Kelly happy to share har­mony

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

KEY PER­FORMER: Townsville mu­si­cian Alanna Kelly plays the sax­o­phone in the Queens­land Youth Or­ches­tra Big Band.

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