Burdekin residents advised to prepare

The Core members of the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group met this morning to discuss the forecast weather event associated with Cyclone Owen.

The Group has moved to ALERT status and will meet again tomorrow to monitor developments.

Each agency briefed the group on their preparation for the possible weather event. At this early stage, advice from BOM indicates that the Burdekin area could experience high rainfall and strong winds on Saturday evening/Sunday morning.

As part of your preparation, residents are advised to clean up your yard and secure loose items. For further details please refer to Council’s Emergency Action Guide which was distributed to each household last year.

We encourage residents to monitor the situation either on the BOM website and/or Council’s Dashboard accessed through the Council’s website.

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

 

Media contact:          Anna Grohn

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Free dumping weekend labelled a success

Last month’s free dumping weekend has been called a success after more than 150 vehicles took advantage of the unlimited disposal of domestic waste.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said 169 vehicles entered the Kirknie Road Landfill gates on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November. This was a major increase from the usual 10 vehicles per weekend.

“The numbers show that this was an incredibly popular event amongst our residents,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We recovered approximately eight tonnes of metal for recycling across the weekend. We also accepted 170 tyres, 14 mattresses and 14 non-degassed fridges. We will now shred the mattresses to recover even more metal for recycling, whilst the tyres will be taken away by an approved tyre recycler.”

Cr McLaughlin commended the community’s behaviour when attending the free dumping weekend, saying that the majority of ute loads were secured or covered, and that residents sorted all waste before dropping recyclable materials in the designated areas.

Whilst the free dumping weekend did mean that standard fees were lifted across the two days, the majority of sorted waste can be accepted at Council Waste Facilities free of charge all year round.

“Household waste which is sorted and placed in the relevant recycling area typically does not attract a disposal fee. Fee exempt waste includes items such as scrap metal, degassed white goods, batteries, household appliances, green waste and furniture.”

Customers can also take up to 6 litres of motor oil and 20 litres of cooking oil to Council’s Transfer Stations for free.

For more information about waste disposal visit https://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/services/waste-and-recycling

South Ayr Water Treatment Plant bypass pipeline on track for completion

The South Ayr Water Treatment Plant bypass pipeline project is on track for completion this month following the successful cut in of a section of pipeline into existing infrastructure last Wednesday 5 December.

Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Nick Wellwood said Council employees and local specialist contractors were on site between 8pm and 8am to carry out the critical works.

“Despite some threatening thunderstorms and overnight rain, our team was able to successfully connect the 450mm diameter bypass junction at the water facility. This was a key stage in our project and means we continue to be on track for completion by the end of the year,” Mr Wellwood said.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said construction had been scheduled at night to take advantage of lower overnight water demand, minimising the potential for loss of continuous supply.

“To allow the cut in to occur, the Ayr Water Treatment Plant was taken offline for approximately five hours which resulted in reduced water supply capacity to the townships of Ayr, Alva and Brandon,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“As a result of the community’s efforts to conserve water, I’m happy to report that we did not experience any loss of water supply during the overnight disconnection. This is a great result and I would like to thank the community for their cooperation.”

Council officers will now focus on the final stages on the project, which include final pipework connections and operational testing of the bypass system.

Once completed, the pipeline will allow water from Conlan Street bore field to bypass the existing water facility in South Ayr and directly connect to the town water supply.

2019 Morning Melodies season revealed

Popular opera and musical theatre artists Tenori, wildly entertaining Peter Allen tribute performer Danny Elliott and classically trained musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are among the talented line-up for the Burdekin Theatre’s 2019 Morning Melodies season.

Burdekin Shire Council Cultural Venues Manager Chris Patrick revealed the stellar line up last Wednesday 5 December during the final Morning Melodies event for the year.

“Our 2019 Morning Melodies season features so many talented musicians. We hope the community gets behind it, as they have done this year,” Mr Patrick said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lyn McLaughlin announced that Council will continue to support the Morning Melodies program by hosting a free event for residents in December.

