Monthly Archives: August 2021

Council playgrounds, exercise equipment off-limits during lockdown


Redland City Council playground and exercise equipment, skate parks, BMX tracks, public barbecues and tennis courts have joined the list of places off-limits to the public during the current COVID-19 lockdown, that was today extended to 4pm on Sunday 8 August 2021.

The Queensland Government announced today that the lockdown would be extended by another five days in 11 local government areas across south-east Queensland, including Redland City.

Due to the high risk of COVID-19 transmission, and as required by the State Government, residents must not use Council playground or exercise equipment, skate parks, BMX tracks or public barbecues during the lockdown. The Council-operated Wellington Point Tennis Courts on Birkdale Road are also closed to the public.

Council’s essential services will continue to operate as usual, other services are operating online and some have closed for the lockdown.

Council’s NAIDOC Cultural Celebration at Raby Bay Harbour Park that was planned for this Saturday, 7 August has been cancelled. It had already been postponed from an earlier date due to a previous lockdown.

The following Redland City Council services have moved online or are closed to the public for the duration of the lockdown, pending further advice from the Queensland Government:

Council’s Customer Service Centres
Customer Service Centres at Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point will be closed for the duration of the lockdown, but Council’s online and telephone services will continue.

Council’s Customer Contact Centre is available for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999 Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

Urgent requests that cannot be performed over the telephone or via email can be requested by contacting Council’s customer contact centre to make an appointment.

Libraries
Redland Libraries are closed but online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

For those with children at home, you might like to make use of the Libraries online story time each morning at 9.30am.

Return chutes are closed, with loan and hold periods extended.  No late fees will be incurred.  To access digital library services, visit our website or download the app from the App Store or Play Store.

Art Galleries
Council’s Art Galleries are closed for the duration of the lockdown.

RPAC

Redland Performing Arts Centre is closed for the duration of the lockdown. All scheduled performances and workshops have been postponed.  See RPAC website www.rpac.com.au for latest performance updates.

IndigiScapes Centre
Closed.

Visitor Information Centre
While the Visitor Information Centre at Raby Bay is closed, information is still available by phone on 1300 667 386; or visit the Redlands Coast website.

Redland Animal Shelter
The gates to Redland Animal Shelter are closed, with onsite staff available for appointments and emergency drop-offs only.

Community halls
Indoor venues, including community halls, are closed.

Public swimming pools
Cleveland Aquatic Centre is closed. Bay Islands Aquatic Centre is already closed for winter.

RecycleWorld
RecycleWorld at Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre is closed.

Recycling and Waste Centres

While Council’s Recycling and Waste Centres remain open, Council urges residents to avoid generating unnecessary waste and avoid visiting the facilities unless absolutely necessary. Physical distancing, wearing a face mask, and safety requirements apply.

For the latest health information, visit the Queensland Health website.

Council supports project to help Redlands Coast music industry


Redland City Council has thrown its support behind an initiative which aims to support the creative and career development of local musicians.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast’s Live and Local Program was part of a wider south east Queensland music recovery project which aimed to build the capacity of local live music communities including musicians, businesses and venues.

“The main focus of this project is to help the music industry recover from the ongoing effects of COVID-19,” Cr Williams said.

“Many musicians are out of work due to the cancellation of events, closed venues and limited paid performance opportunities.

“The Redlands Coast Live and Local Program is a capacity building project which focuses on strengthening and supporting local live music communities.”

Cr Williams said the project aimed to deliver a number of opportunities including:

  • mentorship of an emerging local event curator/producer
  • the creation of a digital platform for performers to link artists with venues and local festival and event organisers
  • the delivery of performance opportunities for new and emerging musicians
  • local and regional industry roundtables
  • skills and professional development programs.

Cr Williams said the first priority of the newly-formed local area Music Working Group was to encourage as many local musicians as possible to register for a region-wide festival of micro events to be held between August and October this year.

Musicians can register their interest online until 8 August 2021.

The Music Working Group has also prepared two surveys – one for venues/presenters and another for musicians.

