News

Report finds lightning unlikely to strike public shelters

A REPORT tabled at the last council meeting by chief executive officer Lisa Desmond has found a lightning strike to a Fraser Coast public shelter is unlikely to occur.

The report was tabled last Wednesday after councillor George Seymour asked for a risk assessment at the council's meeting in July.

The Risk of Lightning Strikes - Public Shelters report documented the situation of a double fatal lightning strike in a park at Geelong in 1997.

A woman was killed instantly and a man a short time later when lightning struck a rotunda.

Witnesses on that dry January day described the lightning bolt as coming in at a 45 degree angle, striking the shelter.

At the Fraser Coast Regional Council's meeting in Hervey Bay on July 9, Cr Seymour asked for the report to assess the safety of the region's shelters.

He cited the strike in 1997 and asked the CEO to undertake the study.

But not all councillors were happy with Cr Seymour's motion with Chris Loft questioning the real risk.

"We are going to spend the time and resources on this?" Loft questioned.

Councillor Stuart Taylor knows what a lightning strike feels like.

When he was 16, a strike on his home filtered through the light socket and hit him while he was drinking milk.

"I got knocked about 6m, taken to hospital and I was fine," he said.

"It's really hard to recollect and remember - it felt like an incredible surge of adrenaline.

"Everything in your body tenses up."

The council's report was acknowledged, but no improvements will be made to public shelters.

Topics:  fraser coast regional council, lightning strike, shelter




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Balloons soar for Monique three years after disappearance

THREE years after Monique Clubb went missing - Nikki Duncan, her daughter Ebony and Monique's brother Mickey at Torquay Jetty.

The fight to find Monique hasn’t ended

LETTER: Nanna’s bond can still be as strong

UNITY: When memories fade understanding can help families maintain their close ties.

Grandparents play a vital role in our society

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Hervey Bay Gallery Perception

"Perception" - new exhibition by Artisits Afloat at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery. Artists Susie Lewis from Hervey Bay and Brian Eugarde from Deception Bay take a look at Brian's sculpture "In the Eye of the Beholder" with Susie's mixed media work "In Bloom" behind them.Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Works by Artists Afloat on show at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"