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National Broadband Network (NBN)
The nbn™ network is coming soon to Quorn!
What is the nbn? How do I get connected? How much will it cost? How will it change my internet and telephone experience?
nbn staff will be available to answer these questions and more from 3pm to 5pm Monday 1 April and from 9am to 12pm Tuesday 2 April outside the Town Hall on Seventh Street. No need for appointments, just stop by and say hello.
This initiative is bought to you by Regional Development Australia Far North and The Flinders Ranges Council
Community Affairs Manager – South Australia
P +61 8 8193 3770 | M +61 467 812 632 | Etimsaul@nbnco.com.au
nbn™ network construction has begun in Quorn
The nbn™network is Australia’s new fast and reliable landline phone and internet network. It’s designed to connect Australians to each other, and connect Australia to the world.1
Construction of the nbn™ network has started in Quornto connect more than 800premises to the nbn™ fixed line network. Our nbn™ construction partners will move progressively through the town and works may involve:
- Installing cable through existing underground pipes or on existing overhead power poles.
- Digging and/or drilling on public property such as under footpaths or on nature strips.
- Installing pits, similar to the telecommunications pits you may already see in your area and new nbn cabinets and equipment.
The nbn™ fixed line network in Quorn is expected to go live in late June 2017.
Little Corella Project
While many people enjoy seeing little corellas, large flocks in urban and rural areas cause considerable problems in the warmer months. The most common issues are damage to trees (defoliation), taking grain, and disturbing residents with loud vocalisations. Managing little corellas can be difficult and significant public contention exists regarding their management. Many local councils with a long history of problems with little corellas have invested significant resources into developing strategies for their management. Extensive experience and knowledge of little corellas exists within these agencies and in local communities, but little information sharing or coordination of activities occurs among groups.
No “silver-bullet” or “quick solution” exists to fix the issues caused by little corellas. Our aim was to identify steps, based on research and consultation, to help reduce issues with little corellas. Our focus was on “problem sites” in urban and peri-urban areas, including townships, across South Australia. We used a mixed-methods approach, including:
- A social survey (1,270 respondents)
- Nine community workshops
- Field surveys at 144 little corella sites identified by project participants
- Development of models for little corella habitat suitability and land use preferences
- Synthesis of data into Mental Modeler software, a tool that can be used to understand and educate about little corella management
The full Little Corellas Project Report can be accessed online here: http://www.discoverycircle.org.au/projects/little-corellas/results/
Bushfire Fuel Reduction
All township properties are required to maintain reduced fuel loads during the whole bushfire season. Similarly all rural properties are required to maintain fire breaks around their property boundaries during the whole bushfire season.
Council generally checks all properties immediately before the start of the bushfire season and issues Sec 105F notices to those properties that do not comply. Council can also issue expiations for non-compliance, although this is rarely necessary.
Due to the unseasonal amount of rain over the bushfire season so far, Council will be undertaking another round of inspections and issuing Sec 105F notices for properties that have not been maintained in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005. Inspections will start week commencing 6 February 2017.
Please ensure the fuel load on your properties is maintained for the whole bushfire season.
EPA Dob in a Litterer App
A new public litter reporting App and website, developed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will give power to the people who see someone litter.
From Wednesday 1 February South Australians will have access to the Dob in a Litterer App and website to report cases of littering from vehicles.
The Dob in a Litterer App is free and easy to use. After downloading onto a phone or tablet, users simply complete a once-off registration process to commence reporting.
Dob in a Litterer uses the latest technology featuring drop down menus to identify the type, model and colour of the offending vehicle, a map to determine the exact location of where the littering took place, and also includes a photo feature to capture evidence.
Research has shown that cigarette butts remains the main contributor to litter in South Australia, with other items including takeaway food containers, plastic bottles and paper.
The Dob in a Litterer app has been specifically designed to target littering from vehicles.
Fines have been set at $210 for small amounts of general litter, $500 for Class B hazardous litter, which includes lit cigarettes or butts, used syringes and glass, and $1000 for quantities of litter more than 50 litres on volume, such as illegal dumping.
The app is free and available for Android and Apple phones and tablets.
The launch of Dob in a Litterer coincides with the introduction of the litter provisions of the new Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, and a State Government commitment to introduce a public litter reporting system.
A similar system is operating in NSW and Victoria.
South Australia maintains its reputation for sustaining a clean environment and this legislation and the new app and website is making this happen. These reforms will significantly deter littering by giving the power to all citizens to report littering and result in reduced clean-up costs to local government, as well as improved services for the South Australian community.
CFS Fire Danger Season
The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) has not advised that the Fire Danger Season for the Flinders District will be changed for the 2016-2017 Fire Danger Season. The Flinders District Fire Danger Season starts on 1st November 2016 and finishes on 15 April 2017. All Fire Danger Season dates can be found on the CFS website here:
Please be aware that Fire Bans can be applied any time during the year. Please refer to the CFS website for futher details concerning Fire Bans: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp
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