Monthly Archives: March 2018

Easter public holiday closures 2018

Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City Council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed from Friday 30 March (Good Friday) through to Monday 2 April (Easter Monday), returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 3 April.

Redland IndigiScapes Centre

Redland IndigiScapes Centre will only be closed on Good Friday 30 March. Regular opening hours will continue outside of this.

Bin collections

All bin collections will continue as usual throughout this period. Please note that there will be no bin deliveries or exchanges on public holidays. Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

Waste transfer stations

All waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday 30 March.

RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay will be open as per regular operating hours.

Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will operate as per regular operating hours.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

Redland Performing Arts Centre will be closed over the Easter period. The box office will be closed from 4pm Thursday 29 March reopening 10am Tuesday 3 April 2018. Tickets can be purchased on the RPAC website.

Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

Commonwealth’s eyes on Cleveland

Thousands of Redlanders and those from further afield are expected to turn out for a star-studded community celebration as the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Cleveland before heading to the Gold Coast.

Organised by Redland City Council, the community celebration will include free entertainment headlined by Australian singer Casey Donovan and Brisbane folk rock band The Fergies.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams encouraged people to get online to find the best vantage point for the relay that starts at Cleveland Lighthouse and makes its way to Raby Bay Harbour Park, another picturesque waterfront location, where the main celebrations will be held.

“Come and try some sports and activities in the spirit of the Commonwealth Games at our free community celebration. We’ll have a large trapeze for the public to use, volleyball, gymnastics and long jump,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Olympic beach volleyball champion Natalie Cook will be there to give you some tips, as well as MC the event alongside TV personality and proud Redlander Lincoln Lewis.

“There will be cultural displays and demonstrations by Quandamooka traditional owner Matt Burns, weaving workshops and performances by the Yulu Burri Ba Dancers, with a sensational concert headlined by Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan and also featuring popular Brisbane folk rock group The Fergies.

“It really will be an action-packed event from 8.30am.”

Cr Williams said the eyes of the Commonwealth would be on the Redlands with the Cleveland leg of the relay to be televised nationally.

“Businesses along the route are getting into the spirit of the celebration with special breakfasts and sausage sizzles. It really will show off the wonderful lifestyle, hospitality and natural environment of the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said.

The Grand View Hotel, the oldest licensed pub in Queensland, is putting on a themed breakfast, Redland City Lion’s Club will be firing up its barbeque from 7am for the community, the Lighthouse Restaurant on the bay’s edge will be open for breakfast and Cleveland Sharks Bowls Club will be putting on a special celebration.

As part of the celebrations, the Redland Art Gallery will be open to showcase Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins’ Games medal designs.

Cr Williams said there would be free public transport to help locals and visitors to get to and around the event.

“TransLink, in conjunction with Transdev and Queensland Rail, will provide free bus and train travel on selected routes between 4.30am–4.30pm on the Saturday,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Special Queen’s Baton Relay tickets are required to travel for free for which you can register and find out more information via Council’s website at”


8.30am – Community celebration begins at Raby Bay Harbour Park, hosted by Lincoln Lewis and Natalie Cook OAM.

9.00am – Relay starts Cleveland Point (the lighthouse).

9.40am – The Queen’s Baton arrives at the community celebration.

10.15am – Casey Donovan performs live.

11.00am –  Special guest interviews.

11.25am – Cultural demonstration by Quandamooka’s Matthew Burns.

11.50am – Live performance by The Fergies.


Baton bearers for the Cleveland leg include locals nominated by the community as well as national sports stars. They are:

