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MARCH 2012 - ISSUE 42

GLADSTONE REGIONAL COUNCIL COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

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

Under-harbour pipeline brings services to island

The distance of the harbour crossing is at the upper end of the capacity of any horizontal direction drill technology world-wide

Mayor Sellers

An ambitious $100 million project will result in water and sewer services provided to the proponents of the four liquefied natural gas plants (LNG) being constructed on Curtis Island. A joint initiative of Gladstone Regional Council and the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB), the Curtis Island Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Project involves the construction of three pipelines, each of 14km in length that cross the harbour under the harbour bed to a depth of 70 metres below water level. Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is being used to construct the 2.1km crossing of the Gladstone Harbour section from RG Tanna Coal Terminal at Gladstone Marina to Hamilton Point on the south end of Curtis Island. When completed, the pipeline project will supply potable water to the LNG proponents on the island and return their sewerage to Council’s existing sewerage treatment plant on the mainland. Included in the scope of works are a booster pump station for water supply on Curtis Island and a standby sewerage pressure main. There is sloping, harsh terrain to contend with from Hamilton Point to the furthest of the four LNG sites on Curtis Island. The project is being fully funded by Curtis Island LNG proponents.

Mayor Gail Sellers said work on the project had begun in October 2011 and a significant milestone was reached on December 20 last year when contractor Coe Drilling completed the “intersect” for the first pilot hole of the crossing. “This project has several ‘firsts’ for Australia and the 2.1km harbour crossing has posed many challenges for us, GAWB and the contractors so far,” Councillor Sellers said.

“The distance of the harbour crossing is at the upper end of the capacity of any horizontal direction drill (HDD) technology world-wide, so to achieve success with the first pilot hole is a significant milestone for Council and GAWB. “I also understand that it is uncommon to drill in tandem over this distance from both sides, so this is a major achievement for all involved. “Additionally, the contractors are using newer steering technology from Europe that utilises an optical gyro system which is another first for Australia.” The Mayor said the project comprised three stages, including the construction of the pilot hole for the HDD; installation and testing of the water and sewerage pipelines; and construction of a second pilot hole, installation of a water pipeline and conversion of the first water pipeline into a sewerage pipeline.

Gladstone Entertainment Centre hosts the Queensland Heavyweight Title Saturday March 17, 6pm. Book online or at the Box Office. FULL STORY Page 4

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Development figures high

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Glenlyon Road Planning

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New playgrounds for Wyndham Park

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SafeST foothpaths program

Visit Council’s Website - www.gladstone.qld.gov.au

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Queensland Coastal Plan


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Gail Sellers

Council Contacts

All mail to: PO Box 29 Gladstone DC Qld 4680 Email: info@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au Phone: 4970 0700 Fax: 4975 8500 A/Hrs Emergency Phone: 4979 1134

From fireworks, “concerts and kids'

shows to street parades, raft races and markets, the Harbour Festival has something for everyone

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Office Locations Gladstone Office

101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Qld 4680

Calliope Office

5 Don Cameron Drive, Calliope Qld 4680

Miriam Vale Office

36 Roe Street, Miriam Vale Qld 4677

FACILITIES

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Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Sts Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4976 6766

Discovery Coast Community Care 36 Roe Street, Miriam Vale 4677

Agnes Water Rural Transaction Centre 3 Captain Cook Drive, Agnes Water Qld 4677 Telephone: (07) 4902 1515

Agnes Water Library 3 Captain Cook Drive, Agnes Water Qld 4677 Telephone (07) 4902 1501

Gladstone Entertainment Centre 58 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4972 2822 Community Advisory Service 142 Goondoon St, Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4976 6300 Discovery Coast Community Health Service Rafting Ground Road, Agnes Water 4677 Telephone: (07) 4902 1100

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Tondoon Botanic Gardens Glenlyon Road, Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4971 4444 Boyne Tannum Community Centre & Library Cnr Wyndham and Hayes Ave, Boyne Island Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4971 9700 Mt Larcom Rural Transaction Centre/ Library 47 Raglan St, Mount Larcom Qld 4695 Telephone: (07) 4975 1205

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AQUATIC CENTRES Gladstone Aquatic Centre 60 Tank Street, Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4972 6822 Calliope Pool Stirrat Street, Calliope Phone: (07) 4975 6455 Mount Larcom Pool Narrows Road, Mt Larcom Phone: (07) 4975 1185

Gladstone City Library 39 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4976 6400 Calliope Library 5 Don Cameron Drive, Calliope Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4975 8105 Miriam Vale Library 34 Roe Street, Miriam Vale Qld 4677 Telephone: (07) 4974 6241


Development figures through the roof as region tries to keep pace with growth Development in the Gladstone Region continues to thrive, with building and plumbing approval figures from late last year more than double that of the same time in the previous year. Spiking at 425 approvals in November 2011, these figures show that positive steps are being taken to ease the region's housing stress. Council's Development portfolio spokesperson Councillor Craig Butler said the dramatic increase in the number of development approvals was an encouraging sign for the region. "There are currently eight major residential estates under construction in Gladstone City alone, with other residential areas being developed in Calliope and Boyne Island," Cr Butler said. In addition to the residential estates, unit construction is also strong, with 254 units currently being built in the region. "And these figures do not take into account major developments that have received approval but have not yet commenced construction, or those that are still going through our planning process,"

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Cr Butler said. "Recent Council meetings have seen a large rise in the number of development applications being processed. "Given the region's housing stresses, Council is pleased to facilitate growth to ease some of these pressures." Cr Butler said it was timely to remind prospective developers that while Council was very keen to facilitate growth, it would not approve proposals that would lead to inappropriate outcomes for the community.

Su Kwon makes use of the new Wi-Fi service at Gladstone City Library

Briefly Council meetings

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 March 6, March 20, April 3 and April 17. A list of agenda items is available from Council's website www. gladstone.qld.gov.au (follow the 'Meetings & Minutes' tab under 'Quicklinks') at 5pm the Friday prior to the meeting.

Website for volunteers 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 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 report. 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 Council's administration centres.

