A BATTLE over development in Isaac’s coastal communities could be nearing an armistice, water bills have been delayed and the council is looking at extra show holidays next year.
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1. Coastal debate to swell in community meetings
A CONTENTIOUS debate over developments along the Isaac coast is likely to rise again as council hosts a new round of meetings in Carmila, Clairview, Flaggy Rock, Greenhill and St Lawrence.
The Isaac Regional Council meetings are the latest step in a two-year battle with more than 100 residents who found themselves on the wrong side of a development blueprint in 2018.
A State Government plan to future-proof coastal towns from climate change and erosion risks was incorporated into Isaac Regional Council’s planning scheme, pushing the beachside residents into “high risk low development” zones.
Mayor Anne Baker said the council would meet with residents in September to discuss how the planning scheme would impact their homes.
“Coastal areas are continually being shaped by natural processes of wind, waves and tides. Understanding what matters most to you on the coast will help us plan and identify ways to respond to coastal hazard impacts in these important areas,” Mayor Baker said.
“We want to hear about the areas of the coast that are of personal, social, economic, cultural and environmental importance to you,” she said.
Cr Baker said the project was different to the recent changes in the new Isaac Region Planning Scheme, instead providing a holistic strategy to respond to the impacts of storm tide inundation and coastal erosion as they sea level rises might influence them.
Mayor Anne Baker said the council would host project information sessions in Carmila, Clairview, Flaggy Rock, Greenhill and St Lawrence between September 11 and 14, 2020.
For those unable to attend, an online survey will be available at speakup.isaac.qld.gov.au until September 21.
Broadsound Centenary Hall, St Lawrence: 10am-12pm, Friday September 11.
Carmila Hall: 4-6pm, Friday September 11
Flaggy Rock Community Centre carpark: 8.30-9.30am, Saturday September 12
Greenhill SES Shed: 1100am-12.00pm, Saturday September 12
Clairview Community Centre: 4-6pm, Monday September 14.
2. Community choir sings out during pandemic
ISAAC’S shower crooners, hairbrush karaoke singers and car ride carollers have taken centre stage, with the launch of Isaac Regional Council’s Computer Choir.
Mayor Anne Baker said the digital choir was a COVID-19 project to maintain and strengthen community spirit during uncertain times.
The Cheep Trill musicians released Isaac’s first music video on Thursday, August 27.
The project was funded by the $2 million Regional Arts Development Fund and Isaac Regional Council.
3. Water notice delivery delay
WATER bill notices missing from Isaac letter boxes are because of disruptions in the mail system’s supply chain.
Isaac Regional Council said there was a delay to the delivery of the water bills, which were set to arrive in early August.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Darren Fettell said the delayed rates notices were expected to arrive by the end of the month.
Mr Fettell said residents could register their email address to get their water notice to be issued electronically.
He said anyone with concerns about the shortened payment term or their ability to pay by the September 4 due date should phone 1300 472 227.
4. New generation of opportunities
THE next generation of council workers are being called on to apply for a dozen traineeships and apprenticeships in Isaac.
Mayor Anne Baker said Isaac Regional Council was committed to supporting genuine career pathways and employment opportunities in the region.
Cr Baker said school leavers and adults could gain a nationally recognised qualification for 12 positions opening in Clermont, Moranbah and Nebo.
“Here’s your opportunity to help shape communities and positively impact lives by working in local government,” Cr Baker said.
Acting chief executive officer Darren Fettell said finding homegrown talent and helping them develop their careers in the Isaac region was one of council’s the greatest achievements.
“These exciting opportunities provide valuable hands-on experience,” he said.
“As an apprentice or trainee with council, you can work towards a qualification in a supportive work environment.”
Applications open on Tuesday September 1, and close at 5pm on Wednesday September 30.
The 2021 council intake includes:
- Trainee Safety Officer, Clermont and Moranbah
- Trainee Contracts and Procurement, Moranbah
- Trainee Payroll Officer, Nebo
- Trainee Administration, Clermont
- Trainee Administration, Moranbah
- School Based Trainee Frontline Service Officer, Clermont
- School Based Trainee Frontline Service Officer, Moranbah
- Trainee Museum Frontline Service Officer, Clermont
- Trainee Compliance Officer, Moranbah
- Trainee People and Performance Administration Officer, Moranbah
- Apprentice Carpenter, Moranbah
- Apprentice Plumber, Clermont
5. Youth encouraged to share their stories of Isaac life
A GLIMPSE into the lives of young Isaac residents could be broadcast across the nation, as a unique opportunity opens for young rural Australians.
