Stay safe in summer heat

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Cr Merriman 2018 web 150With heatwaves becoming a regular feature of the Victorian summer and the warmer weather in full swing, it’s important to remember the five simple steps to stay safe when the extreme heat hits.

  • Drink water – even if you don't feel thirsty. Always take a bottle of water with you.
  • Hot cars kill – never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
  • Keep cool – seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light, loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
  • Plan ahead – schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
  • Help others – look after those most at risk in the heat: neighbours living alone, the elderly, the young, and people with a medical condition. Don’t forget pets.

If you or somebody you know starts to feel unwell on a hot day, call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24. In an emergency, call 000 without delay.

Australia Day in the Borough

Everyone is invited to Council’s Australia Day Celebration at the Queenscliff Town Hall on Saturday 26 January 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

The celebration will include presentation of Council’s Australia Day Awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Environment Project of the Year, Community Event of the Year and Community Organisation of the Year. There will also be a flag-raising ceremony, the official cake-cutting ceremony, and a free community barbecue with children’s activities. The Borough of Queenscliffe Australia Day Celebration is a fun, family-friendly community event where everyone is welcome, so please join us if you are in town.

Last days for Hesse Street feedback

Our Hesse Street survey is open until 11:59pm on Monday 28 January 2019, so there is still time to share your feedback and help guide the next steps in the revitalisation of Hesse Street if you have not already done so.

Complete the survey at www.placescore.org/queenscliff or at Council’s website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au, or pick up a hard copy of the survey from Council’s offices, the Queenscliff Library, or Hesse Street businesses. Hard copy surveys should be returned in person to Council’s offices at 50 Learmonth Street, Queenscliff, or by mail to PO Box 93, Queenscliff 3225.

Hobson Street footpath works

Kerb and channel repair works have commenced this week on the footpath at 10 Hobson Street in Queenscliff, outside Take Two Design In Hair. The works will also incorporate an update of the accessible parking bay at this location, and are expected to be completed by the end of January 2019. Council reminds users of this footpath to take care while the works are in progress and observe all signage and directions. We thank you for your patience while these necessary repairs are carried out.

Time to clean up

In good time for a post-Christmas clean up, Sustainability Victoria is holding its annual Detox Your Home event at the Corio Operations Centre, 299 Anakie Road, Lovely Banks on Saturday 9 February 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Detox Your Home is a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of unwanted household chemicals without harming your health or the environment. Registration is not required – just turn up on the day to drop off your unwanted items. Find out more at www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome or call 1300 363 744.

Catch up with Council

Council will hold the first Community Listening Post of 2019 at the Uniting Church Hall, corner Hesse and Stokes Streets in Queenscliff, on Thursday 24 January from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Our first Ordinary Meeting for 2019 will also be held on Thursday 24 January at 7:00pm in the Queenscliff Town Hall at 50 Learmonth Street. The ‘Council Meetings’ page of our website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/council/council-meetings, provides information about how to participate in Ordinary Meetings of Council, including guidelines and a pro forma for Public Question Time..

Cr Bob Merriman AM – Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe