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For Sale

Quotation QBSC/14/031 Quotations for the purchase of ten (10) used light vehicles

Posted 19th Aug 2014 in Current Quotations
Quotations are invited for the purchase of ten used light vehicles (2012 Sedans, Seven utes - 2010 Toyota Workmate, 2011 Mazda BT50, 2012 Ford Ranger, 2012 Commodore, 4WD Nissan Navara Extra cab and 4WD Nissan Navara Dual Cab). Closing date at 12noon on Friday 12 September, 2014. More...
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QBSC/14/031 – QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF TEN (10) USED LIGHT VEHICLES

Quotations are invited for the above quotation closing at 12 noon on Friday 12 September, 2014.

Council Plant No.           Description
3053                      Sedan – 2012 Ford Falcon XT
3056                      Sedan – 2012 Ford Falcon XT
3058                      Sedan – 2012 Toyota Aurion AT-X
4013                      2WD Ute – 2010 Toyota Hilux Workmate (CAB CHASSIS)
4016                      2WD Ute – 2011 Mazda BT50 (canopy)
4029                      2WD Ute – 2012 Ford Ranger XL (drop side)
4030                      2WD Ute – 2012 Holden Commodore VE Omega (style side)
4333                      4WD Ute – 2011 Nissan Navara D40 RX King Cab (CAB CHASSIS)
4372                      4WD Ute – 2011 Nissan Navara D40 RK Dual Cab (drop side)
4373                      4WD Ute – 2012 Nissan Navara D40 Dual Cab (drop side)

Quotation documents are available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre at any time during normal office hours or download the Quotation package on Council’s and complete the Form of Quotation.

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “QBSC/14/031 – Quotations for the purchase of ten (10) used light vehicles” and lodged in the tender box located at the Burdekin Shire Council, 145 Young Street, Ayr.

The plant will be available for inspection on Friday, 5 September, 2014 between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at the Council’s Jones Street Depot. Enquiries should be made to the Manager – Technical Services, or the Workshop Superintendent.

All vehicles are sold unregistered. Roadworthy certificates will be provided for private purchasers only and current at the time of sale, however vehicles sold as cab chassis will be sold in an “as is condition”. The vehicles will not be released until the replacement vehicles are fully in service. The fire extinguishers and some ancillary equipment will not be sold with the vehicles and will be removed by Council.  These vehicles are also offered as trades against the new replacement vehicles and Council reserves the right to sell these vehicles privately or otherwise.

Any persons making inspections of the plant must report to the Workshop Superintendent or his representative and comply with Council’s Workplace Health and Safety Standards, and in particular wearing of closed in footwear.

Quotations shall be deemed to be inclusive of GST. Quotations received by telephonic advice will not be considered.  Late quotations will not be considered.  The highest or any quotations will not necessarily be accepted.

Mayor Bill Lowis with collected fluming for recycling

Fluming recycling trial keeps nine tonnes of plastic out of landfill

Posted 13th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Council’s fluming recycling trial has been hailed a success with almost nine tonnes of plastic kept out of the Shire’s landfill. More...
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Mayor Bill Lowis with collected fluming for recycling

The Burdekin Shire Council’s fluming recycling trial has been hailed a success with almost nine tonnes of plastic kept out of the Shire’s landfill.

Mayor Bill Lowis said the trial, held in conjunction with Recycling Design Technologies (RDT), was well supported by local farmers.

“Council allowed farmers to drop their stockpiles of old fluming and trickle tape to the Home Hill Waste Transfer Station, and considering it’s a busy time of year there was quite a bit collected,” he said.

“If we can prevent this sort of waste being dumped in our landfill, or from being burnt, then it’s of benefit to everyone.”

Cr Lowis said Council was investigating further opportunities to work with Burdekin farmers and growers on the disposal of plastics.

It is estimated 100km of fluming is sold to Burdekin farmers each year.

RDT spokesman Kevin Smith said he had collected about 15 bales of fluming and a small amount of trickle tape.

“Each bale weighs between 500-600kg depending on how tightly it is compressed,” he said.

RDT is based in Capalaba near Brisbane, but currently works in the district collecting trickle tape which is turned back into recycled plastic products for the auto industry, battery cases and other industrial plastic products.

10ksteps

10,000 Steps Community Challenge reaches halfway point

Posted 12th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Participants in the Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Challenge have logged more than 36 million steps as they reach the halfway point. More...
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Participants in the Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Challenge have logged more than 36 million steps as they reach the halfway point.

Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said there were 175 residents taking part in the event which was a Burdekin record.

“We have had a fantastic response to this challenge and I congratulate all who are taking part,” he said.

“It’s great to see so many people take up the challenge to improve their general health, fitness and wellbeing.

“We’ve reached the halfway mark now and some of the individual totals are huge.

“The women are certainly stepping all over the men at this stage!”

Mr Vaccaro said the total steps of all participants as at Monday this week was 36,148,224.

“Our leading woman is Deb Harris who has reached 846,468 steps and Ian McChesney-Clark leads the men with 442,111,” he said.

“Participants log their steps on the 10,000 Steps website and it is important that if any team members pull out to let our office know to ensure the statistics are as accurate as possible.

“There have been a few issues with some of the pedometers not working, but there are replacements on the way.

“If anyone does have a broken pedometer, please make sure to return it to Council for replacement.”

Mr Vaccaro said participants also were getting health, fitness and wellbeing incentives and advice from NRGIZE Fitness, Curves, Weight Watchers, Sportfirst and Fit 4 Life NQ.

If any participants are having problems, please contact Lauren McKaig on 4783 9832 or

Road - Widening Road

NDRRA – Bitumen Reconstruction Works – Home Hill and Ayr Rural Areas

Posted 7th Aug 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will be occurring at various locations in the Home Hill and Ayr Urban areas, until approximately Friday 26th September 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will be occurring at various locations on the following roads in the Home Hill Rural area:

  • Carter Road
  • Charlies Hill Road
  • Coppo Road

and the following roads in the Ayr Rural area:

  • Hillier Road
  • Keith Venables Road
  • Sexton Road
  • Tomlins Road

Works will commence on Monday 11th August 2014 until approximately Friday 26th September 2014, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed utilising traffic control, requiring reduced traffic movements and reduced speeds during working hours. However whilst stabilising works is in progress road closures will be 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.

Robyn Elphinstone and Bill Murray

Book explains history of Burdekin place names

Posted 5th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Have you ever wondered about the history of the place names like Bobawaba, Carstairs or Kalamia? Burdekin Library Ayr has just the book for you - Place Names of the Burdekin. More...
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Robyn Elphinstone and Bill Murray

Have you ever wondered about the history of the place names like Bobawaba, Carstairs or Kalamia? Burdekin Library Ayr has just the book for you – Place Names of the Burdekin.

This book was written by local history buff Bill Murray with the help of Burdekin Library Officer Robyn Elphinstone.

Mr Murray, a former Burdekin Shire Councillor, began writing books about the Burdekin back in the 1980s.

“I’ve always had an interest in history,” he said.

“My family had properties around Emu Park and Yeppoon and it was their story that started my interest in history.

“I loved to hear my mother’s stories about life on Missfelts and Beechwood.”

Mr Murray arrived in Ayr in 1956, married local girl Marie Christensen and they both lived on Kilrie Road for many years.

“I used to work with Telecom (Telstra) as a special projects officer and I had to go all over the State fixing any problems that couldn’t be solved locally,” he said.

“When you travel around like that, you see a lot of names and wonder where they came from.

“I just wanted to get the Burdekin names into a book before they all disappear.”

Mr Murray has written nine books about the Burdekin, including Graves not in Cemetery – Ayr or Home Hill, Write Up on Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse, Write Up on Charlies Hill – WWII Radar Site, Story of Wunjunga, The Island ‘Rita’, Kalamia School, Yongala Ship Wreck Write Up, National Service Files Record and James Morrill – File.

Mrs Elphinstone helped Mr Murray collate and edit his latest book.

“This sort of project is part of my job at the Library as I look after all the local history collection,” she said.

“We have created a local history nook at the Burdekin Library Ayr to make it easy for people to find all the relevant books and information about Burdekin history.”

Burdekin Machinery Preservationists

Burdekin Machinery Preservationists show appreciation of Council support

Posted 4th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
A colourful artwork depicting members of the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists at work was today presented to Burdekin Shire Council in appreciation of its support of the recent 6th Queensland Heritage Rally. More...
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Burdekin Machinery Preservationists

A colourful artwork depicting members of the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists at work was today presented to Burdekin Shire Council in appreciation of its support of the recent 6th Queensland Heritage Rally.

