Monthly Archives: February 2017

Updated Flood and Tidal Responds To Community Needs


Redland City Council has listened to the community by refining the storm tide hazard mapping in the latest Draft City Plan endorsed by councillors at a Special Meeting today (Tuesday 28 Feb).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council responded to community feedback by engaging an independent expert to ensure the draft plan was built on the most accurate information.

“As a city of islands it is vital we have the latest information so we can ensure the city is resilient to coastal hazards such as erosion and storm tides,” she said.

“Council responded by engaging an independent consultant to review the existing storm tide information so the updated Draft City Plan includes revised mapping built on the latest information.

“The updated mapping shows fewer properties across the city with the potential to be impacted by flood or storm tides, particularly in our canal estates of Raby Bay, Sovereign Waters and Aquatic Paradise.

“This result gives our residents greater confidence that their properties are safe and resilient.”

Cr Williams said the revised mapping was not only good news for existing residents, it also provided the latest information to plan for the growth of our community.

“The result is a plan that identifies areas of potential storm tide inundation, meaning we can tailor planning requirements to ensure the future Redland City is resilient and safe,” she said.

“A perfect example of this is in the coastal township of Amity, where we know coastal erosion is impacting on development in existing urban areas.

“The amended Draft City Plan responds by restricting certain development in these areas to structures that require a coastal location or temporary buildings that are able to be readily relocated.

“This planning complements Council’s Coastal Hazard adaptation strategy, which together reflects our coastal location.”

Cr Williams said the amended storm tide mapping was one of the most significant changes made from the original draft plan, reflecting Council’s commitment to listening to the community.

“There were 181 submissions received during public consultation regarding flood, drainage constrained land and storm tide and Council has responded by ensuring future planning reflects the needs of the community,” she said.

“We cannot control Mother Nature, but we can plan for its impact, which is what this amended Draft City Plan does.

“The new storm tide information and mapping is in line with the State Planning Policy, including considering the projected impacts of Climate Change.

“As part of today’s decision Council will formally write to every submitter advising of the outcome of their submission,” Cr Williams said.

“If the Minister agrees to the draft City Plan, Council will meet again to formally agree to the new City Plan being adopted and a date for commencement.”

Environment and Heritage Winners Under Amended Draft Plan


Environment and heritage outcomes for Redland City have been strengthened in the amended Draft City Plan.

The updated plan was endorsed by Council at a special meeting today (Tuesday 28 February), and will now be sent to the State Minister for Planning for review.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said changes included strengthening regulations around clearing of native vegetation of significance in waterway corridors and 15 open space, environmental management or conservation properties that were previously slated for sale by council remaining as they are rather than being zoned residential.

“The draft City Plan has been amended to apply a zero clearing threshold to areas covered by both the environmental significance overlay and the waterway corridors and wetlands overlay,” Cr Williams said.

“This strengthens the draft plan’s intention to establish waterway corridors as the key ecological corridors through the city and provides additional protection to vegetation in some areas that may not be protected by the State Government’s Vegetation Management Act.

“This means any potential removal of vegetation in a waterway corridor would in future require an application to Council and would need to adhere to very strong environmental provisions including contributing to the restoration of waterway or land-based ecological corridors, maximising retention of native vegetation and significant habitat features and retaining and protecting areas of high biodiversity or environmental significance.”

Cr Williams said the new Draft City Plan also included updated mapping of environmental values and ensured smaller properties were protected by environmental significance overlays.

“The environmental significance overlay will be applied on lots larger than 1000m2 rather than lots larger than 2000m2 under the previous draft of the City Plan.

“This is designed to protect vegetation on lots in the urban area that may have some development potential for small-scale subdivision or small unit development.

“The change will mean an additional 2800 lots will come under the environmental significance overlay, meaning environmental values will be considered as part of any application for development. Of the more than 2800 new lots that have been identified, more than 1000 of them have more than 500m2 of mapped vegetation on them.”

Cr Williams said a property Council purchased at 61 Macmillian Road, Alexandra Hills, for the purpose of delivering a better environmental outcome would be changed to conservation to ensure that houses could not be built there.

“There will also be better protection for vegetation in the area between Double Jump and Bunker Roads, Victoria Point, with a new zero clearing threshold on the area,” Cr Williams said.

“This will remove the risk of patches of native vegetation being pre-emptively cleared, eroding the value of the broader area. Under the amended draft plan, any clearing of vegetation in this area will now require Council approval.”

Cr Williams said the Draft City Plan aligned with the Redlands Rural Futures Strategy that identified over-regulation that was hindering establishment of rural businesses in the city.

“Rural enterprises are one of eight key economic sectors identified for future job and business growth in the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.

“The Draft City Plan aims to unlock rural land for rural enterprises that will diversify the city’s economic base and create jobs in areas such as agriculture, horticulture, rural production, wholesale nurseries, aquaculture, animal industries, farm-door sales, outdoor recreation and bed and breakfasts with limited building footprint.

“To do this the Draft City Plan allows three threshold levels for clearing on rural zoned properties.

“On vacant land, up to 2500m2 can be cleared without approval, while properties with an existing house can only clear up to 500m2 without approval.

“Clearing between 500m2 and 2500m2 where there is an existing house will be self-assessable and require compensatory plantings on the site.

“This is intended to facilitate rural enterprises and to stimulate the rural economy without significantly disturbing the rural amenity or landscape character of the area.

“It is important to note that this will not allow properties in the rural area to be subdivided for housing.”

Cr Williams said the updated Draft City Plan also specifically referenced the importance of heritage values of Commonwealth land at Birkdale that adjoins Willard’s farm at Old Cleveland Road East, which has recently been listed on the local heritage register.

“Council is also undertaking a comprehensive review of heritage in the city.”

Cr Williams said Council had taken on board feedback from those who provided submissions to Draft City Plan.

“I thank all those who took the time to provide their comments.”

Amended Draft City Plan Improves Street Scapes and Design


Redland City’s amended draft city plan responds to residents’ requests for better designed homes and more aesthetic neighbourhoods.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the amended Draft City Plan endorsed by councillors at a Special Meeting today (Tuesday 28 Feb) included increased frontages and larger minimum lot sizes in some areas of the city.

“We know the Redlands is a beautiful city and we don’t want that beauty ruined by poorly designed residential properties so we have amended the Draft City Plan to ensure that doesn’t happen,” she said.

“This includes removing the opportunity for multiple dwellings in the low density zones and increased minimum lot sizes from 350m2 to 400m2 across the significant area of low density residential zoning in the city (currently Urban Residential).”

Cr Williams said Council had responded to community feedback by amending the Draft City Plan being.

“Residents told us they wanted larger lots and we have responded by strengthening the minimum lot size requirements as well as increasing the proposed 400m2 minimum lot size to 2000m2 minimum lot size for hundreds of low density residential properties in Alexandra Hills, Wellington Point and Birkdale.

“We have also changed the minimum lot size in the low-medium density zone from 250m2 to 400m2.

“Setting these restrictions, draws a line in the sand and sets an expectation for what our residents can expect to see in their community.”

Cr Williams said the amended Draft City Plan also strengthened design outcomes to retain the aesthetics of local neighbourhoods.

“The amended Draft City Plan acknowledges the need for housing diversity in the Redlands, while at the same time setting design outcomes that will mean future homes are visually pleasing,” she said.

“The draft plan includes site layout and design as separate performance outcomes, meaning Council can assess an application on building design, ensuring future neighbourhoods have well designed and laid out homes.

“These improved provisions coupled with increased environmental restrictions means our city will retain its open space and environmental characteristics.

“This is a direct response to community feedback, showing Council has listened throughout the City Plan process and has responded.”

Cr Williams said parking spaces would also increase for most new two- and three-bedroom plus units in the city.

“The amendment to the plan increases parking spaces to 1.6 spaces (up from 1.25 spaces) for a two-bedroom unit and to 2.1 spaces (also up from 1.25 spaces) for a three-bedroom plus unit within 800m of a train station and 400m of a bus stop with more than 10 services a day, which is the majority of unit blocks.”

Council adopts Draft City Plan Submission Review


Council has listened to community feedback in its updated response to over 5000 Draft Redland City Plan submissions at a Special Council meeting today (Tuesday 28 February).

The Draft plan had already removed the opportunity for multiple dwellings in the low density residential zones and increased minimum lot sizes from 350m2 to 400m2 across the significant area of low density residential zoning in the city (currently Urban Residential).

In response to submissions, Council further strengthened the minimum lot size requirements while other submission changes have included reversing the proposal for 400m2 minimum lot size to 2000m2 minimum lot size for hundreds of low density residential properties in Alexandra Hills, Wellington Point and Birkdale, and making changes to minimum lot size and frontage in the low-medium density zone from 250m2 to 400m2 and 7.5m to 10m.

Other significant amendments include regulating all vegetation clearing in waterway corridors; extending application of Matters of Environmental Significance overlays to all properties over 1000m2 rather than 2000m2; remapping storm tide areas across the entire city including Raby Bay, Sovereign  Waters and Aquatic Paradise and ensuring heritage values are specifically considered and protected in any future planning investigations of the Commonwealth land at Birkdale.

At the Special Council councilors formally decided to agree to the amendments proposed to the Draft Plan and submit the Draft Plan to the Planning Minister asking the Minister for approval to adopt the Plan.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that under Queensland Government provisions for local government planning (Making and amending local planning instruments known as MALPI) the review document can only deal with the response to submissions, drafting errors or changed planning information.

“Council has responded to feedback from residents who made submissions during the public consultation period,” Cr Williams said.

“The change back from 400m2 low density residential (LDR) to LDR1 (2000m2) for almost 400 properties in Grenaid Court, Mossip Court,  Nelson Road and Marlborough Road, Wellington Point; Birdwood and Haig Roads, Birkdale; and Alexandra Court and Hanover Drive,  Alexandra Hills acknowledges the strong desire by community to retain larger property areas as a lifestyle choice.

“The amendments still allow diversity of housing in and around our centres, while ensuring minimum lot size and frontages, setbacks and good design outcomes.

“The unique character of the Southern Moreton Bay islands has been addressed through the Character Residential zoning provisions on the islands.

“The area between Double Jump Road and Bunker Road, Victoria Point, has also been included as an Emerging Community Zone, which now requires structure planning and affords greater protection to existing vegetation.

Council received more than 5000 properly made submissions by close of the extended 11-week consultation period between 14 September and 27 November 2015 (almost twice that required as the default period).

Consultation included division-specific letters to all Redland households and notification to all businesses and landowners; face to face activities that attracted more than 2000 attendees to 13 open house forums, 13 pop-up displays at shopping centres, markets and parks and stakeholder briefings; as well as website information that attracted more than 13,000 visits.

At the close of the public notification, 5347 properly made submissions were received by Council. Of these, 240 were individually drafted submissions, 10 submissions were submitted as petitions and the balance 5097 submissions were pro-forma submissions.

“Following the Council elections in March 2016, these submissions have been subject to intensive review with Councillors spending almost 100 hours in 26 internal workshops with council officers to consider the details of all submissions and draft responses,” Cr Williams said.

“This process has been achieved after exhaustive consideration of all the issues and in a spirit of compromise.  We all agree that each individual councillor will not achieve 100 per cent of what they want but we agreed we have compromised to find the middle ground, because we all know that is in the best interests of the city and the community.

“We acknowledge that we live within the constraints of numerous State Government law, policy and guidelines. However, when we set out on the journey to review City Plan we all agreed to say what we mean and to mean what we say within those State constraints. We are at that point.”

Cr Williams said the intensive submission review process had been completed, with a majority of Councillors supporting the decision to now submit the Draft Plan to the State Minister as part of the next step.

“Today’s decision includes writing to every submitter advising of the outcome of their submission,” Cr Williams said.

“If the Minister agrees to the draft City Plan, Council will meet again to formally agree to the new City Plan being adopted and a date for commencement.

“The City Plan is a living document open to future amendments. While the plan must be fully reviewed every 10 years, major amendments that reflect changing community and planning needs can be brought forward for community consultation and possible amendment.

“Future major amendments have already been identified and will be brought forward for community consultation as soon as we legislatively can so that the plan continues to be responsive to the needs of our community.”

The detailed submission review and draft responses report can be viewed on Council’s Website and on Your Say Redland City.

Video and audio transcripts of the Special meeting are available on Council’s website after the meeting as usual.

70 year-old air tragedy remembered


The 70th anniversary of a peacetime aviation tragedy has been honoured at the official unveiling of a permanent memorial plaque at Point Lookout on Friday.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the memorial would stand as a poignant reminder of the lives lost in the tragedy.

“The Netherlands East Indies aircraft was just 23 minutes into its flight from Archerfield on 26 February 1947 when it crashed into waters off North Stradbroke Island, claiming the lives of all six men ­on board,” he said.

“The wreckage and bodies of the three Dutch servicemen and three Australians civilians who perished were unable to be recovered.”

Surviving family members of the men and representatives from RAAF, Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), Dutch Club of Brisbane, Redlands RSL and the community were amongst those who gathered at today’s unveiling.

Cr Mitchell said Council was pleased to be able to support the request to name the new park, which was formerly a road reserve, NEI Dakota Memorial Park following consultation with the community.

“It is important we acknowledge that for these families this is so much more than just a 70-year-old story.  When that plane went down, taking with it the six passengers on board, six families grieved unimaginable loss.”

“Never afforded the opportunity to lay their loved ones remains to rest, it is my hope that today’s park dedication ceremony goes some way to acknowledging these families’ grief.

In recognition of the anniversary, proceedings were followed by an official Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III fly-over.

Caption: David Bell and Ruurd Bekema look to the area where the plane was lost.

David Bell of the RAAF Base Amberley Scuba Club, who coordinated memorial efforts, said it had become a passion to commemorate the NEI Dakota following sections of the plane being located in 2003.

“This aviation tragedy and the wreckage that still lies at the bottom of the ocean has become a sort of folklore over the past 70 years, so to have this memorial as a reminder will help maintain the story and the memories of those lost,” he said.

Mrs Fay Barkwith, whose husband Hotze Bekema died in the tragedy and family funded the memorial plaque, said although 70 years had passed, memories of the time were still fresh.

“My two eldest children were just two-years-old and two-months-old when the accident happened,” Mrs Barkwith said.

“We returned to the island in December 2016 to celebrate my daughter Angenietje’s 70th birthday and we heard of the park being named.

“All the direct descendants of my husband are here today and it is a very special moment for us to be together like this.”

NEI Dakota Memorial Park honours:

Dutch Aircrew — Royal NEI Army Air Force

  • Eerste-Luitenant Hannes Smits van Burgst (Pilot-Observer)
  • Sergeant-majoor H. Bekema (Flight Engineer)
  • Sergeant E.L. Rookmaker (Radio Operator)

Australian Passengers

  • Victor Mole
  • Norman Dow
  • Christy James Bachadouris

From left: Lilly Gatehouse, James Gatehouse, Peter Gatehouse, Lee Gatehouse, Ruurd Bekema, Cr Peter Mitchell, Fay Barkwith, Angenietje Gatehouse-Bekema, Timothy Gatehouse and David Bell.

Draft City Plan Submission Review to go to Council on Tuesday


Council has listened to community feedback in its updated response to over 5000 Draft Redland City Plan submissions which will now go to a Special Council meeting this Tuesday 28 February.

The Draft plan had already removed the opportunity for multiple dwellings in the low density residential zones and increased minimum lot sizes from 350m2 to 400m2 across the significant area of low density residential zoning in the city (currently Urban Residential).

In response to submissions, Council further strengthened the minimum lot size requirements while other submission changes have included reversing the proposal for 400m2 minimum lot size to 2000m2 minimum lot size for hundreds of low density residential properties in Alexandra Hills, Wellington Point and Birkdale, and making changes to minimum lot size and frontage in the low-medium density zone from 250m2 to 400m2 and 7.5m to 10m.

Other significant amendments in the report to Council include regulating all vegetation clearing in waterway corridors; extending application of Matters of Environmental Significance overlays to all properties over 1000m2 rather than 2000m2; remapping storm tide areas across the entire city including Raby Bay and Aquatic Paradise and ensuring heritage values are specifically considered and protected in any future planning investigations of the Commonwealth land at Birkdale.

Tuesday’s Special Council meeting will formally decide whether to agree to the amendments proposed to the Draft Plan and whether to submit the Draft Plan to the Planning Minister asking the Minister for approval to adopt the Plan.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that under Queensland Government provisions for local government planning (Making and amending local planning instruments known as MALPI) the review document can only deal with the response to submissions, drafting errors or changed planning information.

“Council has responded to feedback from residents who made submissions during the public consultation period,” Cr Williams said.

“The change back from 400m2 low density residential (LDR) to LDR1 (2000m2) for almost 400 properties in Grenaid Court, Mossip Court,  Nelson Road and Marlborough Road, Wellington Point; Birdwood and Haig Roads, Birkdale; and Alexandra Court and Hanover Drive,  Alexandra Hills acknowledges the strong desire by community to retain larger property areas as a lifestyle choice.

“The amendments still allow diversity of housing in and around our centres, while ensuring minimum lot size and frontages, setbacks and good design outcomes.

“The unique character of the Southern Moreton Bay islands has been addressed through the Character Residential zoning provisions on the islands.

“The area between Double Jump Road and Bunker Road, Victoria Point, has also been included as an Emerging Community Zone, which now requires structure planning and affords greater protection to existing vegetation.

Council received more than 5000 properly made submissions by close of the extended 11-week consultation period between 14 September and 27 November 2015 (almost twice that required as the default period).

Consultation included division-specific letters to all Redland households and notification to all businesses and landowners; face to face activities that attracted more than 2000 attendees to 13 open house forums, 13 pop-up displays at shopping centres, markets and parks and stakeholder briefings; as well as website information that attracted more than 13,000 visits.

At the close of the public notification, 5347 properly made submissions were received by Council. Of these, 240 were individually drafted submissions, 10 submissions were submitted as petitions and the balance 5097 submissions were pro-forma submissions.

“Following the Council elections in March 2016, these submissions have been subject to intensive review with Councillors spending almost 100 hours in 26 internal workshops with council officers to consider the details of all submissions and draft responses,” Cr Williams said.

“This process has been achieved after exhaustive consideration of all the issues and in a spirit of compromise.  We all agree that each individual councillor will not achieve 100 per cent of what they want but we agreed we have compromised to find the middle ground, because we all know that is in the best interests of the city and the community.

“We acknowledge that we live within the constraints of numerous State government law, policy and guidelines. However, when we set out on the journey to review City Plan we all agreed to say what we mean and to mean what we say within those State constraints. We are at that point.

Cr Williams said the intensive submission review process had been completed, with a majority of Councillors supporting the decision to now take the Draft Plan to a Council meeting to decide the next step.

“If the meeting on Tuesday agrees to the amendments and submission to the Minister, Council will formally write to every submitter advising of the outcome of their submission,” Cr Williams said.

