Monthly Archives: June 2020

New security cameras for Capalaba Place and Wellington Point


Security has been enhanced at Capalaba Place, with Council recently installing 31 security cameras in the area, while another five cameras have been installed at Wellington Point.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had worked closely with the Federal and State governments to secure funding for the security upgrades.

“Council received $60,944 towards the security camera installations in Capalaba as part of a grant from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund, which also included recent camera installations at Weinam Creek, Redland Bay,” she said.

“For the Wellington Point cameras, we have received $25,350 in funding from the State’s Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

“We now also have a Memorandum of Understanding between Council, Translink and the Queensland Police Service so any footage captured by these cameras can be shared.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the cameras at Capalaba Place were the culmination of a lot of work by Council, police and traders to help maintain safety in the area between the shopping centres.

“The safety of bus drivers and their passengers at the Capalaba bus interchange will be increased thanks to these cameras,” she said.

“We can now help monitor what is happening in this area.

“With 19 cameras now in operation at the interchange and an additional 12 cameras around the library and green space areas, they will certainly help deter anti-social behaviour.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said installation of the security cameras in Wellington Point would be welcomed by residents and business owners alike.

“For residents, regular hooning late at night has been an ongoing issue, and having the latest high-tech cameras with license plate recognition software will certainly help the police identify the culprits,” she said.

“Business owners also can look forward to the added security and deterrent that having this network of cameras will bring.

“This has been a long process, with firstly having to get a Security Camera Policy through Council, so to finally see the cameras installed is a great relief.”

Cr Williams thanked the Federal and State governments for their investment in Redlands Coast.

“While cameras may act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour, they are no substitute for community vigilance.

“Anyone who witnesses behaviour they believe to be illegal should report it to Policelink on 131 444.”

Rediscover our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast islands


Redlands Coast islands are once again open for travel and business and looking forward to welcoming more visitors as they venture out of their isolation bubbles.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that our island residents and businesses had been doing it tough during coronavirus restrictions with North Stradbroke Island, in particular, heavily reliant on tourism since the end of sand mining.

“While the Straddie travel ban was necessary to protect locals, it did mean the island’s economy was significantly impacted over that period,” Cr Williams said.

“The rest of our islands and mainland– while not subject to travel bans – also saw few visitors with would-be holiday makers discouraged from taking the trip.

“So it’s great news that the State Government has brought forward Stage 2 of its Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, allowing both travel to, and stays on, our naturally wonderful city.

Mayor Williams said she had seen many examples of #RedlandsCoastKindess over the course of the COVID-19 crisis and was asking one more favour of locals.

“Please use your new-found freedom to take a trip with family and friends to a Redlands Coast holiday,” she said.

“Our islands and hinterland are such beautiful destinations – with lots to see and do – and you would be doing your bit to help local businesses make it to the other side of restrictions.

Cr Williams said Straddie was home to the best land-based whale watching in Australia, with the season now in progress.
“There is a range of eco-tourism and Aboriginal cultural activities available – including cultural walks, art galleries and food experiences.
“If adventure activities are more your style, try a 4WD tour and sandboarding down the dunes.”
Cr Williams said neighbouring Coochiemudlo Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra should not be overlooked.

“Coochiemudlo Island – or Coochie as locals affectionately call it – is just a 15 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point on the mainland,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful place for a family day trip or extended stay.

“And for those after a relaxing hideaway or great fishing, you can’t go past the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Throw in the lush greenery of hinterland destinations such as Mt Cotton and you are sure to find the perfect place to take a well earned local break.”

For local cultural activities and experiences, contact Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre on 1300 667 386 or visitredlandscoast.com.au

Setting the record straight – SMBI land


Please be aware of incorrect media reports recently that Council is selling more than 4200 blocks of surplus land on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island.

This is inaccurate.

You won’t find more than 4200 blocks of Council land for sale for $15,000 on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and you won’t find any Council land for sale on North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Council on 10 June made a procedural change to put a policy around sale of surplus land on the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra islands. North Stradbroke Island is not included.

Council is not proactively selling off land, but has put in place a process for adjoining neighbours to go through at their cost and at market value should they wish to purchase an adjoining piece of land owned by Council and which is surplus to Council needs.

When people have asked before to buy this land next to them, Council has not had a streamlined process.

Previously a report needed to go to Council for each sale, which made it time consuming and resource intensive.

The number of properties that could be eligible for application by an adjoining property owner is about 345 – not the more than 4200 referred to in The Courier-Mail and which Council owns overall on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Any property owners wishing to purchase the land would need to amalgamate it with their current land to obtain a larger yard.

It cannot be subdivided.

New ferry terminals to be delivered sooner


Four new ferry terminals on Redlands Coast will be delivered sooner and at an estimated cost saving of more than $5 million after Council this week agreed to bring forward the projects.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s decision would see the Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) ferry terminals delivered about 12 months sooner than originally expected, delivering local jobs and saving residents money.

“This is an exciting partnership between Council and Transport and Main Roads that will see four new ferry terminals delivered for our Southern Moreton Bay Islands, helping residents move around our beautiful Redlands Coast faster and safer,” Cr Williams said.

“Through this partnership, TMR and Council have found a way to deliver the project sooner and in doing so save ratepayers $2 million, with a total saving of $5 million across the entire project, including State Government savings.

“The project still includes the original design of updating the jetties, gangways and pontoons, and repurposing existing ferry pontoons for recreational uses such as fishing and mooring.

“This is an exciting development that will also see more jobs created in the 2020/21 financial year, which is vital following the economic impacts of COVID-19.

“There are many benefits in this for Redlands Coast, and we are keen to see the project delivered as quickly as possible.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the Southern Moreton Bay Islands community had waited a long time to see the terminals receive the significant upgrades they needed.

“We are a city of islands, and the ferry terminals are vital for island residents and highly important to the Redlands Coast economy,” he said.

“Council and the State Government negotiated patiently over a long period of time for the best outcome possible for the community, and this new development will see that outcome realised sooner.”

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said she welcomed Council’s decision, which would deliver local jobs sooner.

“This decision means we can get the ferry terminal upgrades finished sooner for all our islands and create more local construction jobs when they’re needed most,” Ms Richards said.

“We’re expecting tenders for construction to go out in August, and this announcement will cut about a year off the time it will take to get the work done, so I can’t wait for our community to see work start on these upgrades that will create an enviable arrival and departure experience for our island communities.”

Cr Williams said that in other Council works brought forward, the Wharf Street, Cleveland car park was currently being resurfaced.

“Council took the opportunity during the recent travel ban to North Stradbroke Island to bring forward this important maintenance work, which was previously planned for the next financial year,” she said.

“This work is part of Council’s broader roads program and is expected to be completed soon, weather permitting.”

Council streamlines process for disposal of surplus island land to adjoining property owners


The procedure for Southern Moreton Bay Island property owners to purchase surplus, Council-owned freehold land that adjoins their property has been simplified after Council this week agreed to streamline the process.

The Southern Moreton Bay Islands include Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands, with the new process applying to approximately 345 of the 4200 Council-owned blocks on these islands.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council regularly received requests from SMBI property owners who were interested in purchasing Council land that was situated next to their property.

“In the past, these have been dealt with on a case by case basis, with many sales not proceeding due to the time and cost of processing one-off requests,” she said.

“However, we now have standard assessment criteria that allows these purchase requests to be processed in a more timely manner.

“The assessment criteria must be met before a sale could proceed but, generally, the land under consideration would be zoned for residential purposes.

“There are benefits in this to property owners, who can enjoy the benefits of a larger property, and to the city in terms of increased revenue of an estimated $80,000 to $120,000 per year for land that is surplus to Council needs and offers no broader community benefit.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he was pleased to see a simplified process in place for SMBI property owners.

“Where all relevant criteria is met, the property would be offered to interested, adjoining property owners at the assessed market value,” he said.

“This removes the previous need for tender or auction of the land, allowing more SMBI property owners to amalgamate their land with surplus Council land.

“It’s a good move for both property owners and Redlands Coast.”

Under the assessment criteria:

• Adjoining owners would be expected to pay all costs associated with any sale
• The contract of sale would depend on purchasers agreeing to obtain approval to amalgamate the land with their existing property
• The sale would only proceed if other adjoining property owners have indicated they have no interest in buying the land
• Council will only consider selling land zoned non-residential where exceptional circumstances have been demonstrated
• An assessment will be made of whether the land serves an operational need for Council

Any sale of the blocks is through application by adjoining land owners, followed by the operational assessment.

Council backs heritage listing recommendation for Birkdale community land


Redland City Council today backed a State Government recommendation for heritage protection of a former US Army Radio Receiving Station used in World War II.

Mayor Karen Williams said key heritage features located on the Council-owned land – including the main radio receiving building, surrounding yard and access road to Old Cleveland Road East – were included in the preferred boundary proposed for a State heritage listing.

“Council finalised purchase of the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale in December 2019, knowing of the Commonwealth’s intention to apply to the State Government for a heritage listing over part of the site,” Cr Williams said.

“The Australian Government has since applied to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science to have a portion of the historical site listed on the Queensland State Heritage Register.

“As part of this process, the Department of Environment and Science (DES) has prepared three possible options for the extent of the heritage listing and has asked Council for comments on these.

“Council supported the DES recommended boundary.

“This feedback will be passed onto the Queensland Heritage Council, which is expected to consider the matter on 26 June 2020.

