Monthly Archives: March 2021

Explore the past and help shape the future for Birkdale Community Precinct

Redland City Council is urging the community to consider Birkdale Community Precinct’s fascinating past when imagining future uses for the land.

Mayor Karen Williams said the land’s past was an important part of the discussion and its heritage values should be considered when imagining how to best use the 62-hectare site.

“With Aboriginal heritage and heritage-listed structures such as Willards Farm and the World War II radio receiving station protected on the site, there will always be physical reminders there of our past,” she said.

“This also provides an opportunity to honour and celebrate those who walked the land before us.

“From Traditional Owners through European settlement in the 1850s, to World War II, we can learn so much from this site – about our history, ourselves and our community.”

Deducing those lessons is Marianne Taylor (also known as The House Detective), an architectural historian highly experienced in heritage strategy and management.

“Our heritage survives as a reminder of our story so far, which is why it is so important to retain it,” Ms Taylor said.

“By sympathetically incorporating existing heritage features into new endeavours like this one, we can pay tribute to our history while also celebrating the next chapter in their story.”

Heritage expert Benjamin Gall, managing director of Australian Heritage Specialists, was part of a team that inspected the Birkdale site early in 2020 and prepared for Council a Conservation Management Plan for the land.

Mr Gall said he was passionate about how the past informed our future.

“I believe the unique and varied heritage values of the site will play a strong part in its success as a community precinct into the future,” he said.

“The key words in heritage practice are identify, protect, enhance and conserve.”

Cr Williams said that after many years of negotiating with the Commonwealth, the land was sold to Council for the purpose of conservation and community use.

“Over the years I met with no fewer than six Federal Government representatives and handed petitions to two Prime Ministers before we finally secured this important land,” she said.

“As a condition of the sale Council is required to protect the land’s important heritage and environmental values, including the two heritage-listed sites – Willards Farm and the World War II radio receiving station.

“These sites add so much to this land and I urge people to think big; there is plenty of land for many exciting projects that would enhance lifestyle, create jobs, boost the local economy and could bring forward important transport infrastructure.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop described the future of Birkdale Community Precinct as “perhaps the biggest public project in Redland City’s journey”.

“With so much history and ecology still intact on this rare site, this is an important, special parcel of land,” Cr Bishop said.

“We want visitors and locals to share their curiosity and relevant stories about what this place means to our past, present and future.

“This is a legacy site and we invite you to help identify what matters most to current and future generations. Please have your say.”

For more information about Council’s community consultation on possible future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct, visit – see expert urban designers’ ideas, watch the videos, read the fact sheets, take a virtual tour of the precinct, and have your say.

Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.


Update – Les Moore Park, Victoria Point re-opens for swimming

Redland City Council has today re-opened the beach at Les Moore Park, which was temporarily closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria.

Recent sampling confirmed the enterococci bacteria  – which is often found in waterways and can cause mild illnesses such as stomach upsets and infections – is no longer at high levels.

The beach has been reopened for swimming and other recreational activities in accordance with Healthy Land and Water’s Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

The beach will continue to be monitored though routine sampling as part of Council’s recreational water quality monitoring program.

During the COVID-19 lockdown period, local residents are able to access the beach for exercise.


Redland City Council has temporarily closed the beach at Les Moore Park, Victoria Point for swimming, after routine sampling revealed elevated levels of bacteria.

Temporary “no swimming” signs have been erected and ongoing water sampling is being conducted.

While low levels of enterococci bacteria are often found in waterways, particularly after rain and weather events, routine testing has identified elevated levels and Council has made the decision to close the beach in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

As exposure to enterococci bacteria can lead to mild illness such as stomach upsets or infections, Council is warning against swimming there in the interests of community health.

Once the beach is again suitable for swimming, the temporary signage will be removed and a further notification will be provided. This will be when water testing shows acceptable levels for several consecutive days.

For more information about Council’s recreational water monitoring program please visit our Recreational Water Quality webpage.

Council closures during Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown

The Queensland Government has today announced a three-day lockdown due to COVID-19 for Greater Brisbane, including Redland City, from 5pm Monday 29 March 2021 to 5pm Thursday 1 April 2021.

Other local government areas affected by the health directive are Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Logan.

