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).

Cyclone warning issued for Burdekin Shire

A CYCLONE WARNING has been issued for the Burdekin Shire. Residents are advised to tidy yards, tie down any loose items and ensure they have their emergency kits ready.

SANDBAGS will be available at the SES depots in Ayr and Home Hill from 2pm today for those residents in low-lying areas. Residents in low-lying coastal areas such as Jerona, Alva and Wunjunga are advised to make preparations for higher than normal tides today (29/1/14), tomorrow and Friday. 

Council  also will post all the latest advices on our Facebook page. Please continue to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au for the latest updates on this event.  

Get Ready Burdekin at ANZAC Park

Bring a picnic lunch and come along for an afternoon of fun and information!!!

Get Ready Queensland is about building our resilience to deal with the extreme weather and natural disasters that are a part of living in our beautiful state. Its aim is to make Queensland Australia’s most disaster resilient state. Let’s work together to make the Burdekin a disaster resilient region.

“If you do a little, we all accomplish a lot”

Workshops:

  • Emergency Kits – What are they. Go into the draw to win an Emergency Kit (EMQ)
  • Pets in Disasters – How to take care of your pets. Go into the draw to win a 3 day pet survival kit (BSC)
  • Kids Corner – Colouring- in, painting, drawing (Ayr Ambulance Committee)
  • Evacuation Routes – Where is your home on the map and would you know what to do if you had to evacuate? (BSC). Go into the draw to win a generator (BSC)
  • Sand Bags – Sandbagging and correct techniques to save your property (SES)

Free Activities for the family:

  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Jumping Castle
  • Face Painting

Other attractions:

  • Emergency Services Displays
  • Market Stalls
  • ASK 4 Ice-cream
  • Lollies
  • Drinks

 Steps to get prepared

  • Prepare your emergency plan
  • Prepare your emergency kit
  • Prepare your home
  • Tune into warnings

 

Cyclone Saturday on 27th October 2012

From November to March, the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) heightens its readiness to respond to any cyclones and flooding that may threaten our region.

After the success of last year’s event, and to assist the local community to prepare for the upcoming cyclone and wet season, the LDMG and the Ayr Local Ambulance Committee are coordinating a ‘Cyclone Saturday’ event.  The aim of the event is to raise awareness in the Burdekin region about the services available during an emergency.

This community event will be held on Saturday 27 October 2012, on the former junior soccer fields adjacent to the PCYC on Macmillan Street, Ayr from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Agencies involved in disaster management have been invited to have stalls at the event and will distribute information resources such as pamphlets, magnets, brochures, and cyclone tracking maps.  These resources will contain information to help people to prepare for the wet season and ensure their families, homes and friends are safe.  There will also be a range of food and market stalls, and rides and activities for the kids.

So come along and tell your family and friends about the event.

Stall to promote Cyclone Saturday

Burdekin residents have a chance to learn what will be available to them on Cyclone Saturday at a stall to be held in Queen Street, Ayr, next week.

Cyclone Saturday organiser Eileen Robinson said a stall would be held in front of the Rockmans store from 10am until 2pm on Tuesday (October 23).

“We will have posters to give away and we also will be displaying products residents can collect at Cyclone Saturday,” she said.

Cyclone Saturday will be held on October 27, on the former junior soccer fields adjacent to the PCYC on Macmillan Street, Ayr from 2pm to 5pm.

Ms Robinson said Cyclone Saturday was designed to raise awareness of the services available to Burdekin residents during an emergency.

“All of the emergency services will be represented and to make it a fun day for the whole family there will be free entertainment including, jumping castles, slides, bouncy boxing, skirmish, a merry go round and face painting as well as market stalls,” she said.

“There will also be food and drinks available and all monies raised from food will be donated to the local charities.”

More information about Cyclone Saturday.

