Monthly Archives: September 2020

Have your say on the future of Redlands Coast

Redland City Council is inviting feedback on its new draft corporate plan: Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond.  

Mayor Karen Williams said all local governments in Queensland were required to produce a new corporate plan every five years, with the strategic document providing councils with clear direction for decision-making on matters such as budget and resource prioritisation.

“Our draft corporate plan outlines Redland City Council’s priorities for the next five years,” Cr Williams said.

“Unlike previous corporate plans, the draft Our Future Redlands also sets a long-term vision and goals to 2041.

“The new draft plan has been informed by what our community has told us is important.”

Cr Williams said analysis of community feedback from strategic planning and policy programs from 2010 to 2019 identified community views and values, while consultation with divisional Councillors ensured community needs were addressed.

“This analysis and consultation highlighted that many of the community’s views have remained constant over recent years, and Council remains committed to delivering a corporate plan that provides clear direction for decisions about the natural environment, strong communities, a thriving economy, city leadership, and Council as an effective and efficient organisation,” she said.

“Liveable neighbourhoods is also included as a strategic goal as Councillors and the community all prioritised city and transport planning as key focus areas.”

Cr Williams said that in addition to goals and the 20-year vision for Redlands Coast, the draft corporate plan also outlined key initiatives and catalyst projects.

“We have a draft corporate plan and now we want to hear from the community on whether we have it right, with the final plan to include revisions based on what we hear back from the community,” she said.

“I urge everyone to read the information available and have their say on the future of Redlands Coast before consultation closes on 11 November 2020.

“The easiest way to do this is to visit Council’s Your Say site for a copy of the plan and other information, including an online survey that can be completed.

“Additionally, Council is encouraging individuals, families and community groups to hold a DIY Conversation using the step-by-step guide that can also be downloaded from the Your Say site or collected from one of our Customer Service Centres.”

The new corporate plan will supersede the 10-year-old Redlands 2030 Community Plan.

For more information and to provide your feedback on the draft Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond, visit Council’s and be in the draw to win one of five $100 gift cards.

Holey Moley to deliver work experience for film students

Redlands Coast film industry students are set to gain valuable work experience when filming starts on television show Holey Moley in October 2020.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Eureka Productions was looking for university students to gain work experience on set for its first Australian series of the hit US reality show to be filmed at Thornlands.

“Not only are we a film friendly city but now our local film students have an exciting opportunity to experience first-hand the world of television production,” she said.

“I encourage all film industry students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to work on a large-scale production in their local community.”

Cr Williams said the decision to base the family-friendly entertainment program on Redlands Coast would have many benefits for the community.

“As an added bonus for locals, Eureka has implemented COVID-safe plans so Redlands Coast residents can experience a free and unforgettable family-friendly event as an audience member.”

Holey Moley features golf lovers competing on a supersized miniature golf course, with obstacles and twists along the way.

It will go to air on Channel 7 in 2021.

Redland City Council is a participant of the Film Friendly Pathways program, which sees local councils across the state work with Screen Queensland to promote their regions to interstate and international production companies.


 What: Eureka Productions is looking for film industry students who would like to gain invaluable behind-the-scenes work experience on television show Holey Moley. Students will have the opportunity to see and learn first-hand about the operation on set of the production and editorial departments.

To apply: Submit a cover letter outlining your area of interest and resume (including place of study – university or registered training organisation) to by Wednesday 30 September 2020.

 To register for free audience tickets: Online from eventbrite

Have a say on future Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area land uses

Redland City Council is supporting the local jobs of tomorrow by prioritising economic development in the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area, with residents now invited to have their say.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had focussed on jobs creation as part of a planning investigation for the area after Council had been directed by the State Government to consider the potential future growth area.

“This land has been the subject of almost 20 years of planning and community debate, disrupted by changing directions,” she said.

“The State Government previously included part of the area in the urban footprint, which would have seen the area used for residential development.

“But this decision was then reversed, with the State Government then nominating it as a Potential Future Growth Area and directing Council to undertake planning investigations to determine the preferred future use of the area.

“Council has been firm that this area should be used for jobs, not small lot housing and so we have developed a plan to reflect this commitment.

“The proposals include areas for mixed industry and business, intensive horticulture, education, training and recreation, a transport precinct, storage and larger home-based industry enterprise activities,” she said.

Cr Williams said Council had also drawn a line in the sand by clearly stating that land not used for economic uses should only be used for larger rural living blocks (i.e., with a minimum lot size of 1 hectare) and not small lot housing.

