Cairns Dad, Ben Mitchell was awarded 2009 Father of The Year at a moving presentation on the Cairns Esplanade.
The father of seven, born in the Torres Strait completed a business degree with honours at James Cook University, works as a Manager at Centrelink and still finds time to coach children rugby league at Kangaroos Football Club.
Ben, who was nominated by his father is also assisting with domestic chores as wife Marcia undergoes chemotherapy for a cancerous cyst. He is a deserved winner of Father of The Year and a thoroughly decent man.
Belated congratulations to the residents of Cliff Close in Mt Sheridan for participating in planting trees the Sunday before last to celebrate Planet Ark National Tree Day.
The photos shown below show residents participating and having a good time. Taipans player Ian Crosswhite also participated, putting his back into it to dig a few holes for some of the Council supplied Golden Penda trees.
A Council worker indicated the best locations on the grass verge for the trees to be planted and residents did the rest.
Thank you to Cairns Taipan Ian Crosswhite for helping on the day.
Houses in residential areas will soon be inspected to ensure that all dogs are registered. Cairns Regional Council has approved the dog audit, in which Local Laws Officers will visit every home to confirm that dogs in residence are registered. Council audit officers would visit homes between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday to carry out the inspection. The program will run from the end of August to the end of October. Registration is compulsory and designed to ensure a dog is returned to an owner if it strays.
Cr. Pyne said, “Hopefully this will also reduce the number of non-desexed dogs in the region and as a result reduce the number of unwanted puppies.” Inspections will be done by authorised officers trained in safe methods to approach dogs. Council has carried out this type of audit in the past approximately every three years and each time the cost of the program has been recouped by increased registrations.
Future water bills will bring some relief to at-home dialysis patients with a reduction in the amount they will pay for water.
In 2009, Cairns Regional Council increased their Special Water Rebate program to offer assistance to home dialysis users, increasing the concessional limit to 190 litres yearly.
Cr. for Division 3, Rob Pyne, said since the inception of the discount, it had become evident that dialysis patients required relief from water charges. “In order to help in the care of those in our community who depend on the medical assistance of dialysis, Council has reviewed the information and come up with a more accurate read of what is required for optimum assistance.”
Support has been calculated at six sessions per week on a usage of 274 litres per session. Potential recipients are required to apply for the concession by filling out an application form and lodging it with Council. Cr. Pyne said, “In an effort to reach all those who need the program, Council will provide application forms at Customer Service outlets and at the Cairns Base Hospital Renal Unit.”