Work begins on next stage of Thornlands Community Park


Redland City Council has started work on the next stage of Thornlands Community Park.

Mayor Karen Williams said the works included the installation of a shaded outdoor fitness area, an agricultural-themed play space, picnic facilities and a bike rack.

“I know Redlands Coast residents love their open spaces and soon they will have even more reasons to love this park,” Cr Williams said.

“Last year Council introduced a major play area to the park, including all abilities play elements, a double flying fox and water elements, along with picnic settings, barbecues, shade and seating in a fenced space.

“Future stages will seek to expand on the activity and picnicking options for our youth, families and older members of our community.

“This is part of our $13.8 million investment in upgrading local parks and open spaces this year, giving local families even more reason to love our Redlands Coast.”

Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said the Stage 2B works would provide distinct spaces for a variety of community activities and uses.

“The agricultural-themed play space will be located within the existing play area,” Cr Golle said.

“It will celebrate the area’s heritage with a three arch mound climber, small and large tractor tyres for climbing, leaf play elements, sandstone seating, embankment climbing rope and slide, and a tunnel.

“The shaded outdoor fitness area is located to the east of the park, along the circular path.

“It will include a cross trainer, chest press, bike, multi-function fitness unit, step ups and a platform seat.

“The picnic facilities will incorporate a barbecue, drinking fountain, seating and a bike rack near the park path entrance coming from Pinklands Sporting Complex.”

The works are expected to be completed by mid-April 2021, weather permitting.

All other areas of the park will remain open, with traffic and pedestrian management practices in place.

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Council installs new nesting platform for ospreys


Redland City Council is installing a new pole and osprey nest platform at Sam Sciacca Sportsfield, Capalaba.

Mayor Karen Williams said the works would include the relocation of an existing osprey nest from a sporting field light pole to the new platform.

“The birds have been trying unsuccessfully for about two years to build a nest on top of the light pole near Coolnwynpin Creek,” she said.

“The nest is on a dubious platform on the lights and sticks fall down in an area where children and families gather, so it’s important Council moves the nesting birds to a more appropriate location.

“The move is also for the safety of the birds as there are electrical components on the lights, and there’s heat even though they are LED lights.

“There is a lot of community interest in the ospreys, and it was a concerned community member who advised us about the nest on the light pole.”

Ospreys on the nest platform at Wellington Point.

Cr Williams said this would be the second pole and osprey nest platform Council had installed.

“The first was at Wellington Point in 2015 and the ospreys have been successfully breeding at that site every year since then.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the new pole would be located about 100 metres from the existing light pole, and away from the sporting fields.

“It will be in an area where people will be able to appreciate it, near both the footpath and the creek,” Cr Huges said.

“We’ll attract the birds to the new pole by making it taller than the light pole and by moving the existing nest sticks to the platform.”

Cr Huges said there was a real sense of community connection to the ospreys.

“We have a Citizen Science Coastal Raptor Monitoring Program, which is overseen by Council, where community volunteers monitor the raptor nests.

“Ospreys feed exclusively on fish and are not too deterred by people.

“They are a big bird and if you regularly walk along areas where they nest you can see their whole lifecycle happen.”

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Work starts on Stage 1 of Straddie’s Minjerribah Panorama Coast Walk (Point Lookout Connection)


Walkability on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is set to improve, with work starting on Stage 1 of the Minjerribah Panorama Coast Walk (Point Lookout Connection).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the allocated $1.743 million Stage 1 of the Walk would upgrade about 460 metres of the trail link between Point Lookout Village and Cylinder Beach, from Snapper Street to Frenchman’s Beach access stairs.

“Anyone who has visited Minjerribah knows it is one of the most beautiful places on earth and this project will formalise a track worn on the ocean side of Mooloomba Road, improving access for locals and enhancing visitor experiences,” Cr Williams said.

“It will add to the popular Gorge Walk, enjoyed by visitors from across the world attracted by the island’s natural beauty, including some of the best whale watching in the country.

