Monthly Archives: August 2019

Minjerribah (Straddie) place markers share Quandamooka storylines

Quandamooka artists Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and Belinda Close have unveiled the concepts for their public art place markers at Mulumba (Point Lookout) and Pulan (Amity Point) at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

The artists’ works share Quandamooka culture and storylines that are thousands of years old and will allow all those who experience them, whether visitor or local, to learn about the ancestral connections between people and place, expressed by the artists who are of the place.

“Redland City Council is working in collaboration with Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the artists to create place markers of cultural significance at Point Lookout and Amity Point, as part of the Queensland Government’s economic transition strategy, called Minjerribah Futures, for North Stradbroke Island,” Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said.

“The artists have captured perfectly the timeless links of the eugarie shell (at Mulumba) and sea eagle (at Pulan) to the Quandamooka people.

“Besides being an important acknowledgement of Quandamooka culture, we know that international visitors to Australia – as well as visitors from closer to home – want to experience Aboriginal culture.

“At Redlands Coast we are fortunate to have an ever-increasing range of incredible Quandamooka cultural tourism experiences on offer which are attracting visitors to the area. These place markers will add to the experiences on offer and contribute to valuable cultural learnings.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the place markers were among more than 20 projects being delivered by the Queensland Government as the island moved towards a new future as a globally recognised cultural and eco-tourism destination.

“Over the next two years we are investing $25 million to create jobs on Minjerribah,” Ms Jones said.

“As well as these public artworks, there will be a landmark contemporary arts centre, better walking and recreational tracks, a new education exchange, more aged care beds, Yalingbila Bibula (whale on the hill) and a master plan for Goompi (Dunwich).”

Delvene said of her design: “The eugarie is symbolic of people coming together. They mark places of gathering for Quandamooka people and the new place marker honours those places of gathering, those who gathered and will mark the place of ongoing gatherings.

“Where they are placed allows the viewer to walk through and around – feeling the texture of the weathered shell.”

At Amity Point, artist Belinda Close shares the story of Mirriginpah, the sea eagle.

“The work depicts the eagle soaring above in search of food and is of great cultural significance to the Quandamooka people,” Belinda said.

“Mirriginpah is an important yuri and helper for the community and Quandamooka people recognise its connection with sea country.

“It is a storyline of the sea eagle alerting the Quandamooka people to the start of the mullet season.”

Redland City Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell welcomed the artworks as impressive new attractions for Minjerribah.

“These place markers will have the potential to become iconic statements, bringing together some of the Island’s iconic animals with their Quandamooka spiritual stories – these stunning sculptures will undoubtedly be photographed by visitors and shared around the world,” Cr Mitchell said.

Belinda’s art, which also acts as a weather vane, will be installed at Cabarita Park, Pulan.

The Mulumba (Point Lookout) place marker will be installed at the Gorge Walk trail head, opposite the shops.

The place markers will also include information on the story behind each work of art as well as vertical location signage elements that can easily be seen from the road and include dual Quandamooka naming for Point Lookout (Mulumba) and Amity Point (Pulan).

The place marker project is being funded by the Queensland Government’s Minjerribah Futures program, with Redland City Council leading the project and Quandamooka Yoollooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation contracted to deliver the artworks.

Council is leading community engagement on the designs. This has included engaging with the community at the Point Lookout Markets at the Minjerribah Futures stand, as well as meeting individually with business owners and key groups across the island in July.

The works will be installed later this year.

For more information or to have your say on the designs, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site.

Mayoral prayer breakfast sets fundraising record

A record $25,000 fundraising effort was today confirmed for State School chaplaincy programs across Redlands Coast at the annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, bringing to almost $100,000 the amount raised in the past five years.

More than 280 people, including school chaplains, church and school leaders, government representatives, business people and community members, attended the breakfast at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s fundraising effort had set a new mark for the most raised in any one year.

She said it was hoped the exceptional result would allow more Redlands Coast schools to benefit from the local chaplaincy program, which already supported more than 14,500 students.

“We really want all State School students across Redlands Coast to have access to vital chaplaincy services, with the success of the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast going a long way to supporting the service in schools that don’t yet have access to the program,” Cr Williams said.

“It really is important, as our chaplains provide timely care and mentoring, which helps students to realise their potential in this increasingly complex world.

“The programs run by chaplains make a positive contribution to our State Schools and the money we have raised will help to continue and extend that work.”

Cr Williams thanked all those who supported the event, especially the individual contributions of Albert Benfer and Esther Heidenreich.

“Albert and Esther have been generous supporters of this cause and I sincerely thank them, as well as the many other residents, business people and caring individuals who have sponsored and supported this outstanding effort,” Cr Williams said.

The sponsors and supporters included:

Diamond sponsors
· Lee’s Environmental
· Renaissance Retirement Living

Silver sponsors
· Alex Gow Funerals
· Anglican Parish of Waterloo Bay
· Certified Roofing

Bronze sponsor
· The Cage Youth Foundation

Event supporters:
· CPC Production Services
· Capalaba Carnations
· McGuires Alexandra Hills Hotel
· Vision Christian Radio

Guest speaker and Olympic gold medal swimmer Duncan Armstrong (centre) meets with school chaplains at the 2019 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

Amity Point to host Council NSI update in September

Redland City Council is inviting North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) residents and visitors to drop into Amity Point Hall on Saturday 14 September for updates on a range of Council projects.

Mayor Karen Williams said the North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) Community Open House, from 10am – 12 noon, would be an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about some of Council’s key island priorities.

“North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is undergoing significant transition and this event is part of our commitment to keep in touch with island residents about Council’s role and ensure they’re informed,” she said.

“The open house is designed for people to drop in, stroll through information stations and speak to our officers.

“Council will have information stations on topics such as water and waste, disaster management, open space planning, Amity Point Shoreline Erosion Management Planning and others.

“I will be attending, along with Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell and other senior Council officers, so we can meet and speak with residents.

“Recognising we are only one of many agencies with tenure on the Island, in addition to information on projects and services under Council responsibility, we have also invited other government and community stakeholders and Members of Parliament to participate.”

Cr Mitchell said taking project updates to the island was an important tool in connecting Council and community.

“As the island continues to transition towards the end of mining in late 2019, this is another way of keeping the avenues of communication open,” he said.

Event details

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) Community Open House
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Time: Drop in any time from 10am to noon
Location: Amity Point Community Hall, Ballow Street, Amity Point (Pulan)

Swap your garden weeds for free native plants

Do your natural environment a favour on Trees for Weeds Day and take shopping bags or buckets of weeds to Redlands IndigiScapes nursery and exchange them for free, easy-to-keep plants native to Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was offering up to five locally native plants per person – one for each bag or bucket of weeds surrendered.

“Trees for Weeds Day is a great incentive for us all to take a look at what is growing in our backyards and make sure they are free of invasive weeds that threaten native wildlife and habitats,” she said.

“Some of our most common garden plants are prolific weeds, which compete with native species that provide essential food and shelter for a variety of wildlife.

“When these weeds escape into surrounding bushland they can also impact the local wildlife corridors here on Redlands Coast.

“Trees for Weeds Day is a great way to support Council’s commitment to put one million native plants in the ground by 2026, as well as a lovely way for locals to prepare their gardens for spring.”

Cr Williams said Trees for Weeds Day events would be held on the mainland and bay islands this year.

For more information on environmental initiatives on Redlands Coast, visit the IndigiScapes website.

Trees for Weeds Day – mainland event

What: Swap one shopping bag or bucket of weeds for one free native plant (up to five plants per person)

Date: Saturday, 7 September 2019

Time: 9am to 1pm

Where: IndigiScapes Native Nursery, Runnymede Road, Capalaba (access via MyHorizon entrance and car park)

All weeds are accepted, but this year’s focus is on:

  • Devil’s fig
  • Singapore daisy
  • Salvinia
  • Leucaena

Trees for Weeds Day – bay island events

What: Swap one shopping bag or bucket of weeds for one free native plant (up to five plants per person)

Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019

Time: 8.30am to 10.30am


  • Coochiemudlo Island jetty
  • Macleay Island Progress Hall, 2 Russell Terrace
  • Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Headland Park, corner East Coast Road and Kennedy Drive
  • Russell Island Public Pool car park, High Street
  • Lamb Island, jetty car park
  • Karragarra Community Gardens, The Esplanade: 10am to noon

All weeds are accepted, but this year’s focus is on:

  • Leucaena
  • Bitou bush

Above: Bitou Bush. Image Courtesy of Queensland Government Biosecurity

Above: Devil’s Fig

Above: Leucaena

Above: Salvinia

Above: Singapore Daisy

Redland City Council responds to suspected dog baiting

Redland City Council is deploying all available resources at local parks, including surveillance cameras, in response to more suspected dog baiting incidents.

It also is investigating offering a reward for information which leads to successful prosecution.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she had also written to the Queensland Police Service offering Council’s support in helping to catch and prosecute dog baiters.

