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State of Fire Emergency partially lifted – Fire ban remains in place


While the State of Fire Emergency Declaration has been removed for Redland City Council, the local fire ban continues.

This means there can be no open fires.

QFES advises fires within a properly constructed barbecue are allowed provided they are not left unattended.

Power tools can be used but must be used with extreme care.

For more information on the Redlands Coast Fire Ban Declaration: redlnd.cc/FireBan

Protect your health from bushfire smoke


While there are no fires burning on Redlands Coast air quality is still being affected by smoke haze from fires around the rest of the state. The community is advised to remain alert to the levels of smoke, especially vulnerable people with asthma or pre-existing lung or heart conditions. What can you do:
• Look after vulnerable persons.
• Switch air conditioners to ‘recycle’ or ‘recirculate’ mode.
• Reduce outside activity.
• Seek medical advice if you experience any adverse reactions and stay up to date with local news reports.

For more information: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/health-alerts/bushfire-smoke-health-alert

State of Fire Emergency continues – Redland City is part of a total fire ban until further notice


A State of Fire Emergency declared earlier this month continues across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland, which bans a range of activities that can cause fires to ignite and prohibits the lighting of specified outdoor fires.

What you cannot do during a State of Fire Emergency:
• No fireworks.
• No hangis or pit ovens permitted.
• No grinding/ welding outdoors.
• No grinding/ welding inside a building with a closed door and concrete floor. Look at your environment and check there’s no long grass or dry vegetation that may catch alight.
• If it’s essential that you run a powered pump, make sure you clear around it and take precautions to ensure that the exhaust doesn’t spark a fire.
• Avoid lawn mowing if your property is dry and highly vegetated until conditions have eased. A spark from a stone could start a fire.
• Gas barbeques with a hooded lid can be used if done so safely, in an appropriate area and only used for the purposes of cooking.
• Woodfires, smokers and pizza ovens can be used if they are completely enclosed and only used for the purposes of cooking.

For more information: https://redlnd.cc/ruralfire_stateofemergency

Total Fire Ban imposed from Thursday 28 September 2017


Please be aware there will be a total fire ban across all of Redland City from Thursday 28 Sept until midnight on Saturday 30 September.

This is a result of the very dry conditions and elevated Fire Danger Ratings – Severe on Thursday to Very High on Saturday this week.

A total fire ban will also be in place across  Brisbane and Moreton Bay regional council areas over the same period.

Beyond the total fire ban, a local fire ban on North Stradbroke Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Peel Island that has been in place since Friday 15 September will continue in place during the school holidays until midnight on Monday 2 October 2017.

For further information, visit the QFES website.

Russell Island bushfire rolling blog: latest update 19 December at 3:00pm


3:00pm Monday 19 December

The fire on Russell Island is now mostly smouldering and well under control within blackened out areas inside the containment lines.

The Local Disaster Co-ordination Centre has now determined that the fire is well managed and has formally stood down its emergency coordination role from 3:00pm this afternoon.

A staged stand-down of the large multi-agency response will now occur over the next 12 hours.

This includes units of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ rural and urban fire-fighting crews, Redland City Council fire-fighting crews, SES and Red Cross.

The fire Evacuation Centre at the Russell Island Recreation Hall is now closed.

Six police will remain on the island together with 2 ambulance officers.

Two Redland City Council Crews will remain on the island and work under the direction of the islands three Rural Fire Service units to continue the mop-up operations and will be on the island until the end of the week.

Remaining fire crews will monitor and respond to embers and pockets within the blackened containment area and the fire under peat moss in swampland’s.

Council Parks and Conservation crews continue to remove dangerous trees and will also be involved in the clean-up.

Smoke warning

Levels of smoke have decreased since yesterday. Residents can protect themselves from smoke by shutting windows and doors and keep their asthma medications handy.

Information

Residents can keep up- to-date on the fire clean-up through Council or Rural Fires websites and social media:

Redland City Council

QFES

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) to report any spot fires or new fire threats.

10:45am Monday 19 December

Latest update by Deputy Local Disaster Coordinator Mike Lollback.

Russell Island Bushfire update from Redland City Council as at 10.35am Monday 19 December

While the fire on Russell Island is mostly smouldering, it is important for residents to note that it is still an active fire.  The fire is not out but is within containment lines.

There continues to be a multi-agency response on the island including Queensland Fire and Emergency Services rural and urban fire-fighting crews, Redland City Council fire-fighting crews, SES, Red Cross, Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Police.

The fire continues to burn under peat moss in swamplands and efforts continue to ensure any fire is quickly dealt with. Fire-fighters are responding to unburnt pockets within the containment areas as embers ignite those areas.

Fire mitigation and control will continue through the day and residents of the Island can expect to see a large number of rural and urban fire-fighters.

There is no one at the island’s evacuation centre but it remains open.

It is expected that this afternoon Redland City Council Fire Crews will be given over to the island’s Rural Fire Service to work under their direction for the mop up, and will be on the island until the end of the week.

Council Parks and Conservation crews continue to remove dangerous trees and will also be involved in the clean-up.

Smoke warning

Levels of smoke have decreased since yesterday however are still affecting the island.

Protect yourself from smoke by shutting windows and doors. If you have respiratory problems, consider leaving the area and always make sure you have your medication.

Preparation

While the fire is well-contained, it is not out. Residents should remain vigilant and keep-up-to-date on the fire by listening to 612 ABC radio or going to Council or Rural Fires websites and social media for information:

Redland City Council

or QFS:

Russell Island Bushfire update from Redland City Council as at 5pm Sunday 18 December

The fire is within containment lines. No people or houses are under immediate threat.  Back burning is continuing to secure the containment lines and deal with hots spots, burning logs and trees.

While the fire remains in containment lines, it is not yet out and people need to ensure they have a bushfire plan and not rely on a knock on the door from a firefighter. They should be prepared to leave early.

As expected a wind change early this afternoon resulted in smoke affecting the island and it is likely this may continue into tonight.

Residents should protect themselves from smoke by shutting windows and doors. People with respiratory problems should consider leaving the area and always have medication on hand.

While there is currently nobody in the evacuation centre (at the Recreation Hall, Alison Crescent near the ferry terminal) it will remain open with Council and Red Cross on hand to assist.

Fire crews will remain on the island through the night, with additional crews being transported to the island in the morning.

Council crews are currently removing trees that have fallen overnight and removing trees that present a threat to firefighting efforts.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Listen to 612 ABC radio or go to Council or Rural Fires websites and social media for information.

For more information go to our:

or QFS:

2:07pm

Russell Island Bushfire update from Redland City Council as at 1pm Sunday 18 December

Smoke warning

A south-easterly wind change has resulted in a large amount of smoke in the area, in particular north of Hemp Hill Road and Rampart Road.

While residents may notice an increase in smoke, the fire remains within containment lines and is not posing any threat to homes.

Protect yourself from smoke by shutting windows and doors. If you have respiratory problems, consider leaving the area and always make sure you have your medication.

Road closures

There are no current road closures.

Preparation

Weather conditions may worsen over the next few hours with gusty winds; people should stay tuned to updates and ensure they have a bushfire plan and be prepared to leave early.  Do not rely on a knock on the door from a firefighter.

The evacuation centre at the Recreation Hall, Alison Crescent near the ferry terminal, will remain open until the fire threat passes.  Anyone evacuating to this centre should take medication with them.

Queensland Police are doorknocking some homes in the area of the fire to ensure they are well prepared.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Listen to 612 ABC radio or go to Council or Rural Fires websites and social media for information.

Redland City Council’s facebook site includes a video with latest information from Redlands Local Disaster Centre Deputy Controller Mike Lollback.

For more information go to our:

or QFS:

Update from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services as at 12.30pm Sunday 18 December

Russell Island Bushfire update from Redland City Council as at 10.10am Sunday 18 December 2016

The fire is within containment lines, with an area of approximately 170 hectares burnt out. No people or houses are under immediate threat.

Authorities have been preparing the southern part of the island, which is the area affected, for a forecast wind change to southerly early this afternoon.

This wind change is to the direction of houses, may cause the fire to intensify and is likely to bring increased smoke to populated areas.

Protect yourself from smoke by shutting windows and doors. If you have respiratory problems, consider leaving the area and always make sure you have your medication.

Backburning took place overnight and continues this morning to secure the perimeter and deal with hots spots, burning logs and trees.

Additional fire crews from across South East Queensland joined the firefighting efforts this morning to assist with backburning before the wind changes.

Council crews are currently removing trees that have fallen overnight and removing trees that present a threat to firefighting efforts.

People need to ensure they have a bushfire plan and do not rely on a knock on the door from a firefighter. They should be prepared to leave early.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

The evacuation centre at the Recreation Hall, Alison Crescent near the ferry terminal, will remain open until the fire threat passes. There were four people in the centre overnight.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Listen to 612 ABC radio or go to Council or Rural Fires websites and social media for information.

For more information go to our:

or QFS:

Russell Island Bushfire update from Deputy Local Disaster Coordinator Mike Lollbak as of 9.30am Sunday 18 December

RUSSELL ISLAND FIRE UPDATE FROM REDLAND CITY COUNCIL as of 18:00 pm Sat 17 Dec 2016

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advise fires were well controlled through the night and today.

The main Russell Island fire continues to burn but remains within containment lines .

A full fire and emergency services response is being planned from 06:00 Sunday with Bureau of Meteorology predicting a late Sunday morning change with winds up to 60 knots moving around from the south east and chance of minimal rain.

This fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent.  Strong winds may raise risk of sparks and embers being carried from the fire.

There have been 21 rural and 8 urban fire-fighting units and two command crews from QFES on the island along with Council fire crews.

Crews will change over and the units will remain on the island and be joined on Sunday morning by an additional nine fire units plus four council units.

Police are also maintaining a presence around the island and will be strengthened on Sunday.

Fire crews have continued back burning throughout the day to strengthen containment lines.

It remains important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly if instructed to do so.

Three people remain in the Russell Island Recreation Hall evacuation centre, which will remain open for anyone that requires it.

Residents planning to use the centre today need to remember to bring with them any regular medications they rely on, such as asthma inhalers.

Families with young children and infants need to remember to bring supplies they require, such as nappies, as there is limited supply of these at the centre.

There are no road closures in place.

It remains important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly if instructed to do so.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For more information:

Listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit:

2:10pm Residents updated at Russell Island bushfire community meeting

A public information session, organised by Redland City Council, QFES and the Queensland Police, was held this morning at the island’s recreation hall to inform residents about the fire-fighting operations and ongoing fire risk and how they can best prepare.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams began the meeting, attended by 70 island residents, by emphasing the importance of being well informed and prepared in the face of bushfire threat, and that no one should leave the meeting without a Get Ready Redlands Disaster Management Plan.

“It is important that everyone get a copy of our Disaster Plan so you know exactly what to do and have a personal plan in place to ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you,” Cr Williams said.

“While we have the Redland City Disaster Group, made up of 30 groups, who are well prepared and train for disasters such as this bushfire, each of us also needs to know what we can do as individuals to minimise the risk,” she said.

The Mayor acknowledged and commended the outstanding efforts from an extremely well-prepared team of staff and volunteers.

“Since the Russell Island bushfire began at 2.30pm on Thursday, the significant emergency services and community response has meant that while the fire has burned 150 hectares of land, and at one stage threatened more than 60 homes, there have been no loss of homes or life and local wildlife has also been protected,” she said.

“Thank you to the Russell Island IGA, who has provided 500 meals to those fighting the fire, and to the volunteers running the Russell Island Recreation centre, which was opened as an evacuation centre immediately when the bushfire was reported”

“I also encourage you all to provide Council with feedback on the fire-fighting efforts and assure you that we will respond to every piece of feedback we receive”

“However, this fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent and should follow the direction of emergency services at any time. Fire crews will be undertaking back burning throughout the day to strengthen containment lines,” she said.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For more information:

Listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit:

11:06am

RUSSELL ISLAND FIRE UPDATE FROM REDLAND CITY COUNCIL as of 10:30am Sat 17 Dec 2016

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advise fires have been controlled through the night and the main Russell Island fire remains contained, but continues to burn.

There are currently 21 rural and 8 urban fire-fighting units and two command crews from QFES on the island along with Council fire crews.

Fire crews will be undertaking back burning throughout the day to strengthen containment lines. Police are also maintaining a presence around the island.

Mosquito and aerial spraying has also been completed to prevent excess mosquito breeding.

Seven people remain in the Russell Island Recreation Hall evacuation centre, which will remain open for anyone that requires it. Residents planning to use the centre today need to remember to bring with them any regular medications they rely on, such as asthma inhalers. Families with young children and infants need to remember to bring supplies they require, such as nappies, as there is limited supply of these at the centre.

There are no road closures in place.

Community meeting:

A reminder that there is a public fire information session today  at 11am, on Saturday 17 December 2016 at Russell Island Recreation Hall, Corner Alison Crescent and High Street, Russell Island.

The session has been organised jointly  by  Redland City Council, QFES and the Queensland police.

If you can’t make this morning’s meeting you can follow us on social media:

You can also provide us feedback on the Russell Island fire by email: emergency@redland.qld.gov.au

This fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent.

It remains important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly if instructed to do so.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For more information:

UPDATED – 17 December 2016 at 8:45am

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)  advise the main Russell Island fire remains contained, but continues to burn.

There is currently 21 rural and 8 urban fire fighting units on the island along with Council fire crews.

Fire crews will be undertaking back burning throughout the day to strengthen containment lines.

Seven people remain in the community centre, which will remain open for anyone that requires it.

There are no road closures in place.

Community meeting:

A reminder that there is a public fire information session today  at 11am, on Saturday 17 December 2016 at Russell Island Recreation Hall, Corner Alison Crescent and High Street, Russell Island.

If you can’t make this morning’s meeting you can follow us on social media:

You can also provide us feedback on the Russell Island fire on our website.

7:55pm

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) member has advised the main Russell Island fire remains contained.

A large fire is currently burning at Poinsettia Court and Rampart Drive. Seven Rural Units are monitoring and back-burning around the fires edge and 2 houses

Back burning commenced at 6:00pm and will continue through the evening to get containment lines established along Glendale Road south to Wattle Crescent and Lucy Street through to Centre Road.

Fire crews will also continue patrols through the night and into the morning from Binad Crescent south to Centre Road and then south to Hemp Hill Road to 7:00am tomorrow.

Fire crews have changed over with 2 urban crews, 7 rural crews and 3 RCC Fire Suppression Units in attendance overnight.

Subject to operational fire control decision in the morning, separate Redland City Council  mosquito spraying may take place at the south end of the island from 06:30am and be completed by 8:00am.

Authorities are closely monitoring weather conditions which are currently favourable but may change by Sunday.

Fire authorities are undertaking a series of controlled back burn operations that began from 5:00pm this evening.

These operations are designed to take advantage of favourable weather conditions.

Residents need to be aware that  fire operations may produce additional heavier smoke conditions throughout the night.

Residents are advised to shut windows and doors and those who suffer from a respiratory illness should keep medications close by or consider moving to the evacuation centre.

Motorists are also urged to drive to conditions and be vigilant as emergency services crews are working in the area.

There are no movement restrictions currently in place on the island but residents have been offered the opportunity to stay or voluntarily evacuate.

Seven people are currently at the Russell Island Recreation Hall evacuation centre at 1 Alison Crescent with support services being  provided by the Red Cross and Council.

The evacuation centre will remain open until further notice.

This fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent.

It remains important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly if instructed to do so.

If you do not have a fire plan, consider relocating yourself to the near the ferry terminal.

Fire investigators are on Russell Island to attempt to determine the cause of the fire.

Redland City Council, rural and urban Queensland Fire Service crews will continue to work through the night and are expected to be on the island throughout the weekend.

A public fire information session will be held at 11:00am, on Saturday 17 December 2016 at Russell Island Recreation Hall, Corner Alison Crescent  and High Street, Russell Island.

The session has been organised jointly by Redland City Council, QFES and the Queensland police.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For Information, listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit the following: 

7:20pm

5:10pm

RUSSELL ISLAND FIRE UPDATE FROM REDLAND CITY COUNCIL as of 5:10pm Friday 16 Dec                                                                                                                       

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) member has advised the main Russell Island fire remains contained.

Fire crews are currently dealing with ten spot fires.

A change of fire and emergency crews this evening  will see  8 rural crews, 2 urban and 3 Council fire crews deployed overnight.

Authorities are closely monitoring weather conditions which are currently favourable but may change by Sunday.

Fire authorities are undertaking a series of controlled back burn operations beginning from 5pm this evening.

These operations are designed to take advantage of favourable weather conditions.

Residents need to be aware that fire operations may produce additional heavier smoke conditions throughout the night.

Residents are advised to shut windows and doors and those who suffer from a respiratory illness should keep medications close by or consider moving to the evacuation centre .

Motorists are also urged to drive to conditions and be vigilant as emergency services crews are working in the area.

There are no movement restrictions currently in place on the island but residents have been offered the opportunity to stay or voluntarily evacuate.

Nine people are currently at the Russell Island Recreation hall evacuation centre at 1 Alison Crescent with support services being  provided by the Red Cross and Council.

The evacuation centre will remain open until further notice.

This fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent.

It remains important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly if instructed to do so.

If you do not have a fire plan, consider relocating yourself to the near the ferry terminal .

Fire investigators are on Russell Island to attempt to determine the cause of the fire.

Redland City Council, rural and urban Queensland Fire Service crews will continue to work through the night and are expected to be on the island throughout the weekend.

A public fire information session will be held at 11am on Saturday 17 December 2016 at Russell Island Recreation Centre, Corner Alison Crescent and High Street, Russell Island.

The session has been organised jointly by Redland City Council, QFES and the Queensland police.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For Information, listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit the following: 

5:09pm


4:45pm


3:10pm

2:05pm

 

1:40pm

RUSSELL ISLAND FIRE UPDATE FROM REDLAND CITY COUNCIL                                   

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) member has advised the main fire remains contained.

Fire crews are currently dealing with seven flare up sites at the South West end of Russell Island.

No houses are under threat.

More flare ups may occur through the afternoon depending on weather condition.

Authorities are closely monitoring weather conditions.

QFES  rural and urban crews and Redland City Council fire units are on the ground supported by aerial water bombing.

Police are restricting movements back into an area south of Glendale Road, east of Centre Road and south of Stradbroke Drive.

Residents within this area have been offered the opportunity to stay or voluntarily evacuate.

18  people and one pet are currently at the Community Recreation hall evacuation centre at 1 Alison Crescent.

Assistance from Lifeline has been organised for  residents in the evacuation centre.

It remains important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly if instructed to do so.

If you do not have a fire plan, consider relocating yourself to the near the ferry terminal.

With smoke affecting Russell Island, residents are advised to shut windows and doors and those who suffer from a respiratory illness should keep medications close by. Motorists are urged to drive to conditions and be vigilant as emergency services crews are working in the area.

Fire investigators are on Russell Island to attempt to determine the cause of the fire.

Redland City Council, rural and urban Queensland Fire Service crews are continuing to work throughout the day.

The evacuation centre will remain open throughout the day.

This fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent. It is important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For Information, listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit the following: 

1:20pm


11:20am

10:21am

11:15am

RUSSELL ISLAND FIRE UPDATE FROM REDLAND CITY COUNCIL

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) member has advised crews are dealing with a number spot fires and flare ups at the Southern end of Russell Island.

More flare ups are expected through the afternoon as the temperature and wind increase.

Police had earlier door knocked residents of Boronia Avenue, Rodds Road and Grove Road offering residents the voluntary option to leave if they chose to in response to local  spot fires.

13 adults, four children and one pet are currently at the Community Recreation hall evacuation centre at 1 Allison Crescent.

Assistance from Life Line has been organised for  residents in the evacuation centre.

Fire fighters on site remain confident, but the fire is not yet fully controlled or contained

It remains important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly if instructed to do so.

If you do not have a fire plan, consider relocating yourself to the near the ferry terminal.

With smoke affecting Russell Island, residents are advised to shut windows and doors and those who suffer from a respiratory illness should keep medications close by.

Motorists are urged to drive to conditions and be vigilant as emergency services crews are working in the area.

At the southern end of the island, a fire continues to burn in inaccessible wetlands, called Melomy’s Wetlands.

Fire investigators are on Russell Island to attempt to determine the cause of the fire.

Redland City Council, rural and urban Queensland Fire Service crews are continuing to work throughout the day.

As the day heats up there is further risk.

A total of 25 people as well as pets stayed overnight in the evacuation centre.

The evacuation centre – located at the Community Recreation hall, corner of Alison Crescent and High Street, near the ferry terminal – will remain open throughout the day.

As a result of the fire situation tonight’s Bay island Christmas Carols in the community hall has been cancelled

This fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent. It is important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For updates listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit:

Redland City Council’s

Or QFES’s

8:50am

RUSSELL ISLAND FIRE UPDATE FROM REDLAND CITY COUNCIL as of 8.50am Fri 16 Dec 2016

The Local Disaster Management Group Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) member has advised crews are dealing with spot fires and flare ups at Russell Island but no properties are under threat at this time.

Smoke will affect Russell Island, surrounding islands and the mainland. Residents are advised to shut windows and doors and those who suffer from a respiratory illness should keep medications close by.

Motorists are urged to drive to conditions and be vigilant as emergency services crews are working in the area.

Listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit:

Redland City Council’s

Or QFES’s

Friday 16 December – 6:10am

Three separate bushfires continued to burn overnight at Russell Island.

There are also back burning operations underway in the vicinity of Glendale Road and Victoria Avenue to blacken the area to reduce impact on nearby residential properties.

There are 20 residential streets to which this fire poses a threat.

At the southern end of the island, a fire continues to burn in inaccessible wetlands, called Melomy’s Wetlands.

Fire investigators attended Russell Island from 7pm last night (Thursday) to attempt to determine the cause of the fire.

Redland City Council fire crews worked through the night with rural and urban Queensland Fire Service crews. Seven crews are currently on Russell Island with five additional crews deployed this morning to supplement the fire-fighting efforts.

Every effort is being made to ensure adequate fire crews are on the ground.

While weather conditions are quite cool this morning a hot day is predicted. As the day heats up there is further risk, with the likelihood of flare ups.

A total of 25 people and pets stayed overnight in the evacuation centre. There are three people in the centre now, with the others able to go home.

The evacuation centre – located at the community hall, corner of Alison Crescent and High Street, near the ferry terminal – is still open.

Residents should not be complacent. It is important that people follow the direction of emergency services and if necessary, move out quickly.

If you do not have a fire plan, relocate yourself to the community hall.

Check on your neighbour. Do not wait to relocate.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

Listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit:

Redland City Council’s

Or QFES’s

9:20pm

Fire details

  • The bushfire at Russell Island has intensified, with multiple flare ups.
  • A watch and act warning is still in place.
  • Firefighters are currently protecting houses in Stradbroke Street.
  • At the southern end of the island, a fire is also burning in inaccessible wetlands, called Melomy’s Wetlands.
  • As the day heats up tomorrow there is further risk.

Community information

  • If you do not have a fire plan, relocate yourself to the community hall, corner of Alison Crescent and High Street, near the ferry terminal. It will be open all night.
  • A total of 23 people are currently in the evacuation centre with around 10 expected to stay overnight.
  • Check on your neighbour. Do not wait to relocate.
  • Redland City Council fire crews are working with rural and urban Qld Fire Service crews overnight.
  • It is important that people follow the direction of police and firefighters.
  • Firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.
  • Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

Listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins or visit:

Redland City Council’s

Or QFES’s

7:20pm

Mayor Karen Williams video update.

Fire details

  • There are 3 separate fires burning on the island,
  • One east of Centre Road which is under control
  • The 2 other fires are burning in the south-west of the island and are not yet under control
  • Even if all fires are brought under control tonight, fires will continue to burn on the island for a couple of days
  • Queensland Police have evacuated some homes.  If people plan to relocate or they do not have a plan they should relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.
  • Residents can relocate to the Russell Island Community Centre, corner of Alison Cr and High St near the ferry terminal. There are about 15 people and 2 dogs at the community centre.
  • There is a multi-agency response on the island, including helicopters, fix-wing aircraft, QLD fire, QLD Police and Council.

Community

  • It is important to follow direction from police and fire fighters. Check on your neighbours and take any medication with you.
  • The Russell Island community is resilient and well prepared and I would ask everyone to look out for each other.

Smoke hazard

  • People should take precautions to protect themselves from smoke, by:
  • Minimising time outside.
  • Keeping windows and doors closed
  • And People with pre-existing respiratory conditions should keep away from smoke and have medication on hand.

For more information go to Council’s

Or QFES

5:23pm

Media Release: Russell Island Bushfire

The fire is located at Centre Road west to Hemp Hill Road and south and east from centre Road to Rampart drive, which is in the lower southern area of the island towards the middle of the island.

There are approximately 60 homes currently under threat, but as yet none have been lost.

Queensland Police are evacuating some homes.  People should be moving from their homes due to smoke and fire. Secure your homes and leave.

At 3.08 pm Police declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Russell Island this afternoon.

It is important to follow direction from police and firefighters. Check on your neighbours and take any medication with you.

Do not try to second guess this fire. Move out of the area. Don’t wait.

There are currently about 10 people at the evacuation centre at Russell Island Community Hall, corner of Alison Crescent and High Street near the ferry terminal.

Police are currently bringing more people to the centre, which is being staffed by Red Cross and Redland City Council.

Currently, five fire crews and a water bombing helicopter are working to contain the blaze but fire fighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a fire fighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

For more information go to Council’s

Or QFES

4:20pm

4:19pm

4:00pm

Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Russell Island (Moreton Bay) as at 4pm Thurs 15 Dec 16

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Russell Island to relocate to a safe area on the northern part of the island now if the path is clear to do so.

At 4pm on Thursday 15 December a large bushfire was located at Russell Island. The fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction and is expected to impact the area bordered by Centre Road west to Hemp Hill Road South, east from Centre Road to Rampart Drive and south, in the coming hours.

This fire is moving quickly and is currently uncontrolled. Spot fires are likely to start ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the Russell Island community and some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it will become increasingly difficult to breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if they are able to do so. Leaving is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, several fire crews and aerial support are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) website at https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit the map.

Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning:

  • Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.
  • Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.
  • Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan now.

3:44pm

3:43pm

3:35pm

3:30pm

Media Release: Large bushfire Fire Watch and Act and issued for Russell Island (Moreton Bay) – Community Hall opened

Residents of Russell island who wish to self-evacuate due to the current large fire can go to the community recreation hall at corner Alison Crescent and High Street.

Residents should avoid relocating to Sandy Beach as this area may be cut off in the future.

They should move to the Recreation Hall.

Redland City Council has activated its Local Disaster Management centre in response to a large bushfire currently burning on Russell Island.

At 2.15pm, the large fire was travelling in a south-westerly direction and was expected to impact the areas of Centre Road and Hume Street within the next two hours.

