Waste collection over Christmas and New Year

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Cr Merriman 2018 web 150The upcoming Christmas and New Year public holidays will affect waste and recycling collection at properties in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff where waste and recycling are collected on a Tuesday morning.

For properties where waste and recycling collection is scheduled for Tuesday 25 December 2018 and Tuesday 1 January 2019, bins will be collected one day earlier on Monday 24 December 2018 and Monday 31 December 2018, because of the public holidays.

Council recommends that residents, ratepayers and visitors affected by this change put your bins out on the evening of Sunday 23 December 2018 and the evening of Sunday 30 December 2018, to avoid missing the collection.

Sand Sculpture Contest

On Thursday 3 January 2019, the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House will hold its 21st Sand Sculpture Contest from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on the Queenscliff front beach in front of the Neighbourhood House building on Tobin Drive (next to the Pilot’s Jetty).

The Neighbourhood House team are inviting people to create sculptures that represent the contest’s 21st birthday milestone. Team and individual sculptures are welcome, with entry fees of $10 for teams and $5 for individuals. There is no charge for spectators.

Entertainment will be provided by the Neighbourhood House Sea of Ukes band, and the Men’s Shed will be running a barbecue, plus there will be a second-hand book sale on in the Neighbourhood House during the event.

To find out more about the Sand Sculpture Contest and second-hand book sale, please contact Carolyn at the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House on 03 5258 3367.

Survive the heat

A long hot summer is expected this year, increasing the likelihood of heat-related illnesses.

During extreme heat it is easy to become dehydrated and overheat. If this happens, you may develop heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that can result in permanent damage to vital organs or even death, if not treated immediately.

With heatwaves becoming a regular summer feature, it’s important to plan ahead and consider how you can look after yourself and others when the extreme heat hits.

There are simple things to remember that can help you to stay safe in the heat:

  • 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, 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.

For more information visit Council’s website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au and www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/heat.

Fire restrictions introduced

The Fire Danger Period for the Borough of Queenscliffe commenced from 1:00am on 26 November 2018.

During the Fire Danger Period, the Country Fire Authority restricts the use of fire in the community to help prevent fires from starting. The restrictions apply to a range of activities, including barbecues and campfires, burning off, garden and farm work, and commercial catering.

For detailed information about Fire Danger Period and Total Fire Ban restrictions, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/can or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Office closure

Council’s offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday period from Friday 21 December 2018 at 4:30pm until Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 9:00am.

The Councillors and staff of the Borough of Queenscliffe wish you all a very merry Christmas, safe holidays and a happy New Year.

Cr Bob Merriman AM – Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe