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More land for local sports fields

The future of sport, recreation and conservation in the Redlands has received a boost with 159 hectares of land acquired at Mt Cotton.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said 277-293 Heinemann Road had recently been purchased by Council, with about a third of the area to be used for sports and recreation in the future and the remainder to be preserved as a conservation area.

“Existing sports grounds and facilities are at capacity in the Redlands and this site will provide our residents with more sporting fields and community amenities to enjoy,” she said.

“With its recreational potential and environmental values, this is a unique parcel of land that will support future demand for sporting facilities in the Redlands while also protecting a significant area of natural habitat close to existing Council-owned conservation land.

“Much of this land is heavily vegetated and will be retained as an environmental reserve, while the section already cleared will be used for future sports fields and associated infrastructure, including carparking.”

Cr Williams said Council officers would undertake a detailed planning study over the next 12 months, in consultation with all stakeholders including local sporting groups, to determine the best use of the site and provide recommendations for a future program of works.

“Given the size of this site, a multipurpose approach is most likely, with any number of popular ball sports and specialised recreational activities set to benefit,” she said.

“This precinct will not only be valuable for sporting clubs, but also provide cultural and economic benefits as an event space, cementing our reputation as an events destination.

“We expect to be able to also use the site to host local festivals, national sports events and cultural showcases in the future, like those often held at venues like the Cleveland Showgrounds.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the site and Mt Cotton locality was ideally suited as a sports and recreation precinct particularly for residents in the southern part of the city.

“There is scope to connect this area with existing multiuse tracks and trails in nearby conservation areas like the Bayview Conservation Park, which would be welcomed by horse riders, mountain bikers, trail runners and bushwalkers,” Cr Talty said.

“The site would also link surrounding residential communities and expand the list of family-friendly natural attractions at the southern end of our city.”

Redland City seeks land for sport

Redland City Council is looking to buy land for new sports grounds and amenities in the city.

It follows studies which show Council has a shortage of suitable land to meet residents’ future sporting and recreational needs.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted to talk with landowners who might be interested in selling their land for future sports parks.

“This invitation to landowners aims to identify, investigate and, if agreed, acquire land that could be used for sporting fields, courts, facilities and associated uses such as carparking,’’ Cr Williams said.

“I want to stress that Council is in no way looking to acquire land without agreement from the landowner but we feel it is important that we move now to identify what is available and, where agreed, preserve that land for community sports facilities.

“Redland Bay, Mt Cotton, Sheldon and Capalaba West have been identified as ideal areas.’’

Council is looking for large parcels of land, such as three or more adjoining 10ha to 20ha blocks up to single blocks of 100ha-plus.

“The land needs to be mainly flat, largely cleared and on a main road with good access and plenty of road frontage,’’ Cr Williams said.

“The bulk of the land should be flood-free and not need significant earthmoving.

Following a site investigation, Council will seek its own property valuation, with any sale dependent on the approval of Councillors.’’

Interested landowners can contact Council at rcc@redland.qld.gov.au or by calling the Property Office on (07) 3829 8494. Invitation will remain open until 3 February.

Rugby League comes to Redland City in a big way

Redland City can look forward to the  biggest ever boost to local Rugby League  when major partnerships are announced today by the Brisbane Broncos, Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Redland City Council.

All Redland City Junior Rugby League Clubs have now joined up to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls Bayside Broncos Junior Development Programs.  Clubs include the Capalaba Juniors, Redlands Juniors, Stradbroke Island Juniors and Russell Island Juniors, who will now get support in junior development and coaching by the Seagulls, as well as community visits from the Brisbane Broncos Junior Development team.  The Russell Island Juniors already received a visit on February 22nd.

In further news for Redland City, two Intrust Super Cup games have been scheduled in the area for 2015.  North Stradbroke Island will once again host an Intrust Super Cup game on June 7th.  The first  game will be staged in Redland City on April 18th.   This game – scheduled for the Redland Juniors Rugby League Club at Thornlands –  will be the first Intrust Super Cup game played  on the mainland of Redland City.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls CEO Phil Reeves said he was proud to make the announcement.

