Emergency Action Guide: Get ready before a disaster strikes

Burdekin Shire households will receive an Emergency Action Guide to help them prepare for natural disasters.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had been developing a brand new Emergency Action Guide with a focus on natural disasters and this November, free copies would be distributed to all households in the Shire.

The guide is also available on Council’s website here: Emergency Action Guide

“Between 10 and 13 cyclones are expected to form in Australian waters this summer,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“With November now marking the start of cyclone season, it’s important to prepare your home, cars, boats and pets to make sure everything is ready.

“It is vital that every household has a ‘WHAT-IF’ plan. Take the time to ask yourself what are you and your family going to do if a cyclone, bushfire, flood or other disaster strikes.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council’s new Emergency Action Guide would assist residents to prepare their emergency plans, emergency kits and evacuation kits, along with providing information on the risk and likelihood of disasters within the community

“Know your evacuation route, have an emergency kit and take steps to limit damage to your property,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Knowing where to get information during emergencies is also critical.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Council were the community’s official sources of information during a disaster.

“Depending on the severity of the event, during a disaster the Burdekin LDMG may establish a Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) which will be manned by trained Council staff, emergency services and key agencies,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“You will find disaster information about when the centre is operational on the Burdekin Shire Council website, the Burdekin Shire Council Disaster Coordination Centre page on Facebook, public notices and the local radio.”

Council’s Emergency Action Guide 2017-19 was made possible thanks to funding from the State Government’s 2017/18 Get Ready program.

The guide will hit mailboxes in the Burdekin Shire in coming days.

 

Big screen plans for sell-out Christmas Spectacular

A free outdoor live screening will spread the festive cheer even further, when Burdekin Shire Council hosts next month’s Christmas Spectacular over two nights at Burdekin Theatre.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said tickets to the free event in the Theatre Auditorium had sold out but everyone would still be able to join in on the merriment.

“The excitement for this free, family-friendly event has been wonderful to see and we don’t want anyone to miss out,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council will be setting up a big screen in the Theatre Forecourt so anyone who hasn’t secured a ticket to the event in the Auditorium at 7pm will still be able to join in on all the entertainment we have planned,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The festivities will be held at Burdekin Theatre across two nights on Thursday 21 December and Friday 22 December, with Christmas activities and entertainment in the Forecourt and Foyer from 5pm nightly. Foods and drinks will also be available to purchase.

Santa Claus himself is tipped to make an appearance.

At 7pm the free Christmas Spectacular will take place in the Theatre Auditorium, including a program of family-favourite Christmas carols and the children’s play, Elf.

“Ticket-holders need to be seated in the Auditorium for a 7pm start for the play, Christmas carols and Christmas messages by church leaders. Council is encouraging everyone else to set up their picnic blankets and folding chairs in the Forecourt, where the event will be screened live,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We have a great line up of entertainment planned.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Community Christmas Carols were a great community tradition and this year Council had received funding through the Queensland Government’s Community Drought Support Package to make the event even bigger.

“I thank the Queensland Government for its assistance in making this event possible, by providing $22,500 through its Community Drought Support Package,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Anyone who a booked ticket and is no longer able to attend is asked to return the ticket to Burdekin Theatre for redistribution, as this is a sell-out community event. For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Job Vacancy 17/55 – Customer Services Officer

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking applications for a Customer Services Officer. This position involves working on a rotational basis across the call centre and front counter.

This is a full time position with the hours of work totalling 72.5 hours per fortnight.

 The key responsibilities include:

  • Provide high quality multifunctional Customer Service to the Burdekin Shire Council’s external and internal customers.
  • Provide a positive and proactive service to customers through effective communication, conflict resolution, problem solving and advocacy.
  • Process all service requests for the provision of works and tasks to be undertaken via our electronic Customer Request Management System.
  • Receipting functions for customers by way of cash, cheques and EFTPOS facilities.
  • Process efficiently all Council applications, permits and payments.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 3 ($66,826pa) with the commencing salary 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 17/55 – Customer Services 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 Friday, 8 December 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Eileen Robinson – Manager Client Services on (07) 4783 9800.

 

Job Vacancy 17/54 – Safety Advisor (Maternity Relief)

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Safety Advisor. This is a part time position with the hours of work totalling 60 hours per fortnight. This is a maternity relief position for a period of up to 12 months.

