Monthly Archives: December 2018

School holiday boredom busters on Redlands Coast


Parents can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Council’s jam-packed summer holiday program set to keep kids entertained over December and January.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Council’s extensive range of free activities would engage and inspire kids of all ages.

“From art and craft to reptile shows to robotics, there’s something on to entertain everyone,” she said.

“Highlights include a performance at Cleveland and Capalaba libraries by Julia Baker, snake catcher and star of Discovery’s hit series Snake Boss, who will bring along some of her reptile friends.

“For our budding artists there’s some great creative activities involving augmented reality and other unique methods to help you create your very own masterpieces to take home.

“Redland Libraries also runs the Summer Reading Club program, offering a range of interactive activities available in the libraries and online to encourage children pre-school age and up to continue reading over the extended summer holiday period so kids don’t fall behind.

“Summer Reading Club members can also meet and blog with authors and illustrators online and get some great creative tips.

“Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redlands IndigiScapes Centre are also great community venues where you can always enjoy a free family day out.

“Some activities do require bookings and fill quickly so make sure you check out Council’s website or Library webpage for a full list of activities and their dates,” she said.

Summer reading club runs until 31 January 2019. Visit the Summer Reading Club website for more for details.

Capalaba town centre set for revitalisation


Redland City Council has today announced its vision to revitalise the Capalaba town centre.

The project will improve public transport access, provide new library and community facilities and transform the precinct into a new town square environment that is safe, activated, innovative and environmentally sustainable.

Council, in partnership with subsidiary company Redland Investment Corporation (RIC), has launched an expression of interest campaign seeking a development partner to deliver an exciting landmark development that supports the revitalisation of Capalaba in line with its vision for this key area of Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Capalaba Town Centre Revitalisation project provided a significant revitalisation opportunity and, due to its central location and cultural and economic significance, was an ideal canvas to deliver a world class, active, urban heart for Capalaba.

“We know Capalaba holds tremendous potential as the entry into the Redlands Coast and this project will help open up the area’s untapped potential to deliver a high quality, innovative and creative outcome,” Cr Williams said.

“As the former Councillor for the area, I know Capalaba is home to a growing number of families and so we want to ensure the project protects the local community feel of the area while at the same time delivering on the infrastructure and transport improvements needed.

“The vision for the project includes the delivery of a new Capalaba Library, Council Customer Service Centre, Arts Centre and Hall.”

Cr Williams said Council and RIC would work with the successful development partner to implement a contingency plan for the library and other community facilities to allow for continuity of services during the construction period.

“The project will also include the Capalaba Bus Interchange – a key transport node providing connectivity to the inner and eastern suburbs of Brisbane,” she said.

“As part of our vision to provide growth opportunities for the area, Council and RIC will be looking at improving public transport access and, through the expression of interest campaign, will be considering options that will allow Capalaba to be metro ready.

“Development plans for the area should consider the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Eastern Busway project and Brisbane City Council’s metro project.”

Cr Williams said Capalaba was recognised as one of only fifteen Principle Regional Activity Centres under the Shaping SEQ South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 that are key focal points of regional employment and in-centre development.

Redland City Council Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson said he was supportive of plans for the revitalisation of the area.

“With the right development partner, this project will breathe new life into Capalaba, boosting the local economy and enhancing connectivity between the two existing major shopping centres,” Cr Gleeson said.

Council and RIC, through property advisors JLL and Ray White, invite suitably qualified and experienced developers to participate in an exciting opportunity to redevelop the Capalaba town centre via expressions of interest closing 4pm, 15 February 2019.

For further details, please visit redland.qld.gov.au/CapalabaProject

Straddie Bushfire Update As at 10am Sunday 2 December 2018


A fire continues to burn at 18 Mile Swamp, near Blue Lake, in a southerly direction. There are no immediate threats to townships.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an expected wind change early tomorrow morning (Monday 3 December 2018).

Wind is expected to blow north towards Dunwich initially in the early hours of tomorrow morning, bringing increased smoke to the township.

Another wind change is then expected by the early afternoon tomorrow, with the wind then coming from the east blowing smoke towards the west coast of the island.

Winds blowing to the west coast of the island will mean an increase in smoke blowing over the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and southern mainland Redlands Coast by early afternoon tomorrow.

The fire is currently south-east of Enterprise Mine.

Water bombing and backburning continue today.

A fire ban for Redlands Coast has currently been extended until 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 December. It is possible it will be extended.

There is no camping at Main Beach and the beach is closed south of Alfred Martin Way

All internal walking tracks within national parks on the island are temporarily closed due to the risk of wildfires.

Exercise caution when travelling around the island and do not enter closed areas. Do not ignore road closures signs. It is unlawful and dangerous to do so.

To report any wildfires call 000.

Redlands Coast disaster website: redland.qld.gov.au (includes multi-agency and Council information).Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

  1. The Disaster website and Council social media is also accessible from Council’s website: redland.qld.gov.au.
  2. 612 ABC Radio
  3. Local radio BayFM 100.3
  4. QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  5. Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
  6. Council’s Twitter https://twitter.com/RedlandCouncil and Facebook accounts https://www.facebook.com/RedlandCouncil/

North Stradbroke Island fire update as at 7.30pm on Sat 1 Dec 2018 – Lines strengthened ahead of strong winds with SMBI on smoke alert


Residents and visitors of North Stradbroke Island (NSI) and all the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) are urged to stay alert ahead of strong winds expected Sunday through to Monday.

Fire crews on NSI today focused on strengthening the south-eastern fire containment lines ahead of these expected weather conditions.

The local fire ban for Redland City has been extended to midnight Wednesday 5 December.

The fire is burning in an isolated area on the eastern side of North Stradbroke Island and is not currently posing a threat to life or property.

No camping is permitted on Main Beach, which is also now closed south of Alfred Martin Way. All internal walking tracks within national parks on NSI are also temporarily closed due to the risk of wild-fires.

NSI residents and visitors are being asked to exercise caution when travelling around the island and advised that it is unlawful and dangerous to enter closed areas and ignore road closures signs.

The smoke hazard across the SMBI and the mainland is expected to increase over coming days as a result of wind changes into Monday.

The SMBI Rural Fire crews and island volunteers have today undertaken patrols to check for possible spot fires.

Residents are asked to be mindful of the impacts to their health from the combined heat and heavy smoke over coming days.

The elderly, young children and those with health and breathing issues, are advised to stay indoors, stay well hydrated and to seek out air conditioning if possible.

Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

  • Redlands Coast disaster website: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au (includes multi-agency and Council information).
  • The Disaster website and Council social media is also accessible from Council’s website: redland.qld.gov.au.
  • 612 ABC Radio
  • Local radio BayFM 100.3
  • QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  • Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

North Stradbroke Island fire video update as at 4.15pm on Sat 1 Dec 2018


Fire continues to burn at Eighteen Mile Swamp on the eastern side of North Stradbroke Island. Mayor Karen Williams, joined by QFES Acting Inspector Damien Thomas, has provided an update on the status of the fire and possible impacts of smoke and embers on nearby islands as the weather and wind direction changes over the coming days.

SMBI residents alerted to increased risk of smoke and embers from North Stradbroke Island fire


Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) residents are being asked to stay alert to a possible increase in smoke and ember hazard from the fire burning in Eighteen Mile Swamp on the eastern side of North Stradbroke Island.

The total fire ban for Redland City has been extended until midnight on Sunday 2 December 2018.

A possible change in wind directions is expected from Sunday through Monday, with winds expected from the easterly direction likely to increase smoke and ember hazards for the SMBI, especially Russell Island.

SMBI residents, especially the elderly and those with respiratory illness, are being asked to stay alert and take precautions to avoid the effect of the increased smoke hazards.

While there is no fire threat on SMBI, all residents should familiarise themselves with their local disaster plans and stay aware of the latest information.

