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Council Connections - 30 September 2020

30th September 2020

Public Consultation Corporate Plan 2020-2025 and drumMUSTER Major Milestone

Public Consultation Corporate Plan 2020-2025

The Hinchinbrook Shire Corporate Plan 2020-2025 is a set of strategic aspirations and goals based on community priorities, guiding the Council’s strategies, policies, programs, and services for the next five years.

The Corporate Plan is Council’s commitment to the community of its intent and direction. While it is primarily focused on strategies and actions for the community, it also includes themes on organisational governance and management that underpin delivery.  Accordingly, Council seeks to consult with the community to ensure that its strategic aspirations and goals both capture and align with the community priorities.

Public consultation is now open and all residents are urged to take the time to offer feedback by 5.00pm Friday 30 October 2020.  To view the draft Corporate Plan please visit Council’s website Public Consultation page and submit your thoughts and feedback online, or drop into Council’s Lannercost Street office.

Shire Libraries – Opening Hours Change

Recent closure of the library facilities due to COVID-19 provided the opportunity to conduct a review of services with a view to improve and increase efficiency. A survey seeking community opinion concerning the operating hours for the Shire libraries, indicated the majority of responses were supportive of adopting the change to Hinchinbrook Shire Library and Halifax Library Sub- Branch opening hours.  Council adopted the amended hours at yesterday’s General Meeting as follows:

Hinchinbrook Shire Library

  • Monday 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Thursday 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Saturday 9.00am to 12.00pm
  • Sunday Closed

Halifax Sub Branch

  • Monday 1.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 9.00am to 12.00pm
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 9.00am to 12.00pm
  • Sunday Closed
Family Fun Day

To support Queensland Mental Health Week, Council invites you to come along to a Family Fun Day and join us in conversations and activities to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing. 

Bring your family to celebrate our community at the Annual Surf Carnival which is hosted by the Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Club.  Enjoy a movie night with popcorn, live music, bar and rides for the whole family to enjoy.  The event will be held at Corbett Park Forrest Beach Saturday 10 October 2020 from 1.00pm to 8.00pm.  Assistance to access mental health resources will also be available.  Please be aware of social distancing requirements when attending.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest re invited from suitable businesses, entrepreneurs and operators to utilise the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre and the TYTO Restaurant/Café for investment opportunities at the TYTO Precinct.

These spaces are the perfect locations for small businesses to operate and boast modern interiors, quality facilities and stunning surroundings.  For further information or to express your interest please visit Council’s website Public Notices page.  Expressions of Interest close 5.00pm Friday 30 October 2020.

Cane Train Safety

As it is school holidays it is important to remember to ‘Use your train brain’.  Using your train brain means:

  • Be alert for cane trains;
  • Obey all signs and signals around our cane railway network; and
  • Always give way to cane trains.

Cane trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the crushing season.  Motorists are urged not to be complacent, continue to be vigilant, and slow down near train crossings and stop at flashing lights.

Mount Fox Public Community Shed Meeting

The next Public Community Shed Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 October 2020 at the Mount Fox Rural Fire Brigade shed at 3.30pm.  All residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to attend and discuss topics of interest directly with Councillors and staff.

drumMUSTER Major Milestone

In June 2002, the first collection of agricultural and veterinary containers was delivered to Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program for recycling in the Hinchinbrook Shire. Over the first week, farmers brought in their used drums signalling the start of a great recycling story.  As the practice became popular, word spread and other chemical users began to utilise the collection sites in the region which now include Abergowrie, Halifax and Warrens Hill.

Fast forward 18 years and the local growers have recycled over 202,000 drums!  This is a significant result from a Shire that has been one of the shining lights
of the cane growing region of Queensland. 

The growers have consistently supported the drumMUSTER program and in doing so have shown a great respect for the environment.  The continued use of one of the largest agricultural stewardship and recycling programs in Australia proves farmers want to not only support, but champion sustainable farm management practices.

Over 214 tonnes of plastic and steel has been recycled in the Hinchinbrook Shire through the program.  This equates to 4,600 cubic metres of waste being saved from entering landfill, saving an enormous amount of money for the local ratepayer. Placing the drums end to end would see them in a line all the way from Ingham to Euramo!  Well done.

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