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     Council plays a pivotal role within our local community by providing and maintaining
     essential infrastructure and quality services. Roads, bridges, footpaths, water and
     sewerage networks, refuse collections, parks, open spaces, libraries as well as
     community and sporting facilities - these and other vital services, are fundamental to
     the provision of a quality lifestyle in the South Burnett.

           ouncil proactively and               building a vibrant, healthy, supportive   examine and consider forthcoming
           responsibly manages both             and inclusive community by delivering     Council meeting agendas. Members
           the region’s built and natural       a range of health, safety, social,        of the SET attend all Council meetings
     environments to achieve a sustainable      cultural, lifestyle, leisure programs,    and provide Council with information
     future for our community. Council          services and activities across the        and advice to enable Council to make
     delivers this through a diverse range of   region.                                   informed decisions on strategic and
     environmental awareness programs,                                                    policy matters. The SET is supported
                                                The Council is the governing body
     natural resource management,                                                         by managers and staff who are
                                                who appoints a Chief Executive Officer
     environmental protection activities and                                              responsible for effecting policies and
                                                (CEO). The CEO has responsibility
     sustainable development.                                                             directions set by the Council.
                                                for the day-to-day management
     We actively contribute to a stable         of operations in accordance with          The Senior Management Team (SMT)
     and sustainable regional economy           the strategic priorities and plans of     includes the SET and all branch
     by undertaking services that               Council. Three General Managers           managers. The SMT is characterised
     support and promote local business,        together with the CEO form the Senior     by a diverse skill set with gender,
     employment, economic investment            Executive Team (SET) and lead the         age and geographical diversity all
     and development.                           organisation’s administration.            contributing to the strength of the
                                                                                          team underpinning the directions of
     Council plays a fundamental role           The SET meet on a weekly basis to
     in influencing and maintaining the         decide on strategic and policy issues
     general health, wellbeing and lifestyle    and to oversee the operations of
     of the community. Together we are          Council. A monthly meeting is set to

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                                           Our Structure



South Burnett Community
 Hospital Foundation Ltd


                                                                                      EXECUTIVE SERVICES

   INTERNAL AUDIT                     CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER                         HUMAN RESOURCES

                                            Mr Mark Pitt PSM                      ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

                                      SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM

 CORPORATE SERVICES                            FINANCE                                INFRASTRUCTURE
     Mr Peter O’May                      Mr Lester Schumacher                          Mr Aaron Meehan
     General Manager                       General Manager                             General Manager

               The Senior Executive Team work together with the Chief Executive Officer and
                         Council to achieve the shared goals and vision of Council.

                                       Audit Advisory Committee

                       Boondooma Homestead Management Advisory Committee

                                        South Burnett Directions

                                      Traffic Advisory Committee

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     Office of the CEO
     The Office of the CEO provides executive services, human
     resource management, workplace health and safety, industrial
     relations, economic development and tourism marketing
     services to assist in the overall effectiveness, productivity and
     performance of Council.
                                                                       MARK PITT PSM
                                                                Chief Executive Officer

     •   Corporate Event Management
     •   Council Meetings and Workshops
         (agendas and minutes)
     •   Councillor Support
     •   External Grants Coordination
     •   Policy Register
     •   Regional Bodies Engagement
     •   Wide Bay Burnett Regional
         Organisation of Councils

     •   Learning and Development
     •   Payroll Functions
     •   Performance Management
     •   Recruitment and Selection
     •   Workplace Health and Safety         Executive Services
     •   Workplace Relations
                                             MEETING AGENDAS AND WORKSHOPS

     ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                         he Executive Services team are responsible for the coordination of Council
     •   Art Gallery Associations                 meetings and strategic workshops including the preparation of agendas,
                                                  recording minutes and forwarding various action requests. In excess of
     •   Boondooma Homestead                 90 Council meetings, strategic workshops, Senior Executive Team and Senior
         Management Advisory Committee       Management Team meetings were organised during 2018/19 by the Executive
     •   Economic Development                Service team.

     •   Museum Associations                 CORPORATE EVENT COORDINATION
     •   Regional Economic Development       The Executive Services team successfully coordinated the following corporate
         Advisory Committee (REDAC)          events throughout the 2018/19 financial year:
     •   South Burnett Community             •   Citizenship ceremonies
         Hospital Foundation Ltd             •   Australia Day Awards and ceremony
     •   South Burnett Directions Advisory   •   Anzac Day
                                             •   Mayor’s Breakfast
     •   Tourism Development
         and Marketing                       •   Mayor’s Christmas Charity Luncheon
                                             •   Mayor’s Ball
     •   Visitor Information Centres
                                             •   Christmas Lights competition
                                             A significant amount of work goes into the planning, preparation and

