Mixing Paint and Pixels at iPad Art Workshops

Burdekin residents young and old will discover new ways to use their iPads and mobile devices for art-making, photography and teaching in a series of hands-on workshops this weekend.

Cathy Hunt from Brisbane’s iPad Art Room will visit Burdekin Library on Saturday and Sunday April 21-22 to conduct free workshops for residents.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the workshops were a great way for local educators, parents, community members and children to explore digital art-making techniques.

“Cathy will run a dedicated Primary and Secondary Teachers Professional Development Workshop on Saturday, giving teachers the opportunity to find out how to use iPads for teaching and learning in Visual Arts,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Even more workshops will be held on Sunday catering to local children and community members interested in animation, art and photography.”

Children will create their own stop motion animations with an iPad or iPhone in a hands-on course from 8.30am to 10am, which will be followed by a Mobile Photography Skills Session, suitable for beginners 12 years and over, from 10.30am to 12 noon.

“Participants of the photography skills session will explore various techniques for creating interesting compositions, effects and artworks with mobile photography,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The final workshop at 12.30pm will be a Drawing and Painting on iPads for Beginners session for residents 12 years and over, exploring a toolkit of exciting apps and a variety of techniques on iPad.”

Participants are asked to bring their own iPads for several of the workshops and may need to download a number of apps on arrival. For more information and requirements please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970.

Shared pathway to boost safety in Home Hill

More than half kilometre of new pathway is being installed adjacent to the Bruce Highway at Home Hill, providing a safer route for residents and visitors to access local shops, schools and work places by foot and bicycle.

Council crews have commenced works at the site, along Seventh Avenue, with the first concrete poured last week.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the 2.5m wide footpath would extend from Sixteenth Street for 510m towards the Burdekin Bridge.

“This is the first stage in the provision of a shared pathway in Home Hill which will allow pedestrians and, ultimately, cyclists to traverse the township,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Council is undergoing strategic planning to identify where connections between existing pathways can be made and where access to the pathways from the road can be improved. This will be a long term plan, working to achieve a high standard of pathways in Home Hill.”

Burdekin Community to Tackle Litter at the Source

Burdekin residents will come together to figure out how to reduce the flow of rubbish into local waterways at a collaborative workshop in Ayr next week.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Source Reduction Workshop would be held from 9am – 12 noon on Wednesday 18 April in the Loft of the Ayr branch of Burdekin Library, in a partnership between Council and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to tackle litter at the source.

“Marine debris and litter is a complex problem so we need all parts of our community to help find the solutions,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“At the workshop we’ll be taking into account the results of our Clean Up Australia Day at Alva Beach last month. A total of 190kg of rubbish was collected from the beach in just a few hours, with plastics and plastic bottles accounting for the most common items of litter found on the day.”

Cr McLaughlin said the workshop would bring Council, environmental agencies and community members together with the aim of creating a plan to reduce common litter items. She said since 2013, past clean ups conducted by Council and Tangaroa Blue at Alva Beach had removed a total of 2,187.45kg of litter.

“Going back over the past five years the most abundant litter item collected has been plastic fragments, with another prominent one being aluminium cans from recreational use of the beach,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Importantly, 2018 is the International Year of the Reef. With our close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Burdekin residents have an important role to play in protecting and conserving the Marine Park through activities that improve the health and resilience of the Reef.”

The workshop has been made possible with funding through the Australian Government’s Community Heritage and Icons Grants program.

Cr McLaughlin said everyone was invited to participate, from schools and teachers to local business operators, community members and organisations. Morning tea will be provided and numbers are strictly limited, so registrations are essential.

Register at the following link: REGISTER HERE. For more information please call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Ideas for tourism in spotlight at community workshops

Burdekin residents and business operators have shared their ideas for growing tourism throughout the shire at a series of community workshops.

Burdekin Shire Council is developing a five-year tourism strategy and invited residents to have their say at workshops across Ayr and Home Hill in March.

