Category Archives: History

IndigiScapes Environment Education Centre set to expand

Redlands Coast will be home to a unique environmental education experience, with expansion plans for Council’s IndigiScapes Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the expansion plans included major refurbishments to the centre’s popular Bush Tucker Café, additional native landscape gardens, new environmental interpretation space and education spaces and conference facilities, plus an exciting new skywalk facility set for the 2019/20 financial year.

“IndigiScapes already attracts to the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast more than 40,000 visitors a year, including tourists and those with environmental interests,” Cr Williams said.

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott said the exciting suite of improvements were supported by a multi-million dollar investment by Council and $900,000 funding from the State Government, and would cement the centre’s place among the most unique and popular environment centres in Queensland.

“Work will begin in the coming months, with the centre to temporarily close the first half of next year to allow the work to be completed safely and efficiently,” Cr Elliott said.

“We are certain the sacrifice will be worth it when the newly refurbished centre reopens again to the public.”

Cr Williams said the expansion plans built on the newly co-located Horizons Centre and the IndigiScapes nursery centre expansion.

“The IndigiScapes nursery plays an important role in helping to transform the IndigiScapes educational messages into reality, supplying low-cost, locally indigenous seedlings for planting,” she said.

“The nursery will continue operating during the refurbishments work.

“Council will be clearly advising the community of the pending changes and closure times.

“We will also be looking at how best to ensure the continuity of the many environmental extension services delivered from the IndigiScapes Centre by staff members who will be relocated during the temporary closure.”

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast offered an abundance of naturally wonderful things to do during the IndigiScapes upgrades.

“Venman Bushland National Park at Mount Cotton, Bayview Conservation Area at Redland Bay, Redlands Track Park and the many coastal or hinterland parks are just some of the wonderful, back-to-nature activities available here,” she said.

“Of course, the new, expanded IndigiScapes nursery will still be open, and people can continue to receive advice and purchase plants.”

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre will be closed for the construction work from 28 December, 2018.

For information on naturally wonderful hidden treasures and little adventures, visit the Redlands Coast website.

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Age-Friendly City Strategy for Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast is one step closer to having an Age-Friendly City Strategy following the completion of a survey of seniors that sought to understand their experience of ageing in the Redlands.

Long-term Redlands resident Karen Griffith hands her completed survey to RDCOTA’s Fay Dougall.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was timely that the survey – executed by Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA) on behalf of Council – was wrapped up just before Seniors Week celebrations in the Redlands.

“Along with the rest of south-east Queensland, Redlands Coast has an ageing population and the area continues to attract an increasing number of seniors looking towards a more relaxed lifestyle in their retirement years,” Cr Williams said.

“It is important that people of all ages are valued, respected and can actively participate in the community – and our seniors are no exception.

“Long acknowledged for their enormous contribution as volunteers, seniors are also great economic and social assets to our community and we are keen to harness their experiences, skills, needs and wisdom.

“I thank RDCOTA for administering our survey of 100 seniors as well as the groups and networks they worked with to identify suitable participants.

“It has been a true partnership.”

Long term Victoria Point resident Karen Griffith said she was happy to complete the survey.

“As a resident of 35 years, I think it’s important to find out people’s feelings and concerns and see us move forward together as a community,” Ms Griffith said.

“As we get older, we need to consider infrastructure and how we get around.”

Cr Williams said the surveys would help shape Council’s Age-Friendly City Strategy, which was expected to be completed in 2019, and based on principles from the global age-friendly cities program developed by the World Health Organisation.

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Public Notice: Adoption of the Redland City Plan

Notice is given in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 that, on 6 July 2018, Redland City Council adopted a new planning scheme – Redland City Plan.

The Redland City Plan applies to the Redland City Council local government area and replaces the Redlands Planning Scheme 2006.

The Redland City Plan will have effect on and from 8 October 2018.

The Redland City Plan can be viewed online at and is available for inspection or purchase at Council’s Customer Service Centre located on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information, contact Council’s customer service centre on (07) 3829 8999.

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Something for everyone at Redlands Coast Seniors Week celebrations

Redlands Coast seniors are in for a treat with a full and diverse program of activities and events on offer again for Seniors Week, this year set for 18 to 26 August.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Seniors Week was an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contribution seniors made to our community.

“I am hugely impressed by the quality of the program put together to celebrate Seniors Week, the result of a truly collaborative community effort that Redland City Council was proud to support.

“I particularly thank Redlands District Committee on the Ageing’s (RDCOTA) Paul Barnes, for his dedication as Chairman of the Seniors Week Committee.

“From Latin dancing and musical theatre to information sessions and the popular Seniors Week Walk, there is something for everyone so I urge everyone to check out the program of events and start planning their week.

“This year’s free Seniors Week Variety Concert at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is sure to be a crowd pleaser with talent of all ages, including Here’s to Life, the Donald Simpson Centre Theatrical Group and Dunwich State School prep kids performing songs in language with Aunty Maree Goebel.

“Council is proud to supply this wonderful venue, RPAC – as well as our production staff – free of charge for this event,” Cr Williams said.

The variety concert will start at 10.30am, Tuesday 21 August. Although entry is free, due to high demand tickets must be pre-purchased through the RPAC box office in person or by phoning 3829 8131.

Redland Libraries are offering the following free events:

Grandparents Story time

  • 10am, Tuesday 14 August @ Victoria Point Library
  • 10am, Friday 17 August @ Capalaba Library
  • 9.30am, Wednesday 22 August @ Redland Museum

No bookings needed.

Tea and Trivia

10am, Tuesday 21 August @ Victoria Point Library

Bookings essential: 3884 4000

Chit Chat Special Event

9.30am, Friday 24 August @ Victoria Point Library. No bookings needed.

Visit the What’s on at your Library page on our website for details of library events.

Visit the RD COTA website for a full Seniors Week program.

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Planned Burn Tramican Street Conservation Area – North Stradbroke Island

Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation Crews are intending to undertake a hazard reduction burn within the Tramican Street Conservation Area on Tuesday 14 August 2018, if weather conditions remain suitable at the time.

The location of the burn area is George Nothling Drive (rear of Donahue Street, Point Lookout- highlighted in yellow on the map. The purpose of the burn will be for hazard reduction as well as for ecological outcomes.

Preparation of the site was undertaken in the days leading up to the date of the burn, including  clearing around significant logs and habitat trees. It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

The planned burn is necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction. Planned burns assist to reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

If you require details of the planned burn, please visit or contact Council on 3829 8999.

NSI Planned Burn Tramican Street

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New Redlands publication honours local Diggers

Redland City Council today celebrated the launch of a First World War commemorative book developed through Redland Libraries with Queensland Government support.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the book launch of Remembering them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands was a culmination of years of work and research.

“The Centenary of Anzac is one of the most significant commemorations in our nation’s history, as we reflect on the service and sacrifice of thousands of Australians,” Cr Williams said.

“This book is a wonderful partnership project, made possible through Queensland Government funding and collaboration between Redland Libraries and many community members.

“This book documents the stories of our local community members and their experiences of the war and will ensure that the contributions of these brave Redland citizens are honoured, valued and remembered for generations to come.

“As we lead-up to Anzac Day, I hope many in our community will have the opportunity to read through the pages of this book, and hold these brave individuals close to their hearts across Redlands on 25 April.”

Deputy Mayor Cr Lance Hewlett, who officially launched the publication, said Remembering them brought local history to life and gave the opportunity to look into the faces of these servicemen and women, and remember they were real people with real hopes and dreams.

“Through photographs, letters, postcards and archival documents, it also allows us to reflect on the devastating impact of the war on the lives of the families at home,” Cr Hewlett said.

“It also tells some less well-known stories of the time, such as the sacrifices of our Aboriginal Redlanders, many of whom had to lie about their heritage in order to fight for this country.”

Remembering them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands is a limited-edition book, with copies to be available for borrowing through Redlands Libraries. An e-book copy of the book will also be available via the Redland Libraries website and through the State Library of Queensland.

 Remembering them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands was produced by Redland City Council with contributions from several community members and organisations.

The project was made possible by $26,889.82 of funding provided by the Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program which supported the research, editing, design, advertising and printing of the book.

The Queensland Government is proud to support this Anzac Centenary project which commemorates the role played by Queenslanders in Australia’s military history.

There are hundreds of projects across Queensland keen to share their work and would welcome your support.

To stay informed of upcoming Anzac Centenary projects and special Remembrance Day events near you go to or like the page.

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Station Master’s Cottage to move to historic precinct

One of Cleveland’s landmark buildings – the 128-year-old Station Master’s cottage – will be moved to a new site this week on Thursday from 4am.

The historic cottage will be relocated from 204 Middle Street to Linear Park at 120 Shore Street North to sit beside the Redland City Lions Hall and Old Schoolhouse Gallery.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the cottage is a Cleveland icon, and an integral part of the history of Cleveland.

“The cottage was originally located on the Cleveland rail line, which boasted a busy goods yard where farm produce and goods were transported from the Redlands to the Brisbane markets at Woolloongabba,” she said.

“It was originally built in 1889 when the railway line to Cleveland was opened, and was within sight of the former Cleveland Central rail station,” she said.

Council voted in 2015 to relocate the building in recognition of the important place it played in Redlands’ history.

