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Inspiring Seniors recognised at Seniors Week event

Redlands Coast’s Inspiring Seniors have been unveiled for 2018 at part of this year’s Seniors Week celebrations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was proud to be able to recognise the inspirational locals as part of the annual Blue Care community initiative, now in its tenth year.

“The Inspiring Seniors initiative shines a light on some exceptional residents whose contributions enrich the Redlands Coast community immeasurably,” Cr Williams said.

“It is indeed a difficult task to select a worthy individual to nominate each year – with such a talent pool from which to choose!

“Many of our seniors contribute significantly to the Redlands community on a regular basis – compassionately giving their time, skills and ideas for the benefit of others.

“With a higher than average population of retirees, the Redlands Coast is blessed with many dedicated volunteers, community champions and philanthropists.  Redland City Council is a proud supporter of this Blue Care initiative, which recognises these generous seniors.”

The 2018 Redlands Inspiring Seniors Honour Roll is:

Blue Care – Mavis Rainey

Mayor- Jan Kempers

Division 1- Doug Reynolds

Division 2- Kobus Kruger

Division 3- Albert Lindsay Boyd

Division 4- Denise Foley

Division 5- Vonnie Vayanos

Division 6- Robert Uhr

Division 7- Shirley Edwards

Division 8- Pamela Boyle

Division 9- Elsie Coulam

Division 10- Carmen Jackson

Awarded recipients were acknowledged by the Redland City Mayor and Councillors and Blue Care representatives at special morning tea at Nandeebee Aged Care and Retirement Village in Alexandra Hills.

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It’s never too late to learn to read or write!

You can close the book on any notions of Redland Libraries being stuffy, dark, book depositories, thanks to their increasing range of engaging programs and events that provide a variety of learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said on 3 September, Redland Libraries would launch its new and exciting Adult Literacy Program, to provide free mentoring for adults needing help with reading, writing and basic number skills.

“The program is based on a learner-driven model used successfully in libraries and community organisations across the world,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redland Libraries Adult Literacy Program is an excellent community service that will support lifelong learning and see Redlanders better communicate and participate in society.

“Volunteers received specialist training by Redland Libraries and accredited trainers so they could best help learners achieve their unique literacy goals.

“Education enables people to better participate in life and improve their school and work opportunities, and Redland Libraries strive to run a range of programs to facilitate continued learning.

“Literacy is a fundamental life skill but nearly half the Australian adult population struggles with everyday reading and writing – from reading a newspaper to reading to their children or even following medication instructions.”

Redland Libraries Manager Jo Jones said the libraries received a wonderful response from people in the community eager to volunteer their time to be mentors in the program.

She said the Adult Literacy Program complemented other library initiatives such as the First5Forever (0-5 years) program and author events.

“Author events and the libraries’ First5Forever Program are all about developing literacy in multiple ways – through listening, viewing and reading so children can learn to use language effectively and confidently,” Ms Jones said.

“On 6 September, Redland Libraries and Redlands Performing Arts Centre will be hosting An evening with Morris Gleitzman, in which the Australian Children’s Laureate and award-winning author will share his insights into the importance of stories for both young and old.

“Studies have shown that children who are read to more frequently from an early age enter school with larger vocabularies and more advanced comprehension skills.

“Redland Libraries not only want to provide the books and resources to help children and families but also provide innovative channels to stimulate learning for both the child and parent.”

Key event dates:

Adult Literacy Program Launch (with Mayor Karen Williams and guest speakers)

Monday 3 September, 10am – 11am

Cleveland Library, corner Bloomfield and Middle streets

Book online on the Redland City Council website.

An evening with Morris Gleitzman

Thursday 6 September, 6.30pm

Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Tickets $10 – $20

Book online on the RPAC website.

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IndigiScapes Environment Education Centre set to expand

Redlands Coast will be home to a unique environmental education experience, with expansion plans for Council’s IndigiScapes Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the expansion plans included major refurbishments to the centre’s popular Bush Tucker Café, additional native landscape gardens, new environmental interpretation space and education spaces and conference facilities, plus an exciting new skywalk facility set for the 2019/20 financial year.

“IndigiScapes already attracts to the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast more than 40,000 visitors a year, including tourists and those with environmental interests,” Cr Williams said.

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott said the exciting suite of improvements were supported by a multi-million dollar investment by Council and $900,000 funding from the State Government, and would cement the centre’s place among the most unique and popular environment centres in Queensland.

