Tag Archives: Straddie

Straddie park naming honours past plane tragedy


A 1947 plane crash that claimed six lives will be forever part of the Redlands landscape after Councillors today voted to name a North Stradbroke Island reserve NEI Dakota Memorial Park in memory of the tragedy.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said with next year marking the 70th anniversary of the crash, naming the park after the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) Air Force Dakota aircraft that crashed off the Island claiming all six on board was a fitting tribute.

“Netherlands East Indies Air Force Dakota aircraft was a terrible peace-time tragedy and today’s decision ensures a lasting tribute is in place to educate people about this chapter in local history,” Cr Williams said.

“The Royal Australian Air Force Amberley Scuba Club approached us with the initial request to place a memorial in the park near Adder Rock at Point Lookout, and we have consulted with stakeholders including Traditional Owners to gauge community support for the idea.

“Today’s decision formalises our support of the RAAF Amberley Scuba Club’s plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of this air crash.”

The NEI Dakota plane went down off Point Lookout in February 1947, just 23 minutes into a test flight with three Dutch servicemen and three Australian crew members losing their lives. The wreckage was not recovered.

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said many people had not heard the NEI Dakota story.

“The resting place of the plane has been a mystery for almost seven decades,” Cr Mitchell said.

“I’m sure there are many people who are unaware the plane lays at the bottom of the sea somewhere near Point Lookout.

“Even as recently as 2015 scuba divers have found parts of the plane, but there is more wreckage out there.”

Council will install new park signage at the formerly unnamed road reserve at Adder Rock next year in time for the 70th anniversary of the air tragedy.

Government faces acid test on Straddie mining transition


The Palaszczuk Government must back its North Stradbroke Island mining decision with funding in its coming Budget to start the transition, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

Cr Williams said while the decision of Parliament to re-commit to ending mining by 2019 ended uncertainty about the cessation date, it also presented enormous challenges.

“This is the Government’s action, their legislation and their silver bullet and they now must take full responsibility and get serious about properly funding the transition,” she said.

“We have already lost three years with the back and forth in State Parliament and we cannot wait until 2019 to put the building blocks for the new economy in place – we need to do that right now. To wait until 2019 would be to invite an economic disaster.

“North Stradbroke Island is an isolated community and the impact of the end of sand mining in 2019 is already being felt.

“The loss of mining jobs on Straddie and the hit on the local economy deserves the same level of commitment that we have seen from the Government in responding to the demise of Queensland Nickel in Townsville.”

Cr Williams said while she welcomed the Government’s promised $20 million for the transition, much more would be needed.

“This is a mere fraction of what is needed to ensure the transition does not spiral into an economic disaster,” she said.

“Redland City expects this political decision to be reflected in the next State Budget to prove the Government is serious about softening the impact and planning for the future.”

Cr Williams said the Government must commit to funding infrastructure if tourism was to become the alternative industry to sustain the island in future years.

“Tourism is touted by the Government as the silver bullet and there is no doubt it will play a vital role in providing jobs and economic opportunity on the island,” she said.

“We need to see something in the budget that adds connectivity of the island and to the island.

“The end of mining decision reinforces the importance of the Toondah Harbour development and the need for a comprehensive transport and infrastructure plan for Dunwich to the island through our city.

“The $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project will be a catalyst for Straddie to stake its position as a leading tourism destination.

“Council will stand side by side with the Government, the Traditional Owners and the island community to ensure transition is a success, but the Government now must back its words with dollars.”

Straddie decision reinforces need for Toondah project


The decision to end sand mining on North Stradbroke Island by 2019 reinforces the importance of the Toondah Harbour development, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

Cr Williams said the $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area project would be a catalyst for Straddie to stake its position as a leading tourism destination.

“But the transition from sand mining to an alternative economy must be properly funded by the Government if we are to prevent a potential economic disaster,” she said.

“While the decision of the Parliament to re-commit to ending mining by 2019 finally put an end to previous uncertainty about the cessation date, it brings with it enormous challenges.

“The Government must acknowledge that this was its decision, and that they are responsible for providing the necessary funding for the transition.

“Council will stand side by side with the Government, the Traditional Owners and the island community to ensure transition is a success, but the Government now has a clear obligation to back its words with dollars.

“There can be no short-changing.  To do so will be to invite an economic disaster.”

Cr Williams said the decision to end sand mining on Straddie provided certainty for the island’s residents, Traditional Owners, business and wider Redlands community.

“We now have a clear date to work to but everyone must realise 2019 is just three years away – and much work and planning must be done before then,” she said.

“We have already lost three years with the back and forth in State Parliament and we cannot wait until 2019 to put the building blocks for the new economy in place – we need to do that right now. To wait until 2019 would be to invite an economic disaster.

“Everyone knew sand mining would end on Straddie at some time, but we need to acknowledge the huge impacts this decision will have on the island and the wider Redlands economy.

“You only have to look at the situation in Townsville with the closure of Queensland Nickel to see how the loss of large operations can affect the local community.”

Cr Williams said while she welcomed the Government’s $20 million transition package, it was a down payment.

“We need a lot more – and we need it now,” she said.

“With a State Budget fast approaching there is no better time for the Government to provide that financial security.”

Iconic Straddie Gorge Walk to get upgrade


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has welcomed an announcement by Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey that the popular North Stradbroke Island Gorge Walk will receive a $600,000 upgrade.

Cr Williams said the joint Council and State Government funding as part of the Queensland Government’s Scenic Lookout Upgrade Program was great news for local tourism.

“North Stradbroke Island is one of Queensland’s most beautiful natural wonders and the Gorge Walk provides a beautiful vantage point to view the natural wonders of the island and Moreton Bay,” she said.

“People from all over the world visit this popular boardwalk and today’s announcement will mean even more reason for it to be included on tourist’s itineraries.”

Redland City Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said Council would match the State Government’s $300,000 in funding, with the project to include a new viewing deck for whale watching at the beginning of the Gorge Walk.

“Straddie is the best land-based whale watching location in Australia and the new viewing platform to be built as part of this project will ensure it continues to attract people from all over the world to view the local marine life,” he said.

“The project will also include upgraded toilet facilities, information and interpretive signage and seating at the trail head, ensuring the Gorge Walk is as educational and informative as it is enjoyable.”

Cr Williams said projects like the upgrade of the Gorge Walk were critical as Straddie transitioned from sand mining to tourism.

“Tourism is vital to the future of the island and investment from all levels of government through projects such as this is critical to building a strong economy,” she said.

“I congratulate and thank Minister Bailey and the Palaszczuk government for their commitment to the Redlands and I look forward to further initiatives to ensure the Straddie community successfully transitions away from sand mining.”

Cr Williams said the project would complement Council’s recent works to improve public access on North Stradbroke Island.

“The Straddie Gorge Walk is a $2 million project jointly funded by Council and the Federal Government over three stages with the final stage completed last year,” she said.

“Council also completed a $500,000 upgrade of Headland Park last year.  This upgrade is expected to commence next financial year and will add to the existing infrastructure that is already considered a world-class boardwalk.”

Snapshot – Wednesday 6 May 2015


Minor home modifications

Redland Home Assist Secure can help improve your safety and access at home.

  •  Are you under 65 years of age?
  • Do you own or rent your home?
  • Do you have a disability or need assistance with daily living activities?

You may be eligible for financial assistance for minor home modifications that improve your safety and access in and around your home. Extra funding is available but only until the end of June 2015 so phone now 3383 3030.

Redland Home Assist Secure closed for one day on Wednesday 27 May.

To help improve our services to you, all Home Assist staff will be off-site on mandatory training on this day and will be unable to take or return calls. We apologise for any inconvenience and will respond to your enquiries when we re-open the following day on Thursday 28 May.

 

Council is in the ‘hearing’ loop!

Council is leading the way with amplification systems installed at its main community facilities to make it easier for hearing-impaired people to pick up the speaker’s voice and other important audio.

Facilities with an amplification system include Council Chambers, Customer Service Centres, mainland libraries, Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), the Donald Simpson Centre and community halls at Capalaba, Thorneside, Redland Bay, Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island), Macleay Island and Russell Island.

Please let our staff know you’d like to use the amplification system and they will be happy to assist.

 

Are you wild for wallabies, crazy for koalas or excited about echidnas?

Volunteer for the Redlands Afterhours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) and put your passion of wildlife to good use!

We are urgently seeking volunteers to provide emergency rescue and transport for sick and injured wildlife in the Redlands and adjoining areas of the Koala Coast. You need to live in the Redlands, be 18 years or older and hold an open or probationary driver’s licence.

Hours are from 5pm to 8am daily, with volunteers rostered on for one week in every five to six weeks. Training is provided, with the next full day induction session set for this Saturday 9 May.

For more information or to book in for induction training, phone IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or email
lisa.bailey@redland.qld.gov.au

 

Planned hazard reduction burns

Weather permitting, Council is undertaking planned vegetation burns for hazard reduction and ecological purposes at the following locations in Mount Cotton this month:

  • Sandy Creek Conservation Area, 2-80 Warren Street – Thursday 7 May (7am-4pm)
  • Orchid Drive – Tuesday 26 May (7pm-12am)

 

Water meter readings

We are reading water meters in Wellington Point and North Stradbroke Island this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to to water meter.

 

Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 6 May 9.30am
General meeting: Wednesday 20 May, 9.30am

Tourism eNewsletter – Gorge update


 Point Lookout’s ever-popular Gorge Boardwalk will be open throughout the busy Easter period, with visitors having a new viewing platform to take in the stunning views.

Work to upgrade sections of the boardwalk, which has been progressing in stages, will be suspended until after Easter. This latest stage will bring the total cost of the boardwalk’s construction to more than $2 million.

Keeping the 1.2km cliff-top walk in top shape ensures it remains one of South-East Queensland’s most acclaimed sustainable-tourism attractions.

Meanwhile, the closed section of South Gorge will remain so as Council investigates options for the repair of the eroded area.

Get the facts on vehicle access to the Amity Point Basin


A story in this week’s Redland City Bulletin entitled “Council votes down road to Basin”  incorrectly reports that Council elected not to build a road to allow vehicle access to the Amity Point Basin.

No such decision has been made.  A Council report referred to in the story was deferred to allow further discussions to occur.

While pedestrians can access the Amity Point Basin, vehicle access through the camping grounds is at the discretion of Straddie Camping.  Council is continuing to discuss options for vehicle access with all parties.

NSI meetings address economic and community issues


Regular Township meetings hosted by the Mayor; and the inaugural meeting of the North Stradbroke Island (NSI) Economic Transition Group, are some of the regular engagements held with North Stradbroke Islanders as part of efforts to build a strong future for the island which remains the jewel in the Redlands tourism attractions.

An inaugural meeting of the North Stradbroke Island (NSI) Economic Transition Group was held in December to chart the island’s transition from sand mining to an alternative economy,

The group comprises state and council elected representatives, community and business leaders, academics and government department representatives who will work towards the common goal of a sustainable future for the island and its people as mining is wound back.

The NSI Economic Transition Group is Co-Chaired by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson MP and will meet at least quarterly meetings.

The group has started work on a consultation plan, reviewing the work of the 2011 Economic Transition Taskforce and establishment of a website provide up-to-date information on the economic transition items.

Economic Development eNews: August 2014


Let the business begin
Have your say
Waterfront watershed
Accommodation incentives
Destination direction
International exposure
Have an event?
Cultural boom
Straddie Chamber marketing
Sands of time
New adventures

 

Let the business begin

Redlands businesses are well placed to bid for the opportunities set to emerge from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

With the Games to involve one of the most significant State Government procurement programs this decade, a workshop has been organised to help businesses build their capacity to tender competitively for games-related work, as well as for other government business.

During a three-hour interactive session from 8am on Wednesday 20 August at Redlands RSL Club, Passage Street, Cleveland, participants will learn the art of developing and submitting tenders and how to conduct market research to maximise their chances of success.

