Planned outage on Council internet and phone services on Wednesday 8 August 2018 from 5pm

Council advises that a planned upgrade of our internet and phones services will require an outage on some services for approximately one hour on Wednesday 8August 2018 from 5pm. All Burdekin Shire Council websites, including Burdekin Library and Burdekin Theatre, will be unavailable during this time. This will also affect email delivery and phone calls to Council officers.

We apologise for any inconvenience the outage may cause and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Library a Treasure Trove for Children’s Book Week

Burdekin children with a thirst for adventure will be able to go on a scavenger hunt, search for treasure under the sea and even receive a special pirate name during Burdekin Shire Council’s Book Week celebrations this year.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the annual event, which runs from Monday 20 to Saturday 25 August, was a great opportunity to celebrate books, authors and reading.

“The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) theme for this year’s event is Find Your Treasure and there is plenty to find in our local libraries,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“During Book Week, the Burdekin Library will have a number of book displays aimed at different age groups, meaning that every member of the family can find their next treasured read.”

Other activities include an interactive Storytime Session, where children will hear one of the books shortlisted for the 2018 CBCA’s Book of the Year award and take part in craft activities.

“The importance of developing a love of reading early on is well documented and I encourage all Burdekin families to engage in regular reading activities,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Families can take part in the Burdekin Library scavenger hunt and interactive displays Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

The Book Week Storytime Session will happen on Friday 24 August at 10:30am and bookings are not necessary.

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

Community Feedback: Bruce Highway Through Yabulu at Night

Do you use the Bruce Highway through Yabulu (north of Townsville) at night? The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is seeking feedback from people who regularly travel the Bruce Highway through Yabulu at night, about upcoming temporary highway closures.

Closure particulars:

The railway overpass on the Bruce Highway at Yabulu was damaged in a bridge strike. Following an attempt to remove the damaged span only, Queensland Rail has determined the overpass will need to be demolished.
To ensure the safety of passing motorists, the Bruce Highway at this location will need to be closed and is likely to occur over three consecutive nights (8pm to 4am). The demolition is anticipated to take place around late August/early September. The dates will be determined based on a number of factors including community feedback and traffic counts, and will avoid major events (such as NQ Cowboys game nights) and school holidays.

The feedback will be used to inform when these closures occur so as to have the least impact on motorists.

Questions to consider:

  1. Do you travel the Bruce Highway through Yabulu between the hours of 8pm and 4am?
  2. If yes, how often per week and what nights of the week?
  3. If provided with two weeks prior notice of the closures, will you be able to make alternative arrangements?

Feedback should be directed to TMR’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team by telephone on 1800 625 648, or emailno later than close of business Friday 3 August 2018.

Container Refund Scheme Community Information Session

The new Container Refund Scheme is set to begin on 1 November 2018 and may provide new fund raising opportunities for community groups.

Under the scheme, eligible beverage containers will be worth 10c each. This may encourage community groups to organise the collection and return of containers within their communities to raise additional funds.

To help you prepare, Boomerang Alliance and Container Exchange* will be conducting an information session in Townsville to answer your questions on:

• How does the Container Refund Scheme work?
• What is a Donation Point, and how does it operate?
• How can my community group participate in the scheme?
• Question and Answer session
To register your attendance and for venue information, please follow THIS LINK to the Eventbrite page. The session will be held on Monday 6 August, 5.00pm – 6.30pm at the Townsville RSL, 139 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park.

Townsville Mon 6 August, 5-6:30pm @ Townsville RSL, 139 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park

If you have any questions, please email Kellie at

For more information, you can also visit the Container Exchange website

Rates Notices Arriving Soon

Burdekin ratepayers will receive their Burdekin Shire Council rate notices in the mail this week with a due date of 3 September 2018.

Council’s 2018/19 annual budget included a modest general rate rise across most categories of 2.2 percent.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the rise was consistent with Council’s 10 year financial forecast.

“Council is very conscious of the pressures of household budgets, so we worked hard to keep rate rises to a minimum,” she said.

Waste Charges remain unchanged under the 2018/19 budget, whilst Sewerage and Water Access charges have only increased by $5 and $4 respectively.

Cr McLaughlin said Council had increased the pensioner rebate by $8 for the third consecutive year, bringing the annual remission to $366 per pensioner.

“Pensioners may also be eligible for the State Government pensioner subsidy of $200 and a 20 percent discount on their State Government Emergency Management Levy,” she said.

“I encourage all pensioners to visit the Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Centre with their pensioner card to check their eligibility.”

Rates payments can be made over the phone by calling (07) 4783 9800, online by visiting BPOINT, by BPay via your financial institution, by mail or in person at Australia Post or Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Centre.

Any ratepayer who is having difficulty paying their rates by the due date is asked to contact Council as soon as possible to discuss a payment plan. This option incurs an 11 percent interest on any overdue balance, however regular part payments can minimise interest.

Ratepayers who do not receive their rate notices by 13 August must contact Council on (07) 4783 9800.

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

TBSC/18/005 Greenwaste Processing for Burdekin Shire Council

Tenders closing at 10.00am on Wednesday 15 August 2018 are invited for:

TBSC/18/005 – Greenwaste Processing for Burdekin Shire Council

Tender documents are available from the Burdekin Shire Council website

or can be emailed on request by telephoning (07) 4783 9800.

Further enquiries may be directed to Mr Lachlan Kerr –  Coordinator Waste Services on telephone (07) 4783 9800.

Planned outage on Council internet and phone services on Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 5pm

Council advises that a planned upgrade of our internet and phones services will require an outage on some services for approximately one hour on Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 5pm. All Burdekin Shire Council websites, including Burdekin Library and Burdekin Theatre, will be unavailable during this time. This will also affect email delivery and phone calls to Council officers.

We apologise for any inconvenience the outage may cause and appreciate your patience and understanding

Roll up your sleeves for National Tree Day

Community members are being asked to roll up their sleeves and pick up watering cans on Sunday 29 July in an effort to plant 300 native trees for National Tree Day.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin encouraged residents of all ages to get involved in the Planet Ark initiative.

“National Tree Day is a great opportunity for our community, Lower Burdekin Landcare Association and Council to work together in making real improvements to our environment,” she said.

“Volunteers who come along on Sunday will be treated to a free barbecue and free drinks,” Cr McLaughlin.

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event.

Since its inception in 1996, more than 4 million people have planted 24 million trees.

The 2018 Burdekin National Tree Day event will run from 9am to 11am at Burdekin Landcare’s proposed new centre at the corner of Cox Street and International Road, Ayr.

Volunteers will receive gloves, tools and the equipment needed to plant the trees.

Participants will need a hat, sunscreen and closed in shoes and it is recommended people also wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants for protection.

Flavours of the World – Temporary Road Closure

EDIT: Flavours of the World has been cancelled by organisers due to unforeseen circumstances. The previously advised Road Closures will no longer take place.

 

Queen Street, Ayr will be closed between Young Street and Mackenzie Street between 2.00pm and 11.00pm, Saturday 28 July, 2018 for the hosting of the Flavours of the World event.

It is respectfully requested that all vehicles not involved with the event are removed from Queen Street for the duration of the closure.

All traffic will be detoured via Railway, Graham and Edwards Streets for the duration of the closure.

Council’s traffic management plan is attached for your information.

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

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