Category Archives: Council

Keep a look out as koalas are on the move


With breeding season underway koalas are on the move again across Redlands Coast and the community is being urged to keep watch for them.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said koalas were more active during the breeding season, which continued through to December.

“Koalas are mostly active at night but they will move around during the day if they are disturbed, if they are too hot, too cold or simply to find a new feed tree,” Cr Williams said.

“But right now they are out looking for love, so we need to be alert for them on the road or moving through our yards.

“The main messages are: slow down and drive safely; make sure your yard is koala-friendly with ways for them to escape pools or over fences; and ensure your pet is secured at night and when out walking.”

Cr Williams said it was important to keep your distance if you saw a koala and allow it to move about freely unless the animal was in immediate danger.

“If you notice the koala is ill or injured, call the Redlands 24hr Wildlife Rescue Service immediately on 3833 4031,” she said.

“Council also has an active koala watch program where you can submit any koala sightings when you are out and about.”

To find out more about our urban koalas and what your Council is doing to help, visit redland.qld.gov.au/koala

To join the Redlands Coast Koala Watch, go to redland.qld.gov.au/koalawatch

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Sandbagging stations open


Redland City Council sandbagging stations are open today and tomorrow 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 today, Thursday 14 October: 12 noon until 6pm

Open tomorrow, Friday 15 October: 7am to 2pm

 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:

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Work to start on Point Lookout Gorge Walk reconstruction


The Point Lookout Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) will soon be fully restored, with work to repair a damaged section of the much-loved walk set to commence.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said reconstruction of a 25 metre section of the boardwalk was expected to start on 25 October 2021 and be completed by late November, weather permitting.

“The Gorge Walk is an iconic destination on Minjerribah so I am very pleased it will soon be repaired ahead of the busy Christmas holiday period,” she said.

“While this beautiful walk has still been accessible from each end, the damaged section, roughly in the middle of the walk, has been closed following a washout caused by heavy rain.

“When the repairs are done and the walk reopens, residents and visitors will once again be able to complete the full 1.2 kilometre circuit uninterrupted.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience while Council assessed the damage and appointed a contractor to undertake the extensive reconstruction work which is required.

“Importantly, residents and visitors can still safely access parts of the boardwalk while the damaged section is being repaired, so go out and enjoy the beautiful panoramas but take heed of site safety signage and don’t enter the closed area.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the reconstruction of the boardwalk was great news for Minjerribah.

“This walk, with all its viewing platforms, is a huge drawcard for both the island and Redlands Coast in general,” he said.

“There are few places anywhere with such amazing views and opportunities for marine wildlife encounters, particularly one so accessible and free.

“I am very excited about the Gorge Walk being fully open once again in time for the Christmas holidays, when everyone can take advantage of this amazing and naturally wonderful outdoor experience.

“There may of course be some minor disruptions during the construction period, including the need to close the southern end of the boardwalk to allow access to complete the works.

“However, the northern section of the Gorge Walk will remain open to tourists and locals throughout this period.”

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Another round of Business Brews for industry networking


Redlands Coast manufacturing businesses are invited to this month’s Business Brews industry networking event.

Supported by Redland City Council and held at Bacchus Brewing in Capalaba, this is the sixth event in the series and will focus on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was a great opportunity for local businesses to network and hear about the latest industry directions and training opportunities.

“Guest speaker for the event is TAFE Queensland Business Manager Kevin Roos who will talk about the growing industry need for CNC operators and the TAFE courses that relate to achieving qualifications in that area,” Cr Williams said.

“Council is proud to collaborate on these networking events as another way of adding to its commitment to supporting Redlands Coast industries and businesses.

“As well as sponsoring major business and jobs expos in the region, Council has provided stimulus funding to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Council is focused more on spending local as part of our corporate procurement policy, contract manual and strategic contracting plan and procedures adopted in July last year

“Wherever possible we will be using local businesses and suppliers to continue our support of the local economy and to keep people in jobs and create new employment opportunities.”

Business Brews event details

Time: Thursday, 28 October 2021, 4pm-6pm

Place: Bacchus Brewing, 1 / 2 Christine Place, Capalaba

Registration: Phone Redland City Council on (07) 3829 8999 or email rcc@redland.qld.gov.au and address your enquiry to the Economic Development Coordinator.

