Truck movements are occuring daily on North West Queensland roads while flood repair works are carried out on Queensland Rail infrastructure. Cannington Mine will be moving its product from its mine site in McKinlay to its berth at the Port of Townsville until mid-May 2019. More information.
The Flinders Highway is a crucial link within our road network and TMR are prioritising its resources to ensure the road remains open in a safe and controlled manner. Richmond to Julia Creek was most significantly damaged and was the final section of the highway to be reopened. Reopening ocurred on 27 February 2019. More information.
The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is supporting rural communities by providing convenient access to Australian Government payments and services. This specialised vehicle offers a wide range of face to face and self service assistance for rural families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and self-employed people. Information about Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services for veterans and their families will also be available. You can visit the Mobile Service Centre at: Peter Dawes Park on 11th April 2019.
The Queensland Government has passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017 which will forbid retailers from providing or selling single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2018.
Unlike other states, biodegradable bags are included in the ban in Queensland, as these bags still pose a risk to aquatic animals, a critical part of Queensland’s marine ecosystem and tourism industry.
The ban will apply to all retailers and to the following bags:
- lightweight plastic bags, less than 35 microns thick, with handles (‘singlet’ bags) including those deemed biodegradable, degradable or compostable.
In response to the environmental change Council has provided a limited supply of "green' bags, cooler packs and produce bags to local businesses. Retailers will distribute these to locals when you next shop. The produce bags are to be used in place of the standard fruit and veggie bags normally available through grocers. Although these plastic bags are not part of the Government ban, Council is encouraging community members to rethink their use of plastic in the home in order to reduce consumption.
To find out more information on the ban including what support is available to you, click here to visit the Qld Bag Ban website.