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Macleay Is foreshore redevelopment a step closer with invitation to tender


Another major milestone has been reached this month with Council advertising for tenders for the multimillion dollar Macleay Island Foreshore redevelopment, one of the largest single infrastructure projects currently planned for Redland City.

The tender invitation calls for civil and marine engineering to construct a new seawall and sealed carpark, associated road works and ancillary marine infrastructure, a queuing beach, and new two lane recreational boat ramp and access stairs

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the estimated $6 million project represented part of the substantial ongoing investment in the City’s unique Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) communities.

“The community has been calling for this project for a number of years and the advertising of this tender signifies a major step towards its delivery,” she said.

“This project has been a particular challenge with significant project design hurdles to overcome over several years, including negotiation and planning approval involving the state government and separate marine authorities and utility providers, in order to reach this important stage.

“Subject to a successful tender process with tenders closing on 2 March, we anticipate work could start as early as this financial year.

The completed work will provide substantial long term improvements to island parking issues, seal asbestos contamination on the foreshore and provide recreational boat access improvements.”

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards said the foreshore project was just part of Council’s ongoing commitments to improving SMBI infrastructure, parks and community facilities and strengthening island economies.

“The Macleay foreshore upgrade dovetails well with the separate ongoing State and Redland City Council joint project work towards future upgrades of the ageing island jetties, new recreational boating facilities and the substantial investment underway by the state government in new public transport facilities at Weinam Creek.

“Council’s own Green seal funding initiative aimed at improving SMBI island roads is also continuing apace with over 26 kilometers of roads already sealed and a further 14 kilometers expected to be sealed this financial year.

‘The SMBI are a unique and vital part of our City and I believe the momentum of these investments will make a strong contribution to the appeal of the islands for business and jobs as well as unique places to live.

A draft outline of planned foreshore improvement work is available for viewing on Council’s website.

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

Launch of support services for SMBI


Residents of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) will soon have local access to a range of support services with the launch of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub on Macleay Island.

A partnership initiative between Redland City Council and 10 community organisations, the service will be officially launched on Thursday 17 November.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the outreach service would improve the well-being of residents living on the Bay Islands, with plenty available for all ages and stages of life.

“The new SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub will offer a raft of services and activities both during times of crisis and for everyday life, including counselling, mental health support, activities for seniors, and emergency relief,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to attend the official opening to learn more about the range of services, programs and activities available – and enjoy the free sausage sizzle too.”

Organisations who will be part of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub include:

  • Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
  • Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
  • Redland Community Centre (RCC)
  • Open Minds
  • FSG (Freedom, Social Justice, Growth)
  • Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
  • Wellbeing Hub (Relationships Australia)
  • Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
  • YFS
  • Group 61

Bay Islands Councillor Mark Edwards said he was pleased island residents would soon have access to the same level of support as those on the mainland.

“This is fantastic for those who call our beautiful Bay Islands home,” he said.

Event details

SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub
When: Thursday 17 November 2016, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Macleay Island Community Hall, Cnr Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island.
Contact: 3409 4222.

More information about organisations and services provided by SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub:

Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
Individual and family counselling for women and their children who have previously witnessed or lived with domestic violence. Also provides crisis response  to women experiencing domestic violence , court assistance at both Cleveland and Wynnum Courts, and  free community information and training. Contact: 3286 7766

Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
Provide a comprehensive range of innovative and quality programs, services and activities to support the aspirations of individuals within the community of the Southern Morton Bay Islands. Contact: 3409 4222

Redland Community Centre (RCC)
Supports the community with valuable ‘one stop shop’ community-focused services including emergency relief, family support and parenting programs/workshops, crisis and generalist counselling, plus events and courses.
Contact: 3245 2117 or info@redlandcommunitycentre.org

Open Minds
Works to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options focused on the individual needs of each person. A registered NDIS provider.
Contact: 3896 4222

Freedom, Social Justice, Growth (FSG)
Providing a range of innovative, person-led mental health services to SMBI, including Partners in Recovery (PIR), Purposeful Peer Engagement (PPE) and Mental Health Carer Support.
Contact: 3213 7100

Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
A community organisation which promotes the rights, interests and well-being of those over the age of 50 in Redland City. Provides information and referral service to seniors, their families and their carers, as well as one-on-one computer training.
Contact: 3488 0680

Well-being Hub
Through sharing and developing awareness, knowledge and skills for well-being, the Hub aims to support everyone in the community to experience positive mental health and well-being and to flourish. Run by Relationships Australia Qld.
Contact: Jan Elston 0447 002 408

Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
A peer-operated mental health service providing outreach on the islands through the Bay Islands Well-being Group, a lifestyle and social support group helping people to learn new coping strategies and reconnect to their communities.
Contact: 3390 1116 or 0499 747 000 or big.inc@bigpond.com

YFS
Delivers a range of services to those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. YFS champions rights and responsibilities of clients taking up social, cultural and economic opportunities.
Contact: 3826 1500

Group 61
A voluntary organisation devoted to mental health that enables fullness of life through friendship with people affected by mental health issues.
Contact: 0421 129 253

Public comment now open on Macleay Island foreshore development


Extensive plans for the development of the Macleay Island foreshore went on public notification today with the public comment period for the long awaited development open from 14 July to 4 August 2016.

Details of the full Macleay Island foreshore application can be viewed online using Council’s website with reference number MCU013484.

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards expressed absolute delight that after seven years of intensive effort, designs, planning and strenuous representations, the Macleay island foreshore project had at last received approval to proceed to assessment.

“SARA’s approval last month with 25 conditions now allows Council to proceed to application assessment of the integrated plans for the area, rather than deal piecemeal with site issues.

“The plans provide for extended vehicle parking, a new public boat ramp and prescribed tidal works, including entombment of an asbestos site.

“There is no doubt that this project will be a major contribution to SMBI infrastructure,” Cr Edwards said.

“Even more importantly, it will provide urgent relief to what is a totally inadequate and compromised public parking area on one of our City’s most populated islands while at the same time, addressing the long standing issue of how to deal with foreshore contamination.

“The new space will provide better public safety and accessibility, with an improved drop off area, ferry access and parking separation along with substantially increased parking space available for cars, bikes and for recreational boating users of the new public boat ramp.

“After public notification is complete, Council will begin the decision making period and assess the application. The statutory timeframes allows 20 business days with an additional 20 business days if required.

“I hope that Council will act quickly to enable work to begin as soon as possible once the assessment approval has been provided.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Councillor Edwards had been a tireless champion for these critical improvements for Macleay Island foreshore

“These developments will also hopefully tie in well with future improvements to SMBI pontoon and jetty infrastructure in partnership with the State Government.

“We also recognise the major priority of transport and parking issues across the whole city and Council will be working over the coming year to try to identify opportunities for significant improvements through innovative funding, partnerships and infrastructure solutions.”

Fact sheet guidance on making a submission on planning and development can be found under ‘About Council’ on Council’s website.

Snapshot: Tuesday 5 August


Trees for Weeds Day

Swap a shopping bag of weeds for a free native plant* at five island locations.

Straddie and Bay Islands
When: Saturday 16 August, 8.30am – 10.30am
Where: Point Lookout Bushcare Nursery, Karragarra Island Foreshore Park, Coochiemudlo Island Jetty, Macleay Island Progress Hall, Russell Island Pool Carpark

*Limit five plants per person

More information: phone 3824 8611 or visit the IndigiScapes website.

 

Apply for sponsorship of a grant

Sponsorship Round 1 now open

Council offers sponsorship and community grants across a range of areas.
Sponsorship applications are open until 29 August 2014. Community grant applications funding round one will run 11 August – 12 September 2014.

To apply visit the Redland City Council website or phone 3829 8912.

 

Mayoral Prayer Breakfast 2014

Friday 29 August 2014

Redlands residents are invited to join community and business leaders for the Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards local school chaplaincy programs.

To purchase tickets phone RPAC: 3829 8131 or visit the RPAC website.

 

Free suppliers briefing

Do you own a business in the Redlands area? Come and find out about procurement, business opportunities and tips for submitting tenders and quotes.

When: Thursday 28 August 2014, 10am – 12pm
Where: Capalaba Place Hall, Capalaba Library, 14 – 16 Noeleen St
RSVP: 3829 8414 or email beverley.bancroft@redland.qld.gov.au by 27 August.

 

Rates notice due soon

Tuesday 12 August 2014

After the due date, interest will accrue at 11% per annum, compound interest calculated on daily balances. A full list of payment options is on the front of your rates notice.

If you didn’t receive your rates notice, have moved address or you would like to discuss your payment options, please phone 3829 8999.

 

New local laws

Have your say: 13 August – 8 October 2014

Council has completed a review of our local laws. Have your say on any provisions – changed or otherwise – from 13 August to 8 October.

All details will be updated on Council’s website by 13 August. Please note the current web information is not final and can only be used as a guide.

 

Water meter readings

Time to cut back the carnations! This week we are reading water meters in Cleveland and on Macleay and Lamb islands. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

 

Open meetings

General meeting – Wednesday 20 August, 9.30am

Ribbon to be cut on Macleay Island Skate Park


The ribbon will be cut on the $500,000 Macleay Island community skate park on Saturday 31 May and everyone is invited.

The event will include skaters, showing what the new facility is capable of, as well as live music and give-aways.

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The opening event kicks off at 10am at the skate park on the corner of High Central Road and Scarborough Terrace.

The skate park is designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced users and features ramps, steps and grind walls for skaters, scooter and BMX riders.

Event details:

Saturday 31 May 2014, 10am – 2pm
Corner High Central Road and Scarborough Terrace, Macleay Island
Skaters, scooter and BMX riders, live music and jams.

 

City of islands to host unique forum


The benefits of living in an island community will be discussed when the Redlands hosts the first South East Queensland Island Forum next week.

Redland City Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (Division 5) Mark Edwards said the unique forum would focus on topics specific to island communities.

“This forum is an opportunity for locals who live, work or play on any of our islands to discuss issues that affect them and ways to benefit from belonging to an island community,” he said.

“Topics to be discussed include tourism, transport and local economies, which are all subjects that are critical to the success of island communities.

“The Redlands is known as a city of islands so what better place for the first forum of this kind to be hosted?”

Being held from Monday 24 February to Wednesday 26 February, the forum will be on North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay Islands.

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Craig Ogilvie said it was a privilege for the Redlands to host the inaugural forum.

“Guest speakers at the forum will include representatives from Kangaroo Island and Magnetic Island as well as tourism and cultural specialists from the Redlands; so there will be a wealth of knowledge on hand,” he said.

“When people mention island communities we generally think of the picturesque coast lines and holiday locations.

“While this is a key part of island communities there are other characteristics including cultural and environmental that create a unique community on many islands.”

The forum is being supported by Council along with Southern Cross University, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Straddie Chamber of Commerce and Straddie Camping

Topics include:

  • Sustainable islands tourism.
  • Transport – Crossing that crucial gap.
  • Cultural tourism.
  • How much buy-in does tourism need from the community beyond those in tourism, and how to get it.
  • The economics of autonomous islands – Can you make it alone?
  • The rents of paradise – What to do with Island economies?
  • Islands and indigenous business opportunities.

Speakers include:

  • Jayne Bates, Mayor of Kangaroo Island
  • David Thomson, general manager, Transit Systems and chairman of Straddie Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dr Michael Kortt, Southern Cross University Economist specialising in local government economics.
  • Karen Williams, Mayor of Redland City.
  • Cameron Costello, CEO of Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Lorna Hempstead, Magnetic Island Community Development Association Inc.
  • Dr Howard Guille, Stradbroke Centre for Island Learning.

Macleay Island Boat Ramp and foreshore redevelopment


A recent media item has wrongly reported that Council has ruled out a community based proposal for the capping to the low water mark of asbestos contaminated land at 14-22 Russell Terrace, Macleay Island for parking.

Council has not ruled out the proposal and the community based option (Community LAT Plan) is expected to be one of the options to be formally presented in a report to Council next month.

State funding of $600,000 was allocated to the previous Redland City Council towards the construction of a recreational boat ramp to the west of the current commercial ferry facility and adjacent to the land in question.

State funding is based on the existing ramp location proposal and the drawdown of funding for construction by 2014-15 financial year.

Council’s 2013-14 capital budget has also allocated funds for the design of the boat ramp (Stage 1) and car park (stage 2) under existing proposals.

Council is unable undertake foreshore works without State approval.

State approval is pending for the construction of the sea wall to the high water mark. Any proposal for the extension of these works to the low water mark would require a new application and the likelihood of the State’s support is unknown.

At this stage, the Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry has only provided in-principle support for a works application to be submitted for the selective filling of the asbestos affected land within the mangrove area to highest astronomical tide.

Council expects to consider all the issues when the officer’s report is formally presented to Council, along with any budgetary impacts of the various options.

Council Budget delivers for SMBI residents


Redland City Council will effectively neutralise the financial impact of new TransLink services for the majority Southern Moreton Bay Island residents as part of its 2013-14 Budget.

Mayor Karen Williams said a reduction in the infrastructure component of general rates would offset the cost of extending the transport network from July 1.

“I am happy to announce that the extension of the TransLink network to the SMBI – and its subsequent boost to property values and connectivity – will come without an additional cost impact for the majority of islanders,” Cr Williams said.

“The extension of the TransLink network to the SMBI is the best thing that has happened to the islands, and islanders, for years.

