Council has many processes and activities that involve the public in decision, education or sharing of information. While it is not possible or effective to consult with the community on every issue, Burdekin Shire Council engages the community to enhance Council’s decisions and to facilitate well-informed community participation in policy, plans, programs and service levels.
For more information about Council’s community consultation and engagement please refer to our community engagement policy.
Burdekin Shire Council is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for the public to participate in the decision making processes on projects which affect the local community and the future development of the region.
Community engagement plays an important role in the planning and delivery of council services and facilities and for shaping the future of our shire.
Current Surveys and Consultations
Have your say: Feral pig impacts
Burdekin Shire Council is seeking feedback from landholders on the impacts of feral pigs on their properties and natural ecosystems.
A survey is being conducted through funding received from NQ Dry Tropics Feral Pig Control program. The aim is to plan aerial pig shoots with the information from landholders regarding feral pig populations.
Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSCFeralPigImpacts
In the Dry Tropics, where pig populations exist, aerial shooting is the most cost-effective method of control.
It is estimated that Australia has up to 24 million feral pigs. They are among Queensland’s most widespread and damaging pest animals. Feral pigs spread weeds, degrade soil and water, prey on native species, damage crops and livestock, and carry diseases. With your assistance, together, we can decrease the populations of pigs in the Burdekin Shire Council area.
Please complete the survey online or print out and return by either posting to Council (PO Box 974 Ayr Qld 4807), marked to the attention of Brooke Payne, dropping off at Council’s Customer Service Centre 145 Young Street Ayr or emailing to
Responses should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 8 December.
For information on Council’s 1080 baiting program for feral pigs and wild dogs, or on the loan of feral pig traps, please call Council’s Pest Management Team on (07) 4783 9800.
Have your say: Ayr Showgrounds master plan
Burdekin Shire Council has launched a community survey this week to gather ideas from local organisations, clubs, groups and individuals around planning for the future of the Ayr Showgrounds.
Access the survey here: Ayr Showgrounds master plan survey.
The project is seeking new and exciting ideas to guide the strategic planning and management of the showgrounds for the next 10 years.
This is the community’s opportunity to make Council aware of the way the showgrounds are currently used, and how they could be used in the future. Burdekin Shire Council has appointed CPR Group to develop the master plan.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said, “It’s an exciting opportunity for the community to have an input into shaping the future of this valuable facility and we’d like to hear from as many people as possible.
“It is our aim to not only optimise the use of the site but to also reactivate the showgrounds as a multi-purpose community facility. The ideas and views of community members are important to ensure that all issues are considered in the master plan.”
The survey will be open for completion until 15 December, 2017.
Council is seeking input even from those people or groups who have not used the facility in the past but may have ideas about how it could be used in future. It is important for community members to keep in mind that this is a planning process designed to assess desired community needs, taking into account available funding and realistic timeframes.
It is estimated that the survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
For more information about the master plan please contact CPR Group on (07) 5443 6247, or
Have your say: Sport and Recreation Plan 2018-2028 Community Survey
Burdekin Shire Council is developing a new 10-year Sport and Recreation Plan (2018-2028) for the Burdekin Region and wants your feedback.
By completing the following survey, you will help to provide the study team with important information on parks, sport and recreation needs and priorities of the community.
The Community Survey is available here: Sport and Recreation Plan 2018-2028 Community Survey
The survey closes on Saturday 9 December.
The 10-year plan will identify key priorities and will investigate a range of issues including Council’s role; how parks, sport and recreation facilities are managed; and what parks and sport and recreation services are important to the community.
Council received $43,800 through the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program for this project and has engaged consultants Otium Planning Group to prepare the strategy.
Council is also seeking feedback from sporting clubs. Sporting clubs which haven’t already received an Organisation Survey are asked to please contact Melissah Lammon on (07) 4783 9829 to obtain a copy.
Calling for Nominations – 2018 Australia Day Awards
The Burdekin Shire Council Australia Day Awards recognise members of our community who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and for their exceptional achievement in a variety of areas.
Members of the public can nominate an individual or group whom they believe deserves recognition for their valuable and selfless efforts.
How to nominate
The 2017 Australia Day Award Nominations are now open and members of the public are encouraged to nominate an individual or group whom they believe deserves recognition for their valuable and selfless efforts. To nominate, you will need to complete the 2018 Australia Day Awards nomination form attached below.
Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Burdekin Shire Council, Po Box 974, Ayr QLD 4807 or in person to the Customer Service desk or via email. Supporting documentation may also be provided with your nomination form if you feel it will assist the judges in making their decision. Supporting documentation can include items such as personal references, photographs, samples of work, portfolios, articles etc. Please do not supply originals of supporting documentation, as all documentation will be retained by the Burdekin Shire Council.
You can download the 2018 Australia Day Awards nomination form using the following link:
- 2018 Australia Day Awards Nomination Form - (pdf 1 MB)
Printed copies of the nomination form are available from the Burdekin Shire Council or the Burdekin Library.
Nominations close on Tuesday, 12th December 2017.
Award recipients for 2018 will be announced at the Australia Day Celebrations evening being held on Thursday, 25th January, 2018 at the Burdekin Memorial Hall.
Australia Day Award Categories
The Australia Day Award categories are:
|Citizen of the Year Award||Outstanding achievement and leadership in the local community.|
Demonstrated selfless commitment, application and dedication, involvement in activities that promote the welfare and wellbeing of the community over the 2017 year period.
Person must be 25 years or older on 26th January 2018.
|Young Citizen of the Year Award (Under 25)||Person must not be more than 25 years of age as of the 26th January 2018.|
|Life Time Contribution Award||Outstanding achievement and leadership in the local community.|
Demonstrated selfless commitment, application and dedication, involvement in activities that promote the welfare and wellbeing of the community over a life time period.
|Community Event of the Year||To be eligible the person/group must be regionally based and have staged the most outstanding community event during the calendar year of 2017.|
|Sports Award Senior||Significant achievement and contribution in a non-professional sporting field.|
|Sports Award Junior||Significant achievement and contribution in a non-professional sporting field.|
Person must not be more than 18 years of age as of the 26th January 2018.
|Sports Award Administrator||Demonstrated a significant contribution to sport in the area of administration in a voluntary capacity.|
|Sportsperson with a Disability||Nominees can be any age, with a medically diagnosed disability.|
|Cultural Award Senior||Significant achievement and contribution in the field of the arts and/or involvement with an organisation that enhances the development of the arts, culture and entertainment.|
|Cultural Award Junior||Person must not be more than 18 years of age as of the 26th January 2018.|
|Environment Award Senior||Significant achievement and contribution in the field of environment.|
|Environment Award Junior||Significant achievement and contribution in the field of environment.|
Person must not be more than 18 years of age as of the 26th January 2018.
|Excellence Award||For a person who is an inspirational role model in either a paid or unpaid capacity.|
View the latest Australia Day Award Recipients.
Eligibility in Categories
All nominees must be a resident of the Burdekin Shire at the time of nomination.
Nominations will be reviewed by the appointed judging panel. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Award recipients for 2018 will be announced at the Australia Day Celebrations evening being held on Thursday 25th January, 2018 at the Burdekin Memorial Hall.
Enquiries should be directed to Tony Vaccaro on (07) 4783 9800.