Work­ers’ ef­forts recog­nised

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Pride of work­man­ship

YOU might have seen the “Ro­tary at Work” sign as Biloela Club mem­bers do what they do in ser­vice to our com­mu­nity.

Last week they pro­vided recog­ni­tion to a dozen lo­cals who work in a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses and who for one rea­son or an­other were recog­nised by their em­ployer as one who “does the job once and does it well”.

Ro­tary co-opted Brett Smith, gen­eral man­ager at CS En­ergy, to come along and ex­plain some of his philoso­phies on how to man­age staff in the mod­ern work place.

Brett has had a long con­nec­tion with the lo­cal power sta­tion and the fact that he has come back to Bilo shows that his mode of op­er­at­ing goes down well with his em­ploy­ers as well as with power sta­tion staff with whom he works to keep the fa­cil­ity work­ing.

Brett said sim­ple mantras guide him through his work­ing day.

He said it was im­por­tant to cre­ate a work en­vi­ron­ment where every job was val­ued and where staff turned up be­cause they wanted to do a great job.

Brett said staff want to be proud of their em­ployer and of the job they do and such a move cre­ates pride in your work. He said most staff want to feel part of some­thing big­ger and when they help their team cre­ate a happy en­vi­ron­ment the work was more sat­is­fy­ing and was al­ways eas­ier to do.

Staff want to be lis­tened to and un­der­stood and con­trib­ute to the pos­i­tive cul­ture in the work­place.

Brett was called on to present 12 lo­cal re­cip­i­ents with their Pride of Work­man­ship plaque.

Mo­ham­mad An­war (Teys Aus­tralia); Louise Ef­feney (St Joseph’s Pri­mary); Keri-Anne Bai­ley (Star Pre­ci­sion Elec­tri­cal); James Keller (Moore Stephens); Stein Blythe (GAGAL); Shanna Mus­ton ( Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil); Darcy Clair (Biloela Me­chan­i­cal Re­pairs): Gre­gor Lloyd (BMAS Biloela); Julie Bayles (Biloela State School); Colleen Mck­rill (Biloela Anzac Club); Kane Dar­ling­ton (Queens­land Ni­trates); Glo­ria Drochmann (CS En­ergy).

Bri­ga­low Art Fes­ti­val

The an­nual Bri­ga­low Arts Fes­ti­val will be staged next month in the Ba­nana Shire Re­gional Art Gallery to the mu­si­cal sounds of Sax­o­phonic play­ing in the foyer.

Although this event is vis­ual art at its best, the com­bi­na­tion of the wel­com­ing tones of the sax­o­phone at the door and Dell and An­nette gen­tly in the back­ground will make this a cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence for all tastes.

En­tries this year come from all cor­ners of the Ba­nana Shire and be­yond and will prove a chal­lenge for judge Mark Coombe to select his best.

This event de­pends on spon­sor gen­eros­ity to en­able the chal­lenge to go out to the artists and then re­ward them. With­out their sup­port this would not hap­pen.

An ex­tra boost this year from funds ad­min­is­tered by the Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil from the Fed­eral De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties, Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices and Se­niors Com­mu­nity Drought Sup­port Pack­age 2017-18 is grate­fully ac­knowl­edged.

The cater­ing for the evening is in the safe hands of the hospi­tal­ity class at the Biloela State High School who have been won­der­ful providers and sup­port­ers of the Bri­ga­low Arts Fes­ti­val for the past five years.

Mark this event on your cal­en­dar for Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm of­fi­cial wel­come by the Mayor.

Stamp out Tra­choma

Tra­choma is an in­fec­tious eye dis­ease that can be pre­vented by good hy­gienic prac­tices but it is still present in many re­mote abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties and can lead to per­ma­nent blind­ness.

Ro­tary Club of Biloela has joined the Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional cam­paign to col­lect used stamps to raise funds and so pro­vide ef­fec­tive re­sources to health ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ties that are work­ing to pre­vent the spread of in­fec­tion.

Think of stamps? Think of the Post Of­fice? Think of Michaela at our own of­fice who has vol­un­teered to be the “go to” per­son for your stamp col­lec­tion.

Through the world-wide con­nec­tions of the Ro­tary move­ment these used stamps can be turned into cash and so con­trib­ute to the erad­i­ca­tion of this dis­ease.

