december 2012 - Townsville City Council

december 2012 - Townsville City Council

december 2012

City Update

The latest events, news, reports and happenings in your city

Carols... rain or shine, the show will go on!


From the Mayor

Cyclones are an accepted part of life in the

North, but we can all prepare for them and

lessen their effects. Now is the time to be

preparing homes and businesses.

Recently I participated in a disaster

exercise as the Chair of the Townsville Local

Disaster Management Group. The simulation,

titled Operation Good Neighbour, was of a

serious weather event which provided us

with the opportunity to put our disaster

plans and procedures to the test.

While I hope we don’t face an active

cyclone season this year, the

threat is always real, and being

prepared is the best way to keep

our community safe and get back to usual

operation quickly.

I was also delighted to launch the 2012

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal. Most of you

will be familiar with the annual appeal that

aims to raise a total of $100,000 for local

people needing assistance over the festive


Please join us for Carols by Candlelight at

the new venue of Reid Park on Sunday, 2

December. Rain, hail or shine, the show will

go on, thanks to council’s rental of a massive


I wish you all a safe and

happy Christmas and a

prosperous New Year.


Cr Jenny Hill


on Townsville

Emergency DVDs

Townsville’s migrant and indigenous people

can better prepare for cyclone seasons

thanks to a new DVD developed by council.

The educational DVDs were produced after

council identified a gap in the city’s

educational material.

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said cyclones

were a serious threat in Townsville and

education was vital to ensure the safety of all

the community.

“Our disaster management team have

worked closely with local groups and

organisations to develop the DVDs, to ensure

Contacting your Councillors

cr vern veitch Deputy Mayor


M 0418 729 496

division 3

Smart City Sustainable Future Committee Chair

cr suzanne blom


M 0427 300 364

division 1

Community and Culture Committee Chair

cr tony parsons


M 0419 642 265

division 2

Planning and Development Committee Chair

cr jenny lane


M 0417 726 699

division 4

Governance and Finance Committee Chair

they are effective and appropriate for their

audiences,” Cr Hill said.

Sports Awards

Nominations open soon for the Townsville

City Council 2013 Sports Awards.

The awards recognise the achievements of

amateur Townsville athletes who have

represented Queensland or Australia at a

national and/or international level.

They also recognise the invaluable

contribution of our sporting volunteers.

Do you know someone who should receive

an award? Nominations will open early

February, so keep an eye on council’s


Council services over Christmas

Council’s Customer Service Centre will

close at 3pm on Monday 24 December 2012

and reopen at 8.30am on Wednesday 2

January 2013.

The council’s phone service will close at

cr pat ernst


M 0418 279 351

division 5

Sport, Recreation and Parks Committee Chair

cr trevor roberts


M 0488 426 074

division 6

Infrastructure Committee Chair

cr Gary Eddiehausen APM


M 0418 262 786

division 7

Healthy and Safe City Committee Chair

cr ray gartrell


M 0447 185 772

division 8

Townsville Waste and Water Committee Chair

3pm on Monday 24 December

and reopen at 8am on Thursday

27 December 2012. This service will

close at 5pm on Friday 28 December

and reopen at 8am on Wednesday 2 January


Staff will be available to maintain all

essential services throughout this period and

the normal after-hours phone service will

apply – 1300 878 001. For more information,

go to

On this month’s cover

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill with Anna Helm

(10) and Mitch Peterson (9) singing in the rain

as they look forward to Carols by Candlelight

on Sunday 2 December. Come rain or shine,

the show will go on, thanks to council’s hire

of a Supertent.

For more information go to

cr Colleen Doyle


M 0418 273 817

division 9

cr les walker


M 0418 315 705

division 10

follow council online >>

Townsville Ticketshop

Townsville City Council Events

Townsville Disaster Information

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Pinnacles Gallery

CityLibraries Townsville





2 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012


Carols under Supertent

Rain, hail or shine, Carols by Candlelight will go

ahead at Reid Park on Sunday 2 December, thanks

to a 10,000-person Supertent hired by council.

Previous years have seen Carols cancelled due to

seasonal downpours; however, the Supertent is

designed to safeguard the annual event from a


Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said the rental

Supertent was a major initiative in this year’s city


“Wet seasons are an accepted part of life in the

North and, for three of the past four years, Carols

have been washed out at considerable expense,”

Cr Hill said.

“This year measures will be in place to protect the

event and all its anticipation.

“Having the event under a Supertent means that

one of our biggest and most loved annual family

events will go ahead, despite any possibility of rain.”

This year’s Carols will offer a full program of

entertainment for all ages. The night will come alive

with ARIA Award winning songstress Katie Noonan,

along with the finest musical talent from the region.

Guests can catch all the entertainment on two big

live screens.

The event is free of charge and will collect funds

for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal, which

raises money and goods for more than 25 charities

in Townsville.

Free songbooks will be available in the Townsville

Bulletin on 1 December or on the night. Safe-flame

candles available for $2 at the event with all

proceeds going towards the appeal.

As this year’s event will be held in Reid Park, a

parking map and useful information about preparing

for Carols can be found on the back page of this

edition of City Update.

Come along and enjoy free entertainment,

amusement rides for the kids, a variety of food and

beverage stalls and of course the big man himself,

Santa Claus!

For more information, a full program and line-up of

artists, visit council’s website

A special thanks to our event sponsors , Southern

Cross Austereo, Jupiters, Willows Shopping Centre,

Clean It NQ, IGA and the Townsville Bulletin.

Sunday 2 December, 5.30pm-9pm

Reid Park, Boundary St, South Townsville


Katie Noonan



Spread a little cheer

and support the Mayor’s

Christmas Tree Appeal

Get your safe-flame candle for a $2

donation at the Carols by Candelight

on 2 December at Reid Park.

New Year’s Eve celebrations

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Join in the countdown and celebrate the start

of 2013 at Townsville’s biggest New Year’s Eve

celebration at Reid Park on Monday 31 December

from 7pm.

Come along and enjoy a spectacular night of

fireworks, live music, food stalls, licensed bar, plus

amusement rides at the McDonald’s Sideshow Alley.

Entry to the sideshow is via a gold coin donation,

with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House.

There’ll be plenty on offer for all ages, so bring in

the new year with a bang!

Celebrations will get underway at Reid Park at 7pm

with a line-up of top acts including the Tremadors.

A special fireworks display for families with young

children will light up the celebrations at 8pm. The city

will then see in the new year with other fireworks

shows at midnight at Reid Park and Nelly Bay.

The New Year’s eve celebrations are proudly

brought to you by Townsville City Council. For a full

program visit the council website –

Monday 31 December 7pm to 1am,

Reid Park

Caring for your pets

Fireworks aren’t so much fun for our furry

and feathered friends, and they can be a

source of distress for family pets. By taking a

few simple precautions you can help minimise

your pets’ distress.

>> Take them for a walk and feed them a solid

meal before the fireworks display

>> Encourage calm behaviour by distracting them

>> Remain cheerful and in control to

demonstrate that everything is alright

>> Ensure that all pets are securely tied up or

kept inside the house or yard, block potential

exits and provide toys or other distractions

>> Make sure your dog or cat is registered and

can be identified in the event of an escape

townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012 3


Jezzine site being transformed

Work is progressing on the

Jezzine Barracks

Redevelopment where a major $20

million transformation is underway.

Driving to The Strand, the view

from Howitt Street has changed with

the big yellow machines redefining

the shape of the landscape.

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said

she was pleased with the progress.

“It’s great to see life is bustling on

the previously quiet block of land

next door to our most famous stretch

of beach,” said Cr Hill.

“Within the coming months things

will really take shape on the site.”

The primary focus for works during

December, January and February will

include building the new road,

‘Jezzine Way’, which will run through

the park, linking The Strand to Cook

Street. These works involve

relocation of the Rockpool carpark to

Howitt Street.

The new coastal boardwalk, which

will link Cook Street to the Rockpool

is well underway. The boardwalk

snakes along the coastline from Cook

Street, where works have started and

will finish up on top of the Kissing

Point fort, with a set of stairs linking

to the Rockpool.

The Jezzine landscape has had a

radical change in appearance with

the bulk earthworks on the

15-hectare site now completed.

Landscape works are now further

shaping the site and preparing it for

revegetation activities. These will

feature an indigenous ethnobotanical

trail at the Cook Street end

of the site, overlooking the coastal


The rock elements on site are also

undergoing some reshaping.

Heavy duty rock-breaking

activities have started on the

coastal boardwalk and will

continue at the top of

the fort.

Cr Hill thanked local

residents for their


“These works will create

some noise, but they will be

completed during two

shifts per day, from 8.30am

to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm,

to help provide some

respite for the locals living

nearby and the visitors to

the Rockpool end of The

Strand,” she said.

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill onsite at

Jezzine with Jezzine Barracks Community

Trust Chairman John Bearne.

City rates well against other councils

Townsville’s combined rates and

charges are the fifth cheapest in the

State, according to a recent comparison

by the Townsville City Council.

The council benchmarked overall

annual rates, inclusive of water,

sewerage and refuse/recycling

charges, levies, and discounts

applied to all residential properties

against 15 other local government

areas in Queensland.

The figures were based on the State

Government’s most recent median

valuations for each city and annual

water consumption of 400 kilolitres.

A full list of the comparison is as

follows. (Water charges from external

utility companies are included where


Australia Day Awards open

Nominations are now open for

the 2013 Australia Day Awards.

This is your opportunity to

recognise and reward someone who

makes you proud to be an Australian.

Simply nominate them in one of

eight categories:

» Citizen of the Year Award

» Young Citizen of the Year Award

Whitsunday Regional Council $2,452.33

Cairns Regional Council $2,628.70

Sunshine Coast Regional Council $2,633.05

Somerset Regional Council $2,752.64

Townsville City Council $2,785.38

Rockhampton Regional Council $2,820.05

Lockyer Valley Regional Council $2,845.21

Moreton Bay Regional Council $2,919.98

Cassowary Coast Regional Council $3,010.85

Brisbane City Council $3,085.81

Logan City Council $3,111.20

Gold Coast City Council $3,236.95

Ipswich City Council $3,250.92

Redland City Council $3,283.56

Mackay Regional Council $3,311.42

Scenic Rim Regional Council $3,404.92

» Community Event of the Year


» Senior Sports Award

» Junior Sports Award

» Sports Administrator Award

» Cultural Award

» Spirit of Townsville Award

The awards will be announced as

part of the Australia Day

celebrations at Riverway on

Saturday 26 January. Other

celebrations on the day will include

a Citizenship Ceremony, a

Welcoming Babies Ceremony,

cricket and local entertainers.

Nominations close on Friday 11

January 2013 and are available

online at

New planning

for business

Council has launched a project to

further streamline the

development assessment process.

It’s estimated that council decision

timeframes for residential planning

applications will be cut by at least 25

per cent by the Development

Assessment Process Reform –

Operational Works and Large

Subdivisions project. This will also

lead to savings in the realm of $17

million per annum for Queensland’s

property and construction sector.

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill

welcomed the long-awaited reforms.

“Within council we have

undertaken steps to reduce red tape

and waiting times on development

applications and this is another

positive step that will further

streamline the process,” Cr Hill said.

“Our staff are working closely with

developers to identify and resolve

issues at the outset.

“The changes will improve services

and reduce the number of points of

contact for our customers.

“This is a cost-effective use of

council resources, making the project

a win-win for industry, council and

the community.”

4 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012


Living in the North

your guide to the north queensland summer

townsville is a beautiful place

to live but there is a potential

risk for natural disasters

and it pays to be prepared.

plan. prepare. survive.

plan. prepare. survive.

prepare your


for cyclone

season >>

To help protect your home and loved ones

during cyclones take steps to keep your

property in good condition. Don’t leave it to

the last minute. Factors such as corrosion,

rotten timber and termite damage can weaken

your home and make it more at risk of cyclone


Remember to:

>> Check for signs of corrosion around the

house, particularly inside the roof space

>> Check for rotten timber that may need


>> Secure and tighten fixings and tie down

bolts on your roof

>> Clean gutters and downpipes and remove

debris so water can drain away

>> Trim trees and overhanging branches

around the house

>> Find out how to turn off mains power supply

for gas, water and electricity

>> Make sure your insurance for home,

contents and vehicles is up to date and that

it covers your possessions adequately

>> Purchase emergency supplies such as

masking tape, tarpaulins, sandbags and

water containers

would you survive

for three days? >>

Living in tropical Townsville comes with the

responsibility to be prepared for disaster

events, such as cyclones. It is important to plan

now for a cyclone so you don’t get caught out at

the last minute.