“Given this area has seen a number of uses suggested over the years, Council wanted to make it clear that we do not support small lot housing and will only support rural living, which fits with the character of the area while also addressing homebuyer demand for this sort of rural product.”

Cr Williams said Council had also resolved to consult the whole community on the proposed use of the area at the same time the proposed plan was sent to the Minister.

“The Minister wrote to Council asking us to engage with landowners in the plan area, but Council believes this land is strategically important for the entire city and given we are focussing on job creation in the area we felt everyone should have the opportunity to have a say,” Cr Williams said.

“As such we have today opened engagement and are inviting the community to provide feedback. The views of the community will be used to inform a potential future amendment to City Plan.

“There has been a lot of debate and history to these land use recommendations, and Council wants to hear the community’s feedback on the proposed balance of future economic and residential use of the land.”

For more information about the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area, and to have your say on the draft proposals for preferred future land uses, visit the project’s page on Council’s Your Say site.

Coastal strategy progress and survey update

Redland City Council is inviting the community to visit its Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) project webpage to view the community survey results and an update on the project.

The CHAS is a city-wide strategy for the city’s coastline and islands that will assess the vulnerability of infrastructure, assets, and property to coastal hazards.

It will also recommend actions for adapting to the challenges now and into the future.

Mayor Karen Williams said the project update followed Council’s community survey in June 2020.

“The survey is helping to inform the CHAS,” she said.

“Community members will be able to download a project fact sheet that provides an update on the strategy’s progress to date and provide their feedback, if they wish.”

Cr Williams, who also chairs the project’s steering committee, said that due to COVID-19 restrictions, engagement activities would be held online via the project’s page on Council’s Your Say website until further notice.

“It is important that we all work together to help keep everyone safe during these times, and I encourage community members to visit the project’s page to submit any questions or comments via the ‘Ask a Question’ tab,” she said.

“By reading the updated information, the community can see the strategy’s development so far and the work being done on Council’s comprehensive plan to assist current and future climate adaptation work.”

Cr Williams said the CHAS was scheduled for completion in early 2021 and community members would have an opportunity to provide feedback on the final draft CHAS in November this year.

To see the update, new September 2020 Project Update fact sheet, and to have your say, visit the project’s page at

Dealing with midges part of the seasonal cycle

Biting midge breeding season is upon us with an increase in numbers expected over the coming weeks.

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman and Redland City Councillor Paul Golle said that unlike mosquitoes, which Council did treat, there were no midge-specific insecticides available and no chemicals approved or safe for use in the Moreton Bay Marine Park, where biting midges bred.

“That’s because using chemicals where the midge lavae live could also harm fish and other marine creatures,” Cr Golle said.

“Council has a marine parks permit from the State Government that allows us to use certain chemicals in the marine park environment, like the ones we use for mozzies, but the permit does not allow for the use of chemicals that are effective on midges.

“However, we can treat mosquito lavae and have a year-round spray program.

“Thankfully, unlike mosquitoes, midges are not known to transmit any human diseases in Australia, but Council hasn’t given up the challenge of finding a better way to manage midges and is partnering with industry research bodies and other councils to keep up to date with the latest research and practices.”

Cr Golle said biting midges often arrived with spring in south-east Queensland coastal areas and could remain a nuisance throughout summer.

“While biting midge are endemic to our environment, you can take measures to protect yourselves during the peak breeding season,” he said.

This includes:

• Wearing insect repellent and long, loose-fitting clothing if heading outdoors at dawn and dusk
• Installing fine mesh fly screens where midge are making their way through into homes. Fly screens can also be treated with UV stable insecticide
• Increasing air flow around your home
• Keeping vegetation surrounding the house to a minimum to reduce insect-harbouring areas
• Privately initiated barrier treatments from qualified pest controllers

For further information on biting midge, visit Council’s website.

Stage is set for new look Dîner en Rouge

The Redlands Coast premier fundraising event Dîner en Rouge will go ahead this year as a new look, live stage show called Musique en Rouge, to be held on Saturday 7 November.

Tickets will go on sale from Tuesday 22 September.

Mayor Karen Williams said a sell-out crowd was expected, with internationally acclaimed soprano and Redlands Coast local Mirusia headlining a talented list of performers.

“This event is now in its sixth year and continues to raise much-needed funds to support Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence,” she said.

“This year has brought many challenges for our community, and the economic and social impacts associated with COVID-19 have magnified the tragedy of domestic abuse.

“Now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure a safer tomorrow for all Redlands Coast families.”

