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‘Fix It’ with the new My SDRC Merit app
  Southern Downs Regional Council’s new app provides residents with the ability to connect with Council while ‘on the move’. The My SDRC app, from developers Merit Technology, provides users with many features including &l...

Posted: August 29, 2014


Plenty to do and see during Disability Action Week
  In keeping with the idea of "ability not disability", Disability Action Week activities from 10 - 17 September across the Southern Downs involve bowling, golf, tree planting, line dancing, balloon art and much more. Southern Down...

Posted: August 18, 2014


Seeking community opinion on bridge closures/load limits
  Southern Downs Regional Council is seeking community opinion and individual and business impact following the recent closure of two bridges and load limits placed on five other bridges. Director of Engineering Services Mr Peter See said Co...

Posted: August 14, 2014


Council issues timely reminder about blackberry
  Southern Downs Regional Council is reminding landholders that now is the perfect time to reduce the spread of the blackberry weed that causes substantial damage to agricultural land. Blackberry invades bush land, can turn productive land int...

Posted: August 13, 2014


It really is "on for young and old" during Seniors' Week
  With over 40 events placed on the Seniors' Week (August 16 - 24) calendar and over 50 stalls at the Seniors' Week Expo Thursday August 21 at WIRAC it really is "on for young and old" on the Southern Downs. Southern Downs Regional Cou...

Posted: August 12, 2014


Council joins special disaster management group
  Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has recently joined 15 other councils on the Disaster Management Engagement Group (DMEG) to further enhance disaster management and keep in touch with the latest developments in disaster prevention. C...

Posted: August 11, 2014


Council calls for RADF committee members
  Southern Downs Regional Council is searching for interested people to nominate for its Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) committee. Committee Chair and SDRC Councillor Jo McNally said she has thoroughly enjoyed her role in the committee an...

Posted: August 7, 2014


Council seeks community views on local library services
  Over the past decade library use has changed markedly and the Southern Downs Regional Council is seeking community views about the way forward for its three local libraries.  Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said Council is gathering information f...

Posted: August 7, 2014


Doing business with Council - a follow-up
  Following Southern Downs Regional Council's successful "Doing Business with Council" workshops, another two workshops have been planned to give follow-up information on the Local Government Association of QLD procurement service, expo...

Posted: August 6, 2014


Council creates new grant programs
  Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has reviewed its grant and funding programs over recent months and, as a result, will launch three new grant programs this Friday (August 8). Community Services Manager Sheila Stebbings said the three...

Posted: August 5, 2014


Regional Harvest, a new flavour for the EKKA
  There’ll be a fresh new flavour on the EKKA menu this year, with three of south east Queensland’s regional councils bringing their shared story to Brisbane.   Regional Harvest is the story of the farmers and their produc...

Posted: July 31, 2014


Council completes the Warwick CCTV camera upgrade
  Southern Downs’ residents can feel safer following completion of the upgrade to the Warwick CCTV system. Contractors Secure Solutions were engaged by Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) to carry out the work of replacing 26 cameras i...

Posted: July 31, 2014


Council partners to present grant writing workshop
  Southern Downs Regional Council and the Multicultural Development Association Inc (MDA) are partnering to present a free grant writing workshop for community organisations on Saturday 23 August at the Warwick Library Meeting Room. MDA&rsqu...

Posted: July 31, 2014


Council launches Economic Development framework
  Southern Downs Regional Council will launch its new Strategic Framework for Economic Development and Action Plan at the Warwick Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours function this evening (Monday July 28)  at the Warwick Town Hal...

Posted: July 31, 2014


Making music on the Southern Downs
  The best beats and rhythms will ring out from Warwick's Leslie Park Youth Space on Saturday (August 2) when EDGEfest kicks off at 11am.  And along with great music there will be free skirmish, sausage sizzle by Warwick Gymnastics Club...

