Monthly Archives: November 2018

Lightup Your Christmas on Redlands Coast

The festive season will be welcomed in style on Friday 30 November with Lightup Your Christmas – the annual lighting of Redlands Coast’s Christmas tree in Cleveland’s Library Square, on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle streets.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council would host plenty of free Christmas fun and family entertainment from 4pm–8pm to mark the occasion, with local traders and restaurants also getting into the spirit.

“Families will be able to join in the fun of writing Santa a letter and then getting a photo with him when he arrives at 5.30pm thanks to Stockland Cleveland,” Cr Williams said

“Everyone will then be able to join in the countdown to the lighting of our wonderful community Christmas tree at 7pm.

“Throughout the evening there will be live entertainment by Redlands Coast’s very own ROCKIT Productions, as well as roving performers, including Christmas elves, stilt walkers, carollers and more.

“Kids will also be able to have fun creating their own Christmas crafts thanks to Redland Libraries.

“The evening will coincide with the Christmas on Bloomfield twilight markets, which will feature plenty of handmade Christmas gifts.

“There will be a great selection of food and shopping experiences, with traders and restaurateurs on Bloomfield and Middle streets joining in the fun, so why not make an evening of it?”

There will be changed traffic and parking conditions on the day, with car parking on Bloomfield Street restricted to 30 minutes until 1pm.

Bloomfield Street will be closed from Middle to Queen streets from 1pm to 10pm.

Visit for alternative parking options and updates.

Huge response to Council’s National Recycling Week bin swap offer

In the space of just one week, more than 1,100 Redlands Coast households have signed up for a larger recycling bin in response to Redland City Council’s National Recycling Week free bin swap offer which ended on 18 November.

Mayor Karen Williams said the response exceeded expectations and residents obviously saw it as a great deal.

“In this limited-time offer, residents were invited to upgrade their regular size (240 litre) recycling bin to a large (340 litre) recycling bin with no upfront establishment fee,” Cr Williams said.

“The response from the community was overwhelming and means as a city we now have the potential to collect an extra 110,000 litres of recycling.

“It’s all part of our push to see more recyclable items diverted from landfill to material recovery facilities.

“Recent Council waste audits show that – by weight – an average of 15.7% of what goes into household waste bins is actually recyclable and belongs in our yellow-top bins.

“Paper and cardboard tops the naughty list, accounting for 9.3% of what goes into our general waste wheelie bins.

“A further 6.4% consists of recyclable plastic bottles and containers, aluminum and steel cans and glass bottles and jars.

“Having a bigger yellow-top recycling bin is especially helpful during the festive season, when bin space is at a premium and ‘overflow’ recyclables can end up in the general waste bin.”

Cr Williams said due to the huge response, it would take a little longer than first expected to deliver all the bigger bins.

“We are aiming to have them all swapped over by 30 December ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations,” she said.

“We’re asking residents who have ordered their bigger bins to be patient.

“All bin exchanges will take place on their normal fortnightly recycling bin collection day.

“Bin swaps could take place until 4pm on your bin day so leave your yellow-top bin out until the end of the day.

“If your bigger bin doesn’t arrive on that collection day, continue to place your recycling bin out on your subsequent fortnightly recycling collection day until it does.

“Thanks once again for your recycling efforts.

“If you’re unsure what waste items should go where, visit Council’s website at”

Council plans Redlands Coast entry statement for Capalaba

The Capalaba gateway to Redlands Coast will receive a large scale entry statement artwork after Council today noted the Public Art Commissioning Program for 2018/19.

As the major public art project for the current financial year, the civic gateway feature will be located centrally within the open space area to the south-west of the Redland Bay and Moreton Bay roads intersection.

Mayor Karen Williams said the program also proposed to review and redesign the current signage to better reflect Redlands Coast place branding.

“Redlands Coast is unique in being a city of islands and mainland villages; and an entry statement that befits our naturally wonderful environment will provide an outstanding welcome to commuters reaching us from the north,” she said.

“Council has previously worked in consultation with the State Government to undertake landscaping works at the junction and will seek to continue the partnership for this project.”

Councillor for Division 9 Paul Gleeson said the public art works program anticipated commissioning artwork of 6-8m in height that could be seen from multiple directions and would incorporate appropriate lighting for night viewing.

“The intersection where this piece of art will be located has the highest passing traffic on Redlands Coast, with more than 39,000 vehicle movements per day,” Cr Gleeson said.

“This artwork will also contribute to Capalaba achieving its full potential as a Principal Regional Activity Centre, as it is recognised in Shaping SEQ – South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017.”

