Category Archives: Disaster management

Tsunami warnings cancelled for Queensland


The main tsunami waves have now passed all expected Queensland locations.

Small unusual tsunami waves may continue but are no longer expected to be dangerous, however a Hazardous Surf Warning is still in effect for the Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast waters due to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Cody.

Surf Life Saving Queensland have advised that all beaches will re-open this morning.

For updates and further information visit the BOM website

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Beaches closed, ferry services unchanged as marine tsunami warning continues


Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has closed its exposed patrolled beaches, including those on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) on Redlands Coast, while the current marine tsunami warning remains in place.

Wellington Point Reserve beach, which is also patrolled by SLSQ, will remain open as usual due to its more protected nature.

Passenger and vehicular ferry services continue as usual to North Stradbroke Island, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Coochiemudlo Island.

Conditions continue to be closely monitored by emergency services agencies.

The marine tsunami warning in Queensland is from the Fraser Coast to the Queensland/New South Wales border.

It is a warning for dangerous rips, waves, strong ocean current and some localised overflow onto the immediate foreshore.

Please continue to monitor the BoM alerts

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Queensland marine tsunami warning including waters of Moreton Bay


There is a current marine tsunami warning from Sandy Cape to Point Danger, including the waters of Moreton Bay, Fraser Island, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre has issued the warning and advised:

  • Possibility of dangerous rips, waves, strong ocean currents and some overflow onto immediate foreshore.
  • Evacuation not necessary
  • People to get out the water and move away from immediate waters’ edge

Please monitor the BOM website for updates.

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Redland City Council opens sandbagging stations.


Redland City Council has opened sandbagging stations for the community in anticipation of further rain this week.

When visiting sandbagging stations please wear enclosed shoes, bring a buddy to help carry heavy loads and remember to bend your knees when lifting.

Cleveland – Open until 6pm tonight; then 7am – 6pm daily
Redland City Council South Street Depot – Click the link for directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Y2SAjo5u4Y7fbS3D9
Council staff will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels are supplied.

Self-service sandbagging stations with sand and bags will be available at:
North Stradbroke Island – Open 24 Hours
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich
Click the link for directions: https://goo.gl/maps/tZUphUxjjtMM92w99

Russell Island – Open 24 Hours
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road.

Macleay Island – Open 24 Hours
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace.

Please take your own shovel. Residents will need to collect their own sandbags. If this is not possible, please contact the Redland SES Unit on phone 132 500.

For more info on sandbagging click here https://redlnd.cc/32jU4M4
And please remember – If it’s flooded forget it!

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Council takes proactive approach to bushfire season


Redland City Council’s proactive approach to identifying and reducing bushfire risks has been welcomed by residents visited by officers from its Bushfire Hazard Reduction Team.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Councillor Karen Williams said Council was working in partnership with Queensland Fire Emergency Services (QFES) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) to carry out audits across the city.

“Officers have visited individual properties to help identify overgrown vegetation and a build-up of fuel load that can increase fire hazard risk. They also provided residents with practical advice and direction on reducing risks.”

As well as the audits, Council is conducting a bushfire awareness campaign over the next few months funded under state and federal government grants. Council will collaborate with the QFES to deliver a number of information sessions as well as installing 10 permanent signs in high-risk bushfire areas reminding people to know the risk, prepare a survival plan and report any bushfire or arson to 000.

Deputy Mayor and Deputy Chair of the LDMG Cr Julie Talty (Division 6) said long-time Mount Cotton residents John and Lois Hughes had recently taken part in Council’s Fire Risk Management Program.

“The Hughes have lived on their rural property for some 50 years,” Cr Talty said.

“A Council officer from the Bushfire Hazard Reduction Team visited them to chat about being prepared for the upcoming fire season and an inspection was carried out on their property to look at ways of reducing the risk of it being affected by bushfires.”

Mr Hughes said they were pleased with the quick response by the team.

“They really got the ball rolling,” he said.

Mr Hughes said he had built up detailed knowledge over the years of surrounding properties and landscapes, and about local conditions that affect the risk of bushfires.

And while they have never had a bushfire on their property, Mr Hughes, who maintains several fire hoses on his land, agreed it was important not to let complacency creep in.

“It wasn’t that long before the inspection by the officer that we went down to a local (community bushfire information) meeting and that was a really good night. We learnt quite a bit there as well,” he said.

“When we had the inspection at our place the officer asked us what our plan was in an emergency. Well, we had a plan about what we would take and which way we’d go in the car depending on where the fire was coming from. But then he asked us where we would go and stay.

