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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.

EVENT DETAILS

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.

More information: indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au

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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 yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au,” 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.

 HAVE YOUR SAY:

For more information go to: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au 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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Redlands celebrates National Reconciliation Week


Redland City Council’s National Reconciliation Week, which starts tomorrow and runs until June 3, will have something for everyone covering culture, the arts and sport, including opportunities to learn about shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore ways the community can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Mayor Karen Williams said the week had great significance with a range of celebrations right across the Redlands Coast.

“Reconciliation Week is a special time for locals to recognise and celebrate the great social, cultural and spiritual importance of the Quandamooka People, who have lived in the area for at least 21,000 years,” said Cr Williams.

“In keeping with the theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week, and the tag #BeBraveMakeChange we are asking everyone to make change as part of the journey of healing, compassion and understanding and to take brave actions to achieve that where they live, work, play and socialise.”

Cr Williams said Council was very proud of its first internal Reconciliation Action Plan, of which the vast majority of its 55 actions have been completed with support from employees and Council’s community partners.

“Council’s Indigenous education program ‘Look, Listen and Understand’, has also been acknowledged as one of the best in the country, winning the Best Diversity and Inclusion Program for 2021 by the Australian Institute of Training and Development Excellence Awards,” Cr Williams said.

A stand out feature of National Reconciliation Week activities will see first class rugby league return to North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah with an exciting Round 10 clash between the BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Central Queensland Capras in the Reconciliation Round of the Hostplus Cup, to be held at Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah.

The Indigenous recognition match, proudly supported by long-term partners Redland City Council and Deadly Choices, will be held on Sunday 5 June.

Seagulls staff and players will also visit the island in the days leading up to the game to hold rugby league clinics and engage in activities to help promote tourism on the Redlands Coast.

Cr Williams said Council was happy to support Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Club with $9000 sponsorship for the event, as it offered important social and health benefits for the Redlands Coast community.

“We know our community loves their sport, so we are proud to be bringing this match to Minjerribah,” Cr Williams said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the match will also boost local tourism and business by showcasing the beautiful backdrop of the island.

“In partnership with Minjerribah’s Yulu-Burri-Ba health clinic and the Deadly Choices initiative, the match will also raise awareness of Quandamooka culture and promote health care access and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Council is proud to support this match for the third year with $9000 through round one of the 2021-2022 sponsorship program, which includes $1500 towards Quandamooka Cultural Awareness.”

“Events such as the Hostplus Cup are an example of how community partnerships can make a positive impact on society,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Through health education programs, we can work together to achieve health equality across the community on Minjerribah.”

Other National Reconciliation Week events include Family Sundays at the Gallery,  featuring a workshop with Dylan Sarra where visitors have the opportunity to learn how First Nations people use ochre and cotton tree to tell stories through painting and weaving. The event will be held at Redland Art Gallery on Sunday May 29 and will cater for people of all ages. For more information, visit Council’s What’s On calendar.

Respected and renowned cultural leader and Quandamooka Traditional Owner Matt Burns will delight and educate the young children as he shares the Quandamooka experience through face painting, traditional dance and digeridoo performances. It will be held on May 26 and June 3 at Capalaba Library.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.

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Council seeks exhibitors for Redlands Coast Careers Expo


Businesses and organisations will have the chance to inspire the next generation of jobseekers at Redland City Council’s careers expo in June.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was encouraging local businesses to be part of the free Aspire – Redlands Coast Careers Expo which will be held at PCYC Redlands, Capalaba on Friday 17 June 2022.

“Council is proud to be partnering with Transdev, Redlands PCYC and Redland City Bulletin to deliver this event for the second year,” Cr Williams said.

“In addition to high school students seeking information on training and employment options, this event is also aimed at people wanting to upskill and people wanting to return to work or change careers.

“The expo is intended to be a one-stop-shop for anyone considering their career options, so having the right exhibitors is crucial.

“This year we are planning to have a stronger emphasis on the trades, with everything from skincare and beauty, digital design and vehicle wrapping to plumbing, bakers and pastry chefs, and mechanics.

“I encourage local businesses to take up this excellent opportunity to promote their industry and business in a meaningful way.”

Cr Williams said the careers expo would bring together industries from national, state and local levels, alongside universities and training providers, to expose people of all ages to the many and diverse career opportunities and pathways open to them.

“It will be a launch point to which young people can really seek information on their chosen career pathways or speak to registered training organisations such as Maxima, Novaskill or Yourtown on how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship or be workforce ready as a step in the right direction,” she said.

Businesses and organisations can find more information about the Aspire – Redlands Coast Careers Expo on the Redlands Coast website.

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Redlands Coast is inspiration for gallery exhibition


The Redlands Coast is at the heart of a special exhibition by Brisbane-based artist Mei Mei Liu at Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba from Monday 23 May.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Impression of Mangroves, which would continue until 12 July, provided a fresh perspective of subject and scenes that many Redlanders would know well.

“Liu took inspiration from our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, reflecting on her regular visits to Wellington Point (Cullen-Cullen),” Cr Williams said.

“There will also be a special opportunity for art lovers to get an insight into her unique painting style, a hybrid of elements learnt from her training in Chinese painting combined with other western techniques and influences.”

Mei Mei Liu, I can feel the beat 2021, ink and synthetic polymer paint on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Liu said Redlands Coast had inspired her creativity.

“I tried to integrate my personal feelings into my paintings,” she said.

“I spent a great deal of time along the shoreline of Redlands, especially in Wellington Point. I observed the shapes and colours of the mangrove forest as well as the light and water factors related to it.”

Liu used traditional Chinese painting materials, such as ink on rice paper, combined with acrylic.

“I tried to use free and broad brushstrokes to capture the beauty and vibrant forms of the mangroves,” she said.

Liu will provide an artist demonstration from noon on Thursday 26 May 2022. Bookings are essential, with a light lunch provided.

For more information, visit the RAG website at artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

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Redland Art Gallery exhibition captures a “year like no other”


Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will offer an intriguing insight into the work of some of Australia’s best portrait photographers with a crowd-pleasing exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery opening on Sunday 15 May.

Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize, which will run until Sunday 19 June, has been hailed as an exceptional reflection of a “year like no other”.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was a major coup for Redlands Coast to host such an esteemed exhibition.

“The National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP), now in its 14th year, is a stalwart of the National Portrait Gallery’s annual calendar and the 2021 prize drew more than 3000 entries from many of Australia best portrait photographers,” Cr Williams said.

“The quality of this exhibition is underscored by the fact that 79 works were selected as finalists, almost double the usual amount.

“Our gallery will have more than 40 works on display including Sydney photographer Joel B. Pratley’s overall prize winning photograph of a lone farmer immersed in a dust storm, titled Drought story.”

Julian Kingma, Tom at the drain 2020, digital image. Courtesy of the artist.

National Portrait Gallery director Karen Quinlan, who will open the exhibition on Friday 13 May, said the judges were moved and humbled by the number and quality of work received.

“The nature of an annual photography prize means the works presented often reflect significant events from the preceding year and 2020 was, of course, a year like no other and, for many of us, one we will never forget,” Ms Quinlan said.

“More finalists have been included in the 2021 National Photographic Portrait Prize as a way of acknowledging the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the creative community.

“While we see the bright celebration of identity we expect from works selected for the NPPP, the portraits also reflect the maelstrom that was late 2019 and 2020, and the darkness of a period that included wide-spread fires and a pandemic. Fittingly, we wanted to mark this exhibition by naming it Living Memory.”

Living Memory is a National Portrait Gallery Exhibition supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

All works from the Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize are included on the National Portrait Gallery website https://portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/living-memory-2021

There will be a floor talk and morning tea with Living Memory finalist Agi Davis from 10am on Sunday 15 May. Bookings are essential for both the official opening and floor talk.

For more information, visit artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

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Seagulls announce Hostplus Cup match on North Stradbroke Island


The BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls are excited to announce the relocation of their Round 10 Hostplus Cup match to Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island / Minjerribah.

This will be an Indigenous recognition match, proudly supported by long-term partners Deadly Choices and Redland City Council, held on Sunday 5 June.

Seagulls staff and players will also visit the island in the days leading up to the game to hold rugby league clinics and engage in activities to help promote tourism on the Redlands Coast.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban said the club was proud to partner with Deadly Choices since 2014 to showcase the connection between First Nations people and the great game of rugby league.

“As a rugby league club, we wholeheartedly support maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Laban said.

“We embrace the opportunity that our platform provides us to bring people closer together and to spread positive messages throughout the community.

“Our partnership with Deadly Choices and Redland City Council allows us to form a supportive network to help people lead a healthy life.

“We’re excited for June 5 and we’d like to recognise Deadly Choices and Redland City Council, as this event would not be possible without their support.”

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was happy to support Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Club with $9000 sponsorship for the event, as it offered important social and health benefits for the Redlands Coast community.

“We know our community loves their sport, so we are proud to be bringing this match to Minjerribah,” Cr Williams said.

“The match will also boost local tourism and business by showcasing the beautiful backdrop of the island.

“In partnership with Minjerribah’s Yulu-Burri-Ba health clinic and the Deadly Choices initiative, the match will also raise awareness of Quandamooka culture and promote health care access and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Council is proud to support this match for the third year with $9000 through round one of the 2021-2022 sponsorship program, which includes $1500 towards Quandamooka Cultural Awareness.”

Yulu Burri Ba Health Service CEO David Collins said they were excited to return to Minjerribah this year after a game was successfully featured on the Redlands mainland for the first time last year.

“We’re excited to return to North Stradbroke Island in 2022, which will be well received by locals while providing an opportunity for Wynnum supporters more broadly to venture over to the island and enjoy a unique cultural experience.

“This game also provides an amazing opportunity for us to encourage positive health practices by incentivising health checks for supporters to receive a limited edition Deadly Choices Seagulls shirt.

“It’s a promotion that has worked extremely well for us with the ongoing support of Wynnum Seagulls, particularly in ensuring our younger people are encouraged to live healthy, deadly lives.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the event was an opportunity for the community to support a good cause.

“Events such as the Hostplus Cup are an example of how community partnerships can make a positive impact on society,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Through health education programs, we can work together to achieve health equality across the community on Minjerribah.”

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The Bee Babette set to create a buzz at IndigiScapes on National Bee Day


Leading native bee researcher and renowned science communicator Dr Kit Prendergast, aka The Bee Babette, is set to create a buzz as the guest speaker at an Australian Native Bee presentation during National Bee Day at Redland City Council’s environment centre, IndigiScapes on May 20.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said Dr Kit, a zoologist and finalist in the WA Young Achiever’s Award, will provide local nature enthusiasts with her scientific insights into everything you ever wanted to know about bees, but were afraid to ask: who they are, what they do and how people can protect them and enhance the critical role bees play in gardens and in natural habitat!

“Our Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is the perfect place to host events for National Bee Day, continuing the centre’s tradition as a hub for community education, information and engagement around all aspects of the local environment,” Cr Williams said.

“IndigiScapes is an eco-wonder and is a unique environmental education centre of which Council is very proud, providing an inviting and tranquil location for residents and visitors alike to be inspired by the native nursery, bush tracks, nature playground and café.

“There’s always more to learn about the vital role that all elements of our ecosystem play in keeping the delicate balance. Events like National Bee Day are a great opportunity for the community to learn about sustainable living and caring for our native fauna and flora.”

Scientists agree that bee populations in Australia are under threat and highlight their important role, including pollinating most of the crops that we eat and many crops that feed farm livestock.

Dr Kit has published over 30 articles on native bee conservation and various aspects of their plant-pollinator and wildlife interactions.

Dr Kit’s presentation will conclude with a morning bee walk at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre through the native botanic gardens to the beautiful nursery.

The IndigiScapes Café is also hosting a special National Bee Day Breakfast with a carefully crafted menu, featuring original culinary delights such as Macadamia and native bee honey muesli parfait; and pollinator pumpkin, bacon and spinach breakfast tart.

Both events will be held at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Capalaba on Friday, May 20.

Tickets are being sold separately for both events and are limited for both events. Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to book early.

For the Australian Native Bee presentation with Dr Kit Prendergast, book tickets here.

For Redlands Indigiscapes Centre Special Bee Day Breakfast, book tickets here.

Dr Kit will also be a guest presenter at the annual Redland City Council Environment and Community Fair on Saturday, 4 June.

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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 www.redland.qld.gov.au/legacy.

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Sue and Lloyd Clarke as guests at Candle Lighting Vigil for domestic and family violence


Founders and Directors of the Small Steps 4 Hannah charity, Sue and Lloyd Clarke, will be guests at the annual Redlands Coast Candle Lighting Vigil, joining Mayor Karen Williams, local domestic and family violence support services, emergency services and community groups for the important event next week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was honoured that Sue and Lloyd Clarke, parents of Hannah Clarke and grandparents to Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, were supporting the local event at Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland on Wednesday 4 May.

Cr Williams said the candle lighting vigil, which had been going since 2005, had never been more symbolic or more significant.

“Events like this are important in renewing and enhancing our commitment to keep progressing the way we confront the issue of domestic and family violence, with a common resolve to reduce the short and long term harm from abuse in all its forms and violence,” Cr Williams said.

“Since we were here last year there has been some progress made on some fronts: some new support programs and a heightened community awareness around the need for us all to be more proactive in having conversations on this issue. But so much more needs to be done.

“Council continues to support domestic and family violence support services and community organisations and programs on Redlands Coast – including through my annual Diner en Rouge annual fundraiser which has raised close to $400,000 since its inception eight years ago.

“This has ensured there is a strong local focus of education, support and assistance in our region for the work of organisations such as Red Rose Foundation and The Centre for Women and Co.

“Our efforts to end domestic and family violence must be ongoing and they must be relentless.

“We need collaboration between all levels of government and communities, as well as energy, focus and commitment to long term societal and attitudinal change – week-in-week-out, year-in-year-out – to ensure that everyone in the community understands that domestic and family violence is never acceptable or justified.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility and we all need to support, believe and help victims.”

Sue and Lloyd Clarke will speak at the Redlands Coast Candle Lighting Vigil on Wednesday 4 May.

Sue and Lloyd Clarke will speak at the event, along with Mayor Karen Williams. The event will start with a walk from Kyling Corner, Cleveland to Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Also in attendance at the event will be leaders from a number of local community organisations including The Centre for Women and Co and Red Rose Foundation.

Council will also light up Cleveland lighthouse and Raby Bay Harbour Park in the symbolic purple colour as a further public display of support.

Small Steps 4 Hannah co-founder Lloyd Clarke said the event was significant because it provided the local and broader community with a timely reminder of the human and emotional toll of domestic and family violence.

“It’s terrific to have a whole month dedicated to domestic and family violence awareness,” Mr Clarke said.

“But having the candle lighting vigil as a day on the calendar gives us a chance to come together and to remember our four angels – Hannah, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, who are constantly in our daily thoughts and to pay tribute to them.

“But we’re seeing, on a daily and weekly basis, that there is still so much education that needs to be done in the broader community about recognising the warning signs, especially those that are more subtle and sometimes more dangerous.

“Coercive control is the biggest one, which was a major factor in Hannah’s relationship, and we’re working closely with the Queensland Government to have coercive control introduced as a crime under the Criminal Code – ideally it will become law next year and that will go some way to protecting people from domestic and family violence.”

Stacey Ross, CEO of The Centre for Women and Co based on Redlands Coast and Logan, said while progress had been made in recent years, everyone had a responsibility to play a role in their local community and in their circles of family, friends and work colleagues to stay vigilant, offer support and to keep raising the awareness around every aspect of domestic and family violence.

“While the general community is more aware and there has been some education around the issues that underpin domestic and family violence, unfortunately we continue to see an increase in violence and abuse in our communities,” Ms Ross said.

“We might be tempted to turn away or not get involved, but this scourge on women and families won’t be eradicated unless everyone takes responsibility in their everyday life to have conversations with victims and perpetrators and to support and believe victims.

“It’s also important that we all play a role within our own circles of influence to instil respect and equality from a young age because the next generation is always watching and copying behaviours and actions they see in their own world.”

Ms Ross said The Centre for Women and Co had recently started a new and free program on the Redlands Coast, called Kickstarter, which was designed to support all women returning to work.

She said the eight-week program was important because increasing women’s sense of self-worth and their ability to be financially independent were crucial protective factors in increasing their safety.

EVENT DETAILS

When:  5.30pm, Wednesday 4 May, 2022

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland

Walk the Talk: Public walk to the Candle Lighting Vigil to show support to eliminate domestic and family violence.

  • 4.45pm – Meet at Kyling Corner (cnr Waterloo and Middle streets, Cleveland)
  • 5pm – Walk as a united group to Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland
  • 5.30pm – Attend the Candle Lighting Vigil to remember those who have died because of domestic and family violence
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