Access services at BTCC

Free Wi-Fi service for library patrons Gladstone City and Agnes Water Libraries now have a free WiFi service that is proving a hit among library patrons. But Council's Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe believes more residents could make the most of this service. “This service is free to the public and there are no limitations,

meaning patrons can use iPods, laptops, Smartphones and the like to access the internet,” Cr Brushe said. She said the service was easily accessed by entering the building, turning on their device's Wi-Fi capabilities and connecting. The service is available during regular library opening hours.

Cr Brushe said residents using Council's other regional libraries would not miss out on the service with plans under way to have Wi-Fi rolled out across all libraries in the coming months. For more information on this service phone the Gladstone City Library on 4976 6400. The library is located at 39 Goondoon Street, Gladstone.

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.

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Briefly

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'.

Welcome morning tea Welcome to Gladstone Morning Teas are held at Tondoon Botanic Gardens between 10am and noon on the first Thursday of every month, except in April 2012 when it will be held on the 15th. This initiative aims to provide newcomers with an opportunity to meet new people and local service providers. Information resources are handed out at the morning teas. For further information please contact Andrea or Luis on 4976 6300.

Home Library Services Gladstone City Library provides a Home Library Service to residents of Gladstone, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Calliope, as well as residents on sealed roads in the Beecher, Beecher Forest, Wurdong Heights, Benaraby, Pacific Ranch and River Ranch areas. 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.

Lodge an event 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 on our webpage and follow the prompts. Visit www. gladstone.qld.gov.au

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INTERNATIONAL HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING COMES TO GLADSTONE

Australian keen to dominate 'All American Prize Fighter' International heavyweight boxing comes to Gladstone this month when Australia's own Mark 'The Dominator' de Mori takes on 'The All American Prize Fighter' Rob Calloway on St Patrick's Day. Be there ringside for Harbour City Havoc on Saturday, March 17, when the Gladstone Entertainment Centre turns into our own version of Madison Square Garden with all the lights, showbiz and pizzazz that only heavyweight boxing can generate. With seven bouts on the night's card, and a Queensland heavyweight title at stake in the main curtain raiser, boxing fans are in for spectacular night. This will be Mark's last fight on Australian shores before heading to the United States for a shot at the world heavyweight title. With Mark's record of 17 wins (15 by knockout), a

loss and two draws from 20 fights, it is no wonder controversial American boxing promoter Don King has signed him. Mark's opponent on the night is no slouch. Rob Calloway's record speaks for itself with 76 wins (60 KO),12 losses and two draws in an illustrious career. Calloway has a height, weight and reach advantage. Their fight is bound to be a long hard slog to victory. The action starts at 6pm and Ringside and VIP Gold seating patrons have access to a corporate bar on stage with drinks and food available at their seats. Tickets are selling fast so get in early. Cost is: Ringside $130; VIP Gold $115; Arena Blue $100; Arena White $ 85; and Arena Red $70.

Information sessions aim at helping newcomers Newcomers to the region who would like to learn more about services and networks offered in the community are invited to attend a community information session coordinated by Gladstone Regional Council.

portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said the sessions were a joint initiative of all levels of government, plus service groups and local community organisations.

Being conducted four times a year, the Community Information Sessions have been developed in response to feedback Council has received from newcomers at its monthly Welcome to Gladstone Morning Teas.

"Newcomers have told us that they would benefit from knowing more about certain topics so we have responded by planning four session periods, with the first session held on February 8 and 9," Cr Brushe said.

Council's Community Services

The other session dates for

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2012 are: May 9 and 10, August 9 and 10 and November 7 and 8. Cr Brushe said Council had secured speakers on topics including health to employment, laws and legislation, service provision and recreational networking opportunities. She said people who were interested in attending a session could contact Luis Arroyo on 4976 6352 at the Gladstone Community Advisory Service.


Council plans for future traffic growth with Glenlyon Road widening on the agenda Glenlyon Road hasn't reached capacity yet but Gladstone Regional Council is planning ahead to ensure that the forecast projected growth of the city doesn't leave commuters in a jam. Yeats Consulting has been commissioned by Council to develop a concept plan for the widening to two lanes of Glenlyon Road from the Breslin Street intersection to the intersection with Kirkwood Road. Council's Infrastructure Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Matt Burnett said our road networks were under pressure, but it was important to have plans and funding programs in place before they reached capacity. "Even though we are all noticing a significant increase in traffic on our roads, modelling shows we still have capacity for future growth. "What we don't want is a situation where we are caught on the back foot, so this study is the first step to managing forecast pressures." Cr Burnett said the concept plans, plus factors being identified in the Department of Main Road's modelling study of road infrastructure for

the region, currently under way, will be used to determine the best course of action of a staged widening project. He said Council would seek funding assistance for the project once plans were finalised. In the meantime, he urged motorists to consider other drivers on the roads, particularly as Kirkwood Road Stage Three is opened to Benaraby Road in the coming months. "We know there's going to be a sharp rise in traffic on Glenlyon Road when this happens, so please consider others when this occurs," Cr Burnett said. "It is too early to say how long it will be until we get a full duplication of Glenlyon Road to four lanes. "We are planning for this upgrade and will commit to it once it is evident capacity will be breached in the near future." Cr Burnett also said that it was also likely that Breslin Street to Glenlyon Road would be dual laned in the future with concept plans already in existence.

Briefly

Lost and found pets Have you lost or found a pet? Did you know that you can register your lost or found pet at Council’s website free of charge? Simply visit www.gladstone.qld.gov. au and follow the 'Animals and Environment' link from the home page.

Update pet details Council is asking residents to keep their pet ownership details up to date to ensure pets can be reunited in the event they stray. Council also reminds pet owners they are obliged under Queensland legislation to complete a Change to Pet Ownership Form if they sell or give away an animal. Phone 4976 6972 for further information or visit Council's website at www. gladstone.qld.gov.au

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

RSS feed 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

Cr Matt Burnett discusses plans for the widening of Glenlyon Road with Council's Manager Infrastructure Planning Craig Murrell.

LAMP boost

Council election date set - April 28 The 2012 Local Government Quadrennial Elections will be held on Saturday, April 28 throughout Queensland. Residents interested in nominating for Gladstone Regional Council Mayoral and Councillor positions can do so from March 10 via the Electoral Commission Queensland

website at www.ecq.qld.gov.au Returning Officer Michael Davidson has advised there is no absentee voting at Local Government elections but prepoll and postal voting will be available. The ECQ website contains all the information residents need

to know about nominating and voting at the election. The Council Connection will publish more details about the voting process in its April edition. The ECQ can be contacted on 1300 881 665 for further information.

