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Job Vacancy 14/13 – Senior Environmental Health Officer (Temporary)

Posted 24th Apr 2014 in Current Job Vacancies
Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Senior Environmental Health Officer (Temporary). This position is responsible for providing innovative environmental health services to improve the health and well-being of the Burdekin community. Closing date 12 May 2014. More...
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(Temporary position until 18 May 2015)

Applications are invited to fill a temporary vacancy on Council’s Environmental Health Team.

This position is responsible for providing innovative environmental health services to improve the health and well-being of the Burdekin community.  Opportunities to be involved in projects including those in relation to natural resource management, coastal management and climate change exist for this position.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Extensive experience in the environmental health field in local government
  • Experience with managing staff to achieve required outcomes
  • Experience and/or knowledge in pest management, vector control and aquatic weeds

Salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Queensland Local Government Officers Award – State and Burdekin Shire Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.  The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 6 ($82,306pa) with the commencing salary dependent upon the skills and experience of the successful applicant.  Flexible working conditions include a nine-day fortnight, five weeks annual leave per year, 12% superannuation and locality allowance.

Application packages are available from the Human Resources Office on (07) 4783 9800.

Applications for 14/13 – Senior Environmental Health Officer (Temporary) should include:

  • A cover letter
  • Statements addressing the selection criteria
  • A current resume

Applications are to be submitted online using the Online Job Application form.

Applications close on Monday, 12 May 2014. Word or PDF format is preferable.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Manager Environment and Health, Mrs Beth Whitworth on (07) 4783 9800.

Download the application package using the link below.

 

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Dogs involved in Brandon attack impounded

Posted in Media Releases
Two large dogs that were involved in an attack on a young boy and two other people in Brandon this morning have been impounded by the Burdekin Shire Council. More...
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Two large dogs that were involved in an attack on a young boy and two other people in Brandon this morning have been impounded by the Burdekin Shire Council.

Burdekin Shire Council Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said Council had received three calls this morning regarding the dog attacks in Drysdale Street.

“Council was informed that a young boy had been attacked by dogs at about 8.30am and was receiving treatment at the Ayr Hospital for several puncture wounds and scratches,” she said.

“I believe two further people were also attacked by the same dogs, before Council employees were able to contain them.

“The dogs were not microchipped, so they have been impounded.”

Mrs Whitworth said the dogs would be held for three days and pictures of the dogs would be on Council’s website.

“The dogs will be destroyed if we cannot find their owners,” she said.

Anyone with information on the dogs can call Council on 4783 9800.

For Sale

Quotation QBSC/14/017 Quotations for the purchase of five (5) used trucks

Posted in Current Quotations
Quotations are invited for the purchase of five used trucks (Range between 2000-2005 Hino - Ranger4 and Dutros). Closing date at 12noon on Monday 2 June, 2014. More...
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QBSC/14/017 – QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF FIVE (5) USED TRUCKS

Quotations are invited for the above quotation closing at 12noon on Monday 2 June, 2014.

Council Plant No. – Description
#2007 Truck – 2000 Hino Ranger 4 (tipper body)
#2050 Truck – 2005 Hino Dutro 3 (tipper body)
#2127 Truck – 2002 Hino Dutro 2 (drop side body)
#2137 Truck – 2003 Hino Dutro 5000 (drop side body)
#2140 Truck – 2003 Hino Dutro 5000 (drop side body)

Quotation documents are available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre at any time during normal office hours or download the Quotation package and complete the Form of Quotation.

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “QBSC/14/017 – Quotations for the purchase of five (5) used trucks” and lodged in the tender box located at the Burdekin Shire Council, 145 Young Street, Ayr.

The plant will be available for inspection on Friday, 16 May, 2014 between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at the Council’s Jones Street Depot. Enquiries should be made to the Manager – Technical Services, or the Workshop Superintendent.

The trucks are being sold unregistered and in an “as is condition”. The used plant will not be released until the replacement trucks are fully in service. The fire extinguishers and some ancillary equipment will not be sold with the plant and will be removed by Council. The used trucks are also offered as trade against the new replacement plant and Council reserves the right to sell the used plant privately or otherwise.

