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Council partners with football club on lighting upgrade


Local junior footy players will be the winners thanks to funding from Redland City Council to contribute to an upgrade to lighting at the Capalaba Warriors District Junior Rugby League Football Club.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support the club with new LED lighting.

“Local sporting clubs do so much for our community and Council is proud to support them in ensuring they have the facilities they need to play the sport they love,” Cr Williams said.

“This investment will mean Capalaba Warriors can play night games again, which will be very welcome by the players and fans.

“This upgrade includes replacing halogen lights with LED lights, which not only have a longer lifespan but are also much more energy efficient and will help reduce the club’s electricity bills.”

Capalaba Warriors Club president Tanya Bonney said she was very excited the lighting upgrade was going ahead.

“Our coaches will be stoked they will soon be able to have night games again,” she said.

“We had some blown halogen lights earlier this year but we lost even more in the flooding in February and March, when the water was high enough to get into our meter boxes.”

Mrs Bonney said the new LED lights would also save the club a lot of money.

“We are expecting to halve our power bills, which are currently about $2000 a quarter, and replacement costs for the lights should also be a lot less,” she said.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in helping the club get the money for the project.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges welcomed the upgrade.

“We expect work to start soon, depending on contractor availability, and every endeavour will be made to ensure the work has minimal disruption to the club,” Cr Huges said.

“I’m very excited about the return of night games, and the opportunities this will provide for this great local sporting club.”

Mayor Karen Williams, Melony Bonney, 13, Cr Tracey Huges and Peter Jarrett at the Warriors’ playing fields

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Redland Whitewater Centre ideal for swift-water rescue training


Recent torrential rain and flooding across Queensland has shown the benefits of the proposed Redland Whitewater Centre being used for swift-water rescue training.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was planning for the whitewater centre, which will be the venue for Canoe Slalom events during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to also deliver important emergency services training.

“We have all seen vision of the recent flooding and swift-water rescues in the news and I take my hat off to the brave men and women from our emergency services agencies who are out there helping our community,” Cr Williams said.

“Currently there are limited training facilities in Queensland to hone these swift-water rescue skills, opening the door for the Redland Whitewater Centre to be home to an emergency services and swift-water rescue training program.

“Basing this sort of training at the Redlands Coast venue will not only deliver important emergency services capabilities, it will also provide ongoing economic benefits.”

Cr Williams said Council had already started discussing these possibilities with state emergency services agencies.

“Council is committed to the whitewater venue delivering a lasting legacy for our community, which is why we have been building strategic partnerships to ensure it can also be used for emergency services training,” she said.

“We will also be speaking with national and international emergency services agencies about potential training partnerships, offering economic and tourism opportunities.

“Last year I travelled to Canberra to brief federal departments on these opportunities and I will continue these conversations following the current Federal election.”

The Redland Whitewater Centre will be located on Birkdale Community Precinct at Birkdale.

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Birkdale stories brought to life with a brush of creativity


Wellington Point State High School students have developed a creative way to present the stories of Birkdale Community Precinct as part of Redland City Council’s pilot partnerships program for the site.

Mayor Karen Williams, who dropped in on one of the school’s Encore Art Program workshops this week, said the students were painting timber discs with images to reflect elements of the precinct’s history.

Wellington Point State High art teacher Tamara Beale, far left back, and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, far right, with students at the Encore Art Program workshop.

“Birkdale Community Precinct is all about celebrating our past while providing for our future Redlanders, so to see our students involved in the project is very exciting,” Cr Williams said.

“They are using a diverse collection of timber that originated from across Birkdale, such as trees felled by storms and the like.

“The students took their artistic inspiration from a visit to the Willards Farm site last month, so there is a real connection with the site and the messages being shared.

“This artwork will eventually take pride of place on the precinct for the community to enjoy.”

Wellington Point State High’s Encore Art Program, under the direction of art teacher Tamara Beale, is one of nine groups developing projects for the Birkdale Community Partnerships Program who will present and test their ideas at the precinct Info Days on 27 and 28 May.

