Local events, grants and funding, awards, citizenship, consultation and local wellbeing.
Australia Day is fast approaching, find out how you can ensure that someone in your community is recognised for their efforts.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards recognise members of our community who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and for their exceptional achievement in a variety of areas.
The award categories include:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Community Event of the Year
- Senior Sports Person of the Year
- Junior Sports Person of the Year
- Sports Administrator Award
- Sportsperson with a Disability Award
- Senior Cultural Award
- Junior Cultural Award
- Life Time Contribution Award
- Achievement Award
- Excellence Award
- Senior Environment Award
- Junior Environment Award
How to nominate:
Nominations for the 2017 Australia Day Awards will be open later this year.
Burdekin Shire Council
145 Young Street
AYR QLD 4807
Fax : 4783 9999
You will need to complete a nomination form when nominations are open. Supporting documentation may also be provided with your nomination form if you feel it will assist the judges in making their decision. Supporting documentation can include items such as personal references, photographs, samples of work, portfolios, articles etc.
Please do not supply originals of supporting documentation, as all documentation will be retained by the Burdekin Shire Council.
Eligibility in Categories:
All nominees must be a resident of the Burdekin Shire at the time of nomination
Nominations will be reviewed by the appointed judging panel. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Award recipients for 2016 were announced at a ceremony during our Australia Day Celebrations held on 26th January, 2016 at the Burdekin Memorial Hall.
Enquiries should be directed to Tony Vaccaro on (07) 4783 9800.
The Burdekin Shire supports national and local awareness campaigns to help provide a safer and more environmentally friendly society.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Shire supports national and local awareness campaigns to help provide a safer and more environmentally friendly society.
Check back here regularly for the current campaign.
Enabling Queensland ratepayers to enjoy improved value for money from their councils through a state-wide productivity and efficiency strategy, without the need for more debt or rate rises.Preview...Hide...
Better Councils make Better Communities
What’s it all about?
Queenslanders have said they want better value for money from their councils.
However, Queensland councils are under ever increasing financial burdens, with annual financial shortfalls that will need to be managed through better productivity and financial performance.
Savings of the magnitude required will only result if councils develop new business models, challenge traditional assumptions and find innovative ways to improve service delivery.
Better Councils, Better Communities is a council driven project designed to support councils in their efforts to achieve better productivity and financial performance outcomes. The Better Councils, Better Communities website provides a space where Queensland councils can share this work with the community.
Ratepayers have said they want to understand how Queensland councils strive to move their communities forward on a financially sustainable pathway – the Better Councils, Better Communities website aims to deliver on this request by sharing stories that deepen community understanding of:
- the magnitude of council business
- the myriad of service delivery and operations managed by councils
- the continued effort by councils to drive improvement in performance and efficiency.
Why are we doing this now?
Queensland councils currently have access to a legislative environment that can positively influence their own financial sustainability – including significant local decision-making powers.
Who will benefit?
The Better Councils, Better Communities project will enable Queensland ratepayers to enjoy improved value for money from their councils through a state-wide productivity and efficiency strategy, without the need for more debt or rate rises.
The Burdekin Community Association Inc. (BCA) is a not-for-profit, incorporated association which strives to fulfil the unmet social, welfare and health needs of the Burdekin community.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Community Association Inc. (BCA) is a not-for-profit, incorporated association which strives to fulfil the unmet social, welfare and health needs of the Burdekin community.
A wide variety of community services are delivered by the BCA to the Burdekin Shire including the following:
- Burdekin Centre for Rural Health
- Burdekin Mental Health Foundation
- Community Visitors Scheme
- Home Care Services
- Housing & Community Support Service
- Seniors Support Service
- Round-A-Bout Magazine
- Home Care News Publication
Street Address: 130 Queen Street, Ayr, QLD 4807 Postal Address: PO Box 815, Ayr, QLD 4807 Phone: (07) 4783 3744 Fax: (07) 4783 3990 Web Site http://www.burdekincommunityassociation.org.au/
How can I become an Australian Citizen? You need to make an application to become an Australian Citizen. The Federal Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship is responsible for Australian Citizenship and processes all applications. How long does the citizenship process take? Council is not involved in the processing of applications. If you have submitted [...]Preview...Hide...
How can I become an Australian Citizen?
You need to make an application to become an Australian Citizen. The Federal Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship is responsible for Australian Citizenship and processes all applications.
How long does the citizenship process take?
