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New shed to house second-hand items at Home Hill Waste Transfer Station.

New shed to store second-hand items at Home Hill Waste Transfer Station

Posted 4th Mar 2015 in Media Releases
A new shed has been built at the Home Hill Waste Transfer Station to house second-hand items that will be sold to the public. More...
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New shed to house second-hand items at Home Hill Waste Transfer Station.

A new shed has been built at the Home Hill Waste Transfer Station to house second-hand items that will be sold to the public.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the lockable shed provided a weatherproof shelter for second-hand items.

“This will allow our team to keep a larger scope of items for sale to the public and keep them out of the weather,” he said.

“Sales of these second-hand items will help reduce the facility’s running costs which in turn means a reduction in funds needed from our ratepayers.

“The main savings gained from the second-hand stores are they reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“By recycling these goods it not only reduces the cost of the transport of bins to the landfill, but also saves valuable space in the landfill.”

Mr Mulcahy said a variety of second hand materials were available for sale.

“The most popular items are furniture, toys, sporting equipment, mowers and bicycles,” he said.

“Goods brought to the waste transfer station are assessed by operators before going into the second-hand shop.

“Items left for sale must be made from non-hazardous materials and cannot be electric goods.”

Mr Mulcahy said the Ayr Waste Transfer Station’s second-hand shop had proved a success.

“Ayr’s second-hand shop has been operational now since last year and has resulted in increased goods and sales,” he said.

“This is why Council decided to build something more permanent at the Home Hill site.”

 

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Increase in pet dumping leads Council to consider options

Posted in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council may consider enforcing State laws regarding microchipping of cats and dogs in an effort to prevent people from dumping their pets. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council may consider enforcing State laws regarding microchipping of cats and dogs in an effort to prevent people from dumping their pets.

Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said that under State Government legislation all dogs and cats born after July 1, 2010, must be implanted with a microchip by 12 weeks of age.

“The legislation was introduced back in 2008 under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act and requires animal suppliers and owners to ensure cats and dogs are microchipped,” he said.

“This means anyone who supplies another person with a cat or dog must ensure the animal is implanted with a microchip and that all puppies and kittens born on or after July 1, 2010, must be implanted with microchip by 12 weeks of age.

“Owners of puppies and kittens are also required to ensure their pet is microchipped.”

Mr Mulcahy said Council may consider enforcing this law in the Burdekin in an attempt to stem the flow of animals to Council’s pound.

“We see a lot of kittens and puppies being sold on websites and social media sites these sales may not comply with State laws,” he said.

“Our Animal Management team are able to fine sellers of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens $227 if they are selling the animals without a microchip.

“It would be possible to fine someone for each pet that was sold to a different person, so it could end up being quite expensive for those who continue to flout the laws.

“These laws were brought in by the State Government to ensure pets could be returned to their owners.”

Burdekin Theatre

Job Vacancy 15/05 – Community Hub Transitional Coordinator (Temporary)

Posted 3rd Mar 2015 in Current Job Vacancies
Applications are invited for a Community Hub Transitional Coordinator. This is a temporary position for a period of up to six months. Applications close Wednesday, 18 March 2015. More...
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Burdekin Theatre

The Burdekin Region offers an outstanding lifestyle that is both contemporary and relaxed. The major township of Ayr is less than an hour’s drive to the city of Townsville.  The Burdekin has abundant water supplies, excellent health and educational facilities, and an excellent array of cultural, sporting, and recreational activities.

The Community Hub Transitional Coordinator will be required to analyse, implement and run the day-to-day operations of the Burdekin Shire Community Hub, consisting of the Burdekin Theatre (Inc all entities), The Memorial Hall (Home Hill) and Cyclone Shelter (Ayr Showgrounds).   Work in partnership with community organisations and groups to offer support and provide assistance with events, activities and festivals to promote community involvement in The Hub and improve the social and cultural environment of the Burdekin Shire.

This is a temporary position for a period of up to six months.  This position will be filled by either an Employee or a Contractor.

The Position
The key responsibilities include:

  • Development and implementation of a detailed project plan for the transition period, being 1st April 2015 to 31st September 2015.
  • Research and evaluate current activities and venue operation.
  • Submit monthly reports and recommendations to the Burdekin Hub Working Group and Manager Community Development.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the venues and staff. This will include the facilitation and coordination of upcoming shows, community events and other hall/venue hire operations.

The Person
The successful applicant will possess the following attributes at a minimum:

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar community development role.
  • Formal qualifications in Marketing or demonstrated experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise own work, and provide supervision and guidance to subordinate employees.
  • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication skills.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Grade 6 ($85,434pa) with the commencing salary dependent upon the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

Application packages are available from the Human Resources Office on (07) 4783 9800 or using the below link.

Applications for 15/05 – Community Hub Transitional Coordinator should include:

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume
  • Statements addressing the selection criteria

Applications are to be submitted online using the Online Job Application Form.

Applications close on Wednesday, 18 March 2015. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Eileen Robinson – Manager Client Services on (07) 4783 9800.

 

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Quotation QBSC/15/013 – To undertake the Community Hub Transition Program and Ongoing Strategy

Quotations are invited to undertake the Community Hub Transition Program and Ongoing Strategy. Quotations close 5pm on Wednesday 18 March 2015. More...
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Quotations are invited to undertake the Community Hub Transition Program and Ongoing Strategy.

Terms of reference documents are available from the Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr at any time during normal working hours or using the link below.

Quotations sealed and endorsed “Quotation to undertake the Community Hub Transition Program and Ongoing Strategy” are required to be lodged at the Council no later than 5 pm on Wednesday 18 March, 2015.

Enquiries should be directed to Mr. Tony Vaccaro on Ph: (07) 4783 9830 or Mrs. Eileen Robinson on Ph: (07) 4783 9847.

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QBSC/15/012 Quotations for the provision of Security Services to Council Properties (Mobile Patrols)

Quotations are invited for the provision of security services to Council properties (Mobile Patrols). Quotation close 12 noon on Thursday, 26 March 2015. For more information contact Jacqui Thomasson on 07 4783 9823. More...
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Quotations are invited for the provision of security services to Council properties (Mobile Patrols).

Specification documents are available from the Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr at any time during normal working hours.  Specification documents will only be provided to licensed security firms on the production of a certified copy of a current security firm licence.

Quotations sealed and endorsed “Quotation for the Provision of Security Services to Council Properties” are required to be lodged at the Council no later than 12 noon on Thursday, 26 March, 2015.  Enquiries should be directed to Mrs. Jacqui Thomasson on Ph: (07) 4783 9823.

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Expressions of Interest – Rental of Council Land

The Council invites Expressions of Interest from persons interested in renting land from the Council for the purposes of grazing livestock. Expressions of Interest close at 12 noon on 18 March 2015. For more information contact Vicki Walker on 07 4783 9826. More...
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The Council invites Expressions of Interest from persons interested in renting from the Council, the following land, for the purposes of grazing livestock:

  • Lot 364 SB486 (Reserve for Recreation R139 – Saltwater Creek) – 7.649 hectares
  • Part of Lot 1 GS95 (Ayr Race Course Reserve) – 3.384 hectares

Expressions of Interest close at 12 noon on 18 March 2015.

You can download the specification using the link below.

 

 

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Burdekin Cultural Complex Board – Quotations for the purchase of one (1) used light vehicle

Posted 27th Feb 2015 in Current Quotations
Burdekin Cultural Complex Board invites for quotations for the purchase of one used light vehicles (2007 2WD Toyota Hilux dual cab). Closing date at 12noon on Friday 20 March, 2015. More...
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BURDEKIN CULTURAL COMPLEX BOARD INC

QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) USED LIGHT VEHICLE

Quotations are invited for the above quotation closing at 12 noon on Friday 20 March, 2015.

Description 2007 Toyota Hilux 2WD Dual Cab (petrol)

Quotation documents are available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre at any time during normal office hours or by using the following link:

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “Quotations for the purchase of one (1) used light vehicle – BCCB” and lodged in the tender box located at the Burdekin Shire Council, 145 Young Street, Ayr.

The plant will be available for inspection on Friday, 6 March, 2015 between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at the Council’s Jones Street Depot. Enquiries should be made to the Manager – Technical Services, or the Workshop Superintendent.

The vehicle will be sold unregistered. Safety certificate will be provided for private purchasers only and current at the time of sale. The vehicle is expected to be paid by and released by 27 March 2015. Some ancillary equipment will not be sold with the vehicle and will be removed by Council.  BCCB reserves the right to sell this vehicle privately or otherwise.

Any persons making inspections of the plant must report to the Workshop Superintendent or his representative and comply with Council’s Workplace Health and Safety Standards, and in particular wearing of closed in footwear.

Quotations shall be deemed to be inclusive of GST. Quotations received by telephonic advice will not be considered.  Late quotations will not be considered.  The highest or any quotations will not necessarily be accepted.

D. Schultz
SECRETARY

 

Economic Development Strategy 2015

Council approves Economic Development Strategy

Posted 26th Feb 2015 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council has reinforced its commitment to growing the region by approving an Economic Development strategy. More...
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Economic Development Strategy 2015

Burdekin Shire Council has reinforced its commitment to growing the region by approving an Economic Development Strategy.

Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said the strategy had been developed to prepare the region for change and to take advantage of the emerging economic opportunities.

“Our community needs to be ready to explore a new direction for our future and Council is committed to creating a robust and resilient economy for the shire,” he said.

“The strategy reinforces that economic development is a priority for Council and that Council is committed to being a key enabler for our shire’s economic future.

“Economic development is a priority for the Burdekin Shire Council and we are aware that without action there is a risk our economy may stagnate.”

Council’s Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said the document focussed on five key strategic themes – enable economic infrastructure, attract investment, strengthen networks, encourage innovation, empower future generations.

“These themes and their underlying priorities and goals, will help Council to create an open, responsive and diversified economy.

“It was designed to prepare for our region’s future.”

Mr Scott said each member of the Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG) had aligned with a theme and would be referred to as a “Project Champion”.

“Our community members will play an important part in the economic future of this shire and the implementation of this plan,” he said.

“These strategies are not just for Council, but will be useful for other levels of government and the business community.

“Ultimately, its success will see improvements for Burdekin residents in liveability, or quality of life.”

Mr Scott said a range of projects and activities, consistent with the strategy, would be undertaken each year.

“This year will include developing a master plan for the Ayr Aerodrome, a value-adding seminar, coordinating industry forums, looking at niche markets and investigating the establishment of a new agribusiness campus – to name a few,” he said.

“These and many more projects are being explored by the Advisory Group and Council.”

The Economic Development Strategy is available for viewing on Council’s website using the following link:

 

Burdekin Shire Council Corporate Plan 2015-2020

Council adopts Corporate Plan

Posted 25th Feb 2015 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council has adopted the Corporate Plan which was guided by community feedback and will guide the organisation’s services and functions for the next five years.
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Burdekin Shire Council Corporate Plan 2015-2020

Burdekin Shire Council has adopted the Corporate Plan which will guide the organisation’s services and functions for the next five years.

Mayor Bill Lowis said the Corporate Plan was the result of community consultation.

“We went to the community and asked what direction our residents wanted us to take and this plan is based on that feedback,” he said.

“This plan outlines the Burdekin’s strategic direction for the next five years and includes five key areas that were based on community priorities.

“These areas are infrastructure, economic development, social wellbeing, environment and organisational sustainability.

“I would like to congratulate all those involved in putting this document together – they’ve done a great job in producing an easy to read, concise, professional-looking document.”

Cr Lowis said Council’s extensive range of services and projects would align with at least one of the concise strategies.

“There will be a limited number of the full document printed, but it will be accessible via Council’s website for those wanting to view it,” he said.

“We will be sending out a summary of the plan to each household in the Shire to ensure everyone knows what Council is striving for.

“This summary is a concise and easy-to-read version that outlines the strategies and the evaluation measures Council will use to guide its services and functions.”

Cr Lowis said the Corporate Plan was a fluid document which would be reviewed annually.

“This plan will change and grow with the Burdekin and its residents. It’s not something that will be written in stone, but will allow change,” he said.

“The Corporate Plan also will guide Council operations and form the basis of our budget considerations.

“It allows Council to set goals and achieve them.”

The Corporate Plan Summary will be delivered to every Burdekin household at the end of March.

