Council's Customer Service Centres will be closed on Monday, 2 October for the King's Birthday public holiday and reopen on Tuesday, 3 October from 8:30 AM.
Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle have been recorded in Moreton Bay, including loggerhead, green, hawksbill, leatherback, olive ridley and flatback turtles. Green and loggerhead turtles are the most commonly encountered in coastal waters.
The Moreton Bay Region is also privileged to have small numbers of loggerhead turtles nesting each year on Bribie Island. Loggerhead turtles have also nested sporadically on Redcliffe's sandy beaches.
Most turtle nesting and hatching happens at night under the cover of darkness. Turtle hatchlings rely on cues, including lighting and topography, to navigate towards the ocean when they emerge from nests. In developed coastal areas, hatchlings may be disoriented by artificial lighting. This can cause them to head landward instead of to the ocean. Bright lights may also prevent adult turtles from nesting and cause them to dump their eggs at sea.
Lighting can affect turtles in varied and subtle ways. Disturbance can be from a single point source or the collective ‘glow’ from developed coastal areas. Council is investigating the modification of light fixtures in public areas along foreshores to reduce spillover onto turtle nesting beaches, with due consideration to public safety.
Find out more about turtles and lighting.