Monthly Archives: April 2019

Redlands Coast marks Domestic Violence Prevention Month with key events


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has urged Redlanders to take a stand against domestic violence by supporting two key local events in May.

To mark the start of Domestic Violence Prevention Month on 1 May, Council – in partnership with Centre for Women & Co and The Red Rose Foundation – is hosting a special Candle Lighting Vigil at Raby Bay Harbour Park, followed by the annual Diner en Rouge fundraiser on Saturday 18 May.

“We need to stand up and be counted through opportunities such as these if we are to make a real difference for those affected by domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said. “Being part of these events helps to raise awareness of their plight … they show that we stand with them, and that there is hope and people who care enough to step in and do something to help.”

Cr Williams said the Candle Lighting Vigil was an opportunity for Redlanders to gather to reflect on the lives lost each year as a result of domestic and family violence.

“It also allows us to show those who continue to suffer from domestic violence, along with the members of our frontline services who confront this brutality daily, that we stand with them,” she said.

“The need for your support has never been greater. On top of the tragedy and misery, Mission Australia has just reported that around 121,000 people experiencing family violence sought help from specialist homelessness services across Australia in 2017-18. And that’s just those who have sought help.

“The sad fact is that the number of women and children seeking housing help while experiencing family violence is rising, on average, 9 per cent each year and has been for years.

“The disturbing consequence of that is the high risk of survivors of domestic violence returning to violent partners because they feel they have no option other than homelessness, with the cycle of violence starting again.

“It shows just how far we still have to go to eliminate domestic and family violence and, especially, to provide the services that those affected by it need.”

This year’s Dîner en Rouge, to be held at a secret location on Saturday 18 May, will continue to raise funds to help make life a little easier for women and children who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own, as well as expanding the work of the Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support Service.

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast now had a major commitment to crisis accommodation and support from the State Government.

“And there is no doubt that the generosity of Redlanders through fundraisers such as Dîner en Rouge and the very public stand that Council and our community takes against domestic and family violence helped to influence this decision,” Cr Williams said.

“We have raised almost $260,000 so far but so much more needs to be done to ensure we can provide and maintain the local services that are so desperately needed.”

Tickets to the sumptuous Dîner en Rouge banquet, which has a red and white theme (red is for Redlands Coast and white is to acknowledge the national campaign to stop violence against women) are now available from the Redland Performing Arts Centre box office at www.rpac.com.au or by calling 3829 8131. Tickets are $175 each or $1700 for 10.

Visit redland.qld.gov.au/dinerenrouge for updates.

EVENT DETAILS:

Annual Candle Lighting Vigil
Venue: Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park
Shore Street West, Cleveland
Date: 5.30pm-6.30pm, Wednesday 1 May

Dîner en Rouge
Venue: Secret location
Saturday 18 May 2019
Information: redland.qld.gov.au/dinerenrouge
Tickets: Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office.

Heather Foord to emcee Dîner en Rouge


Popular television personality Heather Foord will again be Master of Ceremonies for Redlands Coast’s annual fundraiser for domestic violence services, Dîner en Rouge.

Ms Foord, a Local Government Association of Queensland ambassador and advocate for domestic violence services, has long been a supporter of Dîner en Rouge, which has become one of the foremost events on the city’s fundraising calendar.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled that Ms Foord would continue her association with the event, which has helped to raise almost $260,000.

“Through her involvement with Dîner en Rouge and as a fellow advocate for change, Heather knows the need for support services for women and children affected by domestic and family violence is as great as ever,” Cr Williams said.

“While we have taken great strides with a major commitment to crisis accommodation from the State Government, the disturbing fact is that the number of people seeking housing help while experiencing family violence is on the rise across Australia.

“Besides the overwhelming need for crisis accommodation, recent research has also found survivors of domestic violence are at risk of returning to violent partners due to a massive shortage of long-term affordable housing.

“Raising funds and spreading the word through events such as Dîner en Rouge is something that we, as a community, can do to influence change and I thank Heather for again volunteering to be part of that.”

Ms Foord described Diner en Rouge as a “fantastic event”.

“Raising awareness of domestic violence is vital,” Ms Foord said.

“With so many people needing somewhere safe to escape from violence in the home, there is a growing need for more crisis accommodation to be built.

“I encourage everyone to get out their red dress or tie, and come to Dîner en Rouge for a great night of raising funds for these brave people affected by domestic violence.”

Dîner en Rouge, to be held at a secret location on Saturday 18 May, is Redland City Council’s stand against domestic and family violence.