Residents are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has issued a watch and act warning meaning that Conditions are changing and affected property owners  Start taking action and follow  their bushfire survival plan.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Centre Road and Hume Street, Russell Island (Moreton Bay) to finalise their bushfire plans.

Residents are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Currently, five fire crews and a water bombing helicopter are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat. 

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit the map.

Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning –
Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.
Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.
Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan

For more information visit council

  • Website
  • Facebook
    • Note: no Facebook account needed to read updates
  • Twitter
    • Note: no Twitter account needed to read updates
  • Disaster plans (safer places, evacuation routes, hazards information and more for your suburb)

2:30pm

QFES: Bushfire Watch and Act: Russell Island

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Centre Road and Hume Street, Russell Island (Moreton Bay) to finalise their bushfire plans.

At 2.15pm, a large bushfire was located at Russell Island. The large fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Centre Road and Hume Street within the next two hours.

Residents are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, five fire crews and a water bombing helicopter are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents can relocate to the Russell Island Community Centre, near the ferry terminal, if they are unable to relocate to family and friends.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

-Putting on protective clothing;

-Drinking lots of water;

-Moving car/s to a safe location;

-Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;

-Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;

-Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;

-Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;

-Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;

-Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;

-Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);

-Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and

-Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website.

Residents updated at Russell Island bushfire community meeting


A public information session, organised by Redland City Council, QFES and the Queensland Police, was held this morning at the island’s recreation hall to inform residents about the fire-fighting operations and ongoing fire risk and how they can best prepare.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams began the meeting, attended by 70 island residents, by emphasing the importance of being well informed and prepared in the face of bushfire threat, and that no one should leave the meeting without a Get Ready Redlands Disaster Management Plan.

“It is important that everyone get a copy of our Disaster Plan so you know exactly what to do and have a personal plan in place to ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you,” Cr Williams said.

“While we have the Redland City Disaster Group, made up of 30 groups, who are well prepared and train for disasters such as this bushfire, each of us also needs to know what we can do as individuals to minimise the risk,” she said.

The Mayor acknowledged and commended the outstanding efforts from an extremely well-prepared team of staff and volunteers.

“Since the Russell Island bushfire began at 2.30pm on Thursday, the significant emergency services and community response has meant that while the fire has burned 150 hectares of land, and at one stage threatened more than 60 homes, there have been no loss of homes or life and local wildlife has also been protected,” she said.

“Thank you to the Russell Island IGA, who has provided 500 meals to those fighting the fire, and to the volunteers running the Russell Island Recreation centre, which was opened as an evacuation centre immediately when the bushfire was reported”

“I also encourage you all to provide Council with feedback on the fire-fighting efforts and assure you that we will respond to every piece of feedback we receive”

“However, this fire is not yet out and residents should not be complacent and should follow the direction of emergency services at any time. Fire crews will be undertaking back burning throughout the day to strengthen containment lines,” she said.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – e.g., bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • To protect yourself against smoke, close windows and doors.

For more information:

  • Listen to 612 ABC radio for bulletins

Russell Island Bushfire, 15 December at 5:13pm


The fire is located at Centre Road west to Hemp Hill Road and south and east from centre Road to Rampart drive, which is in the lower southern area of the island towards the middle of the island.

There are approximately 60 homes currently under threat, but as yet none have been lost.

Queensland Police are evacuating some homes.  People should be moving from their homes due to smoke and fire. Secure your homes and leave.

At 3.08 pm Police declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Russell Island this afternoon.

It is important to follow direction from police and firefighters. Check on your neighbours and take any medication with you.

Do not try to second guess this fire. Move out of the area. Don’t wait.

There are currently about 10 people at the evacuation centre at Russell Island Community Hall, corner of Alison Crescent and High Street near the ferry terminal.

Police are currently bringing more people to the centre, which is being staffed by Red Cross and Redland City Council.

Currently, five fire crews and a water bombing helicopter are working to contain the blaze but fire fighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a fire fighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

For more information go to Council’s

Or QFES

Large bushfire Fire Watch and Act and issued for Russell Island (Moreton Bay) – Community Hall opened, 15 December at 3:44pm


Residents of Russell island who wish to self-evacuate due to the current large fire can go to the community recreation hall at corner Alison Crescent and High Street.

Residents should avoid relocating to Sandy Beach as this area may be cut off in the future.

They should move to the Recreation Hall.

Redland City Council has activated its Local Disaster Management centre in response to a large bushfire currently burning on Russell Island.

At 2.15pm, the large fire was travelling in a south-westerly direction and was expected to impact the areas of Centre Road and Hume Street within the next two hours.

Residents are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has issued a watch and act warning meaning that Conditions are changing and affected property owners  Start taking action and follow  their bushfire survival plan.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Centre Road and Hume Street, Russell Island (Moreton Bay) to finalise their bushfire plans.

Residents are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Currently, five fire crews and a water bombing helicopter are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat. 

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit the map.

Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning –
Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.
Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.
Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan

For more information visit council

  • Website
  • Facebook
    • Note: no Facebook account needed to read updates
  • Twitter
    • Note: no Twitter account needed to read updates
  • Disaster plans (safer places, evacuation routes, hazards information and more for your suburb)

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT message for Macleay Island as at 3:40pm Friday 18 Nov


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island to enact their bushfire plan.

At 3.40pm Friday 18 November a large bushfire was located at Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island. The large fire is travelling in a westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Charles Terrace, Michiko Street, Squire Street, Lemontree Drive, Sandpiper Parade, Dove Street and Brolga Street, Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island within two hours.