Any persons making inspections of the plant must report to the Workshop Superintendent or his representative and comply with Council’s Workplace Health and Safety Standards, and in particular wearing of closed in footwear.

Quotations shall be deemed to be inclusive of GST. Quotations received by telephonic advice will not be considered.  Late quotations will not be considered.  The highest or any quotations will not necessarily be accepted.

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Quotation QBSC/14/020 Quotations for the purchase of one (1) used light vehicle

Posted in Current Quotations
Quotations are invited for the purchase of one used light vehicle (2010 4WD Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL). Closing date at 12noon on Wednesday 21 May, 2014. More...
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QBSC/14/020 – QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) USED LIGHT VEHICLE

Quotations are invited for the above quotation closing at 12noon on Wednesday 21 May, 2014.

Council Plant No. 3300 – 2010 4WD Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL

Quotation documents are available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre at any time during normal office hours or download the Quotation package on and complete the Form of Quotation.

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “QBSC/14/020 – Quotations for the purchase of one (1) used light vehicle” and lodged in the tender box located at the Burdekin Shire Council, 145 Young Street, Ayr.

The plant will be available for inspection on Friday, 16 May, 2014 between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at the Council’s Jones Street Depot. Enquiries should be made to the Manager – Technical Services, or the Workshop Superintendent.

The vehicle will be sold unregistered. Roadworthy certificate will be provided for private purchaser only and current at the time of sale. The vehicle will not be released until the replacement vehicle is fully in service. Fire extinguisher and some ancillary equipment will not be sold with the vehicle and will be removed by Council.  This vehicle is also offered as trade against the new replacement vehicle and Council reserves the right to sell this vehicle privately or otherwise.

Any persons making inspections of the plant must report to the Workshop Superintendent or his representative and comply with Council’s Workplace Health and Safety Standards, and in particular wearing of closed in footwear.

Quotations shall be deemed to be inclusive of GST. Quotations received by telephonic advice will not be considered.  Late quotations will not be considered.  The highest or any quotations will not necessarily be accepted.

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Road Report for 24th April 2014 as at 7.00am

Bahr Road open drive with caution, washouts.
Stockham Road open drive with caution. More...
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Road Report for 24th April 2014 as at 7.00am

COUNCIL   CONTROLLED
Road Status Details
Bahr Road Open Drive with caution – Washouts
Stockham Road Open Drive with caution – Washouts

Next Road Report will be issued on Monday 28th April 2014

Anzac Park

Call for exhibitors for Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo

Posted 23rd Apr 2014 in Media Releases
The call is out for stallholders, sports organisations, businesses and fitness professionals to showcase their products and services at this year’s Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo on June 1. More...
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The call is out for stallholders, sports organisations, businesses and fitness professionals to showcase their products and services at this year’s Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo.

Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the Expo would be held on Sunday, June 1 at ANZAC Park, Ayr.

“This year we are combining a family fun day with our fitness expo so there will be something for everyone to enjoy on the day,” he said.

“We will have market stalls, a car display from the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club and Captain Active will be there with activities for the children.

“This event is also a great way for sporting groups, gyms and businesses to give demonstrations or get information to residents wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“We really want this Expo to be a fun, but active day, for the whole family.”

Mr Vaccaro said the Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo was aimed at increasing participation in sport and recreational activities, promoting healthy eating and promoting a healthy lifestyle within the shire.

“We’re looking for groups to provide experiences for people who would be interested in group fitness, yoga, nutrition, alternative therapies, health tests, massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic, team sports and fitness fashion,” he said.

“The Burdekin Be Active Committee would love all local health, fitness, nutrition and wellbeing groups, organisations, businesses and individual professionals to get involved in showing residents of the Burdekin how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.”

Anyone wanting to take part in the Expo should contact Council’s economic and community development office on 4783 9831.

The Queensland Government provided $5500 to the Burdekin Shire Council for the Queensland Week activities.