Queensland Health has advised that from 5pm today, people in these local government areas will be required to stay at home except for essential purposes, including buying food and medications, accessing health care or providing support, exercising locally and undertaking essential work and study where they can’t be done from home.

Schools will be open to children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

Masks must be carried everywhere, worn in many indoor spaces and outdoor spaces where you may not be able to physically distance at 1.5 metres per person.

Under the restrictions, all Redland City Council non-essential services will be closed from close of business today, Monday 29 March 2021 until 5pm Thursday 1 April 2021.

This includes:

Council’s Customer Service Centres
Customer Service Centres at Capalaba and Victoria Point will be closed.

Cleveland Customer Service Centre will be open for time critical services that must be managed face-to-face. Residents are strongly encouraged to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible.
Council’s Customer Contact Centre is available for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999 Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

Libraries, Galleries, RPAC and IndigiScapes
Redland Libraries will be closed but the libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.
Council’s art galleries, Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery will be closed.

Visitor Information Centre
While the Visitor Information Centre will be closed, information will still be available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

Redland Animal Shelter
The gates to Redland Animal Shelter will be closed, with onsite staff available for appointments and emergency drop-offs only.

Community halls
Indoor venues, including community halls, will be closed.

Public swimming pools
Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre will be closed.

RACQ Smart Shuttle service
The RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay, Cleveland will not be operating.

RecycleWorld at Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre will be closed.

While our Recycling and Waste Centres remain open, Council urges residents to avoid generating unnecessary waste and avoid visiting the facilities unless absolutely necessary. Social distancing and safety requirements apply, and limitations on how many people can access the site at any one time are in place.

During the three-day lockdown, Council compliance will continue to be enforced for safety issues.

More information

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates.
The Queensland Government is the lead agency in managing the public health response to COVID-19.
For more information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit

Pop-up points to good Neighbour Day

Redland City Council has partnered with Carers Queensland and HeadSpace Capalaba in a relaxed community event designed to connect Redlands Coast residents who might otherwise be vulnerable to social isolation.

Mayor Karen Williams said the collaboration saw an information stall “pop-up” at Cleveland Library Square on Thursday ahead of Neighbour Day, an annual celebration of community set for Sunday, 28 March.

“The free tea and biscuits, as well as resource packs, made the stall a welcoming place for people to connect and have a chat,” Cr Williams said.

“We were also lucky to have some art work and ideas from community members who identified as having lived experience of disability.

“In addition to this event, Council is funding a ‘Know your neighbour’ video in partnership with Carers Queensland and Headspace Capalaba.

“Once finalised the video will be released through Council’s social media platforms and website.”

Laura Rae, Kirsti McDonald and Romi Thomas were the friendly faces of Carers Queensland at the information pop-up.

Councillor Williams said our collective experiences with the coronavirus pandemic made it clear how important it was to look out for each other.

“This is especially the case for those who might be more vulnerable and isolated due to factors like disability or age,” she said.

“Sharing a cuppa and getting to know our neighbours helps us to build better relationships so support is there in times of need.

“Even during COVID, there are many ways to create and maintain neighbourhood connections safely, including using the Get to Know Your Neighbour Card on Council’s website.”

There were plenty of activities on offer with AJ Johnson of HeadSpace Capalaba.

For more information and free Neighbour Day resources, visit the Neighbour Day website, contact Council or email

Cr Williams said the spirit behind Neighbour Day was in abundance on Redlands Coast with local people involved with service and community organisations once again stepping up during our recent extreme weather.

“This week the Redlands Coast Community Champions have helped their fellow residents during water supply disruptions on Russell Island,” she said.

“As well as the local help always supplied by the SES, we can be very proud of the four-person crew from Redland SES Unit which has joined a Brisbane taskforce to help with the flood response further afield in Taree.”

Siobhan Hessing and Luke Duncomb from Council’s Disaster Management team.



Access closed – North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) North Gorge Boardwalk

A wash out has occurred at North Gorge Boardwalk  as a result of recent heavy rain.

The footings of a set of steps  on the southern side of the centre bridge have been undermined. Access on both sides of these steps has been closed and will remain so until it is safe for them to reopen.

People can still enjoy a walk on the boardwalk but will need to return back the way they have come once they reach the closed off section.

Signage has been placed at both entrances to North Gorge Boardwalk to advise walkers.


