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Applications Invited for RADF Grants for Projects

Posted 20th Oct 2014 in Public Notices
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REGIONAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND

Are you

  • An arts or cultural worker, or
  • Any type of community group wishing to organise a project or activity that employs a professional arts or cultural worker.

Burdekin RADF supports professional development and employment of artists and artsworkers in regional Queensland in partnership with Arts Queensland.

Closing Date : Monday 17 November 2014

Application form and guidelines are available on Council’s website

www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/regional-arts-development-fund/

and at the Council Chambers.

Author Bronwyn Hope

Breast cancer survivor and author visits Burdekin Library

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Burdekin residents are being offered the chance to meet author and breast cancer survivor Bronwyn Hope on Wednesday as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More...
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Author Bronwyn Hope

Burdekin residents are being offered the chance to meet author and breast cancer survivor Bronwyn Hope on Wednesday as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Ms Hope will be at the Burdekin Library Ayr from 10am on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, for a meet and greet at which tea and coffee will be provided.

Brisbane-based Ms Hope has written a memoir, The Breast is History, about her journey from being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 to surgery to remove her breasts. Part of the proceeds from sales of her book is being donated to cancer research.

For further information please contact the Burdekin Library on 4783 9970.

BSC Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott

Burdekin could have bright future in aquaculture

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While agriculture will always be the mainstay of the Burdekin economy, aquaculture could feature greatly in the region’s future, according to Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott. More...
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BSC Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott

While agriculture will always be the mainstay of the Burdekin economy, aquaculture could feature greatly in the region’s future, according to Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott.

Mr Scott has spent his first weeks in the Shire talking with people involved in these sectors as well as other industry leaders.

“I have talked with people who are dedicated and committed to sugar cane growing industry and individuals who are pursuing alternative crops – both local growers and interstate and overseas investors,” he said.

“Some of the increase in turnover from agriculture may come from newly irrigated land, where others will simply improve the productivity of their current crops.”

Mr Scott said aquaculture was an industry that could do well in the Burdekin.

“This is something I see as having a great future in the Burdekin,” he said.

“We have had some enquiries on these sorts of projects which look exciting and Council will assist these proponents to bring those projects to fruition.”

Mr Scott said the extension of the industrial estate also was a priority.

“There are some interesting and innovative companies out there and there is no reason why we cannot have more of these types of industries in the Burdekin,” he said.

 

For Sale

Quotation QBSC/14/038 Quotations for the purchase of two (2) used light vehicles

Posted 17th Oct 2014 in Current Quotations
Quotations are invited for the purchase of two used light vehicles (2012 Commodore ute and 2010 2WD Toyota Hilux SR with canopy). Closing date at 12noon on Friday 14 November, 2014. More...
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For Sale

QBSC/14/038 – QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF TWO (2) USED LIGHT VEHICLES

Quotations are invited for the above quotation closing at 12 noon on Friday 14 November, 2014.

Council Plant No.           Description
4030                               2WD Ute – 2012 Holden Commodore Omega
4260                               2WD Ute – 2010 Toyota Hilux SR with canopy

Quotations documents are available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre at any time during normal office hours or by using the following link:

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “QBSC/14/038 – Quotations for the purchase of two (2) used light vehicles” 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, 31 October, 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.

All vehicles are sold unregistered. Roadworthy certificates will be provided for private purchasers only and current at the time of sale. The vehicles will not be released until the replacement vehicles are fully in service. The fire extinguishers and some ancillary equipment will not be sold with the vehicles and will be removed by Council.  These vehicles are also offered as trades against the new replacement vehicles and Council reserves the right to sell these vehicles 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.

For Sale

Quotation QBSC/14/037 Quotations for the purchase of five (5) used trucks

Quotations are invited for the purchase of five used trucks (2000 Isuzu FRR550 Tipper - GVM 10,400kg, 2003 Hino FD Tipper truck - GVM 10,400kg, 2005 Hino Dutro Tipper truck - GVM 4,495kg, 2007 Isuzu FVZ 1400 - CAB CHASSIS only - GVM 24,000kg, 2002 Mitsubishi FV517 - CAB CHASSIS only - GVM 25,400kg). Closing date at 12noon on Friday 14 November, 2014. More...
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For Sale

QBSC/14/037 – QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF FIVE (5) USED TRUCKS

Quotations are invited for the above quotation closing at 12 noon on Friday 14 November, 2014.

