Redland City Council services resume with restrictions


Following the State Government’s announcement that the Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown will end at 6pm today, all Redland City Council services will resume tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021, with some conditions to apply.

The three-day lockdown, that included Redland City, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay local government areas, started at 6pm on Friday, causing the closure of all non-essential Council services.

Those services will resume from Tuesday morning, with some restrictions as directed by Queensland Health.

This includes the directive that everyone must carry a face mask at all times and wear it indoors, except in your home, and a recommendation to wear it outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m from other people, such as on busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Masks must be worn in all Council libraries, art galleries and customer service centres, the Visitor Information Centre, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Redland Animal Shelter and IndigiScapes Centre.

People must also wear masks while travelling on the RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay.

At Recycling and Waste Centres, patrons must wear a mask if they are unable to maintain a 1.5m distance from staff and other users. All children under 12 must remain in their vehicle.

Patrons are asked to follow the directions of staff, who will monitor any delays and queues and put measures in place to minimise them.

Visitors to the Cleveland Aquatic Centre and the Bay Islands Aquatic Centre on Russell Island must also maintain a 1.5m distance from other people, or wear a mask.

Queensland Health’s requirements for carrying and wearing face masks will continue until 1am on Friday 22 January 2021.

There are also restrictions applying to the number of people who can gather in businesses and venues, with one person per 4 sqm indoors and 2 sqm outdoors.

As a result, programs and workshops scheduled up until 22 January at Redland Art Galleries have been cancelled, and there may be some changes to scheduled activities and programs at council libraries and IndigiScapes Centre.

Under the restrictions, the numbers of diners will need to be reduced at IndigiScapes café and groups of no more than 20 people can gather in public spaces such as Council parks.

Residents and visitors to Redlands Coast are encouraged to continue to practise COVID-safe measures.

For further information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

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Redlands Local Disaster Management Group on alert


Redlands Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) met this afternoon and remains at alert to prepare for the latest COVID-19 threat.

LDMG Chair Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the meeting attended by representatives from Redland City Council, Queensland Health, emergency services, Sealink, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Department of Communities, and Local Government Association of Queensland.

SeaLink advised that they have extended services operating to and from North Stradbroke Island to help visitors leave the island and return home.

The last SeaLink passenger ferry will leave Cleveland at 7.25pm today and leave Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island at 7.55pm.

SeaLink vehicle and passenger ferry will continue to operate over the next three days, with additional services where required. Check the SeaLink website for details.

The vehicle and passenger ferries to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will continue on their normal timetables.

LDMG also discussed testing clinics on the islands and mainland, many of which now do not require GP referral, however some fever clinics require prior booking. Eight Miles Plains is a 24/7 testing clinic. Visit the Queensland Government’s Testing and Fever Clinics page for more information.

Those people who have been advised to home quarantine are reminded there is a Queensland Government Community Recovery Hotline (ph 1800 173 349) that can provide assistance including arranging non-contact delivery of essential food and medication if you are in home quarantine with no other means of support.

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Council closures during Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown


The Queensland Government has today announced a three-day lockdown due to COVID-19 for Greater Brisbane, including Redland City, from 6pm Friday 8 January 2021 to 6pm Monday 11 January 2021.

Other local government areas affected by the health directive are Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Logan.

Queensland Health has advised that from 6pm today, people in these local government areas will be required to stay at home except for essential purposes, including for food, health care, exercise and essential work purposes and masks will need to be worn everywhere in these areas except for when people are at home.

Under the restrictions, all Redland City Council non-essential services will be closed from close of business today, Friday 8 January 2021 until 8.30am Tuesday 12 January 2021 (see below for pool reopening hours).

This includes:

Council’s Customer Service Centres
Council’s Customer Service Centres at Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point will be closed, and residents are strongly encouraged to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible.
Council’s Customer Contact Centre is available for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999 Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

Libraries, Galleries, RPAC and IndigiScapes
Redland Libraries will be closed but 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, Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery will be closed.

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

Redland Animal Shelter
The gates to Redland Animal Shelter will be closed, with onsite staff available for emergency drop-offs only from 9am to 12pm Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 January 2021 and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Monday, 11 January 2021.

Community halls
Indoor venues, including community halls, will be closed.

Public swimming pools
Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre will be closed. The pools are scheduled to reopen:

  • Cleveland Aquatic Centre – 5am, Tuesday 12 January
  • Bay Island Aquatic Centre – 6am, Tuesday 12 January

During the three-day lockdown, Council will not be enforcing compliance on vehicles over-staying the parking limits at public marinas, but compliance for safety issues will continue to be enforced.

The RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay, Cleveland will not be operating on Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 January 2021.

More information
Watch Council’s website and social media for updates.

The Queensland Government is the lead agency in managing the public health response to COVID-19.

For more information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

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Council installs baskets to keep litter from Raby Bay canals


Redland City Council will install litter baskets in 272 Raby Bay stormwater catch pits in a move to significantly reduce the amount of rubbish entering the canals.

Mayor Karen Williams said the installation, funded through a Federal Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Grant, should be completed by the end of March 2021.

“Local waterways are important to our community and Council is committed to improving waterway health for the benefit of both residents and aquatic life,” she said.

“The Raby Bay canals are cleaned about four to six times each year and the amount of rubbish collected tends to be event driven.

“If there is heavy rain, it typically flushes a lot of debris and rubbish into the canals where it gets stuck on the revetment walls and sits in front of houses.

“Shopping trolleys are regularly found, along with palm fronds, leaves and logs, and pollutants such as plastic, bottles and other rubbish that gets washed off the streets.

“The litter baskets are expected to capture much of this material so it doesn’t make its way into our naturally wonderful environment.”

Litter baskets are being installed in Raby Bay stormwater catch pits.

Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming said clean canals meant better water quality.

“Redlanders are mostly doing the right thing but as a last line of defense these litter baskets will make sure the waste ends up where it belongs, and not in our waterways,” he said.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the litter baskets would be retro fitted into all existing catch pits in Raby Bay and along the canals.

“Council regularly receives calls from residents concerned about rubbish in the estate so any measures to reduce that will be welcomed,” he said.

“There is also a lot of aquatic life in the canals including dolphins, dugongs, turtles, fish, stingrays, prawns, squid and even pockets of seagrass and coral – which will all benefit from a less-polluted environment.”

The litter baskets will be cleaned four times a year, with Council to collate data on the type of rubbish and pollutants collected.

There are litter baskets installed at 43 other locations throughout the city – at Redland Bay and Birkdale.

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Wastewater to hydrogen – Council seeks partners in local renewable hydrogen project


Redland City Council is calling for expressions of interest from partners interested in being involved in the development of a local renewable hydrogen economy on the Redlands Coast.

Council is seeking interest from parties to finance and develop a business case to fund and build a pilot plant to convert wastewater to renewable hydrogen at the Mount Cotton Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council today released the expression of interest (EOI) to attract funding to develop a business case which would address Council’s ‘Redlands Coast Wastewater to Energy Feasibility Study August 2020’.

“Our aim is to identify partners who can help build a pilot plant that integrates renewable hydrogen production into the Mount Cotton WWTP,” Cr Williams said.

“Hydrogen is in the spotlight worldwide as a viable source of renewable energy and Redlands Coast is looking to be a part of it.

“Multiple hydrogen technologies are being developed on the Redlands Coast, with QUT’s Institute for Future Environments basing its renewable hydrogen projects at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Redlands Research Centre.”

Council investigations to date are an extension of the research and development completed by QUT and show how these technologies can be integrated into local communities.

Cr Williams said there were many benefits of establishing a hydrogen economy on the Redlands Coast, including:

  • cheaper, greener energy for local residents and businesses
  • creating jobs and attracting investment to the region
  • ‘decarbonising’ the local economy
  • providing green power for remote and island communities
  • providing efficiencies for energy-heavy assets such as wastewater treatment plants.

The business case has the potential to be used as a blueprint for other wastewater treatment plant integration projects.

To download a copy of the EOI, please go to redland.qld.gov.au/info/20164/tenders_and_contracting/225/current_tenders

The EOI closes on 12 February 2021.

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Lyngbya found at Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island


Redland City Council has installed signs at Thompson’s Beach, Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island’s Main Beach to advise residents and visitors of the presence of Lyngbya (Lyngbya majuscula), 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 the waters of Moreton Bay, and all Redlands Coast 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; and Council urges residents to be mindful that Lyngbya could also be present at any beach.

Council will continue to monitor all 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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Pool filter delayed but is on its way


The filter system for the Cleveland Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre pool is on the last leg of its journey to Brisbane.

Redland City Councillor Peter Mitchell (Division 2) said it had been a long and frustrating wait for both Council and residents, and it was now anticipated the pool would reopen by the end of January 2021.

“We had hoped for the 50-metre pool to reopen by the end of this year following the partial re-opening of the rest of the refurbished aquatic centre in October,” he said.

“However there have been delays in transporting the filter from overseas due to the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial action, rough weather and capacity issues in ports.

“Our latest advice is that the vessel carrying the filter is due to arrive in Brisbane on 27 December and the filter is expected to be cleared by Australian customs on 4 January 2021.

“A team of contractors remains on stand-by and committed to installing the new filter system as soon as it arrives on-site.

“We anticipate and hope that the filter will be installed and the pool operational by the end of January 2021 but that is of course contingent on the arrival of the filter and its clearance through customs.”

Cr Mitchell said residents had been very patient while Council and centre operator Belgravia Leisure had overseen the revitalisation and maintenance upgrade at the aquatic centre.