“That got me thinking, and that night I came up with a plan for that part of our plan!”

Mr Hughes said issues around long grass near his property had been addressed by Council during the audit.

“I encourage all residents to arrange a visit by the Bushfire Hazard Reduction Team,” Cr Talty said.

Cr Williams also encouraged the Redlands Coast community to take advantage of the “incredibly important” information sessions on offer.

“They provide targeted advice and information to property owners in identified high-risk areas as well as offering bushfire-preparedness information across the entire region,” she said.

Bushfire awareness information nights will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 4 November, IndigiScapes, Capalaba, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 11 November, Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton, 6.30-8.30pm

Council will also host an information stall at the IndigiScapes Eco Market (4 December, 8am-noon).

Registration for the information nights is via redland.qld.gov.au

Council also has a free opt-in emergency alert messaging service. Go to: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

To arrange a visit by the Bushfire Hazard Reduction Team, email rcc@redland.qld.gov.au or call 3829 8999.

 

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Redland City SES Unit honoured in regional and state awards


Top Redland City State Emergency Service Unit volunteers have been recognised with six regional awards, six service medals and one state award at ceremonies held recently during SES Week.

The week is held to acknowledge the outstanding service SES volunteers provide to their own and other communities during times of crisis.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said all 154 Redland SES volunteers were highly respected for their tireless efforts in helping to keep people safe.

“We are very fortunate here on Redlands Coast to have such a dedicated, hardworking group of people who are not only willing to put the safety of others ahead of their own, but as volunteers they do so freely,” Cr Williams said.

“Over the past 12 months, the Redland SES Unit attended 490 jobs.

“This included land searches for missing people, responding to storm damage, supporting police with COVID-19 border security at the airport, assisting Queensland Health with COVID-19 vaccination and testing hubs, community support, and public education.

“The commitment of these volunteers to community safety is greatly appreciated.

“I’m sure the Redlands Coast community would join me in thanking all our Redland SES volunteers for the vital role they play in our community, and congratulating those who were recently recognised with awards.”

The 2021 Brisbane Region SES award recipients from the Redland City SES Unit were:

State Award

Queensland Volunteer of the Year

Alex Johnson, Redland Bay SES Group

Redland Bay SES Group volunteer Alex Johnson was awarded Queensland SES Volunteer of the Year.

Regional Awards

Brisbane Regional Operation of the Year (missing person search) – Highly Commended:

  • Redland City SES Unit

Brisbane Region Volunteer of the Year:

  • Alex Johnson, Redland Bay SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through leadership, dedicated service to the community and continually developing the knowledge and skill level of fellow members, providing the service with longevity.

SES Week Certificate Award for individual significant contribution:

  • David Frarricciardi, Cleveland SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to training delivery, planning and member development. For excellent professionalism within SES and commitment displayed to the community.
  • Enrica Brazzelli, Cleveland SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through outstanding commitment and dedication to Group, Unit and community.
  • Heather Davis, Cleveland SES Group, for distinguished service to the SES through outstanding commitment and dedication to Group, Unit and community.
  • Di Vandermeer, Cleveland SES Group, for significant contribution to the SES through outstanding commitment and service; and for strategic support for operations and training.

SES National Emergency Service Medal:

  • Anthony Daniels, Redland Bay SES Group, recognising 45 years of service.
  • Rex Wigney, Cleveland SES Group, recognising 45 years of service.
  • Alex Johnson, Redland Bay SES Group, recognising 15 years of service.
  • Jason Atherinos, North Stradbroke Island SES Group, recognising 15 years of service.

SES Meritorious Service Medal

  • Anthony Daniels, Redland Bay SES Group, recognising 45 years of service.
  • Jason Atherinos, North Stradbroke Island SES Group, recognising 15 years of service.
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Sandbagging stations open


Redland City Council sandbagging stations are open today and tomorrow at the following locations:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff and SES will be onsite to assist. Sand, bags and shovels will be supplied.

Open today, Thursday 14 October: 12 noon until 6pm

Open tomorrow, Friday 15 October: 7am to 2pm

 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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Time to get ready as storm and fire seasons approach


On your marks, get ready … Redlands Coast residents are being encouraged to be on the front foot ahead of this year’s looming storm and bushfire season.

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Chair Councillor Karen Williams said this month’s Get Ready Queensland Week – from 10-17 October – aimed to raise awareness about being prepared for extreme weather events and disasters.

