Monthly Archives: February 2017

Girt by Sea competition a Bay Island art boon


A week remains for artists to submit works to the lucrative 2017 Girt by Sea art competition and exhibition, which this year boasts a $94,000 prize pool.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Council-supported competition, run in conjunction with Macleay Island Arts Complex (MIAC) and Russell Island Community Arts (RICA), offered outstanding opportunities to sculptors throughout Australia and painters from Russell, Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb Islands.

“The Girt by Sea art competition is one of the most lucrative events of its type in Australia with prizes offered from $500 to $14,000,” Cr Williams said.

“The sculpture section of the competition is open to all and is already attracting national attention, while the painting section is open to SMBI artists.

“Entry forms detailing artworks must be received by 3pm Friday 17 February, even if artworks are not yet complete or still in transit.

“The 2016 competition opened everyone’s eyes to the potential of a bay islands-based art exhibition like this and I have no doubt this success will be echoed in 2017.”

Division 5 (Redland Bay and Bay Islands) Cr Mark Edwards said the competition and exhibition not only celebrated the artworks, but also the SMBI’s unique Island lifestyles.

“Anyone who saw the calibre of artworks from the 2016 Girt by Sea competition would agree that it has the potential to be a major cultural tourism draw card, not just for the Bay Islands but for our whole city,” Cr Edwards said.

“With a total prize pool of around $94,000, and an entry fee of just $5 per painting and $30 per sculpture, it is a great opportunity for all exhibiting artists.

“Acquired sculptures will be installed in key public spaces, so the Girt by Sea competition is a rare chance to make a lasting impact on our city’s landscape and I really encourage everyone to get behind this exciting project.”

Entries to the 2017 Girt by Sea competition and are subject to terms and conditions and entry forms must be received by 3pm Friday 17 February 2017.

Application forms can be downloaded from The Bay Islands Getaway website and the Macleay Island Arts website.

The Girt by Sea awards evening will be held at Russell Island Recreation Hall at 6pm Saturday 18 March, with all welcome.

The following acquisition prizes are available to participating artists, subject to selection by judges:

Sculpture Section:  Four prizes of $8000 and three prizes of $14,000.

A total of $74,000 in acquisition prizes

Painting Section: 10 prizes of $500; five prizes of $1000; two prizes of $2500; and one prize of $5000.

A total of $20,000 in acquisition prizes.

Be part of reducing local food waste


Redland City Council is partnering with Griffith University to develop a unique social marketing campaign to reduce the amount of food waste that goes in local bins.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Waste Not Want Not campaign was designed to show residents how they can reduce the amount of food they waste.

“The average Australian household throws away over $1,000 worth of food every year and locally about a quarter of what goes in our bins is food waste, equating to 9,400 tonnes or about 1,175 waste collection trucks full of food wasted every year,” she said.

“This food waste costs the city money and impacts the wider environment with much of it going to landfill, turning into methane and greenhouse gas emissions.

“This partnership with Griffith University is designed to change local behaviours by showing residents how to reduce and reuse food waste.

Social Marketing @ Griffith’s Director Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele said the pilot social marketing campaign goals are to help the Redlands community make the most of what is already in their fridge.

“The program includes a short online survey for residents to take so we can understand what foods we are working with,” she said.

“Once Griffith University’s survey results are collected and final preparations completed a series of community activities will be rolled out across the city to help reduce food waste, save money and the environment.

“These activities will include a series of events like cooking demonstrations at local shopping centres to show residents how they can use leftover food to make their next meal.

“We are really excited about the pilot campaign. Imagine making spaghetti and meatballs using your leftover pizza. It is ideas such as these that are coming to a Redlands shopping centre in 2017.”

Take the survey and have your say!

Disaster prep street meets across City


Redland City Council is taking to the streets in its latest effort to help people be prepared for natural disasters such as storms and bushfires.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Chair of the local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) said a series of City-wide pop-up stalls would give people the chance to meet front-line emergency staff.

“Our Southern Moreton Bay Islands Street Speaks events have been advertised for the past few weeks, with the first event being held at Russell Island SUPA IGA this Saturday 11 February from 8am – 12pm,” Cr Williams said.

“These will be followed by a number of similar events around Redlands in coming months.

“These stalls will give people the chance to meet Rural Brigade and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers as well as members of Council’s own Emergency Management Team.

“People can ask questions about how to best prepare their own properties, as well as learn more about all the work these groups do for our community.

“As witnessed this week through the second fire on Russell Island, it has been a busy storm and bushfire season this summer with more still ahead of us, so there has never been a better time to be informed and prepared.

“People will also be able to take away a copy of our Redland City Disaster Management Plan, with suburb-specific information all residents should know about how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disaster events.”

Dates for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands pop-up stalls are:

  • Saturday 11 February 2017: Russell Island SUPA IGA, 8am – 12pm
  • Saturday 25 February 2017: Macleay Island SPAR, 8am – 12pm
  • Saturday 11 March: Lamb Island Convenience Store, 9am – 12pm
  • Saturday 25 March 2017: Karragarra Island Jetty, 9am – 12pm

These will be followed by a series of pop-up stalls on the mainland. Follow us on Facebook or check the Redland City Council website for updates on dates and times.

For information on keeping your families safe in natural disaster events, you can also visit our dedicated Disaster Management website.

Rates arrears properties to go to auction


Redland City Council will hold an auction in March to sell properties with overdue rates of three years or more to recoup almost $280,000 in unpaid rates.

Redland City Council Chief Executive Officer Bill Lyon said the auction followed extensive efforts to get the property owners to pay their rates and was a practice followed by councils across the state.

“These property owners haven’t paid rates on these properties for many years, so our only option is to auction the properties to recoup the unpaid rates, which is a routine practice done by many councils in Queensland, including in past years in Redland City,” Mr Lyon said.

“Rates are used to upgrade local roads, build new parks and provide other important infrastructure and the majority of residents do the right thing by paying their rates so we can provide these services.

“There are some residents however who don’t pay their rates despite years of proactive attempts from Council to help them achieve this and those who do the right thing should not have to make up that shortfall.

“At the moment there is more than $5.3 million in unpaid rates owed in the Redlands, some from years ago; this is money that could be spent in local neighbourhoods and so Council will auction these properties to try and recoup these funds.”

The public auction will take place from 10am Thursday 9 March 2017 (bidder registration from 9am) at Capalaba Place, 14 Noeleen Street, Capalaba unless the rates, charges and interest plus all expenses incurred for the sale are paid in full before the auction commences.

Proceeds from the auction will firstly go toward any outstanding rates, charges, or encumbrances on the land.

All remaining proceeds are then paid to the person who owned the land immediately before the sale in line with section 146 of the Local Government Regulation 2012.

View the full Terms and Conditions.

Bushfire Advice message for Russell Island as at 3:15pm Wed 8 Feb


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising:

As at 3.15pm, two vegetation fires are burning in the vincity of Glendale Road, Centre Road, Cunningham Avenue and Stradbroke Drive, Russell Island. Seventeen fire crews are working with aerial support to monitor and extinguish the blazes which broke out earlier today. There is no threat to property at this time.

Smoke is affecting the area. Residents are advised to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

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

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website at https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit the Rural Fire Service.

Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning –

  1. Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.
  2. Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.
  3. Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan

For updates you can also visit:

  • Website
  • Facebook – no Facebook account needed to read updates
  • Twitter – no Twitter account needed to read updates
  • Disaster plans (safer places, evacuation routes, hazards information and more for your suburb)

QFES responding to fire on Russell Island as at 3:05pm – 8 February 2017


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Russell Island Rural Fire Brigade crews are continuing to respond to a vegetation fire that is burning in the vicinity of Glendale Road, Centre Road and Cunningham Avenue, Russell Island.

The blaze, which broke out around 9am this morning, is now burning within containment lines.

Thirteen fire crews are working with aerial support to extinguish the blaze.

There is no threat to property at this time. Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.

Smoke is affecting the area. Residents are advised to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

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

Mainland residents may also notice smoky conditions due to the fire on Russell Island and an unrelated fire burning on Brisbane’s northside at Nudgee Beach and Boondall Wetlands.

There is currently no fire threat on the mainland area of Redland City.

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

For information on current bushfire incidents visit the Rural Fire Service.

For updates you can also visit Council’s:

  • Website
  • Facebook – no Facebook account needed to read updates
  • Twitter – no Twitter account needed to read updates
  • Disaster plans (safer places, evacuation routes, hazards information and more for your suburb)

QFES responding to fire in swamp area at Cunningham Avenue, Russell Island


AS AT 11.20am Wednesday 8 February 2017

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Russell Island Rural Fire Brigade crews are currently responding to a fire on Russell Island.

A large, fast-moving vegetation fire broke out earlier this morning and is burning in the vicinity of Cunningham Avenue and Glendale Road on Russell Island.

QFES has issued an ‘Advice’ alert. Residents should stay tuned to social media and local radio for updates and review their bushfire plan.

Smoke may affect residents and motorists in the area. Residents should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Motorists should use caution and drive to conditions.

Mainland residents may also notice smoky conditions due to the fire on Russell Island and an unrelated fire burning on Brisbane’s northside at Nudgee Beach and Boondall Wetlands.

There is currently no fire threat on the mainland area of Redland City.

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

For information on current bushfire incidents visit the Rural Fire Service.

Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning:

  1. Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.
  2. Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.
  3. Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan

For updates you can also visit:

  • Website
  • Facebook – no Facebook account needed to read updates
  • Twitter – no Twitter account needed to read updates
  • Disaster plans (safer places, evacuation routes, hazards information and more for your suburb)

FIRE ON RUSSELL ISLAND: 11am Wednesday 8 February


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES are responding to a fire burning in an 80 acre privately-owned block of land off Centre Road between Cunningham Avenue and Glendale Road on Russell Island.

Residents are advised to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If you feel your property is under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Residents on the mainland may be seeing or smelling smoke from unrelated fires on Brisbane’s northside at Nudgee Beach and Boondall Wetlands.

Redland City Council appoints new CEO


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has today announced the appointment of Andrew Chesterman as Council’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Chesterman will take up the post on 18 April.

“He brings a wealth of management experience in state and local government, most recently as a senior executive and program manager within Brisbane City Council’s Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability portfolio,” Cr Williams said.

“There, he led the sustainability agenda of Australia’s largest council and earned a reputation as a motivating manager and an innovator who ‘walked the talk’. He has a track record of innovation and delivering to a high standard, making him a good fit for our organisation.”

Mr Chesterman also has previously served as Chief Executive of the Public Service Commission and Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

“He has extensive experience in environmental management, project delivery, asset management and collaboration with all levels of government, something Council believes will be of great benefit to the Redlands,’’ she said.

Cr Williams said Mr Chesterman was selected from more than 100 candidates following an extensive national recruitment process.

“The candidates were shortlisted by an agency and six were interviewed by a panel which included independent advisors, with the top two interviewed by all Councillors,” Cr Williams said.

“I would like to thank independent company director and advisor Phil Hennessey and recruitment executive Tim Turner, who joined Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary, Council’s Head of Human Resources Amanda Daly and myself on the recruitment panel. I also would like to thank Councillors for their involvement in the recruitment process.’’

Cr Williams said outgoing CEO Bill Lyon had agreed to continue in the role until Mr Chesterman’s arrival.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Bill for agreeing to extend his tenure until Andrew arrives to guarantee a seamless transition for the organisation,” Cr Williams said.

“Bill will leave a fine legacy in the Redlands for which he rightly deserves to be commended. The results of the past four years speak for themselves. Our financial position is enviable and, under Bill’s guidance, we have cut debt and essentially kept the books balanced while maintaining a high level of service.”

Council program brings libraries to you


Redland libraries are set to pop-up in parks across the city with Council launching a new alfresco reading experience.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redland Libraries Connecting to You initiative would see library activities taken to local parks.

“This initiative combines two things Redlanders love – our libraries and our local parks,” she said.

“From next week we will bring our much-loved libraries to local neighbourhoods, making it even easier for local families to enjoy activities like storytelling, craft or simply reading a good book.

“This initiative is part of our First Five Forever program, which is funded through the State Library of Queensland and boosts literacy for children five and under.”

Cr Williams said while part of the First Five Forever program, the Connecting to You initiative also welcomed older children.

“Our libraries offer a range of family-friendly activities throughout the year and if residents aren’t already members of our libraries I would encourage them to sign up and get along to some of these activities,” she said.

“The initiative was originally rolled-out at the end of last year and the next Connecting to You event will be held Friday 10 February at Beth Boyd Park Thornside, with a further five events to then be held in Cleveland, Redland Bay, Thornlands, Ormiston and Victoria Point up until April.

“All residents have to do is come along between 9.30 and 11 am and bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.

“Our libraries also offer an online catalogue of books, music and DVDs, meaning you don’t ever have to leave home to enjoy a good read.”

Connecting to You events:

Date Venue Time
Friday 10 February Beth Boyd park- Thorneside

76-92 Mooroondu Road,Thorneside

9.30-11 am
Friday 24 February Raby Bay Boulevard Park – East Park

23-31 Raby Bay Boulevard, Cleveland

9.30-11am
Friday 17 March Sel Outridge Park – Park Area

1-3 Peel Street, Redland Bay

9.30-11am
Friday 31 March Crystal Waters Park

Riesling Street, Thornlands

9.30-11am
Monday 3 April Fellmonger Park-

97-129 Sturgeon Street, Ormiston

9.30-11am
Monday 10 April Victoria Point Recreation Reserve –

2 Colburn Avenue, Victoria Point

9.30-11am