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Redlands waterways health remains steady

Redland City catchments have remained in an overall fair condition this year, according to the Healthy Waterways and Catchments Report Card 2016 released today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Healthy Waterways and Catchments Report Card gave Redlands an overall 3 ½ star rating for social and economic benefits, and a C+ for ecological health.

“It was good to see that our freshwater scores remain steady and that our estuarine and bay areas maintained their overall B+ rating with excellent water quality,” Cr Williams said.

“The report card has some good news, but we don’t shy away from acknowledging there are ongoing issues with freshwater catchment areas, including sediment and pollutants entering these waterways.

“It is our hope that with our involvement in the regional Resilient Rivers initiative and the ongoing care and commitment from everyone in our community, and our neighbouring communities, these results will see improvements over coming years – we must aim for an A+ result.”

Cr Williams said the regional results echoed the findings of Council’s own Redland Waterways Recovery Report 2016, also released in early November.

“Our detailed Redlands Waterways Recovery Report 2016 also showed 14 of our 15 catchments are either steady or improved on last year,” Cr Williams said.

“The only catchment with an overall decline was Native Dog Creek, a shared catchment with Logan City which saw poorer nutrient scores that may be associated with a lack of rainfall and flow.

“This year we had 606mm of rain over the monitoring period, compared to the previous year’s 1278mm.”

Cr Williams said the community played a crucial role in efforts to protect local waterways.

“I hope people read these reports with the takeaway message that waterway health isn’t just an environmental issue, it has social and economic impacts for all of us,” she said.

“Everyone can also be part of the solution – actions as small as using reusable water bottles, or planting native trees that require little or no fertilizer, can make a big difference.”

Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary said Council was 100 per cent committed to playing its role in improving the quality of waterways.

“Over our local reporting period our parks and conservation teams planted more than 71,000 native plants, including around 20,000 square metres of riparian plantings,” she said.

“The relic weir in Hilliards Creek was retrofitted to a fishway helping to reconnect aquatic habitat for local native fish.

“More than 3.4 hectares of land was restored to prevent sediment and erosion entering waterways, aquatic weeds were controlled across 45 sites and 69 cubic metres of litter was removed from 110 waterway spots across the city.

“The Roads, Drainage and Marine unit maintained $2.5 million of storm water infrastructure, preventing a massive 164 tonnes of pollutants, 85 tonnes of sediment and 28 tonnes of organic material from entering our waterways.

“Our Development Control unit also inspected 1,800 building sites and facilitated regional industry field days.”


Council calls on residents to celebrate our creeks

Residents are being encouraged to celebrate local waterways with a series of water-based activities planned at the Redlands Connect Expo to be held on Saturday 9 April as part of Connect to Your Creek Week.

Redland City Environment and Regulation Group Manager Gary Photinos said the Council-supported Healthy Waterways initiative recognised the role local creeks and waterways played in our community.

“Redland City is fortunate to not only be situated on Moreton Bay, but we also have some great local creeks and this event is an opportunity to get out there and celebrate them,” he said.

“The day will be fun for the whole family with activities held at Raby Bay Foreshore and including stand up paddle boarding, rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and more.

“There is plenty of evidence that getting outdoors and being active is great for a person’s health and this initiative is the perfect opportunity to do just that while at the same time learning about the importance of our local waterways.”

Mr Photinos said the events were part of Council’s objective of strengthening the relationship between the local environment and community.

“Even if you can’t make it to one of our Connect to Your Creek activities you can visit IndigiScapes at any time and learn more about the grassroots programs and community partnerships working to make real and practical improvements to our local waterways,” he said.

“Our waterways are vital to the health of local ecosystems and Council runs a series of education programs year round for residents to learn about the importance of our waterways.

“A great example of this is the Waterways Extension Program which has 85 private properties signed-up and has seen 15,000 riparian plants planted in the last two years alone.

“All of the water-based activities being held on the day can also be enjoyed any day of the week in Redland City, meaning there is always a reason to get out and enjoy our local creeks and waterways.”

The expo will run 9am to 1pm and activities are free unless otherwise indicated. There will also be a BBQ and coffee-van onsite to purchase food and drink. No bookings are required, just come on down. Participants should bring a water bottle (water available on the day) and wear sun smart clothing, enclosed water shoes, hat and sunscreen.

For more information visit indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au or call 3824 8611.


Get connected to nature

Redlanders can discover the unique flora, fauna and fish of the Redlands’ creeks during a special Healthy Waterways celebration in May.

Connect to your Creek Week from 17-25 May provides a chance to learn more about the wonderfully wild diversity of the City’s diverse waterways.

From helping to check water quality to guided walks and displays, you are sure to find something new and interesting. And best of all, they are mostly free with no need to book.

Youngsters will love the dragonflies and water bugs display from on until Sunday 25 May at IndigiScapes Centre. It opens from 10am-4pm daily.

Visitors can learn more about the life and habits of dragonflies from the centre’s display wall and see whether they can spot the waterbugs in their enclosure. There will be fun craft activities for kids each day.

For more information on Connect to your Creek Week, call IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Redland Snapshot – 14 January 2014

Straddie open for business

Council and the Straddie Chamber of Commerce are encouraging visitors back to Straddie in the wake of the bushfires. Explore beautiful beaches, enjoy stunning ocean views and help our Straddie operators at the same time. Check out the latest images on our Facebook page. For camping inquiries contact Straddie Camping on (07) 3409 9668.


Be bushfire and storm safe

The North Stradbroke Island bushfires have emphasised the need for residents – particularly those on the bay islands – to be prepared for emergency situations.

Stay connected

Keep up-to-date with the latest information on potential storm or bushfire threats through Redland City Council’s community media services. You don’t need a Facebook or Twitter account to access these pages:

Bay Islands emergency guide: For our island residents, the Redland City Council’s Disaster Management Plan is full of important information tailored specifically for the Islands of Moreton Bay. You can access it on Council’s website.


Healthy Waterways Report Card 2013

Community Forum – 15 January 2014

Healthy Waterways invites you to attend a free 2013 Ecosystem Health Report Card community forum presented by our Chief Scientist Dr James Udy.

A special presentation will also be provided by Council staff on the outcomes of the Redlands Waterway Recovery Report. The evening will include a free supper.

  • When: Wednesday 15 January 2014, 6pm – 8pm
  • Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba

To book: Email Rachael or phone 3177 9100



Straddie E-Waste drop-off point

Council had opened a temporary e-waste drop-off on North Stradbroke Island, providing free disposal of e-waste (e.g. televisions without broken glass, computers, laptops, cables, printers, scanners and hard drives) for residents and businesses until the end of January 2014. Normal restrictions on accepted types of e-waste apply.

  • Collection dates: Now open until 31 January 2014
  • Collection times: 8am – 2pm weekdays; 7.30am – 3pm weekends
  • Drop-off location: North Stradbroke Island Waste Transfer Station, East Coast Road, Myora

For a complete list of approved e-waste, visit our website.


Mobile Library

Interruption to services

The Mobile Library will be out of service until Monday 3 February 2014 due to repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Water meter readings

We are reading water meters in Alexandra Hills and on Russell and North Stradbroke Islands this week. Make sure our meter readers have clear access to your water meter.

Redland City Council wins Healthy Waterways Award

Redland City Council has won the Sustainable Development category in the prestigious Healthy Waterways Awards, announced at a gala dinner on Friday night.

Council competed against five other finalists from across South East Queensland to win the award, which recognises projects that demonstrate best practice sustainable water management and environmental practices.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard accepted the award for Council’s successful and ongoing Waterways Recovery Program.

“This award is recognition for all the hard work that our community and Council staff put in to improving the health of our local waterways,” Cr Beard said.

“The program is responsible for a dramatic recovery in waterways health.

“Our 2012 Healthy Waterways Report Card saw Redlands secure the best improvement in South East Queensland. Now we have added another accolade.

“A big thank you to everyone involved in monitoring, reporting, weeding, planting, investigating and testing to make changes on the land that improve our waterways’ health downstream.

“Council is committed to maintaining the health of our waterways. Healthy waterways mean a healthy Moreton Bay which is a magnificent natural asset and a very big part of our city.”

A second Council project, trialing commercial floating wetlands on Council and private water bodies, was a finalist in the Product and Manufacturing category of the awards.

Redland City Council spokesperson for Environment, Waterways and Foreshores Cr Paul Gleeson said it was great to be recognised in this category.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in both projects, including those who voted for them in the People’s Choice Award,” Cr Gleeson said.

Full details of the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards will be available at www.healthywaterways.org

 Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard receiving the Sustainable Development Award, presented by Unity Water.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard receiving the Sustainable Development Award, presented by Unity Water.

Left to right, Councillor Beard with Redland City Council staff involved in waterways work, David Brown, Karen McNeale, Warren Mortlock, Michael Holland and Helena Malawkin.

Left to right, Councillor Beard with Redland City Council staff involved in waterways work, David Brown, Karen McNeale, Warren Mortlock, Michael Holland and Helena Malawkin.