Kira Thomas and Margie Hams, from the new Head To Health service which will be opening its doors soon in Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy

November 23, 2023

The South Burnett Regional Council’s annual health expo ensured that Kingaroy Town Hall was packed with stalls – and information – on Thursday.

The expo is an opportunity for local residents to find out more about what health and support services are available in the South Burnett region.

Stalls were hosted by both not-for-profit and community organisations, including the QFES which was spruiking the benefits of smoke alarms.

From January 1 last year, when a new lease on a rental property starts (or is renewed) all smoke alarms must be photoelectric, hardwired or have a 10-year tamper-proof battery.

They must be installed in each bedroom, and in hallways which connect bedrooms, and on each storey.

And from January 1, 2027, all homes – including owner-occupied properties – must have interconnected photoelectric alarms.

The health expo is also a great opportunity for employees from the various South Burnett agencies to network with each other, and learn what other supports are available in the community.

It also provided an opportunity for the unveiling of a new online South Burnett Community Directory

More networking was scheduled to continue on Thursday evening with a meet’n’greet for service providers and health professionals to be held in Glendon Street Forecourt from 5:00pm (weather permitting).

Up to 70 people were expected to attend this event.

NB. The new online directory has no connection to South Burnett Online, publishers of this report.

Brentyn Parkin, from Community Information Support Services which launched a new community directory for the South Burnett on Thursday, with Karen Jones and Nicole Kimlin, from CRAICCHS in Kingaroy and Cherbourg … a new CRAICCHS centre will be opening in Wondai next March
Housing support worker Troy Miller was offering information about the services offered by South Burnett CTC
Jenny Hoare and Jill Dascombe, from Eva’s Place, were explaining the group’s pregnancy support and parenting services, and their unique “baby bucks” program where new mums can earn “bucks” to spend in the Eva’s Place “baby boutique”
Firefighters Sally Reiners, Jarod Hume, Damien Hankinson and Captain Russell Hood were explaining the benefits of interconnected smoke alarms
Ali Doherty and Andrew Saal from Lives Lived Well, which offers drug and alcohol counselling

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