Balonne to bask in tourism
Council to build thermal spring baths with state grant
BALONNE Shire will soon have its own thermal spring baths thanks to a Works for Queensland grant.
Council has received a total of $1.2 million from the scheme which will fund five projects in the shire.
Mayor Richard Marsh welcomed the funding, saying it would create employment in the region through the construction of much needed infrastructure which would benefit residents and visitors.
“We have received $750,000 for the extension and revitalisation of the St George swimming pool complex to include an artesian spa,” Cr Marsh said.
“This will boost visitors to our region and will lead to extended stays which will create more direct and indirect employment opportunities for locals.
“Artesian baths are very popular among travellers and we want to ensure we are capturing that market to keep visitors here longer.
“We hope to have this project completed by July next year.”
The artesian spa is one of five projects the grant is funding.
The other projects include the Rowden Park Grandstand refurbishment, that will include stump repairs, replacement of rotted structural timbers, waterproofing, painting, installation of new wiring and a new switchboard.
CCTV in St George will be upgraded with new cameras to provide high-quality imaging to increase public safety, deter property crime and assist Queensland Police. The new cameras will be installed in strategic locations as per council’s CCTV Strategy.
Bollon Showground will also receive $40,000 for a project to be decided upon by the Bollon Showground Users Committee.
Council’s St George Works Depot will undergo a major refurbishment with the construction of a training centre and additional office space.
This project will allow the depot to be used as a back-up operations centre for the Local Disaster Management Group if the council chambers is impacted by flood or other disaster events.