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Council will be undertaking planned scouring work on the Ayr/Brandon Water Supply Scheme on Tuesday 30th September, 2014 from 9.00 a.m.
These works will result in a loss of normal water pressure for up to four hours to residents in Brandon and those in Ayr, north of Wilmington Street and west of the Bruce Highway including the Ayr Industrial Estate. These 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.
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.
Local Government Act 2009
Burdekin Shire Council (Making of Local Law) Website Notice (No. 1) 2014
Making of local law
- Burdekin Shire Council (the “Council”) has, by resolution dated the 9th day of September 2014, made each of—
- Animal Management (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2014; and
- Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014.
Local law that authorises the subordinate local law to be made
- Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 authorises the making of Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014.
Local law amended
- Animal Management (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2014 amends Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012.
Subordinate local law amended
- Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014 amends Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012.
Purpose and general effect
- The purpose and general effect of—
- Animal Management (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2014 is to provide for the registration of cats by imposing registration obligations on cat owners; and
- Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014 is to supplement the cat registration regime contained in the amending local law.
Consolidated version of local law
- Council has, by resolution dated the 9th day of September 2014, adopted a consolidated version of each of—
- Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012; and
- Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012.
- Copies of each of Animal Management (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2014, Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014 and the consolidated versions of each of Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 and Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 may be—
- inspected and purchased at Council’s public office at 145 Young Street, Ayr;
- viewed by the public on the website of the Department of Local Government; and
- viewed by the public on the Council’s website using the following link.
- 2 Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 - (pdf 136 kB)
- 2 Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 - (pdf 179.58 kB)
- Animal Management (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2014 - (pdf 53.81 kB)
- Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014 - (pdf 37.25 kB)
Burdekin businesses are being challenged to increase their recycling efforts by taking up a free waste audit.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Council was offering businesses the opportunity to have a waste audit in an effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
“Businesses in Ayr, Home Hill and Brandon can join the program which is aimed at reducing waste, increasing recycling rates and reducing littering of waste produced from takeaway food shops,” he said.
“Most people are familiar with recycling at home, but it is a different story when it comes to being at work.
“Generally, business owners do want to reduce waste and the cost associated with that, but don’t always have the best information on how to do that.
“This is where council officers are helping out by undertaking waste audits which aim to find opportunities to reduce waste and increase recycling opportunities.
“Recycling is usually cheaper than taking waste to landfill and it has added environmental benefits.”
Cr Lowis said businesses were sent invitations for council officers to conduct waste audits last week.
“Council has already had a number of businesses take up this offer, but as added incentive 40 businesses will be given a free set of separation bins, valued at $200, to help separate waste into recyclable and non recyclable waste,” he said.
“Council employees undertaking the audits also have information, signs, posters and bin stickers to hand out to assist business with recycling efforts.
“Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill benefits the entire community through reducing landfill costs and in particular landfill construction costs.
“Ultimately it will be up to business to make recycling work for them, but help is out there to get Burdekin Businesses Busy Recycling.”
The Getting Burdekin Business Busy Recycling project is funded through a grant jointly funded by the Australian Packaging Covenant and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Almost 80 million steps were recorded by participants in this year’s Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Challenge.
Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro congratulated the participants for taking part in the six-week event.
“We had a fantastic response to the 10,000 Steps Challenge this year with 182 people signing up,” he said.
“Only 20 dropped out of the Challenge, so that is a great result and I thank the community for taking part.”
“The winning team was Stirlo’s Steppers A, which recorded a total of 1,101,733 steps, which is based on the team’s average steps for the entire six-week challenge.
“The Ladies’ Challenge winner was Deb Harris from The Sole Mates, who recorded a massive total of 1,809,207 steps.
“The Mens’ Challenge winner was Ian McChesney-Clark from The Pace Makers, who tallied 1,050,215 for the six weeks.
“Congratulations to the Challenge winners who have won some fantastic prizes, but really, everyone who participated is a winner in my view.”
The Top 10 participants were Deb Harris 1,809,207; Tennille Myles 1,806,524; Sue Piotto 1,668,480; Donna Plant 1,558,504; Teneill Ready 1,414,656; Lisa Stirling 1,197,085; Andrea Piotto 1,153,945; Ian McChesney-Clark 1,050,215; Linda Christensen 1,037,030 and Joanne Codega 1,003,874.
Each member of the winning team will receive a prize package valued at $139 including one month’s free membership at Curves valued at $79, Sportfirst prize pack valued at $50 and $10 voucher from Fit 4 Life NQ.
The Ladies’ Challenge and Mens’ Challenge winners received a $240 prize package including one free bootcamp voucher from NRGIZE Fitness valued at $180, Weight Watchers prize pack valued at $50 and $10 voucher from Fit 4 Life NQ.
Burdekin residents who have not renewed their pet’s registration are on notice they will face fines if they do not register their animal by 5pm on September 24.
Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said Council was sending out final warning letters this week.
“These letters are being sent out today (Monday, September 8) and are going to residents who, by Council records, have not yet renewed their animal’s registration,” he said.
“Residents will have until 5pm on Wednesday, September 24, to get their animal registered, but if after that period the animal registration has not been renewed, Council will issue a $227 on-the-spot fine for having an unregistered animal.
“Animal registrations were due on July 31, so Council has been quite lenient up until now.
“The Burdekin Shire has about 600 unregistered animals at the moment.”
Mr Mulcahy said state legislation required dogs and cats to be registered.
“I urge residents to register their pets and avoid being fined,” he said.
“If you need to update the details of your pet please contact Council to ensure you don’t receive a visit from our friendly compliance officers.”
For further information on animal registrations and fees, please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.
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
Burdekin businesses are being urged to take part in the Queensland Government’s Buy Locally campaign.
Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said next week was Small Business Week highlighting the importance of small businesses to local communities.
“Small Business Week runs from September 1-6 and it’s all about encouraging locals to buy from small business,” he said.
“The highlight of the week is Buy Locally Saturday (September 6), where businesses are encouraged to hold an event like a sausage sizzle or offer discounts, prizes or special offers on the day to attract customers.”
Mr Vaccaro said businesses could then use the hashtag #BuyLocallyQld on Facebook or Twitter posts to highlight their participation.
“There are a range of free promotional materials that can be downloaded by businesses taking part as well,” he said.
“Customers could also win a Samsung Galaxy tablet just by downloading a Buy Locally Saturday Selfie Coin from the State Government website and posting it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BuyLocallyQld.”
The Burdekin’s seniors will have greater representation in Council and the community with the formation of the Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group (BSAG).
Burdekin Shire Councillor and BSAG chairman Ted Bawden lead the first meeting of the group aimed at raising the profile of our senior community members.
“I tried to get people from across the shire to be a part of this group and wanted people with some standing or who were involved in the community,” he said.
“I think we have certainly achieved that and have a quality group of people who can workshop any issues that our seniors may have.
“The Burdekin’s seniors have not been priority with councils in the past, but with the formation of this group that is changing.
“The group members are out there among the seniors community and they will be able to bring their voice to these meetings and from there to Council.
“I look forward to seeing what this group can do for our community as whole.”
Joining Cr Bawden yesterday were Eleanor Betteridge, Ennio Gazziola, John Kohn, John Rowan, Joyce Henaway, Lesley Hawkins, Robert Lesca, June Bosel, Marjorie Fulton and Don Fulton.
Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the formation of the group was a progressive move for the Burdekin community.
“We have an ageing population and as a community we need to ensure we are addressing the needs of our older citizens,” he said.
“Residents wanting to bring an issue to the attention of the group are more than welcome to speak with its members, Cr Bawden or the Community Development section at Council.”
Mr Vaccaro said BSAG members would be required to bring issues or opportunities from the community to the group and to report the outcomes back to the community and represent the community’s interests, not individual interests.
BSAG members this morning adopted the following principles:
- Promote positive community attitudes towards and acceptance of older people and their right to independence, self-determination, dignity and choice.
- Value the skills, resources and diversity of older people and provide older people with an opportunity to grow to their fullest capacity and make a lifelong contribution to the community.
- Provide access to appropriate information, employment, training, learning, cultural, recreational, safety, security and care services that are appropriate to the diverse needs of older people.
