Monthly Archives: February 2020

The fun part starts at Thornlands Community Park

Work is underway on the next phase of a multi-million dollar upgrade to Thornlands Community Park.

Mayor Karen Williams said works would include a raft of new playground elements and other fun features like water play elements.

“Once completed, Thornlands Community Park will be a major drawcard for residents and visitors – a destination people seek out for recreation and fun,” she said.

“Last year, Council completed below-ground works such as the installation of services that allow this next phase of work to be done.

“We are getting to the fun bit now, with all-abilities play elements, including a swing and orbit, accessible sand scoops and a sensory play centre to be installed.

“Nature and water play will also be incorporated, with the hope this stage of the park will be open by mid-year.

“I know Redlands Coast residents love their local parks, and this project is part of Council’s $9.5 million investment into local parks, playgrounds and sports fields this year.”

Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said Thornlands Community Park was being created on land Council acquired on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road to meet the open space and recreational needs of the Thornlands community.

He said this phase of works would provide a range of facilities that would contribute significantly to local amenity and liveability.

“Thornlands Community Park has been designed to be a social, relaxing, dynamic and outdoor space, connecting distinct zones for a variety of activities and uses,” he said.

“Play spaces appeal to different ages and abilities – from a climbing structure, spinner and double cableway for the adventure seekers, to a farmer themed play centre in the toddler area to inspire young imaginations.”

The new additions will add to the existing picnic area, kick-about space, off-street parking, and public amenities.

The project is due for completion, weather permitting, by the end of May 2020.

Redland City Council agrees to ferry terminal deal

Redland City Council has agreed to a deal that will pave the way for the upgrade of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands ferry terminals.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had resolved to sign the funding agreement for the upgrades after extensive negotiations with the state Department of Transport and Main Roads and island residents.

“We are now hopeful that the department swiftly does likewise so we can get these desperately needed projects under way,” Cr Williams said.

Mayor Karen Williams and Councillor for Division 5 Mark Edwards at Russell Island ferry terminal, the first in line for upgrade.

“Council has worked hard and in good faith with the department and the island communities to ensure this project aligns with community expectations and includes commercial and development opportunities.

“It’s an exciting project with huge benefits for Redlands Coast so, having taking it to the stage where it is ready to be signed off, we are keen for that to happen without delay – especially as funding is available through the Passenger Transport Infrastructure Investment Program (PTIIP).”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards thanked the community for input over the years which had informed the terminals’ detailed designs.

The project includes upgrading or replacing the terminals – including jetties, gangways and pontoons – on Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands over four years. The plans also include repurposing existing ferry pontoons for recreational uses such as fishing and mooring.

“Thank you especially to everyone who submitted their feedback during the concept design and preliminary design phases,” Cr Edwards said.

“I’m looking forward to construction starting as soon as possible on the Russell Island ferry terminal, which will be the first to undergo an upgrade.

“The SMBI community has waited a long time to see the terminals receive the significant upgrades that they and Council have fought for and which are not just a daily necessity for island residents but vital to Redlands Coast economic future.”

For more information and project updates, please visit Council’s SMBI Ferry Terminals Upgrade webpage.

Impacts of wet weather update – 5.17pm, 14 February 2020

Update as at 5.17pm, Friday 14 February 2020

Sand bagging
The sand bagging station at Council’s South Street Depot, Cleveland will be closed for the weekend.

The following self-service sand bagging stations will continue to operate across the weekend and will accessible all hours:
•  Russell Island Council Depot – Entry via High Street
•  North Stradbroke Island Council Depot – Entry via Mitchell Crescent
• Macleay Island Council Depot – Entry via Scarborough Terrace
• Lamb Island – Corner Lucas Drive and Resthaven Drive

All other information remains current from the previous update earlier today (1.28pm, 14 Feb).

Leslie Harrison Dam level has reduced to 112% this afternoon and continues to spill.

