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Entries open for prestigious Redland Art Awards 2022


Entries are now open for the prestigious Redland Art Awards, a contemporary biennial painting competition presented by Redland Art Gallery and open to all Australian artists.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was pleased to announce the return of the awards, after the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“This competition has been running since 1981 and attracts entries from distinguished artists nationwide so it is very exciting to see it return in 2022,” she said.

“With its thriving arts community and strong cultural appreciation, Redlands Coast is considered a significant arts region and these awards are highly regarded, offering four prizes totalling $22,000.

“At the last awards in 2018, there were 503 entries encompassing every state and territory in Australia, with 47 short-listed entries featured in the finalist exhibition.”

Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain said the awards accepted paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media.

“The winning entry is awarded an acquisitive prize of $15,000 and there are runner-up awards of $4000 and $2500,” Ms Bain said.

“There is also a $500 prize for The Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award, which is sponsored by the Redland Yurara Art Society.”

This year’s judges are Dr Fiona Foley (Badtjala artist and Senior Lecturer, Queensland College of Art Griffith University), Dr Holly Arden (Associate Director, UQ Art Museum), Hamish Sawyer (Director, Outer Space) and Emma Bain (Director, Redland Art Gallery).

Entries for the Redland Art Awards 2022 close on Sunday 28 August.

The winners will be announced on Friday 14 October and an exhibition of short-listed works will be on show at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from Sunday 16 October until Sunday 4 December.

Visit the Redland Art Awards website to download an entry form or contact Redland Art Gallery on 3829 8484.

Presented by Redland Art Gallery, Redland Art Awards 2022 is sponsored by Redland City Council in conjunction with event sponsors Redland Yurara Art Society and Stark Creations.

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Nominations close soon for Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards


There is still time to nominate an outstanding local resident for a 2022 Redlands Coast Australia Day Award.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual awards recognised the initiative, contribution and hard work of residents and community groups.

“So much of what makes Redlands Coast special is its people – those who give their time and heart to others, who push themselves to achieve at elite levels and who show great innovation in their social, environmental and cultural projects,” she said.

“If you know a person, group or community organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to our city this year, I strongly encourage you to nominate them for a Redlands Coast Australia Day Award.

“There may be a work colleague, family member or friend doing something wonderful and who you feel deserves recognition through one of the nine award categories.”

Online nominations for the 2022 awards close on Monday 29 November 2021.

The award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (60 years and over)
  • Young Citizen of the Year (30 years and under)
  • Local Hero Award
  • Community Organisation Award
  • Cultural Award
  • Sports Award
  • Environment and sustainability Award
  • Reconciliation Award.

For more information go to redland.qld.gov.au/awards

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Council training program wins national excellence award


Redland City Council’s commitment to creating positive and lasting relationships with First Nations communities has been recognised through a prestigious national excellence award.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s Look, Listen, Understand education program had been awarded Best Diversity and Inclusion Program in the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) Excellence Awards announced today.

“Redlands Coast is built on 40,000 years of Indigenous culture and this award is testament to our commitment to celebrating this history,” Cr Williams said.

“The Look, Listen, Understand program includes a two-hour Indigenous information session as well as a full day of immersive training on-country on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) at the invitation of the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council (MMEIC).

“The MMEIC and Traditional Owner Matt Burns have been gracious and generous in helping Council deliver this program, which was developed by Redland City Council’s Learning and Development Adviser Merrin McCulloch and Indigenous Partnerships and Programs Coordinator Brett Nutley.”

Mr Burns said the program offered a personal insight into Quandamooka Culture on Minjerribah.

“It continues to be well-received by participants,” he said.

Traditional Owner and training program leader Matt Burns.

Cr Williams said Council was up against strong competition to take out the award.

“The other finalists included Origin Energy and Engineers Australia, so this award was a wonderful affirmation of Council’s commitment to being a culturally safe, inclusive and resilient workplace,” she said.

