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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates


UPDATE: 26 March – 4.50pm
Redland City Council adopts $2 million plus COVID-19 economic response package

Redland City Council today announced a $2 million plus social and economic package to support Redlands Coast residents, businesses and community groups through the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The comprehensive package, approved at a special Council General Meeting, is considered stage 1, and includes:

  • Double the amount of time to pay next rates bill
  • $288,000 in grants for business and community groups experiencing hardship due to COVID-19
  • Working directly with businesses, social enterprises and community groups to help them access State and Federal economic stimulus packages
  • Reduced red-tape for businesses and community groups
  • Provide one-off contribution towards electricity costs for clubs and associations registered under Council’s community electricity scheme
  • Strengthen Council’s local buy preference and fast-track payments
  • Expand Council’s Wi-Fi to assist businesses
  • Promote, review and update Council’s financial hardship policy to ensure eligible ratepayers can access hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges
  • Seek to fast-track $60 million in Council infrastructure works within the community by taking advantage of potential State and Federal government grants announced.

Redlands Coast Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said the COVID-19 outbreak was already having a profound impact on residents, businesses and community groups.

“I am acutely aware that many local businesses have had to reduce their service offering or temporarily close and this is also affecting the livelihoods of their employees,” Cr Williams said.

“Today we have adopted a range of financial and non-financial measures at an urgent Special Meeting.”

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said that to provide immediate assistance, all Redland Coast ratepayers would automatically be granted double the usual time to pay their April rates, with the due date extended from 11 May until 11 June 2020.

“In addition, Council will compassionately review ratepayers’ situations on a case-by-case basis and be as flexible as possible in extending arrangements during the Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

“Council’s Financial Hardship Policy, adopted last November, will also be promoted, reviewed and updated to ensure all eligible ratepayers affected by COVID-19 are aware of, and can access, hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges.

“The review of the hardship policy will be included in the new Council’s 2020-2021 budget development process after the local government election.”

Mr Chesterman said funds originally intended for the current round of the community grants and sponsorship programs would be diverted to those adversely impacted by the emerging pandemic emergency.

“This will allow us to repurpose $288,000 to a targeted grants program aimed at both relief and recovery efforts for small businesses and community organisations,” he said.

“Business Support Officers will be working closely with local businesses, social enterprises, community groups and sporting clubs to help them access the Federal and State Governments’ Economic Stimulus packages.

“Council has strengthened its local buy preference with existing contract arrangements being reviewed to expedite payments to improve supplier cash flows.

“Getting payments to our suppliers quickly is a practical way Council can help them with their cash flows.

“Council will also seek to bring forward up to $60 million worth of infrastructure projects that meet criteria for the Federal and State Government’s commitment to generate local economic activity during this time.

“These projects will of course depend on State and Federal government funding being made available.”

Cr Williams said these were among a raft of initiatives Councillors endorsed to ease the pain of Redlands Coast residents and businesses during these unprecedented times.

“We see this as stage one, our initial offering of support as we stand together with the Redlands Coast community,” she said.

Mr Chesterman said that after the election the new Council would continue to monitor and re-evaluate the rapidly evolving situation.

“It is vital our Council response is agile and flexible as well as empathetic and compassionate,” he said.

Access Council’s Financial Hardship Policy on Council’s website .

UPDATE: 26 March – 1.30pm

Under measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Redlands Coast, Redland City Council has extended its closures of public facilities and services following further Federal Government restrictions on non-essential services.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said the decision to close services or restrict access to Council facilities or meetings was never an easy one.

“In these uncertain times, however, and with lives at risk, it is vital that we encourage social distancing,” she said.

“These measures have been taken in the interests of public health and wellbeing, which is our priority.”

The current list of closures is as follows:

Council Customer Service Centres

Victoria Point Customer Service Centre is closed until further notice, as it is located inside the Victoria Point Library, which closed on Monday this week.

The Capalaba Customer Service Centre will close from 4.30pm on Friday 27 March until further notice.

Council’s Customer Service Centre in Cleveland currently remains open, with strict social distancing measures in place.

Residents are strongly encouraged to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible.

Council’s Customer Contact Centre remains open for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999.

Opening hours for telephone enquiries are Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

IndigiScapes Environmental Centre

The IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Capalaba, including café, native nursery, and theatrette has been closed until further notice.

