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OCTOBER 2011 - ISSUE 38

GLADSTONE REGIONAL COUNCIL COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

Gladstone Regional Council Phone 497 0 0700 Fax 4975 8500 Email info@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

Grant pool to help communities celebrate Australia Day Gladstone Regional Council proudly hosts an Australia Day Family Fun Day on January 26 each year to celebrate just what makes being an Aussie great. Alternating between the region's iconic Gladstone Marina and Millennium Esplanade at Tannum Sands, the Australia Day Family Fun Day highlights all the things we love about Australia and everything we, as a nation, have achieved through time. To extend the Australia Day spirit in 2012, Gladstone Regional Council has launched an initiative that will enable smaller townships within the region to host an Australia Day event of their own.

Filtration work complete, swim season commences Works to the Gladstone Aquatic Centre's 50 metre Olympic swimming pool are being finalised, allowing it to re-open in time for the warmer months. The pool received new treatment plant and inlets at the base of the pool to reduce turbulence, marking the completion of the first stage in the $1.5 million planned upgrade at the Aquatic Centre. Gladstone Regional Council's Parks and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald said the works were necessary as the previous treatment plant had reached the end of its useful life. The outdoor pool re-opening coincides with the Centre reminding parents of the importance of pool safety.

Cr McDonald said childhood was the best time to teach children how to swim and the importance of water safety. “Enrolling your child in swimming lessons from an early age is a fun, healthy activity, but also an important safety measure,” Cr McDonald said. Lessons are available for children aged six months through to levelled lessons, stroke development and squad training. Lessons are conducted in the 25 metre indoor heated pool, with all instructors holding professional qualifications. Council is offering new participants a free swimming assessment to allow them to be placed in a class suitable for their requirements.

Sadly, drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children, aged under five in Australia.

Lessons are held every week day between 9am and 6pm in the indoor heated, all weather Sister Kenny Memorial Pool at Gladstone Aquatic Centre.

Gladstone Aquatic Centre offers a progressive 'Learn to Swim' program from babies to squad level.

To book an assessment or for more information contact the Gladstone Aquatic Centre on 4972 6822.

The Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day 2012 Community Events Grants carry a total pool of $5000, to be shared between communities that demonstrate a willingness and ability to connect their residents by planning and staging an Australia Day event in their township. The grants are available to not-forprofit charity groups and organisations registered and operating within Council's local government area boundaries. Story continued page 12

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101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Qld 4680 PO Box 29, Gladstone DC Qld 4680 Email: info@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

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5 Don Cameron Drive, Calliope Qld 4680 PO Box 29, Gladstone DC Qld 4680 Email: info@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

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Survey findings highlight challenges for disaster management in southern area A survey conducted in the southern part of the Gladstone Region has shed light on some of the issues confronted by residents and those trying to communicate with them during natural disaster events. Council received a total of 202 responses from residents living in the Baffle Creek, Rosedale and Lowmead areas to the survey that was distributed to households in July 2011. The results, when collated, will be used as a basis to progress disaster mitigation and management strategies within the southern section of the Gladstone Region, as it is particularly vulnerable to fires and flooding. Council' Corporate Services Portfolio spokesperson Councillor Rick Hansen said Council was committed to helping communities become more resilient and cope with natural disasters. "The information will be used to identify opportunities and put procedures in place to help these communities prepare and cope during natural disasters," he said. "As expected, the surveys are showing that most people (84%) are interested in knowing more about bush fires and emergency procedures during such events, floods (68%) and cyclones (66%), but they are also keen to know more about storm surges, tsunamis and earthquakes and windstorms as well." Cr Hansen said most people living in the area had indicated they felt confident in knowing what to do in a natural disaster situation, but 40% of households did not have a disaster management plan and 33.5% hade a plan but not a disaster preparedness kit.” Power outages and poor telecommunications reception were identified as two major issues. “Mobile phone reception is also inconsistent or not existent in that area and there’s a high percentage of people who do not have access to the internet." Cr Hansen said residents' preferred method of communication was equally shared between television and radio, but there was no one preferred channel or station. "There's also some support for SMS communication and Council's website and other suggestions were forthcoming, but there is no panacea for remedying communication issues in that area.” He said a combination of a range of communication options was the likely answer to the communication issue. One aspect that stood out in the results of the survey, according to Cr Hansen, was the fact that there were a high number of people living in the

Does your household have a disaster or emergency plan in place?

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Tableland Road work Council is undertaking work for the Department of Transport and Main Roads on Tableland Road, between Miriam Vale and Bundaberg. Work is expected to continue throughout October and drivers are advised to expect traffic delays. The work involves replacing and upgrading two major floodway culverts, at locations 21km south of Fingerboard Road and 65km north of Bundaberg.

Carols by Candlelight The Gladstone Community is invited to celebrate the magic of Christmas with song at the Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight. Presented by GLNG, this event will be held at the Gladstone Marina main stage on December 2, 2011 from 6pm. For more information please call Zinc Radio on 4970 0300 or visit www.radiozinc.com.au

Council meetings Television - Please specify station(s) in 'other' section below Council Website SMS Facebook - page dedicated to GRC natural disaster resilience A mobile phone application Radio - Please specify station(s) in 'other' section below Source: Two findings from the recent Baffle Creek and southern region disaster management survey.

community who had identified needs that required advanced warning of natural disasters. “People with mobility issues and medical needs should always err on the side of caution when it comes to natural disaster, but effort will go into developing strategies to reduce the likelihood of them being without supplies and medical treatment during such events.” The findings of the report will be used in future disaster management planning for the southern section of the region, in particular, guiding decision making and priorities for the Local Emergency Co-ordination Committee’s to be established in the Baffle Creek and Agnes Water/ Seventeen Seventy area. Cr Hansen thanked residents for supporting the survey.

Did you know that residents are welcome to view Gladstone Regional Council’s meetings? The meetings are held at the Gladstone Administration Centre boardroom, 101 Goondoon Street, from 9am on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Upcoming meetings are October 4 and 18, and November 1 and 15. The meeting agenda and minutes of each meeting can be accessed via Council’s website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au and following the 'Meetings and Minutes' tab under 'Quick Links' on the home page.

Change of address Did you know that you can notify several Council services of your change of residential and/ or mailing address by filling out just one form? Council cannot change addresses over the phone, but you can get the form by visiting our website at www. gladstone.qld.gov.au and clicking on the 'About Council', then 'Finance' and choose the 'Change of Address Form'.

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Welcome morning tea The upcoming Welcome to Gladstone Morning Teas will be held at Tondoon Botanic Gardens on October 6 and November 3 between 10am and noon. This initiative aims to provide residents with an opportunity to meet new people and local service providers. For further information please contact either Andrea or Luis on 4976 6300.

Sewer inspections keep an eye on city’s underground infrastructure Council has its eyes on 'the underground' in a bid to identify potential and existing unwanted water inflows into the sewer system. Armed with trucks and CCTV equipment, Council is also assessing the condition of its ageing underground infrastructure so it can develop a tailored maintenance program to ensure the system continues to operate effectively. Infrastructure Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Matt Burnett said residents may have noticed the vacuum truck and CCTV van doing the rounds in Gladstone's CBD. “This service is essential as pipe defects could lead to rainwater entering the sewerage network, which could impact on the system’s ability to operate effectively.”

Pet Registration

He said the testing was being conducted on a seven-day roster but the equipment was designed to allow the work to be done with minimal or no disruption to residents and businesses.

Gladstone region pet owners can save 25 per cent off registration fees by making full payments before November 1, 2011. Registration notices will begin arriving in registered pet owners' mail boxes early this month and those who make their full payments during October will receive the 25 per cent reduction. Pet registration is required by law. Pension and concession rates also apply.

Home Library Services The Gladstone City Library provides a Home Library Service to residents of Gladstone and the township areas of Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Calliope. The Home Library Service caters to the needs of residents who are unable to visit the library due to medical, physical, or other special reasons. For more information or to determine whether or not you might be eligible for this service, please contact Gladstone City Library on 4976 6400.

Funding submission Do you need assistance with putting together a funding submission for your not-for-profit community group? Gladstone Regional Council's Community Development Officer is available to help. Contact Andrea Hughes on 4976 6358 or email andreah@ gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

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The program is part of an overall Council inflow and infiltration reduction program. Cr Burnett said Council was keen to reduce excessive rainwater entry into the sewerage system as it caused pressure on its wastewater treatment plants and had the potential to cause overflow problems at residences. "Homeowners can assist us by ensuring their property’s house connection is periodically checked and maintained to ensure no rainwater enters into the sewerage network," he said. Water and Sewerage labourer Russell Zimmermann cleans the lens of the CCTV equipment used to assess the condition of the region’s sewer pipes.

Further information on sewer inflow and infiltration is available by accessing the fact sheet on Council’s website at www. gladstone.qld.gov.au under the Council Works tab, then Sewerage.

Boaties urged to protect marine life It is sometimes easy to forget that our water playgrounds are homes for marine wildlife. Council's Environment and Regulation spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman has urged commercial and recreational vessel operators to be mindful of marine wildlife when using the Gladstone Region's waterways. "The responsible operation of maritime vessels is of even greater importance at a time when marine wildlife is highly active and under duress due to the decline in seagrass growth," he said.

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"Large numbers of dugongs and turtles are travelling longer distances and frequenting areas outside of their usual range in their search for food," Cr Chapman said. "This has unfortunately resulted in marine animals more often visiting high traffic areas and recreational waters which are popular with boat operators. "Commercial and recreational vessel operators can help protect dugongs, turtles and other marine wildlife by being aware that encounters with these animals are likely to increase over the next few

months," he said. Cr Chapman said populated and shallow boating spots, such as harbours and jetties, were major areas of concern along with known seagrass beds. "I encourage all marine vessel operators to vigilantly watch the water around them, avoid shallow seagrass meadows, reduce speed to 10 knots in shallow areas and obey speed limits." Marine animal strandings should be directed to the State Government hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

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Self-service through PD Online

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Website for volunteers

Helen Robertson looks over the new PD Online self-service development system available via Council's website.

You can now track your development application online through a service recently introduced by Gladstone Regional Council. Called PD Online, the self-service development system provides information for property owners and developers to track and monitor development applications from lodgement to determination date. People can also identify the status of an application; what has been undertaken as part of the assessment process; estimated assessment timeframes and any publicly available documents, including forms, plans and decision notices can be downloaded by the click of a mouse. Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the service is saving customers time and money by tracking developments without having to visit Council offices. "It is also helping speed up the assessment of development applications as staff can devote more time to the assessment of applications," Cr Sellers said. PD Online is now available from council's website www.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au just follow the links from the home page. To learn more call Council's planning department on 4976 6813 or e-mail info@gladstonerc.qld. gov.au

Gladstone Region Volunteering is an online volunteer recruitment website that links residents to organisations in need of volunteers. Residents can search what volunteer positions are available or nominate themselves for future roles by visiting Council's website www. gladstone.qld.gov.au and follow the volunteering link under 'Community Support'.

Road reports

What You Can Access: Application enquiry: You are able to access development application history and status for all Integrated Planning Act and Sustainable Planning Act development applications, including: • Applicant • Property Address • Status of the application • Events and status of the events associated with the applications process; and • Council's decision Property enquiry: You are able to access basic property information including: • Lot and real property numbers • Zoning and overlays • Area of land • Planning approvals associated with the property.

Don’t forget to log on to Council’s website at www.gladstone.qld. gov.au if you want to find out the latest road condition reports. If you come across flood water or would like to report road conditions for uploading to the site, please phone our Call Centre 24 hours a day on 4979 1134 or our administration centres.

Access services at BTCC Residents living or visiting the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands communities can take advantage of the services offered at the Boyne Tannum Community Centre and Library. Located at the corner of Wyndham and Hayes Avenues, the BTCC offers access to Centrelink via a fax, free public access computers seven days a week and access to most other Council services via the customer service counter. Phone 4971 9700.

Council approves large scale urban community at Wurdong Council ensured some relief for the Gladstone Region housing market by recently giving its preliminary approval to a new $1.4 billion community development. The large scale master planned 'Heidelberg' development, located on a 469-hectare site at Wurdong Heights, west of Boyne Island, will consist of an integrated community of 2900 dwellings. The proposal, to be developed by the Devine Group, also incorporates a school, shopping

centre, commercial district, and an area for higher density living incorporating up to 255 units. Council's Development portfolio spokesperson Councillor Craig Butler said Heidelberg had set the standard for future community developments and would provide significant housing relief for the rapidly expanding Gladstone Region. "Council decided the time was right to bring this development online in order to provide

much needed additional housing for the Gladstone Region," Cr Butler said. "Devine has the capacity and a proven track record in terms of delivering a quality product. "Devine is now in the Gladstone market for the long term, with the development expected to be completed by 2025 at an anticipated rate of 250 lots per year." Construction on the development is expected to start next year.

