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Environment and Community Fair is back, bigger and better than ever

The Redland City Council Environment and Community Fair at IndigiScapes is back bigger and better next month with an ‘all star cast’ of environmental champions set to entertain and educate the community on Saturday June 4.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said the Environment and Community Fair was one of the highlights on the Redlands Coast events calendar which offered an incredible array of events, activities, fresh food and produce as well as markets, cooking demonstrations, environmental speakers and inspiration for more sustainable living.

“Our Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is an eco-wonder, a unique environmental education centre and it’s the perfect place to host events like our Environment and Community Fair – and there’s no better day or way to celebrate World Environment Day this year than at our Fair,” said Cr Williams.

“Whether you live on the Redlands Coast or if you’re a visitor to the area, you know and appreciate that we are naturally blessed to enjoy such a breathtaking and diverse natural environment and the Fair allows us to celebrate all the natural wonders of the region – plus many that have been created by our talented community at the Food and Eco Markets.

“The range of environmental speakers is incredible from our much-loved Ambassador Ranger Stacey to leading bee expert, Dr Kit Prendergast, garden talks, food fermentation and you can even learn how to rewild native fish, build a backyard pond and make sourdough.

“And it’s also a wonderful opportunity for residents of Redlands Coast to learn more about the many programs that Council runs in the community and environmental space.”

Division 7 Cr Rowanne McKenzie said the Environment and Community Fair continued to grow in popularity, reputation and the quality of entertainment and attractions with each year.

“There’s so much for people to see and do in one day at the Fair and there is plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained and excited and it’s an event that I know many people in our region look forward to every year,” said Cr McKenzie.

“Along with the eco markets, there will be environment and sustainability-themed speakers and information, free outdoor family activities, incredible live entertainment and delicious food available from the café and food vans.”

There will also be a guided fungi walk at 11.30am with IndigiScapes Environmental Partnerships Senior Officer Maree Manby.


Environment and Community Fair
When: Saturday 4 June 2022, 9am to 2pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba
Free entry.
Additional parking accessible via the Nursery entry or Lyndon Road and Korawal Street.

  • Celebrate World Environment Day
    • Meet Ranger Stacey and local wildlife
    • Engage with environmental and community organisations and speakers including the Bee Babette Dr Kit Prendergast and bush food cooking demonstration with Christopher Jordan
    • Nursery open for native plant sales and advice
    • Learn about Council programs and services
    • Enjoy the Eco Markets, suitcase rummage and rack sale
    • Free outdoor family activities, nature craft, art and face painting
    • Enjoy entertainment and live music
    • IndigiCafe open plus food and coffee vans.

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Birkdale Community Precinct Info Days cancelled due to wet weather

The Birkdale Community Precinct Info Days planned for this Friday and Saturday, 27 and 28 May, have been cancelled due to wet weather.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while it was unfortunate the days could no longer go ahead, you could still have your say on the precinct’s Draft Master Plan via an online survey, as well as touring the precinct virtually.

“All the information about the recently adopted Draft Birkdale Community Precinct (BCP) Master Plan is available on the project’s website at,” Cr Williams said.

“This Plan is a vision of what will become one of the largest community spaces in south-east Queensland and one which will unfold over the next two decades.

“The 62-hectare Birkdale Community Precinct will include Redlands Coast’s first public swimming lagoon as well as the Redlands Whitewater Centre, which will be a host venue during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“There will also be seven Hubs with the following themes: Cultural, Innovation, Willards Farm (Food), Communications, Entertainment, Recreation and Adventure Sports, and Conservation.

“It is the largest, most exciting and most diverse community precinct ever to be delivered by Council for Redlands Coast.

“On the project’s website you can watch a fly-through video of what it will become as well as go on a virtual tour of the site as it is now.

“You can also download the draft master plan and look at detailed maps of what the Hubs will include.”

Cr Williams said the Draft BCP Master Plan community consultation process started on April 30 and would continue until June 6.

“I encourage you to jump online and complete the survey,” she said.


For more information go to: where you can complete the online survey and go into the draw to win one of five $100 gift cards. The website also will have updates as to how you can meet and talk to the Project Team behind this precinct.


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Birkdale stories brought to life with a brush of creativity

Wellington Point State High School students have developed a creative way to present the stories of Birkdale Community Precinct as part of Redland City Council’s pilot partnerships program for the site.

Mayor Karen Williams, who dropped in on one of the school’s Encore Art Program workshops this week, said the students were painting timber discs with images to reflect elements of the precinct’s history.

Wellington Point State High art teacher Tamara Beale, far left back, and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, far right, with students at the Encore Art Program workshop.

“Birkdale Community Precinct is all about celebrating our past while providing for our future Redlanders, so to see our students involved in the project is very exciting,” Cr Williams said.

“They are using a diverse collection of timber that originated from across Birkdale, such as trees felled by storms and the like.

“The students took their artistic inspiration from a visit to the Willards Farm site last month, so there is a real connection with the site and the messages being shared.

“This artwork will eventually take pride of place on the precinct for the community to enjoy.”

Wellington Point State High’s Encore Art Program, under the direction of art teacher Tamara Beale, is one of nine groups developing projects for the Birkdale Community Partnerships Program who will present and test their ideas at the precinct Info Days on 27 and 28 May.

Of the groups, four are schools or youth groups.

“These young people have been taken through a visioning workshop to understand the opportunities at Birkdale Community Precinct and to develop their ideas for the site,” Cr Williams said. “What these groups have come up with is sensational.”

The other groups in the program are:

  • Bayside District Amateur Radio Society (interactive radio communications)
  • Redland Bayside Child & Family Support Hub / Playgroup Qld (ecology-based activities)
  • EcoUnity (observation tower proposal)
  • Redland Museum (theatrical presentation)
  • Rotary Club of Cleveland (recycling and sustainability)
  • TRACTION (bicycle recycling and youth empowerment)
  • Australian Industry Trade College (virtual reality in trade sector)
  • Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club (fitness, recreation and celebrating Tingalpa Creek)

Their ideas will be on display at two public Info Days later on 27 and 28 May as part of the community consultation period for the Draft Birkdale Community Precinct Master Plan which runs until 6 June, 2022. To have your say go to:


Birkdale Community Precinct Info Days, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, Friday, 27 May & Saturday, 28 May, 10am to 4pm both days. Entry via Jones Road. More details:

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Redland City Council looking for passionate people to ensure Olympics legacy

Community members are being offered a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure the Redlands Coast maximises the local, regional and international opportunities from the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams announced the Redlands Coast 2032 Legacy Working Group at a breakfast this morning attended by more than 100 people, which included Olympic Champion Canoeist Jess Fox OAM, long-term tourism advocate Daniel Gschwind, and actor and former local Redlands Coast resident Lincoln Lewis.

Cr Williams said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised ‘legacy’ as a vital component of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics to deliver lasting benefits for people and communities across South-East Queensland.

“Redland City Council has been a proud partner on the Olympic and Paralympic journey since the Council of Mayors (SEQ) began exploring the opportunity to bring the Games to Queensland in 2015,” Cr Williams said.

“I am proud to have been at the table when this journey began and am committed to ensuring the Brisbane 2032 Games deliver for generations of Redlanders.

“The Redlands Coast 2032 Legacy Working Group will leverage the enthusiasm and passion of our community to identify and deliver the exciting legacy opportunities set to flow from the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics.

“Council agreed to be part of the Brisbane 2032 journey because of the positive legacy it could deliver for our community, so it is vital the community has a seat at the table to help develop a Redlands Coast 2032 Legacy Plan.

Actor Lincoln Lewis, champion slalom canoeist Jess Fox, Mayor Karen Williams and Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind.

Cr Williams said it was also important for the Redlands Coast to provide a powerful advocacy voice on the broader Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games legacy issues and other related regional opportunities.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure your friends, family and community benefit from the legacies of the world’s largest sporting event,” Cr Williams said.

“We want people who are passionate about the Olympics and Paralympics and the potential benefits they bring, but we also want people who are passionate about our city and ensuring our entire community can be part of this exciting opportunity.”

Champion Slalom Canoeist Jess Fox said creating a legacy in the lead up to and after an Olympics was a vital component of keeping the Games spirit as well as building and harnessing community spirit.

“I consider myself a product of the legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympics – I was fortunate to grow up with the Penrith Whitewater Stadium at my fingertips, which has provided a world-class venue to train at on my journey to three Olympic Games,” Jess said.

“For me, it’s been a case of ‘you can be what you can see’ and I have enjoyed living close to a high performance facility over the past 20-plus years that has helped generate Olympic dreams for aspiring athletes from around the world.

“I’m excited about the future for our sport and the next generation. The ‘legacy first’ approach for the new world-class Redland Whitewater Centre, being included as part of a versatile and integrated Birkdale Community Precinct, will offer so much opportunity to not only elite athletes like me but for children, emergency services organisations for swift water rescue training and the community.”

The Redlands Coast 2032 Legacy Working Group will include members representing a diverse range of interests, skills and experience, including:

  • Quandamooka Traditional Custodian representatives
  • Olympians/ Paralympians/ High performance sport
  • Sustainability expert
  • Business, industry and trade
  • Tourism and events
  • Disability sector – accessibility and inclusion
  • Arts and culture
  • Community sport and active recreation
  • A local school student
  • Transport
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Innovation and research
  • Education and training.

Expressions of interest are open until Wednesday 18 May 2022. To lodge an online Expression of Interest for the Redlands Coast 2032 Legacy Working Group, visit the Redland City Council website at

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Redlands Coast residents urged to compost for the future

Redlands Coast residents have been encouraged to “compost for the future” during International Composting Awareness Week, which continues until Saturday.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said home composting and subscribing to Council’s green waste bin service were easy ways residents could significantly help Redlands Coast’s progress towards becoming a zero-waste community.

“Council is committed to reducing organic waste to landfill as we work towards a zero-waste future for our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast but we need as many residents as possible to help us make it happen,” Cr Williams said.

“While many residents are already on board, we know that together we can do so much better to prevent waste going to landfill as almost half of what Redlands Coast residents have been putting in their red bin is organic material that can be reused in our gardens.

“In 2020-21, this amounted to about 13,000 tonnes of green waste and 7800 tonnes of food waste which ended up in landfill when it could have been recycled.

“By getting into home composting and taking advantage of Council’s green waste bin service, we can significantly reduce that for the benefit of our environment and our future.”

To support residents to reduce organic waste going to landfill, Council offers its green waste bin service with no establishment fee (in most circumstances). Annual service charges apply and multiple green waste bins are allowed.

“Already, about 200kg of domestic green waste is being recovered for every person each year through Council’s kerbside green waste collection service or from our recycling and waste centres,” Cr Williams said.

“That is a massive amount of resources that are saved and turned into healthy compost but we would like to recover much more.”

Cr Williams said worm farms, bokashi bins and other compost bins were available for purchase from IndigiScapes at Capalaba to help residents on their composting journey.

“Council is committed to supporting residents to compost green waste,” she said.

“We are very focused on reducing food waste and composting in our own operations, with our IndigiScapes centre collecting about 2.5 tonnes of food waste and compostable packaging from its café since February 2021 which was sent it away for composting.

The IndigiScapes Eco Markets also recently trialled the use of compost bins on site in an effort to save as much as possible from landfill as every bit helps.

“By being waste aware, by composting, correctly using Council’s green waste bin service and ensuring you do not contaminate your yellow-lid recycling bin with green waste are simple ways residents can do their bit to realise a zero-waste future.

“We’re encouraging residents during Compost Awareness Week to follow our social media channels where they have a chance to win one of five worm farms valued at $89.95 each.”

Residents are also encouraged to use the ShareWaste app and website which connects people who want to recycle their food scraps and other organics with neighbours who are already composting or worm-farming.

To find out more about International Composting Awareness Week go to Search green waste at for a wealth of information on waste, recycling and composting, as well as how to sign up to Council’s green waste bin service.

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Thefts a “low blow” for Redlands Coast community

Redland City community property has again been attacked by thieves, with solar panels stolen from water quality testing buoys in Moreton Bay.

It follows the recent theft of copper wiring from Redland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park) and Charlie Buckler Sportsfield, which caused significant damage to sports field lighting.

Mayor Karen Williams said the solar panel theft was another low blow against Redlands Coast residents.

“Again, ratepayers have to foot the bill for the actions of thieves who obviously have no respect for our community,” Cr Williams said.

“If anyone saw something or has information which may be useful, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink online or 131 444.”

In two separate incidents, solar panels were stolen from monitoring buoys in Moreton Bay about 100m offshore from the Aquatic Paradise canal entrance channel and adjacent to the Raby Bay eastern canal entrance.

The solar panels, worth about $750 each, power equipment which provides water quality data used to inform dredging programs in Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Weinam Creek.

“When you include the contractor costs to re-install the panels plus the bill to repair the lighting cable stolen from the showgrounds, it adds up to a massive impost which ratepayers have to fund,” Cr Williams said.

“It is so disappointing and, quite frankly, makes me so angry.

“Council is now investigating ways to better secure public property against thieves and stem the risk of this happening again, but this also will come at a cost to ratepayers.

“So please be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police.”

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Have your say on the Draft Birkdale Community Precinct Master Plan

Redland City Council has adopted the largest and most exciting draft masterplan in the city’s history, with draft plans for the Birkdale Community Precinct getting the greenlight from Councillors at a Special Meeting today.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Draft Birkdale Community Precinct (BCP) Master Plan outlined an exciting concept for the 62-hectare site on Old Cleveland Road East at Birkdale over the next two decades.

“It will be one of the largest community spaces in South-East Queensland, and will include a Southbank-style public lagoon that the community has been asking for over many years,” Cr Williams said.

“It will also include restoration of the heritage-listed Willards Farmhouse and outbuildings, the heritage-listed former World War II Radio Receiving Station and the Redlands Whitewater Centre, which will be a host venue during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as a host of entertainment and recreational facilities.

A public lagoon is proposed for the Birkdale Community Precinct.

“Birkdale Community Precinct is the largest and most diverse project of its kind ever delivered in the city and the Draft Master Plan shows what a truly superb showcase it is going to be for all of Redlands Coast.

“Flanked by conservation areas that represent some two thirds of the entire site, the Plan reveals seven Hubs which have been centred on what the community told us they wanted on the site during consultation last year.

“Some of the Hubs offer education, inspiration, adventure and activity, while others are more passive, offering quiet reflection on the surrounding landscape and affording relief from the urban environment.

“Although intrinsically connected, each offers a unique destination with its own experiences and uses.”

Cr Williams said the draft masterplan followed a decade of lobbying the Federal Government to secure the land for the community.

“We have been trying to secure this land so it can be preserved and enjoyed by the community, including meetings with no fewer than six Ministers and Assistant Ministers and two Prime Ministers,” Cr Williams said.

“We knew this property held exciting potential for the community and today is a red-letter day that will help us realise that potential.”

Community consultation on the next stage in the creation of Birkdale Community Precinct opens Saturday 30 April and will continue until 6 June through the project’s Your Say website as well as via two community Info Days to be held onsite on  27 and 28 May.

“This is a chance for the community to provide feedback on the concept plans for the site, which were created following community feedback last year,” Cr Williams said.

“I’m particularly excited that our young people have played a key role in shaping this draft plan and are responsible for some of the most exciting elements including the public lagoon.

“Council has opted to include a public lagoon rather than an aquatic centre in response to feedback from the community who have been calling for a South Bank style lagoon for years.

“Instead we will focus on upgrading the existing Cleveland aquatic centre.”

Cr Williams said the Hubs are defined in the Plan as follows:

  1. Cultural Hub – A meeting point and launching pad for all the precinct has to offer. A melting pot and learning place for ecological and cultural information.
  2. Willards Farm (Food) Hub – With the historic Willards Farm as its centrepiece, this is where you can connect with the area’s farming heritage and where you can sample artisan produce or dine in style.
  3. Innovation Hub – A showcase, literally, where the future of farm methodologies and techniques, agricultural technology and food production, is on display in static and interactive exhibition spaces.
  4. Communications Hub – Anchored by the former US Army-built World War II Radio Receiving Station, this is where you can connect to the past, come to understand the bonds formed between Redlanders, Aussie troops and Allied US forces, and pay homage to their war and peace-keeping services.
  5. Entertainment Hub – Touring artists and local performers share outdoor spaces in an ever-changing composite of community choruses, concerts, crowds and creatives. BBQs, picnic areas and tables, oversized games and outdoor movies add to the fun.
  6. Recreation & Adventure Sports Hub – Redlands Coast’s first public lagoon will be the ultimate summer destination as will the adventure playground. Nearby, the whitewater centre will be home to Olympic and Paralympic athletes and adventure enthusiasts alike with its world-class training and competition course which has flexibility for use as a swift-water rescue training and exercise venue.
  7. Conservation Hub – Walking trails, interactive tours, wilderness experiences and education combine in a stunning showcase of ways to appreciate the valuable and protected natural habitats.

“The tagline for this next phase of Birkdale Community Precinct’s growth is, ‘Create a place with a space for everyone’,” Cr Williams said.

“And I encourage you to help Council along on the creation process by giving your feedback on the Plan.”

To read the Draft Birkdale Community Precinct Master Plan go to the Your Say website


Birkdale Community Precinct Info Days, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28, 10am to 4pm both days. Entry via Jones Road. More details:

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Willards Farm to be restored as the jewel in the crown of Birkdale Community Precinct

Redland City Council is progressing exciting plans to upgrade the historic Willards Farmhouse, to ensure the community can access and celebrate the historic building.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Councillors today discussed Council’s plans for the property, including the potential impact of the recent decision by the Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) to extend the footprint of the property’s heritage protections.

“Council is committed to protecting the Willards Farm homestead, which is why we spent $1.45 million in 2016 to save it from being demolished for housing,” Cr Williams said.

“Our decision to buy the property came after the Queensland Heritage Council refused a 2015 heritage application because they felt it did not have State heritage values, leaving us with no choice but to buy the property to protect its local heritage value.

“Council believes the Willards Farmhouse itself does have heritage values, which is why we added it to our City Plan local Heritage Places Register in June 2016 and it is also why we have well-advanced plans to upgrade the property.

“We want to work with the State Government to ensure our plans for the Willards Farm homestead can proceed and so Council officers will lodge a notice of appeal to the QHC decision of 22 March, so we can sit down with the State Government and work through these plans.”

Cr Williams said Council’s decision would also allow officers to understand the reasons for the QHC decision.

“During the application process, State DES officers recommended a much smaller boundary be included, similar to what Council would like to see protected,” Cr Williams said.

“Despite the recommendation by State officers and having not visited or inspected the site, the QHC decided to increase the heritage boundary from around 0.8 hectares to about 4.2 hectares, a decision that is not supported by independent heritage consultants working on the heritage management of the site or by DES heritage officer recommendations.”

Cr Williams said Willards Farm would form part of the 62-hectare Birkdale Community Precinct and its restoration was an integral part of delivering this intergenerational site for the Redlands Coast community.

“We are making it into the jewel that it rightly deserves to be in the Birkdale Community Precinct crown,” she said.

“It is imperative we are able to fully deliver the exciting future planned for Williards Farm under the soon to be released Draft Birkdale Community Precinct Master Plan, which was informed by ideas suggested by the community.”

Council has commissioned Sims White Architects to prepare detailed design and construction drawings including detailed cost estimates to support future restoration works for Willards Farm.

“Council is looking to fund $1.5 million towards the restoration in the upcoming Budget and, following today’s decision, officers will work with their State counterparts to ensure plans for the property can proceed, including identifying State funding opportunities.

“Council is the only stakeholder that has invested considerable funds to save this property and remains committed to the protection and restoration of the Willards farm complex using an appropriate heritage boundary.”

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Council to collabor8 with the Federal Government on key community projects

Redland City Council is seeking a commitment from the incoming Federal Government to partner with them to deliver eight projects considered essential to support the Redlands Coast community.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s 2022 Federal election advocacy document Let’s Collabor8: on delivering Redlands Coast’s Federal election priorities was built on a foundation of collaboration and partnership.

“Council is committed to working with other levels of government to deliver for our community and, in the lead up to next month’s Federal election, we are asking all candidates to join with us in delivering for our community,” she said.

“Council has a history of advocating for our community and this federal advocacy document identifies eight projects that will create more jobs, deliver more space for Redlands Coast families to play and help our community travel around the city safer and faster.”

The eight projects are:

  • Birkdale Community Precinct
  • Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct
  • Transport infrastructure (Eastern Busway/duplication of Cleveland rail line)
  • Funding to support Council’s on-the-ground koala research and conservation projects
  • Internet/mobile connectivity
  • Redlands Health and Wellness Precinct
  • Small business support and innovation
  • Support to address housing pressures.

“The selected projects are all absolutely vital here if we are to sustain our livability standards and create an environment where small business – the lifeblood of our economy – can thrive,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has been working on many of these projects for a number of years, including making significant investment in their planning, and we need federal help to turn our dreams into reality.

“The Birkdale Community Precinct has the potential to put Redlands Coast squarely on the map by delivering a lasting community legacy through a series of exciting projects, while the Redlands Coast Sport and Recreation Precinct and Health and Wellbeing Precinct are essential for our growing population.”

Cr Williams said the advocacy document continued recent examples of what could be achieved when different levels of government worked together.

“In the last 12 months we have seen what can be achieved through collaboration, with South East Queensland securing the world’s largest sporting event and the long awaited City Deal, which will deliver billions of co-investment across the region,” she said.

“People expect different levels of government to work together and our Federal advocacy document is all about building partnerships that will deliver for our residents of today and tomorrow.”

View Let’s Collabor8: on delivering Redlands Coast’s Federal election priorities

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Community help urged to catch Redland Showground thieves

Redlands Coast residents have been urged to be vigilant following an incident in which thieves targeted copper wiring at Redland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park) late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Mayor Karen Williams said the incident was a crime against every resident of Redlands Coast and had left ratepayers with a massive bill for repairs at the much-used community and sports precinct.

“The thieves caused major damage to the copper cabling servicing the sport field lighting, impacting all touch football fields at the showgrounds,” Cr Williams said.

“We are unsure at this stage just how much needs to be done and what this will cost but it would appear to be substantial as underground cables have been severed and possibly removed.

“It has meant Redland Touch Football activities have had to be cancelled but this goes beyond the impact on local sports people, who will be very disappointed. This affects every resident of the city, as it will no doubt leave Council with a significant cost to get the showgrounds fully operational again.

“If anyone saw something or has information which may be useful, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at Policelink online or 131 444.”

Cr Williams said Council understood forensic teams would begin investigating once the site had been cleared by Energex.

“There have been similar incidents in the Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich areas and we also had a similar incident at Charlie Buckler Memorial Sportsfield back in December which needed significant repairs,” Cr Williams said.

“Security arrangements at the showgrounds are being assessed for both the short and long-term and, in the meantime, we urge the community to keep an eye out and report suspicious activity at our sportfields.”

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