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Council completes renewal of William Ross Park


Redland City Council has completed an upgrade to William Ross Park in the heart of Cleveland.

Mayor Karen Williams said the new facilities in this neighbourhood park were already proving popular with local families and visitors.

“I’m delighted Council was able to deliver this upgrade in time for the recent Easter long weekend,” Cr Williams said.

“The play equipment, along with the new picnic facilities, water bubbler and pathways both across and around the park, have been popular with visitors of all ages.

“There have been a lot of young families moving into Cleveland and these improvements will provide an opportunity for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy time together in the lush backdrop of this beautiful park.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the park upgrades had been welcomed by the surrounding community.

“The bike skills track is proving very popular with its traffic signs, intersections and even a train station with a train track rubber pathway,” Cr Mitchell said.

“There is a new basket swing, spinner and balance log, and play unit with ropes and ladders catering to different abilities and age groups.

“The basketball half-court will also be bustling soon, with the final retouches being completed next week, subject to weather.”

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Community help urged to catch Redland Showground thieves


Redlands Coast residents have been urged to be vigilant following an incident in which thieves targeted copper wiring at Redland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park) late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Mayor Karen Williams said the incident was a crime against every resident of Redlands Coast and had left ratepayers with a massive bill for repairs at the much-used community and sports precinct.

“The thieves caused major damage to the copper cabling servicing the sport field lighting, impacting all touch football fields at the showgrounds,” Cr Williams said.

“We are unsure at this stage just how much needs to be done and what this will cost but it would appear to be substantial as underground cables have been severed and possibly removed.

“It has meant Redland Touch Football activities have had to be cancelled but this goes beyond the impact on local sports people, who will be very disappointed. This affects every resident of the city, as it will no doubt leave Council with a significant cost to get the showgrounds fully operational again.

“If anyone saw something or has information which may be useful, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at Policelink online or 131 444.”

Cr Williams said Council understood forensic teams would begin investigating once the site had been cleared by Energex.

“There have been similar incidents in the Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich areas and we also had a similar incident at Charlie Buckler Memorial Sportsfield back in December which needed significant repairs,” Cr Williams said.

“Security arrangements at the showgrounds are being assessed for both the short and long-term and, in the meantime, we urge the community to keep an eye out and report suspicious activity at our sportfields.”

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Council renews play space, improves accessibility in William Ross Park


William Ross Park in the heart of Cleveland is receiving a new lease of life through an upgrade by Redland City Council.

Mayor Karen Williams said the renewal would provide improved facilities to allow people of all ages to enjoy this beautiful community park.

“In planning the upgrade, residents told Council that better connections and improved accessibility were vital,” she said.

“I am delighted that plans show new pathways across and around the park, which will make it a little easier for everyone to enjoy this space.

“Picnic facilities – including seating, a shelter and table and a water bubbler – will encourage visitors to rest for a while.

“Existing trees will be carefully protected and enhanced by additional plantings.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the renewed play space would better support intergenerational connections within the well-loved community park.

“We are seeing more young families moving into Cleveland and this upgrade will provide a place where children, parents and grandparents can enjoy time together,” he said.

“Plans show a bike skills track with traffic signs, intersections, corrugations, a service station and even a train station with a train track rubber pathway.

“There will also be toddler and primary play units with climbing and slides, a separate higher-skilled climbing unit, a basket swing and spinner toy, and it is wonderful to see that the basketball half-courts will be renewed.

“I am sure the community will be as excited as I am by the improvements to this wonderful park.”

The upgrade is expected to be completed by late March 2022, weather permitting.

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RPAC box office temporarily reduces opening hours


The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) box office will have a temporary reduction in opening hours starting Monday.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we can continue to provide service in peak times, from Monday 24 January, the box office will open Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm, and one hour prior to any performance.

Patrons are reminded that tickets to performances and events at RPAC are available online, 24/7 at rpac.com.au; by phone on 07 3892 8131; or in person at the box office.

RPAC continues to strictly follow Queensland Health directives which includes a mandatory requirement for visitors and employees to wear masks. Visitors and employees must also be fully vaccinated to enter RPAC.

For the latest updates on the impacts of COVID-19 on Council services, programs and events, follow Redland City Council on Facebook or check back on this news site.

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Redlands Coast to form a 2032 Legacy Working Group


Redland City Council will assemble a working group of community leaders to ensure the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games deliver lasting legacies for the city.

Mayor Karen Williams – who will chair the Redlands Coast 2032 Legacy Working Group – said it would empower the community to set the direction for future legacy opportunities that flow from the once-in-a-generation opportunity.

“As the largest sporting event in the world, we know Brisbane 2032 has the potential to deliver exciting opportunities for our community and this group will be tasked with ensuring generations of Redlanders benefit from these sporting, social and economic benefits,” Cr Williams said.

“The group will be a cross-section of our community, potentially including Olympians, Paralympians, Quandamooka traditional custodians, sporting groups, school students, and representatives from sectors such as sustainability, transport, tourism, arts, culture, training, research and business.”

Cr Williams said Council was proud to have been part of the Brisbane 2032 journey since the Council of Mayors (SEQ) first began investigating a regional Games in March 2015.

