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Sandbag locations

Council has also established sandbag locations at the following locations:

  • Arana Hills SES - 2 Pine Hills Drive, off Jinker Track - View Map
  • Beachmere - Rogers Street Sports Ground - View Map
  • Bribie Island SES - 208-224 First Avenue - View Map
  • Narangba - Oakey Flat Road (between Raynbird Road roundabout and Sovereign Drive roundabout) - View Map
  • Caboolture Council Depot Car Park (opposite depot) - Commercial Drive at Machinery Parade intersection - View Map
  • Deception Bay Council Depot carpark - Old Bay Road - View Map
  • Elimbah - Coronation Drive (opposite the church in the median strip) - View Map
  • Petrie SES - 3 Woonara Drive - View Map
  • Redcliffe - Cnr Portwood Street and Lamington Drive (opposite Redcliffe Showgrounds) - View Map
  • Woodford Council Depot - Mary Street - View Map
  • Woodford Memorial Hall (rear car park) - View Map

Please note: Members of the public may be required to fill their own sand bags and should bring their own shovel. Limited numbers may be available at some locations. Sandbags may also be purchased from hardware stores, landscaping suppliers and other local stores.

Tips for sandbagging

The Queensland SES have put together some videos with helpful advice about filling and laying sandbags. Additional advice below. 

What you need

Empty sandbags, sand, plastic sheeting, shovel, sturdy gloves and shoes.

Safety advice

Filling, moving and placing sandbags can be physically demanding work. It is important to take some precautions before starting. 

  • Use sturdy gloves, and wear enclosed shoes, a hat and sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
  •  Take care when shoveling and lifting, to bend your knees and be mindful of your safety when carrying sandbags.

Where to place sandbags

  • Cover drainage holes e.g. toilet, shower, bath and floor drains to stop backflow.
  • Place a small sandbag wall across doorways. The number of layers required will be dependent on the expected flood height; however it is generally around two sandbag rows high.
  • Air vents between brickwork may also require sandbags. Small vents may be covered with waterproof tape or plastic.

Filling sandbags

  • Only use sand. Soil and other materials are not recommended.
  • Don't fill bags to the top. Sandbags should only be two thirds full.
  • Secure the top of the sandbag by folding the top under the bottom of the bag when you lay it down. 

Laying sandbags

  • Lay down a layer of plastic sheeting to act as a water proofing membrane and place the sandbags on top.
  • Offset the rows with a staggered placement of bags like brickwork.
  • Lay sandbags as flat as possible and compress rows to fill in any gaps. 

Disposing of sandbags

Used sandbags that have not come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be opened and sand scattered on lawns and gardens as topsoil, where it will not wash into stormwater drains. Empty sandbags should be placed in the general waste bin.

Sandbags that have come into contact with oil or other contaminants can be disposed of at one of Council's four major waste facilities. Council's major waste facilities are open from 7:00am to 6:00pm and located at:  

  • Bunya, 384 Bunya Road, Bunya (700m west of Jinker Track intersection)
  • Caboolture, 51 McNaught Road, Caboolture (via Pasturage Road, off Bribie Island Road)
  • Dakabin, 336 Old Gympie Road, Dakabin (700m north of Alma Road intersection)
  • Redcliffe, 261 Duffield Road, Clontarf (beside the Peninsula Animal Aid)

Residents are advised not to empty or place full sandbags in their general waste bin. 

Unused sandbags may be reused in the future. Store undercover in a dry location. Check the bag for damage before using stored sandbags.

Emergency contacts

Residents who require emergency assistance should contact Triple Zero.

For storm and flood assistance, contact the SES on 13 25 00.

All other enquiries contact council on (07) 3205 0555.


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