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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

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
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:

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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Celebrated Australian photographers on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is set host a new travelling exhibition by MGA, Australia’s only gallery dedicated to the collection and exhibition of photographs.

Australian exotica, showcasing the works of some of Australia’s most celebrated photographers, will be on display from 21 October to 2 December 2018, following an opening event at the Cleveland gallery on 19 October.

Featuring the work of 11 photographers – including Brook Andrew, Michael Cook, Destiny Deacon, Peter Dombrovskis, Marian Drew, Leah King-Smith, Joseph McGlennon, Tracey Moffatt, Darren Siwes, Robyn Stacey and Christian Thompson –  the exhibition is an important part of MGA’s commitment to making its collection widely accessible and to promoting the work of Australian photographers.

MGA Curator, Stella Loftus-Hills, said the exhibition highlighted an intriguing aspect of MGA’s collection of Australian photographs, a seemingly endless fascination with the exotic antipodes.

‘This exhibition includes prominent Australian photographs that relate to what it means to be an Australian, or at least what someone looking in might think about this country,’ Ms Loftus-Hills said.

‘I hope people would leave the exhibition feeling as though they had experienced something new about photography and Australia, something that perhaps they hadn’t realised before.’

Australian Exotica Exhibition:

Showing Sunday 21 October to Sunday 2 December 2018 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Bloomfield Street, Cleveland

Exhibition Opening Event  

Friday 19 October from 6.30pm

RSVP online or phone  3829 8484.

Floor Talk:

Join us for morning tea and hear from exhibiting artist Marian Drew.

10.30am Sunday 21 October

RSVP online or phone 3829 8484.

Peter Dombrovskis, Lake Oberon, Western Arthur Range, south-west Tasmania 1988, pigment inkjet print. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection acquired 2015. Reproduction courtesy of the Estate of Peter Dombrovskis.

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A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness at RAG, Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will have what appears to be a sweet treat for visitors when Susan Gourley’s upcoming exhibition, A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness,  opens on 13 October.

The irony is that this installation of seemingly luxurious, mouth-watering French-inspired patisseries has been constructed using salvaged waste.

This mimicry goes to the heart of the artist’s concern around mass consumerism in western culture.

Through A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness, Gourley seeks to understand the impulse and drive of this phenomenon and, in particular, ideas relating to ‘luxury’ and ‘taste’ as emotive agents for consumerism.

Gourley said these patisseries – with their ornate and textual qualities – served as a metaphor for ‘luxury’ and ‘taste’.

Susan Gourley - A Consumer's Guide to Unobtainable Happiness

Image: Susan Gourley, A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness 2014 –15,
recycled cardboard, polystyrene, and paper, plus modelling paste, adhesive, synthetic polymer paint, glass, paper and wire. Courtesy of the artist.

“I also employ faux tableaux to emulate the enticement of the patisseries, as embodied in the aesthetics of display. Made possible by the fact that the patisseries despite their desirable qualities, textures and allure, have been constructed from salvaged material including cardboard, polystyrene and paper.

“Thus, while I am able to mobilise meaning through the transformative qualities of these materials, this body of work also utilises irony and paradox generated through the combination of mimicry, repetition and a meticulous level of craftsmanship to disrupt and destabilise the consumerist impulse,” Gourley said.

Join us for a Floor Talk and Morning Tea

10am, Saturday 13 October

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba, Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba

A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness runs from Saturday 13 October until Tuesday 27 November 2018. Entry is free.

For more information visit the Reland Art Gallery website.

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Redland Art Award 2018 winners announced and exhibition open

Winners of the prestigious Redland Art Awards 2018 have been revealed at a Redland Art Gallery cocktail evening, with the esteemed judges selecting from a record number of high caliber entries.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who together with Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman announced the winners, said the 499 entries received from across Australia were evidence of the status enjoyed by the biennial contemporary painting competition.

“What started as a local art prize offered by the Redland Yurara Art Society in 1981 has evolved into a nationally recognised competition offered by Redland Art Gallery, with artists attracted by the substantial cash prizes and prospect of having their work included in a public art collection,” she said.

The judging panel consisted of Charles Robb, Visual Art Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology; Dr Bianca Beetson, artist and Senior Lecturer/Program Convenor, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith University and Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain.

The judges – who agreed the overall standard was high – met in July for preliminary judging and to select 47 works for inclusion in the exhibition, then on 30 August head judge Charles Robb selected first, second and third place with input from supporting judges Bianca Beetson and Emma Bain.

The acquisitive first prize ($15,000) was awarded to Brisbane-based Debbie Taylor Worley for her mixed-medium on canvas artwork entitled Beyond Gavrinis 2018.

Taylor Worley - Beyond Gavrinis 2018

Artist: Taylor Worley – Beyond Gavrinis 2018

Second prize ($4000) was awarded to Tasmanian Chee Yong, for the oil and enamel on wood artwork entitled Self portrait as a ghost.

Chee Yong - Self portrait as a ghost

Artist: Chee Yong – Self portrait as a ghost

Third prize ($2,500) went to Martin Claydon from New South Wales for his enamel on aluminium artwork entitled Greenscreen #16 breadfruit Bligh 2018.

Martin Claydon - Greenscreen #16 breadfruit Bligh 2018

Artist: Martin Claydon – Greenscreen #16 breadfruit Bligh 2018

The recipient of the remaining Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award ($500) will be selected by popular vote, with the winner to be announced on 4 October 2018.

Cr Williams urged Redlands Coast locals and art enthusiasts from further afield to visit Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland to view the 47 finalists and cast their vote.

“The free Redland Art Award 2018 exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 14 October but be sure to visit by Wednesday 3 October if you wish to vote,” she said.

“I would like to thank this year’s major sponsors for their generous and much needed support, including Redland City Bulletin, Stark Creations, Redland Yurara Art Society and art gallery owner Redland City Council.”

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