Al­ready the work of the Aus­tralian Govern­ment, the Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion and Indige­nous Eye Health have com­bined to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the in­ci­dence of this dis­ease in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

With fur­ther help with ma­te­ri­als to cure and avoid the dis­ease this prob­lem can be elim­i­nated and Ro­tary Clubs ev­ery­where are do­ing their bit to help.

In the EndTra­choma2020 project Biloela Ro­tar­i­ans have taken on the chal­lenge to col­lect used stamps.

Oth­ers have ap­proached their lo­cal busi­nesses and other com­mu­nity groups to get them col­lect­ing stamps for us as well.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers can join in the fundrais­ing by col­lect­ing used stamps and hand­ing them back to the Post Of­fice from where they came. Every let­ter posted could help “Stamp out Tra­choma”.

Spring­time

Spring­time in Biloela has a habit of not last­ing very long and the thought of Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions in late Jan­uary, out in the mid­day sun in high 30 de­gree heat will come to pass all too soon.

The win­ter blan­kets have gone to the cup­board but they are still re­called for that early morn­ing chill!

The Ba­nana Shire Aus­tralia Day Com­mit­tee is now call­ing for nom­i­na­tions for the var­i­ous Aus­tralia Day Awards.

These awards recog­nise and hon­our the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of Aus­tralians.

Shire res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions are asked to sup­port these awards by nom­i­nat­ing mem­bers of their com­mu­nity in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of their ef­forts.

Award cat­e­gories are: Cit­i­zen and Young Cit­i­zen of the Year, Cul­tural and Ju­nior Cul­tural – Artist and/or Arts Worker, Vol­un­teer of the Year, Ju­nior and Se­nior Sportsper­son, Sports Coach, Of­fi­cial and/or Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Com­mu­nity Group or Team, Com­mu­nity Event of the Year.

The nom­i­na­tion form can be found on Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil web­site and hard copies are avail­able from Coun­cil's Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­tres and li­braries.

Nom­i­na­tions close on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30.

The win­ners will be an­nounced and awards pre­sented at the 2019 Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions in Than­g­ool.

50th an­niver­sary

In 1963 Pam and Don Ste­wart, and their chil­dren Jac­que­lyn and Rus­sell, re­lo­cated to Biloela from St Ge­orge.

Don had ac­cepted a job with J Baburin and Sons, the lo­cal GMH dealer, as man­ager of their spare parts divi­sion.

At the time there was no one in the area re­pair­ing small mo­tors and Don had the know-how and pa­tience so he started re­pair­ing these small en­gines in his spare time.

In 1968, Cal­lide Val­ley Mower Ser­vice was regis­tered as a busi­ness and early in 1969 Don rented the shop from Frank DiRosa the bar­ber, next to the CWA build­ing.

The busi­ness even­tu­ally out­grew these premises so the build­ing on the cor­ner of Cal­lide and Murchi­son streets was pur­chased in 1975.

Rus­sell started his ap­pren­tice­ship with his fa­ther in 1979 after he left school.

Sadly Don passed away in April 1983 due to a heart con­di­tion as a re­sult of rheumatic fever as a teenager.

Rus­sell and his wife Joanne bought the busi­ness in 2000 and sold it to Syd Dowl­ing in April 2009 who shifted to the Dunn St premises.

Danielle worked for Syd dur­ing this time, and still works for the cur­rent own­ers.

Sadly Syd passed away in July 2015.

Cal­lide Val­ley Mower Ser­vice is now owned and op­er­ated by Michelle and Grant Warry.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROUD MO­MENT: The Pride of Work­man­ship award re­cip­i­ents are con­grat­u­lated by Ro­tary pres­i­dent Scott Fitzger­ald and guest speaker Brett Smith.

Grant and Michelle Warry from Cal­lide Val­ley Mower Ser­vices with Pam Ste­wart in the hot seat.

Michaela at the Post Of­fice is happy to re­ceive used stamps from any home or busi­ness in town to help Stamp out Tra­choma.

This black and white work by Joy Bound won her a week at the McGre­gor Win­ter Art School in 2018.

The Bri­ga­low Arts Fes­ti­val opens next month.

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