Latest news and media releases from Burdekin Shire Council.
Are you enthusiastic and well presented, love dealing with the public and cannot spell the word “no”?
If so, you may be the person we are looking for to join our committed Box Office team at the Burdekin Theatre working on a casual basis.
If you relish learning new things, have an eye for detail and can provide remarkable customer service, then you may make our “long” list.
To make our “short” list you will also need to be a whiz on the computer, meticulous with your record keeping, have lots of initiative and be a brilliant multi-tasker. You will be handling cash, so your integrity must be beyond question, and if you have creative marketing abilities that would be the icing on the cake.
Interested? Give us a call on 4783 9880. Application packages are available on the Burdekin Shire Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.
Applications close on Wednesday, 8th October 2014.
Download the application package using the link below
- Job Vacancy - Burdekin Theatre - Box Office Casual - (pdf 284.08 kB)
Transport is the biggest issue facing the Burdekin’s senior residents, according to the Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group (BSAG).
BSAG members met today to identify the main issues facing older residents in the Burdekin Shire.
BSAG chairman Cr Ted Bawden said the group had narrowed the issues down to transport, accessibility, availability of home services and tradespeople, lack of volunteers to assist seniors and sociability.
“BSAG’s purpose is to identify the needs of our older citizens and once we have done that we can move towards finding solutions,” he said.
“There are many senior residents who are still active, but have no transport available to them to get to health appointments, to go to the supermarket, to go to the bank or post office.
“It’s an issue that is Shire wide and we, as a group, will try to come up with a solution to try to help these people.”
Cr Bawden said there were already some transport services available for use by senior residents.
“The Burdekin Centre for Rural Health and the Burdekin Community Association both have services available, but there are often times where they too are not accessible to those in need,” he said.
“Now BSAG has identified the issues, we can think of solutions and bring them to the next meeting in December.”
The group was also addressed by Burdekin Shire Council Planning and Development Manager Shane Great. Mr Great is seeking input from the group for the new Shire’s town plan.
Do you want to know when the Home Hill drainage works will be done, or when the cyclone shelter will be completed, or what events are coming up?
All this information and more is in this quarter’s Burdekin Shire’s Council In Focus newsletter was inserted in The Burdekin Advocate October 1 edition.
If residents would like to receive this newsletter via email, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.
Burdekin Shire Council is seeking tenders for a major upgrade to the Burdekin PCYC.
Mayor Bill Lowis said the $650,000 extension would include new activity rooms, kitchenette areas, office facilities and storage spaces to the building.
“The community also will have better access to outside school hours’ care for children,” he said.
“The centre will provide a safe haven for our youth before and after school and it will be a place where they will enjoy supervised recreational activities.”
Council received the Royalties for the Regions grant earlier this year and has now called to tenders to build the project.
There will be a site inspection held on site at the Burdekin PCYC, 164 Macmillan Street, Ayr, on Thursday, October 2 at 10am until 11am.
Tenders will close at midday, October 17, 2014.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis has praised the Shire’s residents for their recycling efforts.
“Currently our residents recycling habits are better than the state average with 48 per cent of our waste being diverted away from landfill,” he said.
“This is good news and a great result and has been helped by Council offering a kerbside green waste collection service.
“There is, however, more we can do as a community to increase that diversion rate.
“This is where the North Queensland Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan will come into play.”
Cr Lowis said the plan had been finalised and all councils – Burdekin, Townsville, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook – would work together to manage waste.
“This plan sets out how our local communities will manage waste in the future and meet waste reduction targets,” he said.
“It aims to provide a coordinated approach to promote waste avoidance and waste reduction, modernise waste management and encourage efficiencies across our region.
“Generally the plan acknowledges that a portion of our community needs to change its attitude that everything can be put into landfill and forgotten about.
“Landfills are costly so there is a need to find alternatives. We need to minimise the amount of waste generated in our Shire and recycling is the most cost efficient option.
“There were many alternate options for waste disposal costed in the development of the waste plan, including waste-to-energy plants.
“The first step is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and this is something everyone in our community can help with.”
Cr Lowis said the NQ Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan contained an action plan for the Burdekin Shire.
“Some of those actions include encouraging local businesses with innovation and developing opportunities for waste management solutions, looking for improvements in waste services and providing regional market development initiatives for recycled material,” he said.
Residents can view the NQ Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan on Council’s website
Council will be undertaking planned scouring of the 250mm trunk water main servicing the Rossiter’s Hill area on Wednesday 8 October, 2014 from 9.00 am.
These works will result in a loss of normal water pressure for up to four hours to residents in Rossiter’s Hill and Old Clare Road areas. Residents are advised to store their day’s supply of drinking water before 9:00 a.m.
Residents in the affected areas may experience water discolouration for a period following the planned works. It is advisable to delay washing of clothes etc., for up to two days after work is completed.
Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of these necessary maintenance works.
For further information or queries, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen widening and kerbing and channeling will be commencing in Twelfth Avenue between Sixth and Fourth Streets, Home Hill. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 29th September 2014 continuing until Friday 7th November 2014, weather permitting.
These works will be constructed under a full road closure with access to local traffic only.
Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on-site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.
Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.
For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that weather permitting, single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge will take place on the following dates:
- Monday 29th September 2014 to Friday 3rd October 2014
Between the hours of 9.30am to 2.30pm
During this time, speed restrictions will be in place and the site will be under traffic control. North and South bound road users should expect delays.
To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicle operators with loads wider than three metres must contact David Macauley on 0407 690 314 at least 24 hours in advance to advise of an anticipated time of arrival to allow for road barriers and other infrastructure to be cleared. Failure to give advance warning will result in further delays.
We apologise for any inconvenience and seek your cooperation during this program of works.
If you have any queries in relation to this work, please contact Department of Transport and Main Roads – Community Engagement Services team on 1800 625 648.
Bi-annual water supply meter reading is scheduled to commence on Monday 20th October, 2014. Approximate times and areas for the commencement of meter readings are:
- October – Home Hill, Rossiters Hill, Brandon and Parkside
- Early November – East Ayr, Drysdale Estate, South Ayr
- Mid November – Ayr CBD, Little Drysdale & Kennedy Street areas, Sutcliffe Estate area, Alva Beach, Mt. Kelly and Giru
To assist Councils meter readers, residents are requested to clear meters of all obstructions, isolate and/or restrain dogs and unlock gates.
For further information, or if specific arrangements are required for access, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
Council appreciates your assistance in these matters.
Calling all creative and fashion savvy residents – the Burdekin Shire Council’s Trash is Trendy competition needs you!
Your mission is to create wearable articles of clothing out of items that would normally be placed in your yellow-lidded recycle bin. This could be clothing, jewellery, hats and accessories.
Your reward will be $100 cash. Runners up will receive a family pass to Reef HQ or Billabong Sanctuary.
You have until November 5 to get your creative piece of trendy trash to Council’s offices in Young Street, Ayr.
All the entries will be displayed at the Home Hill Harvest Festival Mardi Gras on Saturday November 8, at the Burdekin Shire Council’s marquee.
The Trash is Trendy competition is being held as part of National Recycling Week.
The Burdekin caught the Melbourne Cup fever on Saturday with about 450 people turning out to see this year’s iconic trophy at the Burdekin Race Club.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis has hailed the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour of the region a success.
“It was great to see so many people come out in support of this free event,” he said.
“People lined the street in Home Hill to see the Cup come through town on its way to the Burdekin Race Club.
“And then they lined up all afternoon to have their pictures taken with this Aussie icon.”
Cr Lowis said the feedback from the Victoria Racing Club and the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour representatives was very positive.
“They were very pleased with the support our community showed for this event and loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Burdekin Race Club,” he said.
“I’m very proud of our community and the way it supported this event.
“We formed some great community partnerships for this event and I thank all who participated.
“The Burdekin was one of only 34 places in Australia and New Zealand to host this tour, which I think is a great honour.”
The Cup also visited the Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged in Home Hill before being driven through the streets of Ayr and Home Hill in a vintage MG.
Burdekin Shire Council employees were disgusted to find broken glass and rubbish strewn across Ayr’s ANZAC Park All Abilities Playground on Saturday morning.
Mayor Bill Lowis said parks and garden staff closed the facility while they cleaned the glass from the sand and pathways in the popular playground.
“It is really disappointing that people would use a children’s playground to have a party and leave broken glass all over the place,” he said.
“It took three council employees over an hour to clean up the mess and ensure it was safe for children to use.
“Fortunately Council has been able to download CCTV footage of the offenders and this will be given to police.
“I really don’t understand how smashing bottles is fun, but it is this sort of activity that costs our ratepayers.
“Last year Council spent more than $32,000 on fixing areas that had been vandalised – that’s $615 a week.”
Cr Lowis urged residents to report any suspicious activities.
“If we, as a community, report these sorts of activities then we can reduce the cost of vandalism to the Shire,” he said.
“In many cases, someone has either seen something suspicious or heard about it.
“We need this information passed on so the perpetrators can be caught and brought before the courts.
“Our community needs to act and show these sorts of offenders that this behaviour will not be tolerated in our Shire.”
A reward of up to $5000 is offered for information which leads to the successful prosecution of vandals. Residents can pass on information about vandalism by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Anonymity is guaranteed.
Tenders closing at 12 noon Friday 17 October 2014 are invited for the design, certification and construction of a building adjoining the existing PCYC building.
Tender documents can be downloaded from the council website using the following link:
- Tender TBSC/14/017 - Multi Tenant Service Centre Extension - (pdf 1.23 MB)
- Tender TBSC/14/017 - Multi Tenant Service Centre Extension - Response - (doc 809.5 kB)
- Tender TBSC/14/017 - Multi Tenant Service Centre Extension - Proposed Floorplan - (pdf 137.46 kB)
Queensland State Government has provided funding to construct a Multi Tenant Service Centre to provide School Age Care services, and gym/fitness facilities.
When not in use as a School Age Care service, the Centre will be open for use for activities such as Tiny Tot Gymnastics, playgroup, flexible learning and youth development programs as suitable.
The contract is for the design, certification and construction of a building adjoining the existing PCYC building. The building is to be designed and constructed to complement the existing PCYC building, with a layout based on the proposed floorplan M-1095 provided.
The building is to meet the following requirements:
- Building design is to be based on the floorplan provided in drawing M-1095.
- Building to be constructed adjoining the existing PCYC building on Lot 91 GS980
- Design and painting of the building is to complement the existing PCYC building.
- All fixtures/fittings to be of same/similar type to existing PCYC building
- The tender price is to include any works required for alterations to the existing PCYC building
- The external walls are to be concrete or masonry block construction, with internal wall materials to be chosen by designer.
- External walls are to be concrete rendered as per the existing building.
- All roof, guttering, flashings etc are to be colourbond steel.
- The building is to be fully airconditioned, with separate control of the two main areas.
- The tender price is to include all works and associated building permits/approvals (including connection to water/sewerage/electricity supply)
- The tender price is to include all works and associated permits/approvals to construct the building floor height in accordance with BSC Q100 flood levels.
- All toilets are to be “all ability access” in accordance with appropriate Australian Standards.
- Internal flooring of Gym/Activity area to be “Flowtex” commercial carpet
- Internal flooring of Childcare area to be heavy duty commercial vinyl flooring
- The building is to be fully painted inside and out.
- Tender to include a full construction specification
- All finishes/colours are to be approved by Council
- Tender submission to include a conceptual/prelim view of building (including elevations)
- Total building area to be maximum 350m2
- Minimum ceiling height of 4.0 metres
- Construction and handover to Council must be completed by 30th September 2015.
Tender Briefing and Site Inspection
- Attendance at this meeting to discuss the Request for Tender is not mandatory.
- Tenderers are requested to attend a tender briefing/site inspection on Thursday 2nd October 2014 at 10am.
- The location of the meeting is Burdekin Shire Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr QLD 4807.
- The briefing/site inspection will provide Tenderers with the opportunity to clarify any uncertainties with the Contact Person prior to the Closing Time.
- Please confirm with the Contact Person by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) your attendance at this meeting no later than Wednesday 1st October 2014.
- Milestone 1: 11th November 2014 – Recommendation of tender to Council for approval
- Milestone 2: Building Application submitted to Council
- Milestone 3: Earthworks, services, foundations and floor completed
- Milestone 4: Walls completed
- Milestone 5: Roof completed
- Milestone 6: Fit-out completed
- Milestone 7: 30th September 2015 – Building completion and handover to Council
- Milestone 8: 30th September 2016 – End of defects liability period
Enquiries should be made to Mr Glen Stockdale – Senior Technical Officer on (07) 4783 9908 or by emailing
Tender TBSC/14/018 – Underboring of Rail and Road Corridors including installation of Enveloper Pipe and 450mm Water MainMore...
Tenders closing with the undersigned at 12 noon on Friday 10 October 2014 are invited for the above tender.
Tender documents will be available from Thursday 18 September 2014 and can be obtained by contacting Denise Partridge on (07) 4783 9834 or email
Tenderers are advised that a compulsory site meeting will be held on Monday 29 September 2014 at 11:00 am at the intersection of Home Hill Road (Bruce Highway) and Clements Street, Ayr.
Enquiries should be made to Mr Gary Keane – Manager N.D.R.R.A. on (07) 4783 9924 or by emailing
Bed frames, mattresses, vertical blinds, hot water systems, tyres and roofing iron were among almost four tonnes of rubbish removed from the Burdekin River bed, the site of Sunday’s Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up.
Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy thanked all who came to help.
