From what i gather, most of the comments saying the Island/s are 'full of druggies', seem to be written by conservative "ACA watching oldies", who seemingly have nothing better to do with their lives than to complain, bag out others, gossip, live in fear, etc.. Yes, people do drugs on Russell Island..don't they everywhere? Mostly 'pot', from my observations. Last i heard 50+% of the Australian adult population had smoked pot, what's the big deal? I never had any 'trouble' from someone 'stoned' abusing me or anything.
I lived on Russell for around 5 years, and left due to a family illness. I felt safer than most anywhere else i've lived in my life, and i've lived in a lot of different area's. I didn't observe crime. Sure there's gonna be some 'bad' people & crime. But, no more than the 'average', in my opinion.
At the end of the day, whether you're living on Russell, Macleay etc.. you're living in a country town of a few thousand people surrounded by water. So, there's gonna be more gossip, facial recognition etc, than a more anonymous life living in a large city. That's gonna be good or bad, depending on your own interpretation.
From my observations, there's a fair few people who 'come and go'. Live there for a couple years, get bored etc. and move on. If you like your shopping malls, going out to different cafe's, restaus etc.. this place is probably not for you (for the longer term, at least). There's lots of mozzies, as there always is when living near the water and vegetation.
To my mind, it's not a 'paradise' nor a 'hell hole', but a pretty good place to live - particularly is you prefer a 'quieter life', nature etc..
I moved here from Melbourne nearly two years ago and it has fulfilled every expectation and more for my family. Some comments here are very positive and others very negative simply because everyone's experience differs. Like yourself, I believed Russell Is to be a 'rough' island with lots of crime, simply from what I read on blogs before moving here and certainly there is an element of that (as there was down south as well and in many mainland suburbs). I think life is like a cup of tea, it's how you make it. If your primary motivation for moving here is for the cheap housing/rent you may be disappointed when you realise the challenges of island living (and there are quite a few). If you're here because it has been your lifelong dream to live on an island then like myself, you will MAKE it work!
If, as you say, you are seeking a clean, peaceful lifestyle then I would choose Macleay or Lamb. Karragarra is lovely too but no amenities and with a family you will most likely appreciate even a basic kiosk/general store (although Woollies do deliver weekly and you can travel inter-island 'free' by ferry to Russell or Macleay which both have jetty accessible supermarkets).
I cannot speak for the local primary school as my child started mid year 7, but I would choose your high school very carefully. Moving kids anywhere is a monumental disruption to their lives, let alone interstate and/or to an island. I chose a high school at Victoria Point as I was advised most of the island kids went there. Regret it terribly now (now when he has made friends and refuses to let me move him again). I fear it marked the end of any academic aspirations I had for what had always been a 'high end of average' achieving student. I thought it was important to put him in a school where his peers went so they could socialise on weekends. I thought it important as I perceived us being far more isolated that in truth we are. But I am told there are kids who do quite well there, if they WANT to. In my experience of moving teenagers, often their social concerns become far more important than their academic goals.
Other challenges include mainland shopping. You either need to use public transport (most residents buy shopping jeeps or granny trolleys as we called them as kids to make easier) or ideally you have a car permanently parked on the mainland. Parking costs on average $25 p/w but you will at least get cheaper rego on your island car - known as 'Island Reg'. You WILL need an island car unless you are living close to the jetty where some shops also are. There is no island public transport (apart from a primary school bus on Russell I believe). However, there are taxis, but only on Macleay and Russell. Lamb has neither but is only small (2kms walk worst case scenario) and Karragarra I'm not sure of but think they have neither too. Council have a big carpark at Redland Bay ferry terminal with 2+ years waiting lists but you can put your name down on lists for private homes' onsite parking as well. My name has been on council parking waiting list for nearly two years but my husband found two private, SECURE (backyards with locked gates) carparks in just one hour of walking around Redland Bay.
Depending on where you live on any island the mozzie/midges can be a huge challenge. Best advice for itching is heat. Spoon in hot water or even better, the hairdryer as hot as you can stand for 30-45 seconds without burning yourself of course! Disperses histamines and will give 6 hours or so relief. After 6 month/1 year you will start to develop some immunity and old timers here seem unbothered by them. Waterfront properties, or those near reserves/swampland appear to be the worst infested areas. My son and I both contracted Ross River fever in less than a year of moving here, BUT, this could have happened anywhere in Queensland to be fair and even down south these days. Of course statistically, the chances were greater here. Council do treat for mosquitoes but not sure its all that effective and lately they are worse than they have ever been I am told and low Deet percentage repellants seem to be ineffective although personally I find Bushmans to work if you slather yourself in it. Expensive and nasty stuff to be covering kids in. But if you love it here you will find a way to beat them! Clean up all water reservoirs around your home, put in BugVac type contraptions with attractants, dig out water holding plants like Bromediads and plant mozzie repelling plants everywhere eg. lavender, rosemary, marigolds etc. Research it. Google will be your best friend living on the SMBI and you will learn to rely on online shopping where ever you can.
If I were you I would probably choose Macleay as it has supermarket, skate park, medical/dental facilities, pharmacy, an arts centre, restaurants, caf, clubs etc. Macleay feels a little more like suburbia in some ways but that might just make your life easier.
Lamb is very quiet with mostly retirees and probably less than 50 kids of varying ages and only amenities are a club and basic kiosk/general store which also does typical caf meals. Nothing really for kids unless they like fishing but they just jump on a ferry and go to other islands to catch up with friends or Victoria Point for cinemas/shops.
Russell would definitely have the largest percentage of drug/unemployment problems but there would be minor drug/unemployment issues on all islands probably as there is everywhere these day. It has shops, two supermarkets, primary school, medical facilities (inc heart monitoring equipment), pharmacy, Arts centre and public swimming pool. There is definitely a larger percentage of tough kids but it also a larger island and there are tonnes of really lovely people there too. Nevertheless, given your particular circumstances Russell would be my last pick.
Karragarra has no amenities, no public transport and I'm not even sure they have a taxi. Not many kids either. I don't know all that much about 'Karra'. Tiny island. Lots of greenies/environmentalist and alternate living types I think. But they do have a lovely sandy beach which the kids ferry over to to swim with minimal inconvenience. They quickly become quite independent with inter-island ferry travel and for the most part it's pretty safe I feel.
It does cost a little more to live on SMBI and be warned, depending on how far away you work from Redland Bay it could be tricky finding that work/life balance as you'd need to add 20 mins ferry travel time plus the time it takes you to get to the ferry on your island and time to walk from the jetty to your carpark on the mainland. Employment on the islands is mostly non-existent so you will no doubt have to work on the mainland unless you are one of the lucky ones with some kind of passive income or you can work from home. Ferries start around 4.30am until around midnight and run pretty regularly during the day but less frequently into the evening and stop around midnight so you'd be wise to check out ferry timetables (bayislandtransit.com.au). To bring your car over from mainland on the barge (vehicle ferry) is not cheap, around $100 return and approx. $50 inter-island (barge timetable - www.stradbrokeferries.com.au). On the plus side inter-island travel on the passenger ferries is free for island residents, which is great for the kids or for grocery shopping. Most establishments that are not within walking distance from ferries will offer some kind of jetty pickup and most clubs have courtesy buses otherwise they would lose the business of other islands.
In a nutshell, you can make anything work for you if you want it bad enough. Everyone's experience is different as I say and much of peoples' perception of living here depends on the lens through which you they are looking. So if it's just about cheap housing/rent - forget it. You will lose the benefit of some of those savings with additional cost of living expenses. But if your lifelong dream was to live on an island or wake up to a water view and you can afford a waterfront property then you have found an affordable paradise! Choose your property carefully, there is a smorgasbord of great properties here. Ideally rent a property you are interested in for a week prior to deciding to buy, or at least rent one nearby. Many properties are available for short term rental. And ideally rent outside of holiday times so you get a real taste of the neighbourhood the way it is mostly. Talk to your neighbours. They'll tell you what's right/wrong with the neighbourhood. Most people are friendly and helpful. You say you come from country NSW so you already know what small community living is like with its pros and cons. Simple things become big things. A big day out might be a local market event. Its for those wanting to slow the pace down and wanting a quiet, simple life. You will make friends quickly but ideally not too quickly. Many of those friendships end in tears and unpleasantness. Take your time. I think a lot of 'misfits' are drawn to island living and I mean that in a positive way. I consider myself one of them. People who want to distance themselves from the 'establishment' or those who don't 'fit' neatly into mainstream life. Makes for some very interesting characters. You will learn quickly living here to never judge a book by its cover. People you might give a wide berth to in suburbia often turn out to have the biggest hearts. I also see many people jump onto committees only to leave disgruntled later and feel they can no longer attend those meetings or frequent those establishments. However, I have presumed you will be buying. If you are renting the same advice applies. If you like boating or are a creative type you will no doubt love it here. Lots of boaties/fishing enthusiasts, artists, writers, poets and musicians are drawn here.
I hope this gives you some insight. I have tried to be as objective as I can and wish I had some of this information before I moved here. Not that it would have made any difference. I was coming here from the moment I learned of it and like many others say to me, I was 'drawn' here. I just love island living, despite its adversity and challenges. I love all the quirky personalities, the near perfect weather, the plethora of beautiful birdlife, the peace and beauty abound and the pristine waters and they will probably have to drag me kicking and screaming off to the old people's home to get me out of here. But its not for all. Some will see mangroves, mozzies and mud and some will see paradise. Come visit :)
Good luck with your decisions whatever they may be!
I moved 2 years ago. Not long after my son got peer grop pressured into smoking pot. My daughter and younger son bullied at the local primary school. Your children will be rubbing shoulders with vile scum and come home telling you all about smoking meth etc. Not kidding. I am still stuck here as i moved as i needed a break from high rent but it nearly cost me dearly with addiction medicine specialist. Psychologist for my son due to the extreme bullying. 2 of my kids been punched in the face at school. Now they all in private schools. The local high school is also feral too. Island kids are looked down on so your kids become double disadvantaged. People are very clicky here too, old people retiree crowd/ dole bludgers and vast number on disability support pension/ hippy alternative dreadlock type and a few normal working descent looking people. Nearly everyone on the ferry smells of stale sweat, alcohol cigarretes or BO its vile. I have a lovely house i rent on the water and only 1-2 good friends. The bogan creepy men will come in droves and try befriend you to creep their way in. Lots of domestic violence, lots of druggies, lots of morbidly obese people. Ive told my family not to be too friendly with the islanders as the kids pick up bad habits like swearing and just being extra rude. My advice is think twice especially with a big family n lots of kids as they are the ones who bear the brunt of it. Many like to settle arguments with their fists not like grown adults. Its a jungle out there. Read H G Wells book the island of Dr moreau.... thats my analogy of the place. Creature with 2 heads roaming around haha. Its a shame as it really is lovely but the old grumpys and ferals ruin it. Mozzies are bad and u see a lot of people all scabbed up with sores from picking at them and midge bites. Also your leather and clothes keeping them mold free is a constant hassle. It goes nuts especially if you rent a crappy house that is already moist / damp. My son is scarred for life from the school. Needs closing down the teachers are there as a punishment or a rookie posting. Its a white knuckle ride with water views. Enter at own risk. My advice keep yourself to yourself. People appear helpful but they will tap you on the shoulder later for a favour 3 fold to be returned.
Just bought a block of land in Russel Island.
I am keen on knowing what's happening within the local area in terms of future development - what is the council's plan for RI for the coming 5 years?
Do they even have a plan or is everything off the cuff?
Any feedback would be great....or links to a few website would help also.
So island life is not for everyone, like CBD high rise living is not for everyone.
Where else can you enjoy a Seachange & Treechange in one location with an affordable price tag and easy access to a capital city like Brisbane? Russell Island is unique and more people are starting to realize its unique charm.
Russell Island has a police station, IGA supermarket, butcher, post office, service station, Ambulance station (also with a dedicated ambulance ferry) bottle shop, veteranarian, a medical practice, pathologist, chemist, computer repair services, web-designers, hairdresser, bakery, newsagency, landscape/hire centre, Uber, Taxi, storage sheds, video hire, lawyer, library, two licensed clubs, large aquatic public pool, and four real estate offices.
The two licensed clubs, an RSL and the Russell Island Bowling Club, provide entertainment and bistro facilities most nights of the week.
A multi purpose community hall near the main wharf is available. The Bay Islands Community Centre on Jackson Rd is also a hub for community activities The Russell Island Community Resilience Centre includes sporting facilities, tennis and basketball courts, soccer field, emergency evacuation building and a community farm.
The water supply for SMBI is piped across from North Stradbroke Island to north eastern tip of Russell Island. The supply is then piped via Karragarra Island to Lamb Island and then onto Macleay Island. The mainland water supply is connected to the SEQ water grid and therefore the risk of the water supply failing is extremely low.
The electricity supply provided by Energex to the SMBI group and North Stradbroke Island comes via Russell Island. The supply originates on the mainland north of Cabbage Tree Point and crosses the Western Boating Channel, connecting to the southern end of Russell Island at Rocky Point, then continues north through the centre of Russell Island before branching off to service North Stradbroke Island and Karragarra Island.
This sequence of connections highlights the importance of Russell Island to the electricity supply for SMBI and North Stradbroke Island. A new substation has been built on Russell Island to assist in ensuring the power supply to Russell Island is more robust and with less power fluctuations.
Landline access to North Stradbroke Island and SMBI is via a microwave link from the mainland to exchanges on the islands. The exchanges on North Stradbroke Island are located at each of the three townships of Dunwich, Amity Point and Point Lookout and for SMBI the exchanges are located on Russell and Macleay Islands
There are eight waste transfer stations in the Redlands:
Mainland: Birkdale and Redland Bay
Islands: Coochiemudlo, Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay, North Stradbroke and Russell Island.
Redland City Council provides a waste and recycling collection service to all domestic premises on Russell Island.
General waste - weekly collection
Recycled waste - fortnightly collection
(Source: https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/info/20152/parking_in_the_redlands/278/parking_at_weinam_creek )
In June 2018, Council confirmed its commitment to the rejuvenation of the Weinam Creek Transport Hub, announcing plans to develop the site to provide the community infrastructure that the area requires. Council's proposed master plan which will be delivered in stages, will transform the waterfront of Redland Bay, improve the usability of the transport hub, attract visitors, create jobs and drive economic development in the area.
The master plan will include:
More open space
New pedestrian and cycle ways
Rejuvenation of existing parkland
More car parks
Improved drop off and storage facilities for island residents and visitors
A new boat ramp to separate emergency and public access
A mix of residential and retail spaces including cafes, restaurants and potential for a medical precinct.
CURRENT COUNCIL WORKS ON RUSSELL ISLAND ( source:https://www.redland.qld.gov.au/WorksUpdate )
Russell Island - PDG-43611 -
Pavement and Seating Canaipa Point Park, Russell Island
Redland City Council Internal Construction Crews and Contractors will be upgrading Caniapa Point Park, Russell Island. These works will involve installing a reinforced concrete slab, Aria mix and match bench seat, turf and associated works.
