Bruce Highway, Queen Street – Asphalt Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that asphalt works will commence in Queen Street (Bruce Highway), Ayr from Little Drysdale Street (McDonald’s roundabout) intersection to Kennedy/Bower Street (Don West roundabout) intersection, southbound lane only, on Friday 30th June, 2017, weather permitting.

These works will be constructed under a full closure of the southbound lane and centre median turning lane, for the duration of the works. The northbound lane will remain open to all traffic. A temporary detour of the southbound traffic will operate from the Little Drysdale St roundabout, to MacMillan Street roundabout and south to Kennedy Street, where it intersects with the Bruce Highway at the Bower Street roundabout. Traffic controllers will be on site to manage pedestrian access to all businesses along the affected section of road. Footpath access shall not be affected during the works.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from traffic controllers or on site personnel for their own safety, the safety of Council’s and Contractor 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.

Council to launch inaugural Burdekin Women’s Network

A new business women’s network will be formed in the Burdekin to strengthen connections between women wanting to further develop their skills, knowledge and confidence.

Following on from the success of Queensland Women’s Week – It’s Time to Shine in March, Burdekin Shire Council is launching the inaugural Burdekin Women’s Network – Rise & Shine.

A launch event will held on Monday 26 June 2017 from 5.30pm-6.30pm in the John Hy Peake Room at the Burdekin Shire Council Chambers.

Women are invited to come together for a champagne and nibbles to network, connect and develop relationships with like-minded women

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had received a lot of positive feedback from Queensland Women’s Week.

“It was fantastic opportunity to encourage women to pursue leadership positions in the community and workplace,” she said.

“Council now looks forward to leading the establishment of a Burdekin women’s networking group.

“Collective support and the sharing of ideas, resources and contacts is key to individual and business success.”

Council is fortunate to have Moya Steele as a guest speaker for the inaugural event.

Ms Steele is a planning and development lawyer, business owner and director of a not for profit organisation advocating for economic and tourism development in our region.

She is also a director of a government-owned organisation managing billions of dollars in infrastructure throughout the State.

With a regional practice spanning 20 years acting for local governments, major developers, publically listed companies, private entities and community organisations, as well as leading her own business in partnership, Ms Steele has a proven record of getting things done regardless of  ‘glass ceilings’, gender dominated industries and any perceptions of women in business and the community.

She will speak on the strength of personal values, the power of networks, and leadership today.

The inaugural Burdekin Women’s Network – Rise & Shine is presented by Burdekin Shire Council and Ayr and Home Hill Chambers of Commerce.

For information please call Eliza Lovell on (07) 4783 9800 or visit

Pet Day Out 2017 – Colouring In Competition

Burdekin Shire Council is running a Colouring In Competition in conjunction with Pet Day Out.

Entries will be displayed at the Pet Day Out family fun day at Plantation Park on Sunday 18 June and winners will be presented with their prizes.

Download it at the links below and get colouring:  

Children have until Monday 12 June to complete their entries, which can be dropped at the Council Chambers at 145 Young Street, Ayr.

The annual Burdekin Shire Council event will take over Plantation Park from 9am to 12 noon with goodie bag giveaways, free children’s activities, discounted microchipping, dog washing and food and drinks for sale.

Pets will be able to strut their stuff in the Pet Show between 1am and 11am, with prizes for the Best Puppy, Best Dog, Best Kitten, Best Cat, Best Trick, Best Dressed Dog and Best Dressed Dog and Owner.

For more information please call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 or visit

Council hosts pest plant removal demonstration

Want to learn more about tackling pest plants?

Burdekin Shire Council will host a demonstration from 9am-12 noon next Friday 16 June with Morrow Tree Removal Specialists. See their saw cut trees above and below ground and observe the new tree puller which removes complete trees stumps, roots and all.

Council is hosting the event, where the demonstrator will work on a landholder’s property to show what their equipment can achieve.

This free event is a demonstration of one of the techniques available to landholders which can be used for weed control.

Council will provide light refreshments at the event. Meet opposite the Ayr Showgrounds at the corner of Bruce Highway and Craig Street.

For more information please contact Council’s Pest Management team on (07) 4783 9800.

Emergent works due to broken water main

Burdekin Shire Council will conduct emergent works in Adelaide Street, Ayr tomorrow, Friday June 2, due to a broken water main.

The works  are expected to take place between 9am to 3pm, with those residents losing water supply during this time.

Council apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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

Beach Road cycleway taking shape

A brand new 1.3km cycleway and walkway is taking shape on Beach Rd connecting the outer areas of Ayr with the Burdekin Be Active Trail.

Burdekin Shire Council crews are currently working to deliver the project with support of Queensland Government grants.

Cyclists in the Burdekin have rallied behind the initiative with more than 100 residents signing a petition requesting an extension of the cycleway along Beach Road prior to works starting.

To date, Council crews have laid the first 500m of the path, which, once completed, will extend from Brice Dental Surgery to Basilio Court.

The project, which is jointly funded through the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program and by Council, includes the construction of three aluminium pedestrian bridges by local business Palmco Engineering.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the new Beach Road cycleway would connect to the Be Active Trail which provides 10km of cycle/walking trails throughout Ayr, linking schools, community services, local parks, and sport and recreation facilities.

On the recommendation of the Burdekin Be Active Advisory Committee, Council established the Burdekin Be Active Trail to promote health and wellbeing for Burdekin residents.

“Burdekin Shire Council is proud to be encouraging an active and healthy community by establishing an extensive network of off-road and on-road facilities for pedestrians and cyclists across the urban area,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This new shared cycleway and walkway will add to that network and increase the safety of our walkers and cyclists on busy Beach Road.”

The cycleway and walkway is being delivered in conjunction with other Council works to provide safe access to Burdekin Football Juniors carpark on Beach Road, thanks to joint funding through the Queensland Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).

A number of footpaths have also been updated across the Shire this financial year.

Forty metres of footpath and bike lane at the corner of Fourteenth Avenue and Fourteenth Street in Home Hill reopened earlier this month after improvement works.

The pathway will now provide a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling to nearby schools and businesses.

Other footpath works this financial year include:

  • Reconstruction of a 40m section of footpath outside Watson’s Green, Home Hill.
  • The construction of new footpaths around the John Drysdale Memorial at the Diorama, on the southern approach of the Burdekin Bridge.

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 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:

A message from the Privacy Commissioner — to all Australians

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A message from the Commissioner — to Australian businesses and agencies

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A message from the Commissioner — to Australian parents and carers

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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.

Clare transfer station closed Saturday May 6


Council wishes to advise residents that the Clare Waste Transfer Station will be closed this Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Operators of the facility, the Clare State School P & C Association, have advised they have no members available to run the operation this Saturday only.

All other waste transfer stations will be open to accept waste. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

We expect to open as normal between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Home Hill Swimming Pool temporary closure

Home Hill Swimming Pool will remain closed next week and is expected to reopen on Sunday 14 May.

Any changes to this notification will be publicised.

The pool closed on 1 May as due to a last minute change in the new management personnel the appropriate pool safety qualifications were not available.

Council will be working with the new lessees to arrive at a satisfactory solution where public safety, and the duty of care of Council and the lessee, is met.


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