Telephone survey to help inform disaster management improvements

The Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management is undertaking a review of disaster management capabilities in the Burdekin area; part of that review involves gathering community feedback and expectations via a telephone survey being conducted by Q&A Market Research.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes and your answers will remain anonymous.

The results will be provided to the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group and Council and will be used to improve disaster management arrangements in Burdekin.

Council encourages anyone who does receive a phone call to please take the time – your feedback will help the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management and the community to identify improvements to disaster management in our region.


Free event advertising available to Burdekin residents, organisations and businesses

Burdekin Shire Council encourages organisations, businesses and individuals who host or organise an event to list their event on ATDW, Australia’s national tourism database and distribution platform. ATDW distributes listings and information to an extensive  network of over 200+ tourism distributors across the nation.

You only have to register once to have your event appear across multiple sites and in an array of publications. In order to have a presence in marketing and promotional material for 2018 listings need to be entered by the 15 November. To list with ATDW visit and select ATDW-Online Platform, create an account and follow the steps.

Things you will need:

  1. A description of your event (200 words or less)
  2. High quality photos of the event (at least one is required, maximum of 10)
  3. Organisation and event details

The initial listing can take 10 -15 minutes to complete but can be reused year after year with a simple date change. While you’re at it list your 2018 event on the Burdekin Shire Council website so that we can promote it also. To add an event to the Burdekin Shire Events Calendar visit

For more information please contact Lucy Poppi, Community and Economic Development Support Officer on 07 4783 9807 or email .

Burdekin Shire celebrates SES volunteers

Burdekin residents are being encouraged to celebrate their local SES volunteers during SES Week this October 7-15 and are invited to an open night where they can learn more about this vital community organisation.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said SES Week was an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution of SES members to the community.

She said fittingly, the event also coincided with Get Ready Burdekin Week, when residents would be encouraged to get cyclone ready.

“We’re inviting the community to come along to the SES open night at 7pm, on Monday 9 October at the SES building in McCathie Street, Ayr, where you’ll be able to learn more about the SES and register your interest in volunteering,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“To mark SES Week and Burdekin Get Ready Week, Council will be holding a week of displays in foyer of the Young Street Council Chambers in Ayr.

“I encourage residents to come in and check out these wonderful displays of SES equipment, goodies, balloons and information sheets, plus Get Ready guides, cyclone tracking maps, posters and postcards.”

Cr McLaughlin said SES Week was a chance to shine a light on the dedication and commitment of the SES members and the invaluable services they performed for the community.

She said there were many rewarding opportunities within the SES.

“SES members make a difference to those whose lives have been affected by disasters. They also participate in and provide support to community events,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Training is critical to preparing members and includes a number of nationally-recognised competencies. Training activities range from operating communications equipment to traffic control, working safely at heights, chainsaw operations, four wheel driving, map and navigation, land search and operating flood boats.”

The SES is free to join. For more information visit

Burdekin Shire Council takes active role in developing sport

Burdekin Shire Council will investigate future sport and recreational opportunities for the Shire as part of a 10-year plan to be developed this financial year.

Community members, sport clubs and schools will be encouraged to have their say on the 2018-2028 Sport and Recreation Plan through a series of community workshops and surveys which are planned to take place in coming months

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the plan would help to guide the provision of sporting infrastructure and services in the Shire for years to come.

Council received $43,800 through the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program for the project and has engaged sport and recreation planning specialist Otium Planning Group to conduct the work following a recent tender process.

Cr McLaughlin said Council recognised the valuable contribution of sport and recreation to the community.

“Sport and recreation plays a crucial role in supporting the health, wellbeing and lifestyle of Burdekin residents,” she said.

“It brings people together and provides opportunities for social interaction and personal empowerment. Our local sport and recreation clubs are the hub of community life.”

Cr McLaughlin said it was important Council was proactive in planning for current and future sporting needs

“The last 10 year plan was prepared back in 2007 and with this having reached the end of its planning cycle, Council is seeking a fresh look at the sport and recreation needs of the Burdekin community,” she said.

“From identifying land requirements for future sport and recreation opportunities, to looking at how we position ourselves to attract major events, it’ll act as a strategic road map which will leave us better placed to support community participation in sport over the next 10 years.”

Cr McLaughlin said the new 10 year plan would guide Council in addressing future recreation and park needs, including the development, redevelopment and enhancement of all recreation and park services, programs and facilities in the Shire.

“It will identify the shortfalls, surplus and opportunities in the Shire’s sport and recreational supply,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This opportunity has been made possible thanks to the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program.”

If you’d like to get involved, send any suggestions, or register your interest please email.

Council advises vigilance about scam activity

Burdekin Shire Council is warning the community to be vigilant about scam activity, after a number of residents were approached for money in return for kerbside number painting.

Council has received several calls from residents who state they were approached by a group of men going door-to-door asking if people would like their house numbers painted on the kerb.

The men falsely advised they were sent by Council and asked for a $40 fee.

Council does not endorse or approve of these operators in any way. Residents are advised to take due care and report any concerns or complaints to the police.

Tips for managing barking dogs

Barking dogs are one of the most widespread animal management issues in the community, with 133 different dogs the subject of noise complaints made to Burdekin Shire Council in the 2016/17 financial year.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said noisy dogs could be a real neighbourhood nuisance but were also a particularly difficult issue for Council as a number of factors had to be taken into account before further compliance action could be pursued.

“Excessive barking is often an indication that something is wrong, whether the animal is impacted by boredom, separation anxiety, discomfort or a perceived threat to its territory,” Mr Mulcahy said.

“Sometimes it is difficult to determine the cause of the barking, but for pet owners in this situation, taking the time to understand why this is occurring is the first step to solving the problem.”

He said Council received a number of noise complaints regarding barking dogs but that the majority of these could be resolved without Council involvement. People with dogs barking excessively in their neighbourhood are encouraged to first try talking to the dog’s owner to ensure they’re aware of the problem and see if they can do anything about it.

“In most cases the dog’s owner may not be aware of the barking or realise it is annoying to you or others,” Mr Mulcahy said.

“Local Law stipulates pet owners must take all reasonable steps to prevent their animal from making a noise or disturbance that causes a nuisance to neighbours.

“People must ensure their animal does not make excessive noise for more than a total of six minutes in any hour from 7am to 10pm on any day and for more than a total of three minutes in any 30 minute period after 10pm or before 7am.

“There is no concrete definition of a nuisance or excessive noise, which is why Council officers must rely on completed seven day diaries and surveillance information to proceed with further action.”

As a last resort Council may serve an infringement penalty notice and instigate legal action against the dog owner.

Some simple tips to reduce excessive barking include:

·         Exercise — an active dog barks less when it gets regular exercise.

·         Company.

·         Stimulation — a bored dog will bark to attract attention.

·         Fence design — restrict your dog’s view to what’s going on outside the fence.

Pet owners can obtain more tips from the barking dogs fact sheet which has recently been mailed out with their animal registration renewal notices, by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 or online:

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.

Send your photos to


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