Railway Street – Footpath Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise footpath works will commence in Railway Street, Ayr from Queen Street to Graham Street. Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 29th May, 2017 continuing until approximately Friday 16th June, 2017, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under traffic with speed restrictions and reduced trafficable widths in place. On street parking in Railway Street will be affected due to the works.

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.

Grant paves way for switchboard upgrade

Burdekin Shire Council has received a Queensland Government grant to upgrade its aging South Ayr Water Treatment Plant Switchboard.

The upgrade will improve the reliability of the Burdekin’s water supply network for years to come.

Burdekin Shire Council Manager Operations Wayne Saldumbide said the project was co-funded by the Queensland Government and Council on a 50/50 basis, thanks to a grant provided through the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning’s Community Resilience Fund.

“The works will include the provision of an emergency backup generator which will enable continuous service supply during power outages and natural disasters,” he said.

“Council thanks the Queensland Government for helping to the fund this important project, which will boost the reliability of our water supply network heading into the future.”

Preliminary works will commence on Monday 29 May 2017.

The South Ayr Water Treatment Plant will need be taken completely offline between Monday 19 June and Friday 23 June, 2017 to allow electricity supply mains to be cut over to the new switchboard.

Council requires the cooperation of residents, who are asked to limit their water usage to essential purposes to ease demand during this week, as the townships of Ayr, Brandon and Alva will be relying solely on Nelsons Lagoon borefield during this period.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Send us your photos of the Burdekin

Calling all budding photographers.

The Burdekin Advocate is in the process of developing a new tourism guide to showcase our region to visitors.

Burdekin Shire Council is collecting images to feature in the guide and needs some great photos to help promote all that is great about visiting the Burdekin.

We’re encouraging the Burdekin’s budding photographers to send us some of their best shots. While we can’t pay for the photos we can give credit.

The new guide aims to bring together all of the Burdekin’s the tourist, business and lifestyle opportunities into one tourism booklet.

Burdekin Shire Council is also encouraging businesses and community organisations to contact the Advocate if they’re interested in advertising in the publication.

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Ayr and Brandon residents requested to conserve water between 29 May and 30 June 2017.

Burdekin Shire Council is carrying out planned maintenance works during the period Monday 29th May and 30th June 2017. These works require the South Ayr Water Borefield to be taken offline to allow the installation of a new electrical switchboard.  The South Ayr Reservoir will also need to be taken offline for the week 19th to 23rd June 2017, further limiting the capacity of the water supply system.

Residents of Ayr and Brandon are requested to limit water usage to essential purposes to ease demand and maintain essential water supply to the townships during this four week period and to take particular care not to make unnecessary use of water in the week of 19th -23rd of June.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of these necessary maintenance works.

For further information or queries, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Townsville Enterprise Limited briefs Council on opportunities

Burdekin Shire Council has been briefed on Townsville Enterprise Limited’s (TEL) plans to grow and develop the region.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin yesterday welcomed TEL Chief Executive Officer Patricia O’Callaghan and members of her team, who visited Council to deliver a presentation and update on current and future projects.

Cr McLaughlin said the Burdekin was seen as an important part of the bigger regional picture for North Queensland, with unique opportunities for agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.

“Burdekin Shire Council would like to thank TEL for visiting us yesterday to provide an update on their work and to present on some of the opportunities for our Shire and for North Queensland going forward,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“These opportunities include looking at how we can build and develop our presence in areas like agriculture, aquaculture and edu-tourism, and what skills and support resources are available to make that a reality.

“The need for energy and water projects to secure North Queensland’s future have been highlighted by TEL as key priorities for the wider region.

“While all the individual councils will have their own specific priorities, working together to create a vision for North Queensland as a whole was spoken about as a key strategy going forward.”

Temporary Road Closure – Burdekin Sugar Rush

MacMillan, Little Drysdale and Wickham Streets, AYR

The following temporary road closures will be in place between 5.00am and 10am on Sunday 28th May, 2017 to allow the hosting of the annual Burdekin Sugar Rush Fun Run and Walk.

