Parks and Gardens

Anzac Park

Parks, Gardens & Leisure Facilities

Burdekin Shire Council provides a diverse range of facilities, including parks and gardens with BBQ and picnic facilities, public swimming pools, sports parks and playgrounds, for the whole community to enjoy recreational, sporting and leisure pursuits.

Parks in the Burdekin:

Anzac Park, Macmillan Street, Ayr
Railway Park, Railway Street, Ayr
Coutts Park, Beach Road, Ayr
Loco Park, MacKenzie Street, Ayr
Plantation Park, Bruce Highway, Ayr
Rossiters Hill Park, Bruce Highway, Ayr
Gordon Street Park, Gordon Street, Ayr
Alva Beach Park, Sandowns Street, Alva Beach
RSL Park, Tenth Street, Home Hill
Arch Dunn Memorial Park, Tenth Avenue, Home Hill
Fruit Tree Park, Bruce Highway, Home Hill
Lions Park, Bruce Highway, Home Hill
Lloyd Mann Park, Eighth Avenue, Home Hill
Watson’s Green, Ninth Street, Home Hill
Ashworth Park, Eighth Avenue, Home Hill
Ford Park, First Street, Home Hill
Spiller Street Park, Spiller Street, Brandon
Memorial Park, Spiller Street, Brandon
Brolga Park, Carey Street, Giru

 

  • Care of Public Property

    Shire ratepayers who develop and maintain Council land adjoining their property are able to apply for and receive a rebate on their rates.

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    Overview

    At its meeting on August 8, 1996, Council adopted a policy for Shire ratepayers who develop and maintain Council land adjoining their property to apply for and receive a rebate on their rates.  This rebate compensates for the use of your private water supply to irrigate and maintain Council’s land. 

    Details

    To apply for this rebate you must firstly complete Form 1 – Care of Public Property which is an application for approval to develop the area in question.  The application is given to the Parks Co-ordinator who will confirm that the area to be developed on the application is correct and you will receive notification if your application has been approved or rejected.  The rebate can be claimed annually after the property’s rates have been paid for the financial year.  To claim the rebate Form 2 – Care of Public Property must be completed and supplied with a copy of your receipt for payment of rates.  Prior to any refund being issued, the Parks Co-ordinator will inspect the property to ensure it is being properly maintained.  Once the inspection has been carried out and the Parks Co-ordinator is satisfied the property has been maintained in a satisfactory manner, the refund will be granted.

    Fees

    • The refund amount is calculated at 6.5 Kl per annum per 12.5m2
    • Council may also assist with the provision of a $50.00 grant for the initial application towards the installation of a public water outlet on the owner’s premises should this be required.

    Who to contact

    For further information of Council’s ‘Care of Public Property’ Scheme…

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location 145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal Address PO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax (07) 4783 9999
    SMS 0437 886 008
    Email
    Online Use the Online Contact Form
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
  • Graffiti STOP

    Graffiti

    We have partnered with the Queensland Government to launch the GraffitiSTOP initiative.
    All incidents that are provided to GraffitiSTOP (1300 GRAFFITI) will be quickly removed.
    This rapid, zero tolerance response makes offenders likely to stop targeting your area.

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    Graffiti tagging and vandalism is a recurring problem in the Burdekin Shire costing ratepayers many thousands of dollars annually.

    These are funds that would otherwise be spent on providing local projects like parks, walk ways and improved roads.

    Burdekin Shire Council has partnered with the Queensland Government to launch the GraffitiSTOP initiative.

    All incidents that are provided to GraffitiSTOP will be removed within seven days. This rapid, zero tolerance response makes offenders likely to stop targeting your area.

    Is graffiti tagging a problem in your neighborhood? Is your home or business impacted by this crime?

    GraffitiSTOP is the best way for citizens to share information about graffiti tagging and vandalism problems in our community.

    Report all information to GraffitiSTOP and help keep our streets clean.

    There are multiple ways to provide information:

    1. Call 1300 Graffiti (1300 472 334) to report what you know and get graffiti removal and prevention advice. Hotline operates 6am to 6pm Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays.
    2. SMS what you know to 1300 Graffiti (1300 472 334) – 24/7.
    3. Report offences and share images via www.graffitistop.com.au

    GraffitiSTOP is a Queensland Government initiative.

    Council will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of any person or persons for vandalism.

    Who to Contact

    If you have knowledge of acts graffiti tagging call or SMS 1300 Graffiti (1300 472 334).
    For other acts of vandalism to Council property contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location 145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal Address PO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax (07) 4783 9999
    SMS 0437 886 008
    Email
    Online Use the Online Contact Form
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
  • Park Bookings for Weddings/Events

    Burdekin residents are welcome to use Council parks for weddings etc at no cost.

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    Burdekin residents are welcome to use Council parks for weddings or special events at no cost.

    If you would like to book a park, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.

    If the park is available and keys are required, these can be picked up a few days in advance from Customer Service.

    The park will be mowed and cleaned prior to your event.

  • Syringes

    If you find a syringe on public property contact Council's Customer Service Centre immediately on 07 4783 9800.

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    If you find a syringe on public property contact Council’s Customer Service Centre immediately on 07 4783 9800 and we will arrange for a Council staff member to collect it immediately in a safe manner.

    All Parks and Gardens employees carry sharps containers in their vehicles.

    Syringe sharps containers can be found in the following public toilets:

    • Queen Street, Ayr
    • Coutts Park, Ayr
    • Anzac Park, Ayr
    • Spiller Street Park, Brandon
    • Brolga Park, Giru
    • Alva Beach Park, Alva Beach
    • Lynchs Beach, Alva Beach
    • Comfort Stop, Home Hill
    • Lions Park, Home Hill
    • Ford Park, Home Hill
  • Tree Policy

    Burdekin Shire Council's Tree Policy has been developed to reduce risk to people and property and lower ongoing maintenance costs associated with damage caused to Council infrastructure.

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  • Tree Removal

    Contact the Council if a tree on your footpath is dead or dying or their roots are causing a problem to sewerage/water or concrete driveway on your property.

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    If a tree on your footpath is dead or dying or tree roots are interfering with your property’s sewerage/water infrastructure or concrete driveway, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.

    When a request for removal is received the parks staff will need to inspect and report on whether the need for removal of the tree is necessary.

    Who to Contact

    To contact the Council about tree removal…

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location 145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal Address PO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax (07) 4783 9999
    SMS 0437 886 008
    Email
    Online Use the Online Contact Form
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.
  • Trees – Avoiding conflict with your neighbour about trees

    Can you lop off the overhanging branches of a neighbour's tree? You can lop off overhanging branches of a neighbour's tree if the branches are causing a nuisance. You should not trespass on the neighbour's land to do this. However, any branches you lop off belong to them and they cannot refuse to take the [...]

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    Can you lop off the overhanging branches of a neighbour’s tree?

    You can lop off overhanging branches of a neighbour’s tree if the branches are causing a nuisance. You should not trespass on the neighbour’s land to do this. However, any branches you lop off belong to them and they cannot refuse to take the branches back if you are unable or unwilling to dispose of them.

    Generally, your neighbour is not obliged to share the cost of hiring someone to remove the branches if they are too big or too high for you to cut down.

    If it’s a fruit tree, can you keep the fruit?

    Technically, all the fruit on the tree belongs to the owners of the tree. They may be happy to let you keep the fruit on your side of the fence. The best thing to do is to talk to them.

    Other problems

    The roots of a tree can be a nuisance, particularly when they damage an adjoining property. The injured party has every right to sue.

    If your tree falls and strikes somebody, either on the road or on a neighbouring property, you may be liable for negligence.

    Trees should not be a traffic hazard. Where they are likely to be a problem to road users, the local council can order them to be removed, lowered or trimmed.

    Consult your solicitor if you require specific advice on problems created by trees.

    For more information on resolving Conflict contact the Dispute Resolution Centre in Townsville on 1800 809 605 or  07 4799 7870.

  • Trees and Powerlines

    Trees enhance our environment, streets and homes by providing shade, privacy, and sheltering wildlife, however the fact remains that trees and powerlines do not mix. Trees coming into contact with powerlines is one of the main causes of power supply interruptions during storms and extreme weather events. Here are a few tips to protect both your trees and your power supply.

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    Trees enhance our environment, streets and homes by providing shade, privacy, and sheltering wildlife, however the fact remains that trees and powerlines do not mix. Trees coming into contact with powerlines is one of the main causes of power supply interruptions during storms and extreme weather events. Here are a few tips to protect both your trees and your power supply.

    Watch out for powerlines when planting

    Before you plant, look up. If there are powerlines immediately above, consider how high the plant will be when it’s fully grown. If it’s more than a few metres, plant it some distance away from the powerlines.

    Ergon’s desired minimum distance between a pole and the trunk of a tree, which when fully grown will measure 4-5 metres, is 5 metres. If the tree is to grow to 10 metres high the desired distance away fom the power pole is 10 metres.

    However, for the service line, the one that connects power to most homes, trees can safely grow quite close, even brushing it lightly, and usually not cause a problem.

    Trimming trees

    Trimming trees that threaten powerlines ensures you have a safe and continuous power supply. If you think that trees near or on your property are interfering with powerlines, please contact Ergon to discuss their vegetation management program and plans for your neighbourhood. Ergon has a routine program for trimming and removal of trees near powerlines using various techniques to balance the visual and environmental value of the trees with the requirements for electrical safety. Please contact Ergon on 13 10 46 for advice.

    Hidden services

    Just because overhead powerlines are on the other side of the street, doesn’t mean you can safely plant trees outside your property boundary. Ergon Energy, Councils, Telstra and other utility service providers have underground services, which could be severely damaged by tree roots, resulting in interference with your power, water and phone.

    Also be extremely careful where you dig, as Ergon Energy has high-voltage underground cables which could cause serious injury or death. Remember contact Dial Before You Dig by phoning 1100 or check the Dial Before You Dig web site at 1100.com.au.

    What trees are OK to plant?

    It’s a good idea to consult your local council or nursery about suitable species to plant in your area. As part of the Plant Smart program, Ergon Energy, Burdekin Shire Council and Greening Australia Queensland (Inc) assist residents to identify species of trees and shrubs that are suitable for planting near powerlines in their climatic area.

    This ensures that the trees won’t grow into powerlines, potentially disrupting the power supply to you and your neighbours and bringing live powerlines to the ground in a storm or windy conditions. It also ensures Ergon Energy’s tree management contractors won’t have to remove a tree that you’ve come to love.

    Following is a list of plants of various heights that are suitable for planting under and near powerlines. Lower Burdekin Landcare are also able to assist in identifying the right plant for you. Planting anything else near powerlines is just not worth the risk.

    Native Plants up to 1 metre in height

    • Acacia
    • Bottlebrush
    • Wombat berry (will grow higher on a tree or a pole)
    • Paper daisy
    • Hibiscus
    • Long-leafed mat rush
    • Plectranthra
    • Cardwell lily

    Native plants up to 2 metres in height

    • Wild ginger
    • Turkey bush
    • Rose opal
    • Grevillea
    • Golden guinea flower
    • Native hibiscus prune
    • Austral indigo
    • Jacksonia
    • Lithomyrtus
    • Native lasiandra, blue tongue
    • Zig-zag vine
    • Pumpkin vine
    • Sea lettuce

    Native plants up to 3 metres in height

    • Native holy
    • Coffee bush
    • Wild ginger
    • Swamp lily
    • Cycad
    • Native Cardamon
    • Lime berry
    • Yellow tea tree
    • Silver bush
    • Gondola bush
    • Banana bush
    • Subtrisecta

    Native plants over 3 metres in height

    • Silver wattle
    • Acacia
    • Bottlebrush – ‘Hannah Ray’
    • Bottlebrush – ‘Hen Camp Creek’
    • Bottlebrush – ‘Luster Creek’
    • Bottlebrush – ‘Wild River’
    • Bottlebrush – ‘King’s Park’
    • Canthium
    • Coast caper graceful
    • Lolly bush prune
    • Palm lily
    • Beach cherry
    • White berry
    • Cooktown
    • Hakea
    • Leea
    • Weeping tea tree
    • Grass tree

    Ornamentals/exotics

    • Acalypha
    • Croton
    • Cordyline
    • Dracaena including happy plant
    • Graptophyllum
    • Hibiscus
    • Fruit salad plant
    • Bangkok rose
    • Pseuderanthemum
    • Zig-zag plant

    Think Smart. Plant Smart

    Here are some useful questions to ask yourself before planting near powerlines:

    • How tall will the tree grow?
    • How wide will the canopy be?
    • Could it grow into powerlines?
    • Is this a plant that Ergon Energy and my Council don’t want near powerlines or on the footpath?
    • Could there be services below ground?
    • Is it evergreen or deciduous? (Deciduous trees drop lots of leaves, clogging gutters, making footpaths slippery, and creating a mess.)
    • Will its roots, branches, sap, flowers or fruits damage water mains, telstra cables, buildings, fences, footpaths, roads, foundations or vehicle paintwork?

    For further information visit the Ergon Energy Plant Smart website or call Ergon on 13 10 46.

  • Trimming of trees

    If you would like to request a tree to be trimmed on a Council footpath, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.

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    If you would like to request a tree to be trimmed on a Council footpath, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.

    For light jobs Council staff will trim the trees within a few days, however for larger jobs Council will need to use a contractor to complete the job. This sometimes can take a little longer depending on how busy the contractor is.

    Trees encroaching power lines are trimmed by Ergon Energy, for more information see ‘Trees and Powerlines’

  • Vandalism

    Vandalism is a recurring problem in the Burdekin Shire costing ratepayers many thousands of dollars annually. Council receives regular reports of acts of vandalism such as: Graffiti Park fencing damaged by vehicles Park lawns cut up by vehicles Median strips planted with flowers and shrubs run over by vehicles Damaged and stolen irrigation systems in garden beds Damaged park furniture and [...]

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    Vandalism is a recurring problem in the Burdekin Shire costing ratepayers many thousands of dollars annually. Council receives regular reports of acts of vandalism such as:

    • Graffiti
    • Park fencing damaged by vehicles
    • Park lawns cut up by vehicles
    • Median strips planted with flowers and shrubs run over by vehicles
    • Damaged and stolen irrigation systems in garden beds
    • Damaged park furniture and playground equipment
    • Damage to public amentities
    • Stolen or damaged road signage

    Council will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of any person or persons for vandalism.

    Who to Contact

    If you have knowledge of acts of vandalism to Council property contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

    Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

    You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.

    Customer Service Centre
    Location 145 Young Street,
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Postal Address PO Box 974
    Ayr QLD 4807
    Opening hours 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
    Phone (07) 4783 9800 – Business hours
    (07) 4783 9800 – After hours (the same number)
    Fax (07) 4783 9999
    SMS 0437 886 008
    Email
    Online Use the Online Contact Form
    Building Certification and Plumbing Officers
    Early Opening Please phone (07) 4783 9942 if you need access the Building and Plumbing Department between 7am – 8am, Monday to Friday.

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