Comics and cartooning, movie-inspired fun and local Indigenous culture headline a jam-packed program of events on offer for kids across the Redlands these school holidays.
Residents are encouraged to join a unique world record attempt next month as Rotary Club of Cleveland, in association with Relay For Life, vie for the title of the longest line of gold coins on Saturday 16 April at Cleveland Showgrounds.
The second Ribbon of Gold coin challenge will raise funds for charity and add further distance to the 43 metres of coins donated last year, with the ultimate goal of breaking the record of just over 75km set by a school in Austria in 2011.
The gold coin challenge is just one of the many cultural, sporting and environmental events scheduled in the city during April. Highlights include:
- Help plant 1000 koala food and habitat trees at Egret Colony Wetland, Victoria Point, during the Koala Community Planting on Sunday 3 April, hosted by Redland City Council Bushcare.
- Celebrate Connect to Your Creek Week and enjoy our local waterways while trying stand up paddle boarding, dragon boating and more at the Raby Bay Foreshore on Saturday 9 April.
- For the seafaring sports enthusiasts, sign up for the 8th Macleay Island Classic on Sunday 10 April, a 15km canoe race across the spectacular waters of Moreton Bay surrounding the island, hosted by Tingira Boat Club.
- Learn how to grow your own organic produce, find out more about native gardening and tips for recycling your green waste at the Redland Good Gardening Expo on Saturday 16 April at Indigiscapes.
- Redlands Wildlife Rescue is recruiting volunteers to help operate its afterhours wildlife ambulance, which provides emergency rescue and transport for sick, injured and orphaned native animals, with an induction to be held on Saturday 23 April.
- On Monday 25 April, Redlands RSL Cleveland will host an Anzac Day dawn service at Kinsail Court Memorial Park from 5.20am, followed by the main parade and service from 10.30am in remembrance of those who have fought and died for our nation.
- The three-day Capalaba Rotary Bookfest will open on Friday 29 April, with funds raised from the huge book sale benefitting youth and literacy projects in the Redlands.
- Saddle up as some of the country’s top cowboys do battle with toughest bulls in the land while Australian freestyle motocross champions turn themselves upside down above the bull ring during Bikes and Bulls’ new show on Friday 29 April at Cleveland Showgrounds.
- Don’t miss the spectacular display of flowering orchids at the Redlands Orchid Society Autumn Charity Show on Saturday 30 April, with potting demonstrations and plants for sale during the event.
- From toddlers to teens, Redland Libraries has a fantastic line-up of free activities throughout the school holidays, including robot building, superhero dress-up, story time and an Aussie bush show.
The Redlands boasts a growing calendar of events each month, which are part of Council’s goal of fostering an active and vibrant local community while developing the city as a location of choice for events, which bring economic and cultural benefits to the region.
Visit our What’s On calendar to learn more about these events or post your own event.
Plant a tree and help local koalas
Free sausage sizzle and plant to take home!
Join us for our annual Koala Community Planting as we put 1500 plants in the ground to expand a creek corridor.
- When: Sunday 3 May, 9-11am
- Where: Three Paddocks Park, Thomas St, Birkdale (UBD Ref. Map 164 p19)
- Bring: Enclosed shoes, sun protection and drinking water
- Provided: Plants, equipment, sunscreen and gloves
For more information contact Bushcare: ph 3824 8611.
Are you wild for wallabies, crazy for koalas or excited about echidnas?
Volunteer for the Redlands Afterhours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) and put your passion of wildlife to good use! We are urgently seeking volunteers to provide emergency rescue and transport for sick and injured wildlife in the Redlands and adjoining areas of the Koala Coast. You need to live in the Redlands, be 18 years or older and hold an open or probationary driver’s licence.
Hours are from 5pm to 8am daily, with volunteers rostered on for one week in every five to six weeks. Training is provided, with the next full day induction session set for Saturday 9 May.
For more information or to book in for induction training, IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Mal Leyland
Intrepid explorer and author
- When: Friday 8 May, 10 – 11am
- Where: Victoria Point Library
- Bookings: 3884 4011
Ever the adventurer, Mal Leyland has continued to explore our beautiful and dangerous country. Still Travelling is his compelling account of a life lived to the full.
This free event is brought to you in partnership with Angus and Robertson, Victoria Point.
Check out Council’s What’s On calendar!
A great way to find out about upcoming events and activities in the Redlands
From markets and festivals to exhibitions and school holiday fun, What’s On showcases lots of new and interesting Council-run and community events to liven up your social calendar.
Organising something in the Redlands?
You can also advertise your event on What’s On! Go to our What’s On site above and click on Submit a new event. Council can also assist you with your community event in the Redlands including with application procedures and providing expert advice on producing your event in the City.
For more information email email@example.com or phone 3829 8999.
Water meter readings
We are reading water meters in Capalaba and Ormiston this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.
General meeting: Wednesday 6 May 9.30am
The economic benefits of community events ranging from art exhibitions to cycle races and community carnivals are well recognised by towns and cities across Australian and overseas.
Events can help to activate public open space, encourage community heath and cultural activities and foster community creativity that offers both intrinsic benefits as well as direct economic benefits.
The abundant parks, open space and venues that characterise the Redlands highly valued lifestyle also offer the ideal backdrop for more event activities
Redland City Council has acknowledged this by offering a new ‘one stop shop’ for consolidated event assistance and guidance for community event organisers and by creating a strategic events role within Council that will help build a iconic calendar of City events throughout the year. Contact Community Events Officer Scott McDuff on 3829 8999 for assistance.
Council’s approach will build on the already strong calendar of activities ranging from island festivals to sporting events and community celebrations. View our What’s On calendar >>
Noted event organiser Gary Humphries will head an expert line-up at a special free Redlands events workshop this month.
The Event Management Workshop on Tuesday 27 August at the Redland Performing Arts Centre will open the door to running events in the beautiful environment of the City.
Hosted by Redland City Council, it is open to anyone who is considering hosting an event.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the workshop was part of Council’s continual streamlining of the City’s event management process and drive to build a busy and enticing calendar of attractions for the community.
“Events are at the heart of our cultural vitality,’’ Cr Williams said.
“Our ever-expanding line-up of popular events contributes to and strengthens our community, ensuring this City is a great place to work, live and play.
“They are also catalysts for creativity, diversity and innovation.
“By reducing red tape, simplifying application processes and improving our customer service focus we want to make it easier for organisers to provide opportunities for people to connect and enjoy our beautiful landscapes.
“The workshop is a must for anyone, or any organisation, planning to hold an event in the Redlands.”
The keynote speaker is Mr Humphries, who has managed and delivered some of Australia’s largest events, including the Gold Coast Indy, Brisbane World Masters Games and the Queen’s Birthday leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in 2000.
A panel of event management experts will offer their experience and insight.
The workshop, which will include morning tea and lunch, will provide all the necessary tools to prepare a comprehensive event management plan and allow for networking opportunities.
It will also address all necessary safety, health and environmental issues.
“This workshop will take people through such areas as promoting the event and ensuring they have all the necessary permits and approvals, right down to safety issues, traffic management on the day and the importance of partnerships in making it a success,’’ Cr Williams said.
“It will take people step-by-step through Council’s streamlined event assessment process and introduce them to the one contact point for all requests.’’
A comprehensive new Event Management Kit complete with all relevant forms will be available.
What: Event management workshop
Where: Redland Performing Arts Complex, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
When: Tuesday 27 August, 2013
Time: 9am –1pm, registration from 8.30am
Information and registration: Tim Goward on 3829 8751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 21 August.
The Christmas by Starlight Concert at Redland Showgrounds is continuing after an incident this afternoon involving a Lion’s food vendor van.
Two people were injured. A 67 year old woman has been taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital with partial thickness burns to the legs, arms and hands.
A 55 year old man has been taken to Redland Hospital with superficial burns to the lower legs.
The incident took place at about 4pm and all emergency services were contacted immediately and acted quickly.
Trained emergency response personnel were on duty at the event and have assessed the scene to allow the event to continue.
The incident involved a fire within a Lion’s food vendor van.
Redland City Council is working with emergency services and places the safety of our community and workers as its highest priority.
The site area where the incident occurred has been isolated with access restricted.
Further information will be provided by emergency services.
The Redland Showgrounds will be transformed into a musical wonderland when home-grown Redlands performers take to the stage on Saturday for a night to remember.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said residents should get ready to tap their feet, move to the grooves and sing-along to twilight carols at Christmas by Starlight 2012.
“A children’s show by performers Christmas in Wonderland will warm up the crowd from 5:15pm before the hand-picked 100 per cent local cast takes to the stage for the main event from 5:45pm,” Cr Williams said.
“World-class soprano Mirusia is home in the Redlands to headline the show, fresh from her tour with Andre Rieu.
“Renowned beat-boxer and local resident Matt Gibbs will bring the beat to the party with his phenomenal talent.
“Younger members of the cast, Chloe Makiol and Alayna McAulay, will delight you with the brilliance of their performances.
“Local school student Kiara Rodrigues will join the concert line-up. Her voice oozes quality and maturity that belies her age.”
The full cast includes Mirusia, Matt Gibbs, Chloe Makiol, Kiara Rodrigues, Inah Moe, Oliver Samson, Courtney Heaton, Alyana McAulay, Dakota Striplin, Breanna Fielding, Craig Martin, Katie Green, Redland Rhapsody and Strictly Dance.
“The artists will come together to perform a grand musical finale encouraging us all to join the chorus with ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ and signal the launch of the fireworks display,” Cr Williams said.
“I invite the community to sing-along with the talented cast during the community Christmas carols throughout the program.” A carol lyric guide is available from Redland City Council’s website.
Christmas by Starlight Concert gates open from 3pm with a stellar program of family fun and activities on offer.
For more information about Christmas by Starlight, including the full program and free bus timetable, visit the Redland City Council website at www.redland.qld.gov.au/christmasbystarlight or call 3829 8580.
When: Saturday 1 December 2012
Time: 3 pm – 8pm
Where: Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, Long Street, Cleveland
Christmas by Starlight is proudly presented by Redland City Council, with the generous support of sponsors: Bayside Bulletin, Gold Cats Stradbroke Flyer, J.J. Richards, Koala Graphix, SkyBoard Australasia, Stockland Cleveland and Veolia Transport.
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
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:
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
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
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.