Wellington Point Australia Day arrangements

Special Australia Day parking and management arrangements will operate at popular Wellington Point Recreation Reserve again this year.

The Redland City Council measures, which are designed to ensure celebrations are enjoyed by all park users, include controlled entry to the reserve from 7am to 6pm on Thursday 26 January.

Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the area Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said Council officers would also be on site to help local families and visitors enjoy one of the Redlands’ best-loved outdoor destinations.

“Wellington Point has long been a popular spot to spend Australia Day but that means it gets  very busy, so these special arrangements help ensure it’s a pleasant day for everyone,’’ Cr Boglary said.

“Council and police officers will be on hand to help and ensure public safety, and once available parking spaces at the reserve are full, you will be directed to the Wellington Point Community Hall carpark on Birkdale Road, where you can catch a free shuttle bus.”

The shuttle will run from 7am to 6pm along Main Road between the reserve and Wellington Point shops.

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.

Mayor Karen Williams urged visitors to the city’s parks on Australia Day to be respectful of others and to use the bins to dispose of rubbish.

“And please remember that facilities such as barbecues are there for everybody, so be considerate of others, patient and enjoy the Redlands’ great open spaces and hospitality,’’ Cr Williams said.

For more information about the Wellington Point Recreation Reserve please visit the Redland City Council website or phone 3829 8999.