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News in Brief Hinchinbrook

25/June/2021

Waste Disposal Fees Looking to Rise 2022-2023

What was interesting to note from the State Budget was the absence of a commitment towards extending the annual payments to the Council to offset the cost of kerb side municipal solid waste levies past 2021- 2022. As you may recall, the State Government introduced a waste levy payable by Councils for waste deposited to landfill. The intention of the levy was to send a clear signal to the Queensland community to reduce waste generation and to recycle and reuse more, thus reducing waste to landfill. When the State announced it would introduce this levy in 2018, it made repeated promises that householders would not be left paying a wheelie bin tax as a result of its levy. Household rubbish collected by kerbside was essentially exempted by the agreement of the Government to recompense local authorities for the value of that levy component. With that offset gone, which appears may be the case starting 2022-2023, anyone with a red lidded wheelie bin can expect their cleansing charge to go up a minimum of $85.00 per annum for starters, as local authorities proceed to recoup the levy costs payable to the State. Costings on the increases to gate fees at landfills is yet to be done. It must be remembered that the intent of the waste levy is to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill through an increase in reuse and recycling. The levy, originally calculated at $75.00 per tonne, is only payable on what goes into the landfill. It is quite simple, the more you recycle the less you pay. That is why Council has been concentrating on pushing the recycling message, including the bin auditing activities throughout the Shire of recent. The State waste levy is quite simple to interpret. If you do not separate your waste, be prepared to pay the waste levy tax. For more information on Council’s waste management activities, please visit Council’s website, Waste and Recycling page.

Bruce Highway Deviation

It is noted in State Budget papers that $200,000 has been allocated by Department of Transport and Main Roads for expenditure in 2021-2022 for the commencement of planning for the alignment and corridor preservation of the Ingham to Cardwell Range deviation program. Stay tuned. 

Vandalism

It is disappointing to report that our beach side amenities and furniture at Forrest Beach suffered extensive damage through vandalism this past Friday night. We need to know who the perpetrators were so that we can seek to recover the significant cost to the ratepayer for the necessary repairs. If you have any information that could assist in identifying the culprits, please let me know. Anonymity is assured.

Single Use Plastics Ban

As of Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Queensland will be introducing bans on certain single use plastics, including plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, bowls, plates, and polystyrene cups and containers. As many community groups provide takeaway food and drink as part of their community or fundraising activities, this may affect how they operate. As such, they may benefit from information on how to comply with the new bans. To help these groups prepare, the Queensland Government has contracted the Boomerang Alliance to conduct a series of early evening forums across the State to answer questions. Boomerang Alliance will be conducting a forum to be held in Ingham from 5.30pm-6.30pm, Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the Noorla Bowls Club. To RSVP, please visit Eventbrite’s website www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ qld-plastic-ban-tour-2021- tickets-156022305917.

Ingham Show Council Recycling Stall

The Council and MAMS are once again joining forces in the fight against the contamination of the Shire’s recycling bins by attending this year’s Ingham Show with a mission to engage families to Recycle Right. Become a Recycling Hero by showcasing your skills in both recycling and shooting some hoops. Council and MAMS will be launching the new #DontWasteHinchinbrook app to assist community members to identify what waste to put in which bin.

Ingham Show Hinchinbrook H2O Stall

The Council’s Utility Services Department has enhanced customer experience with the launch of the Hinchinbrook H2O Customer Portal, thus empowering customers with more information about their water supply than ever before. Available on various electronic devices, the Customer Portal allows customers to view water use and set up automatic alerts to notify them of high usage or leaks. To assist residents with signing up to the customer portal and registration of their properties, Council staff will be at the Ingham Show on Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25, 2021. Please bring along proof of identity to assist in the property registration process.

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