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State of Fire Emergency partially lifted – Fire ban remains in place


While the State of Fire Emergency Declaration has been removed for Redland City Council, the local fire ban continues.

This means there can be no open fires.

QFES advises fires within a properly constructed barbecue are allowed provided they are not left unattended.

Power tools can be used but must be used with extreme care.

For more information on the Redlands Coast Fire Ban Declaration: redlnd.cc/FireBan

Protect your health from bushfire smoke


While there are no fires burning on Redlands Coast air quality is still being affected by smoke haze from fires around the rest of the state. The community is advised to remain alert to the levels of smoke, especially vulnerable people with asthma or pre-existing lung or heart conditions. What can you do:
• Look after vulnerable persons.
• Switch air conditioners to ‘recycle’ or ‘recirculate’ mode.
• Reduce outside activity.
• Seek medical advice if you experience any adverse reactions and stay up to date with local news reports.

For more information: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/health-alerts/bushfire-smoke-health-alert

State of Fire Emergency continues – Redland City is part of a total fire ban until further notice


A State of Fire Emergency declared earlier this month continues across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland, which bans a range of activities that can cause fires to ignite and prohibits the lighting of specified outdoor fires.

What you cannot do during a State of Fire Emergency:
• No fireworks.
• No hangis or pit ovens permitted.
• No grinding/ welding outdoors.
• No grinding/ welding inside a building with a closed door and concrete floor. Look at your environment and check there’s no long grass or dry vegetation that may catch alight.
• If it’s essential that you run a powered pump, make sure you clear around it and take precautions to ensure that the exhaust doesn’t spark a fire.
• Avoid lawn mowing if your property is dry and highly vegetated until conditions have eased. A spark from a stone could start a fire.
• Gas barbeques with a hooded lid can be used if done so safely, in an appropriate area and only used for the purposes of cooking.
• Woodfires, smokers and pizza ovens can be used if they are completely enclosed and only used for the purposes of cooking.

For more information: https://redlnd.cc/ruralfire_stateofemergency

Designer appointed for SMBI ferry terminals upgrade


Engineering and design firms Cardno and Architectus have been engaged by the Queensland Government and Redland City Council to design an upgrade of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) ferry terminals.

Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Southern Moreton Bay Island ferry services were an important link to the mainland for island residents and visitors with around 1.4 million passenger trips made every year.

“Appointing a respected team of engineers and designers is a crucial first step in delivering new, upgraded terminal infrastructure that’s safe and accessible for all ferry passengers,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

“The Queensland Government has contributed $290,000 and expertise to move forward on the important design and engineering phase of the ferry terminals project.

“It includes $250,000 from the Queensland Government’s Passenger Transport Infrastructure Program, which Redland City Council has agreed to match, and demonstrates what can be achieved when State and Local Governments work in partnership for the benefit of local communities.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the engineering and design appointments followed extensive consultation with residents and users of the Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra island ferry terminals.

“Ferry terminals are the gateways of our island communities and users want better protection from the weather and wider gangways for improved access,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Most would also like their terminals to accommodate fishing and include provision for recreational boaties to tie up their craft.’’

Cr Williams said that armed with an understanding of what ferry terminal users wanted, Council and its project partner, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), invited some of the country’s best architectural design and engineering firms to bid for the contract.

“With Cardno’s engineering experience and Architectus’ design expertise, this collaboration topped the list after a 12-week tender and evaluation process,’’ she said.

“With significant experience in transport and marine infrastructure projects, a demonstrated understanding of the needs of SMBI ferry terminal users and some exciting preliminary design concepts, Council is confident that Cardno and Architectus will deliver designs that meet the needs of ferry terminal users now and into the future.

“Designs developed by Cardno and Architectus will help Council prepare a business case to apply for funding for the upgrades.”

Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said funding had also been provided under the Marine Infrastructure Capital and Maintenance Program.

“As a Government, we understand the importance these structures play in the lives of those who live or visit the islands,” Mr Bailey said.

“Engagement has been underway since February and everyone involved has done a great job in gathering the wants and needs of the local community.

“Ultimately choices will be dependent on funding available, but everything raised will be considered in the design of the upgrades.”

