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  • Hi
    Thanks you for taking the time to check out our Council and the wonderful location we live and work in in Central QLD
  • A little about myself
    2 years with Banana shire council
    L’Gov experience in NWS QLD Norfolk Island
    Today I am pleased to welcome you to Banana Shire Council and introduced you to this wonderful region in Central QLD and help you to explore what we have to offer both lifestyle and work wise.
  • Our team is located in our Admin Office in Biloela with one located in Taroom at the southern end of the Shire.
    We operate our HR services in a business partnership model and found this to be a very successful strategy in forging professional relationships with our 5 Departments.
  • Now let me take you on a tour of our Council area and its great diversity and natural attactions it has to offer.
  • Where is the world is Banana Shire?
    It is based in Central Qld Australia, 1.5 hrs south of Rockampton and 1.5 hrs south west of Gladstone. It is approximately 6.5 hrs drive from Brisbane.
    Directs daily flights from Brisbane to Biloela (takes 1 hr) via Qantas Link. Our airport is located at one of our townships 10 mins south of Biloela
  • Biloela is the Aboriginal word for White Cuckatoo of which we have vast flocks that fly across our countryside.
    Banana Shire was named after the town of Banana which got its name from a “famous bull called “Banana”
  • Our towns or villages are steep in history.
    The village of Cracow was a booming gold mining town in the 1930’s with a population over 20,000
    Today the population is slightly smaller, the gold mine operates but0 on a smaller basis.
    However the town’s famous pub still exits and it is worth a drive to have a refreshing drink in the bar and check out the visual stourues that exit there.
  • The region has a diverse and stable primary industry.
    Beef, wheat, cotton, lucerne sorgcome, across length and breath of Shire.
    Also have a meat works located on the outskirts of Biloela, with saleyards located at Taroom
  • Callide Mine services coals to the Callide Power station located on the outskirts of Biloela
    Other Mines are located at Moura abd Baralaba.
    Natural gaslines running through the Shire area from the Surat basin to Gladstone have just recently completed construction.
  • Lots of lovely parks for everyone to enjoy.
    The whole of Shire provides wonderful facilities for camping and caravans.
    Child Care facilities
    Great recretion and sporting facilities with over 470 sporting and community groups across the whole of Banana Shire.
    Bilo has a PYCY
  • Markets at all the villages on a regular basis
    Celebration Days and Sporting Events such as the Moura Fishing Competition
    Annual Rural and Country Shows that are truly the heart and soul of show casing the variety of industry and products the Shire has to offer.
  • Abound the National Parks, camping areas and walking tracks.
    For the birds watchers, or if flora is more your thing, then the Shire will not disappoint you.
  • Callide Dam supply Biloela’s water
    It also provides wonderful facilities for water sports, fishing, camping and picnics.
  • Photo is of our lovely new Administration Building opened in December 2012.
  • 5 Divisions.
    Executive, Corp & Community; Development and Environmental Services, Infrastructure and Commercial
  • What are values? Values are the way in which we live our lives.
    Quality Service – No. 1 priority. We aim to give efficient and effective service and treat citizens with respect, courtesy and fairness.
    Continuous Improvement – We encourage our management and employees to be creative and innovative and to constantly look for new and better ways of improving our service.
    People Valuing – Our people, Our priority. We acknowledge our employees as human capital assets and we encourage their contribution and commitment to the organisation.
    Teamwork – We recognise the importance of maintaining a stable work environment in which elected members, management and staff, work constructively together in a spirit of teamwork, trust and loyalty.
  • Council’s Corporate Plan can be found on the Banana Shire Council website.
  • We supply Corporate and Field Staff Uniforms and PPE.
  • Just some our diverse career opportunities.
  • We supply Corporate and Field Staff Uniforms and PPE.
  • Council’s Community Resource Centre is a “one of a kind” in local government in QLD
    This provides professional consulting services for children and their parents, holiday programs run by teachers and teacher’s aid, specially designed playground for children’s developmental activities, a toy library
  • Just a small sample of our staff and their thoughts about their professional life with Council.
  • I t’s a gateway to embrace the colossal work network, the broad spectrum of opportunities and sometimes a haven wherein long lasting friendships are formed.
    I think what made work so special for me here is that it has both the scope to challenge the young and experienced minds and the team of diverse individuals, especially your team members who you come to bond so closely with.
    As a graduate Engineer, the combined experience of design and site work allowed me to extend my thought process to witness the full cycle of a project.
    I consider my association with the Council as one of the most rewarding and pleasurable career experiences
  • You will find that in smaller local governments like Banana Shire, the door will always be held open for you and you are always greeted in the hall way / lunch room.
    The “small country town vibe” is what attracted me to Banana, notably “A local called out ‘god bless you’ when I sneezed whilst driving down the main street of Biloela”.
  • Council has encouraged staff to attend training and seminars to assist employees in the workforce

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  • 1. Welcome to Banana Shire Council The Shire of Opportunity
  • 2. Jenny Goulding Manager Human Resources: Responsible for: – HR – Payroll – Learning and Development – Workplace Health and Safety
  • 3. Meet our Terrific HR Team Junelle Howe HR Business Partner for Gayle Bunker  HR Business Partner and Payroll Officer for Taroom  Development & Environmental Services  Corporate & Community Services Carmel Gurnick HR Business Partner for Anikka Nichols  Commercial Services HR Business Partner for –  Executive Services  Infrastructure Services including Technical Services and Works Lauren Cooper Graduate HR Business Partner
  • 4. “Time for a Tree Change” Overview of our Council Area
  • 5. Where in the World is Banana Shire ?
  • 6. • The current Banana Shire was formed from the amalgamation of the Taroom Shire Council and the previous Banana Shire Council in March 2008 • The Shire now covers an area of 28,577 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 16,000 people • Biloela is the largest urban centre in the Shire. The twelve townships of the Shire are: Banana, Baralaba, Biloela, Cracow, Dululu, Goovigen, Jambin, Moura, Taroom, Thangool, Theodore, and Wowan • The Council is made up of elected members consisting of 1 Mayor and 6 Councillors
  • 7. Village of Cracow
  • 8. Beef Industry
  • 9. Coal Mining and Power Generation
  • 10. Great Family Facilities
  • 11. Community Events
  • 12. Nature Abounds
  • 13. Callide Dam – Great Fishing and Water Sports
  • 14. “So Where Would I Fit” How Council’s Organisational Structure Works • Total Workforce of approximately 300 employees, of which about 150 are based in Works (outdoor service delivery)
  • 15. Council’s Organisational Structure
  • 16. Council’s Vision “To improve the quality of life for our communities, through the delivery of efficient and effective services and facilities”.
  • 17. Council’s Mission Statement Our Council is committed to promoting and striving for continuous improvement in all that we do, for the benefit and growth of the whole of our Shire.
  • 18. Our Values • • • • Advocacy for our people Effective and responsive leadership Integrity and mutual respect Honesty, equity and consistency in all aspects of Council’s operations • Quality of service to our citizens • Work constructively together, in the spirit of teamwork • Sustainable growth and development .
  • 19. Corporate Plan Our key strategic areas are: • Enhancing our lifestyle and sense of community • Supporting our economic development • Protecting our unique environmental features and strengthening our ecological sustainability • Sustainable planning for our community’s future • Planning and delivering our infrastructure services • Excellence in our leadership and organisational management
  • 20. “Why Join Us” Career Opportunities and Benefits at Working at a Regional Council • Great Working Hours: To allow for flexibility, the normal spread of working hours is 6am – 6pm Monday to Friday • Indoor Staff - 36.25 hrs/wk • Outdoor Staff – 38 hrs/wks • Five (5) Day working week • Nine Day working fortnight – Every tenth day is a paid day-off • Employee Assistance Program
  • 21. “Why Join Us” Career Opportunities and Benefits at Working at a Regional Council • Corporate and Field Staff Uniforms and PPE supplied • 12% Superannuation • Transitional Housing Opportunities • Flexible Working Arrangements • Rental and Relocation Assistance • Generous Leave Entitlement • Professional Development • Access to eLearning and quality training
  • 22. “Why Join Us” Career Opportunities and Benefits at Working at a Regional Council • Diverse career pathways • Vocational and Work Experience opportunities • Trainee and Apprenticeships opportunities in a diverse range of job families • Great networking with other Councils through our Local Government professional and business groups.
