Monthly Archives: April 2016

Community vigil and new campaign make non-violence infectious

A new campaign that harnesses people power will be launched on the same day as the special candle-lighting vigil in the Redlands on Wednesday 4 May at the Raby Bay Harbour to remember those who have lost their lives through domestic and family violence.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the launch of the Redlands Working Against Violence Support Service (WAVSS) campaign – Non-violence is contagious; Give it to your friends – will be just one element of next Wednesday’s remembrance vigil.

“Each year in Australia more than 100 women, children and men die because of domestic and family violence and this event is an opportunity to remember these people, as well as those who continue to suffer from domestic violence,” she said.

“Symbolism at the event will include the lighting of candles to honour and remember the victims of this often hidden problem. I encourage everyone to come along and be part of this moving event.”

Together with raising awareness of domestic and family violence, Cr Williams said the event would also be used to encourage residents to spread the message of non-violence through the new campaign.

“This campaign results from the work of WAVSS, the regional domestic violence service which launched in the Redlands last year,” she said.

“The campaign takes a different approach to domestic and family violence in focusing on the message of non-violence rather than highlighting the examples of violence that unfortunately are all too familiar.”

Cr Williams said Council was supporting the new WAVSS campaign by displaying the campaign messages on waste trucks and Council fleet vehicles.

“We want people to see the non-violence message as they walk around the city so we are plastering it where we can, including on waste trucks, Council cars and bus shelters,” she said.

“We are also distributing more than 70,000 bumper stickers to residents, schools and Council staff and encouraging everyone to put them on their vehicles.

“Non-violence is contagious and I want the entire city infected.”

WAVSS General Manager Linda-Ann Northey called on the Redlands community to support the campaign and get involved in spreading the message that non-violence must be recognised as the norm rather than the exception.

“As a society we tend to focus on the incidents of violence and our efforts to stop the violence rather than focusing on and the fact that the majority of people in our community aren’t violent or abusive and celebrating them as role models,” she said.

“This campaign is designed to reverse that by encouraging non-violence through community activism and word-of-mouth promotion. The aim is to highlight and celebrate non-violence and in doing so focus on this positive behavior.”

Ms Northey said the past 12 months of WAVSS working in the Redlands had shown just how important this message was.

“We started operating in the Redlands about 12 months ago and in that time we have had in excess of 2000 contacts from people who need support,” she said.

“The Redlands is a bit different to other areas in that the domestic violence occurring locally is not necessarily in the lower demographic areas, often it is in the more affluent areas where some people may not expect.

“Local examples of domestic and family violence we have encountered include men using technology to monitor their wives or partners.

“There are also some isolated areas in the Redlands and examples of people using this isolation to control domestic and family violence victims. Without the necessary transport or finances it is difficult for those experiencing violence to escape the isolation, giving the perpetrator added control over them.

“We encourage everyone to come along to next week’s candle lighting vigil and to be part of the wider campaign against domestic and family violence.”

Candle lighting vigil:

When: 5.30pm Wednesday 4 May

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West Cleveland (near Cleveland train station).

For further information on the event, please click here


Loss of water / reduced water pressure: Thursday 28 April 7.45am

Parts of Sheldon, Mt Cotton and Capalaba are currently experiencing loss of all water or reduced water pressure.

Seqwater is working to restore water, however water may be discoloured for several hours after restoration.

The water is safe to drink even if discoloured.

The water outage is a result of Seqwater works in the region.

Weinam Creek Request for Proposal phase extended

Council today voted to extend the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) Request for Proposal to provide Walker Group with three more months to complete their proposal.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the extension would enable Walker’s proposal to accommodate feedback provided by the new Council.

“The Weinam Creek PDA project remains a priority for both Council and the State and we understand the project is essential to upgrade the port at no cost to ratepayers and provide a sustainable, long-term solution to parking at Weinam Creek,” Cr Williams said.

“Walker Group requested more time to complete their final design concept and financial offer and this extension also enables Walker Group to take into account feedback by new Councillors provided at a workshop on 13 April.

“The main point Councillors made was to improve public car parking and strengthen public access to the foreshore.

“The foreshore of Weinam Creek and its view of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands are what makes this site truly special and we want to make the most of it through infrastructure like pedestrian promenades and parks for the benefit of the whole community.”

Redland City Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said it was important the community remain patient while necessary steps to make the multi-million dollar project a reality occur.

“I am as keen as every other Southern Moreton Bay Islander to get this project happening,” Cr Edwards said.

“But we need to be patient and accept large, mixed-use marina developments that improve public port infrastructure take time and this is just another necessary step in the process.

“The latest draft of the proposal I have seen from Walker Group has hit the mark in most areas, so I consider we are on the homeward stretch for this Request for Proposal stage.”

Once the Request for Proposal phase is completed on 1 August 2016, an evaluation panel made up of representatives from Council and the State will assess Walker Group’s proposal. Should it meet all guidelines and achieve goals to upgrade public infrastructure, provide a world-class mixed-use development and grow the Redlands economy, a period of commercial negotiations and detailed design work will follow.

Walker Group will then need to apply for the necessary development and environmental approvals from the State and Federal Governments and Council and these steps will involve further community consultation.

Redland Economic Development Advisory Board appointments

Two more highly credentialled business leaders have been appointed to Redland City’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today the latest appointments – young achiever Jordan Duffy and national publishing executive Jerry Harris – added to a very deep and diverse pool of experience on which the board could draw.

“Their knowledge and expertise will assist the board greatly in driving the development of Redland City’s key industry and employment growth sectors,’’ Cr Williams said.

“These are people who know what it takes to be successful and, most importantly, how local enterprises can harness changes in technology and become part of the digital future.’’

Board chair Samantha Kennedy said Mr Duffy brought technological savvy, entrepreneurial flair and enthusiasm to the board.

“At age 21, Jordan is an extraordinarily high achiever who brings plenty of creative energy to the board, with extensive knowledge in the start-up and small businesses, ’’ she said.

“Jordan also has been recognised nationally for his innovative programs to manage technological change and is a champion of emerging technology at corporate level.

“This Inspirational Redlander award winner and Young Australian of the Year finalist has been forging ahead in business since starting his first enterprise at just 14.’’

Mr Duffy  has also been involved in collaborations with the G20, United Nations Development Program, International Labour Organisation and the Australian Information Industry Association.

Ms Kennedy said Mr Harris, the former managing director of Newscorp Australia’s publishing business, added extensive experience in the media, particularly the creation of digital businesses.

“Jerry has built a strong resume from 30 years of strategic and operational decision-making with one of the world’s largest companies,’’ Ms Kennedy said.

“His financial skills have been honed managing a nationwide network of print and digital assets and he brings considerable expertise in dealing with complex, high-end risk and compliance issues.’’

Mr Harris was a member of the News Limited, Queensland Newspapers, The Herald and Weekly Times, Advertiser Newspapers and Community Newspapers boards until last year.

They join noted business leader Dr John O’Donnell, the former CEO of the Mater Misericordiae Health Service Brisbane, and education specialist Catherine O’Sullivan, the Pro Vice Chancellor Partnerships and Pathways at Bond University.

The board reports to Council and includes representatives from industry and employment growth sectors identified in the Redland Economic Development Framework adopted by Council last year.

Islands inspire new art exhibitions

Works drawing on the natural beauty of our islands and their unique ecosystems will feature in two new exhibitions to open this week at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

From Sunday 24 April to Sunday 5 June 2016, Ground/Passage: Poetic mapping of Russell Island by Sharon Jewell will be exhibited alongside Medicinal Plant Cycles: Renata Buziak.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the exhibitions featured a fascinating collection of artworks inspired by environmental elements of Russell Island and Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

“Award-winning artist and QUT lecturer Sharon Jewell has created a fascinating perspective of Russell Island, the island that she has called home for the past decade,” she said.

“Developed from her intimate view of the island, the materials used in Ground/Passage Poetic mapping of Russell Island have been carefully selected to maintain a strong sense of the island’s identity.”

Cr Williams said the art featured in Medicinal Plant Cycles: Renata Buziak was inspired by natural science and cycles of decay and renewal of plants, as well as the passing on of knowledge and the cycle of time and seasons.

“Informed by extensive discussions with the island’s Quandamooka community, the images illustrate the constant flux of nature, revealing the beauty of decomposition and transformation,” she said.

“Created using time-lapse photography, the images of medicinal plants are based on a fusion of organic and photographic materials in a process of decomposition that Buziak terms the biochrome.

“The exhibition also includes time-lapse videos recording the blossoming and movement of fungi and microbes and excerpts from conversations with several Quandamooka People recorded during research for the exhibition.”

Join the official opening of Medicinal Plant Cycles: Renata Buziak and Ground/Passage: Poetic mapping of Russell Island on Friday 22 April at 6pm.

To RSVP, please call 3030 4163 or email by Thursday 21 April 2016.

A free morning tea and artist floor talks will be held on Sunday 24 April from 11.30am.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located on the corner of Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland. Click here for more information about the gallery and its exhibitions.


Renata Buziak



Anzac Day events in the Redlands

Residents are invited to commemorate Anzac Day at one of eight locations across the Redlands on Monday 25 April.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said there were 12 commemorations planned across the city, including seven dawn services, four mid-morning parades and services, and another at dusk.

“Marking the anniversary of our troops landing at Gallipoli in 1915, April 25 is one of Australia’s most important national occasions and a day of remembrance for those who have fought for our freedom,” she said.

“The Returned Services League (RSL) is hosting events at Cleveland, Redland Bay, North Stradbroke Island, Macleay Island and Russell Island, with community-led events to be held on Lamb, Karragarra and Coochiemudlo islands.

“Last year, an estimated 20,000 people attended the Cleveland Anzac Day event to pay their respects at the new memorial in ANZAC Centenary Park (formerly Kinsail Court Park), located opposite the Redlands RSL and Cenotaph.

“Unveiled last year and named in honour of those who haven’t returned over the 100 years since the Gallipoli landing, the memorial is a sacred community space that draws residents and visitors from near and far to pay their respects to our servicemen and women.

“These events are increasingly popular so it is best to arrive early to secure the best vantage point.”

Anzac Day in the Redlands


Organiser: Redland RSL

Contact:  Linda Harcourt – 3488 1199

Event Time Location
Dawn parade Marshalls 5.00am at RSL Entrance, Passage St
Dawn parade departs 5.20am From RSL to New Anzac Centenary Memorial – Kinsail Court Park
Dawn Service commences 5.30am Anzac Centenary Memorial – Kinsail Court Park
Dawn Service concludes 6.00am
Main parade Marshalls 10.00am West of Cleveland Bowls Club on Shore Street West
Main parade departs 10.30am From Cleveland Bowls Club to New Anzac Centenary Memorial – Kinsail Court Park
Morning service commences 11.00am
Morning service concludes 11.45am

Redland Bay

Organiser: Redland Bay South RSL

Contact: John Clifton – 3206 9524

Event Time Location
Gunfire breakfast – Gold Coin donation 3.30am Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay (near Qld Police station)
Veterans assemble 4.45am Veterans assemble at Community Hall
March to Cenotaph 4.55am Veterans march to Cenotaph Neville Stafford Park, Banana Street, Redland Bay
Dawn Service 5.00am Commemorative service commences at Cenotaph – Neville Stafford Park, Banana Street, Redland Bay
Gunfire breakfast to continue after service Any veterans with medals are invited to breakfast @ 22 Meissner Street, Redland Bay $5

North Stradbroke Island

Organiser: Stradbroke Island RSL

Contact: 3409 9318

Event Time Location
Assembly and march to Cenotaph 4.45am Butcher Shop to Cenotaph on Welsby Street, Dunwich
Dawn Service 5.00am Commemorative service commences at Cenotaph, Welsby Street, Dunwich
Club open for breakfast 6am – 7am Adults $10Children under 12 yrs & under $7.50
Assembly of Main March to Cenotaph 10.30am Assemble at Little Ships Club, Yabby Street, Dunwich
Main March steps off 10.45am Little Ships Club, Yabby Street, Dunwich to Cenotaph
Main Commemorative Service 11.00am Commemorative service commences at Cenotaph, Welsby Street, Dunwich

Macleay Island

Organiser: Macleay Island RSL

Contact: Dusty Rhodes – 0428 7812 148

Event Time Location
Assembly for March 5.00am Kate Street, Macleay Island
Veterans March off to Cenotaph 5.15am Kate Street, Macleay Island to Cenotaph, Pat’s Park, Macleay Island
Dawn Service Commemorations 5.30am Commemorative service commences at Cenotaph, Pat’s Park, Macleay Island

