Get Online Week morning tea and information session

Burdekin Library is inviting people to come along and learn more about the library’s electronic resources.  Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin says the event, taking place at the Burdekin Library on Monday 15 October at 10:30am, gives everyone the opportunity to make the most of the internet.

“During the Get Online morning tea, Council’s Library staff will host a short information session regarding the various online services offered by the Burdekin Libraries, such as our movie streaming, eBook and eAudiobook platforms,” Cr McLaughlin said.  “Staff will also go through step-by-step how to use the Library’s online catalogue, which allows members to reserve physical books at any time. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own tablet and library membership card to allow staff to help in setting up member’s online accounts.”

Running from October 15-21, Get Online Week will see hundreds of community events take place across the country.  It is the first time the campaign has been held in Australia, after 11 successful years in the UK where hundreds of thousands of people have been supported. The campaign aims to support the two and a half million Australians who are not online.

Jess Wilson, National Director for Good Things Foundation, the organisation running the campaign, says “Get Online Week will help thousands of people across Australia to improve their digital skills – whether they’ve never been online before, or have done a little but want to do more. There is free and friendly support in hundreds of communities, and so whatever you want to do online, you can find the support to do it.”

Burdekin Shire Council Library Services Manager Alexis Adams says many Burdekin residents are cautious to transition to digital services.

“Through this event, we’re hoping to not only let people know about what services we have, but also encourage those members of the community who may be nervous about getting online to do so with better support.”

Road Closed – 42 to 48 Home Hill Road, Ayr

Weather permitting, Council will be undertaking works on the water supply mains along Home Hill Road, Ayr.  A section of road between 42 and 48 Home Hill Road will be closed for this period to allow these construction works to occur.

Works are planned to commence Monday 15th October, 2018 with completion expected by Wednesday 17th October, 2018.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of these works.

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


Changes to waste disposal throughout Burdekin Shire

The engagement of a new green waste contractor by Burdekin Shire Council is changing the way locals dispose of rubbish throughout the shire.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said thanks to a new tub grinder machine, locals now had the ability to dispose of logs and stumps at four of Council’s transfer and waste stations.  This service is currently not extended to the Clare facility.

“Previously, large logs over 300mm in diameter could only be accepted at our Kirknie Landfill Station for a small fee,” Cr McLaughlin.

“Council is happy to announce that Burdekin residents can now dispose of large logs and stumps at all of our major transfer stations and landfills for free.

“Council also welcomes residents to help themselves to the resulting mulch which will now be created.”

Burdekin Shire Council Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Nick Wellwood said a second machine is also able to break down large pieces of concrete and mattresses.

Mr Wellwood said he expected the move to have a positive impact on the amount of bulky waste entering landfill in the Burdekin.

“Previously, a single mattress could take up anywhere from 0.5m2 to 1m2 in landfill,” Mr Wellwood said.

“Now, these mattresses will be reduced to small pieces and any scrap metal will be separated and recycled.

“Additionally, the machinery will break down stockpiled concrete into smaller 20mm pieces and remove any steel reinforcement.

“This concrete can then be reused by Council in carrying out road works or used as engineering fill.

“This means we’re spending less money on purchasing materials as well as reducing the amount of waste entering landfill.”

Residents can dispose of mattresses at any of the transfer stations for a nominal fee of $5.

The changes to waste disposal methods have been implemented ahead of the introduction of a Queensland-wide waste levy next year.

Under the proposed Waste Levy legislation, which is expected to commence on 4 March 2019, commercial waste would incur a levy of $70 per tonne.

The levy should not have any direct impact on households.

For more information about waste disposal throughout the Burdekin Shire, visit Council’s website

Temporary Road Closure – Park Street

A temporary road closure will be in place in Park Street from the Macmillan Street intersection, commencing at 8.30am to 11.00am on Tuesday 9th October and on Friday 12th October, 2018, for the hosting of the Ayr Community Kindergarten Road and Bike Safety Program.

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

Job Vacancy 18/60 – Casual Library Assistant

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking applications for a Casual Library Assistant to provide quality customer service to library users and the community using appropriate policies and procedures under the remote direction of the Manager Library Services. Assistance with the provision of early literacy and other library programs in accordance with the Council’s policies and procedures.

The Position

The key responsibilities include:

  • Assist with planning, preparing and delivering early literacy programs
  • Assist with setting up displays, exhibitions and events
  • Assist with preparing and delivering holiday activities
  • Customer Service Desk duties. These may include assisting the public with the use of computers, internet and equipment as required.

The Person

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

  • Minimum of Year 12 education or equivalent
  • Experience with community-based organisations or activities, either school or wider community.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The hourly rate for this position is $34.41 plus the applicable casual loading.

Applications for 18/60 – Casual Library Assistant 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 Wednesday 17 October 2018 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

Application packages are available from the Human Resources Office on 07 4783 9800 or you can download the application package using the following link:

For further information please contact Alexis Adams – Manager Library Services (07) 4783 9800.

Interruption to Water Supply – Queen Street between Soper and Parker Streets, Ayr – Sunday 7 October 2018

Weather permitting, on Sunday 7th October, 2018 Council will be conducting repairs to fire hydrants in this area which will result in an interruption to water supply for residents and businesses on Queen Street between Soper and Parker Streets.

As a result of these necessary works, residents will experience a loss of water supply for up to 4 hours between 9:30am and 1:30pm. All efforts will be made to keep this interruption to a minimum.

Residents are advised to store their day’s supply of drinking water before 10:00am on that day.

Residents may also experience water discolouration for a period following these planned works. It is advisable to delay washing of clothes etc., if possible, for 24 hours following this repair.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of these works.

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

More movies added to Burdekin libraries eRange

Burdekin Shire library members can now access more than 30,000 movies for free through film streaming service Kanopy, just in time for the September school holidays.

Cr McLaughlin said the popular on-demand service, which included some of the world’s best films, focused on delivering entertaining and enriching films for all ages.

“Kanopy is a wonderful free service which specialises in arthouse, indie and documentary films,” Cr Mclaughlin said.

“Its range includes award-winning documentaries, rare and hard to find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films and world cinema. Council is excited to join with the State Library of Queensland to deliver this excellent service to our members.”

Whilst the service does feature plenty of big-name titles such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Play School, it also includes films with unique social and cultural value.

The catalogue includes over 200 ESL and language films and over 700 films about Indigenous peoples of the world, with films available in more than 60 languages.

Burdekin Shire Council Manager Library Services Alexis Adams said the streaming service also featured family-friendly tools.

“This service has a ‘Kanopy Kids’ section, which is a carefully curated selection of films that are entertaining but educational and engaging at the same time,” Mrs Adams said.

Burdekin Library members can view up to 10 films per month on their preferred device for free, with the quota resetting on the first day of every month.

“Movies can be streamed via the dedicated Kanopy app, which is available through both the App Store and Google Play, or through the Kanopy website,” Mrs Adams said.

To begin viewing, simply log in to the Kanopy website or app with your library membership details, create a profile and watch from any computer, television or mobile device.

Once pressing play on a film, users have three days to view the film as many times as they like.

Kanopy was founded by Australian-woman Olivia Humphrey in 2008 as an educational tool for colleges and university.

In 2017 it started to become available in American libraries, with Australian libraries following suit this year.

If you have forgotten your membership details or password, please visit the Burdekin Library or Home Hill Branch Library or phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

For more information, please visit

Expressions of Interest – Rental of Council Land – Lot 364 SB486 – Saltwater Creek

Council invites expressions of interest from persons interested in renting from Council the above described land comprising 7.649 hectares for the purpose of grazing livestock.

Expressions of interest close at 12 noon on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

You can download the specification using the link below.


Expressions of Interest – Lease of Clubhouse/Building – Ayr Racecourse Reserve

The Council invites expressions of interest from community based not for profit organisations to lease a clubhouse/building located at 1-45 Cunningham Street Ayr (Ayr Racecourse Reserve).

Expressions of interest close 17 October 2018.

You can download the specification using the link below.


BorrowBox lands at Burdekin Libraries

Avid eBook and eAudiobook users now have their pick of even more titles after Burdekin Shire libraries joined Mareeba, Tablelands and Cassowary Coast library services in forming a North Queensland consortium.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said under the arrangement, users are able to access the full range of eBooks and eAudiobooks owned by the other three libraries.

“By joining the North Queensland Network, Council is able to offer a wider range of eAudio resource to our members than ever before,” Cr McLaughlin.

“Members can download the BorrowBox app from Google Play or the App Store and log in with their library ID and password to download eResources at any time.

Burdekin Shire Council Manager Library Services Alexis Adams said BorrowBox was one of four eBook services now available to library members.

“Members can now access digital content through BorrowBox, Wheelers, OverDrive and Tumblebooks,” Mrs Alexis said.

If you have forgotten your membership details or password, please visit the Burdekin Library or Home Hill Branch Library or phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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

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