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Redlands severe weather update – New 12:10am (early Sat morning) ferry service to Southern Moreton Bay Islands, respite centre hours extended


Bay Island Transit have advised that one late night passenger ferry service will run to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBIs) at 12:10am (early Saturday morning).

The ferry service will travel at a very slow 5-knots speed due to debris in the bay.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Translink staff will be at the ferry terminal to direct passengers to Redland City Council’s respite centre, located at the Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay.

“The respite centre hours have been extended until 12:10am to ensure passengers have somewhere to stay before the last ferry service,” she said.

“Island residents should continue to check with the Translink, particularly for night time travel over the coming days as services may continue to be limited or changed due to large debris from the flooded Logan River entering Moreton Bay.”

Ferry services are expected to resume on Saturday 1 April at 6.20 am from Russell Island.

The 5:30am Saturday morning vehicle barge to the SMBIs is to go ahead as planned at this stage. contact Stradbroke Ferries for more information.

The Southern Moreton Bay Islands include Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra islands.

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Redlands Severe weather update – ferries to SMBIs cancelled after 5:50pm tonight – respite centre opened


Bay Island Transit Systems have advised that Southern Moreton Bay Island ferry services travelling in both directions from Redland Bay Ferry Terminal to Russell Island have been cancelled after 5.50pm this evening due to debris in the bay. A  passenger ferry will run at 12:10am. This service will run very slowly due the debris in the bay.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, Chair of the Redland City Local Disaster Management Group said that the Local Disaster Coordination Centre is working with Maritime Safety Queensland, Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) and water police to safely remove debris in the area.

“To assist anyone unable to get back to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands this evening, a respite centre will open at the Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay from 5:30pm until 12:10am April 1.

“I encourage any residents affected by the cessation of the ferries to seek alternate accommodation arrangements on the mainland this evening.”

Ferry day time services are expected to resume on Saturday 1 April at 6.20 am from Russell Island. Night time services to the SMBIs may be effected for several days until debris has been cleared from the water.

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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

Parking increased at Weinam Creek ferry terminal


Residents parking at the Weinam Creek ferry terminal now have an extra 100 car parks available after Redland City Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads constructed a new $150,000 parking area.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said Council had moved quickly to build the new car park after a State Government project had impacted parking at the popular ferry terminal.

“The Weinam Creek ferry terminal is a busy area at the best of times, but with the Department of Transport and Main Roads building a bus terminal on site it has become even more crowded,” he said.

“While this is not a Council project, we have received quite a few phone calls from residents concerned about the loss of car parking and general pedestrian safety and we have lobbied the department to make the necessary improvements to the site.

“The construction of these new parking bays on an old spoil site is an example of Council and the State Government working together to respond to community concern.”

Cr Edwards said Council had been working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to improve vehicle and pedestrian access at the site of their new bus terminal project.

“The reality is projects do result in a temporary inconvenience, including in this case the temporary removal of a small number of car parks to make way for construction equipment,” he said.

“Despite this, I am pleased to say that this new stage two spoil-pond parking area, combined with stage one installed earlier in the project, means there will now be about 60 more car parks than there were originally.

“I would like to thank the department for responding to our request. Council is also working with them to further improve the site by installing additional shelter, seating and signage.”

Cr Edwards called on the community to think and act safely when using the busy ferry terminal.

“We have received reports of people parking illegally, including in emergency services parking bays, which is very concerning,” he said.

“With this new parking area now available, there is no reason for this sort of behaviour and I ask the community to please be patient and exercise caution during the construction of this State Government project.”

The new multi-million dollar bus terminal is a Department of Transport and Main Roads project and will include a new and improved transport facility to cater for future demand including improved shelter, toilet facilities and space for both a kiosk and coffee shop.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2017.

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.