Residents urged to Get Ready for cyclone season

Burdekin residents are being urged to get ready for the fast approaching cyclone season. To help residents with that preparation Burdekin Shire Council is again hosting the Get Ready Burdekin Family Fun Day later this month.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairman and Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Get Ready Burdekin Family Fun Day was held to raise awareness among our community about cyclone season and to make sure people were prepared.

“We haven’t had a cyclone hit the Burdekin for quite a while and sometimes this can lead to complacency,” he said.

“Residents need to be aware of what’s needed to get ready and ensure they are prepared for a cyclone.”

Cr Lowis said the Get Ready Burdekin Family Fun Day would provide residents with all the information they would need to be ready.

“There will be emergency services stalls, evacuation zone maps, information guides and Council will have a stall to help you know what to do with your pets in times of disaster,” he said.

“We also have the Bureau of Meteorology’s Mario Torrisi and Mats Einerman on hand to explain what cyclones are and answer any questions.

“But it’s not all serious business, there also will be a sausage sizzle, jumping castle, laser skirmish, petting zoo and sand art available to keep our younger residents entertained.

“Residents also have the chance to win a portable 3.6kVa generator on the day.”

Council is also offering residents the chance to win one of five iPod Touch just by filling out a survey.

Council’s survey competition is open to all Burdekin residents and to enter they just have to fill out a survey that can be found on Council’s website, Libraries or Council’s Customer Service Centre.

The winners of this competition will be announced at the Get Ready Burdekin Family Fun Day being held at the Burdekin Cyclone Shelter/Place of Refuge at Ayr Showgrounds on October 31 from 10am-2pm.

 

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