Monthly Archives: May 2017

State urged to back Dîner en Rouge success

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has urged the State Government to support the massive fundraising effort of its Dîner en Rouge events for families affected by domestic violence and become a partner in providing more crisis accommodation in the City.

Cr Williams said the money raised at the third Dîner en Rouge took the total to more than $220,000 and showed that the Redlands community was committed to tackling domestic violence.

“There is State land in the city ideally suited for crisis accommodation, so we hope this money will entice the State Government to join with us to provide the crisis accommodation we so desperately need,” Cr Williams said.

“There are currently only seven crisis accommodation units across the bayside catering for a population of more than 150,000 but they are in high demand so we want to build at least another four.

“With the State Government’s help we can take the money already raised through Dîner en Rouge and make it happen. I am confident construction can start with weeks of the State Government getting on board.

“It would be a great investment in the future.”

Cr Williams, who is Queensland’s local government representative on the Australian Government Department of Social Services Reference Committee for a local government domestic, family and sexual violence prevention project, said she never ceased to be amazed by the generosity and commitment of Redlanders who wanted an end to domestic and family violence.

“We had 220 people at Saturday’s Dîner en Rouge in the Alexandra Hills Hotel conference centre and were thrilled to take the total raised since they began two-and-a-half years ago to more than $220,000, including two truly amazing donations – $100,000 from a long-time resident now in his 90s and $50,000 from an honorary Redlander committed to the cause,” Cr Williams said.

“Of the total, $10,000 has been provided to the Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support Centre for a security system, with the rest in a fund awaiting support from the State Government.’’

Cr Williams said the gala event – attended by the state Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and MC’ed by media personalities Heather Foord and Darren Curtis – was run by Council in partnership with local Zonta clubs, Soroptimist International, Rotary Club of Cleveland, Redland Foundation and local domestic and family violence service advocates.

Council issues first approvals for Shoreline community

Redland City Council has approved the first 205 residential lots for the Shoreline master plan community at Redland Bay South, but has asked the applicant to do more work before the green light is given for a further two stages.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council today voted on the first three stages of the $2.3 billion Shoreline community, approving one stage, but only agreeing to the other two stages if the applicant could prove there would be no impact from a nearby poultry farm.

“Today we issued a development permit for Stage 1C of the plan, which will see 205 residential lots, 1.6 hectares of community parkland and upgrades to three major intersections in Redland Bay,” she said.

“As part of this decision we have also asked the applicant to do some more work regarding the potential impact of a nearby poultry farm on 139 lots in Stages 1A and 1B.

“Under our planning scheme, residential properties can’t be built within 500 metres of a poultry facility and we aren’t yet satisfied the homes proposed in these areas won’t be impacted by odour.

“The applicant will now have to provide a third party assessment proving there won’t be any impact before we grant a development permit for these additional two stages or provide sufficient evidence the poultry farm has been abandoned.”

Cr Williams said Shoreline had been planned over more than a decade and approved by the State Government in February 2015.

“When complete, Shoreline will deliver $100 million in infrastructure – including major upgrades to state roads and tens of millions of dollars in other infrastructure at no cost to ratepayers.

“The project will not only create new homes for our residents, but also generate thousands of constructions jobs, as well as an estimated 1800-1900 other new jobs within the Shoreline urban area after construction.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said today’s decision provided approval to start work on the first stage of the project, with applications for a number of other stages to follow for the 279 hectares master plan community.

“It is expected to take 15 years before this community is complete across a number of stages, with considerable community infrastructure such as road upgrades and community parks to be delivered along the way,” Cr Talty said.

“Approval of stage 1C gives the applicant the go ahead to start work on 205 lots, and will trigger upgrades to intersections at Giles/Gordon/Redland Bay Rd, Boundary St/Redland Bay Rd and Double Jump/Redland Bay Road.

“The State Government has also conditioned multi-million dollar upgrades to eight major intersections over the life of the development and road works north and south of the development, including the duplication of Serpentine Creek Road.

