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Feral pigs near Barrattas

More than 300 feral pigs shot in Burdekin region

Posted 18th Dec 2014 in Media Releases
More than 300 feral pigs were shot in the past few weeks in an effort to protect crops, land and improve biodiversity in the Burdekin. More...
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Feral pigs near Barrattas

More than 300 feral pigs were shot in the past few weeks in an effort to protect crops, land and improve biodiversity in the Burdekin.

Burdekin Shire Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said feral pigs were a high priority for control under Council’s Pest Management Plan.

“This was a coordinated activity aimed at reducing numbers of feral pigs which do a lot of damage not only to crops, but to the natural environment,” he said.

“Council does an annual cull, but this year we took a more coordinated approach to make a bigger impact on numbers.

“We also were fortunate this year to receive funding from NQ Dry Tropics to organise a southern shoot for the first time.”

Mr Mulcahy said it was easier to locate and shoot the pigs from a helicopter.

“By joining forces with other parties and securing extra funding, we have been able to spread the cost and extend the area being targeted by helicopter,” he said.

The majority of the pigs (253) were shot in region north of Ayr and out to Alva. The southern shoot, which included the area around Beachmount, killed 35 pigs and the Barrattas shoot killed 44.

Council joined forces with NQ Dry Tropics, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Burdekin Productivity Services, Wetland Care Australia.

 

Harley Clarke - Plantation Creek web

Illegal dumping earns $2000 penalty

Posted 17th Dec 2014 in Media Releases
Illegally dumping household rubbish at Plantation Creek has resulted in a Burdekin resident being fined $2000. More...
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Harley Clarke - Plantation Creek web

Illegally dumping household rubbish at Plantation Creek has resulted in a Burdekin resident being fined $2000.

The matter was heard in the Ayr Magistrates Court last week.

Harley Clarke, a resident of Home Hill, was fined $2000, plus $201.10 costs, for illegally dumping rubbish along Plantation Creek off Ayr-Dalbeg Road in March this year.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said if it were not for the help of another Burdekin resident, Council would not have caught Mr Clarke.

“Council was fortunate that a member of the public, who is very passionate about illegal dumping, came forward with details about Mr Clarke’s offence,” he said.

“We will not tolerate people dumping rubbish anywhere they like in our Shire, and this result should help deter others from committing similar offences.

“Illegal dumping shows a lack of respect for our residents and each year costs Council thousands of dollars in ratepayers’ money in clean-up costs.”

Mr Mulcahy said offenders could be fined up to $16,000 and a conviction would be recorded against their name.

“Surely it is better to take your rubbish to the dump, than end up with a big fine,” he said.

“It only costs $20 for residents to take a trailer load of unsorted rubbish to Kirknie Road landfill – that’s a lot cheaper than $2000.”

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.

Burdekin Library Staff Ayr

New-look library officially launched next month

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Burdekin residents are invited to come along and celebrate the new-look Burdekin Library Ayr on January 22, 2015. More...
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Burdekin residents are invited to come along and celebrate the new-look Burdekin Library Ayr next month.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the official launch would kick off from 11am on January 22.

“We have invited dignitaries, including Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli and State Library representatives, to officially launch our new-look library,” he said.

“As part of the launch we will reveal our new library cards and bags and feature our new history section which is now open to the public.

“The official launch will then be followed by morning tea.”

Mr Scott said he and his staff were very pleased with the end result.

“This upgrade has taken a number of years to complete, but we are very proud of what we have achieved,” he said.

“Our residents will benefit greatly from the improved services and facilities we now offer.”

“During our re-launch week we are giving away 200 library bags packed with merchandise and signing everyone up with new library cards.

“All our library card holders will receive a new card, so make sure you come in get yours during that week.”

Mr Scott said there also would be a Special Guest Storytime with Tania Cox, The Dame and others reading for the children on January 23.

“Following this special Storytime there will be crafts, free face painting and drum fun on offer for our young library members,” he said.

The Burdekin Library Ayr Official launch is on Thursday, January 22 from 11am.

 

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Road Closure – Christmas on Queen’s Shopping Promotion

Posted 15th Dec 2014 in Uncategorized
Temporary road closures will be in place in Queen Street, Ayr between 5.00pm and 9.00pm, Thursday 18th December, 2014 for the hosting of the Christmas on Queen’s Shopping Promotion. More...
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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES – QUEEN AND EDWARDS STREET, AYR

CHRISTMAS ON QUEEN’S SHOPPING PROMOTION

THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER, 2014

Temporary road closures will be in place between 5.00pm and 9.00pm, Thursday 18th December, 2014 for the hosting of the Christmas on Queen’s Shopping Promotion.

  • Queen Street will be closed between Young Street and Parker Street, Ayr.
  • Edwards Street will be closed between Queen Street and MacMillan Street, Ayr

It is respectfully requested that all vehicles not involved with the event are removed from Queen Street for the duration of the closure.

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

australia day 2014 logo

Friday is last day for Australia Day Award nominations

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Burdekin residents have until 5pm this Friday to nominate a deserving community member for an Australia Day Award. More...
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Burdekin residents have until 5pm this Friday to nominate a deserving community member for an Australia Day Award.

Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said there had been some nominations, but more were needed.

“At the moment we have no nominations for senior cultural, community event, senior sportsperson, person with disability or sport administrator,” he said.

“This is your chance to say thanks to those who work hard in our community.

“We are fortunate to have a lot of residents who are active in our community and this is the time to acknowledge them.

“If you know of someone that has previously been nominated and missed out on an award, renominate them.”

There are categories for outstanding citizens, sportspeople, sports administrators, sportspeople with a disability and cultural achievements, as well as a category for community events.

Nomination forms are available from the Council Chambers, Ayr and Home Hill libraries and on Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au

The deadline for nominations is 5pm Friday, December 19, 2013.

 

Water Meter Reading

Water usage notices sent out to Burdekin residents

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Burdekin residents will this week receive their half-year water consumption notices. More...
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Water Meter Reading

Burdekin residents will this week receive their half-year water consumption notices.

Mayor Bill Lowis said it had been decided to allow an extra week for payment of the notices due to the Christmas closure of Council.

“Your notices will be due on January 19, 2015 and I would urge residents who pay electronically to check the reference number,” he said.

“We have had issues in the past with ratepayers making payment for their water usage to their rates reference number.

“To ensure payments are applied to the correct account make sure you use the Biller and reference numbers on the notice.

“Council has several Biller numbers which are unique to the type of account you are paying such as rates, animal registration and debtors’ invoices.”

 

Burdekin Library Staff Ayr

New Year brings new direction for Burdekin Library

Posted 8th Dec 2014 in Media Releases
The fast-approaching New Year will bring a new direction for the Burdekin Library Ayr as it opens its doors on Mondays for the first time in more than 30 years. More...
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Burdekin Library Staff Ayr

The fast-approaching New Year will bring a new direction for the Burdekin Library Ayr as it opens its doors on Mondays for the first time in more than 30 years.

Burdekin Library Services Manager John Scott said the Burdekin community would benefit from the extended trading hours.

“Council recently adopted these changes which we believe will be a more effective use of staff resources,” he said.

“By opening to the public Monday through to Saturday we can offer residents better access to the Library and its services at no extra cost to the ratepayer.”

Mr Scott said the new hours also would benefit the Community Development team which was in the process of moving into an office space at the Library in Ayr.

“Community Development, our Library and the Theatre will offer a wide range of services to the Burdekin,” he said.

“We want this area to become a hub for the community where they can come along and enjoy the services we have to offer.”

Mr Scott said the library also had applied for a grant from the State Library of Queensland for a creative space for small business and those looking to start a business.

“This is something we see would be beneficial to our community and help boost business in the area,” he said.

“Our employees are really excited to see a fresh new beginning.”

