Council installs Red Benches across Redlands Coast

Red park benches have appeared across the Redlands Coast as a prominent campaign against domestic violence continues to roll out across Queensland.

Redland City councillors late last year backed a call from Mayor Karen Williams to install a further 10 Red Benches in support of the Red Rose Foundation.

Cr Williams said the bright benches provided a visible reminder of the city’s commitment to helping those impacted by domestic and family violence.

Mayor Karen Williams and Councillor Peter Mitchell at the new Red Bench in Raby Bay.

“The Red Rose Foundation is an organisation led by Redlands Coast’s own Betty Taylor, who is doing so much to shine a light on domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“The benches include a plaque recognising the generosity of those who have supported Council’s annual domestic violence fundraiser, Diner en Rouge.

“Among them is local philanthropist Dan Holzapfel who has donated $200,000 to domestic violence causes.”

Cr Williams said Queensland’s first red bench was installed in 2019 in Cleveland, outside the library, and there were now more than 40 across the state.

“Red Rose Foundation would like to see a bench installed in every local government area in Queensland,” Cr Williams said.

“On the Redlands Coast we will now have 11 Red Benches, with one in every Council division.”

New Red Benches have now been installed at:

  • Cleveland: Raby Bay Harbour Park Promenade, 146-148 Shore Street
  • Thornlands: Manning Esplanade Foreshore Park, 2-4 South Street
  • Redland Bay: Rosebud Esplanade Park, Redland Bay (near Mallet Street)
  • Redland Bay: Jack Gordon Pathway (Esplanade)
  • Mount Cotton: Mount Cotton Community Park, 51-63 Valley Way
  • Alexandra Hills: David Parr Park (near mobile library stop), 9 Sherington Street
  • Alexandra Hills: Snowdon Street Park, 26-34 Edinburgh Road
  • Capalaba: Capalaba Regional Park, 15-19 Pittwin Road
  • Birkdale: Aquatic Paradise West, 18 Commodore Drive

An additional Red Bench is scheduled for installation at:

  • Wellington Point: 369-375 Main Road

The Red Rose Foundation is a National not-for-profit charity which works to end domestic violence across communities and is especially concerned at the high number of domestic violence deaths that occur each year through homicide and suicide.