Council tees off for opening of first Redlands Coast disc golf course


Plastic discs will be flying in Alexandra Hills on Sunday 14 March with the official opening of the first Redlands Coast disc golf course.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the construction of the nine-hole course at Valantine Park was part of Council’s commitment to add exciting and active elements to the city’s suburban open spaces.

“Disc golf, which is sometimes referred to as frisbee golf, is played much like traditional golf with tees and fairways, and Valantine Park’s trees and terrain make it the ideal location for a course,” Cr Williams said.

“The community park is big enough to accommodate a range of recreational activities, and recently-installed public amenities allow visitors to stay and play longer.

“As disc golf is free to play and is designed to be enjoyed by all ages, it’s an exciting new addition to this popular park and offers an extra incentive for families and visitors to get out and enjoy our naturally wonderful open spaces.”

Dale McFarlane and Gavin Cowan at the disc golf course in Valantine Park, Alexandra Hills.

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said she was thrilled Valantine Park had been chosen for the city’s first disc golf course, and funded the project through her divisional Community Infrastructure Program.

“I saw a mini version at a school fete and it was so much fun,” Cr Huges said.

“In disc golf, a disc replaces the ball, a person’s arm replaces the club and a target, such as a metal basket, replaces the hole.

“The aim is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws.

“There will be plenty of challenges and, no doubt, plenty of excitement and frustrations just like in traditional golf – whether it’s making a long basket straight off the tee or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway.

“A course map will be installed to guide players, so you just need to bring your discs.”

Redlands Coast disc golf fan Dale McFarlane said he was pleased to have a course just a few minutes’ drive from home.

“Prior to this course being approved by Council, Redlands Coast players were required to drive upwards of 30 minutes in order to play, so you can only imagine the excitement surrounding the news of this new course,” Mr McFarlane said.

“Although disc golf is new and relatively unknown in Redlands Coast, the recent success of other new courses nearby shows that it is only a matter of time until plenty of people will be hooked on the game.”

Council will monitor the success of the Valantine Park disc golf course to determine whether the concept might suit other Redlands Coast parks.

The course includes nine tee areas and baskets traversing the length of the park. The first tee and basket, along with a ‘how to play’ sign, are located in the southern end near Mackay Court.

EVENT DETAILS:

What: Official opening of Disc Golf Course

Where: Mackay Court entrance of Valantine Park, Alexandra Hills

When: 3-5pm on Sunday 14 March 2021

Activities: Exhibition game will tee off at 3.30pm, which visitors can join, followed by a BBQ. There will be 50 Council-sponsored discs for people to borrow. Specialist discs will also be available to purchase from Redlands Coast Disc Golf Club; for information on the club email redlandscoastdiscgolf@gmail.com or follow them on Facebook.

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How your dog could become a star attraction with local kids


Local children are learning to read thanks to a little help from man’s best friend and a unique program at Redland City Council’s Victoria Point Library.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Story Dogs program helped children become confident readers by reading to some talented and friendly four-legged friends.

“Story Dogs is a great initiative that uses pets to teach children the joy of reading,” Cr Williams said.

“Results show that while the program helps students greatly improve their reading, teachers also notice an overall increase in concentration and learning among the children who participate.

“It’s a free service to schools and students, and thus reliant on not only its volunteer teams, but the generous support from sponsors and donations.”

Mayor Karen Williams joins Story Dogs volunteer Jeanne Bonney and her Cavoodle Lottie and sisters Abigail and Taylor at Victoria Point Library.

Cr Williams said the Story Dogs volunteers were always in high demand.

“The Story Dogs team is working with about 100 children a week in schools across the Redlands Coast, Wynnum and Manly, and they would love to double their local team of volunteers,” she said.

“A number of Redlands Coast Story Dogs teams are currently seeking sponsorship, including Jeanne and her Cavoodle Lottie, who help children at Victoria Point Library, so please help by sponsoring the program.”

Story Dogs Redlands team leader Amanda Farrell said team sponsorship cost $550 and offered a range of benefits.

“Funding will provide professional assessment and accreditation of a dog team and handler, training, vet health checks, insurance and books for the children to read,” Mrs Farrell said.

“Our supporters often comment that Story Dogs sponsorship is one of the best things they have ever done.

“What makes this program unique is that students are reading to the dog, and the loving nature of the dog means the children are never judged or criticised, so their confidence increases and their reading improves.

“The program aims to make reading fun, and to encourage children to become confident, lifelong readers.”

The dogs must pass an accreditation test. For information on how to register your dog or to find out more about sponsoring the program visit storydogs.org.au

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Council grants support Queensland Youth Week activities


Redland City Council has launched a grants program to help local not-for-profit youth organisations run events during Queensland Youth Week (10-18 April 2021).

Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands Coast Youth Week Grants had been established to recognise and support the great work done by youth community organisations across the city.

“These grants, which offer funding of up to $1500, will empower Redlands Coast not-for-profit groups to run local programs during Queensland Youth Week,” she said.

“Youth Week is Australia’s largest celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 and highlights the positive contributions they make in our communities.

“Council is pleased to be able to support our local youth organisations by helping to fund events which will give young people the opportunity to come together and make new connections.”

Redlands Coast Youth Week Grant applications close on Friday 5 March 2021.

Cr Williams said Council would also formally acknowledge the achievements of young Redlands Coast residents through the Young Legends Awards, with winners to be announced during Queensland Youth Week.

Award nominations close at 4pm on 12 March 2021.

For more information on the Youth Week Grants and the Young Legends Awards, visit Redland City Council’s Youth support and activities webpage.

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Work progresses on new home for Redland Bay SES Group


Redland Bay SES Group is one step closer to having a new operations centre with work progressing on the fit-out of a building at Redlands Business Park.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the new premises, which were purchased by Council last year, would meet the ongoing and future needs of the Redland City SES Unit and increase its capacity to service the expanding Redlands Coast community.

“Our local SES crews have a reputation as being among the best across the state and this $1.735 million facility will allow them to support the southern part of our city,” she said.

“This new facility will also provide additional support to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and can be used as a staging area for incoming crews if required.”

Front from left: SES Local Controller Clare Barker, Member for Redlands Kim Richards, Mayor Karen Williams, Cr Julie Talty, Cr Mark Edwards. Middle row from left: Project manager Alex McGregor, Redland Bay SES Group Leader Daniel Tuckwood, Council’s Disaster Planning and Operations Manager Michael Tait, Cr Lance Hewlett. Back from left: Site supervisor Peter Huston, SES Regional Manager Mark Dole.

Cr Williams said the new building would also add to the Redlands Bay SES Group’s incident management and operations capability and add an extra Incident Control Room – both of which are currently run from the Cleveland SES Group’s base.

“All mainland groups are currently tasked out of Cleveland for a Unit response, adding a 40 to 50 minute turnaround time for crews working in the southern end of the city during operations and to attend training.

“This facility will reduce that response time, giving the community confidence that help is on hand when it’s needed.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the new premises on Jardine Drive would be substantially larger than the Group’s current shed at Weinam Creek.

“The new facility is large enough to house all the SES vehicles, boats, trailers and equipment,” Cr Talty said.

“It will also include areas to wash down vehicles, to do basic equipment maintenance, and a lockable storage area for portable items such as chainsaws, generators, ropes and harnesses.

“It will also provide a reception area, an office area that can be used as an incident control room, a training room, staging area, kitchen, toilets and showers, a storeroom, a communications room and parking onsite.

“The Redland Bay SES Group is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone on Redlands Coast and the volunteers are excited about the opportunities for providing an even more cohesive service from their new base.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has provided a grant of $75,000 towards the fit-out of the building, and Redland Emergency Service Volunteer Association has committed $40,000 towards the fit-out, furniture and fittings.

State Member for Redlands Kim Richards said, “Our Redland SES Groups are highly awarded and home to some of our finest frontline personnel, so it is only fitting that they have a home that reflects this.

