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Posted on: 29 May, 2020

Livingstone Shire Council will apply to the State Government to move Show Public Holiday

Livingstone Shire Councillors have this afternoon voted at a special meeting to immediately apply to the Queensland Government to move the region’s show public holiday from 12 June 2020 to Friday 14 August 2020.

Mayor Andy Ireland said after recent community feedback, Council launched an online poll and the results were overwhelmingly in support of changing the date.

“There was roughly 1,700 votes and 67 per cent of people voted in favour of moving the public ...Read on...

Posted on: 27 May, 2020

Surveillance cameras installed at illegal dumping hotspots in Livingstone

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Livingstone Shire Council has recently installed numerous surveillance cameras at illegal dumping hotspots across the shire in an effort to stop waste destroying our natural environment.

Council was successful in gaining a Litter and Illegal Dumping Project Grant through the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, which has fully funded the equipment.

Water, Waste Management and Environment Portfolio holder, Councillor Andrea...Read on...

Posted on: 26 May, 2020

Iconic landmark in Livingstone celebrates 50-year anniversary

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In an exciting milestone for the Shire, one of our most iconic landmarks – The Singing Ship – will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday 30 May.

Set against a spectacular coastal vista of blue seas and Great Keppel Island in the distance, the Singing Ship at Emu Park is a majestic monument that commemorates the area’s legacy of the historical explorations of Captain James Cook, who sailed into t...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2020

Livestream videos to continue at future Livingstone Shire Council Meetings

Council’s first livestream video of its Ordinary Council Meeting has received a positive response from the community, and will continue to take place for future meetings.

Mayor Andy Ireland said a number of viewers tuned in to watch the meeting, which allowed the community to engage with important Council business while adhering to social distancing restrictions.

“Residents will be able to watch each meeting livestrea...Read on...

Posted on: 19 May, 2020

Councillor Portfolios formally adopted at today’s Council Meeting

All seven Livingstone Shire Councillors formally adopted their official portfolios at today’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

Mayor Andy Ireland said the portfolios enable Councillors to have a more intimate understanding of specific activities and issues within their respective areas to assist the Council with decision-making.

“Members of the community will also be able to ...Read on...

Posted on: 19 May, 2020

Council affirms its position to retain Shire’s northern suburbs

Livingstone Shire Council has declared its position on retaining several northern suburbs at today’s Ordinary Council Meeting, affirming that it does not support a boundary review.

Mayor Andy Ireland said Council will write to the Hon.Stirling Hinchcliffe, Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk advising that the newly elected Livingstone Shire Council does not sup...Read on...

Posted on: 18 May, 2020

Livingstone celebrates its wonderful volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week (NVW)

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Livingstone Shire volunteers will be acknowledged and celebrated throughout this week as Council joins in with the rest of the country to shine a light on their brilliant work as part of National Volunteer Week held from 18 – 24 May.

Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities, and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Austr...Read on...

Posted on: 18 May, 2020

June public holiday to go ahead in Livingstone

Livingstone Shire’s Show Public Holiday will go ahead as planned on Friday 12th June, despite the 2020 show being cancelled.

Mayor Andy Ireland said Council will keep the original public holiday date, which was consistent with other Queensland councils.

“Even though there won’t be a show this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, we would still like the community to enjoy and c...Read on...

Posted on: 15 May, 2020

New COVID-19 Rockhampton case prompts call to get tested if feeling unwell

The latest confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rockhampton is concerning however Livingstone Shire Council is encouraging the community not to panic and to get tested if you develop any symptoms of the virus.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has today confirmed a staff member at a North Rockhampton Nursing Centre tested positive for COVID-19 last night and is now in quarantine.

Staff, residents and those in close contact with the facility are being tested ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 May, 2020

Yeppoon Lagoon to remain closed despite easing of COVID-19 restrictions

The Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken will remain closed to the public until further notice, despite the easing of restrictions announced by the Queensland Government in relation to COVID-19.

Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland said it was not feasible for Council to open these facilities from this weekend, when only 10 people could use the facilities at any time.

“To control patronage and monitor social distancing to an appropriat...Read on...

Posted on: 19 May, 2020

Review of Council landholdings underway to develop bushfire management strategy

Council is undertaking a review of its landholdings to assist in developing a cohesive bushfire management strategy in line with its Local Disaster Management Plan.

Council is working in close partnership with lead agency Queensland Fire and Emergency Services through the Local Disaster Management Group and Fire Management Group, to develop a bushfire risk management plan.

Council remains in the process of drafti...Read on...

Posted on: 27 April, 2020

Local flora and fauna take centre stage in latest mural at Keppel Sands as part of Council’s Place M

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Council’s Place Making Programme is continuing to brighten up corners of our Shire with its latest mural projects taking place in the seaside village of Keppel Sands.

Established by Council in 2017, the Place Making Programme has helped to add vibrancy and character to Livingstone while also encouraging the community to interact with public spaces in a creative and engaging way.

A Keppel Sands local as well as t...Read on...

Posted on: 22 April, 2020

2020 – 2021 Draft Budget – Tell us what your priorities are!

In an effort to gain a better understanding of the community’s priorities for Council’s annual budget, Livingstone Shire Council is launching a public survey to encourage feedback and inform residents via the online engagement platform, Get Involved.

Year on year Council has sought to strategically build on the solid foundation of previous years.
Mayor Andy Ireland said a budget serves many purposes, including providing a flexible working plan for running the Council in the coming year and converts ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 April, 2020

Livingstone Shire Business and Community working together through uncertainty

Within hours of the announcements of social distancing, which saw the potential closure of local cafes, restaurants and public spaces, the community was out supporting local business.

Industry bodies and community members stood up and created Facebook campaigns supporting local business and industry.

Council’s strategic partner, Capricorn Enterprise, set up the Support Local Buy Local campaign which has over 5,500 members and the he...Read on...

Posted on: 16 April, 2020

Councillor Adam Belot appointed Deputy Mayor at Post-Election Council Meeting

Livingstone Shire Council has voted to appoint Councillor Adam Belot as its Deputy Mayor following today’s post-election Council meeting.

Deputy Mayor Adam Belot said he was honoured to be nominated for the position and is looking forward to fulfilling the important role on behalf of the Livingstone community.

“It’s a momentous day for me to be elected as Deputy Mayor of Livingstone Shi...Read on...

Posted on: 9 April, 2020

New Livingstone Shire Council electives officially sworn in at declaration of office

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With the Livingstone polls now declared the new Livingstone Shire Council today conducted its Declaration of Office meeting where Mayor Andy Ireland and the six elected Councillors were officially sworn in.

The six Councillors are re-elected members Glenda Mather, Nigel Hutton, Pat Eastwood and Adam Belot, who are joined by newly elected members Tanya Lynch and Andrea Friend.

While it is Mayor Ireland’s first time in the role of Mayor for Livingstone, it ...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2020

Community Update - Public barbeques no longer in use in Livingstone

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As directed by the Australian Government in response to COVID-19, Council wishes to advise that all public barbeques in the shire will be turned off as of today, until further notice.

Council encourages the community to stay up to date with the latest...Read on...

Posted on: 1 April, 2020

Story Time goes digital so kids don’t miss out

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Youngsters in Livingstone are tuning in to Story Time a bit differently this month, as Livingstone Libraries and First Five Forever deliver Story Time online.

Local kids aged 0 – 5 will see Library Assistant and First 5 Forever facilitator Sally Faulkner reading a variety of children’s tales via Facebook, accompanied by her farm-yard friends including Thelma the Unicorn.

Sally said recent videos uploaded to ...Read on...

Posted on: 30 March, 2020

Skate parks and playgrounds added to list of public facilities to close in Livingstone

As announced by the Australian Government on Sunday as part of the response to COVID-19, Council wishes to advise the community that all public playgrounds and skate parks in the shire are closed as of today.

This also includes the Keppel Kraken wet play area on the Yeppoon foreshore.

These closures will be in place until further notice.

Council encourages the community to stay up to date with the latest information on COVID-19 by visiting https://www....Read on...

Posted on: 27 March, 2020

List of public amenities to close in Livingstone

As part Council’s local response to COVID-19, the Yeppoon Car Wash in the Multi-Storey Car Park a number of public amenities will be closed as of this afternoon.

Facilities at the following locations will be closed:

• Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club amenities;
• Foreshore Amenity located next to climbing net playground;• Yeppoon Lagoon Change Village;
• Merv Anderson Pa...Read on...

Posted on: 25 March, 2020

Public access to Council facilities restricted from close of business

Livingstone Shire Council will close all of its libraries, Customer Support Centres, pools including the Yeppoon Lagoon and The Community Centre from close of business today to assist in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Residents will still be able to connect with Council online and via telephone (07) 4913 5000.

Acting CEO Brett Bacon said the changes are in line with the Australian Government’s latest restrictions in order to slow the spread of coronavirus and will p...Read on...

Posted on: 24 March, 2020

Council supports community and business sector during COVID-19 crisis

Livingstone Shire Council is doing its part to support local businesses and the wider community with an informative and interactive webpage via Council’s Get Involved platform.

A Council spokesperson said that strong public health efforts are underway to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and many of our residents and businesses need support during this trying time.

“These engaging webpages are a way to help c...Read on...

Posted on: 17 March, 2020

All public programmes and events at Council facilities cancelled from March to May

In response to Covid-19, Livingstone Shire Council has cancelled all of its public programmes and activities for the remainder of March, April and May.

This includes Council-delivered events and activities scheduled at all Livingstone Libraries, the Community Centre and other facilities.

For community groups or clubs who use Council owned facilities or venues; they are to determine whether or not thei...Read on...

Posted on: 16 March, 2020

Krabtastic Festival cancelled following government advice to ban large gatherings

Council has made the decision to cancel next month’s Krabtastic Festival at Keppel Sands as a safety precaution following the Australian Government’s advice on limiting the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

A Council spokesperson said while it was unfortunate the community event would not take place on April 10 – 11, the community’s health and safety was the priority during this time as the situation continues to unfold.

“It’s important that everyone fo...Read on...

Posted on: 13 March, 2020

Local Disaster Management Group on Alert as Corona Disease COVID 19 spreads to CQ

Livingstone Shire’s Local Disaster Management Group has moved to Alert following confirmation of the first Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in our region.

LDMG Chairman Mayor Bill Ludwig has moved to assure residents that the disaster management group has been on the ‘front foot’ in preparing for this eventuality.

“Last week we started preparing plans for what we knew was the inevitable spread of this di...Read on...

Posted on: 11 March, 2020

Annual land valuations issued for Livingstone

Twenty-one local government areas across Queensland, including Livingstone, have received new annual land valuations this week, as released by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

The valuations reflected land values on 1 October 2019 and showed Livingstone Shire had decreased by 2.4 per cent overall since the last valuation in 2017.

To make rates as fair as possible, Council calculates a rate charge by multiplying a property&am...Read on...

Posted on: 9 March, 2020

PM’s Billion Dollar Economic Stimulus Plan will help drive planned rural road construction recovery

News that the PM is considering a billion dollar plus economic stimulus plan to ensure fire impacted regions do not go into recession with the compounding impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19), is being welcomed by Livingstone Shire Council.

Mayor Bill Ludwig, in his capacity as Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) said the possibility of a rural road construction lead economic recovery plan has moved another step closer with the foreshadowed billion dollar stimulus announcemen...Read on...

Posted on: 9 March, 2020

Follow the trail of Italy’s Cinque Terre at upcoming Armchair Travel event

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The natural beauty and authentic Italian culture will be explored at Yeppoon Library next week, as the first Armchair Travel event for 2020 kicks off.

Livingstone Library’s Armchair Travel events aim to not only provide local residents with a taste of adventure and entertainment, but also helpful information and advice on visiting different countries, their local customs and culture and what to expect u...Read on...

Posted on: 5 March, 2020

Community invited to learn about Pandanus dieback management at information session

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While the Pandanus palm tree is a coastal icon across the Capricorn Coast, an introduced insect has presented a hazard to the species.

Pandanus dieback caused by the introduced Pandanus Planthopper (Jamella australiae) is causing the greatest losses and ongoing threat to the biodiversity and preservation of coastal ecosystems of eastern Queensland. There are ways to combat this pest in P...Read on...

Posted on: 4 March, 2020

Youth of Livingstone share feedback on upcoming street art project

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A team of youths has been brainstorming ideas to create an engaging, artistic design for a street art mural that celebrates young people ahead of Queensland Youth Week 2020 (QYW20).

To be held from 1–9 April 2020, this year's theme ‘Yeah the Youth!’ is a call to friendship, strength and unity between young people and a celebration of who they are and what they offer to our great state.

Livingstone’s Youth Action Group, whic...Read on...

Posted on: 28 February, 2020

Arts community invited to apply for a share in Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

From a local music festival to an artistic development seminar in Finland, five local artists and groups have received funding under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), which will reopen for a third round on Sunday, 1 March, 2020.

Local artists and community groups are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding, to assist with getting their arts projects off the ground to share with the community.

A Council spokesperson said RADF promotes the role and value of arts, ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 February, 2020

Council monitors mosquito numbers following wet weather

While the recent wet weather has been a welcome change for the region, residents are being urged to take care around the home and implement measures to safeguard themselves ahead of the expected increase in mosquito numbers.

Environment Councillor Tom Wyatt said Council’s pest management officers are monitoring mosquito numbers through salt marsh and fresh water surveillance and light traps across selected areas of the region.

“Council is conducting misting regularly in ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 February, 2020

Playtime transformed as Kerr Park signature playground to be unveiled at official opening

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Emu Park’s beachfront will be a hive of activity and excitement for the regions youngsters and families this Saturday, 15 February, at the official opening of Kerr Park’s signature playground.

The contemporary signature playground, complete with an attractive and unique shade structure and featuring a range of play equipment including an Alpha tower, double Flying Fox, all-abilities swing, a Galleon ship and other imaginative rides, was built t...Read on...

Posted on: 11 February, 2020

Ribbon cutting launches exciting new stage for Capricorn Coast Homemaker Centre

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig has today joined the official opening of the first tenancy in Stage 1 of the exciting new Capricorn Coast Homemaker Centre in Yeppoon.

The Centre’s brand and logo was also officially unveiled at the opening of major retail tenant Reece Plumbing.

Mayor Ludwig said the Capricorn Coast Homemaker Centre is an outstanding success story for the local community and residents will no longer h...Read on...

Posted on: 10 February, 2020

Calling all innovators! Want to turn your idea into a thriving business?

Following the success of its first twelve-week programme, Council and Advance Queensland is pleased to offer local entrepreneurs and business owners the chance to scale-up, develop networks and launch their businesses through the Startup Onramp programme.

Deputy Mayor and Council’s Digital Economy and Innovation Champion, Councillor Nigel Hutton, said Startup Onramp is for anyone who has an idea for a new high growth business or an existing business with a vision to make it national or global.

“The firs...Read on...

Posted on: 7 February, 2020

‘ADF response to SWBTA fire management at odds with what brigades say is happening on the ground’

Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig has doubled-down on calls for Australian Defence Force and their Shoalwater Bay Army Training Area (SWBTA) estate management to lift their game and work side by side with local brigades when it comes to wildfire control.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig has doubled-down on calls for Australian Defence Force and their Shoalwater Bay Army Training Area (SWBTA) estate management to lift their game and work side by side with local brigades when it comes to wildfire control...Read on...

Posted on: 4 February, 2020

Uncover Something New at your local Library this Library Lovers Month!

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You never know what you could discover during your next visit to your local library!

Uncover Something New is this year’s theme celebrating the national event known as Library Lovers' Day which is coordinated by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and offers the community a chance to reconnect with its librar...Read on...

Posted on: 4 February, 2020

Council implements planned bushfire risk reduction strategies with first major hazard reduction burn

Livingstone Shire Council is continuing to be proactive when it comes to bushfire mitigation, with a significant mitigation burn scheduled to commence this weekend.

Over the past 12 months, Council has been working with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services alongside local Rural Fire Brigades to prioritise hazard reduction burns and other mitigation measures on Council owned properties.

Local Disaster Management ...Read on...

Posted on: 3 February, 2020

Council needs your input on the Yeppoon Town Centre Streetscape survey!

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As the Yeppoon foreshore precinct attracts more and more visitors each year, Council is keen to hear from local businesses, property owners and community members on preferred improvements for the Yeppoon Town Centre, centring on James Street.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said an online survey targeted towards local businesses would assist Council in developing a masterplan for this area which can guide ongoing improvements and provide the basis for future State and Federal funding opportunities.

“In r...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2020

Wildfire management plan and protection strategies must be developed from the ‘grass-roots’ up

With the growing frequency and number of catastrophic wildfire events now occurring across Australia, it is time for Federal and State Governments to jointly commit to working more pro-actively with Local Government, rural fire brigades and landowners at...Read on...

Posted on: 28 January, 2020

Community champions honoured at 2020 Livingstone Shire Council Australia Day Awards!

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Fundraiser, volunteer treasurer and Adult Leader for the Capricorn Coast Girl Guides over the past 35 years, Susan Pullar has been named Livingstone Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year at the 2020 Livingstone Shire Australia Day Awards.

Individuals and local groups who volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride in our community were honoured at Saturday’s ceremony at the Yeppoon Town Hall.

Throughout her time with Girl Guides, Susan has been known for her vision to empower girls...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2020

Additional Fire Relief Funding Welcomed

The Federal Government announcement of additional the grant of $75,000 to assist primary producers hard hit by the recent bushfire disaster have been welcomed.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said while there were still issues to be worked through in relation to funding for the development of long-term wildfire management the recent announcements of funding to help impacted primary producers and other business sectors directl...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2020

SWBTA wildfire threat should not wait for Royal Commission

Current wildfire management threat at Shoalwater Bay Army Training Area should not need to wait for a Royal Commission before action is taken to protect Livingstone Shire Residents.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said that is the message he gave to Senator Matt Canavan and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry on Friday afternoon when they came to ask what more the Federal Government could to do in the wake of the recent devastating fires that r...Read on...

Posted on: 20 January, 2020

Shared pathway completion a milestone achievement in linking both ends of Capricorn Coast

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Shared pathways on the Capricorn Coast have a reached landmark success, with the works now extending as far as Mulambin Waters.

The 2.5-metre wide concrete shared pathway network is jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the works were a milestone achievement in the long-t...Read on...

Posted on: 14 January, 2020

Vision transforms old sewage treatment plant and animal pound site into Capricorn Coast Homemaker

Council’s proactive vision, along with the input of approximately $3.11 million from the State Government through the ‘Works for Queensland’ program is transforming the former animal pound and sewage treatment plant site into Stage 1 of a Capricorn Coast ...Read on...

Posted on: 13 January, 2020

Ten subsidised scholarships available to learn what it takes to succeed online in the new decade

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Ten lucky local businesses or startups will get the exciting opportunity to work with one of the world’s most effective master marketing online training providers and gain a Digital Marketing Certification as part of a subsidised scholarship.

The partnership project between Livingstone Shire Council and Advance Queensland will provide recipients access to the online course which aims to help participants master a range of skills, including content marketing, customer acquisition, email marketi...Read on...

Posted on: 13 January, 2020

One million dollar bushfire grant welcomed but more is needed

The one million dollars bush-fire impacted Councils across Australia are receiving from the Federal Government is a welcomed and great start, however our communities are going to need a lot more.

This is the clear message Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig is putting out to both Federal and State Governments as Livingstone continues the long road to recovery following the devastating firestorm which swept through the region last November....Read on...

Posted on: 13 January, 2020

Mad Food Science Holiday Program teaches kids about importance of real food

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An interactive, fun workshop for families that uses quirky experiments to teach children the benefits of eating more whole foods has recently paid a visit to the Capricorn Coast this month.

Known as The Mad Food Science Program, children had the opportunity to learn how they could work with their parents to make better food choices.

Central Queensland’s Mad Food Science Certified Instructor Jody Mansfield said youngsters from 5-13 years o...Read on...

Posted on: 6 January, 2020

Community invited to apply for a share in $65,000 in Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants!

Local artists and community groups are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) to assist with getting their art projects off the ground to share with the community.

Officially open today, Library Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood said RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.

“Council would like to acknowledge the ...Read on...

Posted on: 19 December, 2019

Council funds redistributed to local rural fire brigades for community contribution

In the wake of the regions’ recent devastating wildfire event, Council has resolved to redistribute funding to local rural fire brigades, in recognition of the continuing support these groups provided to the community in its time of need.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council recently received a suggestion from a local business proposing the redistribution of funds previously allocated to the delivery of round two (2019/20) of the Livingstone Community Grants, following the recent bush fires. ...Read on...

Posted on: 18 December, 2019

'The Legend of the Dancing Dragon’ film to strengthen regions ties to Chinese Sister City

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The upcoming filming next year of a feature movie ‘The Legend of the Dancing Dragon’ uses the "Dragon Dance Culture" in Yangzhong, China as an entry point, and tells the story of the long-standing cultural exchange between China and Australia.

Screen writer Mr JiPing Fan said ‘The Legend of the Dancing Dragon’ is the fruit of cultural exchanges and cooperation between the sister cities Livingstone and Yangzhong.

“The making of the movie will provide a unique opportunity for both Livingstone...Read on...

Posted on: 18 December, 2019

First smart solar bin installed on Yeppoon beach front

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The Livingstone Shire is now home to its first solar-powered smart bin which compacts waste and reduces collections to help keep the community clean and green.

The Bigbelly Solar Compactor, designed by Solar Bins Australia, uses clean energy from its solar panels to compact waste, enabling an increased amount of rubbish to be stored during periods of high use and reducing the number of garbage collections.

Li...Read on...

Posted on: 16 December, 2019

‘Yangzhong Official Visit Another Major ‘Milestone’ in Strengthening CQ’s Relationship with China’

This weekend marked another major ‘milestone’ in Central Queensland’s strengthening relationship with China when Livingstone Shire hosted an official Government delegation from Yangzhong City, one of China’s leading centres for solar energy innovation and...Read on...

Posted on: 11 December, 2019

Pilot Project to develop a whole of community wildfire mitigation and long-term management plan

As the bushfire recovery effort continues Council is gathering information from rural brigades, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, stakeholder groups and community members to develop a more resilient ‘whole of shire’ bushfire mitigation and long-term...Read on...

Posted on: 10 December, 2019

Youth Action Group helps to discourage online bullying with key messages

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Livingstone Youth Action Group member and Yeppoon State High School student Thomas Morris is excited to see his recent anti-cyber bullying project make a difference to local youth in his community.

‘Take Time While Online’ is a local anti-cyber bullying project that the student and Livingstone Youth Action Group member created with the support of PCYC which was successful in receiving funding as part of the Queensland Governments Tackle Cyberbullyin...Read on...

Posted on: 9 December, 2019

Livingstone residents urged to limit outdoor watering during hot conditions

As temperatures continues to rise causing a spike in water usage, Livingstone Shire Council is urging residents to keep an eye on their overall water consumption.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said with the entire Shire drought-declared it is vital for all residents to exercise common sense and act to save water.

“There are simple things that we can all do that will make a significant difference in saving water,” Mayor Lud...Read on...

Posted on: 9 December, 2019

Options resolved for further assistance for bushfire-impacted residents

Council is continuing to assist residents directly impacted by the recent wildfires in Livingstone, after resolving to apply provisions including extending the eligibility of the Financial Hardship Policy and reducing water consumption charges.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council resolved to proceed with five options in relation to residents and businesses severely impacted by the Cobraball 2019 fire event, which affected more than 12,000 hectares of property around Cobraball, Bungundarra, Maryvale, ...Read on...

Posted on: 9 December, 2019

Great Keppel Island Revitalisation a priority project to boost regional economic growth

Delivering backbone infrastructure including power, water and telecommunications services to Great Keppel Island (GKI) as a catalyst for tourism and regional economic growth was one of the seven priority projects recently put forward in Canberra by the Ce...Read on...

Posted on: 2 December, 2019

CQROC takes united voice to Canberra to drive key infrastructure projects for Central Queensland

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The Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC) embarked on its first federal delegation to Canberra this week to present to present the ‘Reef to Red Ridge’ document in support of funding for seven major infrastructure projects for CQ.

Mayor Bill Ludwig, who led the delegation as Chairman, said the CQROC, representing five local governments working in unison, spoke with the powerful united voice Central Queensland needs to advocate for increased Federal and State investment in infrastru...Read on...

Posted on: 29 November, 2019

CQROC takes united voice to Canberra to drive key infrastructure projects for Central Queensland

The Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils embarked on its first federal delegation to Canberra this week to present the ‘Reef to Red Ridge’ document in support of funding for seven key major infrastructure projects for Central Queensland.

The Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC) embarked on its first federal delegation to Canberra this week to present the ‘Reef to Red Ridge’ document in support of funding for seven key major infrastructure projects for Central Queen...Read on...

Posted on: 26 November, 2019

Emu Park’s signature playground works continue to advance

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Works are progressing well at Emu Park’s Kerr Park playground site, which will feature a new and exciting signature playground for residents and visitors to enjoy on the southern end of the Capricorn Coast.

The works commenced earlier this year as part of Stage 3 of the Emu Park Village and Foreshore Revitalisation Project, proudly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government in association with Emu Park Bendigo Community Bank.

Mayor ...Read on...

Posted on: 25 November, 2019

Tapping Away Stress workshop held to help community reconnect and heal following bushfires

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In response to the recent fire events in the Yeppoon area, Glenda Channells, Counsellor and Family Therapist, is offering a free workshop to anyone who has been directly or indirectly affected by the fires.

“Tapping” (also known as Emotional Freedom Technique) has become widely researched and promoted due to its success in reducing the effects of physical pain, emotional stress and trauma.

Glenda said this simple and easy to learn technique is highly effe...Read on...

Posted on: 25 November, 2019

Yeppoon and Emu Park Halls Ready to Light Up With Music This Summer

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Australia's largest dedicated regional music tour, Festival of Small Halls, has announced its 2019 Summer Tour, which will make two stops to the Capricorn Coast from next weekend!

Featuring award-winning English singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop and famed high-energy Queensland duo, Hat Fitz and Cara, the musicians will perform at Yeppoon’s Queen Street Community Hall on Saturday 30 November, hosted by Keppel Coast Arts, and Emu Park’...Read on...

Posted on: 25 November, 2019

State and Federal Ministers continue to visit region to assist in the recovery and show support

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Minister Mark Furner and Senator for Queensland Murray Watt joined the growing and welcomed list of State and Federal Ministers to visit to the Livingstone region this week to meet with affected primary producers and residents impacted by the devastating ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 November, 2019

Nominations closing soon for Livingstone’s 2020 Australia Day Awards!

The countdown is on to nominate an unsung hero you believe contributes to making our region a better place as part of the Livingstone Shire’s 2020 Australia Day Awards!

With nominations closing next week, Council is encouraging residents to put forward someone they believe deserves recognition for their outstanding efforts towards improving our community.

Australia Day Award’s Committee chair, Councillor Nigel Hutton,...Read on...

Posted on: 20 November, 2019

Council adopts Livingstone Shire Recovery and Resilience Group Implementation Plan

Lessons learned and a strong focus on rebuilding the 19 localities affected by the recent bushfire event last week are key priorities that feature in a detailed implementation plan endorsed by Livingstone’s LDMG and formally adopted by Council.

Working closely with the LDMG, the Livingstone Shire Recovery and Resilience Group developed the planning document, which outlines the strategies and responses that are being implemented to support and guide the over-arching community recovery effort....Read on...

Posted on: 20 November, 2019

Economic Taskforce to support primary producers and businesses

The economic recovery of primary producers, horticulture and other agriculture businesses which have suffered significant financial loss from the unprecedented bushfire disaster will be co-ordinated by Livingstone Shire Council’s Economic Taskforce.

The specialised taskforce, one of four to be adopted by Council today in response to the fire event, will assess the impact on the local economy, develop an industry and business recovery plan, stimulate growth and facilitate business assistance.

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Posted on: 18 November, 2019

Recovery effort moves into full-swing as residents and primary producers count the cost of this week

As QFES, alongside Rural Fire Volunteers continue to monitor and extinguish remaining pockets of fire across the Shire, residents and primary producers are beginning the long and challenging process of assessing the damage and counting the cost of this we...Read on...

Posted on: 18 November, 2019

Livingstone moves into recovery mode as residents assess bushfire damage

While the majority of fires have now been contained in Livingstone, the community is being encouraged to not be complacent and keep an eye out for their mates as residents move into the recovery phase.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair and Mayor Bill Ludwig said although the immediate disaster crisis had passed, people still needed to be vigilant and ensure that they continue to assist in keeping our community safe.

“As a community, we now need t...Read on...

Posted on: 18 November, 2019

Livingstone Shire Fire Disaster Update #7: Firefights face challenging conditions today

The community is being urged to continue monitoring alerts and heeding the safety warnings of emergency services to assist firefighters in keeping themselves and the general community safe.

Chair of Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Bill Ludwig said firefighters are facing dry and hot conditions with variable wind changes moving in a north- westerly direction, with winds gusts of up to 30km/hr.

“While a majority of the fires have been...Read on...

Posted on: 18 November, 2019

Livingstone Shire Fire Disaster Update #6: Community urged to keep out of fire-affected areas

While some residents have been able to return to their properties overnight, the community is being urged to keep away from the fire-affected areas unless it’s absolutely necessary.

The Local Disaster Management Group met this morning to discuss the current fire situation as emergency services and community agencies continue to work around the clock to help residents return safely to their properties.

LDMG Chair and Mayor Bill Lud...Read on...

Posted on: 18 November, 2019

Livingstone Shire Fire Disaster Update #4: Fire fighting efforts to continue in Livingstone Shire to

With thick smoke blanketing our region today, residents are being encouraged to adhere to emergency services advice and remain at their safe places to allow emergency services full access to areas of concern.

The Cobraball/Bungundarra/Maryvale/Lake Mary fire is still uncontained and burning on multiple fronts and residents are currently advised to prepare to leave.

The fire is currently impacting Mount Lizard, east of Evans Road, south of Mapes Road, south...Read on...

Posted on: 12 November, 2019

Residents and motorists to take precautions following thick smoke blanketing region

Motorists travelling throughout the area are reminded to take the necessary precautions and drive to the conditions that have been created due to limited visibility from the thick smoke that is currently blanketing the area.

The community is advised to adhere to the emergency services and to avoid the current bush fire ravaged areas, as Police, SES and QFES remain at road closure sites.

Residents are asked to remain at their safe places to allow emergency services full a...Read on...

Posted on: 18 November, 2019

Livingstone Shire Fire Disaster Update #2

Livingstone Shire’s Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is urging members of the community to stay out of bushfire affected areas while emergency services are trying to contain the blazes.

Fire crews are currently battling extremely hot and dry conditions with large wind gusts, which is creating challenging conditions on the ground.

An emergency alert remains in place for residents at Cobraball/Bungundarra, to leave now and a separate al...Read on...

Posted on: 12 November, 2019

Livingstone Shire Local Disaster Management Group Stands Up

The Livingstone Shire Local Disaster Management Group was activated on 9 November in response to a fast moving fire that is believed to have started along Cobraball Road and moved swiftly throughout the Lake Mary, Woodbury, Cooberrie and Byfield areas.

Livingstone Shire Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Bill Ludwig confirmed that the Local Disaster Coordination Centre, which comprises of multiple agencies, had worked tirelessly throughout the night to ensure the highest standard of public...Read on...

Posted on: 5 November, 2019

Embracing the community’s vision of the future with Livingstone 2050 Community Plan

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Months of community consultation and engagement activities, which engaged with and listened to more than 2,000 community members, has play a key role in delivering the Livingstone Community Plan: Towards 2050.

Months of community consultation and engagement activities, which engaged with and listened to more than 2,000 community members, has play a key role in delivering the Livingstone Community Plan: Towards 2050.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said this strategic docu...Read on...

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Posted on: 5 November, 2019

The importance of food safety in the home as part of Australian Food Safety Week 2019

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As part of Australian Food Safety Week, which runs 9-16 November, Livingstone Shire Council will be holding an information stall in Yeppoon Central from 12 to 14 November to help raise awareness of the importance of safe food handling to avoid illness.

As part of Australian Food Safety Week, which runs 9-16 November, Livingstone Shire Council will be holding an information stall in Yeppoon Central from 12 to 14 November to help raise awareness of the importance of safe food handling to avoid illness.
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Posted on: 4 November, 2019

New smart technologies integrated in CBD as part of Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Lighting Project

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New smart LED lighting, CCTV integration, smart parking and free public WiFi now operating in the Yeppoon Town Centre have been installed to contribute to building a safe, connected and liveable community for residents and visitors to the Capricorn Coast.

New smart LED lighting, CCTV integration, smart parking and free public WiFi now operating in the Yeppoon Town Centre have been installed to contribute to building a safe, connected and liveable community for residents and visitors to the Capricorn Coast....Read on...

Posted on: 31 October, 2019

Reef Guardian Councils programme progresses to protect our precious oceans

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Livingstone Shire Council continues to show its support towards protecting one of the world’s most precious natural assets – the Great Barrier Reef – after taking part in the Reef Guardian Council Steering Committee meeting in Cairns earlier this month.

Livingstone Shire Council continues to show its support towards protecting one of the world’s most precious natural assets – the Great Barrier Reef – after taking part in the Reef Guardian Council Steering Committee meeting in Cairns earlier this month. ...Read on...

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Posted on: 29 October, 2019

The Hub and Beaman Park become a “Smart Precinct” with digital enhancements to improve amenity and s

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The installation of smart LED street lighting, free public WiFi, bin sensors and interactive digital place making features have recently been completed in and around The Hub at Beaman Park as part of the Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Precinct.

The installation of smart LED street lighting, free public WiFi, bin sensors and interactive digital place making features have recently been completed in and around The Hub at Beaman Park as part of the Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Precinct.

Deputy Mayor...Read on...

Posted on: 28 October, 2019

Coastal hazards focus of community event Tsunami and Storm Surge Information Day

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A family fun day out will be held in Emu Park’s Bell Park next weekend, to help residents learn more about coastal hazards on the Capricorn Coast as part of Tsunami and Storm Surge Information Day.

A family fun day out will be held in Emu Park’s Bell Park next weekend, to help residents learn more about coastal hazards on the Capricorn Coast as part of Tsunami and Storm Surge Information Day.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the inaugural community event h...Read on...

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Posted on: 24 October, 2019

Event Attraction Strategy launches to put Capricorn region on the tourism map

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The combined vision to create a strategic and coordinated approach to growing existing events and attracting new events within Livingstone has become a reality with the official launch of the Capricorn Coast Region Event Attraction Strategy 2025 today.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said this framework document will guide the identification, planning, sponsorship criteria, implementation targets and overall strategic drivers across the region relating to events, in order to increase overnight visitor expenditure, cr...Read on...

Posted on: 24 October, 2019

Local Disaster Co-ordination Centre gets prepared for storm season with activation exercise at The H

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The Hub was transitioned into activation mode today as part of an annual training exercise for agencies and Council staff to ensure preparedness as our region moves into storm and cyclone season.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, Mayor Bill Ludwig said our region has experienced more than its fair share of natural disasters in recent years and it was important to ensure Council staff, local emergency services and agencies were given th...Read on...

Posted on: 15 October, 2019

Community Invited to Connect with Council in Upcoming Round of Meetings

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Council will be visiting 12 localities from Keppel Sands to Stanage over the next two months to meet with residents about Council business while creating an opportunity to provide feedback at the next round of Community Meetings.

Starting at Great Keppel Island on 20 October, Mayor Bill Ludwig is encouraging residents to come along to the meetings taking place across the region throughout October and November.

“Council understands the value and importance of hosting these meeti...Read on...

Posted on: 11 October, 2019

Capricorn Coast Officially One of Australia’s Best Street Art Regions

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Media Release on behalf of Australian Street Art Awards

Beach Party, an Emu Park mural, was shortlisted in the ‘Best Amusing Street Art” category, while Kraken Unleashed, in Yeppoon, is a finalist in the Best External Mural category.

The Emu Park: Centenary of ANZAC Memorial has secured the third finalist accolade for the region, in the “Best Monument or Memorial” category.

Kraken Unleashed by Martin Schlick from Mash Designs is a giant tentacled beast painted on the roadside reta...Read on...

Posted on: 10 October, 2019

Help those doing it tough at Council’s Anti-Poverty Awareness Day

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The community is being encouraged to help reduce poverty and hardship in Livingstone by taking part in Council’s upcoming fundraising event on Friday 18 October during Anti-Poverty Week (13 – 19 October).

Community Development Councillor Jan Kelly said this important, inclusive event would provide a fantastic opportunity for residents to gain an increased understanding of poverty and how to take action collectively to end it, while enjoying a fun and creat...Read on...

Posted on: 3 October, 2019

Get your nominations in for Livingstone’s 2020 Australia Day Awards!

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The power of people and working together for a greater cause is the key motivation that has kept tireless volunteer and community champion Brian Dorey going for the past 64 years.

Receiving Citizen of the Year at Livingstone Shire’s Australia Day Awards in January, Mr Dorey said he was humbled and overwhelmed by the honour of receiving the award.

“There is no greater honour than being judged by your peers. They have a far great...Read on...

Posted on: 2 October, 2019

Arts community invited to apply for a share in $65,000 in Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

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Local artists and community groups are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) which is now open, to assist with getting their arts projects off the ground to share with the community.

Library Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood said RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.

“Council would like to acknowledge the strong support from the...Read on...

Posted on: 2 October, 2019

Smart Parking strategy to go live for Yeppoon Lagoon Precinct and Town Centre

Following further consultation with local businesses in Yeppoon’s Town Centre, Councils proposed regulated (timed) parking strategy has been amended ahead of its launch on 14 October.

Mayor Bill Ludwig says the change will see the proposed one-hour time limit within the CBD Area of Normanby, James, Hill and Mary Streets adjusted to a two-hour time limit.

“Council Officers were asked to undertake further face-to-face consultation wi...Read on...

Posted on: 1 October, 2019

Wellness at the Coast puts Spotlight on Mental Health with Free Community Event

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As part of Queensland Mental Health Week (7 – 13 October), taking time for your mental health will be the focus of Council’s annual Wellness at the Coast event next Friday.

Local organisations are once again collaborating to bring the event to the Capricorn Coast community this month to encourage people to value and promote mental health and wellbeing, whilst also tackling the stigma of mental illness.

Community Developm...Read on...

Posted on: 24 September, 2019

Shared pathway continues to take shape on Capricorn Coast

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As the school holidays swing into action, families are being encouraged to enjoy the outdoors and make use of the Capricorn Coast’s shared pathways, which have now been extended as far as Kemp Beach.

The ongoing works on the 2.5-metre wide concrete shared pathway, jointly funded by Livingstone Shire Council and the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program, would eventually link both ends of the Capricorn Coast.

Mayor Bi...Read on...

Posted on: 23 September, 2019

Book Launch celebrates iconic Livingstone landmark – The Singing Ship

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The spectacular Singing Ship is one of our region’s most iconic landmarks and local resident Claire Ryan plans to share its history with the community in her first book, The Singing Ship: Captain and Crew.

Claire has compiled a history of the concept, design and building of the Emu Park memorial to Captain James Cook and its place in the local culture and residents are being invited to attend the books launch on Saturday, 28 September from 10am at Emu Park ...Read on...

Posted on: 23 September, 2019

Fantastic community response to Livingstone 2050 Consultation

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Throughout May and June, more than 2,000 community members were engaged in consultation and engagement activities as part of the Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow planning project.

Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said Council would like to sincerely thank every resident who took the time to participate in the consultation activities, which ranged from phone and online surveys, to community pop-ups.

“All of the fantastic feedback and us...Read on...

Posted on: 17 September, 2019

Aspiring authors invited to inaugural Yeppoon Writers’ Group meeting

Creating a sense of community and connection through the love of writing has been the inspiration behind local author Kate-Lyn Therkelsen’s idea to establish a writers’ group in Yeppoon.

Following the inaugural Capricorn Coast Writers Festival earlier this year, Kate-Lyn said she was motivated to gather other writers together for inspiration and fellowship with like-minded people here in Yeppoon.

“I’ve been a part of writers’ groups fo...Read on...

Posted on: 17 September, 2019

Community safety comes first ahead of tree removals

Community safety is Council’s first priority following the required removal of two trees on the Capricorn Coast, after they were identified as decaying and in poor health.

Environment Councillor Tom Wyatt said Council engaged an independent arborist to investigate the health of two Hoop Pines and have been provided with a report detailing the requirements for the trees removal.

“One of trees located on Anzac Parade has b...Read on...

Posted on: 16 September, 2019

Livingstone comes in close second in Best of the Best Water Queensland Taste Test

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The taste and character of any brew - including your morning cuppa – will vary depending on the minerals and chemicals found in your local water, and good water plays a crucial part in the happiness index of any community.

Today, Mackay residents can kick back and enjoy their cuppa knowing that their water is the tastiest in all of Queensland.

Water from Mackay Regional Council’s Marian Water Treatment Plant was selected top drop in the 2019 Ixom Best of the Best Queensl...Read on...

Posted on: 12 September, 2019

Smart Parking on its way for Yeppoon Lagoon precinct and Town Centre

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After listening to the needs of local businesses, the community and stakeholders, Council’s regulated (timed) parking strategy is set to take effect next month on 14 October, with a one month grace period commencing from 16 September.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the parking strategy was the result of seeking input from the wider community, in order to facilitate more regular turnover of carpark spaces while providing fairer and more equitable access to convenient parking for customers of lo...Read on...

Posted on: 10 September, 2019

$5m sewage upgrade to serve Yeppoon for the future

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A $5 million upgrade of the Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant will serve the town’s growth well into the future, the Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga said today.

Mrs Lauga said the $5M in funding from the Queensland Government’s Building Our Regions programme has lifted the plant into the future and vastly improved its effectiveness.

“Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade project will support the Queensland Go...Read on...

Posted on: 9 September, 2019

Explore the imagination of author Samantha Wood at Yeppoon Library next week

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When Samantha Wood was a child, she loved nothing more than reading and never went anywhere without a book.

Fast forward to Samantha’s adult life and the author has now released a travel memoir and two novels since 2003.

Fascinated with language and the magic of words, the Victorian-based writer and publisher will visit Yeppoon Library on Saturday, 21 Septe...Read on...

Posted on: 4 September, 2019

Community encouraged to be aware of fire danger in Livingstone

With a number of fires burning within Livingstone Shire this week, Council is urging the community to remain vigilant as our region experiences increased fire danger.

Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Cr Nigel Hutton said the Local Disaster Management Group is working very closely with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service in prevention, preparation, response and recovery from fires and oth...Read on...

Posted on: 4 September, 2019

Emu Park Art Gallery closes its doors as it looks towards new home in 2020

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While the sun has set on the Emu Park Art Gallery’s home for the past 15 years, a new beginning is on the horizon as a long-term community arts hub is set to be established in Emu Park in 2020.

Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga said the new hub would set the standard for the coastal community.

“The Palaszczuk Government knows just how important the role of the arts is to all our communities, which is why we’ve ...Read on...

Posted on: 3 September, 2019

Livingstone residents gain valuable computer skills with Tech Savvy Seniors programme

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From the basics of turning on a computer or using a keyboard to posting on social media, senior Livingstone residents will get the opportunity to learn valuable skills in digital literacy as part of the next round of the Tech Savvy Seniors programme.

The popular free training sessions are a joint initiative of Telstra and the State Library of Queensland, which helps to improve the technology skills of older generations within small communities.

Community Development and Support and Senior Citizens ...Read on...

Posted on: 3 September, 2019

Everyone’s invited to family fun day at eighth annual Beach Day Out!

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Emu Park’s Bell Park will be the place to be from 9:30am – 2pm on Friday 20th September, as thousands of community members are expected at the annual Beach Day Out event as part of Disability Action Week.

The free family fun day held annually in September, aims to provide an accessible, inclusive and fun day at the beach for the whole family, but also for those with a disability who may ordinarily have difficulties in accessing such an event.

Now in its...Read on...

Posted on: 2 September, 2019

Nominate a leader in Livingstone for the 2020 Australia Day Awards!

As another year passes, the community has another opportunity to nominate an unsung hero they believe contributes to making our region a better place as part of the Livingstone Shire’s 2020 Australia Day Awards!

With nominations officially open this week, Council is encouraging residents to put forward someone they believe deserves recognition for their outstanding efforts towards improving our community.

Australia Day Award’s Committee chair Councillor Nigel ...Read on...

Posted on: 2 September, 2019

Meeting with Defence Ministers critical to address Shire-wide negative financial impacts

Meeting with Defence Ministers critical to address Shire-wide negative financial impacts on Livingstone ratepayers

With the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) expansion rapidly increasing the training area’s footprint from approximately 24.7% of our Shire’s landmass to almost 33%, Mayor Bill Ludwig says it’s now more critical than ever for both the new Defence Minis...Read on...

Posted on: 27 August, 2019

Inaugural Sustainable Living(stone) Expo encourages residents to become more eco-conscious

We all know that we need to protect the environment, but it can be overwhelming knowing where to start.

That’s why Council has partnered up with local agencies and organisations to showcase some of the sustainability initiatives and projects occurring throughout the Shire, at the inaugural Sustainable Living(stone) Expo on 29 September 2019 at Beaman Park i...Read on...

Posted on: 26 August, 2019

Artist brings dinosaur to life in installation built from discarded metals

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Discarded metals foraged from a variety of sources such as old car parts, tools, machinery and even golf clubs have been used to create Council’s latest placemaking installation near the entrance to the Yeppoon Landfill.

Modelled on an approximate life-sized interpretation of a carnivorous Australian dinosaur known as the Austalovenator, meaning “southern hunter”, the new and fascinating sculpture by local builder and artist Steve Ross has already gained plenty of attenti...Read on...

Posted on: 22 August, 2019

Garage Sale Trail launches in Livingstone!

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Livingstone Shire Council has joined Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event, the Garage Sale Trail, to highlight waste reduction by encouraging everyone to put their second-hand stuff – first.

To be held on Saturday 19 October and Sunday 20 October, it’s expected that this year’s weekend long event will involve more Australians than ever before, who will choose to reuse at over 16,000 garage sale events to be held across the country.

Livings...Read on...

Posted on: 19 August, 2019

Council trusteeship paves the way for long-term Fig Tree Creek management plan

In a ‘landmark’ decision by Livingstone Shire Council to accept sole trusteeship of the Reserve for Recreation, Public Boat Ramp, Jetties and Landing Place has paved the way for establishment of a long-term management plan with Yeppoon Inlet Association.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council this week voted unanimously to accept sole trusteeship over the area which will pave the way for sub-lease arrangements with the Yeppoon Inlet Association who had approached both Council and State Agencies with a proposal to...Read on...

Posted on: 15 August, 2019

Next stages of Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail a step closer to reality

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Stages 2, 3, and 4 of the Capricorn Coast Pineapple Rail Trail are moving closer towards becoming a reality for the community, with a planning and design project including a feasibility study soon to be completed.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said funding was awarded to Council for the project through the Queensland Government's Local Government Rail Trail Grants programme in late 2018.

“Council is now positioned to soon finalise the planning project which will guid...Read on...

Posted on: 15 August, 2019

Seniors Week to launch for the first time at Marlborough

For the first time since launching Seniors Week events in 2014, Marlborough will celebrate the official opening of the 2019 Seniors Week tomorrow ahead of the huge list of activities about to take place across the Shire over the next 14 days.

Seniors Week to launch for the first time at Marlborough

For the first time since launching Livingstone Shire Council’s annual Seniors Week events in 2014, Marlborough will celebrate the official opening of the 2019 Seniors Week tomorrow ahead of the h...Read on...

Posted on: 13 August, 2019

Author Event explores two novels by Kate-Lyn Therkelsen

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Taking various human experiences and perspectives and using her writing to help to share people’s stories in the wider community, Kate-Lyn Therkelsen’s passion for writing has always been source of great strength for the young novelist.

Having published two books, The Wilted Rose and The New Neighbours, Kate-Lyn will share the inspiration behind writing, and talk about how she came to discover her passion for storytelling from a young age at Yeppoon Library on Saturday 24 August.

Kate...Read on...

Posted on: 8 August, 2019

Orchard owners put their farm on the map with the help of Digital Workshops

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The Orchard Yeppoon has been a hidden treasure on the Capricorn Coast for over a century, but new owner Bernadette Melrose and husband Mark Thomas are putting it on the map with the help of several digital and marketing workshops hosted by Council.

In conjunction with the Australian Small Business Advisory Services, Livingstone Shire Council is hosting Rockhampton-based marketing and advertising company LAD Social to deliver another suite of upcoming workshops in 2019, specialising in social med...Read on...

Posted on: 6 August, 2019

Council helps to restore Yeppoon park in honour of fallen Private Noel Stewie Harald

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Council’s Open Spaces Team has helped to restore Yeppoon’s Stewie Harald Park to its former glory, working alongside the Vietnam Legion Veterans Association to replace the plaque that was stolen in honour of the late Stewie Harald.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the stolen plaque was erected as a tribute to Private Noel Stewie Harald who sadly lost his life aged 30 on 11 October, 1967, in Vietnam.

“Council is pleased to be able to provide resources to rejuvenate this park with the rep...Read on...

Posted on: 5 August, 2019

Marvel at the rich history and beauty of Ireland at upcoming Armchair Travel

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The sights and rich history of Ireland will be uncovered at Council’s upcoming Armchair Travel session on Wednesday night, as Rockhampton novelist Kate-Lyn Therkelsen shares her adventures of exploring the Emerald Isle.

Kate-Lyn first visited Ireland in 2012 as part of a group tour, and spent six days traveling around the country from Belfast to Dublin through Derry, Galway, and Killarney and visiting attractions such as Giant's Causeway, Blarney Castle and the Gu...Read on...

Posted on: 2 August, 2019

The importance of community driven events as economic drivers for our region

This weekend marks the start of the CQUniversity Village Festival, which this year is running across two weekends until Sunday 11th August.

This annual event, now in its 17th year, transforms the Capricorn Coast into a vibrant hub of music, arts and culture.

Over the years has the Village Festival has evolved to become a showcase for regional entertainers and the arts as well as a major dr...Read on...

Posted on: 30 July, 2019

Capricorn Coast Historical Society shares Tales of the Capricorn Coast at Book Launch

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Five unconnected stories of life and events from years gone by in our region will be shared with local audiences at the Yeppoon Library on 7 August when the Capricorn Coast Historical Society launches its newest publication, Tales of the Capricorn Coast.

The collection of short stories as recalled by residents of the Capricorn Coast will be beautifully brought to life with illustrations, newspaper articles, photographs and letters when they are presented at the Library with special guest and local history...Read on...

Posted on: 29 July, 2019

Hill Street Bus Station enhanced with scenic works from local artist Jet James

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Spectacular renditions of local landscapes have recently been integrated into the Hill Street Bus Station in the form of illuminated glass panels, as part of Council’s latest placemaking project.

The stunning works by well-known Capricorn Coast artist Jet James celebrate our region’s natural beauty and include representations of Cooee Bay Beach, Ross Creek the and Yeppoon headlands which celebrate our regions natural beauty.

Jet said he believe...Read on...

Posted on: 29 July, 2019

Kind donation of Aquatic Wheelchair at Yeppoon Lagoon highlights accessibility

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Accessibility to the Yeppoon Lagoon will be made even easier for people with a disability after a new aquatic wheelchair was kindly donated by The Rocks Café.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the generous donation would provide easier access to residents and visitors who may need assistance entering the water.

“Council would like to sincerely thank The Rocks Café and The Real Group for the funding support towards...Read on...

Posted on: 25 July, 2019

Hear about the latest local innovative projects at CAPreneurs Pitch Night!

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From revolutionising IT assistance to building off-grid eco toilets, the community is invited to hear what the graduates of Council’s inaugural Startup Onramp programme have been working towards in the past 12 weeks at the CAPreneurs Pitch Night.

Deputy Mayor and Council’s Digital Economy and Innovation Champion Councillor Nigel Hutton said the free event on Thursday August 1 was an opportunity for the local entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and share their startup journey so far.

“Throug...Read on...

Posted on: 19 July, 2019

Help to preserve our planet and plant a tree in Livingstone this National Tree Day

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Livingstone Shire Council is inviting residents to make their way to Kemp Beach on Sunday 28 July to get their hands dirty by taking part in Planet Ark’s National Tree Day, sponsored by Ian Weigh Toyota.

Starting in 1996, this campaign is now Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature protection event.

Planet Ark is asking all individuals to take part this year and contribute to our future environment by participating in the plan to plant ...Read on...

Posted on: 19 July, 2019

Council’s new Hybrid car another positive step towards reducing its carbon footprint

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In an effort to further promote sustainability and reduce Council’s carbon footprint, a hybrid vehicle has been a recently welcomed addition to its fleet.

Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said hybrid vehicles generally provide a more fuel efficient alternative to most petrol and diesel vehicles.

“This was a consciously made decision by Council to choose a more environmentally friendly option, as it continues t...Read on...

Posted on: 16 July, 2019

Councils 2019-20 Budget designed to deliver a sustainable long-term future for our community

Last week Mayor Bill Ludwig presented the Livingstone Shire Council final budget of this term of Council, saying it was designed to deliver a sustainable long-term future for our community while delivering the lowest possible increase in rates and charges

Mayor Bill Ludwig said, as with every budget brought down since Livingstone Shire Council re-established six year ago, the 2019-20 budget has been the culmination of months of extensive workshops between Councillors, the senior management team and key dep...Read on...

Posted on: 16 July, 2019

Artwork by the late Mabel Edmund generously donated to Council in NAIDOC Week

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Council has been gifted with a special artwork by the family of the late Mabel Edmund which was officially unveiled at the launch of NAIDOC Week 2019.

Mayor Bill Ludwig and Councillors were honoured to receive the generous donation for Livingstone Shire Council, where Mabel served two terms as Councillor from 1970 – 1976.

Mayor Ludwig said Mabel made an incredible contribution to not only Council bu...Read on...

Posted on: 15 July, 2019

A Fortnight of Fun Planned for Livingstone Shire’s 2019 Seniors Week celebrations!

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Seniors Week is here again!

This year Livingstone Shire will be hosting an array of events across the Shire with the aim of providing opportunities for the older members of the community to gain new experiences and learn about local services and support, whilst enjoying connections ...Read on...

Posted on: 15 July, 2019

Community invited to gather for 76th Anniversary of Canal Creek Memorial service

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On Sunday 21 July at 2pm, Livingstone Shire Council will host a memorial service alongside Australia and US Military personnel, to remember those who lost their lives in the second largest Australian air disaster.

A C-47 military aircraft, Douglas Dakota, was travelling from Townsville to Brisbane when it tragically went down at Canal Creek, a location north west of Yeppoon. This fatal event occurred on 19 December 1943 at 9.20am and recorded a total of 31 deaths. ...Read on...

Posted on: 8 July, 2019

NAIDOC Week will celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Isl

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The annual celebrations of NAIDOC Week will begin this week, with activities and events planned across the Shire to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Livingstone Shire Council will join the Capricorn Coast Indigenous Mob Inc. to launch Livingstone Shire’s National 2019 NAIDOC Week, with this year’s theme titled, ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’

2019 is also being celebrated as the United Nations Internationa...Read on...

Posted on: 8 July, 2019

Community invited to attend the annual Service of Remembrance at St Christopher’s Chapel

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Local residents and visitors are invited to gather in Nerimbera on Sunday 7 July to celebrate and remember the strong bonds of friendship forged between our region and US Forces during WWII.

The annual event is held at the picturesque location of St Christopher’s Chapel, built by the visiting US Army in 1943, which is the only structure of its kind still standing in Australia and was designated as a World Heritage site in 1992.

Acting May...Read on...

Posted on: 8 July, 2019

Author Event reflects on the importance of gratitude with book Gratitude Prompts

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Learn about the importance of gratitude in everyday life when Brisbane-based author Karen Purves visits Yeppoon Library for a free Author Event on Saturday 6 July.

Originally born in Brisbane, Karen left Australia on an overseas adventure lasting 35 years, returning four years ago to start anew following the loss of her daughter.

Starting out with a journal 22 years ago, the idea of Gratitude Prompts flourished o...Read on...

Posted on: 8 July, 2019

Family show Loose Ends and free workshop will take audiences on a journey of puppetry, circus and mu

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Makers, creators, and story lovers; dive into a theatrical adventure that feels like the magic box of a bygone trickster!

The community is being invited to journey to an eccentric place where gadgets are poetic, puppets naughty, machines untamed and circus tricks pop up when you’re least expecting it, as Loose Ends’ Out-of-the-Ordinary Visual Theatre, set in a Wondrous Tinke...Read on...

Posted on: 25 June, 2019

New statement art piece The Respect Tree encourages kindness

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A Pandanus Palm will do more than provide green scenery on Farnborough Road after it was installed earlier this month; it has also been planted to act as a reminder to encourage community conversations surrounding respect.

Acting Mayor Nigel Hutton, Councillor Adam Belot, Councillor Pat Eastwood along with Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga and Council’s Youth Mayor Luke Selwood officially opened the statement art piece today located at beach access FB4, where the Respect Tre...Read on...

Posted on: 21 June, 2019

Round 1 of the 2019/20 Livingstone Community Grants opens next week!

Local clubs and community groups provide a wealth of different activities and services to residents of our region, which is why Council is encouraging them to apply in the latest round of the Livingstone Community Grants.

The Livingstone Community Grants, proudly supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Inverness Yeppoon and Keppel Bay Sailing Club, provides funding to community groups and sporting clubs to deliver innovative projects and programmes which respond to local c...Read on...

Posted on: 19 June, 2019

Councils working together with a regional focus will be the key to the regions future growth and pro

Mayor Bill Ludwig said that all Councils working together with a regional focus will be the key to our regions continued growth and prosperity.

“There is little doubt that the Adani mine approval and the significant upturn and expansion in the Bowen Basin coal mines will continue to bring jobs and a host of new business opportunities to both Livingstone and Rockhampton,” Mayor Ludwig said.

“Fr...Read on...

Posted on: 18 June, 2019

Access and inclusion for our community a top priority for Council

Understanding the community’s concerns and priorities when it comes to access and inclusion is a key focus for Council which was highlighted following the adoption of the Livingstone Access and Inclusion Consultation Report.

Acting Mayor Nigel Hutton said this consultation was conducted across Livingstone and showed overwhelming results that residents are enthusiastic to be involved or to have community experts (those with lived experience) involved in the early stages of pla...Read on...

Posted on: 18 June, 2019

Access and inclusion for our community a top priority for Council

Understanding the community’s concerns and priorities when it comes to access and inclusion is a key focus for Council which was highlighted following the adoption of the Livingstone Access and Inclusion Consultation Report.

Acting Mayor Nigel Hutton said this consultation was conducted across Livingstone and showed overwhelming results that residents are enthusiastic to be involved or to have community experts (those with lived experience) involved in the early stages of pla...Read on...

Posted on: 18 June, 2019

Emu Park announced as new location for this year’s Free Pet Microchipping Day!

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Show your pet how much you love them by getting them microchipped at Council’s annual Microchipping Day on 29 June.

The free event will be held for the first time at Emu Park’s Bell Park from 10am – 2pm, featuring RSPCA’s popular and interactive education mobile unit – EMU, a Microchipping and registration stall, pet product service displays, and a sausage sizzle.

L...Read on...

Posted on: 17 June, 2019

Shattered Shadows showcased at upcoming Author Event with Gowrie Krishnan

A shocking, sobering tale of life of the forgotten children of India will be the focus of Council’s latest author event with award-winning academic Gowrie Krishnan as she discusses her latest book, Shattered Shadows.

This event with Ms Krishnan will describe her journey as an author and her current book, on Saturday 22 June from 10am to 11am at Yeppoon Library.

Shattered Shadows follows the story of a young girl, Meena Sundram, trapped in an Indian brothel and her ...Read on...

Posted on: 7 June, 2019

Collective voice of unified Regional Organisation of Councils will deliver real results for CQ

Prior to the Federal Election ten Councils agreed in principle to enter into a formal alliance with a view to becoming a formidable and powerful lobby group to put forward a united voice for the greater Central Queensland Region.

It is expected that the formal signing of an agreement will take place tentatively in July.

The combined Councils are likely to include Gladstone Regional Council, Banana Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Mac...Read on...

Posted on: 4 June, 2019

Community pop-ups ask residents to share their vision of our Shire

In an ambition to make a brighter future for our region and its residents, Council is calling on the community to get involved in the upcoming pop-up visits to have their say in the development of our Community Plan, Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow

Over the weekend of 15 and 16 June, the Livingstone 2050 project team will be heading out and about the Shire and is keen to hear from the community about their vision for the next thirty years.

Acting Mayor Nigel Hutton said the Community Plan would p...Read on...

Posted on: 27 May, 2019

Jack’s Paddock comes to life with Livingstone Community Grants Programme

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A community vision over two years in the making has finally planted its roots in Jack’s Paddock with help from the Livingstone Community Grants programme.

The Livingstone Community Grants programme, proudly supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Keppel Bay Sailing Club and Inverness Yeppoon, provides funding to community groups and sporting clubs to deliver innovative projects and programmes which respond ...Read on...

Posted on: 21 May, 2019

One of CQs biggest family fun days is back with Beef to Beach 2019!

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Now in its fifth year, the annual Beef to Beach event will return to fill Bell Park with plenty of colour and fun for the whole family next weekend!

As part of Livingstone Shire’s official Queensland Day celebrations, thousands of community members are expected to attend the hugely popular free event in Emu Park on Sunday, 2 June from midday to 5pm.

This year’s event offers a great stage programme ...Read on...

Posted on: 21 May, 2019

Council takes on Darkness to Daylight Challenge to tackle Domestic and Family Violence

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Livingstone Shire Council will unite with thousands of Queenslanders who will walk to bring domestic and family violence out of the shadows through the Darkness to Daylight Challenge on 30 May.

The annual challenge held in Brisbane raises funds to increase awareness of domestic and family violence, symbolising those lives lost and the ones left behind.

Community Development Councillor Jan Kelly said Council stands firmly behind the cause and ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2019

Teens take to the tarmac in eight hour Human Powered Vehicle race

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Almost 300 students will descend on the Barmaryee Multi Sport Precinct this weekend to take part in the Cap Coast Full Throttle! Human Powered Vehicle Event.

In its second year on the Capricorn Coast, the growing event has returned to Barmaryee where high school students from across Central Queensland will race their human powered vehicles over an eight-hour period.

Co-hosted by Emmaus College and Yeppoon ...Read on...

Posted on: 20 May, 2019

Our region’s volunteers making a world of difference will be celebrated this National Volunteer Week

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Livingstone Shire volunteers will be acknowledged and celebrated throughout this week as Council joins in with the thousands of events held across the country as part of National Volunteer Week held from 20 – 26 May.

Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities, and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Austral...Read on...

Posted on: 14 May, 2019

Learn more about your local Library during Library and Information Week!

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Livingstone Shire will join libraries across Australia for the week of May 20 to 26 in celebrating Library and Information Week 2019 with a range of free activities and community events.

Library and Information Week provides the opportunity for people of all ages to discover the wide range of services and resources offered by the modern library.

Organised by the Australian Library and Information Association, Library and Information W...Read on...

Posted on: 13 May, 2019

Tell your neighbours to get involved in Livingstone 2050!

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Everyone in the Livingstone community is encouraged to have their say as part of the Livingstone 2050: Shaping Our Tomorrow planning project.

Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton urged people to share their thoughts with their neighbour and get everyone involved as this will be a plan for the whole community.

“Having everyone involved is important, and this is a great opportunity for the community to...Read on...

Posted on: 10 May, 2019

Share a cupcake for Neighbourhood Centre Week 2019

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In the spirit of Neighbourhood Centre Week 2019, Council’s Community Centre team is sharing the love in the form of sweet treats to raise awareness around the importance of human connection.

As part of the nationwide initiative to celebrate the role of community, neighbourhood, resource and learning centres in the Community, free cupcakes were handed out at Yeppoon Central this morning. Residents were encouraged to share these treats with the...Read on...

Posted on: 10 May, 2019

Major questions remain unanswered by Prime Minister on the impacts of ADF 'land grab'

In the lead-up to election-day questions remain unanswered as to how the negative community impacts of the massive Australian Defence Forces (ADF) ‘land-grab’ at Shoalwater Bay will be addressed.

“Three years on and one week out from polling day the community are still waiting for answers to some major questions about the impacts of ADF’s plans to expand Shoalwater Bay Army Training Area (SWBTA) so more foreign troops can train there,” Mayor Bill ...Read on...

Posted on: 10 May, 2019

Community asked why our coastline is important in upcoming pop-up visits

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As Council progresses to the next stages of the Livingstone Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) project, residents are being encouraged to get involved in the upcoming community pop-up consultations this month.

Aimed at planning for the long-term functionality and protection of our coastal assets, Livingstone is one of 31 coastal Councils in Queensland to join the CHAS project, after receiving funding under the Queensland Governments QCoast2100 programme in 2016...Read on...

Posted on: 7 May, 2019

Coalition makes matching $21.6 million commitment to Stage 1 of Stanage Bay Road upgrades

Mayor Bill Ludwig says he was both delighted and relieved to now have a joint commitment from both major parties in regard to Stage One of major upgrades to Stanage Bay Road.

“This is a critical access route for Australian Defence Forces (ADF), our primary producers, Stanage Bay Township and Emergency Services,” Cr Ludwig said.

“I would like to commend Michelle Landry MP on securing this matching investment in the future fo...Read on...

Posted on: 23 April, 2019

Federal Labor commitment of $21.6 million for Stanage Bay Road upgrades is a win-win

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Mayor Bill Ludwig said Federal Labor’s commitment of $21.6 million for critical Stanage Bay Road upgrades and bitumen sealing announced today by Anthony Albanese is a win-win for all concerned.

Federal Labor commitment of $21.6 million for Stanage Bay Road upgrades is a win-win for all concerned

Mayor Bill Ludwig said Federal Labor’s commitment of $21.6 million for critical Stanage Bay Road upgrades and bitumen sealing announced today by Anth...Read on...

Posted on: 4 April, 2019

New signature playground precinct set for installation in Emu Park this May

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Residents and visitors to Emu Park will gain another fantastic attraction to the foreshore in 2019 once works begin on installing a new interactive playground in Kerr Park.

Residents and visitors to Emu Park will gain another fantastic attraction to the foreshore in 2019 once works begin on installing a new interactive playground in Kerr Park.

The works are scheduled to commence in May as part of Stage 3 of the Emu Park V...Read on...

Posted on: 31 January, 2019

Hinchliffe referral to Change Commission welcomed

On the matter of proposed boundary changes between Livingstone and Rockhampton, Mayor Bill Ludwig said Minister Hinchliffe must be commended on his continuing commitment in helping our two Councils find a consensus way forward.

“Last year our Council was pleased to play a role in helping shape and then endorsing the terms of reference for a possible boundary change,” Cr Ludwig said.

“In doing so our discussions with the Minister were very open and frank that our support for t...Read on...

Posted on: 14 December, 2018

ICare Community Project supports hundreds of families in its first year

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Since launching in November 2017, the community-driven initiative known as the ICare Community Project has raised over $22,900 in contributions and vouchers to assist local residents in need.

ICare Community Project supports hundreds of families in its first year

Since launching in November 2017, the community-driven initiative known as the ICare Community Project has raised over $22,900 in contributions and vouchers to assist local resid...Read on...