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Nature-based thinking around the future of Birkdale Community Precinct

With Birkdale Community Precinct rich in protected ecology and environmental values, Redland City Council is encouraging people to consider the area’s natural assets as they imagine and share their ideas for future uses of the land.

The precinct sits within an ecological corridor along the lower Tingalpa and Coolnwynpin Creek catchments and links with a broader network of conservation reserves and protected areas, with almost two-thirds of the precinct being protected by an environmental covenant.

Mayor Karen Williams said the 62-hectare site had potential for a huge variety of community uses, providing they were respectful of the land’s ecology and environment.

“The protections mean the precinct’s habitat, wildlife and heritage will be safe and the community keeps the beautiful greenbelt we now see wrapping around the meandering Tingalpa Creek. I want to make it really clear that these areas are preserved for future generations and will be enhanced and connected to make areas of outstanding ecological importance to our wildlife,” Cr Williams said.

“That doesn’t exclude the community from being able to access and enjoy these beautiful areas in the future, as some low-impact ‘tread-lightly’ ideas that are respectful of their environment are possible. The community will always be the custodians of this protected conservation area which covers almost 40 hectares of the precinct, so how can it be best enjoyed perhaps through education and discovery opportunities?

“It brings to mind such endeavours as interactive nature walks, both day and night-time, and small scale, eco-friendly stay options, such as camping, glamping, perhaps even tree-house accommodation that help facilitate citizen science projects.

“These are just a few of the possible uses and we invite the community to help build the future by sharing their ideas for the site with us. The precinct offers wonderful opportunities for us to transform this site into an environmentally and family-friendly conservation and recreational area that we can all be proud of.”

Cr Williams said Council had undertaken extensive environmental and cultural studies and had implemented management plans for the precinct to protect its unique values.

“There is also the opportunity to enhance habitat connections throughout the site and beyond which is really how we can elevate the importance and quality of the ecology on the land beyond just a single patch,” she said.

“Some of the precinct’s areas that fall under a Community Facilities zone have minimal identified environmental values, allowing potential community uses amid the naturally wonderful environment across the precinct.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said one thing COVID-19 had reminded us all of was the importance of people reconnecting – with themselves and family, within nature.

“In my view, the Birkdale Community Precinct site continues to remind us of the lessons that nature has been offering well before and since European arrival,” Cr Bishop said.

“Set within ancient land and cradled in the curves of a beautiful creek, this area offers an amazing opportunity for individuals and families to reframe our appreciation of economy, ecology and land use planning, as we reconnect with bountiful ecosystems within this place.”

Lat27 director Damian Thompson said reconnecting with nature had become even more critical in recent times as we travelled less and focussed more on our own back yards.

“This site presents an incredible opportunity to connect locals and visitors alike with the unique, largely unknown ecological attributes of this stretch of Tingalpa Creek,” he said.

Mr Thompson was one of five urban design and landscape architecture teams who created ideas boards for the precinct based around themes inherent to the site. His theme was Ecology and Environment.

A June 2020 study of the site’s ecology, commissioned by Redland City Council, discovered 219 flora species on the precinct, of which 146 were considered native species, and a total of 38 fauna species.

Future uses for the area will nurture and continue protecting these flora and fauna species.

The existing native vegetation identified in the report included native foods such as brush cherry, berry saltbush, ruby saltbush, native asparagus, kangaroo grass, warrigal greens (New Zealand spinach) and wombat berry.

For more information about Council’s community consultation on your input into possible future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct, visit – see expert urban designers’ ideas, watch the videos, read the fact sheets, take a virtual tour of the precinct, and have your say.

Two open days when the community will have the rare opportunity to tour the site firsthand are planned for Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17, from 10am to 4pm. Full details on

Consultation closes on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

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Music and musings at Birkdale Community Precinct open days

Redlands Coast performers will provide music to muse by as the community ponders future uses for Birkdale Community Precinct during community open days on April 16 and 17.

Hosted by Redland City Council, the open days offer a rare opportunity for people to tour the 62-hectare precinct and learn more about its history, ecology and cultural importance.

Performing at various time throughout the days will be singer/songwriter Joe Geia and the quirky all-female band, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Expect an eclectic mix of songs and styles from the quirky Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts.

Geia, left, is a renowned guitarist, didgeridoo player and songwriter, and is an influential figure in the development of contemporary Indigenous music.

Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts are a four-piece band who play a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. Their music is an eclectic mix of old and new, original and re-envisioned songs with jazz, folk, country and rock influences

Free activities at the community open days include: displays about the history of the site, a guided tour of the land on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, and weaving workshops. Food and drinks, including Devonshire tea, will be available for purchase.

There will also be the opportunity to have your say on what the future holds for this important precinct while taking a look around historic Willards Farm and the fascinating World War II radio receiving station. Redland City Council is committed to engaging with the local and regional community to understand what they would like to see this land used for.

The community open days will run from 10am to 4pm on both days, Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17, COVID-safety requirements and weather permitting. Parking and access will be available via the Birkdale Baptist Church grounds, 1 Jones Road, Birkdale, turning off Old Cleveland Road East. Please follow parking signs on the day.

Bookings are required.

Visit for more details and to register for your free tickets

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Botanic discovery as fresh as a new daisy

A delicate new daisy has popped up on the Redlands Coast radar.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Slender Bottle-daisy (Lagenophora gracilis) was found by the native nursery coordinator of Council’s IndigiScapes Centre during a recent seed collecting trip in the Leslie Harrison Conservation Area at Capalaba.

“The Community Bushcare team was out braving the heat to collect native plant seeds and fruits that the nursery needs for propagation when they came across this little flower alongside the path to the Leslie Harrison Dam,” Cr Williams said.

“It caught the eye of nursery coordinator Ben Webb who thought it looked unusual, so he took some photos and discovered this fragile flower has previously never been recorded as growing in Redlands Coast.

Council’s nursery coordinator, Ben Webb, with the fragile flower that caught his eye.

“The Slender Bottle-daisy does occur in eastern Australia but its normal habitat is the floor of eucalyptus forests.

“It’s possible it has been growing at the site for some time, but simply remained undiscovered because it’s not a high-traffic area and it wasn’t flowering. It was growing under heavy canopy so obviously needs a shady spot and a particular type of soil and light.”

Mr Webb has returned to the site to locate the plant again, check for flowers and seeds for hopeful propagation.

Redland City Division 9 Councillor Adelia Berridge said the Slender Bottle-daisy discovery was very exciting.

“We really want to encourage people to look after this fragile gem,” Cr Berridge said.

“Anyone in the Leslie Harrison Conservation Area might be lucky enough to see it for themselves, when it’s in flower.”


A close-up of the daisy which has a dark green rosette.

While Bushcare volunteers work to provide seeds and fruits required for propagation, the IndigiScapes nursery has a separate team of volunteers who help sort and propagate seeds along with Mr Webb.

More information about how to volunteer on these teams can be found on Council’s website, where a calendar details where and when future seed collection trips will take place throughout the year.

Cr Williams said the discovery has really highlighted a wonderful way volunteers could contribute to the knowledge and preservation of our Redlands Coast environment.

“Many of the Bushcare volunteers are regulars who have been collecting seeds on these trips for years, and so have built up a considerable level of expertise,” she said.

“The trips are also a chance for participants to socialise and get fitter in the outdoors, and to discover Redlands Coast reserves they haven’t been to before.”

If you have an interest in Council’s Indigiscapes Native Nursery and its programs please go to the website.

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Update as at 6 April 2021, Sandbagging stations are now closed

UPDATE: Tuesday 6 April 2021 – With the cancellation of the severe weather warning and rainfall easing today, the sandbagging stations at South St Depot, Cleveland and the Dunwich, Russell and Macleay Island depots are now closed.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns of severe weather ahead over the Easter long weekend, with intense rainfall, damaging winds and dangerous surf conditions possible around central and south-east Queensland during Sunday and continuing into Monday.

Redland City Council sandbagging stations have been set up at the following locations and times:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff will be onsite to assist.
Open Thursday 1 April, from 2pm – 6pm.
Good Friday 2 April to Easter Monday 5 April between 9am and 4pm.

24-hour self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich.
Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

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Greater Brisbane 3-day lockdown ends at midday Thursday 1 April 2021

The Queensland Government has this morning announced that the lockdown due to COVID-19 for Greater Brisbane, including Redland City will end at midday today. Some restrictions remain in place for a further two weeks until Thursday 15 April.

Continuing restrictions include that masks must be carried everywhere, worn in many indoor spaces and worn in outdoor spaces where you may not be able to physically distance at 1.5 metres per person. When dining out people must also remain seated. For more information about restrictions visit the Queensland Government website.

All of Redland City Council’s non-essential services that were closed due to the lockdown will reopen after the Easter long weekend on Tuesday 6 April 2021.

The Waste and Recycling Centres will be closed Friday 2 April (Good Friday) and return to normal operating hours on Saturday 3 April.

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open 9am to 12pm Friday 2 April (Good Friday) through to Monday 5 April (Easter Monday) returning to regular operating hours on Tuesday 6 April 2021.

More information

The Queensland Government is the lead agency in managing the public health response to COVID-19.

For more information about health directives and the latest health advice, visit

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COVID-19 Public Health Alert issued for parts of Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region

Queensland has recorded one new case of locally transmitted coronavirus, with a 26-year-old Brisbane man infectious in the community since last Friday.

Contact tracing is underway, below are the locations the man visited:

  • March 20, at 11:00am, he was in the Carindale shopping centre and visited quite a few shops
  • March 20, Baskin and Robbins ice cream store at Everton Park
  • March 21, 9:00am the fresh food market stall at Gasworks in Newstead
  • March 21, 12:20pm, Mumma’s Italian Waterfront restaurant at Redcliffe
  • March 22,  worked outside as a landscaper in Paddington
  • March 22, 12:20pm drive-through at Guzman and Gomez in Stafford
  • March 22, 1:00pm Bunnings at Stafford
  • March 25, Aldi in Stafford for 10 minutes.

It is important to:
👉 Stay home if you are sick.
👉 If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested.
👉 Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps.
👉 Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser.
👉 Leave the location if it is crowded.

For COVID-19 updates and the latest health advice, visit

If you have any concerns about your health, contact your doctor or contact 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

To find your nearest testing clinic, visit

The list of contact tracing locations is available at

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Redland SES Unit deployed to help in Taree

A four-person crew from Redland SES Unit has joined a Brisbane taskforce in helping the inundated town of Taree, south of Port Macquarie in NSW.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the crew and a vehicle had been deployed to help with the flood response, joining a 40-member taskforce from the Brisbane region.

“We are extremely proud and thankful to all of you!” Cr Williams said.

“Our Redland SES volunteers have been working tirelessly over the weekend, searching for a missing person and responding to the community’s calls.

“Now their hard work continues, not just in Queensland but in NSW where our interstate neighbours are bracing for more wild weather to come.”

Helping out at Taree are, from left, Tim Richardson, Tim Willis, Dave Lee and Tom Baster.

“While we have seen our own wet weather, the prolonged weather event in NSW has broken annual rainfall records in many locations including the Mid-North Coast where more than 350mm of water fell in 24 hours.

“It has been a wild few days in Taree, with surging flood waters lifting a house from its foundations. It was filmed moving at speed down the Manning River.

“In south-east Queensland there are still flood warnings in place.

“We urge residents to please stay safe and please don’t drive on impacted roads, never drive through floodwater and listen to local warnings.”

“Remember the golden rule, if it’s flooded, forget it.”

To view all current road closures visit, Redlands Coast Disaster Dashboard.

Tip: Click on the Map Filter, “Road Status” to view.


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Tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape its future

Redland City Council is offering a rare opportunity to tour the Birkdale Community Precinct and help shape the future for this important Redlands Coast land.

The precinct will be open to the community on two days in April – Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th from 10am-4pm.

Mayor Karen Williams said the community was invited to the Family Fun Days that will include guided tours on a trackless train, animal petting zoo for children, music, interpretive signage and displays about the history of the site including two heritage listed area – Willards Farm and the fascinating US Army-built World War II radio receiving station.

“At the Family Fun Days you will be able to not only get a look at this land that has never been open to the public since European settlement, but you will be able to give Council your feedback on ideas for the site,” Cr Williams said.

“We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to transform more than 62 hectares of community land here at Birkdale into a world-class precinct of local, regional and national significance.

“Council worked hard over many years to secure this land for the community, and now we want the community to help shape the vision for its future.

“It will be exciting to visit the precinct on the open days as this land has been off-limits so we want to let the community start to discover its outstanding features. In the 1940s most of this site came under Commonwealth Government control, and continued to be until Council purchased it in 2019.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said the open days would allow community members and those from further afield to walk the land, learn about its rich history and imagine what it could become.

“There are just so many stories from the site’s past that can inspire future uses,” Cr Bishop said. “I would also love to hear any other stories about the site from the community. You can also add your stories on Council’s Your Say page.”

“Redland Museum will also be at the Family Fun Days providing information, displays and their famous Devonshire teas.”

The precinct is made up of more than 61 hectares of former Commonwealth Land and the 8164-square-metre Willards Farm site which council bought in 2016 to save it from residential subdivision. The entire site is almost 10 times the size of The Gabba and its surrounding facilities in Brisbane.

To help get the community thinking and imagining what could be possible at the precinct, five top urban design and landscape architecture teams were asked to each develop a theme as visual ideas. Their themes were: Education and Discovery; Agriculture and Rural Tradition; Heritage and History; Environment and Ecology; Adventure and Recreation.

Their ideas will be on display at the Birkdale Community Precinct Family Fun Days and also can be viewed at where you also will find more details on the open days and the tours of the site.

The main meeting area onsite will centre around Willards Farm, 302 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale. Look out for signage for parking. If you can’t make it to the site in person, you can take a virtual tour of the site at

Community consultation will close on Tuesday 4 May, 2021 after which Council will prepare a draft vision for adoption then proceed to master planning.

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Feral cat control program planned for Russell Island

Redland City Council will soon begin a feral cat control program on Council-owned land on Russell Island following concerns from the local community.

Mayor Karen Williams said that across Australia, feral cats were a major threat to native animals, having directly contributed to the extinction of more than 20 species of Australian mammals and put pressure on at least 124 species endangered with extinction.

“Island wildlife is particularly vulnerable when populations of introduced species get out of kilter,” Cr Williams said.

“On Russell Island, feral cat control will help protect the native water mouse (Xeromys myoides), glossy black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami), wallum froglet (Crinia tinnula) and various small shorebirds that call the island home.

“Feral cats could also harm and introduce disease to domesticated cats.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said Council’s feral cat control program on Russell Island would start in late March 2021.

“All Russell Island residents have received a flyer in their letterboxes, outlining the program and the obligations of cat ownership on Redlands Coast,” he said.

“Cats need to be microchipped and kept on your property.

“Every effort will be taken to identify domesticated cats that may have escaped their yard, including looking for collar identification, registration and scanning for a microchip.

“Cats with a microchip will be taken to the Redland Animal Shelter where attempts will be made to contact their owners.

“Cats without a microchip will be assessed for suitability for re-homing.”

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Mosquito barrier treatment study to begin on Russell Island

Redland City Council is set to partner with the Mosquito Arbovirus Research Committee (MARC) and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to trial mosquito barrier treatment on Russell Island this month.

Mayor Karen Williams said the joint research project would assess the effectiveness of barrier treatments in managing mosquitoes and other biting insects.

“We know our island residents can have a tough time with mosquitoes so Russell Island is the ideal location to test the efficacy of barrier treatments in a bid to reduce any health and nuisance impacts,” Cr Williams said.

“Redland Coast has unique coastal and freshwater environments that provide ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

“The barrier treatment trial will run for about three months and target Aedes vigilax, the Saltmarsh Mosquito, which is a major carrier of Ross River virus and a significant pest species.

“It’s a great collaboration to ensure we are implementing best practice for mosquito management.”

Mosquitoes will die if they happen to land on any treated vegetation or surfaces.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said about a dozen Russell Island residents had volunteered to participate in the study, which would see vegetation in and around their properties sprayed with long-lasting insecticides.

“These private properties will be monitored over the duration of the project to determine the effectiveness of the barrier treatments,” Cr Edwards said.

“Other mosquito species will also be studied, including Culex annulirostris, another important carrier of Ross River virus. The project might also collect data looking at the efficacy of barrier treatments against biting midges.”

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman Cr Paul Golle said trials such as this showed the value of regional aberration.

“Mosquitoes are not unique to the Redlands, they are an issue for communities throughout the state who will no doubt be watching this trial with interest,” Cr Golle said.

Pest management team Russell Manby and Trevor Sorohan with QIMRB entomologist Brian Johnson.

QIMR Berghofer entomologist Dr Brian Johnson said the active ingredients in the products being used were found in many of the common household bug sprays and would not harm the plants or surfaces treated.

“Mosquitoes rest in vegetation and other sheltered places to avoid the sun and will die if they happen to land on any treated vegetation or surfaces,” Dr Johnson said.

“Treatment will exclude flowering plants to ensure native pollinators, such as bees, are protected,” he stressed.

“We will also be deploying innovative technology that allows us to monitor the abundance of mosquitoes and biting midges on each property remotely and in almost real-time.

“A number of the selected properties will not receive any insecticide treatments so that they can serve as experimental controls.

“We’re ultimately hoping the project will run over a number of years and that we can test a number of different barrier insecticides to find which ones work best.”

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