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Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Council is excited to announce that the North Burnett Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee has been awarded a $3600 allocation from the RADF Community Grants Program for the Wide Bay Touring Circuit.  The Wide Bay Touring Circuit’s objective is to offer live music concerts across the Wide Bay and Burnett region, featuring original work by local musicians and singer songwriters.  The circuit is a joint project between CQ Regional Arts Services Network, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, South Burnett, and North Burnett Regional Councils. 

The RADF program is a partnership between Council and Arts Queensland, to support access to quality arts and cultural experiences in our region while building local cultural capacity, cultural innovation, and community pride.

Paradise Dam Caravan Park

Council currently manages public access, camping, and caravan park facilities at Paradise Dam, as a part of a formal agreement with Sunwater.  Sunwater intends to commence a major Paradise Dam Improvement Project during 2023.  As a result, Council is not currently accepting any camping bookings, nor providing access to public amenities until negotiations with Sunwater have concluded.

Mt Perry Caravan Park

Council resolved to terminate by mutual consent, the Mt Perry Caravan Park Lease, at the General Meeting held 24 August 2022.  Council will engage an interim caretaker, whilst a strategic review of all Council Caravan Park operations is undertaken.

 Burnett Inland Rail Trail Opening

The opening of the Burnett River Bridges section along the Gayndah to Mundubbera rail trail is being held this Saturday 10 September 2022, at the Mt Debatable Railway Siding on Mt Debatable Road Gayndah.  From 6am you will be able to get a sneak peak of the trail.  Take part in a fun run that starts at 8.30am and follows the rail trail from Mt Debatable to Dirnbir. 

The official opening of another beautiful section of the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail will take place at 11am.  This section will eventually go from Gayndah to Taragoola. Food and drinks will be available at the venue, so go along and support local Community Groups.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Desley O’Grady 0437 837 148 or by checking out the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail Facebook page. A huge thank you to local volunteer Mike Goebel and all of the other volunteers who have worked tirelessly during the last few months.

 Community Events

Congratulations to the Biggenden Show Society and the Mulgildie Rodeo Committee who despite the threat of wet weather, held successful events during the weekend of 3 – 4 September 2022.

Unfortunately, the Biggenden Show was postponed earlier in the year due to COVID-19.  However, the committee and its volunteers should be proud of the community event that took place on Saturday 3 September 2022. It was great to see many families and visitors in town enjoying and participating in activities including rolling hay bails and cracking the stock whip relay events.

Mulgildie Rodeo held a full program of events during Saturday 3 September too.  Despite the threat of wet weather, the event carried on.  Congratulations to all volunteers and competitors who made the event a success.

Staatz Bridge Repairs

Council has engaged Timber Restoration Services to refurbish the sub-structure and replace the deck on Staatz Bridge.  Works are expected to take approximately four weeks, providing we get fine weather.  A temporary side track will be in place, so there will be no disruption of traffic.  This project is estimated to cost $287,000 and will be funded by the Works for Queensland program.  

Cania Road Intersection

Road Tek is currently upgrading the Cania Road intersection, as well as widening the approaches.  This work is expected to be completed in eight weeks and is not being paid for from Council’s budget.  This project is a result of Council advocating to the Queensland Government about safety concerns and the state government is paying for improvements.   

 Gayndah Mt Perry Intersection – Burnett Highway

Road Tek have completed the upgrade to the Gayndah Mt Perry Intersection on the Burnett Highway.  This was another project in which Council advocated to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to be upgraded due to safety concerns and increasing traffic at the intersection.  This project was completed at no cost to Council.

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