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Free Virtual Worm Farm
And Composting Workshops

October 26, 2020: Are you interested in learning about how turning food waste into compost can help your garden as well as the environment? Did you know that around half of the average wheelie bin is organic material, which can negatively impact the environment when sent to landfill?

South Burnett Regional Council is offering two FREE virtual workshops designed to teach you how to save your food scraps from landfill and turn them into fertiliser to help your garden be more productive and resilient.

Attendance for both workshops will be online via Microsoft Teams Live Events, so you can learn about recycling organics from the comfort of your own home! Join us for one, or both of these free sessions:

  • Introduction to Composting workshop at 10am, Sunday 15 November
      Register online
  • Introduction to Worm Farming workshop at 11am, Sunday 15 November
      Register online

All you need to join is a device that can access the internet! If you want to learn about worm farming and composting, why not come to both! Bookings are essential so you can receive the online workshop link.

Please note, these workshops are targeted for adults, children are welcome to join, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. BOOK NOW!

For further information contact Council’s Environment and Waste team on 4189 9100 or by email
Bunya Mountains Upgrades To Commence
October 26, 2020: Council is pleased to advise that works will soon commence on Bunya Avenue, Bunya Mountains to reinstate the pedestrian access along Bunya Avenue and to upgrade the current grass footpath and carpark.

Works, funded through Council’s 2020-21 Capital Programme and the Australian Government Drought Communities Programme (DCP), are planned to commence the week beginning 26 October 2020 and are expected to be completed late November 2020, subject to weather and other external constraints.

The project will include upgrading and delineation of the existing on road pedestrian path through the use of green sprayed line marking from Bunya Mountains Road to the entry of Dandabah camping area.

A new concrete footpath will be then installed from this entry point to the existing driveway near the Bunya Mountains General Store. The project works will also include the upgrade and installation of a new sealed parking area.

In order to provide a safe working environment for Council staff and users, the works will be controlled by signage or traffic controllers as required. Motorists are requested to travel with extreme care, to drive to the prevailing road conditions and to adhere to signage.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks businesses and the community for their patience whilst works are in progress.

For further information, please contact Council’s Works team on 4189 9100 or by email
Water Meter Replacement Program – Nanango
October 26, 2020: As part of Council’s routine maintenance programs and its commitment to ensure the long-term sustainability and efficiency of our water infrastructure, Council will be conducting a water meter replacement program in Nanango.

This replacement program will run from Monday 26 October 2020 and is expected to be completed by Friday 30 December 2020, weather permitting.

Water meters are mechanical devices that wear with usage and age. We have a proactive replacement program for water meters, which are nearing the end of their useful life. It is an ongoing program that ensures your water meter readings (and your bills) remain as accurate as possible.

Water meter replacement depends on the specifications of the individual meter. Therefore, it is normal that your meter may be replaced but the meter belonging to your neighbour may not be.

Council apologises for any inconvenience that this work may cause, and thanks you in advance for your patience.

Please direct any enquiries to Council’s Water and Wastewater branch by phoning 4189 9100 or by email
Invitation to Offer - SBRC 20/21-07:
Sale of Rhodes Grass Hay

October 26, 2020: Council would like to invite offers on the sale of one lot of 44 baled Rhodes Grass hay. Bales are 2.7m x 1.2m x 0.9m (8x4x3ft).

The hay is cut from the irrigation area at the Kingaroy Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant and has been irrigated with recycled Class C water.

Revenue received from the sale of the fodder is used to offset the operational costs for running the treatment plant and facilities.

There is no withholding period. Bales will be sold as one lot. Payment needs to be made within one week of award and to be removed from site within two weeks after payment has been received.

Removal and transport costs are to be at the buyers expense and are to follow all relevant and appropriate transport and safety regulations and South Burnett Regional Council safety requirements.

Offer packages are available on Council’s website. Offers are to be placed in the Tender Box or e-mailed to info@southburnett.qld.gov.au by 4:00pm Wednesday 11 November 2020.

For further information regarding the Tender or to book an inspection, contact Council’s Water and Wastewater Coordinator on 4189 9100 or by email
Request For Tenders – SBRC-20/21-08:
Lease of Ringsfield House, Nanango

October 21, 2020: Council is offering by tender to community groups, a lease for the operation and management of the historically significant Ringsfield House and associated grounds and buildings located in Cairns Street Nanango, described as Lot 9 on SP307587 and Lot 5 SP156194.

Ringsfield has previously been run as a destination for visitors and the local community as a showcase of historical memorabilia and items from the history of Nanango, as a function and event centre, and café.

There are a several opportunities that Ringsfield provides to prospective Tenderers, including historical display and tours, events centre, café and commercial kitchen.

Council is looking for a thoughtful and considered approach to management and operation of Ringsfield.

Tender documents can be downloaded from Council’s website.

Tenders are to be suitably endorsed, marked and lodged as per tender documents no later than 4:00pm on Friday 20 November 2020.

For further information regarding the request for Tenders please contact Council’s Property team on 4189 9100 or by email
2021 Australia Day
Award Nominations Now Open

September 1, 2020: Nominations are now open for the South Burnett’s annual Australia Day Awards for 2021.

The awards provide the community with an opportunity to acknowledge and reward outstanding groups and individuals committed to improving the lifestyle experienced in our region.

Award categories that have been chosen give individual communities equal opportunity to nominate those who have made special contributions to their local community.

Award categories are:
  • • South Burnett Citizen of the Year
  • • South Burnett Young Citizen of the Year
  • • South Burnett Community Organisation of the Year
  • • South Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award
  • • South Burnett Volunteer of the Year
  • • South Burnett Junior Cultural Award
  • • South Burnett Senior Cultural Award
  • • Local Achiever Award (Town & Rural)
  • • South Burnett Junior Sportsperson
  • • South Burnett Senior Sportsperson
  • • South Burnett Sports Administrator/Coach/Official Award


The official awards ceremony will be held on the eve of Australia Day, Monday 25 January 2021 at the Wondai Town Hall.

Further information on award categories and how to nominate is available on Council’s website. Nominations close Friday 13 November 2020.

For further information regarding the 2021 Australia Day Awards, please contact Council’s Executive Services team on 4189 9100 or by email
Mental Health Matters
July 30, 2020: National Mental Health Month (NMHM) will be held from October 1 to 31, 2020.

NMHM is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health, and it is an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness that #MentalHealthMatters.

Mental Health Foundation Australia deliver a range of FREE virtual mental health support groups, including:

  • • Men’s Wellbeing Support Group
  • • Mood Disorders Support Group
  • • Gender Identity Support Group
  • • Depression Support Group
  • • PTSD Support Group

Mental Health Support Groups focus on individuals’ strengths, not weaknesses and work towards the individual’s wellbeing and recovery. In these groups, participants can open up, realise they are not alone, address past unresolved issues, set new goals, learn new skills and take charge of their lives.

For many people, the support group is the best environment to accomplish these changes.

You can find out how to join a mental health support group or obtain more information on the Net
Doing Business With Council
July 2, 2020: Did you know that Council has established a local marketplace for non-contracted, low risk, ad-hoc supply arrangements for business within the South Burnett region?

Felix Marketplace is an online procurement system which allows Council officers to search, nominate and invite local suppliers to quote. In turn, suppliers will receive an email notification with an invite to submit a quote. All the supplier is required to do is log in for details and then upload the quote.

If you are interested in supplying goods or services to us you can register your business on Council’s Local Marketplace on Felix for free. The marketplace intends to capture goods and services such as Catering, Stationery, Tools & Equipment, Hardware, Printing, Horticulture, Plumbing & Electrical products, Uniforms, Clothing and PPE, Accommodation, Training Providers, Spare Parts, Florists & Giftware, Information Technology hardware and many others.

A full list of the Local Marketplace categories and registration instructions are available on Council’s website

Felix Marketplace is a great opportunity for local business owners within the South Burnett region to have their goods and services seen by a new audience. The registration process does not mean that you are automatically a supplier to Council, and should you be engaged for goods or services you may be required to provide additional documentation.

For further information on how you can do business with Council, please contact Council’s Strategic Procurement coordinator on 4189 9100 or by email
New Forms Required Under
Plumbing & Drainage Act 2018

June 10, 2020: Plumbers, drainers and contractors ... did you know that under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018, the use of prescribed forms is mandatory for various aspects of Plumbing and Drainage work?

In particular, Council draws your attention to Form 11, advising that all service reports for treatment plants are required to be lodged on the prescribed Form 11. This form is to be used for the purposes of section 106 of the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019. Completion of all applicable sections is mandatory.

From 1 July 2020, this form must be submitted to Council and a copy provided to the owner of the facility within 10 business days after servicing the facility.

Similarly, all other prescribed forms are mandatory for their respective purposes, as listed on the Government's website

Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please contact Council's Plumbing and Drainage Department on 4189 9100 or by email
Council To Close Public Amenities
June 10, 2020: In an attempt to reduce vandalism and subsequent maintenance and cleaning costs, Council will commence closing various public amenities in the Kingaroy and Murgon areas after hours.

