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Council Connections - 2 September 2020

1st September 2020

Flying Fox Management Program and Recycle Right Campaign

Flying Fox Management Program

Council is aware that flying foxes have once again been landing in undesirable locations throughout our Shire.

Morning relocation activities between 5.00am and 7.30am, including the use of bird fright, have recently recommenced to dissuade flying foxes from attempting to roost in undesirable locations.

It is recommended that all pets are secured during the operation times.

Private landowners are reminded that if flying foxes land in your trees, you are allowed to dissuade them from staying, by use of non-destructive disturbance techniques including smoke, water sprinklers, visual deterrents such as imitation predators and bright lights and noise from various commercial or improvised products.

Please do not attempt to touch a flying fox at all.

For further information on what you can and cannot do with flying foxes, please visit the Department of Environment and Science website at www.des.qld.gov.au.

Should you wish to report flying foxes that have taken up temporary residence in an undesirable location, or you require further clarification regarding the dispersal activities, please contact Council on 4776 4600 for the necessary assistance.

Automatic Water Meter Rollout Update

Residents of the Hinchinbrook Shire have the benefit of having their water use tracked by smart metering technology. Currently, 3,104 automatic meter reading devices have been installed in the Shire.

The technology has already helped the Utility Services Team identify an extensive list of leaks. Property owners have been very thankful when contacted regarding concealed leaks they were unaware of.

After the initial rollout, customers will be able to register to a Customer Portal where they can access their water meter information for their properties.

Mt Fox Landslide Remediations

Council wishes to advise that local contractor Keita Services Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to remediate sections of the Mount Fox range.

Mount Fox Road embankments sustained damage during the Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January –14 February 2019.

These works are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) program.

Navua Sedge Trial Sites

Navua Sedge is a grass like perennial weed that grows to 70cm in height and has a distinctive button shaped flower head and narrow glossy green leaves. It is becoming widespread in the northern parts of the Hinchinbrook Shire and is very effective at colonising new areas. Once established, it is very difficult to control and readily outcompetes pasture species and can displace native vegetation.

Prevention is by far the best defense against stopping the spread of this species and causing significant productivity and control costs across larger areas. In an attempt to develop locally relevant strategies to combat the spread of Navua Sedge in the Hinchinbrook Shire, Council’s Biosecurity Team has begun laying down the first of a number of planned trial sites, to assess the timing and effectiveness of registered chemical controls.

Invasive Plants and Animals Surveillance Program

At the August General Meeting, Council approved an Invasive Plants and Animals Surveillance Program to be conducted for all land tenures within the Hinchinbrook Local Government area.

The program is designed to enable Council officers to enter properties within the Shire to monitor landholders compliance with the Biosecurity Act 2014, to confirm the presence or absence of biosecurity matter and/or to monitor the measures taken in response to risk they have to the environment and industry.

To view the current Invasive Plants and Animals Surveillance Plan, please visit Council’s website Pest Management Planning page.

Recycle Right Campaign

Commencing Friday 4 September 2020, Council is launching a seven week campaign aimed at educating Shire residents in reducing contamination rates of yellow lidded household recycling bins.

The campaign will be pushing the very important recycling messages of: ‘Keep it Simple, Keep it Clean and Keep it Loose’.

Keep up with Recycling ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ by following Council’s Facebook page.

Do not forget to utilise the free cardboard skip bins that are located at Warrens Hill Waste Management Facility and the Halifax Transfer Station. Cardboard is easily and effectively recycled, which can prevent the release of methane from cardboard in landfill, saves trees and reduces water and energy use. Please break down and flatten any cardboard, as boxes and packaging can take up a lot space.

COVID-19 Stay Positive

As a community we must stay vigilant in our efforts to continue to be COVID-19 free.

The message is clear:

  • Maintain your distance 1.5 meters from others (think two big steps);
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and use alcohol based sanitiser;
  • Stay home if you are sick; and
  • If you have any symptoms no matter how mild – go and get tested.

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COUNCIL CONNECTIONS -  2 SEPTEMBER 2020

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