Monthly Archives: August 2016

Fire protection increased on North Stradbroke Island

Fire protection on North Stradbroke Island has received a boost with work beginning on a $280,000 fire trail this week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the project to create a one kilometre fire trail at Speedy’s Lane, Dunwich was jointly funded by Council and the State Government, with assistance from the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC).

“North Stradbroke Island – Minjerribah – is a beautiful location, but with most of the island covered by vegetation it can be susceptible to bushfires and this project will help reduce those risks for residents and visitors,” she said.

“In January 2014 the island was ravaged by the largest bushfire in Queensland’s recorded history, with more than 70 per cent of the bushland razed over a 16 day period.

“More than 900 campers were evacuated from the island on New Year’s Day and the township of Dunwich was threatened at times, and residents evacuated from their homes on multiple occasions.

“That experience showed the importance of preparation and being able to access land across the island to fight the fire and back burn to protect life and property.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Peter Mitchell said the new fire trail was part of a network of similar trails across the island, allowing emergency services crews to protect the island and its inhabitants.

“This project – like the firefighting efforts in January 2014 – is thanks to a joint effort that includes Council, State Government departments, QYAC and Sibelco; all of whom are land owners on the island and all of whom work together to protect the island,” he said.

“This is a great example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work with the community to deliver community safety projects.”

Council and QYAC were jointly successful in securing State Government funding for the project and will deliver the project together.

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello said the new fire trail would help protect the residents, visitors, animals and vegetation on Minjerribah.

“The new fire trail will be built near the native title lands in Dunwich, helping to build the capacity of the Quandamooka People in fire management, while at the same time giving firefighters a better chance of stopping fires jumping East Coast Road and threatening lives and property in the area,” he said.

“The Quandamooka People provided their traditional knowledge to help select the best location for this fire trail; just as they did in January 2014 by passing on generations of fire and environmental knowledge to help firefighters battle the fire that threatened the island.”

Yokarrah Walker helps Mayor Karen Williams turn sod for the Minjerribah fire trail project with Aunty Joan Hendriks and Yulu Burri Ba dancers.

Yokarrah Walker helps Mayor Karen Williams turn sod for the Minjerribah fire trail project, with Aunty Joan Hendriks and Yulu Burri Ba dancers.

Redland SES tops another challenge

A Redland SES Rescue Team has proved again that their SES training, team work, leadership and clear thinking are a powerful winning combination by coming out ahead of Brisbane and Moreton SES in a test of skills at the 2016 Brisbane Region SES Rescue Competition.

L-R: Joel Muraca, Assistant Commissioner (SES) Peter Jeffrey, Justin Kirkby, Corey Armstrong, Tim Willis, Jenny Brown, Tristan Hardwick, Steph Samuels, and A/Local Controller Peter Gould.

The Redland SES Rescue Team: L-R: Joel Muraca, Assistant Commissioner (SES) Peter Jeffrey, Justin Kirkby, Corey Armstrong, Tim Willis, Jenny Brown, Tristan Hardwick, Steph Samuels, and A/Local Controller Peter Gould.

The team will now progress as one of seven SES teams from across Queensland to go on to compete in the State level challenge in Townsville in April 2017.

Held at Old Petrie Town on the weekend, the six person team needed to demonstrate search and rescue, water rescue and height recovery skills in three separate challenging scenarios while working successfully with other emergency services.

Run in unknown situations and environments while all under strict time pressure, the rescue teams were closely watched by a judging panel from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and other SES members from across the Brisbane Region.

Redland Rescue Team leader Corey Armstrong said they were proud of their achievements as a team.

“This exercise challenges you to employ multiple skills in realistic scenarios and the contributions of all the rescue team members are vital to success,” he said.

“What is even more satisfying is that four of our volunteer team members have only been in the SES for less than 18 months and we were up against teams that had trained for five months or more prior to the challenge.

“We had begun our own training just five weeks ago, so we are incredibly proud of our efforts.

“The added time pressures such as one hour to find, treat and develop an extraction plan for three children lost in the bush, reminds you that time can also be a critical real life factor.

“Being able demonstrate our ability across different emergency scenarios to find lost children, access and deal with burn victims on a remote part of a lake and successfully rescue persons stranded on a roof was all very satisfying.”

oel (left) and Justin (right) treating a casualty with severe burns to his arms, leg and face.