All residents are also encouraged to complete the Burdekin Tourism Strategy online survey by visiting Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/BurdekinShireCouncil.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council still viewed the local tourism industry as an underdeveloped section of the Burdekin economy with strong potential to build on.

“Importantly, the recent workshops run by project consultant Stafford Strategy were all about putting the community’s ideas in the spotlight,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“So many different topics were discussed, however the need for more collaboration between businesses in the promotion of the Burdekin was a common theme raised.

“The idea was that everyone in the Burdekin can be Burdekin ambassadors and play a role in promoting the shire.

“If a visitor walks into any local business and asks what there is to do, and the business operator can rattle off 10 things, it’s going to have a huge flow on effect to the visitor economy.”

Cr McLaughlin said more than 260,000 visitors stopped in the Burdekin each year and 72 per cent were day trippers.

“If we can encourage these visitors to stay longer in our shire, there is a huge opportunity to grow our visitor economy,” Cr McLaughlin.

“We know that visitors want authentic experiences. They want to see what the locals see and do what the locals do.

“The #visitburdekin hashtag is one initiative Council is actively encouraging, where locals and visitors can showcase our incredibly beautiful region by uploading their pictures to social media using this hashtag.”

The Burdekin Tourism Strategy will act as a management framework to guide Council, community organisations and private enterprise in the development of tourism product, infrastructure and investment, into the future.

“Thanks to a $15,000 funding boost from the Federal Government through its Building Better Regions Fund Community Stream, Council has been able to engage consultant Stafford Strategy to assist us with this exciting initiative,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Anyone who wasn’t able to make one of the workshops can still provide their feedback or ideas until the end of April, by emailing .

Tropical Cyclone Iris update

The Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) remains in Lean Forward status and will monitor the movement of Tropical Cyclone Iris over the next 12 -24 hours.

A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current for Ayr to Sarina and a Watch advice is current from Sarina to St Lawrence. Gale force winds have developed about the Whitsunday Islands and wind gusts to 100km/h are possible about the central coast today, increasing to 150km/h by early tomorrow.

Tropical Cyclone Iris is expected to continue to track generally southerly today.

Burdekin LDMG is well prepared and watching the situation closely so that if anything changes we are ready to enact our Disaster Management Plan if needed.

Residents are encouraged to consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases and to keep updated with all advices from the Bureau of Meteorology and Burdekin LDMG


Burdekin LDMG remains in Lean Forward status

Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is continuing to monitor the weather event associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris and remains in Lean Forward status heading into the Easter weekend.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website www.bom.gov.au for updates during this period.

Motorists planning travel are advised to keep updated with all BOM advices. At present an Initial Flood Watch for coastal catchments between Cairns and Burnett Heads has been issued.

Burdekin LDMG is closely watching the weather event and will provide any further advice as required.

Burdekin Shire Youth Council welcomes new executive team

Burdekin Shire Youth Council has elected its executive team for 2018 with Ayr State High School student Sarah McDonnell announced as the new Youth Mayor.

Burdekin Catholic High School student Taryn Delle Baite was named Deputy Youth Mayor and Burdekin Christian College student Emily Holmes is Secretary.

Miss McDonnell said the Youth Council gave young residents aged 12-25 a dedicated platform to share their ideas for the community.

“The Youth Council is such a great opportunity to promote youth involvement in the community,” she said.

“I’m really honoured to be elected Youth Mayor. I’ve been part of the Youth Council for four years now and it has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve joined up to.

“You help out with community events and meet so many amazing people – it’s the connections that you make along the way.”

Miss McDonnell said there were 17 members of the 2018 Youth Council with representatives from Burdekin Catholic High School, Ayr State High School, Home Hill High School, Burdekin Christian College and St Francis Primary School.

They will have a busy few months ahead of them as they play their part in organising the Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase and supporting numerous community events and activities.

