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News in Brief: Hinchinbrook

20/August/2021

Expressions of Interest for the Management of the Kelly Theatre

The Ingham Picture Theatre has been operated by Ingham Disability Support Services (IDSS), under an agreement with Council, since 2013. Changes to Disability funding guidelines previously enabling employment opportunities and supervisory provisions for IDSS clientele now preclude IDSS’s ability to continue provision of the service under the model, which has served the community well. As a result, unfortunately IDSS is unable to continue to operate the theatre. IDSS have indicated they wish to cease operations at the end of October 2021. Ideally, a new operator would transition during October and take over operations commencing in November 2021. The process can be phased to allow interested parties to make a submission to Council for consideration. This is an ideal opportunity for community groups and/or not for profit organisations. Council would prefer a walk in, walk out, handover to ensure continuity of service is provided to the community. IDSS are happy to discuss aspects of the operation of the Theatre with interested parties. The Kelly Theatre has recently undergone major upgrades including the installation of a solar power supply and refurbished amenities. If another operator cannot be found, the Kelly Theatre will cease to show movies and will revert to a performance space only. Any existing bookings beyond October 2021 will be honoured by Council. For further information, please view the Expressions of Interest advertisement below.

Hinchinbrook H2O Website

Monitor your water consumption anytime, anywhere for FREE! Council launched the Hinchinbrook H2O customer portal at the Ingham Show, with many residents keen to hear how signing up to the portal will allow them to track their water consumption and set email and SMS alerts to be notified of water leaks and high consumption within days of these occurring. To sign up to the portal, go to h2o.hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au. For further assistance in signing into Hinchinbrook H2O, please contact Council’s Utility Services Department on 4776 4673. The Hinchinbrook Automatic Water Meter Reading project is a joint initiative of the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and the Queensland Government.

Calls for Entries for the Sixth Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards

Artists from local, regional, and national arenas are invited to enter the Sixth Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards. Council will be hosting the Awards at TYTO Regional Art Gallery to inspire and create an awareness of birdlife within the Hinchinbrook region. Celebrating the best in current practices across several media, the Awards are an excellent platform for both emerging and established artists to showcase their work. Entries close 4.00pm Friday, September 3, 2021. For further information, please contact Council’s Regional Art Gallery on 4776 4725 or by email.

Kirks Bridge Replacement

Council is pleased to announce that local contractor Keita Services Pty Ltd has been awarded the tender HSC 20/26 Kirks Bridge Replacement – Design and Construct, for the tendered price of $1,648,313 (excl. GST). Kirks Bridge is located on Liborios Road, Upper Stone, and the replacement bridge will increase the trafficable width from 4.42m to 6.8m and height by 1m. The upgrade is an InQuik Bridging System, which is an innovative semi-modular construction method to build reinforced concrete bridges. The replacement bridge will be positioned just upstream of the current bridge. The current bridge will remain open to the public whilst these works are undertaken. Kirks Bridge was identified for renewal following a level three inspection undertaken in 2019. It identified that the bridge girders were in poor condition, with heavy decay present throughout. This triggered the need for an option analysis to determine the most cost-effective design for its replacement. Clearing works have commenced and it is noted that no old growth or riparian vegetation will be cleared for the development project (with the exception of introduced grasses and weeds on the lower riverbanks). Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution whilst traveling in the area. Council would like to thank you for your cooperation during this necessary phase of works.

Council Calls for Tenders for the lease and/or management of Hinchinbrook Aquatic Centre

Council is now calling for Tenders for a suitable operator/s to lease the Hinchinbrook Aquatic Centre, or for operators to provide specific management services for the facility. Tenders close 2.00pm Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Council’s objective in seeking Tenders is to improve the utilisation of the Hinchinbrook Aquatic Centre and accessibility of swimming programs for the Hinchinbrook community. To express your interest or to download the Tender documentation, please visit Council’s website Current Procurement and Tender Opportunities page or contact Council’s Procurement Coordinator on 4776 4665.

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