Burdekin Bridge

Burdekin Bridge Lane Closures

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have been advised that Ergon Energy crews will be undertaking street lighting maintenance on the Burdekin River Bridge and approaches from Tuesday 29 April to Thursday 1 May 2014 (weather permitting). On these days, the works will be conducted between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm. More...
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Burdekin Bridge

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have been advised that Ergon Energy crews will be undertaking street lighting maintenance on the Burdekin River Bridge and approaches from Tuesday 29 April to Thursday 1 May 2014 (weather permitting).  On these days, the works will be conducted between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Works will extend from the United Service Station at the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Ayr-Dalbeg Road and to the south of the Bruce Highway and Home Hill-Kirknie Road intersection.

During this time, speed restrictions will be in place and the site will be under traffic control.  Motorists should expect minor delays.

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles with loads wider than three metres are requested to contact David Macauley on 0407 690 314 between the hours of 6.00am and 6.00pm to advise of an anticipated time of arrival to allow for road barriers and other infrastructure to be cleared.  Failure to give advance warning will result in further delays.

We apologise for any inconvenience and seek your cooperation during this electrical maintenance work.

If you have any queries in relation to this work, please contact The Department of Transport and Main Roads Community Engagement Services team on 1800 625 648.

Road - Widening Road

Public Notice – Bitumen Reseals – Home Hill Area

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reseal works will commence on the following roads and streets in the Burdekin area from Tuesday 29th April to Thursday 1st May 2014 commencing at 6.00am daily. More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reseal works will commence on the following roads and streets in the Burdekin area from Tuesday 29th April to Thursday 1st May 2014 commencing at 6.00am daily.  

Ford Road, Fourteenth Street, Iona Road, Old Groper Creek Road and Tenth Avenue

Residents are requested to have their vehicles parked away from the roadway as far as practicable to avoid bitumen overspray.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and Traffic Controllers for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council would like to thank the residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Road - Widening Road

Public Notice – Bitumen Reseals – Ayr Area

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reseal works will commence on the following roads and streets in the Burdekin area from Tuesday 29th April to Thursday 1st May 2014 commencing at 6.00am daily. More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reseal works will commence on the following roads and streets in the Burdekin area from Tuesday 29th April to Thursday 1st May 2014 commencing at 6.00am daily.  

Hughes Road and International Drive 

Residents are requested to have their vehicles parked away from the roadway as far as practicable to avoid bitumen overspray.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and Traffic Controllers for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council would like to thank the residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Cane Cutting Championships Postponed

NDRRA Activation following Tropical Cyclone Ita – assistance announced

Posted 16th Apr 2014 in Public Notices
Jointly funded Commonwealth/State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) relief measures have been approved for the Burdekin Shire following Tropical Cyclone Ita and associated rainfall and flooding. More...
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The Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services has approved the activation of the jointly funded Commonwealth/State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).  The area defined for receipt of the NDRRA relief measures is “Communities within North Queensland affected by Tropical Cyclone Ita and associated rainfall and flooding, 11 – 14 April 2014” which includes the Burdekin Shire area.
 
The Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services approved the relief measures for Natural Disaster Assistance (Concessional Loans) for Primary Producers and Freight Subsidies for Primary Producers.

Further information can be found in the guidelines by clicking on the following links:

You may also wish to visit the Queensland Government websites below:

www.qldreconstruction.org.au/ndrra

http://www.qraa.qld.gov.au/current-programs/Disaster-recovery/natural-disaster-assistance/natural-disaster-assistance-primary-producer

Waste Bins

Easter long weekend waste collection services to continue

Posted in Public Notices
Council wishes to advise customers that normal waste collection services will be operating on Good Friday and over the Easter long weekend. The transfer stations and Kirknie Landfill will be closed Good Friday but will open as usual for the remainder of the weekend. More...
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Waste Bins

Council wishes to advise customers that normal waste collection services will be operating on Good Friday and over the Easter long weekend.

The transfer stations and Kirknie Landfill will be closed Good Friday but will open as usual for the remainder of the weekend.

Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

Customer Service Centre
Location 145 Young Street,
Ayr QLD 4807
Postal Address PO Box 974
Ayr QLD 4807
Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
(07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
Fax (07) 4783 9999
SMS 0437 886 008
Email
Online Use the Online Contact Form
Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
Burdekin Shire Council

Job Vacancy 14/12 – Quality Assurance Coordinator / Workplace Health and Safety Officer

Posted 15th Apr 2014 in Current Job Vacancies
Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Quality Assurance Coordinator / Workplace Health and Safety Officer. Closing date 30/04/2014. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Quality Assurance Coordinator / Workplace Health and Safety Officer.

The successful person will be responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the quality assurance and continual improvement system that covers all policies and processes within Council.  Quality assurance qualifications and/or experience will be highly regarded.

Facilitating, implementing and educating staff in regards to Council’s workplace health and safety program is integral to the success of this position.  Workplace Health and Safety qualifications and/or experience will be highly regarded.

It is essential for applicants to hold or be willing to obtain a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.  Professional learning and development opportunities are available to the successful applicant.

This position is a vital part of the HR Department, supported by a “hands on” Manager, and dedicated team.  This challenging career opportunity allows you to enjoy a relaxed and affordable coastal lifestyle just 85 kilometres south of Townsville.  With a staffing component of approximately 250 employees, this position will keep you motivated and busy.

Salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Queensland Local Government Officers Award – State and Burdekin Shire Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.  The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 5 ($74,839pa).  Commencing salary shall be dependent upon the skills and experience of the applicant.  The package includes a 9-day fortnight, 5 weeks annual leave including loading, locality allowance and 12% employer superannuation.

Application packages are available from the Human Resources Office on (07) 4783 9800 or you can download the application package using the link below.

Applications for 14/12 – Quality Assurance Coordinator/WHSO should include:

  • An application form
  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • A current resume

Applications can be submitted using one of the following methods:

Applications close on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.  Word or PDF format is preferable.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Manager, Eileen Robinson on (07) 4783 9800.

Cane Cutting Championships Postponed

Cane cutting championships postponed

Posted in Media Releases
The Wilmar Sugar Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, hosted by the Burdekin Tourism Association, in conjunction with the Gudjuda Reference Group, has been postponed following the effects of Tropical Cyclone Ita.  President of the Burdekin Tourism Association Treena List said it was very disappointing that the iconic event had to be postponed until next year. [...] More...
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Cane Cutting Championships Postponed

The Wilmar Sugar Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, hosted by the Burdekin Tourism Association, in conjunction with the Gudjuda Reference Group, has been postponed following the effects of Tropical Cyclone Ita. 

President of the Burdekin Tourism Association Treena List said it was very disappointing that the iconic event had to be postponed until next year.

 “The Wilmar Sugar Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships is an event that showcases the skill of hand cane cutting and is the only competition of its kind in Australia,” she said. 

“This is an iconic event for the Burdekin region – the sugar capital of Australia – and it is with great regret that we have to postpone the event until 2015.” 

“Due to Cyclone Ita, the cane block planted specifically for the event at the former Home Hill Showgrounds has been flattened making it unsuitable for the purpose of hand cane cutting.  This is especially disappointing as the block was specially planted for the 2014 event in the new location,” she said. 

“The Burdekin Tourism Association would like to thank everyone who has contributed in anyway towards the crop.”

 “It is proposed that the current crop will be harvested and a new crop planted for the 2015 event.”

 The Wilmar Sugar Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships was scheduled to take place on Saturday 31st May, 2014 at the former Home Hill Showgrounds (cnr Hurney Road and Georgees Road, Home Hill).