Russell Island - PDG-80920-1 -
SMBI Green Seal Program Russell Island
Redland City Council Internal Construction Crews and Contractors will be upgrading various streets on Russell Island. These works will involve the installation of gravel pavement and the installation of two coat bitumen seal. The following streets are to be sealed: Aquamarine Avenue from Opal Court Minjerriba Road Venus Court from Aquamarine Avenue to end Opal Court from Aquamarine Avenue to end Gem Street from Opal Court to Jasper Street Neptune Street from Jasper Street to Aquamarine Avenue Ferry Court from Minjerriba Rd to End Satton Street from Kings Road to 6/10 Satton Street Canna Street from Satton Street to Oaklea Street Meadstone Street from Canna Street to 4 Meadstone Street Oaklea Street from Kings Road to Waterlea Street Waterlea Street from Oaklea Street to Elcon Street Goolagong Street from Fern Terrace to Titala Street Illagona Street from Fern Terrace to Titala Street
EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL SERVICES
Russell Island Ambulance
High Street Russell Island
Fire & Rescue
0408 077 188
28 High Street
(07) 3409 1244
Russell Island Medical Services
2 Alison Crescent
(07) 3409 1151
Russell Island Veterinary Services
High Street Russell Island
0408 981 531
8 Outlook Crescent
(07) 3409 1145
1 Weinam Street
(07) 3488 5300
Bay Island Carriers
(07) 3206 8633
0408 785 218
0408 785 555
Russell Island Style Uber
(07) 3409 2350
Russell Island Taxi Charter & Tours
(07) 3409 1670
IGA Russell Island
18 Jasper St
(07) 3409 2777
0408 785 218
Black Pearl Caf
29 High Street
(07) 3409 2211
Russell Island Bakery
29 High Street Russell Island
(07) 3409 2006
Bay Island Meats Russell Island
(07) 3409 1657
RSL Sub Branch
9 Anzac Drive
(07) 3409 1372
Russell Island Bowls Club
59 Jackson Road
(07) 3409 1330
Council Depot Russell Island
6 Cambridge Street Russell Island
(07) 3829 8633)
Russell Island State School
38 64 High Street Russell Island
(07) 3400 9333
Russell Island Community Centre
55 Jackson Road Russell Island
(07) 3409 1177
YMCA Russell Island Pool
(07) 3409 1503
Russell Island Library
26 High Street
(07) 3409 1684
Russell Island Recreation Hall
1 Alison Crescent
(07) 3409 2238
(07) 3829 8999
69 High Street
(07) 3409 1910
6/29 39 High Street
(07) 3409 1366
Bay Islands Excavations
245 Centre rd
(07) 3409 2655
83 High Street
(07) 3409 1996
Sparta Tree Services
(07) 3409 2418
73 High Street
(07) 3409 1269
Ray White Russell Island
13 High Street
(07) 3409 2000
Russell Island Motor Inn
20 High Street
(07) 3409 1399
0459 465 380
The Love Shack
0415 577 243
Find out more:
Check it out: Addressing concentrations of disadvantage - Russell Island case study report
I've just moved from Mid north coast nsw.
Wanted to get up around Brisbane/Gold Coast area. Starting over.
Land is super cheap. About 400 blocks available on Russell, McLeay and Lamb island. Buyers market. All prices are negotiable. People have bought with starry eyes and want out. if ever a bridge is built, will see significant capital gain. No sign of bridge being built anytime soon and some don't want a bridge as they believe it will spoil the island. Been waiting 40 years so far for promise of a bridge.
I expect to get a capital gain doing owner builder.
Island is very peaceful, and on a whole people very friendly and helpful. Very small element of drugs.
Access via ferries both vehicle and passenger. Very staff orientated. Not very customer friendly. Drive off and leave you stranded when you arrive early or on time.
Last vehicle ferry's 6pm.
$50 each way. Most people leave a cat on main land and use ferries.
