More movies added to Burdekin libraries eRange

Burdekin Shire library members can now access more than 30,000 movies for free through film streaming service Kanopy, just in time for the September school holidays.

Cr McLaughlin said the popular on-demand service, which included some of the world’s best films, focused on delivering entertaining and enriching films for all ages.

“Kanopy is a wonderful free service which specialises in arthouse, indie and documentary films,” Cr Mclaughlin said.

“Its range includes award-winning documentaries, rare and hard to find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films and world cinema. Council is excited to join with the State Library of Queensland to deliver this excellent service to our members.”

Whilst the service does feature plenty of big-name titles such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Play School, it also includes films with unique social and cultural value.

The catalogue includes over 200 ESL and language films and over 700 films about Indigenous peoples of the world, with films available in more than 60 languages.

Burdekin Shire Council Manager Library Services Alexis Adams said the streaming service also featured family-friendly tools.

“This service has a ‘Kanopy Kids’ section, which is a carefully curated selection of films that are entertaining but educational and engaging at the same time,” Mrs Adams said.

Burdekin Library members can view up to 10 films per month on their preferred device for free, with the quota resetting on the first day of every month.

“Movies can be streamed via the dedicated Kanopy app, which is available through both the App Store and Google Play, or through the Kanopy website,” Mrs Adams said.

To begin viewing, simply log in to the Kanopy website or app with your library membership details, create a profile and watch from any computer, television or mobile device.

Once pressing play on a film, users have three days to view the film as many times as they like.

Kanopy was founded by Australian-woman Olivia Humphrey in 2008 as an educational tool for colleges and university.

In 2017 it started to become available in American libraries, with Australian libraries following suit this year.

If you have forgotten your membership details or password, please visit the Burdekin Library or Home Hill Branch Library or phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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BorrowBox lands at Burdekin Libraries

Avid eBook and eAudiobook users now have their pick of even more titles after Burdekin Shire libraries joined Mareeba, Tablelands and Cassowary Coast library services in forming a North Queensland consortium.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said under the arrangement, users are able to access the full range of eBooks and eAudiobooks owned by the other three libraries.

“By joining the North Queensland Network, Council is able to offer a wider range of eAudio resource to our members than ever before,” Cr McLaughlin.

“Members can download the BorrowBox app from Google Play or the App Store and log in with their library ID and password to download eResources at any time.

Burdekin Shire Council Manager Library Services Alexis Adams said BorrowBox was one of four eBook services now available to library members.

“Members can now access digital content through BorrowBox, Wheelers, OverDrive and Tumblebooks,” Mrs Alexis said.

If you have forgotten your membership details or password, please visit the Burdekin Library or Home Hill Branch Library or phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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

Council warns against scams

Burdekin Shire Council is aware that a fraudulent request for tender using Council’s logo is currently being sent to local businesses via email.

Council advises that this is not an official request for tender and is likely a scam.

Council warns all residents against opening the email attachment and to exercise caution in opening any emails from unrecognised email addresses.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) advises to look for the following clues when spotting a fake document:

  • generic rather than personal greeting;
  • names of organisations that don’t exist;
  • poorer quality presentation;
  • poorer quality grammar and spelling; and
  • overly official or forced language.

If you are in doubt about the authenticity of an email that you receive from Council, you can phone the Customer Service Centre to verify on (07) 4783 9800 8am-5pm Monday to Friday.

All valid tender requests are posted to Burdekin Shire Council’s official website.

Ayr Swimming Pool to Reopen Saturday

The Ayr Swimming Pool will reopen Saturday 22 September after remaining closed for urgent maintenance.

Burdekin Shire Council Director of Infrastructure, Planning & Environmental Services Nick Wellwood said Council had achieved their target of reopening the pool at the beginning of the school holiday period.

“Further maintenance work will be carried out at the pool after the completion of the school holiday period, however the impact on the public’s use will be minimised,” Mr Wellwood said.

“Any potential impacts on pool operating hours will be notified closer to the commencement of these works.”

The Ayr Swimming Pool is open to the public 5:30am-7pm Monday to Friday excluding Wednesday, 5:30am-6pm on Wednesday and Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.

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

Solar Lights to Extend Ayr Skate Park Usability

Visitors to Ayr’s Skate Park can now play for longer following the installation of solar lights at the local facility.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the solar lights contained smart controls which allowed the lights to run at full power for three hours after dusk, before dimming for one final hour and then turning off.

Council purchased lights after receiving funding under the Queensland Government’s Get Playing Places and Spaces program, which also funded the recent installation of shade sails at the park.