Joel (left) and Justin (right) treating a casualty with severe burns to his arms, leg and face.

The team had assistance from firefighters to safely extricate another casualty with severe burns and a fractured ankle.

The team had assistance from firefighters to safely extricate another casualty with severe burns and a fractured ankle.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands was immensely proud of the men and woman who are part of the dedicated Redland SES.

“The multi-award winning Redlands SES continues to distinguish itself as one of the Redlands’ and Queensland’s most dedicated and professional volunteer organisations,” Cr Williams said.

“Their achievements and contributions have not simply been recognised in State and Regional awards over several years but in real emergency and disaster support they have provided across the Redlands, the State and even overseas.

“Our city would be much poorer without their tremendous efforts and dedication.”

A competition that speaks volumes

The ancient art of town crying will be alive and ringing in the Redlands on Saturday 3 September as the nation’s best criers descend on the city for the 25th National Town Crier Championships.

The competition will be held as part of RedFest, our city’s annual spring festival, at Norm Price Park, Redlands Showground 2-4 September.

Redland City’s official town crier and local personality Max Bissett said he was like a kid at Christmas busily preparing for the special silver anniversary event.

“I think it’s marvelous! I am really looking forward to hosting this event,” he said.

“When the Mayor asked me a couple of years ago if we could host the national championships I just jumped at the chance.”

A town crier since 2005, Mr Bissett is often seen at local events promoting the Redlands and all it has to offer.

“As a town crier you are an ambassador for your city in a sense and help to promote it and showcase it to other areas,” he said.

“Competitors will perform two cries, one about their home town and another one about how great the Redlands is.

“I’ve heard some of the cries and they are impressive so I am really looking forward to hearing the final products on the day, as well as three special guest performers from New Zealand, along with Australia’s oldest town crier, 90-year-old John Stevenson.”

About 20 members of the Ancient and Honourable Association of Town Criers from across Australia are expected to compete for the title of Champion of Champions and will be judged on loudest cry, best cry, best dressed and best scroll, and best dressed partner.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands was privileged to host the 25th National Town Crier Championships.

“We are thrilled that the Redlands has attracted the talents and experience of four special guest judges including Spencer Howson, ABC Radio; Pam Tamblyn, Tamblyn Models Australia; Noelene Hill, Head of Wardrobe – Queensland Ballet; and Mark Overell, former Ipswich town crier of 25 years,” she said.

“The guest judges will evaluate contenders on poise, bearing, confidence, sustained volume, costumes, inflection and word content.

“Town criers are known for their volume and Redlanders are known for their patriotism so this event really is the perfect fit for our city, as it gives everyone the chance to hear loud and clear that the Redlands is the best place to live, visit and do business.

“I know the town criers will have no trouble coming up with a Redlands cry; all you have to do is look around at the beauty of the city.

“It is even more fitting that the championships will be held as part of RedFest, an event that has been part of the fabric of the Redlands for more than 60 years.”

Event Details


Date: Saturday 3 September 2016, 9am – 3pm

Location: RedFest, Norm Price Park, Redlands Showground


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Possible water disruptions for Cleveland and Ormiston on 27-28 August

Redland City Council is advising residents of possible water disruptions in Cleveland and Ormiston next weekend (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August) as the result of work being undertaken on the local water network.

Council’s General Manager of Infrastructure and Operations Gary Soutar said the potential water disruptions were the result of scheduled work being undertaken by Seqwater.

“Seqwater will be installing a flow meter in Alexandra Hills, which requires part of the system to be isolated, resulting in reduced water pressure for most of Cleveland and Ormiston,” he said.

“We don’t expect a total loss of water, however residents will experience reduced water pressure from 8pm Saturday night until Sunday morning as the network is returned to normal.

“Residents may also notice the water is discoloured for a number of hours Sunday morning due to harmless biofilm being removed from the inside of water mains as water pressure returns.”

Mr Soutar said while the water was safe, residents may wish to fill some containers with water before 8pm Saturday 27 August and avoid doing laundry on Sunday 28 August because of the discolouration that could temporarily affect the colour of clothing.

“There is no need to boil the water and there is no danger from consuming it or showering in it,” he said. “Council is doing everything to ensure residents know about and are prepared for the work, including writing to each affected resident and publishing a full list of affected streets on our website.”

A list of affected streets is also included below.

Residents can find further details by contacting the customer service team on 3829 8999.

