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Council wins international award with mosquito mapping project


A Redlands Coast mosquito mapping project has received international recognition, winning a 2020 GO SMART Award.

The joint project, between Redland City Council and global Taiwanese tech giant MiTAC, will design a dashboard to map Redlands Coast mosquito treatment areas.

Mayor Karen Williams said the Smart Pest Management – Mosquito Monitoring and Treatment project was designed to be an effective tool to help understand mosquito breeding patterns and the management of mosquito volumes.

“This innovative technology complements Council’s Mosquito Management Action Plan 2019-2024, which includes focusing on using the latest technology and equipment to increase surveillance and understanding of mosquito populations and locations across the city,” Cr Williams said.

Council officer monitors mosquito population with light trap

“This data will allow Council to effectively target treatment at peak times and locations within the breeding process.

“The dashboard aims to provide a more targeted treatment program for Redlands Coast and reduce the time officers spend in isolated areas.”

Cr Williams said the Smart Pest Management tool would gather real-time tidal inundation information from Council’s sensor network and integrate it with MiTAC’s Cloud Platform.

“The resulting dashboard can then inform Council’s decisions on mosquito management,” Cr Williams said.

“The project is currently in the proof-of-concept phase, incorporating 10 years of modelling.

“The proof-of-concept, if implemented, would allow the resulting mapping and data to target smaller isolated areas with drone mosquito treatment, possibly replacing quad bikes and amphibious vehicles.”

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman Cr Paul Golle said the GO SMART award was recognition that Redland City Council was committed to treating mosquito breeding areas.

“The Redlands Coast environment is impacted by both freshwater and saltmarsh mosquito species,” Cr Golle said.

“Breeding areas are found across the entire Redlands Coast, including the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and smaller uninhabited islands.

“Mosquitoes pose a significant public health risk as they are able to transmit diseases such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Kunjin.

“On average, each year the city treats 9500ha of breeding areas via ground and aerial applications, targeting mosquitoes in their larval form.

“Regular surveillance is also undertaken to monitor mosquito species and their activity levels.”
The GO SMART award followed a Local Government Association of Queensland delegation, which was led by Cr Williams, to the Smart Cities Mayoral Summit in Taipei in 2019.

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Red Benches to appear across Redlands Coast


Poignant reminders of the impact of domestic violence will soon appear across Redlands Coast after Councillors today supported a call from Mayor Karen Williams to install 10 Red Benches across the city.

Mayor Williams said the Red Benches would cement the city’s reputation as a leader against domestic violence.

“Redlands Coast became home to Queensland’s first red bench last year, providing a visible reminder of the city’s commitment to supporting those impacted by domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“Today’s decision will now see benches in every Council Division, continuing the momentum we began with the bench outside the Cleveland Library.”

Cr Williams said today’s decision would also recognise a group of locals who have worked diligently to support victims of violence.

“The Red Bench program is an initiative of the Red Rose Foundation, an organisation led by Redlands Coast’s own Betty Taylor who is doing so much to shine a light on domestic and family violence,” Cr Williams said.

“All 10 new Red Benches will include a plaque recognising the generosity of those who have supported our annual domestic violence fundraiser Diner en Rouge, including the committee who help deliver it.

“They will also recognise local philanthropist Dan Holzapfel who has donated $200,000 to the cause, helping put a roof over the heads of victims by supporting new domestic violence units opened at the beginning of the year.”

Cr Williams thanked everyone who had helped drive change and support victims across the city.

“We have so many amazing domestic violence service organisations who are out there every day helping those who need it most and anything we as a community can do to support them is worth it,” Cr Williams said.

“I would also like to thank Councillors for supporting my request today, as community leaders we need to be the change we want to see and today’s decision shows that as a team we are taking a stand against domestic and family violence.”

 

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Community to be consulted on proposed changes to Animals in Public Places register


Redland City Council will ask the community for feedback on a proposal to reduce the number of locations where dogs on lead are prohibited or restricted.

Mayor Karen Williams said the proposed changes to the Register of Animals in Public Places, under Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2015, followed a city wide review.

“This register hasn’t been looked at for a long time and we wanted to make sure it was still current and still appropriate,” she said.

“Council assessed each of the areas and looked at why the prohibition or restriction was there and if there was still a reason for it to remain, and now we want to hear from the community.”

Cr Williams said restrictions would remain in areas where they were still necessary due to the presence of sensitive wildlife.

“Here on Redlands Coast we have many naturally wonderful public spaces and we want our community to be able to share these with their four-legged friends, where appropriate.”

Councillors voted at today’s general meeting to engage with the community about the proposed changes.

Consultation opens through Council’s Your Say webpage on 9 November 2020 and closes on 6 December 2020.

Cr Williams said if the proposed changes were adopted, dogs would need to be on a lead and under effective control at all times.

“Our Animal Management Team will also ensure there is appropriate signage in all the areas.”

Proposed changes to the Register of Animals in Public Places:

  • Remove prohibition on dogs in the park area on Beth Boyd Park, Thorneside but retain prohibition on the foreshore/seashore.
  • Remove prohibition on dogs on the foreshore/seashore at Redland Bay Esplanade, Redland Bay (where Grey and Bay streets intersect).
  • Remove prohibition and allow dogs at any time on lead – Swamp Box, Capalaba.
  • Remove restriction and allow dogs at any time on lead – Yeo Park, Victoria Point; Wellington Point Reserve; and foreshore and seashore at the end of Wilson Street Victoria Point.
  • Include the foreshore/seashore in front of swimming enclosures in Redlands Coast as prohibited areas for horses, camels and donkeys.

Visit Council’s website for information on current places where dogs are prohibited or restricted on Redlands Coast.

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Council ensures COVID-safe measures for urgent community evacuations


Redland City Council is encouraging island residents to identify friends and family on the mainland they may be able to stay with as part of their disaster plan for this year’s fire and storm season.

Mayor Karen Williams, who is also chair of the Redlands Local Disaster Management Group, said that with the storm and fire season having arrived, it was timely for island residents to nominate a mainland location in case of evacuations.

“If a bushfire is approaching someone’s home, they obviously cannot shelter in place, so one option may be to shelter with friends or family if it is safe to do so,” she said.

“For people living on the mainland this may be possible, but for our island residents the possibility is less likely, as those people will often be evacuating too.

“So it is important for all island residents to have conversations now with family and friends on the mainland they could shelter with.

“If this is not possible, the next step may be to evacuate people to commercial accommodation providers, in which case Council would determine the provider and assist with transport off the islands.

“We’re unable to confirm accommodation providers ahead of any emergency, as whether we use them is dependent on the circumstances and some providers may themselves need to close due to the event.”

Cr Williams said Council had investigated COVID-safe measures should evacuations be needed due to an emergency situation such as bushfire or widespread floods.

“Because of COVID, it is even more important for residents to identify friends and family they may be able to stay with, which would then reduce how many places are required at evacuation centres,” Cr Williams said.

“As always, decisions will be made in the best interest of public safety in an emergency, and Council will distribute information in a timely manner to help keep people informed.”

“With the storm and fire season upon us, I urge residents, especially island residents, to be prepared by having a three-day supply of food and drinking water available at all times, and to be prepared to evacuate to family and friends on the mainland or other accommodation providers in case that becomes necessary.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he wanted to remind island residents that should they develop any COVID-19 symptoms and require a test, Mater Pathology collection centres were still open at 2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island and 14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island.

“The pathology service on the islands is supported by mobile collection for those people who find travel to the collection centres difficult,” he said.

“A referral from your doctor is needed, which could be arranged through a telehealth appointment.

“It is best that anyone on the islands with symptoms contacts their doctor for advice.”

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Council libraries are drop-off point for Christmas gifts for seniors


Redland City’s mainland libraries at Cleveland, Victoria Point and Capalaba are drop-off points for Secret Santa donations for senior residents living in isolation.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was pleased to support STAR Community Services’ annual Christmas appeal for the second year.

“Christmas is usually a happy occasion but for many senior residents, especially those who are isolated or living alone, it can be one of the toughest times of the year,” she said.

“This year has been especially challenging due to COVID-19, with many senior residents still concerned about going out in public.

“Their situation has been exacerbated by the cancellation of many of the events and programs that aim to help combat social isolation.

“This Christmas appeal by STAR Community Services will help make the festive season a little brighter for our senior residents.”

STAR Development Coordinator Catherine Williams said 650 people received gifts last year and more than 2900 food items were distributed to those in need.

“We are expecting demand to be even greater this year with people having to isolate and stay in their homes because of COVID-19,” she said.

“All items collected in Redland City will be distributed in the area, on both the mainland and islands.”

Donations of gifts suitable for people over 65 and non-perishable food items can be left inside Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point libraries during opening hours until 20 December 2020.

Suggested gift ideas include socks, coffee, towels, vouchers, pamper packs, hand cream, fruit cake, tea cups, crockery and household goods.

COVID-safe plans are in place for the collection and distribution of donated items.