- Encourage partnerships within the community that enable people to age positively and within a supported environment.
Burdekin Shire Council is Going Gold in September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Council would again colour Ayr’s CBD fountain gold in honour of local resident Keely Johnson.
“Council is proud to support Keely and honour all families touched by cancer,” he said.
“Keely is truly an inspirational young person who is not only being treated for cancer, but also working hard to increase awareness in the community about childhood cancer.
“She is a brave and special young lady with a heart of gold.”
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a month that has been assigned as a month to help create greater awareness and education about childhood cancer in Australia. It provides vital information for parents, support for children with cancer and looks for community support for families affected by childhood cancer.
In Australia, one in five Australian children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of only 15 years old. Childhood cancer remains the greatest cause of death for children in Australia with about three Australian children dying from cancer every week. New medical research has increased childhood cancer survival rates to 80 per cent over the past few years.
Burdekin school students have a chance to be part of the fun at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour on September 20 by entering two competitions.
Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the Burdekin Race Club, in conjunction with Burdekin Shire Council, was holding a colouring-in competition for children aged 12 and under and a short story competition for students aged 13-17.
“We have contacted all the local schools regarding these competitions and hope to see a lot of entries come in,” he said. “All the winners and runners up will receive a cash prize.”
Mr Vaccaro said the excitement surrounding the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour was building in the community.
“I know the Burdekin Race Club is very excited to have been selected to be part of the Melbourne Cup Tour,” he said.
“Not only will there be a race meet on September 20, but the Club also have organised a Family Fun Day.
“Locals will have the chance to see the Cup that will be presented to the winner of this year’s Melbourne Cup race and also to talk with veterans and racing legends.
“All the fun will kick off at noon and I think it’ll be a fantastic day for Burdekin families.”
The Children’s Colouring-In Competition has three sections – 6 and under, 7-9 and 10-12. Prizes for each section include $50 for winner and $20 for runner up. All entries must be returned to the Burdekin Library Ayr or Home Hill branch by Friday, September 12. The winning entries will be displayed at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Family Fun Day.
The Short Story competition’s theme is the History of the Emirates Melbourne Cup and is split into two sections – Junior (13-15 years) and Senior (16-17 years). Junior section entries must be a maximum of 200 words while the Senior entries must be a maximum of 300 words. Winners and runners up of the both sections will receive $100 and $50 respectively. Entries must be accompanied by an official entry form, which will be distributed to students through their school, and lodged by 4pm on September 12. Send entries and entry forms to Eliza Lovell, Burdekin Shire Council, PO Box 974, Ayr Q 4807 or email your entry to . For a full list of terms and conditions refer to the entry form.
Burdekin Shire Council has been alerted to a scam email being sent to local businesses. Delete this email immediately.
An email with the subject “Re: Burdekin Shire Council” has been sent to a number of Burdekin businesses purporting to be from Burdekin Shire Council and signed by “Rachel Stunner”. The emails, which were sent from an overseas mail server, will ask you to click on a link. Council advises businesses to delete the email immediately without opening.
If you receive the email please report it to the ScamWatch website.
Council will contact as many local businesses as possible regarding this scam email.
Burdekin Shire Council is calling on owners of quad bikes and 4WD utes to help clean up the Burdekin River bed as part of the Great Northern Clean Up on September 14.
Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said there was a lot of illegally dumped rubbish being left in the river bed such as general waste, household furniture, appliances and car bodies.
“If we can get people with quads and 4WDs to come down to help clean up the river bed then we can prevent this rubbish being washed out to sea when the river next floods,” he said.
“It’s a little bit of a different approach, but I’m sure there are lots of people out there who would love the chance to spend a morning down the river bed doing their bit to clean it up.
“We have spoken with the police and have been advised quads were allowed to be in the river bed, but must be legally transported to the end of Burdekin Rd, Home Hill.”
Mr Mulcahy said those wanting to help with the Burdekin’s Great Northern Clean Up would be supplied with a free BBQ and refreshments.
“It would be great to see the community come together and clean up the source of our region’s liquid gold,” he said.
