Queen and Edwards Street – Road Closure

Burdekin Shire Council advises repairs to the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Queen and Edwards Street will be undertaken on Sunday 28 July 2019, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The intersection of Queen and Edwards Street at the pedestrian crossing will be closed to all traffic to enable works to be undertaken safely and efficiently. Traffic will be detoured via Young and Macmillan Street during the road closure period.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum for road users during the construction period. Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users for their patience during these works.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Team 4783 9800

Be Part of the Journey: Details of the Lexus Melbourne Cup’s Burdekin visit revealed

Burdekin locals and visitors will have a rare opportunity to experience the magic of the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup in person when it visits the region on Friday 26 July.

The 18-carat gold trophy will visit the Burdekin Race Club and the Burdekin Theatre as part of the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

Now in its 17th year, the Tour has travelled more than 600,000 kilometres and visited more than 450 destinations in an effort to unite communities and raise funds for local causes.

This year’s trophy is especially significant because it represents the 100-year anniversary of the ‘Loving Cup’ design, with each of the three handles representing the owner, trainer, and jockey respectively. It is also very special because the gold used to make the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup is from Evolution Mining at Mt Carlton, located just south of Home Hill.

Residents and visitors can experience the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup in person during a free morning tea at the Burdekin Race Club from 9:30am, or one of two free luncheons at the Burdekin Theatre from 11:45am or 1pm.

Burdekin Shire Council Acting Mayor Sue Perry said the events would be an unforgettable experience for the community.

“We are very excited that the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup is visiting the Burdekin and on behalf of Council, I invite everyone to join us at one of the free community events,” she said.

“Excitingly, each event will also include guest speakers from the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) in Joe Agresta, former foreman of Bart Cummings and Joe McGrath, VRC’s Racing Engagements and Cup Tour Manager

“Evolution Mining Mount Carlton General Manager Anton Kruger will also be there along with some of the Evolution team. Their presentation will include a video about how the Cup was made, from how Evolution found the gold to ABC Bullion crafting the final product.

“We will also be raffling a number of prizes donated by Evolution, Redpath Mining Australia, Hudson Welding and Northern Rise during the Burdekin events, with all proceeds donated to local charity Laurie’s Love.”
Home Hill Race Club Treasurer Leanne Gudge said the club was excited to host Australia’s most iconic trophy.

“I think this is exceptional for the Home Hill Race Club. It’s a bit of excitement for our town to have the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup and also the gold has come from a local company, Evolution Mining.”

Evolution Mining’s Mr Kruger said the company was extremely proud to share this historic moment with the local Burdekin community.

“We are looking forward to meeting the local community members and showing everyone how we produce gold.”

The trophy will travel to 38 other towns and cities across the globe before returning to Flemington for ‘the race that stops a nation’ in November.

Lexus Melbourne Cup Burdekin tour details:

Burdekin Race Club morning tea

Where: Burdekin Race Club, Home Hill

When: 9:30am – 10:30am.

Cost: Free

Tickets: Tickets not required.


Burdekin Theatre luncheon

Where: Burdekin Theatre, Ayr

When: 11:45am – 12:45pm and 1pm – 2pm.

Cost: Free

Tickets: Free tickets available from www.burdekintheatre.com.au, (07) 4783 9880 or from Council’s Customer Service Centre.


Dig deep for National Tree Day

Lower Burdekin Landcare and Burdekin Shire Council are inviting locals to help them plant 300 new trees for National Tree Day Sunday 28 July.

Volunteers will be planting out the area near the new Lower Burdekin Landcare building between Cox Street and International Road, Ayr from 8:30am – 11:30am.

Burdekin Shire Council Deputy Mayor Sue Perry encouraged residents of all ages to get involved with the event.

“National Tree Day is a great way for the wider community to support Lower Burdekin Landcare in the important work they do to enhance biodiversity in the shire,” she said.

