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Make merry at Christmas on the Coast


A merry wonderland of fun and excitement awaits children at the five-day Christmas on the Coast event at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park from Wednesday 15 December.

Santa Claus will be coming to Christmas on the Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said youngsters of all ages would be treated to a sensory smorgasbord of free rides, activities and attractions at the city’s big Christmas celebration.

“There will be a toboggan ride on synthetic ice – not something you usually find in a Queensland summer – as well as a stunning high-flying carousel, baby animals for the little ones and fun inflatables where the kids can burn off plenty of energy,” she said.

“Along with Christmas carols and lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, the event will also feature a special children’s pantomime show each afternoon presented by local musical theatre training group ROCKIT Productions and roving characters happy to provide a photo opportunity.

“You’ll be able to watch family Christmas movies in the park, fuel up at the food trucks and browse among market stalls.

“It’s a small way Redland City Council can thank you all, put the challenges of the year behind us, support our local traders and get everyone in the holiday spirit.”

The attractions include:

  • A 25m toboggan slide on synthetic ice. It’s open to anyone who can carry the provided tube (small children can ride with an adult).
  • An exhilarating Flying Carousel (riders need to be at least 110cm).
  • Animal Farm petting zoo, including ducklings, chicks, lambs and other baby animals.
  • Redland Library Kid’s Zone with craft activities and story time.
  • A giant inflatable obstacle course plus a jumping castle just for children under 5 years.
  • Meet and greet with Santa, with free photos available.
  • Lighting of the city’s Christmas tree around 6.30pm each night.
  • Roving characters that you can meet and get a photo with, including Rudolph, cheeky elves, illuminated angels on stilts and roller-skating candy canes.
  • Market stalls offering Christmas gifts.

“There will be plenty of food, drinks, ice-creams and sweets with pass-outs available so you can also head to your favourite local restaurant and, of course, live stage entertainment featuring your favourite Christmas carols,” Cr Williams said.

“Internationally acclaimed soprano Mirusia and swing/jazz sensation Craig Martin will headline a production featuring some of Redlands Coast’s best musical talent.

“Mirusia will be performing from Wednesday to Saturday, with Craig on each night and Craig’s swing band from Thursday to Sunday.”

Live entertainment from last year’s event.

Christmas on the Coast is a ticketed event and bookings are essential.

Tickets, which are $5 per person with 12 years and under free, will also entitle the holder to free train travel to the event, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards helping local causes such as domestic and family violence support services.

DETAILS

When: 4.30pm–9pm, Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 December 2021.
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland.
Tickets: $5 (12 years and under free), includes free train travel to the event.

Info and program: redland.qld.gov.au/Christmas

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New Straddie coastal walk unlocks spectacular experiences for the whole community


Another ‘Straddie’ walk experience offering spectacular views in naturally wonderful surroundings is ready for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk project at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has been completed, providing a scenic and safe walkway between Snapper Street and Frenchmans Stairs.

Mayor Karen Williams said the project was a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the Queensland Government, which provided $1 million under the Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.

“This fabulous coastal walk, with its viewing platforms and pathway between the trees and foreshore foliage, captures and celebrates the essence of what makes Minjerribah so special,” Cr Williams said.

Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk has been completed. Photo: Alder Constructions and Rezolution Photography

“The walkway project creates a remarkable coastline experience while providing protection for ecosystems, vegetation and cultural heritage, and helping ensure the safety of users.

“It also represents an investment that will bring benefits to the Minjerribah community for years to come.

“The pandemic has been tough on our island businesses and, with people now returning for day trips and longer holidays, investment in infrastructure projects like this is vital.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the result, and am looking forward to seeing residents and visitors enjoying the newest Straddie walk.”

Assistant Minister for Local Government Nikki Boyd said the Coastal Walk project supported 91 jobs.

“Minjerribah is one of the jewels in the crown of Queensland’s tourism industry and one of the most beautiful locations in the world,” Ms Boyd said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to have contributed $1 million to the Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk project, from our successful Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.

“The coastal walkway will further enhance the experience for locals and visitors to the island.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the Stage 1 works were a strong step towards addressing local concerns about the ‘missing link’ between Point Lookout Village and Cylinder Beach.

“Residents told us during community consultation that they wanted Council to connect these two popular spots, and the coastal walkway has provided a great starting point,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Accessible and safe, more people can now enjoy the glorious views available from this stretch of Redlands Coast.

“Built to an environmentally-sensitive design, the walkway has also provided additional protection for our local environment and cultural heritage.

