Category Archives: Water

Thompson’s Beach re-opens for swimming


Redland City Council has today re-opened Thompson’s Beach, Victoria Point, which was temporarily closed after routine monitoring showed elevated levels of enterococci bacteria.

Thompson’s Beach is again suitable for swimming and other recreational water activities, in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

Recent sampling has confirmed that the bacteria – which is often found in waterways and can cause mild illnesses such as stomach upsets and infections – is no longer at high levels.

The beach will continue to be monitored though routine sampling as part of Council’s recreational water quality monitoring program.

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Burst water main – Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island rolling blog: latest update 24 October at 9.30pm


9.30pm Wednesday 24 October 2018

Boil water alert lifted for Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay islands

Residents on Karragarra Island, Lamb Island and Macleay Island do not need to boil their drinking water as of 9:00pm Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Seqwater and Redland City Council have confirmed multiple treated water samples of the network over the past two days indicate the water is safe to drink.

Water to the three islands is safe to drink and the boil water alert is now lifted.

Redland City Council will now stop the supply of bottled water on the three islands and the bottled water pickup points will be gradually closing.

Water supply to the islands was impacted following a burst water main on Karragarra Island on Sunday night. Efforts to inspect the pipeline and restore water supply were hindered after an artificial lake was created from the burst. The time required to drain the lake took longer than first estimated.

Water supply was fully restored Tuesday to Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb islands after the successful repair of the burst water main.

Island residents should now have full water supply pressure available through their household taps. If this is not the case, please report your situation to Council on 3829 8999.

Seqwater and Redland City Council thank the island communities for their patience while the repair work was completed and the volunteers who operated the bottled water pickup points and delivered water to those unable to access those points. Our Community Champions and members of the Lamb Island Residents Association, the SES and Rural Fire Service where among the volunteers to support the island communities.

A boil water alert was issued Monday 22 October as a precautionary measure due to the possibility groundwater may have infiltrated the treated drinking water supply when the pipe burst.

4.00pm Wednesday 24 October 2018

Boiled water alert continues for Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands

Water has been restored on all of the islands however the boil water alert remains current. This is to allow time for the pipe will be sufficiently flushed and water tested to ensure it is safe for consumption.

More information about boiling water is available on the Queensland Health website.

Bottled water is available to residents at our three island pick-up points:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Residents who need help accessing water are encouraged to contact us on 3829 8999 for assistance.

7.08pm 23 October 2018 

Boiled water alert continues for Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands

The State Government’s Seqwater has advised water supply has now been restored to Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island today, with repairs completed to the bulk water pipe which burst on Karragarra Island.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that most island residents will now have full water supply pressure available through their household taps.

Despite this, it is important for residents to continue to boil water coming through their taps while the Boil Water Alert is current,” Cr Williams said.

“The alert is expected to be remain in place until Thursday to allow time for the system to be sufficiently flushed and water tested to ensure it is safe for consumption.

“Residents must continue to boil tap water for drinking until further notice.

Unboiled tap water can be used for showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth), washing dishes (provided dishes are air-dried) and flushing toilets.

If water remains discoloured it is best not to use it in washing machines and dishwashers.

While Seqwater and Redland City Council officers have been purging the mains water system today to clear sediment and gas from the mains pipes, it is important that households do the same in their home.

Residents wanting to turn on their system are advised that they should turn on the tap closest to their water main and run the water for a few minutes until the water runs clear.

While there may be air and sediment coming from the pipes initially, if the water does not clear after a reasonable time, residents should call Redland City Council 3829 8999 and report their problem and location.

Residents are also advised that they can vent their hot water system if they have access to it, by using the pressure release valve marked on the holding tank.

This is the same process of venting air and letting the water run for a few moments to clear the tank.

More information about water and system flushing is available on council’s website:redlnd.cc/2EC797e .

While the boiled water alert remains in place Council will be continuing to make bottled water available to residents at island pick-up points, with at least 28,000 extra bottles already delivered today on top of the 13,000 yesterday and further supplies on standby if needed tomorrow.

Council has advised that residents can collect what bottled water reasonably need from the three bottled water pick-up points at:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards praised the ongoing  efforts of Community Champions and SES and other volunteer agencies who have been delivering bottled water to residents who were unable to access the island pick-up points.

“These amazing people are continuing to help with the distribution of water and more than 70 deliveries of bottled water to residents who still need help accessing water.

“Residents needing help to access water should contact Council on 3829 8999 for assistance,” Cr Edwards  said.

“The community have again shown great resilience, understanding and patience throughout this water outage and the continuing Boil Water Alert.

“There has been substantial progress made today to restoring the system and if people follow the advice, they should now be able to resume most of their normal household routines.”

Further Advice on boiling water

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health website: redlnd.cc/2NZcAfQ.

11.15am 23 October 2018 

Water being restored  to Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands throughout today

Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Mark Edwards with the latest news about the burst water main

Hear the latest news from Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Division 5 Cr Mark Edwards about the newly restored water on Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island, following an outage caused by a bulk water pipe which burst on Karragarra Island.Update: 23 October 2018, 11.15am – Water being restored to Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands throughout today.Seqwater has advised that water supply is progressively being restored to Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island throughout today, following an outage caused by a bulk water pipe which burst on Karragarra Island. Some island residents have already reported having some water coming through the taps with pressure and supply progressively increasing throughout the day.The Boil Water Alert is still current. This is to allow time for the pipe will be sufficiently flushed and water tested to ensure it is safe for consumption. People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants. Unboiled tap water can now be used for showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth), washing dishes (provided dishes are air-dried) and flushing toilets. More information about boiling water is available here: redlnd.cc/2NZcAfQ . Bottled water is available to residents at island pick-up points, with approximately 28,000 extra bottles being delivered today.The three bottled water pick-up points are:*Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Rd *Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive *Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.Residents who need help accessing water are encouraged to contact us on 3829 8999 for assistance.Please follow our rolling blog for more information: redlnd.cc/2CwthgB

Posted by Redland City Council on Monday, 22 October 2018

The State Government’s Seqwater has advised water supply is progressively being restored to Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb islands throughout  today, following an outage caused by a bulk water pipe which burst on Karragarra Island on Sunday.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said some island residents had already reported having some water coming through the taps and pressure and supply would progressively increase throughout the day.

“Even so, it is still important for residents to boil water coming through their taps while the Boil Water Alert is current, which could be for a couple more days yet,” Cr Williams said.

“This is to allow time for the pipe to be sufficiently flushed and water tested to ensure it is safe for consumption.

“People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.

“The good news is that unboiled tap water can now be used for showering and bathing, other than infants, (but minimise water in the mouth), washing dishes (provided dishes are air-dried) and flushing toilets.

“Council is continuing to make bottled water available to residents at island pick-up points, with approximately 28,000 extra bottles being delivered today, on top of the 13,000 delivered yesterday.”

The three bottled water pick-up points are:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Road
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Local Councillor for Division 5 Mark Edwards said the Community Champions and SES were delivering bottled water to residents unable to access the pick-up points yesterday and had resumed doing so today.

“Residents who need help accessing bottled water should contact Council on 3829 8999 for assistance,” he said.

“While the Boil Water Alert is still current, I urge Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island residents who are travelling to the mainland to pick up some bottled water while they are there.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our island residents for their patience and understanding during this water outage and while the Boil Water Alert is current.

“I also acknowledge the great work being done on the ground by our Community Champions, SES, island Rural Fire Brigades, Lamb Island Residents Association and Council staff who have been working tirelessly to support and community.”

Advice on boiling water

People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for:

Drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.

Unboiled stored water can be used for:

  • showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth),
  • washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried and
  • flushing toilets.

People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it.

Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health website.

9.00am Tuesday 23 October 2018

Burst water main SMBI

Seqwater has successfully repaired a burst water main on Karragarra Island overnight. Water has progressively been restored overnight to island residents.
The Boil ]Water Alert remains active until further notice; Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health:

Bottled water stations have been open since 6am this morning.

Pick-up points are:
* Macleay Island Fire Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
* Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
* Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11
Noyes Road.

For showering purposes, Russell Island pool has been open since 6am.

For updates on repair and reconnection of water supply contact Seqwater on 1800 771 497 or visit the Seqwater website.

7:45pm Monday 22 October 2018 

Water outage and boil water alert continues on Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands

The State Government’s Seqwater has advised that they have located the break in the burst water main on Karragara Island, are in the process of repairing the damage, and will provide an update in the morning.

At this stage water supply has still not been restored to Karagarra, Macleay and Lamb Islands.

We stress that residents must continue to boil stored water and any water that returns through pipes while the Boil Water Notice is in place.  This could be for several days and is to allow for the mains to be sufficiently flushed to ensure public health.

Residents who leave the islands regularly should consider bringing bottled water supplies back from the mainland or even whether they would prefer to stay on the mainland should the situation continue.

Redland City Council has today arranged the delivery of 13,000 bottles of drinking water to Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island. At least another 28,000 bottles will be delivered tomorrow.

Redland City Council continue to make available bottled water to residents through three pick-up points:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

The pick-up points will be open tonight until 10pm. New pallets will be delivered to these pick up points, which will reopen at 6am tomorrow morning.

Community Champions and SES have been delivering bottled water to residents who were unable to access the pick-up points today and will resume doing so tomorrow morning.

If you need help accessing water please contact Council’s after hours number 3829 8999 any time to assist.

Pool, tank water or seawater can be used to flush toilets (septic water tanks included).

We are asking neighbours to help each other out with the use of their tank water.

For showering purposes, Russell Island pool will be open from 6am tomorrow.

Water Tankers are currently in transit and will be deployed to each of the three affected islands in the event of a fire emergency.

For updates on repair and reconnection of water supply contact Seqwater on 1800 771 497.

Advice on boiling water

People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for:

Drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.

Unboiled stored water can be used for:

  • showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth),
  • washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried and
  • flushing toilets.

People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it or storing it in a clean, closed container for later use.

Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Health website: redlnd.cc/2NZcAfQ.

4:45pm Monday 22 October 2018 

The Boil Water Alert is still current for residents of Karragarra, Macleay and Lamb Island.

Pallets of bottled water are currently being delivered to Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Island due to arrive around 5.30pm, however if you are on the mainland returning to the island this afternoon we would encourage you to stock up on water before getting on the ferry and continue to boil stored water.

Pick-up points are:

*Macleay Island Fire Station, 266/276 High Central Rd
*Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
*Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road.

Information regarding boiling water is available from Queensland Healthredlnd.cc/2NZcAfQ

Toilets: Tank water or seawater can be used to flush toilets (septic water tanks included).

We are asking neighbours to help each other out with the use of their tank water.

For updates on repair and reconnection of water supply contact Seqwater on 1800 771 49 or visit: https://www.seqwater.com.au/

10:50am Monday 22 October 2018 

Seqwater and Redland City Council advise all residents of Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island to boil their tap water used for drinking following a burst water main.

This alert applies to all residents of Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island from 22 October 2018.

Bulk water authority Seqwater is working closely with Redland City Council to resolve the situation. The notice is precautionary following a break in the bulk water pipeline between North Stradbroke Island and Karragarra Island. The break means that groundwater may have infiltrated the treated water.

Redland City Council is currently transporting bottled water to the islands. Pick-up points will include:

  • Macleay Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 276 Central High Road
  • Lamb Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, Lucas Drive
  • Karragarra Island – Rural Fire Brigade Station, 11 Noyes Road

Contact Council on 3829 8999 if you’re unable to access water pick-up points.

At the stage, Seqwater anticipates it will take at least 12 hours to repair the water infrastructure on Karragarra Island. This infrastructure also supplies Macleay and Lamb Island. For updates on repair and reconnection of supply visit Seqwater.

