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Councillors and senior officers forgo pay rise


Redland City Councillors have forgone a pay rise at the Special Budget Meeting today, saving the City $25,137.

Mayor Karen Williams said Councillors unanimously voted to not accept the remuneration set out for Councillors by the Local Government Remuneration Commission for the 2020/21 financial year.

“Considering the hardship being experience by some of our residents and business community, we could not in good conscience accept a pay rise,” she said.

Cr Williams said the decision by Councillors had been further supported by Council’s senior and executive officers who had also proactively agreed to not accept a pay increase.

“The combined impact of Councillors and Council’s 22 senior officers not accepting a pay increase will save residents about $150,000, which in the current economic environment will be welcome news for the community,” she said.

“Council has worked hard to deliver stimulus packages to ease the burden of locals where possible.

“While our salary savings may not seem a lot in the grand scheme of things, it is a statement of our solidarity with the Redlands Coast community.”

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New security cameras for Capalaba Place and Wellington Point


Security has been enhanced at Capalaba Place, with Council recently installing 31 security cameras in the area, while another five cameras have been installed at Wellington Point.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had worked closely with the Federal and State governments to secure funding for the security upgrades.

“Council received $60,944 towards the security camera installations in Capalaba as part of a grant from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund, which also included recent camera installations at Weinam Creek, Redland Bay,” she said.

“For the Wellington Point cameras, we have received $25,350 in funding from the State’s Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

“We now also have a Memorandum of Understanding between Council, Translink and the Queensland Police Service so any footage captured by these cameras can be shared.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the cameras at Capalaba Place were the culmination of a lot of work by Council, police and traders to help maintain safety in the area between the shopping centres.

“The safety of bus drivers and their passengers at the Capalaba bus interchange will be increased thanks to these cameras,” she said.

“We can now help monitor what is happening in this area.

“With 19 cameras now in operation at the interchange and an additional 12 cameras around the library and green space areas, they will certainly help deter anti-social behaviour.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said installation of the security cameras in Wellington Point would be welcomed by residents and business owners alike.

“For residents, regular hooning late at night has been an ongoing issue, and having the latest high-tech cameras with license plate recognition software will certainly help the police identify the culprits,” she said.

“Business owners also can look forward to the added security and deterrent that having this network of cameras will bring.

“This has been a long process, with firstly having to get a Security Camera Policy through Council, so to finally see the cameras installed is a great relief.”

Cr Williams thanked the Federal and State governments for their investment in Redlands Coast.

“While cameras may act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour, they are no substitute for community vigilance.

“Anyone who witnesses behaviour they believe to be illegal should report it to Policelink on 131 444.”

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Setting the record straight – SMBI land


Please be aware of incorrect media reports recently that Council is selling more than 4200 blocks of surplus land on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island.

This is inaccurate.

You won’t find more than 4200 blocks of Council land for sale for $15,000 on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and you won’t find any Council land for sale on North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Council on 10 June made a procedural change to put a policy around sale of surplus land on the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra islands. North Stradbroke Island is not included.

Council is not proactively selling off land, but has put in place a process for adjoining neighbours to go through at their cost and at market value should they wish to purchase an adjoining piece of land owned by Council and which is surplus to Council needs.

When people have asked before to buy this land next to them, Council has not had a streamlined process.

Previously a report needed to go to Council for each sale, which made it time consuming and resource intensive.

The number of properties that could be eligible for application by an adjoining property owner is about 345 – not the more than 4200 referred to in The Courier-Mail and which Council owns overall on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Any property owners wishing to purchase the land would need to amalgamate it with their current land to obtain a larger yard.

It cannot be subdivided.

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Council backs heritage listing recommendation for Birkdale community land


Redland City Council today backed a State Government recommendation for heritage protection of a former US Army Radio Receiving Station used in World War II.

Mayor Karen Williams said key heritage features located on the Council-owned land – including the main radio receiving building, surrounding yard and access road to Old Cleveland Road East – were included in the preferred boundary proposed for a State heritage listing.

“Council finalised purchase of the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale in December 2019, knowing of the Commonwealth’s intention to apply to the State Government for a heritage listing over part of the site,” Cr Williams said.

“The Australian Government has since applied to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science to have a portion of the historical site listed on the Queensland State Heritage Register.

“As part of this process, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) has prepared three possible options for the extent of the heritage listing and has asked Council for comments on these.

“Council supported the DES recommended boundary.

“This feedback will be passed onto the Queensland Heritage Council, which is expected to consider the matter on 26 June 2020.