Council will commence closing the following facilities from Friday 12 June 2020 between the hours of 8:00pm and 6:00am daily:

  • • QEII Park, Lamb Street, Murgon
  • • Glendon Street, Kingaroy
  • • O'Neill Square - Corner of Haly and King Street, Kingaroy

All other public amenities in the Kingaroy and Murgon areas will remain open. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Did you know that vandalism has cost Council nearly $15,000 in the last seven months alone? Vandalism is an action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property.

Vandalism to Council’s facilities, and in particular, parks and gardens can increase undue risk to the public through hazards and may necessitate the closure or removal of facilities or equipment until repairs can be progressed.

If you see an incident in progress, or possibly come across the results of vandalism, there are a number of ways you can help:

  • Report to the Queensland Police Service: Is the incident happening now? Is the suspect still at the scene? Is anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger? Please contact Triple Zero, 000. Reporting vandalism can also be done through Policelink on 131 444. Reporting property damage can be done online

  • Contact Council: Should you come across damage to Council’s facilities or equipment, please notify Council by phone on 4189 9100 or by email. This will ensure Council is aware of the incident and it is actioned as soon as possible.

  • Snap, Send, Solve: Reporting local issues is now a ‘snap’… The easy and efficient way to notify of issues that need addressing in your community. Simply download the Snap, Send, Solve App and submit a request. For further information visit the website

For further information contact Council’s Parks and Gardens team on 4189 9100 or by email
Be Connected Online Learning Resources
May 8, 2020: Be Connected is an Australia-wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. Be Connected have online learning resources as well as a network of community partners - the Be Connected Network - who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence.

You can learn a new skill from home, or at a nearby community organisation. Join thousands of Australians who are taking our free courses on everything from how to access the internet, using your device and keeping in touch with others online.

Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others.

Quick links include:

  • Topic Library - Start learning today by browsing the range of topics

      • Find local help - Use a simple map to find free local face-to-face help

      Should you have any questions or require assistance with Be Connected or any other online library services, please contact Council’s library team during business hours by phone on 4189 9256 or by email.

      South Burnett Regional Council reminds residents to follow the Queensland Government messaging: if you are sick, stay home; if you're feeling unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your doctor about being tested; practice social distancing; continue good hygiene practices.
Council Ordinary Meeting Dates For 2020
April 20, 2020: Council would like to advise that in accordance with Section 277 (1) of the Local Government Regulation 2012, the Ordinary Meetings for 2020 have been scheduled as follows:

* Wednesday 29 April 2020
* Wednesday 20 May 2020
* Wednesday 17 June 2020
* Wednesday 15 July 2020
* Wednesday 19 August 2020
* Wednesday 16 September 2020
*Wednesday 14 October 2020
* Wednesday 18 November 2020
* Wednesday 9 December 2020


Ordinary Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (except the April, October and December meetings) commencing at 9:00am in the Warren Truss Chamber, Glendon Street, Kingaroy unless stated otherwise.

From April 2020, Council has also begun to live stream video and audio of each meeting. These videos, along with meeting agendas and minutes, can be viewed on the Council Meetings page of Council's website.
Level 3 Water Restrictions
March 17, 2017: Level 3 water restrictions are now in place throughout the South Burnett Region.

Residents are advised that sprinklers are not to be used, and hosing of paved or concreted areas is not permitted.

Hand held watering is permitted from 7:00am to 8:00am, and 5:00pm to 6:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for odd numbered houses and Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for even numbered houses. No residential watering is permitted on Mondays.

Further details are available on the Council website or by contacting Customer Contact on (07) 4189 9100.
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Your Councillors

Your Councillors are here to represent your interests. If you have a problem you think Council can assist you with, please contact your Divisional councillor by phone or email.
South Burnett Mayor, Cr Brett Otto
South Burnett
Mayor

Brett Otto
Ph: (07) 4189-9155
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Division 1 Cr Roz Frohloff Division 4 Cr Kirstie Schumacher
Division 1
Cr Roz Frohloff
Ph: 0417-767-444
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Division 4
Cr Kirstie Schumacher
Ph: 0475-007-705
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Division 2 Cr Gavin (Spud) Jones Division 5 Cr Kathy Duff
Division 2
Cr Gavin Jones
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Division 5
Cr Kathy Duff
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Division 3 Cr Danita Potter Division 6 Cr Scott Henschen
Division 3
Cr Danita Potter
Ph: 0409-490-175
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Division 6
Cr Scott Henschen
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