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Work progresses on new Redlands Coast fibre network


A new fibre network will deliver high-speed connectivity across Redlands Coast as the region looks towards driving a post-COVID future economy.

Mayor Karen Williams said the network would initially connect five major Redland City Council sites while Council continued investigating how spare fibre bandwidth could help improve internet connections for local businesses and residents.

“A reliable and fast internet service is crucial for local business, particularly following the disruptions presented in a COVID-19 era,” Cr Williams said.

“Fast connectivity will allow more start-up businesses to base themselves on Redlands Coast while also helping established businesses pivot and work towards a broader customer base.

“COVID-19 has changed working behaviour, with working from home becoming a viable option, so a fibre network that looks to the future is crucial if we want to provide opportunity for long-term changes to the way we work and live.”

Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce President Rebecca Young said Redlands Coast had a “real opportunity” to position itself as being very attractive to business and industry.

“If we are going to position ourselves in terms of investment appeal, and if we want to become more aggressive in that space of attracting businesses to create job growth, we are going to need a fast and reliable network service,” Ms Young said.

“Redlands Business Park is our main commercial and industrial land space on Redlands Coast and connectivity is important to continue the growth of existing businesses and attract others into the space.”

Ms Young said COVID-19 had also forced many local businesses to think about securing a broader customer base.

“Even if a business has a local bricks and mortar retail outlet on Redlands Coast, having the ability to be connected globally is going to keep people afloat in uncertain times,” she said.

“It is certainly important that businesses can remain strong locally, but when we have restrictions placed on how we can operate, lockdowns and border closures, we need to think more broadly about a customer base.

“Fast speed internet connectivity opens up more opportunities, not only for start-up ventures to be based here, but for large-scale and global businesses to allow their employees to live here and work from home.

“Recent studies have been done post-COVID on decentralising urban centres. From that perspective, having fast internet availability on Redlands Coast makes that quite attractive.”

Cr Williams said the fibre network, funded through a $1 million State Government Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package grant, would initially connect a number of Council facilities in Cleveland and Capalaba, with the potential for it to extend to further Capalaba and Victoria Point sites in the future.

“In addition to saving Council $900,000 over the 20-year life of the infrastructure, this project will offer a number of key economic and community benefits to our city, including enhanced connectivity for our schools, hospital and other vital community infrastructure,” Cr Williams said.

“This is an example of what can be achieved when Council and the State Government work together and on behalf of the community I thank the State Government for investing in this important project.”

Construction of stage 1 is underway and expected to be completed by late May, weather permitting.

The Redlands Coast Fibre Network Expansion project is an initiative of the Queensland Government.

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Council tests new version of PD Online


Redland City Council’s PD Online portal is temporarily unavailable but Council hopes to have a new version online soon.

Council is testing a new version of Planning Xchange, of which PD Online is one component.

Dependent upon the outcome of testing, Council hopes to go live with this newer version of PD Online as soon as possible.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by PD Online going offline.

While PD Online is temporarily unavailable, residents wishing to obtain information on existing development applications can send an enquiry via email to pdonlineenquiries@redland.qld.gov.au, phone Council on 3829 8999 or visit one of Council’s Customer Contact Centres.

To obtain property information relating to zones and overlays in Red-e-Map, council has provided instructions on its PD Online webpage.

 

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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 health.qld.gov.au

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Council improves safety along Wellington Point pathways


Redland City Council is undertaking safety upgrades along two pathways at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.

Work has started on replacing the retaining wall and pathway on Main Road that leads down the hill to the reserve, and installing 10 new lights along Reserve Esplanade.

Mayor Karen Williams said pedestrian access and safety were important, with both locations at the reserve proving popular with walkers.

“We know Redlands Coast residents love their outdoor spaces and having attractive, safe and accessible pathways are important factors in encouraging them to explore and, in the process, contributes to a healthier community,” she said.

“We hope these improvements encourage more local families and day trippers to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Wellington Point Recreation Reserve.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary welcomed the upgrades around the popular parkland.

“The footpath along Main Road is being widened to provide better safety for pedestrians, as that road can be very busy during peak periods,” Cr Boglary said.

“About 50 metres of retaining wall and fencing along the pathway is also being replaced as it was beginning to fail.

“On Reserve Esplanade, directional LED luminaire lighting will be installed along the pathway from the carpark to the stairs, illuminating the path with minimal spill to residential properties.

“Lighting along this pathway was raised as a safety issue by local residents at a community consultation meeting and I am pleased Council has been able to deliver this upgrade.”

The Reserve Esplanade path will remain open during the installation of lights, which is expected to be completed by 15 March 2021, weather permitting.

The replacement of the pathway and retaining wall on Main Road, which is expected to be completed by 16 April 2021, does require some changes to pedestrian and vehicle movements in the area.

These include:

  • One lane on Main Road will be closed during working hours (generally 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday) and controlled using traffic controllers.
  • Pedestrian movements through the worksite will be controlled using traffic controllers.
  • The pedestrian crossing at the base of the hill will not be operational while construction works are underway. Pedestrians will be directed to use alternative crossings.
  • Both lanes of Main Road will be open to traffic at night, on weekends and on public holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday).

The Main Road works also include the relocation of a water main.

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New video showcases proposed Weinam Creek PDA master plan


Redland City Council has released a 3D flythrough video of the proposed Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) master plan, which is currently with the State Government for approval.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council was excited to showcase the proposed master plan and offer the community an opportunity to see the valuable infrastructure and community benefits expected from the completed project.

“The overall master plan will be delivered in stages, transforming the waterfront of Redland Bay,” she said.

“The project will provide much-needed community infrastructure for local families, improve the usability of the transport hub, attract visitors, create jobs, and drive economic development in the area.”

Council partnered with Council-owned subsidiary Redland Investment Corporation to deliver Stage 1 of the project, which was completed late last year.

This included a new footbridge and connecting pathways from the Moores Road car park to provide more direct access to the marina ferry terminal, accommodating foot traffic and bicycles as well as mobility scooters.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the project would include increased ground level and multi-deck car parking facilities, with a mix of short and long-term options as well as allocated disability parking.

“Other features of the proposed plan include improved drop-off and storage facilities for Southern Moreton Bay Island residents, more than 21,000 sqm of new public open space, the rejuvenation of 46,920 sqm of existing parkland, new pedestrian and cycleways and the construction of a new public boat ramp,” Cr Edwards said.

“There is also expected to be mixed use and medium-density residential development, retail and commercial spaces including cafes, restaurants and grocery outlets, as well as a health precinct for mainland and island residents.”

State Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the proposed master plan was the catalyst for transformation of the waterfront precinct and gateway to the beautiful islands.

“The project will provide important amenity to enhance and create a vibrant precinct for our growing southern Redlands mainland and island communities,” she said.

“It will drive economic development and create a spectacular waterfront destination for locals and visitors to enjoy and celebrate our unique coastal and island lifestyle.”

Redland Investment Corporation will host a series of 18 Meet the Planner sessions in the Redlands Coast Lifestyle Information Centre at the Marina Ferry Terminal between February 15 and 25.

To book a session, and to view the flythrough video of the master plan, visit Redland City Council’s Your Say page.

The master plan has been lodged with Economic Development Queensland for assessment and approval.

There will be further opportunities for public comment and submissions during a public notification period in a couple of months.

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Council seeks input on draft Age-friendly Action Plan


Redland City Council is inviting the community to have its say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026.

Mayor Karen Williams said the draft plan was based on the World Health Organisation’s Age-friendly Cities model that was developed in 2004 as a planning response to population ageing.

“It explores how a city’s landscape, buildings, transport system and housing contribute to mobility, health behaviours, social participation and self-determination of older people,” she said.

“Consultation is an important element of creating an age-friendly community and the next step in Council’s commitment to the creation of environments that enable older Redlands Coast residents to live active and healthy lives.

“We know we have an ageing community and Council is committed to supporting their needs by planning for an age-friendly city.

“In 2016, 17.2 per cent of Redland City’s population was aged 65 years and, by 2041, this is expected to increase to 28.3 per cent.”

Cr Williams said the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan, which was presented at this week’s Council meeting, had its genesis in 2006 when Council’s Ageing Well in the Redlands Strategy 2006-2016 was developed in consultation with the local aged community.

“Council has surveyed older residents who live on both the mainland and island communities to identify their perceptions of living and ageing in Redland City, what they value and barriers to healthy and active ageing,” she said.

“Council also consulted with key community organisations who work with older adults in Redland City.

“The next step is for Council to formally engage the wider community on the draft plan between 22 January and 2 March 2021.”

The draft plan includes eight key themes and highlights actions and key initiatives that Council will undertake over the next five years.

Initiatives proposed in the draft plan include:

  • Cooperative Research Centre Longevity – to attract investment, testing and trialing of products and services that serve an ageing population
  • Centre of Excellence in Education for the Ageing
  • Investment in health services
  • Multi-purpose community centre
  • Intergenerational programs
  • Community transport solutions
  • Ageing in Place Project – to identify and advance opportunities for older residents on the SMBI to age in place
  • Increase the amount of shaded seating

For more information and to have your say on the draft Redlands Coast Age-friendly Action Plan 2021-2026, visit Council’s Your Say webpage.

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Mayor achieves stop work order on demolition of historic homestead


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has won a reprieve for a local heritage building after Acting Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch agreed to a Stop Work Order on the proposed demolition of a 136-year-old Wellington Point homestead.

Cr Williams wrote to Minister Enoch earlier in the week after being alerted to the potential demolition of the privately-owned building.

“Council had already identified this property as having local heritage value and we are undertaking a City Plan amendment to add it, along with 48 other local properties, to our local heritage register to protect them,” Cr Williams said.

“This process is governed by State legislation and takes time, meaning there is the potential for the property to be demolished in the meantime without any approval being needed from Council.

“Earlier this week I discovered the owners were proposing to demolish the property, prompting me to write to the Minister, asking her to intervene through a stop work order to allow time for other options to be explored.

“I am pleased the Minister has listened to my request, which will now prevent any work which could be detrimental to the property for 60 days.

“Council officers have also contacted the owners to discuss options.”

Cr Williams said Council’s move to list the property on its local heritage register followed a city-wide heritage assessment.

“Council is committed to protecting local heritage and as part of the City Plan we have a local heritage register that protects locally significant heritage places,” she said.

“Recognising local heritage values may exist on properties that are not currently listed, Council recently engaged a heritage consultant to identify and document local heritage values across the city, with this property being one that was identified.

“We will now continue this process to help protect our local heritage.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said adding these properties to Council’s heritage register would help protect the city’s European heritage places.

“Redlands Coast has a rich history and many of these valued heritage places represent the historical themes and periods of Redlands Coast’s post-European history,” she said.

“It is important that we strive to protect them.”

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Redland City Council services resume with restrictions


Following the State Government’s announcement that the Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown will end at 6pm today, all Redland City Council services will resume tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021, with some conditions to apply.

The three-day lockdown, that included Redland City, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay local government areas, started at 6pm on Friday, causing the closure of all non-essential Council services.

Those services will resume from Tuesday morning, with some restrictions as directed by Queensland Health.

This includes the directive that everyone must carry a face mask at all times and wear it indoors, except in your home, and a recommendation to wear it outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m from other people, such as on busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Masks must be worn in all Council libraries, art galleries and customer service centres, the Visitor Information Centre, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Redland Animal Shelter and IndigiScapes Centre.

People must also wear masks while travelling on the RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay.

At Recycling and Waste Centres, patrons must wear a mask if they are unable to maintain a 1.5m distance from staff and other users. All children under 12 must remain in their vehicle.

Patrons are asked to follow the directions of staff, who will monitor any delays and queues and put measures in place to minimise them.

Visitors to the Cleveland Aquatic Centre and the Bay Islands Aquatic Centre on Russell Island must also maintain a 1.5m distance from other people, or wear a mask.

Queensland Health’s requirements for carrying and wearing face masks will continue until 1am on Friday 22 January 2021.

There are also restrictions applying to the number of people who can gather in businesses and venues, with one person per 4 sqm indoors and 2 sqm outdoors.

As a result, programs and workshops scheduled up until 22 January at Redland Art Galleries have been cancelled, and there may be some changes to scheduled activities and programs at council libraries and IndigiScapes Centre.

Under the restrictions, the numbers of diners will need to be reduced at IndigiScapes café and groups of no more than 20 people can gather in public spaces such as Council parks.

Residents and visitors to Redlands Coast are encouraged to continue to practise COVID-safe measures.

For further information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

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Redlands Local Disaster Management Group on alert


Redlands Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) met this afternoon and remains at alert to prepare for the latest COVID-19 threat.

LDMG Chair Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the meeting attended by representatives from Redland City Council, Queensland Health, emergency services, Sealink, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Department of Communities, and Local Government Association of Queensland.

SeaLink advised that they have extended services operating to and from North Stradbroke Island to help visitors leave the island and return home.

The last SeaLink passenger ferry will leave Cleveland at 7.25pm today and leave Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island at 7.55pm.

SeaLink vehicle and passenger ferry will continue to operate over the next three days, with additional services where required. Check the SeaLink website for details.

The vehicle and passenger ferries to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will continue on their normal timetables.

LDMG also discussed testing clinics on the islands and mainland, many of which now do not require GP referral, however some fever clinics require prior booking. Eight Miles Plains is a 24/7 testing clinic. Visit the Queensland Government’s Testing and Fever Clinics page for more information.

Those people who have been advised to home quarantine are reminded there is a Queensland Government Community Recovery Hotline (ph 1800 173 349) that can provide assistance including arranging non-contact delivery of essential food and medication if you are in home quarantine with no other means of support.

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