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Pop-up art returns in the RAG Red Box – Now at RPAC

The Redland Art Gallery (RAG) Red Box has returned to bring a special showcase of artworks to the Redlands Coast.

Redland Performing Arts Centre is the newest pop-up gallery venue after the program was put on hold last year due to COVID-19.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said its return celebrated visual arts within the Redlands Coast community by offering a free display space for individual artists, schools and community groups.

“The reboot of the Red Box program also signals an extension of the art program at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC),” Cr Williams said.

“The RAG Red Box allows us to take art outside of the usual gallery walls and share some of the amazing work by artists from and connected to Redlands Coast.”

Expressions of interest are now open for artists who would like to exhibit in the RAG Red Box.

This first showcase features Brisbane-based artist Rachel Apelt’s collection of ecoprints, called Understory.

Understory by Rachel Apelt

Ms Apelt said the work explored a sense of place and how we build connection with local land, its water, diverse life forms and communities, often becoming passionate protectors of place.

“Understory includes 487 tiles from ecoprints on Parasol Leaf Tree (Macaranga tanarius) leaves,” Ms Apelt said.

“As I began collecting Macaranga leaves for Understory in February 2021, I found they sparked conversations and new connections.

“Women stopped and asked me about what I was doing. We’d have a chat about art, creek regeneration, urban foraging and then continue on our way with a lighter heart for the connection.

“Each batch of ecoprints had their own personality. Sometimes the paper emerged with a beautiful sienna hue, other times it came out almost purple, and in between, there were variations of brown and grey.

“Sometimes the leaves barely left an impression, other times they were rich with black tannin. I loved that the process was out of my control and was more like a dance of possibility. This always yields creative delight.”

‘Understory’ is on display in the RAG Red Box at RPAC and can be viewed during regular Box Office hours until 28 May. Admission is free.

Ms Apelt is also conducting a free ticketed floor talk and afternoon tea on Friday 21 May at 2pm.

For more information on the RAG Red Box, and to submit an expression of interest to exhibit in the space, visit

Image below: Understory by Rachel Apelt

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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.


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New ‘bike and scooter play’ playgrounds open in time for Easter

Get set for exciting new play experiences at neighbourhood parks in Wellington Point and Ormiston, just in time for Easter school holidays.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said playground upgrades at Plantation Place Park at Wellington Point and Raby Esplanade Park at Ormiston have seen $355,000 and $184,000 upgrades respectively, with the addition of exciting bike and scooter play features at both parks.

“These upgrades are part of a budgeted program of approximately $13.8 million to improve popular parks and sports fields across Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“We expect families and bike and scooter riders to thoroughly enjoy the ‘real road feel’ of the fantastic new play elements opening for school holidays.

“I’m delighted to see these novel upgrades, from which local communities will benefit for years to come.”

Fun at Raby Bay Esplanade Park, Ormiston: Sean and Nabilah with children Cameron and Sienna

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the parks would likely become popular with locals and visitors as places to learn to ride as well as to build road awareness and cycling confidence.

“At Plantation Place there’s an exciting mini-cycle precinct with road signs, a zebra crossing, play train station, small bicycle slalom, mini scooter and bike ramps and corrugations,” she said.

“It’s what parents said they wanted during my community consultation and takes me back to the facility where I learned to ride my bike as a girl.

“This is complemented by a bright new play unit with climbing elements, a slide and a swing.

“At Raby Esplanade, last year’s major playground upgrade is now accompanied by a 200m long circuit that builds on the community’s traditional use of the park as a place for riding bikes and scooters.

“I can see families loving the new features, which include jumps, traffic signs, road markings, turning lanes, roundabouts, ditch rides, rest stops, speed humps and more.

“I invite all Redlands Coast families to explore all these parks have to offer over the Easter school holidays.”


Redland City supports Olympic Games

Redland City Council has formally committed to being part of a 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games proposal.

At a special meeting today, Councillors agreed to enter into the required contractual framework to offer Redlands Coast’s support as a Games venue and Games Partner.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the agreements, which will also be considered by other South-East Queensland councils, were vital for Brisbane to progress its Olympic proposal after being announced as ‘preferred host’ for Targeted Dialogue on February 24.

“This decision allows Brisbane as preferred host to formally show they have our commitment to support the Games through the use of venues and public services,” Cr Williams said.

“We have been on this journey with Brisbane and other South-East Queensland councils from the beginning because we see a potential Olympics and Paralympic Games as a catalyst to deliver the infrastructure, including public transport infrastructure, our community needs.

“Being a Games partner has the potential to deliver significant legacies for our community and today’s decision is an exciting step towards locking in the Games and the many benefits they will bring our city and region.”

Cr Williams said that while there was still a lot to work through, bringing the Olympics and Paralympics to the region would provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity, with a Redlands Coast white-water centre included as a potential venue for Olympic canoe slalom events.

“Redland City Council is committed to delivering a water-based venue that creates a lasting community legacy, regardless of an Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Cr Williams said.

