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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.
Hughenden Community Rallies to Support Popular Youth Program
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
THE State Government decision to scrap funding for Emergency Services Cadet Program has taken away a community program that keeps 65 per cent of Hughenden’s school students off the street.
The ES Cadet Program, which ceased immediately across the state following budget cuts made last week, was started in 1994 as a precursor to the SES for young people and expanded in 2002 to include the QFRS and QAS.
But a spokesman for Community Safety minister Jack Dempsey said the number of cadets who went on to become ES volunteers was only about 10 per cent, making the program expensive for very little return for volunteering in Queensland.
Hughenden Cadets Co-ordinator Juley Anchen said this wasn’t the case in Hughenden, where 70 per cent of the local fire crew were ex-cadets, with 40 per cent of the cadet group going on to join the SES.
She said the community had rallied to fight for the program which kept the youth involved in a productive activity and encouraged an attitude of giving back to the community.
``We had a very good response from parents, Council and the community at our meeting last Thursday – so much so that we have started a petition,’’ she said.
“This program is particularly important for a town like Hughenden, where we are trying to retain our youth and the activities for them.
``The life skills these students gather from the cadet program is more than evident when you see how well these kids carry out their normal lives.’’
The program is open to young people who are in Year 8 or above and under 16 years old.
Of the 60 students enrolled at Hughenden State High School, 41 are involved in the weekly cadets, where they are taught emergency skills.
Mrs Anchen said the numbers had never fallen below 35 during the seven years she had been involved in cadets.
Emergency Management Queensland Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said the decision to end the program was not an easy one as it has a direct impact on many young members and their leadership teams.
``While I am extremely proud of the work done by the Emergency Services Cadet Program, I have determined that within current priorities and resourcing limitations, the program can no longer operate,’’ he said.
``The sudden ending of the program may be difficult for cadet members and their leaders to understand and accept. I encourage any cadet or adult leader that is having difficulty dealing with this decision to take advantage of volunteer assistance services run through our Embrace Program. To access this service, please contact 1300 309 508.
``I wish to recognise the cadet members, adult leaders, Local Cadet Advisory Committees and my own Youth Development Officers and Youth Program staff who had worked together to build a program to be proud of.’’
Flinders Shire Council Acting Mayor Ninian Stewart-Moore said he hoped the program could be reinstated down the track.
“While I’m disappointed that the highly successful and, in Hughenden, well utilised cadet programme has ended, I fully support the State Government's strategies to get its finances back in order,’’ he said.
“There will be short term pain for all sectors of the community, however we need to be patient and lobby hard for the reinstatement of this or similar programmes in the future.”
LNP North Queensland Branch President Jane McNamara also attended the Hughenden cadets meeting last Thursday (September 13, 2012), when the funding cut was announced to the group, and has forwarded a letter to Campbell Newman's office in support of the local program.
For more information contact Flinders Shire Council Communications Officer Alexis Gillham on 47412942 or Juley Anchen on 0458556338