Council offers deepest sympathies to family of Thomas Jackson

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin has offered her deepest sympathies to the family of British backpacker hero Thomas Jackson.

“This is a very sad time and on behalf of Council and the Burdekin community I would like to express our sympathy to Tom’s family, friends and fellow travellers at Home Hill Backpackers,” she said.

“I would respectfully ask the media to be sensitive to what these young people are going through as they have now tragically lost two friends.

“We will continue support the backpackers and our community through this terribly sad time and the Red Cross will continue to be on site to help with recovery.”

Council will hold a Community Meeting for Home Hill residents at the Burdekin Memorial Hall, Home Hill, tomorrow (31/8) at 5.30pm. This meeting will be addressed by the Mayor, Queensland Police and Red Cross.

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Eighth Street and Eleventh Avenue



Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise road reconstruction, footpath and kerb and channel works will commence in Home Hill at the following locations:

  • Eighth Street from Eleventh Avenue to Twelfth Avenue
  • Eleventh Avenue from Eighth Street to Sixth Street

Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 29th August, 2016 continuing until approximately Friday 28th October, 2016, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under traffic with speed restrictions in place.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on site personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

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


QBSC/16/029 – Project Coordination and Management – Energy Efficiency Projects

Council invites quotations for the services of experienced and qualified consultants for the purposes of developing a coordinated and logical plan of energy efficiency initiatives to be investigated and implemented.

Investigating the feasibility and determining the business case for each project will be an integral component.

This quotation does not cover the actual physical completion of infrastructure works.

Quotations close 4 pm Thursday 29 September 2016.

You can download the specification using the link below.

Council to host sessions about National Disability Insurance Scheme

Burdekin Shire Council will host two National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information sessions from 4pm-6pm on September 6 at the Burdekin Theatre in Ayr.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Community Information Session and the Doing Business with the NDIS session were essential to ensure residents and businesses were aware of how they could access the scheme.

“The Burdekin currently has about 230 people accessing disability services and this number is expected to grow to 300 under the NDIS,” she said.

“There are opportunities for service providers or businesses to be part of the scheme and help these residents, their families and carers.

“The Community Information Session which will be held in the Burdekin Theatre Foyer will focus on how the NDIS can meet the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers. It will also explain how the scheme works for this sector of our community. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the new scheme and to understand how it will help you.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Doing Business with the NDIS Session would be held in the Music Loft above the Burdekin Library.

“This session will help businesses understand how they can engage with the scheme,” she said. “It will focus on how to register to be an NDIS provider, opportunities for workforce development and how to expand your business through service adaptation to offer services under the scheme.

“I would encourage all businesses to consider attending this particular session as there is a wide scope of services required for our local participants in the scheme.”

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) General Manager Media, Communication and Engagement Maryanne Diamond, said that with the roll out of the NDIS in the Burdekin area due to commence from 1 January, 2017, the NDIA was calling on people with disability, providers and the community to get NDIS Ready.

“The NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability, including more than 91,000 people in Queensland,” Ms Diamond said.

“The Scheme is being introduced geographically in Queensland over the next three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable.

“The NDIS is a big change, but there’s things you can do in the lead up to get NDIS Ready, such as learn if you might be able to access the NDIS and collect any reports, assessments or information you might find helpful for when the NDIS comes to you.”

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