Landowners Invited to Attend Woody Weed Control Demonstration Day

Burdekin landowners are being encouraged to attend a demonstration day on Monday 20 March, to learn about the control of woody weeds threatening rangelands and grazing systems within the shire.

NQ Dry Tropics will host the demonstration day aimed at providing landowners with information about the latest control methods, including the use of tree saws, herbicides and integrated weed management.

Burdekin Shire Council Pest Management Officers will also be present at the demonstration day to provide information about Council’s pest and weed control programs.

Registration for the demonstration day is free and can be done by phoning NQ Dry Tropic’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, Peter Arthofer on (07)4724 3544 or mobile: 0488 675 033 or via email:

The demonstration day will be held at Crooked Waterhole, Minehan Road, Giru.

To get to Crooked Waterhole:

  • from the Bruce Highway
  • take Woodstock Giru Road towards Giru (The Northern Giru Road)
  • turn left after 2.4 klms onto Minehan Road
  • the property is about 300 meters along and to the left.

You can download and print the flyer using the following link:

You can see a map using the following link:

Map for the Weed Control Demonstration Day

Planning ahead: Telstra urges residents to prepare this weekend

24 March 2017

With a potential tropical cyclone on the way, Telstra is encouraging northern Queensland residents to be prepared so that can stay connected.

“It’s important to think ahead. Staying connected in an emergency situation could be paramount to the safety of you and your loved ones,” said Telstra Area General Manager Rachel Cliffe.

“Here are a few of Telstra’s tips on what you can do now that will make it easier to stay connected during a disaster. Try not to rely on any one of these things – make sure you have several options covered to stay connected.”

Mobile phones

Alternative phone charger

If you haven’t already, purchase a phone charger that isn’t dependent on a power outlet. Solar power chargers, in-car chargers and power bank chargers are all reliable options. Make sure you charge your power bank.

Back up data

Back up important data, like contact information and photos, to your cloud.

Know your numbers

Compile a list of essential contact numbers to store in your phone and keep them close at hand, including local Police, Fire, SES, family, friends and Telstra’s fixed line fault line – 13 22 03.

Satellite phones

Satellite phones are usually immune to damaged infrastructure and can operate in remote locations. If communications are critical you could consider a satellite phone.

Fixed line phones

Have a spare battery

Remember, most modern cordless phones rely on electric power to operate, so you may lose the use of your landline during a power outage. Consider a phone with a battery backup function and keep spare batteries nearby.

For our NBN customers

It’s important to remember if your home phone now works through the modem and there’s a power outage, your phone line will also be down. Best to have a mobile phone handy, or a satellite phone for those in remote areas.

Keep a spare plug-in phone handy

Your cordless phone is great, but using a plug-in phone connects you to the telephone exchange.

Social Media

Virtual meeting place

Set up an instant messaging group with family and friends. Agree in advance to update each other here during an emergency.

Emergency apps

Download emergency service apps. They will give up to date warnings and incident information issued by official agencies across Australia.

Local information sources

Identify key local agency social media accounts and websites for real time information on what’s happening in your area.

Be alert

Subscribe to text and emails that will alert you to weather changes, road closures and local emergency services updates.

Know your emergency broadcaster

Have a battery powered radio with spare batteries to listen to the news

The Telstra Network

Telstra is also taking steps to protect network infrastructure where possible, and working closely with communities to ensure they remain connected.

“We have a range of portable base stations that could be deployed to provide temporary telecommunications during an emergency situation and our teams will be on the ground working hard to maintain services for our customers and restore communications in the event of an emergency.”

During an emergency, customers can monitor our Service Status site to help keep up to date on any network impacts and restoration activities.

http://servicestatus.telstra.com/servicestatus/

Current Weather Event – Update 2

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) met this afternoon to discuss the current weather event. LDMG Chair Cr. Lyn McLaughlin advised that all agencies have provided an update on their cyclone plans and have undertaken the necessary preparations.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an update at 5pm which indicates the tropical low has been showing signs of strengthening and has been moving towards the south-southeast during today. On Saturday, the low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and adopt a west-southwesterly track, bringing it towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the system as it approaches the coast over the weekend and early next week.

