Monthly Archives: March 2017

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.

Stay updated

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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.

Stay updated

Tune in to 612ABC for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media release: Redland City Council services back


Redland City Council services are up and running again as the city cleans up after ex-Tropical cyclone Debbie.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said while the rain had cleared it was important people remained vigilant to potential dangers such as trees falling after the wet weather.

“There is still a lot of water around, so people need to take precautions including staying out of flood waters,” she said.

“Flooded creeks, drains and rivers are not pools and I would urge everyone to stay away and remember the rule ‘If it’s flooded forget it’.

“With schools across the region still closed children may be tempted to have some fun in local waterways, so parents need to ensure they reinforce these important safety messages. The last thing we want is a tragedy in Redland City.”

“Flood waters can be polluted and may increase risk of diseases and infections.  Avoid swimming and contact with flood water. If you have been in contact with flood waters wash your hands with soap and water.”

The Rocky Passage area of Southern Redland Bay adjacent to Logan River may be impacted by flooding please closely monitor QFES social media.

The National Emergency Alert System is currently alerting people in the Logan and the Gold Coast areas for some evacuations. It is possible some people in the south of Redland City in areas such as the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, Redland Bay, Mt Cotton may receive the mobile phone text messages. This would only occur if the signal from the mobile towers drifts into these areas of the Redlands. There are no evacuations in Redland City.

Cr Williams said Council and SES crews were out surveying the damage, including on our islands.

“There are currently more than 100 trees down across the city and with the ground water-logged trees will continue to be vulnerable to falling over the coming days,” she said.

“It may take some time to attend to all of these trees and we appreciate people’s patience.  To report trees down contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999.

“QFES also advises there is flooding on the Logan River and while Redlands won’t see large impacts, some residents may notice higher river levels and should take care.

“ENERGEX is reporting there are currently 5702 power outages across the city, with more than 2400 of these on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. To report power outages to Energex phone 13 62 62. To report power lines down phone 13 19 62 and for general inquiries to Energex phone 13 12 53.

“Optus has also advised that there are four mobile towers down affecting residents on MacLeay Island, Lyndon Road and Duncan Road, Capalaba, Benfer and Redland Bay roads, Victoria Point and Hillview Road, Mt Cotton.

“Council sports fields will also remain closed over the weekend and officers will assess the situation on Monday.

“Waste transfer stations are open today and free for all Redland City residents to dump any green waste they may have from last night’s storm.”

REDLAND SES SHOW BIG HEARTS TO HELP  

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams farewells 20 of the city’s big-hearted SES volunteers who are now on their way to Townsville.

The spirit of Redlands was on show at daybreak this morning as Mayor Karen Williams farewelled 20 Redland SES volunteers who are on their way to the north of the state to help in the clean-up. (pictured).

The volunteers are travelling to Townsville and then will be dispatched to Bowen or Proserpine depending on need.

Cr Williams said a city the size of Redlands being able to send 20 SES volunteers was a great achievement and tribute to our community volunteers.

“Some of those volunteers are leaving their own homes that have no power at present,” she said.

“Last night two volunteers from our Southern Moreton Bay Islands even slept at the Council depot at Cleveland to make sure they could get on the plane today.”

The Redlands SES dealt with 58 jobs last night and has 32 to complete this morning.

To report damage to your roof or flooding, contact SES on 132500.

Council takes fight to mozzies


Redland City Council has deployed a team of pest management officers to inspect mosquito populations across the city and launch a plan to reduce numbers for residents following yesterday’s rain.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council officers would proactively inspect known breeding spots from today.

“We have a team that works all year round to battle mosquitoes and they will be out today and over the weekend to survey the region and we will then start treating areas that require it,” she said.

“They will pay particular attention to coastal areas such as our islands in an attempt to break the breeding cycle.

“The sites we treat are usually water bodies or saltmarsh areas where we can target the mosquito larvae or ‘wrigglers’ when they are in the water, before they become adults and can fly.

“For example our pest management officers are on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands on at least a weekly basis, if not more frequently.”

Cr Williams said Council had an array of land, air and water-based treatment techniques they could deploy.

“We conduct both aerial treatments of larger sites following major tides or rain events like yesterday’s, as well as constant ground treatments of mosquito larvae,” she said.

“Council has completed 19 aerial treatments using helicopters so far this financial year, which is a record number of treatments. We have also completed many hundreds of ground treatments.”

Council’s Regional Mosquito Management Group Chair Cr Paul Golle said while there had been an increase in the number of mosquitoes this year, this did not translate to an increase in related health issues.

“This season has seen an increase in the numbers of adult mosquitoes, so it has been challenging locally as well as for neighboring Council areas, and the current weather event may also impact on mosquito breeding,” he said.

“The good news is that although we have an increase in the numbers of mosquitoes, we have not had a corresponding increase in cases of related illnesses in the Redlands, such as Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus.

“The Redlands also has not had any cases of locally acquired Dengue. We do not have the mosquito (Aedes aegypti) that transmits Dengue and Council conducts regular surveillance for this exotic species.

“Residents should remember mosquitoes are endemic in our coastal environment and Council is not able to completely eradicate them from the environment. We ask that residents bear with us while we battle the seasonal influx of mosquitoes and take precautions, including:

  • Wear light coloured, long, loose fitting clothing and use insect repellent.
  • Where possible avoid being outside during peak activity periods at dusk and dawn.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding around your home by emptying water from household items such as pot plant bases, boats, blocked roof gutters and old tyres.
  • Make sure insect screens are in good condition.

The same precautionary measures apply for biting midges, however if midges are making their way through fly screens consider fine-mesh fly screens or treating screens with UV stable insecticide.

There are no approved chemicals to treat biting midge larvae in their prime breeding grounds, which are natural coastal habitats. It is also illegal to spray these areas with insecticides.

Chemical sprays for adult biting midges would harm insects and creatures that are important to our ecosystem. Midges do not transmit diseases to humans in Australia.

Council partners with industry research bodies and other Councils to keep up to date with the latest research and practices.

Mosquito spraying is safe for you and the environment. Learn how to protect yourself against mosquitoes or phone 3829 8999.

Redland SES show big hearts to help


The spirit of Redlands was on show at daybreak this morning as Mayor Karen Williams farewelled 20 Redland SES volunteers who are on their way to the north of the state to help in the clean up.

The volunteers are travelling to Townsville and then will be dispatched to Bowen or Proserpine depending on need.

Redlands SES heads to Townsville

Redlands SES volunteers head to North Queensland to assist in Cyclone Debbie cleanup

Mayor Karen Williams said that a city the size of Redlands being able to send 20 SES volunteers was a great achievement and tribute to our community volunteers.

“Some of those volunteers are leaving their own homes that have no power at present,” Ms Williams said.

“Last night two of the volunteers from our Southern Moreton Bay Islands even slept at the SES depot at Cleveland to make sure they could get on the plane today.”

The Redlands SES dealt with 58 jobs last night and have 32 to complete this morning.

To report damage to your roof or flooding, contact SES on 132500.

Media release: Redlands Severe weather update – ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie: 8:30pm Thursday March


More than 10,500 homes are without power as destructive winds and heavy rain is being experienced in the Redlands this evening.

Major rainfall has passed and 150mm is expected overnight. However, strong winds over 100km/ hour will be problematic well into Friday.

There remains potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings. Remember…if it is flooded, forget it!

The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations with police, SES and Energex staff on the mainland and islands.

Leslie Harrison Dam

Seqwater advises Leslie Harrison Dam has started spilling excess water due to heavy rain.

If you are downstream of the dam, please avoid potential hazards such as fast flowing or deep water near waterways and floodplains. These hazards potentially threaten the safety of you and your property.

For dam release information visit: www.seqwater.com.au.

Power Outages

A total of 10,790 Redland City houses had been reported as having lost power as at 8.30pm. These include:

  • Wellington Point – 1884
  • Thornlands – 1836
  • Macleay Island – 1792
  • Russell Island – 1475
  • Redland Bay ­– 1219
  • Thorneside – 905
  • Sheldon – 527
  • Lamb Island – 362
  • Alexandra Hills – 50
  • Capalaba – 634
  • Birkdale – 63
  • Mt Cotton – 2
  • Cleveland – 2
  • Victoria Point – 2

Stay away from fallen power lines and alert people to any danger. Report fallen power lines on 13 19 62.

If you experience blackout:

  • turn off and unplug electrical items
  • use a torch for light if you’ve lost power and avoid using
  • never use wet or damp electrical items.
  • listen to local ABC radio or Bay FM 3 for updates
  • Follow Energex on Facebook and Twitter or check the power outages page for the latest restoration

If you have a medical condition and are reliant on powered medical devices you should seek assistance from family or friends to get to a medical facility or contact emergency services. Please call 000 only for a life threatening emergency.

Road and infrastructure closures

Roads closed:

  • Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point
  • Avalon Road, Sheldon
  • Pitt Road, Wellington Point (Near Nelson Rd)
  • Ricketts Rd, Gumdale

Water over road:

  • Moores Road, Redland Bay has water across road but remains open

Other Infrastructure Closed:

  • Overflow carpark for Softball and Dog Off Leash – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (causeway under water)
  • Mt Cotton Regional Park & Skatepark Carpark, – Bohemian Crescent, Mount Cotton (Public playing areas in floodwaters)
  • Pedestrian Underpass – Hilliards Creek – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (Footpath under water)

Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Transport updates

All vehicle and passenger ferry services to the islands have ceased for the evening.

QRail are experiencing delays across the network.

All buses running however there are delays across the network.

Free travel will continue on TransLink until last service today (Thursday 30 March). Normal fares will apply tomorrow (Friday 31 March).

Non-essential travel should be avoided.

Beach closures

It is expected that all beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast will remain closed tomorrow due to powerful and potentially dangerous surf. Do not enter hazardous surf.

Schools

All public schools, private schools and childcare centres will remain closed Friday 31 March.

Assistance

In emergency situations always call 000.

*Use the SES 132500 number for immediate response calls and the 000 for emergency situations.

Stay updated

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Go to the Redland Disaster Management website and check critical information for your preparation and preparedness.

Live updates: Severe weather event Thursday 30 March


Severe weather update: 8:30pm Thursday 30 March

More than 10,500 homes are without power as destructive winds and heavy rain is being experienced in the Redlands this evening.

Major rainfall has passed and 150mm is expected overnight. However, strong winds over 100km/ hour will be problematic well into Friday.

There remains potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings. Remember…if it is flooded, forget it!

The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations with police, SES and Energex staff on the mainland and islands.

Leslie Harrison Dam

Seqwater advises Leslie Harrison Dam has started spilling excess water due to heavy rain.

If you are downstream of the dam, please avoid potential hazards such as fast flowing or deep water near waterways and floodplains. These hazards potentially threaten the safety of you and your property.

For dam release information visit: www.seqwater.com.au.

Power Outages

A total of 10,790 Redland City houses had been reported as having lost power as at 8.30pm. These include:

  • Wellington Point – 1884
  • Thornlands – 1836
  • Macleay Island – 1792
  • Russell Island – 1475
  • Redland Bay ­– 1219
  • Thorneside – 905
  • Sheldon – 527
  • Lamb Island – 362
  • Alexandra Hills – 50
  • Capalaba – 634
  • Birkdale – 63
  • Mt Cotton – 2
  • Cleveland – 2
  • Victoria Point – 2

Stay away from fallen power lines and alert people to any danger. Report fallen power lines on 13 19 62.

If you experience blackout:

  • turn off and unplug electrical items
  • use a torch for light if you’ve lost power and avoid using
  • never use wet or damp electrical items.
  • listen to local ABC radio or Bay FM 3 for updates
  • Follow Energex on Facebook and Twitter or check the power outages page for the latest restoration

If you have a medical condition and are reliant on powered medical devices you should seek assistance from family or friends to get to a medical facility or contact emergency services. Please call 000 only for a life threatening emergency.

