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Groper Creek

Public Notice – Groper Creek Jetty temporary closure

Posted 27th Jan 2015 in Public Notices
The Groper Creek Jetty will be temporarily closed to the public from early February to mid February while sand blasting and maintenance of the jetty is carried out. More...
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Groper Creek

The Groper Creek Jetty will be temporarily closed to the public while sand blasting and maintenance of the jetty is carried out.

Transport and Main Roads has contracted a marine specialist to complete this maintenance project, commencing early February.

The project is expected to take two weeks to complete, however works on-site may be periodic depending on when tides occur.

Work hours are from 6am-6pm.

Weather permitting, the Burdekin community can expect the Groper Creek Jetty to be reopened for use by mid-February.

Alternative facilities are available at Wallace’s Landing, Hell Hole, Plantation Creek or Rita Island.

For more information about boat ramps in the Burdekin district, visit the Marine Queensland website at www.msq.qld.gov.au or search for boating facilities.

Australia Day 2015 Burdekin Citizens of the Year Peter and Janette Pattinson

Community minded couple named Burdekin Citizens of the Year

Posted 26th Jan 2015 in Media Releases
Peter and Janette Pattinson were named Citizens of the Year at the Burdekin Shire Council 2015 Australia Day Awards. More...
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Australia Day 2015 Burdekin Citizens of the Year Peter and Janette Pattinson

 

A community-minded couple were named Citizens of the Year at the Burdekin Shire Council 2015 Australia Day Awards.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said Peter and Janette Pattinson worked together as a strong team.

“They support each other and are not often seen far apart working tirelessly on community projects and events,” he said.

“They have been members of various community groups and organisations including P&C associations, Burdekin Singers and Theatre Company, Burdekin Cruisers Car Club, Burdekin Relay for Life, Ayr Swimming Club and the Burdekin Water Festival, just to name a few.

“This husband and wife team have dedicated many long and tireless hours to the community and also raised three children who consider their parents to be inspirational role models.”

Cr Lowis also congratulated Reece D’Alessandro on receiving the Young Citizen of the Year Award.

“Reece had numerous official roles throughout 2014 including Home Hill State High School School Captain, Burdekin Shire Youth Council Mayor, Interact Club Vice President and Valedictory Committee Chairman,” he said.

“He has been compere of many events including Tastes of the Burdekin, Burdekin Water Festival, Burdekin Relay for Life and Council’s Christmas Carols.

“He has done all of this and managed to stay focussed and excel in his final year of school.

“He was awarded the Senior Dux Academic Excellence Award, the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership Scholarship, the Dawson Medallion and many more at the Home Hill State High School presentation night.”

Cr Lowis thanked all award nominees and recipients for giving back to the Burdekin community.

“We are very fortunate to have so many community-minded people living in our region and I thank them all for taking the time to make our community a better place to live,” he said.

The 2015 Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Award winners are:

Citizens of the Year: Peter and Janette Pattinson

Young Citizen of the Year: Reece D’Alessandro

Young Citizen of the Year Achievement Award: Rane Reguson

Community Event of the Year: 6th Queensland Heritage Rally

Senior Cultural Award: Peter Pattinson

Junior Cultural Award: Reece D’Alessandro

Junior Cultural Achievement Award: Sarah Berryman

Sportsperson with a Disability: Andrea McDonnell

Sports Administrator Award: Col Casswell

Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Brianne Rossato

Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Danae Olsen

Junior Sportsperson Achievement Award: Adam Walton

 

HH Waste Transfer Station office break-in January 23 2015

Home Hill Waste Transfer Station office broken into

Posted 23rd Jan 2015 in Media Releases
The Home Hill Waster Transfer Station office was broken into causing damage to the door and window. More...
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HH Waste Transfer Station office break-in January 23 2015

The Home Hill Waster Transfer Station office was broken into last night causing damage to the door and window.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said police were investigating the incident.

“Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to break into the office, but nothing appears to have been taken,” he said.

“You have to wonder what they thought they were going to find in there as there is never any money kept there.”

Cr Lowis said the damage caused to the office might cost Council thousands to repair.

“This sort of behaviour is reprehensible and is just another cost burden on the ratepayers of the Burdekin,” he said.

“If anyone has any information that may be able to assist police in their inquiries, please contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.”

 

 

Rosemary Menkens, John Scott, Janette Wright and Matthew Magin

Accolades all around for new-look Burdekin Library Ayr

Posted 22nd Jan 2015 in Media Releases
There were accolades all around at the launch of the new-look Burdekin Library Ayr. More...
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Rosemary Menkens, John Scott, Janette Wright and Matthew Magin

There were accolades all around at this morning’s launch of the new-look Burdekin Library Ayr.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis thanked the Library staff for their passion and dedication to delivering the best service possible to residents.

“Libraries of today are no longer just about books. They are changing to meet the changing needs of their communities and keeping up with technology,” he said.

“I am very proud of how far our library services have come and thank our wonderful staff for doing such a great job for the residents of the Burdekin.”

State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer Janette Wright said today’s libraries were central to the wellbeing of communities in many ways.