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coordination of these events and              Boondooma, Bunya Mountains,                We couldn’t have done it without their
the success of these events is due to         Cherbourg, Hivesville, Kingaroy,           support.
the hard work and diligence of the            Kumbia, Maidenwell, Murgon,
Executive Services team.                      Nanango, Proston, Wondai, Wooroolin,       KINGAROY SUPA IGA MAYOR’S
                                              and Yarraman.                              CHARITY BALL
Executive Services also assists with
                                                                                         Country Meets City showcased the
the coordination of attendance for            MAYOR’S COMMUNITY CHARITY
                                                                                         2019 Kingaroy Supa IGA Mayor’s
Councillors, the Chief Executive              BREAKFAST – LAUNCH OF RELAY
                                                                                         Charity Ball. The charity ball housed
Officer and members of Council’s              FOR LIFE
                                                                                         340 people on Saturday 8 June 2019
Senior Management Team for events
                                              Mayor Keith Campbell hosted the            with entertainment provided by
held throughout the South Burnett
                                              annual Mayor’s Community Charity           MisFitz, Matt Phillips and the Kingaroy
region and beyond.
                                              Breakfast on 2 May 2019 at the             State High School Brass Band,
CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES                        Kingaroy RSL to officially launch the      comedian Mr Joel Ozborn and the
                                              2019 South Burnett Relay for Life          wonderful ‘Franky Smart’. The three
Citizenship ceremonies provide a              fundraising campaign, raising just         course meal was compliments to Chef
formal welcome to new citizens                over $1,400 for the Queensland             Jimmy Stephen with the assistance
as full members of the Australian             Cancer Council. Founder and Chair of       from the very talented students and
community. The Mayor is authorised            Bravehearts Australia, Hetty Johnston      teachers of Kingaroy TAFE College.
under the authority of the Minister           was special guest speaker at the event.
for Immigration, Citizenship and                                                         The evening raised $42,000 which
Multicultural Affairs, The Honourable         Carla & Eric Cross were named this         was presented to the Red Earth
David Coleman MP to preside over              year’s Face of Relay, with the three       Community Foundation South Burnett.
Citizenship ceremonies in the South           captains announced: former Kangaroo,       This donation will help the charity
Burnett region. Acquiring Australian          Maroon and State of Origin winger -        to achieve their vision of building an
citizenship enables those doing so to         Michael Hancock, around-the-world          even better South Burnett by investing
participate fully in our inclusive society,   sailor and 2011 Young Australian           donated funds to resilience, leadership
realise aspirations and achieve their         of the Year - Jessica Watson, and          and capacity building programs and
full potential, regardless of their race,     former Australian cricket player (and      new initiative that aim to strengthen
background, gender, religion, language        Queensland captain) Greg Ritchie.          the overall social and economic
or place of birth.                                                                       capacity of the South Burnett
                                              MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS                          Community.
It has been a busy year with the Mayor        LUNCHEON
officiating over 23 ceremonies. Each                                                     The South Burnett community and
ceremony commences with the Mayor             Belinda Sanders from ABC Radio was         beyond hugely supported the event
giving a welcome speech and reading           guest speaker at the annual Mayor’s        by way of either attending, sponsoring
a welcome message from the Minister,          Community Christmas Luncheon held          in the form of items for auctioning/
followed by the Australian Pledge and         at Kingaroy Town Hall on 7 December        raffling and/or money donations.
concluding with the playing of the            2018. The luncheon raised just over        A special shout out to the over 50
National Anthem. To commemorate               $5,400 which went towards food             businesses, groups and individuals
the occasion, the Mayor presents a            vouchers from Kingaroy SupaIGA, and        who generously came forward to assist
copy of the ‘Landscapes of Change’            distributed to South Burnett families      with this event, and in particular, the
South Burnett history book to each            in need.                                   following:
new citizen.                                  Mayor Campbell said “There are             Event Sponsor: Kingaroy Supa IGA
Citizenship Ceremonies where held             many families that struggle during the
                                              Christmas period and this luncheon         Forecourt Sponsor: Peak Services
during the following months:
                                              is our way to help support our             Gold Sponsor: Hitachi Construction
                                              community during this time”.               Machinery
 Month                 No of
                       Ceremonies             Sue Dowideit-Reiger and the Kingaroy       Silver Sponsors: iHear, Astill’s Electrical
                                              State High School Choir provided live      Services, Huston Ford & Dundas,
 July 2018                      8             music on the day, while the QCWA           Ergon Energy, Seilers Transport,
 October 2018                   3             once again prepared a wonderful two-       Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory, Bill
                                              course meal.                               Hull Car Centre, St Mary’s Catholic
 November 2018                  5
                                              Mayor Campbell would like to               College South Burnett, Stanwell, UGL,
 January 2019                   2                                                        Downer EDI, Ken Mills Toyota, Westlink
                                              acknowledge and thank the many
 April 2019                     3             local businesses and groups that           Petroleum, PCA - A Bega Company.
 June 2019                      2             contributed towards the luncheon.
 Total                         23

Council sponsored ANZAC Day
ceremonies across the South Burnett
with representation from Mayor Keith
Campbell, Councillors and Senior
Staff in attendance at the majority of
ceremonies. Ceremonies were held
at the following locations: Blackbutt,

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     Australia Day Awards                                          Award - South Burnett              Recipient

     JANUARY 2019                                                  Citizen of the Year                Scott Prendergast

     These awards provide the community with an opportunity        Young Citizen of the Year          Anekah Hinchliff
     to acknowledge and reward outstanding groups and              Organisation of the Year           Murgon Rotary Club
     individuals committed to improving the lifestyle experience
     in our region.                                                Lifetime Achiever Award            Jim Kingston

     The official awards ceremony was held on the eve of           Volunteer of the Year              Jocelyn Richardson
     Australia Day, Friday 25 January 2019 at the Blackbutt        Cultural Award (Senior)            Estelle Buckley
     Memorial Hall.
                                                                   Cultural Award (Junior)            Lucas Ladyman
     Each year Council also helps to organise and fund various
     Australia Day events across the South Burnett region.         Junior Sportsperson of the Year    Matthew Rankin
                                                                   Senior Sportsperson of the Year    Hannah English
                                                                   Sportsperson of the Year (Coach/   Stephen O’Connor
                                                                   Official or Administrator)
                                                                   Award - Local Achiever by town     Recipient
                                                                   Wondai / Tingoora                  Noel Selway
                                                                   Kingaroy                           Warren Cockburn
                                                                   Kumbia                             Julie Entwhistle
                                                                   Murgon                             Richard Bridges
                                                                   Hivesville / Proston               Kathy Crane
                                                                   Blackbutt / Benarkin               Luke Beutel
                                                                   Wooroolin / Memerambi              Wendy Turner
                                                                   Nanango                            Kevin Springate

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     Citizen of the Year             Young Citizen of the Year

Community Organisation                 Lifetime Achievement

  Volunteer of the Year                Senior Cultural Award

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                         LUCAS LADYMAN                                 MATTHEW RANKIN
                        Junior Cultural Award                           Junior Sportsperson

                        HANNAH ENGLISH                               STEPHEN O’CONNOR
                         Senior Sportsperson               Sportsperson Coach/Official or Administrator
                  (Accepted on behalf of Hannah English)       (Accepted on behalf of Stephen O’Connor)

                           NOEL SELWAY                               WARREN COCKBURN
                               Local Achiever                              Local Achiever
                          Wondai / Tingoora                                   Kingaroy

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    Local Achiever                    Local Achiever
        Kumbia                           Murgon

   KATHY CRANE                        LUKE BEUTEL

    Local Achiever                    Local Achiever

  Hivesville / Proston             Blackbutt / Benarkin

  WENDY TURNER                     KEVIN SPRINGATE
    Local Achiever                    Local Achiever
Wooroolin / Memerambi                    Nanango

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     Fudooka Student Visit
     JULY 2018
     Mayor Keith Campbell welcomed a group of students and two teachers visiting from Japan’s Fudooka Senior High School
     during July 2018.

     Festival of the Dams                                             SOME COMMENTS FROM COMPETITORS:

     MAY 2019
                                                                         It was the best one yet, thank you to everyone
     The first festival of the Dams was held on 18 &19 May 2019
                                                                         in the smack shop and Andrew, as well as South
     at Lake Boondooma. This Council sponsored event saw
                                                                         Burnett Regional Council. We hope to see you
     50 teams compete for the following category prizes in the
                                                                         again soon from everyone in team born 2 fish.
     Boondooma Open: Highest number of Fish Caught, Biggest
     Golden Perch, and Biggest Bass.
     The festival also offered markets, bar, fireworks and multiple      “Great Comp can’t wait for the next one thanks
     prize draws. This family friendly community event was               to South Burnett Regional Council for putting
     aimed at non-professional fishers and all that attended the         on this event well done. Modern Jack Fishing.”
     weekend had an enjoyable time.

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Parma for a farmer
Councillors and Senior Staff visited
the Glendon Street Café supporting
Parma for a Farmer, with every
Parma for a Farmer sold, Glendon
Street Café donated $10 to rural aid.

