Redland City Council to offer lease for historic Station Master's Cottage to Redlands Centre for Women

THE COTTAGE: Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Peter Mitchell outside the historic Station Masters Cottage after it was moved to Little Shore Street.
THE COTTAGE: Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Peter Mitchell outside the historic Station Masters Cottage after it was moved to Little Shore Street.

THE 130-year-old Station Master's Cottage, gifted to council by the Redlands RSL, is set to be leased to the Redlands Centre for Women.

Council agreed last week to offer the lease agreement to the centre, which has been without a premises since moving from Waterloo Street last year.

The cottage, originally located on the Cleveland rail line, was moved to Linear Park on Little Shore Street in 2017.

Council had invited community groups to submit expressions of interest for the space.

Cr Peter Mitchell said he was thrilled that the well-respected Redlands Centre for Women would be offered the lease.

"I like the idea of there being a mix of use with the Lions Club and the Old Schoolhouse Gallery," Cr Mitchell said.

"I think there is strength in diversity and they can complement each other."

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted that council had been able to help the Redland Centre for Women with a new home so they could grow and extend their services.

"The Redlands Centre for Women has and will continue to support women and families across our city," Cr Williams said.

"The Station Master's Cottage is a treasured building in our city and it's great that we are conserving its history and cultural heritage, while at the same providing a benefit to the community it belongs to."

RCW president Sandi Shuttleworth said the organisation had been operating remotely since September.

"There are a number of programs that we have been unable to run because it has been hard to find a venue," Ms Shuttleworth said.

"We intend to be open the same office hours as in our previous venue, and have the volunteers and programs to be able to do that."

Ms Shuttleworth said volunteers were storing donations for pamper packs for women and and nurture packs for new mums at their homes.

Redlands Centre for Women was founded by Katrina Beutel, holding its first high tea in 2007 to be able to provide the pamper packs for women doing it tough.

Renovation works on the Station Master's Cottage are being finalised.