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Land swap paves the way for exciting times at Redland Bay


The rejuvenation of Weinam Creek is set to create more than 700 jobs and generate almost $30 million for the local economy after the State Government gave the project’s exciting Master Plan the green light.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Economic Development Queensland’s approval of the Weinam Creek Master Plan was great news for the local community and economy.

“This is a red-letter day for Redlands Coast, in particular the southern part of our city and bay islands, with this project set to deliver much-needed transport upgrades, community services and jobs,” Cr Williams said.

“A partnership between Redland City Council, Economic Development Queensland and Redland Investment Corporation, this project will transform Redland Bay into a vibrant waterfront precinct with restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, more parking, new walkways and more open space.

“When I am out and about in the south of the city, the community tell me how keen they are to see this project progress and the approval of the Master Plan is an exciting milestone that brings it another step closer.”

Cr Williams said thanks to collaboration between Council and the State Government, the project would also include a new satellite hospital.

“Council and the State Government negotiated a land swap that saw land at the ferry terminal transferred to Council, which will now form part of the Weinam Creek upgrade,” Cr Williams said.

“In exchange Council land on Meissner Street was transferred to Queensland Health to use for their satellite hospital, which is great news for our ageing community.”

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the land swap was a good outcome and a key milestone in the State Government’s commitment to deliver a local satellite hospital.

“Our satellite hospital at Meissner Street in Redland Bay will deliver essential services for Queenslanders in our rapidly growing community,” Ms Richards said.

“The Satellite Hospitals Program will also support up to 773 jobs during construction, critical for our economic recovery.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards welcomed the land swap and said it would bring important health services to the area while helping to progress Council’s vision for Weinam Creek.

“It’s good to see that collaboration across the different levels of government has resulted in such a great outcome for the community,” he said.

“The redevelopment of this area is expected to create 102 direct and indirect construction jobs, 699 operational jobs, and inject more than $29 million into the local economy.

“Stage 1 delivered more than 500 new parking spaces at Moores Road, new pathways, and a footbridge; with the next stages to include better connectivity to the marina, lighting and pedestrian upgrades along Banana and Meissner streets, and open space and park upgrades.”

The Weinam Creek Master Plan was approved by the Minister for State Development and it can be viewed on the Queensland Government website.

For information about the Weinam Creek redevelopment project, and to see a flythrough, visit Council’s Your Say website.

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Make merry at Christmas on the Coast


A merry wonderland of fun and excitement awaits children at the five-day Christmas on the Coast event at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park from Wednesday 15 December.

Santa Claus will be coming to Christmas on the Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said youngsters of all ages would be treated to a sensory smorgasbord of free rides, activities and attractions at the city’s big Christmas celebration.

“There will be a toboggan ride on synthetic ice – not something you usually find in a Queensland summer – as well as a stunning high-flying carousel, baby animals for the little ones and fun inflatables where the kids can burn off plenty of energy,” she said.

“Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions and roving characters happy to provide a photo opportunity.

“You’ll be able to watch family Christmas movies in the park, fuel up at the food trucks and browse among market stalls.

“It’s a small way Redland City Council can thank you all, put the challenges of the year behind us, support our local traders and get everyone in the holiday spirit.”

The attractions include:

  • A 25m toboggan slide on synthetic ice. It’s open to anyone who can carry the provided tube (small children can ride with an adult).
  • An exhilarating Flying Carousel (riders need to be at least 110cm).
  • Animal Farm petting zoo, including ducklings, chicks, lambs and other baby animals.
  • Redland Library Kid’s Zone with craft activities and story time.
  • A giant inflatable obstacle course plus a jumping castle just for children under 5 years.
  • Meet and greet with Santa, with free photos available.
  • Lighting of the city’s Christmas tree around 6.30pm each night.
  • Roving characters that you can meet and get a photo with, including Rudolph, cheeky elves, illuminated angels on stilts and roller-skating candy canes.
  • Market stalls offering Christmas gifts.

