Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sod turned on $3.2m Runnymede community facility


Construction is set to start on the $3.27 million Horizon Foundation Community and Education Centre, a facility that will transform underutilised Council-owned land at Capalaba and provide hundreds of jobs.

Redland City mayor-elect Karen Williams, Division 7 councillor-elect Murray Elliott, Horizon Foundation Vice President Dr Wayne Clarke and Chief Executive Officer Joe Gamblin today turned the first sod on the project, marking the start of approximately nine months of construction.

“This is an exciting project that will provide immense value to vulnerable members of the Redlands community and great opportunities for Council and our region,” Cr Williams said.

“The 4 hectare site on the corner of Runnymede and Redland Bay Roads, adjacent to Redland IndigiScapes Centre, has been unoccupied for about 10 years and today starts its transformation into a vibrant community and disability services hub.

“This project will inject an estimated $8 million into the local economy through construction investment and new jobs and it will provide Horizon Foundation with a platform from which to add more services when the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out in coming years.

“Our community will gain new job opportunities and life-changing services through the new centre once it is operational and through the NDIS service streams.

“One program which will really make a difference to Redlands families is the Baby Bridges program. It’s an early intervention service for parents of children with a disability up to the age of five and it is set to start when the new building opens around November this year.”

Horizon Foundation is a highly respected disability service provider and currently employs 200 staff at the organisation’s Capalaba office. It is expected 20 new full time equivalent jobs will be created at the new Runnymede centre, plus hundreds of jobs during construction.

Mr Gamblin said the Runnymede Community and Education Centre would be the largest community services infrastructure project in the Redlands.

“We are proud to have the support of Council to make this exciting initiative possible and to be building what is probably the biggest community services infrastructure project in the region,” he said.

“The new Early Intervention Centre has been purpose-designed. Thanks to the generous support of the Ian McDougall Trust we will be able to reach more parents of children with a disability in Redland City and enhance their experience by providing them with access to facilities that are specifically tailored to meet their needs.”

Redland City Council has given Horizon Foundation a 50-year lease of the footprint of its new building at 377-385 Redland Bay Road.

Cr Elliott said each year over 1,700 people with a disability receive vital services from Horizon Foundation and the new centre would ensure residents in his region are well supported into the future.

“I’m pleased to have played a role in facilitating this new centre which will meet the needs of my community moving forward,” Cr Elliott said.

“Research has indicated demand for disability services will increase by 12 per cent in the Redlands by 2021, so this new facility will go a long way toward providing these much needed services for our community.”

Council is continuing to work on a concept plan for potential uses for the remainder of the site in conjunction with community groups, Horizon Foundation and Council’s own IndigiScapes Centre.

Council calls on residents to celebrate our creeks


Residents are being encouraged to celebrate local waterways with a series of water-based activities planned at the Redlands Connect Expo to be held on Saturday 9 April as part of Connect to Your Creek Week.

Redland City Environment and Regulation Group Manager Gary Photinos said the Council-supported Healthy Waterways initiative recognised the role local creeks and waterways played in our community.

“Redland City is fortunate to not only be situated on Moreton Bay, but we also have some great local creeks and this event is an opportunity to get out there and celebrate them,” he said.

“The day will be fun for the whole family with activities held at Raby Bay Foreshore and including stand up paddle boarding, rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and more.

“There is plenty of evidence that getting outdoors and being active is great for a person’s health and this initiative is the perfect opportunity to do just that while at the same time learning about the importance of our local waterways.”

Mr Photinos said the events were part of Council’s objective of strengthening the relationship between the local environment and community.

“Even if you can’t make it to one of our Connect to Your Creek activities you can visit IndigiScapes at any time and learn more about the grassroots programs and community partnerships working to make real and practical improvements to our local waterways,” he said.

“Our waterways are vital to the health of local ecosystems and Council runs a series of education programs year round for residents to learn about the importance of our waterways.

“A great example of this is the Waterways Extension Program which has 85 private properties signed-up and has seen 15,000 riparian plants planted in the last two years alone.

“All of the water-based activities being held on the day can also be enjoyed any day of the week in Redland City, meaning there is always a reason to get out and enjoy our local creeks and waterways.”

The expo will run 9am to 1pm and activities are free unless otherwise indicated. There will also be a BBQ and coffee-van onsite to purchase food and drink. No bookings are required, just come on down. Participants should bring a water bottle (water available on the day) and wear sun smart clothing, enclosed water shoes, hat and sunscreen.

For more information visit indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au or call 3824 8611.