Council Listening Tours
Council Listening Tours were held throughout the region during
late September and October 2018. The Listening Tour provided
an opportunity for the community to come along and share their
thoughts and ideas on a range of South Burnett Regional Council
projects and activities. Participation in these events help to inform
and influence the decisions the Councillors make.
Images below and right: 2019 Kingaroy Supa IGA Mayor’s Charity Ball.

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           Human Resources
           Council offers flexible employment arrangements including
           full time, part time, casual and fixed term. This flexibility
           provides benefits for not only the community but also our
                                                                             GREG LEWIS
                                                                 Manager Human Resources

           s at 30 June 2019 Council              established workforce comprised of a             FTE allows part-time employees’
           employed a total of 321*               total of 292.79 full-time equivalent staff       working hours to be stipulated against
           staff (excluding seven elected         (FTE). These figures do not include              staff working full-time hours. The
     representatives). This figure includes       elected representatives or trainees/             standard figure is 1.0, which refers to
     senior management, 13 trainees/              apprentices.                                     a full-time employee. The figure 0.5
     apprentices and is spread across the                                                          refers to an employee who works half
                                                  Part-time employees are incorporated
     following departments:                                                                        the full-time hours. FTE allows Council
                                                  into a number of work areas of
                                                                                                   to standardise salaries by showing
     •      112 Corporate Services                Council’s business. Council considers
                                                                                                   what the equivalent wages/salary
                                                  part-time work arrangements based
     •      21 Executive Services                                                                  would be of a part-time employee
                                                  on the requirements of the business,
                                                                                                   if they were working full time.
     •      50 Finance                            work/life balance and the standardised
                                                                                                   *This number varies from note 5 in the Financial Report
                                                  requirements of the Industrial Relations         as note 5 is identifying full time equivalent staff, not
     •      138 Infrastructure
                                                  Act 2016, particularly the Queensland            actual staff numbers.

     During the reporting period, Council’s       Employment Standards.

     Workforce Statistics                         females equating to a ratio of                   GENERATION BREAKDOWN OF
                                                  64:36. This is an increase of women              COUNCIL WORKFORCE
     STAFF TURNOVER                               participating in the Council’s workforce
                                                  since the 2017/18 year when the                                                    No of
     Council had a turnover rate of 16.79%                                                           Generation                                                %
                                                  workforce was composed of 210 males                                            Employees
     and advertised 66 external and internal      and 108 females which equated to a                 Gen Z                                   33      10.28%
     positions during the reporting period.       male to female ratio of 66:34.                     (1995 - 2009)
     LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT                     WORKFORCE BY GENERATION                            Gen Y                                   67      20.87%
                                                                                                     (1981 - 1994)
     Learning and development spending            Council’s workforce comprises a broad
     for the period was $177,038.                 generational demographic with ages                 Gen X                                 127       39.57%
                                                  ranging from 17 to 73. The adjacent                (1964 - 1980)
                                                  table illustrates the total number of              Baby Boomer                             94      29.28%
                                                  staff per generation and the table                 (1946 - 1963)
     Council’s 2018/19 workforce was              below highlight the length of service              Total                                 321          100%
     composed of 204 males and 117                and gender for the reporting period.

         Generation                        Length of Service

                                       > 1y       1-5yrs    5-10yrs     10-20yrs    20-30yrs          30-40yrs              < 40rs              TOTAL

         Gen Z (1995 - 2009)           7      9    4   12    1      0    0      0    0         0         0          0        0        0         12            21

         Gen Y (1981 - 1994)           4      8   15    9    8      3   10     10    0         0         0          0        0        0         37            30

         Gen X (1964 - 1980)           8      6   15    7   20     12   26     14    8         6         4          1        0        0         81            46

         Baby Boomer (1946 - 1963)     1      2   11   2    16      5   19      6   15         2         9          3        3        0         74            20

         Total                       20    25     45   30   45     20   55     30   23         8       13           4        3        0       204        117
         MALE / FEMALE

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Workplace Health and                                    •    Availability of all significant current
                                                             documents via the Intranet site
                                                                                                       •   Fire Warden

Safety                                                                                                 •   Implement Traffic Management
                                                        •    Update of key documents has                   Plans
OUR COMMITMENT                                               commenced
                                                                                                       •   Working at Heights
South Burnett Regional Council                          •    Development of Registers and
                                                                                                       •   Mobile Plant Tickets
is committed to providing a safe                             schedules to continue progress of
and healthy work environment                                 planned improvements                      New staff continue to receive a
for workers including employees,                                                                       workplace health and safety induction
                                                        •    Delivery of Risk Management
contractors, labour hire employees,                                                                    providing a platform for further
                                                             training for staff
work experience students, volunteers                                                                   training and safe work practices.
and visitors to Council premises and                    Opportunities for Improvement
                                                                                                       A new on-line contractor induction
worksites.                                              •    Set objectives and targets, for           process was also introduced.
Council’s workplace health and                               each level of Council, so that
                                                             current Strategy/controls or              HAZARD INSPECTIONS
safety obligations will be achieved
by adopting and promoting the                                management plans can be                   The proactive inspection of
provisions of the Work Health and                            evaluated for effectiveness.              Council facilities under the Hazard
Safety Act 2011 and its associated                      •    Continue with scheduled                   Management program saw a total of
regulation, codes and standards,                             document review program                   207 hazard inspections completed
together with significant importance                                                                   during the 2018/19 year. This was an
placed in the areas of hazard and risk                  •    Chemical Management – review              increase from the 99 inspections for
management and injury prevention                             every site to ensure at least             the 2017/18 year. These inspections
strategies.                                                  compliance of listing all chemicals       identified many items that require
                                                             on a register and having current          action in an effort to eliminate or
South Burnett Regional Council                               Safety Data Sheets available              reduce any potential risk or incident in
regards its workplace health and
                                                        •    Consideration could be given              the future.
safety responsibilities with the
utmost importance and as such,                               to providing assistance in those          Facilities that have been inspected
resources will be made available to                          areas identified in previous              include, but are not limited to:
allow Council to comply with relevant                        audits that do not seem to have
                                                             progressed.                               •   Administration offices
legislation and implement its safety
management system.                                      •    Commence the internal audit               •   Libraries
To achieve a safe and healthy work                           program as per schedule                   •   Visitor information centres
environment, commitment and                             Refer to the Audit Scores table below.
co-operation from all Council’s                                                                        •   Public halls
employees, contractors and visitors is                  WHS TRAINING AND STAFF                         •   Swimming pools
essential.                                              INDUCTION
                                                                                                       •   Works depots
Key programs and events throughout                      Training continues to underpin
the year:                                                                                              •   Workshops and stores
                                                        Council’s safety initiatives with the
                                                        majority of employees undertaking              •   Water and Wastewater treatment
EXTERNAL WORKPLACE HEALTH                               work health and safety training                    plants, and
AND SAFETY AUDIT                                        through the year. Training is
                                                        undertaken by both external                    •   Waste facilities
During the 2018/19 year Council has
had no external audits undertaken as                    professionals and the use of qualified         A total of 586 corrective actions were
two third party audits were undertaken                  internal staff. Council provided WHS           identified as a part of these inspections
during the 2017/18 year. These audits                   training across many topics, but not           with 567 (or 96.7%) of these actions
assessed Council‘s Safety Management                    limited to the following:                      closed. 19 actions are still waiting to be
System and were conducted against                       •    Chemical Accreditation for Weed           completed.
the full criteria of the National Self-                      Spraying
Insurer OHS Management System                                                                          EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE
Audit Tool (Version 3). The first                       •    Control Traffic with Stop Slow Bat        PROGRAM (EAP)
of these audits was conducted in                        •    First Aid and CPR                         Council provides access to an
September 2017, with the second audit                                                                  Employee Assistance Program for all
occurring in May 2018. During these                     •    Entering a Confined Space                 employees and their immediate family
audits the following was identified:                    •    Fire Safety Advisor                       who experience work-related, personal
Strengths                                                                                              or health problems.
                                                                                                       Providing this support not only assists
                                                                                                       employees and their immediate family
AUDIT SCORES                                                                                           in times of stress, illness or need but
                                                                                                       may also reduce the risk of injury or
Area                                       Sep   2015       Sep 2016 Sep 2017 May 2018
                                                                                                       poor work performance occurring at
Compliances                                         16              21             21           24     the workplace.

Partial Compliances                                   8             8             6             4
Non Compliances                                       6             1             2             0
Element 3 Score                                  61.63%        61.63%         70.2%         70.6%
Minimum benchmark score required is 70%.

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     ZERO HARM INITIATIVE                      •   Sun and Heat Safety                   of the previous year with six (6) Lost
                                               •   Snake Bites                           Time Injuries and a total of 89 days
     Council’s vision of Zero Harm requires                                              lost.
     continuous improvement to achieve         •   Fatigue
     zero work-related injuries. Our                                                     LOST TIME INJURY FREQUENCY
                                               •   Spotter Safety
     employees take personal responsibility                                              RATE AND DURATION RATE
     and are involved in setting and           •   Incident, Hazard and Near Miss
     complying with Council’s standards            Reporting                             Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate
     and improvement initiatives. Council                                                (LTIFR) is the rate of how many
                                               •   Load Restraint
     provides support and training to enable                                             injuries would occur over 1,000,000
     our people to maintain a safe working     These handbooks are issued on a           hours worked. South Burnett Regional
     environment.                              monthly basis to field supervisors        Council performed very well by
                                               and on a three monthly basis to office    finishing the year with a LTIFR of 7.07,
     Council recognises that our employees     supervisors/managers.                     down 27% from the previous year of
     do go above and beyond at times to                                                  9.78.
     maintain a safe working environment.      WORKPLACE INCIDENTS AND
     Our Zero Harm Super Hero initiative       INJURIES                                  Duration Rate is the average number
     was developed as a way of recognising                                               of days lost per Lost Time Injury (LTI).
                                               Council recorded a total 210              Council’s duration rate of 13.75 days
     the effort of these work groups or
                                               recordable incidents for the 2018/19      was down 7% from the previous year
                                               year. This is an increase of 35           of 14.83 days.
     ZERO HARM LEADERSHIP                      recordable incidents during the
     HANDBOOKS                                 previous year. These recordable           Council finished the year with a
                                               incidents occurred across a range         duration rate and LTIFR lower than
     Council’s Leadership Handbook was                                                   the LGW Scheme average of 21.23
                                               of types including but not limited
     developed for assisting with the                                                    days and 12.06 (LTIFR) and the
                                               to injuries, property damage, plant
     communication of WHS information                                                    average for Councils of a similar size
                                               damage, near misses, report only,
     to supervisors and their staff within                                               - 23.33 days and LTIFR 0f 13.01.
                                               high potential events and safety
     Council. The handbook also outlines
                                               procedural breaches.
     any actions in relation to WHS that
     are required to be undertaken.            Injuries and plant damage accounted
     Information communicated included         for 71% of all reported incidents,
     may topics including but not limited:     with plant damage making up 47% of
     •   Young workers in the workplace        all incidents reported. A total of 51
                                               injuries ranging from bruising and
     •   Hazardous Substances including        cuts to soft tissue and tendon strains,
         Asbestos and Silicosis
                                               were reported during 2018/19. Only
     •   Safety Signage                        four (4) of the 51 injuries reported
     •   Managing Stress                       resulted in a Lost Time Injury (LTI)
                                               with a total of 55 days lost due to
     •   PPE Management                        these injuries. This is an improvement

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  Economic Development
  In the time-frame since the adoption of the 2020 South
  Burnett Regional Economic Development Strategy and its
  associated headline goals, progress is being realised.
                                                                   CRAIG TUNLEY
                                                                 Senior Economic
                                                              Development Officer

Investment & Innovation                    is the first step in securing Australian
                                           Government funding announced late in
                                                                                      Business Growth
LGMA QUEENSLAND AWARDS                     2018 for a feasibility study to examine    BUSINESS XL
FOR EXCELLENCE                             options to increase water supply and
                                           security in the North and South Burnett    Business South Burnett introduced
South Burnett Regional Council             regions. The funding is provided           Business XL event’s in 2018/19, with
was a finalist in the Excellence in        through the Australian Government’s        the first event held in August 2018 at
Collaboration Award at the LGMA            National Water Infrastructure              the Nanango RSL. Businesses were
Queensland Awards for Excellence,          Development Fund.                          invited to display their products and
presented in Brisbane on Thursday                                                     services at the event on a simple stand
30 May. The award recognised               South Burnett Regional Council             and the program included a workshop
Council’s collaboration with regional      Mayor, Keith Campbell, celebrated the      and local business speakers.
event committees and Tilma Group           Federal Government announcement
                                           of $2 million in funding, to be shared     The first event provided a great
through the rEvents Pilot Program.
                                           between South Burnett and North            opportunity for businesses to learn
This intensive ten month program,
                                           Burnett Regional Council, for a Water      more about Council’s procurement
which required event committees to
                                           Feasibility Study, by calling water        process and to hear from local
contribute financially to the program
                                           users and interested parties together.     businesses experiencing growth.
and attend a series of monthly
                                           Water availability and security of         Across the sessions, 26 local
webinars/digital workshops through
                                           supply is imperative to see the region     businesses were in attendance, with
2018, has contributed to great results
                                           remain viable and grow. The area’s         the majority attending Council’s
being achieved by the events involved
                                           opportunities are unlimited, close to      Procurement session.
in the Program and the collaboration
between events across the region.          markets, soil types are suitable for       The second Business XL event was held
A certificate received at the Awards       anything, peanut growers could double      in partnership with Murgon Business &
Ceremony will be kept on display in        yields if water was readily available.     Development Association and Murgon
Council’s Kingaroy office.                 The Mayor said the meeting was             RSL in November 2018. The event saw
                                           about the people in the room, a            an increased take up of businesses
SALE OF COUNCIL OWNED LAND                                                            showcasing their products and services
                                           combination of consultants, business
BY TENDER                                                                             through open display stands and was
                                           representatives, irrigation specialists,
An alternative tender for sale of          local farmers and local water user         presented in a more compact format,
Council owned land was advertised          groups. All attendees agreed to form       commencing after normal business
in May 2019, completing an extensive       the South Burnett Water Users Group.       hours. Over 40 attendees were at the
period of internal collaboration.          A further meeting of this group in         event, with great insights tabled by
The tender advertised for Cornish          February 2019 recognised that formal       Simon Parnell (DSDMIP) through his
Street established an alternative          submission of a project plan had been      workshop presentation.
process for sale of Council owned          submitted to Government. Financial         The third Business XL event was held
land for the purpose of economic           sign off for the project was completed     in February 2019, with over 70 people
development. The tender proposed           prior to the Australian Government         filling the White Room of the Kingaroy
a lease to purchase option with            election held in May 2019.                 RSL. nine local businesses took the
certain milestones and timeframes
for development strengthening the
outcomes as a result of the sale.
Once finalised, it is expected that this
process will generate direct financial
return for Council plus investment and

South Burnett Regional Council has
developed a draft scope of works
document for the South Burnett Water
Futures Project. This scoping document

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     opportunity to showcase their             prepared a regional produce grazing       LOCALISED
     products at Business XL amid              table paired with Moffatdale Ridge
     information sessions on Economy id.       wines. Amber Goldsmith provided the       Business South Burnett launched
     and Localised.                            country music entertainment and the       Localised at the third Business XL
                                               orchard was filled with sounds of light   Event, held at the Kingaroy RSL.
                                               hearted discussion as approximately       Localised is a place-based business
                                               40 people enjoyed the orchard setting.    network that advances local economies
                                               The day was hailed a success by           by connecting local businesses to each
                                               growers and grocers, with everyone        other, local expertise, business events
                                               getting much more from the event          & opportunities. This platform has
                                               than they had anticipated, forming        been trialled to replace the previous
                                               stronger relationships outside of the     Business South Burnett/South Burnett
                                               fruit market setting.                     Directions website.

                                               FOOD HORIZON
     A business questionnaire has been
                                               The Food Horizon event was a result
     completed by participants at each
                                               of the business development activity
     of the Business XL events, gaining
                                               undertaken by Business South Burnett
     entry to a random prize draw. Torkit
                                               in partnership with Brisbane Marketing
     Business Solutions have consistently
                                               through the Future Food initiative.
     sponsored a $600 Cinema Marketing
     Package which has generated great         Food Horizon explores our developing
     results for the winning businesses. For   food vision and understanding of local
     example, Barambah Bush Camp had           food diversity. It is an opportunity to
     enquiries from the UK as a result of                                                Since its launch in February, Localised
                                               share product stories, a showcase of
     video being uploaded to social media.                                               finished the financial year with 81
                                               local food production and education of
                                                                                         registered businesses, thirteen
                                               industry proponents enabling future
                                                                                         noticeboard articles, 26 expert articles,
     GROWERS & GROCERS                                                                   five networks, three projects and 30
     Business South Burnett sponsored
     Divine Fruits “Growers and Grocers”                                                 PADDOCK TO PLATE NETWORK
     orchard experiences held in Kumbia,                                                 (P2P)
     22 September 2018, visiting the stone
     fruit orchards of the Francis and                                                   Currently, the South Burnett does not
     Dugdell family farms. Council’s Senior                                              have a low quantity processing facility
     Economic Development Officer, Craig                                                 for our Paddock to Plate businesses,
     Tunley, met the grocers completing                                                  which means higher costs and
     the Divine Fruits Orchard Experience                                                increased food miles. This was a hot
     in the Bunya Mountains, where they                                                  discussion point led by Clinton Kenyon
     were staying on Friday and Saturday       Bringing together artisan producers       at the Food Horizon event (October
     nights. He joined the bus on Saturday     from across the region, Food Horizon      2018).
     morning and travelled with the group      is where Business South Burnett and       Following this discussion, Business
     to the Francis family farm in Kumbia      Discover South Burnett activities meet.   South Burnett has coordinated the
     where Graham gave all the attendees       Food Horizon will create new networks     bringing together of multiple paddock
     an overview of their operations,          among food producers in the region        to plate businesses to form the P2P
     detailing the varieties grown and         and establish a forward calendar of       Network.
     insights on the upcoming harvest. It      food related events.
     was then back in the bus and across
                                               South Burnett has a long and proud
     to the other side of Kumbia to the
                                               food history, where generations of
     Dugdell family orchard for an overview
                                               food producers have derived value
     of their operations before a short walk
                                               from the region’s rich red soil and
     to lunch in the middle of the orchard.
                                               valued added to local production.
                                               From micro producers and farm
                                               gate enterprises through to major
                                               agricultural companies and food
                                               processing facilities, diversity is our   The first Meeting was held at Hidden
                                               strength.                                 Gold Homestead on Tuesday, 7
                                               Since the Food Forum in late 2016,        February.
                                               food producers have continued to          There are over ten Paddock to Plate
                                               grow their level of production and        businesses associated with the
                                               Jason Ford has worked diligently in       network, who are all passionate
                                               growing the region’s profile as our       about sustainable, low stress meat
                                               official Food Ambassador. Council’s       production. Following some hearty
                                               Visitor Information Centres stock         conversation, the preference for a
                                               a range of local products and the         mobile slaughter facility over a static
     Executive Chef Javier Codina of
                                               presence of the South Burnett             facility was established. Industry
     Moda Restaurant and Moda Events
                                               region through showcase events has        led research and investigations are
     completed a cooking demonstration
                                               continued to improve.                     ongoing.
     showcasing Kumbia stone fruit and

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SOUTH BURNETT FOOD                        Visitor Economy                            locally, intrastate and interstate.
Fourteen South Burnett food growers,      REGIONAL FLAVOURS 2018
producers, and creators joined the        20 – 22 July 2018 saw the South
Business South Burnett, Food Network      Burnett once again have a strong
Study Tour on Sunday 2 June 2019.         presence at Regional Flavours -
The Study Tour travelled to the           Brisbane’s premier free food and wine
Noosa Farmers’ Market to hear from        event. Alongside attending wineries
renowned Food Market Director,            – Clovely Estate, Kingsley Grove Estate
Shane Stanley. Shane engaged the          and Crane Wines were Chinchilli,
group with producer success stories       The Peanut Van, Discover South
following their presence at the Famers    Burnett pop up food stall and local
Markets. Participants were exposed to     produce showcase. For the first time
a highly successful slow food market,     South Burnett events were invited by       SPECIAL EXHIBITION
which attracts 8,000 - 10,000 visitors    Discover South Burnett and approved
                                          by Brisbane Marketing to partake.          The end of October saw the close of
each Sunday. Shane explained how
                                          Engaging promotion of our 2018             the special 30th Anniversary Expo
South Burnett Farm to Fork businesses
                                          destination food events – Goomeri          88 Exhibit at the Kingaroy Heritage
could get their products into the
                                          Pumpkin Festival, Kingaroy BaconFest       Museum. Many visitors came to enjoy
exclusive Sunshine Coast market.
                                          and Blackbutt Avocado Festival created     this trip down memory lane with
The Study Tour then headed to             a real buzz and were well received         hundreds signing the visitor book and
Kenilworth to visit Kenilworth Country    by the South Bank event crowds.            sharing their stories of Expo 88 with
Bakery. Following a coffee presented      Qualitative feedback was received          the museum. The exhibition received
in a doughnut, the group heard            at the two events that occurred post       a lot of attention with some of the
from Baker Jeff. Jeff explained how       Regional Flavours weekend (Kingaroy        highlights:
they achieved a one million dollar        BaconFest and Blackbutt Avocado            •   Official launch attended by former
turnover in less than twelve months       Festival) which enjoyed additional             Brisbane Lord Mayor Sallyanne
of operation through effective social     visitation as a result of the event            Atkinson and covered by a live
media marketing and creating a            presence and promotion at Regional             broadcast by ABC Southern
destination within their food business.   Flavours.                                      Queensland
From there, the study tour travelled
                                          LET’S GO                                   •   Featured on the Channel 9 ‘Icons’
to Farmer and Sun in Gympie to hear
                                                                                         World Expo 88’ documentary
the Waugh Family’s story. After years     Destination marketing publication
of selling direct from their farms, and   ‘Let’s Go’ was launched at Regional        •   Channel 7 Nightly News interview
at local markets, the Waughs built a      Flavours 2018. Approximately 2,500
successful enough profile to open their   copies were well received by the           •   Five interviews on ABC Radio
own fruit and vegetable shop in town.     South Bank event crowd enabling the            Brisbane
They only stock local produce, sourced    region to share some of its stories. The   •   Three interviews on ABC Radio
directly from the farmers. As their       magazine was also inserted in to the           Southern Qld
range grew, they expanded the shop        Sunshine Coast Daily on Thursday 26
to accommodate all the additional         July and Saturday 11 August in the lead    •   One interview on River 94.9 and
grocery lines and speciality items they   up to local festivals with the remaining       Crow FM 90.7
now carry. They then further expanded     copies distributed through the Visitor     •   Four articles in South Burnett
and opened the Farmer and Sun cafe,       Information Centre network.                    Times
serving a wide variety of food and
                                          The Autumn/Winter edition (released        •   Three articles on South Burnett
drinks made from the fresh produce
                                          March 2019) introduces formatted               Online
available at the marketplace next door.
                                          panels to the marketing suite to offer
                                          industry an opportunity to leverage        •   Wide range of social media
                                          from the destination marketing                 exposure including visitor
                                          activity. 45,000 copies of Let’s Go            generated content
                                          Winter issue were distributed              Kingaroy received a congratulations
                                          throughout regional Victoria and New       letter from the Bureau International
                                          South Wales.                               des Expositions in Paris, France.
                                                                                     Massive congratulations to Jason Ford
                                          SOUTH BURNETT TOURING GUIDE                for delivering this incredible project.
                                          The South Burnett Touring Guide
                                          underwent a transformation for the         MEDIA FAMILS
                                          2019-20 edition. The South Burnett         Discover South Burnett working with
                                          Times team rewrote the content and         Tilma Group, hosted an in-region
                                          updated advertising to a clean and         group media famil 21–24 March. Media
                                          stylish layout, giving the popular         from Newscorp, RACQ, RM Williams
                                          publication a new look and feel. An        and We Are Explorers walked, rode,
                                          early preview was launched at South        kayaked, sipped and ate their way
                                          Burnett Unpacked Party on 30 March,        through the South Burnett. Local
                                          to a crowd celebrating the start of the    media were invited to participate in
                                          South Burnett tourism season. Stock        the activities with many taking the
                                          was made available the following week      opportunities to connect with visiting
                                          via Link Logic enabling distribution       journalists and photographers.

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     The conversations shared on the           this activity Amanda made some local      CULINARY TOURISM
     bus, over a meal or during an activity    food connections, A Taste of Tingoora
     started the foundation for ongoing        being one of them.                        The South Burnett Produce Network
     relationships between local media                                                   closed Facebook group, connecting
     and the visiting delegates. One of the    Some of the great outcomes from this      growers, suppliers and consumers has
     activity highlights of this famil was a   event include:                            grown this quarter from 144 members
     long table lunch hosted at High Brit                                                to 170 members. The members have
                                               •   Bunya Mountains feature ‘Into
     Beef at Neumgna. Catered by local                                                   been sharing local produce availability
                                                   the Jurassic’ that was picked up by
     produce champion Chef Roberta                                                       and accessibility, local food related
                                                   twelve publications giving a reach
     Schablon from Saucy Fork Catering                                                   workshops and events and other
                                                   of 81,876
     and complemented by Clovely Estate                                                  connection opportunities.
     Wines. Farmers Skye and Glen Douglas      •   ABC radio interview with Wondai
                                                                                         Perfect weather was enjoyed for the
     provided a farm tour, connecting              Garden Expo President aired in
                                                                                         premiere Taste the Trail culinary
     the media with them, their farm               April in the lead up to the Autumn
                                                                                         adventure on the South Burnett Rail
     and their paddock to plate story.             Garden Expo
                                                                                         Trail on 15 June. The team received
     Local collaborations were the key to      •   The Trousdell family shared their     great feedback from ticketholders
     this event’s success from the décor           Mt Binga Avocado Orchards story       with several questions asking ‘when’s
     provided by Extra Touch Designs in            in Newscorp Publications in April     the next one?’ The event debrief
     Murgon to learning of the partnering                                                included discussion if this can be an
     of other farmers (FireBreak Lamb and      •   The May edition of Weekly Times
                                                                                         ongoing annual event. 35 attendees
     Tookawhile Pastured Pigs) – providing         FARM publication highlighted
                                                                                         hailed from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast,
     a diverse, local product, delivery            Bunya Red Farm across six colour
                                                                                         Toowoomba and as far away as Ballina
     service.                                      pages
                                                                                         to join several locals for the local food
     Activity from recent media famils         •   June/July school holidays were        experience ride. Traversing Kingaroy to
     continued to filter out with Courier          the focus for Newscorp release        Wondai, cyclists sampled new flavours
     Mail article ‘Nuts not the only Caper’        in several publications with ‘Dam     from Proteco, Flavours of South
     feature that focused on food and wine         Fine Fun for Kids’ and 5 things       Burnett tasting box, Taste of Tingoora
     offerings in the South Burnett.               to do that included Manar Park,       produce and the Regional Flavours
                                                   South Burnett Rail Trails, Coomba     favourite recipe of Sticky Pork Belly
     Mulanah Gardens was a feature                 Falls, Kayak at Ficks Crossing and    Wrap recreated to Pork Belly Tacos.
     in Q Weekend with a write up on               the two dams, Yallakool Park and
     the welcoming hosts, boutique                                                       Regional Flavours stallholders were in
                                                   Lake Boondooma Caravan and
     accommodation and country                                                           Wondai to greet the happy riders and
                                                   Recreation Park.
     hospitality experienced by Belinda                                                  offer wine tasting, local food sampling
     Seeney on her recent visit.               •   Feedback received from Manar          and information on upcoming local
                                                   Park after sharing this content       events.
     With a strong belief that food is our         with operators - they are thankful
     future (as well as our past) we were                                                Feedback from Taste of Tingoora’s
                                                   and excited to be included and
     delighted to see locally grown produce                                              Rowly Bendall – “We thoroughly
                                                   one of their guests sent them the
     (‘young spindle asparagus from                                                      enjoyed the experience as well as all
                                                   article when they saw it in the
     Tingoora’) from A Taste of Tingoora                                                 the positives that came out of it for our
                                                   Sunshine Coast Daily the previous
     featured in the ‘Taste of Queensland’                                               little enterprise”, he said. “Rest assured
                                                   week. They went on to say they
     feature. Amanda Hinds (owner/chef                                                   we will support our region in every way
                                                   LOVE the South Burnett and
     at Emeraude, Hampton) spoke at the                                                  we can and will work with those like
                                                   always encourage their guests to
     2016 food forum (when she operated                                                  yourselves in every way we can”.
                                                   explore the surroundings and are
     Indulge in Bundaberg) to inspire              grateful to Discover South Burnett.
     storytelling into local menus. From