“There will be plenty of food, drinks, ice-creams and sweets with pass-outs available so you can also head to your favourite local restaurant and, of course, live stage entertainment featuring your favourite Christmas carols,” Cr Williams said.

“Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline a production featuring some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Live entertainment from last year’s event.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event and bookings are essential.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services.

DETAILS

When: 4.30pm–9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.
Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas

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Top local talent headlines Christmas on the Coast


Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline the home-grown talent at Redlands Coast’s five-day community Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Coast, from 15-19 December 2021 at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled that some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent would be home for the big event.

Christmas on the Coast is all the more special because it is a showcase of the incredible talent that we have in Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“Mirusia and Craig are enormously talented and popular entertainers and we are so fortunate that they’ll be home for Christmas to sing for us.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Internationally acclaimed soprano and Redlands Coast local Mirusia will headline this year’s Christmas on the Coast at Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland.

The family friendly event will also include an array of free Christmas activities and children’s rides, including:

  • Photographs with Santa
  • Toboggan slide
  • Flying carousel
  • Inflatable jumping castles
  • Animal petting zoo.
  • Roving performers
  • Christmas movie in the park (program available on the website)
  • Food trucks and market stalls.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event with a maximum of 2000 people each day. Bookings are essential. Council will follow Queensland Health directions in relation to the vaccination requirements for events.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event.

“Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services, which desperately need assistance,” Cr Williams said.

Keep an eye on Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas for the latest details of how to be part of the big celebration.

DETAILS

What: Community Christmas event featuring live stage entertainment, Santa, the lighting of the Christmas tree, food trucks, children’s rides and activities and Christmas movies in the park.

When: 4.30pm-9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.

Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas. For further information about Queensland restrictions at 80% double-dose vaccination, please visit the Queensland Health website.

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Redlands Coast businesses connect with New Zealand


Stronger trade connections and new opportunities between Redlands Coast businesses and the New Zealand market were explored at a recent Redland City Council-organised business event.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams addresses participants at the Business Breakfast: Redlands Coast & New Zealand event.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Business Breakfast: Redlands Coast & New Zealand event held in partnership with Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) on 18 November, presented the opportunities available and the ways to leverage and connect NZ and Redlands Coast trade and investment.

“This event was about identifying these opportunities and discuss a way forward for the strengthening of these ties in the coming year,” Cr Williams said.

“Having a strong bilateral trade and investment connection is a great way to form strategic trans-Tasman ties.

“Immediate opportunities for enhanced ties between Redlands and New Zealand could be in health care, maritime industries, food, ag-tech and emerging technology industries.”

Cr Williams said the event was one of several ways that Council supported local businesses including the highly successful Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo earlier this month.

“Council is coordinating our approach across the levels of government to provide seamless support for business in making the most of NZ trade and investment,” she said.

“In this way businesses can get access to resources they need regardless of their initial point of contact.

“This event was the start of Council working collaboratively with industry and government to explore trade and investment opportunities with a range of global markets.

“Many businesses just aren’t aware of the fantastic resources available to them in these endeavours. They can reach out to Council for personalised consultations so they can get the support they need to expand and grow their business.”

Participants at the Business Breakfast: Redlands Coast & New Zealand event held in Alexandra Hills.

Cr Williams said the event attracted representatives from a broad range of industries including food production, renewable energy, ag-tech, retailers, manufacturers and creative industries, including local and Indigenous-owned businesses. Key organisations represented included Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), Export and Council of Australia and Trade & Investment Queensland.

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Information sessions offer cyber security advice


Information sessions on how to protect yourself or your business from online security threats will be held in Redlands Coast this month(November).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the cyber security information sessions at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on 29 November would be tailored to suit two areas of the community.

“The morning session will highlight the cyber threats facing individuals and older Redlands Coast residents, as well as offering tips on how to protect yourself online,” Cr Williams said.

“While the next session will be aimed at small and medium businesses and will explain how they can protect themselves from the most common cyber security threats.

“These events are part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Small and Medium Enterprise Week and are run by the ACSC and proudly supported by Redland City Council.

“So much of what we do today is online. We rely on online systems to run our businesses and our lives.

