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Waste Bins

Clare Waste Transfer Station open this Saturday

Posted 31st Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Residents living in Clare and Millaroo will be able to take some of their household waste to the Clare Waste Transfer Station on the first and third Saturday of each month, beginning this weekend. More...
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Waste Bins

Residents living in Clare and Millaroo will be able to take some of their household waste to the Clare Waste Transfer Station this weekend.

The Clare Waste Transfer Station will be open from 1pm to 4pm on the first and third Saturdays of each month starting this weekend.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the Clare Waste Transfer Station was reopening due to demand from the local community.

“Council is supplying the bulk bins and recycle bins at the facility and it will be run by volunteers from Clare State School with assistance from volunteers from Millaroo State School,” he said.

“These volunteers have been trained in what can and can’t be disposed of at the Clare facility to ensure only non-recyclable waste is going to our landfill.

“No charge will apply at the Clare Waste Transfer Station for household recyclable material and some sorted domestic waste.

“Fees will apply for mixed waste containing recyclable materials and waste from commercial businesses, including waste conveyed to the site on commercial vehicles.”

Mr Mulcahy said the Clare Waste Transfer Station was previously closed due to the low usage and high cost of operating the facility.

The Clare Waste Transfer Station WILL accept:

  • Some general household waste and recyclables.
  • Metal and appliances (refrigerators and air-conditioning units must be de-gassed prior to disposal)

The Clare Waste Transfer Station WILL NOT accept:

  • Putrescibles waste such as food waste, nappies, dead animals etc
  • Green waste
  • Construction and demolition waste including timber and pallets – available at Kirknie Road Landfill only
  • Concrete, bricks, pavers, asphalt and soil – available at Kirknie Road Landfill only
  • Tyres
  • Batteries
  • E-waste (computers, monitors, televisions, keyboards) – available at Ayr Waste Transfer Station only
Burdekin Bridge

Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Lane Closure

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 Monday 11th August to and including Wednesday 13th August 2014 from 9.30am to 2.30pm. More...
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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 Monday 11th August to and including Wednesday 13th August 2014 from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Single lane closures will be in place for maintenance works on the lower spans of the Burdekin River Bridge.

All heavy vehicle operators with vehicles/loads in excess of 3.0m must contact Dave MacCauley on 0407 690 314 at least 48 hours in advance with an anticipated time of arrival to allow for barriers and other infrastructure to be cleared. Failure to provide sufficient advance notice will result in delays.

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.

Please note a temporary mass limit closure on Tuesday 12th August 2014 from 9.30am to 2.30pm for vehicles/loads wider than 3.0m will also occur in conjunction with these works.

We apologise for any inconvenience and seek your cooperation during these 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.

Burdekin Bridge

Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Mass Limit Closure

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that weather permitting, a temporary mass limit closure of the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill will take place on Tuesday 12 August 2014 from 9.30am to 2.30pm. More...
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that weather permitting, a temporary mass limit closure of the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill will take place on Tuesday 12 August 2014 from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

The temporary mass limit closure will occur due to the removal of steel drainage grid parts running across bridge lanes for maintenance works.

The Burdekin River Bridge will be closed to all vehicles/loads wider than 3.0m.  All vehicles/loads in excess of 3.0m will NOT be able to traverse the Burdekin River Bridge during this period and MUST use alternative routes.

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.

Road - Widening Road

Intersection of Gillian and Old Home Hill Road – Bitumen Reconstruction and Intersection Realignment

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction and intersection realignment works will be occurring at the intersection of Gillian and Old Home Hill Roads, McDesme. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 4th August 2014 continuing until Friday 12th September 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Road - Widening Road

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction and intersection realignment works will be occurring at the intersection of Gillian and Old Home Hill Roads, McDesme.  Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 4th August 2014 continuing until Friday 12th September 2014, weather permitting.

Works will be constructed utilising traffic control with reduced traffic movements and speed restrictions in place during working hours. Traffic utilising Old Home Hill Road to access the Burdekin River will be reduced to one lane during the works period.

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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Declining population impacts Library funding

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The Burdekin Shire’s declining population has resulted in a reduction of funding from the State Library of Queensland to the Burdekin Library. More...
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The Burdekin Shire’s declining population has resulted in a reduction of funding from the State Library of Queensland to the Burdekin Library.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the State Library of Queensland provided an annual grant to local governments across the State to support the development of high-quality library services.

“The Public Library Grant is paid to councils to support investment in, and development of, library collections which cater for the diverse needs of the whole community,” he said.

“This funding is automatically indexed each year for population growth, and is administered under a Service Level Agreement which sets out what Council has to do to receive this annual grant.

“As a consequence of our declining population, the Burdekin Library’s grant has dropped by 1.13 per cent to $87,435 for the 2014-15 financial year.

“This is not the first time – the grant has been declining for the past three years by a similar amount.”

Mr Scott said the grant was used to purchase a diverse range of resources both print and electronic for the Burdekin community.

“We are continuously researching changing library trends and technological developments to ensure that our community, although being rural, has access to similar resources that would be found in larger libraries with bigger budgets,” he said.

“The Public Library Grant complements Burdekin Shire Council’s strong annual commitment to the delivery of a high-quality library service for residents of all ages.”

EDSAG members

Community group to help drive Burdekin region’s economic development

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Council brought together 10 residents from across the Shire for the inaugural meeting of the Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG) this morning. This group will help drive economic development in the region. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council has taken to the community for help in driving economic development in the region.

Council brought together 10 residents from across the Shire for the inaugural meeting of the Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group (EDSAG) this morning.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said the group was created as a direct result of feedback from the Burdekin community.

“In my first few months as CEO I met with a lot of stakeholders in our community and the message was that Council did not appear to rate economic development very highly,” he said.

“Economic development will build jobs, wealth and drive population growth in our region, so this is why we have engaged with the community and formed EDSAG.

“This group’s focus will be on investment, employment and regional strategic opportunities.

“They will meet regularly to share information and provide community members the chance to meet with government and industry representatives.”

Inaugural chairman Dan Horan congratulated Mr Magin and Council on initiating the group and taking a fresh approach to economic development in the Burdekin.

“This is a fantastic way to bring business and Council together in an effort to identify and attract new opportunities to diversify and strengthen our local economy,” he said.

“Building a more robust local economy is paramount to keeping and attracting people to our shire and ensuring the Burdekin continues to be a successful and flourishing community into the future.

“I, for one, am very grateful and excited to have this opportunity to play some part in that and I am confident that with some focus and resolve this group can make a difference.”

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Learn about technology at Burdekin Library Ayr’s Coffee and Chips

Posted 29th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Do the words tablet, iPad, wifi make you wonder what people are talking about? Then best you come along to the Burdekin Library Ayr’s Coffee and Chips this Saturday. More...
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Do the words tablet, iPad, wifi make you wonder what people are talking about? Then best you come along to the Burdekin Library Ayr’s Coffee and Chips this Saturday.

On the first Saturday of each month, the Burdekin Library Ayr hosts a monthly Coffee and Chips morning which is an informal chit chat about all things technological.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the informal meeting had no set topic.

“You will be able to share your experiences or problems with computers, tablets, mobile phones and more and it’s possible a solution to your problems will come from other members of the group,” he said.

“We are trying to create a relaxed environment where you will not feel silly about asking questions that may be frustrating you.

“Come along for a cup of coffee and have chat about technology.”

The first session will be held this Saturday, August 2 at 2pm. Bookings for the session can be made on 4783 9970.

Footpath Works

Cox Street, Ayr – Footpath Works between Davenport and James Street

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that construction of a concrete footpath on the eastern side of Cox Street between Davenport and James Streets will commence on Wednesday 30th July 2014 and continue until approximately Friday 22nd August 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Footpath Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that construction of a concrete footpath on the eastern side of Cox Street between Davenport and James Streets will commence on Wednesday 30th July 2014 and continue until approximately Friday 22nd August 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.

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Have your say on the future of the Shire and win $100 off your rates or a $100 voucher

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Have your say on the future of the Burdekin by taking part in the Burdekin Shire Council's survey. One lucky participant will win $100 of their rates or a $100 voucher from a local business of their choice. More...
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Burdekin residents have a chance to have their say on the future of the Shire by taking part in a Council survey.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Council was beginning to formulate a new five-year Corporate Plan and wanted input from the community.

“To ensure we are doing what the community sees is needed for the Shire we have created a survey to gauge the importance of, and satisfaction with, a variety of services and facilities,” he said.

“This is the community’s chance to have their say and help Council plan the future of this Shire.

“The survey results will give us an indication of what the community feels are important services and facilities, as well as what Council is doing well and what we could do better.

“All of the information gathered from the survey will be used as a base for discussion at two group workshops which will be overseen by an independent facilitator.

“These workshops will include invited members of the community who have completed the survey.”

Cr Lowis said Council was offering a $100 discount off a resident’s rates, or a $100 gift voucher from a local business, as added incentive for residents to participate in the survey.

“The survey is only open until Wednesday, August 13 and the winner of the rate discount or gift voucher will be announced on Thursday, August 14,” he said.

The survey is available on Council’s website, Council’s social media pages or a hardcopy can be collected from the Council Chambers and both branches of the Burdekin Library.

“We need as many residents and ratepayers as possible to take part in this community consultation phase, so please spread the word about this survey,” he said.

“The more input we have from the community the greater chance we have of ensuring the services we provide are the ones most needed.”

The Corporate Plan is an overarching plan for all Council’s services and functions, which outlines the strategies and performance measures for achieving the plan’s goals.

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Burdekin Shire Council Community Consultation- Corporate Plan Survey

Posted 28th Jul 2014 in Surveys
Burdekin Shire Council are conducting a survey of residents seeking feedback in relation to our service level and service provision. The information gathered through this survey will be used to influence Council's Corporate Plan 2015-2020. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is conducting a survey of residents seeking feedback in relation to our service level and service provision.  The information gathered through this survey will be used to influence Council’s Corporate Plan 2015-2020.

Council is offering a prize for eligible completed surveys – a $100 discount off the winner’s rates or a $100 gift voucher from a local business of the winner’s choice.  Please read the terms and conditions for further information.

The survey is only open until Wednesday 13 August 2014 so get your completed survey submitted before then to be in the draw to win!

You can download a printable pdf version of the survey using the link below or obtain a hard copy from our Customer Service Centre.

If you would like to complete the survey online please follow the link below:

Burdekin Shire Council Community Consultation Survey

Road closed

Lena Road – Bitumen Construction Works

Posted 24th Jul 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen construction works will be occurring on Lena Road from the intersection with the Ayr Dalbeg Road for approximately 300m. Works are scheduled to commence Monday 28th July 2014 until approximately Friday 5th September 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen construction works will be occurring on Lena Road from the intersection with the Ayr Dalbeg Road for approximately 300m. Works are scheduled to commence Monday 28th July 2014 until approximately Friday 5th September 2014, weather permitting.

These works will be conducted 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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TBSC/14/008 – Electrical Switchboard and Associated Works for Conlan Street Pump Station, Ayr

Posted 22nd Jul 2014 in Current Tenders
Tenders closing with the undersigned at 12 noon on Wednesday 13 August 2014 are invited for TBSC/14/008 – Electrical Switchboard and Associated Works for Conlan Street Pump Station, Ayr More...
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Tenders closing with the undersigned at 12 noon on Wednesday 13 August 2014 are invited for the above tender.

Tender documents 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 Thursday 31 July 2014 at 10:00 am at Conlan Street.

Enquiries should be made to Mr Gary Keane – Manager N.D.R.R.A. on (07) 4783 9924 or by emailing .

Burdekin Bridge

Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Lane Closure

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge will take place from Tuesday 29 July to and including Friday 1 August 2014 and Monday 4 August to and including Friday 8 August 2014 (weather permitting) between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm. More...
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge will take place from Tuesday 29 July to and including Friday 1 August 2014 and Monday 4 August to and including Friday 8 August 2014 (weather permitting) between the hours of 9.30am and 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 minor delays.

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles operators with loads wider than three metres must contact David Macauley on 0407 690 314 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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Library refurbishment to now focus on entrance area

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A new front desk and brighter entrance will soon greet patrons of the Burdekin Library Ayr after the receipt of a $22,500 infrastructure subsidy from State Government. More...
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A new front desk and brighter entrance will soon greet patrons of the Burdekin Library Ayr.

Library Services Manager John Scott said Council had received a $22,500 infrastructure subsidy from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies program for the work.

“We are very excited to be able to replace the front desk and create a brighter entrance area as people enter the library,” he said.

“We are replacing the circulation desk with a modern counter to create a more welcoming space for patrons entering the library.

“Our library team will have a more efficient space in which to better serve the Burdekin community.”

Mr Scott said the work was part of a major refurbishment program which had been undertaken by Council over the past three years.

“Our library needed updating and we have been fortunate that we have been able to use funds from both Council and the State Library of Queensland’s annual resource grant allocation to achieve that,” he said.

“Later in the year we will have a reset day where the community will be invited to come along and see what we have done, learn about our services and help us relaunch the library.”

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Dan Mulcahy accepts new position at Council

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Burdekin Shire Council is pleased to announced Dan Mulcahy as the new Manager Governance and Local Laws. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council is pleased to announce Dan Mulcahy as the new Manager Governance and Local Laws.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Mr Mulcahy had a wealth of knowledge about the Burdekin and local government.

“It’s really great to be able to keep that knowledge in Council and I’m very happy he accepted the position,” he said.

“This position was created during the recent restructure of our organisation.”

Mayor Bill Lowis said Mr Mulcahy’s experience was of great benefit to the Shire.

“I’m really happy he has accepted this position and look forward to continue working with him on the betterment of this Shire,” he said.

“This role is more focussed and will take advantage of Dan’s knowledge.”

Mr Mulcahy said the new role would offer a new form of excitement and challenge.

“I am looking forward to undertaking this role as well as I can and look forward to continuing my relationship with the CEO, senior management, staff and council,” he said.

As Manager Governance and Local Laws, Mr Mulcahy will be responsible for governance, local law administration, grants, property, environment and health.

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Public Consultation – Amendment to Animal Management Local Law and Subordinate Local Law

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PUBLIC NOTICE Local Government Act 2009  Burdekin Shire Council (the “Council”) has proposed to make— (a)                Animal Management (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2014 (the “amending local law”); and (b)               Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014 (the “amending subordinate local law”). The amending local law amends Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) [...] More...
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Local Government Act 2009 

  1. Burdekin Shire Council (the “Council”) has proposed to make—

(a)                Animal Management (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2014 (the “amending local law”); and

(b)               Animal Management (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2014 (the “amending subordinate local law”).

  1. The amending local law amends Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012.
  2. The amending subordinate local law amends Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012.
  3. Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2012 authorises the making of the amending subordinate local law.
  4. The purpose and general effect of the amending local law is to provide for the registration of cats by imposing registration obligations on cat owners.
  5. The purpose and general effect of the amending subordinate local law is to supplement the cat registration regime contained in the amending local law
  6. Written submissions by any person in support of, or objecting to, the amending local law and/or the amending subordinate local law are invited for a 21 day period commencing on Thursday 24 July 2014 and ending on Wednesday 13 August 2014 (the “consultation period”).
  7. During the consultation period Council will make available for inspection and purchase copies of each of the amending local law and the amending subordinate local law.Copies will be made available at the Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr;  the Burdekin Library, Graham Street, Ayr;  and the Home Hill Library, Ninth Avenue, Home Hill during normal office hours or can be found on Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.
  8. Submissions must be received on or before Wednesday 13 August 2014 stating—

(a)                the grounds of the submission; and

(b)               the facts and circumstances relied on in support of the grounds.

Submissions are to be forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer at PO Box 974, Ayr or by email to

To view the Local Laws Click Here

People to people July 2014

People to People Student Ambassadors tour Burdekin

Posted 17th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
About 400 teenage students from all over the United States will visit the Burdekin as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program – a cultural and educational exchange aimed at promoting world peace. More...
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Burdekin residents may have heard more American accents than normal recently.

About 400 teenage students from all over the United States will visit as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program – a cultural and educational exchange aimed at promoting world peace.

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said the students would experience the Burdekin’s mild winter, friendly service and warm hospitality.

“They will also learn about our region, local government and be presented with a certificate and souvenir,” he said.

Cr Lowis said the students received a civic welcome and lunch at the Burdekin Theatre before spending some time browsing through Ayr’s central business district.

This is the 23rd year the Burdekin Shire Council has been involved in the ambassador program.

The non-profit foundation was originally established by US President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to establish world peace through youth interaction and cultural exchange.

The Burdekin Shire Council presents all of the ambassadors with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to world understanding and friendship through their involvement in the program.

The first of the nine groups arrived in the Burdekin on July 1 and the last will be welcomed to our Shire on Sunday, July 20.

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Get snapping and enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition

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Burdekin residents are being urged to focus of the beauty of the Burdekin and enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition. More...
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Burdekin residents are being urged to focus of the beauty of the Burdekin and enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said this was an opportunity for all residents to have their photograph used to promote the Shire.

