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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 24 July 2019

24th July 2019

Hinchinbrook Art Awards
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the artists participating in the 41st Hinchinbrook Art Awards. The Awards, which began in 1978 have been a pillar of the districts cultural scene, fostering and recognising our talented local artists.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up, with special mention to the winner of the Local Artist Award David Rowe and the winner of the Open Award Len Cook.
The Art Awards will be open daily 10.00am to 4.00pm until 15 September 2019.
Italian Festival
With the Australian-Italian Festival almost upon us I would like to take the opportunity to thank the committee and all those involved in organising the event.
The Australian-Italian Festival is a key economic driver for our district and brings visitors to the Shire from across the country and internationally, providing us with an opportunity to celebrate our rich Italian history and culture.
I urge the community to get behind the events, and enjoy the festivities throughout the week. I look forward to seeing you there.
Bookings for the Hair and Fashion Show, Masquerade Ball and Australian-Italian Festival can be made through Townsville Tickets or by calling the festival office directly on 4776 5288.
Foreshore Clean Up - Lucinda and Forrest Beach
Council crews are progressing works to remove designated pest and non-native vegetation from the nominated beach riparian zones located on the Lucinda foreshore and Forrest Beach foreshore.
Removal of the pest species will encourage species native to the area to re-establish in the area.
Works are continuing over the coming weeks.
Townsville Enterprise Limited Tourism Awards
The TEL Tourism Awards are now open. The awards allow the industry to recognise the people, places, organisations and events that have gone above and beyond to offer superior tourism experiences for visitors in the Townsville North Queensland region.
As a part of the Townsville North Queensland Region I encourage Hinchinbrook businesses, involved in tourism and events to nominate and showcase the great work that is being done in the region.
For more information please visit the Townsville Enterprise website http://bit.ly/2SlSQqs. 
Sir Arthur Fadden Parade Shared Footpath Connectivity Project
Footpath works on Sir Arthur Fadden Parade are progressing well and are nearing completion. Local contractors have completed all culvert extensions and preparation work to allow for a good footpath alignment to be achieved. Approximately 670m2 of fibrecrete pathway has been poured, with approximately 40m2 to be poured to finalise the project. Works are expected to be finalised by 31 July 2019, weather permitting.
2019 Betterment Program
Expressions of Interest (EOI) have been submitted under the 2019 Betterment Program (DRFA Category D) and Clean-up and Repair of Community Recreational Assets and Facilities (DRFA Category C) to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
The objective of the fund is to assist with effecting improvements to public infrastructure in a manner making same more resilient to future damage. For instance the construction of floodways on sections of road that are continuously washed away during an event.
A total of 15 submissions were made. QRA will assess the EOI’s and will update Council in due course. There is no set timeframe on when Councils will be notified the outcome of the assessment. Nominated projects include, Tinkle Creek Road, Barbagallos Road, Yuruga culvert, Abergowrie Road, Sheahans Road, Atkinson Pocket Road, Dungeness revetment wall, Covells Road, Neames Inlet Road, Gangemis Road, Baillies Road (culverts), Copleys Road, Hayleys Crossing and Baillies Road.

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Council Connections - 24 July 2019

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