Buses available for evacuation from Ayr and Home Hill

Due to the severity of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, 9 buses will be available at Home Hill Train Station and Ayr Train Station ready for departure to Cairns at 9.00am.

4 x buses at Home Hill, 5 x buses at Ayr.  Once a bus is full at Home Hill we will send it to Cairns. Whatever seats are still vacant from Home Hill, those buses will proceed to Ayr for further collection.

People wishing to evacuate can attend the relevant train station from 7.30am onwards for registration.

All buses will be travelling to Cairns (further details to be provided re places of refuge).

Opening Times of Local Waste Transfer Stations

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that the Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Transfer Stations and Kirknie Landfill are open this weekend.

Ayr Transfer Station is operating as normal from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Home Hill Transfer Station is also open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Giru Transfer Station will be opened today (Saturday 25 March) from 12.45pm until 5pm. At this stage, it will also be opened tomorrow from 3pm-6pm.

There are no fees involved for dumping sorted domestic waste, green waste, scrap metal, batteries and domestic cardboard.

All other waste will need to be taken to Kirknie Landfill which will reopen on Sunday from 8.30am-5pm.

Public Safety Incident – Illegal Swimming

A serious incident occurred last week involving a group of children illegally swimming in front of the release gates downstream of Jack Taylor Weir, near St George.

It was reported to SunWater that two young adults went to the rescue of a child who became caught in the backwash water of the dissipater. Although successfully rescuing the child from the water, the two young adults were unable to escape the backwash, resulting in both persons being pinned under the water and becoming unconscious.

The two persons were revived on the scene and transported by ambulance to hospital. SunWater staff assisted police to temporarily stop the water release to enable emergency services to determine if anyone else was trapped in the dissipater.

This frightening incident is a sobering reminder of the dangerous and unpredictable nature of dams, weirs and channels.

SunWater installs signage and fencing to warn people of the dangers of trespassing, however the community must remain vigilant and aware of the serious risks in and around waterways.

We encourage people to enjoy our facilities by keeping a safe distance of at least 200m from dam and weir walls, always read the signs and look out for submerged hazards and risks.

Anyone who witnesses life-threatening behaviour at SunWater weirs, dams or channels is urged to report it to the local Police by calling 000. For all non-urgent reporting, call Police link 13 14 44.

For tips on keeping safe when visiting a dam or weir, download the ’Safety tips when visiting a dam’ brochure available on the Sun Water website.

Taking risks around dams, weirs and channels is dangerous read the signs and stay safe


Safety tips when visiting a dam

Safety tips when visiting a dam

Airscouring Works on Water Mains – Young St between Wilmington and Graham Sts – 14 March 2017

Council has planned airscouring works on water mains as follows:

Location: Both sides of Young Street, Ayr between Wilmington and Graham Streets

Date: Tuesday 14th March 2017

The air scouring process requires the isolation of sections of water main and household water services. Each section will be isolated for a maximum of six (6) hours between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm during which water supply will be disrupted.

Residents in this area are advised to store their day’s supply of drinking water prior to 9:00am on that day.

If you require further information or experience discoloured water as a result of these works, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 between the hours of 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

Outside of these hours, please contact Council’s After Hours Service on 4783 9800 and follow the prompts.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary works.

Magical Park Trial Extended until Monday 20th March

Burdekin Shire Council has received great news! The Magical Park which has transformed Plantation Park will now be available until Monday 20 March.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that Manager of Operations Mr Wayne Saldumbide had been corresponding with the GEO AR Games Chief Executive Officer Melanie Langlotz who today advised that virtual playground trial has been extended.

“Council welcomes this great news and hopes to see a large number of children and families utilizing this opportunity and playing in Plantation Park over the coming weeks.”

For more information about the app see the GEO AR website

Burdekin Women Ready to Shine

Monday 6 March saw 150 residents be empowered and inspired by guest speakers at the Burdekin Women – It’s Time to Shine event at the Burdekin Theatre Foyer.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Queensland Women’s Week was a fantastic opportunity to encourage women to pursue leadership positions in the community and workplace.

“Council was fortunate to secure Erin Molan, Channel 9’s co-host of The Footy Show as special guest who spoke of her upbringing, trials and triumphs.

“The evening also saw former Home Hill women, Marissa Candy, Director of The Marketing Factory and Yvette Le Blowitz Founder of Spa It Girl as well as experienced Clare journalist, Leanne Oliveri take to the stage alongside Erin to inspire the crowd with words of wisdom.

“The evening was organised by Eliza Lovell, Economic and Community Development Support Officer who had every detail organised perfectly for the evening to run so smoothly,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Council has received a lot of positive feedback regarding the event and thank all those who attended and supported the event. Council looks forward to leading the establishment of a Burdekin Women’s Networking group.  If you would like any further information regarding the group or would like to register your interest, please contact Eliza Lovell on 4783 9831.

Burdekin Shire Council would like to acknowledge that ‘Burdekin Women – It’s Time to Shine’ was hosted in partnership with Ayr and Home Hill Chambers of Commerce. The event was also proudly supported by YWCA Queensland and the Queensland Government, along with Dominques.

Landowners Invited to Attend Woody Weed Control Demonstration Day

Burdekin landowners are being encouraged to attend a demonstration day on Monday 20 March, to learn about the control of woody weeds threatening rangelands and grazing systems within the shire.

NQ Dry Tropics will host the demonstration day aimed at providing landowners with information about the latest control methods, including the use of tree saws, herbicides and integrated weed management.

Burdekin Shire Council Pest Management Officers will also be present at the demonstration day to provide information about Council’s pest and weed control programs.

Registration for the demonstration day is free and can be done by phoning NQ Dry Tropic’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, Peter Arthofer on (07)4724 3544 or mobile: 0488 675 033 or via email:

The demonstration day will be held at Crooked Waterhole, Minehan Road, Giru.

To get to Crooked Waterhole:

  • from the Bruce Highway
  • take Woodstock Giru Road towards Giru (The Northern Giru Road)
  • turn left after 2.4 klms onto Minehan Road
  • the property is about 300 meters along and to the left.

You can download and print the flyer using the following link:

You can see a map using the following link:

Map for the Weed Control Demonstration Day

Job Vacancy 17/08 – Community and Economic Development Support Officer (Temporary Full Time)

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking applications for a Community and Economic Development Support Officer to provide administrative support in the community and economic development sections of Council.

This is a temporary, full-time position for a period of up to six months with the hours of work totalling 72.5 hours per fortnight.

Reporting directly to the Manager Community Development, the key responsibilities include:

  • Support the Manager Community Development to successfully carry out the functions of the Community Development section.
  • Support the Economic Development Support Officer to successfully carry out the functions of the Economic Development section.
  • Independently manage and implement small-scale projects or components of large-scale projects when required and assist with event management of Council events and provide support for iconic community events.
  • Assist the Burdekin Tourism Association and the Visitor Information Centres and carry out administration duties as required, including updating of Council’s tourism website.
  • Attendance at events/meetings after hours or on weekends.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 3 ($66,826pa) with commencing salary dependent upon the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

Application packages are available from the Human Resources Office on (07) 4783 9800 or you can download the application package using the following link.

Applications for 17/08 – Community and Economic Development Support Officer should include:

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume
  • Statements addressing the selection criteria found on the last page of the Position Description

Applications are to be submitted online using the Online Job Application Form.

Applications close on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact the Economic Development Support Officer – Eliza Lovell on (07) 4783 9800.

Magical Park App to Transform Plantation Park

Locals and visitors from out of town are encouraged to be part of the magic and play at Plantation Park, Ayr over the next fortnight as part of Parks Week.

Burdekin Shire Council has joined with Parks and Leisure Australia to bring residents and visitors this exciting activity as part of Parks Week 2017 which runs from 4 – 12 March. The Magical Park will be available for a short two week time only and is aimed at getting families out and about and active together!

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said she was excited to see Plantation Park transformed into an exciting and engaging place for children and families.

Magical Park has turned Plantation Park into a digital fantasy land playground by utilising a mobile device and the Magical Park app. The Magical Park is an exciting and engaging world for children and families to explore, creating a blended virtual world seen through the app

Geo AR Games are the creators of Magical Park and their CEO Melanie Langlotz said “We are revolutionizing the way we see technology…literally! Geo AR Games is leading the charge is Geospatial Augmented Reality, an innovative new concept that combines the great outdoors with mobile gaming.”

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that Council organised for Plantation Park to be transformed for a trial period of two weeks to coincide with Parks Week 2017.

“Plantation Park is the perfect location to host this augmented reality as there is plenty of open space with geo-fencing creating boundaries to ensure safety.

Council would love to see more children and families frequenting Plantation Park and Parks Week is a perfect opportunity to do so,” said Mayor McLaughlin.

Queen and Soper Street – Road Closure

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that asphalt works will be undertake at the intersection of Queen and Soper Street, Ayr on Saturday 11th March 2017, from 12.00noon to 6.00pm and Sunday 12th March 2017, from 7.00am to 6.00pm, weather permitting.

These works will be completed under a full road closure of the Queen and Soper Street intersection during the above stated dates and times.

Motorists and pedestrians 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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