Monthly Archives: December 2018

Council services holiday closures


All non-essential Council services will close Monday 24 December 2018 from close of business, and reopen Wednesday 2 January 2019. This includes Customer Service Centres, Redland Art Gallery (Cleveland and Capalaba) and mainland libraries. After hours emergency number: 3829 8999

Specific closures and information:

Redland Performing Arts Centre

Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office will be closed will be closed from 4.00pm on Monday 24 December 2018 and will re-open 10am Monday 7 January 2019. RPAC will open for scheduled PolArt 2018 performances during this time. Tickets for early 2019 performances may be booked on the Redland Performing Arts Centre website during the closure.

Redlands IndigiScapes

Redlands IndigiScapes and Visitor Information Centre (including Tea Garden cafe) will be closed Christmas Day only.

RecycleWorld

RecycleWorld will be closed from 22 December 2018, reopening Saturday 5 January 2019.

Redland Animal Shelter

Animal Shelter will be closed Christmas Day only. Limited hours apply (9am-12pm) from 24 December 2017 until 2 January 2018.

Libraries

Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point Libraries closed from 5pm Monday 24 December until 9am Wednesday 2 January. 

  • The community piano will be located in the Cleveland Library during Council’s Christmas closure.

Amity Point Library: Closed from 11:30am Saturday 22 December until 9am Wednesday 2 January

Dunwich Library: Closed from 11:30am Saturday 22 December until 1pm Thursday 3 January

Point Lookout Library: Closed from 5pm Friday 21 December until 9am Wednesday 2 January

Russell Island Library: Closed from 1pm Saturday 22 December until 9.30am Wednesday 2 January

Mobile Library closure: Last stop will be Bluebell Street Shops, Alexandra Hills closing at 4pm Friday 21 December and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 9.30am at Redland Bay.

During closures, no items will be due and return chutes will be closed.

Waste transfer stations and collection services

Waste transfer stations will be closed Christmas Day only.

Waste collection services will continue as usual, with Christmas Day bin collections beginning 5am. Please make sure your bins are out the night before. Online bin requests submitted after Friday 21 December 2018 will not be actioned until business resumes on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Be ready for wet weather on Redlands Coast


Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Coordination Group Karen Williams is calling on Redlands Coast residents to prepare now for the forecasted heavy rain conditions this weekend.

“Heavy to locally intense rainfall is expected over the coming days, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting severe thunderstorms with damaging to destructive winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones across areas of south east Queensland today,” Cr Williams said.

“We ask people to prepare their homes, clean out gutters where it is still safe to do so, stay calm and stay informed.

“For weather forecasts visit the BOM website.  For latest advice you can also tune in to 612ABC and Bay FM, visit disaster.redland.qld.gov.au or follow Redland City Council on Facebook and Twitter.”

“Redland City Council is establishing sandbagging stations across Redlands Coast so residents who are concerned that their properties may be inundated can collect free sandbags to help their preparations.

“The stations are now open and will remain open over the weekend, weather permitting.”

Self-service sandbag stations are located at:

  • Cleveland: Cleveland Council Depot, South Street entrance, Cleveland from 7am – 7pm daily (Council staff will be onsite to assist)
  • North Stradbroke Island: Outside the Council Depot on Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, open 24 hours
  • Russell Island: Outside the Council Depot on High Street, open 24 hours

Sand, sand bags and shovels will be supplied at the self-serve stations.

Residents are allowed a maximum limit of eight sand bags per household. Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Redland SES is able to deliver sandbags to elderly, frail or mobility-impaired community members.   To access this SES service telephone 132 500.

On with the show


At this stage, Christmas By Starlight is set to go ahead at the Redland Showgrounds at Cleveland this Saturday from 3pm-8.30pm.

Wet weather is forecast so keep an eye on Council’s Facebook and Twitter. We are
monitoring the weather and will advise if the show is cancelled due to the weather.

Straddie fire rolling blog latest update: Thursday 13 December at 11am


Thursday 13 December at 11am

Storms, strong winds and rainfall expected from Friday.

Residents are urged to be prepared for a severe weather event expected to begin on Friday, with storms, strong winds and rainfall continuing over the weekend.

By late Sunday it is expected that the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Owen, currently a Category 3 system in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, will reach Redlands Coast where it will likely be an east coast low.

It is expected to bring continued strong winds and rainfall across Redlands Coast through to Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

The North Stradbroke Island fire continues to burn lightly within containment lines at the far southern end of the island and there is no immediate threat to properties on Russell Island or North Stradbroke Island.

Smoke is moving to the south.

Ground crews are monitoring and strengthening containment lines. Ground crews from Russell, Macleay and Lamb islands are keeping watch.

