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Make the most of Redlands Coast over three long weekends


Residents and visitors are encouraged to make the most of the many attractions on Redlands Coast over the upcoming three long weekends.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the consecutive Easter, ANZAC Day and Labour Day long weekends provided the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the naturally-wonderful Redlands Coast.

“With Easter falling at the end of the school holidays, we are expecting a lot of people, especially families, to be out enjoying our local waterways and open spaces,” she said.

“I urge everyone to be mindful of COVID-safety on Redlands Coast, to help reduce the spread of the virus through our community.

“Of course, more people also means more rubbish and, while Council will be placing additional bins in popular reserves and parks on the public holidays and there will be extra litter collections over each of the long weekends, we urge everyone to help us protect our natural environment by taking their rubbish home with them and disposing of it there.

“Please do not leave rubbish beside full bins.”

Cr Williams said people planning nature-based activities should note that all tracks and trails within three high-use conservation reserves were still closed following the intense rainfall in late March.

“Repair works have commenced across the track and trail network, and they will be reopened when it is safe to do so,” she said.

“Signs notifying of the closures are in place at all main entry points to Bayview Conservation Area, Scribbly Gums Conservation Area and Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area.

“Some of the tracks and trails in smaller reserves are also closed, but the closed tracks are clearly signed.”

Cr Williams said it was important that dog owners kept their dogs on leash while enjoying our outdoor spaces.

“We welcome dogs on Redlands Coast and have many dog off leash areas and even dog beaches where they can be off leash, but in other open spaces, to ensure safety for all, it is vital they stay on their lead.”

Cr Williams said the two overflow parking areas at Toondah Harbour, Cleveland would be open on each of the long weekends for those travelling to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

“Access to the two overflow car parks can be located from the main Toondah car park and through the Wharf Street car park,” she said.

“These car parks will be open from 14 -19 April, 22-26 April and 29 April-3 May, and we are reminding motorists to observe the limited timeframes for parking in these areas.”

Cr Williams said people cleaning up around their properties over the long weekends should be aware of the potential for an increase in traffic around Recycling and Waste Centres.

“Traffic management will be in place during these times at Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre and the green waste bypass lane will be open,” she said.

“Residents can help by sorting their load before they arrive at the centre, following directions from site staff and choosing a quieter time to visit, for example early morning or late afternoon.”

For information on things to do over the long weekends, check out Redland City Council’s online What’s On calendar or visitredlandscoast.com.au, or drop into the Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre in the Raby Bay Harbour Precinct.

Council closures for Easter, ANZAC Day and Labour Day public holidays

  • Council offices, customer service centres and libraries

Redland City Council offices, customer service centres and libraries will be closed from Friday 15 April (Good Friday) through to Monday 18 April (Easter Monday).

They will also be closed on Monday 25 April (ANZAC Day) and Monday 2 May (Labour Day).

During this time, library after hours return chutes will be closed and no library items will be due.

  • Redland IndigiScapes Centre, café, nursery and gardens

Redland IndigiScapes Centre, IndigiCafe, the native nursery and Botanic Gardens will all be closed over the Easter weekend, from Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April.

They will also be closed on ANZAC Day and Labour Day.

  • Bin collections

All bin collections will continue as usual on each of the public holidays.

Please note there will be no bin deliveries or exchanges on public holidays. Report any missed services on 3829 8999.

  • Recycling and Waste Centres

All mainland and island Recycling and Waste Centres will be closed on 15 April 2022 (Good Friday).

Residents should check the website for all other opening times.

  • RecycleWorld Redland Bay

RecycleWorld Redland Bay is only open on Tuesday and Friday, but will be closed on Good Friday (15 April).

  • Redland Animal Shelter

The Redland Animal Shelter will be open from 9am to 12pm every day over the Easter weekend and on each of the public holidays.

The shelter can be contacted on 3829 8663 during opening hours and on 3829 8999 after hours.

  • Redland Performing Arts Centre

The RPAC Box Office will be closed for the Easter weekend (Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April), and on ANZAC Day (Monday 25 April) and Labour Day (2 May).

During these times, tickets can be purchased online via www.rpac.com.au

  • Redland Art Gallery

The galleries at Cleveland and Capalaba will be closed for the Easter weekend (Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April), and on ANZAC Day (Monday 25 April) and Labour Day (Monday 2 May).

  • Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre

The centre will be closed on Good Friday (15 April), Easter Sunday (17 April) and ANZAC Day (25 April).

  • Out of hours emergencies

For council-related emergencies, please phone 3829 8999.

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Redlands Coast conservation areas remain closed to prevent further damage


Redlands Coast residents are urged to stay out of all local conservation areas to prevent further damage to waterlogged tracks and trails.

Mayor Karen Williams said intense rainfall earlier this month had caused severe erosion in some conservation areas, leaving large ruts in the tracks.

“Council has closed three of our high-use reserves, not only because they are waterlogged, but to prevent further damage which can mean extra repairs and maintenance,” she said.

An eroded track in Judy Holt Recreation Reserve, Birkdale

“Even one week after the recent severe weather event, water was still flowing down the tracks within the Scribbly Gums Conservation Area.

“Residents are also urged to stay off all tracks and trails in other smaller conservation areas until they dry out.

“Council officers are assessing conditions within all our reserves, including water across tracks, damage and erosion so they can prioritise repairs and maintenance once the areas have dried out.”

An eroded track in Greater Glider Conservation Area, Alexandra Hills.

Redland City Council closed all tracks and trails within three high-use reserves on 2 March:

  • Bayview Conservation Area in Redland Bay,
  • Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redlands Track Park) in Alexandra Hills and
  • Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area in Mount Cotton.

The Bayview car park and staging area on German Church Road is also closed.

Signs notifying of the closures are in place at all main entry points to these reserves.

Council will continue to monitor conditions to determine when the tracks and trails can be reopened.

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Weather and services update


Severe weather warning downgraded

The Bureau of Meteorology has significantly downgraded storm warnings but there is still potential for further storms over the weekend so please continue to take heed of all warnings and be mindful of conditions.

Residents are encouraged to start their clean-up efforts if it is safe to do so, with all Council Recycling and Waste Centres open normal hours over the weekend.

All Council sandbagging stations will remain open today – more than 18,500 sandbags have been collected from Council’s Cleveland depot since last Wednesday 23 February.

Council closures

IndigiScapes Centre, including the IndigiCafe, Botanic Gardens, walking tracks and Native Community Nursery, is closed and will reopen at 8am on Monday 7 March.

All Redland Library Services programs and events have resumed. Visit the library website for details.

Conservation areas closed

All tracks and trails are closed within Bayview Conservation Area in Redland Bay, Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redlands Track Park) in Alexandra Hills and Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area in Mount Cotton.

There may be localised fenced-off closures in smaller conservation reserves.

Park closures

  • Regional Park, Capalaba.
  • John Fredericks Park, Capalaba including greyhound track, rugby and soccer fields.
  • Mount Cotton Community Park.

Some parks may be affected due to the tides and inundation, and there is still some debris in our parks.

Beaches

Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island is closed due to debris washing up onto the beach, and the access track to Main Beach at the northern end is closed due to washout and rutting.

Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island remains open. Debris is washing up, however Surf Life Saving crews have set up patrolled areas.

Public transport

The Cleveland rail line remains closed from Cleveland to Lindum. There are no bus services running from Cleveland to Lindum or Lindum to Cleveland. Bus services are available from Lindum to the City (road conditions pending).

Transdev bus services are operating with some disruption to services.

All Sealink vehicle and passenger ferry services to and from North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) are operating to regular timetables.

Southern Moreton Bay Island (SMBI) vehicle ferry services are experiencing delays on some services due to loading at Redland Bay. All other ferry services to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands are operating as usual.

There are no significant impacts to the Amity Trader Ferry Service to Coochiemudlo Island.

All our Island residents are urged to continue to check their ferry service’s website in case of changes.

Public health alert – mosquitoes

Queensland Health has advised there is a confirmed case of Japanese Encephalitus Virus (JEV) in Queensland, a disease carried by mosquitoes and spread through the bite of an infected mosquito to people and animals.

The case had recent travel in regional southern Queensland and is being treated in a Brisbane hospital. There is no evidence of the JEV in Redlands Coast  with Council continuing its ongoing monitoring program.

Mosquito management and personal protection

Mosquitoes are endemic to Redlands Coast and particularly active when there is wet weather and flooding.

Council’s mosquito management team is in the field checking public fresh water sites for mosquito breeding, being aware that there is a lot of water around at the moment.

If breeding is confirmed, treatments will be conducted using a variety of methods, including by drone, on foot, quad bike and amphibious vehicle.

Please take the necessary steps to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Avoid being outside during peak activity periods at dusk and dawn where possible
  • Use insect repellent, and
  • Wear light-coloured, long, loose-fitting clothing.

Also check your yards and empty water pooling in items such as pot plant bases, boats and old tyres.

Spontaneous Volunteering

If residents wish to help with the clean-up, they should start close to home by checking on neighbours, family and friends.

If people would like to volunteer in other flood affected areas, please register with the Emergency Volunteering (EV) Crew through Volunteering Queensland, register.emergencyvolunteering.com.au, and you’ll be advised as opportunities become available.

Donations and Flood Appeals

If you wish to made a donation or contribute to flood appeals, please contact:

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IndigiScapes closed until Monday 7 March 2022


Due to ongoing and unpredictable weather in South East Queensland, Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, including the IndigCafe, Botanic Gardens, walking tracks and the Native Community Nursery, will be closed today (Friday 4 March) and will re-open Monday 7 March from 8am.

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Council closes waterlogged tracks through conservation areas


Due to the recent intense rainfall across south-east Queensland, including Redlands Coast, Redland City Council has closed all tracks and trails within three high-use conservation reserves.

These three reserves are Bayview Conservation Area in Redland Bay, Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redlands Track Park) in Alexandra Hills and Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area in Mount Cotton.

The Bayview car park and staging area on German Church Road will also be closed.

Signs notifying of the closures are in place at all main entry points to these reserves.

Council officers are assessing the condition of tracks, including water across tracks, damage and erosion so they can prioritise repairs and maintenance once the areas have dried out.

Council crews are also assessing conditions in smaller conservation areas and advise there may be localised fenced-off closures in these reserves.

Residents are urged to stay off all conservation area tracks and trails until they dry out.

Using wet trails can cause substantial damage, spoiling the experience of other users and meaning extra repairs and maintenance.

Council will continue to monitor conditions to determine when the tracks and trails can be reopened.

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Council starts clean up after extreme weather


Redland City Council crews have commenced a clean-up across the city following the recent extreme weather and is urging the community to report all hazards.

Residents are encouraged to report flooding, sewage inundation, fallen trees and damaged roads to Council so there is a record and a list of works which will be prioritised.

Contact Council on 3829 8999 or email rcc@redland.qld.gov.au

Council crews have been busy investigating reports of fallen trees and branches, and damage to roads.

Drivers are urged to take care on the roads as there may be debris and damage which could take some time to repair.

Please do not travel around looking at the damage around the city or in our neighbouring areas. Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it.

Council mowing crews will be out as soon as possible, and residents are encouraged to be patient as we deal with long grass expected across the city as a result of the rain.

Walking trail closed following land slip

Council has closed off a walking trail at the base of the Esplanade at Wellington Point following a land slip.

Council has inspected the area and will seek expert advice on securing the area.

In the meantime, residents and visitors are advised to stay clear of the area.

Sewerage issues

Due to the current significant weather event, stormwater has infiltrated sewerage systems throughout the SEQ region, causing some stormwater manholes to lift (as they are designed to do).

The majority of this overflow is rainwater so any wastewater is heavily diluted.

But it is very important to ensure people (particularly children) and animals don’t enter or play in any overflowing water in public or on private property.

Residents should contact Council on 3829 8999 or via email rcc@redland.qld.gov.au to report any wastewater discharge on private property so an officer can inspect and provide advice.

Usually, discharge on private properties is released through the property’s overflow relief gully (ORG), located on the outside of the house, so make sure the ORG (a raised circular grate covering a drain) remains clear.

If your toilet is gurgling it usual means your ORG is doing its job and preventing discharge occurring inside your house.

Ensure your property’s overflow relief gully (ORG) remains clear.

Impacts on kerbside bin collections

Redland City Council’s rubbish collection contractor JJ’s Waste and Recycling suspended the emptying of yellow-lidded recycling bins today as there was no access to the Visy recycling facility due to the flood situation.

However, Council has received advice from Visy Recycling that operations at their recovery facility will resume on Tuesday, 1 March.

This means kerbside recycling collections will occur as scheduled tomorrow.

Any recycling bins that could not be collected today (in Capalaba, Alexandra Hills and Birkdale) will be collected by Wednesday.

All other waste collections will proceed as normal but localised flooding may also impact collection of general and green waste from some properties.

Bins missed due to flooding and road closures with be collected when possible.

Cleaning up tips

Take care to dry and clean your house and belongings, throwing away anything that cannot be cleaned.

When floodwater subsides it can leave mould, germs and in some cases sewerage behind. Consider engaging a professional to disinfect your property and keep children and pets away until the clean-up is completed.

All of Council’s Recycling and Waste Centres on the mainland and islands are open as usual today.

Stay prepared

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted further wet weather this week so make sure you are prepared.

Sandbag stations are open today (enclosed shoes must be worn):

  • Council Depot Cleveland: 199-205 South Street – open until 6pm today
  • Council Depot Dunwich: 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) – open 24/7
  • Council Depot Russell Island: 6 Cambridge Road, Russell Island – open 24/7
  • Council Depot Macleay Island: 22-24 Scarborough Road, Macleay Island – open 24/7

Island stations are self-service. BYO shovel.

Road closures

The following local roads remain impacted by flooding or hazards:

  • Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point
  • Pitt and Nelson Roads, Wellington Point
  • Tulloch Drive / Redgrove Avenue – Wellington Point
  • Avalon Road, Sheldon
  • Rickertt Road, Ransome/Thorneside
  • Cleveland Redland Bay Road, Redland Bay (hazard, proceed with caution).

Facilities reopening

The IndigiScapes Centre, Café and Nursery will reopen tomorrow Tuesday 1 March. The botanic gardens and tracks will remain closed.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland will remain closed tomorrow Tuesday 1 March.

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 1 March.

Do you need assistance?

For trees that have fallen on private properties or for other assistance contact SES on 132 500.

Contact Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

Contact Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

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Redlands Coast feels impact of extreme weather


Extreme weather conditions had a significant impact on Redlands Coast overnight, with families evacuated, trees down and roads closed.

Two families required SES assistance with relocation, but the majority of overnight calls to the SES were for roof tarping, with a number of ceiling collapses due to water inundation.

Widespread rain from ongoing storms overnight included 156mm reported at Alexandra Hills Weather Station.

Redland SES Unit has received more than 308 calls for assistance throughout the weather event. Impacted residents are encouraged to be patient as the volunteer teams work through about 100 outstanding requests.

Redland City Council received 95 calls overnight relating to flooding including trees down, manholes lifting and reports of road closures.

A massive tree which had fallen on Mount Cotton Road took two hours to clear.

Queensland Police Service (QPS) received eight requests for road closures overnight.

Fallen trees

Residents are urged to take care around trees which are at risk of falling due to soaked ground conditions.

For trees that have fallen and caused damage to private property (i.e. houses, structures), or for other assistance, call the SES on 132 500.

To report fallen trees or branches on roads and public spaces across the city, contact Council on 3829 3999.

Roads

Heavy rainfall has caused hazards on the city’s roads, and motorists are urged to stay out of flood waters today – if it’s flooded, forget it!

Queensland Police Service reported one abandoned vehicle in flooded water overnight.

The following local roads remain impacted or flooded:

  • Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point
  • Mary Street, Birkdale
  • Pitt and Nelson, Wellington Point
  • Collingwood Road, Birkdale
  • Avalon Road, Sheldon.

Disruptions to transport services

  • Buses – Transdev buses are operating with some disruption to services. For the latest information, please visit https://translink.com.au/
  • Trains – Trains are suspended across SEQ including the Cleveland Line. There are no buses to replace these services. For the latest information, please visit https://translink.com.au/
  • Ferries – All ferry services are operating to and from the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). Please check with ferry providers for latest updates to scheduled services.

Flood debris

With reports of large amounts of debris, including logs, trees, concrete and metal, making its way through the river systems and into Moreton Bay, people are being asked to stay out of swollen waterways

Boat owners are urged to reconsider the need to head out into the bay at this time.

Sandbagging

Redland City Council’s sandbagging operations are open again today Monday 28 February.

Council’s sandbagging stations for the community have given out more than 8,500 bags since opening on Wednesday, and can be found at the following locations (enclosed shoes must be worn):

  • Council Depot Cleveland: 199-205 South Street – open until 6pm today
  • Cleveland SES Unit, 47 Wellington St, Cleveland – self-service sandbagging station from 6pm today; BYO shovel
  • Council Depot Dunwich: 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) – open 24/7
  • Council Depot Russell Island: 6 Cambridge Road, Russell Island – open 24/7
  • Council Depot Macleay Island: 22-24 Scarborough Road, Macleay Island – open 24/7

Island stations are self-service. BYO shovel.

Park closures

Capalaba Regional Park and John Frederick’s Park in Capalaba (including greyhound track, rugby and soccer fields) are closed.

