Environment, Waste and Water

Pelicans on the dam

These pages describe how we are undertaking our responsibility for the protection of the environment, managing natural resources, protecting the quality of water and managing the disposal of waste water and solid waste.

  • Bowen / Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee

    The Bowen / Burdekin LMAC covers the coastal and inland area extending from Haughton River in the north to Yeates Creek in the south and includes Giru, Ayr and Bowen communities.
    LMACs enable local communities to have effective input into managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provide a community forum for interest groups, government and the community to discuss issues around marine resources.

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    A local voice on Marine Park issues

    The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is advised on management issues about the Marine Park at a local level by voluntary community-based committees called Local Marine Advisory Committees (LMACs).

    LMACs enable local communities to have effective input into managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provide a community forum for interest groups, government and the community to discuss issues around marine resources.

    The purpose of an LMAC is to:

    • Improve the involvement and support of local communities in the management, the ecologically, socially and economically sustainable use, and the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (World Heritage Area).
    • Advise GBRMPA and other World Heritage Area Agencies on issues and policies relating to specific activities, conservation, environment, public information and public education concerning their local catchment, marine and coastal region.
    • Facilitate communication between user groups in the local community.
    • Promote the exchange of information about, and raise awareness of, issues impacting on the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem between communities, the GBRMPA and other Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area agencies.

    Bowen / Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee

    The Bowen / Burdekin LMAC covers the coastal and inland area extending from Haughton River in the north to Yeates Creek in the south and includes Giru, Ayr and Bowen communities.  The current term for the Bowne/Burdekin LMAC is 2012-2015.

    The LMAC helps the GBRMPA and other management agencies to keep in touch with marine and coastal issues in the Bowen / Burdekin region and understand how the local community and businesses use of the Marine Park. LMACs provide both an advisory and a communication role between the community and the GBRMPA.

    Regional focus

    The Bowen / Burdekin region is diverse and its prosperous economy is based on agriculture, fishing, tourism, and mining.

    The Burdekin region is labelled the sugar capital of Australia. Local farms are drought-proof because of the Burdekin River, the reserves of the Burdekin Falls Dam and an underground aquifer which lies just 10 metres below the surface.

    Just north of Bowen is the Abbot Point coal loading port. Coal is mined inland of Bowen in the Bowen Basin and is brought by rail to a deepwater pier to be loaded on bulk carriers.

    The Bowen / Burdekin region is a mecca for fishing and is well-known for its barramundi, mudcrabs, other estuary species and off-coast reef fishing. The region has one of the highest rates of boat ownership per head of population.

    Meetings and activities

    During September 2012 LMAC Committee members invited GBRMPA staff to inspect Horseshoe Bay’s fringing reef after concerns about coral recovery following Cyclone Yasi. Read the full story.

     Bowen / Burdekin LMAC membership

      NamePosition
    Ivan GarrodChair
    Di SchultzSecretary/Treasurer
    John ByersMember
    John CampbellMember
    Stephen DarwenMember
    Jim GastonMember
    Neil GreenMember
    Tracy JensenMember
    Bob KennedyMember
    Cr Ross LewisMember
    Tom McShaneMember
    Matthew MaginMember
    Ann MecklemMember
    Travis RynnMember

    How to become involved?

    Stakeholders interested in presenting to, or observing the Bowen / Burdekin LMAC meeting should contact the Chair Ivan Garrod.

    For further information on the Bowen / Burdekin LMAC please contact:

    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
    LMAC Coordinator
    PO Box 1379
    TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810
    Tel: (07) 4750 0700
    Fax: (07) 4772 6093
    Email:

  • The 'heart' of the Burdekin

    Environmental Protection

    Environmental Protection is in relation to Council's responsibities for the implementation of specific provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and subordinate legislation pertaining to the protection of the environment from environmental harm.  Other legislation administerd by Council in relation to environmental protection is the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011. State Legislation includes: Environmental Protection Act [...]

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    Environmental Protection is in relation to Council’s responsibities for the implementation of specific provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and subordinate legislation pertaining to the protection of the environment from environmental harm.  Other legislation administerd by Council in relation to environmental protection is the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.

    State Legislation includes:

    • Environmental Protection Act 1994
    • Environmental Protection Regulation 2008
    • Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 (EPP Water)
    • Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008
    • Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 1997
    • Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000
    • Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011
    • Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011

    Activities regulated and enforced in relation to environmental protection include environmentally relevant activities (ERAs), contamination of waterways, environmental nuisances including light, noise, odour, particles and smoke, erosion and sediment control, illegal dumping and dewatering permits

  • Land Protection

    Council’s Environment and Health section offers information and assistance on matters relating to Declared Pests in the Burdekin Shire area.Council responsibilities include:development and implementation of Pest Management Plans; control of declared plants and declared animals within the Council area in accordance with the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002; prevention of the introduction and spread of declared plants and animals within the Council area; and enforcement of relevant provisions of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. Landholder responsibilities:control declared plants and declared animals on their own land.

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    Council’s Environment and Health section offers information and assistance on matters relating to Declared Pests in the Burdekin Shire area.

    Council responsibilities include:

    • development and implementation of Pest Management Plans;
    • control of declared plants and declared animals within the Council area in accordance with the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002;
    • prevention of the introduction and spread of declared plants and animals within the Council area; and
    • enforcement of relevant provisions of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

    Landholder responsibilities:

    • control declared plants and declared animals on their own land.
  • Natural Resource Management

    Community Tree Planting  Burdekin Shire Council supports all Landcare groups, Community groups, Schools and individual landowners that are engaging in genuine revegetation projects. In terms of Council responsibilities, the Natural Resource Management Unit maintains two native plant nurseries that supplies local tree planting groups as well as Council tree planting and revegetation/restoration activities such as [...]

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    Community Tree Planting 

    Burdekin Shire Council supports all Landcare groups, Community groups, Schools and individual landowners that are engaging in genuine revegetation projects.

    In terms of Council responsibilities, the Natural Resource Management Unit maintains two native plant nurseries that supplies local tree planting groups as well as Council tree planting and revegetation/restoration activities such as Cattana Wetlands,  Reef Rescue projects, River Improvement Trust projects and Tropical Tree Day.  Council does not retail to the general public.

    The Natural Resource Management Unit is also involved in Council’s hazard reduction burn program. This program operates in conjunction with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Resource Management as well as Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. Works of this nature are designed to reduce the frequency of wildfires, protect adjacent urban areas and provide a measure of conservation to nearby forest habitats.

  • Sewerage

    Burdekin Shire Council is committed to providing our customers with continuous, high quality water and wastewater (sewerage) services. Burdekin Shire Council has developed customer service standards in the key performance areas of: •Continuity of supply •Quality of water •Adequacy of water supply •Effective transport of waste/effluent We plan to assess compliance to these standards annually and produce a written report on our performance.

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  • Waste Bins

    Waste and Recycling

    Do you know how much waste you make? Each Australian contributes around one tonne of waste each year – a mixture of household garbage and industrial waste. Council has adopted a three bin waste management system that provides recycling to all households in the waste collection area. All households in the towns of Ayr, Home Hill. Brandon, Giru, and Alva also have a green waste service.

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    Do you know how much waste you make?

    Each Australian contributes around one tonne of waste each year – a mixture of household garbage and industrial waste.

    In the urban areas of the Burdekin Shire (Ayr, Home Hill, Brandon, Giru, and Alva) we have adopted a three bin waste management system that provides waste, recycling and green waste facilities to all households.

    In the remainder of the waste collection area we have a two bin system for waste and recycling.

  • Home Hill Treatment Plant

    Water Supply

    The Water and Wastewater Operational Section of Council is responsible for the installation and repair of water meters, water services, water mains and fire hydrants in the Shire.

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    The Water and Wastewater Operational Section of Council is responsible for the installation and repair of water meters, water services, water mains and fire hydrants in the Shire. If you require a new water meter to be installed, or if you are unsure if your water meter is working correctly, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

    Council offers an after hours emergency service for water and wastewater problems. If you have any problems after hours please call (07) 4783 9800 and follow the prompts.

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