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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

UPDATE: 26 March – 4.50pm
Redland City Council adopts $2 million plus COVID-19 economic response package

Redland City Council today announced a $2 million plus social and economic package to support Redlands Coast residents, businesses and community groups through the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The comprehensive package, approved at a special Council General Meeting, is considered stage 1, and includes:

  • Double the amount of time to pay next rates bill
  • $288,000 in grants for business and community groups experiencing hardship due to COVID-19
  • Working directly with businesses, social enterprises and community groups to help them access State and Federal economic stimulus packages
  • Reduced red-tape for businesses and community groups
  • Provide one-off contribution towards electricity costs for clubs and associations registered under Council’s community electricity scheme
  • Strengthen Council’s local buy preference and fast-track payments
  • Expand Council’s Wi-Fi to assist businesses
  • Promote, review and update Council’s financial hardship policy to ensure eligible ratepayers can access hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges
  • Seek to fast-track $60 million in Council infrastructure works within the community by taking advantage of potential State and Federal government grants announced.

Redlands Coast Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said the COVID-19 outbreak was already having a profound impact on residents, businesses and community groups.

“I am acutely aware that many local businesses have had to reduce their service offering or temporarily close and this is also affecting the livelihoods of their employees,” Cr Williams said.

“Today we have adopted a range of financial and non-financial measures at an urgent Special Meeting.”

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said that to provide immediate assistance, all Redland Coast ratepayers would automatically be granted double the usual time to pay their April rates, with the due date extended from 11 May until 11 June 2020.

“In addition, Council will compassionately review ratepayers’ situations on a case-by-case basis and be as flexible as possible in extending arrangements during the Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

“Council’s Financial Hardship Policy, adopted last November, will also be promoted, reviewed and updated to ensure all eligible ratepayers affected by COVID-19 are aware of, and can access, hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges.

“The review of the hardship policy will be included in the new Council’s 2020-2021 budget development process after the local government election.”

Mr Chesterman said funds originally intended for the current round of the community grants and sponsorship programs would be diverted to those adversely impacted by the emerging pandemic emergency.

“This will allow us to repurpose $288,000 to a targeted grants program aimed at both relief and recovery efforts for small businesses and community organisations,” he said.

“Business Support Officers will be working closely with local businesses, social enterprises, community groups and sporting clubs to help them access the Federal and State Governments’ Economic Stimulus packages.

“Council has strengthened its local buy preference with existing contract arrangements being reviewed to expedite payments to improve supplier cash flows.

“Getting payments to our suppliers quickly is a practical way Council can help them with their cash flows.

“Council will also seek to bring forward up to $60 million worth of infrastructure projects that meet criteria for the Federal and State Government’s commitment to generate local economic activity during this time.

“These projects will of course depend on State and Federal government funding being made available.”

Cr Williams said these were among a raft of initiatives Councillors endorsed to ease the pain of Redlands Coast residents and businesses during these unprecedented times.

“We see this as stage one, our initial offering of support as we stand together with the Redlands Coast community,” she said.

Mr Chesterman said that after the election the new Council would continue to monitor and re-evaluate the rapidly evolving situation.

“It is vital our Council response is agile and flexible as well as empathetic and compassionate,” he said.

Access Council’s Financial Hardship Policy on Council’s website .

UPDATE: 26 March – 1.30pm

Under measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Redlands Coast, Redland City Council has extended its closures of public facilities and services following further Federal Government restrictions on non-essential services.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said the decision to close services or restrict access to Council facilities or meetings was never an easy one.

“In these uncertain times, however, and with lives at risk, it is vital that we encourage social distancing,” she said.

“These measures have been taken in the interests of public health and wellbeing, which is our priority.”

The current list of closures is as follows:

Council Customer Service Centres

Victoria Point Customer Service Centre is closed until further notice, as it is located inside the Victoria Point Library, which closed on Monday this week.

The Capalaba Customer Service Centre will close from 4.30pm on Friday 27 March until further notice.

Council’s Customer Service Centre in Cleveland currently remains open, with strict social distancing measures in place.

Residents are strongly encouraged to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible.

Council’s Customer Contact Centre remains open for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999.

Opening hours for telephone enquiries are Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

IndigiScapes Environmental Centre

The IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Capalaba, including café, native nursery, and theatrette has been closed until further notice.

Libraries, galleries and RPAC

All after-hours library return chutes have now been closed until further notice.

With the closure of Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point libraries, all loans have been extended until the libraries reopen.

There will be no fees for people who cannot return their books.

The libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

Council’s art galleries and Redland Performing Arts Centre are closed.

Community halls

Indoor venues, including community halls, are closed and all current bookings registered in Council’s booking system will be cancelled until further notice.

Any payments relating to these bookings will be refunded accordingly.

Due to the Local Government election on Saturday, community halls at Victoria Point and Capalaba Place remain open for pre-polling, with social distancing measures in place.

On Saturday, community halls at Thorneside and Redland Bay, and North Stradbroke (Minjerribah), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Coochiemudlo (Goochie mudlo) islands, will be open for polling.

For social distancing reasons, residents have been encouraged to vote early in the lead-up to Saturday’s election.

You can vote early at Cleveland Baptist Church, Victoria Point Community Hall, Capalaba Place Hall or Brisbane City Hall.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has established a telephone voting system for certain eligible voters.

This includes those people who have an impairment or disability, are self-quarantining or live more than 20km from a polling booth.

For more information and registration, contact 1300 912 782 or visit

Visitor Information Centre

While the Visitor Information Centre is closed, information is still available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

Public swimming pools

Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre are closed until further notice.

More information

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates.

For the latest health advice, visit


UPDATE: 25 March 2020 – 5.30pm

Non-essential travel to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) banned

Redland City Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Redland City Council advise that the State Government has placed a ban on non-essential and holiday travel to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerrbah) from midnight tonight to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Queensland Police will be enforcing the ban and requesting identification, such as a driver’s license, ensuring only permanent island residents and people engaging in essential travel are permitted onto the island.

Essential travel would include travelling for work, medical reasons, emergencies, education, compassionate reasons and to deliver essential services and supplies, such as groceries.

Non-essential travel includes recreation, tourism, camping, staying in a holiday home even if you own it, and socialising with friends and family.

In line with Australian and State government border closures, anyone travelling to North Stradbroke Island from interstate or overseas will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Chair of the LDMG and Redland Mayor Karen Williams said the ban meant people who had planned to spend their Easter holidays on the island should contact their tourism or accommodation provider to discuss alternative arrangements.

“The LDMG wrote to the State Disaster Coordination Centre this week to urge a decision from them on restricting non-essential travel to our Redlands Coast islands,” she said.

“Our city’s islands have ageing populations and vulnerable communities, including First Nations People and an ageing community, as well as limited medical facilities.

“Now is not the time to holiday to our islands.

“While there is no official ban on travel to our other Redlands Coast islands, the LDMG and Council continue to encourage people to reconsider their need for non-essential travel to Coochiemudlo (Goochie mudlo), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Karragarra islands, all in Southern Moreton Bay.

“The island transport is often crowded, especially at peak times, including Easter, which makes social distancing difficult.”

For updated health information, visit the Queensland Health website.


UPDATE: 23 March 2020 – 5.30pm

Local Disaster Management Group moves to Stand Up status as non-essential travel to islands is discouraged

The Redland City Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Redland City Council are encouraging people to reconsider their need for non-essential travel to the Redlands Coast islands.

This includes North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), Coochiemudlo Island (Goochie mudlo), and the four Southern Moreton Bay islands of Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Karragarra.

The request comes as Chair of the Redland City Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), Mayor Karen Williams, today moved the group to Stand Up status.

Cr Williams said the city’s islands had ageing populations and vulnerable communities, putting residents at risk of complications from the virus that is causing COVID-19.

“In line with Federal and State government messaging, we are strongly urging everyone to avoid non-essential travel of any kind, especially to our islands,” she said.

“This will help slow the spread of the virus and protect our island communities.

“The LDMG has written to the State Disaster Coordination Centre  to urge a decision from them on restricting non-essential travel to our city’s islands.

“In the meantime, essential travel would include travelling for work, medical reasons, education, compassionate reasons and to deliver essential services and supplies such as groceries.

“Non-essential travel includes recreation, tourism, including camping, and general socialising with friends and family.

“We are asking everyone to help us slow the spread of this virus by staying away from our islands unless they live there or have a need for essential travel.

“This way, we help slow the spread of the virus and save lives.”

Cr Williams said the island transport was often crowded, particularly as thousands of visitors arrived on the islands at peak times, including Easter.

“This makes social distancing difficult,” she said.

“The islands also have limited medical facilities, so protecting these communities is vitally important.

“I strongly encourage people to rethink their Easter holiday plans if they include the islands, and to contact their tourism or accommodation provider to discuss alternative arrangements.”

Update Monday 23 March – 10.30am

Redlands Coast galleries, libraries, IndigiScapes and Visitor Information Centre to close until further notice

Redland City Council’s libraries, art galleries, Visitor Information Centre and the IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre and café will close from midday today, Monday 23 March 2020.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said public access to all these venues would be closed until further notice under Council measures to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the community.

“This is to encourage social distancing,” Cr Williams said.

“To assist our residents, the libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

“All loans have currently been extended until 11 May 2020 but book return chutes will be open until further notice so you do not need to enter the library to return items.

“Library Wi-Fi facilities will remain free and accessible around library buildings.

“There will be no fees for people who cannot return their books.

“The IndigiScapes centre and café will close but the nursery will remain open for the time being.

“While the Visitor Information Centre will be closed, information will still be available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

“We thank residents for their understanding and for working with us as we do all we can to limit the spread of the virus in our community.”

Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said the closures followed the earlier closure of the Redland Performing Arts Centre currently until 30 April 2020.

“Council has also implemented social distancing measures in our Customer Service Centres and encourages residents to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible to help slow the spread of the virus on Redlands Coast,” he said.

“Council will continue with its critical services and will keep the community updated on the availability of programs and services as the situation develops.”

Watch Council’s social media for updates.

For the latest health advice, visit Queensland Health

UPDATE: 23 March 2020 –  10.30am

New food business requirements

As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22 March 2020, there are new restrictions on social gatherings. Council is contacting Redlands Coast’s licenced food businesses to advise that as of midday local time 23 March 2020 until further notice:

  • All pubs, registered and licenced clubs and hotels will be restricted from opening (excluding accommodation and bottle shops);
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues, cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs will also be restricted from opening; and
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery.

For health information on COVID-19, please visit the Queensland Health

Redland City Council is continuing to assist food business to ensure everyone is aware of the new requirements, as we all adapt to the progressive nature of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UPDATE: 20 March 2020 –  11.30am

New requirements for indoor gatherings

Council is committed to working with businesses, community groups and individuals to ensure adherence to new social distancing and hygiene requirements for indoor gatherings to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of today there is a requirement of 4 square metres of floor space for every person at an indoor gathering and a requirement for hand sanitiser, bins, and waste disposal taking place.

It means that if we had a 100 square metre space only 25 people could occupy it at any one time, keeping a distance of 1.5m away from each other.

This includes venues such as community halls, libraries, galleries, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

The 4 square metre and hygiene measures were announced by the Australian Government for outdoor events last week by the Australian Government.


UPDATE: 17 March 2020 – 5pm

Redland gallery and library cancellations

A range of public programs at Redlands Coast art galleries and libraries have been cancelled or postponed under Redland City Council measures to limit the transmission of the COVID19 virus in the community.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Karen Williams said the programs had been suspended until further notice as a precaution.

