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Ronald McDonald TMP

Queen Street – Temporary Lane Closure – Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

Posted 24th Jul 2014 in Current Road Conditions, Public Notices
A temporary single lane closure, including centre parking, will be established in Queen Street, Ayr from the Edwards Street intersection at Harvey Norman up to and including the shop frontage of Sibby Saitta’s World of Fashion, on Saturday 26th July 2014, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm for the Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser. More...
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A temporary single lane closure, including centre parking, will be established in Queen Street, Ayr from the Edwards Street intersection at Harvey Norman up to and including the shop frontage of  Sibby Saitta’s World of Fashion, on Saturday 26th July 2014, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm for the Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser.

The general public and business owners are requested to remove their vehicles from the affected area prior to the 5pm closure.

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

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Lena Road – Bitumen Construction Works

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.

QLD Heritage Day

Ayr Showgrounds – Changed Traffic Conditions and Partial Road Closure – Queensland Heritage Rally

Changed traffic conditions and a partial road closure will be in place on the streets surrounding the Ayr Showgrounds including the Bruce Highway from 9.00am to 4.00pm Friday 25th July 2014 to Sunday 27th July 2014 for the Queensland Heritage Rally More...
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QLD Heritage Day

Changed traffic conditions and a partial road closure will be in place on the streets surrounding the Ayr Showgrounds including the Bruce Highway from 9.00am to 4.00pm Friday 25th July 2014 to Sunday 27th July 2014 for the Queensland Heritage Rally.

Motorists are requested to comply with speed restrictions in place and to exercise caution when driving in the vicinity of the showgrounds due to the anticipated high pedestrian traffic volumes during these hours.

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

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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.”

Dan Mulcahy

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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Dan Mulcahy

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

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Pet rego discount period finishes July 31

Posted 21st Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Time is running out for Burdekin residents to take advantage of the 50 per cent discount on their pet registrations. The discount period ends July 31. More...
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Time is running out for Burdekin residents to take advantage of the 50 per cent discount on their pet registrations.

Burdekin Shire Council Coordinator Environment and Health Linda Govan said residents with dogs and cats had until Thursday, July 31, to get the discount.

“I encourage residents to take advantage of the discount and pay before the end of this month,” she said.

“There are even further discounts if your pets have been de-sexed and microchipped.

“Cats and dogs are required to be registered from three months of age and Council only charges for the cost of the tag – $7.80.”

Ms Govan said residents who believed they were entitled to further discounts than those displayed on their renewal form should contact Council.

“The fees on the renewal forms are based on the information council currently has on the animal or the pension card holder, so if this needs to be updated bring the appropriate documentation to council’s customer service centre,” she said.

Any pet owners who have not received a renewal notice in the mail or have changed address should contact the Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800.

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Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day this weekend

Posted in Media Releases
Grab your gloves, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and head down to Juru Walk at Plantation Park, Ayr, for the Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day this Sunday (July 27) from 9am. More...
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Grab your gloves, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and head down to Juru Walk at Plantation Park, Ayr, for the Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day this Sunday (July 27) from 9am.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the day was not just about hard work as there would be a free barbecue and cold refreshments on offer for all volunteers.

“The weather is beautiful to be outside right now and by lending a hand volunteers are helping to protect one of the last remaining pockets of remnant vegetation in the Burdekin delta,” he said.

“Council employees have already prepared the holes for the trees so now it’s just a matter of planting the new trees.”

The Lower Burdekin Landcare Association will supply up to 1500 trees to be planted at the site including Moreton Bay Ash, Cabbage Tree Palm and Weeping Paperbark.

The National Tree Planting Day event will run from 9am to 11.30am at Plantation Park’s Juru Walk on Sunday, July 27.

Burdekin National Tree Planting Day volunteers will receive gloves, tools and the equipment needed to plant the trees as well as watering cans, buckets and drinking water.

Participants will need to bring covered shoes, a hat and a water bottle and it is recommended people also wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection. Council also will have sunscreen and mosquito repellent available.

Council, Lower Burdekin Landcare, NQ Dry Tropics, Don West Toyota, Greening Australia and Planet Ark had joined forces to host the event.

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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People to people July 2014

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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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.

Fasttrack National Talent Showcase & Workshop

$2000 in cash and prizes up for grabs at Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase

Posted 14th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Calling all singers, dancers, bands, musicians, duos, comedians, DJs and anyone else with talent – register for the upcoming Fast Track Talent Showcase and you could win $2000 in cash and prizes. More...
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Fasttrack National Talent Showcase & Workshop

Calling all singers, dancers, bands, musicians, duos, comedians, DJs and anyone else with talent – register for the upcoming Fast Track Talent Showcase and you could win $2000 in cash and prizes.

Burdekin Shire Youth Council coordinator Tammy Quagliata said there were no age or genre restrictions on entrants and all participating would attend a morning workshop with The Clique’s Jordan and Jacinta and Frank Dixon.

“This is a great way for our talented performers to get up on stage and perform in front of entertainment industry professionals,” she said.

