Time to get ready as storm and fire seasons approach


On your marks, get ready … Redlands Coast residents are being encouraged to be on the front foot ahead of this year’s looming storm and bushfire season.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Councillor Karen Williams said this month’s Get Ready Queensland Week – from 10-17 October – aimed to raise awareness about being prepared for extreme weather events and disasters.

“The idea is to be proactive; to be ahead of the late-spring/summer season which, as we all know, can bring devastating weather events and conditions conducive to destructive bushfires,” Cr Williams said.

“In the past decade, Queensland has experienced close to 90 declared disaster events. The lesson we have learnt is that the better prepared a region is, the better prepared it is for a quicker recovery.

Redland City Council is spreading the word that it is time to prepare for the storm and bushfire season.

“Get Ready Queensland Week is a statewide initiative and the message is loud and clear in its title. If we get ready now we will be able to better handle anything this upcoming season throws at us.”

Cr Williams said Council maintained a dedicated Redland City Disaster Management website that provided practical information on preparing for, responding to and recovering from disaster.

“This is the time to equip yourself and your family with a disaster response plan. The value in knowing in advance what you would need during a severe event or if you were required to evacuate cannot be underestimated,” she said.

“The disaster management plan covers the entire city and has specific information and guidance for our vulnerable communities on our Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Council also has an opt-in emergency notification messaging service which is an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications. About 2200 residents are subscribed to this free alert service already and I encourage you to opt-in during Get Ready Queensland Week.”

Redland City Council is also conducting a bushfire awareness campaign over the next few months funded under state and federal government grants. Council will collaborate with the QFES to deliver a number of information sessions as well as installing 10 permanent signs in high-risk bushfire areas reminding people to know the risk, prepare a survival plan and report any bushfire or arson to 000.

“Now is the time to ‘spring clean’ your property to reduce the risks of it being affected by bushfires or extreme weather events,” Cr Williams said.

“The bushfire awareness campaign provides targeted advice and information to property owners in identified high-risk areas as well as offering bushfire-preparedness information across the entire region.

“I encourage all Redlands Coast residents to take advantage of these incredibly important information sessions.”

Bushfire awareness information nights will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 7 October, Capalaba Sports Club, Capalaba, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 14 October, Redland Bay SES, Redlands Business Park, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 4 November, IndigiScapes, Capalaba, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 11 November, Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton, 6.30-8.30pm

Council will also host information stalls at the Cleveland Markets (17 October, 7am-1pm) and IndigiScapes Eco Market (4 December, 8am-noon)

Registration for the information nights is via redland.qld.gov.au

To view the Redland City Disaster Management Plan, go to: redlandsdisasterplan.com.au

To opt-in to Council’s emergency alert messaging service, go to: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

For more information about Get Ready Queensland Week, go to: getready.qld.gov.au

Seqwater’s free Dam Release Notification service sends notifications by email, text messages to mobile phones or recorded messages to telephone landlines when dam releases are occurring.

You can register or find more information at seqwater.com.au/dam-release

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15 things to do on Redlands Coast this Queen’s Birthday long weekend


Looking for something different to do with family and friends on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend? Redlands Coast has you covered.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said residents and visitors were spoilt for choice this weekend (2-4 October 2021), which also marks the end of the school holidays.

“Redlands Coast has a wide range of naturally wonderful experiences on offer, from amazing parks and play spaces to fabulous beaches and conservation areas,” Cr Williams said.

“Our islands are always a great choice for day trips or weekend getaways, with opportunities to spot whales, dolphins, turtles, koalas and kangaroos, relax on beautiful beaches, browse boutique goods at markets, or pick up some unique art.

“There are also plenty of things to do on the mainland and I encourage everyone to support our local tourism operators and book an experience on Redlands Coast this long weekend.

“The weather forecast for Saturday through to Monday is for warm sunny days so I encourage everyone to make the most of it.

“An outing can be as simple as a picnic or barbecue in one of our many open spaces or parks.”

15 things to do this long weekend:

