Monthly Archives: December 2020

Amendments to parking laws adopted

Redland City Council has adopted amendments to Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2015, bringing the penalty for illegal parking in disability parking spaces in line with that of the State Government.

Mayor Karen Williams said it was important that people who held a disability parking permit could readily access disability parking bays.

“Disability parking bays are bigger than regular car spots and usually located closer to the facilities they service,” Cr Williams said.

“But unfortunately they are not always available to the people who need them when other motorists illegally park there.

“To bring Council’s penalty in line with that of the Queensland Police Service, and act as a deterrent to unauthorised users, the fine will increase from $186 to $533.”

Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2015 will also introduce a regulated parking area for the new Moores Road Car Park in Redland Bay.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the newly built car park would help deliver equitable parking for Southern Moreton Bay island residents and other commuters using the marina precinct.

“Regulated parking allows for a range of timed parking options to cater for people needing short, medium and longer term parking,” he said.

“The addition of this new car parking area on Moores Road is an integral part of the overall masterplan of the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) redevelopment project and will serve as overflow parking while works on the northern side of the creek commence.”

Councillor Williams said the amendment was adopted following a month of community consultation that showed public support for the move.

“Not surprisingly, two thirds of participants who made submissions to Council’s YourSay webpage were from the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

“Eighty-five percent supported the increase in fines for unauthorised parking in disability parking spots, with 55 percent in favour of the introduction of regulated parking at Moores Road.

“Council will advise the community prior to any new regulated parking and associated compliance activities coming into effect at Moores Road, which is anticipated to be when other car parks areas are temporarily closed as the terminal is redeveloped.”

Expressions of interest shows alternative interests in Macarthur Street land

Redland City Council will investigate broader opportunities in unlocking the potential of Council land at Macarthur Street Alexandra Hills after a 60 day campaign unveiled several potential options for the site.

Councillors earlier this month voted to continue discussions with four interested parties who provided submissions during a recent Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while the original EOI had focussed on tourism proposals, the submissions received had highlighted other potential uses that had significant community benefits.

“The four responses show there is a great deal of potential value of the site for community uses, including education and community use,” Cr Williams said.

“Council agreed to explore these alternate uses further.

“This will include undertaking additional planning investigation work to understand better the suitability of other uses to meet commercial and community outcomes.

“The Macarthur street site has conservation values and connects with recreational and environmental land and the adjacent Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Redlands Research Facility.

“Council purchased the 6.7-hectare site from State Government in 2016 for future community purposes, and this remains our focus for the site.

“Council’s aim through the recently completed expressions of interest process was to understand whether there was a demand from the market to develop the site for a particular tourism purpose.

“We now have a number of potential exciting partnerships to explore for the benefit of the community.

“While this work and interest must remain confidential for now, Council will bring details back to the community once there is a clear future direction for the site.”

Be prepared for severe weather this weekend – Updated opening hours as at 10am, 13 December 2020

Redland City Council has established self serve sandbagging stations in preparation for forecasted heavy rain, damaging winds and abnormally high tides from late tonight, Sunday and Monday.

Self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Cleveland – Open until 6:30pm Saturday; 7am – 6:30pm Sunday 13 December and until 7pm Monday 14 December

Redland City Council South Street Depot – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

North Stradbroke Island – Open 24 Hours 

Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich – Click here for directions

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Russell Island – Open 24 Hours

Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road.

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Macleay Island – Open 24 Hours

Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace.

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Council reminds residents to check gutters are clear and to secure loose items around the home.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life- threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Six-month Cleveland parking trial begins

A six-month trial of 26 one-hour parking spaces in Cleveland CBD has begun to help identify the benefits of providing more short-term parking spaces.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said that balancing parking time limits was one way of ensuring town centres, such as Cleveland remain accessible to all users.

“We need to ensure our centres remain vibrant parts of the Redlands Coast community,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Currently, on-street parking in the Cleveland CBD is dominated by three-hour and longer parking options.

“This reflects past responses to parking, but the needs of the Cleveland town centre, visitors and businesses have changed over time.

“An over-emphasis on long-term parking can limit business turnover and frustrate those in the community who are unable to conduct their business because they cannot easily access available parking.

“To help strike a balance, Council has agreed to reduce the three-hour limits to one hour for 26 parking spaces in Middle Street and Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.”

