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New energy efficient lighting brings new uses to SDRC parks
   Southern Downs Regional Council has installed a total of 90 low energy, high impact LED lighting in the Acacia Avenue Car Park, at Leslie Park in Warwick and Weeroona Park in Stanthorpe.   Council's Manager Community Facilities, Mi...

Posted: January 23, 2015


Make Australia Day your day
  Bush poetry, damper and billy tea, wood chopping, barbecue, games and entertainment are just a few of the activities planned for Australia Day on the Southern Downs. Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell is inviting every...

Posted: January 21, 2015


Everyone is invited to celebrate Australia Day!
    Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting everyone to enjoy a great Australia Day on Monday January 26 with celebrations and Australia Day awards ceremonies to be held at Warwick and Stanthorpe. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said Australia...

Posted: January 16, 2015


Warwick Library hosts photography workshop for the region’s youth
Want to do something different these holidays? In conjunction with ABC Open, Warwick Library is hosting a free photography workshop for young people aged 10 to 18 years. The 2 hour session will be held on Wednesday 14th January 2015 from 10:30am. ...

Posted: January 8, 2015


Council revert water restrictions to Permanent for Stanthorpe users
Southern Downs Regional Council advise that water restrictions in Stanthorpe have reverted to Permanent level effective immediately. Council's Director of Engineering Services Mr Peter See said that good rain over the Christmas/New Year period has had...

Posted: January 6, 2015


Council appoints dynamic Chief Executive Officer
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said he was pleased to announce that Mr David Keenan has been appointed SDRC Chief Executive Officer, with Mr Keenan commencing in the role on 28th January, 2015. "Mr Keenan brings a great d...

Posted: January 5, 2015


Council advises Christmas/New Year closure
Southern Downs Regional Council offices and libraries at Allora, Warwick and Stanthorpe will close for the Christmas/New Year break from 3.30pm on Wednesday December 24, 2014, and then re-open on Monday January 5, 2015. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said fo...

Posted: December 24, 2014


Council relax water restrictions to Medium for Stanthorpe users – all other areas remain the same
Southern Downs Regional Council advise that water restrictions in Stanthorpe will be relaxed to Medium level from Friday 19th December 2014. Council's Director of Engineering Services Mr Peter See said that after heavy recent rainfall Storm King Dam...

Posted: December 18, 2014


Council reminds residents about animal management local laws
Southern Downs Regional Council is reminding residents that from January 2015 people no longer need to have a permit for a second dog and there will be discounts on dog registration fees for desexed and microchipped dogs. Environmental Services Manage...

Posted: December 18, 2014


Council advises Warwick and Stanthorpe Waste Facilities closed Christmas Day - open other public holidays
Southern Downs Regional Council is advising all residents that the Warwick Central Waste Management Facility at Old Stanthorpe Rd and the Stanthorpe Waste Management Facility at Rifle Range Road will both be closed on Christmas Day. Environmental Serv...

Posted: December 16, 2014


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...

Posted: December 15, 2014


Council to conduct water patrols during high level water restrictions
  Southern Downs Regional Council is conducting water patrols and is encouraging residents to be mindful of high level water restrictions throughout the Southern Downs. Council's Director of Engineering Services Mr Peter See said decreasing ...

Posted: December 12, 2014


Council giving away mulch at Allora Waste Facility
  Southern Downs Regional Council is giving away mulch on Saturday December 20 to residents and commercial users to reduce the large amount on site at the Allora Waste Facility. Council's Environmental Services Manager Tim O'Brien said people ar...

Posted: December 11, 2014


Council seeks views on water services targets
  Southern Downs Regional Council is reminding community members that tomorrow (Friday December 12) is the last day for feedback about water services targets. Director of Engineering Services Mr Peter See said Council is required by the Water Su...

Posted: December 11, 2014


Council proactive in warnings about flood emergencies
  Southern Downs Regional Council is distributing its newly printed Flood Emergency Action Guide for Stanthorpe and Killarney to residents who live in flood-prone parts of these towns. The Warwick guide, which was printed and distributed last ye...

Posted: December 8, 2014


New technologies help in wild dog control
  Sensor activated buzzers, military grade drones and thermal imaging technology may sound like props for a movie but these new technologies are being used to help reduce wild dog numbers across the Southern Downs. Southern Downs Regional Counci...

Posted: December 5, 2014


Carols events will bring Christmas Cheer across the region
  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Peter Blundell is encouraging families to attend Christmas events across the region including the much-anticipated Stanthorpe Community Carols event on Friday December 12 and Warwick Carols in the Park o...

Posted: December 4, 2014


Council seeks views on water services targets
  Southern Downs Regional Council is asking community members to "bang the table" about water services targets. Water and Wastewater Manager Tendekai Mapeza said Council is required by the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008...

Posted: December 1, 2014


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


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


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