This time of year is one that I thoroughly enjoy with nearly all of the shows having taken place around the Shire. Local shows bring communities together and are a fantastic way for friends and family to catch up and take a break from their busy lives and to enjoy what our region has to offer. It is also a great way for our community to display their wares or introduce new ideas and products to the district. Each of the shows offer something different and this year there was a lot of new ideas and entertainment on offer; it is great to see how innovative our communities are when it comes to putting on great events and raising money for much needed causes.
I know that Anzac Day has come and gone for the year, but I really wanted to take this opportunity to thank the community for all of the Anzac Day activities and services that they facilitate. I would also like to make mention of a number of schools in the shire for the Anzac Day ceremonies that they held, they were all very well done. One that I was invited to attend was the Taroom State School Anzac ceremony where the students introduced local senior community members who served our country along with their service details, I was very proud to watch this special ceremony.
On the 7th of April I was proud to attend the first rugby league game of the season between Yeppoon and Biloela where they introduced the ‘Todd Sleeman Memorial Trophy’ in Yeppoon. As we mentioned in our last Focus magazine, Todd was a much loved member of the Banana Shire family, and Biloela community, and he will be greatly missed. This event was a testament to the high regard that Todd was held in, not only for his family and friends, but to the community he grew up in, as well as in the community he called home.
One of the things our Shire does extremely well is host top-notch events. I attended the Moura Muddy Water Fishing Competition on the 31st of March and the 1st of April and would like to congratulate the Moura community on a job well done. It is a well organised event held at Apex Park on the beautiful Dawson River, and is looked forward to each year by many people.
The Budget process is underway; the budget process is a long and comprehensive process that takes place over a number of months. The Budget will be presented to Council at its June 27th meeting for adoption.
The weather may be cooling down, however we can still give visitors to our region a warm welcome to our beautiful Shire. We are coming into our busy winter tourism season with people visiting from all around Australia, and the world, to enjoy the warm days that our Shire winter has to offer. Let’s also take the time to enjoy our own beautiful area, along with our visitors.
Cr Neville Ferrier
Banana Shire Council