Council welcomed State Government's $2 million investment in the Local Area Multicultural Partnerships (LAMP) initiative announced last month. The funding, provided over three years, enables Gladstone Regional Council and 12 other participating councils to continue to employee staff to work with culturally diverse communities. The LAMP program is designed to help newcomers to the region participate in economic, education and social activities.

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Road Briefs Road widening and seal A section of the Mt LarcomBracewell Road is scheduled to be widened. Council plans to upgrade drainage, strengthen the pavement and seal the road to two lane width (eight metres) from March, providing the weather is favourable. Works involved the section from Taylor’s Lane to the Ambrose-Bracewell Road.

Road works near power station

First stage of Wyndham Park works soon to start with new playgrounds and landscaping Council will start stage one of its Wyndham Park Redevelopment project in March, with the installation of new playgrounds, equipment and landscaping works. The redevelopment of the park follows Council's removal of the original playground last year for safety reasons. Parks and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald said Council designed concept plans for the redevelopment after feedback from residents favoured replacing the original playground with similar themed equipment. "The first stage of the project

involves the installation of a new pirate ship playground, construction of a second playground area and installation of a lighthouse playground and see-saw," Cr McDonald said. "Stage one works will also include new pathways linking the two play areas, planting of more trees, construction of a bridge in the north eastern corner of the park and inclusion of dog friendly infrastructure." Cr McDonald said the new park area would provide plenty of open recreational space and would retain all of the existing trees. Signage at the base of a large plum tree, which provides historical

information on the Boyne Island area, will also be retained in the redevelopment. Cr McDonald thanked residents for their feedback and assistance in the project and advised that funding for stage two, which would involve the provision of barbecue facilities, a sheltered eating area and the construction of an amenities block, would be considered in the 2012-13 budget. Full concept plans and detailed designs can be downloaded from Council's website www. gladstone.qld.gov.au by following 'Major Projects' under the Quick Links section on the home page.

Council has been contracted for the Queensland Government’s Safer Roads Sooner project near the Gladstone power station. The $2.2 million of works will reconfigure the access in and out of the road to the boat ramp at the Calliope River Bridge to make it safer. The works involves reconfiguring the access to Council’s sewerage treatment plant and RSPCA facility and the construction of some ramps near the overpass near the bridge. The works are scheduled to commence in March and Council is providing a $150,000 contribution for the access work to its treatment plant.

Pedestrian path to be sealed The temporary seal of the Glenlyon Road pedestrian/ cycle path will soon be replaced by an asphalt overlay from the Moura railway line overpass to Dixon Drive. To provide cost efficiency, the sealing will occur in conjunction with a scheduled reseal of the adjacent Glenlyon Road.

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Blain Sports Park access to become safer Access to the Blain Sports Park at Police Creek in Gladstone will soon become safer following an announcement that Council and Queensland Rail would fund a new road to the grounds. Queensland Rail will contribute $150,000 towards the $350,000 project that will result in the road realigned from Callemondah Drive in a manner that

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avoids crossing the railway line and entering into cultural heritage areas. Infrastructure services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Matt Burnett said the design also included several car parks along the way for people to stop and take in the scenery of Police Creek. He said the road would be two-way and sealed.


Access for passengers improved at Gladstone Airport New drop off and pick-up areas have been introduced in front of the Gladstone Airport terminal. Gladstone Airport portfolio spokesperson Councillor Clyde Cameron said the new arrangements were introduced in response to the findings of the Landside Traffic Study completed as part of the 2011 Gladstone Airport Master Plan. “The plan forecast a major increase in traffic and passenger numbers through the terminal, particularly within the next five years,” Cr Cameron said. "This growth has already commenced with the airport seeing some 58,000 passengers more in the first six months of this financial year than during the same period last year. “The Master Plan identified that there was both a lack of passenger loading zones and parking for taxis.” Cr Cameron said to provide the room required for more of each, it

was necessary to relocate the taxi rank about 30 metres to the east. “We have also provided dedicated areas in the short term car park for mini-van pick up to further free up space at the front of the terminal,” he said. Of the almost 1000 passengers at the terminal a day approximately 65 per cent are dropped off by friends, family or co-workers. “The new Loading Zones are for the drop off and pick up of passengers and a strict two minute time limit will be enforced, as will the requirement that the driver stay in the vehicle,” Cr Cameron said. “Several Airport staff have undertaken Parking Infringement Notice training which will be used to issue fines to those who do not abide by the new parking arrangements.” New parking include:

arrangements

• Bus zone location along the far left (western end) of the

airport terminal building • Two minute maximum, passenger loading zone in front of the arrivals hall • Two minute maximum, passenger loading zones at entrance to the departures lounge • Taxi zone along the far right (east) of the airport terminal building • No stopping zones with exemption for emergency vehicles • Industry specific mini bus loading zone in the airport’s short term car park Cr Cameron said all the new arrangements were clearly marked with improved signage and markings on the asphalt. "We have done our best to provide adequate parking within a limited space and we seek everyone’s cooperation to make it work,” he said.

SafeST program aims at making travelling to and from school safer for children Travelling to and from school for many regional children is being made safer, thanks to program being funded on an equal share basis between the State Government and Council. The Safe School Travel (SafeST) program is a Queensland Government initiative that aims at reducing student injuries and fatalities by encouraging students off roadways and on to foot and cycle paths. Infrastructure Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Matt Burnett said Council had completed the following footpath extensions in recent months: • Kin Kora State School: Extension of the foothpath from the pedestrian crossing at the rear of the school (Kin Kora Drive) to Sun Valley Road footpath at a cost of $44,000. • Chanel College: Footpath construction works linking the college entrance to Dawson Highway at a cost of $58,000. • Gladstone State High School: Construction of a footpath outside the school at a cost of $30,000; and • Rosella Park School: Construction of a

footpath outside the school at a cost of $33,000. Providing the weather is favourable, a bus turnaround and step-down area will be constructed at Miriam Vale State School from the April holiday period and extending into the start of term two. Cr Burnett said the $102,000 funding had been allocated to that project. In addition to the SafeST program works, Council has scheduled the following works as part of its budgeted program for 2011-12: • Glenlyon Road: Asphalt overlay of the pedestrian/bicycle path from the Moura railway line overpass to Dixon Drive roundabout; • Bramston Street: Reconstruction and repair of a section of the footpath between the traffic lights at Glenlyon Road to the Presbyterian Church; and, • Toolooa Street: Repair and reconstruction of the footpath near the Tank Street roundabout end. Cost of this is $82,000 with designs under way and a completion date set for May 2012.