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Corporate Services
Corporate Services supports sustainable living in the South
Burnett through the administration of local laws, building
services, strategic land use and planning, recreation and
environmental planning, maintenance, programs, animal
management, corporate administration and governance.
                                                                    PETER O’MAY
                                                General Manager Corporate Services

      orporate Services ensure sound               Performance                           •    Public Conveniences
      governance, quality customer
                                            •      Records                               •    Rail Trail
      service and the provision of
community services including arts and       ENVIRONMENT & WASTE                          •    Recreational Reserves
culture, library services, sports and
                                            •      Animal Management                     •    Sports Development
recreation and grants and donations.
                                            •      Environmental Protection              •    Sporting Grants
                                            •      Health Services                       •    Stock Routes
•   Indigenous Affairs
                                            •      Landfills and Transfer Stations       •    Straying Livestock
•   Libraries
                                            •      Local Laws Policing                   •    Tick Facilities
                                            •      Nuisance Control                      •    Weeds and Pest Management
                                            •      Waste Collection                      •    Yallakool Tourist Park
•   Community Engagement
•   Community Grants Program                NRM & PARKS                                  PLANNING & LAND
•   Complaints Management Process           •      Aerodrome Operations
                                                                                         •    Building Assessment
•   Corporate Brand                         •      Boondooma Tourist Park
                                                                                         •    Building Compliance / Inspection
•   Corporate Communications                •      Cemetery Management                        Development Assessment
•   Corporate Governance                    •      Coolabunia Saleyard                   •    Planning Compliance / Inspection
•   Corporate Risk Management               •      Ficks Crossing                        •    Plumbing Assessment
•   Customer Contact                        •      Natural Resources                     •    Plumbing Compliance / Inspection
•   Internal Audit                          •      Parks and Gardens                     •    Strategic Land Use Planning
•   Operational Planning &

Corporate Services
Indigenous Affairs

      he General Manager of Corporate Services
      oversees and maintains a small budget
      allocated to support or sponsor initiatives
relating to Indigenous Affairs.
Cr Kathy Duff, Portfolio holder for Indigenous
Affairs, actively works with the Cherbourg
Aboriginal Shire Council to support joint
initiatives such as South Burnett and Cherbourg
on Show Weekend, NAIDOC week celebrations
and other regional events. Council regularly
meets with Councillors and senior management
from Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council to
collaborate on issues affecting both local
Governments and respective communities.
Image: Reconciliation Week 2018 - Raising of the
indigenous flag at the Kingaroy Forecourt.

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     Libraries                                  Highlights:                                to celebrate, South Burnett Libraries

                                                                                           hosted a series of story time sessions
           uring the 2018/19 financial          •   Annual funding period changed
                                                                                           in the Kingaroy, Nanango, Murgon and
           year, South Burnett Libraries            from calendar year to financial
                                                                                           Wondai libraries. In total, 173 people
           continued to provide the                 year.
                                                                                           attended these fun and interactive
     community with a range of services         •   Annual funding amount reduced          events.
     and programs aimed to create                   from $33,188 to $21,650.
     opportunities for recreation, culture,                                                Baconfest Story Time
     information and lifelong learning.         •   5,573 annual attendees to First 5
                                                                                           To help celebrate Kingaroy’s first
                                                    Forever programming.
     WONDAI LIBRARY RENOVATION                                                             Bacon Fest and all things piggy, the
                                                •   Purchase of First 5 Forever            Kingaroy Library hosted a special story
     The newly renovated Wondai                     toolkits, which are provided as        time on Saturday 25 August 2018.
     Customer Contact Centre and Public             a free resource to community           Piggy stories, songs and craft kept the
     Library opened to the community                members who attend First               young attendees entertained whilst
     on Monday 20 May 2019. An open                 5 Forever programming and              the window display of the three little
     layout and modern fixtures resulted            outreach sessions.                     piggies (and big bad wolf) provided a
     in the creation of a welcoming space                                                  great space to showcase some of the
     that is able to accommodate a variety      Koala Rumba
                                                                                           library’s best pig related resources.
     of library programs and activities,        The free children’s concert Koala
     including First 5 Forever rhyme time       Rumba attracted fantastic attendance
     sessions, information talks and groups     with approximately 250 people
     that meet regularly at the library.        enjoying the festivities at the Kingaroy
     NANANGO LIBRARY TEMPORARY                  Library 2 July 2018. Children were
     RELOCATION                                 delighted to dance and sway to the
                                                lively songs themed about animals and
     During the renovation of the Nanango       the country. They all loved the Koala
     Council offices, the Nanango Library       puppet who featured in the show, as
     relocated temporarily to the South         he spoke and sang to them. The Koala
     Burnett Energy Centre in May 2019.         Rumba concert was delivered as part
     During the renovation period, three        of the First 5 Forever initiative.
     council departments operated from
     this location, with customer contact       Water Safety Story Time at the
     officers, information centre volunteers    Kingaroy Pool
     and library staff working together. A      Staff from the Kingaroy Library hosted
     boutique library collection, housed        a special Water Safety Story Time at
     in a demountable building located          the Kingaroy Pool on Wednesday 21          National Simultaneous Story Time
     in the centre’s carpark, provided a        November 2018. Free entry provided
     continuation of access for library         attendees the opportunity to enjoy a       Once again, libraries across the region
     patrons to a limited library collection.   water themed story time session and        took part in the Australian Library and
     Regular library programs, including        free swim. The Wise Owl from the Kids      Information Association’s National
     weekly Rhyme Time, Story Time              Alive, Do The Five Team made a special     Simultaneous Storytime on 22 May
     and Meditation classes were held at        guest appearance, with all families        2018. This important annual campaign
     Ringsfield House during the renovation     who attended receiving a free water        takes place during Library and
     period.                                    safety pack supplied by the Kids Alive,    Information Week and is a colourful,
                                                Do The Five team.                          vibrant and fun event that promotes
                                                                                           the value of reading and literacy. This
                                                YOUNG PEOPLES PROGRAMS                     year’s book, “Alpacas with Maracas”,
                                                School Holiday Activities                  written and illustrated by Matt
                                                                                           Cosgrove, was read in libraries across
                                                During the 2018/19 financial year,         the nation at 11am, with South Burnett
                                                South Burnett Libraries delivered a        Libraries adding to a national audience
                                                series of fun and interactive school       of 1.14 million readers. The Blackbutt
                                                holiday programs for children aged         Library provided a sensory bonus with
                                                5-12. Attendance to these sessions         a newly shorn bundle of alpaca wool
                                                increased by 15% from the 2017/18          for the children to feel and see.
                                                year, with over 649 children and
                                                295 adults enjoying sessions that          Kid’s Corner
     Key programs and events throughout         were designed with a focus on              Following the success of the Kingaroy
     the year include:                          STEAM. Highlights of this year’s           Library’s Kid’s Corner, the Nanango
                                                program include the engineering of a       Library introduced this popular weekly
                                                mechanical hand made using foam,           after school program. Designed for
     First 5 Forever                            string and straws. Other creations         primary school aged children, Kid’s
                                                included a paper cup dragon, lava          Corner provides children the chance
     During the 2018/19 financial year,
                                                lamps and a no sew sock bunny.             to interact with technology, play video
     South Burnett Libraries’ First 5 Forever
     programming continued to focus                                                        games and get creative with arts and
                                                Children’s Book Week                       crafts. In total, 345 children aged 7-12
     on the provision of quality sessions
     within our libraries whilst maintaining                                               joined in the fun during the 2018/19
                                                18 to 24 August 2018 marked one of
     partnerships with Child Health across                                                 financial year.
                                                the most exciting weeks in the library
     the service.                               community, Book Week! The theme
                                                for 2018 was “Find Your Treasure” and