Affected streets in Cleveland

Adam St Fogarty St Posiedon St
Admiralty Ct Gotha St Princess St
Amanda St Gregory Ct Queen St
Anchorage Dr Gretel Pl Raby Bay Blvd
Arlington St Harding Cres Ralph St
Bass Pl Hucker Ct Ray St
Bay St Island St Riseborough Tce
Beach St Jacaranda Ct Ronnie St
Beaufort Ct Jason St Russell St
Belligoi Ct Julieanne Ct Seacrest Ct
Benjamin Crt Karen St Sharven Ave
Bergan Pl Kassandra St Shore St East
Binnacle Cl Katandra Ct Shore St North
Blake St Kingseley Pl Shore St West
Bonaventure Ct Kinsail Ct Smith St
Bywell St Laura St Sommersea Dr
Camdre Ct Little Shore St Sturt St
Capricorn Dr Long St Sunshine Dr
Captains Ct Longland St Swain Ct
Caravel Ct Lowrie Ct Tarcutta St
Carinya St Mainroyal Ct Toondah Harbour
Carling Ct Marram Ct Topatig St
Channel St Martingale Ct Trinity Ct
Cleary St Masthead Drv Trio St
Coburg St East Middle St Vella Ct
Colburn St Nicole St Viking Ct
Counsel St Olympus Dr Water St
Cross Lane Pandora Ct Waterloo St
Cross St Patrick St Wellington St
Cruiser Cr Paxton St Werong Cres
Dell St Phelan St Wharf St
Devonstone St Phillip St William St
Drevesen Ave Piermont Pl Winch Cl
Eden Ct Plymouth Ct Woodrow Pl
Erobin St Portsmouth Pl Zeus Ct
Esperance Ct

Affected streets in Ormiston

Albert St Horatio St
Aleon Cres Ivory Lane
Armagh St John Samuel Pl
Arthur St Joseph Pl
Arundel Ct Julie Tce
Bainbridge St Lockitt Pl
Beckwith St McCartney St
Bee St Medina Ct
Bell St Mistral Ct
Blackthorne St Nautilis Dr
Cayman Cres Nelson St
Clearwater St Oak St
Cleveland Tce Outlook Parade
Como St Palm Ct
Conochie Pl Park Lane
Counihan St Poinsettia Way
Court St Pryor St
Cowley St Raby Esplanade
Crestwood Cl Reed St
Darcelle Pl Romano Ct
Downey St Rose St
Dundas St Sand St
Eckersly St Seabreeze Ct
Empire Vista Shamrock St
Fig Tree Pl Sirocco Ct
Fletcher Tce Sleath St
Foggitt Ct Stevens Pl
Francis St Sturgeon St
Freeth St West Thistle St
George St Thorn St
Glen St Trade St
Gloucester St Troy St
Gordon St Waterford Cres
Grenoble Pl Waverley Ct
Grevillea St Wells Crt
Hansen Ct Winship St

Council takes steps to protect koalas

Redland City Council has further strengthened its support for koalas by allocating five new Koala Management Areas in key locations across the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the addition of the new koala areas were part of an amendment to Local Law 2 and were adopted by Council at today’s General Meeting.

“We know that dog attacks are one of the biggest threats to koalas with serious injury and death an all too regular occurrence; today’s decision will help reduce those risks for koalas,” she said.

“These areas will provide added protection for our local koalas by requiring dog owners on properties larger than 2000 square metres in these areas to den their dogs overnight to reduce dog attacks on koalas.”

The locations of the new Koala Management Areas are in:

Part of Thorneside;
St James’s Park, Birkdale;
Part of Thornlands;
North Stradbroke Island townships of Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout and
Ferntree Park, Capalaba
(see maps of new Koala Management Areas).

Cr Williams said the adoption of the new koala management areas followed extensive community consultation.

“In February, Council asked for community feedback on five proposed new Koala Management Areas across the city, with 146 submissions received from the community,” she said.

Cr Williams said today’s decision also committed to a behaviour change strategy to teach dog owners about the importance of protecting koalas from man’s best friend.

“This is about encouraging residents who own dogs in areas of the city where koalas are prevalent to be responsible and conscious that their pet can affect the local koala population,” Cr Williams said.

“Council will engage a behavior change professional to roll out the program and we will support it through our ongoing environmental education program.

“Koala protection is everyone’s responsibility and Council is committed to encouraging the whole community and all levels of government to play their role.

“We are currently working on an amended koala strategy and action plan in consultation with the State Government and other key stakeholders that we hope to adopt in the coming months.”

The amended local law will come into effect once it has been gazetted by Council.

Note: Maps of the new Koala Management Areas can be found here.  An overall whole of city map is provided as well as individual maps for specific areas. The maps show the existing Koala Management Areas in grey and the new Koala Management Areas (adopted today) in a different colour for each KMA.

Redland City Council to lobby State Government on planning

Redland City Council will use October’s Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) conference to lobby the State Government for better transport planning and tighter regulations for facilities providing transitional and parole support services.

Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary and Mayor Karen Williams will table their respective motions calling for better planning regulations after receiving unanimous support at today’s General Meeting.

Cr Williams said she would ask the LGAQ conference to lobby the State Government for improved governance and oversight of organisations providing transitional services such as parole support and drug rehabilitation.

“We recognise these services are needed but currently there appears to be a lack of oversight or monitoring and very little transparency when it comes to these services,” Cr Williams said.

“The community has raised a number of concerns regarding local facilities, particularly those in residential areas so we will be asking the LGAQ to request the State Government conduct an urgent review of these services.

“This review should include the referral mechanisms used. Organisations can receive referrals directly from police or courts, but there appear to be no mechanisms in place to ensure that those managing the services are qualified, experienced or suitable to do so.

“We are suggesting minimum qualifications and a permit or license required for service providers and an ethical standard board or similar body in place to oversee these types of facilities.

“We want to make sure any of these facilities have the appropriate controls in place to ensure they serve a need, while at the same time providing the necessary safeguards for the local community.”

Cr Boglary said her motion to the LGAQ conference would ask them to lobby the State Government to take responsibility for providing transport and vital infrastructure in areas they identify as growth regions.

“If the State Government identifies an area as a growth region they should support that decision by providing the infrastructure to support that growth,” Cr Boglary said.

“The State Government is responsible for planning in Queensland and a major part of that planning is determining growth projections; including where higher population growth is expected.

“I think residents would agree it is unfair for the State to decide an area can handle higher growth but then not provide the necessary transport and community infrastructure.”

Cr Boglary said the Council was increasingly being left holding the can when it came to planning.

“While Council plays an important role in planning for the future of our communities we cannot continue to fund infrastructure that has previously been the responsibility of the State Government,” she said.

“There are plenty of examples locally of State Government infrastructure that needs to be upgraded to support expected growth, but the State Government are not committing to these upgrades.  This motion will put the pressure on the State to take responsibility for this planning rather than Council.”

Cr Williams said both motions were part of Council’s continued push for clearer planning regulations.

“We continue to lobby the State Government to improve planning across the state, including lifting the cap on infrastructure charges and moving away from the performance based planning model,” Cr Williams said.

“These motions are a continuation of that lobbying and as a Council we will continue to advocate for clearer planning regulations that are easier for residents to understand and better reflect their needs.”

Redland City backs call for Olympic Games feasibility study

Redland City Council has thrown its support behind calls for a South East Queensland feasibility study into hosting the 2028 Olympic Games.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said councillors unanimously supported her Mayoral Minute at today’s General Meeting, which included endorsing the findings of the SEQ Council of Mayors pre-feasibility study into the possibility of a regional games bid.

“Today councillors have agreed to proceed to the next stage of conducting a feasibility study, which will provide the information we as a region need to decide whether it is in our interests to continue with a formal bid process,” she said.

“The decision follows councillors being briefed on the SEQ Council of Mayors’ pre-feasibility study which showed it was possible for SEQ as a region to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028.

“This is just one step in a very long process.  Obviously there are a lot of questions still to be answered, but equally there is a lot of opportunity and we owe it to our communities to gather as much information as possible so an informed decision can be made.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council would use the potential Olympics bid as a catalyst for much-needed infrastructure in Redland City.

“Redland City Council has been crying out for upgrades to our State Government controlled roads and rail line for years and this process could provide the carrot we need to get these projects on the agenda,” she said.

“There is no doubt that to successfully host the Olympics there will need to be new and upgraded infrastructure across the region and today’s decision gives Redland City a seat at the table when the SEQ Council of Mayors asks the State and Federal government for that infrastructure.”

