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  • Animals are the winners with rehoming rates on the rise
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Animals_are_the_winners_with_rehoming_rates_on_the_rise/)

    Figures released in a report to Southern Downs Regional Council’s General Council meeting today show the region’s impounded animals are the winners, with the rate of rehoming of animals on the rise, and euthanasia rates at an all time low. ...


  • Another step forward for Emu Swamp Dam
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Another_step_forward_for_Emu_Swamp_Dam/)

    Council’s Director Engineering Services and Manager Planning & Development have been instructed to further explore and recommend an outcome regarding the offset requirements for each individual property impacted by Emu Swamp Dam Community Inf...


  • Author to visit Warwick Library
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Author_to_visit_Warwick_Library/)

    Author Janice N Mau will visit Warwick Library on Wednesday 17 June to talk about her 2014 released book, Samovars and Shashlik. Samovars and Shashlik is a memoir of Janice’s time spent working as a volunteer in Kazakhstan, with husband Peter. T...


  • Bridge reopens after devastating floods
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Bridge_reopens_after_devastating_floods/)

    Cowley’s Bridge at Mullins Road, Talgai, recently reopened to traffic after the destructive 2011 floods forced its closure. The bridge was severely damaged in 2011 and then again in 2013 by the floods that devastated parts of the Southern Downs....


  • Community invited to official opening of Council’s Stanthorpe Animal Pound Extension
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Community_invited_to_official_opening_of_Councils_Stanthorpe_Animal_Pound_Extension/)

    A new extension to Southern Downs Regional Council’s Stanthorpe Animal Pound is nearing completion and will be officially opened by Mayor Peter Blundell on Tuesday, July 14 from 2pm-3pm, with interested members of the community invited to attend....


  • Council appoints Destination Southern Downs (DSD) Board
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_appoints_Destination_Southern_Downs_DSD_Board/)

    After an extensive recruitment process, Southern Downs Regional Council has finalised the appointment of seven members to the inaugural board of the new Destination Southern Downs tourism and events body. The seven members were recommended by a selecti...


  • Council conducts citizenship ceremony at general meeting
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_conducts_citizenship_ceremony_at_general_meeting/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council welcomed 24 new citizens today at its June Council meeting at Warwick chambers. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said it was wonderful to see such a large group of excited and happy people at the Council chamber and especially ...


  • Council encourages applications for ANZAC 2015 community grants
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_encourages_applications_for_ANZAC_2015_community_grants/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting community groups to apply for its newly created 2015 ANZAC Commemorative Small Grants Program. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said Council is actively supporting the centenary of ANZAC next year and created the co...


  • Council extends time to apply for ANZAC 2015 community grants
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_extends_time_to_apply_for_ANZAC_2015_community_grants/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting community groups to apply for its extended 2015 ANZAC Commemorative Small Grants Program. Council's Manager Community Services Sheila Stebbings said Council has extended the program by one month to allow int...


  • Council hosts state local government women's conference
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_hosts_state_local_government_womens_conference/)

        Over 80 delegates from all around Queensland and New South Wales will be converging on Warwick tomorrow for the Australian Local Government Women's Association Queensland conference in Warwick from July 23 - 25.   Southern Down...


  • Council makes a bid for Warwick and Stanthorpe to be considered "Regional Capitals"
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_makes_a_bid_for_Warwick_and_Stanthorpe_to_be_considered_Regional_Capitals/)

      Southern Downs Regional Council has provided a submission detailing the reasons why Warwick and Stanthorpe should be named "Regional Capitals" by the Federal Government's Senate Standing Committee.   Decided at today's General ...


  • Council revert water restrictions to Permanent for Warwick users
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_revert_water_restrictions_to_Permanent_for_Warwick_users/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council advise that water restrictions in Warwick and associated villages have reverted to Permanent level effective immediately. Council's Director of Engineering Services Peter See said that the high level restrictions for...


  • Council seeks views about arts priorities
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_seeks_views_about_arts_priorities/)

      Following comprehensive changes by Arts Queensland to the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program, Southern Downs Regional Council is reviewing its program delivery, guidelines and priorities for the next three to five years. Council's C...


  • Council staff do well in local government challenge
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_staff_do_well_in_local_government_challenge/)

      Southern Downs Regional Council staff members who recently competed in a Local Government Managers' Association Queensland challenge did not gain a placing however competed well in an outstanding field of contenders. Council's CEO David Keenan...


  • Council staff participate in local government challenge
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_staff_participate_in_local_government_challenge/)

      Southern Downs Regional Council staff members recently competed in a Local Government Managers' Association Queensland challenge and are in the running to win a special award at a function on Thursday night (April 23) in Brisbane. Council's ...


  • Council to address road safety for seasonal workers and backpackers
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_to_address_road_safety_for_seasonal_workers_and_backpackers/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today with actions that aim to reduce the number of car crashes and accidents involving international drivers. In the report, Council's Chief Executive Officer David Kee...


  • Council to write off outstanding debt from Queensland Reconstruction Authority
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Council_to_write_off_outstanding_debt_from_Queensland_Reconstruction_Authority/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today to write off the outstanding debt of $588,845.60 ($647,730.14 including GST) from Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA). Councillors resolved to write off the ...


  • Disposing of green waste and storm debris
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Disposing_of_green_waste_and_storm_debris/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council advise residents that there will be no kerbside collection for green waste or storm debris. Council’s Manager of Environmental Services Tim O’Brien asks everyone to ensure green waste is disposed of appropr...


  • Eukey selected for Mobile Black Spot improvements
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Eukey_selected_for_Mobile_Black_Spot_improvements/)

    Today, the Australian Government announced that Eukey is among the list of successful base stations that will receive funding for significant improvements in mobile coverage under the Mobile Black Spot Program. Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, ...


  • Have your say on the usage of the region’s parks and open space
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Have_your_say_on_the_usage_of_the_regions_parks_and_open_space/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council residents will start to see signage appear in some local parks as Council seeks public input into its Parks Rationalisation Program. Chair of Council's Parks Rationalisation Committee Cr Vic Pennisi said each sign wil...


  • Heritage Listed Town Hall to have new lease of life
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Heritage_Listed_Town_Hall_to_have_new_lease_of_life/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today proposing an Expression of Interest process (EOI) for the lease of approximately 117m2 of space in the Warwick Town Hall. The reasons for the proposal are as follo...


  • Landholder participation must increase if we are to control wild dogs
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Landholder_participation_must_increase_if_we_are_to_control_wild_dogs/)

    After finishing its second of several 1080 ground baiting rounds this year, Council advises that landholder participation is the key to winning the fight against wild dogs. “Council uses a number of strategies to curb the wild dog problem, but...


  • Looking after our itinerant workers
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Looking_after_our_itinerant_workers/)

    A report that was endorsed at yesterday’s General Meeting will see numerous actions taken in favour of the region’s itinerant workers and backpackers. The report recommends that Council proactively lobbies with other Councils and State ...


  • Mayor looks forward to ANZAC services throughout the region
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Mayor_looks_forward_to_ANZAC_services_throughout_the_region/)

      ANZAC day ceremonies will be held throughout the Southern Downs on Saturday April 25 and Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell is looking forward to participating in these special events.   This year marks a significant...


  • Recent rain tests Killarney’s new emergency warning system
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Recent_rain_tests_Killarneys_new_emergency_warning_system/)

    The heavy rain event that occurred last weekend was the first major test of Southern Downs Regional Council’s recently installed Flood Emergency Warning System in Killarney. Disaster Management Coordinator Mark Saunders said residents will be r...


  • Residents making use of My SDRC app ‘Fix It’
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Residents_making_use_of_My_SDRC_app_Fix_It/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council’s new app is proving a success with more residents using ‘Fix It’ to lodge customer requests. Council received the April Executive Performance Statistics at its General Meeting today and were please...


  • SDRC bids for Commonwealth Games pre-event training
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_bids_for_Commonwealth_Games_pre-event_training/)

    A bid will be entered by the Southern Downs Regional Council to host pre-event training in our region for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Council’s Economic Development Unit recently facilitated meetings in Stanthorpe and Warwick with...


  • SDRC joins other councils in opposing Federal Assistance Grants indexation freeze
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_joins_other_councils_in_opposing_Federal_Assistance_Grants_indexation_freeze/)

      Southern Downs Regional Council will gain $7 million in Federal Government Financial Assistance Grant (FAGs) funding for the 2014/15 year however will record its opposition to the indexation freeze on this important funding source.   Dis...


  • SDRC labour force figures
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_labour_force_figures/)

    The most recent financial year has seen Southern Downs Regional Council reduce its labour force to numbers that are below both pre-amalgamation and amalgamation levels.  At the end of June 2015, Council employed approximately 340 people across t...


  • SDRC makes major in-roads into the 2014/15 Capital works program
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_makes_major_in-roads_into_the_201415_Capital_works_program/)

    A report tabled at today’s Southern Downs Regional Council General Meeting highlighted the significant works that Council has achieved with completion of 16 projects under its 2014/15 Works Construction Capital Works Program. Southern Downs Reg...


  • SDRC shines a light on solar power options
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_shines_a_light_on_solar_power_options/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council is looking towards a brighter future with investigation of solar power options underway.   In recognition of the continuously increasing demand for energy, the escalating costs of electricity, and the community&rs...


  • SDRC supports NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Southern Downs
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_supports_NAIDOC_Week_celebrations_in_the_Southern_Downs/)

    Southern Downs Regional Council will again support local NAIDOC Week celebrations with a calendar promoting eight events to be held across the region from July 5 – 12. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal a...


  • SDRC to survey business on need for reticulated gas supply to Warwick
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/SDRC_to_survey_business_on_need_for_reticulated_gas_supply_to_Warwick/)

    The provision of gas is a major enabler to attract new businesses and assist existing businesses to expand. With economic growth and local job creation high on both the State Government and Southern Downs Regional Council’s Economic Development agen...


  • Stanthorpe couple ready to walk 16,000 kms around Australia for cancer
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Stanthorpe_couple_ready_to_walk_16000_kms_around_Australia_for_cancer/)

      After two years of planning and preparation Stanthorpe residents Christine and Ian Robins are almost ready to take on the mammoth task of walking around Australia from May 2015 to July 2016 to fundraise for prostate and breast cancer. With a c...


  • There is still time to submit listings for the Southern Downs ‘Seniors Month’ 2015 Calendar of Events
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/There_is_still_time_to_submit_listings_for_the_Southern_Downs_Seniors_Month_2015_Calendar_of_Events/)

    Move over Seniors Week; August is ‘Seniors Month’ on the Southern Downs! Is your community organisation, group or club planning an event or activity to celebrate seniors in the Southern Downs for Seniors Week this year? If yes, and ...


  • Update on Council’s Financial Report
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Update_on_Councils_Financial_Report/)

    At its General meeting today, Council received and noted the Financial Report as at 30 April 2015. The report shows that the overall operating expenditure of $53.5m is $1.1m above the year to date estimate of $52.4m with employee costs being around...


  • Washpool Reserve offers camping opportunities this school holidays
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Washpool_Reserve_offers_camping_opportunities_this_school_holidays/)

     Residents looking for camping locations for the June/July school holidays are encouraged to consider Washpool Reserve.  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Cr Peter Blundell, said Washpool camping reserve is located at the southern end o...


  • Work Commences on Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Work_Commences_on_Northern_Granite_Belt_Waste_Transfer_Station/)

    Work has commenced this week on the construction of a new and improved waste transfer station to service residents of the northern Granite Belt area.  The Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station is  one of many projects to come out of ...


  • Youth Action Plan - making a difference for young people across the region
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Youth_Action_Plan_-_making_a_difference_for_young_people_across_the_region/)

    Council has endorsed the SDRC Youth Action Plan for 2015/2016 at today’s General Council Meeting. The Youth Action Plan Evening was held on 16 March 2015. The planning was highlighted by quality engagement and participation by the Young Leade...


  • Youth Week disaster games a first for the region
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Youth_Week_disaster_games_a_first_for_the_region/)

    In a first for the Southern Downs region, young people will learn disaster skills from local emergency service personnel and then put their new talents to use in an event called the Youth Disaster Games on April 17 and 18 at Warwick Showgrounds. South...


  • Youth Week disaster games a resounding success
    (http://www.warwick.qld.gov.au/page/News__Activities/News__Media/Youth_Week_disaster_games_a_resounding_success/)

      Southern Downs National Youth Week (April 10 - 19) could not have ended on a better note - over 20 young participants in the Youth Disaster Games last weekend and a resounding success for all concerned. Southern Downs Regional Council Youth De...