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Redland Snapshot – 3 December


Council Christmas closures

All non-essential Council services will be closed from Christmas Day to reopen 5 January 2015. This includes Council Customer Service Centres, art galleries, mainland libraries and Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC).

For island library closures visit our website.

RPAC tickets can be purchased online during the closure.

Emergency contacts:
For road repairs and fallen tree or water supply emergencies over the closure 3829 8999.

Specific closures and other information:

Home Assist will be closed to clients from 4pm Tuesday 23 December 2014, to reopen 8am Monday 5 January 2015.

Redlands IndigiScapes and Visitor Information Centre (including Tea Garden cafe) – Closed Christmas Day. From Friday 26 December to Friday 2 January the cafe will operate with a limited menu and reduced staff so no large bookings or group functions will be taken.

Waste transfer stations – Closed Christmas Day only. Waste collection services will continue as usual.

Animal shelter – Closed Christmas Day, Sunday 28 December and Sunday 4 January. Limited hours apply for other days throughout this period.

For more details on specific Council closures visit our website.

 

Our Redlands out now!

Get your copy at Council customer service centres or mainland libraries if you missed it in last week’s Redland City Bulletin – or view the digital version.

 

Buzz in the park

Join in some free family fun including interactive art, music, kid’s entertainment and lots more.

When: Saturday 6 December, 10am – 1pm
Where: Bloomfield Park, Cleveland

Supported by Redland City Council’s Creative Arts Unit.

 

Christmas by Starlight

Saturday 6 December 2014

Don’t miss Christmas by Starlight on Saturday 6 December at Capalaba Regional Park, Pittwin Road, Capalaba.

The free family-friendly event includes an animal zoo, jumping castles, rock climbing and a visit from Santa plus plenty of food stalls from 4pm and a children’s show at 5.45pm. Traditional twilight carols will follow from 6.15pm, ending with a spectacular fireworks finale!

For more information about free buses and car parking visit our website.

 

Hazardous Waste Surrender Day

Free for all Redland residents!

When: Sunday 7 December, 9am – 1pm
Where: Redlands Performing Arts Centre car park, 2- 16 Middle Street, Cleveland

Bring your household hazardous waste to a collection day for safe free disposal. Bring proof of residence (e.g. drivers licence).

Do not bring commercial waste. For full details of accepted waste, volume limits and other conditions visit our website or phone 3829 8999.

 

Open meetings

General Meeting … Wednesday 10 December, 9.30am

Christmas by Starlight


It’s time to start warming up the vocals, with just a few days to go until Council’s Christmas by Starlight Concert, Redland’s largest free community event to herald in the festive season.

Christmas by Starlight 2014 will be held on Saturday 6 December at Capalaba Regional Park – Pittwin Rd, Capalaba.

The all-age, family-friendly event boasts childrens’ activities, food stalls, and a fantastic line-up of talent including The Voice Australia’s tenor, Luke Kennedy; cabaret leading light, Naomi Price; and winner of The Voice Kids Australia, Alexa Curtis.

The event will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.

There are free buses to the event, including a loop bus picking up from key locations around Capalaba. For more details, including free bus timetables and routes, visit our website.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

Snapshot – Wednesday 19 November


Christmas by Starlight

Saturday 6 December 2014

Don’t miss the FREE Christmas by Starlight concert on Saturday 6 December at Capalaba Regional Park, Pittwin Road, Capalaba.

The family-friendly event includes an animal zoo, jumping castles, rock climbing and a visit from Santa plus plenty of food stalls from 4pm, followed by a children’s show at 5.45pm.

Traditional twilight carols will follow starring The Voice Australia’s tenor, Luke Kennedy; cabaret leading light, Naomi Price; and winner of The Voice Kids Australia, Alexa Curtis plus a host of other local talent ending with a spectacular fireworks finale!

For more information about free buses and car parking visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs.
Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

 

Free business workshop

Customer Service for Businesses

Learn how to impress your customers every time at this free workshop.

When: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 4.30 – 6.30pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
RSVP: Friday 21 November

Light refreshments will be served.

Workshop presenter Julie Maher will give you the benefit of her 30 years professional experience and the tools to go beyond simply delivering your product. For all booking email karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au, phone 3829 8507 or visit our website.

 

Diner en Rouge

6.30pm Saturday 29 November 2014

Get your ticket to Diner en Rouge – an outdoor dining extravaganza with all proceeds going to assist Redlanders affected by domestic and family violence.