COVID-19 Public Health Alert issued for parts of Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region

Queensland has recorded one new case of locally transmitted coronavirus, with a 26-year-old Brisbane man infectious in the community since last Friday.

Contact tracing is underway, below are the locations the man visited:

  • March 20, at 11:00am, he was in the Carindale shopping centre and visited quite a few shops
  • March 20, Baskin and Robbins ice cream store at Everton Park
  • March 21, 9:00am the fresh food market stall at Gasworks in Newstead
  • March 21, 12:20pm, Mumma’s Italian Waterfront restaurant at Redcliffe
  • March 22,  worked outside as a landscaper in Paddington
  • March 22, 12:20pm drive-through at Guzman and Gomez in Stafford
  • March 22, 1:00pm Bunnings at Stafford
  • March 25, Aldi in Stafford for 10 minutes.

It is important to:
👉 Stay home if you are sick.
👉 If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested.
👉 Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps.
👉 Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser.
👉 Leave the location if it is crowded.

For COVID-19 updates and the latest health advice, visit

If you have any concerns about your health, contact your doctor or contact 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

To find your nearest testing clinic, visit

The list of contact tracing locations is available at

Redland SES Unit deployed to help in Taree

A four-person crew from Redland SES Unit has joined a Brisbane taskforce in helping the inundated town of Taree, south of Port Macquarie in NSW.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the crew and a vehicle had been deployed to help with the flood response, joining a 40-member taskforce from the Brisbane region.

“We are extremely proud and thankful to all of you!” Cr Williams said.

“Our Redland SES volunteers have been working tirelessly over the weekend, searching for a missing person and responding to the community’s calls.

“Now their hard work continues, not just in Queensland but in NSW where our interstate neighbours are bracing for more wild weather to come.”

Helping out at Taree are, from left, Tim Richardson, Tim Willis, Dave Lee and Tom Baster.

“While we have seen our own wet weather, the prolonged weather event in NSW has broken annual rainfall records in many locations including the Mid-North Coast where more than 350mm of water fell in 24 hours.

“It has been a wild few days in Taree, with surging flood waters lifting a house from its foundations. It was filmed moving at speed down the Manning River.

“In south-east Queensland there are still flood warnings in place.

“We urge residents to please stay safe and please don’t drive on impacted roads, never drive through floodwater and listen to local warnings.”

“Remember the golden rule, if it’s flooded, forget it.”

To view all current road closures visit, Redlands Coast Disaster Dashboard.

Tip: Click on the Map Filter, “Road Status” to view.


Redlands Coast App boost for business

Iconic Cleveland pub The Grand View Hotel is finding business success with a local tourism App created by Redland City Council.

Since signing up to offer discount deals and rewards on the Redlands Coast Deals and Rewards App earlier this year, the hotel has attracted day trippers from as far as Ipswich and the Gold Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said the App was designed to help bolster support for local businesses.

“The App gives residents access to exclusive offers and deals, so they can save money while also helping Redlands Coast business operators,” Cr Williams said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said it was wonderful to see the App – which is free for businesses to access and gives them total control over their own deals – bring more visitors and customers to Cleveland.

“I encourage local businesses to submit their deals to the App through the Redlands Coast website,” he said.

Mayor Karen Williams and Division 2 Cr Peter Mitchell enjoy a 2-for-1 coffee deal in the lush grounds of the Grand View Hotel with assistant venue manager Nicole Neucom

Grand View Hotel assistant venue manager Nicole Neucom said hundreds of people had claimed the pub’s special main meals deal since they went live on the App earlier this year.

“We had people telling us that they came from North Brisbane for the day, just so they could use the App discount to dine at the Grand View,” Ms Neucom said.

“Other diners who travelled from Ipswich and the Gold Coast said they had decided to visit Redlands Coast after seeing the Grand View Hotel on the App.

“This success definitely took us by surprise, with many more diners taking advantage of last month’s offer than we had expected.”

Ms Neucom said the Grand View had now moved to featuring a two-for-one coffee and cake offer on the App during March and April.

She expected the deal to draw in many of the walkers and cyclists who frequented the area.