“We want to create a Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct which includes a regional aquatic centre with adventure sports, water play equipment and an Olympic-standard white-water course.

“The course could be an ideal venue for canoe slalom events for a 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games, as well as being able to be used for other international, national and state competitions and emergency services training.

“It would also deliver important benefits in a post-COVID economy, with economic studies suggesting it could potentially create 152 jobs and contribute $52 million annually to the local economy while helping to deliver much-needed transport infrastructure.

“The Games would provide a rare and exciting opportunity to deliver something that enhances community lifestyle and recreational opportunities.

“A sustainable legacy must be part of any Olympics proposal and this certainly aces that requirement.”

Cr Williams said potential sites for a future Redlands Coast white-water centre were still to be determined.

“Council’s commitment to a Brisbane Games bid recognises the enormous potential for Redlands Coast and its residents, particularly in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and our efforts to recover from the crisis,” Cr Williams said.


Update – Les Moore Park, Victoria Point re-opens for swimming

Redland City Council has today re-opened the beach at Les Moore Park, which was temporarily closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria.

Recent sampling confirmed the enterococci bacteria  – which is often found in waterways and can cause mild illnesses such as stomach upsets and infections – is no longer at high levels.

The beach has been reopened for swimming and other recreational activities in accordance with Healthy Land and Water’s Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

The beach will continue to be monitored though routine sampling as part of Council’s recreational water quality monitoring program.

During the COVID-19 lockdown period, local residents are able to access the beach for exercise.


Redland City Council has temporarily closed the beach at Les Moore Park, Victoria Point for swimming, after routine sampling revealed elevated levels of bacteria.

Temporary “no swimming” signs have been erected and ongoing water sampling is being conducted.

While low levels of enterococci bacteria are often found in waterways, particularly after rain and weather events, routine testing has identified elevated levels and Council has made the decision to close the beach in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

As exposure to enterococci bacteria can lead to mild illness such as stomach upsets or infections, Council is warning against swimming there in the interests of community health.

Once the beach is again suitable for swimming, the temporary signage will be removed and a further notification will be provided. This will be when water testing shows acceptable levels for several consecutive days.

For more information about Council’s recreational water monitoring program please visit our Recreational Water Quality webpage.

Council closures during Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown

The Queensland Government has today announced a three-day lockdown due to COVID-19 for Greater Brisbane, including Redland City, from 5pm Monday 29 March 2021 to 5pm Thursday 1 April 2021.

Other local government areas affected by the health directive are Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Logan.

Queensland Health has advised that from 5pm today, people in these local government areas will be required to stay at home except for essential purposes, including buying food and medications, accessing health care or providing support, exercising locally and undertaking essential work and study where they can’t be done from home.

Schools will be open to children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

Masks must be carried everywhere, worn in many indoor spaces and outdoor spaces where you may not be able to physically distance at 1.5 metres per person.

Under the restrictions, all Redland City Council non-essential services will be closed from close of business today, Monday 29 March 2021 until 5pm Thursday 1 April 2021.

This includes:

Council’s Customer Service Centres
Customer Service Centres at Capalaba and Victoria Point will be closed.

Cleveland Customer Service Centre will be open for time critical services that must be managed face-to-face. Residents are strongly encouraged to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible.
Council’s Customer Contact Centre is available for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999 Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

Libraries, Galleries, RPAC and IndigiScapes
Redland Libraries will be closed but the libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.
Council’s art galleries, Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery will be closed.

Visitor Information Centre
While the Visitor Information Centre will be closed, information will still be available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

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

Community halls
Indoor venues, including community halls, will be closed.

Public swimming pools
Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre will be closed.

RACQ Smart Shuttle service
The RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay, Cleveland will not be operating.

RecycleWorld at Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre will be closed.

While our Recycling and Waste Centres remain open, Council urges residents to avoid generating unnecessary waste and avoid visiting the facilities unless absolutely necessary. Social distancing and safety requirements apply, and limitations on how many people can access the site at any one time are in place.

During the three-day lockdown, Council compliance will continue to be enforced for safety issues.

More information

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates.
The Queensland Government is the lead agency in managing the public health response to COVID-19.
For more information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit

Access closed – North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) North Gorge Boardwalk

A wash out has occurred at North Gorge Boardwalk  as a result of recent heavy rain.

The footings of a set of steps  on the southern side of the centre bridge have been undermined. Access on both sides of these steps has been closed and will remain so until it is safe for them to reopen.

People can still enjoy a walk on the boardwalk but will need to return back the way they have come once they reach the closed off section.

Signage has been placed at both entrances to North Gorge Boardwalk to advise walkers.


Redlands Coast App boost for business

Iconic Cleveland pub The Grand View Hotel is finding business success with a local tourism App created by Redland City Council.

Since signing up to offer discount deals and rewards on the Redlands Coast Deals and Rewards App earlier this year, the hotel has attracted day trippers from as far as Ipswich and the Gold Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said the App was designed to help bolster support for local businesses.

“The App gives residents access to exclusive offers and deals, so they can save money while also helping Redlands Coast business operators,” Cr Williams said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said it was wonderful to see the App – which is free for businesses to access and gives them total control over their own deals – bring more visitors and customers to Cleveland.

“I encourage local businesses to submit their deals to the App through the Redlands Coast website,” he said.

Mayor Karen Williams and Division 2 Cr Peter Mitchell enjoy a 2-for-1 coffee deal in the lush grounds of the Grand View Hotel with assistant venue manager Nicole Neucom

Grand View Hotel assistant venue manager Nicole Neucom said hundreds of people had claimed the pub’s special main meals deal since they went live on the App earlier this year.

“We had people telling us that they came from North Brisbane for the day, just so they could use the App discount to dine at the Grand View,” Ms Neucom said.

“Other diners who travelled from Ipswich and the Gold Coast said they had decided to visit Redlands Coast after seeing the Grand View Hotel on the App.

“This success definitely took us by surprise, with many more diners taking advantage of last month’s offer than we had expected.”

Ms Neucom said the Grand View had now moved to featuring a two-for-one coffee and cake offer on the App during March and April.

She expected the deal to draw in many of the walkers and cyclists who frequented the area.

Cr Williams said that in addition to the deals and rewards on offer, the Redlands Coast App was a great source of local tourism information, including holiday guides, accommodation listings and tours and attractions.
“Spanning the sparkling waters of southern Moreton Bay to the borders of Brisbane and Logan, Redlands Coast is southeast Queensland’s gateway to a whole new world of coastal discovery,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast is a city of diverse, naturally wonderful bushland areas, villages, and islands, each with its own personality, adventures and treasures.”

To download the free App visit the Apple App store or get it on Google Play.

Businesses can sign up to the app online at


Russell Island water supply restored

Update – Monday 22 March 2021,  7.23pm

Russell Island water supply restored
Council has located a broken water main at the Southern end of the island. The main has now been isolated and water supply restored to Russell Island, except two nearby properties that have been supplied with bottled water.
Crew plan to repair the water main tomorrow when it is safe to do so.

Council is investigating reports of low water pressure and no water in some areas of Russell Island.

Russell Island water disruption – Monday 22 March 2021, 5.07pm

The location initially reported as the site of a possible pipe burst at Moreton Outlook turned out to be gushing stormwater so officers are continuing to investigate.

Russell Island residents with access to drinking water should fill water bottles and store water now in case of further supply disruption.

Those without water will be able to access a limited supply of bottled water for emergency purposes at the Evacuation Centre:
Where: Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent (near the ferry terminal)
When: 5.30 to 8.30pm tonight.

Tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape its future

Redland City Council is offering a rare opportunity to tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape the future for this important Redlands Coast land.

The precinct will be open to the community on two days in April – Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th from 10am-4pm.

Mayor Karen Williams said the community was invited to the Family Fun Days that will include guided tours on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, music, interpretive signage and displays about the history of the site including two heritage listed area – Willards Farm and the fascinating US Army-built World War II radio receiving station.

“At the Family Fun Days you will be able to not only get a look at this land that has never been open to the public since European settlement, but you will be able to give Council your feedback on ideas for the site,” Cr Williams said.

“We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform more than 62 hectares of community land here at Birkdale into a world-class precinct of local, regional and national significance.

“Council worked hard over many years to secure this land for the community, and now we want the community to help shape the vision for its future.

“It will be exciting to visit the precinct on the open days as this land has been off-limits so we want to let the community start to discover its outstanding features. In the 1940s most of this site came under Commonwealth Government control, and continued to be until Council purchased it in 2019.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said the open days would allow community members and those from further afield to walk the land, learn about its rich history and imagine what it could become.

“There are just so many stories from the site’s past that can inspire future uses,” Cr Bishop said. “I would also love to hear any other stories about the site from the community. You can also add your stories on Council’s Your Say page.”

“Redland Museum will also be at the Family Fun Days providing information, displays and their famous Devonshire teas.”

The precinct is made up of more than 61 hectares of former Commonwealth Land and the 8164-square-metre Willards Farm site which council bought in 2016 to save it from residential subdivision. The entire site is almost 10 times the size of The Gabba and its surrounding facilities in Brisbane.

To help get the community thinking and imagining what could be possible at the precinct, five top urban design and landscape architecture teams were asked to each develop a theme as visual ideas. Their themes were: Education and Discovery; Agriculture and Rural Tradition; Heritage and History; Environment and Ecology; Adventure and Recreation.

Their ideas will be on display at the Birkdale Community Precinct Family Fun Days and also can be viewed at where you also will find more details on the open days and the tours of the site.

The main meeting area onsite will centre around Willards Farm, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale. Look out for signage for parking. If you can’t make it to the site in person, you can take a virtual tour of the site at

Community consultation will close on Tuesday 4 May, 2021 after which Council will prepare a draft vision for adoption then proceed to master planning.