Monthly Archives: January 2014

Call to visit Straddie, Main Beach and campgrounds reopening


Friday, 10 January 2014 as at 2pm.

The sky is blue, the water crystal clear and the ocean views as breathtaking as ever. Redland City Council invites you to visit Straddie! The world’s second largest sand island is well and truly open for business after almost two weeks of bushfires. Not only will you have a wonderful break, you’ll be helping Straddie businesses that have been affected by the bushfire at their busiest time.

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Redland City Council, Straddie Chamber of Commerce and tourism operators are calling on tourists to put visiting North Stradbroke Island on the top of their holiday ‘to do’ list now that it is ‘open for business’.

Redland City Destination Management spokesperson Cr Craig Ogilvie – whose Division includes Straddie – encouraged people to consider going to the island for a day trip or holiday.

“The bushfire is now under control and the island is open for business,” he said.

“You can now do the local community a favour, and do yourself a favour, by visiting the island.

“I encourage everyone to visit for the day or longer. From many areas of the island including Point Lookout and Amity Point you wouldn’t even know there has been a fire.

“Straddie is the second largest sand island in the world and is absolutely glorious.”

Straddie Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Thomson said operators had been affected by the fire at the busiest time of the year.

“There is plenty of space on the ferries and with accommodation providers for those who can come over to the island,” Mr Thomson said.

“Your visit will help operators on Straddie as well as be a fantastic experience for anyone who visits.”

Cr Ogilvie said there are still some active fires on the island near Brown Lake but these fires are burning within containment lines and pose no threat to life or property.

“Two teams of arborists have been working on the island to assist emergency crews with risk-assessment of burnt trees and limbs and this work will continue over the weekend.

“Main Beach south of the causeway and the Main Beach campgrounds will reopen tomorrow at 8am. Access to the Main Beach campgrounds will be through George Nothling Way as Alfred Martin Way (formerly Tazi Road and also known as Trans Island Road) remains closed.

“Brown Lake, Blue Lake and Keyholes remain closed.

“All the beaches on Straddie are open and beautiful, as usual.”

Redland City Environment, Waterways and Foreshores spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said wildlife volunteers were on stand-by to deal with an influx of sick and injured animals when North Stradbroke Island officially shifts to recovery-mode.

“I urge motorists to drive carefully as animals including wallabies, kangaroos and koalas are moving into new habitats.

“Council officers and North Stradbroke Island Wildlife Rescue volunteers are ready to provide support to anyone who finds a sick, injured or distressed animal – the number to call is 0407 766 052.

“Wildlife rangers at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre have advised that animal injuries including smoke inhalation, burnt feet and general exposure are expected to be common.

“Research shows there are 599 native plant species on North Stradbroke Island, 14 of them classified as ‘threatened’ or ‘near threatened’.

“Studies also show that there are 18 species of native land mammals on Straddie including wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and koalas as well as 16 species of reptiles, mainly snakes.”

The fires, which were sparked by lightning on 29 December 2013, have razed more than 16,000 hectares of the 28,000-hectare iconic island.

No residential areas are within the burn area and there have been no injuries or fatalities.

The latest updates on the North Stradbroke Island fire situation are posted on the Redland City Council and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) websites and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Straddie Bushfire Update – Operations still ongoing


Thursday 9 January 2014 as at 10.30am

Fire crews overnight monitored fires burning in inaccessible country and strengthened containment lines in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island. They also monitored for any breakouts in the area.

Rain overnight was not enough to extinguish the fire but cooler weather today will help firefighters.

Water bombing commenced again this morning at the southern end of the island to help ease the fires.

The fire is not threatening any properties but is causing a large smoke haze towards the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by.

Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and check with Council and Queensland Police Service as there is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.

Road closures are still in place along Alfred Martin Way (also known as Tazi Rd), although access to the golf course is still permitted

Brown Lake, Blue Lake and Key Holes also remain closed.

Tree removal will be occurring along East Coast road today, with traffic management from the Queensland Police Service.