“I worked hard over several years to purchase this land for the Redlands Coast community and Council has an obligation to manage the various heritage values on the site, irrespective of any State listing.

“Council engaged a consultant to undertake a site review and prepare a heritage management plan, the report for which will be finalised once the decision of the Queensland Heritage Council is known.

“Council’s review also includes heritage values of the property that don’t necessarily meet the criteria for listing on the State Government heritage register. This will include identifying heritage values that can be included on the local heritage register.”

Councillor for Division 10 Paul Bishop said it was a site with many stories, from the Quandamooka people through to early pioneers and the US-army radio receiving station technology that was used during World War II and was the radio headquarters for all in-coming communications in the fight against the Japanese Imperial Army.

“They were able to receive messages from across the world using encrypted technology that was the basis of the modern internet,” Cr Bishop said.

“I look forward to this site being protected and many more stories being told about this remarkable place.”

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Council venues reopening as COVID-19 restrictions ease


As Queenslanders start to re-emerge from our isolation bubbles, a number of Redland City Council venues have reopened or are gearing to do so.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had moved quickly to prepare venues to reopen following the State Government’s announcement of further easing of COVID-19 restrictions from noon, Monday 1 June.

“Essentially this has brought Stage 2 of the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 Restrictions forward, and Council has worked quickly to put in place measures to reopen venues as quickly and safely as possible,” Cr Williams said.

“Additionally the State Government’s announcement means local restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs will be able to welcome more patrons and so now is the perfect time to support local businesses.

“While the recent State Government announcement is welcome news, I would encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with the updated restrictions on the Queensland Health website and ensure they continue to practice social distancing.”

Council venues – reopening dates and conditions

Customer Service Centres

The Capalaba Customer Service Centre and the Customer Service Counter located in the Victoria Point Library reopened on 1 June 2020.

Redland Art Gallery (RAG)

RAG, Capalaba reopened today – Tuesday 2 June.

Conditions in place:

  • Entry to the gallery is through the Capalaba library. Social distancing must be maintained with an average of four square metres per person. Library employees will regulate entry through to the gallery.
  • You can now view exhibitions at the Capalaba gallery in person, with children’s art and craft still activities available online at artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

RAG, Cleveland will reopen on Monday 15 June.

Community Halls – continue to be open for bookings

Halls are now able to have 20 people as long as they are large enough to comply with the one person per four square metres rule. Regulation of appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices, including the provision of hand sanitiser, will remain the responsibilities of the hall hirer.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre – will reopen on Friday 5 June.

• Opening hours: 9am-4pm daily (Monday-Sunday)
• Visitor hotline and website available for those unable to physically access the centre – phone 1300 667 386 or visitredlandscoast.com.au
Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) – remains closed at this time. An update will be provided when more information is available.

For a list of shows that have been cancelled or rescheduled please visit www.rpac.com.au .

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

The environmental education centre, café and nursey remain closed but walking tracks and native botanical gardens are open to the public.

All Council venues

  • Council venues being reopened will provide safe and welcoming spaces for the Redlands Coast community and visitors.
  • Cleaning will be increased, sanitiser will be available and social distancing measures will be in place.
  • Conditions at all venues will be relaxed further when Queensland reaches Stage 3 in the easing of restrictions roadmap.
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A new bridge leads the way into the redevelopment of Weinam Creek


The first stage of the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) is nearing completion, with the connecting footbridge between the north and south side of the marina expertly lowered into place recently.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the new footbridge would make a big difference to the lives of residents, providing a connection between the Weinam Creek ferry terminal and the new car park on Moores Road.

Mayor Karen Williams and Division 2 Councillor Mark Edwards

“We are very excited to see stage one of the Weinam Creek development coming to fruition,” Cr Williams said.

“This footbridge and the additional 500 car parking spaces provided at Moores Road will certainly help to ease the congested parking situation at the ferry terminal, as well as reducing congestion in local streets where people have been forced to park.

“Many residents have a car on the mainland as well as on the islands and this overflow parking area will be very convenient for longer-term parking, with an easy 5-10 minute walk over the footbridge to the ferry terminal.

“It will also enable somewhere for cars to be parked while work is carried out on the ferry terminal, allowing it to keep operating while the rest of the project is constructed.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the new car park and the connecting bridge would open in mid-June and were just the first stage of the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area.
“This ferry terminal is the gateway to our Southern Morton Bay islands (SMBI) and therefore a very important transport hub and this project will transform the area into an exciting and dynamic destination in its own right.