1. One of the most important steps you can

take is to prepare an emergency kit. The kit

should be tailored to meet the basic survival

needs of your family and don’t forget pets. Your

kit should be kept in a sturdy, waterproof storage

box and stored in a safe place that is easy to

access. You should check and update it annually.

Use the Emergency Kit checklist on Page 6.

2. Think ahead and discuss your plans with

your family. An emergency plan is important.

Take into account your pets, neighbours and any

elderly or disabled family members who may

need assistance. Ensure everyone in your family

is aware of your emergency plan. Remember, you

may need to be self-sufficient for at least three


3. What is your Plan B? Many people were

caught out during Cyclone Yasi as they had to

evacuate due to the forecasted storm tide or

because they felt unsafe in their home.

Determine what your Plan B will be. Where will

you go? How will you get there?

4. Think about your power supply! In some

areas of North Queensland power supply was cut

for up to 10 days after Yasi. Make sure you

prepare for power outages and have sufficient

gas for cooking and spare batteries for torches

and lights. Some landline phones need power,

so consider getting a spare phone that doesn’t

require power. You should also conserve power

on your computers and mobile phones.

5. Ensure your water supply. Water was limited

or unavailable for up to five days in some areas

after Yasi. Look at ways to conserve water and

ensure you have sufficient drinking water.

6. Businesses should have plans. It is

important to have a plan for your business as

well as your family. Consider a plan for your

business in terms of trading, staff requirements

and stock levels.

7. Access to homes and businesses. Access to

some homes and businesses was cut for several

days after Yasi due to debris and/or flooded

roads and footpaths. Stock levels in shops may

also be affected due to road closures. Fill up

your car with petrol prior to a disaster and make

sure you have access to cash, as ATMs may also

be affected.

8. If disaster strikes, stay calm. Tune in to

weather warnings, emergency alerts and safety

messages and follow the directions of

emergency services and authorities.

9. Is it possible that your house could contain

asbestos? Asbestos could become damaged in a

disaster event and it is important to know how to

safely handle and dispose of asbestos. For more

information visit

Take disaster preparation seriously. For detailed information and advice on

cyclone preparation and emergency kits, visit

townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012 5


Living in the North

plan. prepare. survive.

plan for


prepare an


kit >>

With a high risk of cyclones in Townsville it

is important for residents to have an

emergency kit prepared early. If you haven’t

got an emergency kit, now it is time to put one

together or re-stock your existing kit.

If you lose access to power and running

water, become stuck in your home or have to

evacuate, an emergency kit is vital to help you

and your family be self-sufficient for at least

three days. Below is a basic checklist of MUST

HAVE items for your emergency kit. For a full

list visit

Battery-operated radio

Spare batteries

First aid kit


Non-perishable food



Important documents


Pet food

Can opener

Personal hygiene items

Insect repellent


plan. prepare. survive.



contacts >>


All Emergency Calls 000

Townsville City Council

Emergency After Hours

Flooding information

Dengue outbreaks

Sun safety information

Townsville Local Disaster

Management Group

Disaster Coordination

Centre (only during declared


Queensland Fire and Rescue

Townsville Fire Station

Townsville State Emergency

Service (SES)

Tarping/Branches Down

Queensland Police


(Non life-threatening calls)


(Non life-threatening calls)

Ergon Energy

Loss of supply and


Origin Energy

Natural gas and LP gas

emergencies - leaks only


Road Reports


1300 878 001

1800 738 541


07 4771 2111

13 25 00


131 444

13 12 33

13 22 96

12 16 70

1800 808 526

1300 130 595

Telstra 13 22 03

Optus 13 13 44

Townsville General Hospital 07 4796 1111

Department of Main Roads

Road Closures

13 19 40

storm tide


guide >>

The Storm Tide Evacuation Guide will help you

prepare for cyclone events that result in an

evacuation. If you are not required to evacuate,

your home is often the safest place for you.

Evacuation zones have been identified.

Residents living in these areas have received

the guide and two zone identification stickers

in the mail. A copy of this guide is available on

council’s website and at Customer Service

Centres. Residents are advised to review this

guide before the wet season.