“I worked hard over several years to purchase this land for the Redlands Coast community and Council has an obligation to manage the various heritage values on the site, irrespective of any State listing.

“Council engaged a consultant to undertake a site review and prepare a heritage management plan, the report for which will be finalised once the decision of the Queensland Heritage Council is known.

“Council’s review also includes heritage values of the property that don’t necessarily meet the criteria for listing on the State Government heritage register. This will include identifying heritage values that can be included on the local heritage register.”

Councillor for Division 10 Paul Bishop said it was a site with many stories, from the Quandamooka people through to early pioneers and the US-army radio receiving station technology that was used during World War II and was the radio headquarters for all in-coming communications in the fight against the Japanese Imperial Army.

“They were able to receive messages from across the world using encrypted technology that was the basis of the modern internet,” Cr Bishop said.

“I look forward to this site being protected and many more stories being told about this remarkable place.”

Incorrect hazardous waste disposal suspected in collection truck fire


Council and waste contractor JJ’s Waste and Recycling have called for responsible hazardous waste disposal after a ‘hot load’ fire started in the metal body of a recyclable waste collection truck.

The fire in a Council contracted recycling collection truck at Thorneside last week has raised concerns about incorrect household waste disposal.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council is asking residents to ensure they don’t put dangerous contaminants or flammable material in their kerbside bins.

“Luckily last week’s fire was contained and damage to the truck, valued at nearly $500,000, was limited thanks to the quick evasive actions of the driver.

“These incidents pose a risk to our drivers, residents and firefighters as well as causing damage to the vehicle, clean-up costs, impact on collection services and potential environmental hazards.

“Investigations into the fire are continuing, but the most common cause of “hot load” fires is batteries and chemicals, and as the weather cools – hot coals from a fire.

“On average we would see one or two “hot loads” a year, however, this year alone there have already been four incidents.

“Contamination in bins is a serious matter and under no circumstances should dangerous items be placed in any Council or kerbside bins,” Cr Karen Williams said.

“Any material marked as toxic, hazardous, flammable or requiring caution should not be disposed of in kerbside bins.

“This includes flares, batteries, chemicals, gas bottles, butane cans, oil, full aerosol cans, flammable liquids or materials.

“Under no circumstances should fire embers or lit cigarette butts be placed in waste collections.

There are several ways to dispose of dangerous and flammable materials through either Council or other services.

“Council’s permanent drop off facility at the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre accepts a range of hazardous items except for flares and household batteries.

Flares can be disposed of at three locations in the Redlands provided by the Queensland government, and household battery collection bins are available at Aldi stores.

If you need to dispose of a dangerous item and are unsure what to do with it, please contact Council on 3829 8999 or visit the detailed waste information pages on Council’s website www.redland.qld.gov.au/waste

 

Works for Queensland funding a good start, says Mayor


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has described State Government Works for Queensland COVID-19 funding as a good start, but said more was needed to support the city in the wake of the current economic downturn.

Cr Williams said while Redlands Coast welcomed any funding from other levels of government, there needed to be better understanding as to how Redlands Coast was allocated only $2.8 million from the additional $200 million Works for Queensland funding announced by the Premier.

“This funding is welcome, as is any State funding, and will help support our community,” Cr Williams said.

“What our community really wants, however, is certainty and so I would like to understand how the State Government allocated the funding so I can help the community understand.”

Cr Williams said the funding was a step in the right direction after years of lobbying for Works for Queensland funding.

“Historically South East Queensland (SEQ) has been precluded from Works For Queensland and for years I have been making the case as to why this funding should be extended to areas like Redland Coast where we have challenges similar to regional councils.

“While I welcome SEQ Councils now being eligible for part of the extra $200 million in funding that is designed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I can’t understand why only a quarter of the funding was made available to the south east corner.  The remainder of the money went to areas of the state on top of their existing Works for Queensland funding.

“Redlands Coast is perhaps harder hit by the pandemic than many areas, with North Stradbroke Island shut down to tourism, in addition to its transition away from sand mining.

“In addition Redlands Coast islands topped the list for employment vulnerability, according to an index published by the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), an official research centre at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales.

“This shows the level of support we need to respond to this pandemic and I am keen to work with the State Government to understand how we can secure that support.”

Cr Williams said she would be writing to the Premier to thank her for the funding and seek an explanation as to the criteria used to allocate the funds.

“I want to work with the State to ensure my community is supported and so I would like to understand how these funding allocations were decided,” Cr Williams said.

“I would also like to understand how I can work with the State to ensure this funding is not a one-off, but continues into the future with hopefully a larger allocation for Redlands Coast.”

Redland City seeks State freeze on charges


Redland City Council has urged the State Government to freeze its charges to Council for bulk water and business waste so the savings can be passed on to the local community.

Mayor Karen Williams said maintaining the charges at 2019-20 levels would help to ease the burden on residents and businesses as Council managed the city’s emergence from the impacts of COVID-19.

“It would allow Council to deliver this month’s recovery budget based on the lowest and most accurate water and waste costs; supporting us in our efforts to reboot the local economy and provide the services residents tell us they want while helping those adversely impacted by COVID-19,” Cr Williams said.

“A freeze on charges outside of our control – such as what the State charges Council for commercial waste going to landfill and especially for bulk water, considering the hefty increases imposed over the past several years – would significantly assist us to do that.

“Bulk water costs and the commercial waste levy are passed on to users and the saving from a freeze would be significant. For bulk water alone, the published price for 1 July 2020 suggests it would be around $36 a year for average users.

“These cost increases have a budget impact and Council wants to ensure that every cent at our disposal is available for supporting the community by bringing forward the infrastructure projects that will help support the local economy and local jobs.”

She said Council’s 2020-21 budget was due to be delivered on Thursday 25 June despite the State Budget being postponed.

“We fully appreciate the State Government’s need to suspend its budget because it is simply not sensible to produce economic forecasts in these unprecedented times but Council, as the direct provider of essential community services, must push ahead with its budget and get Redlands Coast moving again,” Cr Williams said.

Cr Williams said Council was also seeking vital infrastructure commitments from the State Government under its Works for Queensland program and the Federal Government under its Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and Financial Assistance Grants.

“We already have 64 projects worth $82.9 million that are shovel-ready and which, if funded, will support jobs growth and deliver improvements for our community,” Cr Williams said.

“These include community disaster resilience and infrastructure improvements worth
$10.4 million for North Stradbroke Island and $8.6 million for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, communities which have been particularly hard hit.

“It also includes millions of dollars’ worth of upgrades to the Redlands Coast transport network, including 6.2km of footpaths, 26km of resurfacing mainland roads and 3.7km of green seal for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands in the next financial year alone to help residents and visitors move around the city faster and safer.

“These job packages, along with a freeze on charges outside of Council’s control, can provide immediate relief and create a positive ripple effect across the community.

“We are, indeed, all in this together and I look forward to the State and Federal governments’ support for our plans.”

For details of Council’s recovery plans and assistance, go to the COVID-19 Business and Community page at redland.qld.gov.au

Council venues reopening as COVID-19 restrictions ease


As Queenslanders start to re-emerge from our isolation bubbles, a number of Redland City Council venues have reopened or are gearing to do so.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council had moved quickly to prepare venues to reopen following the State Government’s announcement of further easing of COVID-19 restrictions from noon, Monday 1 June.

“Essentially this has brought Stage 2 of the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 Restrictions forward, and Council has worked quickly to put in place measures to reopen venues as quickly and safely as possible,” Cr Williams said.

“Additionally the State Government’s announcement means local restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs will be able to welcome more patrons and so now is the perfect time to support local businesses.

“While the recent State Government announcement is welcome news, I would encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with the updated restrictions on the Queensland Health website and ensure they continue to practice social distancing.”

Council venues – reopening dates and conditions

Customer Service Centres

The Capalaba Customer Service Centre and the Customer Service Counter located in the Victoria Point Library reopened on 1 June 2020.

Redland Art Gallery (RAG)

RAG, Capalaba reopened today – Tuesday 2 June.

Conditions in place:

  • Entry to the gallery is through the Capalaba library. Social distancing must be maintained with an average of four square metres per person. Library employees will regulate entry through to the gallery.
  • You can now view exhibitions at the Capalaba gallery in person, with children’s art and craft still activities available online at artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

RAG, Cleveland will reopen on Monday 15 June.

Community Halls – continue to be open for bookings

Halls are now able to have 20 people as long as they are large enough to comply with the one person per four square metres rule. Regulation of appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices, including the provision of hand sanitiser, will remain the responsibilities of the hall hirer.

Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre – will reopen on Friday 5 June.

• Opening hours: 9am-4pm daily (Monday-Sunday)
• Visitor hotline and website available for those unable to physically access the centre – phone 1300 667 386 or visitredlandscoast.com.au
Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) – remains closed at this time. An update will be provided when more information is available.

For a list of shows that have been cancelled or rescheduled please visit www.rpac.com.au .

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

The environmental education centre, café and nursey remain closed but walking tracks and native botanical gardens are open to the public.

All Council venues

  • Council venues being reopened will provide safe and welcoming spaces for the Redlands Coast community and visitors.
  • Cleaning will be increased, sanitiser will be available and social distancing measures will be in place.
  • Conditions at all venues will be relaxed further when Queensland reaches Stage 3 in the easing of restrictions roadmap.