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Last chance to receive discount on rates bill Ratepayers have until October 11 to receive a five per cent early payment discount on their annual Gladstone Regional Council rates notices. A 10 per cent early payment discount expired on September 9, but ratepayers can still take advantage of a discount by paying their rates in full by October 11. Council issued general rates notices to all residents across the region during August. Property owners who experience difficulty meeting their rate payments should contact Council immediately to ensure a payment agreement can be arranged.

Home Library celebrates 15 years Gladstone Regional Council's Home Library Service celebrates its 15th birthday on October 6, 2011. The service, which today brings books, CDs, DVDs and many other library items to about 230 residents throughout the Gladstone Region, has expanded considerably from its humble origins in 1996. The service evolved from the Mobile Library service which made fortnightly stops at the Hibiscus Gardens aged care facility on Sigg St, Gladstone. Recognising the need for a library service for housebound residents, the then Gladstone City Council introduced the expanded Home Library Service which originally provided library material for about 25 borrowers.

Council's Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said the Home Library Service had since grown into a vital part of the library's operations. "Originally, the service distributed books and other library items solely to Gladstone residents," Cr Brushe said. "The service extended into Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Calliope in 2008 and delivers to residents on sealed roads in the Beecher, Beecher Forest, Wurdong Heights, Benaraby, Pacific Ranch and River Ranch areas. "Mercedes Heymer, who was the original Mobile Library operator, has continued with the Home Library Service throughout its 15 year history, with Kathryn Fraser having served since her appointment as an operator in 2008."

Council offers an instalment payment scheme which can be accessed by completing the form on the reverse of the rates notice and return to a local Council office. Ratepayers should be aware that their water rates for the previous six months will also be included in their rates figures. For more information or assistance with your rates notice contact Council on 4976 6999 or visit Council's website at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au and follow the 'Finance' link under 'About Council'.

Councillor Maxine Brushe (left) and Home Library Service operators Kathryn Fraser (centre) and Mercedes Heymer are proud of the 15 years the service has provided library items for house-bound Gladstone Region residents.

Directories being updated, include your information Council wants your community group information to be included in one of the Region’s most well-used, free directories. Council’s Community Advisory Service (CAS) has printed a Community Services Directory since 1983 with about 5000 copies produced annually. The directory has become a vital community tool providing information and contacts for not-for-profit community, recreational and sporting groups. It also includes details on educational, emergency services and service clubs. Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said the CAS reception team was now starting to compile up-to-date information for next year’s directory. “There is no cost for not-for-profit groups to include details and each year directories are free from all Council distribution points including CAS, libraries and transaction centres. “There are four community directories Council publishes each year with supplied information in some, or all of these.” Current Council publications include the Community Services Directory, the Seniors Information Booklet, the Youth Services Reference Book and the Children’s Directory.

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“Preparations are under way to contact not-for-profit groups that have previously supplied their information for inclusion,” Cr Brushe said. “Staff are checking information and contact details are up-to-date and are gathering signatures to authorise permission for details to be printed.” Cr Brushe said the collection process required about 1000 directory listings to be checked. “People’s involvement with clubs can change, altering group contact information and we warmly welcome any new not-for-profit clubs to provide their details for inclusion,” she said. “Council directories are comprehensive publications keenly used by residents and newcomers to our region. “The convenient size of the publications allow them to be a prime regional reference tool with an internet version, Community Directory online also available.” Anyone wishing to supply current or new not-for-profit group information can phone the CAS reception team on 4976 6300.


Former Mayor's dedication recognised with bronze sculpture

Inaugural Gladstone Regional Council Mayor, the late George Creed OAM has been immortalised in bronze. Mr Creed is the subject of a portrait bust unveiled at the Gladstone Regional Council Civic Centre on September 6. Commissioned and donated by Graham and Lyn McVean, the bust was completed by local artist Paul Adamson and is taking pride of place in the Civic Centre's upstairs foyer. It has been displayed alongside a bust of former Gladstone City Council Mayor Col Brown whose sculpture, previously housed at Gladstone City Library, was also commissioned by the McVean family and created by Mr Adamson in 2006. Mr McVean said he had commissioned the bust of Mr Creed to acknowledge the former Calliope Shire and Gladstone Regional Council Mayor's dedicated service to the region. "This is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Gladstone and the Central Queensland region over four decades in local government," Mr McVean said. "Similarly, we had commissioned the bust of the late Mayor Col Brown five years ago as a fitting tribute to a man who worked hard for Gladstone and did a great job in guiding the area's growth during difficult times. "My wife and I are delighted that both busts will be housed in Council's Civic Centre where they will remain the property of the people of Gladstone."

Leonie Creed, wife of former Mayor the late George Creed, after the unveiling ceremony at Council recently.

Mr Adamson said creating the sculpture had been a lengthy process, with great care required to accurately depict the former Mayor's trademark hat and glasses. "When I began the portrait bust Leonie (Mr Creed's wife) provided me with George's actual hat and glasses and these were to be copied and used in the final bust and they took extra time to complete," Mr Adamson said. Despite the difficulties involved with working from photographs, dating from different periods in Mr Creed's life, Mr Adamson was confident he had captured the former Mayor's character with his sculpture. The bust portrait of Mr Creed was created via a lengthy nine-stage process starting with the creation of a clay model and including the creation of a plaster cast, silicone rubber mould, a wax replica, ceramic shells, and the pouring of the bronze. Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said Council gratefully accepted the McVean family's gift. "The portrait busts of the former Mayors are a valuable asset for the Gladstone Region community and provide recognition for their significant contributions to the Gladstone region," Cr Sellers said. The busts of the former Mayors were unveiled in a ceremony attended by invited guests including members now of the Creed family, Mr and Mrs McVean, Mr Adamson, that s bust ral Mayo both ted dona McVean who Mayor Gail Sellers with Graham and Lyn and Gladstone Regional Councillors. Centre upstairs foyer. feature prominently in the Civic

Council to showcase engineering projects and initiatives Staff will showcase some of Council’s major engineering projects and initiatives at the two-day, 2011 Golding Industry Conference. The conference will be hosted by the Gladstone Engineering Alliance at CQUniversity’s Gladstone campus on October 19 and 20. Council’s Water and Sewerage Senior Engineer Jason Perry said a display would

show the scope of Council’s infrastructure projects from road works to waste treatment. He said the conference was the ideal platform to provide information on Council’s on-going regional inflow and infiltration project. “Our aim is to inform the general community of the importance of stopping water from entering the sewerage network,” Mr Perry said.

“The city’s sewerage system is not designed to carry run-off from rainfall and excessive rainwater entry increases pressure on Council’s wastewater treatment plants. “Residents need to be aware that rainwater entering the sewer network from household Overflow Relief Gullies (ORG), storm water downpipes or drainage pipes is illegal and can result in a Council fine.”

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Prepare Now! Cyclone season bears down on us It shouldn’t take events of summer 2010-2011 to remind us of just how vulnerable we are when it comes to natural disasters. But the tragedy of flooding and Cyclones Ului and Yasi serve as a graphic reminder that the force of Mother Nature is unpredictable and can claim lives and livelihoods. So now that it is October and the cyclone season has commenced, Gladstone Regional Council is reminding everyone that the threat of natural disaster is real and something for which we should prepare. But remember that a little preparation can save a lot of anxiety when natural disasters strike, so if you can afford it, stock up on long-life milk and non-perishable food items, baby formula and pet food now to avoid the panic situations we experienced earlier this year. To help residents prepare for cyclone and flooding, Council provides the following information which is readily available from Emergency Management Queensland website at http://www.emergency.qld.gov. au/emq/

Prepare Now: Four Important Steps 1. Prepare your home • Check that your home has been built to cyclone standards. • Ensure your home and contents insurance covers you for storm surge, flooding and cyclone damage including clean-up and debris removal. • Check the condition of your roof and repair any loose tiles, eaves or roof screws. • Ensure windows are fitted with shutters or metal screens. • Trim any branches overhanging your house and clear gutters of leaves and debris. 2. Develop an evacuation plan It is essential that you spend a few minutes with your family now to talk about what you will do if an evacuation becomes necessary. • Identify a safe place to evacuate to if storm surge or floods are threatening. Family or friends who live in secure accommodation that is further inland and on higher ground are the best option. • Listen to local Community Service Announcements (on radio, television and in newspapers) to identify the preferred evacuation routes for your area. • Ensure you have a supply of fuel stored safely in your garage in case you need to evacuate at short notice. • Practise a drill with your family to ensure everyone is familiar with the evacuation plan. • Decide how you will look after your pets if you cannot take them with you. 3. Prepare an Emergency Kit Put together an Emergency Kit, which should include a portable radio, a torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable food, sturdy gloves, waterproof bags, candles, matches, essential medications and copies of important documents (eg insurance details, birth certificates, prescription refills) in sealable plastic bags.

4. Warning procedures If you hear either a Cyclone Watch or Cyclone Warning from the Bureau of Meteorology you should: • Keep listening to your portable radio and watch the BoM website (www.bom.gov.au) to monitor the movement and severity of the cyclone; • Check that your neighbours are aware that a cyclone watch or warning has been issued; • Clear your property of all loose items. This means bringing outdoor furniture, children’s toys and gardening equipment inside or under cover; • Secure any boats and move all vehicles and bicycles under cover; • Fill buckets and bath with water in case water supply becomes restricted and ensure you have sufficient water purification tablets to make the water drinkable; • Prepare an evacuation kit that includes warm clothes, essential medications, baby formula, nappies, valuables, important papers/photos/mementos in waterproof plastic bags, pillows, sleeping bags and blankets; • If your windows are fitted with shutters, ensure these are closed securely. If not, tape your windows in a criss-crossing fashion using strong packing tape. This may not prevent your windows from shattering but it will hold the broken glass in place; and • Bring children and pets indoors and remain inside until further advice is given.

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 Prepare Emergency Pla n  Prepare an Emergency Kit  Prepare your home  Tune into Warnings  Check your Neighbours

For more information on how to prepare for a natural disaster, visit the Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) website at www.emergency.qld.gov.au or visit Council’s “Emergencies & Disasters” link at www.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au


Sister City bond still going strong after 15 years Council has signed an Affirmation of the Declaration of Friendship with Saiki City Council, celebrating 15 years of their Sister City relationship. Mayor Gail Sellers' signing of the affirmation on September 6 came 15 years and two days after Gladstone City Council Mayor Peter Corones, and his Saiki City Council counterpart Yuichi Sato, signed the original document at Gladstone's Country Plaza on September 4, 1996. Cr Sellers said the special ceremony, attended by past and present members of the Gladstone Saiki City Sister City Committee and Councillors, formalised the bonds of friendship between the two cities. "The new declaration recognises the close friendship that continues between our communities and provides the foundation on which that relationship will continue to grow for many years to come," Cr Sellers said. "Our relationship is built on friendship, mutual respect and interaction including the exchange of ideas which benefit both centres." Gladstone Saiki City Sister City Committee member Hiroko Price read the new Declaration of Friendship in Japanese during the signing

Gladstone Regional Councillors and Gladstone Saiki City Sister City Committee members gathered to sign the Affirmation of the Declaration of Friendship.

ceremony which was conducted as part of Council's general meeting at the Civic Centre on Goondoon Street. Cr Sellers will lead a delegation of Gladstone Region community and industry representatives to Saiki in November.

Seniors Week activities draw strong community response Two sold out harbour cruises highlighted the community's keen interest in Gladstone Regional Council’s 2011 Seniors Week activities. Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said most events on the Council's Seniors Week program in late August attracted a high number of participants, despite the inclement weather. "The harbour cruise was sold out quickly so we put a second one on and it sold quickly as well," Cr Brushe said. She said some events were cancelled due to rain, including Music at the Gardens, but it had been rescheduled for October 16 as an event open to all the community. “It is wonderful to see so many of our region’s

Charlie Clark and carer Ron Robertson Seniors Week Harbour Cruise.

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seniors wanting to participate and celebrate in Seniors Week." Cr Brushe said the diversity of the weeklong program was well received among the region's seniors, with many showing their gratitude to Council and also the community groups who hosted events. "There were tours of the gardens, walks, web help, a health and wellbeing workshop and I believe the Rotary Club of South Gladstone's annual seniors dinner was the largest to date," she said. A highlight for Cr Brushe was the support for The Men's Shed program which offered senior citizens a free barbecue to view their new facility. Participants were asked to share their ideas about what activities the men's shed should offer.

“Seniors Week activities give seniors a great opportunity to broaden their knowledge about regional locations and services. It was extremely popular and I congratulate all involved for staging the program of events,” Cr Brushe said. Seniors Week activities in the Gladstone Region began on Monday, August 22, and finished on Friday, August 28. Organisers are now keen to hear from any group within the community who would like to host an event as part of the region's Seniors Week calendar in August 2012. To register your organisation's interest in being part of delivering a diverse program for our senior residents, please call Andrea Hughes on (07) 4976 6358.

Doris O'Dwyer and Rolf Hai nes all rugged up during the Seniors Week Harbour Cru ise.

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Gladstone Aquatic Centre water filtr Project cost

$367,912 excluding GST

Commencement date

August 2011 • Removal of existing filtration plant • Installation of new filtration plant

Project stages

Current project status

• Curing of concrete

Possible disruptions

Works scheduled this month

Duration

• Section tilling of pool shell • Connection of filtration pipe work • Filling and balancing of pool • Commission of filtration system

Works completed 03/10/11

Anticipated project completion date

Weather

October 2011

Wyndham Park - Concept Design and

Redevelopment

$122,000

Commencement date

September 2011

Project stages

• Landscape Architect engaged to produ ce draft concept • Concept design for community consu ltation • Commencement of Redevelopment

• Purchase of park infrastructure • Installation of Irrigation • Landscaping

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Work on Council’s $41.5 million Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy Integrated Water Project is progressing. The overall project involves the construction of a desalination plant, sewerage treatment plant upgrade, water and sewerage Piping and mechanical works at reticulation and a reservoir to the Agnes Water Desalination Plant Seventeen Seventy. are continuing with installation of Sealing of the northern power to the site. alignment road is complete with car park work to be finished over the coming months. Construction of the Seventeen Seventy reservoir is nearing completion with the 1.6mL single storage facility, a key infrastructure component of the project. Pump and pipe work to allow seawater to enter the desalination plant through an offshore intake system is continuing. Work on this brine outfall underwater structure is almost complete. Further piping and mechanical works at the desalination plant are progressing with an electrical fit out and power to the site.

Dixon Drive link to Kirkwood under way

Project cost

Current project status

Integrated water project continues

• Landscape Architect engaged to produ ce concept design • Onsite meeting with Landscape Archit ect pending

Works scheduled this month

Duration

Onsite meeting with Landscape Architect

1 day

Draft concept completed for community consultation

1 month

Anticipated project completion date

Concept - October 31, 2011 Redevelopment - June 2012

Possible disruptions

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The link between Telina's Dixon Drive and Kirkwood Road is one step closer to completion with the installation of the new bridge under way. Gladstone Regional Council announced the construction of the Dixon Drive extension in Telina and connection to Kirkwood Road earlier this year. Developer Eureka Funds Management, in conjunction with Council, is constructing the extension and connection of Dixon Drive at Telina to Kirkwood Road, which includes the bridge over Police Creek. Cr Matt Burnett said that the installation of the bridge and extension of Dixon Drive was a critical component of Gladstone's future traffic network. Eureka Funds Management will invest more than $3 million to complete the extension with Council also spending more than $3 million, provided to Council by developer contributions to transport infrastructure, to construct the bridge. Work is expected to be completed by the end of December 2011 if the weather is favourable.

Shadforths Northern Construction Manager Stuart Dodunski with Bridge Construction Manager John Armstrong at the site of the new bridge which will link Dixon Drive to Kirkwood Road.


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World class tutors from IZIT?!Entertainment will headline Gladstone Regional Council's annual youth holiday program SUNfest, to be held January 9-20, 2012. Preparations are under way for another hot summer program and young people will be spoilt for choice with plenty of exciting activities on offer including sports, recreation, arts and culture opportunities right across the region. Organisers were overwhelmed by a huge response to Council's call for Expressions of Interest, receiving over 50 submissions, including previous festival favourites, all keen to join in the 2012 program. IZIT?!Entertainment have been building the performance skills of young artists during the previous two years and are set to introduce something new in 2012 as we look forward to the Gladstone Region's own Glee-style workshop. SUNfest is a Council initiative, coordinated by Gladstone Festival & Events. Supported by local business and industry, SUNfest, now in its 13th

Tondoon Lake inspires work of local artist Australia's wildlife and unique natural environment inspired local artist Sue Daw to capture the essence of her surrounds through art. The lake at Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens is her latest focus. Titled 'Above and Below the Waters of Tondoon Lake', her exhibition will be held at the Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery from 9am-4.30pm during October. Sue will be conducting paper mache workshops at the Gardens where participants can learn to make a paper mache Krefft Turtle on October 8 from 9.30am to 12.30pm or a Flying Fox on October 15 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Sue will also host a watercolour paint day at a date to be advised. A cost of $30 per person and includes all materials needed for the workshop. Bookings are essential as numbers will be limited and can be made by phoning Sue on 4975 7046.

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Jack Blandford (13) during the 2011 SUNfest activities.

year provides low cost activities for the young people of the region during the summer holidays. The 2012 program will be delivered to schools during the first week of November and you'll also find a copy of the program delivered in the November edition of Council Connections. For further information please contact Kathy Andrew, Gladstone Festival & Events on (07) 4972 5111.

Scheduled Works Kirkwood - Benaraby Road intersection Subcontractor Goldings have commenced early works on this phase, including bulk earthworks and installation of drainage structures. Works are anticipated to take 10 weeks. At the time of publication, the second phase of project, which Council staff will undertake, had not yet been issued to Council for estimation by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Delays in the second and final phase of the project, which is anticipated to take three to four months, may result.

Cycling, one of the best types of physical exercise, is a great form of transport and is environmentally friendly. Council's Healthy Active Gladstone Region (HAGR) committee has dedicated next year to raising bicycle awareness in the region, dubbing 2012 as 'The Year of Cycling'. To help progress the year of cycling, HAGR would like to hear from the community with ideas and suggestions for activities that will involve the recreational use of bicycles, raise awareness about bicycle safety or encourage new users. A committee will meet on a regular basis to facilitate and action ideas generated by the community, for the community. Whether you ride for fun, for transport or for performance, HAGR would like to hear from you. Send through your suggestions and ideas or to express interest in being involved with this new initiative to Council's Sport and Recreation section on 4977 6899 or email info@gladstonerc.qld. gov.au

Calliope River Road and service roads This project is 60 per cent complete, with the anticipated completion mid-October.

Lowmead Road This project is at sub-grade stage and on hold due to awaiting a further allocation of expenditure following the discovery of extensive unsuitable material and sub-surface water, which required rectifying.

Cycle path to Dixon Drive The culvert extensions and bulk earthworks to Dixon Drive are progressing according to schedule.

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It’s time to celebrate what’s great!

Australia Day 2012

Do you know someone who is worthy of an Australia Day Award? Gladstone Regional Council is calling on the community to nominate local achievers who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of sport, community events, arts and cultural life in the region. Two members of the Gladstone Region who were nominated last year for their efforts and awarded ‘2011 Citizen of the Year’, Judy Whicker and Rick Bichsel, are very grateful and honoured to have been recognised for their contribution to the Gladstone community. Judy was recognised for her contribution to the Gladstone community after completing 26 years of voluntary service in several roles; however, Judy does not describe her voluntary roles as work but rather something she loves to do. “I was so overwhelmed because I thought every nominee deserved an award for their contribution to the community,” Judy said.

Judy said she would like to see the nominees from last year nominate again as well as other local achievers from the region because “it’s an absolute honour to be recognised and awarded for your efforts”. Rick was awarded this title for lending a helping hand in many of the local government organisations throughout the region for many years. He is very proud of the award, but it was something that he did not seek out or expect. “It’s a privilege and also an achievement that doesn’t come around very often. It’s not everyday you get an award like this,” Rick said. “Even though this achievement is an honour it is comes down to what we do for the community not just the award itself,” he said. Rick described the Australia Day Award celebrations as a way to not only acknowledge the winner but also everyone who has contributed to the Gladstone community.

Awards nominations sought Do you know someone who has done some amazing things for the community, or put the region on the map for their contribution to the sport or organisation of which they have been a part? If so the Gladstone Regional Council wants to hear from you! The Gladstone Region Australia Day Awards are presented annually by Council on the eve of Australia Day to recognise those outstanding 'every-day' persons who make a real contribution and difference to our community. Nominations are being sought for the following award categories: Citizen of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year; Senior Cultural Award; Junior Cultural Award; Senior Sports Person Award; Junior Sports Person Award; and Community Event of the Year Award. Nomination forms are available at Gladstone Regional Council administration centres, libraries, the Gladstone Art Gallery & Museum, the Gladstone Entertainment Centre and the Agnes Water and Miriam Vale RTCs. Alternatively, you can download a copy from Council's website at www. gladstone.qld.gov.au and follow the 'Events' link under 'About Gladstone Region', fill out an online form at the same web address or email jessicac@ gladstonerc.qld.gov.au to have one sent electronically to you.

Judy Whicker

Rick Bichsel

I thought every nominee deserved an award

It’s not everyday you get an award like this

- continued from page 1 Funding will be allocated in varying amounts, depending on the quality and number of applications received. Council will consider favourably applications that show a whole-of-community willingness to support their Australia Day celebration and those that meet one or more of the Australia Day objectives, as outlined by the National Australia Day Council.*

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Applicants must show how their event complements Council's major Australia Day Family Fun Day at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands, with preference given to communities situated outside the larger urban centres or the City of Gladstone. Applications will be assessed according to criteria outlined in the Application Package available at www.gladstone.qld.gov.au Applications must be received by Council no later than close of business on Friday,

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For further information, contact Council's Community Relations team on (07) 4977 6513.

November 4, 2011. To find out more, download a copy of the Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day 2012 Community Event Grants Application Kit from Council's website at www.gladstone. qld.gov.au or phone Grants Coordinator Jessica Cullen at Gladstone Regional Council on (07) 4977 6513. *Please see list of objectives in Australia Day 2012 Community Events Grants package or visit www.australiaday.org.au


Clinic Dates for October 2011 SERVICE

VENUE

DAYS

Child Health Nurse

Agnes Water

Wednesday and Thursday

Miriam Vale

October 12

Agnes Water

Please contact clinic on 4902 1100

Miriam Vale

October 12

Rosedale

School October 14 Clinic October 18

Community Nurse

Turkey Beach October 4 & 21 Dietician

Agnes Water

October 11

Turkey Beach October 4 Family Support Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Friday

Podiatrist

Agnes Water

October 20

Baffle Creek

October 19

Miriam Vale

October 5

Agnes Water

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Baffle Creek

October 13 & 27

Miriam Vale

October 6 & 20

Agnes Water

Health Talk Oct 13 & 17

Baffle Creek

Health Talk Oct 4 & 18

Lowmead

Health Talk Oct 17

Lowmead

Clinic Oct 3

Miriam Vale

Health Talk Oct 12 & 26

Rosedale

Health Talk Oct 4 & 18

Physiotherapist

Seniors Nurse

Turkey Beach Health Talk Oct 5 & 19 Mobile Women's Health Nurse

Agnes Water

October 4, 5 & 6

• Australian Free Hearing Screening Test DCCHS Friday, Nov 18, 2011. Phone 4902 1100 for appointment • BreastScreen Queensland - DCCHS 17, 18, 19 & 20 October Phone: 13 20 50 for appointment • Nude Food Day October 19 Community Intra/Agency Meeting Wednesday October 26, 9.30 am Please phone 4902 1100 for an appointment for these services

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Want to keep up to date with the latest Gladstone Regional Council news? Create a link to Council's RSS feed by clicking on the icon on Council's web site home page. Visit www.gladstone.qld. gov.au

Does your not-for-profit or community organisation have an upcoming event? Don't forget you can lodge an event on Council's community calendar by clicking on the calendar link from our webpage and follow the prompts. Visit www.gladstone. qld.gov.au

sport and recreation Sport & Recreation Funding Programs Reminder Council reminds residents that its Facility Assistance Grant Program (FAGP) and Club Development Grant (CDG) close on October 14, 2011. The FAGP provides funding towards important developments at local sporting facilities including new infrastructure, extensions, upgrades to existing buildings and the construction of new sports fields or courts. Significant items of equipment are also eligible i.e. ride-on mowers. The CDG provides grants of up to $1200 for a range of smaller projects, including equipment purchases, training, marketing/ promotional activities and the preparation of plans (e.g. club development, risk management, marketing). Organisations who received a CDG in 2010 are not able to apply this round. By now you should be aware that Council is utilising a new program to administer the Sport & Recreation Grants, "Smartygrants". This program allows applicants to complete, save and submit applications along with attachments all online. If you are not familiar with the program or need assistance please contact Council's Sport & Recreation Section on (07) 4977 6899. If you are applying, it is strongly recommended you read the funding programs guidelines thoroughly as each year both programs are over subscribed. In order to give your application the best chance at being approved you will need to submit a quality application that meets the required criteria.

