Monthly Archives: September 2018

New bespoke Redlands Coast canoe and kayak pontoon now open

Redland City Council has completed a new purpose built canoe and kayak launching ramp and pontoon at Raby Bay Esplanade Park, Ormiston.

Redland City Mayor, Cr Karen Williams said the $600,000 pontoon construction project, opened today with the removal of bunting, will cement Redlands Coast as the region’s premier canoe and kayaking destination.

“This new bespoke Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant pontoon will be the premier facility among 58 canoe launching points already identified along over 300 kilometres of Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“The completed pontoon work includes new pathway connection and lighting.

“Work will now be undertaken in coming weeks to connect up the wash-down plumbing, and construct a concrete pad and rail to allow users to secure their canoe trolleys while on the water.

“First identified in the master planning for Raby Bay Esplanade Park, the design and construction of the new facility was managed by Council, after stakeholder consultation to ensure the finished design would meet all community and user requirements.

Divisional Councillor Wendy Boglary said the new facility provided safe access to the calm and protected waters of Redlands Coast that were perfect for seacraft exploration.

“Ormiston and Wellington Point are hosts to diverse natural habitats and the new pontoon will make it easier for kayakers and canoeists to get up close and personal with dolphins, dugongs, sea turtles and sea birds,” Cr Boglary said.

“This is a fabulous addition and part of Council’s ongoing commitment to enhancing recreational facilities across Redlands Coast.”

Further information can be found on the Redland City Council website and the Visit Redlands Coast website.

Media release – Redlands Healthy & Active program – Spring into Term 4!

Spring into action with another term of the Redlands Healthy & Active Program kicking off on Monday 8 October.

Redlands Healthy and Active sessions make the most of our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast locations, such as Victoria Point’s WH Yeo Park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s popular group exercise program would again offer a diverse range of low-cost activities across Redlands Coast, primarily in our naturally wonderful outdoor spaces.

“This latest term follows great feedback about the positive impacts the program is having,” Cr Williams said.

“Many residents have already had the opportunity to try new activities and schedule regular exercise into their busy lives.

“We continue to see increasing participation, with about 1500 people across more than 20 different activities during Term 3.

“With many existing participants keen to continue on, I urge newcomers to book early to secure a place.

“A ten session pass (for the price of nine) will also be available for purchase at the first session or online.

“This term sees more weekly sessions for the popular activities of Zumba, line dancing and karate, and the introduction of our first water activity, aqua aerobics.

“Kids Multisport is also back by popular demand after a term off the schedule.

“Again, a broad range of activities inclusive of all abilities and experience is on offer – most with wet weather contingencies – with online registration through Team App.

“If you’re ready to move more and be active for life – or keen to continue on your journey – visit the Redland City Council website for this term’s full schedule and information on the range of weekly activities.”

Council begins $10 million Collins Street-School of Arts Road works

Redland City Council has commenced major road construction works on School of Arts Road and Collins Street at Redland Bay.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams said the work was part of Council’s commitment to improve road congestion and operation of the overall transport network for all users.

“This $10 million project will complete the road section between Queens Streets and Penzance Drive providing improved road safety, access and traffic flow for our growing community.

“This substantial ratepayer investment in a Council controlled local road, is part of the road infrastructure priorities identified in Council’s Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) designed to address city growth with funding from developer infrastructure contributions.

“In October, the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will also be inviting the community to tell us what transport infrastructure issues and funding priorities they want identified in future transport advocacy to responsible levels of State and Federal Government.

Division 5 Councillor, Mark Edwards said site establishment work has already begun at School of Arts Road and Collins Street Redland Bay.

“These major road works will commence in earnest in September 2018 beginning with the realignment of utility services.

“The project will include substantial drainage and utility infrastructure work, including work at the Weinam Creek crossing on School of Arts Road to address the regular flooding of the roadway.

“The finished road work will include new pedestrian pathways and on-road cycling facilities linking to existing cyclist and pedestrian facilities.

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said two new pedestrian refuge islands will provide safe connection to Council’s recent investment in new community amenities on either side School of Arts Road and at Donald Road and Weinam Creek wetlands, that include a new skate park, dog off leash area, basketball courts, pathways and playground facilities.

“While the widening and shoulder work will require the removal of some previously planted roadside shrubs and trees, importantly the new road has been specially designed and re-routed to avoid the sharp turn into School of Arts Road and protect the iconic ficus trees that are a much loved and well recognised landmark in the area.

