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Another round of Business Brews for industry networking

Redlands Coast manufacturing businesses are invited to this month’s Business Brews industry networking event.

Supported by Redland City Council and held at Bacchus Brewing in Capalaba, this is the sixth event in the series and will focus on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was a great opportunity for local businesses to network and hear about the latest industry directions and training opportunities.

“Guest speaker for the event is TAFE Queensland Business Manager Kevin Roos who will talk about the growing industry need for CNC operators and the TAFE courses that relate to achieving qualifications in that area,” Cr Williams said.

“Council is proud to collaborate on these networking events as another way of adding to its commitment to supporting Redlands Coast industries and businesses.

“As well as sponsoring major business and jobs expos in the region, Council has provided stimulus funding to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Council is focused more on spending local as part of our corporate procurement policy, contract manual and strategic contracting plan and procedures adopted in July last year

“Wherever possible we will be using local businesses and suppliers to continue our support of the local economy and to keep people in jobs and create new employment opportunities.”

Business Brews event details

Time: Thursday, 28 October 2021, 4pm-6pm

Place: Bacchus Brewing, 1 / 2 Christine Place, Capalaba

Registration: Phone Redland City Council on (07) 3829 8999 or email and address your enquiry to the Economic Development Coordinator.

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Entertainers line up for Dîner en Rouge fundraiser

A stellar line-up of entertainment will feature at this year’s Dîner en Rouge event which raises funds for Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence.

Mayor Karen Williams said the live stage production, themed Musique en Rouge, would feature a night of exceptional entertainment at Redland Performing Arts Centre on 6 November 2021.

“Australian cabaret and theatre performer Luke Kennedy joined The Little Red Company to give a fabulous performance last year so I am very pleased he has returned to headline this year’s event,” Cr Williams said.

Luke Kennedy is one of the performers at this year’s Diner en Rouge fundraiser.

“Luke is a former member of Australia’s classical crossover group The Ten Tenors and was a grand finalist on season two of The Voice Australia.

“He will be joined by fellow The Voice alumni Irena Lysiuk who is an incredibly versatile opera singer, musical theatre performer and pop chanteuse, who has worked extensively with Opera Queensland and The Little Red Company.

“Complementing this amazing night of entertainment is Australia’s premier pop-opera group Belladiva, who perform intricate arrangements of best-loved classics.”

Cr Williams said the night would also feature two special guest speakers – domestic and family violence prevention advocate Vanessa Fowler and Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd.

“Vanessa is the sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay, who was tragically killed by her husband in 2012,” she said.

“She is committed to turning her family’s experience into a positive example of making a change within the community.

“Vanessa is co-Chair of the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council and Chair of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation.

Vanessa Fowler is one of two special guest speakers at Diner en Rouge.

“Our other speaker, Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd leads the Queensland Police Service Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command, which was established in March this year.

“He has established a pathway towards a more victim-centric, trauma-informed policing response to domestic and family violence, which will provide better protection for vulnerable members of our community.”

Dîner en Rouge will also include silent auctions and raffles, with all proceeds going to domestic and family violence support services on Redlands Coast.


What: Musique en Rouge – annual fundraiser to help Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence

When: Saturday 6 November 2021 from 5pm

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: $85 each or $80 per person for groups of 10 or more (incl GST). Tickets include canapés and a welcome drink.

Purchase tickets:

  • Online from
  • By telephone during business hours on 3829 8131
  • In person at Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday

More information:

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15 things to do on Redlands Coast this Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Looking for something different to do with family and friends on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend? Redlands Coast has you covered.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said residents and visitors were spoilt for choice this weekend (2-4 October 2021), which also marks the end of the school holidays.

“Redlands Coast has a wide range of naturally wonderful experiences on offer, from amazing parks and play spaces to fabulous beaches and conservation areas,” Cr Williams said.

“Our islands are always a great choice for day trips or weekend getaways, with opportunities to spot whales, dolphins, turtles, koalas and kangaroos, relax on beautiful beaches, browse boutique goods at markets, or pick up some unique art.

“There are also plenty of things to do on the mainland and I encourage everyone to support our local tourism operators and book an experience on Redlands Coast this long weekend.

“The weather forecast for Saturday through to Monday is for warm sunny days so I encourage everyone to make the most of it.

“An outing can be as simple as a picnic or barbecue in one of our many open spaces or parks.”

15 things to do this long weekend:

  1. Walk on water (at low tide only) from Wellington Point Recreation Reserve to King Island.
  2. Take a day trip to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and explore the studios, art galleries and museum in Dunwich. You can also hire a scooter or take a guided cultural tour along the Gorge Walk at Point Lookout.
  3. Check out the Tiny Homes Expo at Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday (ticketed event, tickets available online).
  4. Head down to Raby Bay Foreshore Park and hire a water bike or paddle across the bay and spot for dolphins and dugong along the way. You can also swim, kayak and stand up paddleboard on the foreshore.
  5. Visit Macleay Island and check out (or buy) some art or enjoy a relaxing game of barefoot bowls with a stunning waterfront view across the coast.
  6. Go bushwalking, mountain biking or horse riding in the Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area.
  7. Go sailing with one of the local yacht charter operators or take your own boat across Moreton Bay to Peel Island.
  8. Browse the fresh produce, arts and crafts, gifts, food and entertainment at the Cleveland Markets on Sunday from 7am-1pm.
  9. Picnic on the hill at Sirromet Wines – Queensland’s largest winery.
  10. Unleash your creativity and paint your own pottery piece at one of our local creative art studios in Cleveland.
  11. Hike the network of trails in the Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area in Sheldon.
  12. Take a 10 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point to Coochiemudlo Island and step onto the sandy beach with a playground and beachfront café.
  13. Visit Cleveland Point Reserve and picnic under the historic Cleveland Point lighthouse, and see it light up at night.
  14. Explore the nature tracks and botanic gardens at IndigiScapes Environmental Centre in Capalaba and follow it up with some bush flavours from the café.
  15. Visit one of the many vibrant outdoor spaces and playgrounds including Apex Park in Wellington Point, Thornlands Community Park, and Raby Esplanade Park in Cleveland.

For more information or other ideas on things to see and do, go to or pop into the Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre located at Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland which is open every day from 9am-4pm; phone 1300 667 386.

Council closures on Monday 4 October 2021 public holiday:

  • Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed on Monday 4 October, returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 5 October.

After hours return chutes at libraries will be closed on Monday, and no items will be due on that day.

  • Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre, Café, and Botanic Gardens will be open on Monday 4 October from 8am-4pm.

The nursery will be closed on Monday.

  • Bin collections

Bin collections will go ahead as normal, so bins need to be placed on the footpath by 6am on Monday 4 October.

Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

  • Recycling and waste centres

All mainland and island recycling and waste centres will be open. Residents should check Council’s website for opening hours.

  • RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay does not open on Monday. Opening hours are 10am-2pm on Tuesday and Friday.

  • Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open from 9am-noon on Monday 4 October.

For animal emergencies outside those hours, please phone 3829 8999.

  • Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC box office is closed on Monday 4 October, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 5 October.

During this time bookings can be made online via

  • Redland Art Gallery

The galleries at Cleveland and Capalaba will both be closed on Monday 4 October, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 5 October.

  • Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

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Full month of events to celebrate Redlands Coast seniors

Redlands Coast will celebrate its seniors for the entire month of October with a citywide series of community events and activities.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been a strong supporter of the annual Seniors Week over the years and decided to support the extension of it to Seniors Month in 2021 through the Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants Program.

“A dozen local not-for-profit groups received grants under the Council program to hold events during October under this year’s Seniors Month theme of ‘social connections’,” Cr Williams said.

“The month kicks off tomorrow on United Nations International Day of Older Persons and ends on National Grandparents Day, 31 October.

“There will be numerous opportunities for community participation and connection both on the mainland and the islands, with fun games and sporting activities, expos, displays and awareness projects.

“So many wonderful seniors, from wonderfully diverse backgrounds, call Redlands Coast home. Seniors Month is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop more social connections as our community comes together to support and celebrate their importance.

“Our city’s dedication to this is reflected in Council’s Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026.”

Activities organised by Council’s Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants recipients include:

  • Showcasing Seniors (hobbies and crafts): Bay Islands Community Services, Saturday October 2, 8am -2pm, Russell Island.
  • Walking Basketball for Seniors: RedCity Roar Basketball Association, Tuesdays, 5, 12 and 19 October, 9am to noon, Capalaba PCYC.
  • Seniors Walk: Redland District Committee on the Ageing Inc, Sunday 10 October, from 7am, through Redlands Coast parklands.
  • Dementia Friendly Communities Education and Awareness project: Redlands Coast Dementia Community Alliance, Monday 11 October, from 10.15am.
  • Redlands Hit Up for Seniors Social Tennis: Redland Bay Tennis Club, Redland Bay, Thursday 14 October
  • Aged Care Expo: Coochiemudlo Island Men’s Shed Inc with assistance from Redland District Committee on the Ageing, Friday 15 October, 9am to noon.
  • Inter-island seniors soccer fun match: Bay Islands United Football Club, Sunday 17 October, 10am, Russell Island sports field.
  • Seniors Celebration: Belgravia Foundation Pty Ltd, Wednesday 20 October to Friday 22 October, Cleveland Aquatic Centre.
  • U3A Come & Try Day: U3A Redlands District Inc, Wednesday 20 October, 9.30am to 2pm.
  • Senior Tech Expo: STAR Community Services, Thursday 21 October, 9am to noon.
  • Quandamooka Elders lunch: Goompi Give and Grow Ltd, date to be decided.
  • Redlands Coast Inspiring Seniors morning tea and awards 2021: Blue Care, Tuesday 16 November

For further details on the events, please contact the individual community groups.

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Live & Local micro-festival hits right note on Redlands Coast

The Redlands Coast music industry will receive a welcome boost through a Live and Local micro-festival to be held over three days from 22-24 October 2021.


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event aimed to help the music industry recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

“The past 21 months have been challenging for the entertainment industry, with many musicians impacted due to the cancellation of events, closed venues and limited paid performance opportunities,” she said.

“It will be great to see local musicians back doing what they do best – entertaining our community.”

The program line-up includes:

Friday 22 October

  • The RPAC Stage – located at Kyling Corner near The Bench and The Office on Middle, Middle St, Cleveland – Jax Swan, Zac Bnjmn, Arkism, The Febs

Saturday 23 October

  • The Fiction Bar, Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland – Peppermint Ollie, Josh Lovegrove
  • The Anchor by the Bay, Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland – Honey Dukes, Scott Walter
  • The Twilight Makers’ Market Stage, Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland – Radioceans, Yoyo Tuki, Adam James, Joe Geia Band

Sunday 24 October

  • The Binary Music Stage, Bloomfield St, Cleveland – Rose Rogers, Paula Boo, Clara Durbidge, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts

Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts

Redlands Coast Live and Local micro-festival curator Nix Gross said the event would showcase live original music organised by the creative community.

“I am passionate about creating forward movement and constancy of performance opportunities to support our Redlands Coast artists’ livelihoods,” Ms Gross said.

“All businesses engaged are super excited. Redland Performing Arts Centre, venues and Council are also keenly supportive in building an active live music precinct in the Redlands Coast area.”

The Live and Local Redlands Coast program is supported by Redland City Council, in partnership with Creative Arts Alliance, Live Music Office Australia, QMusic and APRA/AMCOS.

For more information on the Live and Local Redlands Coast micro-festival, visit

As well as performance opportunities, Live & Local is connecting all musicians from the region with two days of free, high-quality professional development delivered in partnership with Queensland’s peak body, QMusic.

It will include professional development sessions, covering both business and artist-specific topics, and aims to create paid opportunities for small businesses including technical crew, photographers, videographers, curators and arts workers.

The Redlands Coast Music Industry Professional Development Session facilitated by QMusic will be at Redland Performing Arts Centre on 11 and 12 October from 6-8pm.

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Tickets go on sale for annual Dîner en Rouge fundraiser

Tickets are now on sale for Redland City Mayor Karen Williams’ annual Dîner en Rouge event which raises funds for Redlands Coast domestic and family violence support services.

Now in its seventh year, the event has raised almost $400,000.

Cr Williams said the 2021 event would be a live stage production, themed Musique en Rouge, for the second year.

“Last year’s new-look Musique en Rouge fundraiser, held as a stage show instead of the usual dinner in response to COVID-19 restrictions, was very well received and raised more than $50,000 for local support services,” she said.

“The economic and social impacts associated with COVID-19 have magnified the tragedy of domestic abuse, so it is important we continue to work together to ensure a safer tomorrow for all victims of this crime on Redlands Coast.”

Cr Williams said Musique en Rouge would be held at Redland Performing Arts Centre and would feature an exceptional line-up of performers and two special guest speakers:

  • Vanessa A Fowler, sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay who helped form the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and is the current Director and Chairperson of the Board, and
  • Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd who heads up the new Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command.

“Funds raised through ticket sales, auction items, raffles and sponsorship will help to ensure local community organisations can deliver assistance to people when and where it is needed most,” Cr Williams said.

“We all deserve to feel safe and, by their support of past Dîner en Rouge events, our community has shown it is prepared to stand up and make a real difference for people whose lives have been torn apart by domestic and family violence.”

There are a number of opportunities to sponsor or support the Dîner en Rouge fundraising. Details are available on the event’s webpage at

Redland City Council is proud to once again partner with Zonta clubs, Soroptimist International, Rotary Club of Cleveland, Redland Foundation and other local domestic and family violence service advocates on this year’s event.


What: Musique en Rouge – annual fundraiser to help Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence

When: Saturday 6 November 2021 from 5pm

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: $85 each or $800 for a social group of 10 tickets (includes GST)

Purchase tickets:

  • Online from
  • By telephone during business hours on 3829 8131
  • In person at Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
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Redland City to host major business and jobs expo

Redland City Council is again supporting a major business and jobs expo to help local businesses thrive and to foster more employment opportunities.

Mayor Karen Williams said registrations were now open for the 4 November event which would offer business operators the ideal opportunity to network, buy and sell products and services, and attend business education workshops.

“Last year’s Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo was a great success so, on the back of another challenging year for many local businesses due to COVID-19, Council will again sponsor this expo as part of its commitment to helping our business community to recover and to continue providing local jobs,” Cr Williams said.

“It will again be backed by a host of business industry groups and sponsors in what will be the biggest business-to-business marketplace to be held in the Redlands Coast and Logan regions.

“It will provide access to 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.”

This year’s expo, organised by The Small Business Expos and again at the Alexandra Hills Hotel and Convention Centre, is set to feature 145 stands supported by food vendors and live entertainment.

Cr Williams said Council was also supporting local businesses through other workshops in addition to hosting a business breakfast in partnership with Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) in mid-November with the focus on the New Zealand market.

“This business breakfast will present investment and marketing opportunities in New Zealand for Redlands Coast businesses to nurture and grow through exports. Additionally, the businesses will have an opportunity to engage with TIQ New Zealand in taking their business interests forward,” Cr Williams said.


When: 10am-4pm, Thursday 4 November 2021

Where: Alexandra Hills Hotel and Convention Centre, McDonald and Finucane Roads, Alexandra Hills

Cost: Entry by gold coin donation. You must register to attend.


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Redland Art Gallery hosts antiques roadshow-style events

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland is inviting residents to bring in their artworks, antiques and collectibles for appraisal at two antiques roadshow-style events.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Art and Collectibles valuation days in September and October offered residents the opportunity to sit down with a panel of art and antique experts and learn more about a special item from home.

“This is a fun way to be involved in our very own antiques roadshow-style event on Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“Members of the public can bring in any two personal items ranging from artworks, photographs, antiques and vintage collectibles, to learn more about their history and value.

“It is also a great opportunity to talk to highly-regarded experts in the art and antiques industry, be amazed by what other people bring in, and gain a new appreciation for art and antique collections.”

RAG Director Emma Bain said this was the first time the gallery had hosted an event of this type.

“We have had a lot of enquiries from gallery visitors over the years in relation to the appraisal of artworks and antiques they have in their homes,” Ms Bain said.

“We are expecting the valuation days to be popular, not just in putting a value on the items but providing information on when and where they were created.”

The expert panel includes Rob Metcalfe from Bayside Antiques and Collectables Centre in Cleveland; Catherine Ricketts and Kevin Parker from Nudgee Road Antiques; and Ross Searle and John Walsh, art valuers under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

The valuation days will offer 10 minute sessions on Sunday 12 September and Sunday 10 October. Bookings are essential.

If items are large or very fragile, residents are asked to bring a photograph instead.

The Art and Collectibles days will operate under a COVID-safe plan which includes attendees wearing masks and physically distancing.


What: Art and Collectibles at RAG

Where: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

When: Sunday 12 September and 10 October from 9am-1.30pm

Cost: $10 per session

Information and bookings:

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Redlands Coast athletes on the world stage

Two Redlands Coast swimmers will be coming home with medals around their necks after proving their prowess in the pool at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Paige Leonhardt from Thornlands and Jake Michel from Birkdale were part of the Australian Para-swimming team and both had won silver medals.

“Paige brilliantly bagged her silver medal in the 100m butterfly final and gave her all to finish sixth in the 100m breaststroke final on Sunday. The 20-year-old also made the finals of the 200m individual medley, again finishing sixth,” Cr Williams said.