Cr Williams said Musique en Rouge would be held at the Redland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall, with Redlands Coast’s own Mirusia to be joined by leading Australian cabaret and theatre performers Luke Kennedy and Naomi Price.

“The evening will also feature special guest speakers and a range of great raffle prizes,” Cr Williams said.

“Funds raised through sponsorship and ticket sales will help to ensure local community organisations can deliver assistance to families when and where it is most needed.

“We all deserve to feel safe and supported, and we can all do something to help.

“With community support, we can continue to build a strong and safe Redlands Coast community where domestic and family violence does not go unchallenged.”

Cr Williams urged the community to support the event and enjoy a night of exceptional entertainment while helping others in need.

Sponsorship details and ticket sales are available at


What: Musique en Rouge – annual fundraiser to help Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence

When: Saturday 7 November 2020, 5.30pm arrival for a 6.30pm start.

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland

Dress code: Red and white theme – red is symbolic of the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, and white is the colour acknowledged nationally in the campaign to end domestic violence

Tickets: $65 each or $600 for a social group of 10 tickets (includes GST)


  • Online from Redland Performing Arts Centre
  • By telephone during business hours on 3829 8131
  • In person at Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Redland City Council is proud to partner with local Zonta clubs, Soroptimist International, Rotary Club of Cleveland, Redland Foundation and other local domestic and family violence service advocates on this important event that helps give a voice to those who need it most.

For more information, visit

Council urges pre-schoolies visitors to behave responsibly and stay COVID-safe

Redland City Council is urging young people who may be planning to visit North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) for ‘pre-schoolies’ to stay vigilant and follow Queensland Health COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wrote to the chair of the District Disaster Coordination Centre last month to advise of the upcoming event and seek advice regarding the expected influx of school leavers that visit the island during the September school holidays.

“While there are usually no planned events for pre-schoolies, there are generally large gatherings on the island’s beaches and in the townships, so we wrote to Queensland Health to make them aware of the event,” she said.

“The response acknowledged that while there may be increased travellers to the island, there are no formal planned events, so school leavers would need to comply with the relevant Queensland Health restrictions in place at the time.

“We welcome these young adults to Redlands Coast, but with large groups comes heightened risk of virus transmission so it is also vital that they help us prevent local outbreaks by adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.

“This includes keeping to the physical distancing rule of staying at least 1.5m away from others, the gathering rules of no more than 10 people in public and private places – excluding venues with a COVID-safe plan in place – and regularly washing and sanitising hands.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said young visitors to the island should also follow any directions given by Queensland Police.

“There are vulnerable communities living on Minjerribah, and the last thing we would want to see is an outbreak of COVID-19 there,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The rules are in place for a good reason and fines for breaches are significant.

“While Minjerribah is a beautiful location to celebrate the transition from school to adulthood, I urge all visitors to the island to help keep themselves and others safe by acting responsibly, knowing the rules, and keeping to them.”

For information about COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland, visit


State planning decision provides opportunity for Minjerribah vision

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has repeated her requests to the State Government and QYAC to work with Council to create a vision for North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) that shows the community what will be built on land included in the State’s recently imposed Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI).

Cr Williams said she had been calling on the State Government for years to develop a vision or strategic plan for the island, and the recently released TLPI provided the perfect opportunity for that to now occur.

“The State Government’s decision to rezone these properties provides the perfect opportunity for them to work with QYAC and the whole community to develop a vision for the island that shows the community what will be built on these properties,” Cr Williams said.

“I have been calling for a transparent and consultative vision for the island for years and, on the back of this State Government decision, now is the time to develop that vision so the community can be part of the island’s future.

“We also need to know what else is on the horizon, what other land is yet to be rezoned and what is planned for it.”

Cr Williams said the end of sandmining provided a great opportunity for the island, but it was an opportunity that was at risk of being missed due to the absence of a clear and collaborative vision.

“Sandmining has finished and I think the majority of people have moved on from that, but the issue is they don’t know what they are moving on to,” Cr Williams said.

“It is frustrating and while it would be easy to throw stones or bang the table, I think this needs to be seen as an opportunity to hit reset and work as a community to deliver for the island.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the community deserved to know what was planned on the island.

“The community’s main concern is a lack of information and transparency, so I urge the State to use this as an opportunity to create a vision,” Cr Mitchell said.

“There is no doubt Minjerribah has an exciting future, but that can only be realised if the whole community and Council are part of that future and can see what is planned.

