Category Archives: Disaster management

Opt in for emergency messaging service ahead of wet season

Redlands Coast residents are urged to opt in for Council’s emergency notification messaging service ahead of predictions for a wetter-than-average summer.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Karen Williams said the messaging service was an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications.

“Redlands Coast is subject to severe weather and climate events, just like any region, and it is important the community can receive alerts in time so they can prepare,” she said.

“This is essential as we head into summer, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average rainfall from November 2020 through to January 2021 associated with a La Nina weather pattern.

“This means there is also the increased possibility for widespread flooding.”

About 1700 people have subscribed to the service since its launch.

Residents who register receive an alert when there is potentially dangerous weather which may impact them. Weather alerts are shared via email, but other warnings are available via either email or SMS.

Residents can also sign up to flooded road notifications for Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point; Avalon Road, Sheldon; Moores Road, Redland Bay; and the corner of Nelson Road and Pitt Road, Wellington Point.

Cr Williams said the service offered localised information but did not replace official warnings provided by the Bureau of Meteorology or the State Disaster Coordination Centre.

“Our message system complements messages issued by the State agencies and lets residents know, via local flooded road gauges, which of the above roads are flooded.

“As it is an opt-in service, alerts will be sent only to those people who register to receive them.

“Residents can select which warnings they want to receive and whether they wish to receive the messages via email or SMS or both.”

To sign up, click the opt-in notifications button on Redland City’s disaster dashboard at

Opt-in emergency notification messaging service tips:

  • Registered users must verify their email address and mobile number before they can receive alerts.
  • For Bureau of Meteorology email weather warnings, it is recommended users select Redland City and their suburb, at minimum.
  • Users should ensure their address is correct so they receive targeted messages alerting them when their area is expected to be impacted.
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Council ensures COVID-safe measures for urgent community evacuations

Redland City Council is encouraging island residents to identify friends and family on the mainland they may be able to stay with as part of their disaster plan for this year’s fire and storm season.

Mayor Karen Williams, who is also chair of the Redlands Local Disaster Management Group, said that with the storm and fire season having arrived, it was timely for island residents to nominate a mainland location in case of evacuations.

“If a bushfire is approaching someone’s home, they obviously cannot shelter in place, so one option may be to shelter with friends or family if it is safe to do so,” she said.

“For people living on the mainland this may be possible, but for our island residents the possibility is less likely, as those people will often be evacuating too.

“So it is important for all island residents to have conversations now with family and friends on the mainland they could shelter with.

“If this is not possible, the next step may be to evacuate people to commercial accommodation providers, in which case Council would determine the provider and assist with transport off the islands.

“We’re unable to confirm accommodation providers ahead of any emergency, as whether we use them is dependent on the circumstances and some providers may themselves need to close due to the event.”

Cr Williams said Council had investigated COVID-safe measures should evacuations be needed due to an emergency situation such as bushfire or widespread floods.

“Because of COVID, it is even more important for residents to identify friends and family they may be able to stay with, which would then reduce how many places are required at evacuation centres,” Cr Williams said.

“As always, decisions will be made in the best interest of public safety in an emergency, and Council will distribute information in a timely manner to help keep people informed.”

“With the storm and fire season upon us, I urge residents, especially island residents, to be prepared by having a three-day supply of food and drinking water available at all times, and to be prepared to evacuate to family and friends on the mainland or other accommodation providers in case that becomes necessary.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he wanted to remind island residents that should they develop any COVID-19 symptoms and require a test, Mater Pathology collection centres were still open at 2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island and 14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island.

“The pathology service on the islands is supported by mobile collection for those people who find travel to the collection centres difficult,” he said.

“A referral from your doctor is needed, which could be arranged through a telehealth appointment.

“It is best that anyone on the islands with symptoms contacts their doctor for advice.”

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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.
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Be prepared for fire and storm season

Redland City Council is stepping up preparations for bushfire season and is urging residents to do the same.

Mayor Karen Williams said everyone on Redlands Coast should have a bushfire survival plan.

“If fire breaks out there is often little time to escape to safety, so having a survival plan and practising it can save lives,” she said.

“This year has been challenging in many ways, and I encourage all Redlands Coast residents to be personally prepared as we head into the fire and storm season.

“It is also important that people stay informed, which they can do by monitoring Council’s news site, social media, and Disaster Dashboard.”

Council has continued its hazard reduction program throughout the year, including planned burns, physical fuel removal and other general maintenance activities.

“Council has carried out 14 prescribed burns across 88 hectares of land on Redlands Coast mainland and islands, plus other fire mitigation activities,” Cr Williams said.

“While Council mitigates fire risk on Council managed land, it is vital for effective fire management that all property owners meet their obligation to manage fire risks on their own land.”

Council urges Redlands Coast residents to safeguard their properties ahead of the bushfire and storm season by cleaning up and maintaining their yards and homes.

This includes clearing overgrown vegetation around the yard and near homes, clearing and maintaining roofs and gutters, and clearing overgrown allotments and reducing or removing fire hazards.

Council is also reviewing fire management plans and access trails; and asks residents to help reduce fuel loads on Redlands Coast by contacting Council on 3829 8999 if they see incidents or evidence of illegal dumping.

Council also has a free, opt-in emergency messaging service people can subscribe to via Council’s Disaster Dashboard.

This, and other information to help keep people safe on Redlands Coast, can be found on Council’s Disaster Dashboard

Tips to prepare your home

  • Clean gutters and downpipes so stormwater can drain quickly
  • Secure loose items around your property and garden (sheets of tin, trampolines)
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches around your property (check with Council first)
  • Install metal screens or shutters to prepare your home against embers
  • Ensure LPG cylinder relief valves point away from the house to minimise fire risk
  • Make sure pumps or generators are working and ready if needed

Tips to make a household emergency plan

  • Prepare an emergency kit with essentials such as medications, legal papers, first aid, a battery operated radio, batteries, pet food, money and a torch
  • Have a good supply of bottled water readily available
  • Identify a safe place to shelter in a storm or to evacuate to in a bushfire and decide how you’d look after your pets
  • Decide whether to go early or stay and defend in bushfire situations
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows your emergency plan
  • Know your neighbours as they can be a source of support during emergencies

For weather and warning updates:

  • Bureau of Meteorology:
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services:
  • Redlands Disaster Dashboard:
  • ABC radio
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Macleay Island fire – Update as at 4.30pm, Friday 2 October 2020

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised that the fire on Macleay Island is contained.

QFES fire crews remain at the scene and are dampening down and blackening out, with fire breaks in place, and will continue to monitor the situation.

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


Earlier: 1.45pm, Friday 2 October 2020

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised of a vegetation fire  that has jumped containment lines at Kate Street on Macleay Island.

Three Rural Fire Service units are in attendance and three Fire Rescue Service appliances are on their way to the island from the mainland.

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:

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COVID-19 testing clinics update for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands

The temporary COVID-19 testing clinics located at the Russell Island Recreation Hall and Macleay Island Community Hall will close at 4pm today, Wednesday 9 September.

Mater Pathology will continue to provide COVID-19 testing at the following locations this Thursday and Friday.

  • Russell Island: 7.30am – 3.00pm at 2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island
  • Macleay Island: – 7.30am – 3.00pm at 14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island.

From Monday (14 September), COVID-19 testing will resume at the following locations:

2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 7.30am – 2.00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 7.30am – 11.30am

14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island

  • Monday to Friday – 7.30am – 2.00pm

Please note that commencing Monday 14 September, any person attending these clinics will require a referral. If your appointment with your doctor is via telehealth, please request they send the referral form to, alternatively you can print the referral form and bring it to your COVID-19 test.

If you are unwell or are unable to travel to your local testing centre, please discuss with your doctor what alternative options for testing are available to you.

It is important that our residents remain vigilant for any COVID-19 symptoms, if you develop any of these symptoms, no matter how mild, you should organise to get tested. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (37.5 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell and/or taste.

It is important that any person who gets tested travels directly to their home and remains in isolation, this includes not attending, work, school or any social activities.

If your test result is negative, you receive a SMS text message. If you do not have a mobile, you will be contacted by Mater Pathology. If your test result is positive, you will be contacted by Public Health who will advise you on what steps to take next.

If you have any further health concerns or questions, please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for a confidential phone service that provides health advice to Queenslanders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, contact your doctor to organise a telehealth appointment.

Residents are advised to continue monitoring the Public Health Contact Tracing Alert which identifies locations where a confirmed case of COVID-19 has visited. Any person who has attended these locations during the identified time should monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. For more information please visit

For the most up-to-date, reliable information, visit the Queensland Health website:

To find your nearest testing centre, visit:

For more information on self-isolation at home visit:

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Russell and Macleay islands COVID-19 testing clinics update

The Macleay Island COVID-19 testing clinic will remain open on Tuesday 8 September.

The clinic is located at the Macleay Island Community Centre on the corner of Scarborough Terrace and High Central Road.

Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily.

The testing clinic at Russell Island Recreation Hall will continue until at least Wednesday 9 September.

This clinic’s operating hours are 8am to 4pm daily.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested and isolate at home until they receive their test results.

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, tiredness and muscle aches, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, shortness of breath.

Karragarra Island or Lamb Island residents who develop symptoms are encouraged to contact their doctor for a telehealth consultation.

For a list of locations visited by people who recently tested positive to COVID-19, visit:…/cor…/current-status/contact-tracing

To find your nearest fever clinic, visit:

The most up-to-date, reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website:

For more information from the Queensland Government, visit:

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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:

To find your nearest fever clinic, visit:

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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:

To find your nearest fever clinic, visit:

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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:

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