Macleay Island – Evacuation Information

Macleay Island – Evacuation Information

For information relating to current evacuations, please contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999.

The primary role of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) with regards to the management of evacuees is to provide safe, temporary accommodation for a short period until a threat has passed. Once the threat has passed, then evacuees can return home or arrangements can be made for alternative accommodation solutions if this is not possible.

The first preference is for people to ‘shelter-in-place’ – stay where you are – while this is the preferred option, it may not be possible due to the type of disaster occurring (i.e. approaching bushfire).

If you are required to evacuate, the second preference is for people to shelter with friends and family (if safe to do so). For those on the mainland, or a larger island like North Stradbroke Island, this may be possible in some instances. Sheltering with friends and/or family for those living on Coochiemudlo or SMBI may not always be possible, as often friends or family are also evacuating.

Evacuation Centres will be opened as demand requires and where safe to do so. Information relating to the opening of Evacuation Centres will be announced via our information sources – please tune in to local radio ABC 612 AM and Bay FM 100.3 and follow updates on the Disaster DashboardRedland City Council news siteTwitter and Facebook. You can also opt in to receive Community Alerts (details below), which will be issued to areas required to evacuate.

Council now has an opt-in emergency messaging service, where residents can subscribe to receive community alerts, weather alerts and flooded road notifications at four key locations. A Community Alert will not replicate the Emergency Alert; which is a Text and/or Voice message sent by the State Government irrespective of a user’s subscription, sent to all landlines and mobile phones that are switched on and have service coverage. The Community Alert is generally issued to the areas where the significant impact is occurring or anticipated to occur; thus it is important you enter the correct residential address to ensure you receive a Community Alert for your area.

A Community Alert will be issued from Redland City Council LDMG for significant impacts to the community such as:

  • Essential information when preparing, responding or recovering from an event
    i.e. evacuation information, recovery/community hub information etc.
  • Anticipated serious disruption due to an event
    i.e. health related or weather related; toxic smoke hazard, explosion or fire etc.
  • Essential services or Infrastructure impacted
    i.e. water shutdown, boil water notice, island transport services ceasing due to weather, gas leak etc.

Four easy steps to subscribe to Council’s emergency messaging service

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the blue ‘Opt-In Notifications’ button
  3. Click on the ‘Register’ tab to enter your details and create a password
  4. Follow confirmation email instructions to complete the mobile verification process and select your subscription choices.

Do not proceed to one of the centres listed below unless advised it is the nominated evacuation centre. For information relating to current evacuations, please contact Redland City Council on 3829 8999. We have listed below all of the centres within or nearest to the applicable suburb, however it does not mean all will be open. This is determined during the event response by Redland LDMG and Emergency Services, to ensure the evacuation centre and evacuees are not in the path of danger.

The Evacuation Centres are primary assembly areas during a disaster and will often have an oval or park nearby for a helicopter landing site that provides quick access to the Evacuation Centre. Accordingly, latitude and longitude information has been provided for Centres that have adjoining land size suitable to accommodate a helicopter landing site.

Evacuation Centres

Primary Evacuation Centre:

  • Macleay Island Community Centre Hall
    32 High Central Road, Macleay Island
    Ph: 3829 8999

Alternate Evacuation Centres (may be called upon to support as required):

  • Macleay Island Progress Hall
    Russell Terrace, Macleay Island
    Ph: 3409 5000
  • Bay Islands Golf Club
    2 Gordon Road, Macleay Island
    Ph: 3409 5299
  • Macleay Island Bowls Club
    28 Benowa Street, Macleay Island
    Ph: 3409 5364

If you need to evacuate, it is recommended that you seek shelter with family or friends in the first instance. If these options are not available to you, we will establish crisis accommodation in the form of Evacuation Centres or another appropriate means of short-term accommodation. When evacuating from your home, your chosen evacuation route should always be the most direct and safest route available, be aware of possible localised flooding.

Please tune in to ABC 612 AM and Bay FM 100.3 for warnings of road closures and follow updates on the Redland City Council news site, Twitter and Facebook.

Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it!


Assembly Areas

Primary Assembly Area:

  • Macleay Island Community Centre Hall
    32 High Central Road, Macleay Island

Alternate Assembly Area (as required):

  • Barge and Ferry Terminal (South)
    Brighton Road, Macleay Island

Barge and Ferry Launch Sites

  • Barge and Ferry Terminal (South) – Barge and Ferry
    Brighton Road, Macleay Island
  • Macleay Island Boat Club ramp (West) – Small boats
    93-95 Coast Road, Macleay Island
  • Tidal Boat Ramp (West) – Small boats
    Dalpura Street, Macleay Island

Island Transport Services

Bus Services:

  • Blue Bus – Ph: 3820 7815 or 419 712 786
  • Golf Club courtesy bus – Ph: 3409 5299
  • Bowls Club courtesy bus – Ph: 3409 5364

Taxi Service:

  • Macleay Island Taxi Service – Ph: 0418 734 741

Helicopter Landing Points

There are no suitable landing sites on Macleay Island – the closest landing sites to Macleay Island are:

  • State School Oval
    High Central Road, Macleay Island
    Longitude: 153.3575 Latitude: -27.6189
  • Bay Islands Golf Club fairway
    Gordon Road, Macleay Island
    Longitude: 153.3685 Latitude: -27.6210