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

Ayr-Dalbeg Road – Drainage Works

Burdekin Shire Council wishes to advise of drainage work to be undertaken on the Ayr-Dalbeg Road, in the Mona Park vicinity, commencing Thursday 7th June, 2018 with a programmed completion of Friday 22nd June, 2018, weather permitting.

The works will be conducted under traffic with a single lane closure in place using traffic lights. Traffic lights will be operating both day and evening throughout the duration of the project.

Motorists and cyclists are asked to obey all traffic signals, directional signs, and any instructions from traffic controllers or site personnel, for their own safety and the safety of Council’s workforce.

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.

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

Temporary Closure – Plantation Creek Boat Ramp


New Commencement Date

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to advise work on the Plantation Creek western boat ramp located at 652 Old Wharf Road, Airdmillan is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 8 May 2018.

The majority of the works will occur during the day, however night works may be required due to tidal variability and with the aim of completing works by Saturday 30 June 2018 (weather and construction permitting).

The project will:

  • replace the existing boat ramp with new pre-cast concrete planks
  • increase the two-lane boat ramp from seven metres wide to the standard eight metres wide
  • extend the length of the ramp from 20.5 metres to 34.4 metres long
  • carry out additional earthworks and rock protection works.

Access to the western ramp will be closed during construction so that work can be completed safely and efficiently.  The eastern ramp and pontoon will remain open.

More information about the located and details of the Plantation Creek boat ramp upgrade can be found here TMR Temporary Boat Ramp Closure.

Further information about the Plantation Creek boat ramp project can be obtained by contacting TMR’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team on 1800 625 648 or via email at .

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.

Send your photos to


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