STORMY WEATHER

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

With Queens­land ex­pect­ing a string of storms over the next few days, Dogs Queens­land is re­mind­ing dog own­ers to keep their dogs in­side dur­ing heavy rain and thun­der.

The thun­der is more fright­en­ing to a dog than it is to hu­mans and it can cause some dogs to try and run away from the noise.

It is im­por­tant to bring them in­side to shel­ter them from the storm and fall­ing de­bris.

Dogs Queens­land also ad­vises own­ers to watch their dog in a storm and note where it goes to feel safe.

Let this be a safe haven area that you take the dog to when a storm is near.

As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, dog own­ers should also en­sure all gates and doors are closed and their dog is wear­ing its col­lar and ID tags.

It is also a good idea to re­ward calm be­hav­iour such as set­tling when you tell them to.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at http://www.dogsqueens­land.org.au/.

Rob Har­ri­son, Dogs Queens­land

coun­cil meet­ing in Cow Bay, af­ter ques­tions ask­ing to ex­plain the in­crease in rate charges were shut down pre­ma­turely.

To not even ad­dress the tabled is­sue, for which your team pro­vided a lovely hand­out, or re­spond to the af­fected busi­nesses was both rude and un­pro­fes­sional.

An in­crease of charges from $166 to over $1300 a year with no im­prove­ment to the waste man­age­ment ser­vice you are pro­vid­ing, and ab­surdly no con­sul­ta­tion of in­di­vid­ual waste us­age, can only be de­scribed as a bla­tant cash grab.

The Dain­tree Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre is rep­re­sent­ing the Dain­tree re­gion at theN­ational Tourism Award Fi­nals in Mel­bourne on Fri­day night, com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of lead­ing Eco­tourism Busi­ness and lead­ing Tourist At­trac­tion inthe Coun­try.

Part of our suc­cess at the Awards is at­trib­uted to the waste man­age­men­tand re­cy­cling strate­gies we have in place, that have earned us in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion. In fact, in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year we­ac­tu­ally re­duced our to­tal waste out­put by around 20 per cent.

So for coun­cil to be charg­ing 8 times more this fi­nan­cial year as a Spe­cial Refuse Charge (SRC), it is clear there has been lit­tle thought put into this deficit re­duc­tion strat­egy.

For those not fa­mil­iar, we are not talk­ing about a kerb­side col­lec­tion.

This ex­or­bi­tant in­crease in fees only af­fords us the hon­our of tak­ing our own waste to the trans­fer sta­tion.

With some oper­a­tors ex­pected to pay al­most $3700 more for the same waste ser­vice as last year, we are very con­cerned about the mes­sage it sends to lo­cal busi­ness, with no in­cen­tive to re­duce waste, just a blan­ket fee no mat­ter what you use.

Be­ing lucky to be part of two World Her­itage listed ar­eas one would imag­ine the coun­cil would be proac­tive in pro­mot­ing waste-re­duc­tion and sus­tain­able busi­ness prac­tices, not “Fill up your bins be­cause we are go­ing to charge you any­way!”

Charge peo­ple/busi­nesses/res­i­dents based on what they use, not from a ta­ble de­signed by some pen­cil pusher be­hind a desk, get real about in­cen­tivis­ing waste re­duc­tion and sup­port your lo­cal busi­nesses, or it’s go­ing to be a very lonely cam­paign year.

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