Road and infrastructure closures

Roads closed:

  • Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point
  • Avalon Road, Sheldon
  • Pitt Road, Wellington Point (Near Nelson Rd)
  • Ricketts Rd, Gumdale

Water over road:

  • Moores Road, Redland Bay has water across road but remains open

Other Infrastructure Closed:

  • Overflow carpark for Softball and Dog Off Leash – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (causeway under water)
  • Mt Cotton Regional Park & Skatepark Carpark, – Bohemian Crescent, Mount Cotton (Public playing areas in floodwaters)
  • Pedestrian Underpass – Hilliards Creek – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (Footpath under water)

Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Transport updates

All vehicle and passenger ferry services to the islands have ceased for the evening.

QRail are experiencing delays across the network.

All buses running however there are delays across the network.

Free travel will continue on TransLink until last service today (Thursday 30 March). Normal fares will apply tomorrow (Friday 31 March).

Non-essential travel should be avoided.

Beach closures

It is expected that all beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast will remain closed tomorrow due to powerful and potentially dangerous surf. Do not enter hazardous surf.

Schools

All public schools, private schools and childcare centres will remain closed Friday 31 March.

Assistance

In emergency situations always call 000.

*Use the SES 132500 number for immediate response calls and the 000 for emergency situations.

Stay updated

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Go to the Redland Disaster Management website and check critical information for your preparation and preparedness.

Live update with Mayor Karen Williams at 8:30pm

8:10pm

8:06pm

7.56pm

Energex reporting 6139 residents without power.

 

7.15pm

Energex reporting 3608 residents without power in Redland City.

6.40pm Stradbroke Water Taxis update

There are no more water taxis tonight (Thursday 30 March).  The last one scheduled for 6.25pm was cancelled.  Service announcement due at 5am tomorrow (Friday 31 March).

6.30pm: Reports of fallen powerlines at Capalaba

A reminder to pickup a phone, NEVER a fallen powerline

https://twitter.com/RedlandCouncil/status/847366381775462400

Severe weather update: 5:20pm Thursday 30 March

More than 200 homes in the Redlands are without power as destructive winds and heavy rainfall head towards the  Redlands, expected to peak between 6pm and 9pm this evening

Rainfall totals of 200mm remain likely over the next 24 hours,  with the possibility of isolated falls exceeding 400mm and accompanying strong winds over 100km across the South East

Council staff will be at the below sandbag locations from 6am Friday to determine if more sandbags are required. The locations are below.

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
  • North Stradbroke Island outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich
  • Macleay Island outside the depot compound on High Central Road
  • Russell Island Davidson Road Gravel Pit

ROAD AND INFRASTRUCTURE CLOSURE UPDATES

Roads Closed:

  • Avalon Road, Sheldon

Water over Road:

  • Pitt Road – near Nelson  Rd intersection, Wellington Point
  • Moores Rd – at Moores Rd Park, Redland Bay

Other Infrastructure Closed:

  • Overflow carpark – Softball and Dog Off Leash, Sturgeon St, Ormiston (causeway under water)
  • Pedestrian Underpass – Hilliards Creek – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (Footpath under water)

Ferry services

Please note update – Bay Island Transit Ferries (call 3206-8033) Update. Services have altered  this afternoon. Unless further updated the following ferries will run from Redland Bay:  5.15pm, 6.20pm, 7.15pm. Night services will be confirmed later.

From Russell Island: There will be NO 5.15pm, OR 6.10pm.  There will be a 5.25pm and 6.50pm.

The vehicle services between Redland Bay and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands have stopped.

Vehicle ferry services from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island have also ceased.

Passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island are running on a limited service.

Ferries to Coochiemudlo Island are running on a limited service. The passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today.

The vehicular barge to Coochie ceased at 2.20pm.

Severe weather update: 3:40pm Thursday 30 March

The SMBI passenger ferry service is running to the normal timetable at present and island residents are encouraged to make their way home in a safe and timely manner.

Currently 290 customers are without power in Redlands after an ealier 1,520. Affected areas are Capalaba, Ormiston and Sheldon. For more information or to report an outage call 13 62 62 or visit the Energex website.

