Mount Kelly water supply power restored – Water Conservation Advisory lifted

Power has been restored to the residential area of Mount Kelly allowing pumping operations to return to normal with reservoir levels returning to full capacity. As such the notice to conserve water has been lifted.

Council appreciates the cooperation of residents in the Mount Kelly area in conserving water during this unforeseen power outage. Your efforts contributed to Council being able to provide safe potable water for essential purposes without interruption.

Council appreciates all efforts to conserve water at all times.

Roundabout proposed – Ivory and Five Ways Roads

Burdekin Shire Council is proposing to build a large rural roundabout at the intersection of Ivory and Five Ways Roads, in a major boost for road safety in the Burdekin.

Council has prepared plans for the site and is now seeking feedback from the community.

This intersection forms part of a shortcut utilised frequently to provide north-south access across the Shire.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said managing the growing volume of traffic using the route was imperative.

“The popularity of the rural route has increased significantly over the last decade,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“In addition to its regular use by locals, it is increasingly used by many north-south travellers from outside the Shire and is even sometimes identified on GPS routes.

“The purpose of the roundabout is to improve safety by eliminating confusion and illegal movements at the intersection, which has been of some concern for motorists who travel through this area.”

The intersection will also be designed to cater for larger commercial vehicles such as B-Doubles, with the aim of improving transport in the Shire.

Once built, it will be one of the largest rural roundabouts in the Burdekin with a radius of 20m.

“It will be similar to the existing roundabout at the intersection of Ivory Road and Maidavale Road, only a little smaller in radius,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Construction work is proposed to start mid-year.

Cr McLaughlin said Council had, over many years, tried various methods to improve the safety and connectivity of the Ivory and Five Ways Roads intersection.

“The addition of a roundabout will provide a long-term solution to safety at this site,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This $425,000 project has been made possible thanks to the Queensland Government, which is providing joint funding on a 50/50 basis through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS).

“Council has been consulting with surrounding landowners and is also seeking feedback from the wider community. We want to hear from you.”

To provide your feedback please call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 and ask to speak to the Design Office.

Community morning tea to shine light on hearing loss

Burdekin residents will be able to access information and free hearing screenings as part of a community morning tea for Hearing Awareness Week this 25 February – 3 March.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Burdekin Library was partnering with Australian Hearing to host the morning tea at the Ayr branch of Burdekin Library from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 27 February.

“One in six people in Australia has a hearing loss, and with the ageing of the population, hearing loss is projected to increase to one in four Australians by 2050,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The upcoming morning tea at Burdekin Library includes an information session by Australian Hearing representative Lynda Ash, free hearing screenings and an opportunity to discuss your hearing needs with Australian Hearing staff.”

Hearing Awareness Week aims to highlight the issues faced by people with hearing loss.

Cr McLaughlin said people often waited for years before they sought help for their hearing loss.

Signs of hearing loss can include turning the TV or stereo up so loud that others complain; frequently needing to ask others to repeat themselves; and not being able to hear properly on the telephone.

“Come along to our morning tea and take the opportunity to learn more about this prevalent health problem,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Bookings are essential by calling Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970.

Community celebration to mark arrival of Queen’s Baton in Ayr

Burdekin residents will be able to cheer on local batonbearers at a ‘street-party’ style community celebration in Queen Street, when the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in the Burdekin on Monday 19 March.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said from 9am to 12.30pm all residents were invited to join the festivities in Queen Street, Ayr, which would culminate with the journey of the Baton through the town.

“Everyone is invited to come out and line the relay route to cheer on our16 local batonbearers, who were selected through a community nomination process last year,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“We will be celebrating all morning in Queen Street, where there will be side walk sales, live music, roaming performers, face painting, children’s activities, entertainment and a jumping castle.

“Council is pleased to announce children’s entertainer and comedian Sean Murphy as a special guest performer and we are sure his interactive show will be a hit with children and adults alike.

“We are hoping to get as many schools, community members and businesses as possible involved in the event and attending on the day to mark this wonderful occasion.”

Sixteen local batonbearers will proudly carry the Baton through Ayr, commencing from East Ayr State School at 11.38am and travelling through Queen Street to the finishing point at Ayr State School.

Cr McLaughlin said the Queen’s Baton was the icon of the Commonwealth Games, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s message to the athletes carried from Buckingham Palace to the Opening Ceremony.

