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The Burdekin Shire Council covers an area of approximately 5,053 square kilometres and is bordered by Townsville City Councils to the north, Charters Towers Regional Council to the west and Whitsunday Regional Council to the south.

The Shire has an estimated resident population of approximately 18,500 as at the 2001 census and is categorised as a Rural Agricultural Very Large (RAV) Local Authority under the Australian classification of Local Governments.

The Council has its origins back in 1888 when the Ayr Divisional Board was formed. On 1st April, 1903 all Divisions became Shires under the Local Authorities’ Act of 1902 and the Council of the Shire of Ayr was created. In 1982 the name was changed to Council of the Shire of Burdekin to more accurately reflect the geographic area covered by the Council.

The Council plays an important role in improving the liveability of our community by providing many of the services and facilities used every day. Councils are set up by State legislation. In Queensland their powers come mainly from the Local Government Act that is administered by the Department of Local Government and Planning.

The Council undertakes a number of functions within the community. Some of these are listed below.

Looking after Essential Infrastructure

  • Building new roads and bridges
  • Maintaining roads and bridges
  • Providing drainage systems
  • Building and maintaining halls and other public buildings
  • Looking after parks and gardens
  • Collecting and treating sewerage
  • Storing and treating water for drinking
  • Providing flood mitigation measures
  • Maintaining aerodromes

Looking after the Environment

  • Councils are responsible for regulating certain activities that affect the quality of the environment including air, noise and water.
  • Collection and disposal of waste.
  • Operation of landfill sites.
  • Cleaning of streets, footpaths, parks and other public places.
  • Control of declared pests and noxious weeds.
  • Building control.

Looking after People

  • Working with community organisations to provide a wide range of services in the cultural, welfare and sporting areas.
  • Library services.
  • Swimming pools, caravan parks and boating facilities.
  • Attention to public health including control of mosquito breeding.
  • Providing public toilets, animal control and food hygiene.

Development

  • Council controls and regulates where and if development activities can take place.
  • Council encourages and attracts industry that creates jobs for local people.
  • Trace your family history

    Burial Register

    Search family history and view reservations for the Ayr Cemetery and Home Hill Cemetery.

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    Search family history and view reservations for the Ayr Cemetery and Home Hill Cemetery.

    View the Burial Register.

  • Contact Council

    The Burdekin Shire Council is open from 7.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays).

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    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
    Email
    Online Use the Online Contact Form
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
  • Corporate Structure Diagram

    Corporate Structure

    The Chief Executive Officer is supported by an Executive Management Team of Directors and Managers responsible for Corporate and Community Services, Environment and Operations as well as Economic and Community Development.

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    Burdekin Shire Council has adopted a high-level organisational management structure that consists of a Chief Executive Officer who is supported by an Executive Management Team of Directors and Managers responsible for Corporate and Community Services, Environment and Operations as well as Economic and Community Development.

  • Council Meetings, Minutes and Agenda

    The Council comprising of a Mayor and six councillors meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9.00am

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    The Council comprising of a Mayor and six councillors meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9.00am and is open to the public.

    Meetings are generally held in the Council Chambers on the Ground floor of the Council Administration Building at 145 Young Street, Ayr.

    Please note that the public will be excluded from meetings during deliberation of confidential items in the “Closed” section of the Agenda.

    Council Meeting Dates

    • Councillor’s Correspondence

      The latest correspondence for Councillor's information

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      The latest correspondence for Councillor’s information can be viewed by clicking the link below.

      Archived Correspondence

    • Council workers concreting the cycle path at Plantation Park.

      Employment

      A career with Burdekin Shire Council is rewarding and enjoyable. The opportunity to be part of a large and diverse organisation with a strong community connection with the incomparable North Queensland lifestyle is unique.

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      Why work for Burdekin Shire Council?

      A career with Burdekin Shire Council is rewarding and enjoyable. The opportunity to be part of a large and diverse organisation with a strong community connection is unique in itself – combine this with the incomparable North Queensland lifestyle, and it’s hard to imagine a more appealing choice.

      You might be surprised at the range of services the council provides and supports – explore our current vacancies to find out more about the satisfying and challenging careers available, and take a step towards your new life!

      Check the Current Job Vacancies to see if there is a position available for you in the council.

      Health and Safety – our commitment to you

      Burdekin Shire Council is committed to providing workplaces which are safe for council workers and all other people as well. This commitment is reflected in the extensive Workplace Health and Safety induction provided to all of our employees, and in the comprehensive safety management systems employed throughout the organisation.

      We will ensure that our people are provided with suitable direction and training, adequate resources, competent supervision, safe systems of work and appropriate instruction in the use of all equipment including PPE.

      Our values

      • Service – we commit to excellence
      • People – we value each other
      • Integrity – we do the right thing
      • Respect – we learn through listening
      • Enjoyment – we create a fun workplace

      Diversity and Equality Opportunities

      Burdekin Shire Council provides a positive and supportive working environment to employees.  It is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its people such as cultural and physical diversity (people with disabilities).

