Monthly Archives: August 2020

Planned burn scheduled – Friday 14 August 2020


Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation unit will undertake a hazard reduction burn in a section of bushland within the Emu Street Bushland Refuge on Friday 14 August 2020, weather conditions permitting. The location of the burn area is 58 Hillcrest Road, Sheldon – highlighted in yellow on the map.

The purpose of the burn will be to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction.

Preparation of the site will be undertaken in the days leading up to the date of the burn,
and will consist of clearing around significant logs and habitat trees. Some limited test
burning may be conducted during this time.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts
will be made to limit any smoke hazards. Planned burns assist to reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

For more information visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns or phone Council’s Conservation Fire Management Team on 3829 8999.

Recycled tyres drive change at Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre


An innovative tyre recycling program is driving change at Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre.

Council is working with road construction company RPQ Group to use crumbed rubber blended bitumen to resurface a 22,000sq m upper level section of the recycling and waste centre.

Mayor Karen Williams said the upgrade works would repurpose 550 used tyres.

“We know our approach to waste management makes a difference to our local community, our region and the world around us,” she said.

“Our choices impact quality of life for the 157,000 residents who call Redlands Coast home, as well as future generations.

“The more we can recycle, reuse and recover, the less waste needs to go to landfill.”

Cr Williams said RPQ Group was working with local governments to support the recycling industry and utilise their products in construction projects.

“Council engages a tyre recycling contractor but Australia does currently generate 56 million used tyres every year,” Cr Williams said.

“In 2019-2020 RPQ Group sprayed 18 million litres of crumbed rubber throughout Queensland and NSW, recycling the equivalent of about 280,000 tyres.

“Crumbed rubber blended bitumen is becoming a preferred treatment for environmentally conscious councils, ensuring a viable and ongoing market for recycled tyre products.”

Cr Williams said that each year, on average, Council sent 135 tonnes of tyres received at its recycling and waste centres to a recycling facility – with none being sent to landfill.

“Once shredded, the crumbed rubber is used for construction projects, infill in synthetic grass and playground matting and, equestrian products,” Cr Williams said.

“Powdered recycled tyres are used in glue for the building industry while larger chips are also used by sporting clubs as bullet stop in their shooting range.”

Cr Williams said the Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre project was a practical example of Council supporting the circular economy, the recycling industry and local business.

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the resurfacing at Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre would upgrade the drop-off area for green waste, scrap metal, timber, tyres, bricks and concrete, asbestos/cement sheeting, fridges/air conditioning, clean soil, e-waste, car batteries and LPG bottles.

“Transfer stations are no longer just about dumping waste, they are where innovation in recycling and alternative uses are trialled and I am pleased the Birkdale facility is at the heart of that innovation,” Cr Huges said.

She said the centre was currently closed while the upgrades and site maintenance was being carried out, but it was scheduled to reopen on August 17.

“I appreciate the community’s patience and understanding while these vital works are completed.”

Cr Huges reminded residents to either hold onto waste and recyclables or make use of the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre while the Birkdale facility was closed, with commercial operators being asked to use alternative facilities during this period.

Island recycling and waste centres now accept asbestos materials


Redlands Coast island residents and commercial customers are now permitted to dispose of asbestos-containing materials, fibro and cement sheeting materials at their local recycling and waste centres.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council would now permit asbestos-containing materials, fibro and cement sheeting disposal at the recycling and waste centres on Russell, Macleay, Coochiemudlo and North Stradbroke islands.

The material was previously only accepted at mainland recycling and waste centres.

“Asbestos-containing materials, fibro and cement sheeting must be handled properly and disposed of at a licenced facility,” Cr Williams said.

“Accepting these materials at our island recycling and waste centres will make it far more convenient for residents, particularly if they are doing repairs on their homes.”

Cr Williams said the facilities would accept actual or suspected asbestos-containing materials, fibro and cement sheeting up to 10m2 or less than 250kg.

Residential disposal of this amount was free with proof of residency and photo identification. Commercial and non-residential loads would attract a fee. Fees would apply if the material was generated or transported by a commercial builder or contractor. Fees for the disposal of asbestos-containing materials, fibro or cement sheeting can be found on Council’s website.

“Before you visit a Council recycling and waste centre, please ensure you follow the conditions of disposal,” Cr Williams said.

“The materials should be double wrapped in thick (minimum 0.2mm) plastic sheeting, securely sealed with duct tape and unloaded by hand into the designated asbestos disposal bin.”

Cr Williams said that it was a legislative requirement that customers declared these materials at the gatehouse upon entering the recycling and waste centre.

“Council staff will inspect loads upon arrival and customers with actual or suspected asbestos-containing materials, fibro and cement sheeting that isn’t wrapped appropriately will be instructed to leave the centre and return once the material is properly wrapped for disposal,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Mark Edwards (Division 5) said the decision to accept asbestos would be welcomed by the island communities.

“This review means it is now far more convenient for our island residents to safely dispose of these hazardous materials at their local island recycling and waste centres,” Cr Edwards said.

Cr Edwards said that Council treated all renovation materials with caution as they may contain harmful respirable fibres such as asbestos or silica.

“Asbestos was once used in Australia in fibre-cement building products such as sheeting, water drainage, roofing and guttering, and it is still found in buildings constructed up to the 1990s,” Cr Edwards said.

“Other types of materials that Council treats in the same manner as asbestos-containing waste include fibro, Villaboard, Millboard, super six roof sheeting, cement sheeting, HardieFlex, insulation board and backing boards on vinyl sheet flooring and tiles.

“So any resident doing work on their property should be on the lookout for this material. By taking the time and securely wrapping any original board from the home, residents can be assured they have made the right choice to protect their own health and that of the recycling and waste centre workers.”

Asbestos materials in good condition are unlikely to be a health risk if left undisturbed.

They become a health risk when asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in.

Identification, risks and safe-handling advice can be found online in the ‘Asbestos – a guide for householders and general public’ at health.gov.au

Have your say on Beth Boyd Park upgrades


Redland City Council is inviting the Redlands Coast community to have a say on the upgrade of Thorneside’s Beth Boyd Park.

Mayor Karen Williams said Beth Boyd Park was a special area that had been enjoyed by generations of locals and visitors alike.

“This coastal park has been popular with many people for a long time and is now set to become even better,” she said.

“Before detailed design starts we want to hear what park upgrade works are important to the community.

“Perhaps it’s increased seating, pathways or shade, or a special foreshore experience or something else.

“This is the time for the community to also tell us what play theme, equipment and experiences they would like to see in the upgrades, and I encourage everyone to have their say.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said he looked forward to hearing what the community would like to enjoy at their park.

“This much-loved community park is in a sensitive natural area that is loved by people and supports significant native plants, birds and wildlife,” he said.

“Some park play elements are likely to remain, such as renewal of the hill slide and pedal swing, while other elements will be completely new.

“The upgrade will provide the whole community with new ways to interact with the foreshore.”

The boat needs to be removed due to poor structural integrity and its position within a road reserve, erosion-prone coastal protection area and high storm tide inundation area.

Cr Williams said Beth Boyd Park was part of a broader precinct that included Queens Esplanade and Aquatic Paradise Park West.

“The natural foreshore areas of this precinct are important to Redlands Coast, with responsibility for different parts of it falling under local, state and federal government jurisdictions,” she said.

“In addition to the Beth Boyd Park upgrades, new bike racks were recently installed at Aquatic Paradise Park West, and future plans include foreshore protection works along Queens Esplanade.

“Council invites community members to also tell us what they value about the precinct to help inform future planning for the broader area.”

For more information about the Thorneside precinct, or to have your say on what play experiences and improvements you think should be prioritised at Beth Boyd Park, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

EKKA Redlands Coast Public Holiday Closures for 10 August, 2020


Council Offices & Customer Service Centres

Redland City Council offices and customer service centres will be closed on Monday 10 August 2020, returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Bin Collections

Normal bin services will occur on the public holiday. Remember to put your bin out the night before as trucks start collecting from 6am. If your bin has not been collected by 4pm, please contact us within 24 hours. To report a missed bin on Monday, please fill out the Missed bin collection request form, or phone the office on Tuesday 11 August on 3829 8999. For more information, visit the Missed Bin collection page on the website.

Recycling and Waste Centres

Birkdale: temporarily closed for site maintenance and upgrades.

Redland Bay: open from 7am-5pm (must arrive before 4.45pm).

Coochiemudlo Island: open 10am-12pm.

Karragarra Island: open during daylight hours.

Lamb Island: open during daylight hours.

North Stradbroke Island: open 8am-2pm.

Macleay Island: open 8am-2pm.

Russell island: open 8am-2pm.

Residents should check the website for all other opening times.

RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay is closed on Mondays. It is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm.

Libraries

The Libraries and after-hours return chutes will be closed on Monday 10 August 2020. No items will be due during this time.

Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open 9am -12pm on the public holiday.

Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre, nursery and cafe will be closed. Walking trails will remain open.

Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC box office will be closed on Monday 10 August 2020, reopening at 10am on Tuesday 11 August 2020. For online bookings visit www.rpac.com.au

Redland Art Galleries

Redland Coast’s Art Galleries at Cleveland and Capalaba will both be closed on the public holiday and reopen at 9am Tuesday 11 August 2019.

Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

Charlie Buckler Sportsfield car park upgrade underway


Redland City Council has commenced construction on an $800,000 upgrade to the car park at Charlie Buckler Sportsfield on Boundary Road, Redland Bay.

Mayor Karen Williams said work started at the beginning of July and would include resurfacing as well as the installation of stormwater pipes, kerb and channelling, 14 street lights, footpaths and landscaping.

“The project supports Council’s $31 million budget commitment to enhancing and maintaining the city’s naturally wonderful parks, conservation areas and sports areas this financial year,” Cr Williams said.

Division 6 Councillor, Julie Talty said the Charlie Buckler Sportsfield car park was low lying and subject to flooding during and after heavy rain.

“The upgrade will go a long way to mitigating flooding and improving safety, and will be welcomed by the clubs that use and call the sports field home,” she said.

“This work is expected to be completed by the end of September, weather permitting, and is just the first of what is expected to be a multi-stage project, subject to future Council budgets.”

Council supports Covid-19 urban planning flexibility – not unintended legacies.


Redland City Council will not opt into state government Covid-19 planning regulation changes, for now, saying the Redland City Plan already aligns well with the majority of proposed changes.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council fully supports the need to facilitate flexible support for businesses, jobs and economic growth in response to impacts of Covid-19.

“Responses to Covid-19 need to help support business innovation, improved processes and help them to adapt and invest for long term futures.

“Good planning will facilitate this, and the Redland City Plan already aligns well the majority of changes proposed by the State.

“Where it doesn’t, it has been a deliberate decision to encourage appropriate planning uses and outcomes.

“Some of the Covid-19 planning concessions proposed by the State may well result in permanent unintended planning outcomes for the city,” Cr Karen Williams said.

“Examples include allowing specific non-industrial uses to establish in existing tenancies in industrial zones without the need for planning approval or expanding gross floor area of specific existing uses by up to 10 per cent or 100m2.

“Expanding floor areas without assessing the impacts may end up permanently reducing the number of parking spaces provided, thus affecting adjoining businesses, or impact site landscaping. 

“Proposed changes in uses allowed in an industrial zone that do not need to locate in these areas, will reduce suitable land set aside for future industry.

“Councils submission to the State will acknowledge minor and helpful changes while calling for more detail on some parts of the proposed changes.

“Council has received positive responses to date to its COVID-19 Business Support Grant and Innovation grants for Redlands Coast businesses. 

 “We will continue to work closely with business and new investors to the Redlands Coast to make sure there are no unnecessary impediments, including through city planning.

 

 

Council to speak up at 124th LGAQ Conference


Redland City Council will use October’s Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) conference to advocate for several key issues on behalf of the community, including encouraging more respectful debate in parliament, clearer planning outcomes and regional recognition for local islands.

Mayor Karen Williams said the full list of motions, which were supported unanimously at today’s general meeting, to be tabled at the LGAQ’s 124th annual conference on the Gold Coast from October 19-21, 2020 were:
• Local Governments’ Powers to Conduct Elections
• Regulated Dog Management Review
• More Respectful Debate in Parliament
• Asset Sustainability Ratio
• Prescriptive Planning
• Regional Funding

“While the community expects political debate to be robust, they also expect it to be respectful, which is why we will use this year’s LGAQ conference to advocate for more respectful debate in State and Federal Parliament,” Cr Williams said.

“We will also be again advocating for a less complex and more easily understood State Government planning system that is easier for the community to understand and meets their expectations.

“Council has long argued that the current performance-based planning system allows too much flexibility in how the overall outcomes of relevant codes are achieved, creating uncertainty within the community.

“To provide the certainty the community has been crying out for and in response to concerns about small lots, Council previously tried to cap minimum lot sizes through our 2018 city plan, but were advised by the State Government that we can’t under the current planning regime.

“This is a perfect example of how the current State Government planning legislation is letting down the community. Residents have the right to know what will be built in their neighbourhoods and so we are calling on the State Government to provide that clarity.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council also supported continued local government efforts to lobby the State Government to review the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

“The current Act has limitations and inefficient processes for reviewing regulated dog declarations and destruction orders, particularly in instances following a serious dog attack,” Cr Williams said.

“In recognition of the significant community safety risks, Council seeks to strengthen the conditions around keeping a regulated dog, establish offence categories for dog attacks, ensure victims are supported and provide clarity on enclosure guidelines.”

