Changes to Traffic Conditions – Golden Octopus Foundation

Charity Bullride Event – 19th August 2017

The following changes to traffic conditions will be in place on Saturday 19th August 2017 from 5.30pm to 12.00midnight for the hosting of the Golden Octopus Foundation Charity Bullride Event.

Changed Traffic Conditions

  • Traffic reduced to 40km/h on Bruce Highway from Craig Street to Bird Street intersection
  • Traffic reduced to 40km/h on Craig Street from Mackenzie Street to Bruce Highway intersection

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

Future Earth in spotlight for Science Week

Residents will learn about sustainability science from Burdekin industry leaders and tour a working algae farm, as part of Science Week activities in the Burdekin next week.

Burdekin Library will celebrate Science Week 2017 (12-20 August) by shining a spotlight on some of the Burdekin’s major industry organisations and how they are using sustainability science to address key global challenges.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said in keeping with the Science Week 2017 theme of Future Earth, Burdekin Library in Ayr would host a Brain Break Morning Tea from 10am to 11.30am next Wednesday 16 August, featuring informative presentations by representatives of Wilmar Sugar and MBD Energy.

“National Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia and a chance to highlight how sustainability science is being put into practice by a number of industry organisations in the Burdekin,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“As part of the Brain Break Morning Tea, we will welcome Wilmar Sugar’s Peter Larsen, who will speak on the topic of Mill Mud.

“MBD Energy’s Arnold Mangott will also present on the Ayr Algae Farm, a $13 million micro algae cultivation facility which is producing natural Astaxanthin.

“Astaxanthin is a valuable pigment nutrient used as a human dietary supplement and in feed to naturally colour and add nutritional value to farmed salmon, prawns and poultry eggs. It is used in place of less nutritious synthetic Astaxanthin, made from petrochemicals.”

MBD Energy will run two tours to the Ayr Algae Farm following the morning tea, departing from Burdekin Library, Ayr at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Bookings for the tour are essential and can be made by contacting Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970.

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

Celebrating our seniors

Burdekin residents of all ages will have plenty of reasons to celebrate during Seniors Week this August.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said from morning teas and open days to excursions and luncheons, there would be a range of great events and activities on offer during Burdekin Seniors Week 2017.

“Seniors Week is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution older people have made to our community, whether as volunteers or in the workforce, as community leaders and carers and as grandparents and advocates,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“As part of the festivities, Burdekin Shire Council will host a Seniors Luncheon in the Burdekin Theatre Foyer from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Friday 18 August.

“It will be a celebratory occasion for our older residents to show them that they are appreciated.”

Entry is $5 including lunch. Tickets must be prepaid and can be purchased at the Burdekin Community Association, 130 Queen St, Ayr, from 1 August.

Cr McLaughlin said a morning tea by the Catholic Women’s League on Wednesday 16 August would kick off nine days of activities in the Burdekin

“On Thursday 17 August the Burdekin Seniors Computer Group will present an information morning and the residents can learn more about the Burdekin Men’s Shed at the organisation’s Open Day on Monday 21 August.

“Other activities during Burdekin Seniors Week include a bus trip to Mio College, a Burdekin Machinery Preservationists display at Brandon Heritage Estate and a Seniors Friendship Group morning tea and cent sale.”

For the full Burdekin Seniors Week 2017 program and details on how to book, please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Burdekin River Bridge 60th anniversary competition

This year the Burdekin River Bridge is celebrating its 60th anniversary and the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads is giving one lucky person the chance to scale the bridge right to the top. AND you get to choose one lucky friend to go with you! Who would you pick!?

How to enter

  1. Snap an awesome photo (or find an old photo you already have) of the Burdekin River Bridge – just remember it must be your own original photo!
  2. Post your photo to your Facebook page
  3. Caption your post using #BRB60years
  4. Make sure the post is set to public so we can see it!

The competition runs from 9am, Friday 4 August 2017 to 5pm Friday, 25 August 2017.

Get creative, have fun and post your best bridge photo to win!

The person with the best photo, as determined by the judges, will be deemed the winner.

Applicants must adhere to the Competition Terms and Conditions here.

Fun fact: The Burdekin River Bridge, known historically as the Silver Link, celebrated its Diamond Anniversary on 14 June 2017.

Fun fact: The bridge, which is longer than the Brisbane Story Bridge, was officially opened on 14 June 1957.

For full details please visit the Burdekin River Bridge 60th anniversary competition page on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website here.


QBSC/17/047 – Provision of Security Services (Mobile Patrols) to Council Properties

Council is seeking quotations from interested parties for the provision of Security Services (Mobile Patrols) to Council Properties for the period commencing 01/09/2017 and ending on 30/06/2019.

Quotation documents are available by contacting Council’s Planning & Development Section between 7am-4pm Monday-Friday on (07) 4783 9942.

Quotations shall be sealed in an envelope and endorsed as “QBSC/17/047 – Quotation for the Provision of Security Services (Mobile Patrols) to Council Properties – 1 September 2017 to 30 June 2019” and lodged in the tender box located at Burdekin Shire Council, 145 Young Street, AYR or posted to PO Box 974, AYR Q 4807.

Please note quotations received via email will not be accepted.

The closing date for quotations is 12 Noon on Monday 21 August, 2017.

For further information please contact Council’s Facilities Management Coordinator, Keith Lewty on 4783 9957.

Claude mows down fundraising goal for Bravehearts

Charity campaigner Claude ‘The Mowerman’ Harvey is on a mission to make Australia the safest place in the world.

