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Redlands NAIDOC exhibitions tell untold stories

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen from the Redlands will be honoured in an exhibition at Cleveland Library during NAIDOC Week (6 – 13 July).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the exhibition had received an amazing support and uncovered some fantastic stories about the role locals had played in Australia’s war efforts.

“Since we put the call out for display items, the response from the community has been extraordinary and emotional,” Cr Williams said.

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“We have received treasured family items, medals, artwork and touching personal accounts and stories of living through times of war including two Dead Man’s Pennies, commemorative medallions presented to the next-of-kin of those who have died during war.

“We believe this is the only exhibition of its type during NAIDOC Week, and it’s already receiving interest from historians and national media.

“When the display closes on 14 July, all items will be returned to families, so it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this rare collection of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander war memorabilia.”

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Redland Art Gallery is also launching Yunggulba (floodtide) an exhibition by Quandamooka artist Megan Cope on Sunday 6 July.

Redland City Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesperson Cr Paul Bishop said the exhibition also had ties to the 2014 NAIDOC theme of Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond.

“Megan’s exhibition combines military topographical maps from the 1930’s and 1940’s with symbology to create a multi-layered landscape,” Cr Bishop said.

“The pieces in Yunggulba reflect the dual histories and identities of key landscapes, recognising what they were, what they have become and the vulnerability of the coastline of Australia.

“Opening an exhibition created by a Quandamooka artist during NAIDOC week provides a wonderful and meaningful local connection to celebrations.”

Event details 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorabilia Display: Monday 7 July (from 12pm) to Monday 14 July, Cleveland Library, Middle Street, Cleveland
  • Yunggulba (floodtide): Sunday 6 July to Sunday 17 August, Redland Art Gallery, corner of Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.
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Echidna trains on the move

It’s echidna mating season and Council is reminding everyone to slow down when driving through wildlife areas. These quirky creatures have quite a mating ritual, with male echidnas lining up behind the female for their chance to woo her. It’s a risky business when the echidna train tries to cross a road.

In the last month, four echidnas have been struck by cars and have needed emergency transport with the Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) for treatment.


This is just one example of the great work RAWA does, but it needs your help!

RAWA provides emergency rescue and transport for wildlife in Redland City and needs more volunteers. Volunteers work in teams of three, from 5pm – 8am one week every six weeks. New volunteers are given training, with the next induction day being held Saturday 19 July.

If you would like to join the RAWA team, please contact 3824 8611.

Photo credit: Echidna by Leo

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Banish school holiday boredom!

With winter school holidays under way, Council is on the job of banishing dreaded ‘I’m bored’ declarations. Redland Art Gallery, Redland Libraries and Redlands IndigiScapes Centre all have holiday programs to entertain your children.

Redland Art Gallery has interactive art sessions including wearable art, creating curious creatures, freestyling and Yunggulba (floodtide) – a special NAIDOC Week activity station. For details and booking information, please call 3829 8463 or visit the Redland Art Gallery.

Redland Libraries will have stories and crafts galore, including a dragons’ day out. For bookings and information visit the Redland City What’s On Calendar.

For nature lovers, Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is a must. Activities include earth exploring, bushwalking and night spotlight tours. For booking information visit Redlands IndigiScapes.

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Redland Art Gallery showcase

Redland Art Gallery also has two exhibitions launching on Sunday 6 July, Yunggulba (floodtide) by Megan Cope and Convolution: A woven sculptural installation with Casselle Mountford and Anaheke Metua.


Yunggulba (floodtide) opens as part of Council’s NAIDOC Week celebrations and combines military topographical maps with layering to reveal the legacy of government policy on Aboriginal people. Convolution: A woven sculptural installation explores traditional methods of weaving natural fibres and other materials.

Both exhibitions are on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland until Sunday 17 August. For more details visit the Redland Art Gallery.


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Serving Country – remembering local Indigenous heroes

Visit Cleveland Library from 7 – 12 July 2014 as part of NAIDOC Week and learn about the important role Redland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen have played during times of war.


Council will officially launch its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorabilia Display 10am on Monday 7 July.  The display ties in with the 2014 NAIDOC theme of Serving Country- Centenary and Beyond and includes local photographs and artefacts.

It will also be the first opportunity to view the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen Redlands ‘Honour Roll’, a new poster honouring those who have served country.

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Footy fever to hit Straddie

Queensland Rugby League’s Intrust Super Cup comes to North Stradbroke Island on Sunday 13 July, with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls set to take on the Central Queensland Capras.

The round 19 match, to be televised on Channel 9, will help celebrate NAIDOC Week (6 – 13 July) and pays tribute to the island’s Quandamooka people and the club’s Indigenous greats including Lionel Morgan.


There’ll be ceremonial dancing, a jumping castle, food, entertainment and an earlier local Straddie Sharks footy match. The first game of the day starts at 11.45am, with the Intrust Super Cup match kicking off at 2.15pm.

This drug and alcohol free event is proudly supported by Redland City Council.

Visit Council’s What’s on Calendar for event details

Picture credit: Wynnum Manly Seagulls

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Council hands down a budget for the future

Redland City Council’s 2014-15 Budget, adopted this week, will lay the foundations for a strong future while easing cost of living pressures by continuing to keep rates low.

This year’s $259 million Budget included a headline rates increase of 3.48 per cent, one of the lowest increases in South East Queensland for the third consecutive year.

This has been achieved while at the same time funding the commencement of key long-term strategic projects that will create a positive legacy for Redland City for generations to come.

This year’s budget also maintains existing concessions for pensioners, with a full pension discount of $330, providing $2.7 million in rebates for local pensioners.

See what the Budget means for you with our interactive Budget infographic

Budget highlights video

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