DECLARATION OF LOCAL FIRE BAN – QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

Straddie Camping Fire Ban

DECLARATION OF LOCAL FIRE BAN – QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

Prohibition on lighting, maintaining and the use of fires in the open North Stradbroke Island

In accordance with the provisions of Section 86A and Section 86E of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Act 1990, the current fire conditions have been assessed and with due regard for public safety a Local Fire Ban is being imposed.

A prohibition on lighting fires in the open applies for the period and the fire ban area specified hereunder: North Stradbroke Island, which forms part of the Redland City Council Area. From Midnight Friday 23 December, 2016 to Midnight Monday 30 January, 2017.

All permits to light fires previously issued in the local Fire Ban area are hereby cancelled.

The Fire ban is imposed with the delegated authority of the Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Adams Beach open for Christmas & New Year Bookings – but hurry!

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Adams Beach has been opened with 37 sites available for the Christmas/New Year period. Conveniently located within walking distance of the ferry terminal and the main streets of Dunwich, this compact and shady camping ground is perfect for boating enthusiasts, fishermen and families.

The camping ground faces west and is located directly on the bay enjoying magnificent westerly sunsets. You can anchor your boat in front of the campground and come ashore.

The campground has modern amenities and you may bring your own gas cooker on-site.

NEARBY The historic Dunwich Cemetery, Little Ship Club, North Stradbroke Island Museum and Aboriginal Art Galleries are all within walking distance. Dunwich also has a Football Club, an RSL Club, and a Golf Course all which welcome visitors.

FIRE BAN LIFTED

QPWS has downgraded it’s fire preparedness and removed the Park Alert for Stradbroke Island. The fire ban on wood fires has been lifted. Monitoring of conditions will continue. Please take care with all fires in and around campgrounds, lots of folk call it home.

Fire Ban Lifted

Gorge Walk To Make a Splash With Boardwalk Upgrade

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The best land-based whale watching location in Australia, North Stradbroke Island’s Gorge Walk, will get a $600,000 upgrade.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced on Tuesday the Gorge Walk Trailhead Lookout was one of 28 scenic lookouts around Queensland that would receive funding.

“The Scenic Lookout Upgrade Program was set up to help local council’s revitalise existing lookouts across Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.

The funding for the Gorge Walk upgrade is a 50:50 partnership between state government and Redland City Council.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the funding was great news for local tourism.

“North Stradbroke Island is one of Queensland’s most beautiful natural wonders and the Gorge Walk provides a beautiful vantage point to view the natural wonders of the island and Moreton Bay,” she said.

“People from all over the world visit this popular boardwalk and today’s announcement will mean even more reason for it to be included on tourist’s itineraries.”

Mr Bailey said 38 submissions were received from local councils for the funding. The proposals for 28 scenic lookouts in 25 council areas were successful.

“All sites were assessed against set criteria and prioritised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in consultation with the Department of Tourism, Major Events and Small Business,” he said.

The Gorge Walk upgrade received the highest funding at $600,000, with the next highest upgrade funded at $400,000.

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said the council would match the government’s $300,000 in funding, with the project to include a new viewing deck for whale watching at the beginning of the Gorge Walk.

“The new viewing platform to be built as part of this project will ensure (the gorge) continues to attract people from all over the world to view the local marine life,” he said.

“The project will also include upgraded toilet facilities, information and interpretive signage and seating at the trail head.”

Cr Williams said projects like the upgrade were critical as Straddie transitioned from sand mining to tourism.

“Tourism is vital to the future of the island and investment from all levels of government through projects such as this is critical to building a strong economy,” she said.

“I congratulate and thank Minister Bailey and the Palaszczuk government for their commitment to the Redlands and I look forward to further initiatives to ensure the Straddie community successfully transitions away from sand mining.”

Cr Williams said the project would complement the council’s recent works to improve public access on North Stradbroke Island.

“The Straddie Gorge Walk is a $2 million project jointly funded by council and the federal government over three stages with the final stage completed last year,” she said.

“Council also completed a $500,000 upgrade of Headland Park last year. This upgrade is expected to commence next financial year and will add to the existing infrastructure that is already considered a world-class boardwalk.”

[Source: Redland City Bulletin]