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Redland City Councillor Julie Talty appointed Deputy Mayor


Redland City Councillors today elected Division 6 Cr Julie Talty as Deputy Mayor at the first general meeting since the March 2020 Local Government election.

Returned Mayor Karen Williams said  it was straight back to business after the Councillors’ Declaration of Office this afternoon, with the first general meeting following immediately.

“I congratulate Cr Talty on her election as Deputy Mayor and thank Cr Hewlett as he stands down after two years of service to the role,” Cr Williams said.

“Cr Talty has shown herself to be hardworking and committed during her eight years in office, providing great value to residents of Division Six.

“I look forward to working more closely during the coming years.”

Councillor Talty said it was an honour to take up the role of Deputy Mayor.

“I thank my fellow Councillors for the trust they have placed in me through this appointment and look forward to serving the entire Redlands Coast community on a more holistic level.

“Along with the rest of the nation and world, residents of Redlands Coast  are facing uncertain and challenging times.

“It is a privilege to step up at a time when elected representatives are called upon to deliver collaborative and creative solutions that may not have been considered before.”

Redland City’s Councillors, sworn in today at a ceremony at Redland Performing Arts Centre, are:

Wendy Boglary (Division 1), Peter Mitchell (Division 2), Paul Golle (Division 3), Lance Hewlett (Division 4), Mark Edwards (Division 5), Julie Talty (Division 6), Tracey Huges (Division 8) and Paul Bishop (Division 10).

Rowanne McKenzie was elected as the new Councillor for Division 7 and Adelia Berridge was elected as Councillor for Division Nine.

 

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New Redland City Council to be sworn in Monday 20 April


The Electoral Commission of Queensland has confirmed the final election results for the new Redland City Council, with all but two of the sitting Councillors returned to office.

Cr Karen Williams has been returned by voters as the Mayor of Redland City for her third term in this role.

Rowanne McKenzie was elected as the new Councillor for Division 7, replacing former Councillor Murray Elliott, and Adelia Berridge was elected as Councillor for Division 9, replacing Paul Gleeson.

The returning Councillors include Wendy Boglary (Division 1), Peter Mitchell (Division 2), Paul Golle (Division 3), Lance Hewlett (Division 4), Mark Edwards (Division 5), Julie Talty (Division 6), Tracey Huges (Division 8) and Paul Bishop (Division 10).

All 11 Councillors will be formally sworn in at a special ceremony from 2pm on Monday 20 April, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing health requirements, this normally public swearing-in event will not be open to the public but the Councillors’ Declaration of Office will instead be published on Council’s Facebook page.

 

Cr Williams offered congratulations to all Councillors, who she was looking forward to working with to support the community.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the lives of everyone in the community and will continue to be a focus for the new Council over the coming year as we deal with the virus and the recovery,” she said.

“It is vital for our new Council to get straight back to the business of supporting the community and continuing to provide essential and critical services during this time.”

“Priorities will include reviewing and preparing the new budget, including support for community and businesses, and continuing with our planned infrastructure and capital works program.”

“I am also confident our new Council will want to continue to call on the State and Commonwealth to fund critical city and regional infrastructure, including significant overdue transport improvements.”

“There is no more appropriate time than now for a commitment to these investments in our community while supporting business and employment during these challenging times.”

“I look forward to working with all of my fellow Councillors to support the aspirations of the community and to continue to build a stronger Redlands Coast for the future.”

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Stay safe on Redlands Coast this Easter


Redland City Council has urged residents to stay safe this Easter by only leaving home if absolutely necessary and observing social distancing if they do need to make an essential trip.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said the local response to measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the community had been good but it was vital the protections now in place were fully observed throughout the long weekend.

“I know Redlanders love the great outdoors, but this Easter we need everyone to love their families more by heeding the advice of health officials and staying home as much possible,” she said.

“While under State Government directives you can still travel to work or head out for essentials such as food and medicines, now is not the time to be heading to the beach or hosting a large barbecue.

“Redlanders are resilient and we have a sense of community that is unsurpassed, and while Easter will be different it does not have to be any less special.

“So please stay safe in your own homes and catch up with family and friends via phone or social media.

“While you are home, why not share your ‘staycation’ and Easter experiences with others at #RCKindness and spread some cheer?”

Cr Williams said playgrounds, skate parks, outside gyms and the like remained closed and police would monitor popular Redlands Coast holiday spots to ensure the confinement rules were observed in the interests of health and safety.

“Police officers will have a presence in public areas across Redlands Coast to ensure people act responsibly and will also be at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour to check that travel to North Stradbroke Island is within the rules,” she said.

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said crews would be on standby throughout Easter to deal with urgent Council matters.

“Our Customer Service Centre phones will be closed for general business and inquiries from 5pm on Thursday to 8am on Tuesday 14 April but, for emergencies, you can still call 3829 8999 and our after-hours team will assist,” he said.

“Meanwhile, your kerbside bin collections will continue as usual over the Easter break, with all waste transfer stations closed on Good Friday.

“Remember, trips to waste transfer stations must be essential, in line with the State Government’s directive to only leave home if absolutely necessary, so fully utilise your bin service first and avoid generating any unnecessary waste.

“When open, social distancing and safety requirements apply at waste transfer stations, which may mean considerable delays, so allow time and be patient.”

Council’s libraries, galleries and IndigiScapes will  have a host of fun and engaging activities available online throughout Easter.

The library has a great selection of audio books and e-books available, as well as Kanopy for movies and Freegal for music; and please be reassured that, as the library return chutes are closed, any books you may have in possession don’t need to be returned for the time being and there will be no fees for overdue items.

The Customer Service Counter in Cleveland will be closed from 4.30pm on Thursday, re-opening at 8.30am on Tuesday 14 April.

For more information about COVID-19 and the response, visit health.qld.gov.au or redland.qld.gov.au/covid19.

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Call for patience at waste transfer stations


Redlands Coast residents have been urged to be patient when using local waste transfer stations and reconsider whether they need to make the trip following the introduction of measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said the temporary rules had been implemented to help keep everyone who used the waste transfer stations safe by ensuring social distancing requirements.

“First and foremost, residents should observe the Federal Government’s advice and avoid non-essential travel,” Cr Williams said.  

“We have kept our waste transfer stations open to residents on a restricted basis as we understand there will still be a need at this time but, please, do not go unless it is absolutely necessary – and, if you do need to make a trip, allow plenty of time and respect other users and staff.

“Our safety measures mean the average tip run will take longer than usual, so please be patient as these restrictions are there to protect you and your families. We are all in this together and need to show kindness to each other.”

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said Council’s bin collections were unaffected.

“So before considering a trip to a waste transfer station, make full use of your home bins, sign up for Council’s green bin and consider composting,” Mr Chesterman said.

“Consider whether to delay waste-generating projects, set-up a separate recycling station in your home to keep the right things inside the yellow-lid bin – only paper, cardboard, aluminium, hard plastic and metal.

“The kids can also get creative and turn some waste items into fun home projects or get them involved in composting to make room in your red-lid waste bin. The bonus is free compost for your garden.

“If you are able, consider finding a place to store excess waste until later.”

You will find plenty of information about composting on Council website at redland.qld.gov.au/composting. There are also FAQs about waste management and information about local impacts of the coronavirus at redland.qld.gov.au.

Temporary measures in place at Council’s waste transfer stations include:

  • Vehicle restrictions on entry  to maintain social distancing.
  • Visitors and staff must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from all other people.
  • No more than two people are permitted per unloading area at any one time.
  • Payment via EFT or account only – no cash payments accepted.

Household kerbside collections of general waste, green waste and recycling will continue unaffected.

Tips for using waste transfer stations

  • Avoid the weekend – visit Monday to Friday or if you have to visit on the weekend, go early.
  • Full loads only.
  • Consider what is avoidable waste.

All waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday.

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100 metre boating boundary applied to waters off North Stradbroke Island


Redland City Council advises the mainland and island recreational boating community that a 100 metre exclusion zone has been applied to all waters surrounding North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to the island’s vulnerable communities.

Department of Transport and Main Roads – Maritime Safety Queensland
NOTICE TO MARINERS 117 (T) of 2020

The exclusion boundary is measured from the lowest tide mark.

The restriction follows the Queensland Government’s recent decision to ban non-essential travel to the island, and will be in place until 29 May 2020.

It applies to recreational craft only, not to commercial or emergency services, marine rescue or essential services for the island.

Recreational vessels that are transiting for essential reasons through a waterway within the 100 metre exclusion zone can do so, but only permanent North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) residents and people undertaking essential travel are permitted onto the island.

However, during bad weather or emergencies, recreational vessels are permitted to seek safe anchorage in areas within the 100 metre exclusion zone if necessary.

Social distancing and all other State health directives, including those relating to travel for essential reasons only, apply.

For the latest health information, visit the Queensland Health website

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Social distancing measures at waste transfer stations


Redland City Council has put measures in place at its waste transfer stations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Redlands Coast.

The new, temporary rules will help keep residents, employees and commercial users of the waste transfer stations safe and ensure that social distancing requirements can be met.

Council advises the average tip run may take longer than usual, and is asking that people remain patient, as the measures are there to protect everyone.

Temporary measures in place at Council’s waste transfer stations include:

  • Vehicle restrictions on entry  to maintain social distancing
  • Visitors and staff must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from all other people
  • No more than two people are permitted per unloading area at any one time
  • Payment via EFT or account only – no cash payments accepted.

Household kerbside collections of general waste, green waste and recycling will continue unaffected.

Residents should consider whether they could avoid visiting a waste transfer station at this time by fully utilising their household collection services and getting creative with waste.

Some ideas include:

  • Consider what waste you are generating and perhaps delay those projects.
  • Set-up a separate recycling station in your home to keep the right things inside the yellow-lid bin – only paper, cardboard, aluminium, hard plastic and metal.
  • Start composting food scraps to make room in your red-lid waste bin. The up-side is free compost for your garden.
  • Get creative and turn that ‘junk’ into your next up-cycle project. What you thought was rubbish could turn into a new hobby.
  • Find a place to store excess to delay your tip trip.

To stay informed about local impacts of the coronavirus, and a list of frequently asked questions, visit redland.qld.gov.au/COVID-19

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Council cancels land auction under pandemic control measures


Redland City Council’s auction of land for overdue rates and charges, which was scheduled for 7 April 2020, has been cancelled.

The auction was scheduled following a Council resolution at the General Meeting on 20 November 2019.

With the health and wellbeing of the Redlands Coast Community as Council’s priority, the auction will not proceed at this time.

This is also in line with the Federal Government’s recent banning of in-room and on-site auctions until further notice.

Property owners whose land was on the list on 24 March 2020 will be contacted by Council to ensure they are aware of the decision.

Due to legislative requirements, Council may be obliged to consider a future date for the auction.

As a result of the significant impact COVID-19 is having on the community, Council has also decided to compassionately review ratepayer’s situations on a case-by-case basis and be as flexible as possible in extending arrangements during the coronavirus pandemic.

Council’s Financial Hardship Policy, adopted last year, will also be promoted, reviewed and updated to ensure eligible ratepayers can access hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges.

However, Council always hopes overdue accounts are brought into balance before auction day.

If you are having problems paying your rates and charges, please contact Council on 3829 8999 to discuss entering into a payment arrangement and further support.

For information about Council’s $2 million plus COVID-19 response package, visit Council’s website.

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Council closes public recreation areas and animal shelter until further notice


Redland City Council advises it has temporarily closed its public playgrounds, skate parks, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball facilities and tennis courts.

Council has also closed its fenced and gated dog off-leash areas; and power to Council’s outdoor barbecues has been disconnected until further notice.

These latest closures follow the Australian Government’s decision on Sunday to further limit outdoor gatherings to no more than two people unless from the one household, and to close playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

The Redland City Local Disaster Management Group and Council ask that people do not congregate in groups in parks and on foreshores, and to ensure appropriate hygiene is maintained:

  • If you are unwell, stay at home and do not visit a park
  • Stay 1.5m away from others
  • Regularly wash or sanitise your hands

While the State Government last week banned all non-essential travel to North Stradbroke Island, the LDMG and Council encourage people to reconsider their need for non-essential travel to the other Redlands Coast islands of Coochiemudlo (Goochie mudlo), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Karragarra.

This would help protect vulnerable island communities and better ensure social distancing measures could be observed.

In the interest of managing social distancing requirements, Council’s Animal Shelter at 264 South Street, Thornlands is also closed to the public until further notice, with visits available by appointment only.

To visit the shelter, contact 3829 8663 for an appointment.

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

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Popular Redlands children’s program now available from home


Redlands Coast libraries have turned to video to ensure younger residents can continue to enjoy the magic of story time through its popular First5Forever program.

As Council moved last week to close non-essential services to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the library team began creating the first of a series of daily First5Forever videos to ensure parents and children aged up to five years could stay connected with this very special program.

The first fun video was posted on Friday, with the library team aiming to post one every weekday at 9.30am to reflect the usual in-branch First5Forever activities.

An event will be created on Facebook as a reminder to parents to jump onto Facebook at 9.30am each weekday. The sessions will be approximately 15 minutes and include the key messages of the early literacy program First 5 Forever, which is a partnership funded program through the State Library of Queensland.

A library spokesperson said First5Forever was fun way to provide children aged 0-5 years with strong early literacy foundations through the key themes of talk, read, sing and play.

“By videoing the program and making it available from home, we hope to continue giving parents the best opportunities to help their children learn and succeed,” the spokesperson said.

“Parents and caregivers have an invaluable role in supporting their child’s early development and First5Forever, in turn, supports parents and caregivers to do that.

“We are really thrilled to be able to keep it going during the current pandemic, with some wonderful feedback from parents.”

The libraries will also be posting after-school activities and things you can do from home with children during the school holidays.

To see the videos and school holiday activities follow facebook.com/RedlandLibraries

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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 .

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