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- Simplified street stall guidelines kick off Ordinary Meetings for 2023
- Australia Day celebrations and achievements acknowledge individuals and organisations
- Free training and upskilling opportunities now available to residents through TAFE
- Texas campsite achieves national recognition
Council’s first Ordinary Meeting of 2023 was held last Wednesday and we kicked off this year by considering a range of agenda items including general support for small community organisations and community grants.
I’m pleased to report that Council has moved to simplify the process for organisations that sell food products to the community at street stalls and markets, as well as clarifying and updating some guidelines and policies for the community organisations that manage local street stalls. As a result of this, that process should now be easier and more straightforward for the community.
We had a fantastic turnout of people at both the Texas and Goondiwindi Australia Day celebrations, which were an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions of so many wonderful local people, either individually or collectively.
Their commitment to our community is what makes our region, and our country, the envy of many other nations around the world.
I would also like to personally congratulate the seven Goondiwindi Region residents who took the pledge to become Australian citizens during that ceremony. It was a privilege and an honour to preside over that conferral on behalf of the Australian Government.
The Goondiwindi Region is known for its diversity of industry and enterprise, with many different skill sets required in the local job market.
Council continues to advocate for opportunities for local workers to increase their skills and for businesses to upskill their workers. Therefore, it was great to hear that the Australian and Queensland Governments have announced their ‘Fee-Free TAFE’ initiative. Fee-Free TAFE offers free training for eligible Queenslanders to study priority skill sets, certificates or diplomas at Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Queensland and CQUniversity.
This is an excellent opportunity and I strongly encourage interested residents to find out more information at: https://tafeqld.edu.au/courses/apply-and-enrol/subsidised-training/fee-free-tafe
Dumaresq River Rest Area recognised as one of best campsites in the country
I’m delighted to announce that Council’s Dumaresq River Rest Area near Texas has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Grey Nomad Awards, which recognise free campsites that best cater to mature-age travellers around Australia.
This recognition is a wonderful feather in our region’s cap – the Texas site is undoubtedly an extremely popular destination for visitors and Council is proud to continue to support tourism in Texas as an investment in our region.