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Public Notice – Mount Kelly scheduled loss of water supply

Posted 10th Feb 2016 in Public Notices
Please be advised that residents of Mount Kelly will be without water on Thursday, February 11, 2016 between the hours of 9.00am and 2.00pm approximately. If you have any queries in relation to this matter, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm More...
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Please be advised that residents of Mount Kelly will be without water on Thursday, February 11, 2016 between the hours of 9.00am and 2.00pm approximately.

This is necessary to allow Council to reconnect the water reservoir situated on Lookout Road after maintenance works have been completed.

Residents are advised to store amply drinking water to cover at least one day’s supply.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during this necessary maintenance work.

If you have any queries in relation to this matter, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm

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Twelfth Avenue and Sixth Street – Proposed Road Reconstruction, Kerb and Channel, and Drainage Upgrade

Posted 8th Feb 2016 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise residents of the proposed road reconstruction, kerb and channel, and drainage upgrade works in the area of Twelfth Avenue and Sixth Street. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise residents of the proposed road reconstruction, kerb and channel, and drainage upgrade works in the area of Twelfth Avenue and Sixth Street.

Preliminary design plans of the proposed works will be available for viewing and public comment in the Council foyer and on Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au until 5pm Monday 22 February, 2016.

To view the preliminary design plans please use the link below:

For any further queries regarding the proposed works, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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Hughes Road – Traffic Hazard

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that Hughes Road will have speed restrictions in place due to a traffic hazard on a drainage structure approx. 1.2km from the intersection with the Bruce Highway. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that Hughes Road will have speed restrictions in place due to a traffic hazard on a drainage structure approx. 1.2km from the intersection with the Bruce Highway.

Repairs to the drainage structure are scheduled to be undertaken on Tuesday 9th February 2016 to Friday 12th February 2016.

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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Toll Road – Road Reconstruction

Posted 5th Feb 2016 in Current Road Conditions
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Toll Road on the western side of Sheep Station Creek on Monday 15th February, 2016 continuing until approximately Friday 4th March, 2016, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Toll Road on the western side of Sheep Station Creek on Monday 15th February, 2016 continuing until approximately Friday 4th March, 2016, 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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Burdekin’s future leaders sought

Posted 4th Feb 2016 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Council is seeking future farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs to join Burdekin Future Leaders Group (BFLG). BFLG member selection will be conducted annually via a nomination and interview process for interested participants. Applications to join BFLG close on February 12, 2016. To find out more about the program or to collect an application form please contact Economic Development Support Officer Rebecca Love on 4783 9800 or download the form from the website. More...
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The Burdekin Shire Council is seeking future farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs to join Burdekin Future Leaders Group (BFLG).

Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said BFLG was the brainchild of the Burdekin Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG).

“Its aim is to motivate, inspire and further develop the leadership skills of senior school students and to assist them to become the future leaders of the Burdekin Shire,” he said.

“This free program allows students the opportunity to take part in a range of activities under the guidance of existing Burdekin leaders from a variety of industries.

“They will be mentored by our EDSAG members who will prepare them to become active members of the local business community.

“Council has provided information about BLFG to all the Burdekin secondary schools as it’s important that we retain talent here to ensure the continued success and future growth of the Shire.”

Mr Scott said there would be no examinations for the program however participants were required to maintain a minimum attendance of 80 per cent across all program events.

“Modules of study will include personal development in leadership, goal setting, public speaking and networking, key industries, current, future and emerging industry trends, industry field trips, work experience and presentations,” he said.

“Participants will also work in groups with an assigned mentor to deliver a project concept at the conclusion of the program at the graduation ceremony.”

Queensland Country Credit Union Branch Sales Manager North and Far North Queensland and EDSAG Committee Member Carmel Dal Ponte will be one of the mentors working with the participants this year.

Ms Dal Ponte said BFLG was a wonderful opportunity for any young person to better understand the bigger picture and strategic directions of the Burdekin and surrounding regions.

“The opportunity to be part of a program such as this can only enhance a young person’s knowledge and improve their development for future employment opportunities,” she said.

“I have been involved in a number of similar programs throughout my career and know firsthand the benefits of being able to engage with key business people and the networking opportunities it creates for the future.

“I would highly recommend this program to any young person looking to step outside their comfort zone and improve their future employment opportunities.”

BFLG member selection will be conducted annually via a nomination and interview process for interested participants. Members will be required to attend a monthly meeting.

Applications to join BFLG close on February 12, 2016.