New footbridge going up and over Weinam Creek

“The Weinam Creek project will provide important community infrastructure for local families and retail options to attract visitors, as well as important community services such as medical facilities and employment opportunities.”

Cr Williams said the Council had a clear vision for the Weinam Creek PDA precinct that responded to the community’s needs.

“This staged development is being delivered in partnership with Redland Investment Corporation and includes more open space; new pedestrian and cycle ways; rejuvenation of existing parkland; more car parks with a multi-storey park proposed for the later stage of the development; improved drop off and storage facilities for island residents and visitors; a new boat ramp to separate emergency and public access; and a mix of residential and retail spaces including cafes, restaurants and potential for a medical precinct,” Cr Williams said.

“The next stage of the development is lodging the final master plan with Economic Development Queensland in mid-2020, followed by further public notification and communication from late 2020.

“This Priority Development Area will further improve liveability in this beautiful area of Redlands Coast and also create jobs and drive economic development.”

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Bay experience enhanced with saltwater aquatic recreation markers in Raby Bay


Keen swimmers will soon have an enhanced experience in Raby Bay with Redland City Council installing saltwater aquatic recreation markers adjacent to the foreshore at Masthead Drive, Cleveland.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the saltwater aquatic recreation markers would be a win for locals and visitors alike.

“I’m a strong advocate for public access to Redlands Coast’s foreshores and Moreton Bay,” she said.

“Bayside locations are always scrutinised for public access as these naturally wonderful areas should be there for all to enjoy.”

Image credit: Callam Craig

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the idea was first raised with him by members of a local triathlon group that train in the area.

“It was obvious to me that this such a facility would provide significant health and wellbeing benefits for whole community,” Cr Mitchell said.

“So I have allocated Community Infrastructure Project funding available to me as a Councillor to have these saltwater aquatic recreation markers installed.

“The recreation markers are being located within the tidal waters of Raby Bay, an area popular with swimmers, kayakers and paddle boarders.

“A 400 metre strip will be marked out with red and yellow buoys, each tethered to a specially design weight on the sea bed.

“Council has received a Queensland Government Marine Park Permit to undertake the work.

“Work has started and is expected to be completed by the Friday 5 June, weather and tides permitting.

“It might be a bit chilly in and on the bay right now but I’m sure that won’t deter our most enthusiastic water lovers, be they swimmers, paddlers, kayakers or lifesavers and Nippers .”

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Redlands Coast to retain Monday EKKA Show Day Public Holiday


Redlands Coast will retain its current Ekka Show Day Public Holiday on Monday 10 August with Council having to inform the State Government by next week if they wanted to change the date of the local holiday.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today’s decision followed a request from the State Government to advise by next week if Council wanted to change the current public holiday date following a State Government announcement last week the Brisbane Ekka Holiday would be moved to Friday 14 August as a one-off.

“The change of date for Brisbane gave us the chance to look at when our holiday is held and we had started to ask the community for its feedback by opening a series of polls and engaging businesses from the end of last week,” Cr Williams said.

“However yesterday the Minister wrote to Council’s Chief Executive Officer asking for an answer by next week, which means today would be our last chance to pass a resolution to move our public holiday.

“Given the Minister’s request for a response by next week we will halt the engagement and retain the current date and advise the Minister accordingly.”

Cr Williams said Council had a standing resolution from 2013 which would stand following today’s decision.

“In 2013 Council asked the State Government to gazette the Monday before People’s Day as our Ekka Public Holiday each year to give residents and businesses certainty so they can plan holidays and resourcing,” Cr Williams said.

“Having our public holiday on a different day to Brisbane has historically allowed local businesses to attract Brisbane residents to the city through events such as the Cleveland Crazy Day Markets, providing an economic benefit.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell moved an urgent motion today in response to the Minister’s letter and said retaining the current public holiday would provide a benefit particularly for tourism businesses.

“Several local businesses have contacted me to say they would welcome the public holiday remaining on the 2013 planned date, which this year will provide two consecutive long weekends, helping to boost the local economy,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Tourism businesses on North Stradbroke Island, for example, have been shut down for several months and the State Government’s COVID-19 Roadmap predicts these businesses will be able to again host guests by August, giving them two long weekends to spread tourists over a longer period to support their businesses safely.”

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Act locally during National Reconciliation Week 2020


National Reconciliation Week – from 27 May to 3 June 2020 – is looking a bit different this year but there are still opportunities to connect digitally and immerse yourself in local cultural experiences as pandemic restrictions ease.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the 2020 National Reconciliation Week theme – In this together – was especially poignant during these unprecedented times of social isolation.

