Temporary Road Closure – Mackenzie Street

A temporary road closure will be in place in Mackenzie Street from the Wickham Street intersection, commencing at 9.00am to 12noon on Thursday 14th June and on Friday 15th June, 2018, for the hosting of the Ayr Community Kindergarten Road and Bike Safety Program.

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

Have your say: Ayr Showgrounds Draft Master Plan

The Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan was commissioned by Burdekin Shire Council to engage with user groups and the community and to inform a vision for the site ensuring the potential of the area can be met.

The Burdekin Show has operated from Ayr Showgrounds for over 100 years, with the inaugural show held in 1909. The age of the showgrounds and its infrastructure has resulted in low current usage rates.

Ayr Showgrounds has the capacity to be improved and revitalised whilst also strengthening the cultural identity of Ayr. This master plan is intended to guide the future development of the site, based on feedback from the local community.

The master plan proposes a design and staged implementation of works to address the ageing infrastructure. As Council acknowledges the importance of diversifying the uses on the site, the master plan supports new events and uses for the site.

The master plan provides an opportunity for user groups, Council and external funding agencies to work together to better provide for the community. Diligent maintenance and quality management and governance systems will ensure the showgrounds can be reactivated to become a valued community hub.

To view the draft Master Plan please use the link below:

To provide your feedback:

Call our Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800; or
visit us at 145 Young Street, Ayr; or
use our Online Contact Form; or
write to the Chief Executive Officer, Burdekin Shire Council, PO Box 974, Ayr QLD 4807


Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan

Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan


Edwards Street to receive drainage upgrade

Burdekin Shire Council is preparing to start work on a major upgrade of drainage infrastructure in Ayr’s Edwards Street, in a project that aims to improve the area’s resiliency to flash flooding during heavy rain events.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the works would duplicate the existing drainage pipeline on both sides of the road and extend from west of Wilmington Street through to Graham Street.

“In the past this area has experienced problems in dealing with sharp, heavy showers, resulting in water backing up on the street,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Thanks to assistance from the Queensland Government under its Building Our Regions program, Council is ready to progress with a drainage upgrade to help safeguard surrounding homes, businesses and infrastructure from inundation. The second pipeline will provide additional capacity to cope with all the extra water during these rain events.”

The works, worth over $1 million, will begin in coming weeks with some disruptions to traffic, parking and property access necessary during the construction period.

“The works will take place in the parking lanes on both sides of the street,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“There will be little impact on through traffic, however parking will be affected during the course of the works. The intersections of Munro and Edwards Streets and Wilmington and Edwards Streets will also be partially closed at various times.

“Council thanks residents for your patience in advance and will advise of final dates and arrangements in coming weeks. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to heed all advice during the construction period for your safety and the safety of workers.”

Burdekin Shire Council condemns “vile” poster targeting backpackers

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin has condemned a racist, anti-backpacker poster found in the Ayr CBD yesterday, declaring that those responsible do not represent the views of the community and should be “ashamed of their deplorable actions”.

Cr McLaughlin said the “vile messaging” contained in the poster in no way represented the views of the Burdekin community.

“We wholeheartedly welcome backpackers to our region, not only for the crucial work they do in our horticultural industries but for the cultural diversity they add to our community,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Our friendly community embraces backpackers and appreciates their wonderful contribution to our shire. We hope that while they are with us, the backpackers enjoy our country hospitality and authentic Australian lifestyle.

“Many of the backpackers who come here to work get to know our local families and become part of community life.”

Cr McLaughlin said she was “appalled” by the messaging contained in the poster, which suggested that backpackers would not be welcomed in the Burdekin.

“Backpackers are most welcome,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I am appalled by the vile messaging in this poster. The person or persons responsible should hang their heads in shame.

“The poster is certainly not in keeping with the friendly and welcoming nature of our community, which celebrates cultural diversity. Our cultural diversity makes the Burdekin a great place to live and enriches our way of life.”

Cr McLaughlin said the police had been contacted and were investigating the matter.

“I encourage anyone with information about the poster and those responsible to contact the police by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Burdekin Shire Council responds to PFAS detection

Burdekin Shire Council is working closely with the Queensland Government and the water supply regulator to determine a cause of PFAS detected in two bores that were connected to the Ayr town water supply. Both bores were isolated immediately and remain switched off.

Council can assure residents that there is no health risk from consuming the town water supply, which has since been tested and is compliant with national water standards.

However one decommissioned bore in the Nelson’s Lagoon Borefield is still showing elevated PFAS results and requires further investigation.

The bore is one of six bores, in one of three bore fields, that supply water to Ayr.

Burdekin Shire Council Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services Nick Wellwood said the six bores were initially sampled by Queensland Health on 29 March, 2018 as part of a wider water quality monitoring program. All results were compliant with national water quality standards.

“However, a second round of quality assurance test results received on Friday 25 May returned elevated levels in two out of six bores,” Mr Wellwood said.

“Both bores were removed from service immediately by Council until further testing could be conducted.

“Test results received yesterday show that only one bore is still affected, however Council has elected to keep the two bores offline until further investigations can be conducted.

“Burdekin Shire Council is working closely with the Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Health and other State Government departments to determine the source of the potential contamination.”

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin assured residents that the town water supply was safe to drink.

“I want to reassure our community members that the town water continues to be safe to drink and test results received by Council yesterday confirmed this,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“There is no disruption to the town water supply as a result of the two affected bores remaining switched off and Council will continue to update residents as more information comes to hand.”

Per-and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been widely used since the 1950s in household and industrial products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water.

National health-based guideline values have been established for PFAS in drinking water. These guideline values are very low, and are based on an assumption of lifetime consumption at the maximum tolerable daily intake.

An independent expert health panel established by the Australian Government concluded there is mostly limited, or in some cases no evidence, that human exposure to PFAS is linked with human disease.

For further details about perfluorinated chemicals please visit: www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/investigation-pfas/about.

Expo to showcase fun and fitness in the Burdekin

Burdekin sporting and recreational groups will come together to showcase the great array of health, fitness and lifestyle activities on offer in the district at the 2018 Queensland Day Fun & Fitness Expo this Sunday 3 June.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said families could head down to Hutchings Lagoon from 10am to 2pm for a free morning of fun and health-and-fitness-inspired activities for all ages.

“The expo is an excellent opportunity for residents to come along and talk to the providers about the different sport and recreational opportunities they can get involved with throughout the Shire,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“It’s also going to be a lot of fun. We’ll have musical entertainment by Megan Law, a huge range of free children’s activities, come and try demonstrations by sporting clubs and more than 30 different stalls from community groups, local businesses and schools. Captain Active will also be stopping by for a special visit.”

Cr McLaughlin said Queensland Day was held annually and commemorated Queensland’s official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859.

“It is an opportunity to share a sense of pride as Queenslanders and to celebrate what is great about our community,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The expo will showcase many of the fantastic activities that are on offer in our Shire.”

Cr McLaughlin said this year’s event at Hutchings Lagoon coincided with the 60 year anniversary of the Lower Burdekin Ski Club.

“Hutchings Lagoon is a picture perfect setting and the home of Lower Burdekin Ski Club, which will be putting on some great ski demonstrations in the lagoon for spectators on the day,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Our special guest will be NRL legend Steve Renouf, who still holds the record for most tries for the Broncos. Steve will lead a ball kicking competition for children 10 years and under, giving them the chance to test their kicking skills with one of the greats of rugby league in Queensland.

“Queensland Cricket will also be running come and try sessions, there will be free blood pressure checks by Burdekin Community Association, and a whole range of local clubs, from tennis to dance, will be represented with interactive activities.

“This event is possible thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Queensland Day Sponsorship Program. I encourage all residents to come down and join us for what will be a fantastic morning of free family entertainment.”

Job Vacancy 18/31 – Casual Transfer Station Gatehouse Attendant

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Casual Transfer Station Gatehouse Attendant to provide relief duties during periods of leave at the Council’s transfer stations.

The key responsibilities include:

  • Open and secure the site on each rostered operating day.
  • Supervise customers and any contractors operating at the transfer station.
  • Direct traffic at the transfer station.
  • Reject loads of waste that do not meet approved acceptance criteria for the transfer station.
  • Treat customers in a courteous and friendly manner.
  • Operate associated technology in order to accurately record transaction details, as required.
  • Receive fees including cash and EFTPOS transactions and issue receipts.
  • Ensure money received reconciles with transactions.
  • Complete reports on transactions and associated activities in accordance with procedures.
  • Set prices and sell second hand goods.
  • Report to supervisor in a timely manner issues and activities likely to influence Council operations or adversely impact relations with Council’s customers.
  • Clean and undertake housekeeping duties on site.
  • Maintain hazardous waste collection areas and ensure material is correctly stored.
  • Undertake yard maintenance duties including maintenance of signs or other equipment.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The hourly rate for this position is $25.84 plus the applicable casual loading.

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 18/31 – Casual Transfer Station Gatehouse Attendant 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, 12 June 2018 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Lachlan Kerr – Coordinator Waste Services on (07) 4783 9800.

Job Vacancy 18/30 – Labourer – Parks

Burdekin Shire Council is currently seeking applications for a Labourer within the Parks section to assist with the maintenance of Council parks, gardens, public open spaces and cemeteries by undertaking general labouring duties. This position is based at the Home Hill Depot.

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge of landscaping and parks operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in operating and maintaining a range of small plant and equipment associated with the maintenance of parks and gardens.
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills and the ability to follow both verbal and written instructions.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with limited supervision.
  • Current class C drivers licence.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the entire position description.

The gross fortnightly wage for this position is $1,963.88 including Construction Allowance.

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 18/30 – Labourer – Parks 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, 12 June 2018 at 5.00pm. Word or PDF format is preferable.

For further information please contact Tano Buono – Parks Coordinator on (07) 4783 9800.

First Fire to light up sugarcane field with multimedia spectacular

Films and photographs depicting the sugarcane industry in the Burdekin will be projected onto the purpose-grown cane crop at Home Hill Showgrounds before the first fire of the season lights up the sky, at the spectacular opening night of the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival this Wednesday 30 May.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the unique multimedia installation would use high powered laser projectors to emblazon still and moving images onto the cane field.

“Just as large urban events such as the White Night Melbourne festival are using projectors in this way to transform buildings into art installations, the Burdekin Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival will use the cane as the canvas,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We are excited to be introducing this very unique attraction to the First Fire of the Season this year. The fire, when it is lit, will actually form part of the installation.”

McLaughlin said Sweet Days, Hot Nights was a new festival in the Burdekin, incorporating the First Fire and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships.

The First Fire of the Season will see festival-goers enjoy food, live music by Rene Le Feuvre and cultural activities before experiencing the raw power of a cane fire up close.

Entertainment and activities will commence at Home Hill Showgrounds from 5.30pm.

“In keeping with the fire-theme of the evening, festival-goers will be able to participate in our very own Burning Man ceremony. We’ll be encouraging everyone to write down a secret, a fear or a concern – anything you’d like to get off your chest – before we set it on fire with our Burning Man sculpture,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The main event of the evening will see a roaring cane fire light up the night sky as our purpose grown crop is set alight, marking the first cane fire of the season here in the Burdekin.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to safely view a cane fire up close. It is an awe-inspiring sight.”

The celebrations continue at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships from 11am to 4pm this Saturday 2 June, when Home Hill Showgrounds is transformed into a fun-filled festival of entertainment, food, children’s activities, fresh local produce and historical displays.

“During this event, festival-goers will witness a true test of skill and endurance as the competitors line up in Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, bringing to life the back-breaking work of a by-gone era,” Cr McLaughlin.

The Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is being launched in partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and will kick-start a three-year campaign aiming to drive visitation to the Burdekin region.

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

Burdekin River Bridge – Temporary Lane Closures

As part of the Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise of single lane closures on the Burdekin River Bridge, Home Hill on the following dates (weather permitting):

  • Wednesday 30 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018

9.30am to 2.45pm (please note start and finish times)

During this time, speed and width restrictions will be in place and the site will be under traffic control.  North and southbound road users should expect minor delays.

To minimise disruptions, heavy vehicles operators with loads three (3) metres wide or greater must contact Michael Brennan on 0409 643 768 to advise of an anticipated time of arrival to allow for road barriers and other infrastructure to be cleared.  Failure to give advance warning will result in further delays.

We apologise for any inconvenience and seek your cooperation during this program of works. If you have any queries in relation to this work, please contact Mrs Dana Hildebrandt on 1800 625 648.

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