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Council Connections - 16 September 2020

16th September 2020

School Holidays, Get Ready Queensland, and Art Gallery Exhibitions

School Holidays are Almost Here!

School holidays start this weekend, and this is the time to get out and explore your own backyard, with amazing things to do right here in our region like camping, hiking, fishing, Island hoping and so much more.

COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland affected the Easter break and family holidays, earlier this year.  Things will be different this time around, with the easing of restrictions to allow for activities both at home with up to 30 people, and for travelling within the State, except in restricted areas.

Continue to practise good hygiene, stay at home if you  are sick and follow social distancing guidelines, to be able to do even more next holidays.

Last weekend’s road toll was a tragedy with the number of fatal road accidents.  This is a heart breaking reminder to buckle up, stick to the speed limit, do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, be well-rested and avoid distractions when behind the wheel, such as mobile phones.

Remember stay safe.

Get Ready Queensland Schools Competition

Get Ready Queensland (7 September to 6 November) will give Queensland schools the chance to win a visit from Johnathan Thurston as part of a Get Ready Queensland competition that is designed to help children prepare for disasters.

Students can choose to learn about preparing a household emergency plan, packing an emergency kit, removing hazards from the yard and more. Each topic is guided by an activity sheet available to download from the Get Ready Queensland website for students to colour in and personalise.

The schools competition is open to students of all ages and can provide curriculum links to Health and Physical Education, and Humanities and Social Sciences’. A curriculum guide for years three and four is available on the competition website.

District Roadworks Update

Work commenced on Mount Fox Road yesterday as part of the Landslides Remediation works. Please be reminded to be especially observant of changes to road conditions, speed signs and works crews in the area.  Any changes to traffic conditions will be advertised prior to commencement.

Art Gallery

Congratulations to Heather Byrne, the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Fifth Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards. Heather’s artwork “Mirrored Perfection” #47 is a pastel drawing of a Pee-Wee, also known as a “Magpie-Lark” (not a Willy Wag Tail), reflected in the water while drinking at a water hole. The Fifth Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards exhibition has now closed.

The John Coburn Gallery is currently exhibiting Kevin McNamara’s “Fun with Timber”. 

Mr McNamara a self taught craftsman, has generously donated his piece called ‘Ingham, Lannercost Street’ in Milky Pine.  This piece will now become part of the Council’s Public Art Collection.

The Niche Gallery is exhibiting six donated works from Council’s Public Art Collection, by famous local artist John Coburn. Both exhibitions will remain on display until 16 October 2020.


Regional Arts Development Fund public applications are now open for 2020-2021.

Do you, or someone you know have a project idea that could contribute to Arts and Culture in the Hinchinbrook Shire?

Applications for funding through Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Program are open from Tuesday 15 September 2020 until Monday 12 October 2020.

RADF provides funding to successful applicants for up to 70% of the total project cost.

To find out more information and to download an application form please  visit https://www.hinchinbrookway.com.au/regional-art-gallery, contact the TYTO Regional Art Gallery via email gallery@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au or phone 4776 4725.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

COVID-19 Reminder for Businesses

If your business is operating under a COVID Safe Plan, you are not affected by the latest restrictions announced on 22 August 2020 for the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas.  This includes businesses operating under a:

  • COVID Safe Industry Plan;
  • COVID Safe checklist;
  • COVID Safe Site Specific Plan; or
  • COVID Safe Event Plan.

You are reminded to ensure that your staff and customers observe social distancing, ensure customer details are retained, and ensure that any staff or customers who are showing any symptoms do not enter your premises.

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