Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Minute With The Mayor Ry Collins

One of my top priorities as Mayor is ensuring that Council recognise the importance of engaging with our residents in a meaningful and genuine way about decisions which affect our community.
A good way for residents to keep up to date with current proposed and current projects is by registering with our Your Say Whitsunday portal.
This is Council’s online engagement space, which allows you to have your say on the things which matter to you, at any time of the day or night. All you need to do is visit and sign in and make your voice count.
By registering our community will get all the latest information and find out how you can be part of decision-making in your town.
When you subscribe you will gain access to a range of interactive tools, including surveys, polls, brainstorming tools, map tool, interactive documents, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, Q&As and more!
Over the past week our small engagement team have been hosting information stalls in Bowen and Collinsville for live consultations on a range of projects, including:

- Refine our Grays Bay foreshore temporary lighting trial
- Bushfire resilience project and upcoming workshops for property owners
- Dingo Beach Swimming enclosure
- Greening and growing Bowen recycled water roll-out update, and
- Flying fox strategy and Collinsville Roost plan
The team are seeking feedback to develop a Collinsville Roost Management Plan and Region-wide Flying Fox Strategy, that informs how we budget, resource and manage Flying fox into the future. Currently, only one urban roost exists in Collinsville, however, several roosts have appeared in urban areas in the past, most recently in Proserpine.
There will also be a public meeting with our Flying Fox consultant at the Collinsville Community Centre on Tuesday 2 July, 5:30pm.
In good news for our Collinsville community, Council has reached an agreement with the Ted Cunningham Bridge contractor on the final design for rectifications to the bridge and mobilisation to commence works took place this week.
The proposed rectifications have been through a peer review process mainly focused on scour protection through the range of flood depths that may be experienced.
Works are expected to take 6-8 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

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