Kerbside Waste Collections

Council has advised that subject to satisfactory weather conditions, the kerbside waste collections (red, yellow and green bins) will recommence starting about 8 am tomorrow, Wednesday 29 March, 2017.

If your bin was supposed to have been collected on Tuesday, it is intended that it will now be collected on Wednesday.

At this stage, Wednesday’s normal collection will be postponed until plans are finalised.

Council will liaise with the waste collection contractor to plan the collection for the remainder of the week.

Place of Refuge for Evacuation Zones and Vulnerable Residents

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) wishes to advise that the Burdekin Multi-Purpose facility at the Ayr Showgrounds will be opening on Monday 27 March, 2017. The facility is intended as a short term shelter option and has very basic amenities.

The Place of Refuge must be considered as the last option for residents that live in an evacuation zone or feel vulnerable, having exhausted all other shelter options and are unable to leave the warning area.

It is important to note that the facility has limited capacity and you will need to be aware of the following:

  • You will need to be seated in a chair and will not be able to lie or sit on a mattress or stretcher;
  • Domestic pets and other animals will not be allowed in the shelter and you will need to make other arrangements for sheltering your pets prior to the cyclone season.  Note:  assistance animals are permitted to enter the shelter and stay with owners;
  • All personal belongings are to be kept within a backpack or small bag able to fit under a chair.  You will need to be self-sufficient and support yourself and your family for the duration of the shelter period, so you need to include personal medications, essential non-perishable food and refreshments, identification papers and essential personal items.  Anything deemed oversized and / or unnecessary will not be permitted into the shelter;
  • There are no public cooking facilities, limited bathroom facilities, and limited medical support provided;
  • No smoking is permitted;
  • There will be limited transport and parking options – please follow direction of Council staff;
  • When using the refuge, you may be in the facility for up to 18 hours or more.  During these times the building will be “locked down” for a period when the cyclone is passing.  To ensure the structural integrity of the building and the safety of occupants there will be NO ability to enter OR leave the shelter while it is in “lock down”; and The Place of Refuge at the Ayr Showgrounds will be opened from 8am, Monday 27 March 2017.

LDMG Chair, Cr. Lyn McLaughlin said “residents’ safety is the first priority and encourages users of the Place of Refuge at the Ayr Showgrounds to be well prepared for their stay, to be considerate of others and to follow directions of Emergency Services personnel.”

The Place of Refuge at the Ayr Showgrounds will be opened from 8am, Monday 27 March 2017.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie – nbn may not work in a power outage

nbn Community Service Announcement

nbn reminds residents and businesses in North Queensland that equipment connected over the nbn™ network will not work during a power blackout.

A number of factors influence the resiliency of the nbn™ network to continue to provide uninterrupted services during a power outage. Even with network power resiliency and in-premises battery backup, power outages may last longer than the battery life. Therefore, we recommend you are always prepared to be without internet and telephone services for some time.

nbn recommends that you put together an emergency kit, which includes equipment that can be used in the event that there is a power outage, or your connection to the nbn™ network is disrupted (for example a charged mobile phone).

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Planning ahead: Telstra urges residents to prepare this weekend

24 March 2017

With a potential tropical cyclone on the way, Telstra is encouraging northern Queensland residents to be prepared so that can stay connected.

“It’s important to think ahead. Staying connected in an emergency situation could be paramount to the safety of you and your loved ones,” said Telstra Area General Manager Rachel Cliffe.

“Here are a few of Telstra’s tips on what you can do now that will make it easier to stay connected during a disaster. Try not to rely on any one of these things – make sure you have several options covered to stay connected.”

Mobile phones

Alternative phone charger

If you haven’t already, purchase a phone charger that isn’t dependent on a power outlet. Solar power chargers, in-car chargers and power bank chargers are all reliable options. Make sure you charge your power bank.

Back up data

Back up important data, like contact information and photos, to your cloud.

Know your numbers

Compile a list of essential contact numbers to store in your phone and keep them close at hand, including local Police, Fire, SES, family, friends and Telstra’s fixed line fault line – 13 22 03.

Satellite phones

Satellite phones are usually immune to damaged infrastructure and can operate in remote locations. If communications are critical you could consider a satellite phone.

Fixed line phones

Have a spare battery

Remember, most modern cordless phones rely on electric power to operate, so you may lose the use of your landline during a power outage. Consider a phone with a battery backup function and keep spare batteries nearby.

For our NBN customers

It’s important to remember if your home phone now works through the modem and there’s a power outage, your phone line will also be down. Best to have a mobile phone handy, or a satellite phone for those in remote areas.

Keep a spare plug-in phone handy

Your cordless phone is great, but using a plug-in phone connects you to the telephone exchange.

Social Media

Virtual meeting place

Set up an instant messaging group with family and friends. Agree in advance to update each other here during an emergency.

Emergency apps

Download emergency service apps. They will give up to date warnings and incident information issued by official agencies across Australia.

Local information sources

Identify key local agency social media accounts and websites for real time information on what’s happening in your area.

Be alert

Subscribe to text and emails that will alert you to weather changes, road closures and local emergency services updates.

Know your emergency broadcaster

Have a battery powered radio with spare batteries to listen to the news

The Telstra Network

Telstra is also taking steps to protect network infrastructure where possible, and working closely with communities to ensure they remain connected.

“We have a range of portable base stations that could be deployed to provide temporary telecommunications during an emergency situation and our teams will be on the ground working hard to maintain services for our customers and restore communications in the event of an emergency.”

During an emergency, customers can monitor our Service Status site to help keep up to date on any network impacts and restoration activities.

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