Monthly Archives: October 2015

Eprapah responding to waterways remediation


Improved water quality in Eprapah Creek and continued community involvement in waterways programs are good news stories from the Redlands Waterways Recovery Report, released this week.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that while the report acknowledged that there was still work to be done, there were some promising results about local remediation works.

“The Redlands Waterways Recovery Report looks at not only the science, but also the remediation efforts undertaken to enhance and improve local waterway health,” Cr Williams said.

“This year’s success story was Eprapah Creek Catchment, which despite lower flow saw an improvement in its overall condition.

“Eprapah Creek is a strategic focus of our waterways extension program, so it’s great to see community efforts paying off.

“As our City is the end of the line for many of the region’s waterways, our local estuaries carry the outflow from those catchments, but we never let this be an excuse in our own efforts to improve local waters.

“In 2014-15 the overall condition of eight catchments remained steady and a new location was included in testing (Torquay catchment at Redland Bay).

“Five of the 15 waterway catchments monitored declined this year, with this partly attributed to lower water flow concentrating nutrient and sediment levels.

“This shows there’s still room for improvement, but the work being done by the many hundreds of volunteers, dedicated landowners, our environmental team and other agencies is providing some success stories.”

Some key results from the 2015 report include:
• More than 24,500 riparian plants planted with the community help to extend waterways corridors
• Officers visited more than 1000 new properties in key areas to educate about waterways health
• Officers controlled declared weeds at 45 sites across Redlands
• More than 100 cubic metres of litter were removed from local waterways
• A recreational waters monitoring program commenced at twelve local beaches.
• The Waterways Extension Program now covers 839 hectares on 79 private properties in Hilliards and Eprapah catchments.

Redlands Environmental Spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said the take-home message from the report is that community action can make a difference.

“Our key message is that our waterways and Moreton Bay provide many community benefits and to protect them we have to keep sediment, litter and nutrients out of our creeks and waterways, “Cr Hewlett said.

“All residents can play a role by helping to monitor our creeks, or joining a bushcare group and plant trees along the creeks to prevent erosion and improve wildlife habitat.

“For those who don’t have time to volunteer it’s about following common sense rules- contain horse and cow manure in manure compounds, revegetate the edges of farm dams to prevent erosion, pick up after your dog and dispose of it in the bins provided and keep litter out of stormwater drains.

“We all value our waterways so it is up to all of us to protect them.”

The 2015 report, and previous years’ reports, can be viewed on Council website at www.redland.qld.gov.au/EnvironmentWaste/Waterways/

Temporary weekday closure of Birkdale Waste Transfer Station


The Birkdale Waste Transfer Station will be closed on weekdays from 19 to 30 October as part of landfill rehabilitation works at the site, with the facility open as usual on the weekend of 24-25 October.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had decided to temporarily close the Birkdale tip to reduce traffic management risks to the public during the rehabilitation works and ensure that the project outcomes were delivered on time and within budget.

“As part of rehabilitation works at the transfer station, Council is constructing a bypass lane which will improve access to the site and reduce delays during busy periods for those disposing of green waste,” she said.

“Once completed, the new gatehouse bypass lane will accommodate an increasing volume of traffic during peak times, which is attributed to population growth in the region and increased site visitation.

“The Birkdale Waste Transfer Station will be closed from 19-23 and 26-30 October, weather permitting, with the site remaining open as usual on weekends during this period.

“Residents can use the Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station at 761-789 German Church Road during this period, which accepts all residential waste and commercial green waste.”

Council infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said Council had made every effort to minimise the impact of the closure by keeping the facility open on weekends and scheduling the closure between the September and Christmas holiday periods.

“To minimise delays during the works, I encourage residents to visit the waste transfer station only when you need to and be sure to have your driver’s licence or proof of residency ready for the gatehouse,” he said.

“Separate different types of waste before you go so it’s easier for staff to inspect your load and for waste to be disposed in the correct location, which maximises opportunities to recycle.”

Visit www.redland.qld.gov.au or phone 3829 8999 for further information. Updates will also be published on the electronic notice boards at the Birkdale Waste Transfer Station and Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/RedlandCouncil.

Russell Island bushfire update: 4.35pm Thursday 8 October


A fire is currently burning on Russell Island in the swamp area south of Stradbroke Street.

The fire is within containment lines but is causing large amounts of smoke particularly around Stradbroke Street which has been closed by Queensland Police Service​.

Rural Fire Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES​, Redland SES Unit​, Queensland Police and Council are on hand and two rotary aircrafts are currently undertaking aerial bombing of the fire.

Children, the elderly, people who smoke and people with heart or lung conditions (including asthma) are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in bushfire smoke. These people should close windows, remain inside and ensure medication is on hand.

QLD Health has some practical tips for dealing with smoky conditions during bushfires.

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Russell Island fire


A fire is currently burning on Russell Island in the swamp area south of Stradbroke Street.

The fire is within containment lines but is causing large amounts of smoke particularly around Stradbroke Street which has been closed by Queensland Police.

Rural Fire Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, SES, Queensland Police and Council are on hand and two rotary aircrafts are currently undertaking aerial bombing of the fire.

Children, the elderly, people who smoke and people with heart or lung conditions (including asthma) are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in bushfire smoke. These people should close windows, remain inside and ensure medication is on hand.

QLD Health has some practical tips for dealing with smoky conditions during bushfires: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/disaster/bushfire/bushfire-smoke.asp

More information

Regular updated information will be provided on Redland City Council website www.redland.qld.gov.au and the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Russell Island (Moreton Bay) – vegetation fire as at 12.45pm Thurs 8 Oct


Below is a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services statement about the fire currently burning on Russell Island.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) and Redland City Council crews are currently on scene at a vegetation fire burning in inaccessible land near Centre Road and Shore Street, Russell Island.

This fire is posing no threat to properties at this time.

Nearby residents may be affected by a large smoke haze and are urged to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medication close by.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Russell Island bushfire update 11.55am 8 October 2015


There is currently a small fire burning on Russell Island near Centre Road and Stradbroke Avenue.

The fire is being attended to by Rural Brigades and is within containment lines. We have also sent Council crews to provide assistance. There is currently no threat to property but due to high winds the fire is producing a lot of smoke.

We’ll provide more updates as necessary.

Get the facts – no decision has been made to sell land


In relation to the article “Save our swings” (Redland City Bulletin, 30/9/15), Council would like to reinforce that no decision has been made as to what to do with the land at 7 John Street and intends to discuss options with St James Lutheran Church.

Council owns the park at 7 John Street, Cleveland, which the St James Lutheran Church has a permit from Council to occupy free of charge. The church then leases the land to the childcare centre through a commercial agreement where it gains rent for the council-owned site.

Even if the land at 7 John St is rezoned, it is premature to speculate on what will happen to it. It is quite possible Council could continue the current use of the land. If Council does decide to sell the land, Council will offer St James Lutheran Church first option to buy it if ministerial approval is given. This way the church can continue to lease it to the childcare centre under their current commercial arrangement.

Currently the draft City Plan 2015 is out for public consultation and it has proposed to change the zone of this land from Open Space to Principal Centre to better reflect its current use and to be consistent with the zoning of the surrounding area. You can have your say on the potential zone change by making a submission by 27 November 2015. Visit Council’s website for details.

Council would like to advise that Redland Investment Corporation CEO Peter Kelley did not advise the childcare centre that Council was assessing its surplus land or suggest they could buy the land or pay commercial rates and lease it, as stated in the article. Mr Kelley had discussions with the Lutheran Church who has the permit to occupy the land.

Redland Investment Corporation has been established to deliver a range of activities including entering into partnerships with community groups or the private sector to deliver projects that could provide jobs and a boost to the economy or delivering a higher and better use for land determined as surplus. The sale of land is only one of many options which will be considered. The properties that have been transferred for RiC to investigate potential uses can be found here.