BSYC 2014 executive committee

Youth Council looks to boost events

Posted 14th Apr 2014 in Media Releases
The council elected Home Hill State High School Year 12 student Reece D’Alessandro as Youth Mayor, Ayr State High School Year 12 student Laura Sloan as Deputy Youth Mayor and Burdekin Catholic High School Year 10 student Danae Pilla as secretary.
The newly elected Burdekin Shire Youth Council is looking forward to boosting the events offered to the Shire’s youth. More...
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BSYC 2014 executive committee

The newly elected Burdekin Shire Youth Council is looking forward to boosting the events offered to the Shire’s youth.

The council elected Home Hill State High School Year 12 student Reece D’Alessandro as Youth Mayor, Ayr State High School Year 12 student Laura Sloan as Deputy Youth Mayor and Burdekin Catholic High School Year 10 student Danae Pilla as secretary.

Youth Mayor Reece D’Alessandro said he was “delighted, grateful and tremendously humbled” to be elected to the role.

“I joined the Youth Council in order to focus my community involvement on the youth of the district,” he said.

“As a senior student of Home Hill State High School, I have become aware of the importance of role models for younger students and I wanted to contribute to a demographic wider than my school alone.

“I am eager to work with a highly energetic and focussed team and cannot wait to see the rest of the year unfold.

“My goals as Mayor are to increase the BSYC’s involvement in local events, continue the already established events managed by the Youth Council, and work with the enthusiastic and hard-working team to make any necessary changes.”

Reece said an event, similar to the Burdekin Open Day, but directed at the Youth of surrounding regions was an event that could be beneficial to the community.

“Programs like these are designed to boost tourism and it’s important to note that teenagers are the tourists of the future,” he said.

“There are, of course, formalities and technicalities that will have to be overcome, but I believe it’s something that this year’s dedicated Youth Council can look into.

Reece has encouraged other eligible youth in the community to join the Council and have their say on events or topics of interest.

“The Youth Council is an active way to give back to your local area whilst building several personal skills and meeting new people,” he said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my short time as a member and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds. I would certainly encourage anyone who is eligible to get involved!”

Deputy Youth Mayor Laura Sloan said the Council were eager to work towards creating a bright and successful year.

“The executive and the committed members of the groups are working on events that will enrich the lives of the town’s youth,” she said.

The Youth Council meets at the Burdekin Shire Council chambers every third Monday at 3.30pm.

The BSYC aims to provide a youth-driven forum which allows members to suggest ideas, voice issues or concerns and promotes community spirit and a sense of belonging for all the young in our region.

Members can be aged between 12 and 25 and it would be really good to get some older members to help guide the new younger ones.

The Youth Council is the voice for our youth and is a way for this part of our society to be heard by the Burdekin Shire Council on what they want.

Traffic Control

Anzac Day Road Closure – Home Hill

Traffic arrangements for Home Hill Anzac Day ceremonies to be held on Friday 25 April 2014. More...
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Traffic Control

Residents of Home Hill are advised of the following traffic arrangements for Anzac Day ceremonies to be held on Friday 25 April 2014.

Ninth Avenue between Eighth Street and Tenth Street will be closed between 5.00am and 6.00am for the Dawn Service.

Road closures for the 11.00am Anzac March are as follows: Ninth Avenue between Eighth Street and Tenth Street, Eighth Street between Ninth Avenue and Eighth Avenue, Eighth Avenue between Eighth Street and Tenth Street and Tenth Street between Eighth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue. These closures will be in place between 10.00am and 12 noon.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Traffic Control

Anzac Day Road Closure – Ayr

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Traffic Control

Residents of Ayr are advised of the following traffic arrangements for Anzac Day ceremonies to be held on Friday 25 April 2014.

Road closures between 5.00am and 6.00am for the Dawn Service and March are as follows: Queen Street between the Town Clock and the Police Station, Mackenzie Street between Queen and Wickham Street and Macmillan Street between Park Street and Mackenzie Street.

Additionally, the highway will be closed between Coles Supermarket and the Town Clock at 8.30 am to allow the 9.00am Anzac March to progress along this route concluding at Anzac Park. This section of the highway will be closed for a maximum period of two and a half hours. During this period, all highway traffic will be redirected to travel along Wilmington and Railway Streets.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Water Meter Reading

Water Supply – Bi-Annual Meter Reading May 2014

Posted 10th Apr 2014 in Current Water Information, Public Notices
Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Monday 12th May, 2014. More...
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Water Meter Reading

Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Monday 12th May, 2014.  Approximate times and areas for the commencement of meter readings are:

  • Early May – Home Hill, Rossiters Hill, Brandon and Parkside
  • Mid to Late May – East Ayr, Drysdale Estate, South Ayr
  • Late May to Early June – Ayr CBD, Little Drysdale & Kennedy Street areas, Sutcliffe Estate area, Alva Beach, Mt.Kellyand Giru

To assist Councils meter readers, residents are requested to clear meters of all obstructions, isolate and/or restrain dogs and unlock gates.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or, if specific arrangements are required for access, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Council appreciates your assistance in these matters.

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Maidavale Road – Bitumen Reconstruction Works

Posted 9th Apr 2014 in Current Road Conditions
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will commence on Maidavale Road between McLaughlin Road and Old Clare Road on Monday 7th April, 2014 continuing until Friday 30th May, 2014, weather permitting More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will commence on Maidavale Road between McLaughlin Road and Old Clare Road on Monday 7th April, 2014 continuing until Friday 30th May, 2014, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under full road closure with access to local traffic only.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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CEO Matthew Magin and Mayor Bill Lowis

New CEO begins at Burdekin Shire Council

Posted 3rd Apr 2014 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Council has welcomed Matthew Magin to the role of chief executive officer. More...
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CEO Matthew Magin and Mayor Bill Lowis

The Burdekin Shire Council has welcomed Matthew Magin to the role of chief executive officer.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said Mr Magin had an extensive background in regional economic development and this knowledge would be of huge benefit to the Burdekin.

Mr Magin was formerly self-employed and his principal contract was with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation in a business development and stakeholder management role.

“Matthew’s business background will be great use to Council as we try to steer an even keel between savings and spending and what is best for our residents,” Cr Lowis said.

“I look forward to working closely with him over the coming years.”

Mr Magin said he was excited to take up the role and looked forward to interacting with the Burdekin community.

“My wife Lyn and I have been blown away by the warmth and friendliness shown to us since relocating here from Townsville recently,” he said.

“If we could bottle this warmth I have no doubt water would quickly become our second greatest asset!”

Mr Magin takes over the role from Ken Holt who had spent the past seven years with Council.

Cr Lowis thanked Mr Holt for his time and dedication to Council matters.

“He was the one that had to make the tough decisions when it came to residents abiding by our local laws,” he said.

“I wish him well for his retirement and appreciated his knowledge of the local government.”

Mirka Mora Mural

Burdekin Library celebrates 30th birthday

Posted in Media Releases
One of the region’s most loved venues, the Burdekin Library Ayr, celebrated its 30th birthday this week. The Home Hill Branch Library will celebrate 30 years on April 7. More...
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Mirka Mora Mural

One of the region’s most loved venues, the Burdekin Library Ayr, celebrated its 30th birthday this week.

Burdekin Shire Council Library Manager John Scott said the main library at Ayr was opened on March 31, 1984.

“Ayr was officially opened by the then Shire Chairman Cr John Trace and the Home Hill Branch Library was opened a week later on April 7 by Cr Jack Hinkson, who was the longest serving councillor at the time,” he said.

“The Burdekin Library Ayr has two remarkably unique pieces of art – the renowned Mirka Mora Mural ‘The Painting of Life’ and a beautiful stained glass window by Gary Burgess.

“At the time Gary Burgess described his artwork as a series of stained glass panels which give the impression of water flowing, falling and finally coming to a momentary rest in a quiet pool.

“We are very fortunate to have such a fabulous facility to service the Burdekin community.”

Mr Scott said much had changed in libraries over the past 30 years.

“What has not changed is a passion by library staff present and past to serve their community through innovative programs creating a sense of enjoyment for residents visiting both libraries, and I thank them for their dedication,” he said.