KEY DEBATES: 5 sources of contention for SDRC
THE agenda for the week’s SDRC general meeting has been released, revealing which Warwick issues will soon become the subject of council debate.
Whether it’s new projects and developments or controversial community concerns, these are some of the most noteworthy agenda items.
Check out the list below:
WARWICK DRAG STRIP PROGRESS
SDRC’s $1.9 million proposal for a new drag strip precinct in Warwick looks to be progressing, with the council tendering “detailed submissions” to the State Government late last month.
“Smart water” meters worth $940,000 and a $19,000 “Accelerate Economic Development and Tourism Plan” also appear to be advancing.
Other potential allocations included a second round of the controversial rural water tank rebate and a Cambanoora Gorge management plan, though no indication has been given of their progress at this stage.
For the full story on the initial proposal, click here.
RENAMING OF WITCHES LANE
Warwick resident Ben Hoffman wrote to the Daily News earlier this year to air his grievance with the naming of Witches Lane in Loch Lomond, a street name he claimed did not honour his ancestors’ connection to the land and area.
After several months, Mr Hoffman’s application to change the name will be tabled before Southern Downs councillors on Wednesday, with several potential names to be put to a vote.
Click here for more on the original contention.
DROUGHT COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
SDRC’s Community Drought Recovery Project 2020 was designed to see the council support local not-for-profit organisations to kickstart projects to revive a community decimated by drought.
With two streams of funding divided between community halls and other community facilities, organisations could apply for up to $25,000.
REVISION OF AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS
Each year’s Australia Day Awards see a number of Southern Downs residents recognised for their community efforts as part of a broader ceremony.
At Wednesday’s meeting, SDRC will propose a new format as a way of “elevating the prestige” of the day.
These changes include giving an award in each category to residents from the “northern” and “southern” areas of the region, along with separate citizenship ceremonies and a street party celebration.
POTENTIAL RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
Developers CivTech have submitted an application to turn a vacant lot on St George Street into a two-storey unit block.
At this stage, the initial report from SDRC officers recommends councillors give developers the green light, though their approval would be subject to a number of building conditions.
For more details on the developments changing the face of Warwick, click here.