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RPAC hits the right note with launch of 2021 season


After a challenging year responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Redland Performing Arts Centre has started 2021 with a bang thanks to strong crowd numbers.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the RPAC team had worked tirelessly to bring a wealth of entertainment options for people of all ages and interests.

“Last year was devastating in terms of entertainment due to COVID restrictions, but RPAC has returned even stronger this year with both rescheduled and new events for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

“There are more than 30 shows on sale offering the best of the best in music, theatre, family, cabaret and circus.

“Sales are surpassing previous years, with more than 4500 tickets already sold.

“The team has done a great job rescheduling shows that had to be cancelled last year and releasing the program in four-month blocks to allow for the ever-changing environment we are currently in.

“So far the program for January to April (Act 1) has been released and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the great variety of entertainment on offer.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the RPAC team also created a new mini concert series, Stage Sessions, a series of intimate concerts and cabarets, with a portion of profits going to the local artists who have performed.”

The 2021 season started with a sold-out performance from Redlands Coast’s own international singing star Mirusia on 13 February.

Mirusia has performed From the Heart in many countries but said it was special to perform it in her hometown.

“It just feels so right to have my first full-scale concert of the year in my hometown of Redlands Coast,” she said.

“In the last year I have returned to my roots and have spent a lot of time at home and I want to share these special feelings through music with my local ‘family’.”

Georgie Taylor, 18, of Thornlands created a one-woman personal comedy and song cabaret drawing on her dating experiences and performed to a capacity Stage Sessions crowd on February 11.

“Being on stage with the audience made everything come alive,” Ms Taylor said.

“Growing up in the area, I always regarded this as a big and professional space. It has been an incredible gift to have my own show here.”

Hannah Johnstone of Wellington Point and Mitch Luxton of Birkdale were also able to have their original band works heard in Radioceans on February 5.

“It was a good atmosphere and good fun,” Ms Johnstone said.

In another first, The Cleveland Film Company will hold the world cinematic premiere screening of its debut production, 5 Moons of Pluto, on Friday 19 February.

The short film written by Bradford Lee Walton was produced on Redlands Coast and showcases a local and South East Queensland cast and crew, and an original soundtrack recorded by Redland Sinfonia.

Other highlights at RPAC this year include:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
  • Margaret Fulton – The Musical
  • John Williamson
  • Cloudland the Musical
  • Rovers
  • Queensland Ballet

For more details on the 2021 season, visit the RPAC website.

Council community grants to help groups impacted by COVID-19


Applications are now open for Council grants to help Redlands Coast community and sporting groups which are still feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the $400,000 funding pool would support local community organisations and their members as they recovered from the pandemic.

“We know there are still groups within our community struggling due to the pandemic and so we surveyed them to see how our grants program can best support their needs,” Cr Williams said.

“Based on this feedback the 2020-21 Community Grants Program has been revised to ensure it helps our local community groups do what they do best – support our residents.”

Grants up to $5000 will be available in two categories – Organisation Support (Sustainability) and Capital Infrastructure (Maintenance).

“The Sustainability grants aim to help community organisations and sporting clubs to stabilise and continue to operate over the following 12 month period,” Cr Williams said.

“The grants can be used to pay regular bills or operational costs, fund financial or strategic planning assistance, or for initiatives to increase membership.

“Maintenance grants will help organisations address urgent building compliance work for community facilities to meet relevant laws and codes.

“This could include minor structural repairs, pest management, fire safety and emergency equipment, or disability access.”

Cr Williams said eligible organisations were welcome to apply for both grants.

Applications for the 2020-21 Community Grants Program open today (15 February) and close on 28 March 2021.

Eligible items for Organisation Support (Sustainability) Grants include:

  • Payment of regular rates and other bills
  • Financial and strategic planning assistance (including accounting, business consultancy, legal services, human resources services and other business specific advisers)
  • Day to day operational costs (including staff wages, rent and insurances)
  • Initiatives designed to increase membership (including incentive programs, direct mail and other advertising)

Eligible items for Capital Infrastructure (Maintenance) Grants include:

  • Electrical infrastructure
  • Disability access and associated issues
  • Fire safety and emergency equipment
  • Replacement of residual-current devices (RCDs)
  • Minor structural repairs
  • Pest management
  • Renewal of Asbestos Management Plans (AMPs)

For information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for either of the grants, visit the online application portal on Redland City Council’s website.

New video showcases proposed Weinam Creek PDA master plan


Redland City Council has released a 3D flythrough video of the proposed Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) master plan, which is currently with the State Government for approval.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was excited to showcase the proposed master plan and offer the community an opportunity to see the valuable infrastructure and community benefits expected from the completed project.

“The overall master plan will be delivered in stages, transforming the waterfront of Redland Bay,” she said.

“The project will provide much-needed community infrastructure for local families, improve the usability of the transport hub, attract visitors, create jobs, and drive economic development in the area.”

Council partnered with Council-owned subsidiary Redland Investment Corporation to deliver Stage 1 of the project, which was completed late last year.

This included a new footbridge and connecting pathways from the Moores Road car park to provide more direct access to the marina ferry terminal, accommodating foot traffic and bicycles as well as mobility scooters.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the project would include increased ground level and multi-deck car parking facilities, with a mix of short and long-term options as well as allocated disability parking.

“Other features of the proposed plan include improved drop-off and storage facilities for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents, more than 21,000 sqm of new public open space, the rejuvenation of 46,920 sqm of existing parkland, new pedestrian and cycleways and the construction of a new public boat ramp,” Cr Edwards said.

“There is also expected to be mixed use and medium-density residential development, retail and commercial spaces including cafes, restaurants and grocery outlets, as well as a health precinct for mainland and island residents.”

State Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the proposed master plan was the catalyst for transformation of the waterfront precinct and gateway to the beautiful islands.

“The project will provide important amenity to enhance and create a vibrant precinct for our growing southern Redlands mainland and island communities,” she said.

“It will drive economic development and create a spectacular waterfront destination for locals and visitors to enjoy and celebrate our unique coastal and island lifestyle.”

Redland Investment Corporation will host a series of 18 Meet the Planner sessions in the Redlands Coast Lifestyle Information Centre at the Marina Ferry Terminal between February 15 and 25.

To book a session, and to view the flythrough video of the master plan, visit Redland City Council’s Your Say page.

The master plan has been lodged with Economic Development Queensland for assessment and approval.

There will be further opportunities for public comment and submissions during a public notification period in a couple of months.

Work begins on next stage of Thornlands Community Park


Redland City Council has started work on the next stage of Thornlands Community Park.

Mayor Karen Williams said the works included the installation of a shaded outdoor fitness area, an agricultural-themed play space, picnic facilities and a bike rack.

“I know Redlands Coast residents love their open spaces and soon they will have even more reasons to love this park,” Cr Williams said.

“Last year Council introduced a major play area to the park, including all abilities play elements, a double flying fox and water elements, along with picnic settings, barbecues, shade and seating in a fenced space.

“Future stages will seek to expand on the activity and picnicking options for our youth, families and older members of our community.

“This is part of our $13.8 million investment in upgrading local parks and open spaces this year, giving local families even more reason to love our Redlands Coast.”

Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said the Stage 2B works would provide distinct spaces for a variety of community activities and uses.

“The agricultural-themed play space will be located within the existing play area,” Cr Golle said.

“It will celebrate the area’s heritage with a three arch mound climber, small and large tractor tyres for climbing, leaf play elements, sandstone seating, embankment climbing rope and slide, and a tunnel.

“The shaded outdoor fitness area is located to the east of the park, along the circular path.

“It will include a cross trainer, chest press, bike, multi-function fitness unit, step ups and a platform seat.

“The picnic facilities will incorporate a barbecue, drinking fountain, seating and a bike rack near the park path entrance coming from Pinklands Sporting Complex.”

The works are expected to be completed by mid-April 2021, weather permitting.

All other areas of the park will remain open, with traffic and pedestrian management practices in place.

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Council installs new nesting platform for ospreys


Redland City Council is installing a new pole and osprey nest platform at Sam Sciacca Sportsfield, Capalaba.

Mayor Karen Williams said the works would include the relocation of an existing osprey nest from a sporting field light pole to the new platform.

“The birds have been trying unsuccessfully for about two years to build a nest on top of the light pole near Coolnwynpin Creek,” she said.

“The nest is on a dubious platform on the lights and sticks fall down in an area where children and families gather, so it’s important Council moves the nesting birds to a more appropriate location.

“The move is also for the safety of the birds as there are electrical components on the lights, and there’s heat even though they are LED lights.

“There is a lot of community interest in the ospreys, and it was a concerned community member who advised us about the nest on the light pole.”

Ospreys on the nest platform at Wellington Point.

Cr Williams said this would be the second pole and osprey nest platform Council had installed.

“The first was at Wellington Point in 2015 and the ospreys have been successfully breeding at that site every year since then.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the new pole would be located about 100 metres from the existing light pole, and away from the sporting fields.

“It will be in an area where people will be able to appreciate it, near both the footpath and the creek,” Cr Huges said.

“We’ll attract the birds to the new pole by making it taller than the light pole and by moving the existing nest sticks to the platform.”

Cr Huges said there was a real sense of community connection to the ospreys.

“We have a Citizen Science Coastal Raptor Monitoring Program, which is overseen by Council, where community volunteers monitor the raptor nests.

“Ospreys feed exclusively on fish and are not too deterred by people.

“They are a big bird and if you regularly walk along areas where they nest you can see their whole lifecycle happen.”

Work starts on Stage 1 of Straddie’s Minjerribah Panorama Coast Walk (Point Lookout Connection)


Walkability on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is set to improve, with work starting on Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coast Walk (Point Lookout Connection).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the allocated $1.743 million Stage 1 of the Walk would upgrade about 460 metres of the trail link between Point Lookout Village and Cylinder Beach, from Snapper Street to Frenchman’s Beach access stairs.

“Anyone who has visited Minjerribah knows it is one of the most beautiful places on earth and this project will formalise a track worn on the ocean side of Mooloomba Road, improving access for locals and enhancing visitor experiences,” Cr Williams said.

“It will add to the popular Gorge Walk, enjoyed by visitors from across the world attracted by the island’s natural beauty, including some of the best whale watching in the country.

“This project is the perfect example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together, with it being supported through a million dollar State Government grant.

“I thank the Queensland Government for partnering with us on this project, which is important to the transition of North Stradbroke Island’s economy, post-sand mining.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the project would provide the ‘missing link’ in the coastal walk, which the island community told Council they wanted through a previous consultation process.

“The consultation also identified a community desire for improved way-finding signage and erosion management, all while sensitively enhancing this beautiful area and building on the existing and unique landscape features and character of Point Lookout,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Council subsequently developed a design concept taking into consideration community input, maintenance requirements, safety and visual impacts.

“The design concept, which can be viewed on Council’s Your Say webpage, is expected to deliver an environmentally responsive outcome that preserves the character of Point Lookout.

“This project is also a fantastic contribution to Council’s long-term goal of improving cycling and pedestrian facilities across Redlands Coast, as described in Council’s recently adopted new corporate plan.

“It includes a new coloured bitumen and natural stone trail, a composite viewing deck at Snapper Street, a small tree planting to provide natural shade to the path, low shrub and groundcover revegetation and weed management.

“I look forwarding to walking the route once work is completed.”

Work is expected to be completed by 28 May 2021, weather permitting.

Blue-green algae found at Victoria Point


Redland City Council has installed signs at Orana Esplanade and Wilson Street in Victoria Point to advise residents and visitors of the presence of Lyngbya, a naturally occurring blue-green algae.

Lyngbya (Lyngbya majuscule) can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritations if people come into contact with it, and swimming and wading are not recommended where it is present.

The presence of Lyngbya is not uncommon for the waters of Moreton Bay between October and March, and often appears as mats floating on the surface of the water or as washed-up clumps on the beach.

The council signs are precautionary only to inform people of the presence of the algae, and all Redlands coast beaches and waterways remain open for recreational use.

Council urges residents to be mindful that Lyngbya could be present at any beach, and will continue to monitor all Redlands Coast beaches and erect signs if Lyngbya is found elsewhere.

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

Redlands Coast TV production Holey Moley on air from tonight


Thousands of Redlands Coast residents will be watching eagle-eyed from their living rooms when new TV series Holey Moley premieres  on Channel 7 tonight.

Mayor Karen Williams said filming of the hit entertainment  series took place in Thornlands late last year, with more than 2500 locals and visitors taking up the offer to be audience members.

“The Eureka Productions program also created a significant financial boost to the Redlands Coast, with more than $1 million spent across local suppliers,” Cr Williams said.

“In total, Holey Moley spent $5.5 million in Queensland.

“Eureka’s first Australian production of the series provided opportunities for the construction and tourism industry sectors, including accommodation providers and local suppliers in areas such as landscaping, construction, security, waste management, and food and beverage.

“Alexandra Hills Hotel was at capacity to meet the needs of the production which booked 320 room nights and four conference rooms for the duration of filming.

“The hotel also served cast and crew more than 1000 meals.”

Cr Williams said a further 1100 room nights were booked in the region and three airbnb house rentals accommodated 15 crew for 21 nights.

“Holey Moley employed more than 130 local Queensland crew with an extra 200 employees through third-party contractors,” she said.

A smash hit on America’s ABC Network, Seven’s epic new series is on course for a hole in one, with some of the country’s top golfing talent stepping onto the astroturf to take on the diabolical Holey Moley obstacles.

