Redlands Christmas by Starlight

Sirromet Winery / 850-938 Mount Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday 18th December 2016

RACQ Get Ready Week
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RACQ Get Ready Week is timed to raise awareness about disaster preparedness as the State heads towards the annual storm and cyclone season. RACQ Get Ready Week was launched by the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad at Reddacliff Place in Brisbane’s CBD on Monday 10 October.

The launch featured the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2016–17 summer seasonal outlook and was held in conjunction with the RACQ Get Ready Queensland Pop-Up Town – an event that showcased organisations that provide vital assistance to the community during and after a natural disaster strikes.

Check your local council websites too to see how your community is celebrating the strength of Queenslanders. Council contact details can be found in the Queensland Government’s Local Government Directory.

Redlands Get Ready Queensland School Displays - February 2017
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The SES and Redland City Council is raising awareness by providing information in line with emergency management and preparation of home emergency plans at Redland City schools in February 2017.

Redlands - SES and Urban Fire Brigade Street Meets - March 2017
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The SES and Urban Fire Brigade display and community engagement commences March 2017 at Redland City shopping centres.

Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2016
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Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2016

Winners for the 2016 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards have been announced.

The 2016 winners are:

  • Resilient Australia Community Award – Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village
    • Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village Disaster Preparedness
  • Resilient Australia Business Award – Suncorp Group
    • Protecting the north
  • Resilient Australia Government Award – Sunshine Coast Council
    • The Sunshine Coast Council disaster hub
  • Resilient Australia Photography award – Karin Calvert

Bob Jaecocke – Photograph by Karin Calvert

Category winners will now vie for the national Resilient Australia Awards to be announced in late 2016.

Judges also awarded commendations in two categories:

Resilient Australia Community Award – Highly Commended

  • Fitzroy Basin Association Incorporated – Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald On-farm Productivity and Riparian Restoration Program
  • Green Cross Australia – Business Adaptation Network

Resilient Australia Government Award – Highly Commended

  • Bundaberg Regional Council – Burnett River Floodplain Action Plan
  • Cairns Regional Council ­ What is a Disaster Resilient City?

The Resilient Australia Awards is a national program which recognises and promotes initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation, making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. By celebrating innovation and exemplary practice, the awards showcase work that is often unseen, motivating others to think about how they can be better prepared and more disaster resilient.

The national award categories are:

  • Resilient Australia National Award
  • Resilient Australia National School Award
  • Resilient Australia National Photography Award.

Who won in 2015?

Queensland celebrated two winners in the 2015 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards and one people’s choice winner in the Resilient Australia Photography Award.

  • GIVIT – Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Community Award winner
  • Livingstone Shire Council – Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Government Award winner
  • Mr Darrin Leonard – Resilient Australia Photography Award finalist

Spread the word

Next year will present new opportunities to celebrate great work happening now in keeping Queensland safe.

Follow RACQ Get Ready Queensland on Facebook and Twitter, and look out for our hashtag, #GRQRAA.

For further information on the Resilient Australia Awards please email getready@qld.gov.au.

Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2015 recipients
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on Wednesday 16th September 2015


GIVIT – Resilient Australia Community Award winner

GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way. GIVIT’s vision is to match generosity with genuine need. GIVIT’s ’Disaster Recovery Service’ business model is a ’virtual warehouse’ that manages donations of goods and services online. In times of disaster it matches donations to requests for assistance from front-line agencies and councils, arrangements are then made for the goods to go directly from the donor to the recipient.

This service strengthens resilience within communities by ensuring communities get exactly what they need when they need it most, while protecting the dignity and privacy of the recipient.

It supports economic recovery by purchasing locally wherever possible and enables services to focus on essential support by reducing the need to manage unwanted donations.

LIVINGSTONE SHIRE COUNCIL – Resilient Australia Government Award winner

Livingstone Shire Council’s resilient project, ’Cyclone Marcia Recovery Taskforce’ was a project that engaged all tiers of government, local service providers, local industry and business and community to create long term partnerships, including issue specific sub-committees which specifically focus on building resilience for disaster events.

The initiative provided a catalyst for a holistic appraisal of the economic, social and environmental health of the Livingstone Shire and its capacity to respond to issues which have the potential to disrupt or fracture the community; be it a natural disaster, a social problem (for example domestic violence) or a general downturn in the economy.

Livingstone Shire Council Disaster Hub

Resilient Australia Photography Award 2016

Queensland Finalist

Mr Darrin Leonard of the Tableands – ’Ravenshoe Cafe Explosion’

The winners were automatically submitted as finalists in the national judging for recognition in the nationwide 2015 Resilient Australia Awards. Queensland’s GIVIT was awarded the highest honour receiving the 2015 Resilient Australia Award during a ceremony in Canberra with Minister for Justice and Minister for Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism, the Honourable Michael Keenan MP, and the Member for Brisbane, the Honourable Teresea Gambaro MP.

High Commendation recipients for 2015;

  • Cairns Regional Council – Schools Ready Cairns.
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority – Delivering Betterment in Queensland.
  • Redland City Council – Online disaster plan.
  • Southern Downs Regional Council – Killarney and Stanthorpe flood action guides.
  • Western Downs Regional Council – Mercy Pedestrian Bridge.
  • Gold Coast City Council – Hinze Dam stage 2 (HD2) Policy.
  • Tablelands Regional Council – Exercise Bright Spark.
  • Burdekin Shire Council – Multi-purpose building/cyclone shelter.
  • Townsville Regional Council – Is your health disaster ready?

Commendation recipients for 2015;

  • Rockhampton Regional Council – Rockhampton creeks catchment flood modelling.
  • Somerset Regional Council – Somerset region disaster management system.
Redlands Christmas by Starlight
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Sirromet Winery / 850-938 Mount Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday 18th December 2016

Christmas by Starlight is Redlands’ largest free community event. It will be held on Sunday 18 December 2016 at one of our region’s most iconic destinations – Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton.

The event will star a line-up of local talent from our region as well as featuring some of Australia’s finest performers. This picnic blanket community event will bring the Redlands community together in the area’s only winery.

Family festivities

With views stretching across Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island, Christmas by Starlight will deliver a festive season high to South East Queensland. It will help cement Redland City as a family destination in the lead up to Christmas.

The all-age family-friendly event will begin at 3.00pm with an afternoon of free children’s activities including jumping castles and face painting. There will be a variety of food, drink and merchandise stalls hosted by local not-for-profit community groups and licensed commercial operators.

At 5.30pm a special children’s Christmas show will dazzle audiences, followed by a spectacular professionally-produced carols concert. The audience will be inspired with non-stop, high energy performances from local Redlands talent working alongside a star-studded line-up of professional artists.

The event will conclude at around 8pm with a fireworks display.

For more information visit the Redland City Council website.

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