“This project is the perfect example of what can be achieved when different levels of government work together, with it being supported through a million dollar State Government grant.

“I thank the Queensland Government for partnering with us on this project, which is important to the transition of North Stradbroke Island’s economy, post-sand mining.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the project would provide the ‘missing link’ in the coastal walk, which the island community told Council they wanted through a previous consultation process.

“The consultation also identified a community desire for improved way-finding signage and erosion management, all while sensitively enhancing this beautiful area and building on the existing and unique landscape features and character of Point Lookout,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Council subsequently developed a design concept taking into consideration community input, maintenance requirements, safety and visual impacts.

“The design concept, which can be viewed on Council’s Your Say webpage, is expected to deliver an environmentally responsive outcome that preserves the character of Point Lookout.

“This project is also a fantastic contribution to Council’s long-term goal of improving cycling and pedestrian facilities across Redlands Coast, as described in Council’s recently adopted new corporate plan.

“It includes a new coloured bitumen and natural stone trail, a composite viewing deck at Snapper Street, a small tree planting to provide natural shade to the path, low shrub and groundcover revegetation and weed management.

“I look forwarding to walking the route once work is completed.”

Work is expected to be completed by 28 May 2021, weather permitting.

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Sandbagging stations available on Redlands Coast, Tuesday 2 February 2021


Redland City Council has established sandbagging stations.

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.
Open from 10:30am – 5pm

24-hour self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich –
Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Council reminds residents to check gutters are clear and to secure loose items around the home.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

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Blue-green algae found at Victoria Point


Redland City Council has installed signs at Orana Esplanade and Wilson Street in Victoria Point to advise residents and visitors of the presence of Lyngbya, a naturally occurring blue-green algae.

Lyngbya (Lyngbya majuscule) can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritations if people come into contact with it, and swimming and wading are not recommended where it is present.

The presence of Lyngbya is not uncommon for the waters of Moreton Bay between October and March, and often appears as mats floating on the surface of the water or as washed-up clumps on the beach.

The council signs are precautionary only to inform people of the presence of the algae, and all Redlands coast beaches and waterways remain open for recreational use.

Council urges residents to be mindful that Lyngbya could be present at any beach, and will continue to monitor all Redlands Coast beaches and erect signs if Lyngbya is found elsewhere.

More information is available from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

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Redlands Coast TV production Holey Moley on air from tonight


Thousands of Redlands Coast residents will be watching eagle-eyed from their living rooms when new TV series Holey Moley premieres  on Channel 7 tonight.

Mayor Karen Williams said filming of the hit entertainment  series took place in Thornlands late last year, with more than 2500 locals and visitors taking up the offer to be audience members.

“The Eureka Productions program also created a significant financial boost to the Redlands Coast, with more than $1 million spent across local suppliers,” Cr Williams said.

“In total, Holey Moley spent $5.5 million in Queensland.

“Eureka’s first Australian production of the series provided opportunities for the construction and tourism industry sectors, including accommodation providers and local suppliers in areas such as landscaping, construction, security, waste management, and food and beverage.

“Alexandra Hills Hotel was at capacity to meet the needs of the production which booked 320 room nights and four conference rooms for the duration of filming.

“The hotel also served cast and crew more than 1000 meals.”

Cr Williams said a further 1100 room nights were booked in the region and three airbnb house rentals accommodated 15 crew for 21 nights.

“Holey Moley employed more than 130 local Queensland crew with an extra 200 employees through third-party contractors,” she said.

A smash hit on America’s ABC Network, Seven’s epic new series is on course for a hole in one, with some of the country’s top golfing talent stepping onto the astroturf to take on the diabolical Holey Moley obstacles.

Golfers battling it out for glory on the championship course include: Montana Strauss (23), Australia’s number one female golfer four years running; James Carr (35), aka “The Dancing Cowboy”, who played Tiger Woods in the Australian Masters; Colette Norton (45), Australia’s #1 women’s mini golf player; pro golfer and amateur golfing champion, Becky Kay (21); and Henry Epstein (42), Guinness World Record holder for ball control.

Holey Moley tees off tonight, Monday, February 1, at 7.30pm on Channel 7.

The production received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

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Council seeks input on draft Age-friendly Action Plan


Redland City Council is inviting the community to have its say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026.

Mayor Karen Williams said the draft plan was based on the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly Cities model that was developed in 2004 as a planning response to population ageing.

“It explores how a city’s landscape, buildings, transport system and housing contribute to mobility, health behaviours, social participation and self-determination of older people,” she said.

“Consultation is an important element of creating an age-friendly community and the next step in Council’s commitment to the creation of environments that enable older Redlands Coast residents to live active and healthy lives.

“We know we have an ageing community and Council is committed to supporting their needs by planning for an age-friendly city.

“In 2016, 17.2 per cent of Redland City’s population was aged 65 years and, by 2041, this is expected to increase to 28.3 per cent.”

Cr Williams said the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan, which was presented at this week’s Council meeting, had its genesis in 2006 when Council’s Ageing Well in the Redlands Strategy 2006-2016 was developed in consultation with the local aged community.

“Council has surveyed older residents who live on both the mainland and island communities to identify their perceptions of living and ageing in Redland City, what they value and barriers to healthy and active ageing,” she said.

“Council also consulted with key community organisations who work with older adults in Redland City.

“The next step is for Council to formally engage the wider community on the draft plan between 22 January and 2 March 2021.”

The draft plan includes eight key themes and highlights actions and key initiatives that Council will undertake over the next five years.

Initiatives proposed in the draft plan include:

  • Cooperative Research Centre Longevity – to attract investment, testing and trialing of products and services that serve an ageing population
  • Centre of Excellence in Education for the Ageing
  • Investment in health services
  • Multi-purpose community centre
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Community transport solutions
  • Ageing in Place Project – to identify and advance opportunities for older residents on the SMBI to age in place
  • Increase the amount of shaded seating

For more information and to have your say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026, visit Council’s Your Say webpage.

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Local heroes honoured at Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards


A community leader who has been influential within her North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) community for more than 40 years was named Citizen of the Year at the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards 2021.

Mayor Karen Williams said Aunty Lyn Shipway was a passionate advocate for her community.

“Aunty Lyn is CEO of North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal and Island Housing Co-operative and was active in establishing Minjerribah Day Respite Centre, Myora Caravan Park and Nareeba Moopi Pa Aged Care,” Cr Williams said.

“She is also chair of both Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health and the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health and was formerly on the board of Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders in Council.

“She is always humble and approachable and really does epitomise the Redlands Coast community spirit.

“It was a great pleasure to honour her with this year’s Citizen of the Year award.”

Aunty Lyn Shipway – Redlands Coast Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Jenali Collier for her work with young people through her YouTube channel “Miss Collier explains”, leading the Livewire Kids Club at Mount Cotton, and as a youth leader with C4 Youth Fellowship.

Senior Citizen of the Year is Graham Hinson who is a Legacy volunteer, a Military Welfare Advocate for the RSL and Community Link Coordinator for Redlands RSL.

Cr Williams said selecting winners across the nine categories of the awards was always a tough challenge as all nominees were deserving of recognition.

“Every nominee is a winner and it has been a privilege and an honour to meet and acknowledge these dedicated and passionate people who give so generously to help make Redlands Coast such a great place to live.

“I thank all nominees and winners and assure them that what they do matters and Redlands Coast is proud of them all for their outstanding contributions to our community.”

The full list of Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards winners are:

  • Citizen of the Year Award – Lynette Shipway (Aunty Lyn)
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award (30 years and under) – Jenali Collier
  • Senior Citizen of the Year Award (60 years and over) – Graham Hinson
  • Local Hero Award – Rebecca Young
  • Local Hero Award – COVID-19 Response – Steve Zyka
  • Community Organisation Award – Special Olympics Redlands
  • Cultural Award – Maxwell (Max) Bissett
  • Environment and Sustainability Award (joint winners) – Kieron Douglass and Layne Utz
  • Sports Award – Lara Walker
  • Reconciliation Award – Adam Williams
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Council closes walking tracks during aerial spraying for mozzies


In response to heavy rain earlier in the week, Redland City Council will close some of its walking tracks at Victoria Point and Wellington Point on Friday morning, 22 January 2021, to conduct an aerial treatment of mosquito breeding sites.

