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Celebration of all things Olympic at Live event

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams at Redlands Coast Olympics Live in Cleveland, Sunday 25 July.

Redlands Coast residents turned out to celebrate an Olympics double in Cleveland on Sunday and continue to watch the big screen at Bloomfield Street Park for the Olympics Live action.

Not only were they there to cheer on our Aussie team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including Redlands Coast sailor Mara Stransky, but also to celebrate Wednesday’s announcement that Brisbane and Redlands Coast will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams told the crowd at Olympics Live Presented by Westpac in Bloomfield Street Park that having the 2032 Games come to the south east was “beyond exciting”.

“Redlands Coast will be an event venue city. The Brisbane 2032 Olympics Canoe Slalom events will be held at our purpose-built Redland Whitewater Centre,” Cr Williams said.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity, not only for us to enjoy the spectacle and excitement of a Games event here in our city, but also to showcase our wonderful Redlands Coast to the world.”

Paralympian Daniel Fox, Olympian Andrew Trim and Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club president John Simpson were guest speakers at the Sunday morning forum emceed by Ranger Stacey and with a performance by the Cleveland Air Magic skippers.

Daniel Fox, who retired from swimming in June this year, inspired youngsters in the audience to get involved in sport.

“The Brisbane 2032 Olympics could be the moment that inspires kids to get involved in sport,” he said.

Paralympian Daniel Fox at Redlands Coast Olympics Live in Cleveland.

“If you’ve got a goal and love a sport, stick at it, keep going and give 110 per cent in training.”

Andrew Trim congratulated Redlands Coast on being announced as the host city for the whitewater centre for the 2032 Olympics.

“The facility will bring many events to Redlands Coast – world cups and world exposure,” he said. “And it will also see lots of children training there.”

John Simpson said the whitewater centre would be an incredible opportunity to bring children into the sport.

“Younger generations will have the opportunity to really get involved because the opportunities are there,” he said.

“Olympians are just normal people – you have to believe it, dare to dream it, and picture yourself there because someone is going to be there, why not you?”

Olympics Live Redlands Coast, run by Redland City Council, continues at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland, 10am to 4pm daily until Friday 30 July. All of the excitement and achievements from the Tokyo Olympics will be shown live on a large LED screen.


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Live appearances added to Olympics Live

Paralympian Daniel Fox and Olympian Andrew Trim will be guest speakers at a one-off forum being held during the Redlands Coast Olympics Live event.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who will also address this Sunday’s morning forum in central Cleveland, said the sportsmen – both long-time local residents – will join Wynnum-Redlands Canoe Club president John Simpson on a panel to discuss the importance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With Brisbane being named host of the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games and with the Tokyo Olympics under way, what an exciting time to hear some real-life stories from these athletes,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast will be an event venue city for the Canoe Slalom events at the Brisbane 2032 Games, so it will be great to hear about the purpose-built Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre that will be home to this exciting Olympic sport.”

Ranger Stacey will emcee the event which starts at 9.30am on Sunday 25 July and runs until 10am when that day’s Olympics Live Presented by Westpac broadcast starts.

Daniel Fox is a para-swimmer who competed in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Andrew Trim is a past World Champion in kayaking having competed in three Olympic Games and winning medals in two, including a Silver at the last home Olympics in Sydney.

Olympics Live Redlands Coast at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland, will operate from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 24 July to Friday 30 July, with Sunday’s one-off forum coinciding with the popular Cleveland Markets.

The seven days of big screen viewing and Sunday activities are being run by Redland City Council.

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Olympics Live comes to Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast will be able to cheer on the Australian Olympic team in Tokyo during the Olympics Live free event to be held in Cleveland from 24 July.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Olympics Live Presented by Westpac event was a great opportunity for the city to gather and support our Olympians.

“There will be a large LED screen set up in Bloomfield Street Park broadcasting all of the excitement and achievements from the Tokyo Olympics live,” Cr Williams said.

“Due to the global pandemic, spectators will not be in attendance at the Tokyo Games, so it will be more important than ever for our athletes to know Australians are cheering them on at home.”

