Mr McEACHAN (RedlandsLNP) (11.27 pm): I rise tonight to bring to membersattention the fantastic festival that is happening in Redlands as the House sits this week. This festival combines the 4 Island Festival and RedFest and celebrates all of the things that make the Redlands the best place to live and play.

Mr Bennett: Second best.

Mr Costigan: Third best.

Mr McEACHAN: The best. This weekend gone, I had the great pleasure of attending markets, viewing art displays, eating fabulous food, listening to terrific music and watching moving displays put on by the Yulu Burri Ba dancers on Macleay and Karragarra islands. Picture stunning blue skies, glittering Moreton Bay, towering gums and people with a profound sense of community enjoying their place in the world. The celebration does not happen without the vision, passion and hard graft of a huge number of dedicated volunteers. Time does not permit me to name them all but I want to acknowledge some of them tonight.

I acknowledge Steve Morgan; the three commodores and members of Karragarra Yacht Club, Tingira Boat Club and the Sandy Beach Yacht Club; Wally Crook and the members from the Macleay Island Lions; Councillor Mark Edwards and Mayor Karen Williams for their enthusiastic support; President of RedFest, Patrick Burke; and Adrian Addicott, who was recently recognised for 30 years service to the festival. The festival goes all week, heading to Coochiemudlo Island, North Straddie, Russell Island, Lamb Island and Redland Showgrounds. It shines a light on our unique natural environment, our strawberry-growing heritage and our rich cultural history.

This weekend I have the privilege of emceeing the famous International Strawberry Eating Competition—‘internationalis a bit of poetic licence. I take this opportunity to invite one and all to come out to the Redlands and enjoy our hospitality. The 4 Islands Festival and RedFest bring to the Redlands national and international music starsperformers like Taxiride, Darren Percival, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, the Hillbilly Goats and many more. The festival singing competition has also uncovered local voices like Mirusia Louwerse and up-and-comers like Leah Lever.

Redlands is all about community and our relaxed way of life. Redlanders are passionate about their local area. RedFest and the 4 Islands Festival are a celebration of everything that is great about our beautiful Redlands. The 4 Islands Festival highlights the beauty of our Southern Moreton Bay Islands and our stunning Moreton Bay watersdragon boat racing, kayaking—made safe by Volunteer Marine Rescue and Coastguard. RedFest in turn celebrates the best food, music and businesses that Redlands has to offer, from Mount Cotton to Capalaba and Cleveland to the bay.

Following the lead of my colleague the newly minted member for Toowoomba South, I am going to shamelessly promote my electorate and encourage all members to head to the bay to enjoy a weekend of festivals in the Redlands.

 

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