Power outages

School closures

Department of Education and Training announces that schools closed today will also be closed tomorrow:

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams gives an update on the severe weather at 2.30pm Thursday 30 March

At 2:07pm the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for the southeast coast district predicting destructive winds and heavy rainfall.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm are expected, with significantly higher accumulations in excess of 400mm possible locally, mostly about the higher ground in southeast Queensland.

This rainfall is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Hervey Bay and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Redland City Mayor Cr Karen Williams gives an update on the severe weather at 1pm Thursday 30 March

Avalon Road, Sheldon is currently closed.

The following roads are affected by water:

  • Moores Road, Redland Bay
  • Pitt Road, Birkdale
  • Rickertt Road, Thorneside

The Waste Transfer Stations at Birkdale and Redland Bay will be closed from 1pm today due to the weather. Waste Transfer Stations will be open normal hours tomorrow, if safe to do so.

Severe weather update: 11.45am Thursday 30 March

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued several severe weather warnings this morning for the southeast coast district.

  • Update: This warning has now been cancelled.11.33am: Severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland for heavy rainfall. Most council areas in southeast Queensland have been listed but not Redland City at this stage.
  • 11.08am: Dangerous surf conditions are expected in the southeast coast district including Moreton Bay.
  • 10.50am: Severe weather warning for destructive winds and heavy rainfall. Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are possible, with isolated very heavy totals in excess of 400 mm possible, mostly around the higher ground in southeast Queensland. Destructive wind gusts, in excess of 125 km/h, are possible about the coastal fringe and elevated terrain of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts during today.

Please stay off the roads and keep informed by following updates on the Bureau of Meteorology website, Queensland Police social media, Queensland Fire social media and our news site:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

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

Coochiemudlo residents and visitors are advised that due to extreme weather conditions for this afternoon that the passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today. The vehicular barge is currently still operating and at this stage the last barge to Coochie remains at 4.20pm.

The Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) box office will be closed today (12pm-4pm) due to the severe weather currently experienced and increased severity expected to take place this afternoon. Patrons can continue to book online 24/7 using the RPAC website. At this point in time, all scheduled performances occurring this weekend including Tubular Bells for Two and Raw Dance Untapped will continue as normal unless otherwise advised by RPAC management.

Redlands sports fields are closed until further notice. Council Officers will continue to monitor the field conditions over the coming days and will advise if these circumstances change.

10:05am Thursday 30 March

Some roads in Redlands are subject to flooding during heavy rainfall. See the full list of roads which may flood here.

Residents may experience some issues trying to call Council due to a fault at an Optus Tower at Redland Bay Road & Benfer Road, Victoria Point. Optus are trying to resolve the issue as fast as possible and we will advise when this is resolved.

Bin collections

JJ Richards are currently continuing as per normal with both their mainland and island bin collection services.

The Island services (Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra) are dependent on the barges and the decision to cancel a barge will be up to the skipper. If any barges are cancelled collections will cease and an alternative collection day will be arranged for Friday or Monday next week.

Mainland services will continue as normal, however the drivers are running behind schedule. If winds pick up to high speeds, it is suggested that residents move their bin is moved to a safe, secure area.

A Digital Marketing Workshop due to be held at the Alexandra Hills Hotel tonight has been cancelled.

Severe weather warning for destructive winds and heavy rainfall: 8.45am Thursday 30 March

Bureau Of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for parts of Queensland, including the Southeast Coast district, for destructive winds and heavy rainfall as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie extends southwards.

Widespread daily rainfall totals in excess of 200 mm are possible, with isolated very heavy daily totals in excess of 400 mm possible, mostly around the higher ground in southeast Queensland. Rainfall will be very intense at times, leading to a risk of severe localised flash flooding.

Always remember: if it’s flooded, forget it! In life-threatening emergencies call 000.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

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

Sandbags

All self-serve sandbag stations will be open all day today until 4pm when the situation will be reviewed. Please wear enclosed shoes.