Burdekin Machinery Preservationists (BMP) members Alf Shand, Tom Callow and Peter Toomey delivered the artwork, which was painted by Cr Uli Liessmann, to Mayor Bill Lowis who accepted it on behalf of Council.

“This is a great memento of what everyone has described as a very successful event,” Cr Lowis said.

“Our local machinery preservationists, North Queensland Machinery Preservationists and the Pioneer Valley Machinery Preservationists did a great job of hosting the Heritage Rally.

“It was a fantastic event for people of all ages and I look forward to the next one!”

Road - Widening Road

Intersection of Gillian and Old Home Hill Road – Bitumen Reconstruction and Intersection Realignment

Posted 31st Jul 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction and intersection realignment works will be occurring at the intersection of Gillian and Old Home Hill Roads, McDesme. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 4th August 2014 continuing until Friday 12th September 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction and intersection realignment works will be occurring at the intersection of Gillian and Old Home Hill Roads, McDesme.  Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 4th August 2014 continuing until Friday 12th September 2014, weather permitting.

Works will be constructed utilising traffic control with reduced traffic movements and speed restrictions in place during working hours. Traffic utilising Old Home Hill Road to access the Burdekin River will be reduced to one lane during the works period.

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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Declining population impacts Library funding

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The Burdekin Shire’s declining population has resulted in a reduction of funding from the State Library of Queensland to the Burdekin Library. More...
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The Burdekin Shire’s declining population has resulted in a reduction of funding from the State Library of Queensland to the Burdekin Library.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the State Library of Queensland provided an annual grant to local governments across the State to support the development of high-quality library services.

“The Public Library Grant is paid to councils to support investment in, and development of, library collections which cater for the diverse needs of the whole community,” he said.

“This funding is automatically indexed each year for population growth, and is administered under a Service Level Agreement which sets out what Council has to do to receive this annual grant.

“As a consequence of our declining population, the Burdekin Library’s grant has dropped by 1.13 per cent to $87,435 for the 2014-15 financial year.

“This is not the first time – the grant has been declining for the past three years by a similar amount.”

Mr Scott said the grant was used to purchase a diverse range of resources both print and electronic for the Burdekin community.

“We are continuously researching changing library trends and technological developments to ensure that our community, although being rural, has access to similar resources that would be found in larger libraries with bigger budgets,” he said.

“The Public Library Grant complements Burdekin Shire Council’s strong annual commitment to the delivery of a high-quality library service for residents of all ages.”

EDSAG members

Community group to help drive Burdekin region’s economic development

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Council brought together 10 residents from across the Shire for the inaugural meeting of the Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG) this morning. This group will help drive economic development in the region. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council has taken to the community for help in driving economic development in the region.

Council brought together 10 residents from across the Shire for the inaugural meeting of the Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG) this morning.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said the group was created as a direct result of feedback from the Burdekin community.

“In my first few months as CEO I met with a lot of stakeholders in our community and the message was that Council did not appear to rate economic development very highly,” he said.

“Economic development will build jobs, wealth and drive population growth in our region, so this is why we have engaged with the community and formed EDSAG.

“This group’s focus will be on investment, employment and regional strategic opportunities.

“They will meet regularly to share information and provide community members the chance to meet with government and industry representatives.”

Inaugural chairman Dan Horan congratulated Mr Magin and Council on initiating the group and taking a fresh approach to economic development in the Burdekin.

“This is a fantastic way to bring business and Council together in an effort to identify and attract new opportunities to diversify and strengthen our local economy,” he said.

“Building a more robust local economy is paramount to keeping and attracting people to our shire and ensuring the Burdekin continues to be a successful and flourishing community into the future.

“I, for one, am very grateful and excited to have this opportunity to play some part in that and I am confident that with some focus and resolve this group can make a difference.”