Storm safety:

  • Stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary for you to travel.
  • Be careful of traffic signals that aren’t working if you are on the roads and give way to your right at intersections.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines.
  • Do not cross flooded roads or swim in open water courses.
  • Check on your neighbour if you know they are elderly or infirm.
  • Avoid food spoilage. If you are without power avoid opening your freezer and if your food has thawed, do not refreeze it again later.

Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

Wednesday 12 December at 1pm

Wednesday 12 December at 10am

Ember patrols on Russell Island. Firefighters are patrolling Sandy Point at the southern end of Russell Island for possible embers from the fire at nearby North Stradbroke Island.

There is no immediate threat to properties on Russell Island or North Stradbroke Island.

Russell Island residents are asked to remain vigilant and report embers immediately to Triple 0.

The Rural Fire Service has been closely monitoring the island.

Thick smoke has been reported across the southern end of Russell Island.

This is likely to continue and may increase across the day.

Those in smoke-affected should take steps to protect themselves, including reducing physical activity outside, shutting windows and doors when inside, keeping medication close and consider moving temporarily to another location if sensitive to smoke.

The fire is continuing to burn within containment lines at the far southern end of North Stradbroke Island.

Back burning continued yesterday and overnight to contain the fire, and was successful. Water bombing also continued.

Ground crews are monitoring the fire and strengthening the containment lines on North Stradbroke Island.

Back burning will continue today. Water bombing is also likely to continue.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and QYAC are jointly managing the fire operations with support from QFES and Redland City Council.

Protect yourself in smoky conditions:

  • minimise your physical activity outdoors. People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, in particular, should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke
  • when indoors, keep the windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and switch it to ‘recycle or re-circulate’
  • if your home gets too hot for comfort or is letting in a lot of smoky air, try to visit an air-conditioned community library or shopping centre (if it is safe to do so)
  • when indoors, avoid other sources of air pollution including smoke from cigarettes and woodstoves
  • if there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to ventilate your home to improve indoor air quality
  • anyone with a lung or heart condition should keep at least seven days’ worth of medication on hand. Those with asthma should follow their personal asthma treatment plan
  • anyone experiencing breathing problems or chest  should seek medical advice immediately
  • individuals who are particularly sensitive to smoky conditions should consider temporarily moving away from the smoke-affected area and staying with a friend or relative.

For more information on how to say safe in smoky conditions, see this Queensland Health Fact Sheet.

 Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

Tuesday 11 December at 4.35pm

Heavy smoke from the fire on the southern end of North Stradbroke Island continues to move towards the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, and in particular across Russell Island at Sandy Point. Residents of the southern end of Russell Island should be aware of the ways to be safe in smoky conditions, including staying indoors, shutting doors and windows, keeping medications close and, if sensitive to smoke, consider leaving the smoke-affected area. Check out the Queensland Health information to stay safe in smoky conditions.

Tuesday 11 December at 9.30am

A fire is currently burning at the far southern end of North Stradbroke Island.

There are no immediate threats to townships and the fire is within containment lines.

The fire is the result of continued smouldering and hot spots in inaccessible areas of 18 Mile Swamp, where the fire was burning last week.

Back burning overnight to contain the fire was successful.

Back burning will continue today. Water bombing is also likely to continue.

A light wind is currently blowing smoke towards the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, particularly Russell Island.

Russell Island residents should remain vigilant and report any embers moving to that island to Triple 000.

QFES has three fire appliances on Russell Island monitoring the situation. Additional police are also on Russell Island.

With wind changes throughout the day, smoke may also impact North Stradbroke Island communities.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and QYAC are jointly managing the fire operations with support from QFES and Redland City Council.

Protect yourself in smoky conditions

  • minimise your physical activity outdoors. People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, in particular, should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke
  • when indoors, keep the windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and switch it to ‘recycle or re-circulate’
  • if your home gets too hot for comfort or is letting in a lot of smoky air, try to visit an air-conditioned community library or shopping centre (if it is safe to do so)
  • when indoors, avoid other sources of air pollution including smoke from cigarettes and woodstoves
  • if there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to ventilate your home to improve indoor air quality
  • anyone with a lung or heart condition should keep at least seven days’ worth of medication on hand. Those with asthma should follow their personal asthma treatment plan
  • anyone experiencing breathing problems or chest should seek medical advice immediately
  • individuals who are particularly sensitive to smoky conditions should consider temporarily moving away from the smoke-affected area and staying with a friend or relative.

Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends

Council committed to protecting community from fire risk


Redland City Council remains committed to protecting the community from fire risk, with work either completed or progressing well on the Fire Management Review’s 56 recommendations.

Council today noted a progress update on the recommendations from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Report of July 2017 and resolved to seek a further update in April 2019.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had completed 49 of the 56 recommendations, with the outstanding items longer term actions.

“Council maintains its commitment to protecting our community from fire risk, and work continues on implementing the Fire Management Review’s recommendations,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast has been ravaged by bushfire in the past and we are now experiencing another fire crisis on North Stradbroke Island.

“We know only too well the devastation such events can bring to our community and we are determined to complete the actions of the fire report to protect our community.

“As we are seeing in the current fire, one of our city’s strengths is our community, including our strong volunteer base.

“Council also continues its own program of fire risk mitigation, including fuel reduction burns and maintenance such as slashing and mowing.”

Key activities and remaining actions of the works include the following:

  • In October 2018, Council continued the seven-day operation of Russell Island and Macleay Island waste transfer stations, resulting in fewer incidents of illegal dumping of waste.
  • The planned fire back burning program has resulted in 17 planned burns totalling 76.5ha burned across the mainland and islands, with more continuing in the new year.
  • The creation of access zones in the southern area of Russell Island is 80 per cent complete, with eight new trails created in October 2018 and a further 17 to be created over coming months.
  • The widening of fire tracks and trails that border urban areas across Redlands Coast is 70 per cent complete, with work continuing.
  • The proactive compliance program resulted in an assessment of approximately 4000 Russell Island properties, with the majority identified as compliant and continuing assessment of about 235 properties.
  • Engaging with first responders, such as QFES, the rural fire service, SES, police and support services, such as marine operators, is part of Council operations with the testing of new warning protocols and a new, online disaster dashboard.

Looking forward, Council also resolved to gather more information on the level of fire preparedness across Redlands Coast, particularly in relation to assessing fire risks related to fuel loads, and fire management planning for mainland bushland areas, including Council managed reserves and trail parks and a general assessment of mainland Redlands Coast.

North Stradbroke Island fire rolling blog: latest update 10 December as at 4.10pm


4:10pm Monday 10 December 2018

 

1:10pm Monday 10 December 2018

 

2:15pm Friday 7 December 2018

North Stradbroke Island residents may notice fire appliances leaving the island this afternoon. This follows overnight patrols to ensure any hotspots/flare ups within the burnt out area of the recent fire were extinguished. The reins have now been handed over to QYAC Rangers and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, who will work jointly to monitor the area for the next week.

Island residents may experience some intermittent electricity outages as Energex removes its temporary generators on Sunday.

Beach access via the causeway at Main Beach is now open.

12.00pm Thursday 6 December 2018

Overnight crews continued to extinguish residual hot spots and were able to report the fire intensity is low. Patrols and monitoring will be ongoing as the fire will continue to smoulder in the south-eastern end of the swamp over the next week. There is a possibility the fire could reignite so please remain alert and keep up to date:

1.45pm Wednesday 5 December 2018

  • With heavy rain and decreased fire activity the Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) will close at 7pm  tonight.
  • A  Disaster Planning and Operations team will continue to monitor the situation on North Stradbroke Island from Redland City Council offices.
  • The Community Information Hubs at Dunwich Community Hall on North Stradbroke Island and Russell Island Recreation Hall will both close at 6pm tonight (Wed 5 Dec) and are not expected to reopen tomorrow.
  • Residents and visitors are asked to stay alert and listen to messaging.
  • There is no active fire front however the fire will continue to smoulder in the south-eastern end of the swamp over the next week.
  • Winds have picked up and are expected to continue into the evening.
  • A fire ban remains place for Redland City until 11.59pm today.
  • The following closures are still in place on North Stradbroke Island:
  • All internal walking tracks in national parks closed, Tripod Track from Amity turnoff to Alfred Martin Way closed, Alfred Martin Way near the golf course to causeway closed.
  • Main Beach remains closed.
  • There is no immediate threat to townships on the island or at the nearby Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
  • Since last Wednesday 3200 hectares have burned from the causeway, 22km along the eastern coast of the island to the south.
  • Thank you to the more than 250 firefighters, police  and support crew from QFES, Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Energex, Sibelco, Seqwater and firefighters from South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria who have worked tirelessly on this fire.

To keep up-to-date:

9.05am Wednesday 5 December 2018

Main Beach is closed for swimming again today. Check out our other beaches such as Cylinder Beach and remember to always swim between the flags.

7.11am Wednesday 5 December 2018

There continues to be no active fire fronts (fire moving out of containment lines and into new vegetation), however there are flare ups within the boundary of the containment lines.

All fire is back from the burnt out area. Fire at the south-east is also burning against itself.

A fixed wing aircraft will assess the situation this morning and water bombing will be undertaken if needed.

There is no immediate threat to townships on the island or at the nearby Southern Moreton Bay Islands, including Russell Island which is the closest other island to the fire.

Residents and visitors are asked to stay alert and listen to messaging.

Winds are expected to pick up from around lunchtime today and continue into the evening.

Fire in the swamp sits between the water and top of the reeds and could be there for some time.

Wind is currently south easterly heading towards the north west.

Community hubs are open for the final day today from 8am-6pm at Dunwich Community Hall (Ballow Road) at North Stradbroke Island and Russell Island Recreation Hall (Alison Crescent) unless there is a change in the fire situation.

A fire ban is in place for Redland City until 11.59pm today.

Closures: All internal walking tracks in national parks closed, Tripod Track from Amity turnoff to Alfred Martin Way closed, Alfred Martin Way near the golf course to causeway closed.

Since last Wednesday more than 3200 hectares have burned from the causeway to the south of North Stradbroke Island.

More than 250 firefighters, police and support crew from QFES, Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Energex, Sibelco, Seqwater and firefighters from South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria have been fighting the fire.

6.15pm Tuesday 4 December 2018

3.53pm

2:45pm 

There are no active fire fronts on North Stradbroke Island. There are still hot spots within the containment lines but these are being closely monitored and extinguished.

However, winds are expected to increase across Wednesday so please continue to remain vigilant and listen to messaging.

There is also a possibility the fires may reignite in the swamp over the next week.

There will also continue to be smoke due to smouldering in the burnt out areas and this is likely to last for a week or more.

Since last Wednesday 3200 hectares have burned from the causeway, 22km along the eastern coast of the island to the south.

Thank you to the more than 250 firefighters, police  and support crew from QFES, Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Energex, Sibelco, Seqwater and firefighters from South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria who have worked tirelessly on this fire.

12:15pm 

Two choppers are currently water bombing an active 110m fire front at the southern end of the Straddie fire assisting crews on the ground. The slow moving fire is heading in an easterly direction, with the wind also being helpful blowing the fire back on itself. This video is of a large aerial tanker bombing the fire yesterday.

9:00am 

  • There has been good progress with fire fighting efforts on North Stradbroke Island, however the fire is still burning, with more than 3185 hectares burnt since last Wednesday.
  • Water bombing is continuing today.

  • There are no immediate threats to townships at North Stradbroke Island.
  • Main Beach is closed for swimming again today.

  • Walking tracks in national parks on the island remain closed.
  • Alfred Martin Way near the golf course to the causeway and Tripod Track from the Amity turnoff to Alfred Martin Way are closed.
  • Community information hubs are open today until 6pm at the Dunwich Community Hall (Ballow Road) on Straddie and also at nearby Russell Island at the Russell Island Recreation Hall (Alison Crescent), near the ferry terminal.
  • Wind conditions are expected to remain light today before picking up again on Wednesday. The wind is currently moving in a north westerly direction.
  • Smoke will continue to move across North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
  • Residents and visitors are reminded to stay vigilant.
  • With wind predicted to pick up on Wednesday there is the possibility that fires inaccessible to ground crews could reignite.
  • Fire ban remains in place across all of Redland City until 11.59pm Wednesday 5 December.
  • Fighting this fire has been a combined effort with crews from Qld Fire and Emergency Services, Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service joined by firefighters from Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia.
  • More than 80 residents attended a community meeting at Dunwich yesterday afternoon where they got an update on the latest information on the fire from emergency services representatives and Redland City Council.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
  • If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
  • Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

6:30pm Monday 3 December 2018

North Stradbroke Island residents have again joined a community meeting at Dunwich for an update on the fire burning on the eastern and southern parts of the island.

About 80 residents heard from representatives from agencies working collaboratively to control the fire and keep the community safe.

QFES, Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Seqwater, Energex and Sibelco were in attendance as well as Police and SES.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams thanked firefighters from Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania as well as all other agencies and volunteers for their contribution in bringing the bushfire under control and within containment lines.

News was primarily good with no active fire fronts north of Enterprise Mine and the wind dropping off considerably. It is expected to remain light throughout tomorrow (Tuesday) before picking up again on Wednesday.

With the wind direction changing to easterly, smoke will move west across the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) and mainland Redlands Coast. Residents should continue to protect themselves from the smoke by closing their doors and windows, keeping medication close by and driving with caution in low visibility conditions.

Lighter wind and much reduced fire fronts mean embers are unlikely to affect the SMBIs over the next 24 hours.

But residents and visitors are reminded to stay alert. With wind predicted to pick up on Wednesday there is the possibility that fires inaccessible to ground crews could reignite.

Water bombing is expected to continue tomorrow and a fire ban remains in place across all of Redland City until 11.59pm Wednesday 5 December.

The two community information hubs at Dunwich Community Hall, Ballow Rd, North Stradbroke Island and Russell Island Recreation Hall (near the ferry terminal) will open again tomorrow from 8am to 6pm.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • Listen to your local radio station or follow Council or QFES’s digital media sites.
  • New Redlands Coast disaster site – disaster.redland.qld.gov.au (also available through Council’s website).
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
  • If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
  • Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

More tips on staying healthy in smoky conditions can be found at on the Queensland Health website.

Map shows fire as at 5.15pm, Monday 3 December. Black hatched area is the burnt area and red are active fires.

4.00pm

3.43pm

1:15pm 

  • There has been good progress with fire fighting efforts on North Stradbroke Island, however the fire is still burning. Two air drops of 11,000 litres of fire fighting foam have assisted in supressing an area of fire travelling west.
  • The fire has burned more than 2300 hectares along a 22km stretch of the eastern side of the island.
  • There are no immediate threats to townships at North Stradbroke Island.
  • There is a small fire front south of Enterprise Mine, which is expected to be contained as it moves towards a backburned area.
  • Wind is currently south-easterly (blowing towards the north-west) and is expected to move to an easterly (blowing towards the west) later this afternoon, currently forecast for about 4pm.
  • This will bring increased smoke across the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) and mainland Redlands Coast as well as across Brisbane.
  • Fire spotting hazards remain a consideration for Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
  • 5 helicopters continue water bombing efforts (4 water bombers and 1 observation aircraft).
  • Closures: Main Beach is closed to swimming and all internal walking tracks in national parks on NSI are also closed – south of Alfred Martin Way near the golf course (the causeway) and Fisherman’s Track (a 4WD track) closed.
  • There are no fires on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
  • A fire ban remains in place across all of Redland City until 11.59pm Wednesday 5 December.
  • Community meeting at 4pm today at Dunwich Community Hall (Ballow Rd) and information hub at the hall today until 6pm and tomorrow from 8am to 6pm.
  • Members of the public have been attending the information hub at Russell Island Recreation Hall near the ferry terminal. Russell Island is one of four Southern Moreton Bay islands along with Macleay, Karragarra and Lamb islands.
  • Fire burning since Wednesday last week after dry lightning strike, started in the inaccessible 18 Mile Swamp, on the eastern side of the island.
  • Same location as the December 2013 to January 2014 fire that resulted in resident evacuations and went on to burn more than 70 per cent of the island.
  • Representatives from QFES, Qld Police, Redland City Council, Energex, Queensland Health and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and Seqwater will provide the latest information at the meeting.
  • There are over 40 firefighters from QFES on the ground. Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Seqwater, Energex and Sibelco are in attendance as well as Police and SES.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

  • Listen to your local radio station or follow Council or QFES’s digital media sites.
  • New Redlands Coast disaster site (also available through Council’s website).
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
  • If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
  • Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

9:15am Monday 3 December 2018

Surf Life Saving Queensland has closed Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island due to dangerous surf conditions.

6.45am Monday 3 December 2018

  • There are no immediate threats to townships at North Stradbroke Island.
  • Two additional large fire breaks are being constructed as a precaution – new fire breaks in the area from Enterprise Mine west across the island.
  • Water bombing continues today, but no backburning due to change of wind direction with wind blowing from the south-south-east.
  • This brings increased smoke across Dunwich, Southern Moreton Bay Islands  and mainland Redlands Coast as well as across Brisbane.
  • Concern for SMBIs and Dunwich is the increased smoke with wind changes.
  • On Wednesday winds are forecast to pick up again, after forecasts of reducing winds a little tomorrow (Tuesday).
  • Fire burning since Wednesday last week after dry lightning strike, started in the inaccessible 18 Mile Swamp, on the eastern side of the island.
  • Since starting it has now travelled around 22km south along the eastern side of the island.
  • QFES reports more than 2300 hectares have burnt
  • Same location as the December 2013 to January 2014 fire that resulted in resident evacuations and went on to burn more than 70 per cent of the island.
  • Community meeting at 4pm today at Dunwich Community Hall (Ballow Rd).
  • Dunwich Community Hall (Ballow Rd) will also become an information hub today from midday to 6pm and 8am to 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 4 Dec) – a place people can drop in for the latest information, staffed by Council.
  • Russell Island Recreation Hall (1 Alison Crescent), near the ferry terminal, will also become a community hub today from 8am to 6pm.
  • Representatives from QFES, Qld Police, Redland City Council, Energex, Queensland Health and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and SEQWater will provide the latest information at the meeting.
  • All campers have been evacuated from Main Beach and camping bookings for that area have been suspended by Minjerribah Camping.
  • Closures: Main Beach has been closed south of Alfred Martin Way (the causeway) and Fisherman’s Track (a 4WD track) has also been closed.
  • There are approx. 60 firefighters from QFES, Redland City Council, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Seqwater and Sibelco in attendance as well as Police and SES.
  • On Saturday there were firefighters from South Australia and yesterday (Sunday) we also had fire fighters from Tasmania.
  • A fire ban has been extended across all of Redland City until 11.59pm Wednesday 5 December
  • Overnight the wind changed from blowing from the north to the south to now blowing from the south to the north.
  • This increases the amount of smoke affecting Dunwich and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI), especially Russell Island.
  • Forecasts for later in the day are for the wind to shift to blow further from the east, further impacting SMBI, causing further increased smoke and fire spotting hazards

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • Listen to your local radio station or follow Council or QFES’s digital media sites.
  • New Redlands Coast disaster site – redland.qld.gov.au (also available through Council’s website).
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
  • If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
  • Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

6.52pm Sunday 2 December 2018

Hear the latest update about the North Stradbroke Island fire and smoke drifting over to the SMBI’s from Mayor Karen Williams and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES Acting Inspector Damien Thomas.

