Council resolved to enter into 24-month instalment plans for the Ravenshoe Millstream Country Club and Tablelands Community Housing Association for the full payment of infrastructure charges.
Community Grant Program Report
The Community Grant Program provides financial and in-kind grants of up to $1000 for not-for-profit groups and young achievers. Between 1 January and 30 June 2020, $8742 was shared between 14 groups and community members. During 2019–20, 117 community grants were issued totalling $55,286.
Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Grant Program
RADF is a Queensland Government partnership, through Arts Queensland and TRC, to support local arts and culture. Six projects totalling $20,186 were funded between 1 January and 30 June 2020. During 2019–20, 13 RADF grants were issued totalling $41,021.
For the period ending 30 June 2020 preliminary operating revenue is within 0.32% of the budget. Delays to some grant projects mean funding will not be received until 2020–21.
Moratorium on Community Projects
Council endorsed a 12-month moratorium on new community project requests, including Councillor community project requests. This will allow further work on TRC’s strategic planning for community facilities and the completion of existing community projects. The moratorium excludes projects that are currently under consideration or in planning stage, and capital work projects that have already been endorsed or identified for adoption. The moratorium will be reviewed in 12 months.
Change to Ordinary Council Meeting
The ordinary Council meeting scheduled for 22 October will be rescheduled to Thursday 29 October in Ravenshoe.
Bitumen Reseal Program
The 2020–21 regional bitumen reseal program was awarded to RPQ Pty Ltd for $1,449,562.40 (including GST), with the option to vary the scope to include resealing in 2021–22 and 2022–23.
Regional Sewer Relining Program
Packages 1 (sewers up to 225mm diameter) and 2 (sewers over 225mm diameter) of the 2020–21 regional sewer relining program were awarded to Relining Solutions Pty Ltd for $531,573.54 (including GST). Package 3 (sewer and manhole assessments) was awarded to FlowPro Pty Ltd for $82,656.48 (including GST). Both contracts have the option to vary the scope to include relining and assessments in 2021–22 and 2022–23.
Regional Collection & Disposal of Ferrous Metal
Contract FNQ012 with Sims Metal Management for the collection and disposal of ferrous metal was extended until 30 November 2021.
Compliance Monitoring of Waste Sewerage Treatment Plants
Contract WW-106-03 for 2020–21 compliance monitoring of waste and sewerage treatment plants was awarded to NRA Environmental Consultants for $351,320.81 (including GST), with the option to extend the contract into 2021–22.
Gravel Road Maintenance
Tender T-TRC2020-10 for gravel road maintenance in the southern part of the region was awarded to Atherton-based S&K Civil Contracting for $376,816.63 (including GST).
The budget meeting is at 9am Friday 31 July 2020 at the Community Education and Disaster Coordination Centre in Atherton. The meeting will be open to the public, but limited to a maximum of 15 people due Covid-19 physical distancing requirements. It will also be live streamed and recorded.
The next ordinary Council meeting is at 9.30am Thursday 27 August 2020 in the Herberton Town Hall. See our information about live streaming and recording.