News In Brief: Hinchinbrook


Lower Herbert Lions’ 58th Birthday Celebrations

On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, I had the privilege of attending the Lower Herbert Lions’ 58th Birthday celebrations. Like all our service clubs, the Lower Herbert Lions provide exceptional service to our community. In particular, I should mention the care and support provided by the Lower Herbert Lions to many of the elderly of our district, through ownership and operation of the Halifax Lions Aged care units. The dedication of our community by the various members was clearly on show with Lions Angelo Girgenti and Lenny Zanghi together amassing a tremendous 109 years of Lionism. If you count President Keith Phillips in the picture, that is a combined 153 years of service to the community. What an outstanding effort! On behalf of our community, congratulations and thank you for all you do.


Google My Business Workshop Wrap Up

Council hosted the Google My Business Workshop on Wednesday, October 29, 2021, presented by Nicky Jurd from Precedence. Local businesses looked at what Google My Business is and how they needed to set up their profile to ensure they are maximising their presence in local search results. Overall, the workshop was presented to twelve attendees, who took away some great tips and tricks to better their business and increase customer attraction.


Regional Arts Development Fund

At Council’s General Meeting held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, it was resolved that Council approve the following applications: • Ingham Family History Association was awarded $1,770 to capture and display the story of the pioneer families in Hinchinbrook ‘Early Settlers – Lower Herbert District’; • Lucinda Progress Association was awarded $8,367 to design and create ‘Borello Park Community Mural’; • Australian Italian Festival was awarded $6,080 for the design and creation of ‘The Art Entrance’ to a museum in Conzano, Italy; and • Sandi Robb was awarded $5,250 to complete the project ‘Art in Objects: The Buk Ti community collection through the eye of the lens’. 


The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.


Community Activity Grants

The Community Activity Grants (CAG) Program is funded by Council to support local organisations and individuals in areas of achievement, community activities, community organisation support, festivals, and events. Applications opened on Monday, July 5, 2021, and closed on Monday, August 16, 2021, for Quarter One 2021- 2022 public applications. 


At Council’s General Meeting held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, it was resolved that Council approve the following applications: • $12,500 was awarded to Herbert River Jockey Club to assist with the Ingham Family Race Day; • $3,140 was awarded to Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving to assist with the Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Carnival; • $12,000 was awarded to The Ingham Maraka Festival Inc. to assist with the 2021 Maraka Festival; • $1,728 was awarded to the Ingham Arts Festival to assist with the Ingham Arts Festival event; • $600 was awarded to Noorla Bowls Club to assist with the Invitational 4’s event; • $820 was awarded to Herbert Valley Voices – Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre to assist with Sheet Music; • $1,238 was awarded to Abergowrie State School P and C to assist with the Yarning Circle Official Opening; • $950 was awarded to Lucinda Progress Association to assist with the Lucinda Christmas Carols event; • $1,100 was awarded to Tropical North Showjumping Club to assist with the Tropical North Show Jumping Championship event; and • $2,000 was awarded to Ingham Squash Association to assist with their Queensland Squash Northern Region Junior Qualifier event.

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