Community Tournament takes steps towards fitness

Burdekin residents can nominate now to join the free 2017 Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Tournament and step their way to fitness.

The six week challenge will kick off on Monday, October 9 and finish Sunday, November 19.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said 10,000 Steps was a national health promotion initiative encouraging Australians to increase their physical activity.

“The Community Tournament is a great way to raise awareness of the 10,000 Steps program and promote physical activity in the Burdekin Shire,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Everyone who participates will be loaned a pedometer to use throughout the six weeks, so you’ll be able to log your steps every day.

“We are seeking 20 teams of 10 people. There are great incentives and prize packs up for grabs.”

Cr McLaughlin said the challenge was for each participant to notch up at least 10,000 steps a day.

“Reaching 10,000 steps every day will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Regular physical activity is an important contributor to good overall health, including promoting healthy weight and reducing the risk of chronic disease.”

Registration forms are available from Council’s website and the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branches. Team registration forms must be completed and emailed to .gov.au by 5pm Thursday 28 September, 2017.

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

Job Vacancy 17/40 – Leading Hand – Construction – Water and Waste Water

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking applications for a Leading Hand – Construction to coordinate and supervise the daily activities of the Civil Works Team in the Water and Waste Water section.

This is a full time position with the hours of work totalling 76 hours per fortnight.

Reporting to the Water and Waste Water Supervisor the key responsibilities include:

  • The coordination and supervision of construction and maintenance activities on water supply and waste water infrastructure.
  • Assist Supervisor WWW in achieving quality, safety and environmental outcomes for projects within Customer Service Standard timelines.
  • Plan own work and work of assigned staff to achieve task completion through efficient use available plant, machinery and human resources.
  • Complete risk assessments and follow established work procedures including Work Method Statements as required for assigned tasks.
  • Maintain daily diary and job records as required.
  • Use own judgement and experience gained within the trade to solve problems on the job.
  • Interpret plans and specifications and create parts manifests from same.
  • Ensure Work Health and Safety responsibilities are discharged appropriately to ensure safety of all employees, contractors and members of the public.
  • Implement traffic control management schemes as required.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 8 ($60,356pa) 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 17/40 – Leading Hand – Construction – Water and Waste Water 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, 4 October 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Shaun Johnston – Manager Water and Waste Water on (07) 4783 9800.

Job Vacancy 17/39 – Plumber – Water and Waste Water

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Plumber to provide plumbing services in the Water and Waste Water section.

This is a full time position with the hours of work totalling 76 hours per fortnight.

Reporting to the Water and Waste Water Supervisor the key responsibilities include:

  • Installation and maintenance of pipes, valves and hydrants in water, waste water and plumbing applications.
  • Asset condition monitoring and reporting.
  • Ensure work is completed to relevant Australian Standards.
  • Complete paperwork as required by the Supervisor including that related to Work Health & Safety, the preparation of Supply Services issues, completion of Job Diary, and ‘As Constructed’ Sketches.
  • Participate in the on-call roster.
  • Attend after-hours call-outs and emergency situations when rostered-on or as otherwise required.
  • Participate in meter reading when required.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 7 ($57,712pa) 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 17/39 – Plumber – Water & Waste Water 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, 4 October 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Shaun Johnston – Manager Water and Waste Water on (07) 4783 9800.

Works for Queensland delivers $3M boost for Burdekin Shire projects

Burdekin Shire Council will construct a new visitor information centre as part of a $3 million Works for Queensland funding boost supporting 14 projects across the Shire.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had identified tourism as an economic driver for the Shire and a new visitor information centre at Plantation Park in Ayr was seen a key step in growing this vital market.

“The Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland funding program supports regional councils to undertake job creating projects,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Our Council submitted a wish list of 14 projects to be considered for the 2017-19 program earlier this year. I’m delighted to announce we were successful.

“We’ve been awarded $3 million in total. This includes $1 million to demolish and remove the existing visitor information centre at Plantation Park and construct a new one, along with $200,000 to continue extending the Nature Based Play Space at Plantation Park.

“We’ve also been allocated $350,000 to carry out an infrastructure and drainage upgrade at Ayr Showgrounds, $100,000 for the installation of a fuel facility at Ayr Aerodrome and
$100,000 to upgrade the public toilets in Queen Street.”

Cr McLaughlin said some of the other projects earmarked for funding included $200,000 to replace footpaths around the Shire, $60,000 to replace the existing softfall at Anzac Park Playground, $50,000 for public artworks and $50,000 to install exercise stations along the Burdekin Be Active Trail.

She said a new visitor information centre had been identified as a priority for the Burdekin Shire.

“Ayr’s visitor information centre should be a showcase for the region – unfortunately, we’re limited by what can be achieved within the existing building,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Visitor information centres are a first point of call for tourists.

“They play an important role in engaging with and providing information to our visitors, but also in promoting our tourism products.

“A new tourist information centre will be a game changer for our Shire.

“Along with the Burdekin Gateway Visitor Information Centre at Home Hill, it will ensure drive tourists from both the north and south have the best opportunity to acquire information about our tourism products.

“Council is grateful to the Queensland Government for making all of this possible.”

Council will have until June 2019 to complete all of the projects.

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

Colouring the Ayr fountain gold for childhood cancer awareness

Liquid gold will flow through the Ayr CBD fountain this month, as Burdekin Shire Council joins with the Golden Octopus Foundation to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

Golden Octopus Foundation founder and Burdekin teenager Keely Johnson helped Council to colour the water in the fountain gold today in support of the Gold September campaign.

Cr McLaughlin said gold was chosen as the colour for children’s cancer in recognition of their strength, courage, and resiliency. “Keely has an incurable bone marrow cancer that caused a tumour in her brain, but she doesn’t let this stop her,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Keely’s strength, courage and resiliency has seen her raise $600,000 for childhood cancer charities to date. This includes an incredible $150,000 raised for the Golden Octopus Foundation since it was founded in 2015.”

Keely was named the winner of the LGIAsuper Community Award at the 2017 Queensland Young Achiever Awards for her incredible efforts.

Cr McLaughlin said Council was proud to support the Golden Octopus Foundation and its founder.

“The Foundation aims to upgrade paediatric oncology facilities in regional hospitals and help supply childhood cancer nurses in communities across Australia,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“So many children and families are touched by childhood cancer. Colouring the fountain gold is just a small gesture that we can make to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to show support for all the families and children who have been affected by it.”

Keely called on the community to get behind the Gold September campaign.

“With everyone getting behind the Gold September campaign there will be more awareness, which leads to more research, which leads to a cure,” Keely said.

“We are aiming to help families by letting kids with cancer fight from home and getting nurses in our communities, like the breast cancer nurses, which will help this to happen.

“I have just returned last night late from Perth where we lit Western Australia’s Parliament House gold for the first time and the Queensland Parliament House is gold as well.”

Register now – 2017 Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Tournament

Burdekin residents can now nominate to join the 2017 Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Tournament and step their way to fitness.

The whole community is invited to participate.  We would like 20 teams each with 10 members, however may take more depending on pedometer availability.

The challenge will kick off on Monday, 9 October and finish Sunday, 19 November.  Steps only, not exercise, will be counted toward the final tally.

Teams can register their interest by completing the below nomination form.  Nomination forms will also be available from Council’s website and the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branches.

The members of the winning team will each receive an individual prize pack donated by Burdekin Shire Council, Burdekin Shire Youth Council, Curves, Eathorne’s Sportspower, Lucky Black Cat Newsagency, NRGIZE and Snap Fitness.

Thanks to John and Kirstin Bonanno at SPORTFIRST Ayr, all participants will also receive a 15% discount voucher for use during the 10,000 Steps Challenge (9 October 2017 to 19 November 2017).

Please note: Team registration forms must be completed and emailed to melissah.lammon@burdekin.qld.gov.au by 5pm Thursday, 28th September 2017.

For more information, please phone Melissah on 4783 9800 or via email

Morning Melodies: Sentimental Journey (free Christmas event)

The Burdekin Shire Council is once again holding a FREE Christmas themed Morning Melodies event. This year, we’re excited to bring you Sentimental Journey with Vov Dylan and Glenn Amer!

Vov Dylan (Australia’s Andre Rieu) and Glenn Amer (the voice of Mario Lanza and the fingers of Liberace) join forces to take audiences on a musical journey filled with great stories and humour and of course great melodies.

Join us on a musical journey through over a hundred years of songs from ‘light classical delights’ to the standards of ‘the American songbook’ through to the Musical Theatre hits of recent years, as well as some Christmas favourites.

This is a BSC FREE Christmas event. Whilst tickets are free, seats are limited. Secure your seats today to avoid missing out on this special Christmas event!

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Young Street – Road Reconstruction

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise road reconstruction of Young Street from Burke Street to Wilmington Street intersections will commence on Monday 25th September, 2017 continuing until approximately Friday 3rd November, 2017, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed at times; under a full road closure with a temporary detour installed or alternatively under traffic control with reduced speeds and trafficable widths 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.

Fire Hydrant Replacement – Queen Street, Ayr – Sunday 17 Sept

Council will be undertaking a Fire Hydrant Replacement in Queen Street, Ayr on Sunday 17th September, 2017 between the hours of 10:00am and 12:00 pm.

These works will result in an interruption to the water supply during this period to residents in the Queen Street area from Railway Street to Little Drysdale Street. Residents are advised to store one day’s supply of drinking water.

Residents in this area may experience water discolouration for a period following the planned works.  It is advisable to delay washing of clothes etc., for up to two days after work is completed.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of this necessary maintenance work.

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

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