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NOVEMBER 2012 - ISSUE 50

GLADSTONE REGIONAL COUNCIL COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

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

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Youth Holiday Program January 9-23, 2013

Holiday activities for youth just gets better Council’s popular SUNfest youth holiday activities program is set to splash into summer in January with a bumper program of activities and workshops scheduled. There will be no shortage of activities for children aged between 10 and 17 years. Try your hand at surfing, kayaking, acting and drama, chess, laser

skirmish and much more. SUNfest Youth and SUNfest Lil’ Kids tickets will be on sale from December 5 through http://gec.gladstonerc.qld. gov.au/ Get your copy of the program from your school office, Council offices and facilities or download from Council’s website at www.gladstone. qld.gov.au from November 1.

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Councillor Connect

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Rental Assistance

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Speed limit standardised

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

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Tigalee Creek Project under way

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Gladstone is one of 14 regional Queensland councils which will benefit from the program.

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

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

FACILITIES (Cont.)

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LIBRARIES

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 Qld 4677

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

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

AQUATIC CENTRES

Gladstone City Library 39 Goondoon Street, Gladstone Qld 4680 Telephone: (07) 4976 6400

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 2 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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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

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


Briefly Council meetings

Did you know that residents are welcome to attend Gladstone Regional Council’s meetings? The meetings are held at the Gladstone Administration Centre boardroom, 101 Goondoon Street. Upcoming meeting dates are November 6, November 20, December 4 and December 18. To view agendas and minutes visit Council's website at www. gladstone.qld.gov.au

Info session cancelled

Fresh look to cycle/walk path signage

Signage along the Turtle Way walk/cycle path at Boyne Island and Tannum Sands has been revitalised with 18 new directional signs installed. Council’s Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Councillor Graham McDonald said outdated signs had been replaced at key locations. “These are well utilised recreation areas within the region and the signage not only aesthetically provides a fresh look but serves an important informative purpose,” Cr McDonald said. The 1200mm x 900mm signs have been installed at each park, fitness station areas and other key locations along the Turtle Way. “A key feature of the new signage is reference to distances between key locations.

CouncillorConnect visits will continue this month with Councillors visiting Many Peaks, Rosedale, Agnes Water and Benaraby.

“Distance information is recorded in metres and has also been converted to represent a total number of steps between signage points,” Cr McDonald said. He said the distance notations would encourage residents and visitors to use the pathways to pursue healthier and more active lifestyles. “Previous community consultations had highlighted the desire of residents to have this information included on pathway signage,” he said. The project is jointly funded by Council and the State Government’s Public Health Unit with similar signage to be installed at a number of parks across the region.

CouncillorConnect regional visits Schedule Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mayor Gail Sellers said the visits, which commenced on a monthly basis in July, continued to be popular with residents showing support by attending the sessions.

Many Peaks

Many Peaks Hotel

Benaraby

Benaraby Progress Hall

Agnes Water

“This is the last CouncillorConnect visit for the year and I encourage residents to use this opportunity to have morning tea and discuss any issues, concerns or idea they may have,” Cr Sellers said.

Agnes Water Community Centre

Rosedale

Rosedale Memorial Hall

For further information or to book an individual meeting call Council's Communications and Marketing section on 4970 0700 or email at councillorconnect@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

9.30am to 10.15am: Morning tea - open to all community 10.15am - 11.55am: 20 minute individual meetings with Councillors available by booking. Phone 4976 6946 or email councillorconnect@ gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

Gladstone Regional Council’s Community Advisory Service information session on November 7 and 8 has been cancelled. Planning and evaluation is under way in order to organise the 2013 schedule which will be released at the end of November 2012.

Welcome morning tea Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea is 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 tea. For further information 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, contact Gladstone City Library on 4976 6400.

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HACC taxi transport Eligible frail aged and younger people with disabilities residing in the Calliope, Mount Larcom, Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Boyne Valley areas are reminded that taxi transport to Gladstone is available through the Home and Community Care (HACC) Service. To find out more, phone Megan Collins on 4976 6315.

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, open 24 hours a day, on 4979 1134 or Council's administration centres during business hours.

Development stats Council now provides development statistics at a click of a mouse at its website. Visit www.gladstone. qld.gov.au/web/guest/developmentstatistics to find out the last major development snapshot; monthly development statistics; and building and plumbing approvals.

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'.