  1. Walk on water (at low tide only) from Wellington Point Recreation Reserve to King Island.
  2. Take a day trip to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and explore the studios, art galleries and museum in Dunwich. You can also hire a scooter or take a guided cultural tour along the Gorge Walk at Point Lookout.
  3. Check out the Tiny Homes Expo at Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday (ticketed event, tickets available online).
  4. Head down to Raby Bay Foreshore Park and hire a water bike or paddle across the bay and spot for dolphins and dugong along the way. You can also swim, kayak and stand up paddleboard on the foreshore.
  5. Visit Macleay Island and check out (or buy) some art or enjoy a relaxing game of barefoot bowls with a stunning waterfront view across the coast.
  6. Go bushwalking, mountain biking or horse riding in the Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area.
  7. Go sailing with one of the local yacht charter operators or take your own boat across Moreton Bay to Peel Island.
  8. Browse the fresh produce, arts and crafts, gifts, food and entertainment at the Cleveland Markets on Sunday from 7am-1pm.
  9. Picnic on the hill at Sirromet Wines – Queensland’s largest winery.
  10. Unleash your creativity and paint your own pottery piece at one of our local creative art studios in Cleveland.
  11. Hike the network of trails in the Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area in Sheldon.
  12. Take a 10 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point to Coochiemudlo Island and step onto the sandy beach with a playground and beachfront café.
  13. Visit Cleveland Point Reserve and picnic under the historic Cleveland Point lighthouse, and see it light up at night.
  14. Explore the nature tracks and botanic gardens at IndigiScapes Environmental Centre in Capalaba and follow it up with some bush flavours from the café.
  15. Visit one of the many vibrant outdoor spaces and playgrounds including Apex Park in Wellington Point, Thornlands Community Park, and Raby Esplanade Park in Cleveland.

For more information or other ideas on things to see and do, go to visitredlandscoast.com.au or pop into the Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre located at Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland which is open every day from 9am-4pm; phone 1300 667 386.

Council closures on Monday 4 October 2021 public holiday:

  • Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed on Monday 4 October, returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 5 October.

After hours return chutes at libraries will be closed on Monday, and no items will be due on that day.

  • Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre, Café, and Botanic Gardens will be open on Monday 4 October from 8am-4pm.

The nursery will be closed on Monday.

  • Bin collections

Bin collections will go ahead as normal, so bins need to be placed on the footpath by 6am on Monday 4 October.

Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

  • Recycling and waste centres

All mainland and island recycling and waste centres will be open. Residents should check Council’s website for opening hours.

  • RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay does not open on Monday. Opening hours are 10am-2pm on Tuesday and Friday.

  • Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open from 9am-noon on Monday 4 October.

For animal emergencies outside those hours, please phone 3829 8999.

  • Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC box office is closed on Monday 4 October, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 5 October.

During this time bookings can be made online via rpac.com.au

  • Redland Art Gallery

The galleries at Cleveland and Capalaba will both be closed on Monday 4 October, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 5 October.

  • Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

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Full month of events to celebrate Redlands Coast seniors


Redlands Coast will celebrate its seniors for the entire month of October with a citywide series of community events and activities.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been a strong supporter of the annual Seniors Week over the years and decided to support the extension of it to Seniors Month in 2021 through the Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants Program.

“A dozen local not-for-profit groups received grants under the Council program to hold events during October under this year’s Seniors Month theme of ‘social connections’,” Cr Williams said.

“The month kicks off tomorrow on United Nations International Day of Older Persons and ends on National Grandparents Day, 31 October.

“There will be numerous opportunities for community participation and connection both on the mainland and the islands, with fun games and sporting activities, expos, displays and awareness projects.

“So many wonderful seniors, from wonderfully diverse backgrounds, call Redlands Coast home. Seniors Month is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop more social connections as our community comes together to support and celebrate their importance.

“Our city’s dedication to this is reflected in Council’s Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026.”

Activities organised by Council’s Redlands Coast Seniors Month Grants recipients include:

  • Showcasing Seniors (hobbies and crafts): Bay Islands Community Services, Saturday October 2, 8am -2pm, Russell Island.
  • Walking Basketball for Seniors: RedCity Roar Basketball Association, Tuesdays, 5, 12 and 19 October, 9am to noon, Capalaba PCYC.
  • Seniors Walk: Redland District Committee on the Ageing Inc, Sunday 10 October, from 7am, through Redlands Coast parklands.
  • Dementia Friendly Communities Education and Awareness project: Redlands Coast Dementia Community Alliance, Monday 11 October, from 10.15am.
  • Redlands Hit Up for Seniors Social Tennis: Redland Bay Tennis Club, Redland Bay, Thursday 14 October
  • Aged Care Expo: Coochiemudlo Island Men’s Shed Inc with assistance from Redland District Committee on the Ageing, Friday 15 October, 9am to noon.
  • Inter-island seniors soccer fun match: Bay Islands United Football Club, Sunday 17 October, 10am, Russell Island sports field.
  • Seniors Celebration: Belgravia Foundation Pty Ltd, Wednesday 20 October to Friday 22 October, Cleveland Aquatic Centre.
  • U3A Come & Try Day: U3A Redlands District Inc, Wednesday 20 October, 9.30am to 2pm.
  • Senior Tech Expo: STAR Community Services, Thursday 21 October, 9am to noon.
  • Quandamooka Elders lunch: Goompi Give and Grow Ltd, date to be decided.
  • Redlands Coast Inspiring Seniors morning tea and awards 2021: Blue Care, Tuesday 16 November

For further details on the events, please contact the individual community groups.

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Council delivers car-share scheme at Redland Bay Marina


Redland City Council has awarded a contract for a two-year car-share scheme at Redland Bay Marina, Weinam Creek.

Mayor Karen Williams said the recent Expression of Interest and subsequent tender process followed a successful car-share trial conducted at the marina from August 2020 to April 2021.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams with Bay Islands Car Share owner Aaron Pipkorn, left, and Cr Mark Edwards, right.

“The trial offered island residents access to a conveniently parked vehicle on the mainland without the overheads associated with owning one,” Cr Williams said.

“It proved very popular, with the trial operator reporting a doubling in car-share members and a 60 per cent increase in the number of car-share trips each week.

“The trial clearly demonstrated the viability of the initiative in the long term, so I am delighted Council is able to extend the scheme for another two years from 4 October 2021 through a contract with Bay Islands Car Share.

“Hopefully the trend of increased usage will continue and there will be a corresponding rise in the number of car parking spaces which will become available.”

Cr Williams said the car-share scheme was one of a number of options Council was investigating to help alleviate the high demand for car parking at Redland Bay Marina.

“Car-share schemes have been identified in the Redlands Coast Transport Strategy as a potential solution to deliver good transport outcomes, with benefits such as increased turnover and supply of car parks in the area,” she said.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said Bay Islands Car Share, which also conducted the trial, would operate eight dedicated car-share spaces between the Coast Guard building and the bus interchange.

“These spaces are located opposite the four which were used during the trial, and are still in close proximity to the ferry terminal,” Cr Edwards said.

“The trial showed island residents supported the scheme and there was a consistent increase in usage as a result of having dedicated car parks.”

The eight car-share parking spaces will be clearly identified with signage.

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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.

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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 redland.qld.gov.au

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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BMX riders on track at Wellington Point park


A new BMX track has opened as part of a $471,000 upgrade of a Wellington Point park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the works carried out at EGW Wood Park at Wellington Point were funded under the second phase of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

“This year Council is investing $7 million in local parks and playground, taking the spend in the past two years to around $20 million. And this funding from the Australian Government is part of more than $5.3 million being invested in Redlands Coast community infrastructure under phase 2 of the LRCI stimulus funding,” Cr Williams said.

“We have some of the best parks in South East Queensland and this investment will give local families even more reason to get out and enjoy time together.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, left, and Cr Wendy Boglary check out the expanded and improved BMX track at EGW Wood Park, Wellington Point.

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the new BMX pump track integrated into the existing track and included multiple loops.

“The upgrade also included installing sandstone blocks, a picnic table, seating and shelter, as well as a drinking fountain with bottle filler, and also a tap and dog bowl,” Cr Boglary said.

“Improvements were also made to the footpaths servicing the park and changes to the cricket nets, while more plants and turf were put in.”

It is stage 2 of recent upgrades for the park, with stage 1 funded through Council’s Community Infrastructure Program in 2019, Cr Boglary said.

The Australian Government’s LRCI program supports local councils to deliver priority projects while supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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276,000kg of paint and packaging diverted from landfill


Redland Coast residents and tradies have diverted 276,592kg of paint and packaging from landfill over the past three years.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council had worked with the Paintback Scheme since its inception in July 2018 to divert unwanted paint products through the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre.

Redland City mayor Karen Williams, centre, at the Paintback facility at the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre with operations officer Emma Georget, left, and transfer attendant Kerri Watton, right.

“In our continuous journey towards a circular economy, it is important that Council seeks out innovative partnerships to dispose of all sorts of waste, so that, where possible, it goes on to have another life,” Cr Williams said.

“Paintback is one such partnership, keeping toxic materials out of drains and kerbside collection bins – and ultimately waterways and landfill – with its collection site at Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre.

“I encourage residents and commercial operators to continue to bring paint that can’t be reused into Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre to give it a second life.”

Deputy Mayor and Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said that while it cost nothing to drop off up to 100 litres of unwanted paint per visit, the paint did need to be secured in containers of 20 litres or less.

“From Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre, the unwanted paint is transported for treatment and repurposing,” she said.

“Currently, it’s being turned into an alternative fuel source replacing coal or having the water extracted and used by other industries, reducing the need to use mains water.

“I understand Paintback is funding research into how it can improve the recovery of paint and pails to reduce demand on virgin resources.”

A resident uses the Paintback facility at the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre.

The following items are accepted:

  • Interior and exterior paint (including architectural paint) – water and solvent based
  • Deck coatings
  • Floor paints
  • Primers
  • Undercoats
  • Sealers
  • Stains
  • Shellacs
  • Varnishes
  • Urethanes
  • Wood coatings (containing no pesticides).
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Parkour in the park with upgrade in Alexandra Hills


A popular Alexandra Hills park is the first in Redlands Coast to feature dedicated parkour facilities and a giant climbing structure that spins, following a $1.5 million upgrade.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s upgrade of Hanover Drive Park included a range of play equipment aimed at being both fun and challenging.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, right, and Cr Rowanne McKenzie at Hanover Drive Park in Alexandra Hills.