“Looking back at past Morning Melodies seasons, it is pleasing to see crowds continue to increase,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Each year Council has invited residents to celebrate the festive season with a free Christmas-themed Morning Melodies performance, which is always popular. I am happy to announce that Council will continue to support the program in 2019 with Silver Bells- a Buble Christmas,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The 2019 Morning Melodies season includes:

  • The Lounge Suite starring Dale Pengelly – 13 February
  • We’ve Only Just Begun starring Angela Lumicisi – 27 March
  • Tenterfield to Rio starring Danny Elliott – 5 June
  • Practically Perfect starring Karla Hillam –14 August
  • Timeless starring Tenori – 16 October
  • Silver Bells- a Buble Christmas – 4 December

The six-part season will move to an 11am timeslot next year, to align with all other venues on the Morning Melodies tour. The complimentary morning tea, which is generously donated by the Friends of the Burdekin Theatre, will be provided from 10am.

Tickets to all six Morning Melodies performances go on sale 14 January 2019.

Tickets will be available from the Burdekin Theatre’s website www.burdekintheatre.com.au, the Box Office, Council on (07) 4783 9800 or the Theatre on (07) 4783 9880.

Community Christmas Carols attract record crowds

Wet weather did not deter those in the festive spirit from attending the Community Christmas Carols last night, with record numbers attending the event.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said hundreds of residents flocked to the Burdekin Memorial Hall in Home Hill for an evening of local entertainment.

“It was wonderful to see so many community members come together and celebrate as one. People of all ages gathered, from the very young to the young at heart. It was lovely to see generations of families enjoying the carols,” she said.

Cr McLaughlin said Council had received lots of positive feedback regarding the choice of entertainment, especially headline act René Le Feuvre and emcee Reece D’Alessandro.

“René Le Feuvre was a crowd favourite, performing a mix of Christmas Carols and classic hits. Reece D’Alessandro did a brilliant job presenting the evening.

“Both René and Reece are two of the district’s favourite young sons. We appreciate they took time out of their schedules to return home during this busy time of the year.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the wonderful performances produced by countless locals. Last night, we had everything from musicians to gymnasts, local choirs and a dance school. These are the groups who really make any Community Christmas Carols come alive.”

The Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy Committee expressed their appreciation for the overwhelming generosity of the community, with the Chaplain’s Collection raising over $1,000.

Burdekin athletes and coaches eligible for CQUniCares North Queensland Sports Foundation Scholarship

High performing Burdekin athletes and coaches about to begin university are being encouraged to apply for one of three sports scholarships being offered by North Queensland Sports Foundation and CQUniversity.

Under the CQUniCares North Queensland Sports Foundation Scholarship, elite athletes and coaches who are about to begin the first year of a Bachelor’s degree at CQUniversity are eligible for up to $10,000 in financial assistance.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our Burdekin athletes to develop their sporting careers and further their education whilst remaining in North Queensland.”

There are three scholarships on offer, including one dedicated to Indigenous Athletes.

As Burdekin Shire Council is a member of the North Queensland Sports Foundation, all Burdekin residents are eligible to apply.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 11 January.

For more information and details on how to apply, visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses/scholarships

A new Christmas-themed Magical Park is waiting for you

Ayr’s Anzac Park will turn into a digital fantasy land these school holidays when the augmented reality game Magical Park returns to the Burdekin Shire.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that after downloading the free Magical Park app on their smart phone or tablet, users could chase reindeer, battle Yetis and help Santa save Christmas during 5 December – 7 January 2019.

“Users will step into a blended virtual world seen through the app once they enter the boundaries of the magical park,” she said.

“A great safety feature of this game is that Magical Park only works within a confined area in the park, meaning that the game content disappears as the device holder reaches a pre-set boundary.”

It comes after Council introduced the game in two local parks last year.

Cr McLaughlin said Council hoped the game would get children outdoors and active these school holidays.

“The games are designed for children aged six to 11 and create an exciting and engaging world for them to explore.

“Council would love to see more children and families frequenting our parks. This is a wonderful way to encourage them to do that, giving kids open space to exercise and get outdoors while they enjoy the use of modern technology.”

Magical Park is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

 

Council continues to support school chaplaincy program with $30,000 donation

Burdekin Shire Council has contributed $30,000 to the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy Committee in support of the school chaplaincy program.

School chaplains work with students, families and staff in the school community to discuss social, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual concerns.

The Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy currently provides four chaplains to work with students, parents, teachers and school staff at Ayr State School, Ayr State High School, East Ayr State School, Home Hill State School, Burdekin School and Home Hill State High School.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said school chaplains played a vital role in the community.

“On behalf of Council and the community, I thank the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy for their presence and valuable work they do with the youth of the Burdekin,” she said.

“After speaking with some young people who have received support through this program, I can appreciate the influence of these dedicated chaplains and the change they inspire in students.

“The Burdekin is very fortunate to have such caring people who go over and above their school-based roles to assist young people deal with personal challenges.”

Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy chair Rhonda Williams said the funds would go toward the chaplains’ wages and school programs.

“We are so grateful to Burdekin Shire Council for this generous donation, which allows us to continue our level of support in the Burdekin,” she said.

“One of the activities we run as a direct result of this donation is the school holiday activity camp for kids (Shack) program in Home Hill during the June school holidays. This camp ran for four days and we had up to 50 kids per day this year, so it really was a successful program.

“With the help of this donation, we are able to sustain the high level of support we offer local youth, including our chaplain-run programs in local schools.”

South Ayr Water Treatment Plant bypass pipeline project reaches key stage, water pressure to be temporarily affected

 

Council expects to complete construction of a 450mm diameter bypass pipeline at the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant by the end of the month.

The major project, which commenced in August, has involved extensive infrastructure upgrades between Rossiter’s Hill and South Ayr.

It will allow water from Conlan Street bore field to bypass the existing water facility in South Ayr, directly connecting to the town water supply and providing greater water resilience for our region.

Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Nick Wellwood said the project would reach a key point tonight when Council officers conduct cut in works at the water treatment facility in South Ayr.

“To allow us to carry out these pipe connection works, we need to temporarily cut off the water supply from the South Ayr Treatment Plant,” Mr Wellwood said.

“This means that water pressure throughout Ayr, Alva Beach and Brandon will be dramatically reduced and indeed some people may find very little water supply. This situation is unavoidable however we will be commencing this cut in after 10pm Wednesday to minimise the inconvenience to the public.”

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council asks all residents to limit water usage to essential purposes only during the cut off period to minimise the chance of water supply interruption.

“We ask that residents refrain from using water for non-essential purposes such as sprinkler irrigation. We expect that water supply pressure will be back to normal by Thursday morning and thank people for their understanding during this critical water connection period.”

Cr McLaughlin said the project demonstrated that Council is serious about water security in our region.

“As part of Council’s overall water resilience strategy, officers have been actively investigating opportunities to increase water resilience in the Shire.

“This project will increase volumetric supply capacity to the townships of Ayr, Brandon and Alva, as well as improve the resilience of our water networks during unplanned outages or planned scheme maintenance.

“The pipeline will also cater for the potential development and incorporation of additional bores, allowing Council to accommodate future population growth.”

Cr McLaughlin acknowledged the commitment by all Council employees in delivering this project which has involved extensive night works.

 

Children invited to join Community Christmas Carols lantern parade

Following the announcement that the Community Christmas Carols are returning to an under the stars format in Home Hill this year, Burdekin children are being invited to join in the festivities by taking part in the Children’s Lantern Parade.

Children can create their very own lantern during one of two drop-in workshops being held at the Burdekin Library and Home Hill Branch Library next week.

All equipment will be provided, and bookings are not necessary, however parental supervision is required.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said “Those who are unable to attend the workshop are encouraged to make a lantern at home, and using a battery-operated candle, bring their lantern to the event and join in on the procession.

“It would be wonderful to see our children light up the night together, as they parade through the crowd.”

The Children’s Lantern Parade will be held as part of the Community Christmas Carols on Sunday 9 December at Watson’s Green in Home Hill.

 

Christmas Lantern Workshop details:

Home Hill Branch Library: Friday 7 December, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Burdekin Library: Saturday 8 December, 9:00am-1:00pm

Cost: free

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