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.
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:
Council would like to remind residents to be mozzie aware this summer! As the weather warms up the mozzies can be on the move and it’s a good time to remind yourself of the steps you can take to protect you and your family. Mosquitos can carry nasty diseases such as Ross River Virus, Dengue Fever and Zika Virus. The best way to avoid these nasties is to avoid being bitten and reduce the number of potential breeding sites in your area.
What you can do:
Reduce breeding sites by emptying out water containers
Wear a good mozzie repellent when spending time outdoors
Wear light coloured long sleeved shirts and long pants
Check your screens and stay indoors during peak mozzie periods (early morning and early evening)
Use mosquito zappers or coils
For more information about mosquito borne diseases visit the Queensland Health Website here
As a result of funding from a State Library of Queensland Coding and Robotics Grant we are delighted to be able to offer unlimited access from home to a website where you can learn coding in a fun environment using Scratch which is currently being taught in many Schools. Best of all its designed for Kids and Adults and a lot of fun.
Burdekin Shire Council would like to encourage Residents, School, Community Groups and Sporting Groups to hold a stall at the Community Garage Sale being held at the Park Street Cul-de-sac at Anzac Park on Saturday, 22nd October 2016 from 8am – 12pm.
Get involved and register your Garage Sale with Australia’s Biggest Garage Sale of the Year!! Register by 25th September to receive a FREE sellers pack with posters and flyers.
Garage Sale Trail is a national day of buying, selling, reusing and meeting the locals.
Garage Sale Trail is powered by the councils of Australia.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Garage Sale Trail is for households, community groups, schools, charities, makers and creators. Sellers and Shoppers. Absolutely everyone can get involved for free.
How to get started!
Register a Sale – Go to www.garagesaletrail.com.au and register your Garage Sale. You can register to have your Garage Sale at your house or you can register to hold a Garage Sale at the Community Garage Sale at the Park Street Cul-de-sac at Anzac Park. Shoppers can register for free to find the treasure in their neighbourhood also.
Make it Your Own – Get people interested in your sale by giving it a fun name, listing some of your most exciting items and personalising your sale page.
Browse Trails – Check out the sales in your area and create your very own treasure trail map. You can search for sales in the Burdekin by typing Burdekin in the ‘find sales’ icon.
Promote Your Sale – Spread the word by sharing your sale on social media and putting up posters in your neighbourhood.
To help Telstra customers check on friends and relatives affected by the earthquake, Telstra are offering free standard voice calls and texts made from personal post-paid mobiles and fixed lines to Italy from 12.01am AEST on 25 August until 11.59pm AEST on 1 September 2016.
For personal pre-paid customers, Telstra are offering a refund of the costs of your standard voice calls and SMS to Italy from 12.01am AEST on 25 August until 11.59pm AEST on 1 September 2016 (refunds will be applied by 8 September).
Telstra have advised that disruption to services may impact calls getting through.