“Providing a transparent plan for the island will give the community the chance to have its say, as well as giving the State Government the chance to work with Council to plan any infrastructure needed to support the island’s future.

“The Minister has directed Council to rezone these properties and so we will start that process, but in the meantime development applications can be made now under the State’s Temporary Local Planning Instrument, so it is important a clear and transparent vision for the island is created as soon as possible.”

Cr Williams said she had written to both the State Government and QYAC offering Council’s assistance in developing a vision for the island.

“This should not be about politics but people; the broader community including the Quandamooka people and elders already living on State lands to have appropriate services and infrastructure as a key priority.”

Community to help set vision for Birkdale land

A vision for the future of one of the most sought after pieces of local land is a step closer after Council today adopted plans for the heritage and environmental management of the former Commonwealth land at 362 – 388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

The decision follows the recent completion of studies and assessments Council commissioned to understand the historical and environmental value of the land, with the community to soon have a chance to have their say on how the land should be used.

Mayor Karen Williams said the decision was an exciting milestone in what had been a very long process.

“Council worked hard over many years with successive Federal Government Ministers to purchase this land for the community,” she said.

“With the studies complete and the reports in, Council will now work towards developing a vision for the land that will help frame future master planning and consideration of possible uses.

“This will include extensive community engagement, with the completed heritage and environmental studies helping to inform the vision for the property to ensure these values are protected moving forward.

“We worked for almost a decade to secure this land for the community and soon residents will be able to tell us what they would like to see on the land, with an exciting opportunity to secure a lasting legacy for future Redlands Coast generations.”

The studies completed on the land include:

  • Conservation (Heritage) Management Plan
  • Review of Indigenous Heritage Values
  • Ecological Assessment and Environmental Management Plan
  • Preliminary Engineering Assessment
  • Opportunities and Constraints Analysis (Planning Assessment)

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop welcomed today’s decision.

“The Redlands Coast community’s relationship with this land goes back into the mists of time,” he said.

“The site has ecological values, Indigenous cultural significance, pioneer reminders, important military history, and local farming heritage.

“The diverse range of community stories about connection to this land are many and varied. I look forward to the continuing community conversations as Council develops visions for potential end uses of the land, and the well-informed community consultation that will be part of it.

“There are also management and maintenance activities that need to commence, such as weed and pest control and fencing work.”

“These expert studies will help us co-design plans as we navigate pathways to leave a new legacy for future generations.”

More information about the land, including reports on the studies and assessments undertaken, can be found on the project’s page on Council’s Your Say site at

Have your say on Council’s city vision and plan

Redlands Coast residents will be asked to have their say on Redland City Council’s new corporate plan that incorporates a 20-year vision for our city.

Council today approved its draft Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond document for community engagement from late September.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said importantly the new draft corporate plan included a 2041 vision for Redlands as a city of “connected communities, enviable lifestyle and embracing opportunities”.

The plan also outlines the catalyst projects and key initiatives that Council will deliver over the next five years to help achieve six 2041 goals for the city:
• City Leadership
• Strong Communities
• Natural Environment
• Liveable Neighbourhoods
• Thriving Economy, and
• An Efficient and Effective Organisation

Cr Williams said: “I encourage everyone in the community to get involved in this important engagement to help shape the future of our city.

“We want to hear your ideas about what else Council could do to improve city leadership, build strong communities, make our neighbourhoods more liveable, support the natural environment and a thriving economy, and for Council to be more efficient and effective.

“And after taking a look at the draft plan, we also invite you to tell us what you are most excited or concerned about, what you most want to see change and anything else you want to tell us.”

Catalyst projects include a Redlands Coast Adventure Precinct to add to the sport and recreation activities in the area; opportunities to harness new forms of energy from Council’s waste water treatment plants; investing in active transport through improved cycling and pedestrian facilities; revitalisation of Cleveland Central Business District; a Redland Health and Wellness precinct; a shared vision for Birkdale community land, Willard’s Farm and the Tingalpa Corridor; and a Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island Coastal Walk from Point Lookout to Cylinder Beach.

Community engagement activities will take place over a six-week period from 30 September to 11 November 2020 and will include:
• COVID Safe stakeholder meetings with groups including youth, seniors, people with disabilities, our island communities, and Traditional Owners
• DIY Conversation Guide for individuals or groups
• Online survey on Council’s Your Say site
• Information in the October 2020 rates notice
• Shopping Centre displays
• Emails and e-newsletters
• Local media and ferry advertisements
• Posters

More information about the draft plan and how to provide feedback will be available on Council’s Your Say website from 30 September.