Community generosity provides computer skills

Generous Burdekin residents have provided many donations to the Burdekin Library and the latest is receiving rave reviews.

Burdekin Shire Council Library Services Manager John Scott said the Coding with Kano program would not have been possible without the generosity of Burdekin resident Roger Timm who donated five of the Kano kits.

“Kano is a do-it-yourself computer kit designed to help people of all ages assemble a computer from scratch, and learn basic coding skills,” he said.

“It has a child-friendly interface and makes it extremely easy to understand the basics of computing and creating your own computer application.

“The kits have already been used by teachers in a number of schools and their feedback has been extremely positive.”

Mr Scott said the Burdekin Library had purchased an additional five kits.

“These kits will potentially be able to be borrowed from the library like our books,” he said.

Temporary Road Closure – Friday 28th October 2016




The following temporary road closure will be in place on Friday 28th October, 2016 for the hosting of the 2016 Home Hill Harvest Festival Student’s Ball.

5.00pm to 7.30pm

  • Access to the Memorial Hall will be available, one way, from Tenth Street to allow for student arrivals
  • Ninth Avenue will be closed from Eighth Street to Tenth Street
  • Ninth Street will be closed on one side opposite the backpackers establishment
  • Parking available in Eighth Street and Tenth Street

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

Job Vacancy 16/34 – Administration Officer

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for an Administration Officer to undertake a range of clerical activities including minute taking.

The Position

The key responsibilities include:

  • Perform a range of clerical activities requiring the application of established work procedures within the Administration and Records Section
  • Minute taking and preparation of minutes for Council, Committee and other meetings
  • Daily capture and registration of correspondence within council’s record management system
  • Agenda compilation and distribution
  • Assist with disposal of records which have met the requirements of approved retention and disposal schedules
  • Assist Records staff with the search and retrieval of corporate documents
  • Assist with routine records tasks and processes

The Person

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

  • Demonstrated experience in routine administration or clerical work within the confines of established procedures, with occasional complex situations
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in formal meeting minute taking
  • Demonstrated ability to apply time management skills to the workplace with reference to planning and organising own work
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing quality client service
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and implement new skills with computer systems and applications
  • Demonstrated ability to handle private, confidential and sensitive information

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire Position Description.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 2 ($60,625pa) 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 16/34 – Administration Officer should include:

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

Applications close on Friday, 4 November 2016. Word or PDF format is preferable.

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

For further information please contact the Administration and Records Coordinator, Mrs. Jacqui Thomasson on (07) 4783 9800.

Quotation QBSC/16/013 – Fabrication and Supply of Three Aluminium Pedestrian Bridges

Burdekin Shire Council has been successful in gaining funding from the Queensland State Government as part of the Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program for the installation of a concrete cycleway along Beach Road. The cycleway will include three (3) aluminium pedestrian bridges.

Burdekin Shire Council requires a suitably qualified and experienced aluminium fabricator to supply and deliver three (3) aluminium pedestrian bridges constructed in accordance with the supplied design drawings.  The completed bridges shall be delivered by the contractor to required locations “on ground” on Beach Road as chosen by Burdekin Shire Council.

Construction of any footings, foundations etc will be undertaken by Burdekin Shire Council and do not make up any part of this contract.

Closing Time, 4pm Friday 11th November, 2016 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Please direct any general and Specification enquiries to Glen Stockdale on 4783 9800.

Quotation information can be downloaded using the following links.

Half-yearly water meter readings begin

Council’s Water team begins reading the Shire’s water meters this week in the Home Hill, Brandon and Parkside areas.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the bi-annual water supply meter readings would provide Council with information for the half-year water levy.

“Meter readers will need access to the water meters at all residences and it would help if residents could clear any plants or obstruction away from the meters, isolate or restrain dogs and ensure any gates are unlocked,” she said.

“If residents need to make specific arrangements to allow access, give Council’s Customer Service Centre a call on 4783 9800.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council had changed the issue date of the water levy this year from December to January.

“Council usually issues the water levy in early December and has a due date in mid-January, but this year we will push the issue date back to January 2017 with a due date in February,” she said.

“This was done to avoid impacting on residents over the Christmas period.”

Council water meter readers will cover the rest of Ayr and Mt Kelly in the next two weeks and the outskirts of Ayr and Giru in the following week, weather permitting. It is estimated the readings will be completed by mid to late November.

Council seeks three Audit Committee members

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from the community to fill three audit committee positions.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council’s Audit Committee was integral to Council’s operations.

“The Audit Committee provides independent advice to Council and the Chief Executive Officer about finance, governance, risk management and audit related matters,” she said.

“Council recently resolved to increase the independent membership of the Audit Committee from one to three to ensure Council receives a wider scope of advice and input.

“The three positions are independent community member, independent professional member and independent chairperson.

“I would encourage suitably qualified and experienced people who are interested to put in an expression of interest.

“These positions are not open to Councillors present or past, or Council employees present or past.

“This is to ensure the advice Council receives is completely independent.”

Cr McLaughlin said the first meeting of the Audit Committee would be held in February 2017 and would meet at least four times annually.

Expressions of interest forms can be found on Council’s website – The closing date for expressions of interest is 4 November, 2016.

Council calls for community input on future of Plantation Park

Burdekin Shire Council is calling on residents to share their vision for future uses of Plantation Park.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Councillors and senior Council staff had discussed past plans and a consultant had gone through all those past plans and come up with a priority list.

“There have been a number of plans for the area over the past 25 years and community groups, such as Rotary and Gudjuda have added to the appeal of the park, but the broader community has had little input on those plans,” she said.

“There have been suggestions for a canoe trail, statues, a high viewing tower, a craft precinct, cultural precinct and more, but we really want to know what the community wants to do this area.

“Council has selected six options for residents to consider – a wetland, cultural and information precinct, more formalised parking, market precinct, canoe trail, swimming hole with a sandy beach.

“We will have a map showing proposed areas for projects available to residents to view at the Council Chambers, our libraries and on Council’s website and Facebook page until Friday 25 November, 2016.

You can view the map using the following link:

“Once they have looked at the plan Council would like residents to then prioritise the projects or provide any suggestions via a survey.

“This will give us a better idea of what direction our community wants Council to take in this area.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council, with the aid of Skilling Queenslanders for Work trainees, had recently put in two new picnic shelters, extended the Juru Walk and was installing a viewing platform to make the park a more useable area.

“Markets are already held on a fortnightly basis, we have the Burdekin Potters at the northern end, we have the Gudjuda Cultural Centre, an amenities block, the outdoor chapel, walking footpaths and grassed open areas,” she said.

“Council has already agreed to upgrade the market area, but is looking for suggested improvements.

“We really want to make this a great community precinct that reflects the relaxed lifestyle we enjoy in the Burdekin.”

Cr McLaughlin said Plantation Park was also popular with the travelling public and could be a tourist drawcard in its own right.

“We want to be able to draw tourists into our area and keep them here for a couple of days,” she said.

“To do this we need to use this highly visible site to entice them in and make them aware of what is available in our region.

“This will help boost our local economy and provide another income stream for local businesses.”

Cr Uli Liessmann said at a recent discussion that he would support the idea.

“As much as I am against spending money, Plantation Park would be the perfect spot for tourism,” he said.

Cr Sue Perry said she could envisage the top area of the park as an area for artisans.

“The top area bounded by the Burdekin Potters and the Gudjuda Cultural Centre could be turned into a cultural precinct where artisans would be encouraged to establish,” she said.

“This sort of precinct would draw driving tourists into the park.”

Cr John Bonanno said he loved Plantation Park and that a canoe trail along Plantation Creek would be great.

“It has been suggested before, but we need to ensure it would not impact on the primary use of the water which is irrigation,” he said.

“We would also need to have enough parking available for visitors.”

Cr John Woods said Council would need to consult with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines before moving forward with any canoe trail.

“NRM would have to be included because they would have say over the use of the water in Plantation Creek,” he said.

Expressions of Interest – Lease of Land and Buildings – Ayr Racecourse Reserve

Council is calling expressions of interest from community based not for profit organisations to lease land and all or some of the buildings located at 1-45 Cunningham Street, Ayr (Part of Lot 1 on GS95 – Ayr Racecourse Reserve).

Expressions of interest close 10 November 2016.

You can download the specification using the link below.


Expressions of Interest for Independent Audit Committee Members

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the appointment of three independent members to Council’s Audit Committee for a period of two (2) years commencing February 2017 (with the possibility of a two-year extension period). The three positions are: Independent Community Member, Independent Professional Member, and Independent Chairperson.

The Audit Committee meets at least four (4) times per year in Ayr, Queensland and is a source of independent advice to the Council and CEO regarding finance, governance, risk management and audit related matters. The Committee is a statutory committee established under Section 105 of the Queensland Local Government Act 2009 and operates within its adopted Audit Committee Charter. This can be obtained from Council on request.

Candidates must not be either current or former Councillors or current or former employees of Council. Candidates must be generally of good character and must not have any criminal convictions. Each candidate must be able and willing to subscribe to Burdekin Shire Council’s Code of Conduct. Candidates must either hold an ABN or be willing to apply for an ABN, however are not necessarily required to be registered for GST. Applicants should highlight their suitability for the role through the provision of a cover letter, resume, referees and any other supporting documents.

Further information about the positions and the audit committee can be found by clicking the links below.

Expressions of interest must be forwarded to by 5pm, 4 November, 2016.

For confidential enquiries, please contact Council’s Executive Officer, Ms Rebecca Woods on 4783 9800.



Ayr-Ravenswood Road Gravel Re-sheeting Works

Council advises of rehabilitation works, including stabilisation and bitumen surfacing works, are to commence on the Ayr-Ravenswood Road from Monday 17th October 2016, to Friday 11th November 2016, weather permitting.

These works will be conducted under traffic, however, traffic signage and traffic controllers will be in use within the within the stabilised sections commencing approximately 4km east of the Burdekin / Charters Towers boundary grid, for approximately 6km towards Ayr.

Heavy vehicles will be operating throughout these works from the vicinity of the Haughton Main Channel on the Ayr-Ravenswood Road, through to the location as stated above.

Motorists are asked to be aware of machinery operating within the work site during this period and obey all traffic signage, traffic controllers, or site personnel, for their own safety and the safety of Council and contractor workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks road users in anticipation for their patience during the construction period.

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

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