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Work begins on new pontoon at Victoria Point

Redland City Council has started work on a new pontoon to replace the previous one that broke away from the Victoria Point Boat Ramp during the cyclonic winds recently experienced in the Redlands.

Mayor Karen Williams said the boat ramp had remained open (without the pontoon) for recreational boating, and that when possible, one lane of the two lanes will still be accessible during the construction period.

“Preparations are now being made for the installation of four new piles to secure the new pontoon,” Cr Williams said.

“Two piles can be reached by land when tides allow, but the two seaward piles will need to be put in place by a piling barge when the weather clears.

“We expect this to take place early next week, weather permitting.”

The exact measurements needed to build the new pontoons will only be known when the piles are in place.

Cr Williams said many Redland residents and visitors would be keen to get out on the water come Easter time, so Council was aiming to have the new pontoon built and installed for the long weekend.

“But this is a very exposed site when there are high winds and waves in the bay, so the weather will dictate our progress. Safety is our first priority,” she said.

Changes to the accessibility of the Victoria Point Boat Ramp during the construction period will be updated on the signage already at the ramp, and via Council’s Facebook account and online at www.redland.qld.gov.au.

Life-saving gift – and it’s free

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett has urged parents to sign their children up for potential life-saving free swimming lessons at Redlands YMCA, Victoria Point.

Councillor Hewlett said the lessons were valued at up to $150 and available for families struggling financially.

“Parents can give their child or children the best gift possible by having them taught to swim,” he said.

“Too often we hear of drowning tragedies involving young children. The YMCA is offering families the chance to dramatically reduce the risk of accident by teaching children to swim.

“Our children are too precious to take any chances.”

Councillor Hewlett said the lessons were available to all Redland families experiencing financial difficulty and unable to afford swim tuition for their children.

“The SWIM 100 campaign has been launched to provide 100 terms of lessons over 10 weeks,” he said.

“It is open to families that are experiencing financial difficulties and cannot afford to pay for lessons; have disadvantaged children; or have children with a disability.

“Those wishing to apply must not have previously had lessons at the YMCA centre at Victoria Point.

All they have to do is complete the online application on YMCA’s website www.ymcafitness.com/redlands, or contact the centre on 3820 5300.

Community embraces parkland walk and talk days

Redland City Council’s Walk and Talk days, held 16-17 June, were a resounding success. Over 100 residents took part and gave vital feedback, both verbally and by completing over one hundred neighbourhood surveys and eight walkability surveys.

The Walk and Talk days were a community engagement activity for Open Space Strategy, the City’s open space planning blueprint for the next 14 years.

As part of the event, people were invited to checkpoints at Cleveland, Alexandra Hills, Victoria Point and Wellington Point to give their views on our parklands and open spaces, and the strategy recommendations. They could then go for a walk with council officers, complete a Heart Foundation walking checklist and have a chat.

There was also a children’s activity station, where kids could draw what they loved about local parks.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Walk and Talk days were a great example of Council seeking new ways to speak to residents.

“This project highlights Council’s commitment to listening to residents and finding different ways to gather information about our community’s needs and expectations.

“The Walk and Talk Days are a culmination of four months of community engagement on this project, and their success is a clear indication of how deeply people care about our neighbourhood parklands and open spaces.”

The Walk and Talk days were co-funded with the Local Government Association of Queensland, after Redland City Council successfully applied for a grant.

This project is one of only five to receive funding in Queensland, and will be used as a Healthy Communities demonstration project for local councils throughout the state.

Community engagement on the open space strategy is due to close on 30 June. Mayor Karen Williams extended her thanks to all those who have provided feedback.

“Whether you have commented on the strategy, completed a walkability checklist or shared your views at a Walk and Talk day, your feedback is valued and will be taken into consideration when the strategy is finalised for Council approval,” the Mayor said.