Council donates photos of Diggers to Redlands RSL


Redland City Council has donated 14 framed photographs of First World War Diggers to Redlands RSL Sub Branch, just in time for Remembrance Day.

The photos, of Diggers whose names appear on local cenotaphs, were printed and framed for the 2018 launch of a commemorative book sharing the stories of Redlands Coast servicemen and women.

Mayor Karen Williams said the photos had been in storage since the launch of Remembering Them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands.

“The photos deserve to be on display in a public space so these local servicemen are recognised and honoured for generations to come,” she said.

“What better place than the Redlands RSL Sub Branch to display these photos and tell the story of these brave locals on Remembrance Day.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, Redlands RSL Vice President Les Warner, Redlands RSL President Alan Harcourt and Councillor Peter Mitchell.

Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland Peter Mitchell said the installation of the photos would act as a visual reminder of the sacrifices made.

“With the Redlands RSL being central to Remembrance Day, these photos will help locals put a human face to those who gave so much for the freedoms we enjoy today,” Cr Mitchell said.

Cr Williams encouraged the community to take time on Wednesday 11 November to remember Australia’s fallen servicemen and women.

“These brave people were sent into horrendous conditions to ensure their loved ones at home, and the generations to follow, could live in peace and safety,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to spend a minute in silence at 11am on 11 November to remember all those who fought and died to keep us free.”

The book Remembering Them was developed by Redland Libraries and was funded through a Queensland Anzac Centenary Grant.

It documents the stories of local servicemen and women and their experiences of war, and includes photographs, letters, postcards and archival documents.

There are several copies of Remembering Them available to borrow through Redland Libraries. An ebook copy is available via the Redland Libraries website, redland.qld.gov.au/library, and through the State Library of Queensland.

The photos of the 14 local Diggers are now on permanent display in the Redlands RSL Library-Museum at Cleveland, which is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm.

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Council urges residents to recycle right during National Recycling Week


Redlands Coast residents are encouraged to examine their recycling habits during National Recycling Week (9 to 15 November) and take advantage of a new station to dispose of unusual household items.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was excited to launch the revamped IndigiScapes Recycling Station at Capalaba.

“This station was developed to help people recycle items that are unable to be recycled through either kerbside recycling collections, at our recycling and waste centres or at other community drop-off points,” she said.

“Council currently recycles around 45 per cent of its waste however we still have a long way to go to get to a zero waste to landfill vision set for Queensland.

“This station supports both IndigiScape’s sustainability messages and Council’s Green Living theme within the Corporate Plan, and will help residents to reach the goal of 95 per cent of resources recovered by 2050.

“Council always encourages people to reduce, reuse and then recycle, so this station helps to support that message and to help keep Redlands Coast naturally wonderful.”

Items suitable for drop off at the IndigiScapes Recycling Station include mobile phones and chargers, art supplies, x-rays, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, empty beauty product packaging, toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes, thongs and L.O.L surprise toys.

Cr Williams also encouraged residents to use National Recycling Week as an opportunity to consider their daily recycling habits.

“Recycling contamination rates are on the rise, and are at 11 per cent for the 2019/2020 year,” she said.

“A 2019 audit of recycling bins on Redlands Coast revealed they are showing high rates of contamination for plastics, mostly soft plastics and bagged plastic, and food scraps.”

Items which should be placed in the red-lid bin, not the yellow-lid bin include soft plastics (bread bags, cereal box liners, pasta packets, chip packets, frozen veggie packets, biscuit packets) and bubble wrap, hard plastic toys and drink bottles, nappies, polystyrene and food scraps.

“Other ways you can reduce your waste and recycle right are to ensure you don’t put recycling in your red-lid bin, get a larger recycling bin if you need it, and get a green waste bin.”

Council will also launch a 12-month trial of the ASPIRE online trading platform, through which Redlands Coast businesses will be able to source and dispose of unwanted items that would normally go to landfill.

Cr Williams said Redland City Council – along with Gold Coast and Logan councils – would participate in the CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot so businesses could access the online marketplace to trade waste and defray waste disposal costs.

“The ASPIRE platform has the potential to deliver environmental and economic benefits for the region,” she said.

“What is no longer useful to one organisation can become a cost-effective manufacturing input – or salvaging opportunity – for another, so this is a great initiative.”

The CCIQ ecoBiz ASPIRE Pilot will be officially launched at the 2020 Redlands Coast Business and Jobs Expo at Alexandra Hills on Thursday 19 November.

For more information about recycling on Redlands Coast visit redland.qld.gov.au/recycling

For more information about the ASPIRE Pilot, visit aspiresme.com

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Opt in for emergency messaging service ahead of wet season


Redlands Coast residents are urged to opt in for Council’s emergency notification messaging service ahead of predictions for a wetter-than-average summer.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Karen Williams said the messaging service was an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications.

“Redlands Coast is subject to severe weather and climate events, just like any region, and it is important the community can receive alerts in time so they can prepare,” she said.

“This is essential as we head into summer, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average rainfall from November 2020 through to January 2021 associated with a La Nina weather pattern.

“This means there is also the increased possibility for widespread flooding.”

About 1700 people have subscribed to the service since its launch.

Residents who register receive an alert when there is potentially dangerous weather which may impact them. Weather alerts are shared via email, but other warnings are available via either email or SMS.

Residents can also sign up to flooded road notifications for Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point; Avalon Road, Sheldon; Moores Road, Redland Bay; and the corner of Nelson Road and Pitt Road, Wellington Point.

Cr Williams said the service offered localised information but did not replace official warnings provided by the Bureau of Meteorology or the State Disaster Coordination Centre.

“Our message system complements messages issued by the State agencies and lets residents know, via local flooded road gauges, which of the above roads are flooded.

“As it is an opt-in service, alerts will be sent only to those people who register to receive them.

“Residents can select which warnings they want to receive and whether they wish to receive the messages via email or SMS or both.”

To sign up, click the opt-in notifications button on Redland City’s disaster dashboard at disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

Opt-in emergency notification messaging service tips:

  • Registered users must verify their email address and mobile number before they can receive alerts.
  • For Bureau of Meteorology email weather warnings, it is recommended users select Redland City and their suburb, at minimum.
  • Users should ensure their address is correct so they receive targeted messages alerting them when their area is expected to be impacted.
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November NAIDOC celebrations set for Redlands Coast


Redland City Council is set to celebrate NAIDOC Week (8-15 November) with free arts and educational activities across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said NAIDOC Week, traditionally celebrated in July and postponed due to COVID-19, held extra significance this year as an important opportunity to connect and celebrate as a community.

“After a challenging year, it is wonderful that we are now able to offer in-person and online NAIDOC Week activities, with Council offering a range of options to suit all ages,” Cr Williams said.

“Our library team has some exciting initiatives, including a specially commissioned cultural talk with a Quandamooka man Matthew Burns, which will be available on the Redland Libraries Facebook page from 6pm on Monday 9 November.

“Anyone who has been fortunate enough to hear Matthew talk will know it is a special experience, and in this beautiful video he again shares fascinating insights to the traditions, lore and stories of the Quandamooka People.

“At Capalaba Library on Thursday 12 November from 9.30-10am, youngsters (0-5) and their parents can also join talented performer Moojidi (Kargun Fogarty) for a morning of dance, singing, didgeridoo and language.

“We end the week of celebrations with a free NAIDOC showcase at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on Sunday 15 November from 1-4.30pm, headlined by singer/songwriter, guitarist and didgeridoo player Joe Geia.

“People can enjoy a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country and family-friendly demonstrations and activities, including Indigenous dance workshops and face painting, a cultural talk and artefacts display, and a bush tucker food demonstration and tasting.”

Redland Art Gallery also recently unveiled four new temporary public art banners in celebration of NAIDOC 2020, featuring stunning pieces from the Redland Art Gallery Collection by Quandamooka artists Damien Abberdan, Sonja Carmichael, Joshua Walker and Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

“These can be seen on the side wall of our Cleveland Administration Building (opposite the library), Redland Performing Arts Centre and Harold Walker Jetty in Dunwich (Goompi),” Cr Williams said.

“Due to social distancing requirements our numbers at some activities are restricted, so I encourage people to jump on to Council’s website for all the event details and to book in where necessary.”

For more information head to https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/NAIDOC

 

 

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Council wins international award with mosquito mapping project


A Redlands Coast mosquito mapping project has received international recognition, winning a 2020 GO SMART Award.

The joint project, between Redland City Council and global Taiwanese tech giant MiTAC, will design a dashboard to map Redlands Coast mosquito treatment areas.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Smart Pest Management – Mosquito Monitoring and Treatment project was designed to be an effective tool to help understand mosquito breeding patterns and the management of mosquito volumes.

“This innovative technology complements Council’s Mosquito Management Action Plan 2019-2024, which includes focusing on using the latest technology and equipment to increase surveillance and understanding of mosquito populations and locations across the city,” Cr Williams said.

Council officer monitors mosquito population with light trap

“This data will allow Council to effectively target treatment at peak times and locations within the breeding process.

“The dashboard aims to provide a more targeted treatment program for Redlands Coast and reduce the time officers spend in isolated areas.”

Cr Williams said the Smart Pest Management tool would gather real-time tidal inundation information from Council’s sensor network and integrate it with MiTAC’s Cloud Platform.

“The resulting dashboard can then inform Council’s decisions on mosquito management,” Cr Williams said.

“The project is currently in the proof-of-concept phase, incorporating 10 years of modelling.

“The proof-of-concept, if implemented, would allow the resulting mapping and data to target smaller isolated areas with drone mosquito treatment, possibly replacing quad bikes and amphibious vehicles.”

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman Cr Paul Golle said the GO SMART award was recognition that Redland City Council was committed to treating mosquito breeding areas.

“The Redlands Coast environment is impacted by both freshwater and saltmarsh mosquito species,” Cr Golle said.

“Breeding areas are found across the entire Redlands Coast, including the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and smaller uninhabited islands.

“Mosquitoes pose a significant public health risk as they are able to transmit diseases such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Kunjin.

“On average, each year the city treats 9500ha of breeding areas via ground and aerial applications, targeting mosquitoes in their larval form.

“Regular surveillance is also undertaken to monitor mosquito species and their activity levels.”
The GO SMART award followed a Local Government Association of Queensland delegation, which was led by Cr Williams, to the Smart Cities Mayoral Summit in Taipei in 2019.

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Redlands Coast maintains its healthy water quality rating


Redlands Coast waterways have maintained environmental conditions according to the 2020 Healthy Land and Water Report Card.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said steady catchment conditions of C+ and a Waterway Benefit Rating of 3.5 stars (out of 5) showed the good work being done across the city continued to yield results.

“We know our community loves our local waterways and Council is committed to improving waterway health,” she said.

“While we know there is still opportunity to improve conditions, it is positive to note pollution loads from the land remained very low.

“This has been aided by Council’s programs, such as our Environmental Partnership Program and the active Erosion and Sediment Control Compliance Program on development sites.

“Ongoing work in this space is increasing the resilience of our catchments to extreme weather events, with more than 1500 erosion and sediment control inspections undertaken over the last year.

“The Report Card also shows the health of the aquatic bug community remained stable, a useful stream health indicator.

“However improvement opportunities still exist for freshwater habitat, with a decline reported in the health of our fish community.

“We know our creeks experience low oxygen in discontinuous pools during dry weather, which can impact on these communities.

“Our need to contribute to a regional approach of waterway health was reinforced by the slight increases in nutrients in Southern Moreton Bay and the previous reports of mud from flows of the Logan and Albert Rivers.”

Cr Williams said the Report Card also showed the high value residents placed on their local waterways.

“The report shows 66 per cent of residents are satisfied with their local waterways, compared to only 62 per cent across all of South East Queensland,” she said.

“Residents also value local waterways for recreation, with 60 per cent of those surveyed using them at least monthly for activities such as walking or running, enjoying nature, cycling, picnics and swimming.

“This has highlighted the benefit of waterways to our community during the challenges of COVID-19.

“Here on the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, our future is inextricably connected to Moreton Bay and the waters that feed it.

“This reinforces the importance of the ongoing works Council and the community are undertaking to protect and enhance our part of the bay and our creeks for a sustainable future.”

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Red Benches to appear across Redlands Coast


Poignant reminders of the impact of domestic violence will soon appear across Redlands Coast after Councillors today supported a call from Mayor Karen Williams to install 10 Red Benches across the city.

Mayor Williams said the Red Benches would cement the city’s reputation as a leader against domestic violence.

“Redlands Coast became home to Queensland’s first red bench last year, providing a visible reminder of the city’s commitment to supporting those impacted by domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“Today’s decision will now see benches in every Council Division, continuing the momentum we began with the bench outside the Cleveland Library.”

Cr Williams said today’s decision would also recognise a group of locals who have worked diligently to support victims of violence.

“The Red Bench program is an initiative of the Red Rose Foundation, an organisation led by Redlands Coast’s own Betty Taylor who is doing so much to shine a light on domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“All 10 new Red Benches will include a plaque recognising the generosity of those who have supported our annual domestic violence fundraiser Diner en Rouge, including the committee who help deliver it.

“They will also recognise local philanthropist Dan Holzapfel who has donated $200,000 to the cause, helping put a roof over the heads of victims by supporting new domestic violence units opened at the beginning of the year.”

Cr Williams thanked everyone who had helped drive change and support victims across the city.

“We have so many amazing domestic violence service organisations who are out there every day helping those who need it most and anything we as a community can do to support them is worth it,” Cr Williams said.

“I would also like to thank Councillors for supporting my request today, as community leaders we need to be the change we want to see and today’s decision shows that as a team we are taking a stand against domestic and family violence.”

 

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Community to be consulted on proposed changes to Animals in Public Places register


Redland City Council will ask the community for feedback on a proposal to reduce the number of locations where dogs on lead are prohibited or restricted.

Mayor Karen Williams said the proposed changes to the Register of Animals in Public Places, under Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2015, followed a city wide review.

“This register hasn’t been looked at for a long time and we wanted to make sure it was still current and still appropriate,” she said.

“Council assessed each of the areas and looked at why the prohibition or restriction was there and if there was still a reason for it to remain, and now we want to hear from the community.”

Cr Williams said restrictions would remain in areas where they were still necessary due to the presence of sensitive wildlife.

“Here on Redlands Coast we have many naturally wonderful public spaces and we want our community to be able to share these with their four-legged friends, where appropriate.”

Councillors voted at today’s general meeting to engage with the community about the proposed changes.

Consultation opens through Council’s Your Say webpage on 9 November 2020 and closes on 6 December 2020.

Cr Williams said if the proposed changes were adopted, dogs would need to be on a lead and under effective control at all times.

“Our Animal Management Team will also ensure there is appropriate signage in all the areas.”

Proposed changes to the Register of Animals in Public Places:

  • Remove prohibition on dogs in the park area on Beth Boyd Park, Thorneside but retain prohibition on the foreshore/seashore.
  • Remove prohibition on dogs on the foreshore/seashore at Redland Bay Esplanade, Redland Bay (where Grey and Bay streets intersect).
  • Remove prohibition and allow dogs at any time on lead – Swamp Box, Capalaba.
  • Remove restriction and allow dogs at any time on lead – Yeo Park, Victoria Point; Wellington Point Reserve; and foreshore and seashore at the end of Wilson Street Victoria Point.
  • Include the foreshore/seashore in front of swimming enclosures in Redlands Coast as prohibited areas for horses, camels and donkeys.

Visit Council’s website for information on current places where dogs are prohibited or restricted on Redlands Coast.

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Council ensures COVID-safe measures for urgent community evacuations


Redland City Council is encouraging island residents to identify friends and family on the mainland they may be able to stay with as part of their disaster plan for this year’s fire and storm season.

Mayor Karen Williams, who is also chair of the Redlands Local Disaster Management Group, said that with the storm and fire season having arrived, it was timely for island residents to nominate a mainland location in case of evacuations.

“If a bushfire is approaching someone’s home, they obviously cannot shelter in place, so one option may be to shelter with friends or family if it is safe to do so,” she said.

“For people living on the mainland this may be possible, but for our island residents the possibility is less likely, as those people will often be evacuating too.

“So it is important for all island residents to have conversations now with family and friends on the mainland they could shelter with.

“If this is not possible, the next step may be to evacuate people to commercial accommodation providers, in which case Council would determine the provider and assist with transport off the islands.

“We’re unable to confirm accommodation providers ahead of any emergency, as whether we use them is dependent on the circumstances and some providers may themselves need to close due to the event.”

Cr Williams said Council had investigated COVID-safe measures should evacuations be needed due to an emergency situation such as bushfire or widespread floods.

“Because of COVID, it is even more important for residents to identify friends and family they may be able to stay with, which would then reduce how many places are required at evacuation centres,” Cr Williams said.

“As always, decisions will be made in the best interest of public safety in an emergency, and Council will distribute information in a timely manner to help keep people informed.”

“With the storm and fire season upon us, I urge residents, especially island residents, to be prepared by having a three-day supply of food and drinking water available at all times, and to be prepared to evacuate to family and friends on the mainland or other accommodation providers in case that becomes necessary.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he wanted to remind island residents that should they develop any COVID-19 symptoms and require a test, Mater Pathology collection centres were still open at 2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island and 14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island.

“The pathology service on the islands is supported by mobile collection for those people who find travel to the collection centres difficult,” he said.

“A referral from your doctor is needed, which could be arranged through a telehealth appointment.

“It is best that anyone on the islands with symptoms contacts their doctor for advice.”

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Nominations close soon for Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards


If you know someone doing extraordinary things on Redlands Coast, Council wants to hear from you.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said nominations were sought for the annual Australia Day Awards, which recognise the initiative, contribution and hard work of Redlands Coast residents and community groups.

“There may be a work colleague, family member or friend doing something naturally wonderful and who you feel deserves recognition,” she said.

“It could be someone who gives their time and heart to others, who pushes themselves to achieve at elite levels or who shows great innovation in their social, environmental and cultural projects.

“2020 has been a unique and challenging year for many in our community and these awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise people who inspire us by example, bring us together and set us apart.”

Residents are urged to get in quick, however, as nominations for the 2021 awards close at 4pm on Friday 27 November 2020.

Online nominations are open for these award categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (30 years and under)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (60 years and over)
  • Local Hero
  • Community Organisation
  • Cultural
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Sports
  • Reconciliation

To make a nomination, visit Council’s Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards web page.

The awards presentation for finalists will be held in January 2021.

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