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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.


“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

Council Budget delivers for SMBI residents

Redland City Council will effectively neutralise the financial impact of new TransLink services for the majority Southern Moreton Bay Island residents as part of its 2013-14 Budget.

Mayor Karen Williams said a reduction in the infrastructure component of general rates would offset the cost of extending the transport network from July 1.

“I am happy to announce that the extension of the TransLink network to the SMBI – and its subsequent boost to property values and connectivity – will come without an additional cost impact for the majority of islanders,” Cr Williams said.

“The extension of the TransLink network to the SMBI is the best thing that has happened to the islands, and islanders, for years.

“To make this happen after years of lobbying without success, we had to make a contribution to the Government, via a special charge.

“This is a win-win for islanders – they get the enormous advantages of cheaper travel via TransLink and accessibility to and from the SMBI and we have found a way to absorb the cost.

“The Budget offsets the levy cost of $85.46 on island properties by reducing the infrastructure component of rates by a similar amount.”

Cr Williams made the announcement when handing down Council’s 2013-14 Budget on Thursday 27 June, which included the lowest rates rise in South East Queensland.

“By absorbing many external costs rather than passing them on to ratepayers, we are able to hand down a Budget that includes a modest headline rates increase of only 1.43 per cent increase,” she said.

“For the average Redlands property this equates to 66 cents per week or about the price of a postage stamp.”

Cr Williams said it was a 3Rs Budget:

  • It is responsive to the needs of residents and the cost of living pressures they are facing.
  • It is realistic in its objectives, balancing the needs of the community with the ability to pay for projects to set the foundations for the future
  • It is responsible in its fiscal commitments, planning for the future of the city by keeping debt down.

“We are again focusing on the basics – putting our residents first and delivering the services they want,” she said.

Division Five Councillor Mark Edwards said SMBI residents would benefit from several key projects included in this year’s Budget.

“This includes all-ability access to the Lamb Island public toilets, which will include a new pathway to and around the public toilet, as well as infrastructure upgrades and improved lighting,” he said.

“Temporary pedestrian access will be provided to the jetty terminal and temporary toilets will be provided for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of July, weather permitting.

“Other Budget items for SMBI include almost $760,000 to upgrade the Macleay Island Ramp Park, car park and boat ramp.

“Pontoons on Macleay and Russell islands will also be upgraded and $2 million has been set aside for future SMBI road projects.”

Some of the SMBI projects included in the 2013-14 Budget:

• Russell Island boat ramp upgrade: $370,000
• Russell Island pontoon upgrade: $40,000
• Russell Island Hall redevelopment: $50,000
• Macleay Island boat ramp upgrade: $412,500
• Macleay Island Bowls Club beach access ramp: $7500
• Macleay Island Bowls Club seawall: $20,000
• Macleay Island ramp park: $499,999.50
• Macleay Island ramp car park: $200,000
• Macleay Island boat ramp: $60,000
• Macleay Island pontoon upgrade: $50,000
• Macleay Island barge ramp (facility renewal): $40,000
• Karragarra Island beach access ramp: $7500
• Bay Islands capital Infrastructure Fund: $67,900
• Future SMBI road projects: $1,000,000
• SMBI road upgrade program: $1,000,000


Last chance for free go cards for SMBI residents

A final round of free go cards will be available for pick up by Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) residents next week.

To help SMBI residents get ready for the 1 July switchover to the TransLink go card ticketing system, complimentary cards with a $10 travel credit can be picked up from Bay Island Community Services (BICS) premises on Macleay and Russell Islands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that there were still cards left over from the two Countdown to TransLink community events held on the islands last week.

“This is a great opportunity for residents who are yet to have a go card to head along and get a free card,” Cr Williams said.

“Council has worked with Bay Island Community Services (BICS) to arrange a final distribution of the free cards for island residents who could not make it to the community events last week.

“Bay Island Community Services has kindly agreed to distribute the rest of the go cards – available for adults, children, seniors and concession card holders – on Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June from 10am to 2pm.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said those interested in securing a complimentary go card should take advantage of next week’s give-away, as there would be no more free cards available after this time.

