Council grants fund Redlands Coast events to celebrate seniors


Redland City Council will provide funding to help 11 not-for-profit groups run events during Queensland Seniors Month in October.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support the organisations through the inaugural Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants Program.

“Council has been a supporter of Seniors Month for a number of years but this is the first year we’ve offered a dedicated grants program,” she said.

“We are very happy with the calibre of applications for this grant, with groups planning events on both the mainland and the islands.

“Our seniors will be spoilt for choice during October, with activities ranging from soccer, tennis and walking basketball through to an expo, hobby and craft displays and a morning tea to honour inspiring seniors.

“We have many wonderful seniors on Redlands Coast and we want them to live active, fulfilling lives and have opportunities to participate in all aspects of the community.

“This vision is articulated in Council’s Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026 and is supported through our Seniors Month Grants Program.

“The events the program helps fund will facilitate community participation, enhance community connections, and celebrate and acknowledge our older residents and their contributions to the community.”

Successful recipients of Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants are:

  • Bay Islands United Football Club – for an inter-island seniors soccer match
  • Redland District Committee on the Ageing Inc – seniors walk through parklands
  • Bay Islands Community Services Inc – Showcasing Seniors (hobbies and crafts) on Russell and Macleay Islands
  • Goompi Give and Grow Ltd – Quandamooka Elders lunch
  • Belgravia Foundation Pty Ltd – Seniors Week celebration at Cleveland Aquatic Centre
  • RedCity Roar Basketball Association Inc – Walking Basketball for Seniors
  • Redlands Coast Dementia Community Alliance – Dementia Friendly Communities Education and Awareness project
  • Coochiemudlo Island Men’s Shed Inc – Aged care expo with assistance from Redland District Committee on the Ageing
  • U3A Redlands District Inc – U3A Come & Try Day
  • Redland Bay Tennis Club – Redlands Hit Up for Seniors Social Tennis
  • Blue Care – Inspiring Seniors 2021 (12th annual morning tea to honour volunteers and inspirational seniors)
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New state-of-the-art home for local sports clubs


Three new clubhouses, 16 sporting fields, cycling and BMX tracks and first-class recreation facilities are part of the new Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct that will be home to Redlands Touch Association, Redlands Rugby League, Redlands BMX and Redland Cycling and Multisport Club.

Council today unanimously confirmed the primary tenants of the massive 101 hectare site at Heinemann Road, Mount Cotton, of which 47 hectares will be dedicated to sport and recreation facilities and activities.

The four clubs will co-tenant the precinct, which will provide Redlands Coast with more quality sporting fields, bike tracks and clubhouses, and community recreation and conservation space.

The precinct will also complement planned improvements to other Redlands Coast sporting facilities to cater for future growth.

Mayor Karen Williams thanked contributing sports organisations for sharing their design requirements and feedback on concept designs. She committed Council to continue to work with the organisations in the lead-up and during the transition to new venues.

“Not only will this incredible new facility allow the clubs moving there to grow, but it will also allow other clubs such as netball – one of the largest membership sports competitions in Redlands Coast – the opportunity to expand at Pinklands; potentially give more space for the rapidly growing sports such as basketball and gymnastics at Capalaba; and free up the Cleveland Showgrounds for events.

“This is not about catering for one or two sports, but for many. The benefits of this planning will be shared by many sports, their participants and supporters for many years to come.

“The facilities are a win for sport and particularly young people – across the city and the wider community – who will enjoy recreation facilities including boardwalks; wetland and forest areas; trails for walking, cycling and horse riding and, a regional level playground.

“With 13 touch football fields and a touch football clubhouse; three rugby league fields and a purpose-built rugby league clubhouse; a State-level BMX track, 1.2km long criterium track and shared bike activity clubhouse and, more than 800 car parks precinct-wide, the future is looking bright for these Redlands Coast sports.”

Cr Williams said the development of the precinct represented the first step in unlocking the sport and recreation potential of several other sites across the city.

“Locating these clubs at the precinct will enable works at Norm Price Park (Redland Showgrounds), Pinklands Sporting Complex and Degen Road, Capalaba, that will see benefits for other sports, clubs and the wider community.

