Monthly Archives: March 2018

Donovan headlines Cleveland’s Queen’s Baton party

Acclaimed songstress Casey Donovan will headline a free community celebration in Cleveland to welcome the Queen’s Baton to the Redlands on Easter Saturday, 31 March.

The Australian Idol winner and Indigenous actress will be part of a top-class show that will also include the Fergies, the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers and Flipside Circus.

Mayor Karen Williams said the community party in Raby Bay Harbour Park would add to the thrill and spectacle of the Cleveland leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay and kick off a week of Commonwealth Games celebrations in the city.

“Our batonbearers will carry the Queen’s message from Cleveland Point to Raby Bay Harbour, where everyone is invited to join in the Games carnival spirit,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Redlands TV personality Lincoln Lewis and former Olympian Natalie Cook will MC the event, which will include a great show headlined by the sensational Casey Donovan and Brisbane rockers The Fergies.

“There will also be a traditional ceremony, cultural demonstrations and workshops, activities and heaps of entertainment, as well as plenty to eat.

“Businesses along the route from Cleveland Point are also getting into the spirit with special events planned for the day, so it will be a lot of fun.

“To make it easy for people to be involved, there will be free public transport operating around the city from 4.30am-4.30pm.

“We also have planned a variety of fun and engaging activities for residents as part of a special carnivale capturing the wonderful spirit of the Games in the lead-in to the opening on the Gold Coast Games on 4 April.’’

The relay and celebration in Raby Bay Harbour Park will kick off at 8.30am. The Baton will be carried from Cleveland Lighthouse Reserve, along North Street, Shore Street North and Shore Street West before arriving at Raby Bay Harbour Park, where the free community celebration will continue until 12.30pm.

“The Queen’s Baton is a source of inspiration and pride for the communities that it visits and also a visual reminder to all that dreams can be realised,” Cr Williams said.

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Have a fun day in the park this weekend

Thornlands Park will be a hub of family fun this Saturday 17 March, with the Fun Day in the Park being held from 9am to 12pm. Visit 272-282 Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, Thornlands (corner Waterline Boulevard) and enjoy a free sausage sizzle and jumping castle for the kids.

This is also your opportunity to meet Council consultants and Cr Paul Golle to give your feedback about the Stage 2 design of the Play Space and Youth Zone set to be constructed here in the coming 12 months.

Council is planning a flourishing, vibrant place for our younger residents and want your input. Council officers have been gathering feedback from the students of local schools and now it’s your turn.

Council are now planning Stage 2 and want children and young people to tell them what kind of experiences they hope to have in the completed park, such as:

  • performances in the park
  • public art
  • accessible play equipment
  • picnic facilities
  • different types of play equipment
  • small wheeled bike and scooter play
  • BMX rideable terrain
  • ball sports
  • climbing, or
  • ‘parkour’ elements.

If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can still have your say by visiting the Your Say Redland City and completing the park survey by 31 March, 2018.

If heavy rain or storms are predicted, the public will be notified on Friday of any change to planned events. In the event of necessary cancellation, the online park survey will be the main source of further public input.

Ferry operator details: check for service disruptions during inclement weather

Ferry operator Sealink Travel Group has advised that although ferry services are expected to operate to schedule over the next few days, conditions are being closely monitored and updates will be provided if any changes are anticipated.

Updates for Stradbroke Ferry Services – including the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) barge – are being posted to Sealink’s website and on their Facebook page. Information for Gold Cat Flyer  to One Mile also available online or by phoning 3821 3821.

SMBI passenger ferries customers can check Translink for service interruptions and updates will also be posted to Facebook.

Prepare now for severe weather conditions

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is urging residents – especially those along coastal areas and on the islands – to prepare and act with caution over the next 48 hours.

“While Tropical Cyclone Linda has now been downgraded to a vigorous subtropical low, the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest report still warns of gale force winds over offshore waters, with the Redlands’ highest tides of the year expected today and tomorrow.

“This is likely to produce large south easterly swells, dangerous surf, beach erosion and tidal inundation to low-lowing areas,” Cr Williams said.

“Weather is always unpredictable and we don’t yet know what this event may bring. Preparation is key in these situations so residents should take time today to ensure their homes are ready for whatever comes our way.

“People should clean up their yard, check gutters are unblocked and secure outside furniture, especially if they live in a unit.