The event is credited with influencing this year’s State Government’s commitment to provide more local crisis accommodation and support for the Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support Service.

Tickets to Dîner en Rouge are $175 each or $1700 for 10 and are now available from the Redland Performing Arts Centre box office or by calling 3829 8131.

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Paramount Players’ Monster Problems films on Redlands Coast


The diverse locations of naturally wonderful Redlands Coast are set to be internationally recognised with feature film Monster Problems from Paramount Players, a division of Paramount Pictures, filming in the area this month.

Monster Problems, starring Dylan O’Brien (Bumblebee, Maze Runner), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist, Game Of Thrones), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ariana Greenblatt (Avengers: Infinity War, Stuck in the Middle), was brought to the state by the Queensland Government’s Production Attraction Strategy administered by Screen Queensland.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast had benefitted from Monster Problems being the first production to film in the new $12 million Screen Queensland Studios, based at Hemmant.

“Film-friendly Redlands Coast – with its naturally wonderful locations and close proximity to the new Screen Queensland Studios – is pleased to welcome more than 150 cast and crew of Monster Problems to the city during April,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast locations that will feature in Monster Problems include Mount Cotton and Alexandra Hills,” Cr Williams said.

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said Paramount’s Monster Problems would create approximately 260 job opportunities for Queensland crew with additional days for cast and extras, and provide four attachment opportunities to train Queenslanders in areas of skills shortage.

“Attracting Monster Problems provides enormous direct economic benefits with the entire production on track to spend more than $29 million directly in Queensland and utilise hundreds of small businesses in the region spanning facilities, equipment purchases and rental suppliers, construction materials, transport, catering, make-up and equipment hire,” Ms Vieira said.

Cr Williams said Redland City Council was proud to be part of Screen Queensland’s Film-Friendly Pathways Program and was enjoying continued momentum with a growing number of productions choosing to film on location in the area.

Monster Problems is the latest addition to a growing list of productions that have filmed on Redlands Coast. Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on the Coast include Tidelands, Reef Break, Aquaman, Harrow (Seasons 1 and 2), Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Redlands Coast experiences named among state’s best


An extraordinary 16 Redlands Coast enterprises have been listed on Tourism and Events Queensland’s 2019 Best of Queensland Experiences.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the result was exceptional and underscored the benefits of Council’s tourism strategy and the growing value of the city’s new brand: Redlands Coast – naturally wonderful.

“Being named among the Best of Queensland Experiences is quite a feather in the caps of those businesses which make it on to the list, and to have 16 of them in Redlands Coast is a great achievement,” Cr Williams said.

“These businesses have shown they can deliver exceptional customer experiences up there with the best in the state, which will help attract more visitors to Redlands Coast, boost our economy and ultimately create more local jobs.

“We now have a clear identity which local residents and businesses helped to create and it is paying dividends in a number of ways – more potential visitors now know what we stand for and the naturally wonderful things we have to offer, while businesses are embracing it with enthusiasm to promote themselves and our city.

“To now have such great representation on Tourism and Events Queensland’s Best of Queensland Experiences list, which recognises the high-quality experiences that best bring the Queensland story to life, is icing on the cake.

“With so many little local treasures now getting the exposure they deserve – from the great spots to visit to top-class eco, adventure and culinary experiences – we hope Redlands Coast’s representations on the list will continue to develop.”

Inclusion on the annual Best of Queensland Experiences is based on independent criteria that incorporates online customer reviews, responses to consumer expectations and reflects industry best practice.

The Redlands Coast businesses named are:
• Allure Resort, North Stradbroke Island
• Alexandra Hills Hotel Suites and Conference Centre
• Aria Cruises
• Bacchus Brewing Co
• Cleveland Motor Inn
• Colour My Pot
• Mt Cotton Retreat
• Redland Performing Arts Centre
• Redland Museum
• Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
• Redlands Kayak Tours
• Samarinda Jewel by the Sea, North Stradbroke Island
• Sanctuary by Sirromet
• The Lighthouse Restaurant
• Stradbroke Ferries
• Straddie Adventures

All operators in the program receive a personalised bench-marking report, allowing them to celebrate their successes and continually deliver exceptional experiences.

Easter public holiday closures 2019


Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City Council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed from Friday 19 April (Good Friday) through to Monday 22 April (Easter Monday), returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

ANZAC Day: Closed Thursday 25 April 2019. Reopening Friday 26 April 2019

During this time after hours return chutes will be closed. No items will be due during this time.

Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre is currently closed for renovations.
The Nursery will be closed on Good Friday 19 April 2019.

ANZAC Day: IndigiScapes Gardens & Nursery will be open at 12pm (noon).

Bin collections

All bin collections will continue as usual throughout this period. Please note that there will be no bin deliveries or exchanges on public holidays. Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

Waste transfer stations

All mainland and island waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday 19 April 2019. Residents should check the website for all other opening times.

RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay will be closed Easter Saturday. Reopening on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will operate as per regular operating hours.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC Box Office will be closed for Easter from 4pm on Thursday 18 April 2019 and re-open on Tuesday 23 April 2019. During this time tickets can be purchased online via www.rpac.com.au

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will be closed from Monday 15 April – Friday 3 May 2019 for exhibition changeover and maintenance. Repoening Sunday 5 May 2019 at 9am.

Redland Art Gallery Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba is closed Monday 22 April 2019 and Thursday 25 April 2019.

Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

Council signs deed for Birkdale Commonwealth land


Redland City Council has signed a heads of agreement with the Australian Government to buy 61.78 hectares of Commonwealth land at Birkdale for environmental and community purposes.

Mayor Karen Williams said the $4.1m purchase provided great value for the community.

“The land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East is the latest significant strategic purchase of land by Council that will benefit generations of Redlands Coast residents,” Cr Williams said.

“The heads of agreement is binding on both parties and is a major step towards the land purchase and ensuring it is retained and used for conservation and community purposes.

“We will now complete due diligence and settle the purchase before consulting widely with the community on what they believe to be the best use or uses for the site.

“This land has been on our hit list for a long time, because of its size and the broad opportunities it provides for our community.

“Council resolved four years ago to seek to acquire the land.

“This is a strategic purchase, as the site is large, ideally located and suitable for community purposes. It also contains a number of European Heritage and Indigenous Cultural Heritage sites that Council will ensure are protected.

“Discussions over many years have included using the land for education, a university, recreation, sporting facilities and environmental reserves.”

The property has been in Council’s sights since 2009, when the owner, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approached Council to gauge its interest in the site.

Council indicated a preliminary interest in acquiring the property for environmental protection and community uses.

In December 2014 ACMA announced the land was surplus to requirements and indicated its willingness to dispose of the property.

Cr Williams said Council wrote to the Commonwealth requesting it immediately rescind its decision to divest the land in 2019-20 for 400 houses, as outlined in the Federal Government 2018-19 Budget Papers.

“Council also requested the Commonwealth enter into urgent negotiations with Council to acquire the land with the intention of retaining it for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, to protect the property’s environmental overlays and significance.

“I have lobbied the Prime Minister, presented a petition to the PM and spoken many times to Coalition and Labor politicians and bureaucrats in Canberra, telling them just how important it is that Council acquire the land and for it to be used for conservation and community purposes,” Cr Williams said.

“The years of constant lobbying, more recently to acquire the property off-market, has finally reaped huge dividends.

“We are now just a step away from settling the sale and I would like to sincerely thank the Federal Government on behalf of our Redlands Coast community for agreeing to sell to us.”

About the land:

The land falls away from its Old Cleveland Road frontage towards a tidal section of Tingalpa Creek along the southern western property boundary.

The site is predominantly covered by dense woodland with some cleared areas in the centre of the site.

The 61.78ha site comprises 72.48 per cent protected conservation area and a cleared area of 17ha of useable land available for community purposes. Most recently it was used by the Federal Government’s Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for radio communications infrastructure.

The site contains European Heritage and Indigenous Cultural Heritage sites that Council will ensure are protected.

This includes a building constructed by the American Army Corp and used to house a US Army Radio Receiving Station during WWII. The radio station is believed to have received the first message in Australia in August 1945 that the Japanese had surrendered and was used by General MacArthur while he was in Australia.

The land also includes known Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

The land is being sold to Council for the purpose of conservation and community use.

It was an off-market sale that includes a Security of Purpose condition and a Conservation Agreement in line with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Cwlth) Act 1999. The conservation agreement is for the conservation and management of the flora and fauna within the existing zoned conservation areas and for heritage assets (Aboriginal and European) on the land.

For more information go to redland.qld.gov.au/BirkdaleLand

Redland City Council driving economy through support for start-ups


Redland City Council is giving the next wave of innovative Redlands Coast entrepreneurs a flying start through a series of start-up and innovation initiatives.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s commitment to supporting local innovators included a group of Redlands Coast businesses that recently attended QODE – Australasia’s leading global forum for innovation and technology.

“Council’s economic development team has been working closely with a number of local businesses to build their innovative ideas that will ultimately help them grow their businesses and benefit the broader Redlands Coast community,” Cr Williams said.

