Monthly Archives: July 2018

Redlands Healthy & Active program back by popular demand!

Redlands Healthy & Active is back by popular demand, with a third program of low cost activities kicking off on 16 July, coinciding with Term 3 of the school calendar.

Redland City Mayor said it was great to see the impact the program was having in encouraging residents to try new activities and schedule regular exercise into their busy lives.

“So far more than 1300 people have participated in more than 20 different outdoor activities – with Zumba, Yoga and group fitness among the most popular.

“We’ve had wonderful feedback, with many of those who participated in the first two terms of the group physical activities calling for the program to continue.

“With the Redlands Healthy & Active program supported by state and federal grants for the first two terms, Council is now transitioning to a sustainable model; one that provides low-cost sessions to residents and makes it viable for local health and fitness professionals delivering them,” Cr Williams said.

“QSuper has come on board as a supporter so participants will only contribute a $5 co-payment to each weekly session, well below the market rate. A ten session pass (for the price of nine) will also be available for purchase at the first session or online.

“Providing a $5 saving, the pass presents an incentive to commit to the entire term of sessions. Those leading the classes will also benefit from having a greater guaranteed income ahead of the term.”

Again, a broad range of activities inclusive of all abilities and experience are on offer – most with wet weather contingencies – with online registration through Team App.

If you’re ready to move more and be active for life – or keen to continue on your journey – visit the Redland City Council website for this term’s full schedule and information on the range of weekly activities – all out in our beautiful open spaces.

Redlands Coast celebrates NAIDOC

NAIDOC celebrations are set to come alive on Redlands Coast in coming weeks with a rugby league match, a show-stopping concert, arts displays and community days happening across the City.

Acting Redland City Mayor Cr Lance Hewlett said it was wonderful to see the City coming together to mark NAIDOC Week, 8 – 15 July, which recognises the achievement and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

“NAIDOC Week on Redlands Coast literally kicks off a day early on Saturday 7 July, with the Intrust Super Cup Indigenous Recognition Match between Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Tweed Heads Seagulls in Dunwich, proudly supported by Council, Deadly Choices and other community partners.

“To be broadcast live by Channel 9, this match sees Wynnum Manly Seagulls transfer their home game to Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures, particularly those of Quandamooka Country.

“I hope we see many people travelling across to Straddie to enjoy this family-friendly event.

“Community celebrations on 7 July also include the sold-out Goompi NAIDOC Gala Ball and inaugural Goompi NAIDOC Awards, a community initiative happening on Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island.

“The following day, Sunday 8 July, sees Council host its NAIDOC Showcase featuring the amazing vocals of past The X Factor winner and Eurovision artist Isaiah Firebrace at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) in Cleveland.

“This free event begins at 12pm with family activities including weaving, storytelling, dance and craft; with the concert beginning at 2pm.

“Tickets to the concert are limited and will be on a first come basis on the day.”

In honour of the 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’ Redland Art Gallery and RPAC have combined to display ‘Because of Her’: Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women from the Redland Art Gallery Collection on RPAC’s Community Art Wall.

The exhibition features works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, capturing stories, histories and teachings passed on and inspired by significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women.

Cr Hewlett said he also wished to acknowledge the many community groups who were holding celebrations.

“Other community-hosted events in coming weeks include the Yulu-Burri-Ba Health Redlands NAIDOC Day (10 July), Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders in Council NAIDOC Day (14 July), the Goompi NAIDOC Community Day (20 July) and a number of Quandamooka Festival program events.

“I urge people to get involved in all these activities and show their support for this very special week of the year.”

The 2018 NAIDOC theme is ‘Because of Her, We Can’ and honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s the past and continuing significant roles and achievements at the community, local, state and national levels.

For NAIDOC celebrations around the nation visit the NAIDOC website.

Grass clippings put our veteran trees at risk

Some well-meaning Redlands’ green thumbs are dumping their lawn clippings around the base of nearby trees, putting our veteran trees at risk of suffocation, disease and death.

