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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
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
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
Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said cyclones
were a serious threat in Townsville and
education was vital to ensure the safety of all
“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
Smart City Sustainable Future Committee Chair
cr suzanne blom
M 0427 300 364
Community and Culture Committee Chair
cr tony parsons
M 0419 642 265
Planning and Development Committee Chair
cr jenny lane
M 0417 726 699
Governance and Finance Committee Chair
they are effective and appropriate for their
audiences,” Cr Hill said.
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
The council’s phone service will close at
cr pat ernst
M 0418 279 351
Sport, Recreation and Parks Committee Chair
cr trevor roberts
M 0488 426 074
Infrastructure Committee Chair
cr Gary Eddiehausen APM
M 0418 262 786
Healthy and Safe City Committee Chair
cr ray gartrell
M 0447 185 772
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 www.townsville.qld.gov.au
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
cr les walker
M 0418 315 705
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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
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
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,
For more information, a full program and line-up of
artists, visit council’s website www.townsville.qld.gov.au
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
» 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 www.townsville.qld.gov.au
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
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.
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
>> 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
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
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 www.health.qld.gov.au
Take disaster preparation seriously. For detailed information and advice on
cyclone preparation and emergency kits, visit www.townsville.qld.gov.au
townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012 5
Living in the North
plan. prepare. survive.
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 www.townsville.qld.gov.au.
First aid kit
Personal hygiene items
plan. prepare. survive.
All Emergency Calls 000
Townsville City Council
Emergency After Hours
Sun safety information
Townsville Local Disaster
Centre (only during declared
Queensland Fire and Rescue
Townsville Fire Station
Townsville State Emergency
(Non life-threatening calls)
(Non life-threatening calls)
Loss of supply and
Natural gas and LP gas
emergencies - leaks only
1300 878 001
1800 738 541
07 4771 2111
13 25 00
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
13 19 40
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.
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
Tune into your local radio station
for emergency information.
ABC Local Radio 630 AM
Townsville Disaster Information
6 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012
Living in the North
One in 16
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.
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.
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
One in 13
Two 9am - 5pm daily
Rockpool N/A 9am - 5pm daily (Closed Thurs
Magnetic Island Alma Bay No 9am - 4pm daily
9am - 4pm daily
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.
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
Check for potential
1 Bird bath
2 Palm frond
3 Sump pit
9 Pot plants
10 Roof gutter
11 Water tank
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
Be Flood Safe!
>> Don’t swim in or drink from
>> Keep children and animals away
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
>> 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 www.bom.gov.au
8 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012
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 www.townsville.qld.gov.au
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
townsville city council
TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT 2011/12 1
Want to know
about some of
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
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
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.
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
>> 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.
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
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.
water used ?
20 – 90L
40 – 250L
40 – 265L
50 – 150L
Washing car with hose
100 – 300L
Up to 1500L per hour
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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
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
available at council’s
issue no. 18 >> sep–nov 2012
Partnership program receives
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
The Community Partnership Award, conferred to
Together Townsville, recognises innovation,
excellence and success in multi-participant
For more information go to www.icma.org.
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 www.townsville.qld.gov.au
Calling for new sponsors
Sponsorship opportunities are many and can
cover a range of areas including but not limited to:
>> The arts
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!
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 >>
www.ticketshop.com.au or call 4727 9797
townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012 11
A magical night of Carols and
entertainment under the Supertent
Sunday 2 December
5.30pm – 9pm
Getting to Carols
>> 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 will be available at the Dean
>> A shuttle bus will be running free services
from Dean Street Carpark to Townsville
Railway Station every 15 minutes
>> 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
>> Entry into Townsville State High School Oval
will be through Boundary Street only.
>> Disability parking will be available for free at
the Townsville Civic Theatre carpark.
>> Townsville Civic Theatre (reserved for
performers and disabled patrons only)
>> Chinese Club carpark, opposite Pitt Lane
Building (reserved for suppliers and staff only)
>> 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
>> 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
>> Grab your free songbook in the Townsville
Bulletin on 1 December, or on the night.
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
Bus and taxi drop-off and
pick-up zone at Townsville
Suggested walking path
pit lane building
railway ave saunders st
charters towers rd
more information >>
no exit until
12 townsville city council city update >> DECEMBER 2012