Monthly Archives: November 2020

Redland Art Gallery seeks interest from artists and workshop facilitators


Redland Art Gallery has put out a call for local artists, curators, performers and workshop facilitators.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the gallery was seeking expressions of interest for involvement in exhibitions, workshops and events from 2021 through to 2024.

“One of the gallery’s key priorities is nurturing local arts and culture, and supporting the representation of Redlands Coast’s diverse culture and heritage,” she said.

“Every year the gallery invites artists, both individuals and groups, and curators to submit a proposal for an exhibition.

“At the moment the gallery is inviting expressions of interest for 2022 to 2024.

“There is also a callout for facilitators of arts workshops for children and teens throughout 2021, normally during the school holidays.

“The workshops can encompass anything from drawing, digital media, printmaking and weaving through to dance, singing, jewellery making and photography.

“The gallery is also looking for performers to add to its database.”

Artistic Endeavour will be on display at RAG Cleveland from 13 December: Anne Hayes, Banksia serrata, old man banksia, gabiirr (Guugu Yimithirr) 2017, watercolour on paper, 63 x 45 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cr Williams said the callout was a great opportunity to involve the Redlands Coast community in the gallery’s programming of events.

“We encourage all interested parties to have a look at the criteria for each of the areas and to read the gallery’s policies and conditions.”

Expressions of interest close in late November.

Redland Art Gallery provides opportunities to engage with the visual arts, craft and design through exhibitions and public programs in both Cleveland and Capalaba.

Current and upcoming exhibitions at Redland Art Gallery (RAG):

  • Canaipa Mudlines: Art and Environment – RAG Cleveland until 6 December 2020
  • Wetlanders: The Overwintering Project Moreton Bay – RAG Cleveland until 6 December 2020
  • In Focus 2020: Remembrance Day theme – RAG Capalaba until 12 January 2021
  • Artistic Endeavour: Contemporary botanical artists’ response to the legacy of Banks, Solander and Parkinson – RAG Cleveland from 13 December 2020 to 31 January 2021

For more information visit the Redland Art Gallery website or phone 3829 8899.

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Council replaces stairs at popular Macleay Island jetty


Redland City Council has installed new stairs at the Ron Field jetty on Macleay Island.

Mayor Karen Williams said the new sturdier stair structure on the popular jetty would serve the local community well into the future.

“A recent Council investigation revealed the wooden stairs descending from the jetty to the water were damaged and unstable,” she said.

“Council removed the old stair structure and replaced it with sturdy metal stairs, which are now open for public use.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the jetty was a popular location for both residents and visitors to the island.

“It is frequently used for recreational fishing and also as a multi-level landing spot for small boats, so I’m sure this safety improvement will be well received,” he said.

Redland City Council supports major business and jobs expo


Redland City Council is throwing its support behind local businesses by sponsoring a major business and jobs expo to help get the sector back on its feet and to foster more employment opportunities.

Mayor Karen Williams said that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo was the perfect opportunity to support local businesses doing it tough.

“This year has been incredibly challenging for so many of our local businesses due to COVID-19 and this expo is a great opportunity to help them connect and market their products and services to hundreds of other business owners,” she said.

“It is backed by a host of local business industry groups and sponsors and is set to be the biggest business-to-business marketplace to be held in the Redlands Coast and Logan regions.

“The expo ties in closely with Council’s economic strategy and our approach to helping businesses thrive through organising workshops, providing access to information on export opportunities and training, supporting research and development, and attracting investment.

“The expo also includes a mentor hub and panel sessions for women in business, and a jobs area with employment agencies, group training, resume writing, workshops and a jobs board.”

Cr Williams said the business expo was just one way Council was helping local businesses recover.

“We know our local businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and Council is pleased to be able to support our local business sector,” she said.

“As well as sponsoring local events such as the business and jobs expo, this year Council has also helped local businesses steer their way through the unfolding COVID crisis, with more than $250,000 in grants awarded to 81 businesses to help them restructure their operations or to access professional advice.”

The business and jobs expo will also include the launch of a 12-month regional trial of the ASPIRE digital trading platform, which has been in market in Victoria for five years.

Cr Williams said Redland City Council – along with Gold Coast and Logan councils – would participate in the CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot so local businesses could access the online marketplace to trade waste and defray waste disposal costs.

“The ASPIRE platform allows businesses to source and dispose of unwanted items that would normally go to landfill and has the potential to deliver environmental and economic benefits for the region,” Cr Williams said.

“Stop by the ASPIRE stand at the expo or visit aspiresme.com for more information.”