Footpath Works

Cox Street, Ayr – Footpath Works between Davenport and James Street

Posted 29th Jul 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that construction of a concrete footpath on the eastern side of Cox Street between Davenport and James Streets will commence on Wednesday 30th July 2014 and continue until approximately Friday 22nd August 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Footpath Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that construction of a concrete footpath on the eastern side of Cox Street between Davenport and James Streets will commence on Wednesday 30th July 2014 and continue until approximately Friday 22nd August 2014, weather permitting.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to obey all directional signs 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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Have your say on the future of the Shire and win $100 off your rates or a $100 voucher

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Have your say on the future of the Burdekin by taking part in the Burdekin Shire Council's survey. One lucky participant will win $100 of their rates or a $100 voucher from a local business of their choice. More...
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Burdekin residents have a chance to have their say on the future of the Shire by taking part in a Council survey.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Council was beginning to formulate a new five-year Corporate Plan and wanted input from the community.

“To ensure we are doing what the community sees is needed for the Shire we have created a survey to gauge the importance of, and satisfaction with, a variety of services and facilities,” he said.

“This is the community’s chance to have their say and help Council plan the future of this Shire.

“The survey results will give us an indication of what the community feels are important services and facilities, as well as what Council is doing well and what we could do better.

“All of the information gathered from the survey will be used as a base for discussion at two group workshops which will be overseen by an independent facilitator.

“These workshops will include invited members of the community who have completed the survey.”

Cr Lowis said Council was offering a $100 discount off a resident’s rates, or a $100 gift voucher from a local business, as added incentive for residents to participate in the survey.

“The survey is only open until Wednesday, August 13 and the winner of the rate discount or gift voucher will be announced on Thursday, August 14,” he said.

The survey is available on Council’s website, Council’s social media pages or a hardcopy can be collected from the Council Chambers and both branches of the Burdekin Library.

“We need as many residents and ratepayers as possible to take part in this community consultation phase, so please spread the word about this survey,” he said.

“The more input we have from the community the greater chance we have of ensuring the services we provide are the ones most needed.”

The Corporate Plan is an overarching plan for all Council’s services and functions, which outlines the strategies and performance measures for achieving the plan’s goals.

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Lena Road – Bitumen Construction Works

Posted 24th Jul 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen construction works will be occurring on Lena Road from the intersection with the Ayr Dalbeg Road for approximately 300m. Works are scheduled to commence Monday 28th July 2014 until approximately Friday 5th September 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen construction works will be occurring on Lena Road from the intersection with the Ayr Dalbeg Road for approximately 300m. Works are scheduled to commence Monday 28th July 2014 until approximately Friday 5th September 2014, weather permitting.

These works will be conducted 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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Library refurbishment to now focus on entrance area

Posted 22nd Jul 2014 in Media Releases
A new front desk and brighter entrance will soon greet patrons of the Burdekin Library Ayr after the receipt of a $22,500 infrastructure subsidy from State Government. More...
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A new front desk and brighter entrance will soon greet patrons of the Burdekin Library Ayr.

Library Services Manager John Scott said Council had received a $22,500 infrastructure subsidy from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies program for the work.

“We are very excited to be able to replace the front desk and create a brighter entrance area as people enter the library,” he said.

“We are replacing the circulation desk with a modern counter to create a more welcoming space for patrons entering the library.

“Our library team will have a more efficient space in which to better serve the Burdekin community.”

Mr Scott said the work was part of a major refurbishment program which had been undertaken by Council over the past three years.

“Our library needed updating and we have been fortunate that we have been able to use funds from both Council and the State Library of Queensland’s annual resource grant allocation to achieve that,” he said.

“Later in the year we will have a reset day where the community will be invited to come along and see what we have done, learn about our services and help us relaunch the library.”

Dan Mulcahy

Dan Mulcahy accepts new position at Council

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Burdekin Shire Council is pleased to announced Dan Mulcahy as the new Manager Governance and Local Laws. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is pleased to announce Dan Mulcahy as the new Manager Governance and Local Laws.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Mr Mulcahy had a wealth of knowledge about the Burdekin and local government.

“It’s really great to be able to keep that knowledge in Council and I’m very happy he accepted the position,” he said.

“This position was created during the recent restructure of our organisation.”

Mayor Bill Lowis said Mr Mulcahy’s experience was of great benefit to the Shire.

“I’m really happy he has accepted this position and look forward to continue working with him on the betterment of this Shire,” he said.

“This role is more focussed and will take advantage of Dan’s knowledge.”

Mr Mulcahy said the new role would offer a new form of excitement and challenge.

“I am looking forward to undertaking this role as well as I can and look forward to continuing my relationship with the CEO, senior management, staff and council,” he said.

As Manager Governance and Local Laws, Mr Mulcahy will be responsible for governance, local law administration, grants, property, environment and health.

People to people July 2014

People to People Student Ambassadors tour Burdekin

Posted 17th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
About 400 teenage students from all over the United States will visit the Burdekin as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program – a cultural and educational exchange aimed at promoting world peace. More...
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People to people July 2014

Burdekin residents may have heard more American accents than normal recently.

About 400 teenage students from all over the United States will visit as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program – a cultural and educational exchange aimed at promoting world peace.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said the students would experience the Burdekin’s mild winter, friendly service and warm hospitality.

“They will also learn about our region, local government and be presented with a certificate and souvenir,” he said.

Cr Lowis said the students received a civic welcome and lunch at the Burdekin Theatre before spending some time browsing through Ayr’s central business district.

This is the 23rd year the Burdekin Shire Council has been involved in the ambassador program.

The non-profit foundation was originally established by US President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to establish world peace through youth interaction and cultural exchange.

The Burdekin Shire Council presents all of the ambassadors with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to world understanding and friendship through their involvement in the program.

The first of the nine groups arrived in the Burdekin on July 1 and the last will be welcomed to our Shire on Sunday, July 20.

2014 photocomp web

Get snapping and enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition

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Burdekin residents are being urged to focus of the beauty of the Burdekin and enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition. More...
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Burdekin residents are being urged to focus of the beauty of the Burdekin and enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said this was an opportunity for all residents to have their photograph used to promote the Shire.

“We live a sweet life in the Burdekin and often take for granted the beauty that surrounds us,” he said.

“I encourage residents to grab their cameras and get snapping to show the world just how beautiful our region is.

“We’re looking for all sorts of pictures that can be used in brochures, billboards, banners, websites, social media and various other marketing activities.

“Photos need to follow the theme The Best of the Burdekin – this could be pictures of anyone or anything that captures the essence of the Burdekin.”

“Photos showing our agriculture, horticulture, sporting activities, cultural activities, fishing and recreational activities, landscapes and local events such as Tastes of the Burdekin this weekend.”

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.

For more information or to view photos entered in the competition, go to council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.  Alternatively, contact Eliza Lovell on 4783 9831.

Entries close 5pm Friday September 26, 2014.

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Councillors support CEO’s restructure of Council positions

Posted 15th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Council has unanimously supported the CEO’s plans to restructure the organisation in response to current economic conditions. CEO Matthew Magin said seven positions had been made redundant and one of the outcomes of the move would be positive benefits for the ratepayers. More...
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The Burdekin Shire Council has unanimously supported the CEO’s plans to restructure the organisation in response to current economic conditions.

Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said seven positions at Council had been made redundant and one of the outcomes of that would be positive benefits for the ratepayers.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said all seven councillors had supported Mr Magin’s plan to restructure the organisation.

“We have listened to the concerns of our ratepayers about having to tighten our belts and acted on it,” he said.

Mr Magin said the decision to cut the positions had nothing to do with the performance of the employees.

“This was an extremely tough decision, but it made economic and operational sense to cut these positions,” he said. “I want to make it clear that it had nothing to do with their performance at work.

“Under the Local Government Act I have ultimate responsibility and accountability for managing the Council on behalf of the community through the effective, efficient and economical management of public resources.

“The recently announced rate increase was unacceptably high and the community was rightly concerned about the levels of increases.

“Those increases were required because the region is stagnant in terms of population growth and economic development, which by definition means we are going backwards.

“By making decisive structural changes, predominantly from our senior management team, it will minimise the long-term impacts on Council and its employees and provide some much needed job security for the remaining workforce.”

Mr Magin said the redundant positions included Director Corporate and Community Services, Director Environment and Operations, Manager Information and Customer Service, Manager Environment and Health and three support positions.

“This is not something I do lightly and it is not something I enjoy, but for the long-term sustainable future of the Shire it had to be done,” he said.