Libraries, galleries and RPAC

All after-hours library return chutes have now been closed until further notice.

With the closure of Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point libraries, all loans have been extended until the libraries reopen.

There will be no fees for people who cannot return their books.

The libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

Council’s art galleries and Redland Performing Arts Centre are closed.

Community halls

Indoor venues, including community halls, are closed and all current bookings registered in Council’s booking system will be cancelled until further notice.

Any payments relating to these bookings will be refunded accordingly.

Due to the Local Government election on Saturday, community halls at Victoria Point and Capalaba Place remain open for pre-polling, with social distancing measures in place.

On Saturday, community halls at Thorneside and Redland Bay, and North Stradbroke (Minjerribah), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Coochiemudlo (Goochie mudlo) islands, will be open for polling.

For social distancing reasons, residents have been encouraged to vote early in the lead-up to Saturday’s election.

You can vote early at Cleveland Baptist Church, Victoria Point Community Hall, Capalaba Place Hall or Brisbane City Hall.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has established a telephone voting system for certain eligible voters.

This includes those people who have an impairment or disability, are self-quarantining or live more than 20km from a polling booth.

For more information and registration, contact 1300 912 782 or visit ecq.qld.gov.au

Visitor Information Centre

While the Visitor Information Centre is closed, information is still available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

Public swimming pools

Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre are closed until further notice.

More information

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates.

For the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

 

UPDATE: 25 March 2020 – 5.30pm

Non-essential travel to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) banned

Redland City Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Redland City Council advise that the State Government has placed a ban on non-essential and holiday travel to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerrbah) from midnight tonight to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Queensland Police will be enforcing the ban and requesting identification, such as a driver’s license, ensuring only permanent island residents and people engaging in essential travel are permitted onto the island.

Essential travel would include travelling for work, medical reasons, emergencies, education, compassionate reasons and to deliver essential services and supplies, such as groceries.

Non-essential travel includes recreation, tourism, camping, staying in a holiday home even if you own it, and socialising with friends and family.

In line with Australian and State government border closures, anyone travelling to North Stradbroke Island from interstate or overseas will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Chair of the LDMG and Redland Mayor Karen Williams said the ban meant people who had planned to spend their Easter holidays on the island should contact their tourism or accommodation provider to discuss alternative arrangements.

“The LDMG wrote to the State Disaster Coordination Centre this week to urge a decision from them on restricting non-essential travel to our Redlands Coast islands,” she said.

“Our city’s islands have ageing populations and vulnerable communities, including First Nations People and an ageing community, as well as limited medical facilities.

“Now is not the time to holiday to our islands.

“While there is no official ban on travel to our other Redlands Coast islands, the LDMG and Council continue to encourage people to reconsider their need for non-essential travel to Coochiemudlo (Goochie mudlo), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Karragarra islands, all in Southern Moreton Bay.

“The island transport is often crowded, especially at peak times, including Easter, which makes social distancing difficult.”

For updated health information, visit the Queensland Health website.

 

UPDATE: 23 March 2020 – 5.30pm

Local Disaster Management Group moves to Stand Up status as non-essential travel to islands is discouraged

The Redland City Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Redland City Council are encouraging people to reconsider their need for non-essential travel to the Redlands Coast islands.

This includes North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), Coochiemudlo Island (Goochie mudlo), and the four Southern Moreton Bay islands of Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Karragarra.

The request comes as Chair of the Redland City Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), Mayor Karen Williams, today moved the group to Stand Up status.

Cr Williams said the city’s islands had ageing populations and vulnerable communities, putting residents at risk of complications from the virus that is causing COVID-19.

“In line with Federal and State government messaging, we are strongly urging everyone to avoid non-essential travel of any kind, especially to our islands,” she said.

“This will help slow the spread of the virus and protect our island communities.

“The LDMG has written to the State Disaster Coordination Centre  to urge a decision from them on restricting non-essential travel to our city’s islands.

“In the meantime, essential travel would include travelling for work, medical reasons, education, compassionate reasons and to deliver essential services and supplies such as groceries.

“Non-essential travel includes recreation, tourism, including camping, and general socialising with friends and family.

“We are asking everyone to help us slow the spread of this virus by staying away from our islands unless they live there or have a need for essential travel.

“This way, we help slow the spread of the virus and save lives.”

Cr Williams said the island transport was often crowded, particularly as thousands of visitors arrived on the islands at peak times, including Easter.

