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Mayors Message - Council Connections - 21 April 2018

21st April 2018

Drones

A matter of concern reported to the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) during the recent flood events was the number of drones observed flying about the area.  Great to see and a lot of good images captured and shared for the enjoyment of many.

However, it was reported that flying was occurring unlawfully in some restricted areas and that helicopter safety may have been compromised.

So for all drone flyers, just letting you know that CASA have introduced an APP for flying drones called ‘Can I Fly There’.  When you enter your location at the start it immediately lets you know if you are in a ‘no fly’ zone.

This should keep you and others safe.  Happy flying.

Research into improved marine access

Last week, Council hosted representatives of ARUP, an engineering firm contracted by the State Government, to undertake research into the potential for alternative industry growth and economic betterment of the district through facilitation of better marine access along the Hinchinbrook coastline.

The research was instigated by the State following its refusal of Council’s request for assistance towards dredging and improving access to Dungeness.  At the time, I indicated to the government that appropriate all tide boating facilities at all of our beaches was of vital importance to the continuing development and prosperity of this district and that we would pursue such matter vigorously.

The report by ARUP is expected by late June.

Business Innovation Assistance

At its meeting held 27 March 2018 Council approved an application for financial assistance to assist in the establishment of a new industry to the district under the terms of its Business Innovation Scheme.

The business, NQ Recreational Aviation will be assisted toward the process of establishing a ‘flying school’ through wavering of commercial landing fees for a period of six (6) months. 

The Business Innovation Scheme Policy, adopted by Council on 28 March 2017 authorises the provision of incentives to assist development of new industry within the district.

A flying school out of the Ingham aerodrome has been talked about for a long time and hopefully may now come to fruition.

Council Meeting Minutes

Just a reminder that if you are interested in the decisions and activities of Council, full details are available through Council’s website, Meetings and Minutes page.

Details of projects being undertaken or planned are also available by perusing the Minutes of the Project Development Group Meetings included within the General Meeting Minutes.

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