The North Stradbroke Island fire is burning in a southerly direction within containment lines in a difficult to access area of Eighteen Mile Swamp that has the potential to burn underground for several weeks.

No property or lives are under threat from the fire, which has already burnt an area of 1,100 hectares.

All internal walking tracks in Naree Budjong Djara National Park on North Stradbroke Island are temporarily closed due to the current weather conditions and risk of wildfires.

This includes Fishman’s Track, Alfred Martin Way and access south along Main Beach has been closed.

Ground crews from QFES, QPWS, QPS, Sibelco, QYAC and SEQWater are in attendance at the fire, including 42 personnel, 21 combatant vehicles, 5 helicopters (one surveillance and four water bombers).

Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

  1. Redlands Coast disaster website: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au (includes multi-agency and Council information).
  2. The Disaster website and Council social media is also accessible from Council’s website: redland.qld.gov.au.
  3. 612 ABC Radio
  4. Local radio BayFM 100.3
  5. QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  6. Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
Burnt Area (hatched) as at 12:30pm Saturday 1st Dec

Burnt Area (hatched) as at 12:30pm Saturday 1 Dec

North Stradbroke Island fire update as at 9.15am on Sat 1 Dec 2018 – Waterbombing and backburning continue on Straddie Fire


A fire continues to burn at 18 Mile Swamp, near Blue Lake on the eastern side of North Stradbroke Island and is currently located in the vicinity east of Enterprise Mine.

There are no immediate threats to townships.

Water bombing and backburning is expected to continue for several days. Currently the fire continues to burn in a southerly direction down the eastern side of the island in the largely inaccessible swamp.

Emergency services personnel are focused on possible changing weather conditions over the coming days, including increased temperatures and winds.

Winds are currently blowing from the north, however there is a forecast for a change of wind direction to coming from the south-east early Monday morning, which could impact the direction of the fire towards Dunwich.

There is also a forecast of increased temperature and stronger winds for tomorrow, Sunday 2 December, however the direction of the winds is forecast to remain the same as current (from the north) tomorrow.

A fire ban for Redlands Coast has currently been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 2 December. It is likely this will be extended.

There is no camping at Main Beach and the beach is closed south of Alfred Martin Way.

All internal walking tracks within national parks on the island are temporarily closed due to the risk of wildfires.

Exercise caution when travelling around the island and do not enter closed areas. Do not ignore road closures signs. It is unlawful and dangerous to do so.

Energex yesterday brought five generators to the island as a precaution.

About 60 residents attended a community meeting at Dunwich yesterday with representatives from Council, QFES, Qld Police, Traditional Owners, Qld Health and Energex providing updates. For those who were unable to attend, visit Council’s Twitter https://twitter.com/RedlandCouncil and Facebook accounts https://www.facebook.com/RedlandCouncil/

To report any wildfires call 000.

Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

  • Redlands Coast disaster website: redland.qld.gov.au (includes multi-agency and Council information).
  • The Disaster website and Council social media is also accessible from Council’s website: redland.qld.gov.au.
  • 612 ABC Radio
  • Local radio BayFM 100.3
  • QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  • Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

Protect yourself from smoke.

  • minimise your physical activity outdoors. People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, in particular, should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke
  • when indoors, keep the windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and switch it to ‘recycle or re-circulate’
  • if your home gets too hot for comfort or is letting in a lot of smoky air, try to visit an air-conditioned community library or shopping centre (if it is safe to do so)
  • when indoors, avoid other sources of air pollution including smoke from cigarettes and woodstoves
  • if there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to ventilate your home to improve indoor air quality
  • anyone with a lung or heart condition should keep at least seven days worth of medication on hand. Those with asthma should follow their personal asthma treatment plan
  • anyone experiencing breathing problems or chest  should seek medical advice immediately
  • individuals who are particularly sensitive to smoky conditions should consider temporarily moving away from the smoke-affected area and staying with a friend or relative.