The successful applicant will undertake a range of administrative activities as part of the Work Health and Safety Team and manage, implement and maintain an effective safety management system conforming to all legislative requirements and Council’s Safety Management System – JLT Safe Plan.

Reporting to the Safety and Productivity Coordinator the key responsibilities include:

  • Commitment to implementing Council’s policies, procedures and other legislative requirements in relation to Safety.
  • Recommend enhancements to work health and safety policy and procedures to enable Council to comply with its statutory obligations under Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and supporting legislation.
  • Conduct various training activities including initial employee inductions and other work health and safety training sessions for all staff including Councillors and Management.
  • Carry out inspections on major projects and those which have a potentially high risk factor to ensure that safe work practices are being implemented.
  • Assessment of Council work activities and attempt to predict outcomes so that preventative procedures and training can be implemented to minimise accidents and injuries.
  • Conduct audits of projects that are major or have high risk factors to assess compliance with policies, procedures, and safe work practices.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The annual salary for this part time position is to a ceiling of Level 3 ($55,304pa) with the commencing salary 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 17/54 – Safety Advisor (Maternity Relief) 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 Monday, 4 December 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Brad Hutchinson – Safety and Productivity Coordinator on (07) 4783 9800.

Job Vacancy 17/53 – Rates Officer

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Rates Officer.

This is a full time position with the hours of work totalling 72.5 hours per fortnight.

The Position

The key responsibilities include:

  • Ongoing maintenance to ensure integrity of the property and land rating database for levying of rates and charges, property searches and rating system upgrades.
  • Generating and checking rate certificates prior to issue.
  • Assist with debt collection processes for collection of outstanding rates.
  • Assist with issue of annual, supplementary and half-yearly water consumption notices.
  • Assist with preparation of rate reports including rating statement, audit reports, two and five year rating comparison, comparative annual rates collection report.

The Person

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

  • Demonstrated high level of administrative and financial experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn multiple new work procedures and adapt to changes in process, practice, and technology, while applying attention to detail and accuracy of work.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise own work to meet deadlines and achieve desired work outcomes.
  • Experience in Local Government property and rating systems, including knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a team that values a positive working environment, self-development and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle private, confidential and sensitive information.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 3 ($66,826pa) with the commencing salary 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 17/53 – Rates 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 Friday, 1 December 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Kathy Cortabitarte, Acting Manager Financial and Administrative Services on (07) 4783 9800.

Have your say: Feral pig impacts

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking feedback from landholders on the impacts of feral pigs on their properties and natural ecosystems.

A survey is being conducted through funding received from NQ Dry Tropics Feral Pig Control program. The aim is to plan aerial pig shoots with the information from landholders regarding feral pig populations.

Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSCFeralPigImpacts

In the Dry Tropics, where pig populations exist, aerial shooting is the most cost-effective method of control.

It is estimated that Australia has up to 24 million feral pigs. They are among Queensland’s most widespread and damaging pest animals. Feral pigs spread weeds, degrade soil and water, prey on native species, damage crops and livestock, and carry diseases.  With your assistance, together, we can decrease the populations of pigs in the Burdekin Shire Council area.

Please complete the survey online or print out and return by either posting to Council (PO Box 974 Ayr Qld 4807), marked to the attention of Brooke Payne, dropping off at Council’s Customer Service Centre 145 Young Street Ayr or emailing to

Responses should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 8 December.

For information on Council’s 1080 baiting program for feral pigs and wild dogs, or on the loan of feral pig traps, please call Council’s Pest Management Team on (07) 4783 9800.

Bitumen Reseals – Urban Areas

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reseal works will commence in the urban areas of Ayr and Brandon between the following dates and locations, weather permitting:

Monday 4th December 2017 to Friday 8th December 2017

Monday 11th December 2017 to Wednesday 13th December 2017

 

·         Albert Crescent

·         Cameron Street

·         Canberra Street

·         Craig Street

·         Gould Place

·         Hillier Street

·         Kennedy Street

·         Little Drysdale Street

·         Margaret Street

·         Mary Street

·         Victoria Street

·         Young Street

·         Bond Street

·         Burke Street

·         Green Street

·         Hocking Street

·         Smith Street

·         Adelaide Street

·         Toll Street

 

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

 

Australia celebrates its first National Agriculture Day

Australians from all walks of life are being urged to get involved today, as we celebrate our first National Agriculture & Related Industries Day (AgDay).

