Hutton discusses Livingstone council's future finances
COUNCILLOR Nigel Hutton is overseeing the Livingstone Shire Council Administration and Finance Portfolio with a sub portfolio of Youth Development and the Arts and already he is diving in feet first to ensure he doesn't miss a thing.
Cr Hutton said now that LSC had brought down the budget it was full steam ahead to develop the next one.
"During March, council will be seeking community engagement to assess what the community expects from the future budget," Cr Hutton said.
"Council has also just announced the opening of its first round of community grants.
"To be eligible, organisations applying must be operating out of the Livingstone Shire local government area and be providing services and or activities that benefit residents and improve overall community wellbeing.
"Grants of up to $2000 are available with the round closing on March 3 so community groups need to get in quickly to apply."
Youth development is a passion for Cr Hutton and he was excited to announce that work was already being done to develop engaging and energetic projects for youth throughout the shire.
"We have formed a Youth Advisory Committee made up of community-minded individuals with experience in the area," he said.
"Engaging all ages and interests is the goal to develop a range of programs to meet the needs of our youth.
"We will use social media, print media and any other avenue we can to connect directly with youth in all areas of the Livingstone region.
Cr Hutton said the arts were also an area of personal interest and he was thrilled to have the opportunity to oversee development of new projects for the region.
"Livingstone Shire has a wealth of artistic and musical talent and I think in many ways our creative arts offer an untapped resource for the region's growth," Cr Hutton said.
"We need to nurture and promote creative arts and encourage the community to share the talents of our locals.
"We are already working on improving our community calendar to ensure everyone knows exactly what is on in our region."
Cr Hutton said LSC was already working on a number of projects to promote the arts and suggested there would be a few exciting initiatives coming up in the near future for the community to enjoy.
Applications for community grants are available from Town Hall Customer Service Centre Yeppoon, all libraries, the Community Development Centre Yeppoon, Cawarral Shops, The Caves Shop, Yaamba Service Station and Stanage Bay Store. Applications can be found at www.livingstone.qld.gov.au /CommunityGrantsScheme. For further details phone 49133858.