To find out more about the program or to collect an application form please contact Economic Development Support Officer Rebecca Love on 4783 9800 or download it here from Council’s website.

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Youth urged to sign up for BSYC

Posted 3rd Feb 2016 in Media Releases
Last year’s Burdekin Shire Youth Mayor is urging others to follow in her footsteps and sign up to help their community. Nominations will close on February 19, 2016. More...
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Last year’s Burdekin Shire Youth Mayor is urging others to follow in her footsteps and sign up to help their community.

Youth Mayor Cassandra Loizou, who begins tertiary studies in Townsville this year, said being part of the Youth Council had been a great learning experience.

“I not only gained confidence, but was a part of an astounding group that did quite a bit for the community,” she said.

“It was so much fun and I would definitely recommend others join.

“One of the best parts of being Youth Mayor was getting the opportunity to go to many events that I otherwise would not have been able to attend.

“You also learn meeting procedures and get the pleasure of giving back to the community, and that in itself is very rewarding.”

The Burdekin Shire Youth Council is a platform for younger residents to raise any issues affecting them and organise events throughout the year.

Among the events for 2016 will be the new hip hop dance workshop and community youth dance, which is planned for April. E Man will host the workshops which will be followed by the Don’t Need to Drink to Dance party. This event is being funded by the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program.

Youth Council is open to residents aged from 12 through to 25 and meets monthly. Membership of the Youth Council is open to young people who live, work or study in the Burdekin.

Application forms are available from high school offices, the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers and Library branches.

Nominations forms must be returned to Council’s Community Development Department at the Burdekin Library Ayr by Friday, February 19.

If you have any questions regarding BSYC, please contact 4783 9832.

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Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Lane Closures

As part of the Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill will take place (weather permitting) on the following dates More...
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MAINTENANCE WORKS

As part of the Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill will take place (weather permitting) on the following dates:

  • Thursday 28 January and Friday 29 January 2016
  • Tuesday 2 February 2016
  • Tuesday 9 February to Friday 12 February 2016
  • Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2016

9.00am to 2.45pm (please note start and finish times)

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

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles operators with loads wider than three (3) metres must contact Michael Brennan on 0409 643 768 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 Mrs Paula Paoletti on 1800 625 648.

Ergon Energy Manager Meter Strategy Andrew Gillespie with Mayor Bill Lowis.

Burdekin Shire takes first step toward LED streetlights

Posted 1st Feb 2016 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council has taken the first step toward replacing more than 1600 streetlights across the region with LED (light emitting diode) lights, potentially the largest rollout of LED lighting in Queensland. The move could potentially save Council up to $300,000 in energy costs annually. More...
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Ergon Energy Manager Meter Strategy Andrew Gillespie with Mayor Bill Lowis.

Burdekin Shire Council has taken the first step toward replacing more than 1600 streetlights across the region with LED (light emitting diode) lights, potentially the largest rollout of LED lighting in Queensland.

Council is working with Ergon Energy to ensure ratepayers get the best value out of lights used in the Shire.

Ergon Energy has tested the existing light poles’ ability to handle the added weight of the highly efficient LED lights, which are twice as heavy as the existing lights.

This load testing is an essential part of the roll out, with standards and load capabilities differing across the state.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Ergon Energy had begun load testing the streetlight arms to ensure they would be able to carry the heavier LED lights and to see how the lights would fare in cyclonic winds.

“The results of these tests will enable Ergon to finalise a proposal for Council’s consideration,” he said.

“Once Council has reviewed and approved this proposal the replacement process will begin in areas such as Ayr, Home Hill, Brandon and Giru.

“These are still early days, but this will certainly help reduce the increasing budgetary pressures from energy costs.”

Cr Lowis said this was a really big step forward for our region and shows that smaller councils, such as the Burdekin, could lead the way in embracing money-saving technology.

“Just by changing to a more efficient light source, it is predicted there could be annual savings in the vicinity of $300,000,” he said.

“We believe the Burdekin region is well and truly at the forefront of the energy industry; with two new solar farms in the works and plans to undertake a complete LED streetlight replacement project, we’re working towards securing greener credentials and continued growth for our economy.”

Illegally dumped asbestos found along Sayers Road, Barrattas.

Council investigating illegally dumped asbestos

Posted in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council is investigating the illegal dumping of asbestos sheeting along Sayers Road, Barrattas. Anyone with information is asked to contact Council on 4783 9800. More...
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Illegally dumped asbestos found along Sayers Road, Barrattas.

Burdekin Shire Council is investigating the illegal dumping of asbestos sheeting at the Barrattas recently.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said Council officers were advised of the illegally dumped hazard which was left on the side of Sayers Road.

“Not only is the person who dumped this asbestos risking getting a heavy fine, but they have also been exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres as the sheets had been broken into smaller pieces,” he said.

“Council officers cordoned off the area for public safety and Council’s Water and Waste Water Department quickly moved to safely remove the asbestos.

“It took a two-person crew 3½ hours to safely remove and dispose of asbestos at Kirknie Road Landfill – a costly exercise for our ratepayers.

“There were concerns that if not removed immediately, the public may have been exposed to asbestos fibres as the boards had been broken up.

“If it was left there, vegetation would have disguised it and there was a risk of roadside mowers or other machinery dispersing more asbestos fibres.”

Mr Mulcahy said there were strict procedures to follow when handling asbestos which reduced the risk of exposure to residents.

“Council is investigating this matter and will issue fines for dangerous rubbish dumping should the culprit be found,” he said.

“Sayers Road is within the catchment of the Barrattas creek system which drains into the Great Barrier Reef waters.

“Waste, such as this pile of asbestos, can affect the water quality in these ecologically sensitive areas and impact the fish and wildlife of the area,” he said.

Anyone with information about the illegal dumping can contact Council on 4783 9800.

For more information about handling asbestos responsibly, contact Council or visit the Queensland Government website  http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/index.htm

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Job Vacancy 16/05 – Plant Operator – Works

Posted 28th Jan 2016 in Current Job Vacancies
Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Plant Operator within the Works section. Applications close on Friday, 12 February 2016. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Plant Operator within the Works section.

The Position
The key responsibilities include:

  • Undertake components of the Department’s works programme, demonstrating an ability to make judgements on routine work conditions and processes, independent from senior staff and accepting responsibility for those judgements
  • Ensure the efficient use of materials, plant and labour including completion of plant defect reports as necessary

The Person
The successful applicant will possess the following attributes at a minimum:

  • Current licence or a certificate of competency for relevant machine
  • Demonstrated experience in operation of relevant machine during road construction activities
  • Proven ability to work under minimum supervision and in a team based environment
  • Proven ability to recognise and follow both verbal and written instructions
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintaining a safe working environment
  • Current Class MR Drivers Licence

The gross fortnightly wage for this position is $2,004.69 which includes Construction Allowance.

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

Applications for 16/05 – Plant Operator – Works should include:

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume
  • Statements addressing the selection criteria found in the Position Description

Applications can be submitted using one of the following methods:

Applications will close on Friday, 12 February 2016.  Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact the Works Overseer, Mr. Robert Potter on (07) 4783 9930.

Council sponsors Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy

Council provides sponsorship to school chaplains

Posted 21st Jan 2016 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council provided sponsorship totalling $30,000 to the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy this week to support school chaplaincy programs in local schools for 2016. More...
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Council sponsors Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy

Burdekin Shire Council provided sponsorship totalling $30,000 to the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy this week to support school chaplaincy programs in local schools for 2016.

School Chaplains work with students, families and staff in the school community to discuss social, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual concerns.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said hundreds of local students received assistance each year through the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy and Council wanted to recognise the integral role Chaplains play in meeting the needs of Burdekin youth and their families.

“The ability for Chaplains to build strong relationships and assist students to understand and overcome difficult issues is crucial not only for the individual but also the wider community,” he said.

“This sponsorship was made available to acknowledge the outstanding work and positive outcomes that the School Chaplains have achieved for our community.

“In 2016, seven local state schools and their students will benefit from the work of the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy and Council is pleased to support the Chaplains in their cause this year.”

The Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy provides four Chaplains to work with students, parents, teachers and school staff at Ayr State School, East Ayr State School, Giru State School, Home Hill State School, Burdekin School, Ayr State High School and Home Hill State High School.

Previously the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy has relied solely on fundraising events and donations from local business and the community to raise the $70,000 annual fee required to deliver this free school chaplaincy service.

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Upper Haughton Road – Road Reconstruction

Posted 7th Jan 2016 in Current Road Conditions
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Upper Haughton Road, from the Black and Whelan Road intersection for 790m, on Wednesday 13th January 2016, continuing until approximately Friday 26th February, 2016, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Upper Haughton Road, from the Black and Whelan Road intersection for 790m, on Wednesday 13th January 2016, continuing until approximately Friday 26th February, 2016, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under traffic control with reduce 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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Lock up and win this Christmas

Posted 1st Dec 2015 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Building Safer Communities Action Team, with support from Queensland Police, is running a ‘Lock It or Lose It’ campaign throughout the Burdekin region over the holiday period. Residents could win gift cards from local businesses. More...
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The Burdekin Building Safer Communities Action Team (BSCAT), with support from Queensland Police, is running a ‘Lock It or Lose It’ campaign throughout the Burdekin region over the holiday period.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and reduce the number of vehicles being left unlocked, and subsequently being easy targets for vehicle and property theft.