“The rubbish being left in the river bed includes items which could be placed in the red bin, or most of it can be taken to the waste transfer stations at no cost.
“Car wrecks can be sold to the wreckers, so I just don’t understand why people would go through the effort of dragging a car down the river.”
The Burdekin Great Northern Clean Up will be held on Sunday, September 14, from 10am-noon. Those wanting to participate are to meet at the end of Burdekin Road, Home Hill, to collect free gloves and bags. It is advised participants wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt and enclosed shoes. Sunscreen and insect repellent will be available on the day.
Burdekin businesses can increase their chances of winning local government business across the state just by registering their details on LG Tender Box.
Burdekin Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Council had recently met with representatives of Local Buy – the Local Government Association of Queensland’s (LGAQ) procurement services company.
“Local Buy’s Tim Rose and Catherine Mahoney were here to discuss how Council could enhance its procurement function, including the identification of opportunities for local businesses to take advantage of tender opportunities,” he said.
Local Buy’s core business is establishing and managing common-use supply arrangements for Queensland’s 77 Councils and currently offers Queensland Councils access to more than 50 common-use supply arrangements for goods and services, works, fleet, and energy.
Mr Magin said one of the issues discussed with Local Buy was how Burdekin businesses also could benefit through Local Buy.
“Local businesses in the Burdekin Shire Council area have the opportunity to learn about upcoming tender opportunities and submit offers to compete for business with Burdekin Shire Council, other Queensland Councils or Local Buy,” he said.
“They can increase their chances of winning local government business by registering on LG Tender Box, identifying suitable tender opportunities, and submitting conforming and competitive bids in response to the published tenders.
“There are already eight Burdekin businesses registered on LG Tender Box, but there is huge potential for more local businesses to register.
“Once registered, businesses are alerted to local government tender opportunities.”
Council’s Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said developing a capability statement was a key step to businesses submitting tender bids.
“A capability statement is vital to tender bids as the business has to be able to demonstrate capability to deliver the goods and/or services sought,” he said.
“Capability statements are a key requirement in the pre-qualification for government projects and tendering opportunities.
“We have hosted a number of the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning Capability Statement Workshops at Council.
“These workshops help local businesses learn what a business capability statement is, why it is important to have one, how to access the latest information on Queensland’s major projects, how to improve your understanding of the major projects supply chain and how to develop your draft business capability statement.
“DSDIP also offers Capability Statement webinars which can be a great help to those not able to physically leave their business.”
For more information about available resources visit the State Government’s Business and Industry portal at http://www.business.qld.gov.au/.
Local businesses that wish to register on LG Tender Box to be alerted to upcoming tender opportunities should visit the LG Tender Box site at https://www.lgtenderbox.com.au. Registration on LG Tender Box is free. The registration button is on the home page.
Burdekin Shire Council is taking to the streets in an effort to get residents to take part in a survey on the future of the region.
Mayor Bill Lowis said Council would set up a stand in front of Woolworths on Wednesday (August 27, 2014) where residents could take part in the community consultation phase of Council’s Corporate Plan 2015-2020.
“This will be the first of a number of stalls where residents can sit down and fill out the survey,” he said.
“There will be staff on site to provide any help if required.”
Cr Lowis said Council had decided to extend the Corporate Plan 2015-2020 survey deadline, originally August 13, until the target number of responses was reached.
“We have had about 140 responses to the survey, but ideally we need 400 survey responses to provide a balanced representation of the community’s views,” he said.
“The responses to this survey will provide feedback on what our community thinks about Council services and how we can serve them better.
“It is a comprehensive survey and does take a little time to fill out, but this is your chance to tell Council what services are needed and what are not.”
The survey also is available online via Council’s website and in hard copy at the Council Customer Service Centre and Burdekin Library branches.
The Council community consultation stand will be:
- outside Woolworths in Ayr on Wednesday, August 27, from 8.30am-2pm;
- outside Friendlies Grocers in Home Hill on Saturday, August 30, from 8am-noon;
- outside Alfie’s Bakery at the East End Centre on Saturday, September 13, from 7am- noon.