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Residents advised high level water restrictions have been implemented
  Residents throughout the Southern Downs are requested to conserve water, with the current drought situation triggering the introduction of high level water restrictions for the Warwick, Yangan, Allora, Dalveen, Pratten, Leyburn and Karara areas...

Posted: November 28, 2014


Mayor encourages one and all to attend Christmas parade
  Warwick’s festive season will get off to a show-stopping start as the Chamber of Commerce launches a new Christmas parade on Saturday November 29 from 10.30am. Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said he was pleased t...

Posted: November 27, 2014


Laura Geitz celebration day this Saturday!
                            The "Key to the Southern Downs" will have pride of place at Laura Geitz's home fo...

Posted: November 20, 2014


Council says.....how NOT to use local waste facilities
  Southern Downs Regional Council is hoping there won't be a repeat performance of a huge mess left at the Forest Springs Waste Facility that confronted Council staff this week. Council's Environmental Health Manager Tim O'Brien said Council sta...

Posted: November 20, 2014


Countdown to special Laura Geitz celebration day
                             The Southern Downs Regional Council is on the countdown to its special Laura Geitz Ce...

Posted: November 18, 2014


Council staff donate to drought affected farmers
                               Warwick is being described as a "hot spot" for drought affected...

Posted: November 18, 2014


Council seeks interest in business and industry forums
  Southern Downs Regional Council's Economic Development Unit (EDU) is preparing to hold a series of Business and Industry Forums in both Stanthorpe and Warwick, building on previous successful forums. Manager Planning and Development Cecil Barn...

Posted: November 13, 2014


Council seeks Young Leaders to be part of special youth program
  If you are aged between 15 and 25 years and you'd like to get involved in youth concerts, youth week awards, helping young people overcome issues and participating in mentoring with local government leaders then the Southern Downs Young Leaders...

Posted: November 12, 2014


YMCA set to improve WIRAC services
  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell and Acting Chief Executive Officer David Tuxford will hand over the keys of the Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC) to the YMCA today (Tuesday November 11). Cr Blunde...

Posted: November 11, 2014


Council encourages Food Safety for all
  Southern Downs Regional Council is urging Southern Downs residents to keep food safety at "front of mind" all the time but especially when preparing food for summer get-togethers and upcoming Christmas parties. Acting Manager Environ...

Posted: November 7, 2014


Council named winner in Condamine Awards for "In their own words".....40 flood stories told from the heart
  Southern Downs Regional Council is thrilled that a local history project which documents local residents' stories of disaster, recovery and resilience after the 2010/11 flood event has been named as a winner in this year's Condamine Awards. Ho...

Posted: November 6, 2014


Council to reschedule special Laura Geitz celebration day
                               The Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell will present ...

Posted: October 29, 2014


Council works with QFES & Rural Fire Brigades on fires at Ballandean
  Southern Downs Regional Council is assisting the QLD Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) and Rural Fire Brigades with large fires around Eukey and Ballandean by providing equipment and some pre-preparation with the Local Disaster Management Group...

Posted: October 29, 2014


Bestselling author Nicole Alexander visits Warwick
  Southern Downs Regional Council Libraries and the Warwick Art Gallery are proud to host Australian storyteller Nicole Alexander as guest author at the Warwick Art Gallery on Friday October 31 from 3.30pm. Principal Librarian Samantha Shelb...

Posted: October 23, 2014


Council will test emergency warning sirens at Killarney & Leyburn
  The Southern Downs Regional Council will conduct testing and final commissioning of its Flood Emergency Warning Systems at Killarney and Leyburn. Disaster Management Co-ordinator Mark Saunders said the testing would be held on Friday October 3...

Posted: October 22, 2014


Council supports innovative Young Entrepreneur's Seminar
  Facebook and Twitter visionary Nick Bowditch is coming to Warwick on November 3 to speak at an innovative Young Entrepreneur's Seminar that will inspire, motivate, educate and equip young people to start up creative new businesses. Southern Do...

Posted: October 21, 2014


Council will hold special Laura Geitz celebration day!
                               The Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell will present ...

Posted: October 17, 2014


Council creates detours due to bridge closure
  As a contractor for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has created detours around the closed railway bridge on Rosehill Road, Allora. SDRC Director of Engineering Services Peter See said a privat...

Posted: October 14, 2014


Council will hold special Laura Geitz celebration day!
                             The Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell will present Commonwealth...

Posted: October 10, 2014


Applications invited for Regional Arts Development Fund
  Innovative and creative projects within the Southern Downs region will come alive as part of one of the State’s most active arts programs, the Regional Arts Development Fund, known as RADF.  RADF Committee Chair Cr Jo McNally said t...

Posted: October 8, 2014


Council brings improved water supply to Allora
  The Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell will tomorrow (Wednesday October 8) turn on the pumps which will bring an improved water supply to the township of Allora. Cr Blundell said the $3.1 million project, which began...

Posted: October 8, 2014


Council giving away mulch at Allora Waste Facility
  Southern Downs Regional Council is giving away mulch from today (October 3, 2014) to residents to reduce the large amount on site at the Allora Waste Facility. Council's Environmental Services Manager Tim O'Brien said people are welcome to the...

Posted: October 3, 2014


Southern Downs residents can learn how to turn organic waste into 'green gold'!
  Many residents may not be aware but over 50% of the domestic rubbish going into Southern Downs waste facilities is actually organic waste such as garden clippings and food scraps. Southern Downs Regional Council Environmental Services Manage...

Posted: October 2, 2014


Council seeks Young Leaders to be part of special youth program
  If you are aged between 15 and 25 years and you'd like to get involved in youth concerts, youth week awards, skate tours, hip hop classes and other events then the Southern Downs Young Leaders Program is for you. Southern Downs Regional Counci...

Posted: October 2, 2014


Council has installed emergency warning sirens at Killarney & Leyburn
  The Southern Downs Regional Council has installed Flood Emergency Warning Systems at Killarney and Leyburn, as part of its long term strategy to make communities as safe as possible from flood events. Disaster Management Co-ordinator Mark Saun...

Posted: September 29, 2014


Stanthorpe waste facility upgrade proves popular
  The newly upgraded Stanthorpe Waste Facility has proved popular with local residents as over 300 cubic metres of waste has been disposed of and taken to landfill. Southern Downs Regional Council Environmental Services Manager Mr O'Brien sa...

Posted: September 23, 2014


Council will grant a concession to rate payers over supplementary rates notices issued recently
  Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) will grant a concession to rate payers who have been adversely affected by supplementary rate notices, issued as a result of new property valuations from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. ...

Posted: September 18, 2014


WIRAC Pools now open
    Southern Downs Regional Council has advised that the pools at WIRAC are now open and fully functional as of this morning (Thursday September 18). The pools were closed late on Tuesday (September 16) afternoon due to some issues with po...

Posted: September 18, 2014


Pool closure at WIRAC - to re-open Thursday September 18
  Southern Downs Regional Council has advised that the pools at WIRAC were closed yesterday late afternoon (September 16) due to some issues with power outages. These outages mean that pumps and water heating systems are not able to operate. SD...

Posted: September 17, 2014


We're going on a dragon hunt....
  Instead of going on a "bear hunt" during the September/October school holidays, local children are being encouraged to go on a "dragon hunt" at their local library. Principal Librarian Samantha Shelbourn said the Warwick ...

Posted: September 17, 2014


SDRC Chief Executive Officer resigns
  Southern Downs Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Andrew Roach has resigned as of today and will take up the position of Chief Financial Officer with Ipswich City Council next month. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell thanked Mr Roach for his two y...

Posted: September 17, 2014


Council and Rural Fire Service work together to prepare for fire season
                   Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) are working together to prepare for this year's fire season and h...

Posted: September 5, 2014


Council's young leader organises inspirational event for Disability Action Week
  One of Southern Downs Regional Council's Young Leaders Elizabeth Dennis has organised a special inspirational luncheon on September 11 as part of the region's Disability Action Week activities. Miss Dennis said as the supporting carer of her t...

Posted: September 4, 2014


Council upgrades waste facilities at Stanthorpe
  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell inspected the newly upgraded Stanthorpe Waste Facility and was one of the first users of new bins at the facility this week. Mayor Blundell said the $554,000 upgrade of the Stan...

Posted: September 3, 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