“To make this happen after years of lobbying without success, we had to make a contribution to the Government, via a special charge.

“This is a win-win for islanders – they get the enormous advantages of cheaper travel via TransLink and accessibility to and from the SMBI and we have found a way to absorb the cost.

“The Budget offsets the levy cost of $85.46 on island properties by reducing the infrastructure component of rates by a similar amount.”

Cr Williams made the announcement when handing down Council’s 2013-14 Budget on Thursday 27 June, which included the lowest rates rise in South East Queensland.

“By absorbing many external costs rather than passing them on to ratepayers, we are able to hand down a Budget that includes a modest headline rates increase of only 1.43 per cent increase,” she said.

“For the average Redlands property this equates to 66 cents per week or about the price of a postage stamp.”

Cr Williams said it was a 3Rs Budget:

  • It is responsive to the needs of residents and the cost of living pressures they are facing.
  • It is realistic in its objectives, balancing the needs of the community with the ability to pay for projects to set the foundations for the future
  • It is responsible in its fiscal commitments, planning for the future of the city by keeping debt down.

“We are again focusing on the basics – putting our residents first and delivering the services they want,” she said.

Division Five Councillor Mark Edwards said SMBI residents would benefit from several key projects included in this year’s Budget.

“This includes all-ability access to the Lamb Island public toilets, which will include a new pathway to and around the public toilet, as well as infrastructure upgrades and improved lighting,” he said.

“Temporary pedestrian access will be provided to the jetty terminal and temporary toilets will be provided for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of July, weather permitting.

“Other Budget items for SMBI include almost $760,000 to upgrade the Macleay Island Ramp Park, car park and boat ramp.

“Pontoons on Macleay and Russell islands will also be upgraded and $2 million has been set aside for future SMBI road projects.”

Some of the SMBI projects included in the 2013-14 Budget:

• Russell Island boat ramp upgrade: $370,000
• Russell Island pontoon upgrade: $40,000
• Russell Island Hall redevelopment: $50,000
• Macleay Island boat ramp upgrade: $412,500
• Macleay Island Bowls Club beach access ramp: $7500
• Macleay Island Bowls Club seawall: $20,000
• Macleay Island ramp park: $499,999.50
• Macleay Island ramp car park: $200,000
• Macleay Island boat ramp: $60,000
• Macleay Island pontoon upgrade: $50,000
• Macleay Island barge ramp (facility renewal): $40,000
• Karragarra Island beach access ramp: $7500
• Bay Islands capital Infrastructure Fund: $67,900
• Future SMBI road projects: $1,000,000
• SMBI road upgrade program: $1,000,000

 

Redland City islands to get disaster plans


Each Redland City island is to get its own disaster management plan, Mayor Karen Williams said today.

Cr Williams said the Southern Moreton Bay Islands would be priorities, with North Stradbroke and Coochiemudlo islands to follow.

“The recent Australia Day weekend storms and their aftermath, and fires on North Stradbroke Island, drove home to us the need to be prepared for such events,” she said.

“We were able to take the first steps to ensuring our island communities are better prepared for events with successful resilient forums on Macleay and Russell islands yesterday (Thursday, 14 March).

“The necessary next steps are to prepare plans for each of the islands, and then to have those plans in place before October, the traditional start of the fire and storm seasons.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards, who proposed the forums, said the message was simple: be prepared for the likelihood of up to five days’ isolation on the islands.

“We had hundreds of people on the islands who were without power for up to five days, after an initial period of isolation from the mainland because of the weather,” he said.

“The reality is we all tend to take things for granted, and to be complacent at times.

“There is a particular need for our isolated island communities to prepare themselves and it was important that we followed up the lessons of the storms quickly, while the impact was fresh in people’s minds.

“I think the exercise on the islands was very worthwhile, and the informal format worked tremendously well. I have no doubt it can be the model for discussions/planning on other islands.

“The fact Council officers were joined by representatives from Police, Ambulance, SES, QFRS, Emergency Management Queensland, the Department of Communities, Red Cross and Energex lent to the credibility of the occasion.”

Cr Williams said the information/education forums were especially designed for islanders.

“We had a steady flow of residents through each forum. It was pleasing to see a number of visitors from neighbouring Lamb and Karragarra islands, and particularly pleasing to see the number of people who completed household emergency plans at the forums,” she said.

“I am confident we got the message about the need to be prepared though to those who attended. I know one woman was going to ensure her whole street was prepared.”Resilience

People can still have their say by completing the online survey on Council’s website until 1 April 2013. Link is: www.redland.qld.gov.au/Haveyoursay/Engagements