Munro Street – Footpath Construction

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise footpath construction works will commence in Munro Street, Ayr from Coles Supermarket to Parker Street intersection. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 4th December, 2017 continuing until approximately Friday 2nd February 2018, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under traffic with speed restrictions in place and on-street parking will be affected within the vicinity of the work area.

Motorists 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.

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.

Burdekin Shire Council awards tender for nature based walking trail

The construction of a nature based walking trail at Mount Inkerman will begin in January, 2018.

Burdekin Shire Council this week awarded a tender for the design and construction of the walking track to Living Trails.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the track would utilize natural terrain and natural features as it wound its way through the bush to the summit.

“The trail is a perfect fit with Council’s plan of growing nature-based experiences in the Burdekin,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“It will also really complement the whole precinct we’re creating up at Mount Inkerman.

“The Mount Inkerman lookout is a fantastic spot from which residents and visitors can take in spectacular views of the whole district and Council’s $1.5 million upgrade will ensure it becomes a premier tourist and recreational attraction for our Shire.”

Living Trails has completed notable walking tracks throughout Australia, including the Grampians Peak Trail; the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria; and the Three Capes Walk and Wineglass Bay Lookout in Tasmania.

Cr McLaughlin said the successful tender by Living Trails would see the entire walkway, from the base of the mountain to the summit, completed in just one stage – even sooner than initially expected.

The works are proposed to be completed by March, 2018.

“The offer from Living Trails is to construct a fully developed 1,563m walking trail at Mount Inkerman from the base to the summit,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Additional materials will need to be purchased by Council but the final cost will still be within the budget allocation of $307,000.

“The cost of the Mount Inkerman Walking Trail is included in Council’s 2017/18 Capital Works Plan and is jointly funded by the Queensland Government.

“Council thanks the Queensland Government for supporting this project through a $200,000 grant from the Scenic Lookout Program.”

The track will be one of the final components of Council’s $1.5 million upgrade of Mount Inkerman.

Two new lookout structures, additional car parking, a public concourse and a toilet amenity have already been installed at the summit.

Mount Inkerman Road is currently closed and being upgraded to provide a safer journey to the top for motorists and pedestrians.

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

Summer Reading Club 2017 at Burdekin Library

The theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Club is GAME ON. Young readers will be encouraged to play, solve, participate and read in celebration of sports, games, technology and spirit.

At Burdekin Library, Summer Reading Club activities will run from 1st December 2017 until 31st January 2018. To launch the Summer Reading Club at our library, we will be hosting a Junior Writing Competition with great prizes up for grabs, as well as author shows and workshops throughout the school holidays  – please see attached for details.

Registration is FREE! When participants register (from 1st December) at our library they will receive a Summer Reading Club pack. Alternatively, they can also register through the Summer Reading Club website at www.summerreadingclub.org.au

National prizes are also up for grabs for those who participate in the online activities.

junior writing competition 2017

junior writing competition 2017

Local Law amendment a new deterrent against threats and abuse

People who threaten, insult or use abusive language to a Council officer are committing an offence and risk being fined, under a new Local Law amendment adopted by Burdekin Shire Council.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the purpose of Administration (Amendment) Local Law (No 1) 2017 was to provide a deterrent for people who choose to display unacceptable behaviour.

“The vast majority of residents are respectful, friendly and community-minded so when this sort of behaviour does occur, it is not in keeping with the expectations of the community,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The original Local Law only addressed a situation where an ‘authorised person’ was threatened or abused.

Cr McLaughlin said under the amendment, the Local Law had been extended to include ‘all Council officers’.

“Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence shows that abuse has escalated over time and members of the public are more aggressive and more likely to challenge Council workers when they are just doing their job,” Cr. McLaughlin said.

“This change has been made to provide some redress to those employees who are placed in that situation.

“It is not intended to rely upon this amendment to the Local Law to automatically issue fines in all situations, however it will be beneficial for those affected employees to have the backing of this legislation, particularly in serving as a deterrent.

“Although Council would hope not to have to issue a fine, the ability to do so is there.”

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

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.

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

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