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Redlands Coast experiences named among state’s best

An extraordinary 16 Redlands Coast enterprises have been listed on Tourism and Events Queensland’s 2019 Best of Queensland Experiences.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the result was exceptional and underscored the benefits of Council’s tourism strategy and the growing value of the city’s new brand: Redlands Coast – naturally wonderful.

“Being named among the Best of Queensland Experiences is quite a feather in the caps of those businesses which make it on to the list, and to have 16 of them in Redlands Coast is a great achievement,” Cr Williams said.

“These businesses have shown they can deliver exceptional customer experiences up there with the best in the state, which will help attract more visitors to Redlands Coast, boost our economy and ultimately create more local jobs.

“We now have a clear identity which local residents and businesses helped to create and it is paying dividends in a number of ways – more potential visitors now know what we stand for and the naturally wonderful things we have to offer, while businesses are embracing it with enthusiasm to promote themselves and our city.

“To now have such great representation on Tourism and Events Queensland’s Best of Queensland Experiences list, which recognises the high-quality experiences that best bring the Queensland story to life, is icing on the cake.

“With so many little local treasures now getting the exposure they deserve – from the great spots to visit to top-class eco, adventure and culinary experiences – we hope Redlands Coast’s representations on the list will continue to develop.”

Inclusion on the annual Best of Queensland Experiences is based on independent criteria that incorporates online customer reviews, responses to consumer expectations and reflects industry best practice.

The Redlands Coast businesses named are:
• Allure Resort, North Stradbroke Island
• Alexandra Hills Hotel Suites and Conference Centre
• Aria Cruises
• Bacchus Brewing Co
• Cleveland Motor Inn
• Colour My Pot
• Mt Cotton Retreat
• Redland Performing Arts Centre
• Redland Museum
• Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
• Redlands Kayak Tours
• Samarinda Jewel by the Sea, North Stradbroke Island
• Sanctuary by Sirromet
• The Lighthouse Restaurant
• Stradbroke Ferries
• Straddie Adventures

All operators in the program receive a personalised bench-marking report, allowing them to celebrate their successes and continually deliver exceptional experiences.

More land for local sports fields

The future of sport, recreation and conservation in the Redlands has received a boost with 159 hectares of land acquired at Mt Cotton.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said 277-293 Heinemann Road had recently been purchased by Council, with about a third of the area to be used for sports and recreation in the future and the remainder to be preserved as a conservation area.

“Existing sports grounds and facilities are at capacity in the Redlands and this site will provide our residents with more sporting fields and community amenities to enjoy,” she said.

“With its recreational potential and environmental values, this is a unique parcel of land that will support future demand for sporting facilities in the Redlands while also protecting a significant area of natural habitat close to existing Council-owned conservation land.

“Much of this land is heavily vegetated and will be retained as an environmental reserve, while the section already cleared will be used for future sports fields and associated infrastructure, including carparking.”

Cr Williams said Council officers would undertake a detailed planning study over the next 12 months, in consultation with all stakeholders including local sporting groups, to determine the best use of the site and provide recommendations for a future program of works.

“Given the size of this site, a multipurpose approach is most likely, with any number of popular ball sports and specialised recreational activities set to benefit,” she said.

“This precinct will not only be valuable for sporting clubs, but also provide cultural and economic benefits as an event space, cementing our reputation as an events destination.

“We expect to be able to also use the site to host local festivals, national sports events and cultural showcases in the future, like those often held at venues like the Cleveland Showgrounds.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said the site and Mt Cotton locality was ideally suited as a sports and recreation precinct particularly for residents in the southern part of the city.

“There is scope to connect this area with existing multiuse tracks and trails in nearby conservation areas like the Bayview Conservation Park, which would be welcomed by horse riders, mountain bikers, trail runners and bushwalkers,” Cr Talty said.

“The site would also link surrounding residential communities and expand the list of family-friendly natural attractions at the southern end of our city.”

Twenty good reasons to head to Christmas by Starlight

The line-up of talent for this year’s Christmas by Starlight has been released, with Christine Anu and Thirsty Merc amongst those joining talented local performers to belt out tunes at the free concert at Sirromet Winery on Sunday 18 December.

Christine Anu

Christine Anu

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the star-studded modern line-up, mixed with the traditional carols, would ensure a great night for all ages.

“The calibre of talent we have for this year’s locally-produced free concert will make it one of our best yet, from ‘Twenty Good Reasons’ and ‘Summertime’ hit-makers Thirsty Merc, to multi-Aria award winning urban pop artist and national favourite Christine Anu,” Cr Williams said.

Thirsty Merc

Thirsty Merc

“They are joined by some of Australia’s other finest voices including top musical theatre star Amanda Harrison of Les Miserables and Wicked fame, jazz vocalist Emma Pask, The Voice Australia’s finalist Ellen Reed, opera singer Billy Bourchier, orchestrator and singer Craig Allister Young, souls and blues singer Angela Fabian, The Voice Kids 2014 winner Redlands’ own Alexa Curtis and young Redlands soprano Leah Lever.

“Latin American band Chukale will get everyone on their feet, and bringing it all together is internationally-renowned musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman, known for his work on the Sydney 2000 Opening ceremony, Australian Idol and many other major events.”

Cr Williams said the concert, which last year saw 10,000 people enjoy the festivities, would also feature well-known and emerging local talents.

“Local stars Alexa and Leah will be joined by other Redlands performers including Quandamooka Dancers, Jeremy Saywell, The Queensland Festival Chorus, Vocal Manoeuvres Children’s Chorus and vocalists, Redland City Choir as well as Redland Dance and Strictly Dance, with more still to be confirmed.

Alexa Curtis

Alexa Curtis

“So mark Christmas by Starlight down as a family must-do – come along, spread out a picnic blanket, enjoy the great food and drink stalls and kid’s activities and listen to all of your Christmas favourites.”

Christmas by Starlight gates will open from 3pm on Sunday 18 December at Sirromet Winery, with the concert commencing from 6pm and ending with a fireworks spectacular at about 8:15pm.

Entry is free. People will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to support programs combatting domestic and family violence if they wish to do so.

Ample parking is available however people will be able to leave the car at home and catch one of the free buses leaving from key points around the City. A courtesy ferry service will also be available to North Stradbroke Island from Cleveland after the concert thanks to Stradbroke Ferries. Timetables will be announced in the near future.

Check Council’s website for updates on Christmas by Starlight including the line-up, what to bring and details on free transport options.

Christmas by Starlight is proudly supported by event partners Sirromet Winery and Vocal Manoeuvres Academy and sponsors Viking Rentals, Energex, Fairfax Media, Alex Gow Funeral Directors, Shoreline Redlands Pty Ltd, Gadens, J.J. Richards, Mr Fireworks and Stradbroke Ferries.

Snapshot – 27 May 2014

Indigi Day Out

Saturday 7 June, 10am – 9pm

Indigi Day Out takes on a new format this year with one big day of fun, food and music. The popular annual event at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba is run in conjunction with Folk Redlands Festival of Music.

There’ll be environmental workshops, stalls, kids’ activities, crafts, food and folk music, rides, animal encounters and face painting. Take your own picnic or buy food from one of the stalls. New night time activities include a bush dance, twilight markets and a barbecue. The folk festival continues on Sunday.

For details visit IndigiScapes or call 3824 8611.


National Reconciliation Week

Short Film Festival at Cleveland Library

National Reconciliation Week starts today (27 May – 3 June) and is a time to reflect on working together to celebrate our diversity, our cultural differences and our shared values.

Council is hosting a free short film festival during National Reconciliation Week in Cleveland Library with daily sessions at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Come along and enjoy Ace of Spades, The Caretaker, Who Paintin’ dis Wandjina, Yolngu Guya Djamamirr, Blackbuster and Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun as they make you make you laugh, think and learn more about issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Free business workshop

‘How to network’

Council is hosting a free ‘How to Network’ workshop for local business. This hands-on workshop will discuss the importance of business networking and give you practical steps to do it successfully. A light snack and refreshments will be served.

When: Wednesday 11 June 2014
Time: 4.30 – 6.30pm
Where: The Red Place, Shop 14a, 99 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland
RSVP: Friday 6 June 2014, karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au or 3829 8507 (places are limited)
Light refreshments will be served.


Library activity

Join the Adventurer’s Book Club

Calling all kids! Come and join the fun at the Adventurer’s Book Club, held monthly at Capalaba Library for children over eight years old. It’s a free afternoon of activities and book discussion, with all members also receiving a Reading Passport! The next session is 3.30pm – 4.15pm, Thursday 29 May. No bookings needed.

For more information on the great range of free library activities available, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/Library


Water meter readings

Time to clip back the cacti! We are reading water meters in Mount Cotton this week. Please make sure our water meter readers have clear access to your water meter.


Open meetings

Wednesday 4 June – General Meeting, 9.30am

Council rejects Barro Group Mt Cotton quarry extension

Redland City Council today rejected the Barro Group application to extend the size and operation of their quarry at Mt Cotton.

Based on a number of planning and environmental grounds, the meeting voted nine to one to reject the application to quarry up to 1 million tonnes of ‘meta-grewackle’ annually for the construction industry.

The proposal would have extended the quarrying site by an additional 52 hectares from 14 hectares and the life of the quarry operation to 60 to 70 years.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the decision was a clear expression of the strong community opposition to the proposal and its significant impact on existing environmental habitats, close proximity to existing rural residential houses and local businesses such as nurseries, cafés and guest houses.

“Despite acknowledgement by Council that today’s decision may well be challenged by the State Government or on appeal, Council must consider the broader aspects of the community expectations and amenity.

“This is a very difficult case. It is a decision that should not have been left to the Council.

“Council has effectively been neutered by the planning legacy left by the previous government.

“There was no consultation with local government regarding designation of Key Resource Areas and Councils have very little ability to act in the local interest for developments such as this.

“In this case, there is a clear conflict between the State and the local interest and Council sincerely hopes the state government considers the interests of local government as we review the SEQ Regional Plan and State Planning Scheme.

“Redland City Council appreciates the importance of State resources such as quarries within a developing economy, but it has to be compatible and not adversely affect local residents and businesses.

Planning and Development spokesperson and Division 6 Councillor, Julie Talty said Council’s decision today was one made for the people of Redland City.

“Their views have been articulated by thousands of petitioners over several years, over 1000 submissions made against the proposal last year and a packed public gallery at today’s meeting that included councillors from neighbouring areas of Logan City.

“This application was essentially a substantial new quarry that has raised numerous community concerns about an increase in truck movements and increases in noise, dust and habitat destruction which have all been approved by State assessment agencies.

“The Committee’s decision today will refer the proposal back to the State Minister and we call upon the State Government to fully consider these local issues when weighing up their decision.

The successful motion put by Councillor Talty to reject the application argued that;

1. The proposed extension is actually a new quarry, extracting new material from a different location on the site, with a significantly greater scale than the existing quarry.

2. The proposed development is not consistent with the reasonable expectations of the local community, because the proposal is for a completely separate quarry which is of a significant scale and will operate in close proximity to adjoining rural residential properties.

3. The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the new quarry can be constructed and operated in such a manner as to protect the amenity of the surrounding sensitive receptors.

4. The applicant has failed to adequately define and apply suitable noise criteria to assess protection of amenity for the surrounding sensitive receptors.

5. The proposal will not maintain or enhance the rural residential amenity of the surrounding area through the minimisation of environmental nuisance occurring through the operation and construction of the quarry.

6. The proposal adversely impacts on and limits the future enhancement of the surrounding economic tourism opportunities.

7. A large number of submissions have been received objecting to the proposal, which raise valid planning grounds.

8. The proposed development is in conflict with the following provisions of the Redlands Planning Scheme:
a. Part 3.1.4, Desired Environmental Outcome No. 3 – Community Health and Wellbeing;
b. Part 3.1.7, Desired Environmental Outcome No. 6 – Economic Development;
c. Overall Outcomes 2(a)(i) and 2(c) for the Rural Non-Urban Zone;
d. Overall Outcome 2(a)(iv) for the Extractive Industry Code; and
e. Specific Outcomes S2.1 to S2.4 of the Extractive Industry Code.

9. There are not sufficient grounds to warrant approval of the proposed development having regarding to the nature and extent of the conflict with the Redlands Planning Scheme.

10. That the development proposal be immediately referred to the relevant State Minister to assess the proposal, in particular the decisions of the State agencies, under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

Court approves biomass development extension

The Planning and Environment Court has approved the extension of the 2007 development permit for a proposed Biomass Power Plant at Hillview Road, Mt Cotton until 20 March 2015.

Redland City Council Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said she respected the court’s decision to grant the extension and would continue to be available to listen to the community’s concerns.

“I understand the Court relied on the opinion of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as well as the opinion of experts in town planning, air quality and noise in coming to its decision to extend the development permit,” she said.

“The Court recorded the Council’s position which did not oppose the application with the Judge saying it had no bearing on the Court’s independent assessment and judgment to approve the extension.

“Judge Andrews also acknowledged that Council had acted appropriately to raise the public submissions against the proposals, but accepted the expert evidence that supported the proposal.”

The decision allows Cleveland Power to proceed with construction of the plant prior to March 20, 2015.

Cleveland Power lodged an appeal with the Court in December 2011 following Council’s decision to refuse a two year extension to the development permit.

The Biomass facility was originally approved by the Planning and Environment Court on 7 November 2007 and will use chicken litter to generate approximately 5 megawatts of electricity.

The facility is proposed to be located behind the Golden Cockerel chicken processing plant at Mount Cotton.

12,000 new trees for the Redlands

Redland Mayor Karen Williams this week joined SEQ catchments and Energex to plant new trees at Homestead Park, Mount Cotton, which will restore wildlife habitat.

And on Saturday 23 March the community is invited to pitch in and help to plant trees at a community planting event, hosted by SEQ Catchments and Energex, and including a sausage sizzle.

Cr Williams said the tree planting project highlighted the benefits of working in partnership with other organisations to deliver on-ground results for the Redlands, at no cost to Council.

“It is an important partnership that will deliver value for the community, protect and restore habitats and improve water quality, all of which contribute to keeping our city green and beautiful,” Cr Williams said.

SEQ Catchments Chief Executive Officer Simon Warner said the project aims to provide wildlife corridors between existing bushland areas.

“A total of 12,000 trees, including koala food trees, are being planted over 12 hectares at the site.

“A range of native trees are being planted to replicate what once would have been the natural environment of the area.”

The 23 March planting event is perfect for all ages of the community, with volunteers only needing to spend a couple of hours to restore habitat in the Redlands.

People wanting to help with the planting should bring their own drinking water and wear appropriate sun protection and fully-enclosed shoes. All equipment will be provided.

This project is being delivered by SEQ Catchments in partnership with Redland City Council on behalf of Energex, to meet environmental offset commitments for upgrades to energy distribution networks in the Redland City. This project is one example of Energex’s commitment to meaningful environmental outcomes in south-east Queensland.

Community Planting
When: Saturday 23 May, 9 am – 11.30am
Where: Homestead Park, Mt Cotton.
Parking is off Bohemia Ct, just off Valley Way. From the car park follow the signs 400m to the planting site.

From left to right: Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right:
Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right: Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right:
Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.



New “ladies and gentlemen” in Mt Cotton

Mt Cotton residents’ calls for a “wee bit of relief” were answered recently, with the opening of new toilets at one of the suburbs’ major family parks.

The $150,000 toilet construction project has provided much sought-after amenities at Mt Cotton Community Park.

Completed last month, the amenities include a disabled toilet, two standard toilets and a baby change table. A rainwater storage and distribution system has also been constructed.

Division 6 Councillor, Julie Talty said that the community had been calling for toilets in the Mt Cotton Community Park, which features picnic areas, a playground, a dog off-leash area, basketball courts and a skate park.

“I am delighted that these facilities are now open for the park users. Being without toilets was especially difficult for the many families with young children who use this park.

“While new toilets may not always make headlines, they are vital to the useability and family-friendliness of the green space and this has been a very important project for Mt Cotton,” she said.

The toilet building is located near the main car park, by the two lakes.

A number of crucial factors determined the location of the toilets, including:

• The higher location will prevent flooding of the toilets during heavy rains, as most of the park is in a flood-prone zone.
• The toilets need to be in close proximity to the car park for equitable access for the disabled.
• Being in a visible location maximises public safety, in line with “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” principles.
• It is central to the various park facilities.

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