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Regional Roundup Central Highlands Regional Council

Summer 2013

Community Cabinet

Shop Small this Christmas!

Get Ready

Australia Day Awards 2014

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Mayor’s 25 Years

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Cr. Paul Bell, Mayor Cr. Peter Maguire and Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli

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From the desk of the Mayor, Councillor Peter Maguire

FEATURES Mayor’s 25 Years of Service

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Community Cabinet

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Shop Small this Christmas

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Get Ready

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Australia Day Awards 2014

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Mayor’s Message

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Emergency Levy

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People, Partnerships and Place Rolleston Campdraft Upgrades

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CALDCOM Storyboards

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Stay Storm Safe

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Pool Party

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Local Controller Receives New Car

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BMA Working with CHRC

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Garden Competition Winners

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Flood Mitigation Project on Track

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Council Christmas Closure

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CHRC Events Calendar

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Get in the Christmas Spirit!

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Light up your Town!

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SES Awards Night

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New Emerald SES Facilities

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Call for Volunteers

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Duaringa SES Update

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Celebrate Australia Day 2014

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Australia Day Small Communities Grants

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Upcoming Events Christmas Carols Visit CHRC website for full details Christmas Day (Public Holiday) Wednesday 25 December 2013 Boxing Day (Public Holiday) Thursday 26 December 2013 New Year’s Day (Public Holiday) Wednesday 1 January 2014 Australia Day Sunday 26 January 2014 Australia Day Public Holiday Monday 27 January 2014 International Women’s Day Saturday 8 March 2014

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Mayor’s Message As another year comes to a close I would like to wish everyone in the Central Highlands a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Although this is a fun time of year to celebrate with family and friends, there are many responsibilities that need to be taken care of before we start our festivities. Many of you will be travelling to visit loved ones around the country. It is important that before you leave you ensure that your pets are taken care of, whether it’s taking them to a friend’s house or booking them in with a kennel. Pets are often forgotten about during the hustle and bustle of Christmas so make sure you take care of them. Also when travelling please be extra careful. It is such a busy time on our roads so we all need to be alert. Take extra care to make sure you reach your destination safely and can enjoy this festive season. As many of you know this is also our peak season for natural disasters. Unfortunately our beautiful climate can turn dangerous very quickly. Over recent years we have experienced everything from bushfires, to severe storms and flooding. It is essential for you to sit down with your family and put a plan in place should any of these events occur again. Included in this newsletter are some tips on how to best prepare. Please read them carefully and take note of what you can do. Thank you to the SES and our Local Disaster Management team who continue to help us prepare during this season. We appreciate all that you do for our community. Have a safe and happy holiday from myself and all of the team at Central Highlands Regional Council!

All the best, Peter Maguire


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25 Years of Service Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Councillor Peter Maguire has celebrated 25 years of service to the community as our elected member. Mayor Cr. Maguire was recognised for his contribution to local government at a gala dinner during the recent LGAQ Annual Conference. Also in attendance were former CHRC CEO Bryan Ottone, Councillors Paul Bell and Gail Godwin-Smith and current CHRC CEO Scott Mason. Former CEO Bryan Ottone, who worked alongside Mayor Cr. Maguire for over 12 years, congratulated the Mayor on his incredible achievement. “It shows the Mayor has the respect of his community to be in an elected position for such a significant period of time,” Mr. Ottone said. “And while Peter might have been happy to be recognised by his local government peers for his service, that is not the reason that you go into local government. You don’t do this for 25 years if you don’t love your community and want the best for them.”

Congratulations to Mayor Cr. Peter Maguire. We appreciate your continued contributions to our community. We look forward to continuing working with you as Mayor for our great region!

Don’t forget that the new Emergency Levy will appear on your first rates notice in the new year. The State Government has introduced the Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue Levy (EMFRL) to ensure sustainable funding for Queensland’s emergency services. In the Central Highlands we understand the importance of these emergency services better than most. The levy comes in on January 1, 2014 and the funds collected will support Emergency Management Queensland which operates the State Emergency Service (SES), emergency helicopters, disaster management and supports volunteer marine rescue services. For further information on the levy visit the Queensland Department of Community Safety website at www.fire.qld.gov.au.

