least Sunday. Winds and waves are expected to increase about southern Queensland beaches south of Sandy Cape on Saturday as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston enters the southern Coral Sea, leading to dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion.

Water levels on the high tide could possibly exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and also Stradbroke and Moreton Islands during tonight and through Saturday.

The system should start to weaken from Sunday, with winds and waves gradually decreasing along the southern Queensland coast.

Surf Life Saving Queensland recommends staying out of the water and well away from surf-exposed areas.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES advises:
– Checking your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
– If near the coastline, stay well away from the water’s edge.
– Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
– Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
– For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Please keep an eye on for updated weather warnings.

Help create an events strategy for Redland City

Council is developing a five-year events strategy to maximise the cultural and economic benefits of events in the Redlands.

We are seeking input from event organisers, community organisations, sporting and cultural associations, local businesses and community members.

Please come along to a workshop to share your ideas:


When: Tuesday 1 March, 10am – 1pm

Where: Fiction Bar, Raby Bay

North Stradbroke Island

When: Wednesday 2 March, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, Point Lookout

Russell Island

When: Thursday 3 March, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Russell Island Recreation Hall, Russell Island

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to a workshop by Friday 26 February by email to or call 3829 8858.

Award-winning Australian landscape artworks coming to the Redlands

Contrasting perspectives of Queensland’s natural beauty, iconic local architecture and common urban infrastructure will be showcased in two new exhibitions to open next month at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

From Sunday 6 March to Sunday 17 April 2016, a selection of winning entries of the prestigious Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize will be exhibited alongside Unregulated Spaces: Dennis McCart, a series of oil paintings of overlooked contemporary landscapes.

Redland City Council’s General Manager of Community and Customer Service Louise Rusan said the exhibitions featured a fascinating collection of artworks that profiled Queensland landscapes from different perspectives.

“Curated by Bernie Hollett to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the club, and 25 years of their esteemed national art award, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize will feature 15 award-winning artworks inspired by the landscapes of Queensland,” she said.

“From the fertile plains of the Darling Downs and rolling hills around Bundaberg to iconic contemporary infrastructure along the Brisbane River, the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize will exhibit in the Redlands as the first of a six-venue regional tour of the state during 2016-2017 thanks to Museums and Galleries Queensland.

“With works by some of Australia’s most celebrated landscape artists, including Gordon Shepherdson, John Caldwell, Michael Nelson Jagamara, Davida Allen, Sybil Curtis, Maureen Hansen and Joe Furlonger, the exhibition showcases a range of painting styles.”

Davida Allen, Cattle in Fog at Sunrise 2010

Davida Allen, Cattle in Fog at Sunrise 2010. Courtesy of Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize Collection.

Ms Rusan said the second exhibition of landscapes profiled commonplace yet largely unnoticed aspects of modern society.

Unregulated Spaces adds a unique perspective to unremarkable landscapes located on the fringes of modern cities and suburbs, including freeway overpasses and bridges, railway lines, transmission tower corridors, suburban creeks, scrubland, and abandoned quarries,” she said.

“Created by Brisbane artist Dennis McCart, these oft unseen elements have been transformed into places of possibility and beauty through oil painting.”

Join the official opening of Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize and Unregulated Spaces: Dennis McCart on Friday 4 March at 6pm. To RSVP, please call 3030 4163 or email by Wednesday 2 March 2016.

A free morning tea and floor talks on the exhibitions will be held on Sunday, 6 March 2016 from 11.30am.

Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize is organised by Tattersall’s Club and toured by Museums and Galleries Queensland, with support from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland. Visit the Redland Art Gallery website for more information about the gallery and its exhibitions.

Redland City Australia Day honours

Four outstanding Redlanders who received Australia Day Honours this year were recognised during today’s General Meeting for their outstanding contribution to the Redlands community.

The residents were recognised at a special morning tea with Redland City Councillors before being presented with flowers and special certificates on behalf of the city.

Redland City CEO Bill Lyon said the dedication of local residents played a vital role in the fabric of the local community.

“These residents are an example of the selflessness and dedication that exists across the city,” he said.

“Being recognised and appreciated by your local community is one thing, but to be named in the annual Australia Day honours is a fantastic achievement that these residents should be very proud of.”

