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Posted on: 19 June, 2017

Airlie Beach Sewer Main Upgrade will begin soon

Construction will begin soon to replace a section of the sewer main at the top of Mazlin Hill, near Summit Avenue, in Airlie Beach.

The works will involve drilling into the hill to replace a section of pipeline, to improve the performance of the sewer system and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

The upgrade will begin mid-June and is expected to be completed by mid-September 2017, ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 June, 2017

Proserpine Customer Service relocated

Due to the extensive damage to the Proserpine Council Chambers building during Tropical Cyclone Debbie council’s Customer Service Centre had been temporarily located at the Proserpine Library.

However as the full extent of damage to the Chambers is still being assessed, Council has created a semi-permanent Customer Service Centre located at 52 Main Street, Proserpine.

This Customer Service Centre will be open from Monday 19 June and is for t...Read on...

Posted on: 15 June, 2017

Airlie Beach Lagoon to be refurbished by end of August

Whitsunday Regional Council is on track to deliver the refurbishment of the Airlie Beach Lagoon by the end of August, with construction works beginning today.

Investigations after Cyclone Debbie have shown damage to the structural integrity of the Lagoon and pebblecrete surface and concrete cancer, requiring a full resurfacing of the entire pool area.

The refurbishment works will include removing the damaged...Read on...

Posted on: 13 June, 2017

Green light for Whitsunday Coast Airport upgrade

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the $40 million Whitsunday Coast Airport runway upgrade and terminal expansion will commence next month.

Mayor Willcox said the upgrade project will ensure vital airport infrastructure keeps pace with the forecast growth for the Whitsunday Region.

“This council has adopted a measured and sustainable approach to developing the airport and this $40 million ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 June, 2017

Kerbside recycling to be introduced in 2017

Whitsunday Regional Council has today given the green light for kerbside recycling collections to begin throughout the region later this year.

At the Council meeting today Councillors voted unanimously to approve the Kerbside Recycling Implementation Plan, in an historic decision which will realise kerbside recycling being introduced to all areas in the Whitsunday Region.

Mayor Andrew Willco...Read on...

Posted on: 12 June, 2017

Free post-cyclone mulch now available in Proserpine

Residents are now able to access free mulch from a stockpile in Proserpine following Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that residents in other locations have been making the most of the estimated 150,000 cubic metres of free mulch and now that grinding operations have ceased, we will open the site at Proserpine.

“We’ve also had to ensure the m...Read on...

Posted on: 9 June, 2017

Whitsunday Coast Airport advocacy efforts pay off for council

“Perseverance is not a long race, it is many short races one after the other.” That quote has never been more relevant than for Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox after $15 million Queensland Government funding support was announced today.

Mayor Willcox and CEO Barry Omundson have been regular commuters to Brisbane and Canberra to knock on the doors of power as strong Council advocates for funding the Whitsunday Region.

Queensland treasurer Curtis Pitt joined Mayor Willcox at Whitsunday ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 June, 2017

On time kudos for Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Coast Airport recorded the highest percentage of on time arrivals of any airport in the country in the latest Aviation Domestic On Time performance report

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox expressed his appreciation for the great work being done to get the council owned and operated airport back on track following Cyclone Debbie.

“March was a rough month for our region and the fact we have...Read on...

Posted on: 6 June, 2017

Nominations open for the Community Achievement Awards

The search is on for individuals, businesses and community groups that are making a difference in our local community through the annual Queensland Community Achievement Awards.

Mayor Andrew Willcox invites all residents to consider nominating an individual, business or group that is helping to reshape and inspire our community.

“If you know someone that has provided support and made a real difference in your life, why not gi...Read on...

Posted on: 31 May, 2017

Historian looks for coastal hazard answers in the Whitsundays

With over 500km of coastline to manage, the Whitsunday Regional Council is taking a proactive approach to climate change by delivering the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy over the next twelve months.

The Strategy aims to prepare residents who live along our coastlines for the long-term impacts of climate change, such as sea-levels rising, more storm surge events and the increased intensity of tropical cyclones.

As the first step in the project, Cou...Read on...

Posted on: 31 May, 2017

Let’s Celebrate: Queensland Day 2017

Queensland Day is nearly here and Whitsunday Regional Council is going to put on a celebration!

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Tuesday, 6 June, will mark Queensland’s 158th birthday and will give the Whitsunday Region a chance to come together and celebrate this great state.

“This year with sponsorship from the Queensland Government, Council will...Read on...

Posted on: 29 May, 2017

Free post-cyclone mulch still available in Cannonvale

Residents are reminded they can still access free mulch from stockpiles in Cannonvale, as the clean-up continues after Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Mayor Andrew Willcox is encouraging all residents to collect the free mulch while it is still available.

“The free mulch will help re-establish gardens after the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie,” he said.

“Council will keep the sites open for collec...Read on...

Posted on: 26 May, 2017

Shute Harbour public boat ramp open from tomorrow

Boaties wishing to launch from Shute Harbour will be able to do so from tomorrow, Saturday 27 May 2017.

Whitsunday Regional Council has been working tirelessly to restore access to the public boat ramp after the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie in late March.

The boat ramp and carpark will be open and available from tomorrow to all members of the public, ...Read on...

Posted on: 25 May, 2017

Council places priority on Lagoon works

Despite Whitsunday Regional Council placing a priority on Airlie Beach Lagoon repair works the facility is not expected to re-open until late August.

The Lagoon suffered extensive damage from debris and sewerage overflow during Cyclone Debbie and was drained in April to allow engineers to fully assess the infrastructure including pumps.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said that himself and councillors are very aware what a vital piece of infrastructure the Lagoon facility is for the Whitsunday Region and its recovery.

“Our community has been hit hard by the effects of Cyclone Debbie and our business stakeholders have been resilient in getting back to business,” he said.

“The Lagoon also copped a battering and required a detailed inspection by engineers to both assess damage and also report on normal deterioration and maintenance required.

“The reports show that the structural integrity of the Airlie Beach lagoon has been compromised and it is unsafe to open to the public,” Mayor Willcox said.

“The preliminary inspections have revealed structural damage, concrete cancer and drumminess of the pebblecrete which requires the entire pebblecrete surface of the lagoon to be resurfaced.

“Our efforts are focused on doing the required major works simultaneously and as quickly as possible and have the Lagoon reopened to the community and visitors.

“Our focus has been on delivering the required outcome in the shortest timeframe from this forced short term pain so that when the Lagoon reopens it is a renewed, safe and functional attraction for our community and visitors to our region.”

Mayor Willcox said council had all hands on deck to complete the repairs and revitalisation but the major scope of works meant it would remain closed for a further 10-12 weeks.

“We have been replacing and repairing pumps while awaiting the engineer's structural assessment."

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Posted on: 24 May, 2017

New starfish roundabout to be installed in Airlie Beach

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Airlie Beach visitors and residents will soon be welcomed into the main street by a brand new starfish roundabout design.

Designed by Creative Tiling, a local Whitsundays business, the new starfish will be installed from Monday 29 May.

Replacing the old design which was removed a year ago, the new starfish will be a colourful mosaic which will complement the nearby ‘Air...Read on...

Posted on: 18 May, 2017

Register to be a face in Whitsunday Region video initiative

Local residents will be the stars of a regional community spirit video initiative by Whitsunday Regional Council to be filmed early June.

Council is calling for locals to be the faces of the video and to register their interest, with registrations closing Thursday 25 May.

The video is a new initiative by Council to foster community spirit in the wake of Cyclone Debbie and promote the Whi...Read on...

Posted on: 18 May, 2017

Council rides to the rescue of Proserpine Show

Whitsunday Regional Council has circled the wagons and come to the rescue of the Proserpine Show Committee to ensure the 2017 Annual Proserpine Show goes ahead as planned.

The Proserpine Showgrounds suffered significant damage when Tropical Cyclone Debbie unleashed her wrath on the region in March throwing the staging of this year’s annual show into doubt.

Deputy Mayor and Division 3 Councilor John Collins moved a motion...Read on...

Posted on: 17 May, 2017

Author Barbara Hannay to visit regional libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will welcome Australian author Barbara Hannay at Proserpine, Bowen and Collinsville Libraries on 22 and 23 May.

Cannonvale Library Team Leader, Kerry Dorman, said members of the public are invited to come along and listen to Barbara as she talks about her successful career as an author of internationally award winning romance novels.

“Barbara has most recently p...Read on...

Posted on: 9 May, 2017

Support local business by using Whitsundays tradies

Whitsunday Regional Council is asking all residents to request local tradies when dealing with insurance claims as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The idea was raised at an Economic Subgroup meeting last Friday 5 May, held in Proserpine.

The Economic Subgroup is one of four subgroups under the guidance of the Local Recovery Group, and coordinates the planning and implementation of economic recove...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2017

Outreach teams still active

Whitsunday Outreach teams have been busy around the region offering information and support for the community in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Chair of the Human Social Recovery Group Cr Ron Petterson said six outreach teams were today visiting Bowen, Cannonvale, Proserpine and Collinsville to address community concerns with existing applications and also to provide information and referral to a...Read on...

Posted on: 3 May, 2017

Fixing up your driveway? You may need a permit under new regulations

Whitsunday Regional Council will be implementing a standard process region-wide for any person who is constructing a new driveway, or undertaking upgrades to an existing driveway on the Council road reserve.

From 1 May 2017, Council will require a permit to undertake any residential, rural, commercial and industrial driveway works.

The need for a permit is to ensure all driveways and entries are consistent and to approved standards of height and width. ...Read on...

Posted on: 28 April, 2017

Free post-cyclone mulch now available to residents

Residents in the Whitsundays are now able to access free mulch from the many stockpiles located across the region as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the delay in releasing the mulch to the public was to ensure the mulch had reached 65 degrees over a number of days so that decontamination could take place.

“This process will ensure that any weeds that may have been present ...Read on...

Posted on: 24 April, 2017

Economic Recovery Industry Forum well supported

The Cyclone Recovery Industry Forum held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre last week proved popular with over 250 people attending.

Proserpine Chamber of Commerce and the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce partnered with Whitsunday Regional Council to provide information for regional business stakeholders.

Whitsunday Regional Council Executive Officer Economic Development, Melani...Read on...

Posted on: 18 April, 2017

Thousands of free tickets to Cowboys match up for grabs!

3000 lucky Whitsunday Region residents will have the opportunity to go to Townsville to watch the North Queensland Cowboys take on the Newcastle Knights this Saturday night!

3000 lucky Whitsunday Region residents will have the opportunity to go to Townsville to watch the North Queensland Cowboys take on the Newcastle Knights this Saturday night!

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys donated the tick...Read on...

Posted on: 18 April, 2017

Human Social Recovery Group monitoring services

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Human Social Recovery Group is working with all local human social groups and organisations to ensure that all services are brought back online as quickly as possible.

Chair of the Human Social Recovery Group Cr Ron Petterson said it was important these services were maintained long term for all community members and groups across the region.

“From financial assistance to housing support and emotional and social well...Read on...

Posted on: 18 April, 2017

Environmental Recovery Group coordinates agencies

Coordinating state agencies to ensure resources are not duplicated and available data is utilised are the focus of the Whitsunday Regional Council’s Environmental Recovery Group.

Chaired by Cr Jan Clifford the Environmental Recovery Group has been busy consulting with a number of agencies including Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).

“MSQ are contacting boat owners to h...Read on...

Posted on: 18 April, 2017

Post-Cyclone mulch not yet available to the general public

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise residents that mulch currently located at various post-cyclone temporary green waste sites around the region is not yet available to the general public.

Council CEO Mr Barry Omundson said that there is currently a misconception that the post-cyclone mulch is available to be collected however at this point the temporary sites remain limited to drop-off only.

“With large machinery still in operation at t...Read on...

Posted on: 18 April, 2017

Council appeals for common sense on waste collections

Whitsunday Regional Council CEO Barry Omundson has appealed to residents not to abuse the goodwill of council’s free kerb-side collections of green waste and bulky goods.

Mr Omundson said in the wake of Cyclone Debbie council crews have been diligently conducting green waste collections to assist the community to clean-up however residents are now asked to stop placing green waste on road reserves.

“Council has commence...Read on...

Posted on: 11 April, 2017

Residents asked to be prepared for many mozzies in the Whitsundays

Whitsunday residents need to be prepared for an influx of mosquitoes over the coming weeks, after the heavy rains of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The rains and still waters caused by Cyclone Debbie have created favourable conditions for breeding mozzies across the region.

Residents are asked to help reduce mozzie numbers by tipping out any containers filled with water, remove ponding water in gu...Read on...

Posted on: 7 April, 2017

Community urged to support local business

Your buck stops here if you buy local! It is well worn message but one that Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor John Collins is passionate about.

In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, Cr Collins, chair of the Council’s Local Recovery Group, issued a heartfelt appeal urging the community to support local business.

As a small business owner in Proserpine, Cr Collins knows first-hand the struggle the...Read on...

Posted on: 7 April, 2017

Whitsunday Regional Council urges the community to continue helping one another

Residents across the Whitsunday Region have pitched in to help out their neighbours over the last week, after Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the Queensland Coast.

While it has been a difficult time for residents, the support and assistance of emergency crews and agencies during this time has boosted the community’s spirits.

Staff from the State Emergency Services (SES), the Australian Defense Forces (ADF), Ergon...Read on...

Posted on: 5 April, 2017

Council takes first step to leading region’s recovery

“We have a massive job ahead so let’s roll up our sleeves and get on with it.” And with those words Chair Cr John Collins kicked off today’s meeting of the Whitsunday Regional Council’s Local Recovery Group.

Deputy Mayor Collins said each of the sub-groups would be chaired by a councillor and would have a specific focus area during the recovery.

“There are four Recovery Sub Groups which will focus on Human Social, Economic, Environment and Infrastructure e...Read on...

Posted on: 5 April, 2017

Free kerb-side collection of green waste continues

Whitsunday Regional Council will continue the free kerb-side collection of green waste but residents have a deadline of Monday, April 10 to place their rubbish on footpaths.

Council has been collecting green waste from the kerb-side since last week to assist the community clean-up in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

Kerb-side collection for green waste is limited to vegetation from houses and footpath trees, required to be disp...Read on...

Posted on: 4 April, 2017

Domestic bulky goods only collection

Whitsunday Regional Council will carry out free kerbside bulky goods collection of household goods damaged by Tropical Cyclone Debbie commencing Thursday 6 April, 2017.

Council advises this only the schedule for removal of debris from residents’ houses to allow safe access and/or to make the house safe and habitable.

Council are continuing to carry out free kerb-side collection of green waste for several weeks and the...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2017

Asbestos advice for damaged homes

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise the community to take extreme care when handling damaged asbestos containing materials during the post Cyclone Debbie clean-up.

Residents are urged to not leave hazardous wastes on the kerbside or other...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2017

Cowboys visit Whitsunday region

Giddy Up…. The Cowboys are coming.

North Queensland rugby league star Justin O’Neill and club legends Matt Bowen and Brent Tate are visiting the Whitsunday Region in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the visit would be a morale boost for the Whitsunday region commun...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2017

Council waives car parking fees

In the wake of Cyclone Debbie Whitsunday Regional Council is waiving all car parking fees and time limits until further notice.

All carparks in the region are now free until further notice including the two main Lagoon carparks at Broadwater and Airlie Creek and Abel Point Marina and Port of Airlie.

The decision was made as several carparks are the contact point for community ...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2017

Whitsunday region drinking water now safe

Whitsunday Regional Council advises all residents that tap water used for drinking is now safe to consume.

This notice applies to residents in all areas of the Whitsunday Region from 3 April 2017 and means the previous Boiled Water Alert in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Bowen surrounds has been lifted.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said there is no longer a public ...Read on...

Posted on: 2 April, 2017

Reminder to be vigilant against dengue mosquitos

In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and the resultant heavy rainfall, Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to be vigilant in protecting themselves from dengue mosquitos.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said while the priority for the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre was working with all agencies to restore essential services it was important to remind people to be vigilant against dengue mosquitoes.

“As our community tak...Read on...

Posted on: 2 April, 2017

Whitsunday region to focus on recovery phase

The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group will be standing down at 5pm today and transitioning to the recovery phase with individual agencies to continue to operate their own disaster response activities.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Local Recovery Group has been established today as the region moves into recovery mode.

“Can I stress that transitioning to recovery does not mean that response activities are ceasing.
“It mean...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Saturday Community Update on Services for Proserpine and surrounds

As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

Water - Water has been on throughout the event.
The Boil water advice alert does NOT include Proserpine resi...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Saturday Community Update on Services for Collinsville and surrounds

As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

Water - Pump stations have been restored to generator power and water is on in Collinsville and surrounds.
...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Saturday Community Update on Services for Bowen and surrounds

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

Water - Pump stations have been restored to generator power and water is now on in Bowen and surrounds. Merinda has maintained water supply throughout the event.
A Boil Water Advice has been sent as a text and posted online, advising all residents in the...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Saturday Community Update on Services for Airlie Beach and surrounds

As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

Water - Pump stations have been restored to generator power and water is now on in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, ...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Proserpine Council Chamber damaged in Cyclone Debbie

Tropical Cyclone Debbie has caused severe damage to the Proserpine Council Chambers on Main Street, with several parts of the building’s roof caved in and extensive water damage during the event.

Residents are advised the building is currently not accessible to the public, with extensive damage to the foyer and Customer Services area.

From Monday 3 April, Customer Services will be located at the Proserpine Library.

Some areas of the Proserpi...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Whitsunday Regional Council will suspend direct debit rate payments for one month

In recognition of the financial hardships many residents face after Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Whitsunday Regional Council will not be processing any direct debit payments until the end of April.

Ratepayers who have an arrangement with Council to pay their outstanding rates, will start their arrangement again in May 2017.

Many ratepayers have been severely impacted by Cyclone Debbie over the past week, and are experiencing unexpected costs.
...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Extra Wheelie Bin Collection and Skip Bins for Airlie Beach and Cannonvale tomorrow

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise that all residents in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale will get an extra wheelie bin collection tomorrow morning, Sunday 2 April.
Rubbish trucks will come around early in the morning to pick up wheelie bins from

will get an extra wheelie bin collection tomorrow morning, Sunday 2 April.

Rubbish trucks will come around early in the morning to pick up wheelie bins from the kerbside, so please put your bins out tonight for the early collection.

And for those re...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Ergon Energy restoration plan for cyclone affected communities

Ergon Energy has finalised a plan which aims to restore power to 80 per cent of customers affected by Cyclone Debbie by Friday 7 April, with the remainder to be with power before Good Friday.

“We are working hard to provide power to local communities impacted by Cyclone Debbie,” said Chief Operating Officer Paul Jordon, “Our message to customers is that while the destruction has been significant, we have workers on the ground now in Bowen, Mac...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Boil water alert does NOT include Proserpine residents

Proserpine residents are exempt from a boil water Emergency Advice Alert which was delivered to residents in the Whitsunday region yesterday.

As the water supply in Proserpine was only off for a short time, there was no time for sediment to build up in the pipes, so the water is clean and safe to drink.

If residents in any part of the region never lost the water supply, they will not need to...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Whitsunday Coast Airport will be open on Sunday

The Whitsunday Coast Airport will be open tomorrow, Sunday 2 April, and ready to receive commercial flights into the region.

The Whitsunday Coast Airport will be open tomorrow, Sunday 2 April, and ready to receive commercial flights into the region.

The Airport has been receiving emergency aircraft during the day over the last two days, however strict regulations are require...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Waste collection services and safe asbestos removal around the region

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise there will be additional waste collection services this weekend in Bowen and Collinsville, and all other collection services will go back to normal next week.

Bowen’s Tuesday and Wednesday’s waste collection services will be collected tomorrow, on Saturday 1 April.

Collinsville’s Thursday waste collection will also take place tomorrow, Saturday 1 April.

Proserpine had waste collection last Monday as per u...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Shute Harbour Jetty Closed and Unsafe

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise the Shute Harbour Jetty is unsafe and closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

Council asks all boat owners to avoid using Shute Harbour Jetty until it has been deemed safe, and will advise once it has opened back up to the public.

Council wishes to thank the community for their patience and cooperation as authorities seek to res...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Community Update on Services for Collinsville

As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

• Water - Water is currently working in Collinsville with an Ergon provided generators powering the water tre...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Community Update on Services for Bowen

As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

• Water - Water in Bowen is now working and coming from Council Bores however some areas of Bowen have limite...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Community Update on Services for Proserpine

As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

• Water - Water is currently working in Proserpine with Ergon provided generator powering the water treatment...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Community Update on Services for Airlie Beach and Cannonvale

As agencies work to restore essential services across the region, some businesses and services are opening in each town to supply residents with necessary items.

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the following services are open and available, to our best knowledge, as of today:

• Water - Pump stations in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale were damaged during the cyclone and severe thunderstor...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Evacuation Centres now open in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Proserpine

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise residents that evacuation centres are now open in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Proserpine.

Residents who have damaged homes are asked to seek refuge with friends and family in the first instance, before utilising the evacuation centres.

• Airlie Beach evacuation centre is located at the Whitsunday PCYC at 105 Shute Harbour Road in Jubilee Po...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Army establishes water points at Airlie Beach and Cannonvale

Whitsunday Regional Council is advising residents who live in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale that water points will be established by the Army by 8am this morning.

The water points will be located at Whitsunday Plaza (Centro) carpark in Cannonvale and the Lagoon carpark in Airlie Beach.

Residents are asked to bring their own containers to take water away with them, as there will be no bottled water given out.

...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Be Aware Floodwaters may be a Health Risk

Whitsunday Regional Council is advising residents that floodwater may pose a health risk, although outbreaks of disease following flooding are not common in Australia.

There is an increased risk of infection if people come into direct contact with polluted waters, including wound infections, dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and ear, nose and throat infections.

Floods may also increase the risk of diseases such as leptosp...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Health Authorities Urge Caution with Food after Cyclone

While the initial threat of Tropical Cyclone Debbie has passed, Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding residents to be vigilant and cautious with refrigerated food following recent power failures in the area.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that if power was interrupted for more than a day, the food in fridges may not be safe to eat.

Once power fails residents are advised not to open their fridge or freezer doors unnecessarily
“Refrigerated food will spoil soone...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2017

Cleaning up safely after Cyclone Debbie

According to Queensland Health, the risk of injury after a cyclone or flood is much greater than the risk of disease outbreaks.

Residents are urged to consider carefully their own safety when cleaning up after Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“The number of injuries seen in emergency departments after Cyclone Larry in 2006 increased dramatically – especially injuries involving chainsaw...Read on...

Posted on: 30 March, 2017

Community Update on Essential Services across the Whitsunday region

Power and water outages are continuing to take place across the Whitsunday region this morning, with residents asked to continue conserving their water supply as much as possible until the issue can be resolved.

The Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre has been working with Ergon Energy since yesterday to reestablish temporary generators until power can be fully restored to the water treatment plants.

The Centre would like to thank residents for their pati...Read on...

Posted on: 29 March, 2017

Whitsunday residents asked to stay off the roads and conserve water

The Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre is asking all residents to stay off the roads and conserve water as much as possible, in the wake of power outages and fallen powerlines across the Whitsunday region after Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

All Whitsunday residents are urged to conserve water in their homes to ease the pressure on water and sewerage networks, currently without power.

Operators are currently working with Ergon Energy to reestablish temporary generators as soon as possible ...Read on...

Posted on: 27 March, 2017

Bowen and Proserpine Cyclone Shelters now open

Bowen and Proserpine Cyclone Shelters now open – Red, Orange and Yellow Zones (from Dingo Beach north to Cape Upstart including Bowen) evacuate today

Due to the forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology of Cyclone Debbie:

Red Zone – You are directed to evacuate your property
Orange Zone – You are directed to evacuate your propertyYellow Zone – Dingo Beach north to Cape Upstart including Bowen, you ...Read on...

Posted on: 26 March, 2017

Residents in Whitsunday council region Red and Orange zones to evacuate today

Red Zone – You are directed to evacuate your property
Orange Zone – You are directed to evacuate your property
Yellow Zone – voluntary evacuations are recommended today, evacuate if directed

Due to the forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for Tropical Cyclone Debbie:

Red Zone – You are directed to evacuate your property
Orange Zone – You are directed to evacuate your propertyYellow Zone – voluntary evacuations are recommended today, ...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2017

Be prepared to evacuate on Sunday as Tropical Cyclone Debbie hovers off the coast

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is asking local residents who live in the Red Zone for storm tide evacuation to be prepared to leave by Sunday afternoon.

The approach of Tropical Cyclone Debbie off the north Queensland coast is likely to cause the highest tide of the year on Monday or Tuesday morning, leading to the potential inundation of properties within the Red Zone.

Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster...Read on...

Posted on: 24 March, 2017

Residents urged to view Evacuation (Storm Tide) Maps

Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to know which Evacuation (Storm Tide) Zone their homes and businesses are in due to a cyclone looming in the Coral Sea.

Residents who are located in the Red Zone are identified as having the highest risk of inundation or isolation from a cyclone storm tide.

Mayor Andrew Willcox is asking all residents in the Red Zone to prepare in case of evacuation over the next few da...Read on...

Posted on: 21 March, 2017

Find out more about pest management Plan at shopping centres next weekend

Whitsunday Regional Council will be holding public displays in shopping centres across the region on Saturday 25 March, to talk to the community about pest management and the proposed Biosecurity Plan.

The draft Biosecurity Plan 2016-2020 aims to be a guide and action plan to combat feral animals and noxious weeds over the next four years.

To speak with Council staff face-to-face about the Plan and pest management, shopping centre displays will be ma...Read on...

Posted on: 17 March, 2017

New accessible facilities for Bowen Town Square public amenities

Whitsunday Regional Council will be undertaking renovations of the Bowen Town Square public amenities block to improve accessibility for everyone.

The upgrade of the public amenities block will begin Monday 27 March, and will include new male and female accessible access and fittings, as well as brand new baby change table facilities.

The upgrade works are expected to be completed by the end of A...Read on...

Posted on: 15 March, 2017

Community event this weekend to celebrate FIRST LEGO League robotics tournament

Whitsunday Regional Libraries is participating in the FIRST LEGO League program, an international robotics tournament for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students.

After a series of workshops over the past month at all regional Libraries, the final workshop took place last Saturday at Cannonvale.

To celebrate the achievements of the children who participated in the program, Whitsunday Regional Council is holding ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 March, 2017

Do you know a family who deserves a free overnight break to Brisbane with Tigerair?

To celebrate Tigerair’s new direct services between Brisbane and the Whitsundays, the airline, with support from Whitsunday Regional Council, is offering five families an overnight trip to Brisbane next week.

Departing onboard Tigerair’s inaugural Whitsundays-Brisbane service on Thursday 23 March, winners will be transferred to the SkyPoint Observation Deck at the top of the Gold Coast’s iconic Q1 building upon arrival for an afternoon of sightseeing.

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Posted on: 8 March, 2017

Whitsunday Region to host Legends of League clash

It will be a blast from the past in Bowen on May 20 when Denison Park plays host to an International Legends of League match between Australia Allstars and the Whitsunday All-Stars.

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday approved $10,000 financial support to attract the International Legends of League to the Whitsunday Region.

As well as playing an Allstars match in Bowen, the Legends of League will also host a series of coaching clinics at schools in Collinsville, Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine and host a Legends Bowls Day and Dinner in Airlie Beach on May 19.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Legends of League have held over 35 of these matches in Queensland, NSW and PNG and they have proven wonderful community events.

“A group of 6-8 players, including former high profile indigenous players, will travel around the Whitsunday Region visiting hospitals and giving school assembly speeches with a focus on promoting the Stop Bullying Now message,” Mayor Willcox said

The players will also attend various community venues to educate children on health, exercise and resilience,” he said.

Legends of League organiser Troy Byers said former Test and State of Origin legends including Robbie O'Davis, Scott Prince, Kevin Campion, Kerry Bousted, Steve Renouf and Petero Civoniceva were in the mix to lace up the boots for the Australian side.

“The Whitsunday Allstars team will also feature local stars who have made their mark in Origin colours along with “local identities” that have played a key role in the development of rugby league in the Whitsunday Region,” he said.

“There will also be a series of five lead in games played before the Allstars match in Bowen with selected school teams and a women’s league game all invited to play on the dayRead on...

Posted on: 7 March, 2017

Controlling pest species is the key to Whitsunday region Biosecurity Plan

Feral animals and noxious weeds are some of the threats which Whitsunday Regional Council’s draft Biosecurity Plan 2016-2020 aims to combat over the next four years.

In the Whitsunday region, it is estimated that feral animals could be reducing agricultural profits by up to 3%, which results in an $18 million loss each year.

Pest animals and plants also cause major damage to the natural environment and native Austr...Read on...

Posted on: 28 February, 2017

Happy days ahead for the Whitsunday Region

You could excuse Mayor Andrew Willcox for thinking it is all too good to be true but the positive signals just keep flashing brightly for the Whitsunday Region.

Record tourism numbers, record airport growth, the only Queensland region to be part of the national Regional Tourism Infrastructure Investment Attraction Strategy and an invite from the Premier to join her on a trade mission to India.

The Whitsunday R...Read on...

Posted on: 17 February, 2017

Councils sign MOU for Climate Change innovation

Two councils from opposite ends of the country signing a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow them to work together on climate change research.

This is a proactive initiative which is why Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council Andrew Willcox and Steve Wass, Mayor of Kingborough Council in Tasmania, both put pen to paper in Airlie Beach today in a groundbreaking agreement.

Mayor Willcox said the ...Read on...

Posted on: 9 February, 2017

Council working on Master Plan to revitalise the Airlie Beach Foreshore

Whitsunday Regional Council is on track to develop a Master Plan this year for the revitalisation of the Airlie Beach Foreshore.

Extensive community consultation took place in 2016 on some initial options, which outlined new multipurpose areas, improvements to infrastructure and general beautification of the area near the markets.

As a result of the feedback received during this...Read on...

Posted on: 9 February, 2017

Council adopts Waste Management Strategy

Whitsunday Regional Council today took positive steps towards the introduction of kerbside recycling when they adopted the Waste Management Strategy 2017-2021.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Whitsunday Regional Waste Management Strategy demonstrates to the community the importance which Council places on its essential waste management services.

“As well as thinking about waste as a service to our communities, ...Read on...

Posted on: 31 January, 2017

Bubs and tots to talk, play, sing and read at our region’s libraries

Bubs and tots in the Whitsunday Region are benefitting from free early literacy activities as part of the state-wide First 5 Forever program available in Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine Libraries.

First 5 Forever encourages parents and carers to talk, sing, play and read more with their young children for the proven and positive impacts these shared family experiences can have on early brain development, and later reading success.

A partnership...Read on...

Posted on: 30 January, 2017

Get involved and have your say on economic development in the Whitsundays

Residents from every corner of the Whitsundays are invited to have their say and help create a ‘road map’ for future economic growth in the region.

Whitsunday Regional Council is currently developing an Economic Development Strategy 2017-2021, and would like to capture the community’s vision and priorities for the region as part of this process.

Public consultation will take place for four weeks f...Read on...

Posted on: 30 January, 2017

Rates to hit letterboxes this week

The second instalment of the 2016/2017 half yearly rates notices will be issued across the Whitsunday Region this week.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that residents can take advantage of the 5% discount if rates are paid in full by the due date.

“The due date for payment of rates is Thursday 2nd March 2017 and you need to pay by this date in order to get the 5% discount,” M...Read on...

Posted on: 30 January, 2017

Pest Fish Found in Mullers Lagoon, Bowen

Whitsunday Regional Council has recently identified a population of pest fish called Tilapia in Mullers Lagoon, Bowen.

Tilapia is a noxious species which displaces and preys on native fish, and which spreads disease throughout a waterway.

The presence of Tilapia in Mullers Lagoon means pest fish management practices need to be undertaken to restore the Lagoon to a hea...Read on...

Posted on: 27 January, 2017

Australia Day – Celebrating the achievements of every day people

Australia Day Award Ceremonies were yesterday held across the Whitsunday Region at Collinsville, Bowen and Airlie Beach with awards being presented to 30 worthy recipients.

Mayor Andrew Willcox congratulated all the winners and said it was an honour to present awards to Whitsunday locals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the community.

“The Awards are a gratifying part of Australia Day, each year allowin...Read on...

Posted on: 25 January, 2017

Council issues EOI for Airport runway upgrade

Mayor Andrew Willcox said council today approved an Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the design and construction of the Whitsunday Coast Airport runway upgrade designed to renew an aging asset and also cater for future growth.

“The $24.5 million project is in the Airport business strategic plan approved by this Council and was the result of a strategic workshop I initiated shortly after election.

“We are in discussions with the State Government for co-funding opportunities a...Read on...

Posted on: 18 January, 2017

Council celebrates Australia Day with regional events

Whitsunday Regional Council is gearing up for another fun filled Australia Day with family activities, community barbeques, citizenship ceremonies and award presentations occurring across the region next week.

Acting Mayor John Collins encouraged residents to attend any of the official Australia Day events to be held around the Whitsunday Region on Thursday, 26 January.

Cr Collins said regional celebrations will start at the Collinsville Community Centre at ...Read on...

Posted on: 23 December, 2016

Have a Great Australian Bite in Airlie Beach this Australia Day

The Great Australian Bites food festival will be returning to Airlie Beach for Australia Day, with a spectacular afternoon of food, wine and live music planned on the foreshore.

Held at shady Fairy Tree Park on the Airlie Beach foreshore, the free family event will be held between 12noon and 5pm, on Thursday 26 January 2017.

Local restaurants and produce will be featured, with market stalls dishing up a range of tasting plates...Read on...

Posted on: 14 December, 2016

Proserpine locals can visit the pop-up-shop to have their say on Master Plan

Residents and visitors will be able to drop into the new pop-up-shop at 55 Main Street to chat with Council officers and have their say on the Proserpine Master Plan.

The shop will be fitted out with tea and coffee facilities, and maps of the area will be printed and hung on the wall so residents can draw out their ideas on paper.

The shop will be staffed by Council officers working on the project, who can answer th...Read on...

Posted on: 13 December, 2016

Free School Holiday Activities at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will provide an exciting range of free activities for children during the December / January school holiday period.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that in December, all libraries will offer a variety of Christmas themed art & craft sessions and help children get into the spirit of the season!

“It’s a great time of year for kids and our libraries provide the perfect environment for them to use their creativity to make and take home decorations, gifts and goodies,” Cr Willcox said.

Barrel of Monkeys Entertainment & Creative Workshopping presenter Anji Young will help keep the kids entertained with a Heroes & Villains party at Cannonvale Library in December, and a selection of creative writing, storytelling, slam poetry, and performing and visual arts workshops at Bowen and Collinsville in January.

Mayor Willcox said that a wide range of fun activities will run throughout January but places are limited for most activities so interested parents and children should ring their local library and book in early.

These activities include heroes & villains face painting, community art wall, SandArt and Medieval themed craft. Children more interested in techno fun should head to Bowen Library for their robotics Techcamp session, or Collinsville for Sensing STEAM - a half day of arts, craft creations and science experiments.

Places are limited for most activities, and age limits may apply. Not all activities will be available at all centres.

Parents are also reminded that children under 8 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult when visiting the libraries.

Please check the Council website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au or your local branch library for further information or to make a booking.

Bowen Library 4761 3670 Cannonvale Library 4946 1366
Collinsville Library 4785 5366 Proserpine Library 4945 0275

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Posted on: 12 December, 2016

Airport does deal for new and increased Jetstar flights

Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again!

Well with an extra 130,000 seats available it could be sooner than you think with Jetstar and Whitsunday Coast Airport today announcing a partnership that will see Jetstar commence a new Sydney service and add additional flights from both Melbourne and t...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2016

Draft Council Planning Scheme Submission Report 2016 released

Whitsunday Regional Council is one step closer to adopting the draft Planning Scheme with the Submission Analysis Report from the second consultation period being received by Council in yesterday’s final meeting before the Christmas break.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the eventual adoption of the Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme is just another step towards unifying the region.

“The planning scheme is a land use planning guideline which provides a framework for the controlled and...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2016

Council hosts Hillside Haven working bee

Whitsunday Regional Council will host a working bee and community open day at the former Hillside Haven Aged Care facility in Collinsville on Saturday.

Council has officially taken ownership of the property after their $150,000 offer was accepted by the receivers.

Mayor Andrew Willcox has already reopening the facility in its current form was not an option.

“The facility will not be going back to a...Read on...

Posted on: 7 December, 2016

Whitsundays to chase Adani FIFO opportunities

‘Happy days for the Whitsundays’ was how Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox described yesterday’s Adani announcement that Bowen would become the regional headquarters for its rail and port operations.

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine project, announced by Premier Annastacia Palasczcuk on Tuesday in Townsville alongside Adani Chairman Guatam Adani, is set to generate 10,000 jobs, with an operational life for the project over more than 50 years.

Mayor Willcox said it was a great outcome for the Whitsunday Region and he had been personally assured by Mr Adani that there would be no 457 visas as part of the project workforce.

“The most positive aspect of yesterday’s announcement is that the coal will be mined in regional Queensland by workers living in regional Queensland,” Cr Willcox said.

“While Bowen has been confirmed as the regional headquarters for port and rail operations the flow on benefits will be spread across the entire Whitsunday Region,” he said.

“This is about job opportunities for regional workers and is a real shot in the arm for our diverse community which has endured tough economic times recently.

“This announcement is just reward for council’s proactive approach to Adani last month where we pitched Bowen as the ideal headquarters for port and rail operations.”

Mayor Willcox also said council planned further discussions with Adani regarding FIFO opportunities.

“During our visit to Brisbane to meet with Adani last month we also presented a solid case for our region as a smaller FIFO hub utilising council’s Whitsunday Coast Airport,” he said.

“This council has been highly proactive behind the scenes and rather than blow our trumpet and beat our chests in the public domain we have been very professional in our negotiations with Adani.

The project involves construction of a near-400km rail line from the Carmichael Mine site to the Adani-owned and operated bulk coal-loading facility at Abbott Point near Bowen.

Adani had originally proposed to base all of its project offices in Brisbane, however it will now spread its workforce throughout the state.

Alongside those commitments, Adani has also proposed to establish a $200 million large-scale solar project near Moranbah.

Adani CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj said it was a significant day for the company, with the mine "back on track".

He also announced Townsville would become Adani mining's regional headquarters but was yet to make a final decision on where the mine's fly-in,fly-out base would be.

Mr Janakaraj said construction on the mine and rail link would begin in mid-2017.

"There will be early works we plan to start in the quarter of June-July and we would want to start the main works from the last quarter of the year.”

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Posted on: 6 December, 2016

Closing date for Australia Day Award Nominations extended

The closing date for the 2017 Australia Day Awards nominations has been extended to 4pm on Friday, 16th December 2016.

Mayor Andrew Willcox is urging residents to nominate an individual or group for an Australia Day Award and recognise their commitment to the local community.

“I know from being involved in all facets of our community that we have many inspirational peo...Read on...

Posted on: 6 December, 2016

New Emergency Action Guide to be issued across the Whitsunday Region

Whitsunday Regional Council in conjunction with the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
(WDMG) has released the 2017-2019 Emergency Action Guide due to be distributed across the Whitsunday Region over the coming weeks.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the new Emergency Action Guide is the third edition to be released and is a more thorough and comprehensive guide aimed at educating our communities to become disaster resilient and better prepared.

“The new Guide provides an ...Read on...

Posted on: 5 December, 2016

Call for the community to give hope to underprivileged children this Christmas

Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging locals to support the 2016 ‘I Believe in Christmas’ campaign.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Christmas trees have been placed at the Proserpine and Cannonvale libraries for the Whitsunday community to donate a new, unwrapped toy for underprivileged children this Christmas.

“Unfortunately, not every family can afford t...Read on...

Posted on: 2 December, 2016

Tender advertised for CCTV project to make Airlie Beach safer

Whitsunday Regional Council will be advertising a tender today for the installation of new CCTV cameras in the Airlie Beach main street and Lagoon areas, partnering with the Australian Government under the Safer Streets Program.

With support from the Airlie Beach Police Station and Safe Night Airlie Beach community group, the project aims to make Airlie Beach a safer precinct for all residents and visitors.

Under the funding partnership agreement, the Australian Government wil...Read on...

Posted on: 30 November, 2016

Community consultation to begin this week on future planning for Proserpine

Proserpine residents will soon have the opportunity to share their ideas for the future of Proserpine and Lake Proserpine, with public consultation taking place from tomorrow, between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017.

Whitsunday Regional Council is developing a Master Plan to drive urban growth and economic development, including tourism attraction, for Proserpine.

Extensive public consultation will be undertaken with residents and community groups over the next thr...Read on...

Posted on: 30 November, 2016

The Summer Reading Club has arrived at Whitsunday Libraries!

Whitsunday Regional Libraries invites children and families to discover heroes, villains, sidekicks and more by participating in the Summer Reading Club activities being delivered from 1 December 2016 to 31 January 2017.

The Summer Reading Club is a free online and in-library holiday program, run in partnership with State Library of Queensland, the Australian Library and Information Association, and the Australian Public Library Alliance.

This year, the Summer Reading...Read on...

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Posted on: 30 November, 2016

Council to spread Christmas cheer across the Whitsunday communities

Residents across the Whitsunday Region are invited to join in the Christmas cheer with Council to officially light up community Christmas trees in Proserpine, Bowen and Airlie Beach over the next week.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Collinsville welcomed their new tree this week with the Proserpine community Christmas tree in Pioneer Park the next one to be turned on this Saturday, followed by Bowen on Sunday and Airlie Beach next Wednesday.

“Each tr...Read on...

Posted on: 25 November, 2016

Dingo Beach Bushfire Management Plan under review

Whitsunday Regional Council is seeking feedback on the Bushfire Management Plan for Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay, under public consultation until 7 December 2016.

Council’s Natural Resource Management team is working with Cape Gloucester Rural Fire Brigade volunteers to review and update the plan.

While a natural part of the Australian environment, bushfires have the potential to cause serious damage to people a...Read on...

Posted on: 24 November, 2016

Council partners with Rotary to promote Proserpine business precinct

Whitsunday Regional Council has partnered with Proserpine Rotary Club to add a spectacular eight minute fireworks display to the annual Rotary Christmas Fair next month.

The popular Christmas Fair will be held in Main Street Proserpine on December 16 from 6pm-11pm and host the usual attractions of amusement rides, ham wheels and live music.

Fireworks have been included for the first time this year after a proactive co...Read on...

Posted on: 23 November, 2016

Council approves two per cent pay rise for staff

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved a two per cent pay increase for all staff backdated to July 1 this year.

Council CEO Barry Omundson said the "administrative pay rise" was awarded as council had been unable to negotiate a new enterprise agreement because of a review being done by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

“The final draft of a new aw...Read on...

Posted on: 23 November, 2016

Adani meeting offers promising opportunities

An aggressive late bid by Whitsunday Regional Council to convince Adani to consider Bowen as an option for its Carmichael Coal Mine project headquarters may have failed but there were promising talks about other opportunities.

Council’s Economic Development Advisory Committee Chair Cr Mike Brunker and Executive Officer Economic Development Melanie Davies travelled to Brisbane last Friday for a meeting with Adani General Manager-Project and Infrastructure Ian Sedgman and General...Read on...

Posted on: 18 November, 2016

Have your say on Council’s waste management planning for the next 5 years

All residents in the Whitsundays are encouraged to give feedback on Council’s draft Waste Management Strategy, under public consultation until Friday 2 December.

Waste planning in Council is governed by a Waste Management Strategy, which is reviewed every five years to include the latest information and technology.

Council will be holding public displays next week at Whitsunday Shopping Centre and Bowen Centre ...Read on...

Posted on: 16 November, 2016

State Government grants Whitsunday Regional Council $513,000 for climate change projects

Mayor Andrew Willcox has welcomed the recent announcement by the Palaszczuk Government that the Whitsunday Region will receive $513,000 in QCoast 2100 funding aimed at helping coastal communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.

According to the Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles, Whitsunday Regional Council was one of three Councils who had submitted a strong application for a share of the funding.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that earlier this year, Council adopted its first ...Read on...

Posted on: 14 November, 2016

Whitsunday Region Economic Development Strategy 2017-2021

Whitsunday Regional Council has taken the first steps to leading and creating a more diverse economy with SC Lennon and Associates appointed consultants to prepare the region’s first ever Economic Development Strategy.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Strategy 2017-2021 will provide a clear framework for the Whitsundays future growth.

“The strategy will identify the region’s strengths as well as challe...Read on...

Posted on: 14 November, 2016

Council to enhance the Christmas spirit with new plan for township decorations

Whitsunday Regional Council has met with key stakeholder groups in the Whitsunday Region to develop a plan for beautifying the main townships with new decorations this Christmas.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said preliminary meetings have been held between Council, representatives from the Whitsunday, Proserpine and Bowen Chambers of Commerce, Ergon, Tourism Bowen and the Department of Transport and Main Roads in a collaborative move to e...Read on...

Posted on: 14 November, 2016

19 new suburbs proposed for Bowen

Residents of Bowen will soon be asked to have their say on a proposal to create 19 new suburbs and place names in the locality of Bowen.

In December 2014 a public meeting was held at the Bowen PCYC, hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM). An issue raised during this meeting was the ability of emergency services to properly locate addresses within the greater Bowen a...Read on...

Posted on: 11 November, 2016

Unlawful camping battle in courts

Whitsunday Regional Council is continuing its battle in the courts to shutdown unlawful camping activity at a property south of Bowen.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said council officers were aware that there is development taking place on private property known as Miowera without a lawful development approval.

“Council have issued the appropriate Show Cause and Enforcement Notices, and has no...Read on...

Posted on: 9 November, 2016

Council’s special projects funding a boost for community groups

A perfect day for the average Aussie is when their mower is broken but for the Bowen Sporting Complex, their perfect day was the approval of $20,000 towards a new tractor and roller mower.

At today’s Council meeting in Proserpine more than $80,000 was approved to 11 sporting and community groups through round one of Council’s Special Projects Grants.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the $20,000 grant to the Bowen Sporting Complex was a positive...Read on...

Posted on: 9 November, 2016

CCTV project to make Airlie streets safer

Making Airlie Beach a safe precinct is the aim of Whitsunday Regional Council who will install 84 CCTV cameras in and around Airlie Beach Lagoon and Main Street in a funding partnership with the Federal Government.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said in the co-funding agreement the Federal Government will contribute $725,669 and Council $54,500 towards the $780,169 Safer Streets Program project.

“The 84 closed circuit cameras will be installed early next year and be locate...Read on...

Posted on: 8 November, 2016

Council continues support for local SES with purchase of a new All-Terrain Vehicle

Whitsunday Regional Council has continued its support for the local State Emergency Service (SES) with the purchase of an All -Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and trailer to the value of $25,000.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the ATV unit will be based in Cannonvale however will be a valuable resource for the SES in coordinating search and rescue operations across the entire Whitsunday Region.

“The narrow width of the Honda Pioneer 500 will en...Read on...

Posted on: 8 November, 2016

Whitsundays hosts the Australian Fishing Championships at Lake Proserpine

Whitsunday Regional Council has officially welcomed the Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) Series XIII to Lake Proserpine (also known as Peter Faust Dam) where the best of Australia’s anglers are competing in the opening round of the 2016 competition.

Mayor Andrew Willcox, Councillor Jan Clifford and CEO of Tourism Whitsundays Craig Turner met with the competitors and organisers of the AFC at an official event launch today in Proserpine.

“The Australian Fishing Championships will showcase Lake Prose...Read on...

Posted on: 4 November, 2016

Council engaging with business and community at forums

There is no such thing as too much engagement for Whitsunday Regional Council as Mayor Andrew Willcox hosted the inaugural Community Forum at Bowen today.

The Community Forum is another initiative of Mayor Willcox as he continues his unprecedented community engagement with Whitsunday Region residents.

Mayor Willcox said Bowen and Collinsville community groups represented at today’s forum included the Bow...Read on...

Posted on: 2 November, 2016

Whitsunday Regional Council to purchase the Hillside Haven Aged Care Facility at Collinsville

An offer by Whitsunday Regional Council to purchase the Hillside Haven Aged Care Facility at Collinsville has been accepted by receivers and the building is now under contract.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the council’s offer, now under contract, was well below the reserve at auction and was confidential until the sale officially settles.

“Council is keen to explore all options for the facility to assist the aged community at Co...Read on...

Posted on: 1 November, 2016

Council holds public meeting and explains why the South Molle Jetty at Shute Harbour will close due

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday met with a range of commercial operators at Shute Harbour to discuss the future of the facility and infrastructure, with a particular focus on the South Molle Jetty.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that discussions held yesterday at Shute Harbour were positive with a healthy exchange of suggestions between council and the stakeholders.

“After becoming Mayor I instigated an operational and asset condition audit of all com...Read on...

Posted on: 31 October, 2016

Whitsunday Region excels at 2016 North Queensland Sportstar Awards

Two exceptional athletes from the Whitsunday Region have been recognised at the 2016 North Queensland Sportstar Awards held in Townsville on Saturday night.

Local weightlifter Leanne Knox was successful in winning the Senior Category while Paralympic Cyclist David Nicholas won the runner-up award for Athlete with a Disability.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that these awards give testament to the quality of ath...Read on...

Posted on: 31 October, 2016

Date extended to register for the Scenic Amenity Study

Whitsunday Regional Council has extended the closing date to register for the Scenic Amenity Study’s landscape assessment sessions to next Monday, 7th November.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Whitsunday Region is deservedly famous for its spectacular scenery and the community are invited to tell Council what they consider features of importance.

“The Scenic Amenity Study will inform a new mapping overlay within...Read on...

Posted on: 31 October, 2016

Airlie Beach Foreshore – Winner of gold in the Tourism Attraction category at the Whitsunday Tourism

The Airlie Beach Foreshore was announced the gold winner of the Tourism Attraction category at this year’s Whitsunday Tourism Awards.

Mayor Andrew Willcox attended the gala event at Cape Gloucester Resort and was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the Whitsunday Regional Council.

“This is an outstanding achievement for all the Council staff involved in maintaining the Airlie B...Read on...

Posted on: 31 October, 2016

National Recycling Week – Council launches e-waste recycling

Do you have an old TV or computer you want to dispose of? Not sure how to get rid of old electronic items?

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Whitsunday Regional Council is proud to support National Recycling Week this year by announcing a new e-waste trial through the Kelsey Creek and Bowen Landfills and the Cannonvale Transfer Station.

“Thanks to the National Tele...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2016

Whitsunday Mayor makes bold bid for Adani headquarters

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox has been given the green light to throw Bowen’s hat into the ring as an option for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine headquarters.

In general business at yesterday’s council meeting in Bowen, Cr Mike Brunker moved a motion that Mayor Willcox immediately contact Adani chiefs and offer a parcel of land on the Esplanade in Bowen, owned by council and of a suitable size to build their he...Read on...

Posted on: 27 October, 2016

WDMG works with Geoscience Australia to inform community about earthquakes

It’s been just over two months since the Whitsunday Region was affected by 5.8 magnitude earthquake approximately 50 kilometres offshore of Bowen and Airlie Beach. This was the second largest earthquake on record in Queensland.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that he is pleased with the immediate response by the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group (WDMG) at the time of the earthquake as well as the research and planning that has been done since.

“Through our Disaster Management Gr...Read on...

Posted on: 24 October, 2016

State Government throws support behind airport

Commencing international flight operations at Whitsunday Coast Airport was a priority for the
Queensland State Government according to Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk.

The Premier and her Ministers were in Proserpine yesterday for a Country Community Cabinet
meeting and she spent today exploring the Whitsundays with Tourism Minister Kate Jones andWhitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox.

The trio inspected...Read on...

Posted on: 26 October, 2016

New four lane boat ramp upgrade for Proserpine River ramp

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox has welcomed news that the Proserpine River boat ramp will get a major upgrade as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $30 million boost for Queensland boaties.

Main Roads and Ports Minister Mark Bailey made the announcement at yesterday’s Community Cabinet in Proserpine saying the boat ramp would be duplicated, from two to four lanes.

Mayor Willcox said it was positive news for the huge number of recreational...Read on...

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Posted on: 24 October, 2016

Planning underway for new Proserpine Fire Station

Planning has begun on a new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) fire station to be
built in Proserpine, boosting QFES’ delivery of critical fire and rescue services to local
communities.

Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor John Collins was at the Palaszczuk Government’s
Community Cabinet meeting in Proserpine yesterday when it was confirmed that planning hadstarted on a $2.4 million replacement for Proserpine’s aging station.

T...Read on...

Posted on: 24 October, 2016

Are you prepared for this cyclone season?

With the official cyclone season only one week away, Whitsunday Regional Council is urging
residents to be prepared.

Every year between November and April, the coastal regions of Queensland are at risk of being hit by cyclones. Preparing your family and your home is your responsibility. Cyclones can produce winds in excess of 200km/h, which can cause excessive damage to...Read on...

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Posted on: 21 October, 2016

Scenic Amenity Study in the Whitsunday Region

The Whitsunday Region is deservedly famous for its spectacular scenery and the community are invited to tell Council what they consider features of importance.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council has engaged consultants Cardno to map and assess the scenic values and varied landscape character of the region, using a standard method in Queensland, which will help identify the features of importance to our commu...Read on...

Posted on: 17 October, 2016

Historic meeting held between Councils and the Juru People’s Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC)

Positive talks were held in an historic meeting on Friday 14 October 2016 between Whitsunday Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council and two board members of the Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (KYMAC).

This is the first time the two neighbouring Councils have sat down together with KMYAC to discuss managing the Native Title determinations. KMYAC holds three determinations of Native title on trust on behalf of the Juru People, all of which are containe...Read on...

Posted on: 14 October, 2016

Big tick from Audit Office for Whitsunday Regional Council

Whitsunday Regional Council has been given the tick of approval in a state audit report which has slammed the way some Queensland councils plan for the future.

The Queensland Audit Office report – “Forecasting long-term sustainability of local government,” was tabled in State Parliament this week and said most councils planned poorly for the future.

However out of 77 councils, Whitsunday Regional Council was ...Read on...

Posted on: 14 October, 2016

The draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme Public Consultation closes today

Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to begin the second public consultation period for the draft Planning Scheme on Monday 29 August 2016 with consultation to close today at 5pm.

The draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme and associated documents can be found at the link below:

http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/520/Draft-Whitsunday-Regional-Council-Planni

Lodge a Submission

Anyone wanting to lodge a submission c...Read on...

Posted on: 13 October, 2016

Steering Group kick starts Proserpine Master Plan Project

The spotlight will be turned on Proserpine and Peter Faust Dam in coming months with Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday taking the first steps towards developing a Proserpine Area Master Plan.

Council yesterday formally endorsed Terms of Reference and a Proserpine Area Master Plan Project Steering Committee to kick off community consultation which would be focal in developing a Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan.

The Ste...Read on...

Posted on: 13 October, 2016

Airport does deal for new and increased Tigerair flights

Up, up and away! An additional 110,000 visitor seats annually through Whitsunday Coast Airport injecting more than $80 million in region has Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox flying high.

Tigerair Australia has today announced a new partnership with Whitsunday Coast Airport and from March 2017, Tigerair Australia will be flying four weekly return services between Whitsunday Coast and Brisbane Airports and adding two extra services to boos...Read on...

Posted on: 12 October, 2016

Bursary Awards presented to local junior sportspeople

Two local junior sportspeople were presented with the Wingate Properties North Queensland Sport Encouragement Bursary Award at today’s Council meeting in recognition of their outstanding achievements in Karate.

Mayor Andrew Willcox presented Isabelle Graham and Liam Stephens with a cheque for $650, a medallion and tracksuit jacket on behalf of the North Queensland Sports Foundation.

“Each year up to thirty bursaries are distributed throughout North Queensland...Read on...

Posted on: 12 October, 2016

Glencore hiring over 200 for Collinsville Mine

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said it had definitely been a glass half full week for the community after Glencore announced it will be restarting production at its Collinsville Coal Mine and recruitment will commence for over 200 jobs.

The news follows on from Sunday’s State Government’s decision to invoke special powers to ensure the controversial Carmichael coal and rail project starts next year.

“Parts of our region, in particular Collinsville, have been doing it tough for a few y...Read on...

Posted on: 11 October, 2016

Key to the City presented to Paralympian

Dual Paralympian gold medallist David Nicholas was overwhelmed to be honoured with a Key to
the City of Proserpine and a specially commissioned portrait at a Civic Reception and Family Fun
Day on Saturday.

Whitsunday Regional Council hosted the reception to pay tribute to Nicholas, who won gold in the C3 3000m cycling track event at the Rio Paralympics.

Mayor Andrew Willcox was joined by the majority of councillors and a large crowd of families to
watch...Read on...

Posted on: 11 October, 2016

Mayor backs State Government decision on Adani

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox today welcomed the State Government’s
decision to invoke special powers to ensure the controversial Carmichael coal and rail project
starts next year.

“The decision by the Palaszczuk Government to declare the combined mine, rail and associated
water projects as critical infrastructure is a massive boost for our region and another positive sign that the mining sector is far from dead.

“By declaring the project as critical infrastructure, it will mean less red tape for the proposed $21billion Adani venture and make the proposed start date of late next year more realistic.

Mayor Willcox said the last few months had been full of good news for our region with the
announcement of two large scale solar generation projects in Collinsville and now the Adaniproject creating further positive vibe within the Whitsunday Region.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the Government had invoked special powers and the project's special "prescribed project" status had been renewed and expanded to include its water infrastructure.

"This step bundles together major elements of the project for the first time — the mine, the 389-
kilometre rail line, and the water infrastructure, including a pipeline, pumping stations and a damupgrade," he said.

"This Government is serious about having the Adani mine in operation, we want this to happen."
Dr Lynham said the progress on the project had been achieved while protecting the Great Barrier Reef and meeting Queensland and Commonwealth environmental impact assessmentrequirements.

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Posted on: 11 October, 2016

Draft Planning Scheme enters final week of consultation

The Whitsunday Regional Council’s second public consultation period has entered the final week
with the closing date for submissions approaching on Friday 14 October 2016 at 5pm.

With only one week left to lodge a submission, Council is encouraging residents have input into thedraft Planning Scheme and help shape the future of the region.

For more information on the draft Planning Scheme or lodging a submission please contact
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Posted on: 6 October, 2016

2017 Australia Day Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 Australia Day Awards are now open to residents in the Whitsunday
Region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the awards presented an opportunity for a range of Whitsunday
individuals and groups to be recognised for their outstanding achievements.

“If you know a person or a community group worthy of recognition for their contribution...Read on...

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Posted on: 6 October, 2016

Reduce mosquitos breeding around your home

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding residents to consider what can be done to protect the community against the Dengue Mosquito Aedes aegypti, a known vector of Dengue Fever.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Aedes aegypti is one of many container breeding mosquitoes that live in and around human habitation.

“The adult female mosquito primarily targets humans and bites around the ankles, feet and elbows during the day,” Cr Will...Read on...

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Posted on: 11 October, 2016

Gregory River Bridge project underway

Construction of the Gregory River Bridge is well underway which has been jointly funded by the Federal Government and Whitsunday Regional Council to the value of $2.5 million.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Gregory River Bridge construction site has been officially handed over to Vassallo Constructions with works commencing on the major upgrade on 26 September.

“This project will deliver a new two span bridge and approaches a...Read on...

Posted on: 28 September, 2016

Draft Waste Management Strategy to be released for public consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved the draft Waste Management Strategy 2016-2021 to be released for public consultation.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the draft Waste Management Strategy focuses on waste as a service, waste as a resource and waste as a priority.

“Within each of these there are a number of actions proposed for the five year life of the plan, including th...Read on...

Posted on: 27 September, 2016

North Head Lighthouse restoration on track

Restoration of the heritage listed North Head Lighthouse in Bowen is on track for the planned unveiling ceremony to celebrate its 150th anniversary of operation in November.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the council and community funded restoration of the 1866 lighthouse is an exciting project with significant tourism and economic flow on benefits for the region.

“The North Head Lighthouse is one of...Read on...

Posted on: 27 September, 2016

Heavy Vehicle Network Plan to open for consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council is working to develop a Heavy Vehicle Network Plan which will guide the delivery of heavy vehicle infrastructure in the region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that to effectively plan for the delivery of heavy vehicle infrastructure, Council is inviting feedback from the community.

“Council is committed to the delivery of a heavy vehicle network that is efficient and relevant for th...Read on...

Your Say Whitsunday
Posted on: 26 September, 2016

Cannonvale Library Fun Palace for the whole family this Saturday

Bring your kids to the Cannonvale Library this Saturday for Fun Palace; the event that brings together arts and sciences and allows people to create together, have fun together and in doing so, build our own communities from the grassroots up!

Mayor Andrew Willcox is encouraging children and families in the Whitsundays to join scientists, artists, actors and teachers from across the community for a free day of learning, play and experiments.

“There will be a range of activities including rob...Read on...

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Posted on: 22 September, 2016

Proserpine to host opening round of the Australian Fishing Championships

Hook, line and sinker! Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox is elated that Lake Proserpine/Peter Faust Dam has been selected to host the opening round of the Australian Fishing Championships in November.

Mayor Willcox said hosting Series XIII of the Australian Fishing Championships was a coup for the Whitsunday Region.

“The event is the absolute pinnacle of tournament fishing in Australia and the opening round at Lake Proserpine will be televised and p...Read on...

Posted on: 20 September, 2016

Civic and Community Reception planned for Paralympian

Dual Paralympian gold medallist David Nicholas will be honoured for his inspired performances on the bike in Rio with a Civic and Community Reception at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre next month.

Dual Paralympian gold medallist David Nicholas will be honoured for his inspired performances on the bike in Rio with a Civic and Community Reception at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre next month.

Nicholas, who won gold in the C3 3000m cycling trac...Read on...

Posted on: 15 September, 2016

Whitsunday Regional Council forms new GW3 alliance

The formation of an exciting new regional economic organisation for the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region is one step closer.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox attended a meeting of the Whitsunday ROC (Regional Organisation of Councils) in Mackay today where agreement was reached to seed funding for GW3, the Greater Whitsunday Alliance, for the next three years.
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Posted on: 15 September, 2016

Whitsundays to host Community Cabinet

A proactive roadshow trip to Brisbane by Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox has paid instant dividends with the Palaszczuk Government announcing State Cabinet will meet in the Whitsundays next month.

Last month Mayor Willcox, CEO Barry Omundson and Councillor Mike Brunker arranged meetings at Parliament House in Brisbane with a number of ministers including Deputy Premier Jackie Trad as part of a mission to fly the flag for the Whitsunday Region.

T...Read on...

Posted on: 15 September, 2016

Council backs Master Plan for Proserpine

“I’m excited” was the first comment from Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor John Collins when a Mayoral Minute for a Proserpine Master Plan was introduced at today’s council meeting.

Mayor Andrew Willcox moved a Mayoral Minute that “Council undertakes a comprehensive Proserpine Sustainability and Future Growth Master Plan of the Proserpine township area including the Peter Faust Dam/Lake Proserpine, and that in creating the Proserpine...Read on...

Posted on: 14 September, 2016

Approved inspection program to check for dog and cat registration

Whitsunday Regional Council will be carrying out an approved inspection program to residential properties throughout the region to identify animal registration and the number of dogs and cats kept at each property.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the annual inspection program will commence on 10 October and will allow Council to determine compliance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

“Ensuring that your pet is registered is part of being a respon...Read on...

Posted on: 13 September, 2016

Family History Workshops at Cannonvale Library

Cannonvale Library will host three Family History Workshops following on from the well-attended ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ presentation and workshop by Jennifer Wood.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Family History Workshops have been designed to cater for people just starting their journey and also more experienced family historians.

“The beginner’s workshop is for people just starting out tracing their family histo...Read on...

Posted on: 9 September, 2016

Collinsville the new solar capital of Australia

Collinsville is fast becoming the solar capital of Australia after two large scale solar generation projects will be built in the Whitsunday Region creating more than 200 direct and indirect jobs.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox was beaming after today’s state government announcement that the Whitsunday Solar Farm and the Collinsville Solar Power Station were among six "large-scale" solar generation projects that will be built in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Energy Mark Bailey announced the projects would provide 300 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity and create more than 500 direct jobs and hundreds more indirect jobs in parts of regional Queensland, including in the Whitsunday region.

ARENA Chief Executive Ivor Frischknecht said Australia's "big solar" plants were now coming of age and ARENA's financial support meant they were "a competitive, sustainable energy option".

Mayor Willcox welcomed the announcement and said that combined, the projects are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 150,000 average Australian homes and deliver one tenth of the new capacity required to meet Australia's 2020 renewable energy target.

“This is positive news for our region and especially Collinsville which has been doing it tough since the downturn of the resources sector.

“Renewable energy is the future and I am proud our region is not only the supplier of the best clean coal in the world but is also leading the charge to act on climate change while creating new jobs and diversifying our economy.

Solar Choice Managing Director Angus Gemmell was ecstatic when he contacted Mayor Willcox to share the news that Whitsunday Solar Farm’s 58 megawatt project had been granted $9.5 million.

“After a long journey and plenty of hard work over the last three years, we’re delighted and honoured to have the Whitsunday Solar Farm announced as one of the winners from ARENA’s competitive round,” Mr Gemmell said.

“This is a huge moment not only for the winning bidders, but also for the Australian energy sector as a whole,” he said.

“Large-scale solar is on the right side of history, and ARENA should be commended for helping to hasten its arrival with this funding round.”

ARENA would provide upfront capital grants to support the development of the new large-scale solar projects with construction set to begin early next year.

The six Queensland-based solar projects to receive ARENA support are:

• Origin Energy's 107 megawatt Darling Downs Solar Farm at Dalby ($20 million).
• Whitsunday Solar Farm's 58 megawatt solar farm at Collinsville ($9.5 million).• Genex Power's 50 megawatt Kidson Solar Farm, west of Townsville, recycling the old gold mine ($8.9 million).
• Ratch Australia's 42 megawatt Collinsville Solar Power Station at Collinsville ($9.5 million).• Canadian Solar's 25 megawatt Oakey Solar Farm at Oakey ($2.2 million).
• Canadian Solar's 15 megawatt Longreach Solar Farm at Longreach ($1.3Read on...

Posted on: 8 September, 2016

Draft Planning Scheme Public Consultation at Bowen Markets this weekend

Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to begin the second public consultation period for the draft Planning Scheme on Monday 29 August 2016 with consultation to close on Friday 14 October 2016 at 5pm.

Council is seeking community input on a variety of issues identified within the first public consultation period and subsequent amendments to the draft Planning Scheme.

On Sunday morning the Council team will be at the markets in Bowen operating a disp...Read on...

Posted on: 7 September, 2016

Bowen man named Qld Father of the Year

Whitsunday Regional Council recognised the achievements of 2016 Qld Father of the Year Gary Prior at a morning tea with Mayor and councillors at Bowen Council Chambers today.

Juru man Gary Prior who is a well know artist, community role model, father of seven children and foster father to four more was recently named the 2016 Queensland Father of the Year at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Mayor Andrew Wilcox praised Mr Prior as ...Read on...

Posted on: 6 September, 2016

Date change for 2nd Bowen Display Stall - draft Planning Scheme Public Consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to begin the second public consultation period for the draft Planning Scheme on Monday 29 August 2016 with consultation to close on Friday 14 October 2016 at 5pm.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that due to the possibility of people going away to visit friends and family over the October long weekend or having made prior plans, Council has changed the date for the second market display stall in Bowen to a weekend when more locals are in town.
“The date for the second Bowen Market Display Stall has been moved forward one week from the 2 October to the 25 September 2016,” Cr Willcox said.“Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and hope that three (3) weeks is a suitable amount of time to make alternate arrangements.”

Airlie Markets - Saturday 03/09/2016 Whitsunday Plaza (Woolworths) - Thursday 08/09/2016
Bowen Markets - Sunday 11/09/2016 Whitsunday Shopping Centre (Coles) - Thursday 15/09/2016
Airlie Markets - Saturday 17/09/2016Bowen Markets - Sunday 25/09/2016

For more information on the draft Planning Scheme, lodging a submission and public consultation activities ahead, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 07 4945 0263; email info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au; or visit Council's website.

Lodge a Submission

• Mail to PO Box, 104 PROSERPINE, QLD 4800;
• Register and lodge online at http://yoursay.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/;• In person at Council Offices in Bowen, Proserpine and Collinsville; or
• In the submission box available at all display stalls.

Submissions must include your name, address, signature and submission grounds and be received by Council before 5pm on Friday 14 October 2016Read on...

Posted on: 5 September, 2016

Free entry to the Collinsville Pool commenced 1 September

As of 1 September, residents of Collinsville have been able to visit their local swimming pool for free.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council decided to make swimming pool facility free to all users giving Collinsville residents the same access to local aquatic facilities that residents get in other parts of the Whitsunday Region.

“Our communities in Bo...Read on...

Posted on: 5 September, 2016

Council appoints Economic Development Executive

Whitsunday Regional Council is leaving no stone unturned on their mission to drive the region’s economy into a new era with appointment of an Economic Development Executive Officer.

Former Oracle Energy General Manager and Geraldton Port Authority Commercial Manager Melanie Davies has been appointed to the new role and will commence work next month.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said council was implementing a new “in-house first point of ...Read on...

Posted on: 31 August, 2016

Council employee wins top award

Whitsunday Regional Council scored Employee of the Year and Runner-up Apprentice/Trainee of the Year at the recent 2016 Bowen and Collinsville Business Awards.

Neil Cross was named Queensland Country Credit Union Employee of the Year while apprentice Bailey Widt finished runner-up in the Torgas Apprentice/Trainee section.

Council’s CEO Barry Omundson said the organisation was elated with the pair’s awards whi...Read on...

Posted on: 31 August, 2016

Mayor hosts Water Billing Roadshows

On the road again - Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox continues his open communication with residents by hosting a series of Water Billing Roadshows later this month.

The Whitsunday Region’s residential ratepayers were given a choice for their preferred water billing options as part of his council’s 2016/17 Budget adopted in July.

In September/October this year, residents will be able to choose whether they remain u...Read on...

Posted on: 30 August, 2016

Mayor welcomes Federal Court decision in favour of Adani

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox has welcomed a Federal Court decision today to dismiss an Australian Conservation Foundation application to overturn the government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.

Cr Willcox said local communities in his region were crying out for growth and these challenges had been stopping investment and jobs at a significant cost to the community.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen MP also endorsed Cr Willcox’s sta...Read on...

Posted on: 26 August, 2016

Council launches online community consultation platform

Whitsunday Regional Council has launched Your Say Whitsunday, an online community consultation platform which provides residents with the opportunity to share their thoughts, suggestions and ideas on a range of Council projects, activities and programmes.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the launch of Your Say Whitsunday allows Council to better interact and engage with residents and incorporate community feedback into the matters that affect the region.

“Council is launching this site with the second round of...Read on...

Posted on: 24 August, 2016

Council explores weed spraying options

Whitsunday Regional Council is exploring more cost effective and environmentally friendly weed control practices.

Adam Hagy, Manager of Parks and Gardens, said council is continually reviewing weed spraying practices and is currently investigating alternative cost effective methods in preventing erosion on steep slopes as a result of herbicide use.

“I can assure residents that chemical application is only carried out when required which is reflected in our records and all of Council's spray operators are well trained in the use of chemical application, being sure to abide by all relevant legislation,” Mr Hagy said.

“Council is also vigilant in only using chemicals labelled for use around waterways to minimise or eliminate any impact to the environment,” he said

“In the tropics, unfortunately the growth rate of various weeds is rapid and noxious weeds are detrimental to the environment.

“The use of chemicals and managing pest plants is a delicate balance and one that Council takes seriously.”

At today’s council meeting in Bowen, councillors resolved that CEO Barry Omundson provide a report on the amount of chemical use, including type, function and application including area of use and possible alternatives by areaRead on...

Posted on: 24 August, 2016

Council contributes $31,500 in Community Assistance Grants

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to approve $31,500 in Community Assistance Grants to six different sporting clubs in the Whitsunday Region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the Community Assistance Grants Program enables sporting clubs to upgrade equipment, maintain or upgrade their clubhouse facilities or host competitions and events.

“Council is providing a massive amount of support across...Read on...

Posted on: 24 August, 2016

Council continues to investigate banning single use lightweight plastic bags

council is continuing its support for the banning of single use plastic bags in the region, resolving today to submit a policy motion to the upcoming LGAQ conference seeking the development of State Government legislation to ban their sale and provision.

It is estimated that approximately 180,000 plastic bags are used in the Whitsunday Region every week and contaminating out waterways and posing a threat to our wildlife.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that in addition to the policy motion, Council will also...Read on...

Posted on: 23 August, 2016

Council builds strong relationship with Queensland Government

If building a stronger relationship with the Queensland State Government was their aim then a delegation from Whitsunday Regional Council came away with a ‘mission successful’ stamp after their trip to Brisbane last week.

Led by Mayor Andrew Willcox and accompanied by CEO Barry Omundson, Councillor Mike Brunker and Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner, the delegation met with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad MP, Minister for State Development and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham MP and T...Read on...

Posted on: 23 August, 2016

Draft Planning Scheme Public Consultation - Making a properly made submission

The Whitsunday Regional Council Draft Planning Scheme Consultation will commence on Monday 29 August and from this time, anyone can make a submission.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that residents should familiarise themselves with the various ways they can make a submission on the draft planning scheme.

“It is also important that the submissions are properly made under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 t...Read on...

Posted on: 22 August, 2016

Volunteers needed for 2016 Whitsunday Schoolies

Whitsunday Regional Council is seeking volunteers for the 2016 Whitsunday Schoolies which will run from Saturday 19 November to Wednesday 23 November 2016.

Whitsunday Schoolies is a five day (5) safety response which is expected to attract approximately 3000 young people to the region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Whitsunday Schoolies program relies heavily on volunteers to provide supervised, planned ac...Read on...

Posted on: 22 August, 2016

Proserpine Main Street drainage works commence

The revitalisation of Proserpine Main Street will become a step closer by the end of 2016 with Whitsunday Regional Council commencing works today to upgrade the stormwater drainage system between Hinschen Street and Chapman Street.

Deputy Mayor John Collins said the $627,362 upgrade is part of Council’s Capital Works Program for 2016/17 with works scheduled to be completed by November, weather permitting.

“The storm water drainage upgrade will include installation of reinforced c...Read on...

Posted on: 16 August, 2016

Whitsunday Regional Libraries celebrate Children’s Book Week

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will join with local schools and kindergartens to celebrate Children’s Book week from 20 – 26 August.

Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia celebrate the best of Australian children's literature, authors and illustrators with special book week activities, shows and displays.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said this year’s theme is ‘Australia! Story Country’ and to help the libraries celebrate, entertainer and comedian Sean Murphy will present the Book Week edition of his Kids Party Confidential show to school children at Bowen, Collinsville, Cannonvale and Proserpine libraries.

“Sean’s show will highlight the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year shortlist and put the authors, characters and children’s books on centre stage,” Cr Willcox said.

“There will be plenty happening during the week as the libraries will host several school and kindergarten visits with special ‘Australia’ themed story time activities planned.”

Councillor Ron Petterson will officially open Book Week at the Cannonvale Library and both he and Councillor Jan Clifford will be guest readers during the week.

For further information about Book Week please contact your local library.

Bowen Library 07 4761 3670
Cannonvale Library 07 4946 1366Collinsville Library 07 4785 5366
Proserpine Library 07 4945 0275

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Posted on: 16 August, 2016

Willcox leads council of action

We’ve heard it all before. Elected members rarely see election promises as "promises" in the plain English meaning of the word; basically to most pollies “talk is cheap.”

Well Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox, supported by his councillors, appear determined to buck the trend of broken promises and has hit the ground running delivering on the majority of their election pledges.

Cr Willcox and Whitsunday ...Read on...

Posted on: 12 August, 2016

Display stalls for draft planning scheme public consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to begin the second round of public consultation for the draft planning scheme on Monday, 29 August 2016 with consultation to close on Friday 14 October 2016.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council are seeking community input on a variety of issues outlined within the first round of consultation and subsequent amendments to the draft planning scheme.

“The council planning team will be at six (6) locations during the public consultation period operating a display stall where the community can examine display posters to grasp the issues facing the region and discuss any concerns with the planning team on the ground,” Cr Willcox said.

“A submission box will also be available for you to lodge properly made submissions that include your name, address, signature and submission grounds.”

The display stalls will be held as follows:

Airlie Markets - 03/09/2016
Whitsunday Plaza - 08/09/2016Bowen Markets - 11/09/2016
Whitsunday Shopping Centre - 15/09/2016Airlie Markets - 17/09/2016
Bowen Markets - 02/10/2016

For more information on the draft planning scheme, lodging a submission and public consultation activities ahead; please visit Council's website or contact Council’s Strategic Planning Department on 07 4945 0263; or info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au.Read on...

Posted on: 10 August, 2016

Community and sporting groups encouraged to sign up to receive grant and funding information

Whitsunday Regional Council is calling on community and sporting groups to subscribe to an electronic mailing list to receive up-to-date information on upcoming grants and funding opportunities.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that as part of his council’s new community focus, the new mailing list will allow Council to easily disseminate important information about grants and funding and promote the many opportunities that are available.

“Many lo...Read on...

Posted on: 10 August, 2016

Council keen for joint venture on Collinsville Showground upgrade

Whitsunday Regional Council today committed to submitting a detailed submission for Stage 1 of the Collinsville Showground Precinct Masterplan.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said council had been invited by the State Government to submit a detailed application for the Collinsville Showground Stage 1 upgrade as part of the Building Our Regions funding program.

“The Showground upgrade and RV facilities d...Read on...

Posted on: 10 August, 2016

Council explores options for Shute Harbour facility

Whitsunday Regional Council is considering available reconfiguration options regarding the future of Shute Harbour Transit Facility.

At today’s council meeting it was unanimously decided to engage Cardno Ullman and Nolan for the Development of a Reconfiguration Plan for the Shute Harbour Facilities which will include car parking, buildings, boat ramps and pontoons.

Whitsunday Region...Read on...

Posted on: 9 August, 2016

Residents encouraged to learn about the upcoming draft planning scheme consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council will begin its second round of public consultation for the draft planning scheme on the 29th August 2016 with a closing date of 14th October 2016.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that in the lead up to consultation commencing, an opportunity is available for residents to learn more about the consultation process and how to lodge a submission.

“Council has a range of fact sheets available on the website...Read on...

Posted on: 9 August, 2016

Council wishes cyclist well for Olympic campaign in Rio

Whitsunday Regional Council today held a special morning tea in honour of David Nicholas OAM who is about to commence his Paralympic journey, representing Australia in a range of cycling events.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that David is employed by Council as an Information Technology (IT) Support Officer and on behalf of the staff and councillors, he wished David the best of luck for a successful cycling campaign in Rio.

“I’m sure David knows h...Read on...

Posted on: 9 August, 2016

Celebrate Seniors Week in the Whitsundays

Seniors Week, celebrated from 13 – 21 August, is an opportunity to come together to celebrate and recognise the important contribution our senior citizens make to the Whitsunday community.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said our senior citizens are an asset to the region and have contributed to the history of our community in so many ways.

“Seniors Week provides the opportunity to recognise the important role of seniors in the
Whitsundays,” Cr Willcox said.

“This year’s Seniors Week theme titled ‘It’s on for young and old’ encourages the relationships between the youth of our community with our older residents,” he said.

“I extend my thanks to the volunteers and community groups who facilitate these events across the region each year.”

Council allocated funding of $2000 for Seniors Weeks celebrations in Bowen, Proserpine/Airlie Beach and Collinsville.

Throughout Seniors Week, regional libraries will also be holding Tech Savvy Seniors Workshops and for further information on these workshops visit the calendar on Council's website.

Seniors Week events include:

The Bowen Living History ProjectShare your life stories, family history and wisdom at the Bowen Library
9:30am – 12:00pmMonday 15 August, Wednesday 17 August & Friday 19 August
Contact: Bowen Library - 4761 3670

Sen-agers 60's Revival'For a turn back in time' at the Bowen PCYC
10:00am Tuesday 16 AugustContact: Shelley Tait - 4791 3343

Family History Research Workshop – Who do you think you are?
Learn how to trace your own history and build a family tree – presented by Jennifer Woods at the Cannonvale Library10am – 12:30pm Wednesday 17 August
Contact: Kerry Dorman – 4946 1366

Morning Melodies'Rocket Man- String Fever'
Songs and stories of Elton John at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre10:00am Thursday 18 August
Contact: PEC - 4945 2312

Golden Oldies Trivia ChallengeTeams or individuals can participate and test their knowledge at the Proserpine Library
10:00am Friday 19 AugustContact: Proserpine Library - 4945 0275

Seniors Morning Tea
Includes live entertainment and a raffle - Collinsville Community Centre 9:00am Friday 19 August
Contact: Collinsville Library - 4785 5100

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Posted on: 2 August, 2016

Draft Planning Scheme Public Consultation - Video

Whitsunday Regional Council last week resolved to commence the second round of public consultation for the draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme on the 29th August 2016.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that council are seeking community input on a variety of issues identified within the first round of public consultation for the draft planning scheme.

“While consultation has not yet officially commenced, I encourage residen...Read on...

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Posted on: 1 August, 2016

Community feedback for Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Draft Plan to be collated

The extended consultation period for community feedback on the draft Airlie Beach Foreshore
Revitalisation Project ended last week.

The feedback from the month long community engagement period will be collated over the next
week and a presentation made to the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project Control Group (PCG) which is chaired by Mayor Andrew Willcox.

The PCG will th...Read on...

Posted on: 1 August, 2016

Rates to be issued this week

The first instalment of the 2016/2017 half yearly rates notices will be issued across the Whitsunday Region this week.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that residents can take advantage of the 5% discount if rates are paid in full by the due date.

“The due date for payment of rates is Monday 5th September 2016 and you need to pay by this date in order to get the 5% discount,”...Read on...

Posted on: 27 July, 2016

2016/2017 Budget Roadshow

He’s on the road again! Mayor Andrew Willcox is continuing his expansive attitude to community engagement and will launch the 2016/2017 Budget Roadshow next week with public forums scheduled for Cannonvale, Proserpine, Bowen and Collinsville.

Cr Willcox will be joined by divisional councillors and various members of the Executive Leadership Team to promote details of the recently adopted budget to the region.

“Understanding the Council budget can be perplexing and we acknowledge the fact th...Read on...

Posted on: 27 July, 2016

Bi-annual Business and Commerce Forum announced

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox further strengthened his desire for leading an open and engaging council by introducing another community initiative at yesterday’s meeting in Bowen.

Introduced as a Mayoral Minute Cr Willcox moved that: “Council approve the establishment of a bi-annual Business and Commerce Forum which will be held in venues alternating between the North and South of our regional area; with the purpose of providing an...Read on...

Posted on: 27 July, 2016

Council continues to support community events and organisations

Whitsunday Regional Council is continuing to support economic growth and community development through the sponsorship of major events and the waiver of fees for local organisations.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council has become the major sponsor of the inaugural Bowen Youth Festival with a contribution of $20,000.

“This is a new event for Bowen and Council is excited to become the major sponsor with the expectation that it will draw a large number of people to Bowen through a range of fun, youth orientated activities,” Cr Willcox said.

“Council is also providing $10,000 cash and $5000 in-kind sponsorship to the Collinsville Rodeo; an event which continues to draw large numbers to the west of our region each and every year,” he said.

“Sponsorship of these events is a fantastic investment in the Whitsunday Region and supports our cultural diversity and provides a lift to the local economy.”

Yesterday’s Council Meeting also resulted in the following sponsorships and waivers of fees:

• $500 sponsorship to the Proserpine Golf Club for the Open and Championship Events
• $500 sponsorship to the Queens Beach State School to assist in sending disabled students to the North Queensland Challenge Games in Townsville• $250 donation to the 2016 Mackay Special Children's Christmas Party
• Bowen Art Society’s Art Exhibition – waiver of fees to the value of $1,120• Queensland Tourism, Filming of Better Homes and Gardens – waiver of fees to the value of $255
• Whitsunday Running Club’s Run the Great Whitsunday Trail – waiver of fees to the value of $383• Collinsville DIG Industry Forum – waiver of fees to the value of $253.20
• Bowen Seagulls Junior Rugby League Club construction of shade structure – waiver of fees to the value of $1414

In 2015/2016 financial year, Whitsunday Regional Council awarded $239,000 to 28 sport and recreation clubs and organisations across all townships in the region through its Community Assistance Grants ProgramRead on...

Posted on: 27 July, 2016

Bowen Library display wins national competition

A team of Bowen Library staff and volunteers have beaten over 51 entrants from around Australia to win the 2015 Summer Reading Club Library Display Competition.

With a theme of ‘Lost Worlds in Libraries’, teams were requested to enter based on the provision of a short narrative, a budget and creativity and the Bowen Library staff and volunteers were ranked best nationally with the display loosely based on the und...Read on...

Posted on: 26 July, 2016

The draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme to open for second round of consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to begin the second round of public consultation for the draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme on Monday 29 August 2016 with consultation to close on the Friday 14 October 2016.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that proposed amendments have been made to the draft planning scheme since the initial consultation held in October 2015 provided valuable feedback from over 800 submissions.

“The data received has been analysed and weighed up...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Division 6 Budget Highlights – Focus on planning and infrastructure

Councillor for Division 6 Mike Brunker said he is in full support of the 2016/2017 Whitsunday Regional Council Budget and pleased to see the diverse spread of projects across the region.

“I support this budget for its fairness in rating and allowing our residents to choose their preferred water pricing system,” Cr Brunker said.

“In respect to Division 6, we have a strong focus on planning for the future with the provision of a new line...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Division 5 Budget Highlights – A strong start in the new term

The 16/17 Whitsunday Regional Council Budget will provide a strong focus on the much-needed Bowen Wastewater Treatment Plant with $100,000 for the design and land acquisition for the Wastewater Recycling Facility and $475,000 for interim nutrient removal.

Councillor for Division 5 Dave Clark said that the Bowen Wastewater Treatment Plant is in desperate need of an upgrade and it’s fantastic that Council is taking steps towards catering for a new facility with $20 million earmarked in the 2018/2019 Budget t...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Division 4 Budget Highlights – Providing safe and reliable road networks

Councillor for Division 4 Peter Ramage says the 2016/2017 Whitsunday Regional Council Budget will deliver fundamental upgrades to a range of highly utilised roads and bridges in his division.

“The most significant commitment comes in the form of $1.25 million to match the funding provided under Round Two of the Liberal National Government’s Bridges Renewal Program to replace the single lane timber Gregory River Bridge on Dingo Beach Road with ...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Division 3 Budget Highlights – Vital infrastructure gets the go ahead in Proserpine

The 2016/2017 Whitsunday Regional Council Budget will deliver an range of fundamental infrastructure and community projects which divisional Councillor John Collins says will open doors for the town of Proserpine.

“Our major infrastructure will receive an upgrade with $2.8 million going towards the upgrade of the Sewerage Treatment Plant and over $600,000 for drainage reconstruction in Proserpine which is fantastic,” Cr Collins said.

“Funds have been carried ove...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Division 2 Budget Highlights – Roads and recreation

Division 2 will see a major focus on roads and infrastructure in the 2016/2017 Whitsunday Regional Council Budget along with a focus on our recreational areas in Cannonvale.

Councillor for Division 2 Ron Petterson said he was proud that $763,000 has been allocated to commence the construction of Cutuli Road.

“Once completed in the long term, this will provide a significant benefit going forward for Division 2 residents,” C...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Division 1 Budget Highlights – Connecting the Community

The 2016/2017 Whitsunday Regional Council Budget delivers significant investment in community infrastructure in Division 1 providing greater connectivity and enhancing tourism capabilities for the region.

Councillor for Division 1 Jan Clifford said she is excited that the first budget of the new Council will deliver Stage 2 of the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project including a sound shell, toilet block, shelters and a picnic area.

“This is fa...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Choice of water billing for residential ratepayers

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox continues to deliver on his election promises by giving residential ratepayers a choice for their preferred water billings options as part of his council’s 2016/17 Budget.

Cr Willcox said residents will be able to choose in September/October whether they remain under the current two-part tariff water billing system or opt-in to move to the allocation system.

“This council has listened to its residents by offering residen...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Council endorses $32.8 million in new work and upgrades across the Whitsunday Region

The 2016/2017 Budget adopted by Whitsunday Regional Council today includes $32.8 million in capital works projects to deliver new work and upgrades to community infrastructure across the Whitsunday Region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council has delivered a sensible budget but one that will deliver fundamental infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to facilities across the broader region.

“Council is committed to investing in essential infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our community while also enhancing the liveability of our region to improve prospects for growth in the future,” Cr Willcox said.

“What we do today has to count for tomorrow, and as a unified Council, we are delivering a diverse range of capital works which will benefit our region’s residents and our economy.”

Council utilizes a combination of general revenue, sale of plant assets and capital grants and subsidies to fund the capital works program. Some of the key projects to be delivered as part of the 2016/2017 Budget include:

• $2.8 million for the Proserpine Sewerage Treatment Plant Upgrade
• $627,362 Proserpine Main Street drainage reconstruction• $600,000 for Proserpine Water Park
• $1.14 million to reconstruct Andromache Road Bridge in Proserpine, Mount Wyatt Road Bridge in Collinsville and Strathmore Road Collinsville.• $254,000 for upgrades to the Collinsville Showgrounds Precinct;
• $2.5 million for the Gregory River Bridge upgrade on Dingo Beach Road• $763,245 for the Cutuli Road, Riordanvale construction project;
• $205,000 for upgrades to structures at Cannonvale Beach (includes new BBQ shelter and connection between green areas over existing drain) and re-sanding of the beach.• $575,000 for the Bowen Sewerage Treatment Plant interim nutrient removal and design and land acquisition for the new Bowen Wastewater Treatment Facility
• $50,000 for the design of Stage 2 of the Bowen Foreshore Revitalisation• $200,000 for the widening of Dalrymple Street;
• $850,000 to deliver Stage 2 of the Airlie Foreshore Revitalisation• $500,000 roof replacement of the Whitsunday PCYC
• $306,000 for footpath/walkway on Jubilee Pocket Road (the missing link) and the crest of Shute Harbour Road on Airlie Hill down to Shingley Drive intersection • $250,000 towards the Whitsunday Sportpark Precinct Redevelopment Project
• $815,000 for a new lined cell at the Bowen Landfill• A combined $785,00 for constructing footpaths along Argyle Park Road and Golf Links Road;

For a more extensive list of capital works, please refer to the Budget Booklet. Information is available on Council's websiteRead on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Council partners with Tourism Whitsundays to kick goals

It is a bright new dawn for Tourism Whitsundays with the Whitsunday Regional Council announcing increased funding to $450,000 for the region’s peak tourism body at today’s 2016/17 Special Budget Meeting.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner was glowing in his praise of the support of the new council and their proactive approach to playing a collaborative role in driving the future growth of tourism in the region.

“Since becoming a stand-alone tourism b...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Council on the front foot for Economic Development

Whitsunday Regional Council will take ownership of future Economic Development for the region after the demise of Whitsunday Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) due to a lack of funding.

While council has withdrawn funding from WMDL and taken Economic Development in-house, the 2016/17 budget has increased support for Tourism Whitsundays to $450,000, a significant increase from the previous year.

WMDL earlier this year split from Touris...Read on...

Posted on: 22 July, 2016

Mayor endorses budget that unites the Whitsunday Region

“A united council for a united Whitsundays.” That is the key message from Whitsunday regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox as he and his new council unanimously adopted the 2016/17 Budget at a Special Meeting held in Proserpine today.

Cr Willcox described his council’s first ever budget as a difficult challenge in the short time frame since the election, but one that all councillors tackled enthusiastically to deliver a budget for a united Whitsunday Region.

“I am proud that my coun...Read on...

Posted on: 21 July, 2016

New entry statement for Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach – Heart of the Reef. A collaborative project between Whitsunday Regional Council and tourism organisation SKAL Whitsunday is set to deliver a bright new entry statement for Airlie Beach Main Street.

Construction is expected to start next month on an entry statement sign and landscaping on the retaining wall at the Airlie Crescent roundabout.

The entry statement will boast significant landscaping with established and low maintenance plants that represent the region and the reef and the sign “Airlie Beach, Heart of the Reef” will be set against marine blue tiles with the background lit at night to deliver a more spectacular after dark realm.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said entrance statements highlighted the individual nature of each town with the Collinsville and Proserpine projects already completed.

“We are very excited with the proposed entry statement that SKAL Whitsunday has designed and are confident it will add another dimension to the already vibrant Airlie Beach precinct.

“Distinctive and attractive entry statements do more than just define a region or town, they can grow tourism, attract investment and even become a destination on their own right thanks to the power of social media,” he said.

Mayor Willcox said council and SKAL Whitsunday recognised that entry signs help showcase the region, convey the vibrancy of the local culture and maintain a strong harmony with the surrounding environment.

Proserpine's entry statements were located on the Bruce Highway, north and south of the town, and were led by the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce and the entry statements and Pit Pony Statue in Collinsville have already attracted national attention.Read on...

Posted on: 20 July, 2016

Council calls for EOI on Waterson Way land

Whitsunday Regional Council is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) on the 2.1hectare prime parcel of land located on Waterson Way right in the heart of Airlie Beach.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the new council would be proactive in exploring and facilitating all options with regard to attracting vital investment to the region.

“Council is taking a proactive approach to taking the Waterson Way land out to expressions ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 July, 2016

Council supports Seniors Week 2016

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to allocate $2000 for the Seniors Week celebrations in Bowen, Proserpine/Airlie Beach and Collinsville from 13 – 21 August 2016.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that seniors are a very important part of the Whitsunday community and should be celebrated for their valuable contributions.

“This year’s Seniors Week theme titled ‘It’s on for young and old’ encourages the relationships betw...Read on...

Posted on: 13 July, 2016

Council puts a focus on Climate Change

Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved a Climate Change Policy and a Climate Adaptation Strategy 2016-2020 for the Whitsunday Region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is designed to guide Council’s response to the effects of climate change.

“Our region is known to be exposed to a number of natural hazards, all of which are likely to be exacerbated...Read on...

Posted on: 12 July, 2016

Council invites a conversation with its major clients

Whitsunday Regional Council has implemented a monthly Major Client Forum (MCF) for major stakeholders and groups to meet with Council to exchange ideas, seek information or raise matters of concern.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Whitsunday Regional Council recognises the keen interest in Council’s business and service delivery by a range of stakeholders and is committed to maintaining mutually open communication with the community.

“The MCF will ...Read on...

Posted on: 5 July, 2016

Residents encouraged to take advantage of pet registration discount period

Animal Registration Renewal Notices have been issued last week, with Whitsunday Regional Council encouraging residents to take advantage of the discount period for dog and cat registrations.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that registration discount period ends on Sunday, 31 July 2016.

“Council encourages pet owners to take advantage of the one month discount period, which runs for the month of July, after which time fees increase by approximate...Read on...

Posted on: 4 July, 2016

Action underway to tackle Coconut Grove sewage pumping station odours

Action is underway in Airlie Beach to tackle bad odours emanating from the Coconut Grove sewage pumping station on the Airlie Beach Foreshore.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council commenced a magnesium hydroxide dosing trial earlier this week, which has already succeeded in reducing the bad odours at pumping stations in Airlie Beach, Jubilee Pocket and Shute Harbour.

“Council’s Engineering ...Read on...

Posted on: 1 July, 2016

Consultation for Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Proposal extended

Whitsunday Regional Council has listened to community feedback and has extended for a further month the community consultation period on the draft Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Proposal.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that councillors had fielded many calls indicating the community needed a longer consultation and the feedback period has been extended until July 27.

“Council is committed to improving the Airlie Beach foreshore, which is suf...Read on...

Posted on: 29 June, 2016

Council announces appointment of new Whitsunday Coast Airport General Manager

The eagle has landed! Whitsunday Regional Council has announced the appointment of Ben Jones as the new General Manager of Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson welcomed the appointment of Mr Jones, who is currently employed as Airports Manager at Maranoa Regional Council in south-west Queensland.

“We had a very diverse and exciting range of aviation experts app...Read on...

Posted on: 29 June, 2016

Council focusses on improving workplace culture with adoption of Organisational Culture Development

Whitsunday Regional Council has implemented an Organisational Culture Development Program aimed at improving its internal workplace culture, with Mayor Andrew Willcox hailing the program as a positive step forward for the organisation.

“The continued development and improvement of our organisation’s culture is a key priority of this Council, and along with my team of Councillors, I look forward to supporting our CEO and staff in creating a positive, unified work environment,” Cr Willcox...Read on...

Posted on: 29 June, 2016

Council approves over $70,000 in Community Assistance Grants

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to award over $70,000 in Community Assistance Grants to 12 community and sporting clubs across the region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council was proud to assist local community organisations and sporting clubs with running costs, general maintenance and special projects and programmes.

“I’m proud to lead a Council that is actively supporting initiatives whi...Read on...

Posted on: 20 June, 2016

Consider your pets during upcoming fireworks

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding dog owners to make sure their dogs are appropriately secured to prevent them becoming distressed by the fireworks at the upcoming Proserpine and Bowen Shows.

Deputy Mayor John Collins said that the fireworks can be very distressing for dogs with many finding a way to escape their yards to get away from the noise.

“Each year, Council’s Local Laws Officers receive numerous complaints about distressed dogs on ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 June, 2016

New street sweeper to keep our towns clean

Whitsunday Regional Council has purchased a new eco-friendly street sweeper and scrubber for use on main streets across the region.

Deputy Mayor John Collins said that new plant was a fantastic asset for Council with early trials in Airlie Beach Main Street showing more efficient and effective results.

“The new street sweeper and scrubber will service the main street areas in Airli...Read on...

Posted on: 15 June, 2016

Council calls on community to report unlawful driving on local beaches

Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to report unlawful driving on local beaches.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that driving vehicles, including 4WD’s, motorbikes and quad bikes, on beaches in the Whitsunday Region is prohibited unless prescribed under Council’s Local Law No. 4 (Local Government Controlled Areas Facilities and Roads) 2014....Read on...

Posted on: 14 June, 2016

First World War Treasures on display at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will host First World War Treasures: A White Gloves Experience at the Proserpine and Bowen Libraries on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that this workshop offers a unique opportunity for a hands-on look at some of the State Library of Queensland’s precious original First World War materials.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for our community to see first-h...Read on...

Posted on: 14 June, 2016

Free school holiday activities at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will offer an exciting range of free activities for children to enjoy during the upcoming school holidays from Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that local children are encouraged to unlock their imaginations and join the fun on offer at the local libraries.

“Our library staff will have a great range of activities to keep children amused in a safe and educational envir...Read on...

Posted on: 14 June, 2016

Whitsunday Regional Libraries to host Writers Workshops

Author Melaina Faranda will make a return visit to the Whitsunday Regional Libraries to conduct three writers’ workshops on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Melaina Faranda is an acclaimed author of 35 young adult and children’s books and conducts creative writing workshops and masterclasses across Australia.

“We welcome Melaina back to the Whitsunday Region to deliver three ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 June, 2016

Mayor calls on State and Federal governments to help tackle unemployment crisis

Whitsunday Regional Council is calling on the State and Federal Governments to prioritise the economic development of the Whitsunday Region, following the decision by Glencore to terminate operations and cut 18 jobs at the Bowen Coke Works.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Whitsunday Region is experiencing an unemployment crisis.

“The closure of the Bowen Coke Works will result in the loss of 18 local jobs, and that’s just devastating for those workers and their families and is another hit f...Read on...

Posted on: 8 June, 2016

Council signs up as RACQ CQ Rescue Service sponsor

Whitsunday Regional Council has voted unanimously to approve a sponsorship arrangement with the not-for-profit RACQ CQ Rescue Service.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council was proud to provide $50,000 in funding to the RACQ CQ Rescue Service, which provides emergency, aeromedical and helicopter search and rescue services to residents, workers and visitors in Central Queensland communities. ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 June, 2016

Local sporting groups benefit from Council’s Community Assistance Grants

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to award $14,500 in Community Assistance Grants to the Whitsunday Masters AFL Club, the Bowen Touch Football Association and Whitsunday Sportspark Inc.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council was proud to support community groups in facilitating a variety of cultural, community, sporting and recreation activities across the Whitsunday Region.

“Local volunteers invest considerable time, effort and money into...Read on...

Posted on: 2 June, 2016

Public consultation for Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Proposal commences

Whitsunday Regional Council has formally launched the public consultation period for the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Proposal, which will run until Thursday, 23 June 2016.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council is committed to improving the Airlie Beach foreshore, which is suffering from serious degradation, and restoring it to become a multi-purpose space for both residents and tourists.

“The Airlie Beach foreshore is a...Read on...

Posted on: 31 May, 2016

David Nicholas to represent Australia at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Whitsunday Regional Council has congratulated David Nicholas OAM on being selected for the Australian cycling team for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said he was confident that Mr Nicholas, who is employed by Council as an Information Technology (IT) Support Officer, would do the Whitsunday community proud.

“It’s an amazing achievement for David to have the opportunity to repres...Read on...

Posted on: 31 May, 2016

Cannonvale Library welcomes the JPs in the Community Program

The Cannonvale Library is opening its doors to host the JPs in the Community Program for two days each week commencing Tuesday 7 June 2016.

Division 2 Councillor Ron Petterson said that Council is pleased to offer the JPs in the Community Program a location to operate from after their previous location was lost in the recent fire at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.

“Our local Justices of th...Read on...

Posted on: 27 May, 2016

Whitsunday Regional Council appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Barry Omundson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Whitsunday Regional Council at a special meeting held this morning at the Council Chambers in Bowen.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Mr Omundson, who has been acting in the role since September 2015, was appointed following an extensive recruitment process that attracted a very strong and capable list of candidates from across Australia.

“Council has n...Read on...

Posted on: 25 May, 2016

Council supports Melbourne to Cairns cycling challenge

Whitsunday Regional Council will support the 2016/17 Steer North Ride by engaging with local community groups and schools to assist with hosting participants during the 4000 kilometre cycling challenge.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council was proud to be supporting the Steer North Ride, a cycling journey from Melbourne to Cairns aimed at empowering young adults to live active and healthy lives.

“It’s no secret that Australia is facing an obesity epidem...Read on...

Posted on: 25 May, 2016

Council approves over $70,000 in sponsorship for major Whitsunday events

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved over $70,000 in sponsorship to support major events which will attract visitors to the region and provide entertainment for local residents and families.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council is committed to actively promoting the Whitsunday Region and enhancing its reputation as a premiere event and festival destination.

“Tourism and major events attract thousands of visitors to the Whitsunday Region,...Read on...

Posted on: 25 May, 2016

Council seeks community input on proposed Airlie Foreshore revitalisation

Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to undertake community consultation on a proposal to beautify the park area on the Airlie Beach Foreshore at the junction of Ocean Road and Coconut Grove.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that draft concept plans have been developed and Council would now seek feedback from key stakeholders and the broader community on the proposed foreshore upgrade.

“The proposal incorporates the transformation of the foreshore...Read on...

Posted on: 24 May, 2016

Council encourages community to ‘Be Wheelie Smart’

Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging the community to ‘Be Wheelie Smart’ as part of a new campaign aimed at educating residents about the do’s and don’ts of filling their wheelie bins.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the campaign, which is being delivered by Council in partnership with contractors Cleanaway and JJ Richards, is focussed on ensuring that residents enjoy access to an efficient kerbside waste collection service.

“There are three basic principles that we ask our residents to follow including knowing what you can put in your bin, ensuring your wheelie bin is not overflowing with rubbish and knowing your wheelie bin collection day,” Cr Willcox said.

“Recently we’ve had an increased amount of residents whose bins have been overflowing or above the maximum weight of 70kg and also bins which have been contaminated with hazardous or industrial waste,” he said.

“In many instances the lids don’t close and loose litter ends up on the roadside which is unsightly and acts as a feeding point for birds and vermin.

“Council’s transfer stations and landfills accept green waste free of charge and the transfer stations also accept recyclables.

Residents are encouraged to follow these simple guidelines to ensure your wheelie bin is collected:

• Ensure your wheelie-bin is not overflowing and does not contain hazardous or industrial waste;
• Place your wheelie-bin out the night before it is due to be collected or before 6:00am on the morning of collection;• Place wheelie-bin as close to the edge of the road as possible facing the road;
• Ensure your wheelie-bin is clear of trees and obstructions including ?re hydrants, power poles and parked vehicles;• Put your wheelie-bin back on your property after it has been emptied;
• Please do not leave your wheelie bin on the kerbside before or after collection for more than 24 hours; and• Please do not leave additional bags or boxes placed on the kerbside next to your bin – these won’t be collected.

For further information about wheelie bin care, please visit Council's websiteRead on...

Posted on: 19 May, 2016

Council welcomes Federal Government decision to delay proposed backpacker tax

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to delay the introduction of the proposed backpacker tax for six months, pending the outcome of a government-wide review to be carried out by 1 January 2017.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the decision to delay the introduction of the backpacker tax, which would impose a 32.5 per cent tax rate on backpackers’ earnings, was good news for the Whitsunday Region’s economy, which relies heavily on seasonal workers.

“...Read on...

Posted on: 19 May, 2016

Put your hat on for National Simultaneous Storytime

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will join schools, libraries, childcare centres and other organisations from across Australia for the 16th Annual National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) at 11.00am on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

Division 2 Councillor Ron Petterson said Council is proud to participate in National Simultaneous Storytime, an initiative aimed at promoting youth literacy, every year.

“We are fortunate to welcome a special guest to each of the regional libraries to ...Read on...

Posted on: 18 May, 2016

Library and Information Week at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

The Whitsunday Regional Libraries will celebrate Library and Information Week from 23 to 29 May to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Library and Information Week will showcase the many and varied resources and services that our libraries provide to the Whitsunday community.

“This year’s theme is Discover More and each of our regional libraries will be...Read on...

Posted on: 17 May, 2016

Local author David Garms to launch book at Cannonvale Library

Whitsunday Regional Council will be hosting the launch of well-known local author David Garms’ latest book, entitled Hades: the Double Helix, at the Cannonvale Library on Saturday, 21 May 2016.

Division 1 Councillor Jan Clifford said Council is pleased to support the launch of David Garms’ hard copy book at the Cannonvale Library.

“Hades: the Double Helix has already been extremely well received in e-book format so it’s very exciting that the...Read on...

Posted on: 12 May, 2016

Law Week seminars at the Bowen Library

Law Week 2016 runs from 16 – 20 May and is an annual national event which generates an understanding of the role that law and justice plays in today’s society.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Law Week is the perfect chance for the entire community to enhance their knowledge of the law and the legal system in Australia and understand their rights and responsibilities as a citizen.

“Our libraries have a lot of u...Read on...

Posted on: 11 May, 2016

Council acknowledges dedication of local SES Volunteers

Whitsunday Regional Council has recognised the dedication of the local SES volunteers as part of today’s Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW), a national initiative aimed at recognising the efforts of SES volunteers across the country.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that our SES volunteers are a vital element of emergency response and disaster recovery and their tireless efforts and contribution to the community do not go unnoticed.

“SES volunteers play a huge role within our communities ...Read on...

Posted on: 11 May, 2016

Council provides $20,000 to Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League Club

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved a $20,000 Special Projects Grant to the Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League Club to convert their storage shed into a clubhouse.

Councillor for Division 3 John Collins said that the club is celebrating its 50 year anniversary this year and the conversion of the shed will provide the perfect location to host their Golden Jubilee Reunion from 8 to 9 July.

“The upgrade will see a m...Read on...

Posted on: 11 May, 2016

Council provides $50,000 funding for Youth Activity Coordinator in Collinsville

Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved funding of $50,000 to the Collinsville Community Association (CCA) to continue the employment of a Youth Activity Coordinator.

Councillor for Division 4 Peter Ramage said that the provision of funding for a Youth Activity Coordinator in Collinsville was an extremely important investment in the youth of Collinsville.

“The CCA was advised that their current funding stream for th...Read on...

Posted on: 9 May, 2016

National Volunteer Week: Council says 'thank you' to library volunteers

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox would like to thank the hard working and dedicated volunteers throughout the Whitsunday Region as part of this week’s National Volunteer Week celebrations.

Mayor Willcox said that volunteers make an enormous contribution to all facets of the community and we should acknowledge them for dedication and enthusiasm.

“I would like to thank the people in our community who selflessly spend their time and share ...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2016

Wild dog breeding season in the Whitsunday Region

Whitsunday Regional Council is asking residents to be aware of wild dog activity in the region ahead of the typical breeding season in the Whitsundays which occurs from April to May.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that over the coming weeks, wild dogs will seek out potential mates with litters expected to be born around July and August.

“Due to the regular mating season, residents should be aware that there is likely to be an increase i...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2016

Weighbridge up and running at Bowen Landfill

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Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the installation of a new, state-of-the-art weighbridge at the Bowen Landfill.

Councillor for Division 6 Mike Brunker said that the new weighbridge will replace the previous manual estimation system with an automatic data entry system.

“The new weighbridge will considerably improve service delivery for commercial users and assist...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2016

RADF funding round now open

Round 1 of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is now open and Whitsunday Regional Council is calling for applications.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland local councils aimed at helping to fund and grow arts and culture in the region.

“RADF allows our local cultural groups and artists to have the opport...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council welcomes 22 new Australian citizens to the Whitsunday Region

Whitsunday Regional Council has officially welcomed 22 new Australians at a citizenship ceremony held at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre today.

Mayor Andrew Willcox, who presided at the ceremony, congratulated the local residents who took the final step toward becoming Australian citizens.

“The Whitsunday Region is renowned world-wide for its unique lifestyle and environment, and it’s a great ...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council approves over $16,000 in local arts grants

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved $16,840 in Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants for local artists and community organisations.

Councillor Jan Clifford, who serves on the RADF Committee, said she was pleased with the diverse range of arts and cultural groups receiving grants.

“RADF is a fantastic initiative and a highly successful partnership between state and local government ...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council approves $20,000 sponsorship for 2016 Airlie Beach Race Week

Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved a $20,000 gold sponsorship of the 2016 Airlie Beach Race Week – Festival of Sailing to be held from 12 to 19 August.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council will also provide in-kind support to the value of $5000 through the waiver of fees and charges associated with the event.

“Airlie Beach Race Week is one of the biggest events on the calendar and we are very please...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council supports community events in the Whitsunday Region

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to waive the event application fees associated with five community events being held in the Whitsunday Region over the coming months.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council is committed to promoting the development of local events, festivals and arts and cultural projects.

“We are fortunate to have an impressive variety of events taking place in our towns, with many of these promoting our...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council donates $1422 to Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Rescue

Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved a $1422 donation to the Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) for the purchase of a tablet and printer for use on board their new rescue vessel.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said he is pleased to support VMR Whitsunday whose dedicated volunteers do a fantastic job responding to vessels in distress in the Whitsundays.

“The Whitsunday VMR is seeking a computer and printer on board their new rescue vessel...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council investment to preserve heritage of North Head Light House in Bowen

Whitsunday Regional Council has today approved a significant $100,000 investment to restore the Heritage Listed North Head Lighthouse in Bowen, ahead of the 150th anniversary of its construction and operation in November this year.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the Bowen community has long demonstrated an interest in preserving the lighthouse’s history and significance as Queensland’s third oldest lighthouse, constructed in 1866 after Queensland’s separation from New South Wales.
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Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council approves $58,000 in Community Assistance Grants

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to award $58,000 in Community Assistance Grants to 14 community and sporting clubs across the region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that providing financial assistance to local community and sporting clubs would benefit the broader community.

“Council actively promotes and encourages participation in various sport and recreation activities in our region, and it’s fantastic that we are able to support our local sporting clubs through the Community Assistance Grants,” Cr Willcox said.

“Local volunteers invest considerable time, effort and money into making our sporting clubs a success, and we appreciate the invaluable contributions our local clubs make to our community,” he said.

Community Assistance Grants, which assist local clubs with running costs, maintenance and special projects, have been awarded to the following clubs for the period 1 February to 19 April 2016:

• Whitsunday Touch Football Association - $3,000
• Bowen Football Association - $5,500• Whitsunday Football Club - $3,000
• Whitsunday Dirt Riders INC. - $3,000• Bowen Cricket Club - $3,000
• Collinsville Golf Club - $1,000• Proserpine/Whitsunday Junior Rugby League Club - $5,500
• Tennis Whitsunday - $1,500• Whitsunday Dirt Riders Inc. - $20,000
• Bowen Athletics Club - $3,000• Whitsunday Weightlifting Club - $1,000
• Whitsunday Moto Sports Club - $1,500• Molongle Creek Boat Club - $5,500
• Bowen Swimming Club - $1,500

For information about the specific funding grants available, visit Council’s website or contact Council's Community Development Unit on (07) 4945 0200 or via email at info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.auRead on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2016

Council to develop Economic Development Strategy for the Whitsunday Region

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to call for a request for tender to engage a specialist consultant to work with the Mayor and Councillors to develop a region-wide Economic Development Strategy.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the development of an Economic Development Strategy will provide a platform to strengthen the local economy and ensure the Whitsunday Region is well placed for a sustainable future.

“The Strategy will determine our vision...Read on...

Posted on: 23 April, 2016

Mayor Andrew Willcox calls on Federal Government to help save Hillside Haven

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox hosted a meeting in Collinsville on Friday afternoon to discuss the recent closure and potential selling of the Hillside Haven aged care home.

The meeting was attended by the Federal Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry MP, Councillor for Division 4 and Collinsville local Peter Ramage, Acting CEO Barry Omundson, Neil Callagher from the Commonwealth...Read on...

Posted on: 22 April, 2016

Aviation industry leader to temporarily lead Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Regional Council has engaged Glenn Robinson, the former general manager of Gladstone Airport, to temporarily lead the Whitsunday Coast Airport and Infrastructure Corporation until a permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is recruited.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said Mr Robinson’s extensive experience in the aviation industry meant that he was well placed to hit the ground running at Whitsunday Coast Airport.

“Glenn has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, and I’m pleased that...Read on...

Posted on: 20 April, 2016

Council CEO Scott Waters announces resignation

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Scott Waters has announced his resignation, effective from Wednesday, 20 April 2016, after close to four years in the role.

Mr Waters, who was appointed CEO in November 2012, said he was grateful for the opportunities and challenges the role had provided and thanked Council’s elected members and staff for their support.

“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have ...Read on...

Posted on: 12 April, 2016

James Cook University to measure cyclone wind speeds in the Whitsunday Region

Whitsunday Regional Council has partnered with the Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) at James Cook University (JCU) to install a series of anchors designed to attach a wind speed measuring device should a cyclone be predicted to make landfall.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that representatives from JCU’s CTS are visiting the region this week to install the anchors as part of its SWIRLnet project.

“Council has assisted in identifying eight different locations on Council-owned land across the regi...Read on...

Posted on: 6 April, 2016

Council welcomes Bowen Basin Growth Fund proposal

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed a proposal by the Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen MP, to given short-term economic support to local businesses, communities and workers impacted by the downturn in the mining sector.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that business innovation, supply chain diversification and workforce training and skills would all be prioritised under Mr Christensen’s proposal to establish a Bowen Basin Growth Fund.

“I was pleased to meet with Mr Christens...Read on...

Posted on: 4 April, 2016

Bowen Water Park to be closed for installation of new soft fall

Whitsunday Regional Council will close the Bowen Water Park to replace the defective soft fall
base due to its poor condition and associated safety concerns.

Mayor Andrew Willcox said that previous remedial works to correct the soft fall issues had
been undertaken within the original contract however these had failed to provide an adequatesolution.

“Council sought quotes in February 2016 from experienced...Read on...

Posted on: 4 April, 2016

Whitsunday Regional Council welcomes progress on Carmichael mine and rail project

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the Queensland Government’s decision to
approve three mining leases for the $21.7 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project in the
Galilee Basin.

Mayor Andrew Willcox joined Premier Annastascia Palaszczuk and Dr Anthony Lynham, the
Minister for State Development, in Mackay yesterday to announce the approval of the threeleases.

“Council is strongly committed to supporting the continued develop...Read on...

Posted on: 4 April, 2016

Statement on Whitsunday Shopping Centre Fire

Mayor Andrew Willcox has extended his sympathies to the shop owners and staff affected by the fire which broke out at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre on Sunday, 3 April.

“On behalf of the Councillors and staff at Whitsunday Regional Council, I would like to extend our thoughts and sympathies to all those business owners, staff and members of the community affected by the devastating fire at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre,...Read on...

Posted on: 30 March, 2016

Council to notify residents of impounded pets

Owners of lost pets are now being encouraged to subscribe to the Pound Pets email subscription service and check the new impounded pets register located on the Whitsunday Regional Council website.

Council’s Director of Planning and Community Services, Dan Staley, said that a photo and a short description of the animal will be distributed to email subscribers and placed on Council’s website shortly after its arrival at the Council pound.

“A regis...Read on...

Posted on: 22 March, 2016

Council partners with Queensland Health to roll out Zika prevention and control program

Whitsunday Regional Council in partnership with Queensland Health commenced an authorised prevention and control program yesterday to minimise the potential spread of mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Bowen area.

The program targets the Aedes aegypti mosquito and will involve the inspection of yards and premises by authorised personnel from Council and Queensland Health. If potential breeding sites are identified then mosquito control chemicals may be applied and ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 March, 2016

Council welcomes new trainees

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed seven new trainees to its Bowen, Cannonvale,
Collinsville and Proserpine operations this week.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said that Council provides an excellent training
ground for young people entering the workplace as well as first-hand exposure to a variety ofcareer pathways.

“As part of its broader Working Queensland j...Read on...

Posted on: 15 March, 2016

Free APT8 Kids on Tour school holiday activities at your local library

Children across the Whitsundays are invited to experience and explore contemporary art from Australia, Asia and the Pacific through a range of drawing, hands-on and multi-media activities at the regional libraries during the upcoming school holidays.

Manager of Libraries & Community Development Sharon Tollard said that the program known as APT8 Kids on Tour is provided through the Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in conjunction with the Whitsunday Regional Council Libraries.

“Libraries at Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine libraries will offer a range of activities from the Children’s Art Centre publication known as Draw, Make, Create: APT8 Kids,“ Ms Tollard said.

“Some of the activities include drawing projects inspired by traditional art and stories, interactive online drawing activities and decorating wearable ponchos,” she said.

“I encourage anyone who is interested to contact their local library to make a booking as places are limited.”

Families should contact their local library for more information, as not all activities will be available at all branches.

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art's flagship exhibition focussed on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

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Posted on: 15 March, 2016

Council takes action against Proserpine Flying-fox colony

Whitsunday Regional Council will disperse a colony of Flying-foxes currently roosting in trees at Rotary Park and a private residence on Faust Street, Proserpine next week.

Council’s Director of Planning and Community Services, Dan Staley, said that Council would notify nearby impacted residents over the coming days, and that the colony is likely to have been fully dispersed by the end of next week.

“Around six Flying-fox...Read on...

Posted on: 8 March, 2016

Hamilton Plains Flood Camera proving a success

Recent heavy rain has seen Whitsunday residents take advantage of the new Hamilton Plains Flood Camera on Shute Harbour Road, allowing them to view up-to-date footage of the known flooding hotspot on Whitsunday Regional Council’s website.

Whitsunday Disaster Management Coordinator Scott Tellegen said the most recent statistics put the Hamilton Plains Flood Camera page as the most visited page on Council’s website.

“During the recent three day rain event from Friday to Sunday, almost ten...Read on...

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Posted on: 7 March, 2016

First 5 Forever program to focus on literacy in early childhood

Council is partnering with the State Library of Queensland and the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre to host a free information session for parents of children under the age of 5 to raise awareness of the First 5 Forever family literacy program.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said that the program aims to educate parents and primary caregivers about the importance of reading to their children in early childhood.

“Recent statistics show that a large portion of parents and caregiv...Read on...

Posted on: 1 March, 2016

Mimosa Pigra survey success

Whitsunday Regional Council is confident that the Mimosa Pigra weed can be completely eradicated from the Whitsunday Region with continued monitoring and detection at the Peter Faust Dam.

Peter Faust Dam is the only place in Queensland where Mimosa Pigra is known to occur, with the eradication program being implemented after the first weed was found in 2001.

Council’s Land Protection Officer Bren Fuller said that officers from Council a...Read on...

Posted on: 29 February, 2016

Reduce mosquitos breeding around your home

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding residents to consider what can be done to protect the
community against the Dengue Mosquito Aedes aegypti, a known vector of Dengue Fever.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said the Aedes aegypti is one of many container
breeding mosquitoes that live in and around human habitation.

“The adult female mosquito primarily targets humans and bites around the ankles, feet and elbows during the day,” Mr Omundson said.

“It prefers to rest in dark places like underneath elevated houses as well as inside the house inplaces likes wardrobes or under the kitchen table,” he said.

“This mosquito prefers to lay its eggs in artificial containers that include rainwater tanks, blocked
gutters, drain sumps, old tyres, bird baths, boats, wells, pot plant bases and flower vases.”

Some things that can be done to prevent this species from breeding around our home include: - Remove unused containers, such as old tyres and tins;
- Screen openings on rainwater tanks; - Cover openings on wells and septic tanks;
- Clean out bird baths and pet water bowls every four days by wiping with a clean cloth anddisposing the cloth into the bin;
- Fill pot plant bases with sand; - Ensure all water can drain from boats or store under cover; and
- Clean out gutters and drains around the house.

For more information on mosquito control and prevention, contact Council on 07 4945 0200 or visit Council's website.

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Posted on: 26 February, 2016

Council waives fees for community events

Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to waive the event application fees for the Airlie Beach Domestic Violence Candle Lighting Ceremony and the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre Car Show and Swap Meet.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Barry Omundson said Council is pleased to continue its support for local events in the region which help bring a sense of community to our Whitsunday residents.

“Council has waived the $383 Event Application Fee fo...Read on...

Posted on: 19 February, 2016

Doing business with Council just got even easier!

Whitsunday Regional Council has improved its customer service experience through the launch of E-Services, which allows residents and ratepayers to submit enquiries, lodge complaints and pay accounts via Council’s website.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said E-Services provides customers with access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to easily and conveniently communicate with Council in the privacy of their own home.

“Council’s E-Services is a fast, secur...Read on...

Posted on: 18 February, 2016

Bowen Water Park closed for cleaning

Whitsunday Regional Council will temporarily close the Bowen Water Park from 7.00am to 3.00pm on Tuesday 23 February to allow for the soft fall ground surface to be cleaned.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said that while the ground surface at the Bowen Water Park receives a twice-weekly pressure clean, hot and wet conditions continue to provide the perfect breeding ground for mould.

“The occurrence of mould ...Read on...

Posted on: 12 February, 2016

Queensland Treasury Corporation upgrades Council’s financial outlook

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the results of the Queensland Treasury Corporation’s (QTC) 2015 Credit Review, which has upgraded Council’s position to Moderate rating with a Neutral outlook.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said the QTC Credit Review highlighted Council’s commitment to restoring its financial position.

“Between 2010 and 2014, Council’s position was categorised as either Weak or Very Weak, so it’s fantastic tha...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2016

First Tech Savvy Seniors Training Courses available to seniors

The first of twenty training courses offered to seniors to improve digital literacy will commence next
week in the Whitsunday region.

Seniors can now sign up for the free Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland Program which provides an introduction to using the internet.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Barry Omundson said that having a basic knowledge of using
the internet would open the ...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2016

How would you and your family cope without power for a week?

The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is asking residents of the Whitsunday Region to
think about how they would cope without power for up to a week following a natural disaster.

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Disaster Management Coordinator, Scott Tellegen, said that with
two months remaining of the cyclone season, being without power is a possibility if a cyclonestrikes the Whitsunday Region.

“Category 5 Cyclone Marcia whic...Read on...

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Posted on: 10 February, 2016

Council enters caretaker period ahead of 2016 Local Government Quadrennial Elections

Whitsunday Regional Council has entered caretaker period, following the formal notice of election being issued by the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) on Saturday, 6 February.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said that Council would adhere to the caretaker period provisions of the Local Government Act 2009 during the six weeks prior to the elections.

“Although the State Government has made clear for some time th...Read on...

Posted on: 9 February, 2016

Council invites community feedback on local cycle strategy

Whitsunday Regional Council is developing a local cycle strategy, and is inviting community feedback regarding the suitability and use of existing cycle networks and the location of future cycle paths.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said the strategy will guide the delivery of cycle projects in the Whitsunday Region.

“Council is committed to the delivery of cycle infrastructure which will benefit the community, both now and into the fu...Read on...

Posted on: 8 February, 2016

Seniors Getting Tech Savvy in the Whitsundays

Seniors can improve their digital literacy for free as the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program rolls out across the region.

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland will provide an opportunity for training to older Queenslanders in basic digital literacy and encourage them to use technology to connect with family and the broader community. Seniors can sign up to learn how to use a tablet...Read on...

Posted on: 4 February, 2016

Hamilton Plains Flood Camera installed to help residents better prepare

Whitsunday Regional Council will now be able to provide timely flood information to residents, following the installation of a new camera system on Shute Harbour Road, Hamilton Plains.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the installation of the new flood camera would allow members of the community to view up-to-date footage of the road on Council’s website.

“Hamilton Plains regularly floods during the wet season and heavy rain events, and this particular section of the road has the ability to change very quickly and prevent residents from accessing their homes, workplaces, schools and the Whitsunday Coast Airport,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The new flood camera displays images at locations where peak flooding tends to occur, both north to Airlie Beach and south to Proserpine,” she said.

“The images are updated approximately every 15 minutes during daylight hours and the date and time is displayed at the bottom of each image.”

Mayor Whitney reiterated that any flooded road can be deadly and urged people to be sensible when travelling in severe weather.

“Flood waters are dangerous for all vehicles, no matter what size,” she said.

“Once you enter flood waters, you give up control of your vehicle and there is no way of telling how strong the current is or the condition of the road.

“When considering your journey it’s important to have a Plan B and equip yourself with multiple alternatives to stay safe; our flood cameras can now assist with that.”

Residents and visitors can access the Hamilton Plains Flood Camera by visiting Council’s website.

To find out more information visit the Queensland Government's flood safety website at http://floodwatersafety.initiatives.qld.gov.au/.

The Hamilton Plains Flood Camera Project is an initiative fully funded by the Whitsunday Regional Council in cooperation with the Department of Transport and Main RoadsRead on...

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Posted on: 4 February, 2016

Whitsunday Region on watch for heavy rain and localised flooding

Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents and businesses in the region to be prepared for the possibility of heavy rainfall over the weekend which could cause localised flooding.

Mayor Jenny Whitney, who chairs the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group, said that the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for parts of Queensland including the Whitsunday Region.

“A coastal trough is expected bring widespread showers, stor...Read on...

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Posted on: 4 February, 2016

Council terminates sale of 45-71 Waterson Way, Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Regional Council has terminated its agreement to sell 45-71 Waterson Way, Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Chinatown Investments Pty Ltd.

Whitsunday Chinatown Investments Pty Ltd had until 4.00pm on Wednesday, 3 February to provide Council with the purchase price balance of $2.5 million and a bank guarantee of $1 million.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Willcox, who chaired today’s special meeting, ...Read on...

Posted on: 4 February, 2016

Consider the risk when disposing of flares and emergency beacons

Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging residents in the Whitsunday Region to use appropriate methods of discarding old or unwanted flares and emergency beacons.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that flares and emergency beacons should be presented to staff at Council’s landfills and transfer stations for appropriate disposal.

“During the hot summer months, there is an increased risk of flares combusting in general was...Read on...

Posted on: 29 January, 2016

Council to take draft Planning Scheme back to public consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council has confirmed that its draft Planning Scheme will be amended to include revised building heights in certain parts of Airlie Beach, before being taken back out to public consultation for 30 business days.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said Council’s Planning and Community Department would prepare a new communications and engagement plan to drive the next stage of public consultation.

“The Planning Scheme is clearly a significant document...Read on...

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Posted on: 29 January, 2016

Project group formed to oversee Airlie Beach Foreshore revitalisation

Whitsunday Regional Council will work with local business and community stakeholders to oversee a $400,000 revitalisation of the Airlie Beach Foreshore.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Airlie Beach Foreshore Project Control Group would be responsible for revitalising the area near the Whitsunday Sailing Club which was previously used as a bus transit terminal.

“Council allocated $400,000 in our 2015/16 Bu...Read on...

Posted on: 29 January, 2016

Whitsunday Regional Council launches traineeship program

Whitsunday Regional Council has obtained funding under the Queensland Government’s $2.5 million First Start Program to launch a traineeship program.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the program would enable Council to recruit seven local jobseekers across Council’s Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine operations.

“As part of its broader Working for Queensland jobs plan, the Queensland Government ...Read on...

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Posted on: 28 January, 2016

Rates issued today in the Whitsunday Region

The second instalment of the 2015-16 half yearly rates notices have been issued across the
Whitsunday Region today.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that residents can take advantage of the 5% discount if rates are paid in full by the due date.

“The due date for payment of rates is Monday 29 February 2016 and you need to pay by this date in order to get the 5% discount,” Ma...Read on...

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Posted on: 25 January, 2016

Whitsunday Coast Airport the fastest growing regional airport in Australia

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the latest Domestic Aviation Activity Statistical Report, which has revealed Whitsunday Coast Airport as the nation’s fastest growing regional airport.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the report highlights Whitsunday Coast Airport’s strong growth potential.

“Of the nation’s top 50 regional airports, Whitsunday Coast Airport has recorded the strongest growth over the past year, with its monthly passenger move...Read on...

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Posted on: 25 January, 2016

Whitsunday Region renewable energy projects shortlisted for funding programme

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that two local renewable energy projects have been selected to advance to the next stage of the Advancing Renewables Programme.

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that two local renewable energy projects have been selected to advance to the next stage of the Advancing Renewables Programme.

The Advancing Renewables Programme, an ini...Read on...

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Posted on: 20 January, 2016

Community urged to prepare for severe weather over coming days

Whitsunday Regional Council is urging local residents to take precautions ahead of a heatwave expected to impact parts of the Whitsunday Region in the next few days.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the Bureau of Meteorology was forecasting severe to extreme heatwave conditions in much of northern and central Queensland, particularly from Friday 22 January to Monday 25 January.

“Extreme heat is dangerous to everyone, ...Read on...

Posted on: 18 January, 2016

Community welcome to attend Australia Day events across the region

Whitsunday Regional Council is gearing up for another fun filled Australia Day with family activities, community barbeques, citizenship ceremonies and award presentations occurring across the region next week.

Mayor Jenny Whitney encouraged residents to attend any of the official Australia Day events to be held around the Whitsunday Region on Tuesday, 26 January.

“Local celebrations will start at the Collinsville Community Centre at 7.30am with a barbeque br...Read on...

Posted on: 19 January, 2016

Collinsville declared RV Friendly Town

Whitsunday Regional Council has formalised its agreement with the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) to have Collinsville declared an RV Friendly Town.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that RV Friendly status would enable Collinsville to be better promoted to RV travellers and drive tourists as an ideal destination to stop, shop and explore.

“In order to earn RV Friendly status, Collinsville has had to satisf...Read on...

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Posted on: 13 January, 2016

Council commences next stage of Proserpine Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade

Whitsunday Regional Council has commenced Stage 2 of the Proserpine Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade, after securing funding from the Queensland Government to deliver the project.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the $7.6 million project will increase the capacity of the plant to accommodate the growing population of Proserpine and make high quality water available for irrigation purposes.

“Council was successful in obtaining $6 million...Read on...

Posted on: 6 January, 2016

Council completes $3 million upgrade to Whisper Bay Breakwater and Boat Ramp

Practical completion of the $3 million Whisper Bay Breakwater and Boat Ramp Project has been achieved, with the facility to be open for public use from Monday, 11 January 2016.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the civil works for the breakwater and causeway were completed before Christmas, with the site clean-up finalised this week.

“After the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports inspected the facility in August last year t...Read on...

Posted on: 23 December, 2015

COUNCIL WELCOMES ABBOT POINT APPROVAL

Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project has been approved by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the continued development of the Abbot Point was critical to the future growth and prosperity of the Whitsunday Region.

“Abbot Point is a fantastic asset for our region, and I’m very pleased that Minister Hunt has recognise...Read on...

Posted on: 22 December, 2015

RESIDENTS URGED TO VIEW STORM TIDE MAPS

As part of the annual cyclone season preparedness, Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to know what storm surge zone they live in ahead of this year’s wet season.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council now offers residents an interactive online storm surge mapping service.

“The interactive online storm surge maps provide a simple user-friendly way to access storm surge information within the Whitsunday Regional Counci...Read on...

Posted on: 22 December, 2015

CALL ON FRIENDS IN SAFER PLACES THIS CYCLONE SEASON

This cyclone season, residents living in the low lying coastal areas of the Whitsundays are urged to call on their friends or family members who live in safer places for shelter, in case they need to evacuate.

Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group, Jenny Whitney, said that the risk of storm surge is the most dangerous hazard associated with cyclones and can cause flooding of low-lying coastal areas; when combined with a high tide, the resu...Read on...

Posted on: 18 December, 2015

Council receives Whitsunday Chinatown development application

Whitsunday Regional Council has received a development application from Whitsunday Chinatown Investments Pty Ltd to construct a mixed use retail, accommodation, office and community facility precinct at 45 – 71 Waterson Way, Airlie Beach.

Council’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Barry Omundson, confirmed that the application was received on Monday, 14 December.

“The proponent, Whitsunday Chinatown Investments Pty Ltd, has lodged a development application and paid the appropriate fee,” ...Read on...

Posted on: 10 December, 2015

Council commences negotiations with potential Whitsunday Coast Airport partner

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Airport and Aerodrome Joint Venture Project has now entered into the final stage of negotiations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council resolved at yesterday’s meeting to enter into exclusive negotiations with a preferred proponent, subject to terms.

“Our interim General Manager of Commercial, Scott Waters, is currently in detailed negotiations with Cou...Read on...

Posted on: 10 December, 2015

Council works towards delivering access to Thompsons Creek Boat Landing

Whitsunday Regional Council is working towards securing road access to Thompsons Creek Boat Ramp.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council was liaising with several State Government departments and a Magee Road landowner to deliver an access track to the boat ramp as soon as possible.

“We recognise that Thompsons Creek Boat Landing is well used by the Pros...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2015

Whitsunday community encouraged to support Christmas toy drive

Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging locals to support the 2015 ‘I Believe in Christmas’ campaign.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Christmas trees have been placed at the Proserpine and Cannonvale libraries for the Whitsunday community to leave toys for underprivileged children this Christmas.

“Unfortunately, not every family can afford to spread the Chris...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2015

Last week to enter nominations for 2016 Australia Day Awards

This week is the last week to nominate a local hero for recognition in Whitsunday Regional Council’s 2016 Australia Day Awards.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is still looking for nominations for all the categories from across the Whitsunday Region’s four major townships.

“The Australia Day Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the efforts and achievements of Whitsunday re...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2015

Council spreads Christmas cheer

Whitsunday Regional Council has been working closely with Ergon Energy and the Department of Transport and Main Roads to ensure Airlie Beach, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine are all decorated ahead of Christmas.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council was pleased to be doing its part in assisting the community celebrate Christmas and New Year.

“Christmas banners have now been hung at Airlie Beach, Bowen and Collinsville, as well as the Whitsunday Coast Airport, and w...Read on...

Posted on: 1 December, 2015

Cyclone Shelter Information Video

Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging residents to view the video available on Council’s website which provides vital information for visitors and residents of the Whitsunday region about the use of the cyclone shelters located in Bowen & Proserpine.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Council was the first Council in Queensland to make available a video informing the public about cyclone shelters.

“Cyclone shelters were built in Bowen and Proserpine as sheltering options for the local community following Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasi in 2011,” Mayor said.

“The video outlines that it is important for people to understand that the safest and most comfortable place for most people during a severe weather event is to shelter in place at their home,” she said.

“People should consider other shelter options if their home is located in a storm surge evacuation zone, their home is built prior to 1982 or in poor condition, or if they live alone or have special needs,”

“Sheltering with friends or family in higher places is a good option, as you will be more comfortable and may be able to take your pets with you,”

“The video explains that the last option available to people if they have exhausted all their shelter options and are unable to leave the warning area is sheltering at one of the public cyclone shelters.”

There are two public cyclone shelters in the Whitsunday region, one located at Bowen State High School, Richmond Road, Bowen and the other located at Proserpine State School, Sterry Street Proserpine.

Some important points to remember about the public cyclone shelters:

• They will only be opened for Severe Tropical Cyclones; this is a category 3, 4 or 5 cyclone
• They provide short-term shelter for up to 18 hours for a maximum of 800 people• Chairs will be available but there is no room for mattresses or stretchers
• Not pets or animals are allowed• Personal baggage is limited to a small backpack which can fit under a chair
• You must be self-sufficient and bring your own food and medicine

Council would like to thank local disaster management company QIT Plus who assisted in the production of the video.

The cyclone shelter video can be viewed in the disaster section of Council's websiteRead on...

Cyclone Shelters
Posted on: 1 December, 2015

Get lost in a good book this summer at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Libraries are inviting children and families to discover underwater worlds, alternate universes and many more exciting adventures by participating in the Summer Reading Club activities being delivered from 1 December 2015 to 31 January 2016.

The Summer Reading Club is a free online and in-library holiday program run in partnership with State Library of Queensland, the Australian Library and Information Association and the Australian Public Library Alliance.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this y...Read on...

Summer Reading Club
Posted on: 24 November, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport development project progresses to next stage

Two Australian-based companies have been invited to advance to the next stage of the Whitsunday Coast Airport development project.

Airport General Manager, Scott Waters, said that significant progress had been made since May 2015, when Council unanimously resolved to seek Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the market.

“Various parties were invited to submit non-binding bids with a...Read on...

Posted on: 24 November, 2015

Collinsville moves closer to RV Friendly Status

Collinsville has moved one step closer to gaining RV Friendly status, after Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to sign a Letter of Understanding received from the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA).

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said that Collinsville’s rich heritage makes the town an ideal destination for tourists.

“With the Collinsville town entry statement in place and the bronze Pit Pony statue set to be unveiled this weekend; RV Friendly status for...Read on...

Posted on: 17 November, 2015

Whitsunday tourism operators recognised at 2015 Queensland Tourism Awards

Eight local tourism operators have been recognised at the 2015 Queensland Tourism Awards, with the Whitsunday Region receiving one gold, four silver and three bronze awards.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney offered her congratulations to the eight local tourism operators.
“We have outstanding tourism products in the Whitsunday Region, and it is fantastic to see that our local tourism industry is getting the recognition it deserves,” M...Read on...

Posted on: 17 November, 2015

Negotiations under way for Whitsunday international charter program

Mayor Jennifer Whitney has confirmed that Whitsunday Regional Council is in negotiations to deliver an international charter program to the Whitsunday Coast Airport in 2016, subject to regulatory approval.

“While discussions are ongoing, we remain confident that we will be able to secure an international charter program in 2016,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Before securing any international charter program, however, we have to ensure that the Whitsunday Coast A...Read on...

Posted on: 16 November, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport’s October passenger numbers best on record

The rise in passenger numbers at Whitsunday Coast Airport continues, with close to 32,500 passengers passing through the facility in October alone.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the October results were the best on record.

“October is traditionally our busiest month of the year, but it has been particularly pleasing to see more than 6,000 additional passengers passing through the airport than usual,...Read on...

Posted on: 16 November, 2015

Whitsunday residents encouraged to nominate a local hero today

Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging residents to nominate a local hero for recognition in the 2016 Australia Day Awards.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the Awards recognise those in our community who give tirelessly for the benefit of others.

“We are fortunate to have so many community minded people right across the Whitsunday Region, and the Australia Day Awards provide us...Read on...

Posted on: 11 November, 2015

Council waives event fee for Rodeo for Suicide Prevention

Whitsunday Regional Council has waived the event fee for the 2015 Proserpine Lions Rodeo for
Suicide Prevention, which was held between Friday 16 October and Sunday 18 October and
raised funds for local depression and suicide prevention support services.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council, which raised over $16,000 for the Black Dog Institute at last month’s inaugural Mayor’s Charity Masquerade Ball, recognised the importance of raising
awareness of depression, mental illness and suicide in the Whitsund...Read on...

Posted on: 11 November, 2015

Council to welcome Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Whitsunday Regional Council will sponsor the welcome and farewell events for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which is scheduled to arrive at Abell Point Marina on Wednesday 13 January 2016.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the events will be coordinated by the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce and include a Family Open Day Carnival.

“The Whitsunday Islands are a world-renowned sailing destination and it’s terrific that we have
been listed ...Read on...

Posted on: 11 November, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport and Tigerair grow together

Whitsunday Coast Airport’s record breaking month in October is set to continue with continued growth in services from Tigerair.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the airport has grown through creating strategic partnerships with our airline partners and the success of Tigerair to the Whitsundays is evidence of that.

“It is absolutely fantastic to see success be delivered through ha...Read on...

Posted on: 10 November, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport highlighted at state and federal economic and investment summits

The Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub project has been highlighted at the North Queensland Economic Summit in Cairns, hosted by the Queensland Government and the North Australian Investment Forum in Darwin hosted by the Federal Government.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the airport was now recognised as a strategically important project across all three tiers of government.

“The potential of the Whitsunday Coast Airport has been recognised at the highest levels of the State and Federal Gove...Read on...

Posted on: 10 November, 2015

Draft Planning Scheme not set in stone

The development of Whitsunday Regional Council’s proposed draft Planning Scheme is ongoing, with submissions yet to be formally presented to Council for its determination.

Submissions closed on Friday 16 October 2015.

Mayor Whitney said six local community groups were invited to address Council directly and talk over the concerns raised in their submissions with Councillors and members of the Executive Management Team.
...Read on...

Posted on: 10 November, 2015

Export opportunities strengthen at Whitsunday Coast Airport

The Whitsunday Coast Airport’s positioning as an Export Hub has taken a giant step forward with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Hong Kong for the development of Cold Store facilities on-site at the airport.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the agreement would enable AUD$5 million worth of seafood exports from the Whitsunday region to Hong Kong over a two year period.

“Our airport continues to be a much sought-after opportunity for development and growth, be it...Read on...

Posted on: 3 November, 2015

Whisper Bay breakwater and boat ramp upgrade remains on track

Work on the $3 million Whisper Bay breakwater and boat ramp project is progressing well
according to Mayor Jenny Whitney who met with the Project Control Committee last week.

The Mayor said that while the contractors had to contend with working around the tides, the new
breakwater was taking shape and improvements to the ramp continuing.

“We remain on budget and on track to deliver this project to the Whitsunday community ...Read on...

Posted on: 2 November, 2015

Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information Facebook Page

Are you one of over 3,500 people to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information Facebook Page?

The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group (WDMG) is encouraging residents to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information Facebook Page.

Council’s Mayor and Chair of the WDMG, Jennifer Whitney, said that the aim of the Facebook Page is to provide a direct link for residents to access accurate and relevant information relating to a disaster event.

“Residents can access a range of information through the albums on the page which relate to cyclone preparation, activation of the coordination centre, cyclone categories, shelters, fire preparation, flooding and storm surge and much more,” Mayor Whitney said.

“In the event of an impending disaster event such as a cyclone, the WDMG will feed relevant, up to date and accurate information to the community through the Facebook page. We hope to minimise any mistruths that tend to circulate in the communities and assure residents of the current situation and actions that may need to be taken,” she said.

The Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information Facebook page will be a ‘Like’ only page and will be for the provision of information only.

“It is important that people continue to call the Disaster Coordination Centre on 1300 972 006 once the centre is activated. The Facebook page is not a method of seeking help and residents should continue to call relevant authorities in an emergency situation,” Mayor Whitney added.

General information located on the page comes from the Whitsunday Regional Council’s Emergency Action Guide. The Guide provides education and public awareness for residents and visitors to the area in preparation for, response to and recovery from disaster events likely to affect our region. It will provide information and guidance to assist in protection of yourself, your family and your property as far as is practicable.

Residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information page on Facebook as soon as possible to start receiving tips and updates regarding the impending storm season.

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Posted on: 28 October, 2015

Argyle Park Road upgrade on target

Construction work to upgrade Argyle Park Road in Bowen is progressing on target since the
project commenced on 4 September 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Council previously adopted a design which will see a reduction of
200mm in the flood level directly upstream of the Argyle Park Road crossing.

“The works are progressing well and it is expected that the road will be reopen...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2015

Council continues to lend a helping hand

Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to waive the fees associated with a range of
community and sporting events and projects across the region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council is always pleased to be able to support community events particularly the smaller ones that don’t easily attract funding or sponsors.

“The variety of events and workshops that are occurring across the region is fan...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2015

Regulated parking to stay for Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to permanently approve the regulation of ‘No parking
unless parking permits issued by local government’ for Hermitage Drive in Airlie Beach.

Earlier this year, Council resolved to adopt a six month regulated parking trial on Hermitage Drive in an effort to alleviate congestion as there were often 30 or 40 vehicles a day parking on both sides of the street.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the ...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2015

Whitsunday Regional Council Christmas/New Year closures

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved on the Council Chambers and Libraries closing
period for the Christmas and New Year period 2015/2016.

Council offices and libraries will close on Thursday 24 December 2015 at 3pm and reopen on
Monday 4 January 2016.

The Council Works Depots will close on Friday 18 December 2015 at 3pm and will reopen onMonday 18 January 2016.

A skeleton crew of operational and maintenance staff will still operate as required over this period.

In the event of an emergency, please call any of the following numbers listed below, 24 hours a
day, to reach Council's Call Centre.

Please note: After hours return boxes are available at all Libraries.

Bowen: 4761 3600Proserpine: 4945 0200
Collinsville: 4785 5366

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Posted on: 27 October, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport – Winner of the Specialised Tourism Services Award

Whitsunday Coast Airport was announced the winner of the Specialised Tourism Services category at this year’s Whitsunday Tourism and Business Awards, building on the success of winning the Local Government Award for Tourism in 2014.

The award caps off a stellar year for the Council owned and operated facility after achieving record passenger numbers and continuing a double digit growth trend that is seeing the region’s tourism industry once again, grow, develop and flourish.

Mayor...Read on...

Posted on: 21 October, 2015

So you want to be a Councillor?

Ahead of the local government elections due to be held on 19 March 2016, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning is holding a series of free information sessions for intending candidates.

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Barry Omundson said that the information sessions will provide detailed information about becoming a Mayor or Councillor.

“Working in local government has both its challenges and rewards; an...Read on...

Posted on: 21 October, 2015

Formal public notification period closed for Draft Planning Scheme

The formal public notification period for the Whitsunday Regional Council Draft Planning Scheme
closed on Friday 16 October with the final number of submissions received still to be determined.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the public consultation program undertaken on the Draft Planning
Scheme and the future of the Whitsundays and has involved over 1200 stakeholder engagements over a two year period.

“This has been the most extensive consultatio...Read on...

Posted on: 20 October, 2015

Council to replenish Muller’s Lagoon with recycled water

Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to redirect the treated effluent water from the Bowen Sewerage Treatment Plant recycled water pipeline to replenish Muller’s Lagoon.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the ongoing dry weather has taken its toll on Muller’s Lagoon with evaporation of the water leaving the lagoon exposed to range of issues.

“The water is redirected to Muller’s Lagoon during the hours of 7am to 5pm and it ...Read on...

Posted on: 19 October, 2015

Whitsundays to remember the missing midshipmen of 1963

Mayor Jenny Whitney will be one of many gathering at the Cannonvale Memorial Walkway on Sunday for the official unveiling of a memorial stone and naval anchor for the
HMAS Sydney naval officers lost during a training cruise in the Whitsundays in 1963.

Mayor Whitney said it will be an honour to speak on behalf of Council to remember not only the
five young men lost here in 1963, but all members of the defence force who have paid the price in active training.

“Council was pleased to provide funding o...Read on...

Posted on: 19 October, 2015

Best quarterly results on record for Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Coast Airport has delivered its best quarterly result on record during for the 1st quarter of the 15/16FY, facilitating over 92,000 passengers for the first time with all airline partners experiencing an average load factor of greater than 79%.

The airport overall enjoyed an 82% load factor demonstrating the strong demand for the Whitsundays as a destination.

This is an increase of 26.5% or 20,000 passengers on the previous year and well and truly exceeds the previous record quarter of just...Read on...

Posted on: 16 October, 2015

Jobs and growth the focus after Carmichael Mine Project Approval

Whitsunday Regional Council says the recent Carmichael Mine Project Approval announced by
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday helps give assurance for the proponents and
the proposed expansion of Abbot Point.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said that since 2013, Council has unanimously resolved to fully support
the development of Abbot Point, NQBP and its proponents for the future prosperity of the region,the state and the nation, subject to no adverse impacts.

“...Read on...

Posted on: 15 October, 2015

Residents urged to prepare now for cyclone season

With the cyclone season only two weeks away, Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to be prepared.

Every year between November and April, the coastal regions of Queensland are at risk of being hit by cyclones. Preparing your family and your home is your responsibility. Cyclones can produce winds in excess of 200km/h, which can cause excessive damage ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 October, 2015

Emergency Action Guide Available Free

Whitsunday Regional Council in conjunction with the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group (WDMG) is encouraging residents to get a copy of the Emergency Action Guide that is available from Customer Service Centres and Libraries across the region.

Mayor and Chair of the WDMG, Jenny Whitney said the Emergency Action Guide aims to provide education and public awareness for residents and visitors to the area.

“The guide will assist in preparation for, response to and recover from disaster events li...Read on...

Posted on: 15 October, 2015

Australia Day Nominations

Nominations for the 2016 Australia Day Awards are now open to residents in the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the awards presented an opportunity for a range of Whitsunday individuals and groups to be recognised for their outstanding achievements.

“If you know a person or a community group dedicated to making the Whitsundays a better p...Read on...

Australia Day Award Nominations
Posted on: 13 October, 2015

Council supports campaign to stop sexual violence

Whitsunday Regional Council is showing its support for ending sexual violence in our communities
by promoting Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) throughout October.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said numerous Council vehicles are displaying a teal ribbon which is the
internationally recognised colour symbolising sexual violence awareness.

“This is a very serious issue and unfortunately is quite a common form of assault in ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 October, 2015

Whitsunday Regional Council announces 2016 apprenticeship opportunities

Whitsunday Regional Council and TORGAS Inc are pleased to announce the 2016 apprenticeship
program is now open for applications.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is pleased that Whitsunday Regional Council is able to offer career paths and opportunities to members of the community.

“Whitsunday Regional Council and TORGAS are advertising to fill the apprenticeship positions for 2016,...Read on...

erecruit website
Posted on: 12 October, 2015

Inaugural Mayor’s Charity Masquerade Ball hailed a success

Residents and members from our local business community opened their hearts and their wallets
on Saturday night in support of the Black Dog Institute, the charity at the focus of the inaugural
Mayor’s Charity Ball.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the glamorous charity event was extremely successful raising
$16,709.75 to date for the Black Dog Institute, a not-for-profit organisation and a world leader inthe diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness.

“It w...Read on...

Donate to Black Dog Institute
Posted on: 12 October, 2015

Get Ready Week 12 to 18 October 2015

The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group (WDMG) is encouraging residents to ‘Get Ready’
and consider, what’s your “What-If Plan” for the upcoming cyclone season.

Mayor and Chair of the WDMG, Jenny Whitney, said that RACQ ‘Get Ready’ week is being held
across the State from 12-18 October 2015. The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group will beparticipating in ‘Get Ready Day’ on Saturday 17 October 2015 from 9am – ...Read on...

Get Ready
Posted on: 8 October, 2015

Bowen's horticulture sector on show in China and Japan

The recent State Government Trade Mission to China and Japan, led by the Premier and attended by Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney has continued to lay the platform for Bowen’s Horticultural sector to grow into these markets.

Key events, briefings and meetings attended by our Mayor, specifically in Tokyo - Japan, focusing upon the agricultural sector were:

- JAEPA Agricultural Investment Seminar, with the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
- Queensland Food Promotion Show Case, with...Read on...

Posted on: 7 October, 2015

Signed sporting memorabilia up for auction ahead of Mayor’s Charity Masquerade Ball

After an exciting weekend in sport, Mayor Jenny Whitney is pleased to announce that a range of signed and framed team jerseys are up for auction to raise money for the Black Dog Institute, the nominated charity for the Mayor’s Charity Masquerade Ball.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that bids are now open for framed jerseys signed by the new NRL champions, the North Queensland Cowboys, the winning 2015 Queensland State of Origin team and the Australian Diamonds, winners of the 2015 Netball World Cup.

“Thes...Read on...

Posted on: 6 October, 2015

Less than a month to go until Council’s community garage sales

In less than a month, Whitsunday Regional Council will be hosting community garage sales in
each of the four townships, on the 24th October, as part of the national Garage Sale Trail.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said there is plenty of time to arrange your unwanted goods and join
Council’s garage sales across the region.

“Garage Sale Trail is fun and social way to promote reuse, reduce waste to landfill, buildcommunities and enable house...Read on...

Posted on: 30 September, 2015

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will close on the Labour Day long weekend

Whitsunday Regional Libraries in Bowen, Collinsville, Cannonvale and Proserpine will be closed over the Labour Day long weekend while scheduled maintenance is carried out on the Council servers.

During this time the Library webOPAC, e-services and e-planning sections of the website will be offline.

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will be open each and every day of the school holidays from 8.15am to 4.45pm running a holiday program in addition t...Read on...

Posted on: 25 September, 2015

Whitsunday Regional Council resolves to develop a local plan for the Bowen Marina

Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to start work on developing a local plan relating to the
Bowen Marina following feedback from the community during the draft planning scheme
consultation.

The community have identified that they would like to see a greater mix of uses in the marina
including retail, commercial and residential components in addition to the existing mix ofbusinesses operating there.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the application of a local plan incorporating all facets of business
gives certainty to the community of Bowen regarding the future development of the marina and its relationship to the surrounding area.

“Having a planning scheme which addresses the full potential of this facility will encourageinvestment and be a boost for the many industries in and around this marina precinct,

“A plan that incorporates all of the functions of a vibrant marina precinct is a great investment
attraction tool and I look forward to input from a range of stakeholders including owners.” MayorJenny Whitney said.

Whitsunday Regional Council will be working in conjunction with stakeholders in the marina, with
the Bowen community through ongoing public consultation.

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Posted on: 25 September, 2015

Community Consultation on the Whitsunday Regional Council Draft Planning Scheme

Whitsunday Regional Council has extended the formal public consultation stage of the draft
planning scheme to Friday 16 October.

The extension comes off the back of public meetings across the region where Council heard
feedback from the public on the draft plan.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that these meetings were a great opportunity to hear from the public on their thoughts for t...Read on...

Posted on: 24 September, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport's new departure lounge officially open for business

The Whitsunday Coast Airport's recently completed departure lounge expansion was officially
opened by Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney at a ceremony onsite today.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the recently completed expansion project was the latest delivery on a comprehensive capital works schedule which has seen the Whitsunday Regional Council in
conjunction with the State Government of Queensland invest more than $14M in the airport'simprovement.

"Continued and sustained growth in passenger numbers has meant capacity was at a premium
and this expansion was well needed,

"The newly upgraded passenger departure lounge now accommodates an additional 100passengers, bringing the total capacity seated and unseated in our indoor and outdoor areas to
400,

"With growth forecast to continue at a double digit rate due to expanded flight schedules andincreases in the Sydney services through Tiger Air, the potential of the Whitsunday Coast Airport to drive economic and tourism growth is well and truly being realised." she said.

Mayor Whitney commended the hard work and professionalism of the departure lounge expansion project team saying the expansion was run smoothly, with minimal disruption and to a tight timeframe.

“Thanks must also go to our airline partners, ground handlers, transport providers and airport staff for their patience as these works were carried out".

Additional plans for the upgrade of the Whitsunday Coast Airport this year include an expansion of the ground service equipment storage and staging area and the delivery

"Work to improve the capabilities of the Whitsunday Coast Airport is continually being carried out, the results of which we see here today," Mayor Whitney said.

Council’s expression of interest process for a joint venture partnership to develop and operate the Whitsunday Coast Airport with Council continues to gain momentum.

A fully redeveloped Whitsunday Coast Airport will deliver jobs and economic development across our region and help to diversify our economy.

"Fulfilling the Whitsunday Coast Airport Master Plan will create jobs and broaden our economy. It’s an investment that will ensure our region is primed for take-off.”

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Posted on: 24 September, 2015

Mayor’s Charity Ball to raise money to tackle mental health

Mayor Jenny Whitney will host the inaugural Mayor's Charity Masquerade Ball, to be held on Saturday 10th October at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre to raise awareness and funds for the Black Dog Institute.

One in five Australians is affected by mental illness every year, with one of the most common of these being depression.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said mental illness touches people of all ages and from all walks of life.

“The Black Dog Institute is a n...Read on...

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Posted on: 23 September, 2015

Council waives fees to support The Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service

Council today resolved to waive the application fee to assist the Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service to host the DV Candle Lighting Ceremony being held at the Airlie
Beach Market Place on Friday 30 October 2015 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that $383 in fees waived by Council will help support the ceremony
which is a National Day to honour women, children and men who have died as a result of domestic and family violence.

“On behalf of the Whitsunday Regional Council I would like to acknowledge the great work that the Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service do for the community, in raising awareness toward domestic and family violence,”

“The DV Candle Lighting Ceremony offers our community a way to show their support for thosewho are going through domestic or family violence,

“Lighting candles in memory of those who have lost their lives as a result of Domestic or family
Violence is a public gesture to the families and the community that we will not give up our fight toend these most preventable of deaths."

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Posted on: 23 September, 2015

Council supports St Catherine’s Catholic College students Opti-minds State

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $1,000 to St Catherine’s Catholic College
in support of their participation in the Opti-minds State Championships to be held in Brisbane on
the weekend of 17/18 October 2015.

All up, seventeen students from St Catherine’s Catholic College’s Language, Literature, Social
Science and Science Engineering teams have been selected to represent the region at the StateOpti-minds championships.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the Opti-minds competition was a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

“Council is very pleased to be able to donate $1,000 to assist these students to attend the State
Opti-minds Championships and we wish them the best of luck.”

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Posted on: 23 September, 2015

Council awards $12,633 in RADF Grants

Whitsunday Regional Council has today awarded $12,633 to four regional arts and cultural
projects under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council was impressed with the diversity of arts and cultural initiatives happening across the Whitsunday region.

“Council fully endorses these arts and cultural initiatives and we look forward to seeing the
outcomes of these proposals delivered to the benefit of our community,

“It is particularly pleasing that this funding will allow both the individual and groups to bring a range of exciting cultural and creative pursuits to the community,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape theirown arts and cultural priorities,” she said.

“Artists interested in applying for RADF funding should do so under round 3 which will close on 16 November 2015, for projects commencing after 21st September.”

The projects approved under funding round 2 include:

• PCYC Bowen $4815

The grant will be used towards the cost of providing venue hire and equipment for the
project. 88 young dancers from the PCYC Dance Program will perform an end of yearconcert for their wider community.

• Proserpine and District Respite Services Inc $1818

The grant will be used towards the costs of creating a professional mosaic engaging
participants with a disability and of frail age, in learning the art of mosaic, which will stimulate and encourage active learning and coordination skills

• Patricia Brimble $3000 – Cultural Tourism

The grant will be used towards the costs of a Cultural Art Presentation and Smoking Ceremony by the Giya-gia people recognizing traditional rock art customs and culture of the traditional country. The exhibition will include a workshop of traditional Rock Art.

• Whitsunday Regional Gallery – Regional Partnerships

The grant will be used towards the costs of running art workshops for depression awareness, incorporating youth groups, women’s groups, respite care and elderly citizens across the Whitsunday region.

The Proserpine Entertainment Centre foyer will showcase their artistic talent in a unifieddisplay for the reception of the Mayor’s Masquerade Fundraiser Ball, to both a local and
interregional audience.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between Whitsunday Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture.

For more information please contact RADF Liaison Officer Jacqui Neave on 49450277 or visit Council's website.

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Posted on: 17 September, 2015

Bursary Awards presented to local student sporting stars to help fund their dream

Two local students were presented with the Wingate Properties Sport Encouragement Bursary
Award by Mayor Jenny Whitney, in recognition of their outstanding sporting achievements and to assist them in fulfilling their dreams to one day represent Australia.

Proserpine High School student Katie Campbell and Whitsunday Christian College student Liam
Tomas were presented with the bursaries at a reception held at the Whitsunday Regional Council Proserpine chambers.

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Posted on: 15 September, 2015

World's Biggest Garage Sale Trail returns to the Whitsundays

Whitsunday households, schools and community groups are set to join hundreds of thousands of people across the country on Saturday 24 October as a part of the fifth annual Garage Sale Trail.

An award-winning community and sustainability event, Garage Sale Trail is powered by over 150 local councils and is expecting over 10,000 garage sales to be held across the country.

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Posted on: 15 September, 2015

New Council website to better serve the Whitsunday community

Whitsunday Regional Council today launched a new customer service focused website which is
easily accessible, user friendly and delivers greater functionality to the Whitsunday community.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new modern user-friendly website allows members of the
community to access a number of online services at a time that is convenient for them, in theprivacy of their own home.

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Posted on: 11 September, 2015

Expression of Interest (EOI) for Joint Venture investment in the Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to seek Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a Joint
Venture investment in the Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine, its related land bank and
associated aerodromes at Bowen and Collinsville.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council’s vision for the Whitsunday Coast Airport was to develop a world class aviation facility, focused on servicing the future growth of the region.

“A significant opportunity exists for the Airport to become an integrated transport and logistics hub incorporating road, rail and air transport.

“This hub would deliver to the region, the infrastructure required to facilitate growth not only to the tourism industry, but to our mining and agriculture sectors as well,” Mayor Whitney said.

Council will be undertaking an extensive and broad-based consultation program with the
Whitsunday community prior to any decisions being made on the future development of the Airport.

As part of the initial stage of consultation, representatives from Council will be holding formalconsultation sessions as well as making time available for informal discussions.

Public Consultation Schedule for the Whitsunday Coast Airport EOI Process:

- Monday 14th Sept - Proserpine Entertainment Centre - 7pm - 9pm - Formal
- Tuesday 15th Sept - Bowen PCYC - 10am - 3pm - Informal - Wednesday 16th - Collinsville Community Centre - 10am - 3pm - Informal
- Wednesday 23rd Sept - Reef Gateway Cannonvale - 7pm - 9pm - Formal - Thursday 24th Sept - Reef Gateway Cannonvale - 10am - 3pm - Informal

Public displays showing detailed information on the potential development opportunities will be
available at Whitsunday Regional Council libraries and Customer Service Centres across theregion from Tuesday 15th September.

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Posted on: 9 September, 2015

Council’s Chief Executive Officer dedicated full-time to the Whitsunday Coast Airport

The future joint venture development of the Whitsunday Coast Airport is poised to gain momentum
with Council’s Chief Executive Scott Waters now dedicated to the full time expression of interest
process.

Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney said that Council is currently seeking an expression of interest for a
joint venture partner to conjointly deliver the growth and development of the Whitsunday CoastAirport, inclusive of Council’s aviation assets in Bowen and Collinsville.

“The overall project is extensive and complex and will require the highest level of attention. As a
result, Council’s Chief Executive Officer – Scott Waters, will be dedicated to this project on a fulltime basis, this will ensure the highest levels of community, investor and government engagement.

“Council acknowledges the importance in delivering this project in a timely and successful manner whilst ensuring the project’s success and the very best outcome for our Community,

“Given Scott’s skill set, there is no one better placed to deliver the project and ensure Council’s
interests are upheld, throughout the process,

“During this time, while Scott is dedicated to the EOI process, under the provisions of the LocalGovernment Act 2009, an Acting Chief Executive Officer has been appointed,” Mayor Jenny
Whitney said.

At today’s Ordinary Council meeting Councillors today resolved the appointment of Acting ChiefExecutive Officer Mr Barry Omundson.

“Barry comes with a wealth of experience from Maranoa and Mackay Regional Councils, and his
appointment will ensure the delivery of our Budget.

“We welcome the appointment of Mr Barry Omundson to the role of Acting Chief Executive andnote his extensive experience in infrastructure management and his broad knowledge on our
regions opportunities and issues.” Mayor Whitney said.

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Posted on: 10 September, 2015

Community consultation is key - Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme

Whitsunday Regional Council is conducting further consultation on the new Whitsunday Regional
Council Planning Scheme through a series of public meetings across the region.

Council’s Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the public meetings follow on from community
consultation around the corporate plan and the strategic direction of the draft planning scheme.The Public Meetings will be held as follows:

Whitsunday Regional Council Draft Planning Scheme Public Meeting Schedule:

Proserpine Entertainment Centre - Monday 21 September - 6 to 7pm
Bowen PCYC - Tuesday 22 September - 6 to 7pmCollinsville Community Centre - Wednesday 23 September - 6 to 7pm
Whitsunday PCYC - Thursday 24 September - 6 to 7pm

“Council is committed to undertaking significant consultation with the Whitsunday community and stakeholders throughout the process of preparing the draft planning scheme,

“This has so far included consulting with over 900 people during the through various workshops,community surveys, telephone surveys and meetings with key stakeholders,

“These public meetings are an opportunity to receive feedback from members of our community
and to engage with them about how the planning scheme may impact upon them,” Mayor Whitney said.

Council is developing the draft planning scheme in order to move towards a consistent approach to managing development and growth providing for a prosperous, liveable and sustainable region building on the integration of the unique attributes and competitive advantage of each of the regions towns.

Since the local government amalgamations in 2008, Council has operated with two planningschemes to manage land use planning, development and infrastructure delivery for the region;
the Bowen Shire Planning Scheme 2006 and Whitsunday Shire Planning Scheme 2009.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the implementation of a single planning scheme for the wholeregion will streamline development approvals and address out of date provisions in the existing two schemes.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and we encourage all
interested parties to consider attending these public meetings,”

“Public meeting attendees will have the opportunity to meet one on one with Whitsunday Regional Council Strategic Planners, to ask questions and be informed,” Mayor Whitney said.

The new Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme has been available on Council’s website for information purposes since November 2014. View the new Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme by following the link on the Council's website homepage.

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Posted on: 2 September, 2015

Whitsunday Council show their support for the Whitsunday Brahmans

Whitsunday Regional Council are showing support for the Pride of the Whitsundays the Brahmans as they go into their grand finals this weekend.

It has been 25 seasons since the Whitsunday Brahmans A Grade won their last premiership in a
local competition between Bowen, Ayr & Collinsville.

The grand final in the reserve grade competition will see our boys take on the defending premiers, Moranbah.

“We wish the Brahmans reserves boys all the best in their decider, and will be cheering them all of the way,” Mayor Jennifer Whitney said.

“I understand that the reserve grade will be up against some very experienced players on theMoranbah team, but the Brahmans have proved they have what it takes having beaten them at
their last encounter at the Les Stagg Oval,”

In the A grade grand final, the Brahmans take on the minor-premiers Sarina.

“Our Brahmans team managed to defeat minor-premiers in the semi-final, so a repeat performance will see the premiership trophy travel north to the Whitsundays for the first time,

“We are proud of the effort all players have made to get to this stage, and their success is atestimony to the strength and endurance of these fine players, and coaching staff.” Mayor Whitney said.

Whitsunday Regional Council Employees will be dressed in the Brahmans team colours on Friday, in a show of community spirit and support for the Whitsunday Brahmans.

Match Details:
When: Sunday the 6th of SeptemberTime: Reserve Grade 1pm & A grade 3pm
Where: Stadium Mackay

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Posted on: 8 September, 2015

St Catherines Catholic School Students gained work experience at Whitsunday Council

Whitsunday Regional Council hosted nine Year 12 work experience students from St Catherines
Catholic High School last week.

During the week the students had the opportunity to join Council teams in Water & Waste Water,
Corporate Services and Planning & Community.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the students were ‘working’ at Council from Tuesday 1st September through to Friday 4th September.

“Whitsunday Regional Council offered these young adults the chance to experience a dynamic and varied work environment, across a wide range of disciplines,

“The students were placed in our local library, at our waste and water laboratory, our engineering workshops, our IT department, Corporate Services and with our Local Laws Officers,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The rewards and benefits of work experience are real. Students are given a chance to observeand learn within the context of a real work environment, to reflect on their skills and develop on
these,"

“I am sure that these students from St Catherines will find that this experience will be one that they remember always,” Mayor Whitney said.

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Posted on: 2 September, 2015

The Bowen Automatic Weather Station Officially Opened

The Bowen Automatic Weather Station was officially opened by Whitsunday Regional Council
Mayor Jenny Whitney at 4pm today.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new Automatic Weather Station is already reporting constant
weather data to the BoM who are providing it to the public via their website.

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Posted on: 28 August, 2015

Volunteers needed for 2015 Whitsunday Schoolies

Whitsunday Regional Council is seeking volunteers for the 2015 Whitsunday Schoolies which will
run from Saturday 21 November to Wednesday 25 November.

Whitsunday Schoolies is a five day (5) safety response which is expected to attract approximately 3000 young people to the region.

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Posted on: 26 August, 2015

Pit Pony Experience Project unites and defines the Collinsville community

A 1.829m high bronze replica pit pony being cast and installed at Collinsville’s Sonoma Park will be
just one of the elements of a new Pit Pony experience being developed for the township of
Collinsville.

A progress report tabled at Council’s Ordinary Meeting in Bowen today, highlighted a range of Pitt Pony themed activities being developed by the community, for the community, including:

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Posted on: 25 August, 2015

‘Stay at Home Mum’ founder Jody Allen to visit Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Jody Allen, founder of the Stay At Home Mum (SAHM) website, will visit the Whitsunday Regional
Libraries on 10 and 11 September to talk about her book ‘Live Well for Less: A practical guide to
running a lean household’.

Jody started the website ‘Stay at Home Mum’ to share her money-saving experiences while her
family lived on one wage and it was her everyday advice and content that resonated with readers Australia wide.

‘SAHM’ is now one of Australia’s largest parenting websites and currently records the largestcommunity of mothers on Facebook.

Members of the public are invited to come along to the free events and hear Jody share tips and
hints on living simply, covering topics such as household budgeting; money saving deals; springcleaning finances and cost cutting (but delicious) recipes.

All interested members of the public are welcome to attend with talks geared for anyone that would like to save money or manage their household finances more effectively.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the author talks are a fantastic community engagement
opportunity.

“We are delighted to be able to host Jody Allen at our region’s libraries as a part of our libraryevents and activities program,” Mayor Whitney said.

The talks will be held at the following venues:

Thursday 10th September 2015
10.00 am Collinsville Library1.30 pm Bowen Library

Friday 11th September 2015
10.30 am Proserpine Library1.30 pm Cannonvale Library

Bookings are required. Please contact your local library for more information or to make a
booking.

Bowen Library Ph: 4761 3670 Cannonvale Library Ph: 4946 1366
Collinsville Library Ph: 4785 5366 Proserpine Library Ph: 4945 0275

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Posted on: 21 August, 2015

Green waste facility at Cannonvale Waste Transfer Station to reopen for business Saturday

The green waste facility at Cannonvale Waste Transfer Station on Carlo Drive will resume normal hours of operation from 6.00 am Saturday 22 August following a temporary closure this week.

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Posted on: 19 August, 2015

State Government funding confirmed for Whisper Bay (VMR) breakwater and boat ramp

Whitsunday Regional Council has today welcomed a visit from the Honourable Mark Bailey MP,
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports to inspect the Whisper Bay (VMR) Breakwater and
boat ramp and formally announce a further $2 million funding.

The former State Government previously committed $1million and the current State Government
have added a further $2 million to the prior commitment to take the total funding up to $3 million.Mayor Jenny Whitney met with Minister Bailey along with Councillors and officers involved in the
planning stages of the project.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is delighted with Minister Bailey’s announcement confirming a further $2 million in funding from State Government for the upgrade of the Whisper Bay boatbreakwater and boat ramp.

“The Whisper Bay boat ramp and breakwater project has been a long time in the making and we
thank the State Government for their commitment; we are finally able to deliver this importantpublic facility to our passionate boating community,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Council is now in a position to move quickly on the project with State Agencies Referral Agency
(SARA) issuing the tidal works permit on the 24th June,” she said.

“Tenders for the project construction were called in three parts for haulage of rock; placement ofrock (breakwater construction) and boat ramps works,

“Successful tenderers have been notified and construction will commence in early September,

“We will be delivering the Whitsunday community and our rescue services a safe and accessible
boat ramp facility by Christmas; this is exciting news for our region.”

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the newly established project control committee formed to oversee the project has already met twice to discuss the upgrade.

“The project control committee discussed project planning, key dates and the overall delivery of the works. This committee will meet throughout the life of the upgrade to ensure maximum efficiency in delivering this project,”

“We once again thank the Queensland Government for the funding promise to help deliver thisessential upgrade.”

Overall the works include development of a breakwater, a floating walkway and a pontoon, as well as widening of the current ramp.

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Posted on: 19 August, 2015

The Draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme opens for consultation

Last Council meeting, the Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to commence the community
consultation stage for the New Draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the commencement of the public consultation program on 21
August 2015 represents the beginning of Stage 3 in the process of preparing the new PlanningScheme.

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Posted on: 17 August, 2015

Green waste facility at Cannonvale Waste Transfer Station closed until further notice

Work is currently being carried out by Whitsunday Regional Council Contractors JJ Richards, to
moderate spontaneous combustion intermittently occurring in the green waste facility at the
Cannonvale Waste Transfer Station on Carlo Drive.

The works include breaking up and dampening down the effected green waste matter using heavy machinery.

The green waste facility will be closed until further notice to enable these works to be carried out in a safe and expedient manner.

The rest of the Cannonvale Waste Transfer Facility will operate as normal. The Kelsey Creek
Green Waste Facility is geared to receive any additional green waste in the interim.

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Posted on: 17 August, 2015

Council Unanimously Resolve to end uncertainty around Abbot Point

Whitsunday Regional Council Councillors have unanimously resolved at its recent ordinary
meeting to meet with Government and lobby to end the uncertainty around the Abbot Point
development.

In a motion moved at last Wednesday’s Council meeting by Division 3 Councillor
John Collins, the Councillors resolved the following:

That Council authorise the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive Officer to meet withHonourable Mark Bailey Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister
Energy and Water Supply to discuss the future of Abbot Point and re-establish plans forAbbot Point to become a multi-commodity port focused upon resources, agriculture and
containerised imports and exports. Should the Minister be in the region all available Councillors be invited to the meeting.

Furthermore, that the Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Bulk Ports be invited tothe next available Council briefing session to discuss NQBP’s current position in relation to
Abbot Point and their plans for expansion and growth at the port and associated statedevelopment area.

At the meeting Whitsunday Regional Council Deputy Mayor Cr Andrew Willcox said “Our Council unanimously resolved in April 2013, that we fully support the development of Abbot Point, NQBP and its proponents for the future prosperity of the region, the state and the nation, subject to the management of adverse impacts.”

“This remains unchanged and our position is the same for the Carmichael Mine project as well as the rail corridor of which 80% runs the through our local government area. What is required is
certainty for all proponents, Council hopes that the current uncertainty can be resolved quickly.”

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Corporate Plan that underwent extensive community consultation sets out 7 strategic priorities for focussing on regional and economic development including advocating for the continued development of the Port of Abbot Point and the Abbot Point State Development Area.

The resolution at last week’s ordinary meeting continues the work undertakento date.

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Posted on: 13 August, 2015

Record Monthly Result for Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Coast Airport has delivered its best monthly result on record during July, facilitating
over 30 000 passengers for the first time with a total of 31 067 passengers passing through the
terminal.

This is an increase of 27.8% or 6789 passengers on the previous year and well and truly exceeds the previous record month of 26 246 passengers. The result comes on the back of the 2014/15 financial year with 282,500 passengers utilising the facility and delivering an increase of 16.7% on the previous year, with another record year forecast again.

Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney said through strategic planning and route development the continued
growth potential of the Whitsunday Coast Airport is not only evident, but is now being realised.

“Over the past 4 years, the Strategic and Operational Plan for our airport has delivered upon thegrowth path it had set forward. As the airport owner and operator Council has continued its
strategic planning through the delivery of the Airport Masterplan and Feasibility study, the result in July holds true to our growth projections,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Growth is forecast to continue at a double digit rate due to the introduction of direct JetstarMelbourne services and increases in direct Sydney services via Tigerair,” the Mayor said.

“The Whitsunday Coast Airport is the most significant piece of infrastructure in the Whitsunday
region to drive economic and tourism growth in the future.”

“Council’s plan to develop the Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub is now ourprimary focus as it will secure the future prosperity of our region.”

“Congratulations for a result such as this must go to our airline partners, ground handlers, transport providers, all stake holders and airport staff for all their hard work during the record month.”

A result of the continued and sustained growth, the Whitsunday Coast Airport departure lounge is currently undergoing an expansion project.

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Posted on: 12 August, 2015

Council plays its part to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Whitsunday Regional Council is playing its part in contributing to the health of the Great Barrier Reef and has endorsed its Reef Guardian Council Action Plan.

The goal of the Reef Guardian Council Program is to achieve better environmental outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef through local government actions in natural resource management and improvements in local government and community capacity.

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Posted on: 12 August, 2015

Council shows strong support for local events

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to waive the fees associated with eleven community events happening across the region.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew Willcox said that it is encouraging to see a large number of local events being organised in our community.

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Posted on: 12 August, 2015

Council sponsors major Whitsunday events

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to sponsor three major events including the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Airlie Beach Airshow and the Proserpine Golf Club Open and Club Championships.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew Willcox said events such as these bring a welcome atmosphere to the towns and a significant boost to tourism and our local economy.

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Posted on: 10 August, 2015

Collinsville Youth Coalition Project helps ‘Ambos’ find you quicker

Collinsville homes should soon be easier for the Queensland Ambulance Service to find thanks to an innovative project being carried out by Collinsville Youth Coalition, Whitsunday Regional Council, Collinsville Lions Club & Queensland Ambulance Service.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew Willcox said the project involves number stickers being offered to residents by the CYC members for a gold coin donation with the money being raised retained by the CYC to support the ongoing provision of youth activities in Collin...Read on...

Posted on: 6 August, 2015

Council to welcome electric car advocate to the Whitsundays

Whitsunday Regional Councillors will meet with Marc Talloen, the owner of a $135,000 Tesla S85 electric car on his return trip through Airlie Beach on Friday.

With a range of 400km on a full charge, Marc and his wife have driven the Tesla all the way from their home in southeast Queensland to Cape Tribulation and are stopping in Airlie Beach to recharge their vehicle.

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Posted on: 4 August, 2015

Rates issued across the Whitsundays

Rates across the Whitsunday region were issued on Wednesday 29 July.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor, Cr Jennifer Whitney said that residents can take advantage of the 5% discount if rates are paid in full by the due date.

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Posted on: 4 August, 2015

Celebrate Seniors Week in the Whitsundays

Seniors Week, celebrated from 15 to 23 August, is an opportunity to come together to celebrate and recognise the important contribution our senior citizens make to our community.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Andrew Willcox said our senior citizens are an asset to our region and have contributed to the history of our community in so many ways.

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Posted on: 30 July, 2015

Double Digit International Growth for the Whitsundays Tourism Industry

The Whitsunday Region is jumping for joy at another increase in international visitors to the region.

The recently released International Tourism Snapshot by Tourism and Events Queensland has shown a 12.5% increase in international visitors to the region for the year ending March 2015.
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Posted on: 21 July, 2015

Explore your colonial and convict ancestry at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will be holding a free family history workshop at the Proserpine and
Bowen libraries for Family History Month in August.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the workshop titled ‘Exploring Colonial and Convict Ancestry’ is
presented by Lyn Cardwell and Val Blomer who are both passionate family historians from thespecial interest group Convict Connections, part of the Genealogical So...Read on...

Posted on: 16 July, 2015

Information about wild dogs

Recent wild dog sightings in Collinsville have prompted Council to remind residents across the
Whitsunday region to report any sighting or incidents involving wild dogs.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that wild dogs are a declared class 2 pest under Queensland’s Land
Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

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Posted on: 16 July, 2015

Asia Pacific Summit & Mayors’ Forum

Mayor Jenny Whitney last week attended the Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum in
Brisbane to promote our region for investment and business opportunities.

An initiative of Brisbane City Council, more than 1000 delegates representing 100 cities attended the three-day international forum from July 5 to 8.

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Posted on: 14 July, 2015

Author Thea Hayes to visit regional libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will welcome Australian author Thea Hayes as she presents her
memoir ‘An Outback Nurse’ at Proserpine, Bowen and Collinsville Libraries on 23 and 24 July.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said members of the public are invited to come along and listen to Thea as she talks about her life living on one of Australia’s most famous outback stations ‘ Wave Hill’ in the Northern Territory which was then one of the largest prop...Read on...

Posted on: 29 June, 2015

Tiger Air increases services Sydney – Whitsunday Coast

The Whitsunday Coast Airport will this afternoon be welcoming an additional evening service Sydney – Whitsunday Coast. Tiger Air flight TT396 will arrive from Sydney at 1750 and return as TT399 departing at 1820.

Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney has welcomed the increased capacity that demonstrates the continued growth and success of the Whitsunday Coast Airport, for the benefit of our community and the region’s Tourism industry.

“The additional service provides a muc...Read on...

Posted on: 6 July, 2015

Proserpine Answered the Call

Members of the community are invited to attend an author presentation of the book “Proserpine Answered the Call”, to be held at Proserpine and Cannonvale Libraries on Thursday 16 July, at 10:30am and 1pm respectively.

Compiled by Lyn Burke and Lloyd Fox, with assistance from Year 9 students from Proserpine State High School and St Catherine’s College, the book is a Proserpine Historical Museum Society Project.

It records and pays tribute to the men from Proserpine d...Read on...

Posted on: 7 July, 2015

Whitsunday Regional Libraries e-Workshops

Whitsunday Regional Libraries are set to launch a series of free workshops and presentations that will assist the community in accessing the wide range of e-resources currently available 24/7 through Council’s website using their library card.

The workshops aim to provide the community with confidence in the use of the library’s e-resources through developing skills and knowledge with online technology.

The workshops will provide an overview of the resource and some practical application.
...Read on...

Posted on: 7 July, 2015

Important milestone for solar project

RATCH’s multi-million dollar solar project in Collinsville is one step closer to becoming a reality with the Federal Government amending legislation to revise its Renewable Energy Target (RET).

The $100 million Collinsville solar photovoltaic project was delayed due to uncertainty with the legislation that regulates electricity coming from renewable sources.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this was an important milestone for this project, which if c...Read on...

Posted on: 6 July, 2015

Public meetings to discuss Draft Coconut Management Policy

Whitsunday Regional Council is holding a series of public meetings to discuss the Draft Coconut Management Policy.

Throughout the region there are 975 coconut trees on public land, all with varying historical significance, management and maintenance requirements, therefore the need to draft a policy.

Despite public comments to the contrary, Council has at no time r...Read on...

Posted on: 2 July, 2015

Whitsunday Regional Council Financial Turnaround Complete

The 2014-15 financial year, is the year that Whitsunday Regional Council completed its financial
transformation, after 2 and a half years of difficult decisions made by the majority of Council.

These decisions by the majority of Councillors realigned the entire Council and finalised the
Whitsunday and Bowen Shire amalgamation from a financial perspective.

Completing the turnaround has been reaching a major milestone via the finalisation of ...Read on...

Posted on: 1 July, 2015

Expanded mobile coverage in the Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council has been successful in the submission to the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP).

Council submitted a list of known blackspot areas across the region, which was then shortlisted by the MBSP to the Bowen Development Road and Woodwark.

Across Australia there will be 429 new 3G/4G towers constructed with a total investment of more than...Read on...

Posted on: 1 July, 2015

Thousands turn out to see the QLD State of Origin team

In excess of 5,000 people attended yesterday’s street parade to welcome the Queensland State of Origin team to the Whitsunday Region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said event organisers Whitsunday Proserpine Junior Rugby League Club and Whitsunday Brahmans Rugby League Club should be congratulated for organising this event.

“There was a sea of maroon, as the Queensland State of Origin team mad...Read on...

Posted on: 26 June, 2015

Airlie Aqua Park – The Beacons

Whitsunday Regional Council is extremely disappointed to have been advised that the Airlie Aqua Park will not be opening this weekend as scheduled due to the threat of legal action against the park operator from a small number of residents.

Council’s Director of Planning and Community, Mr Dan Staley said Council assessed an application for the commercial use of local government owned and controlled land, being the marshalling area for the aqua park, above the high water mark located at Beaco...Read on...

Posted on: 25 June, 2015

Structurally unsound building to be demolished in Bowen

Council has been working with landowners to demolish structurally unsound buildings within the Whitsunday Region. Recently two buildings have been demolished in Bowen & Collinsville after a prolonged legal compliance & negotiation process with the owners.

Further compliance action has also been undertaken by Council to demolish a structurally unsound building in Sinclair Street, Bowen.

Council’s Planning and Community Director, Mr Dan Staley said ‘the enforcement notice required the owners to comply wi...Read on...

Posted on: 25 June, 2015

Inaugural Jetstar flight from Melbourne touches down at Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Regional Council has today welcomed the inaugural Jetstar flight from Melbourne into the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Mayor Jenny Whitney was there to welcome the inaugural flight today and said that the Council has continued its close partnership with Jetstar to secure the new direct route from Melbourne to the Whitsundays.

“It was great to welcome Jetstar CEO, David...Read on...

Posted on: 24 June, 2015

“Cartoon Dave” to visit Whitsunday Regional Libraries

There’s no need for kids to be bored this school holidays! Whitsunday Regional Libraries will be
conducting a range of activities and ‘how-to’ sessions for children in the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Whitney said the activities range from fishing knots to mug cakes, scrapbooking and 3D
craft with zombies and upcycling craft using recycled materials; all designed to allow children to be creative and entertained through our local libraries.

“T...Read on...

Posted on: 23 June, 2015

Dog and cat registrations due 1 July

Residents of the Whitsunday region are reminded to take advantage of the discount period for dog
and cat registrations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said registrations for pet owners are due on 1 July with the discount period ending 31 July.

“Pet owners are encouraged to take advantage of the one month discount period, and are
reminded that registering your dog or cat is a sign...Read on...

Posted on: 22 June, 2015

Council welcomes new regional apprentices

Whitsunday Regional Council has today welcomed six new apprentices as part of the new contract
relationship between Torgas and Council.

Mayor Jenny Whitney was there to welcome the new apprentices at their induction held at the
Proserpine Chambers along with representatives from Torgas.

“Today we welcomed six new apprentices to Council who will based in both Bowen andProserpine,” Ma...Read on...

Posted on: 17 June, 2015

Clean up works to be undertaken in Airlie Beach Main Street

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise residents and businesses in Airlie Beach of
upcoming works to clean the main street.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council has engaged a contractor to undertake water blasting of
Airlie Beach Main Street to be conducted at night time to minimise disruptions to local businesses.

“The water blasting is scheduled to commence from Monday ...Read on...

Posted on: 10 June, 2015

Council to call for tenders for Whisper Bay (VMR) Breakwater and Boat Ramp

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to call for tenders for the construction of the
Whisper Bay boat ramp upgrade and breakwater.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is delighted to take the next step in the project however reiterated that commencement of the project is subject to receipt of the $3 million funding pledged by the State Government in the forthcoming in the 2015/16 State Budg...Read on...

Posted on: 10 June, 2015

Council awards $29,220 in RADF Grants

Whitsunday Regional Council has today awarded $29,220 to seven regional artists and cultural
projects under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council was impressed with the variety of arts and cultural initiatives
happening across the Whitsunday region.

“The quality of our local artists and cultural programs in the Whitsundays is outstanding; it ispleasing that th...Read on...

Posted on: 10 June, 2015

Council provides support for 2015 Airlie Beach Race Week

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved $5000 in sponsorship and a waiver of fees and
charges to support Airlie Beach Race Week to be held from 7 to 14 August 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is once again very pleased to support this iconic event which
each year draws thousands of people to the Whitsunday region.

“Council will give $5,000 by way of sponsorship for Airlie Beach Race Week in addition to waiv...Read on...

Posted on: 10 June, 2015

Council provides in-kind support to Show Whitsunday

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved in-kind support to a maximum of $5000 for the annual Show Whitsunday event held at the Proserpine Showgrounds from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council has assisted in previous years with the clean-up after the Show at the Proserpine Showgrounds.

“Council usually provides trucks and backhoes to help make the clean-up process easier,” she
said.

“The agricultura...Read on...

Posted on: 1 June, 2015

Internal divisional boundaries submission

Whitsunday Regional Council last week resolved to recommend to the Local Government Change Commission that new divisional boundaries are instated within the local government as a result of continual growth in Division 2.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council received correspondence from the Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad MP, advising that she has referred the matter to the Local Government Change
Commissioner for an independent assessment.

“The guidelines clearly state t...Read on...

Posted on: 28 May, 2015

$67,300 in local arts grants available under the Regional Arts Development Fund

Local Whitsunday artists will have access to $67,300 in grants for the 2015-16 financial year under
the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Council’s Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council has committed $26,920, which will guarantee the
Queensland Government commitment of $40,380.“The RADF program provides funding for the development of artistic and cultural activities in the
Whitsunday region,...Read on...

Posted on: 28 May, 2015

Community asked to comment on draft Coconut Management Policy

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday resolved to endorse the draft Coconut Management Policy
for public consultation with an aim of developing a sustainable and cost effective system of
managing and maintaining coconut trees across the region.

Council’s Mayor Jenny Whitney said that while the presence of coconuts tends to create a tropical and laid back feel in the region, the nuts and fronds can become hazards if not maintained properly.

“Council officers have recently mapped the location a...Read on...

Posted on: 28 May, 2015

Council to provide internal division boundaries submission

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday endorsed a submission to go to the Local Government
Change Commission relating to internal division boundaries within the Whitsunday Local
Government Area (LGA).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad MP, referred the matter of quota tolerances in the Whitsunday LGA to the Local Government Change Commission for assessment prior to the upcoming quadrennial election.

“Data indicates that Di...Read on...

Posted on: 28 May, 2015

Council provides support to Whitsunday Reef Festival

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved $5,000 in sponsorship and a waiver of fees and
charges to support the Whitsunday Reef Festival held from 31 July to 9 August.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is once again very pleased to support this annual festival which fosters tourism and economic development in the Whitsunday region.

“Council will give $5,000 by way of sponsorship for the Reef Festival in addition to wa...Read on...

Posted on: 28 May, 2015

July Council Meeting date moved

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday resolved to change the date of the Ordinary Council
Meeting on Wednesday 8 July to Thursday 9 July 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that meeting will still be held at the Council Chambers in Proserpine as originally planned.

“The meeting is being moved as I will be attending the 10th Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) and Mayors’ Forum in Brisbane on 5 – 8 J...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2015

Reminder to comply with QLD pool safety standard

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding pool owners in the Whitsundays that they have until 30
November 2015 to ensure their pools comply with the Queensland Government’s pool safety
standard announced in 2009.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the Queensland Government introduced the new mandatory pool
safety standard to simplify previous laws and improve pool safety, particularly for children under 5 who are most at risk.

“It is mandatory that all regulated po...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2015

Getting to know ‘e-Library’ workshops

Whitsunday Regional Libraries will conduct ‘Getting to know your e-Library’ workshops across the
region as part of Library and Information Week.

Mayor Jenny Whitney would like to encourage library members and the general public to take
advantage of this great opportunity to learn how to use the ‘e-Library’ to access a range ofinformation and services.

“The e-Library allows members to keep up...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2015

$120,000 Bowen Automatic Weather Station complete and reporting data

Whitsunday Regional Council and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) have completed the
installation of the new $120,000 Bowen Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at the Bowen
Aerodrome.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new Automatic Weather Station is now reporting continuous
weather data to the BoM who are providing it to the public via their website.

“The weather station is now providing the Bowen community and the Whitsunday Disaster ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2015

Councillors support National Families Week

Whitsunday Regional Councillors have today proudly displayed photos of their families to support National Families Week which is held between 15 and 21 May 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the theme of ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’ highlights the important role families and family wellbeing plays as the building block of our communities.

“Families play a vital role in nurturing and teaching our ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council welcomes $6 million for Proserpine waste water treatment plant and recycled water

Council has today resolved to advertise for Expressions of Interest from
potential users for recycled water in the Proserpine area after the State Government announced a
$6 million funding contribution towards the Proserpine waste water treatment plant.

Mayor Whitney said that Council’s modern wastewater treatment plants produce a very high quality treated effluent water that can be beneficially re-used for irrigation purposes.

“Council has decided to seek out potential users in the Proserpine area wi...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council receives historic Queensland Rail bench seat for Proserpine

Whitsunday Regional Council today received the second of two historic wrought iron bench seats from Queensland Rail (QR) as a donation of thanks for Council’s participation in Queensland Rails’ recent 150th year celebrations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said one seat is now currently located at the Bowen Queensland Rail Institute and the other seat, which was presented at today’s Council Meeting, will be located outside the Proserpine Museum.
“On the 1st of February this year, Counci...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council provides comment on application in Abbot Point SDA

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to provide comment on an application for the Material Change of Use (MCU) of Premises for Port Facilities (Terminal 0 Project – Phase 1) in the Abbot Point State Development Area (APSDA).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Council had been nominated as a referral entity by the Coordinator-General to provide a submission addressing the impact of the proposed development.

“The MCU application has been considered against the relevant provisions...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council waives fees to support Ethan’s Battle Fundraiser

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to waive the event fees to support the Alpha Epsilon Branch Inc to hold the Ethan’s Battle Fundraiser event on Sunday 14 June 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that $375 in fees waived by Council will help support the Ethan’s Battle Charitable Event which will raise money for Ethan and Kaiden Davis who suffer from a rare medical condition.

“The E.S.A is a not-for-profit organisation t...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council waives fees for State of Origin Fan Day in Proserpine

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to waive the event fees to assist Queensland Rugby Football League Ltd (Northern Division) in holding the State of Origin Fan Day in Proserpine on 30 June 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the State of Origin Fan Day is a big event for Proserpine which will attract large numbers of locals and visitors hoping to see their Queensland heroes.

“Council is pleased to waive the amount of $874 events fees for the Fan Da...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council provides $700 to support the Paul Bowman Challenge

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved sponsorship of $700 Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League Club Inc. to support their hosting of the Paul Bowman Challenge Junior Rugby League Carnival on 19 and 20 September 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to sponsor the Paul Bowman Challenge which is an important annual event on the State Junior Rugby League calendar attracting more than 3000 visitors to the Whitsundays from across Queensland.

“The carnival is...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council provides $250 to support the North Queensland Rugby Championships

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved sponsorship of $250 to the Whitsunday Raiders Rugby Union Club Inc. to support their hosting of the North Queensland Rugby Championships from 15 to 17 May 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the sponsorship will assist the Whitsunday Raiders Rugby Union Club in offsetting expenses associated with running the carnival including remuneration for match officials, food and beverage and first aid provision.

“Council is ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Council adopts Asset Management Strategy

Whitsunday Regional Council has today resolved to adopt a five year Asset Management Strategy.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the Asset Management Strategy is designed to map the planned improvements in the management of the community’s assets.

“The new strategy will ensure that the Council manages its assets in a sustainable and affordable manne...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2015

Argyle Park Road upgrade to commence

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to commence construction to upgrade Argyle Park Road in Bowen to provide improved flood immunity.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that further design and investigation work had been undertaken with consultants AECOM and as a result a number of upgrade options were put forward to Council.

“The design adopted by Council will see a reduction of 200mm in the ...Read on...

Posted on: 11 May, 2015

Illegal dumping not tolerated in the Whitsundays

Whitsunday Regional Council has reinforced its stance against illegal dumping in the Whitsundays
by successfully issuing penalty infringement notices to illegal dumpers at Rose Bay.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that a penalty infringement notice was issued for the illegal dumping of approximately 8 cubic metres of green waste at Rose Bay.

“The offender was issued a total of $5463 in infringements; this sends out a strong message that ...Read on...

Posted on: 7 May, 2015

Council welcomes progress to Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade project

Whitsunday Regional Council welcomes the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, that Aurecon Australasia has been selected to commence the detailed design phase of the Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade project.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that news of the progress to the Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade project is fantastic for Bowen and for the Whitsunday region.

“Council has always had major concerns over the lack of flood immunity in this section of the Bruce Highw...Read on...

Posted on: 5 May, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport to conduct emergency exercise

The Whitsunday Coast Airport will be conducting its biennial full scale emergency exercise this
Friday 8 May to evaluate its Airport Emergency Plan (AEP).

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Coast Airport conducts
an exercise every two years as a way of evaluating the operational capability of the airport’semergency plan in an interactive manner in real time.

“Exercise ...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2015

Structurally unsound houses to be demolished

At Wednesday’s Council meeting, Council resolved to commence demolition of a structurally
unsound house in Sinclair Street, Bowen and to work with representatives of the owners to
remove the building from a property located in Sonoma Street, Collinsville.

Director of Council’s Planning and Community Section, Mr Dan Staley said I understand local
residents are concerned about how long it is taking for these properties to be demolished.

“Council officers are working to resolve these issues as quickly and...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2015

Financial Assistance Grants to Local Government

During 2014-15, Whitsunday Regional Council will receive $4,691,002 from the Australian
Government via the Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the FAGs are an important untied payment to Council that are invested into essential community infrastructure and services ranging from roads, parks, swimming pools and libraries.

“This funding forms an important part of our re...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2015

Writers’ Workshops at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Author Melaina Faranda will be conducting free writers’ workshops at Whitsunday Regional
Libraries on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May.

Melaina is the author of 35 Young Adults and Children’s books and conducts creative writing
workshops and masterclasses throughout Australia. Her workshop ‘Making it Good Enough toPublish’ was a sell-out at the 2009 Brisbane Writers Festival and has be...Read on...

Posted on: 4 May, 2015

Council presents Kyra Domrow with North Queensland Sportstar Award

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney and North Queensland Sports Foundation
representative Alf Pearce today presented Kyra Domrow with her North Queensland Sportstar
Award in the Category of “Athlete with a Disability.”

“The North Queensland Sportstar Awards were announced at the end of March in Hughenden,
however, we are pleased to be able to present Kyra’s award to her today at her school assembly, in front of her peers,” she said.

“Kyra is an extraordinary athlete...Read on...

Posted on: 30 April, 2015

Council receives Queensland Rail historical bench seats

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday received two historic wrought iron bench seats from Queensland Rail (QR) as a donation of thanks for Council’s participation in Queensland Rails’ recent 150th year celebrations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said one seat will be located at the Bowen Queensland Rail Institute and one seat will be located outside the Proserpine Museum.

“On the 1st of February this year, Council welcomed the Queensland Rail steam train to both Proserpine ...Read on...

Posted on: 30 April, 2015

Event application fees waived to support facilitation of community events

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday resolved to waive more than $4,000 in event application fees.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is happy to support not for profit organisations to deliver a range of social, cultural and recreation activities, events and programs.

“These events provide an opportunity for the community to come together to honour, ...Read on...

Posted on: 1 May, 2015

Council support for Bowen Offshore Superboat Championships

Whitsunday Regional Council will again provide $5,000 financial support and a further $5,000 in kind support for the Bowen Offshore Superboat Championships to be held from 17 – 19 July, 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said after the success of last year’s championship, which saw thousands of people flock to the region to see these high powered machines, Council was keen to support this event and return the boats to Bowen.

“The Championship is th...Read on...

Posted on: 23 April, 2015

Airport lighting upgrade complete

The Whitsunday Coast Airport $800,000 lighting upgrade was completed last week and is now operational, with ground checks and flight testing also completed.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the upgrade is another step towards the airport gaining international status.

“The upgrade provides LED lighting at closer intervals along the runway, modernizing the runway lighting and future proof...Read on...

Posted on: 22 April, 2015

Whitsunday region to benefit from super yacht news

Mayor Jenny Whitney welcomes this week’s announcement by Federal Member for Dawson
George Christensen about clearing the way for super yachts to be able to berth in the Whitsunday
region.

“In January, I met with Mr Christensen, Paul Darrouzet, owner of Abell Point Marina and the State Member Jason Costigan, to discuss the barriers which currently exist around letting super yachts berth in our region,” she said.

“On Monday, Mr Christense...Read on...

Posted on: 20 April, 2015

ANZAC Day Services in the Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council encourages the local community to attend one of the eight ANZAC Day services which will be held through the region this ANZAC Day.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said on the 25th April this year we not only commemorate ANZAC Day we also mark the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

“We expect there will be a big attendance at all ANZAC Day events this year due to the 100th a...Read on...

Posted on: 16 April, 2015

Work starts on $3.2 million VMR Whisper Bay boat ramp

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Whitsunday Regional Council is extremely pleased the Queensland Government has honoured their election commitment of $3 million for the VMR Whisper Bay boat ramp allowing Council to begin work on the important community project.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council has continued to advocate for this upgrade since 2012 and it’s fantastic to finally be delivering it for the people of the Whitsunday region and we thank the Queensland Government for honouring their election commitment so...Read on...

Posted on: 15 April, 2015

Y Factor to donate $9,100 to local community organisations

Mayor and Y Factor Committee Members

Whitsunday Regional Council today presented the Whitsunday Youth Committee; Y Factor with six cheques totalling $9,100 for them to distribute to local community organisations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said late last year Y Factor decided to dissolve as an organisation and asked Council, as custodian of their fundraising account, to help distribute their remaining funds.

“Council is pleased to present these six cheques to Y Factor...Read on...

Posted on: 13 April, 2015

Council meeting date moved

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise that the Ordinary Council Meeting which was to be held on Wednesday the 22nd April will now be moved to Wednesday the 29th April, 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the meeting will still be held at the Bowen Council Chamber as originally planned.

“The meeting is being moved as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and I will now be attending the Local Government Association of Queensland Fina...Read on...

Posted on: 10 April, 2015

Save the date for the Mayor’s Charity Ball

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney is throwing an inaugural Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday 10th October 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the masquerade ball, which will be held at Proserpine Entertainment Centre, will raise money for mental health awareness.

“Save the date of the 10th of October for a fun-filled night of entertainment and fundraising for a very ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2015

Council refunds $936 to Proserpine Junior Sporting Complex

Whitsunday Regional Council today agreed to refund the development application fee of $936 to
the Proserpine Junior Sporting Complex Association for drainage works undertaken at the club.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the organisation paid the development application fee for the
operational works last year and meets all the criteria for a refund.

“Proserpine Junior Sporting Complex Association undertook the earthworks and drainage works to ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2015

Council provides $5,000 for Bowen State School 150th Anniversary Celebrations

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $5,000 to support Bowen State School’s
150th anniversary celebrations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Bowen State School will be holding a fete on Saturday 6th June to
celebrate 150 years of the school’s operation and requested financial assistance from Council for the event.

“Council is pleased to be able to provide $5,000 in...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2015

Council approves trial for two aqua parks in Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved a six month trial for the operation of two separate
aqua parks in the Airlie Beach area to run until 31 October 2015, with an opportunity for the trial to
be extended another six months.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the two aqua parks are an exciting new attraction on the mainland for
locals and tourists in the Airlie Beach area.

“The aqua parks consist of a number of inflatable modules connected together to create anadventure activity ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2015

Council support for Collinsville Bacon Busters and Bull Ride Competition

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to again provide $500 in support for the Collinsville
Bacon Busters and Bull Ride Competition being held from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Collinsville Bacon Busters Competition is a family fun day, which
includes pig hunting, and last year attracted more than 200 competitors.

“Bacon Busters is a great local event for Collinsville, in addition to the pig hunt, th...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2015

Council pledges $2,000 to partner with Bowen Gumlu Growers Association

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to pledge $2,000 to become a Silver Partner of
Bowen Gumlu Growers Association Inc (BGGA).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this partnership program will provide financial assistance to Bowen
Gumlu Growers Association Inc and as a result Council will receive networking and advertisingopportunities through the association.

“This is a mutually bene...Read on...

Posted on: 7 April, 2015

Council welcomes new Chief Operating Officer Ken McLoughlin

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Whitsunday Regional Council today welcomes new Chief Operating Officer Ken McLoughlin, to the Council team.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Ken joins Whitsunday Regional Council with extensive experience in local government, having previously worked for South Burnett Council, Logan City Council and Toowoomba Regional Council.

“Ken has held a number of executive ro...Read on...

Posted on: 30 March, 2015

Next Council meeting in Cannonvale

The next ordinary Council meeting for Whitsunday Regional Council will be held at 9am on
Wednesday 8th April 2015 at the Palm House, BIG4 Adventure Resort, Shute Harbour Road,
Cannonvale.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said every year Council holds two ordinary Council meetings in Cannonvale and two in Collinsville.

“This is part of making Council more accessible, transparent and accountable to the Whitsunday
community,” she said.

“I urge inte...Read on...

Posted on: 27 March, 2015

Check out the great school holiday activities at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

With Easter school holidays just around the corner, don’t forget to check out what’s on offer at our four local libraries.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Libraries at Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine will again offer a wide variety of free holiday activities for children to enjoy with family and/or friends.

“Come on down and enjoy a great kids movie or a craft session at your local library,” she said.

“The transformative and immersive qualities of camouflage and kaleidoscopes will be explored when ‘Kids on Tour: Patterns Bandits’ also visits Whitsunday Regional Libraries over the Easter school holidays.

“Pattern Bandits is the latest Kids on Tour program from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

“The regional tour has been drawn from the exhibition displayed at GOMA last year, which was created by Los Angeles-based Australian artist Jemima Wyman in collaboration with the Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre.

“The ‘Kids on Tour: Pattern Bandits’ participants will create their own personalised bandannas and perform with the artist's instructional video Pattern Power Moves; create circular collages and discover how patterns can be transformed by movement, and make a digital kaleidoscopic tessellation in the multimedia activity Harlequin Hallway.”

Full list of Easter School Holiday Activities at Whitsunday Regional Libraries:
BOWEN LIBRARYWednesday 8 April 10am -12pm
Cool Kids Basic Knitting 1 (Carol Robinson)For children 7-12 years Bookings required (Max. 6)
Thursday 9 April 10am -12pm
Funky Felt Toys – For children 7-12 yearsBookings required (Max. 6)

Saturday 11 April 10am -12pm
“Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Spinning Magic MandalaFor children 7-12 years Bookings required (Max. 10)

Tuesday 14 April 10am -12pm
Rad Bookmaking For children 7-12 years Bookings required (Max. 6)

Wednesday 15 April 10am -12pm
Cool Kids Basic Knitting 2 (Carol Robinson)For children 7-12 years Bookings required (Max. 6)

Saturday 18 April 10am -12pm
“Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Colourful Cam BandannasFor children 7-12 years Bookings required (Max. 10)

CANNONVALE LIBRARY
Tuesday 7 April 10.30 am Movie: “House of Magic” Rated G (82 minutes)
Wednesday 8 April 10.30 am
Movie: “The Boxtrolls” Rated PG (92 minutes)

Thursday 9 April 10.30 am “Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Spinning Mandala
For children 5+ years Bookings required (Max. 30)

Friday 10 April 10.30 amMovie: “Postman Pat the Movie” Rated G (87 minutes)

Monday 13 April 10.30 am
Movie: “The Boxtrolls” Rated PG (92 minutes)

Tuesday 14 April 10.30 am Movie: “Earth to Echo” Rated PG (86 minutes)

Wednesday 15 April 10.30 am
Movie: “House of Magic” Rated G (86 minutes)

Thursday 16 April 10.30 am “Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Patterned Bandannas
For children 5+ years Bookings required (Max. 30)

Friday 17 April 10.30 am Movie: “Pudsey the Dog” Rated G (84 minutes)
COLLINSVILLE LIBRARY
Wednesday 8 April 10.30 am Movie: “Planes” Rated P (89 minutes)

Thursday 9 April 10.30 am
“Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Spinning MandalaFor children 5-12 years Bookings required (Max. 10)

Friday 10 April 10.30 am
Movie: “Earth to Echo” Rated PG (86 minutes)

Tuesday 14 April 10.30 am “Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Harlequin Hallway
For children 5-12 years Bookings required (Max. 10)

Wednesday 15 April 10.30 am Movie: “House of Magic” Rated G (86 minutes)

Thursday 16 April 10.30 am
“Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Patterned BandannasFor children 5-12 years Bookings required (Max. 10)

PROSERPINE LIBRARY
Tuesday 7 April 10.30 am Movie: “House of Magic” Rated G (82 minutes)

Thursday 9 April 10.30 am
“Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Spinning MandalaFor children 5+ years Bookings required (Max. 15)

Tuesday 14 April 10.30 am
“Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Harlequin HallwayFor children 5+ years Bookings required (Max. 8)

Thursday 16 April 10.30 am
“Pattern Bandits on Tour” – Patterned BandannasFor children 5+ years Bookings required (Max. 15)

Friday 17 April 10.30 am
Movie: “The Boxtrolls” Rated PG (92 minutes)
For further information, or to make a booking please phone your local branch Library: Bowen Library 4761 3670
Cannonvale Library 4946 1366Collinsville Library 4785 5366
Proserpine Library 4945 0275

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Posted on: 26 March, 2015

Council supports Purple Day for Epilepsy

Councillors support Purple Day

Whitsunday Regional Council is lending support for today’s Purple Day for Epilepsy with all the Councillors signing the “Purple Pledge”.

Whitsunday Regionals Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Purple Day is a grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide.

“By all the Whitsunday Regional Councillors signing the Purple Pledge we are raising awareness about epi...Read on...

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Posted on: 25 March, 2015

Council supports merit based approach to disposal of dredge spoil

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to respond to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Authority’s Draft Regulation Impact Statement – Banning the disposal of capital dredge
spoil material in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council’s response supports a merit based approval process as
opposed to a one size fits all approach to capital dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef MarinePark.

“Council is committed under its Corporate Plan, to promoting...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2015

Regulated parking trial introduced for Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to adopt a six month regulated parking trial on
Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach and erect signs stating ‘No parking unless parking permits issued by
local government.’

Mayor Jenny Whitney said residents and businesses on Hermitage Drive will be issued with
parking permits by Council for people to display in their vehicles parked on the street.

“The trial has been introduced to attempt to alleviate congestion on Herm...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2015

Council grants $2,460 to Bowen Delta Rural Fire Brigade

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to grant Bowen Delta Rural Fire Brigade $2,460 for a
domestic water connection at their new Rural Fire Shed at Merinda.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to approve this Community Assistance
Grant to help the Bowen Delta Rural Fire Brigade service the local community.

“The Bowen Delta Rural Fire Brigade requested Council provide a project grant for...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2015

Council waives fees for two community events

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to waive the event fees for the 2015 Classic Car
Show in Airlie Beach and the Buck Off Melanoma Walk for a Cure in Bowen.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to support both these local events as a
way of growing the variety of cultural, community, sporting and recreation activities available in the Whitsunday region.

“Council will waive the $375 fee f...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2015

Council donation for Bowen Fishing Classic

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to donate the application fees and provide in-kind
support for the 2015 Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend to be held 19-20th
September.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said every year this event attracts large crowds to the Whitsunday region
who enjoy the fishing, family fun and top class entertainment at the Bowen Soundshell and frontbeach.

“In its 24th year we know the Bowen Family Fishing Cl...Read on...

Posted on: 24 March, 2015

Mimosa Pigra Working Group urging vigilance

Whitsunday Regional Council and the Mimosa Pigra Working Group are urging local residents and landholders to be vigilant in the fight against the Class 1 declared weed.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Mimosa Pigra Working Group was originally formed to provide strategic advice in controlling the Class 1 declared weed at Peter Faust Dam.

“In February 2001 the first infestation in Australia, outside the Northern Territory...Read on...

Posted on: 23 March, 2015

“Pioneers of Airlie Beach Volume 2” Book Launch at Cannonvale Library

Cannonvale Library will host the book launch of Volume 2 of the eagerly awaited “Pioneers of Airlie Beach” this Friday 27th March at 2pm.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said interested members of the community are invited to the launch of Dale Hell’s second volume on local history.

“Local identity Dale Hell compiled the book which follows on from her successful “Pioneers...Read on...

Posted on: 17 March, 2015

Council apprenticeships open

Whitsunday Regional Council and TORGAS Inc are pleased to announce the 2015 apprenticeship
intake will be advertised this week.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is pleased that Whitsunday Regional Council is again in a financial position where apprenticeships can be offered to local young people.

“Council and TORGAS are advertising to fill six apprenticeship positions in 2015 which...Read on...

Posted on: 16 March, 2015

Reminder to be prepared as Cyclone Nathan hovers off the coast

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is reminding local residents to be prepared for a cyclone
or severe weather event as the path of Cyclone Nathan remains uncertain.

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is reminding local residents to be prepared for a cyclone or severe weather event as the path of Cyclone Nathan remains uncertain.

Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group and Whitsunday Regional Council Ma...Read on...

Posted on: 12 March, 2015

Whitsunday ChemClear collection nearing

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding primary producers and other agvet chemical users that
ChemClear will be in the region from May to June to collect unwanted chemicals and bookings for
collections close on the 27th March.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said now is the perfect time to register your unwanted chemicals with
ChemClear.

“Across Queensland this year, Chemclear have already registered 26,500 litres of chemicals from 92 farmers and rural businesses for collection,” she s...Read on...

Posted on: 12 March, 2015

February passenger numbers increase by a third at Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Coast Airport has experienced a 31% increase in passenger numbers for February
compared to the same month last year.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is another positive achievement by
our Whitsunday Coast Airport during what is traditionally known as our quietest tourism month.

“Last year, Whitsunday Coast Airport had 15,850 passengers pass...Read on...

Posted on: 11 March, 2015

CEO reappointed to local Regional Development Australia Committee

Whitsunday Regional Council today noted Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters has accepted his
reappointment to the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committee Mackay-Isaac-
Whitsunday.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the CEO’s reappointment was requested by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss MP and is for an 18 month period from 1 March 2015 to 28 August 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for both the CEO and Council, as our co...Read on...

Posted on: 11 March, 2015

Council approves $40,000 in local arts grants

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved nearly $40,000 in Regional Arts Development Fund
(RADF) grants for local artists and community organisations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is the largest ever amount of funding approved by Council under
the long running RADF grants program.

“RADF is a highly successful state and local government partnership that supports professionalartists and arts practi...Read on...

Posted on: 11 March, 2015

Council contributes $100,000 for Collinsville Pit Pony Experience and local signage

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to contribute $50,000 to the Collinsville Pit Pony
Experience project and $50,000 towards town and regional signage for the Collinsville area.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Collinsville Pit Pony Experience is a unique way for Collinsville to
celebrate their rich mining history and attract tourists to the town.

“Collinsville Business Women’s Group approached Council requesting support for the ...Read on...

Posted on: 11 March, 2015

Council support for three local community events

In today’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Whitsunday Regional Council agreed to waive event
application fees for three local events; Girundala School Holiday Program, WhitFunday and Airlie
Beach Running Festival.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the $3,680 in fees waived by Council today will help these local
community organisations run successful events and attract more tourists to the Whitsunday region.

“Council agreed to waive the $1,960 hire fee and $470 bond for ...Read on...

Posted on: 9 March, 2015

Volunteer Emergency Liaison Officers needed

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group (WDMG) is looking for volunteer Emergency Liaison
Officers in 13 communities across the Whitsunday Regional Council local government area.

Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group Jenny Whitney said the volunteer Emergency Liaison Officers will be the WDMG’s point of contact within these smaller communities during a disaster event or emergency operation.

“During a disas...Read on...

Posted on: 4 March, 2015

How would you and your family cope without power for a week?

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is asking residents of the Whitsunday region to think
about how they would cope without power for up to a week following a natural disaster.

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group Chair and Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny
Whitney said this is likely to be the reality if a cyclone strikes the Whitsunday region and is asobering reminder with two months left of this year’s cyclone season...Read on...

Posted on: 4 March, 2015

Council working with Bowen community to improve development application process

At last week’s Council meeting, Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to waive the development
application lodgement fee for some development applications assessable under the 2006 Bowen
Planning Scheme due to flood and storm surge constraints.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the waiving of fees under some specific circumstances is a direct result of Bowen community and industry feedback received since the expiry of the Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) in December 2014.

“If the original TL...Read on...

Posted on: 27 February, 2015

Traps installed to reduce pollution flow to reef

Through the Australian Governments Reef Programme, Council in
partnership with Reef Catchments have installed three gross pollutant traps within the Cannonvale Botanic Gardens precinct.

The pollutant traps aim to reduce the gross pollutant load entering Pioneer Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be involved in this great initiative which is helping to...Read on...

Posted on: 27 February, 2015

$20,000 worth of upgrades completed at Cannonvale SES

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney today inspected the completed $20,000
upgrade to the Cannonvale State Emergency Service (SES) shed, made possible through funding
from Council and the Queensland Government.

“I was pleased to see the completed refurbishments which make the SES shed safer and more
comfortable for our SES volunteers who give up their valuable time to deliver vital services to our community,” she said.

“The upgrade includes the installation ...Read on...

Posted on: 26 February, 2015

Council to establish housebound library services for Bowen

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday resolved to establish housebound library services for
Bowen residents.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Bowen Library housebound service will now deliver to members in their own home who are unable to physically access the library building.

“The establishment of this new service provides an opportunity for housebound Bowen re...Read on...

Posted on: 25 February, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport top ten airport in Australia for 2014

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development have released their 2014
Annual Report for Airline On Time Performance, with Whitsunday Coast Airport making the top ten
airports in Australia for both on time arrivals and departures.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said 88.3% of departing flights and 90.8% of flight arrivals were on time at Whitsunday Coast Airport last year.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Whitsunday Coast Airport, especially given the growth ...Read on...

Posted on: 25 February, 2015

Council on track to pay down more debt than forecast

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted the December Budget Review 2014-15 which shows
that Council will reduce the debt by $3 million more than forecast at the start of the 2014-15
financial year.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said when the 2014-15 budget was adopted in July last year Council said it would reduce the debt from $71 million to $65 million by the end of the financial year.

“Council is pleased that the December Budget Review shows that the pr...Read on...

Posted on: 25 February, 2015

Council CEO invited to present at aviation conference

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters has been invited to deliver a
joint presentation with Cairns International Airport and be a guest speaker at the Aviation Law
Association for Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) national conference.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the conference which is being held in Cairns from 5–7 August this year will discuss the laws affecting the aviation industry, the exchange of information about aviation laws and general aviation matters.

“Council’s CEO being in...Read on...

Posted on: 25 February, 2015

Council awards $8,500 in Community Assistance Grants

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to award $8,500 in Community Assistance Grants to
contribute towards two local community projects.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council will donate $3,500 as a major events grant to Zonta Club of
Whitsundays and $5,000 as a project grant to Operation Pilgrimage Group.

“The $3,500 grant will go towards the Zonta Club of the Whitsundays district conferen...Read on...

Posted on: 24 February, 2015

Council welcome Queensland Maroons to Proserpine

Whitsunday Regional Council is pleased to welcome the Queensland XXXX Maroons to
Proserpine to host their annual Fan Day on 30th June.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said local rugby league fans will be very excited to welcome the Queensland team to our town.

“Last week the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) announced that the team will be heading to
Proserpine as part of their annual interaction with fans across Queensland,” she said.

“It’s a great coup for Proserpine to secure a visit from the Maroons and Council will welcome theteam to town by offering support for the event where needed.

“Council will support the Maroons visit by welcoming them at the airport, and fulfilling any
requirements for road closures and use of Council buildings and structures, if required.

“I understand the full Fan Day schedule will be released following further consultation between QRL Head Office, Northern Division and the Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans club.

“Activities are likely to include a street parade, official luncheon and Junior Maroons Clinic atProserpine's Les Stagg Oval,” she said.

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Posted on: 23 February, 2015

Efficient repairs to airport saving money

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Proserpine depot crew has saved Council and ultimately the
Whitsunday community time and money by undertaking repairs on the taxiway at Whitsunday
Coast Airport.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said as part of the general maintenance program an issue was identified on the taxiway near the apron at the airport, which needed to be fixed.

“Proserpine’s depot crew was deployed on Wednesday afternoon around 4pm after the last f...Read on...

Posted on: 20 February, 2015

Business as usual in Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group would like to extend their thought and wishes to the
people of Yeppoon and surrounding areas that are currently being affected by Severe Tropical
Cyclone Marcia.

Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group and Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor
Jenny Whitney said although the Cyclone Warning area for Marcia extended up to Bowen from4pm until 10pm last night, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advice clearly s...Read on...

Posted on: 18 February, 2015

Council launches first cyclone shelter information video

Whitsunday Regional Council today released a public video to provide vital information for visitors
and residents of the Whitsunday region about the cyclone shelters located in Bowen and
Proserpine.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Council is the first Council in Queensland to make available a video informing the public about cyclone shelters.

“Cyclone shelters were built in Bowen and Proserpine as sheltering options for the local comm...Read on...

Posted on: 17 February, 2015

Council approves new shade structures for parks in Bowen and Airlie

At last week’s Council meeting Whitsunday Regional Council approved the construction of two
shade structures, one at Hansen Park Bowen and the other on the Airlie Beach foreshore.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Bowen Lions Club and Whitsunday Lions Club requested that the
Council approve the installation of the shade structures.

“The Bowen Lions Club requested permission to build a rotunda at Hansen Park and HorseshoeBay Road in Bo...Read on...

Posted on: 16 February, 2015

Council phone survey on new planning scheme

Whitsunday Regional Council is conducting a phone survey as part of the public consultation
involved in the development of the new draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the phone survey will canvas 380 local residents’ views over the next
two weeks on planning and development issues in the Whitsunday region.

“Your opinions and feedback are important and will assist the Council in terms of the...Read on...

Posted on: 16 February, 2015

Council leading the way nationally and internationally on asset management

Whitsunday Regional Council Director of Corporate Services Graham Jarvis has been asked to
present a case study of Council’s improvements in asset management at the 2015 Assetic User
Conference, in Melbourne February on 26-27th.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the invitation by the General Manager of Assetic for our Director to
deliver a presentation on “Financial Recovery Using Long-Term Asset Management” is a credit to both the Director and other staff within Council and recognises the good work being done in our asset management area.

“Through the Directors improvements in asset management over the last two year we aredelivering as a Council to reduce the cost of doing business and keeping the burden on ratepayers as low as possible,” she said.

“Previous poor decisions on asset renewals and poor asset planning are key reasons why Council finds itself in debt today.

“Today, Whitsunday Regional Council is being recognised as leading the way both nationally and internationally on asset management and congratulations must go to Graham and his team for delivering good administration and financial sustainability for our ratepayers,” she said.

Assetic’s General Manager Ashay Prabhu said it is extremely commendable that Whitsunday
Regional Council has turned around its asset management.

“Other local governments across the nation need to know what Whitsundays are doing, it is a real testimony to Whitsunday’s credentials, both the Councillors and the staff,” he said.

“As an independent peer reviewer, with 150 plus clients on our books in Australia and NewZealand, and based on real life experience, Whitsundays is now one of the handful, and I mean a handful, that have one of the country's best real asset registers.

“In 2008 when I got involved with maturity assessment of Whitsunday Regional Council there was very little, if any, hope of good practice asset management.

“Over the last two years the Whitsunday’s team have really turned this around and nationally it is a monumental achievement.

“At the conference we will have international interest keen to hear what Whitsunday has done and is continuing to do. It would not surprise me if the international visitors wanted to use Whitsunday’s as a case study when they return from the Conference.

“The key to all this is that the Council maintains it assets at the lowest cost to the community, while meeting the current and future needs of the community. It may sound simple, but every local government in Australia and more broadly internationally, struggles to do what Whitsundays is doing.”

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Director of Corporate Services Graham Jarvis said what Council
has achieved so far is through hard work and a disciplined approach to managing the community’s assets at the lowest cost to the ratepayer.

“Given Council’s level of debt we cannot borrow more money to renew or upgrade our assets,” he said.

“Therefore, we need to ensure we operate and maintain the community’s assets the best we can to avoid unnecessary renewals while maintaining the service levels the community expects.

“We can reduce the cost to ratepayers if we can avoid unnecessary capital renewals. The key is a maintenance system that prevents early deterioration and appropriate treatment where defects are identified.

“Through much hard work we are improving our planning for future renewals and upgrades so that when we need to replace assets they are well planned in advance and identified in our long term financial plan.

“It is important to note that the Mayor and Councillors are leading the way on this new process,and it is imperative they have the best information available to them to make decisions.

“It is not one individual, but rather the councillor and management team working together to deliver what is now being recognised as leading practice in local government.

“Given our community owns over $1.3 billion in assets, and each year $18 million of the assets are used up, it should be no surprise why Council is taking it so seriously.

“The challenge is to ensure we maintain the asset base sustainably so that we can continue to
provide services to the community for today and future generations.”

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Posted on: 16 February, 2015

Airlie Beach Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend

Council and Whitsunday Marketing Development Limited are gearing up for
Chinese New Year celebrations this Saturday, thanks to the sponsorship by Whitsunday
Chinatown Investment Pty. Ltd and International Student Entrepreneurship Capital Pty. Ltd.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this Saturday 21st February there will be a free community fireworks
display, lion dance, firecrackers and Chinese lanterns to celebrate the year of the sheep at AirlieForeshore.

“The festivities will start at 5.30pm with a ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 February, 2015

Reminder to be vigilant against dengue mosquitos

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding residents to be vigilant in protecting themselves from
dengue mosquitos.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said with all the recent rain we have been having it is worth reminding
people that preventing the spread of dengue mosquitos at the source is the key to avoiding anoutbreak in our region.

“Dengue mosquitoes only need a small amo...Read on...

Posted on: 13 February, 2015

Council thanks residents for adhering to vehicle roadside advertising rules

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to thank the local community for removing vehicles which
were being advertised for sale from the side of the road.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said last week Council’s Local Law officers said they would be issuing fines to people who were illegally selling vehicles on the roadside or other public spaces.

“The community has listened to this advice and in the large part remo...Read on...

Posted on: 12 February, 2015

Argyle Park Road project update

At yesterday’s Council meeting an update was presented on the Argyle Park Road upgrade to
provide access to the Bowen Cyclone Shelter during a 1 in 100 year flood event.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said last year Council was successful in
gaining $2.48 million in Federal Government funding to upgrade Argyle Park Road to increaseflood immunity from 1 in 2 years to 1 in 100 years.

“The briefing pre...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2015

Whitsunday Coast Airport welcomes direct Melbourne flights

Whitsunday Coast Airport is pleased to welcome Jetstar return flights from Melbourne starting from
June 25th this year.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is more exciting and positive news for the Whitsunday Coast Airport and the local tourism industry.

“Council has worked hard over the last few months to secure these direct flights to Melbourne ...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2015

Proposed Whitsunday Air Racing and Air Show

At today’s Council meeting, Whitsunday Regional Council noted F1 Aviation Pty Ltd’s interest in
conducting a proposed Whitsunday Air Racing and Air Show scheduled for 25-27 September,
2015 at Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said F1 Aviation Pty Ltd has expressed an interest in conducting the
proposed three day event at Whitsunday Coast Airport.

“The event would be an air show and air racing experience with a practice day scheduled for theFriday, fol...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2015

Council to assist Cannon Valley Rural Fire Brigade with fire station

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to assist the Cannon Valley Rural Fire Brigade
(CVRFB) to secure land for the construction of a fire station.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said as part of this resolution Council also approved the exploration of a
conversion of the road reserve at the Gregory/Cannon Valley and Shute Harbour intersection asan option for the CVRFB fire station.

“The Cannon Valley Rura...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2015

Council to assist Cannon Valley Rural Fire Brigade with fire station

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to assist the Cannon Valley Rural Fire Brigade
(CVRFB) to secure land for the construction of a fire station.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said as part of this resolution Council also approved the exploration of a
conversion of the road reserve at the Gregory/Cannon Valley and Shute Harbour intersection asan option for the CVRFB fire station.

“The Cannon Valley Rura...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2015

Council donation for Obstacles Gone Mad!

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to donate the major event application fee of $874 for
Obstacles Gone Mad! Whitsundays, scheduled for the 30th May, 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council will also provide additional in-kind support by providing
staff to assess the site after the event and conduct rubbish cleaning where necessary.

“Last week, Terrain Training announced they were bringing Obstacles Gone ...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2015

TORGAS Inc awarded Council’s apprenticeship supply contract

Last Council meeting, Whitsunday Regional Council awarded the supply contract to TORGAS Inc
for the provision of Councils apprenticeship positions through a Group Training Organisation

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the offer for the supply of Council’s apprentice program by TORGAS Inc was viewed as the most advantageous by the tender evaluation panel.

“TORGAS Inc is a Townsville based not-for-profit organisation, with dedicated resources ...Read on...

Posted on: 6 February, 2015

Funding available for community arts projects

Whitsunday Regional Council is urging local artists and community groups to apply for up to $30,000 in funding through the Regional Arts Fund (RAF), a new funding initiative from Artslink Queensland.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said local arts and community groups could receive between $5,000 and $30,000 for their arts projects from the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) through Artslink Queensland.

“Round one applications for the Community Project Grants are now o...Read on...

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Posted on: 4 February, 2015

Fines to be issued for advertising vehicles on roadside

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to remind the community that advertising a vehicle for sale on the roadside or other public space is prohibited.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council’s Local Law officers have recently noticed an increase in cars and boats being advertised on the side of the road and in vacant land.

“Illegally selling your vehicle on the roadside can attract fines from Council betwee...Read on...

Posted on: 2 February, 2015

Bowen library Saturday grand opening

The new extended library hours for Whitsunday Regional Libraries begin this week culminating
with the opening of Bowen library on a Saturday for the first time this weekend.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is pleased Council has been able to respond to community demand and open Bowen library on Saturday mornings.

“This Saturday 7th February we are celebrating Bowen library’s Saturday grand opening ...Read on...

Posted on: 29 January, 2015

Chinese New Year celebrations for Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsunday Marketing Development Limited are coordinating
Chinese New Year celebrations sponsored by Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty. Ltd and
International Student Entrepreneurship Capital Pty. Ltd.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said on the 21st February there will be a free community fireworks display, lion dance, firecrackers and Chinese lanterns to celebrate the year of the sheep at Airlie
Foreshore.

“The Chinese New Year celebrations are being sponsore...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2015

Council to donate nearly $6,000 to Whitsunday Sports Park

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $5,940 as a donation to the Whitsunday
Sports Park Committee to cover the recent cost of top dressing the lower sporting field.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Sports Park at Airlie Beach is home to a number of
sporting organisations including rugby, touch football, soccer and AFL.

“The sports park used to be the old Airlie Beach landfill and because of this the playin...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2015

New safety fencing for Pioneer Park Proserpine

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to install new safety fencing around Pioneer Park in
Proserpine.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the decision to fence the park was made after Council received letters of concern from the public regarding the lack of safety fencing around Pioneer Park.

“Some residents are concerned about the adequacy of the existing low bo...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2015

Council to help protect the Proserpine rock wallaby

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to become a member of the Proserpine rock wallaby
recovery team.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Threatened Species Unit of the Department of Environment and
Heritage Protection, within the Queensland Government invited Whitsunday Regional Council tobecome a stakeholder on a recovery team for the Proserpine rock wallab...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2015

Council calls on all candidates to back Collinsville Power Station

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to make the State Government and all candidates for seats in Central and Northern Queensland aware of their opposition to the proposed multi-fuel
Moray Power Station in the Galilee Basin State Development Area.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council does not support the Moray Power Station, Council supports
the re-establishment of operations at the Collinsville Power Station.

“It is absurd for the State Government to propose a new Power Station in the Galilee Basi...Read on...

Posted on: 27 January, 2015

Whitsunday Australia Day Awards

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney congratulated all the Whitsunday region
Australia Day Award winners who were presented with their awards at ceremonies across the
region yesterday.

“Yesterday I attended Australia Day celebrations in Collinsville, Bowen and Airlie Beach and
presented Australia Day awards to 29 worthy local recipients,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Local community awards are an integral part of Australia Day, as they reco...Read on...

Posted on: 22 January, 2015

ChemClear heading to Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council is advising primary producers and other agvet chemical users that
ChemClear will be in the region from May to June this year to collect unwanted chemicals.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said ChemClear are asking all waste holders to register their unwanted
chemicals prior to 27th March on their website.

“Whitsunday Regional Council is pleased to be working with ChemClear and the QueenslandGovernment again this y...Read on...

Posted on: 22 January, 2015

Council launches official LinkedIn page

Whitsunday Regional Council today launched its own official LinkedIn page and is encouraging the
local community to follow the page.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the launch of the official Whitsunday Regional Council LinkedIn page is part of our commitment to expand our social media presence.

“LinkedIn is the world's largest professional social network with 300 million members in over 200
countries and territories around the globe, an official Whitsunday Regional Council LinkedInpresence will help raise the profile of Council locally and internationally,” she said.

“In a similar way to how Council currently uses its Facebook accounts, the latest information about

Council business and developments will also be posted to our LinkedIn page, further broadening
Council’s social media reach.

“Council also plans to use LinkedIn as an additional recruitment tool and will post vacant jobs atCouncil on the page along with continuing to advertise vacancies through the existing channels.

“I urge members of the public to logon to LinkenIn and check it out,” she said.

The Whitsunday Regional Council page can be found: https://www.linkedin.com/company/whitsunday-regional-council?trk=company_logo

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Posted on: 20 January, 2015

Defend yourself against dengue

MACKAY, Isaac and Whitsunday councils have once again joined forces to encourage residents to
protect themselves against dengue mosquitoes.

With 153 confirmed cases of dengue in Queensland last summer, Mackay Regional Council Health and Regulatory Services portfolio councillor Laurence Bonaventura encouraged residents to familiarise themselves with the warning signs of dengue.

“The symptom...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2015

Council’s State election wish list

Ahead of the state election on the 31st January the Whitsunday Regional Council is releasing an
election wish list for the State seats of Burdekin and Whitsunday which cover the Whitsunday local government area.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said there are five key community projects which will benefit the social and economic development of the Whitsunday region and Council expects candidates in both
electorates to support them.

“One of the five key projects has alread...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2015

Do you know your evacuation options in an emergency?

Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is reminding Whitsunday residents to be aware of their
evacuation options and have a plan in the event of a cyclone or severe weather event.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said it is important for people to understand that the safest and most comfortableplace for most people during a severe weather event is to shelter in...Read on...

Posted on: 19 January, 2015

Free steam train tickets available for Whitsunday community

Queensland Rail is celebrating 150 years of rail in Queensland by conducting steam train journeys
along the Queensland coast over the next couple of months.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Queensland Rail has kindly offered members of the Whitsunday
community 200 free tickets for the Proserpine to Bowen leg on Sunday the 1st February.

“This is a great opportunity for train enthusiasts or interested members of th...Read on...

Posted on: 15 January, 2015

Grants available for local artists

Round 4 of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is now open, giving local Whitsunday
artists’ access to $47,000 in grants.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is calling on local artists to take advantage of this funding program and apply for grants.

“The RADF program provides funding for the development of artistic and cultural activities in the
...Read on...

Posted on: 15 January, 2015

Additional flights to and from Sydney announced for Whitsunday Coast Airport

Tigerair have announced they are putting on extra flights at the Whitsunday Coast Airport to and
from Sydney during the school holidays and busy August-September period this year.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the additional flights on Mondays are a
welcome boost to the Whitsunday Coast Airport schedule.

“Since Tigerair commenced flying directly to and from Sydney in April last year we have seen the best ...Read on...

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Posted on: 14 January, 2015

We want to hear your view on Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries is conducting a survey over the next few months to evaluate
customer satisfaction of the library services.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the survey will give members of the
community the opportunity to have their say on their library and to contribute to furtherimprovements to their library service.

“This is a great opportunity for...Read on...

Posted on: 9 January, 2015

Community Australia Day events across the Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council is gearing up for another fun filled Australia Day with family activities, BBQs, citizenship ceremonies and award presentations occurring across the region on Monday the 26th January.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Australia Day is a great opportunity for communities to get together and celebrate what we love about our country, at one of the Council run family community events being held.

“The Australia Day celebrations will start at the ...Read on...

Posted on: 6 January, 2015

Cannonvale library January book sale

Whitsunday Regional Council is holding a January book sale at Cannonvale Library, running from
Monday 5th January until Saturday 31st January.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said there are bargains galore available at the sale with prices starting from 20 cents.

“Cannonvale library has heaps of deleted or donated adult and children’s books on sale starting
from $1.00,” she said.

“There are also a li...Read on...

Posted on: 23 December, 2014

Official signing ceremony for $300 million Airlie Beach Chinatown development

Council and Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty Ltd today held an official signing ceremony to finalise the sale of Council land at Waterson Way, Airlie Beach for the sum of $2.5 million to build a $300 million Chinatown development in Airlie Beach.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the official signing ceremony finalises the sale of the Waterson Way
land with Council receiving a 10% deposit from the Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty Ltd for the land.

“The finalisation of the sale of the land also means...Read on...

Posted on: 16 December, 2014

Mark of respect for victims of Sydney tragedy

Whitsunday Regional Council has flown its flag at half-mast today as a mark of respect for the
victims and families involved in the tragedy that occurred in Sydney’s CBD yesterday.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council stand alongside the rest of the nation in paying tribute to the
bravery of those involved.

“It’s times like this that communities need to stand together and to show resolve,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Our thoughts and pr...Read on...

Posted on: 15 December, 2014

2014 Year in Review

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said she would like to wish the Whitsunday
community a very safe and Merry Christmas.

“On reflection, it has been a very productive year for Whitsunday Regional Council, despite
challenging circumstances, Council has achieved a huge amount and we are now in a betterposition for the future,” she said.

“I’d like to thank Council staff ...Read on...

Posted on: 12 December, 2014

Installation underway of the new $120,000 Bowen Automatic Weather Station

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) officers and Council’s Bowen work crew have begun installing the
$120,000 Bowen Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at the Bowen Aerodrome.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said this week BoM officers were on site
assisting Council workers with the pouring of concrete to install the infrastructure for the newweather station.

“Council expects the new automatic weather stat...Read on...

Posted on: 12 December, 2014

Judging and announcement of the Proserpine Christmas decoration competition

The winner and runner-up of Whitsunday Regional Council’s Proserpine Christmas decoration
competition will be announced at 6.30pm on Friday 19th December at the Proserpine Rotary
Christmas Fair.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the judging panel, which consists of Member for Whitsunday Jason
Costigan, President of the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce Chris Patrick and the WhitsundayCoast Guardian, will announce the winners on the trailer in the middle o...Read on...

Posted on: 11 December, 2014

Residents advised to conserve water during SunWater shutdown

Whitsunday Regional Council has been advised that SunWater will cease discharging water into
the Proserpine River between 7am Monday 15th December and 7am Wednesday 17th December 2014, to undertake essential maintenance.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is working to minimise the effect of this SunWater shutdown on all customers in the region.

“Residents in Bowen, Proserpine, Mt Julian, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket, Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour are asked to please mini...Read on...

Posted on: 10 December, 2014

Council’s new high-speed data services to benefit Whitsunday community

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to approve an agreement with Nexium
Communications (an Ergon Energy Company) and Next Generation Voice (NGV) to provide high
speed internet and data services to Council businesses and the broader community.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said it has been identified that the Proserpine and Bowen Water Treatment
Plants do not have an adequate communication link to facilitate the integration of the newtelemetry systems and operational network, therefore an upgrade is r...Read on...

Posted on: 10 December, 2014

Council awards $7,000 in grants from the Regional Arts Development Fund

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved $7,000 in grants to three different artists under the
Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the funding will enable the three recipients to develop quality art and art practices to support art and culture in the Whitsunday region.

“Jennifer Horsford will be granted $2,000 under the Developing Regional Skills category ...Read on...

Posted on: 10 December, 2014

Council adopts a new Hardship Policy

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted a Hardship Policy enabling Council to provide
additional concessions to ratepayers experiencing hardship.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is committed to the collection of overdue rates and charges in a fair, equitable and timely manner but with due consideration to financial hardship faced by
ratepayers and customers.

“The new hardship policy will allow...Read on...

Posted on: 10 December, 2014

$8,000 donated by Council for fireworks at local events

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to donate $8,000 to four different local events to
contribute to their fireworks displays.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council will donate for the 2014-15 financial year, $2500 to the Bowen New Year’s Eve fireworks, $2500 to the Airlie Beach New Year’s Eve fireworks, $1500 to the Whitsunday Show fireworks and $1500 to the Bowen Show fireworks.

...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2014

Rates advice in Collinsville

Whitsunday Regional Council officers will be available in Collinsville this Friday 12th December to
offer information and advice on paying Council rates and water notices.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Rates Officers will be at the Collinsville Customer Contact Centre from 9am-4pm on Friday to discuss any issues people may have paying their outstanding rates and water notices and advice on how to enter into a payment arrangement...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2014

Check out the great school holiday activities at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

With Christmas holidays just around the corner, don’t forget to check out what’s on offer at our four
local libraries.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Libraries at Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine will again offer a wide variety of free holiday activities for children to enjoy with family and/or friends.

“Come on down and enjoy a great kids m...Read on...

Posted on: 8 December, 2014

Last week to enter nominations for 2015 Australia Day Awards

This week, is the last week to enter nominations for the 2015 Australia Day Awards, the
nominations close this Friday 12th December and some categories still having no nominees
entered.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is still looking for nominations for all the categories, and as yet has received no nominations for Community Event of the Year,
Senior Citizen of the Year and the Wally Hinschen Volunteer of t...Read on...

Posted on: 4 December, 2014

Free Wi-Fi now available at Whitsunday Coast Airport

From tomorrow, free Wi-Fi will be available to everyone inside the terminal at Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is pleased Whitsunday Regional Council has been able to provide this free service to enhance passengers travel through the airport.

“This complementary service will add to the tourism experience for people visiting the beautiful
Whitsunday region, and it is in place just in time for the Christmas school holidays,” she said.

“This is another step in developing the Whitsunday Coast Airport into a world class aviation facility.

“Users will just need to enter their email address and they will be able to access free Wi-Fianywhere in the terminal,” she said.

The introduction of free Wi-Fi at Whitsunday Coast Airport caps off an excellent year for the airport with the following achievements:

- October being the best month on record with in excess of 26,000 passengers passing through the airport
- Introduction of Tiger Air direct Sydney flights in April - Jetstar celebrates 10 years of flying into Whitsunday Coast Airport
- In May, the Airport achieved the best on time arrival and departure performance in Australia - The Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project progressed in-conjunction with the State Government to master plan the entire airport site and provide Priority Development Area status to across the site
- First quarter results for the 2014-15 year achieved record results - Winning the Local Government Tourism and Business Award at this year's Whitsunday Tourism and Business Awards
- Maintaining capacity with all of our airline partners

Mayor Whitney said the Whitsunday Regional Council as operator of the Whitsunday Coast Airport will continue to work with airlines and investors to expand existing flight routes, add new routes and develop the airport itself, with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub.

“Council believes the Whitsunday Coast Airport is the single most important piece of infrastructure in the Whitsunday region to drive economic and tourism growth in the future.”

Download limits will apply to the Wi-Fi use.

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Posted on: 4 December, 2014

Additional flights for Christmas period at Whitsunday Coast Airport

Due to increased growth and excellent demand for direct flights to Sydney, Tiger Air is putting on
additional flights at Whitsunday Coast Airport over the Christmas and New Year period.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said there will be an additional Tiger Air return service to Sydney on Monday the 29th December 2014 and Monday 5th January 2015.

“By Tiger Air putting on these extra flights, to meet demand, it shows how...Read on...

Posted on: 3 December, 2014

New $950,000 cell at Kelsey Creek Landfill officially opened

Whitsunday Regional Council today officially opened the new $950,000 cell at Kelsey Creek
Landfill.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new cell is the fourth constructed at Kelsey Creek Landfill and
provides enough capacity for waste for at least the next five years.

“The new cell was originally budgeted at $1.15 million, but about $200,000 in savings wer...Read on...

Posted on: 3 December, 2014

$300 million Chinatown huge boost to local economy

Following last week’s announcement that Whitsunday Regional Council has sold their Waterson
Way land for $2.5 million, enabling a $300 million Chinatown development, Council has received
some very positive feedback on the project.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the overwhelming response by locals and people further afar is that the project will be a huge boost to the whole Whitsunday economy.

“Council launched the Building a Better Whitsunday campaign in August to promote the sale and...Read on...

Posted on: 2 December, 2014

Council Mo Bros raise more than $1,000

Nine Whitsunday Regional Council staff have raised $1003.65 for men’s health by taking part in
Movember.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the nine Council Mo Bros should be commended on raising money and awareness for men’s health by growing moustaches for the month of November.

“The Council Mo Bros taking part in Movember have helped unite the workplace through ...Read on...

Posted on: 2 December, 2014

Local art exhibition

Next week, Cannonvale Library will host an exhibition of artwork by participants of the Creative
Painting Workshops held across the Regional Libraries in recent months.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Regional Arts Development Fund
(RADF) sponsored workshops were conducted by renowned local artist Wendy Eriksson.

“The workshops were a huge success, with approximately fifty people taking the o...Read on...

Posted on: 1 December, 2014

Council thanks Schoolies volunteers and supporters

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to thank all the volunteers and supporters that helped
make this year’s Schoolies Week, in Airlie Beach, such a success.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said 2,130 Schoolies officially registered in Airlie Beach this year, for the
official five day response which was a huge success.

“The dance parties organised by Red Frogs and Magnums were well attended each night and the themed d...Read on...

Posted on: 28 November, 2014

Water Wastewater and Waste Services draft customer service standard out for consultation

Whitsunday Regional Council today released the Water Wastewater and Waste Services draft
customer service standard for public consultation.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said as part of Whitsunday Water and Waste Services moving to become a commercial business unit of Council on1 July 2015, customer service standards need to be
publicly consulted on and adopted by Council.

“Whitsunday Water and Was...Read on...

Posted on: 28 November, 2014

Land Protection Officers to help control pests in the region

As part of Whitsunday Regional Council’s commitment to pest management across the region,
Council recently employed two Land Protection Officers, Jade Monda, based in Bowen and William Hamill based in Collinsville.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Land Protection Officers main responsibilities will be locating and
mapping the extent of weed infestations, liaising with local farmers and the community,coordinating local pest management strategies and providing expertis...Read on...

Posted on: 26 November, 2014

$300 million Chinatown development for Airlie Beach

Council today resolved to progress the tender application from Whitsunday Chinatown Investment Pty Ltd for the sale of vacant land at Waterson Way, Airlie Beach for the sum of $2.5 million to build a $300 million Chinatown development in Airlie Beach.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is a very exciting time for the Whitsunday region with the Chinatown development bringing hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and thousands of jobs into our region.

“Successful tender project managers WSG Whitsun...Read on...

Posted on: 26 November, 2014

Council’s 2013-14 Annual Report available

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted the 2013-14 Annual Report and resolved a copy
would be sent to the Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience and it
would be made available on Council’s website.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Annual Report for 2013-14 is now available to the public and
provides a summary of Council’s performance and achievements over the 12 month period.

“The 2013-14 financial year was a busy period for Council with five major capital works projectscompleted including two Water Treatment Plants, two Sewage Treatment Plants and the
Airlie Beach Main Street rejuvenation, of which the community is now reaping the benefits,” shesaid.

“2013-14 was also a year of consolidation and economising for Whitsunday Regional Council, to
build a solid foundation for the future prosperity of the whole Whitsunday region.

“The annual report is an insight into Council’s operations and financial position and also anacknowledgement of Council’s commitment to serving the needs of our community and
stakeholders into the future.

“The audited financial statements were received back from the Queensland Audit Office on the27th October 2014 and are also available in the Annual Report.

Interested parties are encouraged to download a copy of the 2013-14 Annual Report via council's website.

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Posted on: 26 November, 2014

Council’s preferred option for Airlie Beach Main Street buses and taxis

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved on a preferred option for the Airlie Beach Access and
Movement Plan.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said following much debate and consultation with numerous stakeholders
Council has decided on a preferred option for the location of bus stops and taxi ranks in AirlieBeach Main Street, which includes:

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Posted on: 26 November, 2014

Council approves extended library hours

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved extended library hours for the four Whitsunday
Regional Libraries and also approved Bowen Library to open on Saturday mornings for the first
time.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the opening hours for the four Whitsunday Regional Libraries in Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine will now align with Council’s Customer Service Centre opening times from Monday to Friday.

“All four Whitsunday Regi...Read on...

Posted on: 26 November, 2014

$5,000 in Council sponsorship to help Proserpine Rugby League host Queensland Cup

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $5,000 in sponsorship to the Proserpine
Rugby League Football Club Inc. to host a Queensland Cup match and coaching clinic at Les
Stagg Oval Proserpine, in 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to provide support to the Proserpine
Rugby League Football Club to bring a game from the highest calibre competition in Queenslandto Proserpine.

“The Proserpine club are looking to host a Queens...Read on...

Posted on: 24 November, 2014

Adoption of draft Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme

Last Council meeting, the Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to adopt the draft Whitsunday
Regional Council Planning Scheme for the purpose of undertaking statutory state interest review.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said a new modern planning scheme for the whole region is needed to
address a number of growth factors in the Whitsunday region including increases in population,growth in the tourism industry, international investment, proposed Por...Read on...

Posted on: 24 November, 2014

Council to host inaugural Civica Queensland Local Government User Group Conference

Whitsunday Regional Council will be showcasing a range of business improvements when it hosts the inaugural Civica Queensland Local Government User Group Conference from the 4-5th
December, at the Airlie Beach Hotel.

Representatives from eight Councils will be attending to hear how Whitsunday Regional Council
has improved the way it does business and has reduced the cost of its corporate services.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said participants from a range of local governm...Read on...

Posted on: 24 November, 2014

Choose your own adventure at Whitsunday Regional Libraries this summer

Whitsunday Regional Libraries invites children to join in the adventure by participating in Summer
Reading Club activities being delivered from 1 December 2014 to 31st January 2015.

Whitsunday Regional Libraries invites children to join in the adventure by participating in Summer Reading Club activities being delivered from 1 December 2014 to 31st January 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Summer Reading Club is a free online and ...Read on...

Posted on: 21 November, 2014

Jetstar celebrates 10 years of flying to Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Regional Council today celebrated 10 years of Jetstar flying to Whitsunday Coast
Airport with the visit of Jetstar Chief Executive Officer David Hall to the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said over the 10 years Jetstar have been operating from Whitsunday Coast
Airport more than 1 million passengers have flown in and out of the Whitsunday Coast Airport on aJetstar plane.

“Jetstar have been a great airline partner at Whitsunday Coast Airport and have helped contribute
to the growth of the tourism industry in the Whitsunday region and Council looks forward tocontinuing to build their relationship with Jetstar in the future,” she said.

“While in town Mr Hall will meet with members of the local tourism industry to talk about tourism
opportunities in the region and also hear about the strategic direction of the Whitsunday CoastAirport.”

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said he was pleased to be in town to celebrate
an historic milestone.

"The Whitsunday Coast Airport is one of a select group of airports we've flown in and out of sinceday one," Mr Hall said.

"We know our customers love the many and varied attractions on offer in the Whitsundays and
we're delighted to have contributed to the local tourism industry over the past 10 years."

While in town Mr Hall gifted $1,000 in flight vouchers to the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club."We wanted to thank the community for their incredible support since our first flight in May 2004,"
Mr Hall added.

"Jetstar is all about making the world more accessible through low fares travel and we're sopleased that this small gift back to the community will help ensure local kids can compete in the
state swimming championships in Brisbane next month."

While in town Mr Hall also attended the official opening of the Airlie Beach Main Streetrevitalisation project.

Whitsunday Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said that the 10 year
celebration caps off an excellent year for the airport with the following achievements:

• October being the best month on record with in excess of 26,000 passengers passingthrough the airport
• Introduction of direct Sydney flights in April• In May, the Airport achieved the best on time arrival and departure performance in Australia
• The Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project progressed in-conjunctionwith the State Government to master plan the entire airport site and provide
Priority Development Area status to across the site• First quarter results for the 2014/15 year achieved record results
• Winning the Local Government Tourism and Business Award at this year's WhitsundayTourism and Business Awards
• Maintaining capacity with all of our airline partners• Achieving the best monthly passenger number result on record in October 2014

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Posted on: 21 November, 2014

Official opening of the new Airlie Beach Main Street

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney today officially opened the revitalised Airlie
Beach Main Street.

Mayor Whitney said despite the new street being open for more than a year it has never been
officially opened and today’s opening is a day to celebrate the boost to the local economy therevitalised Main Street has breathed into Airlie Beach over the la...Read on...

Posted on: 20 November, 2014

Council recruitment goes completely online

Whitsunday Regional Council has introduced a new self-serve online recruitment system so
anyone can apply for jobs online, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from anywhere, using a range of electronic and mobile devices.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said as one of the largest employers in the Whitsunday region it is important for Council to be able to reach the largest number of people possible through online digital avenues when recruiting.

“The new system allows people to log...Read on...

Posted on: 20 November, 2014

$107 million worth of community infrastructure officially opened

Today, Whitsunday Regional Council officially opened the two new $57 million Water Treatment
Plants for Bowen and Proserpine and the two new $50 million Sewerage Treatment Plants for
Cannonvale and Proserpine.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the official openings, held at the Cannonvale Sewage Treatment Plant and Proserpine Water Treatment Plant, are a celebration of the delivery of the largest infrastructure project in Councils’ history benefitting the whole Whitsund...Read on...

Posted on: 14 November, 2014

Know your storm surge zone ahead of the wet season

As part of the annual cyclone season preparedness, Whitsunday Regional Council is urging
residents to know what storm surge zone they live in ahead of this year’s wet season.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council now offers residents a new interactive online storm surge
mapping service.

“The new interactive online storm surge maps provide a simple user-friendly way to access storm surge information within the Whitsunday Regiona...Read on...

Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Better youth services to be delivered for the Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to request the Queensland Government reallocate
Council’s youth services funding to the Bowen and Whitsunday PCYC’s to deliver youth services
within the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council believes youth services are more appropriately provided by
specialist community groups and organisations in the local area with qualified social workers andsufficient resources to tackle the complex issues affecting tod...Read on...

Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Council to look at new separate bike path around Airlie Lagoon

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to consider the installation of a new bike path around
the Airlie Lagoon as part of the 2015-16 budget.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said complaints and safety issues have been raised with Council about
cyclists travelling through the busy family precinct of the Airlie Lagoon.

“As such, Council officers have investigated the installation of a dedicated cycle pat...Read on...

Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Airlie Beach Access and Movement Plan received by Council

Whitsunday Regional Council today received the Airlie Beach Access and Movement Plan which
has been conducted at the request of the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Council also received the Airlie Beach Access and Movement survey conducted by Council’s
Planning and Community Department for the 31 businesses at Airlie Main Street, the Esplanadeand Shute Harbour Road East.

A letter from the Whitsunday Ratepayers...Read on...

Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Council provides $5,250 to support the Airlie Beach Music Festival

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to support the Airlie Beach Music Festival 2014
through fee waivers totalling $5,250.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the second Airlie Beach Music Festival on the weekend was another
resounding success with more than 2,000 people attending.

“The atmosphere in town was fantastic and I know the festival will have been a huge boost to the local...Read on...

Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Council grants $1,070 for VMR Whitsunday equipment

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved an application for a Community Assistance Grant of
$1,070 for Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Whitsunday.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the grant will reimburse the cost of a new 20m x 8mm anchoring rope
and chain management to suit a Muir Cougar Winch.

“This new equipment is critical to replace 10 year old equipment nearing the end of its life,” shesaid

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Posted on: 12 November, 2014

2015 Council Meeting schedule

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted the schedule of Ordinary Council meeting dates and venues for 2015.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council holds Ordinary Meetings on the second and fourth
Wednesdays of each month.

“Council adopts a schedule that covers the entire local government area to enable opportunities for all residents to attend meetings and raise issues of concern,” she said.

“Regular meetings enable Council to set clear policy and direction and provide open channelsof communication with senior managers, staff, residents and ratepayers of the region.”

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Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Council office and library Christmas closures

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved on the Council office and Whitsunday Regional
Library closing period for the Christmas and New Year period 2014-15.

Council Offices and libraries will close on Wednesday 24 December 2014 at 3pm and reopen on
Monday 05 January 2015.

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Posted on: 12 November, 2014

Christmas decoration competition in Proserpine

Following a meeting with the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce last week, it has been determined that Whitsunday Regional Council will host a Christmas decoration competition for Proserpine businesses.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the competition will run for the whole of December with Proserpine
businesses urged to decorate their front windows and premises with Christmas decorations andlights.

“A cash first prize of $500 will be awarded to the best d...Read on...

Posted on: 11 November, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport achieves best month on record

Whitsunday Coast Airport is on track for its best year on record, with the month of October being
the best month on record with in excess of 26 000 passengers passing through the airport.

Whitsunday Regional Council's Mayor Jennifer Whitney said this is testament to the hard work of our staff, the airlines and our airport service provider partners.

"The number one regional economic development project that Council has tasked our Chief
Executive Officer and his team to achieve is the growth and development of the airport facility and we see the first steps of this being delivered through record passenger numbers," she said.

"Not only is this great for our region's airport, it is brilliant news for our region's tourism industry and affirms Council's commitment to Building a Better Whitsunday.

“The record month is a 19% increase in passenger numbers on the previous year and eclipses the previous monthly record set in October 2007 of 25 430 passengers,” she said.

Whitsunday Regional Council's Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said that the result caps offan excellent year for the airport with the following achievements:

• Introduction of Tiger Air direct Sydney services in April
• In May, the Airport achieved the best on time arrival and departure performance in Australia• The Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project progressed in-conjunction
with the State Government to master plan the entire airport site and providePriority Development Area status to across the site
• First quarter results for the 2014/15 year achieved record results• Winning the Local Government Tourism and Business Award at this year's Whitsunday
Tourism and Business Awards• Maintaining capacity with all of our airline partners
• Achieving the best monthly passenger number result on record in October 2014

Mr Waters said these results are the culmination of the 3 years of hard work by Council for theregion and places the facility in the best possible position to deliver the next phases of its growth
and development for the benefit of the entire region.

“The Whitsunday Regional Council as operator of the Whitsunday Coast Airport will continue towork with airlines and investors to expand existing flight routes, add new routes and develop the
airport itself, with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub,” he said.

“Council believes the Whitsunday Coast Airport is the single most important piece of infrastructure in the Whitsunday region to drive economic and tourism growth in the future.”

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Posted on: 11 November, 2014

Residents reminded of Level Two Water Restrictions

With the prospect of continuing dry weather Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to remind
residents in Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket and Shute Harbour and
surrounds, that Level Two Water Restrictions are in place.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said under Level Two restriction, water users in these areas are restricted to watering their gardens with sprinklers on alternate days.

“This means odd days of the month for odd numbered houses and even days of the month for
even ...Read on...

Posted on: 7 November, 2014

Council calling on local tradespeople

Whitsunday Regional Council is calling on local tradespeople to establish a panel of suppliers
based locally, or with local affiliations, to provide Council with trade services.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is looking for contractors who provide quality services and
materials and value for money to carry out work on Council facilities, infrastructure and plant.

“This is a great opportunity for local tradespeople to regist...Read on...

Posted on: 7 November, 2014

Council to take part in Sea FM Christmas toy drive

Whitsunday Regional Council will be hosting drop off points for the Sea FM, Southern Cross 10
and Salvation Army annual ‘I believe in Christmas Toy Drive’ 2014.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Christmas trees will be placed in the Proserpine and Cannonvale
libraries for the Whitsunday community to leave toys under for underprivileged children thisChristmas.

“Unfortunately not every family can afford to spread the ...Read on...

Posted on: 7 November, 2014

Residents urged to prepare now for the wet season

With the cyclone season officially starting on 1st November the Whitsunday Regional Council is
urging residents to be prepared.

Every year between November and April, the coastal regions of Queensland are at risk of being hit by cyclones. Preparing your family and your home is your responsibility. Cyclones can produce winds in excess of 200km/h, which can cause excessive damage to...Read on...

Posted on: 5 November, 2014

Getting into the Christmas spirit in Proserpine

This year, Whitsunday Regional Council is looking at either holding a Christmas decoration
competition for businesses in Proserpine Main Street or providing Christmas decorations for Main Street businesses to display over the Christmas period.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Proserpine Main Street is significantly limited in what Christmas
decorations can be erected due to Council not owning control of the main street.

“Unlike the main streets in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Collinsville, Council does ...Read on...

Posted on: 31 October, 2014

Congratulations to Whitsunday and Bowen SES units on statewide awards

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said congratulations must go to the
Whitsunday State Emergency Service (SES) Unit and the Bowen SES Unit who were
recognised last week by the Queensland Government with state-wide Emergency Services awards.

“The Whitsunday SES Unit were recognised for their efforts in assisting to rescue people trapped in floodwater during Tropical Cyclone Ita in April and last week received the Central Regional Operational Response of the Year award,” she said.

“The Whit...Read on...

Posted on: 29 October, 2014

Council to present Natural Disaster information to Productivity Commission

Tomorrow, Whitsunday Regional Council Chief Executive Officer will attend and present a
submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Natural Disaster Funding arrangements in Townsville.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the inquiry in Townsville follows the Productivity Commissions’ recent
release of their draft report into Natural Disaster Funding.

“In this draft report the Productivity Commission identified that the Federal Government’sco...Read on...

Posted on: 29 October, 2014

Council solution for access to Thompson Creek landing

Whitsunday Regional Council wishes to advise that a solution for the long running access issues
and maintenance of the Thompson Creek boat landing is being worked through by Council and the Queensland Government.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said historically many local people have been accessing the unauthorised
boat landing as a popular fishing spot until recently when the Queensland Government closedaccess to the site.

“Council is currently working with the Queens...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2014

Completion of CCC investigation time for Whitsunday community to move on

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council was advised yesterday of the
completion of two separate investigations by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) into the Whitsunday Regional Council.

“The investigations found no evidence that former or current Council employees committed
criminal offences,” she said.

“This does not change the fact that the Whitsunday community still has a large debt of $71.5million to pay back due to the legacy ...Read on...

Posted on: 23 October, 2014

Council to look at funding VMR wheelchair elevator to secure radio services

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to consider budget deliberations for the part funding and provision of in-kind support for the facilitation of a wheelchair elevator at the Whitsunday Voluntary Marine Rescue (VMR) building.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Council is also calling on the State Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan to pursue grant funding options and match any funding Council makes available to help provide this important community service.

“Currently, VMR canno...Read on...

Posted on: 23 October, 2014

Nominations now open for the 2015 Australia Day Awards

Nominations for the 2015 Australia Day Awards are now open to residents in the Whitsunday
region.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the awards are an opportunity for a range of Whitsunday residents and groups to be recognised for their passion and commitment to the local community.

“Australia Day Awards highlight success in sport...Read on...

Posted on: 22 October, 2014

Council to advocate Urannah Dam to Federal Agriculture Minister

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Chief Executive Officer Scott Water will next week fly to Canberra
to advocate the Urannah Dam project to the Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said advocating for the construction of the Urannah Dam and improvements to the Burdekin Falls Dam is one of the seven key strategic priorities in the Whitsunday Regional Councils Corporate Plan; Whitsunday 2020.

“The CEO’s invitati...Read on...

Posted on: 22 October, 2014

Council’s 2014-15 Plant Replacement Program

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved the 2014-15 Plant Replacement Program, which
provides an allocation of $1.5 million for the purchase of new fleet and plant items this financial
year.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is making their plant replacement program public to help local suppliers interested in doing business with Council plan for the year ahead.

“This follows recent workshops Council held with local businesses outlining Cou...Read on...

Posted on: 22 October, 2014

Council provides $5,000 sponsorship for the Gem of the Coral Coast Festival

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $5,000 in gold level sponsorship for the
Gem of the Coral Coast Festival held from Friday 31st October to Sunday 2nd November in Bowen.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said it has been seven years since the festival was last held, but it is
shaping up to be a great community event for Bowen and the surrounding areas.

“The $5,000 in funding Council is providing to the Gem of the Coral Coast Festiv...Read on...

Posted on: 20 October, 2014

Successful procurement workshops highlight innovative local supply strategies

Last week, Whitsunday Regional Council held two successful procurement information sessions
which were attended by more than 50 representatives from local businesses across the
Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said these workshops held in Bowen and Proserpine were good
opportunities for Council to meet with local suppliers and interested businesses who want to dobusiness with Council.

“During the workshops Council’s new purchasing fram...Read on...

Posted on: 20 October, 2014

Launch of book club sets at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney is delighted to announce Zonta Club of the
Whitsundays donation of seven book club sets to the Whitsunday Regional Libraries.

“Through their donation, the Zonta Club, working with the libraries, hope to encourage more local people to broaden their love of reading by becoming part of a book club, which will expand peoples reading experience,” she said.

“Individuals and/or comm...Read on...

Posted on: 20 October, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport taking off

Whitsunday Regional Council is very pleased that the Whitsunday Coast Airport received the Local Government Award for Tourism at the Whitsunday Tourism and Business Awards on Saturday night.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said it caps off a stellar year for the Whitsunday Coast Airport and is an
acknowledgment of the tourism services Council provides to the local community through theairport.

“Winning this Whitsunday Tourism and Business Award is ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 October, 2014

Free community garage sales this Saturday

This Saturday 25th October, Whitsunday Regional Council is hosting community garage sales in
each of the four townships as part of the national Garage Sale Trail.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said it’s free for anyone to come along and sell your excess stuff and make a little money.

“We’ve had great interest from all four townships and expect a wide range of items for sale at all of the community garage sales,” she said....Read on...

Posted on: 17 October, 2014

$956,000 drainage upgrade work begins on Hinschen Street

Whitsunday Regional Council will begin work on the upgrade of the stormwater drainage system, kerb and channel, and road pavement along Hinschen Street, between Main and Marathon Streets in Proserpine on Wednesday 22nd October.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said $956,000 was committed in the 2014-15 budget to for the first stage of this significant upgrade which will ultimately help improve Proserpine’s flood immunity.

“Once all the stages of construction are complete the new drainage ...Read on...

Posted on: 17 October, 2014

Proserpine Water Treatment Plant community open day

Whitsunday Regional Council is holding a community open day at the Proserpine Water Treatment
Plant on Saturday 25th October, 10am-2pm.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said members of the public are invited to tour the plant and the see the
water purification process first-hand.

“Council and ultimately the community have recently spent $57 million on the new Bowen andProserpine Water Treatment ...Read on...

Posted on: 16 October, 2014

Council reminder to buy a ticket to avoid a parking infringement notice

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council wishes to remind everyone to
purchase a parking ticket in a metered zone to avoid receiving a $113 parking infringement notice.

“Most of the metered Council parking in Airlie Beach, including the two lagoon car parks, Port of
Airlie and Abell Point Marina car parks are only $2 for the first 2 hours,” she said.

“Parking on Airlie Beach Main Street is free, but is limited to 1 h...Read on...

Posted on: 15 October, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport announces record 1st quarter passenger numbers

The Whitsunday Coast Airport has posted the best first quarter result on record with in excess of
72,000 passengers passing through the terminal during July, August and September of 2014.

The result eclipses the previous comparative quarterly result posted in 2007 and overall is an
extremely healthy 17.6% increase in passenger numbers for the same period as last year.

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Mayor Jennifer Whitney said that the s...Read on...

Posted on: 13 October, 2014

Council receives Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study

Last week, Whitsunday Regional Council received the Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study; Stage 1 – Flood Risk Assessment (AECOM, September 2014) and unanimously resolved to release it to the public.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said last year Council commissioned AECOM to undertake the study looking at the flood risk posed by the Don River and investigate potential mitigation options to help improve future flood resilience for the Bowen community.

“The Que...Read on...

Posted on: 10 October, 2014

Grants available for local artists

Round 3 of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is now open, giving local Whitsunday
artists’ access to $64,000 in grants.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is calling on local artists to take advantage of this funding program and apply for grants.

“The RADF program provides funding for the development of artistic and cultural activities in the
...Read on...

Posted on: 9 October, 2014

Are you and your family ready for the wet season?

As part of Get Ready Week 13-18th October, Whitsunday Regional Council’s Disaster
Management Coordinator Scott Tellegen is holding public information stalls at a shopping centre
near you.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said by preparing ourselves better before a disaster hits, we can help take
the strain off Emergency Services and let them focus on those who need help the most.

“The shopping centre stalls will provide all the information needed f...Read on...

Posted on: 8 October, 2014

Council continues support for community groups and events

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $1,860 to five different community groups
across the Whitsunday region to help support the great events they provide our local community.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this follows last Council meeting, where Council provided $3,742 to
eight different community groups across the Whitsunday region.

“Council continues to support numerous local community organisations in organising events for t...Read on...

Posted on: 8 October, 2014

Council to provide stinger net at Cannonvale Beach for next 2 years

Whitsunday Regional Council today endorsed an agreement with Uninet to provide a stinger net
swimming enclosure at Cannonvale Beach until 30th June 2016.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to provide a safer swimming environment over the summer months for people in the Cannonvale area.

“The purpose of the stinger enclosure net is to keep larger marine stingers and potentially
danger...Read on...

Posted on: 8 October, 2014

Port of Airlie parking fees

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to adopt off-street parking fees at the Port of Airlie.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said fees associated with the Port of Airlie car park are the same fee
structure being charged everywhere in Airlie Beach.

“All off-street parking fees in Airlie Beach are uniform, so no stakeholder is advantaged ordisadvantaged ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 October, 2014

Free eBook and eAudiobook workshops at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries would like to encourage members to take advantage of the great
range of eAudio and eBook resources available to borrow via the library website.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Bolinda digital eAudiobooks and eBooks are an exciting addition to the library collection that members can download for free 24/7 from the comfort of their homes.

“Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and...Read on...

Posted on: 7 October, 2014

Want to do business with Council? – Attend Council’s free workshops for local suppliers

Following last week’s well-attended workshops on Council’s plant and fleet management,
Whitsunday Regional Council is holding further information sessions for local businesses to explain Council’s new procurement process.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said in the past six months Council has adopted a new Procurement Policy, Procurement Guide, a Procurement Plan and a range of other enhancements to the way that Council purchases supplies and services.

“Council is reshaping managem...Read on...

Posted on: 3 October, 2014

1080 baiting being conducted in the Proserpine area

A large scale 1080 poisoning campaign will be conducted on 23rd October 2014.

The campaign will be conducted through a partnership with the Whitsunday Regional Council, the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing’s Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Reef Catchments NRM, Mackay Regional Council, Whitsunday Cat...Read on...

Posted on: 2 October, 2014

Whitsunday region welcomes $4.4 million in Roads to Recovery funding

Whitsunday Regional Council welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of $4.4 million
in Roads to Recovery funding for the Whitsunday region over the next 4 years.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this funding which will be allocated from the 2014-15 financial year
through to the 2018-19 financial year will help Council deliver more than 20 vital local roadupgrades.

“Along with fixing up some of our local roads, this ...Read on...

Posted on: 29 September, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport celebrates Airport Safety Week

This week, Whitsunday Coast Airport will celebrate Airport Safety Week, an Australasian airport
industry initiative to promote safety, which runs from 29th September to 3rd October.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said by taking part in the safety week
Whitsunday Coast Airport is demonstrating to the community and the travelling public ourcommitment and determination to maintain a safe environment for all airport u...Read on...

Posted on: 26 September, 2014

Information sessions for Council small plant and fleet replacement program

Whitsunday Regional Council is inviting any business which is interested in hearing about
Council’s replacement program for small plant and fleet to information sessions next week.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the information sessions will discuss the replacement of council’s plant and fleet, including small plant items such as mowers and brushcutters.

There are two sessions next week as follows:

• Bowen Council Chambers, 67 Herbe...Read on...

Posted on: 24 September, 2014

Council appoints Moore Stephens as Internal Auditor

Whitsunday Regional Council today accepted the recommendation of the Audit Committee to
accept the tender from Moore Stephens to be appointed as the Internal Auditor for a period of 2
years.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Moore Stephens have significant local government Internal Audit and
External Audit experience in our geographical area.

“Moore Stephens tender was within budget for the fixed price component of the plan and they were viewed as...Read on...

Posted on: 24 September, 2014

$9,800 in Regional Arts Development Funding announced

Whitsunday Regional Council today endorsed the recommendation of the Regional Arts
Development Fund (RADF) Local Committee in approving grants for $4,800 for the Lions Club
Bowen Inc and $5,000 for the Whitsunday Regional Council.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said local arts and cultural workers can make applications to the Whitsunday Regional Council to receive grants from RADF.

“The Lions Club of Bowen Inc grant for $4,800 will go towards the costs of the researching,
collating and pr...Read on...

Posted on: 24 September, 2014

Council provides nearly $4,000 in funding to eight community groups

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $3,742 to eight different community groups across the Whitsunday region to support the great work these organisations do in our local community.

Mayor Whitney said Council’s support includes the refunding and waiving of event fees, waiving of hire use and donations to help these organisations provide the diverse range of community
services, festivals and events across our region.

The support f...Read on...

Posted on: 24 September, 2014

Council adopts Whitsunday Destination Tourism Plan

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted the Whitsunday Destination Tourism Plan, prepared
by Whitsunday Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council will now also meet with Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey and the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism and Events Queensland to discuss the delivery of theWhitsunday Destination Tourism Plan and its prioritisation of Council...Read on...

Posted on: 24 September, 2014

Council to review Collinsville area equipment use and maintenance funding

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to review Council’s reporting structure for the western section of the Local Government Area, as well as review the use of plant and equipment and the allocation of maintenance funding in the area.

Mayor Whitney said this follows a meeting on the 29th of August in Collinsville with graziers,
agricultural producers, and the broader community in which road maintenance and general localissues in the Collinsville area were discussed.

“The aim of t...Read on...

Posted on: 23 September, 2014

$100,000 Bowen aerodrome upgrade complete

Whitsunday Regional Council is pleased to announce that the Bowen aerodrome upgrade has
been completed on-time and on-budget.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the upgrade includes the resurfacing of the Bowen aerodrome apron
which will ensure a smoother journey for all aviation operators using the facility.

“$100,000 was allocated by Whitsunday Regional Council for the project in th...Read on...

Posted on: 17 September, 2014

River Improvement Trust reminder to clean-up around waterways on your property

Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsunday River Improvement Trust would like to remind
property owners to clean-up debris or old possessions which may be near waterways on their
properties, in the lead up to the wet season.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said over the next couple of months everyone in the Whitsunday region will be getting ready for the upcoming wet season, by preparing their properties.

“One way to assist is for farmers and large property owners to ensure they do no...Read on...

Posted on: 17 September, 2014

Council celebrates Australian Citizenship Day 2014 with 22 new Whitsunday citizens

The Whitsunday region today welcomed 22 new Australian citizens at a special citizenship
ceremony as part of Australian Citizenship Day 2014 celebrations.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said originally from 12 countries, including the Philippines, India, USA, Poland and Zambia, the group of 22 people officially became Australian citizens as part of today’s ceremony at the Proserpine Council...Read on...

Posted on: 17 September, 2014

Council now offers free mobile phone recycling

Whitsunday Regional Council has partnered with MobileMuster, the official product stewardship
program of the telecommunications industry in Australia, to provide a free mobile recycling service for Whitsunday residents.

“All mobile phone brands, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories will now be able to be
dropped off at Council offices, libraries and landfill sites for MobileMuster to recycle,” MayorWhitney said.

“Everything collected is recycled to the hi...Read on...

Posted on: 16 September, 2014

DestinationQ Forum identifying growth for Whitsunday tourism

This week, Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney, Council CEO Scott Waters and
Whitsunday Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) CEO Danial Rochford are attending the 2014 DestinationQ Forum on the Sunshine Coast.

Mayor Whitney said the forum is a great opportunity to learn more about the Queensland
Government’s long-term vision for Queensland Tourism and how it will help grow tourism in theWhitsunday region.

“With the Whitsunday region being one of Australia...Read on...

Posted on: 15 September, 2014

Aerial shooting of feral pigs to begin

Whitsunday Regional Council advises the first round of aerial shooting of feral pigs at the
Abbot Point Caley Valley and adjacent coastal areas from Don River to Wunjunga Beach will
start on the 18th and 19th September (subject to favourable weather).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council, in conjunction with Burdekin Bowen Integrated
Floodplain Management Advisory Committee (BBIFMAC) and Whitsunday CatchmentLandcare (WCL) has been awarded $91,210 in funding over three years from Round 2 of
Everyone's Environment Grants.

“These grants, administered by Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, are foraerial pig shooting/baiting at three wetlands of national significance: Bowen River: Birralee
Pelican Creek, Abbot Point: Caley Valley, and Proserpine-Goorganga Plains,” she said.

“The funding is for a three year project, with around 28 hours of flying time being funded overthe 3 years for Abbot Point alone.

“In addition, Council is partnering with North Queensland Dry Tropics to extend the project
area from Don River to Wunjunga Beach.

“The main aim of the program is to target environmental degradation caused by feral pigs, adeclared Class II pest species.

“Feral pigs cause significant damage to natural environments, and a large part of this
damage is inflicted upon wetland areas.

“Feral pigs are known to congregate along bodies of water, where they dig up areas ofnative vegetation, destroy native bird species and turtle species via egg predation, and aid
the spread of weeds.

“Over the last six months, Council officers have been liaising with the State Government,North Queensland Bulk Ports, Glencore staff, local landholders, farmers, graziers, and other
affected stakeholders in order to coordinate and plan the activity and keep everyoneinformed.

“Aerial shooting will take place in September at Abbot Point Caley Valley wetlands, followed
by Proserpine Goorganga Wetlands in October and Bowen River Birralee Pelican Creeklater in the year,” she said.

Landholders wishing to join the project should contact Council’s Environment Officer, Monica
Stoinescu, on 4945 0289, or Council’s Technical Officer Pest and Vector Control, BrenFuller, on 4945 0261, mobile 0407 731 049.

For media enquiries, contact:
Kate Lennox, Communications ManagerPhone: 07 4945 0614, 0427 458 369 or Email: kate.lennox@whitsundayrc.qld.govRead on...

Posted on: 15 September, 2014

School holiday activities at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said with school holidays just around the
corner; don’t forget to check out what’s on offer at our local libraries.

“The four Whitsunday Regional Libraries will again offer a variety of free holiday activities for
children to enjoy with family and/or friends,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the diverse range of arts and craft activities, g...Read on...

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

Improved TLPI accepted by Council

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to lodge the new Temporary Local Planning
Instrument 01/2014 Coastal Protection and Flood Hazard Regulation for the Bowen Planning
Scheme 2006 (TLPI) with the Queensland Government.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new TLPI is less onerous on applicants with the inclusion of self assessable criteria.

Under the new TLPI, the self-assessable criteria means Council planning applications will not need to be lodged for:

- Minor building...Read on...

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

Further sand extraction approved from Don River

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved an application by Humphries Pty Ltd, for the
extraction of 15,000 cubic metres of sand a year from the Don River bed.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this follows the approval last month of an application by Fynbat Pty Ltd to extract 50,000 cubic metres of sand per annum from the Don River.

“The new extraction site lies between Millers Lane and Taloonda Road and is centred
...Read on...

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

Water meter tampering to be stamped out

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted a new policy which will help stamp out water meter
tampering and the potential theft of water from the Public Water Supply system.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new “Interference with Water Providers Infrastructure Policy” deals with the interference of council Water meters and their connection and disconnection from the service providers’ infrastructure.

“This new policy has been ...Read on...

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

$64,000 in local arts grants available under the Regional Arts Development Fund

Local Whitsunday artists have access to $64,000 in grants for the 2014-15 financial year under the
Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council has committed $25,927, as in
previous years, which guarantees the Queensland Government commitment of $38,073.

“The RADF program provides funding for the development of artistic and cultural...Read on...

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

$20,000 in funding to fight Prickly Acacia

Whitsunday Regional Council has been successful in gaining funding through North Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management Group to undertake strategic Prickly Acacia
management activities through ‘Preventing the Advance of Prickly Acacia’ Project.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the total project cost is $20,000, of which, North Queensland Dry
Tropics will provide $10,000 in monetary support and Whitsunday Regional Council andStrathmore Station will provide $10,000 of in-kind support.

“Prickly acaci...Read on...

Posted on: 10 September, 2014

Council donates $1,700 for school awards

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $1,700 to support local schools across the Whitsunday region to go towards rewarding commitments and excellence for student
achievements.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said each year Council sponsors prizes for each school in the region for
academic, social, arts and sports awards.

“Council will allocate $100 for each school in the region, to help acknowledge the great work of our students throug...Read on...

Posted on: 8 September, 2014

$160,000 worth of new security equipment at Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Regional Council has purchased $160,000 worth of new state-of-the-art security
screening equipment for Whitsunday Coast Airport, as part of Council taking over the security
screening authority at Whitsunday Coast Airport from 10th September.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new equipment will provide a safer travelling environment at the
airport.

“This new state-of-the-art equipment provides a more accurate and safer screening service for the passengers traveling through the Whitsunday Coast Airport,” she said

“This is another step in developing the airport with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub.

"Qantas Airways have made a business decisions to hand back screening point authorityresponsibility to airports, a decision Council fully supports.

"From an operational perspective it allows for greater on the ground engagement with our security partners in delivering a seamless airport screening process.

"Council's investment in the new screening equipment, places the airport on par with country's
major airports by way of technology.

“The new security screening equipment includes a new x-ray screening point which has dual view x-ray screening, meaning the security screeners will now be able to view a horizontal and vertical x-ray view of luggage.

“There is also a new walk through metal detector which has more accurate pin-pointing of metalobjects that the previous machine.

“The airport also has a new explosives trace machine and new roller-bed conveyor belts.

“MSS the current provider of screening services will remain at Whitsunday Coast Airport
conducting the security screening,” she said.

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Posted on: 4 September, 2014

Whitsunday Regional Libraries Book Week winners

This week, Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney drew the winners of the Cruise
Whitsundays competition and the children’s colouring competition, held at the Whitsunday
Regional Libraries as part of Book Week, which ran from 16 - 22 August.

“Thanks to local sponsor Cruise Whitsundays, children who visited any of the Whitsunday Regional Libraries during Book week had a chance to win one of four fabulous prizes,” she said.

“First prize was a Great Barrier Reef Adventure family cruise for 2 ...Read on...

Posted on: 2 September, 2014

Come sell your stuff at Council’s community garage sales

Whitsunday Regional Council is hosting community garage sales in each of the four townships on
the 25th October as part of the national Garage Sale Trail.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said two-thirds of Australians admit to having too much stuff at home and not enough space for it all.

“October 25th is a chance to sell your excess stuff and make a little money, after all one person’s trash is another person’s tre...Read on...

Posted on: 2 September, 2014

The Airport Group awarded International Export Hub Master Plan and Feasibility Study

Whitsunday Regional Council is pleased to announce that The Airport Group has been awarded
the tender for the preparation of the Whitsunday Coast Airport – International Export Hub Master
Plan and Feasibility Study.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said as part of the Regional and Resources Towns Action Plan the
Queensland Government recommended that Council immediately action the development of amaster plan and feasibility study for the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

“The purpo...Read on...

Posted on: 1 September, 2014

Updated concealed water leak policy

At last week’s Council meeting, Whitsunday Regional Council adopted a new policy for Concealed
Water Leakage.

Mayor Whitney said this is a reviewed policy for water supply in circumstances where a water leak has occurred on private property and a resident is applying for a concession from the Council.

“The new policy is designed to make it easier for those app...Read on...

Posted on: 28 August, 2014

Council adopts an Enterprise Risk Management Policy and Framework

The Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday adopted an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Policy and Framework in recognition that risk management is an integral part of good governance and management practice.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the ERM model aligns risk management principles and processes with the organisation’s overall governance, strategy and planning, management, reporting processes, policies, values and culture.

“Given the broad services and criti...Read on...

Posted on: 28 August, 2014

Whitsunday Local Heritage Register established

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday adopted the Whitsunday Local Heritage Register to help identify and protect properties of historical significance in the Whitsunday region for future
generations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said after months of public consultation, 51 properties in the Whitsunday
region have been included on the Local Heritage Register.

“It has been identified that the 51 properties provide a sense of identity for the local community ...Read on...

Posted on: 28 August, 2014

New Airlie Beach Structure Plan identifies exciting development opportunities

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday received the new Airlie Beach Structure Plan, conducted by PLACE Design Group (in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle) which identifies some exciting opportunities for the economic development of Airlie Beach.

It should be noted that the recommendations provided in the plan are not Council policy, but will be used as information in the first step of comprehensive community consultation on the future Airlie Beach Local Plan.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said that Coun...Read on...

Posted on: 27 August, 2014

Council to work with State and Federal Governments to address overcrowding in Bowen

Whitsunday Regional Council resolved today to work with both the State and Federal
Governments to address issues of overcrowding in some share houses in Bowen.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said issues relating to overcrowding in Bowen share houses, particular in
relation to the fruit picking industry, have been of concern to Council for some time.

“Council has very limited powers when it comes to entry to private pro...Read on...

Posted on: 27 August, 2014

Council to help fund RUBY Crew trip to Brisbane for awards

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $1,500 in funding to the Bowen
Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association’s (PCYC) RUBY Crew.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the funding is to allow all 18 members of the crew to attend the
QPCYWA Youth Management Team of the Year awards to be held in Woolloongabba on13thSeptember 2014.

“The RUBY Crew have been nominated for the QPCYWA Youth Manag...Read on...

Posted on: 27 August, 2014

EOI called for café at Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved the process of calling for an Expressions of Interest
(EOI) prior to tendering, for the supply of food and beverages at Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is a great chance for food and beverage providers both locally and nationally to submit an EOI explaining how they could provide an outstanding service for the
airport.

“Expressions of Interest are sought from suitably qu...Read on...

Posted on: 27 August, 2014

2014-15 to be best year ever at Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Coast Airport is set to achieve its best year on record in the 2014-15 financial year
with passenger numbers forecast to be between 270,000 and 280,000.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said for the 2014-15 financial year the airport is forecast to experience 10% growth, which will result in a total direct tourism industry contribution by inbound passengers of approximately $200 million.
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Posted on: 25 August, 2014

Two locals to swim the English Channel

The first two people from the Whitsunday region will be swimming the English Channel solo in
September.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Christie Leet, the owner of
PRDNationawide Whitsunday, and Michael Hanisch, Project Development ManagerPRDNationwide Whitsunday, will be swimming the English Channel in early September this year.

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Posted on: 22 August, 2014

Preventing youth violence evenings with Paul Stanley

Whitsunday Regional Libraries are pleased to host Paul Stanley of the Matthew Stanley
Foundation, at Cannonvale and Bowen libraries on the 2nd and 3rd of September.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said young people, parents of young adults and interested community
members throughout the region are invited to attend and hear Paul’s message about preventingyouth violence.

“In 2006 Paul Stanley tragically lost his son Matthew...Read on...

Posted on: 22 August, 2014

Council goes gold in September in recognition of childhood cancer

Whitsunday Regional Council buildings will be lit gold during September in recognition of childhood
cancer as part of the Going Gold in September initiative.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Cannonvale Library, Proserpine Council Chambers, Bowen Council Chambers and the Collinsville Council office will host giant gold lit childhood cancer awareness ribbons for the month of September.

“The Queensland Government ...Read on...

Posted on: 21 August, 2014

School students visit Water and Sewage Treatment Plants

Whitsunday Regional Council today trialled the first school visit to the Proserpine Water Treatment Plant and Cannonvale Sewage Treatment Plant, as part of a broader education program of Council’s water and sewage infrastructure.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said 48 students from Year 7 at St Catherine’s Catholic College today visited both plants to learn more about how their water is delivered and how their waste is processed.

“Council and ultimately the community have recently spent $...Read on...

Posted on: 21 August, 2014

Cannonvale and Proserpine Sewage Treatment Plants win national sustainability award

Last night, Cannonvale and Proserpine Sewage Treatment Plants were awarded an ‘Excellent’
rating at the inaugural Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) gala dinner and
infrastructure sustainability awards in Sydney.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the ‘Excellent’ rating level was achieved for both the ‘design’ and ‘as
built’ phases of the two projects.

“Our two sewage treatment plants are the first projects in Australia to achieve these awards and it demonstrates the be...Read on...

Posted on: 20 August, 2014

Journey to recognition visits Bowen

Whitsunday Regional Council is supporting the ‘Journey to Recognition’ an epic relay across
Australia building momentum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our
Constitution.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is celebrating the Journey to Recognition’s visit to Bowen by
supporting events in Bowen and Cannonvale.

“Come along and join the Journey to Recognition for afternoon tea, singing, and a conversationabout constitutio...Read on...

Posted on: 20 August, 2014

Council donates more than $9,000 in fees to Royal Flying Doctors Service

Whitsunday Regional Council has donated the $9,160.75 paid in landing fees for the 2013-14
financial year back to the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS).

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Council appreciates the great work done by
RFDS and would like to donate their landing fees back to this wonderful organisation that doessuch a great job servicing our region.

“RFDS is a not-for-profit or...Read on...

Posted on: 18 August, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport ready for more flights

Passengers had a glimpse of what Whitsunday Coast Airport will look like in the future on Saturday
after receiving six commercial flights and one private jet in one day.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the increase in commercial planes from three to six was because of
diversions from Hamilton Island due to poor weather and a recovery flight from Friday.

“We had four commercial aeroplanes and one private jet on the ground at ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 August, 2014

Brisbane Street flood resilience work to commence

In the coming weeks, Whitsunday Regional Council will commence flood resilience works on the
Brisbane Street drain in Bowen.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the construction of a tidal gate at the outlet of the existing Brisbane
Street drain is being made possible through the Queensland Government’s Royalties for theRegions program.

“Council has received $105,000 from the Queens...Read on...

Posted on: 14 August, 2014

Graffiti management funding received

Whitsunday Regional Council has received $7,380 from the State Government to assist with graffiti
removal and prevention activities.

As part of the Queensland Government’s policy on community safety, more than $2 million in
funding has been committed to support the operation of a GraffitiSTOP hotline and for graffitimanagement funding to Queensland council in 2014-15.

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Posted on: 14 August, 2014

Community Road Safety Grants

Grants of up to $25,000 are now available for community groups through the Community Road
Safety Grants program.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the program encourages community involvement in local road safety
projects, and supports the development and delivery of effective road safety projects that address local road safety issues.

“This program also provides an oppo...Read on...

Posted on: 12 August, 2014

Council will work with State Government and Bowen community to see if the TLPI can be

Council will work with the State Government and two experienced members of the Bowen community to review the current Temporary Local Planning Instrument 02/2013 Bowen Flooding and Storm Tide Regulation (TLPI).

Furthermore, Council resolved that meetings with Council, State Government and the yet to be
appointed Bowen community members occur within two weeks.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council also resolved to receive the report on the TLPI whichacknowledges...Read on...

Posted on: 12 August, 2014

Don River sand extraction approved

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to approve the application by Fynbat Pty Ltd to
extract sand from the Don River.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the extraction site lies in a meander of the Don River, South West of
Millers Lane and will focus on a large sand deposit which is adversely affecting the hydrauliccharacteristics of the Don River when it is flowing.

“Throug...Read on...

Posted on: 12 August, 2014

Dog and cat registration inspection program

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to conduct an inspection program of dog and cat
registrations across the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is due to fewer dogs and cats being registered this year than last
year.

“The program will inspect residential properties across the Whitsunday Regional Council area toidentify the number of dogs and cats kept at each p...Read on...

Posted on: 12 August, 2014

Rate notices issued

Rates notices across the Whitsunday region were issued on Thursday 7th August 2014.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said residents will begin receiving their rates notices over the next week.

“The date for payment of rates will be Monday 8th September, and if you pay by this date you will receive a 5% discount,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Ratepayers are reminded that rates must be paid in full, including the separate infrastructure
charge, to be eligible for the discount.

“Please note the State Government Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue (EMFR) Levywhich was introduced by the Queensland Government and commenced from 1st January 2014, will be included in this rates notice.

“The levy replaces the previous Fire Levy and is now required to be charged on all properties
within our region.

“Rural properties that have a local rural fire brigade will still be required to pay the Fire Levy,” she said.

“Water notices will also be issued on 13th August and are also required to be paid by the 15thSeptember.

Ratepayers are also reminded that rates which are not paid in full will incur interest charges.

Residents experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to contact Whitsunday Regional Council to discuss rates assistance options.

Details of rates assistance options include:

Principal place of residence

Council is offering the opportunity to all residential ratepayers whose property is their principal
place of residence, to benefit from a reduced general rate.

This benefit is available by application only on property which is the ratepayers’ principal place of residence, in order to categorise properties correctly for differential rating. If you would like anapplication form, please contact Council or print from Councils website.

Pensioner Remissions

Council has adopted a pensioner remission policy which grants pensioners a remission on general rates of 20% of rates and charges to a maximum of $300.00.

Discount on Rates

Council will allow a 5% discount on nominated payments received within 30 days of the issue of
the rate notice.

The discount is applicable to the following charges:

• General Rates and Charges 5%• Water Access Charge 5%
• Water Consumption Charge nil %• Waste Water (Sewerage) Charge 5%
• Domestic Garbage/Refuse Charge 5%• Whitsunday Infrastructure Charge 5%
• Whitsunday Refuse Facility Charge 5%• Rural Fire Brigade Charge nil%
• State EMFR Levy nil %

Remission for Granny Flats

Council recognises the financial impact of additional service charges for property owners whoprovide non-income-generating granny flats in support of dependent relatives. To ameliorate this
impact, Council has adopted a policy (Rating Concessions - Granny Flats) to grant a remission on the extra service charges.

Deferral of Liability to Pay Rates

Individual ratepayers may find it difficult to meet their obligations due to their financialcircumstances. Notwithstanding Council's other policies, special arrangements can be made
provided proof of hardship is provided to Council. The nature of these arrangements is generallydetermined on a case-by-case basis.

Natural Hardship Council may, at it’s discretion allow other concessions or remissions if it is of the opinion that some unusual and serious circumstances exist which may prevent payment within the appointed time or otherwise delay the payment of rates and charges as they fall due.

Copies of policies and forms can be located on Council’s website

Rates can be paid at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres, or via any of the methods
outlined on the rates notice, including online at www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

For enquiries, please contact your local Customer Service Centre in Bowen on 07 4761 3600,Proserpine on 07 4945 0200 or Collinsville on 07 4785 5366.

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Posted on: 8 August, 2014

We need you – calling for Whitsunday schoolies volunteers

Whitsunday Regional Council is seeking volunteers for the 2014 Whitsunday Schoolies which will
run from Saturday 22 November to Wednesday 26 November 2014.

Whitsunday Schoolies is a five day safety response which is expected to attract over 2000 young people to the region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Schoolies program aims to provide supervised,
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Posted on: 8 August, 2014

Whitsunday Regional Libraries celebrate Children’s Book week

All four Whitsunday Regional Libraries in Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine will be
celebrating Children’s Book week from 16 - 22 August.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is one of the biggest events on library calendars throughout Australia, with the theme this year being Connect to Reading.

“As part of the celebrations we are excited to have renowned children’s author and entertainer
Andy Jones, visiting the region for the week,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Andy will present his very entertaining What's the Joke and Electric Music shows to over 1800school children across the region on behalf of Whitsunday Libraries.

“Thanks to local sponsor Cruise Whitsundays, children who visit the libraries during Book week will have the chance to win one of four fabulous prizes.

“On offer is a Great Barrier Reef family cruise for 2 adults and 2 children, and 3 runner up prizes of return family transfers to Daydream Island for 2 adults and 2 children.

“One lucky child from each library will win a prize that their whole family can enjoy. (Children need to be library members to enter).

“The libraries are currently holding a colouring competition for children 6 years and under. There
will be prizes at each branch with winners announced on 20th August during Book week. Entryforms are available now at local branches.

“Storytime sessions during the week will include readings from Children’s Book Council of
Australia’s 2014 shortlisted/award winning books and/or special craft activities for children.

“Group “getting to know your library” visits are also welcome,” she said.

Please contact local branches to make a booking, or for further information about Book weekactivities.

Bowen Library 47613670
Cannonvale Library 49461366Collinsville Library 47855366
Proserpine Library 49450275

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Posted on: 7 August, 2014

Fancy a career in local government

Whitsunday Regional Council will be encouraging students to consider a career in local
government at the Careers Expo to be held in Proserpine on Tuesday 12 August.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Careers Expo was an opportunity for employers and tertiary
institutions to showcase the career opportunities and study options available to secondarystudents.

“One of the greatest misconceptions about local government is...Read on...

Posted on: 7 August, 2014

Fancy a career in local government

Whitsunday Regional Council will be encouraging students to consider a career in local
government at the Careers Expo to be held in Proserpine on Tuesday 12 August.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Careers Expo was an opportunity for employers and tertiary
institutions to showcase the career opportunities and study options available to secondarystudents.

“One of the greatest misconceptions about local government is...Read on...

Posted on: 7 August, 2014

Bowen building industry activity increasing

Since the Whitsunday Regional Council adopted the Temporary Local Planning Instrument
02/2013 Bowen Flooding and Storm Tide Regulation (TLPI) in December last year the number of development applications lodged and approved in Bowen has actually increased.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said alarmist statements that the TLPI is killing the building industry, or that the industry is in crisis have been proven to be incorrect.

“Since the TLPI was introduced in December last year, 31 building applications have been
r...Read on...

Posted on: 7 August, 2014

Celebrate Seniors Week

Seniors Week, celebrated from 16 – 24 August, is an opportunity to come together to celebrate
and recognise the important contribution our senior citizens make to our community.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said our seniors citizens are valuable members of our community and
Seniors Week provided an opportunity to celebrate them.

Seniors are an asset to our region - they are a wealth of knowledge and have contributed to thehistory of...Read on...

Posted on: 6 August, 2014

Queensland Government Grants available

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise of funding which is currently available under two
different Queensland Government grant initiatives.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Disability Community Events Grants and Everyone’s Environment
Grants Programs are currently open for those seeking funding.

“The Disability Community Events Grants 2014 provide one-off grants to organisations to holdevents i...Read on...

Posted on: 5 August, 2014

Building a Better Whitsunday - Developing Waterson Way

Whitsunday Regional Council is today launching one of the most extensive marketing campaigns ever undertaken within the Whitsunday region, which will couple property sales with regional economic development.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the “Building a Better Whitsunday” campaign marks the beginning of
Council placing high calibre commercial land assets for tender with the focus on economicdevelopment outcomes while at the same time utilising the funds derived...Read on...

Posted on: 31 July, 2014

Stand up and be counted!

With less than a month until nominations close for the Queensland Achievement and Community
Awards it’s time to put the call out to nominate.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Awards provided an opportunity to acknowledge and reward
community groups, businesses and individuals for outstanding achievements in regional and rural areas.

“Too often the achievements of those working in rural and regi...Read on...

Posted on: 29 July, 2014

Date change - Ordinary Council Meeting

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Council’s Ordinary Meeting scheduled for
Wednesday 13 August, has been moved to 9am Tuesday 12 August.

“This is due to Councillors attending the North Queensland Local Government Association
Conference in Richmond,” she said.

“The Tuesday 12 August meeting will be held at the Reef Gateway, Cannonvale.”

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Posted on: 29 July, 2014

Funding to flood-proof Argyle Park Road

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said we are extremely pleased that Council
has been successful in gaining $2.48m in Federal Government funding to upgrade Argyle
Park Road to increase flood immunity from 1 in 2 years to 1 in 100 years.

“The upgrade to the existing culvert structure and road formation will provide a safe access route
to the recently constructed Bowen Cyclone Shelter, during heavy rain,” she said.

“Currently, Argyle Park Road is one of a few access points for resident...Read on...

Posted on: 28 July, 2014

Land sales to pay down debt and stimulate local economy

As part of the 2014-15 Whitsunday Regional Council budget a number of parcels of surplus
Council land will be sold to help pay down debt and stimulate the local economy.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said a number of parcels of land have been identified by Council as surplus to Council’s requirements and would be better utilised stimulating economic growth as new developments.

“The money raised from the sale of some land parcels...Read on...

Posted on: 28 July, 2014

$4.8 million investment in water and sewerage infrastructure

Mayor Jenny Whitney said as part of the 2014-15 Whitsunday Regional Council Budget $4.8
million in water and sewerage infrastructure will be delivered.

“$4.8 million will be spent on water sewerage network upgrades across the entire Whitsunday
region to ensure the two new Water Treatment Plants and Sewerage Treatment Plants cancontinue to service the region effectively,” Mayor Whitney said.

“We hav...Read on...

Posted on: 28 July, 2014

Council delivers $5.3 million road maintenance program

The 2014-15 Budget adopted by the Whitsunday Regional Council today includes just over $5.3
million in road maintenance and upgrade programs across the region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the $5.3 million will be spent on much needed road upgrades including road reconstructions, addressing black spots, improving drainage and resheeting cane roads.

“The black spot intersection at Leichardt and Livingstone streets...Read on...

Posted on: 28 July, 2014

$415,000 for community building projects

The 2014-15 Whitsunday Regional Council budget includes $400,000 for four town entrance
statements, one for each of the major townships in the local government area; Airlie
Beach/Cannonvale, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine.

Mayor Whitney said the budget also includes $15,000 for a heritage management plan for the
North Head Lighthouse Project, Bowen.

“The town entrance statements will celebrate the individualism of each township, while working to unite the region via a c...Read on...

Posted on: 28 July, 2014

$16.2 million capital works budget delivered for Whitsunday region

The 2014-15 Budget endorsed by Whitsunday Regional Council today includes $16.2 million in
capital works projects to deliver much needed infrastructure upgrades across the entire
Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said despite Council’s main priority being focused on paying down debt the $16.2 million capital work program includes much needed road upgrades, water and sewerage infrastructure improvements and some community projects across the ent...Read on...

Posted on: 28 July, 2014

2014-15 Budget – restoring responsible financial management

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the 2014-15 financial year Whitsunday Regional Council Budget is
focused on paying down debt and restoring responsible financial management for the future
benefit of the whole Whitsundays region.

Mayor Whitney said even with this focus we have managed to keep rate rises in line with CPI at
4%, this is a rate increase similar to other local government’s Budgets this year including Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich.

“Council has worked hard to put measures in place to reduce the levy down to $100 from $140,”Mayor Whitney said.

“We have also managed to keep the 5% early rate payment discount and the pensioner discount, which is an extraordinary effort given the circumstances.

“These measures have only been achieved in this Budget, by Council making the difficult decisions around rate rises, gaining emergent funding, introducing a levy and constraining expenditure, in the 2013-14 financial year.

“The 2014-15 Budget will turn around the operating position of $22.4 million deficit to be operating at a surplus of $1.1 million by the end of the financial year.

“The $73 million debt will also be reduced to $67 million by the end of 2014-15 and responsible
and sustainable cash flow management can be achieved to avoid insolvency.

“These measures can only be achieved by Council making the difficult decisions to sell surplusassets, further constrain expenditure, keeping a reduced levy and including a moderate 4% rate
rise in 2014-15 Budget.

“Despite Council’s priorities being focused on paying down debt a moderate capital work program of $16.2 million will be delivered as part of the 2014-15 Budget which will include road upgrades and water and sewerage infrastructure improvements across the Whitsunday region,” she said.

Mayor Whitney said the $100 levy allows Council to meet some of the required repayments toQueensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) for the $10 million emergent loan, with the additional
amount funded through general rates.

“If the levy were to be scrapped entirely the loan repayments would need to be raised from analternative source, which means further rate rises,” she said.

“It was viewed by Council that it is fairer to keep a $100 levy, for the whole region as opposed to
additional increases in rates which would result in hurting many people’s hip-pocket more.”Mayor Whitney said like all levels of government across Australia, the Whitsunday Regional

Council is currently operating in difficult financial circumstances which call for difficult decisions to be made.

“I’d like to commend all the Whitsunday Regional Council staff involved in the preparation of this
year’s budget,” she said.

“Thanks must go to the staff who in extremely challenging circumstances have produced a budget restoring responsible financial management while also minimising the financial burden on the community.

“The past year has been particularly challenging for Whitsunday Regional Council, but with thedelivery of the 2014-15 Budget, I believe we have turned a corner and stabilised Council's financial position now so the entire region can reap the economic opportunities available for us in the future.

“I am very pleased Council has been able to work hard to put measures in place to pay down debt and restore responsible financial management, while minimising the impact on ratepayers,” she said.

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Posted on: 24 July, 2014

Community to be consulted on outcomes of local laws review

Council is inviting submissions from the community following on from its recent review of the
current local laws and subordinate local laws.

Local laws and subordinate local laws govern most of Council’s roles and responsibilities including public safety, parking, events, swimming pools, advertising signage, animal control, outdoor dining, overgrown allotments, pests and weeds, and nuisances such as noise and dust.

They are designed to protect and enhance the community amenity of the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said one of the key objectives from the Operational Plan was to ensure that the existing local laws and subordinate local laws were consistent with state legislation and will meet future regulatory requirements.

“It is a requirement of all local governments to develop a diverse range of local laws and
subordinate local laws to regulate and control various activities,” she said.

“Through the regulation of activities we can ensure that a high level of local enforcement andcompliance is in place to protect and enhance the lifestyle and wellbeing of our community.”
Council is encouraging residents to have a say on the proposed changes and provide writtenfeedback on or before 21 August 2014.

Submissions can only be received in writing and must clearly state the grounds of the submission and any facts or circumstances relied on to justify the submission.

Submission can be made by:

Providing a written submission at one of Council's Customer Service Centres

Writing to Council at:

Local Law Amendment Submission
Whitsunday Regional CouncilPO Box 104
Proserpine QLD 4800

Contacting Council by email at info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

The proposed local laws and subordinate local laws can be downloaded from Council's websiteor viewed and purchased from one of Council's Customer Service
Centres.

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Posted on: 24 July, 2014

Take advantage of reduced rates for dog and cat registration

Residents of the Whitsunday region are reminded to take advantage of the discount period for dog
and cat registrations.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said registrations for pet owners are due on 1 July with the discount period running until 31 July.

“Pensioners are also reminded they receive much reduced rates for dog and cat registration,
making pet ...Read on...

Posted on: 24 July, 2014

Proserpine Main Street streetscape plan approved

Council has endorsed a revised Proserpine Main Street Streetscape plan and asked that work get
underway immediately on the $21,500 project.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said after much toing and froing to incorporate community feedback,
streetscape work can now commence.

“There were concerns surrounding the removal and relocation of a few trees but these issues have now been rectified and I am kee...Read on...

Posted on: 24 July, 2014

Nominations open for Inclusive Community Champions Awards

If you would like to recognise the great work an organisation or individual demonstrates to foster a
truly inclusive community this is your opportunity.

The Inclusive Community Champions (ICC) Awards is calling for nominations to recognise and
celebrate the venues, facilities, organisations and individuals that encourage and support acommunity that can be accessed, enjoyed and participated in by everyo...Read on...

Posted on: 21 July, 2014

HMAS Tarakan takes its final voyage

Whitsunday Regional Council together with the Bowen RSL Sub Branch will welcome HMAS
Tarakan personnel to the region when the ship docks in Bowen from this Friday 25 July.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said HMAS Tarakan had moored in its adopted township of Bowen for a
number of years but this will be its last time as the ship will be decommissioned following thecompletion of this journey.

“The arrival of Tarakan is always some...Read on...

Posted on: 15 July, 2014

Change to next week’s Ordinary Council Meeting

Mayor Jenny Whitney said next week’s Whitsunday Regional Council Ordinary Meeting scheduled for the Wednesday 23rd July, has been moved to 9am Tuesday 22nd July.

“This is due to Councillors attending an Australian Local Government Women's Association's
(ALGWA) Conference in Warwick,” she said.

“The Tuesday 22nd meeting will also be moved from Bowen to the Proserpine EntertainmentCentre, 16 Main Street, Proserpine to accommodate meeting commitments with State Government officials.”

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Posted on: 15 July, 2014

Council to vote on 2014-15 Budget on the 28th July

Whitsunday Regional Council 2014-15 Budget will be voted on by Council at a Special Council
Meeting at 9am Monday the 28th July, at the Proserpine Council Chambers.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the 2014-15 Budget was delivered to Councillors yesterday, as per the Local Government Act 2009 Councillors now have two weeks to consider the budget before it is voted on.

“The 2014-15 financial year Whitsunday Regional Counci...Read on...

Posted on: 10 July, 2014

Whitsunday Snapshot Exhibition

The Bowen and Whitsunday Photography Group will hold their 2nd photography exhibition on 17
July at the Cannonvale Library.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the exhibition, ‘Whitsunday Snapshot’, showcases the remarkable
talent in our region as well as the amazing landscape of the Whitsundays.

“The photography group was launched in late February 2014 and has grown rapidly to more ...Read on...

Posted on: 9 July, 2014

Council to provide financial assistance to two local sporting clubs

Whitsunday Regional Council will provide one off payments of $17,000 to the Proserpine Junior
Sporting Complex and $25,000 to the Whitsunday Sports Park – providing the clubs with a much
needed financial boost.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the clubs to take over ground maintenance of the fields in return for annual funding contributions.

“Both groups were expecting these contributions in payment of inv...Read on...

Posted on: 9 July, 2014

Council reluctantly reaches rates settlement with NQBP

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to note its dissatisfaction and disappointment with the outcome of the negotiations with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) in relation to their outstanding rates owed to Council.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said today Council reluctantly approved the write off of the sum of
$117,469.68 interest and $567,749.59 general rate on assessments of four lots at Abbot Point for rates for NQBP for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years.

“The w...Read on...

Posted on: 9 July, 2014

Thanks to Council staff for delivering 2011 NDRRA Program – on time and within budget

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said congratulations must go to the Council staff and external consultants who helped complete the $50.2m 2011 Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements road repairs in the Whitsunday region.

“An engineering report presented at today’s Ordinary Council Meeting shows the 2011 NDRRA
program was completed at the end of May this year, within the final budget of $50.2 million,” Mayor Whitney said.

“This has been an extraordinary effort with Cou...Read on...

Posted on: 9 July, 2014

Council provides $5,000 sponsorship for Airlie Beach Race Week

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide $5,000 in sponsorship to Whitsunday
Sailing Club for the 25th Anniversary Vision Survey Airlie Beach Race Week.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is pleased Council can provide funding for Airlie Beach Race Week, which is one of the biggest events in the region drawing thousands of competitors and spectators to Airlie Beach.

“Whitsunday Sailing Club requested the fun...Read on...

Posted on: 8 July, 2014

Round two of ANZAC Centenary grants program now open

From 2014 to 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, observing 100 years since
Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

The Queensland Government is offering grants to not-for-profit organisations through the ANZAC Centenary grants program, with round two of the grants program now open.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the ANZAC Centenary grants program aims to assist and encou...Read on...

Posted on: 7 July, 2014

Whitsunday Regional Libraries to host FREE Creative Painting Workshops

Whitsunday Regional Libraries are hosting free creative painting workshops run by local artist
Wendy Eriksson.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said these workshops are a great opportunity for people who are interested in taking up painting as a hobby but don’t know where to start.

“The workshops will also be good for existing artists who would welcome the opportunity to le...Read on...

Posted on: 4 July, 2014

Free school holiday activities continue at Whitsunday libraries

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said free school holiday activities continue at
all four Whitsunday Regional Libraries next week.

“For the first week of school holidays lots of kids attended our free movies, games and arts and
crafts sessions at all four libraries across the Whitsunday region,” Mayor Whitney said.

“It was great to see so many young people attend our free activit...Read on...

Posted on: 3 July, 2014

Winners of Council Youth Picture Competition announced

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said as part of the development of the
Corporate Plan, Whitsunday 2020 Council coordinated a Youth Picture Competition for primary
school aged children across the region.

“The competition asked students to draw or create a picture showing how they think the
Whitsundays will look in five years time,” Mayor Whitney said.

“It was all part of Council’s development of a five year Corporate Plan and vision for Councilspann...Read on...

Posted on: 2 July, 2014

New $120,000 Automatic Weather Station for Bowen

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is very pleased Council was
successful in gaining $110,000 of funding from the State Government for a $120,000 Automatic
Weather Station (AWS) at Bowen Aerodrome.

“The new AWS will provide the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group and the Bowen
community with frequent, automatically updated, weather data including wind speed and direction, temperatures, humidity and rainfall amounts near the Bowen township.

“Thi...Read on...

Posted on: 1 July, 2014

Take advantage of reduced rates for dog and cat registration

Residents of the Whitsunday region are reminded to take advantage of the discount period for dog
and cat registrations.

Residents of the Whitsunday region are reminded to take advantage of the discount period for dog and cat registrations.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said registrations for pet owners are due on 1 July with the discount period running...Read on...

Posted on: 26 June, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport number one performer

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Cr Jennifer Whitney said the Whitsunday Coast Airport
continues to achieve top performance results in the monthly Domestic On Time Performance
Report.

“The May report shows Whitsunday Coast Airport is the number one airport for on time arrivals in
Australia, achieving 97.5%,” Mayor Whitney said.“Whitsunday Coast Airport was also first in Australia for on time arrivals for a particular route, with
th...Read on...

Posted on: 25 June, 2014

Expression of Interest for Collinsville radio

Today, Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to release an Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the utilisation of Council owned and established radio equipment used to broadcast free to air radio in Collinsville.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is seeking to ascertain if there are any radio stations who are
interested in delivering their services for the Collinsville community using Council ownedinfrastructure.

“The community is currently provided with two ...Read on...

Posted on: 25 June, 2014

Whitsunday 2020 – a strategic plan for our future

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted the Corporate Plan 2014-2019 entitled Whitsunday
2020.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the plan has been developed following extensive consultation with the Whitsunday community, over a number of months.

“Whitsunday 2020 sets out Council’s strategic objectives for the next five years and provides a
platform from...Read on...

Posted on: 25 June, 2014

2010 Financial Sustainability Review publicly released

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to publicly release the 2010 Financial Sustainability
Review, making it available on the Council website, at customer service centres and libraries.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Council’s decision to make this document publicly available reflects this Council’s commitment to openness and transparency.

“Prior to the last Council meeting, the 57 page 2010 Financial Sustainability Review had never
be...Read on...

Posted on: 23 June, 2014

Whitsunday Local Heritage Register to be established

Whitsunday Regional Council is establishing the Whitsunday Local Heritage Register to help
identify and protect properties of historical significance in the Whitsunday region for future
generations.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said 52 properties in the Whitsunday region have been recommended, by
external heritage consultants, to go on the local heritage register as they provide a sense ofidentity for the local community and also reflect the unique history...Read on...

Posted on: 17 June, 2014

Fireworks and dogs a bad combination

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding Proserpine dog owners to make sure their dogs are tied up or locked up this Friday night to prevent distress for the dogs from the Proserpine Show
fireworks.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Proserpine Show is a great night out for the whole family, but
doesn’t need to be at the expense of your dog’s welfare.

“Fireworks can be very distressing for pet dogs, so ensuring your dogs are tied up or locked up will p...Read on...

Posted on: 13 June, 2014

A reminder of what not to put down the drain

Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding everyone that everything that goes down the kitchen,
laundry and bathroom sink or that's flushed down the toilet ends up in the sewerage system.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said putting the wrong things down the sewer affects council’s ability to
treat and reuse the water and can cause damage to the system or cause blockages.

“Council has to pay to remove these items from the sewerage system and th...Read on...

Posted on: 13 June, 2014

Mid-year Beach Library book sale

Whitsunday Regional Council Beach Library is holding a book sale of withdrawn and donated
stock, until the end of the June/July school holidays.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said there are bargains galore available with a huge range of junior, adult
and young adult book titles for sale from $1.

“There are also a limited number of DVDs and magazines on sale; DVDs from $1 and magazines from 20c each,” Ma...Read on...

Posted on: 11 June, 2014

Bowen Developmental Road to be renamed Peter Delamothe Road

Today, the Whitsunday Regional Council recommended the rebranding of the Bowen
Developmental Road to be called the Peter Delamothe Road.

Council has provided the recommendation in support of changing the name of the road as part of the consultation process being undertaken by the Queensland Government.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the move would be an appropriate recognition of a great loca...Read on...

Posted on: 10 June, 2014

Nominations open for Resilient Australia Awards

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said applications are now open for
Queensland entries for the 2014 Get Ready Queensland - Resilient Australia Awards.

Mayor Whitney said members of the Whitsunday community are encouraged to nominate people, organisations or businesses in the area who have demonstrated disaster resilience over the last year.

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Posted on: 2 June, 2014

Free basic internet workshops at Proserpine Library

Throughout June, Whitsunday Regional Council is running free basic internet workshops at the
Proserpine Library.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the courses are designed for beginners and those that would like to
improve their confidence in using the internet.

“These free classes are a great opportunity for anyone interested in increasing their internet skills and gain...Read on...

Posted on: 30 May, 2014

2014-15 Budget fast approaching

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the 2014-15 financial year Whitsunday Regional Council Budget is fast approaching, and will be delivered within the next couple of months, with Council finalising the finer details over the next few weeks.

Mayor Whitney said inroads have been made towards rectifying the Council’s financial position
over the last 2 years.

“This has been done by making the difficult decisions around rate rises, gaining emergent funding, introducing a levy and constraining expenditure,” she said.

“Through the initial preparation for the 2014-15 Budget, Council believes the operating position of $22.4 million deficit can be turned around to be operating at a surplus of $1.8 million by the end of 2014-15.

“The $73 million debt can also be reduced to $67 million by the end of 2014-15 and responsibleand sustainable cash flow management can be achieved to avoid insolvency.

“These measures can only be achieved by Council making the difficult decisions to sell surplus
assets, further constrain expenditure, looking at keeping the levy and including a moderate raterise in 2014-15 Budget.

“Despite Council’s priorities being focused on paying down debt there will also be a moderate
capital work program as part of the 2014-15 Budget which will include road upgrades and waterand sewerage infrastructure improvements across the Whitsunday region,” she said.

Mayor Whitney said Whitsunday Regional Council has three key strategies to address the financial situation in which we find ourselves.

In the 2014-15 Budget, Council aims to improve this difficult financial position by:
•Paying down the $73 million debt•Correcting the operating position of Council so it is operating in surplus, not in deficit
•Restoring responsible and sustainable cash flow management

"Like all levels of government across Australia, the Whitsunday Regional Council is currentlyoperating in difficult financial circumstances which call for difficult decisions to be made,” she said.

"These difficult decisions will stabilise Council's financial position now so the entire region can reap the economic opportunities available to us as a region in the future."

The options Council is considering for the 2014-15 Budget, to achieve these aims include:
•Selling assets•Further constraining operating and capital expenditure
•Further rate rises•Maintaining the $140 levy
•Reducing the 5% early rate payment discount

Mayor Whitney said the $140 levy currently allows Council to meet the required repayments toQueensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) for the $10 million emergent loan.

“If the levy were to be scrapped the loan repayments would need to be raised from an alternative source, one option being further rate rises,” she said.

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Posted on: 29 May, 2014

Whitsunday region Perfectly Placed

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said tonight’s launch of the new Perfectly
Placed book and video will be another important promotional tool in attracting new residents and
skilled workers to our region.

“The revised Perfectly Placed book, which is now available in coffee table book format and
includes lots of new photos, will help promote the beautiful Whitsunday regions lifestyle, business and investment opportunities,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The new ...Read on...

Posted on: 29 May, 2014

Nominate now for Regional Achievement and Community Awards

Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging local community groups, businesses and individuals
to nominate for the Queensland Regional and Community Awards, run by Awards Australia.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge local community
groups, businesses and individuals for a job well done.

“You can nominate yourself or someone you know for achievements in social, economic orenvironmental fie...Read on...

Posted on: 26 May, 2014

Council crackdown on illegal dumping

Over the coming month Whitsunday Regional Council is planning to undertake a crackdown on
illegal dumping, to find and prosecute offenders who are illegally littering or dumping in the
Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said recently a number of illegal dumpers have been caught and fined, some travelling from outside the region to dump in our beautiful backyard.

“Whitsunday Regional Council has received eight motion sensor cameras through the Depar...Read on...

Posted on: 26 May, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport top performer

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is very pleased Whitsunday Coast
Airport is consistently in the top 10 best performing airports in the monthly Airline on time
Performance Reports.

“April’s report shows Whitsunday Coast Airport is number two in the country for on time departures and number eight in the country for on time arrivals,” Mayor Whitney said.

“This shows how efficiently our airport crews work to ensure passengers have a...Read on...

Posted on: 21 May, 2014

Mayor congratulates Cr Willcox on being elected Deputy Mayor for a second term

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney congratulated Councillor Andrew Willcox on
being re-elected Deputy Mayor for another 12 months.

“I’m pleased Cr Willcox has been re-elected Deputy Mayor for another year, as he can build on his experience in the role over the last 12 months,” Mayor Whitney said.

“We’ve got an important year ahead for the region as we continue to stabilise the Cou...Read on...

Posted on: 21 May, 2014

Council support for two community events

Council resolved today to provide financial support to two great local community events; the Collinsville Bacon Busters Competition to be held 30th August and the Community Friends National Families Week BBQ held on the 16th May, in Proserpine.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council will provide $500 support for the Collinsville Bacon Busters
Competition 2014, being held 30th August.

“Collinsville Bacon Busters Competition, being held at the Collinsville Rodeo Grounds is a familyfun day, which i...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2014

Whitsunday Coast Airport experiences boost in passenger numbers

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is very pleased Whitsunday Coast
Airport experienced a 16% increase in passengers in April 2014 compared to April 2013.

“The April passenger numbers for this year are also on par with the best April passenger numbers on record for the Whitsunday Coast Airport,” Mayor Whitney said. 

“A large part of the huge boost in passenger numbers is due to Tiger Air commencing direct flights between the Whitsunday Coast and Sydney on April 1st this year.  

“Jetstar and Virgin Australia flights have also been bringing good numbers of passengers to the
Whitsunday region, with a bumper Easter period positively affecting the region's tourism industry. 

“This increase in passenger numbers is extremely pleasing given that the region experienced the significant weather event of Cyclone Ita during this April period.

“I think this shows economic confidence is returning and tourism numbers to our beautifulWhitsunday region are bouncing back to pre-global financial crisis levels,” she said.

Mayor Whitney said growth in passenger numbers through the Whitsunday Coast Airport is
fantastic news for the region as the airport is the single most important piece of infrastructure in the region to grow tourism and economic development.

“The Council is working with airlines and investors to expand existing flight routes, add new routes and develop the airport itself, with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub,” she said.

“Whitsunday Regional Council is also in discussions with the Queensland Government regardingdesignating the Whitsunday Coast Airport as a Priority Development Area (PDA).

“A PDA for the Whitsunday Coast Airport will maximise the economic and development
opportunities of this key precinct, expanding the developable size from 430 hectares to over 1000 hectares, creating a unique precinct on the East Coast of Australia with direct access to the North Coast Railway Line and the Bruce Highway.

“A PDA for the Whitsunday Coast Airport will make any potential future expansion of the terminalor runway at the airport much easier.

“Local residents looking at taking advantage of Tiger Air’s direct flights to Sydney are reminded
they are holding a 2 for 1 sale on all domestic flights until midnight on the 21st May,” she said.

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Posted on: 19 May, 2014

Annabelle Brayley author talks at Whitsunday Regional Libraries

Whitsunday Regional Libraries welcomes author Annabelle Brayley who will give author talks on
her book ‘Nurse of the Outback’, at all four Whitsunday Regional Libraries on the 28th and 29th
May.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said ‘Nurse of the Outback’ is Annabelle Brayley’s second book and as a former nurse she knows how to share the experiences and challenges of remote area nursing
through her storytelling.

“At the author talks Annabelle will disc...Read on...

Posted on: 15 May, 2014

Whitsunday Libraries to host Australia’s biggest morning tea

Whitsunday Regional Libraries are asking the community to raise a cup on May 22nd for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and help Cancer Council raise vital funds for cancer prevention, research and support services.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Beach, Proserpine and Bowen libraries will be hosting community
morning teas at 10am to help support the cause and make a difference.

“Every year about 36,000 morning teas are held across Australia, as part of Australia’s ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 May, 2014

National Simultaneous Storytime at Whitsunday Libraries

As part of Library and Information Week, Whitsunday Regional Libraries will again participate
in National Simultaneous Storytime at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 21 May.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Bowen, Collinsville, Proserpine and Beach Libraries will be joining
libraries across Australia in reading the delightful story "Too Many Elephants in this House" byUrsula Dubosarsky. Proserpine Library will celebrate the event ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 May, 2014

Apply now for arts grants

Whitsunday Regional Council is calling on local artists to apply now for Regional Arts Development
Fund (RADF) grants of up to approximately $10,000.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the first round of funding is due to close on the 19th May, but the RADF committee will allow applications out of rounds.

“Grants of up to $10,000 per applicant are available for artists under eight different categories
includ...Read on...

Posted on: 12 May, 2014

Mayor thanks Whitsunday volunteers

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney would like to thank the dedicated and
passionate volunteers throughout the Whitsunday region as part of this week’s National Volunteer Week celebrations, May 12-18.

Mayor Whitney said this year is the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week and a great
opportunity to celebrate and thank local volunteers for the countless hours they put in to help thelocal community.

“Volunteers make an invaluable contributi...Read on...

Posted on: 12 May, 2014

Finalised Industry Reference Group to inform new planning scheme

Last week, Whitsunday Regional Council finalised the members of the Industry Reference Group
(IRG), which will advise Council on current and ongoing work associated with the preparation of
the new Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the establishment of the IRG is a significant step towards Council
adopting a more consultative approach to local town planning.

“The IRG is made up of a good cross section of key local industries including building,devel...Read on...

Posted on: 8 May, 2014

Communication is the key in Council’s new Customer Service Charter

Whitsunday Regional Council yesterday adopted a new Customer Service Charter to help build
and enhance our relationships and partnerships with our community and customers.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the charter will also enable a system of continuous improvement for all levels of customer service.

“Customer service has a major influence on the reputation of the Whitsunday Regional Council
among various key stakeholders an...Read on...

Posted on: 8 May, 2014

New purchasing policy and guide for Council

Yesterday, Whitsunday Regional Council adopted the new Purchasing Policy and Purchasing
Guide for 2014/15.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Purchasing Policy, which is required to be developed under the
Local Government Regulation 2012, sets out the Council’s policy for purchasing throughout theorganisation.

The Purchasing Guide provides businesses with an effective “how to” framework for contracting
for products and services within Whitsunday Regional Council.

“The new purchasing policy and guide will establish purchasing processes that are cost effectivefor both Council and suppliers across the region,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The new governance arrangements will ensure Council's purchasing is accountable and
transparent and most importantly supports our local businesses.

“The new procedures require Council to analyse current spending patterns and plan in a timelymanner for purchasing goods and services.

“With established planning, Council officers must also follow set procurement procedures that
ensure Council achieves the most advantageous offer while considering Council's commitments to supporting local suppliers.

“Establishing a good relationship with suppliers is an essential part of Council's new procurement framework.

“Council's objective is to establish arrangements with suppliers who are well informed of Council’s needs and our purchasing practices.

“Our procurement principles and practices will be available to all members of the public andCouncil will hold workshops specifically targeting business wanting to do business with Council.

“We will proactively engage local suppliers and ensure our local suppliers are given every
opportunity to do business with Council.

"Furthermore, it is Council's objective to lead local businesses within our region to adapt to newtechnologies that improve supply arrangements for businesses.

“In particular, the use of e-procurement is reducing the cost of procurement for many private
businesses and improving logistical integration with suppliers.

“There is no reason why Council and other businesses in our region can not benefit from similarpurchasing practices.

“One step in that direction Council has already taken is using LocalBuy Tenderbox for tender
processes.

“I encourage all suppliers in our region interested in doing business with Council to get onto theLocal Buy website, go into TenderBox and register to receive Council's advertised tenders,” she
said.

"This will make sure you receive notification of relevant Council tenders in the future."

Tender documents are available for download by registering at LG Tenderbox www.lgtenderbox.com.au

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Posted on: 7 May, 2014

Council support for three local community events

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to support three local community events; Domestic
Violence Prevention Candle Lighting Ceremony, Proserpine Meals on Wheels Anniversary
Celebration and the Airlie Beach Running Festival 2014.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to help these local community events by donating funds and waiving the event application fees.

“The minor event application fee will be waived for the Candle Lighting Ceremony, being held at
Flags...Read on...

Posted on: 7 May, 2014

Women’s Work Camp to help prepare for Bowen River Rodeo and Camp Draft

Whitsunday Regional Council today endorsed the Townsville Correctional Centre's Bowen
Women's Work Camp to help prepare for the Bowen River Rodeo & Camp Draft 6-8th June 2014.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Bowen Women’s Work Camp has been involved with many
improvements to the Bowen region since it was established in 2007.

“The low-security prisoners in the camp are a valuable source of labour to help undertake projects or c...Read on...

Posted on: 7 May, 2014

Expressions of interest for Whitsunday Coast Airport lighting upgrade

Whitsunday Regional Council is calling for Expressions of Interest prior to tendering, for the
design, supply and installation of the ground lighting upgrade at the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the $800,000 lighting upgrade for the Whitsunday Coast Airport is the
final element of the 2013-14 capital works budget to be delivered and another step towards theairport gaining international status.

