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Collinsville homes should soon be easier for the Queensland Ambulance Service to find thanks to an innovative project being carried out by Collinsville Youth Coalition, Whitsunday Regional Council, Collinsville Lions Club & Queensland Ambulance Service.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew Willcox said the project involves number stickers being offered to residents by the CYC members for a gold coin donation with the money being raised retained by the CYC to support the ongoing provision of youth activities in Collinsville.
“Members of the CYC will affix the number to identify the house, making it easier for paramedics to find the correct house when responding to an emergency call, particularly at night or if there is a paramedic that is new to the area,” Cr Willcox said.
“The Collinsville Interagency Disaster Working Group coordinated by the QAS identified a number of issues affecting local agencies’ disaster management arrangements including local communications between residents and emergency services agencies,” he said.
“Over the past two years, QAS has noticed a high proportion of houses where the street number is not visible from the street,
“Council is happy to support this project by donating the stickers to the CYC via the Collinsville Interagency Disaster Working Group. The simple idea behind the CYC project could provide the answer.”
QAS Officer in Charge, Chris Rendall Day said that as well as highlighting to the younger generation the importance of undelayed emergency services access.
“This project also achieves objectives for the Collinsville Interagency Disaster Working Group including engaging local youth in a meaningful community-focussed activity, giving them a sense of achievement through a recognisable contribution to their community,”
It also gives them interaction with positive role models and emergency services workers, breaking down social and cultural barriers that may exist.”
Cr Willcox added that Council supports the excellent work being done by Kerry Cowan and the CYC, and has provided the CYC building as a base for the range of activities it provides for the youth.
Members of the CYC will commence visiting Collinsville residents from Wednesday 12th August.