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CHANGES TO WATER RESTRICTIONS FROM THE MAYOR'S DESK CHARITY ...
Wood Street in Dalby. The items donated will FROM THE be distributed between four local charities; MAYOR’S DESK Lifeline, Red Cross, Salvation Army and the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Dalby. Last month I had very positive discussions Donations are welcome up to Wednesday 17 with the Deputy Premier Paul Lucas, the Minister December when the goods will be collected for for Mines and Energy Geoff Wilson and other distribution. The Social Club asks that gifts are government departments in relation to planning delivered unwrapped. for the future. These discussions relate to infrastructure $2.144 MILLION FUNDING throughout our region involving the mining, rural and business sectors. Some of the major issues BOOST discussed include the Warrego Highway, the region's rail system catering Dalby Regional Council is set to receive for mining and our grain $2.144 million from the Federal Government to crops this season. The spend on developing local community never-ending battle with our infrastructure across the region. This funding was Dalby and District roads and the impacts from the second largest received in Queensland and • CBD Enhancement increased traffic from both the fourth largest in Australia and infrastructure rural and mining activities, projects targeted for this funding include • Watertable and Shoulder Maintenance will be SPOTLIGHT carried out as per program and as requested were also heavily debated. community centres, town halls, sports grounds, Christmas is nearly here and the elections • Routine CBD maintenance will be performed as only seem like they were a few months ago. We have certainly swimming pools, tourism facilities, libraries and required as well as median mowing and slashing Even with my previous welcomed the rain in the parks. • Routine maintenance will be carried out in all experience on council the last Condamine River which has Council's Parks as required 10 months has been a given beneficial water RECYCLE WITH • Bunya Highway Widening and Overlay whirlwind, with the pace of security to the towns of Dalby and Chinchilla. MOBILEMUSTER • Hickies Road Area - Gravel Resheeting and resource driven development Flood Damage pushing a council already busy I am very pleased with the success our • Warra Canaga Creek - Bitumen Floodways & with the business of making farmers have had with their winter harvest and for The Dalby Regional Council is encouraging locals to be environmentally conscientious Dust Suppression amalgamation work, to even proving our region is a major contributor of cereal greater efforts. through recycling their old mobile phones, • Maclarens Road - Pavement Rehabilitation grain to Queensland. During this time I have batteries, chargers and accessories. Council has remove bitumen only - Stage 1 Remembrance Day was celebrated joined forces with MobileMuster, the official • Kumbarilla Area - Flood Damage & Resheeting developed tremendous respect Cr Ian Staines throughout our region and from those for the ability and effort of our staff. I have enjoyed recycling program of the telecommunications activities it was extremely encouraging to Tara District working with my dedicated fellow councillors and industry. Customer Service Centres in Chinchilla, see the increased interest in recognising as a team under the leadership of Mayor Ray Dalby and Tara are part of 3,000 MobileMuster • Males Drive - Gravel Resheet and Bitumen Seal the sacrifices of our forebears to provide us Brown, we are well equipped to handle the collection points across Australia, which include • Green & Whites Road - Shoulder Widening massive tasks before us. with the freedom we enjoy today. various mobile phone retailers and service • Spinifex Road - Resheet and Seal I've had positive discussion with the adjoining Within my portfolio area of Works and Plant centres. Visit your nearest Customer Service • Roaches Road - Shoulder Widening Toowoomba and Roma Regional Councils in (Engineering) not much has changed as we still Centre to deposit your old mobile phone and • Southwood Road - Widening have the same staff and commitments as did the relation to joint efforts to acquire federal and state accessories in a MobileMuster receptacle. government funding towards common interest previous councils. I am happy to be able to Miles District report that council has continued to fund these goals including the second Toowoomba Range Crossing, mining infrastructure, rail services and LIBRARY SERVICES • Marian Street (Pine To Tully Street) activities at the same level as the previous • Butlers Road - Widen and Seal councils. Internally, there has been a lot of water. ENHANCED • Resheet Bells Road change as we evolve into a larger organisation I am also extremely thankful to the The nine regional library branches that are part of employing more than 600 staff and operating on • Resheet Hookswood Road community for its participation in the the Dalby Regional Council have moved from stand- a budget of over $100 million. development of our 2009-2013 Corporate • Resheet Moores Bice Road alone libraries into an integrated, fully independent • Resheet Waituna Road As well as the organisational changes, our Plan as this is a major step towards developing the region's future through long- library service. Integration of the region's library staff are reviewing their work practices to look term planning. services allows for inter-library lending, customer Wandoan District for efficiencies and better plant utilisation so that purchase requests for books and media items and • Horse Creek Road - Gravelling we can deliver more cost effective