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Council awards RADF grants to five local art projects

Redland City Council has awarded grants for five local art projects through the 2021-2022 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Mayor Karen Williams said the successful first round recipients would undertake projects that creatively explored stories of people and place on Redlands Coast.

“These grants promote the role and value of the arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities,” she said.

“Funding allocated in this round will help local musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers and Quandamooka Elders share their stories to entertain and inspire our community.”

The RADF provides grants of up to $10,000 for professional and emerging artists based on Redlands Coast and up to $20,000 for strategic initiatives.

RADF Assessment Panel co-chair Cr Paul Bishop (Division 10) said the funding underscored the importance of arts and culture on Redlands Coast.

“We are fortunate to have a thriving arts community and this funding will support projects that reflect the distinctive people and places of Redlands Coast and its communities,” Cr Bishop said.

“Our RADF committee members are all great volunteer ambassadors for the creative arts who also deserve our respect and thanks.”

Panel Co-chair Cr Lance Hewlett (Division 4) said another round of RADF grant applications would open on 16 February 2022.

“These grants support activities that encourage creative and skills development within the arts and cultural life of Redlands Coast,” Cr Hewlett said.

“They cater for a wide range of initiatives, with grants available in nine categories – community arts and cultural development, multi-arts, music, theatre, writing, dance, developing regional skills, heritage, and visual arts, craft and design.”

Recipients of 2021-2022 Round 1 RADF grants:

  • Cleveland Film Company (CFC) – $20,000 for the development of a sustainable and independent regional film industry on Redlands Coast. The further development of CFC as a local production company will create employment opportunities for a wide range of creative artists, technicians and third-party associated support businesses such as catering, construction and accommodation.
  • Karen Drukakis – $10,000 for Reflections in the Rear View Mirror – the panoramas and the potholes (A modern twist to the ancient practice of sharing life lessons of the Elders). In this project, Elders from Minjerribah will use modern multimedia techniques to share the stories of their lives; shows will be performed on Minjerribah and multimedia materials will be presented at Redland Performing Arts Centre.
  • Our Pixie Friends Pty Ltd – $4400 for the publication of a children’s picture book, Minksy the Meltdown Pixie, with copies to be donated to State Library of Queensland, Redland City Council Libraries and local special schools.
  • Redland Sinfonia Inc – $7200 for a professional recording experience, which will be used to promote the orchestra of aspiring local professional musicians to a wider group.
  • Island Art Collective/Eve Newsome – $3600 for a mural on the kitchen garden shed in the Karragarra Community Garden, painted by four established and emerging Southern Moreton Bay Islands visual artists.

The RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Redland City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

For more information, including how to apply for a grant in Round 2, visit


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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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Grants boost for Redlands Coast village experiences

Redlands Coast’s village vibe will get a boost thanks to a special Redland City Council grants program to support more live entertainment, movies in the park, food and boutique markets and other community events.

It follows Council’s decision today to invest $120,000 through a new Village Events and Activation Grant.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the grants will support traders and the community in making their local village centres more vibrant and enticing.

“We are very much a community of villages here on Redlands Coast and this commitment is all about celebrating our villages and investing in local business,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has been investing heavily in our village centres, with these grants just another way of providing more fun and engaging events and activities for locals and visitors.

“They will support not-for-profit community organisations and village traders to work together to run live entertainment and movie events, specialty markets and activities that bring people together to support the community and local traders.

“The options could include pop-up events, as well as activities for young people.

“Councillors are really excited to see what our villages can come up with.”

Under the program, one grant of up to $12,000 will be available for events in 10 centres across the city – Cleveland, Capalaba, Victoria Point, Alexandra Hills, Birkdale, Redland Bay, Wellington Point, Mount Cotton, North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

The grants, which will be available to no for profit community organisations from 28 February 2022 and close on 27 March 2022. Applicants will have until 31 December 2022 to deliver events.

Cr Williams said the grants supported the strategic objectives of Council’s corporate plan.

“We want to activate our villages and celebrate our local heritage and diverse cultures through local arts, festivals and events,” Cr Williams said.

“We want to encourage visitors and residents to get out and experience what Redlands Coast has to offer through supporting activities, events, performances and experiences that bring social, cultural and economic benefits to the community.

“These grants will go a long way to making this happen.”

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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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Applications open for Redland City Council Sponsorship Program

Applications are now open for Round 1 of Redland City Council’s annual Sponsorship Program.

Mayor Karen Williams said almost $140,000 was available over two rounds of sponsorship this financial year to support community-based events and initiatives held on Redlands Coast.

“Council sponsorship helps local organisations, community groups and individuals run a diverse range of events, projects and initiatives that directly benefit our community,” she said.

“From food and wine festivals and vintage markets to fireworks displays, fun runs and fishing competitions, we know that events provide immense economic benefits for Redlands Coast and attract visitors from far and wide.

“Council is thrilled to have the opportunity to support our event organisers in delivering some much-needed light relief to our hard-working community while supporting our local economy.

“Sponsorship can take the form of either financial or in-kind support, and the first round of the program is available for activities planned for December 2021 through to November 2022.

“I would encourage all event and activity organisers to consider applying for this support.”

Since 2016, Council has awarded more than $920,922 in Sponsorship and more than $1,844,587 in Community Grant funding. This includes about $259,000 to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19 in 2019-20.

Applications for Round 1 of this year’s Sponsorship Program will be accepted until 13 September 2021 and will support activities and events that provide tangible and measurable benefits to the Redlands community.

There are categories for minor sponsorship (up to $15,000) and major sponsorship (more than $15,000).

Funding opportunities are also available in the first round of the 2021-2022 Community Grants Program which closes on 23 August, with grants up to $10,000 to support local community organisations and individuals to undertake projects for the benefit of the Redlands Coast community.

Applications for Capital Infrastructure Grants of up to $50,000 will open in September, and a second round of both Sponsorship and Community Grants will open in February 2022.

For eligibility criteria and to learn more about how to apply for grants or sponsorship, visit Redland City Council’s website or call 3829 8999.

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Return of Council’s Community Grants and Sponsorship Program

Get ready for the return of Redland City Council’s Community Grants and Sponsorship Program as it resets for the 2021/22 financial year.

Mayor Karen Williams said she welcomed the return of the regular grants and sponsorship program for 2021-22, following an 18-month redirection of funds to COVID-19 relief and recovery grants.

“We recently announced the recipients of pandemic-related grants, supporting community organisations to recover from disruptions with Organisation Support (Sustainability) and Capital Infrastructure (Maintenance) grants,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has endeavoured to be flexible to help community and sporting organisations navigate the pandemic and has received some very positive feedback from beneficiaries, including Hot Shots Skipping, Rotary Club of Redlands Bayside and Blues Union Netball Club.

“It is now time to return our focus and funding back to Council’s regular Grants and Sponsorship Program.

“I understand many community organisations and event organisers have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the dates for the 2021-2022 funding rounds.

“We will start with Round 1 of Community Grants, with applications for the categories of Project Support, Organisation Support and Conservation being accepted from Monday 19 July until 16 August 2021.

“This will be immediately followed by Round 1 for Sponsorship, from 16 August to 13 September 2021, at which time the single round of the Capital Infrastructure Grants will open until 11 October 2021.

“A second round for both Community Grants and Sponsorship will open in the second half of the financial year.

“I encourage all those interested in applying for funding to visit Council’s webpage for eligibility criteria and guidelines, with applications accepted online via SmartyGrants only.

“Apply for a grant or sponsorship today and help invest in your community tomorrow.”

Key dates and details:

Community Grants Program – Round 1, 2021-2022

Applications are open Monday 19 July Monday 16 August 2021
The Community Grants Program provides funding to support local community organisations and individuals to undertake projects for the benefit of the Redlands Coast community.

Three categories are offered in this round:

  • Project Support (up to $10,000 for one-off projects)
  • Organisation Support (up to $3,000 for projects to become more sustainable and improve capacity to deliver services)
  • Conservation (up to $10,000 to benefit the environment and wildlife)

Sponsorship Program – Round 1, 2021-2022
Applications are open Monday 16 August – Monday 13 September 2021
Council’s Sponsorship Program provides financial and in-kind support to eligible individuals and organisations providing tangible and measurable commercial benefits to Council and the community through community projects, events or activities. Categories are Minor Sponsorship (up to $15,000) and Major Sponsorship (more than $15,000).

Capital Infrastructure Grants 2021-2022

Applications are open Monday 13 September – Monday 11 October 2021

Categories are Small Capital (up to $10,000) and Major Capital (from $10,001 to $50,000)

For more information visit or contact the Community Grants Team at or phone 07 3829 8999.

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Council grants for Redlands Coast arts projects

The Redlands Coast arts community will benefit from close to $63,000 in grant funding to assist creatives in the region.

Redland City Council has announced grants for seven local projects through round two of the 2020-2021 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Mayor Karen Williams said the funding would support individual artists and community arts events, underscoring the importance of arts and culture on Redlands Coast.

“We are fortunate to have a thriving arts community and this funding will support projects that reflect the distinctive people and places of Redlands Coast and its communities,” Cr Williams said.

Recipients of round two RADF grants were:

  • Jeremy Staples – $10,000 for Redlands Coast Islands Festival: this inaugural festival (1-4 October) will present a program of cultural events and experiences built around the Karragarra Sea Market.
  • Maree Goebel – $10,000 for ‘A Night at the Famous Cotton Club’: a Minjerribah community-based, multi-media Cabaret play and capacity building project.
  • Dr Sharon Jewell – $9,924 for Canaipa Mudlines September Residency: up to 15 artists will work on site in Turtle Swamp Forest, Russell Island. Work will be documented and posted online and included in the Redlands Coast Islands Festival.
  • Deborah Jordan – $9,000 forIsland Storytellers’: the inaugural Lamb Island Writers and Readers four-day festival, as part of the wider Redlands Coast Arts festival.
  • Maryann Talia Pau – $10,000 for ‘Oceania’: a Pasifika and First Nations-led community singing workshop and art exhibition as part of the 2021 Pacific Choirs Project event at Redlands Performing Arts Centre.
  • Natalie Sprite – $10,000 for ‘The Luminous Heart’: a targeted professional development program for writers who were part of the ‘Water Stories’ project.
  • Jan Nary – $4,000 for ‘The Other Diggers’: the first step in creating and performing a play about the operations and individuals in the Redlands-based Land Army during World War II.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Redland City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said that the long standing RADF program would help to boost Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, supporting artists and arts workers with employment opportunities through $4.2 million in funding for regional cultural projects.

“The Palaszczuk Government is investing $2.08 million in RADF for 2020-21 and an additional $2.13 million will be contributed by 59 councils across Queensland,” Minister Enoch said.

“Each year RADF showcases the extraordinary innovation of the arts and cultural sector in regional communities, delivers rich arts experiences and provides important professional opportunities for artists and arts workers.”

Council is calling for applications for RADF 2021-22, with round one opening 1 September 2021 and closing at midnight 17 October 2021. Round two will open 16 February 2022 and close at midnight 31 March 2022.

For more information, including how to apply for grants, visit


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Council grants fund Redlands Coast events to celebrate seniors

Redland City Council will provide funding to help 11 not-for-profit groups run events during Queensland Seniors Month in October.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support the organisations through the inaugural Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants Program.

“Council has been a supporter of Seniors Month for a number of years but this is the first year we’ve offered a dedicated grants program,” she said.

“We are very happy with the calibre of applications for this grant, with groups planning events on both the mainland and the islands.

“Our seniors will be spoilt for choice during October, with activities ranging from soccer, tennis and walking basketball through to an expo, hobby and craft displays and a morning tea to honour inspiring seniors.

“We have many wonderful seniors on Redlands Coast and we want them to live active, fulfilling lives and have opportunities to participate in all aspects of the community.

“This vision is articulated in Council’s Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026 and is supported through our Seniors Month Grants Program.

“The events the program helps fund will facilitate community participation, enhance community connections, and celebrate and acknowledge our older residents and their contributions to the community.”

Successful recipients of Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants are:

  • Bay Islands United Football Club – for an inter-island seniors soccer match
  • Redland District Committee on the Ageing Inc – seniors walk through parklands
  • Bay Islands Community Services Inc – Showcasing Seniors (hobbies and crafts) on Russell and Macleay Islands
  • Goompi Give and Grow Ltd – Quandamooka Elders lunch
  • Belgravia Foundation Pty Ltd – Seniors Week celebration at Cleveland Aquatic Centre
  • RedCity Roar Basketball Association Inc – Walking Basketball for Seniors
  • Redlands Coast Dementia Community Alliance – Dementia Friendly Communities Education and Awareness project
  • Coochiemudlo Island Men’s Shed Inc – Aged care expo with assistance from Redland District Committee on the Ageing
  • U3A Redlands District Inc – U3A Come & Try Day
  • Redland Bay Tennis Club – Redlands Hit Up for Seniors Social Tennis
  • Blue Care – Inspiring Seniors 2021 (12th annual morning tea to honour volunteers and inspirational seniors)
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Redlands Coast community groups urged to apply for Seniors Month grants

Redlands Coast community groups can now apply for Redland City Council grants under a new age-friendly initiative designed to support events for seniors during Queensland Seniors Month in October.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants Program was specifically aimed at activities being planned for Seniors Month, an annual state-wide celebration of positive ageing.

“Redlands Coast has plenty of wonderful seniors and ensuring that people of all ages are respected and included in all aspects of community life is a key outcome of Council’s Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026,” Cr Williams said.

“Bringing our older residents together helps them create and maintain new connections in their community, can enhance wellbeing and reduce the risk of illness, loneliness and isolation.

“These grants are a way for Council to encourage groups with a range of different focal points – such as recreation, support, wellbeing and learning – to deliver events and initiatives across the city over the full month.”

Cr Williams said grants of up to $1500 from a total budget of $10,000 would be available.

“Applications will be received online from 30 April to 30 May,” she said.

“We want the grants to support initiatives that are both active and passive in nature, catering to our most mobile seniors, as well as those with limited opportunities to be out into the community.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants Program supported Council’s broader aims for an age-inclusive community.

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Council grants help local groups hold Youth Week activities

Redland City Council will provide funding to help seven local not-for-profit youth organisations run events during Queensland Youth Week (10-18 April 2021).

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was happy to support the organisations with up to $1500 through the Redlands Coast Youth Week Grants.

“Redlands Coast organisations do a fantastic job supporting our local youth and providing them with safe spaces to meet, share experiences and to have fun,” she said.

“Unfortunately Council’s Youth Week program was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 so this year the focus has been on building organisational capacity for youth organisations to deliver youth activities.

“We are pleased at the response to the Youth Week Grants and the range of activities to be funded.”

Mayor Karen Williams with La’a Uitime, Clinical Centre Manager of Headspace Capalaba, which has received a Redlands Coast Youth Week Grant.

The successful grant recipients and their funded activities are:

  • Redland Community Centre – screen printing workshops
  • Headspace Capalaba in partnership with Community Connections Redlands Coast – movie in the park
  • The Cage Youth Foundation – obstacle course
  • Redlands PCYC – rock climbing
  • Joii Community in partnership with Celebrate Learning – an escape room
  • YMCA Victoria Point – movie night
  • Running Wild Youth Conservation Inc – parkour on Russell and Macleay islands

Cr Williams this year’s Youth Week activities would also include the announcement of the Redlands Coast Young Legends Awards winners on Wednesday, April 15.

Awards will be presented in four categories – Young Legend of the Year, Community Commitment, Environment and Sustainability, and Sports Leadership and Achievement.

Winners will receive a $200 voucher.

Nominations close this Friday, 12 March. Visit Council’s Redlands Coast Youth – support and activities webpage for more information.

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