Monthly Archives: June 2016

A plan to help us bounce back from a disaster


Redland City Council has adopted a new section to the city’s disaster management plan which will deal specifically with the recovery processes.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Karen Williams said the fifth part of the Redland City Disaster Management Plan was designed to help the city get moving again following a disaster event.

“This plan is critical in ensuring the city not only prepares for and responds to a disaster, but just as importantly recovers from an event,” she said.

“It is recognition that a disaster does not stop when the storm passes, the flood waters recede or the fire is put out; the impacts can be felt long after and this plan will help us as a city get back on our feet.

“It outlines plans for helping the city recover from a social, infrastructure, environmental and economic perspective – including key steps and contact information for services that can assist.”

Deputy Mayor and Deputy Chair of the city’s Local Disaster Management Group Cr Wendy Boglary said the disaster recovery plan complemented Council’s existing disaster plans.

“Over the past two years Council has adopted a suite of plans that provide suburb specific information on how to prepare for a disaster, so the community can be confident that as a city we are well prepared,” she said.

“These plans have been praised nationally, including being recognised with a Resilient Australia Award and used as an example for other councils.

“Council put these plans to the test earlier this month with a mock emergency exercise that simulated a train derailment and included representatives from other emergency and community services.

“By holding exercises each year we ensure our disaster plans don’t sit on a shelf gathering dust, they are tried and tested and then updated to ensure they continue to meet the needs of our community.”

All of Council’s disaster plans can be found here.

Economic Development Advisory Board gets down to business


Redland City Council’s Economic Development Advisory Board has taken the first steps to formulate action plans to grow the City’s key industry sectors.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the board meeting formally for the first time and getting down to business and the appointment of the sixth board member Sirromet Managing Director Terry Morris.

“It’s an exciting time for the Redlands as we are on the cusp of realising strong growth,” Cr Williams said.

“We have $1.4 billion investment on the horizon through the redevelopment of Toondah Harbour, plus about $50 million worth of building and civil works in the pipeline approved by our City Planning and Assessment team.

“Now that our Economic Development Advisory Board is down to business, the group will ensure strategic advice is being presented to Councillors so we can play our part to support the local economy and create jobs.

“Terry Morris will provide great expertise to the board having run a diverse range of successful businesses, including Sirromet Winery at Mount Cotton.”

Redland City Council’s Economic Development Advisory Board is getting down to the business. The six-member board (pictured back from left) Jordan Duffy, Dr John O’Donnell, Jerry Harris, Terry Morris, (front) Catherine O’Sullivan and Samantha Kennedy held their first board meeting on Thursday 23 June and caught up with Redland City Mayor Karen Williams (front centre).

Redland City Council’s Economic Development Advisory Board is getting down to the business. The six-member board (pictured back from left) Jordan Duffy, Dr John O’Donnell, Jerry Harris, Terry Morris, (front) Catherine O’Sullivan and Samantha Kennedy held their first board meeting on Thursday 23 June and caught up with Redland City Mayor Karen Williams (front centre).

The Economic Development Advisory Board is responsible for leading the implementation of the Redland City Economic Development Framework 2014-2041.

Cr Williams said the group will deliver tangible economic action plans for the Redlands’ key industries and chart a course to achieve the framework’s ultimate objectives of 30,000 new jobs and increasing the city’s gross regional product to $6.8 billion by 2041.

Economic Development Advisory Board Chair Samantha Kennedy said the group took the first steps to formulate action plans for the health care and social assistance; education, innovation and training; and manufacturing sectors last week – the top three industries with the potential to be wealth and employment generators for the local economy.

“We have started the journey to understand the challenges and opportunities for businesses in the Redlands in order to create action plans to present to Council to spur on growth and prosperity,” she said.

“A potential action all board members supported at our first meeting was to work on a vision project for the Redlands to clearly articulate the region’s economic strengths and unique identity.

“Another idea was to immediately start work on helping to improve internet reliability for local businesses.

“Having worked in the information, communication and technology sector for the last 12 years, I understand how important it is for businesses to have good internet access.

“I think we could help facilitate this by undertaking an analysis of internet capability in each of the Redlands’ city centres and overlay these findings with what the National Broadband Network is proposing to deliver to ensure there will be no gaps.”

The other four Economic Development Advisory Board members are adjunct professor and Mater Health Services Chief Executive Officer Dr John O’Donnell, Bond University Pro Vice Chancellor Catherine O’Sullivan, media executive Jerry Harris and innovation adviser Jordan Duffy.

To view the Redland City Economic Development Framework 2014-2041 click here.

Redland City NAIDOC celebrations


Join in the free Council and community celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Redland City Council events

Seek, Unearth, Explore Quandamooka Country

Friday 1 July, 10am – 2pm, Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba

Enjoy a free family day with activities including bush tucker, emu-feather dance and art workshops, Quandamooka storytelling, weaving with weeds, market stalls, scavenger hunts, live animals and more. For more details, phone 3824 8611 or visit www.indigiscapes.com.au

Songlines in Redlands: A NAIDOC Showcase

Sunday 10 July, 2 – 4.30pm, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland

Free afternoon of traditional and contemporary art, dance, storytelling and bush tucker, culminating in a headline performance by nationally-acclaimed father and son duo Troy and Dean Brady. For more information: www.rpac.com.au. Proudly supported by the Australian Government

Gathering Strands Art Exhibition

Until 24 July 2016, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm, Sunday 9am – 2pm, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

A multi-layered exhibition celebrating the vitality of Indigenous fibre work by bringing together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weavers, fibre artists, and established and emerging visual artists from across South East Queensland. Curated by Freja Carmichael, recipient of the 2014 Australia Council Emerging Curator’s Fellowship.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts program and the Gordon Darling Foundation, and is supported by QYAC.

Gathering Strands Curator talk: Monday 4 July, 2pm, All welcome, For more information: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

Our Island, Our Story, Our Art: Quandamooka Artists from the Redland Art Gallery Collection

Until 10 July, Cleveland Library, Middle Street, Cleveland

An exhibition by Redland Art Gallery and Redland Libraries presenting the works of 15 Quandamooka artists spanning 35 years (1981 – 2016). Exhibiting artists include Damien Abberdan, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Sonja Carmichael, Naomi Chapman, Belinda Close, Brendon Coghill, Megan Cope, Sandra Delaney, Eva-May Monaghan, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Dale Ruska, Morgan Shipway, Craig Tapp, Steven Thelander and Joshua Walker.

For more information: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

Community events: For more information on any of the following events, visit www.quandamookafestival.com.au

Yura (Welcome!) Opening Celebrations for Quandamooka Festival

Sunday 3 July, 10.30am – 2.30pm, Dunwich (Goompi) waterfront near Ron Stark Oval

Traditional smoking ceremony followed by song, dance, traditional tucker, markets, workshops and more.

Salt Water Murris Exhibition Opening: “Yalingbilajin Quandamookagu jagan yarabin balganya’ (Coming of the Whales to Quandamooka Country)

Sunday 3 July, 2.30pm, Salt Water Murri Gallery, 3 Ballow Street, Dunwich

Exhibition featuring the works of Quandamooka artists and community to pay respect to Yalingbila.

Yulu-Burri-Ba NAIDOC Celebrations (North Stradbroke Island, Minjerribah)

Monday 4 July, 11am – 2pm, Yulu-Burri-Ba, Dunwich (in front of the Men’s Shed, next to Centrelink)

Food Stalls, weaving, face painting, boomerang painting and more.

Yulu-Burri-Ba NAIDOC Celebrations (Mainland)

Tuesday 5 July, 10am – 2pm, Alexandra Hills State High School

Free family fun day with stalls and activities. Come and learn more about Songlines that were created on Quandamooka Country.

Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council NAIDOC celebrations

Saturday 9 July, 10am – 4pm, Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Reserve, 151 Dickson Way, Myora, North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah

Learn more about the Songlines national NAIDOC theme from the perspective of the Minjerribah Moorgumpin People at a family day with stalls, activities and information-sharing.

RPAC celebrates songlines this NAIDOC


The stories culture and traditions of NAIDOC Week will be celebrated when Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) hosts its Songlines in Redlands: A NAIDOC Showcase on Sunday 10 July.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said NAIDOC Week was an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, and this year runs from 3 -10 July 2016.

“The 2016 theme Songlines: The living Narrative of our Nation honours the dreaming tracks or ‘songlines’ that tell the stories of when the rivers, lakes, plants, land-formations and living creatures were created,” she said. “From 2 – 4.30pm residents can come along for a free community celebration featuring art and performances that demonstrate the strong connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have with the Redlands.

“The day will begin with a traditional Welcome to Country and dance performance by the Yulu-burri-ba Dance Troupe.

“People can watch a bush tucker cooking demonstration by Dilly Bag chef Dale Chapman while taste testing samples from Redland IndigiScapes Centre’s Tea Garden Café.

“There will also be storytelling, art displays and an installation by Quandamooka artist Craig Tapp.

“To top it off, the day will end with a headline performance by nationally-acclaimed musical father and son duo Troy and Dean Brady.”

Headline act Troy and Dean Brady

Headline act Troy and Dean Brady

Songlines in Redlands: A NAIDOC Showcase is a Redland City Council event proudly supported by the Australian Government and part of the official Quandamooka Festival Program. For more details on this event, visit Redland Performing Arts Centre.

Council has a number of events and exhibitions celebrating NAIDOC week, starting with a wonderful day of free fun at IndigiScapes’ Seek, Unearth Explore Quandamooka Country on Friday 1 July. Visit the website for details.

Teenagers turn their lives around through Project Booyah


Education and community initiative Project Booyah is literally changing lives in the Redlands.

Currently 10 local teenagers are participating in Project Booyah in the hope to complete vocational education and gain a job after dropping out of high school.

Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Hills automotive trainee Brandon Cunningham shared his experience of completing Project Booyah, run by the Queensland Police Service, with the 10 new starters this term.

Alexandra Hills teenager Brandon Cunningham is training to become an automotive mechanic at Australian Industry Trade College after being inspired through Project Booyah.

Alexandra Hills teenager Brandon Cunningham is training to become an automotive mechanic at Australian Industry Trade College after being inspired through Project Booyah.

“I was feeling pretty depressed after being suspended from school for fighting and soon after that I started Project Booyah,” Brandon said.

“The police officers helped me get through and helped me find opportunities.

“I did a Certificate II in hospitality and then a Certificate II in construction.

“This year I’m doing a Certificate II in automotive through the Australian Industry Trade College, involving four to five week blocks of TAFE and then two weeks of work experience.

“My life is much happier now and I am more successful.”

Project Booyah is run by the Queensland Police Service from the Lions Club Jeffrey & Geraldine Underhill Community Centre at Capalaba.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams applauded the program as it invests in the region’s youth.

“Redland City’s youth are an important part of our community and they are the leaders of tomorrow,” she said.

“Council is committed to helping our young people earn and learn and be resilient members of our community, aims that are outlined in the recently released Redlands Youth Strategy 2015-2020.”

Redlands locals participating in Project Booyah this year are (front from left) Sebastian Hayward, Helaman Samuela, Tien Rogers, (middle from left) Police Liaison Officer Tom Govenor, Josh Goodman, Emmett Jones, Redlands Coordinator Senior Constable Dave Alley, (back from left) Detective Acting Sergeant Nick Churchley, Redland City Council Officer Doug Hunt, Youth Support Officer Jason Evans and Acting Inspector Ian Frame.

Redlands locals participating in Project Booyah this year are (front from left) Sebastian Hayward, Helaman Samuela, Tien Rogers, (middle from left) Police Liaison Officer Tom Govenor, Josh Goodman, Emmett Jones, Redlands Coordinator Senior Constable Dave Alley, (back from left) Detective Acting Sergeant Nick Churchley, Redland City Council Officer Doug Hunt, Youth Support Officer Jason Evans and Acting Inspector Ian Frame.

Acting Inspector and Project Booyah Manager Ian Frame said he started Project Booyah in 2012 to help disengaged young people develop the necessary life skills to make better choices and start a career path to build their self-esteem.

“I had been a police officer for 23 years and I just got sick of locking up young people who had committed crimes,” Acting Inspector Frame said.

“It dawned on me as I was locking up a kid who had done an armed robbery, whose father was in prison for serious offences, that we had to change this cycle.

“I thought about it and realised education and building up the teenager’s resilience and self-esteem with mentoring by passionate police officers was the key to encouraging better behavior.”

Today Project Booyah is run in nine locations across Queensland and is assisting about 85 teenagers. The program has an amazing success rate: 86 per cent of young people who start the program complete it, the majority of participants end up with a job and criminal offending reduces by 67 per cent.

Redland City Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson thanked the Queensland Police Service for assisting young people in his region.

“This program’s results really speak for themself,” Cr Gleeson said.

“And it’s great to have another avenue to connect young people with the Australian Industry Trade College, enabling teenagers like Brandon to gain a real world trade curriculum.”

Project Booyah is funded by the Queensland Early Intervention Police Program and Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

Acting Inspector Frame said he is currently looking to supplement the program’s funding with sponsorship from the private sector.

“This is an excellent program for the corporate sector to be aligned with as it is encouraging the very same ethics and skills needed for a successful workplace,” he said.

“Plus due to the one-on-one training and mentorship with young people the program offers, it would allow suitable businesses to directly connect with young workers.”

For more information on Project Booyah click here.

To view Council’s Youth Strategy click here.

Hot coffee and croissant celebrate Redlands new MTB facilities


Over sixty people, including Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Mountain Bike (MTB) coach, cycling groups, politicians, a Commonwealth Games organisation representative and supporters celebrated the opening of new Redland Track Park Trail Head additions with hot coffee and croissants this morning.

The new trail heads provide shelter, bike racks, bike repair stations, maps and information, water and a place to meet.

Helping to launch the new facility, Division 1 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary said the Redlands had 31km of MTB, walking and horse trails at Redlands Track Park and 51kms at Bayview Conservation Area.

“With a rapidly increasing number of trails visitors, including to this weekend’s Bayview Blast cycling event with an expected 500 participants, these new trail heads, trails, and signage will continue to enhance the Redlands visitor experience.

“The Bayview Blast will see riders ranging from children and families to beginners and the most experienced test their skills and endurance over courses of a few kilometres to circuits of 50 and 100 kilometres.

“This is reinforcing the Redland’s tourism and visitor attractions by promoting the city as South East Queensland’s foremost recreational and sports cycling destination of choice.

“Council is delighted to support and invest in these facilities knowing that the trails infrastructure and facilities contribute to both a healthy community and great experiences for first time and returning visitors to the Redlands.”

MTB Trail head launch

From L to R, Cr Paul Bishop, Cr Peter Mitchell, Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary, Donna Dall, Leo Newland, Cr Paul Golle, Cr Murray Elliott

 

Regular trail rider, Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Mountain Bike (MTB) coach and Redland City local Donna Dall, said the Redlands offers wonderful facilities for all forms of cycling and training.

“Our weekly group rides on the Redlands trails are fun socially and help to satisfy my own passion for cycling as well as offering great options for training with trails for all grades of riders.

“These new trail head facilities are a great compliment to the existing trails providing a readily accessible place to refresh, repair or simply catch up with each other before or after a hard ride.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the Redlands has been voted as an “A” for best mountain trail bike destination in South East Queensland and the best for council support in the SEQ Trails Association MTBs report card.

“Only a little more than a month ago a large number of spectators watched as 200 of Queensland’s top cycling competitors raced a tight 1.1km twilight criterium circuit in Cleveland under lights.

“Part of the Redlands Cycling Festival and the opening round in the 2016 Brisbane Camperland Queensland Road Team Series (QRTS), this event proved that competitive road racing events could be hosted as a regular event in the Redlands.”

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott, who also shared a new Redland Track Park trailhead facility in his Division, said the growing attraction of these trails was also a compliment to the dedication of trails riders who have volunteered over many years to protect and enhance the trails.

“If you are looking for a great riding experience, the Redlands has something to offer everyone from panoramic foreshore bike paths, safe roads to rugged bush and off road mountain trails – Redlands has it all.“

The Enhancing the Visitor Experience (EVE) program, is an action identified in the Redland City Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2015–2020, designed to improve the experience for tourists visiting the city’s natural attractions.

The program will deliver projects and services over three phases that open up the value of parks and natural areas for people’s enjoyment, health and well-being while protecting the Redlands’ environmental biodiversity.

Upgrading local trails such as the popular Redlands Track Park and Bayview Conservation Area is part of the program.

Festival celebrates culture, country and people


Celebrate the rich Indigenous culture of our city with an exciting array of events during the second Quandamooka Festival, which officially opens on Sunday 3 July.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said the three-month calendar of events featured activities and interests for all ages, including whale watching tours, art exhibitions, music, song and dance, film nights, markets, food, sporting events, speakers forums and more.

“From the first smoking ceremony of the festival on Sunday 3 July to a music and dance spectacular at the closing ceremony in mid-September, this year’s Quandamooka Festival is jam-packed with an extensive showcase of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art and culture,” she said.

“Now in its second year, the festival is a unique opportunity to learn more about the rich Aboriginal heritage of our city and the relationship between our Traditional Owners and their land and waters.

“It is wonderful to see a community-led festival of this scale happening in our City, and I congratulate the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and their festival committee for creating a program of more than 50 events across the Redlands.

“Council is proud to support the Quandamooka Festival and the traditional owners of the land and waters of our city.”

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello said the opening event coincided with the start of NAIDOC Week and was the day before the fifth anniversary of Quandamooka Native Title determination and the signing of an historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement between Council and the Quandamooka People.

“It is great to start our program during NAIDOC with ‘Yura’ – Yura means welcome in local Jandai language and our opening event on the Dunwich waterfront will be a true celebration of people coming to be part of the Quandamooka Festival.

“We hope that people will join us at Yura, be part of our Kunjiel closing ceremony – and in between journey with us through our program of events.

“You can try traditional tucker, learn to weave with natural fibres, welcome the whales as they pass by, marvel at sand art, hear local dreaming stories while cruising the bay or enjoy the music of Xavier Rudd – it’s all happening in the next three months.”

Festival highlights include:

* Yura! Opening celebrations on Sunday 3 July at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island, followed by NAIDOC Week celebrations

* Songlines in Redlands: a NAIDOC showcase headlined by Troy and Dean Brady at Redland Performing Arts Centre, on Sunday 10 July

* Yura Yalingbila – Welcome of the Whales Festival on Saturday 23 July at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island

* Kunjiel Corroboree Closing Ceremony, featuring Xavier Rudd, traditional dancers and live music on 17-18 September at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island

Visit Quandamooka Festival for the program and follow Quandamooka Festival on Facebook for updates throughout the festival.

Redlands ready to welcome the world


About 25 tourism operators and community members today attended the launch of the inaugural Welcome to Redlands program at Fiction Bar, Raby Bay.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the program, part of the overarching Brisbane Welcomes the World Program, aims to build the Brisbane region’s reputation as one of the friendliest places in the world by making a world of difference to its visitors.

“Welcome to Redlands is a new, free destination welcoming and wayfinding online training program,” Cr Williams said.

Redlands Mayor Karen Williams with tourism operators and community members

Redlands Mayor Karen Williams with tourism operators and community members

“The Welcome to Redlands program has been developed based on local knowledge, stories and experiences generously shared by our tourism operators and community members at four workshops held on the mainland and on Russell Island earlier this year.

“In addition to the online modules, a Quick Reference Guide that outlines visitor information and wayfinding knowledge to help all Redlanders be great destination hosts is available to download.

“From villages, islands, rainforest, rural hinterland, farmland, beaches, bays, creeks and freshwater lakes as well as iconic flora and fauna, our City has much to offer.

“Yet what really sets us apart is our people – our sense of community is unparalleled. We care about our friends, neighbours, colleagues and guests … and it shows.

“Destinations that consistently extend a warm welcome to visitors reap social and economic benefits long after tourists have visited or events have been staged.

“Being valued by our visitors as a welcoming destination will help provide our City with a strong point of competitive difference.

“We want all visitors to experience why Redlands is the best place to live, play and do business.”

