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Choose your own adventure in the Redlands this month

Redland City will come alive with action aplenty in May with a calendar of adventure and sporting events.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the fun would begin with the endurance event Tough Mudder being held at Sirromet Winery this weekend.

“This is an event for anyone with an adventurous side with the new 2016 course promising plenty of undulation, thick mud and a gauntlet of world-class obstacles that is sure to test all competitors,” she said.

“This is a very popular event that is expected to attract thousands of hardened athletes as well as first-timers from across South East Queensland.

“The fun and energy is set to continue next weekend with North Stradbroke Island hosting the Straddie Salute; Queensland’s newest destination triathlon that will see participants swim, ride and run in the natural playground that is Straddie.

“This month will also see the Redlands host two other competitive sporting events with the Arthur Davis touch football competition and the Redlands Cycling Festival set to draw athletes from across the region.

“The Redlands Cycling Festival is Queensland’s first night criterium cycling race and will be held in the heart of Cleveland on Saturday 21 May. In addition to the race, there will also be markets, rides and other family activities located in an entertainment zone on Bloomfield Street, with the spectacular event expected to attract up to 5000 people.”

Cr Williams said that while adventure events were the flavour of the month, it wasn’t all bruises and Band-Aids.

“This month the Redlands will also host important community events like the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, Run for the Redlands and Koala Fun Run, both of which carry important environmental, social and animal welfare messages,” she said.

“There is also the Redlands careers and wedding expos for those who prefer to stay indoors.

“The Redlands boasts a growing calendar of events each month, which are part of Council’s goal of fostering an active and vibrant local community while developing the city as a location of choice for events, which bring economic and cultural benefits to the region.”

Visit our What’s On calendar to learn more about these events or post your own event.

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Competitors at the Koala Fun Run


Redland Snapshot – 6 May 2014

Bike Week 5 – 10 May 2014

Free activities
Redland City Council is hosting a range of free activities to celebrate Bike Week:

  • Ride the Redlands Track Park
    Wednesday 7 May 2014, 6.30am – 7.30am
    free scenic ride (own mountain bike required)
  • Ride to Work Breakfast
    Friday 9 May, 7.00am – 8.30am
    free community breakfast with cycling information at Cleveland Library Square.
  • Redland Track Park Trail care
    Saturday 10 May, 7.30am – 10.30am
    fun morning helping to repair, maintain and build our bike network. Register for this event on 3829 8760.
  • Free screening of Jour de Fete
    Saturday 10 May, 12.45pm
    Feature length French comedy about a local postman, RSVP essential by 7 May.

Registration is required for all events. For more details or to register, contact Jonathan Lamb on 3829 8734 or visit our website for details.


Koala Fun Run 2014

Sunday 25 May

Get training! Redlands 2014 Koala Fun Run is on from 7am on Sunday 25 May with two
course options – a 6km run/walk and a 12km run.

The Koala Fun Run is being organised by the Bayside Runners and Walkers Group with sponsorship from Redland City Council, as part of the RUN for REDLANDS 48hr Charity Festival, to be held from Friday 23 May to Sunday 25 May 2014 at Main Oval, Sharks Sporting Complex, Victoria Point.

You can register for this year’s Koala Fun Run by visiting the RUN for REDLANDS website.


Redlitzer Junior Short Story Competition

Entries now open

Redland Libraries ‘Redlitzer Junior Short Story Competition’ is open now for entries of any genre
up to 1000 words. There are two age categories: 10–11 years and 12–14 years. Entries close
Saturday 31 May 2014. For entry conditions and information: www.redland.qld.gov.au/library
or phone 3829 8779


Connect to your Creek Week

17 – 25 May 2014

Join in one of the local activities during ‘Connect to your Creek Week’, and celebrate the beauty and diversity of our waterways. Connect to your Creek Week is a Healthy Waterways initiative, supported by Redland City Council.

Activities include a water monitoring information session, dragonflies and waterbugs display, guided walk along Eprapah Creek and a kayak tour (there is a cost for this activity). For more information visit: www.indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au or phone: 3824 8611


Dunwich boat ramp

Closed for repairs

The public boat ramp at Yabby Street, Dunwich (One Mile) will be closed for repairs from Monday 12 to Friday 16 May, weather permitting.


Water meter readings

Time to cut back spiky citrus trees! We are reading water meters in Cleveland and on Coochiemudlo Island this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.


Open meetings

Wednesday 7 and 21 May – General Meeting, 9.30am

Record number of runners turn out for Redlands Koala Fun Run

Almost 1200 runners helped raise awareness and show their support for local koalas by taking part in the third annual Redlands Koala Fun Run yesterday (Sunday 26 May).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the event, organized by Redland City Council, provided the perfect opportunity to raise awareness for koalas while at the same time showcasing the Redlands’ environmental character.

“This event combines the Redlands’ healthy community with the city’s environmental character, providing the perfect setting to raise awareness for our koala population,” she said.

“The Redlands has the most significant urban koala population in Australia, so events such as this are important to raising awareness about their health and population.

“Even the koalas came out for the event with five spotted in trees along the course.”

Cleveland turned on perfect fun run conditions for the event treating participants to a beautiful day out as they took on the challenge of the 10km, 5km or 3.5km course.

Jackson Elliott took out the male 10km race, while Courtney Gilfillan won the female 10km event.

The 5km open race was won by Patrick Hagan and April Sloan, with the 3.5km event taken out by Scott Myler and Maggie Sillett.

“Congratulations to all participants who competed in the fun run. It was great to see the overwhelming level of support shown by the community to raise awareness of the protection of our local koala population,” Mayor Karen Williams said.

“Thanks also to the volunteers who helped make the event possible, as well as our event sponsors –Bayside Bulletin, Brisbane Times and 4BC radio Fit Stuff and Cleveland Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic.

For all results and images and to continue support of koala education and awareness in the Redlands visit www.koalacentral.com.au


Redlands Koala Fun Run 2013 results:

Overall 10km male winners

1st Jackson Elliott 0:30:45

2nd Max Neumann 0:31:38

3rd Clay Dawson 0:32:06


Overall 10km female winners

1st Courtney Gilfillan 0:35:24

2nd Nikki Hiscock 0:38:45

3rd Liz Grolimund 0:39:25


Overall 5km male winners

1st Patrick Hagan 0:15:57

2nd Luke Fainges 0:16:06

3rd Jarred Corby 0:16:29


Overall 5km Female Winners

1st April Sloan 0:19:04

2nd Joanne Miller 0:19:05

3rd Lilly Jones 0:19:06


Overall 3.5km Male Winners

1st Scott Myler 0:16:31

2nd Zac Trewheellar 0:17:08

3rd Peter Grace 0:17:29


Overall 3.5km Female Winners

1st Maggie Sillett 0:17:05

2nd Steffani Grace 0:18:45

3rd Hailey Pinto 0:19:39


Category Winners 10km

1st Jamie Hiscock 0:41:08 U15 Female

1st Luke Harvey 0:39:14 U15 Male

1st Courtney Gilfillan 0:35:24 Female 15-25

1st Max Neumann 0:31:38 Male 15-25

1st Liz Grolimund 0:39:25 Female 26-59

1st Jackson Elliott 0:30:45 Male 26-59

1st Lori Vaughan 1:13:12 Female 60+

1st Harold Haldane 0:43:11 Male 60+


Category Winners 5km

1st Joanne Miller 0:19:05 U15 Female

1st Justin Brouh 0:19:15 U15 Male

1st April Sloan 0:19:04 Female 15-25

1st Patrick Hagan 0:15:57 Male 15-26

1st Camille Anderson 0:20:26 Female 26-59

1st Chris George 0:17:15 Male 26-59

1st Laurie Cavallaro 0:31:56 Female 60+

1st Neil Wills 0:25:49 Male 60+


Biggest school: Star of the Sea 42 members

Biggest team: Fit stuff 58 members

Best dressed team: Koala Blues

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Koala Fun Run – a family affair

Chances are you won’t see the James family running at the Olympics any time soon, but that won’t stop the local family lining up for next month’s Redlands Koala Fun Run.

Clayton James admitted none of the family (daughters Lucy 7 and Chelsea 10 and wife Kylie) were elite athletes, but said it was the idea of spending a fun morning together that encouraged them to register in the annual event.


“You don’t have to be an athlete, it is just a fun and active experience that our family can enjoy together while raising awareness for Koalas in the Redlands,” he said.

“The social aspect is definitely why we are taking part rather than the competition; it will all be about fun and participation for us.”

Clayton said it was the second year the whole family had taken part in the fun run and daughters Lucy and Chelsea were looking forward to the event again this year.

“We all competed in the fun run last year. We met up with some other families at the event and had a great time so thought that we would take part again,” he said.

Mayor Karen Williams said the event would be held on Sunday 26 May at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, Cleveland.

“The event is designed for participants of all ages. We have school-aged children through to people in their 70s who have registered so far,” Cr Williams said.

“Fun run enthusiasts can walk, jog or run the 10km, 5km or 3.5km circuits making their way through the picturesque streets, natural beauty and spectacular scenery of the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams encouraged people to register early for the fun run, with on line registrations available at a discounted rate leading up to the event.

“Now in its third year we hope to see more than 2000 entrants take to the courses this year so I would encourage people to register early to ensure they don’t miss out,” Cr Williams said.

“Attracting participants from all over south-east Queensland, the event not only raises awareness for koalas and other environmental initiatives, but it also helps showcase the beautiful Redlands as well as boost the local economy.

Entrants can sign up as individuals or get a group of friends, work colleagues or family together to enter as a team.”

The event will also include prize presentations, free family fun activities and information stands following the fun run.

Registrations for the Koala Fun Run can be made until 5pm Thursday 23 May online at www.koalacentral.com.au. Late registrations will be taken at Norm Price Park on Saturday 25 May from 11am-2pm and on the day (Sunday 26 May) of the event from 6am. Late entry fees apply.

Register now for the 2013 Koala Fun Run!