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Time running out to enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition

Posted 2nd Sep 2014 in Media Releases
Time is running out for photographers of all standards to enter the Best of the Burdekin Photo Competition. More...
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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.

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.

Entries close 5pm Friday September 26, 2014.

Adrian Scott - new ED manager

Council appoints Economic Development Manager

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Burdekin Shire Council has appointed a new Economic Development Manager. Adrian Scott, from Castlemaine, Victoria, will commence work on October 7. More...
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Adrian Scott - new ED manager

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.”

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Temporary Road Closure – Queen Street, Ayr

Posted 1st Sep 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
A Temporary road closure will be in place in Queen Street, Ayr for Burdekin Water Festival Glitz, Glam and Giveaway. Queen Street will be closed between MacKenzie Street to Parker Street, Ayr from 5.00pm to 9.00pm on Thursday 4th September 2014. More...
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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – QUEEN STREET, AYR

BURDEKIN WATER FESTIVAL GLITZ, GLAM AND GIVEAWAY

THURSDAY 4th SEPTEMBER, 2014

A temporary road closure will be in place between 5.00pm and 9.00pm, Thursday 4th September, 2014 for the hosting of the Burdekin Water Festival Glitz, Glam and Giveaway.

  • Queen Street will be closed between MacKenzie Street and Parker Street, Ayr.

It is respectfully requested that all vehicles not involved with the event are removed from Queen Street for the duration of the closure.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Footpath Works

Ninth Avenue, Home Hill – Reconstruction of concrete footpath between Eleventh and Twelfth Streets

Posted 29th Aug 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
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. More...
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Footpath Works

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

Volunteer Jeanie Shailer, PCYC Programs Coordinator Tarja Martin and BSC Community Outreach Service Coordinator Bonnie Johnson

Call for literacy and reading mentors

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Burdekin Library Ayr is calling for volunteers to join a literacy and reading program aimed at school students. More...
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Volunteer Jeanie Shailer, PCYC Programs Coordinator Tarja Martin and BSC Community Outreach Service Coordinator Bonnie Johnson

Burdekin Library Ayr is calling for volunteers to join a literacy and reading program aimed at school students.

Library Services Manager John Scott said the program would be run in collaboration with the Burdekin PCYC and supported by the Rotary Club of Ayr.

“This program calls for volunteers to help mentor students who are struggling with literacy and reading,” he said.

“Without competent literacy skills life can be extremely difficult and creates life-long difficulties and limitations.

“Volunteers would be trained in using Reading Link, a literacy, enhancement and proficiency program that transforms the teaching of literacy.

“This is a great program for parents and for anyone interested in helping children with their literacy skills.”

Mr Scott said the library would be the base for primary school age participants and the PCYC would be the base for youth and adults needing to be supported.

“If anyone knows someone, of any age, who is suffering from poor reading or literacy skills, contact the Burdekin Library Ayr and we will link them up with a mentor after the training is completed.”

Brandon resident Jeanie Shailer has already signed up for the program.

“I have a passion for teaching children how to read as I believe literacy skills are essential for all areas of life,” she said.

“I’m keen to volunteer just a few hours a week for this important initiative.”

The free Mentor Training workshop will be held at the PCYC, 164 Macmillan Street, Ayr, on September 11, from 9am to 2pm. Lunch and morning tea provided.

Book your place by phoning the PCYC on 4783 1009 or the Burdekin Library Ayr on 4783 9970.

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Burdekin businesses urged to support Buy Locally campaign

Posted 28th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin businesses are being urged to take part in the Queensland Government’s Buy Locally campaign. More...
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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.”

BSAG inaugural meeting

Advisory group to address needs of Burdekin seniors

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The Burdekin’s seniors will have greater representation in Council and the community with the formation of the Burdekin Seniors Advisory Group (BSAG). More...
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BSAG inaugural meeting

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.
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Council supports Childhood Cancer Awareness by Going Gold for September

Posted 27th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin Shire Council is Going Gold in September in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness month. More...
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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.

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Burdekin school students urged to enter Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour competitions

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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. More...
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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.

Drainage Works

Job Vacancy 14/18 – Leading Hand – Form Setter/Concreter

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Leading Hand – Form Setter / Concreter. Closing date 10 September 2014. More...
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Drainage Works

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Leading Hand – Form Setter / Concreter.

Reporting to the Works Overseer the successful applicant will assist the Works Foreman with the construction of new Council works, private and Main Roads works, maintenance of existing services and structures in connection with roads and footpaths, kerbing and channelling, stormwater drainage, boat ramps and other functions of Council.

The successful person will possess the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated experience in new road construction, drainage works, concreting, Main Roads and Council maintenance operations
  • A demonstrated ability to read and comprehend job plans, specifications and reinforcing schedules
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to work under minimum supervision in a leadership role
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time, set priorities and plan works
  • Current class MR (Medium Rigid) driver’s licence

Salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Queensland Local Government Employees’ Award – State and Burdekin Shire Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 8 ($58,935pa) with the commencing salary dependent upon skills and experience.

Applications can be lodged electronically via the website and must include a cover letter, information addressing the selection criteria and a current resume. Written applications can also be forwarded to or Confidential Application 14/18, Burdekin Shire Council, PO Box 974, Ayr Qld 4807.

Applications close on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Word or PDF format is preferable.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Works Overseer, Mr Robert Potter on (07) 4783 9800.

Click here to download the application package

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Burdekin’s Great Northern Clean Up targets Burdekin River bed

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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. More...
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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.

BSC CEO Matthew Magin with Local Buy's Tim Rose and Catherine Mahoney

Local businesses urged to register with LG Tender Box

Posted 25th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin businesses can increase their chances of winning local government business across the state just by registering their details on LG Tender Box. More...
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BSC CEO Matthew Magin with Local Buy's Tim Rose and Catherine Mahoney

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.

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Council takes to streets to get more community responses to survey

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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. More...
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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.
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Burdekin’s Federal financial assistance grants cut by $43,821

Posted 21st Aug 2014 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Council has lost $43,821 in Commonwealth financial assistance grants, despite the Federal Government’s claims made earlier this week it was supporting councils. More...
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The Burdekin Shire Council has lost $43,821 in Commonwealth financial assistance grants, despite the Federal Government’s claims made earlier this week it was supporting councils.

Mayor Bill Lowis said there was nothing new in the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday.

“The Federal Government’s intention to freeze indexation of financial assistance grants (FAGs) over the next four years was released in the Federal Budget,” he said.

“There was no good news in that announcement for us – in fact we have discovered that our FAGs have actually been cut by $43,821.

“This is a huge blow to Council’s budget as we had completed our Budget based on the assumption our grants would freeze, not decrease.

“This is money Council will now have to find to plug that gap in funding.”

Cr Lowis said Burdekin Shire Council had submitted a recommendation to the recent North Queensland Local Government Association conference for the Commonwealth Government to reverse its decision to freeze FAGs until 2017-18.

“We wholly support the call to reverse the freeze and restore indexation of FAGs, so councils, such as ours, don’t have to rely so heavily on our ratepayers,” he said.

“The Federal Government’s decision to not just freeze that funding, but to cut it, will certainly place this Council under further financial strain.

“Increasing energy and insurance costs, a static ratepayer base and rising compliance costs – which are passed on to us from the federal and state governments – have already placed a heavy financial burden on the Shire and its ratepayers.

“You have to wonder when it is going to stop!”

Federal Financial Assistance Grants are provided by the Commonwealth to local authorities to pay for vital community services and infrastructure, including roads, parks, swimming pools and libraries.

