Monthly Archives: October 2018

Council to investigate ways to keep food waste out of landfill

Redland City Council will investigate options to divert food and garden waste from landfill, while at the same time creating a nutrient rich product for local gardens.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams asked today for Council to investigate a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service across the city, helping the environment and residents’ hip-pockets.

“Food Organics and Garden Organics makes up about 23 per cent of all waste collected in kerbside waste collection,” Cr Williams said.

“Based on 2014-15 figures, this means each year almost 25,000 tonnes of food and organics waste goes into landfill.

“That’s not only bad for the environment, it’s like throwing money away; so today I have asked for Council to investigate ways we can divert this potentially valuable product to an alternative use.

“Food waste is also a large contributor to greenhouse gases through the production of methane, so by finding ways to use it on our gardens rather than putting it in the ground we will also be helping the environment.”

Cr Williams, who is the Deputy Chair of the South East Queensland Council of Mayors waste working group, said her Mayoral Minute also asked Council officers to investigate regional options across neighbouring councils, as well as working with community partners.

“As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure; and with FOGO having the potential to be treated and used as nutrient rich compost and soil, this decision could ultimately help local green thumbs, while also creating a new economy for the city,” she said.

“We have some very passionate local gardening groups that we will look to engage in this conversation also.

“The waste sector is changing dramatically and at this stage it is unclear how the introduction of the State Government’s waste levy will impact Redlands Coast, so it makes sense to look at ways to reduce our waste going to landfill.

Celebrated Australian photographers on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is set host a new travelling exhibition by MGA, Australia’s only gallery dedicated to the collection and exhibition of photographs.

Australian exotica, showcasing the works of some of Australia’s most celebrated photographers, will be on display from 21 October to 2 December 2018, following an opening event at the Cleveland gallery on 19 October.

Featuring the work of 11 photographers – including Brook Andrew, Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, Leah King-Smith, Joseph McGlennon, Tracey Moffatt, Darren Siwes, Robyn Stacey and Christian Thompson –  the exhibition is an important part of MGA’s commitment to making its collection widely accessible and to promoting the work of Australian photographers.

MGA Curator, Stella Loftus-Hills, said the exhibition highlighted an intriguing aspect of MGA’s collection of Australian photographs, a seemingly endless fascination with the exotic antipodes.

‘This exhibition includes prominent Australian photographs that relate to what it means to be an Australian, or at least what someone looking in might think about this country,’ Ms Loftus-Hills said.

‘I hope people would leave the exhibition feeling as though they had experienced something new about photography and Australia, something that perhaps they hadn’t realised before.’

Australian Exotica Exhibition:

Showing Sunday 21 October to Sunday 2 December 2018 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland

Exhibition Opening Event  

Friday 19 October from 6.30pm

RSVP online or phone  3829 8484.

Floor Talk:

Join us for morning tea and hear from exhibiting artist Marian Drew.

10.30am Sunday 21 October

RSVP online or phone 3829 8484.

Peter Dombrovskis, Lake Oberon, Western Arthur Range, south-west Tasmania 1988, pigment inkjet print. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection acquired 2015. Reproduction courtesy of the Estate of Peter Dombrovskis.

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A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness at RAG, Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will have what appears to be a sweet treat for visitors when Susan Gourley’s upcoming exhibition, A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness,  opens on 13 October.

The irony is that this installation of seemingly luxurious, mouth-watering French-inspired patisseries has been constructed using salvaged waste.

This mimicry goes to the heart of the artist’s concern around mass consumerism in western culture.

Through A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness, Gourley seeks to understand the impulse and drive of this phenomenon and, in particular, ideas relating to ‘luxury’ and ‘taste’ as emotive agents for consumerism.

Gourley said these patisseries – with their ornate and textual qualities – served as a metaphor for ‘luxury’ and ‘taste’.

Susan Gourley - A Consumer's Guide to Unobtainable Happiness

Image: Susan Gourley, A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness 2014 –15,
recycled cardboard, polystyrene, and paper, plus modelling paste, adhesive, synthetic polymer paint, glass, paper and wire. Courtesy of the artist.

“I also employ faux tableaux to emulate the enticement of the patisseries, as embodied in the aesthetics of display. Made possible by the fact that the patisseries despite their desirable qualities, textures and allure, have been constructed from salvaged material including cardboard, polystyrene and paper.

“Thus, while I am able to mobilise meaning through the transformative qualities of these materials, this body of work also utilises irony and paradox generated through the combination of mimicry, repetition and a meticulous level of craftsmanship to disrupt and destabilise the consumerist impulse,” Gourley said.

Join us for a Floor Talk and Morning Tea

10am, Saturday 13 October

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba, Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba

A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness runs from Saturday 13 October until Tuesday 27 November 2018. Entry is free.

For more information visit the Reland Art Gallery website.

Public notice: Adoption of the Redland City Plan Planning Scheme Policies

Notice [PDF, 0.2MB] is given in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that, on 22 August 2018, Redland City Council adopted the following new Planning Scheme Policies (PSPs):

  • PSP1 – Environmental Significance
  • PSP2 – Infrastructure Works
  • PSP3 – Flood and Storm Tide Hazard
  • PSP4 – Landslide Hazard
  • PSP5 – Structure Plans
  • PSP6 – Environmental Emissions

The Redland City Plan Planning Scheme Policies apply to the Redland City Council local government area and will have effect on and from 8 October 2018. The general purpose of the Planning Scheme Policies is to support the Redland City Plan; the Planning Scheme Policies include information, standards, and guidelines.

The Redland City Plan Planning Scheme Policies can be viewed online at and are 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.

Land for Wildlife 20-year celebrations on Redlands Coast

Around 90 people came together for a special event on Saturday 29 September at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre celebrating 20 years of the Land for Wildlife (LFW) program in south east Queensland.

Redland City Council hosted drinks and canapés at IndigiScapes as a way of saying thank you to local landowners for their environmental stewardship.

Among those honoured at the celebrations were six sets of property owners who have been very active participants in the program for the past 20 years, since its inception in 1998.

LFW is a partnership program between Council, state and federal governments, community organisations and private property owners to manage land in a way that creates and maintains wildlife habitat.

Redland City Council’s LFW program currently supports 178 groups of property owners with land management, over an area of 6032 acres.

Land for Wildlife has proven itself an integral part of local habitat restoration efforts over the last two decades and is one of six extension programs within the Environmental Partnerships Program based at IndigiScapes.

Jointly the programs plant more than 11,000 plants on private property each year; work with around 440 teams of property owners across the city and provide support through environmental education, best practice property management and funding for approved projects.

Among significant local achievements in LFW’s 20-year history is the 2015 declaration of 1399 hectares of bushland on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, a partnership between Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), and Redland City Council with the support of SEQ Catchments. The declaration created the largest Land for Wildlife property managed by Traditional Owners in Queensland.

Event photographs