The Bureau of Meteorology are forecasting heavy rainfall and strong winds over the North Queensland coast and the Whitsundays over the next 4 to 5 days.
They are also predicting the chance of a cyclone forming in the Coral Sea later in the week. Now is the time to ensure you are prepared.
Here is a list of useful Whitsunday links that Island FM Whitsundays hope will help keep you informed and prepared:
Whitsunday Disaster Dashboard - http://disaster.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/
Whitsunday Council Flood Cameras - https://www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/.../dis.../flood-cameras
Whitsunday Emergency Action Guide - https://www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/.../whitsunday...
Ergon Outages - https://www.ergon.com.au/.../power.../outage-finder-map/
SES Whitsundays - https://www.facebook.com/whitsundayses/ (Phone: 132 500)
River Heights - http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ60290.html#Don
BOM Bowen weather radar - http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR243.loop.shtml#skip
School closures - http://closures.det.qld.gov.au/
Whitsunday Coast Airport arrivals and departures - http://www.whitsundaycoastairport.com.au/
Whitsunday and Central Coast Notices to Mariners - https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/boating/notices/central-qld
PLEASE BE CYCLONE AWARE - http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/cyclone.shtml
REMEMBER - IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS CALL 000
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On Thursday, February 25, Collinsville Police conducted a traffic operation targeting drink and drug drivers.
A total of 296 roadside breath tests (RBTs) were conducted during a four hour period.
At approximately 5.15pm, police intercepted a Toyota Landcruiser on Scottville Road, Collinsville.
The driver, a 48-year-old Collinsville man, allegedly returned a positive reading and was subsequently transported back to Collinsville Police Station.
The man was later issued with a notice to appear for driving over the general alcohol limit after allegedly returning a result of 0.056 per cent.
He is scheduled to appear in the Bowen Magistrates Court on March 30, to have the matter heard.
Police will continue to enforce the Fatal Five rules within Collinsville.
Paramedics were called to Shute Harbour Road at 1.30pm for a two-vehicle crash. Four stable patients were assessed in total, two did not require transport to hospital, one declined and the fourth was transported to Proserpine Hospital stable with multiple injuries Thursday 25/2 1.50pm - Please avoid Shute Harbour Road Cannon Valley (adjacent to Plants Whitsundays). A two car crash is causing considerable delays - emergency services are on scene and are working to treat the occupants - PLEASE use caution (expect delays)
At about 6.50am on Tuesday, February 23, police from Collinsville were patrolling the Peter Delemothe Road, Collinsville doing speed enforcement patrols when they intercepted a Holden utility for allegedly travelling at 145km/h in a 100km/h zone.
The driver, a 40-year-old Mackay man was issued an on the spot fine of $1,245 which subsequently lead to the loss of eight demerit points and a six month disqualification period.
During the course of the morning police issued a further 12 infringement notices to other motorists for speeding on the same road.
Ten infringements were issued for motorists exceeding the speed limit in speed zone by at least 13km/h but not more than 20km/h. On the spot fines of $266 were issued which carry 3 demerit points.
Two infringement notices were issues for motorists exceeding the speed limit in speed zone by more than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h. On the spot fines for $444 were issued which carry 4 demerit points.
Police are urging all motorists to obey the speed limits and will continue to enforce the road rules for those drivers who choose to do the wrong thing.
Community Organisations in the Whitsunday Region are being invited to form a partnership to tackle drugs and alcohol, with funding from the Morrison Liberal National Government.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said applications were now open for registration of new Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) to prevent and minimise harm from ice, alcohol and other drugs.
“Alcohol and other drugs, including ice or crystal methamphetamine, are issues for communities, not just for individuals,” Mr Christensen said.
“Community action is effective because many of the factors influencing drug-related harm can only be targeted at the community level, like social connections, education and a sense of belonging.”
This recruitment round aims to approve 40 new LDATs, which can apply for $10,000 in initial funding to support prevention and health promotion activities, with further funding available.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt said the program was an important prevention initiative, targeting a broad range of alcohol and drug related issues that are relevant in their communities.
“There are currently 238 local teams doing great work in all states and territories, who in partnership with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation are developing Community Action Plans to target their local needs.
Applications from new LDATs are now open on the LDAT Community Hub: www.community.adf.org.au and close on Friday 5 March.
The hub contains extensive information about the program and how to apply and prepare a strong application.
The Queensland Premier has today announced that Anzac Day dawn services, marches and public commemorations will go ahead as normal.
"In times of strife, Queenslanders do what it takes to protect each other.
"We’ve done it in wartime, and we’re doing it now through the global pandemic.
"Because we’ve worked together to keep safe, this year we can safely gather to mark the sacrifices of those who have served."
The Whitsunday Water Police recently conducted a five day patrol (February 4 – 9) of the coastal areas near Mackay and Seaforth – as well as cruising to further outlying reefs and islands.
This patrol was conducted in the Police Vessel (PV) Damian Leeding.
Over the duration of the five days, police worked closely with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority and the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol.
The focus of the Whitsunday Water Police was to conduct breath and drug tests on vessel operators.
Safety compliance checks were also conducted upon every vessel which was boarded.
Officer in Charge of the Whitsunday Water Police Sergeant Graeme Pettigrew was very happy with the results from the multi-agency efforts.
“There were minimal issues detected with the vast majority of those on the water all doing the right thing,” Sergeant Pettigrew said.
“This was a great reminder for all vessel operators that we are here and we are active.
“To keep every body safe on the water we need operators to continue doing the right things.”
In response to the complete blackout on free LOCAL news by Facebook and because now the only way to receive local news is to pay for it, from 1st March Island FM Whitsundays will be presenting a local news and weather on air broadcast each day at 7.00am and 8.00am – free of charge.
Stories from the daily local bulletins will be available to read, again free of charge at www.islandfm.com.au
While we are sure most people do not yet fully comprehend the impact a blackout on free local news and information will have on our region and your daily life our concern is that it will be during times of high need for true local information that this news blackout will be felt most. In addition we believe that accurate information about local communities for local communities should be able to be accessed without financial penalty to those wishing to access it. Our Facebook page has a very large following and, because of a corporate vs Government dispute our information is no longer visible as, somehow, we were deemed a threat to the big corporates.
However, we still provide our information, programming information, daily weather etc on everything whitsundays – you can keep up to date there – and to receive that information in your newsfeed like or follow that page.
If you have any Whitsunday news, information, sports, community information etc you would like to tell the whole Whitsunday region about in real time then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://islandfm.com.au/contact-us or phone 0409 136 028 - we would love to hear from you!
Virgin Australia has announced it will expand flight frequencies to the Whitsundays over the Easter holidays.
Expanded frequencies to key leisure destination such as Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine), will be added across the Easter holiday period as border restrictions ease and the airline shifts its focus to rebuilding domestic capacity.
Recognising the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine from next week and an end to Victoria’s circuit-breaker action today, the airline’s flexible flying policy is supporting travellers by waiving change and cancellation fees for bookings made before 30 April 2021, for travel until 31 January 2022.
The increased flight schedule to local airports will result in:
Brisbane – Hamilton Island (up to 12 return services per week by 4 April)
Brisbane – Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) (up to 9 return services per week by 4 April)
"Today my fellow Councillors and I met with the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Management to discuss the community response to correspondence and a social media post made by council regarding the policy for the management of regional cemeteries.
In today’s discussions it was acknowledged that the current Cemeteries Policy does not meet the expectations of the general community.
We have requested a report on the policy come before the next council meeting for consideration so we can formally consider the community’s concerns.
I have directed the CEO to withdraw the letters sent to residents and to take no further action while that review of the policy is undertaken.
I have also requested that the CEO take measures to give closer consideration to future issues that may be sensitive to residents in our region.
I understand this has been an emotional time for everyone and I want to apologise for any distress this matter has caused. I would also like to thank the community for coming forward with their feedback.
Having lost loved ones myself, who are buried in the local cemetery, I know how important it is to have a peaceful space in which to grieve and remember.
From day one I have strived to be a Mayor who listens to his community and on this issue our residents have spoken.
I want to make sure this policy is appropriate and strikes the right balance between the needs of our community and the requirement to ensure our cemeteries are well maintained and safe for visitors and employees alike.”
Make sure you get all the latest info and goss on the fishing hot spots and what's biting where across the Whitsundays this weekend tomorrow (Friday) at 6.45am and 7.45am on Island FM Whitsundays! Every Friday and Saturday at 6.45am and 7.45am we present the Island FM Whitsundays fishing report with local fishing guru Mick Underwood from Reel Addiction Sport Fishing Whitsundays! Mick has the best info on Airlie, the islands, Bowen,Dingo Beach and everywhere in between! So join us for the weekly fishing report on Island FM Whitsundays - and if you have fishing tips we'd love to hear from you!(can't hear us on 88FM - isten from anywhere in the World - download the free Island FM Whitsundays app - https://apple.co/3gxZSTJ - or anytime here - https://bit.ly/32t51HM)