“If the Minister agrees to the draft City Plan, Council will meet again to formally agree to the new City Plan being adopted and a date for commencement.

“The City Plan is a living document open to future amendments. While the plan must be fully reviewed every 10 years, major amendments that reflect changing community and planning needs can be brought forward for community consultation and possible amendment.

“Future major amendments have already been identified and will be brought forward for community consultation as soon as we legislatively can so that the plan continues to be responsive to the needs of our community.”

The detailed submission review and draft responses report can be viewed on Council’s Website and on the Your Say Redland City website.

The Special Council meeting [PDF, 47KB] is open to the public and will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at Redland City Council Chambers, cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland. Video and audio transcripts of the meeting will be available on Council’s website after the meeting as usual.

Intersection tragedy highlights need for urgent road upgrades


The tragic death of an elderly motorist at Redland Bay yesterday highlights the urgent need for the State Government to deliver on its year-old promise to upgrade Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, says Mayor Karen Williams.

Cr Williams said the State had promised in February 2016 to install traffic lights to address a black spot at the Giles Road/Cleveland Redland Bay Road intersection.

“Cleveland-Redland Bay Road is a State-controlled road that is often congested because it carries a huge amount of traffic daily,” she said.

“Council has been trying for quite some time to have the State accept responsibility for the road.  We even suggested an innovative market-led proposal funding source to fast-track what is one of the highest priority road works in our city, because it just did not seem to be a priority for the Government.

“I have continued to call for the State to accept its responsibility for this State road and their other main arterial roads, that are the worst choke points in Redland City.

“The announcement of funding for the intersection upgrade was made with much fanfare a year ago. We await a start on the work.

“A commitment to improve intersections is a start but much more action is needed if we are to make this road safe for motorists.”

The State Government announced in February last year that it had allocated $4 million to upgrade the Giles Road/Cleveland-Redland Bay Road at Redland Bay and Bloomfield/Bay Street, Cleveland, intersections.  At the time Member for Capalaba Don Brown said he hoped the upgrades would reduce the road toll at the notorious danger spots.

Mr Brown also announced in mid-2016 that the upgrade of Cleveland-Redland Bay Road was now a priority for the government.

“In acknowledging the announcement that the upgrade was a priority, I wrote to Mr Brown thanking him for the announcement that the government was ‘working towards’ the upgrade of the road,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has previously floated the concept of a market-led proposal partnership in which Council would contribute to the upgrade and later recoup the investment from the State.

“Council welcomed the breakthrough that the State was working towards the upgrade which came after months of belief that the State could not invest in upgrades at this time.

“We need to know when we can expect the promised upgrades – and well as additional required roadworks – to begin, to minimise the risk of future tragedies.”

New ecological tourism experience for Redland City


Visitors will soon be able to swing through the Victoria Point canopy with Redland City Council approving a new tree-tops adventure experience at today’s General meeting.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today’s decision would add to the city’s already impressive ecological tourism offering.

“The tree-tops recreation facility on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road will include flying foxes, ropes-courses and rope-bridges,” she said.

“Redland City is known for its natural beauty and this facility will complement our ecological values while also providing tourism and economic opportunities.

“With our bayside location and 10,000 hectares of conservation land across the city, the Redlands has a strong reputation for nature-based and adventure tourism and this facility will further strengthen that reputation.”

Division 4 Councillor for Victoria Point Lance Hewlett said the operators already had very successful similar facilities at Mt Tamborine and Currumbin.

“They are experienced operators, so the fact they have chosen the Redlands for their next business venture is great news for the city and shows the confidence they have in us as a tourism destination,” he said.

“This facility will be ideal for corporate events, school and community groups; giving those outside the city more reason to come to the Redlands and for local groups to stay local for their next team-building event.”

Cr Hewlett said the facility would maintain the current ecology of the area.

“The facility has been designed to minimise vegetation impacts, including the office and car park to be built on land previously cleared for the current scout hut,” he said.

“The company employs a ‘Tread Lightly’ approach that ensures any construction impact is offset through re-vegetation.  Once complete, suspended walkways will be situated in the upper canopy of trees, so there is very minimal impact on lower vegetation and orchids.”

Following today’s decision the applicant will now have to get approval for vegetation management before construction begins, ensuring the area’s natural look and feel will be retained.”

Roadworks on Mt Cotton Road, Burbank: mid February to mid 2017


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have advised that safety upgrade works will soon start on Mount Cotton Road, Burbank between Moxon Road and Tingalpa Creek. The upgrade will improve safety for all road users and the local community.

This work will be carried out from mid February 2017 to mid 2017, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Construction will predominantly occur at night from Monday to Saturday, between 6pm and 5am. Night works are required for the safety of road workers and motorists, and to minimise the impact to traffic and road users.

Some day works may also be required and they will be carried out Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 5pm.

Works will include:

• installation of shoulder widening
• installation of signage
• installation of line marking
• some drainage improvement works

What to expect:

• Motorists may experience minor traffic delays and lane closures during the works. Temporary reduced speed limits will also apply through work zones.
• Traffic control will be in place to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.
• There will be some construction noise and dust associated with these works. Nearby residents may also experience some additional lighting and odour from the bitumen works.

TMR will make every effort to minimise disruptions and impacts to nearby residents throughout the duration of this project.

Notifications will be distributed to nearby residents before work begins, which will include information on the works and the contact details for the Project Team for any enquiries, including the on-site contact.

TMR apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause to residents and motorists, and appreciates their patience while these important safety works are carried out.

If you require further information on this project, please contact the TMR project team directly: email metropolitanregion@tmr.qld.gov.au or phone 3066 1331 during business hours.

Get ready for the heat in the Redlands


Redlanders have been urged to take care, with a severe heatwave forecast to hit the region over the next few days.

Temperatures are predicted to well exceed February averages and continue into Monday, peaking on Sunday with a forecast maximum of 39C.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Karen Williams said the heatwave would be particularly uncomfortable due to high temperatures through the nights and high levels of humidity.

“Prolonged hot weather can be fatal, so it is important you know how to stay safe during heatwaves such as that forecast for the weekend,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This is particularly so for the elderly and young children, so please keep an eye on family, friends and vulnerable neighbours, especially those who live alone, as well as your pets. And, please, never leave children or pets in cars in this heat.’’

The Department of Health recommends:

  • Keep hydrated by drinking water regularly during the day. This generally means drinking two to three litres of water a day, depending on heat, humidity and your physical activity.
  • If your doctor normally restricts your fluid intake, check how much to drink during hot weather. Drinking too much water can also be dangerous, so monitor the colour of your urine. It is recommended that your water consumption should ensure that your urine is light yellow.
  • Avoid drinking drinks with high levels of sugar, caffeine and alcohol and very cold drinks.
  • Eat smaller cool meals, such as salads. Do not take additional salt tablets unless prescribed by a doctor.
  • Keep yourself cool. Use wet towels or scarves, put your feet in cool water or take cool (not cold) showers. Stay indoors in cool or air-conditioned facilities – either at home or at local shopping centres, libraries and cinemas.
  • Close curtains and blinds, and open windows (if there is a cool breeze blowing) to reduce heat entering your home.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you can’t avoid outdoor activities don’t go out in the hottest part of the day, stay in the shade, drink plenty of water and wear a hat and light coloured, loose fitting clothing. Ensure infants and children do too.
  • Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles, even for a short period of time.
  • Keep in touch with sick or frail friends, neighbours and relatives to ensure that they are coping with the heat wave conditions.
  • Watch or listen to news reports for information about the heat event or heat wave.

For more information or support during heat event or a heatwave:

  • For life-threatening emergencies call 000.
  • Call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) at any time.
  • Contact your doctor, hospital or health clinic.
  • Go to http://redlnd.cc/QHheatwave