“At Cleveland, the land vacated by Redlands Touch Association will allow the Redland Showgrounds to embrace its true identity as the city’s premier events space, with more land and time available to host festivals, concerts and expositions, bringing cultural and financial benefits to the city.

“When Redlands Rugby League Club moves from Pinklands Sporting Complex at Thornlands, there can be an expansion of Redland Netball and equestrian facilities and more car spaces, while also considering better functionality at the southern end of the site for the smaller community clubs located there, which include Redlands Modern Country Music Club, Yurara Art Society and Redland Bridge Club.

“At Degen Road, Capalaba, relocation of Redlands BMX could open up a site for expanded indoor facilities for basketball and gymnastics, or other emerging sports such as pickleball.”

Division 6 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Julie Talty said the plans for the new Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct revealed wonderful facilities for these sporting organisations.

“Redlands Touch Association will have a new clubhouse with grandstand seating that will be perfect for their club. They are excited about the prospect of 13 dedicated fields, up from the current eight, with an option of an extra six fields – providing an opportunity to attract larger events and carnivals.

“Redlands Rugby League Club will call a new two-storey clubhouse home, with the lower level boasting six modern changing rooms suitable for male and female teams and an upper level with grandstand seating and community spaces enjoying enviable views over the precinct.

“Rugby League will also have three dedicated, professionally designed and lit fields, with the capability for up to five fields to host larger competition events, up from the current two fields available at Pinklands.

“For Redlands BMX, the new State-level track and multi-building clubhouse will present opportunities for the club and its growing membership to be involved in State events while providing training space for national and international championships.

“Previously without a ‘home’, Redlands Cycling and Multisport Club is delighted with both the 1.2km long criterium track and the clubhouse they’ll share with BMX. The club expects the multiple-looped track to attract new members as well as recreational riders of all ages looking to enjoy the off-road facility.”

Cr Talty said the precinct, which was scheduled to commence construction in 2022-2023 subject to funding and Council budget prioritisation, would also provide locals and the wider Redlands Coast community with a wonderful new recreation space.

“It will be an exciting precinct that shows how this naturally wonderful site will provide marvellous new recreation spaces for the wider community,” Cr Talty said.

“We’re going to see a fabulous all-ages and all-abilities recreation space with a regional level playground including water play and a pump track; a kick-about area that can also be used for class fitness activities, markets and small community events; rehabilitated wetland areas with boardwalks and nature play areas and, trails through conservation areas suitable for a range of activities, such as horse riding, mountain biking, walking and bird watching.

“The precinct is a strong step towards meeting the city’s current and future sport and recreation needs.”

To hear from the Clubs, see the fly-through video and concept plans, and for more information about the Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct and how it will help unlock the city’s sport and recreation potential, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

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Activating our naturally wonderful parks on Redlands Coast


Redlands Coast park reserves are another step closer to being even more vibrant after Council today endorsed the Land Management Plan – Temporary Commercial Use of Public Open Space (Council Trustee Reserves).

Mayor Karen Williams said the Land Management Plan (LMP) applied specifically to 29 State-owned reserves that Council holds in trust for the Queensland Government.

“The LMP provides controls and measures that satisfy State requirements for temporary commercial activities on these reserves in the Redlands Coast,” she said.

“It also reinforces Council’s commitment to supporting sustainable levels of temporary commercial activity in public open spaces.”

Cr Williams said temporary commercial activities are generally of a low-scale, and restricted to a footprint of 30 sq m and, depending on the size and type of park, the number of commercial vendors is capped at between one and three.

“Under the LMP, the type of temporary commercial activities are limited to those that complement the recreation and leisure functions of that reserve,” she said.

“Depending on the park, activities could include mobile food and beverage vans; personal fitness training; hire of recreation equipment, such as watercraft and bikes; entertainment such as busking, face painting, magicians, petting zoos and other similar activities; and tourist-based activities, including canoe and kayak tours.

“There are many activities that could further enliven our parks and communities, and which park users would appreciate having there.

“We love our outdoors lifestyle on Redlands Coast, and the LMP is an important step in making sure great recreation and leisure opportunities are available to everyone.”

Cr Williams said the LMP would now be sent to the Queensland Government for approval.

“Following the State Government’s approval of the plan, vendors who want to operate in a park reserve will be able to indicate their interest to Council through an Expression of Interest process,” she said.

“If short-listed, they will be invited to formally apply for approval.”

For more information about the Land Management Plan – Temporary Commercial use of Public Open Space (Council Trustee Reserves) visit Council’s Your Say webpage.

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Council adopts plan to maintain healthy waterways


Redland City Council has adopted a new plan to help maintain the health of local waterways and Moreton Bay.

Mayor Karen Williams said the development of the Redlands Coast Bay and Creeks Plan 2021-2031 and supplementary Action Plan 2021-2026 reflected an ongoing commitment to sustainable stewardship of our waterways and Moreton Bay.

“This plan provides a strategic approach to protect, maintain and enhance the resilience of our waterways and the bay,” she said.

“It aligns with and supports other Council plans and strategies, such as the Corporate Plan 2021-2026, the Coastal Adaption Strategy and the Conservation Land Management Strategy 2010.

“In conjunction with the Action Plan, it also operationalises Council’s implementation of the Lower Brisbane-Redlands Coastal Catchment Action Plan that Council endorsed in 2018.”

Cr Williams said management of the waterways and bay was a complex issue.

“There is need for a plan with a clear vision to identify priorities, set a clear future direction and drive coordinated and targeted actions,” she said.

“Council has invested significantly in assessing and improving the condition of our waterways and the bay, with initiatives such as waterways monitoring and assessment programs, implementing actions to reduce sediment loads from construction sites and through the commitment to plant one million native plants by 2026.

“While this work is yielding results, we recognise there are opportunities for improvement.

“The Action Plan identifies high priority activities Council will implement over the next five years to protect and enhance the resilience of the waterways and bay.”

Cr Williams said the plan’s aim was to ensure Council and community actions left a positive legacy for the future.

“Over the 10-year life of the plan we intend to develop a better understanding of what’s happening in our waterways and adjacent lands.

“We want to ensure we’re budgeting for ongoing maintenance of our waterways and operating at best practice. We also want to see an improvement in water quality.”

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Council serves up renewed tennis courts in Thorneside


The ball is back in play with the reopening of tennis court facilities at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had completed a full renewal of the four courts at the sports field which included laying a premium sports surface, installing new lighting fixtures, fencing, access gates, and nets and net posts. The existing tennis court shelters were spruced up with new lighting, roof repairs and repainting.

An aerial view of the four refurbished tennis courts at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

“This work was part of a budgeted program of approximately $13.8 million to improve our parks and sports fields across Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“As part of this project, the sports field’s two public cricket nets were renewed in a new location in order to better manage concerns between the soccer players and people using the practice nets.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop at the renewed tennis courts at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said it was great to see the facilities, including the cricket nets and all four tennis courts, returned to a “like new” state.

The relocated and renewed public cricket nets at William Taylor Memorial Sports field, Thorneside.

“Youth cricket has been growing again recently with higher numbers of girls playing the sport. These nets are great for family fun and practice sessions,” Cr Bishop said.

“The tennis courts have been a much-loved facility for many decades under the management of Thorneside Community Tennis Association.

“These courts were built and cared for by community members and now that Council has taken over the lease holding, the Thorneside Community Tennis club and committee will continue to ensure they are looked after by locals, while the courts remain accessible for all users for many, many years to come.”

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Council completes fourth upgrade to Thornlands Community Park


There are even more reasons to visit Thornlands Community Park with the Stage 2b upgrade introducing new exercise equipment, extra agricultural-themed play elements and recognition of the local area’s historical links.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the upgrades complemented previous works to create a flourishing vibrant outdoor space for local families and visitors.

“Right from the beginning, when Council bought this block of land, our aim has been to create a new and stimulating park to meet the needs of the growing Thornlands community,” she said.

“This is a true community park which has been heavily influenced by community feedback and I’m hoping our residents are as excited as we are about being part of this process to develop a major new park from scratch.

