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All of Western Queensland unites for a fairer deal from Canberra

Almost 60% of Queensland has united to call on the Federal Government to increase overall funding for local government and to put in place targeted funding programs for rural and remote councils.

Public Notice - Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan 2018 Public Meetings

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.

Public Notice - St George Level 2 Summer Water Restrictions begin 1 October

The ongoing drought will see St George residents move to Level 2 Summer Water Restrictions on Monday 1 October.

Public Notice - Carnarvon Highway Upgrade Program (St George-Surat)

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.

Balonne Shire rate notices mailed out

Balonne Shire ratepayers will receive their notices in the mail over the coming days and are reminded to pay by 5pm 14 September 2018 to ensure they receive their discount.

Wild dog exclusion fencing essential for economic growth in Balonne

Balonne Shire Council is hoping to boost sheep production by facilitating the installation of wild dog exclusion fencing and help grow the regional economy.

Change of Dates - Wild Dog Advisory Committee and Pest Animal Planning Meeting

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.

Pest Animal Planning Meeting

Balonne Shire Council would like to invite you to attend a Pest Animal Planning Meeting to assist in developing a long-term strategy to manage pest animals across the Shire.

Wild Dog Exclusion Fencing Forum hailed as a success

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.

St George's Lions Park to close for refurbishment

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.

Public Notice - Refurbishment Works Rowden Park Grandstand

Works for Queensland funded refurbishment works on the Rowden Park Grandstand will commence sometime between 6-13 August, 2018. This work is expected to take about two months.

Council adopts 2018-19 Budget

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.

Council expected to keep rate increases low

Balonne Shire Council is expected to approve a 3% increase across all rates and charges and a 1% increase to the minimum general rate at this week’s Council Budget meeting (Thursday, 28 June).

Rising costs hit Council's Budget bottom line

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.

New Acting Economic Development Officer

The Balonne Shire Council have recently appointed an Acting Economic Development Officer

Drought Support Program funding available to community groups

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.

Deputy Mayor selected for leadership program

Balonne Shire’s Deputy Mayor Fiona Gaske has been selected to be part of Course 25 of the iconic Australian Rural Leadership Program.

Public Notice - Dust Generated from Earthworks

Work commenced today on levelling the effluent irrigation site adjacent to the airport, there is dust being generated. This work should take about 2 weeks to complete.

Public Notice - River Water Supply Interruption Tomorrow 22 May

River water supply to St George will be interrupted tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm to allow for planned works to take place on the river water system

Have your say on Waste Reduction and Recycling!

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.
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