“It is important people take up the offer between 10am and 2pm on the nominated days,” Cr Edwards said.

As part of the giveaway it is a requirement that all cards are registered and those who’ve previously received a free card – or who already own a pre-registered card – will be ineligible to get another go card.

SMBI Island residents can pick up their free go cards from:
Bay Island Community Services
55 Jackson Road
Russell Island

Bay Island Community Services
Cnr Southsea Terrace and High Central Road
(co-located with Council’s community hall)
Macleay Island

Go cards are also available for purchase from the Redland Bay Ticket Office at Weinam Creek Marina, Russell Island News, Macleay Island Post Office and Redland Bay News.

$500,000 RDA funding announced for Russell Island Sport Clubhouse and Resilience Centre

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has expressed delight at today’s announcement of $500,000 funding towards the Russell Island Sports Clubhouse and Resilience Centre from the Commonwealth’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

“Our business plan for regional funding highlighted the strong national and regional importance of the Sport and Resilience Hub,” Cr Williams said.

“Estimated to cost $670,000, this facility will not only accommodate sporting and community groups, it will also serve as a disaster resilience centre for the prevention, preparation, response and recovery phases of a disaster event.

“This need was well highlighted to Redland City Council by the Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald storm event that greatly impacted the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) community over the Australia Day long weekend.

“We are extremely grateful for the funding support of the Australian Government and the strong application support provided by RDA Logan and Redlands Inc in supporting our funding bid.”

Mariae Crawshaw, Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia Logan and Redlands Inc, said that the application was assessed as a high regional priority and was strongly endorsed for consideration for Federal funding.


“We share the Mayor’s delight in celebrating this funding as a wonderful achievement for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and the wider regional community.”

Redland City Council Division 5 Councillor, Mark Edwards said the funding announcement was great news not just for Russell Island but for all the Southern Moreton Bay islands.

“This multi-purpose facility will serve the demonstrated sport, recreation, social and community needs of the Southern Moreton Bay Island communities of Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay and Russell Islands and those of neighbouring communities in Redlands, Logan and Southeast Queensland,” Cr Edwards said

“The SMBI will have a sporting complex they can call their own, their own clubhouse and the added advantage of its use as a resilience centre in times of need.

“The need for such a community centre was driven home to us during recent the resilience forums held on Russell and Macleay islands and, thanks to the stage one and two partnership between the three tiers of government, we will deliver facilities and a multi-purpose centre residents can be proud of.”

Cr Edwards said the proposed 543m² clubhouse would form the hub of the Russell Island Sport and Recreation Park.

“It has been innovatively designed to include a commercial kitchen and first-aid room and for dual use as a resilience training and evacuation centre, which maximises the output of the building,” he said.

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in January next year and be completed by December 2014 offering employment opportunities to local people during construction and through the establishment phases of the project.

The funding is in addition to state government funding commitment of $750,000 announced in 2010 and Council funding commitment of $1,307,554 towards the development of a large sportsfield and multi-purpose courts as part of stage one of the project.

SMBI Economic Development Forum

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards are inviting Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) businesses and community groups to a SMBI Economic Development Forum on 14 June.

Mayor Karen Williams said the forum is part of Council’s commitment to creating a Community Economic Development Action Plan for SMBI, in consultation with islanders.

“This is an important opportunity for SMBI businesses and community to come together, discuss ideas and develop an action plan that will help steer the Islands towards a prosperous future,” Cr Williams said.

Councillor Mark Edwards said forum attendees would have opportunity to hear from inspiring key note speaker, Peter Kenyon who will also be speaking at a Community Connections Forum at the Redland Perfoming Arts Centre on the morning of 14 June.

“Described as a social capitalist and community enthusiast, collaboration and inspiration are key themes of Peter’s approach to the creation of healthy, caring, inclusive, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies.