“Council has invested about $4.7 million to create the park over four stages since 2018, with a plaza area, carpark, picnic facilities and barbecue, footpaths, seating, landscaping, and a fully-fenced all-abilities playground.

“The park also includes Redland Coast’s first Changing Places Public Amenities which are designed to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities and their carers.

“There really is something for everyone and I’m confident our residents will be enjoying this park in this special part of Redlands Coast for generations to come, with the kids of today bringing their own children to play.”

Cr Paul Golle and Mayor Karen Williams with the anvil and interpretive sign about Wally the Blacksmith in Thornlands Community Park.

Cr Williams said Stage 2b had been completed as part of Council’s $13.8 million investment in upgrading parks and open spaces this financial year.

Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said the latest additions to the park helped to improve liveability and amenity in Thornlands.

“Residents looking to get fit and healthy will appreciate the new fitness equipment, with a large multi-function unit, exercise bike, cross trainer, and chest and shoulder presses,” Cr Golle said.

“Our younger residents have already been spoilt for choice at this wonderful park, and the new play elements will provide even further opportunities for climbing, balancing and sliding.

“Local families will appreciate how the agricultural theme of the play area celebrates our heritage, with small and large tractor tyres for climbing, a leaf play climbing structure and embankment climbing rope and slide.

“There is also an additional barbecue and drinking fountain, extra seating, shade and a bike rack near the park entrance.”

Cr Golle supported the installation of an anvil and interpretive sign about Walter Percy Mitchell, known as Wally the Blacksmith, at the park as part of the Community Infrastructure Program budget.

Wally used to service the tools of Council road gangs at his smithy which was previously located on the park site.

“Remembering Wally, an iconic Redlands Coast figure, and the part he played in our history is important, and it will be wonderful to see him honoured in this new community park in his beloved Thornlands,” Cr Golle said.

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The right waste in the right bins for your household


Redland City Council is handing out worm farms to 100 of the residents who signed up for a green waste bin this May.

Mayor Karen Williams said the worm farm competition, along with no bin establishment fee, had proven a great incentive for residents to order a green waste bin so their garden waste could be collected separately through Council’s fortnightly kerbside collection.

IndigiScapes staff have been handing out worm farms to winners of Council’s green waste bin competition.

“We were aiming for 500 green waste bin orders in May, and ended up with 524, which we estimate will result in the recovery of an extra 171 tonnes of green waste each year,” Cr Williams said.

“Green waste bins are an important part of Council’s kerbside collection service as they provide residents with an easy way to separate garden waste – such as garden prunings, grass clipping, weeds and small branches – from general waste and recyclables.

Worm farms are good for food scraps that can’t be put in your household green waste bin.

“Currently, about a third of the material put into kerbside general waste bins could be diverted to household green waste bins, the contents of which are composted and turned into soil and landscaping products.

“But when this material stays in general waste bins, it ends up in landfill, which is costly and bad for the environment.

“Nor does green waste belong in your yellow-lid bin, where it will end up contaminating your recycling.”

Cr Williams said the three bin-system catered to all different household sizes and needs, with residents being able to upsize their recycling bin, and order multiple recycling and green waste bins.

“Keen gardeners can order multiple green waste bins and larger families may opt for a second recycling bin,” she said.

“The system is flexible for the convenience of households and to maximise resource recovery.”

Council’s three-bin system

General household waste bins are collected kerbside on a weekly basis, have a red lid (or a dark green one for older bins) and are for non-recyclable items. While we’d prefer to see garden waste composted, put in a green waste bin or taken to a recycling and waste centre, it is still permitted in your general waste bin.

Every household has a yellow-lid recycling bin with household collection being fortnightly. Just five material types can be recycled kerbside – paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, aluminium and steel cans and firm plastic containers and bottles. Contaminants to keep out of your yellow-lid bin include soft plastics, bubble wrap, food scraps, polystyrene and textiles. Most importantly, don’t place recycling into a kitchen tidy bag or garbage bag.

Green waste bins are available to mainland residents and are optional so you need to order yours’ from Council, after which an annual fee for collection will appear on your rates. They have a lime green lid and are collected kerbside on the alternative fortnight to your recycling bin. They are for garden organics only, so kitchen scraps need to go either in your general waste bin or preferably your compost or worm farm at home.