Mr Harvey has been pushing his lawnmower all over Australia to raise money for child protection organisation Bravehearts and on Tuesday 8 August and Wednesday 9 August, he’ll rev up his trusty lawnmower in Ayr on his quest to make a difference in the lives of child sexual assault survivors.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Mr Harvey’s fundraising dollars were used to enable Bravehearts to continue its counselling and education services in support of families around the country.

“Mr Harvey has been visiting towns from Rockhampton to Townsville since July on his Rockyville mow-a-thon. I look forward to welcoming him to our Shire,” Cr McLaughlin said.

In nearly 10 years, Mr Harvey has raised over $925,000, walked his way through 83 pairs of his trademark sandals as well as push his faithful mower more than 24,000km across Australia.

Reaching the $1 million mark will mean a lot to him, but raising awareness of the issue of child sexual assault will mean even more.

“It is more about raising the awareness of this horrendous crime in as many communities as I can across Australia. If I can change the life of just one child that is worth more than a million dollars to me,” he said.

To learn more view Claude’s fundraising page here:

Flipside Circus workshops to bring fun for kids and teens

Burdekin kids will learn to trapeze, juggle and hula hoop their way around a circus arena when Queensland’s largest youth circus company tumbles into the Burdekin this month.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Flipside Circus will hold a series of workshops at Burdekin Library and Burdekin Theatre during 31 August to 1 September.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children and teenagers to participate in a range of fun and interactive workshops while learning some circus tricks they’ll never forget,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Numbers are limited so I encourage families to get in early and book their workshops now.”

Children aged 5-8 years can participate in a bouncy and active three hour workshop on Thursday 31 August, from 3.30pm.

Then, on Friday 1 September, a teen circus workshop will be held for 8-16 year olds. The participants will learn a diverse range of skills on the ground and in the air, from juggling and mini tramp, to trapeze and tumbling. It will be followed by a mini performance for friends and family.

Cr McLaughlin said a free Story Time Circus session would also be held for children aged 0-5 and their carers.

“This workshop uses circus skills to take young children on an imaginative journey inside classic children’s stories,” she said.

“Kindy and Early Learning Centres can also take advantage of a number of Kindy Camp sessions, where little circus stars work with the trainers to explore all the fun the circus has to offer.”

To purchase your tickets visit the Burdekin Theatre website or phone (07) 4783 9800.

Ayr artwork damaged by vandals

A piece of public artwork has been vandalised just weeks after its official unveiling in the heart of Ayr’s library and theatre precinct, in what Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin has condemned as a “disgusting and shameful act”.

The artwork, titled ‘Walking Forward’ by local artist Michael Dudley, was built from recycled materials and depicts the figures of a man and woman with a child holding a library book.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said in separate attacks on Friday 28 July and again on Monday night, vandals had damaged the artwork and torn the arms off the man and woman.

“It was a wonderful artwork created for the enjoyment of the whole community. A lot of people were involved in its development and were so proud of what had been achieved,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Now it has been broken into pieces. I am absolutely disgusted.”

Cr McLaughlin said one hand of the male figure in the artwork was still missing so Council was appealing to the public to please come forward with any information that might help.

“This vandalism is the result of the mean-spirited actions of a small number of people who show no respect for public property.  The majority of our residents are community-minded, good people and would be deeply disappointed by what has occurred,” she said.

“The matter has been forwarded to police and Council also offers a monetary reward, through Crime Stoppers.”

Cr McLaughlin said the artwork was the result of a community Think Tank staged in the Burdekin in February.  “The Think Tank arose from the Burdekin Shire Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Advisory Group and from a desire to create future art, cultural and community development projects in the Burdekin,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Cr McLaughlin said vandalism cost ratepayers many thousands of dollars annually.

“When Council is required to spend money repairing vandalised property, it means those funds aren’t available to spend on other community services and facilities,” she said.

Cr McLaughlin urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Community tree planting event a success

More than 30 people have pulled on their gardening gloves for a community tree planting event in the Burdekin.

Sunday 30 July was National Tree Day and to mark the occasion, residents joined forces to plant hundreds of native trees at Morratt’s Pit, on Beach Road.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council hosted the event in conjunction with Lower Burdekin Landcare Association.

“It was the biggest turnout we’ve seen in years and as a result, over 300 trees were planted, bagged, mulched and watered in record time,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help make the day a success.

“What a difference they have made. As well as improving the visual amenity of the area, the trees will play a role in improving the water table, preventing nutrients from entering nearby waterways and keeping weeds in check.”

In attendance were volunteers from Ayr Police, the Endeavour Foundation, Burdekin Water Festival, Council and Lower Burdekin Landcare, along with members of the public.

“Special mention goes to all the children who not only participated but really got into it and took charge with planting and watering the trees. It’s wonderful to see our youngest residents take an active interest in the environment,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The participants were rewarded for their efforts with a barbecue lunch and refreshments.

Planet Ark estimates over 250,000 people took part in National Tree Day at over 2,500 planting sites across the country, planting 1.1 million native trees, shrubs and edibles and helping to beautify their local communities.

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

Request to Conserve Water – Ayr and Brandon – Wednesday 2 August 2017

Council has planned maintenance works for the Nelsons Lagoon Borefield on Wednesday 2 August 2017 between the hours of 7am and 4pm.

Residents of Ayr and Brandon are requested to conserve water on that day to ensure supply demands can be met by South Ayr Bores.

Enquiries can be directed to Council’s Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800 during the hours of 8am to 5pm.

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