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The Flinders Shire Council Garden Competition will be held again this year. Jusging to place during the month of December 2014.

Nominations for this year can be made in various categories either by self nomination or nominating on behalf of someone.

Please fill out the Nomination Form and return to the Flinders Shire Council by 21 November 2014.

Nomination Form - Click Here

Please Contact Executive Support Officer Juanita Holden on 4741 2900 for further information if required



Expressions of Interest are sought for catering of the below event:

  • Flinders Shire Council Christmas Party – Friday 05 December 2014 – Diggers Entertainment Centre


The meal will be either a sit down or buffet style; and consists of roast meats and vegetables with dessert.

Please send your menu proposal and prices per head for either a sit down meal or buffet to recordsadmin@flinders.qld.gov.au if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Council 4741 2900. We ask that all submissions are received by Wednesday 12th November 2014.



The Flinders Shire Planning Scheme commenced in 2005. Under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 a local authority must review its planning scheme every 10 years.

This Scoping Study has been prepared to inform the preparation of a new Planning Scheme for Flinders Shire. This new Planning Scheme is an important document for Council, and the Council is very keen to utilise it as a proactive visionary document to encourage development and re-energise the Shire.

In recent years, Flinders Shire has faced a number of setbacks, including the drought, collapse of the sheep industry and the recent closure of the rail maintenance facility. The population has dropped by 189 (9.37%) between 2003 and 2013 (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014).

In response, Council is alternatively pursuing opportunities to bring business and development into the Shire, including locating the potential North Queensland meat works in Hughenden, development of irrigation based intensive agriculture, and community development designed to maintain and enhance the liveability of the Shire.

This report provides an overview of the Shire, a summary of consultation undertaken during the Scoping Study, examines relevant literature and the current Planning Scheme, and outlines a draft vision for Flinders Shire.

From stakeholder consultation it is very clear that Flinders Shire has a proud and proactive community, keen to develop and promote the Shire. Participants were well aware of the challenges facing their community and are supportive of measures to bring more people, business and employment to the Shire.

With respect to the current Planning Scheme, it has served as a sound land use planning document to date. However, the current Scheme requires a major overhaul to bring it into compliance with the latest planning legislation and to ensure it assists Council to realise the vision for Flinders Shire.

A draft vision for the Shire has been developed: ‘A proactive and innovative regional community that will lead the next stage of development in North West Queensland, while preserving the friendly nature and strong community spirit Flinders Shire is known for'.

Council will shortly be undertaking the preparation of a new Planning Scheme for the Shire which will involve wide public consultation.

Flinders Shire Council Planning Scheme Scoping Study Report - September 2014


Hann Highway Development

Sealing of the remaining 110km of the Hann Highway (Kennedy Development Road) between Hughenden and The Lynd will provide for an all-weather second access to the TNQ region in the event that the Bruce Highway is disrupted.

Sealing of the highway opens a more direct and cost efficient route to southern markets, and facilitates increased regional tourism.

The attached letter template is a suggested letter you could write to your local and federal member in support of the sealilng of the Hann Highway. This initiative came out of a Hann Highway Action Group meeting at Oak Park on 3 July 2014. Please feel free to amend this as you see fit. 

Advance Cairns acknowledges the work of the Hann Highway Action Group, the Etheridge and Flinders Shires, Local, State and Federal members in the region in support of this work, and the many others in the community who see the strategic and economic benefit of sealing the Hann Hgihway for the region.



Letter Template - PDF Version

Letter Template - Word Version


ABC Media Release on the Hann Highway