Capalaba Regional Park, Capalaba Soccer fields and the Capalaba Greyhound track are underwater

Capalaba Regional Park

1.28pm, Friday 14 February 2020

Sand bagging
Self-service sand bagging stations are located at:

OPEN 7am – 6pm, Monday – Friday
CLOSED Saturday – Sunday

• Cleveland South Street Council Depot – Entry via South Street

OPEN 24 hours
•  Russell Island Council Depot – Entry via High Street
•  North Stradbroke Island Council Depot – Entry via Mitchell Crescent
• Macleay Island Council Depot – Entry via Scarborough Terrace
• Lamb Island – Corner Lucas Drive and Resthaven Drive

Shovel, bags and sand provided.
Wear enclosed shoes, bring a buddy to help carry heavy loads and remember to bend your knees when lifting.
More information on sandbagging

Road conditions
Water is over the road at the following locations:
• Pitt Road, Birkdale (between Collingwood and Nelson roads)
• Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point (at the spillway for Sovereign Waters lake)
Proceed with caution and drive to conditions.

Details on road conditions in Redland Coast can be found by clicking on the green tile on our Disaster Dashboard.

State wide details on road closures can be found at

Tracks and trails and sporting field closures
Due to heavy rain, Council has closed all tracks and trails at Scribbly Gums Reserve (Cleveland Track Park) and Bayview Track Park, Redland Bay.

Our track and trail network throughout conservation areas and bushland reserves has sustained damage and heavy erosion in many areas across Redlands Coast. It will take some time to assess damage and carry out repairs. Please exercise caution and expect some tracks to be closed due to fallen trees, hazards and repair work over the coming months. We thank you for patience and observing trail closures where necessary. Areas that may be impacted include Bayview Conservation Area, Scribbly gums conservation area, Emu Street Bushland Refuge, Summit Street Bushland Refuge, Greater Glider Conservation Area and Squirrel Glider Conservation Area.

All sporting fields in Redlands Coast remain closed at this time.

Council will continue to monitor conditions to determine when these facilities can be re-opened.

Stay out of water
We currently advise against any contact with flood waters, creeks, storm water drains and recreational water sites throughout Redlands Coast. The ongoing wet weather has increased the potential for unexpected hazards and routine water sampling has detected elevated bacterial levels at several sites.
Council will continue to monitor the recreational water quality.

Flood water safety
Do you know what to do if you or your home is affected by flooding? Prepare to stay safe by ensuring you know what to do in different scenarios.
Make your plan here:

Emergency contacts and assistance
In emergency situations always call triple zero (000).
Use SES 132 500 for immediate response calls and 000 for emergency situations.

Stay updated
Visit the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather updates.
Listen to 612 ABC radio and local radio station Bay FM 100.3.
Monitor Council’s Redlands Coast Disaster Dashboard website that incorporates emergency services and Council messaging and is also where a disaster management plan can be accessed.

Council opens applications for Redlands Coast Youth Reference Group

Council is urging Redlands Coast residents aged 18 to 30 years who want a greater say in the city’s future to apply to join the inaugural 2020 Redlands Coast Youth Reference Group.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was keen to connect with the youth of Redlands Coast to hear their opinions about local services, events, strategies and plans.

“Young people are the future of our city and it is important their voices are heard,” she said.

“Being part of the Redlands Coast Youth Reference Group will allow the volunteer members to have a strong voice in the city’s future while building leadership skills.”

Cr Williams said a number of Council initiatives were focussed on the city’s young people; and the reference group would have a major role in their planning.

“The group will be able to have a say on exciting initiatives such as our Redlands Youth Strategy, Redlands Coast Youth Action Plan, local Youth Day Out and Careers Expo,” she said.

“Input from Redlands Coast’s youth will be invaluable to ensure these strategies and events hit the mark and empower our younger people to help build a stronger future.”

The reference group comes from a Notice of Motion from Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty, who said Council also wanted to hear from Redlands Coast’s youth on topics such as city development and liveability, the environment, jobs, technology and transport.

“There are no minimum requirements needed to be part of the group and I urge the city’s younger residents to consider joining and have a say about our community’s future,” she said.

“Establishing such a group will ensure the youth of our city will be heard now and into the future.”

Applications for the 2020 Redlands Coast Youth Reference Group are open until Wednesday, 4 March 2020.

For further information and to access an application form, visit Council’s Redlands Coast Youth Reference Group webpage or email

Council to negotiate ramping up access to Moreton Bay

Redland Bay is one step closer to another public boat ramp after Redland City Council this week resolved to negotiate the acquisition of land for the ramp, parking and recreational purposes.