Council’s Community Development Manager and BSCAT Chairman Tony Vaccaro said a similar campaign in Bundaberg had proved successful.

“The campaign will include local police officers doing random vehicle checks from December through to February to ensure people have adequately secured their vehicles,” he said.

“The checks will be made in the Ayr and Home Hill CBDs as well as the smaller suburbs of the Burdekin or in back streets where cars are parked on the footpaths.

“Cars found to be secure will receive a congratulatory note on their windscreen along with an entry ticket to win gift cards from local businesses.

“We hope this will encourage everyone to lock up and secure their vehicles and personal property.”

Mr Vaccaro said tickets for the prize draw could then be placed in the entry boxes at the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branches.

“Vehicles not adequately secured will be given a list of tips on how to better secure their vehicle and personal property,” he said.

Burdekin BSCAT is a group of state and local government representatives together with business and community representatives who have developed a community partnership approach to crime prevention and community safety.

Burdekin BSCAT provides the opportunity for our local community to take positive action to prevent crime and build a safer community. This team is an advisory group to Council.

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Nominations are invited for RADF Advisory Group

Posted 26th Nov 2015 in Community News
Residents of Burdekin Shire with an interest in the arts are invited to nominate for membership as a community representative of the RADF Advisory Group. Three community representatives are required.
Nominations close 5pm Friday 15 January 2016. More...
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Residents of Burdekin Shire with an interest in the arts are invited to nominate for membership as a community representative of the RADF Advisory Group.  Three community representatives are required.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Burdekin Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.  The focus of the funding program is on the development of quality art and arts practice for, and with, regional communities.

Like other RADF programs across the state, the Burdekin program is guided by decisions made by an advisory group representing a diversity of demographic and artistic backgrounds.

Advisory group members may serve for a maximum term of four years, with an option to step down after two years.  The Committee meets on an irregular basis to assess applications received under the program and make recommendations to Council.

The nomination form and more information on membership of the group are available from the Council Chambers or on Council’s website
http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/regional-arts-development-fund/.

You can download the Nomination Form using the following link:

Nominations close 5pm Friday 15 January 2016.

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Bruce Highway – Yellow Gin Creek

Posted 13th Nov 2015 in Current Road Conditions
The Department of Transport and Main Roads wishes to advise of changed traffic conditions to the Bruce Highway at Yellow Gin Creek, commencing Friday 13th November 2015. More...
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BRUCE HIGHWAY

YELLOW GIN CREEK PROJECT

The Department of Transport and Main Roads wishes to advise of changed traffic conditions to the Bruce Highway at Yellow Gin Creek, commencing Friday 13th November 2015.

The changes involve a temporary detour of traffic to a two-way sealed side track. For further information please download the attached flyer.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads encourages all users to drive safely and observe signs and instructions during the works.

For further information regarding the Yellow Gin Creek Project please contact 1800 625 648.

Additional information is available using the following link:

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Prospective councillors invited to meet with CEO

Burdekin Shire Council is offering prospective councillors the opportunity to have a briefing from the Chief Executive Officer. The next Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is offering prospective councillors the opportunity to have a briefing from the Chief Executive Officer.

The next Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said he would welcome the chance to speak with people regarding Council and its operations.

“I would be happy to speak with candidates about what is happening in the Shire and to inform candidates of what Council is and isn’t doing,” he said.

“Council is always an easy target when it comes to rumours, misinformation and negativity. I want to not only prevent that, but provide candidates with information on the positive activities Council is pursuing that they may not be aware of.”

Anyone can stand for election as a councillor, provided you are over the age of 18 and an Australian citizen.

Candidates need to be willing to invest time and energy in serving the needs and interests of the local community.

Once the Electoral Commission of Queensland calls nominations, candidates will be able to nominate.

Candidates must choose to stand for election either as a councillor or mayor; you cannot stand for both.

A candidate for election as mayor or councillor for an undivided Local Government Area, like Burdekin Shire, must be on the roll for that Local Government Area and must reside in that Local Government Area at the time of close of rolls for an election.

Nominations can be lodged with the Returning Officer when the notice of the election is published, but must be lodged by noon on the day nominations close.