“Council only committed to being part of Brisbane 2032 because of the legacy opportunities it could provide for our community and now the Games have been won we have to get to work to ensure these benefits are realised,” she said.

“With the Redlands named as the venue for Canoe Slalom at Brisbane 2032, the community will benefit from the construction of an integrated adventure sports precinct with a world class white water facility and other water play facilities for local families.

“But Brisbane 2032 is about so much more than a few weeks of sport and venues; it is also about better roads and transport for local families, better jobs for our kids and better sporting infrastructure for tomorrow’s sporting stars and this group will focus on delivering these legacy opportunities.

“The Redlands Coast community has an exciting opportunity with Brisbane 2032 and I want the community and Council to work together to maximise the benefits for our generation and for those to come.”

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Council decision reflects history of need for lot size caps


A development application in Birkdale has been cited as the perfect example of why Redland City Council tried to cap lot sizes in parts of the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the application for four lots on Haig Road Birkdale, showed why Council tried to limit lots to a minimum of 2000sqm when they drafted the new city plan in 2015 ahead of its adoption in 2018.

“When we drafted our new city plan we proposed this area, along with others, be included in the low density residential LDR1 precinct, with a minimum lot size of 2000sqm, to try and retain larger lots in the area,” Cr Williams said.

“If our request had been approved by the State Minister it would have given the community greater clarity and made this development highly unlikely, making our decision on this application much clearer.

“Unfortunately the Minister of the day directed Council to weaken our caps on lot sizes under the city plan, leading to this position where we now have to make a very difficult decision on this application.”

Cr Williams said despite the Minister’s direction, Council voted against the application at yesterday’s general meeting and additionally would write to the current Minister to outline the history of why Council wanted to cap lot sizes in the area.

“The Ministerial condition was made by the previous Minister and so we acknowledge the current Minister may not be aware of the history and why Council wanted to limit lot sizes in the area,” Cr Williams said.

“We think it is important the State is aware of this history and this application shows why we made this request originally; so we will write to the current Minister to confirm State Government planning legislation still prohibits us placing clear and absolute caps on lot sizes in the area.”

Division 10 Cr Paul Bishop said Council’s decision reflected the wishes of the community.

“When we reviewed our city plan we received submissions from residents concerned about this sort of development, so we listened and tried to limit lot sizes in key areas, including Haig Road,” Cr Bishop said.

“While the State directive means Council must consider eligible development applications and cannot reject them outright, it is important we take the opportunity to send a strong signal to our community, developers and the State Government to confirm Council’s position has not changed.”

 

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Plans for rural Southern Thornlands to be enterprise frontier


Redland City Council will prioritise economic development and employment in the Southern Thornlands Potential Future Growth Area (STPFGA) following public consultation showing the community supported the proposed plans for the area.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council today supported the community’s feedback on the plan and would now begin making the necessary changes to the city plan to create employment and innovation, while retaining significant areas of rural residential living.

“Council has always believed this area should be used for employment rather than merely being used as another residential area and our proposal supports this commitment,” Cr Williams said.

“Our plan for the area includes mixed industry and business, education, training and recreation, a transport precinct, storage and larger home-based industry enterprise activities.

“As part of our plans, land not used for economic uses should only be used for larger rural living blocks, reducing pressure on transport while protecting the area’s relaxed rural lifestyle.”

“Public consultation shows the community supports this plan with 80 per cent of the online respondents supporting Council’s proposal, providing a strong basis for proceeding with a major amendment to the City Plan.

“Council has consistently focussed on job creation as part of a prioritisation on economic development for this strategically important part of southern Thornlands; which is why we opened up this consultation to the entire city.

At today’s general meeting, Council resolved to commence preparation of a major amendment to the City Plan to reflect the preferred future land use intents for the STPFGA; and report back to the State Planning Minister outlining the public consultation outcomes, the proposed amendment and noting that urban residential land uses are inconsistent with Council’s preferred future land use intents for the area.

Cr Williams said it was great to see community support for the proposals for STPFGA.

“It has been a topic of discussion for nearly two decades with the State Government at one stage including part of the area in the urban footprint, meaning it could have ended up with it being subdivided for smaller lot residential development,” Cr Williams said.

“Fortunately that was later reversed and it was nominated as a Potential Future Growth Area which allowed Council to investigate its preferred future usages.”

For more information about STPFGA, including findings from the public consultation report and an economic feasibility assessment report, visit the project’s page on Council’s Your Say site.

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Land swap paves the way for exciting times at Redland Bay


The rejuvenation of Weinam Creek is set to create more than 700 jobs and generate almost $30 million for the local economy after the State Government gave the project’s exciting Master Plan the green light.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Economic Development Queensland’s approval of the Weinam Creek Master Plan was great news for the local community and economy.

“This is a red-letter day for Redlands Coast, in particular the southern part of our city and bay islands, with this project set to deliver much-needed transport upgrades, community services and jobs,” Cr Williams said.

“A partnership between Redland City Council, Economic Development Queensland and Redland Investment Corporation, this project will transform Redland Bay into a vibrant waterfront precinct with restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, more parking, new walkways and more open space.