DETAILS

When: 10am to 4pm on Thursday 19 November 2020

Where: Alexandra Hills Hotel and Convention Centre, McDonald and Finucane Roads, Alexandra Hills

Cost: Entry by gold coin, and there is a cost to exhibit

Info: https://smallbusinessexpos.com.au/redlands/

Council donates photos of Diggers to Redlands RSL


Redland City Council has donated 14 framed photographs of First World War Diggers to Redlands RSL Sub Branch, just in time for Remembrance Day.

The photos, of Diggers whose names appear on local cenotaphs, were printed and framed for the 2018 launch of a commemorative book sharing the stories of Redlands Coast servicemen and women.

Mayor Karen Williams said the photos had been in storage since the launch of Remembering Them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands.

“The photos deserve to be on display in a public space so these local servicemen are recognised and honoured for generations to come,” she said.

“What better place than the Redlands RSL Sub Branch to display these photos and tell the story of these brave locals on Remembrance Day.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, Redlands RSL Vice President Les Warner, Redlands RSL President Alan Harcourt and Councillor Peter Mitchell.

Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland Peter Mitchell said the installation of the photos would act as a visual reminder of the sacrifices made.

“With the Redlands RSL being central to Remembrance Day, these photos will help locals put a human face to those who gave so much for the freedoms we enjoy today,” Cr Mitchell said.

Cr Williams encouraged the community to take time on Wednesday 11 November to remember Australia’s fallen servicemen and women.

“These brave people were sent into horrendous conditions to ensure their loved ones at home, and the generations to follow, could live in peace and safety,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to spend a minute in silence at 11am on 11 November to remember all those who fought and died to keep us free.”

The book Remembering Them was developed by Redland Libraries and was funded through a Queensland Anzac Centenary Grant.

It documents the stories of local servicemen and women and their experiences of war, and includes photographs, letters, postcards and archival documents.

There are several copies of Remembering Them available to borrow through Redland Libraries. An ebook copy is available via the Redland Libraries website, redland.qld.gov.au/library, and through the State Library of Queensland.

The photos of the 14 local Diggers are now on permanent display in the Redlands RSL Library-Museum at Cleveland, which is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm.

Council urges residents to recycle right during National Recycling Week


Redlands Coast residents are encouraged to examine their recycling habits during National Recycling Week (9 to 15 November) and take advantage of a new station to dispose of unusual household items.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was excited to launch the revamped IndigiScapes Recycling Station at Capalaba.

“This station was developed to help people recycle items that are unable to be recycled through either kerbside recycling collections, at our recycling and waste centres or at other community drop-off points,” she said.

“Council currently recycles around 45 per cent of its waste however we still have a long way to go to get to a zero waste to landfill vision set for Queensland.

“This station supports both IndigiScape’s sustainability messages and Council’s Green Living theme within the Corporate Plan, and will help residents to reach the goal of 95 per cent of resources recovered by 2050.

“Council always encourages people to reduce, reuse and then recycle, so this station helps to support that message and to help keep Redlands Coast naturally wonderful.”

Items suitable for drop off at the IndigiScapes Recycling Station include mobile phones and chargers, art supplies, x-rays, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, empty beauty product packaging, toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes, thongs and L.O.L surprise toys.

Cr Williams also encouraged residents to use National Recycling Week as an opportunity to consider their daily recycling habits.

“Recycling contamination rates are on the rise, and are at 11 per cent for the 2019/2020 year,” she said.

“A 2019 audit of recycling bins on Redlands Coast revealed they are showing high rates of contamination for plastics, mostly soft plastics and bagged plastic, and food scraps.”

Items which should be placed in the red-lid bin, not the yellow-lid bin include soft plastics (bread bags, cereal box liners, pasta packets, chip packets, frozen veggie packets, biscuit packets) and bubble wrap, hard plastic toys and drink bottles, nappies, polystyrene and food scraps.

“Other ways you can reduce your waste and recycle right are to ensure you don’t put recycling in your red-lid bin, get a larger recycling bin if you need it, and get a green waste bin.”

Council will also launch a 12-month trial of the ASPIRE online trading platform, through which Redlands Coast businesses will be able to source and dispose of unwanted items that would normally go to landfill.

Cr Williams said Redland City Council – along with Gold Coast and Logan councils – would participate in the CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot so businesses could access the online marketplace to trade waste and defray waste disposal costs.

“The ASPIRE platform has the potential to deliver environmental and economic benefits for the region,” she said.

“What is no longer useful to one organisation can become a cost-effective manufacturing input – or salvaging opportunity – for another, so this is a great initiative.”

The CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot will be officially launched at the 2020 Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo at Alexandra Hills on Thursday 19 November.

For more information about recycling on Redlands Coast visit redland.qld.gov.au/recycling

For more information about the ASPIRE Pilot, visit aspiresme.com

Opt in for emergency messaging service ahead of wet season


Redlands Coast residents are urged to opt in for Council’s emergency notification messaging service ahead of predictions for a wetter-than-average summer.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Karen Williams said the messaging service was an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications.

“Redlands Coast is subject to severe weather and climate events, just like any region, and it is important the community can receive alerts in time so they can prepare,” she said.

“This is essential as we head into summer, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average rainfall from November 2020 through to January 2021 associated with a La Nina weather pattern.

“This means there is also the increased possibility for widespread flooding.”

About 1700 people have subscribed to the service since its launch.

Residents who register receive an alert when there is potentially dangerous weather which may impact them. Weather alerts are shared via email, but other warnings are available via either email or SMS.

Residents can also sign up to flooded road notifications for Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point; Avalon Road, Sheldon; Moores Road, Redland Bay; and the corner of Nelson Road and Pitt Road, Wellington Point.

Cr Williams said the service offered localised information but did not replace official warnings provided by the Bureau of Meteorology or the State Disaster Coordination Centre.

“Our message system complements messages issued by the State agencies and lets residents know, via local flooded road gauges, which of the above roads are flooded.

“As it is an opt-in service, alerts will be sent only to those people who register to receive them.

“Residents can select which warnings they want to receive and whether they wish to receive the messages via email or SMS or both.”

To sign up, click the opt-in notifications button on Redland City’s disaster dashboard at disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

Opt-in emergency notification messaging service tips:

  • Registered users must verify their email address and mobile number before they can receive alerts.
  • For Bureau of Meteorology email weather warnings, it is recommended users select Redland City and their suburb, at minimum.
  • Users should ensure their address is correct so they receive targeted messages alerting them when their area is expected to be impacted.

November NAIDOC celebrations set for Redlands Coast


Redland City Council is set to celebrate NAIDOC Week (8-15 November) with free arts and educational activities across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said NAIDOC Week, traditionally celebrated in July and postponed due to COVID-19, held extra significance this year as an important opportunity to connect and celebrate as a community.

“After a challenging year, it is wonderful that we are now able to offer in-person and online NAIDOC Week activities, with Council offering a range of options to suit all ages,” Cr Williams said.

“Our library team has some exciting initiatives, including a specially commissioned cultural talk with a Quandamooka man Matthew Burns, which will be available on the Redland Libraries Facebook page from 6pm on Monday 9 November.

“Anyone who has been fortunate enough to hear Matthew talk will know it is a special experience, and in this beautiful video he again shares fascinating insights to the traditions, lore and stories of the Quandamooka People.

“At Capalaba Library on Thursday 12 November from 9.30-10am, youngsters (0-5) and their parents can also join talented performer Moojidi (Kargun Fogarty) for a morning of dance, singing, didgeridoo and language.

“We end the week of celebrations with a free NAIDOC showcase at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on Sunday 15 November from 1-4.30pm, headlined by singer/songwriter, guitarist and didgeridoo player Joe Geia.

“People can enjoy a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country and family-friendly demonstrations and activities, including Indigenous dance workshops and face painting, a cultural talk and artefacts display, and a bush tucker food demonstration and tasting.”

Redland Art Gallery also recently unveiled four new temporary public art banners in celebration of NAIDOC 2020, featuring stunning pieces from the Redland Art Gallery Collection by Quandamooka artists Damien Abberdan, Sonja Carmichael, Joshua Walker and Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

“These can be seen on the side wall of our Cleveland Administration Building (opposite the library), Redland Performing Arts Centre and Harold Walker Jetty in Dunwich (Goompi),” Cr Williams said.

“Due to social distancing requirements our numbers at some activities are restricted, so I encourage people to jump on to Council’s website for all the event details and to book in where necessary.”

For more information head to https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/NAIDOC

 

 

Council wins international award with mosquito mapping project


A Redlands Coast mosquito mapping project has received international recognition, winning a 2020 GO SMART Award.

The joint project, between Redland City Council and global Taiwanese tech giant MiTAC, will design a dashboard to map Redlands Coast mosquito treatment areas.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Smart Pest Management – Mosquito Monitoring and Treatment project was designed to be an effective tool to help understand mosquito breeding patterns and the management of mosquito volumes.

“This innovative technology complements Council’s Mosquito Management Action Plan 2019-2024, which includes focusing on using the latest technology and equipment to increase surveillance and understanding of mosquito populations and locations across the city,” Cr Williams said.

Council officer monitors mosquito population with light trap

“This data will allow Council to effectively target treatment at peak times and locations within the breeding process.

“The dashboard aims to provide a more targeted treatment program for Redlands Coast and reduce the time officers spend in isolated areas.”