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                                         regular sessions at the Kingaroy            now a USA Today Bestselling Author,
                                         Library. These sessions proved              who travels the world promoting
                                         popular and well attended, with new         her work. Other highlights include
                                         mums given the opportunity to meet          an information session about stroke
                                         each other and listen to information        awareness presented at the Kingaroy
                                         presented by guest speakers on              Library by retired local GP Brad
                                         various aspects of health and safety        Butwell, and an interactive discussion
                                         for young children.                         at the Proston Library about being a
                                                                                     judge at a country show. Members of
                                         Library Lover’s Day
                                                                                     the Barambah Beekeepers also visited
                                         Library Lovers’ Day provides the            the service to discuss their club.
                                         chance for everyone to reconnect
                                         with the library and share the library      CHALLENGES
                                         love. The initiative, coordinated by the    •   Maintaining consistent service
                                         Australian Library and Information              provision across South Burnett
                                         Association (ALIA), aims to raise the           Libraries whilst renovating and
                                         profile of the services offered by              relocating two branches.
Mental Health Awareness                  libraries. South Burnett Libraries
                                         celebrated this day on 14 February          •   Wondai Library Renovation -
To help break down the stigma                                                            Weeding, packing and relocating
                                         2019, with library visitors offered
associated with mental illness and                                                       the Wondai Library collection to
                                         the chance to recommend a book
encourage people in our community                                                        fit in new building. Designing and
                                         they loved for other members to
who need help to reach out and                                                           purchasing shelving to suit the
                                         read. Patrons could also take a
connect, an interactive discussion                                                       new layout and theme.
                                         chance on a ‘Blind Date with a Book’,
about mental health took place at
                                         whereby library items were covered in       •   Nanango Library Temporary
the Kingaroy Library on Thursday
                                         newspaper with only the first line of           Relocation - Weeding, packing
25 October 2018. Topics discussed                                                        and storing approximately 80% of
                                         the story visible.
included the promotion of positive                                                       collection. Selecting and fitting out
mental health and wellbeing at home,     National Novel Writing Month                    the boutique library and finding
at work, and at play.                    (NANOWRIMO)                                     an appropriate facility to house
NAIDOC Week 2018                         During November 2018, the Kingaroy              regular programming during the
                                         Library hosted a series of weekly               renovation period.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 the
                                         ‘write-in’ sessions mentored by author
Kingaroy Library displayed the artwork
                                         Imogene Nix. Designed to encourage          HIGHLIGHTS
of a local indigenous artist for the
                                         aspiring writers and emerging authors       •   During the 2018/19 financial year
months of July and August. Staff from
                                         to write, this initiative will continue         151,962 people visited South
the Kingaroy Library also attended the
                                         next year and is for anyone who has             Burnett Libraries.
NAIDOC celebrations in the forecourt,
                                         ever thought about writing a novel.
reading dreamtime stories and                                                        •   141,354 items were loaned.
creating flick and dot paintings with    Meditation at the Nanango Library
                                                                                     •   1,224 new members were
those in attendance. In Murgon, staff
                                         To assist members of the community              welcomed to the library service.
from the library attended a NAIDOC
                                         to reduce stress and anxiety, increase
2018 celebration hosted by the                                                       •   7,776 resources were added to
                                         energy and improve health and well-
Murgon hospital at the QEII Park on                                                      the collection through the Public
                                         being, the Nanango Library introduced
Tuesday 17 July 2018.                                                                    Libraries Grant of $168,197
                                         free weekly meditation classes.                 provided by State Library of
South Burnett Mums & Bubs                                                                Queensland.
                                         Group Christmas Party
To support new families in the                                                       •   Programs and events hosted by
                                         At the end of each year, the Kingaroy
community, the South Burnett Mums                                                        South Burnett Libraries increased
                                         Library hosts a ‘Groups Christmas
and Bubs Information Group held                                                          by 8%, with 1,280 held.
                                         Get-together’ to acknowledge and
                                         thank the community members who             •   Program and event attendance at
                                         make up the many different groups               South Burnett Libraries increased
                                         that meet regularly at the library.             by 14.7% with 11,603 attendees.
                                         47 people attended this event on
                                         4 December 2018, with all of them           •   8,600 hours of computer time
                                         thoroughly enjoying the music of                used on the 17 public access
                                         “Elvis”, who graciously agreed to come          computers across the region.
                                         along and sing for the morning.             •   6,188 hours of Wi-Fi used by the
                                                                                         community across the six libraries.
                                         ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMS
                                         Author Talks and Information Talks
                                         South Burnett Libraries hosted a
                                         variety of author and information
                                         talks during the 2018/19 financial
                                         year. Former South Burnett Regional
                                         Council employee Shandi Boyes visited
                                         the Kingaroy Library to discuss her
                                         writing and marketing tips. Shandi is

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