“Before any residential lots can be sold the applicant must also get approval a dedicated wastewater treatment plant, which will be decided under a different application.”

Film-friendly city attracts Hollywood blockbuster ‘Aquaman’

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is encouraging the city to extend a warm welcome to the cast and crew of Aquaman.

“Redland City Council has been working closely with Warner Bros. Feature Productions around opportunities for the filming of Aquaman to occur on location in parts of the Redlands, ” Cr Williams said.

“The Redlands prides itself on being a film-friendly city, attracting a diverse range of films including what promises to be a Hollywood blockbuster.”

Leading Queensland Indigenous Art to visit Redlands

Redland residents and visitors are set to be inspired by a travelling Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) exhibition featuring Indigenous artwork in the lead up to and during National Reconciliation Week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the landmark 2013 Indigenous Australian art exhibition, My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland was one of the latest QAGOMA exhibitions to travel throughout regional Queensland.

“It’s wonderful timing for us to have the exhibition showing at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 14 May until Sunday 25 June 2017, concurrently with the Nandeebie Dreemz exhibition,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redlands has a rich Aboriginal culture and is proud to showcase local and global Indigenous cultures before, during and after this year’s National Reconciliation Week.

“As well as the two exhibitions at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, the Redland Performing Arts Centre will host Nandeebie Screen Indigenous Film Festival from 20 until 21 May – the first global Indigenous film event to be shown in Queensland.

“Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba is also currently showing Jarjums Life Museuman Out of the Box and Inala Wangarra exhibition featuring works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from Minjerribah and Hymba Yumba Community Place – until 20 June.”

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the touring version of My Country features more than 25 works by 20 artists.

“The exhibition includes artworks from the Gallery’s holdings of Indigenous Australian painting, sculpture, fibre art, prints and photography which explore the history, contemporary issues and geographic country of Queensland’s Indigenous peoples,” Mr Saines said.

Image: Adrian King, Australia (1974–2013) All Blacks 2005, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Purchased 2006. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.

Visiting Redland Art Gallery will be important works by contemporary Queensland artists including Michael Cook and Fiona Foley – as well as works by the late Torres Strait Islander artist Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrnda Sally Gabori – that describe deep connections to country.

A selection of QAGOMA’s popular Ku’ (Camp Dogs) by a group of Aurukun-based artists will also be on display.

Opening event and floor talk: My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Queensland

When: Friday 12 May from 6.30pm
Where: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

The exhibition to be opened by Kyla McFarlane, Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, QAGOMA with Aunty Rose Borey performing the Welcome to Country

Join us after the official proceedings for canapés.

RSVP: Phone 30304163 or email the Redland Art Gallery.

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Indigenous cultural events on exhibition: Nandeebie Screen and Dreemz

Residents and visitors will be able to steep themselves in local and global Indigenous cultures thanks to two artistic experiences on offer in the Redlands in the lead up to this year’s National Reconciliation Week.

Redland Art Gallery will present the Nandeebie Dreemz exhibition from 14 May to 25 June – featuring four female artists from Queensland.

Redland Performing Arts Centre’s Nandeebie Screen – Indigenous Film Festival will feature indigenous films and documentaries from across the globe from 20 to 21 May, and will be a significant new event for Indigenous film in Queensland.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this was the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy the cultural contributions of first nation peoples from around the world.

“The name of these events, Nandeebie, is from the local Jandai language of the Quandamooka people and is the name for the area now known as Cleveland,” Cr Williams said.

“Both Nandeebie Dreemz and Nandeebie Screen, feature the talents of local Indigenous film-maker and artist Tamara Whyte, as one of the four exhibiting artists and the driving force for bringing together such an eclectic mix of international films and documentaries for the first time ever in Queensland.

“Entry to the art exhibition – including the opening event and floor talk – is free, and everyone is welcome to attend a wide range of community films for free on the Redland Performing Arts Centre lawn (RPAC) throughout the film festival.  There are also 12 films to choose from in the RPAC Concert Hall.”

Nandeebie Dremz – Exhibition

Leah King-Smith (2016). Painted Warrior, 2016, digital still.

