Latest News & Media

Council staff participate in local government challenge
  Southern Downs Regional Council staff members recently competed in a Local Government Managers' Association Queensland challenge and are in the running to win a special award at a function on Thursday night (April 23) in Brisbane. Council's ...

Posted: April 22, 2015


Youth Week disaster games a resounding success
  Southern Downs National Youth Week (April 10 - 19) could not have ended on a better note - over 20 young participants in the Youth Disaster Games last weekend and a resounding success for all concerned. Southern Downs Regional Council Youth De...

Posted: April 21, 2015


Council seeks views about arts priorities
  Following comprehensive changes by Arts Queensland to the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program, Southern Downs Regional Council is reviewing its program delivery, guidelines and priorities for the next three to five years. Council's C...

Posted: April 20, 2015


Mayor looks forward to ANZAC services throughout the region
  ANZAC day ceremonies will be held throughout the Southern Downs on Saturday April 25 and Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell is looking forward to participating in these special events.   This year marks a significant...

Posted: April 15, 2015


Stanthorpe couple ready to walk 16,000 kms around Australia for cancer
  After two years of planning and preparation Stanthorpe residents Christine and Ian Robins are almost ready to take on the mammoth task of walking around Australia from May 2015 to July 2016 to fundraise for prostate and breast cancer. With a c...

Posted: April 15, 2015


Youth Week disaster games a first for the region
In a first for the Southern Downs region, young people will learn disaster skills from local emergency service personnel and then put their new talents to use in an event called the Youth Disaster Games on April 17 and 18 at Warwick Showgrounds. South...

Posted: April 2, 2015


National Youth Week forum asks - what's important to you as a young person?
Young people from across the Southern Downs are invited to participate in the Southern Downs Youth Engagement Forum to voice their opinions about services, employment, education and other topics on April 10 at the Warwick Town Hall. Southern Downs Reg...

Posted: April 1, 2015


Listings invited for the Southern Downs Seniors' Month 2015 Calendar of Events
  Move over Seniors' Week... August is Seniors' Month on the Southern Downs!  Southern Downs Regional Council’s Manager Community Services Sheila Stebbings said Seniors' Week will be celebrated in Queensland from August 15 - 23 this y...

Posted: March 31, 2015


Council works on strategies to reduce mosquito numbers
  Over summer this year, Southern Downs Regional Council, with the assistance of the Darling Downs Public Health Unit, have conducted mosquito surveillance across the region to ensure strategies are in place to reduce disease transmission. Envir...

Posted: March 31, 2015


Waste services during Easter break
  Southern Downs Regional Council will operate waste facilities and all waste services in the region as usual with the exception of two waste facilities. Council's Environmental Services Manager Tim O'Brien said the Pratten Waste Transfer Statio...

Posted: March 30, 2015


Council seeks views on usage of parks and open space
  Southern Downs Regional Council will use a variety of methods to gain public input into its Parks Rationalisation Program, rolling out over the next two years. Chair of Council's Parks Rationalisation Committee Cr Vic Pennisi said Councillors ...

Posted: March 26, 2015


Southern Downs' residents can now access "OneClick Digital" at libraries
  Southern Downs Regional Council libraries have increased their online resources with the launch of two new digital services available free to library members. Principal Librarian Samantha Shelbourn said library users will be pleased to hear ab...

Posted: March 26, 2015


Mayor Blundell and Councillors up for questions and feedback at Warwick Show
  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell and Councillors are inviting the community to come and "have a chat" at the Warwick Show (March 27 and 28) within the Agricultural Pavilion between 10am and 2pm. Mayor Cr Peter ...

Posted: March 25, 2015


Council implements an online service
  Southern Downs Regional Council has launched a new online service that will allow residents to conduct development application searches, view property details and water accounts, rates balances and dog registration information.  Mayor Cr...

Posted: March 23, 2015


Hundreds turn out for sustainable living workshops
  Almost 400 people attended Southern Downs Regional Council's two free Sustainable Living Workshops last week with participant feedback overwhelmingly supportive of this type of community education. Community Services Manager Sheila Stebbings s...

Posted: March 20, 2015


Council reminder about compliance issues with backpacker/fruitpickers' accommodation
  Following a recent media report about Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) issuing notices or fines for non-complying backpacker accommodation, Southern Downs Regional Council is supporting the initiative and helping to ensure local fr...

Posted: March 20, 2015


Council improves community messaging in a disaster
   Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has installed nine Disaster Management Community Noticeboards around the region ensuring people have specific and general information about disaster throughout the year and during a weather event. D...

Posted: March 17, 2015


Stanthorpe Piazza works
  Council will be commencing works to fix uneven pavers in and around Farley Piazza in Stanthorpe's main street from Monday March 16, 2015. Director of Engineering Services Peter See said the work is expected to continue for one week. "Par...

Posted: March 16, 2015


Councillors work with Southern Downs Young Leaders on Youth Action Plan
  Nine young people from the Southern Downs have the "eyes and ears" of the Southern Downs Regional Council as they develop the Youth Action Plan for 2015/2016 financial year this afternoon.  Southern Downs Regional Council Youth ...

Posted: March 16, 2015


Southern Downs Regional Council announces arts funding
  Jazz music workshops, a photographic record of historic buildings, an oral history on the boom years of the local fruit industry and an ANZAC Poppy Project are just some of the high standard projects that have been funded through the Regional A...

Posted: March 13, 2015


Mayor Blundell meets Military Brotherhood riders
  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell is meeting Military Brotherhood Motorcycle Club members today to hear about their Dungaree Re-Enactment Run from Warwick to Brisbane planned for later this year. Cr Blundell, who has a lo...

Posted: March 12, 2015


Mayor Blundell briefs Federal member on Southern Downs issues
  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell met with Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott yesterday, gathering information on potential funding sources for Emu Swamp Dam, pushing the case for better NBN coverage and lobbying for p...

Posted: March 12, 2015


Forty-one Southern Downs 2010/11 flood stories told from the heart....now loaded to Council website
  Southern Downs Regional Council is pleased to announce the award-winning local history project which documents local residents' stories of disaster, recovery and resilience after the 2010/11 flood event has been loaded to Council's website for ...

Posted: March 11, 2015


Council to produce online Calendar of Events for 2015 ANZAC Centenary events
  Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) is encouraging anyone organising ANZAC Centenary events in 2015 to register their activity with Council so that a Calendar of Events can be posted to the SDRC website. Council’s Manager Community Se...

Posted: March 9, 2015


Council releases tourism report
  Southern Downs Regional Council will release the Tourism Transition Reference Group (TTG) report at a Special Meeting today (Monday March 9) ensuring that tourism operators and the broader tourism industry have access to the findings and recomm...

Posted: March 9, 2015


Council completes stormwater and road project at Warwick Industrial Estate
  Southern Downs Regional Council has completed a $750,000 project at the Warwick Industrial Estate bringing an improved road surface on Project Street, upgrades on stormwater drainage and new kerb and channeling. Council's Manager Works (Constr...

Posted: March 6, 2015


Stanthorpe residents to walk 16,000 kms around Australia
  Stanthorpe residents Christine and Ian Robins are taking on the mammoth task of walking around Australia from May 2015 to July 2016 to fundraise for prostate and breast cancer. With a cheery smile and absolute dedication the couple have decide...

Posted: March 4, 2015


Council supports National Youth Week theme "It starts with us"
There won't be a moment to spare during the Southern Downs Youth Week (April 10 - 19) with a youth engagement forum, youth disaster games, movie nights, pool party and laser skirmish sure to keep young people busy and enjoying their special week. Sout...

Posted: March 3, 2015


Council adopts tourism industry recommendations from Tourism Transition Group
  Southern Downs Regional Council has adopted recommendations from a local tourism industry group to create a single entity that will deliver and oversee tourism and events across the Southern Downs. Currently the Southern Downs has two Local To...

Posted: March 3, 2015


Southern Downs residents can learn how to turn organic waste into 'green gold'!
  Many residents may not be aware but over 50% of the domestic rubbish going into Southern Downs waste facilities is actually organic waste such as garden clippings and food scraps. Southern Downs Regional Council Environmental Services Manager ...

Posted: March 2, 2015


Council remains alert but situation eased following downgrading of Cyclone Marcia
Southern Downs Regional Council remains on alert following the downgrading of Cyclone Marcia and the impacts of the ex-cyclone contracting to the east. Council's Local Disaster Co-ordinator Peter See said the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) d...

Posted: February 21, 2015


Council advises no need for sandbagging at this stage
Southern Downs Regional Council has had a number of requests for sandbags however there is no need for people to stockpile sandbags with no flooding in the region due to Cyclone Marcia. Council's Local Disaster Co-ordinator Peter See said the SES ha...