“We’re pleased we were able to use the funds from the grant on this lighting project,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Between the shade sails and the new solar lights, Council has been able to extend the usability of the park for the benefit of the community.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for making all of this possible though funding from its Get Playing Places and Spaces program.”

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


Wellness & Family Fun Day to Bring Mental Health to the Forefront

Local holistic health, fitness and wellbeing providers will come together to promote positive mental health during the 2018 Wellness & Family Fun Day on Sunday 7 October.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Fun Day, which runs from 8am to 12pm, will integrate mental health guest speakers with fun wellness-inspired activities.

“There will be everything from information stalls to mini workshops and drum circles; free yoga, massage & reflexology as well as organic fruit and veg for sale,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We’ll also have face painting and hula hoop decorating for the children.”

Cr McLaughlin said the event would bring the topic of mental health to the forefront.

“It’s incredibly important that we as a community have open discussions about how we can improve our mental health every day. Introducing small changes, such as regular exercise or eating well, can have big impacts to our wellbeing.”

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic said individual and community health was vitally important.

“Good mental health is important to us all. It builds resilience and helps us cope with life’s stresses, reduces the risk of mental ill-health, helps us maintain strong relationships and keeps us physically healthy,” he said.

“By staying as mentally healthy as we possibly can, we can reduce the incidence and impact of mental illness, and we can live happier and more fulfilling lives.”

Cr McLaughlin said the 2018 Wellness & Family Fun Day is being held as part of Queensland Mental Health Week and is building on the success of last year’s Mental Health Morning.

“I thank the Queensland Mental Health Commission and Queensland Alliance for Mental Health for the grant received. I encourage community members of all ages to join us for a fun and informative morning.”

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



Nominations Now Open for Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for the Burdekin Shire Council 2019 Australia Day Awards.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said each year Council recognised individuals or groups for their selfless and valuable contributions to the community.

“The Australia Day Awards are an opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate the many outstanding Burdekin residents who work tirelessly to make the region a better place to live,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We all know someone who inspires us through their work, dedication or passion. These awards are our opportunity to celebrate their contributions, so I encourage all residents to take the time to nominate them for an award.”

There are 13 categories in the 2019 awards:

  • Citizen of the Year;
  • Young Citizen of the Year;
  • Life Time Contribution Award;
  • Community Event of the Year;
  • Sports Award Senior;
  • Sports Award Junior;
  • Sport Administrator Award;
  • Sportsperson with a Disability;
  • Cultural Award Senior;
  • Cultural Award Junior;
  • Environmental Award Senior;
  • Environmental Award Junior; and
  • Excellence Award.

Australia Day Awards nominations close Tuesday 11 December 2018.

All award nominees will be invited to attend the Australia Day ceremony to be held at the Burdekin Theatre on Friday 25 January 2019.

For further information and details on how to nominate, please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

September School Holiday Programme Announced

September school holidays are just around the corner and Burdekin Shire Council has revealed an exciting line up of fun, free events to keep kids entertained.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said across the two week break, events had been planned at both the Burdekin and Home Hill Branch libraries.

“Our libraries will be a hub of activity these school holidays with lots of arts, craft and even movie screenings,” Cr McLaughlin said.

All the usual favourites will be available, including the return of Maker Space at the Burdekin Library.

“These self-guided sessions run from 9am-5pm on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 September, giving kids plenty of time to complete their creations,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Kid’s minds will continue to be kept active during a wire craft session, where they can either follow the templates provided or make their very own custom design.

Crafts will also be offer at the Home Hill Branch Library. Create your own twirling twigs mobile on Wednesday 3 October and take part in scratch board art activities on Friday 5 October.

Those looking for something a little more relaxing can kick back during one of two movie sessions at Burdekin Library’s Ideas@108.

“All activities are free and suitable for children aged zero to 12 years,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I encourage local families to check out the full program and book early to avoid missing out on the fun.”

Bookings for all events excluding Maker Space sessions are essential and places are limited. Phone Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970 to register your spot.

Adult supervision is required during Maker Space sessions.

Council reminds the community that the Ayr and Home Hill Libraries will be closed on Monday 1 October due to the public holiday.



Tuesday 25 September- Maker Space, 9am-5pm. Adult Supervision required, no bookings necessary.

Wednesday 26 September- Movies at Ideas@108, 10am.

Thursday 27 September- Maker Space, 9am-5pm. Adult supervision required, no bookings necessary.

Tuesday 2 October- Wire Craft, 10am.

