Mayor - Cr. Nev Ferrier
The Banana Shire recently made headlines around the country, and around the world, with Council’s approach to feral cat control; the Feral Cat Bounty Bonus Payment Scheme. Banana Shire Council has taken a proactive approach to the feral cat problem throughout the Shire. Unfortunately some metropolitan and some rural areas have a lack of understanding to the serious problem of feral cats and this has resulted in negative publicity and ill-informed comments. Thankfully our residents are aware of the issue and are mostly in support of Council’s actions to address this problem.
Planning has commenced for the 2018 Industry Summit. The theme for 2018 will be “Future Energy Solutions, Powering Ahead in Banana Shire - Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy”.
I, along with Frank Smallwood, Manager Administration and Community Services, recently attended the 2017 Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium and Awards in Cloncurry. This was an interesting three days where we attended a number of interesting symposium presentations. A highlight for me was learning about the launch of the ‘Best of Queensland Experiences Program’. This program is criteria based giving Councils, tourism experiences and small businesses in the tourism industry the opportunity to be featured on Tourism and Events Queensland’s many advertising campaigns. The dedication of staff of Councils, tourism experiences and Visitor Information Centres are elevating tourism numbers each year. An opportunity to be chosen to participate in this ‘Best of Queensland Experiences Program’ would be a major benefit to any Council.
Last financial year the Banana Shire Council was granted $1.73 million from Works for Queensland program funding. These funds have contributed to many projects including the construction of the Moura Miners’ Memorial, in remembrance of the three mining tragedies in the town, as well as for the completion of a playground at the Callide Dam Recreation Area, and for the renovation of the Biloela SES headquarters.
Council acknowledge the support of the State Government for the Works for Queensland program funding which enables regional and rural areas to fast-track community projects to the benefit of the region as well as generating employment opportunities. It is a great initiative and has enabled Council to bring forward a number of important projects.
Council has seen many new projects undertaken recently, and as a result, the twelve towns in the shire are reaping the benefits. Even the local shopping centre in Biloela, Biloela Shoppingworld, has an expansion underway which will undoubtedly be a positive development for both shoppers and retailers alike.
Cr Neville Ferrier
Banana Shire Council