Monthly Archives: August 2018

IndigiScapes Environment Education Centre set to expand

Redlands Coast will be home to a unique environmental education experience, with expansion plans for Council’s IndigiScapes Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the expansion plans included major refurbishments to the centre’s popular Bush Tucker Café, additional native landscape gardens, new environmental interpretation space and education spaces and conference facilities, plus an exciting new skywalk facility set for the 2019/20 financial year.

“IndigiScapes already attracts to the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast more than 40,000 visitors a year, including tourists and those with environmental interests,” Cr Williams said.

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott said the exciting suite of improvements were supported by a multi-million dollar investment by Council and $900,000 funding from the State Government, and would cement the centre’s place among the most unique and popular environment centres in Queensland.

“Work will begin in the coming months, with the centre to temporarily close the first half of next year to allow the work to be completed safely and efficiently,” Cr Elliott said.

“We are certain the sacrifice will be worth it when the newly refurbished centre reopens again to the public.”

Cr Williams said the expansion plans built on the newly co-located Horizons Centre and the IndigiScapes nursery centre expansion.

“The IndigiScapes nursery plays an important role in helping to transform the IndigiScapes educational messages into reality, supplying low-cost, locally indigenous seedlings for planting,” she said.

“The nursery will continue operating during the refurbishments work.

“Council will be clearly advising the community of the pending changes and closure times.

“We will also be looking at how best to ensure the continuity of the many environmental extension services delivered from the IndigiScapes Centre by staff members who will be relocated during the temporary closure.”

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast offered an abundance of naturally wonderful things to do during the IndigiScapes upgrades.

“Venman Bushland National Park at Mount Cotton, Bayview Conservation Area at Redland Bay, Redlands Track Park and the many coastal or hinterland parks are just some of the wonderful, back-to-nature activities available here,” she said.

“Of course, the new, expanded IndigiScapes nursery will still be open, and people can continue to receive advice and purchase plants.”

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre will be closed for the construction work from 28 December, 2018.

For information on naturally wonderful hidden treasures and little adventures, visit the Redlands Coast website.

Age-Friendly City Strategy for Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast is one step closer to having an Age-Friendly City Strategy following the completion of a survey of seniors that sought to understand their experience of ageing in the Redlands.

Long-term Redlands resident Karen Griffith hands her completed survey to RDCOTA’s Fay Dougall.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was timely that the survey – executed by Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA) on behalf of Council – was wrapped up just before Seniors Week celebrations in the Redlands.

“Along with the rest of south-east Queensland, Redlands Coast has an ageing population and the area continues to attract an increasing number of seniors looking towards a more relaxed lifestyle in their retirement years,” Cr Williams said.

“It is important that people of all ages are valued, respected and can actively participate in the community – and our seniors are no exception.

“Long acknowledged for their enormous contribution as volunteers, seniors are also great economic and social assets to our community and we are keen to harness their experiences, skills, needs and wisdom.

“I thank RDCOTA for administering our survey of 100 seniors as well as the groups and networks they worked with to identify suitable participants.

“It has been a true partnership.”

Long term Victoria Point resident Karen Griffith said she was happy to complete the survey.

“As a resident of 35 years, I think it’s important to find out people’s feelings and concerns and see us move forward together as a community,” Ms Griffith said.

“As we get older, we need to consider infrastructure and how we get around.”

Cr Williams said the surveys would help shape Council’s Age-Friendly City Strategy, which was expected to be completed in 2019, and based on principles from the global age-friendly cities program developed by the World Health Organisation.

Public Notice: Adoption of the Redland City Plan

Notice is given in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that, on 6 July 2018, Redland City Council adopted a new planning scheme – Redland City Plan.

The Redland City Plan applies to the Redland City Council local government area and replaces the Redlands Planning Scheme 2006.

The Redland City Plan will have effect on and from 8 October 2018.

The Redland City Plan can be viewed online at and is available for inspection or purchase at Council’s Customer Service Centre located on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information, contact Council’s customer service centre on (07) 3829 8999.

Something for everyone at Redlands Coast Seniors Week celebrations

Redlands Coast seniors are in for a treat with a full and diverse program of activities and events on offer again for Seniors Week, this year set for 18 to 26 August.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Seniors Week was an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contribution seniors made to our community.

“I am hugely impressed by the quality of the program put together to celebrate Seniors Week, the result of a truly collaborative community effort that Redland City Council was proud to support.

“I particularly thank Redlands District Committee on the Ageing’s (RDCOTA) Paul Barnes, for his dedication as Chairman of the Seniors Week Committee.

“From Latin dancing and musical theatre to information sessions and the popular Seniors Week Walk, there is something for everyone so I urge everyone to check out the program of events and start planning their week.

“This year’s free Seniors Week Variety Concert at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is sure to be a crowd pleaser with talent of all ages, including Here’s to Life, the Donald Simpson Centre Theatrical Group and Dunwich State School prep kids performing songs in language with Aunty Maree Goebel.

“Council is proud to supply this wonderful venue, RPAC – as well as our production staff – free of charge for this event,” Cr Williams said.

The variety concert will start at 10.30am, Tuesday 21 August. Although entry is free, due to high demand tickets must be pre-purchased through the RPAC box office in person or by phoning 3829 8131.

Redland Libraries are offering the following free events:

Grandparents Story time

  • 10am, Tuesday 14 August @ Victoria Point Library
  • 10am, Friday 17 August @ Capalaba Library
  • 9.30am, Wednesday 22 August @ Redland Museum

No bookings needed.