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Subsidy fast-tracks installation of ALERT water and rainfall monitors on the Boyne and Baffle Council has embarked on a cooperative project that will deliver access to more timely information of impending flood levels and facilitate improved warnings of road closures, potential property damage and necessary evacuations. The $480,000 project involves installing and commissioning new ALERT water level and rainfall monitoring equipment and upgrading existing devices along the Boyne River and Baffle Creek. When complete, the ALERT system will feed information through to the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) website so residents can access more timely data on rainfall and prepare in the event of pending flood situations. Local Disaster Management Group Deputy Chairman Councillor Rick Hansen said Council had successfully secured a $415,000 grant via the State Government's Local Government Grants and Subsidies (Cyclone and Flood Warning) Program 2011-2012. "We are working with Gladstone Area Water Board and BOM to deliver this project in 2012-13 and are already in the process of negotiating landholder agreements with property owners whose land has been identified as a monitoring station site," Cr Hansen said. "When complete, six new ALERT

water and rainfall monitoring stations will be installed and five existing stations upgraded along the Boyne River; and four new stations will be installed and four upgraded along Baffle Creek in the southern part of the region." Cr Hansen said the four new stations along the Baffle would be particularly beneficial to motorists and residents travelling the roads in the Miriam Vale, Agnes Water, Baffle Creek, Lowmead and Rosedale where flooding is common. "We haven't had real-time information previously from that area so this will enhance our capacity to warn and advise residents of impending flood events." He said the installation and upgrade of monitors on the Boyne system was timely, given Awoonga Dam had over-topped the spillway several times in just over a year. "We will have the advantage of receiving automated information instantly, instead of having to send staff to Awoonga Dam to manually assess dam and river levels. "This will enhance our ability to provide early warnings to those downstream in the event that flooding is predicted, especially given we don't have a lot of lead time because of the close proximity of the dam to Benaraby and Boyne/Tannum."

PLANNED FLOOD WARNING NETWORK Boyne River System Location

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Benaraby (Bruce Highway)

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Boyne Island (Tarcoola Drive)

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Awoonga Dam

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Marlua

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Milton

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Nagoorin

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Bulburrin

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Mount Seaview

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Cedar Vale

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Gladstone Radar (BOM)

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Mount Maria

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Barnett's Road

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Essendean Bridge

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Hills Road (Euleilah Creek Bridge)

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Captain Creek

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Ampthill

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Mimdale

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Gladstone Region residents cycling into fitness Gladstone Regional Council's Year of Cycling for 2012 initiative continues to gather speed with riders getting involved in local events in increasing numbers. Road and mountain bike rides are proving a hit with youngsters and seniors alike as organisers report a growing number of participants wishing to either hone their skills for competition or enjoy a fun way of getting exercise. Gladstone Bicycle Centre's David McIntosh said his Saturday morning road rides had gained popularity to the extent that the two existing groups were likely to expand into three or perhaps even four. "We have riders aged from 13 to 68 and we meet at 6am every Saturday morning and arrive at The Coffee Shop about 7.15am or 7.30am for a coffee," Mr McIntosh said. "We try to keep to a flat course around the Gladstone Marina area and away from heavy traffic and it's great just to see people on bikes."

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Meanwhile, for those interested in mountain bike riding, Matt Jenkin's Dirty Rats are conducting an entry level ride for beginners on the second Sunday of every month, starting at Choice Petroleum, near the Sun Valley roundabout, at 8am. Jenkin, of M1 Cycles, also conducts mountain bike sessions for more experienced riders every Sunday morning. "The great thing about mountain biking is that it's an easy, enjoyable form of fitness that keeps you off the roads and bike paths," Mr Jenkin said. "This ride will take the easy tracks so it will be suitable for kids and beginners." The Year of Cycling for 2012 is a Healthy Active Gladstone Region initiative. For more information on Saturday morning road rides phone David McIntosh on 4972 1142 and for more about the Sunday mountain bike rides phone Matt Jenkin on 4972 0007.

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'Dirty Rats' member Kathryn Porteous shows her form on the mountain bike.


Queensland Coastal Plan introduced Gladstone Regional Council advises residents of the new State Government Queensland Coastal Plan that came into effect from February 3 this year. Council's Development portfolio spokesperson Councillor Craig Butler said the plan, which replaced existing state and regional coastal management plans, provided further protection for the region's coastal areas. "The Department of Environment and Resource Management worked in consultation with Queensland councils to develop this plan, designed to provide policy direction about land uses on the coast, such as coastal development and the management of coastal reserves, beaches, esplanades and tidal areas," Cr Butler said. He said it was noteable the plan had defined coastal zones as being inclusive of coastal waters, islands and land located within 5km of the coast. "In terms of our local government area, the new coastal zones now incorporate about 27 per cent of our region." Cr Butler said before the plan was adopted, DERM had reviewed and considered new land contour data, the future impact of climate change on coastal processes and how this would affect human habitation adjacent to coastal areas. "From this, it was identified that some coastal areas require special

Animal inspection program gets under way to monitor compliance

Gladstone Regional Council's animal inspection program to monitor compliance with pet registration procedures throughout the region is under way. The program, which will continue until July 23, enables Council's Local Law Enforcement Officers to conduct house to house inspections to identify if dogs or cats are being kept and to ensure animals are registered in accordance with the requirements of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. The program also targets the premises of owners who had an animal registered for the 2010-11 year but have not renewed their registration for the 2011-12 period.

development controls and management practices. "The plan further identifies areas known as coastal management districts, coastal hazard areas and erosion prone areas and it is within these areas where restrictions could be imposed on development and works operations." Cr Butler said development of certain new dwellings, land subdivision and works, including filling and vegetation clearing, may now be subject to assessment under the new plan. To find out more about the Queensland Coastal Plan: Read the information sheets and Frequently Asked Questions document at www.derm.qld.gov.au/coastalplan/#information_sheets Download the full plan at www.derm.qld.gov.au/coastalplan Contact Council's Strategic Planning section on 4970 0700.

