Monthly Archives: September 2020

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 yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/CHAS

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 redland.qld.gov.au/dinerenrouge

EVENT DETAILS

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)

Purchase:

  • 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 redland.qld.gov.au/dinerenrouge

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 qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

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 yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/BirkdaleLand

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.

Redland City Council to explore green power production


Redland City Council will further investigate the creation of a renewable hydrogen economy, today agreeing to look at options to integrate a renewable hydrogen production facility at one of its wastewater treatment plants.

Mayor Karen Williams said the decision could pave the way for a renewable hydrogen economy which could provide significant benefits and opportunities for the city.

“Providing cheaper, greener power for locals through renewable hydrogen is an exciting prospect,” Cr Williams said.

“The development of a renewable hydrogen economy could also help to attract and diversify businesses within the city.

“The integration of hydrogen production at a wastewater treatment plant would see treated water turned into clean energy, a process which has the potential to reduce carbon emissions in our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast while at the same time reducing Council’s operational costs.

“We also see potential for it to enable hydrogen-based buses and ferries, provide backup power supplies (especially for our island communities), and eventually we could have local houses also being supplied with emissions-free power.”

Cr Williams said Council’s interest in renewable hydrogen began two years ago when it supported a renewable hydrogen pilot facility being developed at the local Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Redlands Research Centre.

It led to a hydrogen roundtable in November last year where the opportunities Council had identified were confirmed as realistic and achievable.

“The roundtable raised a host of possibilities which were well worth exploring,” Cr Williams said.

“We will now look at external funding options for the preparation of a business case for a pilot plant at our wastewater treatment facility, and further investigate the partnerships needed to make it happen.

“The impact that this emerging industry could have on our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast environment is too good to ignore.

“We understand there are challenges but, based on discussions with industry experts, the benefits for Redlands Coast could be significant.”

 

Redlands Coast trials community approach to domestic violence


Redland City Council is partnering with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) on a groundbreaking project to train local community organisations to readily identify and report instances of domestic and family violence and help those affected by it.

It is hoped the six-month pilot project will provide councils throughout Queensland with a blueprint for easing the social and personal trauma of domestic and family violence in their communities.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the collaboration centred on providing specialised training and support to “front line” community groups to make it easier for those affected by such violence to get the help and support they needed.

“Local councils are uniquely placed to influence and drive social change and help reduce abuse,” Cr Williams said.

“Redland City Council has been steadfast in our support of those affected by domestic and family violence and we are proud to be the first Council in the State to partner with the LGAQ on this trial.

“We also have developed strong partnerships with amazing local groups such as Redland City Community Champions, our network of chaplains, STAR Community Services, and service providers such as the Centre for Women and Co, which already do so such much great work in our community.

“Through this pilot project and support of groups such as these, we hope to strengthen our efforts to expose domestic and family violence, to educate residents about the terrible toll it takes on communities everywhere and to build stronger partnerships between Council, domestic and family violence service providers and other key stakeholders.”

Cr Williams, a member of the Federal Government Local Government Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Toolkit Project Reference Committee, said both Council and the LGAQ wanted the campaign against violence to become embedded as a key area of focus for local government and to ensure the message that violence was “never, ever OK” was getting through to all sections of the community.

LGAQ domestic and family violence project officer Jim Boden said Redland City was ideal for the project because of Council’s long-standing proactive approach to domestic and family violence issues.

He said the project would initially focus on domestic and family violence awareness, as well as training and equipping local community and support groups to identify and help those affected by it.

“The training  which will be delivered in conjunction with Council’s Community & Economic Development and Disaster Management team as well as the Centre for Women and Co – will seek to both raise awareness of abuse and confidence in managing disclosures about violence,” Mr Boden said.

“We also want to align with existing work being delivered through initiatives such as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Safe Places Project and Bay Island Community Services’ Can Do Volunteer program to ensure a long-term strategic focus on the issue and the creation of a model of community partnerships and collaboration.

“We will also be looking to work with organisations such as the SES, whose members may benefit from training to recognise and respond to domestic and family violence.

“This recognises that domestic violence so often escalates after natural disasters.

“Ultimately, we want to develop a strategic approach that can be implemented by other councils.”

Get your tickets to support Redlands Coast chaplains


Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on 16 October, with the need for community support never greater.

Now in its 18th year, the annual breakfast raises funds for chaplaincy programs in State schools on Redlands Coast, supporting more than 14,500 students who use the service each year.

Mayor Karen Williams said that while the event usually attracted more than 280 people, tickets this year had to be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Keeping everyone safe during these times is vital so tables have been restricted to comply with social distancing requirements,” Cr Williams said.

“Meanwhile, this fundraising event has taken on even more significance due to the impact of COVID-19, both in terms of the need for chaplaincy out there in our school communities and the fact the widespread financial pressures caused by the pandemic have led to a significant drop in income for our chaplaincy services.

“We need as much support as possible so Council is also looking at other avenues through which you can help our chaplains on the morning, so keep an eye on Council’s website for updates. But if you want tickets, you will need to get in quick,”

This year’s guest speaker will be founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Red Frogs Australia chaplaincy network Andy Gourley, who is also chaplain for the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Bullets teams.

“This chaplaincy network has been looking after young people at Schoolies and festivals, along with universities students, for 23 years now, providing guardian angels for so many young people and no doubt reassurance for their parents,” Cr Williams said.

“Andy, or ‘Boss Frog’ as he has become known, is an inspirational leader and speaker.

“An accountant by day and skateboarding youth worker at night, he saw a need for young people to be safeguarded and did something about it.

“Andy’s Red Frog movement now extends internationally and involves 4000 volunteers around Australia to support festivals, sports and skateboarding events.”

Cr Williams said funds raised by the event offered much-needed support to school chaplains.

“Anxieties have been heightened for many in this year of COVID-19, including our young people, which makes programs such as school chaplaincy even more significant as they provide important social, emotional and spiritual support for Redlands Coast students, staff and families through mentoring, role modelling and pastoral care,” she said.

“There are currently 20 State school chaplains working across Redlands Coast but some local State schools do not have access to chaplaincy services.

“My hope is that through events such as the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, all our State school students can have equal access to these important programs.”

Cr Williams said sponsorship opportunities were also available and could be found online at redland.qld.gov.au/mpb

DETAILS
Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast
Friday, 16 October 2020
Arrive 6.45am for a 7am start; event concludes 8.45am
Alexandra Hills Conference Centre – Corner of McDonald and Finucane roads, Alexandra Hills

Ticket Prices: book your seat
$60 each including GST
Tickets can be purchased from Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) ticketing by phone, online or in person.
• Phone – during business hours on 3829 8131
• Online – www.rpac.com.au
• In person – RPAC box office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland QLD 4163