Category Archives: Disaster management

Be prepared for fire and storm season


Redland City Council is stepping up preparations for bushfire season and is urging residents to do the same.

Mayor Karen Williams said everyone on Redlands Coast should have a bushfire survival plan.

“If fire breaks out there is often little time to escape to safety, so having a survival plan and practising it can save lives,” she said.

“This year has been challenging in many ways, and I encourage all Redlands Coast residents to be personally prepared as we head into the fire and storm season.

“It is also important that people stay informed, which they can do by monitoring Council’s news site, social media, and Disaster Dashboard.”

Council has continued its hazard reduction program throughout the year, including planned burns, physical fuel removal and other general maintenance activities.

“Council has carried out 14 prescribed burns across 88 hectares of land on Redlands Coast mainland and islands, plus other fire mitigation activities,” Cr Williams said.

“While Council mitigates fire risk on Council managed land, it is vital for effective fire management that all property owners meet their obligation to manage fire risks on their own land.”

Council urges Redlands Coast residents to safeguard their properties ahead of the bushfire and storm season by cleaning up and maintaining their yards and homes.

This includes clearing overgrown vegetation around the yard and near homes, clearing and maintaining roofs and gutters, and clearing overgrown allotments and reducing or removing fire hazards.

Council is also reviewing fire management plans and access trails; and asks residents to help reduce fuel loads on Redlands Coast by contacting Council on 3829 8999 if they see incidents or evidence of illegal dumping.

Council also has a free, opt-in emergency messaging service people can subscribe to via Council’s Disaster Dashboard.

This, and other information to help keep people safe on Redlands Coast, can be found on Council’s Disaster Dashboard

Tips to prepare your home

  • Clean gutters and downpipes so stormwater can drain quickly
  • Secure loose items around your property and garden (sheets of tin, trampolines)
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches around your property (check with Council first)
  • Install metal screens or shutters to prepare your home against embers
  • Ensure LPG cylinder relief valves point away from the house to minimise fire risk
  • Make sure pumps or generators are working and ready if needed

Tips to make a household emergency plan

  • Prepare an emergency kit with essentials such as medications, legal papers, first aid, a battery operated radio, batteries, pet food, money and a torch
  • Have a good supply of bottled water readily available
  • Identify a safe place to shelter in a storm or to evacuate to in a bushfire and decide how you’d look after your pets
  • Decide whether to go early or stay and defend in bushfire situations
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows your emergency plan
  • Know your neighbours as they can be a source of support during emergencies

For weather and warning updates:

  • Bureau of Meteorology: bom.gov.au/qld
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services: qfes.qld.gov.au
  • Redlands Disaster Dashboard: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au
  • ABC radio
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Macleay Island fire – Update as at 4.30pm, Friday 2 October 2020


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised that the fire on Macleay Island is contained.

QFES fire crews remain at the scene and are dampening down and blackening out, with fire breaks in place, and will continue to monitor the situation.

For the latest bushfire warnings, visit the Queensland Government Fire and Emergency Services online newsroom: newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au

 

Earlier: 1.45pm, Friday 2 October 2020

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised of a vegetation fire  that has jumped containment lines at Kate Street on Macleay Island.

Three Rural Fire Service units are in attendance and three Fire Rescue Service appliances are on their way to the island from the mainland.

People who suffer from a respiratory condition are encouraged to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by; and motorists should drive to the conditions.

For the latest bushfire warnings, visit the Queensland Government Fire and Emergency Services online newsroom: newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au

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COVID-19 testing clinics update for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands


The temporary COVID-19 testing clinics located at the Russell Island Recreation Hall and Macleay Island Community Hall will close at 4pm today, Wednesday 9 September.

Mater Pathology will continue to provide COVID-19 testing at the following locations this Thursday and Friday.

  • Russell Island: 7.30am – 3.00pm at 2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island
  • Macleay Island: – 7.30am – 3.00pm at 14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island.

