Burdekin Sugar Rush – Road Closures

The following temporary road closures will be in place between 5.00am and 11am on Sunday 29th April, 2018 to allow the hosting of the annual Burdekin Sugar Rush Fun Run and Walk.

  • MacMillan Street, Ayr – closed between Pool and Little Drysdale Streets
  • Little Drysdale Street, Ayr – closed between MacMillan and Wickham Streets
  • Wickham Street, Ayr – closed between Little Drysdale and Mackenzie Streets

All traffic will be detoured for the period of the closures to ensure the safety of participants and spectators.

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

Burdekin Shire Emergency Dashboard goes “live”

Burdekin Shire Council today launches an online portal that will function as a one-stop shop for emergency information during disasters and throughout the year.

Residents and visitors can go to the Burdekin Shire Council Emergency Dashboard to access real-time information from multiple sources including Council, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Ergon Energy and Queensland emergency services – all in the one location

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Dashboard was now live and could be found at disaster.burdekin.qld.gov.au.

“It will have Burdekin-specific information regarding any emergency news, road closures, power outages and weather forecasts, all in the one place where it can be easily and quickly accessed by the community,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We are very proud to have this dashboard go “live”. The objective is to have a page the community can go to for real-time information about what is happening in our Shire during times of disaster.”

Cr McLaughlin said access to up-to-date information was critical during emergencies, when situations could change quickly.

“Having one webpage, where people can go to access live feeds about which local roads are impacted, what the weather is doing and what areas are affected by power outages, will go a long way to improving the connectedness of the community during a disaster,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“It will also be a great resource that the community can access year around, as a one-stop shop for live updates pertaining to road closures, blackouts, weather events, emergency services updates and more

“The Dashboard will also have links to further information and resources to help our residents plan and prepare for disasters before they strike.”

Cr McLaughlin said the Emergency Dashboard had been created by Queensland Company, QIT Plus and Council’s disaster management team.

“This project is able to be delivered thanks to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as part of Council’s Get Ready Burdekin funding,” she said.

Cr McLaughlin said 35 councils across Queensland now used Emergency Dashboards on their websites and had reported great feedback from their communities.

She encouraged all residents and visitors to explore Council’s Emergency Dashboard by visiting disaster.burdekin.qld.gov.au and to save the Dashboard as a favourite on their computers, laptops and smart devices.

For more information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800, email or visit www.burdekin.qld.gov.au.

Anzac Day Road Closures

Ayr and Home Hill

Road closures will be in place for the following times and locations on Wednesday 25th April 2018 for the hosting of the 2018 Anzac Day Dawn Services and Parades.

Ayr Road Closures

Dawn Service – 5.00am to 6.00am

  • Queen St between Young and MacKenzie St
  • MacKenzie St between Queen and Wickham St
  • MacMillan St between Park and MacKenzie St

Main Parade – 8.30am to 11.00am

  • Queen St between Edwards and Mackenzie St
  • Edwards St between Wilmington and Queen St
  • Mackenzie St between Queen and Wickham St
  • MacMillan St between Park and MacKenzie St

Home Hill Road Closures

Dawn Service – 5.00am to 6.00am

  • Ninth Av between Tenth and Eighth St
  • Ninth St at the intersection with Ninth Av

Main Parade – 10.30am to 12.00noon

  • Ninth Av between Tenth and Eighth St
  • Eighth St between Ninth and Tenth Av
  • Tenth Av between Tenth and Eighth St

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

Burdekin Community to Tackle Litter at the Source

Burdekin residents will come together to figure out how to reduce the flow of rubbish into local waterways at a collaborative workshop in Ayr next week.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Source Reduction Workshop would be held from 9am – 12 noon on Wednesday 18 April in the Loft of the Ayr branch of Burdekin Library, in a partnership between Council and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to tackle litter at the source.

“Marine debris and litter is a complex problem so we need all parts of our community to help find the solutions,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“At the workshop we’ll be taking into account the results of our Clean Up Australia Day at Alva Beach last month. A total of 190kg of rubbish was collected from the beach in just a few hours, with plastics and plastic bottles accounting for the most common items of litter found on the day.”

Cr McLaughlin said the workshop would bring Council, environmental agencies and community members together with the aim of creating a plan to reduce common litter items. She said since 2013, past clean ups conducted by Council and Tangaroa Blue at Alva Beach had removed a total of 2,187.45kg of litter.

“Going back over the past five years the most abundant litter item collected has been plastic fragments, with another prominent one being aluminium cans from recreational use of the beach,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Importantly, 2018 is the International Year of the Reef. With our close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Burdekin residents have an important role to play in protecting and conserving the Marine Park through activities that improve the health and resilience of the Reef.”

The workshop has been made possible with funding through the Australian Government’s Community Heritage and Icons Grants program.

Cr McLaughlin said everyone was invited to participate, from schools and teachers to local business operators, community members and organisations. Morning tea will be provided and numbers are strictly limited, so registrations are essential.

Register at the following link: REGISTER HERE. For more information please call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

Tickets to Burdekin’s biggest talent show now on sale

Tickets to the heats and final of the 2018 Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase go on sale from 10am today, with home-grown Burdekin talent set to shine alongside former X Factor winner Cyrus.

2017 Burdekin Shire Youth Council Mayor Tayla McKaig said the Burdekin’s largest talent competition would be held at Burdekin Theatre on Saturday 28 April and tickets to be part of the audience were expected to sell fast.

“Singers, dancers, groups, musicians, comedians and dance troupes from the Burdekin and beyond will put their talent on display for the chance to win great cash and prizes,” Miss McKaig said.

“The Fast Track team is always blown away by the level of talent that we have here in the Burdekin and I am sure this year will be no exception.

“Burdekin Shire Youth Council plays a key role in running this annual event and has been working behind the scenes to put together another fantastic showcase in 2018.”

Guest celebrity Cyrus, who won the X Factor grand final in 2015, will be part of this year’s Burdekin Fast Track industry workshops, act as a guest judge and perform a mini concert at the Final Showcase.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin congratulated the Youth Council on securing Cyrus for the event.

“He will be a wonderful mentor for all of our performers on the day,” she said.

Heats will commence from 11am with the Final Showcase featuring Cyrus at 7pm.

Tickets are $10 for entry to all heats and $25 for the final showcase featuring Cyrus.

Tickets will be available from today, Monday 26 March via the Burdekin Theatre website www.burdekintheatre.com.au; by phone (07) 4783 9880; or in person at the Burdekin Theatre Box Office or Council’s Customer Service Centre.

Registrations to perform in the talent showcase are also currently open.

Singers, dancers, bands, duos, trios, classical musicians, comedians, DJs, rappers – and anyone else with a talent – are invited to apply.

Register by emailing your name and contact details to. All ages are welcome.

For more information call 1300 FAST01 or visit facebook.com/fasttracktalent

Public Consultation – Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP)

Council is looking for feedback before the finalisation of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP).

You can obtain a copy of the Local Government Infrastructure Plan in person at Council’s Customer Service Centre at 145 Young Street, Ayr or by clicking on the following link:

You can mail submissions to PO Box 974, Ayr Qld 4807.

Submission Guidelines

For a submission to be considered properly made under the legislation – please include your name, address, and signature.

Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 4th May, 2018.

Contact Council

If you have any enquiries about the LGIP, please contact Council’s Planning Department on (07) 4783 9800 or email

Supporting Documents

Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP)

Local Government Infrastructure Maps

Extrinsic Material

The Excel schedule of works model was unable to be included on the website for technical reasons, but is available for inspection at Council’s Customer Service Centre, or by request via email:

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