Author: Catherine Duffy

Get your pet chipped, meow!

Burdekin veterinarian Dr Kate Lyne of Kate’s Mobile Vet encourages all pet owners to microchip their four-legged friends. In the unlikely event a pet gets stolen, microchipping is an easy way to identify the rightful owner. “A microchip is like a tiny grain of rice planted underneath the skin. It gets coded with a number […]

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Burdekin veterinarian Dr Kate Lyne of Kate’s Mobile Vet encourages all pet owners to microchip their four-legged friends.

In the unlikely event a pet gets stolen, microchipping is an easy way to identify the rightful owner.

“A microchip is like a tiny grain of rice planted underneath the skin. It gets coded with a number that comes up on our scanners. When we log that number into our database, it brings up the owner’s details so we can contact them,” said Dr Kate.

She said it was important for owners to update their details if they changed their address or phone number.

“You need to ensure everything is updated because if the registry details are incorrect, there’s no way of finding the owner, and that’s when animals can get rehomed.

“Registries are accessible nationwide, so if you take your pet on holiday and they somehow get lost, it’s easier to find them and be reunited,” said Dr Kate.

Microchipping pets has been a legal requirement since 2010.

“Any cat or dog born after June 2010 must be microchipped,” she said.

Dr Kate will offer discounted $15 microchipping services at the Burdekin Pet Fair on Sunday, 19 June. No appointments are required.

Author: Catherine Duffy

Works will prevent illegal turns

A raised kerb will be installed to prevent illegal right turns on the Bruce Highway (Eighth Avenue) business service lane between Tenth Street and Ninth Street, Home Hill. Transport and Main Roads Acting Regional Director Stephen Mallows said the works would improve safety by stopping the movements, which have caused near misses in the past. […]

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A raised kerb will be installed to prevent illegal right turns on the Bruce Highway (Eighth Avenue) business service lane between Tenth Street and Ninth Street, Home Hill.

Transport and Main Roads Acting Regional Director Stephen Mallows said the works would improve safety by stopping the movements, which have caused near misses in the past.

“The raised kerb will be installed outside of the Home Hill supermarket complex, where the most illegal movements have been witnessed,” Mr Mallows said.

“This will improve safety for all road users, as motorists will be prevented from performing illegal right turns into the complex.”

Mr Mallows said the works would take place on June 13 and 14 between 9.00 am and midday.

“To ensure the safety of motorists and road workers, the business service lane will be closed to all traffic for three hours over the two days,” he said.

“People will still be able to access the complex during the works, but on-street parking won’t be available.”

Mr Mallows said once the works were complete, motorists accessing the centre from the north would need to do so via surrounding roads.

“This doesn’t change existing access to the complex as double line markings on Eighth Ave have for years made right turns into and out of the complex illegal,” he said.

“However, we are aware of ongoing reports that motorists are undertaking illegal right turns.

“Any illegal turns, even in low-speed environments like Eighth Avenue, can severely compromise road safety.

“Already in 2022, we have seen too many people killed on our roads, which is why the department is working hard on a range of safety improvement projects like this one.”

The business service lane and on-street parking will return to normal operation on the afternoon and night of 13 June, before works restart at 9.00 am on 14 June. Once works are completed on 14 June, there should be no further impacts to travel.

For more information, contact TMR Northern District’s Customer and Stakeholder Management team on 1800 625 648 or email engagement.northern@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Author: Catherine Duffy

Free flu vaccines for Queenslanders for a limited time

The vaccine will be available for Queenslanders aged six months and older at pharmacists and general practitioners. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the initiative as influenza A cases increased after two years of low flu numbers due to COVID-19. COVID-19 measures have reduced flu cases to almost nil since 2020. The state’s cases jumped from 1848 […]

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The vaccine will be available for Queenslanders aged six months and older at pharmacists and general practitioners.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the initiative as influenza A cases increased after two years of low flu numbers due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 measures have reduced flu cases to almost nil since 2020. The state’s cases jumped from 1848 to 4282 cases in the past week, with 151 people in hospital with influenza and 10 in intensive care. This is despite flu season usually beginning in July.

“We have a large number of concerns because our cases are doubling and escalating quite quickly,” the Premier said on Monday.

“We need to make sure we have this preventative measure in place, and I am encouraging all families in Queensland to please take up this offer of getting a free flu vaccination.”

“We have seen how difficult it has been to fight COVID-19,” the Premier said.

“To fight COVID-19 and the flu is doubly hard. That’s why we are making these flu shots free for everyone.”

Author: Catherine Duffy

Local Wagyu Producer Beefing up Growers Race Day

The annual Burdekin Growers Race Day is well known for the horses, the fashion and the cartons of fresh produce supplied by local growers. This year, Burdekin beef producers Richard and Barbara Colls from LegaSea, are throwing their hat in the ring, or rather, their beef on the plate, with local grass-fed wagyu appearing for […]

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The annual Burdekin Growers Race Day is well known for the horses, the fashion and the cartons of fresh produce supplied by local growers.

This year, Burdekin beef producers Richard and Barbara Colls from LegaSea, are throwing their hat in the ring, or rather, their beef on the plate, with local grass-fed wagyu appearing for the first time on the menu for guests in the elite tent.

“It’s wonderful to have local events supporting local businesses and vice versa. We have been working really hard to create a quality product and are very excited to officially add “Paddock to Plate” to what our business can offer,” Barbara said.

Richard is pleasantly surprised by the local interest in their wagyu beef.

“We are able to keep our product affordable by supplying locally and direct to consumers. We apply regenerative principles on our property; our Wagyu cattle are also 100% hormone and antibiotic-free. We love that the grass-finished beef is tender and full of flavour, whilst still achieving the sought-after marbling,” Richard said.

The Burdekin Growers Race Day will be held on Saturday, 21 May at the Burdekin Race Club. Wagyu beef packs can be ordered through Facebook: LegaSea – Accountable Agriculture.

Author: Catherine Duffy

Planting an idea that grows for everyone

BURDEKIN Community Church and Burdekin Baptist Church have come together to grow an idea that was planted in church member and school chaplain Karina Lima’s heart. Since late 2019 Karina Machado Lima and Rodney Williams of Burdekin Community Church have been working towards establishing a Community Garden in the Burdekin. However, Karina has had the...

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BURDEKIN Community Church and Burdekin Baptist Church have come together to grow an idea that was planted in church member and school chaplain Karina Lima’s heart. Since late 2019 Karina Machado Lima and Rodney Williams of Burdekin Community Church have been working towards establishing a Community Garden in the Burdekin. However, Karina has had the…

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Qld Day Fun and Fitness Expo returns

BURDEKIN Shire Council is calling on sporting and recreational clubs to apply to showcase their organisation at the Queensland Day Fun and Fitness Expo, set to return to ANZAC Park, Ayr on Sunday, 12 June. The expo will feature information stalls, demonstrations, games, food trucks and more, connecting residents with all local sporting and recreational groups....

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BURDEKIN Shire Council is calling on sporting and recreational clubs to apply to showcase their organisation at the Queensland Day Fun and Fitness Expo, set to return to ANZAC Park, Ayr on Sunday, 12 June. The expo will feature information stalls, demonstrations, games, food trucks and more, connecting residents with all local sporting and recreational groups….

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Airville couple arrested over bizarre pig killing

Detectives from Ayr CIB have charged a man and a woman with a number of offences in Brandon, following the discovery of four pigs that had been slaughtered in bizarre circumstances. Detectives had been investigating several burglaries at a Brandon property when they found the four dead animals. All had been disembowelled, and their trotters […]

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Detectives from Ayr CIB have charged a man and a woman with a number of offences in Brandon, following the discovery of four pigs that had been slaughtered in bizarre circumstances.

Detectives had been investigating several burglaries at a Brandon property when they found the four dead animals. All had been disembowelled, and their trotters and tails cut off and hung up around the property.

Last Wednesday, officers raided an Airville property, where they located a firearm and an amount of stolen property.

As a result of the raid, a 53-year-old Airville woman has been charged with breaking and entering, four counts of animal cruelty and drug offences.

A 62-year-old man has been charged with breaking and entering and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both were granted bail and will appear in the Ayr Magistrates court on 30 May.

Author: Catherine Duffy

Home Hill Tennis welcomes first patroness

Home Hill Tennis is excited to announce the appointment of its first patroness, Jill Barbagallo. Jill has a long history with the club, first playing tennis as a junior with her family in Home Hill. Over the years, she played in numerous representative shield teams and was a winner at the Annual Sugar Bowl in...

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Home Hill Tennis is excited to announce the appointment of its first patroness, Jill Barbagallo. Jill has a long history with the club, first playing tennis as a junior with her family in Home Hill. Over the years, she played in numerous representative shield teams and was a winner at the Annual Sugar Bowl in…

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Rugging up for palliative care

REGIS Ayr North has received new lap rugs for residents and palliative care patients thanks to the Burdekin Patchwork and Quilters Guild. “The Burdekin Quilters quilters have been donating to the aged care facility for many years,” said quilter Laurie Malachy. She mentioned that the quilters had donated quilts to the aged care home at...

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REGIS Ayr North has received new lap rugs for residents and palliative care patients thanks to the Burdekin Patchwork and Quilters Guild. “The Burdekin Quilters quilters have been donating to the aged care facility for many years,” said quilter Laurie Malachy. She mentioned that the quilters had donated quilts to the aged care home at…

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Local swim team vows to Never Surrender

A group of twelve local ladies have come together to raise funds via the MS Swimathon in Townsville on 7 May to support those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. The twelve-hour swimathon will take place at Long Tan Memorial Pool in Townsville from 6 am. “We have put a team in to swim twelve hours. We won’t...

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A group of twelve local ladies have come together to raise funds via the MS Swimathon in Townsville on 7 May to support those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. The twelve-hour swimathon will take place at Long Tan Memorial Pool in Townsville from 6 am. “We have put a team in to swim twelve hours. We won’t…

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