Consultation Period: 28 March to 14 April 2024
The purpose of the Rating Advisory Committee (RAC) is to provide a platform for ratepayers and community members to provide feedback and recommendations on Council's current General Rates and Special Levies structure in advance of developing the 2024/2025 Annual budget, and the term of future council.
The RAC was established in June 2023 and met four times during Q1/Q2 in 2023/24. For further information on the RAC click here: https://yoursay.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/rates
The committee conducted a review of the current rating structure and developed recommendations for general rates going forward at Cassowary Coast Regional Council, with an external independent facilitator from the Mead Perry Group. The Draft RAC Recommendations provides Council with a proposed general rating strategy to be implemented over the term of the next Council.
To ensure that Council provides an opportunity for further consultation and feedback on the recommendations from the widest possible cross section of our community, all ratepayers and residents are invited to attend in person information and feedback sessions to be held across Innisfail, Mission Beach, Tully and Cardwell during the last week of March 2024.
Please fill out the form below to attend the consultation information sessions.
If you are unable to attend one of the in-person events, you can still participate by filling out the Expression of Interest form on this page to receive emailed information once the consultation period opens.
Event registrations and Expressions of Interest can also be submitted at Council's Customer Service Centres, or by calling 1300 763 903.
Council looks forward to hearing your thoughts.
Tim Griffin Dble Header @ Mission Beach Blues Bar
March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
* BELLYDANCE WORKSHOP * 10:00am ~ 12:00pm on Sunday March 3rd @ NJ Dance. - Express yourself through this feminine and joyful dance style in a welcoming, non-competitive environment. - Ideal for beginners and improvers to learn or refresh basic bellydance moves in a new choreography. $25 per person. Please call/text Romi on 0426 863 977 or email
How exciting! The Feast of the Senses is nearly here!
North Queensland’s premier Tropical Food Experience showcases our fabulous region’s impressive variety of rare and exotic fruits whilst also including an impressive range of produce including meat, seafoods, herbs, spices and wine. Nowhere else will you find such a diverse and tantalising range of produce and culture, as in this region of Australia, so if you haven't been before (or even if you have) - make sure you write it in your diary!
The Mission Beach Community Association Committee 2024:
President: Patrick Bluett
Vice President: Ron Sirolli
Secretary: Evelyn Swarbrick
Minutes Secretary: Wanda Lowe
Membership Officer: Jackie Anthony
Newsletter Editors: Angela Lohrey-Mills and Guy Laird
Committee Members: Lynn Jahnke, Bill Mathers, Guy Laird, Jackie Anthony, Brian Kinderman
We are very excited about the coming year, and look forward to providing our members with more quality information and news, plus seeing how we can better assist the community with their local projects.
However it was with great sadness, that we also said goodbye to a very long-standing member of the MBCA - Truus Biddlecombe.
Truus wore many hats over the past 19 years she was with us, as she gave selflessly to ensure the Mission Beach and surrounds area grew and prospered to be the fabulous community it is today. Many of you know Truus, and I am sure you will agree, she will be very much missed for her outspoken, mischevious, dedicated, hardworking personality, and the tireless energy she gave to the MBCA. In her own words she said there had been great times, and some not-so-great times, but it was now time to pursue other interests.
We wish her the absolute best as she races off to take up new adventures and look forward to the stories from the energetic Mrs Biddlecombe as she devotes her time to helping others.
Truus Biddlecombe and Patrick Bluett (President) with her farewell gift
Committee 2024 (L to R): Lynn Jahnke, Evelyn Swarbrick, Angela Lohrey-Mills, Patrick Bluett, Jackie Anthony , Bill Mathers, Wanda Lowe, Guy Laird
Absent: Ron Sirolli and Brian Kinderman
If you enjoy this beautiful part of Queensland, and want to do your part in keeping it pristine for the locals and our visitors - come along on Saturday, 2nd March and help a great cause. You will be most welcome!
Sadly, suicide has become far too prevalent in modern-day life. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, or wish to help someone who has, this free workshop is extremely beneficial to help heal. 28th February 2024, 1.00 to 4.00 pm (details below)
CALLING ALL JUNIORS!
CAFFE RUSTICA (24 Wongaling Beach Road) is looking for Junior (14+years) Casual Waitperson.
Working varied evenings Thursday to Sunday.
(Approximately 4–8 hours/week, commencing 5.30 pm).
If interested please contact either Woody or Gill on 40 689111 (after 5.00 pm Thursday-Sunday) OR email
If you like to drop into the yummy Shanti Cafe for a meal and/or coffee, please be aware they are having a well-deserved break until 6th March... however you can still get your coffee fix between 6.30 and 8.30 in the mornings!
Many of you may already be aware of this, however we thought we would share the good news too:
- Sections of the Palmerston Highway that were forced to close due to damage from flooding associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper will reopen tomorrow Saturday 10 February.
- The temporary single lane section will open to all traffic including heavy vehicles.
- TMR will continue to investigate long-term repairs for the highway.
The Tablelands region’s Palmerston Highway will reopen to all traffic, including heavy vehicles on Saturday 10 February.
The urgent works to open a single lane were jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and have been completed ahead of time.
The highway suffered significant landslips and pavement failures as a result of record rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper.
Crews from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) laid a fresh seal over a temporary track single lane between Crawford’s Lookout and Junction Road earlier this week.
Works included excavating 4200 tonnes of earth, installing 5400 tonnes of rock, laying 1500 tonnes of road base, followed by laying 150 tonnes of asphalt. Crews also installed 60 lengths of stormwater pipe.
Construction of the single lane section began on 8 January 2024 after the hill stopped moving and the ground had dried sufficiently to enable work to begin.
Operators of excess mass vehicles must apply for a permit through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator at www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/nhvr-portal.
For up-to-date information about works on the state-controlled network call 13 19 40 or visit www.QLDTraffic.com.au.
For all our small community groups out there in a variety of sectors, please find below the current Grants being offered which may be of assistance to you. One local organisation who benefited from such a grant, is the wonderful Feast of the Senses to help with their River Stage - so definitely worth a look.
- The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) - Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program and distributes approximately $60 million each year to not-for-profit community groups. The GCBF funding helps these groups to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities- Round 120 now open - $35,000 standard grant round, closes 29 February
- Flying Arts Alliance - Regional Arts Fund (RAF) - available for arts projects benefiting regional or remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities.
Quick Response February Round - up to $3,000, closes 29 February
Project Grant Round 1 opens 5 February - up to $30,000, closes 15 March
- Coles Nurture Fund - for small and medium Australian producers and manufacturers, to help them drive innovation and produce outstanding sustainability benefits.
Round 12 now open - $500,000, closes 23 February
- FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital - available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions, with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).
Round 20 now open - $10,000, closes 26 February
- Telstra's Connected Communities Grant - for not-for-profit community organisations that are providing access to information, technology, education and facilities to support their communities to embrace new technologies and ways of working to build social capital and digital capability.
Round 2 opens 27 February - $10,000, closes 27 March
- Grow Cultural Tourism Fund - enables the growth of arts and cultural events and experiences across the state by strengthening the local arts sector’s capacity and activating communities to achieve the state’s vision of establishing Queensland as an iconic cultural tourism destination – a place visited for its arts, culture, and heritage - Round 1, closes 29 February, funding streams available.
- Tourism & Events Queensland - Round 28 – opens in March 2024 – closes June 2024 for events between January 2025 - January 2026 -
Well after weeks of anticipation, and great entries from our creative artists in the Mission Beach (and beyond) area, OPENING NIGHT IS HERE!
Support this great event and get along to Mission Arts tomorrow evening to view all the amazing pieces on display - you will be impressed by not only the creations, but the stories which inspired them.