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Inspiring Seniors recognised at Seniors Week event

Redlands Coast’s Inspiring Seniors have been unveiled for 2018 at part of this year’s Seniors Week celebrations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was proud to be able to recognise the inspirational locals as part of the annual Blue Care community initiative, now in its tenth year.

“The Inspiring Seniors initiative shines a light on some exceptional residents whose contributions enrich the Redlands Coast community immeasurably,” Cr Williams said.

“It is indeed a difficult task to select a worthy individual to nominate each year – with such a talent pool from which to choose!

“Many of our seniors contribute significantly to the Redlands community on a regular basis – compassionately giving their time, skills and ideas for the benefit of others.

“With a higher than average population of retirees, the Redlands Coast is blessed with many dedicated volunteers, community champions and philanthropists.  Redland City Council is a proud supporter of this Blue Care initiative, which recognises these generous seniors.”

The 2018 Redlands Inspiring Seniors Honour Roll is:

Blue Care – Mavis Rainey

Mayor- Jan Kempers

Division 1- Doug Reynolds

Division 2- Kobus Kruger

Division 3- Albert Lindsay Boyd

Division 4- Denise Foley

Division 5- Vonnie Vayanos

Division 6- Robert Uhr

Division 7- Shirley Edwards

Division 8- Pamela Boyle

Division 9- Elsie Coulam

Division 10- Carmen Jackson

Awarded recipients were acknowledged by the Redland City Mayor and Councillors and Blue Care representatives at special morning tea at Nandeebee Aged Care and Retirement Village in Alexandra Hills.

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It’s never too late to learn to read or write!

You can close the book on any notions of Redland Libraries being stuffy, dark, book depositories, thanks to their increasing range of engaging programs and events that provide a variety of learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said on 3 September, Redland Libraries would launch its new and exciting Adult Literacy Program, to provide free mentoring for adults needing help with reading, writing and basic number skills.

“The program is based on a learner-driven model used successfully in libraries and community organisations across the world,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redland Libraries Adult Literacy Program is an excellent community service that will support lifelong learning and see Redlanders better communicate and participate in society.

“Volunteers received specialist training by Redland Libraries and accredited trainers so they could best help learners achieve their unique literacy goals.

“Education enables people to better participate in life and improve their school and work opportunities, and Redland Libraries strive to run a range of programs to facilitate continued learning.

“Literacy is a fundamental life skill but nearly half the Australian adult population struggles with everyday reading and writing – from reading a newspaper to reading to their children or even following medication instructions.”

Redland Libraries Manager Jo Jones said the libraries received a wonderful response from people in the community eager to volunteer their time to be mentors in the program.

She said the Adult Literacy Program complemented other library initiatives such as the First5Forever (0-5 years) program and author events.

“Author events and the libraries’ First5Forever Program are all about developing literacy in multiple ways – through listening, viewing and reading so children can learn to use language effectively and confidently,” Ms Jones said.

“On 6 September, Redland Libraries and Redlands Performing Arts Centre will be hosting An evening with Morris Gleitzman, in which the Australian Children’s Laureate and award-winning author will share his insights into the importance of stories for both young and old.

“Studies have shown that children who are read to more frequently from an early age enter school with larger vocabularies and more advanced comprehension skills.

“Redland Libraries not only want to provide the books and resources to help children and families but also provide innovative channels to stimulate learning for both the child and parent.”

Key event dates:

Adult Literacy Program Launch (with Mayor Karen Williams and guest speakers)

Monday 3 September, 10am – 11am

Cleveland Library, corner Bloomfield and Middle streets

Book online on the Redland City Council website.

An evening with Morris Gleitzman

Thursday 6 September, 6.30pm

Redlands Performing Arts Centre

Tickets $10 – $20

Book online on the RPAC website.

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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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Redland Libraries breaks down its walls

Gone are the days of “shooshing at Redland Libraries, with the adoption today of Council’s new Library Services Strategy 2017-2022, which has a strong focus on creating welcoming multi-use spaces and providing innovative services, both on and off-site.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Redland Libraries were increasingly seen as facilitating community connection, not just at its three mainland and four island branches, but also other public venues accessed by the community.

“While the Redland Library branches provide a perfect central destination for the community, Council’s new strategy will also see the libraries become more innovative in how people can access them, with plans to get out and about to more events and festivals, nursing homes and community centres and parks and other public spaces,” Cr Williams said.

“Redland Libraries’ ‘Connecting to you’ early literacy program, which sees the libraries get out to parks and deliver story-telling and book borrowing on picnic blankets under the shade of trees, has been extremely popular to date and we are keen to deliver more of these services that activate spaces that people are already in,” she said.

Mayor Karen Williams said that Redland Libraries is also looking closely at global trends and engaging in urban place making to develop its spaces for people to meet up to better connect, innovate and learn.

“In the same way that public open spaces provide a place to meet, socialise and connect with other parts of the community, Redland Libraries can provide safe and welcoming spaces for its visitors,” Cr Williams said.

“Both the Cleveland and Victoria Point Libraries have cafes, which are inviting spaces for people to meet up, but Redland Libraries are looking at building on this to create more contemporary and flexible meeting spaces that foster innovation and creativity.”