Mayor Karen Williams said the need for an additional boat ramp at Redland Bay was raised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) in its Queensland Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study – 2017.

“The Redlands Coast is a boaties paradise with a one of the highest number of registered boat owners in the State, “ Cr Williams said.

“The beautiful Moreton Bay is a big part of why people love living here and Council is committed to providing additional access to our bay and this is just one of several projects being looked at that will help us achieve that.”

Councillor for Division 6 Julie Talty said that as part of the approval for the Shoreline development in southern Redland Bay, the developer would contribute towards the boat ramp.

“This agreement is part of ensuring our entire community has access to recreational opportunities,” she said.

“I am delighted it will benefit our existing residents – who have long expressed the need for another public boat ramp – as well as newcomers.

“This week’s decision marks an important step in delivering for all.

“We can now start trying to acquire the land to make the boat ramp a reality.”

Council to call for expressions of interest on Alexandra Hills land

Redland City Council will breathe new life into former Department of Agriculture and Fisheries land in Macarthur Street, Alexandra Hills with an Expression of Interest to explore tourism, economic and recreational opportunities.

Council purchased the land in 2018 after many years of negotiation with consecutive state governments.

Mayor Karen Williams said the property, located in the heart of Redlands Coast, had important environmental and cultural heritage values and potential for community use.

“The expression of interest process will encourage uses that complement the land’s current Conservation zoning and environmental values,” she said.

“Possible uses may be nature based tourism, a recreational vehicle tourist park, or camping and glamping.

“Submissions will be encouraged to propose community infrastructure that can be used by the broader community, such as recreational trails that connect to nearby recreational areas, or other public uses.”

Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott said Council had worked over many years to secure the land.

“This is a great opportunity to explore what could be done on this property, including a mix of tourism and community purposes,” he said.

“There is good access to a main road and plenty of nature based trails nearby, so I have no doubt the EOI will provide options that complement the existing natural surrounds while at the same time opening up some economic and tourism opportunity.”

Cr Williams said the Expression of Interest would add to the innovation and technology investment supported by Council at the adjacent Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Redlands and Queensland Crop Development Research Facility.

“There is some amazing green energy technology and innovation being developed at the research facility that is being supported by Council,” she said.

“Just last week I met with potential investors at the research station and I know there is more exciting innovation to come.

“This EOI will complement the work being done on that neighbouring site by creating an economic precinct while at the same time protecting our naturally wonderful environment.”

She said the expression of interest process was expected to commence in coming months, with information to be made available on Council’s website in due course.

Council moves to protect important koala habitat

Redland City Council has moved quickly to try and protect vegetation that has fallen through the cracks of the State Government’s new South East Queensland koala mapping and legislation.

Redland City Mayor, Karen Williams today asked officers to urgently investigate ways to protect the 7,675 hectares of land previously protected under State koala provisions but now excluded under the recently adopted State Government mapping.

“When the State Government released their draft mapping we were shocked to see so much of our previously protected land excluded, and we made this crystal clear in our submission to the State, as did our residents,” she said.

“We naively hoped the State would listen to our concerns but then suddenly last week they rushed through the legislation, showing a complete disregard for our feedback.

“So today, Councillors made it clear that if the State doesn’t care about koala habitat, then we will do what we can to protect it.”

Cr Williams said there had been large amounts of misinformation from the State Government with regards to the land previously protected by State koala provisions.

“I have heard the Minister and local member claim that Council mapping included urban areas where koalas don’t live and suggested the areas they removed from koala mapping aren’t important to our koala population,” she said.

“Our mapping suggests otherwise with several koalas tracked within the areas that the State Government will no longer protect under their new mapping and legislation.

“Following today’s decision we will look at all and any options to protect areas critical to our local koala populations, including planning scheme amendments and Temporary Local Planning Instruments to give us the time to investigate longer-term options.”

As part of today’s Mayoral Minute Council officers will provide options in May for Council consideration.

Apply for a Council Community Grant – 2019/2020 Round 2 now open

Do you have a Redlands Coast community-based program, project or event that needs an injection of funding to support the efforts of you or your organisation?

