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Land for Wildlife 20-year celebrations on Redlands Coast

Around 90 people came together for a special event on Saturday 29 September at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre celebrating 20 years of the Land for Wildlife (LFW) program in south east Queensland.

Redland City Council hosted drinks and canapés at IndigiScapes as a way of saying thank you to local landowners for their environmental stewardship.

Among those honoured at the celebrations were six sets of property owners who have been very active participants in the program for the past 20 years, since its inception in 1998.

LFW is a partnership program between Council, state and federal governments, community organisations and private property owners to manage land in a way that creates and maintains wildlife habitat.

Redland City Council’s LFW program currently supports 178 groups of property owners with land management, over an area of 6032 acres.

Land for Wildlife has proven itself an integral part of local habitat restoration efforts over the last two decades and is one of six extension programs within the Environmental Partnerships Program based at IndigiScapes.

Jointly the programs plant more than 11,000 plants on private property each year; work with around 440 teams of property owners across the city and provide support through environmental education, best practice property management and funding for approved projects.

Among significant local achievements in LFW’s 20-year history is the 2015 declaration of 1399 hectares of bushland on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, a partnership between Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), and Redland City Council with the support of SEQ Catchments. The declaration created the largest Land for Wildlife property managed by Traditional Owners in Queensland.

Event photographs



Help count the glossy black-cockatoo

Redland City Council is calling for volunteers for the annual Redlands Coast survey of glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami), to be held on Sunday 14 October.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the survey was an important part of ongoing efforts to protect one of the rarest and most threatened cockatoos in Australia.

“We are blessed with a naturally wonderful place to live and glossy black-cockatoos, or ‘glossies’, contribute to Redlands Coast biodiversity,” Cr Williams said.

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Image Credit – Lisa Bailey

“Redland City Council is an active partner of The Glossy Black Conservancy and works with community on planting programs, education and research.

“In early September, our annual food-tree planting – this year on Macleay Island – was a great success and saw 600 native she-oak seedlings go into the ground.

“This was a wonderful collaborative effort and I’d like to thank community volunteers for this achievement.

“The annual survey, to be held on 14 October, is another simple way people can make a meaningful contribution to the preservation of this stunning species.

“To ensure we have the best chance of finding glossies on the day, we are asking those wanting to volunteer to come along to a pre-survey Glossy Black-Cockatoo Workshop on Saturday 6 October.”

The workshop will be held at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre from 10am to 1pm and volunteers will be assigned their survey area, be able to listen to an informative talk, and hone their bird identification skills.

Register attendance at the workshop by contacting IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Since recordings began at Redlands Coast in 1998, through dedicated volunteers there have been more than 1500 sightings of glossies.

Around 98 per cent of these have occurred on the Redlands Coast Southern Islands and North Stradbroke Island.

For more information on glossy black-cockatoos visit the IndigiScapes website.

Wildlife ambulance celebrates 20-year milestone

Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) service has marked 20 years of rescuing injured, sick and orphaned native animals under Redland City Council coordination.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre played host to an anniversary celebration on Saturday 18 August, bringing together original and current volunteers and stakeholders to acknowledge the milestone.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said RAWA, coordinated by Council and serviced by volunteers, continued to be a crucial environmental and community service.

“Council initially began supporting wildlife rescue in 1985, when the then Redland Shire Council donated a vehicle to Eprapah Scout Warden Don Burnett in support of the work he and volunteers were doing rescuing and releasing koalas,” Cr Williams said.

“In 1998, Council resolved to undertake full coordination and operation of the service and RAWA, as it exists today, was born.

“The rescue vehicle has been upgraded five times, with the newest vehicle received in June 2018, but the engine that keeps this service running is our amazing volunteers.

“Each and every day for the past 20 years, there has been a volunteer on call ready to help wildlife in need – about 180 volunteers in all over that time.

“On an annual basis, the RAWA volunteers contribute 5,475 hours of dedicated service to Council and the community, working from 5pm to 8am every day.

“This 20-year milestone would not be possible without the dedication, sacrifice, compassion and tireless work of these volunteers and I thank them on behalf of all of Redlands Coast.”

The RAWA service is highly regarded by wildlife hospitals and organisations in south-east Queensland and also plays a key role in educating the community through volunteer interaction and participation in Council’s schools program and community displays.

It has also provided, and continues to provide, valuable data to help shape environmental policy and guide Council’s decision-making.

Redlands Wildlife Rescue Ambulance

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Lance Hewlett, who represented the Mayor at the weekend’s 20-year milestone event, said it coincided with breeding season for many animals, and also served as a timely reminder for people to be on the lookout for wildlife.

“Now is the time to be particularly cautious – slowing down and taking caution when driving and keeping pets indoors or contained at night when native animals are at their most active,” Cr Hewlett said.

“If you do see an injured native animal, contact Council’s 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Service on 3833 4031.”

Cr Murray Elliott, who was part of the Council that endorsed the creation of the RAWA service, also attended to thank volunteers and support the celebrations.

For more information, or to enquire about volunteering for RAWA, visit the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre website or call 3829 8611.

IndigiScapes Environment Education Centre set to expand

Redlands Coast will be home to a unique environmental education experience, with expansion plans for Council’s IndigiScapes Centre.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the expansion plans included major refurbishments to the centre’s popular Bush Tucker Café, additional native landscape gardens, new environmental interpretation space and education spaces and conference facilities, plus an exciting new skywalk facility set for the 2019/20 financial year.

“IndigiScapes already attracts to the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast more than 40,000 visitors a year, including tourists and those with environmental interests,” Cr Williams said.

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott said the exciting suite of improvements were supported by a multi-million dollar investment by Council and $900,000 funding from the State Government, and would cement the centre’s place among the most unique and popular environment centres in Queensland.

“Work will begin in the coming months, with the centre to temporarily close the first half of next year to allow the work to be completed safely and efficiently,” Cr Elliott said.

“We are certain the sacrifice will be worth it when the newly refurbished centre reopens again to the public.”

Cr Williams said the expansion plans built on the newly co-located Horizons Centre and the IndigiScapes nursery centre expansion.

“The IndigiScapes nursery plays an important role in helping to transform the IndigiScapes educational messages into reality, supplying low-cost, locally indigenous seedlings for planting,” she said.

“The nursery will continue operating during the refurbishments work.

“Council will be clearly advising the community of the pending changes and closure times.

“We will also be looking at how best to ensure the continuity of the many environmental extension services delivered from the IndigiScapes Centre by staff members who will be relocated during the temporary closure.”

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast offered an abundance of naturally wonderful things to do during the IndigiScapes upgrades.

“Venman Bushland National Park at Mount Cotton, Bayview Conservation Area at Redland Bay, Redlands Track Park and the many coastal or hinterland parks are just some of the wonderful, back-to-nature activities available here,” she said.

“Of course, the new, expanded IndigiScapes nursery will still be open, and people can continue to receive advice and purchase plants.”

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre will be closed for the construction work from 28 December, 2018.

For information on naturally wonderful hidden treasures and little adventures, visit the Redlands Coast website.

Exchange weeds for trees at August community event

Redlands Coast homeowners are up for free native trees in August as IndigiScapes urges residents to become biosecurity-aware and rid their properties of invasive pests.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said whether you’re on the islands or the mainland, you can exchange a bag or bucket of weeds for a free local native plant.

“Council is passionate about all things native and our IndigiScapes staff will happily identify your weeds for you on the day, or at the IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba,” she said.

“Take the opportunity to plant a eucalypt for a koala, or a she-oak for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo.

“Replacing weeds with native plants is an excellent way to protect Redlands environmental diversity, agriculture and our community from the impact of pests and weeds.

“Our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast has a varied wildlife habitat ranging from rainforest to coastal wetland with a wide diversity of plants and animals.

