Workers’ efforts recognised
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 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.
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.
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.