The workshop is suitable for businesses new to tendering for government business, as well as those which simply want a refresher and to learn the basics about supplying to GC2018.

Register or view other Tendering for Government Business events >>

The workshop costs $50.

For more information, visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website or phone 13 74 68 .

 

Have your say

Redland City Council has developed a draft Economic Development Strategy that charts a course for the City over the next 25 years driven by an increase in local employment, productivity and tourism growth.

The draft Strategy is open for community comment and you are encouraged to read it and have your say. A research compendium and supporting statistics for the strategy have also been released online. You will find them on the Redland City Council website.

You also can get involved by adding your comments on the website or by making a submission online.

Alternatively you can email responses to cityplan@redland.qld.gov.au or by post to Redland City Council PO Box 21, Cleveland Qld 4163. Comments not made online should be clearly marked ‘Submission to draft Redland City Economic Development Strategy’.

The Economic Development Strategy is not just about attracting business but about retaining and encouraging local business to grow. It will help to identify new business opportunities in key growth sectors and separate action plans are to be developed for each industry sector as the strategy progresses.

 

Waterfront watershed

With closure of the Expression of Interest period, the Redlands’ two priority development area projects at Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek now enter an exciting phase.

Eight strong Expressions of Interest were submitted by firms interested in being part of these exciting projects to create retail, residential and economic hubs for the region. There were also 54 inquiries during the Expression of Interest period.

An expert panel will soon be formed to assess the potential investors, with the Request for Proposals stage to begin in September. Four expressions of interest were lodged for each of the PDAs, with a refined list of potential investors on track for early 2015.

Check Redlands Open for Business for updates.

 

Accommodation incentives

Tourism accommodation providers now have even more reason to invest in the Redlands with Council adopting a tourism accommodation incentives package at its general meeting on July 30.
It follows a Redland City Council resolution in June to investigate measures to generate tourism accommodation projects that will provide local employment by attracting more visitors to the Redlands.

The incentives adopted by Council include:

  • 100 per cent concession for infrastructure charges and development application fees on a “first come, first served” basis for material change of use development (involving building works).
  • Twenty business day priority assessment of development applications that are well made.
  • Rating and utility charge concession during the construction phase for material change of use development

 

Destination direction

Brisbane Marketing has been working on the Destination Tourism Plan for the Greater Brisbane Region and sought feedback from Redland City Council and local tourism operators.

The plan, more than six months in the making, aims to provide the definitive direction for the visitor economy in the region towards 2020. It will highlight the resources needed to create sustainable and competitive tourism destinations.

The Redlands’ visitor economy stretches beyond just leisure and holiday visitors and includes events, business travel, visiting friends and family as well as travel for a purpose, such as education and health.

The plan will provide the Redlands – which has unique features and experiences, opportunities and challenges – with a clear strategy for supporting a sustainable tourism industry.

 

International exposure

The Redlands has had exposure to 38 countries through its representation at the recent Australian Tourism Exchange in Cairns and the Australian Tourism Export Council in Sydney.

The events bring together tourism businesses with international travel industry and media. With international operators looking for new destinations for their customers, the Redlands is in a great position to build on its tourism credentials and get draw more international visitors. During the event, many valuable relationships were formed and will continue to develop over the coming months.

 

Have an event?

If you haven’t done it already, you should list your events on the new Visit Brisbane website. You can do so by filling out the online form. Once registered, you can access the Submit an Event form via the My Profile button at the top right of website.

 

Cultural boom

The number of inquiries on cultural tourism is growing, with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) working with Quandamooka organisations to educate and share stories of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and its people to many groups, schools and universities. Opportunities to grow this important tourism sector and develop new experiences are being explored.

EC3 Global and Eco Tourism Australia are also working closely with QYAC to develop eco-tourism opportunities in the region. QYAC CEO Cameron Costello has just returned from China a trade mission which explored the development of significant eco-tourism ventures.

