Redland Library kits help residents start own book clubs


Redland Libraries are so pleased with the success of their first book club that they are making it easy for residents to start one of their own.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Book Club sets were now available through Council’s libraries.

“The sets have been prepared so we can share the literary love and encourage residents to form their own book clubs which they can host in their homes,” Cr Williams said.

“Each set contains 10 copies of a book and a laminated sheet of questions to kickstart the discussion.

“There are already 19 sets ready to go, which can be reserved online and sent to your nearest Redland City Library for collection.”

The launch of the Book Club sets follows the success of the Redland Reads Book Club, which held its first meeting in August last year.

“The book club was formed in response to COVID-19 as a means of bringing our community back to our libraries, to get people talking and sharing experiences while focusing on the core library business – the reading of books,” Cr Williams said.

“It has proved to be a great way for people to meet, with people coming together and having a conversation and then leaving as friends.

“It fulfills a really strong need in our community. We talk about resilience and capacity building all the time and what is that if not helping people to help each other.”

The book club now has about 30 regular members who turn up to one of the monthly meetings at either Cleveland or Victoria Point Library and 99 followers on the club’s Facebook page.

“The online presence is an important aspect of the club as it means you can be part of the monthly book discussion from the comfort of your own home and at a time which suits you,” Cr Williams said.

Club member Diana Penson said she joined the club to keep mentally active and to meet new people who share a common interest in literature.

“As a lover of the classics, the books that have been selected for club members to critique are not ones I would normally have chosen to read,” she said.

“For this very reason I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to broaden my outlook and appreciate a range of young authors and their unique and fresh approaches to writing.

“Combined with the diversity of literary themes and styles, the sharing of individual experiences of, and reactions to, the books is what I value the most about being a member of the Redland Reads Book Club.”

For more information on the Book Club sets or Redland Reads Book Club, go to the Redland Libraries website or follow the club on Facebook.

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Council launches new platform for property and development searches


Redland City Council has launched a new online platform which provides easy access to planning and development information for the local government area.

Mayor Karen Williams said the platform, Development.i, replaced Council’s PD Online portal and, in response to community feedback, offered a better user experience and increased functionality.

“Development.i users will be able to search for information on properly-made planning and development applications lodged with Redland City Council,” she said.

“They will be able to access documents and plans related to core development applications including material change of use, operational works, subdivision plans, reconfiguring a lot and concurrent agency referrals.

“Development.i is intuitive, simple and fast and has a modern interface which makes it easier to find application or property details.

“Features include the visualisation of results on a map and the ability to search applications by address, locality or division.

“At this stage, documents relating to building applications and plumbing permits will not be available.

“Future enhancements will include the ability to save searches on favourite properties, and to receive email notifications on new applications or changes to the status of applications.”

Council received $60,000 in funding from the Queensland Government for this project, with an additional Council contribution of more than $25,250.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the new platform would ensure residents had easy and transparent access to information across the Redlands.

“Better access to information for the community is vital for open and transparent decision-making,” Ms Richards said.

“The Palaszczuk Government has invested in Development.i through our $4.5 million Innovation and Improvement Fund as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.”

Development.i can be accessed via any web-enabled device at developmenti.redland.qld.gov.au

The website includes help pages and a tutorial video on how to use the new platform.

The Development.i implementation is a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government.

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Victoria Point planning outcomes reflect Court negotiated settlement of planning interests


Redland City Council is continuing its push to secure the best planning outcomes for a new emerging community in Victoria Point while navigating a complex planning and appeal system.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was committed to delivering a well-planned and co-ordinated approach to the development of this significant future growth area.

“This includes Council representing the community in recent Court appeals on planning interests in the area, including the area around Clay Gully.

“Council’s approach is outlined in the draft South West Victoria Point Local Plan (draft local plan) it submitted to State Government in November 2019 for State Interest Review and which is yet to receive Ministerial approval for us to then go on to public consultation.”

The local plan area is approximately 175 hectares and is situated between Bunker Road and Brendan Way in the north, Clay Gully Road and Cleveland-Redland Bay Road in the east, Double Jump Road in the south and Little Eprapah Creek in the west.

“The planning commitment for this area is for a well-planned urban community, integrating all necessary components of the built and natural environments in an orderly, and coordinated land use pattern,” Cr Williams said.

“Council’s planning process undertaken for the area has been a key contributor to these efforts.

“Since 2015, Council has received a number of properly made development applications over sites within the local plan area.

“In early 2018, Council resolved to defer its decision on development applications in the area until the structure plan was in place and the Government gave a clear commitment to funding the vital infrastructure required for the area’s future growth.

“As no decision was made on these deferred development applications within the statutory timeframe, seven of the applicants subsequently lodged an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court arguing for their own plans for the area.

“With the support of the Draft Structure Plan and experts, Council has represented the community’s interests through the appeal proceedings to ensure a co-ordinated approach to development.

“Even though approximately 40 per cent of the local plan area is captured by the three Court judgements that have been handed down in recent months, Council will continue to fight on behalf of the community for better outcomes as there is still much to gain by having an adopted local plan.

“Local area planning ensures a co-ordinated approach to the area’s development is undertaken to achieve the desired vision for the area.

“It will help ensure environmental values and corridors are protected and that infrastructure networks are co-ordinated and effectively delivered within the area.

“On completion of the State Interest Review and Ministerial approval to proceed to public consultation, the draft local plan will be publicly notified on our Redlands Coast Your Say website.”

“In the meantime, Council will continue to represent the community during the appeals that are ongoing but confidentiality provisions mean Council is unable to comment further on those matters still before the courts.”

Following Court judgment on one of the settled appeals, Council has approved an operational works development permit for earthworks to begin in the Clay Gully area.  Council understands that these works will commence very shortly.

More information on the South West Victoria Point local plan is available on the Redlands Coast Your Say page (link).

 

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Neighbourhood fitness and fun at Chipping Drive Park


There’s something for young and old with the fun changes to Chipping Drive Park at Alexandra Hills.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the improvements, with an estimated budget of about $130,000 out of an annual program of about $13.8 million to improve Redlands Coast’s wonderful parks and sports fields, included some exciting new features to spark neighbourhood activation and wellbeing.

“The park now has small bike and scooter play elements including traffic signs, a zebra crossing, bike humps and traffic obstacles, as well as fitness equipment such as a dexterity bar, shoulder wheel and wobble board,” Cr Williams said.

“We’ve recently seen interest in bike and scooter play elements at other newly-opened Redlands Coast parks, such as Raby Esplanade Park, and I expect locals walking or cycling to Chipping Drive Park will also enjoy the ‘real road’ feel of the play space.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said the revamp would also provide fitness equipment to support locals’ health and wellbeing.

“The fitness equipment at Chipping Drive will appeal to locals who recognise the value in keeping fit and healthy at all ages,” Cr McKenzie said.

“Local community members might enjoy the chance to try out new additions like the wobble board, which engages your whole body to support a healthy posture, improve balance and coordination, and develop core strength.

“I hope residents young and old in this lovely neighbourhood will enjoy the improvements to this well-connected park for years to come.”

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Contract to kickstart work on new Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals


The Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade project has entered the construction phase, with the State Government and Redland City Council announcing a $20 million contract for stage one of the works.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said marine construction company The Jetty Specialist had been awarded the contract to build and install new ferry terminals on the four islands.

“This is good news for the SMBI communities on Russell, Macleay, Karragarra, and Lamb Islands with the all-important pre-site works set to start,” Ms Richards said.

“When the project is completed, ferry customers will benefit from increased seating, drinking fountains, more waiting areas with better weather protection, and improved security with lighting and 24-hour video recording.

“It will also deliver wider jetties and gangways for improved accessibility.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said awarding the tender was a significant project milestone for Redlands Coast creating local jobs and bringing delivery of the new terminals a step closer to fruition.

“This is one of the largest – and possibly the most important – marine infrastructure projects we have seen for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands which will deliver for the community the much-needed ferry terminal upgrades they have been calling for,” Cr Williams said.

“Islanders will finally have modern ferry terminal facilities built for purpose which will serve them for years to come.

“I am particularly pleased that a local company will be part of the contract, with Thornlands-based Aluminium Marine responsible for building significant fit-out work for the ferry terminal pontoons.

“Council and the State Government have worked together to fund and plan this project and islanders played an important role in telling us what they wanted. I know how excited they are now the project has reached this important stage.

“Today’s great news means we are one step closer to helping residents move around our beautiful Redlands Coast faster and safer.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he was thankful for the community’s contribution that has helped bring the project to this exciting phase.

“As the project enters its final phase, I would like to thank the community for their invaluable input and support over the years to help deliver the long-awaited ferry terminals,” Cr Edwards said.

The Jetty Specialist is a Queensland family-owned company based on the Sunshine Coast that has delivered marine facilities throughout the state and in the Redlands area.

The Jetty Specialist General Manager of Operations, Dane Morris said the company was proud to be awarded the contract for the SMBI Ferry Terminal Upgrades.

“This is important infrastructure for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and will benefit the region and support the manufacturing industry in South-East Queensland,” Mr Morris said.

“Our company is looking forward to delivering this high-quality marine infrastructure project in our beautiful backyard.”

Due to the scale of the project with four new terminals, the contract has been split into two packages.

Package one involves sourcing materials and building important components such as pontoons, headstocks, and deck slabs for the fixed jetties and the pontoon piles.

There will also be a new floating walkway for the Macleay Island boat ramp and redesign and construction of existing ferry pontoons for recreational boating and fishing.

The remaining onsite construction of the ferry terminals and all the landside works will be combined into the second contract, due to be awarded late this year.

It is likely works will occur on more than one island at a time.

Locals and visitors will also benefit, with gangways and pontoons repurposed for recreational use.

The project will support an average of 45 direct jobs over the life of the works.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals upgrade project is a jointly-funded $37 million project, with the Queensland Government contributing $22 million and Redland City Council contributing $15 million.

For further information, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/upgrade-of-smbi-ferry-terminals

For more information on public transport, including changes to ferry terminals and services during construction, visit the TransLink website www.translink.com.au(External link) or phone 13 12 30.

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Pop-up art returns in the RAG Red Box – Now at RPAC


The Redland Art Gallery (RAG) Red Box has returned to bring a special showcase of artworks to the Redlands Coast.

Redland Performing Arts Centre is the newest pop-up gallery venue after the program was put on hold last year due to COVID-19.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said its return celebrated visual arts within the Redlands Coast community by offering a free display space for individual artists, schools and community groups.

“The reboot of the Red Box program also signals an extension of the art program at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC),” Cr Williams said.

“The RAG Red Box allows us to take art outside of the usual gallery walls and share some of the amazing work by artists from and connected to Redlands Coast.”

Expressions of interest are now open for artists who would like to exhibit in the RAG Red Box.

This first showcase features Brisbane-based artist Rachel Apelt’s collection of ecoprints, called Understory.

Understory by Rachel Apelt

Ms Apelt said the work explored a sense of place and how we build connection with local land, its water, diverse life forms and communities, often becoming passionate protectors of place.

“Understory includes 487 tiles from ecoprints on Parasol Leaf Tree (Macaranga tanarius) leaves,” Ms Apelt said.

“As I began collecting Macaranga leaves for Understory in February 2021, I found they sparked conversations and new connections.

“Women stopped and asked me about what I was doing. We’d have a chat about art, creek regeneration, urban foraging and then continue on our way with a lighter heart for the connection.

“Each batch of ecoprints had their own personality. Sometimes the paper emerged with a beautiful sienna hue, other times it came out almost purple, and in between, there were variations of brown and grey.

“Sometimes the leaves barely left an impression, other times they were rich with black tannin. I loved that the process was out of my control and was more like a dance of possibility. This always yields creative delight.”

‘Understory’ is on display in the RAG Red Box at RPAC and can be viewed during regular Box Office hours until 28 May. Admission is free.

Ms Apelt is also conducting a free ticketed floor talk and afternoon tea on Friday 21 May at 2pm.

For more information on the RAG Red Box, and to submit an expression of interest to exhibit in the space, visit http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/redbox/

Image below: Understory by Rachel Apelt

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Inaugural art fair showcases Redlands Coast artists


Redland City Council will give residents and visitors a unique opportunity to view the works of local artists through the inaugural Redlands Coast Art Fair on Quandamooka Country.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Art Fair, to be held at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) in June, aimed to cement the region as a hub for visual arts.

“Council is committed to providing opportunities to build and strengthen the vibrant local artist community,” she said.

“This event will provide a taste of what Redlands Coast has to offer and give community art groups and individual artists the opportunity to present their work in a professionally curated exhibition.”

Redland’s Creative Alliance, Old SchoolHouse Gallery, Coochie Art Group and Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery will each submit up to 20 works to be included in the main exhibition.

The groups will also present their work at market stalls during the three-day event, from 4-6 June 2021, where people can purchase artworks and gifts.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see the best of our local art talent under one roof,” Cr Williams said.

“RPAC is not only a great venue for concerts, theatre and dance, it is the creative heart of Redlands Coast and this will be on show for all to see in June.”

RPAC has engaged professional curator Lisa Beilby to present the Art Fair, in collaboration with local art groups and Redland Art Gallery.

The event will also include a range of public programs with masterclasses with Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, Emma Gardner and Deb Mostert to further develop the skills and knowledge of emerging artists.

A family-friendly Recycled Art Construction Centre will also be available for budding artists to get creative.

“We expect that this event will grow in future years as it provides our community and our artists with the opportunity to build their profiles and strengthen networks in the local art community,” Cr Williams said.

“As we continue the COVID economic recovery, this will be a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to take a piece of the Redlands Coast home with them and support our local artists.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, places are limited so early bookings are recommended.

For more information on the Redlands Coast Art Fair, visit the RPAC website and subscribe for event updates.

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Karragarra compost trial launch sows seeds for food waste recycling revolution


Karragarra Island Organics Composting Trial officially opens on April 30, heralding an important trailblazer for more community-based organics recycling schemes.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the collaboration between Council, the University of Queensland’s Centre for Recycling of Organic Waste and Nutrients (CROWN) and three island-based community groups was an important step closer to having a zero organic waste community.

“Karragarra Island produces about 16,000kg of organic food waste a year that goes to landfill,” Cr Williams said.

“It would be fantastic if that amount could be reduced by half.

“With 26 households already signed up, and capacity for a total of about 50 to join the trial, we are well on our way to testing if the community can do that.”

CROWN director Johannes Biala said the Karragarra Island project would be a model and source of information and inspiration for others to follow.

“It has placed Redlands Coast islands ahead of many mainland communities,” Mr Biala said.

“There is no doubt it will continue to thrive well beyond the trial end date in July 2021.”

CROWN has been a key driver in the composting scheme, helping to organise funding through a Goodman Foundation Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) Research Grant, engaging the community and designing the novel, forced-aeration composting system.

“The idea for the solar-powered composting system came from a California-based website,” Mr Biala said.

“Two solar panels are generating power that is stored in lithium batteries.

“This power is then converted to 240V and used to drive a blower, which operates on a time switch.

“Air is supplied via sub-surface pipes to the base of the new compost bays, which is then drawn up into the composted material due to the heat generated by the composting process.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards urged more island households to sign up to the trial.

“If more organic food waste can be retained for beneficial use within the island communities, it will not only be a great saving to Council but a clever way for islanders to become more self-sufficient as food growers,” Cr Edwards said.

“Taking part in the trial is a simple process, with supplied kitchen caddies and compostable liners available at Karragarra Community Garden.

“People can empty their caddies into 240-litre bins that have been placed at the community garden and near the island jetty.”

From left, Rose Childe of Running Wild Youth Conservation Culture, CROWN director Johannes Biala and Shirley Lindsay of Karragarra Community Garden.

Rose Childe, of Running Wild Youth Conservation Culture, said conservation and land management trainees would help process the compost.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for them to use the innovative technology and we’re pleased to be involved in something that engages with the community and ties in with the environmental focus of our organisation,” Ms Childe said.

Shirley Lindsay, of Karragarra Community Garden, said she was hopeful the trial would convert people to separating and composting food waste.

“I think people will want to be part of a great success story,” she said.

“The community garden would use all the compost generated for vegetable crops and fruit trees.

“As a good gardener, you can never have enough compost and mulch.

Jettie Berkhout, of SMBI Permaculture, said the trial aligned with permaculture principles.

“Permaculture is a way of living ethically, caring for the earth and taking care of people and future generations,” Ms Berkhout said.

“SMBI Permaculture believes this is a wonderful beginning in creating a resilient community on Karragarra Island. We hope this program is successful and it will extend soon to the other islands.”

 

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Candle Lighting Vigil to shine a light on domestic violence


This year’s Redlands Coast Candle Lighting Vigil will be held at Raby Bay Harbour Park on Wednesday 5 May, to remember those who have been lost due to domestic and family violence.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands Coast vigil – presented by Council, Red Rose Foundation, and The Centre for Women and Co. – was a local tradition which was held simultaneously with vigils across the state to mark the beginning of Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

“The vigil is an opportunity to show those who have been troubled by some of the most horrific examples of brutality that we stand with them,” Cr Williams said.

“We must let our candles show that we as a community acknowledge the grief, terrible loss and long-term impact felt by the victims’ families and loved ones.

“As we have seen on the news recently, and in reports of domestic violence crime rising since the onset of COVID-19, the scourge of family violence is an ongoing battle.

“We as a community and society must stand as one and say ‘Enough is enough’.

“In Australia, at least one woman is killed every week by an intimate partner.

“Too often children, and sometimes men, are also the victims of these homicides.

“Legislative changes and education programs aimed at creating long-term behaviour changes are part of the wider societal response to addressing this insidious violence.

“At the grass-roots level, the Candle Lighting Vigils are a way for us to continue to say we want it to stop, we stand with those who continue to be troubled by it, and we support those who confront this brutality as members of our frontline services.”

Community members are invited to attend.

EVENT DETAILS

When: 5.30pm; Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland

Walk the Talk: Join the Zonta Club of Wynnum Redland Inc and Soroptimists International Bayside to walk united to the Candle Lighting Vigil to show your support to eliminate domestic and family violence.

  • 4.45pm – Meet at Kyling Corner (cnr Waterloo and Middle streets, Cleveland)
  • 5.00pm – Walk as a united group to Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland
  • 5.30pm – Attend the Candle Lighting Vigil to remember those who have died because of domestic and family violence
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Birkdale Community Precinct is all class


Redland City Council is encouraging the community to tap into the educational resources that exist on Birkdale Community Precinct as they imagine future uses for the site.

Mayor Karen Williams said the educational benefits of the 62-hectare precinct were just waiting to be discovered and, with the current community engagement closing on May 4, there was an urgency around considering how they featured in the site’s future.

“A green, natural haven set beside the gentle ebb and flow of Tingalpa Creek is not only an attractive and conducive space for studying and learning, but it is a rich educational resource in its own right,” Cr Williams said.

“From its time of settlement by Traditional Owners through its colonial farming heritage, World War II history and beyond, the precinct offers valuable insights into the life and times of those who walked and worked upon its land.”

Cr Williams said the protected ecosystem of the site could potentially offer up many environmental education lessons around issues such as biosecurity, conservation land management and sustainability.

About two-thirds of the precinct is categorised as protected because of its identified cultural, heritage and ecological values.

Vee Design director David Hatherly believes in actively respecting the precinct’s natural habitat and values when considering the educational opportunities that it offers.

His firm was one of five leading urban design and landscape architecture teams who created ideas boards for the precinct based around themes inherent to the site. Their theme was Education and Discovery.

“Three principles underpin the theme. Respect. Restore. Educate,” Mr Hatherly said.

“Respect for the natural environment and for the cultural history. Restoration of the landscape and management of sensitive environments and ecosystems. Educate through a range of activities such as bush walks, guided tours, day and night activation, and seasonal activation, incorporation of outdoor classrooms, seasonal environmental signage displays, and the provision of a Discovery Hub which could provide information, bookings, learning and site management facilities.

“This project could be considered one of ‘change’. But importantly it is how that change can be managed and reflected in positive outcomes that will be the site’s legacy for generations to come.”

The other themes were:

Adventure and recreation – What exciting, compelling and family-friendly community facilities, assets and attractions would you like to see at Birkdale Community Precinct?  Could it be the home for the highly anticipated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct? The opportunity is to create an integrated regional aquatic centre of excellence, incorporating the city’s new Olympic standard pool, water play and adventure sports facilities, as well as an Olympic standard whitewater facility that could serve as the event venue for canoe slalom for a potential Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Agriculture and rural tradition – The land had a productive past in farming. How could we use that to help shape a sustainable future?

Heritage and history – In what ways would you like to see the stories of place, from Traditional Owners to European settlers to the land’s role during World War II, acknowledged?

Environment and ecology – How do we preserve, showcase and be innovative with the precinct’s environmental resilience and qualities into the future?

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said it appears the themes of education and discovery are particularly exciting for all ages and especially for younger members of the community.

“This land is just waiting to be experienced; it has many stories to tell and lessons to help us learn,” Cr Bishop said.

“Some suggest this could be a place where children get to meet and learn about the local habitat in a structured, formal way. It also could be a place where youth may enjoy nature play among eucalypts as they celebrate ‘re-wilding’ of open spaces and discover the precinct’s beauty in an informal way.

“But right now, we need members of our community to visit Council’s Your Say page, look at the virtual tour, videos and fact sheets and consider the many possibilities for this precinct.

“Imagine what you want your loved ones to inherit in decades to come. Do the survey and raise any other unique suggestions. The deadline to have your say is fast approaching.”

For more information about Council’s community consultation on possible future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/imagine

Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

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