Mayor Karen Williams presents a certificate to Col McInnes owner of Lamb Island bed & Breakfast

Mayor Karen Williams presents a certificate to Col McInnes owner of Lamb Island Bed & Breakfast

Cr Williams said anyone within the Redlands tourism industry and community who plays a role in welcoming and hosting visitors could participate in the Welcome to Redlands program.

“Participants may include those working in hotels, venues, transport, events, attractions, retail, restaurants, cafes and bars or volunteers with a passion and drive to make a difference,” Cr Williams said.

“I encourage interested community members to register now to complete the Welcome to Redlands online training modules and become ambassadors for this very special part of the world.

“I thank Redlands tourism operators and community members for their contribution to this program, for attending today’s celebration and for their ongoing commitment to champion our city.”

Brisbane Marketing, in partnership with Redland City Council, is delivering the Welcome to Redlands program supported by funding through the Australian Government’s Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure program and administered by the Queensland Government’s Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.

Elaine Speck of Cleveland and Helen Turner of Coochiemudlo Island

Elaine Speck of Cleveland and Helen Turner of Coochiemudlo Island

Brisbane Marketing Chief Executive Officer John Aitken said he was delighted that a legacy of the G20 Brisbane Welcomes the World program was being embraced by Redland City Council.

“Such was the success of the Brisbane Welcomes the World program that it is now being rolled out into the wider Brisbane region to ensure visitors receive the warmest welcome and go home with lasting memories. As the Regional Tourism Organisation for Greater Brisbane, partnerships with Cr Williams and her Council are essential to exceeding the expectations of our visitors.”

Cr Williams said a similar online training program was also developed last year for North Stradbroke Island.

“The Welcome to North Stradbroke Island online modules were developed as part of the $170,000 State-funded “Signature Straddie Package” – a program delivering a range of tailored tourism-led initiatives over the next two years, delivering economic benefits to the city.”

Register here to complete the Welcome to Redlands and Welcome to North Stradbroke Island online modules.

School holiday fun in the Redlands


Comics and cartooning, movie-inspired fun and local Indigenous culture headline a jam-packed program of events on offer for kids across the Redlands these school holidays.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said Council was again offering an extensive program of free events and activities over the next two weeks designed to engage and inspire young people of all ages.

“Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and IndigiScapes have a fantastic line-up of activities on offer these school holidays, with events for environmental enthusiasts, bookworms, aspiring artisans, tech buffs and more,” she said.

“Sample bush tucker, try Indigenous dance and art, and hear the stories of our Traditional Owners at Seek, Unearth, Explore Quandamooka Country, a free family fun day at IndigiScapes on Friday 1 July.

“At the libraries, kids can find Nemo and Dory, make a Lego maze, design and create a smartphone case using a 3D printer, and demonstrate their superhuman hearing abilities during Roald Dahl Day, which coincides with the release of The BFG film.

“From squishy circuits to sticker art, electronics to holiday rhyme and storytime, there’s something for everyone.”

Cr Williams said Redland Art Gallery’s school holiday program included a workshop held in conjunction with their exhibition Gathering Strands, on display at the gallery until 24 July.

“Some of our exhibiting Indigenous artists will host a workshop for kids to learn their craft and weave natural fibres,” she said.

“They can also craft polymer clay creations or create a cartoon character with award-winning cartoonist Phil Judd, while teens can enjoy a zine-making workshop hosted by comic enthusiast Jeremy Staples.”

Activities in the Redland City Council school holiday program are free of charge. Click here for event details and booking arrangements.

Families can also enjoy a thrilling circus escapade of CIRCA – Carnival of the Animals, super sparkly fun at The Fairies – Let’s Party Tour or a heartwarming, bilingual early-years theatre experience at I See You at the Redland Performing Arts Centre,

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for DAMAGING WIND and HEAVY RAINFALL: Sunday 19 June 6.40pm


Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind and heavy rainfall for south east Queensland.

Storms are forecast to affect Amity Point, southern Moreton Island and Tangalooma by 6:15 pm and Dunwich, Peel Island and Point Lookout by 6:45 pm.

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.