Ayr and Brandon residents requested to conserve water between 29 May and 30 June 2017.

Burdekin Shire Council is carrying out planned maintenance works during the period Monday 29th May and 30th June 2017. These works require the South Ayr Water Borefield to be taken offline to allow the installation of a new electrical switchboard.  The South Ayr Reservoir will also need to be taken offline for the week 19th to 23rd June 2017, further limiting the capacity of the water supply system.

Residents of Ayr and Brandon are requested to limit water usage to essential purposes to ease demand and maintain essential water supply to the townships during this four week period and to take particular care not to make unnecessary use of water in the week of 19th -23rd of June.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of these necessary maintenance works.

For further information or queries, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Road Condition Report – Burdekin Shire

Road Condition Report for Burdekin Shire as at 2.00pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Council Controlled Roads

  • Cromarty Creek Boat Ramp Road – Traffic hazards, proceed with caution
  • Hodel Road – Traffic hazards, proceed with caution

Motorists are all reminded “If it’s flooded forget it”

Further updates to this report will be provided as conditions change.

North Queensland Regional Plan ideas hub

Burdekin residents are being invited to help shape the first ever North Queensland Regional Plan by sharing their ideas at a community consultation event at Plantation Park Markets this weekend.

The plan will bring together Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Palm Island and Townsville councils and will guide the region over the next 25 years.

A series of community events organised by the Queensland Government will be held across North Queensland giving residents a chance to have their say.

The first ideas hub in the Burdekin will be held at Plantation Park Markets this Sunday 21 May between 8:00am and midday.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland and Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke encouraged locals to have their say and help create a vision for the future of North Queensland.

“The plan will provide the basis for the planning and delivery of infrastructure and services, connect council areas and improve opportunities for economic development and liveability and is core to the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the future of our region,” she said.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Burdekin residents now had the chance to have their say on shaping North Queensland.

“The Burdekin offers unique opportunities for employment, agriculture, tourism, education, lifestyle and more,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The North Queensland Regional Plan will establish a vision and direction for the wider region and look at, as a Council area, how we contribute to that picture going forward.

“Each of the five councils will have their own priorities, but there is a definite need for councils to plan as a region.”

You can also have your say at www.qld.gov.au/PlanNQ.

Privacy Awareness Week: Care when you share – 15-21 May

Burdekin Shire Council is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information we collect, hold and share under the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act).

This includes meeting the challenges of cybersecurity and data protection in an increasingly connected world.

Privacy Awareness Week (15-21 May) is an opportunity to highlight and strengthen this commitment.

In keeping with the theme for the week: “Care when you share”, members of the community are encourage to protect their personal information, particularly when interacting online.

Our Privacy Policy http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/wp/media/downloads/2016/02/Privacy-Policy.pdf outlines how we adhere to the IP Act and the Information Privacy Principles contained in the Act.

For more information on Privacy Awareness Week and to access a range of useful privacy protection resources, visit the Office of the Information Commissioner’s website: www.oaic.gov.au/paw2017/.

A message from the Privacy Commissioner — to all Australians

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Privacy Awareness Infographic


Burdekin Industry Breakfast returns for Small Business Week

The Burdekin Industry Breakfast series returns to Burdekin Theatre next week for Small Business Week (15-20 May).

At the breakfast, a New Ideas Forum will bring together industry leaders to share their advice on how to grow small business ideas into big opportunities.

Impact Innovation Group Senior Associate Dr Simon Cashion has been confirmed as a guest speaker for the event, to be held Wednesday 17 May from 7am.

Impact Innovation Group was formed in 2006 to help start-up companies turn ideas into income and to support inventors wanting to see their technologies transform industries and applications.

Dr Cashion, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the academic, commercial and industrial research industrial sectors, joined the Impact Innovation Group after working as a manager of research and development at the Australian Water Recycling centre of Excellence.

He previously held roles with the University of Queensland’s main research commercialisation company UniQuest, and with Australian Magnesium Technologies—Europe.

The New Ideas Forum is an initiative of the Queensland Government’s Office of Small Business.

Also presenting at the event are:

  • Laurence Pavone, Sugarfix Consultancy Group – talking about small business and the entrepreneurial experience.
  • John Ready, Centrogen Pty Ltd – sharing his story to talk about life in business, the need for resiliency, evolution and the challenges of sustaining a business over time.
  • Dan Horan, Crowe Horwath – discussing business planning and structure.

Registration is free and includes a hot breakfast.

One-on-one sessions with mentors are also available upon request.

For more information or book your seat contact Eliza on (07) 4783 9800.

Job Vacancy 17/18 – Trainee Treatment Plant Operator

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking applications for a Trainee in Council’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.

During the two-year traineeship the successful applicant will assist in providing effective services in the treatment of water and wastewater to the residents of the Burdekin Shire by the successful completion of study for the Certificate III in Water Operations (Waste Water) and the efficient operation and maintenance of Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants. Continuing employment after completion of the two-year traineeship is not guaranteed.

This traineeship opportunity is made available with the assistance of funding under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queensland for Work – First Start Program.   The First Start Program primarily targets young Queensland school leavers and disadvantaged job seekers considered at risk of enduring prolonged periods of unemployment.  Funding eligibility will be assessed upon receipt of your application.  The First Start Program funding guideline is available at https://training.qld.gov.au/site/community-orgs/Documents/funded/sqw/first-start-funding-guidelines.pdf.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The minimum wage for this position is $1,205.10 gross per fortnight with the commencing wage 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 17/18 – Trainee Treatment Plant Operator should include:

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

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

Applications close on Monday 22 May, 2017 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact the Manager Water and Waste Water – Shaun Johnston on (07) 4783 9800.


Burdekin Grower Race Day 2017 – Temporary Changes to Traffic Conditions


Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that temporary changes to traffic conditions will be in place on the Bruce Highway, Home Hill from First Street to the end of the Home Hill Race Course area from Saturday 20th May 2017, 8.00am to Sunday 21st May 2017, 8.00am, for the hosting of the 2017 Burdekin Grower Race Day.

Traffic speeds will be reduced to 60km/h to ensure the safety of participants and spectators.

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

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

Burdekin gets behind SES volunteers with a splash of orange

Burdekin Shire Council is adding a splash of orange to the Ayr CBD to celebrate and thank the community’s State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

Tomorrow, May 10 is Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW), a national day to thank Australia’s hard-working SES volunteers for their contributions.

To mark the occasion, the fountain at the intersection of Queen and Edward Streets in Ayr has been coloured orange in support of the shire’s Orange Angels.

Across the Burdekin, residents are also being encouraged to add a splash of orange to their outfits for the day.

WOW is held as part of National Volunteer Week, this 8-14 May. Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the call was on for everyone to show the region’s SES volunteers that they were appreciated and supported.

“Our SES volunteers deliver a vital service to the community and are at the front line in times of emergency and disaster,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“When Cyclone Debbie bore down on the Queensland coast earlier this year our SES volunteers did an incredible job helping to prepare the community and coming to the aid of residents in need. They also played a key role in the recovery process in the Whitsunday Regional Council area.

“SES volunteers are not paid for the great work they do. They do it because they care about their communities.

“They come from all walks of life and generously donate their time, energy and skills to the cause.”

Residents interested in joining the SES are encouraged to attend the next weekly meeting of the Ayr SES Unit at 4 McCathie Street, Ayr, from 6.30pm Monday 15 May.

For more information on the SES visit www.ses.qld.gov.au

Last chance to have say on Draft Corporate Plan

Burdekin residents still have time to have their say on Burdekin Shire Council’s 2017-22 Draft Corporate Plan.

Council is seeking feedback from key community groups, stakeholders and residents in relation to the document, which will help to guide Council’s strategic direction for the next five years.

Submissions will close 5pm this Friday 12 May, 2017.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it was an important opportunity for residents to have their say on a document that would guide Council’s strategic priorities for years to come.

“A final version of the plan will be returned to the Chambers for adoption after the community consultation process is completed,” Cr McLaughlin said.

You can email your submission to:or post it to: The Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 974, Ayr, QLD 4807.

For further information and for a copy of the draft plan please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Brown Road – Road Reconstruction and Drainage Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that road reconstruction and drainage works will commence on Brown Road approx. 1.6km from the Ayr Dalbeg Road intersection for the extent of 1km towards Pelican Road on Wednesday 1st February, 2017 continuing until approximately Friday 16th June, 2017, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a full road closure with a temporary detour installed via Shepherd Road and Pelican Road.

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.

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