Posted: February 20, 2015


Council on alert for impact of Cyclone Marcia weather event
  Southern Downs Regional Council is on a higher level watching brief today now that Cyclone Marcia has crossed the Capricornia coast and travelling southwards. Council's Local Disaster Co-ordinator Peter See said the Local Disaster Management G...

Posted: February 20, 2015


Council asks local valley residents to prepare for weather event
  Southern Downs Regional Council is asking residents in local valley areas to prepare for potential weather affects from Cyclone Marcia which is expected to cross the Capricornia coast early tomorrow morning. Council's Local Disaster Co-ordinat...

Posted: February 19, 2015


Council "watch and wait" for weather event
  Southern Downs Regional Council is monitoring the current weather situation, following the issuing of a severe weather warning by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast district. Disaster Management Co-ordina...

Posted: February 19, 2015


Outback nurse tells her story straight from the heart
  Southern Downs Regional Council Libraries continue their author visit program with the fascinating story of Thea Hayes, a city girl who became an outback nurse in the 1960s. Principal Librarian Samantha Shelbourn said author Thea Hayes is comi...

Posted: February 19, 2015


Council and Main Roads collaborate on weed control
  Southern Downs Regional Council has been working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to reduce declared weeds from the verges of main roads across the region, helping to diminish the advance of pests into farming land. Enviro...

Posted: February 18, 2015


Council to proceed with stage 2 of Stormwater Drainage program
  Southern Downs Regional Council will soon begin Stage 2 of the stormwater trunk drainage system in Glengallan Road, Warwick. Manager Works Construction Eric Kraak said the proposed work will extend the stormwater trunk system to accept stormwa...

Posted: February 17, 2015


Council baiting program underway for wild dogs
  Southern Downs Regional Council has begun promoting its first baiting program of the year, in an effort to reduce the number of wild dogs in the region.  Pest Management Officer James Eastwell said Council is aware that wild dog numbers ...

Posted: February 13, 2015


Council & QFES co-operation good for community safety
  Co-operation between Southern Downs Regional Council and the QLD Fire and Emergency Service is benefitting local communities with the installation of four water fill points along the Warwick - Allora water pipeline able to be used for fire figh...

Posted: February 12, 2015


Council presents sustainable living workshops - ABC gardening presenter will inspire all
  Southern Downs Regional Council is delighted to present two sustainable living workshops in March with Special Guest Speaker ABC Gardening Australia TV Presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams discussing innovative house and gardening ideas. Community ...

Posted: February 10, 2015


Council invites community views on Stanthorpe Streetscape
  Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting local residents to have their say about the Stanthorpe Town Centre Masterplan that will further enhance the town's community focused attractive main street. Southern Downs Regional Council has engag...

Posted: February 4, 2015


Council reminds ratepayers about payment of second instalments
  The Southern Downs Regional Council is reminding ratepayers who chose to pay their rates in two instalments, that the second payment is due on February 13.  Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said Council agreed in July last year that ratepayers...

Posted: February 3, 2015


Council building has generator power for storm season
  Southern Downs Regional Council has taken a lead role in helping local residents get ready for storm season and has also been very proactive in ensuring its own staff and services are ready with contingency planning. Disaster Management Co-ord...

Posted: February 2, 2015


Inspirational book reading at Warwick Library
    Southern Downs Regional Council Libraries staff members are pleased to host an inspirational book reading from author Lynette Gordon-Smith on Wednesday February 11 from 10am at Warwick Library. Principal Librarian Samantha Shelbourn sa...

Posted: January 30, 2015


Southern Downs Young Leaders Appointed for 2015
  Nine young people from the Southern Downs have been appointed to the Southern Downs Young Leaders Program and are looking forward to bringing exciting initiatives to the region as well as tackling youth issues.  Their first meeting was be...

Posted: January 30, 2015


Council encourages applications for ANZAC 2015 community grants
Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting community groups to apply for its newly created 2015 ANZAC Commemorative Small Grants Program. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said Council is actively supporting the centenary of ANZAC next year and created the co...

Posted: December 15, 2014


Council hosts state local government women's conference
    Over 80 delegates from all around Queensland and New South Wales will be converging on Warwick tomorrow for the Australian Local Government Women's Association Queensland conference in Warwick from July 23 - 25.   Southern Down...

Posted: July 23, 2014