“The finished high-grade road surface has been designed to minimise traffic noise and reduce future maintenance with the whole project is expected to be completed by end of June 2020, construction and weather conditions permitting.”

Further Project details and information can be found on the Redland City Council website.

Help count the glossy black-cockatoo

Redland City Council is calling for volunteers for the annual Redlands Coast survey of glossy black-cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami), to be held on Sunday 14 October.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the survey was an important part of ongoing efforts to protect one of the rarest and most threatened cockatoos in Australia.

“We are blessed with a naturally wonderful place to live and glossy black-cockatoos, or ‘glossies’, contribute to Redlands Coast biodiversity,” Cr Williams said.

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Image Credit – Lisa Bailey

“Redland City Council is an active partner of The Glossy Black Conservancy and works with community on planting programs, education and research.

“In early September, our annual food-tree planting – this year on Macleay Island – was a great success and saw 600 native she-oak seedlings go into the ground.

“This was a wonderful collaborative effort and I’d like to thank community volunteers for this achievement.

“The annual survey, to be held on 14 October, is another simple way people can make a meaningful contribution to the preservation of this stunning species.

“To ensure we have the best chance of finding glossies on the day, we are asking those wanting to volunteer to come along to a pre-survey Glossy Black-Cockatoo Workshop on Saturday 6 October.”

The workshop will be held at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre from 10am to 1pm and volunteers will be assigned their survey area, be able to listen to an informative talk, and hone their bird identification skills.

Register attendance at the workshop by contacting IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Since recordings began at Redlands Coast in 1998, through dedicated volunteers there have been more than 1500 sightings of glossies.

Around 98 per cent of these have occurred on the Redlands Coast Southern Islands and North Stradbroke Island.

For more information on glossy black-cockatoos visit the IndigiScapes website.

Redland Art Award 2018 winners announced and exhibition open

Winners of the prestigious Redland Art Awards 2018 have been revealed at a Redland Art Gallery cocktail evening, with the esteemed judges selecting from a record number of high caliber entries.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who together with Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman announced the winners, said the 499 entries received from across Australia were evidence of the status enjoyed by the biennial contemporary painting competition.

“What started as a local art prize offered by the Redland Yurara Art Society in 1981 has evolved into a nationally recognised competition offered by Redland Art Gallery, with artists attracted by the substantial cash prizes and prospect of having their work included in a public art collection,” she said.

The judging panel consisted of Charles Robb, Visual Art Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology; Dr Bianca Beetson, artist and Senior Lecturer/Program Convenor, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith University and Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain.

The judges – who agreed the overall standard was high – met in July for preliminary judging and to select 47 works for inclusion in the exhibition, then on 30 August head judge Charles Robb selected first, second and third place with input from supporting judges Bianca Beetson and Emma Bain.

The acquisitive first prize ($15,000) was awarded to Brisbane-based Debbie Taylor Worley for her mixed-medium on canvas artwork entitled Beyond Gavrinis 2018.

Taylor Worley - Beyond Gavrinis 2018

Artist: Taylor Worley – Beyond Gavrinis 2018

Second prize ($4000) was awarded to Tasmanian Chee Yong, for the oil and enamel on wood artwork entitled Self portrait as a ghost.

Chee Yong - Self portrait as a ghost

Artist: Chee Yong – Self portrait as a ghost

Third prize ($2,500) went to Martin Claydon from New South Wales for his enamel on aluminium artwork entitled Greenscreen #16 breadfruit Bligh 2018.

Martin Claydon - Greenscreen #16 breadfruit Bligh 2018

Artist: Martin Claydon – Greenscreen #16 breadfruit Bligh 2018

The recipient of the remaining Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award ($500) will be selected by popular vote, with the winner to be announced on 4 October 2018.

Cr Williams urged Redlands Coast locals and art enthusiasts from further afield to visit Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland to view the 47 finalists and cast their vote.

“The free Redland Art Award 2018 exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 14 October but be sure to visit by Wednesday 3 October if you wish to vote,” she said.

“I would like to thank this year’s major sponsors for their generous and much needed support, including Redland City Bulletin, Stark Creations, Redland Yurara Art Society and art gallery owner Redland City Council.”

Whale Interpretive Facility – North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy

All parties involved in the Queensland Government’s North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (NSI ETS) are approaching the transition in good faith.

Council has been encouraging the State Government to increase communication with residents and is pleased to see this message is being heard.

The Whale Interpretive Facility planned for Point Lookout is project 22 under the ETS. While it is to be built within Redlands Coast, Redland City Council is not leading the initiative.

Council was requested by the State Government to consider transferring a portion of State land under Council’s trusteeship back to the State Government for the Whale Interpretive Facility. The State also requested Council maintain confidentiality.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) is the lead agency for project 22. Council is the lead for only one initiative, project 13 – location signage (entry statements) for the island’s townships.

The NSI ETS was developed and funded by the State Government following its decision to end sandmining on the island by 2019.

For more information on the NSI ETS, visit the State Government website.

Get filming ‘Get Ready’ for great prizes

An Apple iPad Pro or a GoPro HERO6 are up for grabs as part of Redland City Council’s new ‘Get Ready’ youth video competition.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the competition aimed to involve young people of Redlands Coast with community messaging around storm and bushfire season preparedness.

“Each year, we run an extensive campaign to remind residents about the need to be prepared for natural emergencies, which, as recent years have shown, present real risks to our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This year for the first time, we are getting our young people involved and running a competition calling for 90-second videos promoting key disaster preparedness messages.

“Our hope is that we will be able to work with winning entries to create a final video for release in ‘Get Ready’ week in October.

“While it is a youth-focused competition, we encourage team efforts and the help of parents, teachers and other budding filmmakers in creating entries.

“We’d love to see some family and school entries, again giving the wider community an opportunity to devise new and engaging ways to share the ‘Get Ready’ message.

“There are great prizes on offer for the winning entries, so I encourage people to head to Council’s Your Say Redlands website to find out how to get involved.”

Videos must include four key disaster management messages: preparing your home, the need for a household emergency plan and emergency kit, getting to know your neighbours and how to be informed.

Entry is open to Redlands Coast residents of all ages, but at least one person under 18 years and a local landmark or icon should feature in the video.

The winning video may be used to promote ‘Get Ready’ community messages through a range of channels during storm and bushfire season.

Entries close 30 September 2018.  For details, including full terms and conditions, visit

Council sets out on Redlands Coast transport journey

How residents travel around the Redlands Coast was at the centre of two decisions made by Redland City Council in today’s General Meeting.

The first decision saw Councillors endorse the Draft Redlands Coast Transport strategy for community engagement, while councillors also unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute for Council to make a submission to a State Government inquiry into the future of transport technology.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the endorsement of the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy would give residents the opportunity to have their say on the future direction of transport planning on Redlands Coast.

“Transport, both road and public transport infrastructure, is undoubtedly one of the most consistent topics of conversation in our community, which is why Council identified an updated transport strategy as one of our key priorities,” she said.

“In 2015 we held a series of transport forums across the city and this draft strategy is informed by those forums, as well as engagement with key transport organisations and providers.

“Our community has told us they want to be able to get around the city faster and safer and want to see the major roads in and out of the city upgraded along with key public transport infrastructure such as the Cleveland Rail line.”

Cr Williams said an important next step of the strategy was hearing from residents, businesses, schools and transport partners on what transport issues were important to them.

“As part of the consultation process we will ask residents what they think our priorities should be to help guide delivery of Council’s transport initiatives and advocacy to state and federal governments, transport providers and neighbouring local governments.

“State and federal MPs will also be engaged directly, and information will be provided to raise community awareness about the transport network and which level of government was responsible for which transport corridor and service.

“Our journey to a more effective and efficient transport network is just starting. This won’t be completed overnight, nor can Council take this journey alone.

“The State Government is responsible for many of the major transport opportunities across Redlands Coast, including the majority of roads in and out of the Coast, public transport and rail.

“This is why a key part of this strategy will be to advocate to other levels of government and encourage them to prioritise the projects, road upgrades and public transport services our community needs.”

“The Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will be followed by a series of implementation plans, which is where the rubber hits the road through the identification of on the ground priorities and projects our residents will see in their neighborhoods and along their daily commute.”

Cr Williams said Council would make the case for better transport technology to meet local challenges as part of their submission to the State Government Transport and Public Works Committee inquiry into Transport Technology.