  • MacMillan Street, Ayr – closed between Pool and Little Drysdale Streets
  • Little Drysdale Street, Ayr – closed between MacMillan and Wickham Streets
  • Wickham Street, Ayr – closed between Little Drysdale and Mackenzie Streets

All traffic will be detoured for the period of the closures to ensure the safety of participants and spectators.

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

Road Condition Report – Burdekin Shire

Road Condition Report for Burdekin Shire as at 2.00pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Council Controlled Roads

  • Cromarty Creek Boat Ramp Road – Traffic hazards, proceed with caution
  • Hodel Road – Traffic hazards, proceed with caution

Motorists are all reminded “If it’s flooded forget it”

Further updates to this report will be provided as conditions change.

North Queensland Regional Plan ideas hub

Burdekin residents are being invited to help shape the first ever North Queensland Regional Plan by sharing their ideas at a community consultation event at Plantation Park Markets this weekend.

The plan will bring together Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island and Townsville councils and will guide the region over the next 25 years.

A series of community events organised by the Queensland Government will be held across North Queensland giving residents a chance to have their say.

The first ideas hub in the Burdekin will be held at Plantation Park Markets this Sunday 21 May between 8:00am and midday.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke encouraged locals to have their say and help create a vision for the future of North Queensland.

“The plan will provide the basis for the planning and delivery of infrastructure and services, connect council areas and improve opportunities for economic development and liveability and is core to the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the future of our region,” she said.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Burdekin residents now had the chance to have their say on shaping North Queensland.

“The Burdekin offers unique opportunities for employment, agriculture, tourism, education, lifestyle and more,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The North Queensland Regional Plan will establish a vision and direction for the wider region and look at, as a Council area, how we contribute to that picture going forward.

“Each of the five councils will have their own priorities, but there is a definite need for councils to plan as a region.”

You can also have your say at www.qld.gov.au/PlanNQ.

First Cane Fire of the Season to light up the night

A paddock to plate long-table dinner and live music will add to the festivities when the First Cane Fire of the Season lights up Gudjuda Home Hill Showgrounds on Wednesday 31 May.

Burdekin Shire Council is staging the celebratory event with support from the Queensland Government, Burdekin Tourism Association and Gudjuda Reference Group.

The Burdekin remains one of the only places to still burn sugarcane before it is cut and the Shire’s spectacular cane fires have become a unique visitor experience for the region.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the First Cane Fire of the Season event was a way of engaging tourists and the wider community with the cane farming history of the Burdekin. “Visitors can talk to a local cane cutter and experience the sight and feel of a cane fire up close,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“For the first time, this year we will be presenting a long-table dinner. Guests will be able to purchase paddock to plate food provided by Claredale Pastures, while enjoying live music.

“For anyone who hasn’t seen a cane fire before, it is a spectacular sight to behold.

“We extend a warm invitation to visitors from Townsville and around the wider region to join us and see what it’s all about.”

Greg Miller from Burdekin Farm Stay will provide insight into the significance of cane burning in the Burdekin region and, after the main cane fire, guests will be invited to sit around a fire pit and share stories.

The cane will be burnt for the Australian Hand Cane-Cutting Championships being held on Saturday 3 June.

People are invited to arrive at Gudjuda Home Hill Showgrounds, Sixth Avenue, Home Hill, from 5.30pm, with live music starting at 6pm.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Bitumen Reseals – Rural Areas

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that the previously advertised bitumen reseal works have been rescheduled due to wet weather, the reseals will commence on the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 – Mango Avenue, Bartlett Road, Sayers Road, Seaforth Road
  • Friday 26 May 2017 – Linton Road, Baker Road, Sibson Road, Bapty Road
  • Monday 29 May 2017 – Fowler Road, Linton Road, Sibson Road
  • Tuesday 30 May 2017 – Bapty Road, Bartlett Road
  • Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June 2017 – Daniel Road, Baker Road, Pioneer Road, Sayers Road

Residents are requested to have their vehicles parked away from the roadway as far as practicable to avoid bitumen overspray.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and Traffic Controllers for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council would like to thank the 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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