“The thought of anyone intentionally trying to harm local pets is deplorable and, in response, all available Council officers will be on the ground watching for any suspicious activity,” Cr Williams said.

“I have spoken with Councillors and encouraged them to be on the ground in their respective divisions speaking with residents and keeping an eye out for anything that may assist police.

“I also urge residents around dog parks and reserves to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious activity.

“Council has agreed to investigate options to offer a reward to anyone with footage or photographs that leads to the prosecution of anyone trying to bait animals here.

“This may include working with other Councils who have also seen their own baiting incidents and I will be speaking with my fellow South East Queensland Mayors about options to offer a regional award.

“We are also deploying cameras to monitor suspicious activity and to act as a further deterrent, as well as posting signs urging park users to keep a look out.”

Cr Williams said meat found near a local dog park at Alexandra Hills and a park at Wellington Point was currently being tested by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to determine whether it had been laced with poison.

“While we don’t yet know if the meat was baited, we are not taking any chances and will do everything possible to ensure the safety of people and their pets, as well as native wildlife, including having every available Council officer on the ground,” Cr Williams said.

“Today I wrote to local police to offer our assistance in helping to catch the culprits and asking that they, too, increase patrols in and around our parks.

“Baitng is a despicable crime that also raises risks for native wildlife and children that may pick up the bait. As a community, we need to be vigilant and do whatever we can to guard against such incidents.”

UPDATE: Dunwich Fire as at 3.30pm 23 August 2019

UPDATE as at 3.30pm 23 August 2019

A bushfire near Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is currently burning within containment lines.

Crews were alerted to the fire burning within the vicinity of Mitchell and Rainbow Crescents at about 10pm on Thursday, 22 August.

Fire crews from Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service are supported on the island by State Emergency Service and Queensland Police Service personnel.

Fire crews are currently patrolling the area.

No property or infrastructure is currently under threat from the fire.

As a precaution, 25 people have been evacuated from the One Mile community and sheltered safely with families at Dunwich.

A further 10 people were evacuated from Moopi Moopi Aged Care Facility to aged care facilities on the mainland.

Redland City Council’s evacuation team and island Community Champions assisted with evacuation operations.

The fire is continuing to smoulder and may produce smoke throughout the remainder of the day and into the evening.

If affected by smoke, residents are advised to close windows and doors and keep their respiratory medications close by, if required.

Smoke may affect visibility on the road, so motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

Council urges residents to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire.


UPDATE as at 1pm 23 August 2019

UPDATE as at 8:35am 23 August 2019
The previous bushfire warning has changed.

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning in the vicinity of Mitchell Crescent and Rainbow Crescent, Dunwich.

This fire is burning within containment lines and posing no threat to property at this time. Crews are currently patrolling the area.

This fire is smoldering and may continue to produce smoke throughout the day. Residents are asked to close windows and doors and keep their medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

UPDATE as at 8:00am 23 August 2019
A bushfire is currently burning at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island. Please keep alert and follow instructions of firefighters.

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Redlands Coast Garage Sale Trail launch

Redlands Coast households, schools and community groups are set to join more than 400,000 people across the country on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October as a part of Australia’s ninth annual Garage Sale Trail.

A multi award-winning community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail is powered by more than 140 local councils nation-wide.

This year’s weekend-long event is expected to involve more Australians than ever before –people who will ‘choose to reuse’ at more than 16,000 garage sale events to be held across the country.

Mayor Karen Williams said that Garage Sale Trail was a fun and social way for Redland City Council to encourage the reuse of goods and help educate the community about the positive impact we can all make when we buy secondhand items.

“The philosophy underpinning Garage Sale Trail – that of sustainable living – is a priority for Council as we partner with Redlands Coast residents and businesses to divert reusable resources from landfill,” Cr Williams said.

“As a society, we need to learn to take responsibility for the waste we create and recognise the value of resources and reusable materials.

“Council will be getting involved with our libraries and RecycleWorld holding their own garage sales.

“Garage Sale Trail provides a way to meet your neighbours and connect with the broader community while also decluttering and raising money for yourself, your school or charity.

“Last year’s national results showed the average household made over $300, community groups raised an average of $650 and schools made $1500.

“We’re really pleased to be involved in this grass roots national event again and encourage all Redlands Coast residents to consider hosting a sale.

“There’s plenty of time to get organised, register your sale and list your goods before the big weekend in October.

“Those already planning a garage sale may wish to reschedule to take advantage of the free promotion that comes with Garage Sale Trail.

“Sellers will be able to access to online resources including their own webpage, social media tiles as well as digital posters and flyers once they register.”

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Ander Valder said that he expected more than two million items to be listed for sale and reuse nationally.

“The sellers who have a bit of fun with their garage sale name and go to town on marketing are the ones who bring home the bacon and sell the most,” Mr Valder said.

Redlands Coast Garage Sale Tail
What: Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail
When: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019
Where: All over Redlands Coast – visit before the weekend to map your trail.
Cost: Free to host a sale and shop the trail.
Registration: Now open! Register your garage sale at

Host a garage sale or shop the trail at

The future is here: RACQ driverless bus to hit the road

Karragarra Island on Redlands Coast has been selected as the site for Queensland’s first trial of a driverless bus  – the RACQ Smart Shuttle.

The trial was announced today by Redland City Council and the State’s peak motoring body RACQ.

Mayor Karen Williams said better transport was a priority for residents, and Council was determined to investigate solutions.

“Redlands Coast has unique transport challenges that need innovative solutions, which is why we’re partnering with RACQ and Easy Mile on the Smart Mobility trial,” she said.

“It’s exciting the first ever long-term trial of the technology in Queensland will be held on our Southern Moreton Bay Islands, providing an important step towards addressing long standing transport needs.”

RACQ’s Dr Rebecca Michael said the driverless bus trial, a joint initiative between the Club and Redland City Council with the support of Council of Mayors SEQ, would run for six months from November, and residents would have the opportunity to take part for free.

“We’re very excited to be introducing Queenslanders to the future of public transport with the RACQ Smart Shuttle, which aims to explore new transport options and address gaps in our public transport system,” Dr Michael said.

“The RACQ Smart Shuttle has a maximum speed of 20km/h and will use sophisticated sensors to navigate and detection lasers which can identify obstacles within 40 metres before stopping safely or slowing down as needed.

“Karragarra Island currently has no public transport at all, so this trial is expected to make life much easier for residents and visitors who previously had to rely on private vehicles.”

Dr Michael said the driverless bus, supplied by international mobility company EasyMile, would have a chaperone on board to answer any questions and take feedback and the vehicle was also all-abilities friendly with an automated ramp providing access as needed.

“The RACQ Smart Shuttle will operate on a three and half kilometre fixed loop route, starting at the Karragarra ferry terminal, continuing along The Esplanade; Maryanne Street and Treasure Island Avenue,” she said.

“A timetable of services will be coordinated with ferry arrivals and passengers can hop on or off at one of eight bus stops along the route.”


13 August 2019 – Planned Burns Russell Island (13 – 16 August 2019)

Redland City Council Parks & Conservation crews, along with Russell and Lamb Island Rural Fire Service (QRFS), will be undertaking multiple planned burns on Russell Island this week starting today Tuesday 13 August and going through to Friday 16 August 2019, commencing each day at approximately 9.30am (weather permitting).


  • 172-216 High Street (Whistling Kite Wetlands)
  • 172-216 High Street (Whistling Kite Wetlands)
  • 69-73 Centre Road (State Education Land)
  • 165 Centre Road (Turtle Swamp Wetlands)
  • 148-174 Glendale Road (Melomys Wetland)
  • 148-174 Glendale Road (Melomys Wetland)

It is appreciated that these burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work. Traffic management will be in place as a contingency.

Motorists are advised to drive with cautions and to conditions. Residents should close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering a respiratory condition.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, please visit our Parks and Conservation Planned Burn Program


Show Day Public Holiday Closures

Council Offices & Customer Service Centres

Redland City Council offices and customer service centres will be closed on Monday 12 August 2019, returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 13 August 2019.


The Libraries will be closed for electrical maintenance on Saturday 10 August 2019 and Monday 12 August 2019 for Show Day public holiday.

During this time after hours return chutes will be closed. No items will be due during this time.

Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre is currently closed for renovations.

The IndigiScapes Nursery and Gardens will be closed Monday 12th August 2019 returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

Bin Collections

Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

Waste Transfer Stations

All mainland and island waste transfer stations will be open. Residents should check the website for all other opening times.

RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay is open from 10am-2pm Saturday and Tuesday.

Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open 9am -12pm Monday 12th August 2019.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC Box office is closed on Monday 12 August 2019.
The Box Office will reopen 10am Tuesday 13 August 2019 .

During this time bookings can be made online via

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will be closed Monday 12 August 2019, reopening 9am Tuesday 13 August 2019.

Redland Art Gallery Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will be closed Monday 12 August 2019, reopening 8:30am Tuesday 13 August 2019.

Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.