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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.

Snapshot: Tuesday 5 August

Trees for Weeds Day

Swap a shopping bag of weeds for a free native plant* at five island locations.

Straddie and Bay Islands
When: Saturday 16 August, 8.30am – 10.30am
Where: Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Karragarra Island Foreshore Park, Coochiemudlo Island Jetty, Macleay Island Progress Hall, Russell Island Pool Carpark

*Limit five plants per person

More information: phone 3824 8611 or visit the IndigiScapes website.


Apply for sponsorship of a grant

Sponsorship Round 1 now open

Council offers sponsorship and community grants across a range of areas.
Sponsorship applications are open until 29 August 2014. Community grant applications funding round one will run 11 August – 12 September 2014.

To apply visit the Redland City Council website or phone 3829 8912.


Mayoral Prayer Breakfast 2014

Friday 29 August 2014

Redlands residents are invited to join community and business leaders for the Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards local school chaplaincy programs.

To purchase tickets phone RPAC: 3829 8131 or visit the RPAC website.


Free suppliers briefing

Do you own a business in the Redlands area? Come and find out about procurement, business opportunities and tips for submitting tenders and quotes.

When: Thursday 28 August 2014, 10am – 12pm
Where: Capalaba Place Hall, Capalaba Library, 14 – 16 Noeleen St
RSVP: 3829 8414 or email beverley.bancroft@redland.qld.gov.au by 27 August.


Rates notice due soon

Tuesday 12 August 2014

After the due date, interest will accrue at 11% per annum, compound interest calculated on daily balances. A full list of payment options is on the front of your rates notice.

If you didn’t receive your rates notice, have moved address or you would like to discuss your payment options, please phone 3829 8999.


New local laws

Have your say: 13 August – 8 October 2014

Council has completed a review of our local laws. Have your say on any provisions – changed or otherwise – from 13 August to 8 October.

All details will be updated on Council’s website by 13 August. Please note the current web information is not final and can only be used as a guide.


Water meter readings

Time to cut back the carnations! This week we are reading water meters in Cleveland and on Macleay and Lamb islands. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.


Open meetings

General meeting – Wednesday 20 August, 9.30am

Pulse eNewsletter – January 2014

Mayor’s Message
See the PDA plans
Next round of grants open soon
Save Ziggy’s mates
Fluoride a State responsibility
Sign of the times
Quarry queries
Things to do


Mayor’s message

Redland City’s heartfelt thanks go out to all those who helped battle the fires which raged across North Stradbroke Island over the New Year.

Their efforts ensured the safety of residents and their homes as well as the many visitors who had headed to Straddie for their holidays.

To have emerged from this crisis without loss of life or homes is testament to the extraordinary efforts of a vast number of people.

Deputy Mayor and Local Disaster Recovery Committee chair Cr Alan Beard echoed the sentiments of many in our community when he said he was “in awe’’ of the way in which fire and emergency services, police, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Energex, Seqwater, National Parks, SES, Red Cross, Council’s Conservation and Fire Management team and other Council staff were prepared to do whatever it took to deal with this potentially life-threatening situation.

He was backed by local Councillor Craig Ogilvie in his praise of the response.

In particular, the efforts of emergency services in evacuating 900 campers from Main Beach undoubtedly saved lives, with three campgrounds destroyed by fire the day after the evacuation.

Special thanks also go to the Straddie community and businesses, particularly the ferry companies, and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation for their considerable and much-appreciated efforts.

The measured response to this emergency and the professionalism and dedication of all involved was truly remarkable.

All Redlanders should now join to promote the message that Straddie is well and truly open for business and welcoming visitors with open arms.

Tell your friends, family and acquaintances to put visiting beautiful Straddie on the top of their “to do” lists. As well as helping fellow Redlanders, it is sure to be a wonderful experience.

I have written to Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey asking the Government to help in the immediate recovery phase by making available funding for an integrated “open for business” marketing campaign.

I pointed out that the fires had a significant impact on the island economy and that the government had stepped in previously to help out in times of need with such campaigns. I hope to have a response soon.

While the effort on the island is now in recovery-mode, services are being fully restored and we are assessing potential risks and working to ensure sick or injured wildlife are cared for. Visitors will barely notice the impact of the fires with Straddie’s beaches as stunning as ever.

These fires, which burned for almost two weeks after being sparked by lightning on the night of December 29, also graphically underscore the importance of Council’s emergency planning and just how vital it is for all residents to have their own disaster plans and kits at the ready.

It was clear that many Straddie residents had heeded the message and were prepared. Well done all.

Council’s Disaster Management Plan: Part II – specifically tailored for islanders, the City’s most isolated residents – proved itself a valuable resource for coordinating the firefighting effort.

A quick and easy guide to preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, I urge anyone who has not read it to do so. You will find it through the Disaster Hub on Council’s website at www.redland.qld.gov.au.

While we reflect on how fortunate we have been to come out of this crisis relatively unscathed, we need to remain vigilant with storm season well upon us.

Keep up to date with potential severe weather events and the fire situation through Council’s and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ websites, Facebook and Twitter pages.


See the PDA plans

You can now view the draft plans for the Redlands’ two most important and exciting new projects.

The Proposed Development Schemes are a significant step in the transformation of Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas into integrated transport, tourism, residential and business hubs.

The draft plans are the result of extensive consultation with the community and businesses and that process will continue.

The Toondah Harbour draft plan and the Weinam Creek draft plan can be viewed online.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard said the draft plans heralded an exciting new era of growth and promised a massive and much-needed boost for business, jobs and community facilities.

“I encourage all residents to have their say on these plans during the public notification period which continues until 24 February,’’ he said.

“A range of community improvements, such as waterfront walkways and cycle paths, as well as long-standing community concerns about car parking arrangements at Weinam Creek, are among the features being addressed as part of this planning process, so we urge all to be involved.’’

The next round of community information forums on the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area will be held on:

• Saturday, 1 February, 1-3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal.
• Friday, 7 February, 3.30pm-5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal.
• Saturday, 8 February, 1-3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Community information forums on the Weinam Creek plan will be held on:

• Thursday, 30 January, 5-8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay.
• Thursday, 6 February, 5-8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island.

The draft plans can also be viewed at the Cleveland Customer Service Centre, Cleveland Library, Capalaba Customer Service Centre, Capalaba Library or Victoria Point Library, Russell Island Library and Bay Island Community Services on Russell and Macleay islands until 24 February.



Next round of grants opens soon

The next round of submissions for grants for individuals and community groups working to make the Redlands a better place will open on January 27.

Applications, designed to help deliver projects of community benefit, will close on 28 February.

The program is an expression of Redland City Council’s commitment to ensuring the delivery of essential initiatives and projects across the arts and cultural heritage, the environment, community development, enterprise development, and sport and recreation.

Over the years these grants have supported initiatives such as helping junior sporting clubs provide much-needed opportunities, restoring wildlife habitats, rebuilding community clubs and supporting cultural exhibitions.

Grant categories this round include Organisation Support, Project Support and Conservation.

Grants are also available under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), an Arts Queensland and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

For more information or to get an application form, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport or contact the grants team on 3829 8911.



Save Ziggy’s mates

The sad case of Ziggy the koala – which survived the Straddie firestorm only to be mauled by dogs – is a message to all dog owners to ensure they act responsibly and observe the laws.

The family pets which attacked Ziggy were roaming free despite the fact that, by Redland City law, they were supposed to be restrained with a leash or enclosed in a yard.

As North Stradbroke Island continues to recover from the massive bushfire sparked by lightning on December 29, Ziggy’s tragic end underscores the need to ensure dog laws are observed at all times throughout the Redlands.

Redland City councillor Craig Ogilvie – whose Division 2 takes in North Stradbroke – said dog attacks were all-too common on the island and it was now even more critical for owners to ensure native fauna had a fighting chance.

“This is nothing more than what’s required by law but it’s even more crucial right now because a lot of wildlife has moved to new habitat and is highly vulnerable to attack,” Cr Ogilvie said.

Redland City’s Animal Management Committee spokeswoman Cr Wendy Boglary said Council officers would continue their increased presence on the island to reduce risks to wildlife and the public generally.

“It’s important that everyone does what they can to help Straddie heal,” Cr Boglary said.

“People can avoid a fine of $220 by ensuring they exercise their dogs on leads, except in designated off-leash areas.”

Home Beach is the only off-lead beach area. Dogs also can be run at Skatebowl Park at Dunwich between the skatebowl and the fenced area at the eastern end of the park.

Wildcare Straddie spokesman Greg Grimmett said uncontrolled domestic dogs caused horrific and heart-breaking injuries to native animals.

“A significant number of injuries we deal with are a result of domestic dogs not being under control,” Mr Grimmett said.

“People particularly should keep in mind that off-leash areas do not mean people do not have to have their dogs under control.

“If people are camping they need to control their dog 24 hours a day, especially at night – just because it was curled up outside the tent when they went to bed does not mean it didn’t wander around searching for prey.”

Mr Grimmett said visiting pet owners should ensure accommodation providers claiming to be pet-friendly were also “wildlife friendly” and offered enclosures.

“We get too many animals that are torn to bits because of dogs – a bit of common sense would go a long way,” he said.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) chief executive Cameron Costello urged people to “care for country” by respecting Straddie’s flora and fauna.

“We encourage people to come and holiday, to enjoy our beaches and everything else we have to offer … but also to be mindful that we are in recovery-mode,” Mr Costello said.

“We ask people not to wander from established tracks so our plants can regenerate and seeds can germinate, and our cultural sites are not disturbed.’’

Report injured wildlife to Wildcare Straddie on 0407 766 052.


Fluoride a State responsibility

The fluoridation of Redland City’s water supply is a State Government responsibilitry, Council has agreed.

Council in late December 2013 resolved unanimously to write to the State Government urging it to amend legislation to protect councils which want to remove fluoride from water supplies from the high costs involved.

Mayor Karen Williams said fluoridation was a health issue and as such was the responsibility of the State Government.

“The cost of removing fluoride is prohibitive to councils – an estimated $32 million in Redland City’s case – so we cannot afford to make the call, even if our community tells us it wants out of fluoride,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This is an expense we are not willing to force on ratepayers.”

Cr Williams said it was important to take into account that fluoridation was forced on councils by the State.

“The former Government mandated fluoride in our water without reference to councils, so we believe the current Government should decide whether or not fluoride should stay and bear the cost of removing it should councils make that decision on behalf of their communities,’’ she said.

“We will be asking Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle to give local government the choice of accepting non-fluoridated water without cost to councils.”



Sign of the times

New signs with digital messages may soon welcome visitors and residents to Redland City.

Council is investigating the installation of eight new signs at key entry points to the City.

The vision is for the signs to carry digital screens supporting the message that Redland City is the best place to live, work and do business, as well as important community service announcements.

These could include the promotion of major events and storm or fire warnings.

It is suggested signs would be installed at six major roads into the city as well as at the two Priority Development Area (PDA) sites at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, which are the major marine transport points for tourists.

The proposed locations for the signs are: Longland, Mount Cotton, Broadwater, Moreton Bay, Old Cleveland and Rickertt roads, Toondah Harbour (Middle Street) and Weinam Creek (Hamilton Street).

The calling of expressions of interest is the first step in the process.


Quarry queries

Redland City Council will be closely watching development of Barro Group’s extension of its Mt Cotton quarry operations.

The extension’s approval by the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning follows the Government’s formal decision to “call in’’ the quarry application after its rejection by Council last June.

Local Division 6 councillor and Planning and Development spokesperson Julie Talty said while the Minister had placed conditions on the approval, it was not yet clear how strict or effective they would be.

“Council and residents will be looking very closely at the detail, particularly those areas highlighted by Council as the grounds for rejecting the proposal in its detailed submission to the State Government in August this year,’’ she said.

“But until we can assess the detail, it is not possible to judge the full impact of the Minister’s decision.

“This includes noise, dust and traffic impacts and significant impacts on existing environmental habitats, with close proximity to existing rural residential houses and local businesses such as nurseries, cafés and guest houses, as well as road safety concerns.’’

As the Minister’s decision is final, Council has no choice but to accept the Government’s ruling and work with all parties to ensure the conditions placed on the approval are met by the applicant in the best interests of the residents.


Things to do

Redland City Council offers a range of interesting holiday activities for local youngsters. With school set to resume from Tuesday 28 January, head to our website and check out what’s happening.

New sponsorship policy means even playing field for applicants

For information about the new two rounds of sponsorship funding, visit our website.

If you are looking for Council sponsorship, there will be two rounds of funding available during the 2013/2014 financial year. They will be open for applications from late July 2013 and in February/March 2014 respectively.

Council will accept Round 1 sponsorship applications from 29 July to 6 September 2013 and a Sponsorship Information Session is scheduled for 20 June 2013 for all those interested in applying.

Sponsorship Information Session:

When:   20 June, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Where: Victoria Point Library (meeting room)

Bookings and more information: Phone 3829 8911 or email grants@redland.qld.gov.au to reserve your seat. Bookings are essential.

These new arrangements follow Redland City Council’s adoption of a new corporate sponsorship policy and guidelines, to take effect from 1 July 2013.

Redlands Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s Corporate Sponsorship Program has been streamlined for a fairer and more efficient disbursement of available sponsorship funds.

“I am committed to making it easier and quicker to do business with Council, and the changes in our sponsorship program will do just that,” Cr Williams said.

“Under the new arrangements, sponsorship will be distributed through two rounds of funding each financial year, instead of Council assessing applications throughout the year.

“This means the total sponsorship funding available and the number of applications will be known – at least for the second round of funding – so applications can be assessed against each other, rather than on a first-in first-served basis. It’s fairer for everyone.

“In addition, sponsorships of up to $15,000 will be able to be authorised by an internal assessment committee with larger amounts being referred to Council for approval.

“Raising this threshold from $10,000 means a quicker and more efficient assessment process.

“The sponsorship program will be managed in the much the same way Council’s community grants programs with two rounds of funding each year – but community grants are different to sponsorship – and the funding rounds will be offered at different times to avoid confusion.

“I urge those interested in applying for Council sponsorship to attend the information session on 20 June,” Cr Williams said.

The Sponsorship Information Session will cover:

  • changes to the sponsorship program
  • funding round dates
  • evaluation criteria
  • tips for submitting a successful application
  • acquittal requirements, and
  • other funding opportunities.

For more information on sponsorship, visit our website.

School sports precinct pilot a step closer

A pilot partnership to provide top-flight sporting facilities for community use at Victoria Point State High School has moved a step closer with news of a state government grant.

Redland City Council Open Space, Sport and Recreation Councillor Lance Hewlett welcomed government funding of $100,000 for the proposed community sporting precinct partnership.

“This innovative partnership between the Council, state, school and the local sporting community has moved a step closer with news of the grant under the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing’s Get Playing program to Redlands Junior Rugby League Club Inc,” Cr Hewlett, the local Division 4 Councillor, said.

“It comes on top of a $20,000 seed funding commitment from Council to help light the high school oval.

“Under the pilot, the school oval and sports facilities would be significantly upgraded, to enhance rugby league, AFL, cricket, soccer, hockey, athletics and recreation activities at the school site.

“Stage 1 involves lighting of the school ovals for night training and activities, with future stages to deliver further enhancements.

“This pilot is a priority sporting project for Redland City Council and will serve as a model for other communities in the future.”

Cr Hewlett said the city was facing a shortage of quality sporting facilities and maximising use of existing public facilities was sensible.

“Rather than embark on costly land searches and acquisitions and then starting sporting projects from scratch, it makes good sense for us to consider how we can enhance our existing sporting assets,” he said.

“We established a sports reference group headed by Raymond Adams from the school and have been working for months to turn this dream into a reality.

“Council and the school have backed this approach right from the start and the school and local sporting communities will be the winners.

“This is not only a good use of existing facilities but an investment in the future that Council is happy to make.”

A total of $8,129 has also been approved for the North Stradbroke Island Golf Club at Dunwich to install an automated irrigation system to support golf on the Island.

Further to the infrastructure funding received under the Get Playing Program, the State Government also announced that the city will receive participation funding grants for 15 clubs across the Redlands, under the State’s Get Going program.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the participation funding is a huge win for the community because it aims to support initiatives and activities that create opportunities for people to get active.

“This combined funding total of $116,163 is support at the grass-roots level, which includes providing equipment, coaching and training for these clubs,” Cr Williams said.

‘Council will continue to work hard to identify opportunities to partner with schools and sporting clubs and organisations within the City, to optimise community use of these facilities.”

Organisation Name Project Description Location Approved $
North Stradbroke Island Rugby League and All Sports Club Inc Conduct training and accreditation, deliver a

promotional campaign and purchase equipment to support rugby league at Dunwich

Dunwich $9,972
The Bay Islands Golf Club Inc Develop a coach mentoring program to support multi sports on Macleay Island Macleay Island $9,957
The Russell Island Bowls Club Inc Provide a participation program and coach

accreditation to support multi-sports on Russell Island

Russell Island $9,502
Bayside Basketball Association Inc


Provide a referee and coaching mentor program and purchase equipment to support basketball at Victoria Point Victoria Point $9,445


Cleveland Air Magic Association Inc Purchase skipping equipment and providing first aid accreditation for volunteers to support skipping at Cleveland Cleveland $5,619
Redland Bay Golf Club Incorporated Purchase of cardio golf equipment to support golf at Redland Bay Redland Bay $8,610
Redland Softball Association Incorporated purchase equipment, provide volunteer accreditation and conduct a membership drive to support softball at Redlands Ormiston $9,725
Redlands Athletics Inc Provide coach and first aid accreditation and volunteer training to support little athletics at Cleveland Cleveland $9,760
Redlands B.M.X. Club


Purchase lap scoring and timing equipment to

support BMX at Redlands

Capalaba $8,760
Redlands Cricket Inc Purchase equipment and conduct coach

accreditation and training to support cricket at


Wellington Point $5,989
Redlands Rugby Union and Recreation Club Inc Purchase equipment to support rugby union at


Birkdale $5,140
Redlands Swim Club Inc Purchase equipment and deliver a youth

development program and conduct coach

accreditation to support swimming at Cleveland

Cleveland $2,616
Redlands Touch Association Inc Conduct referee accreditation for volunteers and conduct membership drives to support touch football at Redlands Cleveland $10,000
Victoria Point Sharks Sporting Club Inc Purchase of equipment and training and

accreditation to support multi-sports at Victoria Point

Victoria Point $7,495
Wellington Point Bowls Club Inc Purchase equipment to support lawn bowls at

Wellington Point

Wellington Point $3,546
    TOTAL $116,163


Apply for a grant and help invest in your community tomorrow

Applications are opening for Round 2 of funding under Council’s 2012-13 Community Grants Program and Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

From 29 January until 1 March 2013, grant applications to fund sport and recreation, community development, arts and cultural heritage, festivals and events, enterprise development and environmental projects will be accepted.

Council will also host free grant application writing workshops from 24 January to 7 February 2013, with bookings essential.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard encouraged the Redlands community to apply for funding, saying 39 deserving community and RADF projects had already received more than $406,000 this financial year.

“Council funded some wonderful local initiatives through Round 1of the Community Grants Program this financial year. There was a strong focus on supporting emergency services first responders, as well as help for wildlife rehabilitation,” Cr Beard said.

“Seven community-based projects covering visual arts, music and heritage received funding through the Regional Arts Development Fund.

“This is your final opportunity to secure funding under through the Community Grants Program and RADF this financial year,” Cr Beard said.

Grants categories available are:

  • Organisation Support – to fund management and planning costs associated with becoming more sustainable and improving capacity to deliver services (up to $3,000). 
  • Project Support – for organisations to provide specific projects or activities that deliver long-term positive outcomes for the community (up to $10,000). 
  • Conservation Grants – to support individuals and organisations to undertake conservation projects for the benefit of the environment and wildlife (up to $10,000) 
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) – to support professional, emerging artists and arts practitioners in the Redlands, with a focus on the development of quality art and arts practices. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Redland City Council partnership to support local art and culture. Go to www.arts.qld.gov.au for more information.

In addition, you can apply for sponsorship and Councillors’ Small Grants (up to $3000) all year round.

Program guidelines and application forms have been recently updated, so ensure you have the latest versions by going to the grants webpage at www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport/Grants.

Details for the grant application writing workshops are also online. These workshops are ideal for those new to application writing or anyone wishing to improve their chances of securing funding under this particular program. Participants will also learn generic skills handy for applying for funding elsewhere.

Bookings are essential so call the Grants Team to reserve your place.

For more information on workshop dates and locations, the funding categories or to request an application kit go to the grants webpage or call the Grants Team on (07) 3829 8911.

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.

Environment grant up for grabs

Redland community groups are encouraged to apply for a State Government grant to help support the protection of our local environment.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is making up to $100,000 funding available through the Everyone’s Environment grants program with applications due 28 September 2012.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while Council could not apply for a grant, community groups should take advantage of the grant program.

“By accessing the State Government grant, community groups can connect with our environment and make a direct contribution to enhance the natural beauty of Redland City.

“Redland City Council already provides a range of grants and sponsorships with over $760,000 contributed to the community last financial year and I encourage our groups to apply for all grants available to us in the Redlands.

“We offer two rounds of grant opportunities each year. The next round will open late January 2013, while sponsorship applications are open all year round,” Cr Williams said.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply for the State Government grant please visit http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/funding/everyones-environment/index.html. Visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/communitysupport/grants for Redland City Council grants.

Council’s free “winning grants” workshops a winner!

Two “winning grants” workshops facilitated by Redland City Council in May have proven very popular and successful, with 125 people from local organisations attending and many providing overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The free GrantReady workshops, provided by Council, with sponsorship from Bendigo Bank Victoria Point Branch, were designed to help local organisations to source, qualify and win grants from a variety of sources to meet their funding needs.

Mayor Karen Williams said the GrantReady workshops provided great benefit to the local economy by giving local groups the know-how to access funds available from sources other than Council.

The attendees, who took home a free workbook and a ‘grants made simple’ toolkit (CD) that includes templates for budgets and letter of support, agreed.

Stephanie Eaton, who attended on behalf of Redland Bay State School P&C, said she could now see where she’d gone wrong with previous grants application.

“The presenters provided a valuable insight into the mind of a grant administrator, great examples and practical ideas on how to write better submissions. Now I can approach the task from a different angle, one that has a much greater likelihood of success,” Ms Eaton said.

The next round of Community Grants offered by Council (Round 1 for 2012/13) will open on 23 July and close on 31 August 2012.

Free Grant Application Writing Workshops will be held between 19 July and 2 August 2012, for eligible individuals and organisations who wish to apply for Council funding. Information on dates and venues are available on the Grants and Sponsorship webpage: www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport/Grants.

Bookings are essential. To book, contact the Grants Team on 3829 8911.

Anti-bullying, koalas and marine rescue themes highlight diversity of Community Grants Program funding

Thirty-five local individuals and organizations have been successful in receiving a Redland
City Council Community Grant, including programs to support anti-bullying campaigns and
train Marine Rescue volunteers in First Aid.

Council contributed over $200,000 of funding for Round 2 of the 2011/12 Community Grants
Program, which provides the not-for-profit sector with much needed funding to assist
community initiatives that will benefit the residents of Redland City.

Council received 41 applications under the categories Organisation Support, Project Support
and Conservation Grants, with 35 applications ultimately successful in receiving funds for
their unique and worthwhile projects.

The submission evaluators were impressed with the passion, innovation and diversity that
were evident in this tranche of applications presented to Council, highlighting a strong sense
of community and compassion in the Redlands.

The winning grants were approved at Council’s General Meeting, held on 18 April. Some of
the successful recipients of Round 2 of the Grants include:
The Volunteer Marine Rescue for First Aid and Radio education and training ($2,250
Organisation Support Grant).

The BABI Family and Youth Service to conduct ‘Stop Harassing Me’ postcard
community presentations to public high school students and to create a DVD as a
educational resource in addressing bullying ($10,000 Project Support Grant).

Birkdale South State School P&C to educate and raise awareness of the Redland’s
Environment, in particular its koala population and its conservation, through music
and drama performance ($8,900 Conservation Grant).

Information on other successful recipients is now available online under ‘Grants and
Sponsorship’ at www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport/Grants.

Community Grants Program – Round 1 2012/13 Applications

The next funding opportunity will be Round 1 of 2012/13 which invites applications for the
Organisation Support, Project Support, Conservation Grants, Capital Infrastructure and
Regional Arts Development Fund categories. Submissions open on 23 July 2012 and close
on 31 August 2012.

Free Grant Application Writing Workshops will be held between 19 July 2012 and 2 August
2012. Eligible individuals and organisations who wish to apply for funding in Round 1
2012/13 are encouraged to attend the workshops. These workshops provide tips to
applicants on how to write an application. Bookings are essential, contact the Grants Team
on 3829 8911. Information on dates and venues are available on the ‘Grants and
Sponsorship’ website www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport/Grants.