Visitors are encouraged to check with their accommodation provider before travelling to the island. Those planning to camp at Main Beach should contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668, via email on info@straddiecamping.com.au or visit the Straddie Camping Facebook page for specific information.

Straddie Bushfire Update


As of 3pm:

There are no reported injuries or fatalities on North Stradbroke Island.

Fire crews remain on the scene at a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise that firefighters are hopeful that water bombing from two fixed wing aircraft on a fire at the southern end of the island around Native Companion Lagoon and aerial water bombing a fire at Brown Lake will have eased the situation. A helicopter is also being used for air observations.

The fire is not threatening any properties and is burning within containment lines.

The fire is causing a large smoke haze, with a south-easterly wind pushing smoke towards the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by.

Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and check with Council and Queensland Police Service as there is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.

Alfred Martin Way (also known as Tazi Road) will remain closed until tree felling can be undertaken in the Brown Lake area and all tracks are rendered safe. Redland City Council will send tree crews to the island tomorrow morning to undertake this work. An arborist is now on the island to assist emergency crews with risk-assessment of burnt trees and limbs to ensure public safety.

Brown Lake and Blue Lake remain closed.

The Dunwich Airport remains closed so that emergency services can use the airspace for aerial water bombing operations.

Main Beach south of the causeway remains closed.

The golf course has been reopened and people are being permitted on Alfred Martin Way to use the golf course.

Traffic is slowed in areas on East Coast Road, but the road remains opened.

Visitors are encouraged to check with their accommodation provider before travelling to the island. Those planning to camp at Main Beach should contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668, via email on info@straddiecamping.com.au or visit the Straddie Camping Facebook page for specific information.

Straddie bushfire updates: Wednesday 8 January


3.30pm – General update on Straddie bushfire

There are no reported injuries or fatalities on North Stradbroke Island.

Fire crews remain on the scene at a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island … [Read more >>]

 

 

2.30pm – An update on Brown Lake (North Stradbroke Island) bushfires from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service – QFES

Fire crews remain on scene at a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island. Firefighters are hopeful that water bombing from two fixed wing aircraft on a fire on the southern end of the island around Native Companion Lagoon and a helitack bombing a fire at Brown Lake will have eased the situation. A helicopter is also being used for air observations. The fire is not threatening any properties but is causing a large smoke haze, with a south-easterly wind pushing smoke towards the southern bay islands. Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and check with the Local Council and Queensland Police Service (QPS) as there is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.

 

10.45am – Update on closures

  • Alfred Martin Way (also known as Tazi Road) remains closed, including Brown Lake
  • The Airport remains closed
  • Main Beach south of the causeway remains closed.
  • The golf course has been reopened and people are being permitted on Alfred Martin Way to use the golf course.
  • Traffic is slowed in areas on East Coast Road, but the road remains opened.

Camping: Visitors are encouraged to check with their accommodation provider before travelling to the island. Those planning to camp at Main Beach should contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668, via email on info@straddiecamping.com.au or visit the Straddie Camping facebook page for specific information.

 

10am – An update on the Straddie fire from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) crews continue to fight a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island. QFES crews advise that there is also a number of small fires on the southern end of North Stradbroke Island which are causing a large smoke haze, affecting southern bay islands, including Russell and Macleay Island. The fires are not threatening any property. Water bombing operations are expected to take place throughout the day. This will be concentrated on fires that are inaccessible by fire crews. Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and check with the Local Council and Queensland Police Service (QPS) as there is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.

 

9am – The Watch and Act Message for North Stradbroke Island has been cancelled

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Rural Fire Service Queensland crews continue their efforts to fight a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island [Read more >>]

 

6.45am – An update on the Straddie fire from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) crews continue their efforts to fight a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island. Fire crews were successful in protecting properties in the Myora Springs and Gatumba Street area yesterday and worked throughout the night to strengthen containment lines in and around these areas. Water bombing operations will commence at 7am today and this will be concentrated on fires, which are unreachable by fire crews. There is currently no threat to property, however the fire is producing a large smoke haze. Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and check with the Local Council and Queensland Police Service (QPS) as there is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.

