A draft Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan 2018 (draft plan) has been developed by the Australian, state and territory governments in consultation with the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee. The meeting will cover the Strategic Management Plan, bore census results, ongoing GABORA Water Plan implementation and the new funding for capping and piping programs.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will begin works to widen and strengthen the Carnarvon Highway (St George-Surat) between 48.3km and 101km from 10 September 2018, weather permitting. Work will be undertaken during daylight hours up to 7 days a week and will continue until 15 April 2019, weather permitting.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the WDAC and Pest Animal Planning meeting set down for the 15 August is now on Tuesday 28 August at the St George Cultural Centre. The Wild Dog Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 10am (Syndicate heads and invited guests only). The Pest Animal Planning Meeting (open to all interested landholders) will commence at 1pm St George Cultural Centre. Light lunch provided.
Councils, State Government agencies and rural stakeholders are joining forces to tackle the wild dog problem in the south-west. Ten councils from across the west, south-west and south Queensland were represented at the two-day Wild Dog Forum which was hosted by the Balonne Shire Council, Queensland Treasury Corporation and McCullough Robertson Lawyers at St George.
Lions Park on The Terrace at St George will close for up to two weeks from 6 August for the installation of soft fall, synthetic grass and fence around the playground. The $34,000 upgrade is being completed with funding from the Queensland Government’s Regional Economic Development Program.
Balonne Shire Council adopted its 2018-19 Budget without change and confirmed rates will increase across all categories by 3% in the rate in the dollar and 1% on the minimum general rate and that pensioners would continue to receive a maximum concession of $170 for qualifying properties.
Rising costs and fewer available grants are increasingly impacting on the bottom line of Balonne Shire Council’s budget and its ability to remain financially sustainable, but in spite of this Council is expected to deliver small increases to ratepayers when its 2018/19 Budget is adopted on Thursday, 28 June, 2018.
Drought has gripped the Balonne Shire for the past six years and has impacted on all of our communities. To help ease the impact the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, through the Balonne Shire Council is offering community groups funding through the Community Drought Support Program.
The Balonne Shire Council is serious about reducing waste and wants residents to review the draft new Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan to ensure they understand what Council is doing to achieve the reduction in waste.