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Council Connections - 6 October 2021

6th October 2021

Congratulations, September General Meeting Update, Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook Photo Competition and COVID-19 Clinic Update

Lower Herbert Lions 58th Birthday Celebrations

On Tuesday 28 September 2021 I had the privilege of attending the Lower Herbert Lions 58th Birthday celebrations.

Like all our service clubs, the Lower Herbert Lions provide exceptional service to our community.

In particular, I should mention the care and support provided by the Lower Herbert Lions to many of the elderly of our district through ownership and operation of the Halifax Lions Aged care units.

The dedication of our community by the various members was clearly on show with Lions Angelo Girgenti and Lenny Zanghi together amassing a tremendous 109 years of Lionism.

If you count President Keith Phillips in the picture, that’s a combined 153 years of service to the community.

What an outstanding effort!

On behalf of our community, congratulations and thank you for all you do.

2021 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards

Staff attended the 2021 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards on Friday 24 September 2021.

The event was established to recognise and foster excellence within Townsville North Queensland’s tourism industry.

Congratulations to all Hinchinbrook businesses who were listed as finalists! 

It was great to see several local businesses as finalists and representing our tourism sector at the event.

Google My Business Workshop Wrap Up

Council hosted the Google My Business Workshop on Wednesday 29 October 2021, presented by Nicky Jurd from Precedence.

Local businesses looked at what Google My Business is and how they needed to set up their profile to ensure they are maximising their presence in local search results.

Overall, the workshop was presented to 12 attendees who took away some great tips and tricks to better their business and increase customer attraction.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Australia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

On Friday 1 October 2021, In recognition of Australia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Council dyed the Rotary Park fountain pink to remind the community to be breast aware.

Regional Arts Development Fund

At Council's General Meeting held Tuesday 28 September 2021 it was resolved that Council approve the following applications:

  • Ingham Family History Association was awarded $1,770 to capture and display the story of the pioneer families in Hinchinbrook ‘Early Settlers – Lower Herbert District'; and
  • Lucinda Progress Association was awarded $8,367 to design and create ‘Borello Park Community Mural’.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Community Activity Grants

Community Activity Grants (CAG) Program is funded by Council to support local organisations and individuals in areas of achievement, community activities, community organisation support, festivals and events.

Applications opened on Monday 5 July 2021 and closed Monday 16 August 2021 for Quarter One 2021-2022 public applications.

At Council's General Meeting held Tuesday 28 September 2021 it was resolved that Council approve the following applications:

  • $12,500  was awarded to Herbert River Jockey Club to assist with the Ingham Family Race Day;
  • $3,140  was awarded to  Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving to assist with the Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Carnival;
  • $12,000  was awarded to The Ingham Maraka Festival Inc. to assist with the 2021 Maraka Festival;
  • $1,728  was awarded to the Ingham Arts Festival to assist with the Ingham Arts Festival event;
  • $600  was awarded to Noorla Bowls Club to assist with the Invitational 4's event;
  • $820  was awarded to Herbert Valley Voices – Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre to assist with Sheet Music;
  • $1,238  was awarded to Abergowrie State School P and C to assist with the Yarning Circle Official Opening;
  • $950  was awarded to Lucinda Progress Association to assist with the Lucinda Christmas Carols event;
  • $1,100  was awarded to Tropical North Showjumping Club to assist with the Tropical North Show Jumping Championship event; and
  • $2,000  was awarded to Ingham Squash Association to assist with their Queensland Squash Northern Region Junior Qualifier event.
Queensland Mental Health Week

Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is being held from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 October 2021. This year's theme 'Take time for mental health' encourages you to prioritise your mental health by engaging in activities that bring joy and boost your mental wellbeing.

Last year, various councils across Queensland showed their support by lighting up local landmarks in purple.

This year, on Friday 8 October 2021 Council will dye the Rotary Park Fountain purple in support of QMHW.

QMHW is an annual awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing across the state.

For more information regarding Queensland Mental Health Week, please visit www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au.

Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook Photo Competition

Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook Photo Competition is open until Sunday 24 October 2021.

Residents are invited to submit photographs that capture the essence of 'Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook'.

Help us showcase the beauty of the Hinchinbrook Shire with images that inspire and motivate the community to ‘not waste Hinchinbrook’.

The best photographs will be put forward for public voting and winning image/s will be displayed across the body of the new local waste truck.

This photo competition is open to Hinchinbrook Shire residents only and photos must be taken locally. 

Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook Photo Competition is a joint initiative between Hinchinbrook Shire Council and the MAMS Group.

For further information please visit Council's website, Waste and Recycling page.

October COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

A COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be visiting the TYTO Conference and Events Centre on:

  • 10.00am to 4.30pm Monday 11 October 2021;
  • 8.00am to 4.30pm Tuesday 12 October 2021; and
  • 8.00am to 3.00pm Wednesday 13 October 2021.

People eligible for vaccination are those aged over 12 years of age. Those people between the ages of 12 and 15 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Latest data released by the Australian Government as at Sunday 26 September 2021 lists Hinchinbrook’s rate of fully vaccinated residents (aged 16 years and over) in Queensland at 55.8%.

Further information indicates 73.4% have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Walk-ins are welcome, though it is preferred for people to book their vaccination appointment via the online portal.

How to register for your vaccination:

  1. Visit Queensland Health’s website www.health.qld.gov.au;
  2. If this is your first vaccination, you will need to register your interest for a COVID-19 vaccination. When an appointment becomes available, Queensland Health will contact you via email; and
  3. Follow the steps in your email to book your vaccination appointment.

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COUNCIL CONNECTIONS - 6 OCTOBER 2021

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