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Council plumbers Thomas Lammon and David Thomas with Water and Waste Water labourer Edward Cole at the Burke Street site where a new scour injection point will be inserted.

Council works to reduce incidence of water discolouration in Ayr

Posted 31st May 2016 in Media Releases
Council water crews will install new scour injection and extraction points on the 500mm water main in Burke Street between the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant and Railway Street in an effort to further alleviate incidents of discoloured water. More...
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Council plumbers Thomas Lammon and David Thomas with Water and Waste Water labourer Edward Cole at the Burke Street site where a new scour injection point will be inserted.

Council water crews will install new scour injection and extraction points on the 500mm water main in Burke Street between the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant and Railway Street in an effort to further alleviate incidents of discoloured water.

Manager Operations Wayne Saldumbide said cutting in of the necessary pipework was scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2016, with the initial swabbing of the water main scheduled for the following day.

“Council will insert foam swabs (pigs) into the water main at the treatment plant and push the swabs through to the new extraction point about 830 metres away,” Mr Saldumbide said.

“Adding this new extraction point has been planned for some time to enable thorough cleaning of the large distribution main in South Ayr.

“We have been waiting for a drop in demand to do the work, but haven’t had any luck with rain. We expect demand to drop in the cooler months so we have planned the works for late June.”

“It’s been a trouble spot for some time and once we’ve been able to undertake the swabbing we fully expect the occurrences of discoloured water to reduce markedly.”

An intensive swabbing program will be undertaken that same week with large distribution mains in Railway Street and Cunningham Street, Ayr and the 300mm Brandon main being cleaned on consecutive days.

Cleaning of these mains in conjunction with air-scouring will reduce the amount of discoloured water experienced by residents.

Mr Saldumbide said Council would like the cooperation of residents in restricting their water usage to essential requirements in the week of the planned works to enable full supply to be maintained.

If you are experiencing dirty water, please report it to Council on 4783 9800.

Showing their martial arts style are (from left) Jordon Harrington, PD Master Corey Lane, Ozzy Kenyon-Smith and Jonas Christofides.

Loads of free family fun to celebrate Queensland Week

Posted in Media Releases
Looking for a way to get fit that is a little different? Come along to the Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo at Anzac Park on Sunday, June 5, from 9.30am-12.30pm to see what’s available. More...
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Showing their martial arts style are (from left) Jordon Harrington, PD Master Corey Lane, Ozzy Kenyon-Smith and Jonas Christofides.

Looking for a way to get fit that is a little different? Come along to this weekend’s Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo at Anzac Park to see what’s available.

A group from Burdekin Martial Arts – Silat Perisai Diri (PD) will be on site showing just how easily you can get active and also gain personal safety knowledge. PD is a unique Indonesian martial art which was introduced to Australia in 1979 and teaches people how to use their natural reflexes to combat an attack situation.

Master Corey Lane said a martial arts regime was a great way to stay fit and for self-protection.

“Our aim is teach people to have the most effective response to an attack from the point of view of putting themselves in the best position to counter attack,” he said.

“We will have a display at the Expo and our members will also have a demonstration to show people our martial art.”

Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Expo was a great way for the community to see what fitness options were available to residents.

“This event offers people a chance to talk with a wide variety of organisations about different types of sports and fitness regimes and hopefully will give them the incentive to adopt a healthier lifestyle,” she said.

“It’s also a great family day with lots of fun free activities for children such as a jumping castle, rock climbing, a merry-go-round, bungee trampoline and face painting.

“I’m a great believer in exercise – it is good for your body, a great stress release and an excellent way of meeting new people.

“Just walking every day will help and it gets you out enjoying our wonderful region, especially at this time of year when it’s a little cooler.”

The Burdekin Queensland Week Family Fun and Fitness Expo will be held from 9.30am-12.30pm on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Anzac Park, Ayr.

The Burdekin Shire Council received a $5000 grant to hold the Expo through the Queensland Government’s 2016 Queensland Week Sponsorship Program.

Participants this year include Burdekin Cruisers and Car Club Inc, Lower Burdekin Celtic Dancing Association Inc, South Pacific Taekwondo, Activ8, Jamminwifjoe, Burdekin Relay for Life, Lower Burdekin Gymnastics, World Shimjang Taekwondo, Burdekin Artisans Community Association, Bowen Therapy – Jane Farmer, Curves, NRGize Fitness, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network, Kangatraining Burdekin, Burdekin Martial Arts  – Silat Perisai Diri (PD), Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre, Burdekin Shire Youth Council, Neighbourhood Watch Qld, Burdekin Amateur Basketball Inc, Townsville Cairns Bike Riders, Burdekin PCYC, Zumba with Anastasia, Snap Fitness, Ayr Lions Club and Rotary Club of Home Hill.

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Council to trial bulk storage waste bin at Plantation over Burdekin Show long weekend

Posted 30th May 2016 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council will trial the placement of a bulk storage waste bin at the popular Plantation Creek boat ramp over the Burdekin Show holiday weekend (1-3 July) to help cut the amount of illegally dumped rubbish. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council will trial the placement of a bulk storage waste bin at the popular Plantation Creek boat ramp over the Burdekin Show holiday weekend (1-3 July) to help cut the amount of illegally dumped rubbish.

Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had agreed to the trial following community representation to Council requesting reconsideration of the previous decision.

“We are going to place this bin at the ramp on the Thursday and then it will be removed on the Monday to ease the load on residential bins over the long weekend,” she said.

“Plantation Creek has been chosen as the trial site as it provides access to the highest number of creek huts in the Shire.

“If this service proves a success, Council will consider whether the bins are warranted at other ramps during holidays and long weekends.

“Fishing is a very popular pastime in the Burdekin and this is a drawcard for tourists to our region.

“Illegal dumping is an eyesore in these beautiful natural environments and impacts on the wetland habitats.”

Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said ongoing misuse of the previous permanent bulk waste bins at boat ramps had led to their removal in 2009.

“People were using these bins instead of taking their household rubbish to Council’s transfer stations. This is not what the boat ramp bins are for,” he said.

“Council has ongoing problems with the illegal dumping of household items such as furniture and rubbish and it costs thousands of ratepayers’ dollars every year for Council to clean it up.

“We hope that by trialling the return of the bin at busier times of the year, the bin is used by boat ramp patrons and not by other individuals as a substitute for the transfer station.

“The bin is there for holiday makers to put their rubbish in – not around.”

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Burdekin Shire supports LGAQ push for federal funds

Posted 27th May 2016 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin has announced her support for the Local Government Association of Queensland’s Federal Election Local Government Policy Plan. More...
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Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin has announced her support for the Local Government Association of Queensland’s Federal Election Local Government Policy Plan.

Cr McLaughlin said the most important issue for the Burdekin was the reinstatement of the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs).

“These grants are a vital source of funding for shires which have a static rate base, such as the Burdekin, and help relieve the pressure on our ratepayers,” she said.

“It is vital that the Federal Government reinstates the increase for these grants as costs are continuing to rise and that burden is being shouldered by our ratepayers.

“Under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), I also agree with LGAQ that councils should be able to use their labour for recovery and reconstruction works on council-owned essential public assets.

“Our team has found that we get better value for money when using our crews.”

Cr McLaughlin said any changes to NDRRA would directly affect Council and the community.

“If there was a reduction in the amount funded by the Federal Government then there would be a definite impact on rate increases,” she said.

“We are fortunate to have had funding support from the NDRRA over the years, but if there was improved mitigation funding for natural disasters we could do so much more.

“The Burdekin Shire has dealt with disaster events for many years and Council has had to fund mitigation works such as new drainage etc to help prevent similar events.”

The Burdekin Mayor said Council would welcome committed funds for water projects.

“We definitely need a commitment from the Federal Government on funding for the maintenance and upgrade of our key water infrastructure,” she said.

“This is vital to the Burdekin and will ensure the continued growth of our region.

“I acknowledge the funding the Federal Government has pledged for the Burdekin-Haughton scheme and Burdekin Dam, but there needs to be money available to back up projects and not just fund studies.”

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Library project offers help to youth

Posted 25th May 2016 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Library is offering youth aged 12 to 16 years who are impacted by autism/Asperger’s the opportunity to join the “Challenge Program”. If you are interested please register with Disability Services Local Area Coordinator Kathy Hansen on 4786 4050. More...
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The Burdekin Shire Library is offering youth aged 12 to 16 years who are impacted by autism/Asperger’s the opportunity to join the “Challenge Program”.

Council’s Library Services Manager John Scott said the program would be held in partnership with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

“This program gives participants the opportunity to build relationships with each other and Council’s library staff, which in turn will connect them with the wider community,” he said.

“We anticipate the Challenge Program will run for an hour, once a week after school at our innovation space Ideas@108.”

The Burdekin Library has a history of partnering with agencies to deliver a range of innovative programs for the local community.

Mr Scott said that during 2015 several parents of teenagers in the Burdekin region expressed a need for a social activity and learning environment for teenagers with autism/Asperger’s with a long-term view to upskilling for future employment.

“Most interest was shown in a ‘lab’ type project, where young people meet regularly using technology as a medium for activities,” he said.

“This type of project has been run successfully in other places and we held an initial meeting of parents, Burdekin Shire Library Staff and Disability Services Local Area Coordinator on 1 September 2015.

“Our library team then met with the young people to gather their ideas for the project.

“The resulting successful program, where participants learnt about 3D printing, computer coding and more, was run throughout the final term of the 2015 school year in partnership with the Department.”

Mr Scott said his team were delighted to again work with the Department to deliver the Challenge Program.

If you are interested please register with Disability Services Local Area Coordinator Kathy Hansen on 4786 4050.

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Job Vacancy 16/17 – Customer Services Officer

Posted 24th May 2016 in Current Job Vacancies
Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Customer Services Officer. This position is a permanent part-time position with hours worked from 9am to 5pm daily, totalling 70 hours per fortnight. Applications close on Wednesday, 8 June 2016. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Customer Services Officer.  This position involves working on a rotational basis across the call centre and front counter. This position is a permanent part-time position with hours worked from 9am to 5pm daily, totalling 70 hours per fortnight.

The Position

The key responsibilities include:

  • Provide high quality multifunctional Customer Service to the Burdekin Shire Council’s external and internal customers
  • Provide a positive and proactive service to customers through effective communication, conflict resolution, problem solving and advocacy
  • Process all service requests for the provision of works and tasks to be undertaken via our electronic Customer Request Management System
  • Report to supervisor in a timely manner on issues and activities likely to influence Council operations or adversely impact relations with Council’s customers
  • Receipting functions for customers by way of cash, cheques and EFTPOS facilities
  • Process all Council applications, permits and payments efficiently

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire positon description.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 3 ($35.45 per hour) 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 following link.

Applications for 16/17 – Customer Services Officer 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 close on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.  Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Ms. Eileen Robinson – Manager Client Services on

(07) 4783 9800.

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Burdekin community organisations net more than $50,000

Posted 18th May 2016 in Media Releases
The Department of Social Services has announced the recipients of the Volunteer Grants 2015 including 14 Burdekin organisations. The local organisations will share in more than $50,000. To view the full list of successful organisations or to find out about more funding opportunities visit the Australian Government Department of Social Services website More...
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The Department of Social Services has announced the recipients of the Volunteer Grants 2015 including 14 Burdekin organisations.

Almost 130,000 volunteers in around 5,300 organisations throughout Australia will benefit from funding of $20 million under Volunteer Grants 2015.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said funding would support volunteers in their important work and the grants of between $1000 and $5000 each would enable organisations to purchase much needed equipment or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks.

“Volunteers are the heart of community organisations and their ability to work willingly together for the betterment of our community is an invaluable resource,” she said.

“Council knows the value of volunteers and volunteer organisations and is always working to provide as much support as possible in whatever capacity we can to help out.

“It’s wonderful to see so many of our local organisations benefitting from this federal funding.”

The successful recipients – Ayr Golf Club, Ayr Surf Life Saving Club Inc, Ayr Tennis Association, Brandon Bowls Club Inc, Burdekin Fitness Hall Inc, Burdekin Junior Rugby League Football Club Inc, Burdekin Men’s Shed Association Inc, Burdekin Tourism Association Inc, Giru State School Parents and Citizens Association, Home Hill Rodeo Association Inc, Home Hill Swimming Club Inc, Radio 97.1 Sweet FM, Volunteer Marine Rescue Burdekin Inc and Jerona Citizens Association – will share in more than $50,000.

To view the full list of successful organisations or to find out about more funding opportunities visit the Australian Government Department of Social Services website.

