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Redland SES show big hearts to help

The spirit of Redlands was on show at daybreak this morning as Mayor Karen Williams farewelled 20 Redland SES volunteers who are on their way to the north of the state to help in the clean up.

The volunteers are travelling to Townsville and then will be dispatched to Bowen or Proserpine depending on need.

Redlands SES heads to Townsville

Redlands SES volunteers head to North Queensland to assist in Cyclone Debbie cleanup

Mayor Karen Williams said that a city the size of Redlands being able to send 20 SES volunteers was a great achievement and tribute to our community volunteers.

“Some of those volunteers are leaving their own homes that have no power at present,” Ms Williams said.

“Last night two of the volunteers from our Southern Moreton Bay Islands even slept at the SES depot at Cleveland to make sure they could get on the plane today.”

The Redlands SES dealt with 58 jobs last night and have 32 to complete this morning.

To report damage to your roof or flooding, contact SES on 132500.


Redland City residents are advised that a sandbagging station will be open today at Redland Showgrounds – Norm Price Park, via Long Street, Cleveland from 12 noon to 7pm.

Sandbagging stations will also be established at Redland City Council depots at Dunwich, Russell Island and Macleay Island.

Residents are urged to prepare now for severe weather conditions today and over the weekend.

The Redland City Disaster Management Plan provides practical information to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster.

Redland City Council advises residents that a severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts that a strong upper trough will move east into the southern interior of Queensland today, shifting into southeast Queensland on Saturday, before moving off the southern coast during Sunday.

A low pressure system will possibly develop and slip southwards over southern Queensland waters during Saturday, most likely moving offshore or into New South Wales late Saturday.

Heavy rain areas should start contracting southeast during Saturday morning as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane from mid-afternoon, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are possible in coastal areas and about the Scenic Rim near and south of the surface trough on Saturday.

The trough or low will also generate large swells as it slips southwards during Saturday, with dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion developing about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast during Saturday morning, contracting southwards out of the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast waters during Saturday afternoon.

Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the high tide Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Locally heavy falls are also possible today and early tomorrow over parts of the central and southern interior though are more likely to be associated with thunderstorms.

A Flood Watch is current for southeast Queensland from Fraser Island to the NSW-QLD border.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
  • Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

All Redland City residents are advised to:

  • Tune into weather warnings on 612 ABC Brisbane and Bay FM 100.3
  • Follow live updates on Council’s news site and follow Council’s Twitter and Facebook
  • Keep up-to-date with Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings
  • Access the Redland City Disaster Management Plan for practical information to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster.
  • In life-threatening emergencies always call 000
  • Follow the advice of local emergency services
  • Drive to road conditions
  • Don’t let children play in or around flood water.

Say thanks to a volunteer in SES Week

This week’s national SES Week celebrations are a great chance to say thanks to the SES volunteers who help keep us safe and secure all year round, says Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.

“Our 220-strong Redland City SES unit has a proud history of selfless contribution by ordinary people doing extraordinary things with several this week celebrating 10 and 20 years’ service,” Cr Williams said.

“These highly trained Redland SES members have contributed to most of the state’s major disaster, rescue and clean-up operations in recent years.

“Their vital contributions to the Brisbane floods and storms, cyclone Yasi and even international air-sea rescue operations in the Solomons, have been well recognised and acknowledged.

“But almost every week, they are also contributing in less visible but important ways, whether removing a fallen tree from someone’s house, helping in road accidents or supporting community events.

“SES week is an ideal chance to let them know they are appreciated, by saying thanks to a volunteer you may know or by joining the nation ‘Wear orange to work’ celebrations on Wednesday, 14 November.

“You can also press the special ‘thank you’ button at Capalaba Park Shopping Centre or simply visit the Redland SES Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/REDLANDSES and leave them a personal thank you note.

“Our Redland SES volunteers have been acknowledged as the best in the Brisbane region for the past three years and were recognised as the best in Queensland in 2009.

“Their efforts have helped raise money for innovative bespoke emergency response vehicles and trailers and helped win Australian Government funding for an important Disaster Resilience Facility soon to be opened on North Stradbroke Island.

“Volunteers are the vital connecting thread that binds our Redlands community and we are very proud of them all.”

Mayor Williams and Councillors are a hosting a Volunteer Christmas Barbecue Lunch next month to thank volunteer organisations who worked tirelessly for the Redland community in 2012.