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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.”

Snapshot – Tuesday 15 April 2014

Russell Island Event

Free digital marketing workshop

Council invites you to come along to a free business workshop ‘Practical Ways to Build Your Digital Marketing’. The digital economy is changing the way we do business. This interactive workshop gives practical steps you can take to:

  • build a robust digital marketing strategy
  • improve the performance of your website
  • use social media to build your brand.

When: Wednesday 16 April 2014
Where: Russell Island Community Hall,
Russell Island
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
RSVP: karen.brown@redland.qld.gov.au 3829 8507

Places are limited. A light buffet and refreshments will be served.


Leslie Harrison Dam

Information display Thursday 17 April

You may notice Leslie Harrison Dam at Capalaba receding over the next couple of months.
Seqwater has advised it is reducing dam levels from 80% to 42% to undertake important works. Seqwater is holding an information display with staff members available to answer questions.

When: Thursday 17 April 2014, 10am – 1pm
Where: Capalaba Library, Noeleen Street, Capalaba
To view details of the works, visit the Seqwater website or contact 1800 771 497.


Public holiday closures

Easter and ANZAC Day

Council facilities will be affected by the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays as follows. Unless indicated below, normal operating hours apply:

  • Council offices and mainland libraries, as well as the Redland Performing Arts Centre, closed from Good Friday 18 April, reopening Tuesday 22 April. They will also be closed Friday 25 April for the ANZAC Day public holiday.
  • Animal Shelter: open 9am to 12pm only on Good Friday (18 April), Easter Monday (21 April) and ANZAC Day (25 April).
  • IndigiScapes Centre and Visitor information Centre: closed Good Friday (18 April) and open 12pm to 4pm only ANZAC Day (25 April)
  • Redland Art Gallery: closed Good Friday (18 April), Easter Monday (21 April) and ANZAC Day (25 April)
  • All waste transfer stations: closed Good Friday (18 April) – please note kerbside bin collections will continue as normal.

For more information, contact 3829 8999.


Hazard reduction burns at Sheldon

Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 29 April

Council advises it will be conducting hazard reduction burns at Don & Christine Burnett
Conservation Area, Sheldon on Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 29 April (weather permitting).

Planned burns are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel and reduce potential wildfire hazards. They also provide conditions essential for native plant species regeneration. All attempts are made to limit any smoke hazards. For information, please view the fire management page on our website or call 3829 8456.


Water meter readings

It’s time to prune to prickly pear! We are reading water meters in Capalaba and on North Stradbroke, Macleay, Perulpa, Karragarra and Lamb islands this week. Please make sure meter readers have clear access to your water meter.


Open meetings

Wednesday 23 April, General Meeting – 9.30am

Dam management rethink needed to stop the floods

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams wants changes to the Leslie Harrison Dam management plan to prevent wet season flooding of Capalaba sporting facilities.

Councillor Williams fears for the future of the Capalaba Greyhound Club if the discharge policy for the dam does not change.

“The club has been flooded seven times in the past three years and now cannot get flood insurance,” she said.

”This club is a Redlands sporting icon. It is steeped in history but is battling for survival. Going under on a regular basis doesn’t help and I fear that unless things change the club is doomed.

“During wet weather we have flooding not only of this club but of adjoining sports fields and clubhouses. It is no coincidence that this flooding occurs after releases from the dam.

“We believe a proactive approach to dam management can overcome the problem but are having trouble convincing Seqwater.

“The catastrophic SEQ floods of 2011 were a wake-up call for us all and I would hope that strong partnerships, and sensible water storage management policies, are a result.”

Councillor Williams has enlisted the support of Capalaba MP Steve Davies, asking the MP to lobby Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle for change.

“When Council ran the dam we adopted, a ‘trickle’ release policy once the level reached around 90 per cent. There was no flooding under this policy,” she said.

“But Seqwater has a policy of no releases unless the dam is at 100 per cent. Rather than being proactive, they are being reactive – and unnecessarily risking our sports clubs and fields being flooded.”

Councillor Williams said Leslie Harrison was different to other major water supply dams in South East Queensland.

“Leslie Harrison is full at 100 per cent. Wivenhoe and Somerset can go well beyond. In fact, when Wivenhoe was released during the 2010-11 floods it was at 171 per cent,” she said.

“It is not a one size fits all!

“Council believes it prudent that Seqwater reduces the dam level from its present 90-plus per cent. As it is a shallow dam, it fills easily, and can quickly rise to capacity with heavy rainfall, necessitating a release of water.

“There is at least a perception that silting of Tingalpa Creek contributes to flooding and
the government currently does not dredge the creek.

“We are also concerned that Seqwater may be taking a higher percentage of bulk water
from North Stradbroke Island, because of the cost advantage of doing so in comparison
with Leslie Harrison Dam. We believe the appropriate percentage would be 60 per cent
from NSI and 40 per cent from the dam.

“If this was Seqwater policy, the dam levels would be reduced through use rather than
wasteful discharge.”