You can view a copy of the Corporate Plan using the following link:

 

Quotation QBSC/15/010 Quotations for the purchase of one (1) used light vehicle

Posted 19th Feb 2015 in Current Quotations
QBSC/15/010 - quotations has been withdrawn on 24/02/2015 sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. More...
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QBSC/15/010 – QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) USED LIGHT VEHICLE – WITHDRAWN on 24/02/2015

This quotation has been withdrawn sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

Road - Widening Road

McDowell Road – Road Reconstruction and Drainage Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on McDowell Road from the Burdekin Road intersection for approx 1km, on Wednesday 18th February, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 3rd April 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on McDowell Road from the Burdekin Road intersection for approx 1km, on Wednesday 18th February, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 3rd April 2015, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a full road closure with access to local traffic only. McDowell Road will be closed from Burdekin Road to Berryman Road intersections with a detour in place via Berryman Road.

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.

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Caretaker – Ayr Showgrounds

Posted 18th Feb 2015 in Current Job Vacancies, Public Notices
Council wishes to appoint a Caretaker for the Ayr Showgrounds to assist with the management, supervision, maintenance and cleaning of the showgrounds. Applications close Monday 9 March 2015. More...
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Council wishes to appoint a Caretaker for the Ayr Showgrounds to assist with the management, supervision, maintenance and cleaning of the showgrounds.

Caretaker duties are expected to amount to approximately 20 hours per week. No remuneration is payable.  The successful candidate will be entitled to occupy the caretaker’s residence free of charge for the term.

The term will be for an initial period of 12 months. Satisfactory performance may see this term extended.  The caretaker will be expected to work with and take direction from the Council’s Management Agent for the showgrounds, the Ayr Pastoral, Agricultural & Industrial Association Inc.

Further information is provided in the Caretaker Agreement.  You can download the agreement using the link below.

Enquiries can be directed to the Secretary, Ayr Pastoral, Agricultural & Industrial Association Inc. on phone 07 4783 1790 or 0459 831 790.

Applications should include:

  • Covering letter
  • Resume
  • Details of at least 2 referees

The following qualifications would be advantageous:

  • C Class Licence
  • Forklift Licence
  • Commercial Operator’s Licence – Unrestricted Class (Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966)
  • General Mechanical Knowledge

Applications close on Monday 9 March 2015.

Applications clearly endorsed with the Position Title should be forwarded to:

Burdekin Shire Council, P.O. Box 974, Ayr.  Q4807;  or

Email: 

 

 

 

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Old Clare Road – Bitumen Reconstruction Works

Posted 12th Feb 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will be commencing on Old Clare Road between Giddy Road and Webber Road. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 16th February, 2015 continuing until Friday 24th April 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will be commencing on Old Clare Road between Giddy Road and Webber Road.  Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 16th February, 2015 continuing until Friday 24th April 2015, 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.

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Public Notice – Water Supply & Wastewater Services Proposed Customer Service Standards

Posted 9th Feb 2015 in Current Water Information, Public Notices
As a registered service provider of water supply and wastewater services Burdekin Shire Council is required to review the Customer Service Standard – Water/Wastewater at least every five years pursuant to the conditions of Section 120 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008. More...
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As a registered service provider of water supply and wastewater services Burdekin Shire Council is required to review the Customer Service Standard – Water/Wastewater at least every five years pursuant to the conditions of Section 120 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008.

If, when reviewing the customer service standard, the service provider amends the content of the standard, they must abide by the provisions of Section 115 of the Act by publishing the proposed standard on the internet to allow customers and other interested parties to view it and make submissions about the proposed customer service standard.

The proposed customer service standard is now available for viewing on the Burdekin Shire Council website using the following link:

Alternatively a hard copy can be collected from Council’s Customer Service Centre.

Submissions relating to the proposed standard will be accepted up until COB Friday, 6 March 2015.

For further information or queries, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

Burdekin Bridge

Burdekin River Bridge Temporary Lane Closures

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge will take place on various dates throughout February, March and April 2015 (weather permitting) between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm. More...
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MAINTENANCE WORKS

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge will take place on the following dates (weather permitting) between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm.

FEBRUARY 2015

  • Monday 16 February to Friday 20 February 2015
  • Tuesday 24 February to Saturday 28 February 2015

 MARCH 2015

  • Monday 2 March to Friday 6 March 2015
  • Tuesday 10 March to Saturday 14 March 2015
  • Monday 16 March to Friday 20 March 2015
  • Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 25 March 2015

APRIL 2015

  • Monday 13 April to Wednesday 15 April 2015

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 minor delays.

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles operators with loads wider than three metres must contact David Macauley on 0407 690 314 a minimum of 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 the Community Engagement Services team on 1800 625 648.

 

 

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Spiller Street – Drainage Upgrade and Bitumen Widening

Posted 22nd Jan 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage upgrade and bitumen widening works will commence in Spiller Street from Queen Street to MacMillan Street on Tuesday 27th January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27th March, 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that drainage upgrade and bitumen widening works will commence in Spiller Street from Queen Street to MacMillan Street on Tuesday 27th January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27th March, 2015, 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.

Ayr Pool

Ayr Swimming Pool closed Saturday afternoon for Ayr Sprint Carnival

Posted 13th Jan 2015 in Public Notices
Ayr pool will be closed from 12.30pm Saturday 17 January 2015 for Ayr Sprint Carnival. More...
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Ayr Pool will be closed from 12.30pm on Saturday 17 January 2015 for the Ayr Sprint Carnival. The carnival currently has more than 180 swimmers registered.

The pool is open from 5.30am on Saturday and will be open to the public again on Sunday from 10am – 6pm.  

Home Hill Pool will be open to the public all day on Saturday.

 

New Water Main

Temporary Road Closures – New Water Main Construction Works

Posted 8th Jan 2015 in Current Water Information, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that to facilitate the construction of a new water main from the Rossiters Hill area to the Ayr Racecourse a number of temporary traffic restrictions will be implemented commencing from Monday 12 January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27 March, 2015, weather permitting. More...
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New Water Main

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that to facilitate the construction of a new water main from the Rossiters Hill area to the Ayr Racecourse a number of temporary traffic restrictions will be implemented commencing from Monday 12 January, 2015 continuing until approximately Friday 27 March, 2015, weather permitting.

  • Speed restrictions will be in force along the Bruce Highway between Kilrie Road and Conlan Street;
  • Access to Clements Street, Honeycombe Street and Laurence Crescent, Rossiters Hill from the Bruce Highway will be via Conlan Street to allow the pipe to be installed under the Bruce Highway;
  • Cislowski Road will be closed at the intersection of Old Clare Road;
  • Woods Street will be closed at the intersection of Cunningham Street;

The works will be constructed utilising a combination of partial and full road closures during working hours and where possible reopened to traffic at night with speed restrictions in place.

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 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.

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Hurney Road – Bitumen Reconstruction Works

Posted 6th Jan 2015 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Bitumen reconstruction of a section of Hurney Road between Mann Road and Menkens Road will commence on Monday 5th January, 2015 continuing until Friday 27th March 2015, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction of a section of Hurney Road between Mann Road and Menkens Road will commence on Monday 5th January, 2015 continuing until Friday 27th March 2015, 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.

Burdekin Library Staff Ayr

New-look library officially launched next month

Posted 17th Dec 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin residents are invited to come along and celebrate the new-look Burdekin Library Ayr on January 22, 2015. More...
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Burdekin residents are invited to come along and celebrate the new-look Burdekin Library Ayr next month.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the official launch would kick off from 11am on January 22.

“We have invited dignitaries, including Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli and State Library representatives, to officially launch our new-look library,” he said.

“As part of the launch we will reveal our new library cards and bags and feature our new history section which is now open to the public.

“The official launch will then be followed by morning tea.”

Mr Scott said he and his staff were very pleased with the end result.

“This upgrade has taken a number of years to complete, but we are very proud of what we have achieved,” he said.

“Our residents will benefit greatly from the improved services and facilities we now offer.”

“During our re-launch week we are giving away 200 library bags packed with merchandise and signing everyone up with new library cards.

“All our library card holders will receive a new card, so make sure you come in get yours during that week.”

Mr Scott said there also would be a Special Guest Storytime with Tania Cox, The Dame and others reading for the children on January 23.

“Following this special Storytime there will be crafts, free face painting and drum fun on offer for our young library members,” he said.

The Burdekin Library Ayr Official launch is on Thursday, January 22 from 11am.