Friday, March 24, 2017

QLD Flood Watch: Coastal catchments between Cooktown to Mackay extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments

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QLD Flood Watch: Coastal catchments between Cooktown to Mackay extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 2:14 pm EST on Friday 24 March 2017

Issue Number: 1

River level rises above the minor flood level are likely across the Flood Watch area from late Sunday. Major flooding is possible.

Heavy rainfall with daily totals up 200 mm with locally heavier falls are expected across the Flood Watch area from late Sunday and into Monday.

This rainfall is associated with a tropical low over the Coral Sea which is expected to strengthen into a tropical cyclone and track southwest towards the Queensland North Tropical Coast.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area includes the Daintree, Mossman, Barron, Russell, Mulgrave, Johnstone, Tully, Murray, Herbert, Ross, Bohle, Black, Haughton, Burdekin, Don, Prosperine, Pioneer, Mitchell, Gilbert, Norman and Upper Flinders Rivers and Bluewater Creek.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts
Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

Rainfall and River Conditions Map

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QLD Tropical Cyclone Watch: Cape Tribulation to Proserpine

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QLD Tropical Cyclone Watch: Cape Tribulation to Proserpine


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:36 pm EST on Friday 24 March 2017


Headline:
Coral Sea tropical low should develop into a tropical cyclone and move west towards the coast over the weekend.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone
None.

Watch Zone
Cape Tribulation to Proserpine.

Cancelled Zone
None.

Details of Tropical Low at 10:00 am AEST:

Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 45 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 110 kilometres of 16.1 degrees South 151.4 degrees East, estimated to be 610 kilometres east of Cairns and 600 kilometres northeast of Townsville.

Movement: south at 15 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low has been showing signs of strengthening and has been moving towards the south. During Saturday the low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and adopt a track towards the west, bringing it towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the system as it approaches the coast over the weekend.
Hazards:

GALES are not expected along the coast in the next 24 hours.

However, given the expected intensification of the low and the forecast track towards the coast, coastal and island communities between Cape Tribulation and Proserpine, including the Whitsunday Islands, may be affected by this expected tropical cyclone during Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
Recommended Action:

People between Cape Tribulation and Proserpine should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management

Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on

132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings

or roof damage).

Current Tropical Cyclones

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Friday, January 6, 2017

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain

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QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

or people in parts of the
Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast District.

Issued at 10:02 am Friday, 6 January 2017.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Proserpine and Hamilton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

QLD Flood Watch: Pioneer, Proserpine and Don River Catchments

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QLD Flood Watch: Pioneer, Proserpine and Don River Catchments


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:37 pm EST on Wednesday 4 January 2017

Issue Number: 1

A surface trough located along the Central Queensland Coast is expected to produce enhanced showers and thunderstorms over the warning area through to Friday.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 150-200 mm are likely with locally heavier falls up to 300 mm possible.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Pioneer, Proserpine and Don Rivers.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

Weather Forecast:
For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

VMR Whitsunday's Rescue Vessel VMR1 is out of action

via VMR Whitsunday:

Due to a serious mechanical problem, VMR Whitsunday's Rescue Vessel VMR1 is out of action.




Even with our meticulous maintenance schedule, unfortunately these things happen.

And it couldn't have happened at a worse time of year, with mechanics away on leave and pats suppliers closed down for the Christmas/New Year break.


We cannot expect any repairs to be completed until at least January 3, so in the meantime, we are unable to go out on any rescues.

So PLEASE take extra care that you will not require our services.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Whitsunday Sea Eagles bid for Women’s team

Whitsunday Sea Eagles bid for Women’s team

Australian Football continues to grow across the region and in particular female football is in high demand across the Whitsunday Coast, leading the Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFC to bid to enter the AFL Mackay Women’s competition in 2017. 

Key introductory program’s in NAB AFL Auskick and School Program’s have rapidly increased in participation over the last 12months. From these program’s numerous youth girls and women’s athletes have enquired about opportunities to play Australian Football. The answer, bidding to enter the AFL Mackay Women’s competition for season 2017.

AFL Queensland staff met with Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFC officials recently to finalise the first step in entering a side, with the club set to host an Information and BBQ evening at Whitsunday Sports Park on Thursday 8th December for anyone that is interested.

AFL Queensland Regional Manager for the Mackay region, Jeff Neumann was excited that Whitsunday Sea Eagles were wanting to enter a side next season.

“Whitsunday have been a powerhouse club across our junior, youth and senior competitions for many years and for them want to add a women’s team to their great club is a fantastic result that has many benefits,” Regional Manager Jeff Neumann said.

“We have a lot of water to go under the bridge so to speak, but as we discussed with the Sea Eagles we will take it one step at a time and the first step is holding an Information and BBQ evening at the footy club.

“This year we have increased are awareness and reach across the Whitsunday region and have already collated a list of enough names to fill a team of interested youth girls and women’s athletes that want to know more. Which is a great starting point” Neumann added.

The Whitsunday Sea Eagles invite any female down who is interested in knowing more. From never had played before to athletes from other sports, everyone is invited to the Whitsunday Sea Eagles home at Whitsunday Sports Park on Shute Harbour Road.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles, Vice-President Nicki Steel is excited by the opportunity and benefits of been a female-friendly football club.

“Not only will this bring more members, supporters, volunteers and players. But a women’s team will lead to a more diversified decision making, wider sponsorship and fundraising appeal and a more appealing social atmosphere which is great for any community club,” Sea Eagles Vice President Nicki Steel said.

“We are very excited by this opportunity and hope the Whitsunday community will get behind this bid,” Mrs. Steel said.

Whitsunday Sea Eagles Women’s Information & BBQ Evening
When: Thursday 8th December
Where: Whitsunday Sports Park – AFL Oval (behind the PCYC)
Times: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
What: An opportunity to meet the Whitsunday Sea Eagles and AFL Queensland staff, along with hearing about information to bid for 2017 and requirements.

FREE BBQ as well.

For more information, go to the Whitsunday Sea Eagles AFC Facebook page; www.facebook.com/whitsundayAFC or to register your interest, send an email to Jeff.Neumann@afl.com.au

Sunday, November 13, 2016

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Damaging Winds

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QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Damaging Winds


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of the
Herbert and Lower Burdekin and
Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast Districts.

Issued at 9:01 pm Sunday, 13 November 2016.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Proserpine, Bowen, Collinsville, Hamilton Island, Ayr and Alva Beach.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Final update: Children located, Home Hill

Final update: Children located, Home Hill

Source: Queensland Police Service

The Queensland Police Service has located five children who were the subject of an Amber Alert in Home Hill today.

The children, who are safe and well, were taken to the Townsville Police Station by someone known to them around 1.30pm.

Police are no longer seeking public assistance to locate the 31-year-old man who was believed to be in their company.

Police investigations are continuing.

The QPS would like to thank members of the media and the public for their assistance with this matter.


Call 131 564 to provide information about this Amber Alert.

Call Triple Zero (000) for life threatening information about this Amber Alert.

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AMBER ALERT - Home Hill - 5 children missing

AMBER ALERT - Home Hill - 5 children missing

Source: Queensland Police Service

The Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate five children who were last seen at a residence in Third Avenue, Home Hill yesterday morning and who may be at significant risk.

The children are a boy aged six and four girls aged five, four, one and two months.

They are believed to be travelling in a car in the company of a 31-year-old man, Zane Smallwood (pictured).

The car is a grey coloured 2002 Ford Falcon sedan with Queensland registration 947-WKD (similar pictured).

Call 131 564 to provide information about this Amber Alert.

Call Triple Zero (000) for life threatening information about this Amber Alert.



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