“Redlands Coast is earning a reputation as having some of the best parks in South East Queensland and this year we will invest $7 million into local parks and playgrounds – which takes the spend in the past two years to around $20 million – to give local families even more reason to get out and enjoy time together,” Cr Williams said.

“Parkour is a great way of developing strength and physical control as you interact with a combination of structures; and it forces you to come up with creative moves.

“While the giant spinning climber is sure to become the firm favourite with children.

“As well as these, Hanover Drive Park now has a new play area for toddlers, primary play area, sand play – including a ‘dino dig’ – net climbing tower, combination soccer/rugby goal, sandstone tunnel, see-saw, rubber domes, monkey bars, double swing, a ‘Pillar of Hercules’ swing and some gorgeous pavement patterns including a caterpillar hopscotch.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said the upgrade also included new picnic facilities such as shelters, a table and a double barbecue.

“The work also delivered new public amenities, additional seating, a drinking fountain, shade sails over some play elements, bin enclosures, plantings and footpaths,” she said.

Two line-marked accessible car park spaces have been established, Cr McKenzie said.

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Residents make pledge at Citizenship Day ceremony


This year’s Australian Citizenship Day proved extra special on Redlands Coast when 140 residents from 33 countries made a pledge to become citizens.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the new citizens at a ceremony on Friday night at Redland Performing Arts Centre.

“Already this year we have welcomed 612 new Aussie citizens who have made their home on Redlands Coast,” she said.

Cr Williams said the ceremony was especially significant as it fell on Australian Citizenship Day.

“This is a day when we can all reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship and our shared identity, which unites us all while respecting our diversity,” she said.

“Whether we are citizens through birth or by choice, this day is an opportunity to celebrate our democratic values and take pride in our citizenship.

“One of the wonderful elements in all our citizenship ceremonies is the opportunity for guests to recite a pledge re-affirming their loyalty to Australia.

“Even those who are not yet Australian citizens, but who consider Australia their home, are able to affirm their support for the values we all hold dear.”

Cr Williams said Australia was one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world, with residents whose heritage extended to almost 200 countries.

“I encourage all our new citizens to remember and honour their history as it adds to the richness of their new lives and the lives of their fellow Australians,” she said.

“I also encourage our residents to be active citizens, by getting involved in your community and displaying the values of respect, inclusion and helping others.”

For photos from the event, go to Redland City Council’s Facebook page.

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Tickets go on sale for annual Dîner en Rouge fundraiser


Tickets are now on sale for Redland City Mayor Karen Williams’ annual Dîner en Rouge event which raises funds for Redlands Coast domestic and family violence support services.

Now in its seventh year, the event has raised almost $400,000.

Cr Williams said the 2021 event would be a live stage production, themed Musique en Rouge, for the second year.

“Last year’s new-look Musique en Rouge fundraiser, held as a stage show instead of the usual dinner in response to COVID-19 restrictions, was very well received and raised more than $50,000 for local support services,” she said.

“The economic and social impacts associated with COVID-19 have magnified the tragedy of domestic abuse, so it is important we continue to work together to ensure a safer tomorrow for all victims of this crime on Redlands Coast.”

Cr Williams said Musique en Rouge would be held at Redland Performing Arts Centre and would feature an exceptional line-up of performers and two special guest speakers:

  • Vanessa A Fowler, sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay who helped form the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and is the current Director and Chairperson of the Board, and
  • Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd who heads up the new Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Command.

“Funds raised through ticket sales, auction items, raffles and sponsorship will help to ensure local community organisations can deliver assistance to people when and where it is needed most,” Cr Williams said.

“We all deserve to feel safe and, by their support of past Dîner en Rouge events, our community has shown it is prepared to stand up and make a real difference for people whose lives have been torn apart by domestic and family violence.”

There are a number of opportunities to sponsor or support the Dîner en Rouge fundraising. Details are available on the event’s webpage at redland.qld.gov.au/dinerenrouge

Redland City Council is proud to once again partner with Zonta clubs, Soroptimist International, Rotary Club of Cleveland, Redland Foundation and other local domestic and family violence service advocates on this year’s event.

EVENT DETAILS

What: Musique en Rouge – annual fundraiser to help Redlands Coast residents affected by domestic and family violence

When: Saturday 6 November 2021 from 5pm

Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: $85 each or $800 for a social group of 10 tickets (includes GST)

Purchase tickets:

  • Online from rpac.com.au
  • By telephone during business hours on 3829 8131
  • In person at Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
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