It was fantastic to see the Eidsvold community come alive with the Cattle Drive events over the weekend. The logistics of organising this well renowned event are unfathomable to most, and I would like to personally congratulate the Eidsvold Cattle Drive Inc. committee for their efforts. This year, the Cattle Drive rekindled the history of Martin Snelling, who famously lit campfires for hundreds of miles along the stock routes of Eidsvold. Participants drove cattle along most of the same track that Mr Snelling lit up in 1926. In addition to the Cattle Drive, the committee also treated 260 people to an outback dinner on Friday night, as well as a full program of events back at the Eidsvold Showgrounds on Saturday. Saturday’s events included local bush talent, food and market stalls and rodeo. Well done, Eidsvold, we hope to see this event continue for many more years.
I had an opportunity to meet with the Inspector-General of Emergency Management, Mr Alistair Dawson; Inspector, Anne Vogler, from Queensland Police; Acting Disaster Management Support Officer, Danny Hess, from Queensland Police; staff from the Inspector-General’s office; as well as Councillor Dael Giddens and Councillor Michael Dingle, on Monday 11 April.
We discussed the two flood events that occurred in Dallarnil. We also considered management of emergencies and disasters, agency responses and cooperation related to emergency management, as well as recovery and how that is different for every town. The Inspector-General of Emergency Management is reviewing the South East Queensland rainfall and flooding event that occurred between 22 February and 7 March 2022 and looks forward to meeting with the residents of Dallarnil soon, to gain community feedback and learnings from the events. Information and registration details for the community forum will be advertised as soon as a date is confirmed.
Members of the public are also invited to provide a submission as part of the Inspector-General of Emergency Management review. Submissions will be considered in line with the review terms of reference which are available on the Inspector-General of Emergency Management website: https://www.igem.qld.gov.au/south-east-queensland-rainfall-and-flooding-event-february-march-2022-review.
We are asking road users to please obey any traffic instructions provided at roadworks sites and be mindful that roadside slashing is also underway throughout the region. This week, you can expect to see our Civil Works team on the following roads:
- Rice Farm Road
- Goodys Road
- Mount Eagle Road
- Dalgangal Road
- Twin Creeks Road
- Six Mile Road
- McLeods Road
- Old Rawbelle Road
- Fernleigh Road
- New Cardarga Road
- Cattle Creek Road
- Albrands Road
- Jondarby Road
- Briggs Road
- Mt Woowoonga Road
- Woowoonga Scenic Road
Gayndah Show was another highlight of the week, congratulations to the show committee and everyone who entered and received places for exhibits. Council has teamed up with BIEDO and SES to provide community information at this year’s Agricultural Shows. During the show season, Regional SES Coordinator Brian Lowe is conducting an SES recruitment drive. The SES is a volunteer-based organisation that empowers communities to help themselves and others in times of emergency and disaster. If you are interested in becoming an SES volunteer, you can visit the information tent at the Mt Perry Show this Saturday, 16 April or contact Brian on 0427 611 663.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or your divisional councillor if you would like to address any concerns. Our contact details can be found on Council’s website www.northburnett.qld.gov.au/meet-your-councillors
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