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|Population||8,738 (2016 census)|
|• Density||300.3/km2 (778/sq mi)|
|Elevation||12.0 m (39 ft)|
|Area||29.1 km2 (11.2 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10:00)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Burdekin|
Ayr is a town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia. It is the centre of a sugarcane-growing region and the administrative centre for the Burdekin Shire Council. In the 2016 census, Ayr had a population of 8,738 people.
Ayr is located 88 kilometres (55 mi) south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. It is 112 kilometres (70 mi) north of Bowen and 290 kilometres (180 mi) north of Mackay. Ayr is located near the delta of the Burdekin River. It is within the Burdekin Shire, which produces the most sugar cane per square kilometre in Australia utilising underground water supplies and water from the Burdekin Dam to irrigate crops when rains fail.
Alva beach, a popular area for fishing and swimming, is located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of Ayr.
Ayr has a population of approximately 8,000.
Ayr Post Office opened on 25 August 1883.
The Ayr War Memorial Arch is the entrance to the Memorial Park and commemorates those who served in World War I. It was dedicated in November 1925 by the shire chairman, Councillor Barsby.
Ayr has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 163 Queen Street: Ayr Court House
- 82-90 Wickham Street: Ayr State High School
- 145 Young Street: Burdekin Shire Council Chambers
Ayr's main street, Queen Street, is a wide two-laned street. The A1 passes through the town. A mostly two-laned highway, it is the major road of the Burdekin, linking Ayr with nearby Brandon and Home Hill.
Ayr Railway Station is the town's rail-transit stop with regular services from Brisbane to Cairns. While the town has no public transport, several bus routes pick up school children across the region.
Ayr has the usual chain stores, including Domino's Pizza, ten pin bowling, a toyshop, cinema, six pubs, and a range of sports, electrical and fashion stores. Ayr has several banks including the Commonwealth, ANZ, Suncorp, National and Bendigo Bank.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 8,281 people in the Ayr urban centre.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.7% of the population.
- 82.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was Italy at 2.1%.
- 85.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian at 2.8%.
- The most common responses for religion were Catholic 37.3%, Anglican 15.7% and No Religion 15.0%.
Ayr State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 141 Graham Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 119 students with 14 teachers (11 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (10 full-time equivalent).
East Ayr State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 43-73 Ross Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 557 students with 47 teachers (40 full-time equivalent) and 22 non-teaching staff (15 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.
St Francis' School is a Catholic primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 99 Edward Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 304 students with 20 teachers (17 full-time equivalent) and 17 non-teaching staff (11 full-time equivalent).
Burdekin Christian College is a private primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at 2-12 Melbourne Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 133 students with 13 teachers (12 full-time equivalent) and 10 non-teaching staff (8 full-time equivalent).
Burdekin School is a special primary and secondary (Early Childhood-12) school for boys and girls at 159 Young Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 17 students with 5 teachers (4 full-time equivalent) and 11 non-teaching staff (6 full-time equivalent).
Ayr State High School is a government secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at Cnr Edwards & Wickham Streets ( ). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 480 students with 46 teachers (44 full-time equivalent) and 30 non-teaching staff (23 full-time equivalent). It has a special education program.
Burdekin Catholic High School is a Catholic secondary (7-12) school for boys and girls at 45 Gibson Street (). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 436 students with 40 teachers (39 full-time equivalent) and 23 non-teaching staff (19 full-time equivalent).
Notable people from Ayr
- Zachary Anderson: professional football player – Central Coast Mariners
- Lt Col Jim Bourke: Professional soldier, decorated Vietnam veteran
- Patricia Cockrem: former Australian basketball player
- Mark Dalle Cort: rugby league and union player
- Matthew Ham: professional football player – North Queensland Fury
- Shane Muspratt: professional rugby league player
- Kel O'Shea: Australian representative rugby league player
- Ryan Phelan: journalist and television presenter
- Don Walker: musician/songwriter – Cold Chisel
- Karrie Webb: professional golfer, member of LPGA Hall of Fame.
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