Monthly Archives: December 2020

Jandai Literacy bags introduce our 0-5s to Quandamooka storytelling

A partnership between Redland Libraries and the State Library of Queensland will provide local youngsters with an insight into Quandamooka storytelling by distributing 700 First 5 Forever (F5F) Jandai Literacy Bags.

The initiative was launched by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams at an event with local Aboriginal author, artist and language advocate Dr Sandra Delaney at Cleveland Library on 5 December.

Mayor Karen Williams said the bags featured an image by Quandamooka artist Shara Delaney and contained a copy of Dr Sandra Delaney’s dual-language picture book Whale Dreaming: Bibunla Yalingbila accompanied by an English-Jandai translation of the F5F key words talk, play, read and sing.

“The bags have been funded by a grant from the State Library and support the F5F’s primary goal of supporting children’s language and literacy development,” Cr Williams said.

“We thank the State Library of Queensland for recognising the value of connecting our youngest residents with wonderful stories like Dr Delaney’s tale of whale migration past North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah),” she said.

“Whale Dreaming: Bibunla Yalingbila is a gentle and engaging story of friendship that reflects the Quandamooka people’s connection with sea and country while promoting their Aboriginal language of Jandai.

“Seeing our youngest community members become acquainted with the language, listening to the story and trying out the Jandai words for themselves is delightful.

“The artwork on the bag is from another of Dr Delaney’s stories – The Story of the Rainbow – which is also included inside.

“These bags will activate a program of awareness about Jandai that will stretch more broadly across families, and reinforce our city’s commitment to inclusiveness and recognition of our Quandamooka connection.”

The Jandai Literacy Bags will be distributed by Redland Libraries to children aged 0-5 years who have previously attended an F5F activity or become new library members.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.

Council devices keep rubbish from waterways

Redlands Coast residents are being asked to think about how they dispose of their rubbish after a newly-installed trash rack captured 8.5 tonnes of waste from local stormwater in just two weeks.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the newly-installed trash rack was part of Council’s network of 587 stormwater protection devices that helped prevent waste ending up in Moreton Bay.

“Last year Council removed about 280 cubic metres of litter, vegetation and other material from our network of stormwater protection devices – that’s enough to fill more than four average-size backyard swimming pools,” Cr Williams said.

“Anything from trees and logs through to toys, balls and takeaway cups are collected in these devices, and without them this material would have ended up in our local creeks and Moreton Bay.

“With a wet summer expected, there is likely to be increased stormwater runoff into our local catchments, so we are urging residents to think about where you throw your rubbish to ensure it doesn’t end up in our creeks.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said the Birkdale trash rack was installed on Agnes Street, alongside a public park, following concerns about localised flooding and pollutants entering Woodgate Canal.

“Two weeks after it was installed, Council officers inspected the trash rack as part of storm preparedness and noted it was already half full,” Cr Bishop said.

“Further heavy rain filled it further, resulting in it being emptied three months ahead of schedule.

“The trash rack will help reduce road flooding by preventing rubbish from blocking the drain.

“Council officers have advised that no animals have ever been caught in council rubbish traps or gross pollutant devices.”

Redland City Council uses a range of Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices, including bioretention basins, bio-swales, grass swales, vegetated swales, detention basins, sedimentation basins, constructed wetlands, inground and open gross pollutant traps (GPTs), trash racks, litter baskets and sediment traps.

School holiday fun on Redlands Coast

There’s no excuse for boredom during the summer school holidays, with Redland City Council offering plenty of activities to engage, educate and entertain our city’s younger residents.

Mayor Karen Williams said there would be something to suit children of all ages with events being held at IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redland Performing Arts Centre.

“There are activities on offer for bookworms, crafty kids, environmental enthusiasts, aspiring artists and budding circus performers,” she said.

“With the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions we are pleased to be able to resume school holiday activities for our younger residents, but we do have measures in place to ensure everyone remains safe.

“Bookings are essential for most sessions as numbers are limited to allow for physical distancing.

“I encourage everyone to go online for more information and to ensure their children don’t miss out on a spot.

“The majority of events are free, but there are a few which incur a small cost.”

IndigiScapes is offering hands-on environmental workshops and events throughout December and January.

Become a citizen scientist and experience a self-guided iNaturalist scavenger hunt, or join yoga sessions, a fairy nature walk with storytelling, and a botanical dye and printing workshop.

Children can also explore the world of insects and make an insect hotel, create clay masterpieces, make a nature wreath or beeswax wraps, discover amazing ocean artefacts or learn about reducing lunch box waste and composting.

For information on any of these activities, visit the IndigiScapes website.

The mainland libraries at Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba are offering free Christmas craft sessions where participants can make a mosaic, stocking, decoration and gift tags.

In January there will be a puppets storytime, activities inspired by 130-Storey Treehouse, Trolls and Minecraft, and sessions where children gain confidence by reading to story dogs.

