Friday, January 6, 2017

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain

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QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

or people in parts of the
Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast District.

Issued at 10:02 am Friday, 6 January 2017.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Proserpine and Hamilton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

QLD Flood Watch: Pioneer, Proserpine and Don River Catchments

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QLD Flood Watch: Pioneer, Proserpine and Don River Catchments


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:37 pm EST on Wednesday 4 January 2017

Issue Number: 1

A surface trough located along the Central Queensland Coast is expected to produce enhanced showers and thunderstorms over the warning area through to Friday.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 150-200 mm are likely with locally heavier falls up to 300 mm possible.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Pioneer, Proserpine and Don Rivers.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

Weather Forecast:
For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

Rainfall and River Conditions Map

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

VMR Whitsunday's Rescue Vessel VMR1 is out of action

via VMR Whitsunday:

Due to a serious mechanical problem, VMR Whitsunday's Rescue Vessel VMR1 is out of action.




Even with our meticulous maintenance schedule, unfortunately these things happen.

And it couldn't have happened at a worse time of year, with mechanics away on leave and pats suppliers closed down for the Christmas/New Year break.


We cannot expect any repairs to be completed until at least January 3, so in the meantime, we are unable to go out on any rescues.

So PLEASE take extra care that you will not require our services.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Whitsunday Sea Eagles bid for Women’s team

Whitsunday Sea Eagles bid for Women’s team

Australian Football continues to grow across the region and in particular female football is in high demand across the Whitsunday Coast, leading the Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFC to bid to enter the AFL Mackay Women’s competition in 2017. 

Key introductory program’s in NAB AFL Auskick and School Program’s have rapidly increased in participation over the last 12months. From these program’s numerous youth girls and women’s athletes have enquired about opportunities to play Australian Football. The answer, bidding to enter the AFL Mackay Women’s competition for season 2017.

AFL Queensland staff met with Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFC officials recently to finalise the first step in entering a side, with the club set to host an Information and BBQ evening at Whitsunday Sports Park on Thursday 8th December for anyone that is interested.

AFL Queensland Regional Manager for the Mackay region, Jeff Neumann was excited that Whitsunday Sea Eagles were wanting to enter a side next season.

“Whitsunday have been a powerhouse club across our junior, youth and senior competitions for many years and for them want to add a women’s team to their great club is a fantastic result that has many benefits,” Regional Manager Jeff Neumann said.

“We have a lot of water to go under the bridge so to speak, but as we discussed with the Sea Eagles we will take it one step at a time and the first step is holding an Information and BBQ evening at the footy club.

“This year we have increased are awareness and reach across the Whitsunday region and have already collated a list of enough names to fill a team of interested youth girls and women’s athletes that want to know more. Which is a great starting point” Neumann added.

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles invite any female down who is interested in knowing more. From never had played before to athletes from other sports, everyone is invited to the Whitsunday Sea Eagles home at Whitsunday Sports Park on Shute Harbour Road.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles, Vice-President Nicki Steel is excited by the opportunity and benefits of been a female-friendly football club.

“Not only will this bring more members, supporters, volunteers and players. But a women’s team will lead to a more diversified decision making, wider sponsorship and fundraising appeal and a more appealing social atmosphere which is great for any community club,” Sea Eagles Vice President Nicki Steel said.

“We are very excited by this opportunity and hope the Whitsunday community will get behind this bid,” Mrs. Steel said.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Women’s Information & BBQ Evening
When: Thursday 8th December
Where: Whitsunday Sports Park – AFL Oval (behind the PCYC)
Times: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
What: An opportunity to meet the Whitsunday Sea Eagles and AFL Queensland staff, along with hearing about information to bid for 2017 and requirements.

FREE BBQ as well.

For more information, go to the Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFC Facebook page; www.facebook.com/whitsundayAFC or to register your interest, send an email to Jeff.Neumann@afl.com.au

Sunday, November 13, 2016

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Damaging Winds

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QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Damaging Winds


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of the
Herbert and Lower Burdekin and
Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:01 pm Sunday, 13 November 2016.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Proserpine, Bowen, Collinsville, Hamilton Island, Ayr and Alva Beach.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Final update: Children located, Home Hill

Final update: Children located, Home Hill

Source: Queensland Police Service

The Queensland Police Service has located five children who were the subject of an Amber Alert in Home Hill today.

The children, who are safe and well, were taken to the Townsville Police Station by someone known to them around 1.30pm.

Police are no longer seeking public assistance to locate the 31-year-old man who was believed to be in their company.

Police investigations are continuing.

The QPS would like to thank members of the media and the public for their assistance with this matter.


Call 131 564 to provide information about this Amber Alert.

Call Triple Zero (000) for life threatening information about this Amber Alert.

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AMBER ALERT - Home Hill - 5 children missing

AMBER ALERT - Home Hill - 5 children missing

Source: Queensland Police Service

The Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate five children who were last seen at a residence in Third Avenue, Home Hill yesterday morning and who may be at significant risk.

The children are a boy aged six and four girls aged five, four, one and two months.

They are believed to be travelling in a car in the company of a 31-year-old man, Zane Smallwood (pictured).

The car is a grey coloured 2002 Ford Falcon sedan with Queensland registration 947-WKD (similar pictured).

Call 131 564 to provide information about this Amber Alert.

Call Triple Zero (000) for life threatening information about this Amber Alert.



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Sunday, September 11, 2016

AMBER ALERT - Townsville - Missing 22 month old boy

AMBER ALERT - Townsville - Missing 22 month old boy

Source: Queensland Police Service

PLEASE BROADCAST AMBER ALERT TONE AND THIS EXACT MESSAGE AS A MATTER OF EXTREME URGENCY
The Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a 22-month-old boy and a 16-year-old who went missing from Katangi Street, Rasmussen approximately 11 hours ago who may be at significant risk.

The two are believed to be in the company of 36-year-old Knomi Joella Cummins (pictured) and maybe travelling in a silver 2002 Holden Commodore sedan (similar pictured) with Queensland registration plate 687-WMU.

The woman is described as Aboriginal in appearance, 170cm tall with black hair and brown eyes.

Ring 131 564 to provide information about this incident.

Please ring 000 for life threatening information about this incident.

IMPORTANT – Police request this message be broadcast at regular intervals

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BROADCAST SUMMARY

Summarise in one sentence

EXAMPLE: #AmberAlert #Townsville 22-month-old and 16-year-old boy last seen at Katangi St, Rasmussen with 36-year-old woman driving silver Holden Commodore reg 687-WMU call 000 OR 131 564 to provide information.



Call 131 564 to provide information about this Amber Alert.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

QLD Flood Watch: Fitzroy, Barcoo, Warrego, Maranoa and southern parts of the Burdekin River Catchments

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QLD Flood Watch: Fitzroy, Barcoo, Warrego, Maranoa and southern parts of the Burdekin River Catchments


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

NITIAL FLOOD WATCH FOR THE FITZROY, BARCOO, WARREGO, MARANOA AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE BURDEKIN RIVER CATCHMENTS.

Issued at 3:02 pm EST on Thursday 14 July 2016

Issue Number: 1

Unseasonal moderate to heavy rainfall is expected over the Central and Capricornia Coasts extending into the central interior Friday and Saturday. Widespread rainfall totals of 75-150 mm are expected with isolated falls above 150 mm possible.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Fitzroy, Maranoa, Warrego, Barcoo and Belyando Rivers.

A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for Damaging Winds and Heavy Rainfall.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current warnings for Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qldalert.com
Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Dawson: Booth Voting Breakdown

Here's a summary of how folks voted in the seat of Dawson at the individual booths.

George Christensen (LNP) had a positive swing at just one booth - Dingo Beach 0.04%.
Biggest positive swing went to Jonathon Dykyj (Greens) on Hamilton Island 6.2%.
Biggest negative swing went against George Christensen (LNP) in Cannonvale -8.42%.
Most popular LNP Booth is in Dingo Beach.
Most popular ALP Booth is in Bowen.
Most popular Greens Booth is on Hamilton Island.

Booth Party Votes % Swing (%)
Airlie Beach
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 29 2.64 +2.64
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 460 41.82 -3.96
LARGE, Steven Independent 67 6.09 +6.09
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 57 5.18 +1.10
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 47 4.27 +2.38
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 271 24.64 -1.04
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 169 15.36 +4.13
Airlie Beach Pre Poll
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 93 4.77 +4.77
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 889 45.59 -6.33
LARGE, Steven Independent 139 7.13 +7.13
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 99 5.08 +1.71
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 53 2.72 +1.56
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 478 24.51 -0.72
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 199 10.21 +3.08
Bloomsbury
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 19 5.35 +5.35
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 165 46.48 -2.76
LARGE, Steven Independent 31 8.73 +8.73
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 36 10.14 +3.43
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 12 3.38 +1.26
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 81 22.82 -4.53
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 11 3.10 +0.6
Bowen
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 87 5.41 +5.41
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 667 41.51 -2.21
LARGE, Steven Independent 71 4.42 +4.42
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 95 5.91 +2.04
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 42 2.61 +1.01
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 594 36.96 -0.39
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 51 3.17 -0.42
Bowen Pre Poll
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 92 4.79 +4.79
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 795 41.43 -2.09
LARGE, Steven Independent 74 3.86 +3.86
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 99 5.16 -0.17
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 55 2.87 +1.51
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 766 39.92 +3.80
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 38 1.98 -1.2
Cannonvale
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 72 4.11 +4.11
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 721 41.15 -8.42
LARGE, Steven Independent 124 7.08 +7.08
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 85 4.85 +1.27
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 64 3.65 +1.81
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 464 26.48 +2.73
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 222 12.67 +3.69
Dingo Beach
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 4 2.15 +2.15
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 99 53.23 +0.04
LARGE, Steven Independent 16 8.60 +8.60
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 4 2.15 -3.27
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 0 0.00 -1.11
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 45 24.19 +1.78
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 18 9.68 +0.5
Hamilton Island
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 11 4.20 +4.20
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 108 41.22 -2.87
LARGE, Steven Independent 11 4.20 +4.20
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 5 1.91 -0.43
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 12 4.58 -1.28
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 66 25.19 -1.09
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 49 18.70 +6.2
Proserpine
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 37 3.17 +3.17
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 432 37.05 -7.01
LARGE, Steven Independent 193 16.55 +16.55
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 77 6.60 +0.87
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 38 3.26 +1.16
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 332 28.47 -2.27
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 57 4.89 -0.84
Proserpine Pre Poll
HALL, Michael Glenn Lazarus Team 109 3.37 +3.37
CHRISTENSEN, George Liberal National Party of Queensland 1,423 44.01 -7.13
LARGE, Steven Independent 436 13.49 +13.49
DODD, Ash Katter's Australian Party 184 5.69 -0.76
NICKSON, Amanda Family First 80 2.47 +0.93
GILBERT, Frank Australian Labor Party 849 26.26 -1.05
DYKYJ, Jonathon The Greens 152 4.70 +0.79
Performed Best At Booth
HALL, Michael Bowen 5.41 +5.41
CHRISTENSEN, George Dingo Beach 53.23 +0.04
LARGE, Steven Proserpine 16.55 +16.55
DODD, Ash Bloomsbury 10.14 +3.43
NICKSON, Amanda Hamilton Island 4.58 -1.28
GILBERT, Frank Bowen Pre Poll 39.92 +3.80
DYKYJ, Jonathon Hamilton Island 18.70 +6.2
Performed Worse At Booth
HALL, Michael Dingo Beach 2.15 +2.15
CHRISTENSEN, George Proserpine 37.05 -7.01
LARGE, Steven Dingo Beach 8.60 +8.60
DODD, Ash Hamilton Island 1.91 -0.43
NICKSON, Amanda Dingo Beach 0.00 -1.11
GILBERT, Frank Bloomsbury 22.82 -4.53
DYKYJ, Jonathon Bowen Pre Poll 1.98 -1.2
Biggest Swing + At Booth
Glenn Lazarus Team Bowen New 
LNP Dingo Beach 53.23 +0.04
Independent Proserpine New
Katter's Party Proserpine 10.14 +3.43
Family First Bloomsbury 4.27 +2.38
ALP Bowen Pre Poll 39.92 +3.80
Greens Hamilton Island 18.70 +6.2
Biggest Swing - At Booth
Glenn Lazarus Team New
LNP Cannonvale 41.15 -8.42
Independent New
Katter's Party Dingo Beach 2.15 -3.27
Family First Hamilton Island 4.58 -1.28
ALP Bloomsbury 22.82 -4.53
Greens Bowen 1.98 -1.2

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Social Media V Traditional Media in the Whitsundays

With the impending takeover of our local newspapers by News Corporation imminent, now is a good time to see how social media compares to the traditional media in the Whitsundays.

Below we've compiled a table comparing the readership / followers of Whitsundays Online's Facebook page - facebook.com/QLDWhitsunday and the Whitsunday Times - http://apnarm.com.au/media/ReadershipInsight/1_Whitsunday_Times_Reader_Profile.pdf .



WHITSUNDAYS ONLINE   WHITSUNDAY TIMES  
Coverage Worldwide Whitsundays only
Languages All English only
Reach per Week 36,000 (Followers 8,021) 12,000
Male 27% 52%
Female 73% 48%
Followers / Readers
14-24 14% 9%
25-34 31% 12%
35-49 33% 39%
50-64 18% 27%
65+ 4% 13%




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ROLL UP ROLL UP The Circus is in Town

ROLL UP ROLL UP
The Circus is in Town




Lennon Bros Circus is the oldest touring circus in Australia.                                                     
123 years ago, it started as a Buck jump show and has evolved into the sophisticated circus production witnessed today.


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The show starts off with a display of a lion and his lionesses. From there it just kept getting better and better with each act. The Ring Master had the show running smoothly whilst Circus Clowns entertained the crowd between sets (don't worry, they are not creepy clowns!) Acrobats, strongmen and woman with feats of pure strength and concentration, Camels, Liberty Ponies plus the dog agility with the amazing puppy that walked across the raised tightrope had the audience entertained with roars of laughter. 
At intermission there was pony rides for the kids. There is food and cold drinks available for purchase with your standard show time fare, of Dagwood dogs, fresh hot cinnamon donuts, fairy floss and popcorn all at reasonable prices. 
The acrobats were unbelievable, It was a fun show with dramatics and not just performance. The performers costumes throughout the 2hr spectacular, had enough patterned fabric and sequins to put any costume shop to shame.
All in all, a great evening out with the family, for kids and kid-at-heart alike.
The circus is currently run by 5th generation brothers Geoff & Warren with 5th and 6th generations of the family represented in the program.
Lennon Bros Circus is one of only two circuses left in Australia with big cats in the program. The three lions at Lennon’s are now 12 years of age: two females and one male from different litters. They were born and bred in the circus, and are in fact 12th generation born and bred in Australia.
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Other animals appearing in the show include:


  • Beautiful Liberty Ponies
  • Monkeys
  • Camels
  • Mini Donkeys
  • Dogs
The Lennon family employs a staff of 30 people, ranging in age from 3 to 65 years. To enable this large operation to move around Australia (by no means a small feat), they have 14 trucks, 5 semi-trailers and 14 caravans.
The Lennon family is very proud of their Australian heritage and aim to utilize the best of Australia performers as well as overseas artists. Be captivated by the antics of the clowns, awed by the majesty of the lions, and the daring of the aerialists, and be mesmerized by one of Australia’s largest flying trapeze troupe.
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Do not miss the fast paced Lennon Bros Circus production when it comes to your town!

What: Lennon Bros Circus
Where: Adjacent Whitsunday Plaza
When: Thursday and Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 4pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 11am
Cost: Adults $35-$45 depending on seat location and children $25

Tickets: http://www.lennonbroscircus.com.au/