The new one-hour parking spaces are in the following locations:
• 17 parking spaces on Bloomfield Street running from approximately outside Westpac Bank (on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle streets) to Stephen Dibb Jewellers
• 6 parking spaces on Middle Street, running from approximately Gisler’s Pie Café and Subway to Westpac Bank (on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle streets)
• 3 spaces on Bloomfield Street approximately outside Bloomfield Street News.

Cr Mitchell said the parking spaces chosen were those that regularly experienced high demand for parking with retail and pedestrian activity nearby.

“Some businesses cater to quick turnover customers, while others may need more extended parking times for their customers,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Having a mix of timed parking spaces is designed to cater for these differences.”

Cr Mitchell said parking was not the only solution.

“Good public transport access and walking and cycling-friendly spaces are also vital ingredients,” Cr Mitchell said.

“I expect the newly announced Redlands Coast Active Travel Reference group I will be chairing will also make an essential contribution to better urban transport, accessibility and active travel outcomes across the city.

“In the meantime, I hope that the trial of reduced on-street parking times limits may also help to improve parking access and turnover of available spaces.

“The data collected from the trial will be important for a future report to Council, and I encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the Yoursay Redlands Coast project page survey.”

Visit Council’s Your Say site at



Off-street parking for Fielding Park precinct

Fielding Park in Redland Bay is set to become more accessible to a range of users following a Redland City Council decision to design and construct a sealed car park there.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said construction was expected to be completed before July 2021.

“This investment is part of our $981,100 Community Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Recovery Program, which will see upgrades to sports and community facilities across the city,” Cr Williams said.

“Our sports clubs and community groups have been impacted by the COVID pandemic, so this funding will help them get back to doing what they do best, supporting our community.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said that Fielding Park was a popular community park that attracted locals and visitors due to its peaceful natural surrounds and adjacent sporting and recreation facilities.

“The park itself is home to the Weinam Creek wetlands, featuring a network of walking and cycling paths and nature play facilities designed to connect youngsters to their natural environment,” he said.

“Being in a low lying area, the carpark will need to meet high planning, design and construction standards so the $442,600 allocated includes significant contingency that may not all be needed.

“The Redlands Salad Bowl Community Garden is currently being built in this park and facilities at adjacent parks include the Redland Bay Men’s Shed, a dog off-leash park, a sports field used for regular soccer games, basketball half court and skate park as well a toilet amenities.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the growing precinct extended across School of Arts Road to Beechwood and John Edward Downie parks, with a bus stop in between.

“As you can imagine, all these community facilities attract a lot of visitors, making off-street parking to provide safe access to this precinct increasingly important,” Cr Talty said.

“The south of our city is home to new families moving to the Redlands and this investment will ensure they can enjoy all the great recreational areas on offer.”

Council funds design process for upgrade at Charlie Buckler Sportsground

Redland City Council has kicked off planning for a major upgrade of the facilities at Charlie Buckler Memorial Sportsground in Redlands Bay with an injection of approximately $175,000 to help fund a detailed design process.

Mayor Karen Williams said it was part of a $981,100 package approved by Council last month to help sport and recreation clubs across Redlands Coast recover from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know our local sports clubs have done it tough through COVID, so we are investing in infrastructure projects to help our local sports stars get back on the field playing the game they love,” Cr Williams said.

“Sports and recreational clubs are fundamental to our community’s wellbeing, providing social cohesion and enabling people to stay fit, healthy and engaged.

“But as well as play, COVID-19 has disrupted fundraising opportunities that would ordinarily contribute to these clubs’ essential upkeep and planning for the future.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the Charlie Buckler design process would lay the foundation for a new clubhouse, car parking expansion, relocation and upgrade of the cricket net and storage sheds, reconfiguration of the dog off-leash area and relocation of the basketball half court and dirt BMX track.

“It will be great news for the Southern Bay Cyclones Rugby Union Club, Redland Sharks Cricket Club and Redlands Cricket Club; as primary users of the sports field,” she said.

“With the new clubhouse design to include new change rooms suitable for female use, it will help increase female participation.

“The design process is expected to be completed before the end of June 2021, with the contract already in the final stages of being awarded to the preferred tenderer.”

Mayor Williams said Council officers had also finalised business cases with a view to construction during the 2021/2022 financial year subject to Council budget.

“We know that the Southern Bay Cyclones Rugby Union Club has secured a Federal Government grant and are looking at other funding opportunities to deliver a fit for purpose facility.”

Southern Bay Cyclones Rugby Union Club Secretary Mr James Eaton thanked Council for working closely with the club and said they looked forward to being able to host future rugby carnivals.

“The design process will inform all future works and help facilitate best use of funds from all sources,” he said.

Redlands Cricket Club President Wayne Todman said it was pleasing to see plans going ahead.
“It’s a great motivation to work collaboratively with all parties as we move into the New Year,” he said.

The sentiment was echoed by Redland Sharks Cricket Club Vice President Scott Gillard.

“This is a great opportunity for sport of cricket on Redlands Coast and we’re excited to be a part of the process,” Mr Gillard said.

Redlands Coast performers line up to entertain at Christmas festival

Redland City Council has unveiled a stellar line-up of local performers for this year’s five-day festive celebration, Christmas on the Coast, at Raby Bay Harbour Park from 16 to 20 December.

The event, hosted by Redland City Council, combines the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and community carols events with boutique markets, food vendors, live entertainment, rides and even a synthetic ice-skating rink.

Mayor Karen Williams said Christmas on the Coast offered an opportunity to get into the spirit of the holiday season while also providing a much-needed boost for local performers, traders and suppliers.

“On stage will be home-grown locals including internationally-acclaimed soprano Mirusia, 2014 The Voice Kids winner Alexa Curtis, and contemporary swing star Craig Martin and his big band,” she said.

“We are so proud of our local talent and will also be thrilled on stage by Redlands Coast residents such as Master of Ceremonies Tony Morrison, lyric tenor Iain Henderson, teen soprano Leah Lever, YouTube sensation Peppermint Ollie, Naree Cole, Sheldon College students Quinn and Zephram Chambers, multi-instrumentalist and singer Georgie Taylor, singer Anita Taylor and the AVA Choir, soprano Georgia Morton, cabaret and musical theatre performer Carole Williams, Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, and jazz/classical vocalist Mandy Woodend (Miss Mandy).

“Check out our Christmas on the Coast website for a full list of performers for each day of the festival.”

Cr Williams said there would also be activities to keep children entertained.

“There will be plenty of rides including a traditional carousel and inflatable jumping castles, and a different free family-friendly Christmas movie in the park each night from 7pm.

“There will also be a synthetic ice-skating rink set up in the park next to the event which will provide a lovely White Christmas feel to our festival.

“We’ll also have roving performers from local musical theatre company ROCKIT productions, boutique market stalls so you can pick up some special Christmas gifts, and families will be able to get a free socially-distanced photo with Santa.

“I look forward to joining the community at Christmas on the Coast as we celebrate how lucky we are to be in the most naturally wonderful place to live, play and do business.

“This year, more than ever, our community needs something special to celebrate the festive season in a COVID-safe way,” she said.

To meet COVID safety requirements, bookings are essential, with numbers restricted to 1500 people each day. Book your tickets now before they sell out.

Christmas on the Coast details:

When: 4.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 December 2020

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland

Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family (under 12 free); includes free train travel to and from event

Ice-skating cost (tickets sold separately): $15 day sessions, $10 night sessions

Details including ticketing information:


New purpose-built vehicle for Redland SES

Redland SES Unit is well prepared for storm season and general rescues with the official launch of a new purpose-built vehicle for the Cleveland Group.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Karen Williams joined SES volunteers to launch the truck.

“This new vehicle has been specifically fitted out for SES use for storm response and with general rescue equipment,” she said.

“This includes ladder lifters which make it easier and safer to get ladders off the truck, and improved storage for chainsaws, PPE and kit bags.”

Mayor Karen Williams with members of Redland SES Unit, SES Regional Manager Mark Dole (far left) and Council’s Disaster Planning and Operations Manager Michael Tait (far right) with the new SES vehicle

Cr Williams said the vehicle was purchased using funding from Council along with a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

“Council was very happy to support our SES volunteers with guidance on grant writing and assistance with the purchase of the vehicle with the right specifications and gear.

“Council’s Fleet Services team will also provide ongoing maintenance support for it.”

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast was lucky to have one of the hardest-working, community-minded SES teams in Queensland.

“During the past year, the unit responded to more than 376 incidents including searches for missing people, assistance with fires, storm damage and police support with COVID-19 border security.

“Our SES is about people helping people and this new vehicle will make their job that much easier.”

Cr Williams acknowledged Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, State Emergency Service and the Redland Emergency Services Volunteer Association for their support in obtaining the grant for the vehicle.

Redlands Coast celebrates island Community Champions

A dedicated group of Southern Moreton Bay Islands ‘champions’ have been recognised by Redland City Council for their exceptional service to the community.

