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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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Redland City Council supports major business and jobs expo


Redland City Council is throwing its support behind local businesses by sponsoring a major business and jobs expo to help get the sector back on its feet and to foster more employment opportunities.

Mayor Karen Williams said that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo was the perfect opportunity to support local businesses doing it tough.

“This year has been incredibly challenging for so many of our local businesses due to COVID-19 and this expo is a great opportunity to help them connect and market their products and services to hundreds of other business owners,” she said.

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

“The expo ties in closely with Council’s economic strategy and our approach to helping businesses thrive through organising workshops, providing access to information on export opportunities and training, supporting research and development, and attracting investment.

“The expo also includes a mentor hub and panel sessions for women in business, and a jobs area with employment agencies, group training, resume writing, workshops and a jobs board.”

Cr Williams said the business expo was just one way Council was helping local businesses recover.

“We know our local businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and Council is pleased to be able to support our local business sector,” she said.

“As well as sponsoring local events such as the business and jobs expo, this year Council has also helped local businesses steer their way through the unfolding COVID crisis, with more than $250,000 in grants awarded to 81 businesses to help them restructure their operations or to access professional advice.”

The business and jobs expo will also include the launch of a 12-month regional trial of the ASPIRE digital trading platform, which has been in market in Victoria for five years.

Cr Williams said Redland City Council – along with Gold Coast and Logan councils – would participate in the CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot so local businesses could access the online marketplace to trade waste and defray waste disposal costs.

“The ASPIRE platform allows businesses to source and dispose of unwanted items that would normally go to landfill and has the potential to deliver environmental and economic benefits for the region,” Cr Williams said.

“Stop by the ASPIRE stand at the expo or visit aspiresme.com for more information.”

DETAILS

When: 10am to 4pm on Thursday 19 November 2020

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

Cost: Entry by gold coin, and there is a cost to exhibit

Info: https://smallbusinessexpos.com.au/redlands/

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November NAIDOC celebrations set for Redlands Coast


Redland City Council is set to celebrate NAIDOC Week (8-15 November) with free arts and educational activities across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said NAIDOC Week, traditionally celebrated in July and postponed due to COVID-19, held extra significance this year as an important opportunity to connect and celebrate as a community.

“After a challenging year, it is wonderful that we are now able to offer in-person and online NAIDOC Week activities, with Council offering a range of options to suit all ages,” Cr Williams said.

“Our library team has some exciting initiatives, including a specially commissioned cultural talk with a Quandamooka man Matthew Burns, which will be available on the Redland Libraries Facebook page from 6pm on Monday 9 November.

“Anyone who has been fortunate enough to hear Matthew talk will know it is a special experience, and in this beautiful video he again shares fascinating insights to the traditions, lore and stories of the Quandamooka People.

“At Capalaba Library on Thursday 12 November from 9.30-10am, youngsters (0-5) and their parents can also join talented performer Moojidi (Kargun Fogarty) for a morning of dance, singing, didgeridoo and language.

“We end the week of celebrations with a free NAIDOC showcase at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on Sunday 15 November from 1-4.30pm, headlined by singer/songwriter, guitarist and didgeridoo player Joe Geia.

“People can enjoy a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country and family-friendly demonstrations and activities, including Indigenous dance workshops and face painting, a cultural talk and artefacts display, and a bush tucker food demonstration and tasting.”

Redland Art Gallery also recently unveiled four new temporary public art banners in celebration of NAIDOC 2020, featuring stunning pieces from the Redland Art Gallery Collection by Quandamooka artists Damien Abberdan, Sonja Carmichael, Joshua Walker and Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

“These can be seen on the side wall of our Cleveland Administration Building (opposite the library), Redland Performing Arts Centre and Harold Walker Jetty in Dunwich (Goompi),” Cr Williams said.

“Due to social distancing requirements our numbers at some activities are restricted, so I encourage people to jump on to Council’s website for all the event details and to book in where necessary.”

For more information head to https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/NAIDOC

 

 

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Spooky Halloween fun on Redlands Coast


UPDATE 23 November: Movie in the Park event cancelled due to wet weather forecast

There’s always plenty to do on naturally wonderful Redlands Coast and Halloween is no exception.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said kids – big and small – were already starting to plan their costumes and activities for some wonderfully spooky fun on and around Saturday 31 October.

“Redlands Coast has a range of community events and activities from which to choose, whatever your interest,” she said.

“Our wonderful local shopping centres and traders have increasingly got into the spirit of Halloween over the years, handing out goodies to little ones whose parents prefer not to door knock.

“This year Victoria Point Shopping Centre has gone a step further, bringing to life augmented reality characters through the Redlands Coast Deals and Rewards App, a free mobile phone app aimed at promoting local businesses and rewarding their customers.

“This will be a fun new use for the Redlands Coast App, which was developed by Redland City Council and has already been download 1574 times for shopping in the city.

“If you are heading to Victoria Point Shopping Centre for Halloween, download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play in order to spot the friendly monsters and participate in the virtual trick or treating with real treats up for grabs.”

Councillor Williams said there would also be activities around Redlands Coast for nature lovers and movie and history buffs.

“Nature lovers will be able to head to IndigiScapes – Council’s environmental education centre – to learn about our fascinating flying foxes and meet an adorable flying-fox pup from 10am-2pm, 31 October,” she said.

“The team from Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland will talk about the ways of these crucial pollinators and kids can make a batty badge to take home.

“Redlands Museum and Theatre Redlands are hosting a spine-tingling Halloween Night Walk from 6pm, Friday 30 October.

“This event is not for the faint hearted, with a minimum age of 13 and prior bookings essential.

“Movie buffs can get their fix at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on Saturday 31 October, where there’ll be an 11am and 2pm screening of Australian thriller Dead Calm. Prior bookings at www.rpac.com.au are essential.

“And in the lead up to Halloween, a free movies in the park event featuring Hotel Transylvania is planned for Saturday 24 October at William Stewart Park, Thornlands.

“There’s no excuse to stay home this Halloween so head out for some socially-distanced fun.”

Visit the What’s On community calendar on Council’s website for more information on what’s happening on Redlands Coast.

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EKKA Redlands Coast Public Holiday Closures for 10 August, 2020


Council Offices & Customer Service Centres

Redland City Council offices and customer service centres will be closed on Monday 10 August 2020, returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Bin Collections

Normal bin services will occur on the public holiday. Remember to put your bin out the night before as trucks start collecting from 6am. If your bin has not been collected by 4pm, please contact us within 24 hours. To report a missed bin on Monday, please fill out the Missed bin collection request form, or phone the office on Tuesday 11 August on 3829 8999. For more information, visit the Missed Bin collection page on the website.

Recycling and Waste Centres

Birkdale: temporarily closed for site maintenance and upgrades.

Redland Bay: open from 7am-5pm (must arrive before 4.45pm).

Coochiemudlo Island: open 10am-12pm.

Karragarra Island: open during daylight hours.

Lamb Island: open during daylight hours.

North Stradbroke Island: open 8am-2pm.

Macleay Island: open 8am-2pm.

Russell island: open 8am-2pm.

Residents should check the website for all other opening times.

RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay is closed on Mondays. It is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm.

Libraries

The Libraries and after-hours return chutes will be closed on Monday 10 August 2020. No items will be due during this time.

Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open 9am -12pm on the public holiday.

Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre, nursery and cafe will be closed. Walking trails will remain open.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC box office will be closed on Monday 10 August 2020, reopening at 10am on Tuesday 11 August 2020. For online bookings visit www.rpac.com.au

Redland Art Galleries

Redland Coast’s Art Galleries at Cleveland and Capalaba will both be closed on the public holiday and reopen at 9am Tuesday 11 August 2019.

Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

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Live performance returns to the Redland Performing Arts Centre stage


Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) will bring live entertainment back to the stage as the centre re-opens with the easing of COVID-19 Stage 3 Restrictions.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said RPAC would make a welcome return with excellent entertainment opportunities again on offer.

“Patrons from Redlands Coast and further afield can rest assured that a comprehensive industry-specific COVID plan is now in place at RPAC,” Cr Williams said.

“This has been a challenging time for the entertainment industry, so it will be great to see performers back doing to what they do best – entertaining our community.

“As COVID-19 Stage 3 Restrictions limit audience numbers, RPAC will return with a combination of live-streamed and smaller audience attended events.

Mayor Williams said the first performances would be part of a new RPAC Live concert series, delivered in partnership with Creative Arts Alliance and East Coast Originals and showcases some of the exceptional music talent of Redlands Coast.

“The series will start with a free live-streamed opening concert featuring the exquisite sounds of local First Nations artists Uncle Josh Walker, Lil Nix and Sachém on Saturday 25 July.

“Subsequent concerts – on 8, 15 and 29 August – will also be live-streamed for free, as well as welcoming small audiences in the Concert Hall.

“If you are a local musician and you are looking for the opportunity to perform, then the line-up for the final two RPAC Live concerts are also still being finalised, so visit the RPAC website www.rpac.com.au for links to the expression of interest form.

Cr Williams said that in addition to showcasing our fabulous local talent, RPAC would feature some of our favourite artists with a mixture of live audience and live-stream delivery during the coming months.

“Sharon Rowntree is sure to delight with her diva-licious show Dusty and the Divas, while Fat Musicals will take a satirical look at musical theatre,” she said.

“The Black Square Quartet will offer outstanding chamber music and acrobatic prowess will be on show in By a Thread.

“Young children will love the adventures of Wilbur the Optical Whale and The Gruffalo’s Child.

“I look forward to the wonderful variety coming back to RPAC over the next few months and encourage all live performance lovers to visit the RPAC website for all the details.

“Whether you watch a live-streamed show from home or book to see one of your favourite artists live on stage, I am sure you will once-again enjoy the magic of live performances at RPAC,” she said.

Visit the RPAC website www.rpac.com.au to find:
• all show details
• information on expressing your interest to perform in the RPAC Live concert series (local artists only)
• the COVID-safe industry plan RPAC will be following.

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Council poll on Redlands Coast Ekka Show day


Now is the time to vote on your next long weekend, with Redland City Council running an online poll to help decide what date Council should ask the State Government to gazette as the Redlands Coast 2020 Ekka public holiday.

The move follows State Government approval for Brisbane City Council to move their Wednesday People’s day holiday to Friday 14 August, and invite other south-east Queensland regions to examine their options.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was asking residents and businesses if they would prefer to keep its holiday on Monday 10 August or move it to the same Friday as Brisbane.

“People can head to our Facebook page or website and vote for their preferred public holiday – do they want to stay with our traditional Monday off or move to join Brisbane residents in having Friday off for the first time,” Cr Williams said.

“We’re in the fortunate position that either way we have a long weekend, but the decision is one we need to consider carefully as there will be flow-on effects for tourism and local businesses, as well as families with members working in different Council areas.

“As with Brisbane, the change will be a one-off, but we want to give our residents a chance to voice a preference.”

Mayor Karen Williams said whatever the outcome, the change of the Brisbane City Public Holiday would provide an opportunity for local businesses to leverage the tourism opportunities.

“With the change to Brisbane’s public holiday we’ll be encouraging people from around south-east Queensland region to swap show bags for a long weekend enjoying the little adventures and hidden treasures of Redlands Coast.”

“While the economic possibilities are important, so too is the health and safety of residents and visitors so I’d also ask that anyone looking to visit Redlands Coast over the Ekka holiday remembers to practise social distancing and remember that COVID-19 remains a risk, particularly for our vulnerable communities.

To have your say, head to Redland City Council Facebook or yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

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