“The upgrade will prov...Read on...

Posted on: 7 May, 2014

Application for funding to upgrade Argyle Park Road to 1 in 100 year flood immunity

Whitsunday Regional Council is submitting an application for funding with the Queensland
Government through the Flood Mitigation Project 2014-15, to upgrade Argyle Park Road in Bowen to increase flood immunity from 1 in 2 years to 1 in 100 years.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the if successful the upgrade to the existing culvert structure and road
formation will provide a safe access route to the recently constructed Bowen Cyclone Shelter,during heavy rain.
“Currently, Argyle Park Road is one of a ...Read on...

Posted on: 5 May, 2014

Special Council meeting called to swear in new Division 2 Councillor

Whitsunday Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said he has received the official declaration of results from the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) for the results of the Division 2 by-election.

Mr Waters said a special council meeting will be held this Wednesday 7th May at 3.30pm in the
Proserpine Boardroom to swear in the new Division 2 Councillor John Atkinson.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the swearing in at the Council Cham...Read on...

Posted on: 5 May, 2014

Council applies for resilience building weather infrastructure

Whitsunday Regional Council is submitting 3 applications for funding with the Qld
Government through the Flood Mitigation Project 2014-15, which will build resilience, help reduce the impact of future flooding and benefit the entire Whitsunday community.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council is applying for funding for two Automatic Weather Stations
(AWS) one at Bowen Airport and one in Airlie Beach and ten rainfall alert stations for the southern part of the Whitsunday region.

“Last month, I had positi...Read on...

Posted on: 1 May, 2014

Council thanks workers for swift action to fix Bruce Highway damage

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said thank you to Council workers, Main
Roads engineers and the Queensland Police Service for acting so swiftly to fix the road damage
which closed the Bruce Highway overnight.

Mayor Whitney said last night Council workers from our Bowen depot identified a dip in the
Highway at Kangaroo Creek, 20km south of Bowen, that grew over time creating a serious issue.

“I’d like to thank Council workers, Main Roads engineers and the Q...Read on...

Posted on: 29 April, 2014

Local artist exhibition and book launch at Beach library

Whitsunday Regional Council is hosting an exhibition of artwork by local artist Wendy Erikssen
from 30th April to 8th May at the Beach library, in Cannonvale.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Wendy’s art exhibition will culminate in a book launch for her first learn to paint book, How did you paint that? - Learn to paint - Fish Feeding.

“All are welcome to attend the book launch and bookings are not required, mornin...Read on...

Posted on: 29 April, 2014

Bowen Women’s Work Camp cleaning up after Cyclone Ita

Since last Wednesday, Whitsunday Regional Council has been coordinating the Townsville
Correctional Centre's Bowen Women's Work Camp in cleaning up after Cyclone Ita.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said last Wednesday when Minister for Local Government, Community
Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli was in Bowen he committed to making low-securityprisoners available to help with the clean-up of debris on farms in Bowen following Cyclone Ita.

“Low-security prisoners were sent down from Townsville the following day, to assist the existing
low-security prisoners at the camp with the clean-up,” Mayor Whitney said.

“We expect more low-security prisoners will arrive from Townsville over the coming days to further help.

“The women are working on a number of farms in the Bowen region on a daily basis and willcontinuing working until all on-farm issues are resolved.

“The additional low-security prisoners being sent down from Townsville has meant Council has
also been able to honour its annual commitment to help with the setup of the Collinsville Rodeo,with four women being sent to Collinsville last Thursday to help,” she said.

Mayor Whitney said it’s a win-win situation for the farmers needing assistance with clean-up around their properties and the low-security prisoners gaining new skills.

“I know local farmers will be thankful for the assistance in clearing up debris and plastic from flood affected fields, with the low-security prisoners providing many valuable hours of labour,” she said.

“The program also enables the low-security prisoners to develop work and life skills that may
increase their chances of successful re-integration into the community upon release.

“It also encourages low-security prisoners to develop a work ethic by engaging them in regularwork practices and encouraging self responsibility.

“The Bowen Women’s Work Camp was established in 2007 and has made available a source of
labour to undertake projects or community work that would otherwise not be completed, with thecamp being a major benefit to the local community.

“The Bowen Women's Work Camp program has seen many improvements to our region including the award winning site of Flagstaff Hill which the Work Camp upgraded through the establishment of paths, seating and rotundas,” she said.

Below is a list of some of the projects completed by the all-women team however, there are many more contributions to our community that are not listed here:

• Queens Beach walking pathways
• Beautification of the Bowen Foreshore Skate Rink• Renovations of the Bowen Sporting Complex and toilet blocks
• Fencing to Bowen Polocrosse• Annual Bowen River Rodeo preparation
• Erosion control fencing at Queen's Beach• Upgrade and maintenance of Cape Edgecombe walking track
• Painting of Bowen Show Ground buildings• Refurbishment of town square wooden bench seating
• Rebuilding of the gardens and painting of the Bowen Christian Outreach Centre• Extending cricket pitches of the Bowen Cricket Incorporation
• Maintenance of Bowen Aerodrome Precinct

The Whitsunday Regional Council looks forward to a continued rewarding and productivepartnership with Queensland Corrective Services in the provision of beneficial works projects for
the community, and rehabilitation process of offenders returning to society.

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Posted on: 24 April, 2014

Proserpine library book sale and new movie book club

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Proserpine library is pleased to offer two great local events and
urging the community to come along and get involved.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Proserpine library will be holding a book sale of withdrawn and donated stock, next Wednesday.

“Members of the community are encouraged to come to the Proserpine library on Wednesday 30th April, from 9am-4.30pm to grab a bargai...Read on...

Posted on: 24 April, 2014

Council approves streamlined application process for complex developments

Today, the Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to endorse the Development Partnership
Process for complex applications for implementation by Council’s Development Assessment Team.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said this will allow for complex development applications to be streamlined by Council and will also assist in reducing delays in delivering complex projects.

“The Development Assessment Innovation Project enables Councils to imp...Read on...

Posted on: 23 April, 2014

Council support for two Queens Birthday weekend community events

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to provide funding and in-kind support for two great
local community events occurring on the upcoming Queens Birthday weekend; the Bowen River
Rodeo and Campdraft and Dingo Beach Whitfunday 2014.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is pleased to be able to support the popular Collinsville
community event of the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft 2014.

“The annual event has been running for a number of years and draws large crowds to Collinsville ove...Read on...

Posted on: 23 April, 2014

Free mulch day – 3rd May

Due to an oversupply of mulch at the Cannonvale Transfer Station, Whitsunday Regional Council
is offering free mulch to the public on Saturday 3rd May.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said due to recent Cyclone Ita we currently have about 8,000 cubic metres of mulch at our Cannonvale Transfer Station.

“The mulch will be available to members of the public for free, on one day only, from 8am-4pm
Saturday 3rd May, ...Read on...

Posted on: 22 April, 2014

Council to conduct trade waste inspections on businesses

Over the coming months, Whitsunday Regional Council will be rolling out a new Trade Waste
Inspection Program, as part of a commitment to reduce the level of pollutants in the outflow from
Council’s Sewerage Treatment Plants.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council will be conducting random checks to ensure that all
businesses across the region, that produce trade waste have a permit from Council and also that businesses with a permit are complying with their requirements when th...Read on...

Posted on: 16 April, 2014

Cyclone Ita cleanup and assistance for Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Federal-State Government assistance is
now available for primary producers in the Whitsunday region following the impacts of Cyclone Ita.

Mayor Whitney said she was on the ground on Monday with the Minister for Local Government,
Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli meeting with local farmers and assessing the damage to properties.

“There has been widespread damage to the h...Read on...

Posted on: 15 April, 2014

Broad community consultation conducted for Council’s Corporate Plan

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said over the past few months Council has
been conducting extensive community consultation for the Whitsunday Regional Council 2020
Corporate Plan and has received input from 562 community members.

Mayor Whitney said the community engagement process involved online and phone surveys, four community forums, two staff forums and a children’s picture drawing competition.

“The community engagement process found that the key priority for Whitsunday Regional Council over the next five years is responsible governance, including financial planning and community engagement,” she said.

“The Community Forums for the Whitsunday Regional Council 2020 Corporate Plan, held in
Proserpine, Collinsville, Bowen and Cannonvale were well attended by community members and consisted of very positive and productive discussions.

“All the attendees agreed our local agriculture, horticulture and tourism industries present theregion with enormous opportunities in the coming years.

“There were constructive discussions around how these industries can be developed, including
increasing access to water supply and expanding export opportunities through the continueddevelopment of the Whitsunday Coast Airport and Abbot Point.

“The development of the Urannah dam and the energy corridor in the Bowen region were also
identified as priorities.

“The Whitsunday Regional Council 2020 Corporate Plan is an important piece of governance work which informs Council's directions and priorities over the next five years, and is also a way of measuring Council's progress in achieving key strategies.

“The extensive community consultation undertaken so far for the Whitsunday Regional Council2020 Corporate Plan is a significant step towards Council adopting a more consultative approach when developing major governance projects which drive the direction of Council,” she said.

Whitsunday Regional Council 2020 Corporate Plan Community Consultation:

Online survey – 44 responses
Phone survey – 300 participantsProserpine – 8 community members
Collinsville – 7 community membersBowen – 12 community members
Cannonvale – 8 community membersStaff workshops – 35 staff members
Kids drawing competition – 148 entries

The draft Corporate Plan is scheduled to be released for public consultation in May and a finalreport will be compiled and released following the conclusion of the public consultation period.

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Posted on: 13 April, 2014

Cyclone Ita has passed over Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said the Tropical Cyclone Ita has passed over the Whitsunday region and is moving south.

Mayor Whitney said the rainfall has been exceptionally heavy in a short period of time resulting in localised flooding and a number of road closures across the region due to water being over roads.

“The Bruce Highway remains closed at Merinda north of ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 April, 2014

Tropical Cyclone Ita affecting Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said the affects of Cyclone Ita are currently being felt in Airlie Beach and
Proserpine.

Mayor Whitney said Bowen has experienced up to 180mm rain since 9am and numerous local
roads are closed.

“The Bruce highway is closed at Merinda and also 6 kilometres south of Bowen,” Mayor Whitneysaid.

“This is a reminder to everyone in the Whitsunday region to stay off the roads if possible.

“Many roads are closed without signage, as it has been unsafe for authorities to erect signage as the cyclone is impacting,” she said.

Remember if it's flooded forget it. For up to date information on regional road closures call 13 19
40 or visit 131940.qld.gov.au

“The Don River has reached minor flood warning levels and is continuing to rise.

“Very heavy rainfall has been recorded in the Don River catchment and rises above minor floodlevels are expected.

Emergency Action Guides (EAG) are available on Council’s website, or in our customer service
centres, the storm tide inundation mapping zones shown in the EAG are an indication only forstorm tides.

To keep up to date with information relating to current disaster events, residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page, which will provide a direct link to information from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.

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Posted on: 13 April, 2014

Category 1 Cyclone Ita to affect Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre has moved to lean forward in
preparation for the impacts of Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Mayor Whitney said based on Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advice the Whitsunday region will
today experience gale force winds with gusts up to 110 kilometers per hour and widespread rainfall of between 100-200mm and isolated falls of up to 400mm.

“The a...Read on...

Posted on: 11 April, 2014

Whitsunday region prepared for potential affects of Cyclone Ita

Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said following this afternoon’s meeting of the disaster management group the
Whitsunday region has moved to alert phase to watch and monitor Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Mayor Whitney said based on current Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predictions the most likely
affects, for the Whitsunday region, from Cyclone Ita are heavy rain and strong winds over theweekend.

“However, the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group has ...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2014

RADF grants for Art Whitsunday Inc and Zonta Club of Bowen

Whitsunday Regional Council today approved Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants for
Art Whitsunday Inc and Zonta Club of Bowen.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Art Whitsunday Inc will receive $3,650 and Bowen Zonta will receive
$4,478.

“The Art Whitsunday Inc grant was awarded under the building community cultural capacitycategory and will go towards the costs of empowering a profe...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2014

Council donation for Bowen Fishing Classic 2014

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to donate the application fees and provide in-kind
support for the 2014 Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend to be held 20-21st
September.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said every year this event attracts large crowds to the Whitsunday region
who enjoy the fishing, family fun and top class entertainment at the Bowen Soundshell and frontbeach.

“In its 23rd year we know the Bowen Family Fishing Cl...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2014

New Whitsunday Regional Council planning scheme to be prepared

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to prepare the new Whitsunday Regional Council
planning scheme.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council would provide written advice to the Minister for State
Development Infrastructure and Planning in accordance with the relevant statutory guidelines toadvise of Council’s intention to prepare a new planning scheme and...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2014

Regional and Resource Towns Action Plan to look at Whitsunday Coast Airport

Today, Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to receive the Regional and Resource Towns Action
Plan (RRTAP) – Implementation Report released by the Queensland Government in March.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said she is very pleased the Whitsunday
region has been identified as one of three new local government areas identified for furtherinvestigation and potential funding for new actions under RRTAP.

“Council also resolved to authorise the Chief Executive Officer to immediately action the RRTAP
recommendation to investigate opportunities to facilitate land development at Whitsunday CoastAirport including further development of master plan appraisal feasibility,” she said.

“The project investigating the opportunities to facilitate land development at the airport will be
named the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub.

“The single most important piece of infrastructure to grow the Whitsunday region’s economy is the Whitsunday Coast Airport and developing this facility to its full potential.

“Growth at the airport will not only positively affect the region's tourism industry, but will also create further opportunities for importing and exporting.

“The announcement by the Queensland Government to investigate opportunities around the airport is consistent with Council’s current work with Economic Development Queensland on the potential Whitsunday Coast Airport Priority Development Area (PDA).

“A PDA for the Whitsunday Coast Airport will maximise the economic and developmentopportunities of this key precinct.

“It will make any potential future expansion of the terminal or runway at the airport much easier. It will also mean there is a potential in the future for the airport to be upgraded to a standard which would allow international flights.

"The Whitsunday region will benefit greatly from being included in the Queensland Government’s RRTAP and any additional research to facilitate land development and planning, particularly around the Whitsunday Coast Airport," she said.

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Posted on: 9 April, 2014

Council to review State land for possible acquisition

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to immediately review Queensland Government
owned land and assets within the local government area that can be accessed for economic
development opportunities.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this follows the receipt of correspondence from the Minister for Local
Government Community Recovery and Resilience authorising the Chief Executive Officer to action the review.

“Council has been afforded an opportunity to sti...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2014

Council grants $20,000 for festival funding

Whitsunday Regional Council today authorised $20,000 in funding by way of sponsorship and in-kind support for two local festivals, the Bowen Offshore Power Boats Event and the 2014
Whitsunday Reef Festival.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said she is very pleased to support these two festivals which foster tourism and economic development in the Whitsunday region.

“Council will give $5,000 by way of sponsorship for the Bowen Offshore Power Boats Event and a further $...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2014

Council makes amendments to TLPI development application fees

Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to waive the development application lodgement fee for some development applications assessable under the Temporary Local Planning Instrument
(TLPI) 02/2013.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the waiving of fees under some specific circumstances is a direct result of community feedback received at the recent industry briefing session held in Bowen on the 21st February.

“During this briefing session a number of key t...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2014

Council’s 2012-13 Annual Report available

Whitsunday Regional Council today adopted the 2012-13 Annual Report and resolved a copy
would be sent to the Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience and it
would be made available on Council’s website.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Annual Report for 2012-13 is now available to the public and
provides a good summary of Council’s performance and achievements over the 12 month period.

“The annual report is an insight into Council’s operations and financ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 April, 2014

Calling for Regional Arts Development Fund committee members

Whitsunday Regional Council is calling for expressions of interest from community members who have an interest in the arts and want to become members of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) committee.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the Council in conjunction with Arts Queensland undertakes the
RADF program that supports professional artists and arts practitioners living in the Whitsundayregion.

“If you are passionate about the arts and keen to get i...Read on...

Posted on: 4 April, 2014

‘Exploding’ school holiday workshops at Whitsunday libraries

This Easter school holidays Whitsunday Regional Council Libraries will be holding mini workshops
called “Kids on Tour” sponsored by Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said QAGOMA is currently hosting an exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang called “Falling Back to Earth” and as part of this exhibition workshops for regional areas have been developed to create art, linking with the work of Cai Guo-Qiang.
...Read on...

Posted on: 3 April, 2014

Council welcomes two Expressions of Interest for Integrated Resort developments in the region

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney has welcomed the Queensland
Government’s announcement that two Expressions of Interest have been lodged for Integrated
Resort developments in the Whitsunday region.

“We are very pleased there are two consortia who have submitted Expressions of Interest with the Queensland Government to develop new Integrated Resorts in the Whitsunday region,” she said.

“The China-Australia Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (C...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2014

Council celebrates National Youth Week

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said National Youth Week (NYW) is the
largest celebration of young people in Australia.

“Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia get involved in NYW each year,
which runs from 4-13 April 2014,” she said.

“The theme for National Youth Week 2014 is ‘Our Voice. Our Impact.’ It was chosen by the Young Members of the Nation...Read on...

Posted on: 27 March, 2014

Direct flights from Sydney to Whitsunday Coast Airport – the beginning of an exciting future

Next Tuesday the 1st April Whitsunday Coast Airport will see the first Tiger Air direct flight from
Sydney touch down in the sunny Whitsundays.

Whitsunday Regional Council worked in partnership with Tiger Air to secure this new direct route
from Sydney, into Whitsunday Coast Airport, which will operate three weekly return services every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Whitsunday Regional Coun...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2014

Delegation from Yinchuan visits Whitsunday region

A delegation from Yinchuan, China will today be welcomed to the Whitsunday region by Deputy
Mayor Cr Andrew Willcox and Cr Jan Clifford when they arrive at the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

The delegation is to be hosted by Whitsunday Regional Council and the China-Australian
Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI).

Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said the delegation of eight will be in the Whitsunday region for most of this ...Read on...

Posted on: 24 March, 2014

Community forums to develop Whitsunday vision

Whitsunday Regional Council is holding community forums at the start of April to help inform the
Council’s corporate vision for the next five years.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the forums are part of the extensive community consultation Council is undertaking throughout the development of Whitsunday Regional Council 2020, a five year
corporate vision spanning from 2014-2019.

“Four community forums wi...Read on...

Posted on: 20 March, 2014

Mayors talk up Whitsunday message

THE election funding commitment for the Ring Road will be honoured in the May
Federal Budget, amid confirmation from the Deputy Prime Minister during talks in
Canberra.

Chair of the Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC) and Mackay
Mayor Deirdre Comerford sought the assurance during a two-day visit to the nation’scapital along with Isaac counterpart Anne Baker and Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer
Whitney.

“Wh...Read on...

Posted on: 18 March, 2014

Regulated parking to be enforced at Abell Point Marina

Whitsunday Regional Council resolved at last week’s Council meeting to enforce regulated parking
within two new parking areas at the Abell Point Marina Precinct.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council also resolved to enforce an
annual permit to park for the commercial use of the public boat ramp commencing 1st July 2014.

“Abell Point Marina management have requested Council enforce th...Read on...

Posted on: 18 March, 2014

Council phone survey asking for your Whitsunday vision

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said over the next couple of weeks, as part of the development of the Whitsunday Regional Council 2020 corporate plan, Council will be
conducting a phone survey of 300 residents in the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Whitney said we want to hear your views about what you think the Council should be
focusing on over the next five years.

“Your opinions and feedback are important, and will assist the Council in terms of the futureplanning of our community,” M...Read on...

Posted on: 10 March, 2014

Cannonvale SES shed to receive $16,280 funding for upgrades

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said she is pleased to announce that
Cannonvale State Emergency Service (SES) will receive $16,280 in the 2014-15 financial year to improve safety at the SES shed.

Mayor Whitney said this funding will be welcomed by the SES volunteers who generously give up their time to help the Whitsunday community.

“The funding will enhance the safety of the Cannonvale SES shed by improving the stairwell to the mezzanine level...Read on...

Posted on: 10 March, 2014

Beach and Proserpine Libraries to host Free ABC Open Video for Beginners Workshops

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the community has the opportunity in
the next couple of weeks to take advantage of free ABC Open workshops being held at the Beach and Proserpine Libraries.

Mayor Whitney said ABC Open producer, Dan Battley, will host workshops at the Proserpine and Beach Libraries to assist people with interviewing and video skills, including how to set up your camera, frame your subject, ask questions and edit your video.
...Read on...

Posted on: 21 January, 2015

Council’s “Quick Hits” team streamlining development approvals

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the Council’s town planning “Quick
Hits” team should be commended for slashing approval times for development applications.

Mayor Whitney said the “Quick Hits” team have been turning low-risk domestic scale development applications around in significantly reduced timeframes, between 5-10 business days.

“This is a great reflection of the hard work Council’s planning team hav...Read on...

Posted on: 10 March, 2014

Bowen foreshore disability swing to be reopened

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the Council is seeking quotes to fix the
fence around the disability swing on Bowen foreshore that was damaged by vandals.

“The fence around the disability swing was damaged about a week ago and as a result the swing has not been usable since,” Mayor Whitney said.

“It is disgraceful that vandals would target a piece of public infrastructure which is obviously there to bene...Read on...

Posted on: 6 March, 2014

Whitsunday region urged to prepare for weekend cyclone

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney is advising residents and businesses in the region to prepare for a cyclone which
will potentially affect the region this weekend.

Mayor Whitney said the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is emphasising that modelling for this
potential cyclone remains highly changeable and the system will be much hard to predict.

“However, at this stage modelling is suggesting that the Whitsunday regi...Read on...

Posted on: 5 March, 2014

Prestigious local government award for Council Director

Whitsunday Regional Council’s Director of Corporate Services Graham Jarvis last night won a
prestigious award for procurement at the Local Buy, Government Procurement Professionals
Awards 2014.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said it is a remarkable reflection of Graham’s great work in the
procurement area over the past 14 months for him to receive such an important award in the Local Government sector.

“Graham was one of two recipients who received ...Read on...

Posted on: 3 March, 2014

Get creative – youth art graphic design competition

Whitsunday Regional Council is pleased to announce a youth art design competition to design a
mini brochure on youth services.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the competition is an initiative of Council’s Whitsunday Youth
Committee – Y Factor.

“The mini brochures will be created by young people for young people, the brochure will containimportant contact numbers for youth services...Read on...

Posted on: 3 March, 2014

Council Youth Picture Competition

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said as part of the development of the
Corporate Plan, Council is coordinating a Youth Picture Competition for Primary School aged
children across the region.

“The competition asks students to draw or create a picture showing how they think the
Whitsundays will look in five years time,” Mayor Whitney said.

“It is all part of Council developing a five year Corporate Plan and vision for Council spanning from ...Read on...

Posted on: 3 March, 2014

Council has huge amount of mulch available for the public

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said now is the time to get cheap mulch
from the Cannonvale Transfer Station.

“Council currently has a huge amount of mulch available due to high volumes of plant debris being dumped at Cannonvale Transfer Station, from recent Cyclone Dylan,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Council sells the mulch for $10 per cubic metre, which is a very a...Read on...

Posted on: 3 March, 2014

Industry Reference Group to inform new planning scheme

Last week, Whitsunday Regional Council confirmed the establishment of an Industry Reference
Group (IRG) for current and ongoing work associated with the preparation of the new Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the establishment of an industry reference group is a significant step towards Council adopting a more consultative approach to local town planning.

“The purpose of the IRG is to draw on the knowledge and experience of repre...Read on...

Posted on: 3 March, 2014

Whitsunday Regional Council receives resignation from Division 2 Councillor

Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council Jennifer Whitney can confirm that the resignation of
Division 2 Councillor, Kevin Collins has been received by the Chief Executive Officer.

“Cr Collins has made a decision to resign as a divisional Councillor and I respect him for the
decision he has made,” Mayor Whitney said.

“It has been a very challenging term of Council with Councillors having to make some of thetoughest unprecedented decisions to bring council back on track.

“I believe these decisions have taken their toll on both Council and Councillors.

“When standing for election I do not believe anyone was truly aware of the situation this council
has found itself in.

“There has been little to no ability for any Councillor to deliver on election commitments, due toCouncil’s funding constraints as constantly we have been trying to achieve debt reduction.

“I would like to thank Cr Collins for the contribution he has made to Council and the Community
over the past 22 months and wish Cr Collins all of the very best for the future," she said.Councillor Collins' resignation takes affect from the 10th of March.

A By-Election will be held within 12 weeks of the resignation taking affect.

Council can confirm that the Chief Executive Officer, has already made contact with the Electoral Commission of Queensland and the Department of Local Government Community Recovery and Resilience.

The Chief Executive Officer will not be making a request to Minister Crisafulli for a postal vote.

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Posted on: 27 February, 2014

Concerns raised about 2009 NDRRA Program in 2009

In January 2014, Whitsunday Regional Council was advised by the Queensland Government that Council has a liability of $10.8 million for out of scope work for the 2009 Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Program.

At yesterday’s Council meeting, Whitsunday Regional Council resolved to advise the Queensland Government that it finds it extremely difficult to work through the process of a potential repayment of $10.8 million for the 2009 NDRRA program.

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Posted on: 27 February, 2014

2012-2013 Financial Statements able to be released

Financial Statements for the year ended 30th June 2013, were presented to Whitsunday Regional
Council at yesterday’s Council meeting.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said these financial statements were completed within the auditors
negotiated timeframe of 28th October 2013.

“However, the Queensland Audit Office advised Council they were unable to issue their auditopinion at that time due ...Read on...

Posted on: 25 February, 2014

Tell us your vision for the Whitsunday region for the next 5 years?

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney is reminding residents that Council are
developing a five year corporate vision for the Whitsunday Regional Council and asking the
community for input.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is required to develop a five year Corporate Plan spanning from 2014-2019, called Whitsunday Regional Council 2020.

“We currently have a survey out asking the community to identify what you believe the important
issues...Read on...

Posted on: 24 February, 2014

Council to look at building industry concerns about the TLPI

On Friday, Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Regional Council held a building industry
meeting in Bowen to discuss the Bowen Flooding and Storm Tide Regulation Temporary Local
Planning Instrument (TLPI), which about 80 people attended.

“Council has implemented the TLPI in accordance with the Queensland Government’s reforms to its planning practices particularly in relation to planning for more resilient floodplains,” Mayor
Whitney said.

“It was great to see so many people in the bui...Read on...

Posted on: 20 February, 2014

A vision for Proserpine Main Street

Mayor Jenny Whitney said yesterday Whitsunday Regional Council held an information session for
Main Street business owners and landlords on the Proserpine Main Street beautification program.

“Council displayed for interested parties the existing design plans for the Proserpine Main Street
beautification,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Business owners and landlords then raised concerns about the completed section betweenHerbert Street and Chapman...Read on...

Posted on: 19 February, 2014

Whitsunday rates bills are amongst the most affordable in regional Queensland

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said a comparison of rates charges across a number of Queensland regional councils shows Whitsunday Regional Council has one of the lowest rates and services charges.

“We have conducted a comparison across some similar regional Council’s using a
residential owner occupier on a property with an Unimproved Capital Value (UCV) of$170,000 and a water consumption of 375kL per year,” Mayor Whitney said.

“At $3,288, Whi...Read on...

Posted on: 18 February, 2014

How do you imagine the Whitsunday region in the next 5 years?

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is developing a five year
corporate vision for the Whitsunday Regional Council and asking the community for your input.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is required to develop a five year Corporate Plan spanning from 2014-2019, called Whitsunday Regional Council 2020.

“We are asking the community to identify what you believe the important issues are for
Whitsunday Regi...Read on...

Posted on: 17 February, 2014

Bowen building industry meeting to discuss Temporary Local Planning Instrument

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said a building industry meeting is being
held at Bowen PCYC on Friday 21st February at 9am to discuss the Bowen Flooding and Storm
Tide Regulation Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI).

“Anyone involved in the building industry or interested parties are encouraged to attend this
information session which will outline the details of the TLPI adopted by Council last year,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The TLPI was adopted by Council to help ke...Read on...

Posted on: 14 February, 2014

Council’s positive financial future

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the financial future of the Council is on
track to be back in surplus in the 2015-16 financial year, as we have consistently stated.

Mayor Whitney said the upcoming budget for the 2014-15 financial year is also looking positive,
and this is only due to the difficult decisions this administration has had to make about theCouncil’s finances.

“The Whitsunday Regional Council reports...Read on...

Posted on: 12 February, 2014

Increased public internet access across the Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to upgrade its internet services across the region
allowing the community and Council staff better access to the World Wide Web.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the Council will upgrade their internet services to allow public WiFi
access at the airport and increased internet speeds at our public libraries.

“Before June school holidays, members of the public will be able to access W...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2014

Council urging local businesses to support ‘Plastic bag free March’

Whitsunday Regional Council and Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. are again urging local businesses to
get onboard with the ‘Plastic bag free March’ campaign.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said last year twelve local retailers signed on to say no to plastic bags during the month of March raising local awareness about the disastrous impacts plastic bags have on our local environment and wildlife.

“This year the Whitsun...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2014

Cyclone Dylan breaks all time high tide records

Mayor Jenny Whitney said data received from the Queensland Government Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts shows Cyclone Dylan broke all known records for storm tides at Shute Harbour and Bowen.

“We knew the storm tide surge for Cyclone Dylan was a significant threat, due to the cyclones
close proximity to the king tide,” she said.

“However, the data from the Queensland Government stating the tides were the highest on record is a sobering rem...Read on...

Posted on: 5 February, 2014

Council Meeting moved to Collinsville

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise that the Council meeting scheduled for
Wednesday 12 February 2014 will now be held at 9am at the Collinsville Community Centre,
Conway Street, Collinsville.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the change was made to allow the Mayor, Councillors and officials to attend the QCoal Dental Service First Anniversary Festival in Collinsville on the afternoon of the 12th February.

“Next week’s Council meeting is being mov...Read on...

Posted on: 4 February, 2014

Mapping for Emergency Alert system to be improved

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council is working with Geographical Information System (GIS) specialists and the Queensland Government to improve the mapping which drives the State Government Emergency Alert system for the Whitsunday region.

“The Emergency Alert system is a free service provided by State Government to warn people via
SMS and home phone of impending threats to the community,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Two emergency alerts were issued on Thursday night during Cyclone Dylan to wa...Read on...

Posted on: 3 February, 2014

Whitsunday Regional Council welcomes Angelina and Brad

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney warmly welcomes Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
to the beautiful Whitsunday region for the filming of scenes for the movie Unbroken.

“Whitsunday Regional Council has been working hard behind the scenes to secure the filming of
some scenes for this movie here in the Whitsunday region,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Working with Screen Queensland and the Queensland Government, the Council has...Read on...

Posted on: 3 February, 2014

Know your storm surge zone

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney is urging residents across the Whitsunday
region to know the storm surge zone they live in.

“Following last week’s Tropical Cyclone Dylan we want to make sure everyone in the Whitsunday region is aware of what storm surge zone they live in,” Mayor Whitney said.

“The Whitsunday region dodged a bullet with Cyclone Dylan, had the cyclone crossed...Read on...

Posted on: 31 January, 2014

Storm surge still a threat

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said the Tropical Cyclone Dylan crossed the coast this morning around 3.30am at Hydeaway Bay, as a Category 2 system.

“While the damaging winds have mostly moved inland there still remains a threat of storm surge in low-lying coastal areas throughout the Whitsunday region,” Mayor Whitney said.

“While the Bureau of Meteorology has significantly reduced the storm surge ...Read on...

Posted on: 31 January, 2014

Stay away from foreshore areas

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney is urging all residents across the Whitsunday local government area to stay away
from all foreshore areas.

“Police are patrolling the foreshore areas and urging residents to keep away for safety reasons,”
Mayor Whitney said.

“This morning’s high-tide, at 10am in Bowen and 11am in Airlie Beach will see inundation of theBowen, Airlie Beach, Cannonvale beac...Read on...

Posted on: 31 January, 2014

Whitsunday region business as usual with cleanup underway

Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said with this morning’s high-tide receding and the cleanup around the region underway, we want to get the message out both nationally and internationally that the beautiful Whitsunday region is business as usual.

“Our council crews are already out there clearing debris off our streets, footpaths and beaches,”
Mayor Whitney said.

“We anticipate the marinas will open this afternoon or this evening and tourist cruises will recommence over the weekend.

“The Whi...Read on...

Posted on: 30 January, 2014

Tropical Cyclone Dylan - Whitsunday region update

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said the monsoonal low has now been officially classified as Category 1 Tropical
Cyclone Dylan.

Mayor Whitney said TC Dylan is now looking like crossing the coast near Ayr late tonight or early Friday morning.

“We reiterate again that Whitsunday region residents and businesses in low-lying areas should be prepared for king tides above the normal ...Read on...

Posted on: 30 January, 2014

Latest situation in the Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney said the situation in the Whitsunday region is changing rapidly as the monsoonal
low approaches the coast.

“We will continue to update the public regularly throughout the day as the situation progresses,”
she said.

“At the moment the current forecast has the system crossing the coast near Ayr during Thursdaynight.

“It is still a monsoonal low, but may...Read on...

Posted on: 29 January, 2014

Get your sandbags now

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney is urging residents and businesses in low lying areas to get sandbags now.

Mayor Whitney said sandbags can be filled and collected from SES sheds in Bowen, Cannonvale and Proserpine.

The locations of the SES sheds are:
• Proserpine - 45 Hinschen Street• Cannonvale - 22 Schnapper Street
• Bowen - 67 Herbert Street

Peopl...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2014

Rates to be issued this week

Rates notices across the Whitsunday region will be issued on Thursday 30th January 2014.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said that residents will begin receiving rates
notices over the next week.

“The date for payment of rates will be Monday 3rd March, and if you pay by this date you willreceive a 5% discount,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Ratepayers are reminded that rates must be paid in full, including the separate infrastructure
charge, to be eligible for the discount.

“New to this rates notice is the State Government Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue(EMFR) Levy which was introduced by the Queensland Government and commenced from 1st
January 2014.

“The levy replaces the previous Fire Levy and is now required to be charged on all propertieswithin our region.

“Rural properties that have a local rural fire brigade will still be required to pay the Fire Levy,” she said.

Ratepayers are also reminded that rates which are not paid in full will incur interest charges.

Residents experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to contact Whitsunday Regional Council to discuss rates assistance options.

Details of rates assistance options include:

Pensioner Remissions

Council has adopted a pensioner remission policy which grants pensioners a remission on general rates of 20% of rates and charges to a maximum of $300.00.

Discount on Rates

Council will allow a 5% discount on nominated payments received within 30 days of the issue of
the rate notice. The discount is applicable to the following charges:• General Rates and Charges 5%
• Water Access Charge 5%• Water Consumption Charge nil %
• Waste Water (Sewerage) Charge 5%• Domestic Garbage/Refuse Charge 5%
• Whitsunday Infrastructure Charge 5%• Whitsunday Refuse Facility Charge 5%
• Rural Fire Brigade Charge nil%• State EMFR Levy nil %

Donations and Concessions for Not for Profit Organisations

Council has adopted the 'Donations and Concessions for Not for Profit Organisations - Rates' and 'Donations for Not for Profit Organisations - Affordable Housing' policies.

These policies will allow for a donation or concession as applicable for financial assistance
equivalent to a percentage of the net rates and charges, subject to compliance with specifiedcriteria.

Remission for Granny Flats

Council recognises the financial impact of additional service charges for property owners who
provide non-income-generating granny flats in support of dependent relatives. To ameliorate thisimpact, Council has adopted a policy (Rating Concessions - Granny Flats) to grant a remission on the extra service charges.

Deferral of Liability to Pay Rates

Individual ratepayers may find it difficult to meet their obligations due to their financial
circumstances. Notwithstanding Council's other policies, special arrangements can be madeprovided proof of hardship is provided to Council. The nature of these arrangements is generally
determined on a case-by-case basis.

Natural Hardship Council may, at it’s discretion allow other concessions or remissions if it is of the opinion that some unusual and serious circumstances exist which may prevent payment within the appointed time or otherwise delay the payment of rates and charges as they fall due.

Exceptional Circumstances – Natural Disaster or Drought Relief

Council may at its discretion grant some relief to rural ratepayers who are financially stressed bydrought or have been affected by a natural disaster.

Developer Concessions

Council will levy rates on a discounted valuation to persons who subdivide land. The discounted
valuation used to levy rates will be 40% of the valuation. The subdivision must have beenapproved by the Chief Executive of the Department of Natural Resources, for this discount to
apply.

Copies of policies and forms can be located on Council’s website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.auRates can be paid at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres, or via any of the methods
outlined on the rates notice, including online at www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

For enquiries, please contact your local Customer Service Centre in Bowen on 07 4761 3600,Proserpine on 07 4945 0200 or Collinsville on 07 4785 5366.

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Posted on: 28 January, 2014

Whitsunday region to prepare for heavy rain and localised flooding

Council's Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group
Jenny Whitney is advising residents and businesses in the region to prepare for expected heavy
rain which will coincide with king tides and potentially cause localised flooding.

Mayor Whitney said the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group has moved to alert status ahead of a weather event which will affect the region on Thursday and Friday this week.

“A monsoonal low which lies over the northern reaches of the Coral Sea, is exp...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2014

Reminder to be prepared: First cyclone to potentially form in the Coral Sea

Cyclone season has officially arrived with the first cyclone to potentially form in the Coral Sea later
this week. If it forms into a cyclone it will be named Cyclone Dylan.

Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group Jenny Whitney said a monsoon low lies over the northern reaches of the Coral Sea, and is expected to strengthen as it moves towards the Queensland coast during this week.

“While it is uncertai...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2014

A breath of fresh air - Cannonvale Sewage Treatment Plant becomes operational

Council in partnership with Tenix is pleased to announce that the new Cannonvale Waste Water Treatment Facility (Sewage Treatment Plant) located on the existing sites at Garema Street, Cannonvale is operational, as of Friday 23rd January 2014.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the $32 million new plant offers
significant environmental benefits for the local community by reducing sewage overflows, noise,odour and the nutrient load discharged into the environment.

“The pl...Read on...

Posted on: 27 January, 2014

Whitsunday Australia Day Awards

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney today congratulated all the Australia Day
Award winners right across the Whitsunday region.

“Yesterday I attended Australia Day celebrations in Proserpine, Collinsville and Bowen and
presented community Australia Day awards to 28 worthy local recipients,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Local community awards are an integral part of Australia Day. They...Read on...

Posted on: 22 January, 2014

Whitsunday Regional Council has full support of Local Government Minister

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the Whitsunday Regional Residents
Association (WRRA) claims about the Council are completely inaccurate, irresponsible and harmful to the local Whitsunday community.

“I met with the Local Government Minister David Crisafulli on Monday and he completely supports the current Whitsunday Regional Council,” Mayor Whitney said.

“In fact Minister Crisafulli is of the opinion that any suggestion this council should be sack...Read on...

Posted on: 21 January, 2014

2014 Australia Day Celebrations

Australia Day is a day for all Australians; to celebrate what makes us great, to consider where
we've come from, where we are now and what kind of a future we want to build together.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Australia Day celebrations are a fun way to celebrate our heritage and to come together as a nation and enjoy what's great about Australia and being Australian.

“This year is also the celebration of a significant milestone for all Australians – the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship,” Mayor Whitney said.

“Across the Whitsunday region we will welcome 32 people from 9 countries to officially join the
Australian family in ceremonies held in Proserpine, Collinsville and Bowen,” she said.

“Australia Day is the most popular day to become a citizen, with more than 17,000 peopleexpected to become citizens at about 430 special ceremonies across the nation,” she said.

“I hope the community take the opportunity to attend one of the free events being held across the Whitsunday region this Australia Day. I will be attending all events and we have a great day of festivities organised including the Australia Day Awards and Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.”

Events being held by the Whitsunday Regional Council on Sunday 26, January, 2014 include:

Proserpine
Where: Proserpine Entertainment CentreTime: 7:00am start followed by the official ceremony at 8:15am
What: The Proserpine Lions Club is hosting a gold coin donation BBQ Breakfast followedby the official ceremony. The ceremony includes the Australian Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards. Entertainment will be provided Jenni Borellini and the Proserpine Citizens Band.

Collinsville
Where: Collinsville Community CentreTime: 12 noon start followed by lunch
What: The Collinsville Community Association Inc is hosting the Australia Day lunch, flagraising, Australian Citizenship Ceremony and awards presentation.
BowenWhere: Bowen PCYC
Time: 4pm for entertainment with a 5pm start for the official ceremony and BBQ dinnerWhat: Entertainment includes a jumping castle, face painting and games. The official
ceremony includes the Australian Citizenship Ceremony, Australia Day Awardspresentation, crab auction and BBQ Dinner.

Anyone with enquiries should contact Diane Nolan in Bowen on 4761 3624 or Lisa Maher in
Proserpine on 4945 0204.

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Posted on: 20 January, 2014

Understanding your water usage

Whitsunday Regional Council water usage bills are being sent out in the coming weeks and the
Council has launched a simple online tool to help people understand their water usage.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the water usage calculator on our Council website, is a simple tool
which will help everyone save money and water.

“Based on answers to questions about your water usage the calculator will estimate your annualwater consumpti...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2014

Tip it, store it or throw it away

With 19 cases of dengue fever recorded in North Queensland last summer, Mackay,
Isaac and Whitsunday councils have joined forces to encourage residents to protect
themselves against dengue mosquitoes.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford said whether you live in Mackay,
Isaac or the Whitsunday’s you’ll be encouraged over the next three months via radio,TV and social media to protect yourself against dengue mosquitoes, tip-it, store it or ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2014

Lost something at the Airport?

Whitsunday Regional Council, Airport Operations Manager Tony Schulz is reminding anyone who
has used the Whitsunday Coast Airport recently that lost property can be claimed at the airport.

Mr Schulz said in recent months we have accumulated a large amount of lost property at the
Whitsunday Coast Airport.

“The influx of lost property may be due to the busy Christmas period or it may be because people are not aware that they can ring the ...Read on...

Posted on: 17 January, 2014

Signing ceremony a significant step towards tourism development

Today, Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney will oversee a signing ceremony
between the China Australia Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI) and the Zelong
Group from Macau.

CAEAI President Mr Raymond Wang and Mr Kyan Su Lone, Executive Director of the Zelong
Group will sign an agreement, overseen by the Mayor, for Mr Kyan's expertise to be provided tothe CAEAI in relation to a bid for a Regional Casino Licence.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said the signing ceremony represents a significant step forward in making
the construction of tourism infrastructure by the CAEAI in the Whitsunday Regional Council area a reality.

“Mr Kyan's Zelong Group is the current holder of six casino licences in Macau and Mr Kyan is also the President of the Macau ASEAN International Chamber of Commerce,” Mayor Whitney said.

“His expertise in the development of casinos will be vital for the CAEAI to progress their plans tobuild a casino in the Whitsunday region.

“This week a delegation from China has been inspecting potential sites in the Whitsunday Regional Council area for a possible casino and integrated hotel development, as well as a shopping centre and restaurant precinct.

“The next step is for the CAEAI to progress these discussions further with the State and Federal
Governments.

“To date Council has been providing strategic advice and support in relation to developmentgrowth opportunities across the region and will advocate for the opportunities to the State and
Federal Governments as required,” she said.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said this week’s meetings with the delegation from China have further built on the relationships forged during our trade mission to China late last year.

“The delegations potential investment in the Whitsunday Regional Council area will be an immense economic boost to the region,” she said.

“Any investment in infrastructure will mean more tourists to the region and a boost to existingbusinesses.

“Also, the potential expansion of the Whitsunday Coast Airport to allow international flights will not only increase direct visitors to the region, but also allow direct exports of our regions horticulture, aquaculture and agriculture to international markets.

“These are exciting projects which will benefit the economy of the whole Whitsunday Regional
Council area and the Council will continue to assist in making these investments a reality,” shesaid.

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Posted on: 13 January, 2014

New Chief Operating Officer for Whitsunday Regional Council

Nicole Duguid has been appointed the new Whitsunday Regional Council Chief Operating Officer.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said Nicole brings over twenty years
experience in local government to the new role and is enthusiastic about getting stuck into the task ahead of her.

“Most recently Nicole was Chief Executive Officer o...Read on...

Posted on: 13 January, 2014

Mayor’s successful trade mission to China means action

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said last year’s trade mission to China with the
Chief Executive Officer and local business representatives was a resounding success.

“It was evident from the ten day trade mission to China in December last year that the China
Australia Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI) is serious about investing in theWhitsunday region now,” Mayor Whitney said.

“We have met with the ...Read on...

Posted on: 6 January, 2014

Moongunya Springs development - another step closer for Collinsville

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said she is pleased the Queensland
Government has formally declared the Moongunya Springs site in Collinsville as an urban area.

“This declaration made late last year paves the way for a decision on the current development
application for the Council led master planned community,” Mayor Whitney said.

“It is proposed that Moongunya Springs will be comprised of 141 residential lo...Read on...

Posted on: 21 November, 2014

Jetstar celebrates 10 years of flying to Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Regional Council today celebrated 10 years of Jetstar flying to Whitsunday Coast
Airport with the visit of Jetstar Chief Executive Officer David Hall to the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said over the 10 years Jetstar have been operating from Whitsunday Coast Airport more than 1 million passengers have flown in and out of the Whitsunday Coast Airport on a Jetstar plane.

“Jetstar have been a great airline partner at Whitsunday Coast Airport and have helped contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in the Whitsunday region and Council looks forward to continuing to build their relationship with Jetstar in the future,” she said.

“While in town Mr Hall will meet with members of the local tourism industry to talk about tourism
opportunities in the region and also hear about the strategic direction of the Whitsunday CoastAirport.”

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said he was pleased to be in town to celebrate an historic milestone.

"The Whitsunday Coast Airport is one of a select group of airports we've flown in and out of since day one," Mr Hall said.

"We know our customers love the many and varied attractions on offer in the Whitsundays and
we're delighted to have contributed to the local tourism industry over the past 10 years."While in town Mr Hall gifted $1,000 in flight vouchers to the Cannonvale Cannons Swimming Club.

"We wanted to thank the community for their incredible support since our first flight in May 2004," Mr Hall added.

"Jetstar is all about making the world more accessible through low fares travel and we're so
pleased that this small gift back to the community will help ensure local kids can compete in thestate swimming championships in Brisbane next month."

While in town Mr Hall also attended the official opening of the Airlie Beach Main Street
revitalisation project.

Whitsunday Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Scott Waters said that the 10 yearcelebration caps off an excellent year for the airport with the following achievements:
• October being the best month on record with in excess of 26,000 passengers passingthrough the airport
• Introduction of direct Sydney flights in April• In May, the Airport achieved the best on time arrival and departure performance in Australia
• The Whitsunday Coast Airport International Export Hub Project progressed in-conjunctionwith the State Government to master plan the entire airport site and provide
Priority Development Area status to across the site• First quarter results for the 2014/15 year achieved record results
• Winning the Local Government Tourism and Business Award at this year's WhitsundayTourism and Business Awards
• Maintaining capacity with all of our airline partners• Achieving the best monthly passenger number result on record in October 2014

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