We take our regular monthly look at what councils across North West Queensland decided at their meetings. Last time we looked at the May 2021 meetings. This time we look at June 2021 meetings.
Cloncurry Shire Council
Cloncurry Council supported the proposed North West Water concept including participating in a delegation, including Mount Isa City Council and the Mount Isa Water Board, to meet with the Deputy Premier and the Minister for Water, working with those and other relevant entities to progress a detailed business case and business plan for the North West Water Concept and facilitating discussions with the state government to investigate the potential establishment of a new water authority in North West Queensland.
Council supported the Community Grant Applications for Jalli Entertainment for $1500 and Hall hire as in-kind support, Quamby Rodeo for $5000 in financial and in-kind support, Cloncurry Merry Muster for $30,000, Saint Josephs and Saint Colmans Parish Fete for $5000, and PCYC for their Wild Women's Wellness Workout for $5000.
Council awarded $250 bursaries for Zach Campbell, Ryan Young, Bronzon Mara - Skellern and Latisha Coffison.
Boulia Shire Council
Council had a request for the repurposing of shade structures at Marmanya facility in Urandangi and Council donated two identified shade structures to Pam Forster for her continued use for community benefit.
Council awarded a tender for an undisclosed amount for supply and Installation of concrete works to Central Hire & Contracting Pty Ltd.
Council approved the CEO to negotiate the terms and enter a contract with Qteq Pty Ltd to supply and install flood warning infrastructure in Boulia Shire and advise Council once the final contract amount is confirmed.
The CEO discussed with Councillors the possibility of Council looking into the purchase of additional land for the future construction of residential dwellings given the ongoing housing shortage in Boulia.
Burke Shire Council
In a special June 11 meeting Council awarded a Chemical Dosing Design & Construct contract to Queensland Engineering Enterprise for $322,442 and delegated the CEO to enter into contract negotiations to the value of the project budget $446,461.
In its regular meeting June 24 it handed down the budget and agreed to new salaries for elected officials: Mayor $108,222 (was $106,100), Deputy Mayor $62,435 (was $61,211), Councillor $54,110 (was $53,049).
Carpentaria Shire Council
Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
Flinders Shire Council
A special meeting accepted the resignation of CEO Daryl Buckingham. Council appointed Graeme Kanofski as Interim CEO.
At its regular meeting Council awarded a community grant to Bronte Johnstone for $500 and RADF grants to Hughenden Gymnastics Club for $4,800 and the Hughenden Country Music Association Inc for $10,000
McKinlay Shire Council
Council approved a Community Sponsorship Request for Saxby Round-Up for $5000 and a RADF grant for McKinlay Shire Council Flipside Circus 4-day residency - $7700 and McKinlay Shire Council Wild Craft Collective Workshops - $4459.
Council noted the advice from the Julia Creek Multipurpose Health Service regarding the reopening of the service 24hrs per day, 7 days per week as of June 14.
Correspondence was received from the Director General Transport and Main Roads Neil Scales re extensions to the Livestock Transit Centre and construction of a new dip. "TMR is pleased to commit funds towards the cost of installing new livestock dip and extending the cattle yards at this site. I trust this commitment will enable MSC to recommence the procurement process, with a view to progressing the project to construction. I note MSC is seeking advice about access from the transit centre to the Mount Isa rail line and about plans for the existing livestock dip at the transit centre. TMR is willing to hold the matter until MSC can clarify these matters." On June 8 Aurizon advised they were awaiting the outcome of the livestock haulage tenders on the rail line and are not yet in a position to discuss possible leasing of their land adjoining Council's yards, nor the future of the dip on their land. Council will consider the way forward in August.
Mornington Shire Council
Council referred a letter from the Attorney-General setting out the response to Council's request for funeral financial assistance for the return of deceased persons to the Island to the Premier, objecting to the Burials Assistance Act 1960 where it contemplates that the burial or cremation will take place where the death has occurred, as it strongly ignores Indigenous traditions for loved ones to be returned to community for burial.
Richmond Shire Council
Council discussed illegal camping at Lake Fred Tritton, the Caravan Park and the RV Park. It was agreed that the Local Laws Officer is to monitor illegal camping at the Lake more often and leave the RV Park for now.
Cr Kennedy attended the Glencore Community Capacity Building Roadshow for local groups which he felt was a success. They spoke about potentially starting an athletics clubs and Cr Kennedy requested if a shed could be built to place the equipment in it. Council requested a proposal from the club and Council would possibly apply for a grant.
Winton Shire Council
Council is looking at a working group to celebrate Winton's 150th birthday in 2025.
Council awarded a tender for the supply of four Dry Hire Rollers to Hanss Pty Ltd T/A SJ & SC Reddie for the rate of $4770 per month per roller.
Council awarded a tender for the gym extension and upgrade to the swimming pool amenities building to Kent Construction for $603,650. This decision was based on the superior experience of Kent Construction, their detailing of completed projects in the region and the likelihood of the project being completed prior to the reopening of the swimming pool.
Council provided sponsorship of $5000 to the Queensland Boulder Opal Association for the Winton Opal Festivals being held on 9-10 July and 20 September 2021.
Council endorse the evaluation panel's recommendation to award the tender for the supply (including design), installation, and commissioning of automatic flood warning infrastructure to Qtec Pty Ltd.for $2,053,382.25.
Council awarded sponsorship of $3000 to the Winton Camel Races.