Community Feedback: Bruce Highway Through Yabulu at Night

Do you use the Bruce Highway through Yabulu (north of Townsville) at night? The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is seeking feedback from people who regularly travel the Bruce Highway through Yabulu at night, about upcoming temporary highway closures.

Closure particulars:

The railway overpass on the Bruce Highway at Yabulu was damaged in a bridge strike. Following an attempt to remove the damaged span only, Queensland Rail has determined the overpass will need to be demolished.
To ensure the safety of passing motorists, the Bruce Highway at this location will need to be closed and is likely to occur over three consecutive nights (8pm to 4am). The demolition is anticipated to take place around late August/early September. The dates will be determined based on a number of factors including community feedback and traffic counts, and will avoid major events (such as NQ Cowboys game nights) and school holidays.

The feedback will be used to inform when these closures occur so as to have the least impact on motorists.

Questions to consider:

  1. Do you travel the Bruce Highway through Yabulu between the hours of 8pm and 4am?
  2. If yes, how often per week and what nights of the week?
  3. If provided with two weeks prior notice of the closures, will you be able to make alternative arrangements?

Feedback should be directed to TMR’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team by telephone on 1800 625 648, or emailno later than close of business Friday 3 August 2018.

Jerona Boat Ramp – Pontoon Repairs

Burdekin Shire Council advises that pontoon repair works are being undertake at the Jerona Boat ramp on Friday 13 July 2018.

The temporary closure of one ramp will occur during on this day.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during these works.

Burdekin Shire thanks residents and the boating community for their patience during these works.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Team on 47 839 800.

New Western Plantation Creek Boat Ramp Now Open

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is pleased to advise the new western Plantation Creek Boat Ramp located at 652 Old Wharf Road, Airdmillan is now open.

The project team would like to thank the local community for their patience during the delivery of this important project.

If you have any questions about any TMR projects, please contact our Customer and Stakeholder Management team via email ator by telephoning 1800 625 648.


Asphalt Works – Bruce Highway Home Hill

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that asphalt works will commence at the following locations:

Eighth Avenue/the Bruce Highway, between Second Street and Bojack Road

Monday 25 June to Tuesday 26 June 2018

Work hours: 7.00pm to 5.00am


Seventh Avenue/Eighth Avenue, between Sixteenth Street and Twelfth Street

Tuesday 26 June to Wednesday 27 June 2018

Work hours: 7.00pm to 5.00am

These roads will remain open during the works but will be subject to changed traffic conditions, including lane closures and reduced speed limits to enable the works to be undertaken safely and efficiently. To minimise disruption to road users, works have been planned in stages with advanced warning signed in place to notify road users  of these changes.

Should you have any questions please contact the TMR Customer and Stakeholder Management Team on 1800 625 648.

For information on the latest traffic conditions call the Traffic and Travel Information line on 13 19 40 or visit

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.

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