Cr Williams said that in addition to the deals and rewards on offer, the Redlands Coast App was a great source of local tourism information, including holiday guides, accommodation listings and tours and attractions.
“Spanning the sparkling waters of southern Moreton Bay to the borders of Brisbane and Logan, Redlands Coast is southeast Queensland’s gateway to a whole new world of coastal discovery,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast is a city of diverse, naturally wonderful bushland areas, villages, and islands, each with its own personality, adventures and treasures.”

To download the free App visit the Apple App store or get it on Google Play.

Businesses can sign up to the app online at


Council spends more than $10 million on local suppliers in last quarter

Redland City Council invested more than $10 million in the local economy over three months thanks to a focus on spending with local suppliers.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s commitment to spending locally had seen Council’s local spend increase by more than $400,000 in the last quarter of 2020, continuing positive trends in local procurement.

“In the face of a global pandemic we know local businesses are doing it tough and the best way Council can help is to spend locally to create local jobs,” Cr Williams said.

“When COVID hit last year we sharpened our focus on spending locally, including adopting a new corporate procurement policy and procedures, providing extra opportunities for Redlands Coast businesses,” she said.

“Each year we spend about $40 million on goods and services with local suppliers, delivering local jobs and supporting local families.

Cr Williams said Council was also encouraging companies to use local contractors.

“About 40% of Council’s annual spend is for capital works and assets, and during the October to December 2020 quarter our capital program expenditure has seen the greatest increase in spend on local suppliers, increasing just over 10% from this quarter last financial year.

“Over the next 12 months we would like to continue to see improved contractor spend in our local construction industry.

“We aim to achieve this by leveraging off our larger established regional suppliers and showing the benefits to them in using local subcontractors and employees, and offering educational apprenticeships for local residents.”

Concert hall marks 13 years with a flourish

The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) Concert Hall turned 13 this month and will be in the spotlight with a performance by Redlands Coast’s own community orchestra.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Concert Hall, which opened in March 2008 alongside the existing Community Cultural Centre, was a magnificent community asset.

“The RPAC precinct, which includes an adjoining events hall and auditorium, has a well-deserved reputation as a leading concert and performance venue,” she said.

“The precinct provides opportunities for civic and community events and is the heart of cultural activity on Redlands Coast.

“While RPAC is used for many different music, theatre and dance productions throughout the year, it is perhaps at its most impressive when the Concert Hall is stripped back to its beautiful Tasmanian oak acoustic walls and used for orchestral performances.

“Nothing beats the majesty and emotion of classical music performed live, but when this takes place in such a fine Concert Hall, it truly is a gift for the senses.

“We have an active fine music audience on Redlands Coast and for them to be able to enjoy this type of music at its best without having to travel into Brisbane adds to the quality of life in our beautiful region.

“It also benefits local restaurants and cafes as many RPAC patrons make a night of it and enjoy a meal or a drink out before a concert.”

RPAC will be in full Concert Hall-mode this Saturday 27 March when community orchestra Redland Sinfonia performs Passion Play.

Creative Arts Manager Bradley Rush said RPAC Concert Hall was renowned throughout south-east Queensland for its acoustic excellence.

“We have had the pleasure of presenting concerts from Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO2 and the Australian String Quartet as part of our annual program over the years,” Mr Rush said.

“The feedback from these professional musicians about the RPAC Concert Hall has always been exceptional.”

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Warwick Adeney said he always looked forward to playing at the RPAC Concert Hall.

“I’ve played a few times at RPAC and feel thoroughly comfortable there, and so pleased that the Redlands has such an excellent facility,” Mr Adeney said.

“It was a joy to play solo with our orchestra there recently, and mix with some patrons afterwards.”

RPAC is also home to Redland Sinfonia.

Artistic Director and Conductor Dr Graeme Denniss has performed around the world and believes the clarity of sound and resonance at RPAC is extraordinary and has contributed to strong growth in audience numbers.

“There’s a wonderful feeling at the venue,” Dr Denniss said.

“Other orchestras and performers have now woken up to the fact that we’ve got this gem on the edge of Brisbane.”

Redland Sinfonia performed at RPAC before the Concert Hall opened and contributed to some of the early venue planning.

“I have no doubt that without RPAC we would be a much smaller group playing to smaller audiences,” Dr Denniss said.

In addition to their performance this Saturday, Redland Sinfonia returns to the Concert Hall in June and September.

For details on upcoming performances at RPAC visit the website.