Monthly Archives: March 2021

Sandbagging stations now closed on Redlands Coast


Due to blue skies, sunny weather and a clear weather forecast over the next few days our sandbagging stations have now closed.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Diners develop a taste for bush flavours at cafe breakfast


Breakfast in a bush setting is proving popular with visitors to the Redland IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the IndigiScapes Cafe’s natural setting in the centre and its unique menu incorporating bush flavours had proved a winning combination when a weekend breakfast menu was released in January.

“The cafe has not only earned top reviews for its IndigiCake on sites such as TripAdvisor but is also proving to be a hit with diners posting on local social media sites,” Cr Williams said.

“Recently, a diner gave a glowing review on a Redlands Facebook page stating she was so impressed with the wonderful new larger cafe, and especially the addition of the breakfast menu.

“The diner also praised the great upgrades to tracks and picnic areas, saying it was a lovely place for all ages to enjoy.

“She is not alone in highlighting the centre’s attractions.

“The unique and totally refurbished IndigiScapes Centre is regularly featured on shows such as Queensland’s Great South-East and Creek to Coast.

“It plays an important education role by offering programs to help residents support the natural environment and learn more about green living, waterways, wildlife, pests and weeds in Redlands Coast.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said the centre catered for the whole family and the cafe’s new takeaway option, allowing guests to enjoy breakfast on the grounds, was likely to increase its popularity.

“After a breakfast coffee, lemon myrtle tea or wattle seed chai, keen gardeners or the merely curious can explore the centre’s native plants and landscapes or collect a new native seedling grown by volunteers in the centre’s nursery,” Cr McKenzie said.

“The centre also provides opportunities for children to look for water lizards, explore the adventure playground and visit the Discovery Centre.”

The IndigiScapes Centre and Cafe is located at 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba.

It is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm at the weekend.

The café is open from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Bookings are essential by calling 3824 8611.

Sandbagging stations open tomorrow Wednesday 24 March 2021 on Redlands Coast


Redland City Council sandbagging stations will open tomorrow Wednesday 24 March, at the following locations:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.
Open Wednesday 24 March, from 7am – 6pm.

24-hour self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich –
Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Packed program to keep children entertained during school holidays


Redland City Council is offering a packed program of activities for children during the Easter school holidays (2-18 April 2021).

Mayor Karen Williams said the events were designed to engage and entertain children of all ages and interests.

“From craft, weaving and crochet to bush trail adventures, puppets and circus skills, there is sure to be something for everyone,” she said.

“At Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, visitors can take a self-guided bush scavenger hunt and find local flora and fauna using the iNaturalist App.

“They can also go on a guided Earth Explorer adventure through bush trails, learn how to propagate native plants or get creative with nature art, crochet and making a beeswax wrap.”

The mainland libraries at Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba have programmed activities to suit children aged from 5 to 15 years.

“This includes craft sessions in chicken threading, pom pom chickens and making dreamcatchers, an accredited course in basic first aid, and Minecraft craft,” Cr Williams said.

“The regular STEAM Saturday sessions will allow participants to personalise a robot bunny and program it to follow a path and, for young teens, there’s a Dungeons and Dragons session which explores world building, running a session and planning encounters.”

Redland Art Gallery is offering workshops at its Cleveland gallery including sessions where young children can create a concertina artist book and teens can learn the basics of basket weaving and create a small vessel.

The Cleveland gallery’s regular monthly Parents and Prams activity will also be held in the first week.

Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is presenting performances of Escape from Trash Mountain, a fun and engaging puppet show with a sustainability message at its heart, in the first week of the holidays.

“These will be accompanied by workshops where children can make their own trash puppet or learn about the importance of recycling and ongoing sustainability with Recycleman,” Cr Williams said.

“Flipside Circus workshops will be held in the second week, where children from 4-16 years can learn circus and acrobatic skills.”

Bookings are essential for most sessions as numbers are limited. Visit Council’s website for more information.

Sandbagging stations remain open on Redlands Coast, update as at 8:00am Tuesday 23 March 2021


Redland City Council sandbagging stations remain open today, Tuesday 23 March, at the following locations:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.
Open Tuesday 23 March, from 8:30am – 6pm.

24-hour self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich –
Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Russell Island water supply restored


Update – Monday 22 March 2021,  7.23pm

Russell Island water supply restored
 
Council has located a broken water main at the Southern end of the island. The main has now been isolated and water supply restored to Russell Island, except two nearby properties that have been supplied with bottled water.
 
Crew plan to repair the water main tomorrow when it is safe to do so.

Council is investigating reports of low water pressure and no water in some areas of Russell Island.

Russell Island water disruption – Monday 22 March 2021, 5.07pm

The location initially reported as the site of a possible pipe burst at Moreton Outlook turned out to be gushing stormwater so officers are continuing to investigate.

Russell Island residents with access to drinking water should fill water bottles and store water now in case of further supply disruption.

Those without water will be able to access a limited supply of bottled water for emergency purposes at the Evacuation Centre:
Where: Russell Island Recreation Hall, 1 Alison Crescent (near the ferry terminal)
When: 5.30 to 8.30pm tonight.

Promote your business and services at Redlands Coast Careers Expo


Businesses and organisations will have the chance to impress and inspire at Redland City Council’s inaugural Redlands Coast Careers Expo.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was looking for businesses to be part of the free expo to be held on Friday 4 June, 9am-6pm, at Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.

“Residents of all ages, from school students to those looking for a career pivot or study options, will be able to discover new opportunities at the expo,” Cr Williams said.