The Watch and Act Message for North Stradbroke Island has been cancelled


Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Rural Fire Service Queensland crews continue their efforts to fight a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island.

Fire crews were successful in protecting properties in the Myora Springs and Gatumba Street area yesterday and worked throughout the night to strengthen containment lines in and around these areas.

Water bombing operations commenced at 7am today and is concentrated on fires which are unreachable by crews on the ground.

There is currently no threat to property, however the fire is producing a large smoke haze.

Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed and, if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by.

Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and check with Council and the Queensland Police Service as there is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.

Motorists are also urged to drive carefully as a result of increased numbers of native animals on the roads. The animals, including wallabies and koalas, have been displaced by the bushfire and are moving to new locations.

The evacuation centre at Dunwich Community Hall is now closed.

Ferry services to and from Straddie are back to normal.

Watch and Act message CANCELLED


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has cancelled the watch and act message for the area around the Myora Springs on Straddie, below is the announcement from QFES.

The WATCH and ACT Message for #Stradbroke Island has been CANCELLED and the following information is current as at 8.15pm.

BROWN LAKE (North Stradbroke Island) – bushfire, Multiple #QFES and #RFSQ crews are at the scene of a large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island. Fire crews were successful with their efforts to fight the blaze this afternoon, and are currently blackening out and mopping up from Myora Springs up to Brown Lake. Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night, including along Gatumba Street and East Coast Road. Significant helicopter waterbombing was conducted today, and is expected to continue tomorrow morning. There is currently no threat to property, however the fire is producing a large smoke haze. Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution.

Reduced ferry services to Straddie – Tuesday 7 January


2.30pm Tuesday 7 January – REDUCED FERRY SERVICES TO STRADDIE

Due to windy conditions that affect loading and unloading passengers at Dunwich, Stradbroke Ferries’ fast walk on ferry is no longer operating this afternoon. In addition, only one vehicle barge is operating, the Quandamooka. The Big Red Cat is not operating. The Quandamooka will continue to run as long as conditions are suitable. It is planned to leave Cleveland at 4pm and 6pm and depart Dunwich at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. There are no other vehicle barges. The Stradbroke Flyer (Gold Cats) for walk on passengers docks at One Mile at Dunwich and is still operating as usual.

 

Straddie bushfire update: Tuesday 7 January


3pm – Tuesday 7 January

The Queensland Rural Fire Service reports that:

In addition to the Watch and Act Message for Stradbroke Island, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises multiple crews are responding to a bushfire currently burning in inaccessible country in the vicinity of Brown Lake. Crews are monitoring the situation and water bombing aircraft will be utilised. The fire may cause a significant smoke and ash hazard in the Amity Point area. People are advised to avoid the area due to the heavy smoke, which is making visibility on roads very poor. Residents are asked to close their windows and doors and keep their medication close by if susceptible to respiratory illness. Motorists should also take care and drive to conditions.

 

2.30pm Tuesday 7 January – REDUCED FERRY SERVICES TO STRADDIE

Due to windy conditions that affect loading and unloading passengers at Dunwich, Stradbroke Ferries’ fast walk on ferry is no longer operating this afternoon. In addition, only one vehicle barge is operating, the Quandamooka. The Big Red Cat is not operating. The Quandamooka will continue to run as long as conditions are suitable. It is planned to leave Cleveland at 4pm and 6pm and depart Dunwich at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. There are no other vehicle barges. The Stradbroke Flyer (Gold Cats) for walk on passengers docks at One Mile at Dunwich and is still operating as usual.

 

1.20pm Tuesday 7 January

IMPORTANT WATCH AND ACT ISSUED for #Straddie by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, please read on

WATCH and ACT Message for #StradbrokeIsland. QFES is advising residents in the vicinity of Myora Springs and Gatumba Street, North Stradbroke Island to start enacting their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.

At 12:30pm a large bushfire was located near Brown Lake and is heading towards the Myora Springs area fanned by 50-60km/hour south-easterly winds.

The large, fast moving bushfire is travelling in a north-westerly direction and is expected to impact the area of Myora Springs in the next 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.

Residents are strongly advised to be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required. Leaving is the safest option for survival in a bushfire.

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

Currently, multiple fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may 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.

 

 

9.10am Tuesday 7 January

Main Beach south of the causeway and Main Beach camp grounds remain closed. The airport and lakes (Blue, Brown, Keyholes) remain closed. There is an open fire ban in place.

While North Stradbroke is open for visitors, there are still active fires and closures of roads, lakes and camp grounds.

Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing has also this morning issued a direction for “no open fires or campfires on North Stradbroke Island” until further notice. This is an enforceable direction.

Alfred Martin Way (formerly Tazi Road), Brown Lake, Blue Lake, Keyholes, the airstrip and Main Beach south of the causeway (including the camp grounds) are currently closed.

There are still active fires in those areas along Alfred Martin Way. Crews are currently in the areas fighting the fires.

If you are planning to camp on Main Beach, contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668 or via email on info@straddiecamping.com.au visit the Straddie Camping Facebook page for specific information.

East Coast Road is open, however there are active fires in this area and near Yarraman Mine Road.

There is no current threat to people or property.

There have been no injuries or homes lost to the fire, which began on 29 December.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES are conducting aerial surveillance this morning to see full picture of fire.

The rain yesterday afternoon assisted the firefighting effort.

The emergency situation declared by the Queensland Police Service for the island under the Public Safety Presesrvation Act was revoked yesterday afternoon by police.

Residents and visitors are urged to be careful on the island and follow directions of emergency services personnel.

Continue to stay up to date by following our Facebook, Twitter and news site updates.

North Stradbroke bushfire updates live: Tuesday 7 January 2014


We will be updating this page with all of the latest updates about Straddie on Tuesday 7 January 2014.

9.00pm

Watch and act message CANCELLED for Straddie

2.30pm

New update: Reduced ferry services to Straddie – Tuesday 7 January

1.20pm

New update: Straddie bushfire update: Tuesday 7 January

9.10am

New update: Straddie bushfire update: 9.10am Tuesday 7 January

  • Main Beach south of the causeway and Main Beach camp grounds remain closed. The airport and lakes (Blue, Brown, Keyholes) remain closed.
  • Alfred Martin Way (Tazi Road) closed. East Coast Road is open, however there are active fires in this area and near Yarraman Mine Road.
  • There is an open fire ban in place.
  • There is no current threat to people or property.
  • While North Stradbroke is open for visitors, there are still active fires. Residents and visitors are urged to be careful on the island and follow directions of emergency services personnel.
  • Read the update in full Straddie bushfire update: 9.10am Tuesday 7 January

7.30am

New update: Straddie open for business and visitors: 7.30am Tuesday 7 JanuaryNorth Stradbroke Island is open for business and visitors as of today following more than a week of severe bushfires. Visitors and residents should be aware that some roads may continue to be impacted by operations of emergency services. 

Straddie open for business and visitors: 7.30am Tuesday 7 January


North Stradbroke Island is open for business and visitors as of today following more than a week of severe bushfires.

Emergency Services this morning lifted their advisory around non-essential travel to the island.

Visitors and residents should be aware that some roads may continue to be impacted by operations of emergency services.

Visitors are encouraged to check with their accommodation provider before travelling to the island. Those planning to camp at Main Beach should contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668, via email on info@straddiecamping.com.au or visit the Straddie Camping facebook page for specific information.

Yesterday’s rain assisted the firefighting effort however some fires are still burning.

There is no current threat to people or property.

The emergency situation declared by the Queensland Police Service for the island under the Public Safety Presesrvation Act was revoked yesterday afternoon by police.

Links to further info on our news site news.redland.qld.gov.au

Straddie waste collection update for today http://bit.ly/1cEKPim
Redland City Disaster Plan: Islands of Moreton Bayhttp://bit.ly/1cwNT3n
Fire fight a team effort http://bit.ly/JZkzby