services. Recently, Dalby Regional Council Unfortunately, just like the old shires we have to access to over 70, 000 free resources for borrowers. received $2.144 million funding from the operate on a budget and cannot solve Federal Government's Regional and Local Libraries will soon have an enhanced range of UPCOMING everyone's problems straight away. Infrastructure Program to develop local collections of bestsellers, music CDs, popular DVDs, community infrastructure projects across audio books and magazines to reflect the needs of EVENTS To help us in our endeavors, I urge residents the region. This was a pleasing outcome the community. to use the complaint forms at our customer from my recent trip to Canberra for the The content of the shelves isn't the only thing During all works traffic and pedestrian signs service centres. I also ask that residents report Australian Council of Local Government changing; as the process includes 'making-over' the will be erected for public safety and residents are issues as they start to develop so that our staff Summit. regional branches with a view to maximising requested to follow the signed instructions at all can fit them into our works programs, rather than potential and rejuvenating library spaces. The times. Your patience is appreciated. waiting and reporting problems when they have I always make a particular point not to let library's web interface is also being redesigned and Whether it's art and culture, sport and become urgent. an opportunity go by to discuss major issues and at this Summit I had discussed important regional members will soon be able to set-up their own recreation or quality family entertainment that you Works and plant has a strong regional focus, issues with the following Federal Government personal library profile to rate and review items and enjoy - our region hosts an array of community while being committed to local delivery of Ministers: Penny Wong - Water Minister, Steven elect to receive regular updates on new stock, staff events throughout the year. For a comprehensive services to our communities. Conroy - Communications Minister, Anthony book reviews, Top 10 lists and e-newsletters. calendar of regional events please visit Spokesperson for Works and Plant Albanese - Roads and Infrastructure Minister, Residents are invited to take advantage of free www.dalbyrc.qld.gov.au and follow the prompts Cr Ian Staines 0427 648 179 Warren Pitt - Main Roads and Local Government library membership, free public computer and under ‘News and Events'. Minister and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. internet use and a great range of reading, audio and If your community group has an upcoming Council also followed up on concerns that the visual material. event to be included on the calendar please email State Government was not abiding by the wishes Contact your local library or visit the date and details to email@example.com. of our communities in relation to overwhelming http://dalby.spydus.lgaq.asn.au to find out what's support for a name change. A lot of groundwork on offer for students over the school holidays. has been done and I'm pleased to report that the Main Roads and Local Government Minister CHANGES TO WATER Warren Pitt has referred our submission to the COUNCIL RESTRICTIONS Electoral Commissioner for review and MEETINGS determination. A decision is likely soon. I will Due to recent rainfall across the region Council keep you posted on the outcome of the Dalby Regional Council usually meets the has recently changed watering restrictions in the Commissioner's ruling. first and third Wednesday of each month from following towns: I would like to wish you and your family a 9.30am until 5pm. The first meeting of the month is Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New always held at the Corporate Office in Dalby while Chinchilla/Brigalow LEVEL 1 (effective 4 November) Year, with the thought that we live in a proud Current residential watering times allow the use the second meeting is held at one of Council's region united by opportunity and lifestyle. of hoses, sprinklers, irrigators and soaker hoses Customer Service Centres on a rotational basis. between the hours of 5pm to 9am following the odds Wed 17 Dec Tara Customer Service Centre and evens system, including one hand-held hose per property permitted at anytime. There is a total CHARITY CHRISTMAS WORKS PROJECTS FOR ban on sprinkling on Mondays of each week and DECEMBER watering between the hours 9am to 5pm. DRIVE Significant civil works are continuing throughout the Dalby LEVEL 3 (effective 24 November) Dalby Regional Council's staff Social Club region - here are just some of the current projects: Current residential watering times allow the use (Dalby District) have launched a Christmas of hand-held hoses and dripper systems only Chinchilla and District appeal to benefit local charities. Council staff, between the hours of 5.30pm to 6.30pm following • Ehlma Boundary Road Widening and the community and business houses are Reconstruction Haystack-Mullers and Gravel the odds and evens system with a total ban on invited to purchase non-perishable food items Resheet and gifts and deliver them to collection points sprinklers and watering on Mondays of each week. • Braithwaites Road - Dust Suppression under the Christmas trees located at the To check your local water restrictions visit • Fleets Road - Gravel Resheet and Bitumen Seal Corporate Office at 107 Drayton Street and the • Mackie/Pilkington Street - Drainage and www.dalbyrc.qld.gov.au and follow the prompts Engineering Customer Service Centre at 26 Reconstruction & Gravel Resheets under ‘Quick Links/Water Restrictions'.
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