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Update as at 6 April 2021, Sandbagging stations are now closed

UPDATE: Tuesday 6 April 2021 – With the cancellation of the severe weather warning and rainfall easing today, the sandbagging stations at South St Depot, Cleveland and the Dunwich, Russell and Macleay Island depots are now closed.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns of severe weather ahead over the Easter long weekend, with intense rainfall, damaging winds and dangerous surf conditions possible around central and south-east Queensland during Sunday and continuing into Monday.

Redland City Council sandbagging stations have been set up at the following locations and times:

Council Depot Cleveland – 199-205 South St, Cleveland – Click here for directions
Council staff will be onsite to assist.
Open Thursday 1 April, from 2pm – 6pm.
Good Friday 2 April to Easter Monday 5 April between 9am and 4pm.

24-hour self-service sandbagging stations are located at:

Council Depot Dunwich – 11-37 Mitchell Cres, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Redland City Council Depot, 11-37 Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich.
Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Russell Island – 6 Cambridge Rd, Russell Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Cambridge Road. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Council Depot Macleay Island – 22-24 Scarborough Rd, Macleay Island – Click here for directions
Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace. Sand and bags supplied. Please take your own shovel.

Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn.

Need assistance?

☎️ Call the SES on 132 500 to log a job, which will be prioritised and tasked. This will help ensure our most vulnerable in the community are addressed as a priority.

🚨 Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the situation is life-threatening.

⚡️ Call Energex on 13 19 62 to report fallen powerlines. Remember to stay clear and warn others.

📞 Call Council on 3829 8999 to report fallen branches on public spaces across the city.

Please mindful of conditions when outdoors; Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

For the latest advice and emergency warnings:

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.