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Christmas by Starlight to shine a helping hand on Queensland farmers


Queensland farmers doing it tough as a result of the drought will benefit from donations collected at Redland City Council’s annual Christmas by Starlight event in Cleveland later this month.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would partner with the Rotary Club of Cleveland to collect donations at the event for the Rotary Australia drought appeal.

“The national appeal is raising money to help farmers who are suffering from drought conditions and Redland City Council wants to help,” she said.

“The Redlands Coast community is a generous one, and I know residents attending Christmas by Starlight will dig deep and donate what they can to the appeal.

“Community clubs such as Rotary are the life blood of local communities, working to provide vouchers, food and animal fodder to those communities that are being heavily challenged by these harsh conditions.

“As well as assisting rural families, money spent in these communities has a flow-on effect to local businesses, which are also struggling.”

Cr Williams also advised that due to the recent fire disasters in neighbouring regions and current fire ban for Redlands Coast, Council had made the difficult decision to cancel the planned fireworks finale at Christmas by Starlight.

“Given current dry weather conditions and the plight of others around Australia, we have made the decision to not have a fireworks display this year and offer a new surprise finale.

“We are working with our fireworks provider, a local family-run business and loyal sponsor of Christmas by Starlight, to create an exciting and magical Christmas moment for families to enjoy.”

Cr Williams said Council employees and community volunteers would also collect eligible cans and plastic containers used by event goers to recycle through the Containers for Change scheme.

“These containers will be exchanged for cash, with the funds collected also going to the Rotary appeal,” she said.

Christmas by Starlight – Redlands Coast’s largest free community event – will be held at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds from 4pm on Saturday, 14 December.

For more information, visit Council’s Christmas by Starlight web page.

Mayor Karen Williams with Rotary Club of Cleveland’s Luis Filardi and Jon Womersley

 

 

 

 

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Redlands Coast set to again shine on screen


Redlands Coast is once again set to star on screen, with filming of Australian production Great White, wrapping up its local location shoots last week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the cast and crew of Great White, produced by Thrills & Spills along with Silver Wings Films and Piccadilly Pictures, filmed on location at Raby Bay, Redland Bay and Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra National Park).

“Redlands Coast is fast gaining a reputation as a location of choice for films and I am proud we have again been for Australian movie Great White,” Cr Williams said.

“More than 85 cast and crew including lead actors Katrina Bowden and Aaron Jakubenko filmed on location at Redlands Coast from October through to November 2019, providing an economic boost for the local community.”

Great White Producer Pam Collis said the production was drawn to Redlands Coast for filming because of its pristine natural attractions that are accessible and support a film crew.

“The producers’ impressions of Redlands Coast are that it has such a scenic vista on the doorstep of Brisbane and opens up ‘a whole new’ film scape yet to be fully realised.

“Redland City Council has proven to be extremely film-friendly and have made it a smooth working relationship in explaining the submission process for permits.

“The film crew have found the locals interested but not intrusive and enjoyed their experience of being able to work close to their home base without being away from home, which is often the case.

“The experience filming here has been so good that the producers are happy to not only film in the area again but are more than happy to recommend the area to their counterparts,” Ms Collis said.

The film, slated for release in 2021, follows the story of seaplane operators and lovers, Kaz Fellows (Katrina Bowden) and Charlie Brody (Aaron Jakubenko), along with their passengers, Joji Minase (Tim Kano), his wife Michelle (Kimie Tsukakoshi) and cook Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who take a flight to the picturesque Hell’s Reef.

It isn’t long though before their idyllic trip turns into a living hell when they become abandoned miles from shore and in grave danger from what lurks just below the surface.

Great White is the latest in a line of productions that have chosen to do business on Redlands Coast, with the region’s film-friendly reputation continuing to grow.

Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on Redlands Coast include Reef Break, Aquaman, Tidelands, Harrow (Seasons 1 & 2), Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

This week Safe Harbour won an International Emmy for Best TV Movie/Miniseries.

Great White film’s Michael Robertson (Producer), Martin Wilston (Director), Pam Collis (Producer) and Neal Kingston (Producer) on location at Peel Island.

Great White lead actors Aaron Jakubenko and Katrina Bowden experience Redlands Coast.

 

 

 

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Koala selfie statue wins art challenge


The popularity of selfies is behind the winning entry in Redland City Council’s Koalas in Design art challenge.

The competition focused on promoting the importance of koala conservation and how students could help protect them, with winners presented with their awards at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) by Mayor Karen Williams.\

The overall winner was an entry from Wellington Point State High School students, who tapped into the digital selfie photo craze to promote the message of koala protection.

It features an oversized koala sculpture with its legs acting as a seat on which people can sit and take a selfie to share on social media to encourage cyberspace conversations about koalas.

Two runners’ up awards went to Cailin Baynton from Victoria Point State High School for a sculpture design titled ‘How much can a koala bare’ and Lili Leaney from Cleveland District State High School for her mural design called ‘The only tree’.

Cr Williams said all the entries were thought provoking.

“Redlands Coast young artists have used this challenge to showcase their talents to promote ways to protect our region’s koalas,” Cr Williams said.

“The conservation of our koalas is a priority for the whole of Council but we also need to tap into the younger generation to get their ideas as well.

“The quality of the entries we received demonstrates not only the wealth of creative talent across Redlands Coast but also that our younger residents share our goals of keeping koalas safe and healthy.

“I know judges had a tough time selecting a winner and I commend all the entrants on their great efforts.”

The winning team will now work with an artist at RPAC to bring the sculpture to life and it will become part of Redland City Council Art Assets for placement in the city at a site yet to be decided.

All entries in the challenge will be on display at RPAC until October 31.

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Minjerribah (Straddie) place markers share Quandamooka storylines


Quandamooka artists Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and Belinda Close have unveiled the concepts for their public art place markers at Mulumba (Point Lookout) and Pulan (Amity Point) at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

The artists’ works share Quandamooka culture and storylines that are thousands of years old and will allow all those who experience them, whether visitor or local, to learn about the ancestral connections between people and place, expressed by the artists who are of the place.

“Redland City Council is working in collaboration with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the artists to create place markers of cultural significance at Point Lookout and Amity Point, as part of the Queensland Government’s economic transition strategy, called Minjerribah Futures, for North Stradbroke Island,” Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said.

“The artists have captured perfectly the timeless links of the eugarie shell (at Mulumba) and sea eagle (at Pulan) to the Quandamooka people.

“Besides being an important acknowledgement of Quandamooka culture, we know that international visitors to Australia – as well as visitors from closer to home – want to experience Aboriginal culture.

“At Redlands Coast we are fortunate to have an ever-increasing range of incredible Quandamooka cultural tourism experiences on offer which are attracting visitors to the area. These place markers will add to the experiences on offer and contribute to valuable cultural learnings.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the place markers were among more than 20 projects being delivered by the Queensland Government as the island moved towards a new future as a globally recognised cultural and eco-tourism destination.

“Over the next two years we are investing $25 million to create jobs on Minjerribah,” Ms Jones said.

“As well as these public artworks, there will be a landmark contemporary arts centre, better walking and recreational tracks, a new education exchange, more aged care beds, Yalingbila Bibula (whale on the hill) and a master plan for Goompi (Dunwich).”

Delvene said of her design: “The eugarie is symbolic of people coming together. They mark places of gathering for Quandamooka people and the new place marker honours those places of gathering, those who gathered and will mark the place of ongoing gatherings.

“Where they are placed allows the viewer to walk through and around – feeling the texture of the weathered shell.”

At Amity Point, artist Belinda Close shares the story of Mirriginpah, the sea eagle.

“The work depicts the eagle soaring above in search of food and is of great cultural significance to the Quandamooka people,” Belinda said.

“Mirriginpah is an important yuri and helper for the community and Quandamooka people recognise its connection with sea country.

“It is a storyline of the sea eagle alerting the Quandamooka people to the start of the mullet season.”

Redland City Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell welcomed the artworks as impressive new attractions for Minjerribah.

“These place markers will have the potential to become iconic statements, bringing together some of the Island’s iconic animals with their Quandamooka spiritual stories – these stunning sculptures will undoubtedly be photographed by visitors and shared around the world,” Cr Mitchell said.

Belinda’s art, which also acts as a weather vane, will be installed at Cabarita Park, Pulan.

The Mulumba (Point Lookout) place marker will be installed at the Gorge Walk trail head, opposite the shops.

