Welcome to the March 2018 issue of the WBBROC newsletter. Don't forget that the WBBROC website www.wbbroc.org.au also has up-to-date information about our organisation, projects and events.
Attendees at the ROC Assembly Premier's Reception with WBBROC Chair, Cr Mick Curran, third from left.
ROC Assembly in Brisbane
WBBROC Chair, Cr Mick Curran and the WBBROC Executive Officer, Joe Veraa, recently attended the LGAQ's ROC Assembly. All the ROC Chairs and Executive Officers were invited to a reception hosted by the Premier. It was an excellent opportunity for everyone to talk to the Premier and many of her Ministers. The ROC Assembly was also a great opportunity to share insights with other regions.
Container Refund Scheme
Queensland is introducing a Container Refund Scheme for the majority of beverage containers to reduce litter and increase recycling. A 10-cents per container deposit will be refundable through community collection points, reverse-dispensing machines, etc.
New South Wales introduced such a scheme at the beginning of the year. Queensland has now postponed the introduction of the scheme from 1 July to 1 November this year to allow more time to prepare for a successful implementation.
Burnett Catchment Pilot
The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has been working with WBBROC on the Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy pilot project. There have been a number of workshops across the catchment and participants were able to walk over a large map of the Burnett catchment to help them to see the enormity of it.
This pilot project is intended to test a new pathway for developing a consistent and coordinated approach to managing flood risk in Queensland. This is by working in partnership with the councils and other stakeholders located within the Burnett River Catchment.
Region standardises development codes
Councils in the Wide Bay Burnett region have been working closely together to align all their different codes for new water and sewerage works.
The Design and Construct Code standardises these individual council requirements into a single set of technical specifications and drawings that will in the near future be applicable across all the Councils in the region.
This will potentially reduce costs to developers and ratepayers across the region by stream-lining the design, planning and approval processes and also achieves ongoing cost efficiencies for water and sewerage departments, as well as planning application processes.
This work has been supported under the Queensland Water Directorate QWRAP funding program.
Precious metal from the Mt Rawdon Evolution Mining project has been identified as the exclusive source of gold used to create next year's Melbourne Cup trophy. The 44 ounces of gold used is a small part of the 1.6 millions tonnes of gold Mt Rawdon has produced since mining started there in 2001 and the finished trophy is valued at $200,000.
Such a strong connection to the trophy bodes well for the Cup visiting the North Burnett, and in particular Mt Perry, next year as it makes it's way around the country before heading to Melbourne for Cup Day.
North Burnett Regional Council's Division 5 Councillor John Bowen said NBRC in partnership with Mt Rawdon Mine Mt Perry race club and the Mt Perry Community will be submitting an application to have the Lexus Melbourne Cup come to Mt Perry.
"We should know in May and the cup will tour in July. All we can do is wait for the good news then start planning for the day."
WBBROC MEETING DATES
WBBROC will be meeting on the following dates in 2018: