Balonne to bask in tourism

Coun­cil to build ther­mal spring baths with state grant

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

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.

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