“Peter has already worked with over 1500 communities throughout Australia and overseas to facilitate fresh and creative ways to achieve community and economic renewal.” Cr Edwards said.

The agenda for the SMBI Economic Development Forum includes

  • What makes small communities successful? —Peter Kenyon
  • Building on the Assets of the Islands—discussion session
  • Getting the local tills ringing —Peter Kenyon
  • Developing an Action Plan—discussion session.

A number of volunteers are also helping undertake a SMBI Business Survey of island businesses in preparation for the forum.

“This is a face to face interview that takes about 30-45 minutes. If you would like to be surveyed, contact Frank Pearce on 3829 8775, Cr Edwards said.

SMBI Economic Development Forum session times

Session 1

Friday 14 June

2 pm  to 6 pm

Macleay Island Progress Hall

Repeated Session 2

Saturday 15 June

9 am to 1 pm

Russell Island Hall


The Forum is being supported by the RDA Logan and Redlands Inc.

Those wanting to attend the SMBI Economic Development Forum’s should RSVP by Monday 10th June by email to frank.pearce@redland.qld.gov.au or 3829 8775.

Redland City islands to get disaster plans

Each Redland City island is to get its own disaster management plan, Mayor Karen Williams said today.

Cr Williams said the Southern Moreton Bay Islands would be priorities, with North Stradbroke and Coochiemudlo islands to follow.

“The recent Australia Day weekend storms and their aftermath, and fires on North Stradbroke Island, drove home to us the need to be prepared for such events,” she said.

“We were able to take the first steps to ensuring our island communities are better prepared for events with successful resilient forums on Macleay and Russell islands yesterday (Thursday, 14 March).

“The necessary next steps are to prepare plans for each of the islands, and then to have those plans in place before October, the traditional start of the fire and storm seasons.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards, who proposed the forums, said the message was simple: be prepared for the likelihood of up to five days’ isolation on the islands.

“We had hundreds of people on the islands who were without power for up to five days, after an initial period of isolation from the mainland because of the weather,” he said.

“The reality is we all tend to take things for granted, and to be complacent at times.

“There is a particular need for our isolated island communities to prepare themselves and it was important that we followed up the lessons of the storms quickly, while the impact was fresh in people’s minds.

“I think the exercise on the islands was very worthwhile, and the informal format worked tremendously well. I have no doubt it can be the model for discussions/planning on other islands.

“The fact Council officers were joined by representatives from Police, Ambulance, SES, QFRS, Emergency Management Queensland, the Department of Communities, Red Cross and Energex lent to the credibility of the occasion.”

Cr Williams said the information/education forums were especially designed for islanders.

“We had a steady flow of residents through each forum. It was pleasing to see a number of visitors from neighbouring Lamb and Karragarra islands, and particularly pleasing to see the number of people who completed household emergency plans at the forums,” she said.

“I am confident we got the message about the need to be prepared though to those who attended. I know one woman was going to ensure her whole street was prepared.”Resilience

People can still have their say by completing the online survey on Council’s website until 1 April 2013. Link is: www.redland.qld.gov.au/Haveyoursay/Engagements


Council urges residents to have a 3-5 day emergency plan

In light of the Australia Day weekend’s Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and in preparation for future severe weather events, Redland City Council urges residents to plan for emergency situations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was encouraging residents and businesses to have a 3-5 day emergency plan in place for their homes, families and work premises.

“It is extremely important for community members to be prepared for severe weather events and emergencies in case they become isolated or are without power for an extended time,” Cr Williams said.

“The standard recommendation is a three-day plan, but given the isolation of our islands, we strongly encourage people in these communities to have a complete five-day emergency plan.”

Precautions include making an emergency kit containing your emergency plan; non-perishable food; bottled water; first aid and toiletries; battery operated torches and radios; spare clothing; knives and other tools; pet needs and original or certified copies of important documents.

Cr Williams said emergency events unfolded rapidly and it was often too late to make safety preparations once a storm, flood or fire was on its way.

“Council has information on its website to help people create an emergency plan and I strongly encourage residents to take advantage of this resource,” Cr Williams said.

For more information on preparing an emergency plan visit our Redland Disaster Hub website.

To support community preparedness, Council will host two face-to-face community forums this Thursday (14 March) to discuss the unique challenges that island communities face during emergencies.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ (SMBI) Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums would be a great opportunity for residents and businesses to discuss how residents, Council, emergency services, residents and businesses can be best prepared.”

“The community forums will also provide residents with an opportunity to speak with government and community services; create household emergency plans; and participate in island map plotting activities,” Cr Edwards said.

“Council is pleased to host these forums in partnership with Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Queensland Ambulance, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Emergency Management Queensland, Department of Communities, Red Cross, Energex and Telstra.

“I encourage our island community members to come along to one of the community forums or have their say at Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au until 1 April 2013.”

SMBI Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums

Macleay Island
12:30pm – 3:30 pm
Macleay Island Community Centre Hall
Corner of Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island


Russell Island
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Russell Island Recreation Hall
1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island

RSVPs are not required.

If you can’t make it to a community forum, you can complete an online survey on our website, or call 3829 8874 and ask for a copy of the survey until 1 April 2013.


SMBI residents to have their say on emergency planning

Redland City Council is inviting Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ (SMBI) residents to have their say on how Council, emergency services, residents and businesses can be better prepared to respond to severe weather and emergency events on the islands.

Two face-to-face SMBI Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums will be held on Thursday 14 March on Macleay Island (from 12:30pm until 3:30pm) and on Russell Island (from 5:30pm until 8:30pm).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council recognised these island communities faced unique challenges during emergencies.

“The Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald storm event our City experienced over the Australia Day long weekend has highlighted the need for us to work more closely with our SMBI communities on emergency preparedness,” Cr Williams said.

“We know that residents, businesses and community groups on Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra Islands faced hardship during the storm event – and for some days after.

“In some instances this meant island residents were cut off from the mainland, lost power for an extended period or had no access to fuel or fresh food supplies.

“While we can’t control the weather, we can work together with our island communities to plan for future severe weather and emergency events to help make them more resilient.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the community forums were a direct response to requests from island residents for Council and the emergency services to come to Macleay and Russell Islands to meet with them first-hand to hear the concerns and ideas of residents from all islands.

“We’re listening to our Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ communities and they are telling us that more needs to be done by Council and the emergency services to support them in an emergency situation.

“But this exercise isn’t about us listening then doing nothing. We will be providing tailored emergency plans across the individual Southern Moreton Bay Islands before the next storm and fire seasons.

“Council is pleased to host these forums in partnership with members of the Local Disaster Management Group. These include Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Queensland Ambulance, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Emergency Management Queensland, Department of Communities, Red Cross, Energex and Telstra.”

Cr Williams said the forums would also provide residents with an opportunity to speak with local government and state government services; learn about household emergency plans; and participate in island mapping activities.

“I encourage all Southern Moreton Bay Island residents and businesses to come along to a forum
and have their say.

“If you can’t make it to a community forum I encourage you to complete an online survey on
Council’s website or call 3829 8874 and ask for a copy of the survey to
be mailed to you between now and 1 April 2013.”

SMBI Emergency Planning and Resilience Community Forums details

The forums will be held on Thursday 14 March at:
Macleay Island
12:30pm – 3:30 pm
Macleay Island Community Centre Hall
Corner of Southsea Terrace and High Central Road, Macleay Island


Russell Island
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Russell Island Recreation Hall
1 Alison Crescent, Russell Island Residents are not required to RSVP for the community forums but are encouraged to arrive no later than 30 minutes before the end of a forum to ensure they have time to contribute.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands a priority in storm clean-up

Redland City Council has made representation to the Queensland Government and Energex to provide urgent assistance to the residents of Southern Moreton Bay.

