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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

Hazard Reduction burn in Capalaba: 7 July


As part of Redland City Council’s ongoing fire management program, a hazard reduction burn will take place today, Tuesday 7 July at 9am.

Swampbox Conservation Area: 87A Lyndon Road, Capalaba

The planned burn is necessary to lessen the potential for fire by reducing fuel loads and to allow for the regeneration of native plant species.

All attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

Anyone suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions is encouraged to keep doors and windows closed and minimise their time outdoors.

For safety reasons residents are asked to stay away from the planned burn area during the works, preferably indoors.

To lessen the impact on pets it is also recommended they are secured prior to the works beginning.

Roaming dogs endanger wildlife


Wildcare Straddie’s Dr Romane Cristescu provides Ziggy with fresh water. Photo: Wildcare Straddie

Wildcare Straddie’s Dr Romane Cristescu provides Ziggy with fresh water. Photo: Wildcare Straddie

Pet-owners urged to Help Straddie Heal

This cute koala was meant to be one of the “lucky ones” … but having escaped the worst of North Stradbroke Island’s firestorm using his natural instinct to seek safer ground, he was mauled by domestic dogs near Dunwich.

The dogs – family pets – were roaming free despite the fact that, by law, they were supposed to be restrained with a leash, or at least enclosed in a yard.

Unfortunately Ziggy – as he was affectionately named – is now a statistic. He had to be euthanised despite the best efforts of wildlife carers to nurse him back to health.

Today, as North Stradbroke continues to recover from the two-week fire sparked by lightning on December 29, wildlife carers have joined with Traditional Owners to tell Ziggy’s story in the hope both residents and visitors will do their bit to help in the healing of Naree Budjong Djara (‘My Mother Earth’) and its beautiful surrounds.

Redland City councillor Craig Ogilvie – whose Division 2 takes in North Stradbroke – said dog attacks were an all-too common problem on the island but it’s now even more critical for owners of domestic pets to ensure native fauna has 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,” said Cr Ogilvie.

Council’s animal management officers will have an increased presence on the island at this critical time to help ensure dogs are kept on leashes. Fines of $220 apply if dogs are off-leash out of designated areas.

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

“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,” said Mr Costello.

“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.

Wildcare Straddie spokesman Greg Grimmett said uncontrolled domestic dogs caused horrific and heart-breaking injuries to koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, curlews and lizards, to name just a few.

“A significant number of injuries we deal with are a result of domestic dogs not being under control,” said Mr Grimmett, who is also the convenor of the Stradbroke Wildlife Forum. “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 pet owners could also ensure accommodation providers claiming to be pet-friendly were also “wildlife friendly”, and offered enclosures to protect native flora and fauna from wandering pets.

“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.

Redland City’s Acting Mayor and Local Disaster Recovery Committee chairman Alan Beard said most of the public areas on Straddie – including all campgrounds – had now been re-opened although some tracks remained closed for public safety.

“Most of the most popular areas remain just as beautiful as they were before the fire,” he said. “Much of the fire burnt in inaccessible areas.

“There’s a multi-agency effort across all tiers of government to help with the island’s recovery and we are working closely with the Traditional Owners,” he said. “We just ask people to use common sense and do their bit to help in the recovery,” he said.

“We ask that they drive carefully on established tracks though burnt country as much of the landscape is very fragile and highly vulnerable to erosion. We also ask them to drive slowly, as much of the wildlife of the island has relocated to unburnt areas around the townships.”

Redland City’s Animal Management Committee spokeswoman Cr Wendy Boglary said Council officers traditionally stepped up their presence on the island for the holiday period and this would continue to reduce risks to wildlife and the public generally.

“Home Beach is the only off-lead beach area as well as Skatebowl Park at Dunwich between the skatebowl and the fenced area at the eastern end of the park,” she said.

“It’s important that everyone does what they can to help Straddie heal.

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

  • Report injured wildlife to Wildcare Straddie on 0407 766 052.

Hazard reduction burn at Redland Bay: Wednesday 29 May


We will be carrying out a hazard reduction burn (weather permitting) at Serpentine Creek Cemetery, Redland Bay on Wednesday 29 May. 

See the map below for exact areas.

While all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards, there may be partial road closures and minor delays.

For further information, please view the Fire management page on our website or phone our fire conservation officer on 3829 8456.

Serpentine Creek Cemetery, Redland Bay: Wednesday 29 May

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Scheduled hazard reduction burns: Redland Bay, Alexandra Hills, Capalaba


We will be carrying out hazard reduction burns (weather permitting) on the following days:

  • Rescheduled – date to be confirmed – Serpentine Creek Cemetery, Redland Bay
  • Wednesday 22 May – Alexandra Circuit Bushland Refuge, Alexandra Hills
  • Wednesday 29 May – Swampbox Conservation Area, Capalaba 

See maps below for exact areas.

While all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards, there may be partial road closures and minor delays.

For further information, please view the Fire management page on our website or phone our fire conservation officer on 3829 8456.

Alexandra Circuit Bushland Refuge, Alexandra Hills: Wednesday 22 May

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Serpentine Creek Cemetery, Redland Bay: Date to be confirmed

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Swampbox Conservation Area, Capalaba: Wednesday 29 May 

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Scheduled hazard reduction burn today on Straddie


The Department of Natural Resources and Mines is undertaking a planned burn today at Rainbow Crescent, Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island.

Planned burns are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel to assist with hazard reduction and provide conditions essential for native plant species regeneration. It is appreciated that these burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts are made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

Queensland Fire & Rescue Service communication centre has been notified. All residents surrounding the area have been notified via letter box drop.

 

Thornlands hazard reduction burn postponed until tomorrow


The hazard reduction burn scheduled for today (Thursday 2 May) at Dinwoodie Road, Thornlands  has been postponed due to high winds forecast for this afternoon.

Weather permitting, it will now take place tomorrow, Friday 3 May.

While all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards, there may be partial road closures and minor delays.

For further information, please view the Fire management page on our website or phone our fire conservation officer on 3829 8456

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Scheduled hazard reduction burns: Capalaba, Thornlands, Redland Bay, North Stradbroke Island


We will be carrying out hazard reduction burns (weather permitting) on the following days: 

  • Tuesday 30 April – Howlett Road, Capalaba.
  • Tuesday 30 April – Illawong Crescent, Dunwich (in conjunction with the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines).
  • Tuesday 30 April – East Treatment Plant, Point Lookout (in conjunction with the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines). 
  • Thursday 2 May – Dinwoodie Road, Thornlands.
  • Tuesday 7 May – Serpentine Creek Cemetery, Serpentine Creek Road, Redland Bay. 

While all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards, there may be partial road closures and minor delays.

For further information, please view the Fire management page on our website or phone our fire conservation officer on 3829 8456

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