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the Macleay Island community and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don’t have a plan. Leaving is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, five fire crews are working with aerial support to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

-Putting on protective clothing;

-Drinking lots of water;

-Moving car/s to a safe location;

-Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;

-Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;

-Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;

-Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;

-Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;

-Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;

-Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);

-Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and

-Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website at or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit

Pulse eNewsletter – January 2014


Mayor’s Message
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Next round of grants open soon
Save Ziggy’s mates
Fluoride a State responsibility
Sign of the times
Quarry queries
Things to do

 

Mayor’s message

Redland City’s heartfelt thanks go out to all those who helped battle the fires which raged across North Stradbroke Island over the New Year.

Their efforts ensured the safety of residents and their homes as well as the many visitors who had headed to Straddie for their holidays.

To have emerged from this crisis without loss of life or homes is testament to the extraordinary efforts of a vast number of people.

Deputy Mayor and Local Disaster Recovery Committee chair Cr Alan Beard echoed the sentiments of many in our community when he said he was “in awe’’ of the way in which fire and emergency services, police, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Energex, Seqwater, National Parks, SES, Red Cross, Council’s Conservation and Fire Management team and other Council staff were prepared to do whatever it took to deal with this potentially life-threatening situation.

He was backed by local Councillor Craig Ogilvie in his praise of the response.

In particular, the efforts of emergency services in evacuating 900 campers from Main Beach undoubtedly saved lives, with three campgrounds destroyed by fire the day after the evacuation.

Special thanks also go to the Straddie community and businesses, particularly the ferry companies, and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation for their considerable and much-appreciated efforts.

The measured response to this emergency and the professionalism and dedication of all involved was truly remarkable.

All Redlanders should now join to promote the message that Straddie is well and truly open for business and welcoming visitors with open arms.

Tell your friends, family and acquaintances to put visiting beautiful Straddie on the top of their “to do” lists. As well as helping fellow Redlanders, it is sure to be a wonderful experience.

I have written to Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey asking the Government to help in the immediate recovery phase by making available funding for an integrated “open for business” marketing campaign.

I pointed out that the fires had a significant impact on the island economy and that the government had stepped in previously to help out in times of need with such campaigns. I hope to have a response soon.

While the effort on the island is now in recovery-mode, services are being fully restored and we are assessing potential risks and working to ensure sick or injured wildlife are cared for. Visitors will barely notice the impact of the fires with Straddie’s beaches as stunning as ever.

These fires, which burned for almost two weeks after being sparked by lightning on the night of December 29, also graphically underscore the importance of Council’s emergency planning and just how vital it is for all residents to have their own disaster plans and kits at the ready.

It was clear that many Straddie residents had heeded the message and were prepared. Well done all.

Council’s Disaster Management Plan: Part II – specifically tailored for islanders, the City’s most isolated residents – proved itself a valuable resource for coordinating the firefighting effort.

A quick and easy guide to preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, I urge anyone who has not read it to do so. You will find it through the Disaster Hub on Council’s website at www.redland.qld.gov.au.

While we reflect on how fortunate we have been to come out of this crisis relatively unscathed, we need to remain vigilant with storm season well upon us.

Keep up to date with potential severe weather events and the fire situation through Council’s and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ websites, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

See the PDA plans

You can now view the draft plans for the Redlands’ two most important and exciting new projects.

The Proposed Development Schemes are a significant step in the transformation of Cleveland’s Toondah Harbour and Redland Bay’s Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas into integrated transport, tourism, residential and business hubs.

The draft plans are the result of extensive consultation with the community and businesses and that process will continue.

The Toondah Harbour draft plan and the Weinam Creek draft plan can be viewed online.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard said the draft plans heralded an exciting new era of growth and promised a massive and much-needed boost for business, jobs and community facilities.

“I encourage all residents to have their say on these plans during the public notification period which continues until 24 February,’’ he said.

“A range of community improvements, such as waterfront walkways and cycle paths, as well as long-standing community concerns about car parking arrangements at Weinam Creek, are among the features being addressed as part of this planning process, so we urge all to be involved.’’

The next round of community information forums on the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area will be held on:

• Saturday, 1 February, 1-3pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal.
• Friday, 7 February, 3.30pm-5.30pm at Island View Cafe, Toondah Harbour Ferry Terminal.
• Saturday, 8 February, 1-3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Community information forums on the Weinam Creek plan will be held on:

• Thursday, 30 January, 5-8pm at Redland Bay Community Hall, Redland Bay.
• Thursday, 6 February, 5-8pm at Macleay Progress Hall, Macleay Island.

The draft plans can also be viewed at the Cleveland Customer Service Centre, Cleveland Library, Capalaba Customer Service Centre, Capalaba Library or Victoria Point Library, Russell Island Library and Bay Island Community Services on Russell and Macleay islands until 24 February.

 

 

Next round of grants opens soon

The next round of submissions for grants for individuals and community groups working to make the Redlands a better place will open on January 27.

Applications, designed to help deliver projects of community benefit, will close on 28 February.

The program is an expression of Redland City Council’s commitment to ensuring the delivery of essential initiatives and projects across the arts and cultural heritage, the environment, community development, enterprise development, and sport and recreation.

Over the years these grants have supported initiatives such as helping junior sporting clubs provide much-needed opportunities, restoring wildlife habitats, rebuilding community clubs and supporting cultural exhibitions.

Grant categories this round include Organisation Support, Project Support and Conservation.

Grants are also available under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), an Arts Queensland and Redland City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

For more information or to get an application form, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport or contact the grants team on 3829 8911.

 

 

Save Ziggy’s mates

The sad case of Ziggy the koala – which survived the Straddie firestorm only to be mauled by dogs – is a message to all dog owners to ensure they act responsibly and observe the laws.

The family pets which attacked Ziggy were roaming free despite the fact that, by Redland City law, they were supposed to be restrained with a leash or enclosed in a yard.

As North Stradbroke Island continues to recover from the massive bushfire sparked by lightning on December 29, Ziggy’s tragic end underscores the need to ensure dog laws are observed at all times throughout the Redlands.

Redland City councillor Craig Ogilvie – whose Division 2 takes in North Stradbroke – said dog attacks were all-too common on the island and it was now even more critical for owners to ensure native fauna had a fighting chance.

“This is nothing more than what’s required by law but it’s even more crucial right now because a lot of wildlife has moved to new habitat and is highly vulnerable to attack,” Cr Ogilvie said.

Redland City’s Animal Management Committee spokeswoman Cr Wendy Boglary said Council officers would continue their increased presence on the island to reduce risks to wildlife and the public generally.

“It’s important that everyone does what they can to help Straddie heal,” Cr Boglary said.

“People can avoid a fine of $220 by ensuring they exercise their dogs on leads, except in designated off-leash areas.”

Home Beach is the only off-lead beach area. Dogs also can be run at Skatebowl Park at Dunwich between the skatebowl and the fenced area at the eastern end of the park.

Wildcare Straddie spokesman Greg Grimmett said uncontrolled domestic dogs caused horrific and heart-breaking injuries to native animals.

“A significant number of injuries we deal with are a result of domestic dogs not being under control,” Mr Grimmett said.

“People particularly should keep in mind that off-leash areas do not mean people do not have to have their dogs under control.

“If people are camping they need to control their dog 24 hours a day, especially at night – just because it was curled up outside the tent when they went to bed does not mean it didn’t wander around searching for prey.”

Mr Grimmett said visiting pet owners should ensure accommodation providers claiming to be pet-friendly were also “wildlife friendly” and offered enclosures.

“We get too many animals that are torn to bits because of dogs – a bit of common sense would go a long way,” he said.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) chief executive Cameron Costello urged people to “care for country” by respecting Straddie’s flora and fauna.

“We encourage people to come and holiday, to enjoy our beaches and everything else we have to offer … but also to be mindful that we are in recovery-mode,” Mr Costello said.

“We ask people not to wander from established tracks so our plants can regenerate and seeds can germinate, and our cultural sites are not disturbed.’’

Report injured wildlife to Wildcare Straddie on 0407 766 052.

 

Fluoride a State responsibility

The fluoridation of Redland City’s water supply is a State Government responsibilitry, Council has agreed.

Council in late December 2013 resolved unanimously to write to the State Government urging it to amend legislation to protect councils which want to remove fluoride from water supplies from the high costs involved.

Mayor Karen Williams said fluoridation was a health issue and as such was the responsibility of the State Government.

“The cost of removing fluoride is prohibitive to councils – an estimated $32 million in Redland City’s case – so we cannot afford to make the call, even if our community tells us it wants out of fluoride,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This is an expense we are not willing to force on ratepayers.”

Cr Williams said it was important to take into account that fluoridation was forced on councils by the State.

“The former Government mandated fluoride in our water without reference to councils, so we believe the current Government should decide whether or not fluoride should stay and bear the cost of removing it should councils make that decision on behalf of their communities,’’ she said.

“We will be asking Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle to give local government the choice of accepting non-fluoridated water without cost to councils.”

 

 

Sign of the times

New signs with digital messages may soon welcome visitors and residents to Redland City.

Council is investigating the installation of eight new signs at key entry points to the City.

The vision is for the signs to carry digital screens supporting the message that Redland City is the best place to live, work and do business, as well as important community service announcements.

These could include the promotion of major events and storm or fire warnings.

It is suggested signs would be installed at six major roads into the city as well as at the two Priority Development Area (PDA) sites at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek, which are the major marine transport points for tourists.

The proposed locations for the signs are: Longland, Mount Cotton, Broadwater, Moreton Bay, Old Cleveland and Rickertt roads, Toondah Harbour (Middle Street) and Weinam Creek (Hamilton Street).

The calling of expressions of interest is the first step in the process.

 

Quarry queries

Redland City Council will be closely watching development of Barro Group’s extension of its Mt Cotton quarry operations.

The extension’s approval by the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning follows the Government’s formal decision to “call in’’ the quarry application after its rejection by Council last June.

Local Division 6 councillor and Planning and Development spokesperson Julie Talty said while the Minister had placed conditions on the approval, it was not yet clear how strict or effective they would be.

“Council and residents will be looking very closely at the detail, particularly those areas highlighted by Council as the grounds for rejecting the proposal in its detailed submission to the State Government in August this year,’’ she said.

“But until we can assess the detail, it is not possible to judge the full impact of the Minister’s decision.

“This includes noise, dust and traffic impacts and significant impacts on existing environmental habitats, with close proximity to existing rural residential houses and local businesses such as nurseries, cafés and guest houses, as well as road safety concerns.’’

As the Minister’s decision is final, Council has no choice but to accept the Government’s ruling and work with all parties to ensure the conditions placed on the approval are met by the applicant in the best interests of the residents.

 

Things to do

Redland City Council offers a range of interesting holiday activities for local youngsters. With school set to resume from Tuesday 28 January, head to our website and check out what’s happening.