Land swap paves the way for exciting times at Redland Bay


The rejuvenation of Weinam Creek is set to create more than 700 jobs and generate almost $30 million for the local economy after the State Government gave the project’s exciting Master Plan the green light.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Economic Development Queensland’s approval of the Weinam Creek Master Plan was great news for the local community and economy.

“This is a red-letter day for Redlands Coast, in particular the southern part of our city and bay islands, with this project set to deliver much-needed transport upgrades, community services and jobs,” Cr Williams said.

“A partnership between Redland City Council, Economic Development Queensland and Redland Investment Corporation, this project will transform Redland Bay into a vibrant waterfront precinct with restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, more parking, new walkways and more open space.

“When I am out and about in the south of the city, the community tell me how keen they are to see this project progress and the approval of the Master Plan is an exciting milestone that brings it another step closer.”

Cr Williams said thanks to collaboration between Council and the State Government, the project would also include a new satellite hospital.

“Council and the State Government negotiated a land swap that saw land at the ferry terminal transferred to Council, which will now form part of the Weinam Creek upgrade,” Cr Williams said.

“In exchange Council land on Meissner Street was transferred to Queensland Health to use for their satellite hospital, which is great news for our ageing community.”

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the land swap was a good outcome and a key milestone in the State Government’s commitment to deliver a local satellite hospital.

“Our satellite hospital at Meissner Street in Redland Bay will deliver essential services for Queenslanders in our rapidly growing community,” Ms Richards said.

“The Satellite Hospitals Program will also support up to 773 jobs during construction, critical for our economic recovery.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards welcomed the land swap and said it would bring important health services to the area while helping to progress Council’s vision for Weinam Creek.

“It’s good to see that collaboration across the different levels of government has resulted in such a great outcome for the community,” he said.

“The redevelopment of this area is expected to create 102 direct and indirect construction jobs, 699 operational jobs, and inject more than $29 million into the local economy.

“Stage 1 delivered more than 500 new parking spaces at Moores Road, new pathways, and a footbridge; with the next stages to include better connectivity to the marina, lighting and pedestrian upgrades along Banana and Meissner streets, and open space and park upgrades.”

The Weinam Creek Master Plan was approved by the Minister for State Development and it can be viewed on the Queensland Government website.

For information about the Weinam Creek redevelopment project, and to see a flythrough, visit Council’s Your Say website.

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Council offers recycling tips for a more sustainable Christmas


Redlands Coast residents are encouraged to add recycling to their Christmas lists this year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said recycling was important all-year round but particularly during the festive season, when people tend to generate extra waste.

“Christmas is of course a special time of year when families and friends come together to celebrate, entertain and to exchange gifts,” she said.

“However it is also a time when people generate a lot of waste with packaging materials, wrapping paper and food scraps, so Council is reminding everyone to continue to recycle right and help to reduce the amount of waste which goes to landfill.

“About 16 per cent of what Council collects from kerbside general waste bins every week consists of items that could be recycled, and even small steps in every household can make a huge difference.”

Cr Williams said recycling could start before Christmas by looking for items which have less packaging, not using single-use wrapping for gifts, or making your own bonbons using cardboard rolls and paper and including consumable items instead of plastic toys.

“Once the gifts are unwrapped, make sure you collect the wrapping paper, cardboard and hard plastic and place them in the yellow recycling bin,” she said.

“Separate out any polystyrene and bubble wrap; and take polystyrene to the recycling and waste centre and bubble wrap to your local supermarket drop-off point, or pop either in your red-lid bin.

“Also ensure no batteries (particularly lithium type) are placed in any kerbside bin.

“The festive season may also be a good opportunity to consider starting a compost bin or worm farm for food scraps.

“It really is quite easy to decide whether to be on the naughty or nice list when it comes to managing waste and recycling, and it can become just another tradition each festive season.”

Tips for Christmas recycling:

  • If you’re running out of space in your recycling bin, upgrade to a 340L bin with no extra annual fee and a small $30 establishment fee, or order an extra bin
  • Wrapping paper can go in the yellow recycling bin, or keep it and reuse next year or for craft activities
  • Put Christmas cards in the recycling bin or cut up to make gift cards for next year
  • Cardboard boxes and hard plastic packaging go in the recycling bin
  • Cellophane and other soft plastics like bubble wrap cannot be recycled kerbside but can be dropped off at your local supermarket with your other soft plastics such as plastic bags
  • Tinsel can be re-used but if it’s no longer usable, it belongs in the general waste kerbside bin
  • Batteries – do not place in kerbside bins; visit com.au to find your nearest location for drop off
  • Empty bottles and cans can go in the recycling bin, or take them to Containers for Change

Download the new Recycle Mate app (from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) for a handy pocket guide on how to recycle right or visit Council’s online A-Z guide of waste and recycling

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Council to invite expressions of interest for construction of new sport and recreation precinct


A new 100-hectare sport and recreational facility on Redlands Coast is another step closer, with Redland City Council set to invite Expressions of Interest (EOI) for construction of the first stage of the Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct at Mount Cotton.

Stage 1 will include construction of the Bike Activity and Recreation sub-precincts and associated works, part funded by $4.5 million from the Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program in association with Redland City Council.

Mayor Karen Williams said the EOI process, which would open in early 2022, would allow for early contractor involvement and collaboration with the design consultancy team led by Bligh Tanner, who was recently awarded the contract to deliver the Preliminary and Detailed Design.

“The Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games has created genuine excitement across south-east Queensland and this project will ensure our sporting stars of tomorrow have somewhere to play the sports they love,” Cr Williams said.

“This milestone brings this fabulous community sport and recreation precinct another step closer and I’m looking forward to seeing designs for the new home grounds for Redlands BMX Club, Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club, Redlands Touch Association and Redlands Rugby League Club.

“We will also see plans developed for a regional level play area with water play and pump track; boardwalks around rehabilitated wetland areas; walking, horse riding and cycling trails and a kick-about area that could be used for small community events or fitness classes.”

Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said the Stage 1 works would create or support an estimated 53 local jobs and provide an intergenerational community infrastructure project.

“I’ve long said that local families shouldn’t have to leave our neighbourhood to take part in sport, and with this investment they won’t have to,” Mr de Brenni said.

“This project builds on the first round of the South East Queensland Community Stimulus Program which funded the development of the Eastern Escarpment mountain bike trails and facilities.

“It will provide sporting and active recreation assets, as well as conservation benefits for our local community.”

Cr Williams said the regional sporting facility was an example of true collaboration, with the State Government helping to fund the Master Plan and Stage 1 of the project.

“With Redlands Coast named as a venue city for the 2032 Olympic Games, Council is investing heavily in sporting infrastructure across the city,” she said.

“We have already invested more than $6 million in designing this exciting new facility, with the Queensland Government assisting with a Get Planning Spaces grant of $100,000.”

For more information about the EOI process and Council Tenders and Contracting, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/info/20164/tenders_and_contracting.

For more information about the Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct, and to see a fly-through video of the concept design, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

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Grants boost for Redlands Coast village experiences


Redlands Coast’s village vibe will get a boost thanks to a special Redland City Council grants program to support more live entertainment, movies in the park, food and boutique markets and other community events.

It follows Council’s decision today to invest $120,000 through a new Village Events and Activation Grant.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the grants will support traders and the community in making their local village centres more vibrant and enticing.

“We are very much a community of villages here on Redlands Coast and this commitment is all about celebrating our villages and investing in local business,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has been investing heavily in our village centres, with these grants just another way of providing more fun and engaging events and activities for locals and visitors.

“They will support not-for-profit community organisations and village traders to work together to run live entertainment and movie events, specialty markets and activities that bring people together to support the community and local traders.

“The options could include pop-up events, as well as activities for young people.

“Councillors are really excited to see what our villages can come up with.”

Under the program, one grant of up to $12,000 will be available for events in 10 centres across the city – Cleveland, Capalaba, Victoria Point, Alexandra Hills, Birkdale, Redland Bay, Wellington Point, Mount Cotton, North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

The grants, which will be available to no for profit community organisations from 28 February 2022 and close on 27 March 2022. Applicants will have until 31 December 2022 to deliver events.

Cr Williams said the grants supported the strategic objectives of Council’s corporate plan.

“We want to activate our villages and celebrate our local heritage and diverse cultures through local arts, festivals and events,” Cr Williams said.

“We want to encourage visitors and residents to get out and experience what Redlands Coast has to offer through supporting activities, events, performances and experiences that bring social, cultural and economic benefits to the community.

“These grants will go a long way to making this happen.”

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HEAR YE: Redlands Coast honours retiring Town Crier


Redland City Council today honoured retiring Town Crier Max Bissett for his outstanding 16 years of service.

Max, 82, of Redland Bay, was in full voice as he made his last official call at today’s general meeting before hanging up his traditional regalia.

On behalf of the city, Mayor Karen Williams thanked Max and his wife, Judy, and wished them well on the eve of their 60th anniversary.

Redland City Council Town Crier Max Bissett.

“Max has been a big supporter of our community and is a good ambassador for our city, especially when he visits other communities to compete in Town Crier Championships,” Cr Williams said.

“He has done this voluntarily and with a power of passion and professionalism since he was appointed back in 2005. He is truly an exceptional Redlander.

“Council has very much appreciated the many hours he has devoted to his official duties. Thankfully, he has never been called on to perform some of the more antiquated tasks that Town Criers once performed … such as administering floggings and locking reprobates in the stocks!

“Many people do not know what a Town Crier is until they see him and it is always fantastic to see the younger generation show an interest when they first see him do a cry.”

Max, who also received a Cultural Award in the 2021 Redland City Australia Day Awards for his considerable efforts on behalf of the community, was host of the national 2016 Town Crier Championship held on Redlands Coast as part of RedFest, where his peers voted him most convivial.

“We have come to know him as a kind and empathetic person, who does not expect any recognition for what he does – simply doing it because he loves Redlands Coast and his community,” Cr Williams said.

“We also know that he can be very loud and is, indeed, a national ‘Loudest Cry’ winner.

“A special mention must also go to Judy, who attends many of the events with Max and ensures our Town Crier is always a stand-out!”

Cr Williams said the city’s Town Crier was a reminder that history was very important to any community and should not be forgotten.

“Council will now seek expressions of interest for a new Town Crier to ensure that Max’s legacy endures and we can keep the Town Crier tradition alive on Redlands Coast,” she said.

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Traffic management during busy times at waste centre


Redland City Council is asking residents to slow down in their rush to the Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre this festive season.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council would improve safety by temporarily reducing the speed limit and implementing other safety measures near the popular Birkdale facility, which traditionally experienced an increase in traffic during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

“It’s a great time for a clean-out at home or in the garden, but Council wants to make sure the trip to the local recycling and waste centre is as easy and as safe as possible,” Cr Williams said.

“To do this we will implement some temporary traffic controls during this busy time from 18 December.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the objective was all about safety for customers.

“It is to reduce the risk of incidents occurring, and improve the flow of traffic in and out of the sites,” Cr Hughes said.

Please note the following changes:

Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre

From 18 December 2021 to 9 January 2022:

  • A section of Old Cleveland Road East will be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h during centre opening hours of 7am to 5.30pm.
  • When leaving the facility and Judy Holt Park, customers will be required to turn left only on to Old Cleveland Road East.
  • Signage will be in place and traffic controllers will be at the site entrance to help manage traffic flow.
  • A green waste bypass lane will be opened to allow residential customers with green waste to enter more quickly.

 

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Make merry at Christmas on the Coast


A merry wonderland of fun and excitement awaits children at the five-day Christmas on the Coast event at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park from Wednesday 15 December.

Santa Claus will be coming to Christmas on the Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said youngsters of all ages would be treated to a sensory smorgasbord of free rides, activities and attractions at the city’s big Christmas celebration.

“There will be a toboggan ride on synthetic ice – not something you usually find in a Queensland summer – as well as a stunning high-flying carousel, baby animals for the little ones and fun inflatables where the kids can burn off plenty of energy,” she said.

“Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions and roving characters happy to provide a photo opportunity.

“You’ll be able to watch family Christmas movies in the park, fuel up at the food trucks and browse among market stalls.

“It’s a small way Redland City Council can thank you all, put the challenges of the year behind us, support our local traders and get everyone in the holiday spirit.”

The attractions include:

  • A 25m toboggan slide on synthetic ice. It’s open to anyone who can carry the provided tube (small children can ride with an adult).
  • An exhilarating Flying Carousel (riders need to be at least 110cm).
  • Animal Farm petting zoo, including ducklings, chicks, lambs and other baby animals.
  • Redland Library Kid’s Zone with craft activities and story time.
  • A giant inflatable obstacle course plus a jumping castle just for children under 5 years.
  • Meet and greet with Santa, with free photos available.
  • Lighting of the city’s Christmas tree around 6.30pm each night.
  • Roving characters that you can meet and get a photo with, including Rudolph, cheeky elves, illuminated angels on stilts and roller-skating candy canes.
  • Market stalls offering Christmas gifts.

“There will be plenty of food, drinks, ice-creams and sweets with pass-outs available so you can also head to your favourite local restaurant and, of course, live stage entertainment featuring your favourite Christmas carols,” Cr Williams said.

“Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline a production featuring some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Live entertainment from last year’s event.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event and bookings are essential.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services.

DETAILS

When: 4.30pm–9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.
Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas

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Redland City Council holiday closures 2021


All non-essential Redland City Council services will be closed from Christmas Day and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

This includes Customer Service Centres and Council’s Contact Centre.

Library services, Redland Performing Arts Centre, IndigiScapes, Redland Art Gallery, the animal shelter and Visitor Information Centre will also have varied closures over the festive period.

After hours emergency number: 3829 8999

Customer Service Centres

Cleveland and Capalaba close from 4.30pm on 24 December 2021 and re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Victoria Point closes from 5pm on 24 December 2021 and re-opens at 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Council’s Contact Centre (for telephone calls) closes at 5pm on 24 December 2021 until 8am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. Council’s emergency service will operate during the closure period.

Recycling and Waste Centres and collection services

Kerbside waste and recycling collections will continue as normal over the holiday period. As Christmas day is on a Saturday, kerbside collections will operate as usual from 6am on the public holiday, Monday 27 December. Park and street bin collections will occur as scheduled.

All Recycling and Waste Centres will be closed on Christmas Day and will operate normal opening hours at all other times. Check Council’s website for details.

Online bin requests submitted after Wednesday 22 December 2021 will be actioned from Tuesday 4 January 2022.

RecycleWorld at Redland Bay: Last trading day is Tuesday 21 December 2021 and it will re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022; usual trading times of 10am – 2pm.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day only.

Open 7 days a week, 9am – 4pm. Phone 1300 667 386 or go to visitredlandscoast.com.au

Redland Animal Shelter

The Animal Shelter will be closed on Christmas Day only.

Limited opening hours apply (9am – 12pm) from Sunday 26 December 2021 up to and including Monday 3 January 2022.

Library Services

Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point libraries: closed from 5pm Friday 24 December 2021 until 9am Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Dunwich Library: closed from 5pm Thursday 23 December 2021 until 9am Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Point Lookout Library: closed from 5pm Friday 24 December 2021 until 10am Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Russell Island Library: closed from 5pm Friday 24 December 2021 until 9.30am Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Amity Point Library: remains closed until further notice.

Mobile Library: closed from 3pm Thursday 23 December 2021 at the Wellington Point stop. Reopening 9am Tuesday 4 January 2022 at the Victoria Point stop.

During closures, no items will be due and all after hours return chutes will be closed. The digital library will remain open – visit redland.qld.gov.au/libraries for ebooks, magazines, audiobooks and movies.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The centre will be closed from 4pm on Wednesday 22 December 2021 and reopens at 10am on Thursday 6 January 2022.