Council is not involved in the processing of applications. If you have submitted an application and you would like to check on how it is proceeding, you should contact the Department of Immigration & Citizenship on 131 880. The Department will advise you in writing once your application has been approved, and forward your certificate to Council so that you can attend a citizenship ceremony.
Is there a fee involved?
Yes, the fee is payable to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. To find out what the current fee is, you should contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 131 880.
Where can I obtain a citizenship application form?
You can contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 131 880 or visit the Department’s website at
The application package contains further information and a guide on how to apply.
Do I have to attend a citizenship ceremony to become a citizen?
Yes, all successful applicants for Australian Citizenship must attend a ceremony and make their pledge to Australia.
When are the citizenship ceremonies held?
Council holds a ceremony each year on Australia Day, either at the Burdekin Theatre, Ayr or the Burdekin Memorial Hall, Home Hill in conjunction with other Australia Day festivities. Ceremonies are held periodically throughout the year at the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr.
Can I bring my family and friends to the ceremony?
Yes, you can bring family and/or friends. Guests for ceremonies held on Australia Day would need to purchase tickets. Numbers are limited for other ceremonies held in the Council Chambers due to the space available. You will also need to let us know the number of guests you will be bringing for catering purposes.
Contact Lists of Businesses and Local Community Groups in the Burdekin Shire.Preview...Hide...
A community contact list of local groups and organisations.
The Community Events Sign in Plantation Park, Ayr on the Bruce Highway can be utilised by community and not-for-profit groups conducting events in the Shire.Preview...Hide...
Burdekin Shire Council has a Community Events Sign located in Plantation Park, Ayr on the Bruce Highway.
Its purpose is to assist in the promotion of Burdekin events to the community and tourists.
As part of the Burdekin Shire Council’s commitment to supporting a broad range of community events, the Community Event Sign can be utilised by community and not-for-profit groups conducting events in the Shire.
Please use the following Guidelines and Processes to arrange a community event sign for your organisation.
- Your organisation will need to complete a Community Event Sign Application Form. On the Application Form, some background information on the event, the organising body, the time period to display the message, and the wording is required.
- Applications for the use of display space on the Community Events Sign will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
Display Board Responsibility
Applicant group is responsible for:
- Providing accurate and complete information on the Application Form;
- Ensuring application is lodged at least two months prior to the event date, including the display board design for approval by Burdekin Shire Council;
- Creation and production of signwriting for display board and all associated costs. (Screen-printing on a sign 2400mm x 1800mm is approximately $600);
- Costs for updating its display board with new dates each year.
Burdekin Shire Council is responsible for:
- Advising of the success of the application or otherwise;
- Supplying the applicant group with the specially manufactured blank display board at no cost;
- Installation and removal of the display board; and
- Storage of the display board.
When not on display, the board will be stored by Burdekin Shire Council for the Group’s use the following year, when the Group will only be required to complete a Community Event Sign Update Form and cover the costs of the dates on the display board to be changed by a local signwriter.
Display Board Specifications
- The board is made from AluGBond (supplied by Burdekin Shire Council);
- The size of the display board is 2400mm x 1800mm (made up of 2 (1200 x 1800mm) panels;
- The board will appear in a standardised way. (2400mm wide by 1800mm high)
- Your group will be required to produce the design to be printed/painted on the display board. It is a requirement that your group does this in conjunction with a local signwriter of your choice, who will also be required to print/paint the design on the display board.
- Burdekin Shire Council MUST approve all display board designs prior to them being printed/painted by a local signwriter.
- Your group will be required to cover the cost of the printing/painting by the local signwriter.
- Burdekin Shire Council will erect your display board, remove it after the event has occurred and will store it.
- For annual events, your group will be required to cover the costs of updating the dates of its event on your display board each year.
- The length of time that your group’s display board will be erected will depend on the number of applicants for that period, and will be at the discretion of the Burdekin Shire Council.
To be eligible to display your event message on the Community Event Sign, events must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
- Completed application form must be received at least two months prior to the chosen display date;
- The event organising body must be based in the Shire or provide services to people within the Shire;
- Events must be open to all residents of the Shire;
- Applicants must hold current Public Liability Insurance sufficient for the proposed event;
- All events promoted on the Community Event Sign must occur within Burdekin Shire.
In approving applications, Council will consider the following:
- Council-initiated events
- Council-supported events (supported through partnerships or direct funding)
- Community Events
They will be assessed using the following priority criteria:
- Have the potential to attract large crowds of participants;
- Involve a wide range of local community groups eg. local arts, cultural and ethnic groups;
- Have demonstrated the ability to host the event;
- Offer something significant or entirely new to Burdekin Shire Council residents; and
- Are accessible to all residents.
