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
  • CREATIVE WRITER/ILLUSTRATORS WORKSHOP: Tuesday 16th, 10am-2pm – Ayr
  • DIY LIBRARY BAGS: Wednesday 17th, 10am – Home Hill

Have your say: Feral pig impacts

Burdekin Shire Council is seeking feedback from landholders on the impacts of feral pigs on their properties and natural ecosystems.

A survey is being conducted through funding received from NQ Dry Tropics Feral Pig Control program. The aim is to plan aerial pig shoots with the information from landholders regarding feral pig populations.

Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSCFeralPigImpacts

In the Dry Tropics, where pig populations exist, aerial shooting is the most cost-effective method of control.

It is estimated that Australia has up to 24 million feral pigs. They are among Queensland’s most widespread and damaging pest animals. Feral pigs spread weeds, degrade soil and water, prey on native species, damage crops and livestock, and carry diseases.  With your assistance, together, we can decrease the populations of pigs in the Burdekin Shire Council area.

Please complete the survey online or print out and return by either posting to Council (PO Box 974 Ayr Qld 4807), marked to the attention of Brooke Payne, dropping off at Council’s Customer Service Centre 145 Young Street Ayr or emailing to

Responses should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 8 December.

For information on Council’s 1080 baiting program for feral pigs and wild dogs, or on the loan of feral pig traps, please call Council’s Pest Management Team on (07) 4783 9800.

Have your say: Ayr Showgrounds master plan

Burdekin Shire Council has launched a community survey this week to gather ideas from local organisations, clubs, groups and individuals around planning for the future of the Ayr Showgrounds.

Access the survey here: Ayr Showgrounds master plan survey.

The project is seeking new and exciting ideas to guide the strategic planning and management of the showgrounds for the next 10 years.

This is the community’s opportunity to make Council aware of the way the showgrounds are currently used, and how they could be used in the future. Burdekin Shire Council has appointed CPR Group to develop the master plan.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said, “It’s an exciting opportunity for the community to have an input into shaping the future of this valuable facility and we’d like to hear from as many people as possible.

“It is our aim to not only optimise the use of the site but to also reactivate the showgrounds as a multi-purpose community facility. The ideas and views of community members are important to ensure that all issues are considered in the master plan.”

The survey will be open for completion until 15 December, 2017.

Council is seeking input even from those people or groups who have not used the facility in the past but may have ideas about how it could be used in future. It is important for community members to keep in mind that this is a planning process designed to assess desired community needs, taking into account available funding and realistic timeframes.

It is estimated that the survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

For more information about the master plan please contact CPR Group on (07) 5443 6247, or

Have your say: Sport and Recreation Plan 2018-2028 Community Survey

Burdekin Shire Council is developing a new 10-year Sport and Recreation Plan (2018-2028) for the Burdekin Region and wants your feedback.

By completing the following survey, you will help to provide the study team with important information on parks, sport and recreation needs and priorities of the community.

The Community Survey is available here: Sport and Recreation Plan 2018-2028 Community Survey

The closing date for the survey has been extended to Tuesday 30th January 2018.

The 10-year plan will identify key priorities and will investigate a range of issues including Council’s role; how parks, sport and recreation facilities are managed; and what parks and sport and recreation services are important to the community.

Council received $43,800 through the Queensland Government’s Sport and Recreation Planning Program for this project and has engaged consultants Otium Planning Group to prepare the strategy.

Council is also seeking feedback from sporting clubs. Sporting clubs which haven’t already received an Organisation Survey are asked to please contact Melissah Lammon on (07) 4783 9829 to obtain a copy.

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