Monthly Archives: April 2021

Farming a crop of ideas for Birkdale Community Precinct

With Willards Farm being a rare and fascinating example of early farming settlement on Redlands Coast, Redland City Council is encouraging the community to consider this agricultural heritage when imagining future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct.

Mayor Karen Williams said Willards Farm was one of the region’s oldest surviving farms and residences.

“The 8,164 square metre property on Old Cleveland Road East at Birkdale was purchased by Council in March 2016,” she said.

“An adjoining 61 hectares was bought by Council in December 2019 after lengthy negotiations with the Commonwealth Government.

“Council effectively saved both properties from potential subdivision and together they now form what we’re currently calling Birkdale Community Precinct.”

Cr Williams said it was likely the homestead, owned initially by James and Margaret Willard, was built in 1876.

“This was when James took out a mortgage on his land,” she said.

“The Willards’ farm originally covered most of this precinct and its commercial origin was in tree clearing.

“It later operated as a dairy farm for many decades; and the original milking sheds and creamery are still standing.

“James Willard conducted a cattle dip (to help protect livestock from ticks) on a part of the site from 1904 and farmers across the area would bring their animals down to be dipped.

“At various stages, the land was used to grow crops such as maize, sweet potatoes and pineapples.”

Council is asking the community for their ideas on possible uses for Birkdale Community Precinct, to help shape a shared multi-generational vision for its future. Could it be home to a water park or an adventure sports precinct with skateboarding and rock climbing facilities? Could the precinct be a hub for interactive history tours, museums or arts venues? Or could it have walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, educational or heritage activities, or some form of paddock-to-plate venture?

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said the importance of the land’s agricultural and rural heritage suggested there was potential to see part of the precinct return to being a working farm.

“It could be used to promote locally grown produce; or as an educational facility around sustainable or regenerative farming practices,” Cr Bishop said.

“We know livestock were used to manage the land for approximately 150 years, so this may provide learning and enterprise opportunities in the future.

“Paddock-to-plate ventures; a home for rural enterprises and ecological innovation; bush food production; perhaps community gardening, permaculture or even farm stays – there are myriad rural-based ideas that would be well suited to this precinct.

“Most importantly, please let Council know: What do you want to see here in future?”

For more information about Council’s community consultation on possible future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct, visit – see expert urban designers’ ideas, watch the videos, read the fact sheets, take a virtual tour of the precinct, and have your say.

Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

EOI to steer Weinam Creek car-share scheme at Redland Bay Marina

Plans to establish a long-term car-share scheme at Redland Bay Marina, Weinam Creek, are pushing ahead.

At today’s general meeting, Redland City Council resolved to support an Expression of Interest and subsequent tender process for the scheme.

Mayor Karen Williams said the move followed the conclusion of a car-share trial conducted at the marina from August 2020 to April 2021.

“An existing local car-share operator provided the service and Council officers monitored the progress to determine if a permanent scheme was viable,” Cr Williams said.

“Assessment criteria included general community feedback as well as car-share vehicle usage and trial enforcement.

“Over the course of the trial, local community feedback was generally supportive and the operator reported a consistent increase in usage and registrations as a result of having dedicated car parks in close proximity to the ferry terminal. “

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said Council would seek applications that proposed a suitable number of spaces, site location close to Redland Bay Marina and ways to ensure parking compliance at the proposed site.

“One of the issues to emerge during the trial was parking enforcement and ensuring there were enough spaces for car-share vehicles only,” Cr Edwards said.

“As a result, Council will be requesting proposals that include ways to ensure exclusive use of the spaces, and that may be via a lease, licence or permit arrangement.

“It is proposed that the car-share scheme operate for approximately two years.”

Green light to support plan for age-friendly community

A five-year action plan to make the Redlands Coast a truly age-friendly community has been given the green light by Redland City Council.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had today adopted the Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026.

“Like many other communities, Redlands Coast has an ageing population,” Cr Williams said.

“This plan provides a way forward for Council, the community and government to work together to ensure that ageing on the Redlands Coast can be a positive experience where people of all ages can live active fulfilling lives, participating in all aspects of the community.

“It recognises the potential and the value of our older residents’ ongoing contribution to creating a vibrant community.”

Areas identified for action include:

* Outdoor spaces and buildings
* Transport
* Housing
* Social participation
* Respect and social inclusion
* Civic participation and employment
* Communication and information
* Community support and health services

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast plan was based on the World Health Organisation’s age-friendly cities model which focused on reducing barriers in the physical and social environments so people could remain active and independent for as long as possible.

“This is a plan for our senior citizens, most importantly with valuable input from local seniors and seniors’ organisations,” she said.

“This has helped shape a path that is a true reflection of the needs of our community.

“For example, one of the focus areas will be options for ageing in place on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Other areas identified for action include improving community transport solutions, building resilient communities, developing research partnerships and intergenerational programs and establishing an age-friendly ambassadors program.”

The plan can be found on the Your Say website.

Redland City advocates for new Redland Bay precinct

Redland City Council is advocating to the state and federal governments for their continued support of Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek precinct as a coastal village of regional and intergenerational importance.

At its general meeting today, councillors also endorsed the updated Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) masterplan, which is also being assessed independently by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted to ensure the revitalised Weinam Creek transport hub was supported with health and other vital services for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) and Redland Bay communities and provided job opportunities for locals.

“The masterplan and Weinam Creek PDA Development Scheme supports the social and economic viability of the project as a coastal community and gateway to Moreton Bay and the SMBIs, stimulating island tourism and economies and enhancing public open space and services for existing and future generations,” Cr Williams said.

“We want to ensure the state and federal governments are part of this and will continue to push for commitments to utilise the precinct for services such as a satellite hospital.”

The Weinam Creek PDA project, which is managed by Redland Investment Corporation (RIC) in consultation with Council, covers about 20ha of land-based works across the existing site that will improve civic open spaces and include new retail, commercial, marine, health and public services.

“The project is now transitioning from the first stage of construction of the public carpark and residential precinct on the southern side of Weinam Creek to detailed master planning of the northern side of the Weinam Creek transport and ferry terminal,” Cr Williams said.

“As the masterplan has evolved from the conceptual to construction stages, minor changes have been made to refine the access and boundaries of the carpark to improve amenity for residents in the area. There are also slight refinements to the siting of the pedestrian bridge, boat ramp and residential zone.

“The result is a masterplan that will make a significant contribution to the community through the revitalisation of the waterfront precinct and the provision of a range of public and community infrastructure.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the proposed development would deliver a high-quality mixed-use development and improved public realm for shopping, working and socialising.

“This will create an appealing, safe and vibrant hub for the mainland and Southern Moreton Bay Island communities,” he said.

“Southern Moreton Bay Island residents and commuters using the Redland Bay Marina ferry terminal will benefit from improved access to services without the need for additional transport.

“This will also fill a gap which currently exists for Redland Bay and surrounding suburbs, while creating a significant number of new jobs, especially for the area’s younger residents.”


ANZAC Day services on Redlands Coast

Redland City Council joins the community in paying respect to the men and women of the armed services and in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Australia and New Zealand.

The following ANZAC Day services are being held across Redlands Coast on Sunday 25 April 2021:

Dawn service
5.20am – march from Redlands RSL, 8 Passage Street to Cenotaph in ANZAC Centenary Park, Shore Street West
5.30am – service at Cenotaph in ANZAC Centenary Park, Shore Street West
Morning service
10.20am – march from Shore Street West (assembly from 9.45am behind Cleveland Sharks Bowls Club) to Cenotaph in ANZAC Centenary Park
11am – service at Cenotaph in ANZAC Centenary Park, Shore Street West
11.06am – FA18 flyover

Changed traffic conditions:
Redland City Council advises changed traffic conditions will be in place from 1am until 1pm, Sunday 25 April on Kinsail Court, Middle and Passage streets, Shore Street West, Shore Street North and Sommersea Drive, Cleveland for the Redlands RSL ANZAC Day Service.

Road closures will be in place on Kinsail Court, Passage Street, Shore Street West, Shore Street North and Sommersea Drive, Cleveland.

Redland Bay
No public service for 2021.

North Stradbroke Island
Dawn Service
5.10am – assemble at butcher shop on Welsby Street, Dunwich and march to Centotaph on Welsby Street
5.30am – service at Cenotaph on Welsby Street, Dunwich
Main Service
10.45am – march from end of Dunwich School on Welsby Street (assembly from 10.30am) to Cenotaph on Welsby Street, Dunwich
11am – service at Cenotaph on Welsby Street, Dunwich

Coochiemudlo Island
Dawn Service
5.30am – service at foreshore memorial on Main Beach

Macleay Island
Dawn Service
5.15am – march from Kate Street (assembly from 5am) to Cenotaph in Pat’s Park, 157 Beelong Street.
5.30am – service at Cenotaph in Pat’s Park, 157 Beelong Street

Russell Island
Dawn Service
5.30am – service at Cenotaph, ANZAC Drive
Main Service
10.15am – march from corner Canaipa Road and Cestrum Street (assembly from 10am)
10.30am – service at Cenotaph, ANZAC Drive

Lamb Island
Dawn Service
4.45am – service at Cenotaph, Lucas Drive

ANZAC Day services have been organised by the Redlands RSL, Stradbroke RSL, Macleay Island RSL, Russell Island RSL, Lamb Island Recreation Club and Coochiemudlo Island RSL.

Please remember to observe the required social distancing and hand hygiene while attending ANZAC Day events.

On the ANZAC Day public holiday – Monday 26 April 2021 – all Redland City Council facilities will be closed except for the animal shelter which will open from 9am until noon.

For urgent matters, phone 3829 8999 to be connected with Council outside opening hours.


Redland City salutes Young Legends

Dedication, selflessness, passion and leadership are the hallmarks of six exceptional young Redlanders who have been recognised by Redland City Council at its inaugural Young Legends Awards.

The event, coinciding with Queensland Youth Week, was organised to salute the outstanding contributions of local young people.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the calibre of the award’s 39 finalists had made selecting the winners of the inaugural awards a tough but heart-warming task.

“As young people are our future, I have great confidence in what that future holds for our Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said. “The dedication, drive and passion of our finalists shows just how fortunate we are as a community.”

Cr Williams said that many young people had been hard hit by COVID-19 and too often were unfairly criticised because of the actions of small minority

“There are so many talented, dedicated and inspiring young people who are quietly doing great things in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“During the pandemic, more than 120 local young people signed up to the Volunteering Queensland Care Army or registered to become emergency volunteers. They are among the many young people volunteering, they are our unsung young legends of Redlands Coast.

“Redland City Council wanted to acknowledge these dedicated young people and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The winners:

Young Legend of the Year (under 18) – Harry Taske

“Harry is a very community-minded young man indeed. In addition to his sporting achievements, he has shown a passion for helping others in need as a volunteer since he was just 8 years old, working with organisations that support those who are less fortunate, especially the homeless and those affected by domestic and family violence, and rallying the community to provide desperately needed support,” Cr Williams said.

Young Legend of the Year (over 18) – Jacob Nicholls

“Jacob is such a positive, kind and caring young man. He has been an outstanding role model, from his volunteer work at local community radio station BayFM to his ongoing support in the fight against mental health issues in our community. He also volunteers at Mission to Seafarers Brisbane and with our SES,” Cr Williams said.

Community Commitment – Zoe Bodle

“Zoe is a high achiever who has shown a tireless commitment to organisations such as Scouts and Capalaba Venturers, and is a very proud volunteer at Agoonoree, a camp run by Scouts Queensland to provide children with special needs the opportunity to experience a Scout camp,” Cr Williams said.

Environment and Sustainability – Layne Utz

“Layne began picking up litter in 2018 by himself, giving up countless hours to keep our environment rubbish free. He also created his Litter Legends group on Facebook to inspire other volunteers to help save our environment. The dedication and selflessness of this young man is amazing and we are lucky to have him keeping Redlands Coast naturally wonderful,” Cr Williams said.

Sports Leadership and Achievement (under 18) – Delonte Lavender

“Delonte has had huge impact on his peers, school and greater community and is an inspiration to all through his sporting and school achievements, as well as his leadership qualities. He leads by example, fostering culture, respect and reverence in the local basketball community and Capalaba State College, as well as the greater Redlands Coast community,” Cr Williams said.

Sports Leadership and Achievement (over 18) – Ben Cooper

“Ben has been an active member of Cleveland Air Magic, Australia’s premier rope skipping club, since 2011, competing at an elite level both in Australia and around the world. He has shown true leadership qualities to become a valuable coach as well as one of the highest qualified judges in Australia. Ben freely gives of his time and experience and always goes the extra mile to help young athletes reach their goals,” Cr Williams said.

Digital stories about local youth organisations, which were created by Council’s Redlands Coast Young Leaders group, in partnership with SplashZone Media, were also presented at the event.

“These youth organisations work with young people to help them achieve goals, seek opportunities and learn new skills. These are inspiring stories and well worth seeing,” Cr Williams said.

The presentations – from Running Wild, Headspace, YMCA, the Cage Youth Foundation and Redlands PCYC – can be seen by linking from Council’s website at

“We are fortunate as a community to have groups such as these who are dedicated to helping young people be the best they can be and making Redlands Coast such a great place to be,” Cr Williams said.

Adventuring into Birkdale Community Precinct

Redland City Council is encouraging people to imagine exciting ideas for adventure sports as they have their say on a future vision for Birkdale Community Precinct.

Mayor Karen Williams said the 62-hectare precinct provided opportunity for a multitude of adventure and recreation-based uses.

“Council is committed to providing an Adventure Sports Precinct for Redlands Coast and it is one of the exciting ideas possible for Birkdale Community Precinct,” she said.

“A regional, integrated aquatic centre for Redlands Coast would include a world championship-level 50m pool while adventure sports facilities could include high ropes, zip lines, rock climbing, professional skateboarding, a lagoon and water play features.

“The integrated precinct would also include event space and amenities, with an amphitheatre.”

Cr Williams said such a transformation would bring more jobs to the local area and region during planning, construction and through to operation.

“It would generate a major boost to our economy,” she said.

“Part of an adventure sports precinct could be an Olympic-standard canoe slalom course that could be used for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games should south-east Queensland be the host.

“The whitewater and adventure sport aspects are part of an overall project that could be a game changer for the city.

“It is just one of the many ideas possible for the Birkdale site, though there are other possible locations for the adventure sports precinct across the city.”

Paddle Australia board director and long-time former Redlands Coast resident Andrew Trim said a whitewater facility would provide welcome opportunities for the sport.

“In the high-performance space, but just as importantly in the development recreation and increased participation space,” he said.

“A Queensland artificial course creates increased opportunities for high-performance athletes to train for major events on a reliable world class facility.

“This in itself is a major benefit.

“Having access to a course such as this would help Paddle Australia develop stronger pathways for our younger athletes; consistent access to a quality course is critical for the development of junior elite athletes.”

Mr Trim is a triple Olympian, having competed in canoe sprints in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney, winning bronze (Atlanta) and silver (Sydney) medals in the K2 500m.

Living in Thorneside at the time, Mr Trim trained on Tingalpa Creek for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

“So many kilometres and hours were spent on that stretch of water,” Mr Trim, who lived on Redlands Coast from 1993 to just last year, said.

“The concept of an adventure sports precinct for that site is one of the most exciting developments for locals ever conceived for Redlands Coast.

