Tag Archives: Coochiemudlo Island

Hazard Reduction Burn on Coochiemudlo Island: Postponed

The burn that was planned for the Melaleuca Wetlands, Coochiemudlo Island on Thursday 26 June, has been postponed until further notice.

Planned burns assist in reducing fire danger and provide conditions essential for native plant species regeneration. They are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel and assist with hazard reduction.

If you require further details of planned burns, phone Council on 3829 8456.

Snapshot – 11 February

Redlands Wildlife Rescue

A wild way to volunteer
Redlands Wildlife Rescue (RWR) needs volunteers to help sick, injured and orphaned native animals in the Redlands. There are two different services in RWR:

  • The Redlands Wildlife Care Network (RWCN): needs phone roster volunteers to provide advice to callers. You work from home 8am – 5pm one week every six to eight weeks.
  • The Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA): needs volunteers to provide emergency rescue and transport for wildlife. Volunteers work in teams of three 5pm – 8am one week every six weeks.

New volunteers are given training, with the next round of inductions being held in March 2014. To join RWR, call Redlands IndigiScapes Centre on 3824 8611.


Council Grants and Sponsorships

Grants Round 2 now open
Council’s latest round of community grants funding is now open. We will be accepting
applications until Friday 28 February 2014.

Grant categories include Organisation Support, Project Support, Conservation Grants and the
Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). The RADF is an Arts Queensland and Redland City
Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

For more information or to obtain an application form visit our website or call 3829 8911.


Wheelie bin placement

Cul-de-sacs and narrow streets
Residents who live in a cul-de-sac or a narrow street should position their waste, recycling and greenwaste bins to allow good access and a safe turnaround area for collection trucks. When placing bins out on the kerbside for collection ensure:

  • vehicles, boats and trailers are not parked in front of your bins
  • no objects are blocking access to your bins
  • your bins are visible to the collection truck operator and accessible for emptying.

For more information, call RedWaste on 3829 8999.


Coochiemudlo Island

Water mains flushing
Council will be conducting water mains flushing on Coochiemudlo Island from today. Works will take several days, operating from 8am – 3.30pm (weather permitting). This is essential maintenance work to ensure the continued high quality of water supply.

Residents may see pipes connected to street fire hydrants flushing water. While every effort
is taken to minimise water loss, this water is unable to be captured or redirected safely due
to the high velocity of water required to effectively flush the mains.


Water meter readings

Time to trim back those thorns! We are reading water meters in Sheldon and Thornlands this
week. Please make sure meter readers have clear access to your water meter.


Open meetings

Wednesday 12 February – General Meeting, 9.30am

Coochiemudlo Island dredging to begin

Redland City Council has assured the Coochiemudlo Island community that the proposed beginning of dredging work next week for the islands new jetty will be conducted in a manner to minimise any impacts on recreational activities.

The dredging contactor is expected to set up operations on the site on 30 September following Notices to Mariners from the Brisbane Regional Harbour Master which sets out an exclusion zone for the dredge operations.

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said Council has been advised that the dredging contractor will only begin working at the furthest end of the dredging boundary in the coming week.

“This means the dredging operation will start 100 metres away from the beach low tide mark during the last week of the school holidays and 75 metres out from the end of the jetty,” Cr Hewlett said.

‘Main beach, which has a tidal zone 20 metres wide, will remain totally open during dredging operations with signs erected to advise boat users and swimmers of the dredging exclusion.

“The dredging exclusion zone will also be clearly marked by yellow buoys’.

“The timing of the dredge operation has had to factor in a range of issues including the availability of a suitable contractor and expected marine and weather conditions.

“The completion of dredging work at this time will avoid less favourable tidal and weather conditions later in the year and allow the dredging to be completed in time for the new jetty construction to begin early in 2014.

“The predicted tidal and weather conditions in the coming week are expected to help minimise the limited potential for any inconvenience to recreational users during the holidays, with no fast running tides and suitable wind directions predicted.

“This means that swimmers will continue to be able safely use the beach and recreational boat users will have clear access around the designated dredging zone.

“As always swimmers are encouraged to swim in the designated areas when the beach is patrolled by volunteer surf lifesavers.

“The conditions of the dredging permits also provide for monitoring of dredge operations and the dredge operator will also work in conjunction with the ferry timetable so there will be no disruption to ferry services.”

Roads key focus in Redland City Budget

Redland City Council will spend $20 million on capital road projects throughout 2013-14 – including an increased focus on resurfacing local roads.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the roads program announced in today’s (June 27) 2013-14 Redland City Council Budget, would lay the foundations for the future of the city.

“An extra 45,000 residents are expected to call the Redlands home over the next 20 years, so it is important our local road network is able to safely and effectively transport people throughout the city,” she said.


“The 2013-14 Budget significantly increases expenditure for roads resealing and surfacing as well as several safety upgrades to key local roads and intersections.
“Residents have told us roads and road safety are key concerns to them. We have listened, and we have responded, as a good Council should.”

Infrastructure spokesman Cr Murray Elliott, (Division 7), said many of the city’s roads had been built 30-40 years ago and were now nearing the end of their useful lives.
“Council has developed a 10-year program to upgrade roads across the city,” he said.

Cr Elliott said an 82 per cent increase for resurfacing works to $7.5 million and $2 million for pavement rehabilitation were significant, particularly given the external economic challenges the Council faced in framing its Budget.

“Everyone hates potholes,” he said. “Our Budget looks after the assets we have and will keep them in good working order. It delivers a program that will ensure we have a safe, efficient and effective road network and that our city continues to develop.”
The key road projects include a $1.4 million roundabout at the Nelson and Main Road intersection, Wellington Point and a $1.5 million project on King Street, Thornlands.

The island communities will also benefit from the upgrades, particularly given Council’s $2 million commitment to roads on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Coochiemudlo Islanders will benefit from a $400,000 upgrade of Merindah Street.

Key capital road projects for 2013-14:

  • $7.5 million – Resurfacing works across the City
  • $2 million – Pavement rehabilitation across the City
  • $1.5 million – Roundabout at intersection of King Street and Baythorn Drive (Thornlands)
  • $1.4 million – Roundabout at intersection of Nelson and Main roads (Wellington Point)
  • $2 million – Southern Moreton Bay Islands roads upgrades
  • $600,000 – Salisbury Street (Redland Bay) kerb and channel
  • $600,000 – Fitzroy Street (Cleveland) kerb and channel
  • $550,000 – Queen/Wellington streets (Cleveland) road upgrade
  • $400,000 – Merindah Street (Coochiemudlo Island) road upgrade
  • $389,000 – Wellington/McCartney streets (Ormiston) kerb and channel
  • $312,000 – Four safe school travel (SafeST) initiatives at Birkdale State School, Bayview State School (Thornlands), Redland Bay State School and Star of the Sea School (Cleveland)
  • $60,000 – Weippin Street (Cleveland) pedestrian refuge
  • $50,000 – Bloomfield Street (Cleveland) pedestrian improvements
  • $35,000 – Rosewood Street (Birkdale) intersection upgrade

Jetty upgrades caught in state government red tape

Approvals for the Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Jetty upgrades are caught up in State Government red tape leaving Redland City residents waiting for much needed new facilities.

Responding to claims made in The Redland Times and Bayside Bulletin that Council had failed to upgrade the jetties, Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had been successful in getting the Queensland Government to commit funds for the upgrades and associated dredging work but that it could not proceed until approval and permits were received from the State.

Victoria Point Jetty

“The funds for this work have been available for the past 18 months,” Cr Williams said.

“However, approvals and permits for both the jetty upgrades and for the required dredging are bogged down in approval red tape between the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing,” she said.

“Under the Deed of Agreement, the Queensland Government is responsible for all the current investigations, design and permits as well as for delivering the jetty upgrades.

“We are also waiting on these permits and approvals before being able to proceed with the dredging component of the project which is the component being delivered by Council.

“The Premier has failed to acknowledge the responsibility that the State has undertaken by the Deed of Agreement with Council, which includes delivering investigation, design and construction phases of the Coochiemudlo Island ferry terminal replacement.

“This has been confirmed in writing to Council on a number of occasions and our local state representative Peter Dowling MP has also made representations to the State Government to try to ensure approval of these projects,” Cr Williams said.

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett said the Queensland Government needs to get its act together so that this important project can begin and deliver much needed new infrastructure for the people of Redland City.

“This includes dredging for Victoria Point, Coochiemudlo and Toondah channels as well as upgrades to the Victoria Point ferry terminal and replacement of the Coochiemudlo Island ferry terminal—all important projects for the people in my division,” Cr Hewlett said

Redland City Council has contributed $1.75 million towards the total cost of the Coochiemudlo jetty replacement.