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Work is proceeding on the Barcoo
River Bridge at “Gillespie” withlarge pylons having been drivenand heavy rock walls installed at
the base of the reinforced pylons
and along the river banks as wellas the approaches to the bridge.Main Roads ofcers have assured
me the bridge will be able to be
used with controlled trafc owsin the event of the sidetrack beingaffected by a ow in the river.
While it is not as good as beingcompletely restored this approach
will ensure a nancial disaster isaverted.
Waratah Coal held an informationmeeting in the Blackall Club on
the afternoon of November 10. Ihave gathered the meeting wasnot well advertised and few people were present. However it was an
interesting meeting in as much
as those who did attend havebeen able to listen and give their
opinions on some of the issues
which the presentation raised. Asthis project is one of ve planned
to come on line in the foreseeable
future there is denitely going tobe ow on effects for both Blackalland Tambo. One can only trustthat the positives of such effects will out weight the negatives which will undoubtedly arise.At the General Meeting of Council on November 9 a letter was received drawing our attentionto a growing ying fox colony onthe Barcoo River. On November11 an inspection revealed a largesh kill in the waterhole behindthe Blackall Golf Course. All
efforts were made to contact the
relevant government body, theEnvironmental Planning Authority(EPA) to report the conditionsprevailing on the Barcoo. Wehave been assured verbally thatthe ying foxes are not causingthe pollution or the sh kill.EPA ofcers are investigating theoccurrence. Please keep clear of this area of the Barcoo River.
The Blackall Tambo RegionalCouncil was able to listen to anupdate of mining exploration being
carried out by Coal Bank. Bruce
Patrick assured us there was noappreciable coal close to the town
of Blackall. Exploration is to
continue with agreements being
negotiated with landholders.
Council has undertaken tosupport an application for fundingthrough the National Rural andRemote Health InfrastructureProgram to construct a facilityincluding exercise and consulting
rooms to support the deliveryof Allied Health programs byvisiting professionals at theBlackall Aquatic Centre. The
Blackall Tambo Regional Council
contribution will be 50% of the
costs of the project should the
submission be successful. The recent dry storms have againgiven landholders res aplenty tocontend with. The Blackall Tambo
Regional Council has again beenable to assist though deploymentof staff and machinery when
requested. We certainly thank our
staff for their efforts in assisting in
the containment of these res.On a lighter note it was great toreceive a certicate of appreciation
from the Blackall Dance Group,for council’s assistance for their
recent concert “Alice Through
Time”, a most enjoyable production which featured a cast of Blackall
dancers. On behalf of Council,thank you so much.
It was indeed a pleasure to bepresent at the presentation night
for the Blackall State School. The program was a reection ona very full year for the school
with many sucessful students
receiving awards for excellencein their studies. It was also time
to say farewell to Principal Jason
Smith and his family. Jason has
been an exceptional leader of theBlackall State School and we wish
the Smith family every good wishfor the future.
FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK
Congratulations to thegraduating Year 12 students at
Blackall State School this week. I
remember all too well the mix of joy and uncertainty that this timebrings and want to encourage
them in their future endeavours.
It’s a wide world out there as therecent graduates are probably wellaware, with the future stretchingbefore them full of possibilities and
potential. I want to urge them all tofollow their dreams relentlessly.
Sometimes a little bit of courageand determination is all you need
to build the future that you want.
Taking risks may well be terrifying,
but you never know how somethingmay turn out unless you try.
Don’t miss next week’s
,featuring Blackall StateSchool formal photos-IN COLOUR!