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.
Burdekin Shire Council is again offering women 15 years and over the opportunity to get active as part of a fun, free fitness program promoting healthy living.
Following the success of the Get Out, Get Active initiative in the Burdekin in 2016, the free eight-week program aiming to get more women and girls active is making a return and opens for registrations today.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Get Out, Get Active was specifically aimed at women who were inactive and looking to improve their health and fitness.
“The purpose is to promote healthy lifestyles and active living, by introducing people to new physical activities to trial for eight weeks for free with one of our participating fitness providers,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council is pleased to announce the five fitness providers to come on board this year are Activ8, Curves, First in Physio, NRGIZE Fitness and Snap Fitness.
“It means there will be a whole range of free fitness activities available to program participants, from aqua aerobics, weights and circuit, to yoga, boxing, spin and Mums and Bubs classes.
“Free weekly lifestyle modification sessions will also be offered with Jeanie Zonta as part of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle) program.”
The 2018 Burdekin Get Out, Get Active program will run from Monday 5 February to Sunday 1 April.
“This is made possible thanks to the support of Queensland Government, which provided $20,000 in Get Out, Get Active funding,” Cr McLaughlin said.
To be eligible, participants must not currently be a member of or regularly attend a gym or fitness provider; and are not currently participating in regular physical activity more than two times per week.
Cr McLaughlin said those who fit the criteria and wanted to make a positive lifestyle change should register now as spaces were limited.
Registration forms are available on Burdekin Shire Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au, from Council’s Customer Service Centre and from the Ayr and Home Hill branches of Burdekin Library. Registrations close Friday 8 December.
More details about the program, including the full list of eligibility requirements, are available by calling Council’s Community Development team on (07) 4783 9800 or visiting Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.
Burdekin Shire Council has recently been successful in receiving funding through the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing Get Out, Get Active program. The program is specifically aimed at women 15 years and over who may be inactive or not as active as they should be! The aim of the program is to promote healthy lifestyles and active living, by introducing you to new physical activities to trial for eight weeks for FREE with one of the following fitness providers: Activ8, Curves, First In Physio, Nrgize and Snap Fitness. There will also be FREE weekly lifestyle modification sessions with Jeanie Zonta as part of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle) program!
The 2018 Burdekin Get Out, Get Active program will run from Monday 5 February to Sunday 1 April 2018.
To be eligible to participate in this 8 week program, you must:
Not currently be a member of or regularly attend a gym of fitness provider
Not currently participating in regular physical activity more than 2 times per week (including walking, running, swimming, bike riding etc.)
Be able to provide a medical clearance/permission form from your Doctor if required
Be willing to have your before & after photo taken and regular weighs and measures
Be willing to complete a short Survey at the end of the 8 week program
NOTE: Preference will be given to participants who did not take part in the 2016 Get Out, Get Active program
If you fit the eligibility criteria listed above and want to make a positive lifestyle change register now by completing the registration form below. Alternatively, registration forms are also available from Council Customer Service Centre and the Burdekin Library and Home Hill branch. Please note: registrations have been extended and now close on 22 December 2017 – spaces are limited!
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.
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.
Australians from all walks of life are being urged to get involved today, as we celebrate our first National Agriculture & Related Industries Day (AgDay).
AgDay is a national day to celebrate the remarkable contribution of agriculture to Australia’s economy and society.
President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, says it’s a celebration everyone can take part in.
“Agriculture touches the lives of every Australian, through the food we eat, the natural fibres we wear, and the economic prosperity we enjoy,” Ms Simson said.
National Agriculture Day comes on the back of recent research, which found that 83% of Australians would describe their connection with farming as ‘distant’ or ‘non-existent’.
“We live in one of the most urbanised countries in the world, but that doesn’t mean that food and fibre production should simply be ‘out of sight, out of mind’,” Ms Simson said.
“Farming is also a driving force of the Australian economy, generating 1.6 million jobs across the supply chain.
“It is also Australia’s fastest growing industry, up 23% past financial year.
“We have an incredible story to tell, and that’s exactly what AgDay is all about.”
No matter where you are on AgDay, there are plenty of ways to join in the action.
“Events are happening right across the country, but if you can’t get to an event you can join in the celebration online.
“Join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #AgDay, share pictures of the great farm produce you’re enjoying today, or even test your farming knowledge with the AgDay quiz!,” Ms Simson said.
If you’d like to get involved, the best place to start is agday.org.au. It’s packed with information and resources on what’s happening across Australia and online.
On this first National Agriculture Day, the National Farmers’ Federations is telling the great story that is agriculture with a short video. Watch below as farmers including NFF President, Fiona Simson, a chef and a supermarket chief explain what agriculture means to them. If you’re like us, and think the video is pretty neat, please share across your social media platforms tagging #AgDay.