The Burdekin Shire Council covers an area of approximately 5,053 square kilometres and is bordered by Townsville City Councils to the north, Charters Towers Regional Council to the west and Whitsunday Regional Council to the south.

The Shire has an estimated resident population of approximately 17,500 as at the 2011 census and is categorised as a Rural Agricultural Very Large (RAV) Local Authority under the Australian classification of Local Governments.

The Council has its origins back in 1888 when the Ayr Divisional Board was formed. On 1st April, 1903 all Divisions became Shires under the Local Authorities’ Act of 1902 and the Council of the Shire of Ayr was created. In 1982 the name was changed to Council of the Shire of Burdekin to more accurately reflect the geographic area covered by the Council.

The Council plays an important role in improving the liveability of our community by providing many of the services and facilities used every day. Councils are set up by State legislation. In Queensland their powers come mainly from the Local Government Act that is administered by the Department of Local Government and Planning.

The Council undertakes a number of functions within the community. Some of these are listed below.

Looking after Essential Infrastructure

  • Building new roads and bridges
  • Maintaining roads and bridges
  • Providing drainage systems
  • Building and maintaining halls and other public buildings
  • Looking after parks and gardens
  • Collecting and treating sewerage
  • Storing and treating water for drinking
  • Providing flood mitigation measures
  • Maintaining aerodromes

Looking after the Environment

  • Councils are responsible for regulating certain activities that affect the quality of the environment including air, noise and water.
  • Collection and disposal of waste.
  • Operation of landfill sites.
  • Cleaning of streets, footpaths, parks and other public places.
  • Control of declared pests and noxious weeds.
  • Building control.

Looking after People

  • Working with community organisations to provide a wide range of services in the cultural, welfare and sporting areas.
  • Library services.
  • Swimming pools, caravan parks and boating facilities.
  • Attention to public health including control of mosquito breeding.
  • Providing public toilets, animal control and food hygiene.


  • Council controls and regulates where and if development activities can take place.
  • Council encourages and attracts industry that creates jobs for local people.

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