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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

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

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

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

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

Earlier – March 11 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Redlands Coast participates in international City Nature Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit the 2020 City Nature Challenge website.

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First Redlands Coast Sports Gala a success

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

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

BXM fun

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

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

Jeremy Kendall and Matt Hodgson from the Brisbane Bullets

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

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

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

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Christmas by Starlight to shine a helping hand on Queensland farmers

Queensland farmers doing it tough as a result of the drought will benefit from donations collected at Redland City Council’s annual Christmas by Starlight event in Cleveland later this month.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would partner with the Rotary Club of Cleveland to collect donations at the event for the Rotary Australia drought appeal.

“The national appeal is raising money to help farmers who are suffering from drought conditions and Redland City Council wants to help,” she said.

“The Redlands Coast community is a generous one, and I know residents attending Christmas by Starlight will dig deep and donate what they can to the appeal.

“Community clubs such as Rotary are the life blood of local communities, working to provide vouchers, food and animal fodder to those communities that are being heavily challenged by these harsh conditions.

“As well as assisting rural families, money spent in these communities has a flow-on effect to local businesses, which are also struggling.”

Cr Williams also advised that due to the recent fire disasters in neighbouring regions and current fire ban for Redlands Coast, Council had made the difficult decision to cancel the planned fireworks finale at Christmas by Starlight.

“Given current dry weather conditions and the plight of others around Australia, we have made the decision to not have a fireworks display this year and offer a new surprise finale.

“We are working with our fireworks provider, a local family-run business and loyal sponsor of Christmas by Starlight, to create an exciting and magical Christmas moment for families to enjoy.”

Cr Williams said Council employees and community volunteers would also collect eligible cans and plastic containers used by event goers to recycle through the Containers for Change scheme.

“These containers will be exchanged for cash, with the funds collected also going to the Rotary appeal,” she said.

Christmas by Starlight – Redlands Coast’s largest free community event – will be held at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds from 4pm on Saturday, 14 December.

For more information, visit Council’s Christmas by Starlight web page.

Mayor Karen Williams with Rotary Club of Cleveland’s Luis Filardi and Jon Womersley





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Christmas tree aglow on Redlands Coast

The festive season on Redlands Coast was ushered in on Friday, 29 November when crowds turned out at Cleveland’s library square to see the city’s Christmas tree light up.

A popular annual event, Council’s Lightup Your Christmas decorated Bloomfield Street and Raby Bay Harbour with live entertainment, children’s activities, twilight markets, a visit from Santa and his elves and, of course, the switch was flicked on and the Redlands Coast Christmas tree shone a festive beacon for all to enjoy.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted to have flicked the switch again this year.

“This event brings our city together and sparks the Christmas spirit in us all,” she said.

“To see children posting their letters to Santa, families enjoying photos with the man in red himself, the wonderful entertainment, the fun and festivities at the twilight markets and so many people come to see our beautiful tree light up was testament to the sense of community we share from one end of Redlands Coast to the other.

“The lighting of our tree is fast becoming a Redlands Coast tradition that I hope continues long into the future.”

The Redlands Coast Christmas tree shines a festive beacon.


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State of Fire Emergency partially lifted – Fire ban remains in place

While the State of Fire Emergency Declaration has been removed for Redland City Council, the local fire ban continues.

This means there can be no open fires.

QFES advises fires within a properly constructed barbecue are allowed provided they are not left unattended.

Power tools can be used but must be used with extreme care.

For more information on the Redlands Coast Fire Ban Declaration:

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Swap your garden weeds for free native plants

Do your natural environment a favour on Trees for Weeds Day and take shopping bags or buckets of weeds to Redlands IndigiScapes nursery and exchange them for free, easy-to-keep plants native to Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was offering up to five locally native plants per person – one for each bag or bucket of weeds surrendered.

“Trees for Weeds Day is a great incentive for us all to take a look at what is growing in our backyards and make sure they are free of invasive weeds that threaten native wildlife and habitats,” she said.

“Some of our most common garden plants are prolific weeds, which compete with native species that provide essential food and shelter for a variety of wildlife.

“When these weeds escape into surrounding bushland they can also impact the local wildlife corridors here on Redlands Coast.

“Trees for Weeds Day is a great way to support Council’s commitment to put one million native plants in the ground by 2026, as well as a lovely way for locals to prepare their gardens for spring.”

Cr Williams said Trees for Weeds Day events would be held on the mainland and bay islands this year.

For more information on environmental initiatives on Redlands Coast, visit the IndigiScapes website.