Council encourages residents to check rental assistance eligibility Gladstone Region residents struggling to make ends meet may be eligible for rental assistance. Gladstone Regional Council’s Community Advisory Service offers a range of housing assistance and support programs for residents using funding jointly provided by LNG proponents GLNG, QGC and Australia Pacific LNG. The programs are designed to assist families and individuals who are struggling to meet the rising costs associated with living in the Gladstone Region. Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Maxine Brushe encouraged residents to check their eligibility for the program. “The LNG Industry Housing Programs are designed to help the region’s residents, many Families with or without children – rent supplement • Hold a current RTA tenancy agreeme nt • Gross household income below $120,000 • Employed for a minimum 20 hours per week with capacity to pay rent • Notification of rental increase or curr ent rent exceeds 25 per cent of gross inco me

Young people under 25 – rent assistance nt • Hold a current RTA tenancy agreeme of • Boarders (affidavit required as proof ) ents ngem arra g livin s per • Employed for a minimum of 20 hour pay to city capa week with me • Single tenant – gross household inco below $60,000 be • Shared tenancy - rent assistance will shared equally gross • Current rent exceeds 25 per cent of income

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

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of who may not even know they are eligible for assistance,” Cr Brushe said. “The programs provide rental assistance or supplements to families, couples, single people, young people who are employed a minimum of 20 hours per week, seniors and those who work in occupations deemed to be critical to the community. “However, I encourage all Gladstone Region residents who are struggling with high rental costs to contact the Community Advisory Service and establish if they qualify for financial assistance.” The following is an eligibility criteria guide only and any Gladstone Region resident seeking information on housing assistance is encouraged to phone the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300.

Critical workers – rent assistance • Hold current RTA tenancy agreement • Employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week with capacity to pay • Household income under $120,000 • Current rent exceeds 25 per cent of gross income Seniors – rent supplement • Hold a current RTA tenancy agreement Singles over 25 – rent assistance • Hold a current RTA tenancy agreeme nt • Boarders (affidavit required as proof of living arrangements) • Employed for a minimum of 20 hour s per week with capacity to pay • Single tenant – gross household income below $75,000 • Shared tenancy – gross household income under $120,000 • Notification of rental increase or current rent exceeds 25 per cent of gross income


Time to prepare your property for the onset of summer Residents are urged to consider action now to prepare their properties as summer approaches. Council’s Environment portfolio spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman said the warmer weather encouraged mosquito breeding, grass growth and potential storms. “Australian weather conditions can become unpredictable in summer and residents need to be vigilant about property maintenance,” Cr Chapman said. “Hot weather and the possibility of damaging storms can prove troublesome if property owners become complacent.” He said invigorated grass growth provided the potential for yards and allotments to become overgrown if left untended. “Overgrown areas can harbour rodents and vermin and in outlying areas may also become fuel for bushfires in the dry conditions,” Cr Chapman said. As part of Council’s mosquito control program, Council’s vector control staff monitor and treat mosquito breeding sites. “Mosquitoes are a part of our natural environment

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but can become unwanted guests at outdoor gatherings,” Cr Chapman said. “Efforts are made to minimise mosquito numbers but eradication of the pests is not always possible due to the prevalence of sites and prolific breeding cycle. “Householders though can assist Council by removing objects around their home which may accumulate water and contribute to mosquito breeding, such as pot plants and their saucers and bird baths.” Cr Chapman said these preparations would also reduce the chance of items becoming air-borne in the event of a violent summer storm. “A little time in coming months spent on property preparation and maintenance could make a big difference and provide extra peace of mind this summer,” he said. More information on storm preparations or mosquitoes can be found on Council’s website www.gladstone.qld.gov.au under Disasterhub and under the ‘Mosquito’ link via ‘Environment and Waste’.

Ways to reduce mosquito breeding

• Remove any accumulations of wate r outside; • Empty pot plant bases weekly or fill the base with sand to absorb water; • Bromeliads and other water holding plants should be washed out weekly; • Clean roof gutters out regularly and trim back trees which can block gutters; • Ensure rainwater tanks are screened ; • Keep swimming pools maintained;

• Birdbaths, fishponds and ornamental pools should be washed out weekly and where possible stock with suitable native fish; • Stock dams with native fish and keep the edges clear of vegetation.

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 able to help. Contact Andrea Hughes on 4976 6358 or email andreah@ gladstonerc.qld.gov.au

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.

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

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

Christmas hours Gladstone Regional Council has adopted its Christmas-New Year Period and Australia Day operating hours for the 2012-13 festive season. To find out operating hours of any of Council’s facilities and offices, please visit Council’s website at www.gladstone.qld. gov.au and click on the “About Council” and “Contact Us” links.

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Last Healthy Everyday COOKING CLASSES on offer The final series of the Healthy Everyday Cooking Classes will be held from November 27 to 29 and will feature a “Healthy Festive” theme. Past participants have enjoyed the demonstration of the healthy cooking principles and delicious recipes provided by the Discovery Coast Community Health Service (DCCHS). Council’s Community Dietician Marina Chang and Program Support Officer Annette Cox joined local cook Samantha Organ at last month’s Baffle Creek class to bring a range of healthy everyday recipes to tempt the fussiest of eaters. Cooking demonstrations were also held at Rosedale Memorial Hall, Baffle Creek Sport and Recreation shed, Agnes Water Community Hall and Bororen Hall. Surprise your family and friends with some healthy delights to share over the festive period by registering your name with the DCCHS on 4902 1100.

Healthy Everyday COOKING CLASSES Healthy Ever yday Cooking Class Locations - November 27 to 29: Agnes Water, Rosedale, Baffle Creek h Bororen Hall, Miriam Vale, Turkey Beac Samantha Organ demonstrates some healthy cooking techniques at last month’s Baffle Creek classes.

Healthy Choice “Red Apple” gives seal of approval The Discovery Coast Community Health Service (DCCHS) Healthy Choice “Red Apple’ logo can now be seen on several local food retailers to make it easier for residents to make healthy choices. The Healthy Choice Award program also provides support to local food retailers to make their menus healthier. DCCHS launched the Healthy Choice Awards in March 2012 as part of the Food Awareness Program to encourage and support healthy eating choices when dining out in the local community. For further information about the Healthy Choice Award contact Marina Chang or Annette Cox at the DCCHS on 4902 1100.

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Healthy Choices

The following food retailers have the Hea lthy Choice “Red Apple” logo on their menus: • • • • • • • • • • • •

1770 Getaway Café, Agnes Water 1770 Marina Café, Kahunas Bar and Grill, Agnes Water Shades Café, Agnes Water Madonna’s Café, Agnes Water Latino Caffe, Agnes Water Agnes Water Bakery CQP Service Station, Agnes Water Tiny Tea House, Rosedale Fingerboard Roadhouse Bororen Hotel Miriam Vale Hotel


The Stage One redevelopment of Wyndham Park has created a vibrant family area enabling residents to take advantage of the cool shady spaces surrounding the park.

Wyndham Park Redevelopment Stage One completed

The Wyndham Park Stage One redevelopment has transformed the park area into a shady, user friendly space for residents to kick back and relax in a comfortable space.

Residents favoured replacing the original playground with similar themed equipment.

Following a safety audit in late 2010, the park's previous playground equipment was removed after it failed to meet the Australian Standards.

In early March 2012 works begun with the installation of a pirate ship playground and a second playground to encompass a lighthouse themed play equipment and see-saw.

To ensure a safe public park and facilities at the popular Boyne Island park were available to residents Council allocated funds in the 201112 Budget.

New pathways to link play areas and softscaping were carried out to provide plenty of open recreational space for visitors to the park.

As the Wyndham Park’s playground held an historical connection to the original Wyndham House, owned by well-known Boyne Island settler William Wyndham, Council sought the community for feedback before developing the final concept plans.

Council thanks 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, will be provided in the future.

Speed limit standardised to 60km/h Motorists using Gladstone’s Blain Drive should be aware that a speed limit of 60km/h will now apply to the entire length of road.

raised concerns due to an increase in traffic, more development in the area and a rise in heavy vehicle movements,” Cr Hansen said.

Council approved a reduction in speed, effective from November 12, reducing the 1.2km central stretch of Blain Drive from 70km/h to 60km/h.

Council commissioned a Speed Limit Review of the entire length of Blain Drive with traffic data collected in the area throughout 2012.

Speed limits were previously signed 60km/h at each end of Blain Drive, with the section of road between the rail crossing south of the Palm Drive Junior Sporting complex and the Garfield Street intersection previously designated a 70km/h zone.

Following the report’s release, Council officers recommended a standardised 60km/h speed limit on Blain Drive be introduced.

Council’s Engineering Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Rick Hansen said a standardised 60km/h speed limit along Blain Drive would now be imposed in response to safety concerns. A suggestion to lower the speed limit was brought to Council’s attention at a Traffic Environment Advisory Committee (TEAC) meeting in October 2011. “A Queensland Police Service representative

“Blain Drive is one of the major linkages in Gladstone connecting the Dawson Highway and Gladstone-Mount Larcom Road,” Cr Hansen said. “As well as servicing these two high volume arterial roads, it further provides access to a large industrial estate and residential developments. “In consideration of the increasing volumes of traffic frequently using Blain Drive, a 60km/h speed limit for the entire length of the road was considered appropriate for the greater safety of all commuters.”

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Main earthworks at the Tigalee Creek site are expected to be finished by mid-November.

Tigalee Creek earthworks assist formation of Boyne Tannum Sports Park Material excavated to create the $1.94m Tigalee Creek water detention basin in Gladstone is helping form the Boyne Tannum Sports Park development. Council’s Engineering Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Rick Hansen said about 33,000 cubic metres of material was expected to be excavated and carted as part of construction of the Tiglaee Creek dry stormwater bed. The project, which was awarded by tender to Golding Contractors, is designed to help reduce the incidence of flooding between the culvert structures on Witney and Mercury Streets during heavy rainfall events. A flood study was carried out by independent consultants in 2006 which proposed to manage the flood heights by constructing a retarding basin and levee banks along Tigalee Creek. Land clearing of the eastern side of Kathleen Shanahan Park, which is located at the corner of Glenlyon Road and Philip Street, started early September in preparation for main earthworks. Cr Hansen said the Tigalee Creek project was on schedule, with main earthworks expected to be completed by mid-November. “A tight schedule has been enforced to complete ground works before the possibility of summer wet weather,” he said. The retarding basin being constructed is approximately 3.70 hectares

in area and capable of holding 16,700 cubic metres of water to meet proposed mitigation outcomes modelled in the study. Cr Hansen said, potentially, 6000 properties would benefit, reducing the risk of flood water infiltration into the sewer system. He said major consideration was being given to erosion measures and waterline exclusion zones established as part of the project’s overall environmental management plan. “Trees removed were turned into woodchip for use as mulch at the site and replacement trees will be planted at a later stage, along with appropriate vegetation,” Cr Hansen said. He said all efforts were being made to suppress dust in the vicinity of works. “In later stages, the redesign of the parkland surrounding the new basin will make it more visually appealing with open spaces, safer pedestrian access to adjacent streets and safer off-road access with a new car park.” Council has received $1 million in financial assistance for the project with the Federal Government Disaster Resilience Package and Emergency Management Queensland each providing $500,000. The remaining $936,566 to be spent on the project will be funded by Council.

Council to respond to TMR Queensland boat ramp study Council will use feedback from regional residents to respond to a Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Queensland boat ramp study.

Council’s request for public comments on the report had now closed and feedback was being collated.

Council collected comments from frequent and future boat ramp users relating to the TMR Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study undertaken in September 2011.

He said the study, which focused on the demand for recreational boating facilities state wide, had revealed additional boat ramp lanes would be needed in the region after 2026.

Council’s Regional Strategy portfolio spokesperson Councillor Matt Burnett said

“Public feedback on the study will assist Council to determine community views on

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boat ramp facilities and future needs,” Cr Burnett said. The TMR study revealed the region had sufficient boat ramp lanes until 2026 but demand could lead to the need for an additional three boat ramp lanes before 2031. “Future population growth in the region is expected to add to the number of recreational boat users and increase the impacts on existing facilities,” Cr Burnett said.


Briefly 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 http:// www.justice.qld.gov.au/justiceservices/justices-of-the-peace which provides general information and a search function.

Regional libraries to provide access to children’s books sent from Saiki City Five hardcover children’s books have been added to Gladstone Regional Council’s library collection as a gift from Saiki City. Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the books were a fond reminder of the cultural connection between Gladstone and its Japanese sister city. “The works were created by Japanese authors and illustrators, have been printed in English and have common themes of interest for young readers,” Cr Sellers said.

“The books reaffirm the sister city relationship we share with Saiki City and connect our younger generations irrespective of distance or culture. “The gift is a beautiful addition to our library collection and it is an honour to be able to make the literature publicly available for all residents of the region to enjoy.” The children’s picture books are suited to different ages and reading levels and will be able to be accessed from any of

Council’s regional libraries. Titles include Wah Wah, Quin and Peep Play Hide and Seek, Amy and Ken Visit Grandma, The Restaurant of Many Orders and I Love to Take a Bath. Each book features a signed inscription from the Mayor of Saiki City Yasuyoshi Nishijima. “I’d like as many possible citizens of Gladstone to read this book. For the long lasting friendship between Saiki and Gladstone,” Mayor Nishijima said.

Australia Day Awards nominations sought Residents are being encouraged to nominate a “local hero” for a Gladstone Regional Council 2013 Australia Award. The Gladstone Region Australia Day Awards are presented annually by Council on the eve of Australia Day to recognise the region's outstanding individuals who make a real contribution and difference to our community. Mayor Gail Sellers said the region boasted many local heroes whose efforts deserved recognition. "We have so many selfless and dedicated contributors to the community whose work often goes unnoticed, and the Australia Day Awards give them the recognition they deserve," Cr Sellers said. "It also takes much hard work to achieve in the sporting or cultural spheres and the Australia Day Awards also serve to reward these dedicated performers." Nominations are being sought for the following

award categories: • Citizen of the Year; • Young Citizen of the Year; • Senior Cultural Award; • Junior Cultural Award; • Senior Sports Person Award; • Young Sports Person Award; • Sports Official of the Year Award; and • Community Event of the Year Award. Nomination forms are available at Gladstone Regional Council administration centres, Gladstone Regional Libraries, the Gladstone Art Gallery & Museum, the Gladstone Entertainment Centre and the Agnes Water and Miriam Vale RTCs. Forms can be completed online or downloaded from Council's website at www.gladstone.qld. gov.au via the 'Events' link under 'About Gladstone Region' tab. Nominations close at 5pm November 9, 2012.

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.

Language Café Friends of the Library and Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) invite residents to The Language Café at Gladstone Library between 9.30am and 11am on the second Wednesday of every month. Come and meet new people while practising the English language and share your language with others in the process. For more information, phone 0487 422 142 or visit Gladstone City Library.

Year of the Park The Healthy Active Gladstone Region Committee, on behalf of Gladstone Regional Council, is implementing a region-wide active parks program in 2013, providing free and low cost activities for all ages and abilities. Council is seeking expressions of interest from fitness and health professionals, community and not-for-profit organisations, sport and recreation clubs and other businesses that provide free or low cost activities to community members, preferably in local parks and open spaces. For more information phone Lee Baker on 4972 6822.

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Desalination plant project enters final stages Fresh water will soon flow from the desalination plant at Agnes Water but other components of the $41.5 million Agnes Water/ Seventeen Seventy Integrated Water Project will continue into the new year. Gladstone Regional Council Engineering Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Rick Hansen said construction of the project commenced in January 2010 and comprised five stages which included: • Stage 1: Construction of a road and pipeline from Springs Road to Chinamans Beach. • Stage 2: Installation of a desalination plant on Springs Road. • Stage 3: Construction of the Agnes Water Water/Seventeen Seventy reticulation system and reservoir. • Stage 4: Installation of the inlet and outlet pipes and pump station at Chinamans Beach for the desalination plant.

The desalination plant lights up for a trial period.

• Stage 5: Commissioning of the desalination plant; construction of a sewerage treatment plant and residential connections. “Delivery of this project is now almost a reality. We are commissioning the desalination plant at the moment and will soon install the mechanical components of the wastewater treatment plant,” Cr Hansen said. “The end result means Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy residents will be delivered sustainable water and sewer services.” Latest work includes the completion of the installation of underground pipelines from the desalination plant on Springs Road to the intake facility at the beach.

Works progressing at the waste water treatment plant.

“Construction activities on the desalination plant finished earlier this year and the finalisation of related pipeline works in past months has allowed for water to be drawn from the ocean and for commissioning works to progress,” Cr Hansen said. Council anticipates the project will be finalised by April next year. The five-stage project was funded by state and local government funding, with $27 million allocated from the State Government's Smaller Communities Assistance Program and the Water and Sewerage Program to fund the initial stages.

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Cr Porter on negotiation group on Native Title Gladstone Regional Councillor Karen Porter has been named Council’s new Native Title Negotiation Team representative. Cr Porter said she was looking forward to working with the Port Curtis Coral Coast claimants to progress their Native Title claim and to develop an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) alongside this to ensure all interests were managed cooperatively.

Council rules out advertising proposal Council has approved promotion of its services, facilities and events through signage on regional bus shelters. Council made a decision at a recent meeting to prohibit commercial advertising signage and reserve the space for Council promotions only. Council Engineering Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Rick Hansen said the decision followed advertising queries from local business operators. Councillors considered implications of commercial advertising on bus shelters, including maintenance and administration costs, public perception of advertising content, endorsement concerns, lease agreements and policy requirements. “There are about 40 bus shelters in the process of being upgraded to disability compliant facilities across the region,” Cr Hansen said. “These have a glass side on the approach side of travel and two breezeway sides with the potential to be covered to display advertising. “A number of options for installation of advertising were considered but it was decided to not permit any commercial style advertising on Council facilities, in particular bus shelters, at this point in time.”

Scheduled Infrastructure Works LOCATION

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Gentle AnnieBracewell Road Intersection, Ambrose

Pipe work has finished. Earthworks still to be completed.

Works expected to commence in November.

Deep Creek Road, Calliope

Road upgrade at various locations to improve safety.

Works expected to commence mid November with completion early December.

Western

Mount Alma Road upgrade including Road, Bracewell widening of pinch points and site visibility improvements for heavy industrial use.

Ongoing.

Forest Road, Targinnie

Road upgrade including widening of pinch points and site visibility improvements for heavy industrial use.

Ongoing.

Blain Drive, Gladstone

Reconstruction works from Palm Drive to Auckland Creek including new protected right turn lanes.

Works expected to commence early November with completion early December.

Helen Street, Gladstone

Remove steel culvert and replace with concrete culvert from Helen street to Briffney Creek.

Works expected to commence early November depending on delivery of materials.

Central

Southern Lowmead Road, Reform existing sub base Lowmead and lay base material. (Stage 1) Apply two coat bitumen seal.

Works expected to be completed early November.

John Clifford Way, Lowmead

Reform existing base material and apply two coat bitumen seal.

Works expected to be completed early November.

Drainage and vegetation maintenance (Lowmead Road)

Cleaning of restricted culvert inlets and outlets. Removal of vegetation blocking visibility and drainage.

Ongoing.

Various Locations

Heavy maintenance grading work is programmed in the Baffle Creek , Rodds Bay and Foreshores/Turkey Beach areas. Crews will be reshaping pavements to improve drainage.

Ongoing.

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

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

Prepare Now: Four Important Steps 1. Prepare your Emergency Plan It is essential that you spend a few minutes with your family now to talk about what you will do if an evacuation becomes necessary. • Identify a safe place to evacuate to if storm surge or floods are threatening. Family or friends who live in secure accommodation that is further inland and on higher ground are the best option. • Listen to local Community Service Announcements (on radio, television and in newspapers) to identify the preferred evacuation routes for your area. • Ensure you have a supply of fuel stored safely in your garage in case you need to evacuate at short notice. • Practise a drill with your family to ensure everyone is familiar with the evacuation plan. • Decide how you will look after your pets if you cannot take them with you. 2. Prepare an Emergency Kit Put together an Emergency Kit, which should include a portable radio, a torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, non-perishable food, sturdy gloves, waterproof bags, candles, matches, essential medications and copies of important documents (eg insurance details, birth certificates, prescription refills) in sealable plastic bags.

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

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


Clinic Dates for November 2012 SERVICE

VENUE

DAYS

Child Health Nurse

Agnes Water

Wednesday & Thursday weekly Mothers Group Nov 1

Community Legal Program

Agnes Water

November 8

Miriam Vale

November 8

Community Nurse Agnes Water

Monday to Friday

Community Support Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Thursday

Counselling Services

Agnes Water

By Appointment

Diabetes Educator Agnes Water

November 27

Dietician

Agnes Water

November 6

Miriam Vale

November 20

Agnes Water

By appointment

Family Support Worker

Mental Health Unit Agnes Water

November 12 & 26

Mobile Womens Health Nurse

Agnes Water

November 12 & 13

Physiotherapist

Agnes Water

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Baffle Creek

November 7 & 21

Miriam Vale

November 14 & 28

Podiatrist

Agnes Water

November 20 & 21

RFDS

Agnes Water

November 6 & 7

Seniors Nurse

Agnes Water

Health Talk November 22

Baffle Creek

Health Talk November 20

Lowmead

Clinic November 26

Miriam Vale

Health Talk November 7

Rosedale

Health Talk November 12

Turkey Beach Health Talk November 14 Youth Worker

Agnes Water

Monday to Friday

Miriam Vale Community Intra Agency Meeting Wednesday, November 28 Please phone 4902 1100 for an appointment for these services

Friendship, Fun and Fitness Program FFF Program going strong Healthy Active Gladstone Region's Friendship Fun and Fitness program is proving to be a great success across the region. The program assists local people to catch up with friends, and make new ones, while participating in some moderate exercise. The program caters for a variety of interests from Mums and Bubs and Tai Chi through to more energetic workouts. Angela Lerose, the program's coordinator, said "There is something for everyone - working hard is not the priority, it's all about social exercise and making new friends.� Part of the program’s success is the establishment of its own Facebook page. The page allows all of the groups to see what other groups are up to, be inspired and offer suggestions to the rest of the participants. If you do not see a group that suits your schedule or you and a few friends would like to start your own group, please contact the program through its Facebook page or contact Councils Coordinator Healthy Communities Coordinator Lee Baker on 4972 6822. The program is a partnership between Gladstone Regional Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland and is funded until December. To see what events are happening in your area, please visit the FFF Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ FriendshipFunAndFitness?ref=hl

By Lee Baker Healthy Communities Coordinator

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arts, culture & ente renditions of the popular songs they’ve heard on their wireless.

 The Beggars Australian Songbook 58 Goondoon Street, Gladstone. Ph: 4972 2822

 War Stories Nov 8, 7.30pm, GEC Marquee Inspired by his own family history, performer Darren Coggan connects us to an iconic part of our heritage. Personal and exceptional stories of Australians at war are woven into songs that provide an intimate perspective of the tales that have helped shape our nation.