“Today is a great day for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, for the Redlands and for rugby league,” he said.

“These announcements demonstrate our clear commitment to the Redland City area, in that we are not just bringing one game of the Intrust Super Cup to the area, but two, along with a focus on Junior Development.

“Our club has a proud history and plays an important role within the local area.  We want to use this role to be both a community developer with important health messages, as well as a tourism vehicle for many of the great aspects of Redland City.”

The Seagulls will play their second Indigenous Recognition game on Stradbroke Island at 1:40 pm on Sunday 7 June, following the phenomenal success of the inaugural event in 2014.  They will play their local derby on the Island against Souths Logan during the long weekend, once again paying tribute to the Quandamooka People.  The QRL and Channel 9 will televise the game live throughout the state, and the game will be supported again by the Redland City Council, Deadly Choices and Stradbroke Ferries.

Adrian Carson, from the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health, stated: “Our involvement with both the Brisbane Broncos and Wynnum Manly Seagulls is all about promoting the healthy choices we need everyone in the community, particularly our young indigenous people, to make when it comes to what they eat and drink.  Events like the game at Straddie give us the opportunity to focus their attention”.

“North Stradbroke Island is a special place to many Indigenous people based in South East Queensland and it is absolutely marvellous for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls to bring us another game, particularly against arch rivals, the Souths Logan”.

Paul White, CEO of the Brisbane Broncos, shared his thoughts: “We are very proud to play our part in assisting the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in developing the game in such a fast- growing area like Redland City, which is part of our local catchment area.

“It is terrific that in conjunction with one of our partners, Deadly Choices, two of our feeder clubs can travel across to North Stradbroke to not only play a game of Rugby League at this level but also to sell such an important message for our local indigenous  people.

In addition to all of these boosts to the Redlands area, the new direct feeder team to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls Intrust Super Cup Side will now be known as the Wynnum Manly Redland City Seagulls, who will play home games at BMD Kougari, Redland Juniors, Capalaba Juniors and Wynnum Junior fields.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams  is enthusiastic about the new partnerships and the future of rugby league in the Redlands.

“The partnerships and announcements being made today are terrific for Junior Rugby League, great for local tourism, and definitely kick goals for our community and economy,” Cr Williams said.

“I want to thank the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Brisbane Broncos and all of our local clubs who have worked so hard to build these partnerships which will be a long term benefit for our City.”


Media release from Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Brisbane Broncos

$500,000 RDA funding announced for Russell Island Sport Clubhouse and Resilience Centre

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has expressed delight at today’s announcement of $500,000 funding towards the Russell Island Sports Clubhouse and Resilience Centre from the Commonwealth’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

“Our business plan for regional funding highlighted the strong national and regional importance of the Sport and Resilience Hub,” Cr Williams said.

“Estimated to cost $670,000, this facility will not only accommodate sporting and community groups, it will also serve as a disaster resilience centre for the prevention, preparation, response and recovery phases of a disaster event.

“This need was well highlighted to Redland City Council by the Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald storm event that greatly impacted the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) community over the Australia Day long weekend.

“We are extremely grateful for the funding support of the Australian Government and the strong application support provided by RDA Logan and Redlands Inc in supporting our funding bid.”

Mariae Crawshaw, Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands Inc, said that the application was assessed as a high regional priority and was strongly endorsed for consideration for Federal funding.


“We share the Mayor’s delight in celebrating this funding as a wonderful achievement for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and the wider regional community.”

Redland City Council Division 5 Councillor, Mark Edwards said the funding announcement was great news not just for Russell Island but for all the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

“This multi-purpose facility will serve the demonstrated sport, recreation, social and community needs of the Southern Moreton Bay Island communities of Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay and Russell Islands and those of neighbouring communities in Redlands, Logan and Southeast Queensland,” Cr Edwards said

“The SMBI will have a sporting complex they can call their own, their own clubhouse and the added advantage of its use as a resilience centre in times of need.

