Wellington Point Australia Day arrangements

Special Australia Day parking and management arrangements will operate at popular Wellington Point Recreation Reserve to help ensure celebrations are enjoyed by all park users.

The Redland City Council arrangements include controlled entry to the reserve from 7am to 6pm on Sunday 26 January.

Councillor for the area Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said the assistance of Council officers would make it easier for local families and visitors to enjoy one of the Redlands’ best-loved outdoors destinations.

“Wellington Point is a wonderful spot to spend Australia Day but its popularity means it gets very busy, so special measures are needed to ensure everyone gets to appreciate it,’’ Cr Boglary said.

“Council officers and police will be there to assist and once available parking spaces are full, drivers will be directed to parking spots outside the reserve.

“A free shuttle bus will run from 7am to 6pm along Main Road between the reserve and Wellington Point shops. It will also pick-up from the Wellington Point Community Hall car park on Birkdale Road.’’

Cr Boglary said people would still be allowed to walk dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on the day.

Dogs are also allowed on-leash on the sandbar (that is exposed at low tide) between the reserve and King Island during these times. Between 9am and 4pm dogs are prohibited.

The reserve’s popular boat launching ramp will continue to be available throughout the day but, once the boat trailer parking spaces are full, users will be directed to use legal parking spaces outside the reserve. Cars without trailers are not to park in boat trailer parking spaces.

Police officers will be on patrol to ensure public safety.

Council’s Open Space, Sport and Recreation spokesman Councillor Lance Hewlett said additional Council staff would be on duty across the city’s major parks on Australia Day, including the Raby Bay Foreshore, to ensure grounds and facilities remain clean and tidy.

“For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we urge you to be respectful of other people in our public areas and to use the bins to dispose of rubbish,’’ Cr Hewlett said.

“And please remember that facilities such as barbecues are there for everybody, so be considerate of others and patient.’’