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Temporary commercial use invited for select parks


To activate and enliven some of the city’s public spaces and create opportunities for local businesses, Redland City Council is now accepting Expressions of Interest for temporary commercial activities for a select group of Redlands Coast parks and open spaces.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council supported a range of such activities in selected parks, including:

  • personal fitness training and coaching program
  • mobile food and beverage vehicles
  • hire of recreation equipment (watercraft, bikes, scooters)
  • entertainment (busking, face painting, magicians, jumping castles, mobile animal petting and entertainers for small events and celebrations)
  • tourist-based activities (canoe and kayak tours)

“This is only for those parks selected where temporary commercial activities could be offered without impacting the amenity and safety of park users and neighbours,” Cr Williams said.

“Commercial vendors that complement nearby businesses by offering a different product or service are also preferred.”

“Temporary commercial activities are generally of a low-scale, and are restricted to a footprint of 30 sq m. Depending on the size and shape of the park, the number of commercial vendors is capped at between one and three.

“Activating our parks and public spaces in this way further enlivens them and creates vibrant, liveable communities as well as opportunities for local businesses.

“Vendors who want to operate in a park can now submit an Expression of Interest to Council. If short-listed, they will be invited to formally apply for approval and terms and conditions will apply.”

Information on how to lodge an EOI and for the list of the applicable parks and open spaces, go to: yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

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Court of Appeal overturns Alexandra Hills service station development approval


Redland City Council has welcomed a decision by the Court of Appeal supporting their 2015 decision to refuse the King of Gifts’ development application for a service station and fast-food drive-thru restaurant at Alexandra Hills.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had opposed the application for the last six years, arguing it was in conflict with the planning scheme.

“This decision is a win for residents and for Council who has represented the community over many years in opposing this project because of its potential environmental and traffic impacts,” Cr Williams said.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, left, and Cr Rowanne McKenzie outside the land in question at 604-612 Redland Bay Rd, Alexandra Hills.

“This has been a long battle, which began with our original decision to refuse the application in 2015, arguing it had the potential to impact important environmental, open space and bushland areas near the site at 604-612 Redland Bay Road.”

“Over the last five years our original decision has been overturned twice by the Planning and Environment Court, but we never gave up fighting for the community and successfully appealed those decisions.”

Councillor for Division 7 Rowanne McKenzie said last week’s decision ended years of uncertainty for local residents.

“When I’m out speaking with local residents they regularly raise this application with me and so Council was determined to represent them in opposing it,” Cr McKenzie said.

“This latest court ruling is a win for the community and results in the applicant’s appeal to the Planning and environment Court being dismissed, ending years of uncertainty for local residents.

“As part of the Court ruling King of Gifts (Qld) Pty Ltd and HTC Consulting Pty Ltd have been ordered to pay Council’s appeal costs.”

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Time to get ready as storm and fire seasons approach


On your marks, get ready … Redlands Coast residents are being encouraged to be on the front foot ahead of this year’s looming storm and bushfire season.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Councillor Karen Williams said this month’s Get Ready Queensland Week – from 10-17 October – aimed to raise awareness about being prepared for extreme weather events and disasters.

“The idea is to be proactive; to be ahead of the late-spring/summer season which, as we all know, can bring devastating weather events and conditions conducive to destructive bushfires,” Cr Williams said.

“In the past decade, Queensland has experienced close to 90 declared disaster events. The lesson we have learnt is that the better prepared a region is, the better prepared it is for a quicker recovery.

Redland City Council is spreading the word that it is time to prepare for the storm and bushfire season.

“Get Ready Queensland Week is a statewide initiative and the message is loud and clear in its title. If we get ready now we will be able to better handle anything this upcoming season throws at us.”

Cr Williams said Council maintained a dedicated Redland City Disaster Management website that provided practical information on preparing for, responding to and recovering from disaster.

“This is the time to equip yourself and your family with a disaster response plan. The value in knowing in advance what you would need during a severe event or if you were required to evacuate cannot be underestimated,” she said.

“The disaster management plan covers the entire city and has specific information and guidance for our vulnerable communities on our Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Council also has an opt-in emergency notification messaging service which is an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications. About 2200 residents are subscribed to this free alert service already and I encourage you to opt-in during Get Ready Queensland Week.”