Other public art projects for 2018/19 include concept planning and artist’s brief for the Cleveland/Alexandra Hills/Capalaba corridor; preparation of curatorial reports and artists’ briefs for a Victoria Point Jetty and Coochiemudlo Island entry statement and play sculpture at Point Lookout; plus a sculpture conditions report and curatorial advice for a Southern Islands Sculpture Trail.

Symbiotic exhibitions opening in December: Australien Future – Tales of Migration and Shore Birds

Visit Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 9 December for two related exhibitions by south-east Queensland artist Deb Mostert and the Redlands Coast locals she has mentored.

Deb Mostert’s exhibition, Australien Future – Tales of Migration, focusses on people, birds and memory.

It was inspired by the artist’s discovery of film footage taken by her grandfather on board a migrant ship that transported him and his family from Holland to Australia in 1955.

In the mediums of painting and sculpture, Mostert explores parallels between her family history and the migration stories of the waders that visit our shores.

Migratory birds travel huge distances of thousands of kilometres driven by the basic needs for safety and food, and to be able to reproduce and raise their families in a safe place rather the harsh conditions of their breeding grounds.

Australien Future raises conversation about attitudes to different migrations and why some people and birds are more vulnerable than others.

Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain said a second exhibition featuring shore bird sculptures by Redlands-based artists would run concurrently with Mostert’s solo exhibition.

Shore Birds is a large scale installation incorporating more than 330 shore birds created by Redlands Coast locals at Redland Art Gallery’s shore bird-making workshops with Deb Mostert,” Ms Bain said.

“The sculptures – created under the mentorship of Ms Mostert – complement and bring a local flavour to her solo exhibition.”

Both exhibitions will be open at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 9 December 2018 until Sunday 20 January 2019, with free entry.

Members of the public are invited to the following happenings.

Opening Event

Friday 7 December from 6.30pm at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland (RAG), Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets.

Floor Talk with artist Deb Mostert (and morning tea)

Sunday 9 December from 10am at RAG, Cleveland. Join us for morning tea and hear from exhibiting artist Deb Mostert.

For more information visit:

Image: Deb Mostert, Hurry Up and Wait – Godwits (detail) 2018, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

mage: Deb Mostert, Shore birds mock up 2017, magiclay and wire. Courtesy of the artist.

Bligh Street property a conservation win

Redland City Council has confirmed the future use of 30-40 Bligh Street, Wellington Point, a property purchased in early 2018 through the City’s environmental levy.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the 4.55 hectare property was of high environmental value, sitting at the heart of Geoff Skinner Wetlands, and its purchase had completed a significant Redlands Coast core habitat site.

“The Bligh Street land acquisition has ensured the Geoff Skinner Wetlands can be managed as one entity, recognising its importance as a key habitat and wildlife corridor,” Cr Williams said.

“Council purchased a number of adjoining properties in 2005 to create the Geoff Skinner Wetlands, and this property was the last piece of that puzzle.

“Initial works will include the removal of some structures, site clean-up and targeted weed control.

“In the future, as funding allows, we hope to improve the visitor experience through seating, interpretive signage and possibly a viewing platform.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the Bligh Street property purchase increased the Hilliards Creek corridor, a main spinal wildlife corridor for Redlands Coast.

“After two years of working on this project I am so excited about the purchase of this property, of which around 80% is listed as an endangered regional ecosystem and is home to migratory wader birds,” Cr Boglary said.

“We are now getting to work in integrating the site into the Geoff Skinner Wetlands.

“Part of these works will include a trial closure of a section Bligh Street to improve site safety and better preserve the environmental values of the area.

“Likely to occur by the end of November, the road closure will create a safe recreational walking trail for people wanting to access Hilliards Creek and eventually connect with a loop trail planned for the property.”

Council introduces new regulated parking areas

Redland City Council has updated Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2015 to include nine new off-street regulated parking areas and one map amendment.

Mayor Karen Williams said the amendments followed community consultation conducted earlier this year.

“The amendments to this subordinate local law provide mapping for future regulated parking,” she said.

“The amendments incorporate some existing areas that are not currently enforced, but with regulation will provide balanced turnover of car parks around our ferry terminals.

“Ensuring we have adequate parking available for motorists is important on Redlands Coast, especially in these key areas.”

Cr Williams said the regulated parking would not begin immediately and the community would be consulted again before regulated parking came into effect.

The areas are as follows:

  • Wharf Street off-street car park, Cleveland
  • William Street off-street car park, Cleveland
  • Weinam Creek spoil pond off-street car park, Redland Bay
  • Colburn Avenue off-street car park, Victoria Point
  • Alice Street, esplanade off-street car and boat trailer park, Russell Island
  • Esplanade off-street car park, Russell Island
  • East Coast Road off-street car park, North Stradbroke Island
  • Junner Street, Cunningham Street off-street car park, North Stradbroke Island
  • Junner Street, Bayly Street off-street car park, North Stradbroke Island
  • Meissner Street, Redland Bay (existing regulated parking area extended)

For further details and information about local laws on Redlands Coast, visit the Redland City Council website.

Birkdale gas extraction a local energy boost

Redlands Coast received an energy boost this week, with an extension to a project extracting power from old waste going live.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Stage 2 of the Birkdale Landfill Gas extraction project included gas wells being drilled on the western side of the Birkdale Landfill to capture methane for electricity generation.

“This project is a great partnership between Redland City Council and energy providers LMS Energy that essentially uses our old waste as power,” Cr Williams said.

“The commercial arrangement between Council and our landfill-gas-to-electricity partner brings financial benefits to Redlands Coast, but more importantly there are significant environmental benefits to this collaboration.

“We have been capturing gas at part of the Birkdale Transfer Station since 2004 and this latest project now extends the gas capture to the entire landfill site, providing enough methane to power around 1150 Redlands Coast households.

“The captured methane is equivalent to removing the greenhouse gas production of approximately 6000 cars operating on our roads each year.

“Methane caused by decomposing waste is ozone-damaging, very flammable and a toxic gas. So this extraction project sees a potentially negative legacy of a landfill becoming a valuable resource.

“Projections show site methane extraction may be viable for about 20 years, so the infrastructure we are putting in place today has long-lasting, positive repercussions for all of Redlands Coast.”

Councillor for Division 8 Tracey Huges said successful commissioning of Stage 2 was the latest achievement in ongoing efforts to manage the closed landfill site.

“Birkdale Landfill was our city’s main disposal point from 1993 to 2011, beginning on the site of a disused quarry and accepting around a million tonnes of waste during its years of operation,” Cr Huges said.

“Since the landfill closed in 2011, Council’s focus has turned to planned remediation to ensure the best possible environmental outcomes for the site and surrounding areas.

“In 2015, Council began a multi-million dollar rehabilitation project, with works including capping and re-vegetating the landfill to better capture gases, reduce water ingress and improve storm water quality.

“Gas extraction is a win/win for the site and for Redlands Coast, giving us a productive way to manage the gases successfully being captured by the landfill cap.”

Redlands Coast to mark Centenary of Armistice

Remembrance Day this year marks the 100th Anniversary of Armistice – the end of World War I.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams encouraged the Redlands Coast community to take time on Sunday 11 November to remember Australia’s brave servicemen and women who went into battle for the safety of future generations.

“These were real people – mostly young people – who went into horrendous conditions to ensure their loved ones at home, and the generations to follow, could live in peace and safety,” she said.

“Remembrance Day services will be held on Redlands Coast and I encourage people to either attend a service or, at 11am on the day, to spend a minute in silence, remembering our fallen.”

Cr Williams also urged motorists to be mindful of road closures on the day.

“Some roads will be closed in Cleveland for short periods on Remembrance Day as veterans aboard the Troop Train that will run from Brisbane to Cleveland march from Cleveland railway station to Anzac Centenary Park,” she said.

“I urge motorists to be patient while this significant march is underway.”

Road closures

The following Cleveland roads will be closed on 11 November 2018:

  • Shore Street West, Passage Street to Wynyard Street, total closure 9.50am – 10.30am
  • Shore Street West, Harbourview Court to Wynyard Street (eastbound only) 9.55am – 10.05am

 Troop Train

On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018, veterans from Redlands Coast and other servicemen and women from Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane will be carried on a special Troop Train from Brisbane to Cleveland as part of this year’s Centenary of Armistice.

Upon arriving at Cleveland, troops will be joined by the Redland City Brass Band and mounted Australian Light Horse members before marching to the Remembrance Day service at Anzac Memorial Park on Shore Street West, Cleveland.

The service will commence at 10.30am.

A Remembrance Day service will also be held this year by Bayside South RSL Sub Branch at 10.30am at the Redland Bay cenotaph in Banana Street, Redland Bay.

Capalaba Regional Park vandalism

Following vandalism to the toilet block at Capalaba Regional Park on the evening of Thursday 1 November, eight toilets will be out of order over the weekend. We hope to have new doors installed by mid next week.

Two disabled toilets are still operational, with their doors having been repaired.