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Council calls for community grant applications


Got a great idea for a community focused project? Apply now for a community grant from Redland City Council and turn your ideas into reality.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the latest round of community grants wil open next week, with applications accepted until Friday 26 February.

“Last financial year, Council provided more than $500,000 in community grants and sponsorship, supporting a diverse range of projects and events that benefited the broader community,” she said.

“An example of the great community initiatives supported by Council in the last round included an education awareness program on North Stradbroke Island about the detrimental effects of the drug Ice.

“Projects raising awareness of domestic violence, mental illness and brain cancer shared in more than $60,000 of project support grants last round, as well as a series of skateboarding workshops for disengaged youth.

“The record-breaking launch of Sirromet Parkrun, which attracted 620 participants to its inaugural event on 9 January – and set a record for the biggest launch in Australia – was also supported by our community grants program.”

Community and cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the diversity of successful applicants across the community illustrated the range of initiatives supported.

“From a video capturing stories of childhood from a bygone era across Quandamooka country to fauna surveys and wildlife rehabilitation programs, Council assistance is available for a variety of projects so it’s worth checking our application criteria to see if an initiative is eligible,” he said.

“Organisations seeking to improve their services are also eligible for funding, with Bayside Red Tent, Redlands Swimming Club and North Stradbroke Island Golf Club among six organisations who shared more than $17,000 in funding last round.”

Applications for this round of community grants will be accepted from 25 January until 26 February in the following categories:

  • Organisation Support Grant – for projects associated with becoming more sustainable and improving capacity to deliver services.
  • Project Support Grant – for projects that deliver short-to-medium term positive outcomes for the community.
  • Conservation Grants – for conservation projects that benefit the environment and wildlife.

Applications for the next round of Sponsorship will be accepted from 15 February until 18 March 2016 and will support community-based activities and events that provide measurable benefits to Council.

For eligibility criteria and to learn more about how to apply for grants or sponsorship, visit our Grants and Sponsorships webpage or call 3829 8912.

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].

Redlands volunteers celebrated


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and councillors will host a celebratory barbecue for hundreds of the city’s volunteers tomorrow to thank them for their contribution to the Redlands community.

Volunteers from across the community will join the Mayor and councillors for the barbecue at Norm Price Park- Redland Showground and presentation of certificates of appreciation to the Redland SES and Regional SES Member of the Year, Gersualdo Lo Presti.

“Volunteers are our community’s most valuable asset and a thread that binds so much of our community together,” the Mayor said.

“But their self-effacing character means there are limited public opportunities to say thank you, so it’s a great delight to have this opportunity to do so.

“International Volunteers Day celebrations this week have been reminder that volunteer contributions across Australia are now estimated to be worth more than the mining industry.

“But the true value of the contribution by our city’s volunteers to the lives of thousands of people in our community is inestimable.

“It is visible every week in the hours of work put in by hundreds of sporting club volunteers who are shaping the health of our community and our younger generation.

“It is evident in the tireless efforts of the nearly 300 highly trained Redland SES volunteers who were appropriately recognised last month as the best Regional Unit of the Year for the third time.

“Our city’s bush care, IndigiScapes and catchment volunteers have been major contributors to the Redlands again winning the title of Queensland’s Most Sustainable City (2012).

“They have also contributed to marked improvements in the health of our waterways, bays and catchment in this year’s South East Queensland Ecosystem Health Report Card.

“Whether it is cancer fund raising, Meals on Wheels or the life saving and community support efforts of SES volunteers, we are very grateful and truly humbled by the efforts of all our volunteers.

“I am sure all of the Redlands will join us in saying thank you and wishing all our volunteers an especially safe and happy Christmas and New Year.”

Council grants support broad range of community projects


Rooftop solar panels for Cleveland Bowls Club, a custom built native animal release trailer for the Wildlife Action Group and $70,000 in support for emergency services first responders are among the 32 projects funded in Redland City Council’s latest round of community grants..

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had contributed $360,252 to support organisations and individuals under round one of the 2012-13 Community Grants Program.

”I am delighted that Council can help make so many innovative and well-deserving community projects a reality,” Councillor Williams said.

“We are proud to partner with local community organisations and individuals to deliver benefits within the Redlands.

It’s all part of empowering organisations to respond to local and emerging issues.

I’m particularly pleased that we have been able to help three first-response emergency services organisations that collectively received more than $70,000 through five separate grants.”

Councillor Williams said Council received a broad range of grant scheme applications under the categories of organisation support, project support, conservation and capital infrastructure.

Successful recipients include:

  • Cleveland Bowls Club – $28,582 to install solar panels and an inverter on the clubhouse roof (capital infrastructure category);
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue Raby Bay – $10,000 for search and rescue major incident training event on Moreton Bay (project support category); and
  • Wildlife Action Group Inc.- $6,712 to construct a custom built possum/glider (and other native animals) release trailer and buy rehabilitation equipment.

Information on other successful recipients is available from Council’s website under ‘Grants and Sponsorship’ at www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport

Councillor Williams invited community organisations to apply for round two funding.

“The next funding opportunity for the Community Grants Program will open on 29 January and close on 1 March 2013,” she said.

“Grant application writing workshops will be held from late January to early February 2013 to provide information on the program and categories and how best to write an application for funds. Check Council’s website for more information including dates and venues. Bookings will be essential.

Organisations and individuals can apply for grants twice a year. For more information on the Community Grants and Sponsorship Program, phone 3829 8911 or visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport. Community Grant applications can also be submitted online.

Say thanks to a volunteer in SES Week


This week’s national SES Week celebrations are a great chance to say thanks to the SES volunteers who help keep us safe and secure all year round, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

“Our 220-strong Redland City SES unit has a proud history of selfless contribution by ordinary people doing extraordinary things with several this week celebrating 10 and 20 years’ service,” Cr Williams said.

“These highly trained Redland SES members have contributed to most of the state’s major disaster, rescue and clean-up operations in recent years.

“Their vital contributions to the Brisbane floods and storms, cyclone Yasi and even international air-sea rescue operations in the Solomons, have been well recognised and acknowledged.

“But almost every week, they are also contributing in less visible but important ways, whether removing a fallen tree from someone’s house, helping in road accidents or supporting community events.

“SES week is an ideal chance to let them know they are appreciated, by saying thanks to a volunteer you may know or by joining the nation ‘Wear orange to work’ celebrations on Wednesday, 14 November.

“You can also press the special ‘thank you’ button at Capalaba Park Shopping Centre or simply visit the Redland SES Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/REDLANDSES and leave them a personal thank you note.

“Our Redland SES volunteers have been acknowledged as the best in the Brisbane region for the past three years and were recognised as the best in Queensland in 2009.

“Their efforts have helped raise money for innovative bespoke emergency response vehicles and trailers and helped win Australian Government funding for an important Disaster Resilience Facility soon to be opened on North Stradbroke Island.

“Volunteers are the vital connecting thread that binds our Redlands community and we are very proud of them all.”

Mayor Williams and Councillors are a hosting a Volunteer Christmas Barbecue Lunch next month to thank volunteer organisations who worked tirelessly for the Redland community in 2012.

Redlands’ Christmas by Starlight to be unstoppable night of fun – 1 Dec


Christmas by Starlight, Redlands’ annual free Christmas concert, will be an unstoppable night of fun on Saturday 1 December 2012.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s event, to be held at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds in Long Street, Cleveland, had been designed to go ahead rain or shine.

“Christmas by Starlight will go head in the event of rain, so nothing will dampen the spirits of our performers, community groups and residents this year,” Cr Williams said.

“While the concert is an open-air event, provisions have been made to ensure that the stage and equipment are weatherproof.

“We have an outstanding concert line-up with our headlining act Mirusia coming home to Redlands to perform, fresh from her worldwide tour with André Rieu.

“There will be something for everyone at this year’s Christmas by Starlight.”

From 3pm there will be food stalls, children’s activities including an animal zoo and jumping castles, display stands, roving entertainers and a visit from Santa.

The concert begins at 5.15pm with a special children’s performance featuring entertainers Christmas in Wonderland.

The twilight carols begin at 5.45pm, with Mirusia being supported by a host of talented local performers including Redland Rhapsody Chorus, world champion beat-boxer Matt Gibbs, Craig Martin, Kiara Rodrigues, Dakota Striplin, Alayna McAulay, Oliver Samson, Courtney Heaton, Inah Moe, Jal Joshua, Breanna Fielding, Chloe Makiol, Katie Green and Strictly Dance.

The finale will be a fireworks display at 8pm lighting up the Redlands sky.

The event is run by Redland City Council, with the assistance of generous sponsors: Bayside Bulletin, Gold Cats Stradbroke Flyer, J.J. Richards, Koala Graphix, SkyBoard Australasia, Stockland Cleveland and Veolia Transport.

Cr Williams said the generous support of these sponsors helped Council to provide the largest free event in the Redlands to herald in the Christmas season.

“Christmas by Starlight is a great way to get into the festive spirit, so I hope everyone comes along.”

Sponsor Veolia Transport will be running free buses to and from the event, departing at different Redlands locations including ferry terminals at Toondah Harbour, Cleveland and Redland Bay Marina.

A special free ferry service – courtesy of event sponsor Gold Cats Stradbroke Flyer – will run from Toondah Harbour, Cleveland to One Mile Jetty, Dunwich after the concert.

For more information about Christmas by Starlight, including the free bus timetable, visit
the Redland City Council website at www.redland.qld.gov.au/christmasbystarlight or call
3829 8580.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.

Christmas by Starlight – Free bus timetable

People are encouraged to take free buses to and from Christmas by Starlight 2012.

Thank you to sponsor, Veolia Transport, for providing free buses that will depart from around Redland City.

The bus timetable is as follows:

Bus 1
3.45pm Bailey Rd, Birkdale
3.55pm Randall Rd, Birkdale
4.05pm Old Cleveland Rd East, Birkdale
4.15pm Birkdale Fair, Birkdale Rd
4.25pm Wellington Point Jetty
4.35pm Wellington Point Shops
4.50pm Sturgeon St, Ormiston
5.00pm Redland Showgrounds
Bus 2
4.15pm Valley Way Bus Stop, Mount Cotton
4.30pm Redland Bay Marina
4.35pm Redland Bay Shops
4.45pm Victoria Point Interchange (Stop D)
4.55pm Thornlands Dance Hall, C’land-Red Bay Rd
5.00pm Redland Showgrounds
Bus 3
4.00pm Capalaba Interchange (Stop A)
4.10pm Vienna Rd Shops
4.15pm Alexandra Circuit Bus Stop
4.20pm Hanover Dve Bus Stop
4.30pm Opposite Alex Hills Shops, Finucane Rd
4.45pm Cleveland Shops
4.50pm Passage St Bus Stop
4.55pm Princess St Bus Stop
5.00pm Redland Showgrounds

Buses will also drop back to these points after the concert.