5.15pm 

Live aerial footage of the fire burning at North Stradbroke Island from ABC Brisbane. Water bombers are working hard to extinguish the fire.

4.35pm

Fire Information Hub to open at Straddie tomorrow and Tuesday

Dunwich Community Hall, 6 Ballow Street, will be open as an information hub:

Monday 3 December: 12 – 6pm

Tuesday 4 December: 8am – 6pm

Residents and visitors to North Stradbroke Island can drop in at any time during these hours to find out that latest about the fire that has burned on the island at 18 Miles Swamp since Wednesday.

It will be staffed by Redland City Council officers. A community meeting will be held at the hall tomorrow from 4-5pm.

4.09pm

Live tweets from the Macleay Island community meeting

3.30pm

Straddie community meeting at Dunwich tomorrow    

A Straddie community meeting will be held tomorrow (Monday 3 December) at the Dunwich Community Hall (6 Ballow Road) from 4-5pm to provide an update on the fire that has been burning on the island since Wednesday.

Representatives from Emergency Services including Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES and Queensland Police Service, Redland City Council, Queensland Health and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation will provide the latest information at the meeting.

This is the second community meeting held on the island about the fire, with the first held at Dunwich on Friday, 30 November. Residents are advised to keep updated with community messaging.

2.06pm 

Live tweets from the Russell Island community meeting

11.30am 

SMBI Smoke and community meetings – Straddie Bushfire Update

The impact of smoke from a fire burning at North Stradbroke Island is likely to increase on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands over the next few days. There are no immediate threats to townships.

Probable changes in wind direction throughout Sunday and Monday are likely to increase smoke and fire spotting hazards for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI), especially Russell Island.

To update on the community on dealing with potential smoke hazards, community meetings will be held today on Russell and Macleay Island hosted by the Queensland Minister for Health, the Hon. Craig Crawford MP, and representatives from QFES and Queensland Health.

Meeting details

  • Russell Island at 2pm at the Rural Fire Station located at 37 Jackson Rd, Russell Island
  • Macleay Island at 4pm at the Rural Fire Station located at Lot 2 High Central Road, Macleay Island.

Smoke may also affect South Stradbroke Island and the southern part of Redlands Coast mainland.

SMBI residents, especially the elderly and those with respiratory illness, should stay alert and take precautions to avoid the effect of the increased smoke hazards. Those with respiratory conditions might consider leaving the islands before the wind change.

The Rural Fire Service has been activated on SMBI. The fire is currently south-east of Enterprise Mine.Water bombing and backburning continue on North Stradbroke Island today. Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines and aerial operations are assisting.

A fire ban for Redlands Coast has currently been extended until 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 December. It is possible it will be extended.To report any wildfires call 000.

Redlands Coast disaster website: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au (includes multi-agency and Council information).Look out for neighbours and friends. Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:

Protect yourself from smoke using these tips from Queensland Health.

  • minimise your physical activity outdoors. People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, in particular, should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke
  • when indoors, keep the windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and switch it to ‘recycle or re-circulate’
  • if your home gets too hot for comfort or is letting in a lot of smoky air, try to visit an air-conditioned community library or shopping centre (if it is safe to do so)
  • when indoors, avoid other sources of air pollution including smoke from cigarettes and woodstoves
  • if there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to ventilate your home to improve indoor air quality
  • anyone with a lung or heart condition should keep at least seven days worth of medication on hand. Those with asthma should follow their personal asthma treatment plan
  • anyone experiencing breathing problems or chest  should seek medical advice immediately
  • individuals who are particularly sensitive to smoky conditions should consider temporarily moving away from the smoke-affected area and staying with a friend or relative.

10am Sunday 2 December 2018

Straddie Bushfire Update

A fire continues to burn at 18 Mile Swamp, near Blue Lake, in a southerly direction. There are no immediate threats to townships.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an expected wind change early tomorrow morning (Monday 3 December 2018).

Wind is expected to blow north towards Dunwich initially in the early hours of tomorrow morning, bringing increased smoke to the township.

Another wind change is then expected by the early afternoon tomorrow, with the wind then coming from the east blowing smoke towards the west coast of the island. Winds blowing to the west coast of the island will mean an increase in smoke blowing over the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and southern mainland Redlands Coast by early afternoon tomorrow.

