Category Archives: Arts

Dunwich library branch to close temporarily

Due to staff shortages as a result of illness, Council’s library branch at Dunwich on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) will be closed on Tuesday, 11 January 2022.

The Point Lookout library branch will remain open and the libraries’ online services will continue to operate.

The return chute at Dunwich branch also will remain open.

Opening hours for the island’s library branches over the coming week are as follows:

Point Lookout

  • Tuesday, 11 January: 10am–12.30pm; 1.30pm–5.30pm
  • Wednesday, 12 January: 9am–1pm
  • Friday, 14 January: 1pm–5pm


  • Thursday, 13 January: 1pm–5pm
  • Saturday, 15 January: 8.30am–11.30am

Council apologises for any inconvenience.

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Minjerribah on show in Aussie drama mystery TV series

A new Australian drama mystery series from Acorn TV, Darby and Joan, has recently wrapped filming on Redlands Coast and other south-east Queensland locations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the series, produced by Australian production company CJZ, would showcase the rugged beauty and unique grandeur of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) to millions of viewers via one of the world’s leading streaming services Acorn TV in 2022.

“We were pleased to welcome 75 cast and crew members to Minjerribah for almost a week in September last year,” she said.

“With Darby and Joan injecting an estimated $6.6 million into the economy and generating approximately 95 jobs for Queensland cast and crew, it’s great to see our local economy receiving a share of this through visitor nights and associated spending by the production.”

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) was one of the locations chosen for the filming of the new TV series Darby and Joan. Photo: Scott Belzner

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said it was fantastic to see Redlands Coast and Minjerribah forging a reputation as a location of choice for film production.

“Minjerribah is known for its iconic scenery and Darby and Joan will feature several of our naturally wonderful locations including Amity Point, South Gorge, Cylinder Beach and Home Beach,” Cr Mitchell said.

“This is the latest production to film on Minjerribah, with other productions including the blockbuster Aquaman; showing the island is attracting more than just tourists and surfers, it is becoming a location of choice for filmmakers.”

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) was a location loved by the series director and producers.

CJZ Head of Drama Claire Tonkin said, “We’ve always talked about this series being a love letter to some of the most beautiful spots in Queensland and, when I first saw where we’d be filming, I literally gasped out loud at its beauty.

“Shooting there was a wonderful experience for the whole cast and crew, and I can’t wait for the audience in the rest of Australia and around the world to see it onscreen.”

Roger Paul, location manager for Darby and Joan, said: “I’ve spent years in Vancouver, Canada, which is renowned for being one of the biggest production hubs on the planet with excellent support infrastructure from the local municipalities, and I can say with real confidence Redlands Coast is without a doubt on a par with them.”

Billed as a rollicking road trip with a mystery twist, Darby and Joan stars Bryan Brown as a retired Australian police officer with a dog as his only companion, and Greta Scacchi as a widowed English nurse.

The pair meet and embark on an epic odyssey in the outback of northern Australia.

An Acorn Original production, Darby and Joan will have its world premiere exclusively on Acorn TV in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, Spain, and Portugal among others in 2022.

The series is produced by CJZ with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland.

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HEAR YE: Redlands Coast honours retiring Town Crier

Redland City Council today honoured retiring Town Crier Max Bissett for his outstanding 16 years of service.

Max, 82, of Redland Bay, was in full voice as he made his last official call at today’s general meeting before hanging up his traditional regalia.

On behalf of the city, Mayor Karen Williams thanked Max and his wife, Judy, and wished them well on the eve of their 60th anniversary.

Redland City Council Town Crier Max Bissett.

“Max has been a big supporter of our community and is a good ambassador for our city, especially when he visits other communities to compete in Town Crier Championships,” Cr Williams said.

“He has done this voluntarily and with a power of passion and professionalism since he was appointed back in 2005. He is truly an exceptional Redlander.

“Council has very much appreciated the many hours he has devoted to his official duties. Thankfully, he has never been called on to perform some of the more antiquated tasks that Town Criers once performed … such as administering floggings and locking reprobates in the stocks!

“Many people do not know what a Town Crier is until they see him and it is always fantastic to see the younger generation show an interest when they first see him do a cry.”

Max, who also received a Cultural Award in the 2021 Redland City Australia Day Awards for his considerable efforts on behalf of the community, was host of the national 2016 Town Crier Championship held on Redlands Coast as part of RedFest, where his peers voted him most convivial.

“We have come to know him as a kind and empathetic person, who does not expect any recognition for what he does – simply doing it because he loves Redlands Coast and his community,” Cr Williams said.

“We also know that he can be very loud and is, indeed, a national ‘Loudest Cry’ winner.

“A special mention must also go to Judy, who attends many of the events with Max and ensures our Town Crier is always a stand-out!”

Cr Williams said the city’s Town Crier was a reminder that history was very important to any community and should not be forgotten.

“Council will now seek expressions of interest for a new Town Crier to ensure that Max’s legacy endures and we can keep the Town Crier tradition alive on Redlands Coast,” she said.

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Local exhibition showcases Australian artist Bill Yaxley’s time on Lamb Island

An exhibition capturing well-known Australian artist Bill Yaxley’s life on Lamb Island (Ngudooroo) on Redlands Coast is on display at the Redland Art Gallery (RAG) Cleveland until Sunday 5 December 2021.

The Bill Yaxley: Lamb Island exhibition explores the artist’s time living on the island through engaging storytelling and vibrant paintings.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was excited to present the artworks that chronicle painter and sculpture Bill Yaxley’s experiences on Redlands Coast.

“Lamb Island is part of a cluster of islands situated in Moreton Bay and Bill’s artwork is a colourful and distinctive poetic acknowledgement of the island’s flora and fauna and its coastal surrounding,” Cr Williams said.

“His artwork is full of colour, texture and humour, illustrating his life on Quandamooka country.

“If you haven’t already visited the exhibition, I encourage you to do so.

“Council’s support for RAG helps ensure the Gallery will continue its legacy of celebrating Australian artists and sharing works that tell their stories.”

Bill Yaxley, Backyard Lamb Island 2018, oil on canvas. Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2019 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Carl Warner.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards, whose division includes Lamb Island, said Bill Yaxley’s artworks as well as his stories about his work and inspirations would be of interest to many island residents as well as the rest of Redlands Coast and beyond.

“It is wonderful to have an artist the calibre of Bill depict island life, with many paintings being familiar sites to locals,” Cr Edwards said.

“With the exhibition curated by Council’s gallery team and presented in partnership with Bill Yaxley’s dealer, Bruce Heiser Projects of Brisbane, Council was also able to commission a film by Nikki Michail to support the display,” Mr Edwards said.

“The film can be accessed via RAG’s website at and captures Bill and Bruce Heiser discussing the artist’s inspirations, artistic approach and daily life on the island, while showcasing selected pieces from his exhibition.”

Bill Yaxley lives near Rockhampton and continues to tell past and current stories through paintings and sculptures.

The Bill Yaxley: Lamb Island collection was acquired with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds.

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Live & Local micro-festival hits right note on Redlands Coast

The Redlands Coast music industry will receive a welcome boost through a Live and Local micro-festival to be held over three days from 22-24 October 2021.


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event aimed to help the music industry recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

“The past 21 months have been challenging for the entertainment industry, with many musicians impacted due to the cancellation of events, closed venues and limited paid performance opportunities,” she said.

“It will be great to see local musicians back doing what they do best – entertaining our community.”

The program line-up includes:

Friday 22 October

  • The RPAC Stage – located at Kyling Corner near The Bench and The Office on Middle, Middle St, Cleveland – Jax Swan, Zac Bnjmn, Arkism, The Febs

Saturday 23 October

  • The Fiction Bar, Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland – Peppermint Ollie, Josh Lovegrove
  • The Anchor by the Bay, Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland – Honey Dukes, Scott Walter
  • The Twilight Makers’ Market Stage, Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland – Radioceans, Yoyo Tuki, Adam James, Joe Geia Band

Sunday 24 October

  • The Binary Music Stage, Bloomfield St, Cleveland – Rose Rogers, Paula Boo, Clara Durbidge, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts

Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts

Redlands Coast Live and Local micro-festival curator Nix Gross said the event would showcase live original music organised by the creative community.

“I am passionate about creating forward movement and constancy of performance opportunities to support our Redlands Coast artists’ livelihoods,” Ms Gross said.

“All businesses engaged are super excited. Redland Performing Arts Centre, venues and Council are also keenly supportive in building an active live music precinct in the Redlands Coast area.”

The Live and Local Redlands Coast program is supported by Redland City Council, in partnership with Creative Arts Alliance, Live Music Office Australia, QMusic and APRA/AMCOS.

For more information on the Live and Local Redlands Coast micro-festival, visit

As well as performance opportunities, Live & Local is connecting all musicians from the region with two days of free, high-quality professional development delivered in partnership with Queensland’s peak body, QMusic.

It will include professional development sessions, covering both business and artist-specific topics, and aims to create paid opportunities for small businesses including technical crew, photographers, videographers, curators and arts workers.

The Redlands Coast Music Industry Professional Development Session facilitated by QMusic will be at Redland Performing Arts Centre on 11 and 12 October from 6-8pm.

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Tickets go on sale for annual Dîner en Rouge fundraiser

Tickets are now on sale for Redland City Mayor Karen Williams’ annual Dîner en Rouge event which raises funds for Redlands Coast domestic and family violence support services.

Now in its seventh year, the event has raised almost $400,000.

Cr Williams said the 2021 event would be a live stage production, themed Musique en Rouge, for the second year.

“Last year’s new-look Musique en Rouge fundraiser, held as a stage show instead of the usual dinner in response to COVID-19 restrictions, was very well received and raised more than $50,000 for local support services,” she said.

“The economic and social impacts associated with COVID-19 have magnified the tragedy of domestic abuse, so it is important we continue to work together to ensure a safer tomorrow for all victims of this crime on Redlands Coast.”

Cr Williams said Musique en Rouge would be held at Redland Performing Arts Centre and would feature an exceptional line-up of performers and two special guest speakers:

  • Vanessa A Fowler, sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay who helped form the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and is the current Director and Chairperson of the Board, and
  • Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd who heads up the new Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command.

“Funds raised through ticket sales, auction items, raffles and sponsorship will help to ensure local community organisations can deliver assistance to people when and where it is needed most,” Cr Williams said.

“We all deserve to feel safe and, by their support of past Dîner en Rouge events, our community has shown it is prepared to stand up and make a real difference for people whose lives have been torn apart by domestic and family violence.”

There are a number of opportunities to sponsor or support the Dîner en Rouge fundraising. Details are available on the event’s webpage at

Redland City Council is proud to once again partner with Zonta clubs, Soroptimist International, Rotary Club of Cleveland, Redland Foundation and other local domestic and family violence service advocates on this year’s event.


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 $800 for a social group of 10 tickets (includes GST)

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
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Minjerribah sets the scene for The Wilds filming

Redlands Coast has once again proven itself a haven for the international screen industry, with scenes for season 2 of hit Amazon Prime show The Wilds filmed on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

The Wilds centres around a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds who find themselves marooned on an island, unaware they are part of an elaborate social experiment.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the filming, which occurred at picturesque Deadman’s Beach, Frenchman’s Beach, South Gorge, Flinders Beach and on Southern Moreton Bay, was great news for Redlands Coast.

“The production team undertook five filming blocks between April and August, with about 200 cast and crew staying on the island during this time,” Cr Williams said.

“This entailed about 4000 bed nights with local accommodation providers including Pandanus Palms Resort, Samarinda Jewel by the Sea, Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, Allure Resort, Whale Watch Ocean Beach Resort, Anchorage on Straddie, The Islander Holiday Resort, Discover Stradbroke and Dolphin Holiday Accommodation.

“It is anticipated the production provided a direct economic injection of more than $800,000 to the island and Redlands Coast economy.

“Not only did this deliver economic and tourism activity, it’s yet another exciting opportunity for our wonderful vistas (pictured) to be showcased on screens around the world.”

Co-produced by Amazon Studios and ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios, The Wilds Season 2 engaged Brisbane-based production company Hoodlum Entertainment as its service company in Australia.

Hoodlum Entertainment’s Chief Content Officer Tracey Vieira said the production company had previously had great experiences filming on Redlands Coast, and was pleased to return to film parts of The Wilds season 2.

“With its pristine beaches, breathtaking vistas and lovely community, it’s always a pleasure for our cast and crew to film on Minjerribah,” Ms Vieira said.

“During our time on location on the island we were able to capture incredible imagery of stunning locations that we can all be proud of when The Wilds season 2 premieres worldwide on Amazon Prime.

“We love filming on Redlands Coast and hope to be back again soon to feature some of its other diverse locations.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said The Wilds season 2 filming on Minjerribah was great for the island economy, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Redlands Coast has a global reputation as a natural choice for film and television, and it’s easy to see why,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Our stunning locations and friendly communities are all within 35 minutes of Brisbane, half an hour from the Screen Queensland Studios at Hemmant and less than an hour from the Village Roadshow Studios at Helensvale.

