Hervey Bay Independent : 25th September 2014
FASTFACTS Nasty mess left to clean up Hervey Bay Orchid House staff and volunteers were still cleaning up this week after a number of plants were stolen from newly created Bromeliad and herb gardens. Horticulturalist Darryl Coombes said it was disheartening after members of the Bromeliad Society spent hours of their own time and resources creating the gardens for the public to enjoy. “It’s very sad,” he said. “The gardens are here for everyone to enjoy and these thieves have essentially stolen from the Fraser Coast community,” he said. “My staff and team of volunteers spend a lot of time ensuring that the Orchid House and Botanic Gardens are in immaculate condition and this has just created an unnecessary expense for us. The Brom Society was very disappointed to hear of the theft after all the work they put in to create the new gardens. Darryl encouraged members of the public to contact Council on 1300 79 49 29 or the Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they witnessed any suspicious activity in the gardens last week. “We have cleaned up the majority of the site and will replant as soon as possible,” he said. “The majority of the public do the right thing but unfortunately there are some people who can’t be trusted.” Cheaper transport fares For the fi rst time in Queensland’s history, there will be a state-wide reduction to public transport fares making it more affordable for families to catch the train, bus, tram or ferry. Feedback following a two-week survey and public consultation clearly showed Queenslanders wanted cheaper fares and under the government plan, commuters will pay fi ve per cent less to use public transport from November 3,” Mr Newman said. Fares will also be frozen in 2015 across the state which will amount to up to 7.5 per cent savings. Almost 22,000 Queenslanders gave their view, and 74 per cent voted for cheaper fares. In response, 3,000 extra bus and train services have been added to the network, trains are running on time and up to 80,000 passengers are benefi tting from free travel in the “nine weekly journeys initiative”. The promised savings will be across the State so all Queensland public transport users will benefi t from improvements in public transport affordability whether they live in South East Queensland or regional Queensland. The survey offi cially closed midnight September 14 and gave Queenslanders the choice to re-invest carbon tax savings to either increase services or reduce fares. At risk properties targeted Families living on properties most at risk of being impacted by bushfi res will directly benefi t from a new Queensland Government campaign to keep them safer this bushfi re season. The campaign identifi es 100,000 properties at very high or high risk of bushfi re and provides them with targeted information about how to prepare for a bushfi re and what they need to do if they receive a warning. Sophisticated mapping technology was used to identify the properties and these will be provided with a fl yer and fridge magnet with information on what different bushfi re warnings mean and how they should prepare for a bushfi re. If you receive this information in the mail you will know that the RFSQ has identifi ed your property as being at risk of being impacted by bushfi re. Families living near bushland are encouraged to sit down together and get familiar with their household’s bushfi re plan and the warnings. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson said the campaign would focus on the bushfi re warnings and what they meant. He said the campaign would also include radio, online and social media advertising, an infographic fi lm detailing what the warnings meant and a dedicated website. Visit www.ruralfi re.qld. gov.au/bushfi res for more information. ‘Time Trip’ wins story comp A story about two friends who travelled back in time and solved the mystery of a tree that grew up through a tractor has won Steph Baker (pictured) fi rst place in the USQ Fraser Coast Creative Writing in the Country children’s story writing competition. USQ Creative Writing lecturer Dr Nike Sulway said she and the other judges – Janet Revill from Janet Art Books and two 12-year-olds – had a diffi cult time choosing the winning and shortlisted works. Writers from all sorts of backgrounds, with a diverse range of experiences, entered the competition, and that diversity was strongly refl ected in the entries. Advertisement Dr Sulway said the competition results were tight with only one point separating fi rst and second places. “The winning story, Blake and Ethan’s Time Trip, combined strong characterisation and storytelling, with a vivid sense of place,” she said. Steph Baker said she was new to creative writing. “I can’t wait to spend my $550 winner’s book voucher. Thank you so much to USQ for that prize and running a competition that encouraged new writers.” The winners included Natasha Rowland; second and highly commended, Peg Bently; highly commended, and Lindy Holmes and Diane Wood; commended. Wide Bay – retunes 16 October 2014 As the final step in the move to digital-only TV, some of your channels will soon change frequencies. On or after 16 October 2014 most TV viewers in Wide Bay, including Bundaberg, Gayndah, Maryborough, the Cooloola region, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and parts of Hervey Bay, will need to retune their digital TV, set-top box or digital TV recorder to keep watching their favourite shows. Temporary outages affecting all channels may occur on or around the retune. To find out if this is your retune date and to sign up for an SMS or email alert, visit the website. 1 How to retune 2 3 You can now keep watching your favourite shows. Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra 1800 20 10 13 www.australia.gov.au/retune Hervey Bay Independent, September 25, 2014 / 41 For most systems press the MENU/SETUP button on your remote, or refer to your manufacturer’s handbook. Follow the prompts to retune and your TV should automatically fi nd all channels.
2nd October 2014