Operation Safe Christmas – Unsafe Toys Pulled from Shelves


Five unsafe toys have been removed from Queensland retailers’ shelves as part of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) Operation Safe Christmas campaign, launched today by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath.

Mrs D’Ath said the campaign aims to limit the number of dangerous toys that children are exposed to over the festive season.

“Yo-yo water balls and aquatic toys were seized by OFT safety inspectors as they did not comply with mandatory national safety regulations and posed a significant risk to young children,” she said.

“Each year the OFT ramps up toy inspections in the run up to Christmas and this year inspectors visited more than 365 retailers in stores and popup shops across the state, where they examined 7,580 different toys.

“Two types of yo-yo balls, which are banned nationally due to their strangulation and choking risk, were found on the shelves.

“Two inflatable emojis and a goose swim ring were identified as not having correct safety labelling to inform parents about the safe use of the products in water.”

In addition, the two inflatable emojis did not have non-return valves with stoppers permanently attached to them, which means they deflate very easily.

Children who cannot swim could drown if their aquatic toy failed or if they were using the toy unsupervised and relying on its buoyancy.


“OFT product safety inspectors said they have been really pleased with the level of safety compliance shown by manufacturers and retailers in the lead up to Christmas,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Family and friends buying presents for children this holiday season can also help to keep them safe.

“If people are shopping for gifts for children this Christmas, the rule of thumb should always be: the smaller the child, the bigger the toy.

“Check the labelling carefully as toys that are labelled as unsuitable for children under three may contain small parts that could be a choking hazard.

“If buying a gift for a small child, check for any loose parts. Anything smaller than a 20 cent piece poses a choking risk.

“Parents should also check that toys with button batteries have a battery compartment that is child resistant and secure. Button batteries can cause severe internal injuries, even fatal injuries if swallowed.”

Any concerns about unsafe toys should be reported to the OFT at or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

11/12/2019 |

Dogs and Meter Readers: Finding a Solution to Keep Both Happy!


If your meter reader can’t get to the box to read your meter because of your dog, the Government has now got a solution to keep everyone happy.


Energex has launched a new, improved online service for customers who want to do self-meter reads.

“Your dog can be great for security or as a companion to the family, but sometimes they can be a real problem for the man or woman needing to read your electricity meter,” said Chris Whiting MP.

“There were 71 injuries to meter readers from dog bites, and 199 other incidents and close-calls between July 2017 and October 2018.

“And we know estimated meter read dates can be a source of frustration for customers.

“So our solution is that if a meter reader visited your property and access to your meter was restricted or unavailable, you can now login and submit your own read online that same day.

“Once the reading has been validated, the network business will pass it on to the customer’s electricity retailer,” said Chris Whiting.

While self-meter reads have long been an option for authorised customers in remote areas or on properties where meter access is challenging, online services will now be available to any account-holder who receives an estimated read or wants to avoid an estimate.

Customers wanting to submit self-meter reads can log onto and register for the service.

10/04/2019 |

King tide warning for parts of Moreton Bay


Moreton Bay Regional Council is encouraging residents to prepare for king tides predicted to affect parts of Moreton Bay this week including White Patch, Scarborough, Toorbul and Bongaree.


Coastal areas in these locations may experience some impacts associated with the king tide — including road inundation — between today Tuesday, 19 March and Friday, 22 March 2019.

Residents are encouraged to remove small personal watercraft like kayaks and canoes from the water, avoid crossing flooded roads and monitor local conditions.

For more information about flood mapping and how to prepare your property go to council’s website.

Tide table below for Brisbane Bar for convenience:

Date Time Brisbane Bar High Tide Level (m LAT) Day
20/03/2019 09:05 2.65 Wednesday
21/03/2019 09:49 2.63 Thursday
19/03/2019 |

Unitywater Gives the Gift of Reading to Local Children


More than 20 children from the Redcliffe region will receive a new book every month until they turn five thanks to sponsorship from Unitywater.

Unitywater has partnered with the Rotary Club of Redcliffe Sunrise to distribute free books under the Dolly Parton Imagination Library initiative.

Children from birth to the age of five are eligible for the program, which gifts quality, age-appropriate books on a monthly basis.

Country music icon Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library in 1995 in memory of her father, who could not read. To date, more than 70 million books have been given to children around the world.

Rotary Club of Redcliffe Sunrise has already enrolled 28 local children in the program. Unitywater sponsorship will allow another 23 children to sign up for the monthly literary surprises.


“We are so proud to support this important initiative because of the real difference it can make in terms of improving early childhood literacy,” Unitywater spokesperson Rebecca Marshall said.

“Reading a book to a child is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It gives children such a good head start in life by stimulating their imagination, developing their language and improving their understanding of the world.