From Monday (14 September), COVID-19 testing will resume at the following locations:

2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 7.30am – 2.00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 7.30am – 11.30am

14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island

  • Monday to Friday – 7.30am – 2.00pm

Please note that commencing Monday 14 September, any person attending these clinics will require a referral. If your appointment with your doctor is via telehealth, please request they send the referral form to pathology.administration@mater.org.au, alternatively you can print the referral form and bring it to your COVID-19 test.

If you are unwell or are unable to travel to your local testing centre, please discuss with your doctor what alternative options for testing are available to you.

It is important that our residents remain vigilant for any COVID-19 symptoms, if you develop any of these symptoms, no matter how mild, you should organise to get tested. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (37.5 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell and/or taste.

It is important that any person who gets tested travels directly to their home and remains in isolation, this includes not attending, work, school or any social activities.

If your test result is negative, you receive a SMS text message. If you do not have a mobile, you will be contacted by Mater Pathology. If your test result is positive, you will be contacted by Public Health who will advise you on what steps to take next.

If you have any further health concerns or questions, please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for a confidential phone service that provides health advice to Queenslanders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, contact your doctor to organise a telehealth appointment.

Residents are advised to continue monitoring the Public Health Contact Tracing Alert which identifies locations where a confirmed case of COVID-19 has visited. Any person who has attended these locations during the identified time should monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. For more information please visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

For the most up-to-date, reliable information, visit the Queensland Health website: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

To find your nearest testing centre, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics

For more information on self-isolation at home visit: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/951065/covid19-self-isolation-requirements-final.pdf

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Russell and Macleay islands COVID-19 testing clinics update


The Macleay Island COVID-19 testing clinic will remain open on Tuesday 8 September.

The clinic is located at the Macleay Island Community Centre on the corner of Scarborough Terrace and High Central Road.

Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily.

The testing clinic at Russell Island Recreation Hall will continue until at least Wednesday 9 September.

This clinic’s operating hours are 8am to 4pm daily.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested and isolate at home until they receive their test results.

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, tiredness and muscle aches, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, shortness of breath.

Karragarra Island or Lamb Island residents who develop symptoms are encouraged to contact their doctor for a telehealth consultation.

For a list of locations visited by people who recently tested positive to COVID-19, visit: qld.gov.au/…/cor…/current-status/contact-tracing

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

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

For more information from the Queensland Government, visit: qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Dunwich fire – Update as at 3.45pm, Friday 4 September 2020


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised that fire crews are finalising operations at the grass fire on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), and will monitor the area overnight.

Smoke is expected to remain visible throughout the night.

People who suffer from a respiratory condition are encouraged to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by; and motorists should drive to the conditions.

For the latest bushfire warnings, visit the Queensland Government Fire and Emergency Services online newsroom: newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au

EARLIER:

Update as at 1pm, Friday 4 September 2020

A vegetation fire has broken out just north of Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) this morning about 10am.

There is no immediate threat to life or property.

Fire crews from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Rural Fire Service and Redland City Council are onsite.

Aerial support will also be provided.

For the latest bushfire warnings including this fire, go to the Queensland Government Fire and Emergency Services online newsroom: newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au

Nearby residents and visitors are encouraged to:

For the latest bushfire warnings go to: newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au

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Water restored to Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands


Seqwater has advised water has been restored at Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra Islands in Southern Moreton Bay on Redlands Coast.

Properties will progressively get water back as Council flushes pipes to remove air in the lines that may have been drawn into the system due to the shut down.

The water was restored to the islands just after 6am today after Seqwater crews worked overnight to replace an old section of Seqwater mains pipe that had burst on Karragarra Island.

Council provided bottled water overnight, assisted by the Southern Moreton Bay Island champions.

Council crews are also flushing Council pipes on each of the islands.

The water is safe to drink. If it is cloudy when taps are first turned on, please run the water for 2-3 minutes for it to clear. The cloudiness is due to air trapped in the water.

Water hydrants may also be flowing as the lines are flushed – please do not turn off the hydrants.

Thank you to residents for their patience overnight.

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