Plans for rural Southern Thornlands to be enterprise frontier

Redland City Council will prioritise economic development and employment in the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area (STPFGA) following public consultation showing the community supported the proposed plans for the area.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council today supported the community’s feedback on the plan and would now begin making the necessary changes to the city plan to create employment and innovation, while retaining significant areas of rural residential living.

“Council has always believed this area should be used for employment rather than merely being used as another residential area and our proposal supports this commitment,” Cr Williams said.

“Our plan for the area includes mixed industry and business, education, training and recreation, a transport precinct, storage and larger home-based industry enterprise activities.

“As part of our plans, land not used for economic uses should only be used for larger rural living blocks, reducing pressure on transport while protecting the area’s relaxed rural lifestyle.”

“Public consultation shows the community supports this plan with 80 per cent of the online respondents supporting Council’s proposal, providing a strong basis for proceeding with a major amendment to the City Plan.

“Council has consistently focussed on job creation as part of a prioritisation on economic development for this strategically important part of southern Thornlands; which is why we opened up this consultation to the entire city.

At today’s general meeting, Council resolved to commence preparation of a major amendment to the City Plan to reflect the preferred future land use intents for the STPFGA; and report back to the State Planning Minister outlining the public consultation outcomes, the proposed amendment and noting that urban residential land uses are inconsistent with Council’s preferred future land use intents for the area.

Cr Williams said it was great to see community support for the proposals for STPFGA.

“It has been a topic of discussion for nearly two decades with the State Government at one stage including part of the area in the urban footprint, meaning it could have ended up with it being subdivided for smaller lot residential development,” Cr Williams said.

“Fortunately that was later reversed and it was nominated as a Potential Future Growth Area which allowed Council to investigate its preferred future usages.”

For more information about STPFGA, including findings from the public consultation report and an economic feasibility assessment report, visit the project’s page on Council’s Your Say site.

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Council awards RADF grants to five local art projects

Redland City Council has awarded grants for five local art projects through the 2021-2022 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Mayor Karen Williams said the successful first round recipients would undertake projects that creatively explored stories of people and place on Redlands Coast.

“These grants promote the role and value of the arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities,” she said.

“Funding allocated in this round will help local musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers and Quandamooka Elders share their stories to entertain and inspire our community.”

The RADF provides grants of up to $10,000 for professional and emerging artists based on Redlands Coast and up to $20,000 for strategic initiatives.

RADF Assessment Panel co-chair Cr Paul Bishop (Division 10) said the funding underscored the importance of arts and culture on Redlands Coast.

“We are fortunate to have a thriving arts community and this funding will support projects that reflect the distinctive people and places of Redlands Coast and its communities,” Cr Bishop said.

“Our RADF committee members are all great volunteer ambassadors for the creative arts who also deserve our respect and thanks.”

Panel Co-chair Cr Lance Hewlett (Division 4) said another round of RADF grant applications would open on 16 February 2022.

“These grants support activities that encourage creative and skills development within the arts and cultural life of Redlands Coast,” Cr Hewlett said.

“They cater for a wide range of initiatives, with grants available in nine categories – community arts and cultural development, multi-arts, music, theatre, writing, dance, developing regional skills, heritage, and visual arts, craft and design.”

Recipients of 2021-2022 Round 1 RADF grants:

  • Cleveland Film Company (CFC) – $20,000 for the development of a sustainable and independent regional film industry on Redlands Coast. The further development of CFC as a local production company will create employment opportunities for a wide range of creative artists, technicians and third-party associated support businesses such as catering, construction and accommodation.
  • Karen Drukakis – $10,000 for Reflections in the Rear View Mirror – the panoramas and the potholes (A modern twist to the ancient practice of sharing life lessons of the Elders). In this project, Elders from Minjerribah will use modern multimedia techniques to share the stories of their lives; shows will be performed on Minjerribah and multimedia materials will be presented at Redland Performing Arts Centre.
  • Our Pixie Friends Pty Ltd – $4400 for the publication of a children’s picture book, Minksy the Meltdown Pixie, with copies to be donated to State Library of Queensland, Redland City Council Libraries and local special schools.
  • Redland Sinfonia Inc – $7200 for a professional recording experience, which will be used to promote the orchestra of aspiring local professional musicians to a wider group.
  • Island Art Collective/Eve Newsome – $3600 for a mural on the kitchen garden shed in the Karragarra Community Garden, painted by four established and emerging Southern Moreton Bay Islands visual artists.

The RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Redland City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

For more information, including how to apply for a grant in Round 2, visit


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Tsunami warnings cancelled for Queensland

The main tsunami waves have now passed all expected Queensland locations.

Small unusual tsunami waves may continue but are no longer expected to be dangerous, however a Hazardous Surf Warning is still in effect for the Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast waters due to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Cody.

Surf Life Saving Queensland have advised that all beaches will re-open this morning.

For updates and further information visit the BOM website

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Beaches closed, ferry services unchanged as marine tsunami warning continues

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has closed its exposed patrolled beaches, including those on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) on Redlands Coast, while the current marine tsunami warning remains in place.

Wellington Point Reserve beach, which is also patrolled by SLSQ, will remain open as usual due to its more protected nature.

Passenger and vehicular ferry services continue as usual to North Stradbroke Island, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Coochiemudlo Island.

Conditions continue to be closely monitored by emergency services agencies.

The marine tsunami warning in Queensland is from the Fraser Coast to the Queensland/New South Wales border.

It is a warning for dangerous rips, waves, strong ocean current and some localised overflow onto the immediate foreshore.

Please continue to monitor the BoM alerts

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Queensland marine tsunami warning including waters of Moreton Bay

There is a current marine tsunami warning from Sandy Cape to Point Danger, including the waters of Moreton Bay, Fraser Island, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre has issued the warning and advised:

  • Possibility of dangerous rips, waves, strong ocean currents and some overflow onto immediate foreshore.
  • Evacuation not necessary
  • People to get out the water and move away from immediate waters’ edge

Please monitor the BOM website for updates.

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Redland Animal Shelter to close temporarily

Due to staff shortages as a result of illness, the Redland Animal Shelter in South Street, Thornlands, will be temporarily closed from noon Saturday 15 January until 8.30am Monday 17 January.

For any enquiries regarding an animal in our care, please phone 3829 8663.

Council apologises for any inconvenience.

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‘Earthy’ water being experienced across the region

Redlands Coast residents who have noticed an earthy taste or smell to their tap water have been assured by bulk water supplier Seqwater that it is safe to drink.

Seqwater advises that the water situation is being experienced across the region – including in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan.

This rare and harmless occurrence is caused by increased natural organic compounds entering the raw water supply during warmer weather.

Seqwater is taking action to dilute the water coming from the affected system, with water taste and smell expected to return to normal within a few weeks.

For more information, including tips on neutralising water taste go to the Seqwater website


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Council sponsors event which celebrates volunteers

STAR Community Services will receive $6200 in Redland City Council sponsorship funding to host its annual Celebration of Volunteers event.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support the STAR Community Services event through round one of its 2021-2022 sponsorship program.

“This event, which Council is sponsoring for the second year, brings the community together to celebrate its volunteers and the work they do, and to build awareness of the inclusivity and diversity of volunteering across Redlands Coast,” she said.

“It will bring all ages and cultures together with live entertainment, rides and activities, and interactive information stalls from more than 30 local not-for-profit and community groups.”

The Celebration of Volunteers event, which STAR holds annually, will be held at Raby Bay Harbour Park on 14 May 2022.

STAR Community Services CEO Patsy Wilshire said the spirit of volunteering was deeply rooted in the Redlands community.

“Hundreds of community groups and organisations like STAR are supported by volunteers who give up their skills and personal time to lend a hand,” Ms Wilshire said.

“Thanks to the Redland City Council sponsorship, the Celebration of Volunteers is an event for the whole community to come together and celebrate the immense contribution made by our volunteers.”

Cr Williams said round two of this financial year’s sponsorship program would open in February 2022.

“I invite organisations to apply, even if they were unsuccessful in round one,” she said.

“Over the past 12 years, Council has invested more than $7 million in a diverse range of valuable and beneficial community-led projects and events across Redlands Coast.

“Council’s sponsorship program aims to boost the city’s economy and tourism industry by offering organisations the opportunity to apply for funding of either $15,000 or less, or for more than $15,000 – not once, but twice every financial year.

“The program also offers funding support of up to $1500 to support Quandamooka cultural awareness at sponsored events or activities.”

For more information on the sponsorship program, visit Council’s website.

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Dunwich library branch to close temporarily

Due to staff shortages as a result of illness, Council’s library branch at Dunwich on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) will be closed on Tuesday, 11 January 2022.

The Point Lookout library branch will remain open and the libraries’ online services will continue to operate.

The return chute at Dunwich branch also will remain open.

Opening hours for the island’s library branches over the coming week are as follows:

Point Lookout

  • Tuesday, 11 January: 10am–12.30pm; 1.30pm–5.30pm
  • Wednesday, 12 January: 9am–1pm
  • Friday, 14 January: 1pm–5pm


  • Thursday, 13 January: 1pm–5pm
  • Saturday, 15 January: 8.30am–11.30am

Council apologises for any inconvenience.

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Minjerribah on show in Aussie drama mystery TV series

A new Australian drama mystery series from Acorn TV, Darby and Joan, has recently wrapped filming on Redlands Coast and other south-east Queensland locations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the series, produced by Australian production company CJZ, would showcase the rugged beauty and unique grandeur of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) to millions of viewers via one of the world’s leading streaming services Acorn TV in 2022.

“We were pleased to welcome 75 cast and crew members to Minjerribah for almost a week in September last year,” she said.

“With Darby and Joan injecting an estimated $6.6 million into the economy and generating approximately 95 jobs for Queensland cast and crew, it’s great to see our local economy receiving a share of this through visitor nights and associated spending by the production.”

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) was one of the locations chosen for the filming of the new TV series Darby and Joan. Photo: Scott Belzner

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said it was fantastic to see Redlands Coast and Minjerribah forging a reputation as a location of choice for film production.

“Minjerribah is known for its iconic scenery and Darby and Joan will feature several of our naturally wonderful locations including Amity Point, South Gorge, Cylinder Beach and Home Beach,” Cr Mitchell said.

“This is the latest production to film on Minjerribah, with other productions including the blockbuster Aquaman; showing the island is attracting more than just tourists and surfers, it is becoming a location of choice for filmmakers.”

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) was a location loved by the series director and producers.

CJZ Head of Drama Claire Tonkin said, “We’ve always talked about this series being a love letter to some of the most beautiful spots in Queensland and, when I first saw where we’d be filming, I literally gasped out loud at its beauty.

“Shooting there was a wonderful experience for the whole cast and crew, and I can’t wait for the audience in the rest of Australia and around the world to see it onscreen.”

Roger Paul, location manager for Darby and Joan, said: “I’ve spent years in Vancouver, Canada, which is renowned for being one of the biggest production hubs on the planet with excellent support infrastructure from the local municipalities, and I can say with real confidence Redlands Coast is without a doubt on a par with them.”

Billed as a rollicking road trip with a mystery twist, Darby and Joan stars Bryan Brown as a retired Australian police officer with a dog as his only companion, and Greta Scacchi as a widowed English nurse.

The pair meet and embark on an epic odyssey in the outback of northern Australia.

An Acorn Original production, Darby and Joan will have its world premiere exclusively on Acorn TV in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, Spain, and Portugal among others in 2022.

The series is produced by CJZ with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland.

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