Why is the project needed?
Redland IndigiScapes Centre has been operating as a highly-popular environmental education facility and community space since its opening in February 2000, currently attracting around 40,000 visitors each year.
After nearly two decades of operation, some areas of the existing centre needed upgrading and refreshing. This presented an opportunity to look at future opportunities and ways the Centre can be improved to better serve the community and share environmental messages.
What do stage two works involve?
- Refurbishment of entry way and main building
- A new environmental interpretation area
- Relocated and expanded café
- Theatrette with conference facilities
- New toilet facilities
Future works (stage three) include the planned construction of a skywalk to appreciate the canopy of trees surrounding the centre. This is dependant of future available funding.
How will centre operations run during Stage two?
The new IndigiScapes native plant nursery will re-open at its new location next to Myhorizon in mid- January 2019. The new nursery will remain open during stage two of construction.
All other areas of IndigiScapes, including the main building and car parking area will be closed during construction. The playground and display gardens will remain open.
IndigiScapes will continue to offer its environmental extension services at Council’s Capalaba Place building in Noeleen Street, Capalaba including a range of off-site events and workshops.
How long will the centre be closed?
IndigiScapes will be closed from 28 January 2019 until mid-December (construction and weather permitting).
Why does the centre need to be closed?
The closure of Redlands
IndigiScapes Centre is needed to ensure public safety. This will also minimise construction
Will I still be able to access the IndigiScapes gardens?
Yes, the native nursery and display gardens will be accessible during construction.
Walking trails will be partly or completely closed. We ask that you follow staff directions and site signage.
Will IndigiScapes offer any holiday or community activities during the centre closure?
No community or holiday activities will be offered at the Centre during construction.IndigiScapes will continue to offer its environmental extension services and range of off-site events such as tree plantings, school and library talks and walks through our other reserves.
Will the environmental attributes of the site be maintained?
Upgrades have been designed in keeping with IndigiScapes environmental focus and aim to retain the community spirit that has seen the centre become the success story it is today.
The extended building has been designed to avoid and protect significant and veteran vegetation on site. During construction, a small number of trees will need to be removed near the main building. This will be done under strict environmental processes and will be offset by new plantings.
Environmental management practices will be implemented during construction to minimise impacts on the surrounding environment.
Will the centre still have community spaces for hire?
When the centre re-opens, there will be new and improved opportunities for the community to use its facilities.
These include new indoor options such as a theatrette with improved conference facilities and an expanded café area.
There will also be exciting outdoor options such as the planned amphitheatre in the new southern gardens space.Room hire for the new facilities will continue to be consistent with Council’s fees and charges for other community spaces and halls.
What are some nearby options for community meetings, playgrounds and outdoor experiences?
We encourage those who currently hire our community spaces to visit Council’s website for details on other community halls for hire, community spaces for events and the wide range of facilities and playgrounds offered at our parks across Redlands Coast.We also encourage people to visit the new Redlands Coast website visitredlandscoast.com.au to discover more naturally wonderful experiences in our area including Venman Bushland National Park at Mount Cotton and Bayview Conservation Area at Redland Bay.