“Island residents are particularly vulnerable to the elements so please revisit your personal emergency plan, be prepared for the possibility of wild weather and power outages and consider whether travel is necessary at this time.”

At this stage ferries are expected to run as normal but residents are encouraged to contact ferry operators or visit their website for updates.

Cr Williams said the LDCC was not activated but remained ready to respond if conditions worsen.

“Council’s self-serve sandbag facilities are open again today from 10am to 6pm at four locations and I urge those whose are concerned about possible inundation of their homes to fill and collect bags today – a maximum of 8 bags per person applies.

“Council and SES officers are available to assist if required,” Cr Williams said.

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
  • North Stradbroke Island – Outside the Council Depot on Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich
  • Macleay Island – Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Tce
  • Russell Island – Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road

Additional Council crews are ready to respond across the mainland and islands, should they be required.

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM 100.3 for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow Redland City Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Prep for the wet – Fill your own sandbags

Redland City Council is establishing self-service sandbagging stations across the City ahead of heavy rainfall and strong winds expected later this week.

The sandbagging stations will open Tuesday 13 March and Wednesday 14 March 10am to 6pm weather permitting.

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:


  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
  • Council staff will be onsite to assist

North Stradbroke Island

  • Outside the Council Depot on Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich

Macleay Island

  • Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace.

Russell Island

  • Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road.

Sand, sand bags and shovels will be supplied, at the self-serve stations.

Redland SES Volunteers will assist in manning the self-serve sand bagging station at Cleveland Showgrounds form 10am to 6pm.

Residents are allowed a maximum limit of 8 sand bags per household. Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Redland SES reminds residents to check gutters are clear and secure loose items around your home.

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow Redland City Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Register now for Redlands Amazing Race

Celebrate the start of Redlands Youth Week (8-14 April) by taking part in the Redlands Amazing Race, organised by Redland City Council and supported by Sirromet and Capalaba Central Shopping Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that residents should race to Council’s website now to register for this free fun youth-focused event set for 8 April, the middle Sunday of the school holidays.

Redlands Amazing Race - Golden Gnome

“Although this event celebrates Youth Week, all those who are young at heart are bound to enjoy it, with rock climbing, laser tag and much more on offer across many beautiful Redlands locations.

“Teams of family and friends are challenged to a giant treasure hunt – just follow the clues around mainland Redlands in search of the elusive Golden Gnome,” Cr Williams said.

“Up for grabs are ten prizes valued at $50 for the stage winners, and an overall prize valued at $360 for the winning team.

“But you need to register your team of up to five people – including at least one adult, one person with a driver’s license and two young people aged seven years or older – online by 28 March. Get in earlier if you can as spots will be limited.”

For full terms and conditions and to register, visit the Redlands Amazing Race page or search for Redlands Amazing Race.

More information will also be available on Council’s social media platforms:

Project Tote exhibition – for the love of the Redlands

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will soon be toting a new exhibition with a local flavour that is sure to delight.

Project Tote – opening on Saturday 24 March and inspired by the art gallery volunteers’ love of the Redlands region – will feature photographs of their special Redlands spots printed onto reusable tote bags and displayed en masse.

Project Tote Exhibition

RAG volunteer, Annabelle Alexander’s photograph featured in Project Tote.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that volunteers were vital to the success of the Redland Art Gallery.

“The Redland Art Gallery is very fortunate to have around 50 active volunteers whom contribute to the gallery on either our installation team or gallery reception desk.

“They make it possible for the gallery to deliver a constant stream of diverse, quality cultural offerings to our community so it is only right that we acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of our volunteers through Project Tote,” Cr Williams said.

The images, which truly reflect the beauty of the Redlands, have all been taken by gallery volunteers.

“These are the special spots of our volunteers, but we also encourage visitors to share their special places in the Redlands on a large scale map displayed with the exhibition,” Cr Williams said.

Mayor Karen Williams applauded the exhibition not only for its appreciation of the Redlands’ natural beauty, but also for its sustainability message.

“In line with other current Council initiatives, Project Tote recommends that we all consider using tote bags instead of plastic bags to help reduce rubbish and maintain the beautiful Redlands environment,” Cr Williams said.

Exhibition open:

Saturday 24 March to Tuesday 22 May 2018

Floor talk and morning tea

When: 10am Tuesday 8 May

Where: Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba

Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba

Hear from Curator Dominique Macedo and Redland Art Gallery volunteers.

Local laws up for review and future public consultation

Providing more designated swimming areas and locations for film and television production are amongst a suite of laws adopted for review in today’s Council meeting.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said following today’s decision Council would now proceed with amending the local laws which would then proceed to consultation.

“The Local law amendments include designating three new dog parks, potentially gazetting beaches at Wellington Point and Raby Bay as bathing reserves and clarifying standards for keeping animals by removing  reference to geese and turkeys from the local law. ”

“One law up for review is about the protection of animals, ensuring Council has the ability to regulate against the act of abandoning animals.’

“We’d also like to attract more film and media production to the region, so one of the laws looks at giving Council the ability to close off public spaces for such an event.’

“It’s important to note that none of these changes will proceed without a strict process of engagement and public consultation and this is outlined in the legislation.

This is just the first stage of a multi-stage process where people will have the opportunity to make a written submission to object or support the changes.

IndigiScapes’ Garden Expo is all grown up

IndigiScapes’ renowned Good Gardening Expo just got bigger, broadening its focus beyond the garden to sustainability, and rebranding the event on Saturday 24 March as Redlands Living Green Expo.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said the impact of waste on our ecosystems just can’t be underestimated and that’s why this year’s Expo has an emphasis on breaking the cycle of waste and reducing single use plastic.

“Our region contains a diverse array of wildlife habitats, and all accommodate wide-ranging populations of native plants and animals that call the Redlands home.

“Redland City’s environmental values are central to the reason many people choose to live here and every one of us has a role to play in preserving our natural assets.

“Just changing one bad habit is an important start, and Psychologist, Dr Andrea Quinn will be there to talk about the psychology behind breaking your bad habits.

“Perhaps the Rosyln Bono’s Fermented Food Demonstration can be your first step toward sustainability, recycling those food items that end up in landfill or perhaps using recycled products to actually create habitats in your garden.

“Local Wellington Point creative environmentalist, Karen Benjamin, will exhibit her Plastic Planet works made largely of single-use plastic, which is a fascinating reminder of the extent and volume of plastics and the impact on our oceans.”

“The Good Gardening Expo has drawn crowds from all over south-east Queensland over the last five years and this new and improved Expo promises to do the same,” Cr Williams said.

This year’s Redlands Living Green Expo will feature more on sustainable gardening practices as well, from ‘hands on’ demonstrations on composting, worm farming, Bokashi and creating productive gardens, to seed-saving and sales. Native plants will be on sale with information on ‘going native’ as the way to garden using locally indigenous plant species.

Environmental and horticultural experts will be on hand to demonstrate sustainable lifestyles and alternative products to single use plastic packaging and participation in the workshops is free.

There will also be environmental and sustainable product stalls with recycling product ideas along with Australian Native Bee Houses, Beeswax Wraps as well as entertainment for the kids like Green Thumb potting and Lantern-making.


Snag your barbeque prize pack for Neighbour Day

Redland City Council is encouraging Redland residents to connect with their neighbours by offering barbeque prize packs to go towards Neighbour Day gatherings this month.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Neighbour Day was Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door or across the street, with this year’s event scheduled for Sunday 25 March.

“It’s the perfect day to meet your neighbours or say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed a hand!

“I’d love to hear that neighbours across the Redlands are getting together for a barbeque, cup of tea and a chat or a picnic in their local park,” Cr Williams said.

Neighbour Day 2018

“Council is running a social media competition with $50 barbeque meat prize packs up for grabs to get things moving.”

To be in the running for a prize pack, simply use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – and a combination of text and a video or photo – to say what’s great about, or why you’d like to connect with your neighbours. Don’t forget to tag Redland Council (and your neighbours if possible) and use #NeighbourDay.

The competition closes on 20 March. For terms and conditions visit

Cr Williams said that research shows that good neighbours help us feel safer and happier… and it’s more likely to be a neighbour or passer-by, not emergency services, who’ll come to our aid first in an emergency.

“Here in the Redlands we see our fair share of floods, storms and fires, at which times emergency services can be inundated with calls for help. But neighbours are there on the spot.”

Relationships Australia, as managers of Neighbour Day, offer free printable invitations, calling cards and more, all downloadable from