“We have seen some wonderful acts of altruism and kindness during the current COVID-19 pandemic right across the Redlands Coast community,” Cr Williams said.

“There has been a real sense of looking out for each other – that we truly are all in this together.

“I hope this realisation stays with us as the pandemic passes and we continue to acknowledge and celebrate our shared journeys.”

Cr Williams said the first day of National Reconciliation Week was the perfect time to acknowledge the Quandamooka People, the traditional custodians of the lands and seas of Redlands Coast.

“Wherever you are, choose your social media platform – or the privacy of your own space – to pay your respects,” she said.

“The Nughie, Noonuccal and Gorenpul peoples, collectively known as the Quandamooka People, have lived in careful balance with our region’s natural wonders for more than 21,000 years.

“If you know where to look, the evidence of this ageless connection surrounds you.”

Cr Williams said that in recent years Council had undertaken a number of joint projects with community organisations to promote reconciliation.

“Redland City Council’s first internal Reconciliation Action Plan, Kanara Malara – One People 2019 – 2021, was endorsed at a Council General Meeting on 31 July 2019,” she said.

“However, reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and a nation.

“We all have a role to play in healing the relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Cr Williams urged Redlands Coast residents to connect with and enjoy local cultural opportunities during National Reconciliation Week.

“Redland Art Gallery (RAG) has created an online program of events for the week,” she said.
“Each day from Wednesday 27 May to Tuesday 2 June on Facebook and Instagram, you can enjoy a new offering, including featured artworks from the RAG collection, films Seeing Country and Gathering Strands, and artist interviews.

“Why not take a trip to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) to see two stunning examples for Quandamooka culture in the form of public art place markers at Cabarita Park, Amity Point (Pulan) and Point Lookout (Mulumba).

“The Amity (Pulan) sculpture, designed by Quandamooka artist Belinda Close, depicts the sea eagle Mirriginpah soaring high above the waters of Moreton Bay in search of food, alerting the Quandamooka People to the annual arrival of mullet – a story that is millennia-old.

“Delvene Cockatoo-Collins designed the Point Lookout (Mulumba) sculpture, which captured perfectly the timeless links of the eugarie shell to the Quandamooka people.”

Funded by the Queensland Government, the artwork projects were led by Council in collaboration with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the artists.

Cr Williams said there was a range of Aboriginal cultural activities available on Redlands Coast including guided land-based whale and cultural walks, art galleries and food experiences.

“Camping on Main and Flinders beaches is expected to reopen in line with Stage 2 of the State Government’s easing of restrictions,” she said.

There are many national events offered across National Reconciliation Week, starting with a National Acknowledgement of Country from 12pm, Wednesday 27 May.

To join the National Acknowledgement of Country and get involved with other National Reconciliation Week events, visit nrw.reconciliation.org.au

For local cultural activities and experiences, contact Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre on 1300 667 386 or visitredlandscoast.com.au

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Council poll on Redlands Coast Ekka Show day


Now is the time to vote on your next long weekend, with Redland City Council running an online poll to help decide what date Council should ask the State Government to gazette as the Redlands Coast 2020 Ekka public holiday.

The move follows State Government approval for Brisbane City Council to move their Wednesday People’s day holiday to Friday 14 August, and invite other south-east Queensland regions to examine their options.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was asking residents and businesses if they would prefer to keep its holiday on Monday 10 August or move it to the same Friday as Brisbane.

“People can head to our Facebook page or website and vote for their preferred public holiday – do they want to stay with our traditional Monday off or move to join Brisbane residents in having Friday off for the first time,” Cr Williams said.

“We’re in the fortunate position that either way we have a long weekend, but the decision is one we need to consider carefully as there will be flow-on effects for tourism and local businesses, as well as families with members working in different Council areas.

“As with Brisbane, the change will be a one-off, but we want to give our residents a chance to voice a preference.”

Mayor Karen Williams said whatever the outcome, the change of the Brisbane City Public Holiday would provide an opportunity for local businesses to leverage the tourism opportunities.

“With the change to Brisbane’s public holiday we’ll be encouraging people from around south-east Queensland region to swap show bags for a long weekend enjoying the little adventures and hidden treasures of Redlands Coast.”

“While the economic possibilities are important, so too is the health and safety of residents and visitors so I’d also ask that anyone looking to visit Redlands Coast over the Ekka holiday remembers to practise social distancing and remember that COVID-19 remains a risk, particularly for our vulnerable communities.

To have your say, head to Redland City Council Facebook or yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

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Posted by Redland City Council on Thursday, 21 May 2020

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