The boil water alert will stay in effect until SEQwater and Redland City Council are confident there is no longer a public health concern. Regular updates will be provided to affected communities.

Consuming unboiled drinking water could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people (e.g. those who are very young, elderly or immune compromised). If you are concerned about your health contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84), your local doctor or local hospital and advise them of your concerns.

People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for:

  • drinking
  • brushing teeth
  • washing and preparing food or beverages
  • preparing baby formula
  • making ice
  • bathing infants.

Unboiled drinking water can be used for:

  • showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth)
  • washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried
  • flushing toilets.

People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it or storing it in a clean, closed container for later use.

Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

Residents are urged to share this alert with neighbours and friends.

Contact Seqwater on 1800 771 497 for information in regards to the burst water main and water outage.

For more information about health and safety and bottled water during the outage, visit the Redland City Council website , Facebook page , Twitter or phone Redland City Council 3829 8999.

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Get filming ‘Get Ready’ for great prizes


An Apple iPad Pro or a GoPro HERO6 are up for grabs as part of Redland City Council’s new ‘Get Ready’ youth video competition.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group chair Karen Williams said the competition aimed to involve young people of Redlands Coast with community messaging around storm and bushfire season preparedness.

“Each year, we run an extensive campaign to remind residents about the need to be prepared for natural emergencies, which, as recent years have shown, present real risks to our community,” Cr Williams said.

“This year for the first time, we are getting our young people involved and running a competition calling for 90-second videos promoting key disaster preparedness messages.

“Our hope is that we will be able to work with winning entries to create a final video for release in ‘Get Ready’ week in October.

“While it is a youth-focused competition, we encourage team efforts and the help of parents, teachers and other budding filmmakers in creating entries.

“We’d love to see some family and school entries, again giving the wider community an opportunity to devise new and engaging ways to share the ‘Get Ready’ message.

“There are great prizes on offer for the winning entries, so I encourage people to head to Council’s Your Say Redlands website to find out how to get involved.”

Videos must include four key disaster management messages: preparing your home, the need for a household emergency plan and emergency kit, getting to know your neighbours and how to be informed.

Entry is open to Redlands Coast residents of all ages, but at least one person under 18 years and a local landmark or icon should feature in the video.

The winning video may be used to promote ‘Get Ready’ community messages through a range of channels during storm and bushfire season.

Entries close 30 September 2018.  For details, including full terms and conditions, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au/getreadycompetition

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Council sets out on Redlands Coast transport journey


How residents travel around the Redlands Coast was at the centre of two decisions made by Redland City Council in today’s General Meeting.

The first decision saw Councillors endorse the Draft Redlands Coast Transport strategy for community engagement, while councillors also unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute for Council to make a submission to a State Government inquiry into the future of transport technology.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the endorsement of the Draft Redlands Coast Transport Strategy would give residents the opportunity to have their say on the future direction of transport planning on Redlands Coast.

“Transport, both road and public transport infrastructure, is undoubtedly one of the most consistent topics of conversation in our community, which is why Council identified an updated transport strategy as one of our key priorities,” she said.

“In 2015 we held a series of transport forums across the city and this draft strategy is informed by those forums, as well as engagement with key transport organisations and providers.

“Our community has told us they want to be able to get around the city faster and safer and want to see the major roads in and out of the city upgraded along with key public transport infrastructure such as the Cleveland Rail line.”

Cr Williams said an important next step of the strategy was hearing from residents, businesses, schools and transport partners on what transport issues were important to them.

“As part of the consultation process we will ask residents what they think our priorities should be to help guide delivery of Council’s transport initiatives and advocacy to state and federal governments, transport providers and neighbouring local governments.

“State and federal MPs will also be engaged directly, and information will be provided to raise community awareness about the transport network and which level of government was responsible for which transport corridor and service.

“Our journey to a more effective and efficient transport network is just starting. This won’t be completed overnight, nor can Council take this journey alone.

“The State Government is responsible for many of the major transport opportunities across Redlands Coast, including the majority of roads in and out of the Coast, public transport and rail.

“This is why a key part of this strategy will be to advocate to other levels of government and encourage them to prioritise the projects, road upgrades and public transport services our community needs.”

“The Redlands Coast Transport Strategy will be followed by a series of implementation plans, which is where the rubber hits the road through the identification of on the ground priorities and projects our residents will see in their neighborhoods and along their daily commute.”

Cr Williams said Council would make the case for better transport technology to meet local challenges as part of their submission to the State Government Transport and Public Works Committee inquiry into Transport Technology.

“The Redlands Coast has some unique transport challenges and our submission will encourage the State Government to remove some of the existing barriers to the technology that may meet these challenges,” she said.

“An example of these technologies is Autonomous Vehicles, and we have been trying to encourage the State Government to trial these vehicles on our island communities.

“We will also use our submission to highlight the transport challenges and increased transport costs for our island communities, as well as the challenges our island based residents face in accessing employment and social services.”

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Council endorsed Education and Training Industry Sector Plan for Redlands Coast


Council today endorsed its Education and Training Industry Sector Plan 2018-2023, which supports the delivery of Council’s Economic Development Framework 2014-2041(EDF).

With the education and training industry being Redlands Coast’s third largest employer, contributing 4.5 per cent of the Coast’s economic output, the Education and Training Industry Sector Plan focuses on three areas:

  • Fostering collaboration and strategic partnerships
  • Growing higher education and alternative learning pathways and supporting emerging industries
  • Growing international education

Mayor Karen Williams said the plan recognised the strength of the education and training industry sector in the Redlands Coast economy and the potential for further growth, with detailed actions to realise the economic benefits.

She said strategies and recommendations included growing international education and a university sector, establishing a centre of excellence in education for the ageing, developing a health and education precinct, and engaging the community in education and life-long learning.

“Redlands Coast is well placed to benefit from the education and training industry sector,” she said.

“We have an abundance of features that would be attractive to international students, including a beautiful, natural environment and access to Aboriginal culture, and we have significant goodwill from commercial and government organisations in growing international education.

“As our population grows and also ages, ensuring we have education and training facilities here will help retain our students as their needs expand.

“It will also meet the education needs of older people, the training needs for the workforce caring for a rapidly ageing population, and increase demand from outside the Coast.

“Our ageing population also offers significant opportunity to be a national leader in the provision of education and training services for older populations, particularly active and involved ageing in which life-long learning is embraced.”

Chair of the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board Sam Kennedy said that the economic development framework, endorsed by Council in 2015, provided clear direction for business and economic growth and development on Redlands Coast.

“The EDF focuses on the key industry sectors of health care and social assistance, education and training, tourism, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, high value-add services and rural enterprises,” Ms Kennedy said.

Through the EDF, Council is committed to local economic growth, local employment opportunities, and ensuring the Redlands Coast community benefits from any improved local economic capacity.

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Council continues to negotiate over Commonwealth-owned Birkdale land


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will meet with yet another Federal Government MP in Canberra later this month as Council continues to try and secure the Federal Government land in Birkdale for the community.

Cr Williams told today’s Council meeting that the recent Federal Government reshuffle would mean starting from scratch with new Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja who she has asked to meet with in Canberra later this month.

“This is the fifth member of parliament I will have dealt with regarding this land since we started negotiating with the government in 2015,” Cr Williams said.

“While it is frustrating to have to start the conversation again I am committed to ensuring this land is not used for housing as outlined in May’s Federal Budget.”

Cr Williams gave the commitment during today’s General Meeting where Councillors considered establishing a Community Reference Group (CRG) to decide the future use of the land.

“Council’s current intention is that the land should be retained for community use, such as educational facilities and recreation, with detailed investigations and engagement likely to proceed when Council is able to secure the land.”

Cr Williams said the priority was to ensure the land was retained for the community in a way that protects its environmental and cultural significance.

“As part of their divestment process the Federal Government is undertaking a series of studies on the land, including cultural heritage and environmental significance and we will be able to use this information during our due diligence and community consultation.

“If negotiations progress and Council determines that a CRG should be formed, it is expected that an expression of interest process would also be run to allow community members to nominate to be part of the group.”

In May the land was identified for divestment in the Federal Budget, prompting Cr Williams to lobby the Federal Government to rescind its decision and sell the property to Council off-market.

At the time Cr Williams launched a petition on Change.org which was signed by 6,000 people wanting to save the land from being used for housing.

“In May we made our feelings known when more than 6,000 people signed the petition and told the Federal Government we don’t want this land used for housing,” Cr Williams said.

“Now we have to start the conversation again and so I am urging everyone to again make their feelings known by signing the petition, so we can secure the land and then undertake the necessary consultation and studies to ultimately ensure the land is not lost to the community.”

Cr Williams said during her upcoming visit to Canberra she would also meet with Air Services Australia regarding their parcel of land adjoining the ACMA property.

The properties, currently owned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Air Services Australia, are located at 362-388 and 392 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale.

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New storm tide maps to help residents


Redland City Council has agreed to the publication and communication of new non–statutory storm tide maps to help the community understand the predicted medium term impacts of future storm tide inundation in affected areas of the city.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that residents will receive real benefit from the substantial body of work in producing the maps to show the predicted storm tide hazard levels in the year 2070.

“They are in addition to the statutory obligation for storm tide hazard overlay mapping in the Redland City Plan to show the predicted storm tide hazard levels in the year 2100.

“This work was prepared following a request from a representative of the Aquatic Paradise Residents Association and will assist in addressing matters raised in submissions on the draft Redland City Plan when it was released for public consultation back in 2015.

“As early as 18 November 2015, Council agreed to work directly with technical working groups drawn from both Raby Bay and Aquatic Paradise associations to review all storm tide studies, assumptions and methodologies.

“For property owners in the affected areas, the statutory flood and storm tide hazard overlay only references 2016 and 2100 storm tide levels.

“This would have made it difficult for owners to understand how the impacts of storm tide were predicted to change over time,” Cr Williams said.

“While the State Planning Policy requires storm tide hazard mapping in the new Redland City Plan to account for predicted impacts of climate change, which it has done, including a 10% increase in storm intensity and a 0.8m sea level rise by 2100 – the reality for most residents is that their residential assets would have an engineered life of 50 years.

“So Council agreed to engage Water Technology Pty Ltd to complete this new mapping work.

“This non-statutory 2070 mapping assumes a 0.41m rise in the mean sea level by the year 2070.

“The 2070 storm tide hazard mapping will be made available on a new ‘storm tide hazard information’ web page that will go live when the new Redland City Plan commences on 8 October 2018.

“It will also include explanatory information to assist landowners in understanding how the statutory and non-statutory storm tide hazard maps will be used.”

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Three Paddocks ready for play


The exciting new play space at Wellington Point’s Three Paddocks Park will open on Friday, 31 August 2018.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the coastal park was among a number of parks across Redlands Coast that had been recently transformed or were scheduled for work.

“Council has set aside more than $4.1 million for renewing playgrounds, parks and sports fields across the Coast this year alone,” Cr Williams said.

“Three Paddocks Park is among parks in every division to get new equipment, features or amenities.

“These are priorities, as parks such as this are vital to the wellbeing of locals, help to attract visitors and help to foster the strong sense of community we enjoy on Redlands Coast.”

Local Councillor Wendy Boglary (Division 1) said Three Paddocks Park’s new play space would provide activities for toddlers, primary school-age children and teenagers, while complementing recent upgrades to the dog off-leash area and installation of new exercise equipment.

New playground at Three Paddocks Park

“The new play space includes a basketball half court, climbing fort with net, nature play elements, flying fox, slide, swing, seating and shelters,” Cr Boglary said.