  • 23. We’re Glad We’re Here, You Will Be Too!
  • 24. The working adventure with Banana Shire Council (BSC) is one of the most exciting and thrilling experiences that develops an individual both personally and professionally. It’s a gateway to embrace the colossal work network, the broad spectrum of opportunities and sometimes a haven wherein long lasting friendships are formed. I know for many, the first step into a professional workplace can be extremely daunting and filled with a lot of trepidation. Personally, for me here at BSC I was made to feel welcome from day one; the entire Council staff was a group of friendly, extremely down to Earth people I had ever come across. I think what made work so special for me here is that it has both the scope to challenge the young and experienced minds and the team of diverse individuals, especially your team members who you come to bond so closely with. The training range, close expertise mentorship and supportive culture make it an ideal environment to open your ideas and relate with like minded professionals and external clients. Travelling to various locations around the shire, you will be given the opportunity tackle abundant projects that will expand your skill set and future possibilities. As a graduate Engineer, the combined experience of design and site work allowed me to extend my thought process to witness the full cycle of a project. I consider my association with the Council as one of the most rewarding and pleasurable career experiences and strongly recommend it to anyone looking to expand their horizon with the vast versatility Banana Shire Council has to offe r. Vanditha   Yanamand ala Assistant Engineerer Infrastructure Services
  • 25. Hamish McIntosh Manager – Planning and Strategy The Banana Shire Council has provided an excellent platform for career and Hamish   McIntosh professional development. Manager Planning and Strategy The Banana Shire Council has modern Council offices and facilities. New administration building was constructed in 2012. Council staff are friendly and productive. You will find that in smaller local governments like Banana Shire, the door will always be held open for you and you are always greeted in the hall way / lunch room. Customer service staff are highly efficient, helpful and professional in their approach. Human Resources staff are highly efficient, helpful and professional in their approach. The HR team go that extra step and ensure new staff are welcome and settle into their positions and town. Living and working in the Banana Shire provides fantastic recreational and social opportunities as well as having reasonable rents, house prices and access to services. The “small country town vibe” is what attracted me to Banana, notably “A local called out ‘god bless you’ when I sneezed whilst driving down the main street of Biloela”.  
  • 26. Michael Buckley Parks Advisor I spent 10 years in Private enterprise prior to starting a job with Council admittedly starting with a lot of misguided assumptions of what it would be like. Twelve years on that job for me has turned into a career due to Local Governments positive approach to training and personal development coupled with gaining valuable skills and experience working with diverse teams at all levels.      Qualifications and experience gained within Local Government is very transferable from Council to Council offering many avenues for multiple
  • 27. I started at Council 6 years ago as a Coordinator for the Infrastructure (Works) department.  In the early part of my working career my skill base was as a finance manager but since been with council my skills have diversified to assisting staff on Road Projects, Budgets and Funding Grants within the Infrastructure Section.   Council has encouraged staff to attend training and seminars to assist employees in the workforce. I have attended different training for Project Management Contract Administration Workplace Investigations and Work Place Health and Safety Training and many other training opportunities to better my career opportunities. Di   Corfield Senior Procurement & Contracts Advisor With Council investing this training my new skills has allowed my career path move to a different section at council in the Contracts and Procurement area.  Working at Banana Shire Council has been a rewarding experience and has allowed my career to now diversify to a new skills and opportunities.
  • 28. Diana Rivera QA Officer       “The workforce within the Council is a team of talented people who manage to create a friendly and welcoming environment.  In my past three years working for Banana Shire Council I have found the various positions I have held within the organisation to be both challenging and rewarding and have allowed me to learn a great deal and develop a number of new skills.  I am proud of what I have achieved both professionally and socially and look forward to my future with Council ”
  • 29. Thank you for coming and visiting us today •Be sure to check into a Q&A session to speak directly to one of our great HR Team •Or for further info, check out Council’s web site. •Hopefully we may see you soon working for Council.