WHS Advisor

Job No: PEAK252
Location: Cloncurry

About Cloncurry

Cloncurry is located in North West Queensland and is approximately 120km east of Mount Isa, 770km west of Townsville and 450km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Cloncurry is at the heart of Queensland’s transport hub with key rail, air and road links from the eastern seaboard through to the Northern Territory and its well established cattle industry includes some of the largest pastoral leases in the country. Situated in the heart of the North West Mineral Province, the town has one of the richest and most established mining investments in Australia.

Over the years Cloncurry has been the focal point for many of Australia's greatest innovations. Cloncurry was involved with the beginnings of Qantas, and the original Qantas Hangar is still in use at the airport, where 'Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services' is still displayed about the hangar door.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service was founded in Cloncurry in 1928, now recognised the world over. The airport was also en route for early planes coming from overseas and a stopping place for contestants in the Great Air Races of 1919 and 1934. During the Second World War, Cloncurry was the site of a major United States of America air base.

The railway reached Cloncurry in 1907 and was officially opened in 1908, and remains an important industry in the town.

A visit to Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum, or John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery will open the eye of any budding historian to the richness of Cloncurry's history.

Cloncurry is a rural town, which derives its main income from the mining and pastoral industries. The town itself is nestled on the banks of the Cloncurry River. The Cloncurry River catchment area begins in the Selwyn Ranges and flows into the Flinders River, where it continues on to empty into the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is well-connected to the east coast with direct flights to Townsville and Brisbane.  Residents have access to a wide range of general and specialist health; education (to Grade 12) and kindergarten, child care.  There is an abundance of sporting clubs and activities to partake in along with a wide range of events and activities to entertain locals, visitors and tourists throughout the year.

For more information about the region, please click here

About Council

Cloncurry Shire Council is a future-focused, community-responsive organisation with a charter to enhance all facets of life in the Shire. Creating this improved future is underpinned by an increased focus on planning for the long-term needs of the community and coordinating the delivery and ongoing management of services, infrastructure, and facilities.

Popularly known as the “Friendly Heart of the Great North West”, Cloncurry has the feel of a western town with the progressiveness of a modern community. The ‘Curry’, as it is affectionately known by locals, is 120km east of Mount Isa and 400km south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Cloncurry Shire Council is made up of the Mayor and five Councillors. The March 2020 local government quadrennial election occurred on March 28 2020. Mayor, Gregory Campbell ran unopposed.

Council's Corporate Plan 2016-2021 can be found here

About the Position

You will be instrumental in leading and developing a think safe and act safe culture through mentoring and coaching across Council operations. Ensuring all staff go home in the same condition they came to work will underpin everything you do.

Reporting to the Director of Projects this is a newly created position where your challenge will be to bring a ‘hands on’ style of leadership and to support Council in ensuring corporate documentation around Health, Safety and Training is up to date and in line with current legislation. Working with a broad cross section of Directors, Managers and Supervisors to improve and enhance a ‘safety culture’ you will ensure Leaders and teams are engaged, have the tools to do their job, and have the confidence and ability to manage Council’s HSE obligations and risks. Winning the trust of the people, getting them on board around using the systems in place and adopting a ‘showing them how to do it’ approach will be key.

Managing, reviewing and improving the SkyTrust safety software system to manage compliance and create a safer and productive workplace together with being Council’s principal officer for all public risk management, workers’ compensation, rehabilitation and return to work matters will form part of your remit.

A copy of the Position Description including further details about the remuneration package can be accessed HERE

About You

This is a unique opportunity for someone eager to take the next step in their career to gain invaluable experience and development. You will be joining a great team – they are high performing, down to earth and will truly support you in realising your future career goals.

With experience in risk management, an ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment, and renowned for successfully managing competing priorities with minimal supervision - this is probably the opportunity you’ve been looking for where you can 'step up' and take ownership for WHS.  As an individual you will be highly energetic, driven and looking to join a business where you can truly add value and continue learning and developing your skills. Key requirements include:

  • experience working in construction project ‘site based’ roles or similar environments where being ‘on site’ is both familiar and something you wish to continue doing.
  • engaging regularly with stakeholders, imparting expertise, advice, and bringing a high level of professionalism and passion to the business
  • promoting adherence to WH&S processes, but also a continuous focus on safety for all workers
  • having a comprehensive knowledge of hazard and risk management
  • easily adapting your leadership style to suit several different organisational settings
  • being renowned for your strong stakeholder management and leadership skills
  • formal health and safety qualifications and a high level of experience in the interpretation and application of work health and safety and related legislation regulations and codes etc
  • You will be a great communicator, with the ability to drive a safety culture, resilient and open minded with the capability to advise and assist staff in appreciating and complying with WHS requirements.

Why this Role?

The Cloncurry Shire Council workplace has an inclusive and diverse culture which encourages innovation and supports work/life balance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn, develop and grow your career within their expanding and diverse organisation.

The diversity of the operation is substantial and puts Council on par with several much larger Councils. Voted the friendliest town in QLD – there is a strong community feel, and Cloncurry represents a great place for families to feel safe and to enjoy every advantage of living in outback QLD, particularly in these uncertain times.

This is no ordinary role in local government.  Whilst Cloncurry may not be somewhere you have thought of living and working this is a rare chance to create a positive safety culture and take Council to the next level around their WHS obligations.  If you are keen to leverage your experience this is a move that will be hard to equal elsewhere and will undoubtedly enable you to realise your future career aspirations.

With an airport, hospital, private and public schools, and a range of other services – you can truly have the experience of a lifetime both personally and professionally.

How to Apply

PEAK Services is working in conjunction with Cloncurry Shire Council, exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in recruitment and contracting services. 

You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory, but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

Applications will close on Monday 10th August 2020 at 10pm

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. 

For a confidential conversation, please call Rona Horsfall at Peak Recruitment Services on 0438 943854.


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