Register Now for the Burdekin Water Forum

A major water forum will bring farmers, scientists and government representatives from around Australia to the Burdekin Theatre next week.

The Burdekin Water Forum is being held from Monday 9 October to Wednesday 11 October 2017 and will focus on managing irrigated agriculture in Great Barrier Reef Catchments.

The forum will include presentations and discussions that showcase projects and initiatives that have been developed in various communities and environments to manage irrigated agriculture. A field trip has been planned for Wednesday 11 October which will tour the Burdekin district showcasing some of the best practices in irrigation management, water storage and supply infrastructure.

The management of irrigated agriculture in Great Barrier Reef catchments comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. The forum will showcase initiatives that have been developed in various communities and environments across the country.

Delegates of the Burdekin Water Forum will hear from a range of local, state, national and international speakers including Professor Dr Anthony Turton from the Centre for Environmental Management, University of the Free State, South Africa. Dr Turton is one of South Africa’s leading water experts in integrated water resources management.

Registrations for the forum can be completed online at www.burdekinwaterforum.com or alternatively attendees are able to register on the day.

For further information please visit the Burdekin Water Forum website.

 

Ayr transfer station closed Tuesday 10 October 2017

The Ayr transfer station will be closed Tuesday 10 October 2017 to allow for asphalt reseal works to be completed.

The Home Hill transfer station will be open early (9.00 am) on 10 October 2017 to accommodate the additional customers from Ayr transfer station.

A reminder also that contractors will be on site at the Ayr transfer station on Monday 9 October 2017 to start the asphalt works. The transfer station will remain open with reduced access and disruptions to traffic flow.

Customers 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.

Council thanks residents and customers in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

Burdekin residents to band together for Great Northern Clean Up

Burdekin Shire residents are being encouraged to descend on Alva this 14 October for the Great Northern Clean Up Day.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Alva’s beaches were important recreational and tourist drawcards for the Shire however they were also impacted by litter.

“The Great Northern Clean Up Day is one day where the community can get together and help the environment by collecting the rubbish that is accumulating on our beaches,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council runs the Great Northern Clean Up Day annually in partnership with Tangaroa Blue and Reef Blitz. So far, over one tonne of rubbish has been collected from Alva Beach in three separate clean-up efforts, with glass and plastic bottles being the most abundant litter.

“This enormous effort was done by just a handful of good-willed volunteers.

“We’d love to see even more people get involved in this year’s clean up day.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club in Sandowns St, Alva, at 8.30am.

Cr McLaughlin said people should bring closed in shoes, sun safe clothing and a hat. Gloves and other equipment will be supplied.

“A free barbecue and cold drinks will be supplied to all volunteers at the Alva Beach Park after the clean up to thank them for their efforts,” she said.

The Great Northern Clean Up Day is supported by NQ Dry Tropics through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Cr McLaughlin said the event aimed to get people thinking about the effect of human activities on the environment.

“It’s an opportunity to spend some time caring for our local community and taking pride in Alva Beach by cleaning up,” she said.

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

Breakfast to update community on Haughton Solar Farm

Burdekin Shire Council’s next Industry Breakfast will shine a spotlight on one of Australia’s largest solar farm projects, proposed to begin construction in the Burdekin early next year.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Pacific Hydro’s Haughton Solar Farm would be built in three stages over eight years and reach up to a maximum capacity of 500MW, enough to power about 170,000 homes.

“Much interest has been shown in this job-creating project since its approval by Council earlier this year,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council is delighted to announce that, as part of the upcoming Burdekin Industry Breakfast at Burdekin Theatre on Wednesday, 4 October, we’ll have a representative of Pacific Hydro attending to share even more about the plans for this large-scale solar farm” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Since commencing this year, the Burdekin Industry Breakfasts have provided an excellent opportunity for Council and other Government agencies to engage with local businesses and update them on infrastructure and new business opportunities in the region.

“The Pacific Hydro solar farm represents a major investment in our Shire and in the Burdekin’s potential as a solar energy powerhouse of the future. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this project first-hand.”

The scheduled presentation by Greg Tonner, Cowboys NRL Club CEO, has been postponed due to the weekend’s NRL Grand Final.