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April in the Redlands: World record attempts, environmental pursuits and plenty more on offer


Residents are encouraged to join a unique world record attempt next month as Rotary Club of Cleveland, in association with Relay For Life, vie for the title of the longest line of gold coins on Saturday 16 April at Cleveland Showgrounds.

The second Ribbon of Gold coin challenge will raise funds for charity and add further distance to the 43 metres of coins donated last year, with the ultimate goal of breaking the record of just over 75km set by a school in Austria in 2011.

The gold coin challenge is just one of the many cultural, sporting and environmental events scheduled in the city during April. Highlights include:

  • Help plant 1000 koala food and habitat trees at Egret Colony Wetland, Victoria Point, during the Koala Community Planting on Sunday 3 April, hosted by Redland City Council Bushcare.
  • Celebrate Connect to Your Creek Week and enjoy our local waterways while trying stand up paddle boarding, dragon boating and more at the Raby Bay Foreshore on Saturday 9 April.
  • For the seafaring sports enthusiasts, sign up for the 8th Macleay Island Classic on Sunday 10 April, a 15km canoe race across the spectacular waters of Moreton Bay surrounding the island, hosted by Tingira Boat Club.
  • Learn how to grow your own organic produce, find out more about native gardening and tips for recycling your green waste at the Redland Good Gardening Expo on Saturday 16 April at Indigiscapes.
  • Redlands Wildlife Rescue is recruiting volunteers to help operate its afterhours wildlife ambulance, which provides emergency rescue and transport for sick, injured and orphaned native animals, with an induction to be held on Saturday 23 April.
  • On Monday 25 April, Redlands RSL Cleveland will host an Anzac Day dawn service at Kinsail Court Memorial Park from 5.20am, followed by the main parade and service from 10.30am in remembrance of those who have fought and died for our nation.
  • The three-day Capalaba Rotary Bookfest will open on Friday 29 April, with funds raised from the huge book sale benefitting youth and literacy projects in the Redlands.
  • Saddle up as some of the country’s top cowboys do battle with toughest bulls in the land while Australian freestyle motocross champions turn themselves upside down above the bull ring during Bikes and Bulls’ new show on Friday 29 April at Cleveland Showgrounds.
  • Don’t miss the spectacular display of flowering orchids at the Redlands Orchid Society Autumn Charity Show on Saturday 30 April, with potting demonstrations and plants for sale during the event.
  • From toddlers to teens, Redland Libraries has a fantastic line-up of free activities throughout the school holidays, including robot building, superhero dress-up, story time and an Aussie bush show.

The Redlands boasts a growing calendar of events each month, which are part of Council’s goal of fostering an active and vibrant local community while developing the city as a location of choice for events, which bring economic and cultural benefits to the region.

Visit our What’s On calendar to learn more about these events or post your own event.

Entries open for the 2016 Redland Art Awards


Entries are now open for the prestigious Redland Art Awards, a contemporary biennial painting competition presented by Redland Art Gallery and open to all Australian artists.

Redland Art Gallery director Stephanie Lindquist said the long-running competition featured four awards this year, with more than $20,000 in prize money on offer.

“With a thriving arts community and strong cultural appreciation, the Redlands has developed a reputation as a significant regional arts centre in Australia and these awards are highly regarded, drawing interest from distinguished artists nationwide,” she said.

“First held in 1981, the Redland Art Awards was established by a small group of local artists known as the Redland Yurara Art Society, which is among Queensland’s oldest art societies.

“In 2014, the awards attracted 250 entries from artists across the country, with 49 finalists featured in the exhibition and the major prize awarded to acclaimed Indigenous artist Margaret Loy Pula, for her geometric bush potato artwork Anatye.

Margaret Loy Pula's award winning artwork Anatye

Margaret Loy Pula’s award winning artwork Anatye

Ms Lindquist said the awards accepted paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media, with the winning entry awarded an acquisitive first prize of $15,000.

“There is also $4000 for the runner-up, $2500 for the winner of the Local Environment Prize and $500 for the Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, which is sponsored by the Redland Yurara Art Society,” she said.

“Birkdale visual artist Anita West won the Peoples’ Choice Award in 2014, with Kevin Chin winning second prize for a four-panel artwork and Jun Chen winning the Local Environment Prize for his portrait of the Brisbane River.”

This year’s judges are Kyla McFarlane (Acting Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art), Judy Watson (internationally recognised Indigenous artist and winner of the 2015 Australia Council Visual Arts Award) and gallery directors Stephanie Lindquist and Emma Bain (Redland Art Gallery).

Entries for the Redland Art Awards close on Friday 12 August 2016, with the winners announced on 14 October and a free exhibition of short-listed works on show from Sunday 16 October to Sunday 27 November. Visit the Redland Art Awards website to download an entry form or contact Redland Art Gallery on (07) 3829 8484.

