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Russell and Macleay Island COVID-19 testing expanded


Queensland Health has advised its pop up COVID-19 testing clinic will remain open at Russell Island until at least Wednesday 9 September.

The clinic, open from 8am-4pm daily, is at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, adjacent the ferry terminal.

Expanded testing facilities are also at nearby Macleay Island. The Macleay Island COVID Testing Clinic is located at the Medical Clinic, beside the Chemist on Scarborough Terrace today 6 September 2020.

Tomorrow, 7 September 2020 the Macleay Island COVID Testing Clinic will move to the Macleay Island Community Centre on the corner of Scarborough Terrace and High Central Road due to expected inclement weather.

Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily.

If residents from Karragarra Island or Lamb Island are feeling unwell, you are encouraged to contact your doctor for a consultation, particularly using Telehealth options.

Read the Letter to Russell Island Residents from Metro South Health to help keep residents safe.

🎥 WATCH: Russell Island COVID-19 update from Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young.

The updated contact tracing list is available at: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

To find your nearest fever clinic, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing

Russell Island COVID-19 contact tracing locations


Queensland Health has this evening released the list of places and times identified after a Russell Island resident tested positive for COVID-19.

Have you been to these places on Russell Island or Redland Bay on the dates and times specified?

  • 1 September – Canaipa Nursery & Tea Centre, Russell Island – 12.00pm – 12.30pm
  • 1 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island 12.40pm- 12.50pm
  • 1 September – Passenger Ferry: Russell Island to Redland Bay – 1.30pm – 2.10pm
  • 1 September – Passenger Ferry: Redland Bay to Russell Island – 4.00pm – 4.30pm
  • 2 September – Russell Island Pharmacy, Russell Island – Morning
  • 3 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island – 12.00pm – 2.00pm
  • 4 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island – 8.00am – 8.30am

Anyone who has been to these locations at the times specified should monitor their health and if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild, get tested and isolate until they receive their test result.

The updated list is available at: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

To find your nearest fever clinic, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing

COVID-19 testing clinic at Russell Island Recreation Hall


A pop up COVID-19 testing clinic has been established at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, near the ferry terminal, at 2 High Street, Russell Island.

Queensland Health has established the clinic with assistance from Redland City Council and the Local Disaster Management Group.

It is open from 4pm – 8pm – Saturday 5 September 2020 and 8am – 4pm – Sunday 6 September 2020.

If you have the mildest of symptoms, get tested.

Also practice social distancing and wear a face mask if you cannot social distance.

More information: https://metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/covid-19/fever-clinic-locations

Russell Island COVID-19 case


The State Government has advised that a Russell island resident has tested positive to COVID-19.

The woman, in her 60s, has been transported from the island to hospital.

Queensland Health is this afternoon establishing a testing clinic on the island with assistance from Redland City Council and the Redland Local Disaster Management Group.

Contact tracing is underway. Please ensure you are social distancing and get tested even if you have the mildest of symptoms. 

Queensland Government COVID-19 Update – https://www.facebook.com/abcinbrisbane/videos/1369426783249439

More information – https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/COVID-19

COVID-19 alert for Birkdale 12RND Fitness attendees


Birkdale 12RND Fitness, 3/190 Birkdale Road, in the group of shops next Birkdale Fair Shopping Centre, has been named by Queensland Health as a site attended by a person who recently tested positive to COVID-19.

Queensland Health is advising anyone who was at the gym on the morning of Wednesday 19 August 2020 from 8am-9.30am to monitor their health and, if they have even the slightest of symptoms, self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

Common symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of taste and loss of smell.

Queensland Health advises people may also experience other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting or loss of appetite.

Birkdale 12RND Fitness has advised it has closed for the week.

For an extensive list of locations, times and dates, please visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/…/cor…/current-status/contact-tracing

To find your nearest fever clinic, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.

The most up-to-date reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

Council poll on Redlands Coast Ekka Show day


Now is the time to vote on your next long weekend, with Redland City Council running an online poll to help decide what date Council should ask the State Government to gazette as the Redlands Coast 2020 Ekka public holiday.

The move follows State Government approval for Brisbane City Council to move their Wednesday People’s day holiday to Friday 14 August, and invite other south-east Queensland regions to examine their options.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council was asking residents and businesses if they would prefer to keep its holiday on Monday 10 August or move it to the same Friday as Brisbane.

“People can head to our Facebook page or website and vote for their preferred public holiday – do they want to stay with our traditional Monday off or move to join Brisbane residents in having Friday off for the first time,” Cr Williams said.

“We’re in the fortunate position that either way we have a long weekend, but the decision is one we need to consider carefully as there will be flow-on effects for tourism and local businesses, as well as families with members working in different Council areas.

“As with Brisbane, the change will be a one-off, but we want to give our residents a chance to voice a preference.”

Mayor Karen Williams said whatever the outcome, the change of the Brisbane City Public Holiday would provide an opportunity for local businesses to leverage the tourism opportunities.

“With the change to Brisbane’s public holiday we’ll be encouraging people from around south-east Queensland region to swap show bags for a long weekend enjoying the little adventures and hidden treasures of Redlands Coast.”

“While the economic possibilities are important, so too is the health and safety of residents and visitors so I’d also ask that anyone looking to visit Redlands Coast over the Ekka holiday remembers to practise social distancing and remember that COVID-19 remains a risk, particularly for our vulnerable communities.

To have your say, head to Redland City Council Facebook or yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

Post-COVID recovery discussion during economic round table


Laying the foundations for a local post-COVID economy was a key point of discussion during a meeting of the Redlands Coast Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) this week.

EDAB Chair Sam Kennedy said this week’s round table discussions showed a large amount of work had already been done to lay the foundations for how the Redlands economy could rebound from the current pandemic.

“The meeting was a real eye-opener and shows the importance of collaboration in responding to the current economic challenges being faced through the COVID pandemic,” Ms Kennedy said.

“It is clear Council has already done a great deal of work on the city’s social and economic response and on behalf of the Board I congratulate them for moving so rapidly to respond.

“We heard about a number of success stories that have come out of Council’s $2 million stimulus package, including businesses that have used Council’s repurposed grants program to pivot and access professional services so they can continue serving the community.

“The Board also built on that work with some exciting discussions including internet connectivity across the city and how we can use the current situation to keep Redlanders in the Redlands through better connectivity, delivering an economic boost to local businesses. 

“We also discussed some exciting projects that are taking shape and have the potential to be a real game changer for the city.”

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said having some of the nation’s leading economic minds focussed on the Redlands would ensure we were well placed to not only recover from COVID-19 but to grow the local economy beyond the current pandemic.

“We know recovering from the current situation will be a marathon not a sprint, so having the foundations and collaboration is going to be critical,” Cr Williams said.

“The Board this week was able to provide decades of economic experience and suggest a number of key partners who can support Council in helping our initiatives and projects become a reality, ultimately delivering benefits for the broader community.

“This week’s EDAB meeting follows a round table I hosted with local shopping centres recently and a second meeting I convened to discuss how to ensure any projects built in our city deliver jobs for locals.

“It is critical this work gets done now so the plans are in place and ready for when restrictions are lifted so our local economy can benefit.”

Details of Council’s COVID-19 Support for businesses and the community are available at redland.qld.gov.au/info/20166/support

 

Stay safe as COVID-19 restrictions ease


With some COVID-19 restrictions being relaxed by the State Government this weekend, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has urged Redlands Coast residents to continue to keep their distance and adhere to the rules still in place.

“I sincerely thank Redlands Coast residents for really stepping up and following the restrictions we’ve all been living under,” Cr Williams said.

“There’s no doubt that our collective efforts have helped to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

“While it will be wonderful to be able to get out a bit more, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and we cannot risk undoing all our good work and putting our families, our colleagues, our community and ourselves at risk.

Under the new State Government directive, from tomorrow Saturday 2 May, in addition to your outdoor exercise, you’ll be able to:

  •  Travel within 50 kilometres of your home
  • Have a picnic in a park
  • Sit on a park bench and enjoy your lunch or a coffee
  • Have a driving lesson with a member of your household
  • Go on a motorbike ride or boat trip
  • Go shopping for non-essential items.

Despite the new State Government directions, Cr Williams asked residents to remember that the current gathering and social distancing rules still apply.

“In Redlands Coast, our barbecues, exercise equipment, playground equipment, table and chair sets and fully fenced dog off leash areas continue to be closed for the safety of the community.

Our unfenced or partially fenced dog offleash areas remain open.

“So if you are planning a picnic, bring a picnic rug or chairs or sit on one of our park bench seats.”

“Our Council-owned tennis courts will be re-open to the public this Saturday, with the gates “locked open” so people don’t have to touch them.”

Cr Williams said North Stradbroke Island was still a no-go for visitors.

“The Queensland Government’s travel ban specific to North Stradbroke Island remains in place, meaning travel, including by private boats, continues to be strictly prohibited except for permanent Straddie residents and those undertaking essential travel to and from the island,” She said.

“Non-essential travel includes holidays (even if you own a holiday home), recreation, tourism and general socialising with friends and family.

“Anyone travelling to Straddie still needs to show their ID.

“The 100 metre marine exclusion zone for the waters around North Stradbroke Island is still in place and recreational boats will be moved on by authorities.

“While there is no travel ban for our other islands I urge everyone to use common sense; it would be disappointing to see large crowds heading to our islands and potentially dangerous.

“Now is not the time for island hopping, please be respectful of those vulnerable residents on these islands.”

Further information: Council’s website redland.qld.gov.au/COVID19

Redlands Coast business response ‘exceptional’


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has applauded local businesses that have quickly adapted to meet demand for medical-grade equipment and sanitiser during the COVID-19 response.

Cr Williams said a group of Redlands Coast businesses including Cleveland manufacturers Shine Precision Industries, Asterisco Group, Alchemy Cordials and Dye-Pac and Capalaba’s Freelance Robotics had been exceptional in the way they had rapidly evolved.

“They and others like them are great examples of how Redlands Coast businesses have been creative, innovative and flexible in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” Cr Williams said.

“They identified what was needed and what they needed to do to ensure the health of their businesses and the community and that is commendable.”

Cr Williams, who visited the Enterprise Street businesses Shine Precision and Asterisco Group on Thursday to say thank you on behalf of Redlands Coast, said Council had developed a suite of measures to help local businesses get through the pandemic.

“These range from advice and assistance in accessing federal and state financial support to targeted grants and financial hardship assistance,” Cr Williams said.

“Council is also boosting its ‘buy local’ preference, which is already having results with a four per cent increase in local spend in the last three months.

“We are also seeking to bring forward more than $60 million in infrastructure spending to recharge the local economy.

“We need our local businesses and employers to succeed for everyone’s sake, which makes it so pleasing to see businesses like Shine Industries, Asterisco, Alchemy Cordials, Dye-Pac and Freelance Robotics respond so brilliantly.”

Shine Precision Industries’ Ian Boileau said his company, which is heavily involved in the aerospace and defence sectors, identified Australia’s vulnerability to extreme shortages of medical supplies and immediately geared up to produce about 2000 medical-grade face shields and masks a week on a “not for profit basis”.

“We also see a huge opportunity and need for medical equipment supplies, now and post-Covid-19,” Mr Boileau said.

“We have established ourselves on Redlands Coast as a company that has a huge apprenticeship program, and plans for extensive growth, which in turn means hiring of more staff. Training and growth of our staff is our highest priority.”

Asterisco Group’s Brendan Armstrong, whose company manufactures leading international hygiene, sanitation and coatings brands, said the group was able to team with Enterprise Street neighbours Alchemy Cordials to produce a 65 percent alcohol gel-based hand sanitiser.

“Production of this under the Asterisk Hygiene banner is planned to be ongoing and a long lasting partnership is expected with Alchemy Cordials,” he said.

“We also have further products to announce in coming weeks to support the narrative of ‘The Power is in Your Hands’.”

Freelance Robotics, which specialises in the development of automation and mechatronics products, has been assisting with the provision of personal protective equipment and pandemic management technology.

Dye-Pac, which manufactures printing dyes and inks, has repurposed some capabilities to produce clinical-grade hand sanitiser spray.

To stay connected with what’s happening locally during the current situation, go to redland.qld.gov.au/COVID19 or, for health issues, visit www.health.qld.gov.au

Free school holiday fun goes online this Easter break


Redlands Coast may be social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but Redland City Council still has plenty of online activities to engage, educate and entertain our city’s younger residents these school holidays.

Through Council’s website, parents and children can select from a range of online activities hosted by IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre, Redland Libraries, Redland Art Gallery and Redland Performing Arts Centre.

IndigiScapes is taking children back to nature with virtual tours of the centre’s native botanical gardens and trails.

Participants will learn which plants are perfect for attracting butterflies, how scribbly gums get their scribbles, and they will go on a wildlife hunt.

Children will also be encouraged to share photos of what they find in their own backyard on the IndigiScapes Facebook page.

Throughout the two week holiday period, Redland Libraries is providing regular online story times, a Lego challenge, Easter basket making and Where the Wild Things Are craft.

Redland Performing Arts Centre has teamed with the libraries to host virtual story times, including The Owl & the Pussy Cat, The Gruffalo’s Child and Edward the Emu.

Together with local artists Chez Beauvardia, Redland Art Gallery is offering free and fun online art activities suitable for all ages.

Children will be able to share their creations by using the hashtag #RAGartpacks and tagging @redlandartgallery on Instagram.

In addition to scheduled activities, there are downloadable resources available to help keep children busy.

To find the online events, activities and resources, visit redland.qld.gov.au/SchoolHolidayActivities