Tickets can be purchased through the RPAC website during this time.

Redland Art Gallery (RAG)

RAG, Cleveland will be closed from 4pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

RAG, Capalaba will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery, Capalaba 

The IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery will be closed from 4pm on Friday 24 December 2021 and reopen at 8am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

The gardens will be closed during this time, however the walking trails will be open.

The IndigiScapes Café will be open on 24 December from 8am – 12pm, and will then close until 8am on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

For more information on Council services, visit redland.qld.gov.au

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Top local talent headlines Christmas on the Coast


Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline the home-grown talent at Redlands Coast’s five-day community Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Coast, from 15-19 December 2021 at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled that some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent would be home for the big event.

Christmas on the Coast is all the more special because it is a showcase of the incredible talent that we have in Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“Mirusia and Craig are enormously talented and popular entertainers and we are so fortunate that they’ll be home for Christmas to sing for us.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Internationally acclaimed soprano and Redlands Coast local Mirusia will headline this year’s Christmas on the Coast at Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland.

The family friendly event will also include an array of free Christmas activities and children’s rides, including:

  • Photographs with Santa
  • Toboggan slide
  • Flying carousel
  • Inflatable jumping castles
  • Animal petting zoo.
  • Roving performers
  • Christmas movie in the park (program available on the website)
  • Food trucks and market stalls.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event with a maximum of 2000 people each day. Bookings are essential. Council will follow Queensland Health directions in relation to the vaccination requirements for events.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event.

“Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services, which desperately need assistance,” Cr Williams said.

Keep an eye on Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas for the latest details of how to be part of the big celebration.

DETAILS

What: Community Christmas event featuring live stage entertainment, Santa, the lighting of the Christmas tree, food trucks, children’s rides and activities and Christmas movies in the park.

When: 4.30pm-9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.

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

Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas. For further information about Queensland restrictions at 80% double-dose vaccination, please visit the Queensland Health website.

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New Straddie coastal walk unlocks spectacular experiences for the whole community


Another ‘Straddie’ walk experience offering spectacular views in naturally wonderful surroundings is ready for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk project at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has been completed, providing a scenic and safe walkway between Snapper Street and Frenchmans Stairs.

Mayor Karen Williams said the project was a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government, which provided $1 million under the Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.

“This fabulous coastal walk, with its viewing platforms and pathway between the trees and foreshore foliage, captures and celebrates the essence of what makes Minjerribah so special,” Cr Williams said.

Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk has been completed. Photo: Alder Constructions and Rezolution Photography

“The walkway project creates a remarkable coastline experience while providing protection for ecosystems, vegetation and cultural heritage, and helping ensure the safety of users.

“It also represents an investment that will bring benefits to the Minjerribah community for years to come.

“The pandemic has been tough on our island businesses and, with people now returning for day trips and longer holidays, investment in infrastructure projects like this is vital.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the result, and am looking forward to seeing residents and visitors enjoying the newest Straddie walk.”

Assistant Minister for Local Government Nikki Boyd said the Coastal Walk project supported 91 jobs.

“Minjerribah is one of the jewels in the crown of Queensland’s tourism industry and one of the most beautiful locations in the world,” Ms Boyd said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to have contributed $1 million to the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk project, from our successful Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.

“The coastal walkway will further enhance the experience for locals and visitors to the island.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the Stage 1 works were a strong step towards addressing local concerns about the ‘missing link’ between Point Lookout Village and Cylinder Beach.

“Residents told us during community consultation that they wanted Council to connect these two popular spots, and the coastal walkway has provided a great starting point,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Accessible and safe, more people can now enjoy the glorious views available from this stretch of Redlands Coast.

“Built to an environmentally-sensitive design, the walkway has also provided additional protection for our local environment and cultural heritage.

“It is fauna friendly and follows a route that minimises impacts on vegetation and the surrounding bushland.

“The idea for this project came from the community, and it feels great seeing residents already using the walkway, while knowing the longer-term benefits it will bring for local business and tourism.

“The Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk is something we can all enjoy and feel pride in.”

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