Monthly Archives: November 2016

Severe thunderstorm warning – SE Queensland for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones

Severe thunderstorm warning for people in the Logan, Redland City, Brisbane City and parts of the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast and Moreton Bay Council Areas as of 2:55 pm Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:55 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert and Jimboomba. These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Beenleigh, Logan City, Woodridge, Sunnybank Hills, Wacol and Archerfield by 3:25 pm and Brisbane CBD, Cleveland, Wynnum, Enoggera, Brisbane Airport and Nudgee by 3:55 pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and very large hailstones are likely.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 3:55 pm.

Council introduces Community Response and Parking Patrol Car

Redland City has a new ally in its aim to provide safe parking across the city, with a brightly coloured Community Response and Parking Patrol Car recently taking to local streets.

The Community Response and Parking Patrol

The Community Response and Parking Patrol Car

Redland City Council Acting CEO Louise Rusan said the new patrol car was fitted with a dash-cam to identify illegal parking in the interests of making local streets safer for pedestrians as well as motorists.

“Redland City Council is committed to making parking safer and more equitable for everyone and one way to do that is by identifying those doing the wrong thing and encouraging them to park correctly,” she said.

“Parking regulations exist to ensure fair access for all, a smooth flow of traffic and safety – particularly at schools, but not everyone follows the rules.

“This patrol car is able to photograph illegally parked vehicles as it drives past and is focused on unsafe parking behavior, such as parking in no standing zones, double parking and parking across driveways.

“This sort of parking is not only unfair and frustrating, it is also potentially dangerous as it prevents easy access by emergency services and buses, and pressures people to take unnecessary risks like stopping in unsafe places to collect children.”

Ms Rusan said the brightness of the new patrol car would provide a visible reminder for people to park legally.

“With its bright colours this car is hard to miss, so people will certainly notice it around be reminded to park correctly,” she said.

“While nobody likes getting parking tickets, what is more frustrating is getting parked in or not being able to get where you need to go because someone is parked illegally and these initiatives are all designed to make parking safer for all.”

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.

New wastewater treatment plant opened

A new, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island was officially opened today ahead of the busy summer holiday period.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Mr Glenn Butcher MP, Assistant Minister for Local Government and Infrastructure, during the official opening of the new wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams and Mr Glenn Butcher MP, Assistant Minister for Local Government and Infrastructure, during the official opening of the new wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

A joint initiative of Redland City Council and the State Government, and designed to serve the needs of the township for the next 30 years, the new plant is a crucial piece of infrastructure that will ensure safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly wastewater treatment for Point Lookout.

Redland Mayor Karen Williams said the $13.5 million facility had replaced an outdated plant that had been built more than 30 years ago, increasing its processing capacity to meet future peak demands while reducing odour and adhering to strict environmental conditions.

“The new wastewater treatment plant has been designed to cater for current and projected seasonal demands and has the capacity to treat 1600 kilolitres of wastewater a day, more than twice the current peak flow over the busy Christmas period,” she said.

“It features advanced membrane bioreactor technology and produces high quality effluent through ultra-fine screening, denitrification, chemical phosphorous removal, membrane treatment and disinfection, which is essential to protect the unique island environment.

“Another important advancement is the odour control process of the new plant, a key focus of its design. There are a number of controls installed that will significantly reduce emissions.”

Cr Williams said the Point Lookout sewerage network would now be extended to more properties that currently use septic systems.

“Detailed design of the sewerage network extension is already underway, with a $5 million, three-year construction program expected to commence early in the 2017-18 financial year,” she said.

“Community engagement activities are planned for early 2017 with the goal of providing the most efficient design while minimising impact on the community.”

The new facility was jointly opened by Mr Glenn Butcher MP, Assistant Minister for Local Government and Infrastructure, who said the new plant was far more environmentally sustainable than the previous one and had been designed to meet the aspirations of the growing community.

“Wastewater at the new plant is treated through a three-stage process to ensure it meets very strict environmental licence conditions set by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection,” he said.

“This process is monitored through the Healthy Waterways initiative in south-east Queensland to ensure minimal impact on water quality and aquatic life, protecting the natural beauty of North Stradbroke Island.”

Visit our website to learn more about wastewater treatment in the Redlands.

Christmas tree lighting to bring reindeer to Redlands

A special request has been taken straight to Santa in an effort to bring reindeer to Redlands for the official lighting of the City’s new Christmas tree from 6pm on Friday 2 December.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has written directly to the man in the red suit following an anonymous letter from a Redlands youngster delivered to Council’s Customer Service Centre.

“We received a letter asking for a visit from red deer (reindeer), so we set out to see if we could make this wish come true for Christmas,” Cr Williams said.

“We thought the request for a deer visit was timely, and who better to invite than the most famous reindeer team of all?

“While rates, rubbish and roads are more our jurisdiction, we also take reindeer requests very seriously and we are happy to work in partnership with other agencies, even those based in the North Pole, to make this happen.

“I have taken the step of writing directly to the North Pole, inviting Santa and his reindeer to our Christmas tree lighting in Cleveland Library Square next Friday and I have it on good authority some of them will be there.

“We’ve promised Santa that his reindeer will get the chance to meet some of the local children who leave food treats out each Christmas Eve, so it would be great to see people turn out to greet them.

“As a safety precaution, we will also ensure Brisbane Airport is aware there may be extra arctic air traffic that evening.”

Read the Mayor’s full letter to Santa here.

Cr Williams said Council was also on a mission to find the youngster who left the letter.

“With no return address, we have not been able to get in touch with this young customer to let him know we are progressing his request,” she said.

“We would love for this young child to be there on the night, not only to see the spectacular display of lights on our Christmas tree, but also his dream of Redlands Reindeer coming to fruition.”

The Redland Christmas Tree is being installed in the coming week at Cleveland Library Square, Middle Street (outside Cleveland Library) and will be officially lit for the first time at a free family-friendly event from 6pm on Friday 2 December.

It will remain on display until Tuesday 10 January 2017.

Council invests in environmental education

Redland City will be home to a first-class native botanical garden and environmental education centre after Council today approved a master plan to expand its IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary said today’s decision would see the local award winning environmental facility transformed over the next five years.

“This already popular venue will be extended to include environmental and cultural experiences that will make it one of South East Queensland’s leading environmental education centres,” she said.

“Included in the extension will be an elevated skywalk through the trees, ending at the 400-year-old Tallowood tree, celebrating the tree’s longevity and place in local history.

“Set in the natural surrounds of Capalaba, children will have the opportunity to not only see nature, but also play in it, thanks to a new sensory playground to be built as part of this project.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy some great freshly cooked food at an expanded cafe, while an updated visitor centre will provide tourists with all the information they need to enjoy their time in the Redlands.

The proposed expansion of the Redlands Indigiscapes Centre.

The proposed expansion of the Redlands Indigiscapes Centre.

Cr Boglary said the extension would include a strong emphasis on cultural education and tourism opportunities.

“The city’s Traditional Owners the Quandamooka People will play an important part in the new centre, including a Welcome to Country picnic area that offers a space for traditional dance, entertainment and talks,” she said.

“Council is also currently in discussion with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) for authentic indigenous cultural heritage experiences to be held at IndigiScapes.”

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello said the project provided an opportunity for the Redlands to expand its cultural tourism offering.

“QYAC is very excited to share Quandamooka culture with visitors and through a solid partnership with Indigiscapes we will bring a unique ecocultural experience to the Redlands.”

Redland City Councillor for Division 7 Murray Elliott said a consultant’s report predicted the extension could attract an extra 8,364 of visitors a year to the centre by 2022 and support 15 direct jobs and five part-time indigenous jobs.

“IndigiScapes is already very popular with locals and visitors and this investment is predicted to generate an extra $1.2million in regional expenditure, boosting the city’s economic opportunities,” he said.

“The extension will be staged over a number of years starting with a new and expanded native plant nursery that will sell a variety of locally sourced plants to help green the Redlands.

“This project will complement the Horizons Foundation $7 million community centre being built next door; creating a vibrant and attractive venue for local families and visitors.”

Council will investigate private and public funding options to help fund the project.

Door to door inspections to ensure pet registration

Redland City Council will undertake its regular city-wide systematic inspection of domestic animals between January and April next year to ensure owners are registering their pets.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary said Councillors yesterday voted in favour of the inspections, which occur every two to three years as part of Council’s compliance strategy to encourage responsible pet ownership across the city.

“Redlanders love their animals and Council wants to make sure pets are registered and being looked after,” she said.

“Each year 1500 animals end up at Council’s animal shelter, so every couple of years Council visits properties to encourage people to register their pets to help reduce that number.

“These inspections will see Council officers visiting properties across the city to check if pets are registered and while I am confident the majority of pet owners are doing the right thing, if any issues are identified they will be followed up to ensure as a city we value our pets.”

