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Council Connections - 4 November 2020

4th November 2020

Gough Plastics Ingham Rallysprint, Bin Tagging and Rate Payment Incentive Scheme Winners

Council’s request for funding to assist with Kirks Bridge on Liborios Road and Desjardine’s Crossing Bridge on Cemetery Road under Round Five of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program has been successful.  The Federal Government will commit a total of $833,500 towards the needed works as a 50% contribution towards the projects. Council will fund the remaining 50% from its Capital Works Program.

Timing of works in a manner to avoid wet season implications and harvest season disruptions will be critical and discussions with affected landholders will commence shortly.

Council thanks the Federal Government for its assistance towards these projects.

Gough Plastics Ingham Rallysprint

Council at its General Meeting held on Tuesday 27 October 2020, resolved to provide support towards the staging of the Ingham Forest Rallysprint hosted by Townsville City Autosports Club within the Broadwater area.

Support will include assistance with publicity, supply and delivery of traffic signage, and minor road repairs on Council’s existing road network section. The philosophy behind the support is in keeping with part of Council’s Economic Diversification and Recovery Strategy of increasing visitation and recreational tourism to the district. The Rally is proposed to take place on Saturday 7 November 2020. Spectating will be possible at the designated intersection of Dalrymple Road and Jocks Lodge Road (Dalrymple Gap Walking Track access road).

For further information visit Townsville City Autosports Club – TCAC’s facebook page.

Hinchinbrook Bird Watching Video

Council recently concluded filming a Hinchinbrook Bird Watching video and tourist content highlighting the TYTO Wetlands and key bird species.

TYTO Wetlands continues to be World renowned as a bird mecca with over 200 species of birds located throughout. With the popularity of bird watching ever increasing worldwide, Council is endeavoring to promote its opportunities for bird lovers to visit and enjoy the abundance on offer in our district.

Recovery Plan Funding

Council has resolved to allocate $30,000 towards funding actions arising out of its adopted COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

One proposed initiative identified is major and minor prize draws intended to focus on increasing visitation to the Shire, with tickets derived from purchasing of goods and services from local businesses during the traditionally slow periods of trade from Christmas to Easter.

The Hinchinbrook Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Recovery Sub Group has been tasked with refinement of program details for announcement in early December.

Be Prepared

The Hinchinbrook LDMG met recently for its monthly meeting with discussions on many topics including Disaster Season preparation activities and potential COVID-19 symptom strategies.

The group, which comprises of Council, Government Agencies including Queensland Police, Queensland Ambulance, Queensland Health representatives, Queensland Fire and Rescue, SES, Department of Housing and Public Works and Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors to name a few, is responsible for the development, review and assessment of effective disaster management of the Local Government area including arrangements for mitigating, preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from disaster.

The group meet bi-monthly during the period April – October and monthly November – March.

Residents seeking further information on disaster preparedness activities of the group or any other information may contact Council’s Disaster Management Officer, Satu Dickson on 4776 4600 or visit Council’s Disaster and Emergency Information page.

Rate Payment Incentive Scheme Winners

The Rate Payment Incentive Scheme draw for the first half-yearly 2020-2021 Rate Notice has been conducted and the winners are William and Donna Ward of Allingham. Mr and Mrs Ward won $2,000 to be spent at up to five nominated local businesses operating within the Hinchinbrook Shire.

To be eligible for the incentive, ratepayers are required to make full payment of all current and arrears of rates and charges by close of business on the due date as shown on the relevant rate notice.

National Recycling Week and Bin Tagging

The National Recycling Week campaign commences on Monday 9 November 2020.

In preparation of National Recycling Week, Council has commenced Bin Tagging in an attempt to better educate ratepayers on their recycling habits.

The Hinchinbrook Shire region currently faces major issues associated with the contamination rate of household recycling bins.

This issue is causing recycling to be rejected at the Material Recovery Facility in Townsville, which is being returned and disposed of at the Warrens Hill Waste Management Facility, at a cost to ratepayers.

By providing on the spot feedback to residents regarding the contents of their recycling bin, it has been proven that Bin Tagging is a successful strategy to help reduce contamination.

The delivery of the program in South Australia and Western Australia has reported up to a 48% decrease in contamination.

Road Safety Week

Get involved in National Road Safety Week from Sunday 15 to 22 November 2020 where we remember those we have lost on our roads and commit to ‘drive so others survive’.

I encourage all road users to take the Road Safety Pledge and lead the way by promising to drive so that you and others survive. Together we can strive towards safer roads, for not only our community, but the whole of Australia.

To take the Road Safety Pledge or for more information visit www.roadsafetyweek.com.au

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