Of the groups, four are schools or youth groups.

“These young people have been taken through a visioning workshop to understand the opportunities at Birkdale Community Precinct and to develop their ideas for the site,” Cr Williams said. “What these groups have come up with is sensational.”

The other groups in the program are:

  • Bayside District Amateur Radio Society (interactive radio communications)
  • Redland Bayside Child & Family Support Hub / Playgroup Qld (ecology-based activities)
  • EcoUnity (observation tower proposal)
  • Redland Museum (theatrical presentation)
  • Rotary Club of Cleveland (recycling and sustainability)
  • TRACTION (bicycle recycling and youth empowerment)
  • Australian Industry Trade College (virtual reality in trade sector)
  • Wynnum Redlands Canoe Club (fitness, recreation and celebrating Tingalpa Creek)

Their ideas will be on display at two public Info Days later on 27 and 28 May as part of the community consultation period for the Draft Birkdale Community Precinct Master Plan which runs until 6 June, 2022. To have your say go to: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

DIARY NOTE:

Birkdale Community Precinct Info Days, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, Friday, 27 May & Saturday, 28 May, 10am to 4pm both days. Entry via Jones Road. More details: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

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Weather forecast forces postponement of Birkdale Community Precinct Information


Forecasts by the Bureau of Meteorology of a week of heavy rain and possible local flooding has forced Redland City Council to postpone the Birkdale Community Precinct Information Days which were scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

The free Information Days offer an opportunity for people to tour the precinct, experience interactive exhibits, talk to the project team, view historical displays and take walking tours.

The Information Days are also a chance for the community to become better informed first-hand and to participate in the community consultation process which started on April 30 and will continue until June 6 through the project’s Your Say web site.

The Information Days have been rescheduled to Friday May 27 and Saturday May 28 from 10am to 4pm on both days.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said the open days were an opportunity to walk on the precinct that has been locked up for decades as well as see the plans to create an exciting intergenerational precinct.

“This is the biggest and most exciting project of its kind for our city and these open days are a chance for the community to be part of it,” Cr Williams said.

“This precinct will include Redlands Coast’s first public water lagoon and other exciting projects that have been made possible because of the Redlands Whitewater Centre, which will be a host venue during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“There will also be seven Hubs with the following themes: Cultural, Innovation, Willards Farm (Food), Communications, Entertainment, Recreation and Adventure Sports, and Conservation.”

Cr Williams said the Draft BCP Master Plan was a vision of what would become one of the largest community spaces in South-East Queensland and one which would unfold over the next two decades.

Birkdale Community Precinct Info Days, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28, 10am to 4pm both days. Entry is via the Birkdale Baptist Church on Jones Road.

To read the Draft BCP Master Plan and to fill out an online survey go to the Your Say website

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Your chance to visit Birkdale Community Precinct and have your say


 The community is being invited to be part of the Redlands’ largest and most exciting community project ever delivered by attending two information days for the Draft Birkdale Community Precinct Master Plan.

Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams said the open days on May 27 and 28 were an opportunity to walk on the precinct that has been locked up for decades as well as see the plans to create an exciting intergenerational precinct.

“This is the biggest and most exciting project of its kind for our city and these open days are a chance for the community to be part of it,” Cr Williams said.

“This precinct will include Redlands Coast’s first public water lagoon and other exciting projects that have been made possible because of the Redlands Whitewater Centre, which will be a host venue during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“There will also be seven Hubs with the following themes: Cultural, Innovation, Willards Farm (Food), Communications, Entertainment, Recreation and Adventure Sports, and Conservation.”

Cr Williams said the Draft BCP Master Plan was a vision of what would become one of the largest community spaces in South-East Queensland and one which would unfold over the next two decades.

“The free Information Days are a chance for the community to become better informed first-hand and to participate in the community consultation process which started on April 30 and will continue until 6 June through the project’s Your Say website,” she said.

“They will offer an opportunity for people to tour the precinct, experience interactive exhibits, talk to the project team, view historical displays and take walking tours.”

The Information Days will also have a festive feel with live and local stage entertainment, food trucks, animal farm, free face painting, Quandamooka cultural displays, and activities for children including obstacle course, bicycle races, nature play and WWII vehicle displays.

The Information Days will feature a range of community groups who will host activities and activations including:

  • Bayside District Amateur Radio Society (interactive radio communications)
  • Redland Bayside Child & Family Support Hub / Playgroup Qld (ecology-based activities)
  • EcoUnity (observation tower proposal)
  • Redland Museum (theatrical presentation)
  • Rotary Club of Cleveland (recycling and sustainability)

Birkdale Community Precinct Info Days will be held at 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale on Friday 27 May and Saturday 28 May, 10am to 4pm both days. Entry is via the Birkdale Baptist Church on Jones Road.

Check Council’s website and Facebook page for updates and contingency plans should inclement weather impact the Information Days.

More details: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

To read the Draft BCP Master Plan and to fill out an online survey go to the Your Say website

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Floating to the finish line


The Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) ferry terminals upgrade is one step closer to completion as Russell Island’s new pontoon arrives onsite.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the SMBI ferry terminal upgrade marked a milestone for growth in the Redlands.

“This $44.6 million project is delivering big for the local economy through better amenities and access to ferry services for locals,” Mr Bailey said.

“Thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to transport infrastructure, we are getting on with the job and building new ferry terminals where they are needed most.”

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands would see new terminals built by mid-2023.

“I’m proud to see the new pontoon now onsite at Russell Island, marking great progress for the new facility which will service locals and tourists well into the future.

“Locals can see the magnitude of the new facility and the finish line for the completion of the new facility is well within reach.

“The float out of the pontoon involved detailed planning before departure, with logistics of the move considering the most suitable tide and weather conditions to safely navigate such a large structure out through Eprapah Creek and Moreton Bay to the island.

“Not only is this supporting jobs on our islands, but we’re creating quality employment opportunities in design, manufacturing, construction and installation as the project progresses.

“Now the pontoon has arrived at Russell Island, the next steps will include continued construction work on the jetty and pontoon, installing the gangway, and delivery of the landside works.

“Completion of the new Russell Island ferry terminal remains on track for later this year (2022).”

Ms Richards said the focal point of the $44.6 million investment was to improve accessibility of ferry terminals on the islands.

“This project will deliver raised land levels, new accessible waiting shelters and seating, new accessible amenities blocks for Russell and Macleay Islands and new walkways, alongside the new ferry terminals,” she said.

“The project will also include repurposing the existing ferry pontoons and jetties for recreational use, like fishing and mooring.

“I really appreciate the patience of locals during this time and can’t wait to see the terminals in full use once completed next year.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the arrival of the Russell Island pontoon was a major milestone in the long-awaited project.

“This is a red-letter day for our Southern Moreton Bay Islands and shows what can be achieved when different levels of government work together.

“Following completion of the Russell Island ferry terminal, Council will upgrade the adjacent car park, upgrading footpaths, installing new lighting and building a bus and drop-off zone, more accessible parking bays and an additional 64 parking spaces.

“On-site works at the Macleay Island ferry terminal are in full swing, and fabrication works are continuing on the Lamb Island pontoon, with onsite works at Lamb Island planned to commence in late-2022.

“Work on the Karragarra Island ferry terminal pontoon will start once the Lamb Island pontoon is transported to Aluminium Marine in Thornlands for the fitout work.

“Council is pleased to partner with the State Government to deliver this project to help ensure the SMBI community and visitors receive the facilities they need.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the project’s progress was exciting, and he was looking forward to delivering the long-awaited ferry terminals.

“The SMBI Ferry Terminals Upgrade project is one of the largest investments in island infrastructure and will help residents travel to and from the islands easier and safer,” Cr Edwards said.

“I’d like to thank the community’s invaluable input and support that has helped us bring the project to where it is today.

“The new ferry terminals will provide safe and accessible marine infrastructure for island residents, visitors, and business owners.

“The project also includes repurposing the existing pontoons and jetties for recreational use, such as fishing and mooring.”

Overall works on the four new terminals are planned for completion in mid-2023, with Russell Island scheduled for completion late-2022 (weather permitting).

When complete, ferry customers will benefit from increased seating, drinking fountains, more waiting areas with better weather protection, and improved security and lighting.

The SMBI Ferry Terminals Upgrade project is a jointly funded $44.6 million project, with the Queensland Government contributing $29.2 million and Redland City Council contributing $15.4 million.

For more information on the project, visit the project page at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/upgrade-of-smbi-ferry-terminals or email the project team at boatinginfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au

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Major road upgrade to bring raft of benefits to Redlands Coast


Major road upgrade to bring raft of benefits to Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast road users are set to benefit as work on $30 million Stage 1 of Wellington Street/Panorama Drive upgrade program gets underway.

Mayor Karen Williams said the program, which is supported by the Australian Government through the Urban Congestion Fund, would help residents get around the city safer and faster.

“Nobody likes being stuck in traffic and representing one of Council’s largest ever road investments, this project will reduce congestion and help residents get home to their families sooner,” Cr Williams said.

“The first stage of the project will see the road duplicated from Boundary Road to South Street, with work to begin in the near future and be completed by the end of next year.

“This project is an example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together, with the Federal Government providing funding to help make it a reality.”

Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said the project would create around 140 jobs for Queenslanders and would bring limited disruption.

“Knowing the benefits, I’m excited to see the commencement of this road upgrade program and look forward to enjoying the benefits the duplicated road will bring,” Cr Golle said.

“Redlands Coast residents will directly benefit from the creation of around 70 local jobs related to the project, with a further 70 jobs to be created across Queensland.

“Foresight from our city planners has allowed space for the road duplication, meaning impacts on neighbouring properties have been limited and works can be carried out with limited disruption to traffic flow.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said the project would bring improved safety for all road users.

“Duplication of this road will see additional shoulders for cyclists, dedicated turning lanes, a pedestrian and cyclist shared path for the full length on the western side of the road, and signalised intersections,” she said.

“These features will make it easier to use the road and improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

The Wellington Street / Panorama Drive road duplication will be completed over three stages and is estimated to cos a total $90 million. The stage are:

  • Stage 1: Boundary Road to South Street, Thornlands (early to mid-2022 – late 2023)
  • Stage 2: South Street, Thornlands to Bay Street, Cleveland (2024-2027, to be confirmed subject to funding)
  • Stage 3: Bay Street to Russell Street, Cleveland (2027-2030, to be confirmed subject to funding).

The project will benefit from Federal Government funding for intersection upgrades at Ziegenfusz Road/Panorama Drive, Panorama Drive/Wellington Street and Wellington Street/Weippin Street.

For more information, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/wellingtonstreet

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ANZAC Day and Labour Day public holiday closures


Out of hours emergencies: For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

Closures and changes to hours of operation

  • Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City Council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed Monday 25 April (ANZAC Day) and Monday 2 May (Labour Day).

During this time, library after hours return chutes will be closed and no library items will be due.

  • Redland IndigiScapes Centre, café, nursery and gardens

Redland IndigiScapes Centre, IndigiCafe, the native nursery and Botanic Gardens will all be closed on ANZAC Day and Labour Day.

  • Bin collections

All bin collections will continue as usual on each of the public holidays.

Please note there will be no bin deliveries or exchanges on public holidays. Report any missed services on 3829 8999.

  • Recycling and Waste Centres

Recycling and Waste Centres will operate as normal on the upcoming public holidays.

  • Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open from 9am to 12pm on each of the public holidays.

The shelter can be contacted on 3829 8663 during opening hours and on 3829 8999 after hours.

  • Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC Box Office will be closed on ANZAC Day (Monday 25 April) and Labour Day (2 May).

During these times, tickets can be purchased online via www.rpac.com.au

  • Redland Art Gallery

The galleries at Cleveland and Capalaba will be closed on ANZAC Day (Monday 25 April) and Labour Day (Monday 2 May).

  • Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre

The centre will be closed ANZAC Day (25 April).

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Redland City Council honoured to again support ANZAC Day ceremonies


Redland City Council is reminding Redlands Coast residents and visitors to plan their travel around the region and to be aware of temporary road closures for local parades on ANZAC Day, Monday 25 April.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was honoured to again support ANZAC Day ceremonies throughout Redlands Coast with events taking place at nine different locations on the mainland and on the islands.

“ANZAC Day is such a special event in Australia and on Redlands Coast where we have a significant population of veterans and a strong  groundswell of public and official support every year for marches and parades,” Cr Williams said.

“Council continues to support  ANZAC Day events across Redlands Coast through in-kind and financial support being provided across the city. This takes many different forms, from Council crews undertaking  maintenance work to ensuring that public spaces, parks, gardens and places like the Cleveland Cenotaph and ANZAC Centenary  Park are in the best condition, especially on ANZAC Day.

“Council also facilitates street closures and changed traffic conditions, and our SES volunteers will be on hand to assist with the various parades and events.

“Redland City Council is delighted that services will return to normal after two years of COVID restrictions and we’re proud to join with the community in paying our respects to the men and women of the armed services and in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving Australia and New Zealand.”

Services and events will be held at the following locations: Cleveland, Redland Bay, North Stradbroke Island, Macleay Island, Russell Island, Lamb Island, Karragarra Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Redlands North Memorial Service.

For full service details, click here.

There will be changes to traffic conditions in Cleveland and Redland Bay for ANZAC Day events and marches.

Changed Traffic Conditions – Cleveland:

Redland City Council advises changed traffic conditions will be in place from 11pm Sunday 24 April, until 1pm Monday 25 April on Kinsail Court, Sommersea Drive, Middle Street, Passage Street, Channel Street, North Street, Fitzroy Street, Shore Street West, Shore Street North for the Cleveland ANZAC Day Services.

Road closures will be in place on Shore Street West, North Street, Fitzroy Street, Kinsail Court, Sommersea Drive, Passage Street, Channel Street and Shore Street North.

Changed Traffic Conditions – Redland Bay:

Redland City Council advises changed traffic conditions will be in place from 4am– 7.30am on Banana Street, Meissner Street, Outridge Street, Weinam Street and Hamilton Street, Redland Bay, on Monday 25 April for the Redland Bay ANZAC Day Service.

A road closure will be in place on Banana Street, between Outridge and Weinam streets.

A free shuttle bus will be transporting patrons from the Redland Bay Hotel to Wienam Street (Cenotaph) starting at 4am prior to service and then returning after the service until 7am.

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Community help urged to catch Redland Showground thieves


Redlands Coast residents have been urged to be vigilant following an incident in which thieves targeted copper wiring at Redland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park) late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Mayor Karen Williams said the incident was a crime against every resident of Redlands Coast and had left ratepayers with a massive bill for repairs at the much-used community and sports precinct.

“The thieves caused major damage to the copper cabling servicing the sport field lighting, impacting all touch football fields at the showgrounds,” Cr Williams said.

“We are unsure at this stage just how much needs to be done and what this will cost but it would appear to be substantial as underground cables have been severed and possibly removed.

“It has meant Redland Touch Football activities have had to be cancelled but this goes beyond the impact on local sports people, who will be very disappointed. This affects every resident of the city, as it will no doubt leave Council with a significant cost to get the showgrounds fully operational again.

“If anyone saw something or has information which may be useful, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at Policelink online or 131 444.”

Cr Williams said Council understood forensic teams would begin investigating once the site had been cleared by Energex.

“There have been similar incidents in the Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich areas and we also had a similar incident at Charlie Buckler Memorial Sportsfield back in December which needed significant repairs,” Cr Williams said.

“Security arrangements at the showgrounds are being assessed for both the short and long-term and, in the meantime, we urge the community to keep an eye out and report suspicious activity at our sportfields.”

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