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Mascots to be named at Million Paws Walk!

Cairns Regional Council’s furry mascots will join their four-legged friends at this weekend’s RSPCA Million Paws Walk. 

The dog and cat mascots – whose objective is to spread the message of responsible pet ownership – will not only get some good (on-leash) exercise, but will be officially named on Sunday morning.

Division 5 Councillor Richie Bates will announce the winners of a competition that invited local children to name the mascots.

“We received some wonderfully quirky and creative entries and we want to congratulate everyone who contributed,” Cr Bates said.

“While this competition has been a bit of fun, the mascots will actually be taking an important message to families throughout the region.

“Owning a pet can bring great joy, but it needs to be understood from day one that a pet is for life and they do have some special needs.

“It’s important that we all understand how to care for our furry family members, to keep them safe and secure in our yards at home, to feed them well and exercise them regularly.

“And, of course, we need to ensure our pets are registered and microchipped, as this makes it possible for Council to reunite our pets if they ever got lost.”

The new mascots will visit schools, community groups and public events and Cr Bates said the Million Paws Walk was the perfect place to start.

“This event encourages responsible pet ownership and raises awareness of the work of the RSPCA and its volunteers,” he said.

The competition winners will be announced as part of the Million Paws Walk at 11.30am on Sunday, May 20, near Muddy’s Playground on the Cairns Esplanade.


The winning names are “Reggie” the dog and “Boots” the cat. “Reggie” was entered by 3-year-old Jordan Walsh and is short for “Registration”. “Boots” was the entry of 2-year-old Lachlan Christopher.

Both winners are expected to be present at the announcement. They will receive a prize pack from Cairns Regional Council


Exhibitor registrations now open for the Sustainable Living Expo 2012!

The annual Sustainable Living Expo is approaching once again and exhibitor registrations are now open.

The Expo will be held on Sunday 15th July 2012 at the Cairns Esplanade from 11am to 4pm and will be a day of celebration featuring live music, children’s workshops, performers, and an array of product and information displays from local exhibitors.

The Expo provides exhibitors with a great opportunity to showcase products and services to an interested audience. We hope you can join us this year to create an even bigger and more exciting event.

The registration form is attached. Just complete this form (electronically or in paper form) and return it by email, fax or post to be part of this event.

Expressions of interest are also open for organisations or businesses that would like to run short, outdoor demonstrations on the day. These will be 15-30 minute interactive sessions to take place in a new central demonstration area at the Expo. Expressions of interest can be emailed

More information is available online at If you have any questions about the event please feel free to get in touch on 4044 3562 or 4044 3312.


Working Confidently with Diverse Victims of Crime: Community Law and Justice.

Free training opportunity

14 – 20 May is LAW WEEK    as part of the events Victim Assist Queensland is excited to host a free training opportunity for all agencies working directly or indirectly with victims of crime.

Nova Consultancy will deliver the training.  Nova has over 20 years of experience delivering community and interpreting services across the Government and Non- Government sector.  They have developed a specialised training session on working effectively and confidently with victims of crime from diverse cultural and linguistic background.

Key topics will include:

·     Using interpreters effectively and productively

·     Relevant legislation and best practices for using interpreters

·     Cultural competence

·     Develop strategies that reduce misunderstanding due to diverse communication styles.

When: May 16th 2012
Where: Cairns Courthouse Training Room, Ground Floor, 5D Sheridan Street, Cairns, Qld 4870.
Fee : FREE for Court Stakeholders and volunteers
Time: 9am to 4pm

Although this training is free of charge to participants, RSVP’s are vital as seats are limited.

Lunch and morning tea will be provided.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Please RSVP before May 11th, 2012 to Tanya on 4039 8523 or

Parking can be found beside the State Government Building for $2 a day or under the Convention Centre for $4 a day.

Support a Vision to Cure and Mission to Care with Lavender Appeal 2012!

Lavender Appeal is a fundraising merchandise appeal for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland. We need your help to sell a range of lavender products to raise vital funds for patients and their families living with leukaemias and related blood disorders

This year, the Lavender Appeal has a fresh new look.  We would love for you to be involved with the appeal and we hope you enjoy the new look and products we have available in 2012.  To support the appeal, please complete the enclosed order form and return at your earliest convenience.

The 2012 appeal will be held during the month of June.

The products sold during the 2012 Lavender Appeal include:

  • ·         Teddy bear                                     – $10 each
  • ·         Metal pen                                       – $7 each
  • ·         Notebook                                       – $5 each
  • ·         Natural lavender pot pourri            – $4 each
  • ·         Natural lavender soap                    – $3 each

Once you have completed an order form, a box of merchandise will be provided on consignment. The box is small and attractive, measuring just 20cm x 27cm and contains a separate box for money collection. The ‘standard box’ has a total retail value of $265 and contains the following: 10 x teddy bears, 10 x pens, 10 x pot pourri bags, 10 x soaps, 5 x notebooks. We can modify the contents of this box to suit your needs. Deposit slips are provided so funds can easily be banked.

The lavender merchandise is designed to be placed on your counter, with minimal assistance needed from staff to sell the products.  Please keep the box and all the paperwork that comes with the merchandise together for at the end of the campaign you will need this paperwork and the box to return to the Foundation.  I am also available in the Cairns Area to collect this at the end of the campaign and finalise and return for you. Please just let me know that you would like me to do this for you.

Funds raised by the Lavender Appeal provide vital support services for the 2000 Queenslanders expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer this year.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland receives no direct ongoing government funding, and therefore relies on the generosity of the public and businesses to continue to care for patients and their families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma or related blood disorders and to invest in medical research seeking cures.

This year the Leukaemia Foundation aims to raise $200,000 from the Lavender Appeal which will go directly towards supporting patients now and in the future.

If you would like to assist the Foundation in its Vision to Cure and Mission to Care, then please complete the attached order form and return via post or fax.

If you have any questions or would like any further information please contact Annette on 4041 1454 or email me at