“The Redlands Coast has some unique transport challenges and our submission will encourage the State Government to remove some of the existing barriers to the technology that may meet these challenges,” she said.

“An example of these technologies is Autonomous Vehicles, and we have been trying to encourage the State Government to trial these vehicles on our island communities.

“We will also use our submission to highlight the transport challenges and increased transport costs for our island communities, as well as the challenges our island based residents face in accessing employment and social services.”

Council endorsed Education and Training Industry Sector Plan for Redlands Coast

Council today endorsed its Education and Training Industry Sector Plan 2018-2023, which supports the delivery of Council’s Economic Development Framework 2014-2041(EDF).

With the education and training industry being Redlands Coast’s third largest employer, contributing 4.5 per cent of the Coast’s economic output, the Education and Training Industry Sector Plan focuses on three areas:

  • Fostering collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • Growing higher education and alternative learning pathways and supporting emerging industries
  • Growing international education

Mayor Karen Williams said the plan recognised the strength of the education and training industry sector in the Redlands Coast economy and the potential for further growth, with detailed actions to realise the economic benefits.

She said strategies and recommendations included growing international education and a university sector, establishing a centre of excellence in education for the ageing, developing a health and education precinct, and engaging the community in education and life-long learning.

“Redlands Coast is well placed to benefit from the education and training industry sector,” she said.

“We have an abundance of features that would be attractive to international students, including a beautiful, natural environment and access to Aboriginal culture, and we have significant goodwill from commercial and government organisations in growing international education.

“As our population grows and also ages, ensuring we have education and training facilities here will help retain our students as their needs expand.

“It will also meet the education needs of older people, the training needs for the workforce caring for a rapidly ageing population, and increase demand from outside the Coast.

“Our ageing population also offers significant opportunity to be a national leader in the provision of education and training services for older populations, particularly active and involved ageing in which life-long learning is embraced.”

Chair of the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board Sam Kennedy said that the economic development framework, endorsed by Council in 2015, provided clear direction for business and economic growth and development on Redlands Coast.

“The EDF focuses on the key industry sectors of health care and social assistance, education and training, tourism, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, high value-add services and rural enterprises,” Ms Kennedy said.

Through the EDF, Council is committed to local economic growth, local employment opportunities, and ensuring the Redlands Coast community benefits from any improved local economic capacity.

Council continues to negotiate over Commonwealth-owned Birkdale land

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will meet with yet another Federal Government MP in Canberra later this month as Council continues to try and secure the Federal Government land in Birkdale for the community.

Cr Williams told today’s Council meeting that the recent Federal Government reshuffle would mean starting from scratch with new Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja who she has asked to meet with in Canberra later this month.

“This is the fifth member of parliament I will have dealt with regarding this land since we started negotiating with the government in 2015,” Cr Williams said.

“While it is frustrating to have to start the conversation again I am committed to ensuring this land is not used for housing as outlined in May’s Federal Budget.”

Cr Williams gave the commitment during today’s General Meeting where Councillors considered establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) to decide the future use of the land.

“Council’s current intention is that the land should be retained for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, with detailed investigations and engagement likely to proceed when Council is able to secure the land.”

Cr Williams said the priority was to ensure the land was retained for the community in a way that protects its environmental and cultural significance.

“As part of their divestment process the Federal Government is undertaking a series of studies on the land, including cultural heritage and environmental significance and we will be able to use this information during our due diligence and community consultation.

“If negotiations progress and Council determines that a CRG should be formed, it is expected that an expression of interest process would also be run to allow community members to nominate to be part of the group.”

In May the land was identified for divestment in the Federal Budget, prompting Cr Williams to lobby the Federal Government to rescind its decision and sell the property to Council off-market.

At the time Cr Williams launched a petition on which was signed by 6,000 people wanting to save the land from being used for housing.

“In May we made our feelings known when more than 6,000 people signed the petition and told the Federal Government we don’t want this land used for housing,” Cr Williams said.

“Now we have to start the conversation again and so I am urging everyone to again make their feelings known by signing the petition, so we can secure the land and then undertake the necessary consultation and studies to ultimately ensure the land is not lost to the community.”

Cr Williams said during her upcoming visit to Canberra she would also meet with Air Services Australia regarding their parcel of land adjoining the ACMA property.

The properties, currently owned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Air Services Australia, are located at 362-388 and 392 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.