“Even before COVID restrictions forced the closure of the centre in March, work had commenced to repair a suspected leak in the 50-metre pool.

“The filter system is a critical piece of equipment and was procured from overseas only after no submission was received for supply of a suitable local Australian-manufactured product.

“While it is disappointing we weren’t able to reopen the 50-metre pool for the summer school holidays, it will be heated so I am sure it will prove a popular attraction during the rest of the year.

“Since October, work has continued on final landscaping, tiling and concourse painting and, once this crucial final element is complete, the community will have access to a quality and enjoyable aquatic centre for many years to come.”

The Cleveland Aquatic Centre had a partial re-opening on 14 October 2020 following plumbing and electrical works, replacement of the 25-metre pool filter mediums, refurbishment of the children’s play pool and centre kiosk, and centre-wide painting, decking, tiling and landscaping.

Council acknowledges the State Government’s COVID Works for Queensland funding contribution of $830,000 towards this project.

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Council delivers program of innovation for Redland-Logan region


Redland City Council is embracing innovation on its journey to becoming a smart city, after successfully delivering the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) for the Redland-Logan region.

Council and key partners Logan City Council and Griffith University delivered the three-year program of innovation and entrepreneurship activities after securing funding through the State Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

Mayor Karen Williams said innovation, with smart cities and digital connectivity as a strategic priority, was at the heart of Redland City Council’s service delivery.

“By embracing new partnerships and technology we can transform the way we deliver services and will be better positioned to adapt and improve how we respond to changes and challenges,” she said.

“This three-year collaboration with our ARIP partners ensures our local innovators are well placed to grow their ideas and their business networks.”

Cr Williams said local ARIP stakeholders embraced innovation as key to economic and jobs growth and improved quality and reach of services.

“There was an education roundtable network of forward-focussed leading schools, TAFE and universities, and focussed youth and ageing summits.

“Council also worked closely with schools, universities and government agencies on emerging sectors, with local businesses and new investors being attracted to Redlands Coast as a place to innovate.

“Groups such as Start Up Redlands and Redlands Angel Investors worked with local start-ups to build knowledge and capabilities within a supportive business environment.

“Council also collaborated with Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce to deliver an innovation workshop series, and events programmed with the State Government Entrepreneur allowed businesses to directly engage through forums and masterclass sessions.”

Cr Williams said COVID-19 had a significant impact on the way the final year of the program was delivered.

“In 2020 the program was refocussed to support businesses to survive the economic impact of the pandemic and better position themselves for recovery.

“Council developed and delivered a targeted community and business grants program which included an innovation stream.

“This encouraged small to medium businesses to innovate either through the application of new technology or new product and supply changes, for example manufacturing PPE and hand sanitiser or offering online courses.”

Cr Williams said Council was building on the ARIP model by embedding its principles into community and economic development programs and internal strategic networks.

“Council is continuing to deliver targeted business support programs through collaboration with government, industry and businesses including the city’s chambers of commerce and the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands committee.

“Council also continues to facilitate industry clusters and deliver innovation forums for the city’s key industry sectors, and to progress research and development collaborations with government and universities to open up new investment opportunities in emerging sectors.

“Council is also finalising a Redlands Coast Smart and Connected City Strategy which aims to create better city services and a higher quality of life so residents and businesses can thrive.

“The strategy will identify opportunities for innovation and technologies to enhance the city’s liveability and promote community wellbeing, and to accelerate growth and stimulate economic opportunities.

“It will also focus on improving environmental sustainability through data-driven decision making, and will ensure a whole-of-Council approach to smart city planning.”

The $1 million Redland-Logan ARIP was funded with $500,000 from the State Government over three years, matched by the ARIP partners.

For more information on the Redland-Logan Region ARIP, visit Council’s website.

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Please avoid riding and walking on wet tracks through our bushland


Redlands Coast has some lovely recreational trails, especially through Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redland Track Park) and Bayview Conservation Area. But they’re pretty waterlogged just now so we’d prefer you avoided them until they dry out.

Using wet trails can cause substantial damage, spoiling the experience of other users and meaning extra repairs and maintenance.

As a general guide, if you’re leaving a footprint or bike track then the trails are too wet to use.

The bike tracks here show damage that may later need to be repaired.

Try sticking to the wider gravelled access tracks if you’re keen to get out and don’t forget to report fallen or damaged trees on or near trails to Council on 3829 8999.

Thank you for helping us to preserve our wonderful natural area trails.

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Planning and Environment Court judgement


Redland City Council acknowledges the judgement of the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland, delivered on 11 December 2020, in regard to a development application for a fast food restaurant at Birkdale Fair.

The Court found the application was appropriate in regard to the setting and context of the site, and complied with the overall outcomes and performance outcomes of the relevant codes within Redland City Plan.

Following the judgement, Council will assess the need, if any, for amendments to the planning provisions to overcome any ambiguity in the future.

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