Burdekin Shire Council is opening the lines of communication with the community with the appointment of a full-time Media and Communications Officer.
Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Julie Davies would play an important part in engaging with the Burdekin community.
“I would like to see more interaction with the community so people know what our services are, understand our services and create a more positive relationship with residents,” he said.
“Part of that plan is to ramp up the social media interaction with our residents who use Facebook and Twitter.
“Social media is a great tool to keep the community informed, not just about council activities, but about events in the community. And it’s an informal platform that allows residents to make contact with council.
“I would encourage Burdekin residents to follow the Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.”
Mrs Davies said she was looking forward to the challenge her expanded role offered.
“I have been working with Council casually over the past three years and am really excited at the prospect of opening the lines of communication to the Burdekin community and helping our community understand Council and its services better,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to getting the message out about our beautiful Shire and encouraging people to move here and enjoy the sweet life we have in the Burdekin.
“I would welcome any constructive comments from the Burdekin community on how Council can better communicate with the residents of our Shire.
Mrs Davies was born and bred in Home Hill, embarked on cadetship in journalism after finishing Year 12 at Home Hill State High School in 1984. She has worked in a number of regional and metropolitan newspapers across Queensland including the Townsville Bulletin and Queensland’s biggest selling newspaper The Sunday Mail.
She returned to live in Home Hill with her family, husband John and children Jack and Molly in 2007.