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On Monday 13 June, Councillors Melinda Jones, Councillor Dael Giddins, CEO Margot Stork and I had a discussion with Queensland Tourism.  The discussion related to tourism pursuits, synergies, promotion and Regional Tourism Organisations, throughout the broader state.

Councillors had a productive workshop at Mt Perry, Wednesday 15 June.  The workshop involved a deputation from BayWa r.e. a company of German origin proposing a wind farm development at Kariboe Road, Cania.

There was also extensive budget discussion, particularly with regard to plant and equipment, as well as service delivery levels on behalf of the community.  The budget will also be considered during the Monday 27 June Council General meeting, in Gayndah.

Councillors and I also attended the Mt Perry School Sports Parade, Wednesday 15 June.  It was a fantastic welcome from students and staff.  The children had great amounts of excitement and energy.  Physical activity is an important part of health and wellbeing for children and adults, alike.

During the later part of the week, Deputy Mayor Councillor Robert Radel, CEO Margot Stork and I had an opportunity to represent Council at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly, in Canberra.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Partners in Progress”.  The Assembly is the peak annual event for Local Government, attracting more than 800 Mayors and Councillors.  The event enables Local Government to engage directly with Federal Government, develop national policy, and influence future direction setting for our communities.

Gary Patrick Williams was tragically killed 30 years ago on 20 June 1992 on his way home from a Central Queensland Local Government Conference. Gary served the Monto community from 1964 until his death, and he was our Shire Clerk from 1977 to 1992. A memorial was placed in Newtown Street in Monto to commemorate his service. On this sad anniversary, we remember Gary’s wife and family and his significant contribution to our area.

For family history enthusiasts and genealogists, we now have digital records for our cemeteries within the North Burnett Region. These include drone aerial surveying to create high resolution images of each of our cemeteries. Families and friends can now conduct historical enquiries in our live database to access real-time cemetery information.

This search platform is easy to use and can be found on Council’s website, under the Cemeteries tab. Click on the Chronicle link to find and view the cemetery you are looking for. Please note that you need to type in the cemetery name you are looking for first, then you can search for your loved one within that location.

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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