News in Brief: Hinchinbrook

"Cynthia welcomed 4 gentlemen from the US military to her barber shop on Thursday 29 July while they were in Ingham on a training exercise with the Australian military."

Rotary Park Shade Structure 

At its General Meeting held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Council awarded Tender HSC 21/16 Design and Construct – Shade Structure for Rotary Park Playground to Urban Play Pty Ltd. Installation of the Rotary Park shade structure is fully funded under Phase Two of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program. This program funds local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Under Phase Two of the LRCI Program, the installation of the shade structure will replace the previous shade sails and posts, which were removed as part of the Rotary Park playground demolition works. Construction of the shade structure is scheduled to commence in October 2021. The playground will be closed to the public whilst these works are undertaken.

Be Aware and Prepared

The Bureau of Meteorology’s weather outlook for August to October forecasts above average rainfall for this time of year. Even though the start of the 2021 bushfire season may be delayed, it means there may be more fire fuel when the vegetation eventually dries out. Keep your household safe and prepared for the bushfire season by making a Bushfire Survival Plan, packing an evacuation kit, keeping your lawn mown, your gutters clean, overhanging branches trimmed, and, as always, check to make sure your insurance is up to date. For more information, please refer to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website www.qfes.qld.gov. au and the Get Ready Queensland website.

Acts of Vandalism and Theft

The Shire has recently experienced acts of vandalism and theft. Vandals tagged a number of Ingham buildings, including Ingham Post Office, Coles Supermarket, and the Council’s Main Office. In addition to the tagging of buildings, thieves have dug up and stolen a $3,000 sprinkler system from Borello Park, Lucinda, overnight on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The newly opened Halifax Shelter eating area overlooking the Herbert River was trashed, paint badly scratched, and bottles smashed. The Council is urging the community to report any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.ready.qld.gov.au.

Ingham Toyota Forest Rally

Townsville City Autosports Club is hosting the Ingham Toyota Forest Rally on Saturday, August 7,  2021, sponsored by Ingham Toyota. The event will take place in the Lannercost and Abergowrie areas, with spectator points available along the route. A number of Rallying Superstars have driven on the roads and rated them as some of the best Australia has to offer. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of rally cars flying through the forest. For further information please visit Townsville City Autosports Club – TCAC Facebook page.

Taylors Beach Progress Association Trivia Night

Taylors Beach Progress Association is hosting a fun-filled night of trivia and games. Grab a team of four, bring a plate to share with your table, and head to Progress Park Shelter at Taylors Beach. Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021; Time: 5.30pm; Cost: $2 per person; Location: Progress Park; Dinner: $2 Sausage Sizzle. The bar will be open until 10.00pm with beer, wine, and soft drinks available to purchase. Tea and coffee are complementary . There will be prizes to be won and plenty of raffles throughout the night. For further information or to register, please visit Taylors Beach Qld – Community Facebook page or contact Taylors Beach Holiday Park on 4777 8560.

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