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Recognition of Laurence Hebblewhite’s Exceptional Service and Commitment to Local Government

Councillors and I would like to express our sincere appreciation to Laurence Hebblewhite, recognising 38 years of exceptional service and commitment to Local Government. Most recently, Laurie has been contributing at Council in a Water and Wastewater Supervisor role, based in Biggenden, and he will commence his retirement on 18 October.

Heritage Day and Tom Lynn Collection, Monto

Monto Heritage Day held on Sunday 2 October provided a fascinating look into the history of Monto and surrounding region. Adults and children alike enjoyed the damper morning tea and sausage sizzle lunch, as well as all the noise and excitement that came with firing up the forge, gold stamper and old machinery. There were demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts, many interesting displays, and a cake stall. Visitors also participated in the opening of the Tom Lynn collection of cut, polished and faceted stone, gathered from around the North Burnett and from overseas, displayed in the historical display and art space.

 Monto Silver Buckle and Mundubbera Golden Stirrup Campdrafts

Mundubbera’s Golden Stirrup Campdraft held from Friday 23 through to Sunday 25 September was a great success. Congratulations to the competitors who travelled far and wide to support this event, and to the dedicated team of volunteers and committee members who brought the event together. Likewise, the Monto Silver Buckle Campdraft held Friday, 30 September, through to Sunday, 2 October 2022 was well attended by local competitors and competitors from beyond the region.  Monto experienced perfect weather for the drafting action. Highlights of the three-day event were the Helmsman’s Auction on Saturday afternoon, the Restricted Open Campdraft Shoot Out and live entertainment by performer, Lisa Sutton.

Police Request for Vigilance Around Theft Prevention

Bundaberg Police Officer, Meg Ryan recently spoke with me regarding incidences of theft in the region and requested a reminder for residents about the importance being vigilant and securing personal property. To help prevent theft, ensure doors are always locked with a key, possessions are locked away, vehicles are locked with keys stored inconspicuously somewhere in the home – even while you are at home.  Consider installing an intruder alarm or camera system as well as perimeter security lighting with sensor lights. Educate yourself about the risk of theft in your area using the Queensland Police Service online map and consider becoming a member of your local Neighbourhood Watch Committee, information can be found here

 Eidsvold Races

The Eidsvold Races held on 2 October brought colour, excitement, and pageantry to the North Burnett. Thanks are due to the Eidsvold Race Club as well as the generosity of many local sponsors, including individual families, local companies and organisations.  The efforts of volunteers who helped with preparations during lead up to the event and clean-up following the event are also much appreciated.

Mt Perry News

On Saturday 8 October 2022, Mt Perry came alive with visitors and locals being treated to the spectacle of a sparkling array of cars and motorcycles on display, hosted by the Mt Perry Car and Bike Club at their annual show. A traditional presentation of dance was warmly received from the Wan’di People who performed a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony. Adult and junior competitors showed off their skills in the Pub Chop wood chop events. Visitors enjoyed the outback and beach-themed works of Zac the Artist, on display at the Art Gallery, hosted by The Mt Perry Arts Group Inc. The weekly Crop Swapping group also gathered, to share garden tips, cuttings, seeds, fruit, vegetables and salad greens.

John Elliott Exhibition

The opening of the John Elliott exhibition ‘Gifted Country’ which expresses the artist’s respect for country music from the past, was held on Saturday 8 October 2022 at the Regional Murray Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre. We were also very fortunate to have country music singer Dean Perrett entertain us with his latest music. The exhibition will be on display at the Centre until 30 November 2022.

Water Staff Awards

Councillors and I would like to congratulate Water and Wastewater staff who presented papers and received awards at the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) state conference in Logan during August and more recently at the qldwater’s Annual Forum held on the Gold Coast in September 2022. At the Logan award event, Water and Wastewater Operator, Tim Merrett was awarded the Best Paper by an Operator, while Water and Wastewater Manager, Shaun Johnston was awarded the Best Paper Overall. At qldwater’s Annual Forum, Shaun Johnstone was also recognised for his extraordinary support of the Water Directorate.

Rural Aid Volunteers

Rural Aid offers volunteer programs for those wishing to help farmers and rural communities and has recently initiated a program in conjunction with the Gayndah Development Association that will deliver 11 exciting projects. Volunteering with the Rural Aid Community Team is a great way to meet new friends, connect with rural communities and make a difference in the lives of people and communities who need a hand. To sign up to volunteer with Rural Aid, go to or call 1300 327 624.

Works Update for the Week Starting 10 October

  • Maintenance Grading Zone 1 – Rice Farm Road
  • Maintenance Grading Zone 2 – Zwislers Road, Burns Road and Chandlers Road
  • Maintenance Grading Zone 4 – Billboolan Road and Gorge Road
  • Maintenance Grading Zone 6 – Mungy Road and Reids Creek Road
  • Maintenance Grading Zone 7 – Mount Debateable Road, Beinkes Road, Swains Road, Sandow Road and McConnells Road
  • Maintenance Grading Zone 8 – Coonambula Eidsvold Road
  • Construction Crew North – Clonmel Road (emergent)
  • Construction Crew South – continuing Berries Road – TIDS Re-sheet
  • Resource Crews South – continuing Hawkwood Road – Reform (Yesberg Earthmoving)

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 on Council’s website

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