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Redlands’ selfless volunteers honoured

Several hundred Redlands volunteers attended a special Redlands Volunteers’ Christmas Celebration on Saturday to recognise their vital contribution to the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the brunch and entertainment event at the award winning Redlands IndigiScapes Centre marked thousands of volunteer contributions across a wide diversity of roles.

“We have volunteers contributing to our city’s sporting activities, marine rescue and lifesaving, emergency and rural fire services; aged, youth and disability support; museums and galleries and wildlife rescue and bushcare just to name a few,” she said.

“Without their selflessness, motivation and passion our city would certainly be the poorer.”

The late June Craven was among the special tributes at the festive brunch.

June, who passed away earlier this year, was commemorated for her tireless years of fund raising for the Cancer Council, an effort that is continuing through volunteer fund raising efforts across the city.

Former Redland Museum president Ross Bower, who this year received the Greg Cook Volunteer Recognition Award, was also given special mention for his unwavering commitment, tireless dedication and outstanding leadership.

Cr Williams said the city was also particularly lucky to boast the best SES unit in the Region for the sixth year in a row.

“Our local SES unit received the accolade for going above and beyond during the North Stradbroke Island bushfires in December and January this year,” she said

“This follows a similar extraordinary effort the previous year when ex-tropical cyclone Oswald hit the city.

“Our city and community rely heavily on our thousands of volunteers, and they always respond selflessly to this need.

“Christmas is also a time when many of them shine through their support for the less fortunate in the community

“On behalf of all the Redlands community, it is a special delight to be able to say thank you to all our volunteers and wish them all the blessings of Christmas and the festive season.”

Volunteers Week chance to say ‘thanks a million’

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is asking residents to use Volunteers Week celebrations this week to say thanks to volunteers they know and to think about volunteering themselves.

Cr Williams said the ‘Thanks a Million’ message of this year’s Volunteers Week celebrations reflected the fact that over six million Australians, including thousands of Redlanders, volunteer annually.

“On behalf of the community I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers,” the Mayor said.

“Whether it is our children’s sports club, bush care groups or charity work and fundraising – without the efforts of volunteers, we would be much poorer as a community, both socially and economically.

“In fact, research released last year estimated the value of the work done by volunteers nationally was over $14 billion annually and the economic contribution over $200 billion a year – more than the mining industry!

“As was shown with the January storms this year, our highly awarded Redlands SES volunteers are constant and dedicated supporters of our community whenever disaster threatens.

“Redlands has been recognised twice as Queensland’s Most Sustainable City, in large part thanks to the volunteer contributions of our Redland bush care and IndigiScapes volunteers.

“This month’s ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’ and the ‘Relay for Life’ cancer fundraising efforts this weekend at Norm Price Park-Redland Showground, would not happen without the volunteer efforts of dozens of selfless people.

“All these volunteers and the many others who donate their time throughout the year, do so without expectation of reward.

“So even if you don’t have the opportunity to volunteer this week, please take the opportunity to say thank you to someone you know who does.”

Volunteers spread Christmas cheer

The Redlands Community Wildlife Care Network meeting transformed itself into Santa’s workshop to create Christmas hampers for local veterinarians.

Local Santa, Paul Barnes, and four of Santa’s little helpers filled hampers with a range of donated and unused medical supplies, handmade pouches and goodies to say thank you to local vets.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said our volunteers and vets tirelessly care for our local wildlife with a generous Christmas like spirit all year–round.

“The volunteers of the Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue received over 5,300 calls this year and provided rescue and assistance for more than 4,700 animals. One in five rescues are for our local urban koala population,” Cr Williams said.

“Our local veterinarians provide an immense contribution in support of the Redlands Wildlife Rescue service through generous donation of their time and skills to care for our sick and injured native neighbours.

“The work of our community volunteers ensures there is always someone on hand to take calls from concerned residents and protect our wildlife.”

The Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue service is coordinated by Redland City Council and is operated by passionate and dedicated volunteers who make sure that the service runs every day of the year to help our native wildlife, including Christmas day.

If you see a sick, injured or orphaned animal contact the Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue on 3833 4031.

Redlands volunteers celebrated

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and councillors will host a celebratory barbecue for hundreds of the city’s volunteers tomorrow to thank them for their contribution to the Redlands community.

Volunteers from across the community will join the Mayor and councillors for the barbecue at Norm Price Park- Redland Showground and presentation of certificates of appreciation to the Redland SES and Regional SES Member of the Year, Gersualdo Lo Presti.

“Volunteers are our community’s most valuable asset and a thread that binds so much of our community together,” the Mayor said.

