Main street looks to pos­i­tive fu­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

NEW busi­nesses are fill­ing Monto’s main street and the town is feel­ing a re­vival.

New­ton St is home to 33 busi­nesses as well as the li­brary.

And there are cur­rently 11 va­cant shop fronts.

Judy Bald­win has been a Monto res­i­dent for 17 years and said she was im­pressed with the emerg­ing new look.

“I have seen the street lose busi­ness, but now it is look­ing fab­u­lous,” she said.

“Where there was noth­ing, now vis­i­tors can turn a cor­ner and want to ex­plore.”

May­orDonWaugh said the ap­pear­ance of new­shops showed a grow­ing level of con­fi­dence in the town af­ter a de­creas­ing num­ber of busi­nesses in re­cent years.

“There seems to be a newfeel­ing in Monto of look­ing to the fu- ture,” CrWaugh said.

“And coun­cil are more than happy to lend our sup­port.

“We com­mend the ini­tia­tive taken by busi­ness own­ers.”

Cr Waugh said some of the con­fi­dence in the town may have re­sulted from min­ing ac­tiv­ity in the area.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.