Ayr-Dalbeg Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) advises that construction crews will be undertaking pavement rehabilitation work on Ayr-Dalbeg Road (between the Bruce Highway and Old Clare Road). RoadTek has been engaged as the construction contractor, and this project which will improve safety and operational efficiency of Ayr-Dalbeg Road, as well as support future growth in the Burdekin.  

The works will commence Monday 30 July 2018 and are expected to be completed by the end of October 2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The works will take place Monday to Friday between 6.00am and 5.00pm.  

Ayr-Dalbeg Road will remain open during these works but will be subject to changed traffic conditions, including lane closures and reduced speed limits to enable works to be undertaken safely and efficiently. To minimise disruptions to road users, works have been planned in stages with advanced warning signs to notify road users of these changes.  

What to expect:

          Temporary lane closures.

          Speed restrictions.

          Visual message boards will operate in the area to keep you informed.

          Increased noise levels and vibration from machinery, equipment and site vehicles.

          Dust associated with construction activities.  

Temporary Road Closure – Old Clare Road  

Monday 24 September and Tuesday 25 September 2018 (weather and construction conditions permitting) 

Access to Old Clare Road from Ayr-Dalbeg Road will be temporarily affected while works are completed at this intersection. During this time, road users will be diverted to an alternative route via Liebrecht Road. Directional signage will be in place to direct road users of these changes.


Temporary Road Closure –  Liebrecht Road

Access to Liebrecht Road from Ayr-Dalbeg Road will be temporarily affected while works are completed at this intersection. Road users may need to be diverted to an alternative route via Old Clare Road. Directional signage will be in place to direct road users of these changes.  Dates to be advised as works progress.

Property Access

There will be times when access to businesses and residential properties directly adjacent to the works will be temporarily restricted while the works are in progress. This will be monitored by roaming traffic controllers to ensure minimal delays are experienced. If required access to properties may be diverted temporarily as part of the works.  

Wide load restrictions

All heavy vehicle operators with vehicles/loads in excess of 3.0m or above must call Stephen Hughes on 0407 159 920 at least 24 hours in advance to advise of an anticipated time of arrival to allow for road barriers and other infrastructure to be cleared.  Failure to provide sufficient advance notice will result in delays. 

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum for road users during these activities. The project team apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates the community’s patience during these important works.  

Should you have any questions please contact the TMR’s Northern District’s 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  www.QLDTraffic.com.au


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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