“The idea is to be proactive; to be ahead of the late-spring/summer season which, as we all know, can bring devastating weather events and conditions conducive to destructive bushfires,” Cr Williams said.

“In the past decade, Queensland has experienced close to 90 declared disaster events. The lesson we have learnt is that the better prepared a region is, the better prepared it is for a quicker recovery.

Redland City Council is spreading the word that it is time to prepare for the storm and bushfire season.

“Get Ready Queensland Week is a statewide initiative and the message is loud and clear in its title. If we get ready now we will be able to better handle anything this upcoming season throws at us.”

Cr Williams said Council maintained a dedicated Redland City Disaster Management website that provided practical information on preparing for, responding to and recovering from disaster.

“This is the time to equip yourself and your family with a disaster response plan. The value in knowing in advance what you would need during a severe event or if you were required to evacuate cannot be underestimated,” she said.

“The disaster management plan covers the entire city and has specific information and guidance for our vulnerable communities on our Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Council also has an opt-in emergency notification messaging service which is an important part of Council’s disaster and emergency communications. About 2200 residents are subscribed to this free alert service already and I encourage you to opt-in during Get Ready Queensland Week.”

Redland City Council is also conducting a bushfire awareness campaign over the next few months funded under state and federal government grants. Council will collaborate with the QFES to deliver a number of information sessions as well as installing 10 permanent signs in high-risk bushfire areas reminding people to know the risk, prepare a survival plan and report any bushfire or arson to 000.

“Now is the time to ‘spring clean’ your property to reduce the risks of it being affected by bushfires or extreme weather events,” Cr Williams said.

“The bushfire awareness campaign provides targeted advice and information to property owners in identified high-risk areas as well as offering bushfire-preparedness information across the entire region.

“I encourage all Redlands Coast residents to take advantage of these incredibly important information sessions.”

Bushfire awareness information nights will be held at the following times and locations:

  • 7 October, Capalaba Sports Club, Capalaba, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 14 October, Redland Bay SES, Redlands Business Park, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 4 November, IndigiScapes, Capalaba, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 11 November, Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton, 6.30-8.30pm

Council will also host information stalls at the Cleveland Markets (17 October, 7am-1pm) and IndigiScapes Eco Market (4 December, 8am-noon)

Registration for the information nights is via redland.qld.gov.au

To view the Redland City Disaster Management Plan, go to: redlandsdisasterplan.com.au

To opt-in to Council’s emergency alert messaging service, go to: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au

For more information about Get Ready Queensland Week, go to: getready.qld.gov.au

Seqwater’s free Dam Release Notification service sends notifications by email, text messages to mobile phones or recorded messages to telephone landlines when dam releases are occurring.

You can register or find more information at seqwater.com.au/dam-release

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Mask wearing extended to 4pm on 24 September


Mask wearing requirements will remain until 4pm on 24 September in South East Queensland, including Redland City.

The Queensland Government made the announcement on Friday 10 September.

You must carry a face mask at all times and wear it in indoor spaces. You only need to wear a mask outdoors when you are unable to social distance. For more information read the updated roadmap for easing of restrictions.

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Water supply to shut down on Macleay and Lamb islands to complete new pipeline installation


The Queensland Government’s bulk water supply authority Seqwater has advised it will need to shut down the water supply to Macleay and Lamb islands overnight on Saturday 14 August 2021 to complete the installation of a new pipeline between Macleay and Lamb islands.

The water supply to these islands will be shut down from 7.30pm on Saturday and is expected to be restored on Sunday morning.

Residents and visitors are advised to begin preparing for the shutdown by filling suitable containers with drinking water, storing water in the bathtub to be used for toilet flushing, and planning to shower or bathe before 7.30pm on Saturday.

Seqwater has also advised there will be some noise impacts for residents close to the work sites on both islands.

When water supply is restored, there may be some air in water pipes or discoloured water when people first turn on their taps, in which case running the water for 2-3 minutes will allow it to clear. The water will be safe to drink.

People may also notice hydrants with flowing water as the water supply is restored and the repaired main is flushed. This is a necessary part of the works, and residents and visitors are asked to not approach the hydrants or attempt to turn them off.

The new pipeline will be installed by Seqwater contractors, with Redland City Council officers flushing the pipeline in order to remove any air and complete water quality checks once the installation is complete on Sunday morning.

Residents who have urgent water enquiries during the water supply shutdown period can contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999.

For enquiries about the new pipeline replacement, contact Seqwater on 1300 737 928 or visit the project page on the Seqwater website.

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