Cr Williams said the next step in the process would provide residents with detail on what it would cost to host the games.

“Obviously everyone wants to know how much it will cost and what would be involved if we were to host the Olympics and the feasibility study will help flesh out that detail so our eyes are open and we can make informed decisions,” she said.

“This isn’t just about the three weeks that the games will be held, the process has the potential to raise the profile of the SEQ region over the coming years, driving economic activity and with it job opportunities.

“There are ongoing tourism and community infrastructure opportunities that all need to weighed-up against the potential costs and all this will be made clearer during the feasibility study.”

The feasibility study is expected to take 12-18 months. Redland City Council will contribute on a pro-rata basis with the funds to be made available at the first budget review.

Slow down and watch for wallabies

Dozens of wallaby joeys have been orphaned in the Redlands in the past two months following an increase in the number of wallabies on the move during their breeding season.

Capalaba wildlife carer Bev Grant, who is currently bottle-feeding 11 joeys every three hours, said the joeys had been rescued after their mothers were hit by cars.

“I’ve been inundated with orphaned joeys recently – up to four in a day – and I’m the only registered wallaby carer in the Redlands,” she said.

“There are lots of wallabies being hit by cars at the moment that has led to more orphaned joeys  rescued from their mother’s pouches.

“One of the joeys I’m looking after is a young swamp wallaby called Jack who came to me nine weeks ago with two broken feet. He’s recovered well but demands lots of attention.

Jack is an orphaned swamp wallaby joey currently in the care of Bev Grant

Jack is an orphaned swamp wallaby joey currently in the care of Bev Grant

“We need more trained carers in the Redlands and we also need drivers to slow down and watch out for wallabies and other wildlife near roads, especially at dawn and dusk.

“If you do hit an animal, stop and see that it is okay, check if there is a joey in the pouch and call the Redlands 24-hour Wildlife Rescue on 3833 4031 for help.”

Over the past two months, wallabies have been particularly active in the following areas:

  • Lyndon Road, between Korawal and Honeymyrtle Roads, Capalaba
  • Vienna Road, near Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, Alexandra Hills
  • Heinemann Road, 1km north and south of the Giles Road intersection, Redland Bay
  • Woodlands Drive near the large bend between Platres Drive and Taylor Road, Thornlands

Mrs Grant, who has cared for thousands of injured and orphaned birds, sugar gliders, possums, kangaroos, koalas and wallabies over the past 20 years, said she looks after the animals until they are old enough or well enough to be returned to the wild and have a normal life.

One of the young orphaned wallaby joeys that Bev Grant is bottle-feeding around the clock

One of the young orphaned wallaby joeys that Bev Grant is bottle-feeding around the clock

The 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Service is funded and coordinated by Redland City Council, and operated by volunteers, while the work of local wildlife carers is supported by Council’s Grants program.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams reiterated Mrs Grant’s call for drivers to slow down and stay alert for wildlife.

“We are privileged to have significant wallaby populations in the Redlands and we must be mindful to watch for them near the roadside particularly at this time of year,” she said.

“Redlands Wildlife Rescue is always in need of more hands, including volunteers to answer the phone day and night, wildlife rescuers to transport sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and registered carers.”

Visit IndigiScapes or contact a wildlife extension officer on 3824 8611 to learn more about upcoming training events for volunteers and registration requirements for wildlife carers.

Apply now for Council sponsorship and grants

Did you know that Redland City Council provides more than $750,000 worth of sponsorship and grants for community initiatives every year? Apply now for the next round of funding and bring your ideas to fruition.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the latest round of sponsorship, which opens today, would support events and initiatives held in Redland City between January and June 2017, while applications for the next round of community grants would close on Friday 26 August.

“Every year, Council sponsorship and grants help local organisations, community groups and individuals make a difference in the Redlands through a diverse range of events, projects and initiatives that strengthen our community,” she said.

“Earlier this month, we saw more than 500 classic cars from across the country cruise into the Cleveland Showgrounds for Greazefest thanks to Council sponsorship, with the event attracting more than 12,000 retro revellers, who enjoyed rockabilly bands, pin-up parades and more.

“Be sure to pencil the first weekend of September in your diary for Redfest’s annual strawberry eating competition, as well as the Bayside Blues Festival on Saturday 15 October, which are both proudly supported by Redland City Council.”

Cr Williams said Council sponsorship attracted a rich diversity of events to the Redlands, enriching the cultural fabric of the city and attracting visitors from far and wide.

“Every year, Council supports a variety of events across the city, with 24 initiatives sharing more than $170,000 in sponsorship last financial year,” she said.

“From food and wine festivals and vintage markets to fireworks displays, fun runs and fishing competitions, we know that events provide immense economic benefits for our city and help put us on the map.

“Local lawn bowls clubs hosted competitors and their families from across the state during the Under 18s Junior State Championships in April and the Reef and Beef Men’s Triples Weekend in June, while the Raby Bay Triathlon and Straddie Salute Triathlon Festival showcase our spectacular bayside location to thousands of athletes.”

Applications for the next round of sponsorship will be accepted from 15 August until 16 September 2016 and will support community-based activities and events that provide measurable benefits for the community.

The next round of community grants close on Friday 26 August, with funding available for organisation support, project support and conservation initiatives. Applications for capital infrastructure grants will close on Friday 2 September.

For eligibility criteria and to learn more about how to apply for grants or sponsorship, visit the website or call 3829 8912.

Xavier Rudd set to help close Quandamooka Festival

The unique sounds of international multi-ARIA Award nominee Xavier Rudd will help close this year’s Quandamooka Festival in style.

The Australian singer-songwriter will be joined by a strong lineup of Indigenous dance troupes, plus local and nationally recognised acts on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) at the closing event Kunjiel (Corroboree) Saturday 17 September.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) CEO Cameron Costello said having such a well-known artist to help close this year’s festival was a huge coup.

“Xavier Rudd is not just one of the country’s finest contemporary musicians, he is also well-known for his environmental passion and support of Australia’s Traditional Owners,” Mr Costello said.

“His respect for first Australians and recognition of the importance of their connection to country fits perfectly with the Quandamooka Festival and all that it stands for.”

Fresh from wowing audiences in Europe and America with his unique multi-instrumental style, it will be Rudd’s second visit to Minjerribah having travelled to the island in 2012 to shoot the film-clip for his hit Follow the Sun, which featured local Yulu-burri-ba dancers.

Rudd described Follow the Sun as a “homecoming song”, a perfect fit for Minjerribah the spiritual home of the Quandamooka people and an island Rudd describes as “a sort of medicine” for those who visit.

“It’s been a real special song.  It is all about country, all about Australia and coming home and the power of this place we love, all people of all cultures and it’s a special song for me for sure,” he said.

Rudd said he was looking forward to catching up with Yulu-burri-ba dancers and paying respects to Minjerribah’s Traditional Owners as part of this year’s Quandamooka Festival.

“In my time touring it’s been always at the forefront of what I do to promote reconciliation and respect for Aboriginal people in Australia; it’s hugely important to me,” he said.

“I’ve been wanting to get over to Straddie to play, it’s a special place and I’m aware of the history of reconciliation that’s going on there, so for me to be able to come over and do something involved in culture is something that feels right to me.

“There is a lot of spirit on that island and when things are done the right way it’s like a medicine for people and it’s not something that’s seen or heard it just lives within the spirit and it has done on country for thousands of years.

“This (Kunjiel) will be a special opportunity and for people; they will certainly feel it when they leave, they will feel it into the future because that’s the power of the culture.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Xavier Rudd’s appearance at this year’s Quandamooka Festival would offer local artists the chance of working with him to celebrate the festival’s closing season at Dunwich.

“The Kunjiel event will feature plenty of entertainment for the whole family, including many Indigenous dance troupes and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists such as Quandamooka musician Adam James,” she said.

“The program also features young Torres Strait Islander musician and Australia’s Got Talent finalist Chris Tamwoy.  There will also be plenty of fresh local food, markets, art and kids’ activities on offer.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said: “Celebrating the rich indigenous culture of the Redlands and surrounds, the Quandamooka Festival is a three-month calendar of events featuring activities and interests for all ages.

“This year’s jam-packed program included whale watching and cultural tours, art exhibitions, music, song and dance, markets, weaving, poetry, spoken word, traditional foods, sporting events and more.”

Early bird tickets to the Kunjiel are $65 and on sale now through the Redland Performing Art Centre. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.

Redland City Council is a proud sponsor of the Quandamooka Festival

Event details:

Saturday 17 September, 11am – 9pm,
100 East Coast Road, Dunwich (Goompi),
North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

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