Gladstone Airport passengers reminded of prohibited items With a rise in the number of Gladstone Airport users, passengers are being reminded that prohibited items must be surrendered at the airport screening point. Gladstone Airport portfolio spokesperson Councillor Clyde Cameron said it would be one year this April since the introduction of compulsory security screening procedures, at Gladstone Airport. “Last year, the addition of screening facilities, ensured Gladstone Airport was one of the most modern terminals in regional Australia,” Cr Cameron said. “Airport staff undertook tailored training to use the facilities, ensuring a smooth transition for passengers during introduction of the new process. “As part of further process streamlining, and in the interests of continued safety, passengers are reminded certain items are prohibited on aircraft.” Passengers need to be aware that: • All hand luggage and carry on items must be submitted for inspection by a screening officer or x-ray • Checked bags are also subject to x-ray • Prohibited hand luggage items include, but are not limited to tape, knives, forks, scissors, tools including multi-tools, pen knives, any other sharp objects, sporting equipment including balls, golf clubs and skateboards and also non personal hygiene aerosol cans • Screening includes passing though a Walk Through Metal Detector • Participation in an Explosive Trace Detector test may be requested For more information visit http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/

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2012 Year of Cycling Gladstone Region Calendar March 2012 3

Chaplaincy Road Ride Junior Bike Challenge

3, 10, 17, Saturday Morning Road Ride 24, 31 Ladies Only 4 Fix your bike workshop 4

Sunday Morning Road Ride

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

28

Ride to Work Day

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Littlies Try a Trike

April 2012

July 2012 1

Sunday Morning Road Ride

7, 14, Saturday Morning Road Ride 21, 28

October 2012 6, 13, Saturday Morning Road Ride 20, 27 7

Fix your bike workshop

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

7

Sunday Morning Road Ride

15

Calliope Classic Road Race

14

Mountain Bike Trail Riding

15

BMX Come & Try Day

21

BMX Come & Try Day

21

Chaplaincy Road Ride Tour De Chaplin

31

Ride to Work Day

25

Ride to Work Day

August 2012

November 2012 3, 10, Saturday Morning Road Ride 17, 24

4, 11, Saturday Morning Road Ride 18, 25

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Sunday Morning Road Ride

Mountain Bike Trail Riding

7, 14, Saturday Morning Road Ride 21, 28

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

28

Ride to Work Day

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

29

Ride to Work Day

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Ride to Work Day

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Sunday Morning Road Ride

December 2012

5, 12, Saturday Morning Road Ride 19, 26

1, 8, 15, Saturday Morning Road Ride 22, 29

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Sunday Morning Road Ride

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Littlies Fix your bike workshop

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

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BMX Come & Try Day

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

Hand cycling for people with disabilities and able bodied participants

Tannum Sands Triathlon and Duathlon

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Ride to Work Day

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Ride to Work Day

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Ride to Work Day

May 2012

June 2012 2, 9, 16, Saturday Morning Road Ride 23, 30 3

Sunday Morning Road Ride

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Mountain Bike Trail Riding

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International Men’s Health / NAIDOC Fix your bike workshop

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Ride to Work Day

September 2012

For further details contact Council's Coordinator Healthy Communities Lee Baker on 4972 6822 or email leeb@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au


$1.3m mowing contract to local business Calliope company Opal Holdings (Qld) Pty Ltd has been awarded a $1.3 million mowing contract as part of Council's mowing service throughout the region. Parks and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald said Council was pleased to award a local contractor as it was Council's policy to buy locally where possible. "Opal Holdings were awarded the largest part of the Parks mowing tender due to their competitive pricing across the tender areas," Cr McDonald said. "Council has a long working relationship with Opal Holdings and look forward to continuing to work with them to provide a high standard of service throughout the region." Gladstone Regional Council resolved to accept five tender submissions for the provision of mowing services in areas where specialist machinery, high volume traffic management requirements and hand Contractor

cutting for maintenance trails are required. Cr McDonald said the decision to contract specialised mowing services was made after an extensive review of current mowing operations was undertaken. "Tendering these mowing services represents the best value outcome for Council," he said. "Parks and Environment staff will continue to mow parks, road reserves and easement areas using our machinery and equipment from our fleet while the contractors will maintain areas requiring specialised machinery." Cr McDonald said the new tender was well overdue given the previous tender was last awarded in January 2005. Five tender submissions were awarded as several Council departments require the services of mowing contractors, with costs to be shared between departments.

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Amount

Opal Holdings (Qld) Pty Ltd Mowing services to: Parks & Environment; Water & Sewerage; and Infrastructure Services for Roads

$1,350,770

A & M Slashing

Mowing in Bororen and vegetation management areas in the region

$138,320

Mangan Contracting

Mowing services to roads in the southern precinct of the region

$55,350

G Stirrat

Mowing services for: Roadside mowing; and Parks mowing in the Rosedale area

$53,084

Bradgold Pty Ltd

Mowing Giant Rat Tail (GRT) grass affected areas

$9,880

Gladstone City Library launches “The Corner” Gladstone City Library patrons who wish to learn English as their second language or read different languages now have a world of resources at their fingertips. The Corner, a new section of the library to be launched late this month, will be a central point for adult literacy resources. It includes dictionaries, grammar text books, beginner readers for adults and bilingual picture books, all of which are available in more than 40 different community languages. The Corner became available to the public through a joint submission between the Gladstone Multicultural Association Inc and Friends of Gladstone Library to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. For more information phone the Gladstone City Library on 4976 6400. Stacey Cox enjoys reading an Aussie Slang book in “The Corner” at Gladstone City Library

Governor to visit The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Penelope Wensley AC, will make her first official visit to the Gladstone Region for the 2012 Gladstone Harbour Festival in April. Ms Wensley was sworn into office as the 25th Governor of Queensland in July 2008 following a distinguished career in diplomacy, and playing significant roles in the promotion of Australia's international relations and the development of Australian foreign policy. This was achieved across a diverse range of issues affecting peace and security, economic and social development, human rights and humanitarian concerns, the environment and sustainable development. Ms Wensley was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001 for her distinguished service to the development of Australia's international relations. On Australia Day 2011 she was appointed a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia "For eminent contribution to the people of Queensland, and to Australia's international relations through senior diplomatic representational roles and as a key contributor to initiatives of the United Nations."

