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Redlands Coast conservation areas re-open


Redlands Coast’s Eastern Escarpment and Don and Christine Burnett reserves have re-opened in time for the Easter break.

Mayor Karen Williams said work to repair tracks significantly eroded by the recent intense rainfall in both of the high-use areas was completed yesterday.

“Our crews have done a remarkable job getting these two popular areas open again in time for the extra-long weekend, as they were heavily waterlogged and took quite some time to dry out,” Cr Williams said.

“Work is continuing within the Bayview Conservation Park and the Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, where water was still flowing down tracks a week after the deluge, and these will be opened once erosion control and track construction works are completed.”

For more information about Redlands Coast’s naturally wonderful tracks and trails, go to www.redland.qld.gov.au.

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Invasive weeds removed from Birkdale Community Precinct


  • Work will start this week to remove invasive weeds and minor regrowth from parts of the 62-hectare Birkdale Community Precinct that are outside the approximately 40-hectare conservation area.
  • This is part of Redland City Council’s stewardship commitment to undertake environmental and land management to best practice within the precinct at 390 Old Cleveland Road East at Birkdale, informed by expert advice.
  • A recent ecological study by consultancy group Cardno identified weed species that needed to be removed including self-sown slash pines which were spreading on the precinct to the detriment of its natural habitat.
  • Some two-thirds of Birkdale Community Precinct is designated as Conservation and Council is committed to maintaining and enhancing the site’s unique flora and fauna habitats for generations to come.
  • Vegetation maintenance work on the precinct, such as the weed removal, is guided by an independently commissioned site-specific Ecological Assessment Report and supporting land management plan.
  • Slash pine trees, which are native to south-eastern USA, are regarded as environmental weeds in Queensland.
  • Work is expected to be ongoing into April.

For more information about vegetation work on the precinct see this video or go to the Birkdale Community Precinct Your Say site

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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.

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Council closes waterlogged tracks through conservation areas


Due to the recent intense rainfall across south-east Queensland, including Redlands Coast, Redland City Council has closed all tracks and trails within three high-use conservation reserves.

These three reserves are 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 will also be closed.

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

Council officers are assessing the condition of tracks, including water across tracks, damage and erosion so they can prioritise repairs and maintenance once the areas have dried out.

Council crews are also assessing conditions in smaller conservation areas and advise there may be localised fenced-off closures in these reserves.

Residents are urged to stay off all conservation area tracks and trails until they dry out.

Using wet trails can cause substantial damage, spoiling the experience of other users and meaning extra repairs and maintenance.

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

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Redlands Coast holding steady on environmental health


The water quality in Moreton Bay is excellent and an expansion of seagrass meadows in the bay signifies a healthier ecosystem, according to the 2021 Healthy Land and Water Report Card.

The 2021 Healthy Land and Water Report Card found that water quality in Southern Moreton Bay remained excellent with a rating of B+.

The annual report into the environmental condition of South East Queensland waterways showed that the catchment waterways of Redlands Coast have remained in “fair condition”, consistent with findings in last year’s report.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the consistent Catchment Environmental Condition score of C+ and a Waterway Benefit Rating of 3 stars (out of 5) were positive signs that work being done in the city was continuing to be effective.

Cr Williams said the report, prepared by Healthy Land and Water, showed there had been a slight improvement in the environmental condition of Southern Moreton Bay with a score of B+; with Central Moreton Bay also improving, up to an A from last year’s A-; while Eastern Moreton Bay maintained its A rating and Western Moreton Bay stayed on an A-.

“The report found the water quality in all four sectors of Moreton Bay remained excellent, with an improvement in all indicators in several areas,” she said.

“One of the encouraging findings is the continuing spread of seagrass meadows in various areas of Moreton Bay.

“Expanding seagrass habitat signifies a healthier ecosystem. They are home to dugongs and provide protection for a rich biodiversity of marine life.”

Cr Williams said the report showed Redlands Coast residents highly valued their local waterways and were actively using them.

Kayaking in Tingalpa Creek near Birkdale Community Precinct.

“The report showed residents placed a high value on their local waterways for recreation, with more than half of those surveyed saying they used them for recreational activities at least monthly.”

Cr Williams said encouraging and maintaining the community’s connection with their local creeks and the Bay was important.

“To keep Redlands Coast naturally wonderful for generations to come we all need to continue working together to improve the health of our waterways,” she said.

 

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Council highlights recycling during National Recycling Week


National Recycling Week, from 8 to 14 November, offers a great chance to get creative with a number of workshops and activities on offer across Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said recycling was more than just what goes out for kerbside collection, it also is a mindset around keeping items in use, and reuse, for as long as possible.

“Whether that’s sharing or repairing, or recycling materials or repurposing products, it all goes towards reducing waste to landfill,” Cr Williams said.

“Council lifts around 1.6 million yellow-lid recycling bins every year across 62,000 households, picking up more than 10,000 tonnes or 10 million kilograms of recycling as part of a fortnightly collection service.

“But while the amount of household waste being recycled is fantastic, there unfortunately has been an increase in the contamination rate in recycling bins. In 2015/16 it was around 6.9 per cent but rose to 12.24 per cent in the 2020/21 financial year.

“So I remind you that there are just five types of materials that can go in your kerbside recycling bin – paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, aluminium and steel cans, and firm plastic containers and bottles, most of which will come from your kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

“If you want to double check what can and can’t be recycled, have a look at Council’s comprehensive online guide: A-Z of waste recycling or you can pick up a Recycling Guide from one of our customer service centres.

“Throughout the week, the Cleveland Lighthouse will be lit up in yellow as a reminder about recycling and using your yellow-lid bins.”

Cr Williams said National Recycling Week was a great opportunity for the community to stop and think about its recycling habits and make sure they were being done correctly.

“Council also has some fantastic workshops during the Week that can help the younger members of our community to embrace supporting a zero waste to landfill future,” she said.

“Council’s Library and Waste teams are joining forces to create a recycling themed pop-up library event on Friday morning, 12 November in Thornlands Community Park off Cleveland Redland Bay Road. Bookings are required.

“There will be a library Story Time session for little ones, with interactive recycling activities. Our very own Ranger Stacey will be there to show how to sort your recyclables as well as sharing her ideas for reusing and upcycling items.

“And one of Council’s recycling trucks will drop by to give a demonstration on how kerbside recycling works.

“So I urge you to bring the family along to these National Recycling Week events and get creative with your recycling.”

Upcycle your week with these great events:

9 November, DIY macrame jar holder, Capalaba Library, 10am-11am

Join the beginner macramé session and enjoy re-using resources in thoughtful and creative ways. Use simple knotting and weaving techniques to create your own hand-made jar holder – giving your old jars a new life. Bookings essential

10 November, upcycled seedling trays, Cleveland Library, 9.30am-10.30am

Enjoy giving old items a second chance in this environmental workshop by making seedling trays from upcycled materials. Also learn how reusing food waste can revitalise your garden, and discover easy ways to grow amazing new vegetables from scraps. Bookings essential

11 November, plantable seed gift tags, Victoria Point Library, 10am-noon

Use recycled materials to give a gift that continues to grow by making reusable seed gift tags in this environmentally friendly drop-in workshop. No booking required. More details

 12 November, pop-up library, Thornlands Community Park, 9.30am-10.30am

Join the Libraries team and special guest Ranger Stacey (pictured) to celebrate reading, literacy and recycling at the pop-up library in the park. Ages 0-5. Bookings essential

 13-14 November, garage sale trail, Redlands Coast

Sell or shop at local garage sales as a way of diverting valuable resources from landfill. Garage Sale Trail offers tips, support and promotional materials for successful and COVID-safe sale days either online or in the suburbs. More details

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Council contributes funding to coastal research project


Research into the causes of coastal erosion at Amity Point (Pulan Pulan) on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has been given a funding boost of almost $100,000 by Redland City Council.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was funding the next phase of the university research project which would provide a valuable picture of the coastal processes occurring at the northern tip of the island and how it could be protected.

“We are joining with the Australian Research Council Linkage Funding Scheme to fund the second phase of this study by the University of Queensland, University of Newcastle and American university Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University over the next three years,” Cr Williams said.

“It is vital research work that will provide the Redlands Coast community with insight into what triggers erosion at Amity Point and provide Council and foreshore landowners with data to inform coastal protection works.

“The idea for this research project first came about during the earlier phases of Council’s Amity Point Shoreline Erosion Management Plan project, which underscored the importance of investigating and understanding the causes of events known as flow slides in the area.

“This led to Council funding the project’s preliminary research stage in 2017, which revealed the Rainbow Channel played a significant role in foreshore slumping along Amity Point.

“The second phase of this project, which started early this year, now seeks to understand the causes of flow slides at Amity Point and analyse their link with the Rainbow Channel that flows between the northern end of North Stradbroke Island and the southern end of Moreton Island (Moorgumpin).”

University of Queensland’s Dr Dave Callaghan, who is a member of the research team, said coastal flow slides appeared as sudden erosion in a focussed area along the shoreline, causing the foreshore to collapse.

“The flow slides have been referred to as ‘sinkholes’. This is, however, inappropriate because ‘sinkholes’ appear in association with surface soil slipping into underground cavities. There are no cavities under the Amity Point area. The observed coastal flow slides are triggered by coastal processes including waves, winds and tidal currents, which transport sand and lead to the erosion of shorelines,” Dr Callaghan said.

“Over the next three years, project work will include on-site and satellite image-based surveys of the Rainbow Channel and surrounding waters, tidal monitoring, flow slide and coastline studies, data analysis and modelling of flow slides. The team will then share the research data for peer review at domestic and international conferences.”

Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said he was pleased Council could support this research and recognised the work would help foreshore landowners prepare for flow slide events.

“By investigating how and why these flow slide events occur, foreshore landowners at Amity Point have better information to assist them in making preparations to protect their properties,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Council also has an Amity Point Shoreline Erosion Management Plan and Implementation Plan in place, available on Council’s Your Say webpage, which further assists foreshore landowners in taking the necessary steps to protect their property from flow slide events.”

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Council hosts workshops ahead of annual survey of Glossy Black-Cockatoo


Redland City Council is supporting an annual survey of the vulnerable Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) on Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was hosting free workshops next week to help volunteers participating in the bird count.

“This survey is an important part of ongoing efforts to protect one of the smallest and rarest cockatoos in Australia, and we are lucky to have this stunning species reside on Redlands Coast,” she said.

“Most of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo sightings have been on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

“However, late last year there were increased sightings in the Scribbly Gums Conservation Area at Alexandra Hills, and chewed orts (evidence of glossies feeding) were found in the same area in June this year.

“The birds feed exclusively on seeds in the cones of She-oak trees and leave a scattering of chewed seeds (orts) beneath them.

“So these She-oak trees are vital for the continued presence of these beautiful cockatoos on Redlands Coast.

“They also require very large hollows to breed in and these are only found in veteran (old growth) trees.”

A Glossy Black-Cockatoo. Image: Marj Kibby

Cr Williams said Redland City Council had been an active partner of the Glossy Black Conservancy since it was officially formed in 2005 and worked with the community by planting future feed tree resources, education and research of ‘glossies’ and their habitat requirements.

The Glossy Black Conservancy is running this year’s bird count on the weekend of 11 and 12 September.

In preparation, Council is hosting a workshop at IndigiScapes on Sunday 15 August and a virtual workshop on Monday 16 August.

“The workshops are a great way to learn how to identify the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, its feed trees and signs of feeding,” Cr Williams said.

“Participants will also be shown how to record an observation and learn the difference between the three species of black cockatoos in south-east Queensland.

“By being involved in the annual survey your sightings of these birds will provide critical information about their distribution which will assist the long-term management of them in the region.”

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo Survey Training Workshop will be held at IndigiScapes from 9-11am on 15 August. Numbers are capped. For more information, including how to register, visit the IndigiScapes website.

The online workshop will be held, via Zoom, on Monday 16 August from 6-8pm. For details email lisa.bailey@redland.qld.gov.au

Glossy Black-Cockatoo sightings can be recorded any time at glossyblack.org.au

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Council provides 2920 native plants for National Tree Day


Wildlife corridors across Redlands Coast will be enhanced after Redland City Council donated 2920 native plants to support National Tree Day on Sunday 1 August.

This includes 920 plants for 23 local schools and childcare centres to plant on National Schools Tree Day on Friday 30 July and 2000 plants for a community planting at IndigiScapes in Capalaba on 1 August.

Mayor Karen Williams said the local plantings were a great opportunity for residents to support Council’s aim to plant one million native plants in the Redlands by 2026.

Mayor Karen WIlliams and Cr Rowanne McKenzie with native plants at IndigiScapes Nursery.

“The One Million Native Plants initiative is part of Council’s commitment to a greener Redlands Coast and, since 2016, we have planted about 450,000 native plants,” she said.

“This project aligns perfectly with Planet Ark’s National Tree Day initiative which, since its launch in 1996, has become our country’s largest community tree planting event.

“Locally, it is the perfect opportunity for residents to get out and enjoy the great outdoors while providing future habitat for our wildlife.”

Cr Williams said that, since 2002, Council had provided about 15,320 native plants to local schools as part of the annual tree planting initiative.

“Each school also has the chance to request up to 100 native plants from the IndigiScapes Nursery throughout the year for their school,” she said.

“We hope to encourage all our schools to use local native plants in their gardens and grounds instead of introduced, non-native species.

“This in turn will help the wildlife in the area, and will increase and enhance the biodiversity of the Redlands.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said National Tree Day was one of the regular community planting events run by Council’s Bushcare program.

“The free family-friendly event at IndigiScapes on 1 August will help to protect and expand important habitat, providing homes and food for local wildlife,” Cr McKenzie said.

“Our community plantings are popular events, often attracting hundreds of volunteers who are eager to do their part for our natural environment.

“They also generate a great sense of community pride and environmental awareness, especially for children.”

Community planting day details:

Date: Sunday 1 August, 9 – 11am

Location: IndigiScapes Nursery, 15 Runnymede Road, Capalaba

Bring: drinking water and wear enclosed shoes and sunsmart clothing

Council supplies: plants, tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and gardening gloves

Register: eventbrite.com.au

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Native orchids strike a pose right across Redlands Coast


Redlands Coast has been putting on an unexpected display of late, with recent rain resulting in bumper flowering of native orchids.

Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast was home to a number of Australia’s 1200 species of native orchids, many of which were not found in any other countries.

“The largest local mass flowerings in 10 years have recently been observed by Redland City Council officers who support and regularly visit local properties participating in the Land For Wildlife program,” Cr Williams said.

Slender hyacinth orchid, Dipodium variegatum

“Often orchid plants can be difficult to find and get overlooked, so such a spectacular and broad flowering event provides a great chance to rediscover orchids that have been dormant.

“We’re encouraging all Redlands Coast residents and visitors to keep an eye out for these beauties while bushwalking or otherwise enjoying our conservation areas.

“If you suspect you’ve found one, please take a photo and send it to our team, who can help you identify it.”

Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said she was delighted to learn of the abundance of flowering orchids found on a Land for Wildlife property in Redland Bay with the help of young nature-lover Emily Wilkinson.

Emily Wilkinson with a flowering dipodium variegatum orchid found on her family’s Redland Bay property

“I hear Emily was keen to show our Environmental Partnerships team member around her property while undertaking her own nature treasure hunt,” Cr Talty said.

Councillor Williams said that, as a free voluntary program, Land For Wildlife encouraged and assisted private landholders such as Emily’s family to enhance habitats for native plants and animals on their properties.

“While supported locally by Council, the regionally coordinated program has just registered its 5000th participant in south east Queensland.”

“Your property can still be primarily managed for other purposes while reaping the benefits of the Land For Wildlife Program.”

To find out whether Land For Wildlife or one of our other Environmental Partnership Programs could benefit you and your property, visit indigiscapes.com.au or email environmentalpartnerships@redland.qld.gov.au.

Five finger orchid, Calandenia catenata

Send your native orchid photograph into Council for ID

Email environmentalpartnerships@redland.qld.gov.au with your photograph and details of where it was found but please don’t pick or dig it up.

Native orchids are protected by law and if you take them out of their natural environment they are unlikely to survive.

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