Monthly Archives: October 2021

Keep a look out as koalas are on the move

With breeding season underway koalas are on the move again across Redlands Coast and the community is being urged to keep watch for them.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said koalas were more active during the breeding season, which continued through to December.

“Koalas are mostly active at night but they will move around during the day if they are disturbed, if they are too hot, too cold or simply to find a new feed tree,” Cr Williams said.

“But right now they are out looking for love, so we need to be alert for them on the road or moving through our yards.

“The main messages are: slow down and drive safely; make sure your yard is koala-friendly with ways for them to escape pools or over fences; and ensure your pet is secured at night and when out walking.”

Cr Williams said it was important to keep your distance if you saw a koala and allow it to move about freely unless the animal was in immediate danger.

“If you notice the koala is ill or injured, call the Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue Service immediately on 3833 4031,” she said.

“Council also has an active koala watch program where you can submit any koala sightings when you are out and about.”

To find out more about our urban koalas and what your Council is doing to help, visit

To join the Redlands Coast Koala Watch, go to

Please avoid riding and walking on wet tracks through our bushland

UPDATE: 15 October 2021

Following the recent heavy rain, Redlands Coast’s recreational trails have dried out and are again suitable for use.

EARLIER: 14 October 2021

Redlands Coast has some lovely recreational trails, especially through Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redland Track Park), Bayview Conservation Area and Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area.

But they’re pretty waterlogged just now so we’d prefer you avoided them until they dry out.

Using wet trails can cause substantial damage, spoiling the experience of other users and meaning extra repairs and maintenance.

As a general guide, if you’re leaving a footprint or bike track then the trails are too wet to use.

Try sticking to the wider gravelled access tracks if you’re keen to get out and don’t forget to report fallen or damaged trees on or near trails to Council on 3829 8999.

Thank you for helping us to preserve our wonderful natural area trails.

Sandbagging stations open

Redland City Council sandbagging stations are open today and tomorrow at the following locations:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

Open today, Thursday 14 October: 12 noon until 6pm

Open tomorrow, Friday 15 October: 7am to 2pm

 24-hour self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich –
Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

 Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

 Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

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.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Work to start on Point Lookout Gorge Walk reconstruction

The Point Lookout Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) will soon be fully restored, with work to repair a damaged section of the much-loved walk set to commence.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said reconstruction of a 25 metre section of the boardwalk was expected to start on 25 October 2021 and be completed by late November, weather permitting.

“The Gorge Walk is an iconic destination on Minjerribah so I am very pleased it will soon be repaired ahead of the busy Christmas holiday period,” she said.

“While this beautiful walk has still been accessible from each end, the damaged section, roughly in the middle of the walk, has been closed following a washout caused by heavy rain.

“When the repairs are done and the walk reopens, residents and visitors will once again be able to complete the full 1.2 kilometre circuit uninterrupted.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience while Council assessed the damage and appointed a contractor to undertake the extensive reconstruction work which is required.

“Importantly, residents and visitors can still safely access parts of the boardwalk while the damaged section is being repaired, so go out and enjoy the beautiful panoramas but take heed of site safety signage and don’t enter the closed area.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the reconstruction of the boardwalk was great news for Minjerribah.

“This walk, with all its viewing platforms, is a huge drawcard for both the island and Redlands Coast in general,” he said.

“There are few places anywhere with such amazing views and opportunities for marine wildlife encounters, particularly one so accessible and free.

“I am very excited about the Gorge Walk being fully open once again in time for the Christmas holidays, when everyone can take advantage of this amazing and naturally wonderful outdoor experience.

“There may of course be some minor disruptions during the construction period, including the need to close the southern end of the boardwalk to allow access to complete the works.

“However, the northern section of the Gorge Walk will remain open to tourists and locals throughout this period.”

Another round of Business Brews for industry networking

Redlands Coast manufacturing businesses are invited to this month’s Business Brews industry networking event.

Supported by Redland City Council and held at Bacchus Brewing in Capalaba, this is the sixth event in the series and will focus on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was a great opportunity for local businesses to network and hear about the latest industry directions and training opportunities.

“Guest speaker for the event is TAFE Queensland Business Manager Kevin Roos who will talk about the growing industry need for CNC operators and the TAFE courses that relate to achieving qualifications in that area,” Cr Williams said.

“Council is proud to collaborate on these networking events as another way of adding to its commitment to supporting Redlands Coast industries and businesses.

“As well as sponsoring major business and jobs expos in the region, Council has provided stimulus funding to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Council is focused more on spending local as part of our corporate procurement policy, contract manual and strategic contracting plan and procedures adopted in July last year

“Wherever possible we will be using local businesses and suppliers to continue our support of the local economy and to keep people in jobs and create new employment opportunities.”

