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).

Opening Times of Local Waste Transfer Stations

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that the Ayr, Home Hill and Giru Transfer Stations and Kirknie Landfill are open this weekend.

Ayr Transfer Station is operating as normal from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Home Hill Transfer Station is also open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Giru Transfer Station will be opened today (Saturday 25 March) from 12.45pm until 5pm. At this stage, it will also be opened tomorrow from 3pm-6pm.

There are no fees involved for dumping sorted domestic waste, green waste, scrap metal, batteries and domestic cardboard.

All other waste will need to be taken to Kirknie Landfill which will reopen on Sunday from 8.30am-5pm.

Magical Park Trial Extended until Monday 20th March

Burdekin Shire Council has received great news! The Magical Park which has transformed Plantation Park will now be available until Monday 20 March.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that Manager of Operations Mr Wayne Saldumbide had been corresponding with the GEO AR Games Chief Executive Officer Melanie Langlotz who today advised that virtual playground trial has been extended.

“Council welcomes this great news and hopes to see a large number of children and families utilizing this opportunity and playing in Plantation Park over the coming weeks.”

For more information about the app see the GEO AR website

Burdekin Women Ready to Shine

Monday 6 March saw 150 residents be empowered and inspired by guest speakers at the Burdekin Women – It’s Time to Shine event at the Burdekin Theatre Foyer.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Queensland Women’s Week was a fantastic opportunity to encourage women to pursue leadership positions in the community and workplace.

“Council was fortunate to secure Erin Molan, Channel 9’s co-host of The Footy Show as special guest who spoke of her upbringing, trials and triumphs.

“The evening also saw former Home Hill women, Marissa Candy, Director of The Marketing Factory and Yvette Le Blowitz Founder of Spa It Girl as well as experienced Clare journalist, Leanne Oliveri take to the stage alongside Erin to inspire the crowd with words of wisdom.

“The evening was organised by Eliza Lovell, Economic and Community Development Support Officer who had every detail organised perfectly for the evening to run so smoothly,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Council has received a lot of positive feedback regarding the event and thank all those who attended and supported the event. Council looks forward to leading the establishment of a Burdekin Women’s Networking group.  If you would like any further information regarding the group or would like to register your interest, please contact Eliza Lovell on 4783 9831.

Burdekin Shire Council would like to acknowledge that ‘Burdekin Women – It’s Time to Shine’ was hosted in partnership with Ayr and Home Hill Chambers of Commerce. The event was also proudly supported by YWCA Queensland and the Queensland Government, along with Dominques.

Magical Park App to Transform Plantation Park

Locals and visitors from out of town are encouraged to be part of the magic and play at Plantation Park, Ayr over the next fortnight as part of Parks Week.

Burdekin Shire Council has joined with Parks and Leisure Australia to bring residents and visitors this exciting activity as part of Parks Week 2017 which runs from 4 – 12 March. The Magical Park will be available for a short two week time only and is aimed at getting families out and about and active together!

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said she was excited to see Plantation Park transformed into an exciting and engaging place for children and families.

Magical Park has turned Plantation Park into a digital fantasy land playground by utilising a mobile device and the Magical Park app. The Magical Park is an exciting and engaging world for children and families to explore, creating a blended virtual world seen through the app

Geo AR Games are the creators of Magical Park and their CEO Melanie Langlotz said “We are revolutionizing the way we see technology…literally! Geo AR Games is leading the charge is Geospatial Augmented Reality, an innovative new concept that combines the great outdoors with mobile gaming.”

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that Council organised for Plantation Park to be transformed for a trial period of two weeks to coincide with Parks Week 2017.

“Plantation Park is the perfect location to host this augmented reality as there is plenty of open space with geo-fencing creating boundaries to ensure safety.

Council would love to see more children and families frequenting Plantation Park and Parks Week is a perfect opportunity to do so,” said Mayor McLaughlin.

Morning Tea to Celebrate Harmony Day

Members of the community are invited to attend a free morning tea to celebrate Harmony Day on March 21 at the Burdekin Library.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said it is important to recognize and celebrate cultural diversity within the district as ‘Everyone Belongs’.

“The Harmony Day morning tea will be a great opportunity to experience a range of cultural activities including pasta making, viewing a cultural display and listening to: bagpipes, the didgeridoo and an Italian choir,” she said.

