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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 23 October 2019

23rd October 2019

Australian Fishing Championships to hit Hinchinbrook waters

The Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) Barra Series and AFC Footy Series will once again take place in the Shire later this week.

A combination of the best Australian Barramundi anglers, NRL players and Australian Cricketers whom have a passion for angling will be competing for their respective coveted titles. With the awesome action being filmed in Hinchinbrook waters, from the spectacular Herbert River Gorge to open waters on Thursday and Friday.

I encourage people to come along to the TYTO Precinct at 4.00pm Friday 25 October to attend the AFC Awards. Enjoy a BBQ with the best Australian Barramundi anglers, NRL players and Australian Cricketers, including Ben Hampton and Andrew Symonds and watch as the Champions are announced. There will also be a chance to check out the AFC boats on display.

Having part of the International Fishing Series hosted in the Hinchinbrook Shire really puts us on the World stage when it comes to being a destination for keen anglers and their families.
For further information on the series, visit Council’s website, Latest News page.

To RSVP for the AFC Awards, please phone 4776 4618.

Senate Inquiry – Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas

I recently had the opportunity of appearing before a Federal Government Senate Committee inquiry into Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas. Council has submitted that current Government policy on environmental permit processing is not only causing loss and damage to existing industry, but is also driving away support and investment appetite for new industry in the district. Examples put forward included inability to clear long standing existing drains through mangrove for flood relief; uncertainty of scientific opinion on effect of agricultural practices on coastal areas; overzealous interpretation of legislation governing proposed development adjacent to marine areas, particularly in circumstances where studies conclude no significant residual risk.

Local Government Association of Queensland Conference

Last week Cr Mary Brown and I attended the Local Government Association of Queensland conference held at Cairns where all 77 Queensland Councils were represented. Many matters of concern to all Councils were discussed and Council has placed the motions deliberated upon by the assembly on our web site for your viewing if desired.

Matters of immediate significance included lobbying the State Government and the Electoral Commission of Queensland to introduce measures to reduce increases in election costs.

Local Government elections, due in March 2020, are run by the Electoral Commission. An estimate of cost provided to Council and which Council must pay the Commission for 2020 is $125,674. Total cost for the 2016 election was $54,408. Rest assured that Council is challenging the estimate.

Flying Foxes

Council continues to seek information on what progress the $900,000 State funded Flying Fox Advisory Committee investigations has made on determining solutions to current roost issues. Fresh direction regarding relocation and roost re-establishment actions and techniques are urgently needed.

Talk about trials and techniques are still ongoing and no change to the current situation or legislation has been forthcoming.

It aggrieves me to say that we remain powerless to take any affirmative action to relieve the pain and nuisance our community is suffering. What is abundantly evident is that the problem is becoming bigger and bigger all over Australia.

Book Presentation – Commander Eric Feldt

On Wednesday 30 October 2019 at 10.00am Dr Betty Lee will be presenting her book ‘Right Man, Right Place, Worst Time’ to the Hinchinbrook Shire Library.

This book is about an Ingham born Australian hero, Commander Eric Feldt who was the instigator and head of the Coastwatchers, a group of heroes during WW2.

Members of the public are welcome to attend this presentation.

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