“The event is intended to be a one-stop-shop for those pondering their career options, so having the right exhibitors and sponsors is crucial.”

Cr Williams said becoming an event sponsor or exhibitor was a perfect way for education and career specialists and other organisations to bolster brand awareness and target key audiences directly.

“I encourage organisations to take up this excellent opportunity to promote their products and services in a meaningful and engaging way.”

Cr Williams said organisers were expecting a high level of participation at the expo, with digital technology, entrepreneurship and future creative industries among the key focuses.

“Information about these fields will be especially helpful for senior school students who are exploring further study or career and work opportunities,” she said.

“Council has been collaborating with local schools to make sure the expo targets information and career paths that are relevant to them.

“We also want to offer inspiration to tradespeople looking for up-skill opportunities as well as ideas and incentives for those people who are returning to the workforce after an absence.

“It is also a chance for the wider community to find out about new and popular pathways that are available in the working world.”

Exhibitors and sponsors can find more information about the expo at the Redlands Coast website.

 

Sandbagging stations available on Redlands Coast, update as at 9:45am Monday 22 March 2021


Redland City Council has established sandbagging stations.

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.
Open Monday 22 March, at 7am – 6pm.

24-hour self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich –
Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape its future


Redland City Council is offering a rare opportunity to tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape the future for this important Redlands Coast land.

The precinct will be open to the community on two days in April – Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th from 10am-4pm.

Mayor Karen Williams said the community was invited to the Family Fun Days that will include guided tours on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, music, interpretive signage and displays about the history of the site including two heritage listed area – Willards Farm and the fascinating US Army-built World War II radio receiving station.

“At the Family Fun Days you will be able to not only get a look at this land that has never been open to the public since European settlement, but you will be able to give Council your feedback on ideas for the site,” Cr Williams said.

“We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform more than 62 hectares of community land here at Birkdale into a world-class precinct of local, regional and national significance.

“Council worked hard over many years to secure this land for the community, and now we want the community to help shape the vision for its future.

“It will be exciting to visit the precinct on the open days as this land has been off-limits so we want to let the community start to discover its outstanding features. In the 1940s most of this site came under Commonwealth Government control, and continued to be until Council purchased it in 2019.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said the open days would allow community members and those from further afield to walk the land, learn about its rich history and imagine what it could become.

“There are just so many stories from the site’s past that can inspire future uses,” Cr Bishop said. “I would also love to hear any other stories about the site from the community. You can also add your stories on Council’s Your Say page.”

“Redland Museum will also be at the Family Fun Days providing information, displays and their famous Devonshire teas.”

The precinct is made up of more than 61 hectares of former Commonwealth Land and the 8164-square-metre Willards Farm site which council bought in 2016 to save it from residential subdivision. The entire site is almost 10 times the size of The Gabba and its surrounding facilities in Brisbane.

To help get the community thinking and imagining what could be possible at the precinct, five top urban design and landscape architecture teams were asked to each develop a theme as visual ideas. Their themes were: Education and Discovery; Agriculture and Rural Tradition; Heritage and History; Environment and Ecology; Adventure and Recreation.

Their ideas will be on display at the Birkdale Community Precinct Family Fun Days and also can be viewed at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au where you also will find more details on the open days and the tours of the site.

The main meeting area onsite will centre around Willards Farm, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale. Look out for signage for parking. If you can’t make it to the site in person, you can take a virtual tour of the site at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au.

Community consultation will close on Tuesday 4 May, 2021 after which Council will prepare a draft vision for adoption then proceed to master planning.

Council to negotiate fair price for land


Redland City Council will try to negotiate a fair purchase price to potentially buy land in the Ormiston Koala Safe Neighbourhood Catchment area.

Deputy Mayor Julie Talty, who chaired the General Council Meeting this week while Mayor Karen Williams was in Canberra, said any future purchases in the area would adjoin existing Council-owned or managed areas and continue Council’s strategic approach to secure high-quality habitat and wildlife corridors.

“Council is committed to helping maintain and restore high-value ecological areas or priority koala habitat, including through revegetation,” Cr Talty said.

“We will continue to identify and seek to, where possible, protect land that offers opportunity to connect habitat for wildlife.”

Cr Talty said following this week’s decision, Council would start negotiations on a number of land packages in the Ormiston Koala Safe Neighbourhood Catchment area.

“It is important to note that the Local Government Act requires Council to achieve value for money in any purchases, which has resulted in Council not buying other land we have investigated previously,” Cr Talty said.

“While any privately owned land we are trying to buy is ultimately at the discretion of the owners of the land, we will commence negotiations on behalf of the community in hope of reaching an agreement with the owners.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said she hoped that Council would be able to purchase the identified parcels of land at a fair price to help protect future wildlife corridors and koala habitat.

“Ormiston and the surrounding suburbs has rich ecological value and we must work closely with the community to do all we can to protect it for future generations,” Cr Boglary said.

Cr Boglary has been advocating for a number of options regarding land in the koala catchment area.

This includes Council previously considering purchasing the entire Cowley Street, Ormiston, site.

Ultimately this did not proceed due to financial impact and because the habitat on the land was fragmented.

This week’s decision comes after trees were cleared on Cowley Street land by a private landowner based on an historic subdivision dating back over 100 years.

This historic status meant Council did not have a role to play in assessing the project nor the ability to prevent the removal of trees from the site, which is similarly the case for a number of neighbouring properties where residents have lived for many years.

Since 1993 Council has invested more than $35 million from our Environmental Levy to purchase more than 350 properties totalling 1,313 hectares.