Mr Mulcahy said although there were only 13 people turn up to help at the Clean Up, the event could be called a success due to the amount of illegally dumped rubbish collected.
“There were only a few helpers, but they managed to collect almost four tonnes of rubbish in just a couple of hours, which was a great effort,” he said.
“I’d like to especially thank Jim Breadsell for bringing his tractor loader down, it made the collection of the rubbish a lot easier.
“Imagine how much more could have been removed if more people had taken the time to help.”
Mr Mulcahy said the pile of rubbish was picked up and taken to the Kirknie Road Landfill by Council today.
“It’s amazing what sort of items were found and the effort people must have gone to when they dumped it here in the first place,” he said.
“Most of the items found illegally dumped would have not cost the dumper anything if they had taken it to our waste transfer stations or to the Kirknie Road Landfill.
“Cars can be taken for free to a wrecking yard, sorted household waste is free at our waste transfer stations and the fees for unsorted waste are minimal.
“It’s very disappointing to see this sort of rubbish being dumped in the river bed.”
Mr Mulcahy said residents should check Council’s website using the following link or contact the Customer Service Centre for details of what was free to take to the Shire’s waste transfer stations.
Quotations are sought from suitably qualified contractors, or individuals who will sub-contract suitably qualified contractors, to remove structures situated at Top Crossing Road, Giru.
Scope of Works
The project includes the complete removal of structures at Top Crossing Road, Giru.
General Description of Structures
- Small timber framed shed with corrugated iron walls on cement slab
- Corrugated iron roof frame on low concrete structured walls
- Small open shelter with corrugated iron roof on concrete slab and concrete objects nearby
Entries close 5pm Friday 26th September 2014. More...
Time is running out for photographers of all standards to enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said there had been a few entries, but due to being a small file size some were not acceptable.
“There are a lot of talented photographers in the Burdekin and I would love to see how they can make the Burdekin’s beauty shine through their camera lens,” he said.
“We’re looking for all sorts of pictures that show the Burdekin region at its best – whether it’s a cane fire, sunset from Inkerman Hill, dawn over Upstart Bay, sun on the river or our wonderful produce.
“It’s basically up to the eye of the beholder, but the photograph needs to capture the essence of the Burdekin and submitted as a file of at least 2MB in size.”
Cr Lowis said the photos would be used by Council to promote the region through brochures, billboards, banners, websites, social media and various other marketing activities.
The first prize is $200, second prize $100 and third prize $50.
Entries close 5pm Friday September 26, 2014.
Burdekin Shire Council has appointed a new Economic Development Manager.
Adrian Scott, from Castlemaine, Victoria, will commence work on October 7.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Mr Scott had a broad base of experience in evaluating agriculture and investment attraction from his time in the private and public sectors.
“He and his partner will relocate to the Burdekin and are looking forward to being a part of our vibrant community,” he said.
“Adrian was here recently and had the opportunity to meet with a number of community representatives.
“He is very keen to engage with the Burdekin business community and other key stakeholders.”
Mr Scott has qualifications in economics and rural and regional planning. He has worked as an economist, policy adviser, strategy manager and local and regional development specialist in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Mr Magin said he looked forward to having Mr Scott at Council to help drive growth in the Burdekin.
“He will be responsible for making sure the Burdekin has a sustainable future based around agriculture and supporting our existing industries as well as attracting more investment to the region,” he said.
“This is essential to ensure we have a sustainable future for our grandchildren.”
Mayor Bill Lowis welcomed Mr Scott to the position of Economic Development Manager.
“This position is critical to Council’s community plan and progressing economic activities across the whole of the Shire,” he said.
“The Burdekin needs more investment, more industries and more growth to underpin the future of this great region.”
Mr Scott said he was excited by the opportunity to join the Burdekin Shire as Manager of Economic Development and energized by the prospect of moving to north Queensland.
“It provides both my partner Teresa and I with new challenges,” he said.
“I will continue implementing the Burdekin Shire’s Economic Development Strategic Plan with its emphasis on building agriculture and manufacturing, at the same time diversifying the economy where possible.
“Obviously, it’s the Burdekin community that drives these projects and my personal motto in this game has always been ‘help people achieve their dreams’.
“That’s why it’s pleasing to see the recognition of lifestyle in the Plan, because ultimately that tends to drive where people live.”
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that reconstruction of a concrete footpath on the eastern side of Ninth Avenue between Eleventh and Twelfth Streets will commence on Monday 1st September 2014 and continue until approximately Friday 26th September 2014, weather permitting.
Motorists and pedestrians are asked to obey all directional signs for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.
Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.
For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800