However, Cr McLaughlin said Townsville Enterprise Policy and Investment Director Michael McMillan had come on board as the second guest speaker.

“I will join Mr McMillan in providing a recap of the recent delegation of North Queensland community and business leaders to Singapore,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The Burdekin Industry Breakfast is on 7am – 8.30am, Wednesday 4 October at the Burdekin Theatre, Ayr. Cost is $10/person which includes a hot breakfast.

To RSVP please contact Eliza Lovell at the Council on  4783 9831 or .

Job Vacancy 17/48 – Accounts Payable Officer

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for an Accounts Payable Officer. This is a fulltime position within the Expenditure Services section of Council.

The Position

The key responsibilities include:

  • Review, follow up of incomplete items and data entry of creditor invoices and reconciling of monthly statements to ensure accurate, appropriate and timely creditor account processing for weekly, fortnightly and monthly payment runs.
  • Ensure accurate claiming of GST for monthly BAS.
  • Maintain creditors’ masterfile database.
  • Resolve and respond to Creditors’ requests and correspondence.
  • Various reconciliations of accounts and employee purchases.
  • Compilation of spreadsheets and reports for section.

The Person

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

  • High level of administrative and financial experience.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work to meet deadlines and achieve work outcomes.
  • High level of communication skills both written and oral.
  • Skills and experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and relevant financial systems.
  • Ability to maintain a harmonious and productive team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle private, confidential and sensitive information

The commencing salary is dependent upon age and experience of the successful applicant with a minimum starting rate of $56,843 per annum.

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 17/48 – Accounts Payable 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 11 October 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Deanna Otto, Accounts Payable Administrator on (07) 4783 9800.

Mount Inkerman Road – Construction of Passing Lanes

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that Mount Inkerman Road will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from Wednesday, 4 October until Saturday, 16 December. The closure is to allow the construction of two passing lanes on the steep section of road.

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.

Register of Interest from Artists, Sculptors and Artisans

Over the next few years, Burdekin Shire Council hopes to install a number of artworks and sculptures throughout the Shire to beautify our town centres and encourage tourists to stay longer in district.

Council wishes to create a register of artists, sculptors and artisans.  These interested people would be advised when projects are being advertised to ensure that they receive timely advice of proposed projects.

If you are an artist, sculptor or artisan interested in undertaking commissions in Burdekin Shire, please register your interest by emailingadvising your name, contact information, details of the medium in which you work, and links to website information on your artwork.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Grants Officer, Mrs Janice Horan on (07) 4783 9836 or.

Tech-savvy growers to share success stories at Burdekin Water Forum

Cane growers will share their stories of using cutting edge technology to improve their irrigation management and reduce costs, as part of an interactive session planned for next month’s Burdekin Water Forum 2017.

The forum, coordinated by Burdekin Water Futures, will bring farmers, scientists and government representatives from around Australia to the Burdekin Theatre this October 9 -11.

AgriTech Solutions managing director Steve Attard has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the event and will encourage farmers to embrace new irrigation technologies which some local growers are already using with great success.

“We’ll have a panel of farmers speaking to the audience about their experiences of using new technology to improve irrigation management on their own farms,” Mr Attard said.

“It’s about highlighting that this does work in our region. We’ve got real life experience of farmers in the district who are already doing it and having success.

“Through the automation of irrigation, farmers can remotely connect to pumps and valves to deliver savings in water, energy and time – all of which improve the economics of farming. This is not in the future – it is something we can do right now.”

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor and Burdekin Water Futures Chair Lyn McLaughlin said the forum aimed to provide an insight into best practice management of irrigated agriculture in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

“The management of irrigated agriculture in Great Barrier Reef catchments comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities,” Cr McLaughlin

“This conference will showcase initiatives that have been developed in various communities and environments across the country.”

Delegates will hear from a range of local, state, national and international speakers including one of South Africa’s leading water experts in integrated water resources management, Professor Dr. Anthony Turton.

Register for the forum online at www.burdekinwaterforum.com. For further enquiries please contact Burdekin Water Futures on (07) 4783 9831 or

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