“It’s also an opportunity for residents to make some new friends and have fun helping make a difference to the local environment.

“Gloves are provided but we’re encouraging everyone who comes along to bring a hat, closed in shoes and water to drink.”

Lower Burdekin Landcare Chair Keith Kiloh said the group had been working hard on the new site for the past year.

“We’re excited to be sharing National Tree Day with the public and to showcase the hard work of our members in setting up our nursery,” he said.

“Everyone is welcome to come have a look and chat with our nurserymen, who are more than happy to share their expertise.”

Mr Kiloh said residents were also encouraged to take advantage of the group’s ongoing Neem tree replacement program.

“One of our key objectives as a group is to eradicate the Neem weed from the district.

“Neem is a problem because it has the ability to create a mono-culture. It seeds very heavily and the conditions here are just ideal for it to flourish.

“Residents can bring in a sample from their garden and we will replace it with a native tree from our nursery free of charge.”

Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996 and since then more than 4 million volunteers have planted more than 25 million trees.

Plastic not so fantastic – Join Plastic Free July

Burdekin Shire Council is once again encouraging local households, businesses and schools to throw their support behind the Plastic Free July campaign by saying ‘no’ to single use plastics such as plastic straws and packaging.

The month-long global initiative, which has mobilised millions of participants across more than 200 countries, aims to raise awareness of a world-wide plastic waste problem and supports behavioural change by helping people to avoid single-use plastic.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said this is the second year Council has taken part in the challenge.

“Every person has a role to play in reducing the impact of plastic waste on the environment – including Council,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Last year, Council introduced plastic free catering and removed plastic straws and cups from all Council functions, events and meetings.

“We will go even further this year, with the Burdekin Theatre also committing to absolutely zero plastic waste for all Council run events.”

Cr McLaughlin said every individual could make small changes to reduce the impact of plastic waste.

“Single use plastics tend to be used for only minutes, yet their impact on our environment can last thousands of years.

“Thankfully, we all have the ability to make small behavioural changes which can greatly improve our ability to stay single-use plastic free. A successful initiative that comes to mind is the recent plastic bag ban.

“Positive steps include carrying a keep cup, water bottle, cutlery set and reusable shopping bag with you, and saying no to items such as plastic straws.”

Cr McLaughlin said a number of local businesses, including Chill Parlour, are already leading the way by reducing plastic straw use by introducing alternatives such as metal straws.

Community groups, businesses, schools, organisations and individuals can participate in Plastic Free July by visiting www.plasticfreejuly.org. The website features a number of resources and ideas to inspire at home, work, school, and within the community.

Waterwise program aims to cut water bills

Burdekin Shire Council is planning a Shire-wide community education program aimed to reduce water consumption and in turn, residential and commercial water bills.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council was keen to work with residential and commercial customers to help reduce demand and enhance the Shire’s water resilience.

“A recent increase in watering of lawns and gardens has placed pressure on Council’s water supply and associated pumping and treatment,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“While we have a number of capital projects in the pipeline, including the construction of a 5 megalitre reservoir at Home Hill, Council wants to work in partnership with its water customers to decrease demand on residential and commercial water supply.”

While reducing consumption through the waterwise education program will decrease pressure on Council water supply network, the benefits to customers will be a saving to household and business budgets.

As part of the adoption of the 2019/20 Budget, Council revised its water charging regime resulting in a small increase to Tier 1 consumption from 25c per kilolitre to 26c per kilolitre. The vast majority of residential customers fell within Tier 1 consumption levels during 2018/19

Larger water users are encouraged to actively monitor water usage to minimise increases to water bills.

Table 1 summarises the new water charging regime.

Table 1 – 2019/20 Water Charges

Water Access Charge$451$460
Tier 1 (Consumption up to 1 megalitre)$0.25 per kilolitre$0.26 per kilolitre
Tier 2 (Consumption above 1 megalitre)$1.25 per kilolitre$1.50 per kilolitre

*These figures do not include for water supplied by Council’s Giru Water Supply Scheme to properties included in rating category F – Sugar Milling


“Through the planned waterwise education program we want to provide a range a practical tips for customers to ensure they manage their water consumption and in turn minimise any increases to, or hopefully reduce, their water bills,” Council’s Water and Wastewater Manager Shaun Johnston said.

“The need for a waterwise community education program was identified as a key initiative of a broader Council approach to enhancing water security and resilience to residential and commercial water supply.

“Council looks forward to working collaboratively with water customers across the Shire to reduce water consumption. I encourage residents to ‘watch this space’ for tips to save money.”

Water Saving Tip #1: Stop the constant drip!

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Adelaide Street, Ayr – Water main replacement works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that construction works to replace a section of the water main in Adelaide Street, Ayr will commence on Wednesday 19th June, 2019 continuing until approximately Friday 30th August, 2019, weather permitting.  As a result of these works, temporary traffic management controls will be in place.

Motorists are asked to obey all directional signs and any instructions from onsite personnel for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.  Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period. 

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Temporary Closure Groper Creek Jetty

Monday 15 July 2019 – Temporary closure – Day works


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) advises that the Groper Creek jetty south-east of Home Hill, will be temporarily closed to undertake a structural inspection of the jetty.

The Groper Creek jetty inspection work is schedule to be carried out on Monday 15 July 2019, weather and tides permitting.

The work involves:

– A visual inspection of the jetty

– Concrete coring and taking of samples

The contractor will need to restrict access to the jetty to ensure the safety of their workers and members of the public. Access to the nearby boat ramps will be maintained.

Every effort will be made to minimise noise, however nearby home owners and users of the boat ramp can expect noise due to the concrete sawing works and reversing vehicle warning signals. Workplace Health and Safety management procedures stipulate that reversing warning signals on vehicles cannot be turned off, even in residential areas.

Alternative boat ramp facilities in Townsville:

  • Wallace Creek
  • Hell Hole Landing
  • Phillips Camp
  • Plantation Creek
  • Ocean Creek
  • Barramundi (Morris)
  • Barratta Creek
  • Cromarty Creek

Further information about the inspection work on the Groper Creek jetty can be obtained by contacting TMR’s Customer and Stakeholder Management Team on 1800 625 648 or via email at.

Groper Creek Jetty – Temporary Closure


Scouring 300mm Ayr-Brandon Water Trunk Main – Tuesday 9 July 2019

Burdekin Shire Council will be carrying out scouring of the 300mm water main in the northern parts of Ayr, and Brandon on Tuesday 9th July, 2019.

These works will result in a loss of normal water pressure for up to four hours to residents in Brandon and those in Ayr, North of Wilmington Street and west of the Bruce highway including the Ayr Industrial Estate. These residents are advised to store their day’s supply of drinking water before 9:00am on that day. 

Residents in the affected areas may experience water discolouration for a period following the planned works. It is advisable to delay washing of clothes etc., for up to two days after work is completed.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of these necessary maintenance works.

For further information please contact Council on 4783 9800 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Scouring 375mm Trunk Water Main – Railway Street, Ayr – Wednesday 10 July 2019

Burdekin Shire Council will be carrying out scouring of the 375mm trunk water main in Railway Street, Ayr between Burke and MacMillan Streets on Wednesday 10 July, 2019.

These works will result in a loss of water supply to customers directly connected to the 375mm main between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm. You are advised to store your day’s supply of drinking water prior to 9:00am on that day.

Residents within a two block radius of Railway Street specifically Burke, Cameron, Wilmington, Munro, Graham, Queen and MacMillan Streets may experience water discoloration for a period following the planned works. It is advisable to delay washing of clothes etc. for up to two days after work is completed.

Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused to residents as a result of these necessary maintenance works.

For further information please contact Council on 4783 9800 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.

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