Category Archives: Disaster management

Redland Art Award Cancellation Advice


As a result of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Redland City Council and Redland Art Gallery (RAG) have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Redland Art Awards 2020.

Redlands City Mayor Karen Williams said although the biennial award exhibition was scheduled for later in the year, organisers felt it was important to make a decision now.

“Circumstances beyond our control mean there is continuing uncertainty around the gallery reopening date and the capacity of artists to enter and freight their works,” Cr Williams said.

“The Redland Art Awards are a highlight of the gallery’s exhibition calendar so it’s very disappointing to have to cancel them this year.

“But we can still look forward to the 2022 awards.

“The health and wellbeing of our artists, the general public and team of RAG staff and volunteers is our highest priority”.

First held in 1981, Redland Art Awards was established by the Redland Yurara Art Society, which is among Queensland’s oldest art associations. The highly coveted national competition attracts entries from emerging and established artists nationwide.

Redland Art Gallery Director Emma Bain thanked Redland Art Awards 2020 sponsors for their generosity and support, including Redland Yurara Art Society, Stark Creations and Redland City Council.

“Our thanks also goes out to everyone who has supported past awards,” Ms Bain said.

“We look forward to working with partners and artists for Redland Art Awards 2022.

Artists who have already submitted an entry for Redland Art Awards 2020 competition will receive a full refund on their entry fees paid.

For more information about RAG exhibitions or programs during the temporary closure visit http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au.

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Stay safe as COVID-19 restrictions ease


With some COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed by the State Government this weekend, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has urged Redlands Coast residents to continue to keep their distance and adhere to the rules still in place.

“I sincerely thank Redlands Coast residents for really stepping up and following the restrictions we’ve all been living under,” Cr Williams said.

“There’s no doubt that our collective efforts have helped to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

“While it will be wonderful to be able to get out a bit more, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and we cannot risk undoing all our good work and putting our families, our colleagues, our community and ourselves at risk.

Under the new State Government directive, from tomorrow Saturday 2 May, in addition to your outdoor exercise, you’ll be able to:

  •  Travel within 50 kilometres of your home
  • Have a picnic in a park
  • Sit on a park bench and enjoy your lunch or a coffee
  • Have a driving lesson with a member of your household
  • Go on a motorbike ride or boat trip
  • Go shopping for non-essential items.

Despite the new State Government directions, Cr Williams asked residents to remember that the current gathering and social distancing rules still apply.

“In Redlands Coast, our barbecues, exercise equipment, playground equipment, table and chair sets and fully fenced dog off leash areas continue to be closed for the safety of the community.

Our unfenced or partially fenced dog offleash areas remain open.

“So if you are planning a picnic, bring a picnic rug or chairs or sit on one of our park bench seats.”

“Our Council-owned tennis courts will be re-open to the public this Saturday, with the gates “locked open” so people don’t have to touch them.”

Cr Williams said North Stradbroke Island was still a no-go for visitors.

“The Queensland Government’s travel ban specific to North Stradbroke Island remains in place, meaning travel, including by private boats, continues to be strictly prohibited except for permanent Straddie residents and those undertaking essential travel to and from the island,” She said.

“Non-essential travel includes holidays (even if you own a holiday home), recreation, tourism and general socialising with friends and family.

“Anyone travelling to Straddie still needs to show their ID.

“The 100 metre marine exclusion zone for the waters around North Stradbroke Island is still in place and recreational boats will be moved on by authorities.

“While there is no travel ban for our other islands I urge everyone to use common sense; it would be disappointing to see large crowds heading to our islands and potentially dangerous.

“Now is not the time for island hopping, please be respectful of those vulnerable residents on these islands.”

Further information: Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/COVID19

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Call for patience at waste transfer stations


Redlands Coast residents have been urged to be patient when using local waste transfer stations and reconsider whether they need to make the trip following the introduction of measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said the temporary rules had been implemented to help keep everyone who used the waste transfer stations safe by ensuring social distancing requirements.

“First and foremost, residents should observe the Federal Government’s advice and avoid non-essential travel,” Cr Williams said.  

“We have kept our waste transfer stations open to residents on a restricted basis as we understand there will still be a need at this time but, please, do not go unless it is absolutely necessary – and, if you do need to make a trip, allow plenty of time and respect other users and staff.

“Our safety measures mean the average tip run will take longer than usual, so please be patient as these restrictions are there to protect you and your families. We are all in this together and need to show kindness to each other.”

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said Council’s bin collections were unaffected.

“So before considering a trip to a waste transfer station, make full use of your home bins, sign up for Council’s green bin and consider composting,” Mr Chesterman said.

“Consider whether to delay waste-generating projects, set-up a separate recycling station in your home to keep the right things inside the yellow-lid bin – only paper, cardboard, aluminium, hard plastic and metal.

“The kids can also get creative and turn some waste items into fun home projects or get them involved in composting to make room in your red-lid waste bin. The bonus is free compost for your garden.

“If you are able, consider finding a place to store excess waste until later.”

You will find plenty of information about composting on Council website at redland.qld.gov.au/composting. There are also FAQs about waste management and information about local impacts of the coronavirus at redland.qld.gov.au.

Temporary measures in place at Council’s waste transfer stations include:

  • Vehicle restrictions on entry  to maintain social distancing.
  • Visitors and staff must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from all other people.
  • No more than two people are permitted per unloading area at any one time.
  • Payment via EFT or account only – no cash payments accepted.

Household kerbside collections of general waste, green waste and recycling will continue unaffected.

Tips for using waste transfer stations

  • Avoid the weekend – visit Monday to Friday or if you have to visit on the weekend, go early.
  • Full loads only.
  • Consider what is avoidable waste.

All waste transfer stations will be closed on Good Friday.

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100 metre boating boundary applied to waters off North Stradbroke Island


Redland City Council advises the mainland and island recreational boating community that a 100 metre exclusion zone has been applied to all waters surrounding North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to the island’s vulnerable communities.

Department of Transport and Main Roads – Maritime Safety Queensland
NOTICE TO MARINERS 117 (T) of 2020

The exclusion boundary is measured from the lowest tide mark.

The restriction follows the Queensland Government’s recent decision to ban non-essential travel to the island, and will be in place until 29 May 2020.

It applies to recreational craft only, not to commercial or emergency services, marine rescue or essential services for the island.

Recreational vessels that are transiting for essential reasons through a waterway within the 100 metre exclusion zone can do so, but only permanent North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) residents and people undertaking essential travel are permitted onto the island.

However, during bad weather or emergencies, recreational vessels are permitted to seek safe anchorage in areas within the 100 metre exclusion zone if necessary.

Social distancing and all other State health directives, including those relating to travel for essential reasons only, apply.

For the latest health information, visit the Queensland Health website

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Social distancing measures at waste transfer stations


Redland City Council has put measures in place at its waste transfer stations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Redlands Coast.

The new, temporary rules will help keep residents, employees and commercial users of the waste transfer stations safe and ensure that social distancing requirements can be met.

Council advises the average tip run may take longer than usual, and is asking that people remain patient, as the measures are there to protect everyone.

Temporary measures in place at Council’s waste transfer stations include:

  • Vehicle restrictions on entry  to maintain social distancing
  • Visitors and staff must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from all other people
  • No more than two people are permitted per unloading area at any one time
  • Payment via EFT or account only – no cash payments accepted.

Household kerbside collections of general waste, green waste and recycling will continue unaffected.

Residents should consider whether they could avoid visiting a waste transfer station at this time by fully utilising their household collection services and getting creative with waste.

Some ideas include:

  • Consider what waste you are generating and perhaps delay those projects.
  • Set-up a separate recycling station in your home to keep the right things inside the yellow-lid bin – only paper, cardboard, aluminium, hard plastic and metal.
  • Start composting food scraps to make room in your red-lid waste bin. The up-side is free compost for your garden.
  • Get creative and turn that ‘junk’ into your next up-cycle project. What you thought was rubbish could turn into a new hobby.
  • Find a place to store excess to delay your tip trip.

To stay informed about local impacts of the coronavirus, and a list of frequently asked questions, visit redland.qld.gov.au/COVID-19

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Council cancels land auction under pandemic control measures


Redland City Council’s auction of land for overdue rates and charges, which was scheduled for 7 April 2020, has been cancelled.

The auction was scheduled following a Council resolution at the General Meeting on 20 November 2019.

With the health and wellbeing of the Redlands Coast Community as Council’s priority, the auction will not proceed at this time.

This is also in line with the Federal Government’s recent banning of in-room and on-site auctions until further notice.

Property owners whose land was on the list on 24 March 2020 will be contacted by Council to ensure they are aware of the decision.

Due to legislative requirements, Council may be obliged to consider a future date for the auction.

As a result of the significant impact COVID-19 is having on the community, Council has also decided to compassionately review ratepayer’s situations on a case-by-case basis and be as flexible as possible in extending arrangements during the coronavirus pandemic.

Council’s Financial Hardship Policy, adopted last year, will also be promoted, reviewed and updated to ensure eligible ratepayers can access hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges.

However, Council always hopes overdue accounts are brought into balance before auction day.

If you are having problems paying your rates and charges, please contact Council on 3829 8999 to discuss entering into a payment arrangement and further support.

For information about Council’s $2 million plus COVID-19 response package, visit Council’s website.

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Council closes public recreation areas and animal shelter until further notice


Redland City Council advises it has temporarily closed its public playgrounds, skate parks, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball facilities and tennis courts.

Council has also closed its fenced and gated dog off-leash areas; and power to Council’s outdoor barbecues has been disconnected until further notice.

These latest closures follow the Australian Government’s decision on Sunday to further limit outdoor gatherings to no more than two people unless from the one household, and to close playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

The Redland City Local Disaster Management Group and Council ask that people do not congregate in groups in parks and on foreshores, and to ensure appropriate hygiene is maintained:

  • If you are unwell, stay at home and do not visit a park
  • Stay 1.5m away from others
  • Regularly wash or sanitise your hands

While the State Government last week banned all non-essential travel to North Stradbroke Island, the LDMG and Council encourage people to reconsider their need for non-essential travel to the other Redlands Coast islands of Coochiemudlo (Goochie mudlo), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Karragarra.

This would help protect vulnerable island communities and better ensure social distancing measures could be observed.

In the interest of managing social distancing requirements, Council’s Animal Shelter at 264 South Street, Thornlands is also closed to the public until further notice, with visits available by appointment only.

To visit the shelter, contact 3829 8663 for an appointment.

For the latest health information, visit the Queensland Health website.

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Popular Redlands children’s program now available from home


Redlands Coast libraries have turned to video to ensure younger residents can continue to enjoy the magic of story time through its popular First5Forever program.

As Council moved last week to close non-essential services to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the library team began creating the first of a series of daily First5Forever videos to ensure parents and children aged up to five years could stay connected with this very special program.

The first fun video was posted on Friday, with the library team aiming to post one every weekday at 9.30am to reflect the usual in-branch First5Forever activities.

An event will be created on Facebook as a reminder to parents to jump onto Facebook at 9.30am each weekday. The sessions will be approximately 15 minutes and include the key messages of the early literacy program First 5 Forever, which is a partnership funded program through the State Library of Queensland.

A library spokesperson said First5Forever was fun way to provide children aged 0-5 years with strong early literacy foundations through the key themes of talk, read, sing and play.

“By videoing the program and making it available from home, we hope to continue giving parents the best opportunities to help their children learn and succeed,” the spokesperson said.

“Parents and caregivers have an invaluable role in supporting their child’s early development and First5Forever, in turn, supports parents and caregivers to do that.

“We are really thrilled to be able to keep it going during the current pandemic, with some wonderful feedback from parents.”

The libraries will also be posting after-school activities and things you can do from home with children during the school holidays.

To see the videos and school holiday activities follow facebook.com/RedlandLibraries

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Redland City Council adopts $2 million plus COVID-19 economic response package


Redland City Council today announced a $2 million plus social and economic package to support Redlands Coast residents, businesses and community groups through the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The comprehensive package, approved at a special Council General Meeting, is considered stage 1, and includes:

  • Double the amount of time to pay next rates bill
  • $288,000 in grants for business and community groups experiencing hardship due to COVID-19
  • Working directly with businesses, social enterprises and community groups to help them access State and Federal economic stimulus packages
  • Reduced red-tape for businesses and community groups
  • Provide one-off contribution towards electricity costs for clubs and associations registered under Council’s community electricity scheme
  • Strengthen Council’s local buy preference and fast-track payments
  • Expand Council’s Wi-Fi to assist businesses
  • Promote, review and update Council’s financial hardship policy to ensure eligible ratepayers can access hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges
  • Seek to fast-track $60 million in Council infrastructure works within the community by taking advantage of potential State and Federal government grants announced.

Redlands Coast Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said the COVID-19 outbreak was already having a profound impact on residents, businesses and community groups.

“I am acutely aware that many local businesses have had to reduce their service offering or temporarily close and this is also affecting the livelihoods of their employees,” Cr Williams said.

“Today we have adopted a range of financial and non-financial measures at an urgent Special Meeting.”