“Jake, 23, scored a silver medal in his one and only event, the men’s 100m breaststroke. He was narrowly beaten by Japanese swimmer Naohide Yamaguchi who set a new world record.

“Well done Jake and Paige on their brilliant swims.”

Cr Williams said the medal success followed a strong representation by Redlands Coast athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

She said she was proud of the athletes for not only their prowess on the sporting fields and venues of Tokyo, but also for the fairness and respect they displayed during competition.

“The 2020 Olympic Games were a stunning success during difficult times and a lot of that came down to the performances of the athletes themselves from all countries and all disciplines,” Cr Williams said.

Redlands Coast athletes who competed in Tokyo included:

  • Mara Stransky of Russell Island finished 14th in the Women’s Laser Radial class.
  • Cassiel Rousseau of Ormiston showed promise in the men’s diving 10m platform, finishing 8th in the final. Fellow diving team member and former Redlands Coast resident Melissa Wu took home a bronze medal in the women’s 10m platform.
  • Taylor Worth of Birkdale made it to round 16 in the men’s archery individual event.
  • Alannah Mathews of Sheldon competed as part of the five-member rhythmic gymnastics group.
  • Shannon Parry of Cleveland was part of the women’s rugby sevens squad who unfortunately were unable to replicate their gold medal win in Rio 2016, losing to Fiji in the quarter finals.
  • Emily Gielnik of Alexandra Hills was part of the Matildas Olympic squad who made it to the semi-finals and narrowly missed bringing home a bronze medal.
  • and BMX freestyler Logan Martin who lives in Maudsland but has trained in Redland Bay for many years made history to become the first men’s BMX freestyle gold medallist.

Cr Williams said the athletes’ achievements were another reminder of the level of excellence being reached by sporting clubs right across Redlands Coast.

“Redlands Coast residents will have the exciting opportunity to see and support Australian athletes competing right in their own backyard when the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games come to Brisbane,” she said.

“Redlands Coast will be an event venue city for the Canoe Slalom events at the Brisbane 2032 Games.

“This is a fantastic opportunity, not only for locals to enjoy the spectacle and excitement of a Games event, but also to showcase our wonderful Redlands Coast to the world.

“A purpose-built Olympic-standard Redland Whitewater Centre to host the canoe slalom events is part of the integrated Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct for which Birkdale Community Precinct on Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, is the preferred site.”


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Annual breakfast raises more than $27,500 for school chaplaincy programs

More than $27,500 was raised for state school chaplaincy programs across Redlands Coast at the 19th annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

Mayor Karen Williams said today’s event at the Alexandra Hills Conference Centre brought the amount raised since 2015 to nearly $150,000.

“This year’s fundraising was an excellent result given the reduced numbers able to attend, for the second year in a row, due to COVID-safe requirements,” she said.

“All the money we raise through these breakfasts helps fund our wonderful chaplains, who now work in 83 per cent of state schools across Redlands Coast, so it is money very well spent.”

The event included the announcement of the recipient of the annual Pastor Glen Gray Award.

Pastor Glen Gray Award recipient Terry Keen (chaplain at Alexandra Hills State School) and Mayor Karen Williams.

“This award recognises an outstanding school chaplain who has demonstrated significant social, emotional and spiritual support to students, parents and school employees,” Cr Williams said.

“It was established last year in honour of the late Pastor Gray, who was the driving force behind the inception of the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast and who did so much great work in our community.

“This year’s worthy recipient is Terry Keen, who is the chaplain at Alexandra Hills State School.”

Among the 175 breakfast attendees were sponsors, school principals, students and chaplains, church leaders, state and local government representatives, business people and community members.

Guest speaker was Ruth Limkin, founding CEO of the Banyans Healthcare Group, a Non-Executive Director of Bible Society Australia and a former board member of Scripture Union Queensland.

Cr Williams thanked all those who supported the event, including members of the organising committee: Ken Mihill, Pastor Neale Collier, Alan Lucas and Alison Kingdom.

Event sponsors and supporters included:

Diamond sponsor

  • Lee’s Environmental

Platinum sponsor

  • Renaissance Retirement Living

Silver sponsor

  • Bentham Foundation

Bronze sponsors

  • Alex Gow Funerals
  • Bank of Queensland Cleveland
  • Cole + Yarrow
  • RE/MAX Bayside Properties
  • Villawood Properties

Event supporters

  • McGuires’ Hotels Group
  • CPC Production Services
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