JETTY TENDERS SOON It is believed that the successful tenders for the construction of the new island jetties will be announced in the coming days. All four Southern Bay islands are to get the new jetties, with Russell Island to be first cab off the rank. The announcement of the successful tenders is paramount for a start to the new jetties this year. It would be fair to assume that work will start in the second half of the year, but no timing is known, other than the work on all four jetties will progress continuously. Again, it is not known in which order the jetties are to be constructed. HOLIDAY DOLLARS PROGRAM Want a holiday in your own State of Queensland? What about a tour of your own islands? Well the Queensland Holiday Dollars program has been extended to Brisbane and surrounding regions, which also includes the Redlands Coast and our islands. There will be 30,000 vouchers available for Queensland residents to redeem and enjoy tourism experiences in the Greater Brisbane region. The vouchers can be used to claim 50 per cent off any eligible accommodation or tourism experience, up to a maximum value of $100 (inc. GST). All Queenslanders over the age of 18 (including Brisbane residents) are eligible to apply for a voucher which opens from Tuesday 27 April - Friday 30 April 2021 on the Queensland.com website. VOTE FOR THE REDLANDS! Redlands Coast needs your vote to become Queensland’s Top Tourism Town. Mayor Karen Williams said she was thrilled the city had been named a finalist in the 2021 Queensland Tourism Industry Council Tourism Award Program, which is aimed at recognising the state’s outstanding destinations. “Now we need the community to show how proud they are of Redlands Coast and get behind our city so we can win the Queensland Top Tourism Town award and help our tourism and hospitality businesses,” Cr Williams said. “Votes help determine the winner, with a total of 70 per cent to be decided by the public, so your vote is vital.' To cast your vote for Redlands Coast, visit Council’s website or head straight to the QTIC website. Voters will be in the draw to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome travel package. BOTANIC DISCOVERY A delicate new daisy has popped up on the Redlands Coast radar. The Slender Bottle-daisy (Lagenophora gracilis) was found by the native nursery coordinator of Council’s IndigiScapes Centre during a recent seed collecting trip in the Leslie Harrison Conservation Area at Capalaba. The Community Bushcare team came across the little flower alongside the path to the Leslie Harrison Dam. It caught the eye of nursery coordinator Ben Webb who thought it looked unusual, so he took some photos and discovered this fragile flower has previously never been recorded as growing in Redlands Coast. The Slender Bottle-daisy does occur in eastern Australia but its normal habitat is the floor of eucalyptus forests. If you have an interest in Council’s Indigiscapes Native Nursery and its programs please go to the website. REDLANDS SUPPORTS OLYMPIC GAMES Redland City Council has formally committed to being part of a 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games proposal. Council agreed to enter into the required contractual framework to offer Redlands Coast’s support as a Games venue and Games partner. This decision allows Brisbane as preferred host to formally show they have Redlands’ commitment to support the Games through the use of venues and public services. There is still a lot to work through, bringing the Olympics and Paralympics to the region would provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity, with a Redlands Coast white-water centre included as a potential venue for Olympic canoe slalom events. Mayor Karen Williams said: “We want to create a Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct which includes a regional aquatic centre with adventure sports, water play equipment and an Olympic-standard white-water course.