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Mayor's Message Council Connections 16 December 2017

16th December 2017

Mayor's Christmas Appeal – Thank you!

Donations to this year's Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, by way of gifts and financial contributions, has been exceptional. Our community has once again shown their overwhelming support for community members that need a little extra help at this time of year.

Contributions made by community members give spirit to those less fortunate at a time of year that can be a very difficult for families.

The Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre is currently busy distributing all donations to those in the community that require help this year and I sincerely thank all those members of the community for their generosity and support of the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

With the year coming to a close I would like to recognise and thank all our committed volunteers, community groups and organisations who give up their valuable time to help others throughout the year. It is heart-warming to see so many who actively care about our community and the people within it. Volunteers are the backbone of our community and bring us many events that lighten our lives and distract us from the everyday grind.

I would also like to thank all the volunteer service men and women involved with the SES and the Rural Fire Brigades who generously give their time to help the community in times of need. Your efforts are appreciated.

To all those involved in providing us with the essential services – our power, our water, our Council workers, the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and hospital and medical staff, who will work over Christmas and New Year to keep us safe and secure and who keep our vital services running, thank you for your service to our community.

I also make special mention of our harvesting and mill sector workers who have worked so hard towards getting this years crop off in some horrendous and pain staking conditions following the disruptive rains recently experienced. As a district whose economy relies so much on sugar, it is imperative that we harvest the maximum potential of our crops yearly to ensure the financial resource of the district. Your efforts this year in particular reflect your dedication in that regard. Thank you.

On behalf of all Councillors and our Council staff, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year.

I take this opportunity to congratulate Nick Dametto on being elected as Member for Hinchinbrook. I will be looking to ensure that Nick provides strong advocacy on our behalf on state issues that affect the residents of this district, to the high standard we have been accustomed to in the past.

Nick has already been briefed on Council’s priorities and has expressed wholehearted support for every topic raised which is pleasing for our community.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing member Andrew Cripps for his vigorous representation and advocacy over the past eleven years.  There is no doubt in my mind that Andrew left nothing to chance when fighting for the rights of our district and residents, and his efforts have benefitted this district immeasurably.  Please accept our thanks and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Image: Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Ramon Jayo with Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre staff Caroline Kemp and Mirella Pallanza collecting gifts generously donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

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