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.
Major Local Events
Information and presentations from the Bi-annual Burdekin Crime Prevention & Community Safety Conference held on 6th-7th September, 2012.Preview...Hide...
The Bi-annual Burdekin Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference provides an opportunity for practical demonstrations, presentations and showcasing of projects and initiatives that have been developed in various communities and environments to address crime and safety issues.
The two-day conference was held at the Burdekin Theatre, Ayr on Thursday 6th & Friday 7th September, 2012. The conference showcased a total of 14 presentations/projects, and included important networking time with each of the presenters. For further information or biographies on guest speakers, you can download a full copy of the conference program.
To view presentations from the 2012 Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference, please use the links below (please note that some files a quite large and may take some time to download):
- Presentation by Babette Doherty, Victims Assist Qld – Assisting Victims of Personal Crime in Qld
- Presentation by Sgt. Jason Cooke, QPS – Joint Agencies Youth Strategy Project (J.A.Y.S)
- Presentation by Debbie Osgood, Rockdale City Council – The Writings on the Wall (Graffiti Prevention)
- Presentation by Dr. Shannon Spriggs, Griffith University – An Effective Bystander Intervention Strategy
- Presentation by Mr. Lemm Ex, Acting Privacy Commissioner – Identity Theft Do’s and Don’ts
- Presentation by Jennifer Fredericks, Logan City Council – Rapid Action Deployment Surveillance System
- Presentation by Topsy Tapim, Qld Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) – Overview and Information on QIFVLS
- Presentation by Sgt. Gil Napper, Townsville PCYC – Support and Strengthening Partnership Program with Education Qld
- Presentation by Garry Oliver, BARS Training Australia – Security – Who Can You Trust?
- Presentation by Cons. Joanna Wright, QPS and Jodi Pringle, Qld Youth Services – ‘Stop Harassing Me’ Postcard
- Presentation by Debbie Osgood, Rockdale City Council – CCTV: Does It Make It Safer?
- Presentation by Outback Matty – Life Skills Education Program
- CHOICES Presentation by Sgt. Nigel Dalton, Christine Lowe & CQ University Students
The Burdekin Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference was hosted by the Burdekin Shire Council, together with it’s Burdekin Building Safer Communities Action Team (BSCAT). The Conference was sponsored by Burdekin Night Alert.
For more information or any further queries please contact Tammy Quagliata at Burdekin Shire Council on 4783 9832.
The Burdekin Water Festival is a celebration of the abundance of water in our district. It is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland, with the first festival being held on 6 September 1958.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Water Festival is a celebration of the abundance of water in our district. It is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland, with the first festival being held on 6 September 1958. The celebrations include a wide variety of exciting events that encompass the whole community.
The theme for 2013 – Tales of Enchantment - Fables, Fantasy and Fairytales – recognises the contribution of our local primary producers and the diverse cultural groups that make up the Burdekin community and will be reflected in the events, decorations and food on offer throughout the festival months.
For more information visit the official web site: www.burdekinwaterfestival.com.au
Events for the 2013 Season
The following are the major public events for the 2013 season. Details of the entrant-only events can be found on the Water Festival web site. Tickets to the Festival Launch and the two Gala Evenings are available from the Water Festival Committee. Entry to all other public events is free.
Date Event Start Time Venue Friday 14 June Festival Launch 7:00pm Ayr Showgrounds, Ayr Friday
Celebrity Chef Cocktail Function 6:30pm Burdekin Theatre Foyer,
Queen Street, Ayr
Tastes of the Burdekin 4:30pm Queen Street, Ayr Sunday
National Tree Planting Day 8:00am To be confirmed Tuesday
Pet Show 6:30pm East Ayr State School,
Ross Street, Ayr
Junior Ambassador Gala Evening 6:45pm Memorial Hall, 9th Avenue, Home Hill Saturday
Art Show 7:00pm Burdekin Cultural Complex,
Queen Street, Ayr
Senior Ambassador & Burdekin Bloke Gala Evening 7:00pm Burdekin Memorial Hall,
Ninth Avenue, Home Hill
Grand Street Parade & Mardi Gras 5:00pm Queen Street, Ayr
Home Hill began its Centenary celebrations with a family fun day and gala dinner to be held on Saturday, December 10. The events had a 1911 theme, with food, decorations, entertainment, music and costumes to reflect that era.Preview...Hide...
Home Hill began its Centenary celebrations with a family fun day and gala dinner held on Saturday, December 10. The events had a 1911 theme, with food, decorations, entertainment, music and costumes to reflect that era. Other centenary projects include a recipe book featuring pioneering families’ favourites and an official centenary monument.
Home Hill was conceived in December 1911 when the State Government balloted off 58 blocks of land which were previously part of Inkerman Downs Station.
Most of those blocks were developed into sugar cane farms and the influx of new settlers led to a demand for a new town on the southern side of the Burdekin River. The town of Home Hill was established by 1913.
Official Launch – Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 10am-12noon
The official launch of the Home Hill Centenary was held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 in Eighth Avenue, Home Hill. Official merchandise including T-Shirts, wine glasses, stubbie coolers and a host of other items are on sale to commemorate the Home Hill centenary.
Centenary Christmas Markets - December 3, 2011
Uniting Church Hall and Grounds, Home Hill. Please contact Mrs Beryl Leet for more information – ph 4782 1885.
Family Fun Day – Saturday, December 10, 2011
A Family Fun Day was held including old time family games, historical and machinery displays and unveiling of pioneer’s plaques.
Gala Dinner – Saturday, December 10, 2011
Visitors took a trip back in time at the Gala Dinner to commemorate the Home Hill centenary. The dinner had a 1911 theme, with food, decorations, entertainment, music and costumes to reflect that era. The dinner also included a re-enactment of the first land ballot.
Centenary Celebrations will continue throughout 2012, commencing with ‘Back to Home Hill Week’ running from 14th-18th May, 2012. Fore more information on upcoming celebrations check the Community Calender of Events or phone 4783 9800.
A variety of merchandise is on sale to commemorate the centenary celebrations. Items on sale are:
Teatowels – $11.00
Magnets – 50c
Stubbie coolers – $5.00
Bags of Sugar – $5.00
Wine glass coolers -$5.00
Whiskey glass – $6.00
Wine glass – $8.00
Adults shirts – $25.00
Childrens tshirts – $10.00
50 years – Lets Celebrate (Burdekin Bridge Celebrations) – $7.35
Bridging the Gap – A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Burdekin Bridge $10.00
Merchandise is on sale at the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers or the Home Hill Library.
Home Hill Centenary Cookbook
A centenary cookbook is being compiled by John Woods. To submit recipes, please contact John on or 0418 711 887. People who have a recipe connected with a family story and photographs are encouraged to include their recipe.
For more information on the celebrations please visit Home Hill Chamber of Commerce Web Site or contact Burdekin Shire Council on 07 4783 9800.
The Home Hill Harvest Festival is a yearly event to celebrate the end of the sugar harvesting season and has been running since 1963. The celebrations include a wide variety of family events and culminate in a Grand Parade and Mardi Gras.Preview...Hide...
The Home Hill Harvest Festival is a yearly event to celebrate the end of the sugar harvesting season and has been running since 1963.
The celebrations include a wide variety of family events and culminate in a Grand Parade and Mardi Gras.
The 2013 50th Home Hill Harvest Festival kicks off on November 2, 2013. This great festival celebrates the end of the sugar cane crushing season in the Burdekin Shire.
A week-long program of events culminates in a street parade and mardi gras at Home Hill. Other events include the Burdekin Bride of the Year, fun run, pet show, mini-market day, agricultural display, talent show and gala ball.
The 2013 Home Hill Harvest Festival events are shown below.