Free Swim Day a cool idea to thank Burdekin families

Burdekin Shire residents will be able to cool off for free this Sunday 21 January with Ayr and Home Hill Swimming Pools hosting a Free Swim Day for local families.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said coinciding with the end of the school holidays, the Free Swim Day was a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy some fun in pool.

“Council is conscious of those hot days over summer and wanted to provide an opportunity for families to get together while beating the heat,” she said.

“It’s also a good chance for people to engage in physical activity after the Christmas break.

“If you’re looking for a way to cool off this weekend, I encourage you to get down to either the Ayr Swimming Pool or Home Hill Swimming Pool this Sunday where you’ll be able to enjoy the facilities for free.”

The gates open from 10am to 6pm. The kiosk will also be in operation with food and drinks available.

Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult over 18 years of age at all times.

Cr McLaughlin said the event celebrated the end of the school holidays but it was also a way of giving back to the community for its support of the Shire’s pools over the past year.

“In the last swim season, 14,529 children and adults came through the gates of Ayr Swimming Pool alone,” she said.

“Our swimming pools are fantastic community assets where locals and visitors can go to cool off, learn to swim, or get active with a few laps. Every year they are also accessed by the swim club for events.

“For families who haven’t used the pools before, the Free Swim Day is a good opportunity to check out the facilities on offer and if you would like more information about pool passes, simply speak to the staff on the day.”

Ayr Pool is located at 242-250 Queen Street and Home Hill Pool is located at 63-95 Eleventh Avenue.

For more information on Burdekin Shire Council pools visit


Job Vacancy 18/03 – Rates Officer (Maternity Relief)

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Rates Officer. This is a maternity relief position for a period of up to 8 months.

The Position

The key responsibilities include:

  • Ongoing maintenance to ensure integrity of the property and land rating database for levying of rates and charges, property searches and rating system upgrades.
  • Generating and checking rate certificates prior to issue.
  • Assist with debt collection processes for collection of outstanding rates.
  • Assist with issue of annual, supplementary and half-yearly water consumption notices.
  • Assist with preparation of rate reports including rating statement, audit reports, two and five year rating comparison, comparative annual rates collection report.

The Person

The successful applicant will possess the following attributes at a minimum:

  • Demonstrated high level of administrative and financial experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn multiple new work procedures and adapt to changes in process, practice, and technology, while applying attention to detail and accuracy of work.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and prioritise own work to meet deadlines and achieve desired work outcomes.
  • Experience in Local Government property and rating systems, including knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a team that values a positive working environment, self-development and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle private, confidential and sensitive information.

The applicable salary is to a ceiling of Level 3 ($66,826pa) with the commencing salary dependent upon the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

Application packages are available from the Human Resources Office on (07) 4783 9800 or you can download the application package using the following link.

Applications for 18/03 – Rates Officer (Maternity Relief) should include:

  •  A cover letter
  • A current resume
  • Statements addressing the selection criteria found in the Position Description.

Applications can be submitted using one of the following methods:

Applications close on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Kim Olsen, Manager Financial and Administrative Services on (07) 4783 9800.

Airport land development to pave way for job-creating opportunities

Vacant land at the Ayr Aerodrome could be developed to unlock new job-creating business ventures in the Burdekin with a focus on aviation.

Burdekin Shire Council will this week launch an Expressions of Interest campaign calling on parties interested in either leasing or developing the airport land to present their development proposals.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor and Aerodrome Advisory Committee Chairwomen Lyn McLaughlin said with its close proximity to Townsville and ample ‘blank canvas’ space, the aerodrome was ideally placed for development opportunities.

“The Ayr Aerodrome offers a variety of opportunities for developers with greater flexibility for operators to undertake a variety of activities,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“A wide range of aviation-related business operations – such as aircraft maintenance and spare parts, training facilities, storage and warehousing – could easily be accommodated.”

The aerodrome, 10km north of the township of Ayr, has two runways which can handle small to medium aircraft and Council is currently progressing the installation of a fuel facility at the site.