Trees for Weeds Day – mainland event

What: Swap one shopping bag or bucket of weeds for one free native plant (up to five plants per person)

Date: Saturday, 7 September 2019

Time: 9am to 1pm

Where: IndigiScapes Native Nursery, Runnymede Road, Capalaba (access via MyHorizon entrance and car park)

All weeds are accepted, but this year’s focus is on:

  • Devil’s fig
  • Singapore daisy
  • Salvinia
  • Leucaena

Trees for Weeds Day – bay island events

What: Swap one shopping bag or bucket of weeds for one free native plant (up to five plants per person)

Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019

Time: 8.30am to 10.30am


  • Coochiemudlo Island jetty
  • Macleay Island Progress Hall, 2 Russell Terrace
  • Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Headland Park, corner East Coast Road and Kennedy Drive
  • Russell Island Public Pool car park, High Street
  • Lamb Island, jetty car park
  • Karragarra Community Gardens, The Esplanade: 10am to noon

All weeds are accepted, but this year’s focus is on:

  • Leucaena
  • Bitou bush

Above: Bitou Bush. Image Courtesy of Queensland Government Biosecurity

Above: Devil’s Fig

Above: Leucaena

Above: Salvinia

Above: Singapore Daisy

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Mayoral Prayer Breakfast tickets available now  

Tickets are now on sale for the 17th annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, and local businesses and organisations are asked to dig deep to raise funds for chaplaincy programs in State schools on Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said the popular annual event, to be held from 6.45am on 30 August, was a great way for the Redlands Coast community to support the chaplaincy programs that benefit 14,500 local students.

“These programs are important for providing social, emotional and spiritual support for Redlands Coast students, school staff and families,” she said.

“They provide timely pastoral care, critical mentoring, and role modelling, all of which fosters wellbeing and enhances a child’s success in learning and life.

“There are still some local State schools that do not have access to chaplaincy services and my hope is that, through events such as the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, all State school students across Redlands Coast can have equal access to these important programs.”

Cr Williams said the guest speaker for this year’s breakfast was Olympic gold medallist swimmer Duncan Armstrong, OAM.

“Duncan successfully represented Australia as a swimmer for ten years,” she said.

“At this year’s breakfast, he will share his truly inspirational story, part of which saw him win the 200m freestyle event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics to claim Australia’s 100th Olympic medal for swimming.

“He will share some of his funniest and most memorable moments in his Green and Gold tracksuit, along with giving a testimony of his faith.”

Cr Williams said last year’s breakfast raised $20,000 for the chaplaincy programs – a record amount for the event.

“Almost 280 people, including school chaplains, church and school leaders, government representatives, business people and community members attended the breakfast,” she said.

“Tickets are limited, so I encourage the community to act fast, purchase a ticket and support this important program for our schools.

“Sponsorship opportunities are also available, and details can be found at our Mayoral Prayer Breakfast webpage.”

Event Details

Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast
Friday, 30 August 2019
Arrive 6.45am for a 7am start; event concludes 8.45am
Alexandra Hills Conference Centre – Corner of McDonald Road and Finucane Road, Alexandra Hills

Ticket Prices – includes GST

$60 each
$550 per table of 10

Tickets are available through Redland Performing Arts Centre:

  • Contact (07) 3829 8131 during business hours.
  • Visit the box office at 2–16 Middle Street, Cleveland.
  • Purchase online at


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National Tree Day planting targets 2000

Redland City Council is calling on all willing hands to help plant 2000 native plants this Sunday 28 July as part of National Tree Day celebrations.

The family tree planting day, from 9am – 11am at Orana Street Park, Victoria Point, will offer the added incentives of a barbeque and a free native plant at the end of the day for volunteers to plant in their own backyards.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual National Tree Day plantings were a crucial component of Council’s city-wide conservation program and made a lasting difference to the natural habitats of Redlands Coast.

“The National Tree Day event is a wonderful example of what can be achieved by people power and combined community effort,” Cr Williams said.

“Not only will people be helping local wildlife, but a great time can be had being in the outdoors, working with other green thumbs of all ages.

“This will be our Bushcare program’s 19th National Tree Day event, with more than 100 volunteers joining us for the planting each year.”

Division 4 Councillor, Deputy Mayor Lance Hewlett said the Orana Street Park planting would improve and expand wildlife habitat and assist to improve the water quality of the local waterway.

“National Tree Day 2019 will be another great family event and people can come back in the years ahead and enjoy seeing the positive impact of their efforts,” he said.

National Tree Day planting details:

When: Sunday 28 July 2019, 9am–11am

Where: Orana Street Park, Victoria Point (off street parking available at Point Halloran Reserve).

What to bring: enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water

Council supplies: Plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves.

FREE kids’ activities, sausage sizzle, displays, certificates for kids, and a take home native plant.

For details on this and other environmental initiatives and activities on Redlands Coast, visit the IndigiScapes website.

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