Redlands Coast conservation areas remain closed to prevent further damage

Redlands Coast residents are urged to stay out of all local conservation areas to prevent further damage to waterlogged tracks and trails.

Mayor Karen Williams said intense rainfall earlier this month had caused severe erosion in some conservation areas, leaving large ruts in the tracks.

“Council has closed three of our high-use reserves, not only because they are waterlogged, but to prevent further damage which can mean extra repairs and maintenance,” she said.

An eroded track in Judy Holt Recreation Reserve, Birkdale

“Even one week after the recent severe weather event, water was still flowing down the tracks within the Scribbly Gums Conservation Area.

“Residents are also urged to stay off all tracks and trails in other smaller conservation areas until they dry out.

“Council officers are assessing conditions within all our reserves, including water across tracks, damage and erosion so they can prioritise repairs and maintenance once the areas have dried out.”

An eroded track in Greater Glider Conservation Area, Alexandra Hills.

Redland City Council closed all tracks and trails within three high-use reserves on 2 March:

  • Bayview Conservation Area in Redland Bay,
  • Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redlands Track Park) in Alexandra Hills and
  • Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area in Mount Cotton.

The Bayview car park and staging area on German Church Road is also closed.

Signs notifying of the closures are in place at all main entry points to these reserves.

Council will continue to monitor conditions to determine when the tracks and trails can be reopened.