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Council Connections - 28 October 2020

28th October 2020

Lifeline Reopening, SES Week 2020, COVID-19 Update and Soccer Grand Finals

Local Government Association of Queensland Conference

Cr Marbelli and I recently attended the Local Government Association of Queensland’s Annual General Meeting and Conference.

The agenda focused mainly on the challenges our communities face confronted with the public health and economic difficulties brought on by COVID-19 and a glimpse of the directions we may need to take in a post COVID world.

The annual conference also enables all 77 local Councils throughout Queensland to debate and establish a united position on changes required to legislation, policy or funding requirements to enable a united petition to the higher tiers of government.  This year a total of 75 motions were debated dealing with matters as diverse as Local Government’s role in National decision making to Waste Management.

Traffic Signal Upgrade

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will shortly undertake works to traffic signal infrastructure at the intersection of McIlwraith Street and the Bruce Highway, Ingham to improve road user safety at that location.

When completed, right turn movements from the Bruce Highway into McIlwraith Street, in both directions of travel, will only be possible when the green turn arrow is displayed.  There is currently no green arrow provision.

Works will be undertaken at night to minimise any inconvenience to road users.

SES Week 2020 Regional Awards Ceremony

The SES 2020 Regional Awards were held at the Ingham Showgrounds on Saturday 17 October 2020 as part of the SES Week celebrations running between 17 and 25 October 2020.

Awards were presented to the following Local Hinchinbrook volunteers for recognition of service:

Colin Noble – Hinchinbrook SES – 10 years MSM medal;

Robert Morris – Hinchinbrook SES – 20 years MSM medal Second Clasp; and

Edward Danieli - Hinchinbrook SES – 15 years MSM medal and National medal.

Congratulations to our local volunteers who were officially recognised for their outstanding services to the SES. Your contribution and efforts to the welfare of our community in times of need is invaluable and much appreciated.

Eric Feldt

Many of you may recall Dr Betty Lee launching her book ‘Right Man, Right Place, Worst Time’ at the Hinchinbrook Shire Library in October 2019.  The book is about Ingham born Commander Eric Feldt who was the instigator and head of the Coastwatchers during World War Two.

Dr Lee has now informed that the Australian War Memorial has recently completed a publication titled Patriotism – stories from the home front of the Second World War and that this book includes a section on Commander Feldt.  To view the booklet, please visit www.awm.gov.au/sites/default/files/Patriotism.pdf.

Lifeline Reopening at New Location

Back in business! Monday 26 October 2020 saw the official reopening of the Ingham Lifeline store at its brand new premises at 79 Herbert Street Ingham.

Congratulations to Lifeline on its move to a much roomier and more customer focused premises.

It is great to see the team set up and ready to go after such a long closure,  especially during this time of COVID-19. The demand on Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support hotline has seen an unprecedented increase, of 20-30 percent during the pandemic.

Funds raised locally stay within the Northern Region to support the needs of locals, which means that your support and donations to Lifeline strengthens their ability to provide support to those in need.

Drop in and visit the team.

State Elections Reminder

A reminder that the State Elections will be held this Saturday 31 October 2020, commencing at 8.00am until 6.00pm.

Early voting is available at the TYTO Precinct, 73 McIlwraith Street Ingham.  The opening hours this week are:

  • Wednesday 28 October 2020 9.00am to 6.00pm;
  • Thursday 29 October 2020 9.00am to 9.00pm; and
  • Friday 30 October 2020 9.00am to 6.00pm.

Just a reminder that restrictions on some activities resulting from COVID-19 continue to apply and that we must remain alert to the threat the disease poses.

The restrictions include gatherings of no more than 40 in your homes.  We must continue to practice the measures that have kept us in good stead to date and they include maintaining physical distancing of 1.5 metres, good and regular hand washing practices; stay at home when sick and seek early testing if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.  It is also recommended to wear a mask in circumstances where social distancing is not possible.

Soccer Grand Final

Congratulations to the Ingham FC Reserve Grade Womens Team on fighting through to the Grand Final to be held at 1300Smiles Active Park Townsville on Friday 30 October 2020 kicking off at 8.30pm.

You have done us proud.  Support the team and get down to 1300Smiles Active Park to cheer them on!

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