The fire is currently south-east of Enterprise Mine. Water bombing and backburning continue today.

A fire ban for Redlands Coast has currently been extended until 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 December. It is possible it will be extended.

There is no camping at Main Beach and the beach is closed south of Alfred Martin Way.

All internal walking tracks within national parks on the island are temporarily closed due to the risk of wildfires.
Exercise caution when travelling around the island and do not enter closed areas. Do not ignore road closures signs. It is unlawful and dangerous to do so.

To report any wildfires call 000.

Keep up-to-date and share information with family and friends:
1. Redlands Coast disaster website: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au (includes multi-agency and Council information).
2. The Disaster website and Council social media is also accessible from Council’s website: www.redland.qld.gov.au.
3. 612 ABC Radio
4. Local radio BayFM 100.3
5. QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
6. Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
7. Council’s Twitter https://twitter.com/RedlandCouncil and Facebook accounts https://www.facebook.com/RedlandCouncil/

Tidelands to globally showcase Redlands Coast this December on Netflix


The naturally wonderful locations of film-friendly Redlands Coast are set to be showcased to audiences in more than 190 countries when Tidelands is streamed globally on Netflix on December 14.

Tidelands was brought to the state by the Queensland Government’s Production Attraction Strategy administered by Screen Queensland.

Mayor Karen Williams said the international release of Tidelands – the first Netflix original drama series to be commissioned and made completely in Australia – would put a spotlight on Redlands Coast and could potentially attract more productions and visitors to the area.

Tidelands filmed throughout Redlands Coast for more than 20 days between April and July 2018, providing an economic boost for our local accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes, boating companies and community groups,” Cr Williams said.

“This included 11 nights spent on North Stradbroke Island.

“Redlands Coast locations that will feature in Tidelands include Cleveland, Victoria Point and Redland Bay on the mainland; Dunwich, Amity, Home Beach and Adder Rock on North Stradbroke Island; and the spectacular southern Moreton Bay.

“The trailer for Tidelands looks fantastic and I look forward to watching ‘Orphelin Bay – Queensland’s Best Kept Secret’ come to life on screen.”

Tidelands Executive Producer Nathan Mayfield said Hoodlum Productions – a Brisbane-based Emmy® and BAFTA Award-winning production company – had a fantastic experience filming the eight-part fictional drama series entirely in south-east Queensland.

“Filming in our home region is only made possible with enthusiasm and support at all levels of government, and also at the community level – our coalface,” he said.

“Producing this show would not be the same without welcoming communities and spectacular locations like North Stradbroke Island and Redlands Coast surrounds.”

Screen Queensland’s Board Chair Linda Lavarch said the series was a major boost for the local screen industry and delivered positive outcomes for the community, tourism and the economy.

“The series employed approximately 500 Queenslanders across cast, crew and extras and injected an estimated $12 million into the state’s economy,” Ms Lavarch said.

“There is already huge global interest in Tidelands and anticipation for its release and I’m sure fans around the world will be inspired to come and experience the locations where this unique series was filmed.”

Cr Williams said Redland City Council was proud to be part of Screen Queensland’s Film-Friendly Pathways Program and was enjoying a wave of success with a growing number of productions choosing to film on location in the area.

“Film-friendly Redlands Coast – with its naturally wonderful locations – hopes to welcome more productions in the future,” she said.

Tidelands is the latest addition to a growing list of productions that have been attracted to film in the state by the Queensland Government and which have filmed on Redlands Coast.

Other noteworthy productions to have filmed on the Coast include Aquaman, Harrow, Safe Harbour, Hoges, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Unbroken and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Tidelands show synopsis
Tidelands 
follows Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best – Home & Away, Puberty Blues), a young woman who after 10 years in juvenile detention then jail returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay, where she’s plunged into a mystery and must uncover the town’s well-hidden secrets. Elsa Pataky (Fast and the Furious), Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock) and Peter O’Brien (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) co-star in the original series written by Stephen M. Irwin and Leigh McGrath (Harrow).

Redlands Coast celebrates volunteers


The remarkable efforts of Redlands Coast’s volunteers were recognised by Redland City Council at a special Christmas celebration on Saturday, 1 December.

More than 180 volunteers from a range of community organisations – including emergency services and welfare, environmental, sports, arts and cultural groups – attended the event at the Myhorizon Function Centre, Runnymede Road, Capalaba.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the annual celebration let the Redlands Coast’s dedicated band of volunteers know that their efforts were much appreciated.

“As we can see by the response to the Straddie fire, our volunteers make an extraordinary contribution to our society and we simply cannot do without them,’’ Cr Williams said.

“No community can properly function without the help of dedicated and motivated people who are prepared to offer their time and expertise to help others.

“Councils and other levels of government simply do not have the capacity to do what volunteers can on the front line, particularly during times of need and crisis.

“While they do not seek recognition, Council believes it is important that we thank them, on behalf of residents, for their selflessness and let them know that their vital work for our community does not go unnoticed.

“The fact that we have so many community-minded residents who continually put their hands up is something we should be very proud off as a community.”

Cr Williams said almost one in four Redlanders over the age of 15 years reported doing some form of voluntary work, whether helping the elderly or those less fortunate, assisting injured wildlife, caring for our environment or helping out with kids’ sports and community events.

“This is a remarkable number and a great indicator of the cohesiveness of our community and something for which we all should be grateful,” she said.

Stars to shine at Redlands Coast’s Christmas by Starlight


Sensational songstress Casey Donovan will headline a stellar line-up of performers at Redlands Coast’s premier free family carols event, Christmas by Starlight, on Saturday 15 December at Cleveland’s Norm Price Park – Redland Showground.

Donovan, one of Australia’s most versatile indigenous entertainers, will feature alongside outstanding Brazilian soprano Carmen Monarcha and the awe-inspiring Luke Antony of The Voice fame.

This year’s cast is loaded with local talent, including Redlands Coast’s Alexa Curtis who represented Australia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The show will again be under the baton of internationally acclaimed musical director John Foreman OAM and will also feature:

  • Local rising stars Scott Muller, Craig Martin, Leah Lever and Jacqueline Duckworth;
  • Redlands Coast’s ROCKIT Productions, Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, Yulu Burri Ba Dancers, Redland Dance and Redland City Bands;
  • Performances by Emma Pask, Chukele Afro/Cuban Ensemble, Ellen Reed, Renae Suttie; and Skye Parker

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said she was excited by the exceptional national and local talent that would be on show following recent auditions.

“Christmas by Starlight has the reputation as one of the best free family Christmas events you will find anywhere, with more than 10,000 people expected to set up their chairs and blankets under the stars to sing along and wait for the arrival of Santa,” Cr Williams said.

“Besides the awesome line-up, there will be a tonne of fun available for families, including the return of the Starlight Express, a trackless train that will shuttle guests around the event, free face painting and plenty of the kids’ favourites to keep them busy. You will also get free access to Santa’s workshop at the Redland Museum.”

Hosted by Redland City Council, Christmas by Starlight will kick off at 3pm, with all rides free until 8pm. The main event will beam across the showgrounds from 6pm, with a spectacular fireworks finale to light up the sky from about 8.15pm.

While entry is free, people will have the opportunity to make a gold coin donation to support programs combatting domestic and family violence in Redlands Coast if they wish.

“During the evening you will see our special band of volunteers collecting for this most worthy cause so, if you can, please consider a gold coin donation to provide some much-needed support and cheer,” Cr Williams said.

“There also will be a variety of food, drink and merchandise stalls but remember that Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event.”

Event parking will be available or you can travel by bus or train for free on selected routes. Visit Council’s website to register for your free Translink bus or train tickets and for Christmas by Starlight updates including the line-up, what to bring and further details on the free transport options.

Christmas by Starlight is proudly supported by event partner Event Manoeuvres and sponsors Redland City Bulletin, Lendlease, M2 Electrical, Alex Gow Funerals, Darwalla Group, Energex, Gadens, Lee’s Environmental, JJ Richards & Sons, Mr Fireworks, Cleveland District SHS and Redland Museum.

For more information, visit the Christmas by Starlight page on our website.

Redlands Coast residents second happiest in state, says Happiness Project


Redlands Coast residents are the second happiest in Queensland, according to Bond University’s Happiness Project.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the project – which used Census and other publicly available data to provide local government areas across the nation with an overall quality of life score – rated Redlands Coasts 6.7 out of 10, second in Queensland only to Brisbane.

“The results highlight what we have long known – Redlanders love living on Redlands Coast,” Cr Williams said.

“Redlands Coast scores particularly well in the categories of accessibility (at 9.3) followed by safety, education and employment.

“I believe it is the residents who need to take credit for this result. Redlanders are welcoming and generous and proud of their city, which plays a large role in generating happiness across the city.

“As I walk around the Redlands Coast I am always proud to be Mayor of this great place and believe it is the residents who have made it what it is today.”

Cr Williams said the study also named Redlands Coast as the third smartest in Queensland.

“We know we have some great local schools and hardworking local business people so it is no surprise our local grey-matter ranks so highly,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said despite the results Council acknowledged there were improvements that could be made to increase our local happiness scale further.

“Council is currently working on a number of projects in response to community engagement, including our transport strategy, which is currently open for public consultation,” Cr Williams said.

“A key part of this will be advocating to other levels of government to improve key transport routes.

“We have also identified education and training as a key sector priority and will work to grow our education offering by working with universities to offer more opportunity, so you can expect the smarts rating to also increase.”

Visit the on Bond University’s Happiness Project website for more information.