Monthly Archives: September 2019

Get planting to help save the glossy black-cockatoo


Community members can help make a difference to the future of a threatened bird species by taking part in Council’s 16th annual glossy black-cockatoo tree planting on Sunday 13 October.

Mayor Karen Williams said community members were invited to join Council’s Bushcare team for a morning on Macleay Island to help plant 600 native seedlings.

“Glossy black-cockatoos are one of the more threatened species of cockatoo in Australia, and are listed as vulnerable in Queensland,” she said.

“This planting is a key action of Council’s active participation in the regional Glossy Black Conservancy.

“Aside from an enjoyable day out on Macleay Island, lending a hand to plant sheoak seedlings – the glossy black-cockatoo’s sole source of food – can help improve the birds’ habitat and prospects.

“All equipment and plants are provided and the ground is prepared with holes dug, so all people need to bring is sun protection, enclosed shoes and drinking water.”

Cr Williams said the October planting was the latest in ongoing efforts to provide glossy black-cockatoo feeding and habitat corridors on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“These islands are a favoured habitat for these beautiful birds and provide an important corridor to their feeding areas on North Stradbroke Island,” she said.

“With community support, these annual plantings have become an important way of maintaining and enhancing local habitats.

“With many hands, we’ll again make light work of these conservation efforts.”

Mainland residents travelling to the planting site on Macleay Island can catch the 9am ferry from Redland Bay Marina, Banana Street, Redland Bay.

A ticket or go card will be required for travel.

When: Sunday 13 October 2019; 9.30am to 11am
Where: Rainbow Avenue, Macleay Island
Bring: Sun protection, enclosed shoes and drinking water

Register by 4pm on Thursday, 10 October by contacting 3824 8611 (to arrange transfers to the planting site on Macleay Island).

For more information, visit the IndigiScapes website.

North Stradbroke Island fire update as at 12.00pm, 26 September 2019


Update as at 12.00pm Thursday 26 September 2019

**This warning is no longer current. Please refer to the QFES Facebook page for updated information.**NORTH STRADBROKE…

Posted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Update as at 1.00pm Wednesday 25 September 2019

**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**NORTH…

Posted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Update as at 3.25pm Tuesday 24 September 2019

**This warning is no longer current. Please refer to the QFES Facebook page for updated information.**NORTH STRADBROKE…

Posted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES on Monday, September 23, 2019

Update as at 1.35pm Monday 23 September 2019

**This warning is no longer current. Please check the QFES Facebook page for updated information**North Stradbroke…

Posted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES on Sunday, September 22, 2019

Update as at 1.30pm Sunday 22 September 2019

**This warning is no longer current. Please refer to the QFES Facebook page for updated information.**NORTH STRADBROKE…

Posted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES on Saturday, September 21, 2019

Containment lines strengthened in Amity Point fire – update as at 5pm Saturday 21 September 2019

Back burning and aerial water bombing continued successfully today as emergency services worked to strengthen the containment lines of a fire that is continuing to burn 2km south of Amity Point at North Stradbroke Island (Minjerrribah).

There is no threat to people or property and the fire is well within the containment lines.

There is no active fire front to the south and the wind direction is currently pushing the northern section of the fire west, towards a back burned area.

Smoke may be increased in the Dunwich area for several hours and residents and visitors are advised to close windows and doors and to keep respiratory medications close at hand if they are required.

**This warning is no longer current. Please refer to the QFES Facebook page for updated information.**NORTH STRADBROKE…

Posted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES on Friday, September 20, 2019

 

The evacuation centre at Dunwich is not expecting people to stay overnight and is not operational, but remains resourced and available for emergencies if required.

Despite the fire, Straddie – the world’s second largest sand island – is still open for school holidays.

Around 700 hectares of swamp and bushland has burned in the fire that began in inaccessible swampland on Tuesday after dry lightning struck the island.

East Coast Road remains open but motorists are advised to watch for slow moving emergency services vehicles that are being used in monitoring the fire edge.

