Newsletter 52 – December 2019

Burdekin Bore Control Panel

Water Security in the Burdekin

Council is at present looking for new bore fields with some success.

Water security is the big issue across the country as well as here in the Burdekin.

Home Hill water is fairing not too bad at the present time but council can never take its eyes off potable water, without water we cease to exist as a community.

At the same time we don’t want to create a monopoly position on water in the private sector. This will happen to keep the country moving forward as government is not proactive enough in addressing the water problems with no real solutions in the near future.

Small business/farms need water now and this is where The Bowen Pipeline Company comes into play with a can do approach, following their presentation to the Home Hill Chamber of Commerce about their proposed 100km pipeline from Bowen to Home Hill as reported in the Townsville Bulletin October 22, 2019.

The benefits to Home Hill and surrounding district will be enormous.

Remembrance Day

I attended Remembrance Day at the Memorial Hall with a small crowed to honour all Australians who have served and those who paid the ultimate price as a result of war.

With special thanks to the Home Hill Bakery for supplying smoko on the morning.

Harvest Festival

I was very pleased with the brass band at the Harvest Festival they make the parade.

10 out of 10 for show and effort.

Free Rubbish Dump Days

Don’t forget the free rubbish dump days at the Kirknie Landfill Site 30th November and the 1st December so make the most of it and clean up before we get into the cyclone season.

This is called waste management so wear gloves and safety goggles and closed in shoes.

Exercise Equipment for Home Hill

A $30K master plan for exercise equipment or such like in Home Hill has been approved by Council.

Council has earmarked $60K for the equipment and it will be completely different to anything that is available in Ayr.

Community consultation will be required, so make sure your opinion is heard and noted.

Not real happy with this amount considering what is spent elsewhere.

Footpath Upgrades

I was extremely disappointed with Council decision to upgrade nine footpaths in Ayr one in Home Hill and nil in Giru.

I am astonished at the apparent lack of forethought in making this decision, although I acknowledge that the Council decision on this matter represents the majority view of the Council, and the decision was made democratically.

Ayr Industrial Estate Expansion

All systems are go for the Ayr Industrial Estate expansion if council acquires the $2.6 million funding of the State Government’s Building our regions funding program.

Should Council be successful it would need to match this fund out of reserves.

Now where and when will Home Hill have an Industrial estate, I know of existing businesses that would move onto this ground if it was available, but it is needed now at an affordable cost and not in years to come.

Happy Christmas and a safe New Year

This is the last letter for the year so I wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year.

Look after yourselves and all those that are around you.

These are my personal views only.

How to contact me

You can contact me on my mobile phone or by emailing me.

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0439 822 064