Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cleveland train incident report


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its preliminary report on the collision at Cleveland Station on 31 January 2013.

Both a summary of findings and the full report can be read on ATSB’s website http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2013/rair/ro-2013-005.aspx

A media statement from the Queensland Government Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Scott Emerson, can be read at http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2013/3/13/federal-investigation-rules-trains-safe

Cleveland train incident

Weed of the Week: Madeira vine


Name: Madeira vine

Scientific name: Anredera cordifolia

How to identify the weed: A long-lived vine capable of climbing 30m into the canopy.  Its reddish stems have alternately arranged fleshy, heart-shaped leaves.  When mature, the stems produce warty aerial tubers at each node, which germinate on contact with the ground. This vine produces masses of drooping, cream flower clusters with dozens of tiny star-shaped flowers in each cluster.

Why is the weed a problem: This is a highly invasive plant, capable of quickly smothering and destroying native vegetation.  It is particularly problematic in moist forests, rainforest margins and riparian habitats, where it can quickly engulf the canopy.  This vine deprives native vegetation of light, resulting in death of native species and prevention of regeneration.  It is easily spread by aerial tubers which fall nearby to the parent plants and can be translocated during floods.  It is also capable of spreading short distances through the spread of underground rhizomes.

How to manage the weed: Chemical treatment is the most effective means of control. Hand removal is also effective for small infestations. It is important to collect and bag any aerial tubers and to dispose of these appropriately. Regularly revisit the site to apply a suitable foliar herbicide to any regenerating plants. For more information, please contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Interesting facts: In moist environments, Madeira vine can grow up to a metre a week!  It is also suspected of poisoning livestock and the sap may cause irritation.

Anredera cordifolia flowers Anredera-cordifolia

Amendment to animal management Local Law – have your say!


Council is urging residents to have their say now about proposed local law changes that include relaxing dog restrictions in two of the city’s parks.

The proposed amendments to Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) would:

  • permit dogs on-leash at W.H. Yeo Park, Victoria Point and at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (dogs are currently prohibited at W.H. Yeo Park at all times and at Wellington Point Reserve on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
  • add the current off-leash exercise area adjacent to the Redlands Softball Park at Sturgeon Street, Ormiston (This area is fenced and Council has completed a successful dog off-leash trial there.).
  • remove two designated off-leash exercise areas at Flinders Beach and Amity Point North Stradbroke Island (these areas are now part of the Minjerribah Recreation Area and Council has relinquished its trusteeship of this State land).

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Division 1 Cr Wendy Boglary welcomed Council’s decision to amend the Local Law that could see dog owners walk their dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on weekends and public holidays, saying that the dog ban had been put in place a number of years ago and needed to be updated to reflect modern lifestyles.

“An increasing number of people walk in the early mornings, late afternoons and nights. Having their dogs on-leash presents no real public safety concerns during these times – the original reason for the restriction,” Cr Boglary said.

To have your say, written submissions must be received at Council by 26 March 2013 stating your support or opposition to the proposed amendment, and the reasons you support your view. A decision is expected at the Council meeting 17 April 2013.

Send your written submission to:
Chief Executive Officer
Redland City Council
PO Box 21
Cleveland QLD 4163

Copies of the proposed repealing local law are available on our website or for inspection and purchase at Council’s public office at Cnr Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information please contact (07) 3829 8591.

Council urges residents to have a 3-5 day emergency plan


In light of the Australia Day weekend’s Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and in preparation for future severe weather events, Redland City Council urges residents to plan for emergency situations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was encouraging residents and businesses to have a 3-5 day emergency plan in place for their homes, families and work premises.

“It is extremely important for community members to be prepared for severe weather events and emergencies in case they become isolated or are without power for an extended time,” Cr Williams said.

“The standard recommendation is a three-day plan, but given the isolation of our islands, we strongly encourage people in these communities to have a complete five-day emergency plan.”

Precautions include making an emergency kit containing your emergency plan; non-perishable food; bottled water; first aid and toiletries; battery operated torches and radios; spare clothing; knives and other tools; pet needs and original or certified copies of important documents.

Cr Williams said emergency events unfolded rapidly and it was often too late to make safety preparations once a storm, flood or fire was on its way.

“Council has information on its website to help people create an emergency plan and I strongly encourage residents to take advantage of this resource,” Cr Williams said.

For more information on preparing an emergency plan visit our Redland Disaster Hub website.

To support community preparedness, Council will host two face-to-face community forums this Thursday (14 March) to discuss the unique challenges that island communities face during emergencies.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ (SMBI) Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums would be a great opportunity for residents and businesses to discuss how residents, Council, emergency services, residents and businesses can be best prepared.”

“The community forums will also provide residents with an opportunity to speak with government and community services; create household emergency plans; and participate in island map plotting activities,” Cr Edwards said.

“Council is pleased to host these forums in partnership with Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Queensland Ambulance, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Emergency Management Queensland, Department of Communities, Red Cross, Energex and Telstra.

“I encourage our island community members to come along to one of the community forums or have their say at Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au until 1 April 2013.”

SMBI Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums

Macleay Island
12:30pm – 3:30 pm
Macleay Island Community Centre Hall
Corner of Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island

and

Russell Island
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Russell Island Recreation Hall
1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island

RSVPs are not required.

If you can’t make it to a community forum, you can complete an online survey on our website, or call 3829 8874 and ask for a copy of the survey until 1 April 2013.

 

Free e-waste recycling event from Friday until Sunday


Do you have unused TVs or computer items that you would like to dispose of safely?

From Friday until Sunday, we are holding a free disposal event for householders, small businesses and schools to surrender e-waste items.

Time: 9am-4pm
Dates: Friday 15 March, Saturday 16 March, Sunday 17 March
Venue: Redland Performing Arts Centre carpark, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
Further information: Contact RedWaste on 1300 362 03.

Sewer inspection works – Victoria Point


Redland Water has started urgent work to inspect the sanitary sewers in the Victoria Point area. This work aims to indentify sources of water infiltration to the sewerage network during wet weather. This infiltration causes excessive load on the pumping and treatment infrastructure.

The inspection will be carried out using Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment – a non-invasive method that does not require any excavation. Council will need to enter some properties in Victoria Point in order to access sewer maintenance holes and insert and retrieve the CCTV equipment.

When seeking to enter private properties, Council officers and contractors will carry official identification and take care to ensure minimal disruption to residents.

For further information you may contact our customer contact area on 1300 015 561.

Men’s Shed finds a home to renovate


Deputy Mayor Alan Beard today handed members of the Alexandra Hills Men’s Shed a “Permit to Occupy” the old Alexandra Hills Scout Hall – giving the group a new home of its own.

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The group, which has been meeting at the Redlands Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) in Capalaba for more than a year, will renovate the disused William Street hall to comply with building code standards – breathing new life into an existing community venue.

Cr Beard said that for now the hall remained a construction site, but that Council will continue to support the Men’s Shed efforts to convert it into a usable space as well as provide support to the group through accessing training and funding opportunities.

“The popular Men’s Shed program is a growing phenomenon in the Redlands, with groups located throughout the City,” Cr Beard said.

“Open to men of all ages, the program strives to promote improved men’s health, reduce social isolation and strengthen community cohesion whilst providing opportunities to work on practical community projects.

“I am pleased to see the Alexandra Hills Men’s Shed is on the way to having a home of its own.

“It’s been good of the Redland PCYC to accommodate the group but what they really need is their own space. Their current workshop at the PCYC is in a shipping container donated by Linfox – a tight squeeze now that the group’s size has swelled to thirty or more,” he said.

“Once the William Street renovations are complete, the men will be able to come together in their own space, in their own time, to share knowledge, experience and friendship within this group.

“The Alexandra Hills Men’s Shed has a very big restoration job ahead, but this task itself is consistent with the ideals and aspirations of the program.

“I intend to be a regular visitor once restoration is complete and the group has moved into their new home.”

IMPORTANT NOTICE: HAZARDOUS CANISTERS AT STRADDIE


A second canister of Aluminium Phosphide  has been found by National Parks personnel on Main Beach, Stradbroke Island. The first find was at Amity on 27 February.

It is very important that residents or visitors to the island DO NOT TOUCH any canisters. They should contact police on 000 for safe removal of items.

