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Sandbagging stations available on Redlands Coast from Tuesday 19 January, 8am until 4pm Wednesday 20 January


Redland City Council will establish self-serve sandbagging stations from Tuesday 19 January, 8am until 4pm Wednesday 20 January.

Self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Cleveland – Redland City Council South Street Depot – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

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

Russell Island – Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Macleay Island – Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Council reminds residents to check gutters are clear and to secure loose items around the home.

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.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Be prepared for severe weather this weekend – Updated opening hours as at 10am, 13 December 2020


Redland City Council has established self serve sandbagging stations in preparation for forecasted heavy rain, damaging winds and abnormally high tides from late tonight, Sunday and Monday.

Self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Cleveland – Open until 6:30pm Saturday; 7am – 6:30pm Sunday 13 December and until 7pm Monday 14 December

Redland City Council South Street Depot – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

North Stradbroke Island – Open 24 Hours 

Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich – Click here for directions

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Russell Island – Open 24 Hours

Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road.

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Macleay Island – Open 24 Hours

Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace.

Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Council reminds residents to check gutters are clear and to secure loose items around the home.

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.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

Look out for fallen tree branches this weekend


If you see fallen branches on public spaces across the city call Council on 3829 8999 and we will arrange their removal.
For trees affecting private property please call SES on 132 500.
Do you still need sandbags? Our self-help sandbagging sites on the islands will remain available 24/7 across the weekend.
Our Cleveland site closes at midday today, Friday 30 October 2020.

Russell and Macleay Island COVID-19 testing expanded


Queensland Health has advised its pop up COVID-19 testing clinic will remain open at Russell Island until at least Wednesday 9 September.

The clinic, open from 8am-4pm daily, is at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, adjacent the ferry terminal.

Expanded testing facilities are also at nearby Macleay Island. The Macleay Island COVID Testing Clinic is located at the Medical Clinic, beside the Chemist on Scarborough Terrace today 6 September 2020.

Tomorrow, 7 September 2020 the Macleay Island COVID Testing Clinic will move to the Macleay Island Community Centre on the corner of Scarborough Terrace and High Central Road due to expected inclement weather.

Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily.

If residents from Karragarra Island or Lamb Island are feeling unwell, you are encouraged to contact your doctor for a consultation, particularly using Telehealth options.

Read the Letter to Russell Island Residents from Metro South Health to help keep residents safe.

🎥 WATCH: Russell Island COVID-19 update from Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young.

The updated contact tracing list is available at: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

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

Russell Island COVID-19 contact tracing locations


Queensland Health has this evening released the list of places and times identified after a Russell Island resident tested positive for COVID-19.

Have you been to these places on Russell Island or Redland Bay on the dates and times specified?

  • 1 September – Canaipa Nursery & Tea Centre, Russell Island – 12.00pm – 12.30pm
  • 1 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island 12.40pm- 12.50pm
  • 1 September – Passenger Ferry: Russell Island to Redland Bay – 1.30pm – 2.10pm
  • 1 September – Passenger Ferry: Redland Bay to Russell Island – 4.00pm – 4.30pm
  • 2 September – Russell Island Pharmacy, Russell Island – Morning
  • 3 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island – 12.00pm – 2.00pm
  • 4 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island – 8.00am – 8.30am

Anyone who has been to these locations at the times specified should monitor their health and if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild, get tested and isolate until they receive their test result.

The updated list is available at: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

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

COVID-19 testing clinic at Russell Island Recreation Hall


A pop up COVID-19 testing clinic has been established at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, near the ferry terminal, at 2 High Street, Russell Island.

Queensland Health has established the clinic with assistance from Redland City Council and the Local Disaster Management Group.

It is open from 4pm – 8pm – Saturday 5 September 2020 and 8am – 4pm – Sunday 6 September 2020.

If you have the mildest of symptoms, get tested.

Also practice social distancing and wear a face mask if you cannot social distance.

More information: https://metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/covid-19/fever-clinic-locations

Russell Island COVID-19 case


The State Government has advised that a Russell island resident has tested positive to COVID-19.

The woman, in her 60s, has been transported from the island to hospital.

Queensland Health is this afternoon establishing a testing clinic on the island with assistance from Redland City Council and the Redland Local Disaster Management Group.

Contact tracing is underway. Please ensure you are social distancing and get tested even if you have the mildest of symptoms. 

Queensland Government COVID-19 Update – https://www.facebook.com/abcinbrisbane/videos/1369426783249439

More information – https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/COVID-19

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

Council poll on Redlands Coast Ekka Show day


Now is the time to vote on your next long weekend, with Redland City Council running an online poll to help decide what date Council should ask the State Government to gazette as the Redlands Coast 2020 Ekka public holiday.

The move follows State Government approval for Brisbane City Council to move their Wednesday People’s day holiday to Friday 14 August, and invite other south-east Queensland regions to examine their options.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was asking residents and businesses if they would prefer to keep its holiday on Monday 10 August or move it to the same Friday as Brisbane.

“People can head to our Facebook page or website and vote for their preferred public holiday – do they want to stay with our traditional Monday off or move to join Brisbane residents in having Friday off for the first time,” Cr Williams said.

“We’re in the fortunate position that either way we have a long weekend, but the decision is one we need to consider carefully as there will be flow-on effects for tourism and local businesses, as well as families with members working in different Council areas.

“As with Brisbane, the change will be a one-off, but we want to give our residents a chance to voice a preference.”

Mayor Karen Williams said whatever the outcome, the change of the Brisbane City Public Holiday would provide an opportunity for local businesses to leverage the tourism opportunities.

“With the change to Brisbane’s public holiday we’ll be encouraging people from around south-east Queensland region to swap show bags for a long weekend enjoying the little adventures and hidden treasures of Redlands Coast.”

“While the economic possibilities are important, so too is the health and safety of residents and visitors so I’d also ask that anyone looking to visit Redlands Coast over the Ekka holiday remembers to practise social distancing and remember that COVID-19 remains a risk, particularly for our vulnerable communities.

To have your say, head to Redland City Council Facebook or yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

Post-COVID recovery discussion during economic round table


Laying the foundations for a local post-COVID economy was a key point of discussion during a meeting of the Redlands Coast Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) this week.

EDAB Chair Sam Kennedy said this week’s round table discussions showed a large amount of work had already been done to lay the foundations for how the Redlands economy could rebound from the current pandemic.

“The meeting was a real eye-opener and shows the importance of collaboration in responding to the current economic challenges being faced through the COVID pandemic,” Ms Kennedy said.

“It is clear Council has already done a great deal of work on the city’s social and economic response and on behalf of the Board I congratulate them for moving so rapidly to respond.

“We heard about a number of success stories that have come out of Council’s $2 million stimulus package, including businesses that have used Council’s repurposed grants program to pivot and access professional services so they can continue serving the community.

“The Board also built on that work with some exciting discussions including internet connectivity across the city and how we can use the current situation to keep Redlanders in the Redlands through better connectivity, delivering an economic boost to local businesses. 

“We also discussed some exciting projects that are taking shape and have the potential to be a real game changer for the city.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said having some of the nation’s leading economic minds focussed on the Redlands would ensure we were well placed to not only recover from COVID-19 but to grow the local economy beyond the current pandemic.

“We know recovering from the current situation will be a marathon not a sprint, so having the foundations and collaboration is going to be critical,” Cr Williams said.

“The Board this week was able to provide decades of economic experience and suggest a number of key partners who can support Council in helping our initiatives and projects become a reality, ultimately delivering benefits for the broader community.

“This week’s EDAB meeting follows a round table I hosted with local shopping centres recently and a second meeting I convened to discuss how to ensure any projects built in our city deliver jobs for locals.

“It is critical this work gets done now so the plans are in place and ready for when restrictions are lifted so our local economy can benefit.”

Details of Council’s COVID-19 Support for businesses and the community are available at redland.qld.gov.au/info/20166/support