“The GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay presents our community with a unique opportunity to showcase its people, culture and environment to the rest of Australia and the world,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I am immensely proud of our batonbearers, whose contributions to sport and the wider community should be celebrated by all.”

The full relay route is available at

The batonbearers are: Lauren Bozzetto, George Chappell, Brent Dingle, Tony Goddard, Lacy Horan, Keely Johnson, Ryan Kastner, Hayden Lammon, Isabella Linton, Andrea McDonnell, Michelle Scott, Scott Stidston, Steven Szendrey, Debra Szendrey, Oliver Vernon and Greg Vincett.

The Relay arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 and, collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to take the Baton to its final destination.

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

Burdekin Shire Youth Council recruiting 2018 team

Nominations for the 2018 Burdekin Shire Youth Council are now open, giving young residents aged 12-25 a dedicated platform to share their great ideas for the community.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Youth Council was a wonderful forum for young people to provide feedback and information to local government.

“They get out into the community and get their voices heard. They achieve some incredible things in the process,” she said.

Last year, the Burdekin Shire Youth Council played a key role in running the Burdekin Fast Track Talent Showcase, which showcased the extensive talent on offer in the district and included a special concert by Australian Eurovision entrant Isaiah Firebrace.

It was awarded the Community Event of the Year at the recent Australia Day Awards Evening.

Cr McLaughlin said Fast Track was due to return in April 2018 with the announcement of a celebrity guest expected soon.

“It will be one of the first projects our next Youth Council will have the opportunity of working on,” she said.

“Throughout the year, the Youth Council communicates and liaises with the community; represents youth; and organises a wide range of projects and events in order to improve the status of all young people in the Shire.

“Meetings are held on a monthly basis so members only need to commit a few hours a month of their time.”

Membership of the Youth Council is open to young people who live, work or study in the Burdekin.

Cr McLaughlin said the members gained skills they would have for the rest of their lives.

“They’re learning how to host meetings and how to plan community events,” she said.

“They’re getting all this experience and they’re having fun while they’re doing it.”

The first Youth Council meeting for the year will commence at 3.30pm on Monday 26 February in the John Drysdale Chamber at the Council Chambers, 145 Young Street, Ayr.

Nomination forms are available at Council’s Customer Service Centre and at the Home Hill and Ayr branches of Burdekin Library.

For further information contact Youth Council Coordinator Tammy Quagliata on (07) 4783 9832.

Council acts to quell mosquito numbers

Burdekin residents may be wondering what are the ‘bait like’ products appearing in some drains or waterways?

The answer is out. They are specific baits put in place by Burdekin Shire Council’s Pest Management Team to destroy mosquito larvae.

Council has distributed over 200 slow release briquettes and 10kg of pellets throughout the shire for mosquito prevention, with mosquito numbers potentially set to soar following the recent king tide.

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Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said residents should be aware of the possibility of salt water mosquito presence in the district over the next few weeks as a result of the king tide on 31 January.

“The saltwater mosquito can travel 50km from the coast on prevailing winds and can carry Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Helicopter spraying of tidal zones has commenced while slow release pellets and briquettes, targeting fresh water mosquitos from residual rain and irrigation water, have also been distributed in high risk and largely populated areas.

The pellets and briquettes are tied in hessian and weighted down in open pit drains, or tied to grates and left to dangle in the water accumulated in stormwater drains.

(S)-Methoprene is target-specific and does not harm mammals, waterfowl, or even beneficial predatory insects. Burdekin Shire Council asks the community not to remove or interfere with these products as they are designed to destroy mosquito larvae.

“Residents should also be vigilant in tipping out water in containers around the home, storing items out of rain and throwing away items not in use that may collect water and harbour mosquitoes,” Cr McLaughlin said.

Michelle Bridges headlines motivational evening for Women’s Week

Burdekin women are invited to celebrate Queensland Women’s Week at a motivational evening with television personality and personal trainer Michelle Bridges and inspiring local speakers.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the ‘Be the Best of You’ event, on Sunday 4 March at Populins Hall, Ayr, aimed to inspire and empower women to be the best versions of themselves.

“Michelle Bridges is an author, mother, motivational speaker, health ambassador and television personality,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“She is one of Australia’s most highly regarded health and fitness experts and we are thrilled to announce her as the key note speaker of this wonderful event.

“Also sharing their inspirational stories on the evening will be four local Burdekin women. They are Tracey Ahern, Rachel Bond, Amanda Green and Naomi Jones.”

