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.