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Council Connections – 9 March 2022

New Library Resources, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and Upcoming Events

Council is a buzz with activity. At the February General Meeting, Council resolved to make submissions to the following:

  • Building Better Regions Fund Round Six for the Hinchinbrook Waste Sorting Hub Project;
  • National Flood Mitigation Program for the Taylors Beach Groyne Replacement project; and
  • Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program for the Mount Fox Road Sealing and Safety Upgrade project.

To improve communication with the community, Council’s website now has a page for the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) Program of Works which includes details of the roadworks to be undertaken, impacted roads and timeframes.

Reports of all projects budgeted for 2021-2022 are now also shown under the Capital Works Projects page. Select projects that are considered significant to the community will have a webpage dedicated to the specific project which provides further information to interested community members. The Dutton Street project is now available.

Arrangements are also underway for a stellar range of activities and entertainment in the coming months. To view and book events visit hinchinbrooktickets.com.au.

Harmony and Youth Week are nearing closer with lots of activities planned. Check out Council’s  website, Events Calendar page.

I encourage you to take the time to have your say on the following:

New Library Resource – Kinderling

Hinchinbrook Shire Library is excited to offer access to Kinderling Kids Radio. Kinderling is a research driven program tailored around the energies and moods of children aged 0-9 years old. Using audio, it offers an alternative to screens to spark the imaginations of children.

All library card members have free access to the app, whether it be from within the library, at home, or on any handheld device with internet access.

Ingham Walk-in COVID-19 Testing Clinic and Vaccination Clinic

Residents are advised that Queensland Health is running a Walk-in COVID-19 Testing Clinic located at the TYTO Conference and Events Centre 9.00am to 11.00am on Friday 11 March 2022.

Rapid antigen tests (RAT) are available for free at this site for eligible community members. You must bring photo identification to receive a RAT.

A COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be visiting the TYTO Conference and Events Centre from 10.00am to 3.30pm on Saturday 12 March 2022.

Morning Melodies – Mad Maestros

Join  us for David Scheel’s brand new show, Mad Maestros.

Date:       Thursday 17 March 2022

Time:       10.30am to 12.00pm

Where:    Ingham Picture Theatre 76 Townsville Road Ingham

Cost:       $20

RSVP:     Essential

Mad Maestros is a celebration of music’s eccentrics through the ages, and in it David brings to life 25 of music’s greatest and weirdest personalities in a virtuoso performance of  narrative, character acting and piano playing. In Mad Maestros you will laugh a lot, cry a little, and marvel at the beauty of the piano when played by a master.

Mad Maestros will again be an unforgettable concert of laughter and beautiful music.

For further information or to book your spot, please visit  hinchinbrooktickets.com.au.

Free presentations to help older Australians stay safer online

To improve the digital skills of older Australians and to help them keep safer online, the eSafety Commissioner is hosting free online presentations as part of the Be Connected initiative. Topics include how to use government websites, staying safe on Facebook, how to avoid scams, and safer online shopping and banking. 

These presentations are delivered in an engaging and easy to understand format and would benefit anyone wanting to develop their digital skills and confidence. 

Upcoming Presentations:  

  • How to use smart home technology –  9.00am Monday 21 March 2022; and
  • How to use Zoom to make video calls – 2.00pm Thursday 24 March 2022.

For an outline of the presentations running in 2022 and how to register visit beconnected.esafety.gov.au/bookings.

Notice of Annual General Meeting for the Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Herbert River Sub-Branch Incorporated

Notice is given for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Herbert River (HR) Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL).

Date:       Sunday 27 March 2022

Time:       10.30am

Where:    4 Hawkins Street Ingham

Nominations are called for Committee Members and Board Members.

Forms are available from the RSL and must be completed 14 days prior to the AGM Date.

You must be a Financial Member to attend. This is a COVIDSafe event.

End-of-Life (EOL) Tyres

With the number of vehicles across the globe increasing rapidly, end-of-life (EOL) tyres are a huge environmental headache.

Each year in Australia, we dispose of around 50 million tyres, with many illegally dumped or stockpiled. Stockpiles attract snakes, vermin, and mosquitos and can be highly combustible, leaching toxic chemicals and carcinogens into the environment. However, new recycling technologies are turning tyres into a valuable resource.

EOL tyres in Hinchinbrook are collected and processed by Council’s contracted tyre recycler into a variety of products, including rubber flooring, brake pads and athletic and playground surfaces. The soft fall in the new Rotary Park playground is made from used tyres.

The recycled rubber is also perfect for road construction, significantly reducing road noise, and making road surfaces more durable and less prone to wear.

Remember, tyres are deemed a regulated waste under State legislation. Individuals disposing of tyres have a legal obligation to do so appropriately or face heavy penalties. The kerbside general waste bin is not permitted as a tyre receptacle. Instead, used tyres can be taken to the Warrens Hill Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre (WLRRC) and disposed of for a fee (based on diameter) in the designated enclosure.

Tyres still attached to rims are deemed a contaminant and attract higher fees.

Though the exercise of tyre recycling is far from free, we all need to realise their value as a resource and at the same time dispose of them in a manner that reduces their environmental impact.

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