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NIB Hinchinbrook

9/July/2021

Works for Queensland Projects

The district has been undergoing a facelift thanks to Works for Queensland (W4Q) funding. Our foreshores were given themes, Lucinda – Barramundi, Taylors Beach – Mud Crab, and Forrest Beach – Turtle. These themes were incorporated into the W4Q works with Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) funding of sculptures by local artist, John Heard, and footpath stenciling. Our beaches benefited from a combination of approximately 850 meters of footpath, 18 new tables of which nine were wheelchair compliant, six bench seats, and three rubbish bins with recycling components. Taylors Beach also received two laguna lounges and a new playground on the foreshore. Forrest Beach and Lucinda had additional shade shelters installed. Local builders DJ Duffy and Richard Peeke successfully secured the contracts. Other projects included the installation of street furniture at Rotary Park, consisting of nine tables and seven bench seats. Kelly Theatre’s renovations and upgrades to its amenities was awarded to Blanco Carpentry.  They have been completed and are looking great. The TYTO Adventure playground located at the TYTO Parklands was officially opened on Saturday, May 22, 2021, with the playground proving to be quite popular within the community. The Halifax footpath connectivity and community shelter were also awarded to local contractor, DJ Duffy. The Council thanks the State Government, alongside Arts Queensland, for its generosity through their W4Q and Regional Arts Development Fund programs.

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

The Council acknowledged our First Nations people at the NAIDOC 2021 Flag Raising Ceremony and Cake Cutting Monday, July 5, 2021. The theme this year of ‘Heal Country!’ invites all Australians to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and to equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians. Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is about hearing and actioning the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which are the culmination of generations of consultation and discussions among our nations on a range of issues and grievances.

Fees and Charges

The Council would like to advise that the Fees and Charges for the 2021- 2022 financial year were adopted at Council’s General Meeting held Tuesday, May 25, 2021. The adopted Fees and Charges came into effect Thursday, July 1, 2021. Fees and Charges for 2021-2022 are available on the Council’s website’s ‘Rates, Fees and Charges’ page or by visiting Council’s Main Office at 25 Lannercost Street, Ingham.

Food Business Licence Renewals

The Council has distributed Food Business Licence Renewal Forms to all current Food Business Licence holders. The Council’s Food Licence inspection program will commence on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, and will continue until all registered food businesses have been inspected. The Council would like to remind licence holders that their renewals are due by Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Any renewals not paid for by this date may incur a reinstatement fee.

Dog Registration Renewal Notices

Dog Registration Renewal Notices will be issued to all current registered dog owners and must be paid on or before Sunday, August 15, 2021, to receive a 50% discount on renewal fees. The Council would like to remind all dog owners that responsible dog ownership means ensuring your dog is microchipped and registered with the local Council of the Shire in which the owner is living. If you do not receive your Dog Registration Renewal Notice prior to Friday, July 30, 2021, please contact the Council to ensure your mailing details are correct.

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