“It’s been fantastic to see yet another major production being filmed on this beautiful island, and I thank our island community for hosting the production and sharing their backyard with the cast and crew.”

In January 2021, The Wilds season 1 was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

The Wilds which received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

Redland City Council is proud to be part of Screen Queensland’s Film-Friendly Pathways Program.

Redlands Coast locations have proven attractive to filmmakers since 2010, featuring in movies and TV shows such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Unbroken, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Aquaman, Tidelands, Holey Moley, Safe Harbour, Harrow, Reef Break, Love and Monsters and Young Rock.

The Wilds is also supported under the Morrison Government’s $400 million boost to the Location Incentive to create a pipeline of international projects, which will generate tens of thousands of Australian jobs in the screen industry over coming years.

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Redland Art Gallery hosts antiques roadshow-style events

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is inviting residents to bring in their artworks, antiques and collectibles for appraisal at two antiques roadshow-style events.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Art and Collectibles valuation days in September and October offered residents the opportunity to sit down with a panel of art and antique experts and learn more about a special item from home.

“This is a fun way to be involved in our very own antiques roadshow-style event on Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“Members of the public can bring in any two personal items ranging from artworks, photographs, antiques and vintage collectibles, to learn more about their history and value.

“It is also a great opportunity to talk to highly-regarded experts in the art and antiques industry, be amazed by what other people bring in, and gain a new appreciation for art and antique collections.”

RAG Director Emma Bain said this was the first time the gallery had hosted an event of this type.

“We have had a lot of enquiries from gallery visitors over the years in relation to the appraisal of artworks and antiques they have in their homes,” Ms Bain said.

“We are expecting the valuation days to be popular, not just in putting a value on the items but providing information on when and where they were created.”

The expert panel includes Rob Metcalfe from Bayside Antiques and Collectables Centre in Cleveland; Catherine Ricketts and Kevin Parker from Nudgee Road Antiques; and Ross Searle and John Walsh, art valuers under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

The valuation days will offer 10 minute sessions on Sunday 12 September and Sunday 10 October. Bookings are essential.

If items are large or very fragile, residents are asked to bring a photograph instead.

The Art and Collectibles days will operate under a COVID-safe plan which includes attendees wearing masks and physically distancing.


What: Art and Collectibles at RAG

Where: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

When: Sunday 12 September and 10 October from 9am-1.30pm

Cost: $10 per session

Information and bookings:

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Redland Art Gallery works on loan for Brisbane exhibition

Two works from the Redland Art Gallery (RAG) Collection have been loaned to the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) for an exhibition.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the loan was a great opportunity to promote the RAG Collection to a broader audience.

“It is exciting that larger institutions like State Library of Queensland recognise the quality of works in the RAG Collection,” she said.

“They are not alone. RAG works have also been loaned to the Museum of Brisbane, the National Portrait Gallery and Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

“Most recently, another work from the RAG Collection was loaned to Logan Art Gallery for a Kyra Mancktelow exhibition in June and July.”

The two works on loan to the SLQ are I am your spine and Nerut kerker (future) and Peim Kerker (dreaming) by Brisbane-based artists Hannah Gutchen and Hannah Brontë.

Two Redland Art Gallery works, I am your spine and Nerut kerker (future) and Peim Kerker (dreaming) by Hannah Gutchen and Hannah Brontë, are on display at State Library of Queensland.

RAG Director Emma Bain said the works were from a series of four fibre garments commissioned by Redland Art Gallery for the 2016 exhibition Gathering Strands.

“These works celebrate traditional weaving techniques and serve as a metaphor for the resilience and strength of the artists’ female ancestors,” Ms Bain said.

“Hannah Gutchen is a Torres Strait Island and Jewish woman and Hannah Brontë is a Wakka Wakka/Yaegl woman.

“The curator at SLQ contacted us directly as they wanted these specific works to be included in the exhibition Entwined: plants and people.

“They were last on display at GOMA in 2017, so I encourage local residents to take the opportunity to have a look at these works while they are on display at the State Library of Queensland.”

The Entwined: plants and people exhibition is at SLQ in South Bank, Brisbane until 14 November 2021.

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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.

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.


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

IndigiScapes Centre

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 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.

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