News in Brief: Hinchinbrook


Rotary Park Playground Closure – Shade Structure Installation

Ingham Rotary Park playground will be closed to the community from Monday, October 18, 2021, to Friday, October 22, 2021, to allow for the commencement of the final stage of the shade structure installation. 


The playground will be closed for approximately five days for Urban Play to install the new rolled shade structure over the playground equipment. Members of the public can stay updated on the progress of the works via the Council’s Facebook page. The playground will re-open to the community just in time for the Annual Maraka Festival celebration on Saturday, October 30, 2021, weather permitting. 


Council thanks the community for its cooperation during these works and promises the outcome will be worth the wait. Please do not forget that the Adventure Playground located in the TYTO Parklands is open and available to all members of the public to enjoy. 


The installation of the Rotary Park playground shade structure is funded under Phase Two of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.


Get Ready Week 2021

This week is Get Ready Queensland Week! It is time for Queenslanders to get ready for the upcoming severe weather season. It is easy to be prepared in just three steps: 

  1. Understand your risk. 
  2. Make a plan; and 
  3. Pack supplies. 

For further information, please visit Get Ready Queensland’s website Three Steps to Get Ready page www.getready.qld.gov.au/get- prepared/3-steps-get-ready.


Genex Kidston Connection Project – Sub-contractor Drop in Session

Hinchinbrook Businesses are invited to attend a Drop-in Session hosted by Powerlink and UGL regarding sub-contracting on the Genex Kidston Project. 


The Genex Kidston Connection will deliver a new 275kV transmission line from Mount Fox to Genex’s proposed new hydro power station at Kidston (approximately 270km northwest of Townsville). Construction on the project is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2022. 


The Genex Kidston Connection Project Team will be in Ingham next week chatting to potential sub-contractors about the new high-voltage transmission line. Representatives from Powerlink and the Principal Contractor, UGL, will be in attendance. The session will be an informal drop in, providing businesses the opportunity to meet the team and ask questions about bidding for work on the project. Sub-contracting opportunities on the project include vegetation and access works, machine and equipment hire, cleaning services, waste management and recycling, and much more. For further information on the project, please visit www.powerlink. com.au/projects/genex-kidston- connection-project.


Hinchinbrook Business Connect Session

The Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training are hosting a Business Connect Session in Ingham targeted at local business owners and managers. Come along to hear about the funding and services available to business and industry. This is an opportunity to connect with all levels of government. Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021; Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm; Where: TYTO Conference and Events Centre; Cost: Free. For further information or to register, please visit the Eventbrite website www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ hinchinbrook-business-connect- tickets-183063276187.


Visitor Information Centre Information Session and Morning Tea Wrap Up

The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) held an information session and morning tea on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, for their volunteers. Staff incorporated the information session with fun and educational trivia questions to keep the volunteers up to date with what is going on within the Centre and around the Shire. The volunteers who attended said they enjoyed the morning immensely.

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