Council Plant No.           Description
2009                   2000 Isuzu FRR550 Tipper truck (GVM 10,400kg)
2123                   2003 Hino FD Tipper truck (GVM 10,400kg)
2124                   2005 Hino Dutro Tipper truck (GVM 4,495kg)
2126                   2007 Isuzu FVZ 1400 – CAB CHASSIS only (GVM 24,000kg)
2141                   2002 Mitsubishi FV517 – CAB CHASSIS only (GVM 25,400kg)

Quotations documents are available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre at any time during normal office hours or by using the following link:

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “QBSC/14/037 – 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, 31 October, 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.

All trucks are sold unregistered in an “as is condition”. The trucks 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 trucks and will be removed by Council.  These trucks are also offered as trades against the new replacement trucks and Council reserves the right to sell these vehicles 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.

The winning photo in the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.

Photos capture the Best of the Burdekin

Posted 15th Oct 2014 in Media Releases
Lagoons, cane fires, water, sunsets, beaches and landmarks featured in the fantastic entries received in the Burdekin Shire Council’s Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition. The winner was Wayne Smith with his photo of the Invicta Mill's stacks. More...
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The winning photo in the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.

Lagoons, cane fires, water, sunsets, beaches and landmarks featured in the fantastic entries received in the Burdekin Shire Council’s Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis thanked everyone who had taken the time to enter the competition and praised the quality of the entries.

“There were some beautiful photos entered and I’m sure the judges had a hard time choosing a winner,” he said.

“Council now has some great shots of our beautiful region to use in our promotional material.”

Townsville Bulletin Chief Photographer Scott Radford-Chisholm and well-known Burdekin photographer Bryan Lynch were given the task of selecting the photo they thought summed up the Burdekin pictorially.

The judges said the standard of the entries was exceptional and it was hard to pick just three winners.

The winning photo – “Looking up the mill stacks with heaps of smoke” – was taken by Wayne Smith at Canegrowers. The judges chose this as being “very Burdekin”. “A different perspective was chosen by the photographer making an interesting composition and it is all systems go, full steam ahead with the mill in action,” they said.

Second place went to “Windmill” which was taken by Ann-Maree Rickerby. The judges said it was a “well-composed pic, simple but very effective, nice use of wide angle lens to capture cloud formation and the ‘openness’ of rural Burdekin”. “Bryan told me that Home Hill or Burdekin was known as the ‘city of windmills’ even before his day, so ties in with the theme well,” Mr Radford-Chisholm said.

Third place went to “Start of the Burn” which was taken by Sheree Heatley. The judges both agreed that the Burdekin was the home of cane. “We liked the use of long lens and the framing of the image, still being able to see cane standing,” they said. “The human element was also a good point, with it being a large part of employment in the region. We also liked the lighting of this image, late afternoon/ early evening, very nice.”

Competition winner Wayne Smith said he was pleased his entry had won.

“I was on a Canegrowers familiarisation to Invicta mill and the view of the stacks caught my eye,” he said.

“I like the contrast, angles and energy and took a picture on my phone’s camera.”

The first prize is $200, second prize $100 and third prize $50.

To view all the entries in the competition go to Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/BurdekinSC

 

Burdekin Bridge

Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Lane Closures

Burdekin River Bridge temporary lane closures to take place from Tuesday 21st October to Friday 24th October 2014 between the hours of 9.30am to 2.30pm More...
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Burdekin Bridge

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge will take place from Tuesday 21 October to Friday 24 October 2014 (weather permitting) between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm.

During this time, speed restrictions will be in place and the site will be under traffic control.  North and south bound road users should expect minor delays.

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles operators with loads wider than three metres must contact David Macauley on 0407 690 314 a minimum of 24 hours in advance 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 program of works.

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.

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Council to begin reading water meters next week

Posted 14th Oct 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council will begin reading the Shire’s water meters next week. The biannual reading will start in the Home Hill, Rossiters Hill, Brandon and Parkside areas. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council will begin reading the Shire’s water meters next week.

The biannual reading will start in the Home Hill, Rossiters Hill, Brandon and Parkside areas.

Council has scheduled our employees to then go to East Ayr, Drysdale Estate and South Ayr in early November and Ayr CBD, Little Drysdale and Kennedy Streets, Sutcliffe Estate, Alva Beach, Mt Kelly and Giru later in November.

It would help Council if residents could clear any plants or obstructions away from the meters and to isolate or restrain dogs, and unlock gates, if you know the meter readers are in your area.

Should residents require any further information, or need to make specific arrangements to allow access, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Library Reception

New look for Burdekin Library Ayr

Posted 13th Oct 2014 in Media Releases
The installation of the new front desk at the Burdekin Library Ayr next week will bring three years of refurbishment to a close. More...
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Library Reception

 

The installation of the new front desk at the Burdekin Library Ayr next week will bring three years of refurbishment to a close.

Council’s Library Services Manager John Scott said the new desk and entrance area would cap off a successful upgrade in services and facilities.

“We have been upgrading the library in stages over the past three years and apart from some minor signage and furniture tweaking we’ll be done,” he said.

“We now have a more modern and vibrant library for our community.

“The library will remain open during the works, but there will be some disruptions to borrowing services while contractors are carrying the work.

“We anticipate the work will be completed by the end of October and we believe the community will embrace the new front desk and entrance area at the Burdekin Library Ayr.”

Mr Scott said he had received great feedback on what already had been done to the library.

“We believe the community will be delighted with the finished result and the effect it will have on the library,” he said.

“I would ask residents for their understanding, as we are attempting to minimise the disruption to our services.”

The work, which starts on Monday, October 20, is being funded by Council and the State Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program – Infrastructure.

Some of the damaged fence at the Ayr Swimming Pool.

Ayr Swimming Pool vandalised at weekend

Posted in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council was forced to close the Ayr Pool on Sunday after it was vandalised on Saturday night. Anyone with information on the incident should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. More...
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Some of the damaged fence at the Ayr Swimming Pool.

 

Burdekin Shire Council was forced to close the Ayr Pool on Sunday after it was vandalised on Saturday night.

Mayor Bill Lowis said he was disgusted by the news and called on the community to call CrimeStoppers if they knew who was involved in the incident.

“This stupid act of a group of people has impacted on the entire community by forcing the closure of the pool,” he said.

“Pool staff came to work on Sunday to find someone had defecated in the pool, damaged the poles around the pool and broken the fence surrounding the pool’s filters.

“I don’t understand why anyone would think this sort of behaviour was fun.”

Cr Lowis said the closure not only had an impact on the local community, but also on employees who had lost a day’s wages.

“Council had to use extra chlorine to clean the pool and the cost impacts on ratepayers and has left those working at the pool with the loss of Sunday’s wages,” he said.

“It’s just not on.”

Anyone with information on the incident should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

2014 Trash is Trendy competition

Recycle cardboard into wearable art for Trash is Trendy Competition

Posted 9th Oct 2014 in Media Releases
Looking for a creative way to use your cardboard boxes? Why not turn them into wearable art and enter your creation in the Burdekin Shire Council Trash is Trendy Competition. More...
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2014 Trash is Trendy competition

Looking for a creative way to use your cardboard boxes? Why not turn them into wearable art and enter your creation in the Burdekin Shire Council Trash is Trendy Competition.

Almost 10 per cent of waste found in Burdekin general waste bins (red lids) was recyclable paper or cardboard which could have been placed into the yellow-lidded recycle bin.

Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said it was disappointing this recyclable material was ending up in the Kirknie Road Landfill.

“Cardboard, paper and paper hand towel are recyclable and probably the easiest to recycle,” he said.

“This material can be recycled up to eight times before the fibres weaken too much for use.

“One of the easiest ways to remember to recycle your cardboard boxes is to fill them with your other household recyclables before taking it all out to the yellow-lidded bin.

“Or you could recycle cardboard yourself by using it for art and craft.

“It is sturdier than paper, but still easy to cut out and work with, so would be a great material to form some sort of wearable art which could be entered into Council’s Trash is Trendy Competition.

“If you’re looking for inspiration for a creation to enter the competition, just search for wearable recyclable art on the internet.

“Our Environment team is looking forward to seeing this year’s creations.”

The Trash is Trendy Competition is open until November 5. Creations can be brought into the Council office in Young Street, Ayr, prior to that day. All entries will be displayed and the winners announced at the Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras on November 8. There are some great prizes up for grabs, including $100 cash, family passes to Reef HQ or Billabong Sanctuary.

 

Boat illegally dumped off Colevale Road

Two fined for illegal dumping in the Burdekin

Posted 8th Oct 2014 in Media Releases
Two men have been fined a total of $7222.20 for illegally dumping rubbish in the Burdekin Shire. The matters were dealt with by the Ayr Magistrates Court last week. More...
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Boat illegally dumped off Colevale Road

Two men have been fined a total of $7222.20 for illegally dumping rubbish in the Burdekin Shire.

The matters were dealt with by the Ayr Magistrates Court last week.

Ayr resident David Jansen was fined a total of $3520, plus $201.10 costs, for illegally dumping a car beside the Sexton Highway, Brandon, and a boat beside Colevale Road, Brandon, in February this year.

Cardwell resident Jeff Harvey was fined a total of $3300, plus $201.10 costs, for illegally dumping a load of garden and fence waste outside the entrance to the Ayr Transfer Station in September, 2013. Mr Harvey, trading as LJ Harvey Fencing, was working in the Burdekin at the time.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy congratulated Council employees involved in identifying the illegal dumpers.

“It was a team effort to track down the illegal dumpers and I thank all who played a part,” he said.

“Hopefully this result will deter people from illegally dumping their rubbish in our Shire.

“Illegal dumping shows a total disrespect for the residents of our shire and costs ratepayers thousands each year in clean up costs.

“To take a large trailer load of unsorted household rubbish to the Kirknie Road landfill will cost residents $17.

“To be caught illegally dumping rubbish may cost you up to $16,000 in fines and leave you with a conviction recorded against your name.”

For information on opening times of Burdekin’s waste transfer stations and what can be dumped there, please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact the Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Ayr Pool

Quotation QBSC 14/08 – Detailed Design and Specifications for Ayr Pool Redevelopment

Posted 3rd Oct 2014 in Current Quotations
Quotations are sought for a suitably qualified professional to work with Burdekin Shire Council on developing the detailed design and specifications for the redevelopment of the Ayr Pool. Closing date Tuesday 4.00pm AEST, 28 October 2014. More...
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Ayr Pool

Quotations are sought for a suitably qualified professional to work with Burdekin Shire Council on developing the detailed design and specifications for the redevelopment of the Ayr Pool, closing Tuesday 4.00pm AEST, 28 October 2014.

Request for Quotation documents are available from the Burdekin Shire Council offices at 145 Young Street, Ayr or by telephoning (07) 4783 9800.

Respondents should note that all quotations must be marked in accordance with the instructions in Part 1 – Request for Quotation

Further enquiries may be directed to Ms Linda Govan, Coordinator Environment and Health or Mr Daniel Mulcahy, Manager Governance and Local Laws on telephone (07) 4783 9800.

 

Road - Widening Road

Twelfth Avenue Home Hill – Bitumen Widening and Kerb and Channel Works

Posted 26th Sep 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Bitumen widening and kerb and channeling will be commencing in Twelfth Avenue between Sixth and Fourth Streets, Home Hill. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 29th September 2014 continuing until Friday 7th November 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen widening and kerbing and channeling will be commencing in Twelfth Avenue between Sixth and Fourth Streets, Home Hill. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 29th September 2014 continuing until Friday 7th November 2014, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a 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.

