Hervey Bay Independent : 4th December 2014
Every donation helps Members of the Indy Foundation donated a generous check for $2000 on Friday to the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s Comfort Kitchen initiative. Every week, Comfort Kitchen fi lls the hungry bellies of more than 150 residents doing it tough. The volunteer staff cook wholesome meals and even provide table service for their many guests. Comfort Kitchen coordinator Wayne Martin said the donation from the Indy Foundation would help provide meals for seven weeks. “Which will feed around 1250 people,” Wayne said. “Without donations, Comfort Kitchen simply wouldn’t survive.” Comfort Kitchen is entirely funded by donations - they have no government support and rely entirely on the generosity of the community. Local businesses such as Bakehouse 13 and not- for-profi t organisations like We Care 2 regularly donate basic necessities such as bread and milk to Comfort Kitchen. “About 50 per cent of our guests are single senior pensioners,” Wayne said, adding “the other 50 per cent are families that have for some reason or another been unemployed.” “The meal we provide assists in making sure that they get one healthy meal each week.” Photo: Indy Foundation representative Gilly Millard presents a cheque to Comfort Kitchen co-ordinator Wayne Martin. NEWSBRIEFS Regenerating bushland Council’s Parks crews have planted a number of casuarina trees along Stirling Drive in Hervey Bay as part of the fi rst stage of a new vegetation program. The Eli Creek Upper Reach Vegetation Project has been designed to regenerate bushland and connect and improve biodiversity along the region’s green corridors. Division Eight Councillor Robert Garland has committed $57,500 from his Discretionary Fund towards the project. “The area along Stirling Drive near the Greig Dry Vine Forest is just a small part of a 5.8 hectare area that has been earmarked for regeneration,” Cr Garland said. “Not only will it strengthen the region’s green corridors, it will help to improve the water quality in the nearby St Joseph’s Drive retention basin and really improve the local habitat for native fauna.” And the program could receive a helping hand from the Federal Government. Council has also applied for funding under the 20 Million Trees Program: a $50 million commitment from the Federal Government to re-establish the country’s green corridors and urban forests by planting 20 million trees over the next four years. “We’re very hopeful that our application will be approved and we can signifi cantly increase the number of trees planted around the Fraser Coast to more than 7,500, not including mid and groundcover species,” Cr Garland said. Smoke free spaces Uniform statewide smoke free spaces are one step closer for Queensland, following a Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation in response to calls from Cancer Council Queensland. Queensland Parliament’s Health and Community Services Committee handed down its report last Tuesday, recommending statewide smoking bans at public transport waiting points and pedestrian malls. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift commended the Parliamentary Committee for its action to protect the public from harm. “Smoke free spaces will protect people from the harmful effects of smoking, encourage more smokers to quit, and prevent more young people from taking up this lethal habit,” Ms Clift said. “Government action on smoking has been strong, but smoke free spaces are desperately needed, and we have urged the State Government to act quickly.” Around 10 Queenslanders die every day from smoking-related illness and disease. “We know that the majority of Queenslanders support smoke free spaces and want protection from the lethal effects of smoking,” Ms Clift said. “This is a strong next step to protect the people of Queensland – we thank the Parliamentary Committee for their action and a breath of fresh air for the state.” www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/dinosaurs 38 / Hervey Bay Independent, December 4, 2014 Currently, there are 500,000 adult smokers in Queensland. Smokers can obtain free information, practical assistance and support from Quitline, 13 QUIT (13 7848), or join the QUEST to quit at quest.org.au.
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