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Nominations Open For
Ringsfield House Advisory Committee

August 9, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council is seeking nominations from community members to join the Ringsfield House Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the South Burnett Regional Council Ringsfield House Advisory Committee is to collaborate between highly skilled volunteers and Council representatives to develop a strategic plan and supporting plans to reactivate Ringsfield House for community use.

Nominations opened on 8 August and will close on 9 September 2022.

Council is seeking nominations for the following positions:

  • • Booking & Event Coordinator
  • • Marketing and Tourist Adviser
  • • Garden Adviser
  • • Museum Curator
  • • Volunteer Manager
  • • Social Services Adviser

Council will be conducting an information session on Monday 29 August 2022 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Chapel in Ringsfield House.

Nomination forms and Position Descriptions can be found on Council’s website or by visiting your nearest customer service centre.

For further information, please contact Council’s Community & Lifestyle branch on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Tingoora Hall Public Consultation
August 5, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council is investigating options for the future of Tingoora Hall. To inform the investigations, Council is interested in hearing the views of Tingoora residents on the future of the hall and land on which it sits.

The Council invites interested residents to a community consultation meeting at the Tingoora Primary School on the evening of Monday 15 August 2022 at 5:30pm to listen to Council’s considered options and voice your views on those options or alternatives you may think are achievable.

Should you be unable to make it to the meeting and wish to let us know your views, please feel free to email Council
Helicopter Noise Advance Notice, Customer Service And Library Closures For Baconfest 2022
August 5, 2022: Residents are advised that there will be noise associated with helicopter scenic rides conducted from the PCA land in Alford Street during Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2022.

Due to the BaconFest occupation of public areas, the Kingaroy Customer Service and Library will close at 3:30pm on Friday 19 August 2022. The Kingaroy Library will also be closed on Saturday morning 20 August 2022
Changed Traffic Conditions And
Temporary Road Closures For BaconFest 2022

August 4, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council wishes to advise the upcoming road closures for BaconFest 2022 which is to be held from Friday 19 August 2022 to Sunday 21 August 2022.

To deliver a safe and secure event, please see below a full list of road closures and changed traffic conditions:


These road closures are in accordance with provisions under the Local Government Act 2009, Part 3.

Council apologises for any inconvenience and thanks you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this period to ensure the event is a successful one for our Region.

Prior to the event any enquiries can be made to South Burnett Regional Council, Infrastructure Department by phoning (07) 4189 9100 or by email

During the event, please direct any queries to BaconFest Committee members on 0483-142-208.
KTP Glendon Street - Notice Of Works
August 4, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council would like to advise that final asphalt works within the Kingaroy Transformation Project will commence in Glendon Street between the South Burnett Library and the intersection of Glendon and Haly Streets.

Works will commence at 6:00am Sunday, 7 August 2022 and reopen at 6:00am Thursday, 11 August.

Upon completion of the asphalt works, the “shared zone” portion will remain closed for finishing works and will re-open on Friday, 19 August 2022.

Parking into Circular Place will remain open at all times with entry via Alford Street on Sunday, 7 August 2022 to Wednesday, 10 August 2022. All other times entry will be via Haly Street.

Motorists and pedestrians are requested to travel with 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.

Please direct all enquiries and concerns to the Kingaroy Transformation Project team on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Proston Water Main Replacement Program
August 2, 2022: 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 Proston.

This replacement program commenced 1 August 2022 and is expected to be completed by 31 December 2022, 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. It is normal that your meter may in fact be replaced but the meter belonging to your neighbour may not be.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this work may cause and thank you in advance for your patience.

The following steps may assist following water maintenance works:
  • Flush your plumbing by running inside and outside taps
  • Avoid using the washing machine or dishwasher should water be discoloured

Please direct any enquiries to Council’s Water and Wastewater team on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Expressions Of Interest For
Localised Mental Health Initiatives Now Open

August 2, 2022: Are you a not-for-profit organisation planning to hold an event where community members can come together to socialise and connect with others, or a not-for-profit organisation interested in delivering an event to assist with raising awareness for mental health and community wellbeing?

South Burnett Regional Council in partnership with Queensland Health is calling for Expressions of Interest that will deliver coordinated events to assist with mental health and community wellbeing and/or raise awareness of available resources and initiatives.

Funding is available for up to $3,000 per event/project.

Expressions of interest opened 1 August and will close 31 August 2022.

For further information please visit Council's website or contact Council’s Liveability Department on (07) 4189 9100.
Mattress Disposal At Waste Facilities
August 2, 2022: As of the 1 August 2022 there will be a $10.00 fee for mattress disposal at waste facilities.

Mattresses will only be accepted at the Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon and Wondai.waste facilities.

Please note that EFTPOS is the preferred payment method.

Council thanks you for your understanding on this matter.