Fasttrack National Talent Showcase & Workshop

$2000 in cash and prizes up for grabs at Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase

Posted 14th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Calling all singers, dancers, bands, musicians, duos, comedians, DJs and anyone else with talent – register for the upcoming Fast Track Talent Showcase and you could win $2000 in cash and prizes. More...
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Fasttrack National Talent Showcase & Workshop

Calling all singers, dancers, bands, musicians, duos, comedians, DJs and anyone else with talent – register for the upcoming Fast Track Talent Showcase and you could win $2000 in cash and prizes.

Burdekin Shire Youth Council coordinator Tammy Quagliata said there were no age or genre restrictions on entrants and all participating would attend a morning workshop with The Clique’s Jordan and Jacinta and Frank Dixon.

“This is a great way for our talented performers to get up on stage and perform in front of entertainment industry professionals,” she said.

“We know there is so much talent in the Burdekin and surrounding areas and we really want to show the Yoyo Music Team what we have to offer … even if you are just a beginner, you should give it a shot.

“The Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase is your chance to shine. Who knows, you may even end up on The Voice or The X Factor!”

The event, to be held at the Burdekin Theatre on August 16, will consist of workshops in the morning, heats in the afternoon and the final showcase at night.

Mrs Quagliata said tickets for the final Showcase would go on sale this Saturday (July 19).

“The final showcase will include the top 12 from the heats as well as guest performances by The Clique and Frank Dixon,” she said.

“Tickets to the final showcase will be $20 each.

“We also will have general $10 admission tickets available for the heats and these will go on sale as soon as registrations have been finalised and the heats announced.”

Enter the Fast Track Talent Showcase by Friday, July 25, by sending your name, email address, age and a brief description of your act to: or call 1300 327 801 for more information.

ANZAC centenary Qld

Community input sought on ANZAC Centenary project

Posted 9th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin residents are being asked to put forward a local project to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary. More...
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ANZAC centenary Qld

Next year is the centenary of World War I where the ANZAC legend was born and Burdekin residents are being asked to put forward a local project to commemorate this event.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said Council was seeking community input on the type of ANZAC Centenary commemorative project and would hold a meeting next week.

“There are State Government funds available to be applied for and Council invites the community to come forward with their ideas on what an appropriate project would be to honour this occasion,” he said.

“We have a short window of time to get this moving as applications close on August 12.

“I urge anyone with any ideas to come along to next Thursday’s meeting and share it with us.”

To be eligible for state funds the project will not only commemorate those who served in wars, but also must:

  • raise community awareness of the ANZAC Centenary;
  • contribute to a statewide program of diverse, inclusive and educative ANZAC Centenary projects and activities;
  • promote the ANZAC values of courage, integrity, duty, mateship, compassion, resilience, toughness and teamwork;
  • encourage community participation and engagement; and promote social, cultural or economic benefit to the community; and
  • be completed by December 31, 2015.

Examples of eligible projects and activities include:

  • public commemorative events – ceremonies, parades, re-enactments of WWI events that impacted on the Burdekin community;
  • restoration or enhancement of existing memorials;
  • preservation, interpretation and/or display of WWI history, stories, memorabilia and artefacts such as public displays, web or mobile applications, web-based materials, exhibitions, music, theatrical performances; and
  • acquisition of WWI memorabilia, artefacts and/or research materials such as books and educational materials for the library.

The meeting will be held in Council’s John Hy Peake Room at 7.30pm on Thursday, July 17.

For more information about Queensland Government funding programs go to www.qld.gov.au/grants

Mayor watches cyclone shelter walls go up

Burdekin cyclone shelter’s walls go up

Posted 8th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
The concrete wall panels of the Burdekin Shire’s multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility are going up quickly. More...
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Mayor watches cyclone shelter walls go up

The concrete wall panels of the Burdekin Shire’s multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility are going up quickly.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said the contractors had a large crane on site to lift the 59 concrete wall panels into place.

“The walls are supported by steel struts as they are erected and a steel portal frame will be constructed on the interior of the facility,” he said.

“These panels weigh from 10-25 tonnes and are 200-250mm thick, so they should withstand anything nature can throw at them.

“There have only been minor delays in the project with some time lost due to wet weather.”

Cr Lowis said the $2.7 million facility would be completed by mid-November this year.

The Burdekin multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility measures 65m x 26m and will have an internal open area of about 50m x 26m. It is designed to withstand a Category 5 cyclone.