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Hunt on for remarkable Redlanders


Do you know of a remarkable Redlander or community group who deserves recognition for doing something special for the Redlands? If so, we want to hear from you.

Nominations are now open for the Redland City Australia Day Awards 2014 to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the City.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the awards showed the City’s appreciation of the often unheralded, selfless commitment of residents to their community.

“Our Australia Day Awards acknowledge high-achieving community members who have made truly outstanding contributions, giving freely of their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to promote the welfare and wellbeing of the Redlands,’’ Cr Williams said.

“If you know of a person, group or community organisation who is worthy of recognition for their community efforts, I encourage you to nominate them.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to honor and applaud the contributions of the great Australians in our own community.

“The Redlands has a sense of community like no other because of the many selfless people who help make us so special.’’
Last January, Capalaba’s Jeff Underhill was named Redland City’s 2013 Citizen of the Year for his dedication to organisations such as the Lions Club, local PCYC and Meals on Wheels, as well as his personal generosity in support of city charities and community organisations.

The award categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, as well as a Local Hero award for a citizen or group, community organisation award and cultural, environment and sports awards.

“All you have to do is go online at www.redland.qld.gov.au/awards  and click on ‘Australia Day Awards’ to fill out the nomination form. It’s quick and easy,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Nominations are open now and close on Friday 8 November.’’

Redland City’s 2013 Citizens of the Year announced


Redland City’s Citizens of the Year were named last night at the Redland Australian Day Awards 2013 with Jeff Underhill of Capalaba named Citizen of the Year; Angela Black of Birkdale, Young Citizen of the Year; and John Smallwood of Wellington Point, Senior Citizen of the Year.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said Australia Day was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the contributions of great Australians in our own community as well as across the country.

“Great Australians are consistently distinguished by the strength of their personal achievements and their contributions to others in the community.

“Our Redland Citizens of the Year for 2013 and all award nominees are perfect examples.

“Jeff Underhill, Redland City’s Citizen of the Year for 2013, has generously and selflessly dedicated himself to helping the Redland community.

“In addition to donating his time and his boundless energy to organisations such as the Lions Club and Capalaba PCYC, Jeff devotes five days a week in support of Capalaba Meals on Wheels.

“His personal generosity in support of city charities and community organisations includes substantial contributions to the Lions Drug and Alcohol Awareness Campaign and to a new day respite and community centre at Capalaba.

“Citizens like Jeff do what they do without expectation and it is a privilege to be able to formally acknowledge and thank them for their selfless support on behalf of our community,” Cr Williams said.

“Young Citizen of the Year Angela Black is another inspiring young citizen who has shown empathy, courage and compassion in her young life.

“Angela’s concern and commitment to others has seen her develop a Facebook page, Teens Fighting Against Depression, to help teenagers facing depression.

“In addition to embarking on her own studies and career commitments, Angela’s advocacy on behalf of those experiencing depression and her commitment to volunteering for the Bayside Child and Youth Mental Health Service, proves that the Australian value of mateship is alive and well in our youth,“ Cr Williams said.

“Senior Citizen of the Year John Smallwood has also shown that the great Australian spirit of generosity extends well beyond our own community.

“John’s extraordinary long distance bicycle journeys in Australia and across 6,300 kilometers of the USA have raised vital funds for seriously disabled paraplegics and orphans in Vietnam and for organisations in Australia such as the vision impaired and Redlands Multi Sports Club.

“John has endured storms, rain, fog, freezing cold weather and even being hit by a car in his efforts on behalf of others, both here and overseas.”

Other awards presented on the evening, included the Sports Award to gold medal winning Paralympian Cameron Carr from Wellington Point; Local Hero Award to Peter Tunstall of Sheldon; and the Environment Award to Dr John Moss, of Capalaba.

Full list of winners:
Citizen of the Year Award: Jeff Underhill – Capalaba
Young Citizen of the Year Award: Angela Black – Birkdale
Senior Citizen of the Year Award: John Smallwood – Wellington Point
Community Organisation Award: Here’s To Life Redlands Inc
Local Hero Award: Peter Tunstall – Sheldon
Cultural Award: RedArts
Environment Award: Dr John Moss – Capalaba
Sports Award: Cameron Carr – Wellington Point

Now’s the time to nominate local heroes


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is calling on all residents to nominate their local heroes for a 2013 Redland Australia Day Award.

These awards acknowledge people who freely give their time to benefit of the Redlands’ community.

Nominations are now open for 2013, with eight award categories:

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award (under 30)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year Award (over 60)
  • Community Organisation Award
  • Local Hero Award
  • Cultural Award
  • Environmental Achievement Award
  • Sports Award

Mayor Williams said the awards were an opportunity to thank the unsung heroes in the community.

“Our community is full of people volunteering their time to make the Redlands the best place in Australia to live,” she said.

“Some people we know about, but there are countless others quietly assisting the community, that we will never hear about unless people nominate them,” Mayor Williams.

“If you know someone who is making a difference in social, cultural, environmental or sporting arenas, please nominate them now.”

Nomination forms are available on Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au or at its Cleveland and Capalaba Customer Service Centres. To have a nomination form mailed to you, please call 3829 8580.

Nominations close Friday 16 November. Award nominees and winners will be announced in January 2013 and honoured at an official event.

Redlands welcomes new citizens on Australian Citizenship Day


Redland City welcomed 168 new residents from 22 countries tonight at its latest Citizenship Ceremony, held at the Redland Performing Arts Centre in Cleveland.

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams said the event was especially poignant, as it was
also national Australian Citizenship Day.

“Today has been celebrated as Australian Citizenship Day since 2001, and it is a day for all citizens, Australian by birth or choice, to reflect on how immensely fortunate we are to live in this wonderful country,” Cr Williams said.

“Not only have our new Australians chosen this great country as their new nation, but they have chosen Redland City as their new home.

“Redland City Council is committed to embracing and encouraging cultural diversity, and
recognising that our differences can also mean a wealth of new skills, knowledge, ideas and experiences we can all benefit from.”

The Mayor said Council chose Australian Citizenship Day to launch a new format for citizenship ceremonies that highlighted the diversity in our community.

“Our ceremony included a wider variety of entertainment and a keynote speech by Mr Michael Choi, the former State Member for Capalaba,” she said.

“Michael Choi was the first Chinese-Australian Member of Queensland’s Parliament when elected in 2001, and has been through the citizenship process, so he offered a unique insight for our newest citizens.

“From our early pioneer days immigrants have played a crucial role in the development of the Redlands, helping to build the strong vibrant city it is today.

“We welcome our new citizens and are delighted they’ve chosen Redlands as their Australian home.”

The ceremony was opened by a famous Chinese Opera performer, Mr George Wong, who has travelled the world with his Mask Man performance.

The evening concluded with a performance by Redland Rhapsody Chorus. The local women’s chorus singing four-part a cappella harmonies performed “My Country” and closed the ceremony with the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair.