Monthly Archives: September 2014

Nice to Instameet you

A social gathering will combine with social media in a new form of tourism marketing with the Redlands to host an ‘Instameet’ at Wellington Point on 4 October as part of the Queensland Holiday initiative ‘Biggest Instameet in the world’ being held across Queensland.

An Instameet is a group of Instagrammers or photographers meeting at a pre-determined place and time to socialise while taking photos that are then shared with the group and other social media users through Instagram.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said social media had changed the way people shared stories of great tourism locations.

“Social media has really been a game-changer and Council has embraced the benefits it brings for the community with open arms,” she said.

“It has changed not only the way we communicate with residents, but has added a whole new marketing dimension that helps us share the Redlands with people across the world and this Instameet is a perfect example of this.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight what Redlanders already know – that the Redlands is the best place to live, work and to play.”

The Wellington Point event will coincide with other Instameets being held across the state and will feature 20-year-old Instragram influencer Alex Korica @alexkorica who will provide participants with some of the tips that have helped him generate a following of more than 12,000 on Instragram.

Alex recently posted on Instagram of his excitement to be taking part in the Wellington Point event saying that the location is known for its sunsets and he was hoping for a huge crowd.

Wellington Point Divisional Councillor Wendy Boglary said the Wellington Point pier had become a frequently photographed Redlands tourist location.

“Wellington Point offers plenty for photographers and it is great that its beauty will be seen by thousands across the world through this Instameet,” she said.

“Alex is right in that the location is predominantly known for its great sunsets, but the pier and proximity of nearby islands adds other dimensions to the location that are sure to mean some great shots will be captured.

“This is a great opportunity to meet people and help promote the Redlands, so everyone should grab their phone or camera and get down there on the day and don’t forget to hashtag #thisisqueensland and #redlandsanyday.”

To register or for more information visit the Queensland Holidays website and search under things to see and do.

Wellington Point Instameet details
Address:          Main Road, Wellington Point
Date:               4pm, 4 October 2014

What is an Instameet? An Instameet is a pre-determined place and time where a group of Instagrammers or photographers get together for about an hour or so to meet each other and take photos. Then they upload the photos to Instagram to share with each other and the world. Usually there’s a hashtag to group all the photos together in one gallery and for the Queensland Instameet the hashtag to remember is #thisisqueensland.

High school students find their ‘voice’ in new exhibition

A new exhibition at Redland Art Gallery celebrates the artistic talent of Redland high schools students.

High Schools in Focus I, on display at Redland Art Gallery Capalaba until Saturday 15 November, combines artworks from Alexandra Hills State School, Capalaba State Senior College, Wellington Point State High School and Redlands College students.

Redland City Council Community and Cultural Services Spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the exhibition was a collaboration between Redland Art Gallery, local high schools and their students.

“The first of a two part exhibition, High Schools In Focus I is a great example of the outstanding results that can be achieved when different organisations and individuals work in partnership towards a common goal,” Cr Hewlett said.

“As part of this project, school students were given the opportunity to collaborate within a gallery environment, harnessing new skills and giving them added confidence to follow artistic pursuits.

“As part of High Schools in Focus I students were encouraged to use a range of medium including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, textiles and new media to create a piece to the theme of  ‘voice’.

“The end result is a diverse, inspiring and thought-provoking collection of artworks that give us a rare insight into issues driving young people in our community.

“This exhibition is a wonderful celebration of young talent in Redland City and I encourage everyone to come and learn what students have had to say with their artistic ‘voice’.”

For more information on High Schools In Focus I and II and other Redland Art Gallery exhibitions and events, visit

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Image: Ingrid Menla, Redlands College, Why don’t you let me speak? 2014, monoprint and collage on paper. Courtesy of the artist.


Get the facts – A response regarding Wellington Point Cook Island Pine

Council would like to respond to a letter to the editor that appeared in the Redland City Bulletin 17 September entitled “City’s tallest tree could face the axe”.
This letter suggested there was a plan being devised to cut down a Cook Island Pine in Beachrest Road, Wellington Point and that a decision could be made “behind closed doors”. 