“Based on the social distancing and hygiene requirements for COVID 19, the difficult decision was made to suspend public programs at the Cleveland and Capalaba galleries and the Cleveland, Capalaba and Victioria Point libraries in the interest of public health and safety,” Cr Williams said.

“The galleries and libraries will remain open, however activities where social distancing would be difficult to maintain, including a range of school holiday activities, have been suspended.

“You will still be able to go to your local gallery, while the public computers, printing, wifi and borrowing will still be available at your local libraries.

“The libraries’ online services include e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories for people who don’t want to visit a branch.”

The cancellations follows the suspension of performances at the Redland Performing Art Centre announced by Council yesterday.

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said: “Council thanks residents for their understanding during this difficult time as we prioritise the wellbeing of our customers, employees, volunteers and visitors and act to limit the spread of the virus in our community.

“Council will continue to keep residents updated on the availability of programs and services as the situation develops.”

Cancelled gallery programs include:

  • Floor talks and morning teas;
  • Family Sundays at the Gallery;
  • Parents and Prams;
  • Adult workshops;
  • School holiday kids’ and teens’ workshops;

Cancelled library programs include:

  • Children’s programs;
  • Technology programs;
  • Adult literacy;
  • Pop-up libraries;
  • Author talks; and
  • School holiday activities.

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates. For the latest health advice, visit

Update 17 March – 11.30am

COVID-19 information resources

Redland City Council is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and is following all advisories from the Australian Government and Queensland Health – the lead health agency in the state.

Council’s priority is the health of our customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community.

For  a comprehensive range of reliable information resources for the home or workplace, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

This extensive collection of resources includes fact sheets and posters with information for the general public and industry.

Topics include:

The material can be downloaded and printed for display.

Visit the Redland City Council website for information from Council about COVID-19, including further links to reliable information, a list of cancelled local events and more.

Visit the page often, as the site is updated when new information comes to hand.

UPDATE: 16 March 2020 – 11am

Council activates plans for COVID-19, closes Redland Performing Arts Centre

Redland City Council has activated plans to mitigate adverse impacts of the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, ensuring continuation of critical business and the health and safety of its customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community. Read more …

Advisory on mass gatherings over 500 people

Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised on Friday 13 March 2020 that all non-essential mass gathering of more than 500 people should not be held after Monday 16 March 2020.

This move has been taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), with the Federal Government to provide further information around the details of the change on Monday 16 March 2020.

Council is committed to working with event organisers who are affected by this decision.

If you have an enquiries please contact Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism Group on


EARLIER: 11 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information sources for health, travel and economic assistance

Council advises that Queensland Health is the leading agency in Queensland for reliable information about novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our state.

For the latest health advice, visit the Queensland Health website.

For the latest travel and border advice, visit the Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website.

For the latest advice on economic assistance for affected industries and small business, visit the Queensland Government website.

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Update 17 March 2020: Redlands Coast Youth Week Backtrack Boys screening postponed

The Redlands Coast Youth Week event, screening Backtrack Boys and celebrating youth organisations, and has been postponed until late 2020.

Redland City Council has activated plans to mitigate adverse impacts of the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, ensuring continuation of critical business and the health and safety of its customers, employees and the Redlands Coast community.

Council’s Redland Performing Arts Centre is closed until Thursday 30 April, with all performances during this time cancelled or postponed. Read more

Earlier – March 11 2020

Free Backtrack Boys screening at RPAC shines a light on the importance of youth services

Acclaimed documentary Backtrack Boys will be shown as part of the annual Redlands Coast Youth Week celebrations on Thursday, 2 April 2020.

Redland City Council has partnered with Redlands PCYC & Redlands Youth Justice to host a free screening of the film at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), with a digital story about the work of eight Redlands Coast youth organisations wrapping up the evening.

Manager of Redlands Youth Justice Centre, Chris Trigger, will MC the event, with staff from Redlands PCYC, Redlands Centre for Women, Redlands Community Centre, COOEE Indigenous Family and Community Education Centre, The Cage Youth Foundation, BIMSARA – Bay Islands Multi Sport And Recreation Association, Traction and Running Wild will be invited to represent their organisations on the evening.

Lauded by critics as an inspiring coming-of-age film, Backtrack Boys follows boys in a youth program as they strive to turn their lives around.

The documentary, set in Armidale in rural New South Wales and filmed over two years, follows the boys and their saviour Bernie Shakeshaft, a free-wheeling jackaroo who runs a dog jumping team.

Since premiering at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2018, Backtrack Boys has won five prestigious Audience Awards in film festivals across the country.

The Backtrack Boys screening is open to the whole community and refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Guests need to register their attendance through the event listing on Redlands Coast Youth Facebook page  with names and ages of attendees by 4.30pm Monday 30 March 2020.

Please note that Backtrack Boys is rated MA15+ and young people unaccompanied by an adult will need to provide proof of age to view the film.

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Redlands Coast participates in international City Nature Challenge

Redlands Coast residents are being urged to get involved with the 2020 City Nature Challenge by simply snapping and uploading images of local plants and animals between 23 and 27 April.

The Australian Citizen Science Association has entered Redlands Coast into this international competition – which is akin to a giant game of environmental eye-spy – with support being provided by the newly re-opened Redlands IndigiScapes Centre.

What started in 2016 as an intercity competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco has now gone global. All urbanites are being encouraged to document as many plants and animals as possible to better understand urban biodiversity and share their discoveries with the rest of the world.

To encourage community participation, IndigiScapes will host a free community workshop to provide photographic tips and explore the iNaturalist App ahead of the challenge.

The City Nature Challenge Photography and iNaturalist App Workshop will be held at IndigiScapes from 4-6pm, Saturday 21 March 2020.

Alternatively, residents can independently participate in the challenge by downloading the iNaturalist app from AppStore or Google Play, signing in and starting to share observations.

Species submitted will be identified by challenge organisers from 28 April until 3 May 2020 with the results being released on 4 May 2020.

The City Nature Challenge Photography and iNaturalist App Workshop
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
When: Saturday 21 March, 4 to 6pm.
Bring: Workshop attendees will need to bring along a mobile phone, camera or tablet computer and wear enclosed shoes.
RSVP: Phone 3824 8611 or email by Wednesday 18 March to secure your spot at the workshop.

For more information visit the 2020 City Nature Challenge website.

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Track parks closed after recent rain

Due to heavy rain, Council has closed all tracks and trails at Scribbly Gums Reserve (Cleveland Track  Park) and Bayview Track Park, Redland Bay.

The Bayview car park and staging area are also closed. Signs notifying of the closures are in place at all main entry points to the two reserves.

Council will continue to monitor conditions to determine when the track parks can be reopened.

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First Redlands Coast Sports Gala a success

Redland City Council’s first Redlands Coast Sports Gala day has proven to be a great success despite a two-week wet weather postponement.

More than 200 people attended the late-February event at the Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, giving many primary-school aged children the chance to try a variety of sports including Rugby League, cricket, Rugby Union, netball, AFL, golf, hockey, softball, BMX, Tae Kwon Do, tennis, skipping and gymnastics.

BXM fun

Local Redlands Coast sport and recreation clubs were on hand to host fun activities and sign-up new players.

There was also time to catch up with some sporting heroes – including Matt Hodgson and Jeremy Kendall from the Brisbane Bullets, Josie Dooley from Queensland Fire, trampolinist Charlotte Johnstone and touch footballers Corey Russell & Adam Pryde.

Jeremy Kendall and Matt Hodgson from the Brisbane Bullets

All were involved in a signing and photo session and netball royalty Jemma Mi Mi & Ine-Mari Venter, from the Queensland Firebirds, showed their commitment to youth development by assisting with the netball activity.

Qld Firebirds players Jemma Mi Mi with Tanya Ward from Netball Queensland

All participants received a free hat, sunscreen and a water bottle in a Council giveaway pack.

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Council agrees next step in plans to revitalise the Capalaba Town Centre

Redland City Council has announced that Shayher Group is the preferred expression of interest (EOI) proponent for the revitalisation of the Capalaba Town Centre.

The next step in developing the Capalaba CBD proposal is for Redland Investment Corporation (RIC), Council and the proponent to progress concept details and expectations before a future decision and agreement by the next Council.

Shayher Group has extensive national experience delivering quality mixed-use developments. Examples include the W Hotel in the Brisbane Quarter precinct, the former CSIRO site in Indooroopilly and former Government landholdings in Northshore Hamilton.

The Capalaba Centre Master Plan, adopted by Council in 2010, identified key areas of need at Capalaba including an active town square, a need to improve pedestrian movement, and repositioning Capalaba and activating it as a primary employment, transit and mixed-use development centre with an after-hours economy.

In 2019 Council engaged RIC to implement a crucial part of Council’s Master Plan and vision for a vibrant Town Centre acting as the heart of Capalaba.

The project will incorporate a new library and community centre.

Once the draft Capalaba Town Centre master plan has been finalised, community engagement will be conducted to ensure all Redlands Coast community members, business and stakeholder groups have opportunity to view the proposals and provide their feedback.

The next step of the process is for a detailed design to be developed that matches the Council planning scheme and for commercial agreements to be negotiated.

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Moreton Bay Cycleway extension continues

Work has commenced on stage two of the multi-million dollar Moreton Bay Cycleway extension  project, to link School Road to Point O’Halloran Road, Victoria Point.

Mayor Karen Williams said the new works, assisted by a State Government grant of $1 million with Council matching the funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis, followed the completion of stage one works in November 2019.

“Council wants to make it easier for people to walk and ride around our scenic coastline, and the cycleway is helping to achieve that,” she said.

“The first stage saw the construction of 850m of pathway added to the existing cycleway, linking Cameron Court Park and School Road, Victoria Point.

“Stage two will include a further 350m of boardwalk and a 360m footpath.

“Weather permitting, it should be ready by the end of May this year.”

Cr Williams said the final piece of the network would see an on-road link via Lakefield Drive.

“We hope to have the entire project completed and open for public use by mid-2020,” she said.

“When finished, the cycleway will provide stunning rides and walks along our foreshores and through natural bushland.”

Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the cycleway ensured Redlands Coast remained accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

“By creating boardwalks and cycle paths, we are improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists as well as providing much needed amenities in this area,” he said.

“This is an exciting project for people of all ages and riding abilities.

“It enables residents and visitors to safely access some of our region’s most scenic areas.

“We hope this new network of cycle paths and boardwalks encourages more residents to enjoy the natural beauty of their neighbourhoods and for more people to visit and enjoy Redlands Coast.”

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Redland City Council calls in the Toadinator

Redland City Council will trial two advanced cane-toad management systems as part of its integrated control program for the pests.

The trial, which supports work being done through Council’s Environmental Partnership Program, will involve using Toadinator traps to capture adult females before they breed, as well as funnel traps baited with a newly developed product irresistible to cane toad tadpoles.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the first step in managing cane toad numbers focussed on working with landowners through Council’s Environmental Partnership Program to thickly vegetate around water bodies as a barrier to potential breeding sites.

Senior Habitat Protection Officer Maree Manby shows Mayor Karen Williams a Toadinator cane toad trap.

Toadinator cane toad traps, which will be used in a Redland City Council trial, are designed to attract and catch adult female cane toads.

“While we are currently seeing a large number of cane toad toadlets due to recent rains, Council has for some years been working closely with landowners across the city through our Environmental Partnerships Program to manage cane toads on their properties,” Cr Williams said.

“We are also about to begin a trial of a small number of Toadinator cane toad traps, which are designed to attract and catch adult female cane toads which can then be removed and disposed of humanely.