“Innovation is key in this strategy and as well as more quality spaces, we aim to provide technology, information, support and resources to also facilitate the development of new ideas that support positive social and economic outcomes for the community.”

“Part of this is introducing more self-service options, including 24-7 virtual borrowing and automatic check-out as you exit, to get our valuable library staff out and about as a resource within the community who are not tied to their desks.”

“While Redland Libraries is reviewing and modernising all its services and updating many books it will retain a focus on building its existing local history programs to ensure access to the rich heritage of the Redlands,” she said.

The new Library Strategy 2017-2022 will set the direction and establish priorities for Council’s library service for the next five years, which will see Redland Libraries deliver lively community spaces for its 54,350 visitors per month and provide lifelong learning and literacy opportunities for all members of the community.

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Have your say on Planning Scheme Policies and Local Law change

Have your say on Redland City Council’s proposed new Planning Scheme Policies (PSPs) and a subordinate local law change over the coming month.

Planning Scheme Policies (PSPs):  26 April to 24 May 2017

Redland City Council today agreed to release six Planning Scheme Policies (PSPs) for public consultation.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said these PSPs, which are part of the Draft Redland City Plan but subordinate to the assessments codes and the higher level Strategic Framework, provide operational guidance on matters of environment, infrastructure standards, hazards, structure plans and emissions.

“The legislative name of Planning Scheme Policies is misleading as they didn’t contain policy statements at all,” she said.

Rather, the six PSPs provide guidance ranging from preparing a structure plan to the design of roads within new developments. PSPs are not hard and fast requirements but guidance on preferred outcomes. 

“As such, they are not required to be submitted to the Government for State Interest Review, however, they have been thoroughly workshopped by Councillors with support of Council staff and will be available for public consultation from  Wednesday 26 April up to and including Wednesday 24 May 2017.” 

Copies of the PSP documents will be available for reading in Council Customer Service Centres and from and Your Say Redland City, where you can also make an online submission.

Properly made submissions must identify the full name and address details of the submitter and should clearly identify the policy or policies being commented on.

All properly made submissions on the draft Planning Scheme Policies will be considered and Council may make changes to the policies addressing issues raised in those submissions.

Change to Subordinate Local Law No 1.4: 2 May to 22 May 2017

Council has also agreed to make a largely administrative change to Subordinate Local Law No 1.4 to enable existing planning scheme provisions covering permanent signage provisions to be moved into the local law.

Mayor Karen Williams said that as Council’s temporary signage provisions are already included in Subordinate Local Law No 1.4, it was the obvious place for permanent signage provisions as well.

“The move was prompted by the removal of the permanent signage provisions from the new Draft Redland City Plan, now before the State Government for adoption,” she said.

The community will be able to make a formal submission on the subordinate local law from Tuesday 2 May until Monday 22 May, with the amendment available for viewing at Council Customer Service Centres and Your Say Redland City, where you can also make an online submission.

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MoU strengthens Council, industry and community voice for the Redlands

Redland City Council and the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formally provides for ongoing engagement with the Institute’s recently established Redland Advisory Panel.

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams said the UDIA Qld State Council’s invitation to participate through a working group with the Redlands Advisory Panel UDIA Qld provides the Redlands with a voice in one of Australia’s most respected industry groups.

MoU Signing From left to right: Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary; Mayor Cr Karen Williams; Redland City Council CEO Bill Lyon; Chair of UDIA Qld Redland Advisory Panel ,Chris Isles and UDIA Qld CEO, Marina Vit.

“The Redlands Advisory Panel joins the UDIA’s robust branch structure across the state with eleven local Branches spanning 18 local governments and representing the industry perspective on critical issues such as local infrastructure, the economy and the creation of new communities.

“These are all matters of vital community interest as we look to our own new city plan for the next decade and respond to the influence and direction outlined in the State Government’s SEQ regional plan and planning policies,” Karen Williams said.

Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary said that by establishing the working group as a basis for a formal, open and transparent relationship with the UDIA, Council has the opportunity to work with industry knowledge and professionals at the local and state levels.

“Importantly, the combination of access to professional on-the-ground expertise coupled with a powerful and respected industry voice can help strengthen the message and communication to Government on our vital shared interest such as infrastructure.’”

“Through open collaborative communications differing community views can contribute to better Redland results.

“The MOU ensures the highest level of openness, transparency and accountability underpins all interactions between our two organisations as reflected in the UDIA’s own Code of Ethics.”

The UDIA Qld State President, Stephen Harrison said that until now the Redlands had been the only SEQ Council not covered by such an arrangement.

“I would like to thank the Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary for introducing this opportunity to Councillors.

“The decision to establish a Redlands Advisory Panel fills an important gap in the services we offer to our members, the communities they serve and to Council.

“Based on our experiences working with other Councils across SEQ and the state, enacting a formal MoU between local government and local branches offers numerous benefits.

“In addition to providing links to open transparent and ethical industry representation, an important benefit is it provides a source of local expertise which Councils may call upon when looking for important policy and project feedback and consultation,” Stephen Harrison said.

“UDIA research on significant national and regional planning issues such as consumer sentiment and housing demand across demographic groups can also help inform future planning and ultimately deliver better outcomes in new communities.

“Under the terms of the MoU and Council policy, we will publish both the text of the agreement and the working group membership as well as the record of future discussions.” Wendy Boglary said.

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