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MONTHLY UPDATE | MAY 2013

Bell Bunya Community Centre Officially Opens

From the Mayor’s Desk

Bell residents celebrated the official opening of the new $1.2 million Bell Bunya Community Centre – now a hub for travellers looking for information and for residents to facilitate community groups.

Recently Western Downs Regional Council took part in a Financial Summit in Brisbane about how local government can deliver services but with less money. Councillors are well aware of the impost of rate increases on residents and the need for service delivery and levels of service in our community. We are focused on how the Council can deliver an outcome that is beneficial to our community, especially with financial grants and subsidies from state and federal governments declining and putting additional strain on local government resources.

On 12 April, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown and former Western Downs Councillor Mick Cosgrove cut the ribbon to declare Bell’s long-awaited multi-purpose community centre officially open. Located on the corner of Maxwell and Wallace Streets, the Centre houses a multi-purpose community meeting space, art gallery, café, visitor information centre, library, and community health rooms. The centre is open 10am to 3pm, seven days a week, excluding public holidays. For further information, call 1300 COUNCIL.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown, Cheryl Cosgrove and Mick Cosgrove cutting the ribbon to officially open Bell Bunya Community Centre.

News In Brief

Tues 14

Wed 15

Thur 16

LOCATION

8.30am – 11.00am

200 metres past the Crowders Creek Turn-off on left Tara

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Cnr Moonie Hwy and Apelts Road

Tara

8.30am – 10.00am

Columboola Creek near bridge on Warrego Hwy

Chinchilla

8.30am – 10.00am

Columboola Creek near bridge on Warrego Hwy

Miles

8.30am – 11.00am

Mitchell Lane Reserve, Gravel Pit

Meandarra

COUNCILLOR CONNECT

12.00pm – 1.30pm

Nudley School Road and Burra Burri Road Junction

Chinchilla

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Western Downs Council Depot, Leichhardt Hwy

Miles

Connect to Your Councillors today – visit www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/council/councillors for portfolio and contact details.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Tara Council Depot

Tara

By Appointment Only

Miles Council Depot – starts 4.30pm. To book, call 1300 COUNCIL

COUNCIL MEETINGS

Miles

8.00am – 10.00am

Weranga Reserve

Tara

8.30am – 9.30am

Junction of Beelbee Road and Condamine Hwy

Chinchilla

9.00am – 10.00am

Moraby Creek-Old Roma Road

Miles

The next Ordinary Meetings of Council will be held at the Chinchilla Customer Service Centre at 9.30am on Wednesday, 15 May and at the Dalby Customer Service Centre at 9.30am on Wednesday, 5 June.

10.30am – 12.00pm

14 Mile Creek, Condamine Hwy

Chinchilla

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Dulacca Airstrip

Miles

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Wieambilla Creek on the Condamine Hwy

Chinchilla

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Meantara Reserve, Western Road

Tara

By Appointment Only

Chinchilla Council Depot – starts 4.30pm. To book, call 1300 COUNCIL

Chinchilla

By Appointment Only

Dalby Regional Saleyards – starts 4.30pm. To book, call 1300 COUNCIL

Dalby

7.00am – 8.30am

Roach Creek Bore

Wandoan

8.00am – 9.00am

Yamsion Rubbish Dump

Bunya Mtns

8.30am – 10.30am

Old Darr Creek Hall site, Chinchilla – Wondai Road 3.8km South of Darr Creek Oasis Service Station

Chinchilla

8.30am – 11.00am

Glenmorgan Water Facility

Glenmorgan

10.00am – 11.30am

Wonga Woodlawn Reserve

Bell

10.00am – 12.00pm

Roma-Taroom Road and Clifford Road Intersection

Wandoan

12.00pm – 1.30pm

Crossroads near the Cadarga Dip *

Chinchilla

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Recreation Reserve

Cooranga North

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Wandoan Saleyards

Wandoan

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Westmar Council Depot

Westmar

Tara Works Depot – starts 4.30pm. To book, call 1300 COUNCIL

Tara

7.30am – 8.15am

Cnr of Jandowae Connection and Langlands Road

Jandowae

8.30am – 10.30am

Gravel Pit 800 metres up Wombaland Road off Auburn Road *

Chinchilla

9.00am – 10.30am

Cnr Old Rosevale Road and Jolimont Road

Diamondy

12.00pm – 1.30pm

Auburn Reserve – Linden Turnoff *

Chinchilla

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Intersection of Gulera and Ducklo School Roads

Ducklo

Mon 13 – By Appointment Only Thur 16

Fri 17

Take advantage of Council’s free online events calendar to help promote community events across the Western Downs by submitting your event details at www.wdrc.qld.gov.au. For help in adding your event, please call 1300 COUNCIL.

TIME

WDRC advises that a regional wild dog baiting campaign is scheduled to take place between 13 and 17 May. This will be carried out at the following locations:

Mon 13

LIST YOUR EVENT

Rate notices for the period January to June 2013 are due for payment on or before Wednesday, 22 May. The normal 30 day payment discount period has been extended to 60 days. A leaflet containing details of rate relief arrangements as a result of the recent flooding, has been included with your rate notice. Residents who pay their account in full on or before the due date will receive a 10 per cent discount.

Wild Dog Baiting in May DATE

RATE NOTICES DUE

AREA

COMPANION CARD ACCEPTED People with a profound disability who need a carer to access Western Downs Regional Council-run facilities and events can now enter without having to pay for a second ticket. There is no age limit on who can apply for a card. For further information or to request an application form, contact the Companion Card Service on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or go to the website www.companioncard.gov.au and click on the map of Queensland.

The Tzu-Chi Foundation returned to the region last month for their annual dental fair in Tara, with in excess of 230 members of the local community taking advantage of this free service. Over the past month I was proud to attend the centenary celebrations of The Gums State School and the 75th Anniversary of the Cooranga North Church. It was fantastic to see many local people supporting these events. Also it was a great pleasure for Council to ask former Deputy Mayor Mick Cosgrove to officially open the Bell Bunya Community Centre in Bell. Council is proud to deliver such a wonderful facility for the Bell community.

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I would like to pass on my thanks and appreciation to Council staff, my fellow Councillors and the general public who have provided me with advice and information to help me through my first year on Council. I am certainly much wiser for the experience.

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Western Downs Regional Council is continuing to promote availability of industrial land across the region and I am quietly confident we are attracting more business to our region, especially in Chinchilla and Miles. I believe our region’s economy is in good shape with the Western Downs ranked well against other local government areas in the state according to the latest Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2011. Council’s own Advance Western Downs says: “Residents of the Western Downs are enjoying a relatively high level of social-economic advantage compared to the rest of Queensland, according to figures released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS).” For more information visit the Advance Western Downs website www.advancewesterndowns.com. With regard to tourism, Council is currently developing strategies to address the issue of limited accommodation, especially for the “grey nomads”, which has created some issues in promoting the wonderful events and destinations available in our area. Why not slip down to your local visitor information centre today and talk to our wonderful volunteers and find out what attractions you have within a day or a weekend trip. You can boost our economy and tourism by using your next break away to see some of our local and neighbouring attractions.

Rate Notice/s MUST be presented to receive 12 free baits per Lot and Plan. *If further baits are required especially at sites indicated with an asterisk, meat MUST BE supplied by the landowner (bait size = 250 gram) and will be injected free of charge. Can’t make it to a Baiting Station? An alternative time is offered in each area by appointment only. For more information call 1300 COUNCIL.

Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism Cr Tony Brame 0477 977 081

Works Projects May CHINCHILLA DISTRICT: Banana Bridge Rd – Resheet and seal, finish May Chinchilla Tara Rd/Vanrenan Rd Intersection – Intersection upgrade, finish May Gospers Rd – Form and gravel, finish May Ormonde Rd – Gravel resheet, finish May Zeller Street, Chinchilla Tara Road, Gaske Lane Intersection – Intersection upgrade, finish June

Power Station Rd – Upgrade: gravel and seal, finish June Various Rds Local Rds Network – Flood emergent works (Mar 2013 event), finish May Various Rds TMR – Flood restoration works (Nov 2011 event), finish June 2014

DALBY DISTRICT: Ayrton St – Flood reconstruction, finish June Branch Creek Rd – Flood reconstruction, finish May Coxen St – Flood reconstruction, finish May Edward St – Flood reconstruction, finish June Winton St – Flood reconstruction, finish June Wood St – Flood reconstruction, finish June

WANDOAN DISTRICT: Downfall Creek Rd, Upper Downfall Creek Rd – Upgrade: widen and seal, finish May Various Rds Local Rds Network – Flood emergent works (Mar 2013 event), finish May Various Rds TMR Network – Flood restoration works (Nov 2011 event), finish June 2014

MILES DISTRICT: Elerslea Ln – Upgrade intersection, finish June Leichhardt Hwy 116/26B/35 – Upgrade: widen and seal, finish June

A recent health report released by the State Government gave clear direction that the Coal Seam Gas Industry has not contributed to health issues in our rural residential estate areas. Council will continue to monitor the situation to assist in managing health issues across the region.

TARA DISTRICT: Leichhardt Hwy – Upgrade: widen and seal, finish May Males Drv – Resheet and seal, finish July

During all works traffic and pedestrian signs will be erected for public safety and residents are requested to follow the signed instructions at all times. Council regrets any inconvenience caused. Your patience is appreciated.

Planning Applications NEW APPLICATIONS FOR MARCH TO APRIL 2013

04/04/2013 Racecourse Road, Miles.................................................................. MCU Multiple Dwellings 04/04/2013 Racecourse Road, Miles.................................................................. MCU Multiple Dwellings

Received Address...................................................................... Approval Type Sought 04/04/2013 Racecourse Road, Miles.................................................................. MCU Multiple Dwellings 26/03/2013 27/03/2013 28/03/2013 28/03/2013 28/03/2013 28/03/2013 01/04/2013 02/04/2013 02/04/2013 02/04/2013 02/04/2013 03/04/2013 04/04/2013 04/04/2013

23 Waterloo Street, Wandoan......................................................................OW – Sewerage 24 Gormleys Road, Chinchilla...........................................................MCU Multiple Dwelling 10 Mayne Street, Chinchilla............................................................................. OW – Car Park 30-50 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla...................................... RTC Existing – Service Station 30-50 Warrego Highway, Chinchilla..................................................... RTC Existing – Shops 38 North Street, Wandoan................................................................MCU Multiple Dwelling 103 Mackie Street, Chinchilla.............................................................................OWs – Other 9 Racecourse Road, Miles............................................................... MCU Multiple Dwellings 10 Bishop Drive, Miles..................................................................... MCU Multiple Dwellings Myall Street, Dalby......... RTC Existing Extension of Office/Reception Area Existing Motel 1839 Knudsens Road, Auburn...........................................................Reconfiguration of a Lot 166 Drayton Street, Dalby.........................................................RTC Existing Office Premises Racecourse Road, Miles.................................................................. MCU Multiple Dwellings Racecourse Road, Miles.................................................................. MCU Multiple Dwellings

04/04/2013 04/04/2013 04/04/2013 08/04/2013 08/04/2013 09/04/2013 09/04/2013 09/04/2013 10/04/2013 11/04/2013 11/04/2013 11/04/2013 15/04/2013 15/04/2013

Daisy Street, Miles................................................................................................OW – Other 15-19 Taylor Street, Chinchilla..................................................RTC Existing Storage Facility Osbourne Street, Chinchilla.......................................................RTC Existing Storage Facility 78 Marian Street, Miles........................................MCU New Dwelling and Office Premises 17775 Warrego Highway, Dalby.........................................................................................ROL Mackie Street, Chinchilla............................................................................................OW Civil 4 Bishop Drive, Miles....................................................................... MCU Multiple Dwellings Racecourse Road, Miles.................................................................. MCU Multiple Dwellings 8 Hurse Street, Chinchilla................................................................ MCU Multiple Dwellings 21 Barnsley Street, Chinchilla......................................................... MCU Multiple Dwellings 14 Irvingdale Road, Dalby......................................................................................OW – Other 27 Malduf Street, Chinchilla.................................................................... MCU Industrial Use 10 Connelly Street, Dalby...............................................................MCU Multiple Occupancy 19 Hurse Street, Dalby..................................................................... MCU Multiple Dwellings

MCU = Material Change of Use ROL = Reconfigure a Lot OW = Operational Works RTC = Request to Change

Call 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624)

www.wdrc.qld.gov.au


May 2013 Western Downs Wire Monthly Update