KIDS L OVE THE HOLIDAY FUN
FORUMS to help home and business owners learn more about their insurance are being held in coastal regional Queensland centres including Townsville this week as the industry continues to count the cost of Cyclone Debbie.
The forums are being conducted by the Insurance Council of Australia. CEO Rob Whelan has attributed some 80 per cent of the cost of claims from Cyclone Debbie to North Queensland where the category 4 storm crossed the coast in the Whitsundays on March 28.
“Insurers know the region well, having paid more than $ 4.4 billion in flood and cyclone claims in North Queensland in the past decade, including more than $ 800 million following Cyclone Debbie,” Mr Whelan said.
According to the Insurance Council, 41 per cent of claims came from the Whitsundays and Mackay with the remainder coming from centres south to Lismore in NSW.
“The forums are being held in seven key communities to provide information on insurance and risks, bust some myths and hear from policyholders,” Mr Whelan said
“ICA experts will provide a briefing on the issues and risks facing each location and how they impact on insurance.”
The remaining forums are being held in Innisfail ( today), Ingham ( tomorrow), Townsville ( Thursday), Proserpine ( Friday), Mackay ( July 10) and Rockhampton ( July 11).
Entry is free. To register, call 1800 734 621. Visit insurancecouncil. com. au/ forums Read stories of hope and inspiration in Defying Debbie – $ 7.50 at the Bulletin’s front counter. SHAPING UP: Rishaan Khandelwal, 6, has fun with origami. WITH winter school holidays in full swing, there are plenty of free activities on offer across Townsville to entertain all ages and interests.
The Museum of Tropical Queensland is showing Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous, a show which features 20 animated and life- size dinosaur models.
Queensland Museum Network director and acting CEO Alexander Hayward said MTQ was attracting record visitation with people coming in to see the show.
“The show has really captured visitors’ imaginations and minds, and I encourage people to visit the museum to see them before their departure next month,” Mr Hayward said.
CityLibraries is holding a series of free events at all locations that will give children an opportunity to show their creative side with origami and a Chinese paper lantern workshop. The Townsville City Council workshops are part of the Cultural Outreach to Communities Project.
Townsville Muliticultural Support Group operations co- ordinator Teneale Grigg said the origami sessions had been popular.
Headspace Townsville is also providing an arts workshop called Deadly Drawing, aimed at high school students who enjoy doodling.
For those kids who are more active, Townsville’s outdoor areas boast plenty of space for a run around while the weather permits.
Bookings are essential for many of the city’s school holiday programs. For more information or to find out what else is happening visit townsvillekids. com. au