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Traffic disruption at Alexandra Hills


Please be aware of a burst water main at the intersection of Finucane Road and Cambridge Drive, Alexandra Hills.

We ask that you avoid the area if possible as there will be traffic disruptions this afternoon and into the evening.

Water has been switched off for nearby residents including at the Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre. This is to allow Redland City Council crews to repair the main as soon as possible.

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Redlands Coast sandbagging stations open


Redland City Council sandbagging stations are open at the following times and locations:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Open from 7am – 6pm. Council staff will be onsite and will provide you with pre-packed sandbags.

24-hour self-service sandbagging stations:

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.

Lamb Island Rural Fire Station – 12 Lucas Drive Lamb Island

Karragarra Rural Fire Brigade – 11 Noyes Road, Karragarra Island

Contact Rural Fire Brigade as needed or go to locations for self-serve. Minimum sandbagging stock available, please only take what is required.

Information on how to properly use sandbags, including filling them, can be found on the SES website.

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 be mindful of conditions when outdoors. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise 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:

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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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Sandbagging stations open again to community


Redland City Council has opened sandbagging stations again for the community today, Wednesday 2 March (enclosed shoes must be worn at all Council sandbagging stations.)

The sandbagging stations will be open at the following times and locations:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff will be onsite and will provide you with pre-packed sandbags.

Open today, Wednesday 2 March: until 6pm

The following 24-hour self-service sandbagging stations will be open:

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.

Information on how to properly use sandbags, including filling them, can be found on the SES website.

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 be 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:

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Stay vigilant as extreme weather continues


Redland City Council Mayor and Chair of the Redland Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Karen Williams has urged residents to remain vigilant, stay off the roads and out of flood waters as severe weather continues to impact Redlands Coast.

High tide this morning, combined with heavy rainfall, has caused additional flooding on the city’s foreshores; and intense rainfall is forecast to continue tracking south along the coast and into northern New South Wales today.

Wind gusts of up to 90km/h are expected along coastal fringes, including on Redlands Coast.

Redlands LDMG remains at Stand Up status, ensuring Redland City Council’s disaster management operations continue to be mobilised across the city.

Overnight, Redland SES crews completed 63 jobs, including tarping of houses and sandbagging properties.

Redland City Council crews overnight have responded to 25 calls from the public, as well as closing flooded roads, removing fallen trees, and replacing lifted stormwater and sewer manhole lids, which are designed to lift when there is excessive water in the system.

They have also been tiger-meshing the area in situations where the lids cannot yet be replaced due to the excess water.

Motorists are advised to be on alert for the potential of lifted manhole covers, which can occur at any time and are noticeable by the overflow of water in a particular area of a road.

As the severe weather continues, the community is urged to be mindful of the ongoing risk of fallen trees or powerlines.

Do not attempt to move these.

If trees are seen fallen on Council property, such as parks or on roads, contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999.

For assistance with trees that have fallen on private property and causing issues, contact the SES on 132 500.

Stay away from fallen powerlines, warn others, and contact Energex on 13 19 62.

Sandbagging

Sandbagging stations across the city have been extended to 6pm today, Sunday 27 February, with 5000 sandbags having been given out across Redlands Coast since stations were opened on the mainland and islands on Wednesday.

Sandbagging stations are open at the following locations (enclosed shoes must be worn):

  • Council Depot Cleveland: 199-205 South Street – today, Sunday 27 February until 6pm
  • Council Depot Dunwich: 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) – open 24/7
  • Council Depot Russell Island: 6 Cambridge Road, Russell Island – open 24/7
  • Council Depot Macleay Island: 22-24 Scarborough Road, Macleay Island – open 24/7

Ferry cancellations

  • The 6pm vehicle ferry from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) has been cancelled.
  • The 7pm vehicle ferry departing Dunwich has been cancelled.
  • There are currently no changes to ferry services to and from the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

For information on these services, visit sealinkseq.com.au

Roads impacted

A number of local roads remain closed due to flooding or impacted, and motorists are urged to avoid these areas. Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it!

Local roads closed or impacted include:

  • Avalon Road, Sheldon
  • Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point
  • Mary Street, Birkdale
  • Collingwood Road, Birkdale (Cnr Spoonbill)
  • Mary Pleasant Drive, Birkdale
  • Mergowie Drive, Cleveland
  • Moores Road, Redland Bay
  • Pitt and Nelson Roads, Wellington Point
  • Tulloch Drive and Redgrove Avenue, Wellington Point
  • Anson Road, Wellington Point
  • Kingfisher/Springacre Road, Thornlands
  • Rickertt Road, Birkdale

Parks

The following Redlands Coast parks/facilities are closed due to flooding:

  • Regional Park, Capalaba
  • John Frederick’s Park, including greyhound track, rugby and soccer fields, Capalaba
  • Mount Cotton Community Park, Mount Cotton

Please avoid using tracks and trails in Council conservation areas.

Recycling and Waste Centres

Council’s Recycling and Waste Centres at Birkdale and Redland Bay will remain temporarily closed today, Sunday 27 February. Gated island tips at North Stradbroke Island, Russell Island, Macleay Island and Coochiemudlo Island are also closed today.

Creative Arts

Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland Art Gallery will be temporarily closed today, Sunday 27 February due to the extreme weather.

All performances, workshops and events scheduled for today at these venues have been cancelled.

Venue staff are currently contacting patrons with tickets and bookings to advise them of the closures.

IndigiScapes

IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba is closed today, Sunday 27 February.

Aquatic Centres

Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre at Russell Island is closed today, Sunday 27 February.

Beaches

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has closed all beaches in south-east Queensland, including the SLSQ flagged beaches on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) – Main, Cylinder and Adder Rock beaches.

Telecommunications

There are currently Optus outages reported at Cleveland and on Russell Island.

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.

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

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

Please be 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:

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Opportunities to test your ideas for Birkdale Community Precinct


The next big idea that could help shape the future of Birkdale Community Precinct might just be yours.

Schools, youth groups and the community are invited to apply for Redland City Council’s new Birkdale Community Partnerships Program to help bring their ideas to life within the emerging precinct along Old Cleveland Road East at Birkdale.

Mayor Karen Williams said seed funding would be available to successful applicants under the initiative launched today.

“The response to last year’s community engagement campaign for the Vision stage of Birkdale Community Precinct was phenomenal,” Cr Williams said.

Council listened to the community’s aspirations for the future of this beautiful 62-hectare piece of land and consequently a draft master plan is being finalised for release this year.

“One of the messages we received was that the community wanted to stay involved with the process.

“In response, we have launched the pilot Community Partnerships program.

“This partnership between Council and community groups will be a way of testing out some of those great ideas for the site in a practical way at the next Community Open Days later this year. 

“Seed funding of $500 to $1000 for community groups and $2000 for schools will be available for successful applicants who have a project idea for the precinct.

“These could take the form of workshops, stalls, activations, pop-ups or activities and can relate to a range of themes, including innovation, culture, communication, adventure and recreation, entertainment, conservation or agriculture.”  

Applications opened on 14 February 2022 and close on 11 March.

If you would like support in formulating your idea or want more information before applying, we encourage you to take part in an information session on Thursday 24 February.

To register for this session, go to the Birkdale Community Precinct Your Say site where you also will be able to learn more about the program and the precinct, and submit an application.

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Celebrate Australia Day safely on Redlands Coast


Redland City Council is encouraging everyone to focus on health and safety this Australia Day and, to assist, has organised some special parking and safety arrangements so everyone can enjoy a relaxing celebration.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wanted to ensure everyone had the opportunity to be outdoors enjoying Redlands Coast’s waterways and open spaces while staying COVID-safe on the public holiday.

“We know Wellington Point Recreation Reserve, in particular, is a popular destination,” she said.

“To relieve parking pressures, Council has arranged a free shuttle bus, which will undertake regular pickups from Wellington Point Community Hall and Village Green, Wellington Point from 8am to 5pm.

“This year we are operating a slighter larger bus than in previous years so we can halve the number of passengers per trip to help with physical distancing.

“As per Queensland Health requirements, face masks must be worn on the bus, except for children under 12 years and people with an exemption.

“Visitors to Wellington Point Recreation Reserve also will be able to celebrate Australia Day with their dogs this year but, to ensure the enjoyment of all, dogs must be on a leash in all areas of the reserve, including the sandbar walk out to King Island, at all times.”

Cr Williams said the public holiday overflow parking area at Toondah Harbour, Cleveland would also be open on Wednesday 26 January for those travelling to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

“It would be appreciated if everyone celebrating outdoors could assist by being patient and respectful of others and follow the direction of authorities,” she said.

“We also urge people to be mindful of helping to keep Redlands Coast the naturally wonderful place it is by not littering. Council officers will be patrolling popular parks on the day but, if a bin is full, please take your rubbish home with you and dispose of it there.”

Cr Williams said it was vitally important that people using the public spaces on Redlands Coast take precautions against COVID-19, even if celebrating outdoors.

“With COVID-19 case numbers rising across Queensland, we’re reminding everyone to be mindful of Queensland Health requirements regarding social distancing and wearing face masks and, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home,” she said.

“At this challenging time, we are seeking everyone’s assistance in helping to keep our community safe.”

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Redland City Council will not be hosting any public events on Australia Day 2022.

For information on Council services available on the public holiday, visit Redland City Council’s Facebook page or news site.

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Willards Farm recommended for State heritage register


One of Redlands Coast’s oldest surviving farms and residences which was saved by Redland City Council in 2016 from being demolished and subdivided into housing has been recommended for entry into the Queensland Heritage Register.

Willards Farm at 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

Willards Farm, built during the periods of the 1860s to 1910s, was bought by Council in March 2016 and entered into the local Heritage Places Register in June of the same year.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Willards Farm at 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale, represented a core value within the 62-hectare Birkdale Community Precinct and is a centre-point for the precinct’s current stage of draft master planning.

“The Department of Environment and Science has recommended Willards Farm be entered into the Queensland Heritage Register (QHR) with the Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) expected to make the final decision by March this year,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said Council had identified Willards Farm and all heritage values in the Birkdale Community Precinct as being a priority for protection in the site’s draft master planning.

“We have been and we will continue to manage heritage values within the precinct appropriately,” she said.

“In 2021, Council commissioned an updated Conservation Heritage Management Plan which informs the best ways to protect and restore the heritage values of Willards Farm.

“The original Willards homestead and some original surrounding buildings, such as the milking shed (pictured right) and creamery, are still standing and help to define the whole precinct in terms of our city’s European pioneer history.

“This is such a well-loved and important property. It will no doubt become a jewel in the crown of Birkdale Community Precinct as we go forward.”

Cr Williams said Council budgeted $250,000 in the 2021/22 financial year to undertake primarily detailed design works for the restoration of Willards Farm and is appointing a heritage architect to undertake this work, in preparation for its restoration. The work was temporarily halted during the QHR consideration process.

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said Council was committed to protecting Willards Farm due to its significance for the community.

“This is quite a remarkable property which offers our community many more layers of value and significance than appears at first glance,” Cr Bishop said.

“It is a portal into our pioneer past with a wealth of stories, lessons and knowledge to impart, including stories of connection with First Nations People and South Sea Islander labourers. It also remains a place that can be enjoyed, treasured and celebrated by generations to come.”

This is the second time an application has been made to the DES to enter the property into the QHR, with an ultimately unsuccessful submission being made in July 2015. Both applications were made by the Birkdale Progress Association. QHC has the discretion to make a decision which differs from the current DES recommendation.

Willards Farm timeline:

Willards Farm on Birkdale Community Precinct.

1865: Land registered to the Willard family for farming.

1876: James and Margaret Willard take out a mortgage on the land. It is believed this may have been to start construction of the homestead.

Until mid-1920s: The Willards run a dairy farm on the property, also known as The Pines.

1933-1941: The property changes ownership a couple of times.

1941: Rosemary Cotton and her husband Doug buy the farm.

1942: After the Australian Government asserts possession of most of the site, the US Army Signal Corps builds radio receiving station and transmission towers. The Pines homestead and farm remain on a much reduced foothold.

1942-1979: The Cottons farm their portion of the land up until Rosemary Cotton’s death in 1979.

1979-2016: The farm changes ownership several times.

2016: Council buys Willards Farm following community concern that the site was subject to a development approval for subdivision into residential allotments

2019: Council buys the adjoining 61 hectares of Commonwealth land.

Dec 2019-2021: Community consultation begins and commissioned studies are conducted to gain an understanding of the site’s environmental, heritage and historical values.

Mar 2021: A two-month formal community consultation process opens to seek ideas and identify suitable community uses for the entire site known as Birkdale Community Precinct.

You can read more about Willards Farm and Birkdale Community Precinct on the dedicated Your Say page.

 

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RPAC box office temporarily reduces opening hours


The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) box office will have a temporary reduction in opening hours starting Monday.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we can continue to provide service in peak times, from Monday 24 January, the box office will open Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm, and one hour prior to any performance.

Patrons are reminded that tickets to performances and events at RPAC are available online, 24/7 at rpac.com.au; by phone on 07 3892 8131; or in person at the box office.

RPAC continues to strictly follow Queensland Health directives which includes a mandatory requirement for visitors and employees to wear masks. Visitors and employees must also be fully vaccinated to enter RPAC.

For the latest updates on the impacts of COVID-19 on Council services, programs and events, follow Redland City Council on Facebook or check back on this news site.

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