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Concert hall marks 13 years with a flourish


The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) Concert Hall turned 13 this month and will be in the spotlight with a performance by Redlands Coast’s own community orchestra.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Concert Hall, which opened in March 2008 alongside the existing Community Cultural Centre, was a magnificent community asset.

“The RPAC precinct, which includes an adjoining events hall and auditorium, has a well-deserved reputation as a leading concert and performance venue,” she said.

“The precinct provides opportunities for civic and community events and is the heart of cultural activity on Redlands Coast.

“While RPAC is used for many different music, theatre and dance productions throughout the year, it is perhaps at its most impressive when the Concert Hall is stripped back to its beautiful Tasmanian oak acoustic walls and used for orchestral performances.

“Nothing beats the majesty and emotion of classical music performed live, but when this takes place in such a fine Concert Hall, it truly is a gift for the senses.

“We have an active fine music audience on Redlands Coast and for them to be able to enjoy this type of music at its best without having to travel into Brisbane adds to the quality of life in our beautiful region.

“It also benefits local restaurants and cafes as many RPAC patrons make a night of it and enjoy a meal or a drink out before a concert.”

RPAC will be in full Concert Hall-mode this Saturday 27 March when community orchestra Redland Sinfonia performs Passion Play.

Creative Arts Manager Bradley Rush said RPAC Concert Hall was renowned throughout south-east Queensland for its acoustic excellence.

“We have had the pleasure of presenting concerts from Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO2 and the Australian String Quartet as part of our annual program over the years,” Mr Rush said.

“The feedback from these professional musicians about the RPAC Concert Hall has always been exceptional.”

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Warwick Adeney said he always looked forward to playing at the RPAC Concert Hall.

“I’ve played a few times at RPAC and feel thoroughly comfortable there, and so pleased that the Redlands has such an excellent facility,” Mr Adeney said.

“It was a joy to play solo with our orchestra there recently, and mix with some patrons afterwards.”

RPAC is also home to Redland Sinfonia.

Artistic Director and Conductor Dr Graeme Denniss has performed around the world and believes the clarity of sound and resonance at RPAC is extraordinary and has contributed to strong growth in audience numbers.

“There’s a wonderful feeling at the venue,” Dr Denniss said.

“Other orchestras and performers have now woken up to the fact that we’ve got this gem on the edge of Brisbane.”

Redland Sinfonia performed at RPAC before the Concert Hall opened and contributed to some of the early venue planning.

“I have no doubt that without RPAC we would be a much smaller group playing to smaller audiences,” Dr Denniss said.

In addition to their performance this Saturday, Redland Sinfonia returns to the Concert Hall in June and September.

For details on upcoming performances at RPAC visit the website.

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Packed program to keep children entertained during school holidays


Redland City Council is offering a packed program of activities for children during the Easter school holidays (2-18 April 2021).

Mayor Karen Williams said the events were designed to engage and entertain children of all ages and interests.

“From craft, weaving and crochet to bush trail adventures, puppets and circus skills, there is sure to be something for everyone,” she said.

“At Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, visitors can take a self-guided bush scavenger hunt and find local flora and fauna using the iNaturalist App.

“They can also go on a guided Earth Explorer adventure through bush trails, learn how to propagate native plants or get creative with nature art, crochet and making a beeswax wrap.”

The mainland libraries at Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba have programmed activities to suit children aged from 5 to 15 years.

“This includes craft sessions in chicken threading, pom pom chickens and making dreamcatchers, an accredited course in basic first aid, and Minecraft craft,” Cr Williams said.

“The regular STEAM Saturday sessions will allow participants to personalise a robot bunny and program it to follow a path and, for young teens, there’s a Dungeons and Dragons session which explores world building, running a session and planning encounters.”

Redland Art Gallery is offering workshops at its Cleveland gallery including sessions where young children can create a concertina artist book and teens can learn the basics of basket weaving and create a small vessel.

The Cleveland gallery’s regular monthly Parents and Prams activity will also be held in the first week.

Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is presenting performances of Escape from Trash Mountain, a fun and engaging puppet show with a sustainability message at its heart, in the first week of the holidays.

