News in Brief: Hinchinbrook


Rural Management Challenge – North Queensland 2021

Hinchinbrook Shire Council is proud to announce its participation in the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), Rural Management Challenge for 2021. The event will bring teams head- to-head from across the region to exercise and develop a range of managerial skills that will ensure tangible benefits for individuals, teams, and organisations. 


Five promising leaders from the Council have been selected to participate in the annual LGMA Rural Management Challenge, hosted by Cassowary Coast Regional Council in Innisfail on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The Challenge is based on the successful concept of the Australasian Management Challenge, a simulation-based, innovative development opportunity that is a convergence of ideas, energy, academic rigour, and practical application – the elements that develop great leadership. 


Throughout Challenge Day, teams will experience a range of tasks that simulate different business-related tasks and activities, using themes that a senior management team in real local governments encounter on a day-to-day basis. As these tasks or issues may differ from the team members’ usual roles, they provide an exemplary opportunity to broaden the understanding of a council’s responsibilities and to develop individual and team skills, including communication and presentation skills, influencing and negotiation skills, and managing resources and time. 


Teams are observed throughout the day and tasks are scored by experienced markers and observers based on their ability to synergise, communicate, prioritise, and produce required products for the Challenge. 


The Council takes pride in participating in this annual Challenge, with 2021 being the first year an all-female team has been selected. Further information on the LGMA Rural Management Challenge can be found at lgmaqld.org.au/RMC.


Rotary Park Playground

The Council wishes to advise that a section of the Rotary Park play equipment that was barricaded off due to damage has now been repaired. For further information, please contact Council’s Public Spaces Team.


Official Opening – Works for Queensland Projects Wrap Up

Friday, September 24, 2021, saw the Official Opening of a number of Works for Queensland Projects (W4Q). The opening commenced at the Forrest Beach seating and information shelter, with the Honourable Scott Stewart MP, Minister for Resources, Member for Hinchinbrook Nick Dametto MP, builders, Progress Association representatives, and various Council staff in attendance. The Honourable Scott Stewart MP and Mayor Ramon Jayo then conducted the ribbon cutting at the Dungeness Viewing Tower, followed by a cake cutting at Halifax picnic shelter. The Council thanks all those who participated in the Official Opening of W4Q Projects.


Celebrate International Access to Information Day with Council

On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, the Council celebrated International Access to Information Day (IAI Day) to recognise the value of your right to information. This year’s theme, ‘Open by design: government transparency everyone can see,’ promotes the value of proactively releasing information, particularly in times of crisis and recovery. Queenslanders, like the rest of Australia and the world, have faced significant challenges in recent times. Access to timely and relevant information helps individuals and the community to stay informed of the situation and make health, safety, and financial decisions. We know that Queensland’s economic and social recovery will benefit from continued timely access to accurate information so that individuals and governments can make informed and better decisions about matters affecting them. 


IAI Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about information access rights and how greater openness builds trust between government and the community. It is also a reminder of how far we have come in Queensland and the importance of the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009, which help protect the rights of Queenslanders. The Council is committed to improving access to information for the community and you can find out more about how to access Council’s information by visiting the Council’s website, Publication Scheme page. For further information about IAI Day, information access, and privacy rights and responsibilities, please visit the Office of the Information Commissioner’s website www.oic.qld.gov.au/.

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