We take our regular monthly look at what councils across North West Queensland decided at their meetings. Last time we looked at the August 2021 meetings. This time we look at September 2021 meetings.
Cloncurry Shire Council
Mayor Greg Campbell told the meeting he had met with Deputy Premier Steven Miles to discuss the blueprint for the North-West; Local Government sustainability; local projects including Cloncurry Hospital infrastructure upgrades; and updates on State Government supported projects, including Survivor filming, drone facility, and the TAB race meeting (which happens this Friday).
Council has extended a waste collection contract with J.J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd until June 30, 2022 on the same term and conditions as the current contract worth $348,000.
Council approved a grant application for BRANCHES by waiving fee hire $2,702 and agreed to support Cloncurry ATRA events in the 2021-22 financial year by waiving venue hire fees at the value of $1190 for the Equestrian Centre.
Council supported Queensland Ballet with $1,500 and venue hire of shire hall for two days and fully subsidised ticket fee at $10 per head for their October tour of North West Qld.
Council supported rodeo competitor Cade Ferguson's application for the NQ Sports Foundation as a Cloncurry region finalist and will pay for Cade and one other person to attend the NQ Sportstar Awards evening in Charters Towers on October 30.
Council appointed seven nominees to the Local Business Network Committee for the 2021/22 term: 1. Susan Curley 2. Kylee Petersen 3. Ben Dare 4. Lorene Chandler 5. Joelene Gabbert 6. Tanya Brown 7. Amy Godsell.
Boulia Shire Council
Council proceeded with the sale of 54 Moonah Street to the approved applicant
Burke Shire Council
No minutes available on the website since June. We are awaiting a response from Burke Shire Council on where more recent minutes are to be found.
Carpentaria Shire Council
Mayor Jack Bawden attended the NWQROC meeting held in Karumba recently and said David Littleproud Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald - Senator for Queensland & Special Envoy for Northern Australia and Shane Stone - Coordinator General, National Recovery & Resilience Agency were in attendance but there was "little to no representation from State Ministers to the Gulf."
He also mentioned a BOM update to a Doppler System at Mornington Island. Fibre Optic cable is being installed to Point Parker - radio link from Point Parker. This upgrade should provide better warning service to the Gulf.
Cr Bawden and the CEO will attend the Housing Workshop organised by the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils on 6 October due to be in Brisbane but now will be held by Zoom.
Council adopted line marking changes on Palmer Street to allow a queuing lane from Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park and to adopt a 2-way entry/exit at both entrances at the boat ramp trailer carpark.
Council awarded a Magnificent Creek tender to Barto's Construction with conditions.
Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
There was discussion with QBUILD and Dept Housing on the building of new houses and the vandalism that occurs before they are handed over.
Council has added an extra seven days of approval before anyone can come to Doomadgee due to COVID.
Upgrade to the airport delayed with late arrival of weather station. Will be done on weekend REX are not flying. Every second LED light will be replaced so RDFS can still land. Expected to finish by year's end.
Council were "uncomfortable" about Screening activities which took place in March in Doomadgee being used in a Townsville Public Health forum in Mount Isa by the Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee until CEO Troy Fraser reviews the material.
Flinders Shire Council
Council accepted the Letter of Engagement for Professional/Consulting Services from Andrews Town Planning to complete the Major Amendment 1 - Shire of Flinders Planning Scheme for $22,176.
Council turned down a request from Vision Christian Media to host a national nondenominational Christian radio service. The operator of Council's facility reported of potential interference issues should this application be approved. Council intends to make application to reinstate a FM radio service for Tourist Radio into the future.
Council agree to purchase a new garbage truck - an Isuzu FVY 240-300 6x4 Dual Control - Superior Pak from Tony Ireland Isuzu for the changeover price of $364,426.85 and also purchased a Caterpillar CW34 Multi Tyred Roller from Hastings Deering for $214,830.
Council received two tenders for the Upgrade Works at the Flinders Discovery Centre closed on Monday, 13 September 2021. The work scope includes the upgrades to the track lighting, new ceiling works, new air conditioning, air curtain to the sheep yard section and removal of existing evaporative units and ducting. Council awarded the work to JKC Pty Ltd based on the price and experience for $252,609.60.
Council will continue the dry hire of the Pugmill and Silo from Crusher and Screen Pty Ltd. The estimated total contract value will be $425,500.
Council support the application to North West Minerals Province Building Sustainable Communities Grants for two projects up to the value of $100,000 - 1. Development of the Flinders Shire Council Reconciliation Action Plan 2. Support implementation of the Flinders Shire Library Development Plan.
Council nominated four names for the NQ Sports Awards: Georgie Jonsson Netball, Softball & Athletics (Junior Nominee) Lawsen Ford AFL (Junior Nominee) Danielle Sladden Rugby Union & Rugby League (Senior Nominee) Kerry Davison Swimming (Alan Ticehurst Memorial Award for Service to Sport Nominee)
Council accepted the tender by VSSVS Holdings Pty Ltd - Vanessa Slack-Smith for the purchase of the former Town & Country Club land and building and the two adjoining lots for $80,000. The building and land is in Burke Street and the adjoining vacant residential lots fronts Golding Street.
Council submitted an application under the Qld State Government Resources Community Infrastructure fund for stage 2 subdivision of land to meet the anticipated demand for land and housing which will be created by projected mining projects in the McKinlay Shire.
Staff finalised documentation for the proposed extension of the Livestock Transit Centre including the installation of a new Dip and invited fresh tenders.
Council approved the Community Sponsorship Request for the Julia Creek Combined Sporting Association for $5,000 cash and waive associated venue hire fees.
The full Council was appointed to the selection panel for the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Mornington Shire Council
Council will obtain the approvals from Gulf Regional Aboriginal Corp to the provision of a plaque and a group of Elders be assembled to design the plaque recognising the original settlement and a estimated cost be undertaken.
Cr Barnes will actively engage with young people around 17 years old and encourage their enlistment in the 51st Far North Qld Regiment.
Council accepted the quotation by Aurecon for $110,191.40 to complete the Preliminary Design of the Mornington Island Runway.
Richmond Shire Council
Cr Wharton requested that the Council dams at Ardbrin, Burleigh and Coalbrook need to be desilted. A new location was discussed for a new Council Dam between Mount Norman and Middle Park. Requested Cr Kennedy to discuss with the owner of Mount Norman.
Council approved the Development Application for the BOM Radar Facility.
Winton Shire Council
Cr Frank Standfast asked if Council could investigate the possibility of offering a "live stream" of funeral services into the future to allow for virtual attendance of family and friends.
Council approves the installation of PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) lighting at the Winton Airport for $181,258.67.
Council agree to donate gravel inclusive of the supply, spreading and rolling to Winton Shooting Range to a value of $8,444.
Council denied a proposal from Gary Mann to lease land from Council to build a memorial for past and present Drovers, Stockman, Rodeo Riders, Opal Miners and Champion Boxers.