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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


Council helps celebrate and support NAIDOC Week
  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: June 23, 2014


Extra time to get your events into the Southern Downs 2014 Seniors' Week Calendar of Events
  It might seem like a long time until Seniors Week (August 16 - 24) however extensive planning and organisation is needed to stage the many events and activities for this important week. The Southern Downs Regional Council co-ordinates with man...

Posted: June 13, 2014


Allora features in short film at Cannes Film Festival
  Griffith University Film School post graduate students who produced a short film using Allora and Yangan as screen locations are delighted with their reception at Cannes Film Festival recently. The film, called "OUROBOROS", and t...

Posted: June 12, 2014


Council changes animal management local laws
  Southern Downs Regional Council has decided to change its animal management local laws so that people no longer need to have a permit for a second dog and to offer discounts on dog registration fees for desexed and microchipped dogs. Environm...

Posted: June 6, 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


Council ingenuity solves Stanthorpe waste water issue
  Southern Downs Regional Council has upgraded the Stanthorpe waste water system and installed a new computer system to solve on-going issues irrigators were having with accessing allocated waste water at the right time. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell ...

Posted: June 3, 2014


Council kerbside campaign cleans-up tonnes of rubbish
  The Southern Downs Regional Council Kerbside Clean-up campaign in the southern region has been a resounding success with 16 tonnes of waste collected. Council's Environmental Services Manager Tim O'Brien said the clean-ups are carried out in t...

Posted: June 2, 2014


Never too early to learn about disaster preparedness
  Stanthorpe State Primary School students may be teaching their parents some very important lessons after their recent visit from Southern Downs Regional Council Disaster Management Co-ordinator Mark Saunders. Mr Saunders said Year 4/5 teacher ...

Posted: May 30, 2014


Council partners with Landcare and Biosecurity Queensland to reduce rabbit numbers
  Southern Downs Regional Council, Stanthorpe Landcare and Biosecurity Queensland are working on a long term project to reduce growing rabbit numbers in the Wallangarra and Stanthorpe area. SDRC Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said he was pleased the th...

Posted: May 30, 2014


Mayor supports Fatality Free Friday event
  As people walk the main street of Warwick tomorrow they may be wondering why many pairs of shoes are lined along shop fronts. The shoes are part of an awareness-raising exercise for Fatality Free Friday (May 30) when the rows of shoes will sy...

Posted: May 29, 2014


Council launches new equipment that will take community fitness to a whole new level
  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell officially launched newly installed park fitness equipment at Stanthorpe recently and he is urging residents to take the opportunity for free fitness. About 40 people attended the launch,...

Posted: May 23, 2014


National Simultaneous Storytime comes to Southern Downs Regional Libraries
  On Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 11:00am Southern Downs Regional Libraries will join organisations from Broome to Hobart, reading the picture book Too Many Elephants in this House to more than 430,000 children across Australia. South...

Posted: May 14, 2014


Council upgrades waste facilities at Stanthorpe and Maryvale
  The Southern Downs Regional Council is currently making improvements to waste facilities at Stanthorpe and Maryvale to increase capacity and recycling opportunities. Council's Environmental Services Manager Tim O'Brien said at the Stanthorpe W...

Posted: May 13, 2014


Council supports Mates in Construction information evening
  Southern Downs Regional Council has joined with suicide prevention organisation, Mates in Construction, to present an information evening and sausage sizzle at the Warwick Town Hall on Tuesday May 6 from 6pm. Community Services Manager Sheila ...

Posted: May 6, 2014


Council helps residents with autumn “spring clean”
  The Southern Downs Regional Council is conducting a Kerbside Clean-up campaign in the southern region from Monday May 12 to Friday May 30 and is encouraging residents to take advantage of this great opportunity to get rid of any accumulated rub...

Posted: May 5, 2014


Allora and Southern Downs residents invited to community screening of international short film entry
    Griffith University Film School post graduate students who produced a short film using Allora and Yangan as screen locations are inviting everyone to see the finished product at a community screening on Sunday May 4. Film Co-Producer L...

Posted: April 28, 2014