Monthly Archives: September 2016

Recognising outstanding Redlanders

Nominations are now open for the Redlands’ annual Australia Day Awards, which recognise inspirational Redlanders and community groups for their contributions to the city.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said the awards were a great way to let those who selflessly help make the city a better place, know that they were appreciated.

“Community spirit is strong in the Redlands and there are many fine examples of people doing wonderful things without any expectation of reward,’’ Cr Boglary said.

“These awards are a small way of saying thank you, on behalf of the city, to those who help make the Redlands such a great best place to live, visit and work.

“On Australia Day each year we pause to recognise what makes our nation great and the Redland City Australia Day Awards are a chance to also recognise those in our own community who epitomise the spirit of Australia each and every day.’’

Cr Boglary said the awards invariably drew many very worthy nominations.

“The calibre of past nominees and winners shows the high esteem these awards are held in; they have really come to symbolise the best of the best in terms of local community spirit,” she said.

“I have no doubt that the 2017 awards will again shine a light on the tremendous dedication to the community that we are blessed with in this city. “

To nominate, visit the website. You’ll also find information about award categories and conditions of entry.

Nominations close on Friday 18 November.

Bindii spraying at off-leash dog parks

To ensure your local dog off-leash park is fun for both you and your pet, Council will be spraying to keep prickly bindii under control from Tuesday 4 October.


While the off-leash areas will be safe to use once the spray has properly dried, it is recommended that dogs should not use the parks on the day of spraying. Signs will be posted at parks advising the date of spraying.

For further information, please email us or call 3829 8999.

Redland students shine in State arts awards

Four students from schools in the Redlands were among 16 students recognised with excellence, commendation and encouragement awards in the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Arts announced on Sunday 11 September at the Redland Art Gallery.

Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary said the awards recognised the exceptional talent and creativity of students in the South East region.

“Congratulations to Olivia Simpson from Redlands College who received an excellence award for her work titled Superiority complex, an intriguing piece featuring two taxidermy animals enhanced by flowers and gold in glass displays,” she said.

Superiority complex by Olivia Simpson, Redlands College

Superiority complex by Olivia Simpson, Redlands College, received an excellence award.

“Olivia’s award-winning artwork will next feature in an exhibition at QAGOMA in 2017, along with works by six other students from the South East region who received awards of excellence.

“Congratulations also to Jenna Mitchell and Madeline Randall of Cleveland District State High School, and Vanessa Parisi of Ormiston College for their commendations.

“By recognising and promoting excellence in senior visual art education in Queensland, these awards help to raise community awareness of the high standard and technical competence of visual art education in state and non-state secondary schools.

The following students received awards of excellence:

  • Liliia Samysheva, AB Paterson College, Arundel
  • Lerry Lai, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac
  • Ryley Johnson, Helensvale State High School, Helensvale
  • Max Dunlop, King’s Christian College, Reedy Creek
  • Olivia Simpson, Redlands College, Wellington Point
  • Holly Gibson, St Hilda’s School, Southport
  • Georgina Harvey, St Hilda’s School, Southport

Presented by the Department of Education and Training, in partnership with Redland Art Gallery, the regional exhibition showcases work by visual arts students from across the South East region, including 18 students from seven Redland schools. Visit for the complete list of award recipients and online gallery of student entries.

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Arts exhibition for the South East region continues at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, until Sunday 9 October.

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

Business asked to join in Redlands Business Internet survey

Redland City Council is asking all city business owner operators to take part in an online survey as part of efforts to improve the city’s internet services and connectivity.

The survey available through Your Say Redlands is being conducted as part of a review of current and planned broadband infrastructure for the city aimed at identifying gaps in both coverage and capacity.

Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary encouraged all Redland city businesses to help by taking time to complete the 10 minute survey which will be available and open online for the next month beginning on Wednesday 21 September.

“The Survey is part of the review recommended by the newly formed Redland City Economic Development Advisory Board” Cr Boglary said.

“The Board’s recommendation follows University of Queensland independent research in 2015 that again confirmed past 2013 survey findings that internet connectivity continues to be an economic impediment across the city.

“In recommending the review as one if its first Advisory Board recommendations, the Board argued strongly that fast and reliable internet infrastructure is a key economic development enabler for the city.

“The survey, designed to better understand business usage and service impediments, is just one part of Council’s two part business internet review process.

“The second component being undertaken by Council, is an examination of the current and proposed broadband infrastructure and an attempt to identify gaps in the Redlands that would benefit from additional infrastructure.

“Council’s Information Management Office and its CIO are engaging directly with leading network providers to better understand their network capacity and future solutions.

“These conversations may help provide us with clear opportunities for future partnerships that address our cities infrastructure needs and fill any gaps.

“We want to be a city at the leading edge of business and technology innovation and that requires consistent and expandable internet capacity not a slow speed and patchy network.

“Whether it is facilitating consistent customer services through the growing “brick and click” retail business trend or providing the essential broadband capacity for high value low footprint professional service businesses – consistent service and capacity is fundamental.”

Wonderful wildlife on show at IndigiScapes

Discover the wonderful wildlife of the Redlands during a free family-day-out at IndigiScapes on Friday 30 September from 10am to 2pm.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said the event would be a great day of free entertainment and activities for kids of all ages during the September school holidays.

“Come along to Wonderful Wildlife Day and meet some of the creatures that call our bay and shoreline home,” she said.

“Bring your bike helmet or favourite hat to decorate and protect yourself from magpies during swooping season while enjoying the fun-filled ‘Meet our Magpies’ show, which teaches children how to respond to nesting magpies.

“Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens or take advantage of the food and drink available for purchase during the event.”

Coinciding with ‘Save the Koala’ month, an annual Australian Koala Foundation awareness campaign highlighting koala conservation, Wonderful Wildlife Day will feature displays from environmental conservation groups highlighting the importance of caring for the local environment.

Cr Boglary said Wonderful Wildlife was part of a great line-up of free or low cost school holiday activities supported by Redland City Council.

“Visit the ‘What’s On’ calendar for more school holiday activities on offer from IndigiScapes, Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redland Performing Arts Centre,” she said.

Event details: Wonderful Wildlife
When: Friday 30 September 2016, 10am to 2pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

Pretty Produce a prize-winning product

Redland City produce has received national recognition with local business Pretty Produce winning a gold medal at the prestigious 2016 National Delicious Produce Awards.

Redland City Acting Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary said Pretty Produce had earned its place amongst the nation’s best producers.

Edible flowers from Pretty Produce

Edible flowers from Pretty Produce

“This local business has taken a great idea and run with it.  It is wonderful to see their hard work recognised at an elite level,” she said.

“Pretty Produce grows edible flowers, weeds and leaves, with its goods gracing plates in some of Brisbane’s premiere restaurants and being shipped around the nation.

“The win will give Pretty Produce national coverage and exposure, all of which is great news for their business and our City.”

The business was announced as a gold medalist in the ‘From the Earth’ category at a VIP event at Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel on Monday, touted as an Australian food industry ‘night of nights’.

Simone Jelley from Pretty Produce said the achievement followed an earlier win in the same category at the Queensland 2016 Delicious Produce Awards.

“With my husband Dave and an army of volunteers from all the four islands, the mainland and from all over the world, we have been able to bring this unusual yet timely ‘outside of the square’ agricultural project to life,” she said.

“Pretty Produce has become an artisan product that’s in high demand. We are racing to meet this demand from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane chefs.

“Any curious folk can book in for ‘Tasting Tours’ and see what all the fuss is about. We really do push the boundaries of what is edible.

“We are blessed to be able to base ourselves on Lamb Island with the warm and caring Lamb Island community. The marketing looks after itself really…with sun, sparkling sea, dolphins, dugongs and the famous Redlands volcanic soils!”

Simone Jelley from Pretty Produce

Simone Jelley from Pretty Produce

Division 5 Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Mark Edwards said it highlighted that it was possible to run productive and successful businesses from the islands.

“Pretty Produce is based on Lamb Island and is an ideal case study for industry on the islands”, he said.

“Simone has grown her business from humble beginnings to the thriving enterprise it is today.

“Pretty Produce continues to expand its business and offer new products and services, so I am sure this is just one of many accolades to come.

“It is great to hear local success stories and I offer my congratulations to Simone and her business team.”

For details on Pretty Produce visit or Instagram @prettyproduce_australia


Quandamooka artwork installed as festival closes

A public art project exploring aboriginal history through cartographic records has been installed at two sites this week as part of the second Quandamooka Festival.

Redland City Acting Mayor Wendy Boglary said the artwork, by acclaimed Quandamooka artist Megan Cope, had been installed on the wall of Council’s main administration building adjacent to the Redland Art Gallery and on the Howard Walker Jetty, North Stradbroke Island.

The artwork displayed on the Council's administration building

The artwork displayed on the Council’s administration building

“Titled Twice Removed – Quandamooka, the artwork has been digitally reproduced as two duplicate prints and installed at two sites – one in the heart of the Cleveland CBD and another at Dunwich, the gateway to the homeland of the Quandamooka people,” she said.

“The installations coincide with the final week of this year’s Quandamooka Festival and will be in full view for visitors travelling to North Stradbroke Island for the festival’s kunjiel (corroboree) on Saturday 17 September.”

The Quandamooka Festival Temporary Art Project is an initiative of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) partnered by Redland City Council.

Howard Walker Jetty, North Stradbroke Island

Howard Walker Jetty, North Stradbroke Island

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello said the design featured military and parish maps of South East Queensland, revisiting significant sites where displacement or relocation had occurred.

“Part of Megan Cope’s 2014 series Twice Removed, this artwork includes water level rises to remind us that this history of survival and hardship exists in living memory today,” he said.

“We hope this initiative paves the way for more public art projects in the Redlands celebrating the culture, country and the people of Quandamooka.”

The banners will be displayed from September 2016 to March 2017 on the wall adjacent to the Redland Art Gallery, Middle Street, Cleveland and on the Harold Walker Jetty at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island. It is the first of a changing display of temporary banner art at both sites as part of Creative Arts Redlands’ Public Art Program.

Tickets for the Quandamooka Festival kunjiel are available from RPAC or at the gate. Visit the Art Gallery for more information about the gallery and its exhibitions.

Redland community seeks to Sink Tobruk for Straddie!

Redland City Council has launched a community campaign calling on the State Government to select the waters off North Stradbroke Island as Queensland’s choice as the final resting place for the ex-warship HMAS Tobruk.

Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary said the campaign would support a formal expression of interest Council will lodge asking Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to scuttle the Tobruk in Moreton Bay to create an artificial reef.

“The waters off Straddie tick all the boxes to be the new home for the Tobruk; it is a short drive from Brisbane and boasts world class tourism and dive locations,” Cr Boglary said.

“Point Lookout is known as the best land based whale watching location in the world and creating an artificial reef on Straddie’s doorstep would attract even more marine life, which is a plus for locals, tourists and most importantly the marine environment.”

Cr Boglary said the opportunity came at a critical time for the future of North Stradbroke Island with sand mining to end by 2019.

“A 2010 study by Sunshine Coast University showed an economic benefit in excess of $4.5 million a year for the first four years after the HMAS Brisbane was scuttled off the Sunshine Coast in 2005.” Cr Boglary said.

“And the State Government reports that the ex-HMAS Brisbane continues to attract an average of 5300 scuba divers a year with an estimated annual economic injection of $1.5 million 11 years after it was scuttled.

”Council is mounting a very good case to have the HMAS Tobruk at Straddie and I thank all those community members and organisations. including Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Straddie Chamber of Commerce, dive schools and tourism operators who have got behind the petition to the Premier and Minister for Tourism.

“There is no better place for the ex-HMAS to rest than at Straddie and I look forward to the Premier seriously considering Council’s proposal, particularly given the vital need for a successful economic transition from sandmining to other industries on Straddie.

“This dive site will add to Redlands’s fast-growing reputation for outdoor adrenaline activities with our high standard of bike trails that attract riders from all over South East Queensland and our incredible beaches and water associated water activities.

“We already have more than 800 people who have signed the e-petition and will have a contingent outside Parliament House on Tuesday when Parliament sits.”

Cr Peter Mitchell, who represents North Stradbroke Island, said: “Straddie already has impressive dive sites like the Manta Bommie, which is known as one of Australia’s top 10 dive sites, and creating a new artificial reef by scuttling HMAS Tobruk would attract thousands of divers a year and provide flow-on economic opportunities to the region.”

Cr Mitchell said the Sink Tobruk for Straddie campaign gave locals and visitors the chance to show the State Government the community support for bringing the ex-warship to Straddie.

“Local businesses and divers from all over Redlands and Brisbane are eager to help in any way they can,” Cr Mitchell said.

“There is also the backing of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation who represent the island’s Traditional Owners. They are keen to welcome the Tobruk back to Moreton Bay to complement the island’s growing cultural tourism offerings.”

“This would be a perfect opportunity for North Stradbroke Island,” he said.

“Council will submit a formal expression of interest to the State Government by the deadline of 16 September:

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2016 Redland Art Awards finalists announced

Fifty entries – including four Redland-based artists and two Quandamooka artists currently residing outside the City – have been shortlisted for the Redland Art Awards, an acquisitive biennial painting competition presented by Redland Art Gallery.

With more than 400 entries received this year from across Australia, the judges had a tough time shortlisting the works. Winners will be announced on 14 October and an exhibition of the finalists on show from Sunday 16 October to Sunday 27 November 2016.

Offering more than $20,000 in prize money, the long-running competition features four awards this year, including a people’s choice award to be announced on 17 November.

This year’s judges are:

  • José Da Silva (Senior Curator and Head of Australian Cinémathèque Collections & Exhibitions, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art)
  • Judy Watson (Award-winning Australian artist)
  • Emma Bain (Director – Exhibitions and Programs, Redland Art Gallery)
  • Stephanie Lindquist (Director – Collection and Public Art, Redland Art Gallery)

Jose Da Silva, Judy Watson and Emma Bain have been busy judging this years Redland Art Awards.

Visit Redland Art Awards to learn more or view the shortlist.

New exhibitions showcase talents of young local artists

The exceptional talents of young local artists will feature in two new exhibitions to open this weekend at Redland Art Gallery, as the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Arts come to Cleveland and a unique series of paintings inspired by Ancient Greece opens at Capalaba.

Acting Redland City Mayor Wendy Boglary said the exhibitions profiled the depth of artistic talent in the Redlands, both within local secondary schools and the community.

“We’re delighted to host the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art exhibition for the South East region at the Cleveland gallery, which is presented by the Department of Education and Training in partnership with Redland Art Gallery,” she said.

“Showcasing the talents of visual arts students from across the South East region, this year’s exhibition features works by 50 students from 31 schools, including 18 students from seven Redland schools.

“With colourful watercolours and oil paintings, stunning photography and thought-provoking installations, these awards recognise and promote excellence in senior visual art education in Queensland, with the program helping to raise community awareness of the high standard and technical competence of visual art education in state and non-state secondary schools.

“Award winners from the South East region will be announced at the opening of our exhibition on Sunday 11 September at 11am, with all excellence awarded artworks to feature at QAGOMA in 2017.”

Cr Boglary said an exhibition of paintings highlighting Greek culture and everyday life from the past civilisation would open on Saturday at the Capalaba gallery.

“Redland artist Dwight Ricketts has created a unique series of paintings to take us on an historical journey through Ancient Greece,” she said.

“As a young man living with Asperger syndrome, Dwight uses his art to express his views and feelings.

“A self-confessed history buff, Dwight uses art as an avenue to express what he reads and how he sees the world, with his ability fostered through his involvement in an art group at the Community Arts Precinct at Wellington Point.”

Join the official opening and awards presentation of Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Arts on Sunday 11 September at 11am at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

To RSVP, please call 3030 4163 or email by Wednesday 7 September.

The Parthenon, Dwight Ricketts.

Dwight Ricketts: Ancient Greece will be on show from Saturday 10 September until Saturday 8 October at the Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba, in conjunction with Disability Action Week 2016 (11-17 September). A floor talk and morning tea with the artist will be held on Thursday 15 September at 10.30am.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is located on the corner of Middle and Bloomfield streets, and at Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba.