Sale of properties
In February this year, there were 34 properties that Council resolved to proceed to sell for the recovery of outstanding rates. This constituted a total value of $677,755.46 being owed to Council.
By Monday, 5 September, Council successfully recovered rates from all but 14 properties. Council held an auction on Tuesday, 6 September 2022, at which five properties were sold. Following the auction, the total outstanding overdue rates were $234,354.96. Council will be making further decisions about the remaining overdue rates in due course, however we continue to encourage property owners with overdue rates to get in touch with us, so that we can put payment arrangements in place.
Spring Burning Off
Spring is often the time in which we see landholders begin to commence controlled burns. Landowners can apply to burn local road reserves and other Council controlled reserves that are adjacent to their properties. If a landholder wishes to burn a Queensland Government controlled Road, they must contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
To apply to burn a rural roadside, complete the application available on Council’s website. These can be submitted months in advance to allow applicants to arrange burns around weather conditions. As part of this application, a permit must be acquired from your Local Fire Warden.
Australia Day – Community Sentiment Survey
Time is running out to participate in Council’s Australia Day Community Sentiment Survey. Council wants to hear the opinions and ideas of North Burnett residents on the best way to celebrate the dedicated volunteers and community groups of our region. This includes the format and location of awards ceremonies, entertainment, activities and award categories, and any other feedback that is important for you to share with us.
The survey closes on Monday, 19 September 2022 and can be located online www.surveymonkey.com/r/nbrc-aus-day . The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you cannot access the survey online, you can complete it in person at our Customer Service and Library Centres, or by giving the contact centre a call on 1300 696 272.
Feedback will be used to assist Council in understanding our North Burnett community views towards Australia Day, and will influence our planning and decision-making on Australia Day awards and events in 2023 and beyond.
Civil Works and Parks and Open Spaces Update
Council will be undertaking the following works this week, pending weather conditions:
- Maintenance Grading Zone 1 – continuing Old Rawbelle Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 2 – continuing Glencoe Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 3 – Selene Mine Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 4 – Stony Creek Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 5 – Coonambula Road Emergent Works
- Maintenance Grading Zone 6 – continuing Mungy Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 7 – Ban Ban Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 8 – McCords Creek Road
- Construction Crew North – continuing medium formation grade on Youlambie Road
- Construction Crew South – continuing Berries Road – TIDS Re-sheet
- Resource Crews South – continuing Monogorilby Road – Resheet (Yesberg Earthmoving)
To view Councils Future Works program, please visit our website www.northburnett.qld.gov.au/future-road-works
Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team will be working on the following key projects in addition to general maintenance works:
- Installation of a concrete slab for a new table and chair setting at Jaycee Park in Gayndah. Staff will have this area cordoned off, however we encourage residents and visitors to avoid the area.
- Upgrade of the Gayndah Cemetery irrigation is set to commence on Wednesday, 15 September 2022. There will be some temporary road closures in place, so please adhere to all traffic signs. The cemetery will not be closed to the public during these works.
Opening of the Burnett Bridges Section Gayndah to Mundubbera, Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail (BBIRT)
On Saturday, 10 September 2022, a crowd of approximately 250 attended the opening of the Boyne Burnett Rail Trail from Gayndah to Mundubbera at the Mt Debateable Siding. Visitors hailed from afar as Dubbo, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Hervey Bay and many other regions. The BBIRT Committee lead by Desley O’Grady, Mark McLaughlin and Mike Goebel and numerous volunteers from all over the region, were instrumental in getting the project up and running.
Feedback from all the visitors on the day said they will be back with friends to stay a day or two, as they enjoyed the picturesque view and the ever-changing trail. The economic benefits that this trail will bring to our towns and region is yet to be quantified. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this section of the rail trail, grab your family or a friend and get exploring!
As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly on 0458 696 272 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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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