Business Brews event details

Time: Thursday, 28 October 2021, 4pm-6pm

Place: Bacchus Brewing, 1 / 2 Christine Place, Capalaba

Registration: Phone Redland City Council on (07) 3829 8999 or email and address your enquiry to the Economic Development Coordinator.

On-site works for Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals set to commence

The Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) ferry terminals upgrade works are due to start at Russell Island this month, with Transport and Main Roads and Redland City Council announcing the start of the on-site works.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said this was good news for the SMBI communities on Russell, Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb islands, with overall works planned for completion in mid-2023.

“This project will deliver new ferry terminals at Russell, Macleay, Lamb, and Karragarra islands, which is a fantastic outcome for residents and visitors coming to our part of the world,” Ms Richards said.

“The works on Russell Island will start this month with some temporary landside works to occur first.

“It will also include repurposing the existing ferry terminal infrastructure for recreational use such as fishing and mooring and support 45 jobs over the life of the works.”

Ms Richards said ferry customers would see changes to pedestrian access to the Russell Island ferry terminal, drop-off facilities and car park.

“The contractor will install temporary footpaths, a temporary access gangway, and a temporary relocation of the shelters to be closer to the relocated facilities,” she said.

“Transportation of the Russell Island pontoon sections from The Jetty Specialists (TJS) yard to Aluminium Marine at Thornlands occurred last week, which is great news for the local business, supporting local jobs.

“Fabrication of the Macleay Island pontoon will now start at the TJS yard.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was excited to announce the commencement of the project’s onsite works.

“I’m delighted that the delivery of one of Redlands Coast’s largest marine infrastructure projects will begin next month, with Russell Island’s ferry terminal the first of the four SMBI terminals to undergo the upgrade,” Cr Williams said.

“Our SMBI communities have waited a long time to see these essential island transportation hubs improved, and it will be exciting to see the works take place over the next 24 months following years of planning and community consultation.

“This joint project is an example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together and I would like to thank the State Government for their support.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the progress was great to see.

“This is fabulous news for the island community,” he said.

“The SMBIs are one of the few communities in south-east Queensland that rely on marine transport and this project will provide safe, reliable and disability accessible transport to and from the mainland.

“Obviously, construction works will be required and we ask that Russell Island residents, business owners and visitors be mindful of temporary changes to parking availability and the new ferry access zone.”

For safety reasons, project contractors at Russell Island will be required to close off a section of the adjoining car park.

From mid-October, several parking bays on the eastern side of the car park will be temporarily unavailable as contractors construct a new footpath leading to a temporary ferry access jetty, which will be the new boarding and disembarking point for commuters during the construction phase.

Council will install maps and signs outlining the location of the new temporary ferry access jetty, which will be approximately 30 metres to the right of the existing ferry terminal, and construction signs will indicate which parking bays need to remain unoccupied.

For more information on the project, visit the project page at or email the TMR project team at

Temporary commercial use invited for select parks

To activate and enliven some of the city’s public spaces and create opportunities for local businesses, Redland City Council is now accepting Expressions of Interest for temporary commercial activities for a select group of Redlands Coast parks and open spaces.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council supported a range of such activities in selected parks, including:

  • personal fitness training and coaching program
  • mobile food and beverage vehicles
  • hire of recreation equipment (watercraft, bikes, scooters)
  • entertainment (busking, face painting, magicians, jumping castles, mobile animal petting and entertainers for small events and celebrations)
  • tourist-based activities (canoe and kayak tours)

“This is only for those parks selected where temporary commercial activities could be offered without impacting the amenity and safety of park users and neighbours,” Cr Williams said.

“Commercial vendors that complement nearby businesses by offering a different product or service are also preferred.”

“Temporary commercial activities are generally of a low-scale, and are restricted to a footprint of 30 sq m. Depending on the size and shape of the park, the number of commercial vendors is capped at between one and three.

“Activating our parks and public spaces in this way further enlivens them and creates vibrant, liveable communities as well as opportunities for local businesses.

“Vendors who want to operate in a park can now submit an Expression of Interest to Council. If short-listed, they will be invited to formally apply for approval and terms and conditions will apply.”

Information on how to lodge an EOI and for the list of the applicable parks and open spaces, go to:

TV eco-warrior characters help Council spread sustainability message

Redland City Council is offering free sustainability resources for childcare centres and primary schools through a partnership with the makers of ABCKids series dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV.

Mayor Karen Williams said the resources complemented Council’s green living principles by supporting communities to become more sustainable.

“Council works with residents, community groups, business and environmental agencies on a wide variety of initiatives to protect and restore our naturally wonderful environment,” she said.

“This includes offering a variety of environmental education programs to local schools and community groups.

“We are currently reviewing our programs so they have an increased focus on providing more curriculum-based resources.

“The Get Grubby Program is the first in a series of educational programs that will be targeted to children in childcare centres through to primary schools.”

The Get Grubby Program features Costa the Garden Gnome and dirtgirl.

The program includes eco-warriors dirtgirl, scrapboy and Costa the Garden Gnome from ABCKids staring in 50 specially-created videos.

There are 10 units in the program and a range of activities to choose from on each topic including games, crafts, quizzes, music and drama.

“Get Grubby will give teachers and children confidence to get outside to explore and celebrate nature and become great recyclers, composters, gardeners, worm farmers and water savers,” Cr Williams said.

“This program is exciting because it is targeted at our younger residents who can then be influencers in their own homes.

“It’s all about showing our residents the easy steps they can take to help them live more sustainably.”

dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby creator Cate McQuillen said the program was all about positive learning.

“Kids need to experience the natural world for themselves,” Ms McQuillen said.

“We want every child in Australia to be excited about the world around them and take those messages home to their families.

“They need to know there are little things they can do every day to make a difference. It helps them take control over their own futures.”

All childcare, day care, family day care centres and primary schools in the Redland City Council area are eligible for free access to the program.

Council’s IndigiScapes Centre will also use the Get Grubby resources to deliver sustainability events and workshops.

For more information on Get Grubby and other Council environmental education programs, visit

Court of Appeal overturns Alexandra Hills service station development approval

Redland City Council has welcomed a decision by the Court of Appeal supporting their 2015 decision to refuse the King of Gifts’ development application for a service station and fast-food drive-thru restaurant at Alexandra Hills.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had opposed the application for the last six years, arguing it was in conflict with the planning scheme.

“This decision is a win for residents and for Council who has represented the community over many years in opposing this project because of its potential environmental and traffic impacts,” Cr Williams said.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, left, and Cr Rowanne McKenzie outside the land in question at 604-612 Redland Bay Rd, Alexandra Hills.

“This has been a long battle, which began with our original decision to refuse the application in 2015, arguing it had the potential to impact important environmental, open space and bushland areas near the site at 604-612 Redland Bay Road.”

“Over the last five years our original decision has been overturned twice by the Planning and Environment Court, but we never gave up fighting for the community and successfully appealed those decisions.”

Councillor for Division 7 Rowanne McKenzie said last week’s decision ended years of uncertainty for local residents.

“When I’m out speaking with local residents they regularly raise this application with me and so Council was determined to represent them in opposing it,” Cr McKenzie said.

“This latest court ruling is a win for the community and results in the applicant’s appeal to the Planning and environment Court being dismissed, ending years of uncertainty for local residents.

“As part of the Court ruling King of Gifts (Qld) Pty Ltd and HTC Consulting Pty Ltd have been ordered to pay Council’s appeal costs.”

Entertainers line up for Dîner en Rouge fundraiser

A stellar line-up of entertainment will feature at this year’s Dîner en Rouge event which raises funds for Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence.

Mayor Karen Williams said the live stage production, themed Musique en Rouge, would feature a night of exceptional entertainment at Redland Performing Arts Centre on 6 November 2021.

“Australian cabaret and theatre performer Luke Kennedy joined The Little Red Company to give a fabulous performance last year so I am very pleased he has returned to headline this year’s event,” Cr Williams said.

Luke Kennedy is one of the performers at this year’s Diner en Rouge fundraiser.

“Luke is a former member of Australia’s classical crossover group The Ten Tenors and was a grand finalist on season two of The Voice Australia.

“He will be joined by fellow The Voice alumni Irena Lysiuk who is an incredibly versatile opera singer, musical theatre performer and pop chanteuse, who has worked extensively with Opera Queensland and The Little Red Company.

“Complementing this amazing night of entertainment is Australia’s premier pop-opera group Belladiva, who perform intricate arrangements of best-loved classics.”

Cr Williams said the night would also feature two special guest speakers – domestic and family violence prevention advocate Vanessa Fowler and Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd.

“Vanessa is the sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay, who was tragically killed by her husband in 2012,” she said.

“She is committed to turning her family’s experience into a positive example of making a change within the community.

“Vanessa is co-Chair of the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council and Chair of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation.

Vanessa Fowler is one of two special guest speakers at Diner en Rouge.

“Our other speaker, Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd leads the Queensland Police Service Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command, which was established in March this year.

“He has established a pathway towards a more victim-centric, trauma-informed policing response to domestic and family violence, which will provide better protection for vulnerable members of our community.”

Dîner en Rouge will also include silent auctions and raffles, with all proceeds going to domestic and family violence support services on Redlands Coast.


What: Musique en Rouge – annual fundraiser to help Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence

When: Saturday 6 November 2021 from 5pm

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: $85 each or $80 per person for groups of 10 or more (incl GST). Tickets include canapés and a welcome drink.

Purchase tickets:

  • Online from
  • By telephone during business hours on 3829 8131
  • In person at Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday

More information:

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