Category Archives: Events

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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Council sponsors event which celebrates volunteers


STAR Community Services will receive $6200 in Redland City Council sponsorship funding to host its annual Celebration of Volunteers event.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support the STAR Community Services event through round one of its 2021-2022 sponsorship program.

“This event, which Council is sponsoring for the second year, brings the community together to celebrate its volunteers and the work they do, and to build awareness of the inclusivity and diversity of volunteering across Redlands Coast,” she said.

“It will bring all ages and cultures together with live entertainment, rides and activities, and interactive information stalls from more than 30 local not-for-profit and community groups.”

The Celebration of Volunteers event, which STAR holds annually, will be held at Raby Bay Harbour Park on 14 May 2022.

STAR Community Services CEO Patsy Wilshire said the spirit of volunteering was deeply rooted in the Redlands community.

“Hundreds of community groups and organisations like STAR are supported by volunteers who give up their skills and personal time to lend a hand,” Ms Wilshire said.

“Thanks to the Redland City Council sponsorship, the Celebration of Volunteers is an event for the whole community to come together and celebrate the immense contribution made by our volunteers.”

Cr Williams said round two of this financial year’s sponsorship program would open in February 2022.

“I invite organisations to apply, even if they were unsuccessful in round one,” she said.

“Over the past 12 years, Council has invested more than $7 million in a diverse range of valuable and beneficial community-led projects and events across Redlands Coast.

“Council’s sponsorship program aims to boost the city’s economy and tourism industry by offering organisations the opportunity to apply for funding of either $15,000 or less, or for more than $15,000 – not once, but twice every financial year.

“The program also offers funding support of up to $1500 to support Quandamooka cultural awareness at sponsored events or activities.”

For more information on the sponsorship program, visit Council’s 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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Information sessions offer cyber security advice


Information sessions on how to protect yourself or your business from online security threats will be held in Redlands Coast this month(November).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the cyber security information sessions at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on 29 November would be tailored to suit two areas of the community.

“The morning session will highlight the cyber threats facing individuals and older Redlands Coast residents, as well as offering tips on how to protect yourself online,” Cr Williams said.

“While the next session will be aimed at small and medium businesses and will explain how they can protect themselves from the most common cyber security threats.

“These events are part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Small and Medium Enterprise Week and are run by the ACSC and proudly supported by Redland City Council.

“So much of what we do today is online. We rely on online systems to run our businesses and our lives.

“Criminals are always coming up with new ways to sneak into our systems and disrupt your business.

“The ACSC is the Australian Government’s lead operational agency for national cyber security. It provides free cyber security advice and support to Australian individuals, businesses, and organisations which can enhance your awareness and protect you online.”

For more information on the sessions, go to Council’s What’s On calendar.

CYBER THREATS – What you need to know right now

When: 10-11am, Monday 29 November

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Tickets: Available through Eventbrite

CYBER THREATS – Cyber Aware: It’s your business to care

When: noon-1pm, Monday 29 November,

Where: Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland

Tickets: Available through Eventbrite

 

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IndigiScapes Eco Markets have a sustainable festive focus


Redlands Coast residents dreaming of a sustainable Christmas will find plenty of inspiration at the IndigiScapes Eco Markets on Saturday 4 December 2021.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event would be held in the centre’s native botanic gardens and include live music, family-friendly activities, fresh produce, upcycled fashion and market stalls offering sustainable products.

“The IndigiScapes Eco Markets were launched this year and have been successful in fostering an appreciation of our natural environment and engaging with the community about sustainable lifestyle choices,” she said.

“The December event will be the last of four eco markets to be held this year and will have a festive focus on sustainable gifting and decorating leading into Christmas and the New Year.

“The markets offer the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts for family and friends while also supporting small local businesses.

“You can start the morning with breakfast at the IndigiCafe while enjoying a sustainable fashion parade and op shop styling presentation.

“Then wander through the markets and visit the suitcase rummage and rack sale where you might find the perfect outfit for Christmas.

“Make sure you say hi to Council’s community education adviser Ranger Stacey who will be very visible on the day, both on the main stage and throughout the markets.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said the Eco Markets would offer activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages from 8am to midday.

“There will be three areas set up for entertainment with musicians, singers, belly dancers and a demonstration of eco-friendly Christmas decorating ideas,” Cr McKenzie said.

“There is also an extensive list of stallholders selling everything from fresh produce, living picture frames and natural cleaning and skin care products to jewellery, pottery, arts and craft, and recycled timber homewares and gifts.

“Children are also catered for with outdoor nature play, eco craft, and native flora and fauna face painting.

“Patrons will be spoilt for food choices, with fresh local cuisine with a bush tucker twist available at IndigiCafe and stalls offering French pastries, donuts, potato twisters and coffee.

“The Native Nursery will also be open from 9am to midday for advice on native plants and sales.

“There really is no better way to spend a Saturday morning than exploring local markets in the natural environment and surrounds of IndigiScapes.”

The markets will operate under a State Government-approved COVID Management Plan, with digital check-in, social distancing, good hygiene and sanitising measures encouraged by use of signage throughout the site.

For more information, visit indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au, phone 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

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Celebrate at Redlands’ Christmas on the Coast


Tickets are now on sale for Redlands Coast’s five-day community Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Coast, from 15-19 December 2021 at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s special event included an exciting program of festivities combining the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and carols concert.

“Each night there will be live stage performances by some of Redlands Coast’s talented singers and entertainers, as well as Christmas activities and rides,” Cr Williams said.

“It will be very family friendly and a lot of fun, with a range of local food trucks and market stalls also helping to make it a great evening out.

