Monthly Archives: December 2020

Lyngbya found at Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island

Redland City Council has installed signs at Thompson’s Beach, Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island’s Main Beach to advise residents and visitors of the presence of Lyngbya (Lyngbya majuscula), a naturally occurring, blue-green algae that can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritations if people come into contact with it.

The presence of Lyngbya is not uncommon for the waters of Moreton Bay, and all Redlands Coast beaches and waterways remain open for recreational use.

The signs are precautionary only to inform people of the presence of the material, which often presents as mats floating on the surface of the water or as washed-up clumps on the beach.

Swimming and wading is not recommended where algae is present; and Council urges residents to be mindful that Lyngbya could also be present at any beach.

Council will continue to monitor all Redlands Coast beaches, and will erect signs if Lyngbya is found elsewhere.

More information is available from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Pool filter delayed but is on its way

The filter system for the Cleveland Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre pool is on the last leg of its journey to Brisbane.

Redland City Councillor Peter Mitchell (Division 2) said it had been a long and frustrating wait for both Council and residents, and it was now anticipated the pool would reopen by the end of January 2021.

“We had hoped for the 50-metre pool to reopen by the end of this year following the partial re-opening of the rest of the refurbished aquatic centre in October,” he said.

“However there have been delays in transporting the filter from overseas due to the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial action, rough weather and capacity issues in ports.

“Our latest advice is that the vessel carrying the filter is due to arrive in Brisbane on 27 December and the filter is expected to be cleared by Australian customs on 4 January 2021.

“A team of contractors remains on stand-by and committed to installing the new filter system as soon as it arrives on-site.

“We anticipate and hope that the filter will be installed and the pool operational by the end of January 2021 but that is of course contingent on the arrival of the filter and its clearance through customs.”

Cr Mitchell said residents had been very patient while Council and centre operator Belgravia Leisure had overseen the revitalisation and maintenance upgrade at the aquatic centre.

“Even before COVID restrictions forced the closure of the centre in March, work had commenced to repair a suspected leak in the 50-metre pool.

“The filter system is a critical piece of equipment and was procured from overseas only after no submission was received for supply of a suitable local Australian-manufactured product.

“While it is disappointing we weren’t able to reopen the 50-metre pool for the summer school holidays, it will be heated so I am sure it will prove a popular attraction during the rest of the year.

“Since October, work has continued on final landscaping, tiling and concourse painting and, once this crucial final element is complete, the community will have access to a quality and enjoyable aquatic centre for many years to come.”

The Cleveland Aquatic Centre had a partial re-opening on 14 October 2020 following plumbing and electrical works, replacement of the 25-metre pool filter mediums, refurbishment of the children’s play pool and centre kiosk, and centre-wide painting, decking, tiling and landscaping.

Council acknowledges the State Government’s COVID Works for Queensland funding contribution of $830,000 towards this project.

Council delivers program of innovation for Redland-Logan region

Redland City Council is embracing innovation on its journey to becoming a smart city, after successfully delivering the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) for the Redland-Logan region.

Council and key partners Logan City Council and Griffith University delivered the three-year program of innovation and entrepreneurship activities after securing funding through the State Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

Mayor Karen Williams said innovation, with smart cities and digital connectivity as a strategic priority, was at the heart of Redland City Council’s service delivery.

“By embracing new partnerships and technology we can transform the way we deliver services and will be better positioned to adapt and improve how we respond to changes and challenges,” she said.

“This three-year collaboration with our ARIP partners ensures our local innovators are well placed to grow their ideas and their business networks.”

Cr Williams said local ARIP stakeholders embraced innovation as key to economic and jobs growth and improved quality and reach of services.

“There was an education roundtable network of forward-focussed leading schools, TAFE and universities, and focussed youth and ageing summits.

“Council also worked closely with schools, universities and government agencies on emerging sectors, with local businesses and new investors being attracted to Redlands Coast as a place to innovate.

“Groups such as Start Up Redlands and Redlands Angel Investors worked with local start-ups to build knowledge and capabilities within a supportive business environment.

“Council also collaborated with Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce to deliver an innovation workshop series, and events programmed with the State Government Entrepreneur allowed businesses to directly engage through forums and masterclass sessions.”

Cr Williams said COVID-19 had a significant impact on the way the final year of the program was delivered.

“In 2020 the program was refocussed to support businesses to survive the economic impact of the pandemic and better position themselves for recovery.

“Council developed and delivered a targeted community and business grants program which included an innovation stream.

“This encouraged small to medium businesses to innovate either through the application of new technology or new product and supply changes, for example manufacturing PPE and hand sanitiser or offering online courses.”

Cr Williams said Council was building on the ARIP model by embedding its principles into community and economic development programs and internal strategic networks.

“Council is continuing to deliver targeted business support programs through collaboration with government, industry and businesses including the city’s chambers of commerce and the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands committee.

“Council also continues to facilitate industry clusters and deliver innovation forums for the city’s key industry sectors, and to progress research and development collaborations with government and universities to open up new investment opportunities in emerging sectors.

“Council is also finalising a Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy which aims to create better city services and a higher quality of life so residents and businesses can thrive.

“The strategy will identify opportunities for innovation and technologies to enhance the city’s liveability and promote community wellbeing, and to accelerate growth and stimulate economic opportunities.

“It will also focus on improving environmental sustainability through data-driven decision making, and will ensure a whole-of-Council approach to smart city planning.”

The $1 million Redland-Logan ARIP was funded with $500,000 from the State Government over three years, matched by the ARIP partners.

For more information on the Redland-Logan Region ARIP, visit Council’s website.

Please avoid riding and walking on wet tracks through our bushland

Redlands Coast has some lovely recreational trails, especially through Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redland Track Park) and Bayview Conservation Area. But they’re pretty waterlogged just now so we’d prefer you avoided them until they dry out.

Using wet trails can cause substantial damage, spoiling the experience of other users and meaning extra repairs and maintenance.

As a general guide, if you’re leaving a footprint or bike track then the trails are too wet to use.

The bike tracks here show damage that may later need to be repaired.

Try sticking to the wider gravelled access tracks if you’re keen to get out and don’t forget to report fallen or damaged trees on or near trails to Council on 3829 8999.

Thank you for helping us to preserve our wonderful natural area trails.

Planning and Environment Court judgement

Redland City Council acknowledges the judgement of the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland, delivered on 11 December 2020, in regard to a development application for a fast food restaurant at Birkdale Fair.

The Court found the application was appropriate in regard to the setting and context of the site, and complied with the overall outcomes and performance outcomes of the relevant codes within Redland City Plan.

Following the judgement, Council will assess the need, if any, for amendments to the planning provisions to overcome any ambiguity in the future.

10 things to do on Redlands Coast this summer

Looking for something to do with family and friends over the summer holidays?

Redlands Coast offers activities for everyone, whether you’re into arts and crafts, nature, being active or getting out on the water.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said summer was the perfect time to get out and experience some of the region’s many attractions.

“Redlands Coast abounds in opportunities to explore our naturally wonderful outdoor spaces, both on land and water,” she said.

“This Christmas holiday season I encourage everyone in our community to get out, venture somewhere they’ve never been and, in the process, support our local tourism operators and businesses.

“There are also plenty of local businesses offering activities for children and families so there really is something for everyone.”

10 things to do on Redlands Coast:

  1. Take a walk or drive along one of the local heritage trails in Cleveland/Ormiston and on North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo, Lamb, Macleay and Russell Islands.
  2. Watch a blacksmith in action most Saturdays at Redland Museum. You’ll find them at work in the wooden shed beside the museum, demonstrating skills of their ancient trade.
  3. Join a sailing charter around southern Moreton Bay or hire a BBQ boat on Coochiemudlo and explore the island’s coastline.
  4. There are more than 1400 conservation areas, parks and reserves in Redlands Coast. Why not go bushwalking, mountain biking, cycling or horse riding and explore nature.
  5. Visit a park or playground. The new all-inclusive playground at Thornlands Community Park features a giant treehouse, climbing structures, a nature play area, mega slides, a double flying fox, water play elements, a sandpit with dinosaur bones, a farm-themed café cubby house, sheltered picnic areas and barbecues.
  6. Buy some unique items or fresh produce at one of the regular farmer and craft markets across Redlands Coast.
  7. Explore local waterways by canoe or kayak.
  8. Take a day or spend a week exploring Council’s collection of more than 100 public art works along the Redland Coast art trails. There’s a trail from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island, on each of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and on Coochiemudlo Island.
  9. Explore the botanic gardens at IndigiScapes Centre and gain some tips on how to transform your own garden with native plants.
  10. Fancy an island adventure? Go swimming, check out the wildlife or go fishing. Take a ferry or water taxi to North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo or the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Peel Island is accessible by watercraft.

