CCRRA’s sub-committee, Ban The Bag, would like to let the community know that they are supporting the Plastic Bag Free March campaign and would like you to all get involved. We live in a beautiful part of the world and have one of the seven wonders of the world at our doorstep. As residents and ratepayers in this community, getting behind this initiative means, not only do we keep our place clean, it saves you money too. The amount of time, labour and machinery involved in waste services can be reduced and savings in rates is possible from this.
There is a strong push to make Queensland plastic bag free as we are the worst performing state in this respect. South Australia has become plastic bag free…….make Queensland next.
Livingstone Shire Council have gotten behind this CCRRA initiative for the local community and have announced a commitment in their next budget (July 2014) to support the ban of single use plastic bags.
(Phot0 – Trish Bowman, Capricorn Coast Mirror)
In October 2013, CCRRA, Capricorn Conservation Council, Keppel & Fitzroy Delta Alliance, Capricorn Coast Business Alliance & The Australian Youth Climate Coalition organised and delivered a Candidates Forum for the Livingstone Shire Council (LSC) Election. With the de-amalgamation referendum being successful, there were 30 candidates for mayoral and councillor roles. LSC was to become 1 Mayor & 6 Councillors and the sheer number of candidates for these roles seemed overwhelming for the public to determine who they were and what they stood for.
The five community groups involved in the Forum decided that the public deserved an opportunity to hear what the candidates had to say so they could make an informed decision. The event was very successful and it was live-streamed for those who could not attend on the night. CCRRA also informed the public of each candidate’s social media pages through their own Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CapricornCoastRatepayersAndResidentsAssocInc) and encourage people to engage with the candidates directly.
The end result of the election was:
Mayor – Bill Ludwig
Councillors – Glenda Mather, Tom Wyatt, Graham Scott, Nigel Hutton, Adam Belot, Jan Kelly
CCRRA Inc are currently in discussion with Rockhampton Regional Council in regards to the closure of the BARPO Pound facility and the possibility of reopening as soon as practicable. CCRRA has spoken with Mr Michael Rowe, Cr Tom Wyatt and Cr Bill Ludwig and have conducted an inspection of the facility. We have sent correspondence to RRC and are awaiting further information or a reasonable decision to be made. We will keep you informed of the progress of the reopening of the facility as we receive more information. CCRRA recently had an article in the Capricorn Coast Mirror about the facility.
Capricorn Coast Mirror Article on Barpo
CCRRA Inc have launched their new Facebook page and it’s already starting to take off. The page is intended to disseminate information to all ratepayers and residents and also to encourage topical discussion. There are a lot of changes ahead for the new Livingstone Shire Council and we would love to hear from you all about the concerns you may have or the positive input into how our community can progress from 1 January 2014. Be sure to check it out and join in the interaction from the community.
CCRRA Inc Facebook Page
On the 9th March 2013 saw the referendum to de-amalgamate from the Rockhampton Regional Council and re-form the previous Livingstone Shire local government area. It appears that the election for the new council will be held around October-November 2012 and we are looking forward to those in the community who have passion and vision to put their hand up for a position. Representatives from the CCRRA recently attended a night with the transition manager, Mr Graeme Kanofski, hosted by the Capricorn Coast Business Alliance and the information given was both clear and concise. Mr Kanofski has a big task ahead of him and he made it quite clear that the new council should be given a little leeway in the first 12 months as they will need to review all policies and procedures that are carried over from RRC. The actual de-amalgamation methodology says that all policies, local laws and procedures will directly transition to LSC which means we will get things such as a policy on the Rockhampton Barrage that will not be applicable and will have to be rescinded. They will also need to review the budget and structure that Mr Kanofski is putting together, so as you can see, the new councillors will have their hands full.