“These will be accompanied by workshops where children can make their own trash puppet or learn about the importance of recycling and ongoing sustainability with Recycleman,” Cr Williams said.

“Flipside Circus workshops will be held in the second week, where children from 4-16 years can learn circus and acrobatic skills.”

Bookings are essential for most sessions as numbers are limited. Visit Council’s website for more information.

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Promote your business and services at Redlands Coast Careers Expo


Businesses and organisations will have the chance to impress and inspire at Redland City Council’s inaugural Redlands Coast Careers Expo.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was looking for businesses to be part of the free expo to be held on Friday 4 June, 9am-6pm, at Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.

“Residents of all ages, from school students to those looking for a career pivot or study options, will be able to discover new opportunities at the expo,” Cr Williams said.

“The event is intended to be a one-stop-shop for those pondering their career options, so having the right exhibitors and sponsors is crucial.”

Cr Williams said becoming an event sponsor or exhibitor was a perfect way for education and career specialists and other organisations to bolster brand awareness and target key audiences directly.

“I encourage organisations to take up this excellent opportunity to promote their products and services in a meaningful and engaging way.”

Cr Williams said organisers were expecting a high level of participation at the expo, with digital technology, entrepreneurship and future creative industries among the key focuses.

“Information about these fields will be especially helpful for senior school students who are exploring further study or career and work opportunities,” she said.

“Council has been collaborating with local schools to make sure the expo targets information and career paths that are relevant to them.

“We also want to offer inspiration to tradespeople looking for up-skill opportunities as well as ideas and incentives for those people who are returning to the workforce after an absence.

“It is also a chance for the wider community to find out about new and popular pathways that are available in the working world.”

Exhibitors and sponsors can find more information about the expo at the Redlands Coast website.

 

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RPAC hits the right note with launch of 2021 season


After a challenging year responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Redland Performing Arts Centre has started 2021 with a bang thanks to strong crowd numbers.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the RPAC team had worked tirelessly to bring a wealth of entertainment options for people of all ages and interests.

“Last year was devastating in terms of entertainment due to COVID restrictions, but RPAC has returned even stronger this year with both rescheduled and new events for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

“There are more than 30 shows on sale offering the best of the best in music, theatre, family, cabaret and circus.

“Sales are surpassing previous years, with more than 4500 tickets already sold.

“The team has done a great job rescheduling shows that had to be cancelled last year and releasing the program in four-month blocks to allow for the ever-changing environment we are currently in.

“So far the program for January to April (Act 1) has been released and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the great variety of entertainment on offer.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the RPAC team also created a new mini concert series, Stage Sessions, a series of intimate concerts and cabarets, with a portion of profits going to the local artists who have performed.”

The 2021 season started with a sold-out performance from Redlands Coast’s own international singing star Mirusia on 13 February.

Mirusia has performed From the Heart in many countries but said it was special to perform it in her hometown.

“It just feels so right to have my first full-scale concert of the year in my hometown of Redlands Coast,” she said.

“In the last year I have returned to my roots and have spent a lot of time at home and I want to share these special feelings through music with my local ‘family’.”

Georgie Taylor, 18, of Thornlands created a one-woman personal comedy and song cabaret drawing on her dating experiences and performed to a capacity Stage Sessions crowd on February 11.

“Being on stage with the audience made everything come alive,” Ms Taylor said.

“Growing up in the area, I always regarded this as a big and professional space. It has been an incredible gift to have my own show here.”

Hannah Johnstone of Wellington Point and Mitch Luxton of Birkdale were also able to have their original band works heard in Radioceans on February 5.

“It was a good atmosphere and good fun,” Ms Johnstone said.

In another first, The Cleveland Film Company will hold the world cinematic premiere screening of its debut production, 5 Moons of Pluto, on Friday 19 February.

The short film written by Bradford Lee Walton was produced on Redlands Coast and showcases a local and South East Queensland cast and crew, and an original soundtrack recorded by Redland Sinfonia.

Other highlights at RPAC this year include:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
  • Margaret Fulton – The Musical
  • John Williamson
  • Cloudland the Musical
  • Rovers
  • Queensland Ballet

For more details on the 2021 season, visit the RPAC website.

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Australia Day celebrations on Redlands Coast


Celebrate Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January, on Redlands Coast at one of the free community events organised by Redland City Council.

Get ready for a stellar line-up of live entertainment and a feast of local foods as Great Australian Bites comes to Raby Bay Foreshore Park from 11am to 3pm on the day.

Kick back and relax by the stage as Torres Strait Islander singer, songwriter and musician Chris Tamwoy and a range of local artists deliver some great sounds.

Celebrity chef Alastair McLeod will be there to shine a culinary spotlight on Redlands Coast’s thriving food scene with cooking demonstrations, while some of Redlands Coast’s best food producers plus popular food trucks will serve up a range of delectable treats.

Mayor Karen Williams said the community could also enjoy live music, activities and food truck delights in other areas of Redlands Coast from 11am to 3pm on Australia Day.

“Bring the family and enjoy the food, activities and music celebrations,” she said.

“These pop-up park events will bring the community together to celebrate the contribution that every Australian makes to our nation, from our Traditional Owners, who have been here for more than 65,000 years, to others who have lived here for generations and those who have come from across the world to call Australia home.

“At Wellington Point Reserve, the ever-popular Little Steely Brothers will entertain, while Capalaba Regional Park will feature activities for our younger residents, including a reptile show and children’s stage entertainment.

“Or head to Mount Cotton Community Park and enjoy jumping castles as well as some great music and food trucks.”

Cr Williams said Council wanted to ensure everyone could enjoy Redlands Coast’s beautiful open spaces on Australia Day, so Council would run courtesy buses and have extra traffic and litter patrols in place for the comfort and amenity of all.

“It would be appreciated if everyone celebrating outdoors could assist by being patient and respectful of others,” she said.

“To help keep our community safe, these events will have COVID-safe measures in place, including a limit on the number of people permitted inside the event fencing, and it is especially important that people adhere to physical distancing and regular hand washing or sanitising.

“We also urge people to help keep Redlands Coast the naturally wonderful place it is by not littering, and taking their waste home where possible and disposing of it there.”

The Australia Day Celebration events on Redlands Coast are hosted by Redland City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government and National Australia Day Council, and proudly supported by B105, Triple M, BayFM and Rotary clubs across Redlands Coast.

COVID SAFETY

Redland City Council’s Australia Day events will operate under a State Government COVID-Safe Event Checklist, which will facilitate contact tracing and manage attendance numbers.

This includes QR code registration, additional fencing, physical distancing requirements and monitors, hand sanitiser stations and enhanced cleaning.

QR code scanning is essential to monitor and control attendance numbers at the events.

EVENT DETAILS

Great Australian Bites on Redlands Coast

When: 11am-3pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021

Where: Raby Bay Foreshore Park, Masthead Drive, Cleveland

What: Free entry; live stage entertainment by some of our finest local talent, including Chris Tamwoy; celebrity chef cooking demonstrations by Alastair McLeod; local food producer showcase; wine and craft beer bar; cultural demonstrations; Australia Day activities. Limited to 1500 people for COVID safety requirements.

Courtesy bus: A free event courtesy bus will operate on a loop from 10am-4pm, picking up and dropping off at the following Cleveland CBD car parking locations:

  • Wynyard Street car park
  • Middle Street bus stop
  • Doig Street car park
  • Cleveland train station bus stop
  • Event Location – Raby Bay Foreshore Park, Masthead Drive, Cleveland

For further information about Great Australian Bites on Redlands Coast, visit Council’s website.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government as part of Queensland’s Australia Day program.

Other park events:

Wellington Point Reserve

When: 11am-3pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021

What: Free entry; live stage entertainment; food trucks; Australia Day family-fun activities. Limited to 1000 people for COVID safety requirements.

Courtesy bus: A free event courtesy bus will operate between 10.30am-4.00pm on a continuous loop from:

  • Wellington Point train station bus stop,
  • Wellington Point Community Hall car park – E.G.W Wood Sports Field, Birkdale Road, Wellington Point
  • Village Green car park, Main Road, Wellington Point
  • Event Location – Wellington Point Recreation Reserve, Main Road, Wellington Point

Mount Cotton Community Park

When: 11am-3pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021

What: Free entry; live stage entertainment; food trucks; Australia Day family-fun activities. Limited to 1500 people for COVID safety requirements.

Courtesy bus: A free event courtesy bus will operate between 10.30am-4.00pm on a continuous loop from:

  • Mount Cotton State School Public car park, Sanctuary Drive, Mount Cotton
  • Bayview Conservation Park car park, German Church Road, Mount Cotton
  • Event Location – Mount Cotton Community Park, Valley Way, Mount Cotton

Capalaba Regional Park

When: 11am-3pm, Tuesday 26 January 2021

What: Free entry; live stage entertainment; food trucks; Australia Day family-fun activities. Limited to 1000 people for COVID safety requirements.

Courtesy bus: A free event courtesy bus will operate between 10.30am-4.00pm on a continuous loop from:

  • John Fredericks Park, Banfield Lane, Capalaba
  • Park and Ride car park, Moreton Bay Road, Capalaba
  • Event Location – Capalaba Regional Park, Pittwin Road, Capalaba

For further information about the pop-up park events, visit Council’s website.

 

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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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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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School holiday fun on Redlands Coast


There’s no excuse for boredom during the summer school holidays, with Redland City Council offering plenty of activities to engage, educate and entertain our city’s younger residents.

Mayor Karen Williams said there would be something to suit children of all ages with events being held at IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redland Performing Arts Centre.

“There are activities on offer for bookworms, crafty kids, environmental enthusiasts, aspiring artists and budding circus performers,” she said.

“With the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions we are pleased to be able to resume school holiday activities for our younger residents, but we do have measures in place to ensure everyone remains safe.

“Bookings are essential for most sessions as numbers are limited to allow for physical distancing.

“I encourage everyone to go online for more information and to ensure their children don’t miss out on a spot.

“The majority of events are free, but there are a few which incur a small cost.”

IndigiScapes is offering hands-on environmental workshops and events throughout December and January.

Become a citizen scientist and experience a self-guided iNaturalist scavenger hunt, or join yoga sessions, a fairy nature walk with storytelling, and a botanical dye and printing workshop.

Children can also explore the world of insects and make an insect hotel, create clay masterpieces, make a nature wreath or beeswax wraps, discover amazing ocean artefacts or learn about reducing lunch box waste and composting.

For information on any of these activities, visit the IndigiScapes website.

The mainland libraries at Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba are offering free Christmas craft sessions where participants can make a mosaic, stocking, decoration and gift tags.

In January there will be a puppets storytime, activities inspired by 130-Storey Treehouse, Trolls and Minecraft, and sessions where children gain confidence by reading to story dogs.

Bookings are required for all activities. Go to redland.qld.gov.au/library

Redland Performing Arts Centre is encouraging youngsters to run off and join the circus for a couple hours in December with workshops where they can tackle the trapeze, harness the hula-hoop, or master juggling and tumbling.

For information and bookings visit RPAC’s website.

Redland Art Gallery Cleveland will be facilitating free drop-in workshops in January, to coincide with Raquel Ormella’s exhibition Now is the Time at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.

For information and bookings visit the gallery’s website.

The gallery also offers a range of online activities where participants can make a hanging mobile, paint a portrait, create a cargo ship or a collage, or do some stamping.

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Redlands Coast set to celebrate a special Christmas


Redlands Coast is set to ring in a COVID-safe Christmas with a fun-filled five-day community festive celebration in December.

Hosted by Redland City Council, Christmas on the Coast will combine the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and community carols events into a five-day ticketed celebration from Wednesday 16 December to Sunday 20 December at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Mayor Karen Williams said this year’s celebration doubled as a special thank you to residents for the exceptional way they overcame the challenges presented by this year’s pandemic.

“How our community rallied in response to the pandemic has been quite remarkable and something worth celebrating in itself,” Cr Williams said

“While COVID restrictions affected mass events such as Christmas by Starlight, Council believed that this year, more than ever, our residents needed something special where they could get into the spirit of the holiday season in a COVID-safe way.

“As a five-day festival, it will also give our local traders and suppliers a much-needed boost after such a tough year and help us all to recover from the coronavirus’s impact on our community with some great family entertainment, fun and food.”

From 4.30pm to 8.30pm on each day of Christmas on the Coast, there will be live stage entertainment by some of our finest local talent, children’s rides and family activities, along with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, movies in the park and a boutique Christmas market complete with food vendors.

“Special features include a traditional carousel, inflatable jumping castles and the kids will even be able to get a socially distanced photo with Santa. There will also be an ‘ice-skating’ rink at the park next to the event for use during the day and evening,” Cr Williams said.

To meet COVID safety requirements, bookings are essential, with each evening restricted to 1500 people. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family (12 years and under free) and include free train travel to and from the event.  Tickets for ‘ice-skating’ are sold separately online.

“The five days of Christmas on the Coast will be a great time to ‘support local’, while also employing local performing artists and helping our traders and suppliers, many of whom have had a very tough year.

“Council is currently calling for expressions for interest from Redlands Coast local performing artists and market stallholders who want to be part of the event, so please check our website for details.

“It is very much a local event that will support the wellbeing and livelihoods of locals.

“Proceeds from event tickets will help some of the most vulnerable in our community with the proceeds of ticket sales supporting local charities such as domestic and family violence support services.”

Christmas on the Coast

When: 4.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 December 2020

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

What: Community Christmas event featuring: Live stage entertainment by some of our finest local talent | Santa | Lighting of the Christmas tree | Boutique Christmas markets | Food trucks | Kids’ rides and activities | Christmas movie in the park | Free train travel

Tickets: $5 per person or $15 per family (12 years and under FREE)

There will also be an ‘ice-skating’ rink at the park next to the event for use during the day and evening. Ice-skating tickets are sold separately online.

Info and bookings: redland.qld.gov.au/ChristmasOnTheCoast

 

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Musique en Rouge raises vital funds for families impacted by violence


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has praised Redlands Coast residents for their generosity in a challenging year to help those affected by domestic and family violence.

More than 270 people attended the sold-out live stage show Musique en Rouge on Saturday 7 November at Redland Performing Arts Centre and in the process raised more than $50,000 for local support services.

“I am thrilled at the response to this year’s new-look fundraiser, after COVID-19 restrictions meant we weren’t able to hold our popular Diner en Rouge mystery location sit-down gala dinner,” Cr Williams said.

“But the stage show was very well received.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Red Rose Foundation CEO Betty Taylor.

“This year’s event brings the total raised over the past six years to almost $400,000 and I thank everyone who has contributed to that figure, in particular Redlands Coast resident Dan Holzapfel, who has been a generous benefactor from the start.

“The funds raised through these events are distributed locally to support the amazing service providers who assist women and children whose lives have been shattered by violence.”

At last year’s event, Redland Coast’s Maybanke Accommodation & Crisis Support Service was presented with a cheque for $250,000 so they could furnish four new crisis accommodation units provided by the State Government, and build a playground on site.

Cr Williams said some of the money raised would also support the Red Rose Foundation’s Red Bench project across Redlands Coast.

“The red benches serve as a permanent and visible reminder that domestic and family violence occurs within our community, and also that people are standing up to do something about it,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast became home to Queensland’s first red bench last year, and Council is now committed to install a further 10 benches across the city.

“Everyone in the community has a responsibility to play a role in raising awareness of family violence.

“Through support of events such as Musique en Rouge, the Redlands Coast community has shown it is prepared to stand up and make a real difference for people whose lives have been torn apart.”

Musique en Rouge guest speakers Sue and Lloyd Clarke of Camp Hill.

Cr Williams thanked all organisations and individuals on the front line helping survivors of domestic and family violence.

Special guests were Lloyd and Sue Clarke in their first official speaking appearance since the tragic deaths of their daughter Hannah Clarke and young grandchildren Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey in February this year at Camp Hill.

Musique en Rouge featured sensational performances by Mirusia, Luke Kennedy and Naomi Price and band, Flipside Circus, Manoeuvre and Daniel J. Lewis.

ABC Radio’s Kelly Higgins-Devine was a consummate MC for the event.

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