For more ideas check out the Visit Redlands Coast website, pop into the Visitor Information Centre in the Raby Bay Harbour Precinct, Cleveland or visit Redland City Council’s online What’s On calendar.

Give the gift of a Redlands Coast experience this Christmas

Redlands Coast residents are encouraged to share local experiences as Christmas gifts this year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said buying local would provide a much-needed boost for businesses and tourism operators who had experienced a challenging year due to COVID-19.

“This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to support our local tourism operators by gifting an experience which will showcase our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast,” she said.

“Our backyard encompasses bushland, rainforest, bay and islands and offers plenty of scope for a special gift which will create long-lasting memories.

“Such gifts will also help our local businesses to thrive and create a stronger and more prosperous community.”

13 great Redlands Coast experiences to gift:

  • A guided kayak tour on the waters of Moreton Bay
  • Diving and snorkeling off North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
  • Sailing charter around southern Moreton Bay
  • BBQ boat hire on Coochiemudlo Island and explore the island’s coastline
  • Explore Quandamooka history and culture with a guide on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
  • Get crafty with a membership to Macleay Island Arts Complex
  • One-on-one surf coaching
  • Axe-throwing session
  • A 4WD eco tour of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
  • A fishing charter
  • Glamping under the stars
  • A clay class to make your own pottery pieces
  • Pamper with a day spa or beauty clinic experience

For information on any of these experiences and where to book them, grab a free copy of the latest Redlands Coast Holiday Guide, which is available from the Visitor Information Centre and participating businesses or read it online on the Visit Redlands Coast website.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre is located in the Raby Bay Harbour Precinct, Cleveland.

Festival fun has begun at Christmas on the Coast

Festivities are underway at Council’s Christmas on the Coast festival at Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said yesterday’s successful opening night was the first of five evenings of family fun and entertainment, from 4.30 to 8.30pm daily until 20 December.

“Christmas is being celebrated on the Redlands Coast waterfront this year in a five-day ticketed COVID-safe festival,” Cr Williams said.

“On opening night, crowds enjoyed live stage entertainment headlined by Alexa Curtis, children’s rides and family activities, and boutique markets with food vendors.

Live entertainment was headlined by Alexa Curtis

“The city’s Christmas tree was lit and there was an outdoor screening of PG rated movie A Dennis the Menace Christmas.

“We’ll be lighting the Christmas tree and showing a different Christmas movie each night so no one misses out on the magic.

“In addition to the festival, we’re offering the full Christmas experience with ice-skating on a synthetic rink from 10.30am to 8.30pm throughout the festival period.

Ice-skating fun continues throughout the festival

“Some very excited kids, big and small, have already tested out the rink and reported that it was as fun as it looks!

“The rink is located outside of the festival parameters to allow for separate access to the skating sessions, which can be purchased online.

“It’s time to lighten up after a long and serious year, so I encourage everyone to come down to Raby Bay Harbour Park to bring in the silly season.”

Free kids activities include inflatable jumping castles, Santa photos, roving entertainment, carousel rides and giant games.

Proceeds from event tickets will go towards helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community including local charities such as domestic and family violence support services.

Christmas on the Coast details:

To keep this event COVID-safe, bookings are essential, with numbers restricted to 1500 people each day. Book your tickets now before they sell out.
When: 4.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 December 2020
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland
Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family (under 12 free); includes free train travel to and from event
Ice-skating cost (tickets sold separately): $15 day sessions, $10 night sessions
See the full nightly programs and purchase tickets:

Council adopts new corporate plan for the city of Redland

Redland City Council has today adopted its new corporate plan, Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond.

The plan, which commences on 1 July 2021 and focuses on finding a balance between sustaining the lifestyle enjoyed on Redlands Coast and the community’s desire for a thriving and progressive city, will help inform Council’s operational plan, budget and decision-making over the next five years.

Our Future Redlands also introduces a new city vision – Naturally wonderful lifestyle. Connected communities. Embracing opportunities – and describes seven goals for 2041 that are supported by initiatives and catalyst projects.

Mayor Karen Williams said Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond was a forward-looking document that would help ensure Council decisions over the next five years helped shape a city that met the community’s current needs and future aspirations.

“The new plan will support an enriched and sustainable future for our city and the people who live, work and play here,” she said.

“The community provided input into helping shape our new 2041 vision for Redlands Coast, as well as the seven strategic goals that will be the roadmap to delivering key projects and services.

“The seven goals include city leadership, strong communities, Quandamooka Country, natural environment, liveable neighbourhoods, thriving economy and efficient and effective organisation, with each supported by projects and initiatives that lay the foundations for their achievement.”

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 Redlands Health and Wellness Precinct
  • dual naming way-finding signage that incorporates Quandamooka Jandai language
  • a shared vision for Birkdale community land, Willard’s Farm and the Tingalpa Creek Corridor
  • a Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island Coastal Walk between Point Lookout and Cylinder Beach

Cr Williams said today’s adoption of the plan followed a six-week community consultation period during which Council delivered a range of engagement activities, including 10 externally-facilitated workshops, an online survey, and advertising in local media to encourage community feedback on the draft plan.

“During the consultation period a total of 3660 people were engaged, with 583 submissions received from predominantly Redlands Coast residents (95 per cent) across all age bands, including those who have historically been difficult to engage, such as under 18-year-olds and 18- to 25-year-olds,” she said.

“Respondents were deeply engaged, with more than half choosing to complete a long survey and provide detailed feedback to open response questions about the vision and each section of the plan.

“Analysis of our community’s feedback revealed some common themes that were addressed by changes to the draft plan, including adding a Quandamooka Country section, outlining key performance indicators for each strategic theme and changing the wording of the city vision.

“The plan Council adopted today reflects our community’s views and will help guide us to a city that is fit for purpose, where future generations experience the environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits of calling Redlands Coast home.”

Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond is available on Council’s website.

Council to review RIC and EDAB to bolster economic recovery

Supporting post-COVID future economic development opportunities will be the focus of a review of Council’s Redland Investment Corporation (RIC) and Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said with global economies adapting on the back of the Coronavirus pandemic, the time was right to review RIC and EDAB to ensure Council continued to support the local economy.

“The future of our economy is bright with more than 130 major projects and investments worth more than $6 billion on the horizon, with the potential to deliver thousands of jobs” Cr Williams said.

“As we recover from the COVID pandemic it’s important we take advantage of these opportunities and this review is all about building on these foundations to deliver the infrastructure, jobs and partnerships needed to support the community.”

Cr Williams said both reviews would be run in parallel, with no impact on existing RIC projects.

This all about transitioning rather than stopping; so it will be business as usual for these existing projects, including the our Priority Development Area precinct redevelopments and revitalisation of Capalaba town centre, which are all currently under way.

“Both RIC and EDAB are focused on building our local economy, so it makes sense for these reviews to be run in parallel, with a report to come back to Council by 30 June 2021.”

Cr Williams said Council was committed to working with industry and all levels of government to continue positioning our region for future growth and economic prosperity.

“We all play a part in identifying employment and training opportunities to address skills gaps and supporting initiatives to grow the local economy,” Cr Williams said.

“Examining our structures such as RIC and EDAB will continue to position Redlands Coast as a competitive, welcoming destination for talent, capital and commerce.”

About RIC and EDAB

RIC is a wholly Council-owned company established in 2014. It has an independent Board that oversees key projects at Council’s direction.

EDAB was established in 2015 and comprises business leaders from the city’s key industry sectors. The Board provides advice to Council on economic initiatives and projects.