Mayor Karen Williams explains what happened in today’s Council meeting. The agenda included: Council’s draft Corporate Plan, supporting our local retailers and an independent review of the Toondah Harbour project.
Tickets are selling fast for next week’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast but if you miss out you can still support its cause – school chaplaincies in the Redlands.
Mayor Karen Williams said the popular annual event, to be held on Friday 29 August from 6.45am, was a great way for the community to make a difference by raising important funds for the chaplaincies.
“The breakfast is a great way to help the youth of Redland City by supporting our local school chaplaincy programs, which make a real difference to our students and schools,’’ she said.
“This support not only assists local schools, but it also has the potential to flow on to their families, helping the entire Redlands’ community.
“But with tickets limited for the breakfast and selling fast, you can still be involved by donating money through Council’s website.”
The key note speaker at Friday’s breakfast will be former NSW ambulance officer and police chief inspector Gary Raymond.
“Gary is inspirational, having dedicated his life to serving others,” Cr Williams said.
“During his career he headed up the elite NSW Police Rescue performing more than 1500 rescues, including 1000 motor vehicle accident rescues, 200 vertical rescues and 200 suicide crisis retrievals.
“He was on the front line for disasters such as the Granville train disaster and Thredbo landslide and his dedication to the force has been acknowledged through a number of awards, including an Order of Australia Medal.
“Today Gary works as a chaplain to the Police Post Trauma Support Group NSW, so he knows only too well the important role of chaplains in the community.”
The Mayoral Prayer Breakfast will be at Wellington Point’s Redlands Sporting Club.
The remaining tickets are available for $50 each or $450 for a table of 10. There are available online at www.rpac.com.au, by calling 3829 8131 or you can pick them up in person from the RPAC box office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland.
An indigenous message stick was the gift and the message was loud and clear from Redland City Mayor Karen Williams to Chinese government officials this week – Redlands wants to strengthen relationships.
Cr Williams said discussions with government officials from our sister city, Qinhuangdao, provided a timely opportunity for her to highlight our willingness to share Redland marine expertise in development slated for the Chinese seaside city.
These discussions were made possible through a special ceremony where Cr Williams presented new Qinhuangdao Mayor Shang Liguang with an Aboriginal message stick and silk sarong handmade by Redlands’ traditional custodians, the Quandamooka.
Cr Williams said: “Qinhuangdao is an export port, and like the Redlands, a seaside city, and a tourist destination.
“Situated between the capital Beijing and the Tianjin metropolis, it is the destination of choice for 20 million visitors a year. In fact, our sister city is known as the summer capital of China,” Cr Williams said.
“They are developing marine parks, canal estates and marina facilities and are seriously interested in our experience in such areas. It is an area Redland organisations and businesses know a lot about.”
Cr Williams has been extending invitations to government officials in China and Taiwan to visit the Redlands and expects Qinhuangdao Mayor Shang Liguang to touch down on our red soil soon.
During her visit to Redlands’ sister city, Cr Williams also met with Qinhuangdao’s planning bureau chief Guo Aimin, planning bureau deputy director Ms Liu Jianxin, Vice Mayor Feng Zhiyong and from the Bureau of Education.
“The residents of our sister city of 3 million people are aspirational for their children, wanting them to study in Australia, mix with Australians and enjoy beautiful and safe locations like the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.
“This is another opportunity for our city that could further develop the Redland economy as we have world-class middle and high school education.
“I am encouraged by Qinhuangdao officials’ commitment to strengthening educational ties and cementing opportunities for students of both cities.”
Cr Williams said that in China the forward planning for employment was outstanding, making it easy for businesses to establish themselves and delivering more certainty for future communities.
“In fact, there is an entire building dedicated to showing off 3D and 4D plans for the city of Qinhuangdao,” she said.
Cr Williams has been in China and Taiwan spruiking opportunities for investment and trade with the Redlands and will visit Japan next week.
She has delivered presentations to more than 2000 international delegates, spoken separately with more than 40 key contacts and given out more than 100 Redlands’ prospectus documents that had been translated into Chinese.
“There are many opportunities available to the Redlands that come from developing strong cultural and business ties within Asia.”
Tickets are selling fast for the annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 30 August.
Mayor Karen Williams urged the community to get in quickly and book a seat for the popular breakfast, as tickets were limited and last year’s event was a sell-out.
Cr Williams said the special annual event was initiated in the 1950s by then United States president Dwight D Eisenhower.
“The movement was established in the Redlands in 2003 and the event has been held annually here since,’’ Cr Williams said.
“This year’s breakfast will be held at Redlands Sporting Club, Anson Road, Wellington Point, on Friday, 30 August, from 6.45am.
“Funds raised will be donated to school chaplaincies in the Redlands.
“The keynote speaker is the Reverend David Smethurst, of the Smethurst Ministries.
“David and his wife Margurita head a charity that supports 5700 orphans in 47 orphanages in the Ukraine, Belarus and Latvia.
“He was also chaplain for the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing and a counsellor at last year’s London Olympics and Paralympics.
“We are very fortunate to have David as guest speaker. He has a wonderful story to tell and is sure to be an inspiration.”
Cr Williams said she expected a good cross-section of key business, government, community, education, church and emergency service identities in the Redlands to attend the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.
“This is a great opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of the youth of Redland City by lending our support, with a contribution towards school chaplaincy programs,’’ she said.
“I have seen the positive difference this program makes to our students, our schools and our community.
“Our support can change lives, as well as sustain families and help students reach their potential.”
Tickets are available for $45 each, or $400 for a table of 10. RSVP deadline is 16 August. Tickets are available from Mayoral Prayer Breakfast, PO Box 1073, Capalaba QLD 4157. They will be forwarded on receipt of payment.
Inquiries can also be directed to the Office of the Mayor on 3829 8608.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and councillors will host a celebratory barbecue for hundreds of the city’s volunteers tomorrow to thank them for their contribution to the Redlands community.
Volunteers from across the community will join the Mayor and councillors for the barbecue at Norm Price Park- Redland Showground and presentation of certificates of appreciation to the Redland SES and Regional SES Member of the Year, Gersualdo Lo Presti.
“Volunteers are our community’s most valuable asset and a thread that binds so much of our community together,” the Mayor said.
“But their self-effacing character means there are limited public opportunities to say thank you, so it’s a great delight to have this opportunity to do so.
“International Volunteers Day celebrations this week have been reminder that volunteer contributions across Australia are now estimated to be worth more than the mining industry.
“But the true value of the contribution by our city’s volunteers to the lives of thousands of people in our community is inestimable.
“It is visible every week in the hours of work put in by hundreds of sporting club volunteers who are shaping the health of our community and our younger generation.
“It is evident in the tireless efforts of the nearly 300 highly trained Redland SES volunteers who were appropriately recognised last month as the best Regional Unit of the Year for the third time.
“Our city’s bush care, IndigiScapes and catchment volunteers have been major contributors to the Redlands again winning the title of Queensland’s Most Sustainable City (2012).
“They have also contributed to marked improvements in the health of our waterways, bays and catchment in this year’s South East Queensland Ecosystem Health Report Card.
“Whether it is cancer fund raising, Meals on Wheels or the life saving and community support efforts of SES volunteers, we are very grateful and truly humbled by the efforts of all our volunteers.
“I am sure all of the Redlands will join us in saying thank you and wishing all our volunteers an especially safe and happy Christmas and New Year.”
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has congratulated the Queensland Government for making it easier for Councils to choose local suppliers when competing for Council projects.
“This is great news for Redland businesses and is what I have been pushing for,” Cr Williams said.
“Redlands will be a place to do business for even more local organisations as a result of this change.”
Changes to the Local Government Act in Parliament last week mean Council can give extra weight to local businesses when selecting suppliers.
Cr Williams said that with the changes to the Act, Council could provide greater support to local businesses.
“I am committed to helping our own businesses and earlier this year called on Council to review its own purchasing policy to strengthen support for local businesses,” she said.
“This change to the Act means greater flexibility for Council, the city‟s largest purchaser of goods and services, to buy local.
“While Council must continue to balance the five ‘sound contracting principles’ of value for money, open and effective competition, development of local business and industry, environmental protection and ethical behaviour in making its purchasing decisions, a new clause in the Act confirms that Council does not have to give equal weighting to each of the five principles.”
Cr Williams congratulated the Newman Government on this important clarification that provides certainty for Council in dealing with local business.
“We value all five of the principles, and will continue to strive for best value for money whilst ensuring that we support our local economy, local business and local jobs.
“The message to local companies is that Council is open for business and if you can meet the basic principles of the Local Government Act requirements, please consider us as a possible client.”
Cr Williams said Council also recently amended its policy on payment terms to ensure payment to suppliers was quicker than it had been previously.