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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


‘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