Monthly Archives: October 2014

Relief scheme changes would be a disaster: Mayor


Proposed changes to the Federal Government’s natural disaster relief scheme would be a disaster for local government, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today.

Cr Williams said Redland City residents would have borne much of the $2 million cost of fighting the North Stradbroke Island fires under the proposed changes.

“Redland City Council and other smaller councils would be the hardest hit if Productivity Commission recommendations that the Federal Government slash its financial contribution to disaster relief operations are accepted by the Federal Government,” she said.

“All councils and all communities need to send a clear message to the Federal Government that these proposed changes would be disastrous.

“Many councils could be forced to hike up rates to foot the bill for disaster relief and recovery work.

“We are not asking the government for any more, we just don’t want any less than the financial breakdown that has been in place for many years.

“Councils already contribute heavily in times of disaster by providing labour and plant and equipment to the disaster recovery effort. The Productivity Commission proposals would be just another slug that we cannot afford.

“When it comes to natural disasters, and recovering from them, we need the Federal Government to recognise that penny pinching cannot be an option.

“Safety of our communities has to be our highest priority and disaster recovery and relief is not an area we need to be compromising safety by cutting costs.

“We have a responsibility to our people to act – and act quickly and decisively – in times of disaster. To not do so can cost lives.

“You can’t put a value on a human life.”

Cr Williams said natural disasters are an unfortunate part of Australian life that annually left a massive financial legacy that had to be shared.

“We believe the current system of cost-sharing is fair. To change it would be Un-Australian,” she said.

“We are all in this together.”

Get the facts: Bats


A story that appeared in the Redland City Bulletin Wednesday 29 October entitled “Redland Council called to take further action after $15k failed bat colony bid” incorrectly stated that Redland City Council had elected to not apply to the Federal Government for a permit to carry out works on a bat colony at Lawn Terrace Capalaba in response to residents concerns.  The presence of Grey-Headed Flying Foxes in the colony meant the Federal Government must provide approval before any works commence and as such Council sought approval from the Federal Government, including applying for a permit. In response the Federal Government advised that a permit was not needed provided Council carried out the works in accordance with the submitted species management plan.

Redland Voices tell stories of the past online


Fishing for Dugongs at Amity Point, the Wellington Point oil well and strawberry farming are just some of the stories of the Redlands’ rich history now available online thanks to a new Redland Libraries initiative.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said ‘Redland Voices’ was an online catalogue of local stories told by past and present residents that helped keep the Redlands’ history alive.

“These recordings include many important chapters of Redlands local history as they were told in past interviews with well-known local residents,” she said.

“Redland Voices also includes digitised material and historical photographs to accompany the voice-overs, with the stories available online through the social media platforms Historypin and Youtube.

“The Redlands has a proud local history that has been influenced by its residents, so to hear these stories from those who helped forge this history is truly poignant.

“These excerpts provide a fascinating insight into how we grew into the great City we are today such as fundraising efforts to establish the first ambulance services in 1945 and the early Redlands timber industry.

“Other examples include stories of growing strawberries in Redlands, early shopkeeping days at Cleveland’s Despot’s store and memories of local dances where many couples met.”

Council’s Cultural Services Spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said Redland Voices was a joint initiative with Queensland State Library.

“Redland Libraries were one of only 10 applicants in Queensland to receive funding to digitise 20 hours of local oral history interviews through the Playback Project.

“The full interviews will be available through the State Library catalogue in coming months, but Redland Libraries has also ensured people have easy access to excerpts online through Redland Voices.

Three of the original interviewees, Merv Genrich, Bob Skinner and Jim Wallis attended the event launch yesterday along with family and friends to celebrate the stories and their ongoing value to the community.

Redland Libraries has also produced a 10 minute digital story entitled: Rail to Redlands- Memories and Recollections of the Cleveland Railway, which will be showcased at the morning tea.

You can access the digitised recordings at http://www.historypin.org (just type a suburb into the search box and click on a photo cluster). The audio excerpts can also be found under “Redland Voices” on YouTube.

Water interruptions for Capalaba


There are expected to be some isolated water interruptions in Capalaba this afternoon due to Energex crews damaging a water main in the area.

The damaged water main will require urgent shutdown of the water supply to some businesses including the Capalaba Central shopping complex, Koala Tavern and a business located at 68A Redland Bay Road.

Repairs are expected to take approximately four hours to complete.

Council apologises for any inconvenience and will complete the work as quickly as possible to reduce the potential impact on residents.

 

New wastewater treatment plant for Point Lookout


A new state of the art Wastewater Treatment plant at Point Lookout has taken the next step with Redland City Council calling for Expressions of Interest to design and construct the facility.

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Craig Ogilvie said while the final design of the new plant was yet to be decided, the Expression of Interest included stipulations for the new plant to provide environmental improvements and eliminate odour for near-by residents.

“The current plant is more than 30 years old and is nearing the end of its useful life, meaning it has become quite expensive to maintain and doesn’t meet the needs of a growing Point Lookout community.

“The new facility will use state of the art treatment technology, which will result in considerable environmental improvements, most notably eliminating odour emissions, which is a key consideration of the plant’s design.
 
“The new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and will increase sewering capacity, allowing all Point Lookout properties to be sewered in the future.

“The current plant struggles to manage demand during the peak tourism season, so the new plant will mean this will soon be a thing of the past.”

Cr Ogilvie said the new facility would be located at the site of the existing plant so little vegetation clearing was required.

“Building the new plant on the footprint of the existing facility reduces the impact on vegetation, maintaining Straddies strong environmental character,” he said.

“Using the latest technology, the new facility will also result in wastewater being treated to a much higher quality, which will again support the environment.

“The new facility will also be able to accommodate Straddie’s expected growth and will provide economic benefits during construction and commissioning.”

Cr Ogilvie said Council would work with the successful construction contractor to minimise impacts on residents.

“With any large construction project there will be some minor disruptions, but Council will work hard to keep the community informed as to the progress of the project and reduce any associated impacts on residents,” he said.

“Council has already written to residents in the immediate vicinity of the plant and will continue to provide regular updates.”

Wildlife ambulance needs willing helpers now!


Redlands Afterhours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) has put an urgent call out for volunteers to help sick, injured and orphaned native animals in the Redlands.

Redland City Council’s environmental spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the service needed new people to put their hand up.

“The rich and diverse wildlife in Redlands is one of the things that make our City so special but sometimes they need our help,” Cr Hewlett said.

“The Redland Afterhours Wildlife Service provides emergency rescue and transport for sick and injured wildlife in Redlands and adjoining areas of the Koala Coast, but relies on volunteers to be successful.

“It is a great community program that is held in high regard by other wildlife organisations and operates on a flexible roster with volunteers on duty one week every five to six weeks.”

“Council is holding its next RAWA induction on 15 November and if you are committed to saving local wildlife and have some time to give, we’d love you to join this passionate team of wildlife volunteers.”

RAWA is coordinated by Redland City Council and operates from 5pm to 8am, with rosters organised with a team of three volunteers on duty for one week in every five to six weeks.

New volunteers are required to attend a one-day induction on Saturday 15 November from 9.30am.

To join the RAWA, you must be 18 years of age and hold a current open or probationary driver’s license.

New volunteers are provided with comprehensive training at the induction and are placed on roster with experienced volunteers.

To join the Redlands Afterhours Wildlife Ambulance, please contact Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611. 

Paula and koala  2014

 

Residents urged to prepare for heightened fire conditions


Below is a media release from the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) about the increased fire risk due to the current high temperatures. 

With hot, dry conditions continuing and strong gusty winds and lighting storms across the state, the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is urging Queenslanders to be vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted over the next few days.

RFSQ Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said high and very high fire danger had been forecast across the state, with severe fire danger forecast for Darling Downs and Granite Belt area. 

“Dry lightning strikes have caused a number of recent fires and residents should be on the lookout for vegetation fires that may have sparked in remote bushland or grassland,” he said.

“Warm temperatures combined with low humidity and strong winds make conditions perfect for fires to spark and spread quickly.”

Mr Gallant said residents should be on the lookout for vegetation fires that may have started as a result of lightning strikes in remote bushland or grasslands, and should call Triple Zero (000) to report any fire activity.

“These conditions also make it difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we’re asking residents to take extra care and be alert.”

Mr Gallant said landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently were strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished.

“Landowners who have conducted burns are also asked to make sure residual fires are contained so that they will not escape,” he said.

Mr Gallant said with fire activity ramping up across the State, it was crucial for residents to make sure they were doing all they could to prepare their homes and properties.

“If they haven’t already, I urge residents to finalise preparations on their property and visit the Rural Fire Service Queensland website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard,” he said.

“We are also asking people to ensure they do not throw cigarette butts out of the car window and be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas.”

Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Dîner en Rouge to raise funds for Redlanders affected by domestic violence


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has announced a major fundraising event to support Redlanders affected by domestic and family violence.

Cr Williams said ‘Dîner en Rouge’ to be held from 6:30pm on Saturday 29 November, would be a night of fine food to raise funds for a cause dear to her heart.

“Even in a City as beautiful as ours this is an important issue, with Redlands accounting for around three per cent of all domestic and family violence protection orders applied for across Queensland,” Cr Williams said.

Dîner en Rouge will be a night where individuals and businesses can come together, raise valuable funds and show their support for Redlanders affected by domestic and family violence.

‘It will be an outdoor formal dining experience with a red and white theme – red symbolising our City and white in recognition of White Ribbon Day on 25 November, a national campaign to stop violence against women.

“612 ABC Brisbane’s Spencer Howson has agreed to be Master of Ceremonies at the dinner.

 “All proceeds from the evening will go to our event partners, Redlands Domestic and Family Violence Action Group and Zonta clubs, with the ultimate goal of having a coordinated regional domestic and family violence service in the Redlands.

“In the lead-up to event we would also love to hear from individuals and businesses who would like to show their commitment to this cause by becoming an event sponsor.”

Guests will meet at Cleveland Library Square before moving to a secret location for a locally produced banquet, beverages, entertainment and auctions.

Ticket prices for Dîner en Rouge are $170 each or $1600 for a table of 10.

Tickets are available through Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) ticketing:
• Online: www.rpac.com.au
• Telephone: 3829 8131
• In person: RPAC Box Office, 2-16 middle Street, Cleveland

For details on sponsorship packages, please call the Office of the Mayor and Elected Representatives on 3829 8624 or got to the website.

 

Help spot a koala


Helping the Redlands’ koala population is as easy as reporting sightings during the annual koala count-a-thon on 25-26 October.
During the weekend event, supported by RCC and organised by the Koala action group locals and visitors are urged to report all sightings to gain an understanding of the location and number of koalas in the Redlands.
While koala sightings can be logged year round, October is an ideal time to conduct the survey with it coinciding with koala breeding season when koalas are most active.

The event is not only a great way to help the Redlands’ iconic koala, but it is also an event that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

To take part all you need to do is keep your eyes open for a koala on 25-26 October and report the sighting.  Participants will be asked for the exact location of the koala, whether it looks healthy, the type of tree it is in (eucalypt or other) and whether they can identify the sex.

There is a range of options to log your sightings over the Count-a-thon weekend, including a new Koala Action Group online map. You can:
• Phone 3820 1103 from 8am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, 25-26 October.
• Post a sighting at www.facebook.com/KoalaActionGroup;
• Log it on the map at www.koalagroup.asn.au/report-a-koala-sighting; or
• Email admin@koalagroup.asn.au.

Small contained bushfire near Cleveland-Redland Bay Road: 5pm Thursday 16 October


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES crews are on site at a bushfire near the BP Service Station on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road close to the intersection with Double Jump Road. 

The fire is contained but is unable to be extinguished due to danger of falling trees in the fire front.

There is no danger to life or property but heavy smoke can be expected and residents in the surrounding area – including Mount Cotton, Redland Bay and Victoria Point – residents should keep windows closed over the next few hours.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews will remain on site until the fire is extinguished. 

Advice on staying safe and healthy in smoky conditions can be found in this Queensland Health fact sheet: http://bit.ly/18kGErt