      Employee Relations

      Council encourages employees to manage a healthy family/work life balance by providing:

      • Generous leave
        • Up to 17.5% leave loading
        • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
        • Long Service Leave which may in some circumstances may be available pro rata after seven years of service
        • Parental Leave
        • Personal Leave (Sick/Carers)
      • Study and assistance programs for career development
      • Learning and Development opportunities
      • Reimbursement of some professional registration fees
      • Employee Assistance Scheme
      • Active Social Club
      • Flexible working schedules (determined by operational requirements)

      Find out more

      For more information on opportunities to work with council, please contact our Human Resources department on 07 4783 9800.

    • FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

       

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    • Fees and Charges

      The Council Fees and Charges, Council Rates Charges and Waste Management Charges can be viewed using the links on this page.

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      The Council Fees and Charges, Council Rates Charges and Waste Management Charges can be viewed using the links below.

      Who to Contact

      If you would like to know the cost of a particular item or service…

      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
      Email
      Online Use the Online Contact Form
      Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
      Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
    • Interest Free Loans

      Council has a policy of providing interest free loans to sporting bodies and community organisations located on Council owned or controlled land (reserves).

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      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.

    • Latest News

      Latest news and media releases from Burdekin Shire Council

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      Latest news and media releases from Burdekin Shire Council.

    • Maps of the Shire

      Maps of the Burdekin Shire in printable format or viewed interactively online.

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      There are a range of maps published by the Burdekin Shire Council which can either be downloaded and/or printed.

      In addition the council maps can be viewed interactively online.

    • Mayor and Councillors

      The Burdekin Shire Council consists of an elected Mayor (Councillor Bill Lowis) and six councillors.

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      The elected Mayor and councillors play an important role in improving the livability of our community by considering and maintaining many of the services and facilities used in everyday life. Some of the functions include addressing residents’ needs, providing essential infrastructure and protecting the environment.

    • Media Releases, Public Notices, Flood Reports and Surveys

      The latest official news and surveys provided by the Council are published here.

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      The latest official news and surveys provided by the Council are published here.

    • Mission Statement

      The role of the Burdekin Shire Council is to strive to make the Burdekin district the best rural community in Australia in which to live.

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      Mission Statement

      To improve the quality of life for our residents and to protect and enhance the natural and built environment

      Values

      In achieving our mission we will adhere to the following values.

      Commitment to the Organisation

      Councillors and employees are committed to achieving the objectives of the Council.

      Leadership

      To provide effective community and organisational leadership through sustainable strategic planning and accountable and ethical standards of practice.

      Openness, Honesty and Trust

      To provide an organisational culture that expects openness, honesty and trust and engenders these principles in its work.

      Best Practice, Productivity, Innovation and Continual Learning

      A commitment to ongoing development of skills and knowledge of councillors and employees to deliver outcomes underpinned by continuous improvement, best practice and innovation.

      Teamwork

      To recognise the importance of maintaining a stable work environment in which councillors and employees work constructively together in a spirit of teamwork, trust and loyalty.

      Customer Focus

      To recognise and value the importance of our customers and to deliver excellence in services provided to both our external and internal customers.

      Respect, Fairness and Ethical Behaviour

      To recognise that respect, fairness and ethical behaviour should underpin all decisions made by Council and employees in dealings with internal and external customers.

      Valuing People 

      We recognise all members of our community and visitors as our greatest asset and value their contribution and commitment to the Burdekin Shire.

    • Publications, Reports and Plans

      The Council offers a range of publications including Annual Reports, Contracts valued $200,000 or more, Corporate Plans, Fact Sheets, Forms, IPA Planning Scheme, Local Laws, Maps, Operational Plans and Policies.

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      The Council offers a range of publications including Annual Reports, Contracts valued $200,000 or more, Corporate Plans, Fact Sheets, Forms, IPA Planning Scheme, Local Laws, Maps, Operational Plans and Policies.

       

    • Rates

      Find out all you need to know about your rates and information on how you can pay your accounts for the Burdekin Shire Council. Its simple and easy to do. You can make online payments for your rates using the Commonwealth Bank BPoint Online Payment System or using Australia Post. Pay your Rates using the [...]

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      Find out all you need to know about your rates and information on how you can pay your accounts for the Burdekin Shire Council. Its simple and easy to do.

      You can make online payments for your rates using the Commonwealth Bank BPoint Online Payment System or using Australia Post.

      NOTE:
      A credit card surcharge fee applies for all payments by credit card.
      The fee is 0.5% of the amount paid by Mastercard or Visacard.

      There is no surcharge fee applied if you use a debit card.

    • Tenders, Quotations, Items for Sale and Expressions of Interest

      Look here for details of Tenders, Quotations, Items For Sale and Expressions of Interest.

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      Look here for details of Tenders, Quotations, Items For Sale and Expressions of Interest.

    • Website Information

      Helpful information about the use of the web site including Accessibility, Help, Legal, Privacy and Security as well as a Sitemap

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      This section contains helpful information about the use of the website including

      • Accessibility
      • Help using the Website
      • Legal Information
      • Privacy and Security
      • Sitemap of the pages on the Website

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