Redlands Coast tourism destination video wins international award

Full article, image & video courtesy of Redland City Council

Redland City Council’s latest tourism video has won an international gong and catapulted the region onto the world stage.

The Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country video won the Best Cultural Tourism award in the Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the accolade was a great endorsement for the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast during Queensland’s Year of Indigenous Tourism.

“The cinematic destination video is beautifully narrated by renowned artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, a proud Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamooka Country, and illustrates her connection to the magical places across Redlands Coast.

“The video was developed as part of Council’s Reconnect on Redlands Coast campaign to help the tourism industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Importantly, we wanted to acknowledge Quandamooka culture and how integral it is to the identity of our city.

“The campaign was viewed more than 2.57 million times and tourism operators reported an increase in both out-of-region visitors and local residents holidaying in other parts of the city.

“Tourism is an integral part of the Redlands Coast economy. In the 2019/20 financial year, the region attracted more than 1.2 million visitors who contributed $228 million to the local economy.

“With tourism offerings as wonderful as we have, a committed tourism industry on Redlands Coast and support from Council delivering products like this award-winning tourism film, we look forward to continuing to grow the tourism dollar in our city.”

Straddie Chamber of Commerce president Col Battersby congratulated Council for the vision to develop a world-class video that was helping drive visitors to Redlands Coast, including Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island.

“The Straddie Chamber and Council worked closely on the Redlands Coast tourism campaign, of which this was a component, and that came out just after COVID-19 restrictions were eased last year,” Mr Battersby said.

“What a well-deserved gong. It is an incredible video that promotes one of the best places on Earth, and the oldest living culture in the world.”

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins said the award was very exciting news for the region.

“It’s a privilege to share the beautiful natural environment and the legacy our people have left here for us,” she said.

“The team behind the video was amazing – that includes everyone in Council’s tourism team, the Yulu Burri Ba Dancers and all the businesses. The team has beautifully captured what’s here.”

Matt Raimondo, who produced and directed the video, said it was fantastic to be recognised with the Best Cultural Tourism award.

“Redlands Coast is a beautiful place that speaks to people’s hearts and I’m honoured I was able to work with Delvene and give her the chance to share the story of her amazing connection to the land and to her culture,” Mr Raimondo said.

“She was just a beautiful person to work with and the video allows her personality to come through.

“Indigenous culture is something I’m quite passionate about and it’s awesome that the video has been well received overseas, particularly in Japan which is so close to Australia.”

Council worked on the Reconnect on Redlands Coast campaign with Straddie Chamber of Commerce; Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation; the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport; Tourism and Events Queensland; Brisbane Economic Development Agency and SeaLink.

REDLANDS COAST ON QUANDAMOOKA COUNTRY VIDEO DETAILS:

Developed by Redland City Council
Narrated by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins, a Nunukul, Ngugi and Goenpul woman of Quandamooka Country
Director/producer: Matt Raimondo

Featured in the video:
Quandamooka song man Josh Walker and the Yulu Burri Ba Dancers
Quandamooka cultural tour guide Matt Burns
Aunty Evelyn Parkin
Local Yacht company – Aria Cruises
Local tourism operator – Bay Island Water Sports
Redland Coast residents
Supported by the local Redlands Coast Coastguard
Myora Springs, Brown Lake, Gorge Walk, Main Beach, Adder Rock, Home Beach, Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Park, Moreton Bay Marine Park, Moreton Bay Cycleway
Native wildlife – kangaroos, koalas, whales, eugaries

Featured locations:
Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island
Teerk Roo Ra/Peel Island
Cullen Cullen/Wellington Point
Nandeebie/Cleveland
Joonggabbin/Sheldon
Jencoomercha/Macleay Island
Goochie Mudlo/Coochiemudlo Island