NEW COUNCIL FUND TO ADDRESS COST OF LIVING PRESSURES A new Redland City Council fund that will provide cost of living relief to vulnerable residents will open for applications in October 2023. Mayor Karen Williams said yesterday’s endorsement of the Civic Support Fund Guideline paved the way for local community organisations to apply for a grant from the $500,000 allocation. “This one-off fund has been established to offer assistance to the community where it is most desperately needed,” Cr Williams said. “We know there are people on Redlands Coast who are doing it tough and, in some cases, people are struggling to put food on the table or buy essential household items. “The Civic Support Fund aims to help our most vulnerable residents, with eligible community organisations able to apply for grants for initiatives addressing local community needs in areas not covered by other levels of government. “This could include everything from the basics to keep our community going, such as food supplies and clothing, through to programs that support residents with budgeting and provision of community meals. The Civic Support Fund will offer quick response grants up to $5000 through to major grants of up to $50,000. It will operate as a rolling fund during the 2023-2024 financial year, with applications welcome until funds are exhausted. More information on how community organisations can apply for grants through the Civic Support Fund will be available soon. COUNCIL OPPORTUNITIES COMMUNITY GROUP INTEREST SOUGHT ON VACANT FACILITIES Redland City Council is seeking expressions of interest from not-for-profit and community groups to manage three currently vacant facilities on Redlands Coast. Two of the community facilities are halls – Cascades Hall, 314 Colburn Avenue, Victoria Point and the Winter Memorial Park building, 53 Mount Cotton Road, Capalaba. The third facility is a former toilet block on Waterside Drive, Macleay Island that has the potential to be repurposed as a storage facility. Mayor Karen Williams said the halls presented a range of possible uses for community groups. “Council is keen to hear proposals from interested community organisations around future use and management arrangements, with the aim of achieving optimum use and maximising community benefit,” she said. “The Expression of Interest process allows for community groups to submit their ideas and business cases to Council for consideration.” For more information about these opportunities, visit Council’s Your Say Redlands Coast site.
MISSION POSSIBLE! YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU ACCEPT, IS TO EXPLORE MORE OF INDIGISCAPES It’s Mission Possible, with the popular Agents of Discovery augmented reality game now in play at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba. The smartphone app-based game allows visitors to the centre to become top-secret agents where they are assigned interactive “missions” by Agent Galah. Using a map, they get to explore the area and solve challenges. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the augmented reality app was free and, once downloaded, did not require any data or WiFi to run. “It is a fun way to get active and engaged in learning about the environment as well as seeking out the hidden wonders of IndigiScapes,” Cr Williams said. “Agents of Discovery missions have been rolled out across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, so it is a delight to have it in play at IndigiScapes.” Agents of Discovery complements the numerous activities for youngsters at IndigiScapes. such as playgrounds, nature trails, and educational activities including the Get Grubby Program. IndigiScapes is an ideal day-out destination for families, with even more now to discover thanks to this augmented reality app. Wannabe secret agents are encouraged to download the Agents of Discovery app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play before heading out to play at IndigiScapes.