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Brown Road – Road Reconstruction and Drainage Works

Posted 16th May 2016 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Brown Road approx. 1.2km from the Ayr Dalbeg Road intersection for the extent of 800m towards Pelican Road on Wednesday 18th May, 2016 continuing until approximately Thursday 30th June, 2016, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Brown Road approx. 1.2km from the Ayr Dalbeg Road intersection for the extent of 800m towards Pelican Road on Wednesday 18th May, 2016 continuing until approximately Thursday 30th June, 2016, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a full road closure with a temporary detour installed for traffic movement around the worksite.

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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ACL/16/002 Preferred Contractor Arrangements – Traffic Control Provider (including Equipment)

Posted 7th May 2016 in Current Tenders
Applications are invited to be submitted for inclusion on Council's Database of Traffic Control Providers (including Equipment) for 1 July 2016 to 30 September 2017. Closing date for applications is 2 pm on 1 June 2016. More...
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Traffic Control

Applications are invited to be submitted for inclusion on Council’s Database of Traffic Control Providers (including Equipment) for 1 July 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Closing date for applications is 2 pm on 1 June 2016.

A non-mandatory contractor briefing will be held on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 5.30 pm in the John Drysdale Chamber at Council.

Application forms are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre and the Home Hill Library or on Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.

All Work Health and Safety Management System enquiries should be directed to the Human Resources Office on 0417 702 114.  All other enquiries please call Council on 4783 9800.

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ACL/16/001 Preferred Contractor Arrangements – Wet and Dry Hire of Plant and Equipment

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Applications are invited to be submitted for inclusion on Council's Database of Wet and Dry Hire Plant and Equipment (including Trucks) for 1 July 2016 to 30 September 2017. Closing date for applications is 2 pm on 1 June 2016. More...
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Applications are invited to be submitted for inclusion on Council’s Database of Wet and Dry Hire Plant and Equipment (including Trucks) for 1 July 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Closing date for applications is 2 pm on 1 June 2016.

A non-mandatory contractor briefing will be held on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 5.30 pm in the John Drysdale Chamber at Council.

Application forms are available from Council’s Customer Service Centre and the Home Hill Library or on Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.

All Work Health and Safety Management System enquiries should be directed to the Human Resources Office on 0417 702 114.  All other enquiries please call Council on 4783 9800.

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Klondyke Road – Road Reconstruction

Posted 27th Apr 2016 in Current Road Conditions
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Klondyke Road from Wilmar Railway crossing for 210m towards Maidavale Road on Tuesday 3rd May, 2016 continuing until approximately Thursday 30th June, 2016, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction works will commence on Klondyke Road from Wilmar Railway crossing for 210m towards Maidavale Road on Tuesday 3rd May, 2016 continuing until approximately Thursday 30th June, 2016, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under traffic control, with reduced trafficable widths and speed restrictions in place for the duration of the works.

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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Rita Island Road – Road Reconstruction and Drainage Works

Posted 14th Apr 2016 in Current Road Conditions
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Rita Island Road at the intersection with Kilrie Road, commencing Monday 18th April, 2016 continuing until approximately Friday 10th June, 2016, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Rita Island Road at the intersection with Kilrie Road, commencing Monday 18th April, 2016 continuing until approximately Friday 10th June, 2016, weather permitting.

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

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Bi-Annual Water Supply Meter Reading – May 2016

Posted 4th Apr 2016 in Current Water Information, Public Notices
Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 3rd May, 2016 and will continue for approximately six weeks. More...
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Bi-Annual Water Meter Reading

Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 3rd May, 2016.  Approximate times and areas for the commencement of meter readings are:

  • Early May – Home Hill, Rossiters Hill, Brandon and Parkside
  • Mid to Late May – East Ayr, Drysdale Estate, South Ayr
  • Late May to Early June – Ayr CBD, Little Drysdale & Kennedy Street areas, Sutcliffe Estate area, Alva Beach, Mt. Kelly and Giru

To assist Councils meter readers, residents are requested to please clear meters of all obstructions, isolate and/or restrain dogs and unlock gates.

For further information please, or if specific arrangements are required regarding access, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Council appreciates your assistance in these matters.