Biosecurity is about the protection of our economy and environment from invasive pests and disease, and both Council and the Redlands community need to be vigilant.

Residents can enhance biodiversity in their garden by managing weeds and pests, which in turn attracts native animals and insects and expands wildlife corridor connections to our nature reserves, giving safe passage to our travelling wildlife.

“Quite apart from that, gardening is therapeutic, gets you back to nature, provides exercise, and fosters general health and wellbeing,” Cr Williams said.

Trees for Weeds 2018

Mainland Event: 4 August 2018 at IndigiScapes Nursery, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

Bay Islands Event: 19 August 2018 at:

  • Coochiemudlo Island Jetty
  • Macleay Island Progress Hall at 2 Russell Terrace
  • Russell Island Public Pool Carpark in High Street
  • Lamb Island Jetty Carpark
  • Straddie – Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Corner East Coast Rd & Kennedy Drive, Point Lookout

Visit the IndigiScapes website for more information or phone 3824 86.

Redlands invests in renewal

Redland City’s 2018-19 budget invests heavily in the renewal of existing road, transport and community infrastructure such as parks.

Mayor Karen Williams said $13.8 million had been set aside in the $66.9 million capital works program to re-seal local roads as part of almost $23 million allocated to mainland and island transport and traffic projects.

“The program in this budget is aimed at ensuring existing community infrastructure is in tip-top shape, which will save the city money in the longer term.

“The commitment includes $22.9 million for road rehabilitation, including $4.45 million for the Collins Street and School of Arts Road upgrade at Redland Bay and funding for the continuation of Council’s successful Green Seal Program on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Another $847,000 will be spent on footpaths and $992,500 on bus shelter and seat renewals.”

With more than 330km of coastline, the Redlands Coast relies heavily on marine infrastructure, which will be a key part of this year’s capital program.

“However marine infrastructure is expensive, more so for a council of our size, so we have been seeking a commitment from the State Government, which has responsibility for marine projects, to fully fund and maintain future marine transport work.”

“This decision allows us to invest in local projects, including $3.1 million for Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek transport and parking project, and a further $7.9 million for the city’s marine infrastructure and foreshores.

“As a coastal city with island communities, our marine infrastructure is critical,” Cr Williams said.

“We have earmarked $699,175 for Victoria Point’s Masters Avenue barge ramp, which services Coochiemudlo Island.

“Other expenses include almost $6.5 million for work in the city’s canals.

“Following community consultation and changes to the way we fund canal and lake maintenance, dredging and revetment wall repairs, Council has set aside $2.3 million for the Raby Bay revetment wall upgrade program, $1.13 million for Raby Bay groyne renewal and $3.1 million for work at Aquatic Paradise.”

Parks and conservation are major beneficiaries.

“This budget includes funding for the Wellington Point Village Green and streetscape upgrades, as well as providing $2.1 million for the expansion of Redlands IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba to cater for growing demand,” Cr Williams said.

More than $4.1 million will go towards renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields across the city.

“Parks in every division will get new equipment, features or amenities. These are priorities as our parks are vital to the wellbeing of residents and help to foster the strong sense of community we enjoy in the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.

“In addition, Council will also provide almost $1.9 million to our libraries, Redland Performing Arts Centre and the Redland Art Gallery for public art and acquisitions.’’

More than $6.3 million will fund waste, water and wastewater projects, including wastewater treatment plant and sewerage pump upgrades.

Capital expenditure program at a glance:

  • $22.9 million for roads projects, including the Green Seal Program, Regional Road Alliance Program and resurfacing and rehabilitation programs.
  • $16.6 million for infrastructure, including footpaths and expansion of the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, bus shelter and seat renewals,.
  • $7.9 million for marine and foreshore projects.
  • $6.3 million for water, waste and wastewater projects.
  • More than $4.1 million to go towards renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields.
  • $1.9 million for community and cultural development.

Major individual projects include:

  • Collins Street and School of Arts Road upgrade, Redland Bay, $4.5 million.
  • Aquatic Paradise canal trench blocks, Birkdale $3.1 million.
  • Weinam Creek parking and development project commencement, Redland Bay $3.1 million.
  • Revamp of Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, which will include a new environmental education interpretation terrace, an expanded café, a new theatrette and meeting centre, outdoor amphitheatre, new southern gardens incorporating “caring for country themes” and a new administration building $2.1 million (part of the $16.6 million for infrastructure as listed in above section).
  • Groyne renewal, Raby Bay $1.1 million.
  • Masters Avenue  barge ramp, Victoria Point $699,175.
  • Charlie Buckler Sportfield carpark renewal and expansion, Redland Bay $622,240.
  • Three Paddocks Park carpark and public amenities, Birkdale/Wellington Point $552,000.
  • Station Master’s Cottage project, Cleveland $501,983.
  • Village Green and streetscape upgrades, Wellington Point $388,026.
  • Masters Avenue seawall, Victoria Point $357,139.
  • David Parr Park renewal, Alexandra Hills $371,131.
  • Cascades Gardens water feature renewal, Victoria Point $200,000.
  • Willard’s Farm restoration, Birkdale $100,000.
  • Seeana Drive Park renewal, Mt Cotton $168,435.
  • Wimborne Road Park renewal, Alexandra Hills $164,175.

Visit the Redland City Council website for more information.

Koalas on the move and looking for love

Romance is in the air throughout the Redlands as koala breeding season begins, with male koalas on the move and looking for love between July and December.

With koalas migrating into new and unfamiliar territories in search for prospective mates, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has urged the community to be mindful of the increased activity to help make sure there is no love lost.

“In addition to breeding season, it is also the time of year when last year’s juvenile koalas leave their mothers to forge their own path and find their own homes,” Mayor Williams said.

“This means there is also greater movement amongst our younger and more inexperienced koala populations, so we all need to take extra care to keep them safe by adhering to speed limits on the roads, making sure our yards are koala friendly and keeping pets inside at night.”

“Don’t be surprised if you spot koalas in unexpected places or on your own properties as they explore new ground between July and December, and if you do make any koala sightings please notify Council,” Cr Williams said.

Mayor Williams also said people could register for a visit from the Koala Detection Dogs, a unique scientific tracking program, part of Council’s five-year Koala Conservation Action Plan.

“This project is a critical first step in understanding koala density, population size, survival rates, health and genetics, and identifying important koala habitat,” Cr Williams said.

“The detection dogs will be undertaking scat surveys throughout certain suburbs, but if you see koalas in your own backyard or have a koala tree on your property you can register for a visit by contacting the Koala Population Assessment Register at IndigiScapes,” she said.

To register for a visit by the Koala Detection Dogs contact the Koala Population Assessment Register at IndigiScapes on 3824-8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au. Once registered a staff member will be in contact in the following weeks.

For more information about Council’s Koala Conservation Action Plan visit www.redland.qld.gov.au. Remember to look up whenever you’re walking around Redlands, you never know who you might see.

To help keep our koalas safe:

  • Adhere to speed limits on the roads at all times, but especially at night.
  • Keep yards koala friendly – put ‘scamper ramps’ in place to help koalas get up and over fences and out of swimming pools.
  • Keep pets restrained or inside at night.
  • Keep dogs on their leashes outside designated dog off-leash areas.
  • Record all your Koala sightings on The Atlas of Living Australia ala.org.au available 24/7.

The Fergies are doing it for the trees at Indigi Day Out

The Fergies are one of the headline acts at this year’s Indigi Day Out on Saturday 2 June 2018, raising awareness of veteran trees at Redland’s IndigiScapes biggest event of the year.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said Indigi Day Out and Folk Redlands Festival of Music was an iconic event on the IndigiScapes calendar, drawing crowds from across the south east region.

This year’s theme is all about the importance and value of our veteran trees that not only provide shade in the heat, and the air that we breathe, but provide sanctuary for wildlife in their old, gnarled limbs.

“We’re privileged to have renowned singer/songwriter, guitarist, didgeridoo player and artist, Joe Geia performing as Indigi Day Out marks the end of National Reconciliation Week and the opening of the Quandamooka Festival,” Cr Williams said.

“The folk music provides a fantastic atmosphere under the trees, and this year’s line up with local Redland performers Mama Juju and the Jam Tarts, Diddly Squat, Noisy Plumbing and other great acts, set the tone for a fantastic day out.

“It’s our annual free family fun day featuring environmental exhibitions and folk music, so put the date in your diary and get your boogie shoes on.”

Indigi Day Out is a celebration of the Redlands’ environmental character and its cultural heritage.

Indigi Day Out

Indigi Day Out 2017

Cr Williams said nature is a great tonic for our busy and stressful lifestyles, so take the time to appreciate some of our beautiful established trees that can help ease anxieties and improve your mood.

“If you have questions about bushcare, environmental partnerships, wildlife, waste reduction, waterways, or want some tips on having a wildlife-friendly backyard, come along and talk to our knowledgeable IndigiScapes team.

“With a host of exhibits, displays and talks, as well as native plant sales, there will be something for everyone,” Cr Williams said.

Activities include Sparky Do Dah Nature Play and bushwalks, gumnut craft with local artist Karen Benjamin, weed weaving a new ephemeral hut for the playground, story cloth art, face painting including an exhibition of full body painting by Fairy Raine, and Geckoes wildlife displays for the kids.

Kick back at the end of the day with Helen Ashworth, an accomplished contemporary storyteller- in-song, who will delight with her guitar rhythms and song.

Event details

Date: Saturday 2 June 2018, 10am to 4pm
Venue: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba
For more information and a full program, visit www.indigiscapes.com.au

Koala Detection Dogs coming to a place near you

From 23 April, specially trained Koala detection dogs, Maya and Baxter, and their expert handlers will be coming to Cleveland, Ormiston, Thorneside and Wellington Point to start a city-wide Koala Population Assessment with a focus on finding Koala scats (aka poop).

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said Redlands is a recognised population stronghold for koalas in Queensland and houses one of Australia’s most significant coastal koala habitats.

“This unique tracking program is part of Council’s five-year Koala Conservation Strategy (KCS) which will focus on the five key threats to Koalas: habitat loss and fragmentation; road mortality; dog attacks; disease; and changes to climate.

“This project is a critical first step in understanding Koala density numbers, health, population size and survival rates, population genetics, and identifying important Koala habitat (both existing and potential).

“We’ll be targeting certain suburbs at certain times during upcoming weeks, but we are also happy to hear from Redlanders who see Koalas in their own backyard or have a Koala tree on their property,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has invested heavily in scientific programs to help protect our precious koala population, with this tracking program following other initiatives such as the ground breaking Chlamydia trial we partnered with the University of Sunshine Coast to deliver.

RCC Mayor Karen Williams with Maya and Baxter.

The Detection Dogs for Conservation Team is led by two senior ecologists and geneticists, Dr Romane Cristescu and Dr Celine Frere and multiple handlers and their dogs. With more than 25 years’ experience in Koala ecology having undertaken more than 1400 Koala scat surveys across South East Queensland, the team is expert in what they do. Maya and Baxter have, to date, conducted more than 995 and 450 Koala scat surveys respectively and are professionally trained and scientifically tested for the job.

“Koala poop can tell us lots of important things about our Koalas, and the DNA information we extract will help Redland City Council better manage and protect Redland’s Koalas into the future,” Dr Frere said.

To register for a visit by the Koala Detection Dogs contact the Koala Population Assessment Register at IndigiScapes on 3824-8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au.

Once you’re registered we’ll confirm your details and arrange a time.

If you want to help in other ways – remember to look up whenever you’re walking anywhere in and around Redlands, and record your sightings on The Atlas of Living Australia. For more information on the KCS visit the Redland City Council website.

Redlands embraces the Games and the benefits flow

Redland City Council’s early and strong advocacy for opportunities with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games has paid off, with a swathe of short and long term benefits already flowing for our region.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said, the Games was much more than just a sporting event, it brought the potential for benefits that span tourism and economic growth, trade and business, arts and culture, and sports and healthy lifestyle.

“Being part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and Council has been working with the community and local businesses in the years leading up to the event, to ensure long-lasting cultural and eco-tourism tourism benefits.

“Our athletes shone with three bringing home Gold: Shayna Jack of Alexandra Hills won gold in the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay; Melissa Wu from Thornlands won gold for the Women’s 10 m Platform (Diving) and Zac Alexander landed gold in Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match in Squash.

“Paige Leonhardt from Mt Cotton brought home silver in the Women’s SB9 100m Breaststroke while Daniel Fox from Cleveland won bronze in the Men’s S14 200m Freestyle.

“Matthew Barnard from Ormiston also showed true sportsmanship in diving events, while ex-Ormiston College student and diver, James Connor won bronze in the Men’s 3m Springboard.

Redlands also hosted over 60 of Team England’s Commonwealth Games cycling and shooting teams during Games competition at the Anna Meares Velodrome, Chandler and Belmont Shooting Range. Team Scotland also came to town running a swimming session with Sheldon College and swimmers

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said hosting Team England at the Alexandra Hills Hotel was a privilege for the city and the competitors’ with the ‘Redlands experience’ made possible through Council, community and business partnerships and advocating for teams to stay locally.

“Their presence hasn’t gone unnoticed and we hope they have enjoyed their stay and will share fond memories of their warm welcome when they return home.”

Mayor Williams said the city enjoyed national and international media exposure from the two Queen’s Baton Relays events we negotiated.

“They enabled us to profile our mainland and North Stradbroke Island communities, highlighting the regions spectacular tourism assets and showcasing our Quandamooka heritage.

“Those memories will live on as we commemorate those magical moments with plaques at both Raby Bay and Point Lookout to serve as a permanent reminder of Redlands’ role in the Games.

Culturally, Redlands stood out with the Art Exhibition of Quandamooka woman and Commonwealth Games medal designer Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, whose fantastic artwork Migalu Yalingbilla – White Humpback stole the show at the opening ceremony.

“For community the Games celebrations have brought our City together, not just through the Queen’s Baton Relay events but through the many other vibrant activities that have flowed from the Games presence in our region.

“Maryann Talia Pau of the One Million Stars to End Violence Program made Redland Art Gallery the 100th Star Weave Community, pledging to weave and collect 10,000 stars for a major installation for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Cr Williams said.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre also got involved using the special edition Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games themed Nature Play Passports to encourage children and families to get outside, and increase participation in outdoor, unstructured, active play, laying the foundation for lifelong stewardship of our natural environment.

Redlands Healthy & Active Program, backed by generous grants from the Australian and Queensland Governments, through the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, brought a community based physical activity program to Redlands throughout Term 1, contributing to building healthier, happier and more vibrant communities.

“As part of the same funding package Redlands was able to deliver the Redlands Games Carnivale event which brought the twelve days of the Games to Raby Bay Harbour Park, where locals could enjoy the outdoors and good food while watching the Games on the big screen,” she said.

For trade, the Games brought opportunities for local and international engagement for participants in the Redlands’ Trade 2018 Program.

“Council and business decision-makers were able to build ties through forums such as Canada Connect, the Queensland and Commonwealth Collaboration and Showcase, and an International Education and Training Agent Engagement Reception.

“Further opportunity was offered at the Queensland Opportunities in E-Health and Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct Showcase, attended by Birmingham Lord Mayor, Anne Underwood, host of the next Games.

Cr Williams said that Regional Development Australia, Logan and Redlands networking had also ensured Council is now directly in contact with a delegation from the City of Birmingham, who are the next host City for the Commonwealth Games.