“This makes social distancing difficult,” she said.

“The islands also have limited medical facilities, so protecting these communities is vitally important.

“I strongly encourage people to rethink their Easter holiday plans if they include the islands, and to contact their tourism or accommodation provider to discuss alternative arrangements.”


Update Monday 23 March – 10.30am

Redlands Coast galleries, libraries, IndigiScapes and Visitor Information Centre to close until further notice

Redland City Council’s libraries, art galleries, Visitor Information Centre and the IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre and café will close from midday today, Monday 23 March 2020.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said public access to all these venues would be closed until further notice under Council measures to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the community.

“This is to encourage social distancing,” Cr Williams said.

“To assist our residents, the libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

“All loans have currently been extended until 11 May 2020 but book return chutes will be open until further notice so you do not need to enter the library to return items.

“Library Wi-Fi facilities will remain free and accessible around library buildings.

“There will be no fees for people who cannot return their books.

“The IndigiScapes centre and café will close but the nursery will remain open for the time being.

“While the Visitor Information Centre will be closed, information will still be available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

“We thank residents for their understanding and for working with us as we do all we can to limit the spread of the virus in our community.”

Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said the closures followed the earlier closure of the Redland Performing Arts Centre currently until 30 April 2020.

“Council has also implemented social distancing measures in our Customer Service Centres and encourages residents to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible to help slow the spread of the virus on Redlands Coast,” he said.

“Council will continue with its critical services and will keep the community updated on the availability of programs and services as the situation develops.”

Watch Council’s social media for updates.

For the latest health advice, visit Queensland Health


UPDATE: 23 March 2020 –  10.30am

New food business requirements

As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22 March 2020, there are new restrictions on social gatherings. Council is contacting Redlands Coast’s licenced food businesses to advise that as of midday local time 23 March 2020 until further notice:

  • All pubs, registered and licenced clubs and hotels will be restricted from opening (excluding accommodation and bottle shops);
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues, cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs will also be restricted from opening; and
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery.

For health information on COVID-19, please visit the Queensland Health

Redland City Council is continuing to assist food business to ensure everyone is aware of the new requirements, as we all adapt to the progressive nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.


UPDATE: 20 March 2020 –  11.30am

New requirements for indoor gatherings

Council is committed to working with businesses, community groups and individuals to ensure adherence to new social distancing and hygiene requirements for indoor gatherings to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of today there is a requirement of 4 square metres of floor space for every person at an indoor gathering and a requirement for hand sanitiser, bins, and waste disposal taking place.

It means that if we had a 100 square metre space only 25 people could occupy it at any one time, keeping a distance of 1.5m away from each other.

This includes venues such as community halls, libraries, galleries, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

The 4 square metre and hygiene measures were announced by the Australian Government for outdoor events last week by the Australian Government.

 


UPDATE: 17 March 2020 – 5pm

Redland gallery and library cancellations

A range of public programs at Redlands Coast art galleries and libraries have been cancelled or postponed under Redland City Council measures to limit the transmission of the COVID19 virus in the community.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Karen Williams said the programs had been suspended until further notice as a precaution.

“Based on the social distancing and hygiene requirements for COVID 19, the difficult decision was made to suspend public programs at the Cleveland and Capalaba galleries and the Cleveland, Capalaba and Victioria Point libraries in the interest of public health and safety,” Cr Williams said.

“The galleries and libraries will remain open, however activities where social distancing would be difficult to maintain, including a range of school holiday activities, have been suspended.

“You will still be able to go to your local gallery, while the public computers, printing, wifi and borrowing will still be available at your local libraries.

“The libraries’ online services include e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories for people who don’t want to visit a branch.”

The cancellations follows the suspension of performances at the Redland Performing Art Centre announced by Council yesterday.

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said: “Council thanks residents for their understanding during this difficult time as we prioritise the wellbeing of our customers, employees, volunteers and visitors and act to limit the spread of the virus in our community.

“Council will continue to keep residents updated on the availability of programs and services as the situation develops.”

Cancelled gallery programs include:

  • Floor talks and morning teas;
  • Family Sundays at the Gallery;
  • Parents and Prams;
  • Adult workshops;
  • School holiday kids’ and teens’ workshops;

Cancelled library programs include:

  • Children’s programs;
  • Technology programs;
  • Adult literacy;
  • Pop-up libraries;
  • Author talks; and
  • School holiday activities.

