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News in Brief: Hinchinbrook

27/August/2021

Council Calls for Volunteers for Nursery Program

Council calls for community members interested in volunteering in our nursery each Wednesday, where you will gain valuable experience, learn new skills, make new friends, and contribute to growing plants for our local environment. Volunteers are given the opportunity to learn about seed collection, storage, preparation, and sowing, direct seedling techniques, propagation by division, and potting mixes. The Nursery Volunteer Program will take place every Wednesday from 8.00am to 11.30am at the Nursery located at Council’s Works Depot on Martin Street Ingham. Volunteers are required to bring closed in shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water, and something to eat. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided on site. Please note that spaces are limited. If you are you interested in becoming part of a friendly and active team and would like to contribute to our local environment, please register your interest by contacting Council’s Biosecurity Team on 4776 4740.

Hinchinbrook Destination Guide

New Hinchinbrook Destination Guides have now been released, promoting that just a short drive north of Townsville, Hinchinbrook is your gateway to the stunning wet tropics. Our Shire is encompassed by ancient tropical rainforest, rugged tropical islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Home of Australia’s highest single drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls, and the departure point for the iconic wild Hinchinbrook Island. The Guide focuses on adventure, culture, nature, food, and our Shire’s industries. Let the pages of the Guide take you on a journey that can be as simple or as complex as you desire, allowing you to sample the region’s delights or completely immerse yourself in the Hinchinbrook Way of living. New Destination Guides will be delivered to every shop front in Ingham and will continue to roll out throughout the Shire over the next few weeks. A hard copy of the Guide is available at the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre (VIC) and numerous VIC’s throughout Queensland. The Guides present a unique opportunity for Council to help promote the district through small business. A copy of the Hinchinbrook Destination Guide can be downloaded from The Hinchinbrook Way website.

Resilience Projects to kick off in the Hinchinbrook Shire

Work is about to kick off on a local project designed to improve residents’ resilience to flooding events, thanks to a package of flood recovery grants recently announced. Two projects in the Hinchinbrook Shire received the go ahead as part of the Recovery and Resilience Grants, which are funded by the Australian Government and delivered through the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. The projects funded in our area are: 

• Sand Loading Machine; and 

• Signage and Signage Trailer for the Lower Herbert. 

The Sand Loading Machine will be fully self-sufficient, and custom built to assist with filling sandbags in preparation for disaster/flood events. Signage and a Signage Trailer for Lower Herbert is a dedicated trailer housing road closure and other required signage to be deployed to Lower Herbert during flood events. Grants were open to the 14 Local Government Areas most affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood event, for locally led projects that increase resilience to natural disasters. Across North Queensland, a total of 58 projects have been funded so far, covering items from recovery centre upgrades, improved access to clean water, and a range of measures to strengthen emergency planning and management. See the full list of funded projects at www.recovery.gov.au/locally-led- recovery.

Congratulations to Warrgamay People

Council wishes to congratulate the Warrgamay people on the official return of approximately 200,000 hectares of land to its Traditional Owners.

Forrest Beach Community Clean Up Event Results

The numbers are in, and a total of 1.58 tonnes of rubbish was removed from our lovely beach during the Forrest Beach Community Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 14, 2021. This is the result of a massive effort put in by Council staff and volunteers on the day. 

The top five types of litter collected on the day were: 

1. Broken pieces of hard plastics. 

2. Bottle lids and tops. 

3. Polystyrene packaging. 

4. Thongs and rubber soles. 

5. Soft plastic remnants. 

There were also 16 illegally dumped tyres collected from the beach and foreshore during the event.

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