First Fire to light up sugarcane field with multimedia spectacular

Films and photographs depicting the sugarcane industry in the Burdekin will be projected onto the purpose-grown cane crop at Home Hill Showgrounds before the first fire of the season lights up the sky, at the spectacular opening night of the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival this Wednesday 30 May.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the unique multimedia installation would use high powered laser projectors to emblazon still and moving images onto the cane field.

“Just as large urban events such as the White Night Melbourne festival are using projectors in this way to transform buildings into art installations, the Burdekin Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival will use the cane as the canvas,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We are excited to be introducing this very unique attraction to the First Fire of the Season this year. The fire, when it is lit, will actually form part of the installation.”

McLaughlin said Sweet Days, Hot Nights was a new festival in the Burdekin, incorporating the First Fire and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships.

The First Fire of the Season will see festival-goers enjoy food, live music by Rene Le Feuvre and cultural activities before experiencing the raw power of a cane fire up close.

Entertainment and activities will commence at Home Hill Showgrounds from 5.30pm.

“In keeping with the fire-theme of the evening, festival-goers will be able to participate in our very own Burning Man ceremony. We’ll be encouraging everyone to write down a secret, a fear or a concern – anything you’d like to get off your chest – before we set it on fire with our Burning Man sculpture,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The main event of the evening will see a roaring cane fire light up the night sky as our purpose grown crop is set alight, marking the first cane fire of the season here 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.”

The celebrations continue at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships from 11am to 4pm this Saturday 2 June, when Home Hill Showgrounds is transformed into a fun-filled festival of entertainment, food, children’s activities, fresh local produce and historical displays.

“During this event, festival-goers will witness a true test of skill and endurance as the competitors line up in Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, bringing to life the back-breaking work of a by-gone era,” Cr McLaughlin.

The Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is being launched in partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and will kick-start a three-year campaign aiming to drive visitation to the Burdekin region.

For further information please visit www.sweetdayshotnights.com.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Lane Closures

As part of the Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise of single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill on the following dates (weather permitting):

  • Wednesday 30 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018

9.30am to 2.45pm (please note start and finish times)

During this time, speed and width restrictions will be in place and the site will be under traffic control.  North and southbound road users should expect minor delays.

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles operators with loads three (3) metres wide or greater must contact Michael Brennan on 0409 643 768 to advise of an anticipated time of arrival to allow for road barriers and other infrastructure to be cleared.  Failure to give advance warning will result in further delays.

We apologise for any inconvenience and seek your cooperation during this program of works. If you have any queries in relation to this work, please contact Mrs Dana Hildebrandt on 1800 625 648.

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.

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.

Job Vacancy 18/28 – Fuel Truck Driver

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.

Job Vacancy 18/27 – Labourer – Works

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.

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:

  • 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.

Activities for all ages this 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.

Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Lane Closures

Maintenance Works

As part of the Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise of single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill on the following dates (weather permitting):

Monday 21 May 2018 to Friday 25 May 2018

9.30am to 2.45pm (please note start and finish times)

During this time, speed and width restrictions will be in place and the site will be under traffic control.  North and southbound road users should expect minor delays.

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles operators with loads three (3) metres wide or greater must contact Michael Brennan on 0409 643 768 to advise of an anticipated time of arrival to allow for road barriers and other infrastructure to be cleared.  Failure to give advance warning will result in further delays.

We apologise for any inconvenience and seek your cooperation during this program of works.

If you have any queries in relation to this work, please contact Mrs Dana Hildebrandt on 1800 625 648.

Sweet Days, Hot Nights a celebration of original cane cutters

Burdekin resident John Arrate was introduced to the art of hand cane cutting by his father while growing up on their small family farm at Clare.

He will line up in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, part of the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival at Home Hill Showgrounds this 30 May and 2 June, with nothing but respect for the original hand cane cutters in the field.

“They’re the ones I take my hat off to. I think it’s a bit of an honour to think you’re still competing with the guys who have done this for a living,” Mr Arrate said.

“It’s important people have the chance to see how it was done while those guys are around. Some of them are in their seventies. Being a bit of a competitor it just bugs me that I still can’t beat the old guys.”

Mr Arrate, who now owns and operates his own sugarcane farm at Home Hill, has been competing in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships since the introduction of the Kevin Swindley Memorial prize for local cutters in 2012. “I knew the Swindley family so I thought it would be a good way of paying tribute,” Mr Arrate said.

When he first signed up it was “just to make up numbers” however one of the older cutters soon become a mentor to Mr Arrate, who has been honing his skills ever since.

He went on to win the Kevin Swindley Memorial in 2016. “Hopefully this year I’ll be holding a trophy again,” he said.

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

“The First Fire on Wednesday 30 May offers visitors and locals the chance to experience the awe-inspiring sight of cane fire up close,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“On Saturday 2 June at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, festival-goers will witness a test of skill and endurance, a competition that brings to life the back-breaking work of a by-gone era.”

For more information visit www.sweetdayshotnights.com.au or ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ the sweetdayshotnights page on Facebook.

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.

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.

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