Category Archives: Parks

Track parks closed after recent rain


Due to heavy rain, Council has closed all tracks and trails at Scribbly Gums Reserve (Cleveland Track  Park) and Bayview Track Park, Redland Bay.

The Bayview car park and staging area are also closed. Signs notifying of the closures are in place at all main entry points to the two reserves.

Council will continue to monitor conditions to determine when the track parks can be reopened.

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Moreton Bay Cycleway extension continues


Work has commenced on stage two of the multi-million dollar Moreton Bay Cycleway extension  project, to link School Road to Point O’Halloran Road, Victoria Point.

Mayor Karen Williams said the new works, assisted by a State Government grant of $1 million with Council matching the funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis, followed the completion of stage one works in November 2019.

“Council wants to make it easier for people to walk and ride around our scenic coastline, and the cycleway is helping to achieve that,” she said.

“The first stage saw the construction of 850m of pathway added to the existing cycleway, linking Cameron Court Park and School Road, Victoria Point.

“Stage two will include a further 350m of boardwalk and a 360m footpath.

“Weather permitting, it should be ready by the end of May this year.”

Cr Williams said the final piece of the network would see an on-road link via Lakefield Drive.

“We hope to have the entire project completed and open for public use by mid-2020,” she said.

“When finished, the cycleway will provide stunning rides and walks along our foreshores and through natural bushland.”

Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the cycleway ensured Redlands Coast remained accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

“By creating boardwalks and cycle paths, we are improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists as well as providing much needed amenities in this area,” he said.

“This is an exciting project for people of all ages and riding abilities.

“It enables residents and visitors to safely access some of our region’s most scenic areas.

“We hope this new network of cycle paths and boardwalks encourages more residents to enjoy the natural beauty of their neighbourhoods and for more people to visit and enjoy Redlands Coast.”

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The fun part starts at Thornlands Community Park


Work is underway on the next phase of a multi-million dollar upgrade to Thornlands Community Park.

Mayor Karen Williams said works would include a raft of new playground elements and other fun features like water play elements.

“Once completed, Thornlands Community Park will be a major drawcard for residents and visitors – a destination people seek out for recreation and fun,” she said.

“Last year, Council completed below-ground works such as the installation of services that allow this next phase of work to be done.

“We are getting to the fun bit now, with all-abilities play elements, including a swing and orbit, accessible sand scoops and a sensory play centre to be installed.

“Nature and water play will also be incorporated, with the hope this stage of the park will be open by mid-year.

“I know Redlands Coast residents love their local parks, and this project is part of Council’s $9.5 million investment into local parks, playgrounds and sports fields this year.”

Division 3 Councillor Paul Golle said Thornlands Community Park was being created on land Council acquired on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road to meet the open space and recreational needs of the Thornlands community.

He said this phase of works would provide a range of facilities that would contribute significantly to local amenity and liveability.

“Thornlands Community Park has been designed to be a social, relaxing, dynamic and outdoor space, connecting distinct zones for a variety of activities and uses,” he said.

“Play spaces appeal to different ages and abilities – from a climbing structure, spinner and double cableway for the adventure seekers, to a farmer themed play centre in the toddler area to inspire young imaginations.”

The new additions will add to the existing picnic area, kick-about space, off-street parking, and public amenities.

The project is due for completion, weather permitting, by the end of May 2020.

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UPDATE 5 February 2020 – Les Moore Park, Victoria Point re-opened for swimming


Update as at 5 February 2020

Redland City Council has re-opened the beach at Les Moore Park, Victoria Point for swimming and other recreational water activities.

The beach had been closed for a few days after routine monitoring showed an elevated level of enterococci bacteria, which is often found in waterways in urban areas.

As levels no longer exceed the Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines, there is no public health risk associated with undertaking water based activities at the beach.

However, Council does not recommend contact with the water during and after heavy rainfall.

Routine sampling will continue as part of Council’s recreational water quality monitoring program.


28 January 2020

Redland City Council has temporarily closed the beach at Les Moore Park, Victoria Point for swimming after routine sampling revealed elevated levels of bacteria.

Temporary “no swimming” signs have been erected and ongoing water sampling is being conducted.

While low levels of enterococci bacteria are often found in waterways, particularly after rain and weather events, routine testing has identified elevated levels and Council has made the decision to close the beach in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

As exposure to enterococci bacteria can lead to mild illness such as stomach upsets or infections, Council is warning against swimming there in the interests of community health.

Once the beach is again suitable for swimming, the temporary signage will be removed and a further notification will be provided. This will be when water testing shows acceptable levels for several consecutive days.

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Mowing schedule ramps up


Long-awaited and much-needed rain has fallen across Redlands Coast recently, bringing with it a surge of green grass.

Redland City Council has increased its mowing schedule across the City, with staff and contractors working extended hours, including rostered days off and weekends, to mow the more than the 5.6 million square metres of public space that make up our schedule.

Other areas in south east Queensland are facing the same issues with mowing, with grass growing exceptionally fast due to the ideal weather conditions of recent rain and above-20-degree night temperatures.

Council is taking advantage of every fine day to reduce the grass in local parks and reserves, noting that to avoid damaging the grounds after rainfall, parks need to be dry before mowing.

Council appreciates residents’ patience as we work hard to keep up with the growth.

 

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Bring out your stories about Birkdale land


Redland City Council has put out the call for residents to share any historic or cultural information they may have about land at Birkdale which has now been purchased by Council from the Commonwealth Government.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was inviting personal stories about the 61 hectares of land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale while a suite of additional heritage, environment and land studies were carried out.

“To support the work of the experts who will be completing gap analysis and further information gathering, Council is inviting the community to also share their knowledge of the land, its history and values.

“This is the first stage of speaking with the community about this property, with formal public consultation to occur next year after all heritage and environmental studies have been completed.

“The Redlands Coast community has had a long and strong relationship and interest in the Birkdale site over many decades, including its Quandamooka cultural significance and historic role in World War II.

“While much is already known about the land, a great deal of its history is locked in the memories and experiences of residents, with many having childhood stories of the land and the creek.

Cr Williams said that securing the property had been a long journey across a number of years and many Federal Government Ministers.

“We have been trying to secure this land for years and for it to now be owned by the community is exciting news,” she said.

“We want to thank the Federal Government for agreeing to sell the land to the Redlands Coast community so its significance will be protected and the land can be retained for community benefit.

Federal Member for Bowman, Mr Andrew Laming MP said the transfer of ownership was a project he initiated with then Mayor Don Seccombe shortly after being elected in 2005.

“It took 5270 days and navigating dozens of Ministers and advisors but we got there. The greatest victory being a sale to Redland City Council rather than into private hands which the law would usually require. There isn’t a deal like this anywhere nationwide.

“Council has been a model purchaser and tolerated plenty of ups and downs from Canberra, including last year’s federal Budget which incorrectly listed the purpose of sale for development.”

Cr Williams said over seventy two percent of the 61.78 hectare site is already principally zoned conservation within the City Plan, with the remaining 17 hectares of the site zoned for community purpose.

“This land purchase is a major and strategic opportunity to secure a lasting legacy for future Redlands Coast generations.

“This includes the opportunity for community recreation, sport and tourism uses on the small portion of the site that is zoned for community purposes.

“Council’s commitment today is to ensure that the future for the land is part of well-informed conversation with the Redlands Coast community.”

Visit the Your Say Redlands Coast Birkdale Land page on to tell your story.
 

 

 

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Lyngbya at Wellington Point Reserve


Redland City Council has installed signs at  Wellington Point Reserve to advise residents and visitors of the presence of Lyngbya (Lyngbya majuscule), a naturally occurring, blue-green algae that can cause skin, eye and respiratory irritations if people come into contact with it.

The presence of Lyngbya is not uncommon for waters around Redlands Coast and Moreton Bay and all beaches and waterways remain open for recreational use.

The signs are precautionary only to inform people of the presence of the material, which often presents as mats floating on the surface of the water or as washed-up clumps on the beach.
Swimming and wading is not recommended where algae is present.

Council has also reinstalled signs advising of Lyngbya at Church Street, Victoria Point and Thompsons Beach, Victoria Point, after the signs there were vandalised and removed.

Council will continue to monitor Wellington Point Reserve and other Redlands Coast beaches, and will erect signs if Lyngbya is found elsewhere.

More information is available from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

 

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Trail creates new southern Russell Island evacuation route


 Works have begun this week on hardening a trail along Lagoon Road, Russell Island to create an alternate evacuation route on the southern end of the island.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said the works to the existing fire trail would ensure it could be used as an evacuation route if needed.

“The works to the 300m trail, along Lagoon Road, will involve adding rocks and gravel to harden and widen it to 2.5m to improve accessibility,” Cr William said.

“It is not designed to be a new road, but once upgraded the trail can be opened to access by emergency agencies and resident evacuation should the need arise.

“The trail work, expected to be complete by early December, is the latest in our emergency planning on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and will provide an added evacuation option, linking Rocky Point to Centre Road.

“This adds to our other 2019 fire preparedness efforts across the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, including clearing reduction zones, slashing blocks, controlled burns, community education campaigns and new signage.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the works, were a timely reminder for people to also take their own precautions.

“Council continues significant disaster preparation works, and to collaborate with other levels of government, to ensure we are ready of the storm and bushfire season ahead of us,” Cr Edwards said.

“As residents we all need to be part of that collaboration, and take household measures to ensure the safety of our loved ones and assets.

“It is important that all residents, but particularly islanders who have the added complexity of geographic isolation, take the time now to prepare their homes and set up an emergency kit and plan.

“Knowing evacuation routes in advance, such as the additional one we are creating now along Lagoon Rd, could make all the difference in an emergency situation.

“I encourage everyone to jump on to Council’s dedicated Disaster Dashboard disaster.redland.qld.gov.au for details on how to be prepared for what could be testing season ahead.”

Tips for helping to fireproof your property include:

  • keeping grass and undergrowth trimmed
  • raking up and reduce leaf litter and overgrown shrubs
  • removing branches overhanging buildings and leaf litter from roofs and gutters
  • storing fuels and chemicals away from dwellings
  • moving woodpiles away from buildings
  • preventing embers from entering a building by sealing gaps, vents and roof spaces
  • displaying house numbers clearly and provide access for fire trucks.

Recent fire mitigation work across the SMBI’s includes:

  • six prescribed burns completed on Russell Island 2019
  • six prescribed burns completed on Macleay Island in 2019
  • 300  (212313 m2) blocks slashed
  • 544  (122,794 m2) fuel reduction areas slashed
  • 23 (8km) new fire trails constructed on Russell Island
  • Design work underway to consider forming Glendale Rd from Rocky Point to Sandy Beach
  • Consideration of a secondary evacuation route north of Sandy Beach Rd
  • Fire Danger Rating signs across each island
  • Emergency signage placed on SBMI and Coochiemudlo Islands
  • Fire preparedness information distributed at mainland ferry terminals
  • Posters and information flyers available at ferry terminals
  • Community Champions have been readied to provide fire preparedness information to the community at SMBI ferry terminals or operate Evacuation Centres if needed.
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Moreton Bay Cycleway extension opens


This week marked a high point for Redlands Coast cyclists and recreational trail users, with the completion of Stage 1 of a multi-million dollar extension to Moreton Bay Cycleway.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Stage 1 was part of a multi-stage cycleway extension jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government, due for completion by mid-2020.

“Today’s opening of Stage 1 of the Moreton Bay Cycleway Extension Project sees an additional 850m of pathways and boardwalk added to this much-loved community asset,” Cr Williams said.

“A 3m wide cycleway now links to existing networks at Cameron Court Park and School Road, Victoria Point.

“Section 2 works, providing a link from School Road through Orana Street Park to Lakefield Drive, will start soon and include a further 350m of boardwalk and 360m concrete footpath, or a total extension of 710m.

“Section 3 is the final link of the network and will see an on-road link via Lakefield Drive and we hope to have the entire project completed and open for public use by mid-2020.

“This newly-opened section, and the stages to follow soon, will provide important linkages between existing bike paths and will greatly improve usability, accessibility and overall visitor experience.”

The $1.83 million Moreton Bay Cycleway Section 1 project is funded equally by Council and State through their 2018-19 Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said a trip along the newly-completed section of the cycleway offered a great recreational experience.

“We now have a new way for people to enjoy natural assets and connect across our City, with residents and visitors soon being able to pedal from Cleveland to Victoria Point along the Moreton Bay Cycleway,” Cr Hewlett said.

“There are some beautiful vantage points along the way, with the Stage 1 winding through Point Halloran Conservation Area.”

State Member for Redlands Kim Richards said Queensland State Government was delighted to partner with Council on this exciting project.

“We want to see people heading outdoors and enjoying recreational and health benefits, and State Government has been proud to support Council in delivering this cycleway,” Ms Richards said.

“Moreton Bay Cycleway provides high quality and safe cycling infrastructure and this project is an example of what can be achieved through collaboration.”

Mayor Karen Williams, Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett and Member for Redlands Kim Richards join community members at stage 1 of the Moreton Bay Cycleway extension

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Amity Point to host Council NSI update in September


Redland City Council is inviting North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) residents and visitors to drop into Amity Point Hall on Saturday 14 September for updates on a range of Council projects.

Mayor Karen Williams said the North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) Community Open House, from 10am – 12 noon, would be an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about some of Council’s key island priorities.

“North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is undergoing significant transition and this event is part of our commitment to keep in touch with island residents about Council’s role and ensure they’re informed,” she said.

“The open house is designed for people to drop in, stroll through information stations and speak to our officers.

“Council will have information stations on topics such as water and waste, disaster management, open space planning, Amity Point Shoreline Erosion Management Planning and others.

“I will be attending, along with Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell and other senior Council officers, so we can meet and speak with residents.

“Recognising we are only one of many agencies with tenure on the Island, in addition to information on projects and services under Council responsibility, we have also invited other government and community stakeholders and Members of Parliament to participate.”

Cr Mitchell said taking project updates to the island was an important tool in connecting Council and community.

“As the island continues to transition towards the end of mining in late 2019, this is another way of keeping the avenues of communication open,” he said.

Event details

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) Community Open House
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Time: Drop in any time from 10am to noon
Location: Amity Point Community Hall, Ballow Street, Amity Point (Pulan)

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