“The traps, which allow cane toads to enter but not exit, have a solar-powered light to attract insects and a cane toad caller to call in the females. The caller and lights come on at night when toads are most active and then automatically turn off during the day.

“Research and tests by Australian Control Technologies (Australia) working with James Cook University show they can have a much bigger impact on cane toad numbers than catching cane toads and tadpoles individually.”

Toadinator cane toad traps are also commercially available to residents who want to buy their own.

Cr Williams said the third part to the control approach would be the use of funnel traps baited with tablets which attract cane toad tadpoles.

“Council has recently partnered with the University of Queensland’s Cane Toad Challenge project to obtain access to this new technological advancement in toad control,” she said.

“The university identified the cane toads’ own toxin could be used to attract cane toad tadpoles and then created a bait called Bufo Tabs, which draw them in large numbers.

“The traps are placed in shallow water where cane toad tadpoles congregate, with one tablet able to attract hundreds to thousands of tadpoles in just a few hours, should they be prevalent in those numbers.”

Cr Williams said it was hoped the trials would lead to the wider adoption of new systems to tackle the 0.5% of individual cane toads that survived to reproduce after hatching.

Cane toad and cane toad tadpole numbers caught will be recorded and they will then be disposed of humanely. Cooling in a fridge, followed by freezing and disposal on bin day is one method of humane disposal.

Residents choosing to remove cane toads and cane toad tadpoles from their own properties should remember that cane toads have poisonous glands, so appropriate personal protective equipment should be used. Also, please keep your pets safe and do not allow them to have access to cane toads.

Visit the state Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website for more information on cane toads.

For more information about Council’s Environmental Partnerships Programs, or the upcoming trial, contact the IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre on 3824 8611.

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Council delivers a cool change for Donald Simpson Community Centre

Redland City Council has once again invested in our ageing community, delivering $150,000 project to replace air conditioning at the Donald Simpson Community Centre.

Mayor Karen Williams said the project reinforced Council’s commitment to supporting this vital community facility.

“The Donald Simpson Community Centre has thousands of members and is one of the largest social hubs on Redlands Coast,” she said.

“This project will ensure local and visiting seniors can socialise and enjoy the activities on offer in the comfort of a newly air conditioned centre.

“This project is on top of the maintenance of approximately $49,000 and other support provided annually to the Donald Simpson Community Centre.

“Council is committed to supporting the great work they do in our community and this project is creating a comfortable environment during both hot and cold weather and goes a long way to ensuring members continue to engage in the centre’s vast range of programs.”

Donald Simpson Centre Chief Executuve Officer, Mr Thomas Jithin, said the replacement of the air conditioning is great news for the Donald Simpsons the Centre.

“The Centre is in use six days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm, and a couple of nights till 9 pm and also hosts some great shows like annual Orchid and Bonsai shows, and other expos.

“The Donald Simpson Centre appreciates Council replacing the previous older unit which was underperforming for the room size,” Mr Jithin said.

Cr Williams said the Donald Simpson Community Centre opened in 1987 and was named after former Redland Shire Clerk Donald Simpson, who served the city from 1963–1978.

“Mr Simpson was well known for his commitment to the community, holding membership with many community organisations, including Meals on Wheels, Scouts and Probus and Rotary clubs.”

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Bayview Conservation Area and Redland Track Park re-opens

Bayview Conservation Area and Redland Track Park has re-opened today.

Some trails may have damp spots, please be gentle or avoid these areas if possible to give them time to harden up.

Trail users should also exercise caution and expect to find fallen trees, exposed roots, ruts or other hazards in both single trail and fire trails.

If you happen to come across small debris it would be helpful if trail users could move it off to the side. Larger debris such as trees (that would require a saw) should be reported to Council using the Report a Problem form or by calling customer service on (07) 3829 8999.

Officers are continuing to assess damage and are taking the appropriate steps to carry out repairs in due course.

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