community update Issue 3 – AUGUST 2009
An Identity That Unites A Message from the Mayor The progression towards the newly branded Western Downs Regional Council signals a fresh start for our region. It’s been a long time coming but we now have a name that delivers a united voice across the entire region. The new branding provides the opportunity for people to identify with a symbol that represents 23 towns and 99 communities and a name in which we can all take ownership and pride. While amalgamation may remain a contentious issue for some, it has brought with it several efficiencies and the benefit of centralised management of the Surat Basin. Council is in a position to better control the planning of developments across the region, provide highly qualified staff to handle complex issues, and improve utilisation of facilities and equipment. Western Downs Regional Council is now ready and able to move forward into an exciting era of development. Continued growth in the energy sector has buffered our region from the effects of the world economic downturn. While this is largely good news for the region it is important to ensure that
“The new branding provides the opportunity for people to identify with a symbol that represents 23 towns and 99 communities and a name in which we can all take ownership and pride.”
in the flux of rapid development we manage to preserve the rural fabric of our communities. With government estimates indicating an 80 billion dollar project expenditure across the Western Downs to 2015, and around 31,000 people employed in infrastructure development over that time, Council is focused on planning for substantial regional expansion. We are working hard to ensure our towns remain liveable, family orientated communities that offer an attractive lifestyle for people in all industry sectors and deliver the essential services that go with modern country living. Issues such as providing adequate water supplies, affordable housing and safe road networks are just a few of the major challenges that Council will be addressing as we work towards a bright future for our communities.
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Message from the CEO Council’s new branding announces a unified Western Downs team with a renewed vision for the future of the region. More than just a logo, the new look gives uniformity to Council and will be used to boost the profile of the region. Spending on the interim brand was minimal and we are now able implement the full branding process with an image that reflects the regional nature of our constituency. Selling the message about our professionalism is a key part of successful negotiations within
Council’s New Corporate Identity
In delivering the news, Ms Boyle acknowledged
Council is set to adopt a new corporate identity after
new name and practise the unity that it stands for.
welcoming ‘Western Downs Regional Council’ as
“Congratulations to the Council who have led the
the official title for the amalgamated electorate.
consultation process,” Ms Boyle said.
Local Government Minister Desley Boyle recently
“My sincere best wishes go out to the community
announced that the new title would replace ‘Dalby
and I hope the new name change is more than just
Regional Council’ following requests for a name that
council’s consultation process with the community and urged people across the region to embrace the
better represented the amalgamated shires. The move signals a new era in western Queensland as Council assumes a title that reflects the many towns and communities that exist within its region.
“This signals a new chapter in the history of this important region.” Council looks forward to engaging all communities in the journey towards a common future.
government and business sectors and it is hoped that our new profile will result in better access to funding and assistance.
The Brand Story
The deliberate simplicity provides the scope for
Council has also undergone some internal
At first glance the abstract simplicity of Council’s
restructuring as a result of changes in the
identify with the logo in their own way and bring
new logo may leave some wondering about its
Local Government Act which place a greater
personal meaning to the brand.
origins but this striking directness goes to the heart
emphasis on Council’s future planning and
of the brand’s strength.
asset management. Highly qualified staff have been appointed to key positions within engineering and finance to help manage community assets totalling $800 million and we welcome their participation. From community consultation workshops held to develop Council’s corporate plan a key message was the need for Council to
an even broader interpretation so individuals can
The logo also works well in two colour (blue and green) and is striking when printed in mono (black
A close examination of the logo reveals a functional
and white). When boxed within a white framework
design that announces a progressive, professional
it can be placed on various backgrounds without
and contemporary council.
losing its structure and impact.
The inspiration for the logo is the surrounding
Its clean-cut professional appearance communicates
Western Downs landscape. The distinct horizontal
a clear message that Western Downs Regional
bands symbolise sky (blue), soil and resources (red),
Council is ready for business.
the tree line (light green) and fields (dark green).
This design approach aims to maximise the logo’s
establish a Major Projects Unit to act as
These aspects combine to represent the open nature
life expectancy and deliver a brand that will remain
a conduit between Council, development
of the region’s landscape as well as the strength
modern and relevant well into the future.
companies and key community stakeholders.
of its agricultural and resource sectors. The logo
Council has responded by resourcing a
indicates the region’s diversity and successfully
new Major Projects Unit to disseminate
blends its various elements into a straightforward
information between interested parties
and workable symbol of progress.
and capitalise on the economic growth
The uncomplicated nature of the design also gives
opportunities flowing from the Surat Basin. While there are still challenges ahead of
it high visibility and means it is easy to reproduce across a vast number of applications.
us, we are starting to see the benefits of amalgamation with streamlined efficiencies, improved access to a wider range of services, and greater control over development. Council is working to
ensure resources are spent in a way that
SOIL/RESOURCES TREE LINE
supports long-term planning decisions and delivers value for money
to the community. Phil Berting
fields and symbolises the region’s agricultural
which supports the logo’s contemporary design and
traditions and positive growth in industry.
reinforces the message of progress.
Using the same colours as the logo, the graphic is an
It will be used in-full or in-part depending on the
abstract collage of lines, triangles and rectangles but
the design and strengthen the impact of the logo.
level of impact required and is able to be adapted
easily adapts to mono and two-tone applications.
to a diverse range of Council publications from
Inspired by aerial photographs of the region, the
In addition to heightening the interest of the logo,
brochures, fact sheets and reports to letterheads
graphic reflects the familiar patchwork of agricultural
the device adds a second layer of communication
and business cards.
While the logo can comfortably stand alone, a graphic device has been developed to complement
within the region, the statement indicates Council’s role in facilitating and supporting growth.
‘Our Communities : Our Future’ is the new positioning statement for Western Downs Regional Council. The aim of the statement is to define the business of Council. It’s an important message that says what Council is and who it serves.
‘Our Future’ indicates Council’s forward looking approach to business while ‘Our Communities’ indicates a willingness to engage all communities in the journey.
Community and progress are the key themes which define Council’s direction and
Images of people from the region add further strength to the statement and
lie at the heart of it’s communications.
support Council’s goal to encourage a greater connection between communities
The positioning statement supports Council’s mission to represent all
that share a common future.
communities in the Western Downs electorate while working towards a strong and prosperous future. With so much change and development taking place
New Corporate Offices
Chambers in Wood Street. Council is planning to
With Dalby now housing the corporate office
merge all departments together in the one area
of a large regional council and the community
Council could soon be on the move with plans
and is examining a range of potential sites.
looking to expand its cultural facilities, Council
to relocate its Dalby corporate office and Engineering Customer Service Centre to unite staff under the one roof.
The Dalby Cultural and Administration Centre was built in 1991 as a joint facility for Dalby Town Council
is considering the merits of providing separate venues dedicated to each function.
and its community. At the time, combining these
Planning is in its early phase and further
Since amalgamation, Council staff have been
two services into the one building was considered
research on the needs of both the organisation
split between the administration building in
beneficial but today the needs of a regional council
and the community will be carried out before a
Drayton Street and the old Wambo Shire Council
and its growing communities are significantly greater.
decision is made. 3
Future Planning – The Year Ahead 2009/2010 Budget Raising much needed funds to carry out capital
and utilise field staff when servicing the region’s
works for the region’s growing economy has been a
primary focus for the 2009/2010 Budget.
Following calls from business and the community
As the demand for the region’s resources continues,
to seriously consider further funding for essential
Council is focused on keeping infrastructure needs ahead of development while not placing too much burden on ratepayers. Amongst Council’s major considerations is the need to provide more reliable urban water supplies to cope with increasing demand and how best to meet the infrastructure costs associated with the delivery of adequate supplies.
infrastructure projects, Council is examining the potential to borrow the necessary funds. Council presently has a very low exposure to debt and is well positioned to borrow the funds required for the completion of essential infrastructure projects. Other significant challenges faced in this budget were the withdrawal of traditional levels of recurrent funding by the State Government, the need to address the replacement of ageing infrastructure,
Council has also maintained a heavy focus on rural
provision of ongoing funding to facilitate the
and urban roads and the need to retain local depots
amalgamation process and the world economic crisis.
New Community and Cultural Centre Dalby’s cultural needs are the focus of an initiative to create a community centre that would house an expanded library and cultural precinct. Improving the town’s library services is a primary factor in establishing a Community
And since literature and art share a similar
cultural attraction there are obvious benefits
Council is moving towards the introduction of more
in bringing the library closer to the Dalby
consistent rates charges across the Western Downs.
Regional Art Gallery within a larger
Under the amalgamation legislation, the State
Government has given Council until 2012 to remove
With all this in mind, Council is examining ways
all references to the former shire boundaries when
to deliver a community-friendly facility that could
setting general rates throughout the region.
become the cultural hub of the town.
Given the differing levels of rating employed by the
and Cultural Centre. Visitor numbers at the
There are a number of possibilities open to
former Councils the Council was faced with difficult
library continue to increase as more and more
Council, including revamping the existing
decisions during the preparation of its second
people access the facility for information,
Cultural and Administration Centre. More
budget as it moved to establish a more equitable
educational support and recreation. Council
research is needed to determine the best
rating policy for the Western Downs region.
estimates that the library needs to more than
way forward and community input will
double in size if it is to adequately service the
form an important part of the decision
region’s growing population.
While rates will rise generally across the board some areas will face higher increases to bring them closer to the rating levels of other areas. New differential rating categories based primarily on land use have been developed resulting in a more streamlined approach to general rates. High impact land users such as resource companies and heavy industry will attract the highest increases in rates. Rating for intensive agriculture such as feedlots and piggeries has also been standardised across the new region. The task of transitioning to standardised rates has presented a significant challenge but once reached, Council will be better placed to establish consistent regional standards for the delivery of its services.
Council In Action – Projects underway or approved throughout the region Dalby Waste Project Receives Funding
projects identified through a complete review
The construction of a waste transfer facility will
undertaken by Council into waste collection and
assist in meeting demand created by the rapid
disposal across the region.
expansion of the Surat Basin Energy Province and
Western Downs Regional Council and the
The project funding will result in the construction
State Government are working together to
of a waste transfer facility and improvements to
The projects will also be a major economic
build sustainable, liveable and prosperous local
the batters of the Dalby landfill. Work will soon be
stimulus to the region by creating jobs during the
underway as the conditions of the funding require
construction and operational phases, and the money
Council has received a $3.75 million subsidy from
that the project be completed within a two-year
saved by Council will be spent on other regional
the State Government’s Environmental Infrastructure
waste management projects.
The new waste infrastructure for Dalby is vital to
Western Downs Regional Council is one of 22
the community and will service residents in the local
Councils across the state to receive funding under
and surrounding areas, allowing for better recovery
the Environmental Infrastructure Program which
The $3,754,645 allocation provides majority funding
of recyclables, enhanced environmental outcomes
attracted 56 applications with requests totalling
for Council’s nominated waste infrastructure
and an improved patron experience.
over $22.8 million in this funding round.
Washdown Facility Construction
the environment of central Queensland, devastated
is an offence to transport a vehicle on a road if it is
agriculture and put the health of humans and
known or ought to be known that the vehicle’s load
animals at risk.
is contaminated with a declared plant.
The environmentally conscious new Western
Traditionally weed spraying was used as a reactive
Council is in the process of securing funding for the
Downs Regional Council is taking proactive
measure to the problem and while this method
construction of the washdown facilities and the
yielded results, it did not address the root of the
projects have been budgeted for in this financial
year with contributions from the Western Downs
Program towards the construction of a state-ofthe-art Waste Transfer Facility and Rehabilitation Program at the Dalby landfill.
steps to protect the region’s ecosystem with the proposed construction of washdown facilities at key locations in the region. Wandoan, Dalby and Chinchilla have been identified for the initial roll-
The washdown facilities are a proactive step to stop
out of these facilities.
the spread of weeds by allowing vehicles potentially
A steady rise in the level of development as well as mining and gas exploration across the region
exposed to the seeds to be washed down before continuing to another worksite or parcel of land.
Regional Council and the Queensland MurrayDarling Committee. Council will also approach potential users of the facility, including stakeholders in the mining industry, for co-contributions towards capital costs.
has raised concerns for the environment and
The facility will clean vehicles such as earthmoving
It is anticipated that several key stakeholders would
necessitated a plan to combat the proliferation of
machinery, drilling equipment and cars to remove
be keen to support the construction of a facility that
seeds that could be tracked across the district and
will help keep our region free from pest weeds.
Council has identified serious issues concerning
germinate at another site.
Currently in its design stages, the washdown facilities
the control of noxious plants such as parthenium.
According to the Queensland Government
will be an invaluable asset to the environmental
Parthenium is an aggressive pest that has invaded
Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, it
management of the Western Downs region.
The washdown facilities are a proactive step to stop the spread of weeds by allowing vehicles potentially exposed to the seeds to be washed down before continuing to another worksite or parcel of land. 5
Chinchilla’s main street is receiving a $1 million
make-over as part of Western Downs Regional
Council’s strategy to improve the aesthetics of its district centres and add to the welcoming appeal.
The first half of the funding provided through the State Government’s Regional Centres Program is currently being utilised to upgrade the footpaths
lining Heeney Street in Chinchilla. Two further funding applications to the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program and State Government’s Rural Living
footpath lighting as well as artistic sculptures on the
Infrastructure Program will provide the total cost of
Warrego Highway and traffic island.
Work has commenced on the northern section of
Concept designs drafted following community
Heeney Street at the Bell Street intersection and
consultation by Council include the construction
will continue progressively along the street on
of low walls and planter boxes, the installation of
the western side. The project is scheduled to be
seating around the camphor laurel trees, inground
completed by December 2009.
Dogwood Crossing Building Extension
programs, events and workshops the facility hosts.
The multi-faceted Dogwood Crossing @ Miles
exhibitions, significant improvements are required.
(DC@M) has received funding under the State Government Department of Infrastructure and Planning’s Rural Living Infrastructure Program (RLCIP) to address the centre’s space shortage.
The funding from RLCIP totalling $226,800 is dedicated to upgrading the facility in two stages.
DC@M helps to deliver Council’s community
the Western Downs region. The second stage will see
development strategies using arts activities. The
a building extension to include a museum standard
‘Arts with an Agenda’ initiative connects all sectors
collection store, a fully equipped workshop and
of the community by presenting programs that aim
meeting rooms for community, artists, young people
to inspire and entertain. In a time of rapid growth
and participants along with general storage space.
and social change, the centre plays an essential role in creating social cohesion as well as adding value
The extension will ensure that the facility can
to the economic wellbeing of the region through
continue to grow, develop the community and deliver
programs and exhibitions of a national standard.
Although DC@M continues to look great from a
Council is investigating different funding options to
public perspective, it has outgrown the building.
help meet the remaining $600,000 in project costs
Staff are restricted by limited storage space
for stage two, and the project will proceed when the
to successfully deliver the huge array of public
additional funds have been secured.
• *RLCIP Footpath construction – Bell Park to Pioneer Park • Swimming Pool Refurbishment
• Construction of Recycled Water Plant at Dalby Wastewater Plant
• Lining of Evaporation Ponds at Dalby Water Treatment Plant
• Construction of 2ML Reverse Osmosis Plant
• RLCIP* Footpath construction – Chinaman’s Lagoon to Miles CBD
• RLCIP* Streetscape
Stage one focused on introducing the arts, literature, social history, youth and community development to
• New toilets at Brigalow Hall
Additionally, in order to achieve best practice in the storage of its art collection as well as travelling
• RLCIP* Footpath construction – O’Sullivan Park to Waterloo Plains
• RLCIP* Fence Replacement – Centenary Oval
• RLCIP* Town Pool
• R LCIP * Sports Club Upgrade
RLCIP – Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program
Tara Multipurpose Hall Construction
and position the town to host more recreational and
Residents of Tara and surrounds can look forward
economic stimulus package provided for the
to a new $2.7 million Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall offering year-round sport and recreation opportunities for the whole community as part of Council’s commitment to actively develop public amenities across the region. To be built at the Tara State School the facility will feature a multipurpose indoor court suitable for activities such as basketball, netball, volleyball, basketball, indoor bowls and gymnastics. Jointly funded by Western Downs Regional Council
community events. Funding allocated under the Federal Government’s construction of a half court facility. Council secured the support of Education Queensland for the full extension of the hall and will contribute the additional $700,000 towards the project. The Department of Education and Training has committed $2 million to the project with the public facility to be owned, operated and maintained by Education Queensland. Council appreciates the support and major financial
and the Department of Education and Training the
contribution of the Department of Education and
multipurpose hall is designed to meet the needs of
Training for a project that will be a great long-term
a growing population catering for an array of indoor
asset for the local community.
activities and events.
Dalby firm Carmichael Builders have commenced
The much needed community asset will enable
construction work with the hall scheduled to open
sporting clubs to stage various weekly competitions
Dalby PCYC Upgrade The Dalby Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) will receive a $5 million facelift with funding from the Western Downs Regional Council in partnership with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. Council is contributing $1.95 million to the project that will provide the community with multipurpose indoor courts as well as improved outdoor courts and fields to offer better playing surfaces to local and visiting teams. The funding will also allow for improved child care facilities and gym resources as well as the upgrade of all administration systems. The structure of the existing PCYC building will remain the same and there are no plans to relocate the facility from its position on Cooper Street. A Council review of the services offered by the valuable community organisation identified issues that were used to guide the initial conceptual design of the project. Opus
New Staff to Play Key Roles
International Consultants has been engaged
Western Downs Regional Council is in a prime
engineering, natural resources management,
position to attract staff from across Australia
community development and project management.
with the expertise and experience to move the organisation forward into what promises to be a bright future. Council has recently appointed three new managers with two based at the Corporate Office and one at
Mr Long joins the Council team with over 20 years experience in local government working with the Gold Coast City Council, Lake Macquarie Council and the Greater Taree City Council.
by Council to draft a functional architectural design for renovations as well a landscape design that will suit the region’s climate and enhance the facility. Council intends to involve all major stakeholders of the PCYC in the development including community groups and sporting
“Coming into this position I’m excited by
clubs by holding meetings to establish
the opportunities available as a result of the
required outcomes of the project and
Stephen Long is the new Community Services
development in the energy and coal mining
determine cost estimates.
Manager and brings a strong background in
industries,” Mr Long said.
the Engineering Customer Service Centre.
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Contact Western Downs Regional Council Telephone 1300 728 500 to be connected to your nearest Customer Service Centre. All correspondence should be addressed to: The Chief Executive Officer PO Box 551 Dalby QLD 4405 Western Downs Regional Council welcomes its new team members Group Manager Works Aaron Meehan, Community Services Manager Stephen Long and Major Projects and Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth
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By E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Internet www.wdrc.qld.gov.au You can contact the Western Downs Regional Council in person at any of our Customer Service Centres.
“I’ve enjoyed being a part of changing organisations
Her first priority after commencing with Council
before and the Western Downs Regional Council
was to visit all the Customer Service Centres and
offered me a fantastic opportunity to get involved,
meet the people she will work closely with in her
take on greater responsibilities and make positive
Dalby 107 Drayton St
“When I relocated to Dalby I experienced a
Engineering 26 Wood St, Dalby
changes to benefit the community. It’s challenging, stimulating work.”
feeling of ‘coming home’ in a sense, as I found
Chinchilla 80 - 86 Heeney St
Mr Long has a special interest in and aptitude
the community to be so welcoming and my
Miles 29 Dawson St
for design, particularly landscape architecture,
colleagues so friendly.”
Tara 19 Fry St
so is pleased to be coordinating projects such as
Currently studying her masters in business and
the PCYC redevelopment that allows him to utilise
marketing Ms Holdsworth is a valuable addition
to Council and her energetic leadership will be
Council’s new Major Projects and Economic
appreciated in this time of transition.
the challenges of his new role.
Development Manager Jane Holdsworth also brings a
Council has appointed Aaron Meehan to the helm
“I feel privileged to be joining the engineering
wealth of knowledge partially resulting from previous
of its busy engineering services team in the
services team and I look forward to collaborating
employment with other Council bodies. She also
Dalby Urban and Rural Districts as the new Area
with Council staff and the community on key
has extensive experience in business development
Engineer responsible for overseeing the delivery
including facilitating and managing industry networks
of maintenance and construction operations
and business growth support programs.
across this district.
“Western Downs Regional Council has a reputation
Ms Holdsworth has held positions with the Penrith
Mr Meehan has joined Council from the Whitsunday
City Council and Macedon Rangers Shire Council
Regional Council where he was Manager for Works
as well as being the Chief Executive of the Penrith
for the past three-and-a-half years. Prior to that, he
Valley Economic Development Corporation, Chief
worked in the water and sewerage area at Warwick
Executive of the Retirement Village Association of
Australia and Chair of the Western Sydney Economic
He comes to Council well credentialed for the
Development Officers Forum. This work history makes
job. Mr Meehan holds an Associate Degree in
her exceptionally qualified to oversee and facilitate
Civil Engineering from the University of Southern
the region’s major projects, economic development
Queensland and combined with over six years
and civil construction operations,” he said.
and tourism initiatives on behalf of Council.
experience working for local councils throughout
Some of the future projects that Mr Meehan will
“I’ve enjoyed working in public, private and
Queensland is an excellent addition to the team.
oversee include integrating Council’s two work
government sectors and find myself impressed with
Mr Meehan said the opportunity to join Western
depots located in Dalby, developing Council’s five-
the enthusiasm and vision of the Western Downs
Downs Regional Council at a time of significant
year consolidated works program and implementing
Regional Council team,” Ms Holdsworth said.
change was very appealing and is looking forward to
preventative maintenance programs.
Wandoan 6 Henderson Rd
as a good organisation to work for, one that values its staff.” The move to Dalby has allowed Mr Meehan to further his career in the areas of works, maintenance and civil construction. “The role provides an opportunity to extend my experience to building in a dry climate and undertaking a broader scope of maintenance works