The place markers will also include information on the story behind each work of art as well as vertical location signage elements that can easily be seen from the road and include dual Quandamooka naming for Point Lookout (Mulumba) and Amity Point (Pulan).

The place marker project is being funded by the Queensland Government’s Minjerribah Futures program, with Redland City Council leading the project and Quandamooka Yoollooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation contracted to deliver the artworks.

Council is leading community engagement on the designs. This has included engaging with the community at the Point Lookout Markets at the Minjerribah Futures stand, as well as meeting individually with business owners and key groups across the island in July.

The works will be installed later this year.

For more information or to have your say on the designs, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site.

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New public art banners bring Libby Harward exhibition outdoors


The latest temporary art banners in Redland City Council’s public art program have been revealed today, with works by artist Libby Harward installed as part of Quandamooka Festival and NAIDOC Week 2019 celebrations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the pieces were an extension of Already Occupied: Libby Harward, on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 30 June – 1 September 2019, and would take the exhibition to a wider audience.

“Libby Harward is a Quandamooka artist and descendent of the Ngugi people from Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) who employs humour, language and stunning imagery to spark conversations about Country and her connection to it,” Cr Williams said.

“Her Already Occupied: Libby Harward series shares a thought-provoking message with the community.

“By taking some of these works to three very prominent outdoor locations, we hope they will be seen by many more people and reach new audiences.”

The works Ngugi Bajara (Footprint)Mulgumpin, Ngugi Bambara (Pathway)Mulgumpin and Ganngalanji – Re-calling will be featured across three installations – two in Cleveland and one on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

Cr Williams said the public art banners provided a connection between North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and the mainland during the Quandamooka Festival and upcoming NAIDOC celebrations.

“These installations are the latest in our Creative Arts Redlands’ Public Art Program, and we are proud to share Libby’s artworks, and these visual representations of her experiences, with all on Redlands Coast.

“It is wonderful to see them presented on the mainland and on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) as part of the Quandamooka Festival program.”

Libby Harward began her career as a solo street artist under the pseudonym ‘Mz Murri Cod’ in 2003, continuing, through her personal art practice, to deepen her connection with her Indigenous culture.

Already Occupied is an ongoing art project by Harward which asserts Aboriginal sovereignty through temporary installations on Country.

Where to see the banners:

Ngugi Bajara (Footprint) – Mulgumpin (detail) 2018: Harold Walker Jetty, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island
Ngugi Bambara (Pathway) – Mulgumpin (detail) 2018: exterior, Council Administration Building, Middle Street, Cleveland (next to Redland Art Gallery main entrance)
Ganngalanji – Re-calling (detail) 2018: Redland Performing Arts Centre (exterior facing Shore Street), Cleveland

For details on Already Occupied: Libby Harward and other Redland Art Gallery events and exhibitions visit the Redland Art Gallery website.

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Quandamooka artists to create iconic township place markers on Minjerribah


Belinda Close and Delvene Cockatoo-Collins have been announced as the artists tasked with designing new place markers to the townships of Amity Point (Pulan Pulan) and Point Lookout (Mooloomba), on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the appointment of the two prominent Quandamooka artists was a milestone in the project, with concept designs to go out for community comments when the concepts were completed.

“Redland City Council, as lead for this exciting project, has contracted Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) to design and install Quandamooka-inspired place markers,” Cr Williams said.

“Significant background work has already taken place on the best locations for the statements, as well as community consultation undertaken in 2018 to inform the artist’s project brief.

“Proposed locations, which will be part of the next stage of community engagement, are Cabarita Park at Amity Point (Pulan Pulan) and near the pedestrian crossing at the top of Mooloomba Road, Point Lookout (Mooloomba) where there is currently a small information hut.

“It will be exciting to see what Belinda and Delvene create, merging their own inspirations with those expressed by the community.

Divisional Councillor for North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) Peter Mitchell said concept designs for the place markers were expected to go out to the community mid-year, while the works would be installed later in the year.

“These place markers will have the potential to become iconic statements, attract visitors and be the subject of many tourists’ and locals’ selfie moments sent around the world, increasing knowledge of the island and the Quandamooka stories behind the sculptures.”

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello said the new place markers would evoke a powerful sense of the vibrant and deep connections Quandamooka people have to Minjerribah.

“These place markers will acknowledge the depths of history etched into the fabric of Mooloomba and Pulan Pulan, an experience that extends from the contemporary moment and into deep time,” he said.

“While Quandamooka people already read this landscape and its marks, these new place markers will allow visitors, residents and strangers to better understand the ancestral connections between people and place, to be poetically expressed by artists who are of this place.”

Acting Tourism Industry Development Minister Di Farmer said the place markers project was one of many supported by the Queensland Government’s $24.75 million economic transition strategy to support the island’s economy as it transitions from sand mining at the end of 2019.

“We’re committed to delivering projects that will create jobs for locals and stimulate the economy on North Stradbroke Island – this initiative does just that,” she said.

“These place markers, created by two outstanding local artists, will be stunning entry points into the rich history of the Quandamooka people on the island for visitors and locals alike.”

Funding for the place markers is from the State Government’s North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy.

For more information visit Redland City Council’s Your Say website

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Easter public holiday closures 2019


Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City Council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed from Friday 19 April (Good Friday) through to Monday 22 April (Easter Monday), returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

ANZAC Day: Closed Thursday 25 April 2019. Reopening Friday 26 April 2019

During this time after hours return chutes will be closed. No items will be due during this time.

Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre is currently closed for renovations.
The Nursery will be closed on Good Friday 19 April 2019.

ANZAC Day: IndigiScapes Gardens & Nursery will be open at 12pm (noon).

Bin collections

All bin collections will continue as usual throughout this period. Please note that there will be no bin deliveries or exchanges on public holidays. Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

Waste transfer stations

All mainland and island waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday 19 April 2019. Residents should check the website for all other opening times.

RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay will be closed Easter Saturday. Reopening on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will operate as per regular operating hours.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC Box Office will be closed for Easter from 4pm on Thursday 18 April 2019 and re-open on Tuesday 23 April 2019. During this time tickets can be purchased online via www.rpac.com.au

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will be closed from Monday 15 April – Friday 3 May 2019 for exhibition changeover and maintenance. Repoening Sunday 5 May 2019 at 9am.

Redland Art Gallery Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba is closed Monday 22 April 2019 and Thursday 25 April 2019.

Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

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Tidelands to globally showcase Redlands Coast this December on Netflix


The naturally wonderful locations of film-friendly Redlands Coast are set to be showcased to audiences in more than 190 countries when Tidelands is streamed globally on Netflix on December 14.

Tidelands was brought to the state by the Queensland Government’s Production Attraction Strategy administered by Screen Queensland.

Mayor Karen Williams said the international release of Tidelands – the first Netflix original drama series to be commissioned and made completely in Australia – would put a spotlight on Redlands Coast and could potentially attract more productions and visitors to the area.

Tidelands filmed throughout Redlands Coast for more than 20 days between April and July 2018, providing an economic boost for our local accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes, boating companies and community groups,” Cr Williams said.

“This included 11 nights spent on North Stradbroke Island.

“Redlands Coast locations that will feature in Tidelands include Cleveland, Victoria Point and Redland Bay on the mainland; Dunwich, Amity, Home Beach and Adder Rock on North Stradbroke Island; and the spectacular southern Moreton Bay.

“The trailer for Tidelands looks fantastic and I look forward to watching ‘Orphelin Bay – Queensland’s Best Kept Secret’ come to life on screen.”

Tidelands Executive Producer Nathan Mayfield said Hoodlum Productions – a Brisbane-based Emmy® and BAFTA Award-winning production company – had a fantastic experience filming the eight-part fictional drama series entirely in south-east Queensland.

“Filming in our home region is only made possible with enthusiasm and support at all levels of government, and also at the community level – our coalface,” he said.

“Producing this show would not be the same without welcoming communities and spectacular locations like North Stradbroke Island and Redlands Coast surrounds.”

Screen Queensland’s Board Chair Linda Lavarch said the series was a major boost for the local screen industry and delivered positive outcomes for the community, tourism and the economy.

“The series employed approximately 500 Queenslanders across cast, crew and extras and injected an estimated $12 million into the state’s economy,” Ms Lavarch said.

“There is already huge global interest in Tidelands and anticipation for its release and I’m sure fans around the world will be inspired to come and experience the locations where this unique series was filmed.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council was proud to be part of Screen Queensland’s Film-Friendly Pathways Program and was enjoying a wave of success with a growing number of productions choosing to film on location in the area.

“Film-friendly Redlands Coast – with its naturally wonderful locations – hopes to welcome more productions in the future,” she said.

Tidelands is the latest addition to a growing list of productions that have been attracted to film in the state by the Queensland Government and which have filmed on Redlands Coast.

Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on the Coast include Aquaman, Harrow, Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Tidelands show synopsis
Tidelands 
follows Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best – Home & Away, Puberty Blues), a young woman who after 10 years in juvenile detention then jail returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay, where she’s plunged into a mystery and must uncover the town’s well-hidden secrets. Elsa Pataky (Fast and the Furious), Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock) and Peter O’Brien (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) co-star in the original series written by Stephen M. Irwin and Leigh McGrath (Harrow).

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Symbiotic exhibitions opening in December: Australien Future – Tales of Migration and Shore Birds


Visit Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 9 December for two related exhibitions by south-east Queensland artist Deb Mostert and the Redlands Coast locals she has mentored.

Deb Mostert’s exhibition, Australien Future – Tales of Migration, focusses on people, birds and memory.

It was inspired by the artist’s discovery of film footage taken by her grandfather on board a migrant ship that transported him and his family from Holland to Australia in 1955.

In the mediums of painting and sculpture, Mostert explores parallels between her family history and the migration stories of the waders that visit our shores.

Migratory birds travel huge distances of thousands of kilometres driven by the basic needs for safety and food, and to be able to reproduce and raise their families in a safe place rather the harsh conditions of their breeding grounds.

Australien Future raises conversation about attitudes to different migrations and why some people and birds are more vulnerable than others.

Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain said a second exhibition featuring shore bird sculptures by Redlands-based artists would run concurrently with Mostert’s solo exhibition.

Shore Birds is a large scale installation incorporating more than 330 shore birds created by Redlands Coast locals at Redland Art Gallery’s shore bird-making workshops with Deb Mostert,” Ms Bain said.

“The sculptures – created under the mentorship of Ms Mostert – complement and bring a local flavour to her solo exhibition.”

Both exhibitions will be open at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 9 December 2018 until Sunday 20 January 2019, with free entry.

Members of the public are invited to the following happenings.

Opening Event

Friday 7 December from 6.30pm at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland (RAG), Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets.

Floor Talk with artist Deb Mostert (and morning tea)

Sunday 9 December from 10am at RAG, Cleveland. Join us for morning tea and hear from exhibiting artist Deb Mostert.

For more information visit:

artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibition-2018/australien-future-tales-of-migration-deb-mostert/

artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibition-2018/shore-birds-an-installation-by-redlands-based-artists/

Image: Deb Mostert, Hurry Up and Wait – Godwits (detail) 2018, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

mage: Deb Mostert, Shore birds mock up 2017, magiclay and wire. Courtesy of the artist.

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Support our farmers with the Redland City Bands’ drought relief concert


Book in for some local toe-tapping entertainment with Redland City Bands’ drought relief concert at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) next Friday 19 October.

Conductor Peter Francis with Mayor Karen Williams outside the Redland Performing Arts Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support the event, which would help raise funds and awareness for farmers suffering the devastating impacts of the prolonged drought.

“With our rich agricultural heritage, many Redland Coasts locals – myself included – have an affinity with the farming community,” Cr Williams said.

“This concert is a tangible way we can help, with all proceeds going to Drought Angels.

“Redlanders are known for their generosity and I thank Redland City Bands – and in particular conductor Peter Francis – for taking the initiative to put on such as event, which Redland City Council and RPAC are proud to support.

“I encourage everyone to come along on the night, you will not only enjoy the entertainment but equally you will be making a real difference.”

Redland City Bands conductor Peter Francis said the concert would feature some great music in support of a great cause.

“Every now and then a situation moves you… and this is one of those times,” Mr Francis said.

“I found myself in a position of being able to help and surrounded by likeminded musicians willing to give freely of their time and talents.

“Our big band and three concert bands will perform a variety of numbers, including the 1812 Overture, You’re the Voice, Carnival of Venice and selections from Mary Poppins and The Blues Brothers, to name a few.

“Entertainment and a sausage sizzle will start at 6.30pm, followed by the concert at 7.30pm.”

Tickets are just $15 for children and $25 for adults and can be booked online, or in person from the RPAC Box Office (2-16 Middle St, Cleveland).

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