Do you have dangerous Infinity cables in your house?
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned that many unsuspecting home and business owners have degrading Infinity electrical cables installed in their premises, despite a nationwide recall of the dangerous product last year.
Of an estimated 4,000km of faulty cable supplied by Infinity cable Co, only 15 per cent has been remediated under the recall.
Infinity cables fail to meet safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating. Tests have shown that the cable may become prematurely brittle from 2016 onwards, which could cause fires or electric shock if the cables were then disturbed.
“Unsafe Infinity cable is currently installed in thousands of households and businesses across Australia - it needs to be located and made safe before it poses a serious danger to the community from next year,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“Consumers that purchased new properties, undertook renovations, had appliances installed or had electrical work carried out in the past few years should contact a licensed electrician for a safety inspection to determine if Infinity cables were installed.”
“An electrician would typically be able to inspect a home for around $100, though costs will vary depending upon the size, location and design of the property. Such costs can be recovered from the supplier should affected cables be discovered,” Ms Rickard said.
“Consumers should not attempt to inspect cables themselves. Any affected cable installed in accessible areas or near heat sources must be removed and replaced under the safety recall.”
In Queensland the cables were supplied from 2012 - 2013. 680 kilometres of the dangerous cable were installed in Queensland homes, representing 17% of the national supply.
See www.accc.gov.au for more information.
National Pride at Stake at Kallangur Bowls Club On Sunday 7 June 2015
The Kallangur Bowls Club has been running an Aussie/Kiwi Day for the past nine years and this year in addition to our 2 Mens Fours “Test Challenge” teams we are also featuring Women’s Fours teams who will be competing for the Shield and bragging rights.
We have bowlers from the Rotorua Bowls Club visiting to compete in this event. The day is also open to visitors and non-bowlers to participate with everyone encouraged to dress in their national colours.
Non-bowlers are required to wear flat soled shoes or thongs and bowls will be provided free of charge.
Spectators are welcome to join in the fun and lunch is available for $10. Breakfast will be available if required from at 7.30am.
After the game have been won or lost , entertainment will be provided by “Karisma” from 5.00pm to 9.00pm.
Nominations close on 1st June, Ring (07) 3285 2267
So bring your friends, come along and enjoy a great day.
Congratulations to Student Ambassador
Jacob Pratt, a St Eugene College Year 11 student and Beacon Student Ambassador for 2014 has been selected to receive a scholarship to represent St Eugene College and the Beacon Foundation at the National Aspiring Leaders’ Summit in Canberra.
A total of thirty young people Australia-wide have been invited to participate in the program. Jacob is sure to represent the St Eugene community with distinction. The scholarship is provided by a company called Outward Bound who run the course and Beacon is a sponsor of Outward Bound.
The Beacon Foundation was established in 1988 in Tasmania and has grown to become a national not for profit organisation, operating in all Australian states and territories. The Foundation believes every young person has the right to hope, a job, financial opportunity and the sense of personal success this provide them.
Beacon focuses on disadvantaged communities and areas of high youth disengagement and unemployment, where the risk and the need are greatest. They work with schools, businesses and communities to help bring relevance to the curriculum, and inspire young people to think about careers and experience the workplace, long before they leave school. This helps school retention rates and teaches real-life skills, preparing them for the workplace.
Chris Bugden (Pastoral Programs and Events Coordinator) said, “Jacob was one of only three Queensland students awarded this scholarship and he is to be congratulated for the quality of his application. Jacob also models leadership through his actions, attitudes and application at the college and we are very proud of his achievement.”
Jacob in his usual humble way said, “When I first got the call stating I had won the scholarship I was in disbelief, I had always tried my best but never imagined it could amount to something this big!”More great articles in the Messenger
Hardship Relief Available for Storm Affected
The Government has announced financial support for the communities hit hardest by last Friday’s torrential storms in south-east Queensland (areas listed below).
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited storm-affected residents today and met with the Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council, Cr Allan Sutherland to offer support to those impacted by the deluge.
“It’s awful to see the impact of this storm, with some houses inundated by up to a metre of water. We’re offering those residents in the worst affected streets immediate hardship assistance,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It is so heartening to see the way the community has come together to help each other. Neighbours and families are offering meals, a place to stay and accommodation in a wonderful display of community spirit.
“Today I have announced targeted assistance measures funded by the State Government to lend a helping hand to those hit hardest.
“Some of these areas have been absolutely devastated, which is why we need to do everything we can to help them get back on their feet.”
Targeted assistance is available to people living in the worst affected streets in Deception Bay and Rothwell, and one street in Mango Hill.
Immediate Hardship Assistance under State Disaster Relief Arrangements is available, along with Essential Household Contents Grants and Structural Assistance Grants.
Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said 30 Community Recovery and Red Cross staff were already on the ground helping those in need.
“Working with Moreton Bay Regional Council, we’ve set up a locally-based Community Recovery Hub at Rothwell Community Hall in Morris Road, a one-stop-shop run by Council, my department, Red Cross, Lifeline and GIVIT representatives,” Ms Fentiman said.
“My heart goes out to all those whose lives have been turned upside down by this terrible storm. We’re offering support to those whose homes were inundated to help them get back on their feet.”
Anyone affected and needing support and assistance to recover from this event can either contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or visit the Community Recovery Hub at Rothwell.
Further information is available at www.qld.gov.au/community.
If people need counselling services, please phone 1800 543 354.
We all Stand on Sacred Ground
Learn - Respect - Celebrate
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
Locally, Dreamtime Kullilla-Art have been operating on the Redcliffe Peninsula for nearly 20 years starting with a small tarp at the local markets selling a few didgeridoos to the large store front premises they have today.
Michael Connolly is an internationally renowned Aboriginal Artist, Craftsman, Didgeridoo Performer and Cultural & Spiritual Educator and has performed and exhibited internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. He is also a Traditional Owner of the Kullilli/Murawarri Nations and a respected Aboriginal Statesman and Cultural Ambassador for his people.
Michael and Jo Connolly of Dreamtime Kullilla-Art are pleased to announce the official opening of their newly renovated Aboriginal Art & Craft Retail Shop/Gallery and completion of the new Culture Cave on 16th & 17th May 2015 at their business complex situated at Units 7 & 3/349-351 MacDonnell Road, Clontarf on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
School holidays and term dates for 2015
The Department of Education, Training and Employment sets the term and school holiday dates for all Queensland state schools.
Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but these can vary from school to school - check with your school for details.
Queensland term dates - 2015
Term 1 Tuesday 27 January - Thursday 2 April (10 weeks)
Term 2 Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June (10 weeks)
Term 3 Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September (10 weeks)
Term 4 Tuesday 6 October - Friday 11 December (10 weeks)
Staff professional development days for 2015
• Thursday 22 and Friday 23 January
• Three additional days within the Easter holiday or other negotiated flexible arrangements
• Monday 19 October
Year 10 and 12 finishing dates for 2015
• Year 12 - Friday 20 November
• Year 10 and 11 - Friday 27 November