Some parks may be affected due to high tides and inundation. Be cautious when visiting our open parks as there is still debris and there may be hazards.

Please avoid using tracks and trails in Council conservation areas.

Council facilities closed

Council’s IndigiScapes Centre at Capalaba and Redland Art Gallery Capalaba and Cleveland remain closed today.

Cleveland Aquatic Centre will remain closed to allow for site clean-up, water testing and treatment of all pools.

All Redland City Libraries are open but programming has been cancelled for today, Monday. The mobile library is closed this week.

Waste removal

Council’s Recycling and Waste centres on the mainland and islands are open as usual today.

Bin collections are operating as normal where possible. However localised flooding may impact services for some properties.

Bins missed due to flooding and road closures will be collected when possible (some today).

Do you need assistance?

Contact the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked.

Contact Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

Contact Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

Contact Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

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Please avoid riding and walking on wet tracks through our bushland


UPDATE: 15 October 2021

Following the recent heavy rain, Redlands Coast’s recreational trails have dried out and are again suitable for use.

EARLIER: 14 October 2021

Redlands Coast has some lovely recreational trails, especially through Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redland Track Park), Bayview Conservation Area and Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area.

But they’re pretty waterlogged just now so we’d prefer you avoided them until they dry out.

Using wet trails can cause substantial damage, spoiling the experience of other users and meaning extra repairs and maintenance.

As a general guide, if you’re leaving a footprint or bike track then the trails are too wet to use.

Try sticking to the wider gravelled access tracks if you’re keen to get out and don’t forget to report fallen or damaged trees on or near trails to Council on 3829 8999.

Thank you for helping us to preserve our wonderful natural area trails.

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Council closes walking tracks during aerial spraying for mozzies


In response to heavy rain earlier in the week, Redland City Council will close some of its walking tracks at Victoria Point and Wellington Point on Friday morning, 22 January 2021, to conduct an aerial treatment of mosquito breeding sites.

Mayor Karen Williams said the larger additional treatment will target both freshwater and saltwater areas.

“A number of freshwater mosquito breeding sites have been inundated, particularly around Wellington Point, Victoria Point and Mount Cotton, causing mosquito larvae to breed in these areas,” she said.

“Council’s Pest Management Team decided to conduct the aerial treatment to target the mosquito larvae in these areas ahead of the Australia Day weekend.

“This is the first time Council has closed walking tracks to undertake mosquito spraying, but it was considered advisable due to the extent of the treatment.

“There is no danger to people, animals or the environment because of the treatment.

“It will be conducted with methoprene, which is a mosquito target-specific product that only kills mosquito larvae.”

The aerial spraying will encompass more than 100 hectares of additional freshwater breeding sites and is expected to occur between 8am and 12pm on Friday 22 January, weather permitting.

Walking tracks to close during this time are at:

  • Geoff Skinner Wetlands Reserve, Blight Street, Wellington Point
  • Point Halloran Conservation Reserve, boardwalk entry at School Road and Orana Street Victoria Point.

Signs have been placed in these areas, and the tracks will reopen as soon as the aerial treatment has been completed.

Regional Mosquito Management Group chairman Cr Paul Golle said while Council would continue to conduct ground and aerial treatments to manage mosquito numbers, it was also important for residents to take a proactive approach and check their backyards for possible breeding sites.

“Mosquitoes can be found breeding even in small amounts of water so residents are encouraged to empty pooling water from items around the yard such as pot plant bases, blocked roof gutters, bird baths, sagging tarps or covers and old tyres,” Cr Golle said.

“People can protect themselves by using insect repellents, maintaining fly screens on windows and doors, and using mosquito coils or plug-in insecticide burners.”

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Please avoid riding and walking on wet tracks through our bushland


Redlands Coast has some lovely recreational trails, especially through Scribbly Gums Conservation Area (home to Redland Track Park) and Bayview Conservation Area. But they’re pretty waterlogged just now so we’d prefer you avoided them until they dry out.

Using wet trails can cause substantial damage, spoiling the experience of other users and meaning extra repairs and maintenance.

As a general guide, if you’re leaving a footprint or bike track then the trails are too wet to use.

The bike tracks here show damage that may later need to be repaired.

Try sticking to the wider gravelled access tracks if you’re keen to get out and don’t forget to report fallen or damaged trees on or near trails to Council on 3829 8999.

Thank you for helping us to preserve our wonderful natural area trails.

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