Council supports Anti-Poverty Week

Burdekin Shire Council has thrown its support behind this year’s Anti-Poverty Week (16-22 October) in an effort to raise awareness in the community.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said poverty and hardship affected more than a million Australians across the nation.

“Our community can help by donating toiletries and non-perishable food items to Council and these will then be donated to the Burdekin Community Association (BCA),” she said.

“The BCA supports and provides services to those needing social, welfare and health needs in our Shire.

“Council is proud to take part in this event and it is hoped we can make a difference to someone who is in need.

“There are sections of our community that are having difficulty making ends meet and one of the underlying factors causing this is the high unemployment rate in the Townsville region.

“The youth unemployment rate in the Townsville region, according to a March report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, is sitting at 17.6 per cent.

“This is something we all need to address and work together to reduce.”

Residents can donate items at Council’s Customer Service Centre, Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill Branch Library.

Council seeks community feedback on proposed intersection change

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking community feedback from shire residents regarding a proposed change to the intersection of Darveniza and Woods Roads in Home Hill.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council was proposing to build a staggered T intersection to improve safety.

“A preliminary concept plan of the proposed works has been available for public comment through Council’s website and at the Council Chambers, but we want to ensure those who use Woods Road have the opportunity to comment on the design,” she said.

“The proposed intersection will be similar to that of Woods and Groper Creek Road intersection which was altered after an accident.”

Residents wishing to view the preliminary concept plan of the proposed works can access it via Council’s website, at Council Chambers and the Burdekin Library Home Hill Branch Library.

Comments may be emailed toor posted to PO Box 974, Ayr, 4807.

Proposed Darveniza and Woods Rd Intersection

Proposed Darveniza and Woods Rd Intersection

Council calls community meeting on use of former Ayr Racecourse

Burdekin Shire Council will hold a community meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the future use of the old Ayr racecourse.

The meeting will be held at Council’s John Drysdale Chambers at 5.30pm, Wednesday, 21 September, 2016.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said a number of community groups had expressed interest in using the facility.

“Council has been approached by a number of clubs requesting use of various areas at the former Ayr Racecourse,” she said.

“We’re having this public meeting to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to come forward and discuss future possible uses of the site.

“This will give Council a better understanding of what the community wants.

“It is possible that a number of groups would be able to share the facilities so this is their chance to put their proposals forward.”

Public notice – Emergency works to water supply, Keyren Way, Ayr

UPDATE –  This work has been completed. Water supply has been returned. Thank you for your patience.

 

Council wishes to advise residents in Keyren Way, Ayr, that emergency repairs to a leak in the water main will be undertaken over the next few hours. Residents will be without water during this time.

Council apologises for the inconvenience and appreciates residents’ patience during these emergency works.

For more information, please contact Council on 4783 9800.

Job Vacancy 16/29 – Labourer – Form Setter/Concreter – Works

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Labourer – Form Setter/Concreter in the Works section.

The key responsibilities include:

  • Undertake concrete work including the construction and repair of concrete pits, slabs, kerbing and channelling and the installation and maintenance of drainage structures.
  • Skills required include plan reading, site preparation and levelling, set-out and installation of formwork and concrete finishing to a high standard.

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

  • Experience in form-setting/concrete works in the civil construction industry.
  • Proven ability to recognise and follow both verbal and written instructions.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment.
  • Physical ability necessary to undertake manual handling and labouring for extended period in direct sunlight if required.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The gross fortnightly wage for this position ranges from $1,934.89 to $2,004.69 with the commencing wage 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 16/29 – Labourer – Form Setter / Concreter – Works should include:

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

Applications can be submitted using one of the following methods:

Applications close on Friday, 30 September 2016. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact the Works Overseer – Mr. Robert Potter on (07) 4783 9800.

Public Notice – Interruption to Ayr and Brandon water supply

Council is asking residents of Ayr and Brandon to conserve water today (15 September)and tomorrow (16 September) while works are done at the Ayr water tower and the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant. Residents are asked to use water for essential purposes only to ensure there is adequate supply during these works.

Our Water and Waste Water teams are installing new pumps to increase water pressure at the Ayr water tower and South Ayr Water Treatment Plant and also replacing two leaking sections of pipe at South Ayr Water Treatment Plant.

Council thanks residents for their cooperation and patience during these works.

Residents experiencing any serious quality or service issues should contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800.

Register now for nation’s biggest garage sale

Do you have items sitting in the back of the cupboard taking up precious space? Want to clean out the garage? Join the Burdekin Shire Council in supporting the national Garage Sale Trail next month.

Burdekin Mayor Lyn McLaughlin is encouraging residents, community groups and schools to join Australia’s biggest garage sale on Saturday, October 22.

“Council joined this event last year and it was a great success, however some of the feedback from residents was that it was hard to get around all the sales, so this year we’ve decided to hold a Community Garage Sale at Park Street near Anzac Park,” she said.

“This is a great option for those who don’t want to have a sale at home, but still have items they’d like to sell.

“The community sale will run from 8am until midday and will be a one-stop shop for buyers and sellers.

“The idea behind this Garage Sale Trail is to reuse or recycle items that would otherwise end up in our landfill, and it’s an opportunity to make a little money.

“If anyone has any questions or needs any help registering they can contact our Community Development team on 4783 9800.”

If residents, businesses, organisations or schools want to take part in this free event, please register via www.garagesaletrail.com.au.

Registration is free and includes a seller webpage that can be personalised by naming the garage sale and listing items that will be for sale on the day. There are also tips and tools available to help sellers promote their sales locally. Those registering before September 25 will receive a free seller’s pack with lots of goodies to ensure a successful garage sale.

Sixth Avenue – Road Reconstruction and Drainage Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Sixth Avenue from Hurney Road to Fifth Street, Home Hill on Monday 12th September, 2016 continuing until approximately Friday 4th November, 2016, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a full road closure with detours in place. Access to the Home Hill Showgrounds will be via Hurney Road entrance.

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.

Job Vacancy 16/28 – Coordinator Waste Services

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking an experienced waste management professional to join our Environment and Health Team.

Reporting to the Manager Governance and Local Laws, this position will play an integral role in coordinating and delivery of the Council’s main waste collection and disposal services and implementing Council’s Action Plan contained within the North Queensland Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2014-24.

A primary focus of this role is to deliver innovative waste solutions and process improvement to achieve strong customer service. The role has responsibility and oversight for waste services, facilities and operations contracts, waste education, statutory reporting and stakeholder relationships.

In addition to substantial experience in waste management, the ideal candidate will bring knowledge and advice in the environmental field. Your experience will demonstrate effective presentation skills, negotiation skills and the ability to work collaboratively. A high level of analytical skills, including sound knowledge of technical waste management issues will help you succeed in this role.

Council’s current waste collection contract expires on 30 June 2017 and Council is currently reviewing its options in this area.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 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 following link.

Applications for 16/28 – Coordinator Waste Services 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 Friday, 23 September 2016. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact the Manager Governance and Local Laws – Mr. Dan Mulcahy on (07) 4783 9800.

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