“Having a course such as this would increase participation in the recreational side of paddling.

“Rafting, freestyle paddling and increased exposure to schools and recreational clubs would benefit the entire south-east Queensland community.”

Mr Trim said an adventure sports precinct’s legacy beyond a potential Olympic Games would involve the attraction of international competitions.

For more information about Council’s community consultation on possible future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct, visit – see expert urban designers’ ideas, watch the videos, read the fact sheets, take a virtual tour of the precinct, and have your say.

Consultation on Birkdale Community Precinct closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Vote to help make Redlands Coast Queensland’s Top Tourism Town

Redlands Coast needs your vote to become Queensland’s Top Tourism Town.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled the city had been named a finalist in the 2021 Queensland Tourism Industry Council Tourism Award Program, which is aimed at recognising the state’s outstanding destinations.

“Now we need the community to show how proud they are of Redlands Coast and get behind our city so we can win the Queensland Top Tourism Town award and help our tourism and hospitality businesses,” Cr Williams said.

“Votes help determine the winner, with a total of 70 per cent to be decided by the public, so your vote is vital.

“To be inspired by our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast you need only look at the world-class experiences on your doorstep, and so close to the Brisbane CBD.

“We are home to the world’s second largest sand island, Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island, that is teeming with marine life, where you can swim with manta rays, watch whales from one of the best land-based whale watching site in the southern hemisphere and spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins.

With 335km of coastline, it is no wonder the Redlands Coast is such a popular playground.

“Redlands Coast is also home to one of the world’s oldest living cultures, with the Quandamooka people delivering immersive cultural tours and experiences for visitors and locals alike.

“With 335km of coastline, it is no wonder the city is a playground for those who love coastal, island and water adventures including sailing, boating, snorkelling, diving, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, making the King Island walk at Wellington Point and visiting our other unique islands.

“Ride the ferry to Coochiemudlo Island or our Southern Moreton Bay Islands, get afloat in Moreton Bay Marine Park, or stretch out on our many hinterland trails and bayside walks.

“Or visit our national parks and rainforest, go mountain bike or horse riding, shop at our unique villages, and enjoy the food and view at the oldest licensed pub in Queensland, the Grand View Hotel, and Queensland’s largest, award-winning winery, Sirromet.

“Our region’s world-class natural and eco-cultural treasures, hidden gems and a friendly, welcoming vibe are the perfect mix for a thriving visitor economy that will also help tourism and businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cr Williams congratulated the tourism industry that works together to develop packages and promotions to encourage visitors to Redlands Coast.

Each year more than 1.2 million visitors come to Redlands Coast, injecting $228 million into the economy and supporting more than 2000 jobs.

In March this year, Redland City Council’s latest tourism video, Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country, won an international gong and catapulted the region on to the world stage.

The video won the Best Cultural Tourism award in Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival and was developed as part of Council’s Reconnect on Redlands Coast campaign to help the tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign was viewed more than 2.57 million times and tourism operators reported an increase in both out-of-region visitors and Redlands Coast residents booking holidays and staycations on Redlands Coast.

To cast your vote for Redlands Coast, visit Council’s website or head straight to the QTIC website.

Voters will be in the draw to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome travel package.

Voting closes 26 April 2021. Winners will be announced in May.  The state winners will represent Queensland at the national awards and have the opportunity to be named Australia’s Top Tourism Town!

Planned burns scheduled – 13 to 16 April 2021

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) will be undertaking three separate planned burns on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah from Tuesday 13 April to Friday 16 April 2021.

They are conducting the burns at the following locations:

  • North of 2 Mile (5.3 ha) on Tuesday 13 April 2021
  • Blue Lake/Kaboora walking track (1.7 ha) on Tuesday 13 April 2021
  • Blue Lake/Kaboora – Tortoise Lagoon (13.9 ha) between Wednesday 14 April and Friday 16 April, 2021, weather permitting.