Council urges residents and visitors to:

Aerial bombing set to continue at Amity Point fire – update at 10.40am Saturday 21 September 2019

Aerial water bombing is planned again today to fight the bushfire that continues to burn 2km south of Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island.

There is no threat to people or property.

The evacuation centre run by Redland City Council at the Dunwich Community Hall remains open. A total of 10 residents stayed at the centre overnight as a precaution.

East Coast Road is open but visitors and residents should be aware of fire appliances working along the roadside.

Backburning last night further strengthened containment lines.

Despite the fire, Straddie is well and truly open for school holidays.

Around 700 hectares of swamp and bushland has burned in the fire that began in inaccessible swampland on Tuesday when dry lightning struck the island.

Council urges residents and visitors to:

Backburning overnight at Amity Point fire – update at 5pm Friday 20 September 2019

Backburning will continue overnight to further strengthen containment lines of a bushfire 2km south Amity Point at North Stradbroke Island.

There are no reported threats to people or property and the fire is well within the containment lines.

Aerial water bombing occurred throughout the day.

A number of residents in the area are expected to stay at the evacuation centre at Dunwich Community Hall tonight as a precaution.

The island continues to be open for school holidays.

Please be patient on East Coast Road where emergency vehicles are being used. The road remains open but may be reduced to one lane at some times.

Council urges residents and visitors to:

Community Champions acknowledged for their work during Redlands bushfires – update as at 10.30am Friday 20 September 2019

The bushfire on North Stradbroke Island continues to burn within containment lines in inaccessible swampland south of Amity Point and west of East Coast Road.

Southern Moreton Bay Island Community Champions, who were last night acknowledged at the Resilient Australia Awards 2019 with Redland City Council’s Community Champions Program winning the Queensland Local Government Award, have been in the evacuation centre supporting the North Stradbroke Island fire response efforts.

There is currently no reported threat to life or property.

North Stradbroke Island is open for business and visitors planning to head to beautiful Straddie for the school holidays should not cancel their plans.

Successful backburning was undertaken overnight.

A total of 25 residents stayed overnight at the evacuation centre at Dunwich Community Hall as a precaution, with 10 people currently at the centre. The evacuation centre, run by Redland City Council with assistance from SMBI Community Champions, will remain open.

There is no impact on camp sites and the island remains open for visitors for the school holidays with holidaymakers advised there is no need to cancel their plans.

East Coast Road remains open and there may be intermittent traffic controls through the day.

Council is encouraging motorists to be patient on the road and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

Bushland and swamp has been burning since Tuesday when dry lightning strikes hit the island.

A significant multi-agency response continues with firefighters from QFES, Redland City Council, National Parks and Wildlife, traditional owners Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Sibelco, and Department of Natural Resources and Mines on the ground.

A QFES control centre continues to operate from Dunwich and Queensland Police Service, SES and Queensland Ambulance Service are also on the island supporting the firefighting operation.

Aerial operations continue today.

A fire ban has been extended for the Redland City area until midnight Friday 4 October.

Council urges residents to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire.

Residents are also advised:

Thirty residents at North Stradbroke Island evacuation centre – update as at 5.35pm Thursday 19 September 2019

On North Stradbroke Island, a bushfire continues to burn within containment lines in inaccessible swampland south of Amity Point and west of East Coast Road.

There is currently no reported threat to life or property.

A total of 30 residents have evacuated to the evacuation centre at Dunwich Community Hall this afternoon as a precaution and are expected to stay overnight. The evacuation centre, run by Redland City Council with assistance from SMBI Community Champions, will remain open into tomorrow.

There is no impact on camp sites and the island remains open for visitors for the school holidays with holidaymakers advised there is no need to cancel their plans.

There is intermittent traffic control on East Coast Road which may cause delays however the road is still open.

Council is encouraging motorists to be patient on the road and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

More than 2000 hectares of bushland and swamp have burned since Tuesday when dry lightning strikes hit the island .

Today a total of 18 fire appliances and more than 30 firefighters from agencies including QFES, Redland City Council, National Parks and Wildlife, traditional owners Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Sibelco, and Department of Natural Resources and Mines are on the ground.

A QFES control centre continues to operate from Dunwich and Queensland Police Service, SES and Queensland Ambulance Service are also on the island supporting the firefighting operation.

Aerial water bombing and backburning continue this afternoon.

A communications trailer (Cell on Wheels) has been transported to the island by QFES to assist with radio and mobile phone coverage.

Energex has transported three high powered 500kVa generators to Amity Point as a contingency if the local power network is impacted.

A fire ban has been extended for the Redland City area until midnight Friday 4 October.

Council urges residents to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire.

Residents are also advised:

 

Update as at 3.00pm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 

The bushfire continues to burn south of Amity Point in inaccessible swampland.  There is currently no reported threat to life or property.

The eastern side of the fire has been contained, however there is still intermittent traffic control on East Coast Road which may cause delays. Please be patient on the road and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

There have been more than 100 aerial water drops over the last two days.

The fire began on Tuesday after dry lightning strikes hit the island and more than 2000 hectares of land has burned.

Today a total of 18 fire appliances and more than 30 firefighters from agencies including QFES, Redland City Council, National Parks and Wildlife, traditional owners Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Sibelco and Department of Natural Resources and Mines are on the ground. Queensland Police Service, SES and Queensland Ambulance Service are also on the island supporting the firefighting operation.

Energex has transported three high powered 500kVa generators to Amity Point as a contingency if the local power network is impacted.

A number of residents have evacuated to the evacuation centre at Dunwich Community Hall today as a precaution. The evacuation centre, run by Redland City Council with assistance from SMBI Community Champions, will remain open overnight and into tomorrow.

Council urges residents and visitors to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire. People are also advised:

Update as at 11.10am; Thursday, 19 September 2019 

Don’t cancel your plans to visit Straddie

Visitors with plans to head to wonderful Straddie for the school holidays should not cancel their travel plans.

The fire remains within containment lines in inaccessible swampland 3km south of Amity Point.

It is not affecting camp sites, however be aware there is some smoke on the island.

Whales can be seen daily from the Point Lookout Gorge Walk and the beaches are crystal clear, including  Cylinder Beach which for the last two years has been named Surf Lifesaving Queensland’s Best Beach in the the State.

There’s great fishing and snorkelling.

You can also be sure to see dolphins at Point Lookout and very often around the jetty at Amity.

You will also be able to see kangaroos and koalas across the island.

There’s also great local produce with the Point Lookout Markets every Sunday on the holidays (22 and 29 September and 6 October).

Heed the local fire ban, listen to emergency services messaging on 612 ABC radio (abc.net.au/radio/brisbaneradio or visit the Redlands Coast disaster dashboard website (disaster.redland.qld.gov.au) for the latest information and enjoy one of the most incredible places in Australia.

The fire ban is in place until midnight 4 October 2019.

Update as at 9.10am; Thursday, 19 September 2019 

Five people spent the night at the evacuation centre at Dunwich Community Hall overnight as a bushfire continues to burn 3km south of Amity Point in inaccessible swampland on North Stradbroke Island.

Those in the evacuation centre self evacuated. The evacuation centre, run by Redland City Council, will remain open today.

There is currently no reported threat to life or property.

The fire is currently moving slowly in a westerly direction towards the western side of the island.

Suppressant gel dropped late yesterday afternoon from a large aerial tanker, a Boeing 737 brought in from New South Wales, has assisted the fire fighting efforts particularly on the southern end of the fire.

Waterbombing will continue today. Backburning may occur later in the day.

The eastern side of the fire, which runs parallel to East Coast Road, has been controlled,  reducing the risk of future closures of the road.

Firefighting efforts will focus on the northern side of the fire today.

Energex has three 500kVa generators on the way to Amity as a contingency if the local power network is impacted.

The fire began on Tuesday after dry lightning strikes hit the island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews, supported by Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) fire crews, National Parks and Wildlife crews, Redland City Council’s Fire Management Team and Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy crews are fighting the fire.

Additional QFES, Queensland Police, SES and Council crews are also on the island.

A communications trailer (Cell on Wheels) has been transported to the island by QFES to assist with radio and mobile phone coverage.

