Eagle Farm, Other North Brisbane Suburbs Warned of Rise in Stealing From Vehicle Offences

Last 7 December 2022, a spike in stealing from vehicle offences in the North Brisbane area, including the suburb of Eagle Farm, was recorded prompting police to urge residents to be extra vigilant.

A total of eight offences of such type have been reported in a 24-hour period, the police noted, including tools stolen from utes parked in Northlink Place, Virginia and Cullen Avenue, Eagle Farm and number plates stolen from parked vehicles in Nundah, Brisbane Airport, Clayfield, Windsor and Stafford.

There was also a reported incident of a vehicle that was entered and searched on Jardin Street in Kedron.

For the past six months to 8 December 2022, North Brisbane has recorded a total of 27,240 alleged offences with Chermside having the most number of offences at 1,281 followed closely by Carseldine with 1,059. The rest of the North Brisbane suburbs recorded less than 600 incidents for the past six months with Eagle Farm having 85 reported offences.

Police advise residents to fit their number plate with anti-theft screws to prevent plate theft, which can be ordered free of charge at this webpage.

Likewise, you can reduce the risk of vehicle theft by parking behind locked gates or in a locked garage, if possible, as parking on the street greatly increases the risk of theft.

And when your vehicle is unattended, see to it that doors are locked, windows are closed, and valuables are kept out of sight if ever you must leave them in your vehicle. 

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form or call 131 444.
Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Investigation On Eagle Farm Creek Turning Blue Is Now Underway

An investigation is now underway to determine why a tidal creek situated in an industrial area at Eagle Farm is turning blue.

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is asking the public to assist in the ongoing investigation into the pollution event that happened at Eagle Farm last 27 November 2021. DES officers were called to the scene after it was reported that a section of the waterway just near Curtain Avenue had turned blue with some dead fish.

The officers who went to the scene witnessed a strong blue colouration of the creek which is an indication of a discharge of pollutants. They also saw a number of dead fish. DES officers have already taken water samples and fish samples for analysis, which they said could take weeks. Only then will they be able to determine the type of contaminant and how extensive the damage has been.

Whilst an inspection of the area, days after the pollution event was reported, revealed that the colour of the water has returned to normal, DES is still encouraging anyone who has information to call the Pollution Hotline on 1300 130 372.

Photo credit:  Kgbo, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know?

In Queensland, it is unlawful to deposit prescribed water contaminants on roadside gutters, stormwater drainage, creeks and rivers. Prescribed water contaminants are pollutants that can wreak havoc on stormwater systems — not to mention the aquatic life whose survival greatly depends on good water quality. 

Under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 – Schedule 9, the prescribed water contaminants include:

  • A chemical, chemical waste containing a chemical such as biocide, including fungicide, herbicide, and pesticide; chemical that causes biochemical or chemical oxygen demand; and a decreasing agent.
  • Gas other than oxygen
  • A liquid that contains a suspended or dissolved solids
  • Clinical wastes
  • Industrial wastes
  • Oil, including petroleum or vegetable-based oil
  • Paint, paint scrapings or residues, pain sludge, water used diluting paint or washing painting utensils, and waster from paint stripping
  • Waste and waste water, generated from outdoor cleaning
  • Glass, metal parts, paper, piping, plastic and scrap metal
  • Waste generated from repairing or servicing motor vehicles

What you can do to help care for our waterways

The Brisbane City Council suggests the following to help keep our waterways clean:

  • Need a car wash? You may wash your car on the grass or go to a car wash. This way you help keep soap and suds out of the stormwater drain.
  • When there is a heavy downpour, prevent dog waste or any animal manure from running off into our waterways or stormwater drains.
  • Dispose of hazardous wastes properly and out of the drain
  • Don’t let erosion and sediment get their way into waterways
  • Don’t litter. Your rubbish should always go into the trash bin.
  • If you have to, use fertilisers and garden chemicals sparingly
  • Do not dump unwanted fish into waterways or flush them in your toilet. Aside from the  fact that it is not a humane way of getting rid of your aquarium, these fish can also be invasive and destroy ecosystems.
  • Report any information about stormwater pollution.

Mark Your Calendars! Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run to Return in August

Did you know that the Bridge to Brisbane fun run event, spanning several suburbs including Eagle Farm, is finally returning to Queensland? 

Scheduled for the 29th of August 2021, the Bridge to Brisbane fun run is returning to Queensland for its 25th anniversary — and what better way to celebrate than to take its runners back to the course that started it all: the Gateway Bridge? 

For 18 years, between the event’s launch in 1997 to 2015, Bridge to Brisbane’s route consisted of a run across the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges, or as it’s more commonly known, the Gateway Bridge. It had only changed locations in the past decade due to construction in Kingsford Smith Drive, however runners will finally be able to experience the original route once again.

As always, participants of the fun run are encouraged to wear colourful and zany costumes at the event, such as these runners from a previous year. 

As part of the events, two routes will be available, with the primary route being 10 kilometres long, and the secondary route 4.5 kilometres long. Each one offers their own distinct sights and paths, with both culminating at the Brisbane Showgrounds. 

Those who take the primary route will be given the opportunity to run 1.6 kilometres over the length of the Gateway Bridge — one that hasn’t arisen in roughly six years. The 10-km course will start runners off at the iconic bridge before bringing them across Kingsford Smith Drive, and finally ending at the Brisbane Showgrounds. 

The 10km route.
Photo credit: Google Maps

The 4.5km route, on the other hand, will start from Hercules Park in Hamilton and make their way towards the Brisbane Showgrounds. Note that with this route, runners will be unable to make their way across the Gateway Bridge. 

The 4.5km route.
Photo credit: Google Maps

To learn more about the fun run, visit the Bridge to Brisbane website here. Follow their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates concerning the event, as well as any other special announcements.