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Media Release - January General Meeting - News Briefs

1st February 2018

Shire Hall Lift Replacement

Replacement of the Shire Hall lift is scheduled to begin on Monday 5 February 2018 with completion due at the end of March 2018. The replacement of the lift will enable ongoing ease of access to the hall for residents of the Hinchinbrook Shire, especially those who have limited ability and for elderly people.

Dungeness Carpark CCTV Cameras Installed

CCTV cameras have been installed and are now operational at the Dungeness Carpark. The cameras installed at the site will go towards Council’s efforts to reduce vandalism to property at popular local locations.

Foreshore Management Plans Adopted by Council

Foreshore Management Plans for Lucinda and Forrest Beach have been adopted by Council. Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Ramon Jayo has said that ‘the Foreshore Management Plans are integral tools to ensure open foreshore spaces are managed for the benefit of the community, whilst making the best use of ratepayer’s funds’.

Foreshore Management Plans are available on Council’s website.

Pelorus Island - Open for Business

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a small scale, low intensity eco-tourism venture on Pelorus Island are now open! The island located 17.5km from Lucinda in the Hinchinbrook Shire is the northern most island in the Great Palm Island Group and is surrounded by spectacular fringing reefs.

The EOI, available on Council’s website, outlines that private operators are sought to ‘invest in a dream development opportunity on Pelorus Island’ and that ‘after submitting the initial EOI, invited applicants will then be required to detail their business proposal’.

For more information regarding the Pelorus Island EOI please visit Council’s website, www.hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au, Current Procurement and Tenders page.

Overgrown Allotments

Council have adopted an ‘Overgrown and Unsightly Allotments Policy’ to determine overgrown and unsightly intervention levels and enforceable actions. 

Hinchinbrook Shire Councillor Andrew Lancini said ‘being located in a tropical area means that vegetation can at times grow very fast. Overgrown and unsightly allotments pose a risk to the community as they can attract and harbour vermin and reptiles. This Policy ensures that Council officers have the ability to manage these properties in an effective and consistent way’.

For more information regarding Overgrown and Unsightly Allotments please visit Council’s website, Local Laws Concerns page.   

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