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Beef Processing Opportunity in Hughenden Beef Processing Opportunity in Hughenden

Beef Processing Opportunity in Hughenden

Flinders Shire Council has taken the first steps to secure the region’s place as a reliable, innovative supplier of quality Australian beef to growing markets in Asia, Middle East and other parts of the world.

To read more on Future Beef Processing Opportunity in Hughenden CLICK HERE.


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Flinders Shire Council is holding a competition to name the new sports playing field at the Hughenden Showgrounds.

The competition is open to the general community with the winner being announced at Australia Day.  The winner will be invited to be part of the grand opening of the field on the 27th February 2016. Council will select a name for the field by either selecting one or a combination of names from those submitted. 

Written entries to the Competition must be received by Council before 12 noon, Friday 18th December at the Council Office, 34 Gray Street, Hughenden or email to flinders@flinders.qld.gov.au.  For further information contact Community Services Manager Sherilee Honnery on 07 4741 2900.



Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM)

Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a rare and severe disease caused by a single-celled amoeba called Naegleria fowleri. It causes inflammation and destruction of the brain and the linings of the brain, and is usually fatal.

PAM was first described in South Australia in the 1960s. It has since been identified in many countries throughout the world. Although Naegleria fowleri occurs commonly in the environment, it only rarely causes disease. There have been four confirmed cases and one probable case documented in Queensland since the year 2000.

Naegleria fowleri occurs naturally in untreated fresh water, and prefers temperatures between 25oC and 40oC. It can grow in warm, stagnant water bodies such as lakes and hot springs. It can also occur in untreated water piped long distances above ground and in other man-made environments such as poorly maintained swimming pools, wading pools and spas.

Infection with Naegleria fowleri can occur if water containing the amoebae is pushed up the nose, through activities such as jumping, diving or falling into the water. The amoebae can then make their way to the brain. Even if contaminated water does go up the nose, the chance of contracting infection is extremely small. Children and young adults appear to be more susceptible to infection than adults, although it can occur at any age. In the USA, half of the documented cases of Naegleria have been children aged 12 years and younger.

The disease cannot be contracted by drinking water or through person to person contact. Naegleria fowleri are not found in sea water.

For more information on Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) click here

For the "Safe Water on Rural Properties" Booklet click here





  • Residents are to contact Council to enter their name on the collection list after the collection dates have been advertised.
  • Waste must be placed on the verge no more than seven days prior to collection dates.
  • Hard waste, green waste, metals and e-waste are to be placed neatly on the verge in four separate piles so it can be recycled.
  • Keep visibility clear for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
  • Keep rubbish one metre clear of the footpath.
  • Bulk waste placed on the verge area more than seven days before the collection or after the collection dates advertised will be removed by Council at cost.



  • Household furniture.
  • White goods/metal products including degassed fridges, freezers, stoves, washing machines (doors must be removed or sealed for child safety).
  • E-Waste such as household electronic items including televisions and computers.
  • Green waste and general unwanted household items.
  • Cars (by arrangement)



  • Food waste
  • Building, construction and renovation waste.
  • Demolition waste.
  • Asbestos
  • Gas cylinders.
  • Hazardous materials (including paint, oils and chemicals).
  • Solar panels and glass sheets.


Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation

Scholarship offers $5,000 a year for students studying ag degrees 

A government-run scholarship that supports students studying agriculture-related degrees at university is now taking applications for 2016.

 Applications for the Horizon Scholarship are open to first-year university students and need to be submitted by 19 February 2016.

 The Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation in partnership with industry sponsors, provides $5,000 per year for the duration of a student’s university degree.

 The Horizon Scholarship also offers students annual industry work placements, access to industry leaders, professional development assistance, and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

 RIRDC’s Managing Director Craig Burns said the Horizon Scholarship provides real and practical benefits for the students involved.

“The students involved in the Horizon Scholarship are expanding their networks and learning new skills. Combined with easing the financial burden on students and families, the Scholarship is opening doors for these future agricultural leaders,” Mr Burns said.

“The Scholarship attracts students who are driven, energetic, passionate and want to be future leaders of Australia’s agricultural industries - it is special group of young people and we look forward to welcoming more of them into the Scholarship in 2016.”

To be eligible for the Horizon Scholarship students must be entering their first year of university and studying a degree related to agriculture, such as agricultural science, rural science, livestock/animal science, veterinary science or agribusiness and plant science. Students must also have started their tertiary studies no longer than two years after leaving high school.

 Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of their commitment to a career in agriculture, as well as their leadership potential and high school academic record. Applications close on 19 February 2016 and shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview in early March 2016. The Scholarship winners are announced at the end of March 2016.

 Application forms can be downloaded from the RIRDC website at www.rirdc.gov.au/horizon or by contacting RIRDC on 02 6271 4132.

 Sponsors of the Horizon Scholarship are the Australian Egg Corporation, ANZ, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited, McCaughey Memorial Institute, Meat & Livestock Australia, Sugar Research Australia, and RIRDC (Rice and Chicken Meat research programs).

Website: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/news/2015/11/02/scholarship-offers-$5-000-a-year-for-students-studying-ag-degrees  




Nominations for the inaugural Queensland Young Achiever Awards are now open and we want our local young achievers to be recognised!

Cr Greg Jones, Mayor, Flinders Shire Council encourages residents to nominate a local young person up to the age of 29 for the Queensland Young Achiever Awards. 

“We have so many young people doing a great deal to make our community a better place to live. I encourage individuals, businesses and community organisations/groups to nominate a great young role model who is making a real difference. It would be great to see our community well represented in these prestigious Awards” said Mayor Jones. 

Nominations are being sought until Friday 29th January 2016, in the following categories:
•    The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
•    AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award
•    IFly Online Achievement Award
•    Wade Sawmill Environment and Sustainability Award
•    BB Print Leadership Award
•    Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award 
•    Access Community Services - Multicultural Youth Queensland (MyQ) Cultural Diversity Award
•    The University of Queensland Create Change Award

The Awards will culminate with a Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 20th May 2016 at the Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane.

All category winners will receive $2,000 thanks to Auswide Bank and a trophy. One of the eight category winners will be chosen as the Overall Queensland Young Achiever of the Year and will win an additional $2,000 thanks to Auswide Bank and a state trophy. All nominees will receive a certificate of achievement for their extraordinary commitment to their chosen field of endeavour. 

For more Information or Nomination enquiry brochures please contact Taree Walsh (Sport & Rec Officer) at the Council on 4741 2900 or sportandrec@flinders.qld.gov.au