Ayr-Ravenswood Road – Gravel Re-sheeting and Grading

Burdekin Shire Council advises that grading works are in progress on the Ayr-Ravenswood Road. Re-sheeting works are scheduled to commence on Wednesday 20 March 2019 in the vicinity of Molybdenum Creek and will continue towards the town of Ravenswood. These works are expected to be completed by Wednesday 27 March 2019, weather permitting.

The Ayr-Ravenswood Road will remain open during these works, however, this section will be subject to speed restrictions and traffic control where minor delays may be experienced. Gravel trucks, in addition to existing plant, will be operating along this road during the course of the works.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum for road users during these works. Burdekin Shire Council thanks residents and road users for their patience during these works.

For further information please contract Council’s Customer Service Team 4783 9800.

Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan

The Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan was commissioned by Burdekin Shire Council to identify the opportunities and constraints of Ayr Showgrounds and to improve the function and long-term sustainability of the site. The plan is intended to guide the use of the showgrounds and leverage the benefits of a coordinated approach to facility management, development and, most importantly, activation.

Council at its meeting held on Tuesday 13 November 2018 adopted, in principle, the following recommendations in relation to the Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan noting that the recommendations in the plan are intended as a guide and do not represent an automatic commitment from the Council to fund proposed improvements, works or upgrades. Council also noted that the implementation of recommendations 4, 5 and 6 will require further discussions with the Ayr Pastoral, Agricultural and Industrial Association Inc.

  1. Endorse the Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan as a planning tool to guide further detailed planning for the staged development of the Ayr Showgrounds.
  2. Actively pursue external funding for the implementation of the master plan, subject to sufficient community demand.
  3. Implement the facility developments and upgrades recommended in the master plan as resources, external funding opportunities and user group investments permit.
  4. Re-introduce a Council supported management body to oversee the ongoing management of the Ayr Showgrounds. This group should:
    (a)  Assist in the delivery of the identified improvements to the site and the longer-term capital works.
    (b) Work with Council and key community groups in strategizing and promoting new and existing user groups initiatives for the site.
    (c)  Meet on a regular basis and report progress to Council.
    (d)  Manage bookings for the grounds and buildings and maintain the facilities and equipment on the site as necessary.
    (e)  Arrange and attend one annual meeting involving Burdekin Shire Council staff and representatives of each lessee/user group to review the site’s master plan and to address the overall operation of the site.
  5. Provide ongoing technology, marketing and governance support for the managing body, with links to local and regional tourism organisations and plans, including sport and recreation plans.
  6. Develop a revitalisation and market strategy for the annual show and new events and activities at the showgrounds.

You can download the Ayr Showgrounds Master Plan using the link below:

Barramundi (Morris) Creek Boat Ramp – Update to construction

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is pleased to advise that works on the Barramundi Creek boat ramp are progressing well, and the contractor will partially open the ramp over the Easter weekend (30 March 2018 to 2 April 2018).

During this time, the temporary fencing will remain around the floating walkway area which is due to be installed in the first week of April.

After the Easter weekend, one lane will remain open while the walkway is completed.

The full facility is expected to be open for use by mid-April 2018.

The project team appreciates the patience of the local community during these important works.

For more information about the works at Barramundi Creek boat ramp please contact the TMR Customer and Stakeholder Management Team on 1800 625 648 or via email to

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: www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/wp/media/downloads/2017/07/Barking-dog-pamphlet-2017.pdf

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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