“Council received a great deal of local support for these upgrades and I know they will be popular.”

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Prayer breakfast raises record amount for chaplaincy programs


More than $20,000 was raised for state school chaplaincy programs across Redlands Coast at the annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Friday, 24 August 2018 – an increase of more than $4,000 over the funds raised at last year’s event.

Almost 280 people, including school chaplains, church and school leaders, government representatives, business people and community members attended the breakfast, which was held at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.

RCC Mayor Karen Williams with school chaplains

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said the annual event had played an important role since its inception in 2003.

“Our schools’ chaplaincy programs deliver vital support and guidance for Redlands Coast students,” she said.

“The chaplains help our young people in important ways as students work to realise their academic potential in a world of social media that never stops and constant connection.”

Cr Williams said the funds raised at the breakfast would assist Redlands Coast state school chaplains in their work.

“There are six state schools across the Coast that are still searching for chaplains,” she said.

“The programs run by chaplains make a positive contribution to our state schools and these funds will help that work continue.”

Cr Williams thanked the speakers and people who attended the event, and the individuals, businesses and organisations that sponsored and supported the breakfast:

  • Lee’s Environmental
  • Renaissance Retirement Living
  • Alex Gow Funerals
  • Certified Roofing
  • Frederiks Accountants
  • REMAX Bayside Properties
  • Cleveland Baptist Church
  • Villawood Properties
  • Faith Lutheran College, Redlands
  • Elevated Photos
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • McGuire’s Alexandra Hills
  • Vision Christian Media
  • CPC Productions Services
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Finding treasure on Redlands Coast


The treasures of Redlands Coast have been charted to provide adventure seekers, nature lovers and those who simply want to relax with a detailed map of one of Queensland’s most diverse and exciting regions.

Now known as Redlands Coast, the amazing contrast of the area from stunning North Stradbroke Island, across the southern archipelago and mainland villages to the wild bush of the hinterland, is being celebrated through two new websites launched by Redland City Council.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the new Redlands Coast tourism website at www.visitredlandscoast.com.au and an accompanying microsite told the story behind the Redlands Coast brand and provided brand information for locals, businesses and visitors.

“We have created what really is a treasure map marking the many ancient and contemporary troves that make Redlands Coast such a special place to explore, whether you are a local or visitor,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Working closely with the traditional owners of the area, we have also included on the websites Quandamooka names for many areas.

“We are right next door to a busy capital city and just up the road from the Gold Coast, yet here you can find an expanse of beach to have to yourself, walk in the steps of the Quandamooka peoples, get that adrenaline rush and then go browsing or uncover some real dining gems.

“On Redlands Coast, you can be as adventurous or as laid back as you like – it’s vibrant, inclusive, connected, full of natural beauty and attractions but still with enough space to really relax.”

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The new websites coincide with a campaign to entice visitors from south-east Queensland to visit for day trips and short stays, as well as encourage locals to rediscover all that is naturally wonderful about their own backyard, which includes about 335km of beautiful coastline.

“Check out the sites and you will see what really has been quite a well-kept secret for far too long – even for some locals,” Cr Williams said.

“The time has come to proudly showcase the truly amazing hidden treasures and little adventures people can experience on Redlands Coast.

“We have world-class surf beaches, calm coastal waters, an award-winning winery and craft breweries, an emerging foodie culture and plenty of coastal adventure with boating, fishing, diving, surfing, along with a rich heritage and captivating Quandamooka culture which dates back tens of thousands of years.”

As part of the campaign, Redlands Coast residents are also being encouraged to send an e-postcard, which can be found on the microsite, to friends and family to entice them to “come see for yourselves”.

“The sites highlight Redlands Coast tourism businesses and operators, along with other naturally wonderful aspects of the region, including things to see and do, an events calendar and places to stay,” Cr Williams said.

You can find more at the new Redlands Coast tourism website www.visitredlandscoast.com.au or the microsite for locals and businesses www.redlandscoast.com.au.

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