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street Cleveland on Thursday 7am to 4pm. Council staff will be onsite to assist.
  • North Stradbroke Island – outside the depot compound Thursday 7am to 4pm.
  • Macleay Is – outside the depot compound Thursday 7am to 4pm.
  • Russell Island – Davidson Rd Gravel Pit Thursday 7am to 4pm.

Make sure you are prepared by reading the advice on Redland City Disaster Management Plan

Important information and closures

  • Redland City Council’s call centre will continue to operate: 3829 8999
  • If you need to get to or from North Stradbroke Island or the Southern Moreton Bay Islands today or tomorrow, please monitor service announcements from ferry operators.
  • RecycleWorld Redland Bay is closed today due to the weather.
  • Celebrity chef cook-off planned for today in Stockland Cleveland has been postponed until Saturday 1 April 12 midday.
  • All schools in South East Queensland are closed today. Children who have already been dropped off will be cared for until parents can make arrangements for them to be collected as soon as possible.
  • All Redland libraries (including mobile libraries) are closed today.

Stay up to date with the latest updates on our

Tune into warnings on 612 ABC Brisbane and Bay FM 100.3

Keep up-to-date with Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings

Redland City canal and lake charges change


Redland City Council will be opening a community conversation with residents about how it maintains and repairs revetment walls in residential canals.

It follows a Council decision to temporarily end the special charges levied on canal and lake-front homeowners while it develops a new strategy and also to refund unspent money quarantined for canal maintenance and repairs since 2011-12.

The decision affects property owners at Raby Bay, Aquatic Paradise and Sovereign Waters.

Redland City Council CEO Bill Lyon said the decision followed a Council review which raised questions about the way canal special charges had been levied since 2011-12.

“Following this review we believe it is only proper that we take this course of action,’’ Mr Lyon said.

“This is the result of a technical drafting error and once it was detected Council has moved quickly and proactively to rectify it for affected residents.

“Council has received no direction to take this action – we are doing it as a proactive step and to maintain our standard of accountability.

“We recognise property owners will have questions – there is still an important process to go through before we can answer all of these questions.  We have engaged an independent accountant to ensure this work is a priority and we appreciate residents’ patience while this is done.

“Council agreed that it was appropriate to remove these special charges immediately and to return unspent money collected for canal maintenance and revetment wall repairs since 2011-12 so we can speak with the community and review processes and options for the ongoing maintenance of canals and repairs to revetment walls.

“Our action highlights that Council is open and transparent and we are investing a great deal of time to ensure we get this right.

“It is important to note that this decision does not affect services or funding for other areas of the city, as the money being refunded was collected from canal homeowners and quarantined specifically for work on canals, such as dredging, cleaning and, at Raby Bay, repairs to revetment walls.”

Mr Lyon said the process for issuing refunds was now being worked through with independent accountants, with the number of refunds, amounts and method of refunds to be determined.

Currently there is approximately $9 million in the canal reserve, of which 20-30% was contributed by Council and which will not be subject to refunds.

About 1200 properties are affected.

Mr Lyon said Council will be talking with residents about the refund process, as well as future arrangements for canal maintenance and revetment wall repairs.

“But we ask for patience while we work through this important process.  We want to ensure it is done properly and the refunds get to the property owners who paid them and some properties may have had several owners in that time,” he said.

Mr Lyon said that Council would ensure that maintenance of canals and the lake would continue and that a special charge may be introduced in 2017-18 dependent on Council budget deliberations and a Council resolution.

“Council will also complete all revetment wall repair work scheduled to occur in 2016-17 and 2017-18.  A special charge for this may also be introduced dependent on budget deliberations and a future Council resolution.

“Council is committed to ensuring that works go ahead for residents who are expecting scheduled work to be done.

“In the meantime, Council and the community have an opportunity to revisit the issue of canal maintenance and revetment wall repairs and to develop an appropriate strategy. However, Council maintains its position that the maintenance of our canals should be predominantly funded by those who own property on them.’’

Mr Lyon said a review of the city’s other special benefit levies showed they met all requirements.

More information including a fact sheet and questions and answers sheet are available on the Redland City Council website.

If residents or property owners have questions they should contact Council in writing at rcc@redland.qld.gov.au or to P.O. Box 21 Cleveland 4163 or call 3829 8999.

