VISIT SEE & APPRECIATE THE HISTORY OF THE HOWARD TORBANLEA REGION
A must see facility for all visitors to the Fraser Coast region is this great intimate museum where the ambiance wreaks of historical artifacts & information making you feel like you have gone back in time.So enjoy your journey through the historical museum in Howard Qld.
THE BURRUM DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE KINDY IS NOT TO BE SHUT DOWN IF WE HAVE ANY SAY IN IT
BURRUM District Community Kindy at Howard is closing due to financial stress caused by Bligh Government funding changes, low enrolment numbers and a lack of community funding support.
A kindy spokeswoman said an executive meeting of the Burrum District Community Kindy decided for financial reasons to close the kindy doors.
She said they deeply regretted the decision but to continue to operate the facility under the current funding situation would have been illegal and irresponsible for an incorporated body.
“We would have been trading while insolvent,” the spokeswoman said.
“Staff have been notified about their jobs and we are notifying parents.”
The kindergarten has been operating out of the Burrum District Community Centre at Howard for a number of years.
“This will also be a blow to the Community Centre, as they rely on the rent from the kindy as part of their operational revenue,” she said.
“So this closure affects the whole area.
“The financial stress has been brought about by the funding changes made by the Bligh Government.
“Sadly, lack of community funding support and low enrolment numbers has also contributed.
“The committee has met with the ruling body C and K to follow all possible avenues of recovery funding, but so far have been unsuccessful.
“We will continue to work together to try to solve the financial problems but at this stage we have no resolution and will need to commence selling off the assets.
“If the community wants to see the kindy re-open they can register their interest in fundraising support by contacting the Kindy on 4129 0994 immediately, before the assets need to be sold off.”
The content of this posting was sourced from the local Chronicle newspaper with my comments as the headlines & notes below.
Published here as a community contribution by Henry Sapiecha
As a result of being notified today 23rd Jan 2013 by Ailsa of the centre of the impending closure of this much valued kindy, a well structured & heavy support campaign to retain the kindy facility shall be undertaken by this web site and support requests shall be sent to the many thousands of emails in our data base so that the kindy centre shall become viable & government support continued
In the meantime send your email & or letter of support to the centre.
AUSTRALIAN BASS FISH ARE DYING BY THE THOUSANDS AT BASE OF BURRUM WEIR FISHLADDER TRYING TO ACCESS THE FRESH WATER AFTER SPAWNING
FISH are still dying in the Burrum River while Wide Bay Water Corporation dithers over a design for a fishway on the No 1 dam at Howard.
Eight years after Lenthalls Dam was raised, on the condition that a new fishway be built, a detailled design has still not been produced.
The upcoming change in the water body’s corporate structure has also put a hitch in proceedings.
WBWC acting chief executive officer Garry Storch said they did not want to “take a decision without talking to the council about what they would like to do with it”.
“We’ll be taking it up with them in the next week or two as to how they’d like to proceed,” he said.
Mr Storch said they had not been satisfied that the designs they had looked at were going to work appropriately.
“We’ve got to make sure it’s not a white elephant,” he said.
“We’ve got to judge it against cost.
“From a purely environmental (and) fishing point of view, we should be doing it.”
Mr Storch said it was difficult to judge the success of a fishway and they had looked at designs but had not come to any conclusions.
But environmentalist Graham Berry, who has been involved in the fishway discussions all the way along, said a WBWC manager told the council’s environmental advisory committee in February that the Burrum fish ladder was at the detailed design stage and tenders would be called in May or June for construction to be completed in 2013.
He said even though installing a new fishway was a condition of raising Lenthalls Dam in 2004, no timeframe was attached.
Meanwhile, throughout September and October, observers noted a steady stream of bass dying in the river’s tidal saltwater near the No 1 dam because the fish were unable to get back into the freshwater via the existing fish ladder after spawning.
Way back in 2008, the Greater Mary Association criticised the water body was for its “tardiness” in building the fishway.
At the time, water CEO Tim Waldron said it would be easy to build a large concrete structure in the middle of the river that didn’t work.
“We do not want to build something that is not going to work,” he said.
“We are looking for the right long-term answer.”
In September, 2010, WBWC acting CEO Peter Care said $3.2 million had been set aside to build the new fishway to ensure it was completed before the end of the 2012-13 financial year.
Mr Care said the fishway benefits included improving, or allowing, adult fish – particularly Australian bass and barramundi that lived in the freshwater reaches of the Burrum system but moved into the saltwater to breed – access to and from spawning habitats, the dispersal of juvenile fish such as barramundi and mullet to new habitats, access to feeding habitats, the recolonisation of habitats and access to and from refuge areas during droughts or floods.
“We are committed to improving the health of our waterways and our environment department is working closely with stakeholders to ensure a beneficial outcome for fish stocks and habitats,” he said at the time.
Mr Berry said he was a little frustrated by the delay in installing a new fishway but was confident it would be built, “it’s just a matter of when”.
Sourced from the local Chronicle paper & published by Henry Sapiecha
NEEDY HOWARD STUDENTS have been looked after in the shoe department
Some 75 children at Howard State School will receive new school shoes for next year, after a donation from the Shoes and Socks 4 Kids program.
The program was a result of more than year’s research by the charity, which spoke to schools and teachers to find out what the most important and urgent needs of disadvantaged children were.
Howard State School principal David McGucken said the answer to what kids needed was unusually simple, with basic necessities such as school shoes high on the list of priorities.
“It’s nice to get something so useful,” he said.
Mr McGucken said the new shoes would be handed out next year to the students who needed them most.
Pauline Preston, managing director of the Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation, said it was shocking to hear from teachers across the state about the effects of poverty on students.
“This program ensures children will go to school without the stigma of having no shoes, increasing school attendance, reducing ill health and reducing school bullying,” she said.
Ms Preston said the donation to Howard was made possible thanks to the support of organisations such as the Rali Foundation and Star Track Express, which generously delivered all the shoes and socks for free.
AS THE 50th anniversary of the opening of the Howard pool approaches, Burrum swimmer and author China Johnson is launching a book on the history of the pool.
“The Howard pool may be small, relative to pools in other country townships, but it was put there for a purpose – that was to teach children to swim and it has lived up to this expectation,” China said in his book titled Howard Pool the History.
All proceeds from the sale of the book, to be launched at Howard’s Grand Hotel at 7pm on November 2, will be used to teach the district’s children to swim for free.
“I just love seeing kids get a chance in life,” China said.
He said in the 50 years since the 18m pool was built, it was believed that no child had drowned in the district.
John “Jesse” James said before the pool was built, swimming lessons were held in the Burrum River.
He said the pool stood as a memorial to those who worked diligently to achieve their goal of building a pool so children could learn to swim as part of their school learning experience.
“Its continuing operation is testimony of the will of the people of the Burrum District to provide well for the youth of the area,” Jesse said.
Along with many fundraising activities such as raffles, China said coal miners showed their support for the project by agreeing to voluntarily contribute one shilling or about $5 in today’s currency, a week for 40 weeks.
“It is believed that this pool was the first one built in the state by the community and then to be open to the community,” he said
The pool was officially opened on November 17, 1962, after four years and 10 months of paperwork and wading through red tape, and an eight-month construction period.
“One of the main attractions of the pool opening was a contest open to young ladies of the district,” China said.
The winner was judged, by an all-male panel, on her ability to parade in costumes and the title of The Siren of the Pool was awarded to 17-year-old June Bilsborough.
Her prize was a framed studio portrait and it has hung in her lounge room since 1962.
China said June still had the hand-stitched dress and the sashes worn in the photo and current swimming club member Lacee Froeschl would model the outfit during the 50th birthday celebration planned for November 17.
Among the records that China was able to dig up during his research, was the tale of the “flying tadpole” Leonie Joy who set a club record for backstroke in 1975 that stood for 24 years.
Leonie passed on her sporting genes to her daughter Larrissa Miller who represented Australia in gymnastics at the recent London Olympic Games.
China said Leonie, now living in Brisbane, planned to return to Howard for the 50th birthday celebration on November 17.
The author also discovered a record set by Brad Green, who grew up in Howard but now lives in Hervey Bay, that has stood for 37 years.
In 1975 when Brad was 10, he set a record for a medley swim that has never been broken.
While China spent about 12 months researching the book and found records “the club didn’t even know existed”, he said Pacific Haven’s John and Carol Mitchell pulled all the information and photos together in a book format
“They’ve done a marvellous job,” he said.
The book, priced at $20, will be available at Howard’s Van Cooten & Son’s Drapery after the November 2 launch.
Sourced from the local chronicle paper & published by Henry Sapiecha