Who: You, your colleagues, friends and family
What: A locally produced banquet, beverages, entertainment and auctions
Where: A secret location! Meet at Cleveland Library Square, Middle St, Cleveland
Dress: Cocktail/formal attire with a red and white theme

Ticket prices: $170 each – $1600 for a table of 10

Tickets can be purchased through RPAC Ticketing by telephone (3829 8131), online or in person.

If you can’t make it along to dinner, you can still support this fantastic cause. Stephen Dibb Jewellery has generously provided a $5000 strand of South Sea pearls with an 18ct white gold diamond clasp to be raffled for the fundraiser. A maximum of 300 tickets at $50 each are available for purchase in person at Council’s Cleveland Customer Service counter or at the RPAC box office.

 

Redland City Australia Day Awards 2015

Nominations close Friday 21 November

If you know of a person, group or community organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to our City this year and is worthy of recognition, nominate them for a Redland City Australia Day Award. Nomination are now an easy online process via our website >>

 

Open meetings

General Meeting – Wednesday 26 November, 9.30am

Big name acts to bring Christmas to the Redlands


Redland City Council has announced a program of big name entertainment to headline this year’s Christmas by Starlight on 6 December.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the list of performers would feature The Voice 2013 runner up Luke Kennedy and this year’s The Voice Kids winner, Redland’s own Alexa Curtis.“Securing Luke and Alexa is a real coup for us and we are very excited,” she said.

“Luke embraces the Christmas spirit, having performed at Australia’s best known Christmas concert Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne. A former Ten Tenor, his repertoire includes Christmas classics such as O Holy Night, released as a single last year, which are sure to add a great festive feel to the event.

“Since being named as runner-up on The Voice Australia last year Luke has released his first album A Time for Us and toured nationally as a special guest of Ricky Martin, as well as headlining his own national tour.”

Cr Williams said entertainment taking the stage at this year’s Christmas by Starlight would include Naomi Price, fresh off performances at this year’s Brisbane Festival.

“Naomi is such a versatile performer, who is best known for her cabaret and music theatre performances,” Cr Williams said.

“She also has a great sense of humour entertaining audiences with her cabaret tribute of soul singer Adele in hit show Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele, and as Miley Cyrus in stage show Wrecking Ball.

“Luke and Naomi have performed together on a number of occasions and have great stage presence, so I am looking forward to them bringing Christmas to the Redlands.

“This year’s list of performers also includes local performer and winner of The Voice Kids Australia Alexa Curtis, who wowed audiences during this year’s competition with a voice and stage presence that far exceeds her tender age of 10.

“In addition to recently completing a national tour with her fellow The Voice Kids contestants and having a great voice, Alexa has another great attribute, namely that she is a local Redlander and we all know how talented Redlanders are.

”Other spectacular performers include locals Jal Joshua, Kiara Rodrigues, and Leah Lever accompanied by the Redlands Sinfonia Orchestra and the Redland City Choir.”

Cr Williams said in addition to the great entertainment, this year’s Christmas by Starlight would be held in one of Redlands’ most popular parks.

“Planning is in full swing for this year’s concert at Capalaba Regional Park, with Council inviting volunteers, sponsors and community organisations wanting to be part of this year’s festival to contact Council now so they don’t miss out,” she said.

“This year’s event will include the same exciting attractions like fireworks, food and entertainment.”

Thank you to sponsors for the event to date – Shoreline Redlands Pty Ltd.

For more information visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs

Star vocalists to feature at Christmas by Starlight


A stellar line-up of talent will headline the Christmas by Starlight concert on Saturday 6 December 2014. Acts include The Voice 2013 runner up Luke Kennedy, cabaret leading light Naomi Price and this year’s The Voice Kids winner, Redlands own Alexa Curtis.

Luke, a former Ten Tenor, has performed at Australia’s best known Christmas concert Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne and his repertoire includes Christmas classics such as O Holy Night, which he released as a single last year.

Alexa wowed audiences during this year’s The Voice Kids competition with a voice and stage presence that far exceeds her tender age of 10.

Other names on the bill include locals Jal Joshua, Kiara Rodrigues, and Leah Lever accompanied by the Redlands Sinfonia Orchestra and the Redland City Choir.