Cr Williams said the Smart Pest Management tool would gather real-time tidal inundation information from Council’s sensor network and integrate it with MiTAC’s Cloud Platform.

“The resulting dashboard can then inform Council’s decisions on mosquito management,” Cr Williams said.

“The project is currently in the proof-of-concept phase, incorporating 10 years of modelling.

“The proof-of-concept, if implemented, would allow the resulting mapping and data to target smaller isolated areas with drone mosquito treatment, possibly replacing quad bikes and amphibious vehicles.”

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman Cr Paul Golle said the GO SMART award was recognition that Redland City Council was committed to treating mosquito breeding areas.

“The Redlands Coast environment is impacted by both freshwater and saltmarsh mosquito species,” Cr Golle said.

“Breeding areas are found across the entire Redlands Coast, including the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and smaller uninhabited islands.

“Mosquitoes pose a significant public health risk as they are able to transmit diseases such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Kunjin.

“On average, each year the city treats 9500ha of breeding areas via ground and aerial applications, targeting mosquitoes in their larval form.

“Regular surveillance is also undertaken to monitor mosquito species and their activity levels.”
The GO SMART award followed a Local Government Association of Queensland delegation, which was led by Cr Williams, to the Smart Cities Mayoral Summit in Taipei in 2019.

Redlands Coast maintains its healthy water quality rating


Redlands Coast waterways have maintained environmental conditions according to the 2020 Healthy Land and Water Report Card.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said steady catchment conditions of C+ and a Waterway Benefit Rating of 3.5 stars (out of 5) showed the good work being done across the city continued to yield results.

“We know our community loves our local waterways and Council is committed to improving waterway health,” she said.

“While we know there is still opportunity to improve conditions, it is positive to note pollution loads from the land remained very low.

“This has been aided by Council’s programs, such as our Environmental Partnership Program and the active Erosion and Sediment Control Compliance Program on development sites.

“Ongoing work in this space is increasing the resilience of our catchments to extreme weather events, with more than 1500 erosion and sediment control inspections undertaken over the last year.

“The Report Card also shows the health of the aquatic bug community remained stable, a useful stream health indicator.

“However improvement opportunities still exist for freshwater habitat, with a decline reported in the health of our fish community.

“We know our creeks experience low oxygen in discontinuous pools during dry weather, which can impact on these communities.

“Our need to contribute to a regional approach of waterway health was reinforced by the slight increases in nutrients in Southern Moreton Bay and the previous reports of mud from flows of the Logan and Albert Rivers.”

Cr Williams said the Report Card also showed the high value residents placed on their local waterways.

“The report shows 66 per cent of residents are satisfied with their local waterways, compared to only 62 per cent across all of South East Queensland,” she said.

“Residents also value local waterways for recreation, with 60 per cent of those surveyed using them at least monthly for activities such as walking or running, enjoying nature, cycling, picnics and swimming.

“This has highlighted the benefit of waterways to our community during the challenges of COVID-19.

“Here on the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, our future is inextricably connected to Moreton Bay and the waters that feed it.

“This reinforces the importance of the ongoing works Council and the community are undertaking to protect and enhance our part of the bay and our creeks for a sustainable future.”

Red Benches to appear across Redlands Coast


Poignant reminders of the impact of domestic violence will soon appear across Redlands Coast after Councillors today supported a call from Mayor Karen Williams to install 10 Red Benches across the city.

Mayor Williams said the Red Benches would cement the city’s reputation as a leader against domestic violence.

“Redlands Coast became home to Queensland’s first red bench last year, providing a visible reminder of the city’s commitment to supporting those impacted by domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“Today’s decision will now see benches in every Council Division, continuing the momentum we began with the bench outside the Cleveland Library.”

Cr Williams said today’s decision would also recognise a group of locals who have worked diligently to support victims of violence.

“The Red Bench program is an initiative of the Red Rose Foundation, an organisation led by Redlands Coast’s own Betty Taylor who is doing so much to shine a light on domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“All 10 new Red Benches will include a plaque recognising the generosity of those who have supported our annual domestic violence fundraiser Diner en Rouge, including the committee who help deliver it.

“They will also recognise local philanthropist Dan Holzapfel who has donated $200,000 to the cause, helping put a roof over the heads of victims by supporting new domestic violence units opened at the beginning of the year.”

Cr Williams thanked everyone who had helped drive change and support victims across the city.

“We have so many amazing domestic violence service organisations who are out there every day helping those who need it most and anything we as a community can do to support them is worth it,” Cr Williams said.

“I would also like to thank Councillors for supporting my request today, as community leaders we need to be the change we want to see and today’s decision shows that as a team we are taking a stand against domestic and family violence.”