For further information, please view the aluminium phosphide factsheet from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. 

SMBI residents to have their say on emergency planning


Redland City Council is inviting Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ (SMBI) residents to have their say on how Council, emergency services, residents and businesses can be better prepared to respond to severe weather and emergency events on the islands.

Two face-to-face SMBI Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums will be held on Thursday 14 March on Macleay Island (from 12:30pm until 3:30pm) and on Russell Island (from 5:30pm until 8:30pm).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council recognised these island communities faced unique challenges during emergencies.

“The Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald storm event our City experienced over the Australia Day long weekend has highlighted the need for us to work more closely with our SMBI communities on emergency preparedness,” Cr Williams said.

“We know that residents, businesses and community groups on Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra Islands faced hardship during the storm event – and for some days after.

“In some instances this meant island residents were cut off from the mainland, lost power for an extended period or had no access to fuel or fresh food supplies.

“While we can’t control the weather, we can work together with our island communities to plan for future severe weather and emergency events to help make them more resilient.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the community forums were a direct response to requests from island residents for Council and the emergency services to come to Macleay and Russell Islands to meet with them first-hand to hear the concerns and ideas of residents from all islands.

“We’re listening to our Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ communities and they are telling us that more needs to be done by Council and the emergency services to support them in an emergency situation.

“But this exercise isn’t about us listening then doing nothing. We will be providing tailored emergency plans across the individual Southern Moreton Bay Islands before the next storm and fire seasons.

“Council is pleased to host these forums in partnership with members of the Local Disaster Management Group. These include Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Queensland Ambulance, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Emergency Management Queensland, Department of Communities, Red Cross, Energex and Telstra.”

Cr Williams said the forums would also provide residents with an opportunity to speak with local government and state government services; learn about household emergency plans; and participate in island mapping activities.

“I encourage all Southern Moreton Bay Island residents and businesses to come along to a forum
and have their say.

“If you can’t make it to a community forum I encourage you to complete an online survey on
Council’s website or call 3829 8874 and ask for a copy of the survey to
be mailed to you between now and 1 April 2013.”

SMBI Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums details

The forums will be held on Thursday 14 March at:
Macleay Island
12:30pm – 3:30 pm
Macleay Island Community Centre Hall
Corner of Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island

and

Russell Island
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Russell Island Recreation Hall
1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island Residents are not required to RSVP for the community forums but are encouraged to arrive no later than 30 minutes before the end of a forum to ensure they have time to contribute.

12,000 new trees for the Redlands


Redland Mayor Karen Williams this week joined SEQ catchments and Energex to plant new trees at Homestead Park, Mount Cotton, which will restore wildlife habitat.

And on Saturday 23 March the community is invited to pitch in and help to plant trees at a community planting event, hosted by SEQ Catchments and Energex, and including a sausage sizzle.

Cr Williams said the tree planting project highlighted the benefits of working in partnership with other organisations to deliver on-ground results for the Redlands, at no cost to Council.

“It is an important partnership that will deliver value for the community, protect and restore habitats and improve water quality, all of which contribute to keeping our city green and beautiful,” Cr Williams said.

SEQ Catchments Chief Executive Officer Simon Warner said the project aims to provide wildlife corridors between existing bushland areas.

“A total of 12,000 trees, including koala food trees, are being planted over 12 hectares at the site.

“A range of native trees are being planted to replicate what once would have been the natural environment of the area.”

The 23 March planting event is perfect for all ages of the community, with volunteers only needing to spend a couple of hours to restore habitat in the Redlands.

People wanting to help with the planting should bring their own drinking water and wear appropriate sun protection and fully-enclosed shoes. All equipment will be provided.

This project is being delivered by SEQ Catchments in partnership with Redland City Council on behalf of Energex, to meet environmental offset commitments for upgrades to energy distribution networks in the Redland City. This project is one example of Energex’s commitment to meaningful environmental outcomes in south-east Queensland.

Community Planting
When: Saturday 23 May, 9 am – 11.30am
Where: Homestead Park, Mt Cotton.
Parking is off Bohemia Ct, just off Valley Way. From the car park follow the signs 400m to the planting site.

From left to right: Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right:
Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right: Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

From left to right:
Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.