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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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Planned burns scheduled – Russell Island


Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation crews, along with Russell Island Rural Fire Service, will undertake hazard reduction burns on Russell Island between Wednesday 8 September and Saturday 11 September, weather conditions permitting.

The locations of the planned burns are:

  • Melomys Wetland at 4-10 Susan Street, 83-87 Glendale Road and 66-84 Glendale Road
  • Water Mouse Wetland at 47-71 Stradbroke Drive
  • Fern Terrace Bushland Refuge off Fern Terrace
  • Whistling Kite Conservation Area at 172-216 High Street.

Traffic control teams will be on site and advisory signs will be placed in locations where traffic may be impacted by smoke.

The purpose of the burns is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction – reducing the fire danger and providing conditions essential for native regeneration.

It is appreciated that the burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

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Planned burn in Mt Cotton – Wednesday 1 September 2021


Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation crews will undertake a hazard reduction burn within Heinemann Road Conservation Area, Mt Cotton on Wednesday 1 September 2021, weather permitting.

The burn area is located in a section of bushland off 277-293 Heinemann Road (highlighted in yellow on the map below).

The burn is expected to occur between 8.30am and 6pm on Wednesday.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction – reducing the fire danger and providing conditions essential for native regeneration.

There will be a half road closure to a small section of Balthazar Circuit, and a traffic control crew will be on site.

It is appreciated that the burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

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Planned burn scheduled – Wednesday 28 July 2021


Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation crews along with Brisbane Region Rural Fire Service will undertake a planned burn in a section of bushland within the Bayview Conservation Area, Redland Bay on Wednesday 28 July 2021, weather permitting.

The location of the burn area is 273-305 Days Road (highlighted in yellow on the map below).

The burn is expected to occur between 9am and 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Due to the size of the burn area, Council officers will return on Thursday 29 July to continue the burn, if required, and to monitor the area which has been burned.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction – reducing the fire danger and providing conditions essential for native regeneration.

There will be a half road closure to a small section of Sugargum Avenue, and a traffic control crew will be on site.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

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Planned burns scheduled in Alexandra Hills – Friday 23 July 2021


UPDATE: Thursday 22 June 2021

The hazard reduction burns within the Scribbly Gums Conservation Area at Alexandra Hills will continue on Friday 23 July 2021, weather permitting.

Wednesday 21 June 2021

Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation Crews and Brisbane Region Rural Fire Service will undertake a hazard reduction burn in two areas within the Scribbly Gums Conservation Area on Thursday 22 July 2021, weather permitting.

The locations of the planned burns are:

  • 23-141 Flinders Street, Alexandra Hills
  • 57A Winchester Road, Alexandra Hills.

Crews will be onsite from 7.30am, with the burns expected to occur between 10am and 3.30pm.

A hazard reduction burn is planned at 23-141 Flinders Street, Alexandra Hills, in the area marked in yellow.

The purpose of the burns is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction – reducing the fire danger and providing conditions essential for native regeneration.

It is appreciated that the burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

A hazard reduction burn is planned at 57A Winchester Road, Alexandra Hills, in the area marked in yellow.

No impact is expected for road traffic, however advisory signs will be erected in nearby streets that may be impacted by smoke.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

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Planned burns scheduled – Wednesday 23 June 2021


UPDATE: Wednesday, 23 June 2021

The planned burns listed below have been postponed due to weather conditions, and will be rescheduled.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Redland City Council’s Parks & Conservation crews will undertake a hazard reduction burn in sections of bushland at Alexandra Hills and Redland Bay on Wednesday 23 June 2021, weather conditions permitting.

The location of the planned burns are:

  • Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, 23-141 Flinders Street, Alexandra Hills (between 9am-5.30pm).
  • Bayview Conservation Area, 273-305 Days Road, Redland Bay (between 9am-4.30pm).

A hazard reduction burn is planned for Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, in the area marked in yellow.

Some tracks around both of these areas will be closed for public access during the burns.

Track closure signs and barrier mesh will be erected in the morning and will be taken down once the burn areas are safe for public access.

The purpose of the burns is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction – reducing the fire danger and providing conditions essential for native regeneration.

A hazard reduction burn is planned for the Bayview Conservation Area, in the area marked in yellow.

It is appreciated that the burns may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit Redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

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Planned burn scheduled – Tuesday 1 June 2021


Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation crews will undertake a hazard reduction burn in a section of bushland within the Wallaby Creek Bushland Refuge at Sheldon on Tuesday 1 June 2021, weather conditions permitting.

The location of the burn area is off Summit Street – highlighted in yellow on the map.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will assist with hazard reduction – reducing the fire danger and providing conditions essential for native regeneration.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

 

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Planned burn scheduled – Friday 28 May 2021


Redland City Council’s Parks and Conservation crews will undertake a hazard reduction burn in a section of bushland within the Birkdale Bushland Refuge on Friday 28 May 2021, weather conditions permitting.

The location of the burn area is 88-106 Burbank Road – highlighted in yellow on the map.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel, which will help reduce the fire danger and provide conditions essential for native regeneration.

Preparation of the site was undertaken in the lead up to the date of the burn, and consisted of clearing around significant logs and habitat trees.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

For more information about Council’s planned burn program, visit redland.qld.gov.au/PlannedBurns.

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Planned burns scheduled – 13 to 16 April 2021


Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) will be undertaking three separate planned burns on North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah from Tuesday 13 April to Friday 16 April 2021.

They are conducting the burns at the following locations:

  • North of 2 Mile (5.3 ha) on Tuesday 13 April 2021
  • Blue Lake/Kaboora walking track (1.7 ha) on Tuesday 13 April 2021
  • Blue Lake/Kaboora – Tortoise Lagoon (13.9 ha) between Wednesday 14 April and Friday 16 April, 2021, weather permitting.

The burns are being undertaken as part of the annual hazard reduction, cultural heritage and conservation management program for QPWS, to maintain forest health and to help protect life and property in the event of a wildfire.

It is appreciated that this burn may cause some inconvenience, however all attempts will be made to limit any smoke hazards.

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