Olympics Live Redlands Coast at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland, will operate from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 24 July to Friday 30 July. Spectator seating will be available.

The result of the International Olympic Committee’s vote on the host for the 2032 Olympic Games will be announced on Wednesday 21 July, three days ahead of Olympics Live at Redlands Coast.

The IOC’s vote has the potential to be transformational for Queensland and the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Redlands Coast will be home to an Olympic venue for the 2032 Olympic Canoe Slalom events should Brisbane be named as host.

Matt Carroll AM, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee, said Olympics Live at Redlands Coast presented a great opportunity to re-unite through sport.

“We’re really excited to see Redlands Coast embracing Olympics Live, and I thank Cr Williams for supporting the ongoing development of sport within their community,” Mr Carroll said.

“Olympics Live will present an opportunity to re-connect as a community and embrace the Olympic spirit.”

Olympics Live Redlands Coast will be part of a large network of live sites across the country being set-up next week.


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Redlands Coast NAIDOC events offer celebration and participation

Redlands Coast will come alive with all the vibrancy, voices and vitality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC Week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said there would be celebrations across the city at a number of events and locations.

“There will be performances and exhibitions from some of our area’s most-acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander singers, dancers, artists, actors and storytellers,” Cr Williams said.

“And there will be plenty of opportunities to actively participate – from interactive dance workshops, arts and crafts activities, cultural experience workshops for families by Quandamooka man Matt Burns, as well as many more.

“NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“This year, from 4 to 11 July, we are invited to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage under the theme – Heal Country.

“This is about us all working to protect lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction.”

Matt Burns will provide Quandamooka cultural demonstrations at a NAIDOC Week celebration in Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Cr Williams said she was proud that the start of NAIDOC Week cultural celebrations in the south-east of the state would be at Raby Bay Harbour Park from 9am-1pm on Sunday, 4 July.

“It is also exciting that internationally acclaimed playwright and artistic director Wesley Enoch will emcee the day’s events,” Cr Williams said.

“Mr Enoch was born on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and his great aunt was poet and activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal, so it is fitting to note that 4 July is an important date in history for the island and for the broader Redlands Coast.

“The day is the 10-year anniversary of when the Federal Court of Australia made two native title consent determinations recognising the Quandamooka People’s native title rights and interests in regards North Stradbroke Island.

“On that day in 2011, Redland City Council and the Quandamooka People signed an historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement, setting out broad principles and mechanisms for how the parties are working together to benefit the community.”

Cr Williams said the anniversary was an apt time for all Redlands Coast residents to pause and think about how far we have come in terms of reconciliation.

“I encourage everyone to come along to the NAIDOC events; to listen and learn; and to take away an understanding of the cultural significance of Country,” she said.

Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland Cultural Celebration on Sunday 4 July

Come and enjoy performances featuring:

  • Renowned Torres Strait Island singer/songwriter Chris Tamwoy with special guest Tania-Rose Gibuma
  • Quandamooka local song-man Josh Walker and the Yulu-Burri-Ba dancers
  • Influential contemporary Indigenous musician Joe Geia and his band
  • Quandamooka cultural demonstrations by Matt Burns
  • Australian South Sea Islander and Aboriginal singer/songwriter Georgia Corowa.

The free celebrations will also include a traditional smoking ceremony and interactive dance workshops, as well as traditional arts and crafts activities.

There will be artworks by Quandamooka artists for sale and a sand art display.

Stay for lunch and try the offerings from bush tucker food trucks and community barbecues.

For a full list of NAIDOC Week events on Redlands Coast, go to

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Council lights up historic Cleveland Point lighthouse

The historic Cleveland Point lighthouse has become a well-lit beacon once again with the installation of programmable coloured lighting.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the lighthouse was already an iconic Redlands Coast attraction and the lighting would further enhance its popularity.

“The lighthouse was built about 1865 and is the only remaining timber-structured, timber-clad 19th century lighthouse in Moreton Bay,” she said.

“It is a popular photo backdrop for visitors to Cleveland Point Reserve, often features in the media and on live television crosses for weather reports and is a recognizable part of Redlands Coast.

“Council has now added programmable lights to the base of the lighthouse and feature lighting on the upper deck.

“While on most nights the lighting will remain cool white, in homage to its historic past, there will be an option to change the colour to support special causes, for example pink for breast cancer awareness month or orange to support our SES volunteers.”

Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Peter Mitchell at Cleveland Point lighthouse.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell, who supported the $100,000 project with funding through the Community Infrastructure Program, said there had been strong community support to light up the lighthouse.

“Residents told me they wanted to see it lit up, to highlight the fact it is the only clearly visible reminder of Cleveland Point’s role in the early shipping on Moreton Bay,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Cleveland Point Reserve is one of Redlands Coast’s destination parks, popular with families and for wedding ceremonies, and lighting up the lighthouse will make it even more attractive to residents and visitors.

“The lighthouse may no longer serve as a navigational aid for coastal steamers on the bay, but I am sure it will prove an irresistible beacon for land-based travellers.”

The park near the lighthouse has also received an upgrade, worth about $220,000, with the installation of new double barbecues which are wheelchair-accessible from all sides, up-lighting to trees, the addition of a spinner to the play area, and new bollards, signage and bins.

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Council starts upgrade of 148-year-old Cleveland Cemetery

Redland City Council has started upgrade works at the historic Cleveland Cemetery.

Mayor Karen Williams said the works would ensure the community could continue to comfortably reflect and honour their loved ones within the cemetery.

“The works will include the installation of a lychgate structure and columbarium walls at the Clarke Street entrance, a reconstruction of the Randall Walls and Garden and the addition of a shelter and formalised pathways,” Cr Williams said.

“The project is expected to take four months to complete but has been scheduled to have minimal impact on people using and visiting the cemetery during that time.

“Importantly, there will be no changes to public funeral and interment services or visits to graves and monuments.”

Cr Peter Mitchell and Mayor Karen Williams outside Cleveland Cemetery.

Cr Williams said the upgrade would help preserve the 148-year-old cemetery for future generations.

“The works include the installation of a lychgate which is a replica of the one placed at the Clarke Street entrance in 1927.

“The original lychgate was commissioned by George Randall of Birkdale in memory of his wife and two sons and was modelled on the gates of St Martin’s Church, Canterbury in England.

“It was removed in 1998 due to a white ant infestation.

“The new lychgate will include two new granite columbarium walls which will increase capacity for the interment of cremated remains.”

Cr Williams said the Randall Walls and Garden would also be reconstructed.

“During construction the cremated remains will be recovered and held in safekeeping at a Council facility, and will be interred into their original location once the reconstructed walls are completed.

“Some stakeholders have chosen to have their family or friend’s remains returned to them during this construction phase.”

Unknown group of men standing in front of the lychgate on Clarke Street circa 1927. (Redland City Library Images and Digital Archive)

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the upgrades would not only address concerns over the condition of the Randall Walls and Garden, but would also improve access to and amenity of the cemetery.

“Concrete pathways will replace the current gravel paths from the Clarke Street entrance to the Randall Walls, improving safety for visitors,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The area will also include a new shelter with a table and seating, which will provide a spot where people can sit and reflect.

“Another welcome addition to the Garden is the planting of six Blueberry Ash trees which will offer shade.

“Temporary fencing will be in place to restrict access to the construction area, but burials will not be impacted.

“Plans are in place to halt works during burial services and Council officers will be working closely with the construction team to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum.”

The Cleveland Cemetery upgrade is expected to be completed by late-June, weather permitting.

A new lawn burial section is also expected to open along Clarke Street before the end of the year.

For more information on the upgrade, visit Council’s Your Say page.

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TV series returns to Redlands Coast for Young Rock

Raby Bay Foreshore Park and a nearby canal residence were the latest Redlands Coast locations to be selected for new NBC Universal television series Young Rock.

Redland City Mayor Karen William said the filming took place at Sentinel Court, Raby Bay and a private home as part of the US series about the life of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

“This is the latest in a long-list of credits for Redlands Coast locations, delivering much-needed economic activity and tourism opportunity,” Cr Williams said.

