Category Archives: Cleveland

Smart approach to Redlands Coast litter collection

Redland City Council is trialling a solar compacting litter bin in a new high-tech approach to litter disposal.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was hoped smart technology would lead to reduced litter disposal costs and an increase in collection efficiency.

The solar compacting bin, which automatically compresses its contents when needed then advises when it is full, is being trialled at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland.

“Solar compacting bins could potentially provide benefits in key locations through their capacity to store approximately double the volume of a standard 240 litre wheelie bin, reducing the frequency of collection and also the required number of bins,” Cr Williams said.

“This also reduces visual clutter in foreshore and public place areas.

“Council currently manages almost 500 public litter bins, with collection frequencies varying according to use.

“This technology has the potential for Council to move to an as-needed collection frequency in the future, saving time and ultimately money for our community.”

Cr Williams said Council was also looking at other ‘smart city’ solutions to managing rubbish collections in parks and public places across the city.

“We want Redlands Coast to be a smart city and so we are always looking for ways to improve services while minimising costs through investing in technology,” she said.

Mayor Karen Williams tries out the new solar compacting bin in Cleveland.

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Redlands Coast set to again shine on screen

Redlands Coast is once again set to star on screen, with filming of Australian production Great White, wrapping up its local location shoots last week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the cast and crew of Great White, produced by Thrills & Spills along with Silver Wings Films and Piccadilly Pictures, filmed on location at Raby Bay, Redland Bay and Peel Island (Teerk Roo Ra National Park).

“Redlands Coast is fast gaining a reputation as a location of choice for films and I am proud we have again been for Australian movie Great White,” Cr Williams said.

“More than 85 cast and crew including lead actors Katrina Bowden and Aaron Jakubenko filmed on location at Redlands Coast from October through to November 2019, providing an economic boost for the local community.”

Great White Producer Pam Collis said the production was drawn to Redlands Coast for filming because of its pristine natural attractions that are accessible and support a film crew.

“The producers’ impressions of Redlands Coast are that it has such a scenic vista on the doorstep of Brisbane and opens up ‘a whole new’ film scape yet to be fully realised.

“Redland City Council has proven to be extremely film-friendly and have made it a smooth working relationship in explaining the submission process for permits.

“The film crew have found the locals interested but not intrusive and enjoyed their experience of being able to work close to their home base without being away from home, which is often the case.

“The experience filming here has been so good that the producers are happy to not only film in the area again but are more than happy to recommend the area to their counterparts,” Ms Collis said.

The film, slated for release in 2021, follows the story of seaplane operators and lovers, Kaz Fellows (Katrina Bowden) and Charlie Brody (Aaron Jakubenko), along with their passengers, Joji Minase (Tim Kano), his wife Michelle (Kimie Tsukakoshi) and cook Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who take a flight to the picturesque Hell’s Reef.

It isn’t long though before their idyllic trip turns into a living hell when they become abandoned miles from shore and in grave danger from what lurks just below the surface.

Great White is the latest in a line of productions that have chosen to do business on Redlands Coast, with the region’s film-friendly reputation continuing to grow.

Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on Redlands Coast include Reef Break, Aquaman, Tidelands, Harrow (Seasons 1 & 2), Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

This week Safe Harbour won an International Emmy for Best TV Movie/Miniseries.

Great White film’s Michael Robertson (Producer), Martin Wilston (Director), Pam Collis (Producer) and Neal Kingston (Producer) on location at Peel Island.

Great White lead actors Aaron Jakubenko and Katrina Bowden experience Redlands Coast.




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Christmas tree aglow on Redlands Coast

The festive season on Redlands Coast was ushered in on Friday, 29 November when crowds turned out at Cleveland’s library square to see the city’s Christmas tree light up.

A popular annual event, Council’s Lightup Your Christmas decorated Bloomfield Street and Raby Bay Harbour with live entertainment, children’s activities, twilight markets, a visit from Santa and his elves and, of course, the switch was flicked on and the Redlands Coast Christmas tree shone a festive beacon for all to enjoy.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted to have flicked the switch again this year.

“This event brings our city together and sparks the Christmas spirit in us all,” she said.

“To see children posting their letters to Santa, families enjoying photos with the man in red himself, the wonderful entertainment, the fun and festivities at the twilight markets and so many people come to see our beautiful tree light up was testament to the sense of community we share from one end of Redlands Coast to the other.

“The lighting of our tree is fast becoming a Redlands Coast tradition that I hope continues long into the future.”

The Redlands Coast Christmas tree shines a festive beacon.


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Greener roads for Redlands Coast

Redland City Council is pioneering a process that turns plastic bottles and other waste into new, high-quality roads.