Cr McLaughlin said Queensland Women’s Week recognised and celebrated the achievements of Queensland’s women and girls.

“This year, the theme is ‘Celebrate wellbeing. Everybody wins’. It aims to encourage women and girls to celebrate their wellbeing,” Cr McLaughlin said. “This benefits not only individual women and girls, but the whole community.”

Cr McLaughlin said tickets to the ‘Be the Best of You’ motivational evening included a gourmet antipasto table, with drinks available to purchase.

“It provides a fantastic opportunity for local women to network and expand their knowledge. I hope everyone will walk away inspired to explore and celebrate their strengths.

“Tickets are nearly sold out so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Tickets to the ‘Be the Best of You’ motivational evening with special guest Michelle Bridges are $30 and are available  at the Burdekin Theatre Box Office or by phoning (07) 4783 9886. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

For further information please visit Council’s website

Temporary Closure – Barramundi Creek Boat Ramp

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) wishes to advise that a temporary closure of the Barramundi Creek boat ramp is required while upgrades to the existing boat ramp and the installation of a floating walkway are carried out.

The boat ramp construction project is due for commencement Monday 22nd January, 2018 and will take approximately 3 months to complete, weather permitting.

More information about the Barramundi Creek boat ramp project can be obtained by contacting Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer and Stakeholder Management team on 1800 625 648 or via email at

For a full list of boat ramps in the Burdekin Shire (including map) please visit:


Lock up and win this Christmas

The Burdekin Building Safer Communities Action Team (BSCAT), with support from Queensland Police, is running a ‘Lock It or Lose It’ campaign throughout the Burdekin region over the holiday period.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and reduce the number of vehicles being left unlocked, and subsequently being easy targets for vehicle and property theft.

Council’s Community Development Manager and BSCAT Chairman Tony Vaccaro said a similar campaign in Bundaberg had proved successful.

“The campaign will include local police officers doing random vehicle checks from December through to February to ensure people have adequately secured their vehicles,” he said.

“The checks will be made in the Ayr and Home Hill CBDs as well as the smaller suburbs of the Burdekin or in back streets where cars are parked on the footpaths.

“Cars found to be secure will receive a congratulatory note on their windscreen along with an entry ticket to win gift cards from local businesses.

“We hope this will encourage everyone to lock up and secure their vehicles and personal property.”

Mr Vaccaro said tickets for the prize draw could then be placed in the entry boxes at the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branches.

“Vehicles not adequately secured will be given a list of tips on how to better secure their vehicle and personal property,” he said.

Burdekin BSCAT is a group of state and local government representatives together with business and community representatives who have developed a community partnership approach to crime prevention and community safety.

Burdekin BSCAT provides the opportunity for our local community to take positive action to prevent crime and build a safer community. This team is an advisory group to Council.

Council trials collecting fertiliser bags for recycling


Burdekin farmers are being encouraged to drop their used fertiliser bags to Council waste disposal facilities as part of a free recycling trial which will see the bags turned into alternative plastic products.

The trial is being run by Farm Waste Recovery in conjunction with the Council, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Incitec Pivot Limited, Impact Fertilisers and Canegrowers.

Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said there would be special collection cages at Council’s waste disposal facilities in Ayr, Home Hill and Giru.

“There are more than 350,000 one-tonne bags and 2 million 25 kilogram bags being used by the sugar cane industry each year,” he said.

“Although some are returned to the manufacturer, most are dumped, burned or stockpiled on farms.

“This trial collection would be an ideal way for farmers to help our environment by clearing the bags from their farm.

“All you have to do is empty the bags, roll the bags up and tie them with the bags own string ties before taking them to your nearest collection cage.

“This will allow for easy collection by the recycling processers and minimise the risk of bags being blown around in strong winds.

“The trial will run until mid-December this year so hopefully farmers will have plenty of time to clear their farms of the bags.”

“The aim of this trial is to see if it is feasible to continue collecting these bags,” he said.

“If it gets sufficient support it is likely that Council will continue to act as a collection point for the fertiliser bags.”

Fertiliser bag collection locations are:

  • Ayr Waste Transfer Station – Open 7 days from 9am-5pm
  • Home Hill Waste Transfer Station – Open 7 days from 10am-5pm
  • Giru Waste Transfer Station – Open Fridays and Sundays from 3pm-6pm

For more information on Farm Waste Recovery go to


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