Monthly Archives: December 2019

Redland Bay’s ‘Mr Soccer’ acknowledged in park renaming

A resident who was once known as the ‘Mr Soccer’ of Redlands Coast will have a community park renamed in his honour.

Mayor Karen Williams said the site currently known as Donald Road Sportsfield on Donald Road, Redland Bay would be renamed John Edward Downie Sportsfield.

“John Edward Downie migrated to Australia from the United Kingdom shortly after World War II and settled in Redland Bay, where he was a farm manager for more than 30 years,” she said.

“He was passionate about the game of football (soccer), joined Redlands United Football Club and for many years was central to the development of junior football in the region.

“He went on to become known as ‘Mr Soccer’ and it is a fitting tribute to his contribution to sport in our city that this park be renamed in his honour.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty thanked Councillors for supporting the name change, which she said followed a request to her from a resident.

“This resident also has a long association with football in our city and when I heard about John Downie it seemed appropriate to acknowledge his dedication to the sport by renaming this park after him,” she said.

“Mr Downie’s family still lives locally and I am told  he instilled a real sense of fair play in all those he trained, as well as how to be gracious in both winning and losing a game.

“This is a way of saying thank you to Mr Downie, and I am sure those from the football fraternity would support this decision.”

Council team delivers Christmas cheer to families in need

Christmas for many local families will be a little brighter thanks to the efforts of some Redland City Council employees.

In an internal Christmas drive that started in October, Council’s Customer Service team members have been consistently gathering Christmas gifts and festive food items for less fortunate community members.

Mayor Karen Williams said the team recently donated 17 large baskets of food and gifts – all contributed by the team members themselves – to Redland Community Centre for distribution to Redlands Coast families needing help.

“This is a fantastic display of goodwill and generosity,” she said.

“More than 400 local families, which includes almost 1000 children, have registered with Redland Community Centre for assistance in this Christmas season.

“For two months, these team members had been contributing food items and gifts for those battling to put food on the table and presents under the Christmas tree.

“The team has organised this months-long collection in the lead up to Christmas every year for 16 years and I know their generosity has helped many local families.”

Cr Williams commended all Council employees who were contributing to internal Christmas appeals.

“Christmas is usually a happy occasion, but for many people dealing with challenging circumstances it can also be one of the toughest times of the year,” she said.

“There are many people in our city who are unable to enjoy a special meal at Christmas.

“Many children also miss out on the excitement of finding presents under the Christmas tree and I’m sure these donations will bring smiles to many who need our help.”

Helping spread Christmas cheer are, from left, Redland Community Centre General Manager Allison Wicks, Mayor Karen Williams, and Council Customer Service team members Jacqui Murphy, Ben Madden, Michelle Thomson and Alison Dunn.

Council says draft State koala mapping needs more work and more time

Redland City Council has called on the State Government to extend the consultation period on the draft Koala Priority Area (KPA) mapping to give the community more time to have their say on the proposed changes.

Mayor Karen Williams said giving the community just two weeks to have their say on the proposed changes, which include a proposal to effectively halve local koala protections, was appalling.

“This is one of the poorest examples of Government engagement I have personally witnessed,” she said.

“To put mapping out just before Christmas and give the community only two weeks to have their say is just not on.

“I think Councillors summed it up in today’s meeting using words such as ‘shocked, appalled, absurd and crazy’ to describe the two week consultation period.”

Cr Williams said that despite feedback from Council, and two years of work effort and a commitment to consult with local government, the draft mapping revealed last week proposed to effectively halve the koala areas protected within Redlands Coast.

“The newly revealed mapping will result in substantially reduced and fragmented habitat,” Cr Williams said.

“Under the current draft of State KPA mapping proposals, 1,935ha of existing Redlands Coast koala habitat and 5,680ha of koala rehabilitation areas would be removed from mapping and planning controls.

“While acknowledging the State’s intention to increase the overall net coverage of areas of koala protection across the region, this appears to have been done at the expense of Redlands Coast’s koala population, with what seems to be a substantial reduction in the area of mapped koala habitat in the city.

“This is a retrograde step and prejudices both the investment in time and resources Council has made into koala protection for many years.

“As an example, the new KPA mapping fails to include substantial areas of North Stradbroke Island despite its genetically unique and healthy koala population.

“KPA mapping should be expanded to include unmapped areas of North Stradbroke Island, including, where appropriate, within townships.

“On 30 August, Council wrote to the State Government and encouraged them to use Council’s mapping, which protects far more vegetation where we know, from the work we have done, that there are koalas.

“Instead, the State has relied on spatial analysis of remnant and high-value regrowth vegetation that, without field verification, will result in reduced koala habitat areas across Redlands Coast.

“The State Government is proposing a State-led review of the proposed KPA mapping over the next two years, but today Councillors have made it clear that we want the original area regulated by our mapping included in the State’s new mapping so it is part of the review.”

In addition to providing a submission to the State Government’s proposed mapping, Council will also consider a submission on the State’s koala strategy in January.

Camels remembered at popular Redland Bay park

A herd of camels that once grazed in paddocks at Redland Bay will be remembered after Council today resolved to rename Falkirk Parade Park as Camel Paddock Park.

Mayor Karen Williams said many residents remembered the camels that were kept on the site in Falkirk Parade when it was little more than a grassy paddock.

“The camels were used for rides on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and were kept on the paddock to graze, becoming a local attraction for the community,” she said.

“They were moved elsewhere when the rides ended but the site has always been known as the camels’ paddock to the community and now this piece of local history will be acknowledged.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the park today included landscape elements that reflected its former use as a camel paddock, including stepping stones featuring camel foot imprints.

“The camels have always been a talking point for residents and many people have fond memories of taking their children to see them grazing,” Cr Talty said.

“The suggestion of renaming the site Camel Paddock Park was well received by local residents and I’m pleased that Councillors have supported the move.

“A city’s history doesn’t always have to be about pioneers and buildings because sometimes the animals we remember are just as important.

“The island camel rides may have gone but the memory of these creatures grazing in Redland Bay will stay with the renaming of the park.”

Council set to market test demand for industrial land on Macleay Island

Redland City Council will soon invite Expressions of Interest for the private, commercial use of industrial land on Macleay Island.

Mayor Karen Williams said the northern portion of the Council-owned land at 20-24 Kate Street, Macleay Island was surplus to Council’s operational requirements and was zoned for low impact industrial development.

“Releasing the industrial zoned area for private use will encourage island-based industry, helping to boost the Southern Moreton Bay Islands economy,” Cr Williams said.

“Council is confident the private sector will embrace this opportunity, opening the door for future industry and economic growth on the island.

“This could also potentially facilitate the relocation of industry from residential areas on the islands.

“The land is also fringed with vegetation, which will help reduce impacts on surrounding areas.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the EOI process followed a Council resolution in July 2019 to market test demand for private use of industrial land on the island.

“Our islands are a great place to live and Council also wants them to be a great place to work; and potentially opening up this land to light industrial uses will help grow the local economy,” Cr Edwards said.

“The first step will be to test the market through an EOI to see what is possible before we allocate funds to make the necessary land available.”

Further details will be available on Council’s website when the EOI is released in the new year.

Redland City Council Holiday Closures 2019

All non-essential Redland City Council services will be closed from close of business on Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and reopen on Thursday, January 2 2020.

This includes Customer Service Centres, Redland Art Gallery (Cleveland and Capalaba) and mainland libraries.

After hours emergency number: 3829 8999

Waste transfer stations and collection services
Kerbside waste collections will continue as normal, with Christmas Day kerbside bin collections beginning at 5am.

Waste transfer stations will be closed on Christmas Day.
Online bin requests submitted after Monday, 23 December 2019 will be actioned from Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Recycle World’s last day of trading is Tuesday, 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Saturday, 4 January 2020.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre
Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre will be closed Christmas Day.
Open 7 days a week, 9am – 4pm
1300 667 386

Redland Animal Shelter
The animal shelter will be closed on Christmas Day only.
Limited hours apply (9am to 12pm) from Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until Friday, January 3 2020.

Library Services
Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point libraries
: closed from 5pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until 9am Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Amity Point Library: closed from 11.30am Saturday, 21 December 2019 until 1.30pm Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Dunwich Library: closed from 12pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until 1pm Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Point Lookout Library: closed from 4.30pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 until 1pm Friday, 3 January 2020.
Russell Island Library: closed from 1pm Saturday, 21 December 2019 until 9.30am Thursday, 2 January 2020.
Mobile Library: last stop will be Wellington Point Village Green at 3pm Thursday, 19 December 2019 until 9am Thursday, 2 January 2020.
During closures, no items will be due and return chutes will be closed.

Redland Performing Arts Centre
Closed from 4pm Tuesday, 24 December 2019 to 10am Monday, 6 January 2020. Tickets can be purchased through the RPAC website during this time.

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland and Capalaba
Closed from 24 December 2019 to 1 January 2020. Both galleries will reopen on 2 January 2020.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery
IndigiScapes Native Botanic Gardens will be open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 10am to 4pm. The nursery will be closed on these days.

Redland City Council Local Fire Ban extended as at 17 December 2019

A Fire Ban is current from 0001hrs Wednesday 17 December 2019 until 2359 Monday 30 December 2019 in the local government areas of Moreton Bay Regional Council, Brisbane City Council and Redland City Council.

More information on the fire ban here:

To report a fire, please contact 000 (triple zero)

If you have any further enquiries please contact the QFES – Redlands Area office on: 07 5420 3733

$8.1mill School of Arts Road, Redland Bay roadwork completed as more work planned

An $8.1 million section of roadwork on School of Arts Road and Collins Street Redland Bay has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget, paving the way for Council to start upgrading nearby water infrastructure in the New Year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it may be hard to appreciate the significance of the completed road work for those not familiar with how this section of road used to be.

“This new road section completed by Council crews has won compliments from locals for the way the work was undertaken and has fixed major floodway problems over Weinam creek.

“The finished roadwork has been lifted a metre above the old floodway that has been a source of regular flooding and traffic disruption during wet conditions.

“The design of the new work has also avoided impacts on a corner property and much loved fig tree that is a locally recognised landmark visible from the surrounding areas.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the surface of the new two lane road section provides a smoother, quieter and longer lasting surface that will reduce ongoing maintenance costs and improve road access for an urban area of the city that has grown rapidly over recent years.

“The new road section includes cycle lanes, parking and safe pedestrian islands for crossings to popular nearby community facilities, while also ensuring that major utility service trenching upgrades were undertaken during construction,” Cr Edwards said.

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said improvements to local infrastructure would continue with Council beginning work on new sewer infrastructure along an adjoining section of School of Arts Road in January.

“The planned works from Denham Boulevard to approximately 60 meters past the Cypress and Bedarra Streets Roundabout will involve the supply and installation of a major new rising sewer main, a small section of gravity sewer main, manholes and other work.

“Traffic detours will be necessary during work hours from 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday for all west bound traffic travelling between Denham Boulevard and Cypress Street but detours will not apply outside of these work hours.

“Site works will begin on 6 January with the work planned for completion in April 2020, weather permitting.

“Council greatly appreciates the ongoing patience and co-operation of road users and the local community and for helping to ensure these important infrastructure project can be completed safely, on budget and on-time.”

Information on the new sewer project is available on the Yoursay Redlands Coast website or by contacting council on Tel 3829 8999.

No water restrictions, but be water wise

While there are currently no water restrictions for Redlands Coast or anywhere in South-East Queensland, residents are encouraged to be water wise.

Water restrictions are set by Seqwater and will be considered when the combined levels of dams in the Seqwater grid reduce to 50%. They are currently at 57.9%. You can keep a track of the level on the Seqwater website (top right corner).

Redlands Coast not-for-profits now eligible for grants funding due to drought declaration

As a drought-declared area, Redland City Council, not-for-profit organisations and non-distributing co-operative organisations within Redland City are now automatically eligible to apply for funding under the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 4.

Applications close on 19 December 2019.

The grants are for infrastructure projects or community initiatives such as new or expanded local events and leadership and capability strengthening initiatives.

Prior to being drought-declared, Redland City applicants were required to provide evidence of the impact of the drought. With the drought declaration, applicants now only need to refer to the drought declaration of the Council area. If your organisation is considering an application, you may wish to include the link as evidence of your project being in a drought-declared area.

For more information click here  or contact Steve McDonald, Director Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands on 0429 377 803 or Vicky Bleathman, Operations Manager on 0403 152 390.