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Councillor Bill Lowis

Council welcomes Minister’s proposed call in for Clare Solar Farm

Posted 29th Jul 2015 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council has welcomed the proposed ministerial call-in for a solar farm at Clare. All parties have until August 19, 2015, to put their submissions to the Minister for consideration. More...
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Councillor Bill Lowis

Burdekin Shire Council has welcomed the proposed ministerial call-in for a solar farm at Clare.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad announced last night that she would use her powers under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 to issue a proposed “call-in” notice for the Clare Solar Farm development application.

The solar farm which will use photovoltaic (PV) modules, with or without a battery energy storage system, is being developed by FRV Australia and will cover the majority of 340 hectares over three allotments. The PV panels will rotate from east to west to ensure maximum exposure to the sun. This concept will maximise electricity production.

Inverters will be used to convert the direct current to alternating current, along with transformers, which will increase the voltage of the electricity before it is sent via underground cabling to a solar plant substation.

A solar plant substation will be built adjacent to the existing Clare substation, which is in the north-east corner of the development area, off Shadforth Road.

Mayor Bill Lowis said Council had issued a Development Permit for the project on May 18 this year.

“The project is subject to relevant planning conditions, but Council has no problem with it,” he said.

“Council doesn’t believe the land being used for the project will be affected and will still be usable rural land when the lease expires.

“Despite the small loss of cane farming land for the length of the lease, the fact is there has been a significant expansion of land for cane production in this region in the past few years.”

Cr Lowis said project could mean the Burdekin would be home to the nation’s largest solar farm.

“There is a report that shows the Burdekin has the highest solar irradiation in Australia, so it’s logical that a solar farm would do well here,” he said.

“We do not believe this project will negatively impact our shire in any way. In fact it would have just the opposite effect.

“It will provide employment opportunities with up to 200 jobs during the construction phase and supply clean, green power to the State’s electricity grid.”

Cr Lowis said Council would make representation to the Minister about why the project was good for the Burdekin.

“We are all for growing our region and diversification is one way that we can ensure the Burdekin will remain a sustainable economy,” he said.

“If we can lock in an investment of up to $400 million which will have minimal impact on our primary agricultural base, then why wouldn’t we?”

All parties have until August 19, 2015, to put their submissions to the Minister for her consideration.

 

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Council begins final stage of Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade

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Burdekin Shire Council will begin the final stage of the $4.2 million Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade works on August 3. Highway traffic will be detoured around the works and local traffic will still be able to access businesses in Eighth Avenue. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council will begin the final stage of the $4.2 million Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade works on Monday.

Mayor Bill Lowis said Council had been working closely with the Department of Main Roads and Transport on engineering requirements and traffic management plans as the final stage of the works impact the Bruce Highway.

“Our Council team also has scheduled the works to ensure there is as little interruption to businesses as possible,” he said.

“Locals will still be able to access IGA and Eighth Avenue shops as the highway work will only impact Eighth Avenue at its intersection with Ninth Street.

“These works are integral to prevent flooding in the Home Hill CBD area and will take storm and flood water away from this area, bringing some relief to the business owners.

“I’d like to thank our Home Hill residents for their patience during this work.”

Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said crews would begin cutting across the highway from the corner of Ninth Street to the service road in front of Leading Appliances.

“We will install 750mm x 300mm culverts under the highway and the service road and constructing new drainage inlet pits on both the western side adjacent to Leading Appliances and the eastern side near IGA,” he said.

“While this work is being done, south-bound traffic will be detoured along Ninth Avenue from Tenth Street to First Street and north-bound traffic along Seventh Avenue from Sixth Street to Tenth Street.

“Council will endeavour to limit any access restrictions to CBD businesses to outside of normal trading hours.

“Access to IGA and Bendigo Bank will be available via normal driveway.

“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.”

The Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade works will start on Monday, August 3, 2015 continuing to Friday, September 4, 2015, weather permitting.

 

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Eighth Avenue, Home Hill – Drainage Upgrade Works

Posted 28th Jul 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that the final stage of the Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade works will commence at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street on Monday 3rd August 2015 continuing to Friday 28th August 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that the final stage of the Home Hill CBD drainage upgrade works will commence at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street on Monday 3rd August 2015 continuing to Friday 28th August 2015, weather permitting.

These works require a full closure of the Bruce Highway at its intersection with Ninth Street.

All traffic will be detoured around the work site via Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue. Council will endeavour to limit any access restrictions to CBD businesses to outside of normal trading hours. Access to IGA and Bendigo Bank will be available via normal driveway.

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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Pelican Road – Road Reconstruction

Posted 22nd Jul 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Pelican Road at the Boundary Road intersection, on Wednesday 22nd July, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 21st August, 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Pelican Road at the Boundary Road intersection, on Wednesday 22nd July, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 21st August, 2015, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under traffic control with reduced trafficable widths 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 contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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George Bundy Road – Road Reconstruction

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on George Bundy Road from the Brown Road intersection for approx 1km, on Wednesday 22nd July, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 21st August, 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on George Bundy Road from the Brown Road intersection for approx 1km, on Wednesday 22nd July, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 21st August, 2015, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under traffic control with reduced trafficable widths 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 contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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QBSC/15/029 – Quotations for Procurement and Tender Program and Ongoing Strategy

Posted 21st Jul 2015 in Current Quotations
Quotations are invited for a short period contract of up to six months to analyse, develop, implement and coordinate the Procurement and Tender Program and Ongoing Strategy for the Burdekin Shire Council. Quotations close at 5pm on Wednesday, 5 August 2015. More...
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Quotations are invited for a short period contract of up to six months to analyse, develop, implement and coordinate the Procurement and Tender Program and Ongoing Strategy for the Burdekin Shire Council.

Quotation documents are available from the Burdekin Shire Council, 145 Young Street, Ayr at any time during normal working hours or using the following link.

Quotations sealed and endorsed “ QBSC/15/029 – Procurement and Tender Program and Ongoing Strategy” can be delivered by post or placed in the tender box located at the Burdekin Shire Council no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 5 August 2015.

Further enquiries should be directed to Mrs Kim Olsen, Manager Financial and Administrative Services on (07) 4783 9800.

 

Doug Rehbein digs holes for the trees for National Tree Day.

Council takes the hard work out of National Tree Day

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Burdekin Shire Council has taken the hard work out of this weekend’s National Tree Day by digging the holes for about 500 trees. National Tree Day will be held at Juru Walk, Plantation Park, from 9-11.30am on Sunday, July 26. More...
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Doug Rehbein digs holes for the trees for National Tree Day.

 

Burdekin Shire Council has taken the hard work out of this weekend’s National Tree Day by digging the holes for about 500 trees.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said this year’s event would mark the 20th anniversary of the environmental campaign.

“Council’s Parks and Gardens team have already dug the holes for the trees, so all the really hard work has been done,” he said.

“It’s now up to our residents to turn up on Sunday and give us a hand to plant these trees.

“Our schools will plants trees on Friday and our community event is being held on Sunday from 9am till 11.30am.

“Those who do come along on Sunday will be rewarded with a free barbecue and free drinks.”

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year more than 300,000 people take part in National Tree Day events at 3000 sites organised by councils, schools, businesses, communities and Toyota Dealers across the country. Since Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996, more than three million participants have planted 21 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.

This year National Tree Day’s theme, “You Can Grow So Much”, focuses on the wealth of opportunities engaging with nature brings to individuals, communities and the environment.

Burdekin National Tree Day volunteers will receive gloves, tools and the equipment needed to plant the trees as well as watering cans, buckets and drinking water.

Participants will need to bring covered shoes, a hat and a water bottle and it is recommended people also wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection. Council also will have sunscreen and mosquito repellent available.

Council, Lower Burdekin Landcare, NQ Dry Tropics, Don West Toyota, Greening Australia and Planet Ark had joined forces to host the event.

The Burdekin National Tree Day event will run from 9am to 11.30am at Plantation Park’s Juru Walk on Sunday, July 26.

 

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Road Closed – Young Street and Hanelt Lane

Posted 17th Jul 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and kerb and channel works will commence in Young Street and Hanelt Lane on Monday 20th July 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 25th September, 2015, weather permitting. More...
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YOUNG STREET AND HANELT LANE, AYR

ROAD RECONSTRUCTION AND KERB AND CHANNEL

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and kerb and channel works will commence in Young Street and Hanelt Lane on Monday 20th July 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 25th September, 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.

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Australian Small Business Advisory Services Program to benefit Burdekin business

Posted 7th Jul 2015 in Media Releases
Burdekin small businesses have a new program they can access for advice on how to build their business. More...
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Burdekin small businesses have a new program they can access for advice on how to build their business.

Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said Council was pleased to be partnering with the Ayr and Home Hill Chambers of Commerce and the Townsville Business Development Centre (TBDC) to offer the Australian Small Business Advisory Services Program (ASBAS) to local businesses.

“The TBDC will help businesses in the Burdekin by delivering advisory services which will enable them to develop and prosper into the future,” he said.

“The service is being launched in conjunction with the next Ayr Chamber of Commerce meeting on July 14 at the Ayr Traveller’s Motel, Ayr.”

TBDC chief executive officer Sharyn Brown said the centre is committed to providing advice on business and strategic management, financial management, marketing, increasing management capabilities and digital engagement implementation.

“At TBDC we are all about finding solutions, creating opportunities and contributing to the economic development of Townsville and the North Queensland Region,” she said.

“Our vision is to see small businesses operating independently, with confidence, to ensure sustainable commercial growth and create employment opportunities.”

TBDC currently offers a range of subsidised advisory services and fee for service business advice, including development, marketing, finance, planning, record keeping, policy and procedures, coaching and mentoring, across the commercial lifecycle, from new business start ups through to developing and well-established businesses.

The Australian Government will invest $18 million over the next three years in the ASBAS Program to increase the capacity of small business advisory services to provide small businesses with easy access to low cost, expert advice.

For more information about the program go to www.business.gov.au/asbas or call 132 846.

 

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Exhibitors wanted for Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo

Posted 15th Apr 2015 in Media Releases
Council is calling for stallholders, sports organisations, businesses and fitness professionals to showcase their products and services at this year’s Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo. More...
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Council is calling for stallholders, sports organisations, businesses and fitness professionals to showcase their products and services at this year’s Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo.

Council’s Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the Expo would be held from 9am-1pm on Sunday, June 7 at ANZAC Park, Ayr.

“Last year’s event was a great success, but we would like this year to be bigger and better,” he said.

“Ideally we are looking for people who could set up stalls featuring health, fitness or lifestyle activities and products.

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

“Our aim is to make the day fun for the whole family, but also provide some physical activity for all to enjoy.”

Mr Vaccaro said stall holders could register for the event by downloading a form from Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or by contacting the Community Development team on 4783 9832.

The Burdekin Shire Council received a $6500 Queensland Government grant to host the Queensland Week event.

 

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Ayr Swimming Pool closed Saturday afternoon for Ayr Sprint Carnival

Posted 13th Jan 2015 in Public Notices
Ayr pool will be closed from 12.30pm Saturday 17 January 2015 for Ayr Sprint Carnival. More...
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Ayr Pool will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 17 January 2015 for the Ayr Sprint Carnival. The carnival currently has more than 180 swimmers registered.

The pool is open from 5.30am on Saturday and will be open to the public again on Sunday from 10am – 6pm.  

Home Hill Pool will be open to the public all day on Saturday.

 

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New-look library officially launched next month

Posted 17th Dec 2014 in Media Releases
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.

 

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 Economic Development 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 Economic Development 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.

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Burdekin businesses urged to support Buy Locally campaign

Posted 28th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
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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.”

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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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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.
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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.

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Burdekin school students urged to enter Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour competitions

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Burdekin school students have a chance to be part of the fun at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour on September 20 by entering two competitions. More...
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Burdekin school students have a chance to be part of the fun at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour on September 20 by entering two competitions.

Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the Burdekin Race Club, in conjunction with Burdekin Shire Council, was holding a colouring-in competition for children aged 12 and under and a short story competition for students aged 13-17.

“We have contacted all the local schools regarding these competitions and hope to see a lot of entries come in,” he said. “All the winners and runners up will receive a cash prize.”

Mr Vaccaro said the excitement surrounding the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour was building in the community.

“I know the Burdekin Race Club is very excited to have been selected to be part of the Melbourne Cup Tour,” he said.

“Not only will there be a race meet on September 20, but the Club also have organised a Family Fun Day.

“Locals will have the chance to see the Cup that will be presented to the winner of this year’s Melbourne Cup race and also to talk with veterans and racing legends.

“All the fun will kick off at noon and I think it’ll be a fantastic day for Burdekin families.”

The Children’s Colouring-In Competition has three sections – 6 and under, 7-9 and 10-12. Prizes for each section include $50 for winner and $20 for runner up. All entries must be returned to the Burdekin Library Ayr or Home Hill branch by Friday, September 12. The winning entries will be displayed at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Family Fun Day.

The Short Story competition’s theme is the History of the Emirates Melbourne Cup and is split into two sections – Junior (13-15 years) and Senior (16-17 years). Junior section entries must be a maximum of 200 words while the Senior entries must be a maximum of 300 words. Winners and runners up of the both sections will receive $100 and $50 respectively. Entries must be accompanied by an official entry form, which will be distributed to students through their school, and lodged by 4pm on September 12. Send entries and entry forms to Eliza Lovell, Burdekin Shire Council, PO Box 974, Ayr Q 4807 or email your entry to . For a full list of terms and conditions refer to the entry form.