Holey Moley a ‘hole-in-one’ moment for Redlands Coast

Redlands Coast has once again proved itself to be a film-friendly destination as the Australian producers of the hit US reality television series Holey Moley have chosen a Thornlands site for production of its first Australian series.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Eureka Productions’ choice of location for the family friendly entertainment program for its Holey Moley international hub would pave the way for a raft of benefits to the Redlands Coast community.

“Eureka’s decision to film Holey Moley on location here is tremendously exciting and will prove a massive win for Redlands Coast businesses, residents and the community, with benefits that will multiply for potential new series and international franchising,” she said.

“Production of the first Australian series will generate more than 100 local jobs and see significant local economic benefit, of around $20 million, and through opportunities for the construction and tourism industry sectors, including accommodation providers, to local suppliers, including landscaping, security, catering and more.

“I can’t emphasise enough how welcome this news is to our community, which like many others is still reeling and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Eureka Productions Co CEO, Paul Franklin said: “It is an honour and privilege to bring one of the world’s biggest reality shows to Redlands Coast. Holey Moley is mini golf like you have never seen before, a combination of great putting, big hits and crazy comedy, all in the name of fun filled family entertainment. Eureka Productions looks forward to working in partnership with Redland City Council and the local community to bring this Seven Network show to life”.

Cr Williams said the community would also benefit socially, as Eureka had planned for COVID-safe audiences on each filming day.

Holey Moley is a fun, family friendly program, and Eureka’s offer of a free-of-charge and unforgettable family friendly experience as an audience member is one that I’m sure many Redlands Coast residents will be keen to take up,” Cr Williams said.

“Film and media students will also appreciate an opportunity to be part of the Holey Moley production, to experience first-hand the world of television production.

“The local film industry will also benefit from this unique opportunity to work on a large-scale production in their local community.”

Holey Moley is scheduled to commence filming soon and will go to air on Channel 7 in 2021.

This production has received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

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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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Council calls on State to engage on future of Moreton Bay and Minjerribah

State Government claims that visitors could bypass Redlands Coast by travelling directly from Howard Smith Wharves to North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah in 40 minutes needs a lot more work and better consultation, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said.

Cr Williams said while she supported any plans to deliver more visitors to islands such as Minjerribah, she was surprised to see plans announced over the weekend for a pontoon to be open at Howard Smith Wharves by Christmas to allow passengers to bypass Cleveland and Redland Bay and access the islands of Moreton Bay directly from Brisbane City.

“You can’t have fast expresses coming down the river,” Cr Williams said.

“You would be lucky to get to the mouth of the river in 40 minutes let alone to Amity/Pulan on North Stradbroke Island, which doesn’t have a jetty to accommodate that type of tourism operation.

“If this is supposed to happen before Christmas, who is going to pay for the required infrastructure on North Stradbroke Island, and who would maintain it?”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said he was dismayed by the lack of consultation from the State Government regarding Saturday’s announcement of $5.5 million State Government funding for three new pontoons at Howard Smith Wharves, with the first to be completed by the end of the year, for boats to travel to Moreton Bay Islands in 40 minutes.

“Council is not opposed to the concept of a direct link from the Brisbane River to the island but before anyone goes spending $5.5 million in Brisbane city and claiming it will benefit Minjerribah we need to see a full feasibility study,” Cr Mitchell said.

“We need to know how it will impact the island, how it will impact Redlands businesses that currently sell supplies to people travelling to the islands and what will it mean to Redlands ferry companies?”

Cr Williams said there was a great deal of need on North Stradbroke Island and so she wanted to understand the potential benefits and risks of the plan.

“The end of sandmining last year has impacted Straddie businesses greatly and now COVID has made that worse, with a lot of businesses on the island hurting and so we need to know money is being spent in the right areas,” she said.

“When the State announced they were ending sandmining on Straddie the first thing I said is that they need to allow enough time to transition the island and they need to have a clear plan backed by clear engagement.

“This is not how you engage and I ask the State Government to consult with the whole Redlands Coast community to understand their needs and concerns on this plan.

“I have been speaking with the Minister about the need for a Moreton Bay Tourism Strategy to guide the future of our island communities and the infrastructure needed to support it.

“Without a vision for these islands how do we know this is the right sort of infrastructure to support the community and how do we know it won’t hurt business?

“I have asked to speak with the Minister about this announcement and the future of North Stradbroke Island, and on behalf of the community I am asking for more detail and transparent consultation so residents and visitors know what is planned.”

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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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Council sponsorship opportunities opening soon

Are you planning an event or activity on Redlands Coast that would benefit from an injection of funding to support your efforts or those of your organisation?

Redland City Council’s Sponsorship Program, the only one for the 2020-21 financial year, is opening soon.

Mayor Karen Williams said sponsorship enabled Council to provide financial or value-in-kind support to individuals and organisations, helping them run events and activities that benefitted the local community.

“This has been a far from normal year, and the people of Redlands Coast are excited about the prospect of once again getting out and about to enjoy COVID-safe events and activities,” she said.

“Council recognises this and is thrilled to support our event organisers in delivering some much-needed light relief to our hard-working community while supporting our local economy.

“Since 2009 we have sponsored more than 1000 events and activities, totalling more than $6 million.

“This year, we expect to support a range of exciting events that will not only help bring our community together but will provide a welcome injection of funding to our local businesses doing it tough.”

Cr Williams said sponsorship applications went through a competitive assessment process that ensured equity, openness and transparency.

“Applicants can choose from two categories: $15,000 or less, and more than $15,000, and can also request funding up to $1500 to support Quandamooka Cultural Awareness activities,” she said.

“This sponsorship program is in addition to the $370,000 in COVID Recovery funding recently given to local businesses and community groups to help them recover from the COVID pandemic.

“I am delighted that we have been able to open this sponsorship round, and I would encourage all event and activity organisers to consider applying for some support.”

Visit Council’s website to download the Sponsorship Program Information Kit, or phone the Grants and Sponsorship Team on 3829 8999 to express your interest or to arrange a meeting with the Grants Coordinator.

For more information, visit redland.qld.gov.au/sponsorship

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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


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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