Redland City Council will also present a case to the LGAQ Conference for better recognition and financial support for regional challenges.

“Council has long advocated for our island communities to be considered regional under State Government funding allocations – in recognition of their unique social, economic and isolation issues compared with the rest of the city,” Cr Williams said.

“As at the 2016 Census, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) had an unemployment rate of 16.5% compared with the Queensland average of 7.2%. In addition, the SMBI youth unemployment rate was 32.2%, compared with 13.9% statewide.

“Recent figures also show a large number of JobSeeker and JobKeeper applications from the Redlands Coast islands, which also topped the list for employment vulnerability according to research from the University of Newcastle in New South Wales.”

Cr Williams said that 13.5% of SMBI residents required assistance due to a severe or profound disability, compared with a state total of 5.2%. A quarter of SMBI residents were aged between 60 and 69, while across Queensland the total was 10.7%.

“The State Government has a number of regional funding programs designed to support regional Local Government Areas,” Cr Williams said.

“However, these programs exclude south-east Queensland councils, such as Redlands.”

Cr Williams said Council would also move a motion to amend the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 to give local governments the discretion to conduct elections either in-house or engage a suitable contractor.

“Consensus of opinion and evidence supports the motion that local returning officers provided a better service to the community than the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ), which has been conducting all local government elections since 2008,” Cr Williams said.

“Election costs under the ECQ have more than doubled, however ECQ has had significant performance failures, instances of administrative errors and considerable delays in declaring results.

“A change to the Act would enable local governments to save costs where practical, while having greater control over service delivery, transparency, probity and timely release of results to the community.

“Additionally, many local government areas – including Redlands – cover rural sectors, remote areas or islands. The Act should be amended to provide local governments with the discretion to choose the most appropriate polling method for their area, including postal ballot.”

Cr Williams and Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie will be Council’s official delegates at the LGAQ Conference, which will bring together delegates from all tiers of government, external stakeholders and the media to consider the challenges facing local governments and their communities.

Other Councillors are able to attend as observers.

Russell Island botanical garden a step closer


Russell Island residents are a step closer to having their own botanical garden after Redland City Council today resolved to enter into a three-year trustee lease with the State Government over about three hectares of Kings Road land.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was progressing the arrangement after receiving advice from the State Government that there were no plans for a high school on the site, which is owned by the Department of Education.

“In December 2019, I wrote to the Education Minister on behalf of the community to ask if the State Government had any plans to use the site for a school,” Cr Williams said.

“The Minister confirmed they had no plans for a school on the site.

“So Council will now lease the land from the Department of Education and sign a three year licence to occupy with Bay Islands Conservation Inc (BICI), which will manage the botanic gardens.

“BICI first raised the idea of a botanical garden on the site in 2018 and has since worked hard to progress the plan, including engaging with the community to ensure it would deliver significant benefit.

“The BICI vision is to create a central community hub alongside the Bay Island Sport and Resilience Hub.

“BICI will partner with other local organisations to manage the botanical gardens and provide free access to the community.

“The additional native plantings and weeding planned by BICI will enhance the property’s existing vegetation and benefit local wildlife.”

Council invites expressions of interest for eco-friendly tourism opportunity


Redland City Council is inviting expressions of interest for the development and operation of a high quality tourist park on the former Department of Agriculture and Fisheries land in MacArthur Street, Alexandra Hills.

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

Mayor Karen Williams said the land had important environmental and heritage values, and Council was making it available for eco-friendly tourism opportunities and community facilities.

“We’re encouraging proposals that demonstrate the preservation of the site’s values while providing a range of accommodation types, including recreational vehicle spaces, camping and glamping,” she said.

“Redlands Coast has an abundance of natural wonders from bay to bush, including approximately 335 kilometres of coastline, the world’s second largest sand island, multiple smaller islands to explore, wetlands and conservation areas, native botanic gardens, national parks, vast tracts of unspoiled bushland, Moreton Bay’s aquatic recreation opportunities and so much more.

“This is a great opportunity for an experienced tourist park operator to expand their business into this beautiful part of south-east Queensland and Council looks forward to receiving expressions of interest, from which a shortlist of applicants will likely be invited to tender.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said expressions of interest were invited from parties who already had experience in developing and operating tourist parks, or similar.

“Ideally, Council would like to see an operator willing to invest in infrastructure that would also benefit the broader community, such as a water park and connections to nearby recreational trails,” she said.

For more information about the Redlands Coast Tourist Park and Community Destination expressions of interest process, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site.