Monthly Archives: August 2020

Contact tracing for Redland Bay rugby union club


COVID-19 contact tracing is underway for anyone who was at the Southern Bay Cyclones rugby union game against Logan Saints last Friday 21 August between 8pm and 10pm at the Redland Bay club grounds.

If you were there at this time and develop even the mildest symptoms get tested.

More information – https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

Places to get tested – https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics

Banana plantation housing lots more than 100 years old


Redland City Council wishes to advise residents that recently built homes constructed on the site of a former banana farm at Redland Bay do not form part of a new development subdivision.

The original Broadwater Terrace plantation was set across more than 30 existing residential blocks, believed to have been created as part of the original village survey in 1884.

While Council understands that historically the lots were in the hands of one family, they are now owned by multiple property owners.

Under the Redland City Plan, these lots are within the Medium Density Residential Zone, which allows dwelling houses to be built on each individual block and a planning application to Council for this is not required.

The housing designs are assessed under the requirements of the Queensland Development Code (QDC), which provides a building standards framework specific to Queensland.

At the time these blocks were subdivided – more than 100 years ago – there was no requirement to provide a public footpath.

However, Council’s infrastructure plan does identify public footpaths for the area in the near future.

COVID-19 alert for Birkdale 12RND Fitness attendees


Birkdale 12RND Fitness, 3/190 Birkdale Road, in the group of shops next Birkdale Fair Shopping Centre, has been named by Queensland Health as a site attended by a person who recently tested positive to COVID-19.

Queensland Health is advising anyone who was at the gym on the morning of Wednesday 19 August 2020 from 8am-9.30am to monitor their health and, if they have even the slightest of symptoms, self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

Common symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of taste and loss of smell.

Queensland Health advises people may also experience other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting or loss of appetite.

Birkdale 12RND Fitness has advised it has closed for the week.

For an extensive list of locations, times and dates, please visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/…/cor…/current-status/contact-tracing

To find your nearest fever clinic, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.

The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

New COVID-19 restrictions in Redland City to home visits, public gatherings and visits to aged care, disability accomodation facilities and hospitals


The State Government announced today new COVID-19 restrictions for areas including Redland City.

Under the changes, that are effective immediately, there can only be a maximum of 10 visitors in your home, including the members of your household that live there.

In addition, public gatherings can only have a maximum of 10 people including yourself.

This does not apply to businesses which are using a COVID-19 safe plan.

There are also new restrictions around visiting residential aged care, disability accommodation facilities and hospitals.

The areas affected by these new restrictions are: Redland City, Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Moreton Bay.

Across the rest of Queensland a maximum of 30 people in your home including the members of your household and public gatherings must have no more than 30 people.

For more information from the Queensland Government visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update

Council seeks explanation from State for Redland Bay area in urban footprint


Redland City Council has asked for an explanation from the State Government as to why they included a Redland Bay area in the urban footprint of the SEQ Regional Plan, before Councillors decide if they will support structure planning to consider future urban development in the area.

Deputy Mayor Cr Julie Talty said Council passed an urgent item at this week’s Council meeting calling for the explanation following a request for a structure plan to be developed for the Southern Redland Bay Expansion Area.

“Councillors have been asked if they support developers progressing a structure plan for the Southern Redland Bay Expansion Area, which is bounded by Kidd Street, Serpentine Creek Road and the Shoreline project,” she said.

“This area is zoned rural in our city plan, so Council wants to ensure the best outcomes for the area and would like to know why the State Government has decided it should be included in the urban footprint at this time; effectively nominating it for an urban use.

“We are frustrated by the State Government deciding parts of the city should be made available for residential growth without the necessary infrastructure to support it and, on behalf of the community, we are asking for an explanation.

“In their SEQ Regional Plan submission report the State Government claims the area was included in the urban footprint because Council nominated it for investigation in our draft city plan; but what they fail to point out is that this investigation was a Ministerial Direction from the State Government, which they then followed by including it in the urban footprint.”

This week’s decision was made after Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell moved an urgent item without notice to write to the State Government, which focussed on ensuring State infrastructure matched the growth required by the State Government.

“Council is tired of being forced to accept growth by the State without the necessary State infrastructure to support it and today’s decision is about taking a stand on behalf of our community,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The State made the decision to include this area in the urban footprint so it is incumbent on them to explain why to the community and how they intend to provide the infrastructure needed to support it.

“Following their response we will then consider whether we support a structure plan in the area, focussing on ensuring infrastructure supports the area.”

Council to consult on Geoff Skinner Wetlands Reserve


Redland City Council will call for feedback on the benefits of low-key recreational use and the environmental values of Geoff Skinner Wetlands Reserve at Wellington Point.

Deputy Mayor Julie Talty said the decision made at this week’s General Meeting also included confirming with the State Government that they had no plans to upgrade the end of Bligh Street to a designated boat ramp.

“We know some people have been using the area to launch kayaks and some small motorised boats, but at the end of the day the Department of Transport and Main Roads do not consider this location as a boat ramp, so we will write to them to confirm their position,” Cr Talty said.

“This response, together with feedback from the community will then help Council decide how the road is managed moving forward.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the Geoff Skinner Wetlands Reserve was a significant conservation corridor with high biodiversity.

“This area was purchased through Council’s environmental levy and will continue to be enhanced through rehabilitation and maintenance,” Cr Boglary said.

“An 18-month trial closure of Bligh Street has provided an opportunity to enhance the area’s natural values, improving the space for nature enthusiasts, walkers and cyclists.

“Since the trial road closure commenced in December, 2018, there has also been a notable reduction in hooning and antisocial behaviour in the wetlands, which supports why Council bought the land in the first place.

“With this information, and the additional engagement approved by Council, we will be able to decide the longer-term options for the road and wider conservation area.”

Cr Boglary said that since development of the Geoff Skinner Wetlands Concept Plan, Council had undertaken weed and rubbish removal, plus revegetation works.

“With these improvements, along with tree plantings by the Koala Action Group, locals have seen several bird species return,” Cr Boglary said.

“Many residents are now following our local koala population which frequents the area.

“The environmental significance of this area is evident with valuable saltpans, internationally recognised wetlands for migratory birds and habitat for koalas, along with other bird and animal species.

“Swamp wallabies are also regularly seen in the area.”

Cr Boglary said renewed environmental interest in the wetlands had also helped local businesses.

“With the Wellington Point Village a short stroll from the area, the increase in visitations by bird watching enthusiasts and walkers has also been a local economic benefit,” Cr Boglary said.

 

Upgrade complete as Council recycles more than 66 per cent of waste received at centres


Redland City Council’s Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre has re-opened after a $1.8 million upgrade.

Mayor Karen Williams said the work would significantly improve the stormwater quality leaving the site, while also improving traffic flow and functionality for the thousands of residents who used the centre every year.

“Redlands Coast recycling and waste centres are a place for residents to drop off their unwanted items, which are then taken to various facilities across south-east Queensland for recycling or disposal,” Cr Williams said.

“Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre processed more than 220,000 transactions last year and the upgrade works have been designed to improve customer experience and safety, while delivering on our environmental management commitments.”

Cr Williams said that in the 2019/20 year Council recycled more than 66 per cent of the 51,156 tonnes of total household waste dropped off by customers at all eight recycling and waste centres.

Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre recycles a large number of products, including: bricks and concrete, car batteries, cardboard, clothing and textiles, electronic waste, fridges and freezers, gas bottles, green waste and timber, motor oil, polystyrene, scrap metal, tyres and cooking oil.

“There is also a drop-off area for items that can be re-sold at RecycleWorld and re-used within the community,” Cr Williams said.

“Upgrade works included creating dedicated drop-off lanes for RecycleWorld items and waste oil, while the resource recovery area in the lower part of the centre was extended so that customers can temporarily park and drop off cardboard.”

Cr Williams said the gravel area on top of the hill was bitumen sealed with an innovative process that used recycled tyres.

“Council worked with road construction company RPQ Group to use crumbed rubber blended bitumen to resurface the 22,000sq m upper level of the centre,” Cr Williams said.

“The process recycled the equivalent of approximately 550 used passenger tyres.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the resurfacing was also designed to improve the facility’s stormwater quality entering Tarradarrapin Creek, and reduce maintenance costs.

“The bitumen surface means there is no longer a requirement for dust suppression using a water truck,” Cr Huges said.

“The previous gravel surface also required maintenance at least twice each year.”

Cr Huges said work on the upper level included a new layout and line marking.

“This area is used to temporarily store green waste, timber, scrap metal and other resources before they are further processed,” Cr Huges said.

“There are now clearer traffic flow paths and more defined lanes to each of the recycling stockpile drop-offs, which will improve vehicle queuing and safety for customers.”

Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre, at 555-607 Old Cleveland Road East, is open seven days from 7am, closing at 5pm in winter and 5.30pm from September 1. Vehicles must arrive 15 minutes before closing time.

Council fibre network set to improve internet connectivity on Redlands Coast


A Redland City Council plan to install a fast internet fibre network is set to unlock connectivity for businesses across Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said the new Council-owned fibre network would provide significant savings for Council’s own existing operating costs, while also offering capacity to improve services for local businesses.

“The decision to install a fibre network follows several years of Council investigations, engaging with NBN Co and a number of industry telecommunications providers to investigate the best way to deliver high-speed broadband services to Redlands Coast businesses,” Cr Williams said.

“NBN Co has rolled out on Redlands Coast for residences, but it has limited business-grade services available.

“Council’s plan is focused on providing better connectivity across Council buildings, with spare fibre able to then be accessed to nearby businesses, delivering significant economic opportunity.”

Cr Williams said that as part of the investigations, Council had also reviewed the connectivity of its own offices and installations.

“Currently Council spends more than $200,000 on a complex network of fibre, microwave, wireless, 4G broadband, point-to-point Wi-Fi, radio (VHF/UHF) and fixed-line DSL services,” Cr Williams said.

“In addition to being costly, this technology also provides varying degrees of service, prompting Council to look for ways to improve our connectivity as well as supporting our businesses.”

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the project had been made possible through the Palaszczuk Government’s Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package, which provided $50 million to 12 south-east Queensland Councils, in addition to $50 million from the 2020-21 COVID Works for Queensland program.

“The pandemic has delivered a severe blow to economies around the world, including right here in Queensland,” he said.

“However, Queensland’s plan for economic recovery is being rolled out right now and that includes this package, which delivered $2 million to this Council, tipped to support or create more than 40 jobs.

“The Council also received more than $2.8 million through the COVID Works for Queensland program, which is supporting or creating almost 35 jobs.

“This is an economic injection into the region of almost $5 million, which will make a big difference to financial security for families and workforces.”

Cr Williams said stage 1 of Council’s plan would connect Council’s administration building in Cleveland to its South Street Depot, before continuing on to the IndigiScapes centre in Alexandra Hills via Council’s animal shelter, providing opportunities to nearby businesses.

“Work on this first stage is expected to begin early in the new year, with Council also planning future routes to connect to Capalaba and Victoria Point,” Cr Williams said.

“In addition to saving Council $900,000 over the 20-year life of the infrastructure, this fibre could also deliver an economic return to Council with the spare fibre to be available to businesses through telecommunications carriers.

“A fibre network offers a number of key economic and community benefits to our city, including enhanced connectivity for our schools, hospital and other vital community infrastructure.

“The new fibre network will provide high bandwidth and additional connectivity capacity for Redlands Coast and create a higher likelihood of an accelerated 5G rollout.”

Redlands Coast played crucial role in WWII victory messages


A former top-secret US military base hidden in Redlands Coast is being remembered for the crucial role it played in announcing that World War II was over.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it had remained relatively unknown that the radio receiving station, built by the United States Army at Birkdale, had been a vital link in receiving and sharing the news that Japan had surrendered – signalling the end of the war.

“As our local community marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day tomorrow (August 15), it is fitting that we acknowledge the crucial role Redlands Coast played in this significant event,” Cr Williams said.

“This site was regarded as one of the most important South Pacific communications centres supporting the Allied Forces, and it played a critical role in connecting General Douglas MacArthur from his Brisbane base to Washington DC.

“High-frequency encrypted radio messages were received at the Birkdale station and then relayed via cable to Brisbane’s war offices.

“To our knowledge this is the last remaining building of its kind in Australia.”

Cr Paul Bishop, Mayor Karen Williams and Redlands RSL Sub-Branch Military Wellbeing Advocate Volunteer Graham Hinson inside the Birkdale radio receiving station.