Bookings are required for all activities. Go to

Redland Performing Arts Centre is encouraging youngsters to run off and join the circus for a couple hours in December with workshops where they can tackle the trapeze, harness the hula-hoop, or master juggling and tumbling.

For information and bookings visit RPAC’s website.

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland will be facilitating free drop-in workshops in January, to coincide with Raquel Ormella’s exhibition Now is the Time at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.

For information and bookings visit the gallery’s website.

The gallery also offers a range of online activities where participants can make a hanging mobile, paint a portrait, create a cargo ship or a collage, or do some stamping.

Redlands Coast residents urged to prepare for bushfires

Redland City Council has reiterated its message to residents to be bushfire ready following days of high temperatures and dry conditions.

Mayor Karen Williams said while Council was on alert and constantly meeting with other agencies, it was important residents did their part to prepare themselves and their property.

“People living in bushfire-prone areas need to be aware of the environment in which they live and take appropriate steps to protect their family and their home,” she said.

“If fire breaks out there is often little time to escape to safety, so having a survival plan and practising it can save lives.

“Residents should also prepare their properties by trimming trees and removing overhanging branches around the house, cleaning gutters and removing or mowing growth around sheds, fences and gates.”

Cr Williams said hot days and below average rainfall in November provided ideal conditions for fires.

“Only last week Council officers were called out to a few wildfires in council-owned bushland, so we need the community to be on alert.

“Although the Bureau of Meteorology predicts above average rainfall through to January, there is still a risk of fires.

“Fires can still start with dry lightning strikes, we’ve seen that happen in the past on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) in September last year.

“We’ve also seen how easily fires have torn through bushland on Fraser Island further north, which is a timely reminder.”

Council has continued its hazard reduction program on the mainland, Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) throughout the year, including planned burns, physical fuel removal and other general maintenance activities.

“While Council mitigates fire risk on Council-managed land, it is vital for effective fire management that all property owners meet their obligation to manage fire risks on their own land,” Cr Williams said.

“It is also important for people to stay informed, which they can do by monitoring Council’s news site, social media and Disaster Dashboard.”

Council also has a free, opt-in emergency messaging service people can subscribe to via the Disaster Dashboard.

For more information, come and speak with members of the Rural Fire Service, SES and Council’s Disaster Management and Fire Management Teams at the free Movie in the Park this Saturday 5 December from 4pm at Mount Cotton Village Community Park.

Tips to prepare your home

  • Clean gutters and downpipes
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches around your property (check with Council first)
  • Install metal screens or shutters to prepare your home against embers
  • Ensure LPG cylinder relief valves point away from the house to minimise fire risk
  • Make sure pumps or generators are working and ready if needed
  • Make sure things that can burn are well away from your house
  • Protect underfloor spaces with non-combustible sheeting or mesh

Tips to make a household emergency plan

  • Prepare an emergency kit with essentials such as medications, legal papers, first aid, a battery-operated radio, batteries, pet food, money and a torch
  • Have a good supply of bottled water readily available
  • Decide whether to go early or stay and defend
  • Identify a safe place to evacuate to and decide how you’d look after your pets
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows your emergency plan
  • Know your neighbours as they can be a source of support during emergencies

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Council drives message of reconciliation across Redlands Coast

Redland City Council is driving its reconciliation message throughout Redlands Coast via a library van sporting an Indigenous artwork.

The wrap artwork, Kanara Malara – One People painted by Quandamooka artist Joshua Walker, forms the visual centrepiece of Council’s internal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which was launched in August last year.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was strongly committed to reconciliation both within the organisation and across Redlands Coast.

“The RAP is our first formal internal document setting in place a vision and set of principles to guide us in our reconciliation efforts for the next two years,” she said.

“Importantly it sets realistic actions and gives us timeframes on which to benchmark our achievements.”

Council’s Indigenous Partnerships and Programs Coordinator Brett Nutley, Mayor Karen Williams and CEO Andrew Chesterman.

Cr Williams said the van travelled about 22,000km each year moving the library collection between branches and making home library deliveries to senior residents.

“The wrap on the van is a beautiful reproduction of Joshua Walker’s painting which tells a story of coming together, shared empathy, open discussion, commitment and moving forward,” Cr Williams said.

“We hope that as this vehicle makes its way across Redlands Coast it will spark interest and start conversations around reconciliation.”

Council has also renamed 10 of its meeting rooms to include Jandai dialect. For example, the Peel Room is now called the Teerk Roo Ra – Peel Island room.

“Every step we take, from the Quandamooka Statement of Recognition outside our Cleveland chambers to the ongoing delivery, or sponsorship, of community events moves us further in our reconciliation process,” Cr Williams said.

“Through our RAP we are focussed on better informing our employees of the strong spiritual and cultural connection to the lands, and growing the awareness and knowledge of our Quandamooka People in particular and more generally Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

“We see this as a stepping stone to future reconciliation action plans, setting in place a framework for broader external reconciliation activities.”

New Redlands Coast reference group to support active travel

Redland City Council has cemented its commitment to active transport by establishing a new reference group to advise on and advocate for all modes of active travel across the Redlands Coast.

The new advisory group of up to 15 members will focus on all modes of active travel, continuing Council’s recent investment in active transport infrastructure and innovation.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the new group would expand on the Redlands Bicycle Advisory Committee first formed in 2000.

“The Redlands Coast has a great cycling culture with hundreds of kilometres of on-road and off-road tracks and pathways.

“While recreational cycling continues to grow in popularity across the Redlands, it is equally important to focus on other forms of active travel for both recreation and everyday journeys.

“The rising popularity of scooters is an example of an active travel mode being used in many urban areas for both recreation and journeys to work.

“Having attractive, safe and accessible pathways and routes as alternatives to motor cars can contribute to both a healthier community and help to reduce road and parking congestion.”

The new reference group will be Chaired by Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell, with Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop to be Deputy Chair.

“The new reference group will help Council form strategic partnerships with community and transport groups and advocate for more active travel opportunities or projects of benefit to the Redlands Coast,” Cr Mitchell said.

“This group is as much about finding new active transport modes as it is perfecting those we already enjoy and as an advocate for modes like e-transport.

“I am excited by the potential for this group, including the opportunity to consider pedestrian access and safety within our villages and centres and all ages mobility issues encompassing personal mobility devices.”

Cr Bishop said the reference group continued the momentum created by the Redlands Coast Transport Strategy.

“Council’s decision to establish and widen the reference group scope is a clear call to action for those in the community with a passion for more active travel, especially in the post-COVID environment,” Cr Bishop said.

“Membership of the new group will be by both direct invitation and advertised expressions of interest. We hope to complete this process by the new year.

“In the meantime, I would encourage those with an interest to keep an eye out for the opportunity on Council’s Yoursay page or to contact council if they would like to learn more about the active travel group.

Council to review laws relating to dog numbers on properties

Redland City Council will explore options around flexibility of its current laws relating to the number of dogs residents are allowed to keep on their properties.

Deputy Mayor Julie Talty said the review, prompted by a motion she moved at today’s general meeting, would help Council determine if there could be some latitude within the current regulatory framework.

“The current laws do not provide understanding and recognition of the activities and circumstances around the keeping of dogs within our community,” she said.

“Community feedback indicates greater consideration needs to be given to allowing licences for extra dogs on larger and acreage lots.

“I have had complaints from people who cannot keep their show dogs, even where the breed is very small and lives in the house, without making full application through the planning scheme for a boarding kennel.

“The current framework also has no recognition for volunteers in dog rescue and foster care.”

Cr Talty said there were no intentions to change the Council standard of two dogs, and three under special circumstances, for the majority of urban residential homes.

“This is about being more flexible and meeting the challenges of life for those who do not fit that circumstance while still managing the impacts.

“Council officers will now undertake benchmarking to understand how other councils regulate dog ownership and outline options for flexibility around dog numbers, based on activities such as show dogs and foster providers, and property size.”

As requested in the motion, the report will also include options for cat registration fees.

Council moved that the officers’ report be brought to a general meeting before the end of March 2021.

Council says “Hear Here” to better service for older residents

Redland City Council has partnered with Better Hearing Australia (Brisbane) to develop a training program to help local government communicate more effectively with people with hearing loss and older residents.

Mayor Karen Williams said the “Hear Here” e-learning training package would improve seniors’ experience when accessing Council services and venues.

“When Council undertook its Age Friendly City survey in 2018, we found that hearing loss was a significant barrier for older people to participate in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“That was clearly unacceptable, so we set out to fix it by ensuring our frontline service officers were provided with the training and tools they needed to better communicate and help people experiencing hearing loss.

“We know Redlands Coast is an ageing community and Council is committed to doing all we can to ensure they can access the services and initiatives that make our city such a great place to live.”

Cr Williams said the revolutionary training package had recently been successfully trialled in Council’s customer service centre.

“The design and roll out of this training package has been made possible through an exciting partnership with Better Hearing Australia (Brisbane) to develop a specialised training package that will now become part of our corporate training, meaning it will become part of our everyday service to the community,” Cr Williams said.

“It is part of our commitment to becoming a better age-friendly city, where older people and others with hearing loss can be confident that they can engage with Council services effectively. We do not want any resident to feel isolated.

“The training will also be made available to other local governments through the Council on the Ageing Queensland, showing once again that the Redlands Coast is leading the way in creating a more accessible community.”

Better Hearing Australia (Brisbane) business manager Tony Whelan said his organisation was proud to partner with Redland City Council to deliver the Hear Here training program.

“It’s a learning environment that gives participants an understanding of some of the challenges faced by people with hearing loss, practical strategies to overcome those challenges and tools and resources to assist them in their workplace,” he said.

“We believe it sets a real benchmark in hearing loss awareness training.

“Now, in partnership with COTA, we’re encouraging other government authorities in Queensland to implement the Hear Here training module as well.”