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Replanting in Bibury street

Bibury street planting

Trees, trees and more trees to be planted to increase conservation area along Hilliard's Creek in Geoff Skinner Wetlands.
Yesterday I again walked the area at 2-8 Bibury Street Wellington Point that runs along the western bank of Hilliard's Creek.
This land, the lot on the map under the text box with Council land, is about to be revegetated which is very important to this valued corridor that leads into the internationally recognised RAMSAR site Geoff Skinner Wetlands
The local bushcare group that have been working in this area I think for nearly 20 years are very excited at the news
Once vegetation is established a walkway will be opened through the area so we can all enjoy this extra space.
It is satisfying to see trees being planted to enhance the area and provide safety , food and a refuge for our urban wildlife .

Bibury Street Wellington Point

Bibury Street Wellington Point

Ormiston House Mother's Day 2017

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Mother's Day at Ormiston House is the perfect setting of elegance and all things delicate from a by gone era to spoil Mums.

This year was again a busy day for volunteers as over 270 high teas were served on the veranda over looking Moreton Bay.  Children played in the magnificent heritage gardens  while generations of families chatted and laughed as they enjoyed their delicious high teas and the company of their mothers.

I know as volunteers we enjoyed making everyone's day special and by the photos you can see how important our heritage and special places are to our local and visiting families.

Mother and Daugher

Mother and Daugher

Volunteers - June and Wendy

Volunteers - June and Wendy

Ormiston House Family visiting

Ormiston House Family visiting

Ormiston House


Ormiston House high tea






Local Diaster Management Group debrief on cyclone Deb

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Redlands has super efficient and effective disaster management services and groups. I have learnt so much of the workings and am very proud to be a part of this team as Chair of Disaster Management Recovery.   I thought I would share some notes from yesterday’s meeting as a matter of interest so you can understand that it isn’t just while the wild winds are here these good folk are working but before and after events many groups continue to support our community. 

I have written just briefly some of the interesting points but if you ever want to know more pop  onto our Redland City Council web site as our  Local Disaster Management Plans are there.

 Wednesday 17th May 2017                                                                                                    

Redland City Council

Local Disaster Management Group

 Today we held our regular meeting which was actually a debrief on Cyclone Debbie 28th – 31st March 2017

 The various agencies involved all gave a brief on their participation which was very interesting and also very important that other agencies learnt from their experiences as well.

Queensland Police Service  QPS and Queensland Fire Service QFS explained how new communication practises worked well to keep teams across the state up to date plus satisfy the general publics thirst for updates.

Mayors across Queensland were also heavily involved in these updates and were in contact with each other informing and warning of concerns in their local areas.

All services were activated on the 28-03-17 and stood down on the 13-04-17 – there 75 emergency alerts and 34 Local Government areas were involved.

There were over 10,000 Rapid Disaster Management Assessments which also involved over 7,000 SES personal assisting.

SES in SEQ did 121 jobs with over 82 volunteers stepping up..this added up to  over 1,400 volunteer hours in our area plus 20 local SES were redeployed to North Qld.  The SES cleared dangerous fallen vegetation rom both private and public areas, assisted with sand bagging, went to private homes to assist with roof flooding, searches for missing people, check areas to observe flooding and decide on situations...their skills and inputs cannot be underestimated.

A new system allowed residents to be contacted back before SES attended call outs to ensure it was actually an SES job and what equipment might be needed.  This aided the SES greaty and saved time in the long run.

In Redlands we actually ran out of sand bags and the sand bag company needs a thank you as the owner having sent staff home did several ute trips himself to ensure sand bags were delivered.

People have to remember that SES are volunteers and to treat these volunteers with respect and be grateful…a few were actually abused during the cyclone which is unacceptable.

 Due to the pre-warning Redland City Council did a lot of preliminary work of checking and cleaning out local flood areas and catch pits etc which reduced some incidents.

Over 800 jobs were listed to do with cleaning up related to the cyclone .   These were prioritised across the City including the islands and the crews are still working through these on top of their normal work schedule….approx 100 jobs still to go which by now are all in the low priority.

Our waste and water personal having prior warning of the cyclone brought in  additional electrical personal ,manned a 24 hour roster and did simply things as remove man hole covers where they expected pressure to build up.

  During the event seriously high water flows were recorded and Thorneside waste treatment station had a power outage and at Capalaba treatment works inlet flows exceeded what it could handle so crews had to work through this pressure.  Some houses were without water for a while but once conditions were deemed safe the crews were back and fixed it quickly.

Redland City Council officers before the storm also went along the beaches at NSI to warn campers of the pending weather event.  Respite centres were set up for the campers to shelter in.

 An issue not experienced before was the wash of rubbish and dangerous items from Logan River out into the Bay.  Dead animals, 20’ containers, trees etc were all in the fast out flowing tide which interrupted ferry and barge services to our Bay Islands.  Redlands have up to 10,000 people living on our islands who rely on this transport but the conditions were deemed too unsafe.  Emergency respite centres were established  on the mainland in Redland Bay by Council for Island folk that were stranded.

Clearing of the rubbish and dangerous items commenced in the Bay once the weather event passed.

 The Salvation Army were fantastic and assisted with the Red Cross in the evacuation centres with catering etc.  Both agencies had many requests for assistance across the State and the Salvation Army is still heavily involved in the recovery program especially in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Logan areas.  New cases are still presenting as people realise they can’t do it themselves.

 The Ambulance service was also very busy  and had issues in the Jimboomba and Beaudesert areas with the flooding stopping people getting to work or the ambulance getting to jobs.

 The Department of Transport and Main Roads had 1.3 million hits on their app which made them the most popular app in Australia at that time!    People are using facebook and modern media more and more than the traditional means of information such as radio etc.

Some roads were destroyed in areas near Ipswich but they had inspectors out 24 hours across SEQ checking areas and giving updates.

DTMR were surprised at the number of family spectators that were at flooded creeks etc and sometimes out in dangerous weather to “show the children a flood”….more irresponsible people were also driving fast into flooded waters to make waves.   These people not only endanger their own lives but those of others in the Services out doing their jobs.

 QR reported minimal rail damage.

Volunteering Qld reported over 1000 calls in SEQ and had over 350 volunteers assisting.

GIVIT supported over 12 local government areas and were able to match 45,000 items.  They had a fantastic response fro corporations across the country donating.  They are still receiving calls as are the Red Cross.

 Energex now Energy Qld had 170,000 call at their peak but were able to work through and quickly restore power in most cases.   Due to the warning they were able to deploy crews to the Bay items before the storm hit incase of any emergencies.

 Surf Live Savers had one medical alert and flew a resident down from North Qld.  They carried out observation flights over the Bay to check boats and were also involved in a search for a missing man in Logan.

 Many lessons were learnt and discussed so there is continual improvements.

 The most concerning fact I believe is that   NBN is reliant on power being supplied and medical alert buttons therefore don’t work without power.   One elderly lady in Bowen was pushing her button for help for three days until power came back on…

 Our Chaplaincy program was also discussed with further training happening next week so we don’t just repair the buildings but also the people in the community after tragedies.

This will hopefully give a small insight into the work of the various groups that is on going and how grateful we should be to have such amazing volunteers and service personal working to keep us safe 24/7.





ANZAC Day Redland City

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Throughout Redlands thousand attended various ceremonies to respect and remember those who served our Country and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Leading into ANZAC Day our schools held very moving ceremonies where it was obvious the children understood the meaning of the day and were extremely respectful.  I was so proud of the various Captains as they conducted their services. 

One such Service I attended which was a very moving ceremony was at Ormiston State School.
Chappie Terry and his grandson read this prayer and I asked his permission to share so others could join in this reflection. 
We are gathered here today as a community, to remember those who have gone before us, and who will continue to fight for, and serve our country.
We remember their sacrifice of life, and limb.
we remember their deprivation of family, and community life.

We pray a blessing on ALL of those, whose lives have been forever changed, by sacrifice of their loved ones.

Our greatest prayer is that we, the men and women of tomorrow, will respect and honour this noble sacrifice...
that we grow in strength and compassion for our fellow countrymen...and that our sense of appreciation will touch the lives, of ALL those around us.

May we join together in love and thankfulness for the sake of our future generations and the freedom that we enjoy in our great country of Australia.

BLESSINGS be upon ALL of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country......


On ANZAC Day there was a wonderful ceremony at Wellington Point State High School. So many different local schools and Clubs participated to make the ceremony truly a community showing respect and giving thanks. Special thank you to Paul Bishop for all your organising .

WPSHS ANZAC Ceremony 2017

WPSHS ANZAC Ceremony 2017

Another moving morning ceremony and wonderful parade was at Cleveland. This year we remembered and pay our respects to all the animals that assisted in war. Unfortunately only a few were ever brought home while thousands died in the war and others were juts left behind. 100 local students placed a purple poppy on a special board to acknowledge their contribution. Camels... the ships of the desert, dogs, pigeons , donkeys and horses all were there today.
Thank you to all who have served our great nation and I trust you are all enjoying yourself this afternoon.

ANZAC Day Cleveland morning service 1
ANZAC Service Cleveland morning 2

ANZAC Service Cleveland morning 2


ANZAC Day Cleveland morning service 1


ANZAC Service Cleveland morning 3

ANZAC Service Cleveland morning 3


 ANZAC Service Cleveland morning 4

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