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Council Connections 22 January 2022

Flying Fox Dispersal Activities, Vaccination Clinic and Community Activity Grants Now Open

Activity to Deter Flying Foxes from Settling in Residential

Council is aware of the recent uncharacteristic movement of Flying Foxes across town.

In addition to Council’s current morning Flying Fox dispersal activities, staff are preparing to expand their scope to include dispersal in residential areas throughout Ingham.

Council intends to drive the animals north-westerly out of town in a coordinated approach.

Private landowners are reminded that if Flying Foxes land in your trees, you are permitted to dissuade them from staying by use of non-destructive disturbance techniques including smoke, water sprinklers, visual deterrents such as imitation predators, bright lights and noise from various commercial and improvised products. 

Council is encouraging private landholders in these areas to assist staff in dispersal operations, however it would be appreciated if residents could hold off on commencing disturbances until Council staff get to your location.

It is recommended that all pets are secured during the operation times between 4.30am and 7.30am each morning.

Please do not attempt to touch Flying Foxes with bare hands.

Should you identify Flying Foxes that have taken up residence in an undesirable urban location after each morning’s dispersal activities, please report the site to Council’s Biosecurity Team.

Council will continue to monitor these sites as part of the Flying Fox Management Program and will continue to provide advice and assistance as resources and State guidelines allow. 

For further information, please contact Council’s Biosecurity Team on 4776 4740.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Ages 5-11 Years Only

A COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Ages 5-11 Years will be visiting the TYTO Conference and Events Centre at 10.00am to 3.30pm on Saturday 22 January 2022.

Children must be accompanied by a guardian.

Community Activity Grants 2021-2022 Round Three Now Open

Council invites applications for Community Activity Grants from Monday 10 January 2022 to Friday 28 January 2022 for events being held from 1 April 2022 to 30 September 2022.

Applications are invited for:

  • Community High Achievers ($250 individuals or $700 for teams of 3 or more);
  • Community Group Support (up to $1,000);
  • Community Activities (up to $2,000);
  • Moderate Events (between $2,000 and $5,000);
  • Major Events (up to $15,000); and
  • Signature Regionally Significant Events (Up to $30,000).

If you have an event, activity, training, club operations work, or competitions that occur in or represent the Hinchinbrook Shire please put forward an application.

To download an application form please visit Council’s website Grants and Funding page and submit the completed application via email.

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.

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.

Temporary Closure to Bruce Highway (Townsville – Ingham) Helen’s Hill Heavy Vehicle Rest Area

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will close the Helen’s Hill heavy vehicle rest area from Monday 17 January 2022 to Thursday 31 March 2022.

Works are being undertaken to upgrade the entrance and exit points, and parking areas to improve road safety.

Road users are reminded to exercise caution and observe all warning signs, speed restrictions and traffic controller directions during the works.

Bruce Highway (Adjacent to Authurs Street and Halifax Street)

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) advises that no standing signs have been installed along the Bruce Highway adjacent to Authurs Street and Halifax Road Ingham.

When a road closure north of Ingham due to flooding, is in place for an extended period, vehicles will sometimes queue along the highway and this can cause congestion in the Ingham township, blocking access to businesses and causing disruption to motorists.

The installation of the no standing signs will authorise the Queensland Police Service and Council to move vehicles on if they are queuing/parking in the no standing zone.

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.

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.

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

Expressions of Interest close 5.00pm Sunday 30 January 2022.

STRONG Official Book Launch

The community is invited to attend the Official Book Launch of STRONG by Amy Aquilini.

Date:       Saturday 22 January 2022

Time:      9.30am to 11.30am

Where:   Hinchinbrook Shire Library 73-75 McIlwraith Street Ingham

Cost:       Free

RSVP:     Wednesday 19 January 2022.

To RSVP or for further information, please contact Council.

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