“It is fauna friendly and follows a route that minimises impacts on vegetation and the surrounding bushland.

“The idea for this project came from the community, and it feels great seeing residents already using the walkway, while knowing the longer-term benefits it will bring for local business and tourism.

“The Minjerribah Panorama Coastal Walk is something we can all enjoy and feel pride in.”

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Point Lookout Gorge Walk reopens after restoration


The popular Point Lookout Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has fully reopened to visitors ahead of the busy Christmas holiday period.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said restoration work was now complete on a 25 metre section of the boardwalk which was damaged earlier this year following heavy rain.

“Minjerribah is one of Queensland’s most beautiful naturally wonderful attractions and the Gorge Walk has always been a ‘must do’ for visitors to the island,” she said.

“Unfortunately the walk had to be closed earlier this year to ensure the safety of the public after heavy rain washed away some of the footings.

“Now I am pleased to announce that residents and visitors are once again able to complete the full 1.2 kilometre circuit uninterrupted.

“The walk offers multiple vantage points to view local flora and fauna against the stunning backdrop of the headlands and Pacific Ocean.

“The reopening of the entire Gorge Walk will be very welcome news to residents and businesses on Minjerribah, especially with the influx of visitors expected for the upcoming summer holidays.”

The Point Lookout Gorge Walk has fully reopened following repairs to a damaged section.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said reconstruction of the damaged section of the walk involved the installation of seven new footings into the underlying rock.

“This was a difficult area in which to undertake works and, at the same time, protect its beautiful surrounds,” he said.

“The contractors worked off the existing decking to bore down 2.8 metres into rock to ensure the stability of the footings.

“They were then harnessed from the walk to add pile caps, using concrete pumped all the way from the main carpark.

“Care was taken at all stages of the restoration to ensure minimal damage to vegetation and the surrounding gorge.

“I am very excited that the boardwalk has reopened so residents and visitors can once again walk the circuit and experience the natural beauty of Minjerribah.”

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Redlands Coast businesses connect with New Zealand


Stronger trade connections and new opportunities between Redlands Coast businesses and the New Zealand market were explored at a recent Redland City Council-organised business event.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams addresses participants at the Business Breakfast: Redlands Coast & New Zealand event.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Business Breakfast: Redlands Coast & New Zealand event held in partnership with Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) on 18 November, presented the opportunities available and the ways to leverage and connect NZ and Redlands Coast trade and investment.

“This event was about identifying these opportunities and discuss a way forward for the strengthening of these ties in the coming year,” Cr Williams said.

“Having a strong bilateral trade and investment connection is a great way to form strategic trans-Tasman ties.

“Immediate opportunities for enhanced ties between Redlands and New Zealand could be in health care, maritime industries, food, ag-tech and emerging technology industries.”

Cr Williams said the event was one of several ways that Council supported local businesses including the highly successful Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo earlier this month.

“Council is coordinating our approach across the levels of government to provide seamless support for business in making the most of NZ trade and investment,” she said.

“In this way businesses can get access to resources they need regardless of their initial point of contact.

“This event was the start of Council working collaboratively with industry and government to explore trade and investment opportunities with a range of global markets.

“Many businesses just aren’t aware of the fantastic resources available to them in these endeavours. They can reach out to Council for personalised consultations so they can get the support they need to expand and grow their business.”

Participants at the Business Breakfast: Redlands Coast & New Zealand event held in Alexandra Hills.

Cr Williams said the event attracted representatives from a broad range of industries including food production, renewable energy, ag-tech, retailers, manufacturers and creative industries, including local and Indigenous-owned businesses. Key organisations represented included Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), Export and Council of Australia and Trade & Investment Queensland.

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Council requests funding deal to secure delivery of State’s North Stradbroke Island public transport strategy


Redland City Council will soon submit its feedback on the Queensland Government Draft Minjerribah Public Transport Strategy (Draft Strategy) after endorsing the submission at the General Meeting on Wednesday 17 November 2021.

The State’s Draft Strategy recommends a suite of priorities and actions to improve the public transport system on and to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased with the opportunity to review the State’s Draft Strategy that aims to support the Redlands Coast community, economy, and environment.

“With the Queensland Government proposing different ways to enhance the island’s passenger transport network, there are several infrastructure projects that need to be delivered to achieve these goals,” Cr Williams said.

“Council noticed during its review of the Draft Strategy it had been nominated to lead many of these projects, such as new bus stops and parking facilities and, for Council that is simply financially impractical.

“Our island communities know that Council continually advocates for improvements to the public transport network across our islands, but the reality is Council needs funding commitment from the Queensland Government to help deliver the work.

“Thankfully, Council was able to provide feedback on the Draft Strategy.

“Our feedback outlines these concerns and requests for the development of an implementation plan, detailing lead and partner agency responsibilities, indicative costings, funding sources and delivery timeframes.

“I am hopeful that Council’s feedback on the Draft Strategy leads to future conversations between Council and the Queensland Government so that we can arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement and provide our community with better and easier ways to travel.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said he was optimistic about the Draft Strategy and hoped it would kick-start future development of public transport infrastructure on North Stradbroke Island.

“While the island has a permanent population of about 2,000 people, it can swell to over 10,000 during peak tourism season, making transport to, from and around the island critical for residents and the local tourism economy,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Advances to bus stops, bus operations, active transport access and bicycle parking, a review of parking services and lighting and security enhancements are just some of the facilities and features that I know would be welcomed by residents and visitors.

“With the Draft Strategy developed and feedback submitted, I think the Queensland Government is moving in the right direction to provide the island community with the public transport improvements they need.”

Consultation on the Draft Strategy closed on Friday 19 November 2021, however the document can be viewed on the Queensland Government’s website.

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Mayor urges transport and liveability action in time for 2032


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has today thrown her support behind a region-wide effort to force urgent action on key transport and liveability projects in time for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams at the launch of the Let’s Get Moving! campaign today.

South East Queensland’s Mayors launched the Let’s Get Moving! campaign in Brisbane today, to draw attention to the fact that there was only a small window of time to begin major projects and have them completed in time for the Games.

Cr Williams said the Let’s Get Moving! campaign would highlight the pressing need to get started on many of the projects needed to host a world-class sporting event.

“The Council of Mayors started the bidding process for the 2032 Games to put a clear deadline on building the roads, bridges and rail our region will need for the next 20 years and beyond,” Cr Williams said.

“We need to invest in projects that protect and improve our way of life – not because of the Games but in time for the Games.

“But we don’t have a lot of time.  Major road and transport projects can take a decade or more to plan and build, so we need to get moving to ensure we put our best face forward to the world in 2032.”

Cr Williams said delivering the elements needed for a good Games experience would require all levels of government, with the SEQ City Deal offering the opportunity for that collaboration.

“The Foundation City Deal currently on the table is a good starting point for us to begin work on those regionally important projects.  There are certainly more projects that we would like included, but the SEQ

City Deal is a starting point for all three levels of government to work together,” Cr Williams said.

“Along with all my COMSEQ colleagues, I urge all levels of Government to sign up to the deal; we are out of time for talking.  It’s time to start the hard work.  Let’s Get Moving!”

COMSEQ Chair, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, said the Let’s Get Moving! campaign would highlight the pressing need to get started on planning the world’s greatest sporting event.

Mayor Karen Williams (third from right) with the other CoMSEQ mayors at the launch of the Let’s Get Moving!

“The mayors of South East Queensland put our state on this journey to hosting 2032 Games because they recognised it was a unique opportunity to get all levels of government working together to deliver for our region,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Now the Games are locked in, we need to start developing a detailed plan on what investment and infrastructure we will need to ensure the Games deliver an economic and social dividend for all residents.

“That’s what our Let’s Get Moving campaign is all about, starting the conversation about what’s required to not only deliver the best ever Games but what’s needed to ensure we protect our region’s incredible lifestyle.

“Things like cleaning up our river and waterways, creating new greenspace and delivering better transport connections between venues can be achieved so they deliver benefits before, during and after the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympics Games.”

 

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Redlands Coast hosts major business and jobs expo


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Redlands Coast on show for Ekka Show holiday


The postponed Ekka long weekend is set to pump millions into the Redlands Coast economy thanks to a successful Redland City Council tourism campaign.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the “Getaway closer” campaign had resulted in an 80-95 per cent occupancy rate for local accommodation providers.

“The tourism sector has been doing it tough during COVID, which is why Council invested in this campaign to help support local jobs,” Cr Williams said.

A short trip across the sparkling waters of southern Moreton Bay will deliver you to a diverse range of island experiences this Ekka long weekend in Redlands Coast.

“The campaign has yielded a great response with near capacity bookings set to pump more than $4 million into the Redlands Coast visitor economy.”

Cr Williams said that while Redlands Coast had its Ekka public holiday on August 9, a public holiday for Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Scenic Rim on Friday October 29, presented a great opportunity to promote the naturally wonderful destinations of Redlands Coast.

“While the need to postpone the Brisbane Ekka long weekend at short notice meant Redlands Coast and other places had already had their holiday, it gives some of our neighbours the chance to experience the beautiful Redlands Coast,” she said.
“We’re just up the road, but a world away, and the ‘Getaway closer’ campaign is reminding the region that Redlands Coast is the perfect spot for an extended weekend getaway – all within a short 35 minute drive from the Brisbane CBD.

“Tourism is one of our most important industries, with more than 1.2 million visitors injecting more than $228 million into our economy each year and supporting more than 2,120 tourism jobs.”

Cr Williams said while occupancy rates were strong, there were still rooms available, as well as some great day trips.

“Council has been working with local tourism operators and businesses to ensure there are a range of exceptional COVID-safe experiences on offer for the long weekend and beyond,” she said.

“Redlands Coast is a ‘must visit’ destination brimming with naturally wonderful experiences worthy of anyone’s bucket list.

“We have 335km of stunning coastline which includes the world-renowned beaches, pristine islands, natural attractions, abundance of marine and wildlife, immersive Aboriginal Quandamooka cultural tours and galleries, and home to earth’s second largest sand island Minjerribah.

“Whether it is water-based activities, bush walks and mountain biking in our conservation areas, historic trails, gourmet food-based adventures or romantic escapes, there is something for everyone here.

“And complementing all this is a diverse range of accommodation options, from the luxurious to the boutique to the budget-conscious. There are waterfront cottages, beachfront resorts, hotels, apartments, camping and glamping.”

Find out more about Redlands Coast getaways by calling the Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre on 1300 667 386 or by going to visitredlandscoast.com.au

SIX QUICK PICK IDEAS

If you’re still thinking about what to do this Ekka long weekend – think no more. We’ve got you covered with a range of must-see experiences on Redlands Coast. There’s so much to explore and it’s right next door – no lengthy travel or traffic jams required! Here’s our pick of the top 6:

  • Adrenaline filled adventures

Wind your way along inspiring coastline and bushland tracks, exhilarating mountain biking terrain, dedicated horse riding trails and walking and cycle ways that navigate their way throughout the region. Our naturally wonderful tracks and trails offer the perfect outdoor adventures for families and fur-babies too, explore Bayview Conservation Area, Redlands Track Park, Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area, Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area and more. You will love discovering the natural wonders of Redlands Coast. Plan a trip, put on your boots, and explore the outdoors next door.

  • The water’s perfect here at Redlands Coast.

Spend a day exploring the sparkling waters of southern Moreton Bay by boat with Aria Cruises or Brisbane Yacht Charters – go kayaking and stand up paddle boarding with Bay Island Water Sports, snorkelling and diving with Manta Lodge or catch a wave with North Stradbroke Island Surf School.

  • Experience island time in no time

Leave your mainland cares behind and head off across the waters of southern Moreton Bay for a Redlands Coast island escape. Stand on the shores of the earth’s second largest sand island North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), take a short ferry ride to Coochiemudlo Island (Goochie Mudlo) or head further south and depart Redland Bay for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands – Macleay (Jencoomercha), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo) and Karragarra. Spend your days enjoying beach picnics, going fishing, discovering diverse wildlife and stunning panoramas, exploring art galleries, bush walking or simply enjoying the peace and tranquillity of island life and the range of accommodation options available.

  • Naturally wonderful escapes

Nature lovers relish the natural environmental experiences of Redlands Coast, including whale watching from Point Lookout (Mulumba) on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), which has some of Australia’s best land-based vantage points for viewing these magnificent, migratory creatures. Among the Coast’s other marine wildlife are dolphins, manta ray, dugong and sea turtles. On land, see wallabies, koalas, possums and other native animals in their natural habitats. Redlands Coast also teems with more than 350 species of birdlife, much of which is of national and international significance. So plan your trip and come say hello to all our wild locals.

  • Picnic Perfect

Pack that picnic basket for Redlands Coast, the region is spoilt for choice when it comes to idyllic views, picture-perfect beaches, and lush bushland areas. Throw down your rug beneath the historic wooden lighthouse at Cleveland Point and enjoy the winter sun; travel to Coochiemudlo Island and make the most of the beachside barbeques; climb to the summit of Mount Cotton and picnic with elevated views across the region and out to Brisbane City; enjoy a gourmet hamper on Sirromet’s Lavender Hill overlooking a sea of purple flowers; or visit Wellington Point for sunset by the ocean with some good old-fashioned fish and chips. There are plenty of picnic perfect places on Redlands Coast to really let family time shine.

  • Find ancient traditions just minutes away at Redlands Coast.

The Quandamooka people having cared for these lands and waters for more than 21,000 years, the Quandamooka spirit flows strongly through the villages and islands of Redlands Coast and deep into our waters. Gain fascinating insights into the oldest surviving culture in the world while tasting regional bush tucker on a guided cultural walk with Yura Tours; enjoy artefact demonstrations with Matt Burns; experience world class land-based whale (yalingbilla) watching with Quandamooka Coast; and browse local wares and artwork by Aboriginal artists at Delvene Cockatoo-Collins Studio, Salt Water Murris’ Quandamooka Aboriginal Art Gallery and the Island Arts Gallery. Plan your trip and discover Quandamooka culture right on your doorstep.

 

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Council celebrates Olympians and Paralympians


Redlands Coast athletes who competed at last month’s 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have been officially congratulated by Redland City Council.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams hosted a morning tea today in honour of local athletes who were part of the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams with (from left) Redlands Coast athletes Paige Leonhardt, Jake Michel, Alannah Mathews and Taylor Worth.

“The Redlands Coast athletes not only performed sensationally in their individual sports but they also performed faultlessly in their display of fairness and respect, in and out of competition,” Cr Williams said.

“The Olympics and Paralympics Games have a galvanising effect; they tend to bring the world together. It did fill me with pride to watch our city’s athletes front and centre of that showcase of excellence.

“After seeing just how the Games managed to harness, present and celebrate the unifying spirit of sport during such difficult times globally, it is exciting to know that we will have them literally right in our back yards in 2032.

“Redlands Coast will be an event venue city for the Canoe Slalom competition at the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. They will be held at a purpose-built Redland Whitewater Centre as part of an integrated aquatic and adventure sports facility within Birkdale Community Precinct.

“The 2032 Games will be one of our greatest opportunities ever to showcase our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast to the world.”

Cr Williams addressed the local athletes who attended the morning tea, saying their achievements at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were another reminder of the level of excellence being reached by sporting clubs right across Redlands Coast.

“Well done to all the coaches, supporters and of course the families who have helped these wonderful athletes do us proud,” she said.

Redlands Coast athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 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.
  • Former Redlands Coast resident Mellisa Wu scored a bronze medal in the women’s diving 10m platform final.
  • 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.
  • BMX rider Logan Martin from Maudsland and trains in Redland Bay took the gold medal in the men’s BMX freestyle.

Redlands Coast athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics included:

  • Swimmer Jake Michel of Birkdale scored silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke.
  • Swimmer Paige Leonhardt of Thornlands scored silver in the women’s 100m butterfly; finished 6th in the women’s 100m breaststroke; and 6th in the women’s 200m individual medley.
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Council pursues Games ‘decade of opportunity’


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has called on the power of the community to ensure Redlands Coast enjoys the benefits of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mayor Williams today tabled a motion asking for Council to investigate a Redlands Coast Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Working Group.

“The 2032 Games are an exciting opportunity for our community and this group will ensure we make every post a winner and create ongoing opportunities for local families, businesses and sporting clubs,” Cr Williams said.

“Redland City Council is proud to have been part of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games journey since the Council of Mayors (SEQ) first began investigating a regional Games in March 2015.

“Council’s support has always been focussed on creating lasting legacies for our community, in particular attracting increased investment in transport infrastructure and delivering important economic development opportunities.

“Now the 2032 Games have been secured, it is incumbent on us to ensure they will deliver ongoing benefits and this group will ensure that happens.”

Cr Williams said the potential benefits went beyond those that would be realised as a result of the Redlands hosting the canoe slalom competition venue.

“Obviously being a venue city will deliver significant benefits, including the delivery of an integrated adventure sports precinct with a world class white water canoe slalom facility and other water play facilities for local families,” Cr Williams said.

“But this opportunity is about so much more than four weeks of sport, there is now a decade of opportunity and I want to make sure the whole community has an opportunity to benefit from it.

“The intention is for this legacy working group to include external representatives from a range of backgrounds, including sporting clubs, businesses and schools; giving the community a voice in identifying and planning legacy opportunities.

“I have asked Council to also investigate transport representatives that can be included in the group to ensure the Games deliver better transport infrastructure, which is the reason we began this journey in the first place.”

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