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Council invests in environmental education


Redland City will be home to a first-class native botanical garden and environmental education centre after Council today approved a master plan to expand its IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary said today’s decision would see the local award winning environmental facility transformed over the next five years.

“This already popular venue will be extended to include environmental and cultural experiences that will make it one of South East Queensland’s leading environmental education centres,” she said.

“Included in the extension will be an elevated skywalk through the trees, ending at the 400-year-old Tallowood tree, celebrating the tree’s longevity and place in local history.

“Set in the natural surrounds of Capalaba, children will have the opportunity to not only see nature, but also play in it, thanks to a new sensory playground to be built as part of this project.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy some great freshly cooked food at an expanded cafe, while an updated visitor centre will provide tourists with all the information they need to enjoy their time in the Redlands.

The proposed expansion of the Redlands Indigiscapes Centre.

The proposed expansion of the Redlands Indigiscapes Centre.

Cr Boglary said the extension would include a strong emphasis on cultural education and tourism opportunities.

“The city’s Traditional Owners the Quandamooka People will play an important part in the new centre, including a Welcome to Country picnic area that offers a space for traditional dance, entertainment and talks,” she said.

“Council is also currently in discussion with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) for authentic indigenous cultural heritage experiences to be held at IndigiScapes.”

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello said the project provided an opportunity for the Redlands to expand its cultural tourism offering.

“QYAC is very excited to share Quandamooka culture with visitors and through a solid partnership with Indigiscapes we will bring a unique ecocultural experience to the Redlands.”

Redland City Councillor for Division 7 Murray Elliott said a consultant’s report predicted the extension could attract an extra 8,364 of visitors a year to the centre by 2022 and support 15 direct jobs and five part-time indigenous jobs.

“IndigiScapes is already very popular with locals and visitors and this investment is predicted to generate an extra $1.2million in regional expenditure, boosting the city’s economic opportunities,” he said.

“The extension will be staged over a number of years starting with a new and expanded native plant nursery that will sell a variety of locally sourced plants to help green the Redlands.

“This project will complement the Horizons Foundation $7 million community centre being built next door; creating a vibrant and attractive venue for local families and visitors.”

Council will investigate private and public funding options to help fund the project.

New Redlands tourism subcommittee


Redland City Council has reinforced its support of the local tourism sector by launching a committee of Redlands tourism professionals to advocate for and support the local industry.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands Tourism Subcommittee would complement the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board and recognised the important role of tourism in the local economy.

“Tourism is identified as a key industry for the Redlands in the Redland City Economic Development Framework 2014-2041 and this group of professionals will advocate to the economic development board and Council on the industry’s behalf to ensure it has the support it needs to thrive,” she said.

“Tourism currently contributes 1.4% to Redlands’ Gross Regional Product and the aim is to increase this figure to more than 3% by 2041.

“The 12 elected members were selected from local businesses, meaning they have a genuine passion for the industry and know what it takes to succeed.”

The members of the Redland City Tourism Subcommittee are:

  • Cameron Costello – CEO, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
  • Colin McInnes – Lamb Island Bed & Breakfast and President, Southern Moreton Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Trevor Hulbert – Yarrandabbi Dreaming Retreat, Macleay Island
  • Sue Panuccio – Mt Cotton Retreat
  • Katrina Beutel – Redlands Kayak Tours
  • Phil Robinson – Redland Museum and Old Schoolhouse Gallery
  • Colin Battersby – Fishes at the Point, Discover Stradbroke Real Estate and Chair, Straddie Chamber of Commerce
  • Damian Stewart – Anchorage on Straddie
  • Alex Sey – Sirromet Winery
  • Jeannie Sheppard – Two Little Rows (formerly Stradbroke Weddings)
  • Jenny Tan – Bay Breeze Café
  • Nikki Cornwall – Coochie Boat Hire.

There are also two members from Redland City Council – Chair Tracey Walker Group Manager Communication, Engagement and Tourism and Deputy Chair Kristen Banks.

Cr Williams said establishing the subcommittee was an action of the Redland City Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020, which was developed with extensive input from tourism operators.

“Council recognises the best people to plan the future of the local tourism sector is those who are part of it, which is why we engage the industry as much as possible and this subcommittee is yet another example of that,” she said.

“Collectively, the subcommittee brings a wealth of knowledge and demonstrated skills gained from local, state-wide, national and international experience in areas including accommodation and food services, business and industry development, investment attraction, business innovation, marketing, tours, event management and community development.

“The subcommittee also includes a Council officer who will report actions back to the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board and advocate for support from Council and other levels of government.”

Cr Williams said tourism was critical to the future of the Redlands, especially with sandmining ending on Straddie by 2019.

“Tourism has been identified as the industry to fill the hole left by sandmining and Council is committed to providing the foundations for this to occur,” she said.

The Redlands Tourism Subcommittee will meet monthly until the end of 2016 then bimonthly.

The new Redland City Council Tourism Subcommittee members

Domestic violence leave for Council employees


Redland City Council has further strengthened its support for those affected by domestic and family violence by introducing paid domestic violence leave for employees.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams announced the leave at a candle lighting vigil last night to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

“Redland City Council is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence and we are one of the first councils in Queensland to introduce domestic violence leave,” she said.

“We will provide an extra 10 days paid leave a year to employees suffering domestic and family violence, helping them maintain financial independence and while they are experiencing abuse.

“Each year, more than 100 people die in Australia because of domestic and family violence and no community is immune from the effects of this appalling behaviour.

“In Queensland alone, the statistics are unacceptable, with more than 180 incidents a day reported to police.

“Council recognises that domestic and family violence is a serious violation of human rights that can affect women, children and men socially, emotionally, physically, sexually or financially.

“Victims of domestic and family violence are suffering enough without having to worry about their financial independence and employment as well, and Council now has an approved guideline that supports those who are experiencing abuse.”

Attendees at last night's vigil light candles to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence.

Attendees at last night’s vigil light candles to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence.

Long-time advocate of local domestic violence services, Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary, said Council had zero tolerance for domestic and family violence.

“Until domestic violence stops, we need to support its victims so they can seek counselling, legal services or advice from other services that can help to manage their circumstances, without having to worry about taking other forms of leave,” she said.

“In addition to the 10 days paid domestic violence leave, which will no doubt provide relief for victims, the guideline provides a personal safety plan at work for those experiencing domestic and family violence, as well as advice about support services to contact.

“Council is also providing training for officers who may be approached about this issue to ensure these situations can be dealt with in a safe and respectful way, plus an assistance program for victims and their immediate dependants.”

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A new campaign will include messages of support for domestic violence victims displayed on Redland City Council waste trucks and other vehicles.