Christmas by Starlight will be held from 4pm in Capalaba Regional Park and will feature fantastic food, kids activities, Santa and fireworks.

For more information visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs

Redland Snapshot: 3 December 2013


Free Christmas by Starlight Concert

Saturday 7 December

Don’t miss the FREE Christmas by Starlight concert at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds in Long Street, Cleveland. There’ll be Santa, food stalls, roving performers, an animal farm, displays and activities from 3pm, followed by a children’s concert at 5.30pm. Traditional twilight carols begin at 6pm and end around 8pm with a fireworks finale! For more information and details on free buses visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/cbs. The event is run by Redland City Council, with the generous support of Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Viking Elite, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities. Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

 

2012 – 12 Annual Report available online

To view council’s recently adopted annual report visit our website. The report details the performance and financial reports of the diverse range of activities undertaken by Council during the past financial year. Some of Council’s achievements detailed in the report include:

  • Cash balance increase to $82.5m – nearly five months of cash reserves
  • Declaration of two Priority Development Areas for the Redlands
  • Increased focus on customer service and efficiency
  • Lowest general rate increases of any comparable south-east Queensland council.

 

And the winner is … IndigiScapes

Queensland Tourism Awards

Congratulations to IndigiScapes for taking out one of this year’s prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards. IndigiScapes and its Tea Garden Cafe won the Excellence in Food Tourism category for their Bush Tucker Experience that incorporates an edible native plant tour with mouth-watering bush-themed cuisine. Congratulations also to the other award-winning local tourism enterprises represented at the State awards: Mt Cotton Guesthouse, Stradbroke Island Events and Redlands Kayak Tours.

 

School holiday activities

Bookings now open!

This summer school holidays, Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redlands IndigiScapes
Centre are all hosting exciting activities to keep youngsters entertained! From print-making art workshops to Christmas craft and wildlife activities, there is a lot happening to keep kids happy in December and January. All activities are free or low-cost but many require bookings. For dates, details and booking information go to:

 

Water meter readings

Let’s get to the point! We are reading water meters in Victoria Point this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

Courageous Courtney’s Christmas wish


When 17-year-old Courtney Heaton suddenly lost her boyfriend to a tragic car accident in August, it was not long before her thoughts turned to Christmas.

It was just weeks after Year 12 student James Argo lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree at Burbank – Courtney was struggling to deal with the pain of losing her high school sweetheart.

She turned to her love of song-writing and music … and penned the original lyrics for Not Christmas Without You, which she will perform live in public for the first time for up to 15,000 people at the FREE Christmas by Starlight community concert at Cleveland on Saturday night.

“I will perform it exclusively for James’ family before then,” said the recent Faith Lutheran College graduate. “We are so close and they are such a supportive family. The song has a lot of lovely words about wanting someone ‘home’ for Christmas and although it’s a happy tune, the words are meaningful.”

Having just finished Year 12, Courtney is working two jobs and spends her “spare” time getting her band’s profile into the market. The four-person band, as yet unnamed, will soon record an EP after enjoying success in ranking No. 39 on the Triple J Unearthed pop charts with Whatever It Takes, which was released in June.

“I uploaded it late in the competition so we could have ranked a bit higher, but I was pretty pleased with the result,” said Courtney. “We are now looking for gigs and we really enjoy entertaining.”

This will be Courtney’s second consecutive appearance at Christmas by Starlight, a FREE annual evening of festive fun for families.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event would be open-air but would go ahead rain or shine … although the official forecast for Saturday is for clear skies.

Gates for the event open at 3pm Saturday (7 December) at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds with children’s activities, stage and roving performers, food, display and merchandise stalls as well as a visit from Santa. The children’s concert Christmas at Bunyip Creek starts at 5.30pm, followed by the concert and Carols at 6pm featuring a cavalcade of home-grown talent including Courtney and headline act Connor Crawford, of Jersey Boys fame. The night climaxes with a spectacular fireworks finale around 8pm.

“Christmas is a very special time of year for families so we are making sure we have something for everyone,” said Cr Williams. “Christmas by Starlight is a great way to get into the festive spirit and a great community event … and this year will be one to remember.”

Christmas by Starlight is presented by Redland City Council, with the generous support of Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Viking Rentals, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.
Event details:

Christmas by Starlight
Saturday, December 7, 2013
3pm-about 8pm
Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds
Long Street, Cleveland

Program:
3pm – Gates open for children’s activities, food, display and merchandise stalls, roving entertainment and, Santa!
5.30pm – Christmas at Bunyip Creek children’s concert
6pm – Main concert, including traditional Christmas Carols
About 8pm – 10-minute fireworks display

Redland’s Got Talent


The man at the helm of this weekend’s huge Christmas by Starlight community concert at Cleveland admits his job is a lot easier because of the talented people around him.

This is the ninth Christmas concert for Division 8 councillor Alan Beard, who ordered rehearsals for the event some eight weeks ago to ensure near-perfect performances.

“Everyone approaches this event at a very professional level,” he said. “The Redlands really is blessed with such a depth of performing talent – the truth is that for every artist selected for the event there were another five we could have commissioned.

“That’s a massive testament to the focus on performing arts at our schools like Sheldon College, Ormiston and Cleveland high schools … that we can produce artists who can so easily perform in front of a crowd of 10,000-12,000 people.

“Indeed, the local artists we have selected are at the top of their game – most of them selected themselves.”

The crowd at Christmas by Starlight on Saturday night is expected to be huge given the fact it’s a FREE night of festive fun for families, and the quality of entertainment again delivered from Cr Beard and his team of organisers.

Gates open at 3pm at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds with children’s activities, stage and roving performers, food, display and merchandise stalls as well as a visit from Santa. The children’s concert Christmas at Bunyip Creek starts at 5.30pm, followed by the concert and Carols at 6pm featuring a cavalcade of home-grown talent. The night climaxes with a spectacular fireworks finale around 8pm.

Cr Beard said he was set on securing former Sheldon College student Connor Crawford as the headline act when he and world-famous soprano Mirusia, saw him perform as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in Melbourne earlier this year.

“I knew straight away he was the one we had to have,” said Cr Beard, who has managed performers and musicians for many years. “I’ve known Connor for some time, my wife taught him briefly and I remember his performance in the 2009 Sheldon College production of Shout – he really stood out.”

Cr Beard said that when compared to the hours of effort from entertainers, organisers and volunteers, his role as producer was “minor”.

“All I can say is I love Christmas, and I love being around talented people – I have just enough talent to recognise real talent when I see it. I saw it in Mirusia, I saw it in Connor, I saw it in my beautiful wife Kim 35 years ago … I see it in Kiara Rodrigues and I also see several of the other artists performing on Saturday night.”

A lot goes into organising an event as big as Christmas by Starlight – from selecting the performers and food vendors to implementing traffic and crowd management plans … to coordinating lighting, stage, sound and technical production.

Event producer and Division 8 councillor Alan Beard said organisers had drawn on lessons of past events and preparations for this year’s free community concert were smoother than ever.

“Patrick and Christine Burke and Shanna Souris from The Soundshed, as well as our own dedicated Council staff, have done a fantastic job pulling everything together,” he said.

“I’m particularly proud that we have kept as much as we can within the Redlands … from the entertainment right through to event coordination and certified food vendors.

“An event such as this is a great opportunity for community groups to raise funds so it’s great that they have all come on board,” he said.

Christmas by Starlight event is presented by Redland City Council, with the generous support of Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Viking Rentals, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.

Christmas by Starlight – Community Carols


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Play in any reindeer games

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history!”

 

The First Noel

The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
In fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

This star drew nigh to the north-west
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both stop and stay
Right o’er the place where Jesus lay
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

Then entered in those Wise Men three
Fell reverently upon their knee
And offered there in his presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel

 

Jingle Bells

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring, making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I’d take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And we, we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

 

O Come All Ye Faithful

(Community joins in …)

Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above
Glory to God…in the highest

O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord

Yea Lord we greet thee, born this happy morning
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord

 

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger
No crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down his sweet head

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The baby a-wakes
The little Lord Jesus
No crying he makes

I love thee Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle
Till morning is nigh

Be near me Lord Jesus
I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with thee there

 

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing “Alleluia”
Christ the Saviour is born
Christ the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at thy birth
Jesus Lord at thy birth

Sleep in heavenly…
Sleep in heavenly…
Sleep in heavenly… peace

 

Joy to the World

Joy to the world
The Lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the earth
The saviour reign
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding Joy
Repeat the sounding Joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding Joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness

And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, and wonders of his love

 

Mary’s Boy Child

Hark now hear the angels sing
A new king born today
And man will live forever more
Because of Christmas Day

Trumpets sound and angels sing
Listen to what they say
That Man will live forever more
Because of Christmas Day

 

Deck the Halls

Deck the hall with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la la la la la
‘Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la la la la la la la
Troll the ancient Christmas carol
Fa la la la la la la la la

See the blazing yule before us
Fa la la la la la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Fa la la la la la la la la
Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la la la la la la la
While I tell of Christmas treasure
Fa la la la la la la la la

Fast away the old year passes
Fa la la la la la la la la
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Fa la la la la la la la la
Sing we joyous all together
Fa la la la la la la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la la la la la

 

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year

Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

Oh bring us some figgy pudding
Oh bring us some figgy pudding
Oh bring us some figgy pudding
And bring it out here

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring it out here

Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

True survivor June is “Craven for a cure”


Having beaten cancer three times, there’s absolutely no doubt that 88-year-old June Craven is one tough lady. But the Wellington Point local freely admits there’s one Christmas Carol that can quickly reduce her to tears – Mary’s Boy Child.

“There’s lots of reasons but after three beautiful girls I was lucky enough to have a boy child of my own,” she says. “It denotes Christmas … at least for me it does.”

Sadly, June’s cherished boy child, Jonathan, died in 2001 at the age of 37 … a victim of cancer.

This is part of what drives this 30-year veteran of the CancerFREE cause, who is widely respected throughout Redland City for her efforts to help find a cure for a disease which devastates the lives of so many.

Local media oft describes her as a “fundraising dynamo”. Having endured three radical surgeries since the 1970s, she describes herself as “a true survivor” and even has her own catchcry: Craven for a cure .

“I’m still here … and I feel I am still here for a reason,” says June. “I’ve got to do something and even if it’s just a little, every little bit helps in the search for a cure – my hope is that one day cancer will just be a sign of the zodiac.”

June will again be at the helm for the CancerFREE Challenge stalls when the carol that means so much to her is played at the huge Christmas by Starlight community concert at Cleveland on December 7.

The stalls will be selling a huge range of “glow products” throughout the free event, which starts at 3pm and is designed to be fun for the entire family.

“The glow products we will be selling are well beyond little bracelets and necklaces,” says June. “There is now such as variety – head-boppers, butterfly wands, spinning balls, flashing balls, Santa hats and moulded glow candles which replace the traditional candles we used to have at carols events.”

Unfortunately, carols events in recent years have been targeted by “pirate” glow product sellers, who effectively hijack the event and rob charities such as the CancerFREE Challenge of much-needed dollars.

“We need this money, this year more than ever,” says June. “So many people are in dire straits because of the economy and charities are really feeling the impacts.”

Up to 15,000 people are expected at Christmas by Starlight and organisers are urging them to only buy glow products inside the gates. Security will be employed to warn off any rogue traders.

CancerFree volunteers Dell Boyd, Cr Wendy Boglary, June Craven and Del Roeton get set to light up the Redlands with glow products for Christmas by Starlight on December 7.

CancerFree volunteers Dell Boyd, Cr Wendy Boglary, June Craven and Del Roeton get set to light up the Redlands with glow products for Christmas by Starlight on December 7.

The free Christmas by Starlight concert at Cleveland on December 7 is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to enjoy an evening of family festive fun.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says: “Christmas is a very special time of year for families so we are making sure we have something for everyone.

“There will be children’s entertainment from 3pm, a special children’s concert from 5.30pm, and traditional twilight carols from 6pm as well as a spectacular fireworks finale about 8pm.”

Christmas by Starlight will be held at Norm Price Park-Redland Showgrounds on December 7 and will feature a cavalcade of local talent, headlined by former Sheldon College student Connor Crawford, who performed to rave reviews as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.

Also in the line-up are Kiara Rodrigues, Breanna Fielding, beat-boxer Matt Gibbs, Oliver Samson, Gina Limpus and Indea Sekula, Jacqui McLaren, Katie Green, Sarah Przybysz, Courtney Heaton, Meg McGuiness, the Sheldon College Choir and Orchestra … and even more!

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of confirmed supporters Energex, Bayside Bulletin, JJ Richards, Fiteni Homes, Stradbroke Flyer, Viking Rentals, SS Signs, Mr Fireworks, Koala Graphix and Christmas Festivities.

Check www.redland.qld.gov.au for a full program and details of free transport.