Also please remember that your next rates notice will include six months of water rates. ? If you have any questions about the new charges visit the CHRC website or contact one of our Customer Service Centres.

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CALDCOM Storyboards CHRC has been busy brainstorming innovative ways to communicate with residents across our culturally diverse community.

People, Partnerships and Place

With so many different cultures within one Council area sometimes it can be difficult to communicate clearly with everyone.

educate our residents on food safety for festivals. This will be launched for our Harmony Day celebrations in March, 2014.

CHRC has begun developing storyboards to communicate key messages about general services and life in Australia across our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community.

The next topic being explored for storyboard development is storm preparation.

The CALDCOM Storyboards feature real-to-life characters and landscapes, which have been tested among focus groups to gauge their effectiveness.

Rolleston Campdraft Upgrades

Keep an eye out for the storyboards around the community. We would love to hear your feedback!

CHRC has recently finished developing our first storyboard to

Festival food site safety To cater at a festival you must have a temporary caterers’ permit and attend a council approved safety briefing.

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The Rolleston Campdraft Association has officially opened its upgraded facilities.

The storyboards are all developed in a digital program, which allows for easy transfers to video. When CHRC receives the final animations these will also be uploaded to our YouTube Channel.

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The Association’s members were so pleased with the improvements that they presented CHRC’s Area Office Coordinator, Alison McIver, with some beautiful flowers to acknowledge all of the work she has done to support them over the years.

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Community Cabinet Premier Campbell Newman visited Emerald for a Community Cabinet recently and announced a massive $17 million of funding for regional projects. The Premier announced the welcome injection of funds for projects throughout Central and Western Queensland, including increased funding for Central Highlands road projects. Premier Newman said that these funds show the Government’s commitment to growing regional Queensland. 
 “There’s a lot of work to build up the regions of Queensland and see them as 50 per cent of the state’s

population by 2043, so this is just the start,” Premier Newman said. Central Highlands Mayor Councillor Peter Maguire said having the Cabinet meeting in Emerald was a rare opportunity for the whole region to raise issues directly with the State Government. “It gives us an opportunity to talk, especially to the ministers and obviously their advisers and DGs [directors-general] face-to-face - you don’t always get that opportunity,” Mayor Cr. Maguire said. 


Stay Storm Safe Living in Central Queensland, we know how unpredictable and powerful storms can be. And, while we may have become accustomed to their arrival every year, it’s always important to be prepared. Your preparation will not only reduce the risk to residents, it will also help reduce the pressure on State Emergency Services allowing them to assist those who are most vulnerable. Prepare your household emergency plan. Consider the potential risks in your neighbourhood, what preparations are needed, how to stay in contact with loved ones and emergency services and what to do during different disaster situations. Prepare an emergency kit and evacuation kit. Ensure you have enough water and non-perishable food to last a minimum of three days, as well as essential medicine, spare cash, sanitation supplies, clothing, batteries, tools, and important documents. Prepare your home. Clean gutters, check roofs, trim trees, fix corrosion, check for termite infestations, loose fittings and secure loose items. Identify places to take shelter and make sure your insurance is up to date. Tune into warnings and develop a safety mindset. Familiarise yourself with storm warnings

Pool Party! The Blackwater Aquatic Centre is back in action and open to the public just in time for summer! The Centre has reopened after undergoing much needed renovations.

and how to access vital information and updates in the event of a severe weather event. Listen to warnings and don’t become complacent.

Lighting has been installed under the 50-metre pool shade and improvements were also made to the 50-metre pool tiling and water treatment plant system.

Help your neighbours. Assist your neighbours and vulnerable community members with their preparations. A prepared community is a resilient community.

The 25-metre pool has also been decommissioned.

For more information visit Ergon Energy’s Storm and Cyclone safety at ergon.com.au/outages--and-disruptions/storms-anddisasters/storm-and-cyclonesafety.

The upgrade of the facility was put on hold earlier this year after the discovery of possible underground graves. Council has been conducting detailed research on the site since the discovery. Mayor Councillor Peter Maguire said that Council has created a project steering committee and is working to ensure that the community is involved in any future decisions regarding the use of the site.

You can also visit the Queensland Government’s Get Ready website at qld.gov.au/getready. If you would like to receive local SMS alerts about potential hazards and emergencies, email your full name, mobile number and address to enquiries@chrc.qld.gov.au. You can also check the CHRC Facebook for further emergency information.

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For more information on the re-opening, phone Council on 1300 242 686 or visit the pool website at blackwateraquatics.com.au.

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BMA Working With CHRC Local Controller Receives New Car CHRC Regional SES Local Controller Gary Sands has received the keys to a new set of wheels to help him continue his work throughout the Central Highlands. CHRC Emergency Management Coordinator Mr. Glenn Bell said that CHRC were pleased to provide Mr. Sands with the necessary tools to help him fulfil his important role in the community. “CHRC are committed to providing the appropriate tools to enable volunteers to undertake their work,” Mr. Bell said. Mr. Sands’ role often requires him to drive to training nights and weekends plus conduct operations and general management of groups in Blackwater, Capella, Duaringa, Emerald, the Gemfields, Springsure, Rolleston and Tieri. Previously Mr Sands either used his private car or borrowed a vehicle from one of the SES Groups, reducing the group’s ability to respond. CHRC, in association with the Queensland Government, have also funded two replacement vehicles for Blackwater and Capella from the 2013/14 budget. These vehicles are expected to come on line in December.

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Representatives from BMA, CHRC and CHDC have all come together to strengthen their relationship and plan for the mining company’s involvement in the future of the community. Our Councillors and Executive Staff, including new CEO Scott Mason, recently met with five key representatives from the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), including new Asset President Lucas Dow, to gain further insight into the mining company’s operation in the Central Highlands. BMA and CHRC have worked together on a number of major projects in the Region including bringing Reece Mastin to Blackwater for a concert earlier this year, plus supporting our Harmony Day and International Women’s Day celebrations. CHRC’S new CEO Scott Mason said he was pleased to meet with one of the community’s biggest supporters. “It was an opportunity for both parties to reaffirm their commitment to support each other and work together to support the wider Central Highlands community,” Mr. Mason says. Representatives from the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) were also at the meeting to

detail CHDC’s Business Development and Support Project. The BMA funded project is geared towards helping businesses to build their capacity to pre-qualify for BMA’s Local Buy Program. Mr. Mason was pleased by the opportunity to hear more about the Program and how it can contribute to the Central Highlands. “BMA’s operations in the Region and its Local Buy Program are an incredibly important part of the Central Highlands’ economy, so it’s vital that CHRC is kept fully informed of their progress,” Mr. Mason said. “I thank BMA and CHDC for such an informative and productive meeting.”

For more information about BMA’s Local Buy Program, visit their Community Resourcing website at www.c-res.com.au.

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Garden Competition Winners The green thumbs of the Central Highlands turned on the Spring spirit again this year and wowed the judges in the Annual Garden Competition. Residents from Blackwater, Bluff, Dingo, Duaringa and Bauhinia all took up the challenge to show off the best blooms in the region. The Best Overall Gardens in each town received $200, while all the other winners were awarded $50 each.

Congratulations to the winners and all of the nominees and competitors. Thank you for keeping the Central Highlands beautiful!

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Georgina Clarke

Best Display of Pot Plants/Bush House

Dingo

Dingo State School

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Geoffrey Fletcher

Ron and Bev Richardson

Bauhinia

Rhonda Crozier

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Maxine Cragg

Best Overall Garden

Best Overall Pensioner Garden Dingo

Jennifer Smith

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Gloria Comollatti

Best Flower Garden Dingo

Maxine Cragg

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Greta Coyne

Best Native Garden Dingo

Jennifer Smith

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Phillip and Stephanie Nobbs

Best Entertainment Area Bluff

Trina Ohl

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Maxine Cragg

Best New Garden (up to two years old) Blackwater

Linda Gennings

Best Business/ Commercial Premises Blackwater

Blackwater International Coal Centre

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Best Edible Garden Bauhinia

Phillip and Stephanie Nobbs

Best School Bluff

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Councillor Gail Godwin-Smith with Garden Competition winners Greta Coyne, Rhonda Crozier and Stephanie Nobbs

People, Partnerships and Place

Flood Mitigation Project on Track Flood mitigation work is full steam ahead in Emerald in the lead up to the storm season. Upgrades under the Vince Lester Railway Bridge have commenced this month. CHRC secured funding from the State Government’s Royalties for the Regions program to complete several flood mitigation projects including widening the culverts under the railway bridge near Coles. CHRC Mayor Councillor Peter Maguire said the $1.5 million project was designed to lessen the impact of future flooding in the area, but it is only a small part of a much bigger picture. “It is important to be clear that the work on the railway bridge culverts is only one flood mitigation project in Emerald that Council is progressing at the moment,” Mayor Cr. Maguire said. “On its own, enlarging the culverts under the railway line isn’t going to fix flooding in Emerald but it is a good start. “I think a lot of residents will feel reassured to see this work get underway in mid-December, especially as we head into the next wet season.” The railway bridge project involves enlarging the existing culvert by fifty square metres. “This work is a priority and I have to congratulate the project team for working around the clock to try to get it finished before the wet season starts,” he said. Mayor Cr Maguire said Council has taken a considered and deliberate approach to the flood recovery process and is continuing to proactively assess a range of flood mitigation projects for Emerald. “We have a responsibility to our community to make sure we have all of the facts and best advice before progressing any new flood mitigation works,” he said. In the mean time CHRC’s Flood Mitigation Focus Group continues to meet and discuss future plans. To find out more about the group and read meeting minutes visit the Flood Mitigation Project page on our website at centralhighlands.qld.gov.au.

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Council Christmas Closure As we join together to enjoy the holidays, please note that Central Highlands Regional Council is taking a short break to spend time with our loved ones. CHRC offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December and reopen on Thursday 2 January.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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If you need urgent assistance during this time, please call 1300 242 686.

There are lots of fun family activities throughout the Central Highlands this Christmas! Come and join us!

And remember to take care while travelling, so you can reach your destination safely and have a joyous holiday celebration!

CHRC Events Calendar Did you know that CHRC has a free events calendar? Well we do! All residents are welcome to add community events to the calendar. All you have to do is visit our website, go to the Events heading, click Add an Event and then fill in the event details. The details will then be verified by Council and should appear in around three working days. It’s an easy process and a great way to get the word out about your event.

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Christmas Spirit! Christmas Tree Festival and Community Carols WHERE: Bauhinia Memorial Hall Eclipse Street Springsure WHEN: Sunday 1st December 7pm Parents and children are invited to contribute a tree to this year’s Christmas Tree Festival. The only condition is that it must be free standing, but you can make it from any material you wish. All trees for the Festival need to be delivered to the hall between 9am and 5pm on Sunday 1st December. Lucky residents will be awarded for the people’s choice for children and adults at the Festival. Snacks and refreshments will also be available on the night.

Make sure to nominate your tree by November 27th by contacting Rev Judy on 4984 1125 or Lyn Woolcock on 4984 1687.

Other events you can join in on these holidays include: Rotary Carols by Candlelight Blackwater Sunday 8th December 4.30pm BBQ and Carols Capella Cultural Centre Sunday 8th December BBQ at 5pm and carols at 6pm.


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this Christmas! Over the past month, Central Highlands Regional Council has backed a national campaign to support small businesses across the country. The Council has thrown its support behind the Shop Small campaign, which is encouraging people to shop with small businesses in the lead up to Christmas. After great success in the US and the UK, the campaign has moved to Australia and aims to give something back to the small businesses that make our community big. The Mayor, Councillor Peter Maguire, pledged his support to ‘Shop Small’ during November and asked residents to do the same. “Local shops create thriving local communities and that creates local jobs, which is why we’re committed to the long-term prosperity of small businesses,” Mayor Cr. Peter Maguire. “Many of them are doing it hard at the moment, and we all need to think local first when we are considering spending our hard earned dollars.” Residents are asked to support the cause by: • shopping in small businesses in your neighbourhood, and • sharing support with your social networks by pledging to Shop Small at shopsmallaustralia.com.

Through mainstream and social media, local events, incentives to customers and offers to small businesses themselves, Shop Small is energising the sector in the lead up to Christmas.

The much-loved Central Highlands Light Up Your Town competition is returning for 2013! The Central Highlands Regional Council has voted to sponsor the Light Up Your Town competition again this year and is encouraging residents and businesses to decorate the town with Christmas lights and decorations. “It’s a wonderful way for everyone to get into the festive spirit and spread some Christmas cheer in the weeks leading up to the big day,” Mayor Cr. Peter Maguire said. “Driving around town to see all the decorated homes has become a special part of the festive season for many local families and the Council is very proud to have a lead role in that.” There will be two categories for each participating area – Best Residence and Best Business, with each winner set to receive $250.

“The importance of small businesses in this country cannot be underestimated, with more than seven million people actively involved in small businesses across Australia,” Mayor Cr. Peter Maguire said.

Entry is free and further information on how to enter is on the website.

“So whether you are shopping for Christmas presents, office goods or even a weekend break, think about our Central Highlands suppliers first.”

CHRC urges participants to remain safety conscious while setting up and pulling down lights, as well as ensuring that electrical equipment is in good working order.

To find out more about this cause visit the Shop Small website shopsmallaustralia. com. And you can pledge your support by using the hashtag #ShopSmallAU on social media.

“We’ve always been incredibly impressed with the entries in the past and I have no doubt this year will be no different,” Mayor Cr. Maguire said.

For more information check our website at centralhighlands.qld.gov.au and our Facebook page, call 1300 242 686 or visit your local Customer Service Centre.

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SES

Awards Night SES members in the Central Highlands were recognised for their continued commitment to the safety of our residents at an awards ceremony during SES Week. Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) presented the awards in Rockhampton on Saturday 9 November.

New Emerald SES Facilities The Emerald SES branch has welcomed the addition of newly refurbished facilities at a handover ceremony recently.

CHRC was presented with a certificate of appreciation for ‘Outstanding support and commitment to the Central Highlands Regional SES’. CHRC Emergency Management Coordinator Glen Bell and Deputy Mayor Councillor Gail Nixon accepted the award on behalf of Council.

CHRC Mayor Councillor Peter Maguire, Councillors, members of the Queensland Emergency Services, SES members and their families attended the handover ceremony for the newly built ablutions block and vehicle shed.

Mick Vale and Gary Plate were also recognised on the night for their extraordinary commitment to the Emerald SES Group.

CHRC Mayor Councillor Peter Maguire thanked the SES for their outstanding support to the Central Highlands community and said he hoped these facilities would help the volunteers in their future training and operations.

SES Meritorious Service medals and clasps were also handed out to members of the Springsure SES Group including: • Gail Nixon – 30 years of service clasp, • Pat Kooyman – 30 years of service clasp, and

“Without the wonderful work of the SES volunteers we would not be able to manage many of the emergencies faced by our community,” Mayor Cr. Maguire said.

CHRC Emergency Management Coordinator Mr Glenn Bell told the group that the improvements to the facility came about from knowledge learned during recent events including the 2008 and 2010/11 floods along with recommendations from the Queensland Flood Commission. Council is fully committed to improving the standards of SES volunteer facilities throughout the region with a five-year upgrade plan currently in place. Planning is also underway for a new facility to be established in Blackwater for the 2014/15 financial year.

• Cameron Williams – 10 years of service medal.

Call for Volunteers! The SES has put out the call to challenge yourself and join the SES today. Congratulations to all of the award winners.

The SES are our orange angels during times of emergency, but they can only continue with the help of volunteers.

Thank you for your continued work with our local SES groups.

There is a job for anyone willing and able and full training is provided at no personal cost.

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For more information call 1300 242 686 or visit the website at emergency.qld.gov.au/ses


Duaringa SES Update CHRC Mayor Councillor Peter Maguire officially opened the new Duaringa SES facility on Friday 15 November 2013.

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The facility has been fully funded through CHRC and complements the network of other fully equipped SES facilities throughout the Region.

Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) and Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) are urging Central Highlands residents to get ready and prepare now, before a natural disaster hits. October 14 to 20 was Get Ready Week across Queensland and CHRC was out among the community to let residents know what they can do to prepare. CHRC staff, the SES, Queensland Fire and Rescue (QFRS) volunteers and Blazer invited residents to learn more by attending community awareness stands at local shopping centres on Saturday 19 October. Over 500 extreme weather preparedness kits were handed out to community members. Local radio station 4HI also broadcast from the stall at the Central Highlands Marketplace so residents could listen at home if they couldn’t make it in person. CHRC’s Emergency Management Coordinator Mr Glenn Bell said now was the perfect time to prepare your home and family for the storm and cyclone season. “Natural disasters are inevitable, but by making sure you are prepared, you can save a lot of hard work later on,” Mr. Bell said. “Whether it’s a storm, flood, fire or cyclone, there are plenty of small things you can do to be

more resilient and recover quickly following an event. “Take the time now to establish an evacuation plan and kit in case you have to leave your home quickly.” Mr. Bell said it was also important to speak with family, friends and neighbours who might need your help in an emergency. “Talk to your neighbours and work as a community to identify weaknesses and issues in your area and try to address them. Becoming more resilient is a community responsibility,” Mr. Bell said. “SES volunteers are there to help when needed during an emergency, but you can reduce their workload and free up their time to assist more vulnerable residents by taking action now.”

Residents can also sign up online for a weekly, personalised program with step by step actions on how to prepare at getready.qld.gov.au.

Mayor Cr. Maguire said that Council was committed to ensuring all areas within the Central Highlands had up-to-date SES facilities, vehicles and equipment to better enable our SES volunteers to deal with emergencies. Mayor Cr. Maguire also handed over a flood boat and general rescue trailer supplied by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, along with a Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carrier supplied by CHRC. Mayor Cr. Maguire paid special mention and thanks to CHRC’s Emergency Management Coordinator Glenn Bell and Duaringa CHRC staff, who assisted in the construction of the great new facility, saying that without their support this facility would not be what it is today. On the same day, Rockhampton Area Director Mr. Robert Ferguson announced the appointment of Damian Flintham as Group Leader for the reformed Duaringa SES Group. Mr. Ferguson said this was a great opportunity for Duaringa residents to get behind the SES by becoming a volunteer. “This is a great facility equipped with good equipment. We just need the volunteers. And I am sure with community and Council support this group will go from strength to strength,” Mr. Ferguson said. He also went on to praise Council for its proactive work in supporting the Central Highlands SES.

The program provides simple tasks to complete each week to help get you ready.

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Celebrate Australia Day 2014! It’s time to come together as a community once more and celebrate our great country this Australia Day. Join in the celebrations at one of the many Australia Day events throughout the Region. Emerald Where: Pioneer Park Racecourse Time: 7am Capella Where: Capella Aquatic Centre Time: 8am Blackwater Where: Blackwater Civic Centre Time: 8am Rolleston Where: Rolleston Sports Grounds Time: 8am

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Awards 2014 Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Central Highlands community this year? Then why not nominate them for our Australia Day Awards? Nominations are now open for the annual awards. The categories for 2014 are: AWARD

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Citizen of the Year & Young Citizen of the Year

People who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Senior Sports Award, Sports Administration Award & Junior Sports Award

People who have a noteworthy record of achievement in sport, or have made a significant contribution to sport as a Coach, Official or Administrator.

Cultural Award

People who have made a noteworthy contribution to the cultural life of the local community, or an outstanding achievement in cultural activities. Definition of ‘Cultural’ includes dance, visual arts, music, theatre, creative writing, etc.

Community Event of the Year Award

People/groups that have made a noteworthy contribution to the cultural life of the local community. Nomination of the event must be done so in the Council area, which they were held.

Please keep an eye on our website for further details www.chrc.qld.gov.au.

Australia Day Small Communities Grants Would you like to host an Australia Day event in your community? Council has Small Communities Grants available to help you do just that! You can apply for grants of up to $100 to put on a barbie, buy prizes for some Aussie inspired games or something else your little town would like to do.

Note: The ‘Young Citizen of the Year Award’ is designed for people who are under 26 years of age as at 26 January 2014. The ‘Junior’ categories are open to people under 18 years of age as at 26 January 2014.

To enter a nomination simply download the form from the CHRC website, www.centralhighlands.qld.gov.au and submit it to Council by 5pm on 10 January 2014.

Visit our website at centralhighlands.qld.gov.au or call 1300 242 686 for more information.

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