“But their self-effacing character means there are limited public opportunities to say thank you, so it’s a great delight to have this opportunity to do so.

“International Volunteers Day celebrations this week have been reminder that volunteer contributions across Australia are now estimated to be worth more than the mining industry.

“But the true value of the contribution by our city’s volunteers to the lives of thousands of people in our community is inestimable.

“It is visible every week in the hours of work put in by hundreds of sporting club volunteers who are shaping the health of our community and our younger generation.

“It is evident in the tireless efforts of the nearly 300 highly trained Redland SES volunteers who were appropriately recognised last month as the best Regional Unit of the Year for the third time.

“Our city’s bush care, IndigiScapes and catchment volunteers have been major contributors to the Redlands again winning the title of Queensland’s Most Sustainable City (2012).

“They have also contributed to marked improvements in the health of our waterways, bays and catchment in this year’s South East Queensland Ecosystem Health Report Card.

“Whether it is cancer fund raising, Meals on Wheels or the life saving and community support efforts of SES volunteers, we are very grateful and truly humbled by the efforts of all our volunteers.

“I am sure all of the Redlands will join us in saying thank you and wishing all our volunteers an especially safe and happy Christmas and New Year.”

Say thanks to a volunteer in SES Week

This week’s national SES Week celebrations are a great chance to say thanks to the SES volunteers who help keep us safe and secure all year round, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

“Our 220-strong Redland City SES unit has a proud history of selfless contribution by ordinary people doing extraordinary things with several this week celebrating 10 and 20 years’ service,” Cr Williams said.

“These highly trained Redland SES members have contributed to most of the state’s major disaster, rescue and clean-up operations in recent years.

“Their vital contributions to the Brisbane floods and storms, cyclone Yasi and even international air-sea rescue operations in the Solomons, have been well recognised and acknowledged.

“But almost every week, they are also contributing in less visible but important ways, whether removing a fallen tree from someone’s house, helping in road accidents or supporting community events.

“SES week is an ideal chance to let them know they are appreciated, by saying thanks to a volunteer you may know or by joining the nation ‘Wear orange to work’ celebrations on Wednesday, 14 November.

“You can also press the special ‘thank you’ button at Capalaba Park Shopping Centre or simply visit the Redland SES Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/REDLANDSES and leave them a personal thank you note.

“Our Redland SES volunteers have been acknowledged as the best in the Brisbane region for the past three years and were recognised as the best in Queensland in 2009.

“Their efforts have helped raise money for innovative bespoke emergency response vehicles and trailers and helped win Australian Government funding for an important Disaster Resilience Facility soon to be opened on North Stradbroke Island.

“Volunteers are the vital connecting thread that binds our Redlands community and we are very proud of them all.”

Mayor Williams and Councillors are a hosting a Volunteer Christmas Barbecue Lunch next month to thank volunteer organisations who worked tirelessly for the Redland community in 2012.

Countdown to help the Cockatoos

Redland City Council, as a partner of the Glossy Black Conservancy, is calling for volunteers to help with the annual count of Glossy Black-Cockatoos in the Redlands on Sunday, 14 October.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Glossy Black-Cockatoo is one of the more threatened cockatoo species in Australia and is listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland and New South Wales.

“The annual survey is a very important event that provides invaluable information to assist with the conservation of these magnificent birds,” she said.

“Unknown by many residents due to its quiet nature, the Redlands is home to the Glossy Black- Cockatoo. Sightings of the bird have been reported from the mainland, North Stradbroke Island and the Bay Islands.

“The bird-counting event is perfect for all ages, and makes for a different and fun family day out. A certain level of fitness is required as participants will need to walk to assigned survey locations.

“Council is encouraging everyone to help with the annual survey to help protect these amazing birds. It’s an opportunity to learn more about our local wildlife and enjoy a fun family activity.”

The Glossy Black Conservancy is a collaborative effort by community, industry and government partners across South East Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Participants are asked to attend a workshop to familiarise themselves with survey locations and data collection methods. Most importantly, they will learn how to identify and differentiate the Glossy Black-Cockatoo from other similar species.

Workshops will be held at the following locations and times:
8am Saturday, 29 September at Macleay Island State School, Macleay Island
1.30pm Saturday, 29 September at Russell Island Recreation Hall, Russell Island
9am Saturday, 6 October at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba

For more information about getting involved in the survey or to register, contact Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611 or email jenay.munro@redland.qld.gov.au.

Check out the Glossy Black Conservancy website www.glossyblack.org.au for more information about the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.