Golfers battling it out for glory on the championship course include: Montana Strauss (23), Australia’s number one female golfer four years running; James Carr (35), aka “The Dancing Cowboy”, who played Tiger Woods in the Australian Masters; Colette Norton (45), Australia’s #1 women’s mini golf player; pro golfer and amateur golfing champion, Becky Kay (21); and Henry Epstein (42), Guinness World Record holder for ball control.

Holey Moley tees off tonight, Monday, February 1, at 7.30pm on Channel 7.

The production received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

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Council seeks input on draft Age-friendly Action Plan


Redland City Council is inviting the community to have its say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026.

Mayor Karen Williams said the draft plan was based on the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly Cities model that was developed in 2004 as a planning response to population ageing.

“It explores how a city’s landscape, buildings, transport system and housing contribute to mobility, health behaviours, social participation and self-determination of older people,” she said.

“Consultation is an important element of creating an age-friendly community and the next step in Council’s commitment to the creation of environments that enable older Redlands Coast residents to live active and healthy lives.

“We know we have an ageing community and Council is committed to supporting their needs by planning for an age-friendly city.

“In 2016, 17.2 per cent of Redland City’s population was aged 65 years and, by 2041, this is expected to increase to 28.3 per cent.”

Cr Williams said the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan, which was presented at this week’s Council meeting, had its genesis in 2006 when Council’s Ageing Well in the Redlands Strategy 2006-2016 was developed in consultation with the local aged community.

“Council has surveyed older residents who live on both the mainland and island communities to identify their perceptions of living and ageing in Redland City, what they value and barriers to healthy and active ageing,” she said.

“Council also consulted with key community organisations who work with older adults in Redland City.

“The next step is for Council to formally engage the wider community on the draft plan between 22 January and 2 March 2021.”

The draft plan includes eight key themes and highlights actions and key initiatives that Council will undertake over the next five years.

Initiatives proposed in the draft plan include:

  • Cooperative Research Centre Longevity – to attract investment, testing and trialing of products and services that serve an ageing population
  • Centre of Excellence in Education for the Ageing
  • Investment in health services
  • Multi-purpose community centre
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Community transport solutions
  • Ageing in Place Project – to identify and advance opportunities for older residents on the SMBI to age in place
  • Increase the amount of shaded seating

For more information and to have your say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026, visit Council’s Your Say webpage.

Local heroes honoured at Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards


A community leader who has been influential within her North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) community for more than 40 years was named Citizen of the Year at the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards 2021.

Mayor Karen Williams said Aunty Lyn Shipway was a passionate advocate for her community.

“Aunty Lyn is CEO of North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal and Island Housing Co-operative and was active in establishing Minjerribah Day Respite Centre, Myora Caravan Park and Nareeba Moopi Pa Aged Care,” Cr Williams said.

“She is also chair of both Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health and the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health and was formerly on the board of Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders in Council.

“She is always humble and approachable and really does epitomise the Redlands Coast community spirit.

“It was a great pleasure to honour her with this year’s Citizen of the Year award.”

Aunty Lyn Shipway – Redlands Coast Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Jenali Collier for her work with young people through her YouTube channel “Miss Collier explains”, leading the Livewire Kids Club at Mount Cotton, and as a youth leader with C4 Youth Fellowship.

Senior Citizen of the Year is Graham Hinson who is a Legacy volunteer, a Military Welfare Advocate for the RSL and Community Link Coordinator for Redlands RSL.

Cr Williams said selecting winners across the nine categories of the awards was always a tough challenge as all nominees were deserving of recognition.

“Every nominee is a winner and it has been a privilege and an honour to meet and acknowledge these dedicated and passionate people who give so generously to help make Redlands Coast such a great place to live.

“I thank all nominees and winners and assure them that what they do matters and Redlands Coast is proud of them all for their outstanding contributions to our community.”

The full list of Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards winners are:

  • Citizen of the Year Award – Lynette Shipway (Aunty Lyn)
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award (30 years and under) – Jenali Collier
  • Senior Citizen of the Year Award (60 years and over) – Graham Hinson
  • Local Hero Award – Rebecca Young
  • Local Hero Award – COVID-19 Response – Steve Zyka
  • Community Organisation Award – Special Olympics Redlands
  • Cultural Award – Maxwell (Max) Bissett
  • Environment and Sustainability Award (joint winners) – Kieron Douglass and Layne Utz
  • Sports Award – Lara Walker
  • Reconciliation Award – Adam Williams
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