I grew up on the islands in Moreton Bay and I really think that Russell is no worse than many places on the mainland. Yes, cheap rents will always bring some undesirables but there are suburbs of Brisbane where I feel a whole lot less safe than Russell. I have never had any problems other than petty theft which is an annoyance rather than a major worry. As long as you live aroun d the main part of town it is great place that has a lot to offer. On the high school, sorry, that is coming but ain't here yet. There are lot of retirees living on Russell which generally makes it a pretty quiet part of the world. Shopping is fine, medical fine, and there is really not much need to go to the mainland that often. I agree PedroV in that the car on the mainland is a constant worry so maybe the bus is the better option.
They don't want people on here that's why. come over great place
Well someone stole my 1000 litre water tank
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We are rate payers from Russell Island we want a bridge built to help the whole community it cost$125.00 for one way over & back to Russell Island in a car that is ridiculous who can afford that we would be happy to pay for a toll on the bridge to pay for it its time the government steps in to stop the groups who own the barges ect from stopping this from happening its up to the rate payers not the groups they have deciding decisions for Russell Island what is going on ?the council is ripping us all off for the price of rates
Here is the new Sealink passenger Ferry pricing 2018 for adults $2.65 -$3.20 each way and for concession holders $1.30 -$1.65 each way. REFERENCE https://www.bayislandsinfo.com/a-note-about-fares/
Passenger Ferry Schedule here: REFERENCE https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/timetables/ferry/t/southern-moreton-bay-island-ferry/
Vehicle Barge Ferry: Prices effective until 31st March 2019, For travel to Karragarra, Macleay, Lamb and Russell Islands, To / From Redland Bay One Way Price: Car, 4WD, Ute (up to 5.4m long and 2.0m wide) $62.00 Residents ($52.00 ) REFERENCE
I'm far from a conservative type of person and not a sensationalist but there's definitely a disproportional amount of hard drug abuse and problematic mental health issues on Russell Island.
It shouldn't stop you from considering buying on the island - it's not dangerous and you won't be fearing for your life. But just know that you'll encounter a number of people who it'd be best to avoid.
If you're hoping for a luxury getaway you won't find it on Russell Island but it still has its perks.
If Mozzies & Midges are a problem
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Hey I'm thinking about moving to Russel or Macleay Island & have appreciated reading everyone's point of view. I'll definitely rent first!
I was born on the island and have grown up there, still currently here. Honestly, it is or was great when you are child because you have so much bushland and places to explore and see but once you become a teen it becomes quite difficult with travelling and being entertained (unless you are a boating family) but yeah the people over the past few year coming to Russell have made it worse and yes there is drug and crime but honestly its everywhere and especially growing up here you learn who to stay away from and how to politely deal with certain people. It is also very hard to move off because the market isn't always that great. If you are coming from NSW I reccomend for you to stay there or move some place else, especially for your teens and the lifestyle of NSW. This is just my personal experience and like I said as a child great fun, mud, trees, bush, sailing and island living but it does get harder the longer you stay. It may change but this moment in time its not th greatest. Hope this helped.
Even people who live on Russell and all the SMBI's for that matter, could probably give you a different answer on a different day. Overall, beautiful lifestyle living out here, (I own and live on Lamb and also own a block on Russell) but you have to be flexible, be willing to put up with ferry travel and services, expensive vehicular barge travel, a Redland City council who should be ashamed of themselves, they are improving, but since time immemorial they have treated all the bay island residants and owners with distain, we are treated like second class citizens and often overlooked and forgotten, even though as Splinter says we pay more for our rates! They should be putting in place, as priorities, getting eco tourism up on the islands and putting in place infrastructure which supports any tourism based business, e.g. B & B's, restaurants, cafes, and perhaps even someone could be supported to set up a caravan or camping site with good facilities. Also council and State government need to encourage small manufactures and companies to set up on the islands as island employment is just about none existent and it would make a lot of families a lot happier to have their bread winners home more by being able to work on the islands, rather than spending many of their waking hours travelling! This all sounds negative, but I love living on the SMBI's, it is so peaceful, most people wave, some help out even and you only have to look out over that water to know you have made the right choice!
If you are looking for a clean, peaceful lifestyle, why don't you consider Bribie Island. It's a gorgeous place with still water on one side and surf beach on the other. It has 2 primary schools and a high school. It's 20minutes to the Bruce Hwy and you don't have to bother with ferries or your own tinny as the island is bridged. Woollies, Maccas, Hotels, coffee shops etc abound and it's just so scenic. Hope things work out for you.
I agree with the other posters - there is a lot of drug use and a lot of bogans/ferals and the problems that brings. I have both lived on the Island and invested, so know both sides of the coin. As the others have suggested, if you are still really keen you should rent on the island to see what it is really like before you buy.
Yes it's true there is a lot of housing commision type dwellings popping up all the time.... but we are trying to get rid of them. Just rent and make sure you want to stay before you commit by buying. That way we don't end up with more cheap rentals, please don't buy then leave another house that ends up rented to whoever the realestates choose..... they are not very selective......and I think they might forget to do the 6 mths inspections by the looks some rentals........thanks.
It is too early to offer any accurate advice at this stage the SMBI have changed dramatically in every respect apart from their isolation from the mainland.!
Do your homework love maybe look up council in red lands see what’s happening and if there are any health warning etc ..I’m sure any where you move to will have problems but your health comes first
Please note Queensland rates include all water supply and usage costs.
See 2019 quarterly rates notice below for Redland City Council for 690m2 block with 3 bedroom home Russell Island 4184.
Redland City Council Charges & Rebates
General Rate Category 2a Min $273.25
Rural Fire Brigade Special Charge $5.00
Environment Charge $28.89
Landfill Remediation Charge $10.97
Redland City SES Administration Charge $1.75
240Lt Waste / Recycle (Island) $102.35
State Government Charges & Rebates
Emergency Management Levy – Class E Group 2 $26.65
Local Government Distribution and Retail Price
Water fixed access charge $ 65.90
Water Consumption - Residential $ 11.21
State Bulk Water Price
Bulk Water Consumption $ 52.21
Total Water and Wastewater Charges $ 129.32
Hope this helps. Vote for this so others can read it on this long thread.
Passenger Ferry Prices are great.
Adult Gocard $2.60 -$3.25
Concession Gocard $1.30 - $1.63
I follow this instagram site, and it has lots of images of Russell Island https://instagram.com/russellisland.qld/ Also the Russell Island Ferry Terminal upgrade by State government now underway.
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It's best to purchase in the middle to the bottom of the island closer to sandy beach as there are very few renters that far away from town. Like anywhere the further out of town you are, the quieter it is...I currently have a level cleared block for sale which has been soil tested cleared and surveyed if interested its 25k plus costs...contact [email protected]..
i have lived on the island for seven years now. in that time the island has continually improved. In the last 12 months it has been great to see the high level of land sales and new homes being built. i have many great friends on the island who have alway been there to help. The island lifestyle is what you make of it... I would never live anywhere else
yes i have beem thinking of buying some land and build one of these
on the land as an environmentally friendly recycled home.
but from what i have been reading the MBSC is a pian in the butt to deal with?
Yes there is lots of drug use on Russell Island, reputations don't develop out of a vacuum. There are also some who are downright dangerous folk who should be avoided. That said every place has these types. You would be better off renting for a time to see if this place fits your lifestyle. Living on an island is often not what it seems. Transport is expensive and you have to keep a mainland car which is expensive and they frequently get trashed whilst unattended. I had a relative who moved to a nearby Moreton bay island and went and did some work on their property. It was an eye opener as how some live over there. Bear in mind if you need the cops often they aren't available for some time.