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Council Connections – 2 February 2022

Australia Day Wrap Up, COVID-19 Testing Clinic, Lucinda Maintenance, Dutton and Herbert Street Projects and RATs Disposal

Australia Day Wrap-up

Australia Day was celebrated on Wednesday 26 January 2022 in the Hinchinbrook Shire Hall with approximately 153 attendees including staff and volunteers.

Entertainment by “The Tenor From OZ” Paul Ettore Tabone was a big hit along with the live streaming of the  ceremony on Council’s Facebook page.

On behalf of the Hinchinbrook Shire Council and community, I would like to congratulate the 2022 Australia Day Award winners listed below and nominees.

Without committed, community minded people like you, our community would be a poorer place.

Junior Sport Award: Lachlan Buckman.

Senior Sport Award: Sarah Sheahan.

Junior Cultural Award: Dana Kaurila.

Senior Cultural Award: Vera Di Bella.

Individual Achievement Award: Guido Giliberto.

Community Event of the Year Award: Re-discovering Buk Ti: Chinese Settlers in the Lower Herbert Valley.

Shire Young Citizen Award: Sarah Castles.

Shire Citizen Awards: Joseph Devietti.

Beryl Prior Memorial – Service to the Community Award: Brenda Oats.

Council would also like to congratulate the six residents that we welcomed as Australian Citizens as part of the ceremony on Australia Day.

There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It is a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect.

Congratulations to the Hinchinbrook Shire Australia Day Award Nominees for 2022 who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and for their exceptional achievement in a variety of areas.

Ingham Walk-in COVID-19 Testing Clinic

Residents are advised that Queensland Health is running a Walk-in COVID-19 Testing Clinic located at the TYTO Conference and Events Centre.

Available clinics:

  • 9.00am – 11.00am Wednesday 2 February 2022; and
  • 9.00am – 11.00am Friday 4 February 2022.

Please note that testing will not occur on Thursday 3 February 2022. A Vaccination Clinic for children aged 5 to 11 years old will commence at 10.30am on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Lucinda Groynes Maintenance Works – Lucinda Foreshore

Council advises that maintenance works are scheduled to be undertaken on the Lucinda Groynes on the foreshore along Patterson Parade Lucinda.

Works commenced on Monday 31 January 2022, with completion anticipated by Friday 4 February 2022, weather permitting. During this time, the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Traffic control will be on site as required;
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 40km/hour through work zones at all times;
  • Please be aware that heavy machinery will be onsite; and
  • Ongoing works will occur in and around low tide between Monday 31 January 2022 and Friday 4 February 2022.

Council would like to thank you for your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Public Art Exhibition Opening

The community is invited to attend Council’s Public Art Exhibition Opening.

Date:       Friday 4 February 2022

Time:       6.00pm

Where:    TYTO Regional Art Gallery 73-75 McIlwraith Street Ingham

Cost:        Free event with cash bar and canapes provided

RSVP:     Essential

To RSVP or for further information, please contact the TYTO Regional Art Gallery or

Tree Removal and Replacement – Dutton Street and Herbert Street

Week commencing Monday 7 February 2022, Council will be removing and replacing trees as part of the next phase of the Dutton Street Culvert Crossing project and Herbert Street Stormwater Drainage Renewal Program project.

Dutton Street Ingham Culvert Crossing Project Facts:

  • Approximately 33 trees will be removed;
  • Trees will be replaced with suitable species upon the completion of the upstream earthworks; and
  • Removal of trees is to allow for the bulk earthworks to be undertaken upstream of Dutton Street Ingham for flood mitigation purposes.

Herbert Street Stormwater Drainage Renewal Program Project Facts:

  • A number of Strangler Fig Trees have been identified for removal along Herbert Street due to their invasive root systems having an impact on stormwater mains. These roots are creating blockages in stormwater drains, to such an extent that it is contributing to localised flooding;  and
  • Five Fig Trees will be removed and replaced with eight native/ornamental trees which will provide both shade and seasonal colour.
Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre Closure – Power Outage

Please be advised that the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre will be closed on Wednesday 9 February 2022 as Ergon Energy will be interrupting electricity supply to the premises.

The Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre will reopen 9.00am Thursday 10 February 2022.

If you require further information, please call Ergon Energy on 13 74 66 during business hours or visit

How to dispose of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATS)

The plastic component of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) should not be placed into the yellow lidded recycling bin. Not only are the plastic components too small for Council recycling facilities to process, the presence of biological materials from the mouth and nasal swab means RATs cannot be recycled. These used tests are potentially infectious and classified as medical waste.

Whilst the cardboard packaging and paper instructions included in the kits can be recycled, the swab, buffer tube and cassette (the part that shows the result) cannot.

It is recommended that used kits should be placed inside a sealed plastic bag and deposited in your general waste red lidded bin. If your test is positive for COVID-19, it is also good practice to place a small amount of household bleach into the bag to kill any live virus and bacteria.

Single use disposable masks also pose landfill and environmental issues. As with RATs, these need to be disposed of correctly in your red lidded bin. When disposing of masks, it is also important to snip or remove the straps. These can harm wildlife if they end up in the environment.

Remember, no items smaller than a credit card should be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin.

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