During the presentations each recipient was recognised for their contribution to the city.

Dr Ross Dunn from Birkdale; Member of the Order of Australia (AM):

Dr Dunn was recognised for his significant service to dentistry as a clinician, to public dental health initiatives in developing countries, and to professional organisations.

A dental practitioner since 1976, and owner of Complete Dental Wynnum until 2010, Dr Dunn is currently establishing a public dental health service in Timor Leste.

Since 1995, he has volunteered his time and professional expertise to a number of NGO-sponsored dental missions in outback Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Africa.

Mervyn Reid, from Thornlands; Medal of the Order of Australia recipient (OAM):

Mr Reid was recognised for service to veterans and their families, including helping veterans at Greenslopes Private Hospital over the past 20 years through a number of organisations.

He is an active member of the Redlands Sub-branch of the RSL and the Veterans Advisory Board of the South Eastern District of the Queensland branch of the RSL.

He is also president of the Airfield Defence Guard Association and has been involved with the Brisbane ANZAC Day Planning Committee for many years.

Stathis E Efstathis of Raby Bay, Medal of the Order of Australia recipient (OAM):

Mr Efstathis received his medal in recognition of his extensive service to the Greek community of Queensland over many years.

As a member of a number of community organisations over the past 50 years, Mr Efstathis has served in a host of executive positions, which has earned him life membership with:

  • Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane
  • Kastellorizan Association of Queensland
  • Greek Orthodox Youth Association
    He was instrumental in establishing the Victoria Point Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank in 2004 and also served as Honorary Chairman of the Pelican’s Nest Shopping Centre Body Corporate, Victoria Point, for 15 years.

George Hill from Point Lookout, Medal of the Order of Australia recipient (OAM):

The city’s fourth Australia Day Honour was an Emergency Services Medal for career surf lifesaver George Hill, who was unable to present at today’s meeting.

Mr Hill commenced as a cadet surf lifesaver in 1979 and is a life member of the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, where he has served two terms as Honorary President.

With more than 1300 hours of voluntary beach patrol to his name, Mr Hill was instrumental in the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles patrolling some beaches in Queensland.


ADVICE- Bushfire Warning for Carbrook (Logan) as at 12.20pm, Wednesday 17 Feb 2016

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising:

As at 12.20pm, a large grass fire is burning near Beenleigh Redland Bay Road and west of Teviot Road, Carbrook, Logan.

Currently, seven fire crews are working with water-bombing aircraft to contain the blaze, which broke out on Sunday.

There is no threat to homes at this time however there is a large smoke haze affecting the area and surrounds.

Motorists, especially along Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, are advised to drive with caution and to conditions and avoid the area if possible due to limited visibility.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and to keep medications close by if they have a respiratory condition.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) website at or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit

Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning –

Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.

Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.

Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan now.


Smoke from Carbrook fire may affect Redland City this afternoon

Residents across Redland City, particularly the southern areas, may be affected by smoke haze this afternoon due to a fire burning along Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road at Carbrook.

The six hectare fire is slow moving – there is no threat to life or property.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES advise keeping windows and doors closed and if you are suffering from a respiratory condition, ensure your medication is close by.

For more information about staying healthy in smoky conditions:

New fire trails for the Redlands

Community safety in the Redlands has received a boost with the State Government committing more than $330,000 towards fire trails at Mt Cotton and North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Disaster Planning Manager Mike Lollback said the community resilience funding came after two years of lobbying by Council, in the wake of the devastating bushfires on North Stradbroke Island in 2014.

“Seventy percent of bushland on North Stradbroke Island was burnt out in January 2014 during the largest bushfire in Queensland’s recorded history,” he said.

“It was an incredibly harrowing time for locals and emergency services alike, who worked around the clock for 16 days straight to preserve lives and property against the ferocious forces of nature and fortunately no lives were lost.

“Preparation is crucial for bushfire management and fire trails help to stop fires spreading.

“Both Mount Cotton and North Stradbroke Island have very high bushfire risks and these new fire trails will provide our emergency services with greater access to inaccessible areas.”

Mr Lollback said Council had worked tirelessly with a number of government agencies over the past two years to lessen the threat from bushfire to local communities while maintaining the natural beauty of these regions.