Full details about the upcoming elections and how to nominate as a councillor or mayor can be found at www.ecq.qld.gov.au

Potential candidates wanting to make an appointment with the CEO to discuss Council operations should contact Council’s Media and Communications Officer Julie Davies on  (07) 4783 9903.

 

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Mackersie, Porter, Clayton and Cox Street

Posted 29th Oct 2015 in Current Road Conditions
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage, kerbing and channelling and road reconstruction works will commence in Mackersie, Porter, Clayton and Cox Street, Ayr on Monday 2nd November 2015, continuing until approximately Friday 29th April, 2016, weather permitting. More...
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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 Mackersie, Porter, Clayton and Cox Street, Ayr on Monday 2nd November 2015, continuing until approximately Friday 29th April, 2016, 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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Council trials collecting fertiliser bags for recycling

Posted 1st Oct 2015 in Media Releases
Burdekin farmers are being encouraged to drop their used fertiliser bags to Council waste disposal facilities as part of a free recycling trial which will see the bags turned into alternative plastic products. More...
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Burdekin farmers are being encouraged to drop their used fertiliser bags to Council waste disposal facilities as part of a free recycling trial which will see the bags turned into alternative plastic products.

The trial is being run by Farm Waste Recovery in conjunction with the Council, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Incitec Pivot Limited, Impact Fertilisers and Canegrowers.

Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said there would be special collection cages at Council’s waste disposal facilities in Ayr, Home Hill and Giru.

“There are more than 350,000 one-tonne bags and 2 million 25 kilogram bags being used by the sugar cane industry each year,” he said.

“Although some are returned to the manufacturer, most are dumped, burned or stockpiled on farms.

“This trial collection would be an ideal way for farmers to help our environment by clearing the bags from their farm.

“All you have to do is empty the bags, roll the bags up and tie them with the bags own string ties before taking them to your nearest collection cage.

“This will allow for easy collection by the recycling processers and minimise the risk of bags being blown around in strong winds.

“The trial will run until mid-December this year so hopefully farmers will have plenty of time to clear their farms of the bags.”

“The aim of this trial is to see if it is feasible to continue collecting these bags,” he said.

“If it gets sufficient support it is likely that Council will continue to act as a collection point for the fertiliser bags.”

Fertiliser bag collection locations are:

  • Ayr Waste Transfer Station – Open 7 days from 9am-5pm
  • Home Hill Waste Transfer Station – Open 7 days from 10am-5pm
  • Giru Waste Transfer Station – Open Fridays and Sundays from 3pm-6pm

For more information on Farm Waste Recovery go to www.farmwasterecovery.com

 

Launch of Ideas@108

Minister to open Ideas@108

Posted 6th Aug 2015 in Media Releases
Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland, Minister for Seniors and Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke will officially open the Burdekin Library’s new innovation hotspot, Ideas@108, at 9am on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. More...
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Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland, Minister for Seniors and Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke will officially open the Burdekin Library’s new innovation hotspot, Ideas@108, next week.

The opening celebration will be held on Wednesday, August 12, at 9am in the Music Loft, which adjoins the creative space.

Burdekin Shire Council Library Services Manager John Scott said Ideas@108 would benefit Burdekin small business, start-up business and local youth.

“This is a great space where businesses and community members can come to explore, create and grow ideas,” he said.

“This is an exciting development for the Burdekin and I thank the State Library for funding the $36,500 project.

“We want people to come in the space and ask ‘Can I?’ and use the latest technology we have on offer, like the 3D printers, 3D scanner and computers, to achieve their aim.

“There will be a number of programs will operate in this innovation space.

“A TAFE Queensland North _ Burdekin Campus representative has expressed an interest in being part of an industry liaison group for the life cycle of this project and beyond.

“We have also partnered up with the Ayr and Home Hill Chambers of Commerce who will provide access to business mentors for those wanting to start-up a business and innovators.”

Mr Scott said the State Library of Queensland also was bringing along a humanoid robot.

“The NAO robot has been used in schools in the United Kingdom as part of their IT studies and this one will be here for a couple of weeks to allow our schools the opportunity to see and use it,” he said.

“The sky really is the limit as to how our community can use this space and what ideas can be created here.”

The Burdekin community is welcome to join opening of Ideas@108 celebrations, but are asked to contact the Burdekin Library on 4783 9970 for catering purposes.

 

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Australian Small Business Advisory Services Program to benefit Burdekin business

Posted 7th Jul 2015 in Media Releases
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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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