“It was fantastic that the Queensland Government was able to support Redland City Council in delivering the new facility with $75,000 in QFES SES Support Grant funding to assist with the fit-out.”

The fit-out of the Redland Bay building is expected to be completed by early April 2021, weather permitting.

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Council installs Red Benches across Redlands Coast


Red park benches have appeared across the Redlands Coast as a prominent campaign against domestic violence continues to roll out across Queensland.

Redland City councillors late last year backed a call from Mayor Karen Williams to install a further 10 Red Benches in support of the Red Rose Foundation.

Cr Williams said the bright benches provided a visible reminder of the city’s commitment to helping those impacted by domestic and family violence.

Mayor Karen Williams and Councillor Peter Mitchell at the new Red Bench in Raby Bay.

“The Red Rose Foundation is an organisation led by Redlands Coast’s own Betty Taylor, who is doing so much to shine a light on domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“The benches include a plaque recognising the generosity of those who have supported Council’s annual domestic violence fundraiser, Diner en Rouge.

“Among them is local philanthropist Dan Holzapfel who has donated $200,000 to domestic violence causes.”

Cr Williams said Queensland’s first red bench was installed in 2019 in Cleveland, outside the library, and there were now more than 40 across the state.

“Red Rose Foundation would like to see a bench installed in every local government area in Queensland,” Cr Williams said.

“On the Redlands Coast we will now have 11 Red Benches, with one in every Council division.”

New Red Benches have now been installed at:

  • Cleveland: Raby Bay Harbour Park Promenade, 146-148 Shore Street
  • Thornlands: Manning Esplanade Foreshore Park, 2-4 South Street
  • Redland Bay: Rosebud Esplanade Park, Redland Bay (near Mallet Street)
  • Redland Bay: Jack Gordon Pathway (Esplanade)
  • Mount Cotton: Mount Cotton Community Park, 51-63 Valley Way
  • Alexandra Hills: David Parr Park (near mobile library stop), 9 Sherington Street
  • Alexandra Hills: Snowdon Street Park, 26-34 Edinburgh Road
  • Capalaba: Capalaba Regional Park, 15-19 Pittwin Road
  • Birkdale: Aquatic Paradise West, 18 Commodore Drive

An additional Red Bench is scheduled for installation at:

  • Wellington Point: 369-375 Main Road

The Red Rose Foundation is a National not-for-profit charity which works to end domestic violence across communities and is especially concerned at the high number of domestic violence deaths that occur each year through homicide and suicide.

 

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Council improves safety along Wellington Point pathways


Redland City Council is undertaking safety upgrades along two pathways at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.

Work has started on replacing the retaining wall and pathway on Main Road that leads down the hill to the reserve, and installing 10 new lights along Reserve Esplanade.

Mayor Karen Williams said pedestrian access and safety were important, with both locations at the reserve proving popular with walkers.

“We know Redlands Coast residents love their outdoor spaces and having attractive, safe and accessible pathways are important factors in encouraging them to explore and, in the process, contributes to a healthier community,” she said.

“We hope these improvements encourage more local families and day trippers to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary welcomed the upgrades around the popular parkland.

“The footpath along Main Road is being widened to provide better safety for pedestrians, as that road can be very busy during peak periods,” Cr Boglary said.

“About 50 metres of retaining wall and fencing along the pathway is also being replaced as it was beginning to fail.

“On Reserve Esplanade, directional LED luminaire lighting will be installed along the pathway from the carpark to the stairs, illuminating the path with minimal spill to residential properties.

“Lighting along this pathway was raised as a safety issue by local residents at a community consultation meeting and I am pleased Council has been able to deliver this upgrade.”

The Reserve Esplanade path will remain open during the installation of lights, which is expected to be completed by 15 March 2021, weather permitting.

The replacement of the pathway and retaining wall on Main Road, which is expected to be completed by 16 April 2021, does require some changes to pedestrian and vehicle movements in the area.

These include:

  • One lane on Main Road will be closed during working hours (generally 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday) and controlled using traffic controllers.
  • Pedestrian movements through the worksite will be controlled using traffic controllers.
  • The pedestrian crossing at the base of the hill will not be operational while construction works are underway. Pedestrians will be directed to use alternative crossings.
  • Both lanes of Main Road will be open to traffic at night, on weekends and on public holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday).

The Main Road works also include the relocation of a water main.

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Join the events to Clean Up Australia Day on Redlands Coast


Redland City Council is encouraging the community to become involved in this year’s Clean Up Australia Day.

Mayor Karen Williams said local residents could join an existing Clean Up group or create their own, with registrations for the March 7 event now open.

Businesses, community groups, schools and individuals can all take part.

“Getting involved will benefit the Redlands Coast community by creating a cleaner environment and protecting our waterways for everyone to enjoy,” Cr Williams said.

“Clean Up Australia Day is as much about preventing rubbish from entering the environment as it is about cleaning it up.”

Council will supply bins to event organisers, if requested by Friday 26 February, for waste and recyclable materials collected on the day.

Clean Up Australia chairman Pip Kiernan said now was the time for all Australians to step up and help.

“Last year saw disruption to our lives, not least of all to our local environments which have been impacted by increased uptake of single-use, disposable items,” Ms Kiernan said.

“COVID-19 has significantly impacted local environments with a surge in single-use disposable items such as takeaway coffee cups, food packaging, masks and sanitised wipes – all of which have polluted parks, bushland, streets, waterways and beaches.”

According to The Pact Group Community Attitudes to Waste and Recycling Report (July 2020), more than a third (34%) of Australian households reported producing more packaging waste during lockdown periods compared to previous years. More than half (55%) of those surveyed said they were now more concerned about product packaging waste than they were in 2019.

“By planning ahead and signing up to a Clean Up event, you are making a pledge to help conserve the environment for the long-term future, and taking an important action by stepping up for your community,” Ms Kiernan said.

Cr Williams said that in response to COVID-19, additional conditions would be put in place to ensure the health and safety of Clean Up volunteers. There will be limits to volunteer numbers at each event and Clean Up kits will include hand sanitiser and QR codes for registration.

Redlands Coast Clean Up events have already been registered at the following locations:

  • goochie mudlo (Coochiemudlo Island)
  • Victoria Point foreshore
  • Cascade Gardens and Ern Dowling Parklands, Victoria Point
  • South Street Conservation Area, Cleveland
  • Point Lookout, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)
  • Peel Street, Redland Bay
  • Merrill and Rob Ovendon Park Creek Catchment, Birkdale
  • Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club, Thorneside.

The Clean Up Australia Day campaign also includes a Business Clean Up Day on March 2 and School Clean Up Day on March 5. To sign up to an event, register your own or make a donation, visit cleanup.org.au.

 

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Council celebrates Young Legends through inaugural awards


Redland City Council has launched the Redlands Coast Young Legends Awards to celebrate the outstanding contributions of young people in the community.

Mayor Karen Williams said the inaugural awards would recognise the achievements of Redland City residents aged 13 to 25.

“There are a lot of young people in our community who are doing amazing things but they are often overlooked,” she said.

“I know our youth will be our future leaders and it’s more important than ever for us to recognize the great contributions young people make in our community.

“When we were in the middle of the pandemic last year we noticed young people were helping others and volunteering with organisations within Redland City.

“Now we’re calling on people to nominate the Young Legends they know in our community so we can formally acknowledge their contributions.”

Online nominations are now open in four award categories:

  • Young Legend of the Year
  • Community Commitment
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Sports Leadership and Achievement

Nominations close at 4pm on 12 March 2021 and all finalists will be invited to an awards night on 15 April 2021, during National Youth Week.

For more information on the awards and how to apply, visit Council’s Redlands Coast Youth Support and Activities web page.

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Habitat protection top-of-mind for Council and community


Redland City Councillors have asked officers to investigate options to purchase land in Ormiston in an attempt to bring it into public ownership.

Mayor Karen Williams said a report would be presented at a future Council meeting to consider the cost and logistics of purchasing the land and detail proposed funding sources.

“The Ormiston land was subdivided more than 100 years ago so Council’s hands were tied when the owners recently started clearing it,” Cr Williams said.

“No Council approval was required and we had no ability to prevent the clearing.

“Nor did State Government koala mapping, which was introduced over the land last year with an exemption for vegetation clearing of less than 500m2 per lot.”

Cr Williams said this week’s decision followed a Notice of Motion from local Councillor Wendy Boglary.

“Cr Boglary has been working with officers to look at a number of options regarding this land. This includes asking Council to previously consider purchasing the entire site with its Environmental Levy.

“Ultimately this did not proceed as it would have cost residents many millions of dollars and the habitat on the land was fragmented,” Cr Williams said.

“Following this week’s decision, we will now look at buying this land if it provides value for money for our ratepayers.”

Cr Boglary thanked the community for their advocacy and passion.

“As our first Koala Safe Neighbourhood, Ormiston is passionate about koalas and I appreciate the emails and calls I have received from the community about this property.”

Cr Williams said following this week’s General Meeting, Councillors would also be consulted on options to protect wildlife and habitat corridors in the City’s Urban Footprint.

“In February 2018 we adopted the Wildlife Connection Plan 2018-2028 which identifies key wildlife corridors across the city that provide habitat and connections for local wildlife across the City,” Cr Williams said.

“Since 2018 we have been working hard to strengthen these corridors through partnerships with private landowners and ongoing plantings, including our one million native trees and plants program, which has so far seen 413,819 plants planted across the city.

“As part of this week’s decision, Councillors will now be briefed on options to further protect these corridors in the urban footprint, with a report to come back to Councillors by May this year.”

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Council adopts erosion management plan for Coochiemudlo Island


Redland City Council has adopted the Coochiemudlo Island Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP), which outlines its strategy to manage current and future erosion risks.

Mayor Karen Williams said the development of the SEMP allowed Council to obtain a detailed technical understanding of the island’s coastal processes and opened an avenue for community engagement.

“Importantly, the SEMP recommends a number of management options for Council to protect the sub-tropical island from coastal erosion,” Cr Williams said.

“The principal recommendation is for post-storm beach nourishment across the island to help accelerate the natural recovery process and provide a buffer against future coastal hazards.

“Other recommendations include implementing an ongoing beach monitoring program, vegetation and stormwater management, formalising beach access, and sustainably relocating dredged sand.”

Cr Williams said the formal adoption of the plan followed significant research and consultation with key stakeholders.

“The Coochiemudlo Island SEMP includes input from coastal engineering consultants, a community reference group and State Government departments.

“It highlights the underlying causes of shoreline erosion through an assessment of the coastal processes occurring on the foreshore and a consideration of the island’s environmental, cultural and economic values.

“Home to hundreds of residents and an abundance of native wildlife, Coochiemudlo Island is a special part of Redlands Coast and is surrounded by an Emerald Fringe, a natural green belt containing within it woodlands, caves, beaches and wetlands.

“Like all islands it is subject to shoreline erosion which studies have shown is primarily linked to storm events.”

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said Council would continue to update the community on the progress of implementing the SEMP’s recommended actions, which remained subject to Council’s annual budget development and budget prioritisation process.

“The adoption of the Coochiemudlo SEMP is a significant milestone,” Cr Hewlett said.

“It will be critical in enabling Council to continue to protect the beauty that is Coochiemudlo Island from coastal hazards.

“The island is the hidden gem of Redlands Coast. The Emerald Fringe is on Council’s schedule of local heritage places, and Norfolk Beach was where Captain Matthew Flinders landed on the island on 19 July 1799 – the first European to do so.

“I would like to thank members of the community reference group, drawn from a cross-section of the island community and representatives from Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, for their time and effort throughout the SEMP project.

“Coochiemudlo Island residents have had a fantastic win today, knowing their perspectives have been considered through the representation on this group.”

For more information and to read the Coochiemudlo Island SEMP, visit Council’s Your Say page.

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