For Sale

Quotation QBSC/14/031 Quotations for the purchase of ten (10) used light vehicles

Posted 19th Aug 2014 in Current Quotations
Quotations are invited for the purchase of ten used light vehicles (2012 Sedans, Seven utes - 2010 Toyota Workmate, 2010 Mazda BT50, 2012 Ford Ranger, 2012 Commodore, 4WD Nissan Navara Extra cab and 4WD Nissan Navara Dual Cab). Closing date at 12noon on Friday 12 September, 2014. More...
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QBSC/14/031 – QUOTATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF TEN (10) USED LIGHT VEHICLES

Quotations are invited for the above quotation closing at 12 noon on Friday 12 September, 2014.

Council Plant No.           Description
3053                      Sedan – 2012 Ford Falcon XT
3056                      Sedan – 2012 Ford Falcon XT
3058                      Sedan – 2012 Toyota Aurion AT-X
4013                      2WD Ute – 2010 Toyota Hilux Workmate (CAB CHASSIS)
4016                      2WD Ute – 2010 Mazda BT50 (canopy) ****(amended year 1/9/2014)
4029                      2WD Ute – 2012 Ford Ranger XL (drop side)
4030                      2WD Ute – 2012 Holden Commodore VE Omega (style side)
4333                      4WD Ute – 2011 Nissan Navara D40 RX King Cab (CAB CHASSIS)
4372                      4WD Ute – 2011 Nissan Navara D40 RK Dual Cab (drop side)
4373                      4WD Ute – 2012 Nissan Navara D40 Dual Cab (drop side)

Quotation documents are available from the Council’s Customer Service Centre at any time during normal office hours or download the Quotation package on Council’s and complete the Form of Quotation.

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “QBSC/14/031 – Quotations for the purchase of ten (10) used light vehicles” 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, 5 September, 2014 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.

All vehicles are sold unregistered. Roadworthy certificates will be provided for private purchasers only and current at the time of sale, however vehicles sold as cab chassis will be sold in an “as is condition”. The vehicles will not be released until the replacement vehicles are fully in service. The fire extinguishers and some ancillary equipment will not be sold with the vehicles and will be removed by Council.  These vehicles are also offered as trades against the new replacement vehicles and Council reserves the right to sell these vehicles 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.

Mayor Bill Lowis with collected fluming for recycling

Fluming recycling trial keeps nine tonnes of plastic out of landfill

Posted 13th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
The Burdekin Shire Council’s fluming recycling trial has been hailed a success with almost nine tonnes of plastic kept out of the Shire’s landfill. More...
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Mayor Bill Lowis with collected fluming for recycling

The Burdekin Shire Council’s fluming recycling trial has been hailed a success with almost nine tonnes of plastic kept out of the Shire’s landfill.

Mayor Bill Lowis said the trial, held in conjunction with Recycling Design Technologies (RDT), was well supported by local farmers.

“Council allowed farmers to drop their stockpiles of old fluming and trickle tape to the Home Hill Waste Transfer Station, and considering it’s a busy time of year there was quite a bit collected,” he said.

“If we can prevent this sort of waste being dumped in our landfill, or from being burnt, then it’s of benefit to everyone.”

Cr Lowis said Council was investigating further opportunities to work with Burdekin farmers and growers on the disposal of plastics.

It is estimated 100km of fluming is sold to Burdekin farmers each year.

RDT spokesman Kevin Smith said he had collected about 15 bales of fluming and a small amount of trickle tape.

“Each bale weighs between 500-600kg depending on how tightly it is compressed,” he said.

RDT is based in Capalaba near Brisbane, but currently works in the district collecting trickle tape which is turned back into recycled plastic products for the auto industry, battery cases and other industrial plastic products.

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10,000 Steps Community Challenge reaches halfway point

Posted 12th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Participants in the Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Challenge have logged more than 36 million steps as they reach the halfway point. More...
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Participants in the Burdekin 10,000 Steps Community Challenge have logged more than 36 million steps as they reach the halfway point.

Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said there were 175 residents taking part in the event which was a Burdekin record.

“We have had a fantastic response to this challenge and I congratulate all who are taking part,” he said.

“It’s great to see so many people take up the challenge to improve their general health, fitness and wellbeing.

“We’ve reached the halfway mark now and some of the individual totals are huge.

“The women are certainly stepping all over the men at this stage!”

Mr Vaccaro said the total steps of all participants as at Monday this week was 36,148,224.

“Our leading woman is Deb Harris who has reached 846,468 steps and Ian McChesney-Clark leads the men with 442,111,” he said.

“Participants log their steps on the 10,000 Steps website and it is important that if any team members pull out to let our office know to ensure the statistics are as accurate as possible.

“There have been a few issues with some of the pedometers not working, but there are replacements on the way.

“If anyone does have a broken pedometer, please make sure to return it to Council for replacement.”

Mr Vaccaro said participants also were getting health, fitness and wellbeing incentives and advice from NRGIZE Fitness, Curves, Weight Watchers, Sportfirst and Fit 4 Life NQ.

If any participants are having problems, please contact Lauren McKaig on 4783 9832 or

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NDRRA – Bitumen Reconstruction Works – Home Hill and Ayr Rural Areas

Posted 7th Aug 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will be occurring at various locations in the Home Hill and Ayr Urban areas, until approximately Friday 26th September 2014, weather permitting. More...
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Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that bitumen reconstruction works will be occurring at various locations on the following roads in the Home Hill Rural area:

  • Carter Road
  • Charlies Hill Road
  • Coppo Road

and the following roads in the Ayr Rural area:

  • Hillier Road
  • Keith Venables Road
  • Sexton Road
  • Tomlins Road

Works will commence on Monday 11th August 2014 until approximately Friday 26th September 2014, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed utilising traffic control, requiring reduced traffic movements and reduced speeds during working hours. However whilst stabilising works is in progress road closures will be 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 please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Robyn Elphinstone and Bill Murray

Book explains history of Burdekin place names

Posted 5th Aug 2014 in Media Releases
Have you ever wondered about the history of the place names like Bobawaba, Carstairs or Kalamia? Burdekin Library Ayr has just the book for you - Place Names of the Burdekin. More...
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Robyn Elphinstone and Bill Murray

Have you ever wondered about the history of the place names like Bobawaba, Carstairs or Kalamia? Burdekin Library Ayr has just the book for you – Place Names of the Burdekin.

This book was written by local history buff Bill Murray with the help of Burdekin Library Officer Robyn Elphinstone.

Mr Murray, a former Burdekin Shire Councillor, began writing books about the Burdekin back in the 1980s.

“I’ve always had an interest in history,” he said.

“My family had properties around Emu Park and Yeppoon and it was their story that started my interest in history.

“I loved to hear my mother’s stories about life on Missfelts and Beechwood.”

Mr Murray arrived in Ayr in 1956, married local girl Marie Christensen and they both lived on Kilrie Road for many years.

“I used to work with Telecom (Telstra) as a special projects officer and I had to go all over the State fixing any problems that couldn’t be solved locally,” he said.

“When you travel around like that, you see a lot of names and wonder where they came from.

“I just wanted to get the Burdekin names into a book before they all disappear.”

Mr Murray has written nine books about the Burdekin, including Graves not in Cemetery – Ayr or Home Hill, Write Up on Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse, Write Up on Charlies Hill – WWII Radar Site, Story of Wunjunga, The Island ‘Rita’, Kalamia School, Yongala Ship Wreck Write Up, National Service Files Record and James Morrill – File.

Mrs Elphinstone helped Mr Murray collate and edit his latest book.

“This sort of project is part of my job at the Library as I look after all the local history collection,” she said.

“We have created a local history nook at the Burdekin Library Ayr to make it easy for people to find all the relevant books and information about Burdekin history.”