“The program aims at creating and strengthening positive and lasting relationships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“So far more than 528 employees have participated in this award-winning program.

“It is just one of many initiatives in our internal Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Kanara Malara – One People 2019-2021.

“The RAP is a formalised vision and set of principles to guide Council in our commitment to reconciliation efforts.

“Other initiatives include: the commissioning of Indigenous artwork which is displayed throughout all Council facilities; we put a Kanara Malara – One People artwork wrap on a library van and used more of this artwork on shirts made available to staff; and Council meeting rooms were dual-named to include the Jandai language.”

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Council training program in national excellence awards final


An Indigenous cultural awareness training program for Redland City Council employees is a finalist in a prestigious national award for excellence in corporate learning and development.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s Look, Listen, Understand education program for its employees was a finalist in the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) Excellence Awards with the winners being announced on 12 November.

Redland City Council is up against Origin Energy, Engineers Australia and Anneli Blundell (Women@Work) in the Best Diversity and Inclusion Program awards category, Cr Williams said.

“The AITD awards recognise outstanding achievement in learning and development and the competition is fierce with a record number of entries this year, so it is exciting to be a finalist,” she said.

“It also is an affirmation of Council’s commitment to being a culturally safe, inclusive and resilient workplace, which in turn creates and strengthens positive and lasting relationships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“The Look, Listen, Understand program includes a two-hour Indigenous information session as well as a full day of immersive training on-country on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) at the invitation of the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council (MMEIC).

“The MMEIC and Traditional Owner Matt Burns have been gracious and generous in helping Council deliver this program which was developed by Redland City Council’s Learning and Development Adviser Merrin McCulloch and Indigenous Partnerships and Programs Coordinator Brett Nutley.”

Cr Williams said that to date more than 528 employees had participated in the program.

“It is designed to further develop the participant’s knowledge around the traditional way of Indigenous life and how to respect social, cultural and professional values and beliefs,” she said.

“The course design deliberately focuses on moving participants from a classroom-based environment to where they can taste the culture (bush tucker and medicines), see and touch the flora and fauna and experience the language that has been part of the Quandamooka history for thousands of years.”

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Redland City SES Unit honoured in regional and state awards


Top Redland City State Emergency Service Unit volunteers have been recognised with six regional awards, six service medals and one state award at ceremonies held recently during SES Week.

The week is held to acknowledge the outstanding service SES volunteers provide to their own and other communities during times of crisis.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said all 154 Redland SES volunteers were highly respected for their tireless efforts in helping to keep people safe.

“We are very fortunate here on Redlands Coast to have such a dedicated, hardworking group of people who are not only willing to put the safety of others ahead of their own, but as volunteers they do so freely,” Cr Williams said.

“Over the past 12 months, the Redland SES Unit attended 490 jobs.

“This included land searches for missing people, responding to storm damage, supporting police with COVID-19 border security at the airport, assisting Queensland Health with COVID-19 vaccination and testing hubs, community support, and public education.

“The commitment of these volunteers to community safety is greatly appreciated.

“I’m sure the Redlands Coast community would join me in thanking all our Redland SES volunteers for the vital role they play in our community, and congratulating those who were recently recognised with awards.”

The 2021 Brisbane Region SES award recipients from the Redland City SES Unit were:

State Award

Queensland Volunteer of the Year

Alex Johnson, Redland Bay SES Group

Redland Bay SES Group volunteer Alex Johnson was awarded Queensland SES Volunteer of the Year.

Regional Awards

Brisbane Regional Operation of the Year (missing person search) – Highly Commended:

  • Redland City SES Unit

Brisbane Region Volunteer of the Year:

  • Alex Johnson, Redland Bay SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through leadership, dedicated service to the community and continually developing the knowledge and skill level of fellow members, providing the service with longevity.

SES Week Certificate Award for individual significant contribution:

  • David Frarricciardi, Cleveland SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to training delivery, planning and member development. For excellent professionalism within SES and commitment displayed to the community.
  • Enrica Brazzelli, Cleveland SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through outstanding commitment and dedication to Group, Unit and community.
  • Heather Davis, Cleveland SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through outstanding commitment and dedication to Group, Unit and community.
  • Di Vandermeer, Cleveland SES Group, for significant contribution to the SES through outstanding commitment and service; and for strategic support for operations and training.

SES National Emergency Service Medal:

  • Anthony Daniels, Redland Bay SES Group, recognising 45 years of service.
  • Rex Wigney, Cleveland SES Group, recognising 45 years of service.
  • Alex Johnson, Redland Bay SES Group, recognising 15 years of service.
  • Jason Atherinos, North Stradbroke Island SES Group, recognising 15 years of service.

SES Meritorious Service Medal

  • Anthony Daniels, Redland Bay SES Group, recognising 45 years of service.
  • Jason Atherinos, North Stradbroke Island SES Group, recognising 15 years of service.
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Nominations open for 2022 Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards


It’s time to recognise inspirational Redlands Coast residents who generously give their time to make our community a better place to live.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said nominations were now open for the 2022 Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards, which recognise the contributions made by people of all ages to our city.

“Every year we are amazed at the efforts of those who make the lives of others in our community better,” she said.

“These awards aim to recognise those high-achieving residents who have given freely of their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to make an outstanding contribution to our community.

“It could be someone who gives their time and heart to others, who pushes themselves to achieve at elite levels or who shows great innovation in their social, environmental and cultural projects.

“Whether they’re a tireless community advocate or long-serving volunteer, their dedication and sense of civic pride deserves to be recognised.

“I encourage anyone who knows someone who is deserving of recognition through an Australia Day award to nominate them so we can celebrate their contribution.”

Online nominations are open for these nine award categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (60 years and over)
  • Young Citizen of the Year (30 years and under)
  • Local Hero Award
  • Community Organisation Award
  • Cultural Award
  • Sports Award
  • Environment and Sustainability Award
  • Reconciliation Award

To make a nomination, visit redland.qld.gov.au/awards

Nominations close on Monday 29 November and the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards presentation for finalists will be held in January 2022.

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Residents make pledge at Citizenship Day ceremony


This year’s Australian Citizenship Day proved extra special on Redlands Coast when 140 residents from 33 countries made a pledge to become citizens.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the new citizens at a ceremony on Friday night at Redland Performing Arts Centre.

“Already this year we have welcomed 612 new Aussie citizens who have made their home on Redlands Coast,” she said.

Cr Williams said the ceremony was especially significant as it fell on Australian Citizenship Day.

“This is a day when we can all reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship and our shared identity, which unites us all while respecting our diversity,” she said.

“Whether we are citizens through birth or by choice, this day is an opportunity to celebrate our democratic values and take pride in our citizenship.

“One of the wonderful elements in all our citizenship ceremonies is the opportunity for guests to recite a pledge re-affirming their loyalty to Australia.

“Even those who are not yet Australian citizens, but who consider Australia their home, are able to affirm their support for the values we all hold dear.”

Cr Williams said Australia was one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world, with residents whose heritage extended to almost 200 countries.

“I encourage all our new citizens to remember and honour their history as it adds to the richness of their new lives and the lives of their fellow Australians,” she said.

“I also encourage our residents to be active citizens, by getting involved in your community and displaying the values of respect, inclusion and helping others.”

For photos from the event, go to Redland City Council’s Facebook page.

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Redland City salutes Young Legends


Dedication, selflessness, passion and leadership are the hallmarks of six exceptional young Redlanders who have been recognised by Redland City Council at its inaugural Young Legends Awards.

The event, coinciding with Queensland Youth Week, was organised to salute the outstanding contributions of local young people.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the calibre of the award’s 39 finalists had made selecting the winners of the inaugural awards a tough but heart-warming task.