“High levels of literacy have been linked to greater self-esteem as well as increased academic and occupational success. We are excited to help local children start off with a solid foundation for success, in both school and life.”

Rotary President Peter Morley thanked Unitywater for the support.

“We would like to enrol every child in Redcliffe in this wonderful program, but the reality is that it does require a financial investment per child,” Mr Morley said.

“We’re grateful for this commitment from Unitywater to expand the program to include more local children.

“We have so far had a pleasing response from parents enrolling their children, and as a result, we only have a limited number of spaces left.”

Parents of children aged up to five in the Redcliffe, Clontarf, Margate and Kippa-Ring area who would like to apply can email Mr Morley at or phone him
on 0438 667 539.

More information:

01/03/2019 |

Thunderstorms to Roll in this Afternoon


Bom-radar-12022019Thunderstorms are already starting to pop up on the radar, predominantly in the Somerset region. They are fast tracking East towards the coast.

The temperature is expected to soar to a sweltering 34 degrees as a maximum today, combined with 63% humidity, it makes for quite a sticky afternoon before storms arrive to cool things down a bit.

The Bureau of Meterology predicts that severe storms are likely in some areas, mainly from the afternoon and into the evening.

If you’re getting tired of the incessant heat, be patient! Things start to really heat up tomorrow, with the predicted maximum of 37 degrees! From Friday, we’ll see temps staying around 30 degrees during the day and 19 degrees overnight. 

12/02/2019 |

Council Choppers Target Mosquitos


Moreton Bay Regional Council will continue its mosquito aerial treatment program today after rainfall across the region in the last 24 hours has created ideal breeding conditions.

Council-mosquito-treatmentAt 6.30am on Friday, 8 February council’s vector management helicopters will treat saltmarsh breeding areas in Rothwell, Clontarf, Kippa-Ring, Griffin, Mango Hill, Lawton, Deception Bay, Burpengary East, Uhlmann Road and Beachmere.

Treatments target mosquito larvae before they have the chance to emerge into adults.

By targeting the mosquito larvae where they breed, these treatments reduce the number of mosquitoes that become adults.

Residents are encouraged to take precautions as well to protect themselves and their properties.

Empty any containers around your property which might be holding water. As little as 100ml of water is enough for more than 400 adult mosquitoes to develop in just one week.

Spray screens and outdoor surfaces with barrier treatments which contain the active ingredient bifenthrin.

This active ingredient lasts for six to eight weeks and will kill mosquitoes which land where it has been sprayed. It’s readily available from hardware shops.

Licensed pest control technicians can also effectively treat your property.

Wear personal repellent if you’re heading outside at dawn and dusk as these are times when mosquitoes are most active.

Although it’s not possible to eradicate mosquitoes entirely from our communities, council and residents can work together on keeping their numbers down.

For more information about mosquito management visit:

08/02/2019 |

Police Attend Redcliffe Jetty Markets


Police from the Redcliffe Police Division and Redcliffe Crime Stoppers volunteers attended the Redcliffe Jetty Markets on Sunday, August 5.

Promotional material was distributed and funds were raised through donations and a raffle held on the day.

This was also an opportunity for local police to engage with the community to discuss ongoing issues and provide advice in relation to crime prevention strategies and other topics.

The stall was well attended and was a great success.

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who staffed the stall throughout the day.

police at redcliffe markets

Written by Sergeant Aaron Firth 


07/08/2018 |

Keep a Close Watch on the Coast During the Upcoming King Tides


Owners of boats and properties with ocean or river frontages on Queensland’s South East coast should prepare for king tides over coming days.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said higher tides were already being experienced as they approached maximum ranges.

“Spring tides are a regular and familiar event for experienced local boaties,” Mr Bailey said.

“The highest winter tides of 1.93 metres on the Gold Coast and 2.74m metres on Brisbane Bar on July 13 are at night and not as obvious as those in the summer which generally occur during the day.”

“However novices may be caught out by the wider tidal ranges especially when launching and retrieving,” Mr Bailey said.


“Tidal ranges on Queensland’s coast can be quite significant.

“This is especially the case in our more northerly ports where the highest tides of the season are expected next month.

“For example Townsville is predicted to reach its highest tide at 9.24pm on August 11 at 3.97 metres with Cairns hitting 3.34 metres about 20 minutes later.

“Maritime Safety Queensland regularly reminds boaties to check tides as published in the local press, on local fishing and boating web sites or at Maritime Safety Queensland.

“And remember, severe weather such as heavy rainfall or cyclones can cause these sea levels to be elevated above the expected heights.

“There is the possibility of low-lying roads and trails going under especially if the tides coincide with high rainfall or storms as are currently being experienced in the far north of the state.

“Concerned residents should contact their local councils for advice about these low lying locations and remember ‘If it’s flooded forget it.’

