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Redlands Snapshot – Wednesday 8 April

Redlands Good Gardening Expo

This Saturday 11 April 2015

Don’t miss the third annual Redlands Good Gardening Expo this Saturday 11 April from 9am to 3pm. Enjoy a free, fun and informative day out 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 online >>


Minor home modifications

Redland Home Assist Secure can help people with disabilities improve their safety and access at home.

  • Are you under 65 years of age?
  • Do you own or rent your home?
  • Do you need assistance with daily living activities?

You may be eligible for financial assistance for minor home modifications that improve your safety and access in and around your home. Extra funding is available but only until June 2015 so phone now: 3383 3030.


Help save the glossy black-cockatoo

Council is calling for volunteers to help with the annual survey of the glossy black-cockatoo on Sunday 3 May 2015.

The glossy black-cockatoo is one of the more threatened cockatoo species in Australia and listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland. To find out how to get involved, visit www.indigiscapes.com.au or 3824 8611.


Free Business Workshop

Attracting Investment for your Business

Thinking about taking your business to the next level? Book in for this free business workshop, presented by capital-raising expert John Burkett.


Birkdale Landfill Rehabilitation works update

Works are progressing well with the recent purchase of high quality clay material to be used for soil capping prior to adding a grass cover. This treatment will improve water and storm water quality on the site.

Expect delays at the Birkdale Waste Transfer Station.
Trucks are now bringing in this clay, to be transported on week days up until the end of May (weather permitting).

To avoid delays during these works:

  • Minimise visits to Birkdale tip
  • Use the Redland Bay Waste Transfer Station at 761-789 German Church Rd
    (Redland Bay accepts all residential waste, however can only accept commercial greenwaste.)

Thank you for your patience. For more information phone 3829 8999.


Water meter readings

We are reading water meters in Birkdale and Thorneside, and on North Stradbroke and Russell islands this week. Please make sure our meter readers have clear access to the water meter.


Open meetings

General meeting: Wednesday 22 April, 9.30am

NSI Economic Transition Group Media Release

Community, business leaders attend inaugural NSI Economic Transition Group meeting

The inaugural meeting of the North Stradbroke Island (NSI) Economic Transition Group, established to chart the island’s transition from sand mining to an alternative economy, was held yesterday, the same day that Sibelco announced it would close one of its mines next year.

The group comprises elected representatives, community and business leaders, and academics who will work towards the common goal of a sustainable future for the island and its people as mining is wound back.

The NSI Economic Transition Group comprises:

  • State Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson (co-chair)
  • Mayor, Redland City Karen Williams (co-chair)
  • Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming
  • Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation CEO Cameron Costello
  • Straddie Chamber of Commerce President Dave Thomson
  • Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, University of Queensland Professor Iain Watson
  • Sibelco Australia External Relations Manager Paul Smith
  • Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Deputy Director-General Kathy Schaefer
  • Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Regional Director Gary Krishna (Secretariat)

Co-Chair Mark Robinson said the first meeting saw the establishment of a Terms of Reference for the Group, which includes at least quarterly meetings and membership until 1 December 2015, when a review will be undertaken.

“The group also started work on a consultation plan, including establishment of a website which will be completed this month,” he said.

The Transition Straddie website will provide up-to-date information about the transition, as well as publish minutes from the meetings, membership of the group and the Terms of Reference. The website will be available at www.transitionstraddie.org.au. There will also be links to the new website from Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au and Mark Robinson’s website www.markrobinsonmp.com

Co-chair Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the group had also started the process of reviewing the work of the 2011 Economic Transition Taskforce.

“Analysis of that work will be valuable. We will also use it to consider what new data is required to ensure jobs for the island’s residents into the future.”

Sibelco announced yesterday it would close its Yarraman Mine on North Stradbroke Island in August 2015, bringing forward the scheduled closure date of December 2015. The company’s Enterprise Mine on the island is scheduled to stay open until 2035, while its Vance silica mine on the island will continue operating until 2025.

The next NSI Economic Transition Group meeting will be held in February 2015.

Media information: Office of Mark Robinson on 3286 2726 and Office of the Mayor of Redland City on 3829 8624.

Planned hazard reduction burns – Point Lookout

Planned burns assist in reducing fire danger and provide conditions essential for native plant species regeneration. They are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel and assist with hazard reduction.

The following burns are scheduled for May:

  • Tuesday 20 May, 1pm – 12am
    BA18NSI – North of Tramican Street, Point Lookout
  • Wednesday 21 May, day time
    BA16NSI – Grant Street, Point Lookout
    BA17NSI – Between Baker Court and Grant Street, Point Lookout
  • Wednesday 21 May, night time
    BA19NSI – North of Tramican Street, Point Lookout
  • Thursday 22 May, day time
    BA15NSI – North of Tamican Street, Point Lookout

It is appreciated that these burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts are made to limit any smoke hazards from the work.

If you require further details of planned burns, phone Council on 3829 8999.


Top teamwork accolade for Redland City Council

Redland City Council’s Communication, Engagement and Tourism team has earned the state’s highest local government teamwork award for its efforts during the North Stradbroke Island bushfires.


The team was recognised with a Local Government Managers Association Queensland (LGMAQ) Award for Excellence for its 24/7 communication strategy during one of the biggest emergencies to ever confront the Redlands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams congratulated team members for playing a major role in ensuring residents were well prepared for the potentially life-threatening bushfires which raged for almost two weeks in December-January.

“At the centre of their efforts was the harnessing of social and traditional media to ensure residents were kept fully informed and safe,’’ Cr Williams said.

“This included tweeting from community forums, and using real-time information sourced from social media to inform emergency services, right down to pinning written notices at key sites on the island each day.’’

Cr Williams said the award reflected the importance of communication and teamwork in ensuring Redlanders were kept up to date with events during times of potential emergency.

“This ensures residents can make informed choices as they take care of themselves, families and friends. Our Communication team went beyond the call of duty to ensure this during the Straddie fires,’’ Cr Williams said.

City of islands to host unique forum

The benefits of living in an island community will be discussed when the Redlands hosts the first South East Queensland Island Forum next week.

Redland City Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (Division 5) Mark Edwards said the unique forum would focus on topics specific to island communities.

“This forum is an opportunity for locals who live, work or play on any of our islands to discuss issues that affect them and ways to benefit from belonging to an island community,” he said.

“Topics to be discussed include tourism, transport and local economies, which are all subjects that are critical to the success of island communities.

“The Redlands is known as a city of islands so what better place for the first forum of this kind to be hosted?”

Being held from Monday 24 February to Wednesday 26 February, the forum will be on North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay Islands.

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Craig Ogilvie said it was a privilege for the Redlands to host the inaugural forum.

“Guest speakers at the forum will include representatives from Kangaroo Island and Magnetic Island as well as tourism and cultural specialists from the Redlands; so there will be a wealth of knowledge on hand,” he said.

“When people mention island communities we generally think of the picturesque coast lines and holiday locations.

“While this is a key part of island communities there are other characteristics including cultural and environmental that create a unique community on many islands.”

The forum is being supported by Council along with Southern Cross University, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Straddie Chamber of Commerce and Straddie Camping

Topics include:

  • Sustainable islands tourism.
  • Transport – Crossing that crucial gap.
  • Cultural tourism.
  • How much buy-in does tourism need from the community beyond those in tourism, and how to get it.
  • The economics of autonomous islands – Can you make it alone?
  • The rents of paradise – What to do with Island economies?
  • Islands and indigenous business opportunities.

Speakers include:

  • Jayne Bates, Mayor of Kangaroo Island
  • David Thomson, general manager, Transit Systems and chairman of Straddie Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dr Michael Kortt, Southern Cross University Economist specialising in local government economics.
  • Karen Williams, Mayor of Redland City.
  • Cameron Costello, CEO of Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Lorna Hempstead, Magnetic Island Community Development Association Inc.
  • Dr Howard Guille, Stradbroke Centre for Island Learning.

Roaming dogs endanger wildlife

Wildcare Straddie’s Dr Romane Cristescu provides Ziggy with fresh water. Photo: Wildcare Straddie

Wildcare Straddie’s Dr Romane Cristescu provides Ziggy with fresh water. Photo: Wildcare Straddie

Pet-owners urged to Help Straddie Heal

This cute koala was meant to be one of the “lucky ones” … but having escaped the worst of North Stradbroke Island’s firestorm using his natural instinct to seek safer ground, he was mauled by domestic dogs near Dunwich.

The dogs – family pets – were roaming free despite the fact that, by law, they were supposed to be restrained with a leash, or at least enclosed in a yard.

Unfortunately Ziggy – as he was affectionately named – is now a statistic. He had to be euthanised despite the best efforts of wildlife carers to nurse him back to health.

Today, as North Stradbroke continues to recover from the two-week fire sparked by lightning on December 29, wildlife carers have joined with Traditional Owners to tell Ziggy’s story in the hope both residents and visitors will do their bit to help in the healing of Naree Budjong Djara (‘My Mother Earth’) and its beautiful surrounds.

Redland City councillor Craig Ogilvie – whose Division 2 takes in North Stradbroke – said dog attacks were an all-too common problem on the island but it’s now even more critical for owners of domestic pets to ensure native fauna has a fighting chance.

“This is nothing more than what’s required by law but it’s even more crucial right now because a lot of wildlife has moved to new habitat and is highly vulnerable to attack,” said Cr Ogilvie.

Council’s animal management officers will have an increased presence on the island at this critical time to help ensure dogs are kept on leashes. Fines of $220 apply if dogs are off-leash out of designated areas.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) chief executive Cameron Costello urged people to “care for country” by respecting flora and fauna when visiting Straddie.

“We encourage people to come and holiday, to enjoy our beaches and everything else we have to offer … but also to be mindful that we are in recovery mode,” said Mr Costello.

“We ask people not to wander from established tracks so our plants can regenerate and seeds can germinate, and our cultural sites are not disturbed.

Wildcare Straddie spokesman Greg Grimmett said uncontrolled domestic dogs caused horrific and heart-breaking injuries to koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, curlews and lizards, to name just a few.

“A significant number of injuries we deal with are a result of domestic dogs not being under control,” said Mr Grimmett, who is also the convenor of the Stradbroke Wildlife Forum. “People particularly should keep in mind that off-leash areas do not mean people do not have to have their dogs under control.

“If people are camping they need to control their dog 24 hours a day, especially at night – just because it was curled up outside the tent when they went to bed does not mean it didn’t wander around searching for prey.”

Mr Grimmett said pet owners could also ensure accommodation providers claiming to be pet-friendly were also “wildlife friendly”, and offered enclosures to protect native flora and fauna from wandering pets.

“We get too many animals that are torn to bits because of dogs – a bit of common sense would go a long way,” he said.

Redland City’s Acting Mayor and Local Disaster Recovery Committee chairman Alan Beard said most of the public areas on Straddie – including all campgrounds – had now been re-opened although some tracks remained closed for public safety.

“Most of the most popular areas remain just as beautiful as they were before the fire,” he said. “Much of the fire burnt in inaccessible areas.

“There’s a multi-agency effort across all tiers of government to help with the island’s recovery and we are working closely with the Traditional Owners,” he said. “We just ask people to use common sense and do their bit to help in the recovery,” he said.

“We ask that they drive carefully on established tracks though burnt country as much of the landscape is very fragile and highly vulnerable to erosion. We also ask them to drive slowly, as much of the wildlife of the island has relocated to unburnt areas around the townships.”

Redland City’s Animal Management Committee spokeswoman Cr Wendy Boglary said Council officers traditionally stepped up their presence on the island for the holiday period and this would continue to reduce risks to wildlife and the public generally.

“Home Beach is the only off-lead beach area as well as Skatebowl Park at Dunwich between the skatebowl and the fenced area at the eastern end of the park,” she said.

“It’s important that everyone does what they can to help Straddie heal.

“People can avoid a fine of $220 by ensuring they exercise their dogs on leads, except in designated off-leash areas.”

  • Report injured wildlife to Wildcare Straddie on 0407 766 052.

Straddie fire update and feedback sessions: Wednesday 15 January

As the severity of the bushfires on North Stradbroke Island reduces, Redland City CouncilQueensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES and Queensland Police Service invite North Stradbroke Island residents and visitors to attend a get-the-facts public meeting.

The latest fire information will be provided and questions can be answered on topics including:

• An overview of the Straddie bushfires and where to from here
• Wildlife – what to do and who to call if you find an injured animal
• Emergency planning for the islands of Moreton Bay
• New emergency signs for Straddie
• Straddie – open for business
• Electricity update.

You will also have an opportunity to provide your feedback and view images of the bushfire.

Meeting times – Wednesday 15 January 2014

10am, Dunwich Community Hall, Corner Ballow Road and Junner Street, Dunwich

Amity Point
12 Noon, Amity Point Hall, 16 Ballow Road, Amity Point

Point Lookout
2pm, Point Lookout Community Hall, East Coast Road, Point Lookout

Alfred Martin Way (formerly Tazi Road) is open. Brown Lake, Blue Lake, Keyholes and the Main Beach camp grounds are also open. Tree loppers are continuing work along East Coast Road. There may be some traffic delays.

Call to visit Straddie, Main Beach and campgrounds reopening

Friday, 10 January 2014 as at 2pm.

The sky is blue, the water crystal clear and the ocean views as breathtaking as ever. Redland City Council invites you to visit Straddie! The world’s second largest sand island is well and truly open for business after almost two weeks of bushfires. Not only will you have a wonderful break, you’ll be helping Straddie businesses that have been affected by the bushfire at their busiest time.

Watch video now >>



Redland City Council, Straddie Chamber of Commerce and tourism operators are calling on tourists to put visiting North Stradbroke Island on the top of their holiday ‘to do’ list now that it is ‘open for business’.

Redland City Destination Management spokesperson Cr Craig Ogilvie – whose Division includes Straddie – encouraged people to consider going to the island for a day trip or holiday.

“The bushfire is now under control and the island is open for business,” he said.

“You can now do the local community a favour, and do yourself a favour, by visiting the island.

“I encourage everyone to visit for the day or longer. From many areas of the island including Point Lookout and Amity Point you wouldn’t even know there has been a fire.

“Straddie is the second largest sand island in the world and is absolutely glorious.”

Straddie Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Thomson said operators had been affected by the fire at the busiest time of the year.

“There is plenty of space on the ferries and with accommodation providers for those who can come over to the island,” Mr Thomson said.

“Your visit will help operators on Straddie as well as be a fantastic experience for anyone who visits.”

Cr Ogilvie said there are still some active fires on the island near Brown Lake but these fires are burning within containment lines and pose no threat to life or property.

“Two teams of arborists have been working on the island to assist emergency crews with risk-assessment of burnt trees and limbs and this work will continue over the weekend.

“Main Beach south of the causeway and the Main Beach campgrounds will reopen tomorrow at 8am. Access to the Main Beach campgrounds will be through George Nothling Way as Alfred Martin Way (formerly Tazi Road and also known as Trans Island Road) remains closed.

“Brown Lake, Blue Lake and Keyholes remain closed.

“All the beaches on Straddie are open and beautiful, as usual.”

Redland City Environment, Waterways and Foreshores spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said wildlife volunteers were on stand-by to deal with an influx of sick and injured animals when North Stradbroke Island officially shifts to recovery-mode.

“I urge motorists to drive carefully as animals including wallabies, kangaroos and koalas are moving into new habitats.

“Council officers and North Stradbroke Island Wildlife Rescue volunteers are ready to provide support to anyone who finds a sick, injured or distressed animal – the number to call is 0407 766 052.

“Wildlife rangers at Redlands IndigiScapes Centre have advised that animal injuries including smoke inhalation, burnt feet and general exposure are expected to be common.

“Research shows there are 599 native plant species on North Stradbroke Island, 14 of them classified as ‘threatened’ or ‘near threatened’.

“Studies also show that there are 18 species of native land mammals on Straddie including wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and koalas as well as 16 species of reptiles, mainly snakes.”

The fires, which were sparked by lightning on 29 December 2013, have razed more than 16,000 hectares of the 28,000-hectare iconic island.

No residential areas are within the burn area and there have been no injuries or fatalities.

The latest updates on the North Stradbroke Island fire situation are posted on the Redland City Council and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) websites and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Straddie open for business and visitors: 7.30am Tuesday 7 January

North Stradbroke Island is open for business and visitors as of today following more than a week of severe bushfires.

Emergency Services this morning lifted their advisory around non-essential travel to the island.

Visitors and residents should be aware that some roads may continue to be impacted by operations of emergency services.

Visitors are encouraged to check with their accommodation provider before travelling to the island. Those planning to camp at Main Beach should contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668, via email on info@straddiecamping.com.au or visit the Straddie Camping facebook page for specific information.

Yesterday’s rain assisted the firefighting effort however some fires are still burning.

There is no current threat to people or property.

The emergency situation declared by the Queensland Police Service for the island under the Public Safety Presesrvation Act was revoked yesterday afternoon by police.

Links to further info on our news site news.redland.qld.gov.au

Straddie waste collection update for today http://bit.ly/1cEKPim
Redland City Disaster Plan: Islands of Moreton Bayhttp://bit.ly/1cwNT3n
Fire fight a team effort http://bit.ly/JZkzby

Bushfire Community Information Meetings: Friday 3 January 2014

Queensland Police ServiceQueensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES and Redland City Council invite North Stradbroke Island residents and visitors to attend a public meeting where the latest fire information will be provided and questions can be answered.

Meeting times

Dunwich Community Hall, cnr Ballow Road and Junner Street, Dunwich (near the police station)

Point Lookout Community Hall, East Coast Road, Point Lookout

Amity Point Hall, 16 Ballow Road, Amity Point

Keep up-to-date with the latest fire information by following Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Redland City Council on Facebook and Twitter and by checking our websites.