Thursday, February 11, 2021

Reckless waste disposal on the rise

Another fire has caused a close call in a council waste truck.
Council waste collection contractor JJ Richards reported a fire in a load while servicing bins in the South Mackay area last Thursday (February 4).
This is the second fire for 2021 and the tenth fire in the last 12 months.
Mayor Greg Williamson said these fires are occurring too often.
Learn more
Watch footage from last year when a car battery ignites a fire in a JJ Richards garbage truck. Items such as batteries do not belong in your general waste or recycling bins.

Seaforth welcomes
new shared pathway

A beachside town is counting the days until a new shared pathway is accessible for their community.
Mayor Greg Williamson said residents had raised concerns regarding the safety of children travelling to and from school.
He said families currently travelled along the shoulder of Yakapari-Seaforth Road or on the grass adjacent to the road.
The $697,000 project will formalise a safe, dedicated travel path for pedestrians and cyclists.

Find out more

New plan to improve
Koumala’s water supply

Council is moving ahead with plans to improve Koumala’s potable water supply.
A tender for design and construction of the new Koumala Water Treatment Plant has been awarded to Clean Teq Water Pty Ltd.
It is a $2 million project, with the Queensland Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program contributing $801,767.94.

Learn more

Consultation extended
to have your say

Council is calling for feedback on proposed amendments to six local laws.
The amendments relate to a range of issues including:
  • changes for determining when an allotment is overgrown or unsightly
  • changes to requirements for specific advertising devices
  • changes to reflect new water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities
  • changes to the conditions in which animals must be kept, the inclusion of new off-leash dog areas and updating locations where dogs are prohibited
  • updating local government-controlled areas, facilities and roads
  • minor updates to off-street regulated parking areas.
Feedback has been extended until Sunday (February 14).
You can collect a copy of the proposed amended local laws from one of council’s Customer Service Centres.
To view online

Local bush fire
stories being shared

Experience first-hand accounts of the 2018 Eungella Bushfires through an emotional short film that encapsulates the events, as they occurred.
EUNGELLA is a multi-arts project which involved recording stories through video and audio from residents who were affected by the bush fire disasters of 2018.
The film is being screened at Mackay Regional Council Libraries.

Attend a screening

Online Sports Expo
is live this month

Have you visited the Online Sports Expo portal?
It's now live on the council website and you can browse more than 90 sport and recreation options in our region.
You can also watch eight active zone video demonstrations by local clubs, plus there's some great prizes up for grabs.

Find a sport today
Your councillors are:
Mayor Greg Williamson, Deputy Mayor Karen May, Cr Martin Bella, Cr Laurence Bonaventura, Cr Justin Englert, Cr Michelle Green, Cr Belinda Hassan, Cr Alison Jones, Cr Fran Mann, Cr Russell Seymour and Cr Pauline Townsend.
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