Redland City Council Mayor, Karen Williams said simple actions that we think might be helping can actually lead to the demise of our trees, and we want to maintain as many as we can.

“Dumping garden waste in natural areas owned by Council is not only illegal, but can cause serious damage to our trees and native wildlife.

“Redlands already boasts a number of veteran trees for example, one in Redland Bay over 250 years old and another on Coochiemudlo Island over 600 years old, for which Heritage Listing is being sought.

“And their usefulness doesn’t diminish as they age.

“Tree hollows formed over years and years are invaluable for wildlife providing refuge from the weather and predators, and safe sites for roosting and breeding.

Redlands Coast is known for being naturally wonderful and our trees are part of that attraction so I would encourage residents to consider other ways to dispose of their grass clippings so as not to put our local trees at risk.

High value mulch material should be no higher than 100mm from the natural ground surface, with a gap left between the trunk and the mulch to allow air flow.

Grass clippings also contain many thousands of grass seeds and cuttings that will grow wherever they are dumped, providing conditions are suitable. Most of these grasses are not native and can become bush invaders, or get washed into storm water drains causing blockages and further spreading unwanted weeds throughout Redlands.

Instead, place grass clippings in a bag prior to disposal in your general waste bin (red lid), or place without a bag into a dedicated green waste bin (lime green lid). Do not blow grass clippings onto the streets as this can also lead to the spread of weeds along local waterways and is not a legal way of disposal.

Waste transfer stations located in Birkdale, Redland Bay, and Coochiemudlo, Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay, North Stradbroke and Russell islands are free to residents (in vehicles weighing under  4.5 tonnes, including the waste) and will accept green waste.

Council hosts tourism guests on Minjerribah

Redlands Coast’s beautiful North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) took centre stage on Thursday, 28 June 2018 as 190 staff members and volunteers from visitor information centres across South East Queensland visited the island.

Redland City Council hosted the event to showcase the beautiful Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was working with tourism operators across the city to increase the number of visitors to Redlands Coast.

“It is no surprise the visitor information centre staff members and volunteers fell in love with North Stradbroke Island and its sheer beauty,” Cr Williams said.

“They were also impressed by the Quandamooka culture, their experience of which included a welcome to country by Aunty Lynette Shipway, and a welcome performance by Quandamooka song man Joshua Walker and the Yulu Burri Ba Dancers.

“Our intrastate visitors also learnt about Quandamooka culture through Quandamooka man Matthew Burns’ cultural artefacts demonstrations.

“I am very pleased that they went away saying they would be recommending Redlands Coast to all who visited their centres across South East Queensland.”

The visitors with the means to encourage tourism to Redlands Coast came from a range of areas, including Brisbane, Brisbane Airport, Scenic Rim, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Wynnum-Manly and Lockyer Valley.

Welcomed by Deputy Mayor Lance Hewlett to the island, the volunteers experienced its naturally wonderful beauty, including Brown Lake and the majestic headlands of Point Lookout.

“They were delighted with the abundant wildlife and marine life, including dolphins, koala and kangaroos,” Cr Hewlett said.

“It was a great opportunity for our visitors to discover the hidden gems and little adventures here on Redlands Coast that many locals know about.”

On their visit to Redlands Coast, the volunteers were presented with the new brand and the true meaning, heart and spirit of this beautiful region.

Organised by Council, the visit was held to educate the attending volunteers and staff members about Redlands Coast, showcase the abundance of tourism products and experiences on offer, and have them finish the day feeling inspired and ready to promote our region.

The North Stradbroke Island visit follows on the back of the Redlands Tourism and Events Forum on 19 June where the Redlands Coast brand was launched to more than 140 enthusiastic local tourism and event operators.

One of the key outcomes of both events is the networking opportunities.

For our local providers, many operators at the tourism forum initiated new partnerships and product packages to create exceptional experiences for international, domestic and local visitors.