For further information, please contact Council on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Rail Trail Re-Opens
Between Wondai And Murgon

August 2, 2022: The Rail Trail from Wondai to Murgon is now open for use WITH CAUTION. The bridge has been inspected and cleared for use as the water has subsided, however it is still lapping the top of the bridge so further rainfall could cause another closure.

However, due to the recent rainfall and continuous water flow from surrounding areas, a small section of the Rail Trail at Sawmill Creek crossing will remain closed between Murgon and the Goomeri border. A side road is available to bypass this area.

An alternative path to Moffatdale Wine Trail can be used following the Highway access road and old Highway to the Kilcoy– Murgon Road intersection (but please use safety when crossing the Highway within the 100km zone)

Alternative paths to Goomeri can be accessed 300m beyond the creek crossing following the old highway.

The Blackbutt to Linville rail trail remains open but it is advised to use it with caution, and be aware it will be vulnerable if further rain occurs.

Council advises public to dismount bicycles and take caution in approaching this zone due to water across the trail and uneven surfaces.

For trail information about adjoining Council locations, please contact Somerset Regional Council, Ipswich City Council or Gympie Regional Council
Kingaroy Hospital Driveway,
Youngman Street, Kingaroy

August 2, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council wishes to advise that the Kingaroy Hospital Driveway off Youngman Street is closed for reconstruction. Emergency access to the hospital can be gained from the Albert Street entrance.

Works are being undertaken during the two week period from 01 August 2022 to 12 August 2022.

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

For further information regarding the project works, please contact Council’s Infrastructure Department on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Wondai Swimming Pool:
Renovations And Refurbishment

July 27, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council is pleased to provide an update on the ongoing renovations and refurbishment works currently underway at the Wondai Swimming Pool complex.

An enlarged seating area has already been constructed over which the existing shade sail will be reinstalled.

The existing storage shed is in the process of being re-located to allow the installation of a new water play park. The relocation of the shed should be finalised in coming weeks.

A local contractor – NC Webber Building Services – has been engaged to undertake refurbishment of the existing toilets and the construction of a new facility suitable for use by persons with disabilities.

Due to operational requirements, this phase will not commence until the close of the 2022/23 swimming season and will be operational for the 2023/24 season.

The water play park to be located on the northern side of the complex will be constructed by specialist contractor Playscape Creations. Construction is planned to commence in September 2022 (subject to weather and supply constraints) with target completion of December 2022 or January 2023.

The pool will remain operational during the construction of the water play area. The work site will be separated from patrons with secure site fencing.

Council appreciates the co-operation and patience of patrons during this construction period and looks forward to seeing increased use of the upgraded facility on completion.
Waste Facility Closures
July 21, 2022: Due to impacts from the current wet weather event, the following waste disposal facilities are closed until further notice:

    • Kingaroy waste facility
    • Nanango waste facility

The green waste disposal area at Murgon waste facility is currently closed, however all other areas of Murgon waste facility are open.

Other waste disposal facilities and transfer stations may be closed at short notice.

Unsupervised waste transfer stations may be unsafe to use in these conditions. It is recommended that these stations are not utilised until further notice.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks you for your patience and understanding during these circumstances.
Foot And Mouth Disease Update
July 21, 2022: Council wishes to advise of further action being taken to address the threat of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), following last week’s call for federal action and Council’s commitment to keeping the local community informed.

A Qld Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness Taskforce has been established with representatives from federal, state, and local governments, the livestock industry, and supply chain businesses. The Taskforce has a focus on FMD and Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) to ensure a coordinated and collaborative approach to prevention and response preparedness activities.

The Qld Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is urging all livestock and supply chain stakeholders to:
• Know the signs of FMD and LSD and check stock regularly
• Report suspected cases to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888
• Protect their livelihood with a biosecurity management plan.

The Australian Government is responsible for the management and protection of Australia’s borders and has strengthened biosecurity measures in response to FMD and LSD outbreaks in Indonesia.

This includes increased traveller interventions for flights arriving from Indonesia, placement of detector dogs at Cairns, additional signage informing travellers of FMD risk, and enhanced screening of non-letter mail from Indonesia.

The Australian Government is also providing active support to Indonesia’s response to FMD with one million FMD vaccine doses, 435,000 LSD vaccine doses and expertise on emergency animal disease management and biosecurity.

Information on LSD and FMD prevention and preparedness can be found on the DAF Livestock Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness hub.
Scam Alert:
Caller Posing As Council Employee

July 20, 2022: Residents are warned to be vigilant and report any telephone call from a person posing as a South Burnett Regional Council employee.

The person or persons have nothing to do with Council.

The scam caller pretends to ask survey questions concerning the resident’s home, health, and income. Council does not survey people asking for personal and income details.

If anyone receives one of these scam calls, please hang up and report it immediately to Council so we are informed and can take action including reporti ng details to the proper authorities.

Council is concerned that elderly and vulnerable residents are prey to scammers whose eventual aim is to steal people’s identities and money.

Residents who believe they, or a family member, have been contacted by this scammer are urged to contact Council on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Why Rural Addressing And
House Number Visibility Are Important

July 16, 2022: No one wants to call an ambulance only to watch it drive slowly past their home looking for the street number. It is essential that residents prominently display their house number so that emergency services can locate you quickly if necessary.

Rural towns are often not as well-lit as cities and the darkness makes it harder for police, ambulance, and the SES to easily locate a specific address if the number is not easy to see.

Numbers should be large in size and not hidden from the road. The main reason a country property should have a rural address number is also so that emergency services can locate your property quickly.

The rural property address is consistent with residential addresses and therefore also assists agencies such as Australia Post, energy companies, banks and insurance companies and other organisations with service provision.

Council assigns an address using a distance-based system. These numbers will be based on how far in metres the property entrance is from the road’s starting point, divided by 10.

The starting point is usually an intersection or junction but can also be the centre of a town.

To apply for a rural addressing number, complete a Rural Addressing Application Form and submit this to Council for assessment. Council installs the initial rural address numbers, including post and post cap at no charge. Should a replacement number be required due to fading or damage, the customer will need to purchase the individual numbers in line with Council’s adopted Fees & Charges.

For rural addressing on a State-controlled road, the Department of Transport & Main Roads must approve the driveway access point, prior to Council installing the numbers.

Council notifies the State government who notifies the national address database, known as the ‘Geocoded National Address File’ that informs emergency services, postal services, State and Federal Electoral Commissions and electricity, gas, and water authorities.

For further information, see the Fact Sheet on Council’s website or contact Council on 4189 9100, or by email
Register For ChemClear Collection
July 6, 2022: The South Burnett Regional Council supports ChemClear’s objective of the safe disposal of surplus agricultural veterinary chemicals.

It is now time to register for the next Queensland collection.

ChemClear - a sister program to drumMUSTER - provides collection and disposal services for unwanted and/or obsolete agvet chemicals. Disposing of these chemicals properly helps protect the environment.

Last year, the total amount of unwanted or obsolete agvet chemicals registered by Queensland farmers and businesses reached over 74,000 litres of product. This was the single largest amount ever recorded for a state collection since the program began.

Eligible containers are collected for free. If your container is not eligible there will be a cost per lt/kg. A quote will be sent out after registration of your chemical container.

To register your chemical today, visit ChemClear and if you have any questions call ChemClear on 1800 008 182.

The next Queensland collection will be in 2023. You can register at any time on the website listed above.

The more registrations listed in the area the better chance of a collection occurring, so please register your chemicals today.
Notice Of Upcoming Works - Kingaroy
July 5, 2022: Please be advised Council will be undertaking rehabilitation and dig out works on the following listed streets. Works are anticipated to be completed by mid-August, weather permitting:

Youngman Street, Freemans Lane, Edward Street, Kent Street, Albert Street, Doonkuna Street, Jarrah Street, Fitzroy Street

In order to provide a safe work environment, the work areas will be controlled by signage or with traffic controllers as required. Motorists are requested to travel with extra 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 regarding the project, please contact Council’s Infrastructure team on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Les Muller Park Upgrade:
Commencement of Works

July 4, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council wishes to advise of the commencement of works for the upgrade to Les Muller Park in Blackbutt. Works are expected to start Monday 4 July 2022.

The project will deliver new infrastructure within the park including, new shelters and picnic tables, new concrete paths, upgraded soft fall and fencing to the playground, landscaping and trees.

This project has been funded under the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and South Burnett Regional Council Capital Works Program for 2022-2023.

To maintain public safety the work zone within the park will be fenced with public access restricted. Access to the public toilets will be maintained. Construction noise is expected through the course of these works.

Site works and construction activity will generally be performed Mondays to Fridays – 6:30am–5:00pm and Saturdays – 7:00am-5:00pm, with the project expecting to be completed by October 2022.

For further information regarding the project, please contact Council’s Infrastructure team on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Change Of Speed Limit
On Old Esk North Road

July 4, 2022: South Burnett Regional Council wishes to advise that after a recent Traffic Advisory Committee meeting a joint decision has been made to reduce the speed limit on Old Esk North Road, South East Nanango.

The existing 80km/h section has been reviewed and the decision was made to reduce this section back to 70km/h.

Please drive to the prevailing road conditions and to adhere to signage.

For further information regarding the project works, please contact Council’s Infrastructure Department on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Kingaroy And Wondai VICs:
Opening Hours Update

June 23, 2022: From July 1 the Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre will resume its pre-covid service levels, opening up seven days a week. The Wondai Timber Museum will also trial opening up on a Sunday from July.