Thursday 4 October- Movies at Ideas@108, 10am.



Wednesday 3 October- Twirling Twigs Mobile, 10am.

Friday 5 October- Scratch Board Art, 10am.


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


Council Progresses Nature Based Play Space

Council is one step closer to delivering a Nature Based Play Space in Plantation Park following approval of a preliminary design of the all-abilities development.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the specialist consultants met with Councillors and key community stakeholders last week to present the refined overall site plan, which included concepts for a Sensory Garden and Water Play Areas.

“These along with the planned Fortress Area will provide for a variety of activities for children,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The Sensory Garden will utilise plants, pathways and equipment to stimulate sensory input, whilst the Water Play Area will feature pumps, troughs and channels for interactive and inclusive water play.”

Cr McLaughlin said the recent additions to the concept plan were in keeping with the decision to make the play space an inclusive area for all.

“Throughout the entire design phase, we have really strived to create a space that is accessible and enjoyable for all community members,” Cr McLaughlin.

“The consultants have really done a fantastic job interpreting our vision, and have designed unique spaces that will challenge and develop children’s fine motor skills and their upper body strength.

Burdekin Shire Council Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said Council was extremely happy with the proposed concepts and was now eagerly awaiting the finalised designs so that Council could call for tenders.

“We are expecting that we will be in a position to call tenders in October and award a construction contract in November,” Mr Saldumbide.

“This will allow the successful contractor to commence procurement of materials in December enabling construction to commence by January, with Council targeting completion in May 2019.”

Cr McLaughlin thanked the State Government for funding under the Works for Queensland Program 1 and 2 and for the budget allocation this year in honouring their election promise.

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

Bravehearts Welcomes Support from Burdekin Shire Council for White Balloon Day as part of National Child Protection Week

Bravehearts, Australia’s leaders in child protection for 22 years, has welcomed Burdekin Shire Council’s participation in White Balloon Day (Friday 7 September) during National Child Protection Week (2 – 8 September 2018).

Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day is Australia’s only national awareness and fundraising campaign dedicated to preventing child sexual assault through generating awareness to help educate children, parents and adults of the need to do more to protect kids from a crime that affects more than 60,000 children in all corners of Australia, every year.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said child protection was everybody’s business.

“Council is proud to support Bravehearts by promoting White Balloon Day and National Child Protection Week to increase awareness of the importance of child protection,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“All children have a right to be protected and to be safe, and I encourage everyone to support White Balloon Day this Friday 7 September.”

Hetty Johnston AM, Founder and Executive Chair of Bravehearts said, “We’re delighted that Burdekin Shire Council has joined forces with Bravehearts to participate in White Balloon Day as part of National Child Protection Week to increase awareness of the importance of child protection and raise essential funds to support Bravehearts’ vital work.

“In Australia, a child is sexually assaulted every 90 minutes – that’s 1 in 5 children who are sexually harmed in some way before their 18th Birthday – a statistic that is totally unacceptable in Australian society.

“Child protection is everybody’s business with local governments among the most important stakeholders in child protection.  By working with Bravehearts, together we can create safer communities for all Australian children,” Ms Johnston said.

“Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Recommendation 6.12 that calls on all levels of government nationally to help protect children in their communities; it’s wonderful to see Burdekin Shire Council taking an active role in promoting Bravehearts child safe messages,” she said.

Bob Atkinson AO APM, Former Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said, “As a long term supporter of Bravehearts, the community’s support for White Balloon Day is vital! An individuals’ safety underpins their entire quality of life and is a right not an option.

“While there is still much to do in that regard, Bravehearts are at the forefront of child protection and Council’s assistance enables them to continue their important and valuable work,” the Former Commissioner said.

Hetty Johnston said, “Every Australian child has the right to feel safe and we’re indebted to Burdekin Shire Council taking, for taking what is a significant step toward making their region a safer community for all children.

“Importantly, Council’s participation has advised local families, schools, institutions and organisations of their commitment to following Royal Commission’s Recommendation 6.12 and the 10 Child Safe Standards,” she said.

Bravehearts’ White Balloon Day campaign, funded by the Department of Social Services – National Initiatives, is Australia’s longest running annual national awareness campaign for the prevention of child sexual assault.

During National Child Protection Week everyone with the responsibility to care for children can help them stay safe by participating in White Balloon Day and conducting any of Bravehearts child safe activities at

Bravehearts offers specialised support, education and training services for children, families, schools, childcare centres and organisations.

Call Bravehearts toll free Support Line on 1800 272 831 Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm (AEST) or visit

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