“We know there is so much talent in the Burdekin and surrounding areas and we really want to show the Yoyo Music Team what we have to offer … even if you are just a beginner, you should give it a shot.

“The Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase is your chance to shine. Who knows, you may even end up on The Voice or The X Factor!”

The event, to be held at the Burdekin Theatre on August 16, will consist of workshops in the morning, heats in the afternoon and the final showcase at night.

Mrs Quagliata said tickets for the final Showcase would go on sale this Saturday (July 19).

“The final showcase will include the top 12 from the heats as well as guest performances by The Clique and Frank Dixon,” she said.

“Tickets to the final showcase will be $20 each.

“We also will have general $10 admission tickets available for the heats and these will go on sale as soon as registrations have been finalised and the heats announced.”

Enter the Fast Track Talent Showcase by Friday, July 25, by sending your name, email address, age and a brief description of your act to: or call 1300 327 801 for more information.

ANZAC centenary Qld

Community input sought on ANZAC Centenary project

Posted 9th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Burdekin residents are being asked to put forward a local project to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary. More...
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Next year is the centenary of World War I where the ANZAC legend was born and Burdekin residents are being asked to put forward a local project to commemorate this event.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said Council was seeking community input on the type of ANZAC Centenary commemorative project and would hold a meeting next week.

“There are State Government funds available to be applied for and Council invites the community to come forward with their ideas on what an appropriate project would be to honour this occasion,” he said.

“We have a short window of time to get this moving as applications close on August 12.

“I urge anyone with any ideas to come along to next Thursday’s meeting and share it with us.”

To be eligible for state funds the project will not only commemorate those who served in wars, but also must:

  • raise community awareness of the ANZAC Centenary;
  • contribute to a statewide program of diverse, inclusive and educative ANZAC Centenary projects and activities;
  • promote the ANZAC values of courage, integrity, duty, mateship, compassion, resilience, toughness and teamwork;
  • encourage community participation and engagement; and promote social, cultural or economic benefit to the community; and
  • be completed by December 31, 2015.

Examples of eligible projects and activities include:

  • public commemorative events – ceremonies, parades, re-enactments of WWI events that impacted on the Burdekin community;
  • restoration or enhancement of existing memorials;
  • preservation, interpretation and/or display of WWI history, stories, memorabilia and artefacts such as public displays, web or mobile applications, web-based materials, exhibitions, music, theatrical performances; and
  • acquisition of WWI memorabilia, artefacts and/or research materials such as books and educational materials for the library.

The meeting will be held in Council’s John Hy Peake Room at 7.30pm on Thursday, July 17.

For more information about Queensland Government funding programs go to www.qld.gov.au/grants

Mayor watches cyclone shelter walls go up

Burdekin cyclone shelter’s walls go up

Posted 8th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
The concrete wall panels of the Burdekin Shire’s multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility are going up quickly. More...
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Mayor watches cyclone shelter walls go up

The concrete wall panels of the Burdekin Shire’s multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility are going up quickly.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said the contractors had a large crane on site to lift the 59 concrete wall panels into place.

“The walls are supported by steel struts as they are erected and a steel portal frame will be constructed on the interior of the facility,” he said.

“These panels weigh from 10-25 tonnes and are 200-250mm thick, so they should withstand anything nature can throw at them.

“There have only been minor delays in the project with some time lost due to wet weather.”

Cr Lowis said the $2.7 million facility would be completed by mid-November this year.

The Burdekin multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility measures 65m x 26m and will have an internal open area of about 50m x 26m. It is designed to withstand a Category 5 cyclone.

Lower Burdekin Landcare Nursery Manager Ross Gelling

Up to 1500 trees to be planted at Juru Walk for National Tree Planting Day

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Juru Walk at Plantation Park, Ayr, will be this year’s target for the Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day on Sunday, July 27. The event will be the biggest yet with up to 1500 trees to be planted at the site. More...
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Lower Burdekin Landcare Nursery Manager Ross Gelling

Juru Walk at Plantation Park, Ayr, will be this year’s target for the Burdekin’s National Tree Planting Day on Sunday, July 27.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said this year’s event would be the biggest yet with up to 1500 trees to be planted at the site.

“There will be 10 different varieties of trees, including Moreton Bay Ash, Cabbage Tree Palm, Weeping Paperbark and Native Damson to name a few,” he said.

“All of the trees will be supplied by the Lower Burdekin Landcare Association.

“We hope to have 100 volunteers turn up for the event – as the saying goes, many hands make light work.

“Year 8 students from Burdekin Catholic High have already signed up to help, but more will be needed.

“It’s not all about hard yakka though as all our volunteers will get to enjoy a free sausage sizzle/barbecue and soft drinks.”

Lower Burdekin Landcare Nursery Manager Ross Gelling said the area was unique as it was one of the last remaining semi-intact pockets of remnant vegetation.

“The vegetation in Plantation Park is fairly typical of what would have been along most water courses in the Burdekin delta in times past,” he said.

