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Welcome to this week’s Mayor’s Update. Each week, we look to keep you informed about the latest Council developments, events, and initiatives. Your engagement and feedback are valuable; please see details at the end of this notice if you would like to get in touch with myself or another divisional councillor.

Grant writing workshop with Olivia Everitt

Do you have an idea for an arts, culture, or heritage project in your area? Do you need some tips for writing successful funding applications?

Join us for a grant writing workshop in Biggenden facilitated by seasoned expert Olivia Everitt, where we will unlock the secrets of successful grant writing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your grant writing skills – no prior grant writing experience is necessary!

This workshop will explore:

  • Grant terminology
  • Preparing for grant success: best-practice planning, logistics, budgets, and sourcing data and research to help your project.
  • How to identify what assessors might be looking for in a grant application
  • Useful templates and resources

Register at or call Council on 1300 696 272.

ABC Heywire Storytelling Workshop

This July, the ABC Heywire team are facilitating an online storytelling workshop at the North Burnett Libraries.

Heywire is a storytelling competition for people aged 16-22 living in regional, rural, and remote Australia. Heywire encourages young people to tell stories about their life outside of the major cities. The competition closes on 1 September 2024 – if you’re not sure where to start, this workshop is for you!

By entering your story, you could win the chance to work directly with ABC producers and receive an all-expenses paid trip to the ABC Heywire Regional Youth Innovation Summit in Canberra next year!

Book your spot today – register at or call Council on 1300 696 272. Can’t make it in person? Book a ‘Join from Home’ ticket to receive your unique link to join the online workshop.

To find out more about the ABC Heywire competition, visit

School Holiday Activities in Your Local Library

Visit your local library to take part in a range of fun, free art and craft activities created by contemporary Australian artist, Natalya Hughes as part of ‘The Castle of Tarragindi on Tour’. Workshops are suitable for ages 6+. This program, in partnership with the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), offers young artists the opportunity to explore unique art forms and transform perceptions of the world around them through interactive experiences and engaging activities.

Gather your friends and family for a fun-filled Boad Game Bonanza at your library! Our libraries have a variety of board games, card games, and puzzles to choose from, or bring a favourite from home!

These events are for all ages, and no bookings are required.

Please visit Council’s Facebook page for up-to-date information on activity times and locations. Or contact our friendly library team for more information.

Councillor Activities

Councillor Moira Thompson and Mayor Les Hotz recently attended the Coalstoun Lakes State School ‘Local Hero’ performance, which has been curated and directed by Cilla Pershouse (Blue Gum Farms TV), who also facilitated the Dallarnil State School ‘Being A Hero’ performance, thanks to funding obtained from the Australian and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The project was developed in the wake of devastating flood events in the North Burnett in 2021-2022, and it aimed to mentor local children aged 5-12 years to create and perform a new theatre work that shares stories from the weather events. The project employed a troupe of professional entertainers to work with students from Coalstoun Lakes and Dallarnil State schools over a 16-week program to learn, create, and deliver their performance to a community audience.

Civil Works Schedule

Below the Maintenance Schedule for week commencing 24 June – weather permitting.

Maintenance Grading

  • Zone1: Cedar Creek Road
  • Zone 2: Glencoe – Dareen Road
  • Zone 3: Netz Road
  • Zone 4: Yarrol Road
  • Zone 7: Brian Pastures, Washpool Road to Campbell Creek Road (Flood Work)
  • Zone 8: A Creek Road to Stanmore Road

Construction Crew

  • North:  Cannindah Road (Resheeting)
  • South: Gayndah Mt Perry Road, Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme Project

Councillor Contacts

As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly on 0458 696 272, or, or your Divisional Councillor, if you would like to address any concerns. Our contact details can be found here.