It needs to be made clear that there are no current plans to cut down this tree and any decision regarding the future of this tree and the Vegetation Protection Order over it will be made in a publicly accessible General Council Meeting with the community able and welcome to attend.  Any decision will follow completion of a specialist arboricultural assessment being conducted to determine the safety of the tree. This assessment will be publicly available as part of the General Meeting agenda. Council officers will review the arboricultural assessment before making recommendation to Council.  

The matter of this tree and the VPO over it has been before open Council meetings a number of times, with Council previously electing to retain the VPO.

Rifle through the bargains at Redlands Suitcase Rummage

Now there’s a legal way to rummage through someone else’s suitcase!

Redland Performing Arts Centre will host the inaugural Redlands Suitcase Rummage Sale on its outdoor plaza on Saturday 27 September from 11am – 4pm.

The event is being run in conjunction with Suitcase Rummage (Eventbrite), who run similar events around Australia.

Redland City Council Community and Cultural Spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said people can still register to sell suitcases of goods.

“The Suitcase Rummage is a chance for people to sell bits and pieces without having to organise a full market stall,” Cr Hewlett said.

“It’s amazing what treasures can be bought and sold from a suitcase and we’re hoping for a great variety including clothing, bric-a-brac, jewelry, recycled wares and craft.

“It should be a quick way for people to make some extra money and we are looking forward to seeing everyone’s creativity coming out.”

Cr Hewlett said there would be a series of suitcase rummage sales, including one just before Christmas.

“The first event on Saturday 27 September will be followed by one on 13 December 2014 and a third market in March next year.

“Entry to the markets will be free, so it would be great to see people getting out, supporting these pop-up events and scoring some suitcase bargains.”

To be part of the sale, people need to register their suitcase through

A suitcase market spot (up to three suitcases per spot) costs $25.00 plus a $2.49 handling fee, payable online to Suitcase Rummage (Eventbrite).

Wonderful wildlife on show at IndigiScapes

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is giving people the chance to get in touch with their ‘wild’ side at their Wonderful Wildlife Day from 10am – 2pm on Friday 26 September 2014.

With the chance to see some fascinating local wildlife including a wedge-tailed eagle and koala from 11am – 1pm, the day will be a great, free way to entertain the kids during school holidays.

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Redland City Council’s Community and Cultural Services spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said IndigiScapes, located at Runnymede Road, Capalaba, would have a range of activities on offer, including a fashion parade with a difference.

“To get into the spirit of the day, we’d love to see kids come dressed as their favourite animal and take part in our animal fashion parade,” Cr Hewlett said.

“We’ll swap the traditional catwalk for a koala-walk and there will even be a prize for our best-dressed animal.”

Wonderful Wildlife Day, being held as part of Save the Koala month celebrations, will have displays from the Koala Action Group, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Bat Conservation and Rescue and Redlands Wildlife Rescue.

Activities on the day include wildlife talks, storytelling, craft, art classes and a colouring-in competition.

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People can make a day of it by bringing a picnic, enjoying the community fundraising barbeque or having lunch at onsite Tea Garden Café.

For more information on wonderful wildlife Day and other IndigiScapes events, visit or call 3824 8611.

‘Save the Koala’ month is an annual Australian Koala Foundation awareness campaign highlighting koala conservation.


Straddie NAIDOC celebrates local heroes

The North Stradbroke Island community came together at Dunwich State School on Wednesday 17 September to celebrate NAIDOC Week and honour indigenous servicemen and women.

NAIDOC Week celebrations fell during school holidays in July, so the day was an opportunity for all sections of the community to celebrate the 2014 theme of ‘Centenary and Beyond.’

The celebrations included the Advance Australia Fair in aboriginal language, a Quandamooka cultural talk, traditional dancing, activities and displays and a singing performance by students.

The event was attended by Quandamooka Elders, including Mr Arthur Day who enlisted and served his country twice- WWII and Malaysia.

An updated ‘honour roll’ of Redlands’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women was also on display.

Redland City Council created the original roll with the support of Traditional Owners and it was launched during NAIDOC Week earlier this year.

Since that time further names have been received, and the event was an opportunity to unveil the updated poster on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah and honour the sacrifices of our local indigenous servicemen and women.

Dunwich State School students had created a ‘slouch hat’ artwork that included names taken from the honour roll.

Many of the students share family ties with the servicemen and women who are listed, so it was a unique way of connecting students to their heritage and giving them a greater understanding of how Traditional Owners have served Country.

The day’s activities were organised by Dunwich State School and members of the Quandamooka Forum and supported by Redland City Council and the Australian Government— Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Quandamooka Elder Mr Arthur Day attended the Dunwich NAIDOC celebrations.


Students enjoyed a Quandamooka Cultural Talk (image courtesy of Dunwich State School)

NAIDOC Event 17 Sept

Walker Group to rejuvenate Redland City

Bayside residents are a step closer to vibrant waterfront developments and new jobs after the State Government and Redland City Council today announced Walker Group as the preferred partner to develop Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Jeff Seeney today joined with Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Walker Group Executive Chair Lang Walker to announce the Walker Group as the preferred partner for both Priority Development Areas at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

“The Redland City Council first came to the State Government in January 2013 requesting we declare the two precincts as Priority Development Areas to help grow the local economy and create vibrant waterfront communities,” Mr Seeney said.

“Our government promised at the 2012 election to deliver better infrastructure and planning.  Priority Development Areas such as these show we are delivering on this pledge and creating good, viable jobs.

“This is a red letter day for the Redlands, for the Council and for our Government to have secured multi-award winning Walker Group’s intention to develop both sites.

“These revitalisation projects will create thousands of jobs during construction and will dramatically grow the tourism sector, positioning Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek as gateways to the Moreton Bay Islands.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the selection of the Walker Group as the development partner following the recent Expression of Interest phase was a vote of confidence in the Redlands.


“The Walker Group’s commitment to community values was a key part of the decision to select them as our preferred partner to take these projects to the next exciting phase,” she said.

“Selected from eight strong Expressions of Interest, the Walker Group is the preferred development partner for both Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek and the fact that they want to lead both projects shows how attractive the Redlands is to people such as Lang Walker.

“Known globally as a consummate professional, Lang Walker has a reputation for producing exciting projects that maintain the values of the community, the environment and cultural heritage.

“The Walker Group doesn’t just make places where people visit, shop and dine; they create communities, where people call home, kids go to school and families grow.  You only have to look at examples of their work in Australia and internationally to know that these two projects are in good hands.”

Cr Williams said the Expression of Interest phase provided high level vision to transform the two popular transport hubs, with the exact detail of the projects to now be developed in consultation with Council, the State Government and a stakeholder advisory group.

“The next step of the process is for a detailed design to be developed that matches the final development scheme, which was developed in consultation with the community” she said.

“It needs to be understood that as yet there is no detailed design for either site; that will be worked through with the Walker Group and key stakeholders, but the final design will reflect the needs of the community as outlined during the original consultation phase.

“A key part of this will be the retention of public open space, with the Walker Group keen to not only maintain facilities such as GJ Walter Park but enhance them so they continue to be a valued asset for the community.”

Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson said he welcomed Walker Group being announced as the preferred partner to develop these two important sites.

“The Toondah Harbour upgrade has been a long anticipated piece of infrastructure that will improve transport, tourism and boost local businesses,” Mr Robinson said.

“These projects prove the Newman Government has a strong plan for a brighter future for our region.”

Member for Redlands Peter Dowling said he welcomed the process moving to the detailed design phase.

“Both the State Government and Council listened to the community and worked to ensure public open space was not only was protected but improved through this process,” Mr Dowling said.

“I look forward to seeing the detailed design for these iconic projects that will create great employment and tourism benefits for our region.”

Both Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas have development schemes in place. The development schemes, which underwent community consultation in 2014, set the rules under which development can occur in these areas.

Walker Group’s master plan will be developed in accordance with these development schemes.


Walker Group is one of Australia’s largest private development companies, successful for 40 years. Led by Executive Chairman, Lang Walker, the company has a proven track record in delivering iconic projects such as Collins Square, The King Street Wharf, the Wharf at Woolloomooloo, Hope Island Resort, Rhodes Waterside and Sennibong Cove, Malaysia.

Council to investigate Raby Bay shark nets

Redland City Council will investigate installing shark nets at Raby Bay foreshore following today’s General Council Meeting.

Division 2 Councillor Craig Ogilvie today tabled a notice of motion asking Council to prepare a report into the possibility of installing the shark nets to provide a safe swimming location.

“Raby Bay Foreshore is a popular place for locals and tourists so it makes sense for Council to look at how we can make it as safe as possible for those who frequent the area,” he said.

“While I don’t want to cause alarm or suggest the area is not currently safe, I have been approached by some people who are nervous about sharks so this is a chance to have a look at what can be done.

“It would be a shame if there were people who don’t feel comfortable to enjoy our beautiful bay.”

Cr Ogilvie said the Council report would include financial implications so Council could then consider the possibility of including shark nets in future capital works program.

“At this stage all we are doing is having a look at the possibility of installing shark nets, nothing has been decided and we will see what the reports tell us before proceeding any further.”

North Stradbroke Island wildfire rolling updates: Wednesday 17 September

Below is a rolling update on the Straddie wildfire situation on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

3.45pm update from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

North Stradbroke Island wildfire update: 3.45pm Wednesday 17 September

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES report that at 3.30pm today, the North Stradbroke Island wildfire has been declared OUT.

Fire crews from QFES and Redland City Council will remain on site overnight to monitor the situation and ensure no flare ups occur.

9.50am update from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Media release below issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island) – bushfire as at 9.50am, Wednesday, 17 September

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Redland City Council fire crews are currently on scene at a bushfire burning south-west of Point Lookout, in inaccessible land. This fire broke out around 7.30pm yesterday (Tuesday) and is posing no threat to property at this time. Two aircraft are currently en route to this incident to provide aerial reconnaissance and water bombing support. Residents may be affected by a large smoke haze and are advised to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by. Motorists travelling in the area are urged to drive with caution and to conditions. Residents who are concerned their property is under threat should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

9am update

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES advise that a wildfire is burning on North Stradbroke Island east of the Yarraman Mine on land owned by the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

QFES staff, Queensland Police, local emergency service crews, staff from Sibelco Mining Company and Redland City Council fire crews are on site. Water bombing will commence by 9.30am this morning.

There is no immediate threat to life or property – but please monitor the QFES website and social media, our news site and social media and listen to 612 ABC radio for updates.

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Additional fire, police and SES staff are on Straddie – people are urged to take direction from them as necessary.

A reminder that Redland City is on the precautionary Wildfire Alert 2 status – take steps now to ensure you are prepared for bushfires.

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Residents urged to be bushfire ready

Redlanders are being urged to be bushfire ready with weather conditions over the coming days resulting in a heightened risk of bushfires.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Karen Williams said the heightened level of bushfire risk had led to Wildfire Alert 2 status being declared.

“The declaration of Wildfire Alert 2 status represents a heightened state of readiness from Council and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services with weather conditions from today and over the next few days expected to contribute to a greater risk of bushfire,” she said.

“While the elevated alert status is precautionary, it is a reminder to everyone that they should remain vigilant and take steps now to ensure they are prepared should there be a fire.

“This includes reviewing their bushfire plans and discussing the situation with their friends and family.”

Council’s disaster management and prevention spokesperson Cr Alan Beard said the heightened fire warning was a sign of things to come with a hot and dry summer expected.

“Council attended a briefing last week where the Bureau of Meteorology said expected higher temperatures and low rainfall over the coming months  were likely to contribute to a higher than average risk of Bushfire this summer,” he said.

“This is a reminder to all residents to not wait until a fire to make the necessary preparations and decisions; they should take the necessary steps now to ensure they are prepared.

“People should also listen to the radio stay connected to Council and QFES social media channels for any updates.”

More information including how to prepare an emergency plan and emergency kit is available at or