Council working with provider to resolve telephone issue

Council is aware of an issue with our provider which has resulted in some customers being unable to reach our Customer Service Centre by telephone. Our provider is aware of this and we are working with them to resolve it.

Please note this issue is only affecting certain business lines when they try to call in. Regular landlines and mobiles are not impacted.

Council thanks you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Arch Dunn Memorial Park to close for installation of new playground equipment

Arch Dunn Memorial Park will close on Monday 30 April until further notice for the removal of old playground equipment and shade sails, as Council prepares for the installation of new playground equipment and a new picnic shelter and barbecue.

A spiral slide, cubby house, climbing nets and suspension bridge are some of the new features set to be installed at the park.

The park will remain closed for the duration of the works.

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.

Mount Inkerman – Road Closure

Mount Inkerman Road will remain closed for a little longer, until a new bollard is installed at the summit to control vehicle access to the summit.

The road was expected to reopen tomorrow Friday 9 February, however due to a recent act of vandalism at the site, Council must replace a bollard that was torn from its concrete foundations.

The delay is disappointing, however Council wants to ensure vehicles are unable to access the lookout area without restriction.

The new bollard has already been ordered and Council will advise of the reopening date once the details are confirmed.

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

Mount Inkerman – Road Closure

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise that the expected opening date of Mount Inkerman has been revised until Friday 9 February, 2018, weather permitting.

Construction works are still being undertaken at the site and were impacted by minor delays due to rain last week.

Mount Inkerman will remain closed to all traffic and pedestrians until construction work is completed.

Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users in anticipation of their patience during the construction period.

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


Merry Christmas to our district

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.

Christmas Operating Hours

Burdekin Shire Council facilities will have the following operating hours over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. We wish our residents and visitors a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

For more information please phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on: (07) 4783 9800.

  • BURDEKIN SHIRE COUNCIL CHAMBERS: Closes 4.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 8.00am Tuesday 2 January, 2018.
  • BURDEKIN LIBRARY – AYR: Closes 4.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 9.00am Tuesday 2 January, 2018.
  • BURDEKIN LIBRARY – HOME HILL BRANCH: Closes 4.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 1.00pm Tuesday 2 January, 2018.
  • BURDEKIN THEATRE: Closes 5.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 8.00am Tuesday 2 January, 2018. (Box Office reopens 10am Monday 8 January, 2018.)
  • BURDEKIN MEMORIAL HALL: Closed 5.00pm Friday 22 December, 2017 and reopens 8.00am Tuesday 15 January, 2018.
  • AYR AND HOME HILL SWIMMING POOLS: Both pools will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • ALL TRANSFER STATIONS AND KIRKNIE ROAD LANDFILL: All transfer stations and landfills will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • GARBAGE COLLECTION: Normal operating services.
  • FOR ALL SERVICES AND EMERGENCY CALLS: Including animal control, water and sewerage emergencies please phone (07) 4783 9800.

Get Out, Get Active free fitness program returns

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.

Register here: 2018 Get Out, Get Active

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, 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

Register now for the Getting Burdekin Women and Girls Active for Life – 2018 Get Out, Get Active Program

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!

2018 Get Out, Get Active Registration Form

Please return your completed registration form to the Burdekin Library or emailby Friday, 22nd December 2017.  You will be notified by email if you have been selected to take part in this program.

For any enquiries, please contact the Community Development Team on (07) 4783 9829.

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:

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.

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