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Redlands Council announces public consultation on Wellington Pt Bathing Reserve Boundary - 02Aug19

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Created by smzipf 4 months ago, 3 Aug 2019
smzipf
QLD, 22 posts
3 Aug 2019 11:34AM
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Received from Kristene Viller

From:
Kristene Viller [mailto:Kristene.Viller@redland.qld.gov.au]
Sent: 02 August 2019 12:08

Subject: Proposed changes to Local Laws for Wellington Point Bathing Reserve

I am writing to advise that on 17 July 2019 Council by resolution agreed to commence a local law amendment process and public consultation on proposed changes to the seaward boundary of the recently gazette Wellington Point Bathing Reserve. Council had already recognized the unique character and mixed use popularity of Wellington Point for aquatic activity when they reduced the normal bathing reserve seaward boundary from 400m to 200m for Wellington Point. The bathing area is activated whenever the section of the beach is under surf lifesaving patrol. As mentioned in our correspondence of 24 June 2019, Council wants to consult the community on a further proposed change to the local law to allow Surf Lifesaving Queensland to establish a reduced seaward boundary whenever they are patrolling. The seaward boundary will be marked by the placement of buoys. The boundary will be determined by the lifesaver on duty subject to daily conditions up to a distance of 100m unless there is a circumstance, like a special event, when the 200m boundary would apply.

The consultation will open on 7 August 2019 and we encourage you to provide feedback via one of the available channels.

Feedback can be provided by:

Email to rcc@redland.qld,gov.au;
Written correspondence submitted to a Council Customer Service Centre;

and Online via Councils website - yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/

Regards,

Kristene Viller
Policy and Local Laws Coordinator
Corporate Governance ? Strategy and Governance
Redland City Council
P +617 3829 8421
M 0435 697 523
Redlands Council
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There are plans to post a 'proforma' with key points to support your submissions. (Trevor Berrill hopes to prepare this in the next week.) Look out for this or submit your own.

Redlands Council announces public consultation on Wellington Pt Bathing Reserve Boundary - 02Aug19

causehecan
WA, 668 posts
7 Aug 2019 12:23PM
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Is theyre any confirmation its on for young and old when theyres no surf lifeguards on duty?

smzipf
QLD, 22 posts
7 Aug 2019 3:17PM
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It does appear so..

From Redlands Council website it reads:

"When the bathing area is formally patrolled and supervised by lifeguards, an area of the beach will be physically marked with buoys and flags for the exclusive use of bathers."

"When there is no lifeguard on duty, this area will not be designated as an active bathing area, and restrictions will not apply."

Submissions on this topic are now open at -

yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au

causehecan
WA, 668 posts
7 Aug 2019 6:53PM
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Is theyre any special rules pertaining to non active /patrolled bathing areas? Could be one of theyre sneaky tricks.

smzipf
QLD, 22 posts
14 Aug 2019 1:43PM
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Consultation Period closes 29th August 2019

From:
Kristene Viller [mailto:Kristene.Viller@redland.qld.gov.au]
Sent: 14 August 2019 07:51
To: 'Trevor Berrill'
Subject: RE: Proposed changes to Local Laws for Wellington Point Bathing Reserve

Trevor,

Consultation period is open for 21 days so closing on the 29th August, 2019.

Kris Kristene Viller
Policy and Local Laws Coordinator
Corporate Governance ? Strategy and Governance
Redland City Council
P +617 3829 8421
M 0435 697 523

smzipf
QLD, 22 posts
17 Aug 2019 10:38AM
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The Consultation period for this is now open for submissions regarding this topic.

Consultation closes 29th August 2019 and you are encouraged to provide feedback via one of the available channels by either providing your own submission or by using the Pro Forma below -

Submissions may be provided via:

1. Online via Council's website - yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au/
2. Postal address: Redland City Council, PO Box 21, Cleveland QLD 4163
(Written correspondence may also be submitted to a Council Customer Service Centre at the Capalaba or Cleveland offices.)

3. Email: rcc@redland.qld.gov.au
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Below is a Submission Pro Forma prepared by windsurfing legend: Trevor Berrill. Copy and paste the segment to a document editor, format it and then print it out. Fill out your details and sign your copy. Scan it in and email to the address above by 29th August 2019.
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Wellington Point Bathing Area Submission to Redland City Council - Due 29th August 2019
Date:
Name:
Address:
Email: .................. Phone: ...................
Requested changes to the Bathing Area Boundaries
This submission is on behalf of the windsurfing users of Wellington Point Reserve. I/We wish to request the following fair and practical boundary for the bathing areawithin the bathing reserve,to the size shown in figure 1 and as described below:Outer seaward boundary (marked with buoys out from the beach) be restricted to about 40 metres to seaward from high tide mark. With the 10 metre exclusion zone around this area for non-motorised craft and 60 metres exclusion zone for motorised craft, this would put the outer seaward boundary as 50 metres from the high tide mark for windsurfers and kite boarders.The width of the bathing area (as measured along the beach front) be a maximum of 60 metres. The 10 metre exclusion zone either end would make the total length 80 metres.The bathing area should allow for space at the eastern end of the beach for windsurfers to rig and carry their equipment into the water via the sandbagged area near the concrete steps to the water. (See attached diagram Figure 1).

