Recent rain boosts mosquito breeding

The recent rain has resulted in an increase in mosquitoes and Burdekin residents are being urged to help fight an outbreak by ensuring their yards are clear of any potential breeding sites.

Burdekin Shire Council regularly treats known breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry diseases like the Ross River and Dengue viruses, but our backyards are also a haven for these pests. Container-breeding mosquitoes, which can carry disease, can be found in items such as pot plant holders, gutters, old tin cans, plastic containers, fallen palm fronds, toys, bromeliads and old tyres.

Dengue fever can include headaches, fevers, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and, in some rare cases, can be fatal.

Residents can avoid becoming ill by taking precautions against being bitten. These include using personal insect repellents, screening sleeping and living areas and using surface sprays in dark places such as under beds, tables and behind cupboards. There are also barrier treatments available through pest control businesses.

If you have plants that hold water, such as bromeliads, flush them out with a hose thoroughly every 3-4 days.

Dengue mosquitoes require only a small amount of water to breed in, so if residents empty all their pot plant trays and other water-holding containers it will stop the mosquito’s breeding cycle from starting.

Registrations now open for the Ayr Surf Lifesavers QLD Day Fun Run

The 2017 Queensland Day Fun, Fitness & Lifestyle Expo will be held at the Alva Beach Park and Lifesavers Clubhouse on Sunday 4th June from 9.00am to 1.00pm.  The event will include free childrens’ rides and activities, free come-and-try fitness activities as well as provide health & wellbeing information for families.

Food and drinks will be on sale at the event and a variety of entertainment, demonstrations and prizes will be run throughout the day.  The event is being funded by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Day Funding Program, and will showcase what is great about living in Queensland.  Caro and Kingi (‘The Block’) will be our special guests and emcee’s for the event.

This year we will also host the Ayr Surf Lifesavers QLD Day Fun Run and 100m Dash for Cash competition.  The Fun Run (approx. 5km) will commence at 8.30am.


Pre-registration $5
To register, please complete and return the registration form and $5 in an envelope to Dotty Daisy Flowers (110 Queen Street, Ayr)

Registration on the day: $10

For more information or to be involved in the Expo, please contact Melissah or Tammy on (07) 4783 9800.

Hell Hole Landing Boat Ramp – Temporary Closure

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) advises that the Hell Hole Landing boat ramp at Rita Island will be temporarily closed while reconstruction works are carried out.

The boat ramp construction project is scheduled to commence on Monday 8 May 2017 and will take approximately nine weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Further information about the temporary closure can be found in the attached flyer.

For more information about the Hell Hole Landing boat ramp project can be obtained by contacting Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer and Stakeholder Management team on 1800 625 648 or via email at

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