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Bailey Lovell, Mackenzie Dale, Zack Durrant, Zoie Lovell and Kiera Durrant take a fun train ride at the 2017 Australian hand Cane Cutting Championship at Home Hill Showgrounds. This year’s event will be even bigger and better.

Sweet Days, Hot Nights ahead

The Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is set to bring good old fashioned fun to Home Hill Showgrounds this 30 May and 2 June with food, entertainment and cultural activities for the whole family.

The Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is set to bring good old fashioned fun to Home Hill Showgrounds this 30 May and 2 June with food, entertainment and cultural activities for the whole family.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Sweet Days, Hot Nights would incorporate the First Fire and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships and package them with a range of family-friendly, festival-styled events.

“We wanted to ensure there would be lots of entertainment for children and families while celebrating and showcasing what is great about our region,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The First Cane Fire of the Season is set to light up the Showgrounds on Wednesday 30 May.

Cr McLaughlin said festival goers would enjoy food and live entertainment. “Adding another layer to the event this year will be the opportunity to take part in some cultural activities including a drum circle led by Rhythm Connection and a Burning Man ceremony,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The main event of the evening will see a roaring cane fire light up the night as our purpose grown crop is set alight, marking the first cane fire of the season in the Burdekin. This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to safely view a cane fire up close. It is an awe-inspiring sight.”

Entertainment and activities will commence at Home Hill Showgrounds from 5.30pm, with live music starting at 6pm.

The festivities continue at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships on Saturday 2 June, when Home Hill Showgrounds is transformed into a fun-filled festival of entertainment, food and market stalls, fresh local produce and historical displays.

“Back bigger and better than ever before, this free, family-friendly event will have entertainment, food and market stalls not to mention seven cane cutting competitions featuring age group categories, a ladies category and a top and load relay,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“There will be lots for children on the day including an animal farm, duck races, face painting and a craft tent.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival was being launched in partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and would kick-start a three-year campaign aiming to drive visitation to our region.

“We are very excited and look forward to the event growing over the years and becoming a feature festival in Queensland,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Taylor Moul and Library Community Services Officer Jaye Christensen are looking forward to reading Hickory Dickory Dash, written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood, for National Simultaneous Storytime during Library and Information Week.

Activities for all ages this Library and Information Week

Burdekin Shire residents will be encouraged to explore their local library as part of a week of free activities kicking off Tuesday 22 May for Library and Information Week.

Burdekin Shire residents are encouraged to explore their local library as part of a week of free activities kicking off Tuesday 22 May for Library and Information Week.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Burdekin Library would participate in National Simultaneous Storytime, an event which would see libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres and bookshops across Australia read a book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, simultaneously.

“This fun and colourful event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This year National Simultaneous Storytime takes place on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 11am. We would love it if you could join us at Burdekin Library to share Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood and have fun with some Hickory Dickory Dock inspired activities.”

Library and Information Week is a partnership between the Australian Library and Information Association and Booktopia with this year’s theme being ‘Find yourself in a library’.

Cr McLaughlin said as part of the celebrations an Afternoon in Ideas@108 session for children aged 5-16 would be held in Burdekin Library at 3.30pm on Tuesday 22 May.

“Then, on Thursday 24 May we’ll be putting on a community Morning Tea and Library Information session at 10am. It will be a great opportunity to find out more about Burdekin Library’s online resources while enjoying a cuppa with friends,” she said.

Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to find out more about the wide range of services that libraries offer.

For more information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or call Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970.

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Free workshop to kick-start Volunteer Week

The Burdekin’s sport and recreation volunteers are invited to a free skills-development workshop to kick off National Volunteer Week this 21-27 May. Burdekin Shire Council is teaming up with the Queensland Government to deliver a Building Active Communities workshop, which will be held at the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers in Ayr from 5.30pm-8.30pm on Monday 21 May.

The Burdekin’s sport and recreation volunteers are invited to a free skills-development workshop to kick off National Volunteer Week this 21-27 May.

Burdekin Shire Council is teaming up with the Queensland Government to deliver a Building Active Communities workshop, which will be held at the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers in Ayr from 5.30pm-8.30pm on Monday 21 May.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the theme of National Volunteer Week was Give a little. Change a lot which represented the millions of volunteers who made a profound impact on their communities, through giving a little time.

“This free workshop is aimed at sport and recreation volunteers and volunteer managers and is all about supporting them in the work they do by equipping them with new skills and knowledge,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I encourage all of our local sport and recreation volunteers and volunteer coordinators to make the most of this great opportunity.”

Cr McLaughlin said organisations could improve participation through a committed and dedicated team of very important people – volunteers.

