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Council Connections 12 January 2022

‘Welcome to Movie Night’ Postponed

With COVID-19 spreading in our community, Council has decided to postpone the previously scheduled January cinema events. This is a disappointing situation given the excitement in the community for these movies to be played.

Council believes this is the best option in the interest of public safety.

New dates for running the cinema events will be advised as the public safety concerns are alleviated. 

Reconciliation Action Plan Meeting Postponed

Council wishes to advise that the Reconciliation Action Plan meeting scheduled for Tuesday 1 February  2022 has been postponed until further notice due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Council apologises for the inconvenience.

Hinchinbrook Shire Library Summer Reading Club

The Hinchinbrook Shire Library Summer Reading Club will run until Monday 31 January 2022.

This year’s theme invites participants to uncover tales of mystery, intrigue and discovery.

Participants who attend the Hinchinbrook Shire Library can receive prizes for every 50 books read, upon showing their reading logs.

Prizes are also awarded at the end of the program for the most prolific reader and runner-up.

Winners will be announced on Council’s Facebook page.

43rd Hinchinbrook Art Awards Exhibition Opening Wrap-up

Friday 3 December 2021 saw the Exhibition Opening of the 43rd Hinchinbrook Art Awards.

The opening received 89 attendees.

The awards were judged by a panel made up of Councillor Donna Marbelli, local artist Clarence Wyles and Townsville based artist Dr Anneke Silver.

This year the awards attracted 94 entries. Interestingly, there were many more large scale works this year as well as a variety in the style of the artworks.

Two pieces of artwork were sold on opening night.

The winners are as follows:

Section 1: Painting 2D:

Entrant 5 – Eat More Veggies by Lily Day

Section 2: Water Colour:

Entrant 25 – Aerial View–Central Desert by Bruce Parry

Special Mention:

Entrant 28 – On a Sunny Afternoon by Heather Byrne

Section 3: Mixed Media:

Entrant 33 – Restrictions, Freedoms by Julie Dowd

Special Mention:

Entrant 50 – Burning Man by Anita Wilkie

Section 4: Drawing:

Entrant 51 – Blue Inlet by Jen Fleming

Section 5: Works on Paper:

Entrant 54 – Lighthouse by Ann Bartholomeusz

Section 6: Photography:

Entrant 65 – Wish You Were Here by Rose Knight

Section 7: Ceramics:

Entrant 78 – Biloela Sunset by Warren Ogden

Special Mention:

Entrant 79 – Rainforest Views by Ellen Terrell

Section 8: Sculptural Form:

Entrant 84 – Driftwood Basket Form by Sally Moroney

Section 9: Youth:

Entrant 93 – The Waves of Unknown Knowledge by Amy Milanovic

Local Artist Award:

Entrant 86 – Galactic Eye by David Rowe

Overall Award:

Entrant 59 – The Secret Garden by Ann Vardanega

Do not forget that the public may still vote for the People’s Choice Award by visiting the TYTO Regional Art Gallery.

The People’s Choice Award will be announced following the closure of the exhibition at 4.00pm on Sunday 30 January 2022.

Council wishes to thank all entrants for their hard work, dedication to the arts and passion for the Hinchinbrook Region.

New Year Waste Resolutions

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to look back and reflect on what you could have done better in the previous year.

This year why not try some waste resolutions, and move towards a more sustainable lifestyle?

Some ideas include:

  • Going paperless – Switch your bills and bank statements to an electronic version;
  • Loving lunches – Make your lunch at home to save on food waste and packaging;
  • Quitting disposables – Use a reusable coffee cup when you can, or sit down and have a cuppa at one of our great local cafes;
  • Decluttering and donating – Round up the things your family no longer need and save them from landfill by donating to local charities;
  • Being a compost King or Queen – Set up a compost at home to turn those scraps into black gold (soil not oil!); and
  • Recycle, Recycle, Recycle – Vowing to use your kerbside bins the right way (if unsure all the information is located on Council’s website or you can download the Don’t Waste Hinchinbrook app to your Smartphone).

Expressions of Interest to join the Cemetery Advisory Committee

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from individual members of the community and organisations to fill a number of positions on the Cemetery Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee was established to provide advice and recommendations on the development and subsequent delivery of Council’s Cemetery Masterplan and on the future operations of all cemeteries in the Hinchinbrook Shire.

To submit your expression of interest in joining the committee, email

Expressions of Interest close 5.00pm Sunday 30 January 2022.

Expressions of Interest called for the 2022 Ageing in Place Committee

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from community members for the 2022 Ageing in Place Committee.

To submit your expression of interest in joining the committee, email

Expressions of Interest close 5.00pm Sunday 30 January 2022.

Regulated Dog Collar Announced

As of Saturday 1 January 2022, all regulated dogs in Queensland must wear a collar that has red and yellow angled reflective stripes.

Regulated dogs include restricted breeds, declared dangerous dogs and declared menacing dogs. Restricted breeds are dog breeds that are not permitted to be imported into Australia.

Declared dangerous and menacing dogs are dogs that have been declared by the relevant local Council.

If you are aware of a regulated dog not wearing a distinctive collar,  please phone Council.

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