Monthly Archives: November 2017

Community consultation – Canal and lake waterways and revetment walls


Meetings have commenced with stakeholder groups as part of the citywide engagement process on how the maintenance of revetment walls and canal and lake waterways at Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Sovereign Waters are managed and funded into the future. Council provides maintenance by dredging the waterways so they remain navigable, and repairing the revetment walls that protect houses and other properties from erosion.

Since all ratepayers currently contribute to the canals and lake upkeep through general rates, it is appropriate that all ratepayers have the opportunity to have their say. Those who own canal or lake waterfront property in these estates benefit most from these maintenance activities and also pay the most. However, the estates are also home to some of our city’s most popular parks and the main waterways are also used by other residents and attract events such as the Raby Bay Triathlon.

The consultation will ensure city ratepayers can have a say and help answer these questions that have been hot topics for many years.

Community engagement opportunities will include open house displays, library displays , pop up stands, an online survey and a telephone survey. Separate meetings with ratepayer associations or estate ratepayers have already commenced.

In addition, a Citizens’ Advisory Panel will comprise 40 residents who will be randomly selected and representative of different parts of the Redlands – Canal and Lake, Coastal, Inland and Island.  These residents will come together over four occasions including an orientation and background meeting as well as three deliberative workshops.

The Panel will hear from experts and local residents and will have the time and information to carry out detailed deliberations and provide a report to Council. The Citizen’s Advisory Panel is being managed by two of Australia’s best community engagement consultants, Max Hardy and Articulous Communications.

The Market Research via telephone survey will occur towards the end of the process to test the recommendations of the Citizens’ Advisory Panel.

More information is available on Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au and Council’s Your Say page https://yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/canal-and-lake-waterways

Redland Art Gallery ends the year on a local note


Redland Art Gallery’s 2017 exhibition calendar ends with a celebration of local artistry.

The final two exhibitions for the year, Connections: Redland Yurara Art Society and Bush Fragments in the Red: Coochie Art Group, include a diverse range and thought-provoking artworks which tell their own unique stories of Redlands.

Yurara’s 2017 exhibition Connections looks at the heritage of their members and connections to different cultures. Yurara Art Society members hail from various ethnic backgrounds and maintain a connection to their heritage while exploring their talent within this rich and creative community.

Redland Yurara Art Society formed as an art group in Cleveland in 1962 and membership has grown to approximately 100 artists. Operating from their local studio and gallery at Pinklands Reserve, Thornlands, they run a dynamic program of workshops and classes.

In galleries 2, 3, 4, Bush Fragments from the Red: Coochie Art Group features new work by the Coochie Art Group members. Working with artist mentor Nicola Hooper, members have created new work for this exhibition illustrating their passion for the local environment and its rare and unique flora and fauna. This enthusiastic group of artists has been holding art classes on Coochiemudlo Island since the 1970s.

To celebrate these exhibitions, a free opening will be held:

When: 6.30pm Friday 1 December 2017
Where: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Cnr of Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland

RSVP:  Phone 3030 4163 or email gallery@redland.qld.gov.au by 29 November 2017

Floor talk and morning tea with exhibiting artists:

10.30am Sunday 3 December 2017

For more information on these and other Redland Art Gallery activities and exhibitions, visit artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

 

 

Community consultation – Canal and lake waterways and revetment walls


Meetings have commenced with stakeholder groups as part of the citywide engagement process on how the maintenance of revetment walls and canal and lake waterways at Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Sovereign Waters are managed and funded into the future. Council provides maintenance by dredging the waterways so they remain navigable, and repairing the revetment walls that protect houses and other properties from erosion.

Since all ratepayers currently contribute to the canals and lake upkeep through general rates, it is appropriate that all ratepayers have the opportunity to have their say. Those who own canal or lake waterfront property in these estates benefit most from these maintenance activities and also pay the most. However, the estates are also home to some of our city’s most popular parks and the main waterways are also used by other residents and attract events such as the Raby Bay Triathlon.

The consultation will ensure city ratepayers can have a say and help answer these questions that have been hot topics for many years.

Community engagement opportunities will include open house displays, library displays , pop up stands, an online survey and a telephone survey. Separate meetings with ratepayer associations or estate ratepayers have already commenced.

In addition, a Citizens’ Advisory Panel will comprise 40 residents who will be randomly selected and representative of different parts of the Redlands – Canal and Lake, Coastal, Inland and Island. These residents will come together over four occasions including an orientation and background meeting as well as three deliberative workshops.

The Panel will hear from experts and local residents and will have the time and information to carry out detailed deliberations and provide a report to Council. The Citizen’s Advisory Panel is being managed by two of Australia’s best community engagement consultants, Max Hardy and Articulous Communications.

