Putting a lid on household recycling contamination

“Keep it loose and clean. Don’t bag your recycling.”

These are the simple takeaways Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is urging residents to remember as part of a Council campaign to crush a worrying rise in recycling contamination.

“Just five types of materials can be recycled kerbside – paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, aluminium and steel cans and firm plastic containers and bottles,” Cr Williams said.

“But we are seeing a lot of other items in yellow-top bins, items that contaminate the load and waste our good efforts.

“The average rate for recycling contamination on the Redlands Coast had been going up since 2018, from 8 per cent to 11 per cent last year, and tracking at a disturbing average of 12.4 per cent in 2021.

Cr Williams said while she applauded residents for their enthusiastic recycling, meeting recycling targets meant more than shifting items from our general waste wheelie bin to the household recycling or green waste bin.

“The right materials need to go in the right bins,” she said.

“When a yellow-top wheelie bin has too much non-recyclable material – or contamination – it decreases the quality of recyclable materials and makes it harder for the good quality products to be extracted in the sorting equipment.

“As well as being a waste of renewable resources, this has the potential to increase Council’s, and therefore ratepayers’, waste management costs as the contaminated recycling may have to be taken to landfill.

“Household recycling is a commercial activity that Council pays for and when the quality decreases the processing costs increase.

“We do not want to reach the point where excess contamination costs may need to be passed on to ratepayers.

“That’s why we’re appealing to residents to not only recycle, but recycle right.”

Cr Williams said getting recycling right was not always easy but was something the council and community needed to work on together.

“With hundreds of recycling labels out there, it can be confusing and even recycling gurus can get it wrong,” she said.

“But the good news is that Australia and New Zealand have rolled out a new labelling information system for food packaging, called the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), which, hopefully, will end this confusion.

“Planet Ark has run a “Check it! Before You Chuck It national campaign to raise awareness about the new labels, which it says provides easy-to-understand recycling information when you need it most.”

Cr Williams urged residents to check the labels and learn more about what items are okay to put in the yellow bins.

“If you’re unsure about an item, check Council’s online A-Z of waste recycling .”


The main offenders:

  • Bagged items – residents should not place recycling into a kitchen tidy bag or garbage bag or place general waste in the recycling bin
  • Soft plastics items such as bread bags, cereal box liners, pasta packets, chip packets, frozen veggie packets etc can only be recycled if taken to a specialised recycling collection point, such as the ones available in major supermarkets.
  • Soft plastics cannot be processed through Council’s recycling facility and therefore cannot be placed in kerbside recycling.
  • Bubble wrap
  • Food scraps – including excess food in containers. Containers do not need to be fully rinsed before being placed in your recycling bin.
  • Clothing / materials
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys.


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Redlands Coast closer to hosting Olympics events as Brisbane 2032 proposal firms

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is pleased the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive has recommended Brisbane’s proposal be advanced to a full committee session vote expected ahead of the opening of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo on July 23.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced early this morning that it would progress Brisbane’s proposal to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games to a full vote and that Redlands Coast was set to be the location for the canoe (slalom) events if it was endorsed.

“A purpose-built Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre is part of the integrated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct for which Birkdale Community Precinct on Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, is the preferred site,” Cr Williams said.

“The Olympic venue will be funded by both the Federal and State governments and would help support other attractions at the site, including Willards Farm and the WWII radio receiver station, both financially and through attraction of visitors.

“In April 2021, the Federal Government committed to a 50/50 funding arrangement with the Queensland Government for all venues and critical infrastructure associated with the potential 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“What is so very exciting about this venue is that it will be a legacy facility for generations to come.

“It will also bring forward significant infrastructure, in particular, road, rail and bus projects for Redlands Coast.

“Our community is particularly keen to see the much-needed duplication of the Cleveland railway line and the completion of the Eastern Busway to Capalaba.

“Similar Olympic facilities elsewhere demonstrate substantial local economic benefits, including during construction and for ongoing operation.

“It is anticipated that about 150 jobs could be sustained through the building and delivery of the adventure sports precinct, with an annual contribution of $52 million to the local economy.

“It also has significant opportunities as a swift-water rescue training facility for emergency services.

“The whitewater centre will be part of a larger adventure sports precinct proposed to be integrated into Birkdale Community Precinct with its overall legacy opportunities being compelling.

“A whitewater facility featured strongly in the community’s list of preferred ideas for the Birkdale precinct during Council’s recent extensive community engagement campaign.

“At 62 hectares, Birkdale Community Precinct provides more than enough space to accommodate the Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct and a variety of other uses in an integrated way.

“As well as strong support for the whitewater facility, the community told us they wanted picnic facilities, cycling and walking paths and circuits, access to Tingalpa Creek and natural areas, café and dining areas, community markets, camping and overnight stays, an amphitheatre and performance spaces, education and training facilities, paddock to plate, wildlife tourism and night walks.”

Cr Williams said the Council of Mayors (SEQ), which has been instrumental in the Brisbane 2032 proposal, is honoured the IOC Executive has recommended the proposal go to a full session vote.

“While we acknowledge this exciting milestone, there is still a lot of work to be done and all partners look forward to a final decision by the IOC and stand ready to assist in providing any further information,” Cr Williams said.

“The potential benefits of a Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are massive – some $8.1 billion in economic and social benefits for Queensland, and $17.6 billion nationally.”

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NAIDOC events celebrate culture and the concept of Country

The Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event at Raby Bay Harbour Park.

The connection between Country and culture will be the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said NAIDOC Week – starting Sunday 4 July – celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“It is a great opportunity to learn more about these communities,” Cr Williams said.

“This year NAIDOC invites us all to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage.

“Country is much more than a place or a piece of land, for Traditional Owners it is inherent to their identity. It has meaning in every aspect, from spiritual to social, from cultural to emotional.

“This year’s theme – Heal Country – is about working to protect lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.”

Cr Williams said NAIDOC Week would be celebrated across Redlands Coast with a number of events at various locations. The official launch will be held on Sunday, 4 July, at Raby Bay Harbour Park and will feature music and art from the Quandamooka People and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

“The Quandamooka People have been Traditional Owners of much of the area we now call Redlands Coast for more than 21,000 years,” Cr Williams said.

“The official launch will run from 9am to 1pm and there will be a traditional smoking ceremony and interactive dance workshops, as well as traditional arts and crafts activities, including weaving workshops.

“For those interested in furthering the cultural experience, Quandamooka man Matt Burns will provide cultural demonstrations and interactive family workshops. Matt’s workshops have proven very popular in the past.

“There also will be artwork by Quandamooka artists on display and for sale, along with a stunning sand art display.

“On stage will be performers such as Quandamooka song-man Josh Walker and the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician Joe Geia and his band; Torres Strait Islander singer and songwriter Chris Tamwoy with special guest Tania-Rose Gibuma; and Australian South Sea Islander and Aboriginal singer/songwriter Georgia Corowa.”

The Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event on Sunday 4 July.

Cr Williams said several Redlands Coast cultural and environmental facilities would showcase Traditional Owner culture as part of NAIDOC Week.

“On the Friday before the week gets underway, proud Quandamooka woman Elisha Kissick will lead a cultural flora walk through Council’s IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba,” she said.

“Elisha is passionate about sharing her Aboriginal culture and is actively on a mission to change the narrative around the perception of First Nations people.

“That passion is shared by artists Carol McGregor and Tamika Grant-Iramu who both have thought-provoking exhibitions currently showing at Redland Art Gallery as part of NAIDOC Week.

“While at Cleveland Library on the morning of 6 July, Bundjalung South Sea Islander musician and author Lucas Proudfoot will be entertaining younger audiences as he shares the positive aspects of music, story and culture.

“On 7 July at the library, Uncle Norm Enoch from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council will host a talk on Heal Country and the work his group is doing at the Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Reserve at Myora on North Stradbroke Island. Uncle Norm will also be giving a talk prior to this at IndigiScapes on the morning of Saturday 3 July.

“The play Rovers takes to the Redland Performing Arts Centre stage on 8 July. Performed by two female actors, it is a lively and fun production.

“So I encourage everyone to come along to these events, to listen and learn and to take away an understanding of the cultural significance of Country.

“Until we really understand Country we won’t understand why and how it needs to be healed.”

Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers in the Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country award-winning tourism video. They will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event at Raby Bay Harbour Park on Sunday 4 July.


Cultural flora walk with Elisha Kissick of Yura Tours

Friday 2 July, 10am–12.30pm, IndigiScapes Botanic Gardens and Café, Capalaba

The cultural “walk talk” will cover how Quandamooka People used the varieties of flora that can be found in the gardens throughout IndigiScapes. $20 per person, ages 12+ indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/


Native flora talk with Uncle Norm Enoch plus native bush food starter packs

Saturday 3 July, 9am–noon, IndigiScapes Botanic Gardens and Café, Capalaba

Come along and meet Uncle Norm from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council as he talks about the cultural significance of native flora. IndigiScapes also will celebrate NAIDOC week with native bush food flora starter packs available in limited quantities. indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/


NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event

Sunday 4 July, 9am-1pm, Raby Bay Harbour Park

Performers include: Josh Walker and the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers, Joe Geia and band, Chris Tamwoy with special guest Tania-Rose Gibuma and Georgia Corowa. Activities include: traditional smoking ceremony and interactive dance workshops, arts and crafts activities, a sand art display, and cultural demonstrations by Matthew Burns. redland.qld.gov.au/NAIDOC

Torres Strait Islander singer and songwriter Chris Tamwoy and Tania-Rose Gibuma will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event on Sunday 4 July.

Exhibition Fragments: A Printed Environment: Tamika Grant-Iramu

until Sunday 18 July, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Grant-Iramu’s work brings into focus aspects of the natural environment that often go unnoticed and yet are an important part of the identity and culture of place. artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibitions-2021/fragments-a-printed-environment-tamika-grant-iramu/


Exhibition Response: Carol McGregor

until Sunday 18 July, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

In Response, Carol McGregor, an artist of Wathaurung and Scottish descent, reflects on what was here, looked after and used as a resource before colonisation. artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibitions-2021/response-carol-mcgregor/

Clay installation silent sounds (wurrgarrabil) (detail), 2021, by Carol McGregor part of the artists’s Response exhibition at Redland Art Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Musical Stories! with Lucas Proudfoot

Tuesday 6 July, 9.30-10am, Cleveland Library

Author Lucas Proudfoot presents a dynamic musical storytelling experience through song, dance and expert instrument demonstration. redland.qld.gov.au/info/20157/libraries/308/whats_on_at_your_library?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D153143126


Your Words! Your Story! with Lucas Proudfoot

Tuesday 6 July, 10.30-11.30am, Cleveland Library

Lucas Proudfoot showcases dance, cultural diversity and his creative process. redland.qld.gov.au/info/20157/libraries/308/whats_on_at_your_library?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D153143143


Heal Country with Uncle Norm and Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council

Wednesday 7 July, noon-1pm, Cleveland Library

Come along and meet Uncle Norm from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council as he talks passionately about the award winning work they are doing at the Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Reserve. hbit.ly/3bWMwB4


Thursday 8 July, 7.30-8.30pm, Concert Hall, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Rovers at RPAC on 8 July.

Rovers is a delightful and modern comedy-drama that celebrates the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing women. It stars Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald who is descended from the Mandandanjii and Darambal tribes of Central Queensland. rpac.com.au/what-s-on/all-events/rovers/


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Hurry – last month to ride the driverless bus at Raby Bay

The wheels on the driverless bus will soon stop going round and round at Raby Bay as the Redlands Coast Smart Mobility Trial draws to a close.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the RACQ Smart Shuttle would travel its last circuit along Masthead Drive on 26 June.

“So far 1,339 passengers have taken a free ride, with the EasyMile vehicle travelling more than 3,000 kilometres since November last year,” Cr Williams said.

“I encourage all Redlands Coast residents and visitors to the area to hop on board for their last chance to taste the future of public transport.

“The first stop is an easy 350 metre walk from Cleveland railway station, with a 1.9 kilometre loop connecting the Raby Bay Harbour precinct to Raby Bay Foreshore Park along Masthead Drive. “

Mayor Karen Williams and Division 2 Cr Peter Mitchell at the Raby Bay trial launch in November 2020

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell thanked Raby Bay residents for their patience while the trial has been underway.

“It is an exciting new chapter for transport with Redland City Council once again partnering with RACQ for phase two of the smart mobility trial,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Locating the second phase at Raby Bay enabled the driverless technology to be tested in a more complex live-traffic environment than that of tiny Karragarra Island, where phase one of the trail was conducted.”

Councillor Williams said Redlands Coast faced a number of transport challenges; and by partnering with RACQ in these trials, Council had demonstrated its commitment to finding innovative ways to help our residents overcome these challenges.

“The valuable insights gained will help guide Council’s policy development and advocacy efforts with relation to transport within the city and linking to our region,” she said.

“We are happy to have played our part and wish RACQ well as their Smart Shuttle leaves Redlands Coast to continue its journey on other Queensland roads.”

RACQ Head of Public Policy Susan Furze thanked Mayor Williams and the Redland City Council team for its partnership in integrating the driverless technology on local roads.

“Our vision is for all Queenslanders to have access to safe, affordable and sustainable transport options, so to have the opportunity to test new technologies like this in a live-traffic environment goes a long way in helping us realise future possibilities,” Ms Furze said.

“We will now be looking closely at the learnings and feedback from the trials at both Raby Bay and Karragarra Island to help us better understand and develop how driverless transport options could help serve communities in the future.”

For more information on the Redlands Coast Smart Mobility Trial, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au.

The Redlands Coast Smart Mobility trial is a joint initiative between the RACQ and Redland City Council, which will trial the use of the RACQ Smart Shuttle at Raby Bay, Cleveland.

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Baltic Mini Textile exhibition on display at Redland Art Gallery

Works from one of Europe’s leading textile miniature exhibitions are on display at Redland Art Gallery (RAG), Capalaba until 13 July 2021.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Baltic Mini Textile Gydnia exhibition provided an exciting opportunity for Redlands Coast residents to view artistic miniature textiles from artists across the globe.

“Redland Art Gallery does an amazing job of attracting exhibitions which allow local residents and visitors to engage with art in meaningful ways,” Cr Williams said.

“It’s exciting to note the Capalaba gallery is the first venue on the Australian tour of the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition, and there are three south-east Queensland artists represented.

“This exhibition is sure to inspire our local artists and provide thought-provoking discussions as it showcases some innovative ideas and materials.

“The works may be small but, viewed together, they make a big impact.”

“I promise you a rose garden” by Kith Mjoen of France. Tapestry and embroidery, wool, silk, fabric. Courtesy of Gdynia City Museum

The majority of the 35 works are from the 2016 and 2019 Baltic Mini Textile exhibitions, juried events which are held in Gdynia, Poland every three years.

The exhibition has been curated by Warwick Art Gallery, Queensland in partnership with Gdynia City Museum, Poland.

Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine said the exhibition introduced innovative and radical ideas in textile art.

“The Baltic Mini Textile Gdynia exhibition showcases the ingenuity of textile artists as they experiment with scale and push the boundaries of accepted traditional textile materials,” Ms Devine said.

“The creative solutions reveal the exciting possibilities of the miniature genre.”

Brisbane-based, Polish-born artist Jolanta Szymczyk is passionate about the mini textile exhibition and gave a floor talk during its first week at RAG, Capalaba.

She was selected as an exhibitor in the Baltic Mini Textile exhibition in 2013 and 2019, and collaborated to bring a selection of the Gdynia City Museum collection to Australia in 2011 and again for this tour in 2021.

“Being accepted into the collection was definitively a highlight,” she said.

“This made me even more focused on promotion of Poland’s rich textile traditions across the globe and here in Australia.

“It has been uplifting and a very rewarding journey awakening my passion for smaller forms that cultivate intimate relationships between the artist, the works and the viewer.”

RAG, Capalaba is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Access is through Capalaba Library in Capalaba Place, Noelene Street.

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Council pilots smart solar compacting bins in popular reserve

Redland City Council has installed 10 smart solar compacting bins at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve as part of a three-year pilot project.

Mayor Karen Williams said the project aimed to reduce the number of litter bin collections, costs and environmental impacts.

“Wellington Point Recreation Reserve has been chosen for this pilot project as it has significantly more bins and litter collections than other Redlands Coast parks,” she said.

“The reserve has about five times the number of litter collections of comparable destination parks, which represents about 13 per cent of the total public litter bin collections across Redlands Coast.

“As part of the pilot project, all bins in the reserve have been removed and replaced with ten 240-litre smart solar compacting bins, which can compact up to eight times the standard bin volume.

“Council will be able to collect valuable data on bin usage and fullness, allowing us to reduce collections from more than 160 to 20 each week and leading to an approximate annual saving of about $28,000.

“Ongoing monitoring and analysis during the pilot will allow us to consider further savings and possible implementation in comparable civic and open spaces.

“Reduced collection requirements may particularly benefit key island locations such as Point Lookout on North Stradbroke (Minjerribah) and on Coochiemudlo Island.”

New smart solar compacting bins have been installed in Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.

Cr Williams said the bins would also include poster panels so Council could provide education around better waste and recycling habits.

“Redlands Coast residents care about our wildlife and our natural environment and we want to help them reduce waste and keep our parks and oceans free from rubbish.

“The majority of the waste going in Council bins is excess packaging from takeaway food and Council would like to work with businesses to reduce this.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the solar compacting bins provided an exciting opportunity to reduce visual impacts and improve general amenity at the reserve.

“Due to their increased capacity and ability to issue fullness alerts, these bins should significantly reduce any issues of overflowing bins within the reserve,” Cr Boglary said.

“The project also means the litter bin footprint is reduced by 67 per cent, improving the visual amenity of the reserve.

“This means there will be more open space for residents and visitors to enjoy in this popular naturally wonderful park.”

Cr Williams said the pilot project followed the trial of a smart compacting bin in Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland in 2019.

“The Cleveland trial saw a reduction in the number of weekly collections from five to two,” she said.

“Council decided not to roll this bin model out further, mainly due to its smaller capacity. This initial compacting bin is planned to be relocated to Cleveland Point Recreation Reserve.”

The $95,000 pilot project has been funded through Council’s Transformation Portfolio Fund, and is expected to be recouped in about three years.

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Planned burn scheduled – Tuesday 1 June 2021

Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation crews will undertake a hazard reduction burn in a section of bushland within the Wallaby Creek Bushland Refuge at Sheldon on Tuesday 1 June 2021, weather conditions permitting.

The location of the burn area is off Summit Street – highlighted in yellow on the map.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction – reducing the fire danger and providing conditions essential for native regeneration.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.


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Building opening fires up Redland Bay SES Group

Redland Bay SES Group is now better equipped to respond to emergencies following the official opening of its new purpose-built home base (on Saturday 29 May 2021).

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the $1.735 million facility at Redland Bay Business Park was the result of a long-term plan to better equip and streamline SES services for all Redlands Coast residents.

“Now, with a well-equipped base, Redland Bay SES Group can provide a more cohesive service to the southern part of the city,” Cr Williams said.

“Our Redland City SES crews are known for being among the best in the state and we’ve been reminded of that throughout the year, particularly during the March rain event when they responded to a total of 131 call-outs for help during a 24-hour period.

“But the requirement that all mainland crews be tasked out of Cleveland for a unit response meant there was a 40 to 50-minute turnaround time for those working in the southern end of the city.

“This new facility means the community can have confidence that help is closer to hand when it’s needed.”

Cr Mark Edwards, Cr Julie Talty, Mayor Karen Williams, QFES Acting Assistant Commissioner Brad Commens and Member for Redlands Kim Richards.

