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Looking after our itinerant workers
A report that was endorsed at yesterday’s General Meeting will see numerous actions taken in favour of the region’s itinerant workers and backpackers. The report recommends that Council proactively lobbies with other Councils and State ...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council appoints Destination Southern Downs (DSD) Board
After an extensive recruitment process, Southern Downs Regional Council has finalised the appointment of seven members to the inaugural board of the new Destination Southern Downs tourism and events body. The seven members were recommended by a selecti...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Another step forward for Emu Swamp Dam
Council’s Director Engineering Services and Manager Planning & Development have been instructed to further explore and recommend an outcome regarding the offset requirements for each individual property impacted by Emu Swamp Dam Community Inf...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Heritage Listed Town Hall to have new lease of life
Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today proposing an Expression of Interest process (EOI) for the lease of approximately 117m2 of space in the Warwick Town Hall. The reasons for the proposal are as follo...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Youth Action Plan - making a difference for young people across the region
Council has endorsed the SDRC Youth Action Plan for 2015/2016 at today’s General Council Meeting. The Youth Action Plan Evening was held on 16 March 2015. The planning was highlighted by quality engagement and participation by the Young Leade...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Residents making use of My SDRC app ‘Fix It’
Southern Downs Regional Council’s new app is proving a success with more residents using ‘Fix It’ to lodge customer requests. Council received the April Executive Performance Statistics at its General Meeting today and were please...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council to write off outstanding debt from Queensland Reconstruction Authority
Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today to write off the outstanding debt of $588,845.60 ($647,730.14 including GST) from Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA). Councillors resolved to write off the ...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Update on Council’s Financial Report
At its General meeting today, Council received and noted the Financial Report as at 30 April 2015. The report shows that the overall operating expenditure of $53.5m is $1.1m above the year to date estimate of $52.4m with employee costs being around...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council to address road safety for seasonal workers and backpackers
Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today with actions that aim to reduce the number of car crashes and accidents involving international drivers. In the report, Council's Chief Executive Officer David Kee...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council revert water restrictions to Permanent for Warwick users
Southern Downs Regional Council advise that water restrictions in Warwick and associated villages have reverted to Permanent level effective immediately. Council's Director of Engineering Services Peter See said that the high level restrictions for...

Posted: May 25, 2015


Council extends time to apply for ANZAC 2015 community grants
Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting community groups to apply for its extended 2015 ANZAC Commemorative Small Grants Program. Council's Manager Community Services Sheila Stebbings said Council has extended the program by one month to allow int...

Posted: May 22, 2015


There is still time to submit listings for the Southern Downs ‘Seniors Month’ 2015 Calendar of Events
Move over Seniors Week; August is ‘Seniors Month’ on the Southern Downs! Is your community organisation, group or club planning an event or activity to celebrate seniors in the Southern Downs for Seniors Week this year? If yes, and ...

Posted: May 22, 2015


Recent rain tests Killarney’s new emergency warning system
The heavy rain event that occurred last weekend was the first major test of Southern Downs Regional Council’s recently installed Flood Emergency Warning System in Killarney. Disaster Management Coordinator Mark Saunders said residents will be r...

Posted: May 7, 2015


Work Commences on Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station
Work has commenced this week on the construction of a new and improved waste transfer station to service residents of the northern Granite Belt area.  The Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station is  one of many projects to come out of ...

Posted: May 6, 2015


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...

Posted: May 4, 2015


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...

Posted: April 29, 2015


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 ...

Posted: April 29, 2015


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...

Posted: April 28, 2015


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 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