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Council Connections - 18 November 2020

18th November 2020

Vale Josie Sheahan, Live Cattle Export Ban Update, Ingham Football Club Awards

On behalf of Council, I would like to take this opportunity to express our condolences to the family of Josie Sheahan, whom passed away on 5 November 2020.

Josie will not only be remembered as a prominent member of our community and a stalwart of the long standing Sheahan Family of our district, but also a most efficient, courteous and obliging staff member of the Hinchinbrook Shire Council. Josie was instrumental in the operations at Hinchinbrook Shire Library during the period 30 July 1985 through to 28 January 2010 and her obliging and friendly disposition was appreciated by one and all.

Live Cattle Export Ban Update

I was recently briefed on legal action presently taking place concerning the Live Cattle Export Ban of June 2011.

A class action for graziers whom suffered as a consequence of the ban is proposed. As a beef cattle producing area, Council has been provided with a courtesy notice.

If you are a beef cattle producer and would like to know more, please contact Council at your convenience.

Dunn Cup

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of attending the Ingham Bowls Club “Dunn Cup 2020 Victory Celebrations”.

Whilst we applaud and congratulate the club and the awesome foursome, Jeff, Brad, Phil and Frank, the statistics of the history of the Dunn Cup achievements presented blew me away and I feel should be shared with many in our community, whom like me, would be unaware.

The Dunn Cup has been played since 1937 and has been won by the Ingham Bowls Club on 20 occasions, making it the most successful club to date by a country mile.

The second most successful club over that period is Jubilee with 12 wins. I might also mention that the most capped winning Ingham Bowls Club player is long standing president Ren Cantatore with 14 appearances. Well done to all concerned.

Ingham Football Club Presentations

Congratulations must go to Kirrily Low for receiving the 2020 Reserve Women’s Golden Boot and 2020 Reserve Women’s Player of the Year, at the recent NQ Football Awards presentation night, held at the Elite Rodeo Grounds.

What a fabulous ending to a fantastic year for the 2020 Premiership winning Ingham FC Reserve Women’s team.

If you would like to show your support, go along to the Ingham Football Club presentation night this Saturday 21 November 2020.

2019-2020 Annual Report

Hinchinbrook Shire Council adopted its 2019-2020 Annual Report at a Special Meeting held Tuesday 10 November 2020.

As a legislative requirement set out in the Local Government Regulation 2012, the Annual Report highlights Council’s corporate vision, and details key initiatives undertaken throughout the 2019-2020 financial year as well as Council’s financial reporting and position subsequent to audit by the Auditor General of Queensland.

Please visit the Council’s website, Annual Reports page, to view the report.

2021 Australia Day Award Nominations

Hinchinbrook Shire Council is now seeking nominations for Australia Day Awards to be presented on Australia Day 26 January 2021.

Further information regarding Award categories as well as Nomination Forms are available on Council’s website under Community and Environment or from the Council Office, 25 Lannercost Street, Ingham.

Nominations are to be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, PO Box 366, Ingham, by close of business Monday 4 January 2021, to allow judging by a local selection panel.

National Agriculture Day

During COVID-19 farmers have had our back and kept business as usual everyday, continuing to grow the fresh food and fibre for all Australian families.

This year the National Agriculture Day will be celebrated on Friday 20 November 2020. Let’s celebrate our farmers by enjoying a COVID-safe Long Table Lunch featuring local produce, with family and friends.

COVID-19 Restriction Update

Please note changes to restrictions came into effect from 4.00pm Tuesday 17 November 2020:

Gatherings: Increase gatherings in homes and public spaces from 40 to 50 people across Queensland.

Indoor premises: Increase from one per person per 4m2 to one per person per 2m2 (e.g. restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres and Parliament House). Indoor play areas within a premises can open too.

Wedding ceremonies: Up to 200 people can attend a wedding and all guests can dance (both indoors and outdoors).

Funerals: Up to 200 people can attend a funeral.

Indoor events: Seated, ticketed venues to increase from 50% to 100% with patrons to wear masks on entry and exit (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas and indoor sports). Performers can reduce distance from audience from 4m to 2m, except choirs which remain at 4m from the audience.

Outdoor events: Increase outdoor events from 1,000 to 1,500 with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.

Open air stadiums: Increase seated capacity from 75% to 100% (with a COVID Safe Plan).

Outdoor dancing: Outdoor dancing allowed (e.g. outdoor music festivals, beer gardens).

In addition to these:

Boarding schools: Boarding school students can sleep over at friends’ houses on weekends and holidays.

Residential care: You can visit loved ones who are receiving residential care at a mental health or drug and alcohol service.

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COUNCIL CONNECTIONS -  18 NOVEMBER 2020

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