“When I am out and about in the south of the city, the community tell me how keen they are to see this project progress and the approval of the Master Plan is an exciting milestone that brings it another step closer.”

Cr Williams said thanks to collaboration between Council and the State Government, the project would also include a new satellite hospital.

“Council and the State Government negotiated a land swap that saw land at the ferry terminal transferred to Council, which will now form part of the Weinam Creek upgrade,” Cr Williams said.

“In exchange Council land on Meissner Street was transferred to Queensland Health to use for their satellite hospital, which is great news for our ageing community.”

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the land swap was a good outcome and a key milestone in the State Government’s commitment to deliver a local satellite hospital.

“Our satellite hospital at Meissner Street in Redland Bay will deliver essential services for Queenslanders in our rapidly growing community,” Ms Richards said.

“The Satellite Hospitals Program will also support up to 773 jobs during construction, critical for our economic recovery.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards welcomed the land swap and said it would bring important health services to the area while helping to progress Council’s vision for Weinam Creek.

“It’s good to see that collaboration across the different levels of government has resulted in such a great outcome for the community,” he said.

“The redevelopment of this area is expected to create 102 direct and indirect construction jobs, 699 operational jobs, and inject more than $29 million into the local economy.

“Stage 1 delivered more than 500 new parking spaces at Moores Road, new pathways, and a footbridge; with the next stages to include better connectivity to the marina, lighting and pedestrian upgrades along Banana and Meissner streets, and open space and park upgrades.”

The Weinam Creek Master Plan was approved by the Minister for State Development and it can be viewed on the Queensland Government website.

For information about the Weinam Creek redevelopment project, and to see a flythrough, visit Council’s Your Say website.

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Make merry at Christmas on the Coast


A merry wonderland of fun and excitement awaits children at the five-day Christmas on the Coast event at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park from Wednesday 15 December.

Santa Claus will be coming to Christmas on the Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said youngsters of all ages would be treated to a sensory smorgasbord of free rides, activities and attractions at the city’s big Christmas celebration.

“There will be a toboggan ride on synthetic ice – not something you usually find in a Queensland summer – as well as a stunning high-flying carousel, baby animals for the little ones and fun inflatables where the kids can burn off plenty of energy,” she said.

“Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions and roving characters happy to provide a photo opportunity.

“You’ll be able to watch family Christmas movies in the park, fuel up at the food trucks and browse among market stalls.

“It’s a small way Redland City Council can thank you all, put the challenges of the year behind us, support our local traders and get everyone in the holiday spirit.”

The attractions include:

  • A 25m toboggan slide on synthetic ice. It’s open to anyone who can carry the provided tube (small children can ride with an adult).
  • An exhilarating Flying Carousel (riders need to be at least 110cm).
  • Animal Farm petting zoo, including ducklings, chicks, lambs and other baby animals.
  • Redland Library Kid’s Zone with craft activities and story time.
  • A giant inflatable obstacle course plus a jumping castle just for children under 5 years.
  • Meet and greet with Santa, with free photos available.
  • Lighting of the city’s Christmas tree around 6.30pm each night.
  • Roving characters that you can meet and get a photo with, including Rudolph, cheeky elves, illuminated angels on stilts and roller-skating candy canes.
  • Market stalls offering Christmas gifts.

“There will be plenty of food, drinks, ice-creams and sweets with pass-outs available so you can also head to your favourite local restaurant and, of course, live stage entertainment featuring your favourite Christmas carols,” Cr Williams said.

“Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline a production featuring some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Live entertainment from last year’s event.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event and bookings are essential.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services.

DETAILS

When: 4.30pm–9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.
Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas

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Top local talent headlines Christmas on the Coast


Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline the home-grown talent at Redlands Coast’s five-day community Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Coast, from 15-19 December 2021 at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled that some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent would be home for the big event.

Christmas on the Coast is all the more special because it is a showcase of the incredible talent that we have in Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“Mirusia and Craig are enormously talented and popular entertainers and we are so fortunate that they’ll be home for Christmas to sing for us.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Internationally acclaimed soprano and Redlands Coast local Mirusia will headline this year’s Christmas on the Coast at Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland.

The family friendly event will also include an array of free Christmas activities and children’s rides, including:

  • Photographs with Santa
  • Toboggan slide
  • Flying carousel
  • Inflatable jumping castles
  • Animal petting zoo.
  • Roving performers
  • Christmas movie in the park (program available on the website)
  • Food trucks and market stalls.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event with a maximum of 2000 people each day. Bookings are essential. Council will follow Queensland Health directions in relation to the vaccination requirements for events.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event.

“Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services, which desperately need assistance,” Cr Williams said.

Keep an eye on Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas for the latest details of how to be part of the big celebration.

DETAILS

What: Community Christmas event featuring live stage entertainment, Santa, the lighting of the Christmas tree, food trucks, children’s rides and activities and Christmas movies in the park.

When: 4.30pm-9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.

Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.

Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas. For further information about Queensland restrictions at 80% double-dose vaccination, please visit the Queensland Health website.

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