 

Straddie Chamber marketing

Stradbroke Chamber of Commerce’s latest campaign is well underway to draw Queensland and interstate residents to the island.

The Straddie Is Campaign, backed by Redland City Council, aims to educate people through digital media, such as YouTube, on how easy it is to travel and get around the island. The strategy incorporates social media and user-generated content.

“For Straddie locals, we experience the great weather, stunning beaches, and precious wildlife every day but we want to share our island with Australia and, in turn, find out what Straddie is to our visitors,” Stradbroke Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Thomson said. “By encouraging people to share what they think is a signature trait of Straddie, they are becoming advocates for our large tourism community and the island.”

The digital campaign will span three months during the island’s off-season.

To find out more, visit YouTube and Facebook.

 

Sands of time

A group will soon be set up to help transition North Stradbroke Island’s economy from sand mining to sustainable industries.

Member for Cleveland Dr Mark Robinson has announced he has the support of the Government to form a NSI Economic Transition Group to help plan for the island’s economic future. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will share the role of group chair.

“Much work will need to be done if we are to ensure a smooth transition over coming years from mining to an alternative economy,” Dr Robinson said. “To achieve this aim we will need all parties to be working collaboratively towards a common goal – a sustainable future for the island and its people.’’

The group will work in parallel with the well-established Quandamooka round table.

Business and community leaders who have both an existing interest in the island and a vision for its future would be invited to join the NSI Economic Transition Group.

“Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has committed to delegating a senior officer from his Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning to be part of the group,’’ Dr Robinson said.

Cr Williams said Redland City Council supported a well-planned approach to the island’s future and was ready to support the Government in driving a successful transition.

 

New adventures

Wayne Lamb will be launching his new vessel Axis Vitae on 9 August in what is a significant investment by Robinson Cruises. This yacht will offer tailored sailing experiences on Moreton Bay, including sunset and champagne cruises that showcase the wonderful hidden treasures of the Redlands. You will find more information the Robinson Cruises website.

Redlands Snapshot – 20 May 2014


National Reconciliation Week

Short Film Festival at Cleveland Library

National Reconciliation Week from 27 May – 3 June is a time to reflect on working together to celebrate our diversity, our cultural differences and our shared values.

Council is hosting a free short film festival during National Reconciliation Week in Cleveland Library with daily sessions at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Come along and enjoy films Ace of Spades, The Caretaker, Who Paintin’ dis Wandjina, Yolngu Guya Djamamirr, Blackbuster and Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun as they make you make you laugh, think and learn more about issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

Free business workshop

‘People Matters’ Wednesday 28 May

Council is hosting ‘People Matters’ – a fun, free workshop providing tips and techniques for improving your people skills and ensuring ongoing business success.

  • When: Wednesday 28 May 2014, 7am – 9am
  • Where: Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Road, Wellington Point
  • RSVP: Wednesday 23 May 2014 to karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or 3829 8507 (places are limited)

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Library activity

Join the Adventurer’s Book Club

Calling all kids! Come and join the fun at the Adventurer’s Book Club, held monthly at Capalaba Library for children over eight years old. It’s a free afternoon of activities and book discussion, with all members also receiving a Reading Passport! The next session is 3.30pm – 4.15pm, Thursday 29 May. No bookings needed.

For more information on the great range of free library activities available, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/Library

 

Indigi Day Out

Saturday 7 June, 10am – 9pm

Indigi Day Out takes on a new format this year with one big day of fun, food and music. The popular annual event at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runneymede Road, Capalaba is run in conjunction with Folk Redlands Festival of Music.

There’ll be environmental workshops, stalls, kids’ activities, crafts, food and folk music, rides, animal encounters and face painting. Take your own picnic or buy food from one of the stalls. New night time activities include a bush dance, twilight markets and a barbecue. The folk festival continues on Sunday.

For details visit www.indigiscapes.com.au or call 3824 8611.

 

Water meter readings

Time to restrain the Rhododendrons! We are reading water meters in Redland Bay this week. Please make sure our water meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 21 May and 4 June

General Meeting – 9.30am