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sport and recreation Clinic Dates for March 2012 SERVICE

VENUE

DAYS

Child Health Nurse

Agnes Water

March 1 Mothers Group March 7 & 8 March 14 & 15 March 21 & 22 March 28 & 29

Baffle Creek

March 14

Community Nurse TBA Community Support Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Thursday

Counsellor

Agnes Water

Monday to Friday

Dietician

Agnes Water

March 6

Baffle Creek

March 7

Agnes Water

Monday to Friday

Family Support Worker

Hearing Screening Agnes Water

March 2

Physiotherapist

Agnes Water

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Miriam Vale

March 8 & 22

Baffle Creek

March 1, 15, & 29

Miriam Vale

March 7

Agnes Water

March 20 & 21

RFDS

Agnes Water

March 6 & 7

Seniors Nurse

Agnes Water

Health Talk 8 & 15 March

Baffle Creek

Health Talk 6 & 13 March

Lowmead

CLINIC March 5 Health Talk March 12

Miriam Vale

Health Talk March 14

Rosedale

Health Talk March 5

Podiatrist

Turkey Beach Health Talk March 7 Youth Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Friday

Please phone 4902 1100 for an appointment for these services

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Foundation provides support for region's athletes The Gladstone and District Sport Foundation provides financial assistance to athletes under the age of 25 years who have been selected to compete at a national or International competition levels. To be eligible, athletes must be permanent residents within the Gladstone Regional Council Local Government boundary and regularly compete for a sport club based in the Gladstone Region. They must also have been recipients of financial assistance through club donations or fund raising, provide evidence of their higher level selection and complete an application which needs to be submitted at least 14 days prior to the event or competition. Applicants are limited to a maximum amount of $1000 within a 12 month period and, if they are previous recipients of Foundation grants, must show that it was used for its intended purpose. Application forms are available by contacting Council's Sport and Recreation Officer James Black on 4977 6899 and can be submitted at any Council office building. It is recommended applicants contact Mr Black on 4977 6899 to arrange a meeting prior to submitting their application. This will enable you to ask any questions you may have about the application and enable you to gain feedback on your draft.

Gladstone Region C4C Messy Play Day A jumping castle, fun activities, and colourful children's characters will be the order of the day at the Gladstone Region C4C Messy Play Day at Tannum Sands this month. The Communities for Children (C4C) event, being hosted in conjunction with National Playgroup Week, will be conducted from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Millennium Esplanade on Wednesday, March 28. Also on the day's entertainment is a Littlies Try a Trike program held in conjunction with Gladstone Regional Council's Year of Cycling for 2012 initiative. National Playgroup Week is held annually to increase awareness of the value that play and playgroups have in early childhood development. This fits in neatly with C4C's aim for children to have serious fun on the day through play and laughter as they learn. The event is fee for children aged under five and their families. For more information phone Debbie Flaherty at Gladstone Region C4C on 4976 6356 or email debbief@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au


Incentive to help landholders control spread of Rat's Tail

Earth Hour:

Help protect our planet Gladstone Region residents eager for a more sustainable future will join hundreds of millions of people around the world in marking Earth Hour 2012 on Saturday, March 31. The annual event, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative, asks participants to turn off all lighting between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on March 31 to aid the environment. Council's Environment and Regulation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman said the Earth Hour campaign was effective in raising awareness about climate change and the need to protect the environment. "The theme for this year's Earth Hour is 'Uniting People to Protect the Planet' and Gladstone Region residents have the opportunity to join in a worldwide effort to do something positive for the planet," Cr Chapman said. "As it did last year, Council is encouraging participants to look at going beyond the hour without using lights." Cr Chapman urged Gladstone residents to visit the Earth Hour 2012 website at www.wwf.org.au/earthhour to find out how changes made to their lives could help save the planet.

Project Update

“If landowners act early, steps can be taken to control the spread of GRT grass,” he said. He said the new Taskforce herbicide subsidy would apply until Council’s existing chemical supply was exhausted. “Supply of the herbicide will be relative to the property size with one, five and 20 litre containers available and a maximum of two containers per landowner,” he said. Conditions for eligibility to participate in the scheme apply. “Council can further assist landowners through the hire of equipment for the application of the noxious weed chemical,” Mr Saw said. A list of available equipment can be viewed on Council’s website www.gladstone.qld.gov.au under Environment & Waste, Pests and Weeds, then Weed Spraying Hire Equipment. Enquiries about the Taskforce subsidy can be directed to Rural Lands Protection Staff on 4970 0700.

Project cost

$84,000

Commencement date

November 2011

Project stages

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Current project status

Offer documents issued to consultants Offers for the project closed & assessed Successful contractor appointed contractor Initial meeting between the successful & Council Milestone meetings to Council Draft design documentation presented Council Final design documentation provided to entation Seek endorsement of the design docum from Council

on • Waiting on final design documentati Council (mid February)

Works scheduled this month

Duration

• Seek endorsement of the design documentation from Council • Compile draft documents for Invitation to Tender for construction

3 days

Anticipated project completion date

to be provided to

Possible disruptions

14 days

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Wyndham Park - Concept Design and Redevelopment

Project Update

For a limited time, eligible regional landowners will be able to purchase Taskforce herbicide from Council at a subsidised rate. Environment and Regulation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman said the new incentive aimed to control the spread of Giant Rat’s Tail (GRT) grass in the region. “GRT grass is our region’s number one pest and Council is keen to halt its invasive nature,” Cr Chapman said. “The subsidy incentive is in addition to the support and advice Council officers provide to landowners.” Rural Lands Protection coordinator, Darryl Saw, said Council had purchased a quantity of Taskforce herbicide to help control GRT grass. “GRT grass is a declared Class 2 noxious weed which has proven very invasive on regional properties,” Mr Saw said. Mr Saw said the subsidy was an invaluable incentive for landowners.