In a Queensland first, Council is working with leading recycler Alex Fraser and Suncoast Asphalt to resurface a 1km stretch of Princess Street, Cleveland, with Green Roads PolyPave, an innovative, high-performance asphalt product containing reclaimed plastics.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that, in keeping with Council’s strong focus on sustainability, it was hoped the pilot project would lead to many more roads being built and resurfaced using reclaimed materials.

“Roads are big business for Council, so if we can find a better way to build and maintain them using sustainable materials while removing waste from landfill that would be a major coup,” Cr Williams said.

“This is very much part of Council’s vision for our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, so we are excited to be at the forefront of greener road building and the environmental benefits that can bring.

“This project will see around 933 tonnes of reclaimed asphalt and about 90,000 hard plastics, such as the milk and shampoo bottles you place in your yellow-lid recycling bins, become part of Princess Street – the equivalent of about nine months of kerbside recycling collected from that street.

“I have been working with the Australian Local Government Association to investigate these sort of innovative solutions for years and I am pleased this work is delivering value for the community.”

Alex Fraser and Suncoast Asphalt general manager Brendan Camilleri said this was a prime example of how circular economy could be achieved with local government, industry and community working together to recycle waste and invest in recycled materials to build new, sustainable infrastructure.

“Redland City Council’s progressive approach to the use of sustainable material is paving the way for Queensland. This is an outstanding example of how local government can harness recycling to build and maintain their cities, and reduce their projects’ carbon footprint by up to 65 per cent,” Mr Camilleri said.

He said Green Roads PolyPave was also a more durable product which lasted longer than regular asphalt, bringing long-term costs benefits.

“When we incorporate recycled plastics into Green Roads PolyPave it becomes part of the DNA of the road, meaning there is no issue with micro-plastics entering the environment.

There is also an enormous carbon saving, with the process producing 43 per cent less CO2 emissions when compared with conventional asphalt,” he said.

“The addition of other recycled ingredients, such as reclaimed asphalt pavement, along with our energy-saving production methods further increases CO2 savings”.

The resurfacing, between Bloomfield and Passage streets, is due to be completed on November 8, weather willing.

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Controlled Burn 30 July 2019- Wellington Street Bushland Refuge, 213-221 Long Street, Cleveland

Redland City Council (RCC) Parks and Conservation crews along with Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES) will be undertaking a planned burn starting today Tuesday 30 July 2019, commencing at approximately 9.30am (weather permitting).

Location: Wellington Street Bushland Refuge, 213-221 Long Street, Cleveland

It is appreciated that these burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

Traffic management (advisory signs and smoke hazard signs) will be in place as a contingency in case smoke presents a hazard to localised streets.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to conditions. Residents should close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering a respiratory condition.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, please visit our Parks and Conservation Planned Burns Program webpage.

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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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Redlands Coast experiences named among state’s best

An extraordinary 16 Redlands Coast enterprises have been listed on Tourism and Events Queensland’s 2019 Best of Queensland Experiences.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the result was exceptional and underscored the benefits of Council’s tourism strategy and the growing value of the city’s new brand: Redlands Coast – naturally wonderful.

“Being named among the Best of Queensland Experiences is quite a feather in the caps of those businesses which make it on to the list, and to have 16 of them in Redlands Coast is a great achievement,” Cr Williams said.

“These businesses have shown they can deliver exceptional customer experiences up there with the best in the state, which will help attract more visitors to Redlands Coast, boost our economy and ultimately create more local jobs.

“We now have a clear identity which local residents and businesses helped to create and it is paying dividends in a number of ways – more potential visitors now know what we stand for and the naturally wonderful things we have to offer, while businesses are embracing it with enthusiasm to promote themselves and our city.

“To now have such great representation on Tourism and Events Queensland’s Best of Queensland Experiences list, which recognises the high-quality experiences that best bring the Queensland story to life, is icing on the cake.

“With so many little local treasures now getting the exposure they deserve – from the great spots to visit to top-class eco, adventure and culinary experiences – we hope Redlands Coast’s representations on the list will continue to develop.”

Inclusion on the annual Best of Queensland Experiences is based on independent criteria that incorporates online customer reviews, responses to consumer expectations and reflects industry best practice.

The Redlands Coast businesses named are:
• Allure Resort, North Stradbroke Island
• Alexandra Hills Hotel Suites and Conference Centre
• Aria Cruises
• Bacchus Brewing Co
• Cleveland Motor Inn
• Colour My Pot
• Mt Cotton Retreat
• Redland Performing Arts Centre
• Redland Museum
• Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
• Redlands Kayak Tours
• Samarinda Jewel by the Sea, North Stradbroke Island
• Sanctuary by Sirromet
• The Lighthouse Restaurant
• Stradbroke Ferries
• Straddie Adventures

All operators in the program receive a personalised bench-marking report, allowing them to celebrate their successes and continually deliver exceptional experiences.

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Ross Creek catchment works a waterways success story

Cleveland is reaping significant environmental benefits following a decade of revegetation work culminating in more than 12,000 additional native plants now stabilising the Ross Creek catchment area and enhancing an important wildlife corridor from Long Street to Smith Street.

Mayor Karen Williams said the site was a great example of the environmental projects being undertaken across Redlands Coast.

“The restoration works to this section of the Ross Creek catchment has brought many benefits, including slowing down water flow during rain events, improving water quality, creating new wildlife habitat and vastly enhancing aesthetic and environmental values,” Cr Williams said.

“Sometimes progress is hard to spot until you revisit a site and see seedlings planted many years ago now towering over your head.

“In the case of the Ross Creek catchment conservation efforts, aerial photos from 2010 and 2018 speak for themselves.

“On Redlands Coast, we value our naturally wonderful environment; and projects like these are happening across the region thanks to the combined efforts of dedicated Council staff and Bushcare volunteers.

“Reports such as our annual Redlands Coast Waterways Recovery Report and the Healthy Land and Water Report Card highlight the condition of our waterways, but also provide some great examples of environmental achievements, of which our community can feel proud.

“A quick scan of the 2018 Redlands Coast Waterways Recovery Report tells us that nutrients, litter and sediment continue to impact our waterways, but, in good news, Council and community efforts have seen about 268 tonnes of storm water pollutants and 99 cubic metres of litter trapped and retrieved from waterways, aquatic weeds managed at 45 Redlands Coast sites and more than 54,000 riparian plants placed.”

Healthy Land and Water CEO Julie McLellan commended Redland City Council for its commitment to protecting the Redlands Coast environment.

Ms McLellan said results from the 2018 Healthy Land and Water Report Card indicated the quality of the Redlands Coast catchment remained in fair condition, though pollutant loads had risen due to an increase in rainfall throughout 2018.

“These results showcase why revegetation projects like the Ross Creek restoration are such vital steps in improving the health of waterways on Redlands Coast,” she said.

“Not only do these projects help stabilise waterways, reduce erosion and improve water quality, they also encourage community members to enjoy their local waterways and build an emotional connection to the environment.

“This connection ultimately motivates them to care for and protect their local waterways into the future.”

Ms McLellan said the 2018 Report Card revealed almost 60 per cent of Redlands Coast residents were satisfied with their local waterways, which is significantly higher than the south-east Queensland average of 50 per cent.

“With the delivery of more projects like the Ross Creek restoration, we expect to see this number rise in future years,” she said.

Links to the Redlands Coast Waterways Recovery Report and the Healthy Land and Water Report Card can be found on Council’s website.

Mayor Karen Williams with Healthy Land and Water CEO Julie McLellan at the Ross Creek catchment in Cleveland.


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Council lifts prohibition on dogs at Cleveland Markets

Dog owners will be able to take their furry friends to Cleveland Markets after Council today voted to amend its Local Law 2, Register of Animals in Public Places, removing the prohibition on dogs in Bloomfield Street between Queen Street and Middle Street, Cleveland from 6am to 4pm on Sundays.

The amendment follows a four week community consultation conducted via surveys online and at Cleveland Markets.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had decided to consult with the community after public debate arose over the prohibition on dogs at the markets.

“The prohibition on dogs at the markets had been in place for more than 20 years,” she said.

“Due to community debate about the matter, I thought the best course of action was to ask the community, through formal, public consultation, what they wanted.

“The outcome was clear, with 81 per cent of the 988 respondents indicating they wanted dogs to be permitted at the markets.”

Councillor for Cleveland (Division 2) Peter Mitchell welcomed the decision and urged people taking their dogs to the markets to be responsible pet owners.

“While it is good to see the prohibition lifted, dog ownership and taking dogs into public areas comes with responsibilities,” he said.

“This includes keeping dogs on leashes, ensuring they are not a nuisance or a danger to others, and cleaning up after them.”

Cr Williams said Council had also added the following dog off-leash areas to the Local Law 2, Register of Animals in Public Places:

  • Eprapah Creek Corridor, Victoria Point
  • Beachwood Street Park, Redland Bay
  • Gundagai Drive Park, Capalaba
  • Freshwater Street Park, Thornlands
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On with the show

At this stage, Christmas By Starlight is set to go ahead at the Redland Showgrounds at Cleveland this Saturday from 3pm-8.30pm.

Wet weather is forecast so keep an eye on Council’s Facebook and Twitter. We are
monitoring the weather and will advise if the show is cancelled due to the weather.

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