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates. For the latest health advice, visit www.health.qld.gov.au.


Update 17 March – 11.30am

COVID-19 information resources

Redland City Council is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and is following all advisories from the Australian Government and Queensland Health – the lead health agency in the state.

Council’s priority is the health of our customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community.

For  a comprehensive range of reliable information resources for the home or workplace, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

This extensive collection of resources includes fact sheets and posters with information for the general public and industry.

Topics include:

The material can be downloaded and printed for display.

Visit the Redland City Council website for information from Council about COVID-19, including further links to reliable information, a list of cancelled local events and more.

Visit the page often, as the site is updated when new information comes to hand.


UPDATE: 16 March 2020 – 11am

Council activates plans for COVID-19, closes Redland Performing Arts Centre

Redland City Council has activated plans to mitigate adverse impacts of the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, ensuring continuation of critical business and the health and safety of its customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community. Read more …

Advisory on mass gatherings over 500 people

Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised on Friday 13 March 2020 that all non-essential mass gathering of more than 500 people should not be held after Monday 16 March 2020.

This move has been taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), with the Federal Government to provide further information around the details of the change on Monday 16 March 2020.

Council is committed to working with event organisers who are affected by this decision.

If you have an enquiries please contact Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism Group on events@redland.qld.gov.a

 


EARLIER: 11 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information sources for health, travel and economic assistance

Council advises that Queensland Health is the leading agency in Queensland for reliable information about novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our state.

For the latest health advice, visit the Queensland Health website.

For the latest travel and border advice, visit the Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website.

For the latest advice on economic assistance for affected industries and small business, visit the Queensland Government website.

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Update 17 March 2020: Redlands Coast Youth Week Backtrack Boys screening postponed


The Redlands Coast Youth Week event, screening Backtrack Boys and celebrating youth organisations, and has been postponed until late 2020.

Redland City Council has activated plans to mitigate adverse impacts of the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, ensuring continuation of critical business and the health and safety of its customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community.

Council’s Redland Performing Arts Centre is closed until Thursday 30 April, with all performances during this time cancelled or postponed. Read more


Earlier – March 11 2020

Free Backtrack Boys screening at RPAC shines a light on the importance of youth services

Acclaimed documentary Backtrack Boys will be shown as part of the annual Redlands Coast Youth Week celebrations on Thursday, 2 April 2020.

Redland City Council has partnered with Redlands PCYC & Redlands Youth Justice to host a free screening of the film at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), with a digital story about the work of eight Redlands Coast youth organisations wrapping up the evening.

Manager of Redlands Youth Justice Centre, Chris Trigger, will MC the event, with staff from Redlands PCYC, Redlands Centre for Women, Redlands Community Centre, COOEE Indigenous Family and Community Education Centre, The Cage Youth Foundation, BIMSARA – Bay Islands Multi Sport And Recreation Association, Traction and Running Wild will be invited to represent their organisations on the evening.

Lauded by critics as an inspiring coming-of-age film, Backtrack Boys follows boys in a youth program as they strive to turn their lives around.

The documentary, set in Armidale in rural New South Wales and filmed over two years, follows the boys and their saviour Bernie Shakeshaft, a free-wheeling jackaroo who runs a dog jumping team.

Since premiering at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2018, Backtrack Boys has won five prestigious Audience Awards in film festivals across the country.

The Backtrack Boys screening is open to the whole community and refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Guests need to register their attendance through the event listing on Redlands Coast Youth Facebook page  with names and ages of attendees by 4.30pm Monday 30 March 2020.

Please note that Backtrack Boys is rated MA15+ and young people unaccompanied by an adult will need to provide proof of age to view the film.

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Redlands Coast participates in international City Nature Challenge


Redlands Coast residents are being urged to get involved with the 2020 City Nature Challenge by simply snapping and uploading images of local plants and animals between 23 and 27 April.

The Australian Citizen Science Association has entered Redlands Coast into this international competition – which is akin to a giant game of environmental eye-spy – with support being provided by the newly re-opened Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

What started in 2016 as an intercity competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco has now gone global. All urbanites are being encouraged to document as many plants and animals as possible to better understand urban biodiversity and share their discoveries with the rest of the world.

To encourage community participation, IndigiScapes will host a free community workshop to provide photographic tips and explore the iNaturalist App ahead of the challenge.

The City Nature Challenge Photography and iNaturalist App Workshop will be held at IndigiScapes from 4-6pm, Saturday 21 March 2020.

Alternatively, residents can independently participate in the challenge by downloading the iNaturalist app from AppStore or Google Play, signing in and starting to share observations.

Species submitted will be identified by challenge organisers from 28 April until 3 May 2020 with the results being released on 4 May 2020.

The City Nature Challenge Photography and iNaturalist App Workshop
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
When: Saturday 21 March, 4 to 6pm.
Bring: Workshop attendees will need to bring along a mobile phone, camera or tablet computer and wear enclosed shoes.
RSVP: Phone 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au by Wednesday 18 March to secure your spot at the workshop.

For more information visit the 2020 City Nature Challenge website.

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Track parks closed after recent rain


Due to heavy rain, Council has closed all tracks and trails at Scribbly Gums Reserve (Cleveland Track  Park) and Bayview Track Park, Redland Bay.

The Bayview car park and staging area are also closed. Signs notifying of the closures are in place at all main entry points to the two reserves.

Council will continue to monitor conditions to determine when the track parks can be reopened.

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First Redlands Coast Sports Gala a success


Redland City Council’s first Redlands Coast Sports Gala day has proven to be a great success despite a two-week wet weather postponement.

More than 200 people attended the late-February event at the Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, giving many primary-school aged children the chance to try a variety of sports including Rugby League, cricket, Rugby Union, netball, AFL, golf, hockey, softball, BMX, Tae Kwon Do, tennis, skipping and gymnastics.

BXM fun

Local Redlands Coast sport and recreation clubs were on hand to host fun activities and sign-up new players.

There was also time to catch up with some sporting heroes – including Matt Hodgson and Jeremy Kendall from the Brisbane Bullets, Josie Dooley from Queensland Fire, trampolinist Charlotte Johnstone and touch footballers Corey Russell & Adam Pryde.

Jeremy Kendall and Matt Hodgson from the Brisbane Bullets

All were involved in a signing and photo session and netball royalty Jemma Mi Mi & Ine-Mari Venter, from the Queensland Firebirds, showed their commitment to youth development by assisting with the netball activity.

Qld Firebirds players Jemma Mi Mi with Tanya Ward from Netball Queensland

All participants received a free hat, sunscreen and a water bottle in a Council giveaway pack.

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Council agrees next step in plans to revitalise the Capalaba Town Centre


Redland City Council has announced that Shayher Group is the preferred expression of interest (EOI) proponent for the revitalisation of the Capalaba Town Centre.

The next step in developing the Capalaba CBD proposal is for Redland Investment Corporation (RIC), Council and the proponent to progress concept details and expectations before a future decision and agreement by the next Council.

Shayher Group has extensive national experience delivering quality mixed-use developments. Examples include the W Hotel in the Brisbane Quarter precinct, the former CSIRO site in Indooroopilly and former Government landholdings in Northshore Hamilton.

The Capalaba Centre Master Plan, adopted by Council in 2010, identified key areas of need at Capalaba including an active town square, a need to improve pedestrian movement, and repositioning Capalaba and activating it as a primary employment, transit and mixed-use development centre with an after-hours economy.

In 2019 Council engaged RIC to implement a crucial part of Council’s Master Plan and vision for a vibrant Town Centre acting as the heart of Capalaba.

The project will incorporate a new library and community centre.

Once the draft Capalaba Town Centre master plan has been finalised, community engagement will be conducted to ensure all Redlands Coast community members, business and stakeholder groups have opportunity to view the proposals and provide their feedback.

The next step of the process is for a detailed design to be developed that matches the Council planning scheme and for commercial agreements to be negotiated.

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Temporary road closure in Cleveland


Redland City Council will temporarily close a section of road in Cleveland to undertake immediate sewer maintenance works and repairs.

The western carriageway of Shore Street West, between Fitzroy and Wynyard streets, will be closed on weekdays from 6am Wednesday 4 March until works are completed.

Both lanes of the western carriageway (i.e. traffic travelling towards Brisbane city) will be closed from 6am until 7pm on weekdays for up to two weeks and detours will be in place. This will ensure the safety of Council’s contractors and allow unimpeded access to the underlying sewer.

The eastern carriageway is expected to remain open.