Residents and visitors are advised to travel carefully around the island, and particularly on East Coast Road, which runs down the middle of the island, due to smoke.

The Redland Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up and a QFES Incident Management Team has been established at Dunwich.

Council urges residents to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire.

Residents are also advised:

  

Update as at 5pm; Wednesday, 18 September 2019 

The Redlands Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up as a fire continues to burn in swamp land approximately three kilometres south of Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

The fire began last night in an area of inaccessible swamp after dry lightning strikes hit the island.

It is now moving both north towards Amity Point and south towards Speedies Lane and is still burning within containment lines.

There are currently no reports of threat to life or property on the island.

Ground crews from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), National Parks and Wildlife and Redland City Council are supported by fixed and rotary wing water bombing aircraft plus an aerial observer that is mapping the fire.

A large aerial tanker has also dropped a load of fire suppression gel on the southern end of the fire this afternoon.

A QFES Incident Management Team has been established at Dunwich; and Queensland Police and SES crews are also on the island.

Eight people who were evacuated to Dunwich Community Hall overnight have returned to family, but the evacuation centre currently remains open as a precaution.

Council urges residents to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire.

QFES has extended the fire ban for Redlands Coast to Friday, 4 October 2019.

Residents are also advised:

   

Update as at 9am; Wednesday, 18 September 2019 

Eight people were evacuated from their homes south of Amity Point at Seven Mile, North Stradbroke Island last night due to a bushfire burning in inaccessible swamp.

The residents were evacuated to the Dunwich Community Hall where they stayed overnight, however have now moved to stay with family and friends.

There is no current threat to life or infrastructure on the island.

The fire began last night after dry lightning strikes hit the island. It currently has a 100m front and is burning within containment lines, west of the old Peat Mine Track, approximately 2km south of Amity Point.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews, supported by Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) fire crews, National Parks and Wildlife crews and Redland City Council’s Fire Management Team, are fighting the fire.

Additional QFES, Queensland Police, SES and Council crews travelled to the island this morning.

A communications trailer (Cell on Wheels) has also been transported to the island this morning by QFES to assist with radio and mobile phone coverage.

Residents and visitors are advised to travel carefully on East Coast Road, which runs down the middle of the island, due to smoke.

A QFES Incident Management Team is being established at Dunwich.

Council urges residents to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire.

A fire is burning near Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

Residents are also advised:

Testing of meat returns negative poison result but more meat found


Scientific testing of meat found near an Alexandra Hills dog park and a park in Wellington Point last month have both returned a negative response to poison.

However, meat was also found late last week on the footpath of a Victoria Point street.

Council has sent the meat found in Victoria Point to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for testing, and the results may take up to eight weeks to be returned.

Mayor Karen Williams said while it was good news that the meat already tested was found not to have contained poison, residents should remain alert and not be complacent about the safety of their pets.

“It is unclear whether finding the meat at Alexandra Hills and Wellington Point was just a coincidence or if someone left the meat as a sick joke following the recent spate of fatal poisoning of dogs at inner Brisbane parks,” she said.

“Now a third amount of potentially baited meat has been found in our community.

“Baiting is a despicable crime that can be extremely distressing to pet owners.

“There is also the sickening possibility of a child picking up a bait.

“As a community, we need to be vigilant and do whatever we can to guard against such incidents.”

Cr Williams said Council had deployed all available resources at local parks, including cameras, increased patrols and installed signage in response to the potential dog baiting incidents.

“Council will do everything possible to ensure the safety of people and their pets, as well as native wildlife,” Cr Williams said.

“The thought of anyone intentionally trying to harm local pets is deplorable and I urge residents around dog parks and reserves to report any suspicious activity.”

Students sign up for new koala protection campaign


Redlands Coast high school students are at the creative forefront of Redland City Council’s latest campaign to protect koalas.

Mayor Karen Williams said local high schools and colleges were invited earlier this year to take part in Council’s Koalas in Design art challenge, which was aimed at promoting the importance of koala conservation and how Redlands Coast residents could help protect these animals.