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said a number of interesting stories surrounding local World War II military activities were starting to be revealed – and many had remained secret for decades.

“When Redland City Council purchased the site from the Federal Government in December last year, it was the first time there had been access by others outside the Commonwealth Government, to what was otherwise a top-secret military site,” Cr Bishop said.

“VP Day is an important opportunity for us to recognise the significant war efforts that went on right within our community.

“For the first time, we are finding out incredible stories that we now need to record and keep for future generations.”

In commemorating VP Day, Cr Bishop likened local efforts during the battle of World War II to current challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Once again we are faced with a global threat,” Cr Bishop said.

“The events from 75 years ago represent a reminder to us of the last time our resilient local community was fighting an invisible enemy, facing austerity and working as one in lockstep with government leaders.”

Redlands RSL Sub-Branch Military Wellbeing Advocate Volunteer Graham Hinson said he had been surprised to discover the secrets of the Birkdale site.

“Having lived on Redlands Coast for 43 years, I did not realise that there was a US Army radio receiver station on the Cotton Farm during WWII – and that it was the first place in Australia to receive the message that the war was over,” Mr Hinson said.

“Redlands RSL has always been community minded, and believes the site to be very important to the history of the Redlands Coast area.

“We at the Redlands RSL Sub-Branch are pleased that it has been heritage listed now for future generations to see.”

Mayor Karen Williams, Redlands RSL Sub-Branch Military Wellbeing Advocate Volunteer Graham Hinson (centre) and Redland City Councillors outside the radio station.

Cr Williams said Council was keen to hear from residents who may have stories to tell about the history of the 61.78ha site.

“The Redlands Coast community has had a long and strong relationship and interest in the Birkdale site over many decades, including its Quandamooka cultural significance and historic role in World War II,” Cr Williams said.

“While much is already known about the land, a great deal of its history is locked in the memories and experiences of residents, with many having childhood stories of the land and the creek.”

To share your stories with Council, visit the Your Say Redlands Coast Birkdale Land page.

Public holiday decision yields positive tourism numbers


Keeping the Redlands Coast Ekka Public Holiday on Monday 10 August has yielded a major tourism boost for Redlands Coast according to local businesses.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said providing two consecutive long weekends for tourists to visit the Redlands Coast was a major reason for Council’s decision to keep the public holiday on the same day it has been for years.

“We know our local businesses are suffering due to COVID and so we decided to maintain the long held tradition of our public holiday on the Monday to give locals a long weekend last week and Brisbane and Logan residents a long weekend to explore Redlands Coast this weekend,” Cr Williams said.

“It seems the plan has worked with the Straddie Chamber of Commerce reporting a 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers for the Redlands Coast long weekend, compared with the previous weekend.”

Straddie bound vehicles waiting at Toondah Harbour for a weekend getaway

Straddie Chamber of Commerce President Col Battersby said the additional visitors were a welcome boost for the island.

“With the end of sand mining last year and now COVID, it’s really important to maintain tourist numbers to the island and Council’s decision to spread the public holiday over two consecutive weekends has helped do that,” Mr Battersby said.

“Plenty of locals already had their trips booked for the Redlands Coast Public Holiday on Monday, so retaining it as the local Ekka holiday meant they could keep their existing holiday plans, which saw local families hit the island to either stay overnight or for a day trip to see the whales.

“This has been further boosted with Brisbane moving its public holiday to today, which means we are seeing plenty of Brisbane families visiting this weekend. It has been a very good week for both overnight and day tourists on the island with two long weekends at each end.”

Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce President Rebecca Young said any type of activation to draw visitors to the Redlands Coast should be seen as a positive, including today’s annual Crazy Day Markets in Cleveland.

Ray & Ros Madden at the busy Cleveland Crazy Day Markets

“In speaking to some of our Cleveland based businesses this morning, they expect to be busy today with our annual Crazy Day Markets and know of people coming into the area from the likes of Wynnum to shop with them,” Ms Young said.

“Giving the opportunity for visitors to the Redlands Coast will showcase what we have to offer tourists, creating the narrative that the Redlands is a destination location, and the tourists will continue to come back and bring others with them!”

This supports Council’s ‘Reconnect on Redlands Coast’ tourism campaign currently in market right across South-east Queensland.