Page 1



APRIL 2012 - ISSUE 43


Gladstone Regional Council Phone 497 0 0700 Fax 4975 8500 Email


The value contribution of youth An Australian, State, and Territory and Local Government Initiative within our community will be celebrated this month during National Youth Week 2012, which runs from April 13 to 22.

National Youth Week is promoted annually to give young people an opportunity to share ideas; attend live events; have their voices heard on issues of concern to them; and to showcase their talents. It is about recognising just how valuable they are to our community and our nation's future. This year, Gladstone Regional Council, in cooperation with Australian Pacific LNG, Arrow Energy, QGC, the PCYC, BeyondBlue, Anthony Breed's College of Music and the Queensland Government, are presenting an action-packed week of activities throughout the region. All events are drug and alcohol free. Check out our calendar of events and be sure to seek out further information from organisers Vernetta Perrett, Council's Youth Development Officer, on 4976 6311 and Katie Macleod, Youth Worker at the Discovery Coast Community Health Service, on 4902 1100. See Calendar of Events pages 8-9

Residents advised that covenants only apply to initial land buyers One of the most common reasons for planning objections being lodged with Council is that neighbours believe the type of dwelling, or its design, is a breach of covenant. What many of those objecting do not realise is that a building covenant, usually included in a contract of sale between a developer or their representative and the first buyer of a block of land, does not extend to subsequent buyers of that property. Council's Chief Planner Andrew Kearns said Council frequently dealt with planning objections which related to a mistaken belief that planning covenants continue through time and through change of ownership. He said it was important that property owners understood the rights and legalities of building covenants in relation to Council. "Usually these developer covenants will include conditions detailing the built form requirements of new dwellings in the area, such as building size, colour schemes, building types and restrictions on sheds," Mr Kearns said. "These covenants are only binding between the developer and the first purchasers of the property and are only able to be enforced by the developer. "Council has no role in these developer

covenants and it is not a Council requirement to include a covenant with these types of requirements." Mr Kearns said any Council requirements concerning the purchase of a property would be included as a statutory covenant over the land, usually including specifics regarding the servicing of the property or noise attenuation requirements. He said when applications were lodged over properties which are subject to developer covenants for subdivisions or developments, such as duplexes or units, the covenants had no bearing on the outcome of that application. "A developer covenant does not override the planning scheme and there is no requirement for the covenant to be considered as part of these types of applications," Mr Kearns said. "The majority of submissions received for low density residential developments such as duplexes and small lot housing refer to the developer covenants as reasons for refusal. "This is not a consideration that Council can make and is not a valid planning issue. "As such, it is important to understand that Council's influence on what role a covenant has in the future development over a particular site is limited."



LNG Housing Progress


Playgrounds ready these holidays


Healthy Food Choices

Visit Council’s Website -


Recycled bus shelter


Local Government Elections

LNG Housing Progress Status Report - March 2012 Gladstone Regional Council continues to work with Government and companies on a multilateral approach to addressing the region's housing needs, tackling the issue via a number of different strategies. The following provides an update on the progress of initiatives thus far: • Progress on utilising Curtis Island workers' accommodation remains slow to date, with approximately 1200 people still housed in accommodation that has not been purpose built for the project. These camps are crucial during the next six to 12 months as the workforce ramps up to between 7000 and 8000 people. • Mainland project housing construction at levels approved by the Coordinator General is progressing well. • Social and affordable housing production by the Gladstone Housing Company and the ULDA has yet to commence. The ULDA has produced houses at its Clinton site, including some affordable LNG Housing Progress to Mid-March 2012

All LNG Projects

housing, under existing works plans developed before LNG funding was provided. • Work continues with the Brisbane Housing Company to set off its Gladstone Housing Company subsidiary and to finalise the funding agreements between it and the LNG companies. • Emergency relief housing program funding run by GRC through the Community Advisory Service for the companies is undergoing a review by all companies to loosen the conditions for providing assistance so more people can be assisted under these programs, within the same levels of funds that have been committed to date. The following table outlines the progress to date by the LNG companies in achieving their obligations, as set down by the Coordinator General in regards to housing provision for staff. (Please note: The employment figures contained within the table for the Gladstone Region are based on recently advised figures and growth estimates.)


GLNG Project Santos/Petronas/Total/Kogas

APLNG Project Conoco Phillips/Origin/Sinopec

Housing of Project Staff

Current project staffing estimate 4,000 total, comprising 2,000 local (50% estimate) with 2,000 fifo/dido, 800 approx in project provided accommodation and the balance of 1,200 approx in other accomodation

Curtis Island Camps - Temporary

203 housed on Curtis Island

155 housed on Curtis Island to date

48 housed on Curtis Island to date

Nil housed on Curtis Island to date

Mainland Camps - Temporary

405 in temporary mainland camps

100 in use (Benaraby)

120+ (Mac Group - Calliope)

185+ (Mac Group - Calliope)

Provision of Additional Housing in Region

47 new houses finished, 35 under construction and 61 in planning

11 new houses finished or under construction and 34 in planning

11 new houses finished, 22 under construction and 13 in planning

35 new houses finished, 13 under construction and 14 in planning

State Government Required Additional Housing in Region

140 to 180



50 to 90

Gladstone Housing Company (GHC)

$16.5m commitments made payment pending

$5.4m commitment made

$5.4m commitment made

$5.4m commitment made

New affordable/social housing available via GHC to date


ULDA Assistance

$3.3m commitments made payment pending

$1.1m commitment made

$1.1m commitment made

$1.1m commitment made

New additional affordable housing via LNG funding to ULDA


Emergency Housing Assistance Programs

$3.23m over 2 years

$1.203m over two years

$1.0m over 2 years

$1m over 2 years plus assistance with QPS housing

Social and Community Housing

Council Contacts

All mail to: PO Box 29 Gladstone DC Qld 4680 Email: Phone: 4970 0700 Fax: 4975 8500 A/Hrs Emergency Phone: 4979 1134 FACILITIES Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Cnr Goondoon & Bramston Sts Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4976 6766 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


FACILITIES (Cont.) Discovery Coast Community Care 36 Roe Street, Miriam Vale 4677 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


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 (Cont.) Agnes Water Rural Transaction Centre 71 Springs Road, Agnes Water Qld 4677 Telephone: (07) 4902 1515 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

LIBRARIES Agnes Water Library 71 Springs Road, Agnes Water Qld 4677 Telephone (07) 4902 1501 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

New playground equipment will be a winner these school holidays An exciting experience awaits children these school holidays as three parks across the region receive a much needed facelift. Throughout March, Council Park's crew and playground contractors were busy preparing and installing new playground equipment at Wyndham Park, Derribong Park and Tom Jeffery Park. Council's Director Planning and Environment Leisa Dowling said all the new playground equipment featured modern, bright, colourful eye catching designs, guaranteed to delight young children. "Overall works have included removing the existing equipment, constructing new seating and kerbing areas and placing softfall," Ms Dowling said. Derribong Park's playground comprises attractively shaped equipment which includes, a swing set, rocker, arc swing with bird’s nest and a small play net, enabling children to experiment

with different types of movement. Children at Agnes Water will enjoy the vibrantly coloured fort playground at Tom Jeffery Park that includes a slide, swing, and climbing frame. The Stage One project for Wyndham Park encompasses two areas: A pirate ship and a lighthouse playground similar to its original theme, encouraging children to use imagination while playing. "Council thanks residents for their patience and understanding while improvements have been carried out," Ms Dowling said. Community members interested in the Wyndham Park Redevelopment project can download the full concept details from Council's website via the link wyndham-park-redevelopment

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. For upcoming meeting dates and times (due to changes as result of local government elections), please visit Council's website at www.gladstone. and following the 'Meetings and Minutes' tab under 'Quicklinks'.

Need a JP? Do you need to find a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner of Declarations? The Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General's website has all the information you need to find a JP or COD. To search for a JP or COD near you, please visit au/justice-services/justicesof-the-peace which provides general information and a search function.

SUNfest photo book Were you or any of your family members participants of SUNfest 2012? If so, check out our photo album by clicking on the link at web/guest/sunfest-2011

Information sessions

Playground installers Daniel Collyer and Emmanuel Tsakiris construct the 'Rockit' at Derribong Park

Community Donations Program applications open Gladstone Regional Council invites not-for-profit community groups that are based in or service the Gladstone Region to apply for funding under its 2012/2013 Community Donations Program.

Applications for donations in the 2012/2013 financial year funding round must be received by Council by close of business Monday, April 30, 2012.

There are 11 categories designed to offer funding to groups that may not be eligible for grants or donations from other government or nongovernment sources.

To access a copy of the Community Donations Program Guidelines head to www.gladstone.qld. and follow the links under the "Community Support" tab.

Eligible organisations can submit one application per category each financial year and must not have any outstanding matters of concern before Council.

For more information contact Janine Sorrensen between 9.30am and 3pm on 4976 6351 or email

Newcomers who would like to learn more about services and networks offered in the community are invited to Community Information Sessions, coordinated by Council. The next sessions are scheduled for May 9 and 10. To book your place, phone Luis Arroyo on 4976 6352.

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. and follow the 'Animals and Environment' link from the home page.




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 and follow the volunteering link under 'Community Support'.

Year of Reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar will munch his way through Boyne Island Library next month as the library's featured event for The National Year of Reading. Inspired by one of the world's most recognised children's books, Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, an exciting exhibition is to be launched at the Boyne Island Library on Friday, May 11, at 10.30am. Storytelling, craft and morning tea will be followed by the official opening of the exhibition.

Marina bridge repairs finish early Gladstone Regional Council thanks community members for their patience and consideration during the recent Matthew Flinders (Marina Bridge) closure. The closure, from February 13 to 19, was required to repair damaged catch plates on the marina bridge and to resolve the incidence of breakdowns. Project manager Mario de Jongh said the traffic catch plates at the marina side of the bridge had become worn and the counter weights had broken off numerous times, which had raised safety and operational concerns. "There was also an increasing amount of noise generated from the bridge as vehicles passed over the traffic catch plates, which serve as barriers to traffic when the bridge opens and closes," Mr de Jongh said. He said new plates were constructed by Gladstone Pressure Welders and installed during the planned seven-day project.

Nylon strips were also placed underneath the plates to dampen the noise. "The logistics of this project was quite daunting as the bridge is an integral link to the marina precinct, which houses the marina, businesses and the university," he said. "We could only do this work with a complete closure as the bridge had to remain in an upright position throughout and not interfere with the marine traffic.� Mr de Jongh said there some unexpected challenges with the work itself, but Council was pleased to have completed the work two days ahead of schedule. The overall cost of the project was $110,000. "As a project manager, it is always pleasing to complete a project ahead of schedule and according to expectations, so a sincere thank you goes out to the community and all those people who helped make this project a success."


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.

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. and clicking on the 'About Council', then 'Finance' and choose the 'Change of Address Form'.


Venture into a sound playground, check out the industry displays, watch what's on stage or enjoy the myriad of activities on offer at Ecofest 2012 on June 3. Gladstone's Tondoon Botanic Gardens on Glenlyon Road is the venue of Ecofest, one of the nation's annual premier environmental events. Returning this year after its popularity in 2011 will be the Maleny-based Hubbub Music sound playground, made and designed by Steve Langton using a diverse range of recycled materials. Steve started making instruments 16 years ago when his interest was sparked during a leisurely stroll through a community market. "I saw a recycled thongaphone (like an xylophone) made form waste pipe, old bits of carpet and inner tube," he said. "I've travelled far and wide and have had lots of


different jobs but this just fascinated me." From there, Steve's enthusiasm soared. Now he travels with his sound playground, much to the delight of the adults and children who see it at the festivals and events he attends. In addition to the sound playground, Ecofest will include animal displays, presentations, face painting, children's activities, environmental stalls, industry stalls, business and community environmental initiatives. Ecofest coincides with World Environment Day and runs from 9am to 3pm with parking available at Meteors Sports Club opposite the Gardens, for a gold coin donation. For more information and the program, please visit Council's website at www.gladstone.qld. and follow the 'About the Region' and 'Events' links, or contact event organiser Kathy Andrew on 4972 5111.

Briefly Healthy food choices on the menu Making a healthier food choice when eating out will now be easier with the introduction of the Healthy Choice Awards across the Discovery Coast region. The Discovery Coast Community Health Service (DCCHS) Preventative Health Initiative team will be offering assistance to food retail businesses to promote healthy food choices on their menus. The Healthy Choice Award program is available to a wide variety of retail food outlets such as restaurants, hotels, bistros, cafes, club, caterers and all take-away shops. Any menu item receiving a Healthy Choice Award will be identified with the program's unique logo and included in the program's promotional campaign. Only menu items that are low in saturated fat; low in added sugar; low in salt; containing fruit or vegetables; and are a good source of fibre will be eligible for a Healthy Choice Award. A letter and information will soon be sent to

Welcome to Gladstone Morning Teas are held at Tondoon Botanic Gardens between 10am and noon on the first Thursday of every month. 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

businesses in the Discovery Coast area advising of the program and how to participate. For more information about this program please contact Annette Cox or Marina Chang on 4902 1100.

HEALTHY CHOICE AWARD = Healthy Choice Redevelopment works in Memorial Park Work has begun on the first stage in the redevelopment of Memorial Park, Gladstone, which involves the construction of major pathways and a swail drain. Boyds Bay Landscape & Environment was awarded the $605,444 tender for stage one construction by Council in February. Director of Planning and Environment Leisa Dowling was pleased to see work start in Memorial Park. "The commencement of these works means Council's vision of transforming the park into a family-oriented recreational area has started to take shape," Ms Dowling said. "Stage one of the redevelopment project involves the construction of a series of new pathways to formalise access throughout the park and create more walk and cycle ways. "The pathway will start at Yarroon Street and will follow Hanson Road towards the Port Access

Welcome morning tea

Road intersection. "Construction of a swail drain beside the pathway will also occur during stage one to improve drainage in the park and direct stormwater from adjacent recreation areas." Ms Dowling said areas under construction would be fenced off and access to these areas restricted to ensure public safety. "Once the contractors have completed their work, Council's Parks staff will plant trees and groundcover along the pathway. She said Council anticipated the first stage to be completed by the end of next month with planting to follow the pathway construction. Council apologises for any inconvenience these works may cause. Stage one of the redevelopment is funded by a Federal Government Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program grant and $196,937 from Council.

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.

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.




Funding submission

Dixon Drive connection to Kirkwood Road to alleviate traffic congestion in suburbs

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@

The opening of the $6 million Dixon Drive extension to Kirkwood Road is a key component of Gladstone’s future traffic network. The connection now provides a vital link between Dixon Drive in Telina to Glenlyon Road via Kirkwood Road. Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Paul Keech said the opening of this new connection was a key milestone for Council and the community. Developers of the Forest Springs Estate (Eureka Funds Management), in conjunction with Council, constructed the extension and connection of Dixon Drive including a bridge over Police Creek. Eureka Funds Management invested more than $3 million to complete the Dixon Drive extension with Council spending more than $3 million, provided to Council by developer contributions to transport infrastructure, to construct the bridge. Mr Keech said the new link would help reduce traffic congestion at other major city

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 City (no bookings reqd)

Tuesday, April 3 9.00am-11.00am

Easter cards, bunny baskets, Decofoam pin eggs, bunny biscuits

Phone 4976 6400

Tuesday, April 10 9.00am - 11.00am

Butterflies, colour diffusing bugs, pompom bugs and edible ladybugs

Wednesday, April 4 10.00am - 11.00am

Bunny baskets, bunny biscuits

Wednesday, April 11 10.00am - 11.00am

Pompom bugs, edible ladybugs

Thursday, April 5 9.30am - 11.30am

Easter cards, bunny baskets, Decofoam pin eggs, bunny biscuits

Wednesday, April 11 9.30am - 11.30am

Butterflies, colour diffusing bugs, pompom bugs, edible ladybugs

Wednesday, April 4 9.30am - 11.30am

Easter cards, bunny baskets, Decofoam pin eggs

Wednesday, April 11 9.30am - 11.30am

Butterflies, colour diffusing bugs, pompom bugs

Tuesday, April 3 10.00am - 11.30am

Bunny baskets, Decofoam pin eggs, bunny biscuits

Tuesday, April 10 10.00am-11.30am

Colour diffusing bugs, pompom bugs and edible ladybugs

Wednesday, April 4 10.30am-11.30am

Easter cards, bunny baskets and Decofoam pin eggs

Wednesday, April 11 10.30am-11.30am

Butterflies and colour diffusing bugs

Agnes Water (no bookings reqd)

Boyne Island (Bookings reqd)

Calliope (no bookings reqd)

Miriam Vale (Booking reqd)

Mt Larcom (bookings reqd)


intersections while ultimately providing shorter traffic times for motorists. “The Dixon Drive extension and connection to Kirkwood Road will considerably help to alleviate traffic pressure on the city’s existing road network,” Mr Keech said. “It provides a strategic connection for some of the city’s newer suburbs, offering an alternative traffic route for residents between the Dawson Highway west of the city, and Glenlyon Road, south of Gecko Valley Estate. “Motorists will further appreciate this travel option when the extension of Kirkwood Road to Gladstone-Benaraby Road is complete, providing more direct access between southern and western sides of the city.” Mr Keech said the Dixon Drive link was an integral piece of the city’s future infrastructure. “With the establishment of commercial premises and further residential growth in the Kirkwood Precinct, Council is pleased to be able to deliver the finished project to the community,” he said.


Phone 4902 1501

Phone 4971 9700

Phone 4975 8105

Phone 4974 6241

Phone 4975 1205

School holidays at libraries The Gladstone Regional Libraries’ free children’s craft program is on again during this month’s school holidays. With the theme of "Easter" for the week leading up to Easter and "Bugs" for the week after Easter, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The program is designed for primary school aged children, but those younger and older may attend. Parents or carers must stay to supervise their children. Bookings are required at Boyne Island (Phone 4971 9700), Miriam Vale (4974 6241) and Mt Larcom (4975 1205) Libraries. No bookings are required at Gladstone City, Agnes Water or Calliope Libraries.

Air Your Dirty Laundry on issues of domestic violence Domestic and family violence affects women, men, children, families, neighbours, workplaces and communities and is estimated to cost the Queensland economy millions of dollars annually. It is estimated that 15 to 17% of Australian women are affected by domestic violence over the course of their lifetime (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006). With women being significant contributors to the Australian economy and a driver in Australia's increased labour force participation rates over the past 15 years (ABS, 2007), domestic violence is not only a prevalent health and social issue, but is also considered to be a workplace issue. That is why Gladstone Regional Council has agreed to partner the Department of Communities and the Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic & Family Violence Network in presenting the "Act as 1 Against Domestic and Family Violence"

project titled "Air Your Dirty Laundry". Council's Community Development Officer Andrea Hughes said Gladstone was selected for the program due to its rapid growth and the resultant pressures on families, relationships and whole of community. A range of activities, including a signature event, the "Air Your Dirty Laundry Fun Day" will be held in May during Domestic and Family Violence Month. "A whole of community response is needed to bringing the issue of domestic and family violence out from behind closed doors and into the open," Andrea said. She said a range of activities were scheduled at the PCYC in Gladstone on May 19 to raise awareness of the domestic and family violence issue within the community. "We have the Capras on board for this project and they will don specially designed 'Air Your Dirty Laundry' jerseys for their match against

Brisbane North Devils in Gladstone on the 12th of May, as a lead in activity," Andrea said. Also planned is an "Air Your Dirty Laundry Art Exhibition" where articles of clothing will be painted and decorated, then displayed publically to make a statement and raise awareness of family and domestic violence and the associated issues. Other activities planned for May 19 include: Children's rides, food and refreshments, face painting, graffiti workshops with Josh Cleary, shuffling workshops, bicycle education, Henna art, Capras junior rugby league skills development clinic, street performers, roller derby, hula hooping workshops, and high profile Melbourne based band "Dirty Laundry" and fireworks. A program of events will soon be available at Council's website or by request from Andrea Hughes at

Council’s Jason Dans, Wayne Dillon, Phillip Harrison, Edenvale resident Ron Steele, Edenvale’s Kaylena Hickton and Council’s Works Operations Coordinator Central Ken Forge at the installation of the non-operational bus shelter.

Recycled bus shelter gets new home

A used bus shelter has a new home and purpose in providing Edenvale Aged Care Facility residents with dementia a place to get outdoors for quiet contemplation. Council donated the bus shelter as a service to the community and installed it with appropriate signage in early March within Edenvale’s dementia wing. The bus shelter, which no longer

complied with regulations for urban operational use, offers Edenvale residents with dementia a place to sit and ponder within the property boundaries. Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Paul Keech said new requirements on Council meant that several bus shelters had been replaced or installed along urban bus routes, making ones like the

one given to Edenvale redundant. “We are pleased to have been able to donate this used bus shelter which was ideal for the Edenvale application,” Mr Keech said. “Edenvale staff organised a concrete slab at the location and a Council work crew carried out installation of the bus shelter and signage.”



2012 NATIONAL 13


Gladstone's Got Talent + Live Band

"Crowd Of Few". Over $1000 worth of prizes to be won. Pre register with Gladstone PCYC on 4972 3122. Ages: 12-24yrs Time: 6.30pm - 10pm Venue: Gladstone PCYC, Yarroon Street, Gladstone. Cost: $ FREE

Outdoor Movie - Mr Popper's Penguin

Hosted by Miriam Vale Lions Club and Miriam Vale State School P&C. Bring a chair or Blanket. Drinks and food on Sale. Ages: Open to the Community Time: 6.00pm start Venue: Miriam Vale Lyons Park Cost: $ FREE



Rampage BMX Clinics

Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced sessions. Pre register by contacting the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300. Other activities will include Bungy Run, Henna Tattoo's and a live DJ. Ages: 10-18yrs Time: 10am - 2pm Venue: Gladstone Skate Park, Yarroon Street, Gladstone Cost: $ FREE - Limited places available

Laser Skirmish

You must pre-book by phoning Mark from CQ Laser Skirmish on 0417 024 747. Ages: 10-18yrs Time: 10am - 2pm Venue: Gladstone Skate Park, Yarroon Street, Gladstone. Cost: $20 for 30mins

Outdoor Movie - Mr Popper's Penguin

Hosted by Calliope State School P&C. Drinks and food on Sale. Ages: Open to the Community Time: From 6.00pm onwards Venue: Calliope State School Hall. Cost: $ FREE



Agnes Water Skate Park Event

Skateboarding Competition, Henna Tattoos and Bungy Run. Ages: 10-18yrs Time: 10am - 2pm Venue: Agnes Water Skate Park Cost: $ FREE


Graffiti Art Workshop

Register for the activity by contacting the Discovery Coast Community Health Service on 0437 019 648. Ages: 10-18yrs Time: 9.30am - 11am or 11.30am - 2pm Venue: Agnes Water Skate Park Cost: $ FREE - Limited places available



Save a Mate Program (SAM)

Australian Red Cross – Alcohol and Other Drugs Emergency Training Course. Bookings are required, please contact the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300. Ages: 15-18yrs Time: 10am - 12noon Venue: Community Advisory Service, 142 Gondoon St, Gladstone. Cost: $ FREE - Limited places available

Cooking Classes with a Nutritionist

Prepare healthy quick meals and learn budget tips. Bookings are required, please contact the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300. Ages: 15-18yrs Time: 10am - 12noon Venue: Community Advisory Service, Gladstone PCYC, Yarroon Street, Gladstone. Cost: $ FREE - Limited places available



Cooking Classes with a Nutritionist

Prepare healthy quick meals and learn budget tips. Bookings are required, please contact the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300. Ages: 15-18yrs Time: 10am - 12noon Venue: Community Advisory Service, Gladstone PCYC, Yarroon Street, Gladstone. Cost: $ FREE - Limited places available

Canoeing at Boyne Valley

with the Boyne Valley Canoe Club. Bookings are required. Must have own Transport. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Please contact the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300. Ages: 15-18yrs Time: 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm Venue: Near Boyne Valley Bush Camp. Cost: $ FREE - Limited places available



Coping with Stress

Come and try "Hoola Hooping" during lunch breaks today. Meet and great youth service providers at school and go into the draw to win a hoola hoop. Ages: Enrolled students in years 8-12 Time: During Lunch Breaks Venue: Tannum Sands State School Cost: $ FREE



Miriam Vale State School Talent Quest

HEATS for the Talent Quest at first break 11.15am- 11.45am on Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th April, with Finals being held on Friday 20th April. For further details speak with Mrs Blake or Mr Andersen. Prizes to be won. Ages: Enrolled students in years 7-10 Time: As per above details Venue: Miriam Vale State School. Cost: $ FREE

Morning Tea to Meet Youth Service Providers Ages: Enrolled students in years 8-9 Venue: Toolooa State High School. Cost: $ FREE

Asian Food Tasting

Ages: Enrolled students in years 8-12 Time: Lunch Break, 11.30am - 12.05pm Venue: Gladstone State High School. Cost: $ FREE

Roseberry Community Services Open Day

Come and visit our building to gain an understanding of the work we do, the programs we deliver and outcomes achieved by the young people. Ages: Open to the Community Time: 10am - 12noon Venue: Roseberry Community Services, 39 Flinders Parade, Gladstone. Cost: $ FREE

'Baffled' - Art Project

This project will give the youth in the Baffle District a sense of being and an understanding of the Baffle Creek as a natural resource and how it affects their daily lives. Current enrolled students of Rosedale State High School need to express their interest by speaking with Art Teacher Miss Pretty. Ages: Students aged 15-18yrs Time: 9am - 3pm Venue: Rosedale State High School. Cost: $ FREE