Round 2 of Redland City Council’s Community Grants and Sponsorship program (for 2019/20) is now open for Community grants, with sponsorship applications being accepted from 17 February.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council provided financial assistance to individuals and organisations, helping them run projects that benefitted the local community.

“Since 2009 we have awarded more than 1,000 grants and sponsorship totalling more than $6 million,” Cr Williams said.

“Our aim is to maximise benefits for the community and ensure the fair distribution of resources.

“All applications go through a competitive assessment process that ensures equity, openness and transparency.”

Cr Williams said it was through community grants that Council helped fund initiatives across a range of areas, including economic development, community development, sport and recreation, cultural heritage, the arts, and the environment.

“When applying, there are four community grant categories to choose from: organisational support, project support, conservation and capital infrastructure,” she said.

“The Grants and Sponsorship Team is also offering a free Strategic Planning Workshop in early-March which has been so popular that it has already booked out.

“But Council is keeping a waiting list for another workshop if there is a need.

“Phone the Grants and Sponsorship Team on 3829 8999 to express your interest.”

Key dates – 2019/2020 Grants and Sponsorship Program

• Strategic Planning Workshop – 6–9pm, Tuesday 3 March 2020 (waiting list applies)
• Grants – Round 2 now open. Applications accepted until 2 March 2020
• Sponsorship – Round 2 opens soon. Applications will be accepted from 17 February 2020.

To book a meeting with the Grants and Sponsorship Team and for a fact sheet with all the details, visit Council’s website.

Wet weather alert: avoid contact with flood waters, creeks, stormwater drains and recreational water sites

With wet weather forecast to continue across the region, Redlands Coast residents are urged to avoid contact with flood waters, creeks, stormwater drains and even recreational water sites where unexpected hazards and an elevated level of bacteria could be present.

Low levels of enterococci bacteria and other hazards are often found in waterways, with risks and elevated bacterial levels often higher during and after heavy rainfall.

Council’s routine recreational water monitoring program has identified elevated levels of bacteria at a number of sites throughout Redlands Coast. Officers will continue to monitor water quality.

For more information about Council’s recreational water monitoring program please visit our Recreational Water Quality webpage.

Government investment critical for future Redlands Coast transport improvements

Redland City Council will lobby the State Government to establish a Public Transit Authority and increase investment in State roads after adopting the Redlands Coast Transport Strategy today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the development of the strategy over the past eighteen months had included substantial stakeholder and community engagement.

“While the Strategy identifies Council led priorities, including trunk infrastructure and travel behaviour priorities, it has again highlighted the State’s influence over critical Redland transport priorities.

“Not surprisingly, the strategy review and engagement identified the priority for investments in the Eastern Busway and Cleveland rail duplication, as well as essential upgrades to the state road network.

“Engagement also showed a disconnect between different public transport modes such as ferries and buses, and in response, we will advocate for the State to establish a Public Transit Authority to oversee all Public Transport operations and investment across the region.

“Recently, I have spoken with several public transport operators who all believe a Public Transit Authority would help coordinate services and investment across the region, delivering better results for passengers.

“Nowhere is the need for this coordination more evident than our city of islands where residents often have to catch multiple modes of transport.

“Nothing is more frustrating than wasting time waiting at a bus stop because the bus timetable doesn’t line up with the ferry, or even worse seeing the bus pull away just as the ferry arrives.

Cr Williams said the transport strategy highlighted a need for increased funding for State roads and public transport in and out of the city.

“While more than 60 per cent of our workers commute out of the city each day, only 14 per cent are willing to do so by public transport, directly reflecting community frustration with poor service frequency, travel time and connectivity.

“Essential state road improvement priorities identified in the review, include Capalaba intersections, Cleveland Redland Bay Road, Finucane Road – Shore Street and Mount Cotton Road – Boundary Road.

“While the Redlands Coast Transport Strategy has highlighted the importance of advocacy for substantial transport network investments by Government, it has also focused on priorities to address transport and travel behaviours at the local level.

“Council is actively working on initiatives including local area transport planning, rideshare, autonomous vehicle trials and modelling changes to parking and our urban landscape connectivity to encourage higher public transport, walkability and cycling use.

“Ultimately though, achieving these Redland Coast Transport priorities requires Queensland Government collaboration and a significant step-up in State investment in our shared transport future.”