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Council requests additional testing around Leslie Harrison Dam


Redland City Council has requested Seqwater do additional soil testing around Leslie Harrison Dam to ensure community safety in the wake of recent asbestos contamination in the area.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams wrote to the State Government bulk water supplier after a Seqwater investigation found asbestos contaminated soil at the dam. The Seqwater investigation began after trees were removed from around the dam and a dirt bike track was built using soil where the asbestos was found.

“My focus is one hundred per cent on community safety and I want to ensure this asbestos contamination is an isolated incident and that there is no other asbestos around that dam,” she said.

“Once they discovered the asbestos contamination on Friday, Seqwater has moved quickly to clean up the site and take the necessary precautions, but my understanding is that they are dealing with that one site.

“To provide the community with confidence that the area is completely safe, I have requested they do a series of tests around the rest of the dam.

“The community has contacted Council with concerns that the asbestos may have been there already and was just uncovered when the bike track was built. Seqwater has said this isn’t the case and that the dirt was brought to the site and I think the only way to know for sure is to test other sites around the dam.”

Redland City Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson has supported the call for more testing and also wants Seqwater to attend a community meeting to provide more information to residents.

“I’ve been contacted by residents with questions, but as the dam is under the management and ownership of the State Government’s Seqwater, I have not been able to answer all the questions,” he said.

“I have asked Seqwater representatives to attend a community meeting on Sunday 20 November to answer questions from the community to ensure everyone is informed and safety remains the number one priority. Meeting details can be found on my Facebook page.”

Asbestos dumping a costly clean-up


Recent illegal asbestos dumping at Redland Bay and Sheldon has raised health and safety concerns and left Redland City Council and local ratepayers bearing a costly $8000 clean-up bill.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said suspected asbestos material had recently been dumped at Double Jump Road, Redland Bay and West Mount Cotton Road, Sheldon.

“Council was made aware of two locations where building debris containing asbestos had been illegally dumped where residents can freely access it, which is very concerning,” she said.

“Council officers moved quickly to secure and clean-up the sites to keep residents safe.

Council officers quickly removed the dumped asbestos

Council officers quickly removed the dumped asbestos

“Since August 2015 there has been 10 reported incidents of asbestos dumping in the Redlands – it beggars belief that these dumpers are willing to put the safety of others at risk.

Cr Williams said Council had taken a tough stance on illegal dumping, installing surveillance cameras that are moved throughout the city to various spots.

“Council officers also undertake spot checks on locations known for illegal dumping.

“Despite this proactive monitoring we can’t be everywhere, so we also rely on public assistance and are calling on the public to dob in these dumpers because ultimately it’s the entire community who is placed at risk and who bears the costs.

“Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity, or has any information on illegal dumping, should contact Council or report it to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection online or by calling 13 74 68.

“Illegal dumping of any material is taken very seriously and can incur fines of up to $121,000.”

Dumped material containing asbestos

Dumped material containing asbestos

In Redlands, asbestos can be properly disposed of at Council’s Birkdale Transfer Station.

For free disposal of domestic asbestos it must be double wrapped in 0.2mm thick (durable) plastic sheeting, fully sealed and must be less than 10m2 or 250kg.

Asbestos disposal charges apply for commercial customers and the amount is also limited to 10m2 or 250kg. More information can be found on Council’s website.

Council is continuing its investigations into the recent asbestos dumping.

Snapshot – 18 March


Disaster Resilience Forums

Help us plan for future emergencies

Come along to a disaster resilience forum in March and help Council and other emergency agencies prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster events. Community feedback will inform Council’s Disaster Management Plans. Local knowledge is invaluable in this process.

Forums

  • Wednesday 19 March, 3pm – 5.30pm:
    Mount Cotton State School, Mt Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton
  • Thursday 20 March, 10am – 1pm:
    Victoria Point Shopping Centre, cnr Cleveland-Redland Bay & Bunker Roads, Victoria Point
  • Thursday 20 March, 6pm – 8.30pm:
    Capalaba Sports Club, 113 Ney Rd, Capalaba
  • Saturday 22 March, 9am – 12pm:
    Wellington Point Village, Main Rd, Wellington Point
  • Monday 24 March, 6pm – 8.30pm:
    Redlands RSL, 8 Passage St, Cleveland
  • Wednesday 26 March, 11.30am – 2pm:
    Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield St, Cleveland (Disability access)
  • Thursday 27 March, 5pm – 8pm:
    Capalaba Park Shopping Centre, cnr Redland Bay & Mt Cotton Roads, Capalaba

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8584. RSVPs are not necessary.

 

Asbestos safety

Be safe with your renovation waste

Just a reminder that to protect the health and safety of our customers and workers, all waste loads of cement sheeting, fibro, renovation waste and tiles are being routinely inspected at our mainland waste transfer stations for materials that could contain asbestos. If in any doubt, our gate staff will treat renovation/building materials as containing asbestos.

Asbestos can be found in lots of old building materials, and can be very hard to identify. You can only dispose of material containing asbestos at Birkdale Waste Transfer Station – not Redland
Bay, and only under strict conditions. It needs to be less than 10m2, double-wrapped and sealed in
durable, thick plastic sheeting (builders’ plastic). Commercial operators will also need to pay the
asbestos disposal fee.

For more information about asbestos and its safe removal and disposal, visit our website.

 

Save the date

Redlands Good Gardening Expo

Enjoy a free fun and informative day out at the second annual Redlands Good Gardening Expo on Sunday 13 April 2014 from 9am to 3pm.

Set in the picturesque surrounds of IndigiScapes, this popular event is perfect for the home
gardener. Learn about composting, worm farming, mulching and how to grow organic food. There’ll also be plants and seeds for sale, kids’ activities and great workshops.

Visit IndigiScapes at 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba or check out the program on the IndigiScapes website.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 19 March – General Meeting, 9.30am
Wednesday 2 April – General Meeting, 9.30am

Pulse eNewsletter – March 2013


Mayor’s Message
Council streamlining customer contact services
Council tightens asbestos handling at transfer stations
Litter-bugs beware
PDA Community Survey
Only working smoke alarms save lives
Have your say
Freedom of Entry to the City
Library calendar – hot off the press
What’s on

 

Mayor’s Message

Redland City is on the move.

Economic activity is hotting up, partly as a result of Redland City Council’s Open for Business mantra.

Our Priority Development Areas at Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek are approaching the Expression of Interest stage. These projects have enormous potential to transform the two sites into attractive multi-use waterfront precincts that will be destinations in their own right.

But not all the action is at the waterfront. The McKenzie Aged Care Group is investing around $80 million in high-quality facilities at Cleveland and Capalaba that will offer 280 beds and more than 300 new jobs.

The State Government has responded to my invitation to consider “decentralising” from the Brisbane CBD and is reviewing government department accommodation needs in our city.

This news comes hot on the heels of the receipt by Council of our first two applications under the Cleveland CBD Incentive Scheme for major mixed use residential and commercial developments. Recent commercial lease deals within the CBD also indicate a growing level of confidence in our city.

At Capalaba there has been a multi-million-dollar commercial investment and I am advised another major commercial site sale is imminent.

Residential approvals are accelerating and house sales improving as our economy picks up.

It all points to more people looking seriously at the Redlands is the best place to live, work and to do business.

 

Council streamlining customer contact services

Providing streamlined, efficient one-stop business services is a key focus for Council’s Integrated Customer Contact Centres at Cleveland and Capalaba.

Many customers will have already noticed the difference in the way telephone inquiries are handled at Council and new simplified procedures for many areas of public inquiry.

This work is continuing with Council aiming to bring all key business areas into this service by mid–year (including more complex areas of inquiry such as planning, health and building and plumbing services).

Meanwhile, Council’s telephone number 3829 8999 is the single number to call for all Council inquiries.

 

Council tightens asbestos handling at transfer stations

Local residents and in particular ‘Do it yourself’ enthusiasts and tradies need to be aware of changes regarding handling material that may contain asbestos at our transfer stations.

The changes have been introduced to protect staff and the community from potential asbestos exposure and mean if there is any doubt material may contain asbestos it will not be allowed past the transfer station gatehouse unless wrapped and sealed.

This includes fibro, cement sheeting, asbestos cement (ac sheeting), Hardiplank, Hardiflex, Super Six roof sheeting, Villaboard, Millboard, insulating board, vinyl sheet flooring, backing material and tiles.

The only way this material will be accepted is if it is double wrapped in durable plastic and fully sealed in loads less than ten square metres.

Read more.

 

Litter-bugs beware

Anyone planning on illegally dumping in the Redlands should remember to smile because you may be caught on camera.

Council is rolling out security cameras at key illegal dumping sites across the city to stamp out the unsavoury practice.

Signs will be erected to advise residents of potential camera locations, with the cameras to be rotated periodically to ensure greater coverage across the city.

Read more.

 

 

PDA Community survey

A community survey on the Redlands’ two waterfront redevelopment projects was conducted recently as an additional layer of engagement during the statutory consultation period.

The telephone survey of 300 residents canvassed community attitudes regarding priority development for Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek.

Read more

Read the full report >>

 

Only working smoke alarms save lives…

It is almost that time of year when residents are reminded to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Each year on 1 April people are encouraged to change their smoke alarm batteries to ensure they are in working order.

The reminder is particularly important for those who may find it difficult to change smoke alarm batteries due to being elderly or disabled. This includes Redland Home Assist Secure clients who are encouraged to contact Redland Home Assist Secure on 3383 3030.

 

Have your say

Amity Shoreline Erosion

  • Council has outlined a three-stage consultation and engagement process on Amity Point shoreline erosion management issues in the coming 12 months that includes future engagement with the Amity community and affected property owners, establishment of a reference group with community representation; the conduct of further research into shoreline erosion issues [Stage 2] and the completion of the Shoreline Erosion Plan and a Draft Implementation Plan for formal consideration and adoption by Council [Stage 3].
  • Opportunity is also currently available for the public to make written and verbal comments by 31 March on the draft consultant’s report, titled Draft Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) either by email to rcc@redland.qld,gov.au; posting comments to PO Box 21, Cleveland, Qld 4163, or by phoning 3829 8999. The Report can be viewed on Council’s website or at Council libraries and Customer Service Centres.

 

Disaster management plan

Have your say on the final two stages of the Redland City Disaster Management Plan from next week.

Local knowledge is invaluable in this process, so residents are encouraged to provide information that will help formulate the detail of the plan.

Forum details:

Wednesday 19 March
3 – 5.30pm: Mount Cotton State School, Mt Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton

Thursday 20 March
10am – 1pm: Victoria Point Shopping Centre, Cnr Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd, Bunker Rd, Victoria Point

Thursday 20 March
6 – 8.30pm: Capalaba Sports Club,
113 Ney Rd, Capalaba

Saturday 22 March
9am – 12pm:  Wellington Point Village, Main Road, Wellington Point

Monday 24 March
6 – 8.30pm: Redlands RSL,
8 Passage St, Cleveland

Wednesday 26 March
11.30am – 2pm: Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield St,
Cleveland (Disability access)

Thursday 27 March
5 – 8pm: Capalaba Park Shopping Centre, Corner Redland Bay &
Mt Cotton Rds, Capalaba

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8754. RSVPs are not necessary.

 

Freedom of Entry to Redland City for RAAF

Get ready to cheer as the Redlands celebrates the awarding of Freedom of Entry to the City to the No. 95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at 11am on Saturday 12 April 2014.

Around 150 members of No. 95 Wing of the RAAF, supported by local air cadets and a band, will gather outside the Redland Performing Arts Centre for the march along Middle Street, Cleveland.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will inspect the parade and present the official scroll offering Freedom of Entry to Redland City to Group Captain Peter Davis, who will formally request permission to march through Cleveland.

The marchers will then be challenged by police outside the Redland Art Gallery, before passing Library Square, where they will halt to offer traditional salutes to the Mayor and Air Commodore Tim Innes.

The event will celebrate the Redlands’ proud military past and will build stronger links with the RAAF. It also takes on greater significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day and next year’s centenary of the start of World War I and is a wonderful way for Redlanders to show their regard for the Australian defence forces in defending our way of life and promoting peace and stability around the world.

All Redlanders are encouraged to show their support and cheer on the contingent along the route.

More information

Library calendar – hot off the press

A new calendar showcasing all the great events at our local libraries has just been released.

From learning how to take a great photo to English conversation coffee groups and activities for the kids, our libraries offer plenty and it can all be found in one easy to read location.

See the new events calendar >>

What’s on

Photography: How to photograph architecture
Monday, 17 March 2014 | 7:30 – 9:30pm
REDLANDS CAMERA CLUB, UNITING CHURCH, 49 MARLBOROUGH RD, WELLINGTON POINT.

Lean how to create stunning architecture photographs with Adelaide’s Robert Dettman (architect and photographer). This master series event is hosted by Redlands Camera Club – Wellington Point. All members and guests are welcome and the event is for photographers of all levels. Subjects covered during the event include photographic gear, technique and post processing for architecture in several parts – Q & A available after each part. Door entry: $3.00 includes supper

Yarnin Time with Matthew Burns
Friday, 21 March 2014 | 10:30 – 11am
CLEVELAND LIBRARY

Matthew Burns is a Quandamooka traditional owner of North Stradbroke Island (also known as Minjerribah) and has been dancing and sharing the traditional stories for the past 23 years. Matthew has a strong knowledge of his culture which has been passed down through generations and he enjoys sharing these in the hope that future generations will also value their stories and understand the connection that Aboriginal people have with the land and waters surrounding the island.
Bookings on: 3829 8770

Redlands Good Gardening Expo
Sunday 13 April, 9am to 3pm
INDIGISCAPES CENTRE, 17 RUNNYMEDE ROAD, CAPALABA

Find out about growing your own organic food at home. Tastier, healthier food, the way it was meant to be eaten. Learn about native gardening and how you can use natives to create habitats, as well as composting, worm farming, mulching and how to recycle your green waste.
Buy plants and seeds and get some great new ideas for your garden.

For a full list of what’s on in the Redlands, visit our website.

Snapshot – 11 March 2014


Disaster Resilience Forums

Help us plan for future emergencies

Come along to a disaster resilience forum in March and help Council and other emergency agencies prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster events. Community feedback will inform Council’s Disaster Management Plans. Local knowledge is invaluable in this process. Forums

  • Wednesday 19 March, 3pm – 5.30pm:
    Mount Cotton State School, Mt Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton
  • Thursday 20 March, 10am – 1pm:
    Victoria Point Shopping Centre, Cnr Cleveland- Redland Bay & Bunker roads, Victoria Point
  • Thursday 20 March, 6pm – 8.30pm:
    Capalaba Sports Club, 113 Ney Rd, Capalaba
  • Saturday 22 March, 9am – 12pm:
    Wellington Point Village, Main Road, Wellington Point
  • Monday 24 March, 6pm – 8.30pm:
    Redlands RSL, 8 Passage St, Cleveland
  • Wednesday 26 March, 11.30am – 2pm:
    Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield St, Cleveland (Disability access)
  • Thursday 27 March, 5pm – 8pm:
    Capalaba Park Shopping Centre, Corner Redland Bay & Mt Cotton roads, Capalaba

For more information, contact Council on 3829 8584. RSVPs are not necessary.

 

Asbestos safety

Be safe with your renovation waste

Just a reminder that to protect the health and safety of our customers and workers, all waste loads of cement sheeting, fibro, renovation waste and tiles are being routinely inspected at our mainland waste transfer stations for materials that could contain asbestos. If in any doubt, our gate staff will treat renovation/building materials as containing asbestos.

Asbestos can be found in lots of old building materials, and can be very hard to identify. You can only dispose of asbestos containing material at Birkdale Waste Transfer Station – not Redland Bay – and under strict conditions.

It needs to be less than 10m2, double-wrapped and sealed in durable, thick plastic sheeting (builders’ plastic). You’ll also need to pay the asbestos disposal fee.

For more information about asbestos and its safe removal and disposal, visit our website.

 

Freedom of Entry to the City

Save the date: Saturday 12 April 2014, 11am

Redland City is bestowing the age-old honour of Freedom of Entry to the City to No.95 Wing of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on Saturday 12 April 2014. This event will include a formal parade with 150 marchers, representing all nine of No.95 Wing’s squadrons, accompanied by a band and air force cadets.

Redland residents are invited to come and line the parade route on Middle Street, Cleveland (between Waterloo and Wynyard streets) to watch this historic event. The ceremony is also formal recognition from the RAAF of the important role our City played in the defence of our nation leading up to, and during, World War II.

Check our website for more details. Please note: there will be some traffic delays and closures along Middle Street, Cleveland during the parade.

 

Open meetings

Wednesday 19 March – General Meeting, 9.30am