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

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

Be Mozzie Aware this Summer!

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

Download an information brochure here:



Giru Transfer Station to Open Wednesday 28th December, 2016

Giru residents are advised that the Giru Transfer Station will be closed on Christmas Day, Sunday 25th December, 2016.

The Giru Transfer Station will be open on Wednesday 28th December to give residents the opportunity to dispose of their Christmas waste.

Opening times will return to normal following the Christmas break.

Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce the following competition winners.

Water Festival Winners

Richard and Barbara Colls – Rechargeable Torch and Battery pack

Harvest Festival Winner

Donna Menso – Rechargeable Torch and Battery pack

Cat 3 Day Emergency Kit Prize Winner

Deanne Spina

Dog 3 Day Emergency Kit Prize Winner

Domenik Woodford

Deanne Spina

Deanne Spina

Dominek Woodford

Dominek Woodford

Donna Menso

Donna Menso

Richard and Barbara Colls

Richard and Barbara Colls

Garage Sale Trail – Saturday 22nd October – Register now

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.

Register now!

What is Garage Sale Trail?

  • 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!

  1. Register a Sale – Go to 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Promote Your Sale – Spread the word by sharing your sale on social media and putting up posters in your neighbourhood.

For more information, please contact Melissah or Tammy on 4783 9800.  Alternatively, you can go

Garage Sale Trail Flyer

Garage Sale Trail Flyer

Free Calls to Italy in wake of the recent Earthquake

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. 

For more information, please ‘click here’




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