“Criminals are always coming up with new ways to sneak into our systems and disrupt your business.

“The ACSC is the Australian Government’s lead operational agency for national cyber security. It provides free cyber security advice and support to Australian individuals, businesses, and organisations which can enhance your awareness and protect you online.”

For more information on the sessions, go to Council’s What’s On calendar.

CYBER THREATS – What you need to know right now

When: 10-11am, Monday 29 November

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Tickets: Available through Eventbrite

CYBER THREATS – Cyber Aware: It’s your business to care

When: noon-1pm, Monday 29 November,

Where: Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Tickets: Available through Eventbrite

 

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Celebrate at Redlands’ Christmas on the Coast


Tickets are now on sale for Redlands Coast’s five-day community Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Coast, from 15-19 December 2021 at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s special event included an exciting program of festivities combining the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and carols concert.

“Each night there will be live stage performances by some of Redlands Coast’s talented singers and entertainers, as well as Christmas activities and rides,” Cr Williams said.

“It will be very family friendly and a lot of fun, with a range of local food trucks and market stalls also helping to make it a great evening out.

“The event is a way of thanking our community for the role everyone has played in helping to safeguard each other after another COVID-affected year, and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.”

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event with a maximum of 2000 people each day, and bookings are essential. Council will follow Queensland Health directions in relation to the vaccination requirements for events.

Cr Williams said that proceeds from ticket sales would go towards helping others who were less fortunate.

“Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle you to free train travel to the event,” Cr Williams said.

“And by attending you will be helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services, with proceeds going to community organisations in desperate need of financial support.

“The event will show off the wonderful spirit of community that we have here and, to build on that, I also encourage you to ‘buy local’ wherever possible this Christmas as it will do much to help ensure a bright start to 2022 for our community by supporting local employment.

“So keep an eye on Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas for the latest details of how you and your families can be part of the big celebration.”

DETAILS

What: Community Christmas event featuring live stage entertainment, Santa, the lighting of the Christmas tree, food trucks, children’s rides and activities and Christmas movies in the park.

When: 4.30pm–9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.

Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas. For further information about Queensland restrictions at 80% double-dose vaccination please visit the Queensland Health website.

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Redlands Coast celebrates 20,000 green waste bin milestone


A green milestone has been reached with 20,000 green waste bins now in use across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams presented local resident Michelle Sullivan with her new bin, the city’s 20,000th, and thanked her for joining the growing green bin brigade.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams presents Michelle Sullivan, left, with a thankyou hamper from IndigiScapes and her green waste bin, the 20,000th now in use in Redlands Coast.

“People like Michelle are really making a difference because the contents of green bins is turned into new enriching organic products, such as soils, soil enhancers and mulch,” Cr Williams said.

“It helps weed out unnecessary waste going into landfill.

“Currently, about a third of the material put into kerbside general waste bins could be diverted to household green waste bins. So every new green waste bin in service is a step in the right direction towards a zero waste future.”

Cr Williams said approximately 6,300 tonnes (or 6.3 million kgs) of green waste was collected from the kerbside collection service last financial year (2020/2021) from mainland houses across Redlands Coast.

To thank the community for an amazing effort, 50 Redlands Coast residents who had a green waste bin were randomly selected to win an IndigiScapes voucher worth $50 each. The winners were announced during National Recycling Week and have been contacted about their prize.

Green waste bins can be ordered online from Council’s website or by calling 3829 8999.

 What you can put in your green bin:

  • Garden prunings
  • Grass clippings (do not bag if using a green waste bin)
  • Shrubs
  • Weeds and flowers
  • Leaves and loose bark
  • Sawdust
  • Small branches or soft wood (no larger than 75cm in length or 10cm in diameter)

To find out what happens to your green waste, go to Council’s website.

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New lychgate returns historic feature to Cleveland Cemetery


Redland City Council has completed an important upgrade at the historic Cleveland Cemetery, including the installation of an impressive lychgate that is a replica of the original.

Mayor Karen Williams said the upgrade would not only help preserve the 148-year-old cemetery for future generations, but paid homage to a piece of Redlands Coast history.

“Part of these improvement works included the installation of a lychgate which is a replica of the one placed at the Clarke Street entrance to the cemetery in 1927,” she said.

“Unfortunately that gate had to be removed in 1998 as it was infested with white ants.”

Mayor Karen Williams joins members of the Randall family and Redland Museum to cut a ribbon marking the completion of an upgrade at Cleveland Cemetery.

The new lychgate is made of hardwood, with terracotta tiles on the roof.

It has been mostly handcrafted by a specialised carpenter, with the exception of the gates.

“The original lychgate was commissioned by George Randall of Birkdale in memory of his wife and two sons and was modelled on the gates of St Martin’s Church, Canterbury in England,” Cr Williams said.

Unknown group of men standing in front of the lychgate on Clarke Street circa 1927. (Redland City Library Images and Digital Archive)

“The new lychgate returns this historic element, providing a covered pedestrian entry into the cemetery.

“There are also two new granite columbarium walls on either side of the lychgate, which will increase the capacity for the interment of cremated remains.

“This upgrade will ensure Cleveland Cemetery continues to meet the needs of our community and provide a place where they can comfortably reflect and honour their loved ones.”

The upgrade also included reconstruction of the Randall Walls and Garden and the addition of a shelter and formalised paths.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the upgrade improved access to the cemetery while also enhancing its amenity.

“Some of the old gravel paths have been replaced with concrete pathways, there is a new shelter with a table and seating, and a new avenue of trees,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The upgrade also included the creation of a new lawn burial section along Clarke Street.

The upgrade at Cleveland Cemetery included reconstruction of the Randall Walls and Garden and the addition of a shelter and formalised paths.

“Cleveland Cemetery opened in 1873 and is the oldest cemetery still operational on the Redlands Coast mainland.

“Only Dunwich Cemetery on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is older, with burials dating back to 1847.”

In a separate project, the lawn cemetery section on Russell Street also received an upgrade, with the installation of new turf, garden edging and rocks around the headstones, new plants and cleaning.

Council has also recently expanded the Redland Bay Cemetery, with the works providing 288 new burial plots and improving interment options with vaults, monuments, headstones and lawn burials.

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Mayor urges transport and liveability action in time for 2032


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has today thrown her support behind a region-wide effort to force urgent action on key transport and liveability projects in time for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams at the launch of the Let’s Get Moving! campaign today.

South East Queensland’s Mayors launched the Let’s Get Moving! campaign in Brisbane today, to draw attention to the fact that there was only a small window of time to begin major projects and have them completed in time for the Games.

Cr Williams said the Let’s Get Moving! campaign would highlight the pressing need to get started on many of the projects needed to host a world-class sporting event.

“The Council of Mayors started the bidding process for the 2032 Games to put a clear deadline on building the roads, bridges and rail our region will need for the next 20 years and beyond,” Cr Williams said.

“We need to invest in projects that protect and improve our way of life – not because of the Games but in time for the Games.

“But we don’t have a lot of time.  Major road and transport projects can take a decade or more to plan and build, so we need to get moving to ensure we put our best face forward to the world in 2032.”

Cr Williams said delivering the elements needed for a good Games experience would require all levels of government, with the SEQ City Deal offering the opportunity for that collaboration.

“The Foundation City Deal currently on the table is a good starting point for us to begin work on those regionally important projects.  There are certainly more projects that we would like included, but the SEQ

City Deal is a starting point for all three levels of government to work together,” Cr Williams said.

“Along with all my COMSEQ colleagues, I urge all levels of Government to sign up to the deal; we are out of time for talking.  It’s time to start the hard work.  Let’s Get Moving!”

COMSEQ Chair, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, said the Let’s Get Moving! campaign would highlight the pressing need to get started on planning the world’s greatest sporting event.

Mayor Karen Williams (third from right) with the other CoMSEQ mayors at the launch of the Let’s Get Moving!

“The mayors of South East Queensland put our state on this journey to hosting 2032 Games because they recognised it was a unique opportunity to get all levels of government working together to deliver for our region,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Now the Games are locked in, we need to start developing a detailed plan on what investment and infrastructure we will need to ensure the Games deliver an economic and social dividend for all residents.

“That’s what our Let’s Get Moving campaign is all about, starting the conversation about what’s required to not only deliver the best ever Games but what’s needed to ensure we protect our region’s incredible lifestyle.

“Things like cleaning up our river and waterways, creating new greenspace and delivering better transport connections between venues can be achieved so they deliver benefits before, during and after the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympics Games.”

 

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Council highlights recycling during National Recycling Week


National Recycling Week, from 8 to 14 November, offers a great chance to get creative with a number of workshops and activities on offer across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said recycling was more than just what goes out for kerbside collection, it also is a mindset around keeping items in use, and reuse, for as long as possible.

“Whether that’s sharing or repairing, or recycling materials or repurposing products, it all goes towards reducing waste to landfill,” Cr Williams said.

“Council lifts around 1.6 million yellow-lid recycling bins every year across 62,000 households, picking up more than 10,000 tonnes or 10 million kilograms of recycling as part of a fortnightly collection service.

“But while the amount of household waste being recycled is fantastic, there unfortunately has been an increase in the contamination rate in recycling bins. In 2015/16 it was around 6.9 per cent but rose to 12.24 per cent in the 2020/21 financial year.

“So I remind you that there are just five types of materials that can go in your kerbside recycling bin – paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, aluminium and steel cans, and firm plastic containers and bottles, most of which will come from your kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

“If you want to double check what can and can’t be recycled, have a look at Council’s comprehensive online guide: A-Z of waste recycling or you can pick up a Recycling Guide from one of our customer service centres.

“Throughout the week, the Cleveland Lighthouse will be lit up in yellow as a reminder about recycling and using your yellow-lid bins.”

Cr Williams said National Recycling Week was a great opportunity for the community to stop and think about its recycling habits and make sure they were being done correctly.

“Council also has some fantastic workshops during the Week that can help the younger members of our community to embrace supporting a zero waste to landfill future,” she said.

“Council’s Library and Waste teams are joining forces to create a recycling themed pop-up library event on Friday morning, 12 November in Thornlands Community Park off Cleveland Redland Bay Road. Bookings are required.

“There will be a library Story Time session for little ones, with interactive recycling activities. Our very own Ranger Stacey will be there to show how to sort your recyclables as well as sharing her ideas for reusing and upcycling items.

“And one of Council’s recycling trucks will drop by to give a demonstration on how kerbside recycling works.

“So I urge you to bring the family along to these National Recycling Week events and get creative with your recycling.”

Upcycle your week with these great events:

9 November, DIY macrame jar holder, Capalaba Library, 10am-11am

Join the beginner macramé session and enjoy re-using resources in thoughtful and creative ways. Use simple knotting and weaving techniques to create your own hand-made jar holder – giving your old jars a new life. Bookings essential

10 November, upcycled seedling trays, Cleveland Library, 9.30am-10.30am

Enjoy giving old items a second chance in this environmental workshop by making seedling trays from upcycled materials. Also learn how reusing food waste can revitalise your garden, and discover easy ways to grow amazing new vegetables from scraps. Bookings essential

11 November, plantable seed gift tags, Victoria Point Library, 10am-noon

Use recycled materials to give a gift that continues to grow by making reusable seed gift tags in this environmentally friendly drop-in workshop. No booking required. More details

 12 November, pop-up library, Thornlands Community Park, 9.30am-10.30am

Join the Libraries team and special guest Ranger Stacey (pictured) to celebrate reading, literacy and recycling at the pop-up library in the park. Ages 0-5. Bookings essential

 13-14 November, garage sale trail, Redlands Coast

Sell or shop at local garage sales as a way of diverting valuable resources from landfill. Garage Sale Trail offers tips, support and promotional materials for successful and COVID-safe sale days either online or in the suburbs. More details

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