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Council Connections - 1 June 2022

1st June 2022

Feral Pig Aerial Shoot, Social Enterprise Grants and Council Nominated for Two Awards

Congratulations Herbert River Cricket Association

Congratulations to the Herbert River Cricket Association who last week won the national award for the Junior Initiative of the Year.

This award acknowledges the outstanding delivery of junior cricket experiences by finding clever and innovative ways to engage and grow junior offerings with a focus on education, fun and social connection.

Keep up the good work!

Feral Pig Aerial Shoot to Commence

Council, in co-operation with the Department of Environment and Science and the Department of Resources, intend to conduct an aerial shoot to control feral pigs.

The areas covered during this program will include “The Orient”, Lamari’s on Suthers Road, “Mungalla”, Accornero’s on Abswold Road, and parcels of land that are under the management of participating organisations between and adjacent to Palm Creek to the North, and Insulator Creek to the South.

This program will take place from Tuesday 7 June 2022 to Wednesday 8 June 2022 between the hours of 5.00am and 7.00pm each day, weather permitting.

To ensure the safety of the public while this program is being conducted, access to the National Parks Estate, Bronte Road, and the Halifax Bay Wetlands will be closed during these times. Access to huts on Bronte Road will be permitted outside of the planned control times.

Should you require any further information or clarification concerning this control program, please contact Council’s Biosecurity Team Leader, Matthew Buckman on 4776 4740 for the necessary assistance.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June 2022 is the biggest international day for the environment.

Led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and held annually since 1974, the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet.

The 2022 World Environment Day campaign #OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.

World Environment Day 2022, like previous years, will be celebrated by millions of people across the world, both online and through in-person events. To stay informed and be part of the Only One Earth campaign, please visit www.worldenvironmentday.global/get-involved/subscribe.

Social Enterprise Grants

The Queensland Government has announced $8 million over the next two years for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund, as part of the Future Skills Fund.

The Jobs Fund will continue to build on the commitments under the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy to support the development of a sustainable and thriving social enterprise sector. Under the Jobs Fund, $3 million in funding will be delivered over the next two years through business development and growth grants for eligible organisations.

Applications must be submitted using the online application form.

Applications close 5.00pm Thursday 30 June 2022.

For further information and to confirm eligibility for this grant, please visit Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's website, Social Enterprise Grants page desbt.qld.gov.au/training/future-skills-fund/social-enterprise-grants.

Thank You Trevor Hulbert

On Friday 27 May 2022, State Emergency Service (SES) Halifax Group farewelled and thanked Trevor Hulbert for his dedicated service to the unit.

Council sincerely thanks Trevor and wishes him all the best on his future endeavours.

Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Awards for Excellence 2022

Council is excited to announce that it was nominated for an Innovation Award with Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) for the works carried out at Warrens Hill Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre.

The LGMA Awards for Excellence recognise the best of local government initiatives in the state, noting the differing environments and communities that local government serves. As one of the first Councils in Australia to adopt Bituminous Geomembrane (BGM) liner technology for landfill capping, Council’s vision employed cutting-edge technology to rehabilitate and manage a Shire landfill facility which had the potential of becoming a serious environmental issue in the future. The main benefit of capping is to reduce the generation of the highly toxic liquid produced in landfill sites known as ‘leachate’ and prevent contamination of nearby groundwater resources.

With BGM technology, this reduction after final capping could be as high as 90% of pre-capped levels.

BGM liner capping also improves the quality of stormwater runoff, reduces surface erosion and significantly reduces surface emissions of landfill gases. These new works also included the installation of a landfill gas management system and major upgrades to existing leachate and stormwater systems as part of the overall design.

The project, costing close to $4 million, is the first stage of Council’s rehabilitation management of the Shire’s landfill facilities, with most of the drainage and earthworks undertaken by staff and local contractors and many materials locally sourced.

Congratulations to all nominees and special congratulations to the category winners. Well done and well deserved! 

2022 Queensland Reconciliation Awards

In the program’s 20th year, the Queensland Reconciliation Awards continue to recognise the many inspiring collaborations and projects advancing reconciliation through businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and government agencies. Council is also a finalist for the Community Award for the First 5 Forever in Hinchinbrook project.

The project involves collaboration between Council and all three First nations groups of the Shire – the Nywaigi, Bandjin and Warrgamay First Nations peoples.

Council bridged gaps between the groups to produce culturally significant resources in all three languages to enable new connections to be established between families of children aged 0-5 years as well as building relationships and connections between the First Nations groups themselves.

Winners of the award will be announced this week as part of National Reconciliation Week.

Farming in Focus Forum

Mayor Ramon Jayo attended the Farming in Focus Forum supported by QSL and Townsville Enterprise Limited held in  Ayr recently.

The forum covered building business resilience, supply chain information, carbon farming opportunities, diversification opportunities, and practical experiences and case studies.

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