“The event is a way of thanking our community for the role everyone has played in helping to safeguard each other after another COVID-affected year, and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.”

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

Cr Williams said that proceeds from ticket sales would go towards helping others who were less fortunate.

“Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle you to free train travel to the event,” Cr Williams said.

“And by attending you will be helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services, with proceeds going to community organisations in desperate need of financial support.

“The event will show off the wonderful spirit of community that we have here and, to build on that, I also encourage you to ‘buy local’ wherever possible this Christmas as it will do much to help ensure a bright start to 2022 for our community by supporting local employment.

“So keep an eye on Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas for the latest details of how you and your families can 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: 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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Local exhibition showcases Australian artist Bill Yaxley’s time on Lamb Island


An exhibition capturing well-known Australian artist Bill Yaxley’s life on Lamb Island (Ngudooroo) on Redlands Coast is on display at the Redland Art Gallery (RAG) Cleveland until Sunday 5 December 2021.

The Bill Yaxley: Lamb Island exhibition explores the artist’s time living on the island through engaging storytelling and vibrant paintings.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was excited to present the artworks that chronicle painter and sculpture Bill Yaxley’s experiences on Redlands Coast.

“Lamb Island is part of a cluster of islands situated in Moreton Bay and Bill’s artwork is a colourful and distinctive poetic acknowledgement of the island’s flora and fauna and its coastal surrounding,” Cr Williams said.

“His artwork is full of colour, texture and humour, illustrating his life on Quandamooka country.

“If you haven’t already visited the exhibition, I encourage you to do so.

“Council’s support for RAG helps ensure the Gallery will continue its legacy of celebrating Australian artists and sharing works that tell their stories.”

Bill Yaxley, Backyard Lamb Island 2018, oil on canvas. Redland Art Gallery Collection. Acquired in 2019 with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Carl Warner.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards, whose division includes Lamb Island, said Bill Yaxley’s artworks as well as his stories about his work and inspirations would be of interest to many island residents as well as the rest of Redlands Coast and beyond.

“It is wonderful to have an artist the calibre of Bill depict island life, with many paintings being familiar sites to locals,” Cr Edwards said.

“With the exhibition curated by Council’s gallery team and presented in partnership with Bill Yaxley’s dealer, Bruce Heiser Projects of Brisbane, Council was also able to commission a film by Nikki Michail to support the display,” Mr Edwards said.

“The film can be accessed via RAG’s website at art.gallery.redland.qld.gov.au and captures Bill and Bruce Heiser discussing the artist’s inspirations, artistic approach and daily life on the island, while showcasing selected pieces from his exhibition.”

Bill Yaxley lives near Rockhampton and continues to tell past and current stories through paintings and sculptures.

The Bill Yaxley: Lamb Island collection was acquired with Redland Art Gallery Acquisition Funds.

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Redlands Coast hosts major business and jobs expo


Redlands Coast businesses were privy to a wealth of information at this year’s Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo held at Alexandra Hills today.

Redland City Council is a sponsor of the annual expo and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was aimed at fostering employment opportunities and helping businesses thrive.

Cr Williams said the expo, at which she was a guest speaker, had been a valuable networking event for local businesses.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams with Bank of Queensland Cleveland branch owner-manager Brett Smith and lending specialist Taylah Smith at the 2021 Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo.

“Expos and business-to-business marketplaces such as today’s are not only a fantastic opportunity for learning about what’s new and equipping operators with the latest business tools – they also present an opportunity for businesses to network; to tap into each other’s knowledge and advice,” she said.

Cr Williams said the expo, organised by The Small Business Expos and held at the Alexandra Hills Hotel and Convention Centre, offered specialised workshops, while allowing business operators to engage with job-related and training businesses and learn more about export opportunities, research and development and how to attract investment.

“Redlands Coast’s population is expanding and along with that comes business opportunities. But importantly, these opportunities are long-term,” Cr Williams said.

“There are a swathe of intergenerational projects that are confirmed for the city – such as the 3000-lot Shoreline development at Redland Bay; the Toondah Harbour project; Birkdale Community Precinct; and Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct at Mount Cotton, to name a few – and they make for sustainability of business growth.

“There is a very bright future ahead for Redlands Coast.”

Cr Williams said Council was also supporting local businesses through other workshops and forums which includes hosting a business breakfast in partnership with Trade & Investment Queensland on 18 November with the focus on the New Zealand export market.

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Council encourages residents to join the garage sale trail


Redlands Coast residents are encouraged to dust off the cobwebs from unwanted household items this month and give them a new life through the national Garage Sale Trail.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the initiative was a fun way for Council to encourage the reuse of goods and help educate the community about the positive impact of buying secondhand items.

“The idea behind the Garage Sale Trail – that of sustainable living – is a priority for Council as we partner with Redlands Coast residents and community groups to divert reusable resources from landfill in our progression towards a zero waste future,” Cr Williams said.

“We are all responsible for the waste we create.”

In 2019, Redland City Council received a Garage Sale Trail Outstanding Achievement Award for best overall campaign in the nationwide community event.

The event is powered by local councils and encourages people to buy second hand goods, and helps to educate the community about thinking twice before dumping unwanted items.

Council did not participate in the Garage Sale Trail last year due to safety concerns relating to COVID-19.

This year, for the first time, the Garage Sale Trail will take place over three weekends with free online masterclasses on topics such as how to turn a profit from your pre-loved items on 6-7 November 2021, and virtual and neighbourhood garage sales on 13-14 and 20-21 November 2021.

For more information on the 2021 Garage Sale Trail, including how to register an event, access the free masterclasses or shop the trail, go to garagesaletrail.com.au/redlandscoast

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