Emergency Public Notice No 5 – 22nd March 2012 at 9:30am

Public Notice Issued at 0930 Hours – Thursday 22st March, 2012

  1. The Bruce Highway Ayr to Townsville is closed at Sandy Corner. Structural engineers have identified a scour under the Haughton River Bridge and are conducting load tests. The highway will be open subject to satisfactory test results.
  2. For road closures within the Shire, visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au
  3. The Burdekin River at the Inkerman Bridge is currently 10.86 metres and rising. The river is expected to reach a peak of approximately 11 metres at the Inkerman Bridge at midday.
  4. With the Burdekin River at approximately 11 metres at the Inkerman Bridge, the Bruce Highway may be impacted at the Plantation Creek crossing between Ayr and Rossiter’s Hill. The road is currently open to high clearance vehicles and trucks, single lane, under traffic control. Council will monitor the river levels and continue to provide advice on further possible closure of the Bruce Highway at this location.
  5. Home Hill township will not flood with a peak of the Burdekin River at 11 metres.
  6. Ambulance personnel are requesting people to be patient with non emergent cases due to lack of resources due to flooding.
  7. Kirknie Road Landfill is closed until 0830 hours Friday 23rd March 2012. Re-opening time will depend on rainfall and flood heights. Small ute loads of commercial waste can be taken to Council Transfers Stations. Large truck loads of commercial waste will have to be stored until the Landfill re-opens.
  8. Giru residents are requested to use water conservatively to ensure adequate water supplies for the town.
  9. Residents in the Burdekin should continue to monitor river levels and the potential for flooding.

Residents should continue to monitor the situation via:-

Request for assistance please phone SES on 13 25 00.

The next notice will be issued at 1700 hours on Thursday 22nd March, 2012.

Lyn McLaughlin
Chairman – Local Disaster Management Group

Emergency Public Notice No 7 – 23rd March 2012 at 9:00am

Public Notice Issued at 0900 Hours – Friday 23rd March, 2012

  1. The Bruce Highway Ayr to Townsville is open.
  2. The Bruce Highway Ayr to Home Hill is open to all vehicles under single lane traffic control.
  3. For road closures within the Shire, visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au
  4. The Burdekin River at the Inkerman Bridge has peaked and is currently at 9.91 metres and falling slowly.
  5. Kirknie Road Landfill is open.
  6. Giru residents are requested to use water conservatively to prolong existing clean water supplies. This will allow the river to settle and prevent turbid water entering the water supply.
  7. Garbage services are slightly delayed and will continue to be collected on Saturday. Please leave your bins out for collection.

Residents should continue to monitor the situation via:-

Request for assistance please phone SES on 13 25 00.

No further notices will be issued.

Lyn McLaughlin
Chairman – Local Disaster Management Group

Emergency Public Notice No 6 – 22nd March 2012 at 4:00pm

Public Notice Issued at 1600 Hours – Thursday 22nd March, 2012

  1. The Bruce Highway Ayr to Townsville is open.
  2. For road closures within the Shire, visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au
  3. The Burdekin River at the Inkerman Bridge is currently 10.91 metres and steady.
  4. With the Burdekin River at 10.91 metres at the Inkerman Bridge, the Bruce Highway will continue to be impacted at the Plantation Creek crossing between Ayr and Rossiter’s Hill. The road is currently open to high clearance vehicles and trucks, single lane, under traffic control. Council will monitor the river levels and continue to provide advice on further possible closure and reopening of the Bruce Highway at this location.
  5. Home Hill township will not flood with a peak of the Burdekin River at 10.91 metres.
  6. Ambulance personnel are requesting people to be patient with non emergent cases due to lack of resources due to flooding.
  7. Kirknie Road Landfill is closed until 0830 hours Friday 23rd March 2012. Re-opening time will depend on rainfall and flood heights. Small ute loads of commercial waste can be taken to Council Transfers Stations. Large truck loads of commercial waste will have to be stored until the Landfill re-opens.
  8. Giru residents are requested to use water conservatively to prolong existing water supplies. This will allow the river to settle and prevent turbid water entering the water supply.
  9. Residents in the Burdekin should continue to monitor river levels and the potential for flooding.

Residents should continue to monitor the situation via:-

Request for assistance please phone SES on 13 25 00.

The next notice will be issued at 0900 hours on Friday 23rd March, 2012.

