Monthly Archives: June 2017

Explore the great outdoors at IndigiScapes

Redland children will soon be free to seek, unearth and explore their natural environment and local Aboriginal culture during a school holiday fun day at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Seek, Unearth, Explore, Quandomooka Country was a popular annual winter holidays event that drew hundreds of children from across the Redlands and beyond with its diverse program.

“As home to Redland City Council’s environmental programs, IndigiScapes is already a popular family destination with its walking trails, native botanical gardens, barbeque facilities, children’s playground and café,” she said.

“But it’s also a great space to bring together an assortment of fun and educational activities to coax young people away from their devices and into the great outdoors.

“On Friday 30 June, from 10am to 2pm, kids will be able to plant a seed, go on a nature scavenger hunt, create craft and weave with weeds – all for free.”

Divisional Councillor Murray Elliott said the IndigiScapes event would also celebrate NAIDOC Week, with Quandamooka storytelling and bush tucker, Indigenous art and dance workshops.

“Quandamooka traditional owner Matthew Burns will give an Aboriginal artifact talk that adults and kids alike will find fascinating,” Cr Elliott said.

“As with all the activities offered by the Redland City Council school holiday program, Seek, Unearth, Explore, Quandomooka Country is free of charge. But don’t forget to bring some loose change for the sausage sizzle.”

Brisbane road upgrade to benefit the Redlands

A major traffic bottleneck for Redlanders is set to improve following this week’s announcement by Brisbane City Council of an $8.6 million upgrade to Green Camp Road.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the announcement citing it as a win for residents who use Rickertt Road and Quarry Road, and for regional collaboration.

“Cross boundary connectivity is crucial for our city’s infrastructure and how we move around the region,” she said.

“Green Camp Road is a major source of traffic congestion and frustration for those who use this key transport corridor between the Redlands and Brisbane City.

“Congestion between Thorneside and Wakerley was identified as a major problem by the Cross Boundary Transport Infrastructure group, a multi-agency initiative advocating for transport infrastructure projects across our city boundaries.

“This collaboration is critical to ensuring cross boundary infrastructure is delivered efficiently and it’s fantastic to see benefits coming from the relationship we have built with Brisbane City Council.”

Council understands this week’s Brisbane budget commitment is the start of a three-year program to duplicate Green Camp Road between Manly and Rickertt Road, as well as an upgrade of the Tilley Road intersection.

“This project is one part of a solution to improve traffic flow between Thorneside and Wakerley, and we will continue to advocate for Rickertt Road to be expanded and the bridge over Tingalpa Creek duplicated,” Cr Williams said.

Thorneside Councillor Paul Bishop, who has advocated for upgrades to Rickertt and Green Camp roads was also delighted by the announcement.

“Road projects on the periphery of our city have often been overlooked, so I’m pleased Brisbane City Council has funded this important upgrade, which will ultimately help ease congestion on Rickertt Road and support the use of active transport in this corridor, which was prioritised in our recent Cross Boundary Connectivity Committee meeting,” he said.

“As one of our city’s key transport corridors, this is an important link facilitating movement of cyclists, motorists and goods between the Redlands and Brisbane.

“Redland City Council upgraded Quarry Road in 2009 and this announcement takes us in the right direction to realise the full benefits of that upgrade.”

Initiated and co-chaired by Cr Williams, the Cross Boundary Transport Infrastructure group includes representatives from Redland City Council, Brisbane City Council, State Government, Federal Government, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Winter school holiday fun in the Redlands

From robot building to recycled art, glass gardens to games of fortune telling, kids across the Redlands will be spoiled for entertainment these school holidays.

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

“Redland Libraries and Redland Art Gallery have a fantastic line-up of free activities on offer these school holidays, with events for aspiring artists, programmers and more,” she said.

“In addition to the great range of craft activities at the libraries, kids can test their tech skills by building and programming Lego Mindstorms and Spheros plus tinker with light-up bookmarks and a whole array of other technology.

“At Redland Art Gallery kids and teens can try their hand at the latest trend in indoor gardening and create their very own sustainable and decorative terrarium to take home.

“There’s also macramé and basket weaving as well as some recycled art activities where kids can make handbags and toolboxes from recycled materials,” she said.

Cr Williams said that families could also experience some local Indigenous culture over the holidays at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

“I also urge you to get along to Seek, Unearth, Explore Quandamooka Country, on Friday 30 June, where you can sample bush tucker, try Indigenous dance and art, and hear the stories of our Traditional Owners,” she said.

Activities in the Redland City Council school holiday program are free of charge. Many activities require booking and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Families can also roll-up to the Flipside Circus school holiday workshop at RPAC.

SES Street Speaks head to Straddie

Redland City Council is heading to Straddie on Saturday 17 June in its latest effort to help people be prepared for natural disasters such as storms and bushfires.

The Straddie ‘Street Speaks’ displays will run in each township on the Island from 8am – 12pm and give people the chance to meet front-line emergency staff.

At the three Straddie Street Speaks, there will be Straddie Fire 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.

Residents will also be able to take away a copy of the 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.

 Straddie Street Speaks will be held across the three townships from 8am – 12pm on Saturday 17 May 2017:

  • Amity: Amity General Dealers, Ballow Street
  • Dunwich: Island Fruit Barn, Bingle Road
  • Point Lookout: Point Lookout Newsagency, Mintee Street

Can’t make it to a Street Speak? For information on keeping your families safe in natural disaster events, visit Redlands Disaster Plan.



Greenlight for environmental impact study on Toondah Harbour

The Commonwealth Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg has today given the greenlight to progress the environment referral application for the Toondah Harbour project in Cleveland.

Walker Group will now be able to take the application to the next stage of the process, which is to have the science tested.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said: “We have always supported such scrutiny, and believe Walker Group should have the opportunity to demonstrate the acceptability of the proposal through an environmental impact assessment.

“This is a sensible approach and proves commitment to both the Redlands and our environment.

“I would also like to highlight that the Redlands community will have the opportunity to have their say during the environmental impact assessment phase.”

The harbour is the main departure and arrival point for ferry and water taxi services between the mainland and North Stradbroke Island. It is also used to launch recreational and commercial craft, and comprises of residential and open space lands.

Earlier this year, the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project was also awarded Austrade Tourism Major Project Facilitation service status.

The re-vitalisation of Toondah Harbour represents unrivalled tourism, as well as cultural and economic growth opportunities for the region.

Toondah Harbour provides the opportunity to innovate, attract and grow tourism to North Stradbroke Island, following the cessation of sand mining in 2019. A revitalised harbour will encourage more than 45,000 additional visitors to the region every year.

This equates to a potential $21 million per annum in tourism revenue and $78 million per annum in additional retail expenditure for the region.

The project is critical to the future economic transition of North Stradbroke Island.

It will also generate more than 1000 jobs per annum during the construction phase, 500 jobs per annum post construction, with jobs supported by visitor expenditure equating to more than 250.

The project will now be assessed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act for a decision.

Notification of planned burn – Hilliards Creek Platypus Corridor – McMillan Rd, Alexandra Hills

Redland City Council’s Parks & Conservation Crew’s are intending to undertake a hazard reduction burn in a section of bushland in McMillian Road on Tuesday the 6th June 2017, dependant on weather conditions at the time.

The location of the burn area is 116-122 McMillian Road, Alexandra Hills. The purpose of the burn will be for hazard reduction as well as for ecological outcomes.

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 visit contact Council’s Conservation Fire Management Officer  Adam Pearce on 3829 8456.