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$500,000 RDA funding announced for Russell Island Sport Clubhouse and Resilience Centre

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has expressed delight at today’s announcement of $500,000 funding towards the Russell Island Sports Clubhouse and Resilience Centre from the Commonwealth’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

“Our business plan for regional funding highlighted the strong national and regional importance of the Sport and Resilience Hub,” Cr Williams said.

“Estimated to cost $670,000, this facility will not only accommodate sporting and community groups, it will also serve as a disaster resilience centre for the prevention, preparation, response and recovery phases of a disaster event.

“This need was well highlighted to Redland City Council by the Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald storm event that greatly impacted the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) community over the Australia Day long weekend.

“We are extremely grateful for the funding support of the Australian Government and the strong application support provided by RDA Logan and Redlands Inc in supporting our funding bid.”

Mariae Crawshaw, Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands Inc, said that the application was assessed as a high regional priority and was strongly endorsed for consideration for Federal funding.


“We share the Mayor’s delight in celebrating this funding as a wonderful achievement for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and the wider regional community.”

Redland City Council Division 5 Councillor, Mark Edwards said the funding announcement was great news not just for Russell Island but for all the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

“This multi-purpose facility will serve the demonstrated sport, recreation, social and community needs of the Southern Moreton Bay Island communities of Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay and Russell Islands and those of neighbouring communities in Redlands, Logan and Southeast Queensland,” Cr Edwards said

“The SMBI will have a sporting complex they can call their own, their own clubhouse and the added advantage of its use as a resilience centre in times of need.

“The need for such a community centre was driven home to us during recent the resilience forums held on Russell and Macleay islands and, thanks to the stage one and two partnership between the three tiers of government, we will deliver facilities and a multi-purpose centre residents can be proud of.”

Cr Edwards said the proposed 543m² clubhouse would form the hub of the Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park.

“It has been innovatively designed to include a commercial kitchen and first-aid room and for dual use as a resilience training and evacuation centre, which maximises the output of the building,” he said.

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in January next year and be completed by December 2014 offering employment opportunities to local people during construction and through the establishment phases of the project.

The funding is in addition to state government funding commitment of $750,000 announced in 2010 and Council funding commitment of $1,307,554 towards the development of a large sportsfield and multi-purpose courts as part of stage one of the project.

New Disaster Resilience Centre Open Day – 13 April

Get Ready North Stradbroke Island! Come along to a free community event, on Saturday 13 April, to celebrate the official opening of the North Stradbroke Island Disaster Resilience Community Education and Resource Centre.

This fun event, with activities for kids and adults from 9am to 12noon, will mark the opening of a truly collaborative facility for the benefit of all islanders.

The $236,529 centre was funded through a three-way program supported by Redland City Council, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams praised the proactive efforts of Redland SES for working with Council to win funding approval for the facility.

“The Dunwich-based centre will enable the development and building of important local community disaster resilience through education, training and awareness of natural hazards,” Cr Karen Williams said.

“This will be delivered through Redland SES, emergency management stakeholders and Council programs – with Redland SES managing the facility.”

Division 2 Cr Craig Ogilvie said the centre has already had a work out, operating as the coordination centre for responses to the Straddie bushfires last December and to the severe weather caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald over the Australia Day weekend.

“SES is already delivering volunteer training and education sessions at the centre, which serves as a meeting place for the Straddie Emergency Response Group, and has been the site for St John’s Ambulance first aid courses that have been open to the public.

“As a community education facility, local community groups can also access the facility. I urge islanders to make the most of this fantastic community resource,” Cr Ogilvie said.

For venue and bookings information, call ph 0407 893 669 or email ben.holder@redland.qld.gov.au.

Come along to the open day to learn about disaster preparedeness, emergency services, the role of the community and becoming a volunteer SES member – or simply take a tour of the new community facility.

What: Free community event and official opening – North Stradbroke Island Disaster Resilience Community Education and Resource Centre
When: 9am to 12noon. Official opening with Mayor Karen Williams at 10am.
Where: Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island