Monthly Archives: January 2020

Everyone is Responsible for Redlands Coast Biosecurity


Redlands Coast homeowners and businesses are being urged to act on their biosecurity obligations to ensure invasive and potentially dangerous pests are identified and managed in the City.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the legal obligations of all community members to identify, report and manage invasive plants and pests is even more critical with drought and bushfires impacting on national biodiversity.

‘Whether it’s the plant you wrongly threw out the back that turns out to be the highly invasive Mother of Millions or the advancing threat of tilapia in our waterways, they all pose risks to our future environment, economy and lifestyle.

“It is essential that Redlands Coast homeowners and businesses understand they have a legal biosecurity responsibility.

A General Biosecurity Obligation’ (GBO) under Queensland’s Biosecurity Act 2014 requires individuals to know about and manage biosecurity risks on properties, and penalties may apply if residents do not meet those obligations.

“We all must take reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk and play our part in stopping their spread,” Cr Karen Williams said.

“This means, for example, stopping critical threats like the potential spread of fire ants in the Redlands Coast and accidentally planting or spreading invasive plants like Singapore daisy or Captain Cook tree.

“Council has adopted a Redlands Coast Biosecurity Plan 2018 to support the biosecurity objectives for the Redlands Coast. The protocols for identifying and managing threats, include property inspections and community education.

“Inspection of known or suspected biosecurity threats on properties has been underway since last year and will continue as part of Council’s legislated obligations to identify and manage risks.

Similarly, Council continues to strategically manage known weeds and pests throughout the city. Particular invasive plants and pest animals can have direct and damaging impacts to agriculture, environment, local economy and social activities.

“We can inadvertently spread biosecurity risks unless we act to make ourselves aware of what they are. We can all work together to help protect our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast”.

“Council will be providing the details for the Redlands Coast Biosecurity Plan 2018 on its Yoursay Redland Coast webpage with an invitation to all the community to visit and provide their feedback.

“I also urge all Redlands Coast community members to visit the Biosecurity Queensland or Council’s biosecurity website pages to learn how they can act to identify and manage potential threats.”

Mowing schedule ramps up


Long-awaited and much-needed rain has fallen across Redlands Coast recently, bringing with it a surge of green grass.

Redland City Council has increased its mowing schedule across the City, with staff and contractors working extended hours, including rostered days off and weekends, to mow the more than the 5.6 million square metres of public space that make up our schedule.

Other areas in south east Queensland are facing the same issues with mowing, with grass growing exceptionally fast due to the ideal weather conditions of recent rain and above-20-degree night temperatures.

Council is taking advantage of every fine day to reduce the grass in local parks and reserves, noting that to avoid damaging the grounds after rainfall, parks need to be dry before mowing.

Council appreciates residents’ patience as we work hard to keep up with the growth.

 

Council critical of South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy


Redland City Council has offered only conditional support for a State Government South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy claiming the current draft lacks detail.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s own koala strategy has supported and funded Redland koala conservation for over a decade as part of the Koala Coast.

“We recognise that Australia’s iconic koalas need protection and Council supports the adoption of a supporting State strategy,” she said.

“But this draft is little more than an expression of good intentions that fails to address critical details of funding, enabling legislation, research, mapping and collaboration.

“While the strategy identifies the importance of collaborative engagement, there has been none in the preparation of this Strategy.

“Importantly, Council wants to know how the State intends to recognise and respond to crucial local government programs like those in place the Redlands Coast or fund new initiatives where the burden inevitably falls on local government.”

Mayor Williams said the timing of the strategy consultation over the peak summer holiday period and its lack of detail means the community is being asked to take the strategy on trust.

“We need to know how the strategy will be implemented, legislated and funded,” she said.

“It discusses collaboration but fails to address exactly how the State will work with Councils and land managers to support existing programs or fund new initiatives.

“While setting a target for reduced koala deaths, the Strategy does not identify how populations will be measured or knowledge shared at the local level.

“It also ignores the Koala Expert Panel recommendation to ensure that locally significant koala habitat can still be protected through local government planning.

“The separate but linked State Koala Priority Area (KPA) mapping, released for brief consultation late last year, would remove almost half the essential Redlands koala habitat including the entire North Stradbroke island population area.

“Additionally, while stating the intention to prohibit clearing within 300,000ha of mapped KPA habitat, the strategy fails to detail how current exemptions or state planning legislation, codes, or offset policy would achieve this.

“Council’s submission to the State will highlight the need to address these issues before the community can be confident the new strategy will actually make a difference.”

Local heroes acknowledged at Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards


A community leader who has been working to help local residents for more than 20 years was named Citizen of the Year at the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards 2020.

John Simpson’s passion to help improve the lives of others started when he joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland in 1997.

Mayor Karen Williams said the people and community groups John has helped were too numerous to mention.

“Some of them include the Circle of Men fellowship group, Wynnum-Redlands Canoe Club, Men’s Shed, local schools, international visitors, Redlands Relay for Life and many others,” she said.

“He really does epitomise the Redlands Coast community spirit and it was a great pleasure to present him with the honour of being our Citizen of the Year.”

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded jointly to Anna Sideris and Dayna Wilson, who together transformed a shipping container into emergency accommodation for families affected by domestic violence.

A special Highly Commended Award went to Layne Utz in the same category for his dedication to the environment and regularly removing rubbish from Redlands Coast streets.

Senior Citizen of the Year is Janelle Pritchard, who works tirelessly to support women with breast cancer through the dragon boat racing group Dragons Abreast Australia.

Cr Williams said choosing winners across the awards’ nine categories was a tough challenge for the judges as all nominees deserved recognition.

“I would like to acknowledge our judges, Dr Robert Anderson OAM, Dr Lyn Bishop OAM and Col Sutcliffe OAM, and thank them for their careful consideration of the nominees,” she said.

“Every nominee is a winner and Redlands Coast is proud of them all for their outstanding contributions to the community.

“It has been a privilege to meet and acknowledge so many dedicated and passionate people who give so much of themselves to help others.

“I want to thank all nominees and winners and assure them that what they do matters and contributes to making Redlands Coast such a great place to live.”

The full list of Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards winners are:

• Citizen of the Year Award –  John Simpson
• Young Citizen of the Year Award (30 years and under) – Anna Sideris and Dayna Wilson
• Senior Citizen of the Year Award (60 years and over) – Janelle Pritchard
• Local Hero Award – Jason Boon
• Community Organisation Award – Bayside Volunteers in Policing
• Cultural Award – Rotary Club of Capalaba (Bayside Blues Festival)
• Environment and Sustainability Award – Peter Tunstall
• Sports Award – Paige Leonhardt (Individual Award) – Redlands Rugby Union U15 Touring Team (Team Award)
• Reconciliation Award – Cooee Indigenous Family and Community Education Centre

Australia Day Awards 2020

Electronic waste collection for island communities


North Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and Southern Moreton Bay islands communities will benefit from an electronic waste collection in February.

Mayor Karen Williams said electronic waste was the fastest growing type of waste worldwide and most could be recycled.

“We all have a part to play in how we dispose of e-waste and conserve valuable resources,” she said.

“Australians generate about 53kg of e-waste per household every year and 80 per cent of that is sent to landfill.

“This special collection will give our island residents an opportunity to clear out old e-waste sitting around their homes.”

Cr Williams said electronic waste contained valuable resources, including rare minerals, steel, iron, copper, aluminium, recyclable plastic and glass.

“Recovering these resources reduces our need to extract raw material through mining,” she said.

“As a nation, we buy more than four million computers and three million televisions every year, so the issue is significant.

“I know island residents have been asking for this service and that’s why I am asking them to take unwanted e-waste to their local transfer stations for collection and recycling during the collection period.

“There is no charge to residents to drop off their e-waste and it will be collected by a licenced e-waste management contractor, dismantled and sorted into each recyclable material type in Brisbane for resale and further recycling.”

Collection details

Island residents can deliver their electronic waste to one of the island waste transfer stations listed below from Friday 7 to Wednesday 22 February, 2020 during normal opening hours.

Electronic waste includes:

  • Televisions (rear projection, plasma, LED, CRT, LCD)
  • Computer equipment, including laptop, notebook and desktop computers, and individual parts such as central processing units and motherboards; and peripheral items, including printers, scanners, fax machines, web cameras, hard and floppy drives, mouse and trackball, and keyboards
  • Kitchen and bathroom appliances that have circuit boards such as toasters, kettles, hairdryers and shavers

Large whitegoods, including refrigerators and washing machines, can be delivered to waste transfer stations as scrap metal at any time during the stations’ normal opening hours.

Island businesses can deliver household equivalent amounts of electronic waste at no charge for collection and are urged to contact Council on 3829 8999 (8am–5pm; Monday–Friday) for advice if they have larger amounts to dispose of.

Island waste transfer stations

Please note, Karragarra Island and Lamb Island residents can deliver electronic waste to a waste transfer station on either Russell Island or Macleay Island.  

Coochiemudlo Island: Elizabeth Street

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am–12pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am–2pm 

Macleay Island: Eastern Road

Monday–Friday: 8am–2pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am–4pm

Russell Island: Davidson Road

Monday–Friday: 8am–2pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8am–4pm 

North Stradbroke Island: East Coast Road

Monday–Friday: 8am–2pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am–3pm

Celebrate Australia Day on Redlands Coast


Redland City Council has organised special Australia Day parking and safety arrangements so everyone can enjoy a relaxing celebration on Redlands Coast.

Additional parking will be open at Toondah Harbour over the Australia Day long weekend for those travelling to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

At Wellington Point, motorists will be able to avoid parking concerns by parking at the Wellington Point Community Hall car park and catching a free shuttle bus that will run along Main Road between the shops and Wellington Point Recreation Reserve from 7am to 6pm on both Sunday 26 and Monday 27 January.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted to ensure everyone could enjoy Redlands Coast’s beautiful coastline, beaches and parks on Australia Day, so Council had extra traffic and litter patrols in place for the comfort and amenity of all.

“In the lead up to the Australia Day long weekend, Council also works with local police, who in the interests of public safety will be patrolling key areas, including the Wellington Point Reserve and other popular places,” she said.

“It would be appreciated if everyone celebrating outdoors could assist by being patient and respectful of others and following the direction of authorities.

“We also urge people to be mindful of helping to keep Redlands Coast the naturally wonderful place it is by not littering and taking their waste home where possible and disposing of it there.”

Over the Australia Day long weekend existing dog-walking and car parking regulations will remain in place and residents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these regulations to ensure they enjoy the day.

Opt in for alerts and be prepared for emergencies


Redland City Council is urging residents to opt in for its new emergency notification text messaging service that will provide subscribers with emergency news, weather warning updates and notification of road flooding at four key locations.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Karen Williams said the opt-in mobile phone text alert and/or email service was an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications.

“Like any region, Redlands Coast is subject to severe weather and climate events and it is important the community can be alerted in time to be prepared,” she said.

“Once registered to the alert notification message service, residents will receive a text message and/or email advising of potentially dangerous weather and bushfires in their local area.

“Residents can also sign up to flooded road notifications for Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point; Avalon Road, Sheldon; Moores Road, Redland Bay; and the corner of Nelson and Pitt roads Wellington Point.”

Cr Williams stressed the service did not duplicate or replace official warnings provided by the Bureau of Meteorology or the State Disaster Coordination Centre.

“This service offers more localised information,” she said.

“Our message system complements messages issued by the State agencies and lets residents know, via local flooded road gauges, which of the above roads are flooded.

“It is important that residents subscribe to the service, as it is an opt-in service, meaning alerts will be sent only to those people who register to receive them.

“Residents can select which warnings they want to receive and whether they wish to receive the messages via email or SMS or both, with all information provided free-of-charge to subscribers.”

The easiest way to sign up is by clicking the opt-in notifications button on Redland City’s disaster dashboard – disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

All data provided by residents is securely stored and not used for any other Council or marketing purposes.

Redlands Coast residents urged to be prepared for long fire season


Redland City Council is urging all Redlands Coast residents to be ready and prepared for the continuing fire season.

Mayor Karen Williams said the devastating national bushfire emergencies were a powerful reminder for all local households to have an emergency plan and to be prepared.

“Council and our local emergency services and agencies are continually working to ‘Get Ready’ and to prepare the city for local emergencies,” she said.

“All QFES and Rural Fire stations on Redlands Coast remain fully prepared.”

Cr Williams said Council’s Local Disaster Coordination Centre was also prepared for immediate activation and Council’s Disaster Planning and Operations Team was maintaining a watching brief on current conditions and received daily briefings from the State Disaster Coordination Centre.

“What people are experiencing in these areas is a powerful reminder that when local fires, storms and floods do occur, our community must have their household emergency plans and know how to respond in an emergency,” she said.

“Emergencies can happen fast and can be frightening and, at times, confusing.

Cr Williams said Council’s Disaster Management Plans for each suburb and island were available on Council’s Redlands Disaster Dashboard at disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

“Council is well prepared, with conditions having allowed 28 prescribed burns in 2019 – an increase of approximately 65 per cent over 2018,” she said.

“Extensive maintenance work has continued across the city’s large network of trails in addition to new trail work at Lagoon Road, Russell Island and planning for further mainland fire trail infrastructure.

“Emergency response teams have also participated in several joint disaster rehearsal exercises designed to help ensure complete readiness.”

Cr Williams said that while Council and emergency agencies had been working hard to prepare the city, it was important everyone in the city took steps now to prepare themselves and their properties.

“I urge everyone to do so also as a mark of respect for those who stand ready to help us when we need them,” she said.

“You and your family will feel safer and more confident if you have prepared, rehearsed and planned.

“Do you know where to go and what is your best escape route in an emergency?

“Have you prepared your ready-to-go emergency kit with vital family documents, prescriptions and essential contacts?

“Have you cleared your gutters and all rubbish away from houses and buildings?

“Do you know your neighbours and what you or they can do to help in an emergency?

“Have you identified somewhere safe or someone who can help look after your pets and livestock?”

Be prepared for fires 

Simple tasks you can do today:
· 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 during emergencies
· There is great advice about preparing at Council’s dedicated disaster management website: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au
· Also keep an eye on Council’s social media – Facebook and Twitter: you don’t need an account

Additional information for fire preparation:
· Keep grass and undergrowth trimmed
· Rake up and reduce leaf litter and overgrown shrubs
· Remove branches overhanging buildings and leaf litter from roofs and gutters
· Store fuels and chemicals away from dwellings
· Move woodpiles away from buildings
· Seal gaps, vents and roof spaces to prevent embers from entering a building
· Display house numbers clearly and provide access for fire trucks

Smart approach to Redlands Coast litter collection


Redland City Council is trialling a solar compacting litter bin in a new high-tech approach to litter disposal.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was hoped smart technology would lead to reduced litter disposal costs and an increase in collection efficiency.

The solar compacting bin, which automatically compresses its contents when needed then advises when it is full, is being trialled at Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland.

“Solar compacting bins could potentially provide benefits in key locations through their capacity to store approximately double the volume of a standard 240 litre wheelie bin, reducing the frequency of collection and also the required number of bins,” Cr Williams said.

“This also reduces visual clutter in foreshore and public place areas.

“Council currently manages almost 500 public litter bins, with collection frequencies varying according to use.

“This technology has the potential for Council to move to an as-needed collection frequency in the future, saving time and ultimately money for our community.”

Cr Williams said Council was also looking at other ‘smart city’ solutions to managing rubbish collections in parks and public places across the city.

“We want Redlands Coast to be a smart city and so we are always looking for ways to improve services while minimising costs through investing in technology,” she said.

Mayor Karen Williams tries out the new solar compacting bin in Cleveland.

Make water saving your New Year’s resolution


While there are currently no water restrictions for Redlands Coast, the hot and dry conditions continue and residents are encouraged to remain water wise and make water savings a New Year’s resolution.

The latest water supply assessment by Seqwater shows that the SEQ Water Grid dams continued to drop during December, losing almost 2.5% over the month.

On the last day of 2019, the SEQ Water Grid combined dam levels were at 56.4%.

For more information: https://www.seqwater.com.au/news/seq-new-years-resolution-save-water-now