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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

a symbol.

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

THE SKY

ensure resources are spent in a way that

SOIL/RESOURCES TREE LINE

supports long-term planning decisions and delivers value for money

GREEN FIELDS

to the community. Phil Berting

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Graphic Device

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

Positioning Statement

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.

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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

transport network.

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

Rates Parity

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

community centre.

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.

making process.

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.

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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

communities.

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

timeframe.

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

issue.

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.

increased usage.

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

pest weeds.

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 Streetscape

Projects Underway

Chinchilla’s main street is receiving a $1 million

LOCAL

make-over as part of Western Downs Regional

AREA

Council’s strategy to improve the aesthetics of its district centres and add to the welcoming appeal.

Brigalow

The first half of the funding provided through the State Government’s Regional Centres Program is currently being utilised to upgrade the footpaths

Condamine

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.

the project.

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

cultural tourism.

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.

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• *RLCIP Footpath construction – Bell Park to Pioneer Park • Swimming Pool Refurbishment

Dalby

• Construction of Recycled Water Plant at Dalby Wastewater Plant

Dalby

• Lining of Evaporation Ponds at Dalby Water Treatment Plant

Dalby

• Construction of 2ML Reverse Osmosis Plant

Miles

• RLCIP* Footpath construction – Chinaman’s Lagoon to Miles CBD

Tara

• RLCIP* Streetscape

Stage one focused on introducing the arts, literature, social history, youth and community development to

• New toilets at Brigalow Hall

Dalby

Additionally, in order to achieve best practice in the storage of its art collection as well as travelling

PROJECTS

Wandoan

• RLCIP* Footpath construction – O’Sullivan Park to Waterloo Plains

Wandoan

• RLCIP* Fence Replacement – Centenary Oval

Wandoan

• RLCIP* Town Pool

Westmar

• 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

in November.

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

New Staff to Play Key Roles continued from page 7

By E-mail info@wdrc.qld.gov.au 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

new role.

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

his creativity.

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

future projects.

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

Shire Council.

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.

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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

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