Monthly Archives: December 2019

Drought declaration

The drought has closed in on South East Queensland with eight local government areas, including Redland City Council, being drought-declared by the Queensland Government, effective from 1 December 2019.

Drought declarations are based on a number of factors including significant lack of rain, depleted pasture reserves and escalating concerns about agricultural water supply.

Primary producers in drought-declared areas may be eligible to receive drought assistance from the Queensland Government, Australian Government or another provider.

For further information on drought assistance visit or call 13 25 23.

Redlands Coast volunteers recognised at Christmas brunch

Redland City Council has acknowledged the efforts of Redlands Coast volunteers with a special Christmas brunch at Historic Ormiston House.

The event, held on Saturday, 7 December, followed International Volunteers Day, which falls on 5 December each year.

Mayor Karen Williams said the event was staged to thank the hundreds of volunteers across Redlands Coast who dedicated their time to helping the community.

“Volunteers make an incredible impact on our community and we want them to know how much their dedication and hard work is appreciated,” she said.

“There is a vast number of community services, from school tuck shops to sporting groups, hospital auxiliaries and so much more, that simply wouldn’t run were it not for volunteers.

“Holding a brunch that recognises this small army of unpaid workers is a way to say thank you for continually pitching in and helping to make a difference on Redlands Coast.”

Cr Williams said the event attracted almost 200 volunteers, who mingled with other guests and enjoyed the stunning panoramas that Historic Ormiston House was famous for.

“It was great to meet so many volunteers,” she said.

“They were able to take a tour of the historic building and gardens and share their stories with fellow volunteers and officials.

“We know our volunteers don’t seek the limelight but I want them to know that what they do is noticed.

“The work of volunteers helps shape our community, so I’m hoping by holding this event they will know the community is proud of them.”


Christmas by Starlight to shine a helping hand on Queensland farmers

Queensland farmers doing it tough as a result of the drought will benefit from donations collected at Redland City Council’s annual Christmas by Starlight event in Cleveland later this month.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would partner with the Rotary Club of Cleveland to collect donations at the event for the Rotary Australia drought appeal.

“The national appeal is raising money to help farmers who are suffering from drought conditions and Redland City Council wants to help,” she said.

“The Redlands Coast community is a generous one, and I know residents attending Christmas by Starlight will dig deep and donate what they can to the appeal.

“Community clubs such as Rotary are the life blood of local communities, working to provide vouchers, food and animal fodder to those communities that are being heavily challenged by these harsh conditions.

“As well as assisting rural families, money spent in these communities has a flow-on effect to local businesses, which are also struggling.”

Cr Williams also advised that due to the recent fire disasters in neighbouring regions and current fire ban for Redlands Coast, Council had made the difficult decision to cancel the planned fireworks finale at Christmas by Starlight.

“Given current dry weather conditions and the plight of others around Australia, we have made the decision to not have a fireworks display this year and offer a new surprise finale.

“We are working with our fireworks provider, a local family-run business and loyal sponsor of Christmas by Starlight, to create an exciting and magical Christmas moment for families to enjoy.”

Cr Williams said Council employees and community volunteers would also collect eligible cans and plastic containers used by event goers to recycle through the Containers for Change scheme.

“These containers will be exchanged for cash, with the funds collected also going to the Rotary appeal,” she said.

Christmas by Starlight – Redlands Coast’s largest free community event – will be held at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds from 4pm on Saturday, 14 December.

For more information, visit Council’s Christmas by Starlight web page.

Mayor Karen Williams with Rotary Club of Cleveland’s Luis Filardi and Jon Womersley





Bring out your stories about Birkdale land

Redland City Council has put out the call for residents to share any historic or cultural information they may have about land at Birkdale which has now been purchased by Council from the Commonwealth Government.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was inviting personal stories about the 61 hectares of land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale while a suite of additional heritage, environment and land studies were carried out.

“To support the work of the experts who will be completing gap analysis and further information gathering, Council is inviting the community to also share their knowledge of the land, its history and values.

“This is the first stage of speaking with the community about this property, with formal public consultation to occur next year after all heritage and environmental studies have been completed.

“The Redlands Coast community has had a long and strong relationship and interest in the Birkdale site over many decades, including its Quandamooka cultural significance and historic role in World War II.

“While much is already known about the land, a great deal of its history is locked in the memories and experiences of residents, with many having childhood stories of the land and the creek.

Cr Williams said that securing the property had been a long journey across a number of years and many Federal Government Ministers.

“We have been trying to secure this land for years and for it to now be owned by the community is exciting news,” she said.

“We want to thank the Federal Government for agreeing to sell the land to the Redlands Coast community so its significance will be protected and the land can be retained for community benefit.

Federal Member for Bowman, Mr Andrew Laming MP said the transfer of ownership was a project he initiated with then Mayor Don Seccombe shortly after being elected in 2005.

“It took 5270 days and navigating dozens of Ministers and advisors but we got there. The greatest victory being a sale to Redland City Council rather than into private hands which the law would usually require. There isn’t a deal like this anywhere nationwide.

“Council has been a model purchaser and tolerated plenty of ups and downs from Canberra, including last year’s federal Budget which incorrectly listed the purpose of sale for development.”

Cr Williams said over seventy two percent of the 61.78 hectare site is already principally zoned conservation within the City Plan, with the remaining 17 hectares of the site zoned for community purpose.

“This land purchase is a major and strategic opportunity to secure a lasting legacy for future Redlands Coast generations.

“This includes the opportunity for community recreation, sport and tourism uses on the small portion of the site that is zoned for community purposes.

“Council’s commitment today is to ensure that the future for the land is part of well-informed conversation with the Redlands Coast community.”

Visit the Your Say Redlands Coast Birkdale Land page on to tell your story.



Drones could take the bite out of mosquitoes on Redlands Coast

Drones could be used within five years to help Redland City Council manage mosquito numbers across Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said this was an option being explored as part of Council’s Mosquito Management Action Plan for 2019-2024.

“The health and wellbeing of Redlands Coast residents is a priority for Council and this includes managing and reducing mosquitoes in our region,” Cr Williams said.

“The onset of summer brings with it an increase in mozzies and this Action Plan includes a variety of activities to help reduce mosquitoes across Redlands Coast.

“Council employees are currently working with the Queensland Mosquito and Arbovirus Research Committee on Pannikin Island to explore the effectiveness of drones in enhancing mosquito treatment practises.

“While traditional methods to control mosquitoes with environmentally safe chemicals are important, drones can collect aerial images of mosquito breeding pools, allowing the use of aerial treatments to be more targeted and effective.”

“Other infield software and technology are also a big part of the Action Plan, with Council investigating the use of tidal sensors to gather data on tide and rain events, as well as Biogent traps, to provide live data on mosquito numbers and species across the city.“

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman and Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said the Action Plan, endorsed by Council, was the blueprint for effective mosquito control over the next five years.

“The Action Plan supports better community education and engagement regarding Council’s pest management activities, with Council liaising with local businesses and residents through site visits and at local events,” he said.

“While Council is committed to working with Queensland Health and neighbouring Councils to do our part, residents can help reduce mosquito numbers on their property by removing containers such as empty garden pots, saucers and wheelbarrows where water can pool.” 

Council and museum to enter into MOU for restoration of Willards Farm homestead

Redland City’s historic Willard’s Farm could get a new lease on life with Council and the Redland Museum to join forces to help restore the property for community use.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Councillors today supported her request for Council to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Redland Museum.

“We know this property is rich in history and we know Redland Museum is best placed to help Council protect and celebrate that history, and today’s decision will make that possible,” Cr Williams said.

“Council purchased the Birkdale property in 2016 to protect its heritage values; and today’s decision will ensure this heritage is enjoyed by future Redlanders and visitors to our beautiful part of the world.”

Cr Williams said the MOU would include:

  • joint planning to restore and protect the building in a manner that allowed for community access and celebration of the property’s history;
  • the investigation of funding, grants and philanthropic donations to fund the project;
  • and an investigation of management models for Redland Museum to manage the facility after its redevelopment.

“Subject to the next budget review, Council will provide funds to Redland Museum to complete a feasibility study into the restoration, preservation and ongoing management of Willards Farm,” she said.

Cr Williams said since purchasing the property Council has been investing funds into works to protect it from further deterioration and make it safe.

“We have been looking at ways to restore this property for some time, including applying for State Government funding earlier this year,” she said.

“Unfortunately, this application was unsuccessful.

“However, Redland Museum then wrote to me asking for Council to partner with them to restore the property to a condition where to could be enjoyed by the whole community.

“This site is of historic significance to the Redlands Coast community and it is right that our local museum plays a role in helping to restore and maintain it so the community can appreciate its history.”

Redlands Coast set to again shine on screen

Redlands Coast is once again set to star on screen, with filming of Australian production Great White, wrapping up its local location shoots last week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the cast and crew of Great White, produced by Thrills & Spills along with Silver Wings Films and Piccadilly Pictures, filmed on location at Raby Bay, Redland Bay and Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra National Park).

“Redlands Coast is fast gaining a reputation as a location of choice for films and I am proud we have again been for Australian movie Great White,” Cr Williams said.

“More than 85 cast and crew including lead actors Katrina Bowden and Aaron Jakubenko filmed on location at Redlands Coast from October through to November 2019, providing an economic boost for the local community.”

Great White Producer Pam Collis said the production was drawn to Redlands Coast for filming because of its pristine natural attractions that are accessible and support a film crew.

“The producers’ impressions of Redlands Coast are that it has such a scenic vista on the doorstep of Brisbane and opens up ‘a whole new’ film scape yet to be fully realised.

“Redland City Council has proven to be extremely film-friendly and have made it a smooth working relationship in explaining the submission process for permits.

“The film crew have found the locals interested but not intrusive and enjoyed their experience of being able to work close to their home base without being away from home, which is often the case.

“The experience filming here has been so good that the producers are happy to not only film in the area again but are more than happy to recommend the area to their counterparts,” Ms Collis said.

The film, slated for release in 2021, follows the story of seaplane operators and lovers, Kaz Fellows (Katrina Bowden) and Charlie Brody (Aaron Jakubenko), along with their passengers, Joji Minase (Tim Kano), his wife Michelle (Kimie Tsukakoshi) and cook Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who take a flight to the picturesque Hell’s Reef.

It isn’t long though before their idyllic trip turns into a living hell when they become abandoned miles from shore and in grave danger from what lurks just below the surface.

Great White is the latest in a line of productions that have chosen to do business on Redlands Coast, with the region’s film-friendly reputation continuing to grow.

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

This week Safe Harbour won an International Emmy for Best TV Movie/Miniseries.

Great White film’s Michael Robertson (Producer), Martin Wilston (Director), Pam Collis (Producer) and Neal Kingston (Producer) on location at Peel Island.

Great White lead actors Aaron Jakubenko and Katrina Bowden experience Redlands Coast.




Christmas tree aglow on Redlands Coast

The festive season on Redlands Coast was ushered in on Friday, 29 November when crowds turned out at Cleveland’s library square to see the city’s Christmas tree light up.

A popular annual event, Council’s Lightup Your Christmas decorated Bloomfield Street and Raby Bay Harbour with live entertainment, children’s activities, twilight markets, a visit from Santa and his elves and, of course, the switch was flicked on and the Redlands Coast Christmas tree shone a festive beacon for all to enjoy.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted to have flicked the switch again this year.

“This event brings our city together and sparks the Christmas spirit in us all,” she said.

“To see children posting their letters to Santa, families enjoying photos with the man in red himself, the wonderful entertainment, the fun and festivities at the twilight markets and so many people come to see our beautiful tree light up was testament to the sense of community we share from one end of Redlands Coast to the other.

“The lighting of our tree is fast becoming a Redlands Coast tradition that I hope continues long into the future.”

The Redlands Coast Christmas tree shines a festive beacon.