AgDay is a national day to celebrate the remarkable contribution of agriculture to Australia’s economy and society.

President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, says it’s a celebration everyone can take part in.

“Agriculture touches the lives of every Australian, through the food we eat, the natural fibres we wear, and the economic prosperity we enjoy,” Ms Simson said.

National Agriculture Day comes on the back of recent research, which found that 83% of Australians would describe their connection with farming as ‘distant’ or ‘non-existent’.

“We live in one of the most urbanised countries in the world, but that doesn’t mean that food and fibre production should simply be ‘out of sight, out of mind’,” Ms Simson said.

“Farming is also a driving force of the Australian economy, generating 1.6 million jobs across the supply chain.

“It is also Australia’s fastest growing industry, up 23% past financial year.

“We have an incredible story to tell, and that’s exactly what AgDay is all about.”

No matter where you are on AgDay, there are plenty of ways to join in the action.

“Events are happening right across the country, but if you can’t get to an event you can join in the celebration online.

“Join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #AgDay, share pictures of the great farm produce you’re enjoying today, or even test your farming knowledge with the AgDay quiz!,” Ms Simson said.

If you’d like to get involved, the best place to start is agday.org.au. It’s packed with information and resources on what’s happening across Australia and online.

On this first National Agriculture Day, the National Farmers’ Federations is telling the great story that is agriculture with a short video. Watch below as farmers including NFF President, Fiona Simson, a chef and a supermarket chief explain what agriculture means to them. If you’re like us, and think the video is pretty neat, please share across your social media platforms tagging #AgDay.

See the #AgDay video here www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlPVEbPwij4

New structure for Burdekin Shire Council

An organisational restructure focusing on improved coordination of separate functions across Council has been adopted by Burdekin Shire Council.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the new structure would be based on a two director model, similar to what was in place at Council prior to the last restructure.

“The new organisational structure is a positive step in the right direction and will enable Council to better undertake strategic planning and to identify and progress long-term goals and opportunities,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The restructure does not involve any job losses and endeavours to place inter-related functions together to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.”

Under the new model, two directors will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer instead of eight managers. Other areas of change include all governance activities being grouped together into a single work group and the Assets and Geographical Information System sections being combined into a work group.

Tourism will be transferred from Community Development to Economic Development, shifting the focus to the enhancement of economic activity in the Shire through tourism.

Burdekin Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Terry Brennan said the changes would improve Council’s ability to address strategic issues and progress opportunities in the Shire.

“The new structure will provide higher level support to Council’s Managers on operational and strategic issues and improve the coordination of separate functions across Council,” Mr Brennan said.

“When you look at what most similar size councils in Queensland are doing, the majority have three of four directors within their organisational structure, but there are also some that have a two director model, similar to what was in place at Burdekin Shire Council in the past.

“Council is committed to working with the community to ensure our Shire continues to be an inclusive, welcoming and healthy environment that offers a high quality of liveability for residents that is underpinned by a productive and diverse economy. I believe these changes will better enable Council to build on these commitments into the future.”

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

Explore street-route detail for Queen’s Baton journey through Ayr

Burdekin Shire residents can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay experience with street-route details of the Baton’s journey around Australia now available to explore at gc2018.com/qbr.

The baton will travel through Ayr on Monday 19 March 2018 as part of the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Sixteen Burdekin residents will share the honour of carrying the baton through Ayr, after a nomination process earlier this year called on members of the community to nominate inspirational local legends to take part in the journey.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said as the Queen’s Baton travelled the length and breadth of Australia, it would not just pass through, but spend quality time in each community it visited, calling into hundreds of local schools and community celebrations along the way.

“The Queen’s Baton is the icon of the Games with Her Majesty’s message to the athletes, carried from Buckingham Palace to the Opening Ceremony,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“On Monday 19 March, 2018 the Baton will pass through Ayr. A community celebration is planned to ensure residents and school students from across the district will have the opportunity to share in this memorable occasion.

“Save the date as we’ll be announcing more information about this exciting event in the coming weeks.”

The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games officially open.

Already the Baton has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe and Asia, building excitement for GC2018.

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

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