Monthly Archives: September 2017

Council asks for residents’ help to reduce fire risk in Redlands


Redland City Council is encouraging property owners and residents to join the city’s spring clean as bushfire season begins.

Areas being targeted are those identified as having the highest fuel loads (dry leaf litter, long grass and overgrown vegetation). They include Redland Bay, Mount Cotton, Sheldon, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island.

Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said Council has taken steps to reduce fuel loads in the Redlands.

“We slashed public land adjoining homes across the Redlands in August and have conducted eight controlled burns in the last six weeks,” Cr Boglary said.

“Those burns were at Redland Bay, Sheldon, Mount Cotton, Alexandra Hills, Thorneside and three on Russell Island.

“The annual fire maintenance schedule on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands was also brought forward, with fire maintenance trail slashing.”

In addition, controlled burns have been conducted on North Stradbroke Island by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and SEQ Water.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) yesterday suspended controlled burns across Redland City and the greater Brisbane region due to hot dry conditions.

Cr Boglary said Council’s Disaster Management staff would increase their ‘street speaks’ program to educate residents about what they can do to reduce fire hazards on their properties to protect themselves and their families.

“Educational information including advice on getting ready for bushfire season will be available at these sessions,” Cr Boglary said.

“This weekend, Council’s Disaster Management staff will be available along with QFES and SES staff at Red Fest to talk to people about getting ready for the fire season as part of the ‘street speaks’ program.

“Council Disaster Management staff will also be on Macleay Island at Savvy Seniors Day next Tuesday, 12 September.

“More ‘street speaks’ will be scheduled in Mt Cotton, Redland Bay and Sheldon in the coming weeks,” Cr Boglary said.

“Council is stepping up, and we need residents to help us by cleaning up fire hazards on their own properties and helping neighbours if they need a hand.”.

Under Council’s Local Law 3, residents and landowners must clear overgrown allotments and unsightly accumulations of objects and materials, and fire hazards must be reduced or removed.

To aid the clean-up, Council has extended the opening hours of waste transfer stations on Russell and Macleay Islands in a trial which will run until the end of January 2018.

Both facilities will open seven days a week – up from five days – from Monday 18 September. On week days, the facilities will close two hours earlier at 2pm, and on weekends they will open from 8am to 4pm.

Cr Boglary said opening the waste transfer stations seven days a week will make it more convenient for residents to dispose of their rubbish and support the clean up on the islands.

“Residents will be able to drop off green waste, recyclables and other rubbish which may be increasing their fire risk,” Cr Boglary said.

New opening hours for Russell Island and Macleay Island waste transfer stations:

Monday to Friday 8.00am – 2.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 8.00am – 4.00pm

(Russell Island previously closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Macleay Island previously closed Thursdays and Fridays)

Waste transfer station opening hours on Lamb and Karragarra Islands will remain as is seven days a week during daylight hours

Coochiemudlo Island, North Stradbroke Island and the mainland waste transfer stations will remain as is.

All waste transfer stations are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Never miss garbage day again with the ‘When Is My Bin Day?’ online calendar


“When is my bin collected?’ is one of the most frequently asked questions by Redland residents.

To assist residents, Redland City Council has launched a ‘When Is My Bin Day?’ calendar, which can be accessed on your desktop, mobile, tablet and is printer-friendly.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said the city-wide initiative was in response to community feedback and would significantly reduce the number of customer service inquiries received by Council.

“One of the first things new residents – or those moving within the Redlands – want to know is when their general waste, recyclable and green waste bins are collected,” Cr Boglary said.

“The online calendar will provide them with that information, 24/7 and will include updates to any changes to Council’s waste collection services.

“Simply choose your address from the menu and your bin days appear. Gone are the days of checking which bins your neighbours put out and the whole street getting it wrong.”

Council provides five days a week of residential waste collection services to both mainland and island properties, over 10 collection runs.

Fortnightly recycling collections are alternated with green waste collection (on the mainland).

Cr Boglary said the mobile friendly solution would make it easier for residents and newcomers to our beautiful part of the world to play their part in keeping it beautiful.

“Ultimately we want to help encourage residents to maximise use of their recycling and green waste bins so that recoverable items don’t end up in landfill.

“The online ‘When Is My Bin Day?’ calendar will make it easy for everyone to always know which bins to put out and when,” Cr Boglary said.

Visit the Redland City Council’s website to access the bin day calendar.

Our Wonderful Wildlife on display these school holidays at IndigiScapes


As part of Redland City Council’s packed program of spring school holiday activities, IndigiScapes will host its annual Wonderful Wildlife event on Friday 29 September.

With a range of free activities for children of all ages, Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said that Wonderful Wildlife was a celebration of the rare and endangered species which call Redlands home, with a focus on education.

“The activities and displays at the Wonderful Wildlife Day have been designed to be fun and educate youngsters about animals native to our beautiful part of the world, from the bush to the beach,” Cr Boglary said.

“The Richmond Birdwing Conservatory Network will be on hand with information about this rare and endangered butterfly found in the Redlands.

“We are fortunate to live in a region blessed with such a diverse and unique range of native species and we want our children to learn about them and appreciate the beauty of our natural environment.”

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott said there would be a sausage sizzle or families could pack a picnic and enjoy the school holiday fun.

“Bring the kids along to meet some native animals with Rangers Lou Lou and Al from Australian Bush Buddies and learn about native Redland animals with a bush walk and nature talk by Nigel the Ranger from Sparky Do Dah,” he said.

“The Wonderful Wildlife Day is about our children connecting with their neighbourhoods, with nature, with friends and with activity-based learning.”

Wonderful Wildlife will also feature displays by Dolphin Research Australia, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy and Koala Action Group; along with family fun craft activities.

Wonderful Wildlife Day details

Where: Redland IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

When: Friday 29 September, 9am – 1pm

Cost: Free entry and activities, sausage sizzle gold coin donation

Visit the IndigiScapes website for further information.

Find out about all the other Redland City Council school holiday activities.

Two strategies to support economic growth unveiled


Redland City Council today received two strategies and action plans to inform its efforts to drive economic and employment growth in the Redlands.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said the Education and Training and Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Sector Strategies and Action Plans were a key part of the City’s economic framework and would deliver untapped economic opportunities.

“In 2015 Council endorsed the Redland City Economic Development Framework, which identified eight key industry sectors as drivers of our city’s future growth,” Cr Boglary said.

“We are in the process of delivering action plans for eight industry sectors to implement the framework at an operational level. These action plans focus on areas where Council has the capacity to act, or provide influence, at a very practical level.

“With the tourism sector action plan already being implemented, the education and training and health and social assistance industry sectors were identified as priority areas by the Economic Development Advisory Board.”

“Following today’s receipt of these reports, officers now have three months to report back to Council, outlining the delivery and implementation schedules for both strategies.

Education and training is the Redlands’ fourth largest industry by employment, with its Industry Sector Strategy and Action Plan focusing on five key strategies to encourage further growth and investment.

“Redland City already has a number of first-class education providers with strong international reputations and the report received today makes recommendations on how we can further strengthen this sector,” Cr Boglary said.

“This will include growing the international education market and cultivating a local university sector,” Cr Boglary said.

“The strategy also identifies the need for a centre of excellence in education for the ageing, the importance of engaging the community in lifelong learning and the development of a health and education precinct.”

The second strategy and action plan focusses on health care and social assistance, the city’s most productive industry, growing strongly primarily due to the city’s ageing population.

“The Health Care and Social Assistance Industry Sector Strategy and Action Plan centres around facilitating the creation of health services to meet our growing needs; capitalising on Redland City being a destination of choice for retirement living; and ensuring we support the efforts of disability and aged care networks and service providers in our inclusive community.

“Future lifestyle in Redlands, and local job creation, relies on the business and industry sectors coming together with community, and these strategies set out ways Council can actively contribute to, or enable, this to occur.

“We are looking forward to working with stakeholders to ensure we are successful in meeting our City’s economic ambitions.”

The Redland City Economic Development Framework charts a course to achieve 30,000 new jobs and increase the city’s gross regional product to $6.8 billion by 2041.

The eight identified key growth sectors are:

  1. Construction
  2. Education and training
  3. Financial and Insurance services and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  4. Health Care and Social Assistance
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Retail Trade
  7. Rural enterprises, and
  8. Tourism

Engage, educate and entertain the kids these spring school holidays


Looking for something to engage, educate and entertain the children these school holidays? You need look no further than your local library, which has a host of fun, free and fascinating activities planned this September.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said Council libraries had again worked hard to deliver a range of free activities across all ages these spring holidays, for babies and toddlers through to technology focused workshops for children and teenagers.

“From the ever-popular Spheros, Minecraft Art, Scribble Bots, Augmented Reality and Tinkering with Technology, children and teenagers will not just have fun but reinforce their skills and experience of emergent technology which is so rapidly shaping their future,” Cr Boglary said.

Babies and toddlers are also well catered for in the libraries ‘First5forever’ program.

“The first5forever program has been specifically designed for our youngest Redlanders, is free of charge and no bookings are required,” Cr Boglary said.

There is also the Straddie Family Fun Day on Friday 22 September, an all-ages activity, with the whole family invited to North Stradbroke Island Heritage Museum for craft, storytelling and the Snake Boss Reptile Show with Julia Baker, star of Animal Planet.

Councillor Boglary added that while all the activities were free of charge, many required bookings and that places, which are limited, would fill fast.

“Council’s school holiday activities are always popular, so to avoid disappointment jump online and make a booking,” Cr Boglary said.

Bookings are now open. For more information and, library locations and to book visit the Redland City Council website.

Council is also offering free skateboarding lessons these school holidays for five to 18 year-old boys and girls at the recently opened Mt Cotton Skatepark, Valley Way, Mt Cotton on Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 September from 9am to 10.30am.

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said she was delighted that the new $600,000 facility was being put to great use so soon after its official opening.

“Skateboarding tuition will be provided by two professional skateboarders from Stoke Skate, with a maximum of 20 students in each class,” Cr Talty said.

Registration is essential and places will fill fast. To register email: steve@stokeskate.com

Skateboards and helmets are provided and registered students are requested to arrive at the Mt Cotton Skatepark at 8.30am.

Progress of SMBI ferry terminals upgrade


Redland City Council is developing business plans and applications to seek funding from the state government towards the upgrade of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ (SMBIs’) ferry terminals.

The move follows community engagement on the project in February last year, which informed initial concept plans developed by Cardno and Architectus – the design and engineering firms appointed to the project.

The project includes upgrading or replacing the terminals – including jetties, gangways and pontoons – on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands.

Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary said that following the first round of community consultation, concept plans were developed and canvassed with the main stakeholders.

“These are being reviewed in line with feedback and budget availability before being released for further community consultation.

“We want people to have a realistic idea of what can be delivered within the funding available.

“Some may feel this is a lengthy process – and it is,” Cr Boglary said.

“Because we engaged with the community before the project even started, preparation work usually done behind the scenes has been visible to the public.

“But we wanted the SMBI community to have input into the design brief so they’ll be happy with the end result.”

Assistant Minister for Transport Glenn Butcher said funding for ferry terminal upgrades was available for Redland City Council through the Passenger Transport Infrastructure Investment Program (PTIIP).

“We’re pleased to have provided Council with a $250,000 grant to progress their business case and concept designs,” Mr Butcher said.

Council’s Infrastructure and Operations area confirmed that infrastructure projects of this size can take from four to eight years to complete – particularly where there are multiple community and stakeholder engagements and complex funding submissions to all levels of government.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said that the next stage of the project would see ‘preliminary’ plans created for each terminal which would be released for input from the community and key stakeholders, including ferry operators, the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and resident’s associations.

“Before we get to that stage, Council has to wait for input from a number of state departments, so we don’t yet have a definite timeline.

“But island residents should rest assured we’re working hard to win as much funding as possible to deliver the best possible result for the community,” Cr Edwards said.

The terminals will have a design life of 25 years, and non-negotiables include better protection from the weather and better access to ferries via jetties, gangways and pontoons.

Council hopes to build in added value by incorporating suggestions to improve visual amenity, enable recreational use of the facilities and provide complementary business opportunities.

Visit Your Say Redland City for more information about the SMBI ferry terminal upgrade.

RedFest gets bigger and gets better


RedFest, one of Australia’s oldest community festivals, is set to light up the Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds next week, starting with some great Celtic ‘craic’ with Irish music, dancing and fireworks on the evening of Friday 8 September.

Over the following days, RedFest will host an amazing array of more than 300 talented Australian and international artists, including headline acts ARIA award winning Justice Crew and Queensland’s own blues and roots guitar virtuoso Lecia Louise on the Saturday night.

Redland City Council Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said it would be a wonderful opportunity for the community to once again come together and welcome visitors, this time celebrating the 59th edition of the Redlands’ most iconic event.

“Just one year shy of its diamond anniversary, RedFest is not only one of the oldest festivals in Queensland, but one of the oldest community celebrations in the country.

“Redland City Council is again a proud Platinum sponsor of this long-standing community event, created by the community, for the community. We are justifiably proud of this heritage, a significant achievement for the Redland community,” Cr Boglary said.

“Drop by Council’s tent to talk to our friendly staff, including members of the emergency management team.”

RedFest, like the community which hosts it, is a vibrant, colourful and growing success and there will be plenty to see and do for everyone, including the famous Lantern Parade, strawberry eating competition and the hugely popular Redlands Flyball; drag racing for dogs.

There will also be the Berry Fun Club for the kids, Sideshow Alley, roaming performers and a host of other attractions, food options and community group displays.

This includes art, dance, music and ceremony by Quandamooka Festival performers, including their distinct Kunjiel (Corroboree) as they celebrate and showcases the country and culture of the Quandamooka people, traditional owners of Moreton Bay.

RedFest will again finish on a high, with 2017 Golden Guitar winner Troy Cassar-Daley on the Sunday afternoon helping deliver the biggest and best RedFest ever.

Cr Bolgary said RedFest makes a significant contribution to our local economy and city’s profile.

“It’s no mean feat for a community festival to have grown so much in size, stature and popularity every year since the first, one-off Strawberry Festival in 1953.

“That festival was reprised five years later at Victoria Point Reserve, before moving to the showground at Cleveland in 1965 and being renamed the Redland Spring Festival in 2002,” Cr Boglary said.

Redfest details

Where

Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, Smith Street, Cleveland

When

Friday 8 September, 5-9pm

Saturday 9 September, 9am – 9pm

Sunday 10 September, 9am – 4pm

Prices range from $5 – $10 for kids (under 6 yrs free); $15 – $35 for adults and $10 – $24 concession.

Snapper Street Link funding to boost Straddie tourism


More than $600,000 in funding will provide new tourism opportunities at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island in a joint Redland City Council and federal and state government project.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary welcomed $300,000 from the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program (TDDI), which partially funds a walking trail link between two top vantage spots at Point Lookout.

“Council intends to match this funding dollar for dollar, with the money going towards creating a link between the Snapper Street lookouts over Frenchman’s Beach and the Point Lookout Headland gorge walk,” Cr Boglary said.

“The Snapper Street Link project will add to the island’s existing spectacular vantage points over the Pacific Ocean and its world-class land-based whale-watching experience.

“With the end of sand mining rapidly approaching, now more than ever, North Stradbroke Island needs investment in infrastructure and this project will provide an additional boost to the local tourism industry.”

Cr Boglary said that while the secured funding would provide a strong start to the project, Council would be seeking additional money to complete the link.

“The TDDI Program contribution is a great start, but there is still a funding gap of $750,000 and we will be looking at additional options from the State Government to ensure the project’s success,” she said.

“The Snapper Street Link project is a great example of what we will be able to achieve for the Island’s future if we have the commitment and investment from all levels of government.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said the joint investment would ensure the popular gorge continued to be a ‘must do’ tourism attraction.

“The project also provides safe connections for pedestrians away from local roads and will also have significant environmental benefits, reducing erosion and people creating informal trails through the native vegetation.

“We also hope that it in the future it will provide opportunities to promote Quandamooka People’s cultural heritage and educate local, national and international visitors.”

It is hoped works on the trail extensions will begin in the 2017 – 18 financial year.

Fun for the whole family at Bushcare’s Family Day Out


How much family fun, under the Redland sun, can you handle?

Hopefully a lot, because there will be tonnes of fun for the whole clan at Bushcare’s annual free family fun day at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on Sunday, 10 September, 10am to 2pm.

Come and meet Calypto, a very friendly Glossy-Black cockatoo and learn about Redlands’ unique position as one of south-east Queensland’s best breeding areas for this threatened species.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said that Council’s Bushcare program undertook a community planting of the Glossy Black-cockatoo’s natural habitat – including their sole source of food, the she oak tree – annually with this year’s event scheduled for 23 September at Redland Bay.

“Our Glossy Black-cockatoo planting is indicative of the wonderful work our local Bushcare volunteers do throughout the year and this fun day is a great way for Redland families to learn more about our special environment and how they can play a part in protecting and nurturing it for future generations.”

Councillor for Division 7 Murray Elliott said that Bushcare’s Family Day Out recognised the important work of local Bushcare groups in the community.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contribution our many Bushcare volunteers make to the Redlands’ ecosystem, as they have done for more than two decades,” Cr Elliott said.

The Bushcare family fun day will also include weed weaving, bush tucker and environmental displays, bird walks, children’s nature activities, prizes and live music.

Diane Tarte – who helped establish her local Bushcare group in 2011 and is now Convenor of the Upper Weinam Creek Bushcare team – said she was fortunate to be the convenor of an enthusiastic group of people committed to the care of our wonderful local bushland.

“All of our Bushcare volunteers are passionate about our environment and how we can help restore and maintain its beauty and diversity and enhance it for future Redlanders.

“Bushcare’s Family Day Out is an important way of engaging with the wider Redland community about the work we do. Many new Bushcare members have joined through Bushcare events and we hope that will be the case again this year.

“Enjoying our great outdoors, building life-long friendships, getting some exercise and making a difference to our beautiful environment are four great reasons to join a Bushcare group.”

If you want to enjoy a fun-filled, family day out, completely free of charge, while learning about the Redlands’ unique environment and how you can help protect it, then come to Bushcare’s Family Day Out.

RSVP to the event on IndigiScapes Facebook page.