Free wind-up torch/radios a hit with residents

Burdekin Shire Council has temporarily run out of free wind-up torch/radios after an overwhelming response from the community.

Cyclone Saturday organiser Eileen Robinson said council staff had notified her this morning (30/10/12) that they had run out of stock.

“There are more torches on order and I would advise residents to listen to Sweet FM and check the local papers for when the next order arrived,” she said.

“We also will post it on our Facebook page and put the information on to Council’s website.

“The response to this offer has been overwhelming and we will ensure there will be enough for each household that wants one.”

Hundreds of Burdekin residents turned out for Cyclone Saturday at the weekend.

Ms Robinson hailed the event as a success and estimated there would have been about 600 people attend.

“We gave away about one hundred wind-up torch/radios an hour over the three-hour event, which is a great response from the Burdekin community,” she said.

“It was a very successful afternoon and we were pleased to see so many coming down to get their cyclone information kits and enjoy some of the free entertainment that was on offer.”

Residents also have a chance to win a generator by taking part in the 2012 Burdekin Shire Cyclone/Flood Preparedness Survey.

Burdekin Local Disaster Centre coordinator Trevor Williams said printed surveys were given to residents who had collected their cyclone information kit at Cyclone Saturday.

“The purpose of this survey is to gauge the readiness of our residents should a natural disaster occur,” he said.

“The results will help the Burdekin LDC put in place strategies should a cyclone or flood impact on the Shire.”

 Mr Williams said residents who responded to the survey could also enter into a draw to win one of two generators.

“We purchased Honda-powered two generators, a 4.4kVa (first prize) and a 3.3kVa (second prize), to give residents a little bit of incentive to fill in the survey,” he said.

“The Local Disaster Management Group needs as many surveys as possible returned so we can gauge how resilient our community is in regards to disasters.

“This information helps the LDMG to make decisions regarding our community’s safety and wellbeing during a disaster event.

“The information we gather will remain strictly confidential and will not be used for anything other than to provide the LDMG with information about the Burdekin community.”

Residents have until Friday, November 16, 2012, to take part in the survey which is available in the cyclone information kit from the Council Chambers in Young Street or online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012BurdekinShireDisasterPreparednessSurvey . Only one entry per resident will be entered in the prize draw.

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