“The need for such a community centre was driven home to us during recent the resilience forums held on Russell and Macleay islands and, thanks to the stage one and two partnership between the three tiers of government, we will deliver facilities and a multi-purpose centre residents can be proud of.”

Cr Edwards said the proposed 543m² clubhouse would form the hub of the Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park.

“It has been innovatively designed to include a commercial kitchen and first-aid room and for dual use as a resilience training and evacuation centre, which maximises the output of the building,” he said.

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in January next year and be completed by December 2014 offering employment opportunities to local people during construction and through the establishment phases of the project.

The funding is in addition to state government funding commitment of $750,000 announced in 2010 and Council funding commitment of $1,307,554 towards the development of a large sportsfield and multi-purpose courts as part of stage one of the project.

Redlands Bike Week 2013

Redland City Council is celebrating Bike Week 2013 with the following special events. Everyone is welcome to come along!

Bike Week Redlands

Ride to work breakfast – Wednesday 20 March

  • Free community breakfast / BBQ Wednesday 20 March, 7-8.30am, Cleveland.
  • Information available on cycling in Redland City and Active Travel
  • To register and for venue details contact Jonathan on 3829 8734 or email jonathan.lamb@redland.qld.gov.au.
  • RSVP by 4.30pm Monday 18 March.

Early morning mountain bike ride in the heart of the Redlands – Friday 22 March

  • Come along on a guided ride on trails in the Cleveland / Alexandra Hills area, Friday 22 March, 6.15am.
  • Find out about some of the new trail network in scenic bushland in the heart of Redlands. 
  • It’s free! You must have your own mountain bike and be fit enough to ride 10 kilometres.
  • To register and for start location and conditions of entry contact Jonathan on 3829 8734 or email  jonathan.lamb@redland.qld.gov.au.

View the Bike Week 2013 flyer [PDF 220KB]


Council seeks fresh approach to sporting partnerships

Redland City Council will look for partners to deliver better sports infrastructure and facilities in the Redlands.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would seek to forge innovative partnerships to address the growing demand for sports fields and facilities.

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

“Potential partnerships could include those with organisations looking to undertake infrastructure projects on community, private sector and school land, or shared arrangements with neighbouring local Councils.

“I have discussed the potential of adopting the partnership approach with Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek, who was impressed by the schools model.

“Our schools already have publicly-owned fields and facilities and it makes good financial sense to use what is currently available and to enhance the assets according to demand.\

“We also need to look at red-tape reduction and new approaches to assist clubs with the development of existing club facilities.”

Councillor Williams said Council would discontinue the proposed land acquisition for the Southern Redland Regional Sport Facility and focus efforts on building partnerships.

“The regional sport and recreation project was complicated by issues including Court appeals, government election cycles, cost escalations, uncertain land valuations and time delays – all of which had made the land acquisition not financially viable for Council at this stage,” she said.

“Indicative land acquisition costs could have potentially ballooned from around $17 million to more than $80 million, so we needed to look at new innovative options for more sporting land, including a partnership approach.”

Councillor Williams said to ensure Redlands residents had access to sporting facilities, Council’s City Spaces Group was progressing a range of short and medium term actions.

“In the short term Council will continue to liaise with schools with the best opportunities to meet the sporting needs of clubs,” she said.

“We will be looking at school location, size of fields, number of indoor and outdoor courts, access to change and toilet facilities, access to car parking and willingness to be involved.

“We have already had discussions with some school principals to encourage innovative partnerships.

“Councillor of Division 4, Lance Hewlett is highly supportive of the Sports Reference Group which is headed by Raymond Adams, Head of Department, Victoria Point State High School and the model sports program being developed for that school.

“We are also developing a sports field lighting program to light Council’s own sports fields and partner with schools to light the most suitable ones for community and club use.”

The decision not to proceed with the acquisition of the identified properties for the regional sports facility will be communicated to the relevant property owners.