Lyn McLaughlin
Chairman – Local Disaster Management Group

Emergency Public Notice No 5 – 22nd March 2012 at 9:30am

Public Notice Issued at 0930 Hours – Thursday 22nd March, 2012

  1. The Bruce Highway Ayr to Townsville is closed at Sandy Corner. Structural engineers have identified a scour under the Haughton River Bridge and are conducting load tests. The highway will be open subject to satisfactory test results.
  2. For road closures within the Shire, visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au
  3. The Burdekin River at the Inkerman Bridge is currently 10.86 metres and rising. The river is expected to reach a peak of approximately 11 metres at the Inkerman Bridge at midday.
  4. With the Burdekin River at approximately 11 metres at the Inkerman Bridge, the Bruce Highway may be impacted at the Plantation Creek crossing between Ayr and Rossiter’s Hill. The road is currently open to high clearance vehicles and trucks, single lane, under traffic control. Council will monitor the river levels and continue to provide advice on further possible closure of the Bruce Highway at this location.
  5. Home Hill township will not flood with a peak of the Burdekin River at 11 metres.
  6. Ambulance personnel are requesting people to be patient with non emergent cases due to lack of resources due to flooding.
  7. Kirknie Road Landfill is closed until 0830 hours Friday 23rd March 2012. Re-opening time will depend on rainfall and flood heights. Small ute loads of commercial waste can be taken to Council Transfers Stations. Large truck loads of commercial waste will have to be stored until the Landfill re-opens.
  8. Giru residents are requested to use water conservatively to ensure adequate water supplies for the town.
  9. Residents in the Burdekin should continue to monitor river levels and the potential for flooding.

Residents should continue to monitor the situation via:-

Request for assistance please phone SES on 13 25 00.

The next notice will be issued at 1700 hours on Thursday 22nd March, 2012.

Lyn McLaughlin
Chairman – Local Disaster Management Group

Emergency Public Notice No 4 – 21st March 2012 at 5:00pm

Public Notice Issued at 1700 Hours – Wednesday 21st March, 2012

  1. The Bruce Highway Ayr to Townsville is closed at Sandy Corner due to flooding at the Haughton River Bridge and the Reed Beds and is expected to remain closed until Thursday morning 22nd March, 2012.
  2. For road closures within the Shire, visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au
  3. The Haughton River is currently at 2.9 metres. Council is currently removing debris from the Haughton River Bridge, however, Main Roads Engineers are required to inspect the bridge prior to opening. Flood water is 600mm over the road at the Reed Beds and fast flowing. The road will remain closed until this water level significantly reduces.
  4. The Burdekin River at the Inkerman Bridge is currently 10.16 metres and rising. The river is expected to reach a peak of approximately 11 metres at the Inkerman Bridge late tonight or early Thursday morning. The Annabranch Bridge to Rita Island is closed, and water is over the esplanade at Groper Creek.With the Burdekin River at 11 metres at the Inkerman Bridge, the Bruce Highway may be impacted at the Plantation Creek crossing between Ayr and Rossiter’s Hill. This is not expected to occur until late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Council will monitor the river levels and continue to provide advice on possible closure of the Bruce Highway at this location.
  5. With the Burdekin River at approximately 11 metres at the Inkerman Bridge, the Bruce Highway may be impacted at the Plantation Creek crossing between Ayr and Rossiter’s Hill. This is not expected to occur until late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Council will monitor the river levels and continue to provide advice on possible closure of the Bruce Highway at this location.
  6. Kirknie Road Landfill is closed until 0830 hours Friday 23rd March 2012. Re-opening time will depend on rainfall and flood heights. Small ute loads of commercial waste can be taken to Council Transfers Stations. Large truck loads of commercial waste will have to be stored until the Landfill re-opens.
  7. Giru residents are requested to use water conservatively to ensure adequate water supplies for the town.
  8. Residents in the Burdekin should continue to monitor river levels and the potential for flooding.

Residents should continue to monitor the situation via:-

Request for assistance please phone SES on 13 25 00.

The next notice will be issued at 0900 hours on Thursday 22nd March, 2012.

Lyn McLaughlin
Chairman – Local Disaster Management Group

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