Kelly happy to share harmony
JAMES Cook University staff have given the institution a thumbs down in a number of areas including the organisation’s leadership and career opportunities.
A staff satisfaction survey, obtained by the Bulletin, reveals only 48 per cent of staff were satisfied with JCU.
Only 29 per cent rated the organisation’s leadership favourably with career opportunities at 26 per cent and workload at 29 per cent.
A JCU spokesman said the survey reflected the fact the university had been through a period of significant change.
“It was the biggest change the university has experienced in the past 17 years and it has strengthened the university and delivered necessary reforms,” the spokesman said.
“The survey provides a baseline for us to improve upon and we will take these messages on board and work with staff.
“JCU recognises that the survey shows there is work to be done. The university has set out a plan to respond to the concerns raised in the survey.
“The Vice Chancellor will report back to staff at an endof- year forum.”
A majority of staff said they were satisfied with their job and had confidence in their manager. TOWNSVILLE City Council officially adopted its 2015- 16 budget yesterday, delivering an overall rates rise of 1.45 per cent.
The councillors yesterday unanimously voted to adopt the budget, which includes a surplus of $ 1.1 million.
The budget includes a $ 210 million capital works program and $ 106.8 million to be set aside for maintenance services including roads, water, sewerage and parks.
Rates will increase by almost $ 50 a year for the average residential property.
Mayor Jenny Hill said she was pleased to see all councillors supported the “mums and dads” budget. TOWNSVILLE teen Alanna Kelly is bringing the sweet sounds of the saxophone as she returns home to tour with the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band.
Queensland’s best young performers will join Ms Kelly as the 19- year- old from Pimlico leads the alto saxophone section in the Big Band.
She will play several shows in the region with the 19- piece band across their five- day tour of North Queensland.
Ms Kelly said she was excit- ed to come back to her home town and show children it was possible to make it in music if they were passionate.
“I am really looking forward to playing at the Jazz Club and also in the educational concerts at the schools I used to attend, Hermit Park State School and Pimlico State High School,” Ms Kelly said.
“People up here aren’t really exposed to the kind of music we will be playing so it is good to be able to showcase what we are all about.
“It’s a lot of fun playing with the band, so it doesn’t really feel like work.”
Band director Rafael Karlen said the Big Band was hoping to build on the success of their last tour here in 2012.
“Tours like this are a great way to further the experience of the band members by playing in different venues to new audiences,” Mr Karlen said.
You can hear the Big Band at the Townsville Jazz Club, PCYC, Wellington St, Aitkenvale, on July 12 from 6pm.
KEY PERFORMER: Townsville musician Alanna Kelly plays the saxophone in the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band.