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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 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 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 makes a bid for Warwick and Stanthorpe to be considered "Regional Capitals"
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_makes_a_bid_for_Warwick_and_Stanthorpe_to_be_considered_Regional_Capitals/)

      Southern Downs Regional Council has provided a submission detailing the reasons why Warwick and Stanthorpe should be named "Regional Capitals" by the Federal Government's Senate Standing Committee.   Decided at today's General ...


  • 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 seeks views about arts priorities
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • 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 staff do well in local government challenge
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_staff_do_well_in_local_government_challenge/)

      Southern Downs Regional Council staff members who recently competed in a Local Government Managers' Association Queensland challenge did not gain a placing however competed well in an outstanding field of contenders. Council's CEO David Keenan...


  • Council staff participate in local government challenge
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/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 ...


  • 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...


  • Council works on strategies to reduce mosquito numbers
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • 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 ...


  • Disposing of green waste and storm debris
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Disposing_of_green_waste_and_storm_debris/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council advise residents that there will be no kerbside collection for green waste or storm debris. Council’s Manager of Environmental Services Tim O’Brien asks everyone to ensure green waste is disposed of appropr...


  • 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...


  • Listings invited for the Southern Downs Seniors' Month 2015 Calendar of Events
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • 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...


  • Mayor looks forward to ANZAC services throughout the region
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • National Youth Week forum asks - what's important to you as a young person?
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/National_Youth_Week_forum_asks_-_whats_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...


  • 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...


  • SDRC joins other councils in opposing Federal Assistance Grants indexation freeze
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_joins_other_councils_in_opposing_Federal_Assistance_Grants_indexation_freeze/)

      Southern Downs Regional Council will gain $7 million in Federal Government Financial Assistance Grant (FAGs) funding for the 2014/15 year however will record its opposition to the indexation freeze on this important funding source.   Dis...


  • 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' 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 couple ready to walk 16,000 kms around Australia for cancer
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Stanthorpe_couple_ready_to_walk_16000_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...


  • 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...


  • Waste services during Easter break
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Youth Week disaster games a first for the region
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...


  • Youth Week disaster games a resounding success
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/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...