“The crew returned to Cleveland recently, after having already filmed at Capalaba, showing the versatility of local locations.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast region had continued to prove attractive for filmmakers since the first major production, The Chronicles of Narnia, used local settings in 2010.

“Superstar Angelina Jolie then brought her Unbroken production to the bayside in 2013, with Pirates of the Caribbean landing in 2017,” Cr Williams said.

“During the next two years, Aquaman, Tidelands, Safe Harbour, Harrow, Reef Break and Love and Monsters all followed.

“Even last year, when Australia’s film and television industry was severely affected by shutdowns due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Eureka Productions chose the Redlands Coast for filming of Holey Moley.

“The hit TV entertainment series, now airing on Channel 7, contributed more than $1 million to the local economy.”

Afa and Sika, aka The Wild Samoans (John Tui and Fasitua Amosa), Little Dewey (Adrian Groulx), Ata Johnson (Stacey Leilua) and Rocky “Soulman” Johnson (Joseph Lee Anderson) on the set of Young Rock. Photo: Mark Taylor/NBC Universal.

Cr Williams said few locations could provide the same calibre of settings as the Redlands Coast – all within 35 minutes of Brisbane, half an hour from the Screen Queensland Studios at Hemmant and less than an hour to the Village Roadshow Studios at Helensvale.

“From calm water settings in Moreton Bay to our beaches and breathtaking vistas like the North Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island, Redlands Coast offers stunning locations and friendly communities all within our city boundary,” Cr Williams said.

“With our commitment to economic development, the Redlands Coast continues to build its reputation as an ideal location for international movie shoots and Australian television production. Council remains committed to fostering these relationships.”

Film and TV productions to have used Redlands Coast locations:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Walden Media, 2010
  • Unbroken, Legendary Pictures, 2013
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Walt Disney Productions, 2017
  • Hoges, 2017
  • Aquaman, Warner Bros, 2018
  • Tidelands, Hoodlum Entertainment, 2018
  • Safe Harbour, Matchbox Pictures, 2018
  • Harrow (seasons one and two), Hoodlum Entertainment, 2017 and 2019
  • Reef Break, Wild Poppy Entertainment, 2019
  • Great White, Thrills & Spills, 2019
  • Love and Monsters, Paramount Players, 2020
  • Holey Moley, Eureka Productions, 2020

Young Rock received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.


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Pool filter delayed but is on its way

The filter system for the Cleveland Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre pool is on the last leg of its journey to Brisbane.

Redland City Councillor Peter Mitchell (Division 2) said it had been a long and frustrating wait for both Council and residents, and it was now anticipated the pool would reopen by the end of January 2021.

“We had hoped for the 50-metre pool to reopen by the end of this year following the partial re-opening of the rest of the refurbished aquatic centre in October,” he said.

“However there have been delays in transporting the filter from overseas due to the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial action, rough weather and capacity issues in ports.

“Our latest advice is that the vessel carrying the filter is due to arrive in Brisbane on 27 December and the filter is expected to be cleared by Australian customs on 4 January 2021.

“A team of contractors remains on stand-by and committed to installing the new filter system as soon as it arrives on-site.

“We anticipate and hope that the filter will be installed and the pool operational by the end of January 2021 but that is of course contingent on the arrival of the filter and its clearance through customs.”

Cr Mitchell said residents had been very patient while Council and centre operator Belgravia Leisure had overseen the revitalisation and maintenance upgrade at the aquatic centre.

“Even before COVID restrictions forced the closure of the centre in March, work had commenced to repair a suspected leak in the 50-metre pool.

“The filter system is a critical piece of equipment and was procured from overseas only after no submission was received for supply of a suitable local Australian-manufactured product.

“While it is disappointing we weren’t able to reopen the 50-metre pool for the summer school holidays, it will be heated so I am sure it will prove a popular attraction during the rest of the year.

“Since October, work has continued on final landscaping, tiling and concourse painting and, once this crucial final element is complete, the community will have access to a quality and enjoyable aquatic centre for many years to come.”

The Cleveland Aquatic Centre had a partial re-opening on 14 October 2020 following plumbing and electrical works, replacement of the 25-metre pool filter mediums, refurbishment of the children’s play pool and centre kiosk, and centre-wide painting, decking, tiling and landscaping.

Council acknowledges the State Government’s COVID Works for Queensland funding contribution of $830,000 towards this project.

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Festival fun has begun at Christmas on the Coast

Festivities are underway at Council’s Christmas on the Coast festival at Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said yesterday’s successful opening night was the first of five evenings of family fun and entertainment, from 4.30 to 8.30pm daily until 20 December.

“Christmas is being celebrated on the Redlands Coast waterfront this year in a five-day ticketed COVID-safe festival,” Cr Williams said.

“On opening night, crowds enjoyed live stage entertainment headlined by Alexa Curtis, children’s rides and family activities, and boutique markets with food vendors.

Live entertainment was headlined by Alexa Curtis

“The city’s Christmas tree was lit and there was an outdoor screening of PG rated movie A Dennis the Menace Christmas.

“We’ll be lighting the Christmas tree and showing a different Christmas movie each night so no one misses out on the magic.

“In addition to the festival, we’re offering the full Christmas experience with ice-skating on a synthetic rink from 10.30am to 8.30pm throughout the festival period.

Ice-skating fun continues throughout the festival

“Some very excited kids, big and small, have already tested out the rink and reported that it was as fun as it looks!

“The rink is located outside of the festival parameters to allow for separate access to the skating sessions, which can be purchased online.

“It’s time to lighten up after a long and serious year, so I encourage everyone to come down to Raby Bay Harbour Park to bring in the silly season.”

Free kids activities include inflatable jumping castles, Santa photos, roving entertainment, carousel rides and giant games.

Proceeds from event tickets will go towards helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community including local charities such as domestic and family violence support services.

Christmas on the Coast details:

To keep this event COVID-safe, bookings are essential, with numbers restricted to 1500 people each day. Book your tickets now before they sell out.
When: 4.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 December 2020
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland
Cost: $5 per person or $15 per family (under 12 free); includes free train travel to and from event
Ice-skating cost (tickets sold separately): $15 day sessions, $10 night sessions
See the full nightly programs and purchase tickets:

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Six-month Cleveland parking trial begins

A six-month trial of 26 one-hour parking spaces in Cleveland CBD has begun to help identify the benefits of providing more short-term parking spaces.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said that balancing parking time limits was one way of ensuring town centres, such as Cleveland remain accessible to all users.

“We need to ensure our centres remain vibrant parts of the Redlands Coast community,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Currently, on-street parking in the Cleveland CBD is dominated by three-hour and longer parking options.

“This reflects past responses to parking, but the needs of the Cleveland town centre, visitors and businesses have changed over time.

“An over-emphasis on long-term parking can limit business turnover and frustrate those in the community who are unable to conduct their business because they cannot easily access available parking.

“To help strike a balance, Council has agreed to reduce the three-hour limits to one hour for 26 parking spaces in Middle Street and Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.”

The new one-hour parking spaces are in the following locations:
• 17 parking spaces on Bloomfield Street running from approximately outside Westpac Bank (on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle streets) to Stephen Dibb Jewellers
• 6 parking spaces on Middle Street, running from approximately Gisler’s Pie Café and Subway to Westpac Bank (on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle streets)
• 3 spaces on Bloomfield Street approximately outside Bloomfield Street News.

Cr Mitchell said the parking spaces chosen were those that regularly experienced high demand for parking with retail and pedestrian activity nearby.

“Some businesses cater to quick turnover customers, while others may need more extended parking times for their customers,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Having a mix of timed parking spaces is designed to cater for these differences.”

Cr Mitchell said parking was not the only solution.

“Good public transport access and walking and cycling-friendly spaces are also vital ingredients,” Cr Mitchell said.

“I expect the newly announced Redlands Coast Active Travel Reference group I will be chairing will also make an essential contribution to better urban transport, accessibility and active travel outcomes across the city.

“In the meantime, I hope that the trial of reduced on-street parking times limits may also help to improve parking access and turnover of available spaces.

“The data collected from the trial will be important for a future report to Council, and I encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the Yoursay Redlands Coast project page survey.”

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