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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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Get filming ‘Get Ready’ for great prizes

An Apple iPad Pro or a GoPro HERO6 are up for grabs as part of Redland City Council’s new ‘Get Ready’ youth video competition.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the competition aimed to involve young people of Redlands Coast with community messaging around storm and bushfire season preparedness.

“Each year, we run an extensive campaign to remind residents about the need to be prepared for natural emergencies, which, as recent years have shown, present real risks to our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This year for the first time, we are getting our young people involved and running a competition calling for 90-second videos promoting key disaster preparedness messages.

“Our hope is that we will be able to work with winning entries to create a final video for release in ‘Get Ready’ week in October.

“While it is a youth-focused competition, we encourage team efforts and the help of parents, teachers and other budding filmmakers in creating entries.

“We’d love to see some family and school entries, again giving the wider community an opportunity to devise new and engaging ways to share the ‘Get Ready’ message.

“There are great prizes on offer for the winning entries, so I encourage people to head to Council’s Your Say Redlands website to find out how to get involved.”

Videos must include four key disaster management messages: preparing your home, the need for a household emergency plan and emergency kit, getting to know your neighbours and how to be informed.

Entry is open to Redlands Coast residents of all ages, but at least one person under 18 years and a local landmark or icon should feature in the video.

The winning video may be used to promote ‘Get Ready’ community messages through a range of channels during storm and bushfire season.

Entries close 30 September 2018.  For details, including full terms and conditions, visit

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Council sets out on Redlands Coast transport journey

How residents travel around the Redlands Coast was at the centre of two decisions made by Redland City Council in today’s General Meeting.

The first decision saw Councillors endorse the Draft Redlands Coast Transport strategy for community engagement, while councillors also unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute for Council to make a submission to a State Government inquiry into the future of transport technology.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the endorsement of the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy would give residents the opportunity to have their say on the future direction of transport planning on Redlands Coast.

“Transport, both road and public transport infrastructure, is undoubtedly one of the most consistent topics of conversation in our community, which is why Council identified an updated transport strategy as one of our key priorities,” she said.

“In 2015 we held a series of transport forums across the city and this draft strategy is informed by those forums, as well as engagement with key transport organisations and providers.

“Our community has told us they want to be able to get around the city faster and safer and want to see the major roads in and out of the city upgraded along with key public transport infrastructure such as the Cleveland Rail line.”

Cr Williams said an important next step of the strategy was hearing from residents, businesses, schools and transport partners on what transport issues were important to them.

“As part of the consultation process we will ask residents what they think our priorities should be to help guide delivery of Council’s transport initiatives and advocacy to state and federal governments, transport providers and neighbouring local governments.

“State and federal MPs will also be engaged directly, and information will be provided to raise community awareness about the transport network and which level of government was responsible for which transport corridor and service.

“Our journey to a more effective and efficient transport network is just starting. This won’t be completed overnight, nor can Council take this journey alone.

“The State Government is responsible for many of the major transport opportunities across Redlands Coast, including the majority of roads in and out of the Coast, public transport and rail.

“This is why a key part of this strategy will be to advocate to other levels of government and encourage them to prioritise the projects, road upgrades and public transport services our community needs.”

“The Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will be followed by a series of implementation plans, which is where the rubber hits the road through the identification of on the ground priorities and projects our residents will see in their neighborhoods and along their daily commute.”

Cr Williams said Council would make the case for better transport technology to meet local challenges as part of their submission to the State Government Transport and Public Works Committee inquiry into Transport Technology.

“The Redlands Coast has some unique transport challenges and our submission will encourage the State Government to remove some of the existing barriers to the technology that may meet these challenges,” she said.

“An example of these technologies is Autonomous Vehicles, and we have been trying to encourage the State Government to trial these vehicles on our island communities.

“We will also use our submission to highlight the transport challenges and increased transport costs for our island communities, as well as the challenges our island based residents face in accessing employment and social services.”

