Newsletter 24 – May 2017

Well how close was that?

Having a Clayton cyclone and flood and that was close enough for the Burdekin.

This was a very real live exercise for council without actually going the whole hog with destruction.

We were very lucky and it was good to see most people were prepared for the worst. But let us not let our guard down because there will be another time and as long as we are prepared things will be OK.

Multipurpose Refuge Centre

Ted Bawden and myself went to the multipurpose refuge centre at the Ayr Show grounds  on Monday the 27th March just to have a look how things might pan out, we spoke to a few people and it looked well organized and everyone was in good spirits and quite happy. We were told that at the time about 68 people were there.

Now the question is what about in Home Hill or in other words the south side of the Burdekin River?

Does Home Hill need a multipurpose refuge centre?  I think we do just in case Home Hill will be cut off in extreme weather conditions.

Town Drainage

Another sore point with rate payers on this side of the river is drainage.  And yes, I know it’s a major problem all over the Burdekin. Four big drainage problems for Home Hill Township are First to Second Street. Third Ave. and of course Fourteen Ave. let me say the problem is getting nastier every year.

Top Bush Getaway

In case you missed it but it was reported in the Townsville Bulletin on the 1.4.2017 about North Queensland’s top bush getaways and Funny Dunny Park is one of the five best camping spots – now that is a plus in any language.

Declining Local Population

But on the down turn, its official according to the Townsville Bulletin again, the Burdekin population has declined by one per cent.  This is not as bad as Mt Isa which has had a decline of 2.5%.  On the other hand Townsville has had a 1% increase.

Proposed Art Developments

Council has been working on proposed art development for the shire with the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

First of the rank is a three piece steel sculpture to be placed close to the entrance of the Ayr Library.

And now we are working on the next piece for Home Hill.

The rest of the shire will also receive other art work.  It will take time but I will be pushing hard to get these projects off the ground as we will not be only talking about it – it will get done.


STOP PRESS there are out of town scammers in town trying to sell left over bitumen from previous jobs be very careful, check and do not part with any money.

These are my personal views only.

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