The Market Research via telephone survey will occur towards the end of the process to test the recommendations of the Citizens’ Advisory Panel.

More information is available on Council’s Your Say website.

Lighting of the Redlands’ Christmas tree


The start of the festive season will be celebrated in the Redlands with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Cleveland’s Library Square, on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle streets, on Friday, 1 December.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event, run by Redland City Council, would include plenty of free Christmas fun and entertainment.

“We have a lovely free family occasion planned to mark the start of the festive season in the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said.

“The evening will kick off with the Christmas on Bloomfield Market from 4pm, with kids’ activities continuing in the Cleveland Library until about 7pm.

“Families can join in the fun of writing letters to Santa and star weaving for the very worthy One Million Stars to End Violence project, which aims to help families affected by domestic and family violence.

“There also will be a visit from Santa and his real reindeer, so families will have an opportunity to get a photo with them before the countdown to the lighting of our wonderful community Christmas tree.

“Performers will be on stage and roving among the crowd throughout the evening.”

Santa’s visit will be from 6pm, with the lighting of the tree from 7pm.

Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, will be closed (from Middle Street to Queen Street) to vehicles from 1.30pm to 8.30pm on Friday 1 December for the Twilight Markets which run from 4pm to 8pm.

The event is sponsored by First 5 Forever and Stockland Cleveland.

Youngsters also can head to their Redland Library to write letters to Santa and make stars for the One Million Stars to End Violence project in the two weeks leading up to the event. You also can find out more about the libraries’ First 5 Forever family literacy program.

Keep an eye on council’s Facebook page and www.redland.qld.gov.au for updates.

High school students express talents in new exhibition


An upcoming exhibition at Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba is set to celebrate the artistic talent of Redland high schools students.

High Schools in Focus II will run from Saturday 25 November 2017 until Saturday 20 January 2018, combining artworks from Carmel College, Cleveland District State High School, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Ormiston College and Sheldon College students.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said High Schools In Focus II – the second of a two part exhibition – was a great example of the outstanding results that could be achieved when different organisations and individuals worked in partnership towards a common goal.

“As part of this project, school students were given the opportunity to collaborate within a gallery environment, harnessing new skills and giving them added confidence to follow artistic pursuits,” Cr Williams said

Students were encouraged to use a range of mediums including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, textiles and new media to create a piece to the theme of ‘identity’.

“The end result is a diverse, inspiring and thought-provoking collection of artworks that give us a rare insight into issues driving young people in our community.”

The exhibition will be officially opened at 10.30am on Saturday 25 November with a floor talk from exhibition Curator, Dominique Macedo.

For more information on High Schools In Focus II and other Redland Art Gallery exhibitions and events, visit: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

Exhibition Opening and Floor Talk

When: 10.30am Saturday 25 November 2017

Where: Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba (Capalaba Place, Noeleen St, Capalaba)

RSVP:  Phone (07) 3030 4163 or email: gallery@redland.qld.gov.au by Thursday 23 November

Harrow films in the Redlands


Film-friendly Redland City was a location of choice this week for Harrow – a new 10-part Australian crime drama series produced by Brisbane’s Hoodlum Entertainment.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was a great coup for Redlands to continue to attract quality local and international television and film productions.

“Our City’s natural assets coupled with our friendly communities undoubtedly make the Redlands an ideal place for filming,” Cr Williams said.

“With Harrow being produced for domestic broadcast as well as worldwide distribution, the Redlands is set to be showcased to a global audience,” she said.

Harrow Executive Producer Leigh McGrath said that it was a perfect day for filming in Cleveland.

“The Redlands is such a great location for filming and it is easily accessible from Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” Mr McGrath said.

“It is fantastic to see series like Harrow generate work for local actors and crew as well as training opportunities for the screen industry in South East Queensland,” he said.

Seven regular cast members, two guest cast and about 60 crew members were on location in the Redlands. The crew included Peter Jermijenko, a stuntman and grip from Macleay Island.

Harrow Actor Ioan Gruffudd and Executive Producer Leigh McGrath

Harrow Actor Ioan Gruffudd and Executive Producer Leigh McGrath

Lead actor Ioan Gruffudd said that he hoped to return to the Redlands for filming in the future.

“Redlands – what a beautiful place,” Mr Gruffudd said.

Brisbane-based production house Hoodlum Entertainment is an Emmy™ and BAFTA™ award-winning company that creates multi-platform content for audiences around the globe including film and television in Australia and the United States of America.

Harrow follows on from Hoodlum’s previous productions filmed in Brisbane. These include Australia Day (2017), Secrets and Lies (2014), The Strange Calls (2012) and children’s series Slide (2011).

Joining Welsh star Ioan Gruffudd, who plays the eponymous role of forensic pathologist Dr Daniel Harrow, is Remy Hii, the young Australian actor known around the world for his role as Prince Jingim in Marco Polo, Mirrah Foulkes (The Principal, Top of the Lake), Robyn Malcolm (Rake, Upper Middle Class Bogans) Ella Newton (Newton’s Law) and Anna-Lise Phillips (Devil’s Playground).

Harrow has been co-created by writer Stephen M. Irwin (Australia Day, Wake in Fright, Secrets & Lies) and producer Leigh McGrath (Australia Day, Secrets & Lies, Strange Calls), who will produce with Hoodlum Entertainment’s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield.

ABC is the domestic broadcaster. The series is the first drama production for the Disney-owned ABC Studios International, and Disney Media Distribution will license international rights. The series has also been supported by Screen Queensland.

Show synopsis

Dr Daniel Harrow is no ordinary forensic pathologist. Harrow’s total disregard for authority and his unfailing empathy for the dead help him solve even the most bizarre of cases. He is driven to give victims a voice, and will bend every rule to get to the truth of what happened to them. But when a terrible secret from his own past threatens his family, his career, and himself, Harrow needs all his wit, wile, and forensic genius not to solve a crime, but to keep it buried.

Redland Libraries prescribes Words for Wellbeing


A new partnership between Redland City Council, Redland Hospital and health professionals will see Redland Libraries support community health and wellbeing by loaning residents specific books prescribed to them by their doctor.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that “Books on Prescription” initiatives have been delivered internationally with much success and is excited to see Redland Libraries implement a similar program in the local community.

“Words for Wellbeing provides alternative resources in the form of books and recommended websites to help people better understand and manage their health conditions,” Cr Williams said.

“Health professionals recommend patients a book on a Words for Wellbeing prescription flyer and talk to them about reading to improve their health condition knowledge and the patient can go down to their local library and access that book for free.”

“There is research that shows that self-help books in combination with support from their health professional can help people cope with common health conditions, including depression and anxiety,” she said.

Mayor Karen Williams said this is not the first time Redland City Council Libraries have invested in supporting the community’s health and wellbeing.

“Council’s Mobile Library and home delivery services also connect with community organisations such as nursing homes to make sure books are readily accessible by all members of the community,” Cr Williams said.

“Mandalay Retreat Care is one regular Library client who has welcomed book deliveries and have provided feedback about the books serving as ice-breakers for new residents, discussion topics for group social sessions and visual interest material for dementia unit residents,” she said.

Myhorizon’s CEO Joe Gamblin also values Council’s Mobile Library Service, which has attended events held at its new community centre, now open in Capalaba next to the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

“The Redland Library Mobile Service is a great community resource. We were pleased to have it visit and set up a display of its First 5 Forever early literacy program at Myhorizon’s Ian McDougall Centre during one of our recent open day events for our Early Intervention Service which supports families of children with disabilities,” Mr Gamblin said.

For more information about the Redland City Council’s Words for Wellbeing program visit www.redland.qld.gov.au or visit your local Redland Libraries branch.

Update on construction site incident in Middle Street, Cleveland: 9.30 am Monday 13 November


About 60 customers in Cleveland remain without gas and hot water today due to the collapsed retaining wall at a building site at 140 Middle Street. Gas supplier APA Group and an independent engineer will be assessing the gas pipeline at the construction site today.

The gas has been isolated as a precaution until safe to resume once the pipeline is tested. A total of 16 residents from the adjoining Housing Commission units remain evacuated. The Department of Housing swung into action quickly on Saturday afternoon to assist the residents with alternate accommodation.

Principal contractor Kyronn, emergency services, Council and utility services including Energex have been working together to reduce the impact on residents. A small section of Middle Street adjacent to the site remains closed.

Council would like to thank residents for their patience throughout this incident. For gas inquiries contact the APA Group emergency hotline on 1800 427 532.

A Kyronn spokesperson said this morning:

“Kyronn has been working under direction of RPEQ Engineers with relevant stakeholders in respect of its construction site and neighbouring properties for some time. We continue to work with those stakeholders, including the Department of Housing and Public Works, the Redland City Council, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, and utility providers, in respect of the events transpiring at Middle Street Cleveland over the weekend.

We would like to thank all stakeholders in particular emergency services for their assistance and support.
We acknowledge the seriousness of the matter and the urgency of ensuring primarily public safety and secondly restoring local utilities. In that regard, local utilities were disabled over the weekend out of caution whilst stabilising works are being undertaken. We are working with the local utilities providers with a view to having those services restored as soon as practicable.

We are confident that the matter will be resolved as quickly as possible and, together with all stakeholders, we will endeavour to minimise any disruption or inconvenience to the local residents and community.”