QMF rolls around again

Thursday, 21 November 2019

The 23rd annual Queenscliff Music Festival kicks off this weekend and we are delighted to be welcoming attendees from all around Australia to this wonderful, inclusive event. The festival has sold out for the fourth year in a row, no doubt due to the fantastically diverse line-up of Australian and international artists that has been put together.

The town will be alive with people across the three-day festival, as acts take place not only in Princess Park but also at a number of venues along the length of Hesse Street. We ask that all attendees and residents respect our surroundings by placing your rubbish in the correct bins and observing all parking restrictions. Keep smiling, have fun, but stay responsible. We want everyone to have an amazing time, but we also want them to get home safely.

Street closure arrangements are in place throughout the length of the festival with Hygeia Drive, Weeroona Parade, Symonds Street and Gellibrand Street all closed in parts over the weekend. For more detailed information, visit the Public Notices section of Council’s website.

Thanks for your response
Council is extremely appreciative of the myriad responses we have received as part of our 2020–21 Budget survey. More than 300 residents had their say across the consultation period and we were particularly impressed at how considered and insightful your responses were. It’s clear that everyone shares a great passion towards helping the Borough prosper for generations to come.

Council is already in the process of collating these responses and a report will be presented on our website before the end of November. Thank you again for taking part and we look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

Superload train finds its home at Queenscliff
A superload travelling more than 3,000 kilometres across Australia will reach its final destination at Queenscliff next week. The South African Class 24 train, which will be repurposed for use on local attraction The Q Train, is being hauled down from Cairns by a prime mover over the course of five days.

A whopping 30 metres in length and up to five metres in height, the load will dominate the landscape in its trek along a number of otherwise barren highways. Residents of the Borough can expect to see the train pass through Hesse Street at approximately 10:30am on Wednesday 27 November.

Hooded plovers nesting season
The warmer weather marks the beginning of the nesting season for hooded plovers in the Borough. In Victoria, the hooded plover is listed as ‘vulnerable’ and a number of people and organisations are working hard at keeping them off the ‘endangered’ list. Council is part of the team supporting the protecting of at least two breeding pairs currently nesting on Point Lonsdale Back Beach.

Signage and fencing has been erected to protect the eggs and chicks, but that can only do so much. We all have a part to play in helping these hooded plovers survive our often dangerous habitat. When on the beach, make sure you: give the area space; always have your do on a lead; walk past as close to the edge of the water as possible; and avoid walking at high tide. More information can be found at birdlife.org.au/projects/beach-nesting-birds

Council’s Community Listening Post in December
Join Councillors for our upcoming Community Listening Post in the Queenscliff Uniting Church on Friday 13 December at 11:00am.

Upcoming Council Meetings
The next Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held on Thursday 28 November 2019 at 7.00pm in the Town Hall.


Cr Bob Merriman AM
Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe