Southern Downs Regional Council celebrates best moments of 2017
As the Southern Downs gets ready to ring in 2018, Council is looking back on what was a huge year of achievement for our region. From hosting big name events and prominent visitors, to celebrating the region’s history and completing major projects, here are some of the Southern Down’s finest moments of 2017:
· Southern Downs welcomes the Governor-General
Council was honoured to host the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove, when they visited Warwick and Stanthorpe in March.
· Southern Downs Regional Council delivers its second consecutive budget surplus
At a special meeting in June, Council adopted the 2017/2018 budget, reducing debt and delivering a $23.04 million capital works program and operational surplus.
· Southern Downs fills with Lions pride
A proud roar could be heard across the Southern Downs when the Brisbane Lions arrived in Warwick in February.
· Shane Webcke keynote speaker at SDRC Inaugural Sport & Rec Forum
Council invited Broncos legend Shane Webcke to Stanthorpe as a key note speaker when it hosted its Sport and Recreation Forum in May.
· Stanthorpe Streetscape & Rogers St Carpark officially opened
A joint initiative of the Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government, the Stanthorpe Streetscape-Frome’s Lane and Rogers Street carpark projects were completed and officially opened in December.
· Killarney Streetscape construction completed
Council completed the $100,000 Killarney Streetscape Project in November, one of seven infrastructure projects in the region made possible by $2.93M of Works for Queensland Funding through the State Government.
· Cameroon Commonwealth Games team decides to train on Southern Downs
It took more than a year of dedication and hard work but in December the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Team made it official: The Rose City is where they’ll train in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
· Award-Winning Champion Boxer Jeff Horn comes to lunch.
Southern Downs residents learnt about the focus and determination needed to become a boxing world champion when WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn visited the Rose City for the Mayoral Luncheon in October.
· Warwick hosts Queen’s Baton Relay trial run
The streets were buzzing with excitement in early December when the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay (GC2018 QBR) conducted a trial run through Warwick. The Southern Downs is one of only two regions where the trial was conducted.
· Spectators flock to Warwick for John Dee Rodeo Parade
Council brought back the Rodeo Street Parade this year for more than 30,000 spectators and rodeo fans who flocked to Warwick in October for the Rodeo. Besides a hiatus in 2016, the parade has been running since 1970.
· Council commemorates formation of Australian Federal Police
The Rose City marked 100 years since the formation of the Australian Commonwealth Police with a reenactment of the infamous egg throwing incident that took place 100 years ago.
· New Allora Streetscape and Connolly Dam Campground
The Allora Streetscape and Connolly Dam Campground both received makeovers with a new rotunda in Allora’s PJ Travers Park and an ablution block at the Campground.
· Major Funding secured for Storm King Dam Pipeline
Council received $3,700,000, the highest level of funding in the state, through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program to install a second water pipeline between Storm King Dam and the Mount Marley Treatment Plant.
· Council partners with John Dee
Through an innovative partnership, Council and John Dee prepared a successful funding application to the Federal Government that received funding of $4,970,000 to contribute to a $15 million development that will create up to 200 jobs in the region.
· Council proud to assist Churches of Christ development
Council assisted Churches of Christ with developments in Warwick and Stanthorpe, which together, will create around 200 jobs and provide quality services to the residents of the Southern Downs and beyond.
SDRC Mayor Councillor Tracy Dobie said delivering a second consecutive budget surplus and hosting the Governor General were the major highlights of what was a year of significant achievement.
“Council was delighted to host the Governor General and Lady Cosgrove, the Deputy Prime Minister and several Federal and State Ministers and senators. These visits were a great success and opportunity to cast our wonderful region into the spotlight,” Cr Dobie said.
“Delivering a second budget surplus was also a great achievement as it means lower rises in rates and more money dedicated to delivering major projects that help to enhance the livability of our region and build sustainable communities.
“It’s been a great year for the Southern Downs and we’re confident we can continue to build upon the great success we’ve achieved moving forward into 2018.”