Community Notices

Local Government Elections 2020

Early Voting begins today! (23 March 2020). All polling takes place in the Julia Creek Civic Centre Hall, including Election Day, 28 March 2020 8am-6pm. Scheduled hours for this week's early voting:

  • Monday, 23 March, 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday, 24 March, 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday, 25 March, 9am-9pm
  • Thursday, 26 March, 9am-9pm
  • Friday, 27 March, 9am-5pm

All Election Info and Assistance can be found on the Electoral Commission Queensland website:


This alert applies to the township of Julia Creek.

COVID-19 - What is McKinlay Shire doing?

By now, you’ve heard about a new, or novel, strain of coronavirus, originally known as novel coronavirus and now called COVID-19. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected people from many countries around the world. There are lots of people talking about it, however it can be tricky to figure out what you need to pay attention to, and sometimes it is hard to understand the information you’re being told.

Council is receiving information daily from the Australian and State Governments, led by the Department of Health, as key agency. As this is a new virus, we are learning things about it all the time and we will make sure we keep sharing up-to-date information.

Our first priority to ensure the safety of our community as a whole, work together and ensure consideration of our most vulnerable people in the community. The most important thing we want McKinlay Shire residents to know is that they should be aware of and informed about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but not alarmed. Information from the Department of Health will help you to be prepared, too.

See our Community Health page for full details of how COVID-19 may affect McKinlay Shire Community Events, Elections and Contracting.

Julia Creek Sporting Shooters - Firearms Safety Course

When: Sunday, 22 March 8am
Where: RSL Hall
$150 Course Fee
Contact Peter Golidge on 0427 467 7088 or Tania Cowie on 0408 706 843 or 4746 8670

POSTPONED - Volunteer Training Opportunities

POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE - TAFE - 18 & 19 March 2020 - Julia Creek

POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE - North QLD Volunteer Conference - Friday-Sunday, 22-24 May 2020 - Townsville

  • The North QLD Volunteer Conference (NQVC) is a conference style weekend retreat for volunteers on the ground serving in local communities to be revitalised through inspirational speakers, practical workshops and networking with other volunteers. See the Conference Brochure & NQVC Website.
  • If you're interested in attending, email our Community Development Officer, Kylie Davison or ring 4746 7166. Kylie can assist with accessing support and resources to attend the conference.

Containers for Change

First Saturday of every month - Lions Park, Julia Creek
Next Stop:
4 April 2020 - 8am-12pm
Visit Containers for Change to find out what you can recycle.

Locals in the spotlight as North West Queensland councils
Get Ready for the wet

Six councils from across North West Queensland have developed a new online resource, bringing together local experience and know-how to help locals and visitors prepare and respond during the wet season and beyond. The platform (, was developed through the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC), teaming up with local leaders, agencies, business and community to create the content. 

Here's what our locals have to say.

Media Release

Julia Creek Refuse Facility

It has come to Council’s attention that residents are dumping refuse in the incorrect areas within the Julia Creek Waste Facility. It is a requirement under Council‘s Environmental Authority (EA) licence that refuse be separated into the following areas; 

  • Tyres
  • Cars
  • Steel
  • Timber
  • Household Rubbish
  • Builders Rubble

Cameras are now installed to ensure compliance with the above matters. Should the cameras detect unauthorised dumping; offenders may be issued with an infringement notice and invoiced for the cost of relocation to the correct areas.

McKinlay Mini Readers

Every Monday morning from 9am at the McKinlay library. 

More information.


Shire-wide Dog Baiting

Please be advised that Shire-wide Dog Baiting will occur from 21-25 October 2019. 

Millungera 21 October 2019
Alva 22 October 2019 
Brinard 22 October 2019 
Whinmour 23 October 2019 
Kynuna 24 October 2019 
Proa 24 October 2019 
Ernestina 25 October 2019 
McKinlay 25 October 2019 
More information

Queensland Plastic Bag Ban

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

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