“As young people are our future, I have great confidence in what that future holds for our Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said. “The dedication, drive and passion of our finalists shows just how fortunate we are as a community.”

Cr Williams said that many young people had been hard hit by COVID-19 and too often were unfairly criticised because of the actions of small minority

“There are so many talented, dedicated and inspiring young people who are quietly doing great things in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“During the pandemic, more than 120 local young people signed up to the Volunteering Queensland Care Army or registered to become emergency volunteers. They are among the many young people volunteering, they are our unsung young legends of Redlands Coast.

“Redland City Council wanted to acknowledge these dedicated young people and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The winners:

Young Legend of the Year (under 18) – Harry Taske

“Harry is a very community-minded young man indeed. In addition to his sporting achievements, he has shown a passion for helping others in need as a volunteer since he was just 8 years old, working with organisations that support those who are less fortunate, especially the homeless and those affected by domestic and family violence, and rallying the community to provide desperately needed support,” Cr Williams said.

Young Legend of the Year (over 18) – Jacob Nicholls

“Jacob is such a positive, kind and caring young man. He has been an outstanding role model, from his volunteer work at local community radio station BayFM to his ongoing support in the fight against mental health issues in our community. He also volunteers at Mission to Seafarers Brisbane and with our SES,” Cr Williams said.

Community Commitment – Zoe Bodle

“Zoe is a high achiever who has shown a tireless commitment to organisations such as Scouts and Capalaba Venturers, and is a very proud volunteer at Agoonoree, a camp run by Scouts Queensland to provide children with special needs the opportunity to experience a Scout camp,” Cr Williams said.

Environment and Sustainability – Layne Utz

“Layne began picking up litter in 2018 by himself, giving up countless hours to keep our environment rubbish free. He also created his Litter Legends group on Facebook to inspire other volunteers to help save our environment. The dedication and selflessness of this young man is amazing and we are lucky to have him keeping Redlands Coast naturally wonderful,” Cr Williams said.

Sports Leadership and Achievement (under 18) – Delonte Lavender

“Delonte has had huge impact on his peers, school and greater community and is an inspiration to all through his sporting and school achievements, as well as his leadership qualities. He leads by example, fostering culture, respect and reverence in the local basketball community and Capalaba State College, as well as the greater Redlands Coast community,” Cr Williams said.

Sports Leadership and Achievement (over 18) – Ben Cooper

“Ben has been an active member of Cleveland Air Magic, Australia’s premier rope skipping club, since 2011, competing at an elite level both in Australia and around the world. He has shown true leadership qualities to become a valuable coach as well as one of the highest qualified judges in Australia. Ben freely gives of his time and experience and always goes the extra mile to help young athletes reach their goals,” Cr Williams said.

Digital stories about local youth organisations, which were created by Council’s Redlands Coast Young Leaders group, in partnership with SplashZone Media, were also presented at the event.

“These youth organisations work with young people to help them achieve goals, seek opportunities and learn new skills. These are inspiring stories and well worth seeing,” Cr Williams said.

The presentations – from Running Wild, Headspace, YMCA, the Cage Youth Foundation and Redlands PCYC – can be seen by linking from Council’s website at redland.qld.gov.au.

“We are fortunate as a community to have groups such as these who are dedicated to helping young people be the best they can be and making Redlands Coast such a great place to be,” Cr Williams said.

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Vote to help make Redlands Coast Queensland’s Top Tourism Town


Redlands Coast needs your vote to become Queensland’s Top Tourism Town.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled the city had been named a finalist in the 2021 Queensland Tourism Industry Council Tourism Award Program, which is aimed at recognising the state’s outstanding destinations.

“Now we need the community to show how proud they are of Redlands Coast and get behind our city so we can win the Queensland Top Tourism Town award and help our tourism and hospitality businesses,” Cr Williams said.

“Votes help determine the winner, with a total of 70 per cent to be decided by the public, so your vote is vital.

“To be inspired by our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast you need only look at the world-class experiences on your doorstep, and so close to the Brisbane CBD.

“We are home to the world’s second largest sand island, Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island, that is teeming with marine life, where you can swim with manta rays, watch whales from one of the best land-based whale watching site in the southern hemisphere and spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins.

With 335km of coastline, it is no wonder the Redlands Coast is such a popular playground.

“Redlands Coast is also home to one of the world’s oldest living cultures, with the Quandamooka people delivering immersive cultural tours and experiences for visitors and locals alike.

“With 335km of coastline, it is no wonder the city is a playground for those who love coastal, island and water adventures including sailing, boating, snorkelling, diving, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, making the King Island walk at Wellington Point and visiting our other unique islands.

“Ride the ferry to Coochiemudlo Island or our Southern Moreton Bay Islands, get afloat in Moreton Bay Marine Park, or stretch out on our many hinterland trails and bayside walks.

“Or visit our national parks and rainforest, go mountain bike or horse riding, shop at our unique villages, and enjoy the food and view at the oldest licensed pub in Queensland, the Grand View Hotel, and Queensland’s largest, award-winning winery, Sirromet.

“Our region’s world-class natural and eco-cultural treasures, hidden gems and a friendly, welcoming vibe are the perfect mix for a thriving visitor economy that will also help tourism and businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cr Williams congratulated the tourism industry that works together to develop packages and promotions to encourage visitors to Redlands Coast.

Each year more than 1.2 million visitors come to Redlands Coast, injecting $228 million into the economy and supporting more than 2000 jobs.

In March this year, Redland City Council’s latest tourism video, Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country, won an international gong and catapulted the region on to the world stage.

The video won the Best Cultural Tourism award in Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival and was developed as part of Council’s Reconnect on Redlands Coast campaign to help the tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign was viewed more than 2.57 million times and tourism operators reported an increase in both out-of-region visitors and Redlands Coast residents booking holidays and staycations on Redlands Coast.

To cast your vote for Redlands Coast, visit Council’s website or head straight to the QTIC website.

Voters will be in the draw to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome travel package.

Voting closes 26 April 2021. Winners will be announced in May.  The state winners will represent Queensland at the national awards and have the opportunity to be named Australia’s Top Tourism Town!

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Council grants help local groups hold Youth Week activities


Redland City Council will provide funding to help seven local not-for-profit youth organisations run events during Queensland Youth Week (10-18 April 2021).

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was happy to support the organisations with up to $1500 through the Redlands Coast Youth Week Grants.

“Redlands Coast organisations do a fantastic job supporting our local youth and providing them with safe spaces to meet, share experiences and to have fun,” she said.

“Unfortunately Council’s Youth Week program was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 so this year the focus has been on building organisational capacity for youth organisations to deliver youth activities.

“We are pleased at the response to the Youth Week Grants and the range of activities to be funded.”

Mayor Karen Williams with La’a Uitime, Clinical Centre Manager of Headspace Capalaba, which has received a Redlands Coast Youth Week Grant.

The successful grant recipients and their funded activities are:

  • Redland Community Centre – screen printing workshops
  • Headspace Capalaba in partnership with Community Connections Redlands Coast – movie in the park
  • The Cage Youth Foundation – obstacle course
  • Redlands PCYC – rock climbing
  • Joii Community in partnership with Celebrate Learning – an escape room
  • YMCA Victoria Point – movie night
  • Running Wild Youth Conservation Inc – parkour on Russell and Macleay islands

Cr Williams this year’s Youth Week activities would also include the announcement of the Redlands Coast Young Legends Awards winners on Wednesday, April 15.

Awards will be presented in four categories – Young Legend of the Year, Community Commitment, Environment and Sustainability, and Sports Leadership and Achievement.

Winners will receive a $200 voucher.

Nominations close this Friday, 12 March. Visit Council’s Redlands Coast Youth – support and activities webpage for more information.

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