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Council seeks input on draft Age-friendly Action Plan


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Initiatives proposed in the draft plan include:

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

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

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Sandbagging stations available on Redlands Coast from Tuesday 19 January, 8am until 4pm Wednesday 20 January


Redland City Council will establish self-serve sandbagging stations from Tuesday 19 January, 8am until 4pm Wednesday 20 January.

Self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Cleveland – Redland City Council South Street Depot – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

North Stradbroke Island – Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich – Click here for directions. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Russell Island – Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Macleay Island – Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Council reminds residents to check gutters are clear and to secure loose items around the home.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

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Redland City Council services resume with restrictions


Following the State Government’s announcement that the Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown will end at 6pm today, all Redland City Council services will resume tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021, with some conditions to apply.

The three-day lockdown, that included Redland City, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay local government areas, started at 6pm on Friday, causing the closure of all non-essential Council services.

Those services will resume from Tuesday morning, with some restrictions as directed by Queensland Health.

This includes the directive that everyone must carry a face mask at all times and wear it indoors, except in your home, and a recommendation to wear it outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m from other people, such as on busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Masks must be worn in all Council libraries, art galleries and customer service centres, the Visitor Information Centre, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Redland Animal Shelter and IndigiScapes Centre.

People must also wear masks while travelling on the RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay.

At Recycling and Waste Centres, patrons must wear a mask if they are unable to maintain a 1.5m distance from staff and other users. All children under 12 must remain in their vehicle.

Patrons are asked to follow the directions of staff, who will monitor any delays and queues and put measures in place to minimise them.

Visitors to the Cleveland Aquatic Centre and the Bay Islands Aquatic Centre on Russell Island must also maintain a 1.5m distance from other people, or wear a mask.

Queensland Health’s requirements for carrying and wearing face masks will continue until 1am on Friday 22 January 2021.

There are also restrictions applying to the number of people who can gather in businesses and venues, with one person per 4 sqm indoors and 2 sqm outdoors.

As a result, programs and workshops scheduled up until 22 January at Redland Art Galleries have been cancelled, and there may be some changes to scheduled activities and programs at council libraries and IndigiScapes Centre.

Under the restrictions, the numbers of diners will need to be reduced at IndigiScapes café and groups of no more than 20 people can gather in public spaces such as Council parks.

Residents and visitors to Redlands Coast are encouraged to continue to practise COVID-safe measures.

For further information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

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Redlands Local Disaster Management Group on alert


Redlands Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) met this afternoon and remains at alert to prepare for the latest COVID-19 threat.

LDMG Chair Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the meeting attended by representatives from Redland City Council, Queensland Health, emergency services, Sealink, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Department of Communities, and Local Government Association of Queensland.

SeaLink advised that they have extended services operating to and from North Stradbroke Island to help visitors leave the island and return home.

The last SeaLink passenger ferry will leave Cleveland at 7.25pm today and leave Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island at 7.55pm.

SeaLink vehicle and passenger ferry will continue to operate over the next three days, with additional services where required. Check the SeaLink website for details.

The vehicle and passenger ferries to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will continue on their normal timetables.

LDMG also discussed testing clinics on the islands and mainland, many of which now do not require GP referral, however some fever clinics require prior booking. Eight Miles Plains is a 24/7 testing clinic. Visit the Queensland Government’s Testing and Fever Clinics page for more information.

Those people who have been advised to home quarantine are reminded there is a Queensland Government Community Recovery Hotline (ph 1800 173 349) that can provide assistance including arranging non-contact delivery of essential food and medication if you are in home quarantine with no other means of support.

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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: redland.qld.gov.au/christmas

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Amendments to parking laws adopted


Redland City Council has adopted amendments to Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2015, bringing the penalty for illegal parking in disability parking spaces in line with that of the State Government.

Mayor Karen Williams said it was important that people who held a disability parking permit could readily access disability parking bays.

“Disability parking bays are bigger than regular car spots and usually located closer to the facilities they service,” Cr Williams said.

“But unfortunately they are not always available to the people who need them when other motorists illegally park there.

“To bring Council’s penalty in line with that of the Queensland Police Service, and act as a deterrent to unauthorised users, the fine will increase from $186 to $533.”

Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2015 will also introduce a regulated parking area for the new Moores Road Car Park in Redland Bay.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the newly built car park would help deliver equitable parking for Southern Moreton Bay island residents and other commuters using the marina precinct.

“Regulated parking allows for a range of timed parking options to cater for people needing short, medium and longer term parking,” he said.

“The addition of this new car parking area on Moores Road is an integral part of the overall masterplan of the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) redevelopment project and will serve as overflow parking while works on the northern side of the creek commence.”

Councillor Williams said the amendment was adopted following a month of community consultation that showed public support for the move.

“Not surprisingly, two thirds of participants who made submissions to Council’s YourSay webpage were from the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

“Eighty-five percent supported the increase in fines for unauthorised parking in disability parking spots, with 55 percent in favour of the introduction of regulated parking at Moores Road.

“Council will advise the community prior to any new regulated parking and associated compliance activities coming into effect at Moores Road, which is anticipated to be when other car parks areas are temporarily closed as the terminal is redeveloped.”

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Be prepared for severe weather this weekend – Updated opening hours as at 10am, 13 December 2020


Redland City Council has established self serve sandbagging stations in preparation for forecasted heavy rain, damaging winds and abnormally high tides from late tonight, Sunday and Monday.

Self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Cleveland – Open until 6:30pm Saturday; 7am – 6:30pm Sunday 13 December and until 7pm Monday 14 December

Redland City Council South Street Depot – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

North Stradbroke Island – Open 24 Hours 

Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich – Click here for directions

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Russell Island – Open 24 Hours

Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road.

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Macleay Island – Open 24 Hours

Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace.

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Council reminds residents to check gutters are clear and to secure loose items around the home.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life- threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

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Redlands Coast performers line up to entertain at Christmas festival


Redland City Council has unveiled a stellar line-up of local performers for this year’s five-day festive celebration, Christmas on the Coast, at Raby Bay Harbour Park from 16 to 20 December.

The event, hosted by Redland City Council, combines the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and community carols events with boutique markets, food vendors, live entertainment, rides and even a synthetic ice-skating rink.

Mayor Karen Williams said Christmas on the Coast offered an opportunity to get into the spirit of the holiday season while also providing a much-needed boost for local performers, traders and suppliers.

“On stage will be home-grown locals including internationally-acclaimed soprano Mirusia, 2014 The Voice Kids winner Alexa Curtis, and contemporary swing star Craig Martin and his big band,” she said.

“We are so proud of our local talent and will also be thrilled on stage by Redlands Coast residents such as Master of Ceremonies Tony Morrison, lyric tenor Iain Henderson, teen soprano Leah Lever, YouTube sensation Peppermint Ollie, Naree Cole, Sheldon College students Quinn and Zephram Chambers, multi-instrumentalist and singer Georgie Taylor, singer Anita Taylor and the AVA Choir, soprano Georgia Morton, cabaret and musical theatre performer Carole Williams, Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, and jazz/classical vocalist Mandy Woodend (Miss Mandy).

“Check out our Christmas on the Coast website for a full list of performers for each day of the festival.”

Cr Williams said there would also be activities to keep children entertained.

“There will be plenty of rides including a traditional carousel and inflatable jumping castles, and a different free family-friendly Christmas movie in the park each night from 7pm.

“There will also be a synthetic ice-skating rink set up in the park next to the event which will provide a lovely White Christmas feel to our festival.

“We’ll also have roving performers from local musical theatre company ROCKIT productions, boutique market stalls so you can pick up some special Christmas gifts, and families will be able to get a free socially-distanced photo with Santa.

“I look forward to joining the community at Christmas on the Coast as we celebrate how lucky we are to be in the most naturally wonderful place to live, play and do business.

“This year, more than ever, our community needs something special to celebrate the festive season in a COVID-safe way,” she said.

To meet COVID safety requirements, bookings are essential, with numbers restricted to 1500 people each day. Book your tickets now before they sell out.

Christmas on the Coast details:

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

Details including ticketing information: redland.qld.gov.au/christmas

 

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Jandai Literacy bags introduce our 0-5s to Quandamooka storytelling


A partnership between Redland Libraries and the State Library of Queensland will provide local youngsters with an insight into Quandamooka storytelling by distributing 700 First 5 Forever (F5F) Jandai Literacy Bags.

The initiative was launched by Redland City Mayor Karen Williams at an event with local Aboriginal author, artist and language advocate Dr Sandra Delaney at Cleveland Library on 5 December.

Mayor Karen Williams said the bags featured an image by Quandamooka artist Shara Delaney and contained a copy of Dr Sandra Delaney’s dual-language picture book Whale Dreaming: Bibunla Yalingbila accompanied by an English-Jandai translation of the F5F key words talk, play, read and sing.

“The bags have been funded by a grant from the State Library and support the F5F’s primary goal of supporting children’s language and literacy development,” Cr Williams said.

“We thank the State Library of Queensland for recognising the value of connecting our youngest residents with wonderful stories like Dr Delaney’s tale of whale migration past North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah),” she said.

“Whale Dreaming: Bibunla Yalingbila is a gentle and engaging story of friendship that reflects the Quandamooka people’s connection with sea and country while promoting their Aboriginal language of Jandai.

“Seeing our youngest community members become acquainted with the language, listening to the story and trying out the Jandai words for themselves is delightful.

“The artwork on the bag is from another of Dr Delaney’s stories – The Story of the Rainbow – which is also included inside.

“These bags will activate a program of awareness about Jandai that will stretch more broadly across families, and reinforce our city’s commitment to inclusiveness and recognition of our Quandamooka connection.”

The Jandai Literacy Bags will be distributed by Redland Libraries to children aged 0-5 years who have previously attended an F5F activity or become new library members.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.

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Redlands Coast residents urged to prepare for bushfires


Redland City Council has reiterated its message to residents to be bushfire ready following days of high temperatures and dry conditions.

Mayor Karen Williams said while Council was on alert and constantly meeting with other agencies, it was important residents did their part to prepare themselves and their property.

“People living in bushfire-prone areas need to be aware of the environment in which they live and take appropriate steps to protect their family and their home,” she said.

“If fire breaks out there is often little time to escape to safety, so having a survival plan and practising it can save lives.

“Residents should also prepare their properties by trimming trees and removing overhanging branches around the house, cleaning gutters and removing or mowing growth around sheds, fences and gates.”

Cr Williams said hot days and below average rainfall in November provided ideal conditions for fires.

“Only last week Council officers were called out to a few wildfires in council-owned bushland, so we need the community to be on alert.

“Although the Bureau of Meteorology predicts above average rainfall through to January, there is still a risk of fires.

“Fires can still start with dry lightning strikes, we’ve seen that happen in the past on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) in September last year.

“We’ve also seen how easily fires have torn through bushland on Fraser Island further north, which is a timely reminder.”

Council has continued its hazard reduction program on the mainland, Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) throughout the year, including planned burns, physical fuel removal and other general maintenance activities.

“While Council mitigates fire risk on Council-managed land, it is vital for effective fire management that all property owners meet their obligation to manage fire risks on their own land,” Cr Williams said.

“It is also important for people to stay informed, which they can do by monitoring Council’s news site, social media and Disaster Dashboard.”

Council also has a free, opt-in emergency messaging service people can subscribe to via the Disaster Dashboard.

For more information, come and speak with members of the Rural Fire Service, SES and Council’s Disaster Management and Fire Management Teams at the free Movie in the Park this Saturday 5 December from 4pm at Mount Cotton Village Community Park.

Tips to prepare your home

  • Clean gutters and downpipes
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches around your property (check with Council first)
  • Install metal screens or shutters to prepare your home against embers
  • Ensure LPG cylinder relief valves point away from the house to minimise fire risk
  • Make sure pumps or generators are working and ready if needed
  • Make sure things that can burn are well away from your house
  • Protect underfloor spaces with non-combustible sheeting or mesh

Tips to make a household emergency plan

  • Prepare an emergency kit with essentials such as medications, legal papers, first aid, a battery-operated radio, batteries, pet food, money and a torch
  • Have a good supply of bottled water readily available
  • Decide whether to go early or stay and defend
  • Identify a safe place to evacuate to and decide how you’d look after your pets
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows your emergency plan
  • Know your neighbours as they can be a source of support during emergencies

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