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Smart strategy identifies smart initiatives


Redland City Council today received a progress report on the development of the draft Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy.

The report reveals that the draft Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy focuses on four key areas: liveability, wellbeing and inclusion; productivity and innovation; sustainability; and governance and planning.

In developing the strategy, consultants Delos Delta identified three initiatives that demonstrate how Redlands Coast is already using data and technology to improve the city’s liveability and place it at the forefront of intelligence, productivity and sustainability.

The RACQ Smart Shuttle driverless bus trial, smart koala monitoring, and intelligent water monitoring programs have been recognised as examples of smart city operations.

Development of the draft strategy also reflects global learnings from cities across the world including Seoul, Barcelona, New York, London and Tokyo that have engaged in smart city projects over the past 10 years.

Learnings from these cities’ endeavours include the importance of emphasising a focus on initiatives that empower citizens, are collaborative, reinforce privacy and security, provide real benefits for the community and encourage innovation.

Consultants will consider these learnings to further develop the strategy, while also incorporating input received from a range of engagement activities during the recent community consultation period.

Engagement activities included workshops with business and industry, the community, Redland City Council staff, Councillors and the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board, and an online survey and discussion forum which was open from 16 October 2019 to 22 November 2019.

The purpose of the engagement activities was to gather information from participants about smart city priorities and values in the context of Council’s strategic priorities.

Engagement identified that community priorities include the economy, the community, leadership, collaboration, the environment, transport and connectivity.

A draft strategy is expected to be presented to Council for consideration later in the year.

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Redland City Council to sponsor major business expo


Redland City Council will sponsor a major business expo in April to provide free advice and opportunities to local enterprises.

The 2020 Redlands Coast Business Expo will be run by Small Business Expos at Sheldon College on Thursday 16 April.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams encouraged local businesses to get behind the free event.

“Small Business Expos has a proven track record of helping boost businesses through providing access to new skills and established know-how while opening the door to lucrative relationships,” Cr Williams said.

“This expo, which ties in closely with Council’s economic strategy, will be a great opportunity for local business operators to connect and market their products and services to hundreds of other business owners.

“It is being backed by a host of local business industry groups and sponsors and is set to be the biggest business-to-business marketplace ever held in our region.”

In a first, the expo will cover the Redlands Coast, Logan and northern Gold Coast regions.

“This expo has been held successfully in Logan for the last three years and to get it to Redlands Coast, where it will cover a greatly expanded region, is a golden opportunity for our local business community,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has been very active in helping local businesses to thrive through organising workshops, providing access to information on export opportunities and training, supporting research and development, attracting investment and this expo, but it is up to business owners to take advantage them.”

DETAILS
When: 10am-4pm Thursday 16 April 2020.
Where: Sheldon College Events Centre, Taylor Road, Sheldon.
Cost: Attendance is free but there is a cost to exhibit.
Register: redlandscoastbusinessexpo.eventbrite.com.au

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Moreton Bay Cycleway extension continues


Work has commenced on stage two of the multi-million dollar Moreton Bay Cycleway extension  project, to link School Road to Point O’Halloran Road, Victoria Point.

Mayor Karen Williams said the new works, assisted by a State Government grant of $1 million with Council matching the funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis, followed the completion of stage one works in November 2019.

“Council wants to make it easier for people to walk and ride around our scenic coastline, and the cycleway is helping to achieve that,” she said.

“The first stage saw the construction of 850m of pathway added to the existing cycleway, linking Cameron Court Park and School Road, Victoria Point.

“Stage two will include a further 350m of boardwalk and a 360m footpath.

“Weather permitting, it should be ready by the end of May this year.”

Cr Williams said the final piece of the network would see an on-road link via Lakefield Drive.

“We hope to have the entire project completed and open for public use by mid-2020,” she said.

“When finished, the cycleway will provide stunning rides and walks along our foreshores and through natural bushland.”

Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the cycleway ensured Redlands Coast remained accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

“By creating boardwalks and cycle paths, we are improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists as well as providing much needed amenities in this area,” he said.

“This is an exciting project for people of all ages and riding abilities.

“It enables residents and visitors to safely access some of our region’s most scenic areas.

“We hope this new network of cycle paths and boardwalks encourages more residents to enjoy the natural beauty of their neighbourhoods and for more people to visit and enjoy Redlands Coast.”

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