Monthly Archives: February 2013

Storm season continues – be prepared


Redland residents are again being urged to prepare for another lashing from Mother Nature, after a severe weather warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

The BOM warning predicts damaging winds up to 100km per hour over the next 24 hours, with the heaviest of the rainfall probably behind us.

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SEQ Water also advised today that it had started releasing water from Leslie Harrison Dam before it reached full capacity to reduce future flooding.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that strong winds and higher than average tides, and resulting inundation, were now our main concern.

“Council crews have sand bags and sand available from the South St depot in Thornlands and on Russell and Macleay Island,” Cr Williams said.

To prepare for storms, residents should:

  • Move their car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Residents are encouraged to listen to 612 ABC Radio and monitor Council’s website (www.redland.qld.gov.au), Facebook and Twitter.

Council’s post-storm cleanup well under way


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams today thanked residents for having their clean green waste on the footpath and ready for Council’s last round of post-storm kerbside collections.

Cr Williams said that Council crews had been very busy cleaning up after the wild weather resulting from ex-cyclone Oswald.

“Our free city-wide green waste kerbside collection is progressing well – as of today our crews have completed collections in Mount Cotton, Coochiemudlo Island, Dunwich, Thorneside, Lamb Island and Russell Island and as of Friday (15 February), a whopping 2600 cubic metres of green waste has been collected for mulching,” Cr Williams said.

“Collections are currently under way at Wellington Point, Capalaba, Point Lookout, Birkdale, Macleay Island, Victoria Point and Thornlands.”

Collection crews are yet to reach Ormiston, Amity Point, Sheldon, Alexandra Hills, Cleveland, Redland Bay and Karragarra Islands.

In addition to the free green waste kerbside collection, Council crews have already cleared most roads of debris and are currently cleaning beaches, parks and fire trails and tracks within our conservation reserves.

Cr Williams said Council mowing crews were continuing to work on Saturdays.

“The Redlands is looking decidedly lush with all the recent rain,” she said.

“If we haven’t got to you or your suburb yet, rest assured, we will over the coming weeks.”

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND DANGEROUS SURF: 9am Tuesday 19 February


The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and dangerous surf conditions in Southeast Queensland.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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For further information, please view the weather warning on the BOM website
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20032.html

Free green waste kerbside collection update: Monday 18 February


Our free green waste kerbside collection across Redland City is progressing well – so far our crews have completed collections in Mount Cotton, Coochiemudlo Island, Dunwich, Thorneside, Lamb Island and Russell Island.

We are still working through Wellington Point, Capalaba, Point Lookout and Birkdale. Collections started today at Macleay Island, Victoria Point and Thornlands.

Weather permitting, we will start picking up green waste in the coming days in Ormiston, followed by Amity Point, Alexandra Hills, Cleveland, Redland Bay and Karragarra Island.

Thank you for your patience 🙂

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING FOR HEAVY RAINFALL – 9.20am Monday 18 February


The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) advises a developing east coast low will bring heavy rainfall to the Brisbane region, including Redland City, over the next 24-36 hours.

The heavy rain may lead to flash flooding – 24 hour totals of up to 100 to 200mm are likely and isolated totals in excess of 200mm are possible.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For further information, please view the weather warning on the BOM website
http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20032.html

Time to deliver on Cleveland CBD revitalisation: Mayor


It is time to stop the talk and start delivering the much-mooted Cleveland CBD redevelopment, Mayor Karen Williams told the first meeting of the Cleveland CBD Revitalisation Committee today.

Councillor Williams, who chaired the meeting, said Council was determined to work with stakeholders to bring the project to fruition.

Cleveland

“Today is the day we start to take action,” she said.

“Redland City is an important part of south-east Queensland, and Cleveland is a vital and unique part of Redland City.

“There has been talk about the Cleveland CBD rejuvenation for over a decade. We need to do this right, and we need to do it now.

“We have an open mind and an open door, a work plan and we will be out there building relationships with stakeholders.

“This is about action now, not about pretty pictures.”

The special committee established to drive the revitalisation project comprises the Mayor as Chair and Councillors Murray Elliott (infrastructure portfolio chair), Craig Ogilvie (Division 2 Councillor and destination management and CBD activation portfolio chair), Julie Talty (planning and development portfolio chair) and Mark Edwards (corporate services portfolio chair).

Cr Ogilvie said: “I am confident that Cleveland will emerge from the economic doldrums, and challenge from the newer Victoria Point, to be the place to work, play and live in the Redlands.”

The committee today viewed a presentation on the Cleveland Centre Master Plan and another on the proposed investment incentives package, which expanded on the announcement by Mayor Williams at a development forum in October last year.

“Cleveland needs more people to generate commercial and retail activity. The committee is determined to work with stakeholders to deliver this and we will use the Master Plan as a guide,” Cr Williams said.

“I have already had discussions with key stakeholders, including Stockland, who have indicated an interest in being part of the revitalisation, and with Government Ministers to convince them to relocate government offices to Cleveland.

“We also acknowledge that Council’s need for office space could be a catalyst for investment.

“Importantly, we have put the Cleveland CBD forward to the government as a potential Priority Development Area under the new Economic Development Act.”

Cr Williams said the incentives package was aimed at potential investors, particularly in the education, health and tourism sectors.

“We want to work with the industry to deliver the goals of the Master Plan. At the same time we acknowledge that Cleveland is unique and we want to ensure its special and natural appeal is enhanced,” she said.

“Council cannot overcome all the external factors that influence investment but we can do a lot to show people that our door is open, that we are willing to be flexible, and that we want their business.

“We are confident our incentives package sends the right message, and may be the difference between projects going ahead, or slipping by the wayside.”

Subject to endorsement by Council on 27 February, the package will be in place from March 2013 through to June 2015.

The Cleveland CBD Revitalisation Committee will meet every two months.

 

Weed of the Week: Cabomba


Weeds can have a significant impact on our environment as well as create additional management costs to Council.

Council encourages residents to learn more about weeds including how to identify and manage them in your own backyard. To help residents learn more we’ll be providing information a ‘Weed a Week’ every Wednesday up until the end of March.

We need the help of residents to stop the spread of weeds as they don’t discriminate between property boundaries. Keeping an eye out for weeds and removing them is important in stopping them from increasing their territory in the Redlands.

Weeds can have a number of negative impacts including:

• damage to our natural, agricultural, water and coastal systems;
• impact on agriculture and the poisoning of animals;
• changing our biodiversity by out-competing native plants and degrading wildlife habitat;
• impact on recreational activities and our gardens; and
• increase of fire hazard in bushland areas.

Weed of the Week

Name: Cabomba

Scientific name: Cabomba caroliniana

Why is the weed a problem: Cabomba is listed as a Weed of National Significance and is considered one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential spread and economic and environmental impacts.

How to identify: An aquatic weed with stems growing up to 10m long. The leaves form fan shaped structures.

How to manage: Prevention is the best form of control.  It is important to treat infestations as soon as they are identified.  Mechanical or manual control, ensuring you remove and destroy all parts of the plants, is suitable for small infestations. For more information, please contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Image credit to Abyss Diving

Image credit to Abyss Diving

For those who want to have weed information at their fingertips ‘The Weeds of Southern Queensland’ guide  developed by the Weed Society of Queensland is also now available from the Apple App Store.