“People living close to the water who may be affected by these tides should move tinnies, kayaks, garden furniture and other items away from the water’s edge.

“Keep a close watch over children playing in shallow water – tidal streams in these waters can be strong.”

Tides are predicted in a range of tidal information publications including the ‘Queensland Tide Tables 2018’ which is available on Maritime Safety Queensland’s website.

For tide information go to

10/07/2018 |

Update: Lost First Light Horse War Medals

James (left) reunited with his grandfather’s medals from Property Officer Chris Carman

With some great assistance from the community police have been able to reunite the WW1 war medals with their owner, the grandson of the original recipient, Private N.C. Nevitt.

James (left) reunited with his grandfather’s medals from Property Officer Chris Carman

James (left) reunited with his grandfather’s medals from Property Officer Chris Carman

The medals, which include a First Light Horse Brigade Medal, were handed in to the Redcliffe Police Station last month by a member of the public.

They were found in a garden near the Redcliffe Hospital car park on May 24.

Redcliffe Property Officers called for public assistance on June 27, after contacting every Nevitt they could find, without any luck.

Fortunately, media coverage resulted in a New South Wales volunteer group that reunite lost or stolen medals with families hearing the story.

They identified Lieutenant Norman Crewe Nevitt had two daughters, one of whom married a man named Papworth and had a son named James.

James Papworth’s Burpengary house had been broken into on May 23 and whilst he provided police a list of stolen items he did not initially realise his grandfather medals had been taken.

Police are yet to charge anyone with the break and enter of his house and continue to appeal for information.

On Friday July 5, police contacted Mr Papworth who gladly received the medals back.

Police would like to thank the person who found the medals and handed them into Redcliffe Station.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1800942275

09/07/2018 |

Lost First Light Horse War Medals


Police are hoping to reunite First World War medals with their rightful owner after they appear to have been lost in Redcliffe.

The medals, which include a First Light Horse Brigade medal, were handed in to the Redcliffe police station last month by a member of the public.

They were found in a garden near the Redcliffe Hospital car park.

Attempts to locate the owner have so far proven unsuccessful.

Anyone who believes these medals belong to them – or to someone they know –  should contact police.

Proof of ownership will be required.


If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1800946711

27/06/2018 |

Grievous bodily harm, Redcliffe


Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault early this morning in Redcliffe.

Around 2.20am, a man was involved in an argument with three other people in a car park at Sutton Street.

The argument turned physical when a man struck another in the head, knocking him to the ground and fled the scene in a vehicle.

A 20-year-old man was transported to the Redcliffe Hospital and then further transferred to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with serious facial and brain injuries including a suspected fractured skull.

He remains in a serious but stable condition.

Detectives from the Moreton District Criminal Investigation Branch are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time and who may have witnessed or recorded the incident on their phone to come forward.

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1801153414

via myPolice on Jun 24, 2018 @ 10:46am


24/06/2018 |

Redcliffe Jetty Markets Set for Major Expansion


The operators behind Redcliffe’s popular Jetty Markets have announced plans for a major expansion over the next 12 months that will almost double the market’s floor space and include new food trucks, entertainment areas and demonstration areas.

The markets, which currently see more than 7,000 visitors each week, has received Moreton Bay Regional Council approval to extend its reach south along Redcliffe Parade to the Anzac Avenue roundabout. The markets previously operated from the Humpybong Esplanade roundabout to the intersection of Baker Street and Redcliffe Parade.

Markets and Event Management Australia (MEMA) Director and Redcliffe Jetty Markets operator Matthew Harris said the expansion would be rolled out in stages and progress week-on-week, and comes as visitor numbers and business demand for stall space increases year-on-year.


Once rolled out completely, the expanded area will include for the first time a space for food trucks together with additional market stall space, children’s entertainment area, display space for car clubs and outdoor enthusiasts, youth spaces, community demonstration area and specialised outdoor events.

“We’ve worked with local businesses along Redcliffe Parade to make sure visitors can enjoy both the markets and brick and mortar offerings. This includes teaming up with the local Ambassador Hotel with the opportunity to extend their bar area onto Redcliffe Parade during market hours, if feasible”, Mr Harris said.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said he was excited for the markets’ expansion, noting it would provide a significant boost to the region’s $1.78 billion tourism, hospitality and accommodation industry and its 12,700-strong workforce.

“As part of council’s Redcliffe Foreshore Master Plan adopted last year, residents and visitors overwhelmingly told us they wanted to see more pop-up stalls and markets along Redcliffe Parade, which is why council has worked closely with Matthew and his team to help almost double their market space,” Mayor Sutherland said.

For more information on the Redcliffe Jetty Markets head to:

03/05/2018 |
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