Authorities will advise evacuations by

zones, NOT streets or suburbs. This year be

prepared, know your evacuation zone.


tune into

warnings >>

When warnings are issued you may be directed to:

>> Finalise preparations

>> Secure items around your home

>> Activate your Emergency Plan

>> Shelter in your home

>> Commence evacuation to your

predetermined safer location

Radio Stations

Tune into your local radio station

for emergency information.

ABC Local Radio 630 AM


102.3 FM

Hot FM

103.1 FM


100.7 FM


106.3 FM

Triple T

103.9 FM


Social Media

Townsville Disaster Information


6 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012


Living in the North


One in 16


females will

develop a

melanoma in

their lifetime

think. choose. act.

stay sun safe

these holidays >>

It only takes six minutes to burn under the Townsville sun and the UV

rays are a serious risk all year round, particularly in the hot summer. But

that should not stop you getting out and enjoying the wonderful North

Queensland days these holidays. There are a few simple steps you should

take to protect yourself:

1. Wear a wide-brim hat and protective eyewear

2. Apply sunscreen and regularly reapply – particularly when swimming

3. Wear long sleeves and pants

4. Seek shade wherever possible

5. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated

Enjoy the summer holidays and stay sun safe!

think. choose. act.

swim safely

this summer >>

The city’s most popular recreational spots saw record numbers last

financial year with more than 1 million people visiting council owned

aquatic facilities including Riverway, four public pools and beaches.

The swimming spots will be the place to be over summer as people cool

off with the temperature rising.

The popular locations will remain safe with council having installed six

stinger nets for the annual stinger season.

The nets are located at The Strand, Magnetic Island, Balgal Beach and


More than $1 million this financial year will also go toward the provision

of lifeguards at Riverway, The Strand and Magnetic Island.

Stinger Safety

November to May is stinger season:

>> Look for and observe warnings

>> Swim in stinger net enclosures

>> Do not swim when nets are closed

>> Wear a stinger suit

>> Do not jump or play on stinger nets


95% of all skin

cancers are



One in 13


males will

develop a

melanoma in

their lifetime




lifeguard patrols

The Strand

Two 9am - 5pm daily


Rockpool N/A 9am - 5pm daily (Closed Thurs

for cleaning)

Magnetic Island Alma Bay No 9am - 4pm daily

Magnetic Island


9am - 4pm daily

Horseshoe Bay

Magnetic Island Picnic Bay Yes Easter and Christmas holidays

Pallarenda Yes 9am - 5pm daily

Balgal Beach Yes Easter and Christmas holidays

Rollingstone No No lifeguard on duty

Toomulla No No lifeguard on duty

Toolakea No No lifeguard on duty

Saunders Beach No No lifeguard on duty

Bushland Beach No No lifeguard on duty

townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012 7


Living in the North

think. choose. act.

time to

stamp out dengue >>

think. choose. act.

Disease carrying mossies are

lurking in Townsville backyards

with the potential to spread the

deadly dengue fever virus.

Council is urging residents to

schedule weekly yard checks to

keep on top of mossie breeding

and prevent the risk of disease


Healthy and Safe City

Committee Chair Cr Gary

Eddiehausen said the dengue

mossie was a backyard breeder

found in containers around the


“It is up to each and every

resident to remove these potential

sites for the safety of their own

family and our community,”










Cr Eddiehausen said.

“Weekly yard checks to remove

potential breeding sites are

paramount in preventing the

spread of disease.”

People should remove water

holding containers such as bird

baths, palm fronds, buckets, toys,

tyres, tarps and bromeliads, as well

as use personal protection such as

insect repellent and long sleeves.

Council has launched a

proactive inspection program to

remove potential breeding sites.

This will run until 21 December

and will include inspections of

almost 1000 properties in Gulliver,

Currajong, Mundingburra and

Hyde Park.



Check for potential

breeding sites

weekly, including:

1 Bird bath

2 Palm frond

3 Sump pit

4 Bucket

5 Boat

6 Bromeliad

7 Tyre

8 Toys

9 Pot plants

10 Roof gutter

11 Water tank

stay afloat

this wet season >>

Townsville is built on a natural

flood plain and is prone to

localised flooding during the wet

season. Although council carries

out extensive flood mitigation

works to reduce the impact of

flooding, it is impossible to

flood-proof the city.

Don’t risk your safety this wet

season and always act responsibly

near floodwaters.

Be Flood Safe!

>> Don’t swim in or drink from

flooded waters.

>> Keep children and animals away


tides >>

from stormwater drains – drains

can quickly turn in to dangerous

places during the wet season.

>> Don’t drive across flooded

creeks or rivers – you don’t

know how fast the water is

flowing or the condition of the


>> Slow down and put your lights

on when driving in the rain – it

takes twice as long for your car

to stop in the wet.

>> Don’t drive around barricades

when roads are closed.

Did you know it

only takes 60

centimetres of swift

flowing water to wash away

a vehicle? Don’t risk your

life by crossing flooded

roads or rivers, turn

around and go back!

Townsville City Council will monitor king tides during the wet season. The

2012/2013 king tides will occur on 11 and 12 January and 9 February.

>> During these dates council crews keep a close eye on low-lying areas of

the city and are on standby to close roads if needed.

>> It’s important that residents prepare their properties and take care in

flood waters.

>> Saltwater warning signs, ‘Caution, Saltwater over Road’, will warn

motorists if there is water over the road in low-lying areas.

>> Motorists should exercise caution and avoid driving through salt water

to prevent permanent damage to vehicles.

>> For more details on the king tides, visit the Bureau of Meteorology

website at

8 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012


Annual Report

available online

Each year, council produces an

Annual Report as a legal

requirement, but also as an

opportunity to report to the

community on the delivery of

community visions, council’s

performance as an organisation and

work done during the year.

It highlights council’s

achievements and priorities and

outlines how it is addressing the

challenges faced in Townsville.

It presents the facts and indicates

how council is performing.

The 2011-12 Annual Report will be

available at

in early December.

The report is available online and

copies will also be available to view

in council’s three CityLibraries


Five reasons to ‘take five’ with

council’s online annual report

1. Discover what services council

provides and what was done in

the community during 2011/12.

2. Learn about plans for 2012/13 and

what challenges lie ahead.

3. Find out where your rates go

– look over the summary

Community Financial Report or

review the detailed financial


4. Flick through some statistics such

as the number of potholes fixed,

rubbish bins emptied or hours

spent pruning trees in parks.

5. See how council is delivering on its

Community and Corporate Plans

and how council has considered

findings from the Community

Attitude Survey.



townsville city council






Council Works

Want to know

more information

about some of

council’s bigger

works happening

about town?

The place to find out about

council works is now the

Townsville City Council website.

Works notices will now be

updated on council’s Public Works

page in real time, providing better

flexibility and offering more up to

date information to Townsville


This will replace the weekly paid

newspaper advertisement.

Information provided on the Public

Works web page is not just about

road works and will include

notices of special events,

Townsville Water works and park

maintenance works.

Boat Park master plan unveiled

The master plan for the new Townsville

Recreational Boating Park is now available for

viewing on council’s website.

After input from local residents and the boating

community, the master plan that has been

developed includes the staged construction of 16

launching lanes, 360 car-trailer parking bays, two

pontoons, four floating walkways and public

parkland on the banks of Ross River in South


Deputy Mayor Cr Vern Veitch said the $25

million project would create one of the most

modern public marine facilities in Queensland.

Longer term plans also include an area for

commercial activities, including a dry boat

stacker, and other marine services.

“You would be hard pressed to find a better

site for public boat ramps anywhere in the State,

and a plan for facilities to match,” Cr Veitch said.

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity with

a project of this size to design a modern

recreational boating facility from the ground up

with input from local residents and the boating


The project is a joint initiative of the Townsville

City Council, the Department of Transport and

Main Roads, and the Port of Townsville and it has

a five-year delivery timetable.

The project will now go to detailed design with

the start of construction scheduled for the

middle of next year and completion of Stage 1 by

the end of 2014.

Contact Council

Townsville City Council

PO Box 1268

Townsville QLD 4810

1300 878 001 from 8am–5pm

103 Walker Street, Townsville City

86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central

Operating hours 8.30am–5pm

Monday to Friday

Council Meetings

>> 9am Tuesday 27 November

>> 9am Tuesday 18 December

Standing Committee Meetings

>> Infrastructure Committee

9am Tuesday – 13 Nov, 4 Dec

>> Townsville Waste and Water Committee

11am Tuesday – 14 Nov, 11 Dec

>> Planning and Development Committee

12pm Wednesday – 14 Nov, 5 Dec

>> Community and Cultural Committee

10am Thursday – 15 Nov, 6 Dec

>> Smart City Sustainable Future Committee

11am Thursday – 15 Nov, 6 Dec

>> Sports Recreation and Parks Committee

1pm Thursday – 15 Nov, 6 Dec

>> Healthy and Safe City Committee

2pm Thursday – 15 Nov, 6 Dec

>> Governance and Finance Committee

9am Wednesday – 20 Nov, 11 Dec

* A schedule for meetings in 2013 is yet to be determined and

will be published in the Townsville Bulletin.

townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012 9



Why we pay for water

The clean drinking water that runs

from your tap has travelled a long

way from our dams and catchment

areas to your home.












The Water Cycle Diagram shows the journey of water from the dam to

your tap and can help to explain why we pay for water.

The cost of water includes taking water from the dam and purifying

that water. Electricity is required to pump this precious resource

through kilometres of pipelines right to your home.

We also pay to remove wastewater from our homes in the way of

sewage. Sewage includes everything that goes down the kitchen,

laundry and bathroom sinks, as well as what you flush down the toilet.

Most of the sewage from our homes and businesses flows through

large underground sewer pipes to wastewater treatment plants, where

it is treated for safe release back into the environment.

















in and


the home

Five ways to minimise water use

inside the home:

1 Use water efficient appliances, showers,

toilets and taps.

2 Reduce your shower time.

3 Do full loads of washing or adjust the

water level on your machine.

4 Rinse dishes in a plugged sink and only

run full loads in the dishwasher.

5 Use the half-flush button on your toilet.

Five ways to save water outside the house:

a Water your grass no more than twice a week when the weather

is dry and never when it’s raining.

b Use a water efficient sprinkler and save 900L per hour.

c Wash your car or bike on the lawn and water the grass at the

same time.

d Plant local native plants – they’re better adapted to our

climate and need less watering.

e Add compost to your lawn or leave grass clippings behind – it

helps your soil to soak up more water and hold it for longer.

How much

water used ?


20 – 90L


40 – 250L

Washing machine

40 – 265L


50 – 150L

Washing car with hose

100 – 300L

Garden sprinkler

Up to 1500L per hour















10 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012


Summer Reading Club

School kids across the city are being

encouraged to spend the summer holidays

with a book in hand.

The annual Summer Reading Club is being

hosted by CityLibraries to encourage a love of

books and reading as well as literacy and

computer skills.

By reading just five books, children will

receive a great book to take home for their own

personal library. For every subsequent five

books, they will receive an incentive prize. When

they reach 25 books they become an ‘Amazing

Reader’ and receive a free library bag.

Themed ‘The Amazing Read’, the program has

expanded to a national scale, giving clubbers

the opportunity to connect with children right

across the country, sharing stories and making


The Summer Reading Partnership is run by

CityLibraries in partnership with the State

Library of Queensland, the Australian Library

and Information Association, and Public

Libraries Australia. It is sponsored locally by

Ferry Property Group.

For more information go to

For a full list of events

and activities see the

latest edition of Learn

Discover Connect

e-magazine now

available at council’s









book sale

dads read

issue no. 18 >> sep–nov 2012

Partnership program receives

international accolade

Together Townsville, the community partnership

program run by Townsville City Council, has

received a prestigious international award.

The council was presented with International

City Management Association Community

Partnership Award in Phoenix, Arizona.

The award recognises creative contributions that

build sustainable communities and improve

people’s lives.

The Community Partnership Award, conferred to

Together Townsville, recognises innovation,

excellence and success in multi-participant


For more information go to

School Holiday Program

Kids will have no reason to be bored around the house this

summer, with council releasing its annual school holiday

program at the end of November.

The Hot Pocket School Holiday Program features activities and

entertainment at locations throughout the city, including Riverway,

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CityLibraries branches, Magnetic

Island and Reid Park.

Hot Pocket is for local youths (ages 3-25).