“This included supporting three amazing Redlands Coast start-up businesses, RCG, Freelance Robotics and Switch Node, to attend last week’s QODE, helping them to connect with investors and innovators.

“The ultimate aim is to support the creation of local jobs of the future.”

Cr Williams said the success of these Council-led initiatives could be seen in the work of local start-ups such as PowerWells, which won the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace national leg of the international entrepreneurial competition for its creation of cheap portable power supplies for remote communities.

“PowerWells, which was born from an idea at a Council-led brainstorming session, has underscored the value of Council’s economic development program, which includes pitch events for local entrepreneurs,” she said.

“PowerWells has since gone from strength to strength.

“They pitched their idea and developed it in a weekend and now have their PowerWells lighting up Indonesian communities.

“In collaboration with Council, StartUp Redlands now opens its doors every month to start-ups to allow them the opportunity to pitch their service or products to a room of entrepreneurial enthusiasts, as well as open doors to local angel investors to help them make their ideas a reality.

“Block2 won the last pitch opportunity in March for their creation of a platform through which small to medium businesses can share staff and other assets in a peer-to-peer environment.”

Cr Williams said Council now hosted regular collaborative events for local start-ups and was working to bring great thinkers and innovators to Redlands Coast for the Young Entrepreneur Summit on 13 September this year.

“Council secured funding through the State Government’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program to lead the delivery of innovation and entrepreneurship activities in the Redlands Coast – Logan region and we were thrilled to be able to showcase at QODE what has been achieved,” Cr Williams said.

The Advancing Regional Innovation Program is a partnership with Logan City Council, Griffith University, Alexandra Hills TAFE, Redland City Chamber of Commerce and other key partners with an interest in building the innovation ecosystem for the Redlands Coast – Logan region.

Redlands Coast start-up business owners Nathan Smith and Rusty Routledge, from Switchnode, Rebecca Grugan, from RCG, and William Pagnon, from Freelance Robotics.

Major coup for Redlands Coast Dîner en Rouge


One of Australia’s most powerful speakers on the tragedy of family and domestic violence, award-winning author Rebecca Poulson, will be the keynote speaker at May’s Dîner en Rouge fundraiser.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Poulson’s story was one of shocking violence, tragedy and grief but also one of hope.

“Rebecca is a real inspiration to those affected by domestic and family violence and anyone who is committed to stopping it needs to hear about her extraordinary experiences, how she coped with them and how she is now influencing change,” Cr Williams said.

“Diner en Rouge is always a fun event but as a fundraiser for services to help those affected by family and domestic violence, it also informs and educates people about this awful problem.

“No one can do that better than Rebecca.”

Poulson, an ambassador of Our Watch and White Ribbon Australia and author of the award winning book Killing Love, was celebrating her 33rd birthday when her father, niece and nephew were murdered by her brother-in-law – the father of the children.

No stranger to shocking grief, she had already suffered the suicide of her brother and had survived an attempt on her life during a violent relationship.

Cr Williams said Poulson now spoke about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence to raise public awareness and to advocate for social change.

“She is influencing the attitude of others, including governments, on the need for more support services, particularly the policing and legal procedures needed to better protect and support those at threat of violence,” Cr Williams said.

“More than that, Rebecca is a real inspiration to people facing challenges in their lives.”

Cr Williams said this year’s Dîner en Rouge, to be held at a secret location on Saturday 18 May, would raise funds to help make life a little easier for women and children who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own, as well as expanding the work of the Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support Service.

“Redlands Coast now has a major commitment to crisis accommodation and support from the State Government and there is no doubt that the generosity of Redlanders through fundraisers such as Dîner en Rouge was a major catalyst for this,” Cr Williams said.

“We have raised almost $260,000 so far but the scourge of family and domestic violence is relentless and so much more needs to be done to ensure we can provide the services that are so desperately needed.”

Tickets to the sumptuous banquet, which has a red and white theme (red is for Redlands Coast and white is to acknowledge the national campaign to stop violence against women) are now available from the Redland Performing Arts Centre box office at www.rpac.com.au or by calling 3829 8131. Tickets are $175 each or $1700 for 10.

Visit redland.qld.gov.au/dinerenrouge for updates.

Award-winning author Rebecca Poulson will share her story of tragedy and hope at the Dîner en Rouge fundraiser in May.

2019 Anzac Day services on Redlands Coast


Redland City Council joins the community in paying respect to the men and women of the armed services and in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Australia and New Zealand.

The following Anzac Day services are being held across Redlands Coast on 25 April 2019:

 Cleveland

Event Time Location
DAWN SERVICE
Dawn parade departs 5.20am From RSL Main Entrance, 8 Passage Street, Cleveland
Dawn Service commences 5.30am ANZAC Centenary Park
MORNING SERVICE
Main morning parade assembles 9.45am Cleveland Bowls Club, Shore Street West
Morning service commences 11.00am ANZAC Centenary Park

Changed traffic conditions

Redland City Council advises changed traffic conditions will be in place from 11pm, Wednesday 24 April until 1pm, Thursday 25 April on Kinsail Court, Middle and Passage streets, Shore Street West, Shore Street North and Sommersea Drive for the Cleveland ANZAC Day Service.

Road closures will be in place on Kinsail Court, Passage Street, Shore Street West, Shore Street North and Sommersea Drive.

Redland Bay

Event Time Location
March to Cenotaph 4.55am Veterans march from Redland Bay Community Hall to Cenotaph at Neville Stafford Park, Banana Street, Redland Bay
Dawn Service 5.00am Cenotaph

Changed traffic conditions

Redland City Council advises changed traffic conditions will be in place from 3.45am – 7am on Banana, Meissner, Outridge and Weinam streets Redland Bay on Thursday 25 April for the Redland Bay ANZAC Day Service.

A road closure will be in place on Banana Street, Redland Bay between Outridge and Weinam streets.

Free Shuttle Bus will be transporting patrons from Salisbury St Car Park, & Redland Bay Hotel to Wienam St (Cenotaph) starting at 4:00am prior to service and then returning after the service until 7:00am.

North Stradbroke Island

Event Time Location
March to Cenotaph 5.10am Butcher Shop to Cenotaph on Welsby Street, Dunwich
Dawn Service 5.30am Commemorative service commences at Cenotaph, Welsby Street, Dunwich
Main March begins 10.45am Little Ships Club, Yabby Street, Dunwich to Cenotaph
Main Commemorative Service 11.00am Commemorative service commences at Cenotaph, Welsby Street, Dunwich

Macleay Island

Event Time Location
March to Cenotaph 5.00am Kate Street, Macleay Island to Cenotaph, Pat’s Park, Macleay Island
Dawn Service Commemorations 5.30am Commemorative service commences at Cenotaph, Pat’s Park, Macleay Island

Russell Island

Event Time Location
Dawn Service Commemorations 5.30am Russell Island Cenotaph, Anzac Drive,
March to Cenotaph 10.30am Cnr Cestrum Street & Canaipa Road  to Cenotaph, Anzac Drive, Russell Island
Main Commemorative Service 11.00am Cenotaph, Anzac Drive, Russell Island

Lamb Island

Event Time Location
Dawn Service 4.45am Cenotaph adjacent to Lamb Island Recreation Club, Lucas Drive

Karragarra Island

Event Time Location
Dusk ANZAC Day community remembrance Dusk approx. 5pm Karragarra Island Barge Ramp
Free BBQ for attendees After Remembrance service Karragarra Island Foreshore Park, The
Esplanade (Adjacent to Barge Ramp)

Coochiemudlo Island

Event Time Location
Special ferry to Coochiemudlo Island from mainland 5:00am Victoria Point jetty to Coochie – departing at 5:00am from mainland
Commemorative service 5:30am New Memorial – Main Beach, opposite Red Rock Café.

Redlands North Memorial Service: a service conducted with local youth and school student leaders

Organiser: Redlands North schools and groups

Event Time Location
Scouts, Guides and BP Guild assemble 7:45am Wellington Point State High School Assembly Hall
Service commences 8.00am Wellington Point State High School Assembly Hall

Anzac Day services have been organised by the Redlands RSL, Redland Bay South RSL, Stradbroke Island RSL, Macleay Island RSL, Russell Island RSL Sub-Branch, Lamb Island Recreation Club, Karragarra Island Ratepayers and Residents Association and Coochiemudlo Island RSL Sub-Branch.

Thompson’s Beach re-opens for swimming


Redland City Council has today re-opened Thompson’s Beach, Victoria Point, which was temporarily closed after routine monitoring showed elevated levels of enterococci bacteria.

Thompsons Beach is again suitable for swimming and other recreational water activities, in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

Recent sampling has confirmed that the bacteria, which is often found in waterways and can cause mild illnesses such as stomach upsets and infections, is no longer at high levels.

The beach will continue to be monitored though routine sampling as part of Council’s recreational water quality monitoring program.