Barney Point Redevelopment - Stage 1 Design Documentation

Project cost

$122,000

Commencement date

August 2011

Project stages

• Landscape Architect engaged to produce draft concept • Concept out for community consultation • Commencement of Redevelopment • Purchase of park infrastructure • Installation of Irrigation • Landscaping

Current project status

• Waiting on arrival & installation of playground equipment • Parks Landscape/Capital Works team to commence redevelopment

Works scheduled this month

Duration

Possible disruptions

Installation of Playground Equipment

5 days

Wet Weather

Installation of kerbing & softfall

5 days

Wet Weather

Construction commencement earthworks, pathways, shelter, softscaping, bridge, swale

3 months

Wet Weather

Anticipated project completion date

Concept - October 31, 2011 Redevelopment - June 2012

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

slapping sketches, and of course, practical demonstrations of the fascinating lesserknown uses of your drooping assets. Join our bosom-buddies as they star in their own laugh-out-loud and totally liberating show.

n 2012 Intercity Images

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Gladstone Regional Ar t Gallery & Museum

Glenn Maycock, Welcome Visitor

Entries close March 26 Budding photographers in the Gladstone region are encouraged to submit their entries for the annual 'Intercity Images: Saiki and Gladstone Photographic Exchange'. Entries close 5pm, March 26, and entry forms are available on Council's website or the Gallery / Museum's website. Intercity Images is an initiative of the Gladstone Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee and 2012 is the 10th year of the exchange that is proudly supported by Queensland Alumina Limited and Gladstone Regional Council.

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

n The Gruffalo's Child March 13, 11.30am & 1.30pm The Gruffalo's Child brings together physical theatre, music and beautiful puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 4+ and their adults.

n Busting Out March 14, 8pm An uplifting celebration of bouncy songs, wobbly jokes, thigh-

March 16, 10.30am Aladdin was sick and tired of his boring old lamp, so he traded it in for a brand new IPod! There's just one problem - his new Genie isn't very good. He's only learning and makes lots of mistakes. Wish for a big house … get a big mouse.

n Morning Melodies March 27, 11am The Italian Songbook features Liza Beamish performing classics such as 'La Donnae Mobile' by Verdi, 'Unchained Melody (non Ho Plu Catene)' and 'The Prayer'. Liza is a versatile artist who is equally at home singing jazz, ballads and musicals.

n Ross Noble - Nonsensory Overload April 8, 8pm Nonsensory Overload is Noble back fresh from his travels, not to mention his own TV show, doing what he does best - spinning forth hilarious nonsense for your amusement. Now is your chance to see one of today's best international live comics.

n Elmo's World Tour April 14, 10am

use the letters of the alphabet to navigate a voyage through imagination that sees the gang visiting China, Zambia, France, India and Australia!

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n Bush poets breakfast March 11 from 8am at the Gardens All writers, performers and lovers of bush poetry are invited to attend the next bush poets' breakfast on Sunday, March 11 at the Visitor Information Services deck. Enjoy a meal while being entertained by a contingent of poets from around the region. Audience members are also welcome to perform on the day. Breakfast is $12 per person. For bookings call BG's Café on 4979 0993. For further information phone 4979 0909 or email kimmcardle@bigpond.com

n Bush poets festival July 7 and 8 at the Gardens The Gladstone Bush Poets' Festival will be held on July 7 and 8 at the Gardens. If you are interested in competing and would like the opportunity to refine your work in front of a friendly and forgiving audience, then the breakfast is the place to be. For further information phone 4979 0909 or email kimmcardle@bigpond.com

Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster and Elmo

Gladstone Regional Libraries welcome e-audio service Gladstone Region Library patrons now have access to e-audio books.

phone,” Cr Brushe said.

Following high demand for e-audio, the library invested in the service which became accessible to the public in February.

“This service is great for those patrons who like to listen to books while driving significant distances, exercising or who have impaired vision.”

E-audio, also known as e-audio books, is a popular service in which a professional reader delivers an oral version of the texts. Gladstone Regional Council's Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe said Library members could "borrow" the audio books by downloading them for free as part of their borrowing limits. “All library members can use e-audio on any device with internet capabilities such as an iPod, Sony Walkman and an MP3 compatible

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Once a book is downloaded from the e-audio service it does not expire, so patrons can make the most of re-reading them at a later date. Gladstone residents can use the e-audio service during Gladstone City Library opening hours. For more information regarding this service, phone Gladstone City Library on 4976 6400.


ertainment Visiting exhibition a major coup for Gladstone region

An exhibition not to be missed is now featuring at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum. For the first time, an exhibition of much-loved paintings from the National Gallery's collection, including little-known works and two recently acquired pieces that have never been to regional Queensland, are on show in Gladstone. Manager Arts and Heritage Pamela Whitlock said a visit to 'Australian portraits 1880–1960' is a must for art lovers of all ages and interests. Bushrangers, flappers and fashion icons all figure in this stunning exhibition, featuring 52 portraits by 34 leading Australian painters, including Tom Roberts, George W. Lambert, Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Preston, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale and John Brack. “The paintings in this exhibition provide a fascinating record of the Australian identity," Manager Arts and Heritage Pamela Whitlock, said. "Thanks goes to the National Gallery which gave us this wonderful opportunity," she said. 'Australian portraits 1880–1960' was officially launched by Mayor Gail Sellers on February 10 following a floor talk by Curator Miriam Kelly from the National Gallery of Australia. 'Australian portraits 1880–1960' is on at the Gallery / Museum until May 12, 2012.