Posted: July 31, 2014


Council hosts youth council meeting
Southern Downs Regional Council will hold a Youth Council meeting today (Monday July 28) with two representatives from the SDRC Young Leaders program presenting reports and several local schools sending students to attend. Youth Development Office...

Posted: July 28, 2014


Keep hot ashes out of wheelie bins
  Southern Downs Regional Council is reminding residents that hot ash from fire places should not be placed in domestic wheelie bins or taken to waste transfer stations. Environmental Services Manager Tim O’Brien said the correct disposal ...

Posted: July 25, 2014


A shearer's life and times - author talk at Warwick and Stanthorpe Libraries
  The next in the series of author talks at Warwick and Stanthorpe Libraries will be held in August when rural journalist Freda Marnie Nicholls talks of her experience of writing the autobiography of former sheep shearer, dingo trapper and horse ...

Posted: July 24, 2014


Council welcomes delegates to state local government women's 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 Downs Regional Cou...

Posted: July 23, 2014


Council hosts state local government women's 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...

Posted: July 23, 2014


Get your registrations in for Seniors' Week Expo at WIRAC
  With hundreds of people coming through the door for the 8th Annual Southern Downs Leisure and Lifestyle Expo on Thursday August 21 at WIRAC it makes sense for local organisations and businesses to book a free stall space. The Seniors' Week E...

Posted: July 21, 2014


SDRC encourages local men to think about health
  Southern Downs Regional Council is encouraging local men to attend Toowoomba Hospital Foundation "It's a Bloke Thing" men's health events this month. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell, who met with Foundation staff and local Men's Shed rep...

Posted: July 18, 2014


Three Councils combine to promote local produce
  Southern Downs Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council partnered to present a bountiful produce stand at the Brisbane Exhibition (Ekka) media launch in Brisbane today. Southern Downs Regional Council M...

Posted: July 17, 2014


Council seeks follow-up feedback on Warwick High School pedestrian safety
  Southern Downs Regional Council is following up on extensive targeted consultations about the best options for students, parents and community members to safely cross streets in the Warwick State High School precinct. The feedback deadline was...

Posted: July 16, 2014


Reminder: NAIDOC Week celebrations across the Southern Downs
  Southern Downs Regional Council will be supporting local NAIDOC Week (July 6 - 13) activities and is particularly pleased to be part of the special NAIDOC Dinner at the Warwick RSL on July 19. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell and Cr Neil Meiklejohn, wh...

Posted: July 4, 2014


Council seeks follow-up feedback on Warwick High School pedestrian safety
  Southern Downs Regional Council is following up on extensive targeted consultations about the best options for students, parents and community members to safely cross streets in the Warwick State High School precinct. Manager Infrastructure Se...

Posted: July 3, 2014


Work on WIRAC grandstand completed
    Southern Downs builder Rob Wilkinson has completed the structural repair work on the WIRAC grandstand seating area, following last year's closure of the area. Southern Downs Regional Council Business and Community Services Director Dav...

Posted: July 2, 2014


Multi-talented local visits Warwick Library
  Well-known Warwick resident Lynne Pickering will be the guest at an author talk/morning tea at the Warwick library on Friday July 11 to discuss her successful new career as published author and illustrator. Southern Downs Regional Council Prin...

Posted: June 30, 2014


Council hosts state local government women's conference
  The calibre of speakers, the picturesque Southern Downs venues and the opportunity for fearless debate are drawcard enough for many delegates to attend the Australian Local Government Women's Association Queensland conference in Warwick fro...

Posted: June 30, 2014


Council supports Sleepout event
  The Southern Downs Regional Council is encouraging Southern Downs residents to support the local "Winter Sleepout" event on June 27 that is raising awareness and funds for the homeless. Cr Neil Meiklejohn said homelessness was a ...

Posted: June 24, 2014


Doing business with Council
  If you’ve ever wondered how to do business with Southern Downs Regional Council, then there is an upcoming workshop for you.   Representatives from Council will go through the procurement and tendering process and provide you ...

Posted: June 5, 2014