“With the addition of a fuel facility, the Ayr Aerodrome is ideally located to attract recreational and smaller commercial users from the region and across the State,” Cr McLaughlin said.

She said any proposed development at the aerodrome through the Expressions of Interest process should essentially be aviation-related.

“No consideration will be given to the use of the land for general industrial development which does not have any connection with the aviation industry,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“An essential element of this EOI process is to facilitate the matching of potential proponents and developers.”

Expressions of Interest close on Monday 5 February, 2018 at 12 noon.

The specification is available on Council’s website using the following link:

Expression of Interest – Lease and development of land at Ayr Aerodrome

Council invites responses from parties who may be interested in either leasing and/or developing land at the Ayr Aerodrome.  A public Expression of Interest (EOI) process is being held to allow anyone who is interested to present their development proposals on the remaining vacant land at the aerodrome.  Any proposed development at the aerodrome through this EOI process should essentially be aviation-related.  No consideration will be given to the use of the land for general industrial development which does not have any connection with the aviation industry.

An essential element of this EOI process is to facilitate the matching of potential proponents and developers.

Expressions of Interest close on Monday, 5 February 2018 at 12noon.

The specification is available using the following link:

Giru transfer station open Wednesday 27 December

The Giru transfer station will be open for an additional day on Wednesday 27 December from 3pm to 6pm to cater for an anticipated increase in waste volumes over the Christmas period.

Standard operating hours will continue over the Christmas break at all waste facilities except for Christmas day.

Kerbside bin collection will operate as per the standard schedule.


Burdekin Shire prepares for a spectacular Christmas event

Preparations are in full swing ahead of the Christmas Spectacular at Burdekin Theatre this Thursday and Friday night.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said anyone who didn’t secure tickets to the nightly show in the Auditorium could still watch a free live stream of the entire program in the Burdekin Theatre Forecourt.

“The event will be held over two nights so there are two chances to take part in the festivities,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“From 5pm nightly we’ll have free Christmas activities and entertainment in the Theatre Forecourt and Foyer with food and drinks available to purchase. Santa Claus himself is tipped to make an appearance.

“Families will also be able to step into our on-site photo booth and have a free Christmas themed portrait taken with a professional photographer.”

At 7pm the free Christmas Spectacular will take place in the Theatre Auditorium, including a program of family-favourite Christmas carols and the children’s play, Elf.

Council is encouraging everyone who missed out on a ticket to set up their picnic blankets and folding chairs in the Forecourt, where the event will be screened live.

Cr McLaughlin said the Community Christmas Carols were a great community tradition and this year Council had received funding through the Queensland Government’s Community Drought Support Package to make the event even bigger.

“I thank the Queensland Government for its assistance in making this event possible, by providing $22,500 through its Community Drought Support Package,” she said.

Cr McLaughlin said director Pat Nuttall and Burdekin Singers had put together a special production of Elf, starring 36 local school children.

“The night will also include Christmas messages by church leaders and a program of family-favourite Christmas carols performed by some of our talented local singers,” she said.

“I invite everyone to come down and enjoy this free family event.”

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

Merry Christmas to our district

A Christmas message from Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin

As we count down the days to Christmas, it’s a perfect opportunity to look back on our achievements as a community over the past 12 months.

We have so much to celebrate this festive season. Another busy sugar cane crushing season has come to an end and our local students have farewelled the school year at numerous award and graduation ceremonies across the Shire. I would like to wish all our graduates a very big congratulations and the best of luck in whatever career path you choose.

We are all lucky to be residents of the Burdekin during this time of year, with access to pristine beaches; great fishing; wonderful shopping and eateries; and so many cultural attractions and events right on our doorstep.

I invite everyone to attend our Christmas Spectacular, on tomorrow Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December at Burdekin Theatre.  The event, being held in place of Carols by Candlelight, is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate the year gone by. There will be free activities and entertainment in the Theatre Forecourt from 5pm and from 7pm the Christmas carols and children’s play ELF commences.  Although the auditorium seats are sold out, families are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs along and watch the screening live in the Burdekin Theatre Forecourt.

The presentation of the Australia Day awards will occur on Thursday 25 January 2018 at the Burdekin Memorial Hall in Home Hill.  The Australia Day Ceremony will commence at 7pm and will recognise and reflect on the accomplishments of Burdekin residents and organisations who give so much to the community. Burdekin Shire Council is also privileged to have Australia Day Ambassador Mr Scott Stidson OAM addressing the audience.

As the disaster season is now approaching, I would also like to encourage you to take the time to get ready. All households should now have received Burdekin Shire Council’s Emergency Action Guide and Recovery Factsheets.  The development of this comprehensive guide and factsheets has been a major project assisted with funding from the Get Ready program provided by RACQ and the State Government.

Please note, Burdekin Shire Council Chambers will be closing for the period beginning Monday 25 December 2017 and re-opening Tuesday 2 January 2018. Be assured that officers will be on-call for emergencies during the shutdown period and if you require assistance please call (07) 4783 9800. Garbage collection will continue to operate as normal over the festive season.

After all the hard work of the past few months, Christmas is an important opportunity to finally relax and spend quality time with family and friends. It is also an excellent time for us all to reflect on the past year and the many achievements of individuals, groups and businesses.

On behalf of Councillors and staff at Burdekin Shire Council I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, safe and healthy New Year.

Christmas Operating Hours

Burdekin Shire Council facilities will have the following operating hours over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. We wish our residents and visitors a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

For more information please phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on: (07) 4783 9800.

  • BURDEKIN SHIRE COUNCIL CHAMBERS: Closes 4.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 8.00am Tuesday 2 January, 2018.
  • BURDEKIN LIBRARY – AYR: Closes 4.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 9.00am Tuesday 2 January, 2018.
  • BURDEKIN LIBRARY – HOME HILL BRANCH: Closes 4.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 1.00pm Tuesday 2 January, 2018.
  • BURDEKIN THEATRE: Closes 5.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 8.00am Tuesday 2 January, 2018. (Box Office reopens 10am Monday 8 January, 2018.)
  • BURDEKIN MEMORIAL HALL: Closed 5.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 8.00am Tuesday 15 January, 2018.
  • AYR AND HOME HILL SWIMMING POOLS: Both pools will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • ALL TRANSFER STATIONS AND KIRKNIE ROAD LANDFILL: All transfer stations and landfills will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • GARBAGE COLLECTION: Normal operating services.
  • FOR ALL SERVICES AND EMERGENCY CALLS: Including animal control, water and sewerage emergencies please phone (07) 4783 9800.

Mount Inkerman – Road Closure

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that construction works are still being undertaken on Mount Inkerman with an expected completion date of Friday 26th January 2018, weather permitting.

Mount Inkerman will remain closed to all traffic and pedestrians until construction work is completed.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

School Holiday Activities at Burdekin Library

Burdekin children will have plenty of opportunities to stay entertained these December and January school holidays with free activities at the Ayr and Home Hill branches of Burdekin Library.

Registrations are essential. To attend please contact Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970.

December activities

  • MARBLE BAUBLES & DECO ORNAMENTS: Tuesday 12th, 10am – Ayr
  • SALT PAINTING GIFT BAGS & DIY BON BONS: Wednesday 13th, 10am – Home Hill
  • CHRISTMAS SAND ART: Thursday 14th, 10am- Ayr
  • REINDEER DIORAMAS & DECO ORNAMENTS: Monday 18th, 10am – Ayr
  • WORD TREES & SALT PAINTING GIFT BAGS: Wednesday 20, 10am – Home Hill

January Activities

  • OZOBOTS: Tuesday 9th, 10am – Ayr
  • DIY “KNOCK ‘EM ROCK ‘EM KUBBS” GAME (Group activity): Wednesday 10th, 10am – Ayr
  • DIY LIBRARY BAGS: Wednesday 17th, 10am – Home Hill
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