The burns are being undertaken as part of the annual hazard reduction, cultural heritage and conservation management program for QPWS, to maintain forest health and to help protect life and property in the event of a wildfire.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

Nature-based thinking around the future of Birkdale Community Precinct

With Birkdale Community Precinct rich in protected ecology and environmental values, Redland City Council is encouraging people to consider the area’s natural assets as they imagine and share their ideas for future uses of the land.

The precinct sits within an ecological corridor along the lower Tingalpa and Coolnwynpin Creek catchments and links with a broader network of conservation reserves and protected areas, with almost two-thirds of the precinct being protected by an environmental covenant.

Mayor Karen Williams said the 62-hectare site had potential for a huge variety of community uses, providing they were respectful of the land’s ecology and environment.

“The protections mean the precinct’s habitat, wildlife and heritage will be safe and the community keeps the beautiful greenbelt we now see wrapping around the meandering Tingalpa Creek. I want to make it really clear that these areas are preserved for future generations and will be enhanced and connected to make areas of outstanding ecological importance to our wildlife,” Cr Williams said.

“That doesn’t exclude the community from being able to access and enjoy these beautiful areas in the future, as some low-impact ‘tread-lightly’ ideas that are respectful of their environment are possible. The community will always be the custodians of this protected conservation area which covers almost 40 hectares of the precinct, so how can it be best enjoyed perhaps through education and discovery opportunities?

“It brings to mind such endeavours as interactive nature walks, both day and night-time, and small scale, eco-friendly stay options, such as camping, glamping, perhaps even tree-house accommodation that help facilitate citizen science projects.

“These are just a few of the possible uses and we invite the community to help build the future by sharing their ideas for the site with us. The precinct offers wonderful opportunities for us to transform this site into an environmentally and family-friendly conservation and recreational area that we can all be proud of.”

Cr Williams said Council had undertaken extensive environmental and cultural studies and had implemented management plans for the precinct to protect its unique values.

“There is also the opportunity to enhance habitat connections throughout the site and beyond which is really how we can elevate the importance and quality of the ecology on the land beyond just a single patch,” she said.

“Some of the precinct’s areas that fall under a Community Facilities zone have minimal identified environmental values, allowing potential community uses amid the naturally wonderful environment across the precinct.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said one thing COVID-19 had reminded us all of was the importance of people reconnecting – with themselves and family, within nature.

“In my view, the Birkdale Community Precinct site continues to remind us of the lessons that nature has been offering well before and since European arrival,” Cr Bishop said.

“Set within ancient land and cradled in the curves of a beautiful creek, this area offers an amazing opportunity for individuals and families to reframe our appreciation of economy, ecology and land use planning, as we reconnect with bountiful ecosystems within this place.”

Lat27 director Damian Thompson said reconnecting with nature had become even more critical in recent times as we travelled less and focussed more on our own back yards.

“This site presents an incredible opportunity to connect locals and visitors alike with the unique, largely unknown ecological attributes of this stretch of Tingalpa Creek,” he said.

Mr Thompson was one of five urban design and landscape architecture teams who created ideas boards for the precinct based around themes inherent to the site. His theme was Ecology and Environment.

A June 2020 study of the site’s ecology, commissioned by Redland City Council, discovered 219 flora species on the precinct, of which 146 were considered native species, and a total of 38 fauna species.

Future uses for the area will nurture and continue protecting these flora and fauna species.

The existing native vegetation identified in the report included native foods such as brush cherry, berry saltbush, ruby saltbush, native asparagus, kangaroo grass, warrigal greens (New Zealand spinach) and wombat berry.

For more information about Council’s community consultation on your input into possible future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct, visit – see expert urban designers’ ideas, watch the videos, read the fact sheets, take a virtual tour of the precinct, and have your say.

Two open days when the community will have the rare opportunity to tour the site firsthand are planned for Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17, from 10am to 4pm. Full details on

Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.