An annual ABC storytelling competition, Heywire, would offer Isaac youth the opportunity to have their voices heard, and share what life is like in their patch of central Queensland.
ABC regional and local director Judith Whelan said Heywire was an important platform for young people living outside of the big cities to have their voices heard.
“We’re proud to celebrate the stories of a new generation of Australian storytellers,” Ms Whelan said.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the council would offer development sessions for interested young people.
“We want to offer the youth of Isaac the opportunity to develop skills in an online Heywire storytelling workshop, where an ABC producer takes you through the storytelling process, from helping you find your own unique story to then getting your thoughts and ideas on paper,” Cr Baker said.
The free online workshop would be open to residents aged 16-22 and begins at 4pm on Monday September 7.
To register visit speakup.isaac.qld.gov.au
Heywire entries close on Wednesday September 16.
To apply visit www.abc.net.au/heywire/competition/
6. Free 3D printing workshops to entice creators across Isaac
UNLOCK the world of 3D printing in one of Isaac’s workshops.
Dysart residents and 3DprintCQ owner Royce Bailey will teach participants how to design and set up 3D designs, how to use the materials and will troubleshoot common printing dilemmas.
Cr Baker said the travelling workshops began in Carmila, and would continue to traverse the region until Saturday October 17.
“These free workshops are part of building vibrant, resilient and diverse communities across the region and this is our Arts and Cultural Action Plan in full swing,” she said.
Similar sessions will be held at Dysart, Clermont, Middlemount, Glenden, Nebo and Moranbah.
Each class will run between 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Participants must bring their own laptop, mouse with scroll wheel and bottled water; and download the Cura program before attending the workshop.
Participants must be older than 13.
Bookings are essential with limited spots available, to register, visit speakup.isaac.qld.gov.au, your local library or council’s Facebook Page.
7. Dog registration renewal notices with new incentives now available
KEEP your furry friend on the right side of the law, by registering your dog with Isaac Regional Council.
For the first time Isaac Regional Council has announced free puppy registrations for pups who are microchipped and aged less than 12 months to encourage responsible dog ownership.
Chief Executive Officer Gary Stevenson said residents who registered their dogs before Friday September 11 would qualify for a 50 per cent early bird discount.
Mr Stevenson said pensioners with a concession card could register their desexed and microchipped dog for free.
Dogs registered in another council can be put into the Isaac system for free.
He said residents who had a Canine Control Council membership could receive an additional 50 per cent off.
Pooches could be desexed and microchipped for no more than $20 if their owners had registered them, Mr Stevenson said.
He said registration fees helped to fund essential services for animal management, including council pounds.
“Ain’t nothing but a pound dog if it’s unregistered,” Mr Stevenson said.
“Owners will be up for an impoundment fee and registration fee before they’re released home. Register, microchip and make sure your yard is secure and safe.”
The registration push comes as the council announces a crackdown on dog ownership.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Darren Fettell said compliance officers would begin a three-week campaign starting from Monday, August 24.
“Compliance officers will be giving on-the-spot advice during visits to public places and spaces for those owners that have dogs not under effective control,” Mr Fettell said.
“Officers may have a treat for owners doing the right thing so be on the lookout when you walk your dog responsibly.”
8. Need a break? Council pushes for next year’s show holiday dates
ISAAC residents will celebrate three show holidays next year if a council application to the State Government is approved.
Councillors voted for Chief Executive Officer Gary Stevenson to apply for three different show dates, with each to apply to different divisions in the Isaac region.
If approved, Nebo, Glenden, Coppabella, Coastal Region, and Clairview will share their show holiday with Mackay Regional Council on June 17.
Moranbah, Clermont, Middlemount, Dysart, Kilcummin and surrounding rural areas would have their show day on May 26, to make the most of the Clermont Agricultural Show.
St Lawrence, and communities south of Clairview would have their day off to attend the Rockhampton Agricultural Show, whose show date has not been set.
“Should opportunity arise to review the dates due to pandemic or other major impacts,
council will actively consider the merit and implications in doing so,” a council report said.
9. Golf courses, arts centres and bowling contracts open for bids
ISAAC Regional Council is exploring the future tenure arrangements for the Glenden Golf Club, Arts and Crafts Building and Bowls Club.
The council has called for expressions of interest in each the properties as Glenden fights for its place on the map.
The council said it wanted to gauge the level of interest before it began to push the formal tender process.
This was the first stage in the process of reactivating these facilities.
Expressions of interest close on September 20.
To apply visit speakup.isaac.qld.gov.au/