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Council Connections - Mayor's Message 3 April 2019

3rd April 2019

General Meeting Update 

The Rotary Club of Hinchinbrook will proceed with the construction of a shed at the Ingham Showgrounds following a decision of Council to assist the Club by funding site clearing preparation and foundation works to an estimated total value of $2,200. The shed will be used for storage of Club assets and associated Club activities.

Council will soon commence rolling out a Seniors Health and Wellbeing Program following a decision by Council to contribute $6,000 towards matching the contribution by the North Queensland Sports Foundation to a wellness program.

The program will include activities such as yoga, pilates, Seniors bootcamp and golf ambrose. The activities will be offered in four locations throughout the Shire, with the core aim being to enhance liveability through activity and connectivity.

Council has approved seven Community Activity Grants for funding towards community activities recipients are as follows –

A. Herbert River Rugby League Inc. Community Activity Grant application for community events to the value of $5,000.00 (excl. GST);

B. Leukaemia Foundation Ingham Branch Application for Mother’s Day Morning Tea to the value of $500.00 (excl. GST);

C. Hinchinbrook Archery Club Application for the Archery Come and Try event to the value of $1,000.00 (excl. GST);

D. Ingham Arts Festival Association Incorporated Application for the Ingham Arts Festival to the value of $1,900.00 (excl. GST);

E. Queensland Country Women’s Association Abergowrie/Long Pocket for the Party in the Paddock to the value of $500.00 (excl. GST);

F. Herbert River Cricket Association Application for the Herbert River Cricket Over 40T20 to the value of $4,500.00 (excl. GST);

G. Ingham Ladies Bowls Club Inc. for the Allamanda Four’s to the value of $250.00 (excl. GST);

Following the popularity and success of the La Scala at Halifax last November, Council has lodged an expression of interest with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre to host a further live simulcast of the Bolshoi Ballet Spartacus live simulcast. If successful, the showing will occur on Saturday 6 July 2019 and will be an additional feature celebrating show week in Ingham.

Ownership and operation of the Channel 7 Repeater Station located on Warrens Hill will soon be taken over by Council following agreement by the original owners, Abergowrie Rural Repeater Holdings, to assign its interest in all equipment and license to Council as a donation to the community. The channel is utilised by Council to assist with its own works program as
well as being instrumental for the Local Area Warden network, a valuable tool for ensuring community communication during times of disaster.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the proprietors of Abergowrie Rural Repeater Holdings and the many, many members of the community for their foresight, community mindedness and effort in establishing not only Channel 7 but other networks throughout the district and operating and maintaining same for such a long period of time.

As you will appreciate these Channels not only serve for emergency purposes, but operate to assist with communication for much of the farm and harvest sectors throughout the district. 

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