Water Meter Reading

Bi-Annual Water Supply Meter Reading

Posted 24th Sep 2014 in Current Water Information, Public Notices
Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Monday 20th October, 2014 and is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete. More...
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Water Meter Reading

Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Monday 20th October, 2014.  Approximate times and areas for the commencement of meter readings are:

  • October – Home Hill, Rossiters Hill, Brandon and Parkside
  • Early November – East Ayr, Drysdale Estate, South Ayr
  • Mid November – Ayr CBD, Little Drysdale & Kennedy Street areas, Sutcliffe Estate area, Alva Beach, Mt. Kelly and 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, 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.

2014 Trash is Trendy competition

Call to creative residents to enter Trash is Trendy competition

Posted 23rd Sep 2014 in Media Releases
Calling all creative and fashion savvy residents – the Burdekin Shire Council’s Trash is Trendy competition needs you! More...
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2014 Trash is Trendy competition

Calling all creative and fashion savvy residents – the Burdekin Shire Council’s Trash is Trendy competition needs you!

Your mission is to create wearable articles of clothing out of items that would normally be placed in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This could be clothing, jewellery, hats and accessories.

Your reward will be $100 cash. Runners up will receive a family pass to Reef HQ or Billabong Sanctuary.

You have until November 5 to get your creative piece of trendy trash to Council’s offices in Young Street, Ayr.

All the entries will be displayed at the Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras on Saturday November 8, at the Burdekin Shire Council’s marquee.

The Trash is Trendy competition is being held as part of National Recycling Week.

 

2014 Great Northern Cleanup Day

Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up removes almost 4 tonnes of rubbish from river

Posted 15th Sep 2014 in Media Releases
Bed frames, mattresses, vertical blinds, hot water systems, tyres and roofing iron were among almost four tonnes of rubbish removed from the Burdekin River bed, the site of Sunday’s Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up. More...
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2014 Great Northern Cleanup Day

Bed frames, mattresses, vertical blinds, hot water systems, tyres and roofing iron were among almost four tonnes of rubbish removed from the Burdekin River bed, the site of Sunday’s Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy thanked all who came to help.

Mr Mulcahy said although there were only 13 people turn up to help at the Clean Up, the event could be called a success due to the amount of illegally dumped rubbish collected.

“There were only a few helpers, but they managed to collect almost four tonnes of rubbish in just a couple of hours, which was a great effort,” he said.

“I’d like to especially thank Jim Breadsell for bringing his tractor loader down, it made the collection of the rubbish a lot easier.

“Imagine how much more could have been removed if more people had taken the time to help.”

Mr Mulcahy said the pile of rubbish was picked up and taken to the Kirknie Road Landfill by Council today.

“It’s amazing what sort of items were found and the effort people must have gone to when they dumped it here in the first place,” he said.

“Most of the items found illegally dumped would have not cost the dumper anything if they had taken it to our waste transfer stations or to the Kirknie Road Landfill.

“Cars can be taken for free to a wrecking yard, sorted household waste is free at our waste transfer stations and the fees for unsorted waste are minimal.

“It’s very disappointing to see this sort of rubbish being dumped in the river bed.”

Mr Mulcahy said residents should check Council’s website using the following link or contact the Customer Service Centre for details of what was free to take to the Shire’s waste transfer stations.

More information about waste disposal.

2014 photocomp web

Time running out to enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition

Posted 2nd Sep 2014 in Media Releases
Time is running out for photographers of all standards to enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.
Entries close 5pm Friday 26th September 2014. More...
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2014 photocomp web

Time is running out for photographers of all standards to enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said there had been a few entries, but due to being a small file size some were not acceptable.

“There are a lot of talented photographers in the Burdekin and I would love to see how they can make the Burdekin’s beauty shine through their camera lens,” he said.

“We’re looking for all sorts of pictures that show the Burdekin region at its best – whether it’s a cane fire, sunset from Inkerman Hill, dawn over Upstart Bay, sun on the river or our wonderful produce.

“It’s basically up to the eye of the beholder, but the photograph needs to capture the essence of the Burdekin and submitted as a file of at least 2MB in size.”

Cr Lowis said the photos would be used by Council to promote the region through brochures, billboards, banners, websites, social media and various other marketing activities.

All you have to do to enter is take a photo save it as a large file 2MB-10MB, save it to a USB, CD or email it to .

The first prize is $200, second prize $100 and third prize $50.

Entries close 5pm Friday September 26, 2014.

Adrian Scott - new ED manager

Council appoints Economic Development Manager

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Burdekin Shire Council has appointed a new Economic Development Manager. Adrian Scott, from Castlemaine, Victoria, will commence work on October 7. More...
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Adrian Scott - new ED manager

Burdekin Shire Council has appointed a new Economic Development Manager.

Adrian Scott, from Castlemaine, Victoria, will commence work on October 7.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Mr Scott had a broad base of experience in evaluating agriculture and investment attraction from his time in the private and public sectors.

“He and his partner will relocate to the Burdekin and are looking forward to being a part of our vibrant community,” he said.

“Adrian was here recently and had the opportunity to meet with a number of community representatives.

“He is very keen to engage with the Burdekin business community and other key stakeholders.”

Mr Scott has qualifications in economics and rural and regional planning. He has worked as an economist, policy adviser, strategy manager and local and regional development specialist in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Mr Magin said he looked forward to having Mr Scott at Council to help drive growth in the Burdekin.

“He will be responsible for making sure the Burdekin has a sustainable future based around agriculture and supporting our existing industries as well as attracting more investment to the region,” he said.

“This is essential to ensure we have a sustainable future for our grandchildren.”

Mayor Bill Lowis welcomed Mr Scott to the position of Economic Development Manager.

“This position is critical to Council’s community plan and progressing economic activities across the whole of the Shire,” he said.

“The Burdekin needs more investment, more industries and more growth to underpin the future of this great region.”

Mr Scott said he was excited by the opportunity to join the Burdekin Shire as Manager of Economic Development and energized by the prospect of moving to north Queensland.

“It provides both my partner Teresa and I with new challenges,” he said.

“I will continue implementing the Burdekin Shire’s Economic Development Strategic Plan with its emphasis on building agriculture and manufacturing, at the same time diversifying the economy where possible.

“Obviously, it’s the Burdekin community that drives these projects and my personal motto in this game has always been ‘help people achieve their dreams’.

“That’s why it’s pleasing to see the recognition of lifestyle in the Plan, because ultimately that tends to drive where people live.”

Volunteer Jeanie Shailer, PCYC Programs Coordinator Tarja Martin and BSC Community Outreach Service Coordinator Bonnie Johnson

Call for literacy and reading mentors

Posted 29th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin Library Ayr is calling for volunteers to join a literacy and reading program aimed at school students. More...
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Volunteer Jeanie Shailer, PCYC Programs Coordinator Tarja Martin and BSC Community Outreach Service Coordinator Bonnie Johnson

Burdekin Library Ayr is calling for volunteers to join a literacy and reading program aimed at school students.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the program would be run in collaboration with the Burdekin PCYC and supported by the Rotary Club of Ayr.

“This program calls for volunteers to help mentor students who are struggling with literacy and reading,” he said.

“Without competent literacy skills life can be extremely difficult and creates life-long difficulties and limitations.

“Volunteers would be trained in using Reading Link, a literacy, enhancement and proficiency program that transforms the teaching of literacy.

“This is a great program for parents and for anyone interested in helping children with their literacy skills.”

Mr Scott said the library would be the base for primary school age participants and the PCYC would be the base for youth and adults needing to be supported.

“If anyone knows someone, of any age, who is suffering from poor reading or literacy skills, contact the Burdekin Library Ayr and we will link them up with a mentor after the training is completed.”

Brandon resident Jeanie Shailer has already signed up for the program.

“I have a passion for teaching children how to read as I believe literacy skills are essential for all areas of life,” she said.

“I’m keen to volunteer just a few hours a week for this important initiative.”

The free Mentor Training workshop will be held at the PCYC, 164 Macmillan Street, Ayr, on September 11, from 9am to 2pm. Lunch and morning tea provided.

Book your place by phoning the PCYC on 4783 1009 or the Burdekin Library Ayr on 4783 9970.