Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:46
As the rate of type 2 diabetes continues to soar, I urge residents to this week assess your risk of developing the condition and, if necessary, take steps to improve your health—before it is too late!
There are already more than 1,089 people in Moggill living with type 2 diabetes and figures from Diabetes Queensland reveal that a further 3,016 people may be unaware that they have the condition or are at high risk of developing it.
The complications are well-known: loss of vision; loss of renal function; limb disease—particularly loss of feet; and cardiovascular disease—particularly heart attack and stroke.
But in most cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. People need to be aware of the risk factors so they can take action now to turn diabetes around.
You can take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment at www.diabetesqld.org.au
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:49
Controlled burns are currently being conducted around our area to reduce fuel loads ahead of the summer bushfire.
As we saw this morning, still conditions can result in low lying smoke which may particularly affect people with respiratory complaints such as asthma and emphysema. In such conditions consider staying indoors where possible and close doors and windows.
Low lying smoke can also reduce visibility on our roads. If driving through smoke please slow down and drive to the conditions.
The smoke around this morning acts as a timely reminder of the need to prepare early for the summer bushfire season. The current burn-offs are designed to reduce the risk but the generally dry winter we have increases the fire danger for next summer.
I urge all residents to make sure they prepare their homes and properties to ensure they are as protected as possible. For example, keeping gutters clear of leaf litter is one simple way to help reduce fire risk.
I strongly recommend that households develop a Bushfire Survival Plan. This should detail everything you will do if your home comes under threat. This includes preparation of a bushfire kit which should include important items and equipment you would need if you are forced to evacuate.
Please click here todownload detailed information on how to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan.
Remember to check with the local fire warden if a permit is required before conducting any burn-offs.
Sadly, many deaths occur when people stay behind to protect property, often misjudging the severity of impending fire conditions. One way to stay well informed is via the Rural Fire Service Website (www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au) which will provide regular updates during bushfires.
Local residents should also be aware that if we do suffer a severe bushfire season, roads such as Moggill Road, Mt Crosby Road, Upper Brookfield Road and Lake Manchester Road are likely to be closed due to poor visibility.
As a place of last resort for people to gather to seek shelter from a bushfire, the government has declared a number of Neighbourhood Safer Places. One such place is Brookfield Showgrounds. However, please be aware that the purpose of Neighbourhood Safer Places is to provide a known place of shelter only as a last resort. Firefighers and other emergency services may not be present there although they will make every effort to provide support as soon as resources allow during a bushfire emergency.
Friday, 11 July 2014 18:03
Earlier this week I shared my concerns about ethanol burners and fireplaces with the Attorney-General after learning of the harrowing injuries suffered by a local resident’s son.
The young man and his partner were both very seriously burnt while refilling an ethanol fireplace.
The Attorney-General has today issued a safety warning following this and a number of other recent serious incidents involving ethanol burners.
The Office of Fair Trading has also launched an investigation into the safety of ethanol burners, including whether a ban or recall is warranted.
I am pleased to see such swift action being taken against these potentially highly dangerous products.
Ethanol is a highly combustible substance and these products not only often have exposed flames that are quite difficult to see, but are also refilled at the same point at which the flame is maintained. They therefore pose a very serious danger of ignition as people refuel it under the mistaken belief that the flame has already gone out or even after a recent flame has left the device hot.
The store from which this particular ethanol burner was purchased has done the right thing and voluntarily withdrawn it and similar products from sale, but they are still available in a number of stores and online.
I would urge all residents to exercise great caution if using one of these devices, particularly in the presence of children or in areas where it could be accidentally knocked. Always make sure the flame is out and it has had plenty of time to cool down before refuelling or moving it.
Other safety hints include:
• Strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.
• Never leave the product unattended while in use.
• Store fuel in a separate room to the fireplace.
• Have an appropriate fire extinguisher nearby.
• Never use the product for cooking.
• Never throw combustible objects at the fireplace.
• Always use the fuel recommended by the manufacturer.
The safety warning notice can be viewed online by clicking here.
Monday, 07 July 2014 10:25
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.
The Australian of the Year Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate inspiring Australians who have achieved excellence in their field, made a significant contribution to the Australian or their local community or are a role model for the Australian community.
The Awards recognise outstanding achievement across four categories:
- Queensland Australian of the Year
- Queensland Senior Australian of the Year
- Queensland Young Australian of the Year
- Queensland Local Hero
A nomination can be made for any Australian whom you admire and find inspiring—a friend, family member, colleague or even someone you don’t know.
Nominations close on 1 August 2014. State presentation ceremonies will be held in November and the national award recipients will be announced at the 2015 Australia Day Eve ceremony in Canberra.
For more information or to submit a nomination, visit www.australianoftheyear.org.au
Monday, 30 June 2014 11:26
The Queensland Government is offering grants of up $80,000 in the second round of the ANZAC Centenary grants program to assist communities in commemorating the ANZAC Centenary in their own special way.
Funding may be secured for events and commemorations with local relevance such as exhibitions, research, community education activities and the restoration or enhancement of memorials and honour boards.
The Government is committed to commemorating this historic occasion and encouraging Queenslanders to honour those whose sacrifice created a lasting legacy.
The ANZAC Centenary grants program will run until 2018 and applications for Round Two close on 12 August 2014.
Further information on the program and how to apply is available online at www.qld.gov.au/anzac100
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