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Redlands Coast experiences named among state’s best

An extraordinary 16 Redlands Coast enterprises have been listed on Tourism and Events Queensland’s 2019 Best of Queensland Experiences.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the result was exceptional and underscored the benefits of Council’s tourism strategy and the growing value of the city’s new brand: Redlands Coast – naturally wonderful.

“Being named among the Best of Queensland Experiences is quite a feather in the caps of those businesses which make it on to the list, and to have 16 of them in Redlands Coast is a great achievement,” Cr Williams said.

“These businesses have shown they can deliver exceptional customer experiences up there with the best in the state, which will help attract more visitors to Redlands Coast, boost our economy and ultimately create more local jobs.

“We now have a clear identity which local residents and businesses helped to create and it is paying dividends in a number of ways – more potential visitors now know what we stand for and the naturally wonderful things we have to offer, while businesses are embracing it with enthusiasm to promote themselves and our city.

“To now have such great representation on Tourism and Events Queensland’s Best of Queensland Experiences list, which recognises the high-quality experiences that best bring the Queensland story to life, is icing on the cake.

“With so many little local treasures now getting the exposure they deserve – from the great spots to visit to top-class eco, adventure and culinary experiences – we hope Redlands Coast’s representations on the list will continue to develop.”

Inclusion on the annual Best of Queensland Experiences is based on independent criteria that incorporates online customer reviews, responses to consumer expectations and reflects industry best practice.

The Redlands Coast businesses named are:
• Allure Resort, North Stradbroke Island
• Alexandra Hills Hotel Suites and Conference Centre
• Aria Cruises
• Bacchus Brewing Co
• Cleveland Motor Inn
• Colour My Pot
• Mt Cotton Retreat
• Redland Performing Arts Centre
• Redland Museum
• Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
• Redlands Kayak Tours
• Samarinda Jewel by the Sea, North Stradbroke Island
• Sanctuary by Sirromet
• The Lighthouse Restaurant
• Stradbroke Ferries
• Straddie Adventures

All operators in the program receive a personalised bench-marking report, allowing them to celebrate their successes and continually deliver exceptional experiences.

Local heroes recognised at Redland City Australia Day Awards

The selflessness and dedication of Redland City’s Adrian Addicott has resulted in him being named Redland City Citizen of the Year last night.

The community volunteer was presented with the prestigious award by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams during a special ceremony along with other award recipients in eight categories.

“Redland City residents are known for their generosity and commitment to helping others and the annual Australia Day awards are an excellent way for everyone to recognise those that help make our city great,” she said.

“Adrian Addicott is a perfect example of this commitment and I am honoured to present him with this year’s Citizen of the Year award.

“A well-known face across the Redlands, Adrian is a dedicated volunteer who devotes his time to helping out at community events across the city, simply for the joy of helping the community.

Redland City Citizen of the Year Adrian Addicott

Redland City Citizen of the Year Adrian Addicott

“Adrian has helped at many events over the years, including Redlands Easter Family Festival, Relish Festival and RedFest, where he is a member of the show’s committee and has notched up more than 30 years of volunteer service.

“Renowned for turning up just to lend a hand, Adrian contributes his time and energy with a smile on his face and an attitude that nothing is too much trouble.”

Cr Williams said 27 nominations were received for this year’s awards, with the judging panel having a tough time selecting the winners from a raft of outstanding finalists.

“Congratulations not only go to the winners, but also all nominees as well as those who took the time to nominate them,” she said.

“This year’s Senior Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ken Thackeray OAM, the driving force behind one of the largest cruising yachting networks in the country and a tireless contributor to the community through his service to charitable organisations and to veterans.

“Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Kirra Longmuir, a determined young local businesswoman and fitness model who is a role model for countless young Redlanders, inspired by her wide ranging business and personal achievements.

“Local musician Anita Taylor received the Cultural Award, acknowledging her contribution to the enrichment of the region through the formation of Redland City Choir, a non-auditioned community choir of all ages and abilities that has raised funds for victims of domestic and family violence.”