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March has been a busy month in the history of the Gladstone Region Timeline for March 1854 - 1976 1854 - Captain Maurice O'Connell, with his wife Eliza and 56 passengers, arrived in Port Curtis (now Gladstone) in the schooner Tom Tough on March 30. The Port Curtis Residency, as it was known, and O'Connell's appointment as 'Governor' of the Residency, suggested to many that the government-financed Township of Gladstone would be the capital of the new Northern Province of the Australian continent. 1854 - Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy departed Sydney in the HMS Calliope on his journey north to visit settlements and install Captain Maurice O'Connell as Government Resident of Port Curtis. During his stay at Port Curtis he visited the township of Stowe, a settlement located 25km up the Liffey River and the base camp of surveyor Francis MacCabe. On meeting MacCabe he instructed him to change the name of the river from Liffey (which MacCabe had named) to Calliope. 1867 - O'Connell's Queens Hotel, Goondoon Street, was considered "a real refuge for the destitute" as anyone suffering from fever or ague (a form of fever) could have a night's accommodation free. 1868 - William Higgins was appointed Gladstone's Town Clerk at a salary of 50 pounds ($100) a month. His salary was raised to 75 pounds ($150) in 1874. His salary at the time of his retirement in 1899 is unknown. 1871 - Cornelius Breslin opened his "Free Trading Store" located between the old Observer and RSL club (Goondoon Street). His stock comprised drapery, groceries, ironmongery, boots, shoes and "colonial produce". 1875 - Calliope Sawmill, established on the Calliope River by Robert and John Miller, was renowned for its reasonably priced quality pine and cedar. The mill and steam punt, built by the owners, and thousands of feet of pine and cedar were washed away by the great flood of 1875. 1877 - William W. Watts purchased the Gladstone Salt Works. The harvesting of salt from sea water had begun in 1867 on mudflats near Barney Point. 1879 - Captain Maurice O'Connell, later to become Sir Maurice O'Connell, died from throat cancer at Parliament House on March 23, 1879. 1900s - A syndicate named Targinnie Scottish and Mt Larcom Gold Mining Companies acquired gold mining leases at Targinnie. 1904 - When the "liveliest body in town", the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce, sought to have bicycles supplied to the local police, the department replied that "a troop horse" was always available at the station and a bicycle would be useless on the town hills. 1905 - The Government of the day provided a two-to-one subsidy on money raised by communities to support their local hospitals. One popular fund raising method in Gladstone was conducting guessing competitions. L. Skyring, who was closest to guessing the number of peas in a bottle, won a beautifully designed goat cart sulky built by coach-builder J.W. Coase. 1910 - Many Peaks Hospital opened. 1936 - Gladstone CWA opened its meeting room and rest room. 1935 - A large crowd gathered around the kiosk in Victoria Park on Friday, March 22, for the official turning on of the lights which illuminated Auckland Hill and Marine Parade (Flinders Parade since 1937). 1949 - Many businesses, homes and infrastructure suffered major damage during the cyclone that hit Gladstone on Ash Wednesday. Presbyterian churches were demolished, the Anglican church sustained major roof and structural damage and the Convent and Catholic School where completed destroyed. Hotels in the town suffered only minor damage leaving residents to assume that "God was a drinking man". 1963 - Calliope Shire's first rural naturalisation ceremony was held at Yarwun School of Arts when Councillor A.C. Chapman took the oaths of seven adults in presence of 250 district residents.

Napier Waller (1893 - 1972), Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills, 1932 Melbourne Victoria. Oil and tempera on canvas mounted on composition board, 121.5 x 205.5 cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1984 This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians; and Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia. The Exhibition Partner for 'Australian portraits 1880–1960' is the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund. The exhibition is also supported by Media Partner ABC Capricornia.

1971 - Gladstone's first postwoman Mrs Val Venaglin, (in white shorts and blouse, long white socks and tennis shoes) delivered mail by bicycle to the Barney Point area. 1971 - The Gladstone Civic Beautification Committee was founded. The committee gave away thousands of trees to householders, requesting that at least one of the three each household received was planted on the footpath. 1973 - Adele Colyer of Boyne Island became Calliope Shire's first female Councillor. 1976 - Having fulfilled Department of Local Government policy by maintaining a population of 15,000 for five years, the Town of Gladstone was proclaimed a City by Governor Sir Colin Hannah on March 4, 1976. Alderman W.G. Prest had the honour of being the city's first Mayor.

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Council’s Community Calendar

Event

Venue

Date & Time

Event Description

Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea

Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre

March 1, 10am - noon

The Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea is held monthly, allowing newcomers to find out more about what the Gladstone Region offers. For information contact 4976 6300.

General Council Meeting

Gladstone Administration Centre, 101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone

March 6 & 20, from 9am

Community members are welcome to attend Council’s General Meetings

Councillor Community Awareness Sessions

Stockland Gladstone

March 24, 9am - noon

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

Story Time

Miriam Vale Library

March 6 & 20, 9.30 -10.30am

Agnes Water Library

Wednesday, 10 – 11am

Gladstone City Library

Wednesday, 11 – noon

Boyne Island Library

Friday, 10.30 – 11.30am

Story Time and Crafts for children aged 0 – 5 years. Bookings not required. For more information contact your local Library. Contact details can be found by visiting www.gladstone.qld.gov.au, under the ‘Gladstone Regional Libraries’ link.

Mt Larcom Library

Thursday, 10.30 – 11.30am

Calliope Library

Friday, 10.30 – 11.30am

Boyne Island Library, Mt Larcom Room Gladstone City Library

March 8 & 22, 10.30 – 11.00am 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. March 9 & 23 11 – 11.30am.

Learn to Swim

Gladstone Aquatic Centre

Monday to Friday, 9am -6pm

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

Happy Hour

Gladstone Aquatic Centre

Monday - Friday, 8am & 9am

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

Official Launch of the 2012 Intercity Images

Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum

March 30, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Residents are invited to attend the official launch of the 2012 Intercity Images where the announcement of images selected to go to Saiki will be made.

Gladstone Region Environment Advisory Network Environmental Forum

CQU Gladstone, Rex Metcalfe Theatre, Leo Zussino Building

March 20, all day event, Starting at 8.30am

Government organisations, community groups and businesses are invited to attend and contribute to a discussion surrounding the region’s water issues.

Library Square Performances

Library Square Goondoon Street Gladstone Library Square Goondoon Street Gladstone

Every Friday and Saturday nights If you’re looking for something to do, come down and enjoy the free live and local music. Relax on the decks, 6 – 8pm soak up the atmosphere and start your night off on a Every Friday lunch time, high note. Phone 4972 2822 for more information. Noon – 2pm

Millennium Esplanade

March 28, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Baby Bounce

C4C Messy Play Day

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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The communities for children (C4C) is hosting Messy Play Day in conjunction with National Playgroup Week. A series of fun activities is offered including a Littlies Try a Trike program, held in conjunction with Council's Year of Cycling.

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


March Edition of the Council Connection