Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe visiting the Redlands!

Canoe believe it? A 19 metre traditional Polynesian canoe is visiting the Redlands on Friday and Saturday!


The Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe Hōkūleʻa will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries as it sails around the world to promote indigenous knowledge, ocean restoration and global sustainability.

Come give the crew a warm Redlands welcome!

Friday 29 May – Raby Bay Pontoon
10am Welcome Ceremony
12pm-4pm: Canoe tours and family learning activities

Saturday 30 May – Volunteer Marine Rescue, Cleveland Point
10am–4pm: Canoe tours and family learning activities

Tuesday 2 June to Thursday 4 June – Little Ship Club, 1 Yabby St, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island
Canoe viewings only, no tours available


Planned burn at Alexandra Hills: Thursday 28 May

Our Conservation Fire Management team are undertaking a planned burn today in the Greater Glider Conservation Area at Alexandra Hills.

Location/ size: 250 Redland Bay Road, Alexandra Hills. The burn is approximately 7.5 hectares in size and is for hazard reduction and ecological purposes.

Smoke dispersal: Smoke may affect some areas near the burn site but this will be minimal.


Notifications: Notification letters have been delivered to surrounding residents. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFEScommunications centre has been notified and fire crews will remain on site until the fire is safe.

Wildlife: Conservation staff will sweep the burn site prior to ignition, and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure all protected fauna are clear of the impact zone.

Dredging of Weinam Creek to improve access

Redland City Council will be undertaking dredging on Weinam Creek, Redland Bay as part of their regular maintenance schedule.

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards said the eight week dredge was expected to start Monday 1 June, and would provide safer more reliable access to the bay.

“This work is part of Council’s commitment to providing ongoing safe, reliable access to Moreton Bay,” he said.

“As a city of islands the Redlands depends on marine transport and we also have plenty of recreational boaties, so projects such as this are vital to ensuring we can continue to enjoy the beauty of the bay.

“The project will involve two dredge vessels operating in Weinam Creek, with work expected to be completed early August weather permitting.

“There may be some minor disruptions during this important work, including ferries being required to reduce speed and use the full length of the channel to avoid silting it up.

“A work site has been established at the marina and residents are asked to be patient and follow the directions of Council officers and the Notice to Mariners to ensure everyone remains safe.”

For more information contact Council on 3829 8999.

Hazard reduction burns

As part of Redland City Council’s ongoing fire management program two hazard reduction burns are scheduled to take place this week.

Weather permitting the following planned burns will take place:
Orchid Drive Urban Park, Mt Cotton:
Tuesday, 26 May: 6pm -12pm. 
Note this burn has been scheduled at night to avoid traffic interruptions.

Greater Glider Conservation Area, Alexandra Hills:
Thursday, 28 May: 9am – 4pm.

The planned burns are necessary to lessen the potential for fire by reducing fuel loads and to allow for the regeneration of native plant species.

The planned burns will only be undertaken if weather conditions are favourable and all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

Anyone suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions is encouraged to keep doors and windows closed and minimise their time outdoors.

For safety reasons residents are asked to stay away from the planned burn area during the works, preferably indoors. 

To lessen the impact on pets it is also recommended they are secured prior to the works beginning.

Voyage to bring important sustainability message to the Redlands

A 19-metre traditional Polynesian canoe will dock in the Redlands next week as part of a four-year journey to grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world.

Redland City Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty will welcome the vessel the Hokule’a, (which means star of gladness) when it arrives in Raby Bay next Friday (29 May).

“The canoe left New Zealand at the beginning of May and brings with it an important message of sustainability, one that will be carried across the globe as part of its four-year voyage,” Cr Talty said.

“The Redlands is renowned for its strong focus on conservation and environmental protection, so it is fitting that this important voyage will include the Redlands.

“Everyone is encouraged to the official welcome of the Hokule’a, which will dock at the pontoon between the Cleveland Railway Station and restaurants at the Raby Bay Marina at 10 am on Friday 29 May 2015.”

Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said the Redlands would roll out the red carpet for the crew during their week long stop-over in the Redlands, providing cultural tourism opportunities.

“The crew will be greeted by a traditional Quandamooka welcome, showcasing the Redlands’ strong cultural connection as well as our strong relationship to the environment,” he said.

“The community will also have the opportunity to see the traditional canoe, which will be displayed at the Raby Bay VMR at William Street, Cleveland Point over the weekend.

“During their visit the crew is also expected to visit local schools and give presentations on their voyage, including explaining the traditional Polynesian navigation techniques they will use to guide the Hokule’a to 26 separate nations during their global mission.

“While docked in the Redlands for a week the crew will restock supplies, providing the opportunity for us as a city to show them the strong community spirit of the Redlands, a message that will then go with them during their journey.

“Raby Bay is the only stop in Southern Queensland for the Polynesian crew, highlighting the significant cultural relationships our city continues to build.

“This significant cultural event occurs in the lead up to the Quandamooka Festival, which will share the traditional Quandamooka culture with the world from July – September.

“I would like to thank the Raby Bay VMR who is opening their premises for the crew to stay and keep their equipment while in the Redlands.”

Join the family fun at Indigi Day Out

Learn to cook with bush tucker, weave with weeds and meet a koala during a fun-filled day of markets, environmental activities and toe-tapping music at this year’s Indigi Day Out on Saturday 6 June.

Redland City Council Deputy Mayor Alan Beard will open the event and said Indigi Day Out was an annual celebration of the rich environmental and cultural values of the Redlands.

“Celebrating World Environment Day this event will feature all the excitement of Indigi Day Out during the day, with the evening to then be filled with plenty of toe-tapping entertainment from the Folk Redlands Festival of Music,” Cr Beard said.

“This event has something for all ages, with environmental displays, market stalls, native plant sales, arts and craft, food and folk music, along with kids’ activities including native animal encounters, trackless train rides and face painting.

“Come along and sample the delicious food on offer from one of the market stalls, or pack your own picnic basket and simply sit back and enjoy the entertainment and the spectacular surrounds of the award-winning Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.”

Council’s environment and cultural spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said this year’s Folk Redlands Festival of Music would feature an impressive musical line-up, including Italian-born Australian country singer Clelia Adams and mountain music sensations the Hillbilly Goats.

“For those ready for some twilight toe-tapping, there’ll be a barbecue and free bush dance in the evening with music by Stone The Crows,” he said.

Entry to Indigi Day Out is free.  Onsite parking is available.

Event details

2015 Indigi Day Out & Folk Redlands Festival of Music
When: Saturday 6 June, 10am – 8pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba

For more information, or a program of events, phone IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or visit

Residents encouraged to have their say on proposed dual name for Russell Island

Redland City residents are being encouraged to have their say on a proposal to use the traditional indigenous name Canaipa Island to refer to Russell Island.

Division 5 Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Mark Edwards said Minister for State Development Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham was inviting feedback on the proposal, which came following a request from Council last year.

“Changing the name of Russell Island back to its traditional indigenous name Canaipa Island has been a topic of discussion in the community for a number of years, so it is great the community now has the opportunity to have their say formally,” Cr Edwards said.

“The Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce actively engaged with the local community prior to approaching Redland City Council last year to ask for our in-principle support for the proposed name change.

“Council supported the community by writing to the State Government as the ultimate decision-makers, asking them to consider the request and I am pleased that they have responded by calling for submissions.

“The State proposal includes the two names, Russell and Canaipa Island, co-existing for a period of time to provide a seamless transition.

“All residents are encouraged to have their say on the proposal by 29 July 2015 by going to the Queensland Place Names section on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website –”

Cr Edwards said using the name Canaipa Island would acknowledge the island’s traditional owners, the Quandamooka People.

“The proposed name change will strengthen the Redlands’ acknowledgement of the region’s traditional owners, as well as adding to the island’s tourism appeal by highlighting its strong history and cultural connections,” he said. 

“There are already a number of references to Canaipa on the island and the Quandamooka People have always referred to the island as Canaipa Island, so this name in a sense is already being used.

“The Quandamooka People have been engaged regarding this proposal and they are supportive of the name change and have indicated if it were to proceed they would like to perform a traditional ceremony on Canaipa each year to acknowledge and celebrate the occasion.

“The exact meaning of Canaipa is reportedly derived from the Aboriginal word meaning place of ironbark spear.”

To make a submission to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Queensland place name plan QPN1271 shows the location of the place considered under the proposal and may be viewed at the Queensland Place Names section on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website – .

Submissions in writing, either in support of or against the proposal, can be submitted online at or sent to Queensland Place Names, Level 9 Landcentre, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001.

Enquiries about the proposal should be directed to Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

A new wave of support for victims of domestic violence

Those impacted by domestic and family violence have a new support base with the opening of the first ever Redlands regional domestic and family violence service – WAVSS Across The Redlands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, a long-time advocate for a local domestic violence service, said news of the opening of the Working Against Violence Support Service (WAVSS) followed years of hard work by the local community.

“This is the first regional domestic and family violence service dedicated to the Redlands, which is fantastic news for the community,” she said.

“The opening of this State-funded service represents more than two years of targeted advocacy by locals including the Redlands Domestic and Family Violence Action Group.

“I would like to thank Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson for his strong advocacy in having the former government invite tenders for this service and the new Queensland Government for delivering the service.”

Cr Williams said unfortunately the need for the service in the Redlands was all too apparent.

“Domestic and family violence can impact all communities, including the Redlands and knowing this service will be operating in our city will provide much-needed support to the community,” she said.

“In 2013-14 the Cleveland and Wynnum Magistrates courts together issued almost 4 per cent of Queensland’s domestic violence orders – that’s more than other areas of comparable size such as Caboolture and Toowoomba.

“Domestic violence is an issue that affects the whole of the country with more than 100 women, children and men dying each year in Australia because of domestic and family violence.”


Working Against Violence Support Service (WAVSS) General Manager Linda-Ann Northey said the State Government funded service was currently operating out of the Cleveland Court while a permanent premises was found.

“The service has been operating for more than 20 years in the Logan area and we are pleased to have been selected as the service provider for the Redlands,” she said.

“We have had the privilege of working across the Redlands’ community over the past four years through our connections at the Cleveland Court and have seen the great work community groups and local agencies are doing.

“The service offers a range of support including free information, court support, counselling, crisis response and perpetrator intervention programs for domestic and family violence.

“It is timely to officially launch the new Redlands service with May being Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.”

“We have only been operating a short time and already we have seen an obvious need for the service with a steady stream of people making contact.”

More information is available at

Southern Redlands to benefit from new sports field

Redland City Council today approved $120,000 in expenditure to create a new Multi-sports precinct at Donald Road, Redland Bay.

Divisional Councillor Julie Talty said the new sports precinct was an important health and lifestyle investment for the City.

“Today’s decision sees $60,000 of operational savings allocated to this project and a further $60,000 of next year’s capital budget brought forward to allow works to start this financial year.

“It is important to plan for expected population growth in southern Redland City by investing in sporting and recreational infrastructure,” Cr Talty said.

“This project addresses the shortage of sports fields in the southern part of the city and is great news for local sporting groups.”

Councillor Mark Edwards said the Weinam Creek Multi-sports precinct would see some of Council’s public open space land transformed into a new community recreational resource.

“We want to provide grounds that will allow soccer, rugby union, rugby league and touch football to be played at this space,” Cr Edwards said.

“The project will provide a great playing surface for junior and senior players in the Redlands.”

Redland Snapshot – Wednesday 20 May

Redlands Animal Shelter – Looking for a friend for life?

The RSPCA can no longer take our unclaimed and abandoned animals so council is adopting them out ourselves.

Visit our webpage to see our gorgeous animals currently available. Then drop in to the animal shelter at 264 South St, Thornlands for a meet and greet and to finalise arrangements. You can also follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

All animals are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested and have had a full health assessment along with flea and worm prevention (unless there is a medical reason not to). Animal adoption fees are set to cover these costs.

For more information call 3829 8663.

Free business workshop – The Road to Marketing Success

  • When: Tuesday 2 June, 7 – 9am
  • Where: Capalaba Sports Club, Ney Road, Capalaba
  • Light refreshments will be served.

Learn about the basics of market research, how it can be the cornerstone of your marketing strategy and how to leverage your findings through advertising.

RSVP: 29 May 2015. Bookings are essential:

Indigi Day Out – Free family fun

  • When: Saturday 6 June 2015, 10am-8pm
  • Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
  • Entry and all activities free of charge.

From market stalls, native plant sales and native animals, to arts and craft, kids’ activities and music and food, this popular annual event has something for the whole family. Stay after dark for a bushdance hosted by Folk Redlands and a fundraising barbeque.

More information: 3824 8611.

Redlands Bike Week 22-29 May

Council is hosting a range of FREE activities to celebrate bike week so come along for the ride!

  • Sunday 24 May, 7.30-10.30am: Redlands Track Park Trail Care bike network restoration
  • Wednesday 27 May, 6.30-7.30am: Ride the Redlands Track Park free guided scenic tour
  • Friday 29 May, 7-8.30am: Redlands Bike Week Community Breakfast

For more information, locations and to register for activities visit and go to Recreation and facilities then Cycling.

Standing together – the art of reconciliation

FREE art activity for National Reconciliation Week 2015

Council invites you to create canvas art panels to symbolise our community support for reconciliation, rights and respect. All ages are welcome. The sessions will be held at the Cleveland and Capalaba Libraries, 10.30am-2.30pm, weekdays from Wednesday 27 May to Tuesday 2 June.

For more information call Tina Marshall, Indigenous Partnerships Project Officer on 3289 8736.

Water meter readings

We are reading water meetings in Sheldon and Thornlands this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to the water meter.

Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 20 May 9.30am

General meeting: Wednesday 3 June 9.30am