Monthly Archives: August 2016

Outdoor food markets approved for Cleveland


Cleveland may soon be home to a new alfresco dining and entertainment experience with Council today approving an outdoor food market in Bloomfield Street behind the Cleveland Library.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Councillors had spent months considering the application and had attached more than 20 conditions to the approval.

“This is an exciting application that reinforces that Redland City is open for business,” Cr Williams said.

“While this application will help attract people to the Cleveland CBD there were some concerns, particularly regarding car parking, noise and potential impacts on existing businesses.

“Council has listened to these concerns and, where possible we have attached conditions to mitigate these issues, including the applicant having to submit traffic plans to deal with parking.

“This market will also have to abide by a set of strict conditions regarding noise and trading hours so it doesn’t impact existing nearby businesses or residents.

“I know there are some local businesses with concerns, but if we as a city are to grow the local economy we need to be innovative and embrace these sorts of opportunities.

“The applicant, Chef’s Inc, is a local chef who knows our city and I would like to congratulate him on wanting to invest in the local economy and local chefs through this venture.”

The proposal includes food containers and trucks, an entertainment platform, wine bar and alfresco dining operating Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

Cr Williams said the proposal was the perfect fit for Cleveland, which was identified as a Principal Regional Activity Centre in the State Government’s SEQ Regional Plan.

“This application is all about offering locals and visitors a new reason to come to Cleveland.  It will attract locals and visitors to Cleveland, complementing existing businesses and delivering economic opportunities for the city,” she said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said he had personally spoken to nearby businesses regarding potential impacts.

“I know there are some nearby business-owners who have concerns about the competition this application may bring and I have discussed these concerns with them and Councillors have considered the application with these concerns in mind,” he said.

“This food market, will attract a different clientele to Cleveland with the potential for it to be a draw-card for tourists, attracting more customers to the area.

“I encourage existing businesses to see this as an opportunity to grow their customer base and use it to drive competition and continue to provide a great service to locals and visitors.

“It also offers plenty of opportunity for local chefs, with it targeting those just starting out in the industry looking for a new way to hone their skills.”

Planned burn at Bayview Conservation Area, Redland Bay on 10 August 2016


Our Conservation Unit is intending to undertake a hazard reduction burn in a section of bushland on Wednesday 10 August 2016, depending on weather conditions at the time.

The location of the burn area is highlighted in yellow on the map. The total area of the burn will be for hazard reduction as well as ecological purposes.

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Preparation of the site will be undertaken in the days leading up to the date of the burn and will consist of clearing around significant logs and habitat trees. Some limited test burning may be conducted during this time.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work. The planned burn is necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction. Planned burns assist to reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

If you require further details of the planned burn, please contact our Conservation Fire Management Officer Adam Pearce on 3829 8456.

Blitz on unlawful motorcycle use in conservation reserves


Redland City Council Local Laws officers are planning a crackdown on illegal motorised trail bike use in designated conservation areas across the Redlands.

Working with support of local Police, Council’s city wide crackdown will focus on the Bayside Conservation Area, Redland Track Park, Scribbly Gums Conservation Reserve and the Greater Glider conservation management area.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the use of motorcycles (including quads) was unlawful and clearly signed in the city’s conservation areas.

“The fact that a number of trail bike users are entering the conservation areas through more remote access points or damaging fencing to gain access means they clearly understand this.

“The acronym MTB (Mountain Bikes) signed in our track parks and conservation areas applies to non-motorised mountain bicycles (a legitimate activity in council reserves) and not motorised bikes.

“Motorised trail bike use in conservation areas is damaging to wildlife and plants in sensitive environmental areas and is potentially dangerous to other legitimate users.

“Motorbikes can cause severe erosion, including damage to carefully designed trails that have taken years of efforts to establish and maintain.

“Motorbikes are also a potential hazard to the riders and other users of the trails including walkers, runners and cyclists who have been attracted in increasing numbers to use the Redlands conservation areas by their quality and clear environmental values.

“Council appreciates that motorised trail bike riding is a popular and genuine recreational pursuit and a skilled sport.

“It is for this reason that Council has co-invested in regional trail bike facilities established on 745 hectares of land at Wyaralong, about 25 kilometers west of Beaudesert.

“Councillors and users recently helped celebrate the opening of new trail head facilities at the Redland Track Park in Cleveland.

“These trails are important community and conservation resources that help attract key events and visitors to the city.

“Council has worked hard to invest in facilities for all users including trail bike riders and asks that all users respect these areas and use them appropriately.”

Fines for unlawful use of motorcycles in reserves can range up to a maximum of $6,095 if prosecuted – or $609.00 for an infringement notice, while illegal and unregistered motorcycle use on public roads carry a range of police enforced penalties.

Redlands United win a victory for the ages: Mayor


Redland City Council has congratulated the Redlands United Football Club following their historic victory over the Hyundai A-League champions Adelaide United in last night’s FFA Cup match.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the victory over the more fancied professional outfit showed the tenacity of the local team who came from a goal down to win in extra time.

“This win is a credit to the entire Redlands United Football Club; from the players and coach Matt Chandler to the volunteers and committee members,” she said.

“To go up against the reigning Hyundai A-League champions and walk away with the win is one thing, but to come from a goal down and win in such an exciting way shows the grit and tenacity of the team.

“I got a text from a friend in Sydney following the match who said what a great win it was and that it would put the Redlands on the map; they have done themselves and the entire city proud.

“To put it in perspective last night’s win made Redlands just the third lower-league club to defeat an A-League side in the FFA Cup’s short history.”

Trailing by a goal in the dying stages, the Redlands team scored with the last kick of the match to take it to extra time before slotting the winner and holding on for the historic win.

They now progress to the next round of the national Westfield FFA Cup.

“Redlanders are known for their ‘never say die’ attitude and last night’s game is a perfect example of that attitude in action,” Cr Williams said.

“On behalf of the entire city I congratulate the team and wider club and I have no doubt they will take this determination into the remainder of the cup.”

Cr Williams said Council was proud to be a gold sponsor of the local team for last night’s game.

“Last night the lads didn’t just wear their hearts on their sleeves but also the logo of Redland City Council and we feel privileged to have been a small part of this victory,” she said.

“I know the whole city will get behind the team now as they prepare for the next round of the cup.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said training out of the Cleveland Showgrounds the Redlands United Football Club was an example of the city’s proud sporting heritage.

“As the second oldest football club in Queensland and one of the largest, Redlands United have been a nursery for local soccer talent for generations,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Last night’s victory will no doubt build on the club’s already impressive history.”

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for DAMAGING WINDS: Thursday 4 August 5.13am


Bureau of Meterology have issued a weather warning for damaging winds for south east Queensland.

Locally damaging wind gusts to 90km/hr are likely about the elevated ground of the southern border ranges this morning, and also about the exposed east coastal areas during today.

Locations which may be affected include Stanthorpe, Mt Barney, Springbrook, Lamington National Park, Mt Tamborine, Coolangatta, North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:15 am.

New Redlands tourism subcommittee


Redland City Council has reinforced its support of the local tourism sector by launching a committee of Redlands tourism professionals to advocate for and support the local industry.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands Tourism Subcommittee would complement the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board and recognised the important role of tourism in the local economy.

“Tourism is identified as a key industry for the Redlands in the Redland City Economic Development Framework 2014-2041 and this group of professionals will advocate to the economic development board and Council on the industry’s behalf to ensure it has the support it needs to thrive,” she said.

“Tourism currently contributes 1.4% to Redlands’ Gross Regional Product and the aim is to increase this figure to more than 3% by 2041.

“The 12 elected members were selected from local businesses, meaning they have a genuine passion for the industry and know what it takes to succeed.”

The members of the Redland City Tourism Subcommittee are:

  • Cameron Costello – CEO, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
  • Colin McInnes – Lamb Island Bed & Breakfast and President, Southern Moreton Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Trevor Hulbert – Yarrandabbi Dreaming Retreat, Macleay Island
  • Sue Panuccio – Mt Cotton Retreat
  • Katrina Beutel – Redlands Kayak Tours
  • Phil Robinson – Redland Museum and Old Schoolhouse Gallery
  • Colin Battersby – Fishes at the Point, Discover Stradbroke Real Estate and Chair, Straddie Chamber of Commerce
  • Damian Stewart – Anchorage on Straddie
  • Alex Sey – Sirromet Winery
  • Jeannie Sheppard – Two Little Rows (formerly Stradbroke Weddings)
  • Jenny Tan – Bay Breeze Café
  • Nikki Cornwall – Coochie Boat Hire.

There are also two members from Redland City Council – Chair Tracey Walker Group Manager Communication, Engagement and Tourism and Deputy Chair Kristen Banks.

Cr Williams said establishing the subcommittee was an action of the Redland City Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020, which was developed with extensive input from tourism operators.

“Council recognises the best people to plan the future of the local tourism sector is those who are part of it, which is why we engage the industry as much as possible and this subcommittee is yet another example of that,” she said.

“Collectively, the subcommittee brings a wealth of knowledge and demonstrated skills gained from local, state-wide, national and international experience in areas including accommodation and food services, business and industry development, investment attraction, business innovation, marketing, tours, event management and community development.

“The subcommittee also includes a Council officer who will report actions back to the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board and advocate for support from Council and other levels of government.”

Cr Williams said tourism was critical to the future of the Redlands, especially with sandmining ending on Straddie by 2019.

“Tourism has been identified as the industry to fill the hole left by sandmining and Council is committed to providing the foundations for this to occur,” she said.

The Redlands Tourism Subcommittee will meet monthly until the end of 2016 then bimonthly.

The new Redland City Council Tourism Subcommittee members