The Burdekin Cultural Recipe Book will be available to purchase for a gold coin donation, however if you still haven’t submitted your recipe there is still a chance to do so before March 13 by contacting the Burdekin Library on 4783 9970 or emailing .

The Burdekin Community Association is participating in Harmony Day celebrations and will host a photograph competition with details available on their Facebook page. All photos submitted will be on display and the competition winner will be announced at the morning tea.

The Harmony Day Morning Tea will be held on Tuesday 21 March at the Burdekin Library. There is no charge to attend this community event which will run from 9.30am -11.30am.

ABC Open at the Burdekin Library

Burdekin Shire Council is excited to support another initiative of the Burdekin Readers and Writers Association in bringing ABC Producer Tom Edwards to the Burdekin Library on March 28.

The program encourages regional Australians to create videos or write stories to be published and broadcasted on ABC Open.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Burdekin Shire Council welcomed the opportunity to partner with the Burdekin Readers & Writers Association to organise this event.

“Tom Edwards will present an information session on ABC Open’s current projects and outline how community members can become contributors,” she said.

“This is a significant opportunity for Burdekin residents to submit stories for broadcasting on the program. It will also help to put the Burdekin on the map as a region that values the importance of writing and digital storytelling.”

The ABC Open event will be held on Tuesday 28 March at the Burdekin Library (in Ideas@108). There is no charge to attend this event which will run from 9.30am -11.30am with morning tea provided.

Council’s Works for Queensland Projects Endorsed

Council has exciting news! This week Council received confirmation from the Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning the Hon Jackie Trad MP that Council’s Works for Queensland projects totaling $2.93million have been approved.

This funding will be used to renew and upgrade existing infrastructure and also allow for establishment of new projects.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin advised “Approximately $950,000 will be spent on upgrading road infrastructure and $830,000 will be spent on upgrading facilities across the district including various footpaths and shade sails for the Burdekin Theatre Forecourt.

“Funds of approximately $575,000 have been allocated towards park infrastructure with the major development being a Nature Playground at Plantation Park.

“New initiatives include street art, exercise stations and energy saving measures to the value of $405,000. Public conveniences are set to be upgraded with a spend of $175,000.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said “The approved funding of $2.93 million will allow Council to begin work on the endorsed projects immediately with completion by November 2017.

“These projects will create employment opportunities and inject millions of dollars into the Burdekin community. The Burdekin Shire Council thanks the State Government for the funding approval and looks forward to working together to achieve positive outcomes for the residents in the Burdekin community.”

Burdekin Shire helps educators and carers foster healthy kids

The Burdekin is one of 12 Queensland regions hosting Healthy Kids Professional Development sessions for workers in the early childhood education and care sector.

The Burdekin Shire Council’s Library team has been working closely with the Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing to offer these educational sessions.

Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the project aimed to bring together local early childhood education and care educators and other key partners.

“The free face-to face sessions will help foster good health and wellbeing of pre-school age children,” he said.

“Those involved will also help develop, implement and evaluate a free early childhood health and wellbeing professional development strategy for this sector in our region.

“The first of these quarterly professional development events will be held in March.”

If you are in the early childhood education and care sector and would like more information about, or register for, the sessions please contact the Burdekin Library on 4783 9970.

Share your favourite family recipe for Harmony Day

Do you have a recipe that is a family favourite? Share it with Council and it will be published in a book to celebrate cultural diversity for Harmony Day on 21 March.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Burdekin was a community rich in cultural diversity.

“We celebrate our diversity in many ways including the Flavours of the World Festival in July,” she said.

“The Burdekin is home to many cultures – Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander, Italian, Greek, Singaporean, Indian, German, English – to name a few, and what better way to celebrate that melting pot of culture than to put recipes into a book for all to enjoy.

“Our region is known for its spectacular food, so I’m sure there will be some delicious recipes submitted.

“All recipes submitted will be included in the book.

“The recipe book will be available for the cost of a gold coin donation which will be donated to the Burdekin Community Association to help locals in need.”

Residents wishing to be part of the Burdekin Family Cultural Recipe Book should email their favourite family recipe to by Monday, 15 March.

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