Winners of the worm farms have been notified via email or will receive a letter in the mail and they can pick up their worm farms from IndigiScapes native nursery before 31 July.

If you’re unsure about what household bin an item belongs in, check Council’s online A-Z of waste recycling or you can pick up a copy of the A-Z of waste and recycling at Council’s mainland customer service centres.

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Putting a lid on household recycling contamination


“Keep it loose and clean. Don’t bag your recycling.”

These are the simple takeaways Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is urging residents to remember as part of a Council campaign to crush a worrying rise in recycling contamination.

“Just five types of materials can be recycled kerbside – paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, aluminium and steel cans and firm plastic containers and bottles,” Cr Williams said.

“But we are seeing a lot of other items in yellow-top bins, items that contaminate the load and waste our good efforts.

“The average rate for recycling contamination on the Redlands Coast had been going up since 2018, from 8 per cent to 11 per cent last year, and tracking at a disturbing average of 12.4 per cent in 2021.

Cr Williams said while she applauded residents for their enthusiastic recycling, meeting recycling targets meant more than shifting items from our general waste wheelie bin to the household recycling or green waste bin.

“The right materials need to go in the right bins,” she said.

“When a yellow-top wheelie bin has too much non-recyclable material – or contamination – it decreases the quality of recyclable materials and makes it harder for the good quality products to be extracted in the sorting equipment.

“As well as being a waste of renewable resources, this has the potential to increase Council’s, and therefore ratepayers’, waste management costs as the contaminated recycling may have to be taken to landfill.

“Household recycling is a commercial activity that Council pays for and when the quality decreases the processing costs increase.

“We do not want to reach the point where excess contamination costs may need to be passed on to ratepayers.

“That’s why we’re appealing to residents to not only recycle, but recycle right.”

Cr Williams said getting recycling right was not always easy but was something the council and community needed to work on together.

“With hundreds of recycling labels out there, it can be confusing and even recycling gurus can get it wrong,” she said.

“But the good news is that Australia and New Zealand have rolled out a new labelling information system for food packaging, called the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), which, hopefully, will end this confusion.

“Planet Ark has run a “Check it! Before You Chuck It national campaign to raise awareness about the new labels, which it says provides easy-to-understand recycling information when you need it most.”

Cr Williams urged residents to check the labels and learn more about what items are okay to put in the yellow bins.

“If you’re unsure about an item, check Council’s online A-Z of waste recycling .”

CONTAMINATING MISTAKES TO AVOID

The main offenders:

  • Bagged items – residents should not place recycling into a kitchen tidy bag or garbage bag or place general waste in the recycling bin
  • Soft plastics items such as bread bags, cereal box liners, pasta packets, chip packets, frozen veggie packets etc can only be recycled if taken to a specialised recycling collection point, such as the ones available in major supermarkets.
  • Soft plastics cannot be processed through Council’s recycling facility and therefore cannot be placed in kerbside recycling.
  • Bubble wrap
  • Food scraps – including excess food in containers. Containers do not need to be fully rinsed before being placed in your recycling bin.
  • Clothing / materials
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys.

 

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Redlands Coast closer to hosting Olympics events as Brisbane 2032 proposal firms


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is pleased the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive has recommended Brisbane’s proposal be advanced to a full committee session vote expected ahead of the opening of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo on July 23.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced early this morning that it would progress Brisbane’s proposal to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games to a full vote and that Redlands Coast was set to be the location for the canoe (slalom) events if it was endorsed.

“A purpose-built Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre is part of the integrated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct for which Birkdale Community Precinct on Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, is the preferred site,” Cr Williams said.

“The Olympic venue will be funded by both the Federal and State governments and would help support other attractions at the site, including Willards Farm and the WWII radio receiver station, both financially and through attraction of visitors.

“In April 2021, the Federal Government committed to a 50/50 funding arrangement with the Queensland Government for all venues and critical infrastructure associated with the potential 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“What is so very exciting about this venue is that it will be a legacy facility for generations to come.

