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Livestock

Expressions of Interest – Trustee Lease over Reserve Land – Camping and Water Reserve R50

Posted 30th Oct 2014 in Current Expressions of Interest
The Council invites Expressions of Interest from persons interested in leasing Reserve land from the Council for the purpose of grazing livestock - part of Camping and Water Reserve R50 - Located on Ayr/Dalbeg Road 44.8 kilometres from its intersection with the Bruce Highway - comprising an area of about 25 hectares. More...
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Livestock

The Council invites Expressions of Interest from persons interested in leasing from the Council the following land for the purpose of grazing livestock:

Part of Lot 33 SP117630, Reserve for Camping and Water Reserve R50, County of Gladstone, Parish of Mulgrave – comprising an area of 25 hectares (about) – located on Ayr/Dalbeg Road approximately 44.8 kilometres from its intersection with the Bruce Highway.

Expressions of Interest close at 12 noon on Friday 14 November 2014.

You can download the specification using the link below.

 

Burdekin Bridge

Temporary Lane Closures – Burdekin River Bridge

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that weather permitting, temporary lane closures, speed restrictions and width restrictions will be in place on the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill More...
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Burdekin Bridge

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that weather permitting, temporary lane closures, speed restrictions and width restrictions will be in place on the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill from:

  • Wednesday 5th November to Saturday 8th November 2014
  • Tuesday 11th November to Friday 14th November 2014
  • Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th November 2014
  • Friday 12th December 2014

The working hours of the temporary single lane closures will be between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Traffic controllers and signage will be on site during these works.  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 Department of Main Roads, Community Engagement Services team on 1800 625 648.

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Council to disperse flying fox colony in Home Hill

Posted 29th Oct 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council will begin dispersing flying foxes from trees in Home Hill’s Lloyd Mann Park from 4.30am next Tuesday, November 4, through to Thursday, November 6 . More...
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Burdekin Shire Council will next week begin dispersing flying foxes from trees in Home Hill’s Lloyd Mann Park.

Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the dispersal activities would take place from 4.30am next Tuesday, November 4, through to Thursday, November 6.

“We have noticed a number of flying foxes roosting in the trees there again and want to move quickly to disperse them,” he said.

“Council will have three employees using starter’s pistols from 4.30am to discourage the flying foxes from roosting in the park.

“We need to start this early to prevent the flying foxes from settling into the trees and they usually start returning to roost around dawn.”

Mr Mulcahy said residents with pets in the vicinity of the dispersal activities would need to ensure their pets were adequately secured to reduce the risk of escape.

“Council will continue to monitor Lloyd Mann Park during this phase to ensure the colony has relocated to a more suitable area,” he said.

“Further dispersal activities within Home Hill may occur if the need arises.”

Mr Mulcahy urged residents to contact council if they know of a flying fox roost within a town area.

 

Road - Widening Road

Brown Road – Bitumen Reconstruction Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will commence on Brown Road between Barratta Road and George Bundy Road on Monday 3rd November, 2014 continuing until Friday 5th December, 2014, weather permitting More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will commence on Brown Road between Barratta Road and George Bundy Road on Monday 3rd November, 2014 continuing until Friday 5th 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.

Road - Widening Road

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

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.

Fancy yourself a bit of a singer, but too scared to take the stage alone? Why not join the Combined Community Choir and be a part of this year’s Carols on the Green.

Find your Christmas voice, join the Choir

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Fancy yourself a bit of a singer, but too scared to take the stage alone? Why not join the Combined Community Choir and be a part of this year’s Carols on the Green. More...
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Fancy yourself a bit of a singer, but too scared to take the stage alone? Why not join the Combined Community Choir and be a part of this year’s Carols on the Green.

 

Fancy yourself a bit of a singer, but too scared to take the stage alone? Why not join the Combined Community Choir and be a part of this year’s Carols on the Green.

Planning is well under way for the event which this year will be held at Watson’s Green in Home Hill on Sunday, December 7.

Production Manager Adam Dudley is encouraging as many people as possible to join the choir.

“The more people we get, the more impressive we will sound and on top of that it should be a lot of fun,” he said.

“I know it sounds strange, but you really don’t need to be a singer to be in a choir.

“What we’re looking for are enthusiastic people who can spare the time for two evening rehearsals and then sing their heart out on the night of Carols.”

Mr Dudley will host two rehearsals at the Burdekin Community Church (opposite the senior soccer fields in Ayr) at 7pm on Tuesday, November 25 and Tuesday, December 2.

If you would like to join, simply come along on the first rehearsal night or contact Mr Dudley on 0407 234 485.

For further information about Carols on the Green contact Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Officer Kelly Lund on (07) 4783 9832 or email

 

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Burdekin blokes urged to take oath to stop violence against women

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Burdekin blokes are being urged to take an oath to stop violence against women as part of White Ribbon Day on Friday November 7. More...
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Burdekin blokes are being urged to take an oath to stop violence against women next week.

Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the oaths would be taken as part of White Ribbon Day in Ayr on Friday, November 7.

“This is a great opportunity for local men to come together and show they will not tolerate violence against women,” he said.

“The morning is being organised by the Burdekin Community Association and they have lined up a couple of great speakers – Townsville District White Ribbon Day Ambassador Sergeant Mark Lance and Home Hill Officer in Charge Sergeant Brett Smith.

“I would encourage our local blokes to show their support by coming along and swearing an oath as part of a nationwide campaign to stop violence against women.”

The Swear Your Oath for White Ribbon Day breakfast will be held at 7am on Friday, November 7, at Clove Restaurant in Ayr.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Seanne O’Shea or Rebecca Grogan at the Burdekin Community Association on 4783 3744 by October 31, 2014. Tickets are $25 for full buffet breakfast and can be purchased from the Burdekin Community Association.

Burdekin Shire Council

Defence offers economic opportunities for Burdekin

Posted 26th Oct 2014 in Media Releases
The Burdekin’s Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG) has started exploring defence housing and procurement requirements with the aim of drawing more residents and business opportunities to the region. More...
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The Burdekin’s Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG) has started exploring defence housing and procurement requirements with the aim of drawing more residents and business opportunities to the region.

Group chairman Dan Horan said the Australian Defence Force was an untapped market which had not been considered in the past.

“In the past the focus had been on getting the defence personnel to visit the Burdekin, but now we want to get them to see the Burdekin as an alternative place to live,” he said.

“We have a great region for families with plenty of schools, childcare and casual employment opportunities.

“Combine that with our great rural community spirit and the fact we are only an hour from Townsville and I think the Burdekin is an ideal alternative to city life.”

Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said Council also would attend the Defence Expo held in Townsville to promote living in the Burdekin to defence personnel.

“Council has attended these expos in the past, but the aim then was to entice defence personnel and their families to visit the Burdekin,” he said.

“We will attend next year’s Expo and work toward getting families to consider living here.

“We will contact Defence Housing Australia to see what information we need to provide them to see the Burdekin as an alternative home base.

“It would be great if we can capture some of the families who are relocating to Townsville.”

Mr Scott said EDSAG also highlighted the opportunities to boost the region’s economic development through Defence procurement.

“We will be looking into that further and working with local businesses to see if this is something they want to be part of,” he said.

“There are plenty of opportunities to be had in the Defence sector.”

Interested businesses can contact Eliza Lovell on 4783 9831 or via email .

 

Chris Gallyer checks number to see if plastic container can be recycled.

Recycle plastic and enter Trash is Trendy competition

Posted 23rd Oct 2014 in Media Releases
Would you like to win $100 cash or a family pass to Reef HQ or Billabong Sanctuary? All you have to do is create a wearable piece of art from recyclable materials and enter the Trash is Trendy competition. More...
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Chris Gallyer checks number to see if plastic container can be recycled.

Would you like to win $100 cash or a family pass to Reef HQ or Billabong Sanctuary? All you have to do is create a wearable piece of art from recyclable materials and enter the Trash is Trendy competition.

You could use regular household plastics such as milk bottles and food containers to make unique jewellery or use plastic bags to create an outfit. The limit is your imagination.

Make sure you enter your creation at the Burdekin Shire Council chambers in Young Street, Ayr, before November 5. All entries will be displayed at the Council’s National Recycling Week display at the Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras on November 8. Winners will be announced at the Mardi Gras.

Recycling plastics lessens the chance of them turning up in our natural environment. Plastics can take hundreds of years to break down and become an environmental hazard. Plastic if left out in the elements generally breaks down into small pieces and pollutes land and waterways becoming a choking hazard for fish, birds and animals.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the best way to limit the plastic waste and prevent rubbish going to landfill was to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle.

“Council’s Waste Audit last year found recyclable plastics made up almost four per cent of waste in the red bin and ended up in the Kirknie Road Landfill instead of being reused or recycled,” he said.

“So really our residents are doing a great job in identifying what plastics can be recycled, but there is always room for improvement.

“Recyclable plastics have a code on their base and the items numbered 1-6 can be placed in your yellow recycle bin.

“Plastic is also free for residents to dispose of at transfer stations and Kirknie Landfill if household general waste and recyclables have been separated.”

Mr Mulcahy said plastic shopping bags were not recyclable.

“Residents can take them to Woolworths in Ayr where there is a collection bin or reuse them as bin liners, but please don’t use them to bag your recyclables,” he said.

 

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Applications Invited for RADF Grants for Projects

Posted 20th Oct 2014 in Public Notices
RADF Applications closing Monday 17 November 2014 More...
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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.

BSC Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott

Burdekin could have bright future in aquaculture

Posted in Media Releases
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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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

 

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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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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.

 

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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.