Late this morning the Department of Communities announced it will be operating a mobile recovery centre today, Wednesday 30 January 2013 on Russell and Macleay Islands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said our island communities have had an extended period without power and some with limited access to fresh food and the mobile recovery centre will provide much needed help getting hardship payments to residents.

“A grant of up to $180 per person, up to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, is available to eligible people experiencing genuine hardship – certainly our SMBI residents fit this bill, as do others in our community who are still without power.

“Council has been in close contact with Energex to ensure SMBI and other Redland areas are prioritised for power restoration.

“Energex is on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands working to restore power as quickly as possible. Power has been restored to some areas with full restoration of power anticipated by 6pm tonight.

“Council assisted residents by suppling diesel fuel to run generators to keep the Macleay Island SPAR supermarket open, to support the Macleay Island emergency services and to assist Macleay Island residents who rely on critical medical equipment in their homes.

“Island residents who have large amounts of waste due to the power outages are encouraged to dispose of waste at the Island Waste Transfer Stations, which have extended their opening hours (see below).

Cr Williams said while many people were experiencing difficulties, it was important to remember that there had been no loss of life or reported injury in the Redlands.

“Council and other agencies will be working with SMBI residents and business to ensure they are as resilient as possible now and in the future for severe weather events,” she said.

“Everyone learns from experiences like the weekend’s storm and we will be applying those learnings in the future.

“I would like to thanks all those who have been responding throughout the severe weather and clean-up.”

Information about the Mobile Recovery Centre:
Wednesday 30 January 2013
2:00pm -5:00pm
Bay Island Community Centre
55 Jackson Road

Wednesday 30 January 2013
1:30pm -4:30pm
Macleay Island Community Centre
Cnr Southsea Terrace & High Central Road

The Department of Communities has advised Council they will consider opening the centres
tomorrow as well, depending on demand.

Other SMBI information:
Energex crews are on the SMBI islands working to restore power and report power due back on
today. Power restoration is taking a considerable time due to extensive damage to power lines on
the islands.

Energex reports the number of SMBI households without power today is approximately 2400.

Across the Redlands there are around 8600 households without power.

Today’s advice is that the majority of residents and businesses are expected to have power restored today by 6pm:
All SMBI – Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay, Russell,

Service station and IGA supermarket on Russell Island had power restored yesterday.

Extended Opening Hours:
Island Waste Transfer Stations hours have been extended until 4.30pm today.
Russell Island and Macleay Island Waste Transfer Stations have been extended to open daily from
tomorrow until Monday from 8am-4pm.

Lamb and Karragarra Island Waste Transfer Stations are open seven days a week during daylight
hours (not fenced).

Further information on North Stradbroke and Coochiemudlo Island waste transfer stations can be
found on Council’s website or by contacting RedWaste on 1300 362 036.

Additional Services:
Residents are encouraged to make use of the free green waste kerbside collection to dispose of green waste resulting from the storm.

Residents need to have green waste from the storm on their footpaths by no later than Sunday 10 February, as collection would commence early Monday 11 February.

Personal Hardship Assistance
People who are experiencing personal hardship due to the storm should contact the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 for support.

Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme (PHAS) grants are now available to support those families experiencing personal hardship, by covering the immediate, unexpected basic costs of essential items such as food, clothing and accommodation due to the extreme weather.

A grant of up to $180 per person, up to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, is available to eligible people experiencing genuine hardship.

Home owners who are not insured may be eligible to receive a Structural Assistance Grant of up to $14,685 per household.

Those who are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, may also be eligible to receive an Essential Services Safety Reconnection Scheme Grants. There are two parts to this grant, which is income and asset tested: Inspection: up to $200 towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system) Repair: up to $4200 towards repair work to enable essential services to be reconnected (for example, electrical rewiring).

Assistance is provided under an application and assessment basis only. Further information is available from www.qld.gov.au

Council Contact Details

To report fallen trees to Council contact 3829 8363.

For more information on Council services please phone 3829 8999.

Residents are encouraged to monitor Council’s website (www.redland.qld.gov.au), Facebook and Twitter for updates on advice and services.