Sport & Recreation Events Grant Program Council received a large number of applications for Round 1 of the Regional Sport & Recreation Events Grant Program. It was very encouraging to see well prepared applications for events that will no doubt provide a social and economic benefit the Gladstone Region. Successful applicants under the Regional Sport & Recreation Events Grant Program were: • Silver Spurs Western Performance & Quarter Horse Club "The Last Blast" • Miriam Vale Golf Club - Central Queensland and Central Highlands Robinson Cup • Calliope Rodeo Club - Calliope Rodeo • Boyne Tannum Cricket Club - Industries of Gladstone 20/20 Cricket Challenge • Baffle Creek Sport & Recreation Association - Baffle Creek Family Fishing Festival • 1770 Bowls Club - Regional Cash Bonanza Mixed 4s Organisations planning to hold an eligible event in 2012 are encouraged to apply to Round 2 which is expect to be released in December 2011. If you are unsure whether your event is eligible contact Council's Sport & Recreation Section on 4977 6899.

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arts, culture & ente Gladstone Regional Ar t Gallery & Museum

Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Sts, Gladstone. Ph: 4976 6766

n Menagerie 17 September - 23 October October is the final chance to see Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, the groundbreaking exhibition on at the Gallery / Museum. It features fascinating sculptural works by Indigenous ar tists. Open 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday until Sunday 23 October, when the Gallery / Museum invites you to a free family day to mark its closure. The day will feature a range of hands on activities inspired by the exhibition. For more information contact the Gallery / Museum on 49766766.

n Tour De Force September 17 to October 22 10.00am-5.00pm Monday In Case of Emergency Break Glass is an exhibition of glass works by eight progressive Australian glass artists who have breached the arts-craft divide to make work that sits firmly in the Contemporary Art camp.

Gladstone Enter tainment Centre 58 Goondoon Street, Gladstone. Ph: 4972 2822

n Bell Shakespeare's Julius Caeser October 6, 11.00am & 7.30pm Like many who came before him, and after him, Julius Caesar had the suppor t of the people but the loathing of the players. All they needed to succeed was Brutus, poor patriotic Brutus. He was like a son to Caesar and a poster boy for the republic, but not even a front-man of such unimpeachable integrity could aver t the total and utter disaster their daggers set in motion. Bell Shakespeare takes this momentous piece of Roman history and transpor ts it to the corridors of

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backroom politics.

n Morning Melodies October 11, 11.00am With hits including "He's my Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy" and "Stompin' at Maroubra", Little Pattie established herself as a prominent force in the Australian music industry. Today, Little Pattie is as energetic as she was when she took a strong hold on the Australian music scene in the mid 60s as a bright 14 year old school girl from Sydney. Morning Melodies is a lovely oppor tunity, specifically for seniors, to enjoy an enter taining live performance at an affordable price.

n Oh What a Night! October 12, 8.00pm Direct from Las Vegas to Australia, Oh What a Night is a musical tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, featuring all their hits including Walk Like A Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Big Girls Don't Cry, Oh What A Night and many more. Sit back and enjoy the informative and often hilarious banter between the highspirited cast, delivered throughout the performance.

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GSHS students delve into our Priceless Past

A collaborative project that features the lives and contributions of our special seniors will culminate in an exhibition at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum this month. Titled Our Priceless Past, the project is an initiative of the art gallery and museum and held in conjunction with The Observer and Ergon Energy. Held annually, Our Priceless Past brings two generations together and provides a heartwarming display for the community to enjoy. The stories are published in a commemorative liftout in The Observer newspaper and exhibited alongside photographs and treasured memorabilia in the exhibition. This year, the stories have been prepared by Year 8 Gladstone State High School Students to celebrate National Seniors Week. The official opening and launch of Our Priceless Past will be at the Art Gallery and Museum from 12.00 noon on Tuesday, October 4. The commemorative publication will feature in The Observer the following day on Wednesday, October 5.

October 21-22, 7.30pm Government MP, Richard Willey, is attempting to have an affair with one of the secretaries of the leader of the Opposition in the Canberra Hilton. However, with an unexpected visit from his wife, a bungling parliamentary private secretary, a conniving waiter, a suspicious hotel manager, a private detective, a furious husband, an unconscious nurse and a dead body, nothing is going as planned. If you like Fawlty Towers you will love Out Of Order!

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Gladstone State High Middle School Teacher Ann Tappenden, Ergon Energy Corporate Communications Manager Bob Pleash, Deputy Principal Nathan Tessier, Middle School Teacher Kim-Maree Lambert, student Ashton Hansen, senior Bob Inwood and student Mikayla Ralph give their support to the Our Priceless Past project.


ertainment Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards The Gladstone Region's most prestigious art award, the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award, is again accepting entries in all media at the end of this month, from October 26 to 29. Now in its 36th year, the Awards have established themselves as a nationally-recognised event, receiving more than 400 entries yearly from throughout Australia. The Awards act as an invaluable springboard for local and interstate artists and gives them the opportunity to take home some of the lucrative 2011 prize pool of more than $20,000, thanks to the generous sponsorship of local businesses and industry. In addition to the opening and award announcements, the community is invited to join this year's judge Queensland University Art Director Dr Campbell Gray on a floor-talk of the exhibition. This will be followed by a gold coin donation lunch and the apportunity for artists to meet the judge. For more information visit www.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au/gallerymuseum or contact the Gallery/Museum on 4976 6766. Please note: The gallery/museum will be closed from Monday, October 31 until Friday, November 4 for the installation of the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards exhibition of selected entries.

At A Glance

Rio Tinto Alcan Mar tin Hanson Memorial Art Awards • Entries accepted between October 26-29, 2011. • Awards day: Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum. • 10.00am: Doors open • 11.00am: Judge’s floor talk • 2.00pm: Judge’s illustrated lecture • 6.30pm: Awards announcement and official opening of exhibition. • The exhibition of selected entries will continue until December 8, with some works available for sale.

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Gladstone Region's Liquor Trade October has historically been a busy month for the liquor trade throughout the Gladstone Region. Here are some examples from our archives:

n October 9, 1877 - Clinton Hotel licence was sold to Laurens Janson. Mr Janson also successfully applied for the Town Pound to adjoin the hotel. After a succession of licensees, it was demolished in 1911. The hotel was situated near the south end of the Gladstone Airport runway. n October 23, 1877 - Mrs Cowan, who held a licence for the sale of liquor at the Blue Bell Hotel (now Port Curtis Hotel Gladstone), was convicted on this date, for selling spirits to Aborigines and was fined ₤2 ($4) or one week in gaol. n October 2, 1901 - Annie Lee was the first licensee for the Battery Hotel, Targinnie.

n October, 1908 - Francis Atkinson held the North Pole Hotel (situated near the Railway Station), licence at Scrubby Creek in 1897. There were four other Scrubby Creeks in the area resulting in a name change to Lowmead. Francis applied for, and was granted, a licence for the original Lowmead Hotel which was destroyed by fire in 1994. Until the hotel was rebuilt, owners Mr and Mrs Michael Hanson operated the hotel from the adjacent feed shed. n October 30, 1925 - At 11am, the Queens Hotel on the corner of Goondoon and William Streets was burnt down. Roy Chipps of Rockhampton was engaged as the architect to rebuild the hotel. A larger-sized brick, manufactured in the 1920s, was used for the new structure, reducing the building costs and construction time. The owner, Miss Jessie Joseph, reopened the hotel on March 16, 1927. Source: Shanties Pubs and Hotels - W.R. Golding and P Ward

n October 3, 1906 - Mr Clark built the Norman Hurst Hotel on

Blackman’s Creek, Blackman's Gap Road. The hotel was sold in 1908 and moved from the bottom of Blackman’s Range to the Boyne Valley Road turn off and renamed Boyne Valley Hotel. The locals referred to the hotel as the “Pig and Whistle” or “Billy Goat's Bleat”.

n October 3, 1907 - Irwin Crow was granted one month to commence the removal and three months to reassemble the Railway Hotel, Bramston Street, Gladstone to a site at Many Peaks. The building was dismantled after each section was numbered and then carted by Mr Young's horse team to Many Peaks and, on completion, renamed the Grand Hotel. The hotel opened by Irwin Crow on March 3, 1908, still stands today. n October 21, 1908 - George Threadingham was granted a licence for the Barmundoo Creek Hotel near Futter Creek, it catered for the navvies who worked on now the Gladstone to Monto railway line.

Queens Hotel pre-1960s

courtesy Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum collection

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t’s On WhinaOctober?

Council’s Community Calendar

Date

What’s On

Location & Time

Event Description

October 6

Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea

Thursday October 6, at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre deck from 10am - 12 noon.

The Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea is held on a monthly basis and allows newcomers to find out more about what the Gladstone Region offers and also mix with others who are new to the region. Please phone Andrea Hughes on 4976 6358 or Luis Serrano on 4976 6352 for further information.

October 8

‘Dad’s Day Out’

Gladstone PCYC between 10am – 1pm

Dads of the Gladstone region are invited to spend quality time with their children 0 – 12 years. There will be numerous activities available on the day as well as community information stall. Food and drink will be on sale and kids are encouraged to bring their bikes, scooter and skates. For information or to register your interest please contact Debbie Flaherty on 4976 6356.

October 4 & 18

Story Time

Miriam Vale Library 9.30am – 10.30am

Story Time and Crafts for children aged 0 - 5 years. No bookings are required.

October 4 & 18

General Council Meeting

Gladstone Administration Centre, 101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone from 9am.

Community members are welcome to attend Council’s General Meetings

October 13 & 27

Baby Bounce

Boyne Island Library, Mt Larcom Room 11am – 11.30am

A lap-sit program is being held for a parent and their child less than 2 years old. This program includes songs and rhymes. No bookings are required.

October 15

Councillor Community Awareness Sessions

Stockland Gladstone between 9am – noon

Gladstone Regional Council Councillors will be on hand to discuss any issues, topics or concerns that residents may have.

October 16

Music in the Gardens

Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens 11am - 4pm

Come and enjoy performances by individuals and small groups with high energy. Residents are advised to bring chairs and rugs. Food and drink will be on sale at the site. For further information about this free community event please contact Merilyn Haigh on 4971 4443.

October 28

Baby Bounce

Gladstone City Library 11am – 11.30am

A lap-sit program is being held for a parent and their child less than 2 years old. This program includes songs and rhymes. No bookings are required.

Every Thursday

Story Time

Mt Larcom Library 11am -11.30am

Story Time and Crafts for children aged 0 – 5 years. No bookings are required.

Gladstone City Library 11am - 11.30am

Story Time and Crafts for children aged 0 – 5 years. No bookings are required.

Every Story Time Wednesday

Agnes Waters Library 10.00am -10.30am Story Time and Crafts for children aged 0 - 5 years. No bookings are required.

Every Friday

Story Time

Boyne Island library 10.30am - 11am

Monday to Friday

Learn to Swim

Gladstone Aquatic Centre 9am -6pm

Gladstone Aquatic Centre is now offering a progressive Learn to Swim Program. For more information or to book please contact the Gladstone Aquatic Centre on 4972 6822.

Monday to Friday

Happy Hour

Gladstone Aquatic Centre between 8am & 9am

This program allows age pensioners (over 60) to use The Aquatic Centre for free to encourage fitness and active exercise. Please phone 4972 6822 for more information.

Every Friday & Saturday

Library Square Performances

Library Square Goondoon Street Gladstone between 6pm & 8pm

If you’re looking for something to do, come down and enjoy the free live, local music. Relax on the decks, soak up the atmosphere and start your night off on a high note. Phone 4972 2822 for more information

Every Friday

Library Square Performances

Library Square Goondoon Street Gladstone, noon – 2pm

If you’re looking for something to do, come down and enjoy the free live, local music. Relax on the decks, soak up the atmosphere and start your night off on a high note. Phone 4972 2822 for more information.

Calliope Library 10.30am -11am

After hours emergency number 4979 1134. Residents who incur STD call rates in contacting Council, can phone 1300 733 343 at a cost of local call rates. Correspondence Residents are asked to direct all correspondence to the Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 29, Gladstone Qld 4680.

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Customer service Council is committed to providing you with timely, efficient and consistent service. Our customer service charter can be accessed from Council’s website. Council meetings Council meetings are held every first and third Tuesday of

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the month from 9am at the Gladstone Council Chambers, 101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone. A list of agenda items is available from Council’s website from 5pm the Friday prior to each meeting. Meeting minutes are also available from the website. • Planning Scheme Hotline: 1300 621 922


Council Connection October 2011 Edition