Presented by Redland Art Gallery, the Redland Art Awards are an initiative of the Redland City Council in conjunction with event sponsors Stark Creations and Redland Yurara Art Society.

Get the facts: Media reports citing $100 million loan for essential roadwork


A story appeared in the Redland City Bulletin on Wednesday 9 March citing a $100 million loan from Redland City Council to the State Government to fix traffic congestion on Cleveland Redland Bay Road, which is a State Government road.

The figure of $100 million quoted by the media was not provided by Council and the cost of undertaking this work will not be known until a feasibility study is undertaken.

The story follows a decision on 9 December 2015 for Council to consider options for market-led proposals to fast-track the delivery of road and transport infrastructure that is the State Government’s responsibility within Redland City. Options could include partnering with the State Government and the private sector.

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State Government land value increase does not mean an increase in rates: Council


Redland City Council is reminding residents that they have no involvement in property valuations and that an increase in property valuations doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in rates.

Redland City Council Chief Executive Officer Bill Lyon said Council had been contacted by residents following the recent release of new property valuations by the State Government.

“Council plays no part in determining land valuations, they are determined by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines,” Mr Lyon said.

“If anyone has questions about the movement in their land valuations I would encourage them to contact the department to seek advice.”

Mr Lyon also wanted to ensure residents that an increase in land values did not automatically mean an increase in rates.

“There is a misconception out there that rates increase in line with property values, this is not the case.

“Council determine rates at Budget time based on the cost of providing services to the community and we work hard to keep rates increases as low as possible.

“The Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam stated this clearly last week, saying the belief that rates increases naturally mirrored increases in land values was a myth.”

Redlands enriched by new citizens


Cultural diversity in the Redlands will be celebrated on Wednesday 9 March when 75 residents from around the globe take part in the city’s citizenship ceremony at the Redland Performing Arts Centre.

Redland City Council’s General Manger of Organisational Services, Nick Clarke, said the city’s newest Australian citizens hailed from 26 countries, demonstrating the cultural diversity of the city.

“Much of the Redlands was pioneered by migrant families a century ago, with the names of those families now part of the fabric of the city,” he said.

“Our idyllic location and strong sense of community continues to attract those seeking a new life, with the Redlands welcoming 769 new citizens from 57 countries in 2015 alone, enriching the multicultural character of our city.”

Mr Clarke said this month’s ceremony precedes National Harmony Day on 21 March, a day that celebrates our nation’s cultural diversity.

“With its core message ‘everyone belongs’, the theme of Harmony Day this year is ‘our diversity is our strength’, a philosophy that we embrace in the Redlands,” he said.

Nations represented at this week’s ceremony include: Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Fiji, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe.

Guest speaker at this month’s ceremony will be Raby Bay resident Mr Stathis E Efstathis OAM, who recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his extensive service to the Greek community of Queensland over many years. 

Redland City Council Citizenship Ceremony event details:

  • Wednesday 9 March 2016
  • Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start
  • Concert Hall, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland

If media would like to attend, please contact Redland City Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism Group on 3829 8288.

Council appalled over destruction of 160 new trees on North Stradbroke Island


Redland City Council CEO, Bill Lyon said Council was appalled that 160 newly planted street trees on North Stradbroke have been wilfully and completely destroyed, with many sawn off at ground level.

“Council has reported the details to the police, but it simply beggars belief that anyone would go to so much trouble to destroy this investment in the Point Lookout community,” Mr Lyon said.

The native species street tree planting project in Point Lookout, was a Council supported initiative that involved the local Councillor and contributions from an island based landscape architect, Council workers and arborists.

“The project was designed to enhance the visual amenity of the roadside landscape across the Point Lookout community.

“Great care was taken to avoid impact on individual areas of popular visual amenity and individual property owners.

“Most of the areas with specific planting were to soften the visual impact of unplanted open space areas and bare roadside verges in locations that would enhance the look and feel of the area but would be unlikely to offend anyone.

The destruction of these trees is a loss of $14,000 in ratepayer funds and a great disappointment to both workers and community members who have invested the time and effort to make these improvements on the island.

“It is senseless behaviour and I would encourage anyone with information or evidence that could lead to the offenders being identified, to pass that information to the police,” Mr Lyon said.

Offenders could be fined and forced to pay the full costs of remediation.

“As North Stradbroke Island becomes increasingly recognised for its enormous natural beauty and sustainable tourism features, it is essential that everyone joins with us in caring for Straddle and helping to prevent this negative and damaging behaviour.”

Council will now review its options for increased patrols and surveillance of the Point Lookout area after a similar instance of tree vandalism in the area.

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