“It’s a cabbage palm forest intermixed with dry broad-leafed species and Plantation Park holds within an incredibly large biodiversity of plant species.”

Cr Lowis said volunteers would receive gloves, tools and the equipment needed to plant the trees as well as watering cans, buckets and drinking water.

“Participants will need to bring covered shoes, a hat and a water bottle and it is recommended people also wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection,” he said.

“Council also will have sunscreen and mosquito repellent available.

“We’re inviting all residents to come along, have a bit of fun and get their hands dirty by doing something good for the environment.”

Cr Lowis said Council, Lower Burdekin Landcare, NQ Dry Tropics, Don West Toyota, Greening Australia and Planet Ark had joined forces to host the event.

The National Tree Planting Day event will run from 9am to 11.30am at Plantation Park’s Juru Walk on Sunday, July 27.

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Funding to ensure continuity of water supply during natural disasters

Posted 7th Jul 2014 in Media Releases
Council has received $20,100 from the Queensland Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Program for an automatic changeover switch to be installed at the Nelson’s Lagoon Water Supply Bore site. More...
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State Government funding will ensure Ayr and Brandon residents have a continuous supply of water during a natural disaster.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Council had received $20,100 from the Queensland Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Program for an automatic changeover switch to be installed at the Nelson’s Lagoon Water Supply Bore site.

“At present, when power is lost during a natural disaster event, it is necessary for a Council employee to travel, in dangerous conditions, to the Nelson’s Lagoon Water Supply Bore Site and manually switch the water supply system over to generator power,” he said.

“There are approximately 4670 connections in the Ayr-Brandon Water Supply Scheme and past natural disaster events had knocked out the power for up to five days.

“Residents may have been left without water supply if one of our employees didn’t risk their life to switch the system over to generator power.

“This funding will ensure residents have a continuous supply of water during natural disasters and they’ll be able to concentrate on other disaster recovery activities.

“And our employees avoid having to put their lives in danger and stay safe.”

Cr Lowis said businesses also would benefit as they could re-open shortly after events.

“Currently businesses would have to close their doors until their water supply was restored, but this new switch will enable them to open quickly, not only to locals but also the travelling public who may be stranded in the region,” he said.

BSC Economic Development and Community Support officer Lauren McKaig and 10,000 Steps individual winner 2013 Tianna Previtera

Community challenged to walk 10,000 steps a day for six weeks

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The entire Burdekin community is being challenged to walk 10,000 steps a day for six weeks. The 10,000 Steps Challenge kicks off on July 21. More...
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BSC Economic Development and Community Support officer Lauren McKaig and 10,000 Steps individual winner 2013 Tianna Previtera

The entire Burdekin community is being challenged to walk 10,000 steps a day for six weeks.

Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the 6th annual Burdekin Be Active Committee’s 10,000 Steps Challenge was shaping up to the biggest and best yet with all of the Burdekin community invited to take part.

“The Challenge kicks off on Monday, July 21, and participants can sign up by themselves or get a team of up to 10 together,” he said.

“We have 100 pedometers here ready for use by participants and already have had two teams of 10 sign up.

“This is a free health, fitness and wellbeing challenge encouraging people to run, walk, jog 10,000 steps every day for six weeks or take part in another sporting activity or exercise for 30 minutes every day for six weeks with the aim of changing habits for a lifetime.

“The Challenge is open to all individuals looking to improve their general health, fitness and wellbeing.

“The 10,000 Step Challenge started with a vision to make exercise part of everyone’s daily life.

“Not everyone will run a marathon, however anyone can complete the 10,000 Steps Challenge and experience the physical benefits that come from taking part.”

You can nominate a team of up to 10 people; when you register each team member will receive the following:

  • Free hire of a pedometer for the duration of the challenge
  • 15 per cent discount card from Sportfirst Ayr for the duration of the challenge
  • One FREE NRGIZE Fitness class pass
  • The Australian Women’s Weekly Eat for Health recipe book
  • Two pieces of fresh fruit
  • Shape Up Australia tape measure that indicates whether your waistline puts you in the healthy, risk or high risk range
  • Hardcopy step log
  • 10,000 Steps website information including login details for online step log and access to additional resources
  • Introductory informational brochure
  • Local walking maps (Ayr, Clare, Giru and Home Hill)
  • Promotional material from local health and fitness providers
  • Weekly newsletter with hints and tips about health, fitness and nutrition as well as challenge updates.

At the conclusion of the six-week challenge the members of the team with the highest average number of steps will each receive a Sportfirst Gift Pack, one month’s free membership at Curves and a voucher for NQ Fit 4 Life total value $139.

The male and female individuals with the highest number of steps will be awarded a free NRGIZE Fitness Bootcamp membership, a voucher for NQ Fit 4 Life and $50 worth of Weight Watchers products – total value of $239.

Anyone from the Burdekin Community can take part in the 10,000 Steps Community Challenge.

To nominate please contact Lauren McKaig at Council on 4783 9832 or email for more information and registration forms.