BOM also advises that given the expected intensification of the low and the forecast track towards the coast, coastal and island communities between Cape Tribulation and St Lawrence, including the Whitsunday Islands, may begin to be affected by this expected tropical cyclone during Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a considerable amount of rain which may lead to flooding.

Cr. McLaughlin advised residents it is necessary to prepare your homes by securing loose items outside and ensuring emergency kits containing non-perishable food items, water, torches and batteries, medical and sanitation items and communications (radios, telephones etc) are organised.

As a precaution, SES has opened both the Ayr and Home Hill Headquarters with sand and sandbags available for residents. Giru SES will be opened tomorrow.

“It is important that the community is not alarmed by the weather reports but remains calm and undertakes the necessary preparations for an event. It is also important to check on elderly neighbours or family members who may require assistance,” Cr. McLaughlin said.

For more information regarding this event, please visit Burdekin Shire Council’s website http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or the Bureau of Meteorology http://www.bom.gov.au.

The LDMG will be reconvening at 1.30pm on Saturday 25 March, 2017.

 

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Temporary Closure of Clare Pool

Council advises that due to a faulty chlorine doser the Clare Pool has temporarily closed.

A replacement part has been ordered and is due for delivery by Monday.

The pool will re-open after the equipment has been replaced and the pool water quality has been brought back up to standard.

We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while repairs are made.

Current Weather Event – Update 1

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will meet this afternoon at 4.30pm to provide an update to all members in relation to the current weather event.   The State Disaster Coordination Centre in Brisbane held a teleconference at 12 noon today and provided a current weather briefing for Councils which may be affected.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) provides the latest information to assist Local Disaster Management Groups prepare.

Residents are advised that BOM is the official website for current weather updates and information.

As a precaution, SES has opened both the Ayr and Home Hill Headquarters with sand and sandbags available for residents. Giru SES will be open tomorrow.

A future update will be provided following the LDMG meeting.

Job Vacancy 17/12 – Labourer – Form Setter/Concreter – Works

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking applications for two Labourers – Form Setter/Concreters 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 17/12 – 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, 7 April 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

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

Aussie 2017 Eurovision Contestant Isaiah Firebrace to Perform at Burdekin Theatre

The Burdekin’s Fast Track Talent Showcase is being held at the Burdekin Theatre on April 1 and 2 and is set to be a huge weekend of entertainment! Australia’s 2017 Eurovision Contestant and reality-television singing sensation Isaiah Firebrace has been secured as the special guest for the 2017 Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase.

Burdekin Shire Council Youth Mayor Tayla McKaig said she is super excited for the Fast Track weekend.

“I encourage everyone to get their tickets to the heats and finals to watch the amazing acts that have entered and to also watch Isaiah Firebrace.

Since winning X Factor, Isaiah Firebrace is currently receiving worldwide attention with his latest smash hit ‘It’s Gotta Be You’. The song is receiving over 900,000 streams a day and has seen Isaiah charting in the US and throughout Europe with over 30 million streams to date. Isaiah was recently announced as Australia’s Entrant for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest which will see him headed to Ukraine to perform his newest song ‘Don’t Come Easy’ in May this year. Isaiah will also be touring with Jessica Mauboy in her upcoming All The Hits Live Tour.

“It is very exciting that the people of the Burdekin will get to see Isaiah in concert before he heads to Ukraine to compete in Eurovision 2017 as the Australia entrant. He started his career as an entrant in a Fast Track competition and it is very exciting to see who will win next weekend.  It is not just about winning though, as every entrant has their own talent and is already a winner for entering.

Another special guest will be arriving in the Burdekin as part of the Fast Track talent showcase. X Factor favourite, Chynna Taylor has been secured as the guest judge for the heats to be held on Saturday April 1.  Chynna finished in the Top 6 X Factor and was a crowd favourite with her huge voice and the audience may also see her perform in the Burdekin.

This is the third year Burdekin Shire Youth Council has hosted the Fast Track talent competition which provides an amazing opportunity for entertainers of all ages and varied talents to perform for industry professionals as well as family and friends. Burdekin Fast Track ticket-holders will have the opportunity to meet Chynna Taylor and X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace who will perform live following the Fast Track Finals Showcase.

“I encourage Burdekin residents to support this event so that we can make it bigger and better than last year,” Tayla said.

Registrations have been flooding in and there are very few spots left for registration. This year’s Burdekin showcase is set to be the biggest yet. Participants have the chance to share in over $2500 worth of cash and prizes.  The Fast Track heats will be held on Saturday April 1 from midday, where the top performers will be selected to perform as part of the Finals Showcase, alongside Isaiah Firebrace on Sunday April 2 from 6.30pm. Anyone interested in being a part of the showcase should contact 1300FAST01.

Tickets are now on sale for the Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase featuring a 40-minute performance from Isaiah Firebrace. For your chance to see this amazing artist head to www.burdekintheatre.com.au to book tickets or contact Burdekin Shire Council on 4783 9800. Stay up-to-date with all things Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase by liking the Burdekin Shire Youth Council Facebook page.

Job Vacancy 17/11 – Labourer – Parks

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Labourer in the Parks section to assist with the maintenance of Council parks, gardens, public open spaces and cemeteries by undertaking general labouring duties.

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge of landscaping and parks operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in operating plant and equipment associated with parks management i.e. industrial mower, edger, brush cutters, small plant, chainsaw etc.
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills and the ability to follow both verbal and written instructions.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with limited supervision.
  • Minimum of C class drivers licence.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The gross fortnightly wage for this position is $1,934.89 which includes Construction Allowance.

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 17/11 – Labourer – Parks 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, 5 April 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Parks Coordinator – Tano Buono on (07) 4783 9800.

Planned airscouring of water main in Cameron Street between Edward and Young Streets Ayr Sunday 26 March 2017

Council has planned airscouring works on the water main in Cameron Street between Edward and Young Streets Ayr on Sunday 26 March 2017.

The air scouring process requires the isolation of sections of water main and household water services. Each section will be isolated for a maximum of six (6) hours between 9:00am and 3:00pm during which water supply will be disrupted.

If you have any queries or experience discoloured water as a result of these works, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, or for outside of normal work hours, Council’s after hours service on 4783 9800 and follow the prompts.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary works.

Ayr-Dalbeg Road – Drainage Works – Postponed due to prevailing weather conditions

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage works, as funded by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, will be undertaken on the Ayr-Dalbeg Road in the Mona Park vicinity, commencing Monday 20th March 2017 and continuing until Friday 7th April, 2017, weather permitting.   

These works will be conducted under traffic with a single lane closure in place under traffic lights. Traffic lights will be operatable both day and evening throughout the duration of the project. 

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are asked to obey all traffic signals, directional sign 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.

Burdekin Shire Council (Making of Subordinate Local Law) Website Notice (No. 1) 2017

Local Government Act 2009

Burdekin Shire Council (Making of Subordinate Local Law) Website Notice (No. 1) 2017

Making of subordinate local law

  • Burdekin Shire Council (the “Council”) has, by resolution dated the 28th day of February 2017, made Community and Environmental Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2017.

Subordinate local law amended

  • Community and Environmental Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No 1) 2017 amends Subordinate Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2012.

Authorising local law

  • The authorising local law for Community and Environmental Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No 1) 2017 is Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2012.

Purpose and general effect

  • The purpose and general effect of Community and Environmental Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No 1) 2017 is to declare an additional plant, being Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) as a local pest in Council’s entire local government area.

Consolidated version of subordinate local law

  • Council has, by resolution dated the 28th day of February 2017, adopted a consolidated version of Subordinate Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2012.

Inspection

  • Copies of Community and Environmental Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No 1) 2017 and the consolidated version of Subordinate Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2012 may be—

(a)   inspected and purchased at the Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr; and

(b)   viewed by the public on the website of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

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