“Volunteers are one of the most vital assets of any club or organisation and looking after them is a priority,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This workshop covers best practice in developing, promoting and embracing excellence in volunteer management.

“Topics include recruitment and retention, achieving results with limited volunteer numbers, strategies to increase volunteer numbers, training, recognition and reward, and tools to support your club’s volunteer management program.”

Register at http://ems.gs/3noe0dxbNCH or by visiting the Burdekin Shire Council website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.

Online Services

Works rescheduled – disruptions to Council email, website advised

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise residents that IT works planned for today have been rescheduled to tomorrow Wednesday 16 May, 2018 between 4.30pm and 7.30pm. During all or part of this time, Council may not be able to send or receive emails and Council’s website could be unavailable.

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise residents that IT works planned for today have been rescheduled to tomorrow Wednesday 16 May, 2018 between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

During all or part of this time, Council may not be able to send or receive emails and Council’s website could be unavailable.

For urgent enquiries during this period please phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

For non-urgent matters, Council will respond to email enquiries when services return to normal from the morning of Wednesday 16 May, 2018.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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Library and Information Week – 21-26 May 2018

Burdekin Library is celebrating Library and Information Week with a range of library activities for all the community to enjoy. 22nd, 23rd & 24th May 2018.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin announces plans to replace the softfall at Anzac Park playground

Anzac Park playground to gain softfall upgrade

The playground at Ayr’s Anzac Park will be updated with new softfall, creating a softer and safer play space for park users.

The playground at Ayr’s Anzac Park will be updated with new softfall, creating a softer and safer play space for park users.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council would carry out the works following the July school holidays for convenience of families.

“Anzac Park is a great community space that is very popular with families, attracting a high level of usage year-round,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“In addition to increasing the cushioning effect, the replacement of the softfall will rejuvenate and brighten up that whole area around the playground.

“I thank the Queensland Government for providing $60,000 in funding towards the works as part of the second round of the Works for Queensland program.

The playground at Arch Dunn Memorial Park in Home Hill is also currently receiving a major upgrade.

Council has closed the park for the duration of the works, which will see new playground equipment and a new picnic shelter and barbecue installed.

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Solar lights to extend Ayr Skate Park hours

New solar lights will be installed at the Ayr Skate Park, increasing safety and extending the hours the facility can be used.

New solar lights will be installed at the Ayr Skate Park, increasing safety and extending the hours the facility can be used.

The lights, which will be activated on a timer system, will allow families to continue using the skate park longer into the evening before being switched off later at night.

“It means skate park users who wish to avoid the heat of the day, particularly in those hotter summer months that we experience here in the Burdekin, will be able to enjoy the facility in the evenings too,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Council is able to purchase the lights after recent works to install shade sails at the skate park were completed under budget.

“We’re pleased to be able to use the remaining funds on this new lighting project,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for making all of this possible though funding from its Get Playing Places and Spaces program.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council staff had noticed more activity in the skate park since the installation of the shade sails prior to Summer last year.

“The increased number of people using the Ayr Skate Park over Summer indicates the shade sails have been very well received,” she said.

“The shade sails, and now the addition of new solar lighting, will together serve to extend the usability of park for the benefit of the community.”

Council has ordered the lights, which will be installed in the near future.

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Making of Local Law No 8 (Waste Management) 2018

Burdekin Shire Council has by resolution dated 8 May 2018 made Local Law No 8 (Waste Management) 2018.

Local Government Act 2009

Burdekin Shire Council

(Making of Local Law) Website Notice (No 1) 2018

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  1.   This notice may be cited as Burdekin Shire Council (Making of Local Law) Website Notice (No 1) 2018.

Making of local law

2.     Burdekin Shire Council (the “Council”) has, by resolution dated Tuesday 8 May 2018, made Local Law No 8 (Waste Management) 2018 (the “local law”).

Purpose and general effect

3.    The purpose and general effect of the local law is to protect the public health, safety and amenity related to waste management by—

(a)   regulating the storage, servicing and removal of waste; and

(b)   regulating the disposal of waste at waste facilities; and

(c)   ensuring that an act or omission does not result in—

(i)            harm to human health or safety or personal injury; or

(ii)           property damage or loss of amenity; or

(iii)          environmental harm or environmental nuisance.

Anti-competitive provision

4.    The local law contains anti-competitive provisions.

Inspection

5.    Copies of the local law may be—

(a)   inspected and purchased at Council’s public office and viewed by the public on the website of Council; and

(b)   viewed by the public on the website of the Department of Local Government.

 

You can download the Local Law using the link below.

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Septic Receival at the Ayr Waste Water Treatment Plant closed from 14th to 16th May 2018

Council advises that Septic Receival services will be closed between Monday 14th May 2018 to Wednesday 16th May 2018 to allow essential maintenance works to be carried out at the Ayr Waste Water Treatment Plant. Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of these necessary maintenance works. For further information or [...]

Council advises that Septic Receival services will be closed between Monday 14th May 2018 to Wednesday 16th May 2018 to allow essential maintenance works to be carried out at the Ayr Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused as a result of these necessary maintenance works.

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

Cyrus

Talent Showcase attracts record nominations

A record number of talented North Queenslanders will put their best singing, dancing, music and performance skills on display in front of a live audience at this year’s Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase.

A record number of talented North Queenslanders will put their best singing, dancing, music and performance skills on display in front of a live audience at this year’s Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase.

The Burdekin’s largest talent competition will be held at Burdekin Theatre in Ayr on Saturday 28 April, with former The X Factor winner Cyrus appearing as the guest celebrity and judge.

Burdekin Shire Youth Mayor Sarah McDonnell said more than 40 acts had already signed up to perform in the heats and nominations were still rolling in.

“Not only will we have Cyrus, but we will have national talent scouts in town and more than $2,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs,” Ms McDonnell said.

“Many of the people who have performed before have returned plus we have lots of new acts this year, including singers, dancers, musicians and even a stand-up comedian. Altogether, there are over 100 competitors of all ages and talents performing in groups or as individuals.

“The acts are coming from across North Queensland to be involved.”

Miss McDonnell said the top 20 acts from the Heats in the morning would go through to the Final Showcase that night, which Cyrus would also perform in.

She said the Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase was the Youth Council’s major event for the year and their members had been working hard to promote it within the community.

“If you love talent competitions like The X Factor, The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent you are going to love Fast Track,” she said.

“The Final Showcase nearly sold out last year so if you want to attend, make sure to book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. I’d like to thank Burdekin Shire Council and all the Youth Council members for their hard work in making sure the Burdekin gets a turn in the spotlight.”

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Fast Track was a national talent showcase that had launched the careers of many household names in the entertainment industry.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Burdekin and North Queensland talent to shine,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“As part of the experience, all the acts can attend a workshop with Cyrus on the Friday afternoon prior to the event so it will be a valuable chance to develop their skills with the support of an experienced performer.”

To register to perform in the Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase, which is open to all ages, email your name and contact details to. For more information call 1300 FAST01 or visit facebook.com/fasttracktalent.

Heats will commence from 11am with the Final Showcase featuring Cyrus at 7pm.

Audience tickets are $10 Heats and $25 Final Showcase and are available at the Burdekin Theatre website www.burdekintheatre.com.au; by phone (07) 4783 9880; or in person at the Burdekin Theatre Box Office or Council’s Customer Service Centre.

How to Apply

Application packages are available from the Human Resources Office at the Shire Chambers, 145 Young St, Ayr, Qld, 4807, telephone (07) 4783 9800 or this website - just click on the position that interests you and download the application package.

Once you have obtained the application package and prepared your application it can be lodged by email to employment@burdekin.qld.gov.au. or by mail to Confidential Application, PO Box 974, Ayr, Qld, 4807.

Please note that we can only accept applications for jobs that are currently being advertised.


Current job vacancies are shown below.

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Job Vacancy 18/28 – Fuel Truck Driver

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Fuel Truck Driver within the Works section. Applications close on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 5.00pm.

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Fuel Truck Driver within the Works section.

The primary duties of this position is to provide Council plant with fuel and oil supplies as required on the job site and any other duties allocated by the Works Overseer and Supervisors. It is necessary to liaise with and carry out instructions from the Workshop Superintendent or his representative on a regular basis. Council Depot grounds maintenance is a function of this position

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

  • MR (Medium Rigid) Drivers Licence.
  • Current Dangerous Goods Licence.
  • Demonstrated reading, writing, and mathematical volume calculation skills.
  • First Aid Certificate.
  • Traffic Management Implementation qualification or demonstrated ability to obtain the qualification.
  • General Construction Induction White Card.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The gross fortnightly wage for this position is $1,999.34.

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 18/28 – Fuel Truck Driver 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 will close on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

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

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Job Vacancy 18/27 – Labourer – Works

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Labourer within the Works section. Applications close on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 5.00pm.

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Labourer within the Works section.

The primary duties of this position are to assist with the construction and maintenance of Council infrastructure throughout the Shire, and any other duties allocated by the Works Overseer and Supervisors. Manual handling and outdoor work is a key feature of this role.

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

  • MR (Medium Rigid) Drivers Licence.
  • Demonstrated reading and writing abilities to undertake site risk assessments.
  • Traffic Control Certification or demonstrated ability to obtain the qualification.
  • General Construction Induction White Card.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The gross fortnightly wage for this position is $1,963.88.

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 18/27 – Labourer – 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 will close on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at 5.00pm.  Word or PDF format is preferable.

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

Marketplace

Welcome to the Burdekin Shire Council Marketplace, where you will find details of:

  • items for sale
  • opportunities to supply Council with products or services

Offers to buy items or supply to Council may be invited through expressions of interest, quotation, or tender.
In accordance with the Local Government Regulation 2012:

  • Tenders are used for the purchase and sale of goods and services valued at $200,000 or more (excluding GST).
  • Expressions of interest are used in some circumstances prior to calling for tenders.
  • Quotations are sought for items valued at less than $200,000 (excluding GST).
  • Items are occasionally offered for sale at a fixed price if they do not sell when offered for sale by tender or auction.
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Additional Information

Call 13 19 40

You can also call 13 19 40 to hear a 24-hour recorded message for local road conditions from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

To report a traffic incident you can speak to an operator once the recorded message has finished.

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Bitumen Reseals – Rural Areas

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reseal works will commence on the below listed rural roads between Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June, 2018, weather permitting.

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reseal works will commence on the below listed rural roads between Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June, 2018, weather permitting:

  • Cadio Road
  • Trembath Road
  • Groper Creek Road
  • Beach Road
  • Soldier Road
  • Carter Road
  • Hodder Road
  • Coppo Road
  • Rita Island Road

Works will be completed under traffic control, motorists will experience delays when bitumen reseal works are being undertaken.

Please contact Burdekin Shire Council’s Customer Service Team on 4783 9800 for further information.

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Brown Road – Works Update

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that Brown Road is scheduled to be open to all motorists by 4.00pm Thursday 14th June 2018, weather permitting.

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that major drainage works will be completed on Brown Road on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

Road reconstruction works have commenced and a first coat bitumen seal is scheduled for Thursday 14th June 2018.

Brown Road will remain closed to all traffic during the construction period with a temporary detour via Shepherd Road.

Brown Road is scheduled to be open to all motorists by 4.00pm Thursday 14th June 2018, weather permitting.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Team 4783 9800.

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Brown Road – Road Reconstruction and Drainage

Burdekin Shire Council advises that road reconstruction and drainage works will be recommencing on Brown Road from the Telstra exchange building for the extent of 1km towards Pelican Road. The works have recently experienced delays due to weather and will recommence on Monday 9th April 2018 and are expected to be completed in June 2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Burdekin Shire Council advises that road reconstruction and drainage works will be recommencing on Brown Road from the Telstra exchange building for the extent of 1km towards Pelican Road. The works have recently experienced delays due to weather and will recommence on Monday 9th April 2018 and are expected to be completed in June 2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.

All construction works will occur Monday to Sunday between 7.00am and 6.00pm.

Brown Road will be closed to all traffic during the construction period with a temporary detour via Shepherd Road.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during the construction period, Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users for their patience during these works.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Team 4783 9800.

Water Information

To report a water incident you can call the Council and speak to a customer services officer.

Bi-Annual Water Meter Reading

Bi-Annual Water Supply Meter Reading

Bi-annual water supply meter reading scheduled to commence Monday 30 April 2018 and is expected to take approximately 6 weeks.

Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Monday 30th April, 2018.  Approximate times and areas for the commencement of meter readings are:

  • Late April to Mid May – Home Hill, Rossiters Hill, Brandon and Parkside
  • Mid to Late May – East Ayr, Drysdale Estate, South Ayr
  • Late May to Early June – Ayr CBD, Little Drysdale & Kennedy Street areas, Sutcliffe Estate area, Alva Beach, Mt. Kelly and Giru

To assist Councils meter readers, residents are requested to please clear meters of all obstructions, isolate and/or restrain dogs and unlock gates.

For further information or if specific arrangements are required regarding access, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Council appreciates your assistance in these matters.

Animals in the Council Pound

Council publishes details of all animals that have been surrendered, impounded, or left at the pound.

Due to the number of animals that we see each week, we are only able to hold animals for 3 working days.

If you have lost an animal, or if you would like to adopt an animal from our pound, please contact our Animal Control Officers via the Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Release Fees

View the Release Fees for Animals in the Pound.

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Wolfhound- 479 – Left at Pound Left at pound – 23/05/2018

Grey/white Female/Desexed Wolfhound- 479. Left at Pound Left at pound 23/05/2018. Date of exit - 28/05/2018. .
Date of Entry
23/05/2018
 
Breed and Colour
Wolfhound- 479 – Grey/white
 
Impounded / Surrendered
Left at Pound
 
Location Found
Left at pound
 
Sex
Female/Desexed
 
Date of Exit
28/05/2018
 
Suitable for Rehoming
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