“We live a sweet life in the Burdekin and often take for granted the beauty that surrounds us,” he said.

“I encourage residents to grab their cameras and get snapping to show the world just how beautiful our region is.

“We’re looking for all sorts of pictures that can be used in brochures, billboards, banners, websites, social media and various other marketing activities.

“Photos need to follow the theme The Best of the Burdekin – this could be pictures of anyone or anything that captures the essence of the Burdekin.”

“Photos showing our agriculture, horticulture, sporting activities, cultural activities, fishing and recreational activities, landscapes and local events such as Tastes of the Burdekin this weekend.”

All you have to do to enter is take a photo save it as a large file 2MB-10MB, save it to a USB, CD or email it to .

The first prize is $200, second prize $100 and third prize $50.

For more information or to view photos entered in the competition, go to council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.  Alternatively, contact Eliza Lovell on 4783 9831.

Entries close 5pm Friday September 26, 2014.

Burdekin Shire Council

Job Vacancy 14/16 – Manager Economic Development

We are seeking applications for a Manager Economic Development to play an integral role in securing the future prosperity and expanded employment opportunities through economic diversification and value adding to existing industries. Closing date 1 August 2014. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council

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 Manager Economic Development, who reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, will play an integral role in securing the future prosperity and expanded employment opportunities of the Shire’s residents through economic diversification and value adding to existing industries.

The Position
The key responsibilities include:-

  • Encourage and facilitate the establishment of new enterprises to create job opportunities including importation of enterprises from outside the Burdekin Shire
  • Create investment opportunities relevant to the strategic advantages of the Burdekin Shire
  • Encourage the expansion of existing businesses to create additional jobs
  • Develop and deliver projects that promote economic development, employment creation and skills enhancement within the Shire
  • Devise and implement a framework of economic initiatives and projects that will enhance the Burdekin Shire and develop the economic strength of its outlying centres
  • Network with relevant local organisations and industry groups

The Person
The successful applicant will possess the following attributes:

  • A tertiary qualification in Business or Economic Development or extensive experience in a position undertaking similar duties
  • A proven track record in attracting, encouraging and facilitating economic development in regional Australia
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary economic development practices and philosophy with the ability to critically assess and apply these concepts
  • Understanding and appreciation of Ecologically Sustainable Development principles and their application
  • Demonstrated high level of communication skills both written and oral with demonstrated ability to report clearly on complex matters and deliver presentations to varied audiences

A four year contract will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Applications can be lodged electronically via the website and must include a cover letter, statements addressing the selection criteria and a current resume.  Written applications can also be forwarded to .  Applications close on Friday, 1 August 2014.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Matthew Magin on (07) 4783 9800.

Download the application package using the link below.

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Councillors support CEO’s restructure of Council positions

Posted 15th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Council has unanimously supported the CEO’s plans to restructure the organisation in response to current economic conditions. CEO Matthew Magin said seven positions had been made redundant and one of the outcomes of the move would be positive benefits for the ratepayers. More...
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The Burdekin Shire Council has unanimously supported the CEO’s plans to restructure the organisation in response to current economic conditions.

Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said seven positions at Council had been made redundant and one of the outcomes of that would be positive benefits for the ratepayers.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said all seven councillors had supported Mr Magin’s plan to restructure the organisation.

“We have listened to the concerns of our ratepayers about having to tighten our belts and acted on it,” he said.

Mr Magin said the decision to cut the positions had nothing to do with the performance of the employees.

“This was an extremely tough decision, but it made economic and operational sense to cut these positions,” he said. “I want to make it clear that it had nothing to do with their performance at work.

“Under the Local Government Act I have ultimate responsibility and accountability for managing the Council on behalf of the community through the effective, efficient and economical management of public resources.

“The recently announced rate increase was unacceptably high and the community was rightly concerned about the levels of increases.

“Those increases were required because the region is stagnant in terms of population growth and economic development, which by definition means we are going backwards.

“By making decisive structural changes, predominantly from our senior management team, it will minimise the long-term impacts on Council and its employees and provide some much needed job security for the remaining workforce.”

Mr Magin said the redundant positions included Director Corporate and Community Services, Director Environment and Operations, Manager Information and Customer Service, Manager Environment and Health and three support positions.

“This is not something I do lightly and it is not something I enjoy, but for the long-term sustainable future of the Shire it had to be done,” he said.