Media release: Redlands Severe weather update – ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie


More than 200 homes in the Redlands are without power as destructive winds and heavy rainfall head towards the  Redlands, expected to peak between 6pm and 9pm this evening

Rainfall totals of 200mm remain likely over the next 24 hours,  with the possibility of isolated falls exceeding 400mm and accompanying strong winds over 100km across the South East

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said there is an increased risk to North Stradbroke Island, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Coochiemudlo Island as the storm moves across the coastline this evening.

“These islands may become isolated and suffer power outages as the storm intensifies as it crosses the coast.

“Despite opening two centres to accommodate potentially stranded Islanders I am pleased to say that everyone seems to have made their way safely to their home or are staying with family or friends.

“As a result the centres at Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay, and Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland will close at 6pm.

“I congratulate islanders once again for their planning and resilience,” Cr Williams said.

“There remains potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings. Remember … if it is flooded, forget it!

“The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations with police, SES and Energex staff on our islands in anticipation of the increasing storm intensity.”

Ferry services

Please note update – Bay Island Transit Ferries (call 3206-8033) Update. Services have altered  this afternoon. Unless further updated the following ferries will run from Redland Bay:  5.15pm, 6.20pm, 7.15pm. Night services will be confirmed later.

From Russell Island: There will be NO 5.15pm, OR 6.10pm.  There will be a 5.25pm and 6.50pm.

The vehicle services between Redland Bay and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands have stopped.

Vehicle ferry services from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island have also ceased.

Passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island are running on a limited service.

Ferries to Coochiemudlo Island are running on a limited service. The passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today.

The vehicular barge to Coochie ceased at 2.20pm.

Power Outages

A total of 218 Redland City houses had been reported as having lost power at 5:20pm today. The following areas are still affected.

  • Capalaba – 206
  • Mt Cotton – 12

Stay away from fallen power lines and alert people to any danger. Report fallen power lines on 13 19 62

If you experience blackout

  • turn off and unplug electrical items
  • use a torch for light if you’ve lost power and avoid using
  • never use wet or damp electrical items.
  • listen to local ABC radio or Bay FM 3 for updates
  • Follow Energex on Facebook and Twitter or check the power outages page for the latest restoration

If you have a medical condition and are reliant on powered medical devices you should seek assistance from family or friends to get to a medical facility or contact emergency services. Please call 000 only for a life threatening emergency.

ROAD AND INFRASTRUCTURE CLOSURE UPDATES

Roads Closed:

  • Avalon Road, Sheldon

Water over Road:

  • Pitt Road – near Nelson  Rd intersection, Wellington Point
  • Moores Rd – at Moores Rd Park, Redland Bay

Other Infrastructure Closed:

  • Overflow carpark – Softball and Dog Off Leash, Sturgeon St, Ormiston (causeway under water)
  • Pedestrian Underpass – Hilliards Creek – Sturgeon St, Ormiston (Footpath under water)

Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Self-service sandbag stations

Self-service sandbagging stations are open until 6pm in the Redlands.

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:

  • Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
  • North Stradbroke Island outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich
  • Macleay Island outside the depot compound on High Central Road
  • Russell Island Davidson Road Gravel Pit

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn at all sandbag stations.

Redlands Severe weather update – ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie: 2pm Thursday 30 March


Destructive winds and heavy rainfall is currently on a direct path to Redlands, with the heaviest rainfall expected between 6pm and 9pm this evening and winds expected to continue until early tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Redland Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said there was an increased risk to North Stradbroke Island, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Coochiemudlo Island as the storm moved across the coastline this evening.

“These islands may become isolated and suffer power outages as the storm intensifies as it crosses the coast,” she said.

Centres for stranded island residents

Cr Williams said Southern Moreton Bay island and Coochiemudlo Island residents unable to return home from the mainland due to limited ferry services, should go to Redland Bay Community Hall, Weinam Street, Redland Bay.

“North Stradbroke residents should go to Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland,” she said.

“The Local Disaster Management Group has been stood up to manage emergency operations with police, SES and Energex staff on our islands in anticipation of the increasing storm intensity.

