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Council closures during COVID-19 lockdown

The Queensland Government has today announced a three-day lockdown due to COVID-19 for 11 local government areas across south-east Queensland, including Redland City.

Redland City Council’s essential services will continue during the lockdown, with other services operating online or closing for the duration of the lockdown, which is currently from 4pm Saturday 31 July to 4pm Tuesday 3 August 2021.

Kerbside rubbish collection and recycling and waste centres will continue to operate, but now is not the time for a general clean-up.

Other south-east Queensland local government areas affected by the health directive are Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast.

Queensland Health has advised that from 4pm today, people in these areas will be required to stay at home except for essential purposes, including buying food and medications, accessing health care or providing support, exercising locally, and undertaking essential work and study that cannot be done from home.

Masks must be carried everywhere and worn in all indoor spaces and outdoors spaces, except where exemptions apply. Please keep informed by visiting the Queensland Health website.

Under the restrictions, the following Redland City Council services will move online or close to the public from today Saturday 31 July 2021 until close of business on Tuesday 3 August 2021, pending further advice from the Queensland Government.

This includes:

Council’s Customer Service Centres
Customer Service Centres at Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point will be closed for the duration of the lockdown, but Council’s online and telephone services will continue.

Council’s Customer Contact Centre is available for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999 Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

Redland Libraries closed at 12pm Saturday 31 July, but the libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

Return chutes will also be closed with loan and hold periods extended.  No late fees will be incurred.  To access our digital library services, visit our website or download the app from the App Store or Play Store.

Art Galleries
Council’s Art Galleries will be closed for the duration of the lockdown.


Redland Performing Arts Centre will be closed for the duration of the lockdown. All scheduled performances and workshops have been postponed.  See RPAC website for latest performance updates.

IndigiScapes Centre

Visitor Information Centre
While the Visitor Information Centre at Raby Bay closed at 12pm Saturday 31 July, information will still be available by phone on 1300 667 386 or visit the Redlands Coast website.

Redland Animal Shelter
The gates to Redland Animal Shelter will be closed, with onsite staff available for appointments and emergency drop-offs only.

Community halls
Indoor venues, including community halls, will be closed.

Public swimming pools
Cleveland Aquatic Centre will be closed. Bay Islands Aquatic Centre is already closed for winter.

RecycleWorld at Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre will be closed.

Recycling and Waste Centres

While our Recycling and Waste Centres remain open, Council urges residents to avoid generating unnecessary waste and avoid visiting the facilities unless absolutely necessary. Social distancing and safety requirements apply.

More information
Watch Council’s website and social media for updates. The Queensland Government is the lead agency in managing the public health response to COVID-19.

For more information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit

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Redland Bay Cemetery expanded to increase plots and allow monuments

Redland City Council has recently expanded the Redland Bay Cemetery, with works expected to provide 288 new burial plots by the end of August 2021.

Mayor Karen Williams says the work would address a shortage of burial capacity and improve internment options available within Redlands Coast.

“Cleveland Cemetery is nearly full and many of our residents would like the opportunity to memorialise their loved ones with monuments and headstones,” Cr Williams said.

Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Division 6 Julie Talty said many people had registered their interest in buying a burial plot within the Redlands Coast region.

“Redland Bay Cemetery has also been approaching capacity but will soon be able to offer more plots as well as vaults, monuments, headstones and lawn burials,” she said.

Redland Bay Cemetery is nestled in a serene bushland setting.

Meanwhile, the upgrade to historic Cleveland Cemetery is on track to completion this August (weather permitting) with a new lawn burial section and columbarium niche walls expected to open before the end of the year.

For more information on availability in both cemeteries, contact the Redland City Council Cemetery and Interments area on 33829 8990 or

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Keep hazardous waste out of wheelie bins

Earlier this month an emergency was averted by the swift actions of a truck driver undertaking kerbside waste collection on behalf of Redland City Council.

Redland City Mayor praised the JJ Richards employee who noticed his load had caught on fire and jettisoned it in the parking area next to Sel Outridge Park in Redland Bay.

A load had to be quickly jettisoned at Sel Outridge Park, Redland Bay, when it caught on fire during kerbside collection. Luckily the driver was unharmed and the mess was fully cleaned up once the fire was extinguished.

“These types of incidents are being increasingly reported by Council’s kerbside waste collection contractor, JJ Richards, with a ‘hot load’ last year burning right through the metal skin of a truck,” Cr Williams said.

“Hot loads are frequently the result of the wrong type of waste, most notably hazardous waste, being placed in household wheelie bins by residents.”

Cr Williams said there were good reasons for restrictions on what could be put in wheelie bins.

“Hazardous waste can catch on fire while being unwittingly transported in waste collection trucks, causing extensive damage to the vehicle and endangering the safety of the driver and potentially other road users,” she said.

“We’re appealing to residents to keep dangerous materials out of wheelie bins. That includes anything marked as toxic, hazardous, flammable or requiring caution.

“Household batteries and gas bottles are two of the worst culprits.

“In addition to the immediate dangers during transportation, hazardous waste can harm people and our environment when it ends up in our landfill and recycling centres.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to take their hazardous waste to the appropriate drop-off points.”

Where to take hazardous waste

Council facilities

Gas bottles, car batteries, waste oil and asbestos can the taken to Council’s staffed Recycling and Waste Centre at Redland Bay, Birkdale, Coochiemudlo Island, Macleay Island, Russell Island and North Stradbroke Island.

Residents can safely dispose of an extensive range of hazardous waste at our Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre, including:

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Chemical containers
  • Coolants and brake fluids
  • Engine oil
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gas bottles, including butane cans
  • Glue and solvents
  • Herbicides
  • Household chemicals
  • Lubricant grease
  • Mercury-containing lamps (unbroken only)
    • Examples are compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and fluorescent tubes
    • Broken lamps should be carefully sealed in a plastic bag and put in a waste wheelie bin
  • Pesticides
  • Petrol
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rust inhibitors
  • Smoke alarms/detectors
  • Thinners
  • Wood preservatives
  • Vehicle batteries

Visit Council’s website for more information on conditions and safe disposal of hazardous waste.

Other facilities

Council does not take all hazardous waste, some requiring other specialist disposal.

Flares and EPIRBS can be disposed of at three different locations. Check the Maritime Safety Website.

Household batteries can be taken to community drop off points.


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Council provides 2920 native plants for National Tree Day

Wildlife corridors across Redlands Coast will be enhanced after Redland City Council donated 2920 native plants to support National Tree Day on Sunday 1 August.

This includes 920 plants for 23 local schools and childcare centres to plant on National Schools Tree Day on Friday 30 July and 2000 plants for a community planting at IndigiScapes in Capalaba on 1 August.

Mayor Karen Williams said the local plantings were a great opportunity for residents to support Council’s aim to plant one million native plants in the Redlands by 2026.

Mayor Karen WIlliams and Cr Rowanne McKenzie with native plants at IndigiScapes Nursery.

“The One Million Native Plants initiative is part of Council’s commitment to a greener Redlands Coast and, since 2016, we have planted about 450,000 native plants,” she said.

“This project aligns perfectly with Planet Ark’s National Tree Day initiative which, since its launch in 1996, has become our country’s largest community tree planting event.

“Locally, it is the perfect opportunity for residents to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while providing future habitat for our wildlife.”

Cr Williams said that, since 2002, Council had provided about 15,320 native plants to local schools as part of the annual tree planting initiative.

“Each school also has the chance to request up to 100 native plants from the IndigiScapes Nursery throughout the year for their school,” she said.

“We hope to encourage all our schools to use local native plants in their gardens and grounds instead of introduced, non-native species.

“This in turn will help the wildlife in the area, and will increase and enhance the biodiversity of the Redlands.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said National Tree Day was one of the regular community planting events run by Council’s Bushcare program.

“The free family-friendly event at IndigiScapes on 1 August will help to protect and expand important habitat, providing homes and food for local wildlife,” Cr McKenzie said.

“Our community plantings are popular events, often attracting hundreds of volunteers who are eager to do their part for our natural environment.

“They also generate a great sense of community pride and environmental awareness, especially for children.”

Community planting day details:

Date: Sunday 1 August, 9 – 11am

Location: IndigiScapes Nursery, 15 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

Bring: drinking water and wear enclosed shoes and sunsmart clothing

Council supplies: plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves


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Celebration of all things Olympic at Live event

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams at Redlands Coast Olympics Live in Cleveland, Sunday 25 July.

