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Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program winding down
January 28, 2014
After two years of operating with reduced State and Federal funding, and now facing a further funding reduction of 50%, the Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program has been acknowledged as being financially unsustainable. After much discussion and consideration Council has had to make the very difficult decision to cease operating the Program in its current capacity.
The sole reason for this course of action was the forecast of reduced external funding. Council could not afford to continue operating the Program under large deficits. Without State and Federal funding, the burden to Cook Shire ratepayers has become unacceptable.
The Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program have a proud reputation and are well respected throughout the Cape York and wider natural resource management community. Council has expressed their gratitude to all staff and contractors for their tremendous efforts over the years.
Manager of the Program, Shane Forester is currently seeking fee-for-service work which will enable a small crew to continue to the end of this financial year.
2014 Cook Shire Australia Day Awards announced
January 26, 2014
Cook Shire Council has announced the winners of the 2014 Australia Day Awards at official celebrations in Cooktown today.
Taking home an engraved medallion and framed certificate were the following:
- Citizen of the Year – Bob Norris and Marilyn Clark (joint winners)
- Young Citizen of the Year – Darcie Sieverding
- Sportsperson of the Year – Chanelle Oldaker
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Joe Pope
- Cultural / Arts Achievement Award – Diana Burns
- Service to the Community Award – Club Veg
- Event of the Year – Wallaby Creek Festival (Cape York Folk Club)
Mayor Peter Scott said of all nominees, "Australia Day nominees are put forward by their peers – the people who see their acts of service and great achievements every day. On behalf of all Councillors, we are extremely proud of everyone who was nominated today and applaud their efforts in both personal achievement and outstanding community service."
Cook Shire Council would like to acknowledge Woolworths and the Australia Day Ambassador Program and our 2014 Australia Day Ambassador Mr Ross McKinnon.
Council also acknowledges support received from the Cooktown CWA, Endeavour Lions Club, Cooktown District Community Centre, Erica and Cynthia Deeral, Peta Buhmann and Dan Hodgson.
The first Cooktown and Cape York Business Conference will take place in Cooktown on February 20, 2014, held at the PCYC Cooktown Events Centre.
Delegates from all over Cape York and across the region will arrive in Cooktown to hear from business industry leaders and experts who will explore a range of topics to help strengthen and develop local businesses. This is a prime opportunity to expand your business knowledge and implement some new and exciting initiatives into your business operation to take advantage of every opportunity of success.
Registrations close Friday, January 31. Find out more!
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