Canoeing at Boyne Valleyď‚Ź

with the Boyne Valley Canoe Club. Bookings are required. Must have own transport. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Please contact the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300. Ages: 15-18yrs Time: 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm Venue: Near Boyne Valley Bush Camp. Cost: $ FREE - Limited places available

Thursday Night Events

Toga Party with prizes for the best dressed and a Live DJ. Weather permitting. Ages: Students in Year 8 - Year 12 Time: 6pm - 9pm Venue: Gladstone PCYC, Yarroon Street, Gladstone. Cost: $ FREE

20 th

Movie Night

The Pirate's Band of Misfits (3D) plus 1free drink + popcorn (available with first movie only) Dr Suess' the Lorax (3D) (purchase own drinks and snacks) Tickets must be pre purchased from Gladstone Women's Health Centre, Derby St, Gladstone. Phone 4979 1456. CASH ONLY - no eftpos available. Ages: Open to the Community Time: 5.15pm for a 5.45pm start Venue: Gladstone Cinemas Cost: $ 15 - Limited places available

21 st

Bray Park Fun Day

Activities on the day will include: Bungy Run, Live DJ, Henna Tattoos, Foam Party, Volley Ball, Stand up paddle boarding and activities at the Skate Park. Ages: 12-24yrs Time: 2 - 4pm Venue: Bray Park, Tannum Sands. Cost: $ FREE

Nhulundu Youth Week Celebration


For further information please contact An Australian, State, Territory and Local Government Council's Youth Development Officer Initiativ

Come and Celebrate the last day of 2012 National Youth Week Event with the team from Nhulundu Health Service Tackling Tobacco and Healthy Lifestyle Team. Activities include: Dance Kombat, a fun, active, dance incorporating Aboriginal culture and Good Quick Tukka, Cooking demonstrations. For further information contact Carly Cooke 4979 0992 Ages: Open to the Community Time: 10am - 1pm Venue: Nhulundu Health Service Cost: $ FREE

Vernetta Perrett on 4976 6300 or Council's DCCHS Youth Worker Katie Macleod on 0437 019 648.

Like us on Facebook: 1. Gladstone Regional Council Youth 2. Discovery Coast Young People - DCYP All National Youth Week activities are Drug and Alcohol Free Events ď‚ŹNon School Youth Attendees must be registered with a Youth Organisation and/or Job Service Australia Provider.

Hula Hooping and Henna Tattoos

Come and meet local artist Sheree Dearden. Ages: Open to the Community Time: 5pm - 10pm Venue: Mt Larcom Youth Centre, Narrows Rd, Mt Larcom. Cost: $ FREE

Rave Party 'No Guts No Glory'

For further information contact the Discovery Coast Community Health Service on 0437 019 648. Ages: 15-18yrs Time: 6.30pm - 10pm Venue: Agnes Water Community Centre, Springs Rd, Agnes Water. Cost: $ FREE



Region in huge Clean Up effort

Armed with gloves and garbage bags, Gladstone Region volunteers were out in force despite the heat to clean up their part of Australia on Clean Up Australia Day 2012. or Burgess Orica volunteers Karen Lander and Conn A total of 350 volunteers took part in the March e. ston Glad NRG Operating Services volunteers (bac , Park a Tann Reg at up help clean k left) 4 event, picking up rubbish at Council, industry Grant, Ruth, Cooper and and community-organised registered areas helping hand to clean Mitch Sutherland lend a up the region. throughout the region. A total of 5.7 tonnes of rubbish has been collected including 19 tyres as a result of the community's efforts. Council’s Sustainability and Environment Officer Heather Richards thanked volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to remove rubbish from our local environment. “I would like to express my appreciation to all Gladstone Regional Council Clean Up team Australia Orica volunteer Rod Waldron helps the Day 2012 volunteers Darr yl Saw, Hele stone the volunteers who contributed to making the Glad , Park a Tann Reg from ish n Paulsen rubb remove and Heather Richards Gladstone Region a cleaner and healthier place to live,” Mrs Richards said. In addition to managing Clean Up Australia Day 2012, Council organised skip bins for volunteers, kindly donated by Veolia Environmental Services, Burgmann Environmental Management, JJ Richards & Sons, Coastal Skips and Toxfree. For more information on the clean ups that are still to occur, phone Council’s Sustainability and Environment Officer Heather Richards on Lending a helping hand at Clean Up Australia day are Orica's skip bin at Reg Tanna Park NRG Operating Services volunteers (from left) Lance 4970 0700. Beckman, Michelle Beckman and Nevi

lle Beckman

Don't forget to pre-poll if you're heading away on April 28 Residents of voting age who will be out of the Gladstone Region on April 28 are being advised to pre-poll for the Local Government election. The 2012 Local Government Quadrennial elections will be held on Saturday, April 28 throughout Queensland but the Local Government Electoral Act does not allow the absentee voting option as is permitted for State Government elections. Electoral Commission of Queensland Gladstone Returning Officer Michael Davidson said residents would be able to use the prepoll option instead, between Monday, April 16


and 6pm, Friday, April 27 at designated prepolling centres. The proposed centres are the election office at 113 Goondoon Street, Gladstone (old Commonwealth Bank building); 5 Don Cameron Drive, Calliope; 36 Roe Street, Miriam Vale; the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Community Centre at the corner of Wyndham and Hayes Avenue, Boyne Island; and the Agnes Water Rural Transaction Centre, 71 Springs Road, Agnes Water. Residents who will be in the Gladstone Region on election day will be able to visit their nearest polling booth between 8am and 6pm.


A list of these booths will be published on the Electoral Commission Queensland website prior to Local Government Quadrennial Election day. Mr Davidson said nominations for the Mayor and eight Councillor positions on Gladstone Regional Council closed on March 27 and details of the nominees have since been published. People who seek further information about the election can phone the election hotline on 1300 881 665 or visit the Electoral Commission Queensland website at www.

How does 'Green Waste' impact on the environment? Council is seeking help from residents to resulting in the destruction of bushland control the amount of 'Green Waste' being and animal habitats." What is 'Green Waste?' dispersed around local roads, gutters and stormwater drains.

Many environmental impacts occur when garden waste is not disposed of correctly. Council's Director Infrastructure Services Paul Keech said residents were encouraged to consider green waste when lawn mowing, pruning, and transporting garden waste for disposal. "Residents should ensure loads are adequately covered when transporting any green waste," Mr Keech said. "Garden waste can wash into stormwater drains and create environmental issues by causing blockages and polluting waterways. "Additionally, this can introduce plant diseases, weeds and attract vermin

He said excessive waste along roadways could also contribute to an increased risk of bushfires.

"Illegal dumping of garden waste results in financial costs for Council and community and negatively impacts on community pride," Mr Keech said. "By taking some simple precautions, residents can help reduce the risk of damaging local environments." Green Waste should not be disposed of in general household wheelie bins Council provides free disposal of green waste at all Transfer Stations and the Benaraby Landfill. For waste facilities opening hours visit guest/transfer-stations-and-landfills.

able is thought of as being Anything that is biodegrad 'Green Waste'. It includes: tree trunks and stumps, Lawn clippings, flowers, . branch materials and leaves


Two things you can do for immediate impa ct: 1. Composting is an affordable, long -term alternative to traditional forms of gree n waste disposal. 2. Chipping, shredding and mulc hing although a more expensive outlay can considerably enhance the quality of soil. Council converts green waste to free mulch for residents at Gladstone and Ben araby facilities.

Make your recycling efforts count when using yellow lid recycle bins Regional residents are encouraged to make their recycling efforts count, by not placing bagged recyclables in household recycling bins. Manager Waste Services Charlie Sotiris reminded residents that recyclable items should be placed loosely in yellow lid bins provided by Council. “While it is pleasing to see residents taking the time to recycle, their efforts are short-lived if recyclables are disposed of incorrectly,” Mr Sotiris said. “Placing recyclables in plastic bags and tying the top is not an acceptable practice. Any items in plastic bags delivered to the processing facility are deemed as rubbish and are immediately removed from the recycling process.

“By following a few simple procedures, residents can ensure their good intentions to recycle are met.” Mr Sotiris said the first step for residents was to ensure items met recycling requirements and that containers placed in the recycling bin were empty of contents. “A handy guide to recycling is located on the inside of recycling bin lids and an Easy Recycle Guide can be downloaded from Council’s website,” he said. Items which can be placed in household recycling bins include glass bottles and jars, pizza boxes, clean newspaper, cardboard, magazines and advertising brochures, plastic bottles and containers with the recycling

symbol one to seven, juice and milk cartons, steel and aluminium cans and empty aerosols. Other recyclable items including car batteries, electrical goods, gas bottles, car bodies, motor oil and scrap metals are accepted by delivery to resource recovery areas at waste facilities. “Being wise about recycling helps Council reduce the amount of waste to landfill, which ultimately, has greater environmental benefits,” Mr Sotiris said.




Year of Cycling 2012 shifts up another gear Clinic Dates for April 2012 SERVICE



Child Health Nurse

Agnes Water

April 17, 18, & 26


April 19

Mothers Group

April 5

Community Nurse TBA Community Support Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Thursday


Agnes Water

Monday to Friday


Agnes Water

April 24


Playgroup with Pip April 18

Turkey Beach May 1 Diabetes Educator Agnes Water

April 24

Family Support Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Friday


Agnes Water

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Miriam Vale

April 5 & 18

Baffle Creek

April 12 & 26

Agnes Water

April 18

Baffle Creek

April 17

Miriam Vale

April 4


April 17


Agnes Water

April 17 & 18

Seniors Nurse

Agnes Water

Health Talk April 19

Baffle Creek

April 10 & 24


CLINIC April 16

Miriam Vale

April 11


April 16


Turkey Beach April 18 Youth Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Friday

Please phone 4902 1100 for an appointment for these services



Gladstone Region youngsters eager to showcase their freestyle BMX skills can front up for the Rampage clinic at the Gladstone Skate Park on Saturday, April 14 Rampage is a program developed by Freestyle BMX, a subsidiary of BMX Australia, which is designed to provide youth aged 10-18 with activities that are fun and safe. The clinic is included in Gladstone Regional Council's Healthy Active Gladstone Region (HAGR) Year of Cycling for 2012 initiative, and Council Coordinator Healthy Communities Lee Baker said participants would enhance their freestyle BMX skills. "The clinic caters for all levels from beginner to advanced riders and all will have the chance to develop their freestyle skills under the guidance of accredited, professional coaches," Mr Baker said. "Participants will also learn about the benefits of using the right protective gear and bike equipment, and skate park etiquette to promote the positive sharing of facilities." The clinic will consist of two sessions with the first catering for beginner and intermediate riders from 9am to midday, and the second for intermediate and advanced riders from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Also coming up is the Harbour City BMX Club's second Come and Try Day on Sunday, May 6, and the Littlies Fix Your Bike workshop at Lions Park, Gladstone, on Sunday, May 13. Harbour City BMX Club received an encouraging number of visitors to its first Come and Try Day for the year in February and club officials are expecting another strong turn out for its second one. The club caters for riders aged four to 60 and those who wish to try the sport out on May 6, from 9am to midday, must wear a long sleeve top, a pair of long pants, gloves, socks, closed-in shoes and helmet to participate. Riders are encouraged to bring their own BMX bike as there is a limited number of borrow bikes available. The Littlies Fix Your Bike workshop is designed to provide youngsters and parents with valuable maintenance knowledge such as changing tyres and chain tension, and general set up of their bicycles and helmets to ensure they get the optimum benefits from riding. Conducted by Dave McIntosh from the Gladstone Bicycle Centre, the 9am11am workshop will also teach participants to complete safety checks on their equipment, improve their riding skills, and provide on-road and off-road safety knowledge and etiquette tips. For more information phone: • Rampage clinic - Council's Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300. • BMX Come and Try Day - Mark Rayner on 4979 1452 or email • Littlies Fix Your Bike workshop - Councils Coordinator Healthy Communities Lee Baker on 4972 6822 or email leeb@gladstonerc. Visit to download a copy of the April-May Year of Cycling Calendar of Events.

ive iat

He alt

n it

Gladstone Reg ion tive Ac i

Council moves to address intersection congestion an interim measure to alleviate some of the pressures on the intersection while we continue to develop our construction and funding strategy of widening Glenlyon Road to four lanes," Mr Keech said. He said Council had decided upon this option, rather than installing right turning arrow signals which were suggested in the 'Breslin Street, Derby Street & Glenlyon Road Intersection Assessment Report Revision D' of June 2011. Mr Keech said the work would help accommodate the increased traffic along Glenlyon Road that would result from the opening of Kirkwood-Benaraby Road intersection, due to occur mid year.

Scheduled Infrastructure Works PROJECT



Mt Larcom Bracewell Rd

Road reconstruction to 8m bitumen seal.