Redlands Coast residents turned out to celebrate an Olympics double in Cleveland on Sunday and continue to watch the big screen at Bloomfield Street Park for the Olympics Live action.

Not only were they there to cheer on our Aussie team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including Redlands Coast sailor Mara Stransky, but also to celebrate Wednesday’s announcement that Brisbane and Redlands Coast will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams told the crowd at Olympics Live Presented by Westpac in Bloomfield Street Park that having the 2032 Games come to the south east was “beyond exciting”.

“Redlands Coast will be an event venue city. The Brisbane 2032 Olympics Canoe Slalom events will be held at our purpose-built Redland Whitewater Centre,” Cr Williams said.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity, not only for us to enjoy the spectacle and excitement of a Games event here in our city, but also to showcase our wonderful Redlands Coast to the world.”

Paralympian Daniel Fox, Olympian Andrew Trim and Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club president John Simpson were guest speakers at the Sunday morning forum emceed by Ranger Stacey and with a performance by the Cleveland Air Magic skippers.

Daniel Fox, who retired from swimming in June this year, inspired youngsters in the audience to get involved in sport.

“The Brisbane 2032 Olympics could be the moment that inspires kids to get involved in sport,” he said.

Paralympian Daniel Fox at Redlands Coast Olympics Live in Cleveland.

“If you’ve got a goal and love a sport, stick at it, keep going and give 110 per cent in training.”

Andrew Trim congratulated Redlands Coast on being announced as the host city for the whitewater centre for the 2032 Olympics.

“The facility will bring many events to Redlands Coast – world cups and world exposure,” he said. “And it will also see lots of children training there.”

John Simpson said the whitewater centre would be an incredible opportunity to bring children into the sport.

“Younger generations will have the opportunity to really get involved because the opportunities are there,” he said.

“Olympians are just normal people – you have to believe it, dare to dream it, and picture yourself there because someone is going to be there, why not you?”

Olympics Live Redlands Coast, run by Redland City Council, continues at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland, 10am to 4pm daily until Friday 30 July. All of the excitement and achievements from the Tokyo Olympics will be shown live on a large LED screen.


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Stimulus funding spans replacement of pedestrian bridges

Two Redlands Coast pedestrian bridges will be replaced through $1.3 million in program funding.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the replacement of the Anita Street pedestrian bridge at Redland Bay and the Fellmonger Park pedestrian bridge at Ormiston, would be funded through the second phase of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

Cr Williams said the 41.5m Anita Street bridge spanned Redland Bay’s Moogurrapum Creek, linking the eastern end of the street with the Pinelands Circuit Park and on to North Street.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards and Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said it was an important link between their divisions for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cr Edwards said that earlier this year a supporting beam on the bridge had to be replaced.

It was decided due to the state of some of the other bearers that it would be more cost effective to do a full replacement, Cr Talty said.

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the Fellmonger Park bridge spanned Hilliards Creek and linked Hilliards Park Drive to Old Cleveland Road East in Ormiston. A 150mm high-pressure water pipeline is suspended from the substructure of the bridge.

“It was also considered more cost effective to replace this bridge rather than doing ongoing repairs,” Cr Boglary said.

Cr Williams said work on both bridges was scheduled to start in August and continue to December, subject to weather conditions.

“These projects are part of more than $5.3 million being invested in community infrastructure in Redlands Coast under phase 2 of the LRCI program this year,” she said.

“$800,000 was allocated for the Anita Street bridge and $500,000 for the Fellmonger Park bridge.

“Issued by the Australian Government, this is stimulus funding aimed at helping councils and their communities bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is above and beyond Redland City Council’s own stimulus spending, so it is a very welcome boost to the local economy and the creation of jobs.

“Wherever possible we will be using local businesses and suppliers on these works.”

The Australian Government has committed $5.3 million to works in Redlands City under the LRCI Program Phase 2.


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Live appearances added to Olympics Live

Paralympian Daniel Fox and Olympian Andrew Trim will be guest speakers at a one-off forum being held during the Redlands Coast Olympics Live event.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who will also address this Sunday’s morning forum in central Cleveland, said the sportsmen – both long-time local residents – will join Wynnum-Redlands Canoe Club president John Simpson on a panel to discuss the importance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With Brisbane being named host of the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games and with the Tokyo Olympics under way, what an exciting time to hear some real-life stories from these athletes,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast will be an event venue city for the Canoe Slalom events at the Brisbane 2032 Games, so it will be great to hear about the purpose-built Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre that will be home to this exciting Olympic sport.”