“Libraries are social hubs, offering services to all sectors of the community, connecting citizens and reducing isolation,” she said.

“Libraries are learning hubs, supporting literacy and providing opportunities for lifelong learning.

“Libraries act as cultural centres, offering spaces for artists, authors and displays to engage their communities.

“Libraries also act as economic enablers, providing information to connect people to opportunities to better their personal circumstances, and to encourage enterprise.”

Ms Wright then announced the Burdekin Library had been successful in gaining a$36,500 grant to implement the Ideas @ 108 program.

Burdekin Library Services Manager John Scott said there exciting times ahead for the library.

“We will be partnering with TAFE North Qld on the Ideas @ 108 program which will enable the creation of a multifunctional, flexible space for growing ideas with a particular focus on small business, start-ups and youth,” he said.

“We also will investigate allowing tablets out on loan and introducing more technology programs. These are exciting times for the Burdekin.”

 

Road closed

Spiller Street – Drainage Upgrade and Bitumen Widening

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage upgrade and bitumen widening works will commence in Spiller Street from Queen Street to MacMillan Street on Tuesday 27th January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27th March, 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage upgrade and bitumen widening works will commence in Spiller Street from Queen Street to MacMillan Street on Tuesday 27th January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27th March, 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.

'Dengue' or 'Yellow Fever' mosquito (Aedes Aegypti).

Ensure yards are cleared to prevent mosquitoes breeding

Posted 21st Jan 2015 in Media Releases
Burdekin residents are being urged to clear yards in an effort to prevent disease-carrying mosquitoes from breeding. More...
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'Dengue' or 'Yellow Fever' mosquito (Aedes Aegypti).

Burdekin residents are being urged to clear yards in an effort to prevent disease-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said recent rain and higher than normal tides would result in increased mosquito breeding in the Shire.

“We have prime breeding conditions at the moment and it’s up to us all to help prevent an outbreak of mosquitoes,” he said.

“Council regularly treats known breeding sites, but our lush backyards are a haven for these pests.

“Container-breeding mosquitoes, which can carry disease, can be found in items such as pot plant holders, gutters, old tin cans, plastic containers, fallen palm fronds, toys, bromeliads and old tyres.

“I would urge our residents to have a walk around their property and tip out any water lying around.

“If you have plants that hold water, such as bromeliads, flush them out with a hose thoroughly at least every 3-4days.

“Our residents are our front line of defence when it comes to fighting mossies.”

Cr Lowis also urged residents to be aware of the warning signs of dengue.

“Dengue fever can include headaches, fevers, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and, in some rare cases, can be fatal,” he said.

“Dengue mosquitoes require only a small amount of water to breed in so I would urge residents to empty all their pot plant trays and other water-holding containers once a week to stop their breeding cycle.”

Residents should also take precautions against being bitten, by using personal insect repellents, screening sleeping and living areas and using surface sprays in dark places such as under beds and behind cupboards.

 

Burdekin Shire Council

Job Vacancy 15/01 – System and Network Administrator

Posted 20th Jan 2015 in Current Job Vacancies
We are seeking applications for a System and Network Administrator to assist in maintaining Council's information and communications technology infrastructure and help desk. Closing date 9 February 2015. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council

The Burdekin Region offers an outstanding lifestyle that is both contemporary and relaxed. The major township of Ayr is less than an hour’s drive to the city of Townsville.  The Burdekin has abundant water supplies, excellent health and educational facilities, and an excellent array of cultural, sporting, and recreational activities.

The System and Network Administrator is responsible for maintaining Council’s information and communications technology infrastructure and help desk.

The Position

The key responsibilities include:

  • Maintain Council’s server infrastructure (hardware and software) including VMware vSphere, virtual servers and physical servers.
  • Maintain Council’s enterprise storage and recovery infrastructure including the storage area network (SAN), network attached storage (NAS) and direct attached storage (DAS).
  • Maintain Council’s network infrastructure (hardware and software).
  • Maintain Council’s core Windows infrastructure services including Active Directory (AD), Certificate Services, Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), File and Print and Windows Deployment Services (WDS).

The Person

The successful applicant will possess the following attributes:

  • Tertiary qualification in areas relevant to the position and/or extensive experience in systems, network, storage and vSphere administration.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work to meet deadlines and achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated high level of communication skills both written and oral with demonstrated ability to report clearly on complex matters and deliver presentations to varied audiences.

Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the Queensland Local Government Officers Award – State and Burdekin Shire Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.  The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Grade 6 ($85,434pa) with the commencing salary dependent upon the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

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

Applications for 15/01 – System and Network Administrator should include:

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume
  • Statements addressing the selection criteria

Applications are to be submitted online using the Online Job Application Form.

Applications close on Monday 9 February 2015. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact the ICT Coordinator – Dirk Dabelstein on (07) 4783 9800.

ChemClear Collection web

Burdekin farmers and graziers urged to register for ChemClear program

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Primary producers in the Burdekin are being urged to register for this year’s ChemClear program. More...
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Primary producers in the Burdekin are being urged to register for this year’s ChemClear program.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said this national program allowed farmers and graziers to dispose of unwanted agvet chemicals in a safe and responsible manner.

“All our farmers and graziers have to do is register the chemicals for collection with ChemClear, then bring them to the Ayr Waste Transfer Station on the nominated day in June,” he said.

“They will need to lodge their registrations before the middle of April as only registered out-of-date or unwanted products will be collected.

“All successful registrations are acknowledged by email or post and a reference number relating to each of Group 1 and 2 chemical registrations will be provided by ChemClear.

“Group 1 chemicals are currently registered products from participating manufacturers and are accepted free of charge, while Group 2 involves chemicals that are unlabelled, unregistered or obsolete, and include a fee-per-litre for disposal.”

Cr Lowis said Council supported the ChemClear program as it was an excellent opportunity to remove hazardous chemicals from the region.

“The last Queensland-wide collection was two years ago and I would urge local primary producers to take advantage of this year’s event,” he said.

For more information about the ChemClear program or to register for the collection, call ChemClear on 1800 008 182 or log on to www.chemclear.com.au.

 

Australia Day Logo

New-look program for Burdekin Australia Day celebrations

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A program packed with local performers is sure to keep Burdekin residents entertained at this year’s Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Award celebrations. More...
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Australia Day Logo

A program packed with local performers is sure to keep Burdekin residents entertained at this year’s Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Award celebrations.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said the judges had a difficult task choosing just one winner from the Award nominations.

“Our judges have finished selecting this year’s Award winners and I look forward to announcing the winners on Monday at our new-look event,” he said.

“The celebrations will kick off at 10am with a free morning tea in the Burdekin Theatre forecourt and the formalities begin at 11am.”

Cr Lowis said the line-up of Burdekin talent was something everyone should come to see.

“We are very lucky in the Burdekin to have such a wealth of talent to choose from,” he said.

“Some of the performers are Rick Romeo, Aicey Zaro, Ron Odgers, Lauren Raitelli, Adam Dudley, Monica Licciardello, Blackboard Diagram and the cast from the upcoming Boy from Oz production.

“That’s a great line up for just $3.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased from the Burdekin Theatre box office or from www.burdekintheatre.com.au.

Australia Day celebrations will be held at the Burdekin Theatre on Monday, January 26, 2015, commencing at 11am.

To find out more about the Australia Day Awards go to www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.

 

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Ivory Road – Road Reconstruction and Drainage Works

Posted 15th Jan 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Ivory Road from Pearce’s Bridge to the Fiveway’s Road intersection on Monday 19th January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27th February 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Ivory Road from Pearce’s Bridge to the Fiveway’s Road intersection on Monday 19th January, 2015 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.

Ayr Pool

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

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.

 

New Water Main

Temporary Road Closures – New Water Main Construction Works

Posted 8th Jan 2015 in Current Water Information, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that to facilitate the construction of a new water main from the Rossiters Hill area to the Ayr Racecourse a number of temporary traffic restrictions will be implemented commencing from Monday 12 January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27 March, 2015, weather permitting. More...
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New Water Main

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that to facilitate the construction of a new water main from the Rossiters Hill area to the Ayr Racecourse a number of temporary traffic restrictions will be implemented commencing from Monday 12 January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27 March, 2015, weather permitting.

  • Speed restrictions will be in force along the Bruce Highway between Kilrie Road and Conlan Street;
  • Access to Clements Street, Honeycombe Street and Laurence Crescent, Rossiters Hill from the Bruce Highway will be via Conlan Street to allow the pipe to be installed under the Bruce Highway;
  • Cislowski Road will be closed at the intersection of Old Clare Road;
  • Woods Street will be closed at the intersection of Cunningham Street;

The works will be constructed utilising a combination of partial and full road closures during working hours and where possible reopened to traffic at night with speed restrictions in place.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

For further information or queries, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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Hurney Road – Bitumen Reconstruction Works

Posted 6th Jan 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Bitumen reconstruction of a section of Hurney Road between Mann Road and Menkens Road will commence on Monday 5th January, 2015 continuing until Friday 27th March 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction of a section of Hurney Road between Mann Road and Menkens Road will commence on Monday 5th January, 2015 continuing until Friday 27th March 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.

Burdekin Library Staff Ayr

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 Library Staff Ayr

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.

 

Road closed

Road Closed – Woods Street and Cislowski Road, Ayr

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

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

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

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

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Tenth Avenue Home Hill – Bitumen Widening and Kerbing and Channelling

Posted 13th Nov 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen widening and kerbing and channeling will be commencing in Tenth Avenue between Eighth Street and Sixth Street, Home Hill. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 17th November 2014 continuing until Friday 19th December 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen widening and kerbing and channeling will be commencing in Tenth Avenue between Eighth Street and Sixth Street, Home Hill. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 17th November 2014 continuing until Friday 19th December 2014, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a full road closure with access to local traffic only.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on-site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

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

Road - Widening Road

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

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

These works will be constructed under a full road closure with access to local traffic only.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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

Photos capture the Best of the Burdekin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entries close 5pm Friday September 26, 2014.

Adrian Scott - new ED manager

Council appoints Economic Development Manager

Posted in Media Releases
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.”