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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Mayoral minute: Mareeba Mayor Angela Toppin

DID you know that Queensland is prone to more natural disasters than any other state in Australia? In our tropical climate, we are vulnerable to cyclones, storms, flooding and bushfires. During October, Mareeba Shire Council has visited multiple locations with pop up stalls as part of the Get Ready Queensland campaign.

As we approach summer, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents and visitors to check out the Emergency Management Dashboard on Council’s website. This page provides the latest information on severe events and emergencies occurring in our Shire. While you are there, make sure to sign up to the Early Warning Network to be alerted about severe weather events. Take time to look at the Get Ready Queensland website for great resources about weather risks, how to create a plan and inspiration for an evacuation kit.

Council looks forward to the continued implementation of the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy. Projects completed to date include a new playground at Amaroo, upgrades to Centenary Park in Kuranda and upgrades to Anzac Park in Mareeba. The construction of a pump track in Dimbulah has commenced and is expected to be completed in December this year. Works on the revitalisation of Bicentennial Lakes has also continued, with the play equipment and pump track expected to be completed by early 2024. Parks in Chillagoe and Irvinebank will see a refresh of their play equipment in early 2024, with Chillagoe also receiving a half basketball court. These projects will make Mareeba Shire an even better place to live.

Savannah in the Round returned to Mareeba with over 12,000 people attending the three-day country music event. It is a wonderful way to showcase this fantastic part of Far North Queensland. Mareeba has a reputation as a location of choice for major events including the FNQ Rotary Field Days and Mareeba Rodeo, and the return of Savannah in the Round is further evidence of this.

Mareeba Shire Council celebrated Seniors Month with our highly anticipated Seniors Morning Tea with wonderful entertainment and food. We have also started the free Move It aqua aerobics classes at our Mareeba, Kuranda and Dimbulah swimming pools. These sessions have been a great way for seniors to engage in fun exercise and socialise with peers. This activity is supported by North Queensland PHN. For bookings, please contact moveitaqua@mcsf.com.au or call 4092 1691.

Mayor Angela Toppin

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: TTNQ appoints new chair and MyMedicare scheme launches.

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