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Enjoy Australia Day on Redlands Coast


Special Australia Day parking and safety arrangements will again be organised by Redland City Council this year so everyone can enjoy a relaxing celebration at the Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.

Additional parking will also be open at Toondah Harbour over the Australia Day long weekend for those travelling to North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast boasts some beautiful coastline and parks, which make the Coast a popular destination for Australia Day.

“We want to make sure everyone enjoys Redlands Coast and its beautiful beaches and parks on Australia Day so Council has arranged extra traffic and litter patrols so people remain safe and the city stays tidy,” Mayor Williams said.

“Council also works with local police in the lead up to the Australia Day long weekend, who will be patrolling key areas in the interests of public safety.

“It would be great if everyone heading outdoors could assist by being patient and respectful of others, not littering and following the direction of authorities,” Cr Williams said.

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the ever-popular Wellington Point Recreation Reserve would have additional arrangements in place on Saturday 26 January.

“To make sure the day is a pleasant one for everyone Council officers and police will be available to assist, including directing drivers to available parking spaces in and outside Wellington Point reserve,” Cr Boglary said.

“To avoid parking hassles people can park at the Wellington Point Community Hall carpark, Birkdale Road, and catch a free shuttle bus that will run along Main Road between the Wellington Point Reserve and Wellington Point shops from 7am to 6pm, on both Saturday 26 and Monday 28 January.

“Fun activities are planned at the Reserve on Saturday, including a jumping castle, egg and spoon races and thong throwing competitions, and Bay FM will also be there broadcasting live.

“On Monday’s public holiday, Council officers and the free shuttle bus will again be available to assist people celebrating at the Reserve,” she said.

Over the Australia Day long weekend the existing dog-walking regulations will remain in place, including being able to walk dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on the day.

The Wellington Point boat ramp will be available throughout the day, but it is expected to be busy and once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve. Cars without trailers are not permitted to park in boat trailer parking spaces.

For more information including on access to Wellington Point Recreation Reserve visit our website or call us on 3829 8999.

Wellington Point Australia Day arrangements


Special Australia Day parking and management arrangements will operate at popular Wellington Point Recreation Reserve again this year.

The Redland City Council measures, which are designed to ensure celebrations are enjoyed by all park users, include controlled entry to the reserve from 7am to 6pm on Thursday 26 January.

Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the area Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said Council officers would also be on site to help local families and visitors enjoy one of the Redlands’ best-loved outdoor destinations.

“Wellington Point has long been a popular spot to spend Australia Day but that means it gets  very busy, so these special arrangements help ensure it’s a pleasant day for everyone,’’ Cr Boglary said.

“Council and police officers will be on hand to help and ensure public safety, and once available parking spaces at the reserve are full, you will be directed to the Wellington Point Community Hall carpark on Birkdale Road, where you can catch a free shuttle bus.”

The shuttle will run from 7am to 6pm along Main Road between the reserve and Wellington Point shops.

People would still be allowed to walk dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on the day. Dogs are also allowed on-leash on the sandbar (that is exposed at low tide) between the reserve and King Island during these times. Between 9am and 4pm dogs are prohibited.

The reserve’s popular boat launching ramp will continue to be available throughout the day but, once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve. Cars without trailers are not to park in boat trailer parking spaces.

Mayor Karen Williams urged visitors to the city’s parks on Australia Day to be respectful of others and to use the bins to dispose of rubbish.

“And please remember that facilities such as barbecues are there for everybody, so be considerate of others, patient and enjoy the Redlands’ great open spaces and hospitality,’’ Cr Williams said.

For more information about the Wellington Point Recreation Reserve please visit the Redland City Council website or phone 3829 8999.

Local heroes recognised at Redland City Australia Day Awards


As the nation pauses to celebrate all that is great about Australia, the community spirit of the Redlands has been recognised with the naming of this year’s Australia Day award recipients.

During a special awards presentation on Saturday night Redland City Mayor Karen Williams named Meg O’Driscoll as Citizen of the Year, praising her leadership skills and selfless contribution to the development and delivery of community nursing.

“Meg O’Driscoll epitomises the community spirit of the Redlands, having dedicated many years to caring for the sick and elderly,” Cr Williams said.

“This has included establishing a close relationship with the Redlands Hospital to promote integrated public/private hostel care services so that cancer patients don’t have to travel considerable distances to receive medical support.

“In addition to her commitment to nursing, Meg has also dedicated many years of voluntary leadership at the historic Ormiston House, helping to modernise the facility, which is today one of the best tourist attractions in Redland City.”

Cr Williams also awarded the Senior Citizen of the Year Award to Julie Porteous and the Young Citizen of the Year Award to Laura Arnold.

“Julie Porteous exemplifies what seniors in the Redlands can do to keep their minds and bodies active during retirement,” Cr Williams said.

“As President of the Redlands University of the Third Age (U3A) Julie often attends functions to talk with seniors about enjoying an active and stimulating lifestyle.

“At the other end of the age bracket, Young Citizen of the Year Laura Arnold has already dedicated a large part of her life to working with young disabled people in Redland City.

“Inspired by the care given to her younger brother Tom who has cerebral palsy, Laura has been instrumental in organising events such as the Big Night Out, which provide vital social outings for disabled young people to enjoy.”

Other awards presented on the evening included the Sports Award to Bob Corbett; the Local Hero Award to Bert Maynard, with a special commendation to Bob Possingham; the Community Organisation Award to Calisto Park Equestrian Centre, the Cultural Award to Twilight Makers Market (Deanne Caruso), with a special commendation to Salt Water Murris – Quandamooka (Steve Johnson); and the Environment Award to Narelle Renn.

“The dedication of all award winners, special commendation recipients and nominees typifies the strong community spirit that helps make the Redlands the best place to live, work and do business,” Cr Williams said.

“The stories behind these inspirational locals make me proud to be a Redlander and everyone, including those who nominated these worthy winners, should be very proud of themselves.”

Attached is a full list of winners and their bios as well as the list of nominees for each award category.

Wellington Point Australia Day arrangements


Special Australia Day parking and management arrangements will operate at popular Wellington Point Recreation Reserve to help ensure celebrations are enjoyed by all park users.

The Redland City Council arrangements include controlled entry to the reserve from 7am to 6pm on Sunday 26 January.

Councillor for the area Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said the assistance of Council officers would make it easier for local families and visitors to enjoy one of the Redlands’ best-loved outdoors destinations.

“Wellington Point is a wonderful spot to spend Australia Day but its popularity means it gets very busy, so special measures are needed to ensure everyone gets to appreciate it,’’ Cr Boglary said.

“Council officers and police will be there to assist and once available parking spaces are full, drivers will be directed to parking spots outside the reserve.

“A free shuttle bus will run from 7am to 6pm along Main Road between the reserve and Wellington Point shops. It will also pick-up from the Wellington Point Community Hall car park on Birkdale Road.’’

Cr Boglary said people would still be allowed to walk dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on the day.

Dogs are also allowed on-leash on the sandbar (that is exposed at low tide) between the reserve and King Island during these times. Between 9am and 4pm dogs are prohibited.

The reserve’s popular boat launching ramp will continue to be available throughout the day but, once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve. Cars without trailers are not to park in boat trailer parking spaces.

Police officers will be on patrol to ensure public safety.

Council’s Open Space, Sport and Recreation spokesman Councillor Lance Hewlett said additional Council staff would be on duty across the city’s major parks on Australia Day, including the Raby Bay Foreshore, to ensure grounds and facilities remain clean and tidy.

“For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we urge you to be respectful of other people in our public areas and to use the bins to dispose of rubbish,’’ Cr Hewlett said.

“And please remember that facilities such as barbecues are there for everybody, so be considerate of others and patient.’’

Wellington Point Australia Day arrangements


To help ensure Australia Day celebrations are enjoyed by all park users, Redland City Council has once again made special parking and management arrangements for the Wellington Point Recreation Reserve on 26 January.

An increasingly popular Australia Day venue over recent years, the arrangements include controlled entry to parking spaces within the reserve from 7am to 6pm.

Once the available parking spaces are full, Council officers will be directing vehicles to available parking spaces outside the reserve.

Council will run a shuttle bus service along Main Road between the Wellington Point shops, community hall and reserve from 7am to 6pm, to assist with access to the reserve.

The shuttle bus will provide a free pick-up service along the Main Road route to the reserve.

The reserve’s popular boat launching ramp will continue to be available throughout the day, but once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve.

Council enforcement officers will be on duty to ensure parking and other local laws are adhered to. Cars without trailers are not to park in boat trailer parking spaces. Police will also be on patrol to ensure public safety.

Additional Council staff will be on duty across the city’s major parks, including Wellington Point Recreation Reserve and Raby Bay Foreshore, to ensure the grounds and facilities remain clean and tidy.