Exhibition dates: Sunday 14 May until Sunday 25 June
Location: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Cnr of Middle and Bloomfield Streets

Nandeebie Dreemz presents the work and stories of first nation peoples from around the world. Visitors can explore the works by Indigenous artists, working in the digital space, where transition is constant, stories and dreemz are told and possibility is always present.

The exhibition presents the talent of four Queensland artists including Bianca Beetson, Leah King-Smith, Tamara Whyte and Venessa Williams Starzynski, who tell stories through drawing, film, multi-media and photography.

The official opening event and floor talk is on Friday 12 May from 6.30pm, including a Welcome to Country by Aunty Rose Borey. The exhibition will be opened by Kyla McFarlane, Acting Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, QAGOMA.

Join us after the official proceedings at 7.15pm for canapés and hear from the artists.

RSVP acceptances by Wednesday 10 May. Phone (07) 3030 4163 or email:

Nandeebie Screen Program

In addition to the Nandeebie Screen – Indigenous Film Festival there will be a variety of documentaries and films screened for free on the RPAC lawn, including:

  • Kaha:wi – The Cycle of Life which is a stunning journey into Iroquoian teachings on love, life, community, and spirit, as expressed through dance (both traditional and modern) by award-winning Mohawk dancer and choreographer Santee Smith.
  • Life is Waiting – a feature documentary about referendum and resistance in Western Sahara as Sahrawis continue to live under Moroccan occupation.
  • Great Grandmothers – a documentary about three unknown indigenous heroines from different parts of the globe, who pay an important role in maintaining and passing on the cultural heritage to the young.

The full program and approximate times for each of the free screenings on the RPAC lawn will be available the week prior to the film festival.

Final call for Dîner en Rouge

Final tickets are now available for Redland City’s third Dîner en Rouge on Saturday 13 May.

The gala event, which coincides with Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, is set to shine as media personalities and entertainers throw their support behind the domestic and family violence fundraiser.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the dinner, at a mystery destination, was being supported by high-profile guests who wanted to highlight the importance of the issue.

“Tickets are available until Thursday 11 May but they are limited, so you will need to get in quick to be part of this exceptional event,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Well-known media personalities Heather Foord and Darren Curtis will be our Masters of Ceremony, with internationally-acclaimed soprano Mirusia coming home to the Redlands to perform.

Mirusia will be performing live at Diner en rouge.

“You also will get to hear from inspirational speakers while enjoying a sumptuous meal.

“As part of the event, there’s also the chance to win a stunning South Sea white pearl pendant set in 18 carat white gold from Stephen Dibb Jewellery valued at more than $2000, as well as two nights’ accommodation and return barge transfers to Straddie from Stradbroke Island Holidays.

“Raffle tickets are $10 from Council customer service desks and the Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office and are available to anyone, including those not attending the dinner.

“We can still welcome more guests and would love to have a full house for this very special night in our City.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council was proud to partner with local Zonta clubs, Soroptimist International, Rotary Club of Cleveland, Redland Foundation and other local domestic and family violence service advocates to present the event.

“Dîner en Rouge’s location will again be kept secret until the night, in recognition that domestic and family violence often occurs in secret,’’ she said.

Guest speakers will include the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Betty Taylor CEO of Red Rose Foundation and Maryann Talia Pau of the 1 Million Stars Project.

All proceeds will go to supporting Redlanders affected by domestic and family violence.

Event details

What: A sumptuous banquet, beverages, exceptional entertainment, auctions and raffles.

When: From 5pm Saturday 13 May 2017.

Where: A secret location! Meet at Redland Performing Arts Centre, Middle Street, Cleveland. Return transfers will be provided to the secret event location.

Dress code: Formal attire with a red and white theme. Red is for Redlands and white is to acknowledge the national campaign to stop violence against women. Black tie is encouraged.

Tickets: $175 each or $1700 for a table of 10 (including GST). Purchase your tickets through the RPAC website.

Brisbane to bay ferry would deliver economic boost for the Redlands

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she is “totally supportive” of a move by Brisbane City Council to make access to Moreton Bay and the islands easier from inner-Brisbane marinas.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced during his annual Property Council of Australia presentation this week that Brisbane City Council was looking to facilitate urban marinas and moorings allowing passengers to be transported down the Brisbane River to Moreton Bay.

“If more people can access Moreton Bay and islands, particularly North Stradbroke Island, Coochiemudlo Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, it would mean significant tourism potential for Redland City; so I am very supportive of Brisbane City Council’s plans,” Cr Williams said.

“Moreton Bay and its islands are the jewels at the end of the Brisbane River, so why wouldn’t you look to make access easier for tourists and existing Brisbane residents? It is a no-brainer and we are 100 per cent behind it.

“In fact Redland City Council recognised this opportunity in our 2015-2020 Tourism Strategy and Action Plan and traditional owners, the Quandamooka People, have already trialed a proposed route.

“Redland City CEO Andrew Chesterman and I were also at the initial Brisbane Marketing roundtable where this idea was discussed and I am happy our input was included as part of this concept.

“Brisbane hosted more than 7 million tourists last year and if we were able to tap into just a percentage of these visitors it would be a huge economic coup for the city.  That means money through the doors of local shops and restaurants and a real sense of confidence for locals.”

Cr Williams said the infrastructure needed to accommodate this new ferry route was the type of innovative ideas needed to ensure North Stradbroke Island’s economic future following the end of sand mining in 2019.

“The State Government’s decision to end sand mining by 2019 has the potential to cripple North Stradbroke Island if something is not done urgently to set up viable economic alternatives quickly,” Cr Williams said.

“Since the State Government made the decision to end sand mining early, we have been lobbying them to ensure there is a solid plan supported by adequate funding and I am not convinced this is the case yet.  The State Government should throw its support behind this proposed new ferry route to help get things moving.”

Cr Williams said the fight for more funding for North Stradbroke Island had begun.

“Council has been actively agitating for more support,” Cr Williams said.

Don’t Leave Straddie Stranded is the message to the State Government and all candidates.”

“The $28 million allocated to the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy is not even remotely close to what is needed to fill the economic void that will be created by the departure of the mining company.

“This represents just 17 per cent of the estimated $55 million sand mining brought to the Redlands economy each year.  Council believes $120 million is closer to the mark in order to support the projects that have been identified.

“The end of sand mining will not only impact Straddie and the Redlands, but also the wider South East Queensland region, so regional initiatives like that being proposed by Brisbane City Council make sense and I call on the State Government and neighbouring councils to adopt a similar approach.”

Cr Williams said the $1.3 Billion upgrade of Toondah Harbour would create a world-class marine facility that could accommodate larger boats from Brisbane city and beyond, supporting this initiative and creating further regional tourism opportunities.

“The Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area is a significant project in its own right, but when you look at it in the context of what it could mean for expanded ferry services from Brisbane City to the Redlands it shows just how much potential it could deliver for not only Redland City but the entire state.”

Kid-curated museum at Redland Art Gallery

Artwork created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (Jarjums) will be exhibited at the Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba from Saturday 6 May to Tuesday 20 June coinciding with this year’s National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June). Jarjums Life Museum features drawn, painted, recorded and curated artwork by 86 Jarjums from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Hymba Yumba Community Place. Their art pieces represent their home and everyday culture.

Sullivan Kids (Summer, Roland, Gene and Corey-Jack) 2016. Photography by Libby Hayward. Courtesy of Jarjums Life Museum.

Inala Wangarra Creative Director Jane Jennison said the touring exhibition is “an intertwining exploration of visual arts, storytelling, photography, soundscapes and culture.

Jarjums Life Museum is a collection of original works documenting the lives of these Jarjums – their here and now and what life is like growing up today,” Ms Jennison said.

Floor talk and afternoon tea at 2pm Saturday 3 June 2017 (RAG, Capalaba). Join us for afternoon tea and hear from Jane Jennison, Creative Director, Inala Wangarra. Visit the Redland Art Gallery website for further information.