Kirknie Road – Cassidy Creek Bridge Embankment works

The Department of Transport and Main Roads advises of batter protection works on the embankments of the Cassidy Creek bridge located on the Home Hill/Kirknie Road.

These works shall occur from the Tuesday 3rd April, 2018 until Friday 27th April, 2018, weather permitting. Works will be in progress from Monday to Sunday from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Minor delays are expected during active hours on all lanes in both directions.

During these works motorists may experience speed restrictions, single lane closures and contraflow traffic lanes. Traffic controllers will be directing vehicles during work hours. Wide load restriction to 3.2 metres will be in place between Tuesday 10th April, 2018 and Thursday 12th April, 2018.

For more information about these works please contact the Transport and Main Roads Customer and Stakeholder Management Team on 1800 625 648 or via email to

 

Ideas for tourism in spotlight at community workshops

Burdekin residents and business operators have shared their ideas for growing tourism throughout the shire at a series of community workshops.

Burdekin Shire Council is developing a five-year tourism strategy and invited residents to have their say at workshops across Ayr and Home Hill in March.

All residents are also encouraged to complete the Burdekin Tourism Strategy online survey by visiting Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/BurdekinShireCouncil.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council still viewed the local tourism industry as an underdeveloped section of the Burdekin economy with strong potential to build on.

“Importantly, the recent workshops run by project consultant Stafford Strategy were all about putting the community’s ideas in the spotlight,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“So many different topics were discussed, however the need for more collaboration between businesses in the promotion of the Burdekin was a common theme raised.

“The idea was that everyone in the Burdekin can be Burdekin ambassadors and play a role in promoting the shire.

“If a visitor walks into any local business and asks what there is to do, and the business operator can rattle off 10 things, it’s going to have a huge flow on effect to the visitor economy.”

Cr McLaughlin said more than 260,000 visitors stopped in the Burdekin each year and 72 per cent were day trippers.

“If we can encourage these visitors to stay longer in our shire, there is a huge opportunity to grow our visitor economy,” Cr McLaughlin.

“We know that visitors want authentic experiences. They want to see what the locals see and do what the locals do.

“The #visitburdekin hashtag is one initiative Council is actively encouraging, where locals and visitors can showcase our incredibly beautiful region by uploading their pictures to social media using this hashtag.”

The Burdekin Tourism Strategy will act as a management framework to guide Council, community organisations and private enterprise in the development of tourism product, infrastructure and investment, into the future.

“Thanks to a $15,000 funding boost from the Federal Government through its Building Better Regions Fund Community Stream, Council has been able to engage consultant Stafford Strategy to assist us with this exciting initiative,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Anyone who wasn’t able to make one of the workshops can still provide their feedback or ideas until the end of April, by emailing .

Water Supply Mains Cleaning – South Ayr, Brandon & Rossiters Hill Areas

Burdekin Shire Council will undertake planned scouring works on trunk water mains in the South Ayr, Brandon and Rossiters Hill areas as part of an ongoing strategy to reduce incidents of dirty water in these areas as follows:

  • Tuesday 10 April, 2018 – 9am. Scouring of the major 500mm trunk water main from the South Ayr Water Reservoir to Railway Street, Ayr. These works require the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant to be isolated for a period of approximately 3 to 4 hours with the town of Ayr relying on bores at Nelsons Lagoon to maintain water supply services to the communities. These works will also result in a loss of normal water pressure for up to 4 hours to residents in Brandon and those in Ayr, North of Wilmington Street and west of the Bruce highway including the Ayr Industrial Estate.
  • Wednesday 11 April, 2018 – 9am. Scouring of the 375mm trunk water main in Railway Street between Burke Street and MacMillan Street, Ayr. These works will result in a drop in water pressure between the hours of 9am and 2pm. Customers that will lose supply will be notified individually via letter drop.
  • Thursday 12 April, 2018 – 9am. Scouring of the 300mm trunk water main servicing the northern parts of Ayr and Brandon. These works will result in a loss of normal water pressure for up to 4 hours to residents in Brandon and those in Ayr, North of Wilmington Street and west of the Bruce highway including the Ayr Industrial Estate.
  • Wednesday 18 April, 2018 – 9am. Scouring of the 250mm trunk water main servicing the Rossiters Hill area. These works will result in a loss of normal water pressure for up to 4 hours to residents in Rossiters Hill and Old Clare Road areas.

Residents are advised to store their day’s supply of drinking water before 9:00am on that day and are requested to limit water usage to essential purposes only to ensure normal supply can be maintained without loss.   Watering of lawns and gardens is not permitted.

Residents of Ayr, Brandon and Rossiters Hill areas may experience water discolouration during these planned works. It is advisable to delay washing of clothes etc., for up to two days after work is completed, if possible.

Council regrets any inconvenience caused to residents as a result of these necessary maintenance works and thanks residents for their patience.

For further information or queries please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

 

 

Tropical Cyclone Iris update

The Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) remains in Lean Forward status and will monitor the movement of Tropical Cyclone Iris over the next 12 -24 hours.

A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current for Ayr to Sarina and a Watch advice is current from Sarina to St Lawrence. Gale force winds have developed about the Whitsunday Islands and wind gusts to 100km/h are possible about the central coast today, increasing to 150km/h by early tomorrow.

Tropical Cyclone Iris is expected to continue to track generally southerly today.

Burdekin LDMG is well prepared and watching the situation closely so that if anything changes we are ready to enact our Disaster Management Plan if needed.

Residents are encouraged to consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases and to keep updated with all advices from the Bureau of Meteorology and Burdekin LDMG

 

Burdekin LDMG remains in Lean Forward status

Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is continuing to monitor the weather event associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris and remains in Lean Forward status heading into the Easter weekend.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website www.bom.gov.au for updates during this period.

Motorists planning travel are advised to keep updated with all BOM advices. At present an Initial Flood Watch for coastal catchments between Cairns and Burnett Heads has been issued.

Burdekin LDMG is closely watching the weather event and will provide any further advice as required.

Mount Inkerman Road works scheduled

Resealing works are scheduled for Mount Inkerman Road this Tuesday 3 April and could continue until Friday 6 April depending on weather conditions.

The road will close while these works are underway.

Mount Inkerman Road has received an upgrade and construction of a nature based walking trail is underway as part of Burdekin Shire Council’s major redevelopment of the Mount Inkerman scenic lookout.

An official opening of the landmark attraction will be held later in the year.

Burdekin Shire Youth Council welcomes new executive team

Burdekin Shire Youth Council has elected its executive team for 2018 with Ayr State High School student Sarah McDonnell announced as the new Youth Mayor.

Burdekin Catholic High School student Taryn Delle Baite was named Deputy Youth Mayor and Burdekin Christian College student Emily Holmes is Secretary.

Miss McDonnell said the Youth Council gave young residents aged 12-25 a dedicated platform to share their ideas for the community.

“The Youth Council is such a great opportunity to promote youth involvement in the community,” she said.

“I’m really honoured to be elected Youth Mayor. I’ve been part of the Youth Council for four years now and it has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve joined up to.

“You help out with community events and meet so many amazing people – it’s the connections that you make along the way.”

Miss McDonnell said there were 17 members of the 2018 Youth Council with representatives from Burdekin Catholic High School, Ayr State High School, Home Hill High School, Burdekin Christian College and St Francis Primary School.

They will have a busy few months ahead of them as they play their part in organising the Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase and supporting numerous community events and activities.

“Fast Track is our major event for 2018 but we also help out with a lot of community events and do badge making to raise funds throughout the year,” Miss McDonnell said.

Miss McDonnell said the Youth Council was always happy to welcome new members to the team and that anyone interested should contact Council’s Community Development team on (07) 4783 9800.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin congratulated the outgoing 2017 Youth Council Executive on their achievements.

“On behalf of Burdekin Shire Council, I would like to thank the 2017 Youth Council Executive for your work over the over 12 months. You have done an amazing job,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Congratulations to the 2018 Youth Executive. I am confident that it will be another fantastic year ahead.

“The Youth Council is a wonderful forum for our youth to provide feedback and information to Council.

“The young people involved learn governance skills, develop a sense of community and volunteer their time assisting local events and organisations.”

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

Burdekin LDMG continuing to monitor weather event

Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is leaning forward and will continue to monitor the weather event associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris during the Easter weekend.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au during this period.

Burdekin LDMG is closely watching the event and will provide further any updates as required.

Barramundi (Morris) Creek Boat Ramp – Update to construction

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is pleased to advise that works on the Barramundi Creek boat ramp are progressing well, and the contractor will partially open the ramp over the Easter weekend (30 March 2018 to 2 April 2018).

During this time, the temporary fencing will remain around the floating walkway area which is due to be installed in the first week of April.

After the Easter weekend, one lane will remain open while the walkway is completed.

The full facility is expected to be open for use by mid-April 2018.

The project team appreciates the patience of the local community during these important works.

For more information about the works at Barramundi Creek boat ramp please contact the TMR Customer and Stakeholder Management Team on 1800 625 648 or via email to

Burdekin Library hosts technology training sessions for seniors

Burdekin seniors are being encouraged to embrace technology with a series of free training sessions coming to Ideas@108 at Burdekin Library from April.

The Seniors Embracing Technology (SET) workshops will be held on the first Tuesday of every month beginning on 3 April, and follow on from the success of the Tech Savvy Seniors Program in 2017.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council wanted to ensure every senior resident had the opportunity to become tech confident in the digital age.

“Based on the continued demand from our Tech Savvy Seniors Program last year, Burdekin Library has decided to continue running technology classes for seniors,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The classes are suitable for beginners to intermediate technology users, who would like to learn more in a small, friendly training group.”

She said seniors would gain new skills in using computers, the internet, social media and email.

“Participants will learn everything from how to share photos and look up library catalogues online to how to do their banking. Knowing how to stay safe online is essential so the program includes a dedicated session on cyber safety coming up later in the year.”

Cr McLaughlin said computers and the internet could have many benefits, especially for anyone who found it hard to get around.

“If you are online you can talk to friends and family anywhere in the world and even further your education,” she said.

“Come along to these free training sessions and find out how to access all the information you need and things that you are interested in.”

The first session on 3 April will be an ‘Introduction to Computers’.

Participants are asked to being their own laptop and/or tablet and bookings are essential by calling (07) 4783 9970.

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