Mayor Karen Williams said the larger additional treatment will target both freshwater and saltwater areas.

“A number of freshwater mosquito breeding sites have been inundated, particularly around Wellington Point, Victoria Point and Mount Cotton, causing mosquito larvae to breed in these areas,” she said.

“Council’s Pest Management Team decided to conduct the aerial treatment to target the mosquito larvae in these areas ahead of the Australia Day weekend.

“This is the first time Council has closed walking tracks to undertake mosquito spraying, but it was considered advisable due to the extent of the treatment.

“There is no danger to people, animals or the environment because of the treatment.

“It will be conducted with methoprene, which is a mosquito target-specific product that only kills mosquito larvae.”

The aerial spraying will encompass more than 100 hectares of additional freshwater breeding sites and is expected to occur between 8am and 12pm on Friday 22 January, weather permitting.

Walking tracks to close during this time are at:

  • Geoff Skinner Wetlands Reserve, Blight Street, Wellington Point
  • Point Halloran Conservation Reserve, boardwalk entry at School Road and Orana Street Victoria Point.

Signs have been placed in these areas, and the tracks will reopen as soon as the aerial treatment has been completed.

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman Cr Paul Golle said while Council would continue to conduct ground and aerial treatments to manage mosquito numbers, it was also important for residents to take a proactive approach and check their backyards for possible breeding sites.

“Mosquitoes can be found breeding even in small amounts of water so residents are encouraged to empty pooling water from items around the yard such as pot plant bases, blocked roof gutters, bird baths, sagging tarps or covers and old tyres,” Cr Golle said.

“People can protect themselves by using insect repellents, maintaining fly screens on windows and doors, and using mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide burners.”

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Implementation Plan adopted for Amity Point erosion management


Redland City Council has adopted an Implementation Plan to assist Council and property owners manage erosion along the Amity Point coastline on North Stradbroke Island.

Under Council’s Coastal Adaptation Strategy, Amity Point has been identified as a high-priority locality and has been the focus of Council-led Shoreline Erosion Management Planning (SEMP) since 2015, which sets out steps for property owners to protect their properties.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the southerly migration of the waterway between North Stradbroke and Moreton Island, has caused complex erosion impacts and resulted in decades of informal efforts to prevent property loss.

‘This Implementation Plan is a historic step in addressing these complex erosion issues.

“The plan outlines future works along the three distinct sections or ‘reaches’ of the coastline and agreement on property owner responsibilities, including Council.

“Importantly the plan includes recognition of the effective role the placement of rocks along the foreshore plays against erosion, particularly in the central reach.

“The recognition of this rock structure (known as a flow slide barrier) is a crucial element in the ability of property owners to plan for works to defend their properties.

“Council will assist landowners by applying for a high-level preliminary approval of the flow slide barrier so that landowners can proceed with carrying out the work required to protect their properties.”

Councillor for Division 2, Cr Peter Mitchell said the implementation plan supported landowners in ensuring they have the necessary development permits and approvals to carry out ongoing maintenance work on the section of flow slide barrier protecting their property.

“This implementation plan and the erosion management plan it supports have been developed in close consultation with the residents it is designed to support,” Cr Mitchell said.

“It outlines how residents can secure the permits they need to protect their properties, as well as explaining Council’s role in managing areas that protect local roads and parks.

“Future works will also include ongoing beach surveys and coastal process studies.

“The SEMP and Implementation Plan have also been developed in consultation with other stakeholders, including Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, State Government agencies and the project’s Community Reference Group.”

For more information visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/amity-point-shoreline-erosion.

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