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Emergency Fodder for Primary Producers Affected by the Fires in North Burnett
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, the Honourable Mark Funer announced emergency fodder drops for primary producers affected by fires. Three road trains of fodder have now been delivered to the Burnett region from interstate. Biosecurity risks are being considered and managed as part of the process.

Producers who have been affected by bushfires are strongly encouraged to complete a Disaster Impact Survey so their need can be properly assessed and prioritised. Please contact DAF direct should you require any assistance completing the survey.

Modular Homes delivered to Eidsvold
Minister for Housing, the Honourable Meaghan Scanlon has confirmed that seven new prefabricated homes have been delivered to Eidsvold and installed at 16 Moreton Street. The prefabricated homes were manufactured at the Yatala construction factory and took a quarter of the time of conventional construction to complete. The next stages are to build carports and complete landscaping. Homes should be ready to be occupied by Christmas 2023.

The modular homes in Eidsvold, and other homes being delivered in regional areas of Queensland, will provide housing for people in need. For additional information concerning housing assistance, you can contact your local Housing Service Centre during business hours or call the 24/7 Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753.

Fleur McDonald Visit to the North Burnett
The residents and visitors of North Burnett were fortunate to meet Fleur McDonald either in Monto on Monday 6 November 2023 or Mundubbera on Tuesday 7 November 2023 as part of her “Voices in the Dark” book tour. Known as Australia’s leading rural literature author, Fleur McDonald has sold over 750,000 copies of her books, she has solidified her position as one of the country’s favourite storytellers. Cr Giddins had lots of fun by singing and dancing during the Storytime session in Mundubbera which Ms McDonald read two of her own books to the children.

End of Year School Awards
Councillors and I are honoured to be involved in many end of year school award ceremonies. Each time we attend an event, it reminds us of the wonderful schools we have in our region and the dedication of students, teachers and parents/carers who has worked hard throughout the year. I also want to acknowledge the students who may not have received awards but who have also studied and tried their best. Every student should be proud of their personal achievements. As the school year is ending for many students in their senior years, on behalf of the Councillors and I, I wish you all the best on your future endeavours.

140th Anniversary of the Boolboonda Tunnel
On Sunday 12 November 2023, the 140th Anniversary of the Boolboonda Tunnel was celebrated between Bundaberg and North Burnett Regional Council’s and community.

The Boolboonda Tunnel is the longest unsupported structure in the southern hemisphere. As Mayor, I had the honour of cutting the ribbon after Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor, Jack Dempsey opened the ceremony. To experience this tunnel, you can find it approximately 20km from Mount Perry, however, please be respectful to the wildlife living in the tunnel.