A Quizmaster & an Auctioneer will join forces to raise funds for North Queensland’s Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand. Trivia questions and Auction Items will morph together to help ensure Stable on the Strand continues for another year! Quizmaster Graeme McCourt said, “I have been mc-ing Trivia Nights for more than 10 years and I believe this event for Stable on the Strand will be a fabulous night and not to be missed by Stable supporters, families, businesses and ‘trivia tragics’”. Auctioneer Jason Chester responded, “I’m intent on making this a fun night for everyone and raising heaps of dollars for this great event, Stable on the Strand, so bring your spare cash or a credit card!” Trivia Night Event Manager Daniel Rudge advised, “Our theme this year is ‘Country’. There will be great prizes for Best Dressed Table & Best Dressed Persons on that theme. Other great prizes will be awarded to Table Trivia Winners who have the highest scores across a large range of topics.” Stable on the Strand’s Trivia night details: Where: Northreach Baptist Church, 38 Canterbury Rd. Kirwan When: Sat 19 October Time: 5 – 9pm (food available from 5pm, Trivia starts at 6pm)
Townsville City Council’s Community and Cultural Development Committee has recommended continuing funding support for one of Townsville’s most popular Christmas events.
Stable on the Strand is back for 2019 and Council is providing $85,447 in funding through the Townsville City Grants and Partnerships program.
Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said Council’s support of events like Stable on the Strand is important for developing arts and culture in the community.
“Our grants programs play such an important role in building our profile in arts and culture and providing opportunities for local events to grow,” Cr Doyle said.
“Stable on the Strand really symbolises what Christmas is about, bringing our community together and celebrating with the people we love.
“The event is in its 18th year and it’s great that Council can support these grassroots events through funding arrangements like this.”
Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it’s important the staple events continue, especially after the community was hit by a major disaster.
“The entire community was hit hard by the unprecedented monsoon and as we approach the one-year anniversary it’s great to see these events bringing back some continuity and vibrancy into the city,” Cr Greaney said.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what Stable on the Strand puts on for the community this year – it just keeps getting bigger and better.”
The report will go to Full Council on 22 October for consideration.
Refurbishments to the Tobruk Memorial Baths are progressing swimmingly with crews making good progress on the upgrades.
Works completed include the excavation of the old pool, the first concrete pour for the balance tank and a fresh coat of paint going on the building.
Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the $11.3 million refurbishment is already breathing new life into the Memorial Baths.
“The Tobruk Memorial Baths are a massively loved public asset and these refurbishments will revitalise the area and emphasis the heritage of the pools,” Cr Molachino said.
“Jackson + Semler are an extremely reputable company and have worked on some big projects across the city and so far, it is looking fantastic here.
“These upgrades are expected to support over 120 jobs and is a major infrastructure project that is part of our $409.1 million infrastructure spend for building our city’s future.”
The redevelopment includes the installation of a new 50m pool, a new toddler pool, improved disability access, shade awnings and new landscaping.
Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said she’s thrilled by the progress being made on the redevelopment of the Tobruk Memorial Baths.
“We’re so lucky to have such an incredible pool right along The Strand and the history there can’t be understated so it’s nice to see how well the work is coming together,” Cr Greaney said.
“This is a massive job and so far, everything is pulling together really nicely – it’s looking good for a reopening in February.
“This project did get pushed back after the unprecedented monsoon so I would like to thank the community for being so patient while we get this completed.”
Townsville is now the 40th Welcoming City in the country.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has signed on to the Welcoming Cities program, which helps councils and communities become more inclusive of all newcomers to the city.
Townsville’s strong liveability attributes make the city an attractive destination for migrants, 25,574 people who were living in the Townsville City Council in 2016 were born overseas, and 20% had arrived in Australia within the 5 years prior to 2016.
Cr Hill said Council was proud to sign on to the program, as it helped establish the city as having a positive reputation.
“Townsville is more multicultural now than ever before, and this is something we should celebrate,” Cr Hill said.
“The diversity of the local community is one of the things that makes Townsville such a vibrant place to live and work.
“We want to do everything we can to welcome and support migrants who choose to make Townsville their new home.”
Cr Hill said making the commitment allowed Council to become better informed about how to support migrants into the Townsville community.
“Becoming a Welcoming City gives Council new tools to help integrate migrants into the community,” she said.
“Council is constantly looking at how it can improve the experiences of newcomers to the city, which as we know can have positive effects on our economy and society.
“Being a Welcoming City will help Council see how it’s tracking with cultural diversity and inclusivity.”
Townsville joins Brisbane, Livingstone, Balonne, Central Highlands and Toowoomba in becoming a Queensland-based Welcoming City.
One of the greatest strengths to Townsville following the devastating floods this year has been teams of volunteers from groups like Samaritan’s Purse.
The incredible team has completed 371 requests for assistance from under insured or non insured residents. Add to this a lot of smaller jobs, even putting together furniture and the impact has been incredible.
We’ve been catching up with Rob from the Samaritan’s Purse team to hear updates, we have one final one below as he joined me in the studio!
So if you see any of the Samaritan’s Purse team over the weekend shout them a coffee, they’ve been amazing!