Monthly Archives: July 2019

Council to investigate whitewater rafting and adventure sports on Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast could be home to an aquatic adventure and rescue precinct after Council today resolved to investigate a combined whitewater rafting/canoeing and emergency training facility.

Mayor Karen Williams put a Mayoral Minute to today’s General Meeting, asking Council to investigate the project, which would include an Olympic standard whitewater rafting and kayaking facility.

“This project would be a real coup for Redlands Coast and would support our reputation as a coastal destination of choice,” she said.

“It would also support Redlands Coast’s role in a south-east Queensland Olympics bid, providing a catalyst for the transport infrastructure needed to support the future of this city.”

Cr Williams said today’s decision came after Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) recently elected to discontinue its plans for a Centre of Excellence that had been planned to sit alongside a new Redlands Coast aquatic centre.

“Council had been working with SLSQ on a Centre of Excellence as part of our plans to build a new aquatic facility in the Redlands,” she said.“While there was significant advocacy by both SLSQ and Council, unfortunately State and Federal funding was not available at this time, making the project unfeasible.

“As a result, SLSQ has advised they will not be progressing with their Centre of Excellence and are hence discontinuing the Memorandum of Understanding with Council.  “This decision now means Council will explore a new project that could see a whitewater rafting facility co-located with other adventure sports and aquatic training to create a larger recreational and aquatic precinct.”

SLSQ Chief Executive Officer Dave Whimpey said a new aquatic adventure and rescue precinct would be of great benefit to the Redlands Coast community.

“While we unfortunately will not be progressing with plans for a Centre of Excellence to sit alongside the proposed facility, we are interested to explore further partnerships with Redland City Council,” Mr Whimpey said.

“A new Redlands Coast aquatic centre, for example, would offer an excellent training base for our lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers.

“SLSQ and Council have a long-standing relationship that helps ensure the protection of beachgoers in the region, and we are very keen for that relationship to continue.”

Cr Williams said these sorts of partnerships were critical to the viability of such a venue.

“Council has also spoken with QFES about the potential for our State’s emergency services using the facility for training, which would create a legacy for the whole State,” she said.

“I have also spoken with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, which has a strong connection with canoeing.”

Cr Williams said that following today’s decision Council would now start looking at potential locations and would also look at other adventure sports that could also be located at the facility.

“Our focus for the SEQ Olympics bid is securing the State public transport infrastructure desperately needed on Redlands Coast,” she said.“This includes duplication of the Cleveland rail line; and extending the Eastern Busway to Capalaba.

“This means the location for this project will need to be somewhere that helps to deliver this infrastructure that is so important for our community.

“Redlands Coast has an abundance of naturally wonderful coastal experience for residents and visitors alike to explore, so it is appropriate that we consider the tourism opportunities an aquatic and adventure sports facility would deliver to this city.”

Redlands Coast served on a plate at Regional Flavours festival

The naturally wonderful tastes of Redlands Coast will be served up at Australia’s largest free food and wine festival, to be held at Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands from 10am-5pm on 20-21 July.

The 11th annual Regional Flavours festival supports Queensland farmers and small businesses, offering a weekend of delicious food, wine, beer and fun.

There will be celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations, live music, street stalls, kids’ activities and a thriving producer market featuring more than 80 stalls.

Redlands Coast icons Sirromet Wines, Wellington Point Farm, Bacchus Brewing Co La Bouche, Mount Cotton Organic Fruit and Vege, Bayside Seafood, Rufus King Seafoods, Gisler’s Bakery, Orchy Fruit  Juices and Redland Bay Honey will be showcased at the event.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast had much to offer food and wine lovers.

“We want to draw the focus to our region’s quality food, wine, beer, and fresh produce,” she said.

“Locally-grown produce, delicious food, exquisite wine and wares will be showcased to the more than 90,000 people predicted to attend the Regional Flavours festival.

“Redlands Coast foodie ambassador and MasterChef runner-up Georgia Barnes – a Redlands Coast resident – will be there with the inside scoop on the freshest local ingredients for roasted strawberry ice cream sundaes and stunningly simple, dressed oysters.

“Private Chefs of Brisbane will be serving Moreton Bay mornay arancini skewers and Redlands Coast creamy seafood chowder with fresh seafood provided by Bayside Seafood, Wellington Point, with the chowder served in a crusty cob loaf from Gisler’s Bakery, Cleveland.

“The sitting will be topped off with Redlands Coast loaded strawberries sourced from Wellington Point Farm and refreshing juice from Redlands Coast’s own Orchy Fruit Juices at Thornlands.

“La Bouche will be serving up delicious meringues, beer brownies, strawberry jam and cherry tomato chutney, with the meringues infused with Redland Bay honey, Wellington Point Farm strawberries, kaffir lime leaves grown at Thornlands and lavender from Wellington Point.”