Mayor Karen Williams, who recently presented recognition awards to the Redlands Coast Community Champions on Macleay Island, said they all had been invaluable in supporting fellow islanders in times of need.

“These certificates are a small recognition of how grateful we are to our Community Champions for what they do for others, especially the more vulnerable in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This year, more than ever, they have shown incredible community spirit and selflessness, especially through ensuring the safety of other islanders when COVID-19 hit.

“They spread the safety message and were there to support their neighbours to ensure they were okay, while also supporting Queensland Health with screening clinics on Russell and Macleay islands.

“Our Champions have done such an amazing job and, on behalf of Redlands Coast, we wanted all involved to know that what they do to ensure their communities are prepared, safe and supported is highly valued.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the Community Champions were ready to assist with challenges ranging from potential natural disasters to ensuring the wellbeing of others, including how to safely refer on suspected domestic and family violence.

“Our Champions have now partnered with another wonderful local organisation, STAR Community Services, so they can assist STAR’s clients during disasters and local emergencies,” Cr Edwards said.

“They will be there to call residents to check on them and to assist them in getting to an evacuation centre if needed.

“We have already seen the wonderful jobs they did supporting vulnerable residents with information and bottled water during water outages on the islands, as well as providing vital community support and education during fire and storm season.

“Our Community Champions are now being trained to identify and refer on instances of domestic and family violence and help those affected by it as part of a ground-breaking trial.

“By making it easier for those affected by such violence to get the help and support they need, they are driving social change.”

Southern Moreton Bay island residents who would like to become a Community Champion should email Council’s Disaster, Planning and Operations team at


Redland City Council holiday closures 2020

All non-essential Redland City Council services will be closed from Christmas Day and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.

This includes Customer Service Centres and Council’s Contact Centre.

Library services, Redland Performing Arts Centre, IndigiScapes, Redland Art Gallery, the animal shelter and Visitor Information Centre will also have varied closures over the festive period.

After hours emergency number: 3829 8999

Customer Service Centres

Cleveland and Capalaba close from 4.30pm 24 December 2020 until 8.30am Monday 4 January 2021.

Victoria Point closes from 12pm 24 December 2020 until 9am Monday 4 January 2021.

Council’s Contact Centre (for telephone calls) closes from 5pm 24 December 2020 until 8am Monday 4 January 2021.

Recycling and Waste Centres and collection services

Kerbside waste collections will continue as normal, with Christmas Day kerbside bin collections beginning at 5am (please put bins out the night before).

Recycling and Waste Centres will be closed on Christmas Day only.

Online bin requests submitted after Wednesday 23 December 2020 will be actioned from Monday 4 January 2021.

RecycleWorld at Redland Bay: Last trading day is Tuesday 22 December 2020 and will re-open Tuesday 5 January 2021; usual trading times of 10am – 2pm.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre will be closed on Christmas Day only.

Open 7 days a week, 9am – 4pm. Phone 1300 667 386 or go to

Redland Animal Shelter

The animal shelter will be closed on Christmas Day only.

Limited hours apply (9am – 12pm) from Saturday 26 December 2020 until Sunday 3 January 2021.

Library Services

Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point libraries: closed from 12pm Thursday 24 December 2020 until 9am Monday 4 January 2021

Dunwich Library: closed from 12pm Tuesday 22 December 2020 until 9am Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Point Lookout Library: closed from 1pm Wednesday 23 December 2020 until 10am Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Russell Island Library: closed from 12pm Thursday 24 December 2020 until 9.30am Wednesday 7 January 2021.

Amity Point Library: remains closed until further notice.

Mobile Library: last stop will be Wellington Point closing at 12pm Thursday 24 December 2020 and it will reopen at 1.30pm Monday 4 January 2021 at Mount Cotton.

During closures, no items will be due and all after hours return chutes will be closed. The digital library will remain open – visit for ebooks, magazines, audiobooks and movies.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The centre will be closed from 4pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 and reopens at 10am on Monday 11 January 2021.

Tickets can be purchased through the RPAC website during this time.

Redland Art Gallery

The Cleveland gallery will be closed from 4pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and reopen at 9am on 4 January 2021.

The Capalaba gallery will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020 and reopen at 9am on 4 January 2021.

IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery, Capalaba 

The IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery will be closed from 4pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 and reopen at 10am on Monday 4 January 2021.

The gardens will be closed during this time, however the walking trails will be open.

The IndigiScapes Café will be open on 24 December from 10am – 12pm, and will then close until 10am on Monday 4 January 2021.

For more information visit