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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


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...

Posted: January 23, 2015


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...

Posted: January 21, 2015


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...

Posted: January 16, 2015


Warwick Library hosts photography workshop for the region’s 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. ...

Posted: January 8, 2015


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...

Posted: January 6, 2015


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...

Posted: January 5, 2015


Council advises Christmas/New Year closure
Southern Downs Regional Council offices and libraries at Allora, Warwick and Stanthorpe will close for the Christmas/New Year break from 3.30pm on Wednesday December 24, 2014, and then re-open on Monday January 5, 2015. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said fo...

Posted: December 24, 2014


Council relax water restrictions to Medium for Stanthorpe users – all other areas remain the same
Southern Downs Regional Council advise that water restrictions in Stanthorpe will be relaxed to Medium level from Friday 19th December 2014. Council's Director of Engineering Services Mr Peter See said that after heavy recent rainfall Storm King Dam...

Posted: December 18, 2014


Council reminds residents about animal management local laws
Southern Downs Regional Council is reminding residents that from January 2015 people no longer need to have a permit for a second dog and there will be discounts on dog registration fees for desexed and microchipped dogs. Environmental Services Manage...

Posted: December 18, 2014


Council advises Warwick and Stanthorpe Waste Facilities closed Christmas Day - open other public holidays
Southern Downs Regional Council is advising all residents that the Warwick Central Waste Management Facility at Old Stanthorpe Rd and the Stanthorpe Waste Management Facility at Rifle Range Road will both be closed on Christmas Day. Environmental Serv...

Posted: December 16, 2014


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