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Council endorsed Education and Training Industry Sector Plan for Redlands Coast

Council today endorsed its Education and Training Industry Sector Plan 2018-2023, which supports the delivery of Council’s Economic Development Framework 2014-2041(EDF).

With the education and training industry being Redlands Coast’s third largest employer, contributing 4.5 per cent of the Coast’s economic output, the Education and Training Industry Sector Plan focuses on three areas:

  • Fostering collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • Growing higher education and alternative learning pathways and supporting emerging industries
  • Growing international education

Mayor Karen Williams said the plan recognised the strength of the education and training industry sector in the Redlands Coast economy and the potential for further growth, with detailed actions to realise the economic benefits.

She said strategies and recommendations included growing international education and a university sector, establishing a centre of excellence in education for the ageing, developing a health and education precinct, and engaging the community in education and life-long learning.

“Redlands Coast is well placed to benefit from the education and training industry sector,” she said.

“We have an abundance of features that would be attractive to international students, including a beautiful, natural environment and access to Aboriginal culture, and we have significant goodwill from commercial and government organisations in growing international education.

“As our population grows and also ages, ensuring we have education and training facilities here will help retain our students as their needs expand.

“It will also meet the education needs of older people, the training needs for the workforce caring for a rapidly ageing population, and increase demand from outside the Coast.

“Our ageing population also offers significant opportunity to be a national leader in the provision of education and training services for older populations, particularly active and involved ageing in which life-long learning is embraced.”

Chair of the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board Sam Kennedy said that the economic development framework, endorsed by Council in 2015, provided clear direction for business and economic growth and development on Redlands Coast.

“The EDF focuses on the key industry sectors of health care and social assistance, education and training, tourism, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, high value-add services and rural enterprises,” Ms Kennedy said.

Through the EDF, Council is committed to local economic growth, local employment opportunities, and ensuring the Redlands Coast community benefits from any improved local economic capacity.

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Council continues to negotiate over Commonwealth-owned Birkdale land

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will meet with yet another Federal Government MP in Canberra later this month as Council continues to try and secure the Federal Government land in Birkdale for the community.

Cr Williams told today’s Council meeting that the recent Federal Government reshuffle would mean starting from scratch with new Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja who she has asked to meet with in Canberra later this month.

“This is the fifth member of parliament I will have dealt with regarding this land since we started negotiating with the government in 2015,” Cr Williams said.

“While it is frustrating to have to start the conversation again I am committed to ensuring this land is not used for housing as outlined in May’s Federal Budget.”

Cr Williams gave the commitment during today’s General Meeting where Councillors considered establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) to decide the future use of the land.

“Council’s current intention is that the land should be retained for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, with detailed investigations and engagement likely to proceed when Council is able to secure the land.”

Cr Williams said the priority was to ensure the land was retained for the community in a way that protects its environmental and cultural significance.

“As part of their divestment process the Federal Government is undertaking a series of studies on the land, including cultural heritage and environmental significance and we will be able to use this information during our due diligence and community consultation.

“If negotiations progress and Council determines that a CRG should be formed, it is expected that an expression of interest process would also be run to allow community members to nominate to be part of the group.”

In May the land was identified for divestment in the Federal Budget, prompting Cr Williams to lobby the Federal Government to rescind its decision and sell the property to Council off-market.

At the time Cr Williams launched a petition on which was signed by 6,000 people wanting to save the land from being used for housing.

“In May we made our feelings known when more than 6,000 people signed the petition and told the Federal Government we don’t want this land used for housing,” Cr Williams said.

“Now we have to start the conversation again and so I am urging everyone to again make their feelings known by signing the petition, so we can secure the land and then undertake the necessary consultation and studies to ultimately ensure the land is not lost to the community.”

Cr Williams said during her upcoming visit to Canberra she would also meet with Air Services Australia regarding their parcel of land adjoining the ACMA property.

The properties, currently owned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Air Services Australia, are located at 362-388 and 392 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

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