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

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.

Telephone survey to help inform disaster management improvements

The Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management is undertaking a review of disaster management capabilities in the Burdekin area; part of that review involves gathering community feedback and expectations via a telephone survey being conducted by Q&A Market Research.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes and your answers will remain anonymous.

The results will be provided to the Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group and Council and will be used to improve disaster management arrangements in Burdekin.

Council encourages anyone who does receive a phone call to please take the time – your feedback will help the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management and the community to identify improvements to disaster management in our region.


Tips for managing barking dogs

Barking dogs are one of the most widespread animal management issues in the community, with 133 different dogs the subject of noise complaints made to Burdekin Shire Council in the 2016/17 financial year.

Burdekin Shire Council Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said noisy dogs could be a real neighbourhood nuisance but were also a particularly difficult issue for Council as a number of factors had to be taken into account before further compliance action could be pursued.

“Excessive barking is often an indication that something is wrong, whether the animal is impacted by boredom, separation anxiety, discomfort or a perceived threat to its territory,” Mr Mulcahy said.

“Sometimes it is difficult to determine the cause of the barking, but for pet owners in this situation, taking the time to understand why this is occurring is the first step to solving the problem.”

He said Council received a number of noise complaints regarding barking dogs but that the majority of these could be resolved without Council involvement. People with dogs barking excessively in their neighbourhood are encouraged to first try talking to the dog’s owner to ensure they’re aware of the problem and see if they can do anything about it.

“In most cases the dog’s owner may not be aware of the barking or realise it is annoying to you or others,” Mr Mulcahy said.

“Local Law stipulates pet owners must take all reasonable steps to prevent their animal from making a noise or disturbance that causes a nuisance to neighbours.

“People must ensure their animal does not make excessive noise for more than a total of six minutes in any hour from 7am to 10pm on any day and for more than a total of three minutes in any 30 minute period after 10pm or before 7am.

“There is no concrete definition of a nuisance or excessive noise, which is why Council officers must rely on completed seven day diaries and surveillance information to proceed with further action.”

As a last resort Council may serve an infringement penalty notice and instigate legal action against the dog owner.

Some simple tips to reduce excessive barking include:

·         Exercise — an active dog barks less when it gets regular exercise.

·         Company.

·         Stimulation — a bored dog will bark to attract attention.

·         Fence design — restrict your dog’s view to what’s going on outside the fence.

Pet owners can obtain more tips from the barking dogs fact sheet which has recently been mailed out with their animal registration renewal notices, by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 or online:

Send us your photos of the Burdekin

Calling all budding photographers.

The Burdekin Advocate is in the process of developing a new tourism guide to showcase our region to visitors.

Burdekin Shire Council is collecting images to feature in the guide and needs some great photos to help promote all that is great about visiting the Burdekin.

We’re encouraging the Burdekin’s budding photographers to send us some of their best shots. While we can’t pay for the photos we can give credit.

The new guide aims to bring together all of the Burdekin’s the tourist, business and lifestyle opportunities into one tourism booklet.

Burdekin Shire Council is also encouraging businesses and community organisations to contact the Advocate if they’re interested in advertising in the publication.

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