The relocation to its final resting place in the old Cleveland township precinct will be a coordinated effort between Council, Energex, Queensland Police, Department of Natural Resources and Mines and RSL Queensland.

The precinct extends from the Cleveland Lighthouse past the old Courthouse and Grandview Hotel to several remaining historical cottages in Shore St East and Passage Street.

“Residents may have noticed increased activity at the cottage in recent weeks as it’s been prepared for relocation to the new site in Linear Park,” Cr Williams said.

“There will be altered traffic conditions on Middle, Passage and North Streets from 4am on Thursday 13 July while the building is moved,” she said.

Local Councillor for Division 2 which includes Cleveland, Peter Mitchell, said the cottage would be available for use as a community facility after relocation, with an expression of interest to be publicly advertised.

“Once the cottage is in its new home, services will be reconnected and checks done to ensure it complies with the building code, including a new ramp to improve accessibility,” he said.

“The expression of interest is expected to be advertised in the first six months of next year (2018).

“Local community groups and organisations interested in using the premises for the benefit of the Redlands community are encouraged to apply,” he said.

Redlands RSL General Manager, Peter Harrison said that the cottage was gifted to Council last year by the RSL to make way for an extension to their facilities.

“We have been using the cottage as an admin building for the past ten years, but the time has come for it to go because of our future expansion plans – we would much prefer to give it to the community than see the historic building ripped down and thrown away,” he said.

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Council to breathe new life into historic farm

A piece of Redlands history will be rejuvenated after Redland City Council today adopted a plan to breathe new life into the historic 19th century Willard’s farm.

Redland City CEO Bill Lyon said the Willard’s Farm Conservation Management Plan included immediate work to be undertaken at the property, as well as a strategy for long-term upgrades and ongoing maintenance.

The Willard farm house at Birkdale

“This property is included on Council’s heritage register and holds historical significance for the community and today’s decision will help to keep that history alive,” Mr Lyon said.

“Originally built in 1863, the property has fallen into disrepair, and today’s decision gives approval for a series of immediate works to be completed to make the property safe and prevent any further damage.

“This includes clearing vegetation and debris, minor repairs to structures, diverting water away from buildings and carrying out a pest inspection.”

Mr Lyon said a heritage architect would also be engaged to ensure any historical artefacts on the site were protected.

“The property history suggests there may be some significant artefacts on the site including old dump sites, a child’s grave and garden bed.  This work will identify and preserve these artefacts to ensure the property history is maintained,” he said.

“Existing landscaping will be reinstated and the site tidied up so it is safe and reflects its historical significance.”

Mr Lyon said today’s decision also included formation of a stakeholder working group to advise on the long-term management and use of the site.

“Given the community value in this property this group will be critical in ensuring the community can appreciate the property in a way that celebrates it while at the same time maintaining its historical significance,” he said.

“We will also undertake community consultation and work with community groups to determine the long-term use of the site.”

Council voted in February to buy the property in recognition of its historical significance.

Willards farm was established in 1863. The site contains a house, dairy and slab huts. It has also been known as ‘The Pines’ and the Cottons Farm. The Heritage Council refused an application to historically list the property in September last year.

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Straddie park naming honours past plane tragedy

A 1947 plane crash that claimed six lives will be forever part of the Redlands landscape after Councillors today voted to name a North Stradbroke Island reserve NEI Dakota Memorial Park in memory of the tragedy.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said with next year marking the 70th anniversary of the crash, naming the park after the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) Air Force Dakota aircraft that crashed off the Island claiming all six on board was a fitting tribute.

“Netherlands East Indies Air Force Dakota aircraft was a terrible peace-time tragedy and today’s decision ensures a lasting tribute is in place to educate people about this chapter in local history,” Cr Williams said.

“The Royal Australian Air Force Amberley Scuba Club approached us with the initial request to place a memorial in the park near Adder Rock at Point Lookout, and we have consulted with stakeholders including Traditional Owners to gauge community support for the idea.

“Today’s decision formalises our support of the RAAF Amberley Scuba Club’s plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of this air crash.”

The NEI Dakota plane went down off Point Lookout in February 1947, just 23 minutes into a test flight with three Dutch servicemen and three Australian crew members losing their lives. The wreckage was not recovered.

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said many people had not heard the NEI Dakota story.

“The resting place of the plane has been a mystery for almost seven decades,” Cr Mitchell said.

“I’m sure there are many people who are unaware the plane lays at the bottom of the sea somewhere near Point Lookout.

“Even as recently as 2015 scuba divers have found parts of the plane, but there is more wreckage out there.”

Council will install new park signage at the formerly unnamed road reserve at Adder Rock next year in time for the 70th anniversary of the air tragedy.

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