Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill talked today on Council’s pandemic plan and business continuity plan in response to COVID-19. Mayor Hill seemed positive that Townsville is still low risk compared to other surrounding cities, with only 2 confirmed cases out of a population of 200,000. She encouraged Townsville that the council has put in a pandemic plan, but not to panic, to be cautious. Right now the only things being talked about are how the virus will affect events coming up, such as ANZAC Day and Groovin the Moo, as well as how businesses and staff in the city will be affected. Mayor Hill said “Our role is to help protect our workforce and community and maintain essential services to the city.” Their IT team has already looked into who all could possibly work from home if needed. They are looking into how to better handle blue collared workers or orange shirt workers who still need to continue working, yet how to minimize the spread of the virus if one of these workers were to contract the virus. She said they will have more clarity on public events and whether or not they will be cancelled or postponed tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th of March. As of right now public events have a more likely chance of being cancelled starting in April and going until further notice, however private events should still be able to go on, since the people going are being filtered and monitored. With talk about cancelling events, it means hotels will have last minute gaps to fill until further notice, and with Townsville having some of the nicest winter weather, Mayor Hill talked about the idea of hosting all NRL leagues and games right here in Townsville saying that she believes we would have the capacity to host them, if that is something the league wants to look into as things further progress. Mayor Hill states, “I have every faith in our local health services, and we will continue to work in full cooperation with them,” and will keep the community updated on the impacted events as soon as possible to make sure we stay informed.
Enjoying the Townsville CBD this Christmas time has just gotten a whole lot cheaper with the roll out of 25 Days of Discounts.
The Townsville City Council initiative involves a range of unique CBD traders who have a variety of discounts available at their stores in the lead up to Christmas Day.
Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said 25 Days of Discounts was extremely popular when it was launched last year.
“Council has worked with local businesses and franchises set up in the city centre and over on Magnetic Island to create a coupon flyer with more than 20 discounts and deals,” Cr Greaney said.
“This is a fun way to help locals celebrate Christmas together and make sure our CBD’s economy is stimulated throughout the festive season.”
Cr Greaney said businesses were expecting a high amount of uptake.
“We have some really great discounts on offer with the 25 Days of Discounts promotion, and we’re hoping locals and visitors take advantage of this and grab themselves some bargains,” she said.
“We all know wallets are stretched at this time of year, so it’s a great idea to save yourself a bit of money when you’re buying Christmas presents or going out for a bite to eat.”
Cr Greaney said the savings didn’t stop there, with Council also rolling out its free two-hour parking offer.
“Free parking will be available for more than 500 two-hour parking spots across the city for the whole month of December,” she said.
“It’s a great time to get your Christmas shopping done, enjoy some local food and entertainment with your family, and save some money while you’re at it.”
25 Days of Discounts runs from 1 to 24 December at participating traders.
To download the coupon flyer, head to https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/about-townsville/christmas-together-2019/25-days-of-discounts .
The redevelopment of the Tobruk Memorial Baths on The Strand has achieved another important milestone with earthworks for the replacement 50 metre pool complete and forming-up now underway.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said contractors working on the project were now also working to remove the existing toddler pool, which was also being replaced as part of the $11.3 million project.
“The redeveloped baths will feature a new, wider 50 metre pool and toddler pool, as well as an updated filtration system, new shade structure and refurbished facilities,” Cr Hill said.
“Tobruk Baths have served the community for more than 60 years and this project will ensure that it can continue to do so for many years to come.”
The Tobruk Memorial Baths were opened to the public in the 1950’s and named in commemoration of the Australian servicemen that took part in the Siege of Tobruk.
Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the project was part of Council’s massive $409 million infrastructure program this year.
“Council is committed to providing the Townsville community with world-class infrastructure and the redevelopment of the Tobruk Baths is yet another demonstration of that,” Mr Molachino said.
“Local contractor Jackson + Semler is doing a fantastic job, with an added benefit of the project being that it is supporting jobs for locals.”
The redevelopment is expected to support more than 120 jobs. Seventy-eight contractors have already been inducted on to the site.
Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the project remained on-track to be completed by February.
“It’s exciting to see the progress that is being made and, like plenty of other Townsville residents, I can’t wait for the project to be completed and for swimmers to be back using the facility.”
Townsville residents are being invited to come along and learn how to keep on top of their mental health and wellbeing at a new expo being held this weekend.
Townsville City Council’s new Mentally Healthy City Wellness Expo is being held at the Palmetum Botanical Gardens on Saturday and will feature Saroo Brierly – the inspiration behind the movie Lion – as a guest speaker.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the expo is a fantastic opportunity to focus on the mental health of the community, particularly after the unprecedented monsoon.
“This new expo is a great way to bring our community together and start an open and honest dialogue about mental health,” Cr Hill said.
“We’re reaching nine months since the city was devastated by the monsoon and it’s important that we focus on the social and mental impacts that it has had on our residents.
“Townsville has signed on as Australia’s first Mentally Healthy City and we want our residents to have every chance to achieve their best mental health and have access to services when needed.”
Project Manager of Mentally Healthy City Townsville Brendon Marty said Townsville City Council has been one of the biggest supporters of the Mentally Healthy City Townsville Project from the start.
“When I approached the events team with the concept of bringing all the professional services and local wellbeing businesses together, they absolutely ran with it and made it their own,” Mr Marty said.
“This project is a fantastic opportunity to improve the overall mental health and wellbeing of our community and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it. I look forward to seeing this grow in the coming years.”
Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said it’s important for the community to have easy access to services following a major disaster.
“We know that the Townsville community is incredibly resilient but it’s important that we put a spotlight on the services available for anyone that may be struggling with their mental wellbeing,” Cr Doyle said.
“This expo brings a number of services together that can educate and support the community in an idyllic and family friendly environment at Palmetum.
“There will be lots of entertainment in addition to the stallholders and there will also be a free shuttle bus operating from the major shopping centres and Riverway.”
For more information, visit: https://whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/events/mentally-healthy-city-wellness-expo
Townsville City Council is giving residents the chance to get rid of their waste for free this weekend.
The free dump weekend offers free domestic waste disposal at all Council waste facilities over four days from 25 – 28 October inclusive.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said this was the perfect time of year to get rid of domestic waste.
“Cyclone season is coming up so now’s the best time to make sure your yard and home are cleaned up and clear of any kind of waste,” Cr Hill said.
But she said there was no need to wait until a free dump weekend to get rid of extra items around the house.
“Council provides free green waste and recycling disposal to our community all year round, so make sure you take advantage of that throughout the year,” she said.
Townsville Water and Waste chairperson Councillor Russ Cook said Council worked to have more flexibility during this free dump weekend.
“The free dump weekend is running over four days this year to give more access to shift workers and other residents who need a bit of flexibility about when they can take their rubbish to the dump,” he said.
“Make sure you take advantage of this weekend by stocking up your ute or trailer and helping out any elderly neighbours, friends or family who might not be able to take their own rubbish to the dump.”
Residents are being reminded to cover their loads when travelling to drop off their rubbish.
For more information on the free dump weekend, head to whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/events/free-dump-weekend-2019