Tea and Trivia

10am, Tuesday 21 August @ Victoria Point Library

Bookings essential: 3884 4000

Chit Chat Special Event

9.30am, Friday 24 August @ Victoria Point Library. No bookings needed.

Visit the What’s on at your Library page on our website for details of library events.

Visit the RD COTA website for a full Seniors Week program.

Planned Burn Tramican Street Conservation Area – North Stradbroke Island

Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation Crews are intending to undertake a hazard reduction burn within the Tramican Street Conservation Area on Tuesday 14 August 2018, if weather conditions remain suitable at the time.

The location of the burn area is George Nothling Drive (rear of Donahue Street, Point Lookout- highlighted in yellow on the map. The purpose of the burn will be for hazard reduction as well as for ecological outcomes.

Preparation of the site was undertaken in the days leading up to the date of the burn, including  clearing around significant logs and habitat trees. It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

The planned burn is necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction. Planned burns assist to reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

If you require details of the planned burn, please visit or contact Council on 3829 8999.

NSI Planned Burn Tramican Street

Redlands SES takes out regional rescue competition

Redlands State Emergency Service (SES) has once again demonstrated it is one of the best units in south-east Queensland, recently taking out the title of overall winners of an SES Regional Rescue Competition.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams congratulated the unit at their fortnightly meeting on 8 August, saying their recent win showed their high level of skill and ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety of everyone at Redlands Coast.

Redlands SES with Mayor Williams

“To pit themselves against the best in the south-east and win is an outstanding achievement and bears witness to what I already know – we have one of the hardest-working, dedicated, professional units in Queensland,” Cr Williams said.

“I’d like to congratulate our Redlands SES Rescue team of Daniel Tuckwood, Elizabeth Harris, Joel Muraca, Justin Kirby, Richard Murphy, Alex Baines, co-managed by Gemma Kuhn and Stephanie Samuels, on their success.

“I’d also like to thank senior SES members, including Anne-Marie Bennett and former Local Controller Tom Short, for mentoring the team.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands SES Rescue team had competed against Brisbane and Moreton Bay regional units over three mock scenarios reflecting the breadth of skill and knowledge SES volunteers need to be ready to answer when the community calls on them.

Redland SES Crew at Competition

“The scenarios were a motor vehicle accident with multiple casualties requiring intensive treatment and support, a forensic search and a virtual reality scenario.

“These competitions are an opportunity for regions to come together, network and take on challenges and they serve a very practical purpose.

“They give SES units the chance to put training into practice and fine-tune their processes so they continue to be best prepared for emergencies.”

It is the second time in three years that the multi award-winning Redlands SES unit has won the Regional Rescue Competition, with them also taking out first place in 2016.

The 2018 Redlands SES Rescue team trained every week, and often twice a week, for the past few months to prepare for the competition.

The team will now go to Rockhampton in 2019 for the State Rescue Competition, taking on teams from across Queensland.

Historic Station Master’s Cottage – EOIs for community use now open

Need a new place for your community group to call home? The historic Station Master’s Cottage – relocated to the old Cleveland township precinct last year after being gifted to Council by Redlands RSL – will soon be available for community use.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the 129- year-old building, originally located on the Cleveland rail line, was designated for community use in May 2018.

“This cottage is a Cleveland icon and of historic significance to the Redlands so I’m pleased it will be used by the community to which it belongs.

“We are now inviting community groups to submit Expressions of Interest for the non-exclusive occupation of the building in its new location of Linear Park, 120 Little Shore Street, Cleveland.

“It is your chance to submit ideas and business cases for use of this space to Council to consider.” Cr Williams said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said there was already interest in using the cottage, which would become available after planned renovation works were finished.

“Expressions of Interest are being accepted until 10 October 2018 so I encourage those interested in using the premises for the benefit of the Redlands community to apply,” Cr Mitchell said.

“All information relevant to making a submission, including eligibility criteria, is available online on the Your Say Redland City website.”

Exchange weeds for trees at August community event

Redlands Coast homeowners are up for free native trees in August as IndigiScapes urges residents to become biosecurity-aware and rid their properties of invasive pests.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said whether you’re on the islands or the mainland, you can exchange a bag or bucket of weeds for a free local native plant.

“Council is passionate about all things native and our IndigiScapes staff will happily identify your weeds for you on the day, or at the IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba,” she said.

“Take the opportunity to plant a eucalypt for a koala, or a she-oak for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo.

“Replacing weeds with native plants is an excellent way to protect Redlands environmental diversity, agriculture and our community from the impact of pests and weeds.

“Our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast has a varied wildlife habitat ranging from rainforest to coastal wetland with a wide diversity of plants and animals.

Biosecurity is about the protection of our economy and environment from invasive pests and disease, and both Council and the Redlands community need to be vigilant.

Residents can enhance biodiversity in their garden by managing weeds and pests, which in turn attracts native animals and insects and expands wildlife corridor connections to our nature reserves, giving safe passage to our travelling wildlife.

“Quite apart from that, gardening is therapeutic, gets you back to nature, provides exercise, and fosters general health and wellbeing,” Cr Williams said.

Trees for Weeds 2018

Mainland Event: 4 August 2018 at IndigiScapes Nursery, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

Bay Islands Event: 19 August 2018 at:

  • Coochiemudlo Island Jetty
  • Macleay Island Progress Hall at 2 Russell Terrace
  • Russell Island Public Pool Carpark in High Street
  • Lamb Island Jetty Carpark
  • Straddie – Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Corner East Coast Rd & Kennedy Drive, Point Lookout

Visit the IndigiScapes website for more information or phone 3824 86.