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Heart of the Channel Country

Barcoo Shire Council is taking part in a combined auction with Western Councils. The Auction will be conducted online at commencing on 27 November 2023 at 10am and concluding on 30 November 2023, 12pm.

To view the catalogue prior to the auction click on the following link

Australia Day provides residents with the opportunity to celebrate all that is Australian and acknowledge active citizenship and achievement.

With our limited population and in an effort to make the 2024 Australia Day Awards more special, Barcoo Shire Council is taking a new approach to the Australia Day Awards by only awarding one overall award for the shire from worthy nominations received from the community.

The nomination categories for the community members for 2024 are:

  • Citizen of the year
  • Young citizen of the year
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Senior sports award
  • Junior sports award
  • Cultural award

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Barcoo Shire Australia Day awards. Applications close 5pm, 24 November 2023 and must be submitted on the Barcoo Shire Council Australia Day Award Nomination Form (which can be downloaded below).

Should you require further clarification or information, please do not hesitate to contact Council on telephone (07) 4658 6900 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Download the 2024 Australia Day Nomination Form here. 

The Barcoo Shire Council wish to advise residents that the Windorah Airport will be closed from 11 October – 15 December 2023, to undertake critical works in the upgrade of the runway. Council apologise for any inconvenience during this time. A bus service will operate between Windorah and Quilpie to coincide with flight times.

The bus will run 4 times a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) as per our general plane days. The timetable below snip is straight from the “Emergency Services Contract” between Translink (DTMR) and Council.

bus time table

The RFDS (Queensland Section) will continue to service the Windorah region while the Windorah airstrip is closed for maintenance for the three months from October.

The RFDS will use the Ourdel Station airstrip to ensure both primary health care clinics and aeromedical services remain accessible for the community. Weekly clinics will remain unaffected and on schedule during this time, and aeromedical operations will continue to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Air mail and freight will continue as normal, this will now be collected off the plane in Quilpie.

In the event of wet weather, the RFDS has an alternative runway option to ensure limited disruption to services.

The Barcoo Shire Coordinated Wild Dog Baiting Program is being undertaken from 30 October – 3 November 2023 on properties within the Barcoo Shire. Council will be aerial baiting as well as some ground baiting during this time.


  • Visitors and local community members are to be vigilant with their pets during baiting periods and take caution whilst travelling around the shire.
  • 1080 baits can remain active for long periods on properties adjacent to main roads and other road networks within the Shire boundary. 
  • Be aware of the possibility that these baits can be transferred by wildlife from baited areas to non-baited areas such as our town commons, reserves, and road related areas.
  • Please ensure you do not take your pets onto private property without first contacting the owner/manager.

For more information head to Council’s website or contact Council’s Rural Lands Support Officer Peter Pidgeon on phone: 0459 028 596 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the 2023/2024 Budget Summary here.