Redlands Coast island infrastructure boost


Redlands Coast island communities will benefit from more than $11.1 million in major infrastructure and roads spending in the 2020-21 Redland City Council budget.

Mayor Karen Williams said the allocations to projects across the Southern Moreton Bay, North Stradbroke and Coochiemudlo islands underscored Council commitment to improving island infrastructure.

“And we hope this is just the start of the post-COVID investment, with Council continue to push hard for state and federal government funding assistance to bring forward shovel-ready projects for island communities,” Cr Williams said.

“We see projects such as the Glendale Road emergency access road on Russell Island and a range of footpath projects and road improvements as vital to the islands’ futures.”

Council’s 2021 budget, adopted today, includes multi-million-dollar investments in the Southern Moreton Bay Islands as part of a total of a $21.6 million to be spent directly on caring for Redlands Coast island communities – up $1.7 million on last financial year.

“Big ticket projects such as the Russell Island pontoon upgrade, which will cost $3.5 million this financial year, the Weinam Creek car park, which will cost $3.4 million, and another $1.5 million for the islands’ Green Seal program will help to significantly improve conditions for islanders,” Cr Williams said.

“These three key projects are critical to improving access to and around the Southern Moreton Bay islands, with the Russell Island pontoon the start of major marine transport infrastructure renewal program which will now to be accelerated to include upgrades to the jetties, gangways and pontoons at Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands over three years.

“One of Redlands Coast’s largest-ever marine projects, this partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads will have significant transport, tourism and recreational benefits for the region.

“Another $795,000 will be spent on the Canaipa Point Drive off-road footpath on Russell Island, with $259,000 allocated to upgrade Macleay Island Community Park.

“Island waiting sheds and bus shelters will be upgraded at a cost of $404,000.”

Other major island projects include the upgrade of Point Lookout’s Headland Park on North Stradbroke Island ($1.1 million) and park and streetscape asset renewal on Coochiemudlo Island ($270,000).

Go to our website at redland.qld.gov.au/budget for full budget information.

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Massive boost to make it easier to get around Redlands Coast


More than half of Redland City Council’s projected record capital spend for 2020-21 will go towards transport and traffic solutions, with a dozen big-ticket projects and programs alone costing more than $30 million.

The capital outlay in today’s budget also has a strong focus on active transport options, with more than $5.8 million directed at footpaths and cycleways alone to make it easier for our community to leave the car at home and get on their bikes or head out for walks.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would continue to work with the state and federal governments to bring forward further funding for a multi-million-dollar catalogue of other shovel-ready road and transport infrastructure projects.

“The $80 million in budgeted capital expenditure is expected to hit a record more than $90 million once carry-over funds and anticipated state and federal assistance is factored in,” Cr Williams said.

“More than $9 million will be injected into the city’s Road Renewal Program, with $1.8 million going to Regional Road Alliance Program projects and another $1.7 million to the Roads to Recovery Program.

“Another $1.5 million will go towards our bus shelter and seat renewal program and $525,000 for the Cleveland Rail bus station. We want to encourage more residents to use public transport than just have machines laying bitumen.

“Our island communities will benefit from the start of a $28.6 million two-year project to upgrade the jetties, gangways and pontoons at Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra islands, with $3.5 million for the Russell island project.

“At Weinam Creek, the gateway to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, we have dedicated $3.4 million for the carpark development, and we have committed another $1.5 million to the sealing of island roads.

“All this is not only vital to our island residents but also to the development of a sustainable tourism industry to support local jobs creation.”

Cr Williams said Redlands Coast’s great attraction – its waterways and foreshores – came with a substantial cost.

“With more than 335km of coastline, our operating maintenance costs for marine infrastructure, including boat ramps and jetties, foreshore work and canals will total $8.5 million over and above the $10.2 million earmarked for capital works this financial year,” she said.

Cr Williams said Council was also seeking vital infrastructure commitments from the State Government under its Works for Queensland program and the Federal Government under its Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and Financial Assistance Grants to add impetus to its infrastructure investment.

“We already have 64 projects worth almost $83 million that are shovel-ready and which, if funded, will support jobs growth and deliver improvements for our community,” Cr Williams said.

“These include community disaster resilience and infrastructure improvements worth
$10.4 million for North Stradbroke Island and $8.6 million for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, communities which have been particularly hard hit.

“It also includes millions of dollars’ worth of upgrades to the Redlands Coast transport network, including 6.2km of footpaths, 26km of resurfacing mainland roads and 3.7km of green seal for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands in the next financial year alone to help residents and visitors move around the city faster and safer.”

Major road, traffic and transport projects and programs

Road Renewal Program $9 million

Russell Island pontoon upgrade $3.5 million

Raby Bay revetment walls and groynes $3.7 million

Weinam Creek development carpark $3.4 million

Wellington Street and Panorama Drive road upgrade $3.3 million

Southern Redland Bay boat ramp $1.8 million

Regional Road Alliance Program $1.8 million

Roads to Recovery Program $1.7 million

Southern Moreton Bay Green Seal program $1.5 million

Bus shelter and seat renewal program $1.5 million

Canaipa Point Drive off-road footpath (Oasis Drive – Keats Street) Russell Island $795,000

Kinross Road upgrade, Thornlands $700,000

Main Road, Wellington Point, footpath and retaining wall upgrade $650,000

Cleveland Rail bus station $525,000

Moreton Bay Cycleway, Victoria Point (School Road – Pt O’Halloran Road) $500,000

Go to our website at redland.qld.gov.au/budget for full budget information.

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Councillors and senior officers forgo pay rise


Redland City Councillors have forgone a pay rise at the Special Budget Meeting today, saving the City $25,137.

Mayor Karen Williams said Councillors unanimously voted to not accept the remuneration set out for Councillors by the Local Government Remuneration Commission for the 2020/21 financial year.

“Considering the hardship being experience by some of our residents and business community, we could not in good conscience accept a pay rise,” she said.

Cr Williams said the decision by Councillors had been further supported by Council’s senior and executive officers who had also proactively agreed to not accept a pay increase.

“The combined impact of Councillors and Council’s 22 senior officers not accepting a pay increase will save residents about $150,000, which in the current economic environment will be welcome news for the community,” she said.

“Council has worked hard to deliver stimulus packages to ease the burden of locals where possible.

“While our salary savings may not seem a lot in the grand scheme of things, it is a statement of our solidarity with the Redlands Coast community.”

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Suspension of parking infringement notices to end on Sunday 12 July


Redland City Council would like to advise that as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, the suspension of parking infringements at the city’s ferry terminals will end on Sunday 12 July.

Parking infringement notices in these areas will apply again from Monday 13 July.

A Council spokesperson said parking infringements had been suspended for some areas in the Redland Bay Marina car park and all timed parking areas at Toondah Harbour and the Victoria Point ferry terminal to assist residents who had a mainland vehicle and were self-isolating at home due to COVID-19.

“Council is pleased to have been able to support our geographically isolated island residents during the height of the COVID-19 travel restrictions,” the spokesperson said.

“Now, with the State Government having opened Queensland to travel and more people using the city’s marinas, Council must ensure parking is available for everyone at these car parks, so parking infringement notices will soon apply again.

“Areas at the Redland Bay Marina car park that had been changed from three day parking to 18 hour regulated parking will also revert to the previous three-day parking.”

The spokesperson said Council strongly encouraged the community to be mindful of the changed parking conditions that would apply at the city’s marina car parks from 13 July.

“Council urges drivers to ensure they have parked lawfully in accordance with regulatory signs and line marking before they leave their vehicles,” the spokesperson said.

“Parking infringements only apply in situations where local laws are not adhered to, and Council looks forward to Redlands Coast residents and visitors parking responsibly.”

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Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre to close temporarily


Redland City Council advises that Birkdale Recycling and Waste Centre (formerly known as Birkdale Waste Transfer Station) will temporarily close for site maintenance and upgrades from Wednesday, 1 July 2020.

Mayor Karen Williams said the closure was necessary for the safety of Council employees, contractors and the community.

“Works are likely to continue until mid-August, weather permitting, mainly during daylight hours from Mondays to Saturdays, but with the possibility of some night works,” she said.

“Every effort will be made to minimise noise and dust by using a water truck for dust suppression, and working between 6am and 6pm.”

Cr Williams encouraged residents to either hold onto waste and recyclables or make use of the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre while the Birkdale facility was closed, with commercial operators being asked to use alternative facilities during this period.

“COVID-19 social distancing rules and extra safety conditions are still in place at all Council recycling and waste centres, so please remain patient,” she said.

“Limits on the number of visitors may cause delays on entry, particularly at peak times, such as weekends.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said she acknowledged the temporary closure may be an inconvenience for some people.

“I appreciate the community’s patience and understanding while these vital works are completed,” she said.

“Ensuring the safety of the community and of Council’s employees and contractors is paramount.

“This is a short term closure that will deliver much needed maintenance and upgrades.”

Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre, located at 761–789 German Church Road, is open seven days a week from 7am–5pm.

Vehicles must arrive before 4.45pm to gain access.

This facility only accepts residential waste in vehicles with a gross combination vehicle mass (GCVM) of less than 4.5 tonnes.

The following commercial items are not accepted at Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre:
• Commercially generated or transported fibro, cement sheeting and asbestos-containing material. Redland Bay only accepts residential quantities (up to 10m2)
• Commercial bricks and concrete
• Commercial and industrial mixed waste in vehicles greater than 4.5t GCVM

Commercial operators are encouraged to go to alternative locations where possible during this time. These may include:
• Chandler Resource Recovery Centre (Brisbane City Council), Tilley Road, Chandler – vehicles less than 4.5 tonnes GCVM
• Resource Recoveries and Recycling, 706 Mount Cotton Road, Sheldon – does not accept Commercial and Industrial waste
• Carbrook Waste and Recycling Facility (Logan City Council), 1801 Mount Cotton Road, Cornubia – vehicles less than 4.5t GCVM

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Council venues reopening as COVID-19 restrictions ease


Redland Art Gallery (RAG), Cleveland and IndigiScapes are all set to reopen to the public on Monday 15 June, with RecycleWorld following the next day.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted that more Council venues would soon be ready to receive visitors in line with Stage 2 of the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 Restrictions.

“While some of our Council venues were able to quickly reopen after the Stage 2 easing of restrictions was brought forward, others are still gearing up to reopen to our community as safely as possible,” Cr Williams said.

“We welcomed the State Government’s decision to bring forward Stage 2, but the lack of notice has meant some slight delays.”

Councillor Williams said art gallery visitors were in for a treat with a revised program of exhibitions being released for the rest of this calendar year.

“Two new exhibitions will run in the Cleveland Gallery from 15 June until 2 August,” she said.

Redland Art Awards: Works acquired 2006-2018 will highlight 14 wonderful artworks held in the RAG Collections acquired from the gallery’s prestigious biennial contemporary painting competition.

Breathing Space is a selection of RAG Collection works that encourage us to stop, relax and reconnect with Redlands Coast on Quandamooka Country.”

Image: Julie Reeves, Dark garden 4 2007, oil on canvas. Redland Art Gallery Collection. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Julie Reeves, 2012. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Carl Warner.

Council venues – reopening dates and conditions

Redland Art Gallery (RAG), Cleveland will reopen on Monday 15 June with two exhibitions:
• Redland Art Awards: Works acquired 2006-2018
• Breathing Space: Taking time out with the RAG Collection

Conditions in place:
• As a maximum of 20 people is currently permitted, gallery employees will regulate visitor entry.
• There will be no public seating available.
• You can now view exhibitions at the Cleveland gallery in person, with children’s art and craft still activities available online at http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre will reopen on Monday 15 June.

The Discovery Centre, gift shop, nursery and café will all reopen, with the flow of visitors being regulated to ensure compliance with social distancing rules.

• Centre opening (including gift shop) hours: 10am – 4pm daily
• Nursery opening hours: 10am – 3pm weekdays
• Café opening hours: three set seating times with modified menu for dining in (bookings essential, limited take-away options will be available):

  • Morning tea: 10am –11.30am
  • Lunch:  12pm -1.30pm
  • Afternoon tea: 2pm – 3pm

Discovery Centre opening hours: three sessions daily, aligned with café seating times.

Phone 3824 8611 for café bookings.

RecycleWorld at Redland Bay Recycle and Waste Centre will reopen on Tuesday 16 June.

Opening hours: Tuesdays and Fridays (instead of Saturdays), 10am – 2pm
• 10am – 12 noon: pedestrian entry only through the loading bay gate. Purchases (other than large items) will need to be carried out by customers via the pedestrian footpath.
• 12 noon – 2pm: vehicle pick up of large items from the loading bay.

Conditions in place:
• Entry will be regulated due to current gathering rules. Visitors can expect queues on entry and payment.
• If the carpark is full, customers may be asked to return later.
• Payment via EFT only.
• Footwear must be worn (this is an existing safety measure).
For full list of conditions: https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/info/20189/waste_transfer_stations/334/recycleworld

All Council venues

• Council venues being reopened will provide safe and welcoming spaces for the Redlands Coast community and visitors.
• Cleaning will be increased, sanitiser will be available and social distancing measures will be in place.
• Conditions at all venues will be reviewed again when Queensland reaches Stage 3 in the easing of restrictions roadmap.

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Council seeks community input on coastal strategy


Redland City Council is inviting community members to provide input into Phase 6 of its Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy.

A city-wide strategy for the protection of the city’s coastline, including islands and inland rivers and creeks; the project will assess the vulnerability of infrastructure, assets and property to coastal hazards, and recommend actions to help adapt and manage these risks.

As part of the project’s next phase, Council is conducting an online survey seeking feedback from community members on what they value most about Redlands Coast, plus their understanding and any experiences of coastal hazards.

Mayor Karen Williams, who is also chairperson of the project’s steering committee, said the next phase involved identifying options that would help Redlands Coast adapt to, and be protected from, potential hazards such as coastal erosion, storm tide inundation, and sea level rise to the years 2070 and 2100.

“I’m very proud of this project and I’m looking forward to its completion later this year,” Cr Williams said.

“Council and project stakeholders have worked hard in developing the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy, and this next phase calls for the community to provide invaluable input to help inform the strategy’s recommended actions.

“Redlands Coast residents should feel confident knowing Council will have a plan in place to help protect our coastal lifestyle, Indigenous cultural heritage, and to guide the adaptation of private property and public infrastructure.”

Development of the strategy is overseen by the project’s steering committee, and is developed in consultation with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, key asset owners and stakeholder bodies, and the wider Redlands Coast community.

For more information about the strategy and to take the online survey, please visit the project page at yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/CHAS

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New security cameras for Capalaba Place and Wellington Point


Security has been enhanced at Capalaba Place, with Council recently installing 31 security cameras in the area, while another five cameras have been installed at Wellington Point.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had worked closely with the Federal and State governments to secure funding for the security upgrades.

“Council received $60,944 towards the security camera installations in Capalaba as part of a grant from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund, which also included recent camera installations at Weinam Creek, Redland Bay,” she said.

“For the Wellington Point cameras, we have received $25,350 in funding from the State’s Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

“We now also have a Memorandum of Understanding between Council, Translink and the Queensland Police Service so any footage captured by these cameras can be shared.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said the cameras at Capalaba Place were the culmination of a lot of work by Council, police and traders to help maintain safety in the area between the shopping centres.

“The safety of bus drivers and their passengers at the Capalaba bus interchange will be increased thanks to these cameras,” she said.

“We can now help monitor what is happening in this area.

“With 19 cameras now in operation at the interchange and an additional 12 cameras around the library and green space areas, they will certainly help deter anti-social behaviour.”

Division 1 Councillor Wendy Boglary said installation of the security cameras in Wellington Point would be welcomed by residents and business owners alike.

“For residents, regular hooning late at night has been an ongoing issue, and having the latest high-tech cameras with license plate recognition software will certainly help the police identify the culprits,” she said.

“Business owners also can look forward to the added security and deterrent that having this network of cameras will bring.

“This has been a long process, with firstly having to get a Security Camera Policy through Council, so to finally see the cameras installed is a great relief.”

Cr Williams thanked the Federal and State governments for their investment in Redlands Coast.

“While cameras may act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour, they are no substitute for community vigilance.

“Anyone who witnesses behaviour they believe to be illegal should report it to Policelink on 131 444.”

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Rediscover our naturally wonderful Redlands Coast islands


Redlands Coast islands are once again open for travel and business and looking forward to welcoming more visitors as they venture out of their isolation bubbles.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that our island residents and businesses had been doing it tough during coronavirus restrictions with North Stradbroke Island, in particular, heavily reliant on tourism since the end of sand mining.

“While the Straddie travel ban was necessary to protect locals, it did mean the island’s economy was significantly impacted over that period,” Cr Williams said.

“The rest of our islands and mainland– while not subject to travel bans – also saw few visitors with would-be holiday makers discouraged from taking the trip.

“So it’s great news that the State Government has brought forward Stage 2 of its Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, allowing both travel to, and stays on, our naturally wonderful city.

Mayor Williams said she had seen many examples of #RedlandsCoastKindess over the course of the COVID-19 crisis and was asking one more favour of locals.

“Please use your new-found freedom to take a trip with family and friends to a Redlands Coast holiday,” she said.

“Our islands and hinterland are such beautiful destinations – with lots to see and do – and you would be doing your bit to help local businesses make it to the other side of restrictions.

Cr Williams said Straddie was home to the best land-based whale watching in Australia, with the season now in progress.
“There is a range of eco-tourism and Aboriginal cultural activities available – including cultural walks, art galleries and food experiences.
“If adventure activities are more your style, try a 4WD tour and sandboarding down the dunes.”
Cr Williams said neighbouring Coochiemudlo Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Russell, Macleay, Lamb and Karragarra should not be overlooked.

“Coochiemudlo Island – or Coochie as locals affectionately call it – is just a 15 minute ferry ride from Victoria Point on the mainland,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful place for a family day trip or extended stay.

“And for those after a relaxing hideaway or great fishing, you can’t go past the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

“Throw in the lush greenery of hinterland destinations such as Mt Cotton and you are sure to find the perfect place to take a well earned local break.”

For local cultural activities and experiences, contact Redlands Coast Visitor Information Centre on 1300 667 386 or visitredlandscoast.com.au

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Setting the record straight – SMBI land


Please be aware of incorrect media reports recently that Council is selling more than 4200 blocks of surplus land on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island.

This is inaccurate.

You won’t find more than 4200 blocks of Council land for sale for $15,000 on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and you won’t find any Council land for sale on North Stradbroke Island.

Redland City Council on 10 June made a procedural change to put a policy around sale of surplus land on the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands of Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra islands. North Stradbroke Island is not included.

Council is not proactively selling off land, but has put in place a process for adjoining neighbours to go through at their cost and at market value should they wish to purchase an adjoining piece of land owned by Council and which is surplus to Council needs.

When people have asked before to buy this land next to them, Council has not had a streamlined process.

Previously a report needed to go to Council for each sale, which made it time consuming and resource intensive.

The number of properties that could be eligible for application by an adjoining property owner is about 345 – not the more than 4200 referred to in The Courier-Mail and which Council owns overall on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

Any property owners wishing to purchase the land would need to amalgamate it with their current land to obtain a larger yard.

It cannot be subdivided.

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