Category Archives: Youth

Council grants help local groups run Youth Week events

Redland City Council has provided funding to help four local not-for-profit youth organisations run free events during Queensland Youth Week (1-11 April 2022).

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

“Council recognises that young people make a significant contribution to our city and we are committed to ensuring they have safe spaces to meet, things to do and that they feel connected to their community.

“These grants, which Council is offering for the second year, recognise the great work our local organisations do in supporting our young people and will help them to deliver a free event or activity during Queensland Youth Week.

“We are pleased with the range of activities being held, from paint and sip events to a movie night, skate park jam and an outdoor event with an obstacle course.”

The successful Redlands Coast Youth Week Grant recipients and their funded activities are:

  • Redland Community Centre in Capalaba is running two paint and sip (Cocoa and Canvas) events for young people aged 18-25 years on 7 and 8 April.
  • YMCA is holding a Skate Park Jam at Cascade Gardens skate park in Victoria Point on 6 April and an Amplify Jam Night at the LINK (YMCA Vocational School) on 8 April, aimed at young people aged 15-25 years.
  • Redlands PCYC in partnership with the Queensland Police Service will be running a pizza and movie night on the Dunwich State School oval on 6 April.
  • The Cage Youth Foundation at Redland Bay will hold a fun day on 5 April for those aged 12-18, with soccer darts, an obstacle course, grab the flag nerf game and an art space activity.

All events are free. For more information, contact the organisations direct.

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Council grants support free activities in Queensland Youth Week

Redland City Council is once again offering grants to help local not-for-profit youth organisations run free events during Queensland Youth Week (1-11 April 2022).

Mayor Karen Williams said this was the second year Council had offered the Redlands Coast Youth Week Grants.

“These grants were established to recognise the great work done by not-for-profit youth focused organisations across the city,” she said.

“These organisations not only support our local youth, but provide them with safe spaces to meet, share experiences and to have fun.

“Through these grants, funding of up to $1500 is available to facilitate a free event or activity during Queensland Youth Week.

“Seven grants were awarded last year, with activities ranging from an obstacle course at The Cage Youth Foundation in Redland Bay, to parkour with Running Wild at Macleay and Russell Islands and screen printing t-shirts at the Redland Community Centre in Capalaba.

“Council is pleased to offer the grants once again this year to support events which will give young people the opportunity to come together and make new connections.”

Redlands Coast Youth Week Grant applications close on Tuesday, 15 March 2022.

For more information on the grants, visit Redland City Council’s Youth support and activities website.

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Opportunities to test your ideas for Birkdale Community Precinct

The next big idea that could help shape the future of Birkdale Community Precinct might just be yours.

Schools, youth groups and the community are invited to apply for Redland City Council’s new Birkdale Community Partnerships Program to help bring their ideas to life within the emerging precinct along Old Cleveland Road East at Birkdale.

Mayor Karen Williams said seed funding would be available to successful applicants under the initiative launched today.

“The response to last year’s community engagement campaign for the Vision stage of Birkdale Community Precinct was phenomenal,” Cr Williams said.

Council listened to the community’s aspirations for the future of this beautiful 62-hectare piece of land and consequently a draft master plan is being finalised for release this year.

“One of the messages we received was that the community wanted to stay involved with the process.

“In response, we have launched the pilot Community Partnerships program.

“This partnership between Council and community groups will be a way of testing out some of those great ideas for the site in a practical way at the next Community Open Days later this year. 

“Seed funding of $500 to $1000 for community groups and $2000 for schools will be available for successful applicants who have a project idea for the precinct.

“These could take the form of workshops, stalls, activations, pop-ups or activities and can relate to a range of themes, including innovation, culture, communication, adventure and recreation, entertainment, conservation or agriculture.”  

Applications opened on 14 February 2022 and close on 11 March.

If you would like support in formulating your idea or want more information before applying, we encourage you to take part in an information session on Thursday 24 February.

To register for this session, go to the Birkdale Community Precinct Your Say site where you also will be able to learn more about the program and the precinct, and submit an application.

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

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


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

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

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

The program line-up includes:

Friday 22 October

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

Saturday 23 October

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

Sunday 24 October

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

Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spring into school holidays with activities galore

Redland City Council is set to help kids emerge from their winter cocoons with a fun-filled program of spring holiday activities, starting on Saturday 18 September.

Mayor Karen Williams said there would be something for everyone in Council’s diverse range of free and low-cost activities for children and teens.

“Whether your young one is a crafty critter, budding builder, an environmental warrior or simply curious about new ideas; these is sure to be an activity to peak their interest and keep them occupied,” Cr Williams said.

“Across Council’s many facilities ¬– including libraries, art galleries, performing arts and environmental education centre – our people have been busy putting together a bumper program.”

Councillor Williams say that Redland Libraries would host Storey Treehouse afternoons, lantern craft, a puppet workshop and Lego challenge – all for free.

“While there in no cost for our library activities, you do need to book to secure your child’s spot, especially with numbers being limited for social distancing purposes,” she said.

Fun at the library

“Council’s environmental education hub, Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, had a fantastic mix of activities and workshops for all ages and abilities.

“From citizen science to becoming a marine biologist for a day, there are so many great ways to have fun, learn more about nature and get outdoors.

iNaturalist Citizen Scientists and Outdoor Nature Play

“Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) and Redland Art Gallery (RAG) will run performances and workshops suitable for children and teens.”

Showing at RPAC are Shakespeare’s family-friendly comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream and free urban dance performances of Hovers and Trolleys, plus workshops from Flipside Circus and Shaun Parker & Company to get children active.

The RAG workshops include Animal Mark Markings for Kids and Creative Journaling for Teens.

Journaling for Teens

For more information and to book, visit the What’s On calendar

School holiday activities at a glance

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Capalaba:

  • iNaturalist Citizen Scientists and Outdoor Nature Play – 18 – 21 September
  • Orienteering for beginners – 21 September – learn the basics of orienteering with guides from Scouts Qld
  • Big Bang Science Fun – 20 September – Embrace the inquisitive side of your mind at this fun and interactive school holiday workshop.
  • Geckoes Wildlife Experience with Ranger Stacey – 24 and 27 September – Get closer to the furry, feathery and scaly creatures that inhabit our local area.
  • Sustainable Fashion Workshop – 29 September – Share op-shopping secrets, styling tips, thrift flips as well as the reasons why it’s so important to shop second-hand.
  • Marine Biologist For a Day – 30 September –Learn about a myriad of marine creatures whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the impact humans can have on the ocean.

Redland Libraries:

  • Lantern Craft – 21 September at Cleveland and 22 September at Victoria Point
  • Storey Treehouse Afternoon – 21 September at Cleveland, 22 September at Victoria Point and 23 September at Capalaba
  • Pico’s Puppet Show – 23 September at Capalaba and 30 September at Capalaba
  • Lego Challenge – 28 September at Cleveland
  • Pokemon Bookmarks – 28 September at Cleveland, 29 September at Victoria Point and 30 September at Capalaba.

Redland Art Gallery:

  • Animal Mark Markings for Kids – 21 September in Cleveland
  • Creative Journaling for Teens – 23 September in Cleveland

Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland:

  • Bell Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 18 September
  • Shaun Parker & Company Hovers and Trolleys free performances and paid workshops – 23 & 24 September
  • Flipside Circus Workshops – 30 September and 1 October
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Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale for the 19th annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast to be held in Alexandra Hills on 27 August 2021.

Mayor Karen Williams said the popular annual event was a great way for the Redlands Coast community to support chaplaincy programs that benefit more than 14,500 local students each year.

“Last year’s event raised more than $24,000, even with a reduced gathering due to COVID-safe requirements, bringing the total raised since 2015 to more than $125,000,” she said.

“This money helps the school-based chaplains provide mentoring, role modelling and pastoral care to Redlands Coast students, school staff and families.

“They help students to deal with issues, provide a listening ear for children and young people in crisis, and run programs and activities to foster inclusivity and a positive culture within schools.

“Chaplaincy programs are offered in 83 per cent of Redlands Coast state schools.

“My hope is that, through events such as the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, all state school students across Redlands Coast can have equal access to these important programs.

“Anyone in the community is welcome to attend this year’s event, but I encourage people to book as soon as possible as numbers are limited, once again, due to COVID-19 restrictions.”

The breakfast will include a guest speaker, entertainment and the announcement of the 2021 recipient of the Pastor Glen Gray Award.

“This award was established last year in honour of Pastor Glen Gray who was a Redlands Coast community champion and the driving force behind the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast. Sadly, he passed away in November 2020.

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

Nominations for the award are now open and can be made online.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, and details can be found on the event’s webpage at


Event: Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

When: Friday 27 August from 7am-8.45am

Venue: Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre, corner of McDonald Road and Finucane Road

Ticket price (includes GST): $60 each, limit of eight per organisation

Book tickets:

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Redland City salutes Young Legends

Dedication, selflessness, passion and leadership are the hallmarks of six exceptional young Redlanders who have been recognised by Redland City Council at its inaugural Young Legends Awards.

The event, coinciding with Queensland Youth Week, was organised to salute the outstanding contributions of local young people.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the calibre of the award’s 39 finalists had made selecting the winners of the inaugural awards a tough but heart-warming task.

“As young people are our future, I have great confidence in what that future holds for our Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said. “The dedication, drive and passion of our finalists shows just how fortunate we are as a community.”

Cr Williams said that many young people had been hard hit by COVID-19 and too often were unfairly criticised because of the actions of small minority

“There are so many talented, dedicated and inspiring young people who are quietly doing great things in our community,” Cr Williams said.

“During the pandemic, more than 120 local young people signed up to the Volunteering Queensland Care Army or registered to become emergency volunteers. They are among the many young people volunteering, they are our unsung young legends of Redlands Coast.

“Redland City Council wanted to acknowledge these dedicated young people and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The winners:

Young Legend of the Year (under 18) – Harry Taske

“Harry is a very community-minded young man indeed. In addition to his sporting achievements, he has shown a passion for helping others in need as a volunteer since he was just 8 years old, working with organisations that support those who are less fortunate, especially the homeless and those affected by domestic and family violence, and rallying the community to provide desperately needed support,” Cr Williams said.

Young Legend of the Year (over 18) – Jacob Nicholls

“Jacob is such a positive, kind and caring young man. He has been an outstanding role model, from his volunteer work at local community radio station BayFM to his ongoing support in the fight against mental health issues in our community. He also volunteers at Mission to Seafarers Brisbane and with our SES,” Cr Williams said.

Community Commitment – Zoe Bodle

“Zoe is a high achiever who has shown a tireless commitment to organisations such as Scouts and Capalaba Venturers, and is a very proud volunteer at Agoonoree, a camp run by Scouts Queensland to provide children with special needs the opportunity to experience a Scout camp,” Cr Williams said.

Environment and Sustainability – Layne Utz

“Layne began picking up litter in 2018 by himself, giving up countless hours to keep our environment rubbish free. He also created his Litter Legends group on Facebook to inspire other volunteers to help save our environment. The dedication and selflessness of this young man is amazing and we are lucky to have him keeping Redlands Coast naturally wonderful,” Cr Williams said.

Sports Leadership and Achievement (under 18) – Delonte Lavender

“Delonte has had huge impact on his peers, school and greater community and is an inspiration to all through his sporting and school achievements, as well as his leadership qualities. He leads by example, fostering culture, respect and reverence in the local basketball community and Capalaba State College, as well as the greater Redlands Coast community,” Cr Williams said.

Sports Leadership and Achievement (over 18) – Ben Cooper

“Ben has been an active member of Cleveland Air Magic, Australia’s premier rope skipping club, since 2011, competing at an elite level both in Australia and around the world. He has shown true leadership qualities to become a valuable coach as well as one of the highest qualified judges in Australia. Ben freely gives of his time and experience and always goes the extra mile to help young athletes reach their goals,” Cr Williams said.