“It will also bring forward significant infrastructure, in particular, road, rail and bus projects for Redlands Coast.

“Our community is particularly keen to see the much-needed duplication of the Cleveland railway line and the completion of the Eastern Busway to Capalaba.

“Similar Olympic facilities elsewhere demonstrate substantial local economic benefits, including during construction and for ongoing operation.

“It is anticipated that about 150 jobs could be sustained through the building and delivery of the adventure sports precinct, with an annual contribution of $52 million to the local economy.

“It also has significant opportunities as a swift-water rescue training facility for emergency services.

“The whitewater centre will be part of a larger adventure sports precinct proposed to be integrated into Birkdale Community Precinct with its overall legacy opportunities being compelling.

“A whitewater facility featured strongly in the community’s list of preferred ideas for the Birkdale precinct during Council’s recent extensive community engagement campaign.

“At 62 hectares, Birkdale Community Precinct provides more than enough space to accommodate the Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct and a variety of other uses in an integrated way.

“As well as strong support for the whitewater facility, the community told us they wanted picnic facilities, cycling and walking paths and circuits, access to Tingalpa Creek and natural areas, café and dining areas, community markets, camping and overnight stays, an amphitheatre and performance spaces, education and training facilities, paddock to plate, wildlife tourism and night walks.”

Cr Williams said the Council of Mayors (SEQ), which has been instrumental in the Brisbane 2032 proposal, is honoured the IOC Executive has recommended the proposal go to a full session vote.

“While we acknowledge this exciting milestone, there is still a lot of work to be done and all partners look forward to a final decision by the IOC and stand ready to assist in providing any further information,” Cr Williams said.

“The potential benefits of a Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are massive – some $8.1 billion in economic and social benefits for Queensland, and $17.6 billion nationally.”

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NAIDOC events celebrate culture and the concept of Country


The Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event at Raby Bay Harbour Park.

The connection between Country and culture will be the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said NAIDOC Week – starting Sunday 4 July – celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“It is a great opportunity to learn more about these communities,” Cr Williams said.

“This year NAIDOC invites us all to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage.

“Country is much more than a place or a piece of land, for Traditional Owners it is inherent to their identity. It has meaning in every aspect, from spiritual to social, from cultural to emotional.

“This year’s theme – Heal Country – is about working to protect lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.”

Cr Williams said NAIDOC Week would be celebrated across Redlands Coast with a number of events at various locations. The official launch will be held on Sunday, 4 July, at Raby Bay Harbour Park and will feature music and art from the Quandamooka People and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

“The Quandamooka People have been Traditional Owners of much of the area we now call Redlands Coast for more than 21,000 years,” Cr Williams said.

“The official launch will run from 9am to 1pm and there will be a traditional smoking ceremony and interactive dance workshops, as well as traditional arts and crafts activities, including weaving workshops.

“For those interested in furthering the cultural experience, Quandamooka man Matt Burns will provide cultural demonstrations and interactive family workshops. Matt’s workshops have proven very popular in the past.

“There also will be artwork by Quandamooka artists on display and for sale, along with a stunning sand art display.

“On stage will be performers such as Quandamooka song-man Josh Walker and the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician Joe Geia and his band; Torres Strait Islander singer and songwriter Chris Tamwoy with special guest Tania-Rose Gibuma; and Australian South Sea Islander and Aboriginal singer/songwriter Georgia Corowa.”

The Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event on Sunday 4 July.

Cr Williams said several Redlands Coast cultural and environmental facilities would showcase Traditional Owner culture as part of NAIDOC Week.

“On the Friday before the week gets underway, proud Quandamooka woman Elisha Kissick will lead a cultural flora walk through Council’s IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba,” she said.

“Elisha is passionate about sharing her Aboriginal culture and is actively on a mission to change the narrative around the perception of First Nations people.

“That passion is shared by artists Carol McGregor and Tamika Grant-Iramu who both have thought-provoking exhibitions currently showing at Redland Art Gallery as part of NAIDOC Week.

“While at Cleveland Library on the morning of 6 July, Bundjalung South Sea Islander musician and author Lucas Proudfoot will be entertaining younger audiences as he shares the positive aspects of music, story and culture.