“Fast Track is our major event for 2018 but we also help out with a lot of community events and do badge making to raise funds throughout the year,” Miss McDonnell said.

Miss McDonnell said the Youth Council was always happy to welcome new members to the team and that anyone interested should contact Council’s Community Development team on (07) 4783 9800.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin congratulated the outgoing 2017 Youth Council Executive on their achievements.

“On behalf of Burdekin Shire Council, I would like to thank the 2017 Youth Council Executive for your work over the over 12 months. You have done an amazing job,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Congratulations to the 2018 Youth Executive. I am confident that it will be another fantastic year ahead.

“The Youth Council is a wonderful forum for our youth to provide feedback and information to Council.

“The young people involved learn governance skills, develop a sense of community and volunteer their time assisting local events and organisations.”

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

Burdekin LDMG continuing to monitor weather event

Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is leaning forward and will continue to monitor the weather event associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris during the Easter weekend.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au during this period.

Burdekin LDMG is closely watching the event and will provide further any updates as required.

Burdekin Library hosts technology training sessions for seniors

Burdekin seniors are being encouraged to embrace technology with a series of free training sessions coming to Ideas@108 at Burdekin Library from April.

The Seniors Embracing Technology (SET) workshops will be held on the first Tuesday of every month beginning on 3 April, and follow on from the success of the Tech Savvy Seniors Program in 2017.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council wanted to ensure every senior resident had the opportunity to become tech confident in the digital age.

“Based on the continued demand from our Tech Savvy Seniors Program last year, Burdekin Library has decided to continue running technology classes for seniors,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The classes are suitable for beginners to intermediate technology users, who would like to learn more in a small, friendly training group.”

She said seniors would gain new skills in using computers, the internet, social media and email.

“Participants will learn everything from how to share photos and look up library catalogues online to how to do their banking. Knowing how to stay safe online is essential so the program includes a dedicated session on cyber safety coming up later in the year.”

Cr McLaughlin said computers and the internet could have many benefits, especially for anyone who found it hard to get around.

“If you are online you can talk to friends and family anywhere in the world and even further your education,” she said.

“Come along to these free training sessions and find out how to access all the information you need and things that you are interested in.”

The first session on 3 April will be an ‘Introduction to Computers’.

Participants are asked to being their own laptop and/or tablet and bookings are essential by calling (07) 4783 9970.

Bulk bins back at busiest boat ramps for Easter holidays

Bulk bins will be stationed at three of the Burdekin’s busiest boat ramps for community use during the Easter school holidays.

Burdekin Shire Council will place the bins at Plantation, Ocean and Cromarty Creek boat ramps for the benefit of community members using the creeks for fishing and recreational purposes.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it followed a successful trial of the bins in the Easter 2017 school holidays.

“Fishing is a popular pastime in the Burdekin and every Easter our boat ramps attract families and fishers from across the Shire and beyond,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“In trialling the bins last year, we found that they were generally used correctly and responsibly by residents and visitors frequenting our creeks.

“In providing these bins again during Easter 2018, Council aims to not only provide a beneficial service to recreational creek users but also to deter community members and visitors who frequent these areas from illegal rubbish dumping.

“Illegally dumped rubbish not only creates an eyesore but can damage the environment and costs ratepayers who are left with the clean-up bill.”

Bulk bins were previously located at the boat ramps on an ongoing basis, but had to be removed after vandalism and illegal dumping in and around them.

Cr McLaughlin said it was important that they were not abused during the Easter holidays. “These bins will be for general household waste only and are not suitable for furniture, tyres, hazardous waste or construction and demolition waste,” she said.

Council will inspect the bins regularly to ensure the service is not being misused and the area is kept clean. People using the bins are asked to wrap waste in a manner that minimises odour.

“We anticipate the bins will be emptied weekly, so if the bin is full we are asking people to contact Council to let us know,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We would also appreciate calls from the public to report any illegal dumping.”

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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