Ranger Stacey will emcee the event which starts at 9.30am on Sunday 25 July and runs until 10am when that day’s Olympics Live Presented by Westpac broadcast starts.

Daniel Fox is a para-swimmer who competed in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Andrew Trim is a past World Champion in kayaking having competed in three Olympic Games and winning medals in two, including a Silver at the last home Olympics in Sydney.

Olympics Live Redlands Coast at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland, will operate from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 24 July to Friday 30 July, with Sunday’s one-off forum coinciding with the popular Cleveland Markets.

The seven days of big screen viewing and Sunday activities are being run by Redland City Council.

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Games come to Redlands Coast in 2032

The Olympics are coming to Redlands Coast in 2032.

With Brisbane being named as host city for the Games of the XXXV Olympiad, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams confirmed Redlands Coast would be an event venue city for the Canoe Slalom events at the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“This is a fantastic opportunity, not only for locals to enjoy the spectacle and excitement of a Games event right in our city’s backyard, but also to showcase our wonderful Redlands Coast to the world,” Cr Williams said.

“A purpose-built Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre to host the canoe slalom events is part of the integrated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct for which Birkdale Community Precinct on Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, is the preferred site.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in Tokyo tonight that Brisbane had been selected to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Cr Williams said what was even more exciting about the whitewater venue is that it would be a legacy facility for generations to come.

“There is ample land for such a facility to be accompanied by other uses without having to impact the site’s important environmental and cultural values. Its overall legacy opportunities are compelling,” she said.

“Subject to vision development and master planning, the location for the Redland Whitewater Centre within the precinct is likely to be the area proximate to the vacant cleared land to the precinct’s northern corner, given the known values of the land and the opportunities it presents.

“Council will soon be able to share with the community the Vision for the Birkdale Community Precinct, which will capture and integrate the aspirations and ideas of the community as expressed through the recent community engagement.

“It is a large precinct that has space for many exciting projects that would enhance lifestyle and benefit communities and economies. The Redland Whitewater Centre, which has a small footprint and will be on already cleared land, would be just one of several community ventures and activities that the 62-hectare site could accommodate.”

Cr Williams said similar Olympic facilities elsewhere had demonstrated substantial local community and economic benefits, including during construction and for ongoing operation.

“It will bring forward important transport infrastructure, in particular, the much-needed duplication of the Cleveland railway line and the completion of the Eastern Busway to Capalaba,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct is identified as a catalyst project in Our Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond.

“It is anticipated that about 150 jobs could be sustained through the building and delivery of the adventure sports precinct, with an annual contribution of $52 million to the local economy.

“It also has significant opportunities to be used as a swift-water rescue training facility for emergency services.”

Australian Olympic Team paddler Jessica Fox who will compete in the Canoe Slalom events in Tokyo said the 2032 Olympics decision was an “amazing opportunity”.

“We all know the impact the Sydney Olympics had on all of us, on sport in Australia, the general public, so to see it come home would be amazing.  It’s something the kids, watching the Olympics today, could look forward to in a few years’ time,” the three-time Olympian said from the athletes’ village in Tokyo.

“It’s incredible to think of a new whitewater venue in Redlands Coast. It would be amazing for the sport, for the community, tourism and for the general public wanting to try something new.

“We’ve seen the impact Penrith (Whitewater Stadium in NSW) has had on us and our sport and to have another world class venue in Australia would be incredible.

“We see this venue here (in Tokyo) and it would just be amazing to have that back home in Redlands Coast.”

Fellow Australian team member at the Tokyo Olympics, Russell Island-raised sailor Mara Stransky said Brisbane’s selection for 2032 was “fantastic for Australian sport in so many ways”.

“It’s the 8-year-old of today who we can be really proud of when the Olympics come here,” she said.

Stransky, 22, who will compete in the Laser Radial class in Tokyo, said an Olympics whitewater centre in Redlands Coast would be a great asset for the city.

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast residents had the chance to cheer on the Australian Olympic team in Tokyo during the Olympics Live free event to be held in Cleveland from this Saturday (24 July).