  1. Daniel Fox: Paralympian Daniel “Foxy” Fox, 25, is an exemplary man from the Redlands who embodies Commonwealth Games values. His sporting achievements and contributions to his community are an inspiration to others.
  2. Jack de Boer: After Jack’s first visit to Burma during Year 7, he had a group assignment that involved doing something for a charity. It led to Bike Ride for Burma, which has since raised thousands of dollars to build an education and training centre for Burmese children.
  3. Deborah Acason: Deborah has an impressive collection of Commonwealth Games weightlifting medals and embodies the spirit of the Games.
  4. Kieron Douglass: Kieron is a long-distance running Athlete Ambassador for both Juiced TV based at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and for the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
  5. Ari Jelekainen: Ari has dedicated his professional life to the development of sports surfacing systems to enhance performance and safety within the Australasian sporting community. He takes pride in sponsoring and supporting local and interstate sporting groups.
  6. Dawn Rubie: Dawn has been a committed member of both the Redlands and surf lifesaving communities for more than 20 years, dedicating her time and love to the Coochiemudlo Island SLSC.
  7. Jade Edmistone: The former world champion swimmer set five world records and collected three World Champion titles. Now active in his community, he has written a book that highlights mental health and the serious issue of supporting athlete transition into “normal” life.
  8. Luke Harvey: Luke inspires other as a senior leader at Victoria Point State High School and would love the opportunity to represent the Redlands at future Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
  9. George Hill: George is a lifesaver’s lifesaver, with his more than four decades’ of passion and dedication to surf lifesaving leading to a safer Queensland, including the implementation of dawn patrols.
  10. Leon McNiece: Entrepreneur Leon is passionate about people and adding value to their lives, through health, fitness and entertainment.
  11. Christine Kidd: A Karragarra islander and vet, Christine has dedicated her life to the care of animals. She also is focused on helping senior residents remain in their own home with their pets by providing 24-hour care if required.  She is a wonderful mentor to both international and local veterinary students and nurses.
  12. Claire Rickard: Prof Rickard leads the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research group within the Optimising Health Outcomes program of MHIQ.
  13. Andrew Leigh-Forster: There would be no Special Olympics basketball in Redlands if it wasn’t for Andrew.
  14. Jade Lucey: Jade is an inspiration to many, because although not born a natural athlete, she is persistent in her efforts to achieve. Jade always has a smile and words of encouragement for others who might be struggling along the way.
  15. Johaan Kaa: “No hands, no feet, no excuses” is the philosophy that inspirational Redlander Johaan Kaa lives by after nearly losing his life, and tragically losing both hands and feet, after contracting meningococcal septicemia in 2014.
  16. Tatiana Grigorieva: Silver medallist at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, Tatiana is one of Australia’s most celebrated Commonwealth Games performers.
  17. Adrian Rowe: Adrian is a true lifesaver, performing CPR for 20 minutes on a collapsed woman in Cleveland until paramedics arrived, refusing to give up. That woman, Imogen Donaghy, is alive today because of it.
  18. Edwina Wordsworth: Edwina has been vital to the growth and success of major sporting events around Australia.
  19. Mark Urquhart: Mark is a double amputee and paraplegic following two parachute accidents while serving in the Australian Defence Force. In a wheelchair since 2008, he now has a string of sporting achievements to his credit while also learning to walk again.

Learn more about the Queen’s baton relay event.

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World News Lounge opens at Cleveland Library

Visitors to Cleveland Library will now have the latest in international current affairs at their finger-tips with the opening of its innovative new World News Lounge on Saturday.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the refurbishment of the Cleveland Library is part of Council’s Library Strategy 2017-2022, which has a strong focus on creating welcoming multi-use spaces and providing innovative services.

“The World News Lounge is part of Cleveland Library’s refurbishment to improve access and useability of the Library’s resources and spaces,” Mayor Williams said.

“The World News Lounge, located in the front section of the Cleveland Library, will house magazines and newspapers, have tables with tablets for public use to access news online and a large TV screen with news programs.”

“The Cleveland Library World News Lounge is a one-stop-shop for current affairs and is open just in time to help people keep up-to-date on all the Commonwealth Games action in air-conditioned comfort,” Cr Williams said.

Mayor Williams said that Redland Libraries had been looking closely at global trends and engaged an urban place maker for the Cleveland branch refurbishment to help create a flexible space adaptable to future change.

“Libraries are increasingly being seen as facilitators of community connection so in the same way that public open spaces provide a place to meet and socialise, the Cleveland Library refurbishment aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for members of the community to better connect, innovate and learn,” Cr Williams said.

“There is pressure for Libraries to house many diverse spaces to accommodate people with different needs and uses, from parents of young children to small business owners,” Cr Williams said.

“Council’s aim is make sure that Redland Libraries house liveable and engaging spaces that enable lifelong learning and literacy opportunities for all members of the community,” she said.

The Cleveland Library refurbishment has seen the opening of the World News Lounge at the front of the Library, formerly the History and Heritage section. The History and Heritage section is now ideally located in a quieter space next to the atrium near the Genealogy area.

Other improvements from this refurbishment include:

  • A new quiet study space along the eastern wall of the Library
  • A new co-working area for meetings or social gatherings in the coffee-lounge space at the back (near the children’s section so all noise is kept to one area)
  • A new collection layout, with more books on display, to improve useability for clients

Join our Koala Community Planting this school holidays

Enjoy a morning in the great outdoors and help plant 2000 native plants along the Eprapah Creek corridor in Victoria Point on Sunday 8 April.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the planting was a chance to get the family out and active during the school holidays while improving wildlife habitat in the Redlands.

“As part of Council’s commitment to a healthy, natural environment, we are working to plant one million native plants in the Redlands, strengthening our city’s strong environmental character and providing homes to our local wildlife,” Cr Williams said.

“I invite locals and residents from throughout the city to come along to help widen the Eprapah Creek wildlife corridor.

“There will be kids’ activities, a sausage sizzle and a free native plant for participants to take home.”

Koala Community Planting

Volunteers should wear enclosed shoes, sun-smart clothing and bring their own drinking water. Plants and all other equipment including gloves, sunscreen, gardening tools and insect repellent will be provided by Council.

Koala Community Planting – Event details

When:             9 – 11am, Sunday 8 April

Where:            Eprapah Creek Corridor, Liriope Place, Victoria Point

Bring:             Enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water

We supply:    Plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves.

For more information, contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611, visit or

Forecasted rain postpones Bayview official opening

Due to a Bureau of Meteorology forecast of continuing wet weather, Council has postponed this weekend’s opening celebration event for Bayview Conservation Staging Area at Mount Cotton.

The event was to be held this Saturday, March 24 but in an effort to minimise damage to the new day use area and trails during the wet weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 28.

Ranger Stacey has confirmed she will still attend on that day.

Despite the postponement, the entrance and facilities at Bayview will be open for use from March 24 as planned.

Learn more about the Bayview Conservation Area.

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Celebrated Indigenous artist exhibitions open for Cleveland Queen’s Baton Relay event

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will add a cultural flavour to the Cleveland Queen’s Baton Relay festivities on Easter Saturday with the opening of two new exhibitions by celebrated Indigenous artists.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the exhibition of local Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins tied in beautifully with the community celebrations planned for the day.

“Here is the Redlands, we’re very proud of Ms Cockatoo-Collins, who has recently added being the designer of the artwork for the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games medals to her long list of achievements,” Cr Williams said.

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Map making 2017

Image: Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Map making 2017, clay and paper. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Nikki Michail.

The exhibition, entitled The Search for Warrajamba, is the culmination of her Doctor of Philosophy research in Indigenous Perspectives (Creative Arts) at the Batchelor Institute.

Through installations, prints and ceramics, the artist explores identity and mediums as part of an inquiry into a generational oral story of a mermaid named Warrajamba – a cultural figure first introduced to her through the words of her grandmother.

A second exhibition, Salt Marsh Whispers, will feature the photographic works of Jo-Anne Driessens, bringing together past and present stories from the local area to celebrate the ongoing spirit of place.

Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain said that Ms Driessens long association with Quandamooka included extensive photographic work across the land and waters, enabling her to develop strong relationship with people and places.

Jo0Anne Driessens, Pulan (Amity Point) 2017

Image: Jo-Anne Driessens, Pulan (Amity Point) 2017, photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

“Ms Driessens’ works include photographic portraits of Minjerribah Aboriginal Elders for the Cleveland Library Community Room (2013), artist portraits for Island Made exhibition (2016) and documenting recent Quandamooka festival celebrations. At almost any significant community event, Jo-Anne is there, clicking away with her camera,” Ms Bain said.

Further afield, she has worked closely with communities of South East Queensland for more than 20 years – documenting Elders, role models, youth, family, places and celebratory and cultural events.

To coincide with the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games celebrations, both exhibitions will be open for extended opening hours over the Easter long weekend: 9am – 2pm Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April.

Salt Marsh Whispers and The Search for Warrajamba exhibition details:

Showing: Saturday 31 March to Sunday 27 May 2018

Joint Opening Event for both exhibitions:

Friday 6 April from 6.30pm

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Panel Talk and Morning Tea

Sunday 27 May, 10am

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Join us for morning tea and hear from Freja Carmichael, Delvene Cockatoo Collins and Jo-Anne Driessens.