Early-mid April

Mt Alma Rd

Gravel resheeting

Early April

Targinnie Rd

Upgrading of road as part of QCLNG works


Gladstone - Mt Larcom Rd at power station

Road widening and new entries to the boat ramp and sewerage treatment plant

Mid-April to July

Toolooa St between Tank & Eden Streets

Footpath construction


Murray St near Lord St

Drainage construction


Project cost


Commencement date

December 2009

Project stages

Project Update

The banking up of traffic along the main carriageway of Breslin and Derby Streets at the Glenlyon Road intersection during peak hour traffic will be alleviated from next financial year when the right turning lanes of both collector roads are extended. Council recently backed a recommendation to allocate $100,000 in the 2012/13 draft budget to extend the right turn lanes of Breslin and Derby Streets to the maximum length possible, within the current line marking arrangements. Director of Infrastructure Services Paul Keech said a total of 55 metres would be provided at the Breslin Street right turn lane and 90 metres at Derby Street. "This decision has been made as

Kirkwood Road Stage 3

Rd Glenlyon Road Stage A which included the Kirkwood n has been intersection and traffic light constructio completed. roadwork Stage B which included the majority of completed. construction to Sirriss Road has been Road to Stage C which includes the link from Sirriss ruction. Gladstone Benaraby Road is under const works to include Stage C is 90% complete with remaining marking line and lt aspha s, island traffic of g kerbin

Current project status

conjunction with Stage C works are being constructed in intersection and Road aby Benar tone Glads Road Kirkwood ncies. Works efficie ize maxim to s phase in leted comp will be ection works. inters as time same the at leted comp will be Works scheduled this month


Possible disruptions

Concrete lined drain Traffic islands to be constructed Asphalt placement

3 days


Anticipated project completion date

Mid April

2 days


2 days



Kirkwood Benaraby Rd Intersection


Springs Rd

About 200 metres of footpath being constructed from the skate park to the community centre entrance


Sewerage Treatment Plant, Agnes Water

Bulk earthworks under way but weather has delayed progress

End March to early April

Blackmans Gap Rd at Colosseum Creek

Capital works to the approaches under way after rain delays. Motorists are advised that traffic delays of up to 10 minutes may occur at this site due to traffic control for safety

March through to mid-May

* Estimated completion date only and subject to favourable weather conditions.

Project Update


Project cost

$7.8 Million


June 2011

Project stages

• Construction of intersection pavements • Installation of kerb and drainage structures • Supply and installation of asphalt • Supply and installation of all road traffic furniture and line marking • Supply and installation of intersection traffic signals • Supply and installation of street lighting

Current project status

Traffic adjustments have been made relocating traffic to Western footprint, this will enable work crews to commence reconstruction of Eastern footprint. Eastern works included • Reconstr uction of pavements seals and asphalts • Installation of traffic islands • Installation of Street lighting and Traffic lights

Works scheduled this month


Possible disruptions

• Complete upgrade of existing drainage structures

10 days


• Reconstr uct existing pavement to new design requirements • Install Street Light footings

10 days

Single lane closures during the hours of 9.00am and 3.00pm will occur during works. nil

5 days

• Install traffic islands

5 days

Anticipated project completion date

Late April / Early May




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

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

n 2012 Intercity Images March 31 - May 19 The Gladstone Region's talented photographers have had their chance to shine again, as part of the annual Gladstone Saiki photographic exchange. The stunning array of entries are now on display at the Gallery/Museum, including the 30 that have been selected to go to Saiki Japan, as part of the annual exchange. Initiated by the Gladstone/Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee, and supported by the Gladstone Regional Council and Queensland Alumina Limited, the competition was open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages.

58 Goondoon Street, Gladstone. Ph: 4972 2822

n Jazz'n Shiraz April 8, 6.30pm Head on down to the Gladstone Main Stage for an evening of Jazz'n Shiraz. Featuring James Morrison and his Motown Band, Rhonda

Burchmore, 2011 Australia's Got Talent Finalist Liam Burrows and stilt walking musicians the Hi Life Horns! Patrons are welcome to bring along their own nibbles, however as a condition of entry all bags and eskies will be checked at the gate.

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 Sesame Street presents Elmo's World Tour. Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster and Elmo use the letters of the alphabet to navigate a voyage through imagination that sees the gang visiting China, Zambia, France, India and Australia!

n Carl Barron - A One Ended Stick May 1, 8pm Carl returns with his new show. Get ready for something a little different with Carl's new monologue/stand-up/music show. More Troy stories, worms, ants, acid, and being Carl Barron are all explored. Follow Carl as he looks

for things that may not actually be there.

n Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo May 9, 11am The dinosaur petting zoo is a very cool show that is presented as a live animal display, like Steve Irwin would have done at Australia Zoo. However, instead of crocodiles and snakes, this petting zoo contains dinosaurs. The show is funny and educational at the same time and during the show, children can pat and feed the dinosaurs!

n Tim Winton's The Bugalugs Bum Thief May 22, 10am and 1pm Skeeta Anderson’s got a problem, He’s woken up without his bum! All 496 citizens of the town of Bugalugs are BUMLESS! Along with his best mates Skeeta sets out on a side-splitting adventure to track down the culprit of the crime.

n Comedy Roadshow May 27, 7.30pm Stuffing one of the world’s largest comedy festivals into the one show is not easy, but the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has done just that with the 2012 Roadshow. Offering a selection of Australian, international and special guest comedians,the Roadshow is literally all the best bits of the Comedy Festival condensed into the one ‘all killer, no filler’ travelling event.

Gladstone Harbour Festival Celebrating 50 Years of Fun Fascinating photographs, documents and programs from Gladstone's beloved Harbour Festival are now on show at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum. Gallery/Museum Heritage Officer Lyn Lee said the unique exhibition, marking the 50th anniversary of the Harbour Festival, examined the colourful floats and people who have proudly paraded along Goondoon Street since 1963. "The fashions and facades may have changed, but these photographs show that the festival spirit is as alive today as it was back then" Ms Lee said. "I'm sure many people who visit this exhibition will recognise themselves in these wonderful photographs and enjoy seeing the Gladstone of yesteryear." The exhibition is a combination of items on loan from the Harbour Festival and from the Gallery/Museum's collection. In addition to the photographs on show, will be newspaper articles, 'Sobserver' articles and programs from previous years. Gladstone Harbour Festival Celebrating 50 Years of Fun is on show at the Gallery/Museum until May 26, 2012.



Harbour Festival 1976, Gladstone Regional Council collection

ertainment Harbour Festival Street Parade Gladstone Regional Council is a proud sponsor of the Gladstone Harbour Festival and active participant in the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Harbour Festival Street Parade. Standing proud among the contestants in the parade this year will be a float created by Council staff and a local artist but designed by young Fabio Kleyhans whose design concept was borne out of a SUNfest 2012 activity in January. Council also runs SUNfest each January to engage the region's youth in a range of school holiday activities. Council's carpenter Sam Munroe worked with Fabio to create the float and well known artist Rosemary Anderson added her artistic brilliance to the creation. Rosemary said Fabio's design incorporated

concepts from the "harbour festival, SUNfest and Council in a yacht race for gold". "It will be an exciting spectacle, fitting the golden anniversary of the Gladstone Harbour Festival and its theme 'Going for Gold'." The parade features displays of floats from local business, industry, community groups and private individuals and makes its way along Goondoon Street, over the Gladstone Marina Bridge to the Mission to Seafarers Building. Council's Carpenter Sam Munroe, Gladstone Festival & Events' Kathy Andrew and local artist Rosemary Anderson, with Fabio Kleyhan and his 2012 float design that will "sail" in the 2012 Rio Tinto Alcan Harbour Festival Street Parade.

hereinhistory hereinhistory

Gladstone Harbour Festival celebrates 50 years Originally the festival was the offspring of the Port Curtis Sailing Club as a means of entertaining crowds waiting for the finish of the Brisbane-Gladstone Yacht race. At first it was a local regatta but in 1961 and 1962 the sailing club sponsored demonstrations of water skiing in Auckland Creek. Gladstone.. City That Waited - Lorna McDonald 1988 A public meeting was called on September 19, 1962 to put forward an idea to hold an Easter Festival in Gladstone to entertain the visiting yachties and locals waiting for the finish of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. As a result of this meeting, held at the Gladstone Town Hall (now Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum), the Gladstone Harbour Festival was formed. A provisional committee of five – D. Norris, H. Lowry, L. Delaney, T Clayton and Mrs. C.W. Macfarlan – was appointed. At a subsequent meeting, attended by representatives of local organisations and the general public, the first Gladstone Harbour Festival committee was formed: D. Norris chairman, Y. Norris secretary, W. Craig treasurer, L. Delaney, T. Clayton, A.Greasley, K. Moore, R. Burgess, R. Isbel, H. Anson, and Mrs. C.W. Macfarlan, and planning for the 1963 festival commenced. The services of Mr. A.D. Hopper, secretary of the Gladstone Harbour Board, were co-opted and he undertook to organise sports, a procession and the Sungirl competition, the predecessor of the Harbour Festival Queen event. Mr. E. Cullen was to be the ‘general organiser’ responsible for the day to day running of the festival. The 1963 Easter Festival featured a street procession with 70 floats, of which 39 carried entrants in the the Sungirl competition.

The honour of being the front float in the parade went to Sungirl Miss Judith Pitt. The week’s activities also included a challenge walk, prize gardens, cabaret, cooking display, ladies’ bridge, window and illuminations displays, baby show, sailing regatta, Blessing of the Fleet, aero club flights, Mardi Gras, sporting events, swimming and underwater displays, motor and harbour tours, and community centre music. The Festival finale was an open-air concert at night organised by the Apex Club. The early festivals included drag racing on Hopper Drive, theatre productions and boxing competitions held at the Gladstone Town Hall, surf boats races from Barney Point to Auckland Creek, fire fighting in the the Keystone Kops tradition in Apex Park, sporting events, raft races and fishing competitions in Macfarlane Lagoon, 60 mile (96.5km) and the water ski marathon from Gladstone to Sea Hill and back which was organised by the Woapeatiki Ski Club of Gladstone. The street processions provided a sounding board for local government and unions as well as fun for many children from schools and sporting clubs. The floats, built by Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL) apprentices, always provided great entertainment for the public who often went home wet or covered with flour. The ‘Apex Sobserver’ only printed at harbour festival time, the all night parties at 'yachties’ (Port Curtis Sailing Club) while waiting for the yachts, and the fun-filled local talent night, were some of the festival highlights in the 1960s and 70s. Over the years, the times and place for the festival have changed, but the fun still remains. Early photographs and history of the festival, noted in 1963 as ‘one of the most outstanding events ever staged in Gladstone’, are on display at the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum until May 26.



t’s On WhinaApril?

Council’s Community Calendar



Date & Time

Event Description

Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea

Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre

April 5, 10am - noon

The Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea is held monthly and allows newcomers to find out more about what the Gladstone Region offers and to mix with others. Phone 4976 6300.

General Council Meeting

Gladstone Administration Centre, 101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone

April 3 & 17, from 9am

Community members are welcome to attend Council’s General Meetings

Story Time

Miriam Vale Library

April 3 & 17, 9.30 -10.30am

Agnes Water Library

Wednesdays, 10 - 10.30am

Gladstone City Library

Wednesdays, 11 - 11.30am

Boyne Island Library

Fridays, 10.30 - 11am

Story Time and Crafts for children aged 0 – 5 years. No bookings are required. For more information contact your local Library. Contact details can be found by visiting, under the ‘Gladstone Regional Libraries’ link.

Mt Larcom Library

Thursdays, 10.30 - 11am

Calliope Library

Fridays, 10.30 - 11am

Boyne Island Library, Mt Larcom Room

April 12 & 26, 10.30 - 11am

Calliope Library

April 5 &19, 11 - 11.30am

Gladstone City Library

April 13 & 27, 11 – 11.30am

Learn to Swim

Gladstone Aquatic Centre

Monday to Friday, 9am -6pm

Gladstone Aquatic Centre is now offering a progressive Learn to Swim program. For more information or to book 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. Phone 4972 6822 for more information.

Library Square Performances Every Friday

Library Square Goondoon Street Gladstone

Every Friday and Saturday night, 6 - 8pm

Library Square Goondoon Street Gladstone

Every Friday lunchtime, Noon – 2pm

If you’re looking for something to do, come down and enjoy the free live and 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.

Baby Bounce

Elmo’s World Tour

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.

Come along with Elmo and the Sesame Street gang as they circle the globe in this allsinging, all-dancing stage show touring Australia in 2012. Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster and Elmo use the letters of the alphabet to navigate a voyage through imagination that sees the gang visiting China, Zambia, France, India and Australia! Elmo and his friends have fun learning how people sing and dance and say hello in different places, but things don’t go to plan when Cookie Monster eats a letter of the alphabet. Featuring a bunch of classic Sesame Street songs alongside catchy new tunes, Sesame Street presents Elmo's World Tour will delight Sesame Street fans of all ages.

On at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre, April 14, 10am 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.


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


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 Newsletter April 2012  

Gladstone Regional Council's Monthly Community Newsltter The Council Connection.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you