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COMMUNITY CARE CHRISTMAS SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND LIGHTS TOUR 2013
Tuesday December 10, 2013, starting from the Hughenden Centre for the Aged at 7pm; sausage sizzle from 5:30pm. Transport is available, with pick-ups starting at 4:30pm. Non-Community Care clients are able to join in for a $2 donation. For more information contact Community Care on 47412960.
CHRISTMAS CLOSURE AT COUNCIL:
- The Council Office will be closed from 5pm Fri 20 Dec, 2013 until 8am Thurs 2 Jan, 2014.
- The Flinders Discovery Centre will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day only. The Flinders Shire Public Library and Community Care Office will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. In an emergency, Community Care can be contacted on 0427 410 301.
Hughenden Chamber of Commerce Christmas Mardi Gras - Thursday December 5, 2013. Starts at 6pm.
Join the party in the street as Brodie Street is shut for one night so that the community can celebrate the festive season under the colourful lights. There will be food. There will be stalls. There will be entertainment. Contact Glenda Scras on 47411382
As the drought grows more one on one visits are needed and Aussie Helpers is looking for volunteers to assist, particularly, retired nurses and grey nomads. As we run up to Christmas and the drought becomes even more punishing, our Aussie Helpers volunteers will make life a lot easier and help many to pull through.If you’re interested Volunteers can register by visiting www.buyabale.com.au.
Flinders Discovery Centre is part of the Hughenden Chamber of Commerce Shop Locally campaign. which involves a majority of Hughenden businesses. The first competition is “shop locally”, where anyone who spends $20.00 or more at a participating business goes into a draw. The second competition is “spot the difference”. More info in store. Winners announced at the Christmas Mardi Gras on Dec 5, with minor prizes drawn Sept 30 and Oct 30.
The Hughenden Aquatic Centre re-opens Friday 20 September 2013. The facility is located on Resolution Street, Hughenden.
Swimmers are welcome Monday to Friday 6am-10:30am and 1:30pm-7pm, Saturday 12noon-6pm and Sunday 12noon-6pm.
Work on the North Hughenden Sewerage Upgrade starts August 5, 2013. The sewerage mains will be constructed initially while associated house connections will be completed by mid-2014. (Once the new sewage treatment plant has been commissioned). Council Contact: Steve Turner, Ph: 4741 2900. NQ Excavations (contractors contact): Eric Lollo 4774 4322. Hours of Work: 7.30 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday. No work Sunday or Public Holidays.
Accommodation Booked Out as Hughenden’s Popularity Soars
Tuesday July 31, 2012
THE June Hughenden visitor record has been smashed by almost 1000 people, causing a town-wide accommodation shortage on a number of occasions last month.
The Hughenden Allen Terry Caravan Park is still turning people away on some days.
The impressive numbers have been a boost to the confidence of tourism officers in town after a poor season in 2011.
Flinders Discovery Centre Tourism Officer Erin Kinchela said 15 959 people walked through the doors at the centre last year compared to 16 716 in 2010 –a difference of more than 700 people.
``We believe there has been an increase in visitors this year because people held off travelling in 2011 after Cyclone Yasi and the devastating floods in various Queensland locations,’’ Ms Kinchela said.
``Images of these floods were used regularly in the media all over Australia and the tourists said it gave the impression that all of Queensland was damaged by floods.
``The ones who did make the trip were asking us about our flood damage and were quite surprised when we told we were not really affected.
``This year however we have had an increase of 900 people for the month of June taking our total to 3044, a record for the Centre since statistics were first taken in 1997.’’
It’s been a steep learning curve for Allen Terry Caravan Park manager Jodie Coward, who only took on the management contract in 2012.
`` Our caravan numbers are amazing – for the last five days we have been booked out by 1pm,’’ she said.
``Our feedback is that they are coming to see the dinosaurs, particularly after the dinosaur documentary on the ABC on Sunday nights – people have said it was amazing.
``School holidays have been packed and people have really have sought us out as a destination, not just stumbled across us.
``If they are not here to see the Porcupine Gorge we can generally convince them to take the time – and they love it.’’
Ms Kinchela said Porcupine Gorge has been more popular than ever this year.
``Families and couple have been making the trip to the Gorge and a lot of people have taken advantage of the camp sites available – some people are even staying for three to four days,’’ Ms Kinchela said.
`` People are also quite interested in dinosaurs and we are on the Dinosaur Trail (Winton, Richmond and Hughenden).
`` They often like to have a scratch around for fossils themselves and there is an area 16.7km out of town towards Porcupine Gorge. Mostly Belemnites are able to be found but we did have a young boy find a clam shell the other day.’’
And the Flinders Discovery Centre has plenty more planned for the rest of the year.
``We will be commencing walking tours around the town in the next few weeks,’’ Ms Kinchela said.
`` This will take in many of the local landmarks and finish at the Centre for morning tea.
``We will be asking the locals to decorate a bra for an exhibition In October and then we will hold a ‘Girls Night In’ to celebrate to launch and encourage locals to visit the display.
``This will be held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ‘’
For more information about visiting Hughenden contact the Flinders Discovery Centre on 47412970 or Allen Terry Caravan Park on 47411190.