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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 25 September 2019

Hinchinbrook Council

25th September 2019

Ingham Travel – Celebrating 50 Years

Congratulations to the Pearce family on achieving fifty years in business. This is a magnificent milestone that not many achieve and that can only be accomplished through dedication and hard work in meeting customer needs. There is no doubt that Ingham Travel has proven itself exceptional in delivering services to our community and continues to excel in customer service and relations well above general expectations and I am sure that this aspect of the business will continue well into the next fifty years. A job well done.

Gairloch Bridge

Council has resolved to reinstate basic boat ramp access at the old Gairloch Bridge to assist keen local anglers access the Herbert River. This work has been revisited following suggestions that a ramp was available prior to the bridge closure many years ago. An opportunity may be waiting for a local entrepreneur to commence guided river tours, or for that matter guided walking tours, of the heritage listed Gairloch Bridge itself. If you have any ideas and are keen on developing tourism product, give Council a call.

Dungeness Carpark

Application for funding to carry out extensions to the Dungeness carpark and recreation area under the State Government Building our Regions fund has been re-submitted. Statistical data gathered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads as owners of the ramp facility indicate that 68% of ramp users are visitors to the district and do not reside in postcode 4850. That aspect alone should qualify Council well for the regional development funding opportunity.

Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

Council has commenced a Study to identify areas exposed to current and future coastal hazards including erosion and storm tide associated with State predicted rising sea levels.

Regardless of whether one believes in climate change or not, Queensland Government Policy now dictates that Local Governments have a legal obligation to plan for the forecast impact of climate change into the future. The Study, known as Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS), will assist and inform Council on approaches to minimise risks to existing infrastructure and properties; new development in areas expected to be at risk from coastal hazards, both now and through to the year 2100; and look to protect intangible assets such as environmental, social and cultural values.

The CHAS, which forms part of the Queensland Government’s QCoast2100 Program, will look at both the frequency and intensity that potential coastal hazards could increase with predicted rising sea levels, and more volatile climate variability.

The Study, although being delivered by Council, is funded by the Queensland Government through the QCoast2100 program. For more information about the QCoast2100 Program or the CHAS, please visit www.qcoast2100.com.au.

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