Redland City Council is also conducting a bushfire awareness campaign over the next few months funded under state and federal government grants. Council will collaborate with the QFES to deliver a number of information sessions as well as installing 10 permanent signs in high-risk bushfire areas reminding people to know the risk, prepare a survival plan and report any bushfire or arson to 000.

“Now is the time to ‘spring clean’ your property to reduce the risks of it being affected by bushfires or extreme weather events,” Cr Williams said.

“The bushfire awareness campaign provides targeted advice and information to property owners in identified high-risk areas as well as offering bushfire-preparedness information across the entire region.

“I encourage all Redlands Coast residents to take advantage of these incredibly important information sessions.”

Bushfire awareness information nights will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 7 October, Capalaba Sports Club, Capalaba, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 14 October, Redland Bay SES, Redlands Business Park, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 4 November, IndigiScapes, Capalaba, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 11 November, Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton, 6.30-8.30pm

Council will also host information stalls at the Cleveland Markets (17 October, 7am-1pm) and IndigiScapes Eco Market (4 December, 8am-noon)

Registration for the information nights is via redland.qld.gov.au

To view the Redland City Disaster Management Plan, go to: redlandsdisasterplan.com.au

To opt-in to Council’s emergency alert messaging service, go to: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

For more information about Get Ready Queensland Week, go to: getready.qld.gov.au

Seqwater’s free Dam Release Notification service sends notifications by email, text messages to mobile phones or recorded messages to telephone landlines when dam releases are occurring.

You can register or find more information at seqwater.com.au/dam-release

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15 things to do on Redlands Coast this Queen’s Birthday long weekend


Looking for something different to do with family and friends on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend? Redlands Coast has you covered.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said residents and visitors were spoilt for choice this weekend (2-4 October 2021), which also marks the end of the school holidays.

“Redlands Coast has a wide range of naturally wonderful experiences on offer, from amazing parks and play spaces to fabulous beaches and conservation areas,” Cr Williams said.

“Our islands are always a great choice for day trips or weekend getaways, with opportunities to spot whales, dolphins, turtles, koalas and kangaroos, relax on beautiful beaches, browse boutique goods at markets, or pick up some unique art.

“There are also plenty of things to do on the mainland and I encourage everyone to support our local tourism operators and book an experience on Redlands Coast this long weekend.

“The weather forecast for Saturday through to Monday is for warm sunny days so I encourage everyone to make the most of it.

“An outing can be as simple as a picnic or barbecue in one of our many open spaces or parks.”

15 things to do this long weekend:

  1. Walk on water (at low tide only) from Wellington Point Recreation Reserve to King Island.
  2. Take a day trip to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and explore the studios, art galleries and museum in Dunwich. You can also hire a scooter or take a guided cultural tour along the Gorge Walk at Point Lookout.
  3. Check out the Tiny Homes Expo at Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday (ticketed event, tickets available online).
  4. Head down to Raby Bay Foreshore Park and hire a water bike or paddle across the bay and spot for dolphins and dugong along the way. You can also swim, kayak and stand up paddleboard on the foreshore.
  5. Visit Macleay Island and check out (or buy) some art or enjoy a relaxing game of barefoot bowls with a stunning waterfront view across the coast.
  6. Go bushwalking, mountain biking or horse riding in the Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area.
  7. Go sailing with one of the local yacht charter operators or take your own boat across Moreton Bay to Peel Island.
  8. Browse the fresh produce, arts and crafts, gifts, food and entertainment at the Cleveland Markets on Sunday from 7am-1pm.
  9. Picnic on the hill at Sirromet Wines – Queensland’s largest winery.
  10. Unleash your creativity and paint your own pottery piece at one of our local creative art studios in Cleveland.
  11. Hike the network of trails in the Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area in Sheldon.
  12. Take a 10 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point to Coochiemudlo Island and step onto the sandy beach with a playground and beachfront café.
  13. Visit Cleveland Point Reserve and picnic under the historic Cleveland Point lighthouse, and see it light up at night.
  14. Explore the nature tracks and botanic gardens at IndigiScapes Environmental Centre in Capalaba and follow it up with some bush flavours from the café.
  15. Visit one of the many vibrant outdoor spaces and playgrounds including Apex Park in Wellington Point, Thornlands Community Park, and Raby Esplanade Park in Cleveland.

