The Q-One team will be hosting a series of community events in January. An inflatable outdoor movie screen will display a children’s movie from 8pm at each of the four pools. The events start at 4.30pm with games and activities, followed by a free barbecue at 6.30pm. These will be held at the pools in Captains Flat on 25 January, Bungendore on 26 January and Braidwood on 27 January. On Sunday 29 January, the Q-One Indoor Sports Centre in Queanbeyan will host the Australian Open Men’s Tennis Final on the large inflatable screen.
The volunteers at Wildcare do a great job assisting native animals. With the hot weather upon us and more coming, they suggest that the best way to help local wildlife during the hot summer is by leaving shallow containers of water in areas where you most commonly see animals. You should also ensure animals can escape the water container if they fall in by placing sticks or a stone in it to ensure animals have something to climb onto. I encourage you to drive safely on the road as animals may be mobile in search of water during hot weather.
Incorporating sustainable features into Council operations and projects has been a focus of the organisation over the past few years. Council received an “Excellent” rating from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) for the sustainability measures included in the revamped Queen Elizabeth II Park. This is the first of its kind for a recreation facility in Australia.
The efforts by staff to meet these guidelines are to be commended and will result in reduced operating and maintenance costs, reduced energy and water consumption. This will improve occupant health and reduce the ecological footprint through the materials that were used in the construction. Highlights of the sustainability achievement include the use of river water for irrigation; the use of solar PV to generate onsite power for use in the barbecue, lights and fountain; improvements to the soil at the site using compost from Council’s green waste collection and the wealth of natives planted.
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