“This is an innovative way of engaging students in koala conservation, and their work has culminated in an exhibition this month, which is National Save the Koala Month,” she said.

“The challenge encouraged students in years 7 to 12 to investigate, plan and create a design concept promoting the importance of koalas.

“We asked schools to participate in the challenge as a new way of promoting creative and innovative koala conservation ideas from local high school students, showcasing local artistic talent and acknowledging the significance of the younger generation’s contribution to conservation.

“We see this as a great way to reach and engage younger residents and their schools and families in koala protection.”

Cr Williams said the participating students’ designs were now on display at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), with the winners to be announced soon.

“Prizes will be awarded to the winning school and student teams; and Council will facilitate an artist in residence to work with the overall successful school in 2020 to turn their top design into an enduring artwork for Council’s collection,” she said.

“This initiative encourages students to increase their understanding of koala conservation in an engaging and creative way, and I encourage the community to visit RPAC during the exhibition period to see the students’ designs.”

EXHIBITION DETAILS
Koalas in Design schools art challenge
Art exhibition – open to 31 October, 2019
Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland
Suitable for all ages
Free entry

SMBI jetty concept plans consultation extended


The feedback consultation period on the ferry terminals’ concept designs has been extended to Sunday 6 October 2019.

More detailed preliminary designs will also then be on display at Open Houses in November on each of the islands and mainland where residents can provide feedback face-to-face to the project team.

From these later designs residents will be able to see – and then comment on – more specific features such as weather protection, lighting, colour, seating, queuing capacity and mooring facilities.

Details of November Open Houses are:

  • Russell Island Open House – Saturday 16 November 2019 at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island, from 2:30pm until 5:30pm
  • Macleay Island Open House – Sunday 17 November 2019 at the Macleay Island Community Hall, 32 High Central Road, Macleay Island, from 12:30pm until 4:30pm
  • Karragarra Island Open House – Saturday 23 November 2019 at the Sun Smart Foreshore Playground, 176-200 The Esplanade, Karragarra Island, from midday until 2:00pm
  • Lamb Island Open House – Sunday 24 November 2019 at the Lamb Island Community Hall, 140/142 Lucas Drive, Lamb Island, from 10:00am until midday
  • Mainland Redlands Coast Open House – Thursday 14 November 2019 at the Victoria Point Shopping Centre, 2-34 Bunker Road, Victoria Point, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm

More information is available on the project’s Your Say page (yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au)

Summit provides inspiration for the future


The inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Summit (YES) was held on 13 September at Redlands Performing Arts Centre, providing inspiration for a new generation of innovators.

Mayor Karen Williams said the summit – a joint venture between Redland and Logan city councils and Fiftysix Creations – brought together the best young talent in the region.

“Young people can, and will, change the world,” she told the 500 young people attending the summit, which was part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP).

“You are all change makers.

“You are our future – the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

“While some of you are well advanced on this path, for many others this journey starts here today.”

Cr Williams said hosting YES on Redlands Coast especially presented our local youth with a wonderful opportunity, as the event built on the success of the region’s innovation sector by connecting tomorrow’s entrepreneurs with today’s budding innovators.

She said the summit was one step on Redlands Coast’s journey to becoming a smart city.

“Redlands Coast is the gateway to a lifestyle of technology, innovation and leisure,” she said.

“It is a naturally wonderful place to live, work, do business – and innovate.

“The next step is to build on that foundation and become a smart city – by embracing technology and innovation and using it to improve the way we do business and deliver for our community.

“What pleases me is just how our local innovators, including our students – the entrepreneurs of the future – are climbing on board for this journey.

“Becoming a smart city will help generate local jobs, reducing the high percentage of Redlanders who leave the city for work each day.

“However, we want to go further – we want young entrepreneurs to embed themselves on Redlands Coast.

“I am sure the summit helped by providing inspiration and generating ideas for solutions to the challenges we face as we build our smart city.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, Bendigo Bank’s Garry White, Member for Redlands Kim Richards MP, young entrepreneur Charlie Johnstone, Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell and Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop at the YES Summit.