For more information or other ideas on things to see and do, go to visitredlandscoast.com.au or pop into the Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre located at Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland which is open every day from 9am-4pm; phone 1300 667 386.

Council closures on Monday 4 October 2021 public holiday:

  • Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed on Monday 4 October, returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 5 October.

After hours return chutes at libraries will be closed on Monday, and no items will be due on that day.

  • Redland IndigiScapes Centre & Nursery

Redland IndigiScapes Centre, Café, and Botanic Gardens will be open on Monday 4 October from 8am-4pm.

The nursery will be closed on Monday.

  • Bin collections

Bin collections will go ahead as normal, so bins need to be placed on the footpath by 6am on Monday 4 October.

Please report any missed services on 3829 8999.

  • Recycling and waste centres

All mainland and island recycling and waste centres will be open. Residents should check Council’s website for opening hours.

  • RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay does not open on Monday. Opening hours are 10am-2pm on Tuesday and Friday.

  • Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open from 9am-noon on Monday 4 October.

For animal emergencies outside those hours, please phone 3829 8999.

  • Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC box office is closed on Monday 4 October, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 5 October.

During this time bookings can be made online via rpac.com.au

  • Redland Art Gallery

The galleries at Cleveland and Capalaba will both be closed on Monday 4 October, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 5 October.

  • Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

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Council delivers car-share scheme at Redland Bay Marina


Redland City Council has awarded a contract for a two-year car-share scheme at Redland Bay Marina, Weinam Creek.

Mayor Karen Williams said the recent Expression of Interest and subsequent tender process followed a successful car-share trial conducted at the marina from August 2020 to April 2021.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams with Bay Islands Car Share owner Aaron Pipkorn, left, and Cr Mark Edwards, right.

“The trial offered island residents access to a conveniently parked vehicle on the mainland without the overheads associated with owning one,” Cr Williams said.

“It proved very popular, with the trial operator reporting a doubling in car-share members and a 60 per cent increase in the number of car-share trips each week.

“The trial clearly demonstrated the viability of the initiative in the long term, so I am delighted Council is able to extend the scheme for another two years from 4 October 2021 through a contract with Bay Islands Car Share.

“Hopefully the trend of increased usage will continue and there will be a corresponding rise in the number of car parking spaces which will become available.”

Cr Williams said the car-share scheme was one of a number of options Council was investigating to help alleviate the high demand for car parking at Redland Bay Marina.

“Car-share schemes have been identified in the Redlands Coast Transport Strategy as a potential solution to deliver good transport outcomes, with benefits such as increased turnover and supply of car parks in the area,” she said.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said Bay Islands Car Share, which also conducted the trial, would operate eight dedicated car-share spaces between the Coast Guard building and the bus interchange.

“These spaces are located opposite the four which were used during the trial, and are still in close proximity to the ferry terminal,” Cr Edwards said.

“The trial showed island residents supported the scheme and there was a consistent increase in usage as a result of having dedicated car parks.”

The eight car-share parking spaces will be clearly identified with signage.

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BMX riders on track at Wellington Point park


A new BMX track has opened as part of a $471,000 upgrade of a Wellington Point park.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the works carried out at EGW Wood Park at Wellington Point were funded under the second phase of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

“This year Council is investing $7 million in local parks and playground, taking the spend in the past two years to around $20 million. And this funding from the Australian Government is part of more than $5.3 million being invested in Redlands Coast community infrastructure under phase 2 of the LRCI stimulus funding,” Cr Williams said.

“We have some of the best parks in South East Queensland and this investment will give local families even more reason to get out and enjoy time together.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, left, and Cr Wendy Boglary check out the expanded and improved BMX track at EGW Wood Park, Wellington Point.

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said the new BMX pump track integrated into the existing track and included multiple loops.

“The upgrade also included installing sandstone blocks, a picnic table, seating and shelter, as well as a drinking fountain with bottle filler, and also a tap and dog bowl,” Cr Boglary said.

“Improvements were also made to the footpaths servicing the park and changes to the cricket nets, while more plants and turf were put in.”

It is stage 2 of recent upgrades for the park, with stage 1 funded through Council’s Community Infrastructure Program in 2019, Cr Boglary said.

The Australian Government’s LRCI program supports local councils to deliver priority projects while supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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