Cr Williams said Council saw the festival as a great opportunity to showcase Redlands Coast and a small taste of some of what makes the region so special.  

Redlands Coast ambassador and MasterChef runner up Georgia Barnes with Executive Chef, Private Chefs of Brisbane Brendan Ward at Wellington Point Farm.

New Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre offers warm Yura (welcome)

Redlands Coast’s new Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is up and running at Raby Bay Harbour and offering a warm and friendly Yura (welcome).

The centre, established and run by Redland City Council, has moved to Raby Bay Harbour from its previous home at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba.

The VIC features stunning woven ceiling lamps by Minjerribah artist Anaheke Metua and local Redlands Coast wares, including Redlands Coast ceramic mugs by Thornlands artist Carys Martin and merchandise by renowned Quandamooka artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the site for the new VIC was selected to best serve locals and visitors.

“The location of the new centre (next to Hog’s Breath Café and adjacent to Cleveland railway station) aims to attract visitors and locals, including those travelling to Cleveland Nandeebie/Indillie) on their way to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) either by car, bus, rail or boat,” Cr Williams said.

“Visitors can drop in for a complimentary coffee and pick up the city’s new holiday guide, which features more than 90 Redlands Coast tourism operators and contains a wealth of information about what makes Redlands Coast such a special place.

“When you visit the VIC you will get a warm welcome from our friendly staff, advice on where to find naturally wonderful Redlands Coast attractions on our islands, mainland and hinterland, where you can see native fauna and flora and enjoy the serenity of bushland trails and conservation areas, how you can step back in time and relive our exciting past on heritage trails and at local museums, where to find the best restaurants and eateries, and much more.”

You can also check out the jam-packed Redlands Coast Holiday Guide online. It is also stocked at Visitor Information Centres around Queensland.

Yura is the Jandai word for welcome. Jandai is the traditional language of the Quandamooka people. Redlands Coast is on Quandamooka Country.

Council to market test demand for industrial land on Macleay Island

Redland City Council is to market test demand for industrial land on Macleay Island as part of a strategy to boost the economy of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Council recently resolved to prioritise the testing of likely market take up of Council owned land on Kate Street, Macleay Island – a site identified as suitable and zoned for low impact industrial development.

Mayor Karen Williams said the northern part of the site had been identified as suitable for industry and offered several advantages, including potentially allowing the relocation of industry from residential areas on the island.

“There have been calls for some time for industrial land on Macleay Island to be made available and the Council site is widely regarded as most suitable, being zoned for low-impact industrial activity,” she said.

“Councillors recently agreed that market testing demand for the land was the appropriate step to take before allocating funds to pave the way to open up the industrial zoned area.

“Council is confident the private sector is likely to take up the opportunity to acquire and develop the northern section of the site for low impact industrial purposes.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said if there was sufficient demand for private use of the land, Council would retain use of the southern part of the area for current and future Council operational use.

“There would be a cost to Council to make the land available but we need to determine demand as the first stage of this process,” he said.

“A modified Expression of Interest process could provide an appropriate mechanism to enable Council to test the market.”

Council community grants now available

Applications for the first round of the 2019-20 Community Grants program open this month so now is the time to make your great community-focused idea happen.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the latest round of community grants would support a wide variety of projects and initiatives aimed at strengthening the Redlands Coast community.

“Every year, Council provides more than $300,000 in grants and sponsorship in the categories of Organisation Support, Project Support, Conservation and Capital Infrastructure,” Cr Williams said.

“Last year, Council grants contributed to a variety of projects, from supporting the Minjerribah Respite Community Garden on North Stradbroke Island to Conservation Volunteers Australia with weed control across the Coochiemudlo Island and to providing vital equipment for wildlife carers on Redlands Coast.

“Council also supported first aid training, coach accreditation and strategic planning for a number of sport and recreation clubs as well as for Victoria Point’s Meals on Wheels.

“Council’s Sponsorship Program helped to bring a range of fantastic community events to Redlands Coast last year, including the Cleveland, Camping and Boating Expo and the Quandamooka Festival.

Council is also sponsoring two community days for NAIDOC week, one on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and one in Capalaba.

“The diversity of previous successful applicants illustrates the range of initiatives supported by our grants and sponsorship program.

“I urge anyone with a project or initiative that can deliver clear benefits to the broader community to apply,” Cr Williams said.

Applications for this round of community grants will be accepted from Monday 15 July until Monday 12 August 2019 in the following categories:
• Organisation Support Grant – for projects associated with becoming more sustainable and improving capacity to deliver services.
• Project Support Grant – for projects that deliver short-to-medium term positive outcomes for the community.
• Conservation Grants – for conservation projects that benefit the environment and wildlife.
• Capital Infrastructure Grants – to assist eligible organisations to build, renovate or refurbish facilities. This category aims to improve community facilities in the Redlands.

For eligibility criteria and to learn more about how to apply for grants or sponsorship, visit email or call 3829 8999.