“On North Stradbroke Island, our emergency services require better planning and coordination for access to the area around Dunwich and Myora Springs,” he said.

“The Minjerribah Fire Mitigation Project takes a balanced approach to bushfire management, increasing the network of fire trails on the island and improving public safety in consultation with the local community to minimise the impact to the island’s unique environment.

“Council will contribute a further $150,000 to the project over the next 12 months to maximise the safety of residents on the island, which will be delivered in partnership with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the local Indigenous community.”

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello welcomed the announcement, noting it as a big win for Minjerribah.

“The new fire trails around native title lands in the Dunwich area will extend the network of fire trails on the island, building capacity of Quandamooka People in fire management and providing firefighters a better chance of stopping fires jumping East Coast Road and threatening lives and property in the area,” he said.

“This project will draw on traditional owner knowledge and environmental sensitivities to help better protect people, flora, fauna and important cultural sites from the effects of future bushfires.”

Visit to learn more about disaster management in the Redlands.

Willards farm to remain

The history of the Birkdale property known as Willards farm on Old Cleveland Road East has been preserved for future Redlanders after Redland City Council purchased the property.

Council Chief Executive Officer Bill Lyon said the outcome has ensured the farm’s 153-year-old homestead will be kept.

“At the Council meeting held on 21 October 2015, Council resolved to investigate options to develop the property and keep the existing farm house which has historical value to the local community, ” Mr Lyon said.

“As a result of this work, Council voted at its Special Meeting on the 16 and 21 of December 2015 to purchase the entire 8,164 square metre property.

“Negotiations to purchase the property have been successful and the contract went unconditional at close of business on Friday.

“This speedy outcome was achieved with the assistance of Council’s subsidiary company Redland Investment Corporation, delivering a great outcome for the community.”

Mr Lyon said the next step for Council was to fence the old homestead and ensure the structure poses no risks to the safety of the community.

“In the coming weeks, residents can expect to see Council officers at the site putting up temporary fencing and performing other safety procedures,” he said.

“Council staff will also undertake an assessment to determine what would be required to restore the homestead and its associated structures.

“With a new Council coming on board in just over a month, it will be a decision for them as to what will ultimately be done with the house and land.

“The land is strategically placed next to surplus land owned by the Australian Government, so it could potentially provide exciting new opportunities for the City in the future.”

Willards farm was established in 1863. The site contains a house, dairy and slab huts. It has also been known as ‘The Pines’ and the Cottons Farm. The Heritage Council refused an application to historically list the property in September last year.

2016 Council elections – are your details correct?

Redland City will go to the polls on Saturday 19 March along with councils across Queensland to elect a new Council and Mayor to serve the city for a further four years.

Residents have until 5pm this Friday to ensure their details are up to date and lodged with the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

Before the big day arrives Redland City Council is asking residents and potential candidates to be aware of the following key dates and information:

  • Enrol to vote or change your details: Voters must ensure they are registered with the Electoral Commission of Queensland and their details are correct before 5pm Friday 12 February, more information
  • Check your Division: As part of regular boundary reviews the Electoral Commission of Queensland made changes to divisional boundaries in Redland City last year, so all residents are encouraged to check which Division they are registered in.
  • Nominate as a candidate in the election: The deadline for candidates to lodge with the Electoral Commission of Queensland is noon Tuesday 16 February, more information.
  • Pre-polling: In person pre-polling commences 9am Monday 7 March at Redland Performing Arts Centre and 14 March at Redland Bay Community Hall (Weinam St, Redland Bay) and Capalaba Place (14 Noeleen Street, Capalaba). Pre-polling closes at all locations at 6pm Friday 18 March.
  • Cut-off for return of postal ballot material: All postal votes must be received by 6pm, Tuesday 29th March. 
  • Questions or more information:
    • You can ask questions in person to the Returning officer: Mr Harold Guy, operating out of Redland Performing Arts Centre (Middle Street Cleveland) Monday to Friday (9.00am to 5.00pm).
    • Call the Electoral Commission of Queensland on 1300 881 665.
    • Visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.

Polling booth locations will be announced closer to the election.

The elections are run by the Electoral Commission of Queensland.