The full list of Redland City Australia Day 2016 award winners are:

  • Citizen of the Year Award – Adrian Addicott
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award (under 30) – Kirra Longmuir
  • Senior Citizen of the Year Award (over 60) – Ken Thackeray OAM
  • Local Hero Award – Peter Gould
  • Community Organisation Award – The CAGE Youth Foundation
  • Cultural Award – Anita Taylor
  • Environment and Sustainability Award – Deirdre Hargreaves
  • Sports Award – Sandra Middleton
Australia Day award winners

The winners of each category awarded at a special ceremony on Thursday night

Two special awards were also presented, with Jake Eve receiving an international commendation for sport and Jill Lindley highly commended as a local hero.

Attached is a full list of winners and their bios and the finalists for each award category [DOC 29kB].

PDA projects win double award recognition

Redland City Council and Economic Development Queensland received two major planning awards in November in recognition of the project work for the two Priority Development Area projects at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek.

The two Priority Development Area projects were judged the best for any Queensland-based project by the Planning Institute of Australia (QLD).

The commendation for Excellence in Public Engagement and Community Planning recognised the efforts of Council and Economic Development Queensland in communicating the plans for the billion-dollar waterfront precinct projects to the community.

Council and EDQ have been committed to ensuring the community and industry have been properly and meaningfully involved in helping shape these vital transport hubs.

The community consultation process saw more than 2000 people engaged with their feedback helping to inform the final planning schemes for the projects.

The Priority Development Area projects were also winners of a second major accolade at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Wildcard state awards for innovative projects that contribute to the environment and community.

Both awards acknowledged the team’s use of Australian-first 3D visualisation technology through a downloadable app that allowed users to appreciate the scale, design and overall vision for both precincts.

This cutting edge technology was part of the project team’s comprehensive community engagement strategy that also used traditional engagement methods such as face-to-face meetings and a survey of the Redlands community, so that broad community perceptions and attitudes towards developing these key economic areas could be fully understood.

Top teamwork accolade for Redland City Council

Redland City Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism team has earned the state’s highest local government teamwork award for its efforts during the North Stradbroke Island bushfires.


The team was recognised with a Local Government Managers Association Queensland (LGMAQ) Award for Excellence for its 24/7 communication strategy during one of the biggest emergencies to ever confront the Redlands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams congratulated team members for playing a major role in ensuring residents were well prepared for the potentially life-threatening bushfires which raged for almost two weeks in December-January.

“At the centre of their efforts was the harnessing of social and traditional media to ensure residents were kept fully informed and safe,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This included tweeting from community forums, and using real-time information sourced from social media to inform emergency services, right down to pinning written notices at key sites on the island each day.’’

Cr Williams said the award reflected the importance of communication and teamwork in ensuring Redlanders were kept up to date with events during times of potential emergency.

“This ensures residents can make informed choices as they take care of themselves, families and friends. Our Communication team went beyond the call of duty to ensure this during the Straddie fires,’’ Cr Williams said.

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.

More environmental gongs for Redlands

The Redlands has added two more significant awards to its environmental credentials.

The City was today unveiled as the winner of Keep Queensland Beautiful’s 2013 Environmental Innovation and Protection and Young Legends awards.

The honours are part of Keep Queensland Beautiful’s annual Sustainable Cities judging.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the awards were due recognition of Council’s environmental management and the excellence of its educational programs.

“The Environmental Innovation and Protection Award recognises our work on wildlife surveys and community awareness and education through the Redlands’ IndigiScapes Centre,’’ Cr Williams said.

“It is no coincidence that the Redlands also won this award last year, as we place high importance on enhancing our natural environment and ensuring the Redlands is the best place to live, work and do business.

“The Young Legends Award was for creating environmental and sustainability leadership among young people through our great schools, the IndigiScapes’ kids club, and the valuable educational work of the RedWaste Unit and Redland Library’s Young People Services.’’

Environment, Waterways and Foreshores spokesman Cr Paul Gleeson (Division 9) said the awards added to an impressive collection of recent environmental achievements.

“Redland City Council has hit its corporate greenhouse gas emissions target almost seven years ahead of schedule, resulting in significant environmental benefits and cost savings to ratepayers,’’ Cr Gleeson said.

“We also won the Sustainable Development category in this year’s prestigious Healthy Waterways Awards, while achieving a significant improvement on the Redland’s annual Health Waterways Report Card.

“And we are helping to improve our urban environment by becoming the first in Queensland council to use the new VandalTrak system, which allows residents to use a smart phone app to report graffiti.’’

Brisbane was named Queensland’s most sustainable city for 2013 and will represent the state in the national judging.

The awards recognise projects and activities that improve the sustainability of the state’s largest cities.

Keep Queensland Beautiful CEO Rick Burnett, said the judges looked for entries which featured projects that were innovative, original, engaging and incorporated a whole-of-council approach.

“We would like to see more ideas being generated in Queensland that could be adapted all over the world,” Mr Burnett said.

For more information on Council’s environmental programs, go to www.redland.qld.gov.au.

Redland City Council wins Healthy Waterways Award

Redland City Council has won the Sustainable Development category in the prestigious Healthy Waterways Awards, announced at a gala dinner on Friday night.

Council competed against five other finalists from across South East Queensland to win the award, which recognises projects that demonstrate best practice sustainable water management and environmental practices.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard accepted the award for Council’s successful and ongoing Waterways Recovery Program.

“This award is recognition for all the hard work that our community and Council staff put in to improving the health of our local waterways,” Cr Beard said.

“The program is responsible for a dramatic recovery in waterways health.

“Our 2012 Healthy Waterways Report Card saw Redlands secure the best improvement in South East Queensland. Now we have added another accolade.

“A big thank you to everyone involved in monitoring, reporting, weeding, planting, investigating and testing to make changes on the land that improve our waterways’ health downstream.

“Council is committed to maintaining the health of our waterways. Healthy waterways mean a healthy Moreton Bay which is a magnificent natural asset and a very big part of our city.”

A second Council project, trialing commercial floating wetlands on Council and private water bodies, was a finalist in the Product and Manufacturing category of the awards.

Redland City Council spokesperson for Environment, Waterways and Foreshores Cr Paul Gleeson said it was great to be recognised in this category.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in both projects, including those who voted for them in the People’s Choice Award,” Cr Gleeson said.

Full details of the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards will be available at www.healthywaterways.org

 Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard receiving the Sustainable Development Award, presented by Unity Water.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard receiving the Sustainable Development Award, presented by Unity Water.

Left to right, Councillor Beard with Redland City Council staff involved in waterways work, David Brown, Karen McNeale, Warren Mortlock, Michael Holland and Helena Malawkin.

Left to right, Councillor Beard with Redland City Council staff involved in waterways work, David Brown, Karen McNeale, Warren Mortlock, Michael Holland and Helena Malawkin.


Vote for Redland City Council in Healthy Waterways Awards

Two Redland City Council waterways projects have been announced as finalists in the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the short-listing of both award entries highlighted the great work Council and the community had done to improve the city’s waterways report card.

“Acknowledgement at these awards follows our 2012 Healthy Waterways Report Card that saw Redlands secure the best improvement in south-east Queensland,” Cr Williams said.

“We are in the running for the Sustainable Development Award with our Waterways Recovery Project and the Product and Manufacturing Award with our Floating Wetlands project.

“These projects are collaborations between Redland City Council, business, landowners and volunteers throughout the community and the success belongs to everyone involved.”

Redland City Council spokesperson for Environment, Waterways and Foreshores Cr Paul Gleeson said both projects were also eligible for the 2013 People’s Choice Award, which required people to go online and vote for their favourite waterways project.

“It would be great to see one of our two finalists also take out the 2013 Healthy Waterways People’s Choice Award,” Cr Gleeson said.

“The People’s Choice Award would be a fitting reflection on these two initiatives, as both have been successful due to community support and people choosing to work together to create healthier waterways and protect our bay.”

Those who vote can win one of five $200 Coles Myer Gift Vouchers. Healthy Waterways will announce a voucher winner each week on FaceBook until voting closes on 20 May 2013.

Council’s Waterways Recovery Project involves significant investment in monitoring and managing waterways, collaborating with key stakeholders and evaluating and reporting on a number of waterways’ initiatives throughout the city.

This includes monitoring water quality, undertaking targeted recovery works at water ‘hot spots’, supporting Bushcare repair works, working with partner organisations, reporting through water recovery reports and creating the Redland City Total Water Cycle Management Plan.

The Floating Wetlands Project is a trial to see how installing cost-effective ‘do-it-yourself’ floating wetlands on private water bodies (dams) and small-scale commercial artificial wetlands on Council water bodies would affect water quality.

The floating wetland preliminary results have been positive, showing a reduction in overall nutrient levels.

Vote for Redlands’ Healthy Waterways projects online at http://healthywaterwaysawards.org/award/peoples-choice-award/ and spread the word to support our efforts in protecting and improving South East Queensland’s waterways. Please note, only one vote per person will be counted.

The winners of the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards will be announced on 31 May 2013.

An example of a small-scale commercial floating wetland on a Council owned water body at Buckler Court.

An example of a small-scale commercial floating wetland on a Council owned water body at Buckler Court.

An example of community and council working together planting along Eprapah Creek, Victoria Point as part of National Tree Day last year.

An example of community and council working together planting along Eprapah Creek, Victoria Point as part of National Tree Day last year.


Redlands wins national environmental innovation award

Redland City Council has won the Environmental Innovation and Protection category at the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams accepted the Keep Australia Beautiful award for Environmental Innovation and Protection at an awards ceremony in Sydney yesterday.

“While Redland City Council has been judged Queensland’s Most Sustainable City, this is the first time we have won a national award,” Cr Williams said.

“The award is recognition of Council’s sustainability achievements and strong focus on working in partnership with the community.

“I want to thank the residents and community groups of the Redlands for their involvement in Council programs and their enthusiasm in protecting our environment.

“It is these partnerships that achieve great outcomes for our community, but the job is not done. We must not rest on our laurels and continue to work together.”

The awards celebrate local sustainability achievements of urban communities across Australia and recognise efforts.

Seven finalists from around the country were in attendance at the national awards after winning state categories in September.

Cr Williams said Council was committed to delivering positive environmental, social and economic outcomes for the Redlands community.

“It is all about balance. Council works with the community and local interest groups to deliver a number of innovative projects and it is great to see this hard work recognised,” she said.

“There are four Council programs – Land for Wildlife, Rural Support, Waterways Extension and Your Backyard Garden – that provide technical and financial support to 79 landholders in agreement and more than 300 more informally.

“In addition, we have 44 dedicated Bushcare groups with more than 300 participants across the city.

“Community and Council programs have resulted in over 20,000 native plants being planted around the Redlands in the last financial year.

“The real success of these programs is the participation of our residents who would not consider themselves to be ‘green’, but who do want to manage their land well and leave an appropriate legacy to those that follow.”

More information about the awards is available from Keep Australian Beautiful by visiting www.kab.org.au


Mayor Karen Williams accepting award from Keep Australia Beautiful
(Left to right: Mayor Karen Williams and Carol Lymbery, KABNA Board).

Tourism gong for Council

Redland City Council’s support for the local tourism industry was recognised on Friday night, with Council winning the inaugural Local Government Award for Tourism at the Queensland Tourism Awards.

While the awards have been running for more than 25 years, this is the first year a local government category has been included.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the city was on the eve of even greater prospects for tourism.

“We have stunning natural attractions and a range of excellent tourism products here in the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.

“A thriving tourism sector will have dynamic flow-on effects for our local economy and our community.

“This award is a great opportunity for us to say even louder and prouder ‘come to the Redlands for  you holidays and day trips’. We are open for business.”

The new category was open to all local government authorities in Queensland and recognises excellence in tourism planning, the provision of tourism facilities and services, marketing, event development and management, and the overall contribution made both locally and to Queensland’s tourism industry.

Council’s tourism focus has been to deliver the vision in its tourism strategy for the Redlands to be ‘the most accessible, diverse and protected nature playground within Brisbane’s Moreton Bay and islands’.

In pursuing this, Council has worked to key performance indicators based on sound research and contemporary industry development and marketing principles, actively encouraging industry growth, and partnerships and networks across the entire region.

The Queensland Tourism Awards ceremony was held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, with the local government award being accepted by Mayor Williams and Council’s Senior Adviser Tourism Development, Paula Rathgeber.

The Redlands was well represented, with other local award submissions from IndigiScapes, Big Red Cat, Stradbroke Island Events, Fishes on the Point (Point Lookout).

Cr Williams congratulated tourism operators in the Redlands for their partnership approach to building the local tourism sector.

The awards are run by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and recognise outstanding achievement across the state. They are judged by submission.

Images are available from www.queenslandtourismawards.com.au


Redland City Council accepting Tourism Award
(from left to right: Lucy Dyball, Monique Whitewood, Paula Rathgeber and Mayor Karen Williams)