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Council Connections - 14 July 2021

14th July 2021

Official Opening, Works for Queensland Project Update, and Community Activity Grants Round One Now Open

Ingham Wholelife Pharmacy and Healthfoods Official Opening

Saturday 10 July 2021 saw the Official Opening of Ingham Wholelife Pharmacy and Healthfoods. The opening was well attended and Council wishes Brendan Seri and Atlanta Knuth all the best.

Works for Queensland Projects

The district has been undergoing a facelift thanks to Works for Queensland (W4Q) funding.

Halifax Community Upgrade Project consisted of installation of a new shelter with table and seating overlooking the Herbert River on Farrell Drive, along with a footpath that consists of 210 metres of concrete connecting the Halifax township to the newly installed shelter.

Trebonne Footpath Project consisted of 295 metres of concrete footpath including access improvements from Rankin and Gorton Streets connecting back to Stone River Road. The footpath connects a loop of the township, that allows for all ability access for residents to enjoy.

Dungeness Carpark and Recreation Area Refurbishment Project consisted of construction of an 11 metre high viewing tower overlooking Hinchinbrook Island. The Dungeness Viewing Tower will be opened to the public Friday 16 July 2021, weather permitting.

The community may have also noticed the newly installed shade structure on the Dungeness Fishing Platform.

Other Dungeness projects included approximately 240 metres of concrete footpath that connects from Denney Street to the boat ramp facilities; approximately two acres of new gravel carpark, a new two lane washdown bay and an outdoor shower installed next to an existing toilet block.

A new toilet block is scheduled to be installed at the Forrest Beach RV Park with all ability access, consisting of six showers and toilets (three male and three female) with one toilet and shower facility being wheelchair accessible. One male and one female toilet will be ambulant accessible.

Construction of a new sewerage treatment plant located at the Forrest Beach RV Park is also scheduled to commence in the near future.

Council thanks the Queensland Government for its generosity through their W4Q Funding programs.

Meters to Save Litres

The ongoing successful installation of the Automatic Water Meter Reading (AMR) devices in the Hinchinbrook Shire is helping residents to keep money in their pockets.

AMR systems monitor individual water use by transmitting meter readings to local receivers every hour. This information is available daily to residents when they sign up to the Hinchinbrook H2O customer portal.

‘The feedback from residents concerning the introduction of the AMR devices in Hinchinbrook has been extremely positive’ said Mayor Ramon Jayo.

‘Many residents have expressed significant appreciation about being informed of water leaks on their properties which has saved them money.’

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up to the customer portal h2o.hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au where they can monitor their water consumption and set leak alerts for free.

Currently, 70 residents have already taken advantage of this initiative since the roll out of the customer portal at the Ingham Show.

The Hinchinbrook Automatic Water Meter Reading project is a joint initiative of the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and the Queensland Government.

Computerised Hyper Converged Solution

In great news for Hinchinbrook Shire Council, our Computerised Hyper Converged Solution install into the Townsville Data Centre, is now complete.

The project consisted of upgrading hardware and creating better back up systems for Council which includes replication and back ups. The completion of this project ensures Information System Security for constituents of the Shire and ensures that their data is kept secure.

Much work has gone into providing the hardware to enable further roll out of software throughout the organisation.

This project was developed with the support of the Queensland Government’s 2019-21 Works for Queensland (W4Q) Program in association with Council.

Community Activity Grants (CAG)

The CAG Program is funded by Council to support local organisations and individuals in areas of achievement, community activities, community organisation support, and festivals and events.

At Council’s General Meeting held Tuesday 29 June 2021, Council approved the following Community Activity Grants (CAG).

100th Anniversary Barnes Cup hosted by the Herbert River Athletics Club was awarded $6,899 (excl. GST) to assist with event costs on behalf of Herbert River School Sport.

Ingham Open Age Tournament hosted by The Ingham Tennis Association was awarded $1,000 (excl. GST) to assist with event costs.

Hinchinbrook Challenge Congress hosted by the Ingham Bridge Club Inc. was awarded $1,500 (excl. GST) to assist with event costs.

Community Activity Grants (CAG) Round One 2021-2022 Now Open

Council are inviting applications for Community Activity Grants from Monday 5 July 2021 to Monday 16 August 2021 for the Quarter 1 funding round.

Applications are invited for:

  • Community High Achievers ($250 individuals or $700 for teams of 3 or more);
  • Community Group Support (Up to $1,000);
  • Community Activities (Up to $2,000);
  • Moderate Events (Between $2,000 - $5,000);
  • Major Events (Up to $15,000); and
  • Signature Regionally Significant Events (Up to $30,000).

If you have an event, activity, training, club operations work, or competitions that occur in or represent the Hinchinbrook Shire please put forward an application.

To download an application form please visit Council’s Community Activity Grants page and submit your application to council@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au

Regional Arts Development Fund

Council has endorsed the recommendation from the Regional Arts Development Committee and approved the below projects.

Taylors Beach Progress Association was awarded $8,013 (excl. GST) to assist with the design and creation of ‘Taylors Beach Basketball and Netball Court Community Artwork’.

Tropical North Show Jumping was awarded $4,165 (excl. GST) to produce the ‘Jumping into the future by closing the gap’ event.

Warrgamay, Biyaygiri and Nywaigi was awarded $6,941 (excl. GST) to complete ‘Yaminie’ artwork, which will replace the ‘Dreamtime Snake’ located at Hinchinbrook Shire Library.

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