The Visitor Information Centres play a vital role in enhancing visitors’ experience of the South Burnett region, which has a positive flow-on effect to local businesses and the local economy.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the South Burnett Visitors Information Centres typically welcomed over 45,000 visitors through their doors every year.

The new times will be as follows:
  •   • Kingaroy VIC: Mondays to Fridays 9:00am to 4:00pm, Saturdays and   Sundays 9:00am to 1:00pm
  •   • Wondai VIC: Monday to Fridays 9:00am to 2:00pm, Saturdays and        Sundays 9:00am to 1:00pm
Notice of Works:
KTP – Alford Street Footpath Surfacing

June 16, 2022: As part of the Kingaroy Transformation Project, footpath coloured surfacing will commence Monday, 20 June 2022.

Local contractors have been engaged to complete these works, starting on Alford Street between Youngman Street and Glendon Street.

During footpath surfacing, localised parking closures and pedestrian detours will be in place to allow for works to occur. Works areas will be moved regularly as sections are completed.

Motorists are requested to travel with care, to drive to the prevailing road conditions and to adhere to signage. Pedestrians are also asked to take care during the temporary changes.

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

Please direct all enquiries and concerns to the Kingaroy Transformation Project team on (07) 4189 9100 or by email
Hot Coals Risk Fires
At Waste Disposal Facilities

June 14, 2022: Council waste disposal facilities have been at risk of fires due to incorrect disposal of hot
coals.

Last week at Kingaroy Waste Facility, the Waste Facility attendant noticed an area of the landfill smouldering. Upon investigation, it was found that a large amount of hot coals had been placed in the general waste area. The hot coals were located near green waste, resulting in the smouldering.

Coals must be cold and without any heat before disposing in a wheelie bin or at a waste facility.

Council reminds the public to safely enjoy fires and fireplaces this winter.

Waste disposal facility users are encouraged to report any incidentsor concerns to the Waste Facility attendant or ---directly to Council on 07 4189 9100.
Community Assistance After Floods
February 28, 2022: Have you been affected by the recent flooding? These services may help:

Emergencies:
SES assistance - 132-500
Life Threatening – 000
Community Recovery Hotline - 1800-173-349
Council Assistance – 4189-9100

Other useful links:
Customer Service Centre
Moves To Kingaroy Library

September 28, 2021: South Burnett Regional Council is undertaking required maintenance on the Customer Service Centre in Kingaroy, commencing Monday 11 October 2021.

To ensure that we maintain continuity of service for our customers as much as possible during this period, the Customer Service Centre will operate from the Kingaroy Library in Glendon Street.

There will be a minimal disruption to service while the move takes place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th October, and Council apologises for any inconvenience.

The current opening hours for the Customer Service Centre of 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday will be maintained whilst located at the library.
Patrols To Identify Overgrown Allotments
June 3, 2021: South Burnett Regional Council advises regular patrols are undertaken within the South Burnett region to proactively identify environmental health matters such as overgrown allotments within designated town areas.

In accordance with the South Burnett Regional Council's Local Law No.3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2011, Part 3, Section 13 (1) (a) and (b), namely that the allotment is overgrown with vegetation to such an extent that it
(a) has seriously affected the visual amenity of the allotment; or
(b) is likely to attract or harbour reptiles.

Council strongly encourages property owners to maintain their blocks or arrange for it to be slashed/mowed on a regular basis to comply with Council’s local laws.

Failure to comply with these local laws may result in the issuing of a Compliance Notice in an attempt to rectify the issue or alternatively the issuing of a penalty infringement notice to the value of $667.

Council appreciates your understanding and assistance in this matter. For more information, please contact Council’s Compliance team on 1300 789 279, 4189 9100 or by email
Council Ordinary Meeting Dates
13 July To 12 October 2022

July 9, 2022: Council would like to advise that in accordance with Section 277 (1) of the Local Government Regulation 2012, Ordinary Meetings for 13 July To 12 October 2022 have been scheduled as follows:

Wed 13 Jul 2022
Liveability Standing Committee
Finance Standing Committee
Wed 20 Jul 2022
General Meeting
Wed 03 Aug 2022
Infrastructure Standing Committee
Wed 10 Aug 2022
Liveability Standing Committee
Finance Standing Committee
Wed 24 Aug 2022
General Meeting
Wed 07 Sep 2022
Infrastructure Standing Committee
Wed 14 Sep 2022
Liveability Standing Committee
Wed 21 Sep 2022
Finance Standing Committee
Wed 28 Sep 2022
General Meeting
Wed 05 Oct 2022
Infrastructure Standing Committee
Wed 12 Oct 2022
Liveability Standing Committee
Finance Standing Committee

All meetings commence 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
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Brett Otto
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Division 1 Cr Jane Erkens Division 4 Cr Kirstie Schumacher
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