 The Kransky Sisters Nov 15, 7.30pm, GEC Marquee Having won awards in Edinburgh and Australia… Mourne, Eve and Dawn Kransky, three endearing spinsters from Esk in Queensland, are packing up their old Morris to hit the road again with a brand new show. Venturing out from the intensely private world of their family home, the Sisters will bring stories and homespun

2013 Golding bursary for visual arts The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Society Golding Bursary has been established with the generous support of Cyril Golding to assist students from the Gladstone, Port Curtis and Callide Valley region of Central Queensland in pursuing tertiary studies in all aspects of Visual Arts. The successful student will receive $1500 a year for a maximum of three years for a full time course in Visual Arts leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Associate Diploma. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Gallery / Museum’s website www. gladstonerc.qld.gov.au/gallerymuseum. Please contact the Gallery / Museum for a registration form or more information on 4976 6766 or gragm@gladstonerc.qld.gov. au. Registration forms must be returned to the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Society by 5:00pm Friday, December 14, 2012.

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Nov 27, 10am, PCYC You can heave away, haul away on a tall ship rounding Cape Horn or sail the Southern Ocean hunting the great whale. Waltz Your Matilda and find out what really happened to that jolly swagman down by the billabong. Do your noble duty in the Great War or go back down the track to the old homestead on the Road to Gundagai, and be a guest at the Fatal Wedding.

 Agnes Water Blues and Roots 2013 Feb 22, 23, 24, SES Grounds, Agnes Water 20 plus bands, groups, duos and soloists with over 20 hours of the best blues and roots in paradise including Black Sorrows with Joe Camilleri Mason Rack Band and many more. New food stalls, markets and displays including Harleys and Hot Rods. Three Day Early Bird Passes are now on sale (closing Nov 30, 2012) for just $80 - save $30.

Equilibrium - Maintaining the Balance November 1 - November 30 Equilibrium – Maintaining the Balance, an exhibition by Gladstone photographer Natalia Muszkat, seeks to document the balance between our region’s natural resources and pursuit of economic development. It does this through the portrayal of those in our community who work to maintain that balance, whether that be in the public eye or behind the scenes. Natalia’s exhibition seeks to help create a complete picture of the Gladstone Region, renowned as one of the nation’s key industrial centres, but also boasts green open spaces, national parks, historical sites, bush walks and marine activities which are not always acknowledged. The exhibition opened at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens on November 1 and will continue until Friday, November 30.

New librarian starts a new chapter Fran Moroney has started an exciting new chapter in her career, as Council’s Regional Librarian. Ms Moroney will be responsible for overseeing operations within the Gladstone Regional Libraries group. A librarian with 23 years experience, Ms Moroney assumes the role vacated recently, by Council’s long-term Manager Library Services Peter Cramb. Her duties include overall management of library services for the Gladstone Region, planning and implementing existing and new services, and developing library collections, among many others. Having performed an equivalent role in her previous position with the Hinchinbrook Shire Council in Ingham, Ms Moroney said she was looking forward to meeting the challenges a larger region offers. “I’m still getting to know everybody at Gladstone City Library and how things operate here, but I’m looking forward to getting out and seeing all of the region’s libraries and meeting staff,” she said.

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“The library group is much larger in the Gladstone Region than it was in Hinchinbrook, so I’m looking forward to that challenge and to living in a new area and delivering new services.” Ms Moroney said she had wanted to be a librarian since she was a child and has revelled in the role. “I really enjoy being part of the community and being able to contribute to it,” she said.


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2012 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards The Gladstone community is invited this month to enjoy the most prestigious social event on the Gladstone Region's arts calendar - the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards. Doors open at 10 am on Saturday, November 10 when the public can view the much anticipated exhibition for the first time. At 11.30am Dr Miranda Wallace – 2012’s judge - will lead a floor talk of the exhibition followed by a gold coin donation lunch. At 2pm Dr Wallace then presents her illustrated lecture - Representing Spain: an illustrated overview of ‘Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado. ' The presentation of awards and exhibition opening by Mike Dunstan, General Manager Operations Rio Tinto Yarwun, then follows at 6.30pm at the Gallery/Museum. The exhibition of selected entries is on display at the Gallery/Museum until Thursday December 6, 2012, with some works available for sale.

Wendy Schoenfisch-Young (artist), Campbell Gray (judge), opening evening, 2011

hereinhistory hereinhistory Gladstone water supply

In 1823 the Colony’s Surveyor General John Oxley sailed the Mermaid from Sydney to investigate Moreton Bay, Port Curtis, and Port Bowen, three possible sites for a new convict settlement. Oxley found Port Curtis to have excellent pastures and streams well stocked with fish. The Boyne River, (discovered and named by Oxley) had large fertile flats, but no fresh water supply. Settlement of Port Curtis was rejected in preference to Moreton Bay due to the lack of fresh water in the area.

rebuilding.

