Welcome to the February 2023 edition of the Home Hill News.
You can read or download the whole newsletter (in pdf format) using the link above or read the individual articles below.
The March 2023 Home Hill News is now available on the website.
A Consultant’s report to a recent Council meeting, which recommended that the Home Hill Swimming Pool be halved in length drew a hasty, mostly negative response from the local community after appearing in the council agenda. However, Cr McLaughlin reassured locals that no councillors supported the recommendations.
Are you a small business operator in the Burdekin district and overwhelmed with social media? If you are, then come along and join a free social media workshop to be facilitated by social media strategist, Kellie Stephenson. Held at the Burdekin Library on Friday, March 10 – 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.
THE popularity of the ‘Justin Roy Kids Bash’ in memory of the late Justin Roy Scott, who tragically lost his life in flooding at Groper Creek has grown considerably, judging by the large crowd of children (& adults) who joined in a day of fun and games.
THE Home Hill Sub-Branch of the RSL concluded another year of activity at its recent 2023 Annual General Meeting, where all committee positions were filled as they moved into the year ahead. President Richard Kelly presented his annual report to the meeting and took the opportunity to thank his committee.
THE 2023 Home Hill Harvest Festival may be the best part of a year away but organisers of the annual Ephemera display in the Lloyd Mann Gardens are already encouraging the community to start thinking about prospective entries for the annual display.
Celebrations for 40 years of the Burdekin Theatre & the upcoming Burdekin Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festivities!
CELEBRATIONS were held in Ayr recently for the 40th anniversary of the Burdekin Theatre, and the upcoming Burdekin Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festivities.
AS I write this, the first sitting of Parliament for 2023 is about to take place and I am expecting debate on legislation around youth crime will be to the fore.
IT IS great to see schools back in action and ready to go for another busy year of learning. Recently, I was able to catch up with the team from Fuel for Schools and present a donation of 75 pencil case packs for students in schools across the Burdekin Electorate.
Recently we saw the RACQ release its 2022 Unroadworthy Roads Survey report and while it wouldn’t come as a surprise to many of us, the Bruce Highway sat comfortably in first place in the Top 10.
A POPULAR Prawn Shop that was previously situated adjacent to the Home Hill BP Service Station, has returned to the town—in the same area but in premises across the road.
A YOUNG pianist, who grew up in the Burdekin District has returned for a dual purpose – to spend two weeks doing magical tricks on the synthesiser for the Shrek Musical; and display his skills on foot pedals as well as his hands on the keyboard and other buttons.
APPLICATIONS are now open through the Haughton Solar Farm Community Fund for eligible community groups and not-for-profit organisations residing in Home Hill, Ayr, Brandon, Clare, Dalbeg, Giru and Millaroo to apply for project funding.
A NEW secretary has been elected to the management committee of the Home Hill Chamber of Commerce, following the recent resignation of former secretary, Terry Cross.
WHILE wet weather may have dampened the enthusiasm of many of the regular patrons of the Burdekin Race Club for their February 18 meeting, the small crowd was still able to enjoy a competitive five-race program with close finishes in most of the events.
THE Burdekin Race Club is continuing to make improvements to its track and facilities as it leads into the 25-year celebrations for the Burdekin Growers Race Day on Saturday, May 20.
A PROSTATE Cancer Luncheon is being planned for the Burdekin district to “enhance much-needed funds towards Cancer Research, which can benefit each and every one of us”. The “Do It For Cancer” luncheon will be held at Coutts Commercial Hotel, Queen Street Ayr, on Saturday, April 1, at 11.30am.
SEVENTEEN new apprentices have started their working careers with Wilmar Sugar’s Burdekin Mills, as part of the 34 new apprentices who have started on the tools at the company’s Queensland mills and bioethanol distillery.
THE Burdekin Artisan Community Association Inc. hosted a group of visiting Mackay Caravan Club members as part of the Club’s visit to this district in February.
A SPECIAL general meeting was held as part of the February meeting of the Ayr and District Orchid and Allied Plant Society (ADOAPS ) for the purpose of changing the meeting time and date.
OUR February issue addressed the ongoing concerns about overgrown properties thanks to La Nina and a very wet, wet season, which also coincided with council gardeners being on annual holidays. However, plenty of maintenance is now underway.
OUR report last month with regard to the project by local cane farmer, Joe Rigano to install a town map of Home Hill and the history behind the original attempts to install the map, has had a follow-up from Mr Rigano regarding his history with the Home Hill Apex Club.
THINGS are really looking up as the Home Hill BP servo is getting a major facelift as well as the old Commercial Hotel is getting a major upgrade for workers accommodation.
I DO not want to be pushy, but after six years, how about spending some money on the Comfort Stop mosaic water feature, which is in a terrible condition?
THE Home Hill Chamber is looking for ladies to sit on the management committee for an hour and a half per month, bringing more female perspective to the chamber!
GOOD news is that the 2023 Harvest Festival Ephemera is on again and the committee is working to make this a big year for larger installations—with your help, get into the act and produce something to be proud of!
THE Home Hill RSL Sub-Branch has just held its annual general meeting, which was well attended with all positions filled easily. Should you want to join just as a member, please get in touch!
I believe it is our right and duty to voice and express our view on current issues concerning our town, the ratepayer and general public, as our opinions matter.
THE Burdekin Shire Council has made it clear that our current “Olympic” pool is going nowhere at the present time— but what of the future?