Redland City Council CEO Andrew Chesterman said that to provide immediate assistance, all Redland Coast ratepayers would automatically be granted double the usual time to pay their April rates, with the due date extended from 11 May until 11 June 2020.

“In addition, Council will compassionately review ratepayers’ situations on a case-by-case basis and be as flexible as possible in extending arrangements during the Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

“Council’s Financial Hardship Policy, adopted last November, will also be promoted, reviewed and updated to ensure all eligible ratepayers affected by COVID-19 are aware of, and can access, hardship provisions in relation to their statutory rates and charges.

“The review of the hardship policy will be included in the new Council’s 2020-2021 budget development process after the local government election.”

Mr Chesterman said funds originally intended for the current round of the community grants and sponsorship programs would be diverted to those adversely impacted by the emerging pandemic emergency.

“This will allow us to repurpose $288,000 to a targeted grants program aimed at both relief and recovery efforts for small businesses and community organisations,” he said.

“Business Support Officers will be working closely with local businesses, social enterprises, community groups and sporting clubs to help them access the Federal and State Governments’ Economic Stimulus packages.

“Council has strengthened its local buy preference with existing contract arrangements being reviewed to expedite payments to improve supplier cash flows.

“Getting payments to our suppliers quickly is a practical way Council can help them with their cash flows.

“Council will also seek to bring forward up to $60 million worth of infrastructure projects that meet criteria for the Federal and State Government’s commitment to generate local economic activity during this time.

“These projects will of course depend on State and Federal government funding being made available.”

Cr Williams said these were among a raft of initiatives Councillors endorsed to ease the pain of Redlands Coast residents and businesses during these unprecedented times.

“We see this as stage one, our initial offering of support as we stand together with the Redlands Coast community,” she said.

Mr Chesterman said that after the election the new Council would continue to monitor and re-evaluate the rapidly evolving situation.

“It is vital our Council response is agile and flexible as well as empathetic and compassionate,” he said.

Access Council’s Financial Hardship Policy on Council’s website .

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Redlands Coast, Redland City Council has extended its closures of public facilities and services


Under measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on Redlands Coast, Redland City Council has extended its closures of public facilities and services following further Federal Government restrictions on non-essential services.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Karen Williams, said the decision to close services or restrict access to Council facilities or meetings was never an easy one.

“In these uncertain times, however, and with lives at risk, it is vital that we encourage social distancing,” she said.

“These measures have been taken in the interests of public health and wellbeing, which is our priority.”

The current list of closures is as follows:

Council Customer Service Centres

Victoria Point Customer Service Centre is closed until further notice, as it is located inside the Victoria Point Library, which closed on Monday this week.

The Capalaba Customer Service Centre will close from 4.30pm on Friday 27 March until further notice.

Council’s Customer Service Centre in Cleveland currently remains open, with strict social distancing measures in place.

Residents are strongly encouraged to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible.

Council’s Customer Contact Centre remains open for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999.

Opening hours for telephone enquiries are Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

IndigiScapes Environmental Centre

The IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Capalaba, including café, native nursery, and theatrette has been closed until further notice.

Libraries, galleries and RPAC

All after-hours library return chutes have now been closed until further notice.

With the closure of Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point libraries, all loans have been extended until the libraries reopen.

There will be no fees for people who cannot return their books.

The libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.

Council’s art galleries and Redland Performing Arts Centre are closed.

Community halls

Indoor venues, including community halls, are closed and all current bookings registered in Council’s booking system will be cancelled until further notice.

Any payments relating to these bookings will be refunded accordingly.

Due to the Local Government election on Saturday, community halls at Victoria Point and Capalaba Place remain open for pre-polling, with social distancing measures in place.

On Saturday, community halls at Thorneside and Redland Bay, and North Stradbroke (Minjerribah), Russell (Canaipa), Lamb (Ngudooroo), Macleay (Jencoomercha) and Coochiemudlo (Goochie mudlo) islands, will be open for polling.

For social distancing reasons, residents have been encouraged to vote early in the lead-up to Saturday’s election.

You can vote early at Cleveland Baptist Church, Victoria Point Community Hall, Capalaba Place Hall or Brisbane City Hall.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has established a telephone voting system for certain eligible voters.

This includes those people who have an impairment or disability, are self-quarantining or live more than 20km from a polling booth.

For more information and registration, contact 1300 912 782 or visit ecq.qld.gov.au

Visitor Information Centre

While the Visitor Information Centre is closed, information is still available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

Public swimming pools

Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre are closed until further notice.

More information

Watch Council’s website and social media for updates.

For the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

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