Context:
Wellington Point Reserve beach area is a popular multi-use area that has been enjoyed for many years by:
- Windsurfers and other small sailing craft
- Kiter sailors (recent years)
- Swimmers
- Fishers
- Kayakers and Stand-up paddle (SUPs) boards
- Jet skis and occasional power boat (although signage said power boats were excluded)
- Occasional yacht anchored off shore.

The area is increasing in popularity as population increases, particularly in spring, autumn and the summer school holidays. Windsurfers recognise that a designated bathing area with lifeguard, within the recently announced bathing reserve, is a necessary action to protect bathers by providing a marked bathing area that excludes motorised and non-motorised craft. It provides all users with access to a lifeguard in the event of injury such as from stone fish, stingrays and occasional bull sharks, and of course drowning.

Figure 1 attached shows the suggested Bathing Area at 40 metres (Seaward) and 60 metres along the beach (inner red line boxed area). The outer red line boxed area shows the bathing area including the 10 metre exclusion zone for non-motorized craft i.e. 50 metres seaward and 80 metre beach length. The long red line to the northwest is the direction of travel windsurfers (any sailing craft) are restricted to in the most common north to north-easterly winds.


Reasons for the Requested Reduced Bathing Area Boundary Limits:

The following reasons are given as to why the
size of the current 200 metre outer seaward boundary of the bathing area is inappropriate, and should be reduced to the above requested size.

1 - The area is a multi-use area and therefore must accommodate all users fairly and safely. Too large an area will severely restrict windsurfer access to this iconic windsurfing location for both launching and sailing near the sandbank in the smoothest water as the tide recedes.

2 - Bathers mostly swim at Wellington Point reserve beach about one hour either side of the high tide, and mostly with high tides above 1.8 metres in the morning.

This is because: -
(a) High tides less than 1.8 metres provide little depth to swim in.
(b) The winds tend to be light in the morning and the water clearer. As wind speed increases, it starts to produce wave action that quickly makes the water muddy and less attractive to swim in. Therefore, there are few bathers using the beach when windsurfers are most active.
(c) As the tide recedes, the ground underfoot becomes increasing muddy and with sharp rocks embedded in it. For this reason, at half to low tide, windsurfers and other users wear protective booties to prevent foot injury.

3 - Bathers seldom swim more than about 40 to 50 metres from the high tide shoreline. This is partly because stone fish, stingrays and an occasional bull shark are known to inhabit this area. Hence, a larger bathing area will be harder for a single lifeguard to service.

4 - Windsurfers require space to rig up their gear and launch. We mostly do this on the grassy area near the toilet block. So access to the launch area near the sandbagged area beside the concrete steps needs to be maintained for ease of carrying gear and avoiding other reserve users (see figure 1). These areas are also used by kayakers and SUP owners.

5 - Windsurfers' direction of travel to windward is restricted by the most common wind direction, north to north-east. The most common direction of travel is shown in figure 1. If the bathing area extends out to seawards by more than 50 metres such as under the current reserve limits, then around high tide in particular, windsurfers would have to walk over 200 metres from shore through deep water pulling their gear until such time as they can sail upwind of the bathing area plus the additional 10 metre exclusions zone. This is impractical and unnecessary as few bathers swim more than about 50 metres from the high tide shoreline.

6 - Windsurfers use this area when winds blow from the east, around to north east and north (the most frequent directions), and occasionally from the north-west, around to west and south-west (winter only). We do not use this area when winds blow from the south to south-east.

Finally 200 metre seaward boundary limit is designed for ocean beaches where the beach remains smooth sand under foot as the tide goes in and out. This is not the case at Wellington Point, as the tide goes out and muddy, rocky mud flats are exposed. No-one swims there from mid to low tide.

Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission.




Signed ...............................

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smzipf
QLD, 22 posts
17 Aug 2019 10:40AM
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SUPSurferQLD
QLD, 306 posts
Wednesday , 4 Dec 2019 12:12PM
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That must be **** having to rig and launch in such a tiny little pocket like that with half of Brisbane waiting in line. Id rather have a massive beach to myself and drag launch it then ****n send it.



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