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Make water saving your New Year’s resolution

While there are currently no water restrictions for Redlands Coast, the hot and dry conditions continue and residents are encouraged to remain water wise and make water savings a New Year’s resolution.

The latest water supply assessment by Seqwater shows that the SEQ Water Grid dams continued to drop during December, losing almost 2.5% over the month.

On the last day of 2019, the SEQ Water Grid combined dam levels were at 56.4%.

For more information: https://www.seqwater.com.au/news/seq-new-years-resolution-save-water-now

State of Fire Emergency partially lifted – Fire ban remains in place

While the State of Fire Emergency Declaration has been removed for Redland City Council, the local fire ban continues.

This means there can be no open fires.

QFES advises fires within a properly constructed barbecue are allowed provided they are not left unattended.

Power tools can be used but must be used with extreme care.

For more information on the Redlands Coast Fire Ban Declaration: redlnd.cc/FireBan

Protect your health from bushfire smoke

While there are no fires burning on Redlands Coast air quality is still being affected by smoke haze from fires around the rest of the state. The community is advised to remain alert to the levels of smoke, especially vulnerable people with asthma or pre-existing lung or heart conditions. What can you do:
• Look after vulnerable persons.
• Switch air conditioners to ‘recycle’ or ‘recirculate’ mode.
• Reduce outside activity.
• Seek medical advice if you experience any adverse reactions and stay up to date with local news reports.

For more information: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/health-alerts/bushfire-smoke-health-alert

State of Fire Emergency continues – Redland City is part of a total fire ban until further notice

A State of Fire Emergency declared earlier this month continues across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland, which bans a range of activities that can cause fires to ignite and prohibits the lighting of specified outdoor fires.

What you cannot do during a State of Fire Emergency:
• No fireworks.
• No hangis or pit ovens permitted.
• No grinding/ welding outdoors.
• No grinding/ welding inside a building with a closed door and concrete floor. Look at your environment and check there’s no long grass or dry vegetation that may catch alight.
• If it’s essential that you run a powered pump, make sure you clear around it and take precautions to ensure that the exhaust doesn’t spark a fire.
• Avoid lawn mowing if your property is dry and highly vegetated until conditions have eased. A spark from a stone could start a fire.
• Gas barbeques with a hooded lid can be used if done so safely, in an appropriate area and only used for the purposes of cooking.
• Woodfires, smokers and pizza ovens can be used if they are completely enclosed and only used for the purposes of cooking.

For more information: https://redlnd.cc/ruralfire_stateofemergency


Bureau of Meterology have issued a weather warning for damaging winds for south east Queensland.

Locally damaging wind gusts to 90km/hr are likely about the elevated ground of the southern border ranges this morning, and also about the exposed east coastal areas during today.

Locations which may be affected include Stanthorpe, Mt Barney, Springbrook, Lamington National Park, Mt Tamborine, Coolangatta, North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

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.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:15 am.

Residents warned to prepare for weather disruptions

Redland City residents are being warned to be prepared and expect likely disruptions as a result of the severe weather expected from tomorrow (Thursday).

Redland City Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Karen Williams said with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicting up to 200mm of rainfall, there was the potential for transport disruptions and road closures.

“The weather bureau is expecting a significant amount of rainfall and damaging winds, which are likely to impact roads, ferries and other transport; so people need to be prepared for delays and disruptions,” she said.

“Dangerous surf, tidal inundation and beach erosion is also predicted, with the high rainfall to coincide with some of the biggest tides of the year.

“We have been advised by Seqwater that Leslie Harrison Dam will likely spill-over due to the amount of rainfall, impacting low-lying areas such as the Capalaba Greyhound track.  Seqwater and Council have contacted businesses and community groups expected to be impacted.”

Cr Williams said Council was preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

“Council has moved its Local Disaster Management Group and Local Disaster Coordination Centre to ‘lean forward’ status meaning we are prepared for immediate activation.

“This is in line with the state disaster management group and coordination centre and our district disaster management group and coordination centre.

“I encourage residents to be prepared including preparing an emergency kit and household emergency plan.  A full list of what to include can be found on Council’s disaster plan website www.redlanddisasterplan.com.au.

“People should also stay off the roads unless necessary, so if you need medications or other supplies get them before the rain starts.  This is particularly important for anyone who lives on islands with the potential for the strong winds and tidal inundation that may affect ferry operations.

“People in low-lying areas should prepare for potential flash-flooding and people in foreshore or canal areas should also be prepared with the heavy rainfall coinciding with large tides.

“Sandbags are available by calling the SES on 132 500 and road closure information is available by calling 131 940 or visit http://131940.qld.gov.au.

“The large amount of rain combined with strong winds may also bring down some trees, so people should take care if they do need to leave the house.

“Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island has already been closed and I think it is safe to assume that all local beaches will be impacted in some way during the height of the weather event.

“We have also started increasing the volume in our water reservoirs, providing additional drinking water in case supplies are interrupted.”

Cr Williams stressed that safety was the most important consideration during these events.

“I cannot stress enough the need for safety and common sense.  Don’t ever drive or walk through flood-waters, stay away from dams or causeways, be aware of fallen trees, don’t go near fallen power lines and if you don’t need to be out in the rain stay inside,” she said.

“Everyone should also look out for each other; we live in a tight-knit community that includes a large aged population so a phone call to your neighbours or friends to check their wellbeing is a small gesture that goes along way.”

Important information and contacts

  • Further weather updates and information is available on the bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or by calling 1300 659 219.
  • For all the latest news and updates, follow Redland City Council on Facebook (Facebook.com/RedlandCouncil) and Twitter (Twitter.com/RedlandCouncil).
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
  • Always contact 000 in a life-threatening emergency.
  • For power disruptions call Energex on 136 262 or for fallen power lines call Energex on 131 962.
  • Prepare an emergency kit including:
    • Medication
    • Battery operated radio (with spare batteries)
    • Torch (with spare batteries)
    • First aid kit and manual
    • Mobile phone and charger (where possible, spare batteries as well)
    • Personal hygiene and toiletry supplies
    • Copies of home and medical insurance policies
    • Copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licences)
    • Contact numbers for emergency services, family and friends
  • Be cautious near the water’s edge this week, particularly on the morning high tides.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains and avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Stay tuned to the Bureau of Meteorology and the media for updates, particularly ABC 612 and Bay FM 100.3.
  • Always follow the directions of emergency services.


Severe weather updates

Last updated: 3.00pm Wednesday 27 February 2013.

We will update this page as new information becomes available. Please refresh your browser to see the latest updates.

Minor flooding at Capalaba

Capalaba Regional Park (behind Bunnings) has been closed due to water releases from Leslie Harrison Dam. Tingalpa Creek has broken its banks and there is a minor amount of flood water encroaching into the play area of Capalaba Regional Park, the greyhound track and the car park at John Fredericks Park.

Road information

Please take care, drive to the conditions, and remember: if it’s flooded, forget it!

  • Hilliards Creek Pedestrian Bridge, Sturgeon St, Ormiston – pedestrian bridge closed.

Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island

Main Beach camping grounds are closed until further notice.

Main Beach is expected to be reopened to vehicles on Monday afternoon (25/2/2013).

Restricted beach access at Raby Bay

We have restricted access to the three public beaches off Masthead Drive, Raby Bay. Two beaches are completely fenced off as the access is too dangerous for the public. The third beach has limited access.


Our preparations

Our crews are preparing for heavy rain by filling sand bags, checking for blockages to storm water drains and placing signs at know flooding spots.

Sand bags

Sand bags are available from the following locations:

  • Cleveland – Redland City Council Depot car park at South Street (corner of Wellington Street).
  • Russell Island – council depot.
  • Macleay Island – council depot.





The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and dangerous surf conditions in Southeast Queensland.

Emergency Management Queensland 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.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* 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.


For further information, please view the weather warning on the BOM website

Mayor comments residents and workers for storm clean-up effort

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has thanked emergency services workers, SES and
all volunteers, Energex, Council staff and crews and Redland residents, for all their
efforts responding to and staying safe during the Australia Day weekend severe weather

“Your efforts have helped ensure no lives were lost and there were no serious injuries in
the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.

“Over 550 call-outs have been made to Council and our crews are working hard cleaning
up roads, footpaths and parks.

“Safety should remain a priority so please continue to take care as you clean up around
your properties.

“Power has been restored to all of the Redlands except for some interruptions in Birkdale
and Ormiston, which should be restored by tonight, and individual properties that have
experienced electrical damage. If you still don’t have power, but your neighbours do,
phone Energex on 13 62 62”

The Mayor also encouraged residents to take advantage of Council’s free clean green
waste kerbside collection.

“Council is pleased to run this special service. Put clean green waste caused by the
storm out on your footpath between now and Sunday 10 February, ready for the
commencement of our latest round of pick-ups. Council will collect it as soon as
possible,” she said.

“We are recycling this storm-related material so only clean green waste can be accepted
– no furniture, concrete or timber products.”

Cr Williams stressed the importance of keeping communication lines open and urged
residents to stay updated on all the latest storm news and information through Council’s
social media channels.

“We had a great response to our regular updates on Council’s Facebook page, tweets
and website during the storm and recovery phase, so please check us out online,
especially during future emergencies,” she said.

Mayor Williams also reminded residents to be prepared for future emergencies.

“While we’ve recently experienced storms, it is also bushfire season so have a plan for
both and make sure you have an emergency kit at home containing essential items that
you may need including a first aid kit and a flashlight with extra batteries,” she said.
For a full Household Emergency Kit checklist visit www.emergency.qld.gov.au .

The State Government’s Department of Communities is holding its final assistance
meeting on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, Saturday 2 February before being
deployed to other areas of Queensland, as follows:

Russell Island
Time: 10am-4pm Saturday 2 February
Location: Bay Islands Community Centre, 55 Jackson Road.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands a priority in storm clean-up

Redland City Council has made representation to the Queensland Government and Energex to provide urgent assistance to the residents of Southern Moreton Bay.

Late this morning the Department of Communities announced it will be operating a mobile recovery centre today, Wednesday 30 January 2013 on Russell and Macleay Islands.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said our island communities have had an extended period without power and some with limited access to fresh food and the mobile recovery centre will provide much needed help getting hardship payments to residents.

“A grant of up to $180 per person, up to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, is available to eligible people experiencing genuine hardship – certainly our SMBI residents fit this bill, as do others in our community who are still without power.

“Council has been in close contact with Energex to ensure SMBI and other Redland areas are prioritised for power restoration.

“Energex is on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands working to restore power as quickly as possible. Power has been restored to some areas with full restoration of power anticipated by 6pm tonight.

“Council assisted residents by suppling diesel fuel to run generators to keep the Macleay Island SPAR supermarket open, to support the Macleay Island emergency services and to assist Macleay Island residents who rely on critical medical equipment in their homes.

“Island residents who have large amounts of waste due to the power outages are encouraged to dispose of waste at the Island Waste Transfer Stations, which have extended their opening hours (see below).

Cr Williams said while many people were experiencing difficulties, it was important to remember that there had been no loss of life or reported injury in the Redlands.

“Council and other agencies will be working with SMBI residents and business to ensure they are as resilient as possible now and in the future for severe weather events,” she said.

“Everyone learns from experiences like the weekend’s storm and we will be applying those learnings in the future.

“I would like to thanks all those who have been responding throughout the severe weather and clean-up.”

Information about the Mobile Recovery Centre:
Wednesday 30 January 2013
2:00pm -5:00pm
Bay Island Community Centre
55 Jackson Road

Wednesday 30 January 2013
1:30pm -4:30pm
Macleay Island Community Centre
Cnr Southsea Terrace & High Central Road

The Department of Communities has advised Council they will consider opening the centres
tomorrow as well, depending on demand.

Other SMBI information:
Energex crews are on the SMBI islands working to restore power and report power due back on
today. Power restoration is taking a considerable time due to extensive damage to power lines on
the islands.

Energex reports the number of SMBI households without power today is approximately 2400.

Across the Redlands there are around 8600 households without power.

Today’s advice is that the majority of residents and businesses are expected to have power restored today by 6pm:
All SMBI – Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay, Russell,

Service station and IGA supermarket on Russell Island had power restored yesterday.

Extended Opening Hours:
Island Waste Transfer Stations hours have been extended until 4.30pm today.
Russell Island and Macleay Island Waste Transfer Stations have been extended to open daily from
tomorrow until Monday from 8am-4pm.

Lamb and Karragarra Island Waste Transfer Stations are open seven days a week during daylight
hours (not fenced).

Further information on North Stradbroke and Coochiemudlo Island waste transfer stations can be
found on Council’s website or by contacting RedWaste on 1300 362 036.

Additional Services:
Residents are encouraged to make use of the free green waste kerbside collection to dispose of green waste resulting from the storm.

Residents need to have green waste from the storm on their footpaths by no later than Sunday 10 February, as collection would commence early Monday 11 February.

Personal Hardship Assistance
People who are experiencing personal hardship due to the storm should contact the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 for support.

Personal Hardship Assistance Scheme (PHAS) grants are now available to support those families experiencing personal hardship, by covering the immediate, unexpected basic costs of essential items such as food, clothing and accommodation due to the extreme weather.

A grant of up to $180 per person, up to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more, is available to eligible people experiencing genuine hardship.

Home owners who are not insured may be eligible to receive a Structural Assistance Grant of up to $14,685 per household.

Those who are uninsured, or unable to claim insurance, may also be eligible to receive an Essential Services Safety Reconnection Scheme Grants. There are two parts to this grant, which is income and asset tested: Inspection: up to $200 towards a safety inspection for each essential service needing reconnection (electricity, gas, water and sewerage or septic system) Repair: up to $4200 towards repair work to enable essential services to be reconnected (for example, electrical rewiring).

Assistance is provided under an application and assessment basis only. Further information is available from www.qld.gov.au

Council Contact Details

To report fallen trees to Council contact 3829 8363.

For more information on Council services please phone 3829 8999.

Residents are encouraged to monitor Council’s website (www.redland.qld.gov.au), Facebook and Twitter for updates on advice and services.