Colonel George Barney sailed the Cornubia up the east coast in November 1846 again looking for a suitable site for a settlement for convicts and free settlers. After inspecting Bustard Bay and Rodd’s Bay, Barney decided, because of its deep and safe harbour, Port Curtis would be satisfactory even with its lack of fresh water. Unbeknown to Barney, due to political changes in the British Parliament, the scheme to establish the Colony of North Australia with Gladstone as its capital was revoked in an order dated November 15, 1846.

After much deliberation by the Town Council it accepted QAL’s offer. Awoonga Weir’s first stage was raised in 1970 and then a second stage to its maximum height in 1977.

When free settlers arrived with Capt Maurice O’Connell in 1854 it was the beginning of the settlement’s problems with the lack of fresh water. Sufficient water could not be obtained from Auckland Creek to supply the population of Gladstone.

This first stage of the Awoonga (meaning “sheet of water”) Dam was completed in November 1967. When the weir ceased overflowing in January 1969 and the town was once again desperately short of water Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL) offered to help finance the second stage of the dam.

Tenders were let for the construction of the Awoonga High Dam in 1981. The dam was again raised in 2000 to 40 metres. A severe drought in the early 2000s again put Gladstone water supply at risk and water restrictions on industry and residents were implemented. Gladstone and its water problems continue into the 21st century.

In the early1860s a small dam was built in Happy Valley Creek (Goondoon/Tank Streets) adjoining an old dam built in 1855. The town survived through drought and extreme water shortage until the Railway Dam, built across Happy Valley Creek (now Happy Valley Park), and Tondoon Creek Dam were built. The first Boyne River scheme in 1945 (Pikes Crossing), supplied the town with unfiltered water and for twenty-five years water in the town was gritty and discoloured. Construction of the Awoonga weir on the Boyne River began in1965. To save as much water as possible a large temporary dam was built across the river near the weir. In October, six weeks after it was built, a flash flood washed the temporary dam wall away and then again six weeks later after its

1960s aerial photograph of Awoonga Weir showing temporary dam. Gladstone Regional Art Galler y and Muse

um Collection

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t’s On Council’s Community Calendar WhinaNovember? Event

Venue

Date & Time

Event Description

Welcome to Gladstone Morning Tea

Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Information Centre

November 1, 10am -noon

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

General Council Meeting

101 Goondoon Street Gladstone

November 6 & 20, from 9am

Community members are welcome to attend Council’s General Meetings.

Councillor Community Awareness Sessions

Stockland Gladstone

November 17, 9am - noon

Councillors are available to discuss any issues, topics or concerns that residents may have.

November 29, 9.30am -noon

9.30am – 10.15am Morning tea at all venues. 10.15 – noon: Book a 20 minute meeting with Councillors to discuss Council related issues.

CouncillorConnect Benaraby Visits Agnes Water Many Peaks Rosedale Story Time

Miriam Vale Library

Boyne Island Library

Story time and crafts for children aged up to 5 years. No bookings required. For more information contact your Wednesday, 10am – 10.30am local library. Contact details can be found by visiting www. gladstone.qld.gov.au, under the ‘Gladstone Regional Wednesday, 11am – 11.30am Libraries’ link. Friday, 10.30am – 11am

Mt Larcom Library

Thursday, 10.30am – 11am

Calliope Library

Friday, 10.30am – 11am

Boyne Island Library, Mt Larcom Room

November 8 & 22, 0.30am – 11.00am

Gladstone City Library

November 14 & 28, 11am – 11.30am

Calliope Library

November 1 & 15, 11am – 11.30am

Mt Larcom Library

November 2 & 16, 11am – 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. Contact the Gladstone Aquatic Centre on 4972 6822.

Happy Hour

Gladstone Aquatic Centre

Monday – Friday, 8am and 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 6pm – 8pm and Friday noon – 2pm.

If you’re looking for something to do, come down and enjoy the free live and local music. Phone 4972 2822 for more information.

Free Guided Walks (with optional lunch)

Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens

Every Thursday 10.15am

Looking for a nice Thursday morning stroll? Well why not come down to the Gardens? A free guided walk will leave from and finish at the BG’s Café. Contact Donna on 4971 4443.

Agnes Water Library Gladstone City Library

Baby Bounce

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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November 6 & 20, 9.30am -10.00am

A lap-sit program is being held for a parent and their child less than two years old. This program includes songs and rhymes. Bookings are not required.

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

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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

November 2012 Coucnil Connection  

The Novemebr 2012 Edition of the Gladstone Regional Council Connection Newsletter

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