“The message for all residents is not to be complacent and be prepared by securing loose items, looking out for each other, avoiding driving, reducing speed and never going through flooded roads.”

Rainfall totals of 200mm remain likely over the next 24 hours, with the possibility of isolated falls exceeding 400mm and accompanying strong winds over 100km across the South East .

There is potential for flash flooding on Redlands roads so please drive carefully and heed all warnings. Remember … if it is flooded, forget it!

Roads affected by roads affected water

• Avalon Road, Sheldon,
• Moores Road, Redland Bay
• Pitt Road, Birkdale
• Rickertt Road, Thorneside

There is limited access on Korawal Street, Capalaba, due to a large tree down.

Don’t risk your life to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle irrespective of its size and remind children to stay away from floodwaters.

Self-service sandbag stations

Self-service sandbagging stations are open until 6pm in the Redlands ahead of expected heavy rain and damaging winds today and tomorrow (Friday).

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:

• Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland. Council staff will be onsite to assist

• North Stradbroke Island outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich

• Macleay Island outside the depot compound on High Central Road

• Russell Island at the Davidson Road Gravel Pit

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn at all sandbag stations.

Transport update

Free travel is now available on TransLink services for buses, trains and ferries. Non-essential travel should be avoided.

Ferries
Vehicle ferry services to North Stradbroke Island are limited. The last vehicle ferry from Cleveland departed at midday. The last vehicle ferry from Straddie to the mainland departed at 1pm.

Passenger ferries to North Stradbroke Island are running on a limited service.

For the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, vehicle and passenger ferries are currently running on a limited service.

The last vehicle service departing from Redland Bay to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will be at 3.30pm. The last vehicle service departing from Russell Island will be 4.45pm. There are limited spaces available, so recommend changing travel plans if travel is not essential.

Ferries to Coochiemudlo Island are running on a limited service. Due to extreme weather conditions for this afternoon the passenger ferry service will cease operation from 5.45pm departing Coochie and 6.00pm departing Victoria Point today.

The vehicular barge is currently still operating and at this stage the last barge to Coochie remains at 2.20pm.

Power Update

Energex Crews on standby and based on previous storms power outages expected across SE Queensland, including the Bay islands

Stay away from fallen power lines and alert people to any danger
Report fallen power lines on 13 19 62

If you experience blackout
• turn off and unplug electrical items
• use a torch for light if you’ve lost power and avoid using candles.
• never use wet or damp electrical items.
• listen to local ABC radio or Bay FM 100.3 for updates
• Follow Energex on Facebook and Twitter or check the power outages page for the latest restoration updates.
If you have a medical condition and are reliant on powered medical devices you should seek assistance from family or friends to get to a medical facility or contact emergency services. Please call 000 only for a life threatening emergency.

Council closures

Due to the seriousness of the forecast for this afternoon,
• Council has closed for general services
• Council Libraries are closed
• Recycleworld at Redland Bay is closed.
• Waste transfer stations are closed
• Council’s Call Centre will continue to operate
• All essential services, however, will continue to operate and some staff will remain to take residents calls.

Beach closures

All SE Queensland beaches are closed, including patrolled beaches Cylinder and Main beaches on North Stradbroke Island. Do not enter hazardous surf.

Bin collections

JJ Richards are currently continuing as per normal with both their mainland and island bin collection services.

The Island services (Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra) are dependent on the barges and the decision to cancel a barge will be up to the skipper.

If any barges are cancelled collections will cease and an alternative collection day will be arranged for Friday or Monday next week.

Mainland services will continue as normal, however the drivers are running behind schedule.
If winds pick up to high speeds, it is suggested that residents move their bin is moved to a safe, secure area.

Assistance

In emergency situations always call 000.Use the SES 132500 number for immediate response calls and the 000 for emergency situations.

Stay updated

Tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM for the latest advice and keep an eye on Council’s website for the latest updates or follow us on Facebook  and Twitter.

Go to the Redland Disaster Management site at www.redlanddisasterplan.com.au and check critical information for your preparation and preparedness.