The new Burdekin Library hours start on January 5, 2015, and will be:

  • Ayr- Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.
  • Home Hill – Monday and Tuesday 1pm-5pm; Wednesday 10am-Noon and 2pm-5pm; Thursday and Friday 1pm-5pm; Saturday closed.

 

Burdekin Shire Council Logo Solid Colours

Expression of Interest for purchase of Photocopier or Printer

Posted 3rd Dec 2014 in Current Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest for purchase of Photocopier or Printer. Expressions of Interest close 23 January 2015 at 5 pm. More...
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Expressions of interest are invited for the purchase of the following equipment:

– OCE TDS 100 Photocopier

– HP Designjet 800 42 Inch Printer

You can download the expressions of interest specification using the link below:


This expression of interest closes on 23rd January 2014 at 5.00pm.

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Tender TBSC14/001 – Construction of new lined cell and leachate pond

Posted 29th Nov 2014 in Current Tenders
Tenders are invited for the construction of a new lined cell and leachate pond at the Kirknie Road landfill. Tenders close 5 January 2015 at 4 pm. More...
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Tenders are invited for the construction of a new lined cell and leachate pond at the Kirknie Road landfill.

Tenders close 5 January 2015 at 4 pm.

Tender documentation is available by telephoning Anne McLaughlin on (07) 4783 9800 or via email to

Anyone wishing to tender is advised that a compulsory site meeting will be held on Thursday 11 December at 10 am at the Kirknie Road landfill.

Site meeting location

1608 Kirknie Road, Home Hill
16.5 kms up river from the intersection adjacent to the Burdekin bridge.

If you are using a GPS you can set it to Lat/Long -19.736895, 147.294298

If the marker is not visible, zoom out or slide the map down and to the right
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Road Closed – Woods Street and Cislowski Road, Ayr

Posted 24th Nov 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that due to the construction of a new water main, Woods Street and Cislowski Road will be closed to all traffic from Cunningham Street to Old Clare Road from Monday 1st December, 2014 continuing until approximately Friday 27th March 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that due to the construction of a new water main, Woods Street and Cislowski Road will be closed to all traffic from Cunningham Street to Old Clare Road from Monday 1st December, 2014 continuing until approximately Friday 27th March 2015, weather permitting.

The works will be constructed under a full road closure during working hours and open to traffic at night with possible speed restrictions in place.

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

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Lyons Street, Giru – Road Reconstruction

Posted 20th Nov 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence in Lyons Street, Giru from Donaghue Street to Blee Street on Monday 24th November, 2014 continuing until approximately Thursday 18th December, 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence in Lyons Street, Giru from Donaghue Street to Blee Street on Monday 24th November, 2014 continuing until approximately Thursday 18th December, 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.

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Tenth Avenue Home Hill – Bitumen Widening and Kerbing and Channelling

Posted 13th Nov 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen widening and kerbing and channeling will be commencing in Tenth Avenue between Eighth Street and Sixth Street, Home Hill. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 17th November 2014 continuing until Friday 19th December 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen widening and kerbing and channeling will be commencing in Tenth Avenue between Eighth Street and Sixth Street, Home Hill. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 17th November 2014 continuing until Friday 19th December 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 visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Road - Widening Road

Clayton and Ahern Streets – Drainage, Kerbing and Channelling and Road Reconstruction

Posted 29th Oct 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage, kerbing and channelling and road reconstruction works will commence in Clayton Street from Mackersie Street to Beach Road and in Ahern Street from Clayton Street to Lawson Street on Monday 3rd November, 2014 continuing until approximately Friday 27th February, 2015, weather permitting More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage, kerbing and channelling and road reconstruction works will commence in Clayton Street from Mackersie Street to Beach Road and in Ahern Street from Clayton Street to Lawson Street on Monday 3rd November, 2014 continuing until approximately Friday 27th February, 2015, 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.

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

 

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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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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.

Buy locally Saturday logo 2014

Burdekin businesses urged to support Buy Locally campaign

Posted 28th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin businesses are being urged to take part in the Queensland Government’s Buy Locally campaign. More...
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Burdekin businesses are being urged to take part in the Queensland Government’s Buy Locally campaign.

Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said next week was Small Business Week highlighting the importance of small businesses to local communities.

“Small Business Week runs from September 1-6 and it’s all about encouraging locals to buy from small business,” he said.

“The highlight of the week is Buy Locally Saturday (September 6), where businesses are encouraged to hold an event like a sausage sizzle or offer discounts, prizes or special offers on the day to attract customers.”

Mr Vaccaro said businesses could then use the hashtag #BuyLocallyQld on Facebook or Twitter posts to highlight their participation.

“There are a range of free promotional materials that can be downloaded by businesses taking part as well,” he said.

“Customers could also win a Samsung Galaxy tablet just by downloading a Buy Locally Saturday Selfie Coin from the State Government website and posting it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BuyLocallyQld.”

BSAG inaugural meeting

Advisory group to address needs of Burdekin seniors

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The Burdekin’s seniors will have greater representation in Council and the community with the formation of the Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group (BSAG). More...
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BSAG inaugural meeting

The Burdekin’s seniors will have greater representation in Council and the community with the formation of the Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group (BSAG).

Burdekin Shire Councillor and BSAG chairman Ted Bawden lead the first meeting of the group aimed at raising the profile of our senior community members.

“I tried to get people from across the shire to be a part of this group and wanted people with some standing or who were involved in the community,” he said.

“I think we have certainly achieved that and have a quality group of people who can workshop any issues that our seniors may have.

“The Burdekin’s seniors have not been priority with councils in the past, but with the formation of this group that is changing.

“The group members are out there among the seniors community and they will be able to bring their voice to these meetings and from there to Council.

“I look forward to seeing what this group can do for our community as whole.”

Joining Cr Bawden yesterday were Eleanor Betteridge, Ennio Gazziola, John Kohn, John Rowan, Joyce Henaway, Lesley Hawkins, Robert Lesca, June Bosel, Marjorie Fulton and Don Fulton.

Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the formation of the group was a progressive move for the Burdekin community.

“We have an ageing population and as a community we need to ensure we are addressing the needs of our older citizens,” he said.

“Residents wanting to bring an issue to the attention of the group are more than welcome to speak with its members, Cr Bawden or the Community Development section at Council.”

Mr Vaccaro said BSAG members would be required to bring issues or opportunities from the community to the group and to report the outcomes back to the community and represent the community’s interests, not individual interests.

BSAG members this morning adopted the following principles:

  • Promote positive community attitudes towards and acceptance of older people and their right to independence, self-determination, dignity and choice.
  • Value the skills, resources and diversity of older people and provide older people with an opportunity to grow to their fullest capacity and make a lifelong contribution to the community.
  • Provide access to appropriate information, employment, training, learning, cultural, recreational, safety, security and care services that are appropriate to the diverse needs of older people.
  • Encourage partnerships within the community that enable people to age positively and within a supported environment.
BSC Goes Gold for Childhood Cancer web

Council supports Childhood Cancer Awareness by Going Gold for September

Posted 27th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council is Going Gold in September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness month. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is Going Gold in September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Mayor Bill Lowis said Council would again colour Ayr’s CBD fountain gold in honour of local resident Keely Johnson.

“Council is proud to support Keely and honour all families touched by cancer,” he said.

“Keely is truly an inspirational young person who is not only being treated for cancer, but also working hard to increase awareness in the community about childhood cancer.

“She is a brave and special young lady with a heart of gold.”

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a month that has been assigned as a month to help create greater awareness and education about childhood cancer in Australia. It provides vital information for parents, support for children with cancer and looks for community support for families affected by childhood cancer.

In Australia, one in five Australian children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of only 15 years old. Childhood cancer remains the greatest cause of death for children in Australia with about three Australian children dying from cancer every week. New medical research has increased childhood cancer survival rates to 80 per cent over the past few years.