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Straddie’s gorge walk still open for a naturally wonderful experience

The popular Point Lookout Gorge Walk is still open for visitors to enjoy, despite a section currently being closed due to erosion following a recent severe weather event.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the majority of the walk on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah remained open, with tourists and locals welcome to use the facility as long as they adhered to the safety signage.

“With two long weekends coming up we wanted to remind people that the gorge walk still offers an amazing and naturally wonderful outdoor experience, with multiple vantage points to see stunning scenery and abundant wildlife including kangaroos, sea eagles, dolphins, rays, turtles as well as humpback whales during their annual migration from May – November.

“Most of the boardwalk is still open, with two entry points – one to the south of the closure and one to the north. It’s just not a circuit at present, so when you get to the closed section roughly in the middle of the walk, it’s as simple as retracing your steps back the way you came,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The heavy rain that resulted in erosion and flooding in many areas of south east Queensland in the lead up to the Easter break caused a wash out around boardwalk foundations on the southern side of North Gorge.

“The affected section was immediately closed off to ensure visitor safety and to allow Council’s engineers to assess the damage.

“The walk is an iconic destination, and this special experience can still be enjoyed – but to do this safely, sticking to the designated trail is a must, for your own safety as well as to protect the sensitive vegetation in the area.

“A fall from the closed section could result in serious injury, so we ask that visitors and locals take heed of the site safety signage and not enter the closed area, create shortcut trails around it or try to bypass it.

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:

Dunwich fire – Update as at 3.45pm, Friday 4 September 2020

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised that fire crews are finalising operations at the grass fire on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), and will monitor the area overnight.

Smoke is expected to remain visible throughout the night.

People who suffer from a respiratory condition are encouraged to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by; and motorists should drive to the conditions.

For the latest bushfire warnings, visit the Queensland Government Fire and Emergency Services online newsroom:


Update as at 1pm, Friday 4 September 2020

A vegetation fire has broken out just north of Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) this morning about 10am.

There is no immediate threat to life or property.

Fire crews from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Rural Fire Service and Redland City Council are onsite.

Aerial support will also be provided.

For the latest bushfire warnings including this fire, go to the Queensland Government Fire and Emergency Services online newsroom:

Nearby residents and visitors are encouraged to:

For the latest bushfire warnings go to:

Water restored to Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands

Seqwater has advised water has been restored at Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands in Southern Moreton Bay on Redlands Coast.

Properties will progressively get water back as Council flushes pipes to remove air in the lines that may have been drawn into the system due to the shut down.

The water was restored to the islands just after 6am today after Seqwater crews worked overnight to replace an old section of Seqwater mains pipe that had burst on Karragarra Island.

Council provided bottled water overnight, assisted by the Southern Moreton Bay Island champions.

Council crews are also flushing Council pipes on each of the islands.

The water is safe to drink. If it is cloudy when taps are first turned on, please run the water for 2-3 minutes for it to clear. The cloudiness is due to air trapped in the water.

Water hydrants may also be flowing as the lines are flushed – please do not turn off the hydrants.

Thank you to residents for their patience overnight.

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 –

Places to get tested –

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.

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

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.