Councillor for the islands Mark Edwards (Division 5) said more than 600 ferry terminal users provided feedback through surveys conducted at each of the terminals, and hundreds of island residents offered their views at meetings with Council’s project team.

“There will also be further opportunities for people to have a say when Council, DTMR, Cardno and Architectus present draft concepts for community feedback early next year,’’ Cr Edwards said.

“This will not only allow the community to see and comment on the design concepts but allow everyone to provide feedback directly to the project team, who will be in attendance and set up to sketch any revisions proposed by the community.’’

Cr Edwards said while all the ferry terminals were in dire need of an upgrade, the Russell Island ferry terminal was a priority because of its condition.

“Residents will be alerted when the next round of public consultation on the upgrades are scheduled but in the meantime, visit Your Say Redlands to learn more,’’ he said.

Launch of support services for SMBI


Residents of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) will soon have local access to a range of support services with the launch of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub on Macleay Island.

A partnership initiative between Redland City Council and 10 community organisations, the service will be officially launched on Thursday 17 November.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the outreach service would improve the well-being of residents living on the Bay Islands, with plenty available for all ages and stages of life.

“The new SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub will offer a raft of services and activities both during times of crisis and for everyday life, including counselling, mental health support, activities for seniors, and emergency relief,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to attend the official opening to learn more about the range of services, programs and activities available – and enjoy the free sausage sizzle too.”

Organisations who will be part of the SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub include:

  • Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
  • Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
  • Redland Community Centre (RCC)
  • Open Minds
  • FSG (Freedom, Social Justice, Growth)
  • Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
  • Wellbeing Hub (Relationships Australia)
  • Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
  • YFS
  • Group 61

Bay Islands Councillor Mark Edwards said he was pleased island residents would soon have access to the same level of support as those on the mainland.

“This is fantastic for those who call our beautiful Bay Islands home,” he said.

Event details

SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub
When: Thursday 17 November 2016, 10am – 12 noon
Where: Macleay Island Community Hall, Cnr Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island.
Contact: 3409 4222.

More information about organisations and services provided by SMBI Community and Wellbeing Hub:

Working Against Violence Support Services (WAVSS)
Individual and family counselling for women and their children who have previously witnessed or lived with domestic violence. Also provides crisis response  to women experiencing domestic violence , court assistance at both Cleveland and Wynnum Courts, and  free community information and training. Contact: 3286 7766

Bay Islands Community Services (BICS)
Provide a comprehensive range of innovative and quality programs, services and activities to support the aspirations of individuals within the community of the Southern Morton Bay Islands. Contact: 3409 4222

Redland Community Centre (RCC)
Supports the community with valuable ‘one stop shop’ community-focused services including emergency relief, family support and parenting programs/workshops, crisis and generalist counselling, plus events and courses.
Contact: 3245 2117 or info@redlandcommunitycentre.org

Open Minds
Works to enhance mental health and wellbeing by delivering a range of tailored options focused on the individual needs of each person. A registered NDIS provider.
Contact: 3896 4222

Freedom, Social Justice, Growth (FSG)
Providing a range of innovative, person-led mental health services to SMBI, including Partners in Recovery (PIR), Purposeful Peer Engagement (PPE) and Mental Health Carer Support.
Contact: 3213 7100

Redland District Committee on the Ageing (RDCOTA)
A community organisation which promotes the rights, interests and well-being of those over the age of 50 in Redland City. Provides information and referral service to seniors, their families and their carers, as well as one-on-one computer training.
Contact: 3488 0680

Well-being Hub
Through sharing and developing awareness, knowledge and skills for well-being, the Hub aims to support everyone in the community to experience positive mental health and well-being and to flourish. Run by Relationships Australia Qld.
Contact: Jan Elston 0447 002 408

Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG)
A peer-operated mental health service providing outreach on the islands through the Bay Islands Well-being Group, a lifestyle and social support group helping people to learn new coping strategies and reconnect to their communities.
Contact: 3390 1116 or 0499 747 000 or big.inc@bigpond.com

YFS
Delivers a range of services to those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. YFS champions rights and responsibilities of clients taking up social, cultural and economic opportunities.
Contact: 3826 1500

Group 61
A voluntary organisation devoted to mental health that enables fullness of life through friendship with people affected by mental health issues.
Contact: 0421 129 253

Public comment now open on Macleay Island foreshore development


Extensive plans for the development of the Macleay Island foreshore went on public notification today with the public comment period for the long awaited development open from 14 July to 4 August 2016.

Details of the full Macleay Island foreshore application can be viewed online using Council’s website with reference number MCU013484.

Divisional Councillor Mark Edwards expressed absolute delight that after seven years of intensive effort, designs, planning and strenuous representations, the Macleay island foreshore project had at last received approval to proceed to assessment.

“SARA’s approval last month with 25 conditions now allows Council to proceed to application assessment of the integrated plans for the area, rather than deal piecemeal with site issues.

“The plans provide for extended vehicle parking, a new public boat ramp and prescribed tidal works, including entombment of an asbestos site.

“There is no doubt that this project will be a major contribution to SMBI infrastructure,” Cr Edwards said.

“Even more importantly, it will provide urgent relief to what is a totally inadequate and compromised public parking area on one of our City’s most populated islands while at the same time, addressing the long standing issue of how to deal with foreshore contamination.

“The new space will provide better public safety and accessibility, with an improved drop off area, ferry access and parking separation along with substantially increased parking space available for cars, bikes and for recreational boating users of the new public boat ramp.

“After public notification is complete, Council will begin the decision making period and assess the application. The statutory timeframes allows 20 business days with an additional 20 business days if required.

“I hope that Council will act quickly to enable work to begin as soon as possible once the assessment approval has been provided.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Councillor Edwards had been a tireless champion for these critical improvements for Macleay Island foreshore

“These developments will also hopefully tie in well with future improvements to SMBI pontoon and jetty infrastructure in partnership with the State Government.

“We also recognise the major priority of transport and parking issues across the whole city and Council will be working over the coming year to try to identify opportunities for significant improvements through innovative funding, partnerships and infrastructure solutions.”

Fact sheet guidance on making a submission on planning and development can be found under ‘About Council’ on Council’s website.

Improved parking at Weinam Creek jetty


Parking around the Weinam Creek jetty will be reviewed following a decision by the Redland City Council today to support a request from Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards to improve accessibility for residents.

Cr Edwards said his request to review timed parking zones around the Weinam Creek jetty came after calls from the community for more equitable and accessible parking.

“Finding a car park around the Weinam Creek jetty has long been a problem for residents and the community is asking for immediate improvements to the functionality of existing facilities,” he said.

“Parking in the area is already at critical capacity and the review will assess whether the existing time zones make best use of the available parking and are correctly located for the needs of the community.

“As the number of vehicles using the car park increase, people are being forced to park further afield where there is limited signage noting time zone restrictions, which has led to some users inadvertently parking in prohibited areas and receiving parking fines.

“The Weinam Creek precinct is a Priority Development Area for the State Government and this review is intended to improve parking in the interim until it is redeveloped.”

Cr Edwards said Council had also endorsed changes to parking on Russell Island during today’s meeting.

“From 20 June, parking at Jock Kennedy Park will be limited to a maximum of four days, to prevent vehicles and boat trailers being left there for months on end and restricting the availability of parking for the rest of the community,” he said.

“Council has no intention of introducing timed parking restrictions around the Wahine Drive boat ramp.”

A report on the review of parking at Weinam Creek jetty will be returned to Council in June.

Click here for further information or call 3829 8999 to learn more.

Residents encouraged to have their say on proposed dual name for Russell Island


Redland City residents are being encouraged to have their say on a proposal to use the traditional indigenous name Canaipa Island to refer to Russell Island.

Division 5 Councillor for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Mark Edwards said Minister for State Development Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham was inviting feedback on the proposal, which came following a request from Council last year.

“Changing the name of Russell Island back to its traditional indigenous name Canaipa Island has been a topic of discussion in the community for a number of years, so it is great the community now has the opportunity to have their say formally,” Cr Edwards said.

“The Bay Islands Chamber of Commerce actively engaged with the local community prior to approaching Redland City Council last year to ask for our in-principle support for the proposed name change.

“Council supported the community by writing to the State Government as the ultimate decision-makers, asking them to consider the request and I am pleased that they have responded by calling for submissions.

“The State proposal includes the two names, Russell and Canaipa Island, co-existing for a period of time to provide a seamless transition.

“All residents are encouraged to have their say on the proposal by 29 July 2015 by going to the Queensland Place Names section on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website – www.dnrm.qld.gov.au.”

Cr Edwards said using the name Canaipa Island would acknowledge the island’s traditional owners, the Quandamooka People.

“The proposed name change will strengthen the Redlands’ acknowledgement of the region’s traditional owners, as well as adding to the island’s tourism appeal by highlighting its strong history and cultural connections,” he said. 

“There are already a number of references to Canaipa on the island and the Quandamooka People have always referred to the island as Canaipa Island, so this name in a sense is already being used.

“The Quandamooka People have been engaged regarding this proposal and they are supportive of the name change and have indicated if it were to proceed they would like to perform a traditional ceremony on Canaipa each year to acknowledge and celebrate the occasion.

“The exact meaning of Canaipa is reportedly derived from the Aboriginal word meaning place of ironbark spear.”

To make a submission to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Queensland place name plan QPN1271 shows the location of the place considered under the proposal and may be viewed at the Queensland Place Names section on the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website – www.dnrm.qld.gov.au .

Submissions in writing, either in support of or against the proposal, can be submitted online at www.dnrm.qld.gov.au or sent to Queensland Place Names, Level 9 Landcentre, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001.

Enquiries about the proposal should be directed to Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

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.

Roads key focus in Redland City Budget


Redland City Council will spend $20 million on capital road projects throughout 2013-14 – including an increased focus on resurfacing local roads.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the roads program announced in today’s (June 27) 2013-14 Redland City Council Budget, would lay the foundations for the future of the city.

“An extra 45,000 residents are expected to call the Redlands home over the next 20 years, so it is important our local road network is able to safely and effectively transport people throughout the city,” she said.

roads

“The 2013-14 Budget significantly increases expenditure for roads resealing and surfacing as well as several safety upgrades to key local roads and intersections.
“Residents have told us roads and road safety are key concerns to them. We have listened, and we have responded, as a good Council should.”

Infrastructure spokesman Cr Murray Elliott, (Division 7), said many of the city’s roads had been built 30-40 years ago and were now nearing the end of their useful lives.
“Council has developed a 10-year program to upgrade roads across the city,” he said.

Cr Elliott said an 82 per cent increase for resurfacing works to $7.5 million and $2 million for pavement rehabilitation were significant, particularly given the external economic challenges the Council faced in framing its Budget.

“Everyone hates potholes,” he said. “Our Budget looks after the assets we have and will keep them in good working order. It delivers a program that will ensure we have a safe, efficient and effective road network and that our city continues to develop.”
The key road projects include a $1.4 million roundabout at the Nelson and Main Road intersection, Wellington Point and a $1.5 million project on King Street, Thornlands.

The island communities will also benefit from the upgrades, particularly given Council’s $2 million commitment to roads on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Coochiemudlo Islanders will benefit from a $400,000 upgrade of Merindah Street.

Key capital road projects for 2013-14:

  • $7.5 million – Resurfacing works across the City
  • $2 million – Pavement rehabilitation across the City
  • $1.5 million – Roundabout at intersection of King Street and Baythorn Drive (Thornlands)
  • $1.4 million – Roundabout at intersection of Nelson and Main roads (Wellington Point)
  • $2 million – Southern Moreton Bay Islands roads upgrades
  • $600,000 – Salisbury Street (Redland Bay) kerb and channel
  • $600,000 – Fitzroy Street (Cleveland) kerb and channel
  • $550,000 – Queen/Wellington streets (Cleveland) road upgrade
  • $400,000 – Merindah Street (Coochiemudlo Island) road upgrade
  • $389,000 – Wellington/McCartney streets (Ormiston) kerb and channel
  • $312,000 – Four safe school travel (SafeST) initiatives at Birkdale State School, Bayview State School (Thornlands), Redland Bay State School and Star of the Sea School (Cleveland)
  • $60,000 – Weippin Street (Cleveland) pedestrian refuge
  • $50,000 – Bloomfield Street (Cleveland) pedestrian improvements
  • $35,000 – Rosewood Street (Birkdale) intersection upgrade