“Work will begin in the coming months, with the centre to temporarily close the first half of next year to allow the work to be completed safely and efficiently,” Cr Elliott said.

“We are certain the sacrifice will be worth it when the newly refurbished centre reopens again to the public.”

Cr Williams said the expansion plans built on the newly co-located Horizons Centre and the IndigiScapes nursery centre expansion.

“The IndigiScapes nursery plays an important role in helping to transform the IndigiScapes educational messages into reality, supplying low-cost, locally indigenous seedlings for planting,” she said.

“The nursery will continue operating during the refurbishments work.

“Council will be clearly advising the community of the pending changes and closure times.

“We will also be looking at how best to ensure the continuity of the many environmental extension services delivered from the IndigiScapes Centre by staff members who will be relocated during the temporary closure.”

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast offered an abundance of naturally wonderful things to do during the IndigiScapes upgrades.

“Venman Bushland National Park at Mount Cotton, Bayview Conservation Area at Redland Bay, Redlands Track Park and the many coastal or hinterland parks are just some of the wonderful, back-to-nature activities available here,” she said.

“Of course, the new, expanded IndigiScapes nursery will still be open, and people can continue to receive advice and purchase plants.”

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre will be closed for the construction work from 28 December, 2018.

For information on naturally wonderful hidden treasures and little adventures, visit the Redlands Coast website.

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Age-Friendly City Strategy for Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast is one step closer to having an Age-Friendly City Strategy following the completion of a survey of seniors that sought to understand their experience of ageing in the Redlands.

Long-term Redlands resident Karen Griffith hands her completed survey to RDCOTA’s Fay Dougall.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was timely that the survey – executed by Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA) on behalf of Council – was wrapped up just before Seniors Week celebrations in the Redlands.

“Along with the rest of south-east Queensland, Redlands Coast has an ageing population and the area continues to attract an increasing number of seniors looking towards a more relaxed lifestyle in their retirement years,” Cr Williams said.

“It is important that people of all ages are valued, respected and can actively participate in the community – and our seniors are no exception.

“Long acknowledged for their enormous contribution as volunteers, seniors are also great economic and social assets to our community and we are keen to harness their experiences, skills, needs and wisdom.

“I thank RDCOTA for administering our survey of 100 seniors as well as the groups and networks they worked with to identify suitable participants.

“It has been a true partnership.”

Long term Victoria Point resident Karen Griffith said she was happy to complete the survey.

“As a resident of 35 years, I think it’s important to find out people’s feelings and concerns and see us move forward together as a community,” Ms Griffith said.

“As we get older, we need to consider infrastructure and how we get around.”

Cr Williams said the surveys would help shape Council’s Age-Friendly City Strategy, which was expected to be completed in 2019, and based on principles from the global age-friendly cities program developed by the World Health Organisation.

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Public Notice: Adoption of the Redland City Plan

Notice is given in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that, on 6 July 2018, Redland City Council adopted a new planning scheme – Redland City Plan.

The Redland City Plan applies to the Redland City Council local government area and replaces the Redlands Planning Scheme 2006.

The Redland City Plan will have effect on and from 8 October 2018.

The Redland City Plan can be viewed online at and is available for inspection or purchase at Council’s Customer Service Centre located on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information, contact Council’s customer service centre on (07) 3829 8999.

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Something for everyone at Redlands Coast Seniors Week celebrations

Redlands Coast seniors are in for a treat with a full and diverse program of activities and events on offer again for Seniors Week, this year set for 18 to 26 August.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Seniors Week was an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contribution seniors made to our community.

“I am hugely impressed by the quality of the program put together to celebrate Seniors Week, the result of a truly collaborative community effort that Redland City Council was proud to support.

“I particularly thank Redlands District Committee on the Ageing’s (RDCOTA) Paul Barnes, for his dedication as Chairman of the Seniors Week Committee.

“From Latin dancing and musical theatre to information sessions and the popular Seniors Week Walk, there is something for everyone so I urge everyone to check out the program of events and start planning their week.

“This year’s free Seniors Week Variety Concert at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is sure to be a crowd pleaser with talent of all ages, including Here’s to Life, the Donald Simpson Centre Theatrical Group and Dunwich State School prep kids performing songs in language with Aunty Maree Goebel.

“Council is proud to supply this wonderful venue, RPAC – as well as our production staff – free of charge for this event,” Cr Williams said.

The variety concert will start at 10.30am, Tuesday 21 August. Although entry is free, due to high demand tickets must be pre-purchased through the RPAC box office in person or by phoning 3829 8131.

Redland Libraries are offering the following free events:

Grandparents Story time

  • 10am, Tuesday 14 August @ Victoria Point Library
  • 10am, Friday 17 August @ Capalaba Library
  • 9.30am, Wednesday 22 August @ Redland Museum

No bookings needed.

Tea and Trivia

10am, Tuesday 21 August @ Victoria Point Library

Bookings essential: 3884 4000

Chit Chat Special Event

9.30am, Friday 24 August @ Victoria Point Library. No bookings needed.

Visit the What’s on at your Library page on our website for details of library events.

Visit the RD COTA website for a full Seniors Week program.

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Planned Burn Tramican Street Conservation Area – North Stradbroke Island

Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation Crews are intending to undertake a hazard reduction burn within the Tramican Street Conservation Area on Tuesday 14 August 2018, if weather conditions remain suitable at the time.

The location of the burn area is George Nothling Drive (rear of Donahue Street, Point Lookout- highlighted in yellow on the map. The purpose of the burn will be for hazard reduction as well as for ecological outcomes.

Preparation of the site was undertaken in the days leading up to the date of the burn, including  clearing around significant logs and habitat trees. It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

The planned burn is necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction. Planned burns assist to reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

If you require details of the planned burn, please visit or contact Council on 3829 8999.

NSI Planned Burn Tramican Street

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Redland City Council employee one of top ten young leaders

Redland City Council’s Luke Kinman has been named one of the State’s top 10 young leaders in the prestigious IPAA Queensland Top 10 Young Leaders Awards last night.

The awards recognise Queensland’s exceptional young leaders across all levels of the public sector.

Luke, 26,  is the Service Manager for Communication, Engagement and Tourism at Council managing the team that delivers community events such as Christmas By Starlight and the recent Commonwealth Games relay as well as tourism initiatives across the city.

Apart from his demanding day job, Luke is also President of RedFest (Redland Spring Festival), a position he undertakes voluntarily and that sees him deliver one of South East Queensland’s largest festivals.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Luke was a remarkable young leader and well deserving of the award through the highly regarded Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).

“It’s great to see young leaders recognised for their exceptional contribution to the public sector early in their career, as it opens up their careers to new opportunities,” Cr Williams said.

“Luke was nominated by one of his team members and the panel of senior leaders from government, industry, community and university sectors have assessed the applications against the Award’s criteria.

“He shows maturity and resilience beyond his years, generates enthusiastic commitment from his team, and passionately serves his community.

“Luke’s leadership coupled with his infectious passion and vision to turn an idea into reality inspires his team to go above and beyond and delivers exciting and creative festivals, events and programs for the Redlands community, Cr Williams said.

Luke moved straight from college to work at the Redland Performing Arts Centre in 2010 as a trainee in the Technical Production and Events team. After seven years working in a range of supervisory and management roles within the Council, he was successful in being appointed as a Service Manager within the Communication, Engagement and Tourism team.

Luke said to win one of the top awards was mind-blowing.

“It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true – simply being nominated is an honour,” Luke said.

“I am eternally grateful for the opportunities the Redland City Council has offered me throughout my career so far.

“And I certainly wish to thank the amazing team who work with me every day.”

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Redlands honours local heroes

The real heroes of the Redlands were celebrated tonight (Tuesday 23 January 2018) at the annual Redland City Australia Day Awards at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Function Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the awards were a fitting way of thanking those in the community who continually went “above and beyond” to make the city a better place.

“We are blessed as a city to have so many people with a generous spirit and desire to help others, as well as those who are great role models and excelling in their chosen endeavours –  and that is something worth celebrating,’’ she said. “It is important that, as a community, we do acknowledge their efforts and give them a collective pat on the back for what they do.”

Cr Williams said 2018 Redland Citizen of the Year Dan Holzapfel had been a tireless community worker and generous contributor to the City for many decades.

“A real humanitarian, his philanthropic spirit and support have helped make a difference not only to the Redlands but elsewhere in the world through his support of the Rotary International program for the eradication of polio,’’ Cr Williams said. “Few Queenslanders have been able to match the scope of Dan’s generosity, yet for much of his life he has been content to work and contribute behind the scenes.’’

