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TV series drives opportunities for Redlands Coast businesses


Filming of the hit reality TV series Holey Moley involved thousands of Redlands Coast residents and created about 100 local jobs.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the show, which was filmed at Thornlands earlier this month, would be a massive promotion for Redlands Coast when it aired early next year.

“Eureka Productions’ first Australian version 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,” she said.

“Alexandra Hills Hotel was booked out, while two other local accommodation providers benefited from cast and crew staying with them.

“Other local businesses which provided their services during filming included Kennards Hire at Cleveland and MSE Security Services at Ormiston.”

Alexandra Hills Hotel owner Damian McGuire said having the Holey Moley contestants, cast and crew book out the hotel was a welcome economic boost as well as a lot of fun for the team.

“The audience bus left from the hotel every day, also bringing a lot of locals to our establishment,” Mr McGuire said.

“Besides selling out our 4.5 star hotel rooms, our restaurant and bar saw an uplift.

“It was a really positive experience on many levels and we look forward to seeing our guests on-screen.”

MSE Security Services Director Shane Logan said Holey Moley allowed him to employ an extra six local security officers.

“MSE Security provided an onsite security presence and also security patrol services over a 24/7 period since late August 2020,” Mr Logan said.

“We also provided COVID-19 screening control measures and were involved in the safe transportation of audience members to and from site.

“I would like to thank Eureka Productions for the opportunity to work on this project, and we would definitely be interested in providing our services for any other filming to take place on site.

Holey Moley is definitely an exciting and fresh take on mini golf. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward to the screening of the show.”

Cr Williams said the filming was an exciting opportunity for residents, with more than 2500 locals and visitors taking up the offer to be audience members.

“No doubt they will be on the lookout for themselves when the show goes to air on Channel 7,” she said.

Holey Moley features 96 contestants competing for a $100,000 prize on a supersized miniature golf course, with obstacles and twists along the way.

The obstacle course site, at the end of the street near the Redland Animal Shelter, is now available for other countries to use to film their versions of the show.

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

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Help build our regional circular economy and reduced landfill with the ASPIRE digital trading platform


Redland City Council has joined with neighbouring Gold Coast and Logan councils and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) to trial an online platform local businesses can use to source and dispose of unwanted items that would normally go to landfill.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the 12 month ASPIRE digital platform trial had the potential to bolster local business and deliver environmental and economic benefits for the region.

“Under the CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot, Redlands Coast businesses with fewer than 100 employees will have free access to ASPIRE’s easy-to-use tool for trading items that may otherwise end up in landfill,” Cr Williams said.

“As a former small business owner myself, I know that what is no longer useful to one organisation can become a cost-effective manufacturing input – or salvaging opportunity – for another, so this is a great initiative.

“The ASPIRE platform has been instrumental is repurposing items such as old carpet underlay, used office chairs, flat car batteries, animal waste, and more.

“Redlands Coast has an innovative business sector and I have no doubt plenty of local business leaders will use this platform to continue serving the community.

“While the ASPIRE interface is user-friendly, its database uses complex algorithms to connect those who have waste products to dispose of with those who can reuse, repair, remake and recycle the products; which translates into revenue, cost savings, resource recovery and environmental benefits for all.

“What’s particularly exciting is the regional scope of the CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot, with Gold Coast and Logan councils also coming on board.

“This will increase the available trading partners and goods on offer locally, making for a robust online marketplace to develop our regional circular economy.”

Fantastic benefits for businesses include:
• Waste disposal cost savings (including the State Government’s Waste Disposal Levy)
• Potential to trade waste and earn revenue
• Diversion of renewable resources from landfill
• Creation of new supply chains
• CO2 emission savings.

Cr Williams said the ASPIRE platform was already up and running, so interested business operators could jump online the ASPIRE website for a look around, and to view helpful online tutorials and register.

“Our official Redlands Coast launch will be during National Recycling Week at the 2020 Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo, where you can stop by the Redland City Council stand, talk to our officers and see a demonstration,” she said.

“This continues Council’s commitment to partnering with local businesses, including the recently launched Championing Redlands Coast initiative.“

Official ASPIRE trial Launch
When: Thursday 19 November 2020
Where: 2020 Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo, Alexandra Hills Hotel

For more information and assistance with tapping into this exciting business opportunity, contact Council’s Economic Development team on 3829 8999.

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Have your say on the future of Redlands Coast


Redland City Council is inviting feedback on its new draft corporate plan: Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond.  

Mayor Karen Williams said all local governments in Queensland were required to produce a new corporate plan every five years, with the strategic document providing councils with clear direction for decision-making on matters such as budget and resource prioritisation.

“Our draft corporate plan outlines Redland City Council’s priorities for the next five years,” Cr Williams said.

“Unlike previous corporate plans, the draft Our Future Redlands also sets a long-term vision and goals to 2041.

“The new draft plan has been informed by what our community has told us is important.”

Cr Williams said analysis of community feedback from strategic planning and policy programs from 2010 to 2019 identified community views and values, while consultation with divisional Councillors ensured community needs were addressed.

“This analysis and consultation highlighted that many of the community’s views have remained constant over recent years, and Council remains committed to delivering a corporate plan that provides clear direction for decisions about the natural environment, strong communities, a thriving economy, city leadership, and Council as an effective and efficient organisation,” she said.

“Liveable neighbourhoods is also included as a strategic goal as Councillors and the community all prioritised city and transport planning as key focus areas.”

Cr Williams said that in addition to goals and the 20-year vision for Redlands Coast, the draft corporate plan also outlined key initiatives and catalyst projects.

“We have a draft corporate plan and now we want to hear from the community on whether we have it right, with the final plan to include revisions based on what we hear back from the community,” she said.

“I urge everyone to read the information available and have their say on the future of Redlands Coast before consultation closes on 11 November 2020.

“The easiest way to do this is to visit Council’s Your Say site for a copy of the plan and other information, including an online survey that can be completed.

“Additionally, Council is encouraging individuals, families and community groups to hold a DIY Conversation using the step-by-step guide that can also be downloaded from the Your Say site or collected from one of our Customer Service Centres.”

The new corporate plan will supersede the 10-year-old Redlands 2030 Community Plan.

For more information and to provide your feedback on the draft Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond, visit Council’s yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au and be in the draw to win one of five $100 gift cards.

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Have a say on future Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area land uses


Redland City Council is supporting the local jobs of tomorrow by prioritising economic development in the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area, with residents now invited to have their say.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had focussed on jobs creation as part of a planning investigation for the area after Council had been directed by the State Government to consider the potential future growth area.

“This land has been the subject of almost 20 years of planning and community debate, disrupted by changing directions,” she said.

“The State Government previously included part of the area in the urban footprint, which would have seen the area used for residential development.

“But this decision was then reversed, with the State Government then nominating it as a Potential Future Growth Area and directing Council to undertake planning investigations to determine the preferred future use of the area.

“Council has been firm that this area should be used for jobs, not small lot housing and so we have developed a plan to reflect this commitment.

“The proposals include areas for mixed industry and business, intensive horticulture, education, training and recreation, a transport precinct, storage and larger home-based industry enterprise activities,” she said.

Cr Williams said Council had also drawn a line in the sand by clearly stating that land not used for economic uses should only be used for larger rural living blocks (i.e., with a minimum lot size of 1 hectare) and not small lot housing.

“Given this area has seen a number of uses suggested over the years, Council wanted to make it clear that we do not support small lot housing and will only support rural living, which fits with the character of the area while also addressing homebuyer demand for this sort of rural product.”

Cr Williams said Council had also resolved to consult the whole community on the proposed use of the area at the same time the proposed plan was sent to the Minister.

“The Minister wrote to Council asking us to engage with landowners in the plan area, but Council believes this land is strategically important for the entire city and given we are focussing on job creation in the area we felt everyone should have the opportunity to have a say,” Cr Williams said.

“As such we have today opened engagement and are inviting the community to provide feedback. The views of the community will be used to inform a potential future amendment to City Plan.

“There has been a lot of debate and history to these land use recommendations, and Council wants to hear the community’s feedback on the proposed balance of future economic and residential use of the land.”

For more information about the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area, and to have your say on the draft proposals for preferred future land uses, visit the project’s page on Council’s Your Say site.

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Council fibre network set to improve internet connectivity on Redlands Coast


A Redland City Council plan to install a fast internet fibre network is set to unlock connectivity for businesses across Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said the new Council-owned fibre network would provide significant savings for Council’s own existing operating costs, while also offering capacity to improve services for local businesses.

“The decision to install a fibre network follows several years of Council investigations, engaging with NBN Co and a number of industry telecommunications providers to investigate the best way to deliver high-speed broadband services to Redlands Coast businesses,” Cr Williams said.

“NBN Co has rolled out on Redlands Coast for residences, but it has limited business-grade services available.

“Council’s plan is focused on providing better connectivity across Council buildings, with spare fibre able to then be accessed to nearby businesses, delivering significant economic opportunity.”

Cr Williams said that as part of the investigations, Council had also reviewed the connectivity of its own offices and installations.

“Currently Council spends more than $200,000 on a complex network of fibre, microwave, wireless, 4G broadband, point-to-point Wi-Fi, radio (VHF/UHF) and fixed-line DSL services,” Cr Williams said.

“In addition to being costly, this technology also provides varying degrees of service, prompting Council to look for ways to improve our connectivity as well as supporting our businesses.”

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the project had been made possible through the Palaszczuk Government’s Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package, which provided $50 million to 12 south-east Queensland Councils, in addition to $50 million from the 2020-21 COVID Works for Queensland program.

“The pandemic has delivered a severe blow to economies around the world, including right here in Queensland,” he said.

“However, Queensland’s plan for economic recovery is being rolled out right now and that includes this package, which delivered $2 million to this Council, tipped to support or create more than 40 jobs.

“The Council also received more than $2.8 million through the COVID Works for Queensland program, which is supporting or creating almost 35 jobs.

“This is an economic injection into the region of almost $5 million, which will make a big difference to financial security for families and workforces.”

Cr Williams said stage 1 of Council’s plan would connect Council’s administration building in Cleveland to its South Street Depot, before continuing on to the IndigiScapes centre in Alexandra Hills via Council’s animal shelter, providing opportunities to nearby businesses.

“Work on this first stage is expected to begin early in the new year, with Council also planning future routes to connect to Capalaba and Victoria Point,” Cr Williams said.

“In addition to saving Council $900,000 over the 20-year life of the infrastructure, this fibre could also deliver an economic return to Council with the spare fibre to be available to businesses through telecommunications carriers.

“A fibre network offers a number of key economic and community benefits to our city, including enhanced connectivity for our schools, hospital and other vital community infrastructure.

“The new fibre network will provide high bandwidth and additional connectivity capacity for Redlands Coast and create a higher likelihood of an accelerated 5G rollout.”

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Council supports Covid-19 urban planning flexibility – not unintended legacies.


Redland City Council will not opt into state government Covid-19 planning regulation changes, for now, saying the Redland City Plan already aligns well with the majority of proposed changes.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council fully supports the need to facilitate flexible support for businesses, jobs and economic growth in response to impacts of Covid-19.

“Responses to Covid-19 need to help support business innovation, improved processes and help them to adapt and invest for long term futures.

“Good planning will facilitate this, and the Redland City Plan already aligns well the majority of changes proposed by the State.

“Where it doesn’t, it has been a deliberate decision to encourage appropriate planning uses and outcomes.

“Some of the Covid-19 planning concessions proposed by the State may well result in permanent unintended planning outcomes for the city,” Cr Karen Williams said.

“Examples include allowing specific non-industrial uses to establish in existing tenancies in industrial zones without the need for planning approval or expanding gross floor area of specific existing uses by up to 10 per cent or 100m2.

“Expanding floor areas without assessing the impacts may end up permanently reducing the number of parking spaces provided, thus affecting adjoining businesses, or impact site landscaping. 

“Proposed changes in uses allowed in an industrial zone that do not need to locate in these areas, will reduce suitable land set aside for future industry.

“Councils submission to the State will acknowledge minor and helpful changes while calling for more detail on some parts of the proposed changes.

“Council has received positive responses to date to its COVID-19 Business Support Grant and Innovation grants for Redlands Coast businesses. 

 “We will continue to work closely with business and new investors to the Redlands Coast to make sure there are no unnecessary impediments, including through city planning.

 

 

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Council poll on Redlands Coast Ekka Show day


Now is the time to vote on your next long weekend, with Redland City Council running an online poll to help decide what date Council should ask the State Government to gazette as the Redlands Coast 2020 Ekka public holiday.

The move follows State Government approval for Brisbane City Council to move their Wednesday People’s day holiday to Friday 14 August, and invite other south-east Queensland regions to examine their options.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was asking residents and businesses if they would prefer to keep its holiday on Monday 10 August or move it to the same Friday as Brisbane.

“People can head to our Facebook page or website and vote for their preferred public holiday – do they want to stay with our traditional Monday off or move to join Brisbane residents in having Friday off for the first time,” Cr Williams said.

“We’re in the fortunate position that either way we have a long weekend, but the decision is one we need to consider carefully as there will be flow-on effects for tourism and local businesses, as well as families with members working in different Council areas.

“As with Brisbane, the change will be a one-off, but we want to give our residents a chance to voice a preference.”

Mayor Karen Williams said whatever the outcome, the change of the Brisbane City Public Holiday would provide an opportunity for local businesses to leverage the tourism opportunities.

“With the change to Brisbane’s public holiday we’ll be encouraging people from around south-east Queensland region to swap show bags for a long weekend enjoying the little adventures and hidden treasures of Redlands Coast.”

“While the economic possibilities are important, so too is the health and safety of residents and visitors so I’d also ask that anyone looking to visit Redlands Coast over the Ekka holiday remembers to practise social distancing and remember that COVID-19 remains a risk, particularly for our vulnerable communities.

To have your say, head to Redland City Council Facebook or yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

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Post-COVID recovery discussion during economic round table


Laying the foundations for a local post-COVID economy was a key point of discussion during a meeting of the Redlands Coast Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) this week.

EDAB Chair Sam Kennedy said this week’s round table discussions showed a large amount of work had already been done to lay the foundations for how the Redlands economy could rebound from the current pandemic.

“The meeting was a real eye-opener and shows the importance of collaboration in responding to the current economic challenges being faced through the COVID pandemic,” Ms Kennedy said.

“It is clear Council has already done a great deal of work on the city’s social and economic response and on behalf of the Board I congratulate them for moving so rapidly to respond.

“We heard about a number of success stories that have come out of Council’s $2 million stimulus package, including businesses that have used Council’s repurposed grants program to pivot and access professional services so they can continue serving the community.

“The Board also built on that work with some exciting discussions including internet connectivity across the city and how we can use the current situation to keep Redlanders in the Redlands through better connectivity, delivering an economic boost to local businesses. 

“We also discussed some exciting projects that are taking shape and have the potential to be a real game changer for the city.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said having some of the nation’s leading economic minds focussed on the Redlands would ensure we were well placed to not only recover from COVID-19 but to grow the local economy beyond the current pandemic.

“We know recovering from the current situation will be a marathon not a sprint, so having the foundations and collaboration is going to be critical,” Cr Williams said.

“The Board this week was able to provide decades of economic experience and suggest a number of key partners who can support Council in helping our initiatives and projects become a reality, ultimately delivering benefits for the broader community.

“This week’s EDAB meeting follows a round table I hosted with local shopping centres recently and a second meeting I convened to discuss how to ensure any projects built in our city deliver jobs for locals.

“It is critical this work gets done now so the plans are in place and ready for when restrictions are lifted so our local economy can benefit.”

Details of Council’s COVID-19 Support for businesses and the community are available at redland.qld.gov.au/info/20166/support

 

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Mayor welcomes State Government funding changes


After years of lobbying, the State Government has today agreed to extend the successful Works for Queensland grants program as a one off to the Redlands and other South East Queensland councils.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the news, which comes on the back of continual advocacy to the State Government.

“Today’s announcement is exciting and opens the door for increased State Government funding for Redlands Coast in recognition of our regional and remote challenges,” Cr Williams said.

“I know the Redlands has unique challenges, including islands with twice the State average of unemployment and ageing communities, in addition to connectivity challenges due to their remoteness.

“These challenges are why I have been lobbying consistently for additional State Government funding to provide our community with the same funding opportunities as regional areas with lower unemployment.

“This announcement also follows a resolution I put to last year’s Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) conference asking the State Government to develop a similar grant allocation for South East Queensland.

“This one off funding is being made available to help Councils recover from the COVID pandemic, which is very welcome and I thank the State Government for this commitment.”

Cr Williams said she had met with and written to the Minister requesting this funding and also recently joined with State Member for the Redlands Kim Richards on a petition to State parliament calling for the funding.

“Finally the unique challenges of our community are receiving the recognition they deserve and on behalf of the community I thank the Premier, Minister and Ms Richards.

“This funding is the beginning of the journey and I will continue to speak with all levels of government to ensure our local challenges are recognised through long term and consistent funding,” Cr Williams said.

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EOI date extended for Macleay Island industrial land development opportunity


Redland City Council has extended the deadline for Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions regarding industrial development opportunities on Macleay Island.

Mayor Karen Williams said the extension was granted to compensate for the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Developers interested in the overall development (including purchase or lease) of the Council owned land at 20-24 Kate Street now have until Friday 29 May 2020 to make a submission,” she said.

“The Macleay Island land – of approximately 6500m2 – is zoned for low impact industrial use.

“Currently used by Council as a works stockpile site, the available land has been identified as surplus to operational needs and is considered the most suitable island location for low impact industry offering both good access and appropriate buffers from other island properties.”

The EOI followed a Notice of Motion from Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards in recognition of the need for more industrial land to support the island economy.

“Macleay Island has experienced strong population growth in recent years with some of Australia’s best value coastal land located within the major population centre of South East Queensland,” Cr Edwards said.

“The long-term calls for more opportunity to develop light industry options for the island’s economy has helped drive Council’s decision to offer the site for low impact industry use.”

Council has appointed Ray White Commercial Bayside to manage the Expression of Interest on behalf of Council.

EOI documentation is available by contacting the agency on 07 3245 7199 or email to baysidecommercial.qld@raywhite.com.

Project background information is also located on the Your Say Redlands Coast website yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/macleay-island-development-industrial-land

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