The mainland libraries are located at Capalaba Place, 14 Noeleen Street Capalaba, Cleveland Library building on the corner of Bloomfield and Middle streets Cleveland and at Lakeside Shopping Centre, 7-15 Bunker Road Victoria Point.

They are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm.

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Have your say now about the future of Redlands Coast


With consultation closing soon on Council’s new draft corporate plan: Our Future Redlands – A Corporate Plan to 2026 and Beyond, Council is urging Redlands Coast community members to have their say on the draft plan.

Mayor Karen Williams said community consultation would close on 11 November 2020, and it was important for community members to provide feedback on the strategic document that would direct Council’s decision-making over the next five years.

“Your feedback on our draft plan for the natural environment, strong communities, liveable neighbourhoods, a thriving economy, city leadership, and Council as an effective and efficient organisation will help ensure the plan reflects the views of today’s Redlands Coast community,” she said.

“The plan was drafted by analysing community feedback from strategic planning and policy programs from 2010 to 2019, and we are now in the final days of this six-week consultation and want to hear whether we’ve got it right.”

Cr Williams said understanding the community’s views and values would lay the foundations for a plan that supported Redlands Coast now and into the future.

“I encourage everyone on Redlands Coast to read the plan for the future of our city, and let us know what they think,” she said.

“As a thank you to those who take time to let us know their views, we are offering survey participants the opportunity to go in the draw to win one of five $100 gift cards.”

How to have your say

  • Complete the online survey at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au, or
  • Complete the printed survey in the DIY Conversation Guide – pick up one from a Customer Service Centre, or download the guide from the documents section of the project’s Your Say page. Send your completed survey to Council by:
    • Emailing it to rcc@redland.qld.gov.au
    • Posting it to Redland City Council, PO Box 21, Cleveland Qld 4163, or
    • Dropping it into one of our Customer Service Centres.

Surveys must be received by 11 November 2020.

If you need help submitting your survey, call 3829 8999 (8am–5pm, Monday–Friday, excluding public holidays).

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Recent rain brings reminder to check for mozzies


Following recent heavy rain, Redland City Council is encouraging all residents to take a proactive approach to mosquitoes and check their backyards for possible breeding sites.

Mayor Karen Williams said the rain, coupled with warm temperatures, provided ideal breeding conditions for both mosquitoes and biting midges.

“Heavy rain can trigger mosquito breeding so Council’s mosquito management team is conducting ground and aerial treatments across Redlands Coast,” she said.

“The team is also investigating known breeding sites and we encourage everyone to do the same in their own backyards.

“Mosquitoes are endemic in our coastal environment and it is impossible to eradicate them completely, but everyone in the community can take simple steps to assist Council in our efforts to reduce numbers.

“People are often surprised how little water it takes for mosquitoes to breed – even the water at the bottom of a pot plant base is enough.

“Now is the perfect time to check your yard, emptying water pooling in items such as toys, boats, fallen palm fronds, blocked roof gutters and old tyres.

“It’s also timely to check your insect screens are in good condition and, in areas where mosquitoes and biting midges are particularly prevalent, consider treating screens with a UV stable insecticide.

“For personal protection from mosquitoes and midges, residents should avoid being outside during peak activity periods at dusk and dawn where possible, use insect repellent and wear light-coloured, long, loose fitting clothing.”

Council aerial spraying last week targeted known breeding sites at Birkdale (including Tingalpa Creek), Wellington Point, Thornlands, Victoria Point, Redland Bay, Russell Island, North Stradbroke Island and all the Southern Moreton Bay Islands as well as Long Island, Lagoon Island, Pannikin Island, Garden Island and Peel Island.

Ground treatments are being conducted at sites in Victoria Point, Cleveland, Capalaba, Thorneside, Mount Cotton, Redland Bay, Thornlands, Birkdale, Wellington Point, Macleay Island, Russell Island, Lamb Island and Karragarra Island.

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman Cr Paul Gollè said Council had a year-round program to battle mosquitoes, paying particular attention to coastal areas where mosquitoes breed.

“We try to target the mosquito larvae or ‘wrigglers’ before they can fly and bite, and run an inspection program to monitor larvae numbers and the efficacy of our treatments,” he said.

“Council is unable to treat biting midge larvae, as their prime breeding grounds are natural coastal habitats where it is illegal to spray with the required insecticides.”

To keep the community informed, Council has updated its mosquito webpage with a list of the latest treatments, including the dates and suburbs treated, and also has a webpage on managing biting midges.

Council partners with industry research bodies such as the Mosquito Arbovirus Research Committee and other local governments across South East Queensland to keep up to date with the latest research, initiatives and industry practices.

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Council seeks input on temporary commercial use of park reserves


Redland City Council is inviting the community to have its say on temporary commercial activities proposed for a limited number of Redlands Coast managed park reserves.

Mayor Karen Williams said consultation was an important step in Council’s commitment to supporting sustainable levels of commercial activity for the identified public park reserves.

“Council supports a range of temporary commercial uses to help create vibrant neighbourhoods and communities,” she said.

“This includes activities such as personal fitness training, mobile food and beverage vehicles, hire of recreation equipment, low key entertainment and tourist-based activities.

“Where the State owns the park reserve, Council is required to seek approval to use the land for these secondary purposes, through a Land Management Plan.

“At this stage 31 State reserves, where Council is the trustee, have been identified as potentially suitable for temporary commercial activities.

“They are on the mainland and islands.”

Cr Williams said the consultation, until 20 November 2020, followed a recommendation in Council’s Redland Open Space Strategy 2026 which aims to ensure great recreation activities and leisure opportunities are available to everyone.

“Our Draft Land Management Plan is about activating parks and open spaces,” she said.

“In some, people might just want to purchase a takeaway coffee or light snack and, in others, people might want to hire canoes or do stand-up paddle boarding.

“The commercial uses need to be consistent with the purpose of the reserve and are meant to be temporary, low key and are not just about mobile food vans.”

The proposed commercial activities include:

  • Personal fitness training, ‘learn to’ and coaching programs.
  • Mobile food and beverage vehicles.
  • Hire of recreation equipment (watercraft, bikes, scooters).
  • Entertainment (busking, face painting, magicians, jumping castles, mobile animal petting and entertainers for small events and celebrations).
  • Tourist-based activities (canoe and kayak tours).

To make a formal submission and for information on the proposal, visit Council’s Your Say Redlands Coast website.

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Report fallen trees, branches and storm debris to council


In the wake of the weekend’s wild weather, Redland City Council is encouraging residents to report fallen trees, branches and debris.

When reporting an incident, it is important to include the location, size of object and any additional hazards to roads and paths.

Phone Council at any time on 3829 8999.

If you need to report a fallen powerline stay well clear, warn others and call Triple Zero (000) or Energex on 13 19 62 immediately.

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Spooky Halloween fun on Redlands Coast


UPDATE 23 November: Movie in the Park event cancelled due to wet weather forecast

There’s always plenty to do on naturally wonderful Redlands Coast and Halloween is no exception.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said kids – big and small – were already starting to plan their costumes and activities for some wonderfully spooky fun on and around Saturday 31 October.

“Redlands Coast has a range of community events and activities from which to choose, whatever your interest,” she said.

“Our wonderful local shopping centres and traders have increasingly got into the spirit of Halloween over the years, handing out goodies to little ones whose parents prefer not to door knock.

“This year Victoria Point Shopping Centre has gone a step further, bringing to life augmented reality characters through the Redlands Coast Deals and Rewards App, a free mobile phone app aimed at promoting local businesses and rewarding their customers.

“This will be a fun new use for the Redlands Coast App, which was developed by Redland City Council and has already been download 1574 times for shopping in the city.

“If you are heading to Victoria Point Shopping Centre for Halloween, download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play in order to spot the friendly monsters and participate in the virtual trick or treating with real treats up for grabs.”

Councillor Williams said there would also be activities around Redlands Coast for nature lovers and movie and history buffs.

“Nature lovers will be able to head to IndigiScapes – Council’s environmental education centre – to learn about our fascinating flying foxes and meet an adorable flying-fox pup from 10am-2pm, 31 October,” she said.

“The team from Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland will talk about the ways of these crucial pollinators and kids can make a batty badge to take home.

“Redlands Museum and Theatre Redlands are hosting a spine-tingling Halloween Night Walk from 6pm, Friday 30 October.

“This event is not for the faint hearted, with a minimum age of 13 and prior bookings essential.

“Movie buffs can get their fix at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on Saturday 31 October, where there’ll be an 11am and 2pm screening of Australian thriller Dead Calm. Prior bookings at www.rpac.com.au are essential.

“And in the lead up to Halloween, a free movies in the park event featuring Hotel Transylvania is planned for Saturday 24 October at William Stewart Park, Thornlands.

“There’s no excuse to stay home this Halloween so head out for some socially-distanced fun.”

Visit the What’s On community calendar on Council’s website for more information on what’s happening on Redlands Coast.

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