“On 7 July at the library, Uncle Norm Enoch from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council will host a talk on Heal Country and the work his group is doing at the Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Reserve at Myora on North Stradbroke Island. Uncle Norm will also be giving a talk prior to this at IndigiScapes on the morning of Saturday 3 July.

“The play Rovers takes to the Redland Performing Arts Centre stage on 8 July. Performed by two female actors, it is a lively and fun production.

“So I encourage everyone to come along to these events, to listen and learn and to take away an understanding of the cultural significance of Country.

“Until we really understand Country we won’t understand why and how it needs to be healed.”

Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers in the Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country award-winning tourism video. They will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event at Raby Bay Harbour Park on Sunday 4 July.

REDLANDS COAST NAIDOC WEEK EVENTS

Cultural flora walk with Elisha Kissick of Yura Tours

Friday 2 July, 10am–12.30pm, IndigiScapes Botanic Gardens and Café, Capalaba

The cultural “walk talk” will cover how Quandamooka People used the varieties of flora that can be found in the gardens throughout IndigiScapes. $20 per person, ages 12+ indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/

 

Native flora talk with Uncle Norm Enoch plus native bush food starter packs

Saturday 3 July, 9am–noon, IndigiScapes Botanic Gardens and Café, Capalaba

Come along and meet Uncle Norm from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council as he talks about the cultural significance of native flora. IndigiScapes also will celebrate NAIDOC week with native bush food flora starter packs available in limited quantities. indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/

 

NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event

Sunday 4 July, 9am-1pm, Raby Bay Harbour Park

Performers include: Josh Walker and the Yulu-Burri-Ba Dancers, Joe Geia and band, Chris Tamwoy with special guest Tania-Rose Gibuma and Georgia Corowa. Activities include: traditional smoking ceremony and interactive dance workshops, arts and crafts activities, a sand art display, and cultural demonstrations by Matthew Burns. redland.qld.gov.au/NAIDOC

Torres Strait Islander singer and songwriter Chris Tamwoy and Tania-Rose Gibuma will perform at the NAIDOC Cultural Celebration Event on Sunday 4 July.

Exhibition Fragments: A Printed Environment: Tamika Grant-Iramu

until Sunday 18 July, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Grant-Iramu’s work brings into focus aspects of the natural environment that often go unnoticed and yet are an important part of the identity and culture of place. artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibitions-2021/fragments-a-printed-environment-tamika-grant-iramu/

 

Exhibition Response: Carol McGregor

until Sunday 18 July, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

In Response, Carol McGregor, an artist of Wathaurung and Scottish descent, reflects on what was here, looked after and used as a resource before colonisation. artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/exhibitions-2021/response-carol-mcgregor/

Clay installation silent sounds (wurrgarrabil) (detail), 2021, by Carol McGregor part of the artists’s Response exhibition at Redland Art Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Musical Stories! with Lucas Proudfoot

Tuesday 6 July, 9.30-10am, Cleveland Library

Author Lucas Proudfoot presents a dynamic musical storytelling experience through song, dance and expert instrument demonstration. redland.qld.gov.au/info/20157/libraries/308/whats_on_at_your_library?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D153143126

 

Your Words! Your Story! with Lucas Proudfoot

Tuesday 6 July, 10.30-11.30am, Cleveland Library

Lucas Proudfoot showcases dance, cultural diversity and his creative process. redland.qld.gov.au/info/20157/libraries/308/whats_on_at_your_library?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D153143143

 

Heal Country with Uncle Norm and Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council

Wednesday 7 July, noon-1pm, Cleveland Library

Come along and meet Uncle Norm from Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council as he talks passionately about the award winning work they are doing at the Terra Bulla Leumeah Conservation Reserve. hbit.ly/3bWMwB4

Rovers

Thursday 8 July, 7.30-8.30pm, Concert Hall, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Rovers at RPAC on 8 July.

Rovers is a delightful and modern comedy-drama that celebrates the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing women. It stars Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald who is descended from the Mandandanjii and Darambal tribes of Central Queensland. rpac.com.au/what-s-on/all-events/rovers/

 

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