Digital stories about local youth organisations, which were created by Council’s Redlands Coast Young Leaders group, in partnership with SplashZone Media, were also presented at the event.

“These youth organisations work with young people to help them achieve goals, seek opportunities and learn new skills. These are inspiring stories and well worth seeing,” Cr Williams said.

The presentations – from Running Wild, Headspace, YMCA, the Cage Youth Foundation and Redlands PCYC – can be seen by linking from Council’s website at

“We are fortunate as a community to have groups such as these who are dedicated to helping young people be the best they can be and making Redlands Coast such a great place to be,” Cr Williams said.

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Packed program to keep children entertained during school holidays

Redland City Council is offering a packed program of activities for children during the Easter school holidays (2-18 April 2021).

Mayor Karen Williams said the events were designed to engage and entertain children of all ages and interests.

“From craft, weaving and crochet to bush trail adventures, puppets and circus skills, there is sure to be something for everyone,” she said.

“At Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, visitors can take a self-guided bush scavenger hunt and find local flora and fauna using the iNaturalist App.

“They can also go on a guided Earth Explorer adventure through bush trails, learn how to propagate native plants or get creative with nature art, crochet and making a beeswax wrap.”

The mainland libraries at Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba have programmed activities to suit children aged from 5 to 15 years.

“This includes craft sessions in chicken threading, pom pom chickens and making dreamcatchers, an accredited course in basic first aid, and Minecraft craft,” Cr Williams said.

“The regular STEAM Saturday sessions will allow participants to personalise a robot bunny and program it to follow a path and, for young teens, there’s a Dungeons and Dragons session which explores world building, running a session and planning encounters.”

Redland Art Gallery is offering workshops at its Cleveland gallery including sessions where young children can create a concertina artist book and teens can learn the basics of basket weaving and create a small vessel.

The Cleveland gallery’s regular monthly Parents and Prams activity will also be held in the first week.

Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is presenting performances of Escape from Trash Mountain, a fun and engaging puppet show with a sustainability message at its heart, in the first week of the holidays.

“These will be accompanied by workshops where children can make their own trash puppet or learn about the importance of recycling and ongoing sustainability with Recycleman,” Cr Williams said.

“Flipside Circus workshops will be held in the second week, where children from 4-16 years can learn circus and acrobatic skills.”

Bookings are essential for most sessions as numbers are limited. Visit Council’s website for more information.

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Promote your business and services at Redlands Coast Careers Expo

Businesses and organisations will have the chance to impress and inspire at Redland City Council’s inaugural Redlands Coast Careers Expo.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was looking for businesses to be part of the free expo to be held on Friday 4 June, 9am-6pm, at Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.

“Residents of all ages, from school students to those looking for a career pivot or study options, will be able to discover new opportunities at the expo,” Cr Williams said.

“The event is intended to be a one-stop-shop for those pondering their career options, so having the right exhibitors and sponsors is crucial.”

Cr Williams said becoming an event sponsor or exhibitor was a perfect way for education and career specialists and other organisations to bolster brand awareness and target key audiences directly.

“I encourage organisations to take up this excellent opportunity to promote their products and services in a meaningful and engaging way.”

Cr Williams said organisers were expecting a high level of participation at the expo, with digital technology, entrepreneurship and future creative industries among the key focuses.

“Information about these fields will be especially helpful for senior school students who are exploring further study or career and work opportunities,” she said.

“Council has been collaborating with local schools to make sure the expo targets information and career paths that are relevant to them.

“We also want to offer inspiration to tradespeople looking for up-skill opportunities as well as ideas and incentives for those people who are returning to the workforce after an absence.

“It is also a chance for the wider community to find out about new and popular pathways that are available in the working world.”

Exhibitors and sponsors can find more information about the expo at the Redlands Coast website.


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