All authorised officers will be wearing a RCC uniform and will be clearly displaying identification.

If a Council officer comes calling residents should ask to see their identification.  Once they have confirmed who the person is it would be appreciated if they could be as accommodating as possible to assist Council officers in ensuring local pets are registered.

Registering your pets is easy, visit Council’s website where you can register online or download a form or visit one of Council’s customer service centres.

Twenty good reasons to head to Christmas by Starlight

The line-up of talent for this year’s Christmas by Starlight has been released, with Christine Anu and Thirsty Merc amongst those joining talented local performers to belt out tunes at the free concert at Sirromet Winery on Sunday 18 December.

Christine Anu

Christine Anu

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the star-studded modern line-up, mixed with the traditional carols, would ensure a great night for all ages.

“The calibre of talent we have for this year’s locally-produced free concert will make it one of our best yet, from ‘Twenty Good Reasons’ and ‘Summertime’ hit-makers Thirsty Merc, to multi-Aria award winning urban pop artist and national favourite Christine Anu,” Cr Williams said.

Thirsty Merc

Thirsty Merc

“They are joined by some of Australia’s other finest voices including top musical theatre star Amanda Harrison of Les Miserables and Wicked fame, jazz vocalist Emma Pask, The Voice Australia’s finalist Ellen Reed, opera singer Billy Bourchier, orchestrator and singer Craig Allister Young, souls and blues singer Angela Fabian, The Voice Kids 2014 winner Redlands’ own Alexa Curtis and young Redlands soprano Leah Lever.

“Latin American band Chukale will get everyone on their feet, and bringing it all together is internationally-renowned musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman, known for his work on the Sydney 2000 Opening ceremony, Australian Idol and many other major events.”

Cr Williams said the concert, which last year saw 10,000 people enjoy the festivities, would also feature well-known and emerging local talents.

“Local stars Alexa and Leah will be joined by other Redlands performers including Quandamooka Dancers, Jeremy Saywell, The Queensland Festival Chorus, Vocal Manoeuvres Children’s Chorus and vocalists, Redland City Choir as well as Redland Dance and Strictly Dance, with more still to be confirmed.

Alexa Curtis

Alexa Curtis

“So mark Christmas by Starlight down as a family must-do – come along, spread out a picnic blanket, enjoy the great food and drink stalls and kid’s activities and listen to all of your Christmas favourites.”

Christmas by Starlight gates will open from 3pm on Sunday 18 December at Sirromet Winery, with the concert commencing from 6pm and ending with a fireworks spectacular at about 8:15pm.

Entry is free. People will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to support programs combatting domestic and family violence if they wish to do so.

Ample parking is available however people will be able to leave the car at home and catch one of the free buses leaving from key points around the City. A courtesy ferry service will also be available to North Stradbroke Island from Cleveland after the concert thanks to Stradbroke Ferries. Timetables will be announced in the near future.

Check Council’s website for updates on Christmas by Starlight including the line-up, what to bring and details on free transport options.

Christmas by Starlight is proudly supported by event partners Sirromet Winery and Vocal Manoeuvres Academy and sponsors Viking Rentals, Energex, Fairfax Media, Alex Gow Funeral Directors, Shoreline Redlands Pty Ltd, Gadens, J.J. Richards, Mr Fireworks and Stradbroke Ferries.

Macleay Island bushfire update: 8.05pm Friday 18 November

Five Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES crews remain on scene at a large bushfire burning within Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island.

Firefighters have contained the blaze, which broke out earlier this afternoon. Crews will monitor the fire overnight. There is no threat to property at this time.

Residents will be affected by a smoke haze throughout the evening and are advised to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering a respiratory condition. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If residents feel their property is under threat, they should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Bushfire WATCH AND ACT message for Macleay Island as at 3:40pm Friday 18 Nov

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island to enact their bushfire plan.

At 3.40pm Friday 18 November a large bushfire was located at Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island. The large fire is travelling in a westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Charles Terrace, Michiko Street, Squire Street, Lemontree Drive, Sandpiper Parade, Dove Street and Brolga Street, Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island within two hours.

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the Macleay Island community and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don’t have a plan. Leaving is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, five fire crews are working with aerial support to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

-Putting on protective clothing;

-Drinking lots of water;

-Moving car/s to a safe location;

-Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;

-Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;

-Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;

-Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;

-Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;

-Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;

-Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);

-Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and

-Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website at or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit