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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.
Care Army: Can You Help?
May 7, 2020: South Burnett Regional Council is calling on volunteers in our community to join the Care Army.

The Care Army is for people who want to help older people living in the South Burnett who may not have friends, family or neighbours who are able to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Care Army is focused on social connection and essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medications, as well as phone calls or videos chats to check on the well-being of older and vulnerable Queenslanders.

Find out more and register via Volunteering Queensland’s Emergency Volunteering program on the Internet.

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.
Request for Quotations:
Private Building Certifier SBRCQ - 19/20-64

May 7, 2020: South Burnett Regional Council invites quotations for a suitably qualified and insured Private Building Certifier to support Council’s Building Certifier in delivering building certification services.

The service may also include providing building certification services and advice to Council’s Property Section on properties owned by Council.

The focus of this position is to support Council’s building certification service by undertaking building certification for Class 1 and Class 10 buildings and structures and other building classes on occasion as determined by Council’s Building Certifier, meeting statutory requirements and community expectations.

Invitation to Offer can be downloaded via LG Tenderbox. Please refer to Tender Code: SBRC009860 / Contract Number: SBRCQ-19/20-64

Requests for Quotations close 5:00 pm Friday 18 May 2020.

For further information please contact Council’s Manager Planning and Land Management on 4189 9100 or by email
Managing Household Waste
During The COVID-19 Crisis

May 7, 2020: Waste services are an essential community service and South Burnett Regional Council would like to reassure residents that the kerbside waste services will continue to operate throughout the current COVID-19 crisis.

Residential general waste bins will be collected as normal. Please ensure your bins are placed on the kerbside before 6am on your scheduled collection day.

All South Burnett Regional Council waste and recycling facilities will continue operating as normal for the present time, however residents are encouraged to avoid these sites for anything that isn't essential or urgent.

Although it is understood that generating some waste is unavoidable and some rural residents don’t have access to kerbside services, Council is urging residents to avoid any unnecessary activities that may generate waste where possible, during this crisis.

Council and the waste contractors have put many measures in place to safeguard the health and safety of their workers. As individuals, there are some simple actions residents can take to further reduce the potential risks posed to those working in the waste industry:

  • • Ensure all disposable paper products such as used tissues, wipes and paper towels are placed in a bin liner/ bag and firmly tied before disposing in your general waste bin.

  • • Refresh your knowledge on what is accepted in your kerbside bin or nearest facility by visiting Council's website

South Burnett Regional Council is committed to continuing to provide essential waste services to our community while also safeguarding the health and welfare of residents, waste contractors and workers. Council thanks residents for their consideration during this time.

For further information about Council’s waste services and facilities, please contact Council’s Environment & Waste team on 4189 9100, by email or visit Council's website.
Wild Dog And Feral Pig Baiting Program
April 16, 2020: South Burnett Regional Council, in conjunction with Biosecurity Queensland, will be participating in a coordinated Wild Dog and Feral Pig Baiting Program.

Failure to control wild dogs and feral pigs can result in livestock losses, attacks on domestic pets and the loss of native fauna. Landholders have a legislative responsibility to control declared pests on their land and participation in this program is an effective way to help meet this responsibility.

Baiting stations will be held throughout the South Burnett from Monday 1 June 2020 to Monday 8 June 2020.

COVID 19 Social distancing and hygiene requirements:

To ensure baiting programs are delivered in accordance with current Queensland Health directives, all landholders will be required to make an appointment prior to attending a baiting station.

For further information and to register your intention of attending a baiting station please contact Council's Stock Route and Pest Officer by phone 4189 9100 or by email.

All participants must make an appointment to attend a baiting station no later than Friday 15 May 2020.
Footpath Construction: Haly Street, Wondai
April 14, 2020: South Burnett Regional Council advises that essential works (the construction of a new footpath on Haly Street, Wondai) will soon commence.

The footpath will provide pedestrian access from Greenview Road to the existing footpath in front of the shops, opposite the timber museum.

The project, funded under the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme and Council’s 2019-20 Capital Upgrade Works Programme, is scheduled to commence mid-April with works continuing until early June, weather permitting.

In order to provide a safe work environment, the work areas will be controlled by signage or with traffic controllers as required. Local access to properties within the work area will be permitted, however some delays may occur. Pedestrians and motorists are requested to travel with extreme care, to travel to the
prevailing road conditions and to adhere to signage.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks you for your patience whilst works are in progress.

For further information please contact Council’s Infrastructure Department on 4189 9100 or by email.
Sewer Relining Program: April-August 2020
April 9, 2020: As a part of Council’s sewerage capital works program and its commitment to ensure the long term sustainability and efficiency of our sewerage infrastructure, Council is undertaking essential works (a sewer relining program across the Murgon, Wondai and Nanango sewerage schemes).

Relining Solutions was awarded the contract for the works being delivered as part of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Council’s (WBBROC) Sewer Relining Program, a region-wide initiative to deliver cost savings to Council.

Phase 1 of the program, involving the use of CCTV robotics to inspect all sewers within the schemes, has been completed, with CCTV footage used by Council to assess and identify critical sections of the sewer network that requires remedial works.

Phase 2 of the sewer relining program involving the rehabilitation of the network, to extend the life of existing sewer infrastructure, is about to commence.

Originally planned to start in February 2020, liner delivery delays have pushed the start date to Tuesday 14 April 2020. The proposed sequence of works is Wondai, Murgon, and then Nanango.

Further notifications to affected customers will be provided as works progress. Access to manholes on customer properties will be necessary, with contractors undertaking works with the assistance of Council staff.

COVID-19 measures, in accordance with Queensland and Federal guidelines, will be in place during the duration of the project.

Completion of works is scheduled late for late August 2020 based on the contractor production rate for liner installation, weather permitting. The completion date will however be dependent on effectivity of grinding works and removal of blockages which can only be confirmed once works begin.

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 section by phoning 4189 9100 or by email
Limited Access To Public Amenities
April 1, 2020: South Burnett Regional Council advises that as a result of the Queensland Health directive regarding non-essential business activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.4), public amenities located at various locations throughout the South Burnett have been closed.

The closures have been implemented in areas closely located to playground and camping areas in an effort to reduce activity in the area and limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

With the health and safety of our community remaining paramount, Council is encouraging community members to ensure proper social distancing is maintained.

For a full list of Council owned public amenities available throughout the South Burnett, please see the Public Conveniences page on Council's website.

Council will continue ‘business as usual’, where possible, and is working on continuity plans to try to minimise the impact to the region and ensure essential services are maintained over coming months.

Council, through the LDMG, continues to liaise with relevant authorities and will advise on any changes as they occur.

Council urges all residents to join us with ‘flattening the curve’ by ensuring hygiene practices are in place and minimising contact where possible. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and appreciates your understanding and cooperation during this time.

Decisions on closures will continue to be reviewed in accordance with Queensland Health advice.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these arrangements, please contact Council by phone on 4189 9100 or by email
Prescribed Burn Notification
March 5, 2020: Council advises that prescribed burn operations will be undertaken within Council Reserves across the South Burnett from Sunday 1 March 2020 through to Monday 31 August 2020.

These operations are carried out by qualified and experienced operators.

Prescribed burns play an important part in wildfire mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

Locations for the prescribed burns include:
  • • Blackbutt Tip Reserve
  • • Nanango Fauna Sanctuary
  • • Staines Road Reserve
  • • Wooroolin Wetland
  • • Booie Reserve
  • • Boondooma Dam
  • • Coomba Falls
  • • Gordonbrook Dam
  • • Goodger Reserve
  • • Maidenwell Reserve
  • • Mt Wooroolin Reserve
  • • Old Esk Road Quarry Reserve
  • • Proston Reserve
  • • Wondai Airport

Residents and businesses around the burn area are reminded to take the following precautions:
  • • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes
  • • Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns
  • • Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage
  • • Remove washing from clothes lines
  • • Ensure pets have a protected area
  • • Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up and turn headlights on
  • • Sightseers must keep away from the burn for their own safety

    If you have asthma or other breathing difficulties reduce outdoor activities. If shortness of breath or coughing develops, take advised medical precautions or seek medical advice.

    Residents are also reminded that dumping of household waste on Council land is not permitted and fines apply.

    Residents requiring further information on prescribed burn operations are encouraged to contact Council on 4189 9100 or email Council.
  • Notice of Upcoming Roadworks:
    Mundubbera-Durong Road

    February 27, 2020: The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has advised Council that works will soon commence to rehabilitate a section of Mundubbera-Durong Road, between the West Boondooma Road and Shellytop Road intersections.

    Works will involve strengthening and stabilising the existing pavement to make the road safer for motorists, to improve the longevity of the road and to minimise the need for future maintenance.

    Line-marking and signage upgrades, construction of new roadside drainage and some culvert maintenance will also be carried out during the works.

    TMR will also improve safety along this section of Mundubbera-Durong Road by clearing the designated clear zones on either side of the road to ensure they are free of obstructions. This allows vehicles which stray off the road to recover without causing significant damage to either the vehicles or its occupants.

    Roadworks are scheduled to commence on 2 March 2020 and are expected to take about three months to complete, weather permitting.

    RoadTek will be delivering the road rehabilitation, with works generally occurring Monday to Friday between 6:00am and 6:00pm.

    Motorists should be aware of changed traffic conditions including reduced speeds, lane closures and stopgo traffic controllers. There may be minor traffic delays during the works and drivers are urged to drive to the conditions and observe all traffic controller directions.

    TMR thanks the community for its patience while this work is being completed. Should you require further information, please contact TMR's communication team in Bundaberg on 1300 728 390 during business hours or by email
    Road Upgrade Works:
    Old Esk Road, Taromeo

    February 24, 2020: C Council wishes to advise that road upgrade works will soon commence on Old Esk Road, Taromeo.

    The works, funded through Council’s 2019-20 Capital Upgrade Works Programme, will impact the currently unsealed section between Almond Road and the concrete floodway crossing at Taromeo Creek.

    The project is expected to commence Wednesday 26 February, running through to late May 2020, weather permitting.

    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 you for your patience whilst works are in progress.

    Local access to properties within the work area will be permitted.

    For further information, please contact Council’s Infrastructure team on 4189 9100 or by email
    Kingaroy And Wondai Reservoir Re-Roofing
    January 30, 2020: As a part of Council’s capital works program and commitment to ensure the long term sustainability and efficiency of our water infrastructure, Council has engaged Water Infrastructure Services to undertake the replacement of the reservoir roof at the Orana reservoir in Kingaroy and Scott Street reservoir in Wondai.

    Preliminary assessment and cleaning works are currently underway. Structural works including roof removal, replacement and internal pipe works are expected to begin at the Scott Street reservoir, Wondai in the week beginning 9 March 2020 and the Orana reservoir, Kingaroy the week beginning 10 April 2020.

    Both projects are expected to be completed by 26 June 2020.

    The purpose of this work is to improve the structural integrity, ongoing operation and water quality protection of the reservoir. Council will be constructing temporary storage arrangements at Scott Street as the main reservoir will need to be taken offline for several weeks during the work.

    Earlier preparation works will be required in some areas to improve the systems valves and to minimise interruptions to supply. Affected properties will be notified directly prior to these works occurring.

    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 team by phoning (07) 4189 9100 or by email.
    Water Meter Replacement Program:
    Kingaroy And Murgon

    January 30, 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 has commenced a water meter replacement program in Kingaroy and Murgon.

    This replacement program commenced 6 January 2020 and is expected to be completed by 30 June 2020, weather permitting.

    Water meters are mechanical devices that wear with usage and age. Council has a proactive replacement program for water meters which are nearing the end of their useful life. It’s 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. So it is normal that your meter may in fact be replaced but the meter belonging to your neighbour may not be.

    The following steps may assist following water maintenance works:

    • • Flush your plumbing by running inside and outside taps, and...

    • • Avoid using the washing machine or dishwasher if water is discoloured.

    Council apologises for any inconvenience that this work may cause, and thanks you in advance for your patience.
    Update: Boughyard Creek Bridge, Ironpot Road
    December 9, 2019: Council wishes to advise that construction works, funded through Council’s 2019-20 Capital programme, have commenced on the replacement culvert for the Boughyard Creek Crossing on Ironpot Road, Ironpot.

    The duration of works is estimated at approximately five months, weather permitting, with Council anticipating the bridge reopening to the public early May 2020.

    Access to residents will be available via a side-track. 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 you for your patience whilst works are in progress.

    For further information, please contact Council’s Works team on 4189 9100 or by email.
    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 21 October 2020
    * Wednesday 18 November 2020
    * Wednesday 9 December 2020


    Ordinary Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month (except the April 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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    South Burnett Mayor, Cr Brett Otto
    South Burnett
    Mayor

    Brett Otto
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    Division 1 Cr Roz Frohloff Division 4 Cr Kirstie Schumacher
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    Cr Roz Frohloff
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    Cr Kirstie Schumacher
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    Cr Gavin Jones
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    Cr Kathy Duff
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    Cr Danita Potter
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