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  • Council "watch and wait" for weather event
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council & QFES co-operation good for community safety
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council adopts tourism industry recommendations from Tourism Transition Group
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council advises no need for sandbagging at this stage
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council and Main Roads collaborate on weed control
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council appoints dynamic Chief Executive Officer
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_appoints_dynamic_Chief_Executive_Officer/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said he was pleased to announce that Mr David Keenan has been appointed SDRC Chief Executive Officer, with Mr Keenan commencing in the role on 28th January, 2015. "Mr Keenan brings a great d...


  • Council asks local valley residents to prepare for weather event
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council baiting program underway for wild dogs
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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 ...


  • Council building has generator power for storm season
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council completes stormwater and road project at Warwick Industrial Estate
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council encourages applications for ANZAC 2015 community grants
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council hosts state local government women's conference
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_hosts_state_local_government_womens_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...


  • Council implements an online service
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council improves community messaging in a disaster
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council invites community views on Stanthorpe Streetscape
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council on alert for impact of Cyclone Marcia weather event
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council presents sustainable living workshops - ABC gardening presenter will inspire all
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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 ...


  • Council releases tourism report
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council remains alert but situation eased following downgrading of Cyclone Marcia
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council reminder about compliance issues with backpacker/fruitpickers' accommodation
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_reminder_about_compliance_issues_with_backpackerfruitpickers_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...


  • Council reminds ratepayers about payment of second instalments
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council revert water restrictions to Permanent for Stanthorpe users
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_revert_water_restrictions_to_Permanent_for_Stanthorpe_users/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council advise that water restrictions in Stanthorpe have reverted to Permanent level effective immediately. Council's Director of Engineering Services Mr Peter See said that good rain over the Christmas/New Year period has had...


  • Council seeks views on usage of parks and open space
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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 ...


  • Council supports National Youth Week theme "It starts with us"
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council to proceed with stage 2 of Stormwater Drainage program
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Council to produce online Calendar of Events for 2015 ANZAC Centenary events
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Councillors work with Southern Downs Young Leaders on Youth Action Plan
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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 ...


  • Everyone is invited to celebrate Australia Day!
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Everyone_is_invited_to_celebrate_Australia_Day/)

        Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting everyone to enjoy a great Australia Day on Monday January 26 with celebrations and Australia Day awards ceremonies to be held at Warwick and Stanthorpe. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said Australia...


  • Forty-one Southern Downs 2010/11 flood stories told from the heart....now loaded to Council website
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Forty-one_Southern_Downs_201011_flood_stories_told_from_the_heartnow_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 ...


  • Hundreds turn out for sustainable living workshops
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Inspirational book reading at Warwick Library
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Make Australia Day your day
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Make_Australia_Day_your_day/)

      Bush poetry, damper and billy tea, wood chopping, barbecue, games and entertainment are just a few of the activities planned for Australia Day on the Southern Downs. Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell is inviting every...


  • Mayor Blundell and Councillors up for questions and feedback at Warwick Show
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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 ...


  • Mayor Blundell briefs Federal member on Southern Downs issues
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Mayor Blundell meets Military Brotherhood riders
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • New energy efficient lighting brings new uses to SDRC parks
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/New_energy_efficient_lighting_brings_new_uses_to_SDRC_parks/)

       Southern Downs Regional Council has installed a total of 90 low energy, high impact LED lighting in the Acacia Avenue Car Park, at Leslie Park in Warwick and Weeroona Park in Stanthorpe.   Council's Manager Community Facilities, Mi...


  • Outback nurse tells her story straight from the heart
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Southern Downs Regional Council announces arts funding
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Southern Downs residents can learn how to turn organic waste into 'green gold'!
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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 ...


  • Southern Downs Young Leaders Appointed for 2015
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Southern Downs' residents can now access "OneClick Digital" at libraries
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Stanthorpe Piazza works
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Stanthorpe residents to walk 16,000 kms around Australia
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Stanthorpe_residents_to_walk_16000_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...


  • Warwick Library hosts photography workshop for the regionís youth
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Warwick_Library_hosts_photography_workshop_for_the_regions_youth/)

    Want to do something different these holidays? In conjunction with ABC Open, Warwick Library is hosting a free photography workshop for young people aged 10 to 18 years. The 2 hour session will be held on Wednesday 14th January 2015 from 10:30am. ...