There’s a wide range of activities and events to suit all ages at

no cost or a minimal fee.

The annual school holiday program is a great way to entertain

the kids and keep them active during the holidays.

Copies of the booklet will be available at CityLibraries

branches, Townsville City Council Customer Service Centres,

and holiday activity venues or online at

Calling for new sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are many and can

cover a range of areas including but not limited to:

>> The arts

>> Community

>> Environment

>> Events

together townsville is council’s incoming

sponsorship program that engages the corporate and

community sector to sponsor council initiatives that

benefit our city. There are a number of initiatives

sponsored under the program, ranging from

community events to infrastructure projects. To find

out more about the program visit council’s website.

Support the program that supports our city!

Hot Pocket

your school holiday guide

Sponsored by the

Department of Communities

Looking for a unique

Christmas gift idea? Give a gift

of LIVE theatre this Christmas

Packages are now on sale for 2013. Choose

from music, drama, opera, comedy and dance.

Book online at >> or call 4727 9797

experience it


> arts

> culture

> events

townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012 11

A magical night of Carols and

entertainment under the Supertent

Sunday 2 December

5.30pm – 9pm

Free Entry





Getting to Carols

public transport

>> Public transport is the recommended option.

>> The bus drop-off and pick-up zone will be

located at the Townsville Railway Station.


>> The taxi drop-off and pick-up zone will be

located at the Townsville Railway Station.

>> Taxis can be contacted on 131 008 (131TAXI)


free parking

>> Free parking will be available at the Dean

Street Carpark.

>> A shuttle bus will be running free services

from Dean Street Carpark to Townsville

Railway Station every 15 minutes

from 4.30pm.

paid parking

>> Paid parking sites will be available at Lou

Litster Park and Townsville State High

School oval. $5 per vehicle. (Funds go to

Town High Parents & Carers Association)

>> Entry into Lou Litster Park will be through

Brodie Street.

>> Entry into Townsville State High School Oval

will be through Boundary Street only.

disability parking

>> Disability parking will be available for free at

the Townsville Civic Theatre carpark.

no parking

>> Townsville Civic Theatre (reserved for

performers and disabled patrons only)

>> Chinese Club carpark, opposite Pitt Lane

Building (reserved for suppliers and staff only)

pedestrian crossing

>> There will be two pedestrian crossings

operating on Boundary Street during this

event which will be in effect from 4pm - 9pm.

Getting Home from Carols

>> Please note there will be changed traffic

conditions on Boundary Street after the

event, including one-way access and forced

turns. Please be patient and observe all

traffic control, including signage.

>> Please stick to walking paths, keep off all

railway tracks.

road closure

>> Boundary Street between Railway Avenue

and Charters Towers Road from 9pm will be

closed to through traffic. Patrons parked

within this zone will be directed by traffic

controllers upon exit.

Tips for Carols

>> Food: A variety of food and beverage stalls

will be available onsite. Patrons are also

welcome to bring their own food and drinks.

No glass or alcohol is permitted.

>> Seating: Take a picnic rug and find a great

spot on the grass under the Supertent.

>> Clothing: While protected from rain under

the Supertent, please bring appropriate

clothing for all weather conditions.

>> Safe-Flame Candles: Available on-site for a $2

donation with proceeds going to the Mayor’s

Christmas Tree Appeal. While stocks last.

>> Gifts: The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal

will gladly accept any gift donations at

Santa’s tent.


>> Grab your free songbook in the Townsville

Bulletin on 1 December, or on the night.

Katie Noonan

Paid public parking –

Townsville State High

School oval and Lou Litster

Park >> $5 per park

Free public parking –

Dean St car park. Free

shuttle bus to Townsville

Railway Station every 15

mins from 4.30pm

parking and




railway station

dean st

rooney st




free shuttle


Disabled Parking

Event Entry

Bus and taxi drop-off and

pick-up zone at Townsville

Railway Station

Pedestrian crossing

Suggested walking path

boundary st



area 1


civic theatre

reserved and


parking only



pit lane building

railway ave saunders st

charters towers rd

brodie st

more information >>

lou litster


carpark 2



first ave


state high



carpark 1

second ave


state high


first st



no public


staff and


parking only

no exit until

after road




area 2

little reid


flowers st

12 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012

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