Council votes against extending a Mount Cotton quarry development approval

Redland City Council today refused an application to extend the currency period of a development approval to extend a quarry at Mount Cotton.

Today’s application follows the Development Permit being granted by the State Government on December 20, 2013 after being called-in by the then Planning Minister.

The permit was for Material Change of Use for Extractive Industry and Environmentally Relevant Activities 8 (Chemical Storage), 16 (Extractive and Screening) and 21 (Motor Vehicle Workshop Operation) at 1513 and 1515-1521 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton, and 163-177 and 196 Gramzow Road, Mount Cotton.

In acknowledgement of the site being a Key Resource Area, Council also resolved for the Mayor to write to the State Government, requesting decisions about Key Resource Areas (KRAs) be made by the relevant State Department rather than Council.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s refusal of the application was in line with community expectation.

“The quarry extension has been a hot topic in the Redlands for many years and by refusing the application today Council has clearly demonstrated we are standing up for the community,” she said.

“Key Resource Areas are declared by the State Government to protect these critical resources of State significance to support the State’s economic growth. But then under State planning processes it is up to Council to make decisions about development in KRAs, which puts us in a difficult position.

“Following today’s decision I will write to the State and request that if they declare an area of the city a KRA they should also decide what projects are approved within these areas.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty, who moved the motion to refuse the application, said “the Mount Cotton community had grown considerably in the four years since the approval was granted, many people would be unaware that such a significant development was pending, and they will wish to be informed and have an opportunity to be consulted”.

“There have been more than 442 new homes built in the area since the State granted approval more than four years ago,” Cr Talty said.

“This equates to a significant number of people who do not know about this approval.

“This is a win for the local community and provides the opportunity for a fresh application to be lodged so new residents in the area can have their say about the proposal.

“As a local resident and the local Councillor I have heard the concerns of residents and I hope the applicant now takes the opportunity to submit an entirely new application that allows the community to have their say.

“The quarry does provide economic and employment opportunities, but there needs to be a balance that provides these opportunities while at the same time protecting all that we love about Mount Cotton and the Redlands”.

The currency period of the development approval would have lapsed on December 20, 2017 had the extension application not been lodged with Council before that date.

However, the lapsing of the currency period was stayed until Council made a decision on the extension application, which sought an extension to the currency period of an additional three years.

Council defers decision on Victoria Point development application

Redland City Council has today voted to defer making a decision on an application for a 270 lot subdivision at 21-29 and 31 Clay Gully Road, and 39 Brendan Way, Victoria Point.

The application will be deferred until a Council-led structure plan is completed for the whole emerging community zone situated between Bunker Road, Double Jump Road, Brendan Way and Clay Gully Road, specifically the Victoria Point Local Development Area.

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said a structure plan of the wider area would help ensure Victoria Point could handle the growth expected from the development.

“Approving this application today without a structure plan in place would have been setting a dangerous precedent,” Cr Hewlett said.

“Today’s decision gives us the opportunity to develop a structure plan that guides future growth in the area, including identifying the State infrastructure we need to accommodate this growth.

“The biggest issue in our local community is the lack of supporting State infrastructure.

“A Council-led structure plan across the entire development area will address the issues that piecemeal development potentially could fail to deliver.

“Many of the roads in and out of the planning area are State roads and Council will also write to the State Government to ask for their input into the structure plan.”

Cr Hewlett said the Redlands was growing in popularity as home to an increasing number of people.

“With our relaxed, coastal lifestyle and a city that is almost half protected green space, it is easy to see why,” he said.

“However, Councillors considered that approval of the development at this time would be premature until there was further certainty regarding the likely development of the surrounding area.”

The development application was for a Development Permit for reconfiguring a lot for 270 lots, open space, ecological corridor and road, over 8 stages.

The development site is within the urban footprint under the State Government’s regional plan.

Council officers considered the application to be in conflict with the South-East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 and the Redlands Planning Scheme but, in accordance with section 326(1) (b) of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, considered that sufficient grounds existed to justify the approval.

They concluded the development proposal demonstrated this was an appropriate land use that also protected strategic environmental values and would deliver the necessary infrastructure. The approval would not prejudice the orderly development of the surrounding area. These matters are the intent of the regional plan policies. The development application had also been assessed and approved by the State Government.

Horses, bikes and walkers welcome at Bayview opening

Editor’s note: This event has now been moved to Saturday 28 April due to inclement weather.

Residents are invited on foot, horseback or mountain bike to the official opening of Bayview Conservation Area’s new day use area from 7.30am on 24 March 2018.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Redlanders shouldn’t miss the opportunity to be one of the first to see the world-class facility.

“The $1.3 million upgrade has transformed a vacant grassed area into a family-friendly outdoor recreational destination for residents and visitors,” Cr Williams said.

“Bayview already has a great reputation, and the new facilities cement its place as a fantastic regional facility for trail users including walkers, runners, mountain bike riders and horse riders and outdoor events.

“It’s a great time to launch these upgrades – with our proximity to the Commonwealth Games, we hope visitors from around the world will take the opportunity to see what we have to offer.

“We’ll also mark the opening by planting of one of 25,000 natives going into the reserve in the next month aimed at enhancing the area’s wonderful biodiversity as part of Council’s One Million Native Plants Project.”

Division 6 Councillor, Julie Talty said the new day use area made Bayview more accessible and user-friendly and works also included adding two new shared-use trails and the gentle-gradient Banksia Walking Trail.

“There’s now a large covered barbecue area, signage, picnic tables and seating, a bike wash-down area, horse and bike stations, toilets, and access to power and water.

“The official opening event will include a free BBQ and official presentations and Ranger Stacey from Totally Wild will be there with our wildlife display to snap some photos with visitors.

“While recent wet weather has slightly delayed completion of some components – our new mountain bike skills area, Banksia Walking Trail and new cement path – these will be finished soon and people attending the opening will get an idea of what’s to come.

“Bayview is our largest mainland conservation area in Redland City and is a superb example of recreation co-existing within areas of high conservation value.

“Almost 60km of trails of varying difficulty wind their way through 1000 hectares of diverse vegetation including open forest, melaleuca wetlands, riparian areas and stands of grass trees and banksia.”

Event details

In the case of wet weather, check Council’s Facebook ( for event updates.

Date:        Saturday 24 March 2018

Time:        7.30am to 10.30am, 8am – official presentations

Address: German Church Road, Redland Bay

Find out more about Bayview Conservation Area at Council’s website.

Entries open for the 2018 Redland Art Awards

Entries are now open for the prestigious Redland Art Awards, a contemporary biennial painting competition open to all Australian artists and presented by Redland Art Gallery which just last month celebrated its 15th anniversary.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the long-running competition featured four awards this year, with more than $20,000 in prize money on offer.

“With its thriving arts community and strong cultural appreciation, the Redlands is considered a significant regional arts centre and these awards are highly regarded, drawing interest from distinguished artists nationwide,” she said.

“First held in 1981, the Redland Art Awards was established by a small group of local artists known as the Redland Yurara Art Society, which is among Queensland’s oldest art societies.

“In 2016, the awards attracted 400 entries from artists across the country, with 50 finalists featured in a subsequent exhibition. The major prize was awarded to Pollyxenia Joannou, for her contemporary geometric artwork Duplicity.”

Duplicity by Pollyxenia Joannou

2016 Redland Art Award major prize was awarded to Pollyxenia Joannou for her contemporary geometric artwork Duplicity.

Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain said the awards accepted paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media, with the winning entry awarded an acquisitive first prize of $15,000.

“There is also $4000 for the runner-up, $2500 third prize and $500 for the Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, which is sponsored by the Redland Yurara Art Society,” she said.

“Birkdale artist Anita West won the Peoples’ Choice Award in 2016, with Monica Rohan taking out second prize and Brisbane artist Carol McGregor winning the Local Environment Prize for her painting on possum skin.”

This year’s high calibre judges are Charles Robb (Lecturer, Visual Art, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology), Bianca Beetson (Artist and Lecturer, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University) and Emma Bain (Director, Redland Art Gallery).

Entries for the Redland Art Awards 2018 close on 23 July 2018, with the winners announced on Friday 31 August and a free exhibition of short-listed works on show from 2 September to 14 October.

Visit to download an entry form or contact Redland Art Gallery on (07) 3829 8484.

Presented by Redland Art Gallery, the Redland Art Awards are an initiative of the Redland City Council in conjunction with event sponsors Redland City Bulletin, Stark Creations, Redland Yurara Art Society.