For more information on the Live and Local program visit redland.qld.gov.au

The project is in partnership with Redland City Council, The Live Music Office, QMusic and Creative Alliance Queensland.

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Draft medium density amendments to encourage housing diversity and quality for Redlands


Redland City Council will consult the community on a Redland City Plan amendment package designed to deliver well-designed apartments and townhouses across the city.

Mayor Karen Williams said the proposed City Plan amendment and policy amendment package followed a thorough review of multiple dwelling outcomes delivered by the City Plan since its commencement in 2018.

The findings and recommendations of the review were presented to the council in May 2020.

“Redlands Coast community has consistently expressed strong views about the quality and location of residential growth within the city with a preference for well-located and designed housing development,” Cr Williams said.

“The review identified a number of concerns with the built form and design elements being delivered under the City Plan and opportunities to address these concerns and improve the design outcomes being delivered.

“This included ways to better integrate the design outcomes sought by the existing Multiple Dwelling Design Guide into the zone codes of the City Plan.

“The design guide was also recommended to become a planning scheme policy to assist in its use for guiding development proponents in achieving high quality design outcomes.”

Cr Williams said the review included the operation and coordination of existing built form and design provisions, the approach of other regional councils, and the effectiveness of the existing Multiple Dwelling Design Guide that supports, but is not part, of the current City Plan.

“A greater diversity of housing options, including multiple dwellings strategically located throughout the city close to centres and public transport is important to manage expected population growth while at the same time responding to the changing housing needs of the community,” she said.

“It plays a key role in meeting housing and lifestyle needs of the growing and changing community; providing greater housing choice in the city, including affordable housing options, while supporting improved public transport services, and enhancing the economic vitality of centres.

“Ensuring the City Plan delivers a high-quality multiple dwelling built form, consistent with Redland City’s character, is essential to maintaining the quality of life and amenity of the Redlands Coast.”

Cr Williams said the proposed amendments to the City Plan were supported and informed by testing and review by independent planning and economic consultants.

“The current location and extent of land zoned for medium density development in City Plan 2018 was also found to accord with current strategic development outcomes, and no change to zoning maps was needed,” she said.

Council this week responded separately to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government and Planning noting that the State Government’s own reporting shows the City is meeting Shaping SEQ dwelling supply benchmarks and delivering housing diversity.

“This includes seven years supply of uncompleted multiple dwellings.

“Council considers the delivery of State transport and other infrastructure is a high priority for effectively addressing the ongoing housing supply and diversity needs of the City.”

The proposed medium density amendments have been reviewed by the Queensland Government and agreed for community consultation.

The major amendment and the planning scheme policy will be advertised for a 30 day public consultation and formal submission period beginning on 4 August.

Islands work funded under stimulus package


Macleay and Russell islands residents are getting a smoother run and a fun park refresh thanks to two works programs funded by a COVID-19 recovery stimulus package.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said road green-sealing work on the islands and a renewal of the Jackson Oval Park play space on Russell Island had been funded under the second phase of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

“This Australian Government stimulus funding is over and above Council’s own stimulus spending program,” Cr Williams said.

“The latest round of Redlands Coast-based projects approved under the second phase includes $621,500 for road green sealing on Macleay and Russell islands.

“This work involves using a two-coat bitumen seal to suppress and manage dust and prevent the environmental impact of gravel loss from unsealed roads on the islands.

“It will also improve stormwater management by reshaping roadside drains. Work is scheduled to continue to run through into November, weather permitting.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the second island project funded under the LRCI program was a $214,000 renovation of the Jackson Oval Park play node on Russell Island.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards at Jackson Oval Park on Russell Island during the renovation works.

“The existing play equipment at Jackson Oval had reached the end of its usable life, so I am delighted to see the renewed play facilities for residents and visitors as well as the sporting groups that use the site,” he said.

“The park renewal and the green-sealing are part of more than $5 million being invested in Redlands Coast community infrastructure under the funding.”

The Australian Government’s LRCI program supports local councils to deliver priority projects while supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian Government has committed $5.3 million to works in Redlands City under the LRCI Program Phase 2.