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Community Champions acknowledged for their work during Redlands bushfires

The bushfire on North Stradbroke Island continues to burn within containment lines in inaccessible swampland south of Amity Point and west of East Coast Road.

Southern Moreton Bay Island Community Champions, who were last night acknowledged at the Resilient Australia Awards 2019 with Redland City Council’s Community Champions Program winning the Queensland Local Government Award, have been in the evacuation centre supporting the North Stradbroke Island fire response efforts.

 

There is currently no reported threat to life or property. 

North Stradbroke Island is open for business and visitors planning to head to beautiful Straddie for the school holidays should not cancel their plans.

 

Successful backburning was undertaken overnight.

A total of 25 residents stayed overnight at the evacuation centre at Dunwich Community Hall as a precaution, with 10 people currently at the centre. The evacuation centre, run by Redland City Council with assistance from SMBI Community Champions, will remain open.

There is no impact on camp sites and the island remains open for visitors for the school holidays with holidaymakers advised there is no need to cancel their plans.

East Coast Road remains open and there may be intermittent traffic controls through the day.

Council is encouraging motorists to be patient on the road and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

Bushland and swamp has been burning since Tuesday when dry lightning strikes hit the island.

A significant multi-agency response continues with firefighters from QFES, Redland City Council, National Parks and Wildlife, traditional owners Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Sibelco, and Department of Natural Resources and Mines on the ground.

A QFES control centre continues to operate from Dunwich and Queensland Police Service, SES and Queensland Ambulance Service are also on the island supporting the firefighting operation.

Aerial operations continue today.

A fire ban for the Redland City area remains in place until midnight Friday 11th October.

Council urges residents to stay informed and to contact triple zero (000) immediately if they believe life or property is under threat from the fire.

Residents are also advised:

  • To listen to 612 ABC radio and local radio station Bay FM 100.3.
  • Monitor Council’s Redlands disaster dashboard website (redland.qld.gov.au) that incorporates emergency services and Council messaging and is also where a disaster management plan can be downloaded
  • Monitor the Rural Fire Service (qld.gov.au) website and QFES Facebook or twitter
  • Monitor Council’s Facebook and follow Council’s twitter - @redlandcitycouncil
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
  • If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by or consider leaving the area.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
  • Consider finding your essential items (for example, identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

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