Terms and conditions
- Burdekin Shire Council will develop a system of space allocation, based on the priority groups, and take into account previous access to the Community Event Sign.
- The display board message, if accepted, may be complemented with a listing in the Community Calendar or the Burdekin Shire Council website.
- Burdekin Shire Council reserves the right not to accept or promote any events that could involve the Burdekin Shire Council in a controversial issue or expose Council to adverse criticism.
- Should the applicant or any of its sponsors be regarded as inappropriate under the following, then the application for promotion will not be accepted:
- An event that is at odds with local government policy directly or indirectly;
- An event that does not meet the community standards relating to “good taste”;
- Any products or services which are at odds with Burdekin Shire Council’s duty of care, aims or objectives.
- Burdekin Shire Council is responsible for your event sign while it is displayed in Plantation Park.
- In all instances, Burdekin Shire Council reserves the right not to accept an application for space on the Community Event Sign.
- Burdekin Shire Council will not be held responsible for the conduct of the event.
Who to Contact
For additional information about displaying your information on the Community Events Sign…
Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.
You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.
Customer Service Centre
Location 145 Young Street,
Ayr Qld 4807
Postal Address PO Box 974
Ayr Qld 4807
Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays) Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
(07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
Fax (07) 4783 9999 SMS 0437 886 008 Online Use the Online Contact Form
Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need to access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
For all media enquiries please email
Compliments and Complaints
The Burdekin Shire Council is committed to an open and friendly relationship with members of our community. Whether you’re telling us what we do well, or how we can improve, your feedback is important to us.If you would like to provide a compliment or complaint regarding actions or decisions made by Council, or by one of our councillors or officers, please visit the
> Complaints, compliments and suggestions page.
We will only use personal information provided in your email to address the subject matter of your email. This may involve passing on your email to other areas within the council. We will not disclose your personal information to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:
- you consented to the disclosure
- you would have a reasonable expectation that your personal information would be disclosed
- it is required or authorised by law
- it will prevent or lessen a serious threat to somebody’s life or health; and
- the disclosure is reasonably necessary for a law enforcement activity.
Your email address details will not be added to a mailing list. Email messages may be monitored by our information technology staff for system trouble-shooting and maintenance purposes.
Burdekin's Community Information Centre is located at 119 Queen Street, Ayr. Phone contact is 4783 7633.Preview...Hide...
Burdekin’s Community Information Centre is located at 119 Queen Street, Ayr. Phone contact is 4783 7633.
View Businesses, Community Organisations and Sports and Recreation Organisations within the area. There is also a Burial Register for Ayr and Home Hill.Preview...Hide...
The council maintains databases of Businesses, Community Organisations and Sports and Recreation Organisations within the area. There is also a Burial Register that includes details of all the burials and reservations at the Ayr and Home Hill cemeteries.
Disaster preparedness is critical when living in the tropical north.
Visit the Emergency Information pages to find out more about what to do in an emergency.
Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology provides official cyclone and weather information.
- Current Cyclones
- Current Weather Warnings
- Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast
- Queensland Marine Wind Forecast
The Queensland Government has useful disaster information on their Get Ready Queensland site.
Get Ready One Step at a Time
Sign up for your personalised Get Ready program by entering some simple details about your location and your local risks. Each week you’ll receive one simple task to complete that will help to build your resilience. You’ll be able to track how you’re going and see how your community compares with others across the state.
Funding is available for local sporting and cultural organisations and individuals.Preview...Hide...
What type of funding is available for local sporting and cultural organisations and individuals?
Community Grants for Community, Sporting and not-for-profit Groups and Organisations
Burdekin Shire Council recognise, respect and value the contribution that community, sporting and not-for-profit groups and organisations make within our community.
One of the ways Council recognise and support this contribution is through a series of grants and contribution programs.
There are two types of Community Grants now available, the Community Development Grant and the Community Support Grant.
All requests for funding must be completed on an official application form, however, before applying for either of the grants, please ensure you have read the Community Grants Guide for Applicants.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
Grants for Excellence in Sports and Cultural Activities
Burdekin Shire Council has a policy of providing financial assistance to individuals selected for State or National representation.
The type of assistance is aimed at assisting local juniors who have been selected for representative fixtures or partly assisting with travel costs.
A scale of assistance has been established.
Individual applicants must be residents of Burdekin Shire or full time students whose supporting parents reside in the Burdekin Shire.
An individual is limited to one grant per sport per financial year, unless selected for higher honours.
Applicants must be under the age of 18 years or bonda fide students in full- time education who have been selected for State or National representation.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
Regional Arts Development Fund, run in partnership with Arts Queensland, provides funding for artistic projects, concept development, individual professional development and skills development.
There are two rounds per year.
Interest Free Loans
Burdekin Shire Council has a policy of providing revenue financial assistance (interest free loans) to sporting bodies and community organisations located on Council owned or controlled land (reserves).
The assistance is in respect of structural improvements, such as Clubhouse construction and associated fixtures. No assistance is provided in relation to contents or items of a non-structural nature. Maintenance, minor repairs or moveable items will not be funded. All monetary assistance must be repaid to the Council over an agreed period of time.
To be eligible, all applicants must provide documentary proof that a funding application has been submitted to the State Government in respect of the proposed structural improvements.
There is no guarantee that all applications will be approved, either in total or in part, depending on the number and type of applications received.
Applications are invited by public advertisement around August each year.
Who to Contact
Phone Janice Horan for more details on (07) 4783 9800.
Volunteers collect seeds from various native species in the district and propagate these at propagation workshops held at the nursery every month.Preview...Hide...
Lower Burdekin Landcare operates a Native Plant Nursery in Kennedy Street, Ayr, Queensland.
Volunteers collect seeds from various native species in the district and propagate these at propagation workshops held at the nursery every month.
The Nursery provides a meeting and learning place where new techniques and ideas are tested. Volunteers and members of the public are very welcome.
- 8am-11.30am Every Wednesday
- 9am-11.30am on the 1st Saturday morning of each month
- 9am-11.30am on the 1st Saturday morning of each month
Nursery Policy and Pricing
Effective 3 November 2009
(Prices are GST Inclusive)
- Members – 10 free trees/financial year. Thereafter $2.00/tree
- Non members Burdekin residents or ratepayers – $2.00/tree
- Funded Projects – $2.00/tree (funding applications should allow appropriate costing for supply of plant stock)
- Landcare Promotional Days/Projects eg. National Tree Day, Schools, Landcare Week – free
- Special Orders – Cost-plus freight, GST, DPI levy. Subject to availability
Sale and Supply of Nursery Plants are available during the Hours of Operation.
For more information please see the Lower Burdekin Landcare web site.
Location Pioneer Avenue is located in the central business district in Eighth Avenue, Home Hill from Sixth Street to Tenth Street. Who can apply for a plaque? Person/persons who have settled in the Burdekin Delta Region before 1925. What is required? An applicant shall provide appropriate evidence to Council, of settlement prior to 1925. Eg: Extract [...]Preview...Hide...
Pioneer Avenue is located in the central business district in Eighth Avenue, Home Hill from Sixth Street to Tenth Street.
Who can apply for a plaque?
Person/persons who have settled in the Burdekin Delta Region before 1925.
What is required?
An applicant shall provide appropriate evidence to Council, of settlement prior to 1925. Eg: Extract from a reputable text, Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate.
A brief local history of the pioneer is to be provided.
Descendants of the pioneer will be required to make a contribution to the project. The level of contribution is currently $750.00 (per plaque).
Council will co-ordinate the project and carry out ongoing maintenance.
The Recognise Australia's First Peoples website provides factual background to the proposed referendum and access to a range of articles by prominent Australians both for and against constitutional recognition.Preview...Hide...
At the 2014 LGAQ Annual Conference, councils unanimously resolved through Motion 51 of the conference for the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) to develop a website to provide factual details about the upcoming referendum on constitutional recognition of Australia’s first peoples.
The intent was for councils to individually consider providing access to this website through their own council webpage as a service to their community.
The LGAQ subsequently collaborated with a Queensland Volunteer Working Group which was supported by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and Reconciliation Queensland to develop a website which was specifically designed to elevate understanding and discussion at a grass roots level of the referendum and any implications arising from it.
While this group personally favours constitutional recognition, the website has been constructed not to prosecute a particular position on the referendum but as a platform for exploration, research and better understanding of the various issues and of the stakeholder groups most affected by the proposed referendum.
In effect, the website provides factual background to the proposed referendum and access to a range of articles by prominent Australians both for and against constitutional recognition. As stated, the purpose of the website is not to persuade the reader to adopt a particular position but to inform the reader to assist in their reaching their own conclusion on the matter.
As more information and certainty is known on the timing and other details of the referendum becomes clearer, the website will be updated to include the logistics around the conduct of a referendum and the details therein.
You can view the website at:
The Burdekin Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a State and Local Government Partnership in regional arts and cultural development.Preview...Hide...
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between state and local government which invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on locally determined priorities.
RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers to support diversity and inclusivity; grow strong regions; and provide training, education and employment opportunities for Queensland artist and local communities.
Nominations are invited for RADF Advisory Group
Residents of Burdekin Shire with an interest in the arts are invited to nominate for membership as a community representative of the RADF Advisory Group. Three community representatives are required.
Like other RADF programs across the state, the Burdekin program is guided by decisions made by an advisory group representing a diversity of demographic and artistic backgrounds.
Advisory group members may serve for a maximum term of four years, with an option to step down after two years. The Committee meets on an irregular basis to assess applications received under the program and make recommendations to Council.
You can download the Nomination Form using the following link:
- RADF Advisory Group Nomination Form - (docx 67.73 kB)
Nominations close 5pm Friday 15 January 2016.
Applications are now open for Round 1 of the Regional Arts Development Fund for projects to be undertaken between January and June.
You can download the guidelines and application form using the following links:
Nominations close 5pm Friday 15 January 2016.
Advertised in March for projects to be undertaken between July and December.
RADF has changed…
Arts Queensland has recently introduced some changes to the way the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is managed.
From July 2015 the fund will be delivered flexibly, and local councils can implement locally tailored RADF programs based on priorities determined by them and their communities.
How will RADF operate in our local community?
A funding pool will continue to be offered annually. This will be delivered over two funding rounds and assessed by the RADF Advisory Group.
There are now new guidelines and application form.
The outcome reporting form has also changed requiring you to capture more audience / participant / partner feedback, and evaluate the outcomes of your activities. This will enable us to better demonstrate how the program benefits our community and justify future proposals to the State Government.
- RADF Applicant Outcome Report - (docx 49.68 kB)
What are the RADF 2015-16 objectives?
- Support local artists and arts and cultural activity to deliver value for local communities
- Provide opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities
- Invest in locally-determined priorities delivered through arts and cultural activity
- Contribute towards current government priorities.
2015-16 priority for RADF funding
The 2015-16 priority for the Burdekin Shire Council RADF program is to increase engagement with young people in the arts and cultural sector.
Your Burdekin RADF Liaison Officer is:
Mrs Janice Horan
Phone : (07) 4783 9836
Fax : (07) 4783 9999
Burdekin Shire Council supports a range of services which foster the social well-being and health needs of the community.Preview...Hide...
Burdekin Shire Council supports a range of services which foster the social well-being and health needs of the community. These services are listed below.
The Burdekin Community Association Inc. (BCA)
BCA provides assistance to the aged, families, children and individuals who are suffering hardship and distress in the Burdekin.
BCA’s Vision is “to provide leadership in the field of community services and become the provider of choice by residents and referring agencies when seeking community services in the Burdekin region”.
For further information visit The Burdekin Community Association Inc. website.
Flexi Queensland is a specialist disability support service with a wealth of knowledge in meeting the needs of people with disability.
Flexi Queensland supports:
- children and adults with a disability
- individuals experiencing mental illness and
- those who are ageing in a wide range of life areas
- along with the parents/carers and families.
The world of support services can be overwhelming and daunting to individuals, parents, carers and families when they start their journey seeking supports for themselves or for their loved one.
It can be difficult to figure out where to begin, what it is that you need, or to know what it is you are looking for and where to find it.
If this is you… give us a call on 1800 210 637.
Let us talk you through it… the old way is sometimes the easiest… if it works for you it works for us.
To learn more about Flexi Queensland visit our web site at flexiqld.com.
Zonta Club of Burdekin Inc. (Member of Zonta International)
“Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide”
Zonta International was founded in 1919 as a network of executives and professionals in business to advance the status of women worldwide.
The Zonta Club of Burdekin Inc. provides support on women’s health issues and domestic violence related problems.
Looking for SUPPORT for Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence?
24 Hour Help Lines
Police 000 Domestic Violence 1800 811 811 Sexual Assualt 1800 010 120 Lifeline 13 11 14
Just an hour’s drive south of Townsville, you can discover the friendly residents and laid-back atmosphere of the Burdekin - Sugar capital of Australia.Preview...Hide...
To find out what is happening in the Burdekin view the local Calendar of Events or read about the following major events in the area.Preview...Hide...
Check the Events Calendar
To find out what is happening in the Burdekin you can either
To be included in the Events Calendar
To include details about your event in the Events Calendar please use the online event submission form.
Major Local Events
Yo can also read about the following major events in the area.