Cr Williams said the building on Jardine Drive was bought by Council last year and had a floor space of 512 sqm on a 1250 sqm block.

“That’s substantially larger than the shed used to house Redland Bay SES Group at Weinam Creek,” she said.

“The space has allowed for a fitout that includes an extra control room, training room, communications room, a staging area and parking onsite, as well as a kitchen, toilets and showers, and a storeroom.

“The Redland Bay operations will also provide extra support to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands SES Group and the building can be used as a staging area for incoming crews if required.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said a snapshot of activities carried out by Redland City SES crews since January indicated the facility would be well used.

“In one of the recent nine land searches conducted, Redland City SES led a search involving hundreds of SES members over a three-week period looking for a missing elderly man,” Cr Talty said.

“There have been 216 storm damage tasks recorded since January, as well as deployment of our local SES teams to other parts of Australia to help with disaster responses.

“In March, a four-person team from Redland City SES joined the taskforce sent to Taree to assist with the NSW flood response, while in April members were sent to Western Australia to assist with storm damage operations that resulted from Cyclone Seroja.”

State Member for Redlands Kim Richards said: “Our Redlands SES Unit does an incredible job keeping our community safe and we are very fortunate to have one of Queensland’s most highly awarded units.

“This new facility will deliver the Redland Bay SES Group with the space, equipment and environment they need to continue to support our growing region.

“It is a great partnership by Redland City Council and the Queensland Government supporting our Redlands SES frontline personnel into the future to keep Redlanders safe.”

Cr Williams said Redland City SES Unit had 169 active members, 53 of them from the Redland Bay Group.

“It’s wonderful that we can now provide a more fitting home base suited to the excellent frontline work they do,” she said.

“The facility will also include warehouse space for vehicle and equipment storage and it’s large enough to house all the SES vehicles, boats, trailers and equipment.

“There will be areas to wash down vehicles, to do basic equipment maintenance, and there is a lockable storage area for portable items such as chainsaws, generators, ropes and harnesses.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services provided a grant of $75,000 towards the fit-out of the building, and Redland Emergency Service Volunteer Association committed $40,000 towards the fit-out, furniture and fittings.

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Celebrate World Environment Day at IndigiScapes’ Environment and Community Fair

Celebrate this year’s World Environment Day at IndigiScapes’ Environment and Community Fair on Saturday 5 June. Entry is free.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Environment and Community Fair was one of the first major public events to be hosted at the expanded Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, which has been subject to various COVID-related restrictions since its reopening.

“As Redland City Council’s centre for environmental education, IndigiScapes is a much loved community asset that generations of Redlands Coast locals and visitors have visited and loved,” Cr Williams said.

“We are very proud of the upgrades that have been made, including the refurbishment of the buildings, interpretive centre and café, and improvement and relocation of the native plant nursery.”

“World Environment Day is a very fitting time to invite our community to rediscover all IndigiScapes has to offer while enjoying the Covid-safe, fun fair atmosphere.”

Ranger Stacey will MC the day

Division 7 Cr Rowanne McKenzie said there would be plenty on offer to keep the whole family engaged.

“Along with the eco markets, there will be environment and sustainability-themed speakers and information, free outdoor family activities, live entertainment and delicious food available from the café and food vans,” she said.

Councillor Williams said visitors would also be able to meet local wildlife as well as Council’s new environmental ambassador Ranger Stacey, who will be MC for the day.

“We’re so excited that Stacey has joined our team. Like us, she is passionate about Redlands Coast and is happy to chat about Council’s environmental programs and services,” Cr Williams said.

“Please make her welcome by coming to say hello.”


Environment and Community Fair
When: Saturday 5 June 2021, 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
• 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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Planned burn scheduled – Friday 28 May 2021

Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation crews will undertake a hazard reduction burn in a section of bushland within the Birkdale Bushland Refuge on Friday 28 May 2021, weather conditions permitting.

The location of the burn area is 88-106 Burbank Road – highlighted in yellow on the map.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will help reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

Preparation of the site was undertaken in the lead up to the date of the burn, and consisted of 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.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

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