Cr Williams said the importance of Redland City’s traditional heritage was highlighted by the addition of a reconciliation award this year.

“There are some amazing people in the Redlands whose efforts in building relationships between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-indigenous people deserve acknowledgement,’’ Cr Williams said. “Kenneth Munro has the special honour of receiving our first Australia Day Reconciliation Award. A client liaison officer with Yulu-Burri-Ba and proud Quandamooka man, he ensures all who cross his path have the opportunity to learn, grow and understand Aboriginal culture while fostering unity and respect.’’

Lauren Folster has been named Young Citizen of the Year for her devotion to the Redlands through the State Emergency Service and RSL Sub-branch.

“Lauren is a dedicated volunteer with the local SES, always ready to serve our community when needed,’’ Cr Williams said. “She also is keenly involved with the Redlands RSL Sub-branch, helping to pack care packages for troops serving overseas, as well as spending time with elderly service men and women and performing as bugler for commemoration services at care facilities across the Redlands.’’

Senior Citizen of the Year Caroline Brough has been a tireless worker for those in need.

“Since Caroline volunteered to establish a food outlet for needy residents in 2013, more than 25,000 people have been supported with food and necessities,’’ Cr Williams said. “Her selfless commitment and involvement in activities to promote the welfare and wellbeing of our community extends from fundraising and sourcing food right through to delivery.”

Sycamore School founder Cindy Corrie won the Local Hero Award.

“Cindy’s quest to find a better future for her son, who was diagnosed with autism, has changed the lives of many young people and their families. A tireless advocate, she has selflessly contributed to the quality of life for people living with autism,” Cr Williams said.

Melissa Anderson earned the Cultural Award for her significant achievements in producing and promoting outstanding creative work in the Redlands.

“Melissa regularly volunteers her time and expertise to make the world a better place, with her internationally recognised photography also documenting important issues and encouraging community engagement,’’ Cr Williams said.

Patricia “Ricky” Johns, who has been caring for possums and gliders for more than 35 years in Redland City, won the Environment and Sustainability Award.

“A founding member of the Redlands 24 Hour Wildlife Rescue Service and active Bushcare volunteer, Ricky’s dedication to our wildlife is second to none,’’ Cr Williams said.

The Sports Award went to Queensland Firebird Jemma Mi Mi, who has helped put Redland City in the national spotlight through her involvement in elite sport.

“Despite the demands of playing with the Firebirds, Jemma still finds time to volunteer in the community and is an inspiration and mentor to so many young Redlanders, particularly women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” Cr Williams said.

MyHorizon, an integral part of the Redlands community since its inception in 1981 and which today serves more than 2000 disabled clients, received the Community Organisation Award.

“Led by an exceptional group of individuals, the organisation is making a real difference to the lives of so many people through its new flagship community and education centre at Capalaba,’’ Cr Williams said.

There were 48 nominations across the nine categories.

The winners at a glance:

  • Citizen of the Year – Dan Holzapfel
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Lauren Folster
  • Senior Citizen of the Year – Caroline Brough
  • Local Hero Award – Cindy Corrie
  • Community Organisation Award – Myhorizon
  • Cultural Award – Melissa Anderson
  • Environment and Sustainability Award – Patricia Johns
  • Sports Award – Jemma Mi Mi  (honourable mention Janelle Kronk)
  • Reconciliation – Kenneth Munro
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Nominate an outstanding Redlander

Redlanders are being urged to recognise the outstanding work of fellow locals by nominating them for the city’s annual Australia Day Awards.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards in categories ranging from citizen, young citizen and senior citizen to “local hero”.

There are also awards for outstanding community organisation, as well as work in the fields of environment and sustainability, culture, sports and reconciliation.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says the awards acknowledge high achieving members of our community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and contribute their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to the community.

There are some incredible people doing special things within our community and we would love to see that celebrated,’’ Cr Williams said.

“So if you know of a community group or person who has been making an outstanding contribution to our city and is worthy of recognition, I encourage you to nominate them.’’

Cr Williams said the Reconciliation Award was a new category for significant achievement by an individual or group actively working on reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people in the Redlands.

“I am thrilled to see this included in what are grass roots community awards which reflect every facet of our community,” Cr Williams said.

Nominations close 4pm, Friday 24 November 2017. The Redland City Australia Day Awards presentation will be held in January 2018.

Visit Your Say Redland City to make a nomination.

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