“There will be a large LED screen set up in Bloomfield Street Park broadcasting all of the excitement and achievements from the Tokyo Olympics live,” she said.

Olympics Live Presented by Westpac Redlands Coast at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland, will operate from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 24 July to Friday 30 July.

Cr Williams said the Council of Mayors (SEQ), which has been instrumental in the Brisbane 2032 proposal, had good reason to celebrate their success.

“The Games are predicted to deliver some $8.1 billion in economic and social benefits for Queensland, and $17.6 billion nationally,” Cr Williams said.

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What exactly is the event that Redlands Coast will host in 2032?

The sport of canoe slalom, in which competitors in canoes and kayaks navigate a series of whitewater rapid challenges, was modelled from ski slalom and began in Switzerland in 1932. In its early days, it was first performed on flat water but later switched to whitewater rapids. In canoe slalom the boats are small, light and agile, allowing for greater manoeuvrability through rapids.

Canoe slalom made its debut at the 1972 Munich Games. Slalom racing was not competed again in the Olympic Games until the 1992 Barcelona Games. Canoe slalom racers compete in four events, three for men and one for women, over the same course.


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Parks upgrades under COVID-19 bounce back funding

Three Redlands Coast parks are being upgraded through $1.75 million in program funding.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the works being carried out at the parks – in Victoria Point, Wellington Point and Alexandra Hills – were funded by the second phase of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

“The stimulus program funding is for $921,934 worth of improvements to Les Moore Park in Victoria Point; $471,000 for the EGW Wood Park at Wellington Point; and a further $357,100 for Alexandra Hill’s Valantine Road Park,” Cr Williams said.

“This was part of more than $5.3 million being invested in Redlands Coast community infrastructure under phase 2 of the LRCI funding. This is over and above Council’s own stimulus spending program, so it is a very welcome windfall.”

The Australian Government’s LRCI program supports local councils to deliver priority projects while supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the LRCI-funded work that was already underway at Les Moore Park covered the replacement of some parks assets and an increase in the number of car parking spaces.

“This will make this popular and beautiful foreshore park even more attractive for local residents and visitors alike – as well as making it easier to find a parking spot,” Cr Hewlett said.

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the work being carried out at the EGW Wood Park would be welcomed by BMX riders in particular with improvements to the existing pump track.

“It will also include the installation of a sun shelter, table, seating, water bubbler and also improvements to the footpaths servicing the park,” Cr Boglary said.

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges welcomed the work being carried out at Valantine Road Park.

“The emphasis of the work there will be on significantly improving the pathway lighting in this well-used greenspace that connects Finucane and Valantine Roads,” Cr Huges said.

Weather permitting, the work at all three parks is expected to be ongoing through to November this year.

The Australian Government has committed $5.3 million to works in Redland City under the LRCI Program Phase 2.



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Olympics Live comes to Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast will be able to cheer on the Australian Olympic team in Tokyo during the Olympics Live free event to be held in Cleveland from 24 July.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Olympics Live Presented by Westpac event was a great opportunity for the city to gather and support our Olympians.

“There will be a large LED screen set up in Bloomfield Street Park broadcasting all of the excitement and achievements from the Tokyo Olympics live,” Cr Williams said.

“Due to the global pandemic, spectators will not be in attendance at the Tokyo Games, so it will be more important than ever for our athletes to know Australians are cheering them on at home.”

Olympics Live Redlands Coast at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland, will operate from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 24 July to Friday 30 July. Spectator seating will be available.

The result of the International Olympic Committee’s vote on the host for the 2032 Olympic Games will be announced on Wednesday 21 July, three days ahead of Olympics Live at Redlands Coast.

The IOC’s vote has the potential to be transformational for Queensland and the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Redlands Coast will be home to an Olympic venue for the 2032 Olympic Canoe Slalom events should Brisbane be named as host.

Matt Carroll AM, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee, said Olympics Live at Redlands Coast presented a great opportunity to re-unite through sport.

“We’re really excited to see Redlands Coast embracing Olympics Live, and I thank Cr Williams for supporting the ongoing development of sport within their community,” Mr Carroll said.

“Olympics Live will present an opportunity to re-connect as a community and embrace the Olympic spirit.”

Olympics Live Redlands Coast will be part of a large network of live sites across the country being set-up next week.


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