The Eidsvold Show held on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2023, brought colour and excitement to the community, with an action-packed schedule of events. There were campdraft and extreme horsemanship trials on Saturday, show jumping, cattle, poultry and dog judging, woodchop and chainsaws, stud cattle, the Pope Games, fashion parade, and the Showgirl/Rural Ambassador was announced, amongst others. I would like to congratulate Show Society organisers, competition entrants, sponsors and volunteers for their incredible dedication and commitment, which resulted in such a successful weekend of events.
Anzac Day Commemorations
On Tuesday 25 April 2023, I attended the 4.28am Dawn Service and witnessed the march in Monto, where many community members paid their respects to our fallen Anzacs. I joined alongside the community, to listen to the heartfelt speeches, which reminded us of the sacrifice that was made by many families in the North Burnett, who lost fathers, sons, and uncles and whose mothers and aunties did their best to raise families with their menfolk away at war. Our ancestors lived with the constant fear of the loss of loved ones, and they lived with the terrible repercussions of the aftermath of war. We are fortunate to be here today, as descendants of a generation of people whose lives were dominated by war and death. In paying my respects, I also pray for continued peace throughout the world and the resolution of conflicts that currently rage in many countries less stable than our own.
Mundubbera Washdown Facility Temporarily Closed
Following the Council General Meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2023, Council resolved to put an immediate temporary closure on the Mundubbera washdown facility, due to biosecurity compliance concerns, while investigations commence into a potential and compliant alternative for future use. At this stage it is unclear how long the facility will be closed, while remedial and alternative options are explored. Council will continue to provide information to the community as it comes to hand. Council currently operates three other washdown facilities at Monto, Eidsvold and Gayndah.
For information regarding their locations, please go to Council’s website here.
NAB Bank to Close Service in Biggenden
In the Council General Meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2023, Councillors moved to ask the CEO to write to the national manager of the National Australia Bank, appealing for the decision to close services in Biggenden to be reversed. Banking services are essential services in regional townships and the closure will adversely affect many individuals, organisations and small businesses. The CEO letter has been forwarded and Council will provide an update on the response in future communications.
Quarterly Progress Report Available for Viewing
The Quarterly Report for the period of January to March 2023 was adopted in the Council General Meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2023 and was commended by Councillors and CEO for its thorough financial detail. The data presented in the report is intended to be a snapshot of Council’s financial performance, rather than a definitive representation. The Quarterly Report is now available to the public and can be found on Council’s website here. You can view the PDF online or alternatively a copy can be printed at your local Customer Service and Library Centre at cost.
Councillors Visit Biggenden Water Treatment Plant
Councillors attended the Biggenden Water Treatment Plant on Wednesday 26 April 2023, to inspect the development of the project. Project manager from Lackon, Luke Carruthers and principal contractor from Water Treatment and Filtration, Brendon Roots, gave a tour of the works and confirmed that the project is on track for completion in November this year. The estimated cost of this project is $7.2million.
The first new supernatant pond is in use and the raw water reservoir walls require only a single lift concrete pour to be completed. The supernatant ponds receive wastewater from various processes around the plant, principally the backwashing of the filters, where solids are settled before water is returned to the plant for treatment. The concrete needs time to cure and have access structures built before the reservoir is ready to be commissioned. The existing clear water reservoir which will continue to be used at the plant, holds the treated water and pumps it up to maintain supplies in the water tower to meet the town’s demand.
The new raw water reservoir will be used to mix raw water sources to improve the consistency of treated water quality for the town. It will also provide an extended holding period in which chemical treatment can take place to oxidise iron and manganese and improve their removal from the water. It has the added benefit of allowing raw water to be stored for treatment, whilst work is carried out on the bores or creek water pump stations, so treatment can continue whilst these are offline.
Civil Works Update
- Maintenance Grading Zone 1 – Clonmel Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 2 – Folleys Gully Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 3 – Browns Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 4 – Cannindah Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 7 – Mungy Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 8 – Pearlinga Road, A Creek Road
- Maintenance Grading Zone 9 – Nulla Creek Road, Curtiss Russell Road
- Construction Crew North – Glencoe Road
- Construction Crew South – Beeron Road
- Resource Crew North – Gill Street
- Resource Crew South – Gayndah – Emulsion Slab
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:
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