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Environment and Community Fair is back, bigger and better than ever

The Redland City Council Environment and Community Fair at IndigiScapes is back bigger and better next month with an ‘all star cast’ of environmental champions set to entertain and educate the community on Saturday June 4.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said the Environment and Community Fair was one of the highlights on the Redlands Coast events calendar which offered an incredible array of events, activities, fresh food and produce as well as markets, cooking demonstrations, environmental speakers and inspiration for more sustainable living.

“Our Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is an eco-wonder, a unique environmental education centre and it’s the perfect place to host events like our Environment and Community Fair – and there’s no better day or way to celebrate World Environment Day this year than at our Fair,” said Cr Williams.

“Whether you live on the Redlands Coast or if you’re a visitor to the area, you know and appreciate that we are naturally blessed to enjoy such a breathtaking and diverse natural environment and the Fair allows us to celebrate all the natural wonders of the region – plus many that have been created by our talented community at the Food and Eco Markets.

“The range of environmental speakers is incredible from our much-loved Ambassador Ranger Stacey to leading bee expert, Dr Kit Prendergast, garden talks, food fermentation and you can even learn how to rewild native fish, build a backyard pond and make sourdough.

“And it’s also a wonderful opportunity for residents of Redlands Coast to learn more about the many programs that Council runs in the community and environmental space.”

Division 7 Cr Rowanne McKenzie said the Environment and Community Fair continued to grow in popularity, reputation and the quality of entertainment and attractions with each year.

“There’s so much for people to see and do in one day at the Fair and there is plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained and excited and it’s an event that I know many people in our region look forward to every year,” said Cr McKenzie.

“Along with the eco markets, there will be environment and sustainability-themed speakers and information, free outdoor family activities, incredible live entertainment and delicious food available from the café and food vans.”

There will also be a guided fungi walk at 11.30am with IndigiScapes Environmental Partnerships Senior Officer Maree Manby.


Environment and Community Fair
When: Saturday 4 June 2022, 9am to 2pm
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba
Free entry.
Additional parking accessible via the Nursery entry or Lyndon Road and Korawal Street.

  • Celebrate World Environment Day
    • Meet Ranger Stacey and local wildlife
    • Engage with environmental and community organisations and speakers including the Bee Babette Dr Kit Prendergast and bush food cooking demonstration with Christopher Jordan
    • Nursery open for native plant sales and advice
    • Learn about Council programs and services
    • Enjoy the Eco Markets, suitcase rummage and rack sale
    • Free outdoor family activities, nature craft, art and face painting
    • Enjoy entertainment and live music
    • IndigiCafe open plus food and coffee vans.

More information:

Redlands celebrates National Reconciliation Week

Redland City Council’s National Reconciliation Week, which starts tomorrow and runs until June 3, will have something for everyone covering culture, the arts and sport, including opportunities to learn about shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore ways the community can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Mayor Karen Williams said the week had great significance with a range of celebrations right across the Redlands Coast.

“Reconciliation Week is a special time for locals to recognise and celebrate the great social, cultural and spiritual importance of the Quandamooka People, who have lived in the area for at least 21,000 years,” said Cr Williams.

“In keeping with the theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week, and the tag #BeBraveMakeChange we are asking everyone to make change as part of the journey of healing, compassion and understanding and to take brave actions to achieve that where they live, work, play and socialise.”

Cr Williams said Council was very proud of its first internal Reconciliation Action Plan, of which the vast majority of its 55 actions have been completed with support from employees and Council’s community partners.

“Council’s Indigenous education program ‘Look, Listen and Understand’, has also been acknowledged as one of the best in the country, winning the Best Diversity and Inclusion Program for 2021 by the Australian Institute of Training and Development Excellence Awards,” Cr Williams said.

A stand out feature of National Reconciliation Week activities will see first class rugby league return to North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah with an exciting Round 10 clash between the BMD Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Central Queensland Capras in the Reconciliation Round of the Hostplus Cup, to be held at Ron Stark Oval on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah.

The Indigenous recognition match, proudly supported by long-term partners Redland City Council and Deadly Choices, will be held on Sunday 5 June.

Seagulls staff and players will also visit the island in the days leading up to the game to hold rugby league clinics and engage in activities to help promote tourism on the Redlands Coast.

Cr Williams said Council was happy to support Wynnum Manly Seagulls Rugby League Club with $9000 sponsorship for the event, as it offered important social and health benefits for the Redlands Coast community.

“We know our community loves their sport, so we are proud to be bringing this match to Minjerribah,” Cr Williams said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the match will also boost local tourism and business by showcasing the beautiful backdrop of the island.

“In partnership with Minjerribah’s Yulu-Burri-Ba health clinic and the Deadly Choices initiative, the match will also raise awareness of Quandamooka culture and promote health care access and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Council is proud to support this match for the third year with $9000 through round one of the 2021-2022 sponsorship program, which includes $1500 towards Quandamooka Cultural Awareness.”

“Events such as the Hostplus Cup are an example of how community partnerships can make a positive impact on society,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Through health education programs, we can work together to achieve health equality across the community on Minjerribah.”

Other National Reconciliation Week events include Family Sundays at the Gallery,  featuring a workshop with Dylan Sarra where visitors have the opportunity to learn how First Nations people use ochre and cotton tree to tell stories through painting and weaving. The event will be held at Redland Art Gallery on Sunday May 29 and will cater for people of all ages. For more information, visit Council’s What’s On calendar.

Respected and renowned cultural leader and Quandamooka Traditional Owner Matt Burns will delight and educate the young children as he shares the Quandamooka experience through face painting, traditional dance and digeridoo performances. It will be held on May 26 and June 3 at Capalaba Library.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.

Wasteful habits add to Redlands waste bill

Residents are being urged to be mindful of what they place in their waste, recycling and green waste bins with poor waste and recycling habits contributing to a $3.6 million rise in waste management costs for Redland City Council over the last two years.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said that with the State Government waste rebate set to reduce over the coming years it was more important than ever for residents to ‘lift the right lid’.

“Placing the wrong material in the wrong bin is not only environmentally irresponsible, it is also costing ratepayers significantly,” Cr Williams said.

“Based on recent waste audits, almost 37% of what we collect from household waste bins is green waste which could easily be recycled through Council’s garden organics ‘green bin’ collection service or at the recycling and waste centres.

“With changes to the State Government’s Waste Levy Rebate set to come into effect in future years, specifically onwards from 2023-2024, everything residents can do to reduce landfill will have a positive impact on Council’s bottom line. The levy is being brought in across the state to reduce waste to landfill.

“The cost of waste management is set to increase with the State waste rebate to start decreasing from July 1, 2023. By 2030/31 it will reduce to 20% which will add more than $10 million in waste levy costs unless households commit to reducing waste to landfill.”

Residents can reduce their waste overnight by more than 60% by doing the following three things:

  1. Get a green waste bin or take their green waste to the recycling and waste centres
  2. Compost their food waste at home via home composting systems
  3. Recycle the right items (lift the right lid)

Redland City Council has recently adopted a new Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan which will put Redlands Coast on the path to becoming a zero waste society by 2050.

Cr Williams said the key focus of the plan is to encourage residents to ‘lift the right lid’ to ensure the right waste was going in the correct bin to reduce how much waste was going to landfill.

“Waste is one of the biggest challenges we face as a city, state and nation and Council’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan is all about reducing our waste footprint by encouraging the community to adopt some simple but important practices.”

Information: Search green waste at for a wealth of information on waste, recycling and composting, as well as how to sign up to Council’s green waste bin service.

The Bee Babette set to create a buzz at IndigiScapes on National Bee Day

Leading native bee researcher and renowned science communicator Dr Kit Prendergast, aka The Bee Babette, is set to create a buzz as the guest speaker at an Australian Native Bee presentation during National Bee Day at Redland City Council’s environment centre, IndigiScapes on May 20.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said Dr Kit, a zoologist and finalist in the WA Young Achiever’s Award, will provide local nature enthusiasts with her scientific insights into everything you ever wanted to know about bees, but were afraid to ask: who they are, what they do and how people can protect them and enhance the critical role bees play in gardens and in natural habitat!

“Our Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is the perfect place to host events for National Bee Day, continuing the centre’s tradition as a hub for community education, information and engagement around all aspects of the local environment,” Cr Williams said.

“IndigiScapes is an eco-wonder and is a unique environmental education centre of which Council is very proud, providing an inviting and tranquil location for residents and visitors alike to be inspired by the native nursery, bush tracks, nature playground and café.

“There’s always more to learn about the vital role that all elements of our ecosystem play in keeping the delicate balance. Events like National Bee Day are a great opportunity for the community to learn about sustainable living and caring for our native fauna and flora.”

Scientists agree that bee populations in Australia are under threat and highlight their important role, including pollinating most of the crops that we eat and many crops that feed farm livestock.

Dr Kit has published over 30 articles on native bee conservation and various aspects of their plant-pollinator and wildlife interactions.

Dr Kit’s presentation will conclude with a morning bee walk at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre through the native botanic gardens to the beautiful nursery.

The IndigiScapes Café is also hosting a special National Bee Day Breakfast with a carefully crafted menu, featuring original culinary delights such as Macadamia and native bee honey muesli parfait; and pollinator pumpkin, bacon and spinach breakfast tart.

Both events will be held at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Capalaba on Friday, May 20.

Tickets are being sold separately for both events and are limited for both events. Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to book early.

For the Australian Native Bee presentation with Dr Kit Prendergast, book tickets here.

For Redlands Indigiscapes Centre Special Bee Day Breakfast, book tickets here.

Dr Kit will also be a guest presenter at the annual Redland City Council Environment and Community Fair on Saturday, 4 June.