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Public Notice – Temporary Closure – Tuesday 5 April, 2016

Posted 31st Mar 2016 in Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise residents that its offices, libraries and the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations will be closed temporarily on Tuesday, 5 April, 2016. Council offices and libraries will close at 12.45pm and re-open at 2.15pm. The Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations will close at 12.30pm and re-open at 2.30pm. Council's after hours call centre and emergency arrangements will operate during this time. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise residents that its offices, libraries and the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations will be closed temporarily on Tuesday, 5 April, 2016.

Council offices and libraries will close at 12.45pm and re-open at 2.15pm.

The Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations will close at 12.30pm and re-open at 2.30pm.

Council’s after-hours call centre and emergency arrangements will operate during this time.

We thank you for your cooperation during this time and apologise for any inconvenience.

 

 

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Mountainview Road – Road Reconstruction and Drainage Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Mountainview Road from Barratt Road intersection for 1.6km towards Kelly Road on Monday 4th April, 2016 continuing until approximately Thursday 30th June, 2016, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Mountainview Road from Barratt Road intersection for 1.6km towards Kelly Road on Monday 4th April, 2016 continuing until approximately Thursday 30th June, 2016, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a full road closure, when necessary, 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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Public Notice – Powerlink helicopter patrols Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg

Posted 22nd Mar 2016 in Public Notices
Council wishes to advise that Powerlink Queensland will perform routine maintenance of transmission lines across Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg during April and May, 2016 (weather permitting). More...
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Council wishes to advise that Powerlink Queensland will perform routine maintenance of transmission lines across Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg during April and May, 2016 (weather permitting).

The aerial patrols of land and vegetation around Powerlink’s transmission lines will be done using low-flying helicopters.

Powerlink aims to carry out the work with minimum disruption to local residents however there is potential for some noise during the inspections. Low flying helicopters also have the potential to startle some livestock.

As such, Powerlink encourages landholders with an easement on or near their property to register their contact details with the organisation to receive more information about upcoming patrols in the area.

During the aerial inspections, the helicopter pilot will seek to maintain the maximum distance practically possible from houses, livestock and crops. Residents may see the helicopter moving relatively quickly and at a low level along the transmission lines, and in some instances, the helicopter may need to pause to enable closer inspection of the lines.

This maintenance ensures the ongoing safety and reliability of Powerlink’s high voltage electricity network and protects the safety of the community.

For more information please visit the Powerlink Queensland website or contact the company freecall on 1800 635 369.

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Flickerfest 2016 to treat Burdekin to the world’s best short films

Posted 23rd Feb 2016 in Media Releases
Flickerfest is the country’s largest international short-film competition and is coming to the Burdekin Theatre next month. Two different screenings will showcase selected highlights from the Best of Australian Shorts and Short Laughs Comedy Program on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 1pm and 5pm. For bookings contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 or visit the Burdekin Theatre website. More...
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Adapted from an award-winning Australian short story by Louise, Flat Daddy is a highlight of Australia’s renowned short-film festival, Flickerfest, coming to the Burdekin next month.

The film stars Logie-award-winning actress Kat Steward (Offspring, Underbelly, Tangled) as the wife of Flat Daddy and mother of nine-year-old Cindy who becomes besotted with a life-size cut-out of her absent father, Scott, who is on military duty. It’s just one of a number of short films that will be screened at the Burdekin Theatre on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said Flickerfest was the country’s largest international short-film competition and he was thrilled the Burdekin Theatre was included in 2016 national tour.

“This is the first time Burdekin has been included in the tour and we’re excited residents will have the opportunity to experience the best of short filmmaking Australia and the world has on offer,” he said.

“The competition is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year so what better time for Burdekin residents to experience this iconic Australian event?

“There will be two different screenings on Saturday; the first at 1pm and the second at 5pm. The first screening will showcase selected highlights from Best of Australian Shorts and the second will be made up of films from the Short Laughs Comedy Program.

“Whether you’re a seasoned film buff or just love watching movies on the big screen, Flickerfest is sure to wow you!”

Australian films to look out for at the screenings include Nan and a Whole Lot of Trouble, Flat Daddy, Ernie Biscuit, Nulla Nulla and Halfbeard.

For more information or to book tickets visit the Burdekin Theatre website or phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on 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.

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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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.

BSCAT Lock it or Lose it campaign

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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BSCAT Lock it or Lose it campaign

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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