Landholders attend demonstration day

Landholders had the opportunity to learn more about tackling pest plants when Burdekin Shire Council hosted a free demonstration day on 16 June with Morrow Tree Removal Specialists

About 15 landholders attended the session which was held at the end of Craig Street, Ayr.

The group learnt the saw can cut and poison trees at approximately 250 trees per hour.  It is particularly useful in dense infestations of pest trees including Chinee Apple, Prickly Acacia and Parkinsonia. It will also pick through areas with lesser infestation levels.

The Morrow Tree Saw is attached to a bobcat on tracks and has been working at Jerona and Woodhouse stations recently.  It has also been working in other adjoining shires.


Urgent repairs to Betina Street water main

Urgent repairs to a water main in Betina Street Ayr has caused interruption to the water supply to residents of the area.

Residents will lose water for up to 4 hours to allow for urgent repairs to be carried out.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.  Please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 47 839800 if you have any queries.

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

Send us your photos of the Burdekin

Calling all budding photographers.

The Burdekin Advocate is in the process of developing a new tourism guide to showcase our region to visitors.

Burdekin Shire Council is collecting images to feature in the guide and needs some great photos to help promote all that is great about visiting the Burdekin.

We’re encouraging the Burdekin’s budding photographers to send us some of their best shots. While we can’t pay for the photos we can give credit.

The new guide aims to bring together all of the Burdekin’s the tourist, business and lifestyle opportunities into one tourism booklet.

Burdekin Shire Council is also encouraging businesses and community organisations to contact the Advocate if they’re interested in advertising in the publication.

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