New artwork a welcome sign for Redlands Coast


Installation of a striking, 11 metre tall artwork that will greet people as they enter Redlands Coast from the north has begun.

The creation by ARTVENTURE’s Paul D. Johnson and Gail Mason, called Passages, will be installed at the corner of Moreton Bay and Redland Bay roads, Capalaba – the northern gateway to the city.

Mayor Karen Williams said the artwork’s theme was strongly connected to the area, telling the story of Aboriginal history, white settlement and the exchange between cultures that continues today.

“The work is based on a seed pod, with its arms depicting the Tingalapa Creek crossing, scar trees, the ringtail possums or ‘kapalla’, from which the area’s name comes, and the bora rings of the Quandamooka People,” she said.

Artist and sculptor Paul D. Johnson at work on ‘Passages’.

“The 11 metre tall central column is a representation of the Phaius orchid, which is native to the area, while the timbers at the base are from the original bridge that crossed Tingalpa Creek circa 1874.

“Subtly lit with colours inspired by local flora and our coastal environment, it will be especially stunning at night and a welcome sight for residents returning home and visitors to Redlands Coast.”

Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson said artist Paul D. Johnson had worked in Capalaba previously, having created Scribble (2003), the Capalaba Regional Park entry statement, which also uses original timbers from the first Tingalpa Creek bridge.

“Work began this week and, all going well, Passages should be in place late next week,” Cr Gleeson said.

“It is part of Council’s vision for a revitalised Capalaba town centre, with plans progressing to transform the nearby shopping precinct into a new town square with improved public transport access and a new library and community facilities.

“This stunning entry statement is another step towards turning Capalaba into a safe and active urban heart that capitalises on its position as the entrance to Redlands Coast.”

SMBI sewerage investigation approved by Council


The future of wastewater infrastructure on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will be explored after Redland City Councillors this week unanimously supported a call from Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards to investigate what would be required to sewer the islands.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Notice of Motion called for Council officers to undertake a comprehensive study on island wastewater and infrastructure needs and the cost of delivering them.

“Council officers have been asked to do the work to assess and list infrastructure needs, likely delivery timeframes and cost,” Cr Williams said.

“They are to bring this body of work back to Council for consideration in the second half of year 2020, before we take it to the community for their input into the future of the SMBIs.”

Cr Edwards said the notice of motion was “one of the key things to happen to the islands”.

“The Notice of Motion sought to give island residents, I believe for the first time, a genuine say in what they want for the future of their islands,” he said.

“We need to have in place a formal process for identifying island infrastructure needs, with the community having the ability to guide Council on planning and delivery of infrastructure.

“The process has to be as expansive as possible, and the community must guide its direction.”

Cr Edwards said a sustainability study into the onsite wastewater systems on the SMBI had been produced by Council in 2011.

“It recognises that the management of domestic wastewater was critical to the long term sustainability of the islands and said a centralised reticulated sewerage network was a potential solution.

“The study identified the density of dwellings was the key risk and that public health risks and negative environmental impacts could result when recommended densities were exceeded.

“We are continuing to see rapid population growth on the islands.

“I am concerned that as density grows, so too does the need for Council to consider onsite wastewater options, including reticulated sewerage for the SMBI.”

Cr Edwards said his motion was not just about sewerage.

“Sewerage options are a starting point but we have to look much more broadly and ascertain if the community wants greater development, and what that will require in terms of infrastructure to handle it,” he said.

“This motion allows up to one year for officers to holistically review and study what has happened, where we are headed and what options are on the table.

“Council needs to understand what we are faced with, what needs to be done and how to plan the delivery of a solution in a financially affordable timeframe.

“This body of work will then be brought back to the community, who will be asked to tell us exactly what they want the future of the islands to look like.”

Council urges community to be prepared for bushfires


Redland City Council is stepping up preparations and is urging residents to remain alert and be prepared as the bushfire rating on Redlands Coast remains dangerously high.

Mayor Karen Williams said it was vitally important that residents were prepared should fires ignite.

“Redlands Coast has been spared from major blazes to date but given the current conditions and what we have learnt from past events there is always the potential for fire and I urge residents to be prepared and to not be complacent,” she said.

“Multi-agency firefighting resources and capability on Redlands Coast have been assessed, the Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) has been prepared and staffing for LDCC and evacuation teams readied.”

Cr Williams said Council was holding a series of community information sessions and distributing fire preparedness information across the city.

“Fire preparedness information leaflets have been distributed to IGAs at Mount Cotton, Redland Bay and Russell Island and SPA Macleay Island,” she said.

“This information will also be made available to local households and at ferry terminals at Toondah Harbour, Victoria Point and Weinam Creek.

“Our island Community Champions have been readied to provide information to the community.

“It is very much a case of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.”

Cr Williams said three community information sessions scheduled for this weekend across the Redlands Coast mainland and islands would include bushfire preparedness sessions.

“A local fire ban remains in place for Redlands Coast and the Brisbane region until at least midnight on Sunday, September 15,” she said.

“All permits to light fires previously issued in the area have been cancelled, so this means no open fires.”

Cr Williams said Council had undertaken a systematic program of controlled burns and other actions across the city over winter and spring to reduce fuel loads.

“So far this year there have been 28 controlled burns (120ha), compared to 17 in 2018 (72ha),” she said.

“The fire preparedness budget has been increased significantly and new fire trails added.

Community Information Sessions

North Stradbroke Island open house
Saturday 14 September, 10am to 12pm
Amity Point Community Hall, Ballow Street, Amity Point

Mt Cotton fire preparedness information session (following the Redlands Coast Regional Sport and Recreation Precinct Community Information Session)
Sunday 15 September, 12pm to 1pm
Mount Cotton Hall, corner Seaview and Mount Cotton roads

Macleay Island fire preparedness information session
Sunday 15 September, 3pm to 4pm
32 High Central Road, Macleay Island

Tasks you can do today:
• Clear debris from roof gutters
• Clear up your yard
• Create an emergency evacuation kit
• Have a plan for what you would do and where you would go in an emergency
• Get to know who your neighbours are so you can be a source of support for each other in the event of an emergency
• There is great advice about preparing on Council’s Redlands Disaster Plan website: redlandsdisasterplan.com.au
• Keep an eye on Council’s social media – Facebook and Twitter: you don’t need an account

Should a fire take place:
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 twitter feeds and links)
• Council news and twitter are directly accessible from Council’s website: redland.qld.gov.au
612 ABC Radio
• Local radio BayFM 100.3
• QFES on Facebook and Twitter
• Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

Spring ‘green’ your garden and save on a green waste bin


Mainland Redlands Coast residents will have an extra incentive to snap up a household green waste bin this spring with Council waiving the usual $30 bin establishment fee from 6 September to 31 October 2019.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said spring was the perfect time to remind keen gardeners that their garden waste could easily be diverted from landfill by ordering a green waste bin and using Council’s fortnightly kerbside collection service*.

“We are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and the single biggest thing our mainland residents can do to help is order and use a green waste bin, if they don’t already have one,” Cr Williams said.

“Audits of waste from kerbside collections show that almost a third of what goes into general waste wheelie bins is actually green waste from householders’ gardens.

“Last financial year almost 2,400 Redlands Coast households signed up for a green waste bin, bringing the total number of households with a bin to 13,874.

“I thank all those residents, whose green waste is now being diverted from landfill and sent by Council for composting into soil and landscaping products; and I encourage those without a green waste bin to order one online during our promotional period.

“The $30 bin establishment fee will be completely waived, and the ongoing cost of the bin equates to just $1.20 a week on your rates.

“As well as cost savings, residents will save time and effort previously spent taking green waste to one of our waste transfer stations.

“Just a reminder that all Council transfer stations are also free for non-commercial users, so now is the perfect time to undertake a spring clean and also tidy up properties ahead of the summer fire season.”

Promotion details:

 Limited time deal for mainland residents: 6 September – 31 October 2019

Mainland household green waste bins ordered during this period will not incur the usual bin establishment fee, saving $30.

Order online from 6 September 2019.

More information: 3829 8999

 * The household green waste collection service is available to mainland residents only.