Russell Island

Organiser: Russell Island RSL Sub-Branch

Contact: 3409 1372

NOTE – Street renamed recently – from Cuphea Street to ANZAC Pde

Event Time Location
Open for tea & coffee 4.30am Russell Island RSL Sub-branch,9-15 Cuphea Street
Assembly for Service 5.20am Assembly at Russel Island Memorial, Anzac Drive, Russell Island
Dawn Service Commemorations 5.30am Anzac Drive, Russell Island (RSL) Cenotaph
Gunfire Breakfast 6.30am Russell Island RSL, Anzac Drive, Russell Island
Assembly for March 10.00am Cnr Cestrum Street & Canaipa Road, Russell Island
March Off 10.45am Cnr Cestrum Street & Canaipa Road  to Cenotaph, Anzac Drive, Russell Island (RSL)
Main Commemorative Service 11.00am Russell Island Cenotaph, Anzac Drive, Russell Island (RSL)

Lamb Island

Organiser: Lamb Island Recreation Club

Contact: 3409 5832

Event Time Location
Dawn Service 4.45am Cenotaph adjacent to Lamb Island Recreation Club, Lucas Drive, Lamb Island
Gunfire Breakfast After Commemorative Service Cenotaph, adjacent to Lamb Island Recreation Club, Lucas Street, Lamb Island.

Karragarra Island

Organiser: Karragarra Island Ratepayers and Residents Association

Contact: 3409 1652

Event Time Location
Dusk Anzac Day Community Remembrance Dusk Karragarra Island Barge Ramp

Coochiemudlo Island

Organiser: Russell Jackson

Contact: 0410 328 066

Event Time Location
Special ferry to Coochiemudlo Island from main land at 5.00am 5.00am Victoria Point jetty to Coochie – departing at 5.00am from mainland
Commemorative service 5.30am New Memorial – Main Beach, opposite Red Rock Café.
Gunfire breakfast After  Commemorative service Red Rock Cafe
Main Commemorative Service 10am New Memorial – Main Beach, opposite Red Rock Café.

Redlands North Memorial Service – A Service conducted with local Youth and School Student Leaders

Organiser: Cr Paul Bishop

Contact: 04788 36286

Event Time Location
Scouts, Guides and BP Guild assemble 7.45am Wellington Point State High School Assembly Hall
Service begins 8.00am Wellington Point State High School Assembly Hall
Service concludes 8.50am Wellington Point State High School Assembly Hall

Road closure information:

The following roads will be closed from midnight Sunday 24 April to 1pm Monday 25 April:

  • Shore Street West, from Wynyard St to Wharf St;
  • Passage Street, from Middle Street to the Kinsail Court turn-off.
  • Kinsail Court, in its entirety.
  • Banana Street Redland Bay, between Weinam Street and Outridge Street.  Access to the Redland Bay Marina and boat ramp is via Meissner Street onto Banana Street.

Wildlife volunteers needed

Redland City Council is urgently seeking animal-loving volunteers for their afterhours wildlife ambulance service, with the next induction to be held on Saturday 23 April.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the ambulance service was operated by a team of dedicated volunteers who rescued sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife across the city every night of the year.

“The Redlands is renowned for its unique environment and this important community service supports our wildlife and protects our environmental character,” she said.

“The majority of our native animals are nocturnal and it’s vital that we are able to transport sick or injured wildlife for veterinary care between the hours of 5pm and 8am, the period when wildlife is more likely to wander into the path of oncoming traffic.

“Last November, wildlife volunteers rescued a koala that was trying to climb a steel power pole in the middle of a roundabout. After a health check, it was released back into its home territory a day later.”

Cr Williams said Council supplied a fully-equipped vehicle and covered running costs, including fuel and equipment for volunteers, who work in teams of three and are rostered on-call for a seven day period once every five-to- six weeks.

“We currently have 15 trained ambulance volunteers who answer calls from the community about sick and injured wildlife and transport them to a vet,” she said.

“In 2015, the service answered more than 2400 calls – that’s an average of six calls every night –giving our native wildlife the best chance of making it back to their homes in the Redlands bush and urban areas.”

All volunteers must be over the age of 18, hold a current driver’s licence and live in theRedlands. No prior experience is needed to join this community volunteer program and full training is provided.

To register for an induction at Council’s IndigiScapes Centre, contact Lisa Bailey on 3824 8611 or for more information. Call RAWA on 3833 4031 if you see an injured animal.


Water pressure fluctuations and supply on Macleay Island: 10.30am Friday 15 April

Residents on Macleay Island may have experienced changes in water pressure or a loss of water supply this morning as our teams worked on repairing a failed water valve.

Water supply has been restored to Macleay for the time being while we obtain parts to continue the repair. The water supply will be at higher than normal pressure and we are taking steps to mitigate this by installing hydrant standpipes at various locations. Residents may observe these hydrants operating.

Residents may experience higher pressure in their taps over the next few hours. A further short loss of water supply will be required to finalise repairs once we get materials to the island. This will be notified with as much notice as possible later today.

If there is an urgent need for water during an outage, please contact us on 3829 8999.

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Cr Wendy Boglary elected Redland City’s new Deputy Mayor

Councillors unanimously elected Cr Wendy Boglary as Redland City’s new Deputy Mayor at a Special Meeting today.

Division 1 Councillor since 2008, Cr Boglary said it was a huge honour to be chosen by her fellow Councillors.

“To have been elected by my community to serve my third term as Division 1 Councillor is a huge privilege; and now for the Mayor and my fellow Councillors to entrust me with the position of Deputy Mayor is truly humbling,” she said.

“Being Deputy Mayor is not something I take lightly and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities it will present.

“As the level of government closest to the community it is important Council reflects the needs of residents as a united and trustworthy team.

“I look forward to supporting the Mayor and Councillors and I truly believe that the Mayor and I together are a formidable team and our diversity of views only makes us stronger.”

Mayor Karen Williams congratulated Cr Boglary on her appointment as Deputy Mayor.

Mayor Cr Karen Williams (l) and Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary (r)

Mayor Cr Karen Williams (l) and Cr Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary (r)

“Cr Boglary will do a great job as Deputy Mayor and I am looking forward to working closely with her,” Cr Williams said.

Today’s appointment of Redland City’s new Deputy Mayor follows the official swearing in of all Councillors at a special ceremony last night.

During last night’s ceremony Mayor Williams congratulated the new Council, saying that it was now incumbent on all Councillors to work as a team in the best interests of the city.

“We have been afforded a special privilege by the people of the Redlands and have been collectively entrusted to lead this city for the next four years,” she said.

“Our job is to make our community’s vision workable and in the best interests of all, while actively preparing the way for it to become a reality.

“I believe a collaborative unified Council will allow us to best deliver on the community’s vision and provide a future that Redlanders want.”

Today’s decision will see Cr Boglary serve as Deputy Mayor for a one-year period, with Councillors to then vote on the person to serve as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.

At today’s special meeting the new Council also adopted the meeting schedule for the year with the first full General Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 27 April.

Iconic Straddie Gorge Walk to get upgrade

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has welcomed an announcement by Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey that the popular North Stradbroke Island Gorge Walk will receive a $600,000 upgrade.

Cr Williams said the joint Council and State Government funding as part of the Queensland Government’s Scenic Lookout Upgrade Program was great news for local tourism.

“North Stradbroke Island is one of Queensland’s most beautiful natural wonders and the Gorge Walk provides a beautiful vantage point to view the natural wonders of the island and Moreton Bay,” she said.

“People from all over the world visit this popular boardwalk and today’s announcement will mean even more reason for it to be included on tourist’s itineraries.”

Redland City Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said Council would match the State Government’s $300,000 in funding, with the project to include a new viewing deck for whale watching at the beginning of the Gorge Walk.

“Straddie is the best land-based whale watching location in Australia and the new viewing platform to be built as part of this project will ensure it continues to attract people from all over the world to view the local marine life,” he said.

“The project will also include upgraded toilet facilities, information and interpretive signage and seating at the trail head, ensuring the Gorge Walk is as educational and informative as it is enjoyable.”

Cr Williams said projects like the upgrade of the Gorge Walk were critical as Straddie transitioned from sand mining to tourism.

“Tourism is vital to the future of the island and investment from all levels of government through projects such as this is critical to building a strong economy,” she said.

“I congratulate and thank Minister Bailey and the Palaszczuk government for their commitment to the Redlands and I look forward to further initiatives to ensure the Straddie community successfully transitions away from sand mining.”

Cr Williams said the project would